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  • tiger_josef tiger_josef Jul 14, 2013 4:37 AM Flag

    Weekly progress on Belviq (Last Sunday thru this AM)

    Fasting Weight measured in the AM = 237.4 Lbs from 250.8 Lbs
    Total Weight Loss since starting B on 06/13/13 = -13.4 Lbs or -5.3%

    Starting BMI = 37.0 ........ Current BMI = 35.1

    Average Fasting Glucose Reduction to Date = -49 mg/dL

    Starting Insulin on 06/13/13 = 40 units AM + 60 units PM = 100 units
    Today's insulin intake will be = 18 units AM + 22 units PM = 40 units
    Insulin Reduction to date = -60%

    Exercise:
    Holding steady at 8 minutes a day on the stationary bike
    yesterday, set up Bowflex on a private backyard deck, will start this AM ~10 to 15 minutes low resistance for upper and mid section strength (should help on further waist trim)

    Excerpt from progress matrix
    ==========
    Day | Date | FW | % WL | AMF | FGR | NBL | PMB | PMA | Belv | Glum | Huma | HR%
    Thu | 6/13/13 | 250.8 | 0.0% | 164 | 0 | NM | 216 | 173 | 10-10 | 0.5-1.0 | 40-60 | 0%
    ==========
    Sun | 7/7/13 | 240.8 | -4.0% | 117 | (47) | 149 | 116 | 169 | 10-10 | 1.0-1.0 | 22-22 | -56%
    Mon | 7/8/13 | 239.2 | -4.6% | 141 | (23) | 97 | 178 | 115 | 10-10 | 1.0-1.0 | 22-22 | -56%
    Tue | 7/9/13 | 239.4 | -4.5% | 119 | (45) | 77 | 128 | 139 | 10-10 | 1.0-1.0 | 22-22 | -56%
    Wed | 7/10/13 | 239.3 | -4.6% | 130 | (34) | NM | 134 | 117 | 10-10 | 1.0-1.0 | 22-22 | -56%
    Thu | 7/11/13 | 238.4 | -4.9% | 116 | (48) | 70 | 133 | 151 | 10-10 | 1.0-1.0 | 22-22 | -56%
    Fri | 7/12/13 | 238.2 | -5.0% | 99 | (65) | 63 | 127 | 104 | 10-10 | 1.0-1.0 | 22-22 | -56%
    Sat | 7/13/13 | 237.6 | -5.3% | 106 | (58) | 84 | 130 | 131 | 10-10 | 0.5-1.0 | 20-22 | -58%
    Sun | 7/14/13 | 237.4 | -5.3% | 103 | (61) | XXX | XXX | XXX | 10-10 | 0.5-1.0 | 18-22 | -60%
    ===========

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    • FYI to all,
      Just went to ACCU-CHECK website, they have an A1C calculator that correlates the average mg/dL readings with the A1C %. Eventhough, the A1C is supposed to be the 2 to 3 month Hemoglobin Average. Using the spreadsheet, I averaged all the readings for the last one month 4 times a day and the number was 123.37 mg/dL. I entered 123 mg/dL in the ACCU-CHECK calculator and the A1C result was 5.91%. To me the 5.91% is a record, the last reading on 06/04 during my Endo appointment was 7.2% and the lowest reading I ever had in the last 7 to 8 years by memory was 6.8%. If the calculations are close to being accurate (1 month vs 3 months) , would simply be amazing.

    • Wow really great results so far....especially considering that it has been just 1 month!!!
      Might be worthwhile to video a workout and then compare it 6 months from now....far better than static photos as you can see how your range of motion and other subtle elements have also improved...
      Great job!

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • Hey tiger,
      what is the dosage you are taking, mine says 1 pill a day, but I was reading the doseage on the Belviq site DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
      • One tablet of 10 mg twice daily (2), I am confused, but then again the Pharmacists at CVS did say it was a new blood pressure med just out, lol so I am not the only one confused lol.

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • hedge_risk@ymail.com hedge_risk Jul 14, 2013 3:54 PM Flag

      Congrats, Tiger! Super results .... It's like bamboo. The slowest growing plant while you are watering it. Once it breaks the surface, one of the fastest on earth. Keep that ball rolling!

    • Cheers to continued success Tiger, sounds like your doing great!

    • Wow! Really good. Also, great you have the exercise mix in there.

    • Excellent progress tiger. Thank you for the updates. That insulin reduction is fascinating. Wow your world is changing before all our eyes.

    • Excellent Tiger....congrats to you!

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • That is awesome Tiger!
      Do you envision even more reduction in your insulin intake?
      One poster described a financial offset of insulin to Belviq. Is this occuring for you also?

      As someone who is also going through a lifestyle change, might I recommend a real bike? It is SO much better than a stationary bike.

      • 1 Reply to biotend
      • biotend,

        Ref. " Do you envision even more reduction in your insulin intake?"

        I am almost positive that once I reach ~ 210 Lbs with sustained exercise, my Humulog 75/25 Insulin will be history in my book. My older brother who lives and works in Algeria with GE (Director and Head of operations for the Algerian Division) has T2DM also. However, he has a very strong will, he runs about 3 to 5 miles almost daily. Since I last talked to him a couple of months ago, he got to a point where he does not use any diabetes medications or insulin.

        Ref." One poster described a financial offset of insulin to Belviq. Is this occuring for you also?"

        I mentioned the same comparison about six months ago in many of my posts on this board after learning from Dr Daniel and few other posters that in the P3 trails Belviq reduced the A1C by 0.90% (which is HUGE when compared to 7.2%, my last reading on 06/04) independent from the weight loss.

        My 3 months supply copay for the Humalog = $100
        About 8 months ago, asked CVS if I do not have any insurance, what will be my cost for the Humalog insulin, and they said ~$800 a month or $2,400 for the 3 months supply.

        Now let's do a simple comparison by wearing the shoes of the insurance companies.
        Which would ANYONE think the insurance companies rather pay for $200 a month for Belviq or $800 a month for the Insulin and the answer is very obvious. I have no doubt in my mind that Belviq will be covered by ALL insurance companies at some point.

    • I´m impressed Tiger with these results.
      Insulin Reduction to date = -60% I wonder are Lilly, Nordisk and Sanofi-Aventis looking at this data?

      I´m in an internet cafe in Spain keep up the good work so I´m able to respond but the best of luck.

      Sentiment: Hold

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