Not even sure though doc says I am diabetic

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catedesco
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   Posted 9/22/2009 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I am very new to this just found out yesterday I am diabetic.  How can you get diabeties I exercise daily either walking or the gym and eat healthy and weigh 125????
 
My A1C was 6.5 is that normal from what I was reading some sites say that is good and some say should be under 6.
 
Before dinner last nite my blood sugar was 112, after it was 146 and all I had was chicken.  This am my sugar was 126.
 
Right now I do not think I have it in my opinion its not that high.
 
Thanks so  new at this

catedesco
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   Posted 9/22/2009 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Before finding out my sugar was high I lost 20 lbs over a 3 mo period and for about 1/2 year I have noticed big changes in my eyes very blurry needing readers to see when reading.

LanieG
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   Posted 9/22/2009 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the Forum.  My first suggestion is that you need to read up on diabetes and blood sugar.  An A1c of 6.5 is equal to an average blood sugar of 140.  A person who is tests 126 or above fasting more than once would be diagnosed as diabetic according to the ADA.  A person who doesn't have diabetes will have fasting blood sugar under 100.  What your blood sugar readings mean to me is that you have trouble metabolizing carbohydrates and you may be a mild diabetic.  In short your blood sugar readings are too high.  Diabetes strikes all body types, so even if you are fit and of normal weight, it may still have diabetes.  How old are you?  What do you normally eat in a day, for each meal?  Do you have any family history of diabetes?  Stay with us and please read through our old posts. 
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LanieG
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   Posted 9/22/2009 5:51 AM (GMT -7)   
It's true that diabetes can affect vision but you need to see an eye doctor to determine why your vision is blurry.
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catedesco
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   Posted 9/22/2009 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I will be 45 in 3 weeks.

During the day I eat a bowl of special k in the morning, midmorning an apple or yogart and for lunch either a salad with low cal dressing, chicken, tomatos and a little shredded cheese, dinner I eat chicken and a vegatable or sometimes I skip dinner because I go to the gym usually after work and by the time I get home I am not hungry from drinking water. Lots of water I drink during the day. I moved from PA to CO the end of April.

Also before I ate healthy and exercised daily but had a tuff time taking of 10 lbs then I read up on Alpha Lipoic acid pills and started taking them last year and did lose some but just over the past few months the wight just started coming off pretty quick and easy and I had no idea why.

catedesco
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   Posted 9/22/2009 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes in regards to family history, a great aunt who had her legs apputated from high sugar and 2 other aunts with controled diabetes

LanieG
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   Posted 9/22/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations on the weight loss and starting a healthier lifestyle!  That's the best thing you can do for yourself and for the family because it will keep you in better health for longer.  And in the case of diabetics, it may avoid complications.  You're already familiar with what high blood sugar over an extended period of time can do: circulation problems, neuropathy may lead to amputation; kidney problems, heart problems, vision.  Depending on what source you use (ADA, your own doctor, various articles), you'll find that some say these problems can be caused from blood sugar averaging 140 and higher or 150 and higher.  I believe we just don't know how we're individually affected.  However, as I said, the ADA recommends that diagnosis of diabetes begins with fasting of 126 or higher at least twice or at random times.  Another tool for diagnosis is the glucose tolerance test in which you fast overnight and then take a glucose drink in the lab and they test your blood for 1 or 2 hours afterward.  This is probably the best test to see how you metabolize carbs.  With your present lifestyle of the exercise and diet, it seems to me any person would either keep losing weight or maintain (depending on the amount eaten).  And the blood sugar should be 'normal' but your readings are too high for what you're eating and doing - which makes me think you caught yourself on the tip of diabetes.  To bring your blood sugar down, you could just do a few changes in what you're eating.  Breakfast: scrambled eggs and some turkey bacon; snack is half an apple with the skin and a couple of wedges of cheese; great lunch!  Make sure the dressings doesn't have a lot of carbs.  Salad dressings are a bad source of sugar sometimes and the "lo-cal" ones can be the worst.  A simple olive oil and lemon juice/vinegar is best for that.   Make sure your vegetables are not potatoes!.  I think if you cut down on the carbs more, your readings would come down too.  Have you been talking to your doctor? 
Lanie
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catedesco
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   Posted 9/22/2009 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi thanks for the reply back.
I have always watched my carbs and make sure I read them before buying anything at the grocery store.  For some reason after a bad car accident in dec 02 I put on a little weight for some un known reason.  I have always exercised and watched what I ate, didnt eat enough alot of times but then a couple years ago started eating breakfast usually special k, now if I can get myself to sit down and eat somethign for dinner. 
 
Being that I moved from PA to CO I just started going to my doc here a little over a month ago and she is the 1 that ordered my bloodwork and that is how we found out about my sugar.  I will be going diabetes classes 2 times a week in the evening and have a follow up with my doc next week. 

catedesco
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   Posted 9/22/2009 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe I am in denial right now I just don't think I am diabetic is that normal?

catedesco
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   Posted 9/22/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
also from what I am reading most diabetics have high blood pressure, I always and still have low blood pressure and the only thing i had was high triglycerides my cholestrol was perfect

LanieG
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   Posted 9/22/2009 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Some diabetics have problems with high blood pressure but not all.  It's not a diagnosis of diabetes.  Untreated type 1 diabetics may indeed lose lots of weight.  That's because their bodies don't produce insulin to help the glucose in the blood get into the cells for energy.  Over time, the person loses weight because the body is using body muscle for energy because it thinks it's starving.  Yes, I think you're in denial.  Your blood sugar readings are important.  You're eating pretty low-carb right now but your blood sugar is running higher than it should if you're not eating carbs.  The only way to determine whether or not you're diabetic is to have the GTT - the glucose tolerance test.  That will tell you and the doctor whether or not you can metabolize carbohydrates.  I know it's hard to understand all this at first.  This is why you need to do a lot of reading about diabetes and ask questions.  (When you post and then think of another question soon afterwards, you can go back to your post and 'edit' it.  This allows you to add the question or comment that you forgot to the post.  The edit icon is a little pencil in the upper right corner of each post.  This way, you don't have to keep writing little posts because you just forgot something.)
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catedesco
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   Posted 9/22/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I had chicken and cauliflower for dinner toinight an hour after it was 121 before it was 115 just for the heck of it I wanted to see what happened if I took a liitle taste of syrup it went up to 131 just under a minute of taking a little syrup. is that normal?

LanieG
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   Posted 9/23/2009 5:03 AM (GMT -7)   
It's normal if you're a diabetic, probably a mild one.  A nondiabetic would not have a blood sugar reaction like that.
Lanie
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TVEditor
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   Posted 9/23/2009 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   

I just did a quick search on Alpha Lipoic Acid and found this:

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/alphalipoicacid/a/alphalipoicacid.htm

An excerpt:

Side effects of alpha lipoic acid may include headache, tingling or a "pins and needles" sensation, skin rash, or muscle cramps.

There have been a few reports in Japan of a rare condition called insulin autoimmune syndrome in people using alpha lipoic acid. The condition causes hypoglycemia and antibodies directed against the body's own insulin without previous insulin therapy.

The safety of alpha lipoic acid in pregnant or nursing women, children, or people with kidney or liver disease is unknown.

Not sure if this may be affecting anything but it is interesting.


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catedesco
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   Posted 9/23/2009 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I ate turkey bacon for breakfast and egg beaters this am for breakfast, I have been feeling dizzy all day today and checked my sugar and it is down to 85. can that be my problem maybe with my sugar?????

LanieG
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   Posted 9/23/2009 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
85 would be 'normal' for a fasting or random reading.  If you're feeling dizzy, it's probably that you're not used to normal blood sugar!  If a body has been having elevated blood sugar for a while and then comes down to 'normal', then it's possible the person could feel dizzy, disoriented or 'not right'.  To help with that, nibble some cheese, part of a cup of low-carb yogurt, a lettuce 'wrap' with a couple of slices of cold cuts and mayo - like a small lunch maybe.  You'll get used to normal blood sugar in a day or two, I think.  The fact that you can attain a normal blood sugar reading should be very encouraging to you because it means you can probably control it by diet and exercise.  Be sure to eat a snack between meals if you're having that woozy feeling, and if you're going to exercise as you said you normally do in the evening, take your blood sugar beforehand.  Keep a couple of apple slices (with the peel) in a baggie and some cheese wedges.  Test a couple of hours afterward, and then before bed if you don't eat dinner in between time.   :-)    
Lanie
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catedesco
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   Posted 9/23/2009 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Gosh this diabeties thing is alot of work I guess a life time thing right? I just dont understand how I lost weight just like that, I thought it was from stress moving from PA to CO or the change in elevation. The only reason why I found out was because I was having stomach pains 1 wk and went to my new doctor here and she did blood work and my triglycerides were high and she ordered a fasting blood sugar, then went home to PA last month to visit and checked my sugar with the meter and it was up to 220 then went for a FBS when I got back which was elevated and then went for my A1C which was elevated.

I don't have a follow up appointment for 2 wks on Oct 6th I start my classes for diabeties

catedesco
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   Posted 9/23/2009 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
what is considered high when you are checking your sugar at home on the meter?

LanieG
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   Posted 9/24/2009 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, diabetes is a lifetime condition and it varies with the person.  It means your body is not metabolizing carbohydrates normally so you have high blood sugar.  If the blood sugar remains high and is uncontrolled, some of your body organs can be damaged.  If you can still control the blood sugar with diet and exercise, that's great.  If not, then you'd go on medication.  What is considered high?  Fasting over 125 on more than one occasion would be diabetes according to the ADA.  Same with a random test any time of the day.  A nondiabetic will hardly go over 100 most of the times but it he/she does, the blood sugar recovers quickly and goes back to normal.  Interestingly, the ADA has "normal" parameters for diabetics and will tell you that it's acceptable to have up to 130 or 140 two hours after a meal.  I don't think this is in the best interest of the patient.  We should have much lower than that.  This is where you'll find differences when you are counseled in a nutrition class set up by ADA guidelines and why I stopped attending.  However, this is your choice and why I encourage you to learn everything you can about this and to read our older posts.  You should be concerned that you had a reading of 220.  The more carbs you eat, the higher the blood sugar will be, and this is why you need to test in the morning and 2 hours after a meal to see what the blood sugar is.
Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds
                                                                 

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