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Jenisis
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   Posted 10/18/2007 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, guys...I'm here from the Lyme disease board, but I think I'm in desprate need of diabetic info. I'll make my story as fast as I can.
 
I am an overweight brown ( I never say black or white unless the person is actually the color black, or white,lol) female on my way to the good ole' age of 32, tomorrow. I have Lyme disease,yet, I'm still waitng for more test results.
 
I was in the ER late last year for the flu, and the nurse just wanted to check my blood sugar...I've never had it checked before...it was exactly 100, and this is a half an hour after eating a mcdonalds breakfast...no worries, I've stopped eating that crap months ago.
 
A few moths ago, at night, I'll have a few snacks or maybe something sweet...everytime I have that, I get sleepy and kind of foggy. I have hand and toe tingles, but that can also come from the Lyme. I didn't think anything of it until lately...I can not stop peeing(2 times a night, too), and my hands and mouth are super dry. You know that I'm scared for so many reasons.
 
A. I'm overweight
B. I'm brown, and "African American"...although I've never been to Africa,lol
C. My grandfather had diabetes(dead),My grandmother-my granfathers wife, had bladder cancer and kidney failure(dead),my mother had kidney failure(dead-ugh, I hate saying that word when it relates to her), my uncle had kidney failure ( still living, but if he follows in my mothers footsteps after the kidney transplant, he'll have about 5 more years left before it dies again),My other uncle-my mothers twin is healthy as a horse...what I've noticed about him, is that he and I share the same texture of hair,more corse, whereas my mother, other uncle and grandmother had very fine wavy hair. His hair resembles my diabetic grandfather-meanwhile his daughter was born diabetic, and her twins were born diabetic. Does anyone see a corellation here?
 
Now as for my fathers side,they are clear of everything. My fathers mother was Hungarian, and his father (my grandparents BTW) was Dominican...no diseases from any of them. My grandmother died because she fell and hit her head-hard, and my grandfather died in the 9-11 attacks.
 
 
I've always thought since my uncle and I resemble each other, and that my father was free of everything, I'd be alright, but as I age, I see so much of my grandfather (the diabetic one) in me, and I'm now afraid that I've developed type 2 diabetes...and I think it's bought on by poor diet!
 
My major issue is that I have Lyme disease, and it brings on so many problems, I wouldn't know if the diabetes was real, or will it leave after I finish my antibiotic regimine.
 
Should I worry? Are dry mouth, hands, peeing a lot, and weird sores on your scalp  signs of diabetes... especially the falling asleep part...at night only...after I've eaten something? Should I just drink a lot of water, vitamin C, have no sugar, and work out to see if anything changes?
 
I'm sorry for the extra long post, I just need a bit of insight, Thank all of you.
Brainfog is cruel.


LanieG
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   Posted 10/18/2007 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jenisis, welcome over to this side of the Forum!  I'm glad you're asking questions because it's about health and the more we know, the better we can take care of ourselves.  Diabetes used to affect certain racial groups like African-American (and brown!), Native American and Hispanic more than others but I'd bet that nowadays it's all evening out.  It's true that you'll find that diabetes runs in families, at least for type 2 (adult onset).  It does on my mother's side of the family but not my father's, yet my 2 siblings and I are dealing with high blood sugar/pre-diabetes.  I don't think there's a connection of diabetes and having similar physical features as someone in the family with diabetes - but if I'm wrong, someone correct me, please?  Ok.  Your 100 half an hour after eating that breakfast is fine!  Some people with very high blood sugar do have to urinate a lot and sometimes they might have sores that are very slow healing.  I would suggest seeing your doctor for some lab work testing for diabetes so you know where you stand.  If you're worried about this, you need to know exactly where you stand.  In the meantime, you can get a jump on feeling better all around if you lose weight.  Most of the members here, whether on medication or not, try to cut down on carbohydrates because they make the blood sugar rise but also, cutting back on potatoes, rice and bread stuff helps you take off the pounds.  And exercise.  Daily walking if nothing else will help.  Sometimes being overweight pushes the blood sugar higher.  It's tough dealing with Lyme's at the same time and I don't know if any of the medication you take for that would raise your blood sugar, so you'd need to talk to your doctor.  One note about doctors and diets for diabetics:  the American Diabetes Association recommends a diet that probably none of us here on this forum follows.  I know when we were growing up, we were conditioned to a "balanced" meal and today we talk a lot about fiber, etc., (a salad, a piece of meat, some vegetables and a piece of bread = a perfect meal?  Everything but the bread is perfect for me.)  but if a person has a hard time controlling his blood sugar, even whole grain bread will make the blood sugar rise although more slowly than if he ate cookies. So, go make an app't with your regular doctor and see about the blood tests so you can rest easy - or, so you can get in there early and have more control.  I was "lucky" in that my doctor prescribed a glucose monitor a year ago when I had 2 years in a row of high fasting numbers and I've been able to bring my weight down, change my eating habits and added a lot of exercise to control my blood sugar before it crept higher and higher.  I hope this helps so far.  Let us know what's going on.  (Where did you get Lyme's Disease?  Do you live near forested areas?  I'm ignorant, sorry.)    
Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
 
"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds


Jenisis
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 339
   Posted 10/18/2007 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Lanie, you are wonderful, and conveyed your info. in a very helpful way. Are you a writer? You should be,lol.
I do live in a very wooded area in New Jersey. My dog recently died from Lymes, so... we're getting it pretty easy out here. It's as simple as hanging out in our backyard, ya know. Although this time, I believe I got it while hiking. I'm heavy set, but I'm very active,,,weird, right,lol.

I'm seeing my doctor on Monday, so as soon as I get info. I'll let you know :).

BTW, did you find that you urinated a lot, or had dry mouth and skin?
Brainfog is cruel.


LanieG
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   Posted 10/18/2007 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Jenisis!  A writer?  Yes, in my dreams!  I'm a teacher - which probably explains my over-explaining everything!  eyes   I didn't have any symptoms at all but then I didn't have extremely high blood sugar either.  Not everyone will have symptoms.  Since frequent urination is one of the symptoms, you're wise to go to the doctor and follow through on this.  The earlier you catch this, the better.  Ah, NJ?  I'm from Queens on the other side of the river.  We had woods there when I was growing up but I'm sure they're all gone now.  I don't live there now - I'm in Memphis (a very long story.......)  I'm sorry about your dog.  It's tough losing a pet.  :( 



Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
 
"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds

Post Edited (LanieG) : 10/18/2007 3:54:15 PM (GMT-6)


tutorgirl
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   Posted 10/18/2007 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Jenisis,

When I'm doing a bad job of controlling my diabetes (type 2), I have frequent urination, thirst, and my skin gets dry, especially my feet. I'm with Lanie...go to the doc and get some testing done. You have the history and the faster you can jump on it the better.
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Jenisis
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 10/19/2007 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, guys. Just to let you know, I borrowed my friend glucometer..cleaned it very well, changed the needle, took my BS, and it was 92. Some say that's good...is it?
I really think the coffee is irratating my bladder and drying my skin out. I find that after I drink a gallon of water..while I urinate a lot,my skin gets better, and so does my dry mouth.
My hands are more dry that my feet, however.
I'm still going to my doctor on Monday, and I'll let you guys know how it went. Thank you so much.

Lanie,thank you for your sympathy - losing a pet is def. one of the worst experiences in life.
Queens, lol...I'm more than 100% sure the trees are gone, lol. We're over populated, and having trees would mean no homes, and no homes would mean someones pockets are too thin, ya know? This world is a crazy, unstable, unsafe, sad place right now. It's all about the mighty dollar...screw the oxygen and shade trees bring. I have to stop before I get too political.

I think you have writing skills, and maybe one day, try to concoct a story and see what you get. You might be surprised at how talented you are. Thank you so much, and have a great weekend.
Brainfog is cruel.


LanieG
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   Posted 10/19/2007 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   

Good morning, Jenisis.  When had you last eaten when you got the 92 reading?  Was it the first thing in the morning before eating anything or later in the day?  Yes, a 92 is not bad at all!  You may or may not have a problem with high blood sugar - but again the doctor would have to order the other blood sugar tests (including the glucose tolerance test).  Since diabetes is on one side of your family, you're really wise to follow up on this now in order to control it and possibly avoid complications and/or full-blown diabetes later.  So many people are unaware of what their blood sugar levels are.  Personally, I think doctors should be more pro-active with patients whose families have diabetes.  Those patients would be high risk and should be followed very closely and tested early on and take steps to keep their blood sugar under control: keeping weight down, reasonable lower carb diet and regular exercise.  You might be dehydrated and you're right to drink more water.  If you are drinking a lot of coffee, then maybe cutting down would help.  (And they say that water does help the skin to look better and less dry...)  In any case, congratulations for not putting your head in the sand and taking charge of your health.  You're so young!  32!  Is this your birthday today?  :-) Wow!  I'm 58.  I could be your mom, so do what I say!  And have a great weekend!

yeah


Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
 
"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds


Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/19/2007 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Jenisis,
Jumping in here with my 2ยข. How much oil or fats do you get in your diet? I eat peanut butter, olive oil, peanuts, walnuts, almonds and avocodoes for my fats along with small amounts of bacon, hot dogs or other 'fatty' meats and a little bit of butter. If you are trying to go 'low fat' your skin will show it first. Hope you're not diabetic but good luck with this.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
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"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Jenisis
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 339
   Posted 10/24/2007 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, guys.
Jeannie, I eat very little fat, but I'm now taking pure coconut oil...this has helped :).

Hi, LanieG.
Thank you for saying I'm young,lol..and thanks for the B-day wishes. I went to the doctor, I'm clear of diabetes so far, she just wants me to, as you said, drink less coffee and drink more water. Right now I'm just working with the Lymes. I actually ate a half of a snickers about a half hour before I took the reading that gave me a 92. I wanted to see if it would spike it really high ya know. Anyway, I'm in the clear, but Im still taking no chances. I'm going sugar free, eating nothing white, and working out. The Lymes is enough for me to deal with. I'll come by to see how you're doing here and there. Thank you so much for the support and have a great rest of the week. See ya soon.
Brainfog is cruel.

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