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Diligent
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   Posted 1/22/2010 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi to all.
 
My A1C has just come back at 6.8 this is the highest its been since was diagnosed in 2005 am not on any meds at the moment trying to manage with out for as long as i can but was told if it goes up to 7.5 i will need meds/or insulin and this includes eating sweet foods to i dont know how i do it as well as having cast on too fratured 5th met hope to get it taken off next week. 
 
I was on metformin when diagnosed but it gave me diorrhea so didnt take it i suppose a time will come when i will need meds/insulin ect why is my diabetes slow to progress i dont know has this happened to anyone else 2 or is it just me.
 
I suppose it could just be how i deal with it the reason for this any help/nut then it could just shoot up  perhaps why i have a lot of fatigue anyway who knows.
 
 
Diligent.

IamCurious
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   Posted 1/22/2010 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I noticed during my regular blood tests for cholesterol that my fasting blood sugar was slowly creeping up to the prediabetic range. So for the past 3 years I have measured my fasting blood sugar level first thing each morning. It really makes a difference.

First of all, for me, I was surprised that coffee, tea, regular sugar, even chocolate did not seem to affect it much. But what really shot my blood sugar from the low 90's to 110-115 was soda, candy, or anything with high fructose corn syrup. Then I would try to be really careful until my sugar slowly, over days, went back below 100 again. It really makes a difference, at least for me. I may eventually become diabetic in the future but there is no doubt that I would have been diabetic by now if not watching my diet. I used to be addicted to Pepsi and now I see it as poison.

Also use a home meter that is accurate. Consumer's Reports tested meters a while back and found that ReliOn from Walmart and the one touch ultra mini to be the most accurate and consistent. I found that ultra mini corresponds very, very closely to the measurements I receive from laboratory blood tests.

It can be really disconcerting to measure your fasting blood sugar in the morning and get readings that differ by 20 points from a reading taken two minutes earlier.

LanieG
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   Posted 1/22/2010 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Diligent, 6.8 is moderately high and it would be best to have it come down.  Since you are not on meds for diabetes, you might see a difference in your blood sugar if you do not eat anything with sugar or other sweeteners like honey or corn syrup as well as food made with flour like bread, cake, cookies, pancakes, etc.  In other words, food that has flour and sugar will drive your blood sugar much higher.  So will potatoes, rice and pasta (since it's made from flour).  Please read the sticky thread above:  Testimonial and Diabetes Resources.  They have information about what to eat and what not to eat.  Also, look back over the past threads here about diet and food.  I'm sure you'll be able to control this better if you make some changes in your diet.
Lanie
 
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diabetes controlled so far by exercise and a low/no carb diet


Judy2
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   Posted 1/23/2010 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband managed his diabetes with diet and exercise for 10 years; I managed mine for 8. In both cases, our A1C's went from around 6 to above 7.5 suddenly, and medication was started. If yours is creeping, I'd agree you need to check the diet - likely you've been creeping more carbs into it, and lowering them (or increasing your exercise) might help.

Oddly enough, I always find my blood sugar significantly lower after I eat pasta with red sauce or bean soup. IPasta with white sauce definitely doesn't work for me!) Everyone is different, though; that's why I find it helpful to pick a few days occasionally and do frequent testing to see how my body reacts to different things.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 1/24/2010 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
If you were getting diarrhea from your metformin it was most likely that you were consuming too many carbohydrates during the day. My doctor told me when I started it that "If you over do, you go pooh!" I took his words to heart and have found them to be accurate.

Metformin prevents the absorption of some carbs in the intestines so they ferment and give you D. Taking it with less sugars and carbs, and consuming instead more proteins, monosaturated fats and veggies will bring the sugars down and stop the D. Also, your body usually adapts to the metformin in a few weeks. Good luck with this.

Remember! It's not the meds that matter! It's the numbers! Don't fight taking medications if they bring your numbers down. Diarrhea is a small inconvenience compared to blindness or amputation.

Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 1/24/2010 9:10:07 PM (GMT-7)


Jeannie143
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   Posted 1/24/2010 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, E, you have to admit you can be a bit "abrupt" at times. I'm beginning to think that's just the way you are but you need to understand that not every new diabetic is able to adjust to the new way of life overnight. I appreciate your correction of my wording.

You have a quick, articulate mind and you remind me of my brother. He's an engineer and very bright but the world looks entirely different to him than it does to me. He can't understand why people don't just follow the rules, right there in front of them (ie. speed laws, taxes, morals, health recommendations) It's all very black and white to him.

I, on the other hand, have a love affair with food, find exercise painful because of my fibromyalgia, sometimes speed when I'm in a hurry and am a so-so bookkeeper. I see and understand his way of thinking but he is very intolerant of mine. He thinks that if I could just be more like him my life would be so much easier... but that's not my makeup. So I have to fuddle along my own way and try to fake it until I can make it. Do you see what I am saying?

Everyone approaches their diabetes from their own point of view. We try to make the tightrope walk a bit easier by helping them where they are with the tools they have at hand. Not everyone can grasp all the intricacies of glucose tolerance, the glycemic index, carb vs. fiber content, monounsaturated fats, kidney protein balance and all the other stuff that makes up this disease. I have some nursing school, bacteriology, anatomy and physiology as well as psychology in my background. I try to help as best I can without burying anyone in med babble. There are others here that are much better at phrasing than I but they are also very defensive of the newbies who are just learning their way thru this mine field we call diabetes.

As my grandma used to say, "You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar." ... but then my daughter said in response, "I don't want to catch flies!" tongue We are all just trying to help. Perhaps a gentler approach on your part would help you get your point across without offending anyone. Remember, not everyone learns quickly or has an open mind to make the changes they need to make. We can only suggest. The choices are up to them.
~ 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


Judy2
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   Posted 1/25/2010 12:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting information about Metformin. I must be doing okay with my diet, because even with Metformin and my UC, I haven't had a problem.

For me, I chose to manage my situation with diet and exercise for as long as possible because I knew I'd eventually need meds, and wanted to stay off them for as long as I could. I know that a lot of medications we take for various things may become less effective or have more side effects as we take them longer. It was also really good training for me, because now I'm just in the habit of eating reasonably and exercising.

On the other hand, I couldn't have followed the strict diet that some of our members use to control their BGL, so I'm glad the medication is available.

Diligent
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   Posted 1/25/2010 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi To All,
 
 
 Thankyou for the info will try to put it into practice a.s.a.p.
 
 
 
Diligent.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 1/26/2010 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Be gentle with yourself. We want to help and I'm not sure that me mentioning amputation was the right way to go about that. Just take it one meal or snack at a time and choose green over white. IE. veggies over starches. We call it the nothing white except cauliflower and cottage cheese food plan. Really gets those numbers in line when you follow it... for a while anyway. Consarned diabetes is progressive and insidious. Gotta fight it tooth and nail to stay ahead of the complications.

Don't be a stranger and come back and read and post often. The more you learn the better you will become at working on this new lifestyle. You can do this! We will try to help.
~ 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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