Hi everyone, I'm new here. First, a little background - 51 years, T-2 for 6 years. Initially on Metformin - but it didn't seem to have much effect. My Dr took me off it and recommended instead that I try just diet and exercise (said I'd eventually need insulin anyway).
I was also Sent to a dietician who gave me an eating plan (I might say this was the "standard" high carb diet - here in Australia endorsed by Diabetes Australia - the equivalent of the ADA). Nothing worked, stuck to the diet, exercised vigorously every day for more than 12 months - blood sugars all over the place - average daily reading about 144 - but could go as high as 270.
I'm ashamed to say after 2 years of this I gave up, put my blood glucose monitor in a draw and ignored my diabetes. This year, I started getting a few warning signs - tingling in the toes mainly (also then worried about kidneys, eyes etc). I knew I couldn't go on ignoring my condition - but I couldn't go back to the recommended diet and become frustrated and angry at not being able to control my blood glucose levels.
That's when I started researching on the net and came across Dr Bernstein. First I got his e-book, with questions and answers about diabetes and his regime - then I bought a copy of the Diabetes Solution (2011 version).
I was convinced that this was the way to go. It all just made sense.
I found a new Dr who agreed that from the reserach she'd read - it also made sense - and encouraged me to try it.
I have now been following the Bernstein diet for just over 10 days (adhering to it very strictly).I have also been briskly walking daily for 30 minutes, exercising with weights and doing 30 mins of Tai Chi.
Already I have noticed that my blood pressure has improved markedly (I am on Ramipril and Caduet - an ace inhibitor combined with small dose of Lipitor. Also take low dose aspirin daily). My blood glucose is averaging 180 - I know that to many of you that is high - but it's down from an average the week before (first time I'd tested in 3.5 years) of 270 !.
What I want to know is - how much more of a drop in blood glucose can I expect ? - and over what period ?
Thanks for your help - and for all the wonderful greetings I've received since joining the forum ...