my dr told me last week my sugar level was high but did not tell me the # and what i should do cept for stay away from sugar items such as cakes, candy, bread, pies, etc etx. should i call the office to ask the level it was. its also possible taking 2 many tylenol can cause a rise in blood sugar?
How do u know if u r pre diabetic?
Added 15 Jun 2012:
is it true 2 many tylenol can cause a rise in my blood sugar, i take 4 pills a day for my pain as its all my drs will give me cept 4 tylenol3/codeine which i only take if the pain is really bad, should i b concerned?
16 Jun 2012
Normal blood glucose (or blood sugar) levels for a person in a "fasted" state (or having not eaten for 6 hours or more) should be between 65-99mg/dL. Pre-diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance, as it is sometimes called, is when the fasting blood glucose is 100mg/dL to 125mg/dL. Another way to diagnose diabetes is with a hemoglobin A1C test. This test determines the blood glucose levels average for the past few months. A level of pre-diabetes is a hemoglobin A1C of 5.7 to 6.4. Diabetes is diagnosed at >6.4. Tylenol will not affect your blood sugar. You should limit your intake of carbohydrates, so foods containing sugar and starch. When you do eat carbs, you should choose whole grains rather than white bread and limit sweets to "on occasion". Remember that fruits and fruit juices can be high in sugar. Limit juices or dilute with water. Fruit is good for you so you still want to eat fruit but you do have to be mindful of how much you eat.
Try to avoid white flour and white sugars altogether. these kinds of carbs are usually high in glycemic index and low in nutritional value. Just try to eat a healthy well balanced diet. also exercise is important. Try to get 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day. Drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated. If you are overweight, you should try to lose some of the extra weight. Loss of 10% of your total weight is a good goal if your BMI is above 30. If you are very heavy, even 10lbs can make a difference. There are several sites with a BMI calculator. BMI is body mass index. It takes in account of your height to weight ratio. Normal BMI is 18.5 to 24.9. There is a good calculator on the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Go online and do research. There is a lot of info on diabetes and what you can do to prevent it. The American Diabetes Association is a good place to start. You might want to ask the Dr for the actual number so that you know how close to diabetes you actually are. So in short, the best things to do are to eat right, lose weight, exercise and drink plenty of water.
16 Jun 2012
Hello. Dzoobaby is very correct with the info. After you get the A1c blood test, get in to see an endocrinologist, or have that doc prescribe the lab test. Depending on your medications besides the Tylenol, you should be aware that some raise your blood sugars. for example the prednisone and prograf I am on causes a medically induced diabetes. As said, Tylenol does not affect blood sugar levels.
Also be careful with the Daily Tylenol. The kidneys and liver are sensitive when diabetic or pre-diabetic and are easier to damage with Tylenol. I would recommend you have a more complete workup and bring in a list of questions to the doc.
The good news is that diet will control the early state and you won't need more than healthy eating and learning to count your carbohydrates per meal. The dizziness may be low blood sugar, although in Type II my experience is that is rare unless you are exercising heavily. You did not give your age, but I assume you are an adult.
Eat fresh fruit and whole grains as it has lots of fiber which keeps sugars even. I control my disease with diet, eat regular food and have an A1c of 6.1. Since I am sedentary, diet is really the key. Right now I enjoy watermelon and balance with protein. Haven't used insulin in a couple weeks. You will get the hang of it. I don't recommend artificial sweeteners because they rev you up and all you do is overeat. Carbs look real good, then, and taking insulin is not good to always counteract overeating. I have a friend who thought she could eat anything and take insulin to balance out her blood levels. My friend is going blind. she just wouldnt believe it.
The dizziness can be corrected with 4 ounces orangejuice,some honey or sugar, two mentos. Doesn't take much.just don't drive if you feel lightheaded. If your sugars crash,so will your car.
It is great that you have a handle on this. Am sure you will have new questions. Keep us in mind. Karen
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