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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 12/7/2008 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I pick up a candy bar every time I leave the store. I order pie. I must have desert.
I feel weak and almost faint if I can't have sweet foods.
Is this the sign of Diabetes or gluttony?
I'm not particulary fat but I'm not pear shaped as healthy people should be.
I'm going to be reading here and asking questions. Something is not quite right
with me. Five years ago I was prediabetic. I changed towns and doctors and
haven't heard another word about it.

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   Posted 12/9/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pamela,
It does sound to me as if you have quite a high level of insulin in your bloodstream.
This would explain the 'urge' to eat sweet foods, to counteract the insulin with glucose. It might also explain the weakness and faintness as low blood sugar episodes. The extra weight you may be carrying is another symptom of excessive insulin (it's not known as the fat buliding hormone for nothing!)
I'd suggest that if you resist the urge to eat sweet foods (try eating things like cheeses, nuts etc to relieve your appetite) that urge will start to fade in a week or two. Your insulin levels will have fallen to a more normal level and your cravings will be greatly reduced.
Abnormally high insulin levels are a symptom of pre-diabetes, so it might be wise to try this for a couple of weeks and see how you feel?
All the best,

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   Posted 12/10/2008 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Another thing you may want to do is call and ask your doctor to schedule a fasting blood sugar test and an A1c (glycohemoglobin test). He can call the order into a lab, and you just go in before you eat anything one day and they draw blood. This will give the doctor some numbers to look at and help you both decide what is going on. If you have become diabetic this is an excellent time to start saving your eyesight, kidneys and help prevent all the complications that can accompany this disease.

And if you are a full blown diabetic we can help you through this one day at a time. If you are still 'prediabetic' you may be having a hypoglycemic period that often shows up before you flip and become diabetic. Regardless of the diagnosis, we can give you lots of tips to handle your fluctuating blood sugars. Take care, and let us know how the labs turn out. And keep doing the nuts and cheese as Fergusc suggested. He is one wise Scotsman!
~ 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

Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 12/10/2008 11:51:27 AM (GMT-7)

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted Yesterday 2:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Fergusc and Jeannie,
Yes, I read this.
Thank you.
All I need is Diabetes.
You feel the same
so I won't get pity here.
I have trouble with urination
so that could be Kidney
Oh woe.
I know.
I will see an internist soon.
Mine just quit.
I just found her
and she left her practice!
My luck.
I hope it wasn't my symptons.

Jeannie, Your quote is one of my very very favorites.

Osteoarthritis all levels of spine right down to Coccyx,Spondilytis,Myofascial Pain
Fibromyalgia,Bulging Discs,Spinal Stenosis,Scoliosis,Osteopenia,Chronic Constipation
Carpel Tunel Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder,
Depression & Anxiety

Methadone for Pain, Xanax for Anxiety, and more, of course.

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/3/2009 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
can't keep my blood sugar levels down because I eat too many sweets, so You and I need to start on those nuts and cheeses. I'm starting today, it's nice to have someone to talk to about your problems with diabetes my family members really care but are not helpful in this area
I have a bad weight problem and they are all skinny ( darn them). BJH
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