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Stupid Question (sorry--sent it in an email first. still new to the forum)

Started by Kristinemac777. Last reply by Kristinemac777 Jul 10. 5 Replies

So I'm getting hungry a lot more quickly these days and I've started getting seriously nauseated when I don't eat something (and I'm not talking waiting a long, long time). Typical? Should talk to my…Continue

Liver releasing glucose?

Started by Dexter. Last reply by Leigh Ann May 30. 1 Reply

I have noticed a trend in my eat to your meter plan. My FBG is around 120 when I first wake up. I will have a simple breakfast such as cheerios and almond milk with splenda. 1 hour later I am 260. I…Continue

Unsupportive Spouse

Started by OBX OMA. Last reply by trauts May 26. 8 Replies

OOPS, I sent a message and could of added a discussion topic. Sorry about that.Someone responded about a separate fridge - sounds like a good idea. (like the ones you get for college). He has his…Continue

Daytime sleepiness and diabetes?

Started by Kate. Last reply by trauts May 26. 8 Replies

Just before I was diagnosed as diabetic, I started having these episodes where I "lost time"--at work and at home, normally between 1 - 3 pm. Sometimes later. I kept asking my mom who is a diabetic,…Continue

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Comment by Steven on June 12, 2012 at 8:59am

...following on from the depression dialogue, I think a lot of us simply get "cheesed off" with the whole diabetes experience ...and for the want of a better word, we may say we feel "depressed" at our Diabetes Reviews ...which the health professional may just take at face-value. If the word "depressed" is minuted in our patients' files, it becomes official. Depression hence conflated with diabetes.

Comment by Ann on June 12, 2012 at 8:06am
Comment by Ann on June 12, 2012 at 8:01am

Christalyn I have NO idea. Why? Because I have bipolar so cycling through depression is a given for me. I do know that when my BS is out of control it can play with my moods though. No sientific facts but maybe it has something to do with blood sugars slowing down blood flow? Who knows. I do a little reseach and see what I can find and get back to you.

Comment by Christalyn on June 12, 2012 at 7:40am

I spoke at a Women's Health Forum this past weekend about my diabetes experience and I was asked the question as to why I thought there was so much depression with diabetes. I wanted to ask Type 2 members this question too.

Why do you think there is depression with Type 2 diabetics?

Comment by Randy on May 20, 2012 at 10:15am

Has anyone experienced grabbing pains in both calf muscles at the same time?

Comment by Akiva on March 28, 2012 at 8:02pm

thanks everyone. I am glad I found this site. I was told I was diabetic and how much I should limit my carb intact but beyond that I was not really given much else to go on. So I have been reading different sites and books but I find that sometimes it is quicker to ask a community like this for advice instead of waiting until I finally read the information that pertains to my questions especially since the community can actually direct my research to what it is I need to know.

Comment by Emmy on March 28, 2012 at 6:46pm

I forgot, there are also alarms you can set to remind you to test. :)

Comment by Emmy on March 28, 2012 at 6:45pm

Akiva, I have found Abbott's Freestyle meters to be the most reliable of all the brands I've tried, matching up with my lab tests. They have good customer service too. You can get one of their meters free at most drugstores, when you purchase 100 test strips. The Freestyle Freedom Lite is a good model. They require the smallest sample for testing, and you have up to a minute to test, plus you can add more blood within that minute if needed. This means far less wasted test strips than with other brands. It does NOT require coding and test results are within 5 seconds of applying the blood to the strip. You can have a look at this model here... http://www.abbottdiabetescare.com/freestyle-freedom-lite-blood-gluc...

and you'll find a video on this page, its the first one at the top http://www.abbottdiabetescare.com/adc_dotcom/url/content/en_US/gene...

Comment by mdgarnett on March 28, 2012 at 5:53pm

Akiva,

Echoing the advice already given, I'd definitely read through this forum and others and read a few of the recommended books.

For me, one key was finally learning that everyone is different. After 5 years of getting slowly but progressively worse due to poor self-control and poor recommendations from a dietitian, reading a lot led to eating and testing to see what sends my BG higher and what I can tolerate. But the fact that I am very carb intolerant might be different for you.

Frequent testing, btw, led me to the Walmart meter. I wanted to test 10 to 12 times a day when I was experimenting with food and my insurance would only cover 1.5 (weird number I think) test strips a day with the meter brand my doctor suggested. And at $1 a strip, I wanted something cheaper. Turns out my insurance liked that too and they've been covering what I need since the switch.

One other thing I'll mention related to meters. The accuracy of a meter is only about 15%. I've learned that repeat-ability is also coarse. I can test two times sequentially on the same finger within a few seconds and see 10 to 20 points difference some time. I believe the gov't is considering tightening up the requirements but nothing has been set. I picked the Walmart meter due to cost but it's performance was graded fairly high by Consumer Reports recently also.

Good luck. This has been a good forum for me. I've learned a lot and wish I'd found it much earlier than last fall.

Mitchell

Comment by BadMoonT2 on March 28, 2012 at 5:15pm

Akiva, both Wal-Mart and Target have store brand meters with strips that can save you money. Christalyn is right, you need to educate yourself, don't depend on your doctor to give you appropriate treatment. At the very least you will know the right questions to ask. I always recommend new diabetics check out the bloodsugar101 website. And of course tuD is a tremendous resource, spend some time going through old posts.

 

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