CONFUSED IS NOT THE RIGHT WORD

Crystel
By Crystel Latest Reply 2012-08-20 09:11:20 -0500
Started 2008-06-15 03:43:47 -0500

I WAS DIAGNOSED IN FEB OF 2008. ONE DR. SAID I WAS PRE-DIABETIES AND ANOTHER
SAID I WAS TYPE 2. I WAS PUT ON PILLS METAFORMAN AND MY SUGAR DROPPED TO 50. THE
HIGEST MY BLOOD SUGAR HAS BEEN IN 154 AND THAT WAS AFTER SPAGETTI AND ITALIAN
BREAD AND WINE. IT USUALLY RUNS BETWWEN 80 AND 106. I WAS 180 LBS IN JANUARY. I
LOST WEIGHT AND EXERSIZE ON BIKE EVERY DAY. I NOW WEIGH 147LBS. THIS HAS SCARED
ME TO DEATH. NO ONE IN MY FAMILY HAS DIABETIES AS I HAD THOUGHT. WELL, MY DAD
DIED IN APRIL HE WAS 94 AND MY MOM 90 LIVED IN A INDEPENDENT LIVING APARTMENT IN
COLUMBUS, OHIO. I WENT HOME FOR FUNERAL AND MY MOTHER HIS ME WITH MY DAD WAS NOT
MY DAD. SHE SAID THAT MY FATHER WAS MY DADS BROTHER. WOW WHAT A SHOCK. NOW MY
DADS BROTHER HAD SUGAR AND SOME OF HIS CHILDREN ALSO HAVE TYPE 2. SO THIS TELLS
ME WHERE IT CAME FROM. I HAVE HAD NO SWEETS SINCE FEB. NOW AM I TYPE 2 OR
PRE-DABETIES. IF YOU GOT IT —-YOU GOT IT RIGHT?


13 replies

tabby9146
tabby9146 2012-08-20 09:11:20 -0500 Report

congrats got all you have done, it sure isn't easy! I found in 2008 too, toward the end of the year I too was put on metformin, lost the weight, got off of it. Hope to stay off a lot longer, been off meds for over 3 years. it scared me too, but not anymore. I too thought no one had diabetes, I knew I was adopted (was told when I was old enough to understand as a small child) had tracked down birth parents back in the mid 90s, mainly to learn family medical history, birth father said, at that time nothing seemed to run on his side of family ,but by early 2008, his daughter, my bio-half sister, and I were in touch again and she told me he had type2! Well I immediately went out and got some exercise equipment and tried even harder to lose weight and eat right.it was too late , by that time, but I sure was trying, it scared me. yes, if you have it, you will "always" have it. It can go into like a remission for some, or other words, be really well controlled for a number of years. Keep doing what you're doing.

G Thomas
G Thomas 2008-09-27 13:37:24 -0500 Report

The one thing to remember is this. Once you go on medications you will always need them. I was fine before I was put on Glipizine and metformin. Borderline 145 was me. Once the meds. are in your system it screems for you to take it. Unless you control it. I was doing good with taking 2/3 spoons of vinegar with my meals everyday. My numbers were 80/90 maybe 115 if I eat the wrong stuff. I should say to much of it. And that is my biggest pronlem I love food. All kinds. especially veggies rice cornbread and lots of meat. I cook in the oven most times cause its better and meat is tender with iven heat insteed of fire directly. I don't fry that often for me and Mr. Thomas. He never gains weight, I do. So, to keep us healthy, I tend to stick to the healthy preperations. Diabetes ran on my moms side of the family. I have lost a great grandma in 63 and only 4 of moms sisters and brothers do not have it. My kids are getting there and they are hard headed. So, take care of yourself.
Gwen

tmana
tmana 2008-09-27 14:57:01 -0500 Report

Not necessarily… it depends on how your glucose metabolic dysfunction progresses, and what you do to control it. When I was diagnosed T2 I was placed on Glucotrol XL (glipizide). Six months later my doc liked my numbers enough to switch me to Glucophage XR (extended release metformin). That dose was cut in half ten months after that, and discontinued entirely three months beyond that. I have not been on antidiabetes medications since, and that's been nearly five years. BUT I changed my diet, lost weight, and added in more serious exercising. And I was probably caught relatively early.

Even so, vigilance is necessary and the honeymoon may not last forever.

tabby9146
tabby9146 2012-08-20 09:07:05 -0500 Report

congrats for being able to get off meds and 5 years now. I got off metformin, and been controlling by d&e for 3 years.mine was caught early they say. I too realize that this will probably not last forever, so I stay vigilant.

Meme55
Meme55 2008-09-28 07:27:00 -0500 Report

Hi, I too have 2 daughters who both had gestational diabetes while pregnent. I keep telling them to eat right (not that I should talk) but to pay attention to their bodies. It's in the genes and they need to do something now. But they don't get it and I guess neither did I till it was too late. I am trying but not sure how well I am doing. Next Dr's appointment will tell me.

2008-09-27 13:01:04 -0500 Report

YOU GO GIRL You are definitely going in the right track. I give you a lot of credit, It is hard for a lot of people to take on that much at once. Once again, good luck.

Kimb2Rb
Kimb2Rb 2008-09-27 10:41:03 -0500 Report

I HAVE PRE- DIABETES OR SO THE DR.'S SAY. IF THAT'S THE CASE WHY DO I HAVE TO GO AND HAVE MY FEET CHECKED AND MY EYES??? I JUST DON'T GET THE DR'S.

2008-09-27 13:05:25 -0500 Report

My husband was once diagnosed with borderline diabetes, and the first year he did all the right things, and his chances were better, that he could kick it. But, then he went on and off the diet, thinking he wasn't diabetic, and ate what he wanted, and guess what, he is type 2 now. About your feet, you have to be careful about infection, bad cuts, circulation and such, so if you have had any kind of problem I would do what he says, but if you feel you need a second opinion, that is definitly your right, and you should do it. Good Luck

tmana
tmana 2008-09-27 13:20:02 -0500 Report

Think of "prediabetes" as "mild Type 2 Diabetes". Research shows that what are normally considered complications of diabetes actually start in the "prediabetic" range. Therefore you need to prevent all complications of diabetes, regardless of what name is given to your current state of glucose metabolism.

Meme55
Meme55 2008-09-27 07:53:17 -0500 Report

Yeah I was told I had pre-diabetes about 6 months before they called it just diabetes. I knew I would have it because my Mom and sis have it and my Mom when she was alive and my sister are very tiny, me never tiny. My brother just was told he had pre and I said don't let them kid you, you have it and need to do the same as me. He said well if I do what they say to do it will be fine. He is overweight too but walks more then I do. I told him that if he is lucky maybe but since its genectic I doubt it.

tmana
tmana 2008-06-15 14:37:04 -0500 Report

Some folk call borderline numbers "pre-diabetes", some call it "borderline diabetes", and some say "if it's that close to the line, you're OVER the line".

Now, in some cases, aggressive treatment of borderline numbers — particularly "prehypertension" — is seen as Big Pharma (pharmaceutical giants) trying to get more people hooked on their drugs, sooner. In the case of diabetes, metformin — a generic drug — has been shown to be of definite use in patients in the earliest stages of hyperglycemia, and even in patients who are mildly hypoglycemic, to preserve islet function.

morris.js
morris.js 2008-06-16 00:15:49 -0500 Report

High blood sugar levels over a long period of time does have health riskd no matter what term they put on it. You are definitely doing the right things by exercising and losing the weight. Also you must be doing something right when it comes to your eating habits. Many of us here would love to have those numbers…LOL
Keep up the good work, and welcome to the "community". We are all here to help in any way we can. John

JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-06-15 04:56:52 -0500 Report

Hi there and welcome to the club!! I have always been told that you are either diabetic or not… this pre-diabetes stuff is just a category that they've invented to warn people that if they don't change their lifestyle it's coming. You have done exactly what you should have and now it seems that you are in the normal range. I'd keep track of those good numbers and when you see the doctor again bring it along, that and your A1C test (they should do that) should tell the story. It really doesn't matter if you are pre-diabetic or diabetic to use the words of the medical community… you still need to do the same things. Again, welcome to the forum and keep up the good work!!!
*Judy

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