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shul71
By shul71 Latest Reply 2010-03-30 09:56:58 -0500
Started 2009-07-01 04:28:28 -0500

hi, I was diagnosed as prediabetic in March of this year. But the thing is, my numbers tend to indicate HYPOglycemia instead. My AM numbers are rarely above 70, and my bedtime numbers usually run between 140 and 160. Should I be talking to my dr about testing at other times as well? What is your all's opinion about the wide range in my numbers? I do watch what I eat in terms of carbs and I try to graze throughout the day to keep my BS from dropping. I DO tend to spill sugar and protein in my urine, and I leak potassium as well which contributes to my SuperVentricular tachycardia (Rapid heart rate)

Also, what exactly does it mean to be "Prediabetic"?


22 replies

Markus
Markus 2010-03-30 09:56:58 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to DC!
My best advice is for you to take control of the pre-diabetes care plan. Of course you want to utilize the doctor(s), nurses, dieticians, this website, etc.
I used to count on my doctor too much. Now, with the help of DC, I have learned that I am the only one that can take control. I tell the doctor when my numbers are out of whack and look to him for what type of adjustments I may need on my meds.

Please, take control of your diet and exercise now and you can beat this, or at least delay it for many years. I used to think that I could eat whatever I wanted because I am active and in good physical condition. I was WRONG! I was never diagnosed as pre-diabetic and am now 3 years into this and am taking metformin 1000 mg twice a day and humalog 75/25 20 units twice a day. My goal is to get my A1C down to a level where I can hopefully reduce the meds.

Oneless
Oneless 2010-03-29 21:23:37 -0500 Report

talk to your doctor about what the times are when your sugers drop and when there seem to be ok and then both your doctor and you can come up with the right times for you to check your sugar and how many times to check it each day and please take care and watch your low blood sugars in the moring time if they do drop lower the 70

yours truly,

John

trey66
trey66 2010-03-29 14:13:38 -0500 Report

I just want to welcome you toDC you are in the right place for information and advise. Just take care of yourself and check BS regularly…

shorty31
shorty31 2010-03-29 11:16:07 -0500 Report

when you lose some of your potassium, has your doc. ever told you to eat a half of banana. now back to your number when my numbers are high at net before i eat you need to eat also do take a light snack before bed like three crackers or a piece of fruit. i was on boarder line like you are and then some traggic happen i got stress out and up it went.don't be afraid before you know it you'll have it on track takes alittle getting use to that all. the only thing will say is try not to let your emotions get the best of you.

Roy531
Roy531 2010-03-29 11:03:03 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC, this is a great family to be a member of, very educational and caring people here.

I guess the term prediabetic means you have not totally made it that far, you can still control it with diet and exercise. Has he put you on any meds yet? If I was you I would ask him about a diabetes education class. At mine they had a diabetes nurse and a dietician and they can help you with a meal plan, portion control and everything you need to know to control your diabetes. Some doctors recommend testing more often some don't but to be able to check what foods or drinks causes you blood sugars to go up you might test before you eat then 2 hours after you eat to see how high your sugars are. Good Luck, Roy

lipsie
lipsie 2009-07-03 19:38:44 -0500 Report

Hi there! Welcome to the site…This is me and my finance Ty … he has his own but is not on much at the moment until he gets eyeballs (glasses rather). Sounds like you got some great information already.You will see what a loving group we have here. Great information and so forth…welcome!!! *HugS* Sheila

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2009-07-03 08:12:55 -0500 Report

Welcome! You have come to a great site with lots of smart knowledgeable people. If you got questions don't be afraid to ask. Someone on here probably knows the answer. Good Luck! Lisa Ann

muffin2466
muffin2466 2009-07-03 11:35:26 -0500 Report

I tend to agree with Pat. I love juice, but if I drink it I want more than I think is recommended. Fresh fruit I think is better as far as sugar, as long as you don't eat too much. I know that whenever I am in the hospital I got a small glass of juice, or a small amount of fruit. I think if you are careful either one is ok. I'm not an expert though, a dietician is an excellant one to speak to.

Gail

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-03 20:08:03 -0500 Report

That reminds me of telling my Dr. my NEW addition of Sherbert, instead of ICE CREAM for my desert of choice! Wow, well you guys that know better——he just rolled his eyes and informed me that Sherbert was almost all sugar, and nOT A GOOD CHOICE> So much for my wisdom! ha—Pat Roth

trey66
trey66 2010-03-29 14:11:23 -0500 Report

Pat,
If you like soy product soy ice cream is good also, but soy is a protein and have to be consumed in moderation…

shul71
shul71 2009-07-02 20:01:09 -0500 Report

Thanks Everyone for all your replies! and WOW! what a welcoming group! I'm eager to learn more about my dx. My dr never mentioned anything about a dietician appt so I'll ask about that. I hate the idea of checking my bs so much more often. but I did just test a bit ago as we hadn't had dinner yet and it was156. but I did have some juice about an hour ago.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-02 20:09:01 -0500 Report

I hear that fruit juice contains a lot of sugar and will raise your BS quicker than whole fruit. Some here probably know more statistics—-my Dr. has NOT been to informative either, which is one reason I discovered this FRIENDLY site! PR

Judimar
Judimar 2009-07-01 12:16:30 -0500 Report

Welcome to the DC community!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-01 15:10:51 -0500 Report

Thanks to ALL above! I am still adjusting on how to SEE what is being written by others! My BS was 168 a bit ago, 2 1/2 hours after eating a small meal, but checked, and sure enough, I had FORGOTTEN to take my Metformin 750 mg. In a way, it was a relief, BUT in another I am afraid that it does prove that I do NEED to take this new diagnosis more seriously——I so HATE to—-But am slowly adjusting as I read others entries and know that I am NOT ALONE! Thanks to ALL! Pat Roth

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-01 08:35:28 -0500 Report

I forgot to add that I was prediabetic for 50 years so did not get too excited when the Dr informed me that it was now a problem—-was 170 when I had my second knee surgery. But am currently on Metformin 750, trying to exercise and watch my diet, BUT it is hanging in there at the "help me" range, for lack of a better term. ha—-Pat Roth

muffin2466
muffin2466 2009-07-01 10:19:00 -0500 Report

Welcome, I'm fairly new here too. I have found this site to be very informative. I am a new computer person also, at age 62 I decided to catch up with the world haha. Hope to have lots of chats with you.

Take care
Gail

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-01 08:32:28 -0500 Report

I am the opposite, as far as fasting BS in morn, mine runs about 120 to 150, then may go lower throughout the day, so I am not the one to advice, but just hang in there, keep in closer touch with your Dr as your variations call for more expertise than what I could give you advice for. Just know that you are NOT alone, and hope you can find your support and insight, here. Best Wishes, Pat Roth

2009-07-01 07:58:14 -0500 Report

Welcome to the site. You will find alot of information here. Unfortunately, as for the questions you are asking, as I do not have this problem, I do not have any answers for you, but I am sure there are others who do.

P2putt
P2putt 2009-07-01 06:54:30 -0500 Report

dj has offered good advice. Before I was dx as a diabetic,I was hyperglycemic. I was getting too much insulin so I was experiencing Low b.s. I was later dx diabetic. My Dr. told me that my body anticipated that there was a problem so I was secreating too much insulin for the food I was eating. Best advice is to check with your Dr and a Dietician and ask for a food plan. Welcom to DC and Good Luck .Stay Connected.Pete

dj7110
dj7110 2009-07-01 10:14:18 -0500 Report

would like to add that if you get an appointment with a dietician. it's a good idea to keep a log prior to your first appointment of everything you eat and drink for at least a week, how much, and what times you eat or drink it. They usually always ask for you to do this at your first appointment. But doing it on your own prior to your first appointment may save you a follow up. David

dj7110
dj7110 2009-07-01 05:40:56 -0500 Report

First off want to welcome ya here. a great group of friends. pre diabetic is a term they use for borderline. It would be a good idea to test at different times to find where you are really running threw out the the day. I had to keep alternating when I tested in the begining to find out where I was. fasting in morning, before meals, 2 hrs after meals, and at bedtime. the good range is 80 to 120 before eating and 90 to 140 2 hrs after eating. So the numbers aren't really bad. But would be more concerned with them getting to low more than too high. Also try to include a banana as regular part of your diet. This helps a lot with the potasssium. If you don't eat anything at night, might want to try and make sure you get a late night snack to see if it helps rise the low mornings… David