How to monitor blood sugars after bilateral mastectomy

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SusanGA
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   Posted 5/14/2017 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I am scheduled for a bilateral mastectomy and have ore-diabetes that I manage with diet. I monitor my BG with a meter. AFter this surgery I have been told to avoid needle sticks, or finger pricks in my arms. Does anyone lease have this issue? I tried my thigh and could not get blood despite turning up the lancet.
Thank you

Lanie G
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   Posted 5/14/2017 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Susan and welcome to HeallingWell. I hope your surgery is successful and that you make a full recovery.

If you have pre-diabetes (I figure that was a typo in your post?), I guess you are not on meds, so it might not be crucial if you do test somewhere other than your fingers. Tests on the fingers give the newest/latest blood sugar levels at the moment. Tests on other places on the body like the thighs, for example, give results of what the blood sugar was about 15 to 20 minutes prior to testing. This makes a big difference for type 1s and people who might be experiencing lows. If this doesn't apply to you, then clear this with your doctor.

You can ask your doctor's office or even the pharmacy for some help about getting that drop of blood to test. I have not tested on the thigh so I don't have any experience with it.

I wish I could help more. Keep us updated. I'm glad you posted!
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

SusanGA
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   Posted 5/14/2017 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much. I had lows before I began to correct my diet but not since. I may be placed on metformin because it also has significant anti cancer properties as well as lowering blood sugar. I don't think metformin causes lows.

Again, I thank you.

Lanie G
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   Posted 5/14/2017 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Susan. You're right that metformin does not produce lows. The way it works is to help the body's cells be receptive to the insulin so it can work properly. Being careful not to eat a lot of carbs will also help you metabolize the carbs you do eat more efficiently and along with the metformin, you should be able to keep relatively normal blood sugar levels.

I have also read some studies about its anti-cancer properties, so it is a very helpful drug. The only downside for some people is some stomach issues like queasiness and acid stomach. This can be avoided (for most people) if they take metformin with food, not eat a lot of greasy/fried food and not a lot of carbs. It's best to start on a low dose at first to acclimate and then add later on if needed.

I started on 500 mg in the morning and then added 500 mg at dinner and this was after about five years. I haven't had any gastric problems at all. Once you're on metformin, your doctor will schedule you for blood tests every few months to check your liver and kidney functions.
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

SusanGA
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   Posted 5/14/2017 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you LAnie. This is very helpful

Lanie G
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   Posted 5/14/2017 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck and keep up updated! yeah
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/
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