When I wrote the Welcome page to this blog, I mentioned that the skin on the bottoms of my feet felt a little thicker. I was sure it wasn’t diabetic neuropathy, because my blood sugar had never been a problem. I was certain I was not diabetic.
In February of 2015 I visited my doctor for a sore throat and mentioned the numbness on the bottoms of my feet. I explained I didn’t have an idea what it could be, because I’d never had a problem with my blood sugar. He gave me a little smirk and said, “You might be right, but let’s check your blood glucose to make sure.”
Three days later I learned my blood glucose came in a 159. I’d never had a fasting BG of more than 100. Something had changed. My A1c, which is a measure of blood glucose over the previous 90 days, was 6.5%. 6.4% is pre-diabetic. 6.5% denotes Type II Diabetes. Given my weight, age (65 at the time), and family history, I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was.
Just two months earlier my granddaughter Dani was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. All of a sudden she and I had a lot in common. We were both testing our blood before meals, counting our carbohydrates and making changes to our diets. For me a low-carb diet and Metformin helped me get my BG under control. Dani needs insulin injections before each meal and before bed. Her blood glucose was over 500 when she was first diagnosed. Her A1c was close to 8.0%.
Now a little over 18 months later, my A1c is 6.2%, and my feet are less numb than they were. I’m doing well with a low-carb diet. Dani’s A1c is down in the low 7%. She is doing really well for an 11 year-old.