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Old 01-08-2015, 00:44   #1
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Hi, everyone!

I'm Mary. Just got diagnosed 5 weeks ago with T2. Probably have had an upward trend of blood sugar for a while... but who knows? I have never had high blood pressure, then went on prednisone in October. Then someone noticed high BP, and when they drew blood for a pre-ultrasound test, my A1c was around 7. So, I guess I'm in the club.

Yay for the American medical system. This is the phone call I got: "Hi, Mary, this is XXX from Dr. XXX's office, following up on your ultrasound. No sign of gallbladder problems, but your blood sugar is in the diabetic range, so you should set up an appointment to talk about it."

So, in the 2 weeks that followed, I read everything I could, and probably knew more going into the appointment than the PA who was seeing me did. ::Sigh::

I've been reading like a fiend, and am following the online citizen-researchers who test blood sugar and report their findings. My goal is to get normal numbers with diet and exercise. I seem to get side effects from EVERY medication I take, and would love to delay meds as long as possible. I hope that's not naive; I've been really inspired by reading people's stories online.

My fasting numbers were around 140 when I started testing, but with low (very limited) carbs, they've been ranging from 93 to 115 this past couple weeks. And I'm dropping pounds easier than I have before. The low-carb thing has me believing! (AND! With no expectation of this, I noticed about 8 days into the low-carb diet that my hip and knee pain - which I thought was a sign of aging and something that I had to live with - is greatly reduced. Woo hoo!)

Anyway, I hope I don't sound like a totally naive and optimistic newbie. I look forward to learning from the veterans who know what they're doing!

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My fasting numbers were around 140 when I started testing, but with low (very limited) carbs, they've been ranging from 93 to 115 this past couple weeks. And I'm dropping pounds easier than I have before. The low-carb thing has me believing! (AND! With no expectation of this, I noticed about 8 days into the low-carb diet that my hip and knee pain - which I thought was a sign of aging and something that I had to live with - is greatly reduced. Woo hoo!)
Hi! I'm pretty much right behind you, although I purposely went to my Doc because I suspected Diabetes (and I was right). My first reading was 265 (yikes!), and I've come down about 100 points in average in the past two weeks. My lowest reading happened this afternoon, and was 123 (I would've danced a jig if I wasn't at work). I am on Victoza, but my Endocrinologist started me on a very low dose and elevating per day to keep me from any nausea or other side effects, and so far that's worked like a charm. I am, however, also learning to follow LCHF and I'm hoping to see my weight drop along with my sugar, just like you. Good luck, I hope we both have much success!

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Hi & welcome, Mary! No, you aren't naive, and you're already reaping the benefits of low-carbing! You can improve on it by adding more fats, and you should be good to go managing your diabetes with diet/exercise for a long time! We're finding that adding more fats helps prevent hunger pangs, and it also helps ward off stalls in weight loss . . . even if we've already stalled, upping fats intake can jump start us again! Fats are our secret weapon!

A few excellent resources . . .

LCHF for Beginners
Eat-to-Your-Meter
Blood Sugar 101

And we often make the same comment you made - we know more about diabetes than our docs! No lie!




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Way to go Mary! It was reading stories like yours that helped me make LCHF a lifestyle several months ago. Glad you found us and hope you will update us over time.

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Hi Mary, and welcome to the forum! I'm glad you found us! This is really the best place on the internet to learn how to get good control over your diabetes. It sounds like you have a good handle on what to do already. Please spend a lot of time reading the links Shanny gave you.

There is no reason you can't control your numbers with diet and exercise alone. If it doesn't happen, there is no shame in taking meds to help out. Many started on meds and were then able to drop them as they got their numbers down into normal ranges.

Again, welcome and looking forward to hearing more from you!

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Mary, are you still taking prednisone?

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Oh go ahead and be naive and optimistic. Even if testing shows you are not a straightforward insulin resistant T2, you are stabilizing your BG levels and healing your body with LCHF. In a poignant kind of way, what's not to like?

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Old 01-08-2015, 12:06   #8
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Mary, are you still taking prednisone?
Hi,

No... I was on a 12-day step-down because I have had a really weird red, swollen eye since late August. (Doesn't seem to be related to the blood sugar - more of an atopic dermatitis/eczema that has settled there. I've had eczema on and off my whole life.)

However, I was really upset when my first high BP reading came right after I finished the prednisone (or maybe during - it was caught at the allergist's office), and then the blood draw a few weeks later showed the high BG. The nurse practitioner who wrote the script for prednisone didn't ask me anything about family history of diabetes or other risk factors. (Grandmother, father, brother have diabetes.)

I took the pills trusting the wisdom of the medical team. THEN, I read the pamphlet and saw diabetes was a potential side effect. At work one day, I had to use the bathroom 5 times in an hour - and that never happens to me. I told my team how scared I was because of that symptom and the diabetes link. But then the frequent urination disappeared, so I pushed it to the back of my mind. I'm still irritated - whether the prednisone caused this to flare or not - at how blithely they prescribed a drug like this to someone with so many risk factors. For a rash that is really nothing more than an annoyance.

Anyway, prednisone done, and I will not take it again. Has anyone else had experience with prednisone and its effects on BG?

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Hi! I'm pretty much right behind you, although I purposely went to my Doc because I suspected Diabetes (and I was right). My first reading was 265 (yikes!), and I've come down about 100 points in average in the past two weeks. My lowest reading happened this afternoon, and was 123 (I would've danced a jig if I wasn't at work).
Cool! I know the feeling. I've done a few fist-pumps when my FBGs have come in lower than the previous range. It's like a little machine saying, "Good work!"

If you don't mind my asking, what symptoms made you think to ask your doctor for testing? I honestly can't say I have felt any symptoms, and wonder if I was missing something.

(But as my numbers are getting more "normal," I definitely can say I'm experiencing false lows - if I'm under 100, I feel shaky and like I could eat an entire chocolate cake. I've read about it, and they say this should pass in a couple weeks so normal feels normal rather than hypoglycemic.)

Nice to find some diabetes-newbie buddies and also to hear from people who know what they're talking about. Thanks all.

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Hi Mary and welcome. Kuddos to you for being so proactive. And yes, prednisone does raise BS numbers for most of us.

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