New member Rickey asks about his BP meds and higher blood sugar than normal

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LanieG
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   Posted 3/7/2010 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Rickey writes:  "I am presently taking numerous medications for blood pressure which include a diuretic HCT along with a beta blocker and over the past 3 months my blood sugar A1c has gone from 6.0 to 6.9, very upset since Dr. thinks I'm going diabetic but have read numerous reports that you don't mix the two or you can become diabetic from the medications, has anyone else had this situation.  It has only been since I started these meds. past 4 months has tests increased.  Before meds I was around 6.2 consistantly and glucose serum was under 100 now it is 109 fasting before test.  Now Dr. wants me on medication to lower sugar.  A'm I considered diabetic or could it be the medication?"

 


LanieG
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   Posted 3/7/2010 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the Forum, Rickey.  When a new member comes on with a question, it's better to start a new thread rather than tack the question onto an older thread.
 
Only a doctor can answer your question if you are diabetic or not.  To determine this, you would normally take the Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) since that outcome is normally not affected by other factors, but this is something you need to discuss with your doctor.  It's possible that your blood sugar is rising because of the diuretic and this is why you have to have a talk with him.  It seems that you're already testing your blood sugar and have taken the A1c.  How long have you been testing your own blood sugar, and why?  It seems like there must have been a reason previously for this.
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Rickey
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   Posted 3/7/2010 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Lanie,

Have spoken to doctor about this, not testing my own blood just using his results. Have shown him articles with relation to this but he just does not seem interested or KNOWS?  Going to look into a specialist, endocronologist and going to Hospital Diabetic center to check further.  Have spent a lot of time researching this and don't want to start another medication before I am sure.

Any other advice?

Rickey


LanieG
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   Posted 3/7/2010 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rickey.  It might be a good idea to see an endocrinologist since that's a specialist who has a lot of experience in diabetes as well as other gland problems.  I think your own doctor realizes about the effects on your blood sugar or he wouldn't have taken those blood tests to check your blood sugar, unless there's a history of diabetes in your family and he wants to make sure you're not going too high.  My advice is to do what you're doing, that is, trying to learn as much as you can about your particular situation and with the help of an endo, you should be able to protect your health.  Generally speaking, the more carbohydrates you eat, the higher your blood sugar will go if you are having problems metabolizing carbs especially.  So, read around the forum here because we've talked a lot about how diet affects the blood sugar.  And read the two stickies at the top of Diabetes, Testimonial and the Resources, too.  If you try to cut down on food made with white flour and sugar, you'd see lower blood sugar.
 
Also, I want to add something to my other post.  I'm not sure if a GTT would be affected by your BP meds that day.  Normally, the lab tells you to fast for 8 hours before the test but they also tell you that you can take your medication that you normally take.  However, I don't know if the diuretic would skew the results.  If I were you and if the doctor does order the GTT, then I would ask the doctor and the lab if you should take the diuretic that day before the test.   

 

 


Lanie
 
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Post Edited (LanieG) : 3/7/2010 3:16:33 PM (GMT-7)


wodin
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   Posted 3/16/2010 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Is your doc calling you "diabetic" or "pre-diabetic"? Usually fasitng Blood Glucose levels consistantly above 100 but below 125 are considered pre-diabetic.

Pre-diabetics can usually be treated just by tweaking your diet as Lanie suggests.

Remember though, to keep your priorities straight. A slightly elevated BGL can be a nuisance, and require more monitoring and some life style changes, but hypertension can kill. Suddenly! Or cause a crippling stroke.

Post Edited (wodin) : 3/17/2010 1:55:37 AM (GMT-6)


Rickey
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   Posted 3/17/2010 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
wodin,
Saw an endocronologist last week, she is considering me pre-diabetic and they have put me on Onglyza 5mg daily.  Also watching diet very closely.  Have been to a diabetes center at Hospital who evaluated and educated my diet.  Also gave me a glucose monitor (if I wanted to check it) which I have been doing.  BG runs between 109 and 123.  Keeping the Carbs as low as possible and loosing weight.
Blood pressure is 123/80 and all cholesterol is exellent since I have been on Crestor.
 
Rickey
 

LanieG
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   Posted 3/17/2010 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Rickey, it seems you've got control.  If you are overweight, losing weight will help control the blood sugar even more, and this can be accomplished by keeping the carbs very low.  Good luck and keep us updated.
Lanie
 
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