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my mum diabetes problems

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by wacky, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. wacky

    wacky · Newbie

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    My mum was dignosed diabetic about year or so ago, and was put on tablets,which caused bad diarrohea.she was on 4 a day.They reduced her cause sugar wasnt being shown in her blood only urine so gp put her on one a day.6mths ago she started having extreme thirst fainting dizzy spells and the toilet became her home.she become quite unwell so she went back and they sent off her bloods again and they still came back very low but her urine was showing extreme high levels. so they decided after months of being ill sent to specialist whom said your blood reading 27.1 and now she on a 6 week blood screening daily at home at different times of day and her blood reading from lowest 9 to 28 and yo yo up and down daily. she having really bad diarrohea as they increased to four tabs a day.She now has very restless nights of having hypo`s and she is scared as well as my dad. the gps dont seem to be bothered and pass her from pillow to post.they said think insulin next step but they wont do until specialist says so.anyone with any advice she scared to eat as no matter what it yo yo`s she lost appetite and embarrasssed to go out in case.
  2. IanD

    IanD Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    What a strange situation - sugar in urine but not her blood :!: I DON'T BELIEVE IT :!:

    Read with care - our opinions are based on experience & should not be seen as countermanding medical advice. Diabetes is a disease that benefits greatly from self-regulation rather than sticking to fixed doses. There is even an official programme called DAFNE - "Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating."

    What does she eat? Has she been given dietary advice? A large dose of presumably metformin can be upsetting. Many people on this forum have reduced & controlled their blood sugars by cutting down their carbohydrates drastically. That means eating no breakfast cereal, & very little bread (max 1/2 slice per meal) potato, rice, pasta.... Increase the proteins & veg to compensate. They take longer to digest so she won't feel hungry - & if she does, have a piece of cheese, or an egg.

    If/when the blood sugars come down, she can reduce the tablets.

    Actually it means ignoring the NHS dietary advice which is to "eat starchy foods at each meal." That advice means giving the tablets carbs to work on. The forum advice reduces the need for tablets. I'm down from 3 to 2, & have lower blood sugars that when I was on 3. In a few months my weight, cholesterol & tiredness were reduced, & serious muscle pain ended.

    I followed the "eat starchy foods at each meal" advice for 8 years, with ever increasing sugars & tablets until I found this forum. 6 months ago I feared I was becoming disabled with muscle pain. Now I'm playing tennis again at club standard.
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