Blood Sugar Levels - Do I have a concern for diabetes

Squirrel man
By Squirrel man Latest Reply 2013-07-10 21:37:16 -0500
Started 2013-07-04 16:16:08 -0500

I just joined today. On my last visit to my Dr., she said my blood sugar level was 96, fasting overnight. Since then, I have acquired a meter and all related equipment. Have been testing my blood sugar every morning for about a week, with readings from 92 to 101. Have really been watching what I eat. I have cut out basically all sugar and have been watching the carbs. I am 67 years old and I love sweets now just as much as when I was 10 years old. But, no more. I guess at this point, I am just nervous and scared. I don't want to be diabetic. There is no history of diabetes in my family, however, I am a combat veteran of Vietnam and was exposed to agent orange. One of the complications of being exposed to agent orange is type 2 diabetes. I was also over weight by about 10 pounds. I have now cut that to 5. I have always been very active, but now, in addition to just being active, I have started riding a recumbent tricycle about 2 miles a day and really getting the heart rate up. I'm just looking for some input right now. Just a little nervous and scared. Any advice that anyone can give to me will be greatly appreciated. And, thanks in advance from a newbie to the diabetic connect.

14 replies

Rebelove 2013-07-10 21:37:16 -0500 Report

First, please allow me to say: Welcome home, and thank you for your service. It sounds like you have a doctor who is on top of things, and I am glad to hear it. In the bad ole days, if you were told that you were a diabetic, it was considered time to get your affairs in order. Diabetes is no longer the death sentence it used to be. It sounds like you have a good; no, great; handle on this already…better than I do, in fact! You're WAY ahead of most newbies! I think if you keep up the exercising, checking your BSLs and watching your carb intake, you'll be fine. Stay in touch with your doctor, and feel free to call the American Diabetes Association for advice. Good luck, and please keep me posted. I care! :) God bless the USA!

genniedevera 2013-07-08 18:02:02 -0500 Report

Welcome Squirrel man! Good for you! I wish my numbers are like yours! Been type 2 for a year now and still learning…

arp13 2013-07-07 18:01:15 -0500 Report

By the way, Squirrel man, I am 72 years old, diagnosed with and treated for Type 2 diabetes for 41 years. I started with exercise and diet, and as I aged the diabetes "aged" eg pancreas put out less good insulin so I moved on to "pills," such as diabeta and gylburide and now on two types of insulin as one of the best things I've done. I read all the responses to your plea for suggestions. I suggest you should read them all with a dim light, stay in touch with your current medical staff and get to the nearest VA hospital as soon AS PRACTICAL. I KNOW: look after 41 years with VA, cancer, and diabetes I have learned a little.

alanbossman 2013-07-05 07:30:35 -0500 Report

Hey Squirrel man welcome to DC your numbers are not bad just keep watching what you eat and things should be okay. I also am a Vietnam vet.

Squirrel man
Squirrel man 2013-07-05 13:36:03 -0500 Report

Thanks brother: Yeah, from what I am learning from this forum and talking to others, I really don't have a problem, if I continue to eat right, exercise and keep my weight down. I guess when the doctor told me that my glucose level was getting a little high for the low end, I just kind of freaked out. At 67, I have enough physical problems and surely do not want to have to fight another one. Thanks for responding.

Nick1962 2013-07-04 18:42:27 -0500 Report

Squrrel man-welcome to the group! Honestly, if you've made it to 67 years old and still manage a morning fasting number under 100, I think you're just fine.

An A1c is a is a test showing a 2-3 month average of your blood sugar in percentage form - usually part of your bloodwork at doctor's visits after a certain age or if you have (or might be getting) diabetes. Check with your doctor if they did one. If she suspected diabetes, she would have ordered an OGTT (Oral Glucose Tolerance test) - you drink some stuff that tastes like Tang and get tested every hour for 3 hours after. If your doctor didn't - I'm pretty sure you're in the clear.

Bun 10 has some solid advice on sweets, and you're already at an ideal weight, so I wouldn't sweat this and cause yourself extra stress.

Squirrel man
Squirrel man 2013-07-04 18:54:56 -0500 Report

Nick: Thank you so very much for your reply. My doctor did not mention A1C or any of the other tests that you mention. My fasting blood sugar level was 96 on the day of my physical and she told me that that was on the high end of low for blood sugar levels on pre diabetes. Told me to be careful with sweets, bread, potatoes, rice and anything high in carbs. I must admit, I love sweets now just as much as I did when i was 10 years old. But, I have fasted from them now, and I watch the potatoes, bread, rice and other foods with high carbs. No one in my family ever had a problem with diabetes. Only thing I mentioned was my exposure to agent orange in Vietnam. It has been proven in research by the VA that exposure can increase your chances of type 2 diabetes. Your response has greatly relieved my stress. I do want to drop a few more pounds and be careful with what I consume, but thanks for your response. I have really been sweating this since I walked out of my doctor's office. Got me a meter and have been checking my blood sugar level every morning. It has ranged from 92 to 101, fasting before breakfast. Also, thank you for an explanation of what A1C means. Never heard of it until I joined this forum today.
Thanks again, your response is very much appreciated.

arp13 2013-07-07 17:43:19 -0500 Report

Squirrel man: hey! I am a combat veteran of Vietnam diagnosed and financially compensated by the U S Department of Veterans Affairs to be afflicted with diabetes. First, there is so much to tell you but let's take one step at a time. Diabetes is one of a host of maladies that after years of battles by so many veterans organization, medical groups and industries to be directly attributed to service on the ground during the war in Vietnam where Agent Orange was used. Medical care and financial compensation by USDVA is RELATIVELY Your right. To obtain the foregoing all you need is your documentation that you have been diagnosed with diabetes and your DD214 showing you were in-country. The problem with slmost all the complications from Agent Orange health issues is they strike after lying dormant for decades before manifesting. They include certain types of cancers, Type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson disease, MLS, Prostrate Cancer and some we have passed on to our children and stuff that the medical profession is still working on. So, in particular if you desire to know what is killing us slowly and what help is available for you, go to your nearest VA Hospital with your DD214, ask to be examined and be included in the AGENT ORANGE REGISTRY, ask to be treated by the VA (they will direct your treatment plan to include doctors, nurses Dietitians, meters, strips) and ask to file a claim for compensation. You do not have to prove anything else. It is presumption of certain diseases due to being in-country where the chemicals were widely and indiscriminately used.

Nick1962 2013-07-05 09:41:41 -0500 Report

Well Squirrel man, if you've never heard of an A1c, you're not diabetic. This is one of the first things we are introduced to.
I've never heard of agent orange as a contributer to diabetes, but then I've never looked into it either - thanks for giving me some added knowledge here! And by the way, thank you for your service!
Right now, my personal opinion (I'm not a doctor) is for you to get diabetes, it would likely be from some major debilitating illness or malfunction like pancreatic cancer, but since you're watching your diet, and in good health otherwise, getting hit by lightning is more likely.

Bun10 2013-07-04 17:34:30 -0500 Report

What was you A1C, squirrel man? My fasting a hovered in the upper 90's and crossed into the lower 100's. I'm controlling mine with diet and dropped about 50 lbs but if you are only 5 lbs over, try dropping 15 to give yourself an edge. My doctor is amazed that I can control mine just by diet and exercise. But that's what I've done for 2 years. I do take 1000 mg of cinnamon morning and night. Don't know if it helps but it doesn't hurt so I will take whatever help I can get. I wonder about my diagnosis some times. I have completely changed the way I eat. Some of the time I wonder how do I control this so well when I don't do anything much for it. My eating style has become so ingrained that I forget I did do something for it. I put better choices in my mouth. I LOVED Boston cream doughnuts!! Had a hard time letting go but when I would crave one, I'd be strong for about three weeks. If I still craved it after three weeks. I'd buy one and savor ever bite. This went on for a while. Three weeks would stretch longer and eventually, I pretty much got over it. Sometimes I will walk by them in the store and think "Do you need one today?" But I don't anymore. I was a true female chocoholic. Still enjoy ice cream though. I like Bryers Smart Choice with lower carbs. (Pesky sugar alcohol though) I have a small portion and not on a daily basis and my last A1C was 5.4. Yay! Then again we are all different. Raisin bran makes my sugar go up so the dr told me to add slivered almonds to it. When someone in the family has a birthday, I have a small slice of cake with them. The point is you can't have the whole cake so if its your bday, send the cake home with someone else. Don't buy a bag of cookies. Buy a couple in the bakery. A couple of our grocery stores sell cake by the slice. Eat half today and maybe the other half the next day. Your fasting isn't too bad. Some diabetics can't do that but it is a good way to ween yourself. Good luck and welcome to the forum!

GabbyPA 2013-07-05 07:47:37 -0500 Report

One thing I would like to add is that the use of cinnamon and turmeric are helpful for maintaing a good glucose level. So if you are still in that range in the AM fast, you may want to consider those two spices to help you keep it there. They are not good for dropping your levels, just helping you keep good ones. I make a tea with them. It sounds creepy, but it tastes really good.

lemon/lime 2013-07-07 08:13:22 -0500 Report

hi gabby I have used cinnamon in coffee 1/2 teaspoon do you add the turmeric as well as the cinnamon at the same time and if so how much turmeric thanks

Squirrel man
Squirrel man 2013-07-04 18:19:03 -0500 Report

Bun10: Thanks so much for responding to me. I don't even know what AIC is? And, how do you find out what it is? I plan to control mine with diet unless, of course, it just gets completely out of control. Losing 15 rather than 5 makes a lot of sense. I appreciate the advice. I still "crave" sweets like mad, but I also know what the results will be if I start back to eating them. I will not want to stop. I guess it is sort of like cigarettes. Once you quit, if you have just one, it is hard to quit again. I love chocolate. I could eat a gallon of hot fudge from Dairy Queen. Best chocolate there ever was for me. Exercising a lot too. The recumbent tricycle has been a God send. I was wounded in both knees in Vietnam. The VA treated them for a while, but eventually, had to have them replaced. Can walk fine and have no pain, but doctor told me that the recumbent trike would not deliver as much punishment to my knees as a program of walking would. I'm just nervous about the future. Sure don't want to cross that line where I have to take meds every day to control my blood sugar.
Again, thanks for your reply. And, good luck to you.

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