I was diagnosed three years ago this month. The original dx was T2 but fortunately my GP ordered anti-body tests resulting in a dx of T1, GAD >250.
The lab results were, A1c 5.9%, fasting BG 130, triglycerides 160, HDL 35, LDL 180, weight 220 height 5'7 age 52 male.
Within a couple weeks I had done extensive research and discovered the Dr. Bernstein book. Following his dietary advise I lost 40 lbs in 6 months and my BG levels normalized without insulin. My pancreas was still delivering enough insulin to cover the low carb diet.
Being that my BG levels were not exceeding 130 and morning reading were in the 100 range on average I did not revisit the doctor till my next annual exam. The blood test results were A1c 5.1% fasting BG 95, triglycerides 55, HDL 55, LDL 120, weight 183.
Last years tests came back almost exactly the same and yesterday I got this years results and the A1c is now at 5.2%, lipids and weight are almost identicle.
In my research I discovered CBD (cannabis) was shown in Israeli studies to improve outcomes in diabetic mice. I live in Washington state and got a medical cannabis card. For about 3 months starting in November of 2011 I orally ingested super concentrated cbd oil. Since then I have been vaporizing cannabis every night before bedtime (around 8pm). Last year I used the oil for about a month in addition to vaping.
I also drink about 4 oz of scotch whiskey daily. I believe this retards overnight sugar production from my liver thus lowering my fasting BG level.
A few months ago I performed a home brew glucose tolerance test by eating a 70 carb pastry. The max BG level was 240 at the one hour mark, at 2 hours the reading was 160 and back down to 100 at four hours. This test indicates my first insulin response is weak, recovery is slow but at least comes back.
I do look forward to the end of the day, the cannabis and scotch feel good and I wake up feeling rested and sharp. I am highly successful at my sales career, haven't missed a day of work or even had a bad day in nearly three years.I am not advocating any of my treatment choices;who knows if cannabis and scotch is helping? I do however believe the ketogenic diet is a a huge contributor to my health. Just wanted to share my non scientific journey.