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Gemsi
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   Posted 5/16/2010 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
My last 3 glucose tolerance tests have been impared on the last reading. The hospital have given me a blood sugar monitor to take my blood sugars this week, just once a day at random times. Due to bad eating habits and forgetfulness though, last 3 days have all been 2 hours after dinner.
 
Anyway, my bloods generally have been around 5 when I've done them in the morning and at night, just my middle bloods these last 3 days I'm unsure of. The monitor has been 8.4, 7.7 and 7.6. I've been very strict with myself about the timing, so they have been exactly 2 hours after food, and in those 2 hours I haven't even had a sip of water. These seem high to me, but then I'm not diabetic, so I don't really know for real, just what I've read over the years. I'm asking on here, as I have a big thing about being prepared when it comes to hospital appointments, mostly because of trust, also just because its how my anxiety works.
 
I guess I'm more worried as I've cut down sugar this last couple of months, and lost 3kg's because of it. I can't really afford to lose much more weight so I am having to look for an alternative to sugar for weight gain. I dont really want to have to find this alternative, so would obviously rather hear everything's ok. Another thing, if this is what my bloods are like without my usual sugar overdose-I wonder how bad they were before!
 
I know the levels and things are all in UK measurements, but it's all the machine they have given me will read in.
 
Thankyou for letting me post here, feels like everything is going crazy and going wrong. This is just the latest worry in a line, but also one I'd rather not be worrying about. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Thanks
Gem
Diagnosed with: Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma, ABPA, Clinical Depression, Mild Liver Cirrohsis, Mild Osteopenia, Erythema Nodosum. Waiting for final diagnosis on Muscular Dystrophy type symptoms.
Medication: Creon 10,000, Vitamins A,D+E, Salbutamol, Paracetamol, Tramadol, Nefopam, Ursodeoxycholic Acid, Trazodone, Slow-Sodium, Azithromycin, Metachlopromide, Omeprazole, Tobi Ineb, Folic Acid, Adcal-D3. I use PEP and Flutter device as my physio as well as the occasional ABC when bored. Had a Port-a-cath fitted on chest wall since Nov 04
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Sometimes, I feel that I should go and play with the thunder - then I get scared and run away.
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LanieG
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   Posted 5/16/2010 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gem!  Aww, gee, what are you doing over here now?  Nobody wants another health issue to worry about, that's for sure.  I'm wondering why the doctors ordered the glucose tolerance tests to begin with?  They've suspected you're becoming diabetic?  Anyway, your readings in the 5's would seem to be fine but I think the others (particularly 7.7 and 8.4) are elevated which would probably be a red flag.  They are not critical but if there's an upward trend, you need to be aware of it and try to curb it.  Giving up sugar and food made with flour will have a great effect on blood sugar; that is, your blood sugar would be lower and also you would lose weight, as you've seen.  Other factors that could affect the blood sugar are: stress and anxiety, and some medication.  A pharmacist (or do you call them druggist across the pond?) could tell you if any of your meds are causing high blood sugar.  You can google them also.  Now, what to do about the worry and stress?  Everyone has a way to deal with that.  Taking walks, playing games, hobbies - whatever helps to de-stress is worth a try.  Good luck and come back let us know how you're doing.
Lanie
 
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Gemsi
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   Posted 5/16/2010 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Haha, you're right Lanie, it is crazy huh?!? Another problem.

With CF they do a bit test of EVERYTHING once a year, however after my first impared GTT in Feb last year, they did an extra one in August and then again at my annual review in Feb this year. CF can cause diabetes too, which is why it is in the tests. Wish it wasn't, I'd rather continue on oblivious sometimes lol.

They said to me on Monday when they give me the machine thingy, that they were just doing the testing as a safety measure basically, to see what's going on. But, they didn't think they'd find anything interesting. This seems a bit to interesting to me, and I'm worried my present stance of "I won't have diabetes, I don't care what anyone says" won't hold up for much longer.

It could well be stress, especially this last few days, I'm almost in another world. Medication too, there is a whole lot of it! Will try and make sure I get to see our CF pharmascist when I have my next appointment. They generally know all the in and outs of most medication I am on.

Do you know if middle of the day is a normal higher time for people than start or end? I'd have thought end of the day would have been worse as everything will have built up.

Thanks Lanie, I can probably prepare myself a bit better now. I don't want to get there and it be a shock that everything is screwed up, I can actually probably make it go to the back of my mind now if I tried, something I build things up too bad if I'm left to my own devices :P.


Diagnosed with: Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma, ABPA, Clinical Depression, Mild Liver Cirrohsis, Mild Osteopenia, Erythema Nodosum. Waiting for final diagnosis on Muscular Dystrophy type symptoms.
Medication: Creon 10,000, Vitamins A,D+E, Salbutamol, Paracetamol, Tramadol, Nefopam, Ursodeoxycholic Acid, Trazodone, Slow-Sodium, Azithromycin, Metachlopromide, Omeprazole, DNase Ineb, Folic Acid, Adcal-D3. I use PEP and Flutter device as my physio as well as the occasional ABC when bored. Had a Port-a-cath fitted on chest wall since Nov 04
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Sometimes, I feel that I should go and play with the thunder - then I get scared and run away.
I'm from the UK!!!!! If anything I say makes no sense to you, let me know so I know how not to be so English.

Post Edited (Gemsi) : 5/16/2010 3:29:47 PM (GMT-6)


LanieG
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   Posted 5/16/2010 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, that's great that they're testing to be sure you're doing ok in all areas.  I didn't know of the connection between CF and diabetes.  I can't say that the middle of the day would present higher blood sugar in most people.  Lots of people have high fasting readings in the morning when they first get up because of something called "dawn phenomenon".  However, in most diabetics (as well as people who are called "insulin resistant") eating bread or other food made with flour or sugar will give high blood sugar - ex. a sandwich, bagel, donut, corn flakes, pasta, rice, biscuits.....   Just small changes may help bring the blood sugar to more normal levels, like eating fruit instead of cake or a candy bar, eating nuts for a snack.  To make a very long explanation short:  carbohydrates like flour, sugar, potatoes, rice = high blood sugar.  There are exceptions of course but in general, that's the story.  cool
Lanie
 
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Gemsi
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   Posted 5/18/2010 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hmmmm, don't eat much bread but pasta and rice are a big thing for me, so perhaps cutting back them and replacing with protein and fatty food. Been meaning to trade sugar for fruit for a while but just not got round it. Might try get some of the special fruit sugar that's supposed to be good for diabetics. That way I don't have to totally get rid of sweet stuff.

Along with weight loss, my energy levels have been struggling without the sugar and also with my normal caffeine hit. This is probably going to be good for me in the long run if I can get used to it, but it's just killing my energy at present.

Well, I handed in my diet sheet yesterday and hopefully might see a dietician on Friday if I'm lucky to dicuss everything.

Thank you again for the information Lanie, I think I did right coming here, as its much better than worrying for nothing. I think my greatest fear has been that they're just going to stop everything dead, though I'm actually feeling a bit better about that today anyway just because I'm in a happier mood.


Hope you are well hun
Hugs
Gem x
Diagnosed with: Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma, ABPA, Clinical Depression, Mild Liver Cirrohsis, Mild Osteopenia, Erythema Nodosum. Waiting for final diagnosis on Muscular Dystrophy type symptoms.
Medication: Creon 10,000, Vitamins A,D+E, Salbutamol, Paracetamol, Tramadol, Nefopam, Ursodeoxycholic Acid, Trazodone, Slow-Sodium, Azithromycin, Metachlopromide, Omeprazole, DNase Ineb, Folic Acid, Adcal-D3. I use PEP and Flutter device as my physio as well as the occasional ABC when bored. Had a Port-a-cath fitted on chest wall since Nov 04
Help support the forums so we can support you:  http://www.healingwell.com/donate
Sometimes, I feel that I should go and play with the thunder - then I get scared and run away.
I'm from the UK!!!!! If anything I say makes no sense to you, let me know so I know how not to be so English.


LanieG
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 5408
   Posted 5/18/2010 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I know it's tricky balancing diet for one health issue if you have other things going on, so only you know what you can do about changing your diet.  You just need to know that for diabetes that these carbs will keep blood sugar elevated.  And this is true even in people who are not supposedly "diabetic", but are called "pre diabetic" or insulin resistant.  In non-diabetics, a high carb meal may create a blood sugar spike but their body is programmed to handle it efficiently, whereas a diabetic or a "prediabetic" will have the spike but can't bring the blood sugar down very well on their own.  I don't know about the low energy level.  Maybe the dietitian can guide you.  Make sure you're not vitamin D deficient.  There has been a lot in the news lately about how many people don't have enough vitamin D.  It just reminds me that when I was growing up, all the moms would say (well, almost all), "Eat your bacon and eggs and go out and play in the sun!"  Then, suddenly bacon, eggs and sun were killers.  skull     And now, it seems to be swinging back the other way.  I mean, what the......??  confused    Have a nice day, er, evening where you are, that is.  wink
Lanie
 
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diabetes controlled so far by exercise and a low/no carb diet


Gemsi
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 5/18/2010 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Haha, yeah it's evening and a very nice evening at that. :P

Yeah my vitamin D levels are shocking, they keep adding tablets on. They have to sort them as it seems that the lower my vitamin d levels are, then the higher my muscle enzyme levels get-which usually results in pain and muscle weakness. Noone knows why there even could be this connection, but I've never been known for normality.

I know what you mean about conflicting food advice. I remember one week reading a research thing about carrots curing cancer. A week later I read that too many can actually cause cancer. It was the biggest turn around ever! Bacon is a killer, it sets off my asthma. Eggs are still ok though as far as I know, as long as you dont have millions and dont have them fried.

Well, I'm gonna try cutting down carbs anyway-I don't like them in this weather anyway as they are too stodgy, it's just easier for Paul to cook, it's what he's here for though. :) 

*sigh* with knowledge comes worry. We somehow managed to survive as cavemen, and I'm sure we didn't monitor anything. Though I guess it was battle of the fittest, and I wouldn't really be around without medicine lol.

Hope you're having a good day. :D


Diagnosed with: Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma, ABPA, Clinical Depression, Mild Liver Cirrohsis, Mild Osteopenia, Erythema Nodosum. Waiting for final diagnosis on Muscular Dystrophy type symptoms.
Medication: Creon 10,000, Vitamins A,D+E, Salbutamol, Paracetamol, Tramadol, Nefopam, Ursodeoxycholic Acid, Trazodone, Slow-Sodium, Azithromycin, Metachlopromide, Omeprazole, DNase Ineb, Folic Acid, Adcal-D3. I use PEP and Flutter device as my physio as well as the occasional ABC when bored. Had a Port-a-cath fitted on chest wall since Nov 04
Help support the forums so we can support you:  http://www.healingwell.com/donate
Sometimes, I feel that I should go and play with the thunder - then I get scared and run away.
I'm from the UK!!!!! If anything I say makes no sense to you, let me know so I know how not to be so English.

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