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Old 06-12-2013, 06:40   #1
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Hi - I was diagnosed with Type 2 in mid-April. The BG level was 330 then. Since then, through diet control and medication (metformin 1000 mg / day) the BG level has dropped to 108. All my symptoms such as tiredness, blurry eyes, excessive thirst etc have gone away. I feel generally pretty good. However for the last 4-5 days, I have been experiencing numbness in my left foot and occasional tingling. So far I don't see any discoloration etc. Any suggestions on how to manage this? I am surprised that this symptom is occurring now when the BG levels are actually down substantially and all other symptoms are pretty much gone. I don't feel any pain. Also, I exercise regularly and typically run 4-5 km on the treadmill (2x a week) and do other exercise another 2-3x a week. Thanks!

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Hi - I was diagnosed with Type 2 in mid-April. The BG level was 330 then. Since then, through diet control and medication (metformin 1000 mg / day) the BG level has dropped to 108.
I assume the 330 and 108 are fasting bg readings. Bg is usually highest 1 and 2 hours after eating.

To reverse numbness and tingling in the feet (Neuropathy) and to avoid other diabetic complications, it is important to keep your bg below 7.8 mmol/L (140 mg/dl) at all times. To do that, you eat to your meter. Test your bg 1 and 2 hours after taking the first bite of food. If either of those readings is 7.8 mmol/L (140 mg/dl) or above, cut down the number of carbs you eat at your next meal. Before long you will know how many carbs you can eat per meal and still control your blood sugar.

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thank you. Actually the 108 reading is before dinner yesterday and the 330 reading was fasting level when first Dx. I will follow what you are suggesting and hopefully it will give some relief. Appreciate.

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You need to also be sure you are wearing proper shoes when exercising. Make sure you are stretching before also. I lifted a box at work and caused a herniated disc in my back. I found that if I stand too long the nerve gets pushed on and I get a tingling in my left foot. It subsides if I correct my posture

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Hi - I was diagnosed with Type 2 in mid-April. The BG level was 330 then. Since then, through diet control and medication (metformin 1000 mg / day) the BG level has dropped to 108. All my symptoms such as tiredness, blurry eyes, excessive thirst etc have gone away. I feel generally pretty good. However for the last 4-5 days, I have been experiencing numbness in my left foot and occasional tingling. So far I don't see any discoloration etc. Any suggestions on how to manage this? I am surprised that this symptom is occurring now when the BG levels are actually down substantially and all other symptoms are pretty much gone. I don't feel any pain. Also, I exercise regularly and typically run 4-5 km on the treadmill (2x a week) and do other exercise another 2-3x a week. Thanks!
The symptoms can be diabetes related but don't have to be. There are between 100 and 150 types of neuropathy and there are over
20,000,000 people with neuropathy. Only 30% of people with neuropathy have it because of diabetes. At the same time it is a good idea to find out what is causing your symptoms and to find out the best way to treat your symptoms. I certainly would not ignore the symptoms. Wishing you the best.

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Because this only involves one foot, it may not be diabetes-related, according to an article on Neuropathy that I read at the blood sugar 101 website. Here is a link if you want to have a look.

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Because this only involves one foot, it may not be diabetes-related, according to an article on Neuropathy that I read at the blood sugar 101 website. Here is a link if you want to have a look.
I wanted to chime in here because of all the recent reading on forums related to neuropathy that I belong to. You are right, the neuropathy can be diabetes related and then may not be. The only way you will know is to find a neurologist who can run the proper tests for you to know. There are between 100 and 150 different types of neuropathy and over 20,000,000 men, women, and children with different types of neuropathy. There is no one treatment that works for neuropathy.
The treatments are as varied as there are stars in the sky. The best thing you can do is be tested and then find a treatment that works for you. I also urge to have your B12 levels checked as that can be one cause of neuropathy if you are on different medications due to the taking of different medications of if you have pernicious anemia. You will be low if you are below 200. Above 200 you are in the grey
are from 200 to 450. You will be the best if you are above 450. You cannot overdose on B12 since the excess is stored in the liver and the rest is excreted through the urine. The best B12 to use if you
have low b12 is Methylcobalimin. or Methyl B12. The reason is that your body is able to use it immediately as it doesn't have to be
changed into the active form. Also it is the best for treating neuropathy due to B12 loss. I take Metanx which is the active form
of B12, B6 and Folic Acid. I ran out recently and could notice a difference without the Metanx but am back on it. There is no generic for Metanx but the Manufacturer has a program that reduces the cost by two-thirds and it is a good program. The weird thing is you need B12 to make the other B Vitamins work so you need to take
B12 if you are taking B6 or other B vitamins. On another note if you take too much B6 you can also has neuropathy. A good book to read about B12 is Could It Be B12 By Sally M. Pacholok, R.N.
B.S.N and Jeffrey I. Stuart, D.O. This book is the definitive text on B12 and what can be the results of low B12 levels, what tests need to be run and also how low dangerous low B12 levels can be.
At the same time the best thing you can do for neuropathy due to diabetes is to test your blood glucose frequently and also to keep your blood sugars as close to normal as possible. Another thing that I didn't know till recently is that one can develop diabetic neuropathy even with prediabetes. And for this reason I don't believe in pre-diabetes as to me it is like saying one is a little bit pregnant. The best place to learn about neuropathy is on the neuropathy forums. I belong to two forums on facebook. They are places where you meet
others who get it and learn a wealth of information regarding
neuropathy, the various types of neuropathy and various tests and treatments for neuropathy and you also make a lot of great friends as well. Here is wishing yu the best.

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