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Still doing well

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Just came from endocrinologist: HbA1c at 5.9%, just at the top of the “normal” range. Liver enzymes, blood pressure, cholesterol all good. Need to lose weight and exercise more. I think a lot of the good control is my avoidance of high-sugar, high-refined starch foods. I also avoid potatoes, which send my blood glucose up. (Not true for everyone, of course.) Lots of whole grains, veggies, etc.

Written by LeisureGuy

31 July 2007 at 12:23 pm

Posted in Daily life

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  1. I would guess that congratulations of sorts are in order.
    Amen and amen to your comments about avoiding sugar and starch. In my experience, green tea makes for an excellent sugar free drink. And, on the west coast you should be able to find some tasty Chinese brands. I have found that peanuts make an excellent snack. They don’t pump up the blood sugar and the protein content will keep your hunger satisfied until your next regular meal. If possible try eating 4-5 small meals per day versus 3. The only true meal that I eat is dinner. Everything else is rather small.
    I have even read that fasting one day a week is beneficial. It seems that all the techniques emphasize reducing insulin secretion, which causes the muscles to store fat.
    If you are a sweet tooth, you may want to look into growing stevia which is a plant that produces a calorie free, natural, sweetener. It is banned from commercial sale in the US because of the powerful sugar industry lobby. But you can buy seeds and grow your own.
    Outside of the miraculous, the human body is just a chemistry set. One can reasonably anticipate the result.


    31 July 2007 at 1:11 pm

  2. For exercise, swim. You’ll use all of the muscles in you body, & if the water is cool, you’ll burn calories to keep your body temperature up.


    31 July 2007 at 4:02 pm

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