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Old 05-06-2011, 07:50   #1
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Hi all. I'm new to the forums, and just learning about diabetes. I was first diagnosed 3 weeks ago after not feeling well and had some fairly high levels. Currently on Lantus/Apidra and closing in on the proper levels.

Lots to learn yet, and major adjustments to diet. My vision has been a bit scary at times too; my prescription went from a -7 to -3.5 after starting the insulin.

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Welcome to the forum, Jason. Might as well kick your shoes off and relax a while, there is plenty to learn here.

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Welcome Jason I'm on Apidra/Lantus too and the only down side I'm finding is that I've had more hypos than on oral meds (although I did have them on oral meds but not as often). I'm sure you'll find this a great place for support and info. Keep us posted on how you're doing.

 
 
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A bit more info. I'm 37, and my fasting glucose was 13 on 4/14/11 and that is down to 6.8 this morning. Currently on 32 units of Lantus in the mornings and 5-6 units of Apidra before meals.

I still expect lots of diet changes, but it definitely has been an adjustment to lose my regular pop, chocolate, etc. The big thing right now seems to be figuring out carbs and portion sizes.

I did get some new glasses 2 weeks ago after the major vision shift, and I'm noticing this morning there is a slight shift again. How have others made out with this?

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I did get some new glasses 2 weeks ago after the major vision shift, and I'm noticing this morning there is a slight shift again. How have others made out with this?
Welcome, Jason!

Glad you found us!

Hopefully, you'll soon get an eye exam or 2 to rule out any diabetes-related complications.

As to that Shifty Eye Thing ... yeah, it happens. My own vision stopped bouncing around after I'd lowered my blood sugars. Getting there, however, was amusing. (... now ya see it ... now ya don't ... )

If I mess up and spike to 125 or so, the blur returns. Great early warning system! (I'd much prefer a little tinkling bell.)

Looking forward to getting better acquainted!

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Hi Jason - welcome to Diabetes Forum.
Re: our "shifty" eyes - it's a complete pain-in-the-prat! I spent the first whole year after my D diagnosis getting well under control so my vision would be as good as possible before I had cataract surgeries - my fastings were settling down in the mid-90s. Since then I've had three eye surgeries & my fastings go just about wherever they want. Taking care of my vision has become a fulltime job!




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A bit more info. I'm 37, and my fasting glucose was 13 on 4/14/11 and that is down to 6.8 this morning. Currently on 32 units of Lantus in the mornings and 5-6 units of Apidra before meals.

I still expect lots of diet changes, but it definitely has been an adjustment to lose my regular pop, chocolate, etc. The big thing right now seems to be figuring out carbs and portion sizes.

I did get some new glasses 2 weeks ago after the major vision shift, and I'm noticing this morning there is a slight shift again. How have others made out with this?
We're the same age yes, it's hard giving up what you like to eat. But I've always been taught all foods in moderation. I find I can get most foods to work for me as long as I'm smart in how I eat them. Of course I don't drink pop, but I occasionally enjoy a small serve of chocolate still. You just need to factor in foods to your day... keep most of your food you eat healthy and you can still enjoy a treat. I eat carbs every meal/snack personally... but that's me. I know others here may not do the same. I basically probably eat almost half the amount I used to eat in carbs at meals and I find that works quite well. I also pick the right type of carbs that I know works for me (look up glycemic index which will help with that... low GI is what is better). You just have to keep testing to find out the right foods and quantities for you... we're all so different.


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Hello Jason,welcome! Your eyes should be in great shape after this adjustment period is completed. Having a more stable control will accomplish that, and enable you to have a long, healthy life. I have been type 1 for 65 years, and am very healthy.

Good luck during the weeks ahead!

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Thanks for the welcomes. I did see my optometrist 2 weeks ago before getting the new glasses and everything was fine except for the radical vision shift. I must be starting to level out now as I tried my old lenses today and they seem better then the new ones which started blurring yesterday.

Seems like there is alot of good info on the forum, so lots more browsing to do.

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Hello folks,

Happy Mother's Day to all you hard-working moms.

I am able to manage my daytime blood glucose rather well. I take Metformin 2550mg, and 0.5mg Glyclazide and other non-diabetic meds. Dx'd since last year my overall-average has been 6.2 to 6.9.

I am worried about getting a hypo while I am asleep. Do any of you know how to prevent this, for example my measuring around 9:00 pm before going to bed and snacking? This a.m. upon awakening I was 6.9.

Thank you for any tips.

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