My doc scared the heck out of me today when I went in for thyroid check. Ok I am 70 pounds overweight...no symptoms. Great blood sugar LAST year.
She said she thinks I have diabetes...based on no symptoms or bloodwork results (yet)
Im nervous tho and have to turn 50 soon before I get the results back ! ANY advice here??? She wanted to start meds and I said NO-not yet. I got the message and am on a weight loss program
as of this morning..scared..I WILL stick with it !
I agree that it's important to take this slowly. But if your doctor thinks you may have diabetes, it's important to confirm the diagnosis and take action. Diabetes is very manageable, but ignoring it will lead to complications including kidney failure, amputation and ultimately a premature death.
It may be wise to invest in a glucose meter and a box of test strips. You can get one at any pharmacy and possibly a starter set from your doctor for free. Test your blood sugar when you wake up or two hours after a meal and see if you're running outside of the normal range (80-120 in the US, 4.5-6.5 UK). If you run higher than that, you at least have insulin resistance and possibly diabetes.
Because diabetes is progressive, your early monitoring and intervention will have exponential benefits. Every year you delay action will make it harder to deal with. It is very possible that you could manage it with diet and exercise alone. At the very least, you could limit the amount of drugs you have to take and prolong your time without shots - possibly forever.
You're not alone in what you're going through. Just make sure you get a firm answer, and if diagnosed diabetes or insulin resistant, be pro-active in your care.
dont take the pills right away=insist that your Dr does a glucose tolerence test and while you are waiting to see Dr try not to eat stuff with sugar in it ok=remember too that if you have type 2 diebetes you can take a pill=you dont have to go on a needle
remember she only thinks you have it so insist on the test
That is very strange that your Dr. is trying to put you on medication without your blood work coming back, just because you are overweight, does not mean you are going to become diabetic. At your age though, it is very wise to go on a weight loss program - it will help your heart and keep you healthy longer. If you suspect that you may be becoming diabetic, you can control the amount of sugar you intake and you can follow some simple rules and control it with the way you eat. Check out the website www.diabetes.org for more information.
That makes NO sense. Giving you meds if you don't have a problem could be dangerous. I think you should switch Drs. Good that you are getting on a weight loss program though.
Diet and exercise are key to remaining healthy. Type II (which is what you would have- adult onset) can be controlled by healthy lifestyle, pills, or insulin shots. If you can keep up the good work you may not need the shots! This has to be a complete lifestyle change, no slacking!
I realize that conventional health care is necessary and appropriate. That having been said, there are also many things WE can do to overcome type II diabetes, and improve life as a Type I diabetic. I've been researching alternative medicine, and the amount of help that's available to diabetics is amazing.
Natural remedies are quite effective, and include:
Cinnamon regulates glucose, and has a polyphenol compound called MHCP that mimics insulin and activates cell receptor sites. A quarter teaspoon twice daily makes a difference. Fenugreek increases blood flow and inhibits the growth of infectious organisms. Everything on the list has a use in fighting diabetes. Learn how to use these herbs and don't fall victim to diabetes needlessly.You can find out about about them on line, or in a book I read cover to cover--
"One Son's Quest for the Cause and Cure of Diabetes", ISBN 7890766313
The author, a doctor, lost his mother to diabetes and spent the next 20 years finding a way to overcome it. My brother was dying of diabetes, and I was just starting to need insulin when we came across this definitive work which came out in February 2005. We both lead mostly normal lives now. It's a life saver, and the best money you'll ever spend on the subject if you decide to go that way.
You might want to check Abe Books, Alibri's, or Amazon.com for a good used copy cheap. I bought mine new, and I think it was about $35. I don't get any money from anybody for telling you this--just want to help, and the techniques in this book is what made the difference for me and mine. Best of luck.
Just recently found this 8-minute non-profit video http://www.rawfor30days.com/view.html... , about diabetes diet. Click on the link, then click 'View Windows Media' to watch it.You'll be glad you saw it.
Don't take the meds. Read Dr. Neal Barnard's new book called "Reversing Diabetes", follow his plan exactly and get your blood work checked in 2 months.
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