I have questions

By catwoman04 Latest Reply 2014-08-10 19:40:18 -0500
Started 2014-08-10 00:59:28 -0500

Feeling overwhelmed, just diagnosed T2 on 7-22-14. Dr very concerned about my A1C#. Recommended re-test of blood sugar/A1C in 30 days and if numbers do not go down, not sure if oral (metformin) med will be prescribed. Dr said levels may or may not decrease in 30 days, sometimes takes 90 days. Dr is reluctant to put me on med because of the level of my A1C, feels diabetic med may cause the kidneys further stress.
I kind of had a small meltdown last wk and went out and pigged out (meaning I really carbed out) for that day only. It seemed that I ate mostly comfort foods and I didn't feel guilty afterwards, or too full, I felt satisfied. My ? is besides inhaling alot of food, raising blood sugar level what effect does "carbing" out have on the body? Thank you.

3 replies

Type1Lou 2014-08-10 10:28:07 -0500 Report

"The HbA1c test provides us with an overall blood sugar average over the past 2 or 3 months." (Gary Scheiner in "Think Like a Pancreas"). After 30 days, your A1c may be somewhat lower, particularly if you have changed eating and exercise habits, but a truer reflection of any corrective efforts you've made will occur after 60 to 90 days. Carbohydrates are the primary factor in causing BG rises. By lowering/limiting your carbs, you should see better BG levels and even some weight loss if that is a goal. Many members here have been able to control their Type 2 without meds by strictly adhering to a lower carb approach and increasing their exercise level. Exercise increases a body's sensitivity to insulin, which, as a Type 2 you still produce.
With the right decisions, diabetes can be very manageable. Wishing you well!

catwoman04 2014-08-10 13:25:14 -0500 Report

Thanks 4 ur response which included same info that I've gained thru the internet. I've substantially reduced my carb intake. What an eye opener this disease is teaching me the amt of carbs, etc that I've put into my body over the yrs. My friends/family use to tell me "that if they ate the amt of food I did they would weigh 300 lbs". As it is, I've approx 30 lbs of extra weight and right now I'm concentrating on watching the carbs and adding daily exercise.

Glucerna 2014-08-10 19:40:18 -0500 Report

Kudos to you for making changes in your food choices and learning more about diabetes. Fitting in daily exercise is another really positive step. You're not only managing diabetes, but you're improving your overall health. ~Lynn @Glucerna