Confused why I have Diabetes Type 2

By Nani914 Latest Reply 2017-07-10 09:04:39 -0500
Started 2017-07-06 16:17:48 -0500

Hello everyone, this is my first post. I've been visiting this site for about a week now and have read most of the topics in here and I must say everyone is extremely nice, understanding and knowledgeable on this disease. In my situation I was not aware I had high blood sugars until I started having the following symptoms: extreme thirst, frequent urination, tingling of my fingers, rapid weight loss and leg cramps but you see I was drinking a product that was supposed to help with weight loss and was supposed to be drinking water because that product would make me thirsty. I advised the representative that signed me up that I was feeling like that and she insisted I keep drinking water. I started that product in December 2016 and by February 2017 I had lost 15 lbs. late March I got sick, weak always tired and the same symptoms were going on. My mother suggested I go to the doctor and discuss my regimen with him. He ordered blood work and I was called the next day to discuss my results.. I was worried that whole weekend, started stressing out. By late March I had already stopped drinking the products because I know deep in my heart that is what caused my sugars to sore sky high ( to me anyways ). My A1C was 12.6 and my sugars were 315 the doctor said that was the reason for my rapid weight loss. In December I was 167 by March I was at 145. Started eating right and taking Metformin along with Pioglitazone, I have gone to the doctor's follow ups twice since then and right now my levels are excellent A1C is at 6.4 my average sugars are 99 and below, I'm exercising and eating healthy, he said I don't need to monitor daily anymore. I'm wondering if there is such a thing as to emotional diabetes?

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15 replies

Mallacai 2017-07-08 09:00:07 -0500 Report

Welcome to the Club, and welcome to our community. Good to hear you have a handle on managing your condition. Keep at it and trust me it will work for you, you will look better, feel better and prevent complications. My uneducated opinion is that the product did not cause your diabetes. There is no magic pill that can give us health ( or weight loss for that matter ) it is all marketing. Please don't get caught up with advice that says " cure diabetes permanently". only a lifestyle change and implementing sound medical advice can help you. BTW i take it you read my post that Luis suggested.

Nani914 2017-07-10 09:04:39 -0500 Report

I'm sure the product had something to do with it but as I've read in others posts, I probably did have prediabetes since both my parents have/had it. Thank you for your comments, really appreciate you. :)

Luis65 2017-07-08 05:36:29 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC, Nani. As others have posted diabetes diagnosis is often a shock. What got me to the doctor was blurry vision. The ophthalmologist suggested I get a blood glucose test as the sudden change in vision is a marker for diabetes. He was right.

You say your doc has said you don't need to monitor daily, did he suggest a testing schedule, say 3 times a week? The reason I ask is the diabetes is not gone.

Emotional diabetes is an interesting concept. There is a definite physical mechanism in the body when stressed. It is a survival thing, fight or flight. The production of cortisol gets us ready to do either. I'm pasting a bit from a good article on cortisol and diabetes. 2 examples of this; my wife is not diabetic, she had heart surgery. Her CCU nurse checked her BG and it was >160. He gave her some insulin telling me this is normal in non-diabetics after the major trauma of surgery. The other was myself. I was in really good tight control when my BG started spiking. I was using a corticosteroid cream on a patch of eczema on my neck. It is not suppose to raise BG because it is external. But as soon as I quit using it my BG returned to normal.

"Whole-Body Effects of Elevated Cortisol

Blood Sugar Imbalance and Diabetes
Under stressful conditions, cortisol provides the body with glucose by tapping into protein stores via gluconeogenesis in the liver. This energy can help an individual fight or flee a stressor. However, elevated cortisol over the long term consistently produces glucose, leading to increased blood sugar levels.

Theoretically, this mechanism can increase the risk for type 2 diabetes, although a causative factor is unknown.1 Since a principal function of cortisol is to thwart the effect of insulin—essentially rendering the cells insulin resistant—the body remains in a general insulin-resistant state when cortisol levels are chronically elevated. Over time, the pancreas struggles to keep up with the high demand for insulin, glucose levels in the blood remain high, the cells cannot get the sugar they need, and the cycle continues. "

Edited to add: Read Mallacai's recent post on stress-

Nani914 2017-07-10 09:02:53 -0500 Report

Yes, thank you. I do try to read up on this and have a lot to learn. It's been a rollercoaster and I am determined to get this under control. I've learned to eat healthier and my family is backing me up all the way. I'm glad to be here for moral support. :)

WASHED OUT 2017-07-07 22:41:44 -0500 Report

Welcome to our group, I think you have made a wise choice coming to this site. There is a lot of great people here that will support you and help you learn what you need to do. Just ask and they chime in. Everyone gets that shock when they first gets diagnosed, and all of us had to learn how to deal with it on our own level. There is a lot of good experience here in our group as you already know. I wish you great luck, sounds like you have made the start to better health already.

suecsdy 2017-07-07 13:30:23 -0500 Report

I was not aware either. I had changed from a job where I was sitting most of the time to a more physical job, stopped drinking soda and started drinking more water. That's what i attributed the weight loss to as it wasn't a rapid loss. i was urinating more, especially at night, but I was getting older and though it was part of the package. There is no prior history of diabetes in my family. When dxd my A1c was 12.2..that was Aug 2014. With the help of insulin and a major overhaul to my lifestyle, by Dec 2014 I was at 6.4. I think you probably had diabetes before you started the weight loss product. It doesn't really matter now because you are diabetic and there's no going back. You're stuck with it. It sounds like you've got a good handle on it though. Keep up the good work!

haoleboy 2017-07-07 11:16:36 -0500 Report

Hi Nani,
I think every type 2 is somewhat confused when first diagnosed.
the definitive "cause" of T2 diabetes is not known. there are strong indications that genetics play a role and that lifestyle may trigger (hasten) its onset. lifestyle meaning things like excess weight, being sedentary, poor diet, and yes even stress.
there are two factors that can cause us to have high "blood sugar". one is reduced insulin production by the pancreas and the other is cellular resistance to that insulin … and often a combination of the 2. (that was an oversimplification, but …). my hope (plan) is to improve my bodies sensitivity to its insulin thereby preserving the ability of my pancreas to produce sufficient insulin. so far I'm accomplishing this with weight control, low carb eating, exercise, fasting, and daily meditation. of course, that's what works for me and since we all got here by different "routes" we all need to design the program that will work for us.
best of luck to you. sounds like you are making a good start. one thing I just have to point out … an A1c of 6.4 means that during the 3 months prior to that test your average blood glucose was 137 mg/dL. in my opinion, I'm certainly not a doctor I've just been dealing with this for over 10 years now, frequent testing … mornings and right before a meal and 2 hours after … is a really good idea until you can return 2 consecutive A1c's under 5.7.

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Nani914 2017-07-07 11:36:18 -0500 Report

Thank you Steve, yes I am trying to understand what this entails. It's a learning process. :)

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2017-07-06 22:58:44 -0500 Report

Hey Nani, great to meet you. So glad you are here. I read your post with interest. I am not a physician but I am a therapist. As Joyce said, emotions can affect how we feel physically. Body, mind, spirit. Again, I am not a doctor but I have read a lot about diet supplements, including weight loss products, and have heard stories about how they can impact your health. I encourage you to work closely with your doctor, as you are doing, and to take really good care of yourself. I think the best way to lose weight is through managing your diet and staying active. Glad to hear you are using this product anymore. And, again, glad you are here. I hope you will stay in touch with us and let us know how you are doing.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-07-06 21:20:25 -0500 Report

Welcome to our club.

I have never ever read anything about emotional diabetes. Diabetes is caused when your pancreas does not make insulin or enough insulin. Added to that can be family history of diabetes, not eating healthy and not exercising.

Emotions can have an effect on your health but I have never heard of emotions causing diabetes. Once you have diabetes, your mental health can have an effect on controlling blood sugars.

A friends mom started using some kind of weight loss shake and started losing weight. She got sick and was rushed to the ER. She discovered she had diabetes. She was told to stop using the product. She never told her doctor about it. She continued to use it. She ended up with damaged kidneys and liver. She died 10 years ago.

It is good that you are now eating healthy and have your blood sugar under control. The thing to do now is stop worrying about what caused it and move forward with life and living it to the fullest.

Nani914 2017-07-07 09:07:38 -0500 Report

yes, you are right. It has been an up and down rollercoaster for me. Both my parents have diabetes, I had gestational diabetes with two of my three pregnancies. I stopped drinking those products, but I feel that they caused the sugar rise because now that it's out of my system my numbers are regulated. Thank you :)

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