My name is Gloria. I have type 2 diabetes and other medical problems as well. My doctor isn't giving me any guidance on this except to change my diet and to exercise. Exercise for me is limited due to other health issues, so it's pretty much just walking.
My blood sugar levels vary alot every day. My numbers aren't as high as some of yours but they vary from 195 to 61 throughout the day. I have found that I feel fine when I'm in the 130's and 140's. I can now detect when my sugar is dropping and I need to eat. When the numbers are high and low I have the same symptoms - extreme tiredness (lethargic even) and irritability, vision blurred, and my head just feels foggy. I can't seem to concentrate. Making decisions in that state is not a good idea, and I've definitely learned not to drive while feeling this way. Is that normal for everyone?
I have been reading labels and articles and trying to piece information together to help me with my diet. I've learned that fresh fruit is only good for me when my sugar level is low, otherwise it goes too high. I have cut out ALOT of sugar and starch even before my diagnosis. I eat more protein but have to be careful because of my high cholestorol. I'm allergic to fish, seafood, and citrus. I've been on a heart healthy diet for a few years because of all of my issues. I've gone back to eating 6 small meals a day just recently, however sometimes I forget to eat and that's when my sugar drops too low. I haven't lost any weight at all, but I haven't gained any in a year either.
I don't know what an A1c (?) test is but my insurance company says I need one. I asked my doctor for medication to help me regulate my blood sugar. He won't give me one. The swings I experience are horrible and often times I can't work a full day. It's difficult to make plans to do anything because I don't know how I'm going to feel when I wake up in the mornings.
Are these things normal? Is there a specialist I can see that handles diabetes? My primary doctor just isn't helping at all. Thanks for any help you can give me! I look forward to checking this site often for recipes and support.
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