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4catMomma
By 4catMomma Latest Reply 2014-11-23 22:16:26 -0600
Started 2014-11-20 15:37:53 -0600

I have been prowling around here for a couple weeks. My "official" diagnosis was Nov. 5, however, I have been in denial for a while. In May of 2013, my A1C was 8.1, then this past August, it was 7, now I am at 6.1. My doc feels that I can keep trying to eat right & exercise. I also take a couple supplements, that I feel help. He does have me on avoristatin for 3 months. My cholesterol was a tiny bit over 100 - not really high, but he says that if I can get it down to 70, that in itself helps to stave off heart complications. When I asked about checking my sugar, he said not to worry, because sometime that puts added stress on, seeing your numbers go up & down - just to work on the A1C. And I have more than enough stress with other issues in my life. Ok I get that to a point, but in my case, how do I know if I should stay away from certain foods, and perhaps others I eat, are just fine. On the other hand, my gyn in August, was flipping out on me that I am just "doing nothing" I love my regular doctor, so I was just going to buy a meter myself, and try testing so that I can see what works for me, or doesn't. I know everyone is different. I must admit, I am scared about all this, it is overwhelming too. I am taking it seriously, but at the same time, don't want it to rule my life either. Thanks for letting me vent a bit!


4 replies

robinsab
robinsab 2014-11-23 22:16:26 -0600 Report

I think for your doctor to tell you to not worry about checking your sugar and just work on your a1c is foolish. Knowing where your numbers are daily helps you gauge your diet and regimen and guides you on a day to day basis. You can't control your a1c if you don't know where your numbers are at. I've been type 1 for 31 years and I religiously check my sugar at least 5 times a day because I want to know where I'm at.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-11-21 06:36:05 -0600 Report

I think you will like what you find here as far as tips and support. It's a great community.

I kind of get the idea of stress with testing, but I am surprised at that kind of response. However, if your numbers are doing this well, you are doing something right. Getting a meter though might not be a bad idea, because even if you don't test all the time, if you start to feel low, you really won't know what is happening unless you check. At least having the tools and knowing how to use them would be prudent.

If you keep a healthy view of your numbers and realize they are also just tools and not "pass or fail" grades, then what it can teach you is very valuable. It has taught me that I should not eat corn in any amount, but it has also taught me that 1/2 cup of real vanilla ice cream with nuts is okay. Knowledge is power.

Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-11-20 17:45:16 -0600 Report

Welcome to the group! You might ask your doctor for a referral to a certified diabetes educator or registered dietitian who can give you suggestions on food choices. Many hospitals also offer diabetes education programs, and it can be helpful to learn more information in a group where you can also ask questions and get support. It's great you're looking for additional ways to manage your blood sugar! ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-11-20 16:00:43 -0600 Report

Howdy 4cat
WELCOME to DC
I would urge you to get the meter and test your BG (blood glucose) at least 4 times a day. You can find an inexpensive meter at Walmart. The strips are not that expensive as well which I believe is more important than an inexpensive meter, because it is the major cost of keeping track of your diabetes.

Doing it the way you are currently is like trying to operate a car without a speedometer while having the sun screen in the windshield. You can kinda get by by poking your head out the side window but why would you want to drive that way when you can easily correct it?

You say you'd like to know what foods are fine for your body while others are not, Perhaps you might like to check out something I wrote just for determining what foods "play nice" for your particular metabolism and which don't. you can find that by going here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discu... .

You are now in your "new normal" and in certain ways Diabetes is calling some of the shots in your life, like it or not. But you can certainly with some work and changing what went wrong in your former lifestyle, you can get the upper hand on this insideous disease.

Praying for improving health for you

James
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