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Old 03-15-2017, 18:12   #1
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Hi all,

I have a history of being pre-diabetic with high cholesterol, and am wondering if I might now be diabetic.

Sometimes, I really get thirsty, and then I pee a lot- but only if I drink a bunch of water. And recently, I've started to get this weird garlicy or metallic taste in my mouth. But I have NO blurry vision, slow healing wounds, nerve damage (that I can tell), and no hunger cravings. In fact, I rarely get hungry now that I changed my diet over to Pritkins inspired stuff. I avoid sugar and junk food, and out-to-eat like the plague, and can't imagine ever having a soda ever again.

Here's the problem: I haven't had insurance in years because my husband is in a mainly contract-based field, and the insurance costs are astronomical- I'm talking over $1,000 a month for the insurance alone and deductibles of 12,000 a person and counting before the insurance covers anything.


I have no idea how I can afford doctor's visits, supplies, and treatments, since my husband often has to change jobs due to contracts ending, etc...


I'm super scared. My husband has read horror-stories about diabetes meds, and doesn't seem to want to send me to the doctor. I feel so alone, and so scared now.

Nobody ever really took the time to educated me about pre-diabetes (or anything else for that matter), I have a life-long disability (Asperger Syndrome- Autism). I'm worried about having to use insulin (I SUCK at math)- I'm worried I will accidentally kill myself on it.

My mom had a triple bipass- and all her siblings were either pre-diabetic or full-blown insulin-using diabetic. But they also we all overweight, never exercised, and never really tried to care for themselves.

I'm overweight too- 5"2' and weigh 155.3 pounds. My fitbit scale says I'm 42.2% body fat. I've always been a walker- average 5 miles a day, sometimes more, and I've added in weight training in the last week.

Please help me. I feel so alone

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Ps....I also recently lost 12 pounds- because I was trying to lose weight. I'm worried, because I'm NEVER hungry now- have to actually force myself to eat- and I'm scared of food.

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Melissa - glad you joined us.

About diabetes - I think some education on this would be in order. There is a good website that covers a lot about this disease that we have learned we can trust. Blood Sugar 101 I would suggest that you read as much of that site as you are able. Follow the suggested articles that appear on the home page.

While diabetes can be a dreadful disease, it doesn't have to result in all the awful things you read about. The members of this forum are proof that if blood sugar is controlled, down to near normal levels, diabetes complications aren't necessarily going to happen.

The way most of us control blood sugar is through diet. It is carbohydrates that raise blood sugar in the first place. So it makes sense one limits that type of food (sugars, starches, fruit).

Lowering carb consumption is a healthy thing to do. Diabetes or not. But it is an excellent tool for keeping blood sugar low and stable.

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Old 03-15-2017, 23:54   #4
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I would just start by getting a Health Department Doctor to do a fasting A1C test. The A1C number will tell the doctor if you are borderline or not and go from that point.

I can tell you must get your cholesterol under control.

I suggest eatting a regular low cholesterol diet that is not high in sugars, but do not cut them out unless a Diabetic Specialists and Doctor tells you too.

I would right down everything you eat by a measured serving. For at least one week before you see your doctor. I would keep count of the amount of carbohydrates, cholesterol, and calories you eat at each meal.

You need to get assistance to purchase your prescriptions to be able to get testing supplies, if you are a diabetic. I can tell you that your local health departments charge normally on an adjustable scale per income.

I can tell you that certain Statin drugs raise my sugar levels very high. Stress can effect your levels.

I found out that I could manage things better if I used insulin. If you are found to be diabetic you must check your sugar levels most likely before breakfast and at bedtime at a minimum.

I know my doctor has me checking mind before and after each meal & snack time and at bedtime.

We consider starch products such as white potatoes, white bread, corn, and peas to be a starch foods that turns into sugar just for an examples.

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I drink a 8 oz glass of Skim Milk can be used at bedtime, as it is a starch to maintain my overnight blood glucose levels.

The other high sugar items that we call sweets are the worst for a diabetic.

I am not telling your to cut them out as low sugar is worse.

I would suggest that you get your doctor to send you to a dietian and a diabetic educator if you are found to have type 1 or type 2 diabetics.

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Hey Melissa!!!

We are all here for you and many of us have been in the same position.

the best way is to get a meter and test before and after meals but if that is cost prohibitive , you can take the full dietary approach and remove as many carbs from your diet as possible. Some people can and some cant but without being able to test regularly I would take an approach where all carbs are bad.

this is what helped me. I went into ketosis and between the time I saw the general doctor and my endo I went from 396 to 75 (5 weeks) and this was without a meter or any testing.

so I would look to remove as many carbs as possible and see how you are feeling . Things like Bread, potatoes, rice, fruit, some veggies, and any other carb should be removed

Up your fat intake with cheese, bacon, higher fat meats, and many other things to make you feel full.

I was 396 BG, 275 pounds and 160/110 BP and now I am 75 BG, 183 pounds and 120/80 BP without any medication

look to diet as a way to try to heal

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I am not as lucky being allergic to all artificial sugars. I only add a small amount only if it in needed.
I drink only ice tea black and and orange Lipton which reduces trigycerides. I must take prescription vitamin b12 and prescription vitamin D 50,000 units.

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I went from 600 sugar levels after taking off the lipitor.
My A1C was 9.0 at first.
The Diabetic Doctor and a dietian that did not know what to do with diabetics as she had me on high starches. She made me gain from 350 lbs to 590 lbs. My doctor called me a liar that I was eating more than told. I kept telling him she had me eating 4 times the amount I use to eat.

I went to Baratric dietian that taught me about carb controlled diets and making my own diet plan. I went from 590 lbs to 383 lbs. I was eating 90 grams carbohydrates per meal. I have been able to maintain it plus or minus 10 lbs for a year.

They just reduced me to 45 to 75 grams carbohydrates per meal. I have spine damage so I cannot exercise like normal.

I tell everyone that I am not a doctor, but I was trained by medical professionals to take care of myself. I suggest that you discuss things with your doctors before changing. I am mostly in bed unless someone is at home awake with me. This is due to spine damage they cannot repair. I am on pain medications.

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Don't know where you live. If you live in an area where they have Minute Clinics, just make an appointment and go in. They will test you for diabetes (A1C). The information won't go anywhere unless you want it to.

For the vast majority of people, they start off with metformin and a diet change. Keep in mind that rice and potatoes are as bad as sugar as they are converted into sugar. The low carb diet is very helpful for the diabetic, but it can be very expensive depending on where you live. The Pritkins diet, as described in Google, is pretty much BAD BAD BAD for a diabetic or prediabetic. Anything that promotes high carb consumption is bad. You want low carb. The higher fat will help you not to be hungry.

What do you mean by high cholesterol? If it is slightly high, don't worry about it. There is no evidence that statins are helpful for women and given their side effects, I would avoid them. However, if you have cholesterol in the 600+ range, that may very well be a different story and one I can't speak to.

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The low carb diet is very helpful for the diabetic, but it can be very expensive depending on where you live. .
I'll have to disagree in part. Pre-prepared, packaged foods are more expensive than using whole foods. Cheap cuts of meat and eggs can provide protein and fat. Full-fat salad dressings and real mayo. There is a thread around here somewhere about eating LCHF on a budget. I'll have to go look it up.

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Don't know where you live. If you live in an area where they have Minute Clinics, just make an appointment and go in. They will test you for diabetes (A1C). The information won't go anywhere unless you want it to.

For the vast majority of people, they start off with metformin and a diet change. Keep in mind that rice and potatoes are as bad as sugar as they are converted into sugar. The low carb diet is very helpful for the diabetic, but it can be very expensive depending on where you live. The Pritkins diet, as described in Google, is pretty much BAD BAD BAD for a diabetic or prediabetic. Anything that promotes high carb consumption is bad. You want low carb. The higher fat will help you not to be hungry.

What do you mean by high cholesterol? If it is slightly high, don't worry about it. There is no evidence that statins are helpful for women and given their side effects, I would avoid them. However, if you have cholesterol in the 600+ range, that may very well be a different story and one I can't speak to.
I must strongly disagree with you about the Atkins diet. I am backed up by my Cardiac Doctor, Primary Doctor, and my Respiratory Doctor that push this diet now to some patients after my results.

I have been on it for 3 years and have lost from 590 lbs to 383 lbs.

My A1C went from 9.0 to 6.0 by earring 6 carb servings (90 carbohydrates) per meal that was recently reduced to 5 carb servings (75 carbohydrates) per meal. I sometimes eat between from 3 carb servings (45 carbohydrates) to 5 carb servings (75 carbohydrates).

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