Saturday, I got my blood drawn and my urine specimened to see what progress I've made dealing with diabetes. It was about 13 months since I was first diagnosed and five months since my last set of test results. In the intervening five months I went off all medication regulating my blood glucose so any result I had would be purely based on my diet and exercise. From the title of the post, you know how things turned out.
Here's the one year ago picture:
A1C level (measuring glucose) - 9.7 (standard is between 4.5 and 6.0)
ALBUMIN/CREATININE ratio (measuring how well my body able to retain protein in the bloodstream) - 122.5 (standard is below 29.9)
Overall cholestorol - 300 (standard is below 236)
HDL (the good cholesterol) - 40 (you should be above 40)
LDL (the bad cholestrol) - 137 (you should be less than 129)
Triglyceride (fat in your bloodstream) - 650 (should should be less than 199!)
So what are the numbers today?
A1C level (measuring glucose) - 5.1
ALBUMIN/CREATININE ratio (measuring how well my body able to retain protein in the bloodstream) - 14.5
Overall cholestorol - 151 (standard is below 236)
HDL (the good cholesterol) - 57 (you should be above 40)
LDL (the bad cholestrol) - 77 (you should be less than 129)
Triglyceride (fat in your bloodstream) - 83 (should should be less than 199!)
So there it is. I have to acknowledge that the Albumin/creatinine numbers and the cholesterol numbers are affected by the medication I'm taking but my doctor and nutritionist say those things don't mean bupkiss if I ain't living right. And the thing is, living right isn't a punishment. Last week I ate CHICKEN FRIED STEAK WITH BEER GRAVY! I made sure to forego the mashed potatoes and have a double order of roasted veggies but seriously folks - CHICKEN FRIED STEAK. What started out as one hellish month and a serious fear of Splenda has morphed into a lifestyle with a lot of Splenda desserts. Thanks y'all for giving me a space to think these things through. Let's keep on keeping on.
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