I’m constantly amazed to discover how many other people have diabetes. I was diagnosed sometime back with type 2 diabetes, which was a shock to me. I had never had any indicators that there was anything wrong. I felt well and and didn’t show any symptom, that there was any reason to be concerned. I still feel the same, diabetes has never made me unwell. I guess undetected I could have gone on indefinatly feeling ok. It took some time for my doctor and practice nurse to get it under control. Firstly I had to adjust my diet and eat more sensibly. For a while it worked well, but slowly my readings started to increase. So they introduced medication to help control my HBA1C blood results. I was on Metformin at first, and again they worked well for a while. However once again the results crept up again. I started to take Glimepiride 1mg, but found although the results stabalised I was putting on weight quite quicky. Following a referral to the diabetes specialist at the hospital, I am now on 6 x 500 mg Metformin, the Glimepiride everyother day and a new drug Sitagliptin (Januvia). My last HBA1C results were below 7 for the first time ever. I’m told that in the long term I will probably end up on insulin, but the longer we can hold off the better. I’m working on the weight thing, and have lost 7lbs since new year. I have to take more notice these day before I train, or go out for a long ride to ensure I don’t hypo, which is an interesting experiance. I have never had a real bad one, but have felt the signs of it coming on and been able to take corrective action. Anywhere between 3 and 4 I start to feel strange. Its a fine line between cutting back on what I eat and eating enough. I’m amazed as to how well I feel for a man who takes enough pills a day to rattle.
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