which one am I?

Mrs. Wunder
By Mrs. Wunder Latest Reply 2010-10-14 20:21:24 -0500
Started 2010-10-13 19:38:01 -0500

My dr. ran a 3 mo blood sugar level check on me and the nurse called and said it came back and read 82 steady for the last 3 months. I know that's low, i've had hypoglycemia for years. She told me to check my sugar level regularly and that's it. She said she would talk to the Dr. about what all I could do and needed to do and if they could help get my levels up since nothing I try helps. Am I still just Hypoglycemic? Am I diabetic? If I am diabetic which one am I? Can anyone help me? I have 3 special needs kids that depend on me.

6 replies

gogobob 2010-10-14 20:21:24 -0500 Report

to me a1c test are a good thing for MOST but then there are people like me. In the last 4 months mine came back at 9.3 but I know it is way off reality due to alot of 400's and teens as low as 18 and still awake (it drives the nurses here nuts when I am speaking to them and my numbers are in the teens) So now I have been keeping a graph on how the numbers are and have come to a average of 197.875 this has got my dr's looking at changes every week now.

Mrs. Wunder
Mrs. Wunder 2010-10-14 13:39:17 -0500 Report

I talked with the Dr.'s office again and they said I'm Pre-diabetic. I have to come back in and have an A1C hemoglobin and a Glucose testing done every 4-6 months. They are sending me to a nutritionist to find the right diet program for me.

GabbyPA 2010-10-14 13:50:29 -0500 Report

Keep those questions coming. Talk to your doctor often about things that you don't understand. That is key to getting treatment that fits you. I am glad they are looking more into it.

GabbyPA 2010-10-14 13:35:17 -0500 Report

Diabetes usually deals with correcting high blood sugars with insulin or oral medications, sometimes diet and exercise. Having low numbers (though as KD said, an 82 is not really low) consistently is different from diabetes. Diabetics can go low, when they have more medication than their bodies need or eat less food than they meds cover. So it is a different animal.

Testing is still vital with a glucose meter. That can tell you if you are going to need to adjust your meals to compensate for your low.

kdroberts 2010-10-14 08:30:11 -0500 Report

What test did you have? As far as I know there is no test that can tell you what your blood sugar has been for the past 3 months, only estimates based on the A1c which may or may not be realistic.

82 isn't really that low, if it was an estimate based on your A1c then that would be roughly an A1c of 4.5% which taking lab accuracy error into account would be at the bottom end of normal. There are several things that could make your A1c lower than it should be, things like giving blood, being anemic, really anything that disrupts the life cycle of your red blood cells.

Ask for a 3 hour oral glucose tolerance test and make sure you get the results.

Guardianstone 2010-10-14 07:35:42 -0500 Report

When the doctor (ha!) told my husband that he didn't have diabeties, but hypoglysemic. He was told to use a diabetic diet. This was done with no testing. SHE WAS SO SURE, she prescribed a diet.
I'm still not sure where her degree was from. Call your doctor and get the skinny.
Guardian stone

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