It may take weeks (longer in some cases) to dial in proper dosing of insulin. Insulin in the hands of the misinformed injures or kills, everyday. What do you think happens to physicians who over prescribe insulin to their newly diagnosed patients...after they pass out while driving their kids to school? Doctors who prefer to stay in practice tend to exercise great care and err on the side of safety when introducing insulin to newly diagnosed diabetics.
I understand your frustration. Diabetes is all about frustration and relearning how to live. But consider this. An A1C of 11 represents an "average" BS of 269. And, you haven't seen a doctor in 5 years. That could mean you've been living, at moments throughout the day, with alarmingly high levels (300 ) of sugar in your blood for a while, now...3 months? 6 months? A year? 5 years?How would you know?
Your doctor's been treating you, what...30 days? You been eating "3 carbs each meal" for how long? 25? I often remind my wife, "Honey, do you know the quickest way to ruin a marriage?" By adding two words to the end of every need..."right" & "now"
(Well, every "need" except one, of course!)
SS, I realize you're scared. But, from my perspective, being "scared" is not always a bad thing. Especially, when it's critical that action be taken. And, that's exactly what you are doing! Kudos. One last thing, you did not mention what Type of diabetes you have (1 or 2). Do you know that Type 1s must use insulin?View Thread
Here's something I've learned from experience. Exercise is a habit. (see Seinfield episode: "The Contest") If you do something, everyday, out of "habit" at some point in time it becomes immensely pleasurable... Second, depending on your age, you have to set aside enough time for not only the "exercise", itself, but the "recovery time", afterwards.
For example, when I was 18, my combined exercise & recovery time was approximately 45 mins. Now, that I'm older:3 hrs and 30 mins. View Thread
Many impoverished Asian cultures, yes, consume boo-koo carbs. But, their carbs come out of the ground, not a machine. They eat roots. They're whole grain eaters. They're vegetable and fruit eaters. Plus, they like working in the fields. They're forced to grow crops because their per capital income levels have yet to reach Costco, Amazon and Walmart thresholds. Plus, their genetic makeup is different from ours. People in these parts of the world are teased, mercilessly, for having a bodyfat percentage of 20%.
They are not sugar eaters.
They are not refined starch eaters.
They are not red meat eaters.
They are not drug takers.
They are not soda and beer drinkers.
They are few "desk" jobs (in fact, they are few desks)
In other words, they are not having any "fun" nor are they as educated as us... View Thread
People with diabetes are far more susceptible to bacterial infections than others. It's important for any one with diabetes to be extra careful about any open wound, toothaches, itchy skin, hemorrhoids. Boils caused by infection as a result of high blood sugar are not uncommon. Once your daughter learns how to keep her blood sugar at safe levels, she'll be less susceptible to these kinds of skin ailments in the future. Good luck.View Thread
Keep an open mind and learn about diabetes, first.
To do this, you should establish "evidence" through periodic self-testing using a glucometer and test strips to back your belief. Second, ask him to run a hemoglobin A1C test. Talk is talk but can you walk the walk. If your doctor's wrong, don't say it. Prove it.
The fasting blood glucose test is only one of many considerations when making a diabetes diagnosis. Family history of diabetes and having multiple "Diabetes Risk Factors" are heavy considerations, too. They are:
1. Hi cholesterol 2. Hi fasting blood glucose 3. Overweight or obese 4. Hi blood pressure 5. Tobacco use during the 20 years
If you test negative for diabetes after all this, then, you're right. You are "dam good"!View Thread
Pneumonia may affect oxygen levels in bloodstream. Decreased O2 levels can increase insulin resistance. Also, high insulin levels, in turn, tell the brain sugar is low. Liver releases more glucose into the bloodstream as a result.View Thread
This poster is freakin' because he/she believes they have Kidney Disease. The two most common causes of kidney failure in the us are diabetes and high blood pressure. The top ten reasons why insurance companies decline a life insurance application? 1. Insane cholesterol 2. Insane A1C 3. Hepatitis 4. Alcoholism 5. Blood or protein (microalbumin) in your urine 6. Insane DMV Report 7. Elevated Liver Function 8. Applying for $10 mil in Life Insurance...on your spouse or a family member. lol 9. Morbid Obesity 10.Undisclosed prior declines in L.I. applications
All of the above reasons can be remedied or at least "controlled" by the applicant to some extent. If an applicant presents evidence at the time of application that the issue(s) are being addressed, he/she presents evidence to suggest that corrective actions are being taken and full disclosure is offered, there's a good chance that insurance can be provided once the applicant provides proof that progress is being made. In other words, insurance companies run a business. And, like any other business, they prefer to deal with responsible & proactive people. That's what I mean by "work the problem"...nothing is impossible provided you act responsibly and you believe in yourself.View Thread