I am concerned

By Sinjjin Latest Reply 2018-03-14 06:54:53 -0500
Started 2018-03-04 23:34:47 -0600

I am a 44-year-old male. I am 6'1" and weigh about 245. I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure (take 50mg tablet of atenolol 2x per day) and obstructive sleep apnea (use CPAP nightly). Clearly, I am considered obese based on my height and weight referring to BMI.

I am concerned about becoming diabetic. My last physical was in July 2017 where my FBG was 91. In April 2016, I had tests for FBG and a1c. The FBG was 105 and the a1c was 5.5. I purchased the Relion prime glucose monitor from Walmart last year and do check my glucose levels at times. Frankly, I realize I may seem like a bit of a loon regarding this. I would appreciate ANY info or advice that could be passed along. Thank you.

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2018-03-08 10:47:42 -0700 Report

Hey Sinjjin, it's great to meet you. I am glad you found your way to Diabetic Connect! I am not a physician, I am a therapist, and have clients who are living with various chronic conditions, including diabetes. I am wondering if you talked to your doctor about your a1c results. He/she might be able to suggest what you can do to take good care of yourself and stay on top of your a1c. For example, making modifications to your diet would help, and your doctor might be able to recommend a diet. He/she might also recommend activity you could get involved with, like regular exercise of some kind, that could be beneficial. What I really encourage you to do, if you haven't already, is to see what your doctor thinks about your results and what they are recommending. I sure don't think you are a loon. But I do encourage you to turn your concern about your health into positive action. I hope you will stay in touch with us and let us know how you are doing.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2018-03-06 18:49:22 -0600 Report

I have High blood pressure and Sleep Apnea which was diagnosed in January this year. I also use a CPAP machine.

In my opinion if you are testing at times you are being a bit lackadaisical. You don't know what your BG is before and after a meal. My FBG is around 90 everyday. for me, 105 is high.

Pre-diabetes can be treated if you decrease carbs and increase exercise. If you are concerned now think how concerned you will be if pre-diabetes becomes full blown diabetes.

Type1Lou 2018-03-05 13:46:18 -0700 Report

A fasting BG of 105 is higher than the norm, although your A1c is within the "normal" range. You don't indicate what any post-meal BG's might be which would further indicate whether you have some insulin resistance or whether the 105 was just a "fluke". Taking off any excess weight would certainly benefit you, especially if you are becoming insulin-resistant and in the "pre-diabetes" stage. Many of us successfully manage our diabetes by restricting our daily carbohydrate intake. There is no "one right amount" of daily carb intake that works for everyone. It will depend upon age, gender, height/weight, activity level and metabolism. Some "pre-diabetics have been able to forestall developing full-blown diabetes by making lifestyle changes in diet and exercise. Some Type 2 diabetics have been able, by making similar changes, to manage their diabetes without drugs. I believe there is one major factor in successfully managing any diabetes and that is a willingness and determination to make the lifestyle changes necessary to achieve the desired results..

WASHED OUT 2018-03-13 17:52:42 -0500 Report

Hello Type1Lou :
Just checking in to the site again , I have been doing great since the LCHF diet a few years ago. 5.7 hbA1C still and colesterols still well down in the good range my doctors are happy with the results so far. Now facing another knee operation after a nasty fall on the ice about a Month and a half ago, kinda messed up the doctors good work from back in 2014. LOL, I sure learned a lot on finding this control by listening to the good friends here on this site including you Type1Lou . Thanks again to all of you who helped me.

Type1Lou 2018-03-14 06:54:53 -0500 Report

Thanks Dennis. Back in 2010, when I joined this site, I found it very helpful and have been glad to share my experiences. Sorry to hear about your knee. (At least, in Florida, I no longer have to worry about Ice etc.) That's a great A1c. Any injury, trauma, stress can wreak havoc on BG control. Hoping you're back to "normal" soon.