I am not only overweight, but I am also diabetic. I was diagnosed probably 12 or 13 years ago and my doctor tried to control it with diet at first. However, since I was young (barely 30) I didn’t know the damage I would cause to my body by not controlling it then. So over the years, we have tried a regimen of diet and medicine. I have been on Januvia, Glipizide, Metformin, actos….pretty much everything available for oral medications. About 3-4 years ago, we decided to try insulin. I fought it for over a year, but when I couldn’t get my A1C levels down, I caved to trying insulin. Insulin was expensive and I HATE needles. But I “manned up” and decided to try it. Well, if you aren’t controlling your diet, no amount of insulin is going to help either. I was getting high A1C levels still. I was probably a perfect model for what NOT to do when you are insulin dependent diabetic.
In October 2011 I went to the doctor and he told me my A1C levels were around 14. Well, I really should have been dead quite honestly. Having an A1C level that high is like putting your hands on hot coals and hoping you won’t get burned! Well, I was terrified, so I started watching my diet. I was able to bring my A1C levels down to around 8 I think at my next check up, but that is still too high. I didn’t let it get me down, I tried harder…..then I had a stroke.
I’m recovered from the stroke a year later….I still struggled with getting my A1C levels down, but I was on the right path. I joined a gym in September and really started to try to get healthy. I failed miserably again. My A1Cs went back up again…..I got depressed. I had done everything I was supposed to. I exercised, I ate right….UGH I felt like I failed my body. In February, I got prescribed a new insulin and things just got worse. I ate whatever I wanted because the new insulin wasn’t working. I stopped working out because I kept getting hurt when I did. My A1C reading in June was 10.4!! Woah, that is a stroke waiting to happen!!! So, I decided to take back my life. I got my doctor to fill out paperwork so that I could get back on my old insulin that DID work. I have been on it for less than a week and every day, my morning number has been lower and lower! As you can see, this morning, it was only 94! Just like a normal person!! I’m so over joyed today!
I have been bad about measuring my sugar after meals. I ate a side of quinoa black bean salad with lunch today and I was curious to see if it spiked my blood sugar. One thing I need to remember, everything in moderation!! Anyway, I checked my sugar after lunch today and this is what I saw…..