New to the forum. I am still going through the rules and housekeeping but I wanted to get going straight away and tap the incredible resources here to manager my diabetes.
My apologies if this turns out into a long spiel. But I believe it will help those who can potentially help me with suggestions.
50 Year old male. Diagnosed with T2D in my 49th. My dad’s side family is completely diabetic based on which, I know many doctors would probably put me in the “hereditary-prone to diabetes”.
As long as I know and remember, my A1C levels have been under 5.9 up until age 38. A combination of bad diets, life’s stressful situations, and no physical activity pushed me towards A1C = 6.2. It was at age of 40 that I came to know that I lost one of my kidneys. Not because of T2D, not because of bad life style, not because of anything that I know of. Doctors said, I could be living congenitally with a shrinking kidney since my early 20s probably.
I think it was then that my health started going downhill, not like a roller coaster but slowly. I tried my best to balance everything (related to health) in life but always struggled. It was a walk on the blade. Low carbs are bad for kidneys but good for sugar control. Complex carbs are good for kidneys but still not good enough for sugar control. Healthy fats are good for sugar control but I would gain weight which in turn effected my kidneys.
Fast forward to 49th year last year. My A1C moved from 6.5 to 8.2. My doctor said I must be put on meds. I asked him for 6 months to see if I can do anything naturally. He agreed. Again, I tried everything but to no use. I did get my A1C down to 7.5. But that was not good enough for my doc. He (kinda) forced me to start on meds. So, I started taking Glumetza (extended release - 1000 mg).
What I observed is this. Before meds, my fasting numbers on the monitor was 6.5 or so. My 2 hour post-lunch (my biggest meal) was 7.5 to 9.0 (mostly the lower number). But since taking meds (now it’s been 2 months), my fasting numbers still show between 6.3 to 6.5 but my post-lunch number is between 9 and 13 and that is freaking me out.
I am a vegetarian. I eat brown rice for lunch (portion controlled) and I eat either a healthy sandwich or salad/soup for dinner. I walk 20 min a day but mostly sedentary with my job.
What can I do to get my numbers down? Why do I see numbers higher after meds compared to lower before meds? Am I doing something wrong?
From my side, I have decided to be more active and even more healthy in my diet.
Your insights and perspectives and suggestions are much appreciated! Thank you!