Not sure if I have diabetes

Biggobelly
By Biggobelly Latest Reply 2010-01-17 20:43:01 -0600
Started 2009-10-20 18:49:37 -0500

I had an incident which I thought was a heart-attack, but turned out to be an anxiety attack, but while I was in the hospital (unknown to me) they tested me for diabetes. I had my g/f bring me in some cookies with the permission of the nurse and after I was released, my doctor told me I was type 2. So I started a plan of carb control, but left out the protein control and ended up losing not only a whole bunch of weight (100 lbs in 3 months) but also a lot of muscle mass. I watch my intake of foods pretty carefully (my A1C is 5%) but I'm still gaining weight. I have gained all of my lost weight back and added some to boot. I have now moved on to a different doctor who says that I need to see a dietitian with a 2000 calorie restriction. I get almost no exercise because of my job and lack of time/energy to exercise after I get home from work. I'm not sure if my previous doctor had the right diagnosis on my diabetes, or if it was because I changed my eating habits (I still eat a lot, but they are mostly very nutritious foods…whole grains, nuts, very lean meats once in a while, salads…no dressings and a few dried fruits). My A1C is good, but my triglycerides are really, really bad…490. Any ideas? Should I go to the dietitian?


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GODSANGEL41309
GODSANGEL41309 2010-01-17 20:43:01 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed with Type 11 in 2007 and still have not been referred to a dietician yet. I would highly recommend that you do this! It has been critical to my health and also very difficult for me to teach myself about Diabetes. I think I am over the denial part of this disease but the lingo used is very difficult for me to understand sometimes. You will be going the right direction by seeing a dietician/nutritionist…I am eagerly awaiting for my referral from my doctor. Good luck and God Bless!

Biggobelly
Biggobelly 2009-10-22 17:52:28 -0500 Report

I have know for over 30 years that I had a potential sugar problem. I had a GTT when I was 18 and was diagnosed with Hypoglycemia…I would consume sugar and my BG would crash…so I have always been mindful of my intake of sugar and carbs. But after 25 years of watching it, I gave into my base instinct and started eating cookies (my only real weakness) and then BAM!

lipsie
lipsie 2009-10-22 18:36:56 -0500 Report

I have heard, and known people that have been hypoglycemic and yes end up with the opposite. I don't quite understand it, but yeah…I have heard of it. Your not alone!! Hugs!!! Sheila

lipsie
lipsie 2009-10-21 18:28:07 -0500 Report

I would definitely see a one, could not hurt…but are you on diabetic medication now out of curiosity? What about a having your MD run a fasting glucose on you to see how that runs too? I dunno, just thoughts. Also, do you check your sugars now? Wow, something is up though by the sounds of things so I would not give up whatever you do. And you found some great people to talk to here about it. I found some really decent friends here. Good luck! Hugs! Sheila

Biggobelly
Biggobelly 2009-10-21 18:56:50 -0500 Report

I test three times a day and all are between 78 and 100. But, like I posted to Harlen, I am on Metformin two times a day at 500MG.

GODSANGEL41309
GODSANGEL41309 2009-10-20 21:06:12 -0500 Report

I read comments from a friend by the name of Jigsaw and he is talking about tryglycerides just like you. Maybe you could ask him some questions?

jigsaw
jigsaw 2009-10-20 20:49:13 -0500 Report

Check out the article Testing For Diabetes Type 2. There are a few specific tests that determine with accuracy if you are a diabetic. 17 years ago, my triglycerides were determined to be 750!!! It was like pushing cement through my arteries and veins. Within 9 mos or so I got my triglycerides down to 85. Currently, my triglycerides stay between 100 to 150. Fortunately and after numerous tests it was determined that I caught the problem early enough to avoid any obvious damage. Proper diet and exercise are the main ingredients that worked for me.

Biggobelly
Biggobelly 2009-10-21 19:20:41 -0500 Report

My TG's are at 490…the only thing I can think of is that I eat a lot of nuts…daily.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2009-10-21 19:45:13 -0500 Report

According to the late Dr. Atkins, there is definitely a link between carbs and triglycerides. I spoke to people at the Atkins clinic which specializes in diabetes. They said the same thing I heard Dr. Atkins say: " If you cut your carbs enough and do it properly, your triglycerides will plummet downward! I had four doctors that didn't agree until I had a blood test. My primary doc was amazed and told me to keep doing what I was doing. By the way, I eat nuts also but if I overdo it my bloodsugar increases quite a bit! Nuts do have carbs. A simple suggestion, try counting carbs and make certain that your not mistakenly eating more carbs than you think. A good dietician sounds like it might be a good idea.