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Old 08-01-2011, 04:27 AM   #1
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New diagnosis/need help, please

Hi:

I have been told I am at "very high risk" for diabetes. I am scared. I want to do something, but for some reason, it is very confusing to me.

First, the numbers. I have one number for the AIC, which is 106 and another for the glucose test on fasting which is 6.2. On the AIC, the first one was 92 (done in hospital ... for another reason) ... then 5 months later ... done in my doctor's office it was 106. I do not understand what the numbers mean. One is in the hundreds the other is a single digit number + ... all these tests were done in fasting mode overnight and then taken in the morning.

Next, I get the sugar thing, I think, but not the carbs. It seems you can eat practically nothing. It is true you can eat only 40 grams of carbs per day?

I have read and read ... and I know this whole post sounds stupid, but I am confusedl.
I would appreciate any answers and any books anyone can recommend. Thanks for reading.

PS> My doctor is useless .. she told me the dx and said "don't eat icecream! So I am looking for a new doc. Can a general practitioner handle this or should I go to a specialist?
Thanks again.
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:12 AM   #2
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Re: New diagnosis/need help, please

Hi..your right, your Dr. is a bit useless in the fact they didn't explain a thing to you. The numbers you are posting is 106 which should be your fasting glucose and the 6.2 is your A1c which is your average BS for 3-4 months.

What you need to do is search the web for low carb and low glycemic foods. There are many veggies and fruits which do have more carbs then others. Please don't panic as you can eat many foods you just need to do everything in moderation.

There is no one diet that fits all as what might spike my BS may not spike yours so when you try anything new test after to see if it spikes you or not. I eat oatmeal and it has no affect on me yet others can't touch it. If you haven't already gotten yourself a meter..get one and test, just don't go nuts. Start off with testing your fasting BS when you wake in the a.m. and have had nothing to eat for at least 8 hrs. then test 2 hrs. after starting your biggest meal, which mine is my dinner around 5-5:30. Eating smaller portions of food more often during the day is much better then not eating and then having a huge meal.

Trust me, many folks here will give you tips on what to do so read and read some more as this will educate you. With an A1c of 6.2 your basically pre-diabetic and with a good diet and exercise you may never need to go on meds. but if need be, it isn't all that bad.

Hope this helped some and good luck...JJ...
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Re: New diagnosis/need help, please

BTW...a regular Dr. can handle this but many folks do see an Endocrinologist, the choice is up to you and your Dr. Mine seems to be handling it fine and she is a Dr. of Internal Medicine.

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