I have been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes for about 8 years now. When I was first diagnosed, my hemoglobin A1c was just barely over 6. My doctor
started me on Metformin, 500 mg, twice daily. He suggested to me to try the Atkins diet. The reasons I went to him to begin with was I had gained
about 60lbs in 3 months, and by chance had done a home glucose test while someone else was. That test revealed a 246 blood sugar.
I took his advice, and myself and my husband went on Atkins Induction, and remained there for the most part, religiously, for 6 years. He could cheat
occasionally then return to the diet with no problems. Me, not so much. Once I tasted those delicious banned carbs, especially breads and pastas, I
had the hardest time going back.
Not to mention, every time I ate sugar or carbs, I got ill. They were toxic to me. It made resisting a bit easier, because I knew there would be a
price to pay.
Later, after 3 years, after my hemoglobin A1c getting to 3.5, my cholesterol total to 175, my lipids to 75, my labs were amazing, I got a phone call.
Your iron is critically HIGH. You need to cut back on green, leafy vegetables. Hum. Well, ok.
Then, soon after, other things began to change. I started to not tolerate the Metformin. I was feeling ill to my stomach, diarrhea, I had to be by a
bathroom when I ate. I could not make it through a meal without rushing to the bathroom at least once, if not twice. It made going out, visiting
friends or family, eating meals at work, impossible.
Suddenly, other things drastically changed. My vitamin B12 plummeted to critically low levels, as did other minerals, my vitamin D2 and vitamin D 3
were so low they were unmeasureable. The Metformin was making me so ill, I was unable to absord my vitamins from my foods. I could eat, and before my
meal was over, it was already in the toilet.
I was told it was time to start eating bread., time to come off the Atkins diet. Time to go onto vitamin D2 at 50 thousand units a week, vitamin b12
replacement, folic acid replacement, and was told these are all nutrients added to processed flour that I was no longer eating, therefore, not eating
bread was the cause.
I was told to take metformin long acting, 1000 mg twice daily. My hemoglobin A1c climbed to nearly 8..
I got sicker. I could no longer take the metformin, I was becomming dehydrated, and almost critically ill. I was labeled "non-compliant".
I was then placed on Onglyza, 5mg once daily. I experienced severe abdominal pain, but now was having bouts of diarrhea and constipation so severe I
had to use Milk of Mag. My hemoglobin A1c was now nearly 10. My blood sugars were out of control. I lost 28 lbs in 3 months, because I started having
severe pancreatic pain every time I ate.
I felt like I was getting ulcers. I was only able to eat a tiny bit, and sometimes I could only eat once every couple of days. When the PA wanted to
put me on the Onglyza, I argued fervently, as I have a history of pancreatitis. I was afraid to take it, but she belittled me, and made me feel I
didn't know what I was talking about. The longer I took the Onglyza, the worse I got, where at the end of 3 months, I was maybe eating one meal,
spread over a WEEK. I was weak and shaky, and had to resort to eating a spoonful of honey to prevent fainting.
I have made the decision that I am going back on Atkins as my doctor originally recommended. I am also going to go diabetes med free.
I got my labs done yesterday, and I am starting over, as of today. I am refusing any diabetes drugs, and the PA I saw yesterday put Onglyza on my
She also put me on name brand Synthroid, as opposed to the generic. She said it is very hard to stabalize patients on the generic, levithyroxine,
because the differing fillers affect the drug.
Incidentally, all of the changes in my meds, diet, and all, have not been made by my doctor, but his PA's that told me he made a mistake putting me on
Atkins. Well, it worked for ME, and I should have listened to him and no one else.
I have not been "allowed" to see my doctor for at least 3 years. He also is no longer a preferred provider for my HMO which I am on until January, and
my co-pay went from 30$ to 55$ a visit.
Needless to say, I am shopping for a new doctor.
I am going back to basics, back to Atkins which made me feel better than I had since I was a child.
I am going to post my labs when I get them next week, and then all of my follow up labs from then on.
Disclaimer: I do NOT recommend anyone else do this, or that anyone else stop taking your diabetes medications. What may work for one person may not
work for another.
Aside from being on a roller coaster of weight gain and weight loss due to unstable thyroid and diabetes, my labs and other functions have been
affected. I am just seeking the stability that I had before. With a hemoglobin A1c of 3.5, I should not need diabetes meds as long as I eat the diet
that is right for me.
ETA: I was urged at one point to post some diabetic low carb recipes, and what are called "Frankenfood" recipes by someone, and that was right about
the time they changed my diet. I will do that if anyone is interested. I learned a lot about cooking low carb over 6 years!
edit on 9-11-2013 by Libertygal because: (no reason given)