I agree with most everyone else, but what I do when I'm worried or concerned about something is have the test taken. I also have diabetes in my family. My blood sugar levels change from 90 and can go very high if I'm not careful about what I eat. I started off not taking any medicine for my diabetes and was pretty strict. I had an A1C of around 5.8-6.1 at those times. Now, it's up to 6.7. I would get an A1C test taken at the doctors. That should give you an idea of what your diabetes average is...It won't tell you if you go into the 200 range, so if you find yourself eating a high amount of carbs at one time, definitely check two hours afterward to see how high you're going. Mine will go into the 200 range if I'm not careful, even with my low dose of Metformin.
I agree that you should eat like you're a diabetic, just in case. It certainly will keep you healthier. For me, I didn't get diabetes until I was around 60. I held it off for a long time, until I was stressed and ate unhealthy for a year. I was teaching and had a really hard class that year. I stress ate.
I also have arrhythmia and take medicine. I've thought about taking Potassium. Did your heart doctor recommend that for your condition? Always check with your doctor when taking supplements. Mine makes me take "all" my medicines, aspirin, vitamins, and others when I see him.
You have a right to ask for an A1C. Insist on it, especially if you're seeing any numbers over 150, two hours after you ate.View Thread
It's important that you get your brother to a psychiatrist. He sounds like he has schizophrenia with the delusions he's having. I'm not a doctor or therapist, but it's definitely not normal behavior. He needs to probably be on some medicine. No one hear can diagnose something like this from a posting.
My mom used to act more agitated or lose her temper when she had higher numbers, but this seems to be something else.
Good luck! I hope you can get him there to be evaluated. They often don't think they're sick or need help. It's hard to get some people to take the medicine, too.View Thread
Taia...this series of posts were from a few years ago.
I also struggle now with figuring out what I can eat now, as it's different from a few years ago.
I have friends who have guided me to writing things down and testing my blood sugar numbers about four times a day. I'm trying to do that, counting my carbs.
I can hear your frustration. Some people I know can eat fruit with no problem, but I have difficulties keeping my numbers down with fruit. I take 1/2 an apple with some nuts.
I would talk to a dietician who can help you out with this or check on-line and see the things you can't eat with gastroparesis and list those. See what you "can" eat, and then check this against the diabetes items.
It must be pretty frustrating for you, but I know you can do this. I wish I could help you more, but I'm adjusting my eating needs right now, too, trying to figure out how to keep my numbers level, instead of spiking at times. I think we all have to do this for our own bodies. Good luck!
What can't you eat other than fiber? What vegetables can you eat? How about fruits...are there any you can have? Can you eat cottage cheese or things with milk products? Are you allowed to have all meats? Fish, white meat chicken, and lean beef are good choices.View Thread
I would definitely go for a retinopathy eye test. My health facility has people go every two years. I was fine two years ago, but I now have mild to moderate retinopathy.
If you are doing anything with sugar, you are probably going way up, and then going way down afterward, which is not good for your eyes. Low blood sugar levels may cause problems.
Have a regular eye exam and a retinopathy exam, too, just as a precaution. All diabetics need to have these. I was shocked to find I had the beginnings of something that could make me blind, if I don't control my blood sugars and blood pressure.
I have an appt. with my eye doctor to check everything out soon. I was getting blurry eyes, and I just thought it was high sugars. The other day they were red and blurry and my b.s. was at 110, not that high. I have been doing a lot of computer work and t.v. watching, because I was working on getting my hip flexors better with exercises, and couldn't go out dancing or to the gym for a few weeks. I'm checking my blood pressure with a machine every day for two weeks, now.
Having small meals every few hours is the way to go. I would test your b.s. levels two hours after you eat to see what's happening. Make sure you have protein and some carbs. Keep something in your pocket, so you don't go too low, like a glucose tablet(50 or below).View Thread
Den, don't be concerned whether someone answers you or not. Just concentrate on what you need to do.
For me, I have to work on "my" diabetes and other things right now. I'm not on here much anymore. I might come back at one point. I feel unless I have "my" act together, I can't advise others. Things are going well now.View Thread
Deb, I haven't signed on in quite a while. I just wanted to add to Michelle's comment that I also feel it would be appropriate to share what's going on with you. We've known you for so long. I'm so sorry you've had to go through all this, but glad you've found great doctors who are diagnosing you correctly now. How awful to be told it's in your head. As soon as you're ready to share, we'll be here. I don't check in every day anymore. Just know that.View Thread
Deb, I agree with you on jump roping. We did that every recess at school. I also liked using my yo yo and hula hoop. I could do that 100 times as a child, but maybe "once" now. It hurts my back to do that movement. I was a real "games' player! I loved cards, Scrabble, Monopoly, and other ones, too. I still enjoy doing cards and other games with adult friends. One of the favorite toys I ever gave my children at school was these tiny dreidels or Santa Claus spinners. They loved these better than books, pencils, or candy I gave them. They spent all day spinning those spinners to see who could keep theirs going the longest. Oriental Trading Co. sells them. They make great gift items for parties and are really quiet. As a child, I would entertain myself with little charms I got out of cereal boxes. I collected them in a glass jar, and actually would play with them. I was good at entertaining myself! Comic books were one of my biggest enjoyments. I had a great collection of Superman, Archie and other comics that would have been worth a lot of money today. Unfortunately our attic leaked, and they all got wet and had to be thrown away.View Thread
I'm glad you're going to do that, Dusty. I would also talk to my doctor about this. It is a concern. Did you say you were on medicine? Maybe you're going up and down. Is it possible that you ate something for breakfast that sent you bs way up, and then it crashed down again?View Thread
I definitely agree with banning leaf blowers. All it does is bring the leaves all over other places, especially when the wind is blowing afterward. It's deafening!
I would ban people opening their street side car doors wide open and not be looking at traffic. Even bike riders could be knocked off their bikes! I saw one mom recently, with her bottom out to the road, not watching for cars, and buckling in her young one. This happens a lot in our neighborhood, and I have to drive extra slowly there. It also happens on fast city streets, too.
The birds that chirp "loudly" early in the morning is something else I'd ban, and the garbage collection trucks that come really early, too...beep beeping, brakes squishing, etc.
I would ban people who think their music is the best, and open all their car windows pumping this music so "all" can hear how great their taste in music is....not! Luckily that doesn't happen in my town too much, but we do hear motorcycles once in while. My friend had a neighbor, Beta, that would go up and down his long drive-way on this loud moped, but he wasn't old enough to go in the street. She heard this noise all day long. One day, she didn't hear it anymore. It seems the poor young man had been killed on his moped. Talk about her guilt after this incident...as she'd been praying he'd stop.
I would ban pain and disease that are not curable. I guess that's enough for now.View Thread