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Diagnosed Type 2 Do I Still Need To Test

Diagnosed Type 2 Do I Still Need To Test

Was diagnosed in May and given Metformin and told to take morning and night and that was it , should I be testing blood sugar levels being type 2 as I wasn't given anything x

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

what scares me the most is i went to the dr with a pain in my knee and he tested and told me i have osteoarthritis i needed to loose weight. so i told him i had not changed my diet and gained weight. so i said let check my thyroid. so he checks it and says your thyroid is fine but you have diabetes. of course i asked if he had the right person.lol and gave me pills and i was on my way. now i have no idea how long i have had diabetes before this but i know i hadnt felt great for a long time. WAKE UP CALL

edited, originally posted over 4 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I am not sure if it was my failure to pay attention or if the Doctor's evaluating my test results were a bit blase about informing me of the seriousness of the oncoming illness. I wish someone had grabbed me by the collar and given be a stern bracing! I am reading case after case where patients were not given information about probable consequences of behavior that continued unchanged. I realize that the responsibility was primarily mine but I cannot escape the impression that patients are allowed to blindly meander into a crisis before any focused education takes place. By then some complications have occurred and are irreversible causing permanent suffering and disability.

posted over 4 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

If that was all you were told you need a new Dr. Diabetes is not a 1 pill cures all Disease

posted about 4 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

It sounds very much like what I heard when I first learned I had type 2 diabetes. I had it for several years without knowing it. All my testing was borderline so it was not a concern for the doctor. When I discovered it I was in the hospital with Severe Edema in both legs. We did the testing and found my glucose levels were in the mid 200's all the time. So I began with Metformin 1000 mg 2x daily.( Which is the max recommended dosage). I monitor my numbers for blood pressure, and glucose twice every day to keep them under control. Weight gain is a side effect of Diabetes hunger cravings, where you eat more than you realize. The weight will also effect the joints in your legs and their strength to support your body. Testing is very useful to help you learn about how Diabetes works on your body. It also will help you to avoid poor eating choices because it will remind you twice daily if your numbers are too high. You should be able to get a free meter from your doctor, just remember that the testing supplies are not cheap and may not be covered under all insurance. But well worth the cost to know your results daily. Best wishes and I hope it helped!

posted about 4 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I hope by now you have seen a Dr. to help you with your diabetes. If not get one. There is so much more to treating than just taking pills. Yes you should be testing everyday.

posted over 4 years ago
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