By NAMDOC69 Latest Reply 2011-07-07 21:22:42 -0500
Started 2011-07-07 15:36:48 -0500

Hello everyone!
I would like to post a few of my experiences and thoughts as a T-2 diabetic.
I was DX'ed as a type 2 back in Jan. 2010. This was quite a shock to me as
I had exhibited none of the usual symptoms of diabetes. I had gone for an annual physical and my A1c came back as 7.2! (Didn't even know what an A1c test was at that time).
I went thru all the usual emotions: denial, anger (why me?) depression and then finally acceptance.
My hospital (VA hosptial) has ongoing seminars for newly diagnosed diabetics
where I learned about the disease, diet control, glucose testing, etc. This helped me quite a bit.
My dietition immediatly put me on a low carb/cal. diet. (counting carbs, and how to read food labels.)
Then I went out and bought my self a glucose meter. Actually I ended buying over a period of time 3 different meters till I found one that I actually
liked. The first time I tested my glucose (fasting) I had a reading of 180 and
260 after meals. I then became a fanatic about reading food labels: carbs, cal.
sugars, etc.
After several months of following a rigerous diet, I managed to get my glucose levels down to the 90 - 130 range. After 3 months I had my A1c retested and came back with 6.9.. In another 6 months I retested and had an A1c of 6.5. My last A1c back in Feb. was 6.3. so I seem to be manageing my diabetic condition fairly well at the moment (fingers crossed). Oh, I also increased my physical activity, walking, etc.
Couple of notes: Out of curiosity, I have uese all 3 meters at once during a few of my glucose tests, I've found that none of these meters agrees with each other, they are about 20 -30% off, two meters read consistantly high, the other meter gives low readings. Has anyone noticed this?
Some researchers seem to think that T-2 diabetese can be triggered by a virus of some sort. About 5 months before my diagnosis, I had a bad case of the Shingles. (Chickenpox virus). My Dr. said that might be possible but there is no hard proof to support that.

3 replies

Harlen 2011-07-07 21:22:42 -0500 Report

I gave up on finding a meeter that will give the same reading two or three times in a row I just use my onetuch and run with it
Best wshes

jayabee52 2011-07-07 20:28:24 -0500 Report

Howdy Namdoc! WELCOME to DC!

According to the FDA, the acceptable tolerance for glucometers is 20% + or - dead on target accurate. So that is a 40% spread total. I do not worry if my meters agree or are dead on accurate. I just use 1 meter if I can and use the readings from that to give me an idea of how my Blood Glucose numbers are trending. Then I can tell whether I need to adjust my plan of care or leave it as is.

Blessings to you and yours


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Mistletoe 2011-07-07 17:06:41 -0500 Report

I have also used several different kinds of glucose meters and have found that even using the same meter, testing 3 times in a row it was different every time. Now I just check once and go with that reading.

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