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7 Symptoms To Never Ignore If You Have Diabetes

If you have diabetes watch for these warning signs that something is amiss – and make sure you know how to respond #1. Blurry vision. Vision changes may mean your blood sugar is high, says endocrinologist Alan L. Rubin, MD, author of Diabetes for Dummies, Type 1 Diabetes for Dummies and other health books in the “Dummies” series. “High blood sugar draws more fluid into the lens of the eye, so your vision is less sharp,” he explains. “The first thing to do is to check your blood sugar more frequently and bring it under better control.” Temporary blurriness may also occur when starting insulin. What to do: If problems persist despite good glucose numbers, tell your doctor. Eyesight changes may be caused by an easy-to-fix problem like dry eyes, be a side effect of some medications or even computer eye strain. But it can also be a warning sign of diabetic retinopathy – when tiny blood vessels at the back of the eye swell and leak. It could also be a sign of other vision issues like glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration. All can be treated to prevent further problems. #2. Unusual thirst and feeling extra-tired. High blood sugar is usually the culprit, according to Continue reading >>

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  1. NewSong53

    Help Needed for Type 2 Diabetic Following Dr. Jason Fung's Intermittent Fasting Routine

    A couple of weeks or so ago, I began doing intermittent fasting after reading Dr. Fung's book "The Obesity Code" and watching some of his videos. I'm doing fairly well — I've lost 5 pounds so far, and just took my baseline measurements a week ago. I only lost 1 pound after that measurement, but I have lost 1 3/4" in my waistline and feel energetic, not hungry, not thinking about food much, clear-headed and my clothes feel a little bit looser since I began fasting.
    The thing is, I am a type 2 diabetic and can't find much (probably for legal reasons) from Dr. Fung about whether to continue insulin and metformin. I fast 24 hours 2 x week and at least 2 other days I fast anywhere from 16 to 20 hours. I have been experimenting with taking humulog when my BG gets over 200, don't take my Levemir (slow-acting insulin) the night I begin my fast and have reduced it by 10 units (I started taking 60 1 x day before the fast). I never have low BG numbers even while doing a 24 hour fast — in fact they're usually 150 - 200 and sometimes as much as 220.
    I know my doctor will insist I take the full insulin to keep my BG numbers low but I will never lose weight and my diabetes will just continue to get worse and worse. I take my metformin on fast days and still get the high numbers (even if I start taking insulin again).
    Butter Bob Briggs (who follows Dr. Fung) says a type 2's insulin can spike after eating protein, even though their glucose numbers are in the normal range. The only way to know for sure is if you get a blood test and they're very expensive. But he said if someone is type 2 and obese you can bet they have high insulin levels, and the only way to reduce them is to lose the weight and continue eating low carb/high fat with little protein — no vegetarian diets — and once the desired amount of weight is lost, to experiment with carbs until you find the right amount for your desired, healthy weight.
    Have others here tried this? Are you type 2? Do you take medications during fast times? If not, do you take them when you are n-o-t fasting? Have you had any success losing weight while taking insulin if you do intermittent fasting, with regular exercise? I will continue to eat this way no matter what, because I love the way it makes me feel. But I am concerned about my high BG levels and high insulin levels from being obese.
    Thanks for any and all input!!!

  2. Pepper2017

    no I have not. I like a lot of Dr. Fung's advice. I first started following him a few years ago when I attended the online Diabetes Summit that they have every year. I think the one this year begins on Monday.

  3. Swimminggrandma

    I follow a plan where I just pick 8 hours of the day when I can eat my meals and snacks, all low carb and then for 16 hours I fast, just have water or coffee or tea, I picked 8:30 AM till 4:30PM and I am up normally around 6 so it does really bother me to wait that long to eat but it has been working great, my BG is always under 130 , last week my avg for the week was 108, this week I went to just taking my metformin in the morning only, avg this week still under 120. My hope is to be able to go without any meds and control my BG with diet and exercise only ! I have only know I had a problem since this January.

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