If the Zocor is making your BS higher than it should be, it might be wise to speak with a dietician. Reading high is the same is being higher than normal.
It really is easy enough to cut down on your consumption of carbs. Read up on diabetes and carbohydrates. To most of the folks reading here, I keep repeating that diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate metabolism. Don't cut out carbs. Just cut down on them. There are good carbs and bad carbs. Do a little research.
The post-prandial reading, as Glucerna says, is a good indicator of how your body handles carbs. That 324 I mentioned was 2 hours after my meal. I have had readings in the 450's two hours after my meals. This is before I started insulin. I was in my dietician's office when I tested one time. She sent me to the ER with a reading of 435. She felt I wasn't in the safe zone especially since I was by myself.
Seeing that this might be a familial thing, best to catch anything before it gets anywhere. Good that you are testing and are aware. Self-education is a good place to start. I mentioned the dietician above They can be very helpful. At least mine was for me. I had many appointments with her until my diabetes was controlled. She gave me a number of carbs per meal to ingest. I was uncontrolled when I began seeing her, so my carb intake was lower than most patients'. Portion control of all food intake is wise and so is caloric intake. Our bodies need energy and this comes from food. It should be the right food in the right amounts.
Sorry about your mom. Sounds like my mom. She didn't take care of herself either. I mean she ate right, but no exercise and she was seeing the wrong kind of doctor. She should have been going to an endo along with her cardiologist. He didn't know much about diabetes. My mom passed from end-stage renal disease due to diabetes. There are only so many years for dialysis before the body actually shuts down.
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I would be. A non-diabetic averages 85 at any given time throughout the day, except for right after eating.
My doctor was worried when he did a random BS test in his office. Being the good doctor he is, he read my history (my mom had diabetes.) My number was 123. He preferred all my BS readings to be under 99. We did not go into any lengthy discussion regarding diabetes. He told me to modify my diet. I did and came back for another BS reading. It was 99 from changing what I ate. Mostly cutting down on carbs and empty calories.
I was in school for medical assisting and one of our labs was home testing. We all did the glucose monitoring and recorded the results. There were 20 of us girls, so this is not some medical study producing any scientific results. All of the women were at 82 or 83. I was the oddball and my professor told me to see a doctor. LOL. Mine was 324. Two hours after eating. That number should have been under 140 or if I was a non-diabetic, it would have been like everyone else's.
All I am saying is that your numbers are higher than normal regardless of what your A1c says. Most doctors would say your range of numbers is in the pre-diabetic range. For a person diagnosed with diabetes, most doctors prefer the a.m. fasting number to be between 70-100. Yours are bit higher. I am not a doctor or medical professional, just a diabetic speaking from experience.
Since you have come here, you seem to be concerned yourself. Read up in pre-diabetes and diabetes.
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There really is no clear answer regarding "the honeymoon phase" because everyone is very different. You can extend this phase by keeping tight control of your blood sugars.
Nutrijoy has a very informative post. You are very young and want to do the things others do. I can't fault you for that. Everyone wants to fit in.
Even though I was diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic because of my age, I have been using two insulins since that diagnosis. I have never been tested for Type 1. My mom, her aunt and uncle also had diabetes, also using insulin. My diabetes was way out of control at diagnosis with an A1c of 13.2. It is currently down to 5.6. It does take diligence and patience to keep your sugars under control.
Take it one day at a time. It is a learning experience each and every day. It is easy to say don't stress, but can be hard to do. Your Type 1 is an autoimmune disease wherein your body does not make insulin and it never will. You will always require insulin injections. You will have to see for yourself which is the best way to keep your sugars under control regarding the insulin. Some use injections; others use a pump. My insulin usage has produced many lows because of my job which is very physical. Many have advised me to inquire about the pump for myself.
Keep reading and educating yourself. There are some Type 1's who post here. As Nutrijoy said, the weekends are very slow. If you see a MrsCora posting here, she is a Type 1 with experience and knowledge.
As an aside, you mentioned alcohol. Alcohol and insulin do not go well together. I used to drink, but no longer do. Alcohol can lower your blood sugar dramatically. Some diabetics are "hypoglycemic unaware", meaning that do not feel themselves going low. You can get into trouble that way. Just be careful.
See if you can ask your doctor or his office regarding diabetes classes at your local hospital/clinic. Many do offer these classes. I've attended seminars at our local hospital here. I live in a big city and most of our hospitals mail out circulars that have offerings inside regarding various topics. They cater to many different subjects. Most of these seminars are free. Take someone with you as a second ear.
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Lila, thanks for letting us know how you are doing. Glad you got to see your new doc and are taking control over your health.
It took me a bit to get my two insulins adjusted to the correct dose. All the factors you have to take into consideration sometimes boggles the mind when it comes to insulin, eating and exercising. It still is a daily experimentation in my insulin dosing, food and exercise. If I take one step too many at work, I hit a brick wall and my BS will be at 50. My physical activity intensity and quantity vary day to day.
You are so right in teaching your grandson. He is lucky to have you and you are lucky to have him. Great job!
It took three months to get my A1c down to 8.2 from 13.2. Take it one day at a time. Each day is new and exciting. Have your grandson join you in exercise. Make games out of it. Just keep moving. You know how kids LOVE to move!
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Flute, thought your smartphone was doing all your typing!
Glad you are doing well.
While in my surgical rotation for nursing, the vaginal hysterectomy was the second surgery to be observed. Cataract removal was the first. Hard on me for the cataract removal; just something having to do with the eyes I guess. Throughout my whole surgical rotation nothing bothered me at all except for those cataracts. Other girls would be on the floor in a dead faint in those surgical suites. Those poor doctors having to put up with student nurses. There really is no better way to learn than observe all things around you.
Amazing how well you are doing you spring chicken. Great way to consume your Vitamin D. I can't sit out in the sun much due to medication. Ill-advised says the label.
Do you ever watch New York Med? Just wondering as they did a segment on one of their ER nurses. She is 29 years old and had to have a pacemaker installed. Her heart would completely stop or slow down dramatically for 7-8 seconds and she would fall to the floor no matter where she was. Her doctor was afraid she might be killed from these falls she was taking.
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I just had a doctor appointment Tuesday. As usual, they go through all the meds the patient is taking. She asked about the Lantus and Humalog insulins, dosages, etc. I said I was taking ReliOn. I don't know why that came to mind. It says right on the box Novolin. Duh. She asked me what ReliOn was and I apologized and said it was Novolin N and Novolin R. She was aware of Novolin.
The syringes are available in a package of 10 at $1.99 per package at WalMart. Here in Illinois, you can only buy two packages at one visit. State law. It is like this in most states; I researched that one. Some states will allow a few more.View Thread