diagnosed long after symtoms

By glennco Latest Reply 2010-12-12 19:45:07 -0600
Started 2010-12-12 12:57:36 -0600

Quite a few months have passed by before finally seeing my doctor this past week about my frequent urination. He told me I have type 1 diabetes and my blood sugar was in the mid 400's. Now I'm a bit worried about what kind of damage my body may have taken being at such a high level for at least the past 3 or 4 months. I didn't feel sick so I kept waiting thinking maybe this frequent urination would just go away. Instead over the past month it got even worse and I had to go every hour around the clock and I know I should have seen my doctor much sooner. So my question is how much damaged did I possibly cause by waiting so long to be diagnosed ? Also just a year and a half ago I had my spleen removed and 3/4 of my pancreas and now have major ventral hernias around my stomach from surgery. So I welcome any type of input anybody would like to share with me, and much thanks for any replies.

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GabbyPA 2010-12-12 19:45:07 -0600 Report

This is where you and you doctor will become a team. You can do tests to make sure your kidneys are working well and your liver lipids should be in your quarterly labs. You can also get your eyes checked and have an EKG to check on your circulation especially in your extremities. Have a sit down with your doctor and tell him your concerns and what to do to be looking for those and how to keep them healthy from here on out.

Kirla 2010-12-12 19:29:23 -0600 Report

You can’t do anything about the damage you already took. But I believe if you can get control of your blood sugar you can prevent any damage from getting worse and I believe its even possible to reverse whatever damage you do have if you decide to do what’s needed and get control of your blood sugar however you can. I will post here how I got control of my blood sugar and what I did and still do. Good luck.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better. My last A1C was 5.2. All A1C’s after the first one have been less than 6.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

jayabee52 2010-12-12 16:55:55 -0600 Report

Howdy Glennco
There all kinds of damage you could have done to your body. However, each person's body responds a bit differently to diabetes ("DM"), so it's quite hard to tell you what, if any damage you have actually done.

I pray that any damage to your body is minimal.

Blessings to you and yours