Newly Diagnosed (I Think) For Type 2 Diabetes - Question About Erratic BG Levels

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labbydog Posted: Thu, Apr 12 2012 2:52 PM

I have been told by my PC that I have had Prediabetes for a number of years now. For the past 5 years, my A1C has been from 5.9 to 6.6. But, she tells me I am not full diabetic (?). This is contrary to what I have read about A1C levels. She sent me to hospital to see Diabetic Nurse and Dietician. They looked at my diet, which they said was very good; very few carbs, lots of lean protein, vegs, no desserts or sodas. So, they sent me home with a meter and asked me to test twice a day, upon getting up, and 2 hours after either breakfast, lunch or dinner. After the first week I was baffled. I start out with FBG anywhere  from 169 (that was my lowest) up to 280 (highest). My two hour numbers after a meal were anywhere from 130 up to 332 (that's the highest reading I've had).

I haven't eaten anything other than what I usually eat that would have spiked me. I did notice that one day after I took a vigorous walk for 45 minutes, my BG went down to from 220 to 169. I usually walk 45 minutes/day at a good pace. I am not currently on any diabetes medications. After all the erractic  numbers, I started testing more frequently; on waking, 2 hours after every meal. Numbers still jumping all over. I have to return to hospital in a week with my "log" of meals and BG numbers.

Some background: I'm 57, had gestational diabetes 16 years ago when I had my  son, grandmother was Type 2 diabetic.

At this point, I am a little freaked out about what to eat and what to do! Has anybody else experienced these highs and lows?  I don't feel jittery, thirsty or have any other diabetes symptoms. Otherwise, healthy.

 

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Simi_Papa replied on Thu, Apr 12 2012 10:07 PM

Sounds like you have full blown diabetes.  A FBG of 169 is way over the number used to diagnose type 2, and your other fastings were even higher.  Your after eating numbers are also indicative of diabetes and very high for a low carb diet.  You really need to get tested properly as soon as possible.  Given that you are on a low carb diet, with those numbers you may need meds to control your diabetes.  Do you need to lose weight?

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labbydog replied on Fri, Apr 13 2012 6:43 AM

Thanks for your response. Yes, I  do need to lose weight; 5' 2" and 142 lbs., so losing about 20 lbs. would put me at the weight I am supposed to be at. Since I have been testing, I have lost a few; I think eating a 15g carbo/protein snack mid morning and mid afternoon have made it so I am not hungry all the time. I did not do the snack twice a day before I started testing. My PC suggested going on metformin if I cannot get my numbers down. I am thinking, too, of maybe switching to an endocrinologist for my PC. Is your PC a specialist for diabetes? Just wondering.

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Simi_Papa replied on Fri, Apr 13 2012 12:46 PM

I've had both a PCP and an Endocrinologist for years.  Endo's rarely like to be a PCP.  

Bill

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