Dave, that is a mighty large dosage of metformin. That's why I asked about 1500 of what because of the title of her post. If she is taking metformin, a diabetic medication, I would hope her doctor said something regarding diabetes. Perplexing post, that is for sure.
And I said she. LOL. Why did I presume that Anon was a female? Apologies. Could be a he or she. Don't you just love pronouns?
It just kills me that a doctor would say no sweets, when they know diabetes has much to do with carbohydrate metabolism. That boggles my mind.View Thread
Forget the word "sweets." The best way to reduce your blood glucose number is to count your carbohydrates. Any and all carbohydrates turn into glucose once digested. Your mucsles need glucose for fuel, but if the mechanism that provides the glucose is not working properly, the glucose will build up in your bloodstream causing your BG number to rise.
A non-diabetic will average 85 any given time of day every day. Your numbers are slightly above that. If you can change your diet and increase your exercise and/or physical activity, you can lower your glucose numbers. The thing is when you reach your desired number, you have to keep it up. If not, your numbers will keep rising. There is no way around that one.View Thread
Diabetes has to do with carbohydrate metabolism. If one is diagnosied with diabetes, you have to watch your carbohydrate intake. If you look at nutrition labels on packaged foods, you will see a TOTAL CARBOHYDRATE line. Sugars are included in that total carbohydrate number given.
A non-daibetic will, on average, have blood glucose readings in the 80's, with 85 being average. Even if that non-diabetic ate a heavy carb-loaded meal, his/her blood sugar will normally return to normal, in the 80's, two hours after such meal.
I had the same problem with a random glucose blood test from my doctor. Mine came back at 123. At that time, I was in my late 30's.
Do some research. Inquire of all your family members if diabetes runs in your family. If you have any weight to lose, do so. Even 10 pounds can make a difference in blood sugar readings.
I do not know what time of day this reading was taken. Did you eat anything at all before this reading was taken? All of our foods have carbohydrates in them except for your proteins and fats. I will reiterate - diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate metabolism. For those of us with diabetes, too many carbs are disastrous.
I do not know your age or if you have any physical limitations. If you are able, keep as active as possible along with watching your carbohydrate intake. Both of these things will go a long way in keeping blood sugars where they should be.View Thread
Insulin is a natural hormone made by your body - the pancreas specifically. Your pancreas may be making little to no insulin and/or you can be insulin resistant. Many times, diabetes can go undiagnosed for many years (as in my case.) When this happens, the beta cells (insulin making cells) just literally die off. They do not regenerate.
I haven't had testing done but my doctor believes my pancreas does not make any insulin. I was thin when diagnosed with an A1c of 13.2. The only thing that works for me is insulin injections along with carb counting; basically eating as little carbs as possible and staying active.
If your body makes little to no insulin, there is no natural remedy that is going to make your pancreas work any better. Those cells are gone.
I, myself, wish I could do without the injections. There is no way unless I want to shorten my lifespan.View Thread
I never, ever paid attention to the family members that did have diabetes. Didn't know what it was. It wasn't until later, when my mother was diagnosed, that I "sort of" paid attention. None of my family members were overweight. We keep hearing that obesity is a major factor in developing diabetes, Type 2, along with other risk factors..
All of my family members were diagnosed as Type 2. All insulin-dependent, including myself.
I cannot give you exact percentage as to your chances of developing diabetes. Always keep it in mind, though, unlike myself. My blood sugars started going up when I was in my late 30's. My doctor decided to do a random test in his office when I was visiting for other health problems. My BS back then was at 123. It should have been in the 80's. My doctor asked that I keep carbs down, no alcohol, etc., etc. Little did I realize that at a later date, I would be labeled as an uncontrolled diabetic with an A1c of 13.2
A non-diabetic's blood sugar averages 85 at any given time of day.
Bigred is correct. Higher than nomral risk. I am one of five kids with the only one being diagnosed as diabetic. My mother had it. Her mom and dad did not, but her aunt and uncle did on her mom's side. Sounds so bizarre. My father did not have diabetes or anyone else in his family.
Some studies suggest that there may be 36 genes involved in developing Type 2.
You can always ask any pharmacy close by to you. Maybe contact the VA also.
If you are speaking of NPH, it should be a cloudy insulin because it is considered to be a suspension. If you have clumps in it that do not disappear when you roll the vial, it really should be tossed.
How was it delivered? When you opened it, was it still somewhat cool? If you have suspicions about it, call the VA. It you need some NPH immediately, you can pick some up at WalMart over the counter. No script needed. $24.99 a vial here in Illinois.
Unopened insulin should be kept in the fridge or at a controlled room temp. If you suspect your insulin was warmer than that, I would consider getting a new vial if you are in immediate need. Just my opinion. I have been an insulin user for eight years. My vials are kept in the fridge. I also use the pen insulin, which can be stored at room temp after they are opened.View Thread
I don't understand when a physician mentions the less sugar part. When a person eats carbohydrates, the carbs are converted into glucose (sugar.) The thing to watch would be your carbohydrate intake. Look at the labels on any packages you purchase and notice the TOTAL CARBOHYDRATE line. This is what counts. You will see many times SUGARS under that line. These sugars are included in that TOTAL CARBOHYDRATE number that you see.
You don't have a diagnosis of diabetes. It might be hard to get a referral to a dietician. Each patient is an individual when it comes to carbohydrate intake per meal. Some can eat more. Many choose to eat less in order to lessen the impact carbs may have on the blood sugar.
Ann, if you can, for a week or two, write down what you eat at each meal. Test your BS right before you eat. Then, test two hours later and see what your blood sugar is. You can see in black and white what carbs do to your blood sugar. In a perfect world, a non-diabetic averages a blood sugar reading of 85 at any given time of day. Once an individual is diagnosed as diabetic, the goal is to have your blood sugar at 140 or under two hours after any meal. A non-diabetic will have their blood sugar return to the 80 range.
Also, along with watching your intake of carbs, any form of physical activity (if you can do it) will lower your blood sugar. I speak from experience on this one. Mine drops 50-70 points if I am very active. Most days I am because of my job. I do have to be very careful because I am an insulin user.
I was an uncontrolled diabetic at diagnosis. My dietician gave me a range of carb intake at 35-45 grams per meal. Most diabetics I know are usually given around 60 per meal. You can find online how many carbs are in the foods you eat. My dietician recommended "The Calorie King." Book form and online. This book lists all the foods we eat plus restaurant listings. The columns include calorie count, fat count in grams and carbohydrate count in grams. Very good to have.
If you can drop some weight, do so. This will have an impact on your blood sugar. Keep active. Know the difference between simple carbs and complex carbs. Our bodies do need carbs for fuel. The simple carbs will raise your BS very quickly. Wise to stay away from them. All of our foods have carbs in them except for your fats and proteins. Read all you can to educate yourself.
Any questions you have, just ask. We will try to answer.View Thread
The poster doesn't even mention being diagnosed as diabetic - Type 1 or Type 2. All that really is mentioned is YEARLY lab work being done. Sometimes checks fasting numbers. IMO, if the poster is a Type 1, a lot of testing would be in order.
Dave, congratulations to you. Keep up the good work. I know how hard it can be to keep going and stay there.
I had zero weight to lose at diagnosis. Couldn't imagine how my A1c was at 13.2. Apparently, carbs and I disagree wholeheartedly. I wish I could ditch the insulin, but that is not in the cards for me. I was started on it at diagnosis...but, and a big but, it has been a lifesaving grace for me along with the change in the foods I eat.
Truly opened my eyes when I had to count carbs. It amazed me how much the smallest serving of rice, pasta, bread, etc. had 15 carbs in it. That serving was maybe two bites. Certainly cannot fill up on that.
Ann, Dave is right. You need to watch what foods raise your blood sugar like that.
Your post is a bit vague. Have you talked with your doctor and a dietician to manage your diet? Do you count carbs? Did you take your BS TWO hours after your breakfast?
These are the parameters my doctor gave me:
FBS: 70-110 (some doctors prefer 100 and under) 2 hours after a meal: >140 Before bed: 70-110
Both numbers you gave are out of range. If it were me, yes, I would be concerned with the numbers.View Thread
LOL, Dave. In the whole scheme of things regarding diabetes, this is a first. As you asked, what difference does it make. It is not even worth talking about unless you work for a corporation making hair colors.View Thread