Charlie S

CharlieS
November 15, 2001
Gender: Male Ethnicity: Caucasion Height: 5ft 10in to 6ft 0in Weight: 150-170 lbs Onset Age: 51-60 Age Now: 51-60 Family Diabetes: Grandparent Treatment: Diet only Medication: None Meter: Other Tests: 1-2 times/day Exercise: 3-4 times/week Diet: Other Supplements: see details

I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in late August 2001 (aged 59). For the first week I was in denial, and completely devastated. Finally, I realized that I may as well accept the truth and do something about it. Fortunately, my doctor practices complementary medicine similar to that of Dr. Andrew Weil and he started me on a 3-month plan that included diet and exercise to see how well I controlled myself. This gave me the confidence to take charge of my life.

Supplements

I had always thought that I was very healthy, I take the following supplements:

My Dr. added (they help with glucose metabolism):

Living with diabetes

Like everyone else, I began learning about diabetes. My first realization was that in my case my diabetes was caused in part by heredity (grandmother and aunt) but mostly because of gluttony. I did some calculations and I was eating about 4000 to 5000 calories per day before my diagnosis. I had a bad Coke-a-Cola habit (4 or 5 per day) and a sweet tooth. My diet was heavy in starches and sugar. Now I average between 1200 to 1500 calories per day and very few starches. Most of my carbohydrates come from fruit and vegetables. I still struggle with the sweet tooth although I quit Coke cold turkey.

My biggest help has come from:

Now 2-1/2 months (as of November 4, 2001) into my new life-style I weigh 167-lbs down from 185-lbs (I was 200 a year ago). My average blood glucose reading is 97.5 mg/dl (5.4mmol/L). I tested three times/day during my first month and now I test once/day: on Monday, Wednesday and Friday I test in the morning; on the other days I test in the evenings. My readings have a standard deviation of 10.5mg/dl (0.6mmol/L) which isnít all that bad. However, I did loose it one day when I went on a binge which included eating two large doughnuts and that evening my glucose was 143mg/dl (7.9mmol/L). I try walking (very briskly) for 45 minutes at least four times per/week.

I attribute what success that I have had to:

  • Dr. DíAdamoís books and diet advice. Eliminate foods harmful to your blood type
  • Exercise. I definitely notice the difference on days I walk
  • Reduced caloric intake
  • Meditation

Cutting back on the feed bag, and eliminating foods that I dearly craved was my hardest task to date. Keeping on track will be my biggest challenge in the future. Web sites like Rick's & Malcolm's have been a very big help.