Diabetes: Will it always progress??

ErinAlexa
By ErinAlexa Latest Reply 2014-09-19 15:23:07 -0500
Started 2012-06-16 16:53:45 -0500

Hello. Brand new here, and having a hard time wrapping my head around something. I was diagnosed with DM back in March of this year, and I immediately snapped into this regimented diet and exercise lifestyle change. Call it being Scared Straight, if you will. I have lost 35lbs in 3 months, and will continue to lose weight until I reach my goal of 190. (I am currently 298). I have been on 1000mg of Metformin twice daily, and my glucose levels have been 75-90 ever since, minus a few 100-110 spikes.

So I guess you could say I have my Diabetes on lock-down. But, what I want to know is this: Will this disease progress anyway, despite me having a tight control on my blood sugar? Will I ultimately be faced with kidney failure, even though I am living a completely different lifestyle now? I don't quite understand the effects of long-term diabetes. All I hear about are the horrible endings. Am I just staving off the inevitable? Or can I really live the rest of my life without developing the hallmark illnesses?

Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this.


69 replies

tabby9146
tabby9146 2013-03-09 12:19:48 -0600 Report

I always heard from doctors, and the diabetes educators where I took my classes, over 4 years ago, that it IS progressive, no matter what, even if you take excellent care of yourself, just that you can slow the progression, and you still run risks of complications, but…your risk is greatly decreased…if you exercise and eat right regularly and try to cut down on stress. don't let anyone tell you different. I am friend with an endo, who has a site on FB and she too says the same thing. It is not in vain, keep on doing what you are doing. It is worth it.

aew08046
aew08046 2013-03-04 05:35:34 -0600 Report

Tell me about your magic diet. I I am just about 54 years old and was diagnosed 2010 Outpatient surgery for hernia -Blood sugar 337. I have been up and down the weight ladder since age 6 - top weight 351 in 2007 and low weight 180 in 1998 after loosing 100 pounds on Weight Watchers, I am at 295 now after fighting depression/bipolar problems again for the past year been on meds since 1985 (brain has a tough time with meds). I am also on meds for thyroid problems (cancer on Mother's side), hypertension (Father died at age 49) and am taking Janumet 50/1000. I am unable to really exercise right now - need knee replacements (already had hip replacement 2007-old injury). Any advice from the community would be appreciated.

deafmack
deafmack 2013-03-03 08:05:05 -0600 Report

My thought and through careful reading and research is that yes type 2 is progressive but the progression can vary and the better one takes care of themselves the greater chance they have of not progressing at all. I know people who have had type 2 for 50 years and it is because they have taken care of themselves all this time. I also think if problems show up such as symptoms of neuropathy it is vital the person have those symptoms checked out ASAP and find out what is the cause so that the symptoms can be treated immediately. For example I have low B12 levels which can be one of the causes of peripheral neuroaphy and take methylcobalimin or methyl B12 as a replacement. I think low B12 is something that should be checked immediately. Also I found out I am allergic to corn in any form and as a result have worked very hard to remove it frm my diet. I now eat organic fruits and veggies, wild salmon, grass fed beef and free range chicken, etc. I have lost over 40 lbs and my clothes are becomng bigge and loser. Do I miss the corn, Yes sometimes i do especially corn on the cob and popcorn, but then I remember the pain of the allergic reaction and that stops me. The joy of the taste is not worth the pain of the feet.
The main point I thnk is to stay healthy and to treat any symptom that shows up aggressively and get that symptom checked out ASAP.

M.B.K.S.Ravi
M.B.K.S.Ravi 2013-03-02 18:10:32 -0600 Report

Diabetes: Will it always progress?? ErinAlexa June 16
I apprriciate ErinAlexa's message. Your 1st para indicates that u have controlled your Glucose level due to your diet modifications and Exercizes. I confirm that is the best practice. Due to my Diet modifications and exercizes, I too controlled, almost to a level, that I am not taking medicine regularly. Due to my old age, I sometimes get reeling or giddiness, blurring of eyes, may be due to drop of glucose levels. Immeadiately I will drink water, I get relief. The diabetes is no doubt, a bad disease, but it may be common to old people. So aged diabetic patients must be always careful. It genarally develops with aging along with other degenerations. Let us control. You better varify, that much potency of your medication is necessary or not for your control. It wont develop, be happy.

jeopardy3
jeopardy3 2013-03-02 11:53:57 -0600 Report

you will probably develope the symptoms but at a much later time. I have been a diabetic for 42 years and just this year I found out I have scars on my kidneys but haven't had problems earlier. tight control is the best way to go and I think you will be fine. good luck and best wishes. keep up the great job!!!

mystikfairy61
mystikfairy61 2012-07-31 23:31:07 -0500 Report

How did you lose 35 pounds in 3 months? I can't seem to lose any and would love to hear what you did to lose it. Thanks HUGS

terrilynnmerritts
terrilynnmerritts 2013-03-03 15:05:59 -0600 Report

The New Atkins diet will create that sort of weight loss. You start out with induction and gradually add carbs till you reach maintenance once you get the weight you want. No cravings and no high carbs to raise blood sugars.

Narg
Narg 2013-03-02 15:25:45 -0600 Report

I did something similar (though I could use it again…). Weight Watchers. An awesome diet, and works extremely well for Diabetics. Type 1 or 2.

forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2012-06-22 12:33:45 -0500 Report

I thought I would live to be 125,now when some1 asks how old I am , I tell them I'm stuck on 25,unless I actually remember how old I really am,at the time of the question. Or I will say being upfront, I dont remember. Yes, you can live a long life with the diabetes,as long as you stay focused,even having the type 2 you can make it go away,though remaining healthy with knowing what to eat and do as far as exercising keeping up with all that you've learned from having it.

available jones
available jones 2013-03-04 11:07:18 -0600 Report

i would to like be your friend.i am farly new & i know you can be helpful to a lot of people.including my self.memory-first thought it was amnesia.when my feet swoled,i thought it was the gout.

Patty0057
Patty0057 2012-06-22 06:59:45 -0500 Report

You know I feel the same way. I am T2 controlled with diet & exercise. I too changed my entire lifestyle & am down 60 pounds. I too freak a bit when I get a reading of 120. But you know what? We are both proactive in managing diabetes & so ate building positive habits. This is a good thing. Stay strong!

tabby9146
tabby9146 2013-03-09 12:19:10 -0600 Report

congrats for being so well in control. I still am too. sometimes I eat the wrong things, and have to get back on the wagon again.

CJ55
CJ55 2012-06-21 04:19:47 -0500 Report

Hello Erin, congrats on improving so fast!! I myself and probably many others are wondering how you accomplished a 35 lb weight loss and great blood sugars (bs) in only 3 months. I have been doing this for 7 years now and haven't accomplished that much. I am very proud of you. I am not totally sure of the long term effects are of diabetics who have maintained low bs. Im sure it will slow dow any process or damage diabetes can cause. Low bs and exercising and loosing weight really helps your risks of getting bad kidneys, neuropathy bad vision. But I cannot tell you that this will never happen. I am not a doctor, i would ask my health care provider those questions.

emile sumter
emile sumter 2013-03-02 17:06:34 -0600 Report

Hi I lost weight by reading the small prints NO HIGH FRUCTOSE SYRUP IN MY FOODS. How can you controle dia betis 2 and eat all the yuck fake sugars. I cut on salt ,artificcial sugers and fat.Hopefull it works for you to

TsalagiLenape
TsalagiLenape 2012-06-18 20:21:39 -0500 Report

Each of us will not all develop problems of diabetes as you stated. Especially if you control your BG's aka Blood Sugars. That and a healthier lifestyle is the key. Things may flare up but learn while you can. Be prepared before anything happens helps a lot. But stress does add in on that as well. So de-stress and keep up the good work. Hugs

Set apart
Set apart 2012-06-18 06:07:40 -0500 Report

Hi Erin, welcome to DC! I still consider myself new to all of this! I was diagnosed with T1 almost 10 months ago. D has scared me, I was in tight control initially, the last month or so have been crazy with spikes and lows! Doc reminded me my honeymoon period is almost over, trial and error with insulin now. Like you my biggest fears are the trial and error days, wondering what is all of this doing to my body? your BG numbers are great, believe me I wish mine were that good! Your attitude and and your goal to be healthy will help you! Endo told me that the more in control you are the less likely you will experience complications! Congrats on your weight loss! :-)

flakeysoul
flakeysoul 2013-03-09 09:27:05 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed T2 in 2010 and am struggling more now than before. I seem to be the exception to all the rules with morning/fasting highs around 200 most days. And in the past year I've had Bell's Palsy with a 10-day round of prednisone, several sinus infections and bronchitis. Now i'm starting to feel stronger and ready to concentrate on the T2 again. The highs from the prednisone last April were around 400. I spent those days sitting on the couch, drinking water, testing my bg and taking insulin on a sliding scale. Because of the prednisone I also had vertigo that lasted several weeks after the Bell's Palsy. I've always been heavy but active and a very storng woman who could deal with anything. Now I am really feeling like an old lady, and I'm only 53. But even more distressing than all the physical trials is the depression and feelings of hopelessness. One thing that I've learned helps with that is sharing my feelings and fears. So here I am, making my first post after following DC for over a year.

shortysmalls
shortysmalls 2012-06-17 22:22:46 -0500 Report

I Erin It does progress but might not. I mean everyone is different and has different things going on. I have had type 2 diabetes for 6.5 yrs and even though my diabetes is under control and have lost 80 lbs in tis time I just developed neuropathy in my feet. So I would keep a watch, exercise, and diet and talk with your doctor. Maybe he can help you answer some of your concerns

flipmom
flipmom 2012-06-17 21:34:35 -0500 Report

I know almost everybody says that its a progressive desease… but some testified that they didnt have major complications after decades of having Diabetes.

Have you heard the the quote about "Its not the destination, It about the journey?" My train of thoughts about my Diabetes is similar… I try to live my life healthier and happier and taking care of my health now and just enjoying every day of my life…

We need to take care of ourselves NOW so we can enjoy a quality life NOW!

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-06-17 09:38:43 -0500 Report

After 18 years of living with diabetes, I have successfully managed it to the point of having no complications! More realistically, I do believe it progresses over the years! With tight mgmt, and good medical care, proper adjustments with diet exercise and meds, you can most likely avoid complications. I do know people who have lived to ripe old ages and avoided complications.

Here's the kicker! I have never met anyone personally that has had diabetes for 20 years or more that can say they didn't have to make adjustments in their diabetes mgmt, over the years. Doesn't mean anything other than having to make some adjustments to maintain healthy bg levels. That is why it is important to be aware that it progresses. Cuts the odds of getting careless!!!

Now, if anyone would like to prove my statement wrong with some facts, please do. I hope you are successful and would love nothing more than to find out that I am misinformed! Diabetes DOES NOT have to cause you to have complications because it is a manageable condition with the correct knowledge. Diabetes is a progressive condition however, and to believe differently is a dangerous form of denial!!!

HawkMt
HawkMt 2013-03-04 15:13:14 -0600 Report

I developed diabetes when I was pregnant with my son twenty one years ago! The doctor said it will go away.He was wrong! It stayed with me and been on metformin since! I lost weight and my count is always in the 90's. I still get cravings for sweets but really cut back on them. I am more active and accomplishing more since I lost the weight and have control. Feel more energetic! I just pray that I don't develop other problems later in life!

jigsaw
jigsaw 2013-03-04 16:47:13 -0600 Report

It appears that you are doing a great job of managing your diabetes! I strongly believe that the odds of avoiding complications, are greatly in your favor. With blood glucose in the 90s, and assuming your a1c is good, then you are definitely accomplishing a very important and large part of diabetic management.

old biker
old biker 2012-06-17 06:44:02 -0500 Report

There is not much that I can add to what has allready been said..Except nothing in life or about diabetes is written in stone, and like both of them it's all about making the right choices and it seems you are doing just that..Like nick I can say I am in much better shape right now because I have diabetes,,It has forced me to put in place some very positive changes in my life and I am now reaping in the rewards..Much luck and success on your jouney in life And welcome aboard

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-17 01:31:56 -0500 Report

Congrats on the weight loss and good BGs. Controlling your BG is the best way to avoid complications. But for some people no matter how hard they try it might not always be doable. It seems insulin can be a problem if we don't make enough, make to much, or can't use what we have of it. I know all I can do is try my best. It seems the longer I manage to keep my BG in the good zone the better I feel and see. Like you, and others here, I'm not sure how long before diagnosis I was having problems. Plus I had another medical problem that could have been causing a few of the same symptoms. Since it was taken care of almost all of the numbness in my little toes is gone. It wasn't constant before, and is happening less and less. Who knows it might be a little of both have helped it.
When it comes to diabetes I think it's best to be the control freak, if not me then it will be diabetes in control.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-16 19:37:49 -0500 Report

Hey, congrats on the amazing bg levels and the weight loss!!! The bg number of 100-110 is not a spike and actually in the normal range, perfect, actually. I am a type 1, insulin dependent most of my life and my range is to keep it within 80-125, of course it will go up after eating. I have never taken pills, so can't help you there.

Keeping good control doesn't mean you will never get any of the conditions that can happen to us, but it will certainly improve your chances of not getting them or delay them for a long time:) We don't know who will or won't get them just like with any other condition/illness. That being said, continue to exercise, even when you reach your goal, lose the weight and eat right( carb counting, portion control, reduce salt intake, etc..), and then continue to enjoy life to it's fullest!! The important thing is that once diagnosed you took it seriously and are doing an incredible job and I'll bet in time you won't even have to take the Metformin as you remember this is all a continued life style. Also, we all slip once in a while, so don't be hard on yourself if it ever happens and just get right back on track, no big deal.

Once again way to go and be a role model!!!

ErinAlexa
ErinAlexa 2012-06-16 21:19:22 -0500 Report

Thanks so much :) I suppose I feel like I'm failing when my BG is over 100, even though I know it's completely within the normal range. My meds have kept things very very predictably 75-90, and I think when I see "unusual" numbers, it makes me feel like I'm messing up. I know I'm not, but it's kind of like getting all A's on a report card, and then getting a C on a mid-term. lol now that I spell it all out, I sound a little obsessive, but I guess that's better than not caring at all! ;)

jimmuel
jimmuel 2012-06-22 12:08:38 -0500 Report

your doing great,keep it up an you will be fine,DC is the best tool for you when you have any questions or any abvise you might have that has help you,but you sound like your on the right path,they have help me very much in getting my BS under control,keep up the good fight

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-16 22:23:37 -0500 Report

I understand completely. No, it isn't obsessive at all but caring about your health. Some people can function with bg levels of 70-80, but not me. I have to run alittle higher, but do to my insilin I have to be careful about going too low as well as to high, it is a balancing act. I use insulin for all meals, snacks.

Your doing good, and you will know what works for you. I know other's here have had lows from the Metformin, so I suggest you keep glucose tabs or gel on hand in case you suddenly go too low as it will bring it up quick, as it is a fast acting carb and lows are not good for us either.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-06-16 19:04:12 -0500 Report

Welcome ErinAlexa! In addition to James' great response below I'll second that with an emphatic NO! You're doing the right things and your numbers are very good. Several of us here adopted what seem to be great diets to gain control and are living medivation free with no "D" effects. In fact, even though there is no "cure", once you've started maintaining your diet long-term, your body may start to react to foods differently. I dropped 90 lbs. and since then (through the help of my new diet) things that would have spiked me above 180 2 years ago don't nearly as much now.
Given my past lifestyle and weight (overweight/obese nearly all of my 50 years) I shouldn't be in the shape I'm in. All my bloodwork comes back normal, and my last A1c was 4.9 (I have a doctor's appointment next week and hope to beat that still). I'm in the best shape of my life, so like you "D" was a wake-up call, and I know it sounds weird but diabetes may have saved my life.
Come back often and ask questions if you have any!

Mr. Bigg
Mr. Bigg 2013-03-06 21:19:33 -0600 Report

Hey Nick!!! I am new to this site. I was just wondering how exactlly did you lose 90 pounds?

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-03-07 08:02:53 -0600 Report

Hey there Mr. Bigg. Welcome to the family! It’s actually over 100 pounds now.
In a nutshell, like many here I adopted a low carbohydrate diet and limited my sugar intake. At my most extreme I followed the 777 rule - no single food should have more than 7 grams of carbs or 7 grams of sugar, and should contain 7 or more grams of protein. Its hard to meet that goal, but it helped as a target. I've since relaxed a bit, but not by much. Exercising helped, but I didn’t really go crazy with it – just made sure I walked for about an hour a day.
I also learned just how much I burn in a 24 hour period and made sure I wasn’t eating more than I burned off – in fact just a little less so my body would start burning off all that fat I had stored up. I didn’t starve in any way, or use food substitutes, meal replacements or supplements. Just changed what I ate, how much and when. I still follow the plan because like anything else, eating can be a bad habit, one I needed to break, and now I eat because I have to, not just out of habit.

jennydo
jennydo 2013-03-08 11:22:50 -0600 Report

I've never heard of the 777 rule either, but it makes a a simple, easy-to-remember guideline for how many carbs etc. to look for. I had a resting metabolic test at the dietician's and it made it much easier once I knew how many calories my body needed. It was reassuring to know I could lower my cals below that #, not starve and still lose weight. It is a slower weight loss, but it doesn't freak me out and trigger me to binge.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-03-08 11:56:51 -0600 Report

The rule just kind of came about. You really have to work to stay within those guidelines, because 7 carbs for any single food item limits you. The nice thing is that way you don’t really have to count calories because they fall in line naturally. Some have that it gets too protein rich, so I put the disclaimer on it to adjust as necessary.
You’re right, it is slow weight loss – about a pound a week, but it is sustainable and like you say you really don’t get the binge triggers. I still get them now and then (yesterday was a carb day for me – had to have them breadsticks with marinara), but it’s easier to satisfy the craving and move on because after a while you find out those foods just tasted good in your mind (the breadsticks weren’t that good after all).

Mr. Bigg
Mr. Bigg 2013-03-07 08:21:27 -0600 Report

thanks Nick. I never heard of the 777 rule. i never been 1 to really be counting and looking at labels, but i would like to lose a few pounds.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-03-07 08:53:37 -0600 Report

Counting and label reading was a big part of the program at first (I started this through a mini “Biggest Loser” contest one of my care providers was putting on), but after a while I just knew what I could and couldn’t have. I also tested a lot to make sure whatever I ate was friendly to my numbers (or “eating to my meter”). Several here (Kirla and jayabee52 to name a few) follow the same diet, but I think I’m the only one that had to couple it with weight loss. If you just have to drop a few pounds, you might not have to go to the extremes I did, but after I got things dialed in, the weight just kept coming off with little effort and my health improved dramatically.
Oh, hey, just noticed - welcome to the family!

Mr. Bigg
Mr. Bigg 2013-03-07 09:28:27 -0600 Report

i would really like to lose between 75 - 100 pounds. just dont know how. i have tried different diet pills/plans. just havent had much success

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-03-07 09:52:13 -0600 Report

I'll send you a friend request so we can discuss it further on the side. You might even want to start a new discussion topic like "How Did You Lose The Weight?" and post what your goals are. You'll get a lot of answers and you can pick and choose what works for you. It can be done, but my way alone may not work.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2013-03-07 09:15:45 -0600 Report

Oh Nick I did lose weight and inches when I first experemented with my meal plan. Over the course of 2 or 3 months I lost over 65 lbs. In fact I looked at my face in the mirror one morning and I looked too lean. So I decided to ease up a bit and to include more good fats in my meal plan.

James

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-03-07 09:47:31 -0600 Report

Sorry James, my bad, that probably slipped my mind - I'm used to seing your skinny profile pick and never thought of you as overweight.
I know you have a lot you can offer Mr. Bigg here, in fact I lost the link to your diet post if you wouldn't mind sharing it with him.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2013-03-07 09:52:46 -0600 Report

just did. NO problem Nick. I stil think of myself as being overweight because for most of my life I was.

Now with my kidney disease, I must WORK on eating enough protein and building up so I have some "reserve" for when I really get sick.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-03-07 10:01:48 -0600 Report

Yeah James, you are one who really has to work at this. I sure hope you're writing all this down for a book or memoirs so future James's will have the benefit of your sucesses.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2013-03-07 10:08:51 -0600 Report

Thanks Nick That is one of the reasons I post here so frequently. I want to pass on what I've learned about diabetes and living with it and myself.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2013-03-07 09:47:43 -0600 Report

OK, I started out because I noted that my BG levels didn't rise all that much when I didn't have insulin available when I shattered my last bottle and it took 2 days to get a replacement. I discovered I had sufficient panceas output to manage my diabetes IF I ate VERY carefully. So I developed a meal plan which I then called not a diet (dislike that word) but an experement. You may find my write up of that meal plan HERE ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14...

Please feel free to comment on the plan on that discussion and adapt it to your own situation should you choose.

James

jennydo
jennydo 2013-03-08 21:15:27 -0600 Report

I looked at your eating plan - very interesting. It feels a little limiting to me, but as I go on I may find I need to be stricter with myself.

ErinAlexa
ErinAlexa 2012-06-16 21:14:09 -0500 Report

I *absolutely* feel the same way as you do, in that I believe that diabetes has saved my life, also. It was the kick up the backside I so desperately needed. I will do anything and everything I can to never feel the way I felt for those months (and maybe even years?) before my diagnosis.

Huge congrats to you for losing 90lbs. That is amazing! I hope to join you in that accomplishment someday!

Thanks so much for your response, I do so appreciate it. :)

available jones
available jones 2013-03-04 11:15:54 -0600 Report

i would be your freind. it is wonder when anyone can & will loose that much weight,but if we will all continue to pull together as a team we will all be better off

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-06-17 16:03:23 -0500 Report

Thanks, good to hear you're going to war. Still can't believe i was carrying around that weight, considering it's a challenge for me to even lift it.
If you want, you could post your progress here, we'd love to watch as you succeed! Plus it'd give you another level of accountability (not to mention support). Jjust a thought.

old biker
old biker 2012-06-17 16:25:48 -0500 Report

Great mind set/ go to war..Go to war with what ever it is that prevents you from reaching your goal..I do it all the time..I set a goal and what holds me back is now the enemy

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-06-16 18:35:33 -0500 Report

Howdy ErinAlexa! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect! Sorry you qualify for this "little party" but since you do I'm glad you're here and have decided to post a discussion here.

Regarding your question "will it always progress?" I have some good news and some bad news for you. First the good news: NO it NEED not progress and it is usually up to you (absent freak accidents or medication mishaps)

Now the bad news: It is up to you to manage your Blood Glucose (BG) levels.

Now if somehow you slip, it is OK occasionally, but if the slippage is frequent then you may be setting yourself up for complications, and from what I understand, any damage is cumulative. You may not have the complications right away, but once it builds to a certain level, you may well get one or more complications.

What is considered a BG number you would wish to avoid? What I have heard is generally 140 or above for a period of time. I have also heard that the BGs which fluxuate up and down ("sometimes called the BG roller coaster") can be harmful too.

Your reported BG levels looks good and I wouldn't call a BG of 100 to 110 "spikes" myself. But if you can keep your BG levels in that range consistently, I would say that unless you have some kind of mishap, you should be OK and could avoid complications altogether or at least put them off until you are quite old.

Praying you can wrap your head around this news

Also praying for your improved health and blessings for you and yours!

James Baker

EDIT: almost forgot to CONGRATULATE you on your weight loss. WAY TO GO Erin!

ErinAlexa
ErinAlexa 2012-06-16 19:15:52 -0500 Report

Hello jayabee :) Thanks so much for the quick reply. I really don't have much fluctuation in my BG at all these days. I keep it at a fairly static 80-90 range, sometimes dipping into the 70s after my daily workout. I don't really worry about losing control of my BG as long as I am taking Metformin, so I suppose you've given me mostly good news. :)

What I am somewhat concerned about now, is trying to figure out how much damage was done before my diagnosis. I had been living with some really obvious symptoms for at least 3 months before the diagnosis and making the change to my lifestyle: REALLY excessive thirst, blurred vision, some mild neuropathy in my fingers. I'm sure some non-obvious things were going on before that, however. I guess those things can only be known by my doctor, though.

Anyway, thanks so much for the information. It does put me a lot more at ease.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-06-16 19:33:55 -0500 Report

If things like neuropathy have not gotten too far along once you reduce your BG levels may diminish. One of the things which I've learned in my 3 + yrs on DiabeticConnect is that one's eyes swell a bit with high BG levels. The pressure in the eyes return to "normal" when one's BG is "normalized". From what you are telling us about your BGs I would expect that your vision is no longer blurry or will clarify within about 2 weeks of BG normalization.

If your eyes do not clarifiy you may wish to go to an opthamoligist for a dialated eye exam to determine if you might have Diabetes related retinopathy, or even glaucoma. If neither shows up (and I pray neither doesn't) then you might need prescription glasses.

ErinAlexa
ErinAlexa 2012-06-16 21:36:11 -0500 Report

My eyes have been much improved since getting my BG under control. I only have slight blurry or tiredness in my eyes when my BG changes quickly, either up or down. Not so much how high it goes, but how fast it changes, if you see my meaning. Happens very, very infrequently these days, so I'm not too worried about it. I will definitely be getting my eyes tested soon, though, since I already wear prescription glasses and will ultimately need new ones.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-06-16 22:07:56 -0500 Report

having a dialated pupil retinal exam where an opthamologist checks for retinopathy every year is one of the standards of good diabetes care.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2013-03-02 13:21:18 -0600 Report

Really Dragonfly, that is a discussion you need to have with your Dr. If the 1000 mg day is not doing the job for you talk to Dr about either bumping up the dose or trying something different. The MAXIMUM dose for Met is 2000 mg/day.