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Unread 09-24-2011, 08:14 AM
Re: Starting to freak out a bit

suziq:

We have been planning the Paris trip for so long and are really looking forward. My husband is also Italian and we've never been, so that one is next on the bucket list! As for the diabetes:

As part of a cardiac research study since college, I had been screened for diabetes. It ran in my family, but I had no symptoms and at 118 pounds in my early 30s was not in the least bit concerned about diabetes. I had already had one child and didn't even have gestational diabetes. So when the results came back as "borderline diabetes" I didn't think much of it. During my first doctor visit for my second pregnancy, I mentioned the results and he immediately did a gestational diabetes test...it was off the charts. He sent me to the nutritionist and gave me four weeks to get it under control or he was going to put me on insulin. Diet and exercise did the trick. After I gave birth everything was fine. About a year later I started losing a lot of weight. I got down to about 90 pounds (I am 5'2" btw) and it turned out that my blood sugar was the issue again. I wasn't diabetic, but the 2-hour fasting test showed glucose intolerance. More diet and exercise kept thing pretty much under control. A couple of years later, I started slacking off and really started putting on some pounds. I reached about 130 which was heavy for me (at the time and my A1C was at about 6. Not terrible, but for that testing facility, it was diabetes. I began taking metformin 500 mg/day,then ultimately 1000 mg/day. I committed to eating right, I didn't eat sweets, and I race walked EVERY day rain or shine. I kept it up for 10 years. I still had ups and downs, but for the most part I kept it under control. After 2 years of my A1C readings being 5.7, my doctor let me come off of the metformin. And my readings have been normal since. LIke everything...catch it early and deal with it aggressively and it is absolutely possible to correct it. Sorry for the long email, but diabetes is near and dear to my heart...and it does not have to be an issue if you commit to overcoming it. I am happy to give you more tips if you need them! Thanks for sharing your story...Keep that Italy fund going.
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Unread 09-24-2011, 09:20 AM
Re: Starting to freak out a bit

Thanks, crsimon!
Yes, my a1c was 6.4...once. I am not sure what it is now.
Are the meters that you buy at the drug store of a1c accurate?
I don't want to red flag my insurance right now with too many a1c blood tests. Should I give in to it and just go on meds for the time being?

I saw on a regular serum test that my blood sugar was 99.
today I am going to a symposium on diabetes.
It is an all day thing with Diabetic R.N's and dietitians.

See you later.
Thanks again.
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