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Hi, I'm Gretchen, newly diagnosed 65 yr old Tpe II


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Old 09-27-2012, 19:38   #1
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Unhappy Hi, I'm Gretchen, newly diagnosed 65 yr old Tpe II

Hi folks - I spent hours last night reading a lot of the posts on this site and I am very impressed!! I also spent a lot of time on the Blood Sugar 101 site and learned a great deal I did not know before. For instance, that diabetes is genetic. I thought I had done this to myself by letting myself get overweight.
I just turned 65 last month, and finally got health insurance with Medicare (after nearly 2 years without since I lost my last job). So as part of being a new Medicare enrollee, I found a new doctor nearby and set up my "Welcome to Medicare" appointment. Note: I had visited her previously, and talked about my main concern, swollen feet and ankles during the summer, as well as some tingling and numbness in a couple of my toes. But at that time we thought I had no family history of diabetes. She told me to drink a lot more water.
During the WtoM visit, my urine was full of glucose, so a quick blood sugar test was made and it was 402!! She was shocked, saying "But you have no family history!" She immediately ordered an A1C (which came back at 12.7) and wrote prescriptions for Accu-check, testing strips, lancets and Metformin (500mg x2 daily). This was followed with a fasting cholesterol test. HDL and triglycerides are normal, LDL is high. So she now has me on Simvastatin 20 mg once a day.

Well, naturally I was pretty upset to find out I have diabetes. I questioned some relatives on my mother's side and found out an uncle of mine has diabetes, which after many years he has managed to bring under control. His mother (my grandmother) was overweight and died of a heart attack at age 59. I am guessing she probably had undiagnosed diabetes. (This was back in the 50's).

I have for years used olive oil for most of my cooking. Bake foods like fish instead of frying. Use whole grains instead of white bread, etc. Have been taking Omega 3's for many years, both fish oil and flaxseed oil. I add flax meal to most baked items. Several years ago I went on the Atkins diet for about two months, lost 15 pounds and felt great! But then I had to move, had new stressors and went off the diet. And the big problem was I really missed potatoes. It seems since then I almost craved carbs and have eaten things I never used to eat like apple fritters and doughnuts and pastries. And recently fell in love with McD's strawberry milkshakes. So I was blaming myself for the high blood sugar levels. I was fooling myself thinking since I was eating healthy some of the time that I could eat unhealthy some of the time.

My main concern right now is this -- It has been 3 weeks. I cut out all extraneous sugars, no more doughnuts etc or candy. Limiting carbs but not on a low carb diet yet. My blood sugars have dropped dramatically, and this week they are consistently below 200. But I feel like #!#!. My doctor said this is false hypoglycemia, and once my body gets used to the lower levels of blood sugar I will feel better. Mostly I am feeling somewhat dizzy or light-headed, similar to how I felt years ago when I really had hypoglycemia episodes. She wants me to reduce blood sugars gradually to give my body a chance to adjust to the lower levels. So my plan is to keep doing what I am doing, and start exercising more as I feel better. And then, hopefully in a couple of weeks, to start eating lower carb diets. I have cut down on potatoes, only had two small potatoes in the past 3 weeks. Still eat some pasta and rice, but smaller portions. One piece of toast with eggs and sausage for breakfast. Or multi-grain oatmeal with blueberries.
And just thanks for having a great community here. I understand most of you are on LCHF diet, I would prefer, I think, Low carb-healthy fat diet. I am eating a lot of avocado, nuts, and putting coconut oil on my toast. Eating a lot more fresh fruit and vegetables and salads. No more fruit juice but drinking vegetable juice with breakfast. Splenda in my coffee. Any advice?
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FBC: at Dx: 402 Today 173
A1C: 12.7
Weight: 190 lbs
BMI: about 30

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Welcome aboard Gretchen. Your doc sounds like a keeper, she hit everything right on. You are experiencing false hypos right now. Take it slow and reduce your carb intake as your body gets used to it, you will be feeling much better for it.

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Hi Gretchen
Welcome to our group. Just saying hi. It sounds, to me, like you are on the right track. I know what you mean about hypos. They feel awful. But it does get better. Honest

Are you testing often? That tells me huge amounts of what I just ate! And it's a great motivator!

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Thank you for your kind welcomes, MCS and Wrking-hard. I am only testing in the morning. The prescription is for 50 test strips per month. I asked the Dr. about increasing this (as the lancets are 102 per month). She said Medicare won't cover more unless you are on insulin and there is a real concern about true hypoglycemia. I am wondering if I can buy more without a prescription. I would like to test more often to see how certain meals and exercise affect my blood sugars. The first week I tested more often, but I had to stop doing that or I was going to run out of test strips.

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Welcome to the forum Gretchen. You seem to be on the right track. Personally I got my diagnosis at the age of 64 and also thought I had no family history of diabetes until about half a year ago I heard that my aunt was diagnosed type 2 at the age of 75 and she lived till she was 98.

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Hi and welcome!


You've got a good plan in place. Met wont cause hypos since it doesn't force your body to make extra insulin. Also, since it looks like your stateside. Head over to Walmart and pick up a Relion prime meter ( about $17) a and a vial is strips ($9 for 50). It's just as accurate as the aviva just doesn't have the bells and whistles. You dont need a scrip for them. It's what I use now and really haven't noticed a difference in readings. Several members on here use the Relion meters.

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Welcome! Yes, you will feel horrible as your BG gets lower, but that feeling will go away fairly quickly. I second the idea of getting a meter ASAP!

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Hi Hans and David, and thank you for your welcomes, too

It's odd how learning that it is genetic affects my attitudes towards it. I can drop the guilt, though I still have some for some of the really bad stuff I was consuming. But it adds to my concerns about my daughters, two of whom have at various times been on vegetarian diets that were rather high in carbs (lots of rice and pastas).

I live with my oldest daughter and grandson, and part of my concerns are going to be in preparing meals for the whole family, since I am the chief cook and bottle-washer here This daughter is very anti-Atkins diet, she has serious misconceptions about it, mostly due to her aversion to eating a lot of meat. But she came very close to having gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with her son, so I know she is concerned about developing diabetes.

Good old WalMart is where I had my prescriptions filled. And it turned out the lancets they gave me did not go with the lancing device that came in the Accu-Chek kit. So they had to give me Relion lancing device and lancets to use until I could get the right ones for the kit. So thanks for the advice about that David, I will see about getting their meter and testing strips to use. I really do want to test more often so that I can closely monitor my blood sugars.

Any advice about how to convince your family that the low-carb diet is really the way to go?

Thanks again

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Just use the Relion lancets and device. You're talking about fighting over 5 bucks. Too much of a hassle if you ask me.

Easiest way to convince someone of the benefits of LCHF is to keep a log of BG readings, meals, weight loss, and lipid panels. As the saying goes "proof is in the (low carb) pudding.

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