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Hi,

Hope everyone here is doing well. Just like to drop a note here to say hello. I kind of feeling low at the moment. :( Just went to see my GP this morning for my test report. I visited him last week, as lately I had been frequently feeling thirsty, going to the toilet abit too often, and was worried for the more than 10 kilos I had shed over less than a month. I was hoping that it was due to some stress from my work lately and everything will be fine after some rest.

But unfortunately, my fear came true. The test results shows that my blood glucose is 250 mg/dl and hb1AC is 12.5%. (Appreciate very much if someone here can advise how serious it is from these numbers). The doctor mentioned that I am having diabetes, likely type 2. He prescribes some tablets for me, Metformin and Glipizide. And I was told to immediately make changes to my life style, diet and exercise.

Hope that I can handle these changes. It all came too sudden. Although I used to love jogging, but for the last 1 year, always ended up with excuses like being too caught up with work. Well, at least now I have a good reason to force myself to exercise more regularly. Food will be a big problem. My favourite is fried chicken... I usually have it every other day... Not to mention those chocolate bars and cookies in my cubicle... Guess they all have to go.

I'm trying to keep this at a positive note. Those changes needed in my life style sounds like a good thing, but the thought that I will be carrying this disease for the rest of my life sounds daunting....

I am looking forward to the support from the members here (Guess I will have lot's of questions being a "newbie"). For the moment, maybe I will just drive by KFC now to have one last fried chicken meal... :D

Cheers,
Des
 

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Thank you very much to all that visit my thread and appreciate very much to those that replied as well... Well, I'm celebrating my first 24 hours of knowing I'm having diabetes... Still hoping it was all just a false alarm...

Anyway, yesterday evening pick up my jogging shoes and went for a 3.6 km jog... 25 min 01 sec... Lousy timing... but hope that it'll be a good start :) I plan to run twice a week and head to the gym to work out on weights for another 2 days of the week... Let's see if I can be more persistent with this workout routine...

For diet, first thing to go are all the fizzy soft drinks.... No more coke, and stuff like that. Appreciate very much if I can get some advice here if those isotonic sports drink (I'm staying in Singapore, and a popular brand here is 100-Plus)... I'm replacing those fizzy drinks with water and fruit juice. Just had apple and celery juice for lunch...

The medication seems to work... Last night I didn't wake up to pass urine at all. But as mentioned by Anthill, I also kind of doubt how the doctor is so convinced that I am having type 2 and not 1. I'm 40 this year, does the age means that it is not possible to get type 1?

Cheers,
Des
 

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Thanks Terrie for the information. Didn't know there is a Type 1.5, will try to read up more on that.

Had been almost a week taking the Metformin and Glipizide tablets given to me by doc. Some of the problems I had, frequent urination, thirst seems to have gone away. Still trying hard to work on my diet though... Seems to have crave for food that I shouldn't be taking.

But it looked like I've been having some of these symptoms the last few days. I'm not sure if it is the effect of the medication, and any opinion or advice will be much appreciated.

First, I tend to feel a slight dizziness. It's not that serious, but just feeling abit uncomfortable with the "floating" kind of feeling.

Secondly, I realize for the last 2 days, my vision seems to be a bit blurry. Especially at near distance when I am trying to read or looking at the monitor....

I did a google. For the dizzy spell, it seems to be symptom when the sugar level is getting too low... Could it be an overdosage of the medication? As for the vision thingy, I read that diabetes can lead to other complications, such as blindness.. I hope it's not because of that :(

Wishing all a happy weekend.... For me, I've got lots of work piling up, and most likely will spend the weekend over in the office.

Cheers,
Des
 

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Hi All,

First of all, a heartfelt thanks to all for your concerns.

Just a quick update from my visit to my Endo this morning... I decided to consult an Endo for a second opinion after having doubt about the prescribtion from my GP... He's more expensive then my GP (much more) but glad I did as it gave me an ease of mind...

First of all, my blood sugar level now has dropped to 4.6 mmol/litre. My Endo said that I am receiving the medication well, but advise me to cut down on the Glipizide to a quarter the current dosage. That is probably giving me the dizziness I felt at the moment.

As for the vision thingy, my Endo said that it is quite common that a "new" diabetic patient will face this issue due to the rise in sugar level in the blood. It should go away within a few weeks if I am able to control my sugar level.

As for my weight, it had stopped. In fact I put on back 3 kilos since one and a half week ago...

I think apart from the medication, I suspect that the diet and exercise does help alot. I am now running (5km) on every alternate days, and head to the gym for weights on the other days. Work is still "killing me".... Putting in about 12-14 hours on weekdays and 6-8 hours on weekends... Trying to manage that...

Well, it is a happy day for me... Maybe will have fried chicken tonight for celebration... :)

Cheers,
Des

BTW, I intend to get a glucose meter, any suggestions?
 

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Thanks Terrie,

I am very grateful for the information you had shared with me. It really help me as a "newbie" to adjust myself.

FYI, I've decided to consult an Endo and had visited him this morning. He did a check on my eye and told me there's nothing to worry about. It will go away in couple of weeks... Like you mentioned, it is probably due to the higher blood sugar.

Thanks again and have a good day!

Cheers,
Des

As far as your blurriness, it's probably caused by a higher blood sugar. The blurriness does disappear when the sugar levels get lower.
If you do not have one then do find an eye Dr. Most Optometrists are Good but they do not have as much training, knowledge and equipment, as an Opthalmalogist(Specialist in eye diseases).
 
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