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Board: Diabetes 04-29-2015, 05:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 217
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Sugar

I answered this in the other thread, but the bottom line is that sugar is sugar, is sugar. Eat more and your blood sugar will go up. No matter what you eat it with.
Board: Diabetes 04-29-2015, 02:20 PM
Replies: 3
Type 2 Insulin
Views: 133
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Insulin

Sugar is not absorbed through the pancreas. It is absorbed in a variety of areas (including in your mouth). The pancreas produces insulin in response to the presence of excess sugar in the...
Board: Diabetes 04-27-2015, 10:12 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 197
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Which meter should I rely on

First off, industry standard is that the meter needs to be within 20% of "actual" value. So if your "real" reading is 110, the acceptable range is 88 to 132. So the difference you are seeing is...
Board: Diabetes 04-22-2015, 11:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 217
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Blood glucose monitor

Hi Lemonpledge. Obviously, I'm not a doc, but here's what I think. Your bgs in the 200s are definitely not normal. The unfortunate truth is that oftentimes gestational diabetes will end up being full...
Board: Kidney Disorders 04-16-2015, 12:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 379
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Need Answers

I'm really sorry to hear that. Your kidney function looks ok (slightly elevated creatinine, but not too bad). I wish I could help more.
Board: Kidney Disorders 04-16-2015, 11:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 379
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Need Answers

Do you have or have you been diagnosed with diabetes? The symptoms could be high glucose or DKA (especially with the potassium being off in the second lab and the weight loss). That could cause the...
Board: Diabetes 03-24-2015, 12:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 401
Posted By Cora1003
Re: desperately seeking answers

Hi Daisygirl. Here's a couple of thoughts for you. First of all, most shakes are very high in carbohydrates (which turn to sugar), so it's no wonder your glucose is high afterwards.

Why do you...
Board: Diabetes 03-24-2015, 12:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 262
Posted By Cora1003
Re: High Blood Sugar and Health Issues. Should I be concerned?

Since you said they are random, to me (not a doc) they appear perfectly normal. A 120 fasting would be considered ever so slightly elevated, but as a random #, it's perfectly acceptable. Are these #s...
Board: Diabetes 03-01-2015, 02:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 294
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Dairy and Insulin Levels

Both the cereal (especially) and the milk contain carbs. And carbs increase your blood sugar. Sorry, but it's really that simple. Read the labels before consuming in quantity.
Board: Diabetes 02-21-2015, 09:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 690
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Endocrinologist suspect

You're going to have to take the bull by the horns (so to speak). Have you led the discussion and talked about diet and exercise? I'm sorry to say that sometimes endos get burned out too (just like...
Board: Diabetes 02-21-2015, 09:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 368
Posted By Cora1003
Re: insulin injections fatigue

Are you type 1 or type 2? Ever had any antibody testing? If you are type 1 (it can be adult onset as well as juvenile) then you cannot get off insulin. Sorry I can't be more help. Some people are...
Board: Kidney Disorders 02-19-2015, 05:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 287
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Star Fruit induced Creatinine levels?

Have you ever had your creatinine measured before? It is possible to have ideopathic kidney disease (of no known cause) and it is possible for quite an amount of damage to occur in these cases with...
Board: Kidney Disorders 02-08-2015, 06:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 350
Posted By Cora1003
Re: What in place of ibuprofen?

You need to talk to your nephrologist. Tylenol worked ok for me but I could not take any anti-inflammatories or nsaids. I did sneak the odd when when pain became unbearable, but that was only once or...
Board: Kidney Disorders 02-02-2015, 06:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 307
Posted By Cora1003
Re: march 2014 right neprectomy and now currently

This could be so many things, including nothing. Go see your doctor and then you won't need to worry.
Board: Kidney Disorders 01-27-2015, 05:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 441
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Frequency of blood work/doctor visits

It depends on a lot of things. For many years (I had very slow progressing kidney disease) I would see the neph once or twice per year. As things progressed, it became 3 or 4 times per year. Is all...
Board: Kidney Disorders 01-15-2015, 03:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 393
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Chronic Kidney Disease

Depending on your lab's reference range, the upper end of normal is usually about 1.0 to 1.2. So you are just barely over the top. To put things in perspective for you, with my levels fairly...
Board: Kidney Disorders 01-14-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 208
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Some Day in the Future

I did a quick search and from an article from August, there was only a small study (stage 1 trial) and there were 4 severe adverse reactions. I couldn't find any data/results and it "sounds" like an...
Board: Diabetes 01-13-2015, 04:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 313
Posted By Cora1003
Re: How long does it take?

Are you just talking numbers, or are you talking in terms of going from technically being pre-diabetic to full blown diabetes? The bottom line is that on one extreme it may never happen, and at the...
Board: Diabetes 12-23-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 572
Posted By Cora1003
Re: hemoglobin A1C. 12.1

Whew! Not a great a1c (translates as an average glucose of about 300. It's not a good idea to do strenuous exercise when above 250 (according to Joslin), but just getting moving by going for a walk...
Board: Kidney Disorders 12-10-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 285
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Low Potassium - Dr. Can't Figure Out Why!

My first thought would be to check your diet for potassium and see where you can add. Tomatoes and citrus (like oranges and grapefruits) are very high. Many things with a lot of fiber also have a...
Board: Diabetes 11-14-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 487
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Diabetes type 2 - novo pen - weight gain

There are a variety of reasons why you MAY gain weight when starting insulin. Here is what I have heard happens to many people. You are put on insulin because your glucose levels are high. As a side...
Board: Kidney Disorders 10-11-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 594
Posted By Cora1003
Re: white stuff in kidney

I'm afraid you'll have to get the report and talk to the doc or radiologist. "White stuff" on the screen could be anything from dense to normal tissue or fluid. It takes an expert to read these...
Board: Kidney Disorders 10-05-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 743
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Kidney not happy

You need to be talking to the transplant center about this. I don't know what donor's lab levels should be.
Board: Diabetes 09-29-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,561
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Adjusting to lower blood sugar levels

It's perfectly normal. It's a false low, and it's very important not to feed it. Have some nuts or some protein, or something that won't raise your bg. The good news is that the feeling goes away in...
Board: Kidney Disorders 09-25-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 869
Posted By Cora1003
Re: inherited polycistic kidney disease and I AM SCARE AND CONFUSED

Whew! So much to talk about. First off, was it a nephrologist that gave you the prediction of dialysis? or a family doc?

I'm going to tell you something very important as I have survived the...
Board: Diabetes 09-21-2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 852
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Conversion from mg/dL to mmol/L

The conversion factor is 18. So 5.5 mmol is 99 (multiply the mmol) and 140 mg converts to 7.8 mmol (divide by 18). If you don't have a calculator and want to ball park it, use 20 as a conversion...
Board: Kidney Disorders 08-26-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,313
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Pranayam

Typically, any form of exercise is good. But for all changes to your lifestyle, you really should check with your nephrologist to help you make a decision based on your current health situation.
Board: Kidney Disorders 08-22-2014, 06:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 975
Posted By Cora1003
Re: 15% Kidney Function Prognosis

I'm sorry that you are all in this position. Things can vary tremendously from person to person. Have you or a family member been in the nephrologists office with him? Sometimes there is perceived...
Board: Diabetes 07-12-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 879
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Frustrated! Have I crossed over from pre diabetes?

I have to agree. A non-d does not go up to 200. There are several ways to diagnose diabetes. Yes, the a1c is one test, but 2 high random bgs or 2 fastings over 125 will yield the same diagnosis.
...
Board: Kidney Disorders 07-10-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,227
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Need help understanding test results

I agree everything is well within normal limits except the glucose which is a tad low.
Board: Kidney Disorders 07-07-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 598
Posted By Cora1003
Re: gfr function on 86 in young male

I hate to put it just this way, but if you go into the ER at your age, with your Dad having had kidney problems in his 50s, and you want your kidneys tested, they are actually going to probably...
Board: Kidney Disorders 07-07-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 598
Posted By Cora1003
Re: gfr function on 86 in young male

If you don't mind my asking, do you have other underlying conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure that may affect your kidneys? Do you have a family history of something like PKD? If not, I...
Board: Kidney Disorders 07-07-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 598
Posted By Cora1003
Re: gfr function on 86 in young male

Most labs consider anything above 60 to be "normal". If you were a bit dehydrated before the labs, this could be due to the drop (which is negligible). Also, don't forget it is an eGFR and the "e"...
Board: Diabetes 07-07-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 453
Posted By Cora1003
Re: 1 hour or 2 hours after meal

It depends on your diabetes. If you are a type 2, not on insulin, both the 1 and 2 hour markers can be quite relevant. The 1 hour test will tell you how high you will spike with certain types and...
Board: Diabetes 07-07-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 344
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Please help

Did you doc do any bloodwork? That would be the first step. If you want to take a bit of info to your doctor, either find a friend with a glucose meter they are willing to lend you (reimburse them...
Board: Diabetes 07-05-2014, 06:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 529
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Anyone ever had hypos on Metformin (Type 2)

Metformin itself does not cause lows, but many type 2s have some elements of reactive hypogylcemia. So being more insulin sensitive with the met, and then your liver's production of glucose also...
Board: Diabetes 06-25-2014, 03:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 374
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Diabacor Information

Many "supplements" that claim to help diabetes have been found to contain cheap prescription medications. Another study found that 10 of 12 supplements tested contained dna of substances not on the...
Board: Transplants 06-24-2014, 06:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,820
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Prograf Dosage

There isn't really a "typical" dose of prograf. It depends an awful lot on your metabolism and digestion. What is critical is your blood levels of the drug. Do you know what your center is keeping...
Board: Diabetes 06-24-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 286
Posted By Cora1003
Re: 20 yr old diabetic severe low BP

Since she is in DKA, the electrolyte imbalance and accompanying dehydration could affect her bp. The electrolytes can affect the neurons, which can, in turn, affect the blood pressure. That's just an...
Board: Kidney Disorders 06-19-2014, 01:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,153
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Metabolic Panel : Creatinine : 1.6

Ok, first off, relax. Your kidneys are not "gone". Given the cr. # of 1.6 and the lower eGFR, there does appear to be some damage (but I am not a doc). This damage is probably due to the years of...
Board: Diabetes 06-12-2014, 02:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 367
Posted By Cora1003
Re: percentage question

By the calculator I use, the 5.79 converts to an average glucose of 120, while the 5.84 converts to 121. So basically, no difference.
Board: Diabetes 06-03-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 688
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Confused am I diabetic or pre diabetic?

The "diagnosis" varies a lot depending on the doctor and diabetes association you are dealing with. Many people treating their own diabetes and looking for help online basically consider it as being...
Board: Kidney Disorders 06-02-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 493
Posted By Cora1003
Re: should I disobey my primary care physician?

I agree with Flowergirl. Your creatinine is somewhat (although not by that much) elevated. For example, my home lab considers anything above 1.0 to be higher than normal. Obviously, your kidney...
Board: Diabetes 05-27-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 254
Posted By Cora1003
Re: infected toe

You need to see a doctor. If you can't get into your regular doc, I would go to the emergency room. An infected foot in a diabetic is nothing to be played around with.

Please keep us posted on how...
Board: Kidney Disorders 05-25-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 527
Posted By Cora1003
Re: AV Fistula consultation next week

Every person is different. The stages aren't that accurate either. I didn't go on dialysis until my creatinine was about 11 (900 in the units we use in Canada). I did "hold out" longer than many, but...
Board: Kidney Disorders 05-24-2014, 05:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 527
Posted By Cora1003
Re: AV Fistula consultation next week

From my own experience, at this point you still have time before needing dialysis. My cr. was much higher before going on. Again, from my own personal experience, be wary if the surgeon says...
Board: Kidney Disorders 05-15-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 631
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Kidney Disease

Obviously I can't give personal advice, but what I found with nephs was that the advice was always personalized to me. When my potassium started rising, then I was told to cut back. When my...
Board: Kidney Disorders 05-15-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 631
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Kidney Disease

Unfortunately, there are only general guidelines to be found in books and online. Each patient's diet is different. It is based on their bloodwork and what parts of their kidneys are still...
Board: Diabetes 05-07-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 388
Posted By Cora1003
Re: please help me understand hba1c number

That is basically 4.9%. You are doing well.
Board: Diabetes 05-03-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 8,341
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Diabacor/Diabacon

I had a quick peek. The general rule of thumb is that anything that claims to "treat" or "help" your diabetes is probably a scam. And at $97 for a 2 week supply, a very pricey one at that.

Diet...
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