As of late I have been having some vague symptoms including being constantly thirsty and peeing a lot. I also noticed a very recent (as in it wasn't there just a couple months ago) skin change in my armpits which I recognized as "Acanthosis Nigricans" so I bought a glucose meter.
I followed the directions a website (it won't let me post a proper link, but it's phlaunt dot com slash diabetes) on how to test for diabetes. My fasting blood sugar was 93. One hour after eating the bagel my blood sugar was 166. Two hours later it was 110. Three hours later it was 102.
Roughly two hours after eating dinner I tested my blood sugar again and at that time it was 156.
Some background: I am Female, 25, 5'6" and 155 pounds. I have one known relative (my grandfather) with type 2 diabetes. Seven years ago during my pregnancy I had the one-hour test for gestational diabetes, "failed" it and had to go in for the 3-hour test. I guess I "passed" the 3 hour test, though my doctor did tell me that my "numbers were so high" during the initial test that they usually just forgo the 3-hour test and assume you have gestational diabetes. So I am wondering if it's possible I have been having some kind of insulin resistance or pre-diabetes for the past seven years?
What's the next step? I don't have health insurance so if it's possible I'd like some advice beyond "see your doctor".
Well, your post prandial (after eating) numbers are a a bit high...so I would say there is an issue there. Its good you have a meter and are testing. If you find that you are not back down to normal within at least 2 hours after eating, then you are eating more carbs than your body can deal with. I would suggest restricting your carbs and see if it makes a difference. Get yourself a good little carb counting book or there are plenty of websites that have carb contents of most any food you think of (even restaurants and fast foods). Start out at around 30 grams of carbs for breakfast, and 45 for lunch and dinner. If you must have snacks, stick to around 15 grams. Then test around your meals for a little while. If you find you are not back down to what you were before you ate within 2 hours, then lower the amount of carbs you are eating and try again until you find the amount that works for you.
Whenever possible, stick to complex carbs like whole grains, brown rice instead of white rice, sweet potatoes instead of white ones, whole grain pasta instead of regular pasta. Become a label reader, try to avoid foods high in HFCS (high fructose corn syrup).
And, I know its hard with no insurance....but I really have to say it....see a doctor. You need to have some bloodwork done. At the very least an A1C will tell you approximately how your blood sugar has been running over the last three months. You can buy home A1C kits....but there really is no alternative to seeing a doctor. Is there some sort of clinic in your area that has a payment plan on sliding scale according to your income?
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