Ann, yes there is a little cause for concern. The 128 number is out of the normal range. A non-diabetic will average 85 at any given time of day - random, fasting, after meals, etc.
If you have weight to lose, do so. This is one of the main causes of diabetes. Lack of physical activity and extra weight contribute to higher blood glucose numbers.
You can nip this in the bud. Healthy eating is plenty of vegetables and lean proteins. Please consider upping your physical activity if you can. Activity/exerccise will utilize those carbohydrates running around in your blood stream.
You are concerned because you came here for some answers. Read up on diabetes and carbohydrates. If you lose the weight your doctor suggested, you will probably find that your blood glucose numbers will fall back within the normal - average of 85.
Diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate metalisim. Keep active and eat healthy. It is a different way of life. In the long run, you will feel better.View Thread
Penny, understand your pain. There are all sorts of "remedies" out there from the strange to bizarre. I completely understand the trying anything rule to get some relief.
I, too, suffer from muscle cramping except mine are at any given time of day if I move wrong. The cramping will hit my legs, hips, hands, torso, everywhere. It most likely is due to any one of the medications I take or the combo of all of them. I've tried everything, including the potassium.
The only thing that helped me was quinine. I don't know if doctors will still prescribe it for leg cramps. Quinine relieved the cramping of my muscles completely.
If you can tolerate it, try diet tonic water. It has quinine it. Most tonic water has sodium in it. If that does not bother you, you can purchase any brand. I prefer the one without sodium, and I have only found one brand that does not have it - Polar Diet Tonic Water.
Losing sleep is also detrimental to one's health. Hopefully, your doctor can help you find a fix.View Thread
Vikki, many diabetics can control their diabetes with both insulin and oral meds. Many do do both. That being said, it takes time to figure out the dosaging of each to see what will bring your blood sugar back under control.
Both responses give good information. As Nutrijoy said, the Lantus is a basal insulin designed to stabilize blood sugars. It works 24/7 if the patient takes it properly; once a day at approximately the same time each day.
Lynn is correct in that the lowest dosage is usually tried first to see the effect it has on your blood sugar.
45 carbs per day is quite low. I understand you don't want your blood sugar to go up, but the body needs fuel in order to function properly. The correct choice of carbs, meaning complex carbs goes a long way in keeping sugars under control.
Your FBS is much like mine was when I was first diagnosed. Keep close track of this. I would give it only a few days to see how the Lantus is affecting your FBS. If it is not coming down, I would give the doctor a call. My first dosaging of Lantus was 15 units. My doctor had me calling his office every other day to give him my FBS. He adjusted the Lantus dosage up by two units. This is appropriate and safer for the patient.
My FBS was not coming down within the normal range during this "tryout" process. Finally, at the end of two months, I was taking 40 units of the Lantus.
Every time I ate carbs, my blood sugar would go up despite being on the Lantus. I was also given Humalog, a fast-acting insulin to prevent my BS from going up everytime I ate carbs.
My insulin dosages have changed in the eight years since diagnosis. I became much more active, so the Lantus has been reduced to 26 units. With dietary changes and more physical activity, my insulin needs have been greatly reduced.
I have never taken oral meds. The insulin does its job for me. Each patient is different in what is going to work for them.
Again, watch your FBS for a few days. If it is not moving, your doctor may have to change your insulin needs and/or oral med needs. It is a very common situation.View Thread
LOL, bdb. The word "diet" has morphed into something entirely different these days. Used to be that the word referred to foods customarily eaten.
For myself, I do not "diet." I have just changed my food choices, albeit for the better. I have never had to lose weight, except for those few extra pounds after giving birth. First pregnancy, I gained 40 lbs. to my horror. Baby was not 40 lbs. Yes, took to heart that I am eating for two. Except for most of that weight was on me, not baby. He was your average 7 pounder. Pizza was my food of choice nearly everyday. You know how fish is supposed to be good for you, right? Had morning sickness all day long. I smelled fish, I vomited. I consoled myself with pizza.
In order to lose the weight, I cut my portions and chose healthier foods. I lost four dress sizes in three months. I was able to do that by eating right and exercising every day. Put baby on the back of my bike and rode and rode. In the end, I was thinner than before I became pregnant. As Bruno, said, movement is key in absolutely everything we do in order to stay healthy. It probably would have taken me a year to lose the weight if I didn't keep myself moving.View Thread
Bdb, makes me see red when I see your words about your doctor not caring. Ignorant, no compassion, etc., etc., etc.
Please don't stop your "extra work." It is good for you even to see this info in black and white.
My endos (I have had two thanks to doctors moving to and fro) actually gave me these forms to fill out itemizing my foods with carb counts, my BS readings before I ate and two hours after. I was labelled an "uncontrolled diabetic" at diagnosis because of my nasty A1c of 13.2. I was started out on insulin and had no weight to lose. I do have a wonderful diabetic team working in tandem. I do believe I am lucky because I hear stories like yours all the time.
Don't be disheartened. You are in control. Just remember that. You have a lot to be proud of in being aggressive in your treatment of your diabetes. You have done a wonderful job with the weight loss and A1c. My A1c finally came down to 5.6 with dietary changes, exercise or any physical activity and the insulin. It is something we all have to do for the rest of our lives if we want to maintain good control.
One thing I want to say is that if you keep going low, you may have to up the carb intake a tad. You shouldn't change your medication without talking to your doctor first. I am loathe to do it myself in regards to upping my carb intake, but I must if I am going to exercise for long periods of time. My job is very physically intensive, so I graze on carbs during my shift. Goes against my (hopefully) intelligent self that this is for my own good.
With all your weight loss and changes in eating, you need to speak with your doctor as soon as you can. Show him/her your meter readings and discuss your "icky" feelings. Your body is using the carbohydrates you consume more efficiently because of the changes you have made.
It is not fun going low and can get dangerous. If you consistently go low, this can damage your heart and other organs. That is why us diabetics try to achieve as much "normalcy" as we can. It is unhealthy to be too high and unhealthy to be too low. Speak with your doctor as soon as you can.
I use two insulins and constantly go low. My doctor has changed my insulin dosaging to less units, so this doesn't happen.View Thread
Are you a diabetic? Only a medical professional can give an answer to that question.
Your 217 reading is disturbing even though it is one hour later Did you test before you ate? You should do that along with testing two hours after your first bite of any meal that has carbs in it. Look at the difference between the two readings.
As you can see from the chart that nutrijoy posted, a non-diabetic will be averaging 85 two hours later. Usually, at any given time of day (accept for right after eating) a non-diabetic will still average 85.
It seems that youi are concerned since you are testing.View Thread
What insulin are you taking? Can you contact the company that makes your insulin? Explain in detail what is going on. Tell them how much insulin you need to take in order to control your blood sugar. You will probably need to tell them about your income.
There are government agencies that can help people pay for prescription medication. Do a search on the web.
Many big pharmas will help out if you qualify.
I do not know what insulin you are taking, but I was in a situation where I completely lost my health insurance due to job loss (my husband's.) I was taking Lantus and Humalog. The two of those insulins together were nearly a mortgage payment if purhcased out-of-pocket. When I had the insurance, my copay was $60.00 for one and $45.00 for the other. The needles copay was $45.00. I know where you are coming from. Both the Lantus and the Humalog came in pen form, which I was using. Very convenient, but expensive. The health insurance I had gave me the same price for the pens as they did for the vials. The Lantus would only last me a month, but my Humalog lasted a lot longer because I didn't need as much.
I NEED the insulin also. I had to go to over-the-counter insulin from WalMart in order to keep my sugars under control. It was a little trial and error, but it works for me. WalMart sells Novolin N and Novolin R for $24.99 per vial. No script needed. Needles are $1.89 for a package of 10. No script needed for this either. This is just a suggestion for you to bring up with your doctor if you can't get any other kind of relief.View Thread