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Old 07-04-2014, 09:33   #1
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Hi everyone! I haven't logged on in awhile. My sister, who is also diabetic, was placed on the UNOS list for a heart transplant, so I have been occupied AND preoccupied for a bit. I have an inquiry and would appreciate any advice, comments, or words of wisdom.

I recently went to the eye doc because I had noticed worsening vision. Turns out I have the start of a cataract, plus very early glaucoma. No problem. 2 months go by and the cataract eye gets worse. A re-check verifies that. Plus, the cataract has grown. Now, a couple of questions. My fasting BG has been running high (130-154), mostly due to stress, I believe. I think the vision issue, cataract aside, is probably due more to the BG than the cataract, so I didn't change my prescription, yet. Anyone else have an issue like this? Are early cataracts common in diabetics? (I am 56). What about experiences with the surgery in regards to healing? I notice that I heal wa-a-y slower since I became diabetic. I look forward to replies. Everyone is always so helpful.

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Hi Inazpeanut,

I'm curious, with fasting bg at 120 - 150, what is your 1 hour and 2 hour after meals look like? With your fasting numbers so high I fear you're bg is related to your eye problems.

I was only recently dx D2, but based on my records, I should have been labeled at least a few years before that. 2 years ago I was declared legally blind in one eye and told I was a few months from being legally blind in both eyes, from cataracts. I was 55 at that time. I blamed it on spending too much time on the lake without sun glasses. Could it have been high blood sugar? I couldn't prove that one way or the other.

Anyway, before becoming legally blind I had cataract surgery in both eyes. It healed ok, and my vision was simply amazing.

A few months later, with ever increasing BG because I didn't know I should be controlling it, I would have good vision days and bad vision days. By bad vision, I mean difficulty focusing on anything. I blamed it on sitting in front of a computer for 10 plus hours a day.

Fast forward to 4 plus months of LCHF and closely managing my bg, my vision is awesome! I (officially) no longer require glasses for driving. My vision measures 20/20 and I never have trouble focusing on anything - even if I'm behind a computer for 20 hours.

I pretty much keep my bg below 120 at all times and have so many improvements in heath (including vision) that I can't imagine ever allowing it to go higher.

Sorry I couldn't actually answer your questions, but this what I went through.

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Early cataracts have many causes, I understand, but having high blood sugar doesn't help even if it isn't the direct cause. The slow healing IS directly related to the high blood sugars you are having. Are you on any medications?
If I were facing the cataract surgery, I would work extremely hard getting my blood sugar average and usual fasting level to at least 100 and better lower. Not to scare you, but cataract surgery isn't a walk in the park and the early days are crucial.
About the glasses. I have a complicated eye focus problem and my doctor won't change the prescription if my blood sugar isn't running pretty steady. He says it would be a waste of my money to change the prescription when my readings are up and down. You may find it the same if you have stigmatism.

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Thanks for the responses. I have been experiencing high FBG, as well as high post meal numbers. I had a "lump" scare a couple of weeks ago and went to see my gyn, who ran standard blood panel and officially diagnosed my diabetes. Lump was ok, but my A1C came in at 7! So I am NOW on Metformin, so my numbers should be coming down. Hopefully, the vision issues will improve.

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Metformin can't do it alone . . . you'll need to reduce your carb consumption to get the quickest optimal results. Here is the fastest & safest plan for eliminating carbs from your meals: LCHF for Beginners. I suggest you adopt this way-of-eating and tweak it to your own preferences & tolerances.




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Thanks, Shanny. Been working at that the last couple of weeks. What I really need is a husband who understands this disease. Today he kept trying to get me to have a piece of pizza! When he said that one bite won't hurt me, my daughter told him that the one bite, paired with other "one bites", would! I find cooking a challenge now since he only likes all the wrong foods for me. But, I am patiently working on my changes.

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Early cataracts have many causes, I understand, but having high blood sugar doesn't help even if it isn't the direct cause. The slow healing IS directly related to the high blood sugars you are having. Are you on any medications?
If I were facing the cataract surgery, I would work extremely hard getting my blood sugar average and usual fasting level to at least 100 and better lower. Not to scare you, but cataract surgery isn't a walk in the park and the early days are crucial.
About the glasses. I have a complicated eye focus problem and my doctor won't change the prescription if my blood sugar isn't running pretty steady. He says it would be a waste of my money to change the prescription when my readings are up and down. You may find it the same if you have stigmatism.

I have cataracts nearly 5 years. Doctor said they are growing faster because of high blood sugar. Also diabetic eye disease so bad I had to have to see a retina specialist and have a laser eye treatment on the right eye. Your macula swells up, so I had macula edema as well.

Doctor wouldn't even consider removing cataracts til my blood sugar came down under 200. Yes diabetes was killing me. I had to take charge immediately because only thing I could think of was my feet was going to have to be chopped off and no feet and blind couldn't think of it.

Diabetes affect everything in your body. When I had a cold, it went to my ears and I had all 3 types of ear infection. I lost some of my hearing that week. Not only does it clog up your small nerves in your feet, it's clogging up your nerves in your stomach, heart, intestine (I got a brief look at fecal incontinance, and I know I can't live like that). Hate to be so graphic, but ppl need to know, to take charge of it early and don't wait 15 years down the road. Instead of vacationing I'm fighting diabetes complications.

My eyes have no signs of diabetic eye disease, but it's still there , just controlled. The hearing loss is permanent but thank God I can still hear in the other ear. My feet are alot better. Not sure if they will progress or not, or if the nerves will regenerate, but with gabapentin and ALA, right now I can live with it.

Ok sorry for the rant.

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Diabetes affect everything in your body. When I had a cold, it went to my ears and I had all 3 types of ear infection. I lost some of my hearing that week. Not only does it clog up your small nerves in your feet, it's clogging up your nerves in your stomach, heart, intestine (I got a brief look at fecal incontinance, and I know I can't live like that). Hate to be so graphic, but ppl need to know, to take charge of it early and don't wait 15 years down the road. Instead of vacationing I'm fighting diabetes complications.
Absolutely, people need to know and understand the trade off. I don't think this message reaches many people.

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I think it's important that you've told your story, Roxanne, because graphic or not, people DO need to understand the consequences of ignoring their diabetes.

Just because they feel good in the beginning and don't want to be bothered with testing or making lifestyle adjustments, high blood sugar is doing its damage which will eventually add up and change their lives forever and not in a nice way.

Thank you for your honesty.



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To please your husband, accept the pizza slice and just eat the topping and leave the crust. Everybody's happy. Of course, it take some willpower to ignore the crust!

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