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Discussion in 'Prayer Requests & Praise' started by evenifigoalone, Feb 21, 2020.

  1. evenifigoalone

    evenifigoalone Well-Known Member

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    A couple weeks back I went to the Dr to have some bloodwork done.....
    Turns out I have an A1C of 8.7. The Dr says that means diabetes. I'm going to have to make diet changes and go on extra medication. They even gave me a blood glucose meter, but I don't actually need to use it unless I feel faint

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    So type 1 or type 2?
     
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    Praying for you, my deceased father finally came down with it at age 82!
     
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    She has the blood check, so would be the one that does finger prick I think!
     
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    I assume type 2, as I understand it type 1 tends to be more acute. I don't have any symptoms at this time, except very high blood glucose level. So I'm at least glad this was detected sooner rather than later.
     
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    What's your exercise regimen look like?
     
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    I go on walks.....sometimes.....
    Seriously, I have to make some drastic changes.
     
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    Yes, you do. Drastic, but not anything that plenty of people haven't done before. My wife ran her first marathon after she'd had 2 kids. She went on an extreme autoimmune diet after being diagnosed with MS. Keep us in the loop, and let us know if we can help.
     
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    My fathers friend came down with your condition in her 50's and walked every day and stayed on her diet, and never went flown blown!
     
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    Such information is useless - what diet? How much walking? What does "flown blown" mean?

    I was diagnosed in 2,000 at 61. I maintained exercise - tennis - and followed the given diet. By 2,008 I was crippled with peripheral neuropathy. Leg pains that were present as a numbness when I was diagnosed.

    The advice I had been given was to maintain exercise & base my diet on complex, brown carbohydrates, very low sugar & fat. I was warned that diabetes is progressive, & whatever I did it would worsen. I was at risk of blindness, amputation, kidney failure, stroke, heart disease .... I left the surgery thinking I had the disease that would kill me.

    Now, TWENTY YEARS after diagnosis, and TWELVE YEARS after I thought my active life was over, I am fit & well, diabetes under control, still playing tennis at club standard. The transformation is a low carb, high fat diet! I don't take any medication.

    Get your advice from long term patients who are controlling their condition - a contributor to diabetes.co.uk/forum gave me the advice to stop eating carbohydrates. I gave up eating bread, potatoes, rice, cereals etc, and increased veg, proteins, fatty foods. In THREE months I was free from pain & playing tennis again.

    Now at 80 y-o after TWELVE YEARS of a low carb, high fat diet - lifestyle rather than diet - I am fit & well.

    Any questions - ask me or the forum.
     
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    So I've been eating differently for 3 days, and my blood sugar numbers are already going down. 178 two hours after a meal last night, and 160 waking up this morning.

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    I take it you've been using your blood glucose monitor, then?
     
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    Yup. Well, I started yesterday.

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    I'm curious: when your blood sugar is high, do you experience any symptoms?

    In other words, do feel any different (if you don't mind my asking, that is).
     
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    The one symptom I'd been experiencing was random pins and needles sensations in my feet.

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    Wow. Well, it's great to hear you're already making significant progress!
     
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    Two common symptoms of high glucose levels are frequent urination, especially at night, and changing eyesight. When I was first diagnosed, my vision was great in the morning and in the evening things got a little bit blurrier. I also woke up at night some nights and sometimes twice and just blamed it on environmental noise.

    The thing is, I had no idea those were caused by high glucose levels, so I just dismissed them as getting older. For most people, there are symptoms, they just don't realize it because the regular media does not do a good job in educating people of this condition.
     
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    What I don't understand is doctors will say, "Check it only if you're feeling funny," or "no need to check it more than once a week, at most," or "you should never check it more than once a day, if that."

    These statements make no sense to me! If you are newly diagnosed as having diabetes, wouldn't the exact opposite be the case?

    In other words, wouldn't you want to check your blood sugar at least three times a day, so you could closely monitor how well you're doing with your newly discovered chronic health condition?

    Wouldn't positive feedback encourage you to continue on your journey to managing your serious health issue?

    And wouldn't discovering your blood sugar is extremely high help you to take your diabetes seriously, and not have a lackadaisical attitude toward your health?

    Doctors!! At times, I am sorely vexed with them! Lol
     
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    Not just doctors - the major charity, Diabetes UK, is seriously being practical experience with its recommendations. Particularly they recommend testing 2 hours after meals - when the effect of what you have eaten has stabilised. Test ONE hour after beginning a meal & the result will show the effect of what you have eaten - it could be the difference - 1 hour, 300 (15) or 2 hours 180 (9) as it was with me when I was eating carbs. Now I rarely go above 180, & average about 150 (7.5). (English units)
     
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    Yep, that’s full blown diabetes. Good luck with your diet.
     
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