Just saying hello to the group!

JP - 14811
By JP - 14811 Latest Reply 2008-06-12 13:25:02 -0500
Started 2008-05-03 14:26:38 -0500

Hi all, I'm new to this sight but not to the world of 'blood sugar'. I had hypoglycemia since age 6 and when I was 44 it turned to diabetes. What type am I? Noone can answer that. We treat it like type 2 but sometimes I have extremely high readings and other times they are extremely low. But I'm doing ok… I eat healthy food (organic and all natural nothing processed) and exercise daily to try to maintain this. Swimming is my favorite exercise and I've been doing that since I was a kid so it's fun! My A1C's can be over 10 sometimes and less than 5 other times. It's a strange life but at least I know how to deal with it as it's been a life long deal. Anyway. TMI just wanted to say hello!! Happy May. I hope it's warmer where you are than in WI.. here it's rainy and cold.

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tammy143 2008-06-12 09:06:36 -0500 Report

hello how are you doing

JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-06-12 13:25:02 -0500 Report

Hi Tammy,
I'm doing ok.. Hope you are as well. I am having issues with lows again.. sigh. I went to water aerobics last night and was in the water for 45 mins and my blood sugar dropped 90 points in that time. Had to eat glucose tablets so they would let me go home… I'm really getting sick of this but that's life for me.. I've been doing this since I was 6 years old… but the good news I've lost 30 lbs since mid February.. so that's good. Someday maybe someone will figure this out for me… I've tried everything but I seem to be back in the 'normal' range when it doesn't plummet down so that's good. No highs anymore. I think exercise is the key to that. Oh well, Diabetic one month and Hypoglycemic the next.. noone can understand it or solve the issues so I just continue to live with it. Eating healthy, staying away from aspartame (I say that a lot don't I? lol) and exercising everyday.

Hope you are doing well Tammy

zapper 2008-05-10 05:27:58 -0500 Report

Hi JP,

Good to have you in the group. I have only been a member for about a month or so. Have found a lot of good info and also very nice people to talk with.
Take care.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-05-05 04:37:20 -0500 Report

The question of what type is a tough one. If your blood sugar can come down without injecting insulin, you are most likely type 2.

If you are injecting insulin, you could be either type 1 or type 2.

The key difference is this: in type 1 diabetes, the immune system destroys all the cells that produce insulin. In type 2 diabetes, the body still makes insulin but doesn't produce enough or the body doesn't use the insulin efficiently enough to keep blood sugars in control.

The dramatic fluctuations in your A1C are surprising. Were you using exactly the same treatments when saw those kind of fluctuations?

JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-05-06 15:23:21 -0500 Report

Hi there, I am not on any medications right now just diet and exercise. We've tried them but then I get too low even with the drugs that don't cause lows. I actually eat a diet more for hypoglycemia with more protein than is recommended for diabetics and it seems to be working for me now. Like I said, this issue has stressed my doctors since I was 6 years old and I'm 50 now. I've carried candy in my pocket for 44 years 'just in case'. There is no warning usually, just a strange feeling in my eyes and then I'm down. We've tried glucose tolerance tests several times over the years only to have the nurses panic when it goes to 300 and then drops to 50 in as short a time as 30 minutes and I'm just sitting there reading a book. I have to be careful with exercise too although I do swim 5 days a week. I check it before and check it during and check it after. My latest team of doctors seem to think that my pancreas shuts down for a time and doesn't produce any insulin (Type 1) but then kicks in again and produces too much (Type 2) strange and almost unheard of in the industry but not entirely. I made it this long with this 'stuff', I'll make it another 50 years just to spite them all!! :) Oh yeah and a good sense of humor works wonders for dealing with diabetes.. it's not funny really but it beats crying over it… find a reason to laugh at least once a day.. it's good for your soul. :)

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-05-07 02:44:48 -0500 Report

Wow. I've never heard of that condition before. That must be very challenging.

I hope that even though your needs are unique that you're able to find helpful information here. It does sound like you deal with many of the same issue such as avoiding too many carbs in your diet, dealing with unexpected low sugars, etc.