UC patient with elevated fasting blood sugar - help

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Rot Gut
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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 3/5/2008 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Board Members,

Usually I cling to my homies over on the Ulcerative Colitis board but today I need advice from you fine folks over in Diabetes.

I'm a chunky gal with a lousy profile for type II Diabetes. Parents, grandparents, etc. But not brothers or sisters yet and some are older than me. I'm 53, 214 pounds but an AVID exercise junkie. I can elliptical for an hour and my resting heart rate is about 60 and my blood pressure is normal. I exercise 5-6 times a week.

The doctor's office called a week ago to say that my fasting blood sugar is 105 which represents a 5 point rise over the last year. They want me in for a glucose tolerance test.

I DON'T want diabetes to appear on my charts anywhere. It makes it impossible to get life insurance and makes me a statistic that I DON'T want to join.

Having just cared for my diabetic mom for the last 7 months until Hospice took over I have her testing kit and supplies on hand as well as the expertise to use them.

Yep - I'm waking up with 99, 105, 103, 107 (fasting) consistently. Curiously if I drink a cup of coffee and go to the gym for an hour it CLIMBS 5 or 6 points without eating anything.

Last night I was a cracker eater after a normal dinner. about 40 of the cinnamon wheat thins and 2 hours later I hit 168.

Am I in trouble? I don't want to go anywhere near the lab until I peel off at least 15 pounds. I can do that in a month I think.

Will the delay hurt me? Am I in trouble right now?

Med profile shows Celebrex and Methotrexate. Those are for colitic arthropothy. Joint pain and stiffness associated with Colitis.

I don't need one more strike on my health.

Shaking in her shoes,

Rot Gut, I changed your subject line so you can get more responses.

Post Edited By Moderator (LanieG) : 3/5/2008 8:10:03 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 3/5/2008 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rot Gut, don't shake in your shoes.  Your fasting numbers aren't critical but the 168 after those crackers probably means you aren't metabolizing carbohydrates normally.  If you want to lose weight, stop eating food made with sugar or flour and stay away from potatoes.  With the exercise you're already doing, you'll probably take off the pounds if you cut down on bread, crackers (flour products) and potatoes.  Since diabetes is in the family, you'll be wise to monitor your blood sugar as you're doing.  As you know, some meds can cause blood sugar to rise but you're coming off prednisone (congratulations) and that can be a factor in high blood sugar, too.  I would bet if you can change some of your diet, you'll have better fasting numbers.  Also, sometimes blood sugar will have a rise after exercising, then fall.  Try cutting down on the carbs and let us know how it works, ok?  PS  Whining does not lower blood sugar.  I know.  I tried it.  eyes

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

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   Posted 3/5/2008 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rot Gut,

Just wanted to give you a shout out! The pred increased my sugar levels too, my last one was 155. My Doc told me no more refined carbs, such as bread, cakes, cookies, chips, rice, pasta etc and watch my sugars. I have some extra junk in my trunk, I just lost 5 pounds over the past month from doing this diet and exercise 3 to 5 days a week.

I am getting my labs done this week and will have the results next thurs 3/13. I am curious to know what it says. Prior to going on pred, I had my sugars checked and I was not near being diabetic.

My understanding from my Doc is that this should keep my numbers low enough so that I do not become diabetic but that the pred is what is causing it so when I get off the pred I should go back to 'normal'.......not even sure what that means for me anymore.

Also, my Mom is a type 2 diabetic.

See you around!
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ almost in remission
UC dx'd March 2000 (30 cenitmeters as of 2005-proctosigmoiditis)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd Sept 2007
Prednisone 40mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 150mg 1xday, Fursomide 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.
Pre-Diabetic from Prednisone use - Low carb/sugar diet & exercise.

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