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Recognizing Diabetes Symptoms In Men

Diabetes is a disease in which your body cannot produce enough insulin, cannot use insulin, or a mix of both. In diabetes, sugar levels in the blood go up. This can cause complications if left uncontrolled. The potential health consequences are often serious. Diabetes raises the risk of cardiovascular disease and can cause problems with your eyes, skin, kidneys, and nervous system. Diabetes can also cause erectile dysfunction (ED) and other urological problems in men. Fortunately, many of these complications are preventable or treatable with awareness and attention to your health. Diabetes Symptoms Early symptoms of diabetes are often undetected because they may not seem that serious. Some of the mildest early diabetes symptoms include: frequent urination unusual fatigue blurred vision weight loss, even without dieting tingling or numbness in hands and feet If you allow diabetes to go untreated in these early stages, complications can occur. These complications include issues with your skin, eyes, and nerves (including nerve damage, or neuropathy). Watch out for bacterial infections in your eyelids (styes), hair follicles (folliculitis), or fingernails or toenails. Additionally, ma Continue reading >>

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  1. spotty

    Is it possible for A1C to go lower in a month?

    I'm 27 & on October 29, my doctor gave me a A1C test & said I was pre-diabetes with 5.9. I took it extremely serious but now I feel like I'm going crazy worrying about getting it lower. I'm the first to admit that I had a massive sweet tooth, I couldn't go a day without having some kind of chocolate. I'm 5'6 & was 143 when he diagnosed me. I immediately cut out all sweets, junk, and refined sugar. I've been watching my diet & excercised every chance I could. I'm doing Tae Bo Advanced 6 days a week for 45 minutes & running 3 days a week for 30 minutes in addition to that. That along with dieting helped me drop 12 pounds so far.
    I do understand that the A1C is measured every 3 months, so I can't even bother getting tested for this again for 2 more months. The thing is though, I can't help but obsess about getting it lower. I tried asking my doctor but he told me I was worrying too much & to not concern myself until I'm able to test again (it's not easy to not think about though) I know it's only December 1 but I can't help but wonder though if it's possibly, it could have possibly gone down even just a tiny bit? I just cant help but obsessively worry about this

  2. smorgan

    I think he's right and you're worrying too much. But, yes, A1C can change in that short a period. It measures conditions for 3 months, but is heavily weighted in favor of the last 2 or 3 weeks.
    If you can't stop obsessing, just take $9.95 to Wal-Mart and buy a mail-in self-test. The 4 or 5 days to get the result may seem like an eternity but it's much less than 3 months. You can do that as often as you like.
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    Originally Posted by spotty
    I'm 27 & on October 29, my doctor gave me a A1C test & said I was pre-diabetes with 5.9. I took it extremely serious but now I feel like I'm going crazy worrying about getting it lower. I'm the first to admit that I had a massive sweet tooth, I couldn't go a day without having some kind of chocolate. I'm 5'6 & was 143 when he diagnosed me. I immediately cut out all sweets, junk, and refined sugar. I've been watching my diet & excercised every chance I could. I'm doing Tae Bo Advanced 6 days a week for 45 minutes & running 3 days a week for 30 minutes in addition to that. That along with dieting helped me drop 12 pounds so far.
    I do understand that the A1C is measured every 3 months, so I can't even bother getting tested for this again for 2 more months. The thing is though, I can't help but obsess about getting it lower. I tried asking my doctor but he told me I was worrying too much & to not concern myself until I'm able to test again (it's not easy to not think about though) I know it's only December 1 but I can't help but wonder though if it's possibly, it could have possibly gone down even just a tiny bit? I just cant help but obsessively worry about this

  3. Spunky

    To answer your question, here is a recent post by someone who lowered her bg in 3 days: I believe !
    Your A1c of 5.9 means your average blood glucose (bg) for the past 3 months was about 123, which ain't half bad. Many diabetics would kill to get their A1c into the 5% range.
    I am also prediabetic, that is why my doc wouldn't give me a prescription for a meter and test strips, so I went to Walmart and bought my own... ReliOn brand. That's about as cheap as you can get them. You should be keeping tabs on your bg. That way you won't have to wonder if it is going up or down, you'll know. I test my fasting bg first thing in the morning. Also 1 hr. after meals to see how high that meal takes my bg, then an hour after that to see if my bg has gone higher or lower. Ideally it would be lower, but it could go either way, depending on what I eat.
    It is good that you cut out sweets, junk, and refined sugar because carbs are the main thing that cause bg to rise. Just keep in mind that almost everything has carbs in it, so be sure to read nutrition labels. If you want to know what most of us diabetics do and don't eat, check out LCHF for beginners | Dietdoctor.com If you eat something that takes your bg too high, cut it out of your diet. Us prediabetics and type 2's have to eat to our meters because everyone is different.
    Check out the recipe section of the forum so you can satisfy that sweet tooth and maybe even get your chocolate fix.
    Welcome to the forum.

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