(Closed) Diabetes – ugh

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Diabetics work for a living. Why do you think this would affect your job?

People with type 2 diabetes may not have symptoms for years but as the disease progresses and blood sugars rise, symptoms develop:

  • blurred sight
  • decreased sensation or numbness in the hands and feet
  • dry, itchy skin
  • frequent bladder and vaginal infections
  • frequent need to urinate
  • increased thirst and hunger
  • male impotence (erectile dysfunction)
  • slow healing of cuts or sores
  • tiredness

 

Fortunately this might turn out to be a wake up call. You can get more active and  lose the weight which will have a positive effect on your overall health, not just the possible diabetes. I lost 110 lbs a few years ago on Weight Watchers. I started getting more active just by going for a walk every day before work. It’s hard to make new habits, but if you stick with it, it becomes part of your routine.

Take care of yourself so you can be there for those who love you.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

What do you consider eating “very well”?

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

@starrynight:  it’s good you are getting checked out, but just because you are overweight, doesn’t automatically mean you will be positive for diabeties.  As you have already said, I think it’s great that you are working to address that for yourself!  

I’d also mention to your doctor your typical calorie consumption and your weight gain – my guess is they’d run additional tests to figure out why you’ve gained so much weight (even with the sendentary lifestyle).

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

impressive! that’s unusal to gain weight if you’ve had the same lifestyle. It shouldn’t conflict with your job becaue IF you were to be diagnosed it would more than likely be type 2 which can be managed with oral medication. If you do have diabetes and you haven’t had any symptoms while flying I can’t imagine you would start having them now. If it’s part time are you able to exercise maybe twice a week?

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would encourage you not to be paralyzed by your fear of the results of the test.

You can take charge of your body and the rest of your life. Start today by walking around the block.

Many people are overweight without being diabetic.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@starrynight:  I do understand about the FAA’s requirements now that you have told us that you are a pilot.

You can buy dipsticks at your local pharmacy and test your urine yourself or you can find a diabetic screening program where you can get your blood sugar tested free.

If you find a screening program, you will get a better idea of your status if you do a fasting blood sugar- meaning you don’t have anything to eat or drink except water for the 8 hrs prior to the test. Check online for programs in your area.

Perhaps if you do these tests on your own, (most screening programs can be done anonymously) you will give yourself time to get used to the possible results and their implications.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper

@starrynight:  can you get blood work done personally (vs. the physical for work)?  That way, you know what will show up for sure?  My gut says: chance it!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Have you thought about paying to be tested on your own first?  Then if the results are negative, you can go get the physical.  If they are positive, then maybe you can work on the weight and put the physical off for a while.

I think a lot of pharmacies and health departments offer free or low-cost diabetes screenings.  My husband and I went to one at a grocery store pharmacy last year.

 

EDIT:  I see a few of us had the same idea at the same time!  Must mean it’s a good one!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

If you’re truly eating 1300-1400 calories a day and you’ve gained 50#, you need to see a doctor no matter what. That is not normal and is a big sign that there is something else going on.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

It’s probably already over now but for anyone else who finds this post, here’s some advise.  If you are ever worried about diabetes and cannot get into a doctor, call your local pharmacies and ask if they do glucose or a1c screanings.  Most of them have a monthly time when you can come in and for a minimal fee get tested. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you eat 1300-1400 calories per day and have gained 50 lbs, I would be way more concerned with you Thyroid than diabetes! 

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