Am I needing meds yet???

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 10/4/2005 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone ! scool
I'm new to the world of diabetes and wanted some answers from some that have been here for a while.
Two years ago, at 35, I was dx with heart failure/cardiomyopathy.   However, I had NEVER had any problems with any high blood sugar, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, etc.    But, once I started taking beta blockers, diuretics, and a whole slew of other things.....everything has gone haywire.     6 months ago, my A1C was 6.6 and my "very cautious" Internist wanted me to start meds......     Last month, it checked out at 6.4 and my fasting blood sugar is running around 104.    I feel like starting Fortamet is a little premature at this point........    I have had a couple of finger sticks that have been around 125/130 in the am.
Any thoughts?????

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Date Joined Feb 2003
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   Posted 10/4/2005 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
If it was me with numbers like that I would not want to go on any meds yet, I woul work on my diet and exercise and make the doc want and see what I could do without the meds. The less meds the better as far as I am concerned!
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   Posted 10/8/2005 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Every evening walk away from your home for 15 minutes and then walk back. That's 1/2 hour of exercise. Try to not eat potatoes, pasta or rice more than twice a week. Instead try to use barley or wild rice. (I cook a big pot on Sunday and use them all week.) Add an extra vegetable (not corn or baked beans) to lunch and dinner.

This could be just 5 radishes or a small side salad, a handful of broccoli florettes or a pile of baby spinach leaves added to a sandwich instead of lettuce. Try eating old fashioned oatmeal (1/2 cup oats added to 1 cup hot water/ microwave on HI for 1 minute) three or more mornings a week. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon to help keep your sugar down. Use peanut butter in place of butter on your toast.

Try all this stuff for about 2 weeks and see if your sugars improve. Your doc is being cautious but you should be able to keep stuff in line with your improved eating habits and more exercise. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress. We'll be here for you.
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