I last reported on my mom (68, type 2) getting off insulin injections in March. The benefits of the paleo lifestyle continue to stack up, now seeming to ease arthritis pain, as well as nerve damage in the feet from going undiagnosed as a type 2 for so long.
I don't know if it is removing grains, sugars, vegetable oils, etc. from my diet, or the supplements I am now taking, or a combination, but I am getting amazing results that I didn't even think about at the time I started. Even though I take medication for rheumatoid arthritis I still had some pain. I tried and succeeded in keeping the Methotrexate at a low dosage because of the damage it can cause to the liver. I was willing to live with some pain and did not allow it to alter my lifestyle. I always had some pain in my lower legs and feet, my knees, my hips, my shoulders and neck, and my hands, especially my thumbs. I had additional pain in my feet caused from nerve damage from diabetes. Several of my toes were actually frozen. I couldn't move them except with my hand. They always hurt.
Well, I still have nerve damage in my feet but there is little pain, just kind of a feeling like some of the toes are tingly. I do not have complete movement back yet, but a measurable improvement, especially on my left foot. I can actually separate all the toes without using my hand, just by wanting to. My right foot is improving but at a slower rate. It was the worst of the two so that is understandable. I don't have pain in the rest of my body.
I should be able to get off the oral diabetic meds within the next couple of months. After that I will try to get rid of the meds for arthritis. It is scary, because if it doesn't work it is 3 months of total and complete hell. But I am going to try it. I want to be on the supplements and the paleo program for a while longer before I do.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Well, what can I say?