Hello xena, I'm sorry for all your troubles. It sounds like you've been through a lot. In my opinion (and you know we're not doctors here), you're in the 'early stages' or borderline. I don't know if they use those terms anymore. Your fasting numbers are not very high at all and I'm surprised you were put on meds first without trying to control your blood sugar with diet and exercise. In the past, doctors wouldn't consider you diabetic unless your fasting came out to 126 or higher on a couple of occasions. In any case, sometimes other medications you take can cause high blood sugar, so check to make sure that isn't the case with you. Eating bread, pasta, potatoes and other food high in carbs will give you high blood sugar especially when you cannot metabolize carbs efficiently. (This is my problem as well, so I don't eat carbs.) You'll find that opinions about
diet will vary among doctors, so it's not surprising to find contradicting information. The bottom line, however, is how your blood sugar is running, which is why testing is so important. Home blood sugar meters can be used on the fingers or other places on the body and there may even be discrepancies among those places but I don't think the range would be so extremely wide. And remember that these meters have an accuracy of plus or minus some degrees. It's true, though, that the GTT would be more accurate in diagnosing diabetes than a simple finger prick measurement. How many carbs? We all have different opinions. I have not counted but I probably don't eat more than 15gr of carb per meal. If I ate more than that, my blood sugar would be high enough to be on meds. I've been controlling my blood sugar for 2 years now by eating low carb and doing exercise regularly. Briefly, I eat meat, vegetables (lots), a few beans, salads, eggs, cheese, nuts. I do not eat breads, pasta, potatoes, corn, anything made with sugar or flour. I make gravy with soy flour or almond flour which can be found in the supermarket. The reason I've chosen to cut out all those carbs is that I want to avoid meds but this is my choice. Xena, please look through the past posts here in Diabetes and you'll learn a lot of what works for so many of us.
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds
Post Edited (LanieG) : 2/14/2009 6:50:19 AM (GMT-7)