?I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and take metformin three times daily for it. my blood sugar runs about 150-200 daily as i check it twice a day. I have it because of the medications i take. recently i have been noticing this strange pain in my toes. it feels like i stubbed them really bad but numb at the same time. my wife pulled on them the other night and popped them. actually made them feel a bit better. i only became worried because i had a friend who died from diabetes. he never went to the doctor until he had black toes and they had to amputate them. then his organs began to fail. now he did have type 1 and never went to the doctor as some of the old fashioned macho men do. my father dies of lung cancer which would have been much more treatable had he not waited so long to visit an oncologist. by that time he had to have a large portion of his lungs removed and shortly after he got colon cancer. the cancer had metastasized to every part of his lymph glands. i quit my job and school and took him everywhere i could to extend his life but he finally lost his battle about 12 years back. i dont want to die in pain and have a horrible lifestyle like that. anyway back to the toes. any advice? i dont have a doctors appointment for months now. should i wait and tell her or try and get in? any ideas on what a dangerous level for my blood sugar is? john
You could be experiencing some early neuropathy symptoms in the toes. One of the things high blood sugar does is damages the nerves, especially peripheral ones (ones further away from the torso so feet, hands, legs etc) High blood sugar is damaging to other body organs too especially the kidneys. Luckily Diabetes 2 can be controlled. It is mainly through diet, exercise, weight loss and taking good care of your body. Normally the blood sugar should be between 70 and 100 or so. With diabetes, you want to try to keep it under 150 as much as you can but you dont want to drop too low. You want to try to avoid spikes. Blood sugars above 200 are too high-you will feel bad when your sugar gets too high or too low so if you dont feel well, check your sugar and pretty soon you will about know where your sugar is by the way you feel.
Hemoglobin A1C is a test that will tell you your average blood sugar over the past few months. The Drs will test it every 3-6 months. In the meantime try to limit carbs-starchy and sugary foods-things like bread, potatoes, rice, noodles, corn and desserts with sugar and white flour. Carbs that you do eat should be whole grains. Eat veggies, lean meats, poultry and fish, beans, and small amounts of whole grains. This will help keep your blood sugar down and level. Drink lots of water to stay well hydrated. The American Diabetes Association has a great website. Learn all you can about diabetes. Some people can lose weight and tweak their diet enough to where they dont need medication any longer. This doesnt mean that they are cured but it does mean they are under control. You may want to meet with a registered dietician so she can teach you and your wife how to cook and eat for your new lifestyle. You are going to have to start watching what you eat, get off your behind and exercise and take much better care of yourself. If you do this, you dont have to worry about anything much. You do have to take good care of your feet. If you have any cuts you must get them treated right away. Diabetics are more prone to having infections so it is important not to let cuts and abrasions go.
I just read your blood sugars and after that I didn't read the rest right away, You must get your blood sugar down. It is too high, and you either need more exercise, a better diet, more water, more med or all of the above. You know the complications from watching a friend. Watch the color of your toes, if they get dark, or dark red, and cold, see your doc immediately. You should see a podiatrist since you are diabetic, even to cut your toenails. If you're worried, make a podiatry appt. They are the experts with feet. You have to be really careful with your feet when diabetic.
I have diabetes II also, make an appt. as soon as possible to a podiatrist. You don't know how important your feet are until you loose them. I go every three months. Technology is Awsome. They take X-rays, take blood pressure of your legs, cut your nails, massage them, put your feet in a tub with jets in them. They make your feet feel great.
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