So today, just before my W9R2 run, I had a blood sugar quarterly review at my local clinic. My HbA1c has fallen from 56 mmol/mol to 41 - from well within the type 2 diabetic range to below even the pre-diabetic range. I have lost one stone since August (6.5kg). The HbA1c is the lowest reading since 2011. This outstripped even my most optimistic hope of "reducing the HbA1c number". I have two things to thank for that. The first being the diet recommended by my dietitian back in August, and reinforced by the staff at the DESMOND course attended in early November. The second being the recommendation of my GP to join the Couch25K members, and embrace a realistic exercise regime. Thanks to the support of all the wonderful people on this forum, I have managed a reprieve from T2D, and intend not to rest on my laurels.
Whilst it seems that the diet (1,500 calories per day and 150g carbs maximum) allows my own system to cope with blood sugar levels without the need for medication, I still have LDL, systolic blood pressure and waist circumference that are in the danger zone according to the DESMOND booklet. desmond-project.org.uk
So my new year's resolution will be to continue the Couch25K type and quantity of exercise, perhaps participating in the bridge to 10K or the local park runs, and to try to address the root cause of high blood pressure and LDL cholestrol.
Thank you to all of you for your motivating posts which explore both negative and positive aspects of the journey we are all taking to improve our health with exercise. All the best for 2019 to all HealthUnlocked members. God bless the NHS and its staff. Yay hay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!