Glad to meet you. Sorry you are having troubles getting your sugars down.
Diabetes makes one thirsty for a good reason--you need more water to flush the extra sugar from your system. So drink more WATER. It helps! Other liquids do not work so well as plain water. ["Diet" drinks are the worst thing you can do.>
Another way to help is more exercise. I know when your sugars are so very high, about all you want to do is sleep it off. But going for a walk, or doing other exercises is more helpful at this point. Do light exercises to help lower your sugars.
I hope the post about less expensive insulins is helpful to you. Check into it.
I think you will learn more about diabetes and taking care of it here, than from most doctors.
I used to know a lot of them. The American Diabetes Association [site above> will send you a free information kit with lots of good info. If you look online, you can find a lot of helpful info too. You can also find a lot of JUNK. So be wary, and careful.
I have used Walmart brand syringes and prefer them over the B-D brand. However, my insurance will not cover the Walmart brand syringes and only pays for the B-D brand. Since disability is a very small income, I am stuck with the B-D brand syringes. One reason that I prefer the Reli-On syringes is that they are individually packaged, and easier for travel purposes than the bulky 10 packs other brands make. I think the sterility is safer also. Once you open your 10 pack, things can happen, and sterility can easily be compromised.
I tried discussing this with a B-D rep on the phone once, and got nowhere. I did tell her that I only use that brand because my insurance would not cover Walmart's, and I no longer worked or could afford the Walmart brand.
Even so, I much prefer using insulin over pills any day. If you can stick your finger to check your blood sugars, then you can give yourself insulin shots. It hurts much less than sticking your fingers.
Pills work with your pancreas and your liver, and insulin is something you NEED anyway. My A1c's stay between 6 and 7, usually closer to 6 with the insulin. With the pills, my A1cs were more like 8 or so.
NJ, one question-- are Novolin-R and Novolin-N insulins synthetic human insulins, or are they animal based. One reason, I would not want the animal based insulin, is I do NOT do anything pig for any reason because of my religious preferences. Once upon a time, insulin came from pigs and cattle. I am very happy with the Lantus and Humalog insulins. But if I had to change, that would be an important factor.
I know people who cannot gain an ounce to save their lives, and they eat like starved lumberjacks. My youngest has to eat 8 large meals a day, and can barely keep his weight UP to 140-ish. He is 6' 1" tall and extremely lean. He has a metabolism problem. He HAS been checked out for all kinds of things. I know plenty of others with figures like rake handles...
There is another factor to weight gain that many overlook besides eating too much and or not exercising: side effects of some medications. I was not overweight as a child or a teenager, though maybe as an infant until I started walking. I was not overwieght in the 70s when I had my children. I was not overweight in the 1980s. I was slightly overweight in the 1990s, but not much. And in 2003 when I was diagnosed, I was about 155 lbs [I am 5' 4" tall>, which was more than I weighed 10 months pregnant [I carried one almost that long>. I was loosing it, until they told me that I could not skip meals. In trying to adjust to eating 3 meals a day, and some snacks, and the medications NOT agreeing with me [Metformin, Gluctrol, and Actos>, I did gain some weight. I was working at a very active job and getting lots of exercise. [I will refrain from the ignorant PA and doctor that I was seeing> ... Most of my life, I have been UNDERWEIGHT.
In June 2006, I was a mere 150 lbs which is a tad much, but not terrible for my height and frame. My neuro put me on Lyrica and Cymbalta for the neuropathy in my legs that was [and still is without medication> excruciating. They sort of helped the pain. Another doctor added Lexapro for a different problem close to the same time. Within 3 months, they had added 50 POUNDS OF LARD to my body!!! And after a bit, another 20 POUNDS OF LARD!!!!! I have NEVER been so heavy in my life! I was steaming mad. And it took me a YEAR to track down the cause.
At the time, I had recently changed doctors and they all ASSUMED that I was that fat for a long time. GRRRRR. When I saw my neuro again, she did not even notice the weight gain until I pointed out to her that I had been only 150 lbs in June the previous year. She checked her records and found out that I was correct. I told her that I REFUSE to take those meds any further. She says, "you have to wean yourself off of them first". I told her that I was already "weaned" and did not want them further, that she should try something else. I have been on neurontin since.
NO offense against anyone with a weight problem here. I am not used to having a weight problem. So far, I have been able to loose about 20 lbs. Sometimes I can get down to about 190 lbs, but it comes right back. I want my girlish figure back!!! I keep at it. My Mother had some trouble with her weight in middle age, but she has her small figure back, so I am hopeful to regain mine too.
So, I am ornery a bit. But not all weight gain is due to overeating and or lack of exercise. Much of it is.
I once saw a medical chart in one of my doctor's offices back in the early 2000s that said DIABETES causes weight gain, especially around the middle. I have not been able to track it down, and I no longer see that doctor. It was not an old chart either.
Anyhoo, I am working on this weight problem. Speaking of which, I need to get outdoors and work in my garden and go for a walk...
BTW, BROWN rice has more nourshisment that plain old white rice. Whole grains are way healthier than stripped down versions of grains. If you need to get used to it, try mixing them together. There will be more flavor too. If I have rice, I like to mix it with veggies and seasonings. You can add meat if you eat meats. It does NOT have to be a mound of plain old white rice. YUK.View Thread
Insulin is NOT an excuse to eat whatever you want to eat. A treat sometimes is one thing, but to always be eating bad stuff is not good.
I eat whole grain breads, rarely any white bread. Yuk. I do eat some potatoes or pasta, but not in the same meal as bread. And have veggies and protiens with it. Fruits are good, but you have to experiment a bit to see how much of them you can eat or not. I eat very little meat, as I am mostly vegetarian. Then I am allergic to soy also... Between being a picky eater, and allergies, and medical needs, it is hard to decide what to eat at times. This time of year, I just do not feel like eating much of anything. The heat bothers me a lot.
Some seem very careless with their diets. I think if they came to a place like here, they might learn better.
My doctor says I am her best diabetic patient. Her nurses were bragging about how well my hand had healed up, and so fast too. She told me that 'whatever you are doing for your hand, to keep doing it.' She knows I kind of do my own thing with wound care. Now, if I could just get my triglycerides down, my numbers would be about perfect. She had had me on Niaspan, but I had a very bad reaction to it also... It didnt really work for me anyway. I cannot take any of those cholesterol pills for medical reasons. With my allergies, I am NOT trying anything new here.
As long as we are learning, and trying to do better, that is a good thing.
David Heuben was so strict on his regimen for diabetes too. Wow. I knew Michelle Hall was battling cancer for some time, so she is not really a surprise. Does someone of their friends or family at home notify the forum when they are gone? I keep a list of my forums and passwords and all. I would hope my family would let my online friends know.
Before they put me on insulin, my A1c test kept getting higher. The pills never helped my blood sugars at all. Since I am on insulin, which was about January 05, I believe, my sugars have leveled off, and usually behave. Sometimes I have a few spikes, but not too major. Before I started the insulins, my sugars were up in the 400 neighborhood. Now they are mostly in the low 100s, or 90s. I cannot handle my sugars in the 50s and 60s, and my doctor does NOT want me so low. It does take awhile to learn how to eat to control one's sugars, and everyone is different in what works for them.
I do a lot of gardening and walking my dogs for exercise. And keep busy with my church and family. Speaking of whom, my dogs are waiting for their evening walk. Talk to you later. I will try to pop in a bit more often. I need to stop in at several other forums too.
I am glad to hear from you. Missy and Hubby are up in Alaska someplace. I hear from her now and then. I remember Kate also. I used to hear from her also, but have not heard from her in several years.
Diabetes is a strange creature. Some can get it into remission--we were always taught that there is no cure-- and do quite well. Others just cannot seem to get there. I learned more from the Old Timers and this board than I ever did from any of my doctors. You can have it for years, and it will not show up on tests, despite all of the symptoms. By the time you are diagnosed, you have a lot of complications. That was me. Even so, my A1c was not that high at dx because I had been skipping a lot of meals trying to loose some weight. I was not very heavy, but more than I wanted to be. A certain PA did not believe that skipping meals would throw the A1c test though. Long story there, but we parted ways. I was UNDERWEIGHT when I had the gestational diabetes that never was caught. I was small for many years, so it does not always have to do with being overweight. Certain medications made me way overweight, and I have had a terrible time trying to loose the excess weight they caused. I refused to take those meds once I figured out the cause. NO medication is good enough to be worth 50-70 lbs of excess weight! This weight gain was AFTER the diabetes and complications were DX'd.
Anyhoo, I am glad to see a few folk that I know from before.
It is sad about those who passed away. I do email a few really 'oldies', not that they are that old, but they were here when I first came here back in 2003 when I was first dxd with diabetes. Too many new changes discouraged a lot of us. And some of them are gone that I know of.
I am glad your cat bite healed up okay, despite the trauma. I have had a few cat bites, but no major infections or complications from them. I have been a cat person and a dog person all of my life. I was partly raised by a German Shepherd. Seriously. She was not ours, but our landlord's dog. No one could raise a hand to me while she was around.
I had undiagnosed gestational diabetes with my kids back in the 70s, and then symptoms off and on until 03, when it was FINALLY dxd. By then I had high blood pressure, diabetic neuropathy and a few other problems. I try to take good care of myself. Allergies are rampant in my family, as are some other problems like hypertension and heart probs.
Who passed away? Maybe I knew them too? I know FlashGordon is gone. Nixie is gone. Tom is gone, but I forgot his board name. I still keep in touch with Dnorvell, and Missy and Jane. Sometimes I email Dusty, but have not heard from her in awhile.
I am not sure what the forgetfulness issue is either, be sure to ask your doctor right away. You could have some other issue going on.
How long have you been on the insulin? It does take a few weeks to 'kick in', if I remember right. I think it took about a month to get my sugars and insulin doses regulated when I started insulins. My blood sugars were around 400 when I started insulin--finally! I had had to change doctors to get one to put me on insulin, because the pills were making me sick as could be and not helping at all.
What insulin/s do you take? I take Lantus and Humalog, though lately I have not needed very much Humalog. That is a good thing. Lantus is a long acting insulin, and you take it once a day. Humalog is a fast acting insulin that you take with meals and for spikes in your sugars. Most doctors will give you a sliding scale to use when you have spikes in your blood sugar. If you are careful, you will not usually need much in the way of correction doses.
There are other brands and kinds of insulin out there.
Hi Auriga, nice to see you again. There are so many people I do not know on here any more, and I miss the old crowd. I email some of them.
ANYONE can get allergies, whether or not it is in their families, and no matter how old you are.
I am glad you got that cat bite treated. Usually, that does not happen with a cat bite, but none of us can see the germs around us. Be sure to thoroughly wash and treat with antiseptics any kind of wound, bite or otherwise.
I had to get a tetnaus shot while in the ER too.
High blood pressure is another problem I have, but the meds do nothing much to help it. My blood pressures usually go all over the place.
Another reason I was scared of the antivenom-- I can no longer take Benadryl because it sends my bp into orbit and drop dead numbers for over a week. And I cannot have epinephrine either. If I have another anaphylatic reaction, I could easily be DEAD. No thanks!
I hope everyone here takes care of their health as best as they can, including their diabetes.
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