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Warren
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   Posted 1/14/2006 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
JGriffin wrote this in the Byetta Thread.  I have moved it here because it is more appropriate here than in a thread devoted to Byetta.
 
JGriffin said...
I am new to diabetes and taking Fortamet. What is microalbumin? What are the symptoms and how do you test for it?

Warren
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   Posted 1/14/2006 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
A microalbumin test evaluates urine for the presence of a protein called albumin. Albumin is normally found in the blood and filtered by the kidneys. When the kidneys are working properly, albumin is not present in the urine. However, when the kidneys are damaged, small amounts of albumin leak into the urine. This condition is called microalbuminuria.

Microalbuminuria is most frequently caused by kidney damage from diabetes. However, many other conditions can lead to kidney damage, such as high blood pressure, heart failure, cirrhosis, or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). If early kidney damage is not treated, larger amounts of albumin and protein may leak into the urine. This condition is called macroalbuminuria or proteinuria. When the kidneys spill protein, it can mean serious kidney damage is present. This can lead to chronic kidney disease. A microalbumin urine test can be done on a sample of urine collected randomly (usually after the first time you urinate in the morning), a sample collected over a 24-hour period, or a sample collected over a specific period of time, such as 4 hours or overnight. Talk to your GP or Endocrinologist about this test and they can do one in short order.

As far as your meds are concerned, Fortamet is Metformin (generic form) which is the med most prescribed as a "starter med" for diabetes patients. Hope this helps

Warren

JGriffin
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   Posted 1/14/2006 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks again for the information, Warren. There is so much to learn about this "new" disease - most of it scary!!!!! I read these forum boards nearly everyday now. It really helps to get all the information everyone posts telling their experiences dealing with their problems. What in the world did you guys do before the internet.....just suffer in silence? Misery may love company, but it is also comforting to share the fears and information.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 1/15/2006 2:20 AM (GMT -7)   
JGriffin,
Before the internet people read confusing books and tried to cook weird foods. tongue (LOL!) I've been diagnosed with this disease for over 10 years now and have just recently gotten a handle on most of the ins and outs of it. My biggest two obstacles were denial... "Well, this isn't going to change my life!!!" and fear... "I don't want this to change my life..."

Now I have really accepted my disease and it's limitations, (and for myself, stopped acting like a scared child) and started investigating how to blend my life with the correct program for optimum health. I had to go through a certain grieving period before I really faced up to the fact that it wasn't going to go away. I still make bad choices in exercise, rest and foods but I start each day anew with a smile on my face and just KOKO. (Keep on Keepin' on!)
~ Jeannie

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


"Madness takes its toll.
Please have exact change."


JGriffin
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   Posted 1/15/2006 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, what I have noticed about you is your upbeat attitude. Right now I am trying to get a handle on being diagnosed with diabetes, but I hope to "catch" your spirit. I have found what you said in other postings that knowledge helps. I find the more I concentrate on understanding the disease I have, the less fearful I am. I go back to my diabetes educator this week to get all the numbers and see how I am doing. I "think" I understand how to control it - at least at this time until something else hits me. I appreciate all the knowledge and positive attitudes.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 1/16/2006 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Good for you! I do want to tell you that you may go through a grieving period when you finally 'get' this whole thing. If you do, it's ok and we will be here for you. One of the things that helped me with the acceptance thing was explaining to my friends and family about my diabetes. I told them that I always have some candy with me if I get "spacey" from low blood sugar so they can prompt me to take it. I explained that I'll probably be making different food and drink choices to keep my health in line. I told them that other than an occasional glass of wine I won't be drinking alcohol any more (sniff! sniff!) but everyone has been super about that. Alcohol can really mess with your meds, your liver and your blood sugar numbers so check with your diabetes educator about what is safe for you.

I'm not always upbeat... When I've been out of line and eaten the wrong things I often avoid my testing meter (just like a little kid!) And there was a time when I was being extrememly good with my diet and exercise and the numbers just weren't showing it. That was very depressing. I ended up calling my doc thinking I needed different pills and she shocked me by starting me on insulin. I've been on it since April and the numbers are great again so I don't mind so much. Anyway... Are you a youngster or a more mature adult (like myself, in my 50's)? Got family to help with this whole new eating plan thing? Wish I weren't so nosey? Check in often and share and pretty soon you will be helping newbies with your insights.
~ Jeannie

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


"Madness takes its toll.
Please have exact change."


JGriffin
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   Posted 1/16/2006 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think you are nosy. I have been the one asking all the questions. I just turned 60 this year and feel like I have been in great health until I was diagnosed as a Type II in October. My diabetes lady said I had taken great care of myself or it would have shown up a lot sooner - in other words, in my genes!! I only had ten pounds to lose and have started a very disciplined exercise program with a strict diet and only one fortamet a night (so far). The irony of this is that I do genealogical research and had just received a death certificate of a great-great grandfather whose reason for death was complications from diabetes. I thought, "How interesting." But I knew of no one on that side of the family who had symptoms. Guess who won the prize? At least I can be thankful that I live in a time when there are medications I can take to hopefully stay healthy and there is an internet to visit with other fellow sufferers online. And yes I have been through the grieving and the denial. I agree that it is probably a process like any other.
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