Diagnosed 5/21/13 . A1C 7.4, fasting glucose is 123 . Diet and exercise enough ? Meter needed yet ?

retired gal
By retired gal Latest Reply 2013-07-15 10:23:17 -0500
Started 2013-07-06 15:51:31 -0500

I guess I just do what I am doing, have lost 11 lbs since May. Walking 1/4 mile daily and do about 160 stairs . Watching diet and calories to 1600 - . Do I need a BG meter yet ? How do I know where I am ? Just test at Dr's. in 90 days? If a meter, which one is best and simple that I could use on the body other than the finger tips ? Dr. said I don't need meter unless on insulin . Is that right ? Meeting finally with dietician Monday .

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Rebelove 2013-07-10 17:38:24 -0500 Report

In my opinion, you need a blood glucose monitor as soon as you are diagnosed with diabetes. Weight loss is great, but blood sugar levels are not measured in pounds. You need to know if your 1600 calorie diet is lowering your BSLs, and by how much? Also, calorie counting will not control your diabetes without Carb counting. You've only known you have this disease for a couple of months, and there's lots to learn. Please don't be discouraged…after awhile it will all seem like second nature to you. You WILL get a grip on this thing. Remember…you have diabetes, but diabetes does NOT have YOU! Good luck, and please keep me posted. I care! :)

GrammieMags 2013-07-09 10:04:51 -0500 Report

I should contact the diabetic support places in town and keep forgetting to do so! I let myself be distracted by life.

I will get one soon. As soon as I remember to do it.

retired gal
retired gal 2013-07-09 11:29:41 -0500 Report

I understand and many of us do as we age . We start out to do something nd then see something else and switch to it and and after that , well forget it ! LOL

Buy stick notes and each morning write yourself priority notes to keep you on track. Left ever at the end of the day, carry over to the next morning … Hope that helps ? Don't mess around with diabetes . Other things, but not diabetes .

GrammieMags 2013-07-08 18:36:54 -0500 Report

Hi Retired Gal. I was diagnosed in August 2012. The doctor said that as I was doing well and had a handle on how food affects me, I only needed to check morning bs.

I want to know what all the food is doing to me! I finallly got the script two weeks before I lost my insurance. The pharmasict walked me through the different brands and the reality of the strips. I could have bought everything then for about $60, but our household is having to watch the money so I haven't yet.

I am still doing okay. I do want to know what the different 'spells' are: which ones are high sugars and which ones are low. What foods am I eating that are triggering anything. Are some food combinations better than others? I expect to go through the strips as I learn more about my situation!

retired gal
retired gal 2013-07-08 18:59:23 -0500 Report

You are smart and approaching it logically and realistically .

I met with the dietician finally today after 6 weeks on my own waiting for appointment . Rural and recreational areas have limited medical specialist handy so normally overbooked.

She gave me a Bayer meter and some strips to start me and said once a day was enough . I will get my supplies from Bayer mail order monthly with medicare paying for it mostly.

Have you tried to get some help with the cost someway ? Insurance helps maybe?

My BS was 114 after last eating this morning 4 hours b/4 so good ! She thinks all my weight loss has brought it down so much . Trying to hang in there for more . Living on 12-1400 calories daily.

peggy1255 2013-07-08 10:34:15 -0500 Report

Hi snuggles, I realize this morning that the sugar free candies just aren't for me I was 176 for my fast reading this morn, things that have mayo in them up my sugars, I need to keep away from starchy foods even though I don't eat much of them and mostly eat gluten free it effects my sugars, pretty much I do my beat when I follow diabetic diet and exercise , exercise in the evening after dinner really helps my morning fast sugars, just really need to get my readings down before next app. Have you found any helpful things to lower your sugars?

peggy1255 2013-07-07 22:53:33 -0500 Report

You should have a meter end always check yourself , I went into coma many yrs ago , was in insulin for 6 months , I did so well I gradually came off of insulin, checked myself for some time after , I was doing so good I checked myself less and less, big mistake my fasting blood sugar is now up trying to get down I was put on pills that make me very sick , so now I'm trying to lower with exercise and diet, now just have hope that will work, if not I hope they can find a pill my body tolerates, anyway my point is checking with a meter I think has to be must , it will help you keep on track:)

snuggles11 2013-07-08 10:22:26 -0500 Report

I also got sick on the pill they first put Me on
Then they tried a second one and I was on it for about a month I took myself off of it been trying to control everything with diet and exercise also
And my morning sugars are running around 177
Which are way too high I realize but I am trying to get them down
I go back to the doctor in a week
Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday of this week I start nutrition classes again
I'm hoping that helps
Please let me know how you're doing?
What are some of the things that you are staying a way from?

retired gal
retired gal 2013-07-07 23:05:23 -0500 Report

I really appreciate your advice and will heed it ASAP. Frankly, when advised by my doctor I had diabetes after my fasting blood work , and inquired about a meter, and was told you don't need a meter unless you are on Insulin . Lose 20 pounds and eat proper and you will be fine .

Since I have been working on this now for about 6 weeks I got to wondering just where I was , and what certain things did to me and such after reading a book on diabetes from the library. I feel good, losing weight but …

dawnchapman 2013-07-15 10:23:17 -0500 Report

The majority of Dr.s and Specialists (Endocrinologist.) Have been clueless with me. I have type 1 brittle diabetes and am now on a pump. Pump has been great but you need to talk to people about what hi blood sugars do- 177 no bad but my husband has type 2 and he has been on a sliding scale sometimes. We have noticed it with different meds. Mostly stuff for pneumonia and bronchitis. When I have problems with blood sugar junk I keep a log so I can see what foods affect me and how( lows and high blood sugar). See if you can find the book The Sugar Solution BY Sarri Harrar- The book talks about Glycemic (sugar) index and how different sugar chains break down over differing amounts of time. Hi blood sugar ruins organs and senses . I have issues with my eyes, stomach and some kidney deals. So the need for a meter is great so you can keep track of sugar levels instead of letting the doc tell you not to worry - he probably doesn't have to worry about taking insulin shots etc. Hope this has helped but keep your chin up- The doctors "practice Medicine" and we are all different!

peggy1255 2013-07-07 23:16:22 -0500 Report

I agree losing weight always feels great, and makes one feel healthier, you'll feel better knowing your numbers too:)

Prprincess0923 2013-07-07 20:52:14 -0500 Report

You saying u need a meter I could see if I have an extra one

retired gal
retired gal 2013-07-07 21:25:45 -0500 Report

Thank you for the offer but I can get one easy at Walmart or Wahlgreens , I just want Medicare to cover it f they can. Make sense ? I understand they have deals and can get strips and such cheaper ?

retired gal
retired gal 2013-07-07 20:39:19 -0500 Report

Thank you all for jumping in on my questions .
I will call my Doctor tomorrow and request a RX to buy a meter and the strips so Medicare can help pay for them . You are right, I should be knowing what is what instead of waiting for a 90 blood test.

jigsaw 2013-07-07 18:15:35 -0500 Report

Having diabetes without a glucose meter, to me, it would be like having a car without an oil dipstick! You could still drive it, but it just might suddenly stop one day. Why take a chance? I have always used a meter, and it's made all the difference in diabetes mgmt. It's taught me how my body reacts to various foods as well as exercise amongst many other things.

retired gal
retired gal 2013-07-07 18:59:53 -0500 Report

Thank you for your input. I will get one but need to see how to get medicare to cover it all and the strips .

Madmankm 2013-07-07 07:55:01 -0500 Report

If you need a cheap one just for testing you can get a free one here, https://offers.bayerdiabetes.com/ez_request.aspx but if long term you would want to check prices if you need strips. I have a couple just in case my meter dies.

retired gal
retired gal 2013-07-07 09:08:34 -0500 Report

Do you have any recommendations ? I understand the test strips are too costly on some ? One that you can use elsewhere than the finger tips seems best to me ?

Nick1962 2013-07-06 18:14:56 -0500 Report

Diet and exercise should do it for you, but as Harlen suggests, a cheap meter is a good tool. You can learn a lot from those testing numbers.

Harlen 2013-07-06 16:22:28 -0500 Report

I would have one on hand just to be safe?
The one at Walmart work great and low coast is great too
Best wishes

classof78 2013-07-09 21:07:55 -0500 Report

I use the one from Walmart. I found it to be more accurate than the name brand one I was using through my insurance, and a little cheaper too. My insurance arbitrarily cut the number of strips I could get. The Walmart ones are off the shelf. I can get them whenever I want, and test as often as I feel I need, instead of someone sitting at a desk making that decision.

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