Here it is December 20th, just before Christmas and two weeks into my journaling project. Although the volume of my daily entries has gone down significantly, I am still doing it. I’m sticking to major events and just capturing the highlights. It’s not exactly what I set out to do, but I’m pleased that I am still doing it at all since I grossly underestimated the time and effort it takes to be so detailed.
The big news for this week is that I had another visit with the doctor. He mentioned once before in passing that it might be a good idea to try a basal insulin routine as a way to help bring the blood sugar down overnight. It’s also mentioned on the Bloodsugar 101 site that insulin shouldn’t be viewed as a last resort or the “we lost the fight” option, but it is the body’s natural way to utilize glucose and should be used to help relieve the body rather than medications with severe side-effects (especially fatal ones).
So, I led the appointment with the idea of trying insulin since my a1c results were back up and since the last time he increased my medication dosage, it seemed like I was always on verge of going hypo every afternoon unless I ate extra carbs which was not the right thing to do. In fact, I wasn’t going hypo, but the wild fluctuations in my blood glucose levels left me feeling that way. He agreed to the idea and put me on 10 units of basal insulin at bedtime as well as drastically reduce the medication which stimulates the production of insulin.
It’s been 4 days and my fasting sugars are down and seem to be more stable throughout the day. They are still high and I believe he’ll have to increase the dosage, but I do feel much better. I’ve even renewed my commitment to the low-carb lifestyle.
Since my new job means I have a commute that is over an hour, I’ve been going to the gym at the office in order to allow traffic to ease up so I can spend as little time in the car. This has worked okay, but I’m working from home this week and will be working from home more often as I come up to speed in my duties. As a result, I’ve signed up a membership with LA Fitness. There is one both near where I live and one just down the street from the office so I’ll have one membership and two locations available to me. It should help to have some consistency in routine and available equipment.
I came across this article yesterday which was really satisfying to read since there is so much power behind the false message of low-fat diets. Dr. Atkins discovered the principles in the article and first wrote about them in the 1970s. I’m becoming more and more convinced that the world’s obesity problems can directly be attributed to high-carb, low-fat diets and especially to high-fructose corn syrup (now renamed corn sugar). My favorite quote from the article is:
Carbohydrates are a metabolic bully,” Phinney says. “They cut in front of fat as a fuel source and insist on being burned first. What isn’t burned gets stored as fat, and doesn’t come out of storage as long as carbs are available. And in the average American diet, they always are.”
Particularly if you have a history of diabetes in your family, as I do, you need to read the article and listen to its message. I had many opportunities to listen and I wish now I had done more about it. I read Dr. Atkins book and had lost over 50 lbs on the diet several years before I gave up the low-carb lifestyle and ended up with Diabetes.