help do I have diabetes- my life could be ruined

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   Posted 1/26/2008 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Not knowing I was required to take a blood test for a job, I ate a muffin top & orange juice at 8:30 am,coffee and a heafty slice of marble cake at  9;15 am . I took my  blood test about  10;15 am  and my test results showed a  glucose level of 168mg/dl.
Do I have diabetes or was this just a glucose spike and what is considered normal after what I  ate. My sugar level  were  always normal & my last blood test 4 months ago was normal.  I just took a fasting blood test and and will find my results monday. I also have not been drinking enough fluids lately. If test is positive, do I take pills, take a 3rd blood test, see a specialist, or just watch it and loose weight.  
I am 57 yrs, male, 5ft 9 inch and 218 lbs and I have been on a sugar bin for the last 4 months from job hunting pressures/unemployment. I dont know how to eat foods that dont have sugar & I am starting a new job so I am panicking  

Post Edited (captnemo) : 1/26/2008 10:42:05 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/27/2008 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Capt, sorry you're panicking about this but you'll have to come to terms with having higher than normal blood sugar.  You had a lot of sugary food in a short time and your blood sugar test showed that you are not handling carbohydrates normally.  It's almost like you gave yourself a glucose tolerance test.  Maybe the 168 wasn't critical but it's higher than what a normal person's test would be.  You already know you're binging on the wrong food, so it would be very helpful to your health to eat better.  Eat more protein (meats and fish), vegetables and cut way back on the carbs.  Don't eat muffins and orange juice for breakfast followed by cake!  Eat eggs with cheese or any kind of bacon instead.  This kind of diet change may allow you to lose weight and bring down your blood sugar.  I also think you should see your doctor if you have one and talk this health matter over.  If diabetes runs in your family, you might be prone to the disease, too.  Please look through the past threads here that talk about food, diet, recipes and you'll have a good idea about what to eat.  Stay with us.  Lots of people here can help with great advice!

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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds

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   Posted 1/27/2008 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
You are lucky you found out your body has a hard time with tall the carbs you are eating, you life was saved, not ruined, 168 after all the food you ate is not so bad but it needs attention, your numbers should have not gone higher than 100, if you would lower your carbs,eat more protein, you will have gained a wonderful skill "control", it will help you in all areas of your life, go see a nutritionist as she can help you more , a doctor doesnt have the time to explain all this to you, try reading Dr Richard Bernstiens book

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   Posted 1/28/2008 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
If you found out you were sensitive to peanuts you wouldn't think your life was ruined, right? You would simply set about to get peanuts out of your life. Finding out you may be sensitive to carbs means you need to learn a bit more about what foods are made of and how your body handles them. After that it becomes a smarter life of better choices. And although we seldom drink orange juice any more we still eat delicious fresh oranges because they are full of fiber, and overall have less carbs than a glass of juice.

If you are diabetic we will help you get a handle on this and help you save your life, as Judy said.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"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

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   Posted 1/28/2008 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Everyone who's life has been ruined by diabetes. raise your hand. I bet even with her double amputation Wheelchair Bound wouldn't say her life has been ruined...harder, definitely...ruined, no. You just learn what to do to control it and go on with life. There are much, much worse things that people endure. I would rather live with this one.
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   Posted 1/28/2008 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
My hubby is typw 2 diabetic.If he would lose weight it would really help.Being grossly overweight can cause type2.Hubby still leads a good life is happy.........


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