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I would kill for a 108 fasting blood sugar, so in my non-professional medical opinion, I agree with Alstro's doctor.

As for 2gifts, welcome to the club. It's a membership I wish on no one. I will echo what other have said that it's a question of baby steps and fine tuning your lifestyle. Everyone's pancreas works (or doesn't work) differently, so there's no one size fits all solution. When you talk to the nutritionist, have an open mind and be prepared to revisit things that you absolutely know to be true about yourself. Such as your Winter meals and the effect that playing golf has on your glucose levels.

Different forms of exercise, like different types of foods, can have different impacts on your blood sugar. The most important thing you can do right now is test yourself regularly throughout the day. Learn about your body and how your behaviors affect your blood sugar levels. Establish a lifestyle baseline and experiment on how various changes alter that baseline. This serves two purposes - one, you learn what are the best types of meals and exercise programs, in combination, for you to maintain an even blood glucose level, and two, you can become attuned to what is "normal" for you and quickly identify when you are not normal.

Living with diabetes is a marathon, not a sprint, and it's a race you can't win. By that I mean your pancreas is not going to suddenly start producing the correct amounts of insulin. The good news is at your levels you're in pretty good shape and with diet and exercise and maybe only preventative medications intended to ward off common symptoms like heart disease and high blood pressure, you have a good chance of holding off the degenerative progression that is a hallmark of incurable diseases.

I've been living with type 2 diabetes for 15 years now and my goal has always been to postpone having to take insulin for as long as possible. Some years have been more successful than others. I started off just taking preventive meds along with diet and exercise. A few years in, I started taking the basic generics to try to stimulate insulin production. Last year I was losing that battle and my A1C was climbing - not for a lack of diet or exercise but just because that's what this disease does.

Fortunately 2 things worked in my favor. My doctor sent me to a specialist who put me on Invokana. Not only has my blood sugar levels dropped considerably, but I've lost 10lbs and struggle with being underweight (trying to build up muscle mass, also a losing battle for someone getting older). I also have to use the bathroom hourly it seems, but that and a little dehydrated dizziness are the worst side effects. The other thing that worked in my favor is my employer's health benefits allow me to be able to afford the brand name prescription.

But as I told the pharmacist recently, I can't afford not to take it.

Who thinks the most important message he can send you is that like investing, this is a long game you have to play and since you're in the early stages, you have time to establish lifestyle habits that will prepare you to be able to deal with the inevitable changes in future glucose control...

Note: I am not a doctor or a medical professional in any way and you should develop a strong and close relationship with your doctor as you work together to manage your care.

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