By dnverarchie Latest Reply 2012-03-18 21:50:16 -0500
Started 2012-03-18 02:38:06 -0500

I am newly diagnosed type 2 nov a1c 7.5 now 6.2 and good bs control 95 to 128. problem is that if i eat and bs goes above 145 i get headaches. Dr says fine under 200. why headaches?

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dnverarchie 2012-03-18 21:50:16 -0500 Report

Thank you for your replies. I am 52 and have lost 25lbs since dec. I feel poorly if my BS goes above 150 so I have concentrated on keeping at 140 or below. I take metformin 1000mg 2x daily. The headaches get worse if BS goes above the 150. I try to eat 50 - 60 carbs 4 to 6 times daily and am now concentrating on calories trying to stay at 18 to 2000 per day. Is there a side effect if your BS rises to rapidly?

CaliKo 2012-03-18 15:45:22 -0500 Report

Hi, and welcome to the site. I had a few headaches as a newly diagnosed type 2 while adjusting to lower glucose levels. I was losing weight and probably too hungry sometimes. I would suggest mentioning it to your doctor if they are too often or too severe. Mine went away for the most part after the first 6 months.
Alan is right that many of us try to keep bs under 140, that is the mark that some reports say the damage begins on various body systems, but the doctors usually use the 160 or 180 mark for 2 hours after eating, depending on how well you are still producing and using insulin, it won't stay that high long, and the A1C of course is an average. Your numbers must be good to have your A1C down to 6.2. And much depends on your age and how you manage your T2. If you are under 60 and diet and exercise controlled T2, with your weight in a good place, you can extend your "honeymoon" phase as long as possible by keeping your numbers where you have them, and your A1C will probably continue to drop into the 5s. You can stay diet and exercise controlled for a long time, usually with no complications with numbers like that. If you are over 60, your doctor may want you to have your A1C no lower than 6.
Good luck!

alanbossman 2012-03-18 15:10:29 -0500 Report

I don't know about the headaches but after a meal you should try to keep your numbers at or below 140. Also the ADA says 180 and under is fine I do the 140 and under after a meal