I joined because I have no money for doctors and no insurance. We are in the small area where we make too much for state insurance for adults, but not enough to afford our own. Every option we found would put us in the place of pay health insurance or pay the rent. I was diagnosed Hypoglycemic during my last pregnancy going off an episode I had in office and telling the doctor these incidents had been occurring to me since I was 17. What happens is if go too long, and the definition of "too long" varies in an unpredictable way, I get hot, then I have tingling sensations in different places, followed by difficulty focusing and the worst it ever got was I passed out once. A few times the room went dark and I was dizzy but did not pass out. The only things I have found that will reverse these are orange juice and jerky. Occasionally I have to add some pickles to make the headache or tingling go away. I was tested for gestational diabetes but never for diabetes when not pregnant. My mother has adult onset diabetes, her grandfather also had it. I believe one of her aunts does but I am not positive. My incidents have become more frequent. So, I got a monitor and all needed to use it, though I am not sure when or how often to test my blood sugar levels. I am following my mother's drs advice to her to eat 4 carb counts per meal. I am also counting calories to help me lose weight as I am about 60 lbs overweight. I was 75 lbs over so I've been doing well I think.
I just have no idea what to do and how to use my readings to help with this. Advice would be greatly appreciated on how often to check my blood sugar levels and what the readings mean. For example the day before yesterday. I tested first thing before eating or drinking anything and the meter read 89. 6:30pm that day just before dinner I tested again and also got 89. I don't know what any of this means or what I should be doing. Book recommendations would be great or good sites to read. Thank you, I want to try to avoid diabetes for as long as possible, totally if possible.
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