I have both donated blood and received a blood transfusion and I do not believe either had an effect on my A1c. My A1c has been in the 6.4 - 6.8 range for about 6 years.
Please understand there is no science behind my experience.
If you have good control and are otherwise healthy they will probably have no issue in taking whole blood or the red cells.
I would suggest having a decent meal before and drinking plenty of water both before and after giving blood. You may want to take your test kit and check your blood glucose before getting in your car to drive.View Thread
I am sorry this is happening to you, it is incredibly frustrating to have to make health decisions based on finances but I do get it.
I agree with the previous poster who said to speak to your doc as they may have other less expensive ideas.
Please also shop around to different pharmacies, prices vary dramatically from company to company. I take a med which costs $40 per month at a national pharmacy chain but my local privately owned pharmacy charges just $4.
don't wait until the last minute, this may take some time.View Thread
I am a day late here, I do agree with the previous posts about taking the med at the same time each day and not taking more until your next scheduled dose.
What I really wanted to say was go to the drugstore and spend a dollar on a pill minder. I take meds and supplements. Each Saturday I set up my pill minder for the upcoming week. One for the morning and one for the evening. I just have to look at the little compartment for that day to see if I have taken my meds. They are useful even if you only take 1 pill per day as you can actually see if you have taken it or not. No more confusion.View Thread
I think you should be talking to your health care professional before changing your medications. You could be opening the door to all kinds of problems and complications if you do not carefully control your blood glucose.
Help me understand this better. You went to the doctor and he prescribed a medication for you based upon lab results and you have decided to not take the medication but to take a vitamin supplement instead? Does the supplement do the same thing as the medication? Probably not, but then again I am not a doctor and not qualified to make that decision. Are you?
That said, you are at a turning point and if you are truly going to educate yourself about a better diet, then stick to it along with a suitable exercise program you may be able to bring your numbers into a better range without the medication.
Talk to your doctor and set some goals to see if you are able to bring down your A1C without the meds. Some people are able to do so. If your doctor is not willing to talk to you and make this a collaborative effort, it may be time to look for another doctor who will.
What you haven't told us and could make a world of difference is are you at high risk for heart or kidney disease, obese or have other significant health issues...
Hi, I am going to give you a really awful answer. Yes. Sciatica can cause neuropathy and so can diabetes. Unfortunately once the damage is done, there is no way to tell what caused it.
Here is the good part. If the pain is caused by the sciatica, it may subside over time.
The best I can offer is continue to take good care of yourself and keep your blood glucose under the best control possible. You probably want to consult with your doctor. Have you seen a spine specialist?