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Old 09-04-2010, 03:07   #1
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Hello, this is my first post here. I am pre-diabetic according to my A1C (6.2) and fasting blood glucose level (107). I drink one 12-pk of Diet Coke (or Pepsi) a day due to my constant thirst. Yes, it would be wonderful if I could switch to water but I am so addicted to the caffeine and bubbles of soda that I really don't like water at all. I am extremely overweight, at 340 pounds. I am 5'2". Female.

I am wondering if my constant hunger and thirst is a symptom of diabetes. I can eat and be full and then 1.5 hours later or earlier I'm hungry again. I doubt it's "real" hunger but it feels the same to me. Is that normal for being pre-diabetic? I've been like this for quite a few years. Oh, I'm 26 years old.

I am constantly trying to lose weight, mostly unsuccessfully though. I have been on almost every diet under the sun but my downfall is the fact that I'm always hungry. It's so frustrating!

Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself and ask a few questions. Hopefully someone will be able to help me. Thank you for reading my post.

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Yes diabetes can do that. I think it was the Greeks (not sure) in ancient times called diabetes the eating disease.

Without insulin your BG goes up because it cant get into the cells. so your cells are starving and send a signal that you are hungry

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Ah. I understand now. My doctor ordered another urine test. I think he's testing for spilled sugar in my urine. The one I had previously was negative. But I've been drinking Pepsi (regular pepsi, not diet) as a treat because I had several surgeries on the 23rd. I love Pepsi. So maybe since I have been drinking pepsi nonstop it may show sugar in my urine this time. Not sure how that works though. I hope it doesn't though.

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I have to tell you that I am a little disturbed by what I just read.
You need to talk to your doctor about all of this but the first thing you need to do is STOP DRINKING DIET POP! It is full of aspertame which is a dangerous chemical!
Please also see a dietician to help you with your diet. (I find that if I drink a large glass of water prior to my meals, I fill up faster without adding calories)
You need to learn to eat the good foods that will keep you feeling satisfied.
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I have to tell you that I am a little disturbed by what I just read.
You need to talk to your doctor about all of this but the first thing you need to do is STOP DRINKING DIET POP! It is full of aspertame which is a dangerous chemical!
Please also see a dietician to help you with your diet. (I find that if I drink a large glass of water prior to my meals, I fill up faster without adding calories)
You need to learn to eat the good foods that will keep you feeling satisfied.
Take care of you,
Jayne
Is diet soda bad for diabetes? I know aspartame isn't a great product to put in your body but I'm addicted to diet soda. I can't just quit. I've been drinking diet soda for many years now. I grew up with Diet Pepsi. So quitting isn't going to be easy, especially since I'm addicted to not only the caffeine in it but the bubbles of soda. I haven't had any adverse effects from it so (knock on wood) I probably won't have any kidney stones or whatnot from the diet soda.

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Hello and welcome, Brittany. You must be delirious with thirst and miserable with constant hunger. There are several blood tests that should be performed to determine what causes such extremes. You need a doctor who will listen to you, and you'll need tests which determine if you have diabetes - like an A1c, OGTT (Oral Glucose Tolerance Test) - and also the tests which determine what type of diabetes. You're young and you could be type 1, but you're heavy, so you could be type 2 . . . or anywhere in between. But I think it's imperative that you find out soon, because it sounds like it has gotten way out of control. If you can get to the source of these symptoms and make the adjustments required to remedy what is wrong, you're going to feel 100% better!

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Hello and welcome, Brittany. You must be delirious with thirst and miserable with constant hunger. There are several blood tests that should be performed to determine what causes such extremes. You need a doctor who will listen to you, and you'll need tests which determine if you have diabetes - like an A1c, OGTT (Oral Glucose Tolerance Test) - and also the tests which determine what type of diabetes. You're young and you could be type 1, but you're heavy, so you could be type 2 . . . or anywhere in between. But I think it's imperative that you find out soon, because it sounds like it has gotten way out of control. If you can get to the source of these symptoms and make the adjustments required to remedy what is wrong, you're going to feel 100% better!
I think when my test results from the yesterday comes back (in about a week) I'll know whether or not I am spilling sugar. I think I'll ask for the OGTT at my next appointment (3 months). I know my A1C is 6.2 or was 3 months ago.

Yes I was miserable "needing" to eat so often but I've gotten used to it, so I'm not miserable anymore. I am miserable because of my weight, which can mostly be attributed to either my psychiatric medicine and/or the pre-diabetes. I've always been quite heavy though. I spent high school at 265 pounds. Eating healthy and exercising did little to thwart me losing weight. I did go vegetarian at age 16 and lost 45 pounds but when I started eating meat again I gained it all back plus some. So, it's been frustrating to say the least. I'm now about 340 pounds and am completely miserable. I have severe back problems which makes it *impossible* to stand/walk/exercise. I did try water aerobics for arthritic/injured people at the YMCA but did not lose ANY weight, and that was while I was on a low-fat diet. So I was very disappointed. I haven't signed up for the class again.

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Hmm I haven't been testing my glucose for a few months but I just checked it. I've been drinking pepsi for the past 2 hours or so and my reading is 155. I don't know how to interpret that. Is that high for just drinking a sugar soda? I'm not even drinking much, just a sip here and there.

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If your diabetic WHY are you drinking soda pop with sugar? You trying to see how miserable you can make your self? wait until you start to get complications from the diabetes then you will know true missery.

YOU control what you eat.

get a meter and test, test before you eat and 1 hour, 2 hours after you eat.
now you know how food affects your BG.

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I'm pre-diabetic. I don't usually drink sugary soda. Dad bought it for me for a kind of treat while I heal fromy my surgeries. When this is gone, I'll be back to diet coke.

I have yet to be diagnosed as diabetic, but I am pre-diabetic according to my a1c and fasting blood glucose. I have a meter and test strips so I am going to start using them again. I just ate so I'm going to test my blood at 1 hour and then 2 hours. Thank you for your concern.

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