I was diagnosed in April last year of Type 2 Diabetes, I was prescribed 500mg of Metformin pills to regulate my glucose levels.
I’ve been told though that Metformin pills can damage your kidneys so now I have a glucose testing kit from my doctor which I use to test before and after meal times so that why I can only use my Metformin when it’s actually needed.
How do I know my blood sugars are increasing?
Basically you’ll sweat, you’ll feel hot, you’ll get a headache and you’ll feel like collapsing.
My highest blood sugar rate so far since using my glucose testing kit was 12.2 which is high but not dangerous, if yours is around 13+ then that’s when you should take your Metformin.
How do I know if my blood sugars are low?
You’ll feel weak, lightheaded, dizzy, your speech will become slow and you’ll feel like you’re tired but other people will think you’re drunk.
The average and safe glucose rate is between 4.6 and 7.0, if your blood sugar levels are very low, it’s time for you to eat some fruit or drink a sweet drink (i.e. Lucozade) and slowly your blood sugars will return to normal.
Is it normal for some diabetic people to be fat?
Yes, because we have scheduled meal times, we need to eat when our blood sugars are low, we have to eat something each time our Metformin pills are due to be taken. Also, insulin injections can make Type 1 diabetics large. Being diabetic and overweight isn’t necessarily the person fault because the medication can increase their size.
Can diabetic people be skinny?
Yes, diabetic people can be skinny or overweight. It depends on how the diabetes is effecting their bodies.
Is dieting and cutting out all sugar recommended?
Not necessarily. Diabetes is not about sugar, it’s about how much fat your body stores and how much energy your body produces to burn it by your glucose levels. It’s all about moderation and whether or not you’re insulin dependant.
Diabetic people are allowed ice cream, chocolates, crisps (aka “potato chips”) as treats but in moderation.
Going on a diet programme is probably the worse thing a diabetic person could do because if your blood sugars go very low, you can end up in a coma which is life threatening.
The key is just moderation. We diabetic people usually eat only 3 meals daily (breakfast, lunch and dinner). But this doesn’t mean we cannot stop for a ice cream whilst out and about with our friends or treating ourselves to a pizza or noodles, we just have to take it easy. That is all.
(A man talking to a doctor)
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