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Jeannie143
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   Posted 3/3/2010 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
You asked if your blood pressure pills could lead to diabetes and the answer is "Maybe". In your case there is no family history and no high sugar incidents to indicate you are headed that way. Basically you only have a suspicion that you are pre-diabetic. For your own peace of mind I'd recommend that you purchase an inexpensive blood glucose meter at the drugstore (store brands usually have less expensive test strips) and check your blood about once a week before breakfast. This way you can track any numbers that are running high and be able to notify your doctor right away.

Also, this way if you regularly stay below 110 you can be somewhat assured that you are not diabetic. Would that help?

Regardless of what you find out, cutting back on some refined carbs (soft white bread, pasta, baked goods) and simply adding an extra vegetable at lunch and dinner and maybe some real fruit at breakfast (not juices but real wash or peel and eat fruit) will really help improve your health. There are compounds in fruits and veggies that we really need and can't get in supplements or vitamins (not that they are bad.) Switching to whole grain breads, the ones where you can actually see the seeds, is another very healthy move. These grains along with brown rice, oatmeal, barley as well as whole beans have been shown to help lower cholesterol levels and even help prevent some forms of colon cancers.

Eating healthier doesn't need to be boring or awful. It just requires a little education about what is really good for you and finding out how your body handles glycemic loads. (This is the amount of "sugars" that are present in a meal or snack.) If you are a normal and not a diabetic you will find good numbers regardless of what you eat. Some thin people are diabetic and many obese people are not. It's all in what your body does. Good luck with this.
~ Jeannie
Moderator for Fibromyalgia and Diabetes


Christine777
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   Posted 3/3/2010 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much, Jeannie. I will try what you say and see how it goes. How much do those meters cost?

Hope I didn't cause a stir here.

Thanks again.

Christine
Bipolar/borderline personality disorder (don't quite understand that, the BPD)
On Haldol, clonazepam, benzotropine, valproic acid.
High Blood pressure (recent May 2009)
Other health issues too.


Jeannie143
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   Posted 3/3/2010 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
You didn't cause a stir. Some people are less tolerant of others' opinions and ideas and not everyone knows how to be polite. Please don't feel that you have done anything wrong.

about the meter, I use a Prestige meter that I bought online because it was inexpensive (there's one on eBay right now for about $7.00 including shipping) and most importantly because the test strips are less than $20.00 for 50 strips. You could do almost a year of testing on yourself, once a week for under $30 bucks! Such a deal!!! Buy it, you should! (grin!)
~ Jeannie
Moderator for Fibromyalgia and Diabetes


Christine777
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   Posted 3/4/2010 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Jeannie, I will also look into the ones at my local drugstore too.

Thanks for all your help.

Christine.
Bipolar/borderline personality disorder (don't quite understand that, the BPD)
On Haldol, clonazepam, benzotropine, valproic acid.
High Blood pressure (recent May 2009)
Other health issues too.


LanieG
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   Posted 3/4/2010 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Christine, having a blood sugar monitor will tell you if you are having problems.  It's a way to measure how you metabolize carbs but of course it's not a substitute for seeing your doctor about your concern.  If you get a meter and if you do see elevated blood sugar, there may be reasons for that other than being diabetic or "pre-diabetic", so please don't jump to a conclusion without talking to your doctor.  In the meantime, if you engage in some kind of regular physical activity like walking, swimming, biking, exercise, yoga, etc. you will be helping not only your metabolism (and helping to control blood sugar) but also your blood pressure and life's stress.  I'm sure it's all chemical and someone else would be able to explain how it's all connected, physical to mind to spirit.  It's important to ask questions because then you'll understand more about this aspect of your health. 
 yeah
Lanie
 
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by exercise and a low/no carb diet


Christine777
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Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 72
   Posted 3/5/2010 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lanie,

I went to look at the blood glucose meters and the pharmacist told me with a prescription I can have a meter free.

So I will have to get some blood tests done and talk to the doc first. Otherwise, I would spend money when I don't need to.

Thanks again for all your support. I will keep you posted as to what happens next. I have drastically cut back on the carbs and the sweets since Jan. 25, seems to be going well. I only lost 2 lbs. but it's better than gaining. I walk pretty much every day but I guess I need to do more.

Take care,

Thank you,

Christine :-)
Bipolar/borderline personality disorder (don't quite understand that, the BPD)
On Haldol, clonazepam, benzotropine, valproic acid.
High Blood pressure (recent May 2009)
Other health issues too.

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