536 reading.....any advice??

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chili123
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   Posted 1/22/2009 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband went in yesterday for a physical for a job.  They ended up finding sugar in his pee so they tested him for diabetes and his glucose was 536.  I do not know much about diabetes but I am under the impression that is really high.  I called today and got him into a specialist for tomorrow.  We do not know whether he has type 1 or type 2.  He is having a tough time...I can tell.  He loves to drink juice and in high quantities and now he feels like he cannot eat any sugar.  Any insight or advice that you all can give us?

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 1/23/2009 1:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Cut the juice and start drinking water. You are right, that is an extemely high reading. More than likely he is type 2, if he never got diagnosed before. Type 1 is also known as child onset, Type 2 is also known as adult onset. I assume with him being your husband, he is an adult :P It is best for us to stay away from juice unless we are low. Or to count the carbohydrates of it and include it in our meal. The water will help decrease his keytones which will help lower his blood sugar. Although, he will have to relieve himself more. You dont want to cut all the juice at first, cuz his body might be used to having those high readings. If you shock the system too fast, it can do more harm. So start off with 1/4 of his juice intake to water. Do that for a few days. Then increase to 1/2 intake of juice to water for a few more days.
 
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 1/23/2009 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Chili,
You will be learning a lot of new stuff for the next few months and it may seem confusing at first. Go to all the appointments with your husband, take a notebook or notepad to jot down stuff or questions. Although this may seem overwhelming right now before long you will be able to give help to the brand new newbies because you will become an old hand at it. It's much like learning to drive a car.

The first time you sat in the driver's seat you didn't just take off. You had to learn what to do, how to turn corners, read dials, work shift levers, even change radio stations while moving forward. Now you can do it without even blinking. Experience became your teacher and others gave you instruction. Diabetes is much the same. Take it one day at a time and know that we will be here with you every step of the way to help you with your new lifestyle.

Take care, and keep us posted.
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 1/23/2009 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Smurf,
"Adult onset" and "juvenile" diabetes are terms no longer in use. We use Type 1, Type 1.5 and Type 2, depending upon the amount of insulin being produced in the Islets of Langerhans in the pancreas. Adults can become Type 1 from a virus, auto immune disorder or even a car accident if there is damage to the pancreas. Children are now living less active lifestyles and are turning up with Type 2. It's all dependent upon the amount of insulin production and the body's insulin resistance. Just my 2ยข.
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Sydnee10
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   Posted 1/26/2009 1:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Chili,

I'm sorry to read your Hubby's Blood Sugar is so high and wish him the best.I'm curious and must ask,he has an appointment with a Specialist.Endocrinologist?I can't see an Endo unless I have a referral from my Primary Care Physician!


 


chili123
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   Posted 1/26/2009 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   

Yes, I was able to get him in on Friday of last week.  I called on Thursday and they fit him in on Friday.  We have a PPO so we do not have to have a referral.  Anyhow, they put him on 2 meds.  The doctor said that he is unsure if he is he is type 1 or II but right now he is treating him for type II for now.  My husband is overwhelmed....I have never seen him so depressed/confused/consumed.....  So, we went grocery shopping yesterday.  The doctor said no pasta, bread, rice etc.  Has him on a carb and fat restricted diet.  Told him that if he looses 50 lbs then he will probably not have to take meds and if he looses 70 lbs then he will probably not have diabetes. He is overweight for sure so the weightloss will be good for him.  He is taking his sugar like 4 times a day and it ranges from 188 to 401 since he went to the specialist.  The meds are making him lightheaded and dizzy and that is tough for him.  Any advise that you all might have is appreciated.....especially anything in reference to diet because diet is pretty confusing.

 

thanks guys!!!


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chili123
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   Posted 1/26/2009 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, yeah...... it was an Endocrinologist here in ann arbor, mi. They said that they would squeeze him in because his sugar was so high. Perhaps they considered it somewhat a referral because we had the report from the physical exam doctor. Regardless, I REALLY appreciated them getting him in because he would have been a basketcase over the weekend if he did not go.
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Surgery - Temporary ilestomy on 2.25.08 at Cleveland Clinic. Next surgery in 6 months
Medications:  Predisone - 5mg (and tapering to zero)
Supplements:  multi-vit, calcium
Reason for surgery: Steriod dependent and allergic reactions to imuran and 6mp. Elected not to try remicade.


LanieG
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   Posted 1/26/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chili, I'm glad your husband is under a doctor's care.  I know in the beginning it's confusing and maybe overwhelming but he has to think of this as a lifesaver.  And limb saver.  It will take a little time for him to get used to the meds but it's very important for him to keep testing his blood sugar and be consistent with eating meals.  As his blood sugar comes down, he may feel strange but according to what others have written before, this is normal.  His body will be adjusting to the lower blood sugar. The reason the doctor told him to cut out the carbs is because they are the culprits of high blood sugar.  The more carbs he eats, the higher his blood sugar.  If he follows what the doctors says, he will lose weight and have better blood sugar control.  All this in turn may indeed mean less medication.  I am type 2 and I was fortunate to get 'caught' by my doctor before my blood sugar went that high.  Nevertheless, I have been able to lose 30 lbs because I cut out those carbs and because I also do exercise.  This is what I eat: chicken, meats, fish, vegetables (but not corn or potatoes), salads, cheese, nuts, some yogurt, real cream in my coffee (with artificial sweetener), some berries.  He'll find that fruit like bananas and oranges may drive the blood sugar up.  But until he gets his blood sugar lower to normal or near normal, I wouldn't advise him to try eating that now.  If he can stay away from any food made with flour and sugar, he'll be on his way to better health.  Honest. 

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Kelly08
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   Posted 2/21/2009 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chili, I can relate to your husband. We got a free glucose meter in the mail which my brother had told me about back in May of 08. I thought since diabetes does run a bit in my family, it would be good to have. Everyone tested normal, but mine was 480. Soooo, I called the hospital and they said to get into my doctor right away. Two days later, I was getting very dizzy and went to emergency. My blood glucose was almost 600. Found out my a1c was 19.5!!!! It is very hard at first, I went through denial, which your husband may. Then, after getting serious, it is a very, very slow process, but he will feel so much better and may even realize symtoms he figured was his being overweight, may be the blood sugar levels. I wish
him well and know that with getting serious with this disease, he will get better and feel better than he has in a long time.

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SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 3/7/2009 2:01 AM (GMT -7)   
When I was diagnosed, I demanded dietecian classes. You can go there as a couple. Would mean a lot to him that you are giving support and willing to make a few diet changes too. I highly recommend classes, as each person has different blood sugar ranges and they will teach you how to monitor your food intake and what you can have as "freebies" um thats as much as you want, etc.
 
Smurfy Shadow
 
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Tony McGuire
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   Posted 3/8/2009 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
If he MUST have juice, I know a good one for diabetics.

Ocean Spray, DIET (NOT 'lower sugar'), flavors of Cranberry and Cranberry/Grape mix.

I don't much like cranberries, but this juice is wonderful to sip. And you can sip it all day long because it has...

ONLY 2 CARBS FOR AN 8 OUNCE GLASS!

Wal-Mart has the best selection (both flavors here in the Salt Lake area).

It is a lifesaver for me. Very sweet, and takes care of my sugar craving pretty well.
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