A person without a diagnosis of diabetes will have a reading of fasting at 80-85. Your fasting number and A1C are indicative of something not within the norm.
"Just" prediabetes is more than "just." If you can get your numbers and A1C within the non-diabetic range with diet and exercise, that is wonderful. Many can and do so. The KEY is that you will have to maintain this healthy lifestyle in order for your numbers to remain in the normal range.
Vitamin supplements do not take the place of any medication. Ask your doctor to give you some time to do what you need to do to bring your numbers down.
Do some research in what you should be eating to bring your numbers down. Diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate metabolism. Most of our foods contain carbohydrates except for your proteins and fats. Look at nutrition labels on all packaged foods. Pay attention to the TOTAL CARBOHYDRATE line. Look at the ingredient list. High fructose corn syrup hides in many ingredient lists where you would least expect it to.View Thread
Hopefully, your doctor will have an answer for you. Everyone reacts differently to different insulins. Ask you doctor if you can try another insulin.
Are you using the insulin only? Do you still take any other oral meds?
I had a problem with the dosaging at first of both my insulins. I was taking Lantus as my basal and Humalog with meals. I had a strict insulin regimen where I had to record every BS reading throughout the day, recording before meal tests, post-prandial readings, a.m. fasting and before bed numbers. Hassle, but the doctor wanted to see what was going on so we could get to the right dosage. It took weeks to get it somewhat correct.
I was raising my Lantus every single day by four units until I reached 40U every morning. I have to take a rapid-acting insulin for any carbs I eat. I am extremely insulin-resistant along with (my doctor thinks) with a very under-achieving pancreas. My doctor believes my pancreas secretes little to no insulin.
Try and keep your carb consumption to a minimum on a daily basis. If you can, be physically active for an hour or more per day. Any exercise or strenuous physical activity helps your body utilize the glucose running around in your bloodstream. It happens with me.
My A1C was 13.2 and I have it down to 5.6. It took a lot of tweaking with the insulin dosaging and carb intake. I am extremely intolerant of carbs. The more physically active I became, the more my A1C came down. I still have to be careful how active I am so I don't go low.
I understand your frustration. Try not to stress too much because this also affects your blood sugar. Stay hydrated as much as you can preferably with water. This can help. Move and keep moving. It really does help.
Changing insulin may help. Hopefuly your doctor can help, too.View Thread
LOL, Flute. So sorry. Your adhesive tape glue got me to laughing. Glad you are doing well. How awesome is that???
The nurses told me to get those alcohol swabs and try that. I had a bunch of those glue circles from leads at the heart monitor. Pretty sight. It eventually came off with vigorous towel rubbing after the shower. Hated that darned machine. Every single time you moved, beepbeepbeepbeep. Idiotic.
Then the machine is right behind your head looming over you like the bad professor at school. Long story short...the hospital gave me too much potassium to even out my electrolytes. Oops. Wound up in intensive care with their dumb mistake.
The nurse gave you a good analogy with the Pepsi to Coke comparison.
The Humalog does have a faster onset than the Novolog. I always took my Humalog right after a meal because I am never sure if I will eat all of the carbs that are on my plate. Many times I do not finish, so for me, it's better to take the insulin after rather than a set amount with the carbs I thought I would eat right before my meal. Again, it is best for me.
I don't know how your insulin regimen is. My doctor gave a carb to insulin ratio of 1 unit to every 12 grams of carbs.
There are many people out there who have gone back and forth between the two, mostly due to insurance purposes. My own insurance has put Humalog on the a list as the "non-preferred" insulin, meaning a much higher copay. I switched to over-the-counter insulin, Novolin R made by Nordisk, available at WalMart.View Thread
I would take that, too, Flute! Congrats on your new hardware. I know you'll appreciate the extra pep the O2 gives you. Sounds like you are healing well.
Great doctor. My brother's is very noticeable. Feels like he's wearing a box when I hugged him. Never did look up if there are sizeable differences in pacemakers vs. pacemaker/defibrillator hardware.View Thread
Congrats, Flute, on both. Great A1C! My last one was 5.6, but that was from too many lows. Need to find a happy middle.
I'm glad you decided to be proactive in feeling better. I know any kind of surgery is known to produce anxiety. Having gone through several myself, it's the anesthesia part. Completely at someone else's mercy, so to speak. No control whatsoever.
Make sure no one you know is around when you wake in case you start babbling non-sensically. LOL. It's been known to happen.
Wish you much luck that things turn out the way they should. Your being healthy for the most part is a major plus. You having it done here at University of Chicago?
My brother has the pacemaker-defibrillator combo. His heart was damaged from radiation and chemo for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma done while in his early 30's. He said the defib part knocks him for a loop. First time, he was not prepared. When he feels the signs, he knows to have a seat or lay down.View Thread