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Hyperglycemia problem

Posted by
Tim Z on March 10, 2001 at 10:28:41:

Hi,

I was diagnosed with diabetes a little over a year ago when I was 20 (however, no one knows what type I have). After finding out I had this condition, I started a diet and exercise program that keeps my blood sugar in a perfect range (90-110 mg/dL). I am not on medication, so the diet and exercise are all I have to keep my blood sugar stable.

Since my blood sugar has been so good, I stopped testing it for about one week. During that time, for the first time while I had diabetes, I got some type of sickness. So, I decided to check my blood sugar and it was up to 280!

The symptoms of the illness have been gone for about 4-5 days, but my blood sugar is still up to those very high readings, and it shows no signs of coming down. When I try to bring those high readings down with exercise, all that happens is my blood sugar goes up! I can't win. There is nothing I can do. This is really annoying me, because I try so hard to keep my blood sugar in the normal range, but everything that worked before is now useless.

Has anyone had a similar experience? How long does it take for the blood sugar to decrease after an illness (assuming that is what is causing this)?

BTW, I contacted my doctor. But, I am interested to see what kind of input I get from people on this BB. Thank you everyone.

Tim



Re: Hyperglycemia problem (Archive in diabetes.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 12, 2001 at 08:05:34:

In Reply to: Hyperglycemia problem posted by Tim Z on March 10, 2001 at 10:28:41:

Hi, Tim.

At your age diabetic control is fragile at best. ANY stress (like an illness) can easily push one over the edge of his cliff and then it is the devil's own to get back in control. Your doc should have explained this to you.

Spend some time on the archives about stress and about SR. That will give you more ammunition to get back into control AND to keep control. You have a LONG time to live with this (hopefully).

Let us know what you learn and if you still have any questions.

Walt



Re: Hyperglycemia problem (Archive in diabetes.)

Posted by
Tim on March 14, 2001 at 20:34:15:

In Reply to: Re: Hyperglycemia problem (Archive in diabetes.) posted by Walt Stoll on March 12, 2001 at 08:05:34:

Hi Dr. Stoll thanks for the reply.

My BG is still up, but I have been able to bring it down with exercise. The problem is my BG rises back to the 200's quickly after exercise and then stays there. So, the temporary lowering of my BG from exercise only last a few hours.

My C-peptide test was a 2.3. I am producing insulin; that's good. My doctor is going to give me Glucophage to see if that helps. I don't particularly like the idea of consuming a strange chemical, but if that's what I have to do then that's what I have to do. I'm hoping my BG will return to normal before I get the Glucophage so that maybe I won't have to take it at all.

Iíve been looking for negative side effects from Glucophage. It seems to be pretty safe. It does cause a B12 deficiency, though. Supposedly, if calcium supplements are taken with the medication some of this can be avoided.

Iím somewhat concerned that this drug might cause me to get hypoglycemic because its method of action is to lower the production of glucose by the liver. Most of the glucose my body gets comes from the conversion of protein to glucose in the liver since I eat a low carb diet. If this stuff lowers glucogenesis I could get in trouble. Are there any supplements that work similarly to Glucophage? Thanks.

Tim



Re: Hyperglycemia problem (Archive in diabetes.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 16, 2001 at 08:45:14:

In Reply to: Re: Hyperglycemia problem (Archive in diabetes.) posted by Tim on March 14, 2001 at 20:34:15:

Hi, Tim.

No experience with Glucophage.

Walt

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