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Old 10-24-19, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDudeIsHere View Post
57, type 2, refuse to take medication!

Doc offered the meds as my A1C was 7.5. Forget the meds, I will control my diet. Dropped down to 6.1, no meds, all eating right and exercise.

I go ride 45 miles, drink 1 or 2 large bike bottles of Gatorade (powder mix). Eat a balanced meal then a couple hours later, my meter reading is 100-105.

I will not take meds unless it is positively mandatory.

From a family of diabetics, they all encourage me to take the meds. DOES ME GOOD they say but looking at them, most being amputees and other more serious problems, no thanks, I'll control my diet and exercise!
Hi Guys, thanks for your replies. I've been type 2 since about 2002, have kept my A1C 6.0 to 6.9 by exercise and diet, and I'll be 75yrs in Jan 2020. I had back surgery on Jul26 and finished therapy Sept 29. So I bought a new bike to help my recovery even more, and am just doing health. So I thought I would look into getting a Dexcom CGM to mainly use when I exercise. But the Dexcom web site says that you and your Dr have to certify that you are an insulin user, and that you use insulin at least three times or more daily. So with those script requirements and the cost of the units, I just gave up. Now way for me to qualify. So I'll just have to do finger sticks and eat, etc. while riding. Thanks for your help, Rich
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Thank you all for your posts. They've been informative and helpful.
I was able to ride 900 miles this summer. Wanted to ride 1000, but bike sores and smoke from a forest fire stopped me from riding.
Now, it's rain, cool temps, and moving into winter. Already had 1st snow, but it melted
Probably go back to my small rowing machine for the winter.
I found that I was able to ride 2 to 3 hours comfortably with just water. Afterwards, I'd drink a protein drink, and eat carbs.
Once in a while, I'd eat a banana before riding, getting up at 0530 and heading out.
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Originally Posted by TheDudeIsHere View Post
57, type 2, refuse to take medication!

Doc offered the meds as my A1C was 7.5. Forget the meds, I will control my diet. Dropped down to 6.1, no meds, all eating right and exercise.

I go ride 45 miles, drink 1 or 2 large bike bottles of Gatorade (powder mix). Eat a balanced meal then a couple hours later, my meter reading is 100-105.

I will not take meds unless it is positively mandatory.

From a family of diabetics, they all encourage me to take the meds. DOES ME GOOD they say but looking at them, most being amputees and other more serious problems, no thanks, I'll control my diet and exercise!
Your situation and outcomes are atypical. Diabetes is a complex illness with variables that change from patient to patient. A good diet and exercise are a good way to keep glucose levels down, but they donít work all the time for all people.

Good luck and keep up the good work.
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Old 10-28-19, 06:52 AM
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Originally Posted by richardwill View Post
Hi Guys, thanks for your replies. I've been type 2 since about 2002, have kept my A1C 6.0 to 6.9 by exercise and diet, and I'll be 75yrs in Jan 2020. I had back surgery on Jul26 and finished therapy Sept 29. So I bought a new bike to help my recovery even more, and am just doing health. So I thought I would look into getting a Dexcom CGM to mainly use when I exercise. But the Dexcom web site says that you and your Dr have to certify that you are an insulin user, and that you use insulin at least three times or more daily. So with those script requirements and the cost of the units, I just gave up. Now way for me to qualify. So I'll just have to do finger sticks and eat, etc. while riding. Thanks for your help, Rich
The Dexcom CGM has been a godsend for me. It is especially helpful when I am going on long rides because it allows me to monitor my blood glucose and see how it fluctuates during the ride.

It is really upsetting that some health insurance companies and the VA will not pay for a potentially life saving device.

Good luck to you...stay healthy.
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
Your situation and outcomes are atypical. Diabetes is a complex illness with variables that change from patient to patient. A good diet and exercise are a good way to keep glucose levels down, but they donít work all the time for all people.

Good luck and keep up the good work.
It works for me if I track closely the effects of cortisol, blood sugar spikes immediately following an intense ride. Otherwise, the less intense endurance rides may not stretch my cardio but really help with lowering blood sugar due to less cortisol and time of ride. Riding is great for our health!
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I also have diabetes type 2. probably since a lot of years ago, but formal diagnosys was done in Feb 2015, while being treated for an heart attack.
I'm managing diabetes with just a pill of Empaglifozin (commercial name is "Jardiance", produced by Boehringer), and a lof of walking (also Nordic Walking), usually I do about 12.000 - 13.000 steps on average each day.
I'm now introducing bike in my fitness routine, I have done biking in last years but never as a substitute of walking, now I'm trying to "diversify" my routine.
I'll keep you updated about results of my efforts....

Kind regards
Andrea
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