What I Learned in Diabetes Class

healthy412c
By healthy412c Latest Reply 2014-07-21 23:12:20 -0500
Started 2014-07-17 13:28:05 -0500

Hello everyone. I was asked to share what I learned in class. So here it is, Did you know that when you get new medications you should ask the pharmacist how this will affect your blood sugar. Not the doctor but the pharmacist because he or she went to school to specifically learn about things like this. Also if you have over a 200 blood sugar it is damaging organs? Emotional stress, Food and physical activity all effect your blood sugar? What do you think?


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robinsab
robinsab 2014-07-21 23:12:20 -0500 Report

Just Joyce—such awesome advice! Self educating is amazing and so readily available. As a type 1 for 31 years I have seen trends/fads come and go and after it all fades away, it comes down to the basics of knowing yourself, knowing how and what foods affect you, and asking questions when a doctor tries to prescribe medication or advice.

funnygirl98
funnygirl98 2014-07-19 10:47:01 -0500 Report

Thank you for the insight on medications and how they affect ur bs's… I did not know this and I will make a mental note to sart doing this when I pick up my meds every month. I know food and activity affect ur bs's but didn't really think about emotional stress affecting my bs's.

funnygirl98
funnygirl98 2014-07-19 10:46:50 -0500 Report

Thank you for the insight on medications and how they affect ur bs's… I did not know this and I will make a mental note to sart doing this when I pick up my meds every month. I know food and activity affect ur bs's but didn't really think about emotional stress affecting my bs's.

funnygirl98
funnygirl98 2014-07-19 10:46:30 -0500 Report

Thank you for the insight on medications and how they affect ur bs's… I did not know this and I will make a mental note to sart doing this when I pick up my meds every month. I know food and activity affect ur bs's but didn't really think about emotional stress affecting my bs's.

Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-07-18 17:27:34 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing what you learned at diabetes class. It's a good reminder to always double-check medications with the pharmacist. ~Lynn @Glucerna

hulseyrayborn@yahoo.com
hulseyrayborn@yahoo.com 2014-07-17 15:49:24 -0500 Report

Hi! I know to well about high blood sugar levels. I just got out of the hospital two weeks ago. My blood sugar was 400 and all my insides liver etc were enlarged.. I still have pain where my liver is but I'm on a 1200 calorie a day diet. Hopefully that will work with a little exercise also. Thanks for the info I am a new one at this diabetic thing.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-17 19:03:25 -0500 Report

I have been on a 1200 calorie diet since I was diagnosed 6 years ago. It is very rare for me to eat 1200 calories. I maintain my calorie intake at about 1000. I walk around the block for exercise and manage to keep my blood sugar between 90-120.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-07-17 15:35:42 -0500 Report

Also … research has shown that damage to nerves begins when blood glucose levels are above 140.
Good reminder to always check the effects of medication on your BGL. I had a cortisone shot to help with adhesive capsulitis in my shoulder. My orthopedist made sure to let me know that elevated glucose levels are common after cortisone injections … glad he did as I would have panicked a bit as my BGL ran a bit over 140 for about 4 days.

Steve

healthy412c
healthy412c 2014-07-17 16:11:03 -0500 Report

Geez there are so many things that can raise your BS. Thank you for telling me that.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-17 19:10:26 -0500 Report

This is why you have to question every new medication for interaction with other medications you are already taking and how it will react with blood sugar.

Yes may things can have an effect on your blood sugar which is why I live as stress free as possible. I manage my diabetes and it is in very good control. The lesson i learned and my mantra is "I have diabetes, it does not have me" and "I control my diabetes, it does not control me".

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-17 13:49:16 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing. I actually learned more on my own than I did at the diabetes education class I attended. It was a whine and complain fest. I have been diabetic for 6 years. I know all of that and I didn't go to a diabetes education class until last year. This is why it is also very important to self educate. It is also important to find out how many carbs you can have per meal/day which is something a doctor should tell you. It is also important to learn how to count carbs and read food labels. If you have problems with meal planning and learning what foods to eat, you should see a registered dietitian. Each persons blood sugar can react differently to foods based on how fast or slow the food is metabolized.

When the doctor prescribes a new medication, the first thing you should ask is if you need the medication and why? Depending on how familiar the doctor is with the medication, he/she can also tell you how the medication with react with your bloods sugar and other medications you are taking. This is why patients need to have conversations with their doctors.

Stress, anxiety, physical activity, illness can all have an effect on blood sugar.
Diabetes can be different for each person. There are people who have higher than 200 blood sugar because their blood sugar spikes. My doctor told me that if my blood sugar goes over 200 for more than 22 hours to contact him immediately. Good luck to you with managing your diabetes.

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