Texas, you are far from alone. As Lynn stated, there are many myths regarding Type 2 diabetes.
You and I are exactly alike in height and weight. Actually, I was underweight when diagnosed at 123 lbs. My doctor told me I needed to gain weight.
I do not know how long you have had diabetes or how high your blood sugars are running. It is best to get your blood glucose levels down ASAP and keep them there.
Are you counting carbs for every meal? Have you been given a limit of carbs to eat per meal? Are you physically active as you can be? I realize many people do have physical limitations and challenges, but move if you can. Being physically active along with counting carbs helps your blood sugar immensely.
My diabetes is hereditary. As I stated, I was underweight when diagnosed and probably had glucose problems way before I was diagnosed. My doctor believes my pancreatic beta cells are not producing any insulin. Any carbohydrate I eat raises my blood sugar. Even if I do not eat any carbs, my blood glucose averages between 250 and 300 if I do not take basal insulin. I also use rapid-acting insulin with meals. The insulin usage, dietary changes and physical activity have all helped lower my A1c from 13.2 to 5.6.
Keep track of your blood glucose readings. Take your meter with you when you go to your doctor and show him/her what is going on. Chart the foods you eat and how many carbs are in those foods. Seeing things in black and white can be very telling. I did all these things to help the "uncontrolled diabetes" diagnosis become controlled. I charted as I sat down to eat. My doctor wanted to see what was going on.
I have stated over and over again here in this forum that any physical activity you can do will help your blood glucose readings. I can attest to this personally. My numbers drop 50-60 points during the day while I am work. Very physically active job. If you are able, do something physical every single day, be it walking, swimming, bike, etc. You will feel better and your blood glucose numbers will look better.
Good luck, Texas, and let us know how you are doing.View Thread
Bigred, that is awesome that a diabetic can get away with eating like that. There are so many who are highly intolerant of carbs that eating like this would be impossible. Two bites of a potato be it sweet or white would send my BS into the stratosphere.
I appreciate what works for them is great. Many advocates of these diets think that they will work for every diabetic. The mentality of what is right for one is right for everyone bothers me.
It is o.k. to give things a try. I know what my body can tolerate. Carbs are part of my diet, but at a very, very small percentage. Very small. My dietician gave me limits of 35-45 carbs per meal. I still think this is too much for myself and I try and stay below that.
Flute posted elsewhere regarding meal planning. What works for her works for me also.
I know you have challenges that prevent a lot of physical activity. That is what helps me the most along with the diligent carb counting.
It it works for you, more power to you. That would be wonderful. I know that for me, I cannot eat any more carbs without taking more insulin or working out four hours a day, seven days a week. That is just how my body works. My pancreas doesn't make any or little insulin, so eating more carbs is not in the stars.
Diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate metabolism, meaning there are many of us who can't use carbohydrates the way they should be used for a variety of reasons. Our musculo-skeletal systems relies on carbs as fuel.
You are concerned because you wrote here and purchased a glucometer. Great idea, by the way.
Your A1c is not terrible, but it is above normal IF you are not diagnosed as a diabetic. My first A1c was 13.2. Yes, you see right. I had no symptoms and was diagnosed while hospitalized for something else. I, too, was thin, very thin. Diabetes runs in my family. Diabetes can be a silent disease, much like high blood pressure is.
A 5.6 A1c averages out to 24/7 blood sugars around 114, 115. A non-diabetic will average out at 85 day in and day out. Their glucose will rise after a carb-heavy meal, but will be back into the 80's within two hours. Your two-hour reading for a non-diabetic is way out of the normal average range.
You have noticed what carbs do to you after you eat. Your blood sugar is spiking after the ingestion of carbs and then drops. This will give you the feeling of hypoglycemia. You exhibit the standard symptoms.
Follow your doctor's orders in watching your carb intake. Look at your nutrition labels, specifically the TOTAL CARBOHYDRATE line. Keep testing often. If you can, write down what you eat and find out how many carbs are in what you eat. Take your blood sugar reading right before you eat and then record it along with a two-hour reading. You can see in black and white what carbs do to your body.
My endocrinologist gave me forms for just this thing. I was diagnosed as an uncontrolled diabetic. Things are much better now with dietary changes (mostly cutting waaaay back on carbohydrate intake), insulin and physical activity.
All of the foods we eat contain carbohydrates. Yes, even your vegetables. Most vegetables are complex carbs. Your simple carbs are breads, pastas, rice, potatoes, etc. Proteins and fats do not have carbs in them.
Along with watching your intake of carbs, along with testing, increase your physical activity. It doesn't have to be formal exercise, but just be active. My A1c came down to 5.6 with the changes I made and that includes being very active. My job entails running around, lifting and bending for a straight three hours, five days a week. Physical activity will utilize that glucose running around in your blood stream.
Not all diabetics or pre-diabetics are obese or carry extra weight. Many have no symptoms of diabetes. I'm glad you found out now and can make some changes for the better. I was genuinely surprised when I was diagnosed because I weighed in at 123 lbs. and stand 5'9". I was always active and ate relatively normal. No overeating and mostly healthy foods. Who thought carbs hated me that much? LOL.
Good luck, Shell. Any questions, we will try to answer the best we can. Most of us are diagnosed diabetics trying to improve our own health.View Thread
Good advice from everyone. I will reiterate what Michelle said. If you are able, take your BS reading when you get these symptoms. If your reading is below 70, that is considered to be low or hypoglycemic. Ingest 15 grams of carbs if you are below 70 either with OJ or glucose tabs. Read the nutrition labels to make sure you don't go over 15 grams, otherwise you might find yourself running high.
It really is a good idea to keep track of your BG readings and the amount of carbohydrates you ingest. As Bruno said, it helps you and your doctor.
I don't know any of your history, but if your blood glucose readings have been running higher than normal most of the time prior to diagnosis, you may find you have these weird symptoms when your blood sugar is running normal. This is your body having to adjust to being normal.
This happened to me because my blood sugars were really high before I was started on insulin. Even when my blood sugar was in the 90's, I started experiencing these symptoms with the weakness, dizziness, sweating, hot flashes, etc. My body wasn't used to the state of being normal. This does pass.
Test often so you know what is going on. If you see you are running lower than normal, you do need to call your doctor. Don't let it go on much longer.
So true. My doctor suspects I had undiagnosed diabetes for many, many years. He believes my pancreas secrets little to no insulin, hence my need for injections. That, in of itself, is not a bad thing for me because these injections give me excellent control.
That is why I suggested that Anon's husband should monitor his blood glucose daily in case he follow's in his brother's footsteps. Not all family members may have the disease, but I believe it is better to know and go from there. Knowledge is powerful.View Thread
There are good answers here. Please have your husband monitor his blood sugar daily.
I had no symptoms whatsoever and was diagnosed with diabetes while hospitalized for a completely different scenario. I am glad the medical team was observant enough to notice my high blood glucose readings. I would never have gone to the doctor unless I was seriously ill.
A glucometer is relatively cheap. He can purchase strips over the counter at WalMart. This will give him and yourself a little peace of mind of you both know what is going on.View Thread