I have two questions that I am hoping someone can help me with. I was just recently diagnosed with early diabetes. It is not pre diabetes, but the actual early stage of type 2 that I am told by my doctor can be controlled by cutting out all sugar. She gave me no rules or guidelines and no sugggestions. I have been eating sugars of a sort all of my life, and so I am having difficulty just stopping sugar use completely. I was also told by several people that that is something I should do kind of slowly since it is early stage and therefore not critical as long as I don't "dally." My diet and health are such that I would probably have some trouble if I just quit. I have Addison's Disease (very complicated), and if I stress my body out physically or mentally, it could kill me, so I thought that just switching to Splenda and then taking it not too slow, but slow enough where I am not stressing myself out to the point that I would go into what is called an Adisonian crisis (very bad and very dangerous) it would be ok. The problem is: the last three or four days, after eating, I get nauseated, and start sweating profusely and get a bit dizzy and off balance. I also get a headache. I didn't pay any attention to it at first. I have been ill with a virus and I just chalked it off to that, but now I am beginning to wonder. Yesterday and today, I tried to keep a heads up and pay attention to when I got this, and several times now, I got the same symptoms after eating something with sugar in it. Does anyone know if that is happening because I am ingesting sugar and I'm not supposed to be? I looked to several sites and I can't seem to find anything that tells me what happens if you eat too much sugar when you have diabetes. I know that in extreme situations, it causes coma and possibly death, but this is not an extreme. It is early stage and I don't know what to expect if I eat a little sugar when I'm not supposed to. I did switch Splenda, but it was the Splenda blend, which is part sucralose and part sugar. Also,I was not told to watch carbohydrates and fruit. As a matter of fact, my doctor told me that I should eat fruit as my dessert, like a substitute for my sugar desserts. Can anyone tell me if what I have been feeling is a symptom of eating too much sugar at a meal or if I just still have that virus? I was going to ask a second question, but since I am still the longwinded one on this site, I will hold it off until after I hopefully get some help with this question. Thank you all very much... beanmarie
5 May 2011
Thurs. 5--5-2011 11:20 a.m.
Hi beanmarie. My mom was dignosed with type2 diabetes a few months ago. In my opinion I don't think your doctor is giving you good advice. Or at the very least not giving you enough info on your new diagnosis. I encourage you to see a nutritionist that specializes in diabetic care. My mom's diabetes was/is not severe but she still checks her insulin levels several times a day. The beat thing she did for herself was seeking out education on living with diabetes. There was a free class offered at our local hospital that she attended. i know that she did not have to cut out all sugar. Even my friend who has a son with type 1 diabetes doesn't and shouldn't cut out all sugar. The nutritionist taught her how to balance protien and carbs in her diet. The symptoms you are having can be caused by your diabetes. I think you really need to start checking your levels and learn about how to control your diabetes with your diet. It concerns me that your doc didn't give you more info. I think it would be benificial to seek out another doc who will give you more info asap. You don't want to wait to get control of your diabities. I know that there are a lot of resources out there. I would go on-line and see what is offered in your area. Cutting out all sugar is not the best way to manage it. You have to strike a balance of carbs and protien.
Please let me know how thins turn out. Good Luck
5 May 2011
beanmarie, I think the regular Spenda is ok for you to use. When your doctor told you to cut out the sugar, he meant all kinds of sugar, nut just what you are putting on cereal etc... You need to talk to a dietian & get a diabetic diet. It's really not that hard to do. You have a lot to learn about natural sugars in fruit etc... You can access a lot of info on the Web if your insuarance won't pay for a visit to dietian. WebMD has a lot of info. Go to their site & type diabetes in the search line. You will get a lot of info & the have news letter etc you can subscribe to. It seems so overwhelming at first, but you will get it eventually, & once you do it will seem very simple. We went through this when my husband was diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic. He lost 55 lbs (which he needed to), his sugar levels came way down, & his blood pressure too! Your docotor should supply you with a free glucose tester.
You just have tio learn how to take your sugar level with it, Yes, the headaches could be associated with your sugars levels. Going to have to quit the pastries too! That kind of stuff is bad for you no matter what diseases you have. You may well find a change of eating habits will make you feel like a new person. I don't like to call them diets, because it really isn't. It's a "change of eating habits". Good luck to you , & let us now how you are doing, or if you have any question. Another site that is good is AskDr.Gott.com He has a no sugar no flour flour diet that is fantastic. Happy eating...
5 May 2011
I was diagnosed with the same in 2003, one of the first things that my do was (I was seeing a previous doctor) but he wanted a nutritionist, me in a diabetic class, teach about foods, other diseases, medication use, importance of the medicine that I took but I am now off, it was all at the local hospital and didn't cost a dime, they offer day or night classes, I hope you are fortunate to get the infor that I did, they gave me 2 books, outlined what I needed to do, it was one of the best things I could have done! I wish you the best
6 May 2011
You've gotten some good advice. 1) your doctor sucks 2) splenda is a good substitute 3) talk with a nutritionist
Aside from that, all I can offer is my support. And of course a phone call to this wonderful doctor if you need me too! I would be more than happy to let her know her guidance through this is non existent and her bedside manner stinks. Ask for a referral for a nutritionist. And stock up on the splenda!! What is the hold up?
Aww, you know I love you!
Take care, sis.
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