I think the reason why everybody is saying "call your doctor" is because that's roughly where your liver is. Now, it may not be your liver, it could be something completely else, but if your liver were to be hard with stabbing pains, that would be really bad and a doctor visit would be the only thing that could help.
So there isn't much we can say other than "see a doctor to make sure what is going on." Or if you don't have a doctor, sometimes your insurance will provide a nurse line.
I don't really think you worded anything wrongly. Lately, anyone giving medical advice has been catching a lot of heat because of the Terms of Service, though.View Thread
He has worked hard to bring his A1c down and I think that's awesome. I'm worried about him going back to the carbs though, especially since he doesn't really have a valid way of seeing whether he's keeping his sugars at the right level other than that once or twice yearly blood test with the doctor. He's also gaining weight again.
My biggest concern is that he doesn't demonstrate understanding that he could be doing serious harm to himself. And since he has immediate no way of knowing if he's running around with high sugars all day, he could be sentencing himself to a painful, inconvenient, neuropathy riddled later life rather than a comparatively healthy one.
I don't want to see him wheelchair bound - or worse - when it could have been prevented. But I will keep what you say in mind and remember that he can make his own decisions (obviously) and this is his choice to make. I want him to really know what he's choosing!View Thread
I'm pretty upset at my father right now. He learned he was diabetic a couple years ago, and he's 61 now. His A1c was somewhere in the 7s or 8s, not extremely high. And he didn't present with many symptoms other than fatigue.
He lost some weight, started exercising, cut his carbs, and went on Metformin - started feeling better. A1c went to good levels, somewhere in the 5s. He never started testing his blood. My mom is squeamish about blood and he's totally blind, from an accident when he was a kid.
So far so good... except for the lack of testing. Now he's slipping back into eating more white carbs. He's still exercising but Metformin made him tired so he's supplementing - the supplements make him feel better, less sleepy during the day. He was short on iron, and B vitamins, and some minerals I believe. Now that that's fixed, he's relying entirely on his A1c blood test.
My biggest issue, and frustration, is that he isn't self educating enough, partly due to not having sight, and he's not testing his blood. He really needs to test his glucose, if only to see if his other efforts are working! You can't just go by feel!
I think I'm going to start talking about my own efforts with my prediabetes, so I can model better behaviors and get a conversation started. It's tough to figure out how to approach him since he's my dad, he's a big boy, and he's 2000 miles away. I wonder if I can find him a talking meter and send that as a gift so he feels obligated to use it?View Thread
Many women have been through them - they can be uncomfortable but they are a good way to make sure everything is fine. Breast cancer is so much easier to treat if you catch it early! If you get it early, you can get by with a little lumpectomy instead of the more major, more scary surgeries. I hope others weigh in with what it was actually like, but I urge you to do it.View Thread
Well, I think the question really is, do zero calorie artificial sweetners affect his blood sugar? If they don't, it's probably fine. If they do, then leave it alone. Zero calorie water drops don't affect my blood sugar personally, but I'd be curious to hear about other people's experiences.
As far as zero calorie sweetners, there are so many kinds. I have found that stevia (which is made from a leaf) doesn't mess with my blood sugar.View Thread
Thanks for the tip about supplements. It just reaffirms my decision to pretty much make all my own herbal supplements. For example, if I want a cinnamon capsule, or a turmeric capsule, I'll fill my own! Or if I want a tea, I'll buy the raw herb, measure carefully, and make it myself. That way I know more of what I am getting.View Thread
That's interesting and thanks for posting it! Neither I, nor my parents, or my spouse, take antibiotics unless it's absolutely needed. And I have never had a doctor prescribe them for something viral, that I know of. One benefit of inadequate medical care as a child, I guess! I couldn't just go to the doctor every time I was sick. Then again, I'm not diabetic, just occasionally hypoglycemic, and am just here to help my dad who's just prediabetic.View Thread
Well, my folks are really into natural foods and I don't think they allow boxed anything into their house. So that's good. They know different kinds of carbs too, so that's encouraging - at least I have something else to mention. Thanks!View Thread