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leafs
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   Posted 4/11/2005 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everybody. This is my first post in this forum. I was recently diagnosed as being pre-diabeted. My blood sugar count is 6.1 mmol (110mg). I know that I'm just in the range to eventually develope diabetes. I've been a chronic junk food eater and I've never really watched my diet before. I also don't exercise at the moment, but will. My question is how long does it take to bring my blood sugar level back to normal? I've just started eating better and will start exercises. Is it something that takes a long time, since I've abused myself for so long? I'm a little scared about developing diabetes and I want to do the right things.Also, is it possible to still develope diabetes even if I change my diet and excercise?
 
 
Thanks

Pin Cushion
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   Posted 4/11/2005 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I have heard many different stories of how soon after they went o diet and exercise program, but the most consistant one is a few weeks if you are committed to it.
You will not only feel better if you do, you can be saving your sight, your feet, your life. These are not the things that can happen, they are what WILL happen if a person doesn't maintain a tight watch on their bg levels!
The program that works for me is I watch what I eat, and get off my butt as much as possable 6 days a week and 1 day I weel I treat myself to anything I want as a reward. Works for me!
Good luck and come back and tell us how your doing. I would love to see more success stories on our boards!
Sigmoid Colostomy / Crohns / Type 1 Diabetic / Ostioarthritus / Asthma / High Blood Pressure / High Colesterol / Migraines. Ain't life a joy?



* I think it may be time for a colorful metaphor*


leafs
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   Posted 4/11/2005 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reply. I guess I'm just being a little impatient. When my doctor told me I was at risk, I was a little scared but now I think I have a better understanding of what I have to do. Since my blood count is 6.1 mmol/l, I'm hoping that it won't be a problem bringing it down to normal levels.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/11/2005 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
leafs,
Your blood count of 6.1 is your three month average of your glycohemoglobin. Having this average doesn't really tell you the whole story. Mine is 6.5 and I've been on meds for 10 yrs. and insulin for a month. You might be wise to invest in a glucose monitor for yourself. Watch the newspaper or your pharmacy for a sale. Often times the companies will offer a free monitor if you purchase a three month supply of test strips. I started out testing once a week, usually on Sunday morning before breakfast. I kept track and when my sugars started to climb I contacted my doctor. Shortly after that he really got on me about my exercise and the sugars went back down. If you checked it with a monitor you would see if it was above 120 for a fasting blood glucose. Numbers that get over 135 to 140 would be reason to call your doctor because it might be time to increase your exercise and possibly add a medication to the situation. Being pre-diabetic means you need to eat and exercise like a diabetic. Ask your doctor to prescribe a nutritionist or dietician appointment so you can have a food plan to follow that will help keep you on the straight and narrow. Also, reading the posts here from the other members will help you find hints and ways to stay on course. I finally found a food guide online called Calorie King that I use to keep my food amounts correct. You may want to get something like that or use something like Deal-a-Meal from Richard Simons. Weight watchers also has a good food plan that works for regulating blood sugar. Good luck with your meal planning and exercise. Come back often and ask any questions you have. Lots of people here with lots of years of diabetes under their belts so someone will most likely have an answer for you.
~ Jeannie

"As one goes through life one learns if you don't paddle your own canoe you don't move."
-Katherine Hepburn


leafs
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   Posted 4/12/2005 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jeannie. For the time being I have a friend with a monitor that can test me periodically. After the first blood test that my doctor had me do, my friend tested me a few weeks later and I was still at 6.1. I'm hoping that since I'm not over weight and I don't have diabetes in my family that I won't have any problems. I think I will also see a dietician. I never read labels before so I want to know what's in the food I eat. It's a big life style change for me. I never use to watch what I ate or excercised much. I guess that's why I'm in this position. I started walking about 30 minutes a day and I'd like to increase it some more. Walking for me doesn't seem to get my heart working hard enough. Maybe I should try something more strenuous.What did you mean by my blood count is my 3 month average? I've only had my blood tested once by my doctor. Sorry to ramble on. Thanks for listening.

John

Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/12/2005 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
John,
Ok, now I get it... You're in the UK, right? You measure blood glucose differently than we do in the states. You stated that you think you have diabetes because you never read labels or exercise... that is only part of the picture. Your body was predestined to get diabetes from birth under the circumstances you live in... and because of the society we live in where abundant calories are readily available with little or no energy output to gain them... you are headed toward diabetes. Please don't be upset with yourself. If you had to do physical labor to produce the food you eat, that is, feed and milk the cows and butcher the meat, and grind the wheat and dig the vegetables or climb the fruit trees you would be just fine. All we need to do is drive (not walk or ride a bike) to the store, use a push cart (not carry) the food, and drive it home. We have power mowers, power saws, self propelled vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, washing machines, all kinds of 'labor saving' devices. This is part of the reason we have such an upswing in the world diabetes population.

As we have specialized our jobs in society some of us lead very sedentary lives. We need to find ways to increase our exercise to keep our bodies running the way they were designed to run. Try walking more briskly than you have been doing. If possible, walk where there are hills. Try not to walk in the city by large and busy roads. The air quality is not good for exercise around traffic. I use swimming laps as my exercise. It's easy to burn lots of calories and I enjoy it a lot. Climbing stairs is great for cardio, but check with your doc before you really start an intense exercise program. You don't list your age or whether or not you have any other health problems so I don't want to get you headed in the wrong direction.

Dietary education and understanding of blood glucose are two of the main things you need to learn about to stop this diabetes in its tracks. One of the net's sites that I often go to for information is: netdoctor.co.uk. You could visit that site and see what you can learn there. Hope this helps.
~ Jeannie

"As one goes through life one learns if you don't paddle your own canoe you don't move."
-Katherine Hepburn


leafs
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   Posted 4/12/2005 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jeannie. I live in Canada. I'm 36 years old and I don't have any other health issues.We go by the metric system (mmol/l). The funny thing is that if my blood sugar was at 6, instead of 6.1 which I'm at right now I wouldn't even be here talking about diabetes. I was told that there are two main risk factors for getting Type 2 diabetes: obesity and a family history of the disease. I have no family history nor am I obese. I'm a little confused now as to why you think I'm headed towards diabetes?. All my doctor told me was to watch my blood sugar level and I should diet and excercise. He didn't seem to think that it's serious enough right now, but I should go back in a year for more blood tests.

John

Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/12/2005 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I know what it is now! You're totally bummed by the lack of hockey and you've been eating snack foods that put your blood glucose out of whack!!! (Well.... it could happen!) tongue The reason I'm thinking that is because I'm living with a hockey deprived maniac myself and I see the same sypmtoms.(LOL!)

Actually, I'm thinking you have an excellent doctor who is really on top of things. If you start exercising and watching your blood glucose and let him know if it starts to climb you should do great. The thing is, once you have a diagnosis, even if it 's pre-diabetes, if you ignore it and keep on doing what you were doing you will develop diabetes. Right now you can pay close attention to your diet and energy levels as well as your exercise routine and you can stop the advancement of the disease. You are way luckier than I was... Prediabetes is a new concept and they are taking it much more seriously than they used to when people had mildly elevated glucose levels. I found out the hard way with eye problems and now I'm on insulin with some kidney damage.

You're gonna do great! Now if we could just get the NHL back on track... everything would be peachy!
~ Jeannie

"As one goes through life one learns if you don't paddle your own canoe you don't move."
-Katherine Hepburn


leafs
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   Posted 4/13/2005 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hockey? What's that? Haha! I'm a big Leafs fan as you probably figured out, but to tell you the truth I haven't thought of it much. Within the last year I moved into a new house and had my first child 2 months ago so I've been very busy. Hopefully we can have some hockey back next year. I'm guessing your hubby is a Detroit fan? My doctor does seem to be on top of things right now. I'm not going to worry about it anymore. I'm just going to try and take care of myself better. I'm looking at it as a wakeup call. Bad habits catch up to you eventually. This could be a blessing in disguise. Thanks for your help. You've made me feel better about the whole thing. Health and happiness to you!!

John

Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/13/2005 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Actually, the Red Wing fan is my 28 yr old son. Poor guy has been getting this really thin Hockey News in the mail every Friday full of stats about college teams and minors... European hockey... He's dyin' here. Great to hear your happy news about the new bubbiekins! Life will never be the same after you have children. They are awesome...

All the best to you. Hope we don't see you back here in the future. tongue
~ Jeannie

"As one goes through life one learns if you don't paddle your own canoe you don't move."
-Katherine Hepburn


leafs
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   Posted 4/13/2005 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
At least the Wings have won a few cups recently. Look at what us poor Leaf fans have to go through. 38 years? Oh well, all the best to you. Thanks again.

John
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