I was first diagnosed as pre-diabetic in late 2003. During that summer I struggled to stay healthy, it seemed like I was constantly battling sinus and respiratory infections and other nagging bugs. I finally went to a primary care physician late that summer. He ran some blood work and noticed that my fasting level was a bit elevated. I don’t recall the exact #, but it was in the 130 range. As we went over the results he kept going back to the BG # a decided to send me for a glucose tolerance test. His exact words were “I don’t think there is any way you can be diabetic, but I have to go with my gut on this one.”
During 2004 I was able to maintain control via weight loss and diet restrictions. I dropped from just under 200 pounds to 175. (I’m 6’0") My A1c stayed below 6 until the end of 2004. That is when things began to slowly unwind.
From 2005 until near the end of 2007 my A1c slowly crept higher, despite monitoring my diet and trying different oral meds. By the end of last year I was losing weight at a steady rate. It didn’t matter what I ate nor how often I ate, I was losing a pound or two per week. My BG levels weren’t sky high, but I was struggling to keep it below 150 on a good day, 200 on others.
At my wife’s urging I made an appt with an Endo. During our first meeting he walked into the room, looked at me, looked at my chart, closed the door and took a seat. His first words were to the effect “You are probably wondering ‘How the heck can I be a diabetic…’” He ran me through the standard tests and came to the conclusion my pancreas was most likely enjoying its last hurrah. I began taking NovoLog and Lantus. Within days the change was evident. I had energy back and was not constantly hungry. A few months later I was back to my normal weight (170-175) and feeling great.
I started off on relatively small doses of both (14 units per day, significantly less if I’m active) but recently my BG levels have started to climb. Its really annoying because I had fantastic control through the first half of the year (averaging less than 110) but since late June it has been a struggle. I increased my Lantus dose to 17 and began taking a small dose of NovoLog in the morning. So far I’m all over the charts, from 60-280, but I will figure it out!