New to Diabetes (from PreD)

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   Posted 6/5/2010 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
(you responded to an old message PreD ... I moved your note to a new post so it would get more attention)

I am new to the whole idea of Diabetes.... while my parents and grandparents both had diabetes, I was never really exposed to it. I had blood work done about a year ago and my results with an A1C of 5.6 and a Glucose of 103. I started feeling alot worse after meals and my new doctor has diagnosed me with pre diabetes and wanted me to start taking Byetta, I am just wondering if this is overkill? Does it make sense to be taking something like Byetta with numbers like I have? I am sure my new numbers will be worse, but I guess I am trying to come to a realization on whether or not I am at a point I should be taking medications. Any thoughts, experiences or information you could share would be great.


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   Posted 6/5/2010 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Your numbers don't sound that high to me PreD but as was recently explained to me, medical professionals are reacting a bit quicker to warning signs these days (a good thing). You might be able to lower your readings by modifying your diet and your exercise routines.

Tell us more about yourself and maybe we can help.

Do you have a meter?

Are you keeping track of what/when you eat?

How old are you?

What do you weigh?

Personal questions but the more we know, the more we can help
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 60 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head

I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right

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   Posted 6/5/2010 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
PreD, remember, we are not doctors here, just ordinary folks in various stages/kinds of diabetes, so this is just my opinion.  I also think your blood sugar isn't so bad that you should be put right on meds without trying to control the blood sugar with diet and exercise first.  Maybe there are other factors?  Having parents and grandparents with diabetes probably ups the risk of your becoming diabetic, for sure.  So, as Chris asks, tell us some more about yourself.  What are you eating on a daily basis?
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   Posted 6/6/2010 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm... unlikely that a new doc would use year-old blood work to make a recommendation on medication. Did he not send you for blood work himself? Maybe it's the new lab results (in comparison to the ones a year ago), along with your current medical situation that has him prescribing meds. You make reference to "the new numbers"....are these the results of blood work the new doc sent you for?

As Chris and Lanie mention, a bit more info from you might help us help you :-)
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