Toward the beginning of the year (Jan. or Feb.?) I remember we had a big thread in here, where we all talked about different health challenges we were dealing with & all. I don't remember what it was called or I would've tried to find it & post an update there... Anyhow, I remember someone asking me to let them know how things went with me, as I'd just been diagnosed with diabetes... I will share that now, but I also hope you all will share how you're doing as well (journey to improved health, any setbacks or what not).
I was very sad when I got that diagnosis. I was hoping (and praying) real bad that the A1C test results would come back fine & that I wouldn't have it. But, alas, that didn't happen. I shed a lot of tears & became overwhelmed because I had very little guidance, and the nutrition information I had gotten from the "diabetes educator" was very old (and incorrect - it was obvious, from things I read, that they did not keep up with the latest nutritional info.). So I began to reach out to people I didn't know well to get help - whether it was a co-worker of my husband's that had diabetes (my husband had shared with them that I had it), a lady I met in the digiscrapping world that had it, etc. This was hard, too, as I'm a bit of an introvert......so putting myself "out there" is extremely out of my comfort zone. I remember asking my doctor if she had any recommendations for multivitamins & diabetic supplements, but she had none. This caused me to take matters into my own hands....so I began doing a lot of research online for things that could possibly help my overall glucose results - be it dietary supplements or a multivitamin geared toward diabetics. There were so many choices that I quickly became overwhelmed; and as I couldn't find any recommendations anywhere, I put that on the back burner & never quite went back to it. Instead I just continued with my aqua p/t, made a few minor adjustments within my diet (based on my research), and started following the one recommendation I had gotten from the diabetes educator - the "plate rule" (1/2 plate non-carb veggies, 1/4 plate protein, 1/4 plate carbs). I already ate very healthy, so there really weren't a lot of changes to be made.
Anyhow... today I had my 6-mo. follow-up & my 2nd ever A1C test (for those of you who have never heard of that, it looks not at today's blood sugar level but that of the past 3 months). Test result back in January was 6.9 (which others told me was borderline diabetic, which got my doctor mad) ...... today's was 5.9 (which is non-diabetic level, I was told ). Despite that she still made a point of discouraging me - she told me that while I was at a non-diabetic level WITHOUT DRUGS OR INSULIN that I was "still diabetic." She still won't take into account that when I was tested back in January I had in my blood food indulgences from my birthday (which is a few weeks before Christmas), Christmas hoopla, New Year's & Superbowl. So, in a way, I trust today's result more than I do this past January's... I brought that up, but she ignored it & told me that I was still diabetic & to "keep on doing whatever you're doing because it's working - you've lost 20 lbs since I last saw you." On the other hand, she mentioned that my blood pressure was high (145/90) and the micro albumin levels were high from my urine test (they were 40 - she did not tell me what the normal range was). She said that's a sign that I may be having kidney problems, and she may have to put me on [life-long] medication. I asked her if there were a natural alternative to try instead, and she said she'd look into it. From doing some reading about it tonight, I wonder how accurate the urine test was - as the sample was more like first morning urine, and from everything I read they suggest you don't do that & that you collect urine, over a 24 hour period AFTER the first morning urine. It's also quite possible that I was also a bit dehydrated, which my research said can skew the result. Not sure what to do about this info. I learned - sometimes she likes my looking into things on my own, and at other times I can tell she's irritated by it. But the way I see it - it's my life, my body, I want to be an active participant in decisions regarding my health & to do that I need to be informed.
So that's where I'm at. I'm still trying to recover from the fall I had (in the Academy pool area) back in early June. It messed me up pretty good, and a pretty long drive down to PA a few weeks later (to visit my in-laws & pick up our vintage camper) didn't help things (my muscles tightened up & shortened a bit from all the time in the car, despite breaking up the trip over 2 days). I'm still working on getting back to where I was before that. The discouraging part is I was SO close to being able to go back to a "land-based p/t program" again, but now I've had to put that off... On a good note, though, I'm not going out of alignment as frequently & my adjustments have been holding.
So that's where I'm at now....how about you?