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Blood Sugar Help

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  • Posted By: anonymous321321
  • March 7, 2008
  • 01:44 AM

A little background: 19 yr old female, normal weight, and I have some family history of type 1..For the past 4-5 months I have on and off been getting extremly thirsty and peeing a lot, not to mention fatigue, I've had a few doctors appointments and my sugar has been a litle high (around 170) but the fasting test was normal and the oral gluclose tolerance test was normal as well (I actually misunderstood the directions and had my blood taken immediatly after eating) so the doctors blew me off... My symptoms kept on appearing and dissappearing so I decided to get a gluclose meter. Sometimes my sugar would be completly normal and sometimes like 196, my symptoms dissappeared for a month or so but today I suddenly got very thirst after eating so I tested it and it was 394, and the meter wasn't off. A half an hour later it went to 168...Is this normal or should I go to the doctor? Being that thirsy and tired is annoying...:mad:

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  • The glucose tolerance test where you misread the directions doesn't mean anything; the way you did it, it'd come back normal no matter what. But since you have a glucose meter, you can re-do the test yourself.Take your weight in kilograms, multiply it by 1.75, and measure out that many grams of sugar (up to a maximum of 75g). Table sugar works fine, but you'd probably prefer Skittles original fruit candy, which is 90% sugar by weight and works just as well. (Remember that the 10% which isn't sugar doesn't count. If you have a postage scale, use that to measure. If not, read the label to determine what fraction of the bag to use. It doesn't have to be exact.) Fast for 8-14 hours before, test your blood sugar, eat the sugar all at once, wait two hours, then test your blood sugar again. If the first test is over 126 and the second test is over 200, it confirms that you have diabetes.(Make sure you enter the correct calibration number into your meter, and wash and dry your hands before testing. Write down the result of each test. Bring the meter with you when you see your doctor.)(Test procedure taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glucose_tolerance_test.)
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  • A little background: 19 yr old female, normal weight, and I have some family history of type 1..For the past 4-5 months I have on and off been getting extremly thirsty and peeing a lot, not to mention fatigue, I've had a few doctors appointments and my sugar has been a litle high (around 170) but the fasting test was normal and the oral gluclose tolerance test was normal as well (I actually misunderstood the directions and had my blood taken immediatly after eating) so the doctors blew me off... My symptoms kept on appearing and dissappearing so I decided to get a gluclose meter. Sometimes my sugar would be completly normal and sometimes like 196, my symptoms dissappeared for a month or so but today I suddenly got very thirst after eating so I tested it and it was 394, and the meter wasn't off. A half an hour later it went to 168...Is this normal or should I go to the doctor? Being that thirsy and tired is annoying...:mad:First off, there is no cure for diabetes. Once you it have you will always have it. Secondly, you should call your doctor and tell him/her of your weight loss and blood sugar readings and do not take the med until you do. You are right to be concerned that your sugar may drop too low. The vast majority of doctors prescribe an oral hypoglycemic med when a patient's blood sugar is high, along with diet therapy because most people will not or do not follow a diabetic diet properly or try to loose weight. Congratulations for you in being proactive and getting your diabetes under control. Many times it can be controlled by diet but like I said most people would rather take a pill than change their lifestyle and learn about their disease. The longer you can controll diabetes with diet (and that may be all you'll ever need) the better off you will be and you will lower your risk of developing complications. But it's important to learn about the disease and the proper diet. Yes you cut out all carbs and sugars (which is a carb) and you've lost weight and brought your glucose numbers down. But is this a lifestyle you can maintain? For most people the answer is no. Diabetics can basically eat most anything everyone else does......within reason.....but in certain amounts. It's about the balance between carbs, fats, and proteins and the portion of your dietary intake that is made up of each one. That's why a diabetic diet is based on an exchange system. I'm not saying you can have ice cream or cake everyday....no one should. But for a special occassion these items can be factored into your overall intake for that day. Ask your physician to refer you to a diabetic specialist or dietician to help explain the diet and diabetes to you so you understand. A lot of people will say they have cut out all sugar and sweets but their blood sugars are still high. That's because they're eating pastas, rice, bread etc in amounts that are too high. These are all carbs and will make your pancreas work harder and your blood sugar will stay high. So go call your doc and let him know what's going on and get the referral.http://www.healthknow.info/diagnostics_diabetes.asp
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