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Old 01-25-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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A question for diabetics

How did you know there was a problem?

I was diagnosed as hypoglycemic as a teen. My sugars tend to drop or at least used to. When I was pregnant with DD, 3 years old, I had gestational diabetes. There is a strong family history of diabetes on both sides of my family. Because of these things, I tend to eat little sugar and lower carb.

Last summer, I had an issue and my blood sugar numbers were higher than I liked. I had an appointment with my doctor and showed him everything I had eaten and my sugars both fasting and two hours after eating. He wasn't too concerned but still ordered an A1C. It came back normal. That was in July. I felt off yesterday and checked my sugars and was at 148 almost 3 hours after eating. I ate again and they came down to 88 two hours after eating.

I am considering purchasing a home A1C and doing it again since it has been 6 months. I know I need to track my sugars better since I haven't been. I guess I am just wondering if I am on the right track. I would really really like to avoid having to give myself shots again!
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I had no clue when I was diagnosed.

My suggestion would be to get a meter and test strips and start testing yourself for a week or two, then go see a doctor.

The home A1c test might help some, but a glucose meter can help you adjust on a daily/hourly basis, if needed.

Make an appointment with your doctor once you have some data.

And try to keep calm, stressin' over this can make your glucose levels go wacky too.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:40 PM   #3
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I do have a meter. I have always had one due to the hypoglycemia. I'm not really stressed about it. Just sort of wondering. I plan to start tracking. I am just really bad at being consistent with it. Like I did two meals yesterday but none since. I hate sore finger tips!

Pumba~ I had thought about it. I have orders to go get a panel done since I am on blood pressure meds. It could be done when I go get that done.
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I do have a meter. I have always had one due to the hypoglycemia. I'm not really stressed about it. Just sort of wondering. I plan to start tracking. I am just really bad at being consistent with it. Like I did two meals yesterday but none since. I hate sore finger tips!

Pumba~ I had thought about it. I have orders to go get a panel done since I am on blood pressure meds. It could be done when I go get that done.
Yeah, I'm bad about it too. Can't help with the sore fingers, other than see if you can test in another location (i.e. arm). Either way, those darn little needles hurt! LOL
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they taught me at the education for diabetics...to pick on one side of the finger and then the next time the other side of that finger...then go to the next finger one side and then the other side...this is supposed to help us not have the sore fingers...
I do admit to keeping the same pick in the meter...it is only being used for me so I dont think it is necessary to change the needle every test...
Also if you use the same finger to much ..your finger will get calloused...and then it is hard to get any blood for a test..
Call your doctors office and ask them if the A1C test is on your next blood tests.
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The A1C is the one you want to be concerned with.

It is the best indicator and determinant of risk for developing complications of diabetes, Since A1C averages blood glucose for the past three months, it gives a good measure of blood glucose control over time. It's important to measure A1C in addition to your regular blood glucose tests.
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I would ask for another A1C test...and see what it comes out of for the last three months ....
Sometimes my sugar is way up and I wonder why and then I go down fast if it was to much carbs ...I have gone down so fast once that I just was in a daze..I do not take drugs still and try to maintain with diet and exercise...I hope I can keep this going..
Went for my A1C this morning ..so I will know how I did from the last test..
GOOD luck ...you are being pro active and that is good...ask also for a dietician referral...that sometimes helps too
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:11 PM   #8
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My husband didn't really have any clues. He was diagnosed during a routine screening for life insurance.

My best advice is to buy a monitor and check yourself. You don't need an rx and can get the monitors fairly cheaply. I'd probably only check morning fasting unless your numbers look bad. Then I'd check during other times of the day.

Note: I am not a doctor nor do I play one on the Internet. I do think mild diabetes can be controlled by diet and exercise. YMMV.
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