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I’m sharing this because it may be useful to others. I am 54 year old male.
About 2.5 years ago, my doctor diagnosed me as pre-diabetic (A1C = 6.4). He told me to lose weight. I did not. In fact I really did not take it seriously and made no changes. About 1 year ago (Summer 2017) he told me that my numbers were not good (A1C = 7.2) and he put me on Janumet (50/1000). I took the pills but made no other changes. I never took my own blood glucose measurements.
In January 2018 my A1C was 7.9 and he threatened me with taking injectables. I was also starting to feel peripheral neuropathy in my feet. That got my attention. At the time I weighed 270 pounds and was an avid power lifter in the gym regularly bench pressing 405 pounds and going to the gym 3-4 days per week. I had no dietary considerations at all and was probably around 3000-4000 calories per day. The diagnosis and threat of having to inject myself provided great motivation.
I doubled up on the Janumet going to two 50/1000 tablets per day. This made me have to take daily Imodium because my stomach could not handle it. I started running/walking in addition to lifting. I dramatically altered my diet to drop calories (initially to about 1200/day), spaced meals to 5-6 smaller feeds per day, increased certain vegetables, and dramatically cut back on carbs. I eliminated sugars as much as possible. And I drank more water. I also started taking Blood Glucose measurements 5-7 times per day. I read a lot and joined several diabetic discussion boards.
In the first 3 months I lost about 40 pounds and improved my overall cardiovascular fitness. I started running local races for motivation. My self BG numbers dropped quickly. I kept lifting weights but my emphasis shifted to running. At this point I was actually RUNNING as opposed to jogging. My next A1C taken in early April was 5.0.
In the next three months I continued my diet and exercise regimen but started re-introducing a small amount of carbs. My running caused me to lose an additional 20 pounds. As of today I am at around 205lbs. I run a lot, now averaging 40 miles per week and I race when I can. I have run all sorts of races including half marathons. Running is absolutely necessary for me to keep my BG numbers in check. When I don't run they creep up. I still lift in the gym but far less weight. I still watch my diet very closely especially to avoid (not eliminate) carbs, but my total caloric intake is up somewhat by design. The peripheral neuropathy has reduced a lot. My A1C in early July was 5.2.
I am now off most meds including blood pressure meds that I used to take. I still take 500mg metformin per day but as a taper. If my BG numbers stay good – they have so far - I will be off all diabetic medications by the end of July.I am aware that Diabetes will not go away. I am aware that if I go back to my previous lifestyle it will resurface. But I am managing it. The bottom line is that lifestyle change (diet and exercise modification), meds, and self-testing have had a HUGE impact.
I know that not everyone is the same. But I hope that my story can help some people.
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