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It was 2013 when I got news that Nove’s blood sugars were extraordinarily high. She’d been in a study of a new drug for autism and as part of their screening process, they found her blood sugar issues. Less than a month later, she’d been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Luckilly, my sister in law was pre-diabetic and had done all the research already. Of course, I had to learn on my own, but I was lucky enough to have a head start because of her.
We went low-carb with her foods and things improved, but giving my kid injections and stabbing her finger up to 3 times a day is not fun, so I wanted to do what I could to get her all the way better so we didn’t have to do that anymore.
Diet isn’t the only thing involved in diabetes maintenance, but it’s the first place to start. Don’t let that word scare you. Diet isn’t about starving or missing out – it’s about what you eat and how you eat it.
Anyway, since being completely off the risperdone for the last couple months, she’s been at camp and eating junk food at home (not low-carb) and going through weird pre-teen phases of not wanting to eat unless it’s junk food.
With all that said, her A1C was a 5.2 today – which is in the NORMAL range for non diabetes! I’m pretty darn sure that the risperidone used for her autism messed with her blood sugars like crazy.
We’ve been off injections of insulin since before that last dr. visit – so about 3.5 months or so. She does take two metformin pills, but it’s only a half dose of the smallest amount possible. The dr. said I can cut her down if I want – but that it might be smart to wait til school starts again and we get a better schedule established. Anyway – YAY is all I can say. And that doing low-carb is certainly a good way to help your diabetes.
It’s been a long 3 years in many ways. 3 years of making sure my daughter didn’t get into things that would overload her blood sugars when we weren’t looking (part of the autism behaviors). 3 years of extra doctor visits and extra meds to track and of course, tracking blood sugar numbers.
Without doing low-carb, I believe we would still be doing daily injections even if we had gotten her off the Risperidone. Her impulse to eat anything and everything is still there, it’s just less overbearing without that medicine.
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