I've never kept a blog or a diary or anything like that, so I don't know what is typical or normal. I guess the best place to start is at the beginning, so here goes -- an abbreviated story of my life with diabetes. Post-diagnosis, that is; the previous life isn't really pertinent.
I was diagnosed T2 at age 45. Assuming that I was diabetic for some time before diagnosis, which seems pretty probable, that makes me diabetic for most of the past 20 years.
For a long time I controlled it -- carelessly and in a casual, mediocre way -- with just glyburide and exercise. Of course, as time passed, the required dose crept upwards until it got to be three or four times what I began with. This happened over a period of years. About 2 or 3 years ago my doctor started me on Metformin too (not the same doctor I started with; we had moved across country in the meantime).
It's the same old story -- I was paying casual attention to diet but not really managing it conscientiously; I was monitoring once in a while but not consistently; and control was getting ever-so-gradually more difficult.
A while back I read a book written by a Naturopath who claimed that he could control T2 with diet, exercise, and supplements. I followed the advice in the book and got some minor improvement, but nothing like what I hoped for.
At about this time I went to see my wife's Naturopath, mostly just to get a second opinion and some fine tuning of the supplements I was taking. She only found one or two things to tweak, but she also told me to read Bernstein's book. I confessed that it had been sitting on my shelf gathering dust for some time. She said, "take it down and read it!" So I did. The best advice I've ever gotten.
Sometimes you just have to be in the right place in your life to hear a message clearly. I must have been, because that book lit a fire under me. Bernstein's credo is that "diabetics are entitled to normal blood sugar," and he is living proof that it can be done. He was diagnosed T1 in 1946. He is now pushing 80 in excellent health with normal blood sugar -- all in all, someone worth listening to.
That's enough for this first installment. Next time I'll describe what I am doing to get this disease under control -- real control -- once and for all. And, since the journey is really just beginning, I'll keep this updated as I go along.
9 JUNE 2012