So it’s been a little over a year and a half now, I don’t know why I’m back but I am, so I want to give a little update in case there’s anyone out there scared or curious or for whatever reason identifies with what I went through.
I had a second C-peptide test done again maybe a year ago? Results came back with normal levels (up from essentially zero as I was told and saw). A1c is ~5-5.5 with no exogenous insulin. Which is absolutely mindboggling. I’m probably no longer a type 1 diabetic? I have to say it’s incredibly humbling.
To give you an idea about the type of personality I have; I love to read about things and gain as deep of an understanding about stuff as I can. When I was first diagnosed, all of the literature painted a rosy picture about a cure… but any implementation resulted in completely insignificant clinical effects. “5 years away” was the mantra (I actually broke down when I first read that due to my experience with, surprisingly, hairloss cures always being “5 years away” lol). Really there was only one tiny study that showed beta cells can regenerate if you are 1. young (under 30, which I am), and 2. keep blood glucose levels low (like really low always, <120). Keep in mind that I don’t/didn’t have markers for autoantibodies that would signal that my immune system was attacking my beta cells.
I tried. I couldn’t, at least not with my current (former) diet and lifestyle. The motivation to change actually came from my nurse, a thoroughly repulsive individual in every way, who acted condescending to me about my lifestyle despite weighing 350 pounds. I really did not like that, so I did the things I outlined in the original post. I also stopped all artificial sweeteners because I read that it messes with your gut biome, which could have metabolistic effects (though I don’t know if the amount we eat is significant enough to do so, indeed I kind of am skeptical but there was little downside to actually cutting them out so I did anyway).
There was a lot on my mind when I decided to write this, and I definitely forgot to write out some of my thoughts, but here it is. Ask questions and I will eventually get back to you on it.
Ah yes, I still test once per day, just in case.