"What feels like restless leg syndrome is hot feet, caused by the high blood sugar.
As a quick measure, I wrap a frozen gelpack in a thin towel and put my feet on it for awhile. This relieves the horrible symptoms, but doesn't cure the…"
"Here is a link to an article that might help. I would suggest that you talk to your doctor and perhaps you need an insulin pump to help you. The article that I have linked talks about becoming insulin resistant if glucose levels can't be…"
"AT A READING OF 470 YOU WILL BE DEAD IN A FEW YEARS..MY BROTHER HAD A READING OF 500 ON AVERAGE AND WOULD NOT TAKE INSILIN AS DR. TOLD HIM.HE KEPT TAKEN 5 PILLS A DAY WHICH DID VERY LITTLE.. EVENTUALLY HE WENT INTO DIABETES COMA AND DIED A DAY LATER…"
"I DID THE PILLS AS YOU ARE DOING NOW... WILL DROP SLIGHTLY BUT YOU LIKE MYSELF WILL NEED INSILIN..6 MONTHS AGO MY DR. SAID PILLS ARE NOT WORKING ANYMORE AND MUST BE ON NOVALOG 70/30 INSILIN PEN WITH A VERY VERY SMALL NEEDLE THAT THEY JUST CAME OUT…"
"YOU MUST BE ON INSILIN.. ANY READING OVER 10 AIC PILLS WILL NOT WORK PROPERLY-WASTE OF TIME I WAS 10.9AIC NOW AFTER 2 SMALL SHOTS A DAY 90 DAYS LATER 7.4 AND I STILL EAT SOME BREAD,ITALIAN FOOD IN MODERATION.."
"My short story of over 28 years ago at age 42 1/2 diagnosis : my BG's did not come down till I was put on insulin , about less than 2 months after diagnosis ...pills did NOT work . ...type 1 , not type 2 !!
Took the bull by the horns so to…"
"I hate to be the bearer of bad news.... but diet and excersize is VERY important!!!
Even losing just 10 pounds.. makes a huge difference!
I also have discovered that using the plate method of eating.. which means... half of your plate must be…"
"An A1c of 14 is not good, it means that you've had very high blood sugar averages over the last 3 months. An A1c of 14 basically means that your average blood glucose levels were 380 mg/dl (~22 mmol/L). That is in the danger zone and should be…"
"Hi guys. Got the results back. A1C 14. Some protein in urine. AST ALT are likelly high. The dr phoned me the next day and said that it it quite out of control. He says that the liver tests have come back very out of wack and he was less worried in…"
"Yes my calculation shows an average BG of 25.2 mmol/l my thought is you are eating high carb and are very insulin resistant if you were type1 or LADA you would be in the ICU of a hospital. Please keep us posted on your condition we want to know how…"
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Foods that are okay, while you get your numbers down: Lean meats, leafy greens, non starchy veggies (broccoli, yellow summer squash, zucchini, etc.), omega 3 foods (like avocados, peanut butter, nuts, olive oil), and full fat cheeses. Low fat, non fat cheeses have more carbs and sugar in order to improve flavor... And I might get Almond Breeze almond milk to substitute regular milk with, since it has quite a few carbs, and sometimes it's not worth it... These are just some ideas. :)
Well, I'm glad that you have a concerned doctor on your hands. This is far, far from pre diabetes if you are having those kinds of numbers, though. They are very dangerous numbers and I recommend not even exercising on those, and drinking plenty of water, especially when you're going to be out of town. Avoid eating a lot of starchy meals or foods, for now (regardless of the type, even if they are low GI). One thing I feel MUST mention though is that the GOAL in Diabetes management should always be having good numbers, not avoiding insulin. Insulin is NOT a failure. Insulin is natural, and normal, and ALL people make insulin. So if you are having horrible numbers that you cannot control or have a hard time controlling with diet and exercise alone... or with medications... Please, please, do not put off insulin. It is not worth risking the complications, and when used responsibly, insulin is a quite healthy alternative to many of the medications. For your eating habits, I would seriously consider keeping a mini food journal for now, and detail how many carbohydrates you have at every meal and snack, including, picking at least one or two meals a day (which you can rotate every day) to test pre and post meals. This will tell you how certain meals affect you, how much carbohydrates affect you (especially at what times of the day), and if you need to cut back on your servings. This is VERY important to rely on THAT, and not on whether or not something is said to be "low gi" or whatever. We are all different, as Diabetics, and how our bodies react will be different, too. None of us are a textbook example of Diabetes. My suggestion is to tame breakfast, as we always tend to be higher in the mornings, and more resistant, too... and carbs tend to spike us more, then.
Hi steelhand, and welcome to our community. I was reading the thread (a fellow Canadian friend pointed me to it) you posted in the Canada group... and I can't comment in there because I'm not a member, nor am I Canadian... :) But I wanted to give you a few of my thoughts: 1. Has your doctor ever done proper testing to determine exactly which type of diabetes you have? It is not uncommon for persons of your age to develop Type 1 Diabetes. It is not a childhood only disease, and it can develop quite slowly (sometimes through years!), in such a way as to give you the impression that oral medications may work, even if only very slightly, yet your numbers remain bad. Your doctor will need to do some proper pancreatic antibody testing. 2. It sounds like, regardless of whether or not you are a Type 1 or a Type 2, you need some insulin, both basal and bolus insulin (slow and fast acting, for your day and for your meals). Your beta cell function seems impaired enough, at this point, that while orals may help reduce insulin resistance, the amount of insulin you are producing doesn't seem to be enough to deal with your body's daily needs. A test to determine how much insulin you are still making is probably in order. 3. Lastly, I wouldn't ever go on more than 1 or 2 orals. At a certain point, it is simply putting more bandaids on the Sun. Even if you are still making some amount of insulin, it is more desirable for you to reign in your control than to mess around with more orals that are not working... and more and more doctors are agreeing that in order to prevent complications and issues, it is preferable to put patients earlier on insulin once they start losing their control and have a hard time controlling things on 1 or 2 orals. So... it might be time to have frank discussion with your doctor, and to seek an Endocrinologist if you do not already have one. I hope this helps answer some of your questions... :) You can message me any time.
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