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steel

diagnosed recently..and hey i am back!

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steel

@meyery2k Thank you so much for the encouragement and sharing your experiences. I think a lot of problems begin with insulin resistance, which I think a lot of people have! In all my research, I am starting to see that it isn't dietary fat and cholesterol but high levels of insulin and then for t2d people subsequent high blood glucose that damages arteries and leads to heart disease. A lot of thin people also have insulin resistance, and it's these thin people who go on to later develop t2d and/or cardiovascular disease. I find that this rise in insulin resistance is because of environmental factors also. The food we eat is not the food of our ancestors. Our activity levels have also changed significantly, but I think the genetic changes are a bigger contributor to insulin resistance.

 

I have had insulin resistance since childhood. I firmly believe that it's insulin resistance that causes weight gain rather than the inverse. And in people where insulin resistance isn't severe enough to cause weight gain early in life, it nevertheless causes damage over the years which is why we see thin people with metabolic syndrome (high cholesterol, high BP etc.). 

 

When I was in my mid-late teens, I lost a lot of weight. I lost well over 60 pounds. But a year or two later when my insulin levels were checked, they were three or four times the normal levels! I hadn't regained much of that weight but still had insulin resistance. Since I wasn't fat at the time, I was told all was well and some people just had insulin resistance and it wasn't a big deal. A few years after this, I regained the weight I had lost and more! (which would come at no surprise to most of us) and that's when I got put on metformin and blamed for lacking discipline. My insulin levels at this time were also super high but FBG was normal. I am pretty damn sure my post prandial numbers were already getting messed up at this time. But the doctors kept acting like it was not a big deal. By my late 20s I had pre-D. Post 30, I have t2d fully. And I know that this five year period of Pre-D lasted because I kept control of carbs (although not as tightly as I do now but still far better than the SAD).

 

They keep saying Diabetes is a "pandemic" and is impacting younger and younger people. There's definitely something in our environment that is making the disease pandemic. Even though diabetes is one of the oldest recorded diseases, my theory is that it was likely autoimmune diabetes [although it too is becoming more common] because people were described as deteriorating so rapidly and not living as long, since insulin d idn't become available until recently. I am not saying Type 2 is a recent disease, but I do think its roots lie in very complex hormonal processes involving gut biome that aren't well understood. I also find that the kind of food we have available combined with having grains pushed on us by corporate funded ADA (and equivalents globally) is only furthering insulin resistance and leading to high rates of T2d and metabolic syndrome, even in the absence of frank diabetes, globally..including as I said in thin people.

The aunt I talked about developed Diabetes in her late 70s but was told she was borderline in her 60s and I can bet anything that she was insulin resistant for a while also, even if it didn't come on as fast and hard as it did for me leading to childhood and adult obesity. Fwiw, I was an active kid too. All in all I don't buy the "lifestyle" disease argument for t2d.

 

 

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checked blood sugar 5ish hours post meal to see if any late spikes had occurred from eating kidney beans. well..B) the answer is no. first ever 5.4 since diagnosis! checked on another finger after washing hands again..was 5.5. so officially my first ever low-mid 5s number :) if only my fasting numbers would trend lower..in due time hehe.

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seeing negative results in BG numbers on my third day taking provera. BG has been sitting at 6.8 for four hours. Was 6.9 @ 1 hour pp, 6.8  @ 2 hours pp and hasn't budged in 4 hours. by this time i am in the 5s. it's frustrating.

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@Kit got results from mri with contrast. nothing new came up. they gave a few possibilities for the white spots...migraines, demylineating ? disease (MS i assume), small vessel vasculitis (or something similar), small vessel ischemia. i have to get another mri with contrast in 6 months. the doctor doesn't think it's anything to worry, and i am hoping the next mri will be fine too.

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I'll keep my fingers crossed that there are no changes next time.  I'm basically in that state myself and have been for a number of years now.

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3 hours ago, Kit said:

I'll keep my fingers crossed that there are no changes next time.  I'm basically in that state myself and have been for a number of years now.

thank you so much! keeping my fingers crossed for you too. really hoping it's nothing worrisome at all for both of us.

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update:

 

a1c - 4.9 (might be a bit artificially lowered because of hemolytic anemia but meter average corresponds to around 5.3%..still great reduction in complication risk..down from 7.1 at diagnosis)

ldl- normal (down from borderline high)

hdl- lower than last time unfortunately but should go up as i get more active

kidney and liver function tests are fine. hemoglobin still low but improving.

 

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