Hello I am Chris,
I was diagnosed as a T2D last year.
I started out weighing 296 pounds and I am now down to about 253 / 254 pounds
My A1C started out 7.8 and I am down to 5.5 now.
I started out on 2 metformin twice a day.
I now only take 1 500 mg Metformin a day.
How I did it: I walk about a 1.68 miles a day for 30 min.
I watch what I eat… If the can says you can only have 1/2 a cup of corn thats all I eat
If it says you can only have 4 oz of meat thats all I eat ( UNLESS the salt levels are low
because I watch my salt intake too for HBP.
What I mean is say a steak is only 60 mg in salt for 4 oz and the whole steak is 8 oz. I just add 60+60 and write that down in my book. Speaking of book, I have a note book ( its actually a diary but I use it to write down my salt intake) I write everything down in. I try to stay right at 2000 mg a day thats what my doctor told me to stay around.
I was told by my doctor that in June when I go back, I MIGHT get to get off my metformin and one of my BP meds ( prob the amlodipine ) if everything is good!
I still have my weeks where I JUST CRAVE SUGAR and CHOCOLATE and sometimes salty things. and I have to have something sweet everyday. IDK why this happens I have been abstaining from having ANYTHING sweet. But I give in and eat sweets. But I try to stay within the limit. If it says you can only have 2 pieces of chocolate thats all I eat. Or I only eat 1 if my salt intake is getting up there. I also look at the salt levels in everything I eat like I said above.
The salty stuff… I can go a couple days without it and only have it if I am eating a sandwich or something like that. Sometimes I might snack on it but I only eat the recommended serving size. If it says 15 chips thats all I have.
Eating… Well, I am not on any kind of low carb anything. I still have spaghetti from time to time or a baked potato but I eat whole wheat bread, VERY LIMITED when it comes to anything white ( only 1 serving) rice etc if were eating out lets say Chinese food.
Eating out is RARE for us. But when we do, I JUST ABOUT ALWAYS blow my salt intake for the day eating out. I am constantly Googling the restaurants nutritional facts page and I look up what I want to order and check the salt contents.
I do have a glucose checker and I sometimes check twice a day but most times I forget I know shame on me. I am going to get better at it.
I am just learning about things that will spike your BS levels like carbs etc. I never knew about carbs spiking your BS! I was watching sweets and stuff like that. I thought that was all I had to watch out for.
But anyways enough about the introduction and how I’ve lost weight I am worried about complications. I’ve read so many things on Google about complications Eyes, Kidneys, Cancer, Dementia, etc. I am scared its going to happen to me like Kidney problems even though I got my A1C down within a couple of months. I will be doomed to have eye problems or Kidney problems or Cancer just because I am T2D.
I have been talking to fellow diabetics on twitter and I was told I am not doomed to that fate if I take care of myself. I THOUGHT I was on the road to that getting my A1C down and losing weight. Will all of that be enough to prevent that?
Everything I have read said " PREVENT / SLOW DOWN" things from happening to me. I don’t like the " slow down" part because that makes me think I am doomed I will have eye problems or kidney problems ANYWAYS no matter what I do.
I never knew that this website existed until someone direct messaged me on twitter and gave me the link to this site. So I naturally signed up and I am telling my story to fellow T2D like myself
IDK just a lot on my mind and feeling doomed. I am hoping ya’ll can calm my fears and tell me whats true and whats not.