I was taking metformin and it lowered my BS back to normal from 420 to 120. But after about 11/2 years, my BS went way up, so my doctor increased my metformin. But, it didn't help much so he added glipizide, but 2 months later my BS went back up again.
Luckily for me, my wife who is also diabetic bought a diabetes book (titled "Death to Diabetes") about super foods (lots of vegetables) and lost 27 pounds. More importantly, her average BS went down to 87.4 and a1c to 5.1% and her doctor took her off the diabetic medication. But, he says she'll be back on medication in a year or so.
When a friend asked her how she lost so much weight and got off her meds, she told her and helped her until her friend had lost 15 pounds and her doctor reduced her meds. Then, my wife helped her aunt, and then a neighbor down the street.
Anyhow, I felt that I had nothing to lose, so, I listened to my wife and tried this man's super foods and raw food diet program (lots of salads, soups stir-frys and juicing). He calls it his "Death to Diabetes" wellness program, but the title doesn't make sense, does it? My wife says it does to her, but not to me.
But, maybe I shouldn't complain, because my BS average went down to 85.6, my a1c to 4.9%, and I LOST 37 POUNDS in about 5 months [my wife is jealous :-)] The author (Dewayne Mcculley, www.deathtodiabetes.com) almost DIED from a diabetic coma, his book is well-written and very thorough -- he believes in raw food dieting, juicing, etc., and explains step by step what to do. It's so simple!
I was a little afraid of raw foods, I think because of the "bland" taste. But this author provides a lot of cool tips about how to make Brussel sprouts and broccoli taste sweet but still healthy for you! And, it works! I always hated Brussel sprouts because they're so BITTER, but not anymore! :-)
The author is an engineer. He breaks down the medical jargon and explains how diabetes really works, and why some diets won't work, and why certain foods are necessary for blood glucose stabilization. He explains in detail how to address high sugar readings and low readings -- and why they happen, and how to prevent them. He also explains all the myths about diabetes. And, he explains what the diabetic drugs are really doing, and why they stop working!
p.s. I am so happy to be off the diabetic drugs! AND I FEEL GREAT! So does my wife.
p.s. It's been more than a year now, and my wife's doctor is surprised that she hasn't had to go back on medication. He's trying to convince her to take a low dose to be on safe side.
(Does that make sense to anyone? -- doesn't to me or my wife).