My Hemoglobin A1c, taken this week, is 5.4. Throughout 2008, it was 6.6, 6.3, 6.5, when I used to eat grains & added sugar, and this inordinately concerned my primary care physician. But thanks to the low carb theory proposed by my buddies Ron & Steve, and validated by my long term drinking buddy Matt and my friend Slam (after reading Ron's blog, each began practicing it, and each then lost 40 lbs) this stubborn Polack, transplanted from the land-of-pollen-and-moisture-into the low-humidity-working-from-home-on-a-flex-scheduled-you've-got-no-excuse-to-NOT-try-the-same-experiment, embraced the methodology and has kicked high blood sugar's proverbial butt.
Of course my physician was "concerned" about my HDL only being 46 (LDL 117) and she did not like the fact that the protein I am eating is not "usually lean". I reassured her I am avoiding ketosis - verified by smell, not by test strips - and eating moderate amounts of fruits and veggies along with my protein. Dr Desert Flower has helped out chez nos a great deal as well, ceasing her preparations of pasta, rice and other starches, and not bread making over the last several months. (If it's there, it'll be eaten).
Diamondback stationary bike riding and free weights are up to 5X a week, and now that the pool deck is not a roasting pan outdoor yoga is up to 4X a week. Breakfast has been replaced by stevia laden coffee. Ravenous hunger - and the annoying adrenalin spiked aggression that used to go with it - has been eliminated by avoiding the evil carbs. I'm on my last belt notch, 16 lbs lighter than my last doctor visit. My order of the engineer ring flew off last Sunday while clapping for a Bear's touchdown at Glendale's Old Chicago - wedding ring is extremely loose too. My energy level has not been higher, since becoming a father.
Had it not been for my friends setting multiple good examples & providing scientific facts (here, here, here, and here - Ron!), and my wife's culinary collaboration, and my personal determination to eliminate the confounding artificial sugar substitutes from my diet, I'd still be among the 17% of adult Americans embracing mellitus.
Thanks for all the help guys!
1 year ago