Video #1: The Mysterious Symptoms of Diabetes (Get Your Best A1c Workshop)


Cyrus Khambatta, PhD: Let’s face it. Controlling
your blood glucose can be a real pain in the butt, and something that you probably never
asked for in the first place. Nobody wakes up thinking “I can’t wait to control my
blood glucose today!” ESPECIALLY if controlling your blood glucose is a struggle. And let’s
face it, blood glucose control can be a struggle from the moment you wake up in the morning
until the moment you fall asleep at night. Sometimes, it keeps you up ALL night. I never
asked for type 1 diabetes Robby Barbaro: And I certainly never asked
for type 1 diabetes myself. But yet DESPITE the fact that we both live with type 1 diabetes
– which requires more attention to detail than almost any other health condition – we’re
able to control our blood glucose with precision and dramatically reduce our risk for long-term
complications. Most people think that the complications of ANY form of diabetes – whether
it’s type 1 diabetes, type 1.5 diabetes, prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, or gestational
diabetes – are INEVITABLE. And that it’s only a matter of time before they develop
some frustrating collection of symptoms that decrease their quality of life. And we’ll
be honest with you – not only is the list of diabetes complications LONG, it’s downright
SCARY. These complications include dangerous problems like heart disease, high cholesterol,
hypertension, stroke, fatty liver disease, chronic kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s
disease. And also include more common conditions like heartburn (or acid reflux), poor digestion,
bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, numbness and tingling in your arms and
legs (known as peripheral neuropathy), unwanted weight gain or an inability to lose weight,
a foggy head, a poor memory, a lack of focus, or just plain old low energy. And the TRUTH
is that most people live with some combination of these complications for YEARS without even
knowing about it before they become obvious enough to do something about. Cyrus Khambatta, PhD: Most of you know I was
first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in college. And when I was, my life got DIFFICULT, and
it got difficult FAST. You see, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes
at the age of 22, in my senior year of college at Stanford University in the year 2002. I
was studying for finals, and I remember feeling SUPER low energy and ridiculously thirsty.
For 2-3 days, I remember running to the bathroom 17 to 20 times PER DAY, and yet no matter
how much water I drank, my thirst GOT LARGER. I was confused. Surely I had been thirsty
in the past, but never THIS thirsty. But I just kept on trucking along, thinking everything
would pass. After a few days of thirst, low energy, and
a difficult time concentrating on schoolwork, I picked up the phone to call my sister Shanaz
– a family practice doctor. I explained my symptoms to her, and she said, “Cyrus,
drop everything that you’re doing right now and go to the campus health center IMMEDIATELY.” I
took her advice and walked to the campus health center. It was the longest walk of my life
– at times, I felt like if I just turned around, nothing bad would happen to me. But I checked
myself into the health center within 30 minutes. I sat down in the reception area, confused
about why I was there, unsure of what was about to happen, and growing more impatient
by the minute. There they found out that my blood glucose was over 600 mg/dL – 6 times
higher than normal. They recommended that I go to the emergency room immediately, so
I did. There, they hooked me up to monitors, and began IV saline and IV insulin immediately. Preoccupied with impending bad news, I sat
in my hospital bed, terrified. After a few hours, my team of doctors asked me a series
of detailed questions about my health history and then diagnosed me with type 1 diabetes,
the autoimmune version of diabetes that usually affects children and adolescents. Just like
that. OUT OF THE BLUE. No warning. No heads up.  Or maybe there was… You see, in the 6 months prior to that diagnosis,
I had also developed 2 other autoimmune conditions—Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism which is an autoimmune version
of thyroids disease and alopecia universalis (which is why I have no hair, no eyebrows,
no eyelashes, no armpit hair, no nose hair, no chest hair, nothing) That means that type
1 diabetes wasn’t my 1st, or 2nd, but my 3RD autoimmune condition, and it all happened
within 6 months. To say that I was scared would be an understatement.
I was TERRIFIED. My doctors flat out told me that they had never seen a patient with
a “polyglandular autoimmune condition,” they had only read about it in book. “Great”,
I thought to myself. “NOW WHAT?”  The next day I was discharged from the hospital
with a blood glucose meter, test strips, a prescription for basal and bolus insulin,
a box of syringes, a carbohydrate counting guide, and a somewhat cryptic piece of paper
with discharge information about how to return to, quote unquote, “normal” life. Even though I did my best to remain calm,
I returned to my dorm room TERRIFIED that something was very wrong with me. I felt ALONE,
I felt VICTIMIZED, and I didn’t know a single other person living with type 1 diabetes that
I could contact for guidance or for support. I told myself that I could figure this type
1 diabetes thing out, even though it was CLEARLY much more complex than a simple math or engineering
problem. I began eating a low-carbohydrate diet because
that’s what my medical team told me to do, and I counted carbohydrates in my food as
if it were my new job. But no matter how diligently I controlled my diet and exercise patterns,
maintaining my blood glucose within a “normal” range took most of my mental, emotional, and
physical energy every single day. I felt vulnerable, I felt weak, I felt confused,
and I grew increasingly ANGRY because there weren’t many answers. Often when I asked
a simple question, I was given the same response every time: “Well, Cyrus, you see, everyone’s
different.” About 9 months into living with diabetes, I came home from work one day and
I was excited to eat dinner. In preparation for dinner, I checked my blood glucose, and
it was 3 TIMES higher than the normal range – something in the very, very high 200’s.
My body felt stiff. My muscles were sore to the touch. My hamstrings were tight, my back
was rigid, and I was just flat out tired. I was doing everything that I could do – I
ate a low-carbohydrate diet and exercising regularly. But despite that blood glucose
was a nightmare. I was a 23-year-old living in what felt like
the body of a 90-year-old. And I can’t tell you how frustrated that made me. For heaven’s
sake, I just graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and I was trying to control my
blood glucose, and it was BY FAR the most challenging problem I had ever come across.
No matter how hard I tried, no matter how many variables I worked to try and control,
no matter how systematic I was about documenting every daily activities, my blood glucose meter
acted like a random number generator, and that made me really, really angry. In that moment of frustration, I heard a voice
in my head that said, “Cyrus, you’re 23 years old, but you NEVER learned how to eat.
Learn how to eat and it will change your life forever.” I listened to that voice, and
began searching for information wherever I could find it—on the internet, at the bookstore,
in recipe books, at scientific lectures—and I noticed that practically every avenue I
opened pointed me toward this thing called plant-based nutrition, and I knew nothing
about plant-based nutrition. I began eating a more plant-based diet that
included lots of tomatoes, carrots, eggplant, peanut butter, and mushrooms. And you know
what? I really liked it. Then I slowly stopped eating foods like steak, eggs, cheese, meat
loaf, chicken, and turkey. Before long, I started to feel much better. But I STILL couldn’t
control my blood glucose with precision, and I knew that there was a whole world of human
biology which I didn’t understand ANYTHING technical about. After a few months of dabbling in plant-based
nutrition, I eventually gathered the courage to work with a nutrition coach named Doug
Graham, and he instructed me to do the exact opposite of what I had been advised by my
medical team. He taught me how to eat large quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables
and stop eating meat, dairy, fish, poultry, eggs, and grains entirely. I was excited but
also NERVOUS that eating more fruits would increase my insulin use considerably, because
that’s what conventional wisdom had taught me. Now here’s where it gets really interesting.
I’m still counting my carbohydrates in order to take insulin, and… I INCREASED my carbohydrate
intake from about 100 grams per day to about 500 grams per day – 5 TIMES as much as
I ate previously. And what happened to my blood glucose control and insulin use? Well my blood glucose started falling like
a rock, so I began backing off on the amount of insulin that I needed to inject every day.
42 units became 37. 37 became 32. 32 became 29. 29 became 23. My insulin requirements
dropped by approximately 35 percent in 1 WEEK, my energy levels increased, and my blood glucose
became significantly more predictable. I felt hopeful for the first time since being diagnosed
with type 1 diabetes – and that was very reassuring. Suddenly, this puzzle called diabetes started
to make a lot more sense. Finally, this thing called diabetes became more controllable – It
felt like a best friend who IMMEDIATELY let me know when I was headed down the wrong path.
For the first time, I felt like life with diabetes was actually ENJOYABLE. When I returned
home to continue this lifestyle, my blood glucose control got even better, my A1c that
started at more than 8.0% at diagnosis had dropped to the low 6’s, and my energy levels
went THROUGH THE ROOF. I knew that I was onto something and I literally couldn’t think
of anything else more important in my life. Nothing else was more important than this
problem. For the better part of the next decade, I
worked towards a PhD in nutritional biochemistry at UC Berkeley studying the ins-and-outs of
diabetes – what causes it, how to reverse it, how to use your food, what is calorie
restriction, and how does exercise work. I was super excited by this scientific experiment
underway in my body, and learning the biology about blood glucose control that kept me up
at night previously. I learned a few nontechnical things too, like
even though I considered myself a freak of nature…I wasn’t. I learned that there
are SIMPLE nutrition strategies that apply to all individuals living with diabetes, including
those with type 1 diabetes like myself, and those living with type 1.5 diabetes, prediabetes,
type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes. Years later, through graduation, the ups and
downs of new life experiences, marriage, and friendships, diabetes isn’t frustrating
anymore. Diabetes is far from frustrating. Diabetes is part of who I am and EVERYTHING
I do. It’s that little puzzle piece that grounds me and keeps me happy BECAUSE it reminds
me to do the right things for myself every day.  It’s not difficult to control my blood glucose
anymore. I’m not angry that I have type 1 diabetes. I’m not even interested in finding
a “cure” for heaven’s sake. Why? Because I learned how to control my blood glucose
WITH PRECISION, and simultaneously reduce my risk for chronic disease, and be able to
teach thousands of people around the world how to do the same. WITHOUT QUESTION, type
1 diabetes is the best thing that ever happened to me BECAUSE it opened my eyes to a world
of evidence-based nutrition that can help not only me, but it can transform the lives
of thousands of people around the world. It certainly transformed my life, and I’m FOREVER
grateful.  Robby Barbaro: I’m Robby Barbaro, and when
I was 12 years old, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, on January 26, 2000. Steven, my
older brother, had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 9 years prior, so I was familiar
with the symptoms and what he had to do to control his blood glucose. At that time in
my life, I was incredibly thirsty and urinated very frequently. I said to my mom, “I think
I have diabetes, just like Steven,” and she responded by saying, “Don’t be silly,
Robby.”  A few weeks later, my parents had left our
home in St. Cloud, Minnesota, to visit my grandparents in Florida, where we were going
to move very soon. My mom called to check in, and I told her that I had had difficulty
sleeping the night before and that my legs were cramping. At this point she became concerned,
so she instructed me to go upstairs and use Steven’s blood glucose meter. A few seconds
later, I saw my blood glucose for the first time: it was over 400 mg/dL—more than four
times higher than normal. My doctor confirmed that I did have type 1
diabetes, and my brother Steven was crying in the room, saying, “I’m sorry that you
have to deal with the same thing that I have to.” My dad reassured me that type 1 diabetes
is merely an “inconvenience” and that I would still be able to do whatever I wanted.
To this day, those words are still in the forefront of my mind and are a daily reminder
that I choose not to let type 1 diabetes get in the way of achieving my dreams in life.
In fact, type 1 diabetes has given me a newfound mission, which has filled my life with growth
opportunities, community, purpose, and joy. I’m a type A personality, and because of
that I took my diagnosis very seriously from day one, managing my blood glucose to the
best of my ability. As a child, I played tennis competitively and worked hard to become one
of the top-ranked tennis players in the Midwest Region between the ages of 10 and 14. I grew
up with the typical athlete’s mindset that “I could eat whatever I wanted, because
I was getting plenty of physical activity.” I started changing my nutrition habits by
taking daily supplements that my dad sold. By the time I was 14, I had eliminated virtually
all junk food from my diet, avoided food additives like MSG, and made an effort to eat as much
unprocessed food as possible. Despite eating a cleaner diet, I suffered from allergies,
even though I routinely took medications like Claritin-D and Nasonex. I also suffered from
plantar fasciitis, a painful condition that made the soles of my feet tight and VERY painful,
and I wore big blue boots at night for passive stretching to deal with this. Throughout high school, I battled with cystic
acne and treated it with everything I could get my hands on, from creams to oral pills
to microdermabrasion to laser treatments and eventually Accutane—the medication doctors
prescribe only if NOTHING ELSE HAS WORKED. Accutane is known for severe side effects,
including depression and suicide, so I was hesitant to take it but felt like I didn’t
have a choice. While in high school, I stumbled across a book that changed my life forever
called Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau. I remember walking away with the belief that
I can and will reverse type 1 diabetes, and that one day I will no longer need to use
insulin to manage my blood glucose. It was the beginning of a series of desires to solve
the mystery of type 1 diabetes, to learn about autoimmunity, to learn how stems cells could
lead to new beta cell growth, and to try anything in my power to reverse type 1 diabetes in
my own body. I do want to say, Kevin Trudeau has since
been imprisoned for misleading health claims and fraudulent advice. We do not condone his
advice; it was merely a book that planted a seed to learn more about evidence-based
lifestyle change. My search for better health has taken me to
a lot of unusual places, including a naturopathic doctor in Tampa, Florida who gave me supplements
after every office visit and a long list of approved foods and guidelines that said things
like “Eat chicken but not beef and eat bread made from millet but not spelt.” I followed
her advice, and soon became the WEIRD one at the high school lunch table. Next, I came across the Weston A. Price Foundation
and became convinced that it was smarter to drink raw milk instead of pasteurized milk
and eating grass-fed beef instead of factory-farmed beef would be better for my health.  I also flew to San Jose, California, and met
with an underground Chinese medicine man who made me a NASTY TEA and instructed me to take
it every day. The tea smelled so bad that I had to brew it on the sidewalk to prevent
my college roommates from kicking me out. I continued to search for solutions. Next, I came across a doctor named Gabriel
Cousens. He recommends eating a raw, plant-based KETOGENIC diet in which I ate approximately
30 grams of carbohydrate per day. My total insulin use dropped to about 10 units per
day, which was great, but I FELT TERRIBLE. I suffered from extremely low energy, and
I blacked out several times on campus. It was very obvious that I was trying various
TACTICS, but that I still hadn’t found a dietary approach that could ensure my long
term health and keep me feeling energetic, alert, and vibrant for many years to come. My naturopath recommended that I try chelation
therapy to eliminate heavy metals, and that was SUPER expensive so I was hesitant to,
but ready to sign up, because I would do anything. Then one day I listened to a podcast that
changed the course of my life forever. It was a podcast with the same nutrition expert
that helped Cyrus – Doug Graham, an educator who helps people adopt a low-fat, plant-based,
whole-food diet. I began a 90-day email coaching program with
Dr. Graham, who taught me the fundamental principles of why a low-fat diet high in fruit
was not only great for my blood glucose control, but also great for my overall health. I began
adding more fruits to my diet, including bananas, mangoes, cantaloupe, papayas, grapes, oranges,
persimmons, and dates. Even with all the education and reassurance from Dr. Graham, I anticipated
that my insulin use would skyrocket given the carbohydrate content of fresh fruit. But instead, I watched as my 24-hour carbohydrate-to-insulin
ratio increased from 3:1 to 22:1. That means that I was finally able to metabolize carbohydrate
energy EFFICIENTLY. To this day, I think that signing up for his coaching program was one
of the best decisions I have ever made. For the first time since being diagnosed with
type 1 diabetes, I began to feel amazing and had a newfound optimism for life. I helped operate a company called Forks Over
Knives for 6 years to spread lifesaving information, and here we are today, teaching the Mastering
Diabetes Method to thousands of people around the world with tremendous impact. Since December
of 2006, I have eaten a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food diet including an abundance of
foods like mangos, papaya, figs, plantains and small amounts of nuts and seeds, and I
am able to control my blood glucose with precision. I eat approximately 750 grams of carbohydrates
per day, the majority of which comes from fruit. My A1c values are between 5.3% and
6.6% for the past 12 years, I don’t use any medications other than insulin, I have
abundant energy, my acne has cleared up, and the “mysterious symptoms” of allergies
and plantar fasciitis are things of the past. Cyrus Khambatta, PhD: If you’ve ever experienced
the frustration that comes along with NOT knowing the answer to your health, then JOIN
THE CLUB. We’ll be the first to tell you that living with heartburn, numbness and tingling
in your arms and legs, unwanted weight gain, low energy or any MYSTERIOUS collection of
symptoms can be REALLY frustrating, especially when beginning to try to “fix” each of
these problems using a different approach that doesn’t work, and especially if these
attempts drag you down. It’s time-consuming. It’s expensive. It’s energy-draining.
It’s a thankless process that sometimes works, but most of the time DOESN’T. Robby Barbaro: But don’t worry – in the
upcoming videos, we’ll teach you how many common health conditions, like bloating, weight
gain, low energy, acne, allergies, inflamed skin, and frequent headaches are actually
related to one another. AND they’re very common when you’re also living with ANY
version of diabetes, whether type 1 diabetes like me and Cyrus, type 1.5 diabetes, prediabetes,
type 2 diabetes, or gestational diabetes. But before we get there, we want to hear from
YOU. What symptoms are you struggling with RIGHT NOW?  Is it heartburn? High cholesterol?
Fatty liver disease? Low energy? Variable blood glucose? A mysteriously high A1c? Are
you having trouble losing weight and keeping it off for good? Is your blood pressure high
and not coming down?  Cyrus Khambatta, PhD: WHATEVER the answer,
take 2 minutes and tell us what conditions you experience in the comment box on this
page. And please, don’t be shy. The more you write, the more we can help. But remember:
because the Mastering Diabetes Method is so effective, it’s important to implement these
changes with the help, support, knowledge, and guidance of your physician. Many people
living with diabetes around the world have found that the Mastering Diabetes Method results
in a strong reduction in their requirement for oral medication, insulin, or both, and
working with your doctor is very important when making these changes. So head to the
comment box and write down the frustrating symptoms that keep you up at night, and we’ll
see you in the next video.

33 thoughts on “Video #1: The Mysterious Symptoms of Diabetes (Get Your Best A1c Workshop)”

  1. Super great video! I've watched many of your videos and am so grateful that you are sharing your stories.

  2. I started the Mastering Diabetes program with Robby and Cyrus about a year and a half ago. I was pre diabetic and very overweight. In a very short time my A1c dropped from the mid 6 to 7 range down to a 5.0, non diabetic. It coninued to drop over time to 4.5. And I lost 80 pounds effortlessly. I am still in the Mastering Diabetes program for the support that the MD community provides. I strongly recommend this program to anyone who is suffereing with Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, or Gestational Diabetes. If you are a Type 2 there is nearly a 100 percent chance that you can get off of all your meds, no more Metformin, no more insulin. The only thing required for success is an open mind. Give it a try!

  3. I do not have diabetes but I do have G6PDD Glucose 6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency. I can't eat any beans or pulses and no sulfur medication. I do HIIT training 3 days a week. I eat meat for thalassaemia twice a week. Can you please explain g6pdd for me give me your recommendation. I am 51 years of age. Thank you for your work

  4. Thanks for making this video.
    1.Not sure how much fat to have each day. It changes my short-acting insulin dosage by a lot depending on how much fat I intake.
    2. There is not enough information out there on where the best absorption areas are to take shots. Muscles work best for me but I have to wait longer for the insulin to work if I take it in fatty areas.

  5. So inspirational you guys! Been following you about a year. Working my way into joining your program…lots more fruits and veggies and very little flesh protein.

  6. terrible allergies and plantar fasciitis are only 2 of a multitude of symptoms… sadly, I can't afford a healthy/healing diet yet. I've been watching this channel for a long time and I very much appreciate Mastering Diabetes. Thank you.

  7. My mum is experiencing very painful joints and sweating at night. She is type 2 diabetes, but her physician seems to be at loss on how to control her new symptoms.

  8. I have Type 1 diabetes for almonst 7 years now. I suffer from LOW energy, brain fog, heartburn, inconsistant blood glucose levels poor circulation and tight tendons in my fingers.

  9. I have the opposite problem. I have type 2, and am 75 yrs old. I have lost the weight years ago, and there’s not much more weight to lose anymore — However, the blood glucose has gone from pre-diabetes level to now 200’s (post meals), and occasional 300’s. Hypertension is under control and normal/healthy range. No other health issues. Help!

  10. There are so many "experts" on youtube… Who can you beleave ? like this : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vel79dt3m08

  11. I’m unsure. I have not been diagnosed as of yet. I was referred to a nutritionist, who advised me to start portion control and count carbohydrates. She also advised me to obtain a glucose monitor. Yeah right. Diabetes does run in my family. I just have had no plans for diabetes in my life. Counting carbs makes little sense to me. I am focused on learning portion control and figuring out this A1C thing , which is trying to dig in and control my life. Nope not going to have that. So, bringing it down is priority. Dealing with a fluid pill and strange feelings in my feet are a new frustration, but it will not deter me from my goal: learn how to fix this. Re-learn how to eat. Reduce weight. My challenge has become , how to minimize all these things from keeping me up at night. 😴😴. No worries? Yeah, right❗️

  12. I'm going through heart burn headaches restless legs tingling in fingers and toes, and I'm also fatigue. I'm type2 diabetic was dx in 2016 with an a1c of 13.75 weight was 226 as of 10/2018 a1c is 6.1 weight as of today 7/2019 199. That goes up and down. I struggle with what to eat. I don't eat sugar or carbs in less its in my fruits and or veggies. It's so confusing, they tell you to eat more fruits and vegetables but their is only certain ones you can eat. Oh and I'm trying my best to stay away from processed food mainly sausage. My glucose level is usually high in the morning. I check it when I'm fasting readings are btwn 110-145. I'm not on insulin I'm determined to be off of metformin soon. I just want to feel a little normalcy. I added a probiotics to my morning routine. I don't know if it's my diabetes or me aging and going through the next stage in a woman's life. So confuse and tire.

  13. I have diabetes 2, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and take insulin at night. I have reduced my insulin from 38-40 units to 15 units.
    I’m on whole food plant based diet but suffer from low energy. My A1C is still over 7.

  14. I have been watching lots of vids and reading. I am vegan and have cleaned up my diet but my blood sugar still spikes after whole food no fat meals. How long before I should expect to see change? A1C is 8.1 no meds

  15. I am from Germany and would like to know more about, how eat right. I have lost quite some weight, eat really healthy, but now some weeks ago I found out, that I have higher postprandial bloodsugar.
    How can I get help??

  16. I lost my weight with the low carb diet. I keep my weight, but why I get now bad pp results? I don't eat sugar, flour, be very careful? I am actually scared, to eat lots of fruits, only a few blueberries per day on a plain joghurt.
    It sounds so fascinating, what you are teaching , but does it work for anybody? I am 63 yrs old

  17. I just turned 50 this year and my entire adult life I’ve always known that I sweat like a man. In college, I remember having , what I called, the “shakes” and cured it with a can cola. In my mid 20’s, I learned what hypoglycemia meant. Around eight years ago, I had several instances when my blood glucose level dropped so low that I nearly passed out. Shortly after that, I learned I was a pre-diabetic and had to try and lose weight. I began to carry potassium gluconate with me when I knew I was going to be sweating a lot due to increased physical activity…after all, I live in Hawaii. Around four years ago, I was treated for having plantar fasciitis. Three years ago, I was diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic. Earlier this year, I had two separate incidents of intense muscle spasms that rivaled the pain of natural childbirth. Three weeks ago, I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. I am 11 days post op.

    I have decided to have chemotherapy treatment, but I have also decided to move towards a more plant based, whole food diet. I fear fruit due to my Type 2 diabetes. I have tried ketogenic diet and found excellent results on weight gain, but I gain all the weight back. I don’t care about anything else besides fighting the cancer left in my liver and to keep my immune system strong as I begin my next stage of treatment. I don’t have the balls to bypass chemo like Chris Wark. I’ve got to try it at least once while I’m still strong.

    Should I moved forward and consume all fruits including the high glycemic ones? Any advice is appreciated. Mahalo!

  18. I've had Type 1 for 23-and-a-half years and it has pretty much been a struggle the entire time. On the plus side, I've never passed out or needed help to care for myself (including hypoglycaemic events). On the negative side, though, I've been living with progressive retinopathy for the last 12 years or so. Maintaining my eyesight is probably my biggest concern, but I also have some fluctuating 'stiffness' and tingling in my toes. I still feel everything, but my toes just feel different than they used to. Apart from these two obvious diabetes related health concerns, I appear to be healthy, but I really want to keep it that way. Oh! I have also always struggled with a sweet tooth and with food cravings. I'd love to be rid of that! For the record, I haven't seen an A1C in the 7's since about the 2nd or 3rd year after diagnosis. I live with numbers in the 8's and occasionally the 9's.

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