I feel completely lost at the moment and dont know what to do about my situation and wondered whether anybody could give any pointers or encouragement etc.
I am a 61 year old slim female with pre diabetes. I have always been slim (not skinny but just small boned etc). My whole adult life my weight has been steadfast between 8 and 8.5 stones. I do not have a sedentary job, I have always eaten healthily and i exercise. There is absolutely no family history of diabetes.
(I am convinced the condition has been brought on through taking three prescription drugs in combination for 15 years. A beta blocker, duiretic and statin…..a time bomb and recipe for diabetes).
I also believe this pre diabetes has been festering for many years. Looking back recently at online access results I had a fasting of 6 in 2012 but nobody alerted me to this fact. All tests have continued to be over 5.5. About two years or more ago I was called in to discuss a blood test result and was then told it was my fasting glucose level of 5.9 which i was told was perfectly normal. (i accepted this as I had no idea about blood glucose levels at that stage…and in retrospect, i was not even told, `look this is a bit high be careful….had i been told this at that stage i may have had more chance to turn this around as i believe there is a window of around 6 years to turn pre diabetes around before it progresses into full blown type two diabetes.
They are now sending patients over 60 with hypertension for an HbA1c test…a new government incentive I believe. I had the test last october and was called in to be told that it was 6.1% and i was not glucose tolerant. Told that i needed to go to a session to educate me on healthy eating and weight loss etc (i was 8 stone and ate very healthily indeed and educated on nutrition . There is no way that I am going to attend anything that is part of the system and provided by the nhs. I personally feel that if you want to actually end up with diabetes then attend one and follow their unwanted advice.
Immediately i dropped the diuretic and statin (the GP is okay with this and they were quick to drop them as well despite never admitting it was drugs) and the beta blocker was halved. I have been tried on other antihypertensives but have adverse reactions so on the half dose beta blocker only.
I did eat carbs…..wholemeal bread and wholemeal pasta etc etc………but dropped those immediately – also the fruit that i ate as i did eat a lot fo fruit. and I must admit that my diet is very much like the michael mosely diet……and it almost became ketogenic…..also jumping around more than ever.
I lost a stone in the first two months….unintentionally but dropping carbs made the weight fall off……..the problem now is that i am only 7 stone and i look far too skinny…..i have to consciously not catch sight of myself when i shower and change as i am too skinny.
I also started to add to my supplement regime…..fenugreek, biotin, chromium……cinammon….more magnesium etc….
My diet – salmon – vegetables….eggs…organic grass fed beef…masses of nuts, avacados…olive oil drizzled over everything…chia seeds etc….etc…..i even dropped my beloved porridge…….recently added alpha lipoic acid and milk thisle to regine…….lots of green tea…….cows milk substituted with almond milk…..i reasearched and did everything in my power to turn this around.
I tried on sunday….my only day off work to fast for as long as i could – usually cracking at around 4.00pm.
I love food and have a good appetite and i do still eat plenty but the right things. I bought a blood tesing kit from boots and my post meals were very high – over the 8.5 cut off…….and this is after a healthy meal………..i got to a stage where i was afraid to eat anything…..I did everything in my power to turn it around……..and i knew that i had to act quickly.
My problem is that i am now skinny having lost a stone (it never goes back on…stays steadfast at 7 stone…and i know its from cutting out wholemeal bread, pasta, potatoes etc etc….which i dare not eat)……..I have eaten ultra healthily over the last 5 months and my HbA1c has risen rather than fall……interestingly my fasting they did with the test on monday was 4.9 which is lower than its ever been for years.
I am scared that the drugs have
damaged my body so that it simply does not work properly…….in my heart i know it was never my lifestyle, eating habits or weight….no family history. I do get stressed out which i know does not help……..i am worried this have been left to fester for too long that this cannot be turned around…..there is no way i will ever go on a drug like metformin…..and i am just lost in all of this – i cannot make my diet any healthier and i cannot afford to lose any more weight….
When i google or try to research anything about diabetes i just read over and over about how important weight loss is …but i cannot afford to lose any more…..i couldnt afford to lose any in the first place and i will admit that i am apple shaped and any weight does go to my tummy but i am sure that any possible surplus visceral fat is now gone.
i dont know what to do…and i dont know whether the drugs have permenantly damaged my body so taht anything i try to do is futile. I do feel in my heart that had i been overweight and eaten unhealthily and didnt get much exercise,,,this would have been so much easier to try to turn around….(Surgery useless regarding any questions…..just want to point to your lifestyle and push the losing weight and healthy eating sessions which has filled me with fury….sorry…makes me so angry……my triglycerides are 0.5 does this not indicate to them that my diet is not the problem…..
I am very scared as diabetes is the last thing that anybody needs……..i dont know what to do next to try to take control of this situation and improve things. I almost feel its too late.
Can anybody advise please….can i turn this around and if so…how……
sorry for rambling…….many thanks