Wanted to say hello

By juni88 Latest Reply 2010-05-26 20:30:59 -0500
Started 2010-05-25 23:04:39 -0500

My name is Aaron. Diabetes runs in my family. I had noticed that i was having some of the warning signs so i went in last week to have my blood sugar checked after not eating over night. Doctor called me back that afternoon and said that it was 112. He tells me that it is a little high and that i need to watch what i eat and exercise. He said that he wanted me to come back in, in six months and have it checked again. I have already bought a meter and do check it some. I know i need to start going to the gym and loose a little weight, i am 6' 3 and weigh 230. My wife has already been on me about the amount of soda i have been drinking and she is setting up an appointment with a diatecian, so that we can start eating healther food.

10 replies

RAYT721 2010-05-26 17:17:37 -0500 Report

First of all welcome to the board. My God we have a lot in common!!! Your story sounds like mine from just a few months ago. Your reading is high but not insane. I was also given the "diet and exercise" speech and it's worked. Please feel free to add me as a friend and I'll give you my entire boring life story (the condensed version) with some happy chapters. We can have "fun" talking about our changes and challenges. Drop a line and I'll do the same.

GabbyPA 2010-05-26 10:14:41 -0500 Report

Hi Aaron and welcome to our community. It sounds like you are on a good track to start getting control before it gets out of control. A fasting for a non-diabetic is anywhere from 60-90, and above that they start watching. So it is great that you are catching it at a 112 instead of a 300 like many folks do.

I agree with Pam, and it sounds like you have a great support system and that is important. Some days you will hate it that they are so involved, but it really is a good thing.

Glad to have you here and I hope that you find yet another support with the members here. There are a lot of great folks here that totally understand what you are going through.

juni88 2010-05-26 18:00:06 -0500 Report

I was drinking three one liters of coke a day so any amount i can lower it will help. I did atleast chage to drinking tea at work

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-05-26 19:40:23 -0500 Report

I switched first to Diet Coke, but never really liked the aftertaste. Plus there are all those warnings about artificial sweeteners. I finally realized what I really liked were the bubbles, that little burn the carbonation gives you. So now I drink carbonated water - La Croix, usually - which has no carbs, no calories, no artificial sweeteners, and comes in several flavors.

So now somebody's gonna tell me that the bubbles are bad for me…lol!

GabbyPA 2010-05-26 20:14:31 -0500 Report

Mays told me that the bubbles were bad, but I have to still have them once in a while. I have not read anything myself on how bubbles are bad...but I am sure some one will find something...doing anything is bad. Don't they get it that everything we do will eventually kill us...we have to have a little fun. LOL

juni88 2010-05-26 20:18:48 -0500 Report

If we only listen to the experts, then we would not go out of our houses because it is bad for us. Oh wait being in our houses is bad for us too. :)

GabbyPA 2010-05-26 20:22:31 -0500 Report

So we throw caution to the wind. Drink your bubbles no matter what! I am in a goofy mood tonight...sorry. :-)

RAYT721 2010-05-26 20:30:59 -0500 Report

I love the lemon La Croix!!! There's only one place around that I can buy it in the bottle but a few places that it in a can. Water in a can… yuck. The only thing that should drink water from a can is a flower. I also like the powdered Arizona tea (half and half lemonade-tea) mixture that I found recently… only 5 cals / 1 g sugar. Also glad to have found Fresca is back on the market.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-05-26 05:24:19 -0500 Report

Your wife sounds wonderfully supportive - and that's great. (Not everyone here is as lucky, as you'll notice as you keep coming back.

With the history of diabetes in your family, your doctor is doing the right thing. 112 isn't high for many of us here, but it is a warning sign. (And, you'll find out from reading others' posts, having a good doctor isn't always the case either.)

My one piece of advice - get off the sodas. I was drinking four Cokes a day - each of which has something like 48 grams of carbs IN ONE CAN - when I was diagnosed. (48 grams basically equals a meal for me in my nutrition plan. So, four extra meals a day??? What was I thinking??? The answer - I wasn't.)

Good luck, Aaron.

Emma2412 2010-05-26 00:55:47 -0500 Report

Hi, Aaron. Welcome to DC. 112 for me is not high at all and my doctor would be pleased with that number for, say, a rising or after I eat. Of course, I like the ones that are in the high 70's and low 80's better, but I'm always happy with 112, too. What does your doctor consider a normal reading for you? Did he say? I can never get my doctor to say what she considers normal for me and I don't know why. Since diabetes runs in your family, it certainly won't hurt to watch your diet and take your blood sugar readings so you know where you are. I just posted "Diabetes Recipes from The Mayo Clinic." Maybe it'll help in meal planning. See what your new dietician thinks about it.