I recently ran into a former patient of mine. In speaking with him, I asked if I could share his story because it would be very encouraging to my readers. He said absolutely and also agreed to let me show his BG log that I had taken an image of when I began working with him because I was just so proud of him!
For a little background, this was a 73 year old male who had been a diagnosed Type 2 for well over 20 years. He was overweight, it is hard to tell how much. I would say at least 50 lbs, but for me, it is hard sometimes to tell on men who carry all of their weight abdominally. He was on a moderate dose of basal insulin daily (no mealtime insulin) and Metformin.
On my first visit with him, I found that he was not checking his BG as often as he needed to. I asked him to commit to giving me at least one pre and one two-hour post meal daily. I then spent about 60-90 minutes, teaching him how to eat with diabetes. And that was it. Two weeks later, I returned. He gave me this BG log.
So, let’s look at these readings:
The first day of my visit:
This was his established baseline.
Look at what happened just 3 days after implementing the dietary strategies we discussed…
After that, his readings were 86, 79, 76, 93, 110, 107, 99, 87, 124, 113, 78, 88, 81, 81, 99, 149 (he said this reading was due to being out in a restaurant and ordering chicken strips with breading, he said he “learned his lesson,” lol!), and, finally, 78.
Basically 3 days to normal blood sugar for a long time, Type 2 who was advanced in age (and weight.) Over the course of working with him for three months, these numbers continued. In fact, his insulin dose was nearly cut in half by his PCP due to consistent low BG.
And the benefits didn’t stop there. He commented that he felt better than he had in decades. He said his energy levels had soared and he was back to doing yard work and gardening. In fact, he said he felt so energetic that he was cutting his neighbor’s lawns as well. He said he had stopped gardening years before because his abdominal weight made it uncomfortable to get down on the ground and get back up. He said he was always short of breath. And now all of that was gone. He thanked me profusely for “giving him his life back.” I told him it was the least I could do. Someone showed me the way and now I was showing others.
Can someone please tell me why this way of living is not the standard in diabetes care yet? 😉
Wishing all of you good health and happiness!