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Hello everyone,

A little bit about my history. Both my parents have Type 2 diabetes. I was diagnosed with type 2 at 33, now I am 50.( i am a female). My sugar level for the past 9 years has always been around 300-400. Sometimes very rarely does it become 250, but commonly its around the 300+ range. I used to throw up alot but after having my gallstones removed that has decreased. I also had glaucoma and had surgery done for that a few years ago.
All my teeth were aso removed and I have been wearing dentures for a few years as well. I had a wound in my foot that a podiatrist took care of and it went away.

Sensation in my hands went away until I went to see a neurologist who gave me b-complex shots that gives me about 50% sensation back.

I eat white rice 2-3 times a day. I love it and cannot stop eating it no matter what. I hardly eat sweets. I tend to stress alot about little things. I don't exercise much, actually hardly just walking back and forth to the bathroom, light housework, cooking.

I am concerned for what the future holds for me. Despite my sugar levels being so high, I feel fine.

Please be realistic guys. Thanks:)
 

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Welcome aboard, med786. Are you on any diabetes meds? Do you modify your diet in any way? I think you know it's all the rice that is boosting your sugar levels into the stratosphere. The starch turns to sugar before you ever swallow!

You've suffered some serious complications already, and there are worse ones in your future unless you decide to manage your illness. What does your doctor say?
 

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Welcome aboard, med786. Are you on any diabetes meds? Do you modify your diet in any way? I think you know it's all the rice that is boosting your sugar levels into the stratosphere. The starch turns to sugar before you ever swallow!

You've suffered some serious complications already, and there are worse ones in your future unless you decide to manage your illness. What does your doctor say?

Thank you for the welcome shanny.I am currently taking lancet injections. 2 times a day. The doctors don't seem to be too concerned. I have had MRI's CAT scans and CT scans done all at least twice within these few years. So if the doctors don't seem too concerned should i take their attitude as well?
 

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Do you have a primary care physician or is this all just specialists ordering the tests?

Your blood sugar levels are far too high to be healthy, and may even be partly responsible for some of the other ailments you've had treated. If you don't have a diabetes specialist (endocrinologist) on your team, maybe you should look for one or have your primary doctor refer you.

I'm not sure when you say lancet if you mean Lantus - the long-acting insulin? If it is Lantus you're injecting, it prob'ly is not enough to cover all the rice you're eating. What else does your diet consist of?

I hope you'll ignore the doctors' blasé attitudes, and rethink your management regimen, because diabetes can kill us unless we control it. You may feel fine now, but my guess is you won't be feeling fine for very much longer.

Your blood sugar levels need to come down around 140 at least, and lower if possible. And that's for real.
 

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Do you have a primary care physician or is this all just specialists ordering the tests?

Your blood sugar levels are far too high to be healthy, and may even be partly responsible for some of the other ailments you've had treated. If you don't have a diabetes specialist (endocrinologist) on your team, maybe you should look for one or have your primary doctor refer you.

I'm not sure when you say lancet if you mean Lantus - the long-acting insulin? If it is Lantus you're injecting, it prob'ly is not enough to cover all the rice you're eating. What else does your diet consist of?

I hope you'll ignore the doctors' blasé attitudes, and rethink your management regimen, because diabetes can kill us unless we control it. You may feel fine now, but my guess is you won't be feeling fine for very much longer.

Your blood sugar levels need to come down around 140 at least, and lower if possible. And that's for real.
Hey shanny

sorry for the typo yes i meant lantus. I eat curries, meat, pita bread, pretty much everything I just try to cut down on sweets.

But I have had this sugar level for years now and feel fine. My daughter thinks that if I continue at this rate, then something serious will happen to me within the next 5 years. Is she correct or does that vary person to person?
 

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It does not vary, med786. You are risking a great deal by continuing at the rate you're going. Blindness, amputation & kidney failure are only the beginning. Diabetic patients who maintain blood levels above 140 are incurring damage to their organs, and the ones who maintain levels as high as yours are incurring MORE damage. Please listen to your daughter, and if you don't want to give her the satisfaction, then please listen to me. My nearest neighbor struggled along with blindness and kidney failure from diabetes, because she could afford a nurse to live with her & take her to dialysis three times a week. Seemed like even then, she could go on a long while like that since she felt good, could still get to town to get her hair done & go grocery shopping, enjoy visiting with her family & friends. Except that it finally got so her blood pressure would drop dangerously low during dialysis and they could no longer treat her. There was nothing to do but go home and die, and that took about nine days.
 

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It does not vary, med786. You are risking a great deal by continuing at the rate you're going. Blindness, amputation & kidney failure are only the beginning. Diabetic patients who maintain blood levels above 140 are incurring damage to their organs, and the ones who maintain levels as high as yours are incurring MORE damage. Please listen to your daughter, and if you don't want to give her the satisfaction, then please listen to me. My nearest neighbor struggled along with blindness and kidney failure from diabetes, because she could afford a nurse to live with her & take her to dialysis three times a week. Seemed like even then, she could go on a long while like that since she felt good, could still get to town to get her hair done & go grocery shopping, enjoy visiting with her family & friends. Except that it finally got so her blood pressure would drop dangerously low during dialysis and they could no longer treat her. There was nothing to do but go home and die, and that took about nine days.

Thanks shanny recently my doctor had switched me to novolog 70 30 twice a day and in between i take mataformin as well. What would you recommend I do to decrease my sugar?
 

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Hey shanny

sorry for the typo yes i meant lantus. I eat curries, meat, pita bread, pretty much everything I just try to cut down on sweets.

But I have had this sugar level for years now and feel fine. My daughter thinks that if I continue at this rate, then something serious will happen to me within the next 5 years. Is she correct or does that vary person to person?
med786: I have T2. When I was diagnosised, my blood sugars were about 126-150 fasting. I was put on Glucotrol and was told to watch my diet and to exercise as much as I was could. I did that and 5 years later I started having blurry vision and headaches. I went to the doctor because I could barely see well enough to drive. I was only checking my blood sugar three times a week. I was missing the readings over 300 which was what was causing the blurry vision and headaches. I was then told that I needed to be on insulin. So I started taking Lantus and Novolog. Three years later, I lost my job due to a poor economy and lost my health insurance. My doctor kept me in samples as long as he could, when the samples stopped, I stopped taking care of my diabetes. For 2 years I let my diabetes go untreated. Last June I ended up in the emergency room with bs over 500. I was dehydrated and had several infections. I was told that I had to find a way to take care of my diabetes or would suffer severe health complications. I had developed retionopathy (sp), cataracts-stage II of IV and neuropathy. With the help of a hospital social worker, I was linked up to HCAP program, with is for low or no income people, was given a list of free & low cost health clinics and was given the information needed to apply to drug companies for prescription assistance. I did get the help needed but it was really hard and I did a lot of calling around for help. I am finally back on my feet and my bs are under control. My last A1C was 5.7. When my blood sugars were in the 400-500's I felt ok. I urinated often with severe burning & pain and had female infections. I had lost 50 pounds over a 6-month period which I thought was great but it was because my calories were leaving my body through my urine and was not healthy. My body had gotten used to the high bs but damage was being done. Whatever doctor is not saying much about your bs in the 300-400 is not a doctor that I would continue to see, that is only my opinion. Start now to try and get some help. You can stop further damage by starting to control your bs. If good health care is not available, start with reducing your carbs and to get some exercise in during the day or evening. I need to exercise more but have some limitations. If you are on Lantus and still have bs in the 300's you are not at the right dose. Your basal insulin needs to be increased. You would benefit from the use of rapid or short acting insulin before meals (bolus dose). The right dose really needs to be set with the help of a doctor. There are also pills that could help lower your bs. I see that you are not from the US. I am not familiar with what kind of health care you may have access to. There has to be something. Take care.
 

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I thought your home location was not in the US. I must have gotten your post confused with another that I saw on here. Pardon the mistake.
 

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Okay, so you're using Novolog now, not Lantus? How long have you been on the metformin? It can take several days or weeks for metformin to reach its maximum blood level to do the most good.

The absolute best thing you could do to reduce your sugar levels is to stop eating starches. Starch is a sugar too - you body turns it into sugar the minute you start chewing it, and your body accepts it as sugar, which is why your glucose levels rise so much when you eat so much rice. The same with bread, potatoes, pasta, and other "white" foods. Anything made with white flour and/or white sugar. So just avoiding sweets isn't going to help unless you avoid the white foods too. That is the best thing you could do. Beyond that, I really don't know what would help. You're already on both insulin and oral meds. Unless you change your diet or start exercising, there isn't much else to be done.

Please take it seriously. The issues you've already had - your dental problems, glaucoma and the foot wound - they aren't just isolated instances, they're ALL diabetes related complications. Look it up on Google. You're running out of time to get control of this and your daughter knows it. She doesn't want to lose you. You're far too young to just let it take you.
 

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Welcome med786, you are at the right place. Shanny is right, listen to her.

I had a friend who did not keep his blood sugar under control. His leg was amputated. A while later, he had dialyasis. Then he died.

I have Type 2, as well. You have to get control of it.

Ruth
 

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Thanks so much for all the input guys . I had stones removed as well but now I feel ok. I feel like the mds are good enough to take care of me. If i lasted so many years fine, I am pretty sure I can live further fine as well.
 

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Thanks so much for all the input guys . I had stones removed as well but now I feel ok. I feel like the meds are good enough to take care of me. If i lasted so many years fine, I am pretty sure I can live further fine as well.
Thanks guy for your input and advice:)
 

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yours results are too hight.
and here, it's a forum and not a doctor's office! you have to found now a good endo.
 
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