Diabetes question - page 2
Hello everyone I am a proffesional speaker. I have been speaking to myself about going to nursing school for the last 12 years :rotfl: But that is as far as I got. I have a question I would like... Read More
0Mar 23, '05 by rogramjetI am a diabetes educator. Although I have not seen your lab results, and have not talked with your doctor, you have had more than one occurance of BG over 200, and one over 400, I would say you have Type 2 diabetes. You have had Fasting BG over 126. There are other diagnostic tests you can take, and I would advise that you do. Have your doctor run a glucose tolerance test. In answer to another question, diabetes does not go away. Once you control your diet, start losing weight, and start being more active, your BG may normalize. That does not mean that your diabetes went away. The normal person's pancreas does not let BG get over 200 let alone 400. It is called the honeymoon phase. It is a chronic, incurable, progressive disease. It is the #1 cause of adult blindness, kidney failure, and non-taumatic amputations. It is nothing to take lightly. Not to mention you are 4 times more likely to have a heart attack, than the "normal" person.
I'm sorry to be so blunt but as I said this is nothing to take lightly. Here's my advice. Talk to your doctor. Have an A1c run, if you are normal it will be 5% or lower. Have a glucose tolerance test run. If either of these tests determine you have diabetes have your doctor write you a referal to your local diabetes education department. You need to meet with a dietician and a nurse to get this under control.
It is manageable. Diet and exercise are the corner stones. Good luck.
0Mar 23, '05 by hollysterQuote from LawnurseType II diabetes is generally related to being overweight. It is possible for persons who are not overweight to develop type II.
as to your second point, I challenge the general perception of what "overweight" is. It's not as "fat" as one might think.
I find it difficult to belive that in a diabetes class, most people were not overweight, given that in any randomly selected group of people in America, most WILL be overweight.
Further, if a weight problem created the diabetes, it is Type II diabetes - even if it a child who gets it.
I agree with you both LAW NURSE and TWEETY.
Excess weight and poor diet are the root causes of of Type II diabetes. The same way an alcoholic wears out a liver, constant spikes in blood sugar wear out the islet cells leaving the pt insulin resistant.
RN Wanna Be ask your DR to refer you to a Diabetes Educator or Registered Dietician. Type II diabetes (and it's complications) is just as serious as Type I.
Excellent information, thank you Rogramjet.Last edit by hollyster on Mar 23, '05
0Mar 23, '05 by TheCommuter, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorYou're likely a type 2 diabetic. Folks with type 2 can control their disease with diet and exercise. They can avoid meds.
0Mar 24, '05 by safewaygreenboxHi
"So once I got the results of my test I stopped eating anything with sugar in it and ate Healthy choice TV dinners. "
Well done you on stopping the excessive drinking of high sugar drinks and the lower sugar diet. However the 'Healthy Choice TV Dinners' are probably not as healthy as home cooking with fresh produce. Have you seen a dietician or diabetic nurse specialist? I am sure there are some good books out there also.
Kay the 2nd