Here I am

T2 diagnosed in 2005 with an A1C of 10.5 (that’s an average blood glucose value of around 296 for those of you keeping score at home).

I was lucky to discover Dr. Richard K. Bernstein and his Diabetes Solution book right after diagnosis. I do believe that it truly saved my life.

Doing very low carb ( <30 grams total per day) and have reduced my A1c to 5.5 with the low carb and 30-40 minutes of exercise per day. There is no such thing an an essential carbohydrate.

Meds: On 1500mg Glucophage XR daily. I tried Januvia but it didn’t help me that much and since there are no real studies on the long term side effects I decided to discontinue it for now.

I hate the fact that my kids may have inherited the T2 genes from me and
am trying to do what I can to instill a good low carb diet and exercise
habit in them. It is an uphill battle for sure.

I hate the fact that high fructose corn syrup is added to almost all foods. The government has inflated the price of sugar so manufacturers opt for the much cheaper high fructose corn syrup that may be a big contributor in the obesity epidemic.

I hate the fact that transfat is still in so many foods. Burger King and McDonalds are off the family menu until they smarten up. We do visit Wendys as they no longer use any transfats.

I hate the fact that the ADA thinks that an A1C of 7 is acceptable and doesn’t promote low-carb as an option for diabetics. T2 is a disease of carbohydrate metabolism.

I hate the fact that everyone thinks that cholesterol is the enemy and that the population should be on a statin.

On the other hand…

I love the fact that folks like Jenny whos Diabetes Update blog and What They Don’t Tell You About Diabetes blog continue to help educate me in the world of Diabetes.

I love the fact that there is a television show, DLife that is helping people with diabetes.

I love the fact there are magazines available like Diabetes Self Management and Diabetes Health that publish articles that are timely and educational and help keep me up to date on Diabetes trends and research.

I love reading Kerri’s Six Until Me blog during the week, although she is a T1 I can still relate to her experiences and enjoy her writing.

I guess that’s enough for now.

-Fred O