Pre diabetes

By dragonfly1972 Latest Reply 2013-04-09 17:01:29 -0500
Started 2013-03-16 13:26:31 -0500

I was diagnosed with pre diabetes or insilin impaired or deficiency… but my blood levels have been running low alot… i get headaches dizziness and upset stomache… but my promary care provider still says im not diabetic… does anyone have insight…

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mcashmore 2013-04-09 17:01:29 -0500 Report

Have they tested your insulin levels? My glucose was 93 non-fasting and my HbA1c was 5.2, both within normal range. However, I was just diagnosed insulin resistant or pre diabetic because my insulin level was 44 and should be no higher than 35. My body produces the insulin, but doesn't take it in the way it use to. Now I'm starting to try to think and live as if I'm diabetic so as to hopefully prevent full onset. The MD started me on Metformin 500 once a day with my evening meal.

tabby9146 2013-03-18 10:09:19 -0500 Report

are you eating enough carbs? that could be one reason why you have these symptoms. make sure to check your blood sugar several times a day, first thing in the morning, and 2hours after each meal, at first, and see how you react to certain foods. eat lots of vegetables, steamed or roasted is best, fresh and frozen is better than canned. lean meats, watch your portions, go easy on the pasta, white flour, white potatoes, white rice. make sure to eat some protein at each meal and fiber. make sure to eat protein with a piece of fruit, but don't eat fruit without it, I can do that today and still get dizzy. Before I was diagnosed, a few yrs before actually, I was at work, I'd had a decent breakfast, and between b'fast and lunch sometimes I would have a snack if I had a chance, I'd had some cataloupe slices with me and I had to sit down, and got so dizzy for a minute. went to the doctor next day, cause that scared me. oh how I wish she'd had ordered tests back then, but she didn't. you can avoid most likely, full blown diabetes with eating right and execise buit it has to be aggressive. though some pre-diabetics do still develop it no matter what. I would just eat like I had diabetes if I had been diagnosed as preD. Exercise at least a half hour per day. test before and after exercise, eat protein before exercising, they told us in class, the optimal time to exercise was one hour after eating a meal. Good luck.

dragonfly1972 2013-03-16 15:42:41 -0500 Report

Thank you jayabee for your response… yes i have a meter i test every day… my levels range from the 80's to my lowest just the other day of 43

jayabee52 2013-03-16 15:46:01 -0500 Report

So do you test only once a day or do you have a secific pattern of testing you do? Anything above 70 is not considered low (or "hypo") so what have you eaten just before you experience that low?

tabby9146 2013-03-18 10:10:14 -0500 Report

that is right, if you are above 70 you are doing great, and upon waking up in the morning if you are in the 70s or 80s, you are doing well at that time. if you are well under 120 2 hours after eating, those are really good numbers.

jayabee52 2013-03-16 15:18:56 -0500 Report

Howdy Dragonflly

Who knows why Drs play these types of games.

My question is: How do you know you are running low a lot? Do you have a meter and have taken your Blood Glucose (BG) reading? If so, what have the numbers been? Or are you just guessing because you are having the symptoms you describe.

If you have no meter (glucometer) may I suggest you get one? Then come back here and ask someone the best way to use it. I could suggest a meter from Wal-mart which is inexpensive for the meter and the strips (the most expensive component of testing one's BG)

Once folks can see your BG numbers, you may have more folks stepping up to comment.

Praying for improving health for you

James Baker

dragonfly1972 2013-03-16 13:38:01 -0500 Report

Please does anyone have insight

tabby9146 2013-03-18 10:11:15 -0500 Report

can you take diabetes classes in your area? your insurance might pay, even though you are PreD. they may offer free ones. If not, then I would pay the money to take them, it is well worth it. you will learn so much.