By 2sweet2Bsafe Latest Reply 2011-01-25 19:56:47 -0600
Started 2011-01-17 02:03:23 -0600

I have always known something just wasn't right with me amonh numerous things that is and have discovered the hard way one afternoon when i called the emts as i was feeling lightheaded, dizzy and comig in and out of concscience. I don't remember anything once they strapped me to the gurny and apparently upon arrival i fell out of the bed busting open my eye and seperating the vetebrae in my neck. They thought initially i was an ovedose however thakds to a DR. with a brain outside the box he determined my blood sugar was lingering on or below 40. I now have to carefully monitor my eating habits as well as being paranoid of my blood sugar and cannot qualify for diabetic supplies as i am not there yet however they say it is inevitable that i will in fact be classified as such someday. What's up with that?

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Nonna2Three 2011-01-25 09:36:32 -0600 Report

I don't know how all of this works yet, but I will be asking my doctor for more information as time goes on. I was just recently diagnosed with Diabetes, but before my doctor told me I was diabetic I was suspicious of being hypoglycemic. For two reasons, first because I was getting weak and shaky if I did not eat at certain intervals. And second because my daughter was diagnosed hypoglycemic 15 years ago (when she was 18) and my granddaughter (age 16) was diagnosed hypoglycemic about 3 months ago.
The one discussion I had with my doctor regarding the weak and shaky feeling was that those feelings were most likely times when my sugar had dropped (on it's own) too low).
Diabetes runs in my family, I am part of the fourth generation in a row to be diagnosed, but I thought that since there were 2 confirmed cases of hypoglycemia in more recent years that maybe the gene that causes it could choose to go either way and went opposite of diabetic. Well, obviously I was wrong on that thought where my case is concerned.
But I still have to wonder if my daughter & granddaughter stand a greater chance of developing Diabetes than someone like my son who has been diagnosed with neither.
Like I said, i will be talking to my doctor about it more and I'm pretty sure that my ex-dau-in-law will be talking to my granddaughter's doctor about it in light of my recent diagnosis. I will post back when I find more information.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-01-22 23:21:42 -0600 Report

I have heard from several peoplethat the low sugar turns on you and becomes diabetes. Don't know if this is a fact or just their opinions.

2sweet2Bsafe 2011-01-25 19:56:47 -0600 Report

That is my understanding as well if it is not kept under control. Mine is manageable just by eating 3 healthy meals and 3 healthy snacks inbetween a day to keep my sugar at a steady level. I've learned that if you don't take the initiative to remian mindful of doing so, it does in fact get worse especially with age and will in fact turn to diabetes requiring insulin etc. It is a well known fact that if you deprive yourself of food for example all day and then by the time you do eat your body holds on to all that especially refined sugar, potatoes, white rice and fatty foods and after starving yourdself all day we tend to overeat anyway and our bodies learn to hold on to that food rather than converting it into energy and utilizing/metabolizing it as it should. Your body will go into a protective type of mechanism thinking it may not get food again for awhile and that is exactly how we gain wieght, keep it on and wonder why when w'ere only eating once a day…your body thinks it's starving. Extra added wieght is a trigger for diabetes. Learning to eat at regular intervals and drinking lots of water will take time but eventually your body will adjust to working like a wel oiled machine again. In most cases we do these things to ourselves inadvertently with all we are responsible for doing and taking care of children, households, jobs that don't have a regular break for lunch ect all lead to bad habits that hurt us in the end. I am certainlly not a doctor but i have learned the hard way and the right way-through reading everything i can get my hands on, staying on sites like web MD, Mayo clinic etc alwys help with advise from real professionals that DO know thier stuff.

2sweet2Bsafe 2011-01-25 19:23:42 -0600 Report

Nonna, These are the typical symptoms of hypoglycemia-I do know as i have each and every one of them when my blood sugar is runnig lowHere are the symptoms of hypoglycemia that you and others should be aware of:Feeling shaky,Headaches,
Abdominal pain,Extreme hunger,Perspiring a lot,Being very pale,Personality changes,Being irritable and aggressive and In a child, throwing a tantrum. My entire skeletal system shakes beyond control and i get light headed and am soaking wet with swet through my clothes in a matter of minutes. This is a very dangerous warning sign that MUST not be ignored as you can easily fall into a comatose state like i have. If these things are going on with you please let the people around you know of all of the aformentioned as it is easier for someone else to see these things transpire and get help for you as at times i didn't even know what happened until i awoke in the hospital with my face black and blue from hitting the ground. I'm worried about you dear, please take this advise and let co-workers, etc as well know of this possibility as it can happen instantaneously without any warning. And yes you are doing the right hting by making your doctor aware of thse symptoms and asking lots of questions always is good.I will pray for you as well…LOL, Tina

GabbyPA 2011-01-17 13:12:01 -0600 Report

Hypoglycemia is not the same as diabetes. You can go low as a diabetic, but it is usually a reaction to the medicines we take. Meters and test strips do not require prescriptions so you can pick those up so you can keep an eye on things (no pun intended) That is a hard way to find those things out, but once you have knowledge, you can find a way to gain control.

I would carry an ID on you that says you suffer from hypoglycemia and what people need to do to help you if you are not able to help yourself.

I don't understand why the would say you would be a diabetic one day. I am not sure that there is a connection as the two diseases are opposites.

jayabee52 2011-01-23 04:44:52 -0600 Report

My bride said she went through a period where her pancreas put out a lot of insulin before she got diabetes. Of course she was a heart patient and was being watched closely, so they were aware what was happening with her. It was like her pancreas was in overdrive for a while.

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