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how do i know when diabetes is bad

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jhb

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 03/12/2012 08:13:02 From: 199.248.225.250
Dear Kaynoa,
When I went through my divorce, there was a period of time that I did not take good care of myself. It did not seem worth it. I began feeling out of control. But, gradually I realized that, in that period of my life when so many things seemed beyond my control, I needed to hold on to the things I could control, and one of those things was my health. I began walking every day and cooking healthy foods and watching my portions. I reached out to connect with my family and friends. I credit these lifestyle changes for getting me through that rough time and other difficult times since. Good luck on your journey.
jhb

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 03/08/2012 11:26:15 From: 199.248.225.250
lucyblue -
My dad is 82 and has the same issues. He loves sweets, but he feels that he needs the good carbs at his meals too. So, he has always tried to eat 3 or 4 servings of high fiber starches, but he still can't resist the sweets. In the end, his carb intake was always too high. Lately, he has been allowing himself sweets when he wants them, even if it means eating less of the high quality stuff once in a while. This seems to be working better for him, and he's lost about 15 lbs so far.
KarenB@Unity

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 03/08/2012 11:18:48 From: 199.248.225.250
Hi Kaynoa -
Thank you so much for visiting our site and for contributing this post. I know that there are so many others out there who can relate to your comments. I think that, since you took the time to view our site and offer your thoughtful and honest comments, you care much more about your health than you are giving yourself credit for. I would suggest that you make an appointment with your doctor and tell him or her exactly what you have just posted here. Your doctor can work with you to make a realistic plan for managing your stress, which will not only help lower your blood sugar but also help to give you more motivation to continue with positive lifestyle changes.
kaynoa

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 03/06/2012 20:21:30 From: 67.253.247.87
I guess I need to be more serious about it, I was diagnosed a year and a half ago, it ate my father up, blindness, kidney transplants and lost parts of his feet. I have already had foot fusion surgury, and yet, I run in the 310 to 368 range, dont care about my meds, my wife left me last sept so stress is a daily thing. Can anyone give me a reality check, I grew up watching my dad, but I really just dont care right now.
KarenG@Unity

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 02/27/2012 16:18:52 From: 199.248.225.250
Jeanie,
Thanks for the question. When it comes to target blood sugar goals there are recommendations from two different organizations. The American Diabetes Association, which recommends fasting or before meal blood sugars should be less than 130 mg/dl and 2 hours after the start of a meal it should be less than 180 mg/dl. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommend before meal blood sugars should be less than 110 mg/dl and 2 hours after the start of a meal blood sugar should be less than 140 mg/dl. That being said blood sugar goals need to be individualized for each patient and need to be based on the patient's age, length of time they have had diabetes, medical history, medications, frequency of low blodd sugars etc. I would suggest talking to your primary care physician, endocrinologist (if you have one), or diabetes educator to help in determining a good target blood sugar goal for you. Good luck and if you need further assistance give us a call at 368-4560.
Jeanie

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 02/23/2012 13:19:21 From: 184.74.106.155
I was told that my pre-meal level should be between 80-110 and 2 hour after meal level between 110-140 but I see that Julie posted that the 2 hour after meal level should be less than 180. So would levels around 150-170 would be considered alright?
lucyblue

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 11/14/2011 15:21:39 From: 199.248.225.250
I like the idea of lifestyle change and diet change but it is so hard! especially for my 80 year old dad who is pre-diabetic. Has anyone been successful changing their diet and what do you eat? I'm thinking about my dad who is used to eating pretty healthy foods at home but has trouble eating healthy at restaurants, he generally chooses something that is high in fat or a pasta dish heavy on the carb. Any ideas on how to help him choose wisely but not feel like he's "on a diet?"
Joy at Unity

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 11/09/2011 11:37:33 From: 199.248.225.250
Hi christinecccc,
Although there isn’t a cure for diabetes, we do know there are many ways to manage diabetes thru healthy eating, exercise, medications and/or insulin. The goal is to keep your blood sugars close to the normal range; the American Diabetes Association target goal for people with diabetes is a fasting blood sugar or pre-meal blood sugar < 140 mg/dL and a 2 hour after meal blood sugar <180 mg/dL. The first step is to work with your doctor and if possible, a diabetes educator to find out what is the right treatment plan for you. Some people find following a carbohydrate managed meal plan, losing 10-15 pounds and starting a walking or exercise program can significantly lower their blood sugar; as well as reduce elevated blood pressure and cholesterol. Be sure to work with your doctor and diabetes educator to develop a treatment plan that will work best for you.
christinecccc

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 11/08/2011 23:00:20 From: 110.55.245.212
How can i know (how to) fix diabetes?
Joy at Unity

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 10/17/2011 20:54:06 From: 69.207.166.251
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) criteria for a diagnosis of diabetes is a fasting blood glucose (sugar) of 126 mg/dL or greater or a Hemoglobin A1C test of 6.5 % or greater. Both of these are blood tests usually done at a lab; the fasting blood glucose is done twice on two different days before a diagnosis is made. Pre-diabetes (elevated blood sugars not yet in the diabetes range) is diagnosed when fasting blood glucose is 100-125 mg/dL or an A1C test is 5.7 - 6.4%. Both diabetes and pre-diabetes can be treated with lifestyle change (weight loss, dietary and exercise modifications) and your doctor may also recommend medication or insulin. Diabetes is treated on an individual basis, so it is always important to talk with your doctor about what is the best treatment plan for you. It is also important to note that sometimes people with diabetes have no outward symptoms even when their blood sugar is in the pre-diabetes and diabetes range. However high blood sugars may still be causing damage to the blood vessels, nerves, eyes, feet and kidneys; therefore always discuss the best treatment plan for you with your doctor.
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