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Old 08-30-2012, 20:55   #1
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A few weeks ago I felt like I was having blood sugar issues so I went out and bought a BG monitor and began tracking my levels. Technically I'm not sure if I'm pre-diabetic or diabetic. My fasting BG has ranged from 116-128. My 1 hr tests has ranged from 115-214. My 2 hr tests has ranged from 102-158. My 3 hr tests ranged from 97-135. I've flagged the foods that made my BG go too high so that I don't eat those. I'm hesitant to go to the doctor until I get my levels under control. I've heard to officially be diagnosed with diabetes is a permanent black mark that can be a huge issue with insurance. If I'm able to control my levels with diet and exercise then I'm not sure what a doctor would be able to do for me. I'm looking forward to participating in the forum.

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A few weeks ago I felt like I was having blood sugar issues so I went out and bought a BG monitor and began tracking my levels. Technically I'm not sure if I'm pre-diabetic or diabetic. My fasting BG has ranged from 116-128. My 1 hr tests has ranged from 115-214. My 2 hr tests has ranged from 102-158. My 3 hr tests ranged from 97-135. I've flagged the foods that made my BG go too high so that I don't eat those. I'm hesitant to go to the doctor until I get my levels under control. I've heard to officially be diagnosed with diabetes is a permanent black mark that can be a huge issue with insurance. If I'm able to control my levels with diet and exercise then I'm not sure what a doctor would be able to do for me. I'm looking forward to participating in the forum.
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Your fasting figures are higher than they should be (you are looking for a figure a bit below 100) and you post meal figures are also higher than they should be (at one hour, you should be under 140 and at two, below 120. At three hours you should be more or less back at your fasting figure)

You might want to have a look at this site: Blood Sugar 101 and in particular How to Lower Your Blood Sugar

What prompted you to decide you might have issues? At the levels you quote few people would notice any problems. Do you have other symptoms? Diabetes is a condition that does benefit from active management by the victim and some of the medical "help" offered is disappointing but it is not something you should attempt to manage without support particularly if you need medication. I would suggest quite strongly that you discuss this with your doctor.

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I will check out the links you posted. I'm trying to absorb all the info I can. I will take your advice to see a doctor under consideration. My primary doctor has recently switched to a private healthcare platform so at this point I no longer have a primary doctor. In response to your question, I felt like I was having low blood sugar if I didn't eat constantly. I kept getting cold sweats, feeling shaky, head-in-the-clouds, pissed off if I didn't get something to eat right away. I honestly thought I was having low blood sugar issues. I was shocked to see such high numbers.

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I will check out the links you posted. I'm trying to absorb all the info I can. I will take your advice to see a doctor under consideration. My primary doctor has recently switched to a private healthcare platform so at this point I no longer have a primary doctor. In response to your question, I felt like I was having low blood sugar if I didn't eat constantly. I kept getting cold sweats, feeling shaky, head-in-the-clouds, pissed off if I didn't get something to eat right away. I honestly thought I was having low blood sugar issues. I was shocked to see such high numbers.
The pattern you mention is possibly what is called "reactive hypoglycaemia". Your blood glucose goes high, then your pancreas goes into overdrive and your blood glucose crashes into a hypo state (below 60). You then eat something (too much) and up it goes again. A serious roller-coaster ride.

Cutting back on carbs will help - but see a doctor - soon.

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Hi Puppyluv, yeah sweety I agree with John, although you have to be proactive in your own care for Diabetes as this forum is teaching me, you also need to have the back up of a proffessional to start you off and to be diagnosed accurately. All the best with it sweetheart xxxxxxxxxxx

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There are many questions that arise out of yours. How old are you ? What is your activity level ? Any other health issues ? What does your usual diet consist of ? An analysis of pre/diabetic just based on a few numbers would not be proper, though I empathize about the insurance issue. I'd take John's advice, if I were you.

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Yes, I just have to underline what is said in the prior posts - visit a doctor. And then my personal reflection: I find it very odd that you should need to pay more in insurance if you have a chronical disease like diabetes. It should be in the other way. Personally my diabetes hasn´t cost me nearly anything - just a very small amount. Perhaps 50 dollars the last year and now everything is free thanks to a public health insurance.

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Yes, I just have to underline what is said in the prior posts - visit a doctor. And then my personal reflection: I find it very odd that you should need to pay more in insurance if you have a chronical disease like diabetes. It should be in the other way. Personally my diabetes hasn´t cost me nearly anything - just a very small amount. Perhaps 50 dollars the last year and now everything is free thanks to a public health insurance.
Unfortunately, in the USA, once you are diagnosed with diabetes it is very difficult to get insurance. It's a huge black mark that stays with you forever, even if you manage to keep your numbers down in a normal level.

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Unfortunately, in the USA, once you are diagnosed with diabetes it is very difficult to get insurance. It's a huge black mark that stays with you forever, even if you manage to keep your numbers down in a normal level.
The US doesn't have a funny or a fair system when it comes to medical treatment. The almightly dollar rules!

One idea that I have read about needs your doctor's cooperation but it may be something you could consider. The doctor does not diagnosis you as "diabetic" but merely helps you with your glucose intolerance by providing "advice and supporting medications"?

Just an idea - is it worth considering in your situation?

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The US doesn't have a funny or a fair system when it comes to medical treatment. The almightly dollar rules!

One idea that I have read about needs your doctor's cooperation but it may be something you could consider. The doctor does not diagnosis you as "diabetic" but merely helps you with your glucose intolerance by providing "advice and supporting medications"?

Just an idea - is it worth considering in your situation?
Oh Wow, I will have to mention that when I go. Thank you for the recommendation.

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