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Gene Ames, Jr. (@gamesjr)

Glucose Level of diabetics?

Diabetes & Endocrine System | Last Active: May 13, 2019 | Replies (31)

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@dorisena I have had the same problem since I was diagnosed with Diabetes 2 on April 7, 2016, almost three years ago. I was referred to an endocrinologist who did the entire check for everything to get the starting point for treatment. I had decided that I did not want to take any medication but to control with diet and exercise. That is what I have done, but my morning numbers are still higher than what they should be. The Dr. told me my morning should be 120 or lower and the afternoon should be under 180. However, my morning numbers are rarely in line; they are in the 130's, or 140's and sometimes higher depending on what is going on in my life. I am encased in stress and that always elevates my numbers. The one thing the endo. told me was that as long as the afternoon numbers had dropped and were in range, then he would not worry. He attributes my higher morning number to my age (75). He said as we get older, our organs slow down and as long as they continue to lower by afternoon, he is not concerned. So I have higher in the morning and then the numbers drop in the afternoon. I was exercising until I developed foot neuropathy; now I am having trouble walking, but I hope to find something that will help that so that I can get back to power walking again. I know exercise helps, but it doesn't make up for age. Are you older? There are ways to be in control of diabetes and there are situations where nothing helps. As they say, "It is what it is." We just have to do the best we can and hope we make good choices. I think we all will be better in the warm sunshine and pretty days. Let me know if I can do anything to help you and just to talk.

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Oh, thank you so much for sharing your experience. It makes sense that at age 83 everything is slowing down especially since my doctor put me on those BP pills that make me sleepy. And I don't accept not being able to do everything I have always done, which is my personality. Yesterday I checked late in the day and my number was not high, so that was good news. I am still playing around with when to take the Metformin as my son's doctor gives different instructions than my endocrinologist. But I can't see her anymore, because my AIC is below 7 and that is a Medicare thing, I presume. The system doesn't want you well, I think. I am trying to figure out what besides lack of exercise causes my morning numbers to fluctuate, so I can try harder. When the garden work starts, I will be motivated to work more but I still must stop and rest often because of my back surgery. I suspect those side effects may be permanent by now because it will soon be three years since the surgery. I have never studied the kidney to check for more problems, but I may read about it a little. I know that some days I am at 105 in the morning so naturally I want to make that happen all the time. I have lost maybe five pounds in the last month but am trying not to become discouraged because loss of weight is important for BP control which my doctor is insisting upon. He shows no interest in improving my diabetes, however, and never has, for about fifteen years. Thanks for being my cheer leader, which is badly needed as I live alone, and my family says nothing. You don't need to wear a uniform for me or grab pompons, as I am happy with someone showing some interest in me.

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