Am I Diabetic?

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/11/2006 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Here's my story...
I'm male, 36, overweight.
Never had many major health problems, but I do take Atenolol daily for slightly high blood-pressure and Aciphex for Acid Reflux.  Both are under control.
Last week, I woke up feeling like I had no energy at all.  Extremely sluggish and could barely move.  I didnt think much about it, just wrote it off to a lack of sleep catching up to me.  Within a few hours tho, I was so tired I couldnt move.  I went back to sleep in the afternoon and slept for a few more hours.  When I woke up, I felt better but no where near good.
Later that night, for some reason, I thought "I'll check my blood sugar".  I've had a test kit for years, from a time when I thought my blood sugar may have been running low (it was fine).  So with the test strips that were 2 years out of date my blood sugar was around 190.  I knew that was high, and tested it several more times with similar readings.  I wrote it off to the strips being out of date.  However, after about 2 hours and doing housework, it was at 140.  So feeling better I drank a few beers and watched TV.  Never thought ANYTHING else about it, until...
The last Friday, got up at 10am for work, around 11am I ate 3 hotdogs for lunch.  By Noon, I started to take a shower and I was so tired I had to lay down first.  I just felt like I needed to fall asleep right then.  The thought about my blood sugar came to mind and I checked it again, the reading was 266.
On my way to work, I stopped by a friends house who has a test kit.  I really thought my strips were wrong, but this time the reading was 252, so I knew mine was close.
I called my doctor and have an appointment this next Thursday, but here's some questions I have.
I have monitored my blood glucose very carefully yesterday and so far today.  When I woke up yesterday mid-morning, it was around 140.  For lunch I ate a Healthy Choice entree of pasta (260 calories).  about an hour later, it was at 170.  I did some house work, worked up a good sweat, and didnt feel tired actually, but I checked it again about 2 hours after eating and it was 222.  I thought it must have been the pasta, but it was THAT much pasta, something like 8 pieces of Raviolli.  Just seemed like a really big jump.  I did end up napping later in the day and for dinner I ate a Salad with Lettuce, Ham, Croutons, Shredded Cheese & Italian Dressing.  Several hours after eating my sugar was at 124.  But by midnight had gone back up to 124 without me eating anything else.
Today, I woke up and checked my sugar before doing anything at 11:47am, it was 136.  Checked it again at 1:20, it's 172.  I had not eaten ANYTHING.  Only took my daily Atenolol and Aciphex with water.
Obviously my blood sugar is out-of-whack.  But why is it going up without eating anything?  That doesnt make any sense.  I'm cooking beans right now, and I'm afraid if I eat anything its going to skyrocket again.   I thought glucose levels would only go up if I had eaten.
Any thoughts and advice on this would be appreciated.  But before anyone says anything, I plan to buy a treadmill and modify the foods I eat to get this under control.

Post Edited (ChuckR) : 6/11/2006 1:07:17 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 115
   Posted 6/11/2006 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, getrting up at 10 in the morning is sick...... No matter how hard I try I have to get up sooner - and I'm retired(ish)

Yes , you numbers are high. You were right getting the appointment. Glucose levels will sometimes rise after you get up in the morning - it is called dawn phenomenon. That most likely is the cause. I find my bood glucose levels go down after eating breakfast and level out some.

The things you mention that you are eating are really pushing your blood sugars up.
type 2 - dx 12/04
metformin 500mg 3x - avandia 2mg 2x

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Date Joined Jun 2006
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 6/11/2006 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I know the Pasta entree probably raised the glucose, even tho it was a "healthy choice". I dont think the salad would raise it much, maybe the italian dressing. But would a few croutons hurt, even tho its a bread?

Today I cooked Pinto Beans, Collard Greens and ate a whole medium size Tomato (1st pick from my plants on my deck). Havent checked my glucose again since eating, not sure the effect it will have.

Any good examples of fresh and/or quick meals/foods that I could safely eat?

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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 534
   Posted 6/11/2006 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Yep, you're probably diabetic.  Im gonna guess that being overweight and your eating and exercise habits are probably not helping your numbers much.  Let's see what your doctor says and in the meantime start thinking about EXERCISE and a healthier lifestyle.  And maybe the outcome won't be as bad as it could be.

scool Warren
It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not. - James Gordon, M.D.
What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease. - George Dennison Prentice

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 6/12/2006 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Your morning readings should be about 100 to 110 or below. Anything over 150 more than two hours after a meal is causing permanent damage to the blood vessels in your eyes, kidneys, fingers and toes. Don't want to put you off, just the facts...

Get to that appointment with the doc, get to a nutrition class and come on back here for all the positive reinforcement you can handle. We can guide you thru the meds, side effects, new food plan, exercise ideas and meter stuff. We can also steer you away from the quacks who want to take your money and don't give a @#$%^ about your eyesight or kidneys... just want to sell you their snake oil.

Pretty soon you will be an old pro helping some other newbie who is joining us. Welcome to HealingWell and if you have questions we'll be here.
~ Jeannie

"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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