Here is a letter from a patient who I was able to help along with Dr. Harlan regarding her diabetes.
To your health,
My thanks to both of you for taking the time to try and help me with the almost impossible task of trying to keep my blood sugar at a safe, therapeutic level while exercising at a fairly intense level.
I will keep my history brief by telling you I was diagnosed as a Type I diabetic four years ago at the age of 48. A Kenalog injection for my “frozen” left shoulder started this roller coaster ride I have been on. It took my PCP six months to figure this out possibly because my blood sugars were never extremely elevated probably due to my exercise regimen. Although I dropped almost twenty pounds in four weeks and was down to 92 pounds, was constantly thirsty, and urinating frequently, along with blurry vision, I did not present like a diabetic. Finally, a nurse practitioner questioned a fasting sugar of 134, ran an A1C and the rest is history!
Although I am nowhere near the level of one of your “super athletes”, I would love to know some of their tricks to keep my sugars in control while exercising. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to my blood sugar levels. One day it will be fine, the next I could be 45 after doing the same as the previous day. If you have someone that could e-mail me some ideas it would be wonderful.
It was great to read about your upcoming community day at the DCU on September 22nd. I plan on attending. I love to learn everything I can on this crazy autoimmune disease and look forward to visiting the various vendors that will be there. Hopefully, I will be able to meet the two of you as well.
Again, thank you, and feel free to e-mail me with any questions you may have.