I’ve gotten a number of questions about how this journey has affected/will affect my diabetes. In the long run, the best case scenario is that it will put be completely in remission. But this will take time.
Before embarking on this journey, I was taking 2500 mg of metformin and 180 units of Lantus (a long-acting insulin, in a single shot once a day) and my A1C measure was around 6.3. (For comparison, normal is below 5.9, diabetic is over 7.0, and 6.3 is a good number for a well-controlled diabetic.) When I started changing my eating in preparation, in October, I substantially reduced my carb intake. By November my A1C was down to 5.7, my metformin had been reduced to 1000mg, and my Lantus was down to 120 units. By March by A1C was 5.6, metformin was at 500mg, and Lantus was 60 units.
Since surgery I am monitoring my blood sugar and only taking medication based on my numbers. I have taken 500mg of metformin 3 times in the last week, and have had to take Lantus only twice, both times under 30 units. So the good news is that so far my blood sugar is responding well. More news as time progresses.