docter called me today with blood tests

By LeighG Latest Reply 2013-09-19 21:44:59 -0500
Started 2008-06-11 16:08:20 -0500

well it makes me nuts to know how hard i work at keeping my sugars good and in control but other things just pop up.first off my a1c went from 6.6 to 5.9 witch i think is good but they told me my triglycerides are alittle high so i need to get on meds for that right away.i just dont get it.why when you get one thing going good does something else come along.i feel so lost and mad here i think i am eating better but now i need another med what am i doing wrong i just dont get it.sorry to go on i am just so down about it.i am on 4 meds for diff things wrong and it just seems to never end.thank you much for reading.

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Hangin in
Hangin in 2013-09-19 21:44:59 -0500 Report

First of all don't be sorry! That's what this web site is all about, VENTING and of course getting advise from others who may have gone thru a similar experience, that's how we learn. I an finding out that sometimes when we have one dieses we are at risk for other dieses as well. And sometimes one has nothing at all to do with another. Example: my car was running a little rough I started using better gas it runs better,so why does a little gray smoke sometime come out of the tail pipe? I don't know could it be the oil? Maybe? But could never hurt to use good gas right? Anyway when it comes to us diabetics unfortunately we are at a higher risk for a host of other problems, and yes it is to my understanding triglycerides is one of them, and more so in type 2 then type 1. I am a type 1 and just found out that I might have RA and from this web site I see a lot of us type 1's have RA. This sucks big time! But type 1 is an autoimmune disease and so is RA, so not such a mystery as to why I might get another dreadful debilitating disease. Yes we work so hard to do what is in our best interest striving to improve that a1c as best we can and we are so proud of ourselves when we do it, and then… the kick in the ass when we find out something else is now going on! I so get it, and you can bet a lot of us do. But your doc. will get you on track with the meds. you need to get those triglycerides where they need to be, and you'll do great because you care. Keep up the good work ,your a1c is better then mine .I am getting a pump tomorrow and hope to improve my a1c to perfect, or as perfect as I can get it. As far as the RA goes who knows I see the Rheumatologist next month. I sooo get it! Good luck to you. You'll do great just… HANG IN THERE!

lyn2008 2008-07-06 15:29:43 -0500 Report

I understand You. I started out with high BP and got a pill for that and then it went to Diabetic and controlled it by diet and then it got worse and now I take 2 pills for my BP and 3 Pills for my diabetic and now it's my heart and I take 2 pills for that and one of the pills makes my blood thin so it can pump throw my heart. and I take a pill for blater control. And 2 weeks a go I had my big toe nail removed because it was growing sideways. and I had a fungus under the nail so i got an infection so now I'm take a pill for that. Some times I think I live at the drug store. But all and all I keep my head up and keep going. You can do it Friend. Just watch the diet. And I know it not easy I fall off a lot but I jump back on and come in here and talk to people like you and all my other friends. You can do it girl Put the head up high and run…Your friend Lyn

valentine 2008-07-07 11:28:18 -0500 Report

I know exactly how you feel and it's very depressing at times. I've asked my doctor to tell me what i can do to take less medicines, and he suggested to go on a detox diet ( all liquids ) but I couldn't do it.. I still don't have my blood sugar under control, so i have to take all these medicines and I just tell myself its to help me with all the complications of diabetes.. hang in there, and you are lucky to have supportive friends… I like seeing all these comments and advices..

LeighG 2008-06-14 04:03:59 -0500 Report

thank you all very much for all your help and support hugsss.i am so glad i have such wonderful people to come to to talk to and ask ? and everything.this past year has been so hard and it seems when one gets better something comes along i am tryin to stay strong for my little girl but i just keeping thinkin is this stuff gonna take me from her yea know.cant help thinking that.
i watch my father pass away from all this stuff from him not taking care of himself makes me want control of it even more.makes me see i cant take it light even though it really stinks.i wanna be here for my little girl .i really trult thank you all so much for helping me .

kdroberts 2008-06-14 05:07:05 -0500 Report

Triglycerides do come from fat but they can come from any food source. I've moved more to a high unsaturated fat, low carbohydrate diet and my cholesterol and triglycerides plummeted. Lean meats, nuts, olive/sunflower/saflower oil, fatty fish are all a big part of my diet. My last cholesterol test the triglycerides were 45.

Other things that will raise triglycerides are alcohol, trans fat, cholesterol and an excess of calories in general. Other things that can lower them are moderate physical activity, fruits and vegetables. Some good fish to try are salmon, mackerel, sardines and trout. As it happens, I'm off for a sardine sandwich right now!

LeighG 2008-06-17 01:20:17 -0500 Report

thank you very much for sharring this with me.

gogobob 2008-06-17 16:09:36 -0500 Report

let me start i take 17 pills daily and 4 shots of insulin I am a type 1 with that and parkinsons also have crumbling bones in left leg due to a fall in jan 2000 and it wont heal. I try hard to keep my blood levels on the good side and in the last year have gone (was using the pump) a1c of 11 at the best to now i'm at 7 so to me I want to party with a big peice of caake and ice cream with whip cream (hummmm)
I get up every day and start with coffee and the obits if my name is not there im ready to have a wonderful day. Try it it helps. Also join a group in your town if you dont have one start it. It's a lot of work but well wort it getting dr and reps to talk about all kinds of new things.
remember one more thing God will never give you more than you can handle so smile you got friends and thats a great thinng

piekiels 2008-06-23 15:20:27 -0500 Report

I've been a type 1 diabetic for the last 41 years. I told my doctor I'd like to be the oldest, then i read an article about two brothers who have 150+ years between them. They were born before insulin was discovered.

We don't have to do this forever, but we need to take care of it while we're here. Control is our best friend. Maintaining a reasonable diet, reasonable exercise and reasonable med control gives us the best chance of survival with peace and reasonabally good health. I just had a quadruple bypass. I have peripheral neuropathy, peripheral artery disease and cervical and lumbar stenosis. Sometimes the pain is discouraging, but God put us here for a reason and we are better off performing then laying down and dying. I know because I tried to kill myself in 2003 and God didn't take me. I have suffered from depression since before I got diabetes in 1966. I asked God many times to take me out of here. Maybe my purpose is linked to this. Maybe yours is too.

Take heart. You may have diabetes, but diabetes doesn't have you. We can still do many good things. We can volunteer. We can play with children. We can teach them good behavior. We can learn self-control. We can teach self-control.

God bless you all.

gogobob 2008-06-24 12:16:31 -0500 Report

I got my blood test back today in the mail. well to start I got a new dr in indpls about 2 1/5 hour drive. I was up all night the night before going to see a new dr they all have different ideas of what to do. but this one was to see me at 8:30 in the morning I got there half hour early due to new dr all the peperwork you got to fill in. well we talked alot about all the dr and everything I had been thru. then he told me he wanted to take blood tests and that was one thing the night before i didn't study for so I new i failed but my a1c was 7.6 for me that is great usualy up to a year ago was 11 to 14 and I was on a pump then he told me it was problems with my parkinsons tremor iwas taking to much or not enough insulin so he put me on a pen. cant wait to see what that will do. well the first week I was woke up for th 21st time this year by the emts. its bad when they are now on a run and they see me beep the horn and wave. well i'm sitting here typing and listening to the concert for new yorkfor got how good it was. hooked up suround sound to my computer wow it sounds good I tested it with my favorite cd "the best of marcel Marso" wo could hear a pin drop was great.well Leigh looks like you got lots of good suport here and alot of good ideas I used to weigh 288 now im at 162 It takes time and lots of walking and drinking lots of water. when I wa able to walk I would get in about 6 to 8 miles a day even in the cold winter but I wanted to loose and reduce the amount of meds. well i take alot less insulin but more for the other problems however im not goig to let any of it get me down. when walking get a friend or do like i did since i never could find one who like the cold i got a mp3 and filled it. I have 28 days of music on it so i dont get stuck with the same old makes the time go faster…Bob

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Dee Dee - 17298 2008-06-12 17:07:35 -0500 Report

It sounds as if you are realy trying good for you

morris.js 2008-06-12 23:20:16 -0500 Report

I know this probably will sound kind of stupid, but in my case, I found that if I eat some peanut butter or peanuts every day, my Triglycerides come down, the LDL comes down, and the HDL goes up. I tried this for a while, and the doc said it could not be, so I quit and it all reversed. Started it again, and it all came back in place…go figure…LOL
As you know, our bodies all react differently to things. In my case, the kind of fats in peanut butter works right for me. My total cholesterol is 142, Triglycerides 91, LDL 61, and HDL 63. But it took many months of trying different things before I found what worked with my body.
Leigh, you will find your combination of foods, activity, and so forth…just give it some time. Till you get it all figured out, you know you can count on us all to be here to help when your down. Together, we will all do better. John

tmana 2008-06-13 01:34:39 -0500 Report

Monounsaturated fats, such as those found in peanuts and in olive oil, are good for cholesterol management — as are Omega 3 fatty acids, found in flax seed and in fatty fish (such as salmon).

Triglycerides in particular can be adversely affected by the consumption of high-fructose corn syrup, and possibly also by trans-fats (though they're known mostly for hiking LDL levels and lowering HDL levels).

Try adding a tablespoon of peanut butter daily (account for the 100 calories or so elsewhere), or using olive oil and vinegar instead of salad dressing, and avoid purchasing foods with high-fructose corn syrup among the ingredients.

Ginetteb 2008-06-13 01:35:46 -0500 Report

I know what you mean John. If I eat boiled potatoes with nothing on them for supper, my BS is on the high side in the morning. However if I eat pasta, the number is low. So I say like you, go figure.

Ginetteb 2008-06-12 03:32:11 -0500 Report

Hi, Diabetes is one of those disease that causes other diseases. Few people, if any, die of diabetes directly, they die of the side effects of diabetes. So that you suffer from other diseases is the norm. Most people if not all on this site have diabetes AND other ailments. For myself I have a heart condition (I have 2 stents) I have high blood pressure, acid reflux, lumbar stenosis, and cholesterol to name a few. Consequently I take several pills both in the morning and at bedtime. The best way to do this is to just do it. I do not think about it. It has become a routine. I used to cringe when my mother took a lot of pills, and I find myself at 66 taking more than she did when she was alive. Just live day by day and if that's too much, then live hour by hour. Whatever works. The one thing you DO NOT want to do is give up. Keep your chin up, it does get better. Having your sugar down to 5 is already outstanding. If you can achieve that honey, you can do the rest.

blessedmom44 2008-06-12 02:55:43 -0500 Report

Its hard,constant battle but use moderation on everything. Cutting red meats is good. Use lots of chicken,bake it,put in things,on things. Use seasonings to change taste,jazz up or down. Fish is good too,even frozen. Veggies even if its just a few. Good luck, it will work and pay off. There are great recipes here to try!

LeighG 2008-06-11 17:42:29 -0500 Report

thank you very much.i think i stop sugar and replaced it with fat but this stinks.does this mean i will have to deal with this forever as well?

jupton1 2008-06-11 16:26:24 -0500 Report

It means Your sugar is good but Your fat intake is high..Mine is also,cut back on red meats,whole milk & salt intake. You should be fine..