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Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States, and according to the American Diabetes Association there are 23.6 million children and adults in the United States, or 7.8 percent of the population, who have diabetes.
Unfortunately, 1 out of every 4 people who has diabetes is unaware. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious complications, such as blindness, kidney damage, heart disease, and lower-limb amputations. Persons with diabetes can decrease their risk of complications by controlling their blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol.
With your help, we hope we can increase awareness and find ways that you can help each other manage your disease.
If you're already managing diabetes, you know it can be time consuming.
The daily routines of diabetes self-management involve foot care, exercise, carbohydrate counting, self-monitoring of blood glucose, oral medications, insulin, or even a combination of oral medications and insulin.
Here are some questions for you:
We look forward to you sharing your responses with us. Welcome to the blog.
- Nancy and Peggy
Sara J. Carlson, R.N., C.D.E.
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My name is Caitlin Waters. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 6 years old in 1996. I am now 26 years old. I began using a pump when I was 16 years old. I was using Humalog in my pump. I was fine until about 2 years ago when I started to get abscesses every time I would remove my injection site. They were absolutely awful and so painful! I would have to get them lanced and drained and repacked every couple days so I was in and out of urgent cares. I decided to stop using the pump after multiple abscesses. My endocrinologist suggested switching up my insulin and just doing injections. I have used Humalog, Novalog, Apidra, Lantus, Toujeo and Tresiba. All have given me reactions---bumps under skin (sometimes painful), swollen skin and redness. I went to an allergist who originally told me that I may be allergic to Meta-cresol (preservative in all of the insulin's) but was unable to test for that. I recently went back and he is saying it could just be a "localized insulin allergy". He suggested I take 2 Benadryl every night and if I didn't see better results after the first week to move up to 3 daily and then move up to 4 daily the following week. I am very drowsy from only 2 Benadryl and do not think 3-4 daily is a good plan especially since I am not seeing improvements. My endocrinologist has now suggested moving to Allegra twice a day but I have still not seen improvements. Any advice or suggestions you can give to help with this situation? Thank you!
My 7 year old grandson was diagnosed with insulin resistance diabetic is his type A or B? I am very worried as he was diagnosed in June of this year but can not see a endocrine doctor until Dec. He has gain a huge amount of weight, is very barrel chested, is tired all the time and gets headaches often. His family is low income and eats poorly. What can you tell me. It is almost time for his December appointment but he has changed a lot.
If I don't eat after a meal within 3 hours I get very nauseous--and feel sick--what do you suggest?
Regarding FBS result s.I unit result is 4.58. Is that a normal result? Conventional unit result is 82.51. Is that a normal result?
Hello my name is Dan I am taking metformin 1000 mg twice a day actos 45 mg at night along with lantus 80 units at bedtime and novolog 20 units at mealtimes my numbers are still at 250 and 300 what more can I do for better control?
Does anyone respond or is this just a bunch of questions
I cannot control my BG I am on levimir and nova log but my BG is and has been 250-350 or higher since diagnosis 2 years ago. I'm frustrated and have decided to stop all meds. My question is how long before the disease starts really causing problems. I just want an idea so I can do my bucket list
A friend's wife was treated for diabetes for 20 plus years only to be told lately she does not have diabetes Is this possible?
To answer your questions directly....I have diabetes in my mind all day....I spend extra time shopping for diabetic bread...cooking fresh with no salt...preparing fresh lunches with balanced protein and veggies...exercising...My sugar is only high in the morning 150 - 185 but it is consistent so I stopped wasting strips during the day.
Yes I have been tempted daily and yes I have tried not taking my metformin...
Honestly I don't see a difference.
I am way overweight and was told I was pre diabetic a few years ago....so I tried various diets to lose weight...I had blood tests every 2 months...to see if FOOD was the problem while I changed my diet.
-Atkins (basically No carb) helped somewhat....
-Low fat did not work because it is mainly carbs...
-loss of 25 lbs. (Isogenic's raised sugar during fasting) did not help
-exercise 5 hours of cardio and 25 minutes hard trainer workout per week did not do much.
-so I started on Metformin which did not do much either....
-stopped Metformin to tray Atkins which did help a little.
went back to metformin but purchased monitor and strips...got supplies and monitor from Emblem health now Aetna no longer covers diabetes drugs or supplies? can go an medcare in case I eventually need insulin??? what comments do you have as to what direction to take???
Diabetes is a horrifying disease. I believe all insulins have side affects and there isn't one for us but we must use something. There are days I hate doing four shots and some days I am thankful.
Lovely article - one of the best things I've recently read, and by far the most useful. I think it could also be useful for everyone to know how and where to fill a form online. I've found PDFfiller - online service for forms filling. It's pretty easy to use and pretty cheap. You can find fillable CMS 1500 here http://goo.gl/498Iin
My blood sugar went to 36 on Saturday morning. My blood pressure dropped and my legs began cramping worse than a Charlie Horse. I had forgotten to eat breakfast before taking my meds and insulin.
Now it is two days later and my legs still hurt and I don't feel good overall.
What is the possible reason for the 'after effects' and how long to get back to normal.
I don't understand why at 1 am my level was 84 and at 8 am my level was 124 no food was consumed in between. Is this normal and why?
I am a diabetic 75 and three days ago had two post put in my bottom gum and had to go on ensure a diabetic one . I have been sick ever since .i took 222for pain it stopped after two days my legs are so sore I can't walk my stomach is sore can't eat I have not been able to eat more than twice a day and just soft eggs and a muffin
I was just diagnosed with high blood sugar. My doctor told me to avoid rice, pasta, all grains, sugar. I'm also on oral mess. My glucose at that time was 207 fasting. I have been eating salad, cottage cheese, chicken, and small amounts of fruit. Glucose is now in 130s and up to 149 this morning. Problem is I don't know what else to eat and I'm starving.
My husband is a very young 64 years old with zero symptoms of diabetes, yet has been diagnosed this week with Type 1 after an autoimmune result in his blood test along with an A1c that went from 5.4 last year to 7.9 this month. He is lean, muscular, fit, and has zero symptoms. We are in shock. Do you know of anyone else with no symptoms who has been diagnosed with Type 1 at 64?
I need classes to learn how to help and live with a diabetic.. is there somewhere I can take classes for a family member of a diabetic to learn what to do in an emergency situation.
to night I saw my finance get so confused.. I have seen this before but usually it passes quickly but tonight it was for a while and I do not even know how to test his sugar or give a shot.. I want a class to teach me how to do this. We have been together, living together for a yr.. I know there is going to be a time that I need to know exactly what to do and rite now I don't.. really worried and afraid.
I live in Greenville NY our News paper is the times herald record in not sure if the article was in last weeks paper or this week. My brother in law is type 2 as I am, he has a lot of complications. I sm on 4 cyclocett pills, 1 invokana 1.8 units of victoza and levimer 16 units and 2mg ofGlimepiride. My problem is csrbs and lack of exercise due to chronic back pain. In the article it stated that there is a cure for diabetes. Is this tru
I stopped. Taking medfoman 2000 mg per day and my blood went from 117 to 467,that was a period of four days!
I am 46 yrs old done mechanical work in new england all my life most of the time i work outside in the winter i am unable to wear gloves and this has not been a problem I have been taking metformin and recently 5 months ago started injections from a solostar pen my fingers started tingling and some numbness but today it was snowing i went out with gloves and in a bout 20 min with changing gloves my hands were in such bad throbbing pain i thought i had frostbite eventhough it was not that cold and had gloves on and a short time exposed. My mother felt my hands and saidd they did not feel all that cold to her any idea
Blood sugar over 400/500 for my month. Severe pain in three toes! Anyway to tell if this is due to diabetes and will I lose my toes
My sister is 65 years old. She has been a type 1 diabetic for 61 years. She is finding it difficult to get Medicare to cover her insulin and her pump. Has anyone else had this problem?
my husband has diabetes an is very nasty when it come to me, but with other people he can be kind what if any does this have to do with his diabetes their is no sex or intimacy at all can someone tell me if this is normal.
So diabetes is an big problem I have not been told I have it but I think I do I have to eat a lot if I don't I get dizzy fast and my teacher has food she's told me my sugar levels drop so ya how should I tell my parents and how check without a doctor
I have type 2 diabetes,my problem is I have another foot ulcer with poor circulation. Along with this I am experiencing dizziness and loss of breath frequently. I drink plenty of water tired of hospitals and no answers. Help!
my family was searching for form name earlier today and encountered an online platform that has a ton of fillable forms . If others have been needing 2012 CMS 1500 as well , here's a http://pdf.ac/5zT3b3 fillable cms 1500 form 02 12
Wow... what a great post! I was searching for the same form some time ago and found a great service with a huge forms library. I mostly use http://pdf.ac/5zT3b3 to edit my PDFs. I think it also allows you to to create fillable pdfs and esign them.
Why would dr switch metformin to insulin in 73 y/o man with no symptoms?
Informative discussion , I Appreciate the info , Does someone know if I could possibly locate a fillable 2012 CMS 1500 example to type on ?
Valuable piece , I learned a lot from the points - Does someone know if my assistant could get a blank 2012 CMS 1500 version to fill in ?
Hello! I am a student at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. I recently participated in an interprofessional collaboration and we created a website about diabetes. Please stop by to give us a look @ http://learn-about-diabetes-mellitus.weebly.com/
Is 118 over 68 a good number for type 2 kathleen
Had nausea for two months. Went to multiple Dr's. Finally endrocronlogist at Barnes St. Louis figured out I was having adverse reaction to Metformin. Felt better in 5 days.
56 yr old male with type 2 diabetes . Dr. Wants me on statins now. I wont take them tried three different types and had pain in muscles and last one caused brain fog and forgetfulness. What natural alternative can I try?
Diabetes has been found to be later in life for women in my family. I am a new nurse just beginning my career at the age of 51 just turned 52. I am doing an essay on Diabetes for my BSN program. As a diabetic, what do you find the most difficult to do to manage your diabetes?
I am very frustrated trying to control my blood sugar readings. Last night I took 2.5 mg of Glipizide before I went to bed. Had a handful of crackers and cheese. At 3 am blood sugar was 112. Thought that was great. At 7 am 126. Took 5 mg. of glipizide. After breakfast of handful of frozen fruit, cup of cottage cheese and tea reading after 2 hours was 190. Why was it so high? Please help.
Hi! My name is Steve Ong from Dumaguete, Philippines. I am very happy that mayo clinic is already here in the Philippines.
The reason why I post this comment because my father is a diabetic patient since 2002 and until now year 2015 still exist.
Who ever reads my post will reach globally or those who understands English.
If in case they would like to send donations, they can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org in my paypal account because diabetes must fight at all cost.
At first my husband was on Metformin,Lyrica and Blood Pressure medication. The Metformin he was taking quid daily, Lyrica TID, and Blood Pressure TID. The Metformin helped somewhat but he ended up on Insulin very shortly after. Which he takes 60cc daily. His sugars are still not under control regardless of his eating which is really bringing him down, depressed. I myself checked into the Metformin and Lyrica and found that both can cause sugars' to go up. As for the Metformin which makes me leary can cause liver dmg. He found out last yr. that he has Hep C, and is very concerned about his liver. He has lost 2 brothers' to Hep C in the last 2yrs. We have never given thought to taking a vacation from the Meds' but since you mentioned it I honestly do not think it would be a bad thing. Maybe for a week and see what happens. We were always afraid that his sugars' would skyrocket and perhaps go into a coma. It would be interesting. He checks his blood sugars twice a day and has a meter that is computerized so that he can take it to the Diabetic Clinic when he goes. Not sure if they would be to impressed but anything is worth a try. If his sugars' rise above his norm which seems to stay at roughly 12-15.
I would like to know why my son (57) has been told he has diabetes, when neither side of his family (as far back as great-grandparents)...is this possible? I thought this was a heritary disease.
I've been periodically testing my sugar level in the mornings before eating or drinking anything and it ranges between 145 and 150. Later in the afternoon it 's around 130 depending on what I've eating lately. I went to the doctor yesterday and he tested my A1C and it was 5.4 which is normal. My question is why is my fasting level high while my A1C is normal?
I was diagnosed w/type 2 almost a month ago. I'm on 2,000 mg Metformen & it seems to be working as I went from a high of 200 down to 140. I'm doing everything I can. My physician says he has patients who've greatly improved & even got off meds. He did say, in so many words that my pancreas is probably "shot". I've been healthy all my life & I'm a very young 69. Can I turn this around? I'm walking daily, eating right & have lost 26 lbs w/25 more to go. Will I die because my pancreas is no longer functioning?
Very Fustrated.....10 year Diabetic...Male 6FT....250 lbs......Currently taking 45 Mg Lantis at bed Time and 8 units of Novolog ....3 x a day......Do two readings a Day........One at Wake up......averages 203.....One Before dinner ....Averages 278....Retired - work at meals on wheels....walk two hours a day on my route....watch what I eat......I moved from 30 units lantis to 45 units.....and 5 units novolog to 8 units.....No difference.....Diabetes both type 1 and type 2 are Prevelant.......anyone have a similar problem.........
Is anyone aware of a NCR corporate communiication that set 6.0 A1C as goal?
For people with diabetes never give up hope, never stop persevering the hardest moments of this terrible disease.
I spend a good 3-4 hours a day managing my diabetes through carb counting, exercise and testing.
I took a vacation from my disease and went back on white granulated sugar.
The result was: High BGLs, rashes on my skin that itched to high heaven, Taking naps when I shouldn't be, having screaming nightmares, stinky feet and a frustrated family along with drinking and urinating almost constantly.
I learned that if I keep that up, it's just a matter of time before it's left foot, right foot, heart attack, death.
I think controlling your diabetes conditions on a daily basis should also include good oral hygiene. There exists a close association between inflammatory periodontal diseases and diabetes through which one exerts a mutual influence on the other. Treating and eliminating inflammatory periodontal diseases results in improved blood sugar control, which minimizes the micro vascular complications of diabetes. Professionals must definitely help to educate the general public about the impact that poor oral hygiene has on their long term health and diabetic condition!
I was told I am pre diabetic. It is caused from taking prednizone every day for copd. If I stop the prednizone will this return to normal? No diabetes in my family. I have a reading of any where from 80 to 113 in the morning. I only test in the morning.
My dad is diaabetic and living with me. His sugar numbers have been under 90 everytime he checks them. Is that normal and if it is under 90 does he take his insulin shots?
I was diagnosed Type2 a couple of years ago, and prescribed Metformin 2000mg per day, I have only been able to control my glucose level since I took chromium picolinate (1x200mg),a low carb diet but keep it lean And 2 hrs a week severe aerobic exercise.
I stop eating carbs with my afternoon banana.
My reason for this is if I'm relaxing do I need carbs for energy? the good news is my blood glucose level has dropped from 159mmol to 70mmol (9mg to 4mg) in 3 months.
My Dr Said what ever I was doing to keep doing it!!! and meds reduced to 1000 mg
So if as diabetic's we treat carbs as fuel maybe we can control our blood glucose levels.
Just a bit bored of steamed chicken and fish with green veg but it works.
This may not be good advice, so chat to you Dr before making any drastic changes.
Our tip to you is to check out the American Diabetes Association website, it has a bounty of information and it is free.
I found out i had diabetes 2 years ago during an ER visit, i have never had that follow that i was suppose to have, many days i check my sugar and it has been high and many days i feel weak and tired.. i would love tips on were to start, with me having low income for docor bills..........
I have Diabetes 2. I ate a piece of apple cake with homemade whipped cream. Why am I getting a headache. I am taking Metformin 500 mg. 2 x a day. Thank you. I forget how to test my blood sugar. Thank you.
I am curious to see if there are any insulin dependent diabetics out there who are on anti-seizure medications. And if so, what are they.
I am considering the Ketogenic Diet (once I get agreement from my Neurologist and Endocrinologist). Are there any insulin-dependent diabetics out there doing that?
I would appreciate any input.
I see you started taking Metformin and experienced some effects. YOU must know that all synthetic drugs have negative effects on the body. They may improve sugar levels or improve cholesterol, but there is always a cost. They are not side effects, they are just negative effects. The best solution is to change your diet immediately. Think about eating single ingredient foods only, and dinking only water. Don't eat after 6 pm and try walking or exercising to burn any excess sugar in your system. Blood sugar typically elevated as your cells become insulin resistant due to either coatings of saturated fats on them, lack of critical nutrients, or continually spiking your blood sugar through the wrong foods and to large portions. The more you need insulin to bring levels down, the ore insulin resistant the cells become. There are natural aids, but diet is the fastest way to change your health future.
I don't think you are getting good advice when you are told levels of 176 are not dangerous. Studies show that levels over 110 for just two hours cause damage to nerves and capillaries. At levels of 140 for just two hours beta cell death begins to occur. Over a period of time if blood sugar is not brought into the safe zone (under 100mg/dl) then at some pint the body can not produce enough insulin to maintain sugar levels and they will skyrocket. With elevated levels being a more accurate indicator of heart attacks then cholesterol. It is also proven to increase risk for cancer and Alzheimer's. Anyone thinking elevated levels are not a huge risk is providing poor info. You and your wife need to get very serious about a dramatic diet change to get this under control. There are products that can help without dangerous side effects but this is mostly about diet and exercise as well as beverage choices. A quality vitamin/mineral (that is chelated)to make sure she has enough chromium and selenium is important. A blended Omega 3,6,9 essential oils, and products containing proven aids such as alpha lipoic acids, nopal cactus, cinnamon and others. Individual products that contain blends such as Gluco Check (by Enerex) and Diabetes Defense may prove extremely helpful. The Diabetes Defense in particular will help clear the liver of fatty acids and toxins while helping improve the insulin resistance. I know, I spent years researching this disease and working with naturopaths.
Daniel: We suggest that you make an appointment with your healthcare provider for evaluation of your kidney pain.
Hi, my first time at the blog. I have been working with my doctor and treating type 2 for a while now, a couple of years. Glyburide and Metformin have been my main defense and they are not doing a good job anymore keeping me under 150 on my morning tests. For the last 5 days I have been suffering with kidney pain and it is not going away as it has in the past. I have had infrequent kidney pain over the years as a result of too much soda or alcohol.. neither or which I drink anymore and not for years.. This pain seems more serious and is now waking me in the middle of the night and it is persistent. No blood or foaming urine, no edema..
Any ideas on how to treat this pain would be helpful.
My best friend whom I've known for 16 years was just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. We all kind of saw it coming. She's been plagued with depression all her life because of her body image, she's a naturally volumptious woman, and it led to her losing all interest in her health and her personal hygiene at a young age. Now we, as her friends, are afraid that this diagnosis is just going to push her further into that depression. I need to know how we can help her. We're fully prepared to help her overhaul her life, everything from her diet, to her physical activity, to her personal hygiene, but I feel like it will seem insincere. We're all normally built people by genetics and have never really had weight issues. I guess I just need advice on how to help her help herself.
Sorry to hear about the new diagnosis of type 1 diabetes for your daughter. Know you will go through a grieving process. I would try to learn everything you can about diabetes and a good place to start is the "American Diabetes Assoication", Just Google "American Diabetes Association" and you can check on a local chapter in your area. With solid education and good medical follow your daughter can and will be able to live a healthy and fruitful life.
We are new to this. Just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes late Saturday night with a blood sugar of over 1100. Our daughter is a fun loving outgoing happy HEALTHY 11 year old. We are still in a state of shock. Any words of advice, good websites, ideas on how to make this easiest on her? She is (so far) ok with it, not got to the point of why me, lord? We believe God has a reason for everything he does so we are not questioning why, just help to deal with it today, tomorrow, and forever.
Robert: Your wife was recently diagnosed with diabetes and your doctor appropriately started her on Metformin. It will take a week or two before her blood glucoses come down. 176 mg/dl is not a dangerous level. Untreated, it can lead to complications of diabetes over time. Continue to work with her health care team. It would be helpful for her and you to meet with a diabetes educator to learn more about diabetes and ways that she can decrease her blood glucose through diet and exercise as well as medication.
Dear Mayo Team, Sept. 22,2013
My wife had tests at our Primary Care Doctor's office and her glucose reading was 176 on the meter. I am worried because I thought anything over 140 was dangerous. The doctor put her on Metaformin, but it does not seem to bring her reading down when I check it. Should I rush her to hospital? Please advise. Bless you!
Type 2 here, I was controlling with victoza,my neck was huge? Dr. failed to see a corolation. I stopped the victoza, neck swelling gone. I can't control the diabetes without meds, so I back on the metformin, 4 days now, and neck is swelling again. Any help out there???
It generally takes 1-2 weeks for a superficial wound to heal completely. If the wound is slower healing than that or has redness, swelling, or drainage you will need to see your healthcare provider.
I heard about diabetes and I am worried on the wound on my feet. It is already 5 days but it is still not healed. Do you think, I am diabetic?
Hasselle from Ecigz.net
Teacher: Check out blog article dated September 2011 for general tips. Here is the link: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes-blog/MY00473
JoAnn: The correct term is Charcot Foot. Charcot foot is a weakening of the bones in the foot in people who have had significant nerve damage due to neuropathy. The bones can become weakened enough to fracture causing the shape of the foot to change with continued walking.
I will have a student with type 1 diabetes in my class this year. What should I know and be able to do to make his parents feel comfortable/confident leaving him at school with me each day?
I believe their is a condition where the bones in your fee can break and settle to the bottoms of your feet. I thought this was called "shark bone" but I cannot seem to find any info on shark bone. There is a medical name for this condition but I can't remember it. Is anybody familiar with this condition? Thank-you, JoAnn
If your sugar levels rise to over 300 for a short time, (30-45 days) and then you bring them down to normal levels, are you considered to have diabetes forever?
About coffee and diabetes II, I read that both coffee reduces diabetes II risk (e.g., Dieren et al, 2009) and that coffee increases blood glucose levels (Lanes et al, 2008). Which is it? Has a real authority answered this?
Will eating & drinking too much sugar cause frequent urination?
Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease and needs to be diagnosed as soon as its symptoms indicate.
I'm a 42 y/o T1 for about 10 years. I'm a marathon runner and currently living in high altitude. I am a fastidious manager of my BG levels and always carb count, eat as healthy as possible and run about 30-40 miles a week. I recently started feeling swelling and pain in my left hand and foot. I'm desperately hoping this isn't the start of neuropathy. I rarely have high BG; am usually a 6 for A1C or lower and am very active. For me there is no such thing as a 'vacation' from Diabetes. Its a way of life.
People with diabetes need to use alcohol with caution because it can mask symptoms of low blood sugar and can also be a cause of low blood sugar when taken with certain diabetes medications; like insulin. Even without drinking alcohol, low blood glucose can make a person appear intoxicated. An individual in this state needs immediate assistance to treat the low blood sugar.
Metformin can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). However, this can also occur if you delay or miss a meal or snack, drink alcohol, exercise more than usual, cannot eat because of nausea or vomiting, take certain medicines, or take metformin with another type of diabetes medicine.
Concerned about friend with type 1. Out for a night of music she drank 2 glasses of wine and beer and saw non existing sunglasses on someone up close and doesn't seem to watch diet. She wants to be left alone with a 3 year old grandchild and we are very concerned about safety of child. Family seems to be in denial and we have also have a hard time following her conversations. We would like to speak to her family but we don,t want to alienate her.
found out today that I am diabetic. Started metformin 500 mg 3 times per day. is it normal that i felt shakey, and sweaty about 2 hours after I took it?
For a very active person with new onset Diabetes and unintentional weight loss do you recommend a high fat diet?
Have you heard about the effects of menaquinones, vitamin K2, on diabetes?
One example: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3161300/
Vitamin K2 Supplementation Improves Insulin Sensitivity via Osteocalcin Metabolism: A Placebo-Controlled Trial
Dietary phylloquinone and menaquinones intakes and risk of type 2 diabetes.
and there are others.
It appears that more dietary menaquinones from fermented foods and organ meats would truly help with diabetes.
Please learn more about this and revise the ill-advised dietary advice of the Mayo site.
I have had Diabetes for 20 years. I have taken "vacations" from diabetes a few times over those 20 years but usually when I see my A1C higher than 7.5 it brings me back in line. It also helps to have an Endo who is encouraging, who recognizes it and asks why. Since I usually have A1C's around 6.5 and he reminds me that everyone once in the while gets "tests" in the "C" range but to remember I'm normally an "A" person. I also recognize that those times I don't watch my diabetes or take a "vacation" usually I'm having problems with my depression and to work on that as well.
Borderline diabetes is a layman's term. Diabetes is diagnosed with 2 fasting bg readings >126, A1c >6.5, or random bg >200. Prediabetes is a fasting bg 101-125. Prediabetes increases your chances of developing diabetes. Reduce risks of developing diabetes by making lifestyle changes; achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular physical activity.
A symptom of Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)is shortness of breath. Generally, sleep apnea and T2 diabetes are indirectly related by diabetes predisposing factor of being over weight/obesity.
Claire, our question to you is, "Is your blood glucose under control?" High blood glucoses can cause dehydration and aggrevate dry skin condtions.
I CAN'T STAND HEAT...I SWEAT A LOT CAN THS BE
ATTRIBUTED TO MY DIABETES 2? i HAVE TO BUY THE REAL EXPENSIVE CLINICAL DEODRANT. IS THERE ANY BLOOD TESTS FOR THIS. ALSO, SOME DAYS I ITCH CONSTANTLY I HAVE SINCE I WAS DIAGNOSED AFTER A 10 1/2 HOUR BACK SURGERY. I AM A 63 YEAR OLD IN REALATIVELY GOO HEALTH OTHEWISE AN UNDERA THE CARE OF A HOPEFULLY? COMPETENT ENDOCRINOLOGIST...HELP PLEASE, THANK YOU..
I have a question for you. I was told somewhere that diebetes can cause breathing problems. So my question is, It is likely as not that diebetes us the cause of sleep apnea?
My husband has been diagnosed as borderline diabetes. I've purchased a few cook books and started cooking. What really is borderline diabetes and what is usually the outcome?
Post meal blood glucose excursions can vary greatly depending on the amount of food eaten,the type of food (simple/complex carbohydrate, high fat, and the timing of the insulin bolus. Short term bg spikes are not a concern but if there is a pattern address this with your healthcare provider.
Insulin has rarely side effects, the most common being hypoglycemia. Hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) will give people headaches.
I notice my blood sugar monitor shoot up to between 9-13 one hour after taking meal with some simple carbohydrate, such as white rice or rice noodles, however the reading will come down to a acceptable level of between 7-8 after 2 hours. Should I worry about the short term spike of blood sugar within 1 hr after meal?
my daughter is type 1 has had a headache for 3 months. since starting insulin. have you seen this before
I've pretended my type 2 wasn't as important as the chronic back pain having degenerative disc disease & on my 5th spine surgeries. I take my onglza when my feet feel on fire and choose to concentrate on one illness. Well major back surgery 3 weeks ago and now after I take the time to study what diabetes is all about I have a large lump in my throat where I want to scream! It all makes sense now I can't feel my fingers on my left hand, my feet don't feel like fire but now more like ice & if you have ever had a needle & saline when the med hits in your arm that icy feel is how it is going up my leg. Why did I let this this go? i will say though I haven't been able to walk I have 4 new 3 1/2 incisions in 4 places & now there is a bone the doctor doesn't know how or why its ended up 3 inches to the left of my spine? Unbelievable really, I mean can things not get better? I hate always being sick with something but this feeling in my feet is starting to scare me. I have 2 little boys I still have to raise! I was just taking oral meds but because I haven't taken them like I should he starts me on the liquid. I need someone to help me fix this can I take a bunch of the oral meds in one day if I need to catch up? That sounds stupid I know but i have to get rid of this. Can you stop having diabetes? Well that sounds stupid to. i could never figure out why people would have to get their legs or feet cut off is this what is happening to me? I'm so scared to go to doc's
Anna: It is very hard to watch a loved one neglect their health as is the case with your older son. Unfortunately, other than encouraging your son to seek help from his provider there is not much else you can do. Maybe for his daughter's sake he might be convinced to go back to his health care provider.
My son is 41 years old and was diagnosed with diabetes about 4 years ago. He is 5'10 and weighs about 170-175 pounds. He stopped going to the doctor about 18 months ago. He finally went 2 weeks ago (at my urging) and was subsequently told that his a1c level is 15! I am alarmed because this means that his diabetes is not well-managed at all. My son is very secretive and doesn't want me to go to the doctor's office with him. He is married and has a 6 year old daughter. He is making me very mad because he doesn't seem to take this seriously. I have copies of articles about uncontrolled blood sugar and the effects. I plan to give him and his wife these articles, along with a stern talking-to. I also have a 30 year-old son who is a type 2 diabetic. He is autistic and I manage his diabetic care, since he cannot. My 30 year-old has an a1c level of 6.5. I am not a diabetic, but both of my kids' grandmothers were. I need help in convincing my son that this is very serious. It's a life-and-death situation.
Dear Nancy and Peggy,
I do keep in frequent contact with my provider regarding my blood glucoses. I do know that hypoglycemia is the most common sided effect of insulin. I am extraordinarily well-informed about diabetes but it was the weekend, my doctor was inaccessible, and I asked you for more information, which you did not provide. Thanks for all the non-help. Fact: I was poisoned by a physician not monitoring an antidepressant, consequently I suffered damage to my immune system, consequently I react to all medications. My question was simple and clear: is sudden weight loss a danger sign with diabetes. You did not answer the question. You need to learn to say "I don't know" or "I can't say."
i also have type 2 diabetes but i have been working hard to keep it under control and i have a few suggestions i have that worked for me is loose weight which i have. i lost 120lbs since i first found out i had diabetes. now i am taking cinnamon,bitter melon,prickly pear cactus and eating right now my sugars are down to around 110 on the average.also need to stay away from processed foods and all artificial sweeteners.
Anne, see your provider as soon as possible for your high blood glucoses. The most common side effect of insulin is hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) and unfortunatedly insulin is not a perfect therapy and it happens. You need to receive more education/information on diabetes.
Cortizone shots can elevate the blood glucose. The major effect on the blood glucose is the first 72 hours but may last several weeks.
I KNOW the 317 is a problem--I just can't find anything on the weight loss. Don't know if it is significant and requires emergency response.
I have type 2 diabetes. Seven days ago I had to stop taking insulin because of side effects. In the last five days I have lost six pounds. This morning my glucose was 317. Is the weight loss a problem?
Does taking a cortizone shot for pain raise my blood levels.l am type 2
Kim, check out the blog I wrote Feb. 6th 2010, "Grief is a natural reaction to a diabetes diagnosis". Sometimes diet/exercise and weight loss are not enough to control the blood sugar (despite your best efforts) diabetes medication is necessary. Talk to your provider about the different diabetes medications available, so you can be better informed and less afraid. Take care.
I am having a heck of a time getting my sugar down. I'm on predisone for another health issue and was told it raises your sugar along with an on going infection which raises your sugar. Was told anytime you dont feel good it raises both sugar and blood pressures. I have the BP under control it's the sugar that is so out of wack have been depressed for over 6 wks since i've tried to control it it has gotten worse next step is for shots and i really don't want to do that but i've come to realize it might be my only option. Meds do raise your sugar levels along with a cold or infection in the body. Not having alot of luck finding out about what to eat ....does anyone else?
I was diagnosed with Diabetes one year ago.
For that year I have tried to pretend that this is not real. I do not want this. I am scared and do not feel well. I feel lost and
helpless. Now my sugar levels are worse than ever despite loosing 47 pounds and trying to eat better because I did not want to take medication. Now I will. Iam horribly scared of the side effects of diabetic medicine. Iknow it sounds bad on my part or unreasonable on my art, but i just want it to go away and feel better. The whole thing makes me very upset and sad.
I have had my Lipitor raised from 20mg to 40mg, taken once a day, in the p.m. Would this increase in this medication raise my morning glucose reading?
Mary: You asked if diabetes in a 50 year old can cause "rectal dysfunction". Did you mean erectile dysfunction(problem with getting or keeping an erection)? If so, the answer is yes, uncontrolled diabetes can cause erectile dysfunction. It is important to go in for an evaluation with the primiary care provider even though it may seem awkward. Erectile dysfunction can also be sign of heart disease. Treating the underlying problem may be enough to reverse this condition.
Jill i was diagnosed t2 7 years ago. Wife and i bought a diabetes cookbook that gave us a lot of information about diabetes. I highly recomend this book.It is Betty Crockers Diabetes cookbook. This book will explain about the difference in carbohydrates and may help you.
does anyone know if diabeties in a 50 year old causes rectal dysfunction?
My 14 year old grand daughter has juvnile diabetes. She is having chronic problems with headaches and stomach aches. She has had allot of tests and they have not found the cause. Does anyone have anyone with the same symtoms?
I've had type II diabetes fore about 4 years now and have been taking pain killers and they help a little. The other day a friend came over and talked me into smoking a joint and I must say it was the best I've felt since I had neuropathy.
I have been vegan / vegetarian for a year with blood sugar now running 135 to 145 first thing in the morning ...the more salad and tofu with beans etc I use for my main meal It seems as though my blood sugar level is more low ...so with oat meal for breakfast and salads I will try to get my sugar levels lower ...I am taking meteor in also - I try walking also for a mile When I can but in winter it is hard ...anyway I appreciate the chance to express myself in this blog
I have type 2 diabetes. Growing up in a family of 9 children with limited income we ate carb heavy diet. I weighed 212lbs in 8th grade. I worked in auto sales for 28 years...long hours lots of take-out & fast food. Good veggies just didn't happen. I had a major stroke at age 57. heart problems, kidney problems and I had my right leg amputated (mid-calf) on May 3, 2011.
That was the last straw. My diabetes is well monitored and very well controled. My kidney Doctor told me at my last visit thehe was very pleased and that he was proud that "you Got the message". He went on to say, "Tom, when I first met you 3 1/2 years ago, I would have bet that you would have been dead by now".
I encourage all to listen to your doctor and take diabetes seriously!!!!! Don't wait until its too late to "get the message"!!!
My daughter is 17 years old she has type 1 diabetic doesn't take care of herself much. Her heart has been hurting in the last week. She's going to the doctors any one else that this happen to.
How low does your blood sugar have to get before you go into a diabetic coma?
Peripheral neuropathy can cause one to be more clumsy and have difficulty with balance. With loss of sensations in the feet, people do have poor awareness of where they are placing their feet when walking.
I am wondering if neuropathy can also cause you to be clumbsy or unbalanced. I work out and find it very difficult to stand on one foot while exercising.
Dorcas: A friend of mine has suffered the same experiences.She saw an endocrinologist and was diagnosed with Reactive Hypoglycemia. Her episodes of low blood sugar have stopped since she has been following a diet:
The best way to prevent reactive hypoglycemia is by eating small meals throughout the day and eating a healthy, balanced diet, low in refined sugar.
For concerns on disability, the best people to contact would be people in social services. With government programs, being persistant helps.
Jill, it sounds like your doing all you can.
I have just been told that i have prediabetes and wonder what I can do to not have it develop into diabetes. I am very healthy and active, have avoided sugar for about 13 years when it started to give me a headache. I am 62 years old, a dance teacher and not overweight. I already eat well. Is there anything else to do about this?
My sons diabetic father just had a successful quadruple bypass yet recently has been diagnosed with Diabetic Neuropathy and has 70% nerve damage. He can barely walk but is trying his hardest but being out of work for so long has put a financial strain on him, his condition, and unemployment is about to run out. He applied for SS but was denied. How can all that nerve damage not be a disability. So my question, what can he do to at least get disability in NJ? OR what are his other options for help? Please advise.
Dorcas: Have you met with your physician about your problem with sugar? You may have another medical problem.
Danelle: we recommend that you work with your medical provider and a certified diabetes educator who will assist your son in managing his blood sugars during sports.
I have a condition involving sugar that I don't know what it is. If I eat excess sugar (2 cookies, and 1 small piece of cake; or three pieces of Sees Candy, I will become shaky, nervous, irritable and within twenty minutes can become angry, go into a rage where I cry, holler, & throw things (at the worst). Sometimes I just get severely depressed and don't want to live and say horrible things about myself. When my fasting blood sugar is checked it is normal. Do you know what this is?
I am looking for some parents who have a son age 14 or around there who plays sports and who is having a hard time controlling bloodsugars because of sports. Help I am at my witts end. My son loves sports and is very good at it but we cant keep doing the 500 blood. HELP
Here we are coming up to 2013, and still NO cure for diabetes. What a money making tool it's been for the medical and drug profession.
I just want to know what happens to your body if you get sugar because I have weak moments. How bad is this for me?
Carol, I have read a few articles about menses and it's affect on diabetes control. There is an affect, as you know, and this can be related to decreased insulin sensitivity during phases of the menstral cycle. One thing I know from my experiences in working with women who have diabetes; is the menstral cycle causes varibilities in the blood glucose and the affect differs from women to women and even from time to time. Although, I do see a common pattern, and that is elevated blood glucoses a few days to a week prior to the menstral cycle start and when menses starts the blood glucoses drop and low blood glucoses(hypoglycemia) can occur. I would advise you test the blood glucose and watch for specific patterns during these times. Talk with your healthcare provider about using the temporary basal rates or set up a menstral pattern if you are on an insulin pump. Another option is to discuss a stronger correction scale to use during these high blood glucose patterns with your provider.
I am 46 years old and have had type 1 diabetes for 24 years. I was in college working nights and doing school full time and planning my wedding when I contracted a horrible flu virus that put me in the hospital for a week with a 104 degree temp that would not respond to IV antibiotics. I finally recovered and went home to resume my crazy life. Three weeks after being released from the hospital, my diabetic syptoms began. It took three months for me to be diagnosed although I had been going to the doctor with recurring yeast infections and weight loss (the lady doing the alterations to my wedding dress wanted to kill me!:) My new husband and I went on our honeymoon and I passed out on a hike in Acadia National park. After returning from honeymoon...I was diagnosed...(not a good wedding gift!) Long story short...I made up my mind to live my life. I gave birth to three wonderful, healthy boys...they were difficult pregnancies. My last A1C was 5.7. I have always had amazing control. I am on pump and have no side effects of disease, but now things are changing. At certain times of the month, my BS will not come down and then during my period and soon after everything returns to normal. I have not been able to find anyone who can give me help to understand how hormones/perimenopause affect diabetes and what I can do. I am discouraged. It has affected my family, my work and pretty much everything in my life. Does anyone have any ideas on this? I'd appreciate any suggestions?
My sister has been in a diabetic coma low blood sugar for 2 years. Now her face is swelling up. The dr said comas dont last this long but her is I am so worried for her
What are the ranges for blood sugars in type 2 diabetes.
Recently had a complete abdominal hysterectomy. My blood pressure is much higher and am wondering if diabetes type 2 may have had an impact?
Recently had a complete abdominal hysterectomy. My blood pressure is much higher and am wondering if diabetes may have had an impact?
my grandson is 7, no weight problem other than being very musclely, if you can call that a problem, eats a pretty healthy diet... unfortunately yesterday was diagnosed with type 1 and is in PICU..where can we get the best info for what his diet should be at this point... poor little dude was not able to eat, understandly so, anything until he stabilizes...any print outs would greatly be appreciated.
Pre-diabetic, but don't have weight to lose -- any suggestions ?
RE: The high cost of all the diabetes care products we need -- I saw a new Walgreen's ad on tv this week that looked very encouraging! They are offering their brand of test strips for a simple co-pay of $15.00. Check it out -- talk to your Walgreen's pharmacist. I imagine you would have to have the Walgreen's brand meter, but meters only cost $20-something. You would probably have to sign up to be on their little plan of some sort, but it sure sounds like something worth looking into. Good luck and take good care of yourself -- YOU are worth it!
Have family member that is 30+ yrs type I. He takes injections. Doesn't follow any rules at all. Eats what he wants, when he wants, will not go to the Dr. unless he absolutely has to( refills) And get this...he's perfectly healthy except for a few quirks that any man his age would have. His eyes are ok, circulation, etc. However, for the last 4-5 months he has been losing weight, is eating his own weight in carbs and is barely maintaining 175-180 on a 6'1" frame. Suddenly this morning he wakes up and his sugar level is over 500 !! Again, he's in some pain, but he's hanging tough. Over the course of the morning, he gives himself enough insulin to drop an elephant. I manage to get him to the Dr. and get some bloodwork done, but he's argueing with me the whole way. The office opens at 1:00 this afternoon. He just checked his sugar and its at 165...so he finally ate something...I will try to get him to see the Dr. this afternoon, but in case he won't...anyone have any thoughts, sugggestions?? He hasn't had the best of luck with Drs. so he has absolutely no respect for them....
I Have type 1 and was diagnosed when I was 18. I have had type 1 for 21 years now. I have a daughter who is now 13!! I just have to say do not let diabetes rule your life. You can still live your life and eat what you want if you know how your body responds to your insulin.
for noreen if you have type 2 pills will not work at all only insulin will work for type 1. I would say if you dr can not tell if you have type 1 or 2 you should see a specialist. I would not see a family dr at all for diabetes I would see an endrocrinologist who specialized in diabetes.
a couple of years ago my son was diagnose with type 1. then the doctor said it could be type 2. he was 19 at the time. when diagnosing how do they tell the difference between type 1 and type 2?
I read of the connection between diabetes and arthritis .... what causes the connection.. how about this.... the pancreas wears out reducing insulin production ... the adrenal glands wears out because it reduces excess insulin in the blood reducing production of cortisol (hydrocortisone) which has joint health function of anti-inflamatory plus
My father has diabetics. He has recently developed severe foot pain in both feet. Now he is in too much pain to stand. thoughts?
Hello. I am looking for a forum or blog to exchange info and stories with on diabetes. I am recently diagnosed and have a lot to learn about diet and other methods of taking better care of myself. I am taking 500mg. of metformin and a blood pressure med. I hope I can find this blog again and keep in contact with others who are learning and teaching.
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My Brother was just recently diagnosed with Type 1, and he was born with Cystic Fibrosis. I am very unaware of anything to do with diabetes and would just like some good information or advice especially with the cystic fibrosis. If anyone has any good resources it would be greatly appreciated.
Was reading a blog here. Now have a concern.My boyfriend is a type 1, eats pretty much what he wants, some times too much.Loves his sweets.This is his life and have learned not to say anythng.Concern is, does he get high with the too high or too low blood suger, or his insulin ?
My Wife has diabetic neuropathy, I came across the Neuropathy support formula web site and they lead me to believe that the Mayo Clinic supports their findings, does the Mayo clinic support or recommend this product, she is on gabapentin. Thank you for your help in advance.
My husband is a Type 2 insulin dependent diabetic who wears an insulin pump. He eats TOO many sweets--ice cream, cake, candy bars. He just uses extra boluses of additional insulin for all the junk he eats. He maintains a decent HA1C of about 6.5 However, I thought I had read somewhere that using more and more insulin can damage the arteries. Can you tell me what are the long-term effects of this type of eating?
I am type 2 and was wondering if there is any surgery that i can do for this I have heard rumers about stomach surgery.
Can a 2 year old take glusose tablets?
I am a type 1 since the age of 7, I am now to be 68. I ck my blood sugar 10-12 times a day, my last a1c was 6.50 good for my time with my disease so I am told. I have in the last 3 mo quit crestor, as i found it hard to walk due to muscle achining, tired, spike in blood sugar, and bp gong high. Now my bp average is 112/48 hr 87. I had 3xbypass 13 years this oct. My protein seems to be rising, i have great concern! No eye problems, no neuropathy problems, heal very well, have low blood sugars very often. I inject lantus 7 U pm and 3 U am..Novalog on a slyding scale 1U for every 20 mg over 12o BS and 1 U for evey 20mg carb. My original Doctor was at Mayo in Rochester as I was born and raised in PA. I have a lot of faith as I truly believe if it had not been for Mayo I would not be here today. Can I get an appt with Mayo in Phoenix or Scottsdale for a good work up? I want to live until i am 90......
Liz: Did you talk with the CGM company? Sometimes they will contact your provider for a letter of necessity in order for insurance to pay.
Tanveer: Your A1c is high. Starting insulin sounds reasonable. Talk with your healthcare provider or endocrinologist.
Darlene: Ask your provider for an appointment to see a certified diabetes educator. He or she can help you get started on diabetes self management. Take care!
This is for MAE!I found out about my type 2 diabetes a couple years ago after I retired from 30 years of teaching. My family doctor put me on Metformin. I lost 22 lbs over a few months, however the medicine caused a lot of inflamation in my stomach and part of my intestines. I found out about the inflamation when I had my stomach scoped. I had to stop taking Metformin so my stomach would heal up, and now I am trying Tradgenta(sp). I will let you know if it helps/not. Take care.
my H1AC came 10s and my tryglycerides are 390. should i start insulin therapy as dont think my medication is working . I am 55 years old. please advise , i am very worried .
I was diagnosed Fri. & bought a glocose meter yesterday.My 1st reading this A.M. is 138.Is that good or bad?I am regretting the orange and beets I had last nite,alto they were so good!What should a morning reading BE?I am S-O-O lost!
Struggling in Texas,
I have no symptoms with hypoglycemia, my husband and son will notice me bring none responsive and give me glucogan injection. My insurance company refuses to pay for the CGM. I am frustrated. I have automatic neuropathy. How do I manage this?
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Hi, I have been reading information on how Cinnamon can cure Diabetes. Is this true? My friend was dependent on a medication in pill form for over 5 years. He started eating volumes of Cinnamon, and also worked out and lost all the weight his doctor recommended. But he uses real high volumes of the spice. I mean like 1/10 (6 Table spoons or more) cup of the spice in his coffee 3 times a day. Now he is medication free. His doctor monitored him for 1 year to make sure his sugar levels didn't spike at anytime. (The doctor didn't know he was ingesting the spice in high quantities). What is the Mayo Clinic's research on this ; if any and can you direct me to any actually case studies? I'm glad he his diabetic free now. However; I am wondering if it will only be short lived or if he will have to continue on the Cinnamon regiment for life now. And if this is a proven cure why hasn't it been more publicized and practiced in the US? Thank you for your time.
Yes, Niacin can cause hyperglycemia (high blood).
My fasting blood sugar level jumped from 118 to 130 in a 5 month time period. It coincided with a regimen of 500mg niacin daily. Do i have type two diabetes or is it just a reaction to the niacin?
Felicia, I wouldn't worry too much about the diet until you see the dietitian next week. Try to eat a balanced diet and avoid snacks and sweets until your appointment.
I was diagnosed Type II diabetes a week or so ago. I suffer from depression already, and I worry about this new diagnosis. NO diabetic education until next week. In the meantime, I don't know how to take care of myself, what to eat, what not to eat.... Help!
My son has been diabetic since 8yrs old, today he is 15, his A1c has come back at over 10 for the last two tests, yet his average in his meter that he tests with up to 4 times a day is 135. which would be under 7. Any one have any knowledge as why this would be, Dr.s have been no help.
my daughter who is 9 years old and has just been diagnosed and it scares me to no there is serious complications if not managed corectley
i am trying to learn as much as i can but theres so much to take in
but i realy need to know as it frightens me when i here about hypos coma and stuff any advise as this is all new to me startin carb count and stuff but ime so worried about complications that are invoved please help
I find that managing my diabetes is not only time consuming but expensive. Just because someone is diagnosed with a disease does not mean they are able to afford to have the disease. For instance, the strips that I use cost 100.00 every three months and I do not have this money in my budget. i have to go to Ebay just to try and find cheaper alternatives....any advice?
i would like to hear from other diabetics to know if you take lyrica and if it has helped you. my dr just prescribed it for me and after reading the side effects, i'm not sure about taking it. she said very few people experience the side effects.
Susan, managing a sliding scale insulin program in a nursing home/assistant living is a difficult task. time consuming and not the safest program. Sliding scales work well in the short term but are like chasing the blood glucoses with insulin. Your uncle's health provider may be able to simplify your uncle's diabetes medication program.
HI EVERYONE...THIS IS FOR BONNIE, I HAVE THE NEUROPATHY IN MY FEET MOSTLY...I TAKE ALPHA LIPOIC ACID 600 MG ONCE A DAY...IVE BEEN ON IT FOR 3 MONTHS AND AM STARTING TO NOTICE THAT FEELING IS COMING BACK INTO MY FEET...ITS WORTH A TRY.
My 86 year old uncle is presently in a rehab facility following a fractured femur. His blood sugars have been very high and very low and now he is being managed with "sliding scale" insulin injections. He cannot return to his beautiful assisted living apartment because they do not provide this sliding scale service. Is there an alternative that would be acceptable to an assisted living facility? They do state that one of their services is diabetes management -- but I guess not that one! Thanks!!
I don't understand why people put up with the apathy associated with two words, diabetes and cure.
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I have had type 2 diabetes melatus since 2007 and not sure how long it pre-existed before then.I have had a major concern with High Fructose Corn Syrup being part of the problem.
I have been drinking massive ammounts of diet cokes and now find it is in most food products.Was wondering if there are studies out there that deal with this problem.Since it seems to be prevalent in all food sources.
I am a diabetic. My sugar level average about 130. Currently I am taking plavix, nifedical, lisinopril, metformin and other vitamins. I am experiencing unexplained weight loss. I am down more than 10 lbs. Someone said that it could be the metformin. Can anyone commemt on this.
Hi - I am using the Dex Com - I had the Navigator and it was so accurate - anyone using the Dex Com do you think it is accurate? It is so off the wall with readings for me.
I was just told that I am type 2 diabetic. My doctor has just started me on metformin. But I feel some mornings that I have no strength to move. What's can I do?
Update since my Nov 9th comment: Hallelujah! My A1-C is now down to 6! Thanks for this blog and everybody's comments, questions & encouragement. We can do this! It's not easy but we can do it. Use your medical team -- don't skip meals -- get off the couch -- test test test! It works. When you're discouraged and want to give up, call your diabetic nurse educator. They are GOLD MINES of help & support & new ideas for coping with this awful disease. Use them! Best wishes to everybody coping with diabetes -- it's no picnic. But we can do it! Some snacks that help me: sugar-free chocolate pudding, sugar-free popsicles, plain popcorn. Budget something yummy into your day when you're having temptations. Don't keep any of your "trigger" foods in the house -- don't set yourself up for failure. Keep trying & call for help when you're having a rough day.
I have had Type 2 for about 10 years and up until about 6 months ago I did pretty good with my A1C and daily counts. I take Byetta, Junument and Glyrbride 2 times a day and have to barely eat to keep my counts under 200. I just started the Byetta and was wondering how long it takes to start seeing a difference>
My son ia newly diagnosed type 1 diabetic. Complains of how he does not have the level of energy that he is used to , sugars are coming under control, excercises on a regular basis, trying to follow a balanced diet... help!
Candice: Our hearts go out to you. After my 11 year old nephew was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, my sister located the nearest chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (USA) which has been a great resource for her. They have great resources and support. Here is the link: http://www.jdrf.org/ Hope this helps!
After reading some of the posts, I have one real problem. I am 63 years young, have had three strokes, right carrotid artery surgery, and chemo for breast cancer. When I exercise, my blood sugar goes up. I've found that is I do more in the AM and spend the rest of the afternoon being a couch potato, I get the best results. Also, I lost 15 pounds after the third stroke and have kept it off for over a year. My eyes haven't changed in two years and still show no signs of diabetes. I've been diabetic for 10 years now. I've given up trying to figure things out. Usually I eat what I feel like which isn't much since chemo. All the veggies I used to love, now I can't stand even the sight of. No one has been able to explain any of this to me and it is frustrating. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you....
dpes anyone have a solution for neuropathy besides meds. i take neurontin now.
Hi My D\dauhter is 3 years old and just got dignosed this year with type 1 diabetes. It's hard because she is so young she doesn't understand why she can't have more of something and can't drink milk all through the day like she used to. It's overwhelming, but we are getting through it 1 day at a time. was just wondering if theirs anuone else readind this who hae young children with diabetes... God picked my baby for a reason. He has a path and plans for her to do great things in this world...
I was diagnoised with diabetes 7 years ago on Halloween. At frist i didnt take it seroiusly. I have always been alittle over weight, so when my numbers were so high that i started losing weight without even trying i LOVED It.!! I mean we are talking a jean size every wk to wk and half. About 40lbs in a couple of months. Everyone was calling me skinny and it felt great !!! My daily numbers were 500 and 600 all day long. After about a year of this my Dr. wanted to start me on insulin I said to her after i lose 20 more lbs ok? She said sure if you want to be a skinny blind person. well i have to beautiful daughters and two beautiful great granddaughters so i really did not want to go blind. I started on insulin A1c was 15 I have gotten down to 10 but need to push myself to excerise now because meds arent doing it. As you all know when your numbers are that high you dont have the energy to even get off the sofa much less excerise. So i am reaching out to fellow dibetics and asking for all of your prayers. Pray that i get the energy and the push i need to do this. Also while you are praying It would be nice if you could pray that
i find a good Dentist to work for that gets all this. Thanks to all of you who do this for me. I am only 52 years young and want to live a long happy life. Doris
After seven years of successful yearly checkups following cataract surgery and implants, doctor said you better get control of your diabetes you have bleeding behind your left eye. Went to internet and found book You can reverse type 2 diabetes.Ordered it and took its advice. Walking using walking sticks thirty minutes at least three days a week, lose weight, watch diet.Began immediately, lost 15 pounds and one year later at checkup doctor said," I cannot believe what I am seeing. Your eyes are completely clear. This rarely happens with someone your age..What have you done?'Explained my actions.Keep it up and come back in a year unless you have a problem. Looking forward to next checkup in April. Praising God at 80.
Pat: We recommend that you ask your doctor to see a dietician. Caloric intake depends on your level of activity and whether or not you need to lose weight.
I am 27 years old with type one diabetes. I would like to know how many calories I should intake in a day.
I just got my mayo clinic diabetes book2 weeks ago following the diet my sugars have already come down and looking forward to getting my diabetic jourual
I am pre-diabetic & take 500mg of metformin 2x daily I also take I also take 1.8mg victoza daily.My diabetes is under control.My husband is a type 2 diabetic and has meds precribed 2 him but refuses 2 take them.He is not over weight,as a matter of fact he is 2 thin if you ask me.He drinks @ least 2 20oz sodas a night not counting what he has @ work.He eats candy & fried food all the time (no I do not condone nor do I cook like this for him!)He refuses 2 go 2 the doc.He says he feels better not taking the meds,but he looks bad,2 skinny,no muscle tone,pale,his legs hurt all the time,he has had toenail fungus for years & it is bad.He is constantly moody,gets crabby & yells.I am @ my witts end w all of it,I have begged,pleaded,cried.I am at the point of leaving I don't know what else 2 do.He says that u don't have 2 take meds just because you have been precribed them.This is true.I see this as intentional suicide!! What is so hard about taking a few meds & exercising every day if it means your life? Any suggestions?? I need input I need some real advise!!
anybody have the problem i have--fbs around 200 and the rest of the day normal levels. what's up?
Lori: So sorry to hear about your father. Your question as far as what his chances are is best answered by his attending doctors. Again, so sorry.
I am beyond frustrated. I have been on lantus for nearly a year and my A1C is 7.5. I need to lose weight and have been eating right (average calorie intake is 1500/day), keeping my carb count at 40 per meal, and exercising 3-5 times a week (usually brisk walking for 30-40 minutes. I have not been able to lose any weight. I tried Weight Watchers for a month and gained 2 pounds. Can anyone give me some specifics on how they have been able to lose weight on insulin?
My father, 77yrs, has been in the hospital since 08/23 from an accident that crushed his chest; ICU/vent, with his right diaphram in the extended position and not working. 4 weeks later, while still in Hosp his colon ruptured. Fighting numerous infections; one putting him back on the vent in ICU. He now can not swallow; struggling to keep thrush under control, has a feeding tube, catherization; fighting UTI's, colostomy bag, huge abdominal wound; fighting C-dif, and after 79 days in several hospitals, he was found unresponsive with blood sugars raised to 500. He is now back on a vent in ICU. My question is, what are his chances of coming out of this?
I took a "vacation" from my diabetes self-care for 10 months. I didn't give a rip anymore - I rebelled & quit trying. I paid for my "vacation" dearly! Results? Increased depression, urinating every 45 minutes around the clock, muscle weakness, fatigue, insomnia, horrible thirst & hunger, & blood glucose readings from 400-500! An A1C of 15.9! And horrible itching burning yeast infections all over my body! I was so weak & so sick -- when I was moving to a new place, I had to literally lay down & rest every time I packed a little box. I was desperately sick. Thankfully, I got into my clinic & got on track. Now my A1C is 9.2 instead of 15.9 & I'll get it lower. My bloods run between 70 to 200. I'm eating right, slowly losing weight, am less depressed, sleep better, itch less, have no more yeast infections, & go 5 to 6 hrs without a bathroom visit.
Hallelelujah! I have a new attitude of gratitude. Thank goodness for insulin! Thank goodness for the meds! Thank goodness for healthy food choices! And thank goodness for my endocrinologist, my diabetic educators, and the whole team! I'll carry on with good control & keep learning more & caring. It's worth every minute I have to spend on diabetes care -- I've gone from being sick & miserable & weak, and headed for certain disability & death.....to feeling stronger, healthier, & hopeful! Keep trying, everybody! The rewards are worth it!
I've had T2 diabates for 8-years and am on two insulins for about 4. I have trouble find breakfast thats wither too high ion cards or too high in fat. I purchased a protein powder drink from a fitness store. It has no cars and little fat. My blood sugar spikes really high with my morning insulin. What causes this spike with no carbs in the drink.
Louise: We suggest that you have a family member attend a diabetes education appointment with you. More importantly, you understand that diabetes is serious if not controlled and you are in charge of managing your diabetes.
13 years ago I was diagnoised with type 2 diabetes. All was fine until a few months ago. Now my doctor says my blood sugars are in the 350's, and she is starting me on metformin. How do I get my family to understand just how serious this is?
Im a 33 yr old diabetic since age 11. I have recently had hip pain and my doctor said this could be known as a diabetic hip problem and he hoped that wasn't true. What could this be? What treatment is used for this type of hip issue in diabetics? I am scheduled for a hip xray will this let my doctor know if this is due to my diabetes?
Diabetes is really one of the crutial disease in this world because it has long term a lot of complications, i will simply quote an example if a person is having Diabetes and if due to some reasons he got an injury and this leads to a lose of an arm or a foot. it would definitely be very much pathetic for the patient. it will not only disturb the life of a patient but also disturb the life of all the family members who are with him for taking care or who may be children. therefore we must not take it casual it must be treated very careful becuase any casul attitude will lead towards the serious consequences.
just wondering if anyone has heard of "protandim?" I myself have witnessed
3 of my neighbors with diabetes, either control there sugars or lower there A1c. No side effects.
I need help not the problems of others.
I can't get my blood sugar count down. If I eat something and it is only 15 carbs I still go over 220. How do I get it to go down. I have taken up to 15 units o f insulin and it still goes high.
Am I on my way out? I've been a diabetic for 22 years, am 52, and have been carrying an extra 100 lbs for the last 12 years, actually more than that but here is my concern. It seems now that no matter what I eat, my metabolism is shot. I drank heavily until about 13 days ago and that should help. I alternate between healthy eating and eating crap, because the person I live with thinks Mac-n-Cheese is good because it's CHEAP...and she pays the bills. I have had several eye treatments, including laser to cauterize and some injections to handle the bleeders. My ankles have become darkly discolored, I dont usually sleep through the night and I have lost most of the range of motion in my hips, they are very stiff. And my feet hurt a lot, but I take 1/2 a vicodin to knock the edge off of that. Had a hysterectomy last June as well. I am wondering...at this point...am I too far gone to be saved, i.e., too much damage and now it's just a matter of "keep me comfortable until I go". Serious responses please. fb me on DebStein or deborahundersc*orenow2y*h*oo
I work hard to keep my blood sugar below 7 (126) ...morning sugars always were troublesome...after reading the results of studies done on split peas and the reduction of blood sugar...i decided to try eating split pea soup as my night snack. I had tried other pill options like actos....what do you know? my blood sugar on mornings now range from (5.4 - 6.6) (95-115). Please try this for anyone struggling with blood sugars...it might be boring to eat this everyday but there are no side effects ...eventually you may be able to get off your medicines.
my mother-n-law has had diabetes for many years now,she is insulin dependant, but her triglycerides have always been 300 or above. dr.s don't seem to be able to get them down. She has had a small stroke recently, and dr.s say she has probably had others that may have been silent. She is almost 70 and still overweight. Could a low-carb diet help alot? She also keeps getting low blood counts but no-one can figure out why. Can you help me? Kim
Hi, I Have been diabetic for about 8 yrs , took the Actos pill until a couple yr's ago , dr. switched mt to Onglysa Pill. 9-2-11 had some blood and urine test done, talked to the nurse today 9-21-11 she said my A1C Number was 9.6 and the dr. wants me to start Insulin Shots. I am very worried, should i get a 2nd opinion? she also said my cholesterol was 142 ( the lowest it has ever been, i also quit smoking cold turkey after 40 yr.s 17 mo.'s ago)I'm 58 , female, THANKS
i am new to diabetes and wondering id anyone would be so kind to give me info on name brands for general grocery store items. i live alone and would like to eat some prepared foods sometime if possible.
Has any one expirienced mood swings with high and low blood sugars that caused depresion and anger black outs
I Have type 2 Diabetes I started taking Humulin 70/30 50ml twice a day for a month
and I am having a lot of trouble with my digestive system. Could this medicine be the cause of my stomach and bowel symptims. It happens after I eat.
I have a friend who has diabetes 1, and will not snack between meals and has been into auto accidents what can I do? I have checked on him morning noon and night and it pushes him away and angers him. So i set his alarm so he would eat and he still doesn't,
What might cause tingling in my hands and feet?
Becky: Check with a dietician or browse a bookstore. There are a few books that give you the carbohydrate count for foods and at least one for restaurants. Here are a few resources:
1.The Diabetes Carbohydrate and Fat Gram Guide: Lea Ann Holzmeister R.D.L.D – American Diabetes Association and American Dietetic Association
A listing of the carbohydrate/fat/calorie content of many common foods and convenience foods.
2.The Complete Book of Food Counts: Corrine T. Netzer – contains nutritional values of many foods, including many fast foods.
3.USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory: http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/ The USDA website that offers complete nutritional information including carbohydrate content for thousands of foods.
4.Favorite Brand Name Diabetic Cooking: www.DiabeticCooking.com –A website with lots of tasty recipes and many links to other diabetes and cooking sites.
5.Calorie King: http://www.Calorieking.com/foods -this website has lots of information about diabetes, including a food database with over 50,000 American brand name and generic foods, including fast foods and restaurants. Includes calculator to determine exercise clories burned. User Pocket PC
6.Nutrition Facts and Calorie Counter from NutritionData – http://www.nutritiondata.com – Nutrition information for 9000 foods and over 30 fast food and franchise restaurants. Special features include the ability to analyze nutrition information for those special favorite recipes.
When dining out, how do you count carbs when no nutrition list is available. (Type 1)
Just diagnosed with diabetes Friday 8/5/11. A1C was 10 point something. Heart doctor noticed drop in HDL and suggested I have GP check for diabetes. 59 years old, mostly inactive, but able to exercise and have now started. 20 lbs overweight. Diabetes coach said I need to stay below 100 carbs per day and get my glucose test results below 100. Taking 500 Metmorphin 2x day. When first started testing, results were 280 range, quickly now 125-170. Do I need to go that low on daily carbs and glucose reading below 100 ?
I take 1000mg Metformin twice daily now. latest A1C was 7.1. Am having pain in feet. Burning sensation, hurts to walk, but no visible wounds or bruises. Doctor gave my Lyria a week ago, but no improvement. Is this nerve pain and will it go away if I can lose weight? I'm about 30 pounds overweight. Or is my condition permanent?
Mary, it sounds like you may have something else going on, check with your healthcare provider. Nancy
After suffering from vertigo and nausea, always occuring during sleeping time, lasting for 1 hr.or so, starting with breaking out in a sweat, and ending with being chilled for several hours , I have been diagnosed with Type II diabetes as cause. Test showing 3 mo. blood sugar average showed 163, medication was started. Two months after medication was started, I have had 2 days this week waking up dizzy and nauseated. One day my fasting blood sugar was 157, the other day it was 108. I am questioning if diabetes is actually the problem, or maybe it is something else instead. I have no other symptoms, and the dizzy/sick spells are occasional; other days I feel fine. Are these symptoms signs of Type II diabetes?
I have diabetes. During the night, my mouth is so dry that my tongue feels like it is sticking to the roof of my mouth. My throat hurts and is red and seems to stay red all of the time. Is this a symptom of diabetes?
I have type 2 diabetes. Will the progression of neuropathy stop with stomach surgery?
My head is spinning with test results and diagnosis I get. I am 77 yrs old, and until the last 2-3 years very healthy. Arthritis in my feet started the road to prediabetes with 5.9 a1c, then peripheral neuropathy, which is painful, but at 5.9 I am not really diabetic, a test for peripheral neuropathy came back NEG, but still have lots of tingling. Am taking a small tab for cholesterol, which is working satisfactorily reducing total chol. but I do have approx 90 count HDL, no one seems to acknowledge that it is GOOD, just concentrate on total chol. count. I really don't know what I have or what I am really at risk for, except for old age. At this time I am doing nothing but reading labels for total carbs on all foods, and that is an education. Truthfully I need help, maybe a dietician or endocrinologist is what I need. Prior to all these diagnosed ailments i walked 2 miles per day, so not just sitting around. Bummer Dee
Can someone who has had diabetes for years experiance strang mental effects?
i would like to know more about using VICTOZA to manage diabetes type2 I just went to a new Dr. who wants me to try it but I read the insert and it has a possibility of 2 side effects that I am uncomfortable with Thyroid Cancers and Pancreatitis
Lynn: Please see your provider for an evaluation. Your symptoms can be from any number of things.
The last 2 weeks I've had weakness in my legs and now today, also weakness in my arms. Also having a hard time focusing and coming up with the right words sometimes. Can these be related to diabetes?
Sheila, see your health care provider with your concerns.
Looking at the diabetes blog,I see that remarks are often from years ago, i.e. 2008. I wonder if current information on this sight is available, and when and where would I find it. This is not funny. Please update information or delete information that may be obsolete. Thank you.
Can any one tell me why my urine smells like candy it just started in the past couple days whats going on
i wont to ask you that would stem cell research be able to cure both type 1 and type2 diabetes,if so than how?and please inform me about that in which stages the stem cell research is proceeding.
Onset of type 2 diabetes during pregnancy? 35 years old. I was told, as a result of fasting glucose test at 10 weeks pregnant that I am type 2 diabetic (202), not gestational. AC1 and Glucose showed normal 9 weeks earlier. I was told I will be diabetic for the rest of my life. How can this be? Is this true?
I have had type 1 diabetes for just about 56 years. When I was first diagnosed I was put on a diet that had exchanges and now it is all carb. counting. I still eat my fruit, vegetables,breads and milk. I ahve been on an insulin pump for 10 years and that has given me new freedom that I never had before. I still have low blood sugars but that is because if I do alot of exercise that will decrease the insulin need
My 13 teen year old son is a new diabetic. 8 months now. We cant not find enough kid friendly foods that are carb free foods.He is always hungry. The books we have only list foods he will not eat.Help!!!
If you have diabetes 2, try food with low GI and GL, cinnamon tablets and reduce weight BMI under 25. Please advise results after a period of time, if your glucose is lowered
and how much. Thank you.
I read an artical out of discover magazine about childhood diabetes and wote a paper on it for my college english class. This is an excerpt from my paper. I was hoping maybe someone can help me answer this question. "In Weston, Massachusetts 18 new cases of diabetes have been diagnosed in a 2 two year time period. Yes, that doesn’t seem too surprising, but what makes this story unique is the ages of the individuals diagnosed. They were infants and children between the ages of 17 months to 12 years of age. The parents of these children could not understand why this sudden rise in childhood diabetes. Weston is the wealthiest town in Massachusetts, with 3 golf courses, 13 soccer fields, 19 baseball diamonds, and not a single fast-food restaurant. Why the sudden rise in childhood diabetes?"
Does Mayo prescribe statins as a regular part of a treatment regimen for Type 2 diabetes. It's for a male in his sixties, overweight, high blood pressure but cholesterol is ok at this point.
For the last few year If I step backward I fall no balance. Can walk front wards but still have trouble with balane does diabetes have anything to do with It?
My doctor has diagnose me with Type 2 Diabetes and has put me on Janumet (50/1000)twice a day. Before taking this medicine I would check my blood twice a day and the highest it ever was was 137. Now I can't get it down under 160. I have cut out sugars and cut back on carbs...I have lost 31 lbs. so why am I testing so high?
My mother is a diabetic and is in the hospital with a severe headache, vomiting, neck and shoulder pain. 3 ct scans and nothing found. this came on very sudden,any insight would be greatly appreciated..thank you !
Linda: Give your healthcare provider a call regarding as to whether you should cut back on your diabetes medications.
I have type 2 diabetes and am on oral meds twic a day. I have altered my diet by following the Paleo Solution Diet. I am finding that my blood sugars are now extremely low - in fact my fasting bs this am was 47. Should I cut back on my oral meds?
Brenda, neuropathy pain is distressing and can be difficult to manage. Some treatments used include, Gabapentin, tricyclic antidepressants, analgesices, topical capsaicin cream, and others. Discuss options with your healthcare provider.
I have type 2 diabetes and neuropathy in my feet. I get depressed, so tired of being in terrible pain. I'm on Lyrica 150 mg 3 times a day and yet still in pain. I'm trying compression socks now, that helps a little. I wished there would be someone or something out there that could help me. My Drs. are surprised they said they normally see this in patients where there sugars are very high. So they're not sure why the Lyrica isn't helping. Maybe someday I'll live pain free, one can only hope. I'm 39 and have 5 kids and would love to enjoy them without being in pain and limited to what I can do.
how much vitamin d3 do you need to keep your blood sugar regular and how long do you have to take it to stabilize?
I want to avoid diabetes because I see what trouble it causes my husband. I have low risk factors. No relatives anywhere with the disease. My 3 children each weighed 71/4 or less. My AIC runs about 6-6.5.
I'm about 5 pounds overwt but it took me a long time to drop the 30 lbs. Cholesterol: 188; HDL: 54; Triglycerides: 124; LDL: 112.
Risk factors: My morning fasting blood sugar (which I take once a month) is frequently 110-125 and I get little exercise because of some severe arthritic problems. I usually drink a Glucerna for breakfast and eat very small meals. I'm 81. Is there any things else I can do?
I have been prediabetic for 2 years and last week was put on metformin. This week I was called and told my protein in my urine was high. Normal is 30 mine was 895. What does this mean exactly? Are my kidneys damaged.??
Oh,I forgot to say,in order to maintain that level of less than 120,I can eat 25 grams carbs per meal.
Make sure your dr is up to date on diabetic info and does not use the ADA version of normal blood glucose(180 according to them)which is very high and will lead to problems.Use what ever measures,along with diet and excercise,you need to keep BG normal.
Ive just been diagnosed with diabetes,type 2.My fasting BG was 128.Ive been ''prediabetic' for 6 yrs,and,due to ignorance and no advise,never watched my diet.
In all the books I have read so far,it is said that prediabetes is like prebrain tumor.The ADA has set standards so low that we are not called diabetic til most of our beta cells are burnt out.
Primarily what I am reading is that by diet and excercise we should keep our BG reading 2hrs after meals at 120,which will prevent complications.If we are unable to attain that,start with meds(plus diet and excercise),then,if still unable to get it down,use insulin.
Maintaining normal blood glucose is #1 priopity.
I have been Type 1 since 2006 it is hard to keep track of your conditions i understand.I work Third Shift makes it tough. I just finally saw an Endocrinologist and he put me Lemevir and Novolog. This has helped me control my high sugars.All I can say people take it serious i am now I want to be areound to see me Niece graduate from high school.
Diatetees type 2 years ago but exercise, lost over 40 pounds and for 7 years no medications required but still tested monthly: all ok until Dec/Jan-then Feb with test results between 200-400 visited DR. Dr put be back on metformin, ran some blood work and within a week numbers started coming down tremendously. IE this morning premeal 142 and no aftermeal in last two days above 180. However: today after metaformmin 2 pills for one day after my initial visit with him, Fasting blood test the very next day Dr says I must immediately go on insulin ASAP. Serously confused: metformin 2 pills 500MG a day has cut readings in high 300s/low 400 last week to lower hundred premeal (today 142 breakfast) and upper hundreds two hours later. This has been taking for only one week with fast reductions and although still not within limits, just dont understand his insuline ASAP. Could anyone explain possibly since DR tried without sucess? thanks
My sugar seems to get higher when I take cod liver oil
or borage - flax- fish oil combo soppliment 178. Should I skip it? I am not on any meds. I have no insurance. Please respond if possible.
What is the Prediabetes blood sugar level considered by the Mayo Clinic?
My mother is a severe diabetic. She has had cellutis a lot and her leg calfs are always swollen and look like red leather skin. They often get blistered and cracked. She has seen a lot of docs and they had tried everything. What else may be done for this? I want to help her so very badly. I don't know what else to do or where to go for help. anyone please???
Mary: Diet and exercise are key to managing blood glucose. Keep in mind that diabetes is a progressive disease and may need additional treatment to improve blood glucose. Work with your health care team/diabetes educator/dietician for assistance with lifestyle changes.
Jean Marie: This sounds like it was an acute episode of arm pain and symptoms improved with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications. Recommend that you follow with the Orthopedist.
Roger: Diabetes Type 1 can occur at any age although it occurs most often in childhood (from infancy on up).
i am a diabetic and have high blood pressure and sleep apnea.. at night when i am sleeping i wake up at night with my thights on the side, burning and it feels like it is needles in my legs along with numbness' the pain started months ago just above the knee now it has moved tto the side of my thight,,it is very tender, and it feels like there is a knot under the skin. could this be neuropathy
I am a type one since I was sixteen, now I am 48. I wear a pump, and I also haver Crohn's diseaser. yesterday morning I woke up and thought mayube I slept funny on my left arm because it was very painful. I tried to straigten my arm and could not... after an hour the pain just got worse so much so that my sone took me to theER. I was there all day in breath taking pain, and was diagnosed-rather vaguely with a tennis elbow, or a septic joint. the er dr told me to contact an orthopedist, gave me some morpheine and a strong anti-inflammatory.
now it is early the next morning and the pain is gone.
I wm wondering if this is a diabetic nerve pain situation. it was sooo tender and quite painful even to the touch...my fingers were numb. it was definitely centeredc on the elbow.
can anyone offer some insight on this? some help on how to avoid this in the future.?
I am a 50 yr old female, recently diagnosed with type 2. Was put on metformin, and reacted very badly stomach pain nausea, unable to eat. I am afraid to take any other kind of medication as i seem to be very sensitive to medications. My blood sugar in the moring is high 175, I was going to try protien snack befor I go to bed, I am on blood pressure medication. Can i try with diet and exercise to lower it or do i need to do something with medication
Anyone out there?
What age if any is too young to be concerned about type 1 diabetes?
Or, is this disease liable to show up at any age?EgHBgL
I have type II diabetes. I'm not insulin dependant. Recently, I have had fruity breath. Everything I've read says HIGH Sugar. My last three tests are 115, 91, 113. Definitely not high sugar. So, why the fruity breath for the past few days?
I am a 53 year old woman who was told I was a diabetic last june. I didn't fit the picture. Lost 16 lbs fast(just by watching my diet)never was prediabetic,no family history. Diet did not lower my sugar nor did metaformin. Did some research and found a good intergrated doctor. Turns out I am a type 1 with celiac diease. People you have to be your own advocate. My first doctor only worried about if I had side effects from the medicine and wasn't concerned about how unusual my case was. I would tell anyone who is thin to demand to have their c-peptide done along with the gad testing. Doctors don't know everything. All of our health comes from the health of our gut. Good luck to all!
My cousin is Diabetic and was just told he has lung cancer. How does Chemotherapy affect his condition? Cant find any info on it. Thanks
Choi, keep talking to Rose and working on your blood glucose control. You are taking positive steps in the right direction.
Johnna, If this teenager has symptoms of diabetes (increased thirst, increased hunger, frequent urination, and fatique), they should see a health care provider. People with type 1 diabetes require insulin injections to survive. Prior to the discovery of insulin the only treatment for individuals diagnosed with type 1 diabetes was to severely restrict carbohydrates which extended lifes of these patients who eventually died of starvation.
Daidev. If you have type 2 diabetes and have been able to control your diabetes with diet and exercise only, wonderful! Continue to test the blood glucose to keep tabs on the control. The bottom line to preventing diabetes complications is good blood glucose control.
Joanie: We advise that you check with your healthcare provider or gynecologist for best method of birth control that best works for you.
Lilly, follow the ADA guidelines... 101-125 mg/dl is prediabetes according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA)
Hi Peggy and Nancy,
I have high blood surgar everyday.
Because I have alots of pain everyday.
I talk to Rose every week.
But I still can't get my blood surgar in the right range.
You have any Idea for me.
I take any idea.
I was diagnosed with Type2 diabetes about 4 months ago. I take glyburide and byetta. I am 45 years old and am wondering if anybody has any advice about methods of birth control beyond condoms or a cervical cap. It seems anything hormonal increases risk of blood clots/heart attack. Any advice?
After an annual physical recently, my blood sugar read 92 ml. (it was always normal before). I've been stage 1 obese for years, but I know what diabetes can do, and this was a scare I needed--I'm exercising regularly now and have lost 5 pounds. I've been told that if I keep up the exercise and weight loss, my glucose will "probably" go back to normal because 92 ml. isn't considered true pre-diabetes. However, I've read that some experts now consider anything over 90 to be actual pre-diabetes. I plan to make sure that at my next fasting glucose check 3 months from now, my blood sugar has gone down, not up. But I'm confused: am I "pre-diabetic" or not? Why do some medical experts say 92 pre-diabetic and some don't? Thanks for anything you can tell me! I really appreciate your blog.
My cousin's teenage niece started losing weight, feeling very ill, becoming dizzy and fainting. Now she is on this super restrictive diet: no sugar or any carbohydrates that can turn in to sugar. Her parents don't like regular doctors and have taken her to alternative practitioners who diagnosed some kind of fungus in her bloodstream that she allegedly picked up from horses and that eats sugar. I am concerned that in reality she has diabetes. Are there really fungi that can persist in your bloodstream for two years that thrive on sugar in your bloodstream? She is better on this totally non-sugar, non-wheat, non-carbo diet. She has been a vegetarian for a long time.
I manage my D. by dieting (cut down simple carbos, avoid or replace sugar with sugar substitute), exercise(daily 40 minutes on treadmill with 3% slope at 3.3 mph) and prescription medicine Insulin Injection Novolin N 10/ML. In addition I take prescription Tablets for Hypertension (Lisinopril, Metaprolol Tartarate, Lovastatin, Spironolactone) with Low dose Aspirin. I measure my fasting blood sugar every morning and its around 90 Mg/Decilitre.
I accidentally did not take my Insulin 2 days ago and my blood sugar was 110Mg/Decilitre. I tried it again yesterday and it still was around 110 Mg/Declitre. Can I control my D. by dieting and exercise only without taking Insulin without any other damage(such as to Kidney etc) ?
I havea momther who has diabetes 2 It is in advantaged stage. Sshe takes her insulin and then precedes to sleep all day long!! I dont think its normal. Her feet are starting to have some sores like mosquito bites adn she saids they itch very very much. shes afraid she will have a serious problem and then she will have get one of her legs aputated. help!!!!1
Melissa, try eating smaller portions, avoid snacking between meals or go online and look for the food pyramid or plate method diet plan. Weight loss is the key for over weight type 2 diabetics and helping with blood glucose control. Exercise is important too.
I was first diagnosed with type1 diabetes 2 years ago
at the age of 66. My glysemic index was 416 and my
A1C was 10.4 was not overweight and not sedentary.
Iam now around 122 and 6.4. what caused this diabetes, I did have kidney stones and under went
surgery,could trauma of this sort cause it, my Dr.
said it could be possible........
Debbies, I talked briefly with one of our research doctors and was told that there have been about 40 live particle pancreatectomy transplants done in this country (at 3 facilities) since 1985 and it is generally done along with a kidney transplant. I was told it is a very touchy procedure, that is why so few are done.
i am a 42 year old woman who got diagnosed with typr 2 diabetes, high blood preasure and had a heart attack all on the same day. i am looking for somewhere to find a diabetic diet that i can follow on a very low budget - i am new to this entire way of living, please help me.
Has it ever been done that a healthy parent donate her pancreas to her child so he will not be diabetic & in return the parent would be?? I know it sounds crazy, but as a parent I would do whatever it took to cure my son!
My husband is a type 1 diabetic,double below knee amputee,kidney/pancreas transplant '95 the Pancreas now used up back on Insulin. He is experiencing frequent dehydration as a result of extreme gastroe-paresis issues which we treat at an infusion clinic. This evening he is experiencing some low blood pressure I have had him drink a small amount of coffee and eat some potato chips.
Is/was this the best at home treatment his pressure is slowly increasing and I will continue to monitor. Thanks
My Dad has been a Diabetic for 15 years & never really under control. I need help with meal planning & food to lower is sugar levels FAST!!!!!!
Zoyanara, improving blood glucose control will help relieve the pain some usually.
Lori, I have a question into one of our dietitians. I will get back to you with a response as soon as I hear something.
I am trying to find some renal diabetic recipes for a family member. Any help would be appreciated.
I am 60 years old and have type2 diabetes Am taking 500mg metformin twice daily I also take 300mg Gabapentin twice a day for burning in my feet, hands now it is moving all over my body. I am very uncomfortable i dont know how to stop this disease.
Tom: Diabetes type 2 is a progressive disease. You can do everything right. It is time to talk to your healthcare provider about treatment options.
76 yr old male, in good health except have DM II and have had it for about 10 years.
Eat right, excercise 5 x wk (threadmill 30 mins),
but lately my results especially in the morning fasting have not been that good, like 160 - 175
Give me a magic bullet ! Have tried taking protein snack before going to bed. Doesn't work for me
I am 65 and have type 2 diabetes, take 1,000mg of Metformin twice daily. Injecting Victoza once daily, 0.6mg., was up to 1.8mg daily prior to Thanksgiving. Problems with nausea and vomiting caused me to stop Victoza lest I be ill on Thanksgiving Day. Began again at 0.6 mg once daily three days ago. (Previously also had nausea and vomiting with Byetta, 1.2 ml twice daily over a period of two years.) The smell of cooked food causes nausea and salivation which is frequently followed by vomiting. While not taking Victoza during Thanksgiving week had no nausea or vomiting. Had an upper GI and test to determine how quickly food passed through my stomach. Both tests results were "normal". What can be done so I can use Victoza and/or Byetta? If nothing exists to stop the nausea/vomiting what alternatives exist? Three female friends/medical professionals have remarked that my symptoms are similar theirs when they were pregnant. Trust me on this- I am not now nor have I ever been pregnant and have no intentions of becoming pregnant. Despite my preceding comment my sense of humor is fraying quickly. Any advise/assistance will be most appreciated. Thank you, Walter
I have type 2 diabetes, I am taking Metformin. I have a question, I would like to know why my blood sugar spikes when I haven't ate! I don't eat breakfast, no lunch...and 3/4 special K with skim milk at night. In the morning my blood sugar is 150 or up to 170. When I eat 3 meals a day and a snack my blood sugar the next morning is 82 to 90. I am sick in the morning, nausated and not hungry at breakfast. Any advise? Thanks
Cheri: Yes stress can be a contributing factor to elevated blood glucose. Exercise is great way to reduce stress and reduce blood glucose. Continue to follow with your healthcare provider for recommendation regarding stress and prediabetes treatment.
Ronald: We recommend that you make an appointment to see a dietician. The dietician can take into consideration your height, weight, activity, etc., and make recommendations for a well balanced diet with a recommendation regarding the amount of carbohydrates you shoul eat per meal.
Its all about exercise! With the proper diet AND exercise you can lessen the symptoms and even beat this thing we call diabetes!
My doctor said I am prediabetic. I am a 58 eight year old female. I eat all the healthy foods recommended on a diabetic diet. I am not at all overweight (size 6/8), but I have been under a great deal of stress. The stress has also recently raised my blood pressure and I am taking meds for it. Could the stress also be causing my blood glucose to go up? I am confused.
Can someone tell me how many carbs can I eat per meal? I am 63 years old and retired. I am walking at least 2 miles a day plus. I want to adjust my diet to loos weight so I don't have to start taking pills. I am 192 pounds. Thank you.
Jan: Are you testing your blood sugar? You should contact your health care provider.
Jody: Is your mother seeing an endocrinologist? If not, she should request a consult. A certified diabetes educator in her community can help your mother learn how to adjust her insulin doses.
I recently started taking Metformin and I am having increased urination day and night. Will this stop soon? I have been on this medication for 1 month.
My mother developed Diabetes a few years ago after
having been diagnosed with Celiac. Her ranges are out of control even though taking meds.,
insulin and eating a low carb diet recommended by a
dietician. She has now been diagnosed with Neuropothy and is a lot of pain. She is under a
Dr.'s care for the Neuropothy with medication but it doesn't seem to be helping. First question, who does she need to consult to really work on getting her readings low and to stay low, and what else can she do to rid her of the severe Neuropothy pain? Its very
disheartening for her and well as family members.
Barbara, your friend needs help. Have her see a health care provider soon.
Chris, true hypoglycemia wthout taking medications that can cause low blood glucoses is rare. Your symptoms may be related to something else. Check this out with your primary provider.
I was diagnosed with Prediabetes hypoglycemia last year. For the past 4 days my levels are falling under 100 which is not good for me. I expreience the symptoms of hypoglycemia. 3 to 4 times a day it has been dipping into the 70 and 80s even with my planned meals and snacks. I'm not eating anything out of the ordinary. What could be going on?
I have a friend in her 40's who found out last year she is Diabetic. She had lost over 100 pounds( needed to) then found she was Diabetic. We (at work) think she is now Anorexic. Is this common after weight loss or after beginning treatment for Diabetes (to become Anorexic)? She weighs about 85lbs now and says it is due to her Diabetes. Says she is nauseous and Dr. gives her stool softners for this. Could this be true? We think she takes it due to Anorexia.
I was diagnosed with Diabetes in 1991. I have always had a hard time with keeping my blood glucose in range. When I was younger I ate all the time and my blood sugars were always high. Now that I don't eat as much or hardly at all my blood sugars are still very high. I have tried a strict diet then I have a low sugar problem. It seems like my sugars do what they want. This makes it very hard for me to want to take care of myself, it seems the more I do to keep them in range(70-120) I bottom out and end up eatting too much and then my sugars are sky high.
Allan, sometimes neuropathy can affect the muscles and muscle strength. Talk with your primary provider about this issue.
Robin, Generally, diabetes can not be reverse except in certain conditions; gestational diabetes or steroid induced diabetes. With weight loss and exercise many times diabetes can be controlled by diet and no diabetes medication for a number of years. Some people with diabetes are bothered quite a bit by the GI symptoms of Metformin others are not. Try to take Metformin with the meal and not on an empty stomach.
I was just recently diagnosed with Type 2 (10 days ago); I'm monitoring my blood glucose with a fasting average of 150. I've also started taking Metformin. I'll be attending a diabetes class (6 hours) through my health insurance taught by a dietican in which I hope to get more information about healthy eating, carbs, weight control etc. I currently am within the average range for weight. I have a history of diabetes in my family. I have two questions: Can diabetes be reversed? And, Metformin seem to make my stomach "queasy"; is that typical?
My neuropathy started in my feet,numbness,only ,no pain. Now my knees feel weak and I am very unstable walking. Do you think the unstable condition is a result of the neuropathy?
"My brother is a diabetic and had heart problems while on vacation in South Africa. He went to a physician specializing in Internal Medicine who, after he solved problems that he has lived with a long time, also told him that most of his problems are accelerated by the lifestyle he has lived, including that he was a smoker and about 10kgs overweight. He had a desk job and being in a very stressful work environment.
I decided to take a health holiday to Cape Town. The genetic tests were done beforehand, and on arrival that was used to design my unique health plan. I was really thankful to learn that I could probably avoid becoming a diabetic by eating healthy, and exercising enough to keep my weight in check.
I enjoyed sumptuous meals, took long walks and attended tai-chi breathing classes at dawn. The beautiful Winelands was probably part of what inspired me to make a new investment in my health." – Joke M, librarian, Netherlands
Thanks for everything, I'm so glad that I spoke to you and found such a wonderful Diabetes and Heart surgery.
I have a client who is a diabetic, and has neuropothy in both feet and his legs are brown from the knees down. As a massage therapist I was wondering how much would massaging affect his legs with damaged blood vessels? Any information would be appreciated. Thank you, Susan
Mark, it may be diabetes related or there is another condition related to cold hands. Check with your doctor about the symptoms you are experiencing.
Kari, diabetes generally is not a cause for lack of sleep or excessive night sweats, but hypoglycemia can be. Get up and test the bood glucose mid way between bedtime and on waking to make sure that low blood glucose is not an issue. If you are having a low blood glucose at that time your insulin will need to be adjusted down. Sometimes people will have nightmares when they are experiencing low blood glucoses during sleep.
Just dx with type 2. Question that comes to mind...I have had problems with my hands get painfully cold in the cooler weather. never had issuses untill aprox 2 years back. Any connection? Can it be this is when I started having blood sugar problems?
does type 1 diabetes cause lack of sleep, and excessive night sweats?
The Mayo Clinic has such a nice chart for the percentage of daily values for persons, non-diabetic. Is there a simple chart for Type II diabetics? If so, can this be emailed to me? Thank you!
are leg cramps a symptom of neuropathy? are the cramps caused by diabetes alone? I work on my feet 12 hours, for several days with no rest. also I have diabetes.
Forgot to mention,my blood sugar is always below 200
and better than half time its below 150.I am a 56 year old white male. Have been very active my whole life,Happly married for 35 years and 3 grown children all of which have finished college.This is to go along with what i mentioned earlier.Help Please !!
My numbers have started staying between 200 and 400
just all of a sudden im seeing doctor thursday how long can a person keep going with numbers that high
My diabetic neuropathy is unbearable.I saw my first doctor 0n 9-11 as the second jet flew into the world trade center.Was not convinced that i was a diabetic at frist.As far as my family either side no problems.Symptom as i look back were going on atleast 2 years prior to 9-11.May 21 2003 i had bypass.
2007 is when i was convinced i had diabeties.Several ulcers appeared on my feet which took some time to heal(4 months).Christmas i developed a ulcer just below my right big toe.Also at that time I developed neuropathy in my fingers now my whole hands.for 6 months i tried to heal my right big toe i did no good.Went back to my podiatristand together no good for six months.he convinced me to take small portion of a bone out of my right toe.This was to relieve presure of my joint and would heai three to four weeks later.I am happy to say 21 days days later my toe was healed.One problem the neuropathy is has worsen.Both my feet hands and legs feel as though they are in a vat of grease,frying.I now have ear ,nose ,and scalp problemsand at times blured vision. Help me Please!!!
What can I do to lower my high glucose levels in the mornings? The levels are in the 80's and 90's at bedtime.
Lilania: yes. Call the main Mayo Clinic number and ask for the pediatric endocrinology department.
Hello ... my 13-year old daughter has just been diagnosed with diabetes type 1. She was in hospital for a few days but at home now and we're still trying to stabilise her sugar levels. As dr was assigned to her when she was admitted to hospital but i'm not very happy with the dr as i never got any feedback from him during the time she was in hospital and neither was any follow-up visit discussed with me. Is there a dr at Maoy clinic who specialise in diabetes among teenagers
Jan: you might have diabetes. Make an appointment with your provider and get tested.
Last year, after a brief scare with Type-1 diabetes, I conducted extensive research about the rise of the disease amongst our youth. Research shows a direct relationship to diet, low physical activity, and hormone-injected cow's milk and other factors.
I am an Instructional Designer/Flash Programmer by profession. I created the first series of a children's book called Run Tippy Run to start addressing the diabetes issues suddenly plaguing our children.
Kids can read this book free online at...www.daystarbooks.com
Brief Description of Book:
Help our children draw their future without diabetes.
The Purpose, Is Prevention: This series of Run Tippy Run - Draw Me Healthy publications, will attempt to introduce a green diet concept to young children. By illustrating a direct link to food and health, we induce kids to question their diet choices & food sources.
I am just beginning thinking I may have type 2. I woke up this morning and took my reading. It was 158. Is that pretty normal? When I went to bed it was 157.
Christie, glucose comes from other sources besides food. When you are in a fasting state, your liver stores and releases sugar to provide energy and cover your brain's requirements for glucose.
Melissa, you can purchase a blood glucose monitor at any pharmacy/ large retail chain store. I would get in to see your health care provider as soon as possible.
For the past 6 months I have had unquenchable thirst (I could easily drink 4-6 litres of water a day) am fatigued, and cannot gain weight. I am waiting to get in to see the doctor and be tested for diabetes (it runs in our family) is there anything I can do on my own to see if I have it?
My sugar level is within the normal range every part of the day except my fasting reading...which is 117-123 daily. I understand that I have diabetes and am going to do bloodwork on the 23rd...but why is my sugar so normal when I eat and so high when I dont eat!
Mary - it is very important for you to meet with your obstetrician as soon as possible.
I am 34 yrs old, type 1 diabetes, insulin pump dependent and A1C of 8.9 ;(, but that is not my mayor concern right now. My concern is that I think I am pregnant but I have to wait one more week to confirm that. As soon I start my suspicious I obviously check my sugar every 1 or 2 hr. The reason I think I am pregnant is because I have a very regular cycle so the pms symtoms are early, I have cramps and I always suffer of constipation but now I have lose stool and obviously when I check my calendar. How fast I can lower my A1C? I know I took a huge risk but what are the chances to have a healthy baby if I control my blood sugar even if I conceive with an A1C of 8.9? Please advise
Yvonne: There is not enough information to adequately answer your question. Is your blood sugar under good control? Is high blood sugar the cause of your weight loss? We recommend that you work with your primary provider, a dietician, and a certified diabetes educator.
Has anyone taken the injected diabetic control medicine called Victoria (Not sure how to spell it) It is taken once a day instead of twice like byetta. I am considering taken either byetta or this new injection. Can anyone tell me what are the pros & cons of either medicine.
Nancy & Peggy-
Do you read all the comments? I have not gotten an answer from you yet, since the beginning of the month.
Some people seem really, really desperate and I don't see your answer or comment.
hi my name is jody my husband of 22yrs as been dx. with type 1 at the age of 37 (now 44),he is on both long and fast acting insulin. i'am at such a lost he has been through such hell (mini stroke,all teeth removed,very bad depression and just uncontrolable seizures they average more then 5 a month. )today he sleep for 17hours no insulin and NO FOOD he is voiminting since he has woke up and what i think maybe be DKA he will not hear of going to the hospital .i dont know what to do , i can take care of him now but something needs to be done because not one MD can tell me what is going on. plz help if u know of anyone or anything i would be able to do.
I am 34 yrs old, type 1 diabetes, insulin pump dependent and A1C of 8.9 ;(, but that is not my mayor concern right now. My concern is that I think I am pregnant but I have to wait one more week to confirm that. As soon I start my suspicious I obviously check my sugar every 1 or 2 hr. The reason I think I am pregnant is because I have a very regular cycle so the pms symtoms are early, I have cramps and I always suffer of constipation but now I have lose stool and obviously when I check my calendar.
How fast I can lower my A1C? I know I took a huge risk but what are the chances to have a healthy baby if I control my blood sugar even if I conceive with an A1C of 8.9? Please advise
Vickie - We recommend that you let your provider know that you have protein in your urine. Your provider may want to order another urine test and proceed from there.
Joanna - We are very sorry about your mother. Unless your mother is a vulnerable adult, there is little that you can do to help her seek medical help (at least in the USA).
the doctor's office called and said i have diabetes and that they want to see me in about 7 weeks. why the wait? dont i need to know if i have type 1 or type 2? i also have a boat load of other questions. i have liver disease and hep c. how will my body process the insulin? ......
I am 46 years old i was diagnosed type 1 diabetic at 17 years old, i have been insulin dependent all the time and i have the pump. i have gastrioparisis and i just found protien trace in my urine today. should i be concerned?
I have an A1c of 6.1...am I a diabetic?
I have type 1 diabetes and have gone from a healthy 116 pounds (height: 4'10") to a death looking 72 pounds. My endocrinologist does not know how I can gain weight. Every medical person says to drink Ensure for weight gain. I tried it. Doesn't work. I'm still losing about 1 pound every 2 or 3 months. I can't eat more carbs or sugar. How can I gain weight?
My doctor is concerned about my blood sugar level. It is at 110, which is on the very low end of Pre-diabetes. What should I do? I am a 50 year old male with Charcot, Marie, Tooth.
Please also advise, on what we can expect, should my mother continue to not treat her diabetes.
My mother (age 67) was diagnosed with Type II several years ago and has developed a severe distrust of the medical professionals. She has not been to a doctor for her diabetes in over 10 years. She has dropped a significant amount of weight and does not have the muscle strength to get onto a bicycle.
She has been going to a "guru" and will not tell us who that is, she eats fruit smoothies for means and little protein, does not get very much exercise, is constantly tired and feeling run down.
I have asked, begged, bribed, pleaded and attempted to trick my mother into seeing a doctor, but this only results in her getting defensive and more resistant to the idea of a western medicine diabetic treatment.
Any suggestions for how to get help for her I would greatly appreciate. My siblings and I have even started talking about if/when we should try to get legal authority, as her mental judgements are starting to get very questionable.
My hubby, a type 2 diabetic, has higher blood sugar levels in the morning also. Any ideas why?
I'm managing my type 2 quite well, but why would my sugar level increase after fasting and a good nights sleep? Before going to bed, sugar level was well within limits, then next morning an increase from the night before.
In addition I work out every day for two hours. I feel I am doing all the right things.
I have been type 2 for going on three years now. I have not changed anything about the way I eat, still on my diet. no red meat or pork or processed food. I had my aic down to 5. after my last blood work I am 6.4 and my hdl is 35. What causes this?? I have an appointment with endocrologist (spelling) next Monday but I was just wondering what am I in for now?
I am a 36 year old and I was diagnosed with diabetes some time ago. I recently suffered from a diabetic comma which left me diabled. I am slowly regaining my independence and beginning to remember how life works. I am on insulin since it is easier than taking pills for me cause I have such a narrow throat passage and when i was on pills they used to get caught in my throat and choke me. I take insulin on a sliding scale now. My glucose is never hogh enough to take no more than about 3 units of insukin. Even though I can not walk without a walker or wheelchair handy, i am taking control of my life. I would like to let evryone know that this illness does not have to control you.
Sylvia: Some medications can raise blood sugar which seems to be the case with your mother. She needs to report this to her primary care provider for evaluation.
My Mom is 86 with T2D (insulin 70/30, metformin 500mg bid, glipizide 10mg bid). We just changed her anxiety med from lorazepam to clonazepam (Klonipin). Her normal FPG is about 120 (100-150 range). After 3 days on the clonazepam, her levels are in the upper 200s. We bought a new glucometer last night. Does anyone have info on increased levels with clonazapam?
After 5 years of managing my type 2 diabetes by diet & excersise, my Diabetic Clinic have discharged me, saying that they are getting too many patients, and they feel I am coping on my own.... Meantime, I have painful neuropathy in my feet, mostly at night. Can you suggest anything to alleviate the pain?
My husband is a Type 2 diabetic for 2 1/2 years now. For the first 6 months, he did wonderful, felt great, ate properly, walked every day and lost 40 lbs. For the past 2 years, life has been a roller coaster. Mood swings, irritability, depressed, no interest in anything. Sometimes he doesn't take his medicine for a few days and that makes it worst. Refuses to control and change his eating lifestyle. Still eats fast foods like crazy. I find candy bar wrappers in the car constantly. Then he tests his blood sugar and he's an 88 and he tested mine and I'm 120 and I'm not diabetic!! Now he boasts that his diabetes is under control because his blood sugar reading is good. What can anyone suggest to help me through this? I'm at the end of my rope
as for bg of 900, i'd been researching the common symptoms i had - google can only do so much, i made the discovery while at a clinic for cataracts. my readings were off their monitor, 400. trying medications to get under control + diet but readings are still high, 200 something.
im still in the beginning stages of figuring out what im supposed to do/eat and that kinda thing. diet plan from dr was a bit cryptic but theres tons of info 'out there'
Carol, yes a person can have a blood glucose of 900. The highest blood glucose I've personally seen is 1700 mg/dl. The individual was severely dehydrated, semi-conscious and luckily survived. Nancy
Can a person have a blood sugar of 900
Vicky: Has your close friend seen an endocrinologist that specializes in diabetes? We also recommend that he work closely with a Certified Diabetes Educator/dietician.
Linda, we are so sorry about your situation. We think that you are on the right track by going to a counselor.
help please a close friend of mine was diagnosed over a year ago and was told it was uncontrolable he has done everything he has been told like eatting little and often but his sugar levels go up and down dramaticly his mood swings are becoming more erattic and agressive,then crying and wanting to die to stop the moods me and his wife are trying so hard because we know its not him but the diabetes can anyone give me some advice.
How do you get through to a husband of 25yrs with type 2 diabetes that you feel is depressed. Has been on 5 medications and now insulin. I feel he is depressed,empty nest,post traumatic stress syndrome,midnight shift police officer. He states he just wants to be alone and feels blah and not alive for the last 5 years.(he has been diabetic for 5yrs) and walked out. He says it not my fault, I think its a huge mid-life crisis but how do you get through it without the divorce he wants. I am in therapy and they say he may have to hit rock bottom. I am trying to maintain calm and being both mom and dad to our son that just went off to college.
Raymon, Children under 6 years of age may have a higher target range due to the inability to recognize, report, and treat symptoms of low glucose (hypoglycemia). Example; 90-200 mg/dl or 4.9-11.1 mmol/L.
Hi my grand child is 4 years old was tested about a month ago with type 1 diabetes. The Doctor said two shoots a day on a program.
I am some what concern with the blood level they rant in the hi two most of the time, The doctor said this is okay. I think this number should be lower what do you think please send me an email email@example.com
Susie, I think you will need to look at some professional medical books or journals for this information. Check out the ADA (American Diabetes Association) bookstore on the ADA website. "The Medical Management of Type 2 Diabetes" (5th edition) by the ADA has several pages on the topic.
Aunt Kathy, the reason a type one diabetic develops ketoacidosis is because there is not enough insulin around to cover the glucose. This could be related to an inproper insulin program, missing or skipping insulin injections, over eating or not covering meals with insulin, stress, illness, and other variables.
Researching a paper on Type 2 Diabetes, I've not found info on slender women who have this disease. Diabetes / obesity cases seem to be at 80% - but there is little information about the other 20%.
I am 62, have had prediabetes / Type 2 for 4 years, my BMI is at 20.1, have never been obese, alcoholic, smoked, and I am moderately active. Hereditary diabetes is both maternal & paternal. Can you direct me to more information/research?
Our 20 year old nephew has been hospitalized three times in six months for ketoacidosis. This time his phosphorous is low. Any idea as to cause? Is it an indication that he isn't eating right? Clues?
Hi. I am 70 years old and have had type 2 D for about four years. I ws under control for several years and manged my sugar pretty carefully. THEN... I got lazy. Started when my meter quit working and I just decided to wait to get a new one. Then on my quarterly check lst December my A1C had climber to 7.4 and my glucose readings were over 200. I have been working for three months and still have not gotten my levels where they need to be. Moral of the story. Don't get lazy!!!
Two weeks ago I was diagnoised with Type 2, I have changed my eating habits, excersise daily and am loosing wt.. But why is my BS level higher in the morning. Example, tested my blood just B4 dinner, around 6 PM it was 138, ate just a hamburger patty and later had a handful of mixed nuts as a snack, went to bed around 10.. woke up, tested BS around 6 am it was 205??????
Hatti: Are you on Metformin (glucophage)? One of the side effects of Metformin is a metallic taste, usually temporary. Consult your primary provider if it continues to be bothersome.
Can Diatetes cause a metalic taste in your mouth?
Please give me the name of two or three residential care centers for diabetes care. I have a friend who has had Diabetes II for appx 5 years and is developing several complications--poor weight control, swollen feet, feet ulcers. In our opinions (several very concerned friends) she needs a residential program that can help her adjust her lifestyle. Thank you for your assistance
I am a newtype II diabetic. I test my blood sugar daily. What is my ideal blodd sugar? I've been avaraging about 145 over the past few months. Is this acceptable?
Sounds like you need to meet with a dietician and continue to meet with one until you gain weight. Or a diabetc nurse. I am concerned about you!
My husband is diabetic and so am I. I got a vaginal yeast infection and passed it on to him. He has had it now for about two months but it does not want to go away. Any ideas. I did not even know men could get yeast infections.
I was diagnosed w/ type 2 14 years ago. No matter what medications I have tried I seem to have a lot of gastrointestinal problems. Is this common? With some meds I have constant diarrhea, w/others just the opposite. On Byetta I have often bouts of projectile vomiting. Any ideas
Is there a way to test your meter for accuracy? Last night I test my BS and got a reading of 194 two hours after eating a salad with a slice of toast. I checked my BS right away from the same finger and got a reading of 166. Is it the meter or me?
What can I eat at night?
i have had diabeties for 2 years and it just seems like i have no control for not only do i have diabetes i also have copd i'm tired and it just seem as if they is no support for me.
Metformin definitly causes diarrhia. My doctor took me off of it because of that. Jenuvia has no side effects for me, but it doesn't help me much to lower my sugar levels---read my other comment.
My endocrynologist took me off insulin because my sugar went down to 15 and I passed out. He put me on Jenuvia, once a day for a week. My sugars were between 200's and 300's. I ate very little because my levels wouldn't go down. I wrote down everything I ate or when I didn't eat (I weigh 76 pounds--I lost 1 pound in that week (last week). I gave the written account to him and he said to continue another week. My levels are 335 now & it's bed time & I'm afraid to go to bed. If I make it through the night, I think I will call him or see him tomorrow.
I need help.
Phil: Here is a link to inexpensive accommodations in Rochester: http://www.visitrochestermn.com/visitors/accommodations.asp?subcat=Special+Needs+Stay
Hope this helps. Best wishes to your family.
My BS in the morning is running around 136. use to be low 120's. I am a metabolic syndrom trying to control with diet. I try to eat protein at night and take fenugreek. I am 59 weigh 204. weight doesnt want to budge. I do ellipitcal and stationary bike.
When changing injection site from stomach to my leg I developed redness, heat and swelling. Again changed from leg back to stomach and developed redness, heat and swelling. Am taking clindamyacin and it seem to help. Is there some way to avoid these hematomas?
I AM DESPERATE. MY DAUGHTER WHO IS ALMOST 18 YEARS OF AGE HAS A VERY RARE CONDITION. SHE IS TYPE 1 DIABETIC AND THE INSULIN IS NOT WORKING. SHE IS ON MEDICAID HERE IN IDAHO BUT WILL BE CUT OFF WITHIN A YEAR, I THINK, UNLESS THE NEW HEALTH CARE BILL COVERS HER. THE DOCTOR HERE SAID ONLY IN MINNESOTA OR SALT LAKE CITY OR TORONTO COULD THEY TREAT THIS RARE CONDITION. I JUST SOLD MY HOUSE WITH HOPES OF GOING TO HAWAII TO GET HER HEALTH CARE. WE HAVE TO BE OUT OF THE HOUSE BY THE 13TH OF APRIL AND NEED A RENTAL. I AM A SOCIAL WORKER WHO WORKED FOR YEARS AND GOT LAID OFF. I HAVE 4 KIDS AND HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR OVER 25 YEARS. ANYONE, IF YOU CAN RENT OR SELL TO ME, HELP! I AM AN HONEST MAN AND CANNOT TAKE THIS! WHAT MUST I DO? IF I COULD GET HER TO THE MAYO CLINIC IN MINNESOTA SHE COULD GET HELP.
I posted comments on march 16th about itching gums. They do not itch when I am in bed. When I get up in the morning, I have a sugary taste in my mouth and there is one place in my gums where sugar seems to be secreting. Is diarrhia common from metformin? I have it now that my metformin was doubled.
I saw my endocrynologist today, after looking over my numbers on my meter, he knew about the reading of 15 and the ER visit, he took me off insulin. He said I'm insulin sensative. He put me on Jenuvia, once a day, and call him next week. Metformin was not working for me, except give me the diarrhia. I asked him what were the critical highs and critical lows. 400 too high & 50 too low. If I hit 400 and can't get it down, ER.
If I hit 50 & can't get it up, ER. He told me that what the ER doctor told me about, it might hit 400 that night & go to bed, was wrong! I also asked him for a prescription for glucagon to keep at home, in case my husband finds me passed out again. Thank you for this blog!
Help!! I have intolerable gum itching on the bottom left. Itching started 3 yrs ago when I had a tooth pulled. Gum chewing reduces the symptom. Recently, it became intolerable. I get a "funny" fealing in my chest when the itching is at its worst. My blood sugars went wild during this time - I was not eating right either. I also have jock itch and athletes foot that is resisting treatment. My dentist told me yesterday that he thought I might have a systemic fungal infection. My doctor told me afterwards that I don't and she gave me suggestions on the athetes foot and jock itch.
I am following her treatment suggestions but I am scared by the dentist's comment - it can be fatal.
Renee, Sometimes it takes a while to get the right insulin program for each individual person. 10-15 units of insulin are just starting doses and need to be titrated up until the blood glucose is in target range. It may take several weeks. The right insulin dose is the one that keeps the blood glucose in target range; whether it is 20 or 100 units.
dan, sorry to hear about your new diagnosis of diabetes. Please contact a physician that works with diabetes and get an appointment to see a diabetes educator and dietitian on how to manage your diabetes. These first steps can help ensure a better quality of life in the future and prevent diabetes complications.
Yvonne, it is a difficult situation you have described. I would see your endocrinologist to see if you can figure out why you had the low blood glucose in the first place and make adjustments in your insulin program. With insulin pump therapy the smaller doses of insulin delivered into the tissue are generally better absorbed and give a more consistent level of insulin. Having enough fatty tissue for a pump is an issue too but the smaller size infusion sets may work for you. Discuss these issues with a diabetes educator that works with insulin pumps.
I got diabetes through partial removal of my pancreas during another surgery. It is not inherited. When I was diagnosed with type 2, I weighed 115 pounds, 4'10" and 65 years old. I now have type 1 and weigh 78 pounds. I have to buy children's clothes. I cannot gain weight, anything that could put weight on me, I cannot have.
My bigger problem is not being able to control my blood sugar. Two nights ago, I woke up sweating heavily. This happened to me only once before, in the middle of the night, so I got up to check my sugar. For some reason, I couldn't handle the lancer & finally passed out. My husband found me & called 9-1-1. My sugar was 15. My pancreas works SOME of the time, so trying to figure how much insulin to take is really, really hard.
I've been told to get a pump. And attach it where? I am all bones with skin on top. And I'd still have to check my sugar & push the button to release the insulin, so where does that help?
Can anyone help me?
i found out last thursday that i have diabetes, i was hospitilized for 3 days, but i am not sure what to do know, the hospital dr gave me pills and sent me home, i not sure what to eat, i am afaid to eat or drink, that it is going to cause my blood sugar to go way up i need help
after a week of one a day insulin injections of 10 units each, my husband blood sugar levels are increasing !The dr has just today changed it to two injections per day at 15 units and it is still increasing. What could be the cause of this ?
My mother has had diabetes for about 9 years. She had carotid artery surgery 8 years ago, recently had a stent put in right artery almost a month ago. She had high blood pressure at the hospital, was put on high blood pressure medication 1 week ago. Other tests run, nothing else out of whack. She "feels like crap" still. Getting concerned. Blood sugar is back regulated (takes pills) and blood pressure coming down. Yesterday it was 145/80. Why does she still feel so badly? Thanks!
Larry, I would see your health care provider to determine the reason for the weight loss and if it is related to the medication or blood glucose control.
I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Dec 9th 2009. I have 2 major concerns. I hve lost almost 20 lbs since then (didn't need to) 6 ft 185 now 165?
I've been on metformin 2000 mg a day and then Janumet 2000 mg a day.
I'm still very weak.
Questions are how long should it take to stablize ?
The weight loss has left me too skinny.
Any help or comments would be appreciated.
I was diagnosed with Type II 3 yrs ago and my numbers are not the best (300) so consequently, always worrying about my feet among other things. Is it OK or not to soak feet in epsom salt in warm or even hot water? and are pedicures safe or not? the foot soaking feels great but i've heard pros & cons. thank you!
i ran high blood sugar test for 4 weeks and i was on insulin. i had the funnest of feelings like sleeppie confused and vision not right do you think this was the first part of ketoacidosis?
This was a great entry! I’ve read over it and I thought you may be interested in join the online JPEC community by participating in free online CME/CDE/CE activities related to diabetes and oral health. I’m interested in the same subject and have participated in these events before and they are extremely informative and helpful. I hope you join to further spread the awareness. You can join through the website at: http://www.jpec.joslin.org
My mother has diabetes and heart problems - she has had a stroke. Right now she is doing pretty well, but her hands and fingers always feel tingle and feel numb and the problems with gripping things is there. I am wondering if there is anything I (we) can do to make that go away, or at least lessen the symptons?
This doesn't pertain to your topic but am looking for information .I am a grandmother of a nine year old with type one diabetes. Healthy Kids ( the state of Fl. insurance) has deemed them not qualified for the month of Feb , due to lack of paperwork. About once a year or so, whichever insurance company they have will deny coverage for varying reasons, this always ends up with a mad dash to get insulin,test strips, pump supplies etc, that she needs to live. I am always shocked to find that there is no program to help her. I have searched the web,called drup co.'s , gone to local politicians,hospitals, etc... but to no avail. The cost of her supplies are very expensive and beyond most families budgets. If anyone out there knows of any programs for type one diabetics to get free supplies please post it. It would be greatly appreciated. thank you.
I agree about your advice on pedicures. I used to get bad infections but have solved it for now by wearing open toe shoes(breath better), not getting foot massages(caused stinging in my feet), cutting my own toenails properly right after my bath when the skin is soft+it's most clean. I would do anything to avoid seeing the podiatrist as it was painful. Probably my blood sugar control enables me to not get the same infection. Is it common for closed toe shoes to cause pressure+numbness? I even by special high quality shoes not specifically for diabetics but FootSmart makes alot of different brands I can choose from with my specific problems. Hope this helps someone! It took me several infections to regaurd my feet as my temple base!:) I could not go for a pedicure with my being so much more susseptable to infections. Only I could understand why I just couldn't trust that! Reading how likely we are to loose a toe/foot=no way!!!
My husband has type II diabetes for about 5 years now. He doesn't take care of him self in any way other than taking his drugs. I was wondering as to why he is looking bloated. Do people retain fluid with diabetes? He has no energy and despressed.
I was Dx with T2 in 2007 age 52, and have struggled for 2 years to manage BGLs on average 1200 cal diet and max dose of Diabex. My wt did not budge. When my BGL, triglycerides and HDL took a turn for the worse in December 2009, my local GP reached for the script pad. I never got the scripts filled, but instead got a 2nd opinion from a GP interested in diabetes management based on clinical studies. He told me to have an egg daily to increase HDL, and recommended adding supplements of fish and krill oil, coenzyme Q10 and magnesium to my usual antioxidants. He suggested monitoring BG more astutely and consuming healthy carbs only so long as my BGL permitted. I discovered a low carb diet keeps my pancreas happiest, and have resolved to stick with it. My BGL is now hovering at the top of the normal range. Also, I am now losing about 100 - 200 g per day, which amounts to a good kilogram (2.2 lb) per week: good enough for me! A side benefit of the fish oil has been a reduction in muscle stiffness and back pain, with result that I move more and am more active than I was. The new GP told me that some studies have shown heart-attacks related to homosystine levels rather than LDL cholesterol. I'm looking forward to my own blood-tests in a week or 2, and the look on my old GP's face!
Has anyone ever had this problem My son 37 diabetic since age 3 has had 3 episodes which go like this He awakens gets up can talk and act normal get dressed and then has a convulsion. blood sugars when tested by an emt average 80 now they think it maybe something else??? He does not rember anything about these episodes
Where did I read that you should NOT take supplements before having an A1C test?
Thank you Nancy & Peggy. At least now we have a starting point to address this problem. He had all kinds of blood work done, especially for heavy metals and everything came back normal. We will take this information to his doctor. Thanks again.
Cathy: A metallic taste is a side effect of metformin. The literature states that about 3 out of every 100 people who take glucophage have an unpleasant metallic taste when they start taking the medicine. It should last a short time. If it continues, we recommend that you consult your primary care provider.
My husband takes Metformin to control his type 2 diabetes.
He has been having a metallic taste in his mouth for some time now and I wonder if this is a side effect of the meication. Has anyone else experienced this?
I have had Neuropathy in my feet for two years now due to type 2. The pain and lack of balance is horrible. I am only 43 and don't know wnat the future holds. I have already tried Lyrica, Neurontin, Amitryptylin, Zonegren, Cymbalta, Darvocet. If anyone knows of any other treatmets I would greatly appreciate it. I have been out of work for a year now and I just can't believe that this might be the end.
Judy, PS, do not get down on yourself if you do not meet that weekly goal, just try harder the following week.
Judy, you should be taking care of yourself for yourself and your own future. Sometimes having something to look forward to can help. I was in weight watchers and learned that setting small goals and actually meeting those small ones is much easier that trying to change everything at one time. Know what your final goal is and then set yourself a weekly goal and work hard to accomplish it, then the following week set another, you get the picture. Before you know it you will find you accomplished your final goal. I hope this helps.
i have type 2 for 5 years medications in pill form but having a real hard time getting back on reality eating for my diabetes. i wonder after so long of being good in controlling my condition am i having trouble maintaining. i find i am getting angry with myself and frustrated with my condition which i know solves nothing. any ideas to get me back on track.
As I was reading my own comment I thought I should clear up one thing. By drinking constantly I meant not being able to get enough fluids. I was drinking large amounts of water and Gatorade. If I was awake I was drinking one of the two. I also want to let everyone know that I could not see clear for about 6 weeks after my return home. I could not see, everything was a horrible blur and I surely could not read anything during that time. Please do not take this disease lightly.
I was recently diagnosed with diabetes. My blood sugar levels were always in the 90's, usually around 95 then in about July of 2009 my blood sugar levels were between 100 & 110. My doctor kept an eye on it but it did not go over 110 so he was not overly concerned. I maintained a healthy diet and use a treadmill for exercise. In October I was feeling like I had the flu, vomiting diahrea and running a low grade fever. A couple of days into this not feeling well I started not being able to sleep due to this horrible, nausiating sweet insence type smell and drinking constanly. I started passing out and coming around again and so hot I could not stand to have clothes on so I was stripped down as far as I could go still remaining decent. After a few days of this my friend called and I suppose I was passed out because she said I did not respond to the calls. I know she saved my life. She called the paramedics. They too thought I had a flu because of the symptoms. When I was in the emergency room they tested my blood sugar and it was 1350. By that time I was also hallucinating. My doctor said he had never in all his years of practice heard of blood sugar that high and did not know why I was still at times concious. Without saying it I think he thought I should have been dead or at the least in a coma. I spent 5 days in the hospital leveling my blood sugar. This is how I was diagnosed, please take care of yourselves. I would not want anyone to go through what I di
Have Type 1 diabetes and have been a regimine of Lantus (35 u morn 35 eve) and humalog sliding scale. QUESTION - Does anyone know of an anomoly whereby the pancreas works intermittently? I have had a hard time keeping my bs high enough and some days I only take 35 units of Lantus. Any answers would be great.
I have had type II diabetes for about five years. I have been managing it well, with readings twice a day between 85 to 120. In March I gave up smoking after more than 55 years. Since that time, my blood sugar readings have been vey high, as much as 170 in the morning before eating. My blood pressure is also way up. My Dr. says quitting smoking is not the cause, but nothing else has changed. Has anyone else experienced this?
Denny, this comment is for you. Stress does make your blood sugar go up really high. I think it is the hormones your body releases in response to the stressful situatuation and then your liver releases stored sugar into your bloodstream to give you fuel to deal with the stress...only in this day and age we don't have to worry about a dinasour chasing us!. Something that you might not learn from your doctor or health care person is that the foods that we eat at a meal all have different digestion times. So if you drink a glass of milk and eat a big carrot cake muffin from the bakery...some of that will make your sugar go up right away, but then a big part of the flour in the muffin will take hours to digest and then 2 or 3 hours later you get a huge spike in your bloodsugar and you don't know why. So this could be happening based on what you are eating at your meals. Also, meals that have high fat content, slow down the absorbtion of the carbs int he meal. So again you can have a spike many hours later. I have used many natural supplemnets to lower my bloodsugar naturally, an cinnamon works really well. I am not sure what is in it, but I try to take one measuring teaspoonful in cereal or on top of toast with a little bit of honey and butter. When I use the cinnamon, I then am able to take about half the insulin I normal would at that meal. Just don't take it before be. It will keep you up. But you can use it at any meal. Good luck to you.
This comment is for the person that posted a comment about about their husband who is addicted to sweets. She signed "Annika". I just wanted to say that I have had juvenile diabetes since I was 11 (1976). 35 years now..I have made it to the ripe old age of 45. I used to be addicted to sweets too, and it took about five years for me to figure out what I am going to tell you. When You start keeping your blood sugars close to a normal range, (for me it is betwen 85 and 135) your sweet cravings start to dissapere. You also have to quit eating them because they are like heroin..you just keep waiting for that next "fix". But when I stopped eating them and also sugar free stuff, the cravings really started going away. When ever my sugar is high, anywhere from 180 to 400 I want nothing but sweets..My only other tip is to have him read the book "Protein Power". I think the author is a husband and wife team with the las name of "Eeads". To this day it is the best book I ever read and it has helped me tremendously with my diet. I hope this helps you and your husband have a better new year!
Hey everyone, I'm 58 been tp2 for 8 years switched to insulin 1 year ago and it did a great job. Took on a big stressful project over last 4 months and levels became hard to manage I take 100 lantus & Humalog on sliding scale from the begining. Project is done and I still have horable readings 130 am up to 309 10 minuts ago I am eating properly.
I,m I still stressed and don't know it? Get tested every 3 months last was not good at 8.1 but we agreed it was the stress. Any Ideas?
My husband is type two diabetic and has been for over twenty years. He's already had quadruple bypass surgery, has lost sixty pounds, but, does not excercise. He also "loves and craves" sweets. He will eat two pieces of pie, two doughnuts, several cookies, and five scoops of ice cream, all in the same evening. I am scared, do not know what to expect next, although his doctor is pleased with his A1C's. How is that even possible? He does take insulin, does not check his blood sugar, ever! Help! is he addicted to sugar or is this psychological?
I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes for about 2 years, I am wondering if getting hungry in the middle of the night is part of what can happen with diabetes, and if it is a good idea to go ahead and eat? Sometimes I get up and have a few bites of turkey.
I was diagnosed with type 1 after I had panc fail due to a reaction to a drug and I also have MS Fibro digen disc disease and seizures and have several drug allergies that make treatment I have several diets for all the different issues and not a single one fits into the other the diabeties dr i saw wouldnt even hear about anything else but the diet he wants me to follow the biggest issue is since my panc has totally failed I cannot digest foods enough to eat anything that isnt very processed or raw veggies.
Joan: That question would best be answered by your gynecologist.
Anita: the key to losing weight is to decrease the amount of calories that you take in. Ask to see a diabetes dietician.
Wanda: Be a self-care advocate. Ask to see an endocrinologist specializing in diabetes. If your blood sugars are high, you need to make an appointment with the doctor right away.
Is there any help for external vaginal itching? It is driving me crazy - have tried all the creams.
I have type 1 and have recently got on the pump. I don't have much body fat to me, and the insets always hurt/bruise/bleed. Is there any vitamin I could take that would make my sites less problematic? Something that would help the tissue to better absorb the insulin? Thanks for the help.
I read that being a vegetarian can help in reducing weight and in return control Diabetes better. But in my case, I have been a vegetarian all my lifeand now doctors are telling me to eat meat and fish. They say that vegetarian diet is high in carbs (veges, whole wheat, legumes, pulses, beans), all are carbs. hence i cannot loose weight. I am having a very hard time.
I have been an insulin dependant diabetic for about 30 years. I now use an insulin pump because just doing daily injections was getting to hard to control. I see a lot of questions on this blog. i have found that counting carbs and doing one unit of regular insulin for every 15 carbs seems to keep my blood sugar pretty close to normal. Normal would be between 80-120. Frequent blood testing is part of the game as well. I test all the time to be sure I am close to normal. When I mget high I do more insulin...1 unit for every 50 I want to drop. Lots to say but little room.
I've been a daibetic for 4 ys now and i've been doing ok But now the doctors are getting stupid and they took me off my meds and now not so good...and i have NOT taking any meds now for 5 months and i will go back to the doctors in jan, i sleep all the time and it seems like i can't control my Diabetes,if you have anything you can share with me PLEASE do i just don't know what to do anymore...
I am taking glucovance 5/500 2x a day. I was just put on januvia 100 daily because my finger sticks are still in the 150s to 180s even though I am presently attempting to loose wt. Will thw januvia decrease my ability to loose wt.
i have gone on and off controlling diabetes for the past 7 years....not a good call. The first time I went off the rails, I had a droopy eyelid and some nerve damage in my left eye. Fortunately for me it cleared up. Nobody was able to determine waht happened but they all agreed it might be related to the diabetes. Now I have fallen off the rails again 3 years later and I get tired easily, my chest hurts when I exercise and I have erectile dysfunction. This is stressful. However I have a loving family and great support and we are all determined to help me get back on track and stay on track permanently....and live to be a ripe old age at least over 75!
what is a normal sugar count
I forgot to include the fact that I have already lost 180 pounds but still about 5 pounds overweight according to the BMI. However, I look skinny because I have large bone structure. I really don't think I should lose more weight. I'm beginning to look like a skeleton.
I read conflicting statements on what type of diet I should have. I just found out about my condition a few days ago and am on confusion overload. On your site, recipes are listed with all purpose flour - yet my Dr. said eat no flour. Other research shows whole wheat flour is ok, but I'm now confused about that as well. My cholestrol is 203 but trig are 565 and my b.glucose readings are just under 300. Do you know where I can get valid information for a good diet. They all seem so contradictive. Help!
Kayla, I think it is great you are reading and getting information on diabetes for your mom. I would call local clinics or hospitals in your area and see if they have any group education programs you and your mom can attend together. It may help your mom to be more interested in her diabetes if she sees other people with diabetes and how they are coping with the disease.
Bob, a 101 blood glucose reading is in the pre diabetes range. It will be fine to wait and see your doctor in two weeks.
My blood test just acme back at 101 should I be concerned? My Doctor isn't available for consult for two weeks.
My mom( early 40's) just found out she has Type 2 Diabetes. I (20) was wondering what I could do to help her. She doesn't seem so interested in helping herself, I usually try to take care of her, But I have looked up a lot of information but I'm still having trouble understanding everything. Any help I can get would so very much appreciated.
I am diabetic and have had a vibration sensation in my back which sometimes is more intense and sometimes goes away completely. Have read about several people on the open internet who have this problem that isn't painful but causes worry about what causes it. Has anyone ever heard of this problem with diabetics and what might be the cause?
Could my diabetes be causing my right leg to pain and have weakness? This has just developed in the last two weeks. I have had diabetes for about eight years and it is under control by using Lantus once a day, 44 units, and Metformin.
Denis, try to find a internal medicine or family practice doctor.
Rod, symptoms of diabetes include:mn thirst, frequent urination, feeling tired, hunger, weight loss, blurred vision, and skin infections; like yeast. If you are having most of these symptoms you may want to be seen by your provider earlier than the middle of December.
To the individuals wondering why the morning fasting blood glucose readings are always higher than the other blood glucose readings taken later in the day. Hormone levels in people peak early morning and can affect morning blood glucose readings. Also, if an individual has fasted for an extended period of time the liver will release sugar to cover the energy needs during this long fasting period. Sometimes having a small snack at bedtime will actually help with the morning reading. (1 carb serving or 15 Grams of carbohydrate). If you try the snack and it does not help your am blood glucose reading, drop the snack. Also, diabetes medication can be added in the evening if the blood glucose is consistently above 140 mg/dl or 7.7 mmol/L and the A1c is out of range. Discuss this with your care provider. Nancy
I'm 56 years old and had a grandmother who passed away from complication from diabetes. Yesterday I went to the doctor and found out I had a yeast infection in the throat and inner cheek area. Since this was not my regular doctor he threw a curve at me by saying this type of infection occurs to people with diabetes. My question to anyone is this. Is that statement true and have I developed diabetes or am I jumping to conclusions? My next schedule doctors appointment is not until mid December. Should I wait for that or get in earlier?
I have had diabetes for close to 30 years. I have complications from numerous leg knee surgeries(one left me in chronic pain) and leg vascular surgeries. I also have had a 4 heart bypasses. carotid artery, gal bladder, internal damage from a broken rib brought on by pleurisy left me with muscle scaring throw in some ripped rotator cup tears and you get the picture. A 24 hour bout of kidney & Liver failure put me on insulin shots (no more pills) and this combination has me weighing 275LBS. I need help. I want to live and all my doctors just treat their specialty. Any suggestions?
I am the one who asked for help with high fasting blood sugars. Can you help? ANy info will be greatly apprecated.
Peggy & Nancy,
i posted my blog yesterday, do you both have any suggestion/advise for me? Pls help me.
I am Diabetic type II, by diet control only. My dr has advised me to take Apple Cider vinegar, Vitamin D, Magnesium Citrate, Fish oil, cinnamon powder & B12 shots(this is only once a week). Have been feeling good but lately I am feeling very tired n sleepy all the time. I am getting a good 7 hrs sleep each night. Please help/advise.
I have high fasting blood sugars. Even if I go to bed with normal sugar level I wake up with very high fasting sugars. Can anyone shed light on this and do you know what can I do?
I have type 2 diabetes, and on several recent occassions, I woke up in the night with chills and low blood pressure & a migraine. I have seen a doctor at emergency last night as my bp was extremely low
Nancy and Peggy, Wife is long term diabetic, now on PD with ESRD. Is losing mobility. More recently has been having trouble with frequent bowel movements(and many false alarms). Remains still in control. But am wondering and worried that this may be precursor to bowel incontinence.
Crystal, stress of illness and pain can cause variable fluctuations in the blood glucose levels in diabetic individuals.
My mother in law is diabetic. For the last four weeks she has had diarrhea and vomiting along with blood in her stools. They have found that she has a large blockage in her large intenstine, and there is only a small gap that is allowing the diarrhea to pass through. The doctors have not been able to offer much assitance other than keeping her hydrated. She will have one good day and two bad days. At times her blood sugar will drop down to 60 and then it will go up to 320? The doctors really aren't sure what the cause is or how to help her. Has anyone ever heard of these symptoms being linked to diabetes? Is there a specific specialist that she should see? Is there anything they can do for her? Four weeks and it is still not any better.
Louise, see an endocrinologist, they specialize in treating all types of diabetes.
I have been tracking my glucose levels on my husband's meter. I am 61 years old. Initially, I was getting readings between 100 and 130 even in the morning before breakfast. I switched my diet to fruits and vegetables, whole grains, less starchy foods. I'm not much of a sweet eater. My levels have gone below 100 - between 82 and 98. I need to lose 20 pounds. If I maintain this diet (which hasn't been too difficult), begin exercising, and lose the weight, will I prevent my self from getting type 2? Please advise.
I am 52 w/type 2 diabetes. I have struggled with maintaining my glucose level for the last few years. My first attempt with medication gave a severe depressive reaction and I am already on anti depressants. So I worked hard to lower my weight and watch my diet. I worked out 3-4 times weekly until I injured my shoulder and had to have rotator cuff surgery in March. At the end of September I had a very bad case of bronchitis (nurse at the school where I work says it was possibly H1N1). It has been nearly 4 weeks and I am just starting to feel like I have energy again. I currently take Glyburide, Crestor, Pristiq, and Avalide. I am now back at the gym trying to lower my glucose. In the morning it can be as high as 250's and after work it is in the 140's. I am concerned that my current Doctor who I have had for 30 years is not addressing my health issues as a whole. How do I find another doctor who is informed about Type 2?
Kathy, Jimmy's comments are right on track. Thanks, Jimmy.
You think you have Diabetes? If you are at 217, you definitely have it. Have you seen a dietician? You need to start an exercise program and a diet and lose some weight. That will help your glucose condition more then anything else. Try the 1800 calorie diet. Weight Watcher's is another great program to do.
I think I have diabetes. I had one test and my sugar was 217. Dr put me on metofrim and gave me instructions for a no sugar/no white flour diet. To say I am comfused it putting it mildly. I have read everything on this site. My questions are: How many carbs per day? grams of sugar per day? How many calories per day? I need to lose about 50 pounds.
Nancy and Peggy,
I appreciate your descretion re, wife's situation. But reality is that as caregiver I am in need of what to expect without causing her undue alarm. I know you cant give prognosis for her. But given general situation of insulin diabetic with ESRD is this kind of irreversible degrading to be expected.
Laura, I checked MicroMedix about whether Celebrex raises the blood sugar and there was no indication for this. I know that pain can raise the blood glucose and you are probably having pain with the RA.
Ruby, how is your blood sugar control? Uncontrolled blood sugars make you prone to infections and infections cause blood sugars to go up. A catch 22. If your blood sugars are out of control, see your health care provider to adjust medication to bring them back into control.
Fred, you should probably talk to your wife's doctor about her deteriorating condition.
Beth, I think you sound like a great patient to have. I generally tell people with type 1 diabetes to see an endocrinologist for care, but as long as you're comfortable with your family MD and he is doing all the appropriate tests and follow up for diabetes and is willing to send you to a specialist if needed, that should be fine. Sometimes people will see a endocrinologist once a year and follow up with the family MD every 3 months.
My wife age 67 is diabetic and ESRD patient o PD for three years now. Her dialysis situation for all practical purposes is stable, but her overall physical and mental condition have been deteriorating last six months. Attempts at PT have not born good fruit so far. Is this to be expected?
To all of you on this blog, we can attest to the advice provided here to keep your blood sugars under tight control to avoid diabetes complications. You might find our story as a warning on one of the things that can happen if you don't: http://sites.google.com/site/diabeticshock/diabetic-complications/retinopathy
jon, symptoms of yeast or fungal infections are redness, itching, cracking, peeling of the skin; and is commonly seen in skin folds. Yeast infections and fungal infections are a common symptom of high blood sugars or poor diabetes control.
Iam disabled & home all day alone. Managing diabetes is an all day job! Temptation & craving sweets is constant! Diabetic nephropathy & severe skin disorder seem to have started to show up around the same time. I get huge skin eruptions that get the size of pencil erasers and REALLY HURT! They're on my forhead, neck, behind my ears and lots of them on my shoulders & down my spine. No leakage or head formation, just a big red bump that hurts for 4-5 days, then recedes and another one shows up elsewhere. On the back they come in large outbreaks. Most hurt, some itch. Neurologist tested legs & feet & found sugar around 10-1-09. I'm a newcomer. I THIRST, CRAVE SUGAR quite a bit. I take sugar medicine- no shots. Hands hurt bad, feet REALLY HURT BAD! Feels like I'm walking barefoot on stones, even on the carpet. I have 3 gel inserts in each shoe trying to help the pain. Only pain medicine that works is morphine. (also have spine injuries for 15 yrs. now, neck to butt) Going off the diet is .......well, you know better than me. Good luck in your battle. My friend was bad diabetic. Got kidney problems, went on dialasys & died of heart attack few years ago. I never knew severity of diabetes. God bless you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!
having type 2 diabities i have been having this problem, i have boils or something on the inside of my thighs, they have been giving me antibotics but they are not doing any good. these things ooze and are very painful. what should i do? or what is happening
I've had type I since 2004. I'm 52 yrs. old and hate having diabetes. I count carbs and have a pump. My last a1c was 7.4. I've recently moved to a new town and dread that first visit to a Dr. I don't think most Drs. are excited when they see a 50 + diabetic patient walk thru their doors. Do I need to see an endocrinologist at some point or is a family MD adequate?
Has there been any research on replacing the patients insulin producing cells using their own stem cells, and giving anti-rejection medications to halt the destruction of those cells?
i have type two diabetes with food diet only and i have had four kidney infections in two months what does this mean
I spedn less than one hour managing my diabetes a day. Yes I have taken a vacation from my medication, and now I have been diagnosed with Diabetic Nephropathy.
My 31 year old son was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at the age of 15. Up until 4 years ago his diabetes was under control and he lived a "semi" normal life. He had a job and was living on his own (and still is -- living on his own). Then, it seemed like everything began to go wrong. He lost an eye to glaucoma, has continuous retinal bleeds in his "only" eye, almost lost one of his fingers due to a severe yeast infection, hospitalized several times for severe dehydration due to DKA with sugars over 800, food does not empty into his intestines like it should causing him to become extremely sick. He is a very brittle diabetic now and it seems like no matter what he eats or how he takes care of himself, he ends up extremely sick and must be taken by ambulance to the hospital. His A1C is usually 14 and nothing brings it down. He also suffers from high blood pressure and rapid heart rate. It is so hard to watch your child go through the things he has been through, but he has been tough through it all. For those who have recently been diagnosed, take your blood sugars on a regular basis and visit your doctor often. Get eye checkups, too. (That is something he did not do and now wishes he had.)
i have been to a ton of doctors including the endocronologist that I have seen since I was 5 years old. Nobody, including several dermatologists can figure out what my problem is. Do you know anything about yeast?
I am a 73 yr old male and was diagnosed with high blood sugar about 5 years ago. I am currently on Metformin and Januvia, which I take with the noon and evening meals. My blood sugar is high in the morning before breakfast, in the range of 150 +/- 20. The rest of the day it is usually normal. Before the noon meal, it is usually in the 80's or 90's (with no meds. in the morning). Last time the A1C was checked it was 7.2. Why is the blood sugar high in the morning? The doctor cannot give me and answer. What can I do to reduce it? Am I on the right medicine? Thanks for your help.
Is there a conncection with Celebrex elevating blood sugars? I have had my diabetes under control for a long time..and then was put on celebrex for RA and now I am elevated all the time!
Laura, Wow, we admire commitment to running. We agree with your doctor, it is a good idea to run your blood glucose a little higher during the activity of running (100-200 mg/dl) or 5.5-11.1 mmol/L and munching on jelly beans, etc. through out the activity is a good idea. I would suspect your higher blood glucoses post run come down within a few hours and that should be OK. Good luck with the full Marathon.
I would see if you could find a dietitian that is a runner for advice on the diet. There is a book called the "The Diabetic Athlete" and it is very technical. Check out Amazon books or Barnes and Noble.
Jon, We have a question? Are your blood sugars under control? There are a number of skin conditions related to poor diabetes control. We suggest that you see an expert diabetes doctor.
I desperately need your help. I have been to many doctors who cannot help me. My symptoms: diabetic 29 years, 2 years ago started using insulin pump, I get painful skin problems under my arms, crack of butt, groin area and now behind my knees, skin pain is not visibly detected but feels slimey, after taking a shower it feels better for awhile. It is much better when I starve myself. can you help?
Nancy and Peggy,
I am 44 years old and a type 2 diabetic since age 29. I have been a runner for three years and have had excellent blood sugar managment with A1c levels well around 5.0 - 5.5. Recently I have intensified my running because I have been training for a 1/2 marathon and after I run that successfully I would like to train for and run a full marathon. I have two questions: 1) I would like to find a good resource for information on the special nutrition needs of type 2 diabetic long distance runners. Is there a book or other resources you can suggest? 2) During long runs I pay close attention to my hydration and use a few of the gels, jelly beans, and gummy things available to keep my blood sugar levels up. However, since I can't check my glucose while running I sometimes over do it and end up with higher than optimal levels after my run (usually 180 - 250). Is this dangerous? My doc says its better to be too high than too low. What is your opinion? Do you have any special advice about keeping blood sugar levels from dropping too low during a run? Are there any of the gel/bean/gummy/sports drinks-type products that are especially good for diabetics? Thank you!
Sonja, sorry we are not familiar with the acronym POC?
I HAVE DIABTES AND POC. WHAT IS THE RELATION BETWEEN THE TWO.
I HAVE BEEN A DIABETIC FOR 12 YEARS. I AM 32 YEARS OLD. I'V BEEN POORLY CONTROLLED, EXPERIENCING SEVERE HIGHS AND LOWS. I AM NOW IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING A INSULIN PUMP. I WAS VERY NERVOUS AT THE THOUGHT OF GETTING AN INSULIN PUMP, BUT I AM WILLING TO TRY ANYTHING AT THIS POINT TO REGAIN MY LIFE BACK. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ON INSULIN. I TAKE 4 SHOTS PER DAY. I AM TIRED ALL THE TIME. I ALSO RECENTLY STARTED TO HAVE DIFFICULTY SLEEPING AT NIGHT DUE TO BEING SCARED OF LOW BLOOD SUGARS THAT I HAVE EXPERIENCED AT 2-3 IN THE MORNING. I DONT FIT WHAT MOST PEOPLE STEREOTYPE AS A DIABETIC. I AM 5'11 155 POUNDS. MOST PEOPLE DONT KNOW I HAVE BEEN LIVING WITH THIS DISEASE UNTIL THEY SEE ME TEST MY BLOOD SUGAR. I FEEL LIKE A PRISONER TO DIABETES SOMETIMES. I HOPE GETTING THIS INSULIN PUMP WILL HELP ME REGAIN SOME OF MY LIFE BACK.
I'm a diabetic for close to 20 years post menopause at 38...had gastric bypass and 3yrs later diabetic again, now my levels go low to 70 and hi's in the 300's on metformin. I also have hypothyroidism... I can't stand the way I feel tired all the time...is there a better medicine I should be on?
Our son has type 1. He is 9 now and was diagnosed at age 5. He has been doing great, his A1C over the years has averaged 6.6-7. However, this past checkup it was up to 7.3. This year has been tough..I feel like the pricker-police! His numbers have been very erratic, hard-to-explain highs, etc. (Over the summer he tested about 7-9x a day). Maybe it's his age, but it's getting very tough to get him to take on more responsibility for and be accountable to his numbers. He actually gained quite a bit of weight over this past year and it alarmed his endo Dr. We are doing our best to get his activity level up (soccer/basketball) even more and to help him make better food choices. We are also doing away with what used to be an automatic bedtime snack for the kids. I know he is eating out of boredom rather than because he is hungry most times! I welcome any advice.
Sonja, type "food pyramid" in the search box of this website and you find the information you are asking for. Thanks for your question.
rad, any long term elevated blood glucoses, as you mentioned, can cause complications of diabetes. Long term uncontrolled diabetes can damage nerves and blood vessels from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. The damage from long term uncontrolled diabetes is individual; some individuals seem to be less prone to complications then others. (This seems to be genetic).
kathy, young adulthood is a transition period. Teens and young adults seem to have a sense of being "invincible" and don't even consider the future for potential complications from diabetes. Often teens and young adults are lost to follow up. They often are in between seeing the pediatric versus an adult endocrinologist. If you could find a healthcare provider that would be willing to collaborate with your son in his diabetes management and meet him where he is at; it would be an ideal first step. Try not to nag, but be supportive of his positive behavior. As far as the diet soda; it doesn't affect his blood glucose, but isn't the the greatest on his dental work. Personlly, I wouldn't make the diet soda an issue. I would try to get your son into the MD to follow up on the stomach pain, lack of energy, and moodiness. It's not easy to see a family member or loved one, not take care of their diabetes. I feel for you. Nancy
Dr. Maritza, thank you for sharing this important message on dental care and diabetes.
what are the effects of running daily blood sugar levels between 180 and 390 for days, weeks, months at a time in a teenager. thanks rad
My son is on an insulin pump but isn't taking care of his diabtes. He drinks at least a six pack of diet soda per day. He isn't taking care of his teeth, never brushes. He gets no exercise and plays on the computer all night long and sleeps all day. He is very moody and now is complaining of abdomen pain which seems to feel better if he eats. He eats large amounts of food all night while playing games on computer. He has had diabetes since four years old and will shortly be 21. What can I do to help him? I took care of appointments, insulin and supplies until he was 18 now I just watch him try to kill himself
I have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I am trying to control it by losing weight and eating properly.
Can you tell me what should my daily maximum intake of Sugar, Carbs and Fat be?
I am a dentist who is certified in treating patients with diabetes. One important factor for the regulation of your glucose is that if you have Periodontal disease it is monitored and treated. Unfortunately 80% of the population has Periodontal disease and they do not know it.
Periodontal Disease has been said to be the 6th complication of Diabetes.
There are other manifestations which can present such as tooth decay, dry mouth, fungal infections and a disease of the skin which has lessions in the mouth called Lichen planus.
I am very passionate in spreading the word that your Oral health is crutial in managing Diabetes.
I lost my father due to complications from diabetes 10 years ago. He was very afraid of the dentist so he never went.
At that time the links between oral health and diabetes were not very well documented. Now they are!
God bless you all. Dr. Maritza
i have a family member who was diagnosed with diabetes and they live with it everyday.......i just want to be more informed...... wht type of research was performed?
wht procedures were performed?
wht information did you obtain from the research??
My nephew is newly diagnosed - last week. He also has Aspergers (on the Autism spectrum) so it's a double whammy. He will be coming home from the hospital shortly and I'd like to send a care package.
thinking colored / cartoon bandaids, train stuff (he likes) but am looking for any suggestions...I live out of state so can't "be there"
looking for any suggestions, thanks
Linda: There are multiple causes for hairloss. It would be best that she check with her healthcare provider.
Sharon: There is no medical reason that we are aware of.
Hi, my daughter is on the insulin pump and does a great job with managing her life. She has been a diabetic for 5 years. Recently she started losing her hair. This is the first time I knew there was a link between the two. If her blood sugars are kept in control and her A1C is around 7% will that help with the hair loss?
My step-son was just diagnosed with type I diabetes. The social worker told my husband and his ex wife that he needed to be in one home for the first month. THey share joint physical custody of their son. Is there a medical reason for this. Both sets of parents have attended the training.
Cindy, it sounds like you are doing all the appropirate things. Dietitians at Mayo advise people with reactive hypoglycemia to eat 3 meals and 3 snacks a day which includes carbohydrates, proteins and fiber. Also, avoid sugary drinks.
Maria, there may have been multiple issues going on with your mother. Your healthcare provider is in a better position to inform you. Being tired sounds reasonable. How is she now?
It sounds like a number of high blood glucoses (diabetes out of control) are being discussed here. In most cases, oral diabetes medications are not effective in lowering very high blood glucoses and insulin is indicated as treatment of choice. Infact, most pharmaceutical companies will not recommend the use of certain oral diabetes medications if the A1c is elevated above a certain number. Many times after insulin is started and blood glucoses are lower into goal range; insulin can be stopped and an oral diabetes medication can be started.
I HAVE REACTIVE HYPOGLYEMIA BASED ON AN 5 GTT WITH GLUCOSE LEVELS DROPPING AS LOW AS 41 WITHIN ONE HOUR. I MAKE SURE TO EAT FREQUENT SMALL ,SNACKS BETWEEN MEALTIME. I HAVE RECENTLY LOST 47 LBS. BUT I STILL HAVE FREQUENT PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH LOW GLUCOSE SUCH AS; NAUSA,WEAKNESS, EXTREME FATIGUE (FALLING ASLEEP). I MAKE SURE I EAT A DIET WITH A LOWER GI
WHICH HAPPENS TO BE HIGH PROTEIN LOW CARBOHYDRATES DIET. MY DIET IS HIGH IN FRUIT, VEGETABLES, NUTS,PROTEIN AND SOME COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES. I STILL DO NOT HAVE A SINCE OF CONTROL. I HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL IF I TRY TO EXCERCISE, AND I AM AFFECTED MORE SO IN WARMER TEMPERATURES. QUESTION IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I CAN DO TO ELEVATE OR STABLIZE MY GLUCOSE LEVELS TO REDUCE SYMPTOMS?
My husband has type two diabetes,He take two kind of medicine. One of them is Onglyza and the other metformin. But today his blood sugar is running 401. We have tryed to eat right. Also, he does get exercise. We need help. But also live in a very small town. Hospital is 15 miles away. When he started taking medicine, His blood sugar was 820. The doctor just tolded him his blood sugar was high and started him on medicine. It came down. But, now its up and down. Can you give us any advice?
My husband was diagnosed approximately 2 years ago with Type II Diabetes. He was very sick last week we thought he had the flu. After several days of laying in the bed , he began to have a painful/excruitiating headache. We went to the Hospital and they took his blood sugar/ 412. The doctor wanted to give him insulin but he declined, stating that he would take his meds when he got home. Well to make a long story short, I found out that he hadn't been taking his meds as prescribed, only taking glimepride, not the metformin. The metform rx was year old, I was so upset with him for not taking this disease seriously. He raised tee total hell with me because I took him to the ER the following morning due to the high bs 402; was given insulin and 2 bags of fluid. He went to his doc and they have doubled his meds, 1000 metformin, 8mg glimepride, however; bs still runnig high at times high 300-460. I am running around crazy trying to buy the right foods for him, but he is not happy with the situation. Went to the doc today AIC 12; just hope and pray he will take his meds and conform to this diet vs. old habits of eating fast food double cheeseburgers, sodas and sweets. What cookbooks can you recommend and also quick read to better understand his disease. Thank you.
I am a 53 year woman with Type 2 diabetes. In Feburary of this year I started going through Menopause. My blood sugars started running a little higher than normal so my doctor put me on 4 mg of Glimpiride, instead of my Actose, to go along with my 1000mg of Metformin twice a day. My blood sugars are way out of control, sometimes reaching 400. I have been exercising during this time and have lost 20lbs. I now weigh 180. I did go to my doctor and she doubled my Glimpiride. If I eat any carbs my blood sugar will go up to 250's. I am not sure what else I can do to get my blood surar down. Any sugestions?
I'm very concerned about my mom who has type 2 diabetes. She was diagnosed about a year ago. She's been seeing a Podiatrist regularly and recently he removed a blister on her big toe and then wrapped it. Apparently the wrap was too tight and this cause a sore which because infected. The effects were gradual over the past month she's felt very weak, sleepy and nauseaus. We took her to the Dr. he gave her an antibiotic for the toe. She seemed to be getting better and then she woke up in the middle of the night and was lethargic and incoherent. My Dad took her to the hospital. They said the infection had spread. The determined that they would need to remove the toe and bone, which they did this past Wednesday. She was out of it after the surgery, but the next day she was like a new person. Very alert. She wasn't in any pain. Yesterday she seemed tired, but today I could have never imagined what we'd encounter. She was in the deepest sleep I'd ever seen. I tried to wake her over and over and she heard me and responded at times coherently to what I was saying, but she never awoke. I asked her why she was sleeping and she said "I'm very tired, leave me alone". She'd open her eyes and then they would roll to the back and close. I was in her hospital room for over 5 hours and she never woke up. I asked the nurses and Dr. and they said her vitals are good, she's just tired, she didn't sleep last night. Can you help me understand what's going on? Thank you
Since I was 28, 3 years ago, I've had several tests to find out what's wrong with me. I now take several medications for what my doctor tells me is uncontrolable hypertension. Without medication my blood pressure runs 200/150. bp 200.
Last week the sugar in my urine was over 1000. After fasting my blood results came in today at over 250. In the three years of tests I lost 60 lbs. I am currently 180. I go back to the doctor next week to find out what new medication and/or treatment I will begin. How scared should I be?
Karen, I checked with a top research physician here at Mayo and presently at the Mayo Clinic we have no such study on the vitiamin deficiencies running, but our Dr. was aware of the issue.
Penny, have your husband see a healthcare provider immediately.
Bernice, it sounds like you have multple issues going on. I would start with seeing your primary healthcare provider and he or she can refer you to specialists from there.
I believe I have been diabetic since twelve. I would fall asleep after every meal, even breakfast if I laid down. I think my adrenal gland is involved because of pain After I had my children, I noticed in the family pictures I was asleep. My children had to wake me up to cook dinner after I would get home from work. I has an IUD Which was removed due to a vicious infection that took one of my ovaries and in later years resulted in a total hysterectomy. I went blind while in nursing school be cause I missed breakfast. I fasted for an x-ray, checking for an ulcer. The nursing instructor gave me a small glass of orange juice and I was fine. I have gone blind once since than, I forgot to eat breakfast, ate a candy bar to stop my pangs. Later while driving on the interstate I loss my sight, for five min. talk about scared. After that I talked my doctor into testing me, my glucose fasting was normal. But a half hour afterward I had the shakes, thirst. She says I have reactive diabetes. But even with the gloucophage 500 before meals and the 45 mg of Actos daily, I'm again falling asleep after dinner meals. It's not every time, so I haven't gotten a reading.I have arthritis that travels from one joint to the next and sever arthritis of the lower spine, neck,shoulders, hands, both hands and carpal syndrome. I believe I have an autoimmune disease. What type of doctor can diagnose me properly? I am a sixty year old female who is hopeless in VA
My husband blood sugar is 569 is that bad and what should I do?
My husband has diabetes. I read about a small research study done at Warwick University in England that points to a possible vitamin deficiency, thiamine or vitamin B1, which their tests show diabetics expell from their bodies at a much higher rate than non-diabetics. This came out on BBC News in August of 2007. Are there any follow-up studies or clinical trials which verify this finding?
Jeff: Type 1 diabetes results from an autoimmune attack on the B-cells that produce insulin.
Type 2 diabetes is a mixed disorder that results in B-cell dysfunction, insulin resistance, and other defects. Heredity plays a major role in Type 2 and is impacted by life style issues. Both types cause abnormal blood glucose levels. C-peptide is a blood test that can help deferentiate between the two types of diabetes. C-peptide is used to detemine insulin production and individuals with type 1 have minimal or no insulin production.
"Sweet, fruity, odor" Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)
(high blood glucose)
Good luck on the test!
I have a question - In a Diabetic emergency what is the smell of your breath? I'm needing this for a test tomorrow.
Can you tell me how DM I is differrentiated from DM II in an adult of 30 years? This is a deceased man who served in Vietnam and was exposed to Agent Orange?
Bill: What you are experiencing is typical diabetes. People with diabetes need to be detectives. If you are on an insulin pump you need to have good problem solving skills. Investigate: Are you ill, less activity, consuming more carbs than usual, missed a bolus, bad infusion site? You can have a partial occlusion in the infusion canula or in the infusion set line and it will not set off an alarm in the pump. Follow your healthcare providers instructions on how to handle elevated blood glucoses on a pump.
douglas, flu is a stress on the body and the fever is an indication there is an infectious process going on which affects blood glucose. She should see her healthcare provider. The other, a pregnancy test will determine.
my girlfriend is 25 and has had type 1 since she was 5. She has had two children (neither of which has diabetes). Recently she had the flu and in the past week since a 103 fever she is having trouble with her number being high despite her diligent efforts to control it. Is this a sign she might be pregnant or is this just the aftermath of the flu?
I have type 2 diabetes(IR), diagnosed in 2002. I've really worked hard to keep everything in check. BL's range from 80 to 225 (normally under 150). I'm 52 yr old and have been able to keep my weight around 220 w/around 18% body fat. I umpire youth baseball (March - July), so that keeps me very active. In the off season, I am in the gym 3-4 days a week. Here's my problem...lately, I seem tired all the time. I take one of those "5-hour" (no-sugar/all vitamins) drinks prior to getting on the field. It does help, but the next morning I'm drained. I take glucaphage 4X daily along with a multi-vitamin, glucosaimne/contrdoitin and MSM. I know that I'm not eating like I do in the fall/winter months. Is there anything I can eat that will help boost my energy level?
I have type 1 and am on an insulin pump. The last 2 weeks my blood sugar has gone up over 200 and when I bolus my pump it takes a long time to see my blood sugar decrease, if at all. I am wondering if this is common at times or not.
Katydid, It's not the type of diabetes you have, but the blood glucose control that affects the healing after surgery. High blood glucoses slow the healing process, an increase the chances of infection. An infection raises the blood glucoses and can effect how well the antibiotics work. If the blood glucoses are running high, your diabetes medication may need to be adjusted to cover the high blood glucoses during this recovery period.
Susy, A diagnosis of diabetes is made with 2 fasting plasma glucoses great than 126 mg/dl (7 mmol/L) or a random plasma glucose over 200 mg/dl (11.1 mmol/L) and not from a home blood glucose monitor. A reading of 186 mg/dl on a home monitor is a good reason to see the doctor for an offical fasting plasma blood glucose to verify a diagnosis.
Maria, the symptoms of low blood sugars (sweaty, shaky, and weak) can also be caused by other medical conditions other than diabetes and should be checked out by your doctor. A normal blood sugar for a non diabetic is 70-100 mg/dl or 3.8-5.5 mmol/L
Pat T, ADA suggests no more than 2 alcoholic drinks per day for men and only one per day for women. Some people with diabetes should not drink at all. Alcohol affects the body's ability to manage low blood sugars and may cause some serious low blood sugar reactions. (911 calls?) Drink alcohol with a meal or a snack.
I have been a type 2 since age 31 - I am now 58 - I have gained 50 lbs and most of the doctors say the weight is causing the diabetes - Only when the medical profession stops blaming the patient and listing will there ever be any major headway to a cure. Managing is just a copout by the medical profession when they can or don't want a cure - with a 100 billion dollar a year profit from drugs and testing equipment - why would they want a cure? With what I have experienced, it has not been taken serious enough to really get the answers - the diets change constantly and the medications always have negative side affects - listen to the patients and study real people not just people who can get to the hospital during the day for you tests - I think it should be the number 1 priority of the medical profession to find a cure and stop the blame game.
My grandaughter is a 20 yr. old type 1 diabetic since she was 13. She has been in the hospital 3 times since May with ketoneacidosis. The last time she had pneumonia & very low potassium. She has lost 16 lbs since May. She weighs 97 lbs. She was on the pump but it was recalled, so she was testing herself since May. She has been drinking Mike's Hard Ice Tea but she said she is watching her diet. She is now on the Omni Pump as of yesterday. She was released from the hospital after 7 days. I am really concerned that she is destroying her life. Her parents keep saying she is watching her diet & that her sugars are good but don't mention her drinking to the doctors.
I have a queastion. Over the last few months I have not been feeling well. Im 47 and 120 pds. Im finding myself with symptoms of Hypoglycemia. My daughter tested my blood sugar when I was experiancing some symptoms and it was in the low 70's. Couple hrs. later after I had eaten a bit it was in the low 80's. I saw a Dr. not my regular Dr. because of income and he said that was normal. Is it normal to be that low or what should it be? My daughter says its way to low. I dont eat 3 meals a day and havent for many years. I eat 1 meal a day and some days I may snack. I have never had hunger pains like I have been experiancing and every morn. Im real shaky for awhile, Im having heart pal. sweating, moody,anxiety. I really like to know what you think and If I should return to the Dr. and what to ask from him. Thanks
My 19 year old daughter was told by her physician today that she is diabetic. Her blood sugar was 186. He ran an A1C hemoglobin. We will find out the results next week. Can you know if you are diabetic with just on prick of the finger?
How does non-insulin diabetes affect the healing of surgery & root canal therapy. I have had complications from both ever since being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 2 years ago. Is recovery "different" for non-insulin diabetics?
thanks for the response on high blood sugar levels on non verbal teenager. is it possible that an endocrinologist has told this Mom to keep his blood sugars this high. are there materials that can educate his school staff on the facts of type 1 diabetes as well as how running this blood sugar this high for extended periods of time effects the body. he has been termed a brittle diabetic. how does this term effect where bl;ood sugar should be?? thanks again
My fasting blood sugar levels (98-110) have always been higher than my random sugar levels (94-96). How is it possible? I will appreciate it very much if some body would explin it me. Should I be concerned?
Thank you for your recommendations, Nancy and Peggy. I will follow up on Amazon.com. I saw something very recently about a new book on diabetes burnout, but cannot remember the name and details. Thanks again.
-rad, Your nonverbal teenager may have symtoms of tiredness, irritability, moodiness, headaches, blurred vision, increased urination, and thrist with blood glucose levels of 210-350. He should run blood glucose levels in a near normal range. 90-130 mg/dl
Backsliding Mary, many of us have been there. Two books I recommend are "When Diabetes Hits Home" by Wendy Rapaport and "Diabetes Burnout" by William Polonsky PhD
I have diabetes 2 for over 10 years. My A1C went up to 8.2 in May and my dr put me on a once a day Lantus SoloStar injection and Januvia in addition to Metformin 1,000 twice a day. Is anyone else using Lantus SoloStar? Need some pointers re: injection sites, etc.
I need some recommendations to help me get back on track re my diabetes type 2 self-management. After being diagnosed in late 2004, I took the diabetes education classes, developed a food plan, later lost more than 100 pounds on the Jenny Craig program, and was up to using the stationary bike an hour a day and walking about 10,000 steps a day. I'm 67. My last A1C was 5.8, and, when I tested yesterday, one hour PPG, my blood gllucose was 118. I take two metformin per day; no other diabetes meds. The problem: I've been out ouf control over the past year, gaining back much of the weight I lost, binging regurlarly on sweets and carbs, and ceasing to exercise. I know this is high risk behavior and that I will not escape the bullet indefinitely. I'm trying to get back on track. Are there any especially good books for backsliders? I used to go to a support group but stopped because I wasn't learning anything new. Each day I set out on a sensible food plan, but don't follow it as the day wears on. Suggestions? Thank you.
I am a teacher trying to help a nonverbal teenage diabetic who typically runs blood glucose levels between 210-350. please tell me how this child might be feeling when his levels are like this. Would this be considered a high blood glucose in anyone or are there any conditions where it would be OK to have this level??
Ideally, your blood sugar should be 70-110 fasting. You should also probably test 1 1/2-2 hours after your largest meal and goal for this would be <140 mg/dl.
Elevated fasting blood sugars usually has to do with the livers release of glucose at night. It you are overweight, I suggest getting down to a reasonable weight. Elevated fasting blood sugars have to do with abdominal weight. The less you weigh, the better your fasting blood sugars in most cases.
Mary, Great blood presure. Check out the "Know Your Blood Glucose Target Range" in the Blog Index. The reason you need to check your blood glucose is to keep tabs on your blood glucose, since diabetes is a progressive disease and generally has no symptoms until the blood glucose is quite high. Good glucose control (in target range) can slow down or prevent the complications of diabetes.
Hi I'm type 2 and I only check my glucose in the morning after fasting right now it is between 121-129, don't understand why i need to keep checking my glucose. diabetes class did nothing to explain what i my numbers should be, very confused about this whole thing. My previous dr didn't even tell me anything about diabetes, only tried treating me for high Blood pressure, my blood pressure is always around 120s/70s
I am from India and diabetic since 1990,it is heriditary.Since about 8 years I am insulin dependent.In addition to insulin I am very much on diet control,walk atleast 4 KMs a day and gym 1 and half hours six days a week.
My sugar levels are very much under control.My only concern is peak summer and sweat which leads to itching and burning sensation.
I am a Event Manager by profession organising Medical Meetings.Hence very keen to educate general public about managing diabetics through road shows.
Hello I have type 2 diabetes for over a year it is not easy to control ,but trying hard to control it by watching what I eat and taking my medication.
I have been a tu[e 2 diabetic for 20 years. I was able to control it until last year when I developed acute pancreatitis and landed in the hospital for a month. Now I am taking two different types of insulin, Lantus and Apidra and also Glumetza 1000 mg twice a day. My blood sugar fasting this morning was 310. My feet are very painful with neuropathy which has just developed in the past year and I am on 2400 mg of Neurontin (600 mg in a.m. and afternoon and 1200 at night). I have an appointment with an endocrinologist. I am gaining weight and am very frustrated. Any suggestions?
I SPENT MY ADLT LIFE DRIVING DA BIG TRUCK YOU CANT BE TYPE DIABETIC AND DRIVE A BIG TRUCK TOO SO I HID MY CONDITION FOR MANY YEARS UNTIL ONE NIGHT I HAD A MASSIVE STROKE WHICH HAS DESTRORYED MY ENTIRE LIFE I STILL HAVE DIABETES TOO AND ALL THE BAD STUFF THAT CAN GO WITH IT LIKE NEUROPATHY YEY PROBLEMS DIABETIC SIESURES IF IT CAN HAPPEN FROM DIABETES TO A PERSON THEN IT IS HAPPENING TO ME I COULD HAVE PREVENTED MOST OF MY PROBLEMS BUT DID NOT
Hello. My daughter has recently been diagnosed with Reactive Hypoglycemia. She is experiencing episodes with very little warning even though she is being careful about her diet. I have had surgery for a type of brain tumour and found a wonderful website that gave me a tremendous amount of support by being able to talk online with people dealing with the same or very similiar health issues. My question is 1) does a person with Reactive Hypoglycemia consider oneself a diabetic? and 2) does anyone know of a support network for people with Reactive Hypoglycemia. Thanks for this opportunity to post these questions. Joan
I have fasting readings over the years from 100 up to 118. But my random readings in the same time periods are reading now down to 94. My internist says he cannot explain it. The random readings were between the normal physical checkups and in the am after breakfast. Anyone understand this????????
Sys-- Your husband should see his health care provider immediately for treatment of depression.
Donna M: You asked: can a "state of ketoacidosis mimic a positive test for alcohol on a breathalyzer?" That is controversial. We would say that if you are concerned that the resident's behavior is related to diabetes, we recommend that she check her blood sugar. A patient that is in ketoacidosis will have a fruity smell to their breath. The bottom line is to check the blood sugar.
My husband has gone through severe depression. He is type 2 diabetic, taking insulin along with medication. He has quit taking all medications. He is not eating healthy. I know his blood sugar is very high. What can I do to break him from depression and starting taking medicine again?
Samantha, Weight gain can be a symptom of diabetes (more common in type 2) Since you have other symptoms see your healthcare provider soon.
I just read that HRT can lead to higher incidences of cardiac problems in diabetics. Of course it did not state what type (I or II) and I could not find the original article. Any input out there? I take .25 mg of estradiol daily and am 60 years old.
I was diagnosed as prediabetic for past 3yrs. A1c 6.5
to 6.9 .My FBS 96-120 periodically 130.Exercise moderately. Diet semi strict. Over past 3 months FBS
96 to 155. On 6/11 at 10p.m BS 115.at 11p.m snack of
tea without sugar and1 small cracker. FBS 6/12 156
What do you suggest at this time.
CAN TYPE 2 DIABETES CAUSE YOU TO GAIN WEIGHT? I HAVE SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS BUT HAVE NOT BEEN DIAGNOSED.
I manage a women's sober home and one of the residents has diabetes. She takes insulin shots daily. My question is, can a state of ketoacidosis mimic a positive test for alcohol on a breathalyzer? She does not appear to be drinking but her breath has a distinctive alcohol smell and she is slow to react, almost as though she is mildly intoxicated. Could she be in this diabetic medical state?
Have type 2 which I was controlling lately, but now have gout. The diets seem to be very limiting. Anyone know where there is a diet that addresses both? I've been diabetic for 31 years with no complications to note. Do extreme exercising when I go out and hike.
I have had type 2 for 7 years. I lost weight and controlled it for one year after diagnosis. For the next six years I did very little to help my situation - gained much of the weight back and only tested sporadically. I did go to the doctor every 3 months for my H1Ac testing. The range went to 7.2 a few months ago. I started to manage my eating better, doctor put me on metformin and my level went to 6.4 the last time I was there. At that time, the doctor did urine analysis and said there was a tiny amount of protein in my urine. I was frightened and didn't ask questions. What I would like to know is does this mean I have kidney damage? Is it reversible? I have done very well for the last few weeks - twice I have been at the 200 level after 2 hours, but have been below 140 and lower for the most part. Just need to know what damage I have done. Thanks.
I was diagnosed July 07 put on insulin and my levels dropped to 30 and 40's, I stopped taking the insulin i told my Dr although my A1C was 6.7 and so he put me on glucophage that throwew my body into reproduction mode I even menustrated which I haven't done in 13 yrs because I take Depo He put me on Actos and it became to expensive for me I Have no insurance and I DID NOT tell my Dr and my A1C 6.0 They dont beleive I dont take any meds if i keep myself away from stress and eat somewhat right I have no problems but they still insist that i take meds and is that a problem
6.1 A1c is a fine number, sometimes the liver will release a little extra sugar in the early morning to accommodate a long fasting period. Question, do you have a late meal or bedtime snack?
I have type 2 diabetes, I have been told, my blood
sugar after fasting is usually between 120-130 every morning and doesn't seem to go below this. My A1C count is 6.1. I'm told that fasting blood sugar should be below 100. I exercise frequently and usually pretty hard. Should my fasting sugar levels drop below 100 ?
To Laura - Walk, and walk and walk. I was diagnosed with 500+ sugar and went for a long walk and by morning, it was 200+ - Walking gets the numbers down. Or riding a stationary bike. Of course 200 is not good, but it shows walking does make a huge difference. gw.
I have Type 2 Diabetes. I read somewhere that diabetes affects the nerves, so I began taking a Vitamin B subliminal (under the tongue) vitamin, to counteract nerve damage. After 50 years old, the body only uses 2% of that vitamin, but using the subliminal B-12, the body uses 98%.
I have recently read more about Metformin because my legs get like stones at night. I read that Metformin causes lactic acid crystals into the muscles. And that lactic acidosis can be caused when oxygen gets so low in the body.
What to do? Have sugar in my blood or lactic acid crystals (very painful) in my muscles.
This whole thing is a Catch 22. gw.
I have been permanently disabled with Regional Nerve Dystophy, Sympathetic nerve damage, severe neuropathy. I have been this way since Feb 2005 after spending 8 weeks in the hospital in renal failure. I recently was told that I am in the early stage of diabetes. I am scared to death because of the already severe neuropathy and other pre existing conditions. I am not sure if anyone can help me but so far I have had 2 very dangerous diabetic episodes, I was disoriented, did not know who I was talking to or what I was saying, and very very tired. My nutritionist and Home care nurses believe the stress of the massive pain I am already in is going to really push me over the edge so we are trying to stay as close to 100 as possible. However, my fasting readings go as high as 158, and the last episode was 368, but, then dropped low within several hours. I am scared, I feel alone, and I do not know where to turn or who to trust. It was a cervical block that caused this horrible disability in the first place. I do not know if anyone can relate or maybe have some good advise, but, I am open to sugestion. Thank you in advance for your caring. The one thing I have done is managed my diet, however, I am still have highs and lows.
Again I say, diabetes is a balancing act. Diabetes medications that lower the blood glucose can cause hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) 70 mg/dl or 3.8 mmol/l. A reason for a dramatic swing in the blood glucose is generally related to (insulin, food, or activity). If a diabetic person has a low blood glucose over night it may be related to, too much insulin, because food and activity are generally not a factor during sleep time.
Yes, a cortisone injection can affect your blood glucose control. In some cases the blood glucose levels will go up quite high. After a cortisone injection, the blood glucose should be monitored closely, an appropriate adjustments in the diabetes treatment should be made.
Stevia products, that would be a good question for the dietitians.
What do people think about Stevia products? I am a Type 1 diabetic, allergic to aspartame. I usually drink unsweetened drinks but found Celestial Seasonings Zingers to Go and love them! They add no carbs/sugar because they are made with Stevia, a plant based sweetener from South America. Any things to be concerned about here?
Blood sugar has been extremely high since having a cortisone injection for pain control. Could this be related?
I have a quiestion and I hope that someone will have an answer for me. I work at a nursing home and have a resident that @ 7:30 pm her FSBS can be 429 and by 3:30 am her FSBS can be 49! Does anyone out there know why and how to treat it??????????
All my bs have been normal, I had weakness in my legs, thighs ( I have a 4 level home.) Had an EMG, have bilat mod to severe nerve conduction prob. in quads. 2 hr glucose tol. was 146, neurologist dx glucose intolerance. Where is some information on this??? I have such significant neuropathy I need some info. I'm an RN and never heard of this. Dx was in Jan., I've lost 22lbs since the first of the year. Neuropathy is getting worse. Please tell me where I can find more info.
i have been reading the blogs and no one has said anything about weight loss the last two blood test has been just above boarder line the more food i eat it seems the more weight i loose
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To recently diagnosised with type 2; on diet and exercise management. If you are following a proper diet, exercise program, and are at normal or below weight and your blood glucoses continue above goal; it may be an insulin deficient pancreas functioning and medication is necessary to maintain your blood glucose control. Please see your healthcare provider if your blood glucoses continue in the 200 mg/dl or 11 mmol/l range.
That happened to me as well. My doctor explained that while I was fasting my body was burning calories to maintain itself. Two hours after eating (the correct sort of diet) my body was "taking a breather" from working so hard to maintain itself. Does this help? Is this absolutely correct or not? Unsure, but it seems to hold true for me daily, week in and week out.
My husband has had diabetes II for 10 years. When his blood sugar gets too high he gets a sort of "hot Flash" all over his body. What can be causing this. This just started about 3 months ago.
Meg I was the same way I have had Type I for over 10 years. Mine was out of control. My Dr. had no answers so he sent me to a place called DIABETES OF AMERICA and they have been wonderful! I still fight to keep my blood sugar down but the staff is wonderful and know what to do. Have faith ,know its hard but look these people up and I know they will be able to help. Good luck.
Please Help!! I was recently diagnosed with Type II diabetes. My doctor said we could try diet and exercise before going on medication. I REALLY don't want to have to take medication for this. I am not overweight (5'7, 130 lbs), I work out just about every day, I am eating right, I take Chromium supplements, Omega-3, Diabetic vitamins, Vitamin D, apple cider vinegar and my BG numbers have been consistently over 200 for the past 3 weeks. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Meg - It sounds like you have a lot on your plate. We recommend that you discuss your concerns with your health care provider. If you live in the United States, you can go to the American Diabetes Association website: http://www.diabetes.org/communityprograms-and-localevents/whatslocal.jsp to find a list diabetes support groups that may be in your area. Sometimes it just helps to share with others with type 1 diabetes and to know that you are not alone.
I just got some lab results. My Total Chol was 210, Trigs were 152, LDL was 102 and my HDL was 78. ALso, my blood sugar was 108... Am I prediabetic? my doc is going to retest me in 4 weeks. Anything I should do to try and lower these numbers, except for the HDL which they described as very good?
Hi, I have had type one diabetes for fifteen years now, through out my childhood, i pretended i didnt have it. I was in the hospital a lot.When I was 21 I got pregnant. My diabetes was in perfect control. Now, i am 22 and on the path of death. I feel alone with this disease. My friends dont understand it. I have a one year old son and need to start taking care of myself. I suffer from carpell tunnel badly and ache all the time. I need encouragement and dont know where to find it. Can anyone help?
MY NUROPOTHY IS GETTING MUCH WORSE---I HAVE NO REFLEX IN MY RIGHT LEG. THEY TAPED ME WITH THAT LITTLE HAMMER ON MY ACLIES TENDON AND ON MY KNEE AND NO REFLEX.. I HERD THERE IS A HOSPITAL THAT SPECIALIZES IN NUROPOTY TREATMENT. ANYONE KNOW THE NAME AND WHERE ITS AT? THANKS
my husband has recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. he only recently has not been able to reach an orgasm. could this be caused by the diabetes or metformin? has anyone else had this problem?
What does anyone do for the discoloration/dryness on their legs due to diabetes? Any treatment that helps?
Great blog! I can control my glucose level at 108 with Actos but I have gained a little weight abd now, anything below 115 or so I feel light-headed. I know I need to take off about 20 pounds, but is there anything else I'm missing?
Colby, you need to see your doctor immediately and describe your symptoms to him or her. Based on your symptoms, your doctor should test you for diabetes. If not, ask your doctor to test you for diabetes. Talk to your parents or guardian about this situation. If type 1 diabetes is untreated it can turn into a life threatening condition call (DKA) Diabetic Ketoacidosis.
I don't know if I have diabetes type 1 but I'm 16 and I have every symptom except one of them. I have fatigue, frequent urination, extreme and frequent hunger, and also my feet fall asleep without cutting off circulation. I want to get checked by the doctor but should I ask him to check for diabetes but i'd look like an idiot or paranoid if I didn't have it.
Testing blood glucose with pre-diabetes: I will advise patients with pre-diabetes to test their blood glucose once a week and if the blood glucose is stable, once a month. Generally, there are no symptoms of diabetes until the blood glucose is quite high so it's best to keep tabs on your blood glucose and catch a problem earlier then later. Remember diabetes is a progressive disease.
Yes, not everyone's diabetes is the same, that's why there are all the different medication programs for diabetes. For some people, with the long fasting period over night, the liver will release extra glucose early morning and thus the higher fasting glucose.
why is my fasting glucose higher then my glucose level 2 hours after eating? my 2 hour level is around 90 while my fasting level ia around 115? seems to be the opposite of what you would expect.
There are two tests that can be used to determine pre-diabetes; (FPG) Fasting plasma gluccose and (OGTT) oral glucose tolerance test. (FPG) between 100-125 mg/dl or 5.6-6.9 mmol is pre- diabetes. (OGTT) The person fasts over night and drinks a glucose drink and the the blood glucose is retested in 2 hours. Two hours after the glucose drink, a blood glucose of 140-199 mg/dl or 7.7-10.5 mmol is pre-diabetes.
I had a blood test 3 hours after a high carb breakfast of 110. My doctor said I had prediabets. Can you have impaired fasting glucose without "fasting"?
Alice: You asked what are good and bad numbers for testing purposes. Please go to Blog Index and go to Nancy's article titled: Know your blood glucose target range .
Misty Joyce - We highly recommend that you see your healthcare provider for a referral to an endocrinologist and possibly a specialist in eating disorders.
Glucose in the urine: Is not used to make a diagnosis of diabetes and poorly correlates to your actual blood glucose and also depends on your kidney function. If you have concerns that you may have an elevated blood glucose, ask your healthcare provider to order a fasting plasma glucose test to confirm diabetes.
Recently, I was diagnosed pre diabetic. Is there a specific diet recommended for this condition.
What are good and bad numbers for testing purposes?
Dr. didn't give any indications.
I have just been diagnosed with pre diabetes. My doctor prescribed Metformin Hcl along with diet and exercise. My question is should I be monitoring my blood sugar levels myself? I already have cardiovascular disease.
If glucose was found in your urine sample,is that mean you have diabetes?
I have two comments. The first involves another blog quesiton about Valley Fever. My husband found he had diabetes 2 after valley fever. I often thought it was related in someway. But the Doctors said no.
I am diabetic 2 since January, 2000, but probably had it for sometime longer. I am very good about taking care of myself and as of yet have been able to keep it under 6, without medication. My major problem is weight--it goes up and down and I often take vacations from management especially when it comes to exercise!
But lately I am having involuntary muscle cramps in my feet and calfs only at night. I had my artiers checked and was given the high sign. Is it related to diabetes? Why? What do I do?
I was diagnosed with type2 diabetes a year and a half ago. Before my diagnosis I was never one to eat sweets, I would much rather have a hamburger. Now it seems I cannot think of anything but sweets. It is like I crave them all the time. I have stopped drinking Pepsi and take my meds everyday but my doctor says she doesn't know why my sudden craving for sweets.Has anyone else had this problem?
Dear vegetarian with pre-diabetes. You should be able to eat just about anything you are currently eating. If you are over weight, try to shed a few pounds (a 10 # weight loss can make a significant differance in your blood glucose readings. You may want to see a dietitian about what foods are carbohydrates, portion sizes, and how to spread out the carbohydrate foods evenly through the day for more level blood glucose control.
i have no family doctor and have not seen a diabetic speacialist, i have had type 1 diabetes for 5 yrs. and have been hospitalized 16 times for keto acidosis and diabetic coma twice and i have just admitted to having an eating disorder in am in ontario canada if anyone is reading this and knows any good treatment facilities that specialize in this please post a message
HELP!!! I am a vegetarian with borderline diabetes! What can I eat?
Blood pressure control is important to protect the kidneys. Ace inhibitors help lower your blood pressure. For more information on Ace inhibitors, type "Ace inhibitor" in the search box of this web site. For further questions or concerns on this matter contact your healthcare provider.
Diabetes warning signs:
Excessive thirst, frequent urination, other symptoms may include; constant hunger, unexplained weight loss, weight gain (mainly type 2), weakness, fatique, blurred vision, slow healing cuts, tingling or loss of feeling in hands and feet. recurring infections (gums, skin, vaginal, bladder) If any of these symptoms occur contact your healthcare provider.
My boyfriend has only one kidney and is taking an ACE inhibitor in the readings I've done it says it may damage kidneys. Does anyone have a place where I can go to get more info?
Dear bloggers, A diagnosis of diabetes is made if there is 2 fasting blood glucoses taken in a row over
126 mg/dl or a random blood glucose reading over
200 mg/dl, taken any time during the day.
Hind Sami: I saw your message. I just got my glucose level today and it is 305 mg/dL . I know that it is extremely high but I am not quite sure what it really means. Which websites can help me what types of foods will lower my level and do I have diabetes? I plan to make an appointment with my doctor but what types of recommendations do you have? Anyone????
I don't want to perish for a lack of knowledge as God's word says. I have been having pain at the tips of my two middle fingers for a while on and off. Also my baby toe and the one next to it are numb sometimes. My big toe itches from inside very badly and sometimes I itch all over really bad. I prayed to have a thirst for water and maybe that is the reason I am so thirsty now. I call my daughter to bring me something to drink immediately because the thirst comes on so fast. I do take medicine for high BP and am overweight nor do I exercise:-( I would appreciate comments. gratefully, diane~
To the person with the sore heels, I have the same thing in one foot only. The doctor said this was Plantar Fasciitis. Don't have shots in the foot unless they put you to sleep, as the pain is so bad, you could pass out. I have been a type 2 diabetic for 18 years, maybe longer as I found out when I went to the doctor for a yeast infection and he checked my sugar and there it was, about 300. By now I take two 5mg Glipizide tablets, morning and night, and 15 units of Lantus insulin at dinnertime. Lantus is good as it is time release, so your morning should turn out the way it should. I have neuopathy in my feet and legs and take gabepentin for that. I have read bad things about Metformin and Avandia, so I just take the tried and true Glipizide. Sugar is suppose to go into the cells of the body, not the urine. That's what Glipizide does. I have stopped making my own insulin which is also suppose to go in the cells, so I take the insulin and my pills take it along where it goes. I'm not picky about how low my sugar is. The doc said as long as it's not over 120 in the morning, that's good. The important thing is don't snack after dinner. Eat a good healthy dinner and leave the junk food alone Good luck everybody!
I HAVE BEEN HAVING EXTREME PAIN IN MY HEELS CAN BARELY WALK WHAT IS THIS? MY SHOES FIT FINE AND USING GELS BUT NO RELIEF AM I A DIABETIC AND HOW DO I FIND OUT...firstname.lastname@example.org
Does anyone here understand the dawn syndrome? Lately, for the past five or six weeks, I am waking up with abnormally high sugar levels for the first time since diagnosed, a year and a half ago.
For that time, I always had between 85 and 99 in the morning, upon rising, fsting. Now, I am having 110-115.
Is there anyone here, who knows, who can explain?
about 5yrs ago i became a diabetic my blood sugar was 638 andi didn"t even know i thougt i had a summer time cold so after five days i went to the hospital.nurse took me in the back did some test on me.then she ran my sugar,then she told me to go get register then she ran told to get in bed they hook up iv to me with insulin after that i try to take my sugar watch my diet still their are times i feel the effects tired hungery i thank god im still alive and well so anyone thinks they have it go get check out
I have known I had type 2 diabetes for 9 years, I have egnored it untill the last year.I have taken metforman for about a year. My Dr. has been on me about my a1c. In the past 5 mounts I have gone on levemer pen, and a week ago I started byetta. I am dieting, exercising and loosing weight, but my blood sugar is still high.
I have recently had a physical and my BS came back 138. This really frightened me because my parents were both insulin dependent diabetics. I immediately went on a low carb diet and have been checking my BS at work. My last was 112 2hr after breakfast. Has anyone had any luck without being on medication and just losing weight. I have lost about 10 lbs and would like to lose another 20.
can insulin dependent diabeties be brought on by valley fever?
For more information on the "Dawn Phenomenon" check out this web site and also the American Diabetes Association (ADA) web site has a wealth of information.
To the school nurse, you are in a difficult situation. A question, do you have any diabetes summer camps in your area? A number of my adult clients have expressed to me how much diabetes camp helped them in their youth accept their diabetes and learn how to manage it. Peers are so important to children of that age. It's good you're there for him. Good luck :)
My student has just been diagnosed with diabetes 1. Please suggest how the kids and myself can make her feel as comfortable as possible.
What site can I go to online to find out about the dawn phenom. I am type 2. Fasting test is too high I I don't know what I am doing wrong.
I am a school nurse and have a 13 yr old student with diabetes. He was diagnosed 1 yr ago. I have spent most of this school year trying to educate him and teach him how to care for himself. He is not getting it. His parents are divorced, so he lives between the 2 houses. It seems he has a lack of direction and supervision because of the lack of communication between the parents. I have spoken to both and am not seeming to get through to anyone. Any suggestions for me?? I would like to see the student be successful in school and in managing his diabetes.
Will power is thee medicine! My sugar levels were a shocking 400mg about 7 months ago. I was obese. I had extremely high levels of colesterol and high blood pressure (I was on high blood pressure medication). I went of a very strict diet and searched every possible search on the net for foods that lower all. At the beginning I was told I should take insulin injections. I didn't. Another doctor recommended Glucophage 850, 3 times a day. With self monitoring, strict diet (and by that I mean measuring every single food and eliminating oil 100%). Plus a 30 minute exercise on the treadmill. This laste for 2 months when all the levels started dropping down, but I still needed todrop them ore. My target was BELOW the normal level a little. Within 3 - 4 months, I reached my target. I stopped using Glucophage and stoppedthe high bloos pressure medication and my sugar levels were settled on 90mg. Howeverm, 2 hours after meals, it went up to 126, but dropped down to 90 again within a max of 3 hours.
Nowit's been 7 months and all is well. I do cheat now, like a small apple pie or other foods that do raise the blood sugar level, but small amounts only!! Within 2-3 hours , sometimes 4, it drops back to 90. My fasting level is almost always 90.
It is all about the quantities and the kind of food and most of all, your magical will power. Don't say I can't, trust me if I could, so can you.
Eat foods with low glycemic index too. Salmom fish 6 ounces p/w, broccoli, cinnamon are great.
Most important for a dibetic person is to check on diet. eat regularly even if youeat a small portion. Increase the intake of water & citus juice. that helps. Have positive thinking and will power.
The "dawn phenomenon" is an interesting occurrance. Discuss this with your healthcare provider if you feel this is happening to you. It's possible your insulin/treatment program can be adjusted to accommodate for this rise in your blood glucose in the early morning hours. Insulin pumps are ideal for this occurrance since they can be programed to deliver an increase of insulin during a specific time period.
my hb1c (3 month average blood sugar level report) report is normally 6.
and my blood sugar level is fasting 100
ppbs is 150 to 200
i am taking taking tablate semi glynase twice a day before meal.
my age is 41,height 169cm,weight 56.
after diabeitice my weight decreace about 4 to 5 kg.
how can i increase my weight without increasing blood sugar.
guide me is my diabetis under control,medicine is correct,
I have had diabetes for about 13 years. My continuing problem is I havewhat is called the Dawn Phenomenion.
I take my blood sugar before going to bed and it is always much higher in the mornings. I've been told this goes back to the cavemen days. I don't know how to help myself. Can anyone offer any suggestions for this problem?
Anne K. of Ireland! At www.mayoclinic.com , there is a wealth of information about the syndrome from which you are suffering (craving sweets). If you go to the above website, look up "metabolic syndrome" under diseases. It explains how in Type 2 diabetes, not only are our cells resistant to insulin, they also do not allow glucose in. This causes a craving for glucose and fatigue. The only real cure is exercise/weight loss (even 5-10% can make a huge difference! Best of luck!!
Nadine, I use a really great glucose recording sheet that makes tracking patterns/trends much easier. I could mail a copy to you or I could possibly get my daughter to help me scan and send it electronically-I am kind of technilogically challenged. Penny email@example.com
I have been reading the blog for a few weeks now. As the administrator of a corporate blog geared towards educating patients about diabetes (among other things) I have to ask what does everyone look for in a blog commuinty to help them manage their diabetes?
I think that this blog is a great community, the authors are very thourough, and I have linked back here on more than one occasion!
If you have comments, please let me know. I don't want to seem "spammy" and paste my blog link, but if you are interested in checking it out, please google Total e-Medical Blog.
My husband is 62, diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 10 years ago. He goes not do well monitoring his glucose levels, watching his diet or exercising. He suffers greatly from neuropathy, with intense pain in his feet, legs, hands and mid-section. He takes amitriptylin, metformen, & gabapentin. He falls an average of 2-3 times per week from dizzyness or black-outs and has no strength in his legs. He's a Vietnam vet and we are in the process of getting into the VA for treatment. He has no appetite, and doesn't eat as he should. Is he past the point of no return? It's very stressful to deal with this. What are his chances of turning his condition around?
An acquaintenance told me today that her physician is putting her on a new pill. This pill is supposed to help folks with diabetes NOT gain wait. She couldn't remember the drug name, but thought that it was similar to Betta or Bietta. Does anyone know the name of this pill?
Uncontrolled diabetes can damage the sensory nerves in the hands and feet. Symptoms include; tingling,pain,crawly sensations, burning, altered sensations or a combination of symptoms which can come and go. Symptoms can be worse at night. Your doctor can detect sensory nerve damage and recommend treatments. Improving blood sugar control may give symptom relief. Good foot care is important!
Fat cells are notorious for being insulin-resistant. Weight loss is benefical to improving insulin sensitivity. TZDs (Thiazolidinediones are medications that make body tissues more sensitive to insulin, but can causes side effects of swelling, weight gain that may lead to or worsen heart failure. TZDs require close monitoring of your cardiac status and liver functioning by your physician.
feb 21 2009 11:11am
I am a diabetic type 11 and I have a problem with my feet , they are fine during the day, but at night they become
very hot, and now they hurt somewhat,(small toes only).
and are ichy, what causes this and what
can be done to help, as it is very hard to sleep when they are like this?/ljb
ps I`m very active in sports of all kinds.
Is there a treatment for Insulin Resistance (Hyper Insulinemia)beyond Metforin?
I came across a very new treatment for diabetes. This new treatment seems to be using tattoos. Take a look at this article
Hi everyone,I live in Ireland and was diagnosed type 2 back ten years ago. Im overweight and on Metformin and Glidazide. My biggest problem is that Im more or less addicted to chocolate and sweet things. Im an intelligent woman and I know I shouldn't eat them, but like an alcoholic I just can't stop! I even buy them secretly and hide them from my husband. I've tried Weightwatchers but couldn't stick to it. I've hated vegetables all my life and they give me diarrhoea when I do try to eat them. If I eat fruit or diet yoghurts etc, they don't satisfy the cravings for sweet things so I just end up eating the chocolate afterwards!! I'd be scared to try hypnosis but don't know what else might work. Anyone else out there manage to overcome chocolate addiction? I'd appreciate some ideas. Anne K
I need help. My father is 82 yrs old and was diagnosed with 2 diabetes five yrs ago - along with some other health problems. I think he's depressed and feels helpless. He thinks he needs to just accept it all as a part of old age and as a result, he doesn't monitor his blood sugar or what he eats. His blood pressure and cholesteral are also high and he's overweight. I'm worried about him and do my best to support him but I think I need to do more. He's not the kind of guy that accepts help easily. He hates to prick his finger for the glucose test so I offered to do it for him - he turned me down. And he's rejected other similiar offers. So now I'm going to make him a few "diabetic" meals that he can freeze and heat up when he's hungry. It's difficult for him to make meals so I hope he'll accept them. Does anyone have any other suggestions or ideas that might work? - JT
I was diaganosed with type 2 diabetes in 1997.I was closely watched several years previously until the final diagnosis. This past summer I ended up in the hospital needing to remove the prosthesis I had put in (knee) in '07 because of infection. A new knee was put in on June 1 of '08. I was on high doses of meds, which resulted in a loss of appetite and the loss of about 60 pounds. That was great for my diabetes, as tests came back looking great. In the meantime, I have retired and work only part time. Because of the slow economy I have only worked a few hours a week resulting in overeating and putting a lot of the wieght back on. I could really use some suggestions as to what to do to control my appetite. Are there any things such as Alli that are good for surpressing appetites? I tried Weight Watchers on line, but didn't do real well as it was over the holidays and we all know how hard it is to controll during the holidays. Any help out there?
Anyone out there with Diabetes, be aware of the drugs you take to control it. A friend of mine recently died of a heart attack after taking Avandia.
If you or a loved one have taken Avandia for your Diabetes treatment, please check out this site on Avandia Recall
I am diabetic and i am trying to loose weight. Which is so difficult. I have tried alol forms of exercise and diets all to no avial.
Can anyone tell me if there is any connection between Alli and increase in sugar level.
I decided that since it is FDA approved then that might be my best bet.
I intend to continue with the dieting and exercise but i am worried because i dont want to take any pills that will interfer with my diabetes control.
i have a kidney transplant is safe for me to drink water that has immune boosting properties even though its good for me
I was diagnosed diabetic back in 1977 during pregnancy. The diabetes stayed after the successful delivery of a healthy, beautiful daughter. My daughter Lori has since been diagnosed schizophrenic/depressed (at age 16) so my life is quite consumed with her. I am trying to manage the diabetes with a limited amount of time allowed for such personal endeavors. Can someone please help me with the location of a blood glucose record sheet online? The one from my physician is not an original and I like to be able to copy it and read it. The simpler the better, but of course with all the information necessary for the doc to make educated adjustments to my pump. I am pleased to have found this site and will keep in touch regularly. Thanks!!!! - Nadine
lism3462 Hi, if there is a history of type 2 diabetes in the family, there is a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes for your daughter-in-law and off spring later in life. A healthy life style is key to prevention.
just found out that my daughter in-law has diabetes and is 8months pregnant. she is concern that the baby might be born with it. is that possible and is there anything she can do to help prevent it?
Thank you for your response. I told my husband about it and also that your husband had bi-pass surgery and faithfully uses the treadmill. My husband also had bi-pass surgery four years ago. He struggles with exercising regularly and with his diet. I told him when we get back from visiting his Mom, I want him to do what you and your husband are doing. I told him I want him around for as long as possible. He is a great guy, he is just very stubborn.
Hi, my husband was diagnosed as type 2 yesterday and was given medication and diet. I've printed everything on your site to help me with meal preparation; he is 67 and pretty set in his ways. Do you have any suggestions on cook books etc that might help me prepare the proper nutrition he needs.
Maggie ~ I have small fiber peripheral neuropathy. When the doctor finally figured this out, she had me do a glucose tolerance test. I am lucky that she ignored the positive results (202) of the GTT. It was just not positive enough for her to think I had diabetes. Because she told me that diabetes was not causing the neuropathy, I went off to search for another answer. I found a connection between neuropathy and gluten sensitivity. I tested positive for antibodies to gluten. Within 4 days of giving up all foods with wheat, barley or rye, I knew I was on the right track. Before giving up gluten, I was fatigued, my feet were so painful that I limped and I slept with them dangling off the bed. The neuropathy seemed to be spreading up my legs. My pain level now is from 0-2. I no longer limp and I am not on anything for pain. My feet still have some numbness and pain returns if I get accidental gluten. My fatigue is gone.
About 8 months ago I decided that I needed to recheck my blood sugars. I bought a glucometer and found that after eating my blood glucose shoots up to 200 even though my fasting BG is "normal". I now eat a low carb diet to keep my blood sugars below 120. I am doing this with the help of my PCP. I hope by leveling out my blood glucose I will have further improvement in my neuropathy. Go to www.theglutenfile.com for articles by Dr. Hadjivassiliou about neuropathy and gluten.
Patricia I am 64. I guess I am lucky that I was diagnosed early, thanks to my Doctor. My fasting test was only 132, so it is not too bad. I am not on meds, but I faithfully count my carbs. I allow 2 carbs (30grams) for each meal and 1 or 2 carbs for snacks. I do still eat some candy, I just watch the carbs. I am lucky that I was never a dessert eater to begin with. I knew I had to lose weight so I started walking on the treadmill 3 times a day for 15 minutes each time and that helps bring my sugar down, lose weight an d breathe easier, because I also have COPD. I have just made up my mind that I want to live long enough to see my youngest grandson graduate from college. I want to still be healthy enough to walk on a trail or along a seashore. If I watch my carbs and keep my sugar level within the limits, hopefully my feet and legs and heart will be ok. I hope your husband does ok and I hope the heart problem is fixed. My husband had a triple bypass 2 yrs ago and he walks on the treadmill about 4 miles a day which really helps him. I think the most important piece of furniture in this house is that treadmill that I bought 8 yrs. ago and until recently just collected dust, lol. Good luck to you and your husband.
Sharon, what is your age? You were fortunate that your diabetes was diagnosed at an early stage. My husband had diabetes probably for a long time and had heart damage before it was diagnosed. He is now on insulin, struggles with exercising and counting his carbs. His next alc will include two vacations which make life management difficult. I try and help, I do not bring ice cream into the house. Any suggestions on how to keep the commitment when the going gets rough?
to Maggie in Midwest. for conversion numbers go to www.onlineconversion.com It will automatically calculate for you . Joyce
To Maggie from Midwest. I took Gabpentin
and it put me in the hospital for 4 days.
I started to have seizures and it made me
sick. I started off okay but the more I took the sicker I got. During my first
stroke they put me on it though it reduced the swelling it did not reduce the pain.
I'm sure there is other medicines that Dr
can give without side effects of neurotin.
It's wicked stuff..
To Maggy in the midwest: I have diabetic neuropathy and my doctor has me on Lyrica. I take 2 pills a day at 75 miligrams a piece. It has helped a good bit but there is nothing that will cure it. I don't mean to sound negative but that is just a fact. I have been a border-line diabetic for 25 years and January of 2008 I startd taking Byetta but it wasn't suited for me so my doctor put me on 3 shots of Humolog a day and 1 shot of Lantus at bedtime. It is hard to control with all my other health prblems but I did what I had to do. Be very careful with your feet. Don't go barefooted at all because the stinging or tingling sensation in your feet will hide any ype of injury to your feet. I had stepped on something and didn't realize until I got my shower. I had to go get a tetanus shot and was scolded good by my doctor. The threat of infections and then infections getting out of control is something we have to be very careful of. Neuropathy is not something that you can play with. If you aren't seeing a neurologists then you need to at once. They are the ones that handle the Neuropathy not our Endocrinologists. Good luck and May God Bless You.
I just had my 1st A1C test and it came back at 6%. I was diagnosed in September 2008. I have faithfully watched my carbs and exercised, walking 45 minutes a day. My cholesterol has dropped from 202 to 139. Watching what I eat and exercising has really paid off, and I have lost 21 lbs. so far. I hope to avoid using medication. Hopefully by my next test I will have lost alot more weight, 21 lbs. to go. You have to make up your mind that you can and will do this. It is not that difficult when you set your mind to it.
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in Sept.2001 at the age of 44. I am currently on insulin and oral meds. Yes I have been tempted to take a vacation from my diabetes but it does not pay I only end up worse. For me the hard part is that my insurance changed and not as much stuff is covered like my test will not be covered until I pay $1500 First. I can not afford to pay the amount I will need when I checked between 4 -6 times a day since I am on insulin.
sue - so glad to hear you're on the pump, my daughter is as well and it has made a huge difference. Do you mind me asking - how old were you when you were diagnosed?
I'm interested in hearing from anyone with recently diagnosed diabetes or pre-diabetes with an A1c around 6 who is coping with diabetic neuropathy. Iwas diagnosed with pre-diabetes in Jan 08 and have been struggling with peripheral neuropathy and pain in both feet, especially at night. I'm currently taking Gabapentin, and have tried several other medications which gave me bad side effects. I have tried research peripheral neuropathy, but there seems to be litte support or useful information about this problem. Does anyone else suffer from this, and how do you cope.
Happy New Year to all!
I've had Type 1 diabetes for about 15 years. I've been on my pump for about 2 years and what a difference! My Aic's are getting lower all the time and I have more flexibility. It amazes me by how fast it figures out my meal boluses. I can travel easier now too. I am so happy now.
I'm glad there is a blog for Diabetes - anyone out there dealing with a young child with Type 1 Diabetes? Would love to talk to you.
I was diagnosed w/type 2 about 4 years ago. I try to manage w/diet and some exercise. We travel in an RV in the winter and find it hard to keep my numbers low then. And lately, the numbers have been high in the AM before breakfast. I have tried to change it with no success. When I went back home the numbers came down. Why is that?
This is my first time to blog! I'm a little nervous, yet excited! I think this is a very positive website to get my "feet wet." I am now beginning to heal from a quite pain-full bout with diverticulitis. I also take meds. for diabetes and high blood pressure. So have challenges I am facing. But this path is not impossible, and am expecting a full turn around during my new found journey! I will be using Alternative Methods along with my regular Medical Doctor's advice. It's been a tough start, but I will persevere! Come on, join me! The time is NOW! Change IS happening!
I have read all the posts and have found it very helpful. For the last year, I have had my AIC tests done and are gradually higher every time...my last one was 6.2. This is my last chance before Metformin...I go back in February. I really don't want to take it. My daughter has been on it for over a year for PCOS and has had terrible diarrhea from it. My goal is to hit hard on the exercise. I work 10.5 hours behind a desk 4 days a week and I'm not very active. I too don't know much about counting carbs or which ones are the bad ones. I eat only whole grain bread and cereal. Somebody mentioned a GI Book. Is there one out there better than others? Type 2 is also hereditary in my family. Is swelling also a sign? I wake up in the night and in the morning and my hands and fingers are so swollen they hurt. I'm thankful for this board...thank you.
Happy 2009 Estell!:) We can be healthier this year knowing we are not alone & there are friends everywhere who are dealing with diabetes just like us. We can help keep each other motivated - its a choice we make daily!Keep your chin up & know folks care:)
Estelle!! Please do not give up there are many things u can contribute! I know, I work in a hospital and there are many down on their luck + experiencing major health ailments. Please consult your Dr. regarding getting the breathing improved and what steps can be taken to keep same under control. Then ensure that you are getting proper diet and exercise to control the diabetes..Then, make plans to get out and connect with people. I'm not sure how old you are and if you drive but there are so many organizations out their that can provide transportation. Keep your chin up and write back and let us know how you are doing
It isn't worth it to "take a vacation" from monitoring our diabetes. I found out the hard way. After the passing of a parent, I allowed myself a whole year to grieve & simply gave up monitoring my blood sugars, watching my food intake, & let dust collect on the treadmill. I knew better. Now I am getting back on track, but found out labs were not desirable & ankles swelling & weight gain! Its not that I couldn't see the difference, I just didn't care. So now with the help of my dr, we changed my meds to help the problem & I'm testing my blood sugars twice a day and more careful of amounts & which foods I consume. The treadmill has been dusted & placed where I can exercise while watching tv or listening to music! It isn't a quick fix, but I clearly know I did myself an injustice. Caregiving for others comes easy, but taking care of ourselves(me)is a reality I need to make my priority now!Late onset diabetes is sneaky.You live most of your life without issues, then at a certain age your family genetics kick in!Taking a vacation from taking care of yourself? - I do not recommended it! Wishing everyone a healthier 2009!:)
I am type 2 and am on tablets for over 15 years. I am always conscious that I am diabetic. I believe in having a strong co-relation between input and output,combing it with excercise mainly walking and medications.I eat everything including sweets.All in moderation.Managing diabetes is so easy.It only requires self descipline.
I loved reading all your comments. I am type two and and have an uncontrollable urge for sweet foods. I dare not think what this is doing to me, but over two or three days I have eaten a whole box of chocolates. Are the slimming desserts and low fat biscuits OK? Otherwise I am fine and feel gd.
Phil I am not a Doctor but from what I understand your blood sugar after 12 hrs of fasting should be under 126, if it is 126 or higher you are considered a diabetic. Anyone else have any insight on this. If it was 165 in the morning after fasting the dr. would probably say you are diabetic. Morning readings should be under 110.
My AIC was under 7 last time. I was diagnosed just this year. I check my blood about once a day. I'm on metaformin once a day and have lost 10 to 12 # since being dagnosed. Is it possible to ever go off metaqformin if I lose more weight and watch my diet. I go on a stationery bike 45 min. about 5 days a week. I only like white bread and have 2 or 3 slices a day. Is that O .K.? Some nights my feet really bother me to keep me awake, either warm or mostly itchy.
I have tested my blood sugar in the morning before eating. It was averaging 165, but is now averaging 115-120, due to controlled carb diet. Am I pre-diabetic or diabetic?
Estell please do not give up. I was diagnosed 3 months ago. So far I am not on medicine, I find out the results of my 1st A1c test on Jan. 5th. I hope I do not have to go on meds, I try to faithfully watch what I eat and exercise, it is so much easier than ignoring the problem and ending up with major health problems later. I to have copd. I have been walking alot and it has helped my sugar level and my copd. Hopefully on the 1st I can quit smoking which should help everything alot. It is well worth it to stick to a low carb diet and exercise. I do not want to end up taking insulin, and from what the dietician told me the more I can keep my sugar level fairly level and in the guidelines the less insulin cells I will lose. Exercise also helps your cells take in the sugar getting it out of the blood stream. I exercise every day after breakfast, after lunch and after dinner. Luckily I am retired so it is fairly easy for me to do. You just have to make up your mind that you are going to do this, and hopefully it will prevent any health complications down the line. Please stick with it, you will feel better and be healthier if you do.
I was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I have read all the information about diet and nutrition and exercise. I am on Metformin. I just feel I need encouragement to stick to all this. I don't have any very close friends or family to give me encouragement. Sometimes I feel like just giving up. I probably have depression too. I also have COPD. No, I am NOT suicidal. But I would like some encouragement from somewhere.
I WAS DIAGNOSED IN 2000 WITH TYPE 2. I HAVE HONESTLY BEEN OFF AND ON WITH MY MANAGEMENT AND HAVE GENERALLY NOT BEEN MONITORNG MY SUGAR LEVELS ON A REGULAR BASIS, ALTHOUGH I DO TRY TO EAT RIGHT AND MANAGE TO DO SO ABOUT 70% OF THE TIME. I HAVE ALSO NOT BEEN CONSISTENT WITH DOCTORS VISITS.IT'S NOT THAT I DONT CARE ABOUT MY HEALTH, THERE JUST ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE OTHER THINGS TO DO BESIDES COCENTRATING ON MY HEALTH ISSUES. I KNOW, I NEED TO TAKE IT OFF THE BACK BURNER AND MAKE IT THE PRIORITY IT DESERVES. I THINK IM JUST REALLY SCARED.I WORK IN THE HEALTH PROFESSION AND HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE HAVOC THIS DISEASE CAN WREAK ON THE HUMAN BODY.IM STRIVING EVERYDAY TO DO BETTER FOR MYSELF.I MISSED AN APPOINTMENT RECENTLY WITH MY DOCTOR AND HE LEFT ME A MESSAGE AND SENT A LETTER. HE INCREASED MY METFORMIN (DOUBLED IT!) BECAUSE OF MY HGB A1C SO I PICKED UP MY NEW PRESCRIPTION AND AM ENDEAVORING TO BE CONSISTENT WITH MY MEDS AND MONITORING MY BLOOD SUGAR. SOMETIMES THE COST OF THE STRIPS ARE A BARRIER TO ME DONG MY FIGERSTICKS CONSISTENTLY.
Marj, in regard to your question about how to handle blood sugar excursions and carbohydrates: we recommend that you see a registered dietician.
Ann, keep up the good work!
Has anyone been through the Dean Ornish program? I successfully completed the program over 5 years ago and felt the best ever. But it has been very difficult for me to maintain the program on my own and I have slowly added the weight (not all of it but too much) as well as maintain the exercise and yoga. I have now had to increase my diabetes medications as well as continue with my minimal atacand for high blood pressure and tricor for high trigs. I have also been diagnosed with hypothyroidism this summer and have added synthroid to the mix. Help! I am too young (55) for all of this. I have heredity working against me. I inherited all of these conditions from my parents. It will soon be a new year and I need to feel good and feel good about myself again. Yes, I do visit my MD faithfully every 3 months. My A1c was 7.1 the last time. She has since added amaryl to the metformin and januvia. Any advice? I want to control the diabetes instead of it controlling me.
Oh , I forgot something Marj , I also eat complex carbohydrates such as oats , psyllium husk ( very high in fiber ) linseed and pulses.
Hi Marj , to counteract the effect of a piece of cake with icing ( which is high in glycemic index ) just walk on the treadmill for 20 min to 30 min and your sugar level will go down. Im 59 years old , had diabetes type 2 for 15 years and also slender build. When I first was diagnosed my docter put me on metformin and within 3 months I loose 3 kg of my weight because of diarhea . Now Im on Amaryl 2mg mornings and 2 mg nights. I stick to my low G.I. diet and now I dont loose weight anymore and my A1c is 6.2 - 6.5. For years it was always above 7.Good luck with experimenting on which food has a low G.I and ovoid the high ones. Im so lucky to live in Australia , where lots of the low G.I. food has the Low.G.I. symbol on it. Easy to find them in the supermarkets.
I am newly diagnosed and was able to drop my A1c from 7 to 6 in 3 months by eating very few carbs and exercising a hour daily or more. Only trouble is that I have lost 18 lbs in these 4 months and I am about to go under 100 lbs. I am short and petite body anyway, but the weight loss must stop now, I would say. Can anyone help me? My Educator suggests more protein but that is not an option right now. Also, quick plea: I just went to an Open House and had a piece of cake and icing with the coffee. Is there something to do to counteract the effects of that right quick? I can walk the treadmill and drink more water.
I have type 1 diabetes and used to have a lot of hypoglycemia due to insulin sensetivity. 5 years ago received insulin pump and that resolved a lot of problems that I was having. Hope anyone with this problem would consider having a pump. Now my A1C stays in the 6.4 to 6.6 range which my Endocrinologist wants me to have. This may help in not having the bad side effects of this disease.
I am a 77-year old male living in The Netherlands.
I was diagnosed with Type II diabets 10 years ago and was treated intitially with second generation sulfonyl ureas.
Control was never optimal however and 5 years ago I changed to insulin injections at my own request.
Using one longlasting and 3 rapid-action insulin injections a day, I found control better and more accurate.
My quarterly glycosylated hemoglobin measurement once a quarter now pans out at 6 on the avarage.
The downside: it takes more time,effort,discipline....
Warning: there is a tendency to camouflage
bad living habits with varying the amount of insulin injected.
Excercise, less food/drink is always preferable to more insulin.
Wise words not always heeded.
Season's Greetings to all fellow "sufferers"!
I have been diagnose with type 2 diabetes 15 years ago , and have been struggling with food for years.But 4 years ago , I have find out about the G.I resolution , study it , and change my life style ever since.That means , eating the right food ( with a low Glycemic index ) at the right time and the right amount. For my carbs I choose basmati rice instead of jasmine , multigrain bread instead of refined white bread , plenty of vegetables and fruits ( LO G.I of course ) .For dinner I dont eat carbs , only vegetables and protein ( fish , or lean meat or chicken ) and when Im still hungry I munch on chickpeas or almond (which is low G.I. ) I laso walk on my treadmill once or twice a day.
For everybody who wants to know more about G.I. index just look up in google , I hope it would benefit everybody as it benefit me.
when i took my husband to the doctor his blood sugar was 400,this was aug,2008.the doctor put him on 2 pills a day and high blood pressure pills.he said that he was not going to take the pills the rest of his life,so he started watching his diet.the people with diabetes needs to leave the bread and potatoes alone,and eat plenty of greens.he did and now he is off the pills.
I was diagnosed with type 2 25 years ago. After 10 years I went on insulin. My MD asked me to try the South Beach diet about 4 years ago, and i have lost 60 pounds. Shortly after Januvia was developed a couple of years ago, I went on it in conjuction with Metformin with good results. I have a steady reading of 5.5 with no side affects.
I got a lot of insight from attending diabetes counseling, offered with my diagnosis of Type 2 at 59 years old. At same time I talked to my cardiologist about my new diabetes diagnosis. He mentioned that high-fiber diets were getting scientific support for both heart and diabetes. I track three dietary numbers daily: grams of fiber, grams of carbs, and calories. I shoot for less than 1800 calories, 150-190 grams of healthy carbs, and grams of fiber as high as possible. I typically hit 40-50 grams of fiber.
The fiber works well to fight off the hunger. As the day comes to an end, I can survey my food-diary and assess what my dinner and evening snacks CAN be, trying to keep all three within those targets. FiberOne cereal is my best friend for boosting fiber; I eat it frequently with low-fat cottage cheese.
My last A1C dropped from 7.0 to 6.6. I'm hoping to drive it down further at next appt, but I need the holidays to end soon.
TYPE 2 IS 70% CORRECTABLE WITH A VEGAN DIET. IF IT HAS A FACE OR A MOTHER DO NOT EAT IT!. YOU WILL NOT ONLY GET OVER TYPE 2, BUT YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE, COLESTEROL WILL GO DOWN AND YOU LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT GOING HUNGRY. IT WILL ALSO BE THE HARDEST THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE FOR 30 DAYS. AFTER THAT YOU WILL NEVER GO BACK TO EATING ANIMAL PROTEIN.
I am 58 and have been Type 2 for six or seven years. I manage it with diet and exercise and have a 5.5 A1c. I took Actos for a while, but it was adding fat cells in my arms and around my hips. Now I hear that it thins your bones and makes you susceptible to fractures! I lost 10 pounds in two weeks when I quit. I keep my carbohydrates under 50g/day, often under 30. I eat well and have better control than when I took meds. Having a hard time getting rid of the extra fat cells, though. I test most mornings and several times during the day when I'm having high readings. When I'm tempted to splurge I listen to my meter. I don't spend much time on management, but I do make sure to plan and have the proper foods available so I'm not tempted.
I, too, was gaining weight while taking Actos. Then I met a woman who had gained 40 lbs while on it. I googled info and told my endocrinologist that I wanted to stop taking it. Since then I have lost 8 lbs. You might look into that.
I am glad to see this on the Mayo website. I have been living with Type 2 for 8 and 1/2 years. I count carbs faithfully but do find myself slipping when away from home. I managed without meds for about 4 years then started out on Glipizide and metformin. I am now on Glipizide and Actos which works well however even with my prescription drug plan I pay a substantial copay. I am changing doctors and hope to find a med as effective but less costly. I test twice daily alternating before brkft and before supper with before lunch and at bedtime. I see the diabetic nurse and dietician for an annual visit. My biggest problem has been bursitis and not being able to exercise. I am overweight and up until last Aug I went to the Y and exercised 3-5 times a week. Now I have gained an additional 11 lbs and have been sidelined. I found that the exercise along with proper diet was working to help me lose weight and manage my blood sugars.
I am a Vietnam vet and unless you have BEEN there (during the war) you would have no way of knowing all the disabilities I came back from that war with. It seems like I treat at the VA hospital for every conceivable ailment, not the least of which is the type 2 diabetes. What we all need (and I am fortunate to have) is a care giver (in my case my wife) If some (most??) of you do not have such a person, You are in my heart and prayers.
I am an 81 year old type 2 diabetic, have been on insulin for almost 10 years. Before that on a combination of oral meds. Check blood sugars 3-4 times a day, estimate it takes me 10 minutes to take reading and administer insulin, currently Humalog 10 to 25 units, Bkfst, Lunch, Dinner. At bedtime, take 50-60 units Lantus. Use prefilled pens for both insulins. So far no unresolved complications. Don't count carbs or calories, at my age lifestyle is more important to me. I eat sensibly most of the time anyway.
Sande I am eating 30 grams (2carbs) for each meal and 1 or 2 carbs for snacks. I am walking on a treadmill 3 times a day for 15 minutes each time. I have lost 19 lbs. in 3 1/2 months. I am not very active other than the walking and that seems to really help my sugar level and my weight loss. I do not know how many carbs you have been eating, but if I had followed my dieticians advice I would have gained weight, as it was more than I normally ate. Good luck with the weight loss, it can get frustrating, I have been stuck at 19 lbs. for 2 weeks now. I seem to hit a plateau every month, lol. I do not know what the person was thinking that told you not to worry about your weight, everything I have read says bringing your weight down will help your blood sugar level, your heart and blood pressure, so losing weight is a good thing. Exercising not only helps with your sugar level but helps every part of your body. Until I was diagnosed I was a real couch potato, but feel so much better since I have started walking.
I'm an 81 year old male who has had blood sugar levels in the 120s for several years until six months ago when it came in at 142. My family MD then diagnosed me as a diabetic and put me on Metformin with advice that diet didn't really matter that much. I'm due for another blood test after Christmas so we'll find out if meds have helped. I have none of the symptoms of either Type 1 or 2. On the other hand I am having unwanted bowel issues since going on the medication And internet sites seem to offer no good alternative to Metformin. Keith
I was diagnosed about 10 years ago with Type 2. I have managed with diet and Avandia but I don't spend a lot of time on a daily basis. I eat a modeate diet and to avoid the feelings of denial follow the advice of a dietician who tole me that the body doesn't care where it gets it carbs. That let's me have the "once in a while" sweet treat so long as I take those carbs ito account. Fortunately I don't have a sweet tooth so the treats don't happen too often. I test blood sugar about 3 times a week, get my A1C tested every 6 months, try to exercise regularly, and stay active in other ways. Unfortunately, I can't walk for exercise so I swim and bike when I can. I am facing surgery in January and am concerned about management of my diabestes beteen now and then.
Florian, awesome response. We love it.
B J Wakefield, it sounds like you have a few misconceptions about diabetes that should be addressed with your healthcare provider. A person with diabetes can live well and not suffer serious complications by following his or her healthcare provider's advice regarding eating, exercise, monitoring,and when necessary, use of medications. Actually, not everyone with type 2 diabetes is obese. Twenty percent of people with type 2 diabetes are normal weight or slightly above weight. Genetics does play a role in developing diabetes.
Kate M, I too live in Canada. Metric BS measurements. To convert to US readings, times by 18 or divide. ie: 130/18 = 7.2. I believe the HgbAIC are the same.
I was diagnosed with Type 2 in 1987, Initially exercise, diet and medication controlled it but latter I thought it was easy. In 2000 The Doc told me to cosult a Diabetologist and I did. He stopped my oral medications and started on Insulin and after some reintroduced oral medications. This has caused a steady increase in body weight and recent I have switched to Insulin Analog, Januvia, Metformin and Amaryl, my weight is coming down and Insulin level is 2/3 of original. I am happy everything is under control and am certain in a short time the requirement of Insulin will further reduce. By the way I am located in India and travel frequently to USA for 4 to 6 months at a time.
Sande, we understand your frustrations. Counting carbs is a learned skill and takes a lot of practice. Human nature has a tendency to under estimate the amount of calories or carbohydrates taken in. One of the benefits of Metformin is that it decreases the appetite for some people. We do not endorse the low carb diets and recommend that you see a registered dietitian. Thanks, great questions.
I have been type 2 for 4 years. I am still in denial over the diagnosis, but with all my other health issues, really must make a better effort to treat it seriously. I really want to lose weight, any sensible advise? I I dont like fish! I liver in Canada, so my blood sugar readings are different,why? I am always high in the mornings too. I take Glumetza, a slow release version of Metformin, as the former medication gave me uncontrollable diarrhea, yuk.
I so want to be healthier,to live longer. Any hints would help!
Just diganosised Type 2 in May 2008 and am sick of counting carbs. Nothing seems to work. I exercise for 40-60 minutes 6 times a week and don't lose weight. Still ended up on Metformin. Been told that weight loss shouldn't be my goal but if losing weight helps lower sugars, then shouldn't it? I too was told 3 carbs per meal and snacks and found I was gaining weight. Debating about trying a low carb diet, aitkens type focusing on 15 g carbs per meal in veggies only. Nutritionist not recommending but I am frustrated. Feel hungry all the time.
I've been a type 2 for about 15 years.
I check my BS MWF @ wake up.
I try to eat right but cheat at times.
I work to stay around 130. Today is birthday and Christmas so I won't even check until Friday or Monday. I know it will be high.
I have been a Type 1 for almost 32 years. No insurance for many of those years. Another disease made Medicare available. I count carbs and think everyone is different with that. Had open heart surgery in my late 40's. Cannot walk so get very little exercise. Have no family support so do the best I can. Wish I liked fish but don't. Eat a lot of chicken and nothing white but cauliflower. Just do the best I can.
Although I do not have full blown diabetes, I have recently been diagnosed as borderline for type 2 diabetes. Maintaining or controlling this problem is on my mind every waking hour; it is frightening to me that for a person who has always been careful about eating a balanced diet, that anything I do might cause me to become ill. I haven't even started (as a real diabetic) and already I want to hang it up; let come what might. I have been on the American Diabetics Association website and have obtained a number of the recommended cookbooks, etc. I do quite a bit of baking and enjoy cooking. I am not overweight and have dropped an additional 19 pounds during the last several months. For several years I have been utilizing whole wheat flour, wheat germ, wheat bran, flax, and anything else I can use that is made from the whole kernal in almost everything I bake and do not use real sugar if at all possible. I also have alot of fresh fruit and vegetables in my diet. I also eat only fish and chicken and an occasional steak (but only the most lean fillet) once or twice a year. I also exercise daily for an hour at minimum and take an hour's walk when weather permits. My question is, now what? It's not like I have been existing on fast foods or sitting on my butt watching videos and eating junk foods.
How much time do you spend managing your diabetes every day?
As a practicing Type 1 since 1967 I spend a lot of time managing my diabetes and trying to keep my blood sugar in a normal range. I do it so I can stay healthy and fit for the cure when it comes.
Have you ever been tempted or even tried taking a vacation from your diabetes self-management?
I have been tempted many times to try taking a vacation from adjusting basal rates,counting carbs, bolusing,testing blood sugar, eating healthy and practicing portion control,exercising,visits to the medical care team,and all the other things that people with diabetes do,but I have not done it.
If so, what happened if anything, and what did you learn from the experience?
I don't think the learning experience would be a good one. But it would be nice to be able to go to a Diabetes Resort where I could have trained people around me do all the things that I do. For example I could be lounging by the pool and order a pina colada and someone would deliver the drink,test my blood sugar, and give me a bolus with the Animas Ping remote to cover the carbs in the drink. I would just lie there and enjoy my Pina Colada :)
I too was recently diagnosed with type II. My initial fasting was 140. I knew it was coming. Since then I have attended all of the education classes that I could. I have also made exercise the priority, weight loss of 50+ pounds since March 2008. I was a yo-yo dieter in the past and obese. Now down to overweight. Hardest parts for me are remembering to take medication with food and checking blood sugars on a rotating basis, brkfst 1 wk, lunch 1wk and supper 1wk. I think about diabetes all of the time. Remind myself of health complicationns whenever I go to put food in my mouth. I will on occasion allow myself a "vacation day" within reason. I might have a small piece of a birthday cake or other treat. It is important to give myself permission to do that and then I don't hold on to feeling bad for the rest of the day. It helps to talk to friends who understand my desire to manage my diabetes. True friends no longer focus food as the activity. It has had to be a total change in my personal perspective about food. I fortunately have a great "healthy" support group of friends.
I was diagnosed with type II Diabetes approximately 18 months ago. It honestly feels like I spend all my waking hours trying to manage it. I also have osteoarthritis so a balanced diet really helps with that issue as well. I am too nervous to even think about taking a break. My diagnosis came out of the blue when my eyesight changed drastically. I worry that it could happen again so I am very careful with my diet.
My dietician and Dr. said your level should be under 110 before breakfast and under 140 2 hrs. after a meal. You should have had nothing to eat for at least 10 hrs. when you check it in the morning before breakfast.
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in September. I immediately saw a dietician, who showed me how to count carbs. She recommende that I eat 3 carbs (15 grams for each carb) for each meal, and 1 to 2 carbs for each snack. It did not take me long to figure out that was to much. I reduced it to 2 carbs (15 grams each) for each meal and snack. I have lost 19 lbs. in 3 months. I also walk on a treadmill 3 times a day for 15 minutes each time. So far this has kept my sugar level within the correct limits without using any medication. I have just had my first AIG test, and do not know the results yet, but hope I can keep doing this without medication. I have heard that dark chocolate, besides being good for your heart, does not raise you blood sugar level. Does anyone know anything about this? I read it on a diabetes site, but do not remember which one.
Why don't you gaive us statistical informoation perteining to diabetes 2? Specifically, what should the glucose levels be before breakfast, before dinner, before bedtime. Also, why is ti that glucose is higher before breakfast than before dinner. What should dinner meals consist to have lower readings in the morning? How critical is exercise? My reading range between 97 & 190, higher in the morning before breakfast and usually lower before dinner. I take no medication at the moment.
I have had type 1 diabetes for over 42 years and have maintained strict control over it with HB A1C's that average 6.3 for the last five years.
As to the questions:
I spend approximately 30 minutes each day managing my condition.
I do not take a vacation from my condition.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
I have been having hypoglycemic reactions, a number of them severe, for the last four years. I have attempted to correct them with my physician's and diabetes educator's help, but I problems maintaining control over them.
Is there such a condition as "addictive hypoglycemia?" For the last month I have attained some success in handling this condition as an addiction and tell myself each morning that I will not have a reaction today.
I have been on a pump for over six (6) years, am in good health, and have continue a moderate exercise program of jogging and weights.
I would like to add to my earlier post that I have been battling a few respiratory infections in the past month. I've read that infections of that sort will cause a higher glucose reading. Is that true?
I have a problem getting my diabetes in good shape.
But it is hard because I have so much pain .
Will you please help me.
what is workup specialized testing on exam for type 2 diabetes.
I have D2 now, but suffered 2 small strokes a week apart last month. Though, I was considered borderline I tried my carbs out of the way in the morning then ate protein, veggies and fresh fruit the rest of the day. Apparently that was not working well. Since my strokes whenever I take my meds my levels shoot way up. I'm on Insulin 35 unit at night only. I take Lisinpril, Aggrenox (started 12/20/08) which me makes sick w/a bad headache. I also take Lipitor
too (my trigs, cholestral was very normal).
So can meds make a differance in levels?
I was just diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and am not on any prescriptions yet. The Doctor prescribed a glucose meter and wants me to check my blood sugar three times a day. He took some blood to check A1C for the past three months. I have always had a good diet with vegetables, proteins and fruits. I drink lots of water but feel I should drink more. My biggest weakness is chocolate. I am very overweight and haven't been exercising that much. I am not a couch potato though. I am physically active, work out in the yard, do a lot of walking during the day. However, the food I eat is not working for me. Since my diagnosis, I have lost 12 lbs. I've been exercising more down in my basement where I have a glider and an exercise bike. When the weather gets warm, I'll do more walking. I just can't take the cold during this season. I take cinnamon capsules and chromium picolinate and fish oil tablets. I threw all the sweets out of the house. I don't drink diet sodas because I don't want to fry my brain. They are really bad for you. I drink more water now and I still have my coffee in the morning. Once the doctor sees how my blood sugar levels have averaged while I'm testing them, I hope to have made some improvements before he has to prescribe medication. I don't want to take drugs that will damage my kidneys or liver because that's another condition. I drink white, black or green tea because they are good antioxidants.
I hope that I have all given you some good hope, it is possible to manage, and lose weight, if I can do it with thyroid and blood sugar playing against me anyone can! Never give up on yourself!
Once I took the metformin I began to feel better. But it wasn't enough. I had to work at it and my new grandbaby was my motivation, I knew I wanted to run and play with her. Bottom line is that if we don't take care of ourselves, we will die! I watched as my father lost both legs and his life to gangrene so it wasn't happening to me!
I began to excersise slowly just by walking, joined Weight Watchers online as I was too busy to do anything else. I started eating off a smaller plate!
I began to eat lots of veggies(limit fruit)with balance of protein. I am not a person who can eat the same thing each day, blah! No need for boiled lettuce and chicken, lots of choices out there! I also got the Glycemic Index book which was helpful.
I also discovered that it was much better to switch some things without depriving. Example, small new potatoes have little starch in them, so they don't affect sugar as much as large starchy potatoes or pasta!
I then joined the gym and continued aqua fit and even got on a treadmill(which I now love). If I don't go I miss it. I make time in my busy life, because without health what else matters?
I have now lost 70+ lbs and feel and look ten years younger(I am 48).
So what I say to you all is don't give up, balance the food, meds, exercise(very important). I never deprive myself, if I want a piece of cheesecake, I just count it in my day. At first it is best to stick to non sugar-but there are many ways to make sugar free desserts too!
Well back to me. I am like you Manny as I have autoimmune type diabetes which doesn't respond to conventional treatment. I was determined to do it on my own and studied diet and excercised and got very sick. I put on 60lbs in 4 months and was very ill. I should have realized. Luckily I found a great doc, who helped me right away. I also because of the immune have underactive thyroid and take two meds for that.
Unfortunately, I had to give in to the meds and take metformin. My doc also told me that I going to end up on insulin eventually because it acts more like type one than type two diabetes.
For Veronica, its admirable that your mom is caring for her parents! However, I understand your worry about exercise. I notice alot of folks right up to seniors enjoy the local Aqua fit at our YMCA. It is low impact(doesn't hurt joints) and refreshing. Even in the winter, in summer long walks can be a substitute. I enjoy the aqua fit too! Three times a week, I am amazed at the shape some of the older folks are in. Maybe a thought to get your mom motivated again? Something you both can do together?
Hi all, nice to see something like this on here! I have a few comments to add to yours before I tell you about me. First for Roger, 1st thing to remember is that almost everything is a carb, even milk. I would look for a diabetes clinic in your area to explain it to you. Everyone is different in their needs. Weight Watchers online is also very good for diet! They also count carbs and you can pick a plan that incorporates foods you eat everyday, simple system just follow the points. It is well worth it! Helped me. Its really all about balance and healthy eating, Portion control is major! Include a protein to balance the carbs. It works I know! Good luck! and ps if neither of those works for you hit your local library!
Both of my parents had diabetes, although my father was never diagnosed with the disease. He passed away at 59 with what was believed a heart attack. Mother passed at 70, and she was a type 2 diabetic. It is true what is said of heredity. There was times her meter read was over 300. I too have diabetes, type 2. I do what I can. Watch my diet, and check levels, and take the prescribed oral medications. Nearly two years ago, I have had both occular lenses replaced, because of glacoma. This was attributed directly to the diabetes. I have noticed that stress is a big player with the symptoms of diabetes. I, too, look for the day a cure is found. Q: I have not asked my doctor for support groups. I do not know of any.
Does anyone understand carb counting? How many carbs is a normal person suppose to have a day? When you are looking at food pactages what is the most carbs we should chose? Please help me ...Lost
Recently diagnosed with Type 2, handling diet well and exercise including medication for diabetes.
Lorna, saw your posting; where are your support groups located?? Would love to talk with others just recently diagnosed.
I have had type 2 diabetes since 2001. I control it through diet. Which I find to be very hard. I just read about doctores in Varanasi India who say they have a cure with using cow urine therapies. I am willing to try anything . Has anyone heard about this or know if this is true. I am willing to go there and try it if it will work . Any one willing to go with me and share the experance and hotel cost let me know.
I have had diabetes since late 2002. I was diagnosed at age 30. First my doctor thought it was type 2 diabetes but eventually, he referred me to an endocrinologist, because the regular treatments for type 2 didn't work for me. I was found to have LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults), a form of type 1 diabetes. Since then, I take insulin.
In 2005, I started using an insulin pump. That has helped me maintain my A1C between 6-7 consistently. I have a long way to go, but my goal is to get it under 6.
In March 2007, I founded a community for people touched by diabetes, called TuDiabetes.com. Today it has almost 6,000 members. It is, along with its sister community in Spanish, EsTuDiabetes.com, a program run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation, a nonprofit that we formed in early 2008 with the goal to connect people with diabetes and raising diabetes awareness.
We hope to be able to work with you in the pursuit of raising diabetes awareness.
My mom has been living with diabetes for over 20 years. She's in her fifties now and going through her change of life. She's been managing the diabetes very well. It's a constant concern. She checks her blood sugar level every few hours or more. I'm confident she's a healthy eater, but I'm concerned that she doesn't get any exercise in. I'm more concerned about how this disease will begin to deteriorate her the older she gets. Not only does she have to take care of herself, but she is also taking care of my grandparents who are too elderly to take care of themselves (the family doesn't want to put them in an old folks home). I've been doing research online for years watching out for the latest experimental cures. My mom is willing to be a part of clinical trials (not the preliminary ones), which is something she wasn't willing to do in the past. We're just hopeful that something new will come up that will knock out diabetes without the nuisance of pill taking or insulin injections.
Diabetes has been the best and worst that happened to us. My husband was diagnosed 10 yrs. ago and after denial etc. we became proactive and now run 2 support groups is our area and we both live healthier and happier lives. Diabetes will always be there but we control it, it doesn't control us. There's so much to learn and each individual has to make the effort to change their lifestyle, learn as much as possible and take control of this disease to lead a better life.
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