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Frenchlady
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 6/18/2008 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I have not been diagnosed with diabetes. I have an appointment with my doctor for next week. I do not really understand what is going on with my body.

I have been having symptoms for a while that I have not had in the past. I have been urinating often and have been having burning and itching around my vagina. I have just been feeling bad, like I was getting the flu. I have been drinking a lot, this is not unusual because I have always drank a lot of water. Sometimes I get so sleepy, like I feel drugged. I did a research online and found that I may have diabetes. I bought a glucose meter from WalMart and have been doing my test for the past three days. These are the numbers.

Monday:
Before breakfast at 7am - 155
After breakfast at 9am -- 266
Noon ------------------- 141
before supper ----------- 108
at bedtime 10pm -------- 146

Tuesday:
7am --------- 133
10am -------- 175
3pm --------- 159
10p --------- 131

Wednesday: (today)
7am --------- 151
9am --------- 168

I woke up this morning at 7 with sweat pouring off me and feeling shaky.

Are these numbers too abnormal. I am scared of being diabetic.
I guess, lucky for me, I am not a sweet eater. I never drink any kind of soft drink. I sweeten my tea with Sweet and Low. I very seldom eat cake, cookies or candy. I have never had a weight problem. I am 5'2" and weight 125 pounds. I do use honey in my coffee every morning, this is the only coffee that I drink for the day.

What can I expect the doctor to tell me. I want to be prepared to ask questions. Thanks for your help.

LanieG
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   Posted 6/18/2008 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Frenchlady, welcome to the Forum.  Yes, your blood sugar is too high - but they're not critical.  You may have diabetes if you go by those readings, but I'm glad you are going to see your doctor next week.  Keep taking your blood sugar with your monitor and keep a journal as you've written here, but also, write down exactly what you eat at meals and snacks along with those blood sugar readings and times because you may be able to bring down those numbers by changing what you're eating.  (Show your doctor the journal or make a copy to give him/her.)  The more carbohydrates you eat, the higher your blood sugar will probably read at this point, so you might try cutting out or down potatoes, breads, cereals, rice, etc.  Eat more vegetables, nuts, cheese, salad food in place of the carbs and see if this makes a difference.  (I'll bet it does.)  You might get sleepy after eating because your blood sugar is dropping too low after rising just after the meal.  The doctor may take a random blood test in the office if you're not fasting.  He/she may have you schedule another app't for you to come in fasting (no food for about 8 - 10 hours) for more blood work.  Most doctors are interested in what your blood sugar is first thing in the morning (fasting), about 2 hours after eating and before bed.  The simple blood test in the doctor's office would give the fasting blood sugar and another result called the A1c - which gives about a 3-month average of your overall blood sugar readings.  Another test would be the Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) in which you drink a sugary, syrupy drink and they take your blood sugar after 1 hour and then after 2 hours.  This test tells how you metabolize carbs.  Diet and regular exercise help all diabetics to maintain more stable blood sugar.  When I had all those tests, I came out nearly a full-blown diabetic but I "negotiated" with my doctor to give me 6 months to try to get control of myself - which I've been able to do because of diet and exercise but I am still diabetic and always will be.  I've been controlling it this way for nearly 2 years now.  Ask your doctor questions about what tests he wants to do and what results he's looking for.  Are you type 1 or type 2?  Usually type 1 is diagnosed in young people but it's possible in later years, too.  Will he want to put you on meds immediately?  Or, will he see if the diabetes can be controlled first just by diet and exercise alone?  Does he think it's necessary for you to see an endocrinologist (if your doctor is a GP)?  Don't be overwhelmed.  The more you read and learn about this, the better and more prepared you'll be when you talk to the doctor.  The other problem you describe might be a urinary or vaginal infection, both of which are common with people with uncontrolled blood sugar.  Good luck and let us know what happens, ok?

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


Frenchlady
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 6/24/2008 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Re: Need help understanding

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Thanks so much for your help and support.  had my doctors appointment today. I took all my records that I had been keeping with me. He looked at me and was astonished. He said that he thought I was the last person on earth that would have diabetes.
He started me on 500mg. glucophage. I got the generic form. I will be starting on it tomorrow. From all I have read about it, I am really scared to start it because everything bothers my stomach. When is the best time of the day to take it and should it be taken with food. I am to take it twice a day. He told me to start off with once a day for the first three days. I am really scared of this disease. I already eat a low carb diet, so I think later maybe I can do it on diet alone and exercise. I have a treadmill but have been lax about using it. I will try and get back on it.

Is it possible with my blood sugar levels, that I can completely control it without any medication after I get leveled out. Of course I am for sure going to start walking on the treadmill.

Thanks so much for your help. I will keep you posted.
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LanieG
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   Posted 6/25/2008 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
You need to talk about this with your doctor.  I'm not in healthcare and I would not advise anyone to stop their medication without talking with their physician.  In my case, I told my doctor I wanted to see if I could bring my blood sugar under control myself.  We agreed on 6 months and I have been able to.  Because I changed my eating and added regular exercise, I lost weight and this has helped too.  It may not work with everyone for various reasons but talk with your doctor and always keep a journal of your blood sugar readings and what you're eating.  This will tell you what food raises your blood sugar.  Good luck.

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


Jeannie143
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Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 6056
   Posted 7/8/2008 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Frenchlady,
We had a member, Warren, who was slender and active and developed Type2 diabetes. His doctor was surprised, too. He was placed on byetta and had excellent results with this med. Might work for you.

The metformin side effects diminish over time so stick with it. As someone who has had diabetes for a long time I can tell you that no matter what it takes, diet, exercise, meds, voodoo and dancing the hokey pokey!!! I'll do it to keep those numbers down. Wheelchair Bound, one of our members makes a good statement for those of us who don't pay strict attention to the disease.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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