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kyteflyer

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kyteflyer

Does it seem as if I might be happy?

 

Latest A1c results are in. Steady on 6. That's down from 8.6 3 months ago. Last 12 months have been very high, and my endo was going to put me on insulin. I begged her to put me on a third oral med instead and she did... and this is the very good result. Diet also had a lot to do with it, along with keeping a very close check on levels several times a day. I'm a believer... finally... that its good to test 3-4 times a day.

 

I've also begun reducing one of the meds which will eventually exhaust my pancreas and then I really will need insulin. For now, though, its all good. I think I might have to create a sig with my last 12 months results :)

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kyteflyer

Thanks, everyone. Next appointment is on Tuesday next week, I'll have to fess up about taking a half dose of Diamicron, but given that theres been no change in my tested levels, I don't think she will mind. With any luck she will prescribe the 30mg dose and then in another 3 months I'll start reducing that. If not, I'll plod on with what I am doing.

 

I'm also about to embark on a pretty crazy soup diet (just as well I adore vegie soup and its midwinter) to lose a bit of weight. It worked for me a couple of years ago, and it can work again :)

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christab

That's great! I guess because I was put on insulin immediately upon diagnosis, I don't understand why people are so adverse to it. It's just replacing something I am not making enough of. I went from 300 readings to less than 120 average, including my first really high week, in three weeks (still too early for a second A1C to see how I'm actually doing). Insulin is saving my life, along with major diet changes and exercise. My pancreas is getting a well deserved rest. I've only had one low, and I handled it. I've adjusted since then and haven't been under 65 since.

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kyteflyer
That's great! I guess because I was put on insulin immediately upon diagnosis, I don't understand why people are so adverse to it. It's just replacing something I am not making enough of.

Its really good that insulin is working for you. I'm sure that sooner or later I will have to go on insulin as well but I'm putting it off because my pancreas is still working, just not very efficiently. It was working when I was started on medication (metformin). Its still working, or the reduction in Diamicron (which gives the pancreas a poke to produce more insulin) would have had a bad effect, and it didnt. I was producing heaps of insulin. My fasting levels were over the top, really high. The thing is... I needed meds that would enable me to use that insulin I was producing naturally... not to replace it. and it seems that the Actos is finally doing that (though I have NO doubt that my insulin levels are much lower now than they were). I will accept insulin when its necessary. Its not, right now.

 

[edit] I didnt say in my first post that my 4-5x daily testing is in the range of 3-8. I rarely go over 8 anymore, and I dont feel hypo or any of its symptoms when it goes down to 3. But it was that decrease to the 3-4 range that prompted me to start a reduction of the diamicron... I need to maintain between 4 and 6 if I can, and most of the time I can. It only goes over 6-7 when I am "naughty" (averaging daily on that matter, sadly). I'm happy with the overall result.

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