Could This Be Diabetes? - page 2
by VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN Guide | 7,628 Views | 18 Comments
I've been having some strange symptoms over the past few weeks that I'm beginning to wonder might mean I'm finally going over the edge.......I've been "borderline" since my early 20s, have had periods throughout my adult life... Read More
- 0Oct 17, '04 by VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN GuideQuote from lil' girlApparently they are, at least for me......my body responds about as well to white bread and potatoes as it does to a Butterfingers barwell I'm just a lowly student and correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't all those carbs just as bad as candy, sweets, etc.?
Oh, and BTW, never refer to yourself as a 'lowly student'---you are a future nurse!
- 0Oct 17, '04 by FZ1TomYeah, carbs are merely the second worst food group of the lot. But eating too many carbs (real easy to do if you're a meat and potatoes type, as I am) can spike your BG for quite a bit longer than, say, a really small piece of sugar (eg, hard candy), and that can't be good.
I'd say that you should certainly investigate your symptoms and get to the bottom of things. Just because your blood sugars always test 'normal' doesn't mean you don't have something going on - diabetes isn't just considered consistently high blood sugar (though that's usually the case), but more an inability to properly regulate blood glucose levels, which in turn cause various symptoms, damage, etc, etc. Whatever happens, good luck!
- 0Oct 17, '04 by emsbossQuote from meownsmileCould not have said it better myself...You can fool a glucometer...You CANNOT fool an A1c Get it checked out!!!!!!!!!..As a diabetic, I can tell you the sooner under control...The better you'll feelSo why not have the doctor do a HgbA1C and find out? If you are diabetic that should give you a good indicator of your status. The doctor would have to direct you to any follow up with diatician or medication.
- 0Oct 17, '04 by AntikigirlI agree with meowrsmile when she said HgbA1C test! Lets look at the last 3 months! Then...wow, let a doctor field this one!
I have noticed that many MANY of my patients will get all sensitive and eat very little if anything at breakfast in fear that breakfast foods are somewhat higher in sugar than most other meals! Ummmmm NOT! IN fact..what happens if you exercise when you don't eat well??? Yep, you release glucose stores from muscle tissue as a result of normal cellular function! So it goes to reason in our profession of stress, physical labor and emotional strain at times that when you wake up, tired, and thrown into our job..you may just release some glucose from muscle tissues! So your CBG readings are not too uncommon!
The best way is to have the HgbA1C done, have a doc you TRUST look at them, and the old trial and error time we warn our own patients about! They may say...eat a good breakfast, like we say...or may try a trial run oral meds....and see if this helps. Don't forget we are like any other we treat..we get to go through the hoops just like them ...hopefully we are smart enough not to let a doc give us a scrip without some questions..LOL! Sorry, but this is a unfortunate circumstance from general American eating habits in general..which most of us have learned from infancy!
Good luck..my hubby is going throught the EXACT same thing, with history..but he is paramedic..and not best field to be in when your shift is on when everyone..including places to get decent foods...are asleep! He is still borderline...and I am so sad that soon, if not corrected..will turn full blown! He had a heart attack at 31..I don't want diabetes to come into play too...all because of dietary habits..which can be changed with real functional knowledge and a bit of wanted control....
- 0Oct 17, '04 by Stephanie in FLI am a CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator). A HgbA1C cannot be used to diagnose diabetes. In Type 2 diabetes, often the 2 hour postprandial blood glucose is elevated (rather than the fasting blood glucose). Having a baby over 9 lbs is a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. Plus, hypoglycemia is a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. The typical symptoms of hyperglycemia are polyuria, polyphasia, and polydipsia. Good luck to you.
Stephanie RN CDE
- 0Oct 17, '04 by SmilingBluEyesQuote from lil' girlthere is no such thing as a "lowly student"....we are ALL students if we choose to remain current in nursing and medicine. Your contributions are as valuable as anyone's here.well I'm just a lowly student and correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't all those carbs just as bad as candy, sweets, etc.?
- 0Oct 17, '04 by AntikigirlQuote from smilingblueyesyou are far from lowely..and please..give yourself credit! you care..and yes, you will find bumps in the way from time to time...we all find a way and gather insight from it..no one is born perfect...so we get to learn!there is no such thing as a "lowly student"....we are all students if we choose to remain current in nursing and medicine. your contributions are as valuable as anyone's here.
give yourself time...give yourself time to reward for your hard work! it saved me really...and it saves me now!
be honest to you..because when all is said an done...who do you really have to answer to? yep..our own worse critic..ourselves!!!!!!Last edit by Antikigirl on Oct 17, '04