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PALMY
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   Posted 1/31/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I had bloodwork done in Dec. my Drs. office called and said everything was okay except my chol was a little elvated. Saw the N?P today for a ear ache and she went over my bloodwork. my glucose level was 148. She says I am a definate Diabetic. I am going for a glucose tolerance test tomorrow. Can one high reading of glucose mean you are definately a diabetic?

Thanks for any help, Linda

linda


LanieG
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   Posted 1/31/2008 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Linda, welcome to our Forum.  It's hard to give a definitive answer to your question.  Yes, no, maybe.  148 is on the high side for sure but it's not critical.  When they did that blood test, what had you eaten and when?  In any case, I would say a normal's blood test most likely wouldn't have been so high.  The glucose tolerance test that you take tomorrow will tell if you can metabolize carbohydrates normally.  It might be that you'll come out high on that too.  Depending on your doctor, there might be a couple of approaches to this.  She might put you on meds right away and give you an eating plan, or she might see if you can get the blood sugar under control yourself with diet and exercise and then test you a couple of months down the road.  I hope it's the latter because I think you should have a chance to get it under control yourself.  To do that, you would have to change to a new way of eating by cutting out the obvious carbs (all the white food except cauliflower) and eating more protein and vegetables.  Then, engage in a regular exercise program.  If I were you, I'd try that first but I'm not a doctor.  This is just my advice.  Some factors lead us to be diabetic, like family history and being overweight.  If you need to lose weight, a lower carb diet will definitely help you do that.  Read through some of our past threads here about food, and you'll see what others eat.  In the meantime, don't despair if you come out higher than you'd like on the test.  There are lots of members here with great advice with lots of experience to share.  Let us know what happens, ok? 
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 2/1/2008 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Palmy!
Long time no see! I hope you're not diabetic on top of all your other health stuff, but that number doesn't look too great. We have lots of helpful people here who will be happy to guide you along. I have been to the point that I needed insulin to keep my numbers in check and have since lost enough weight to get off the insulin as well as one of my other meds. Many of us use the non-starch food plan that pretty much puts us back on meats and fish, fruits and veggies and some good nuts and oils. I've had excellent success with this food plan and it may work for you as well.

Hope we can be of help.
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PALMY
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   Posted 2/1/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and thank you both for your input. I was going to go for the gtt today but we are a sheet of ice. Seems like we are in a epidemic of high glucose, two of my friends were jut dxed as pre-diabetic with the ac whatever test. They both also have Fm. but their glucose was over 200., they are dieting and home checks. i talked to a friend who is a nurse and she thinks I should see my G/P and talk to her about the ac?test, she thinks it is a better test. I do want my Dr. to take charge of my health not the N/P and it seemed as if she was going to take me over as a patient. So I think I wll call the ffice on Mon. and make apopointment with my G/P

She is very overcaustious with health and wonder why she she did not address the gluclose level. I have not seen her since my blood work, my husbands gluclose was 145 and e saw our G/P a few days later, she went over all his blood work and said nothing about the gluclose.

The ironic part is both of us was dxed with a uti, nether had any symptims and both with high gluclose.

My chol. can down 30 some points though, have no idea how.

Hugs, Linda


linda

Post Edited (PALMY) : 2/1/2008 6:00:25 PM (GMT-7)


LanieG
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   Posted 2/1/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Linda, I hope the roads get cleared where you are.  The A1c blood test gives an average of what your blood sugar was over the past 90 days (approx.).  Because it's only an average, it cannot tell if you had any bad highs or lows, so it's not a good test for diagnosing diabetes.  The GTT is a better way to diagnose because you can't fool the test - well, I'm pretty sure you can't.  Right there in the lab they'll check what your fasting blood sugar is before you drink a sugary solution, then an hour after and then 2 hours after.  That test will show how you metabolize carbohydrates.   Good luck. 

Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


PALMY
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   Posted 2/9/2008 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I went back to my DR. on Fr. She did a finger stick, my glucose was 137. It was not fasting and I had lunch, a soda, two glasses of iced tea within 4 hours of the test. Last glass of iced tea was about 1 hour before. not sugarfree. 

Just to make sure i know how to use the tester I tested last evening and level was 124. My husband lab test came back at 145 so he tested, 166, he wiped the blood from his finger on the test strip, redid the test in less than 5 minuets and it was 107. This time he left the the test strip aborb the blood. Can your level drop that much in less than 5 minuets?

Another ? I have  my DR. has not sent me for the test just home monitoring  every third day. Two hours after my meals, alternating with meals. She said if I cannot keep my level under 120 she will mediacate me. Three friends had 200+ readings at the lab, they are dieting and monitoring. All their DRs. said if hey cannot stay under 150 they will have to go on meds. Plus if they get two consecative readings in the 200 area to call. They are monitouring every day. So which DR. is right, 120 or 150 for meds?

I am so confused. My DR. is very quick to use meds for b/p, glucose and chol in my opinion.

Thanks, Linda

linda


LanieG
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   Posted 2/10/2008 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Linda, I believe the most accurate way to use the test strip is to let the end stay in the blood drop and absorb the blood while the monitor analyzes it.  That's the way my meter's manual says to do it.  Check your manual.  Your friends who had over 200 on the tests had high readings as you already know.  Different doctors have different ideas about when to put patients on meds, so don't be surprised that their doctors told them 150 and yours said 120.  IMHO you could probably get your readings under more control yourself just by diet and adding regular exercise if you don't already engage in it.  I think your doctor sees an upward trend in your blood sugar and wants to control it before it gets too high.  Having blood sugar regularly in the 200's can lead to organ damage over a period of time.  Yours are not critical but if you don't try to control it now, the blood sugar readings can creep upward.  The best way to try to get it under control yourself would be to cut down on carbohydrates and start some sort of regular activity.  I don't like it when doctors immediately prescribe meds either, and that's what spurred me into action to change a bit of my own lifestyle and it's a healthier one for me now.
yeah



Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds

Post Edited (LanieG) : 2/10/2008 10:11:46 AM (GMT-7)


PALMY
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   Posted 2/10/2008 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lanie,

I appreciate your time. This his me so confused and anxious because I do want to take meds. I am not completely understanding the diet either.

What is your opinion on the cinnamon for blood sugar? Have you tried it.

From what I understand your Gluclose flucuates all day from diet and stress. So even a higher reading at times can stll not indicate diabetes.

By the way when I went to my Dr. I was stresed out because they had found a lump in my breast and was there for a recheck. That they could not find but still going fior a US to make sure.

Thank, Linda
linda


LanieG
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   Posted 2/10/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Linda, I'm sure you are stressed out about the lump.  I hope that turns out ok.  Yes, blood sugar can fluctuate during the day and stress can affect it, just as diet especially.  Stress or no stress, a diet with a lot of carbohydrates will raise your blood sugar if your body cannot metabolize carbs normally.  The diet that lots of people use here is low-carb as we've described in several other threads.  Some people believe that cinnamon can help the body metabolize carbohydrates but it may not work for everyone.  As far as I know, reducing the amount of carbs is a better way to do that. 

Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds

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