help to understand

By wolfee Latest Reply 2010-05-10 17:49:32 -0500
Started 2010-05-05 19:43:10 -0500

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about a year ago and am currently taking metformem. the doctor really never explained things to me. for example, when to test my blood, what should the readings should be. Can someone help me?

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cindylt 2010-05-10 17:49:32 -0500 Report

Go to a diabetes education class! They teach you everything from medications to food to checking your blood sugar! It has been a life saver for me! Cindy

GabbyPA 2010-05-06 08:14:39 -0500 Report

Don't you just love it? Here you go, meds and a finger explanations. My first visit to a clinic was that way. Just take this pill because diabetics are supposed to take it. My doctor now is much better, but he still says I should only test two times a day. Fasting and before I go to bed. Well, I test much more often because I want to know what my body is doing. I want to know if I need to go for an extra walk or if I need a snack to hold me over til morning.
As others have said, testing after meals is a good way to learn what your body is doing with the food and exercise you are giving it. It will show you what to avoid better than any list of foods from someone else, because it is your body telling you. If you can keep numbers below 140 you are doing great. If you can keep them below 180 you are doing good. Above that you know you need to consider taking some action in your choices of foods or adding some exercise. If you are seeing higher numbers often, you want to talk to your doctor to see if there might be some suggestions he/she can give you.

Take your log book with you to your office visits so you can show your doctor what is going on. That will help in getting you an individual treatment just for you. Some times the generalize too much.

petals 2010-05-06 08:03:06 -0500 Report

my doctor sent me a diabetes center, so ask your doctor about one. If the doctor you are currently seeing doesn't want to do much to help you, maybe you should look for a new one.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-05-06 06:03:14 -0500 Report

Ask your doctor to refer you to a registered dietician or a local diabetes center (preferably the latter, if your community has one). When I was diagnosed, my doctor immediately referred me to the diabetes center at a local hospital where I had education sessions, met with a nutritionist, nurse practitioner, and a support group. It set me on the right path.

The 'education', though, is lifelong. I'm still learning and trying to understand what's going on with my pancreas, my levels, etc. etc. etc.

And make sure to take your metformin WITH your meals. I'm on it too, and had stomach problems till I started taking it w/ food. (I think of it as burying the pill so it can't mess with me! lol )

Good luck and welcome to DC!

spiritwalker 2010-05-05 20:03:21 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. If you haven't been to a diabetic educator or to a diabetes clinic ask your Dr. to send you. I am also a type 2. I have been for 25 years. The basics for testing are as follows:
Test when you get up each day. Before you eat this is a fasting
glucose. It should be between 70-100. Test two hours after each meal. The reading should be 140 or less. Check one last time before you go to bed. This reading should be 140 or less.
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