False Diagnosis?

By KrisTX Latest Reply 2011-09-17 15:19:03 -0500
Started 2011-09-02 18:55:35 -0500

Ok so heres my long story.

First off i'm about 40 lbs over weight, 32 year old male, 6'2 260lbs. In may of this year i had an upper respiratory infection which the doctor treated with an antibiotic and steroid pill. a week later i had a follow up, and my doctor did some blood work to make sure i was getting better. The next day i received a call stating that my A1C was 8.4 which is too high and i was "pre-diabetic." In order to treat this problem she put me on Metformin. a week after taking metformin, i developed joint pain (which 2 months later after stopping metformin per my doctors orders went away), I went for a 2 mile walk with my wife which i usually do. We live in texas so lets just say i sweat plenty on this walk, and probably didnt drink enough. So the next morning when i woke up, i felt like i was having an out of body experience, something was off, so after fighting this feeling all day i went to the ER, my sugar was fine, they stated it was an anxiety attack (never had this problem in 31 years of living but ok). After 2 days, these feelings went away and i later read where metformin can cause some horrible withdraws. Long story short, i got a second opinion from another internal medicine doctor, who checked all my levels and determined that my fasting glucose was 127mg and my A1c was 9.4. She told me i needed to be on diabetes medicine and that diet and exercise could not fix my problem. I told her before i take any medicine, i want to try diet and exercise because i've seen plenty of reports and blogs where a strict diet has worked. So this is week 1 of my strict diet and exercise, and my average BG is 113 for the day. I know this is still above the 80-100 range that is recommended, but if my 1 hour after meal BG reading is 113 without taking any meds (down almost 14 points in 5 days of diet/exercise.) should i keep trying the diet/exercise, or should i break down and just take medicine because a doctor says so. I know you guys are not doctors, but surely some of you have a similar experience as for the A1C count. I mostly looking for those kind of answers, did it work, did it not work, etc. I just have a hard time accepting that my sugar level with diet and exercise cant be brought down to a normal/safe level. I've only lost 3 lbs in 5 days, my personal opinion is if i lose 20-25lbs in the next 6 weeks, my next A1C will look better.

10 replies

Beata2 2011-09-17 15:19:03 -0500 Report

I went to a dr who Told me what to do. No discussion. Excuse me? Find a dr you can talk to and is willing to try different approaches. Read read read

Abby888 2011-09-09 18:07:22 -0500 Report

I personally could not take the diabetic "pills". I was having too many GI side effects from them. My doctor decided to put me on insulin. I have to give myself 5 shots a day (2 of Levemir long acting insulin and 3 of Humalog rapid acting insulin). I personally don't mind the shots anymore. I would rather have less side effects. But I recently started carb counting and walking and it has had a tremendous effect on my blood sugar readings (in a good way). Keep up the diet and exercise. It can only help you. Good luck with everything.

tabby9146 2011-09-08 14:13:33 -0500 Report

I am not sure what to say. As high as the A1C was, maybe some meds. at first, then after you lose most of the weight, and you continue to eat right and exercise I am sure you could most likely come off of it. You would experience some lows probably, as you lose weight. I was put on Metformin, and I was only 33 lbs, overweight, and I was not given the chance to lose it first, which I wish I had been, but after only 3 months or so, maybe 3 1/2 I was off of it. I was strict about my eating (stricter than I am not but still doing well) and I have kept all the weight off for about 2 1/2 years now. The weight can certainly be kept off, when you are diligent, I am proof of that. I hope you can control by diet and exercise. I keep hearing we can only do that for so many years, and the it's medicines, but I don't know about that in my case. Good luck!

ston3xc 2011-09-03 09:10:47 -0500 Report

Keep up the diet and exercise! Seems to be working for you, so far. Keep on top of testing and seeing your dr.

jayabee52 2011-09-02 22:28:07 -0500 Report

Howdy Kris, WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

I was put on Metformin after my DX in 1995, and then on insulin from 2006 till 2011. I had discovered that my pancreas was putting out enough insulin to cover my eating if I ate very carefully.

I eat a low carbohydrate high protein meal plan and I can keep my BG levels in the normal range. I have discontinued breads of all kinds and crackers and pastas from my eating plan My May 2011 A1c was 5.5. I have also lost about 50 lbs since Feb 2011.

Perhaps you are being overly hard on yourself Kris. 113 is well within the "normal" range. In fact I am not worried until after my BG levels get above 130.

Praying God's richest blessings shower down on you and yours

James Baker

Kirla 2011-09-02 20:57:57 -0500 Report

When diagnosed my A1C was 14.1 and fasting blood sugar was 366. I took my meds for 7 weeks and when I no longer could tolerate the side effects I quit taking them. My blood sugar kept getting better and my cholesterol and blood pressure stayed good and when I went to the doctor he said the drugs were no longer needed.

When diagnosed I started testing and soon found that starchy carbs were what spiked my blood sugar so I went on a low carb diet. At first I ate lots of salad and broccoli cauliflower pickles sauerkraut and lots of low carb vegetables. I also started to drink 8+ glasses of water per day. I lost lots of weight and my blood sugar slowly dropped every week. After about 6 weeks my levels were doing great. After 4 months my A1C went down to 5.9. I don’t even exercise. It has remained 6 or less for 2 years now.

This is what I usually post for new people. This is what has helped me. It may or may not help you. But I believe its worth a try. I don’t plan on taking the drugs ever. If and when my blood sugar gets out of control and diet and exercise no longer work I made the decision to go on insulin. I’m just hoping I can do this for a long time. I have read discussions of people controlling with diet and excerise for 10 years or more. It gives me hope.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

tabby9146 2011-09-08 14:16:44 -0500 Report

that's great. you sound like me. I control by diet and exercise. I got off meds. once I began to lose weight and kept up the exercise. I was exercising 'before' diagnosis, for about 7 months, never lost any weight, but I knew it was helping me. So it sounds like you have been controlling wtihout meds for well over two years? I was diagnosed in Nov. 2008, and I have been controlling very well that way for right at 2 1/2 years now. I am very interested in how long everyone who is controlling this way, can keep doing well before being on pills. I have heard it can be many years. I have lots of hope too.

tabby9146 2011-09-08 14:17:53 -0500 Report

So far, I have almost never been over 120 2 hours after eating, since Nov. 2008. But I watch what I eat. I am not overly strict at all, I allow myself much smaller portions of bad things kind of regularly. My doctor said the key is moderation and I just always keep that in mind.

alanbossman 2011-09-02 19:37:59 -0500 Report

For one thing when you check your blood when you wake up and then test 1 to 2 hrs after breakfest same for lunch and dinner and one before bedtime all of those numbers you do not avg. The numbers are for each meal only A1c is a three month avg of your BG. You can try diet and execise to see if it works for you,but keep a close eye on your numbers.

Harlen 2011-09-02 20:35:03 -0500 Report

You got it but I need two Hr after meals to get a good reading .
I to hope diet and execise will work for you but the only way you will know is to keep ontop of you blood sugar's and rite them down in a log book this will help you and your Doc.
Best wishes

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