So I Got Diabetes, Now What?
Bad News: You Best Fix and Control What You Can
"Based on the research and information I have on November 28, 2007 the following makes sense to me," Harlan Jacobsen Copyright © 2007
This realization that you have diabetes is an alarm you best not ignore.
This is more like damage control, hope you got the alarm early on, and immediately stop further progression.
What happened and is happening is hard to understand in one article.
They say you have normally and carry approximately 6 quarts (or 5.6 liters) of blood.
In one day, they say your blood travels nearly 12,000 miles, thru 60,000 miles of blood vessels, all the way from a size of a magic marker to vessels as small as human hair size..
Your heart beats around 35 million times per year and pumps a million barrels of blood during the average lifetime — enough to fill three supertankers.
That six quarts normally carries just one teaspoon of blood sugar to supply your energy needs. More then that at any one time and it syrups up, becomes sticky like jam and impedes the flow.
Mostly likely, you first became aware in your feet or extremities, with these nerves getting inadequate supply, and you experienced tingling in your feet or hands.
Other nerves supplied by tiny veins can be affected including to your digestive system or even to nerves that control your heart beat etc. in which case they will mark you down as having died of heart failure, not diabetes.
Blood flow blocked in the tiny veins in your eyes and you become blind.
These are just some of the examples and are called "complications" of diabetes.
What has happened is your automatic body control system has become damaged from overuse, overtime, an accumulated damage and no longer can function well enough to keep the level at one teaspoon.
Three things make this an adult or normally older people happening:
Your body has a system to dispose of high sugar and it produces a fat making hormone to do that called "insulin". It is produced in quantity at the appearance of more then a teaspoon in your blood to dispose of the high sugar so it does not do circulatory damage. The insulin normally makes muscle cells to be forced to accept and hold excess sugar. If not fast enough disposal or adequate (from developing more and more resistance over the years) the high insulin forces some cells to become Fat Storing Cells. When sugar is abnormally high (peaks) your body may produce several times the normal insulin to compensate. This abnormally high insulin does considerable body damage setting you up for an early demise from other effects.
Eventually, your pancreas can not increase the level of insulin any higher or becomes exhausted
Your body cells that have always obeyed insulin's message to force acceptance of sugar, got tired of too high a levels and developed over the years a rising resistance to accepting this unnaturally high sugar. This is called "developing insulin resistance."
The third thing that has happened as you aged is you slowed down and your muscle mass was allowed to diminish or turn to flab, that does not absorb sugar. As you put on weight you slowed even further and disuse speeded the muscle mass loss.
In summary, your body used to be able to handle high sugar peak abuse, when you were young, muscular had lots of cells still readily accepting and holding high sugar. Little insulin was needed to control it. Now insulin levels are necessarily so high with sugar peaks. some cells are forced into fat and not enough muscle cells not absorbing it fast enough even when insulin level is maxed out. so you will be subject to body damage if the blood sugar level exceeds one teaspoon.
The name of the game now is to keep your blood sugar in a normal range (one teaspoon,) that your body can handle safely. They refer to this as numbers, and you will never hear about the one teaspoon again.
To measure this and to keep score on your success you at home use a finger prick blood test meter to test whole blood for sugar levels. This lets you know how you are doing and is used several times a day to educate you on what works.
The doctors lab does a more precise test using blood plasma and you usually refer to a six hour fast reading. Over 125 on two separate day readings and Medicare declares you a lifetime diabetic.
You attempt to hold your home test sugar peaks under 160 as a goal, and the trick is to learn to be able to do that. Keep in mind medications have almost immediate response and other things you do often show results only after several weeks.
You also need every two months or thereabouts, an A1c lab (doctors office) test reading. This should not be allowed to exceed 7, (preferably 6.5 or lower and getting lower.
How you are going to control your blood sugar is another subject we will not take up here. Initially, the danger is that it can not be allowed to continue at a high rate.
Diet and supplements can often control your blood sugar level and lifestyle changes help to control peaks. However, many of these take weeks to fully develop and you may need medication such as Metformin to lower it until you can get it under control with these methods.
All medications including Metformin have serious side effects and we suggest you learn to control it other ways, eventually at least, without.. work with your doctor to get it under control immediately. Work with him in getting off medications as soon as you can do so.
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