I am just confused

By gailssong Latest Reply 2011-07-29 13:20:55 -0500
Started 2010-07-14 03:31:31 -0500

Well for one i am glad I found this site. Although I am stiill confused I feel a little better. When I went to my doctor she was so excited that my A1c was 7 but i had remember it was lower than that. She was so excited she said I didnt need to go back on my Actos. I still take Glyburide 10 mg. BUT my sugar levels are still high. It got higher when i went off my Actros. Like tonight(well actually this morning)I was shocked that my level was 399!!! It has never been that high. My doctor doesnt seem to be concerned. When I told her that my level was 154 at night and 170 in the morning. She then told me how some people have levels in 500 and 600 and reading your blogs I know that it is true. But if all she is concerned with is the A1c why do we test our levels? I still check them twice a day because i question her reason. Anyway I am glad to be here. Still confused but glad to be here

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MAYS 2010-07-14 09:09:13 -0500 Report

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GabbyPA 2010-07-14 07:38:23 -0500 Report

Welcome Gailssong to the community. I hope that here you will find the comfort and some guidance to ease your confusion.

As others have said, there seems to a lack in care with your doctor. To be honest, she might be running on old data and that could be the issue. Comparing a 154 to a 600 is no comparison. The person with 600 should be in the ER. So that is kind of odd.
Most of them don't get the idea of the dawn phenomenon either. That is what causes us to be higher in the morning than when we went to bed. I have that and it makes me nuts. I am still trying to find a good way to keep that in control.

As for the A1c vs. testing. Please test. A1c gives them a clue as to the average, but there are a lot of things that affect that and if you are not testing, you won't know what those things are. A 7 is good, but a 6 is better, so keep on working at it. Testing is the way that you know what to do day to day to keep your levels down. It is a window into your treatment. Now that you are off the Actos, your testing will tell you if you need to adjust your carb intake or maybe do some more exercise or drink more water. To be honest, it's good you're off Actos, but don't let your numbers get away from you. Testing helps prevent that.

We are glad you're here and again, welcome. Ask away, we are all here to try to help in anyway we can.

kdroberts 2010-07-14 07:13:06 -0500 Report

I sounds like you need to seek another doctor. Those levels are too high. Various study shows that damage starts to happen any time blood sugar is over 140 so clearly your doctor either doesn't know or doesn't care enough. Twice a day is better than nothing but it won't tell you a whole lot unless you target the readings.

I would recommend looking at this site, especially the sections How to Get Your Blood Sugar Under Control, The 5% Club: They Normalized Their Diabetic Blood Sugars and So Can You!, What is a Normal Blood Sugar?, Healthy Blood Sugar Targets, Why Is Blood Sugar Highest in the Morning? and Research Connecting Organ Damage with Blood Sugar Level. http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

gregsteele 2010-07-14 03:59:18 -0500 Report

First welcome to DC im glad you found us too i dont understand your drs. reasoning what were your levels with actos? those numbers while not extreme are high you have found a great place for advice and support the people here are great you can find answers to about anything and i have been made to feel like family thats what we are here is a big family again welcome love to all GREG my statement of those numbers are by no means meant to be advice just a thought ,as always consult a dr for a prof. advice

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