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My Path to Type 2 Diabetes Remission

I have been living with type 2 diabetes since I was diagnosed in 2017 with an A1C of 12.5. However, on November 1, 2023, my A1C results dropped to 6.2. I am now considered someone with prediabetes.

From type 2 diabetes to prediabetes

In my years-long journey with managing type 2 diabetes, I have constantly been reminded that taking small steps towards a healthier lifestyle could lead to significant changes. I attribute these various lifestyle changes as factors that led to the remission of my type 2 diabetes. This has proved to be true for me. I saw my A1C results gradually improve over time! Let me tell you, life in the prediabetes zone is fantastic!

Small changes made a big difference

I know how hard it can be to manage your blood sugar levels, deal with medication, and deal with symptoms. Trust me, this improvement in my A1C did not happen overnight. It certainly was not easy, especially after being disabled from breaking both my feet in 2017. Still, I had to make some significant lifestyle changes. Some changes I made included:

  • Establishing a regular meditation practice
  • Focusing on nutrition
  • Adhering to medications
  • Exercising regularly

However, one of the most critical factors in controlling my diabetes was education.

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Stress and its impact on blood sugar

I learned how stress and different foods can affect my blood sugar levels. Due to my injury, I wanted to be very mindful of the changes I was making. So, I focused on the support and expertise of professionals like a psychiatrist and nutritionist (dietitian). Through this, I deeply understood my body and how it responds to different stimuli that can affect my glucose levels.

With the help of my psychiatrist, I learned healthy strategies to manage my stress and anxiety levels, which in turn helped me maintain stable blood sugar levels.

My dietitian educated me on the importance of a balanced diet and how various food groups can affect my diabetes differently. This knowledge has allowed me to make wiser meal choices, leading to better control over my blood sugar levels.

Medication management

I also learned about the importance of proper medication management and regular exercise to control my diabetes. With the help of my doctor, I found the proper medication that worked for me and kept my blood sugar levels in check.

Diabetes medications in my treatment plan

Initially, I was prescribed a combination of medications from Metformin, Glipizide, and Januvia for my diabetes. With time and lifestyle changes, I was able to reduce my medication dosage gradually. I am currently only on compound semaglutide and have been since August 2023.

Finding exercise that works for me

Additionally, regular exercise has been a crucial part of my journey towards reversing my diabetes. Not only does it help me maintain a healthy weight, but it also helps regulate my nervous system. Starting my exercise journey with short walks, I soon incorporated a personal trainer to educate me on the best regular exercise to add to my routine, improving my overall health and well-being.

Empowered with education and lifestyle changes

Living with type 2 diabetes is not easy and can even be scary, but with proper education, medication management, and lifestyle changes, it is possible to empower yourself and make improvements.

I am now living a healthier and happier life in the prediabetes zone, and my A1c results are proof of how far I have come. My journey has taught me that taking small steps towards a healthier lifestyle can lead to significant changes, and I believe this holds true for everyone. So don't be afraid to educate yourself, make necessary changes, and take control of your diabetes!

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