I just wanted to say hi and thank you for your wonderful website! It has some great resources and has been very helpful to me : ) I am still quite newly diagnosed (around 6 months now), and the information you have provided has been so helpful in getting to grips with this new way of life. All the best, Emma Jayne : )
Hi Jenny! Your book is the bible as far as I'm concerned! Thanks for being my friend! I'm looking for the best computer program available to track carb intake, exercise and blood glucose levels. I like CalorieKing.com for calories and carbs and then I like the accu check mini for tracking my glucose levels. Do you know of any programs that puts them together in one program? Thanks, Bob
hi jenny, i read your comment for khurt dated aug. 4, 2009. Honestly, when i was diagnosed for a type 2 diabetes last june, 2009 i am in my normal weight, 127 lbs to be exact but my fasting blood sugar reached to 390 that time and for two weeks time i lost 26 lbs. I thought of dying that time. the only think i can recall prior my diagnosed was that i got fever for two weeks then i used to drink cola it becomes actually my water substitutes.... whew! then two weeks after that's my result.
Hi Jenny - Haven't talked to you in ages. Just thought I'd drop in and say hello. Insulin pump is going really great (9 weeks) and we've ironed out most of the problems, except for the strange days when nothing seems to help. Even during the ironing out and the off-days, my A1c was 7% (test last week) - down from 9% and down from 11% last year. Maybe next time in the 6s? Hope so! Hope you're doing well!
Hi Jenny - I sent you an email, but not clear that it went through - so here it is as a comment:
Just wanted to let you know that in communication with Jimmy Moore (Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show), he mentioned that he had tried to contact you because he wants to interview you on his show, but received no response.
I don't know where he tried to contact you, but I let him know you might be a bit busy on the new book! (Congratulations, by the way).
If you are interested and have a chance, you might contact him to make arrangements. He's done some outstanding podcasts this year, including Bernstein, Dr. Davis, Taubes, Carlson, etc. Anyway, I told him I would mention it to you. His email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your advice! I value your experience and studies tremendously. I will continue to believe my meter and wait for the next A1c, the doc also recommended a furctosomine test to check more current BG values. I am glad to hear how well you are doing with this condition. It is so encouraging to see so many on this site doing well.
Maybe I should try to go to a known diabetes center for a second opinion. Maybe they would put me on insulin instead of waiting to get worse and go on Januvia. Currently I am not on any meds...just diet and exercise, with normal BMI etc... Always been active and somewhat healthy dieter. (occasional sweet binges before diagnosis).
Hi Jenny! I am baffled and wondered if you had input! I have T 1.5 we think, and I've read your awesome book, and Dr. Bernstein's two books. I believe in these philosophies and they have been working on my daily glucose #'s. I have a few more carbs maybe 20 at meals and 15 at snacks I am also nursing a baby. QUESTION. Three months ago I had 5.9 HbA1c and now it is 6.1!!! My numbers have been significantly better with most of the time under 100 and fastings 85-99 ??? I have dawn phenomenon and every 4 or 5 days it goes up 2 hr PP breakfast to 130's and once to 170. This is after eating 3/4 cup eggbeaters and a pinch of cheese, decaf coffee 2 splenda packets every single day no diet change???? I work out 5-7 days a week 30-60 min. moderate. Do you have any thoughts or advice??? I am baffled and Endo. said maybe Janivia if I get to 6.3. ??? I am really really diligent so this really knocked the wind out of my sails.
Thank you for Blood Sugar 101. I am so grateful to have my eyes opened now (early in my diabetic journey). I thought I was making great choices with steady results until I saw the logic in your information.
I took myself to the hospital when I was diagnosed. I had the typical symptoms of diabetes. I had no idea when I got to the hospital that I would be diagnosed with diabetes though! When they tested my sugar it was 22 and I was diagnosed with DKA. I was 31 years old 5'6 ,135lbs.
My Dr. has done three c - petide tests on me. the last one in March was 314 but my sugar at the time was 6.4mmol/l.
I just found out about antibodies and getting tests to determine LADA. I asked my Endo to test for my next blood work session.
Jenny you really peaked my curiosity regarding hormonally mediated insulin resistance. I have never heard of this, can you send me a link or tell me a little bit about that?
I am very sensitive around my ovulation cycle. When I was on Lantus I made a chart of the daily changes of my dosage over the course of 4 months. That really helped me out but it was crazy how often I had to adjust dosage..from 1 unit to 11 in a month.
That's why I like the Metformin it's working so well I don't have to take Lantus at this time. Now it's less stress on me. That's why I am scared that Metformin's side effects might take me off of it all together.
I will wait a few days to see how I feel. Your right I might just have a mild urinary tract infection. I need to chill out. I guess I'm scared of drugs being a very holistic person.
I have been following your comments on the Tudiabetes forum for over a year and I have found a lot of your advice very helpful.
I have a few questions for you if you have the time.
I was diagnosed over a year ago with type 1. Soon after I started to honeymoon. For six month just 1 unit of lantus and a bit of fast acting..depending on my ovulation cycle. In the last 6 months I stated to really yoyo. My A1c is always around 5.5 but the yoyo is the amount of lantus throughout the month. I went from 1 to 11 units over the course of the month. My endo thought it would be best for me to switch to Metformin. I was reluctant at first because I am against drugs if I can including pain killers. After a lot of research I decided I should try it because it could really reduce my yoyo situation and I could be physically active more easily.
I have been on the Metformin for a month now. At first I had the usual mild side effects. Then I felt amazing!! In the last week I have been feeling really badly. It stated out with intense frequent urination then a migraine the next day, Then intense nausea. Today I decided to cut from the 1 tablet a day to 1/2 but my sugar is creeping up. I felt good though. I went back on my regular dose but I am a bit freaked out. Any tips or thoughts. I've made an apt. with my family Dr. to have blood tests done.
hello my name is Rudy Sims I have cerebral palsy and I am in wheelchair I have several family members with diabetes I just wanted to say hi I hope your doing well have a great weekend sincerely Rudy Sims
Yes Jenny, I think that you are absolutely right about self-monitoring. If I had not had some idea where I should have been, I never would have questioned the results. Shows you have to be your own advocate!
I have another question for you. What do you think of fasting basal insulin tests? I wanted a GAD antibody test because of the difficulty I am having in lowering my AIC (8 is the lowest it has ever been) and I seem to be quite a bit younger and thinner than other T2s that I know, 33 at dx and BMI of 20.7 However, my endo prescribed the basal insulin test, which shows that I produce an above-average amount of insulin.
So I am assuming that I am a confirmed T2 with very high insulin resistance? Or should I push for additional tests?
Hi Jenny. Thank you so much for answering. I requested for the A1C to be repeated, and the new result is 8. THEIR error, not mine, since 8 was what I had more or less expected. It is far from perfect, but at least it is in agreement with my results at home. I credit your good advice on your website to getting my sugars that low. Next goal is to lower it below 7, hopefully closer to 6. Thank you again for your advice and help.
Hi Jenny, I have been reading your posts and websites for a couple of months now and they have been VERY helpful. I am wondering if you will have some useful suggestion for me.
For example, using the suggestions from your website, I was able to identify which foods make me spike and have been waking up with lower numbers than ever, usually under 100. Well, to make a long story short...I thought that my current A1C would be lower than my last reading of 8.7, because of rigorous diet and exercise, and it came back 10.5!!! Since I could not understand at all where that number comes from, I am keeping a close log, repeating the A1C and having a fasting basal insulin test and going back to the endo next week. My post priandial reading s are under 140 at 2 hours most of the time. I will get readings in the low 200s sometimes, but it does not seem to stay high.
Hi Jenny - just coming to your profile to check on your length of diabetes etc. You sound like you know alot more about diabetes then I do - I feel very dumb in that area for sure. BTW, do you know Doris Dickson - she's another expert on diabetes - she doesn't post here - but does on ADA (which she despises with a vengence ) as well as Diabetes1 - where I blog from. Keep up the good work of answering our questions for us - and putting us in the right direction!
Appreciate what you're saying but there's a right and wrong time to do this in someone's life. She's over 18, so I definitely can't force her, and I wouldn't want to. From what I've read, she's only 4% more likely to have what I have. Hardly odds to make a fuss over when there are no health issues. I'd be happy to discuss this further, but I think it would be disrespectful to discuss someone else's medical issues on a public forum. Please feel free to send a private message.
Thanks for the comment on my wall. You are probably right that I should have my daughter tested. On the one hand, it is good to know, but on the other hand, she's 19 with no sign of anything related at this stage. I don't want to worry her unnecessarily, although she is aware of the possibilities. There's a right time and a wrong time to do this.
Thank you so much for your web site and for all the great info you provide.
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