About 8 months ago, I had a routine physical and the results from the blood test put me in the prediabetes range. They were at the low end, but a little over a year earlier, my mother also tested prediabetic and my maternal grandmother had diabetes. Given this information, my doctor had me reduce my carbs and cut much of the simple carbs out of my diet. I was already exercising and I’m thin, 5’7" 160lbs at the time. I did as Rx’d and went in for follow up tests 3 months later. The fasting glucose crept up a little but my A1c had actually gone down (sorry I don’t have any of these initial numbers with me). The PA, not my doctor, felt like I was doing okay and should just keep doing what I was doing.
Feeling fine and confident that things were under control, I loosened up a little on diet. I was still mindful, but permitted myself “cheats” frequently. My most recent follow-up test was about a month ago, and the results came back with fasting glucose doubling and A1c at 9.14%. I was shocked and in a bit of a state of disbelief. I told my doctor I wanted to see if I could get this back under control by tightening up my diet and more exercise without meds. She agreed to give me a week, and had me testing my BGL’s over the following week. I began cutting a lot of carbs and doing a lot of research, leading me to bloodsugar101, among other sites. I also added 20 minutes of aerobic activity after dinner. My numbers came down quite a bit. After meal numbers fell to the low teens, but fasting remained higher, dropping to 121 last Friday.
My doctor wasn’t happy with my fasting numbers and put me on a super low dose of metformin (250mg/day). My numbers since have ranged from 115 to 91 fasting, and 116 to 91 after meals, with most post-meal numbers being <110. I’ve been feeling pretty good about these numbers, and I’m getting a good feel for what I can eat and when I should and shouldn’t eat certain things.
My confusion comes from my doctor diagnosing me as Type 1. Her diagnosis is based on the make up of my body, but not through any actual tests. How important is it that we ID the type? I go back again next week and I want to be ready to ask her for more tests if that’s necessary. Like I said, I feel great that the numbers have come down. But I want to know what’s ahead for me, to the extent that is realistic to know.
There’s a lot of other things going through my mind too. The why me, why now questions. Reading others’ experiences here have helped me deal with those, somewhat. I get really upset at not being able to enjoy things that I used to be able to eat without worry. I don’t have a sweet tooth and I didn’t binge on things. But it’s upsetting knowing that I can’t just grab a treat if I want to now. I wonder how my life is going to change, and what type of new uncertainties lie ahead. Right now, I’m focusing on the positive of eating a better diet. I powerlift and I’m training for my first meet, coming up in July. Focusing on my training has been a key factor in keeping my head straight in dealing with this all. My diagnosis is still so new, I think more emotions are going to come in the weeks and months ahead.
Thanks for reading through this. I’m really happy to have found a community like this. It’s already been helpful to me, and I’m certain I’ve only experienced the tip of the iceberg in it’s usefulness.