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  • Re: glucose level

    eaflaf: The term "fasting" generally refers to first morning reading after not eating all night (8 hours or more). That is different than postprandial readings, which are generally considered to be the two hours after eating readings Spirit
    Posted to Newly Diagnosed (Forum) by Spirit on Sun, Jan 3 2010
  • Re: actos

    Metfromin does not usually cause lows. However, it did with me and then I had a rebounded high. I was on it twice many years apart and the same thing happened both times. The problem for me seems to come in with a dose above 500 mg., which is an extemely low dose. I had a pre-diabetes history of low blood sugar, which may appear to be a factor. It does
    Posted to Coping with Complications (Forum) by Spirit on Sun, Jan 3 2010
  • Re: New Avatar

    "It's a little hard to see because it is so small. This is me minus 70 pounds." Small picture=Smaller Jen! Congratulations! What a great way to start 2010. Spirit
    Posted to Weight Issues (Forum) by Spirit on Sat, Jan 2 2010
  • Re: A Saturday Chuckle

    Good one! Spirit
    Posted to Beating Diabetes Burnout (Forum) by Spirit on Sat, Jan 2 2010
  • Re: Carbs

    It's really more a question of how many carbs you can eat at one time. Your meter will give you a lead about that. Eat, keep track of your total carbs and then test at two hours. If you are below 140 then you're off to a good start. The actual number of carbs varies from person to person. Large males can eat more than small females. Begin by
    Posted to Newly Diagnosed (Forum) by Spirit on Sat, Jan 2 2010
  • Re: Fainting

    Ron's question about when this happens is a good one. Years ago I suffered from orthostatic hopotension. I never fainted, but I would get dizzy and lightheaded. At the time I drove a Toyota 4Runner (I know, I know...that seems like a total nonsequitor, but just wait!). That is a very high-off-the-ground vehicle. The dizziness would happen when I
    Posted to Coping with Complications (Forum) by Spirit on Fri, Jan 1 2010
  • Re: Just coping is overwhelming

    Sigh: Many of us have the same sort of symptoms you describe when we are either too high or too low. I do. A clinical low is below 70, so showing symptoms of low blood sugar such as you described at a reading of 60 is normal. I feel exactly the same way when I go below 70. Not everyone feels symptoms of either highs or lows and in some ways that can
    Posted to Beating Diabetes Burnout (Forum) by Spirit on Fri, Jan 1 2010
  • Re: OK, who out there is poor. Let's talk about managing diabetes on a tight budget.

    Rinsing canned fruit also removes most of the sugar since it is contained in the syrup it is packed in. Trying asking the deli manager if meat and cheese ends (still perfectly good, just too small to run through the slicer) are available at reduced cost. What they do at our store is put whatever you want of these deli ends in a single bag and weigh
    Posted to Staying Healthy (Forum) by Spirit on Thu, Dec 31 2009
  • Re: Fainting

    Galemarie: I have no experience with fainting, but I can imagine that you certainly ARE tired of it! I do hope a neurologist can help. Let us know how it goes. Spirit
    Posted to Coping with Complications (Forum) by Spirit on Thu, Dec 31 2009
  • Re: Just coping is overwhelming

    Well, first of all, your "team" is the medical personnel that YOU include in your treatment. YOU are the leader of this team. That means you advise your dentist and eye doctor that you have diabetes so that they can report to each other. When I have my annual eye exam, for example, my doctor's office sends a form to my eye doctor. After
    Posted to Beating Diabetes Burnout (Forum) by Spirit on Wed, Dec 30 2009
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