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Type 2 Diabetes—A death sentence?

Okay, here goes nothing. Well, I am actually hoping that here goes something.doctor

I just returned from the doctor after not seeing her for a couple of years. This is not a good thing, but without insurance, it makes it very expensive to manage type 2 diabetes. Just an office visit without any tests is close to $300.

Anyway, I was able to qualify for Minnesota Care which is a form of insurance for those of us who are not exactly destitute but don’t make enough to afford traditional insurance.

As soon as I was approved for this insurance, I made a doctor’s appointment and told them I needed to get everything related to diabetes checked.

We checked everything.

I told them to take enough blood to test everything they possibly could.

They didn’t need that much. Three small vials.

This was on a Friday. I checked MyChart—which is an app that some healthcare systems use to make for better communication between a healthcare team and a patient—that evening and got the results I had dreaded…

A1c resultWhen I looked at the results I felt like I was receiving a death sentence.

The A1c result

My A1c was 11.2. That is a pretty high result. It means over the previous 90 days my blood sugar was around 270 on average. A 270 blood sugar/blood glucose reading is undesirable.

A standard range for an A1c is between 4.8 and 6.0%.

I knew the result would be high. I had been testing about 350 on average in the morning. After I ate, sometimes over 600.

I saw the number and I was honestly frightened. I had been having a lot of pain in my feet. And I felt like crud most of the time.

The Lipid Panel

lipid, triglyceride, cholesterolThe test results just kept looking worse and worse…

The next test results I looked at were for my Lipids. I just about had the heart attack that my lipid panel suggested I was on my way to.

We hear so much about cholesterol and I really don’t know what to think about it other than it is a bad thing when it reads 287 and the max for it is 200.

The thing that really got to me, though, was the triglyceride number which was 420. It should be at a max of around 134!

I had to look up what triglycerides are. Basically, it is the amount of fat in your blood. My first thought was, “Wow! It is pretty bad when even your blood is fat!”

I quickly looked up what this would be to my life…. Heart Disease was the answer. Not the answer I was hoping for, let me tell you!

I then looked at what I could do to lower the triglyceride number. Lose weight, exercise were the main ways to lower it. Watch what I eat.

These were always the same answers. I wanted to shout, “I do watch what I eat. Everything I eat…I watch it as it goes from my eating utensil to my mouth!”

What does “watch what you eat” even mean?!

Well, most of us probably know what it means, but it is frustrating! Watch what I eat! In other words, eat food that is fairly bland or tastes like the stuff it was fertilized with, or isn’t available in small-town Minnesota! I can’t tell you how many times I have looked for eggplant and couldn’t find one—even in the larger grocery stores.

Urine Microalbumin Test

urine, kidney, microalbuminThis one had to do with my kidney function. You see, when you have high blood sugar readings for months and months on end, your kidneys can begin to fail. Another unfortunate side effect of diabetes.

I found this on WebMD to better explain the Albumin and the microalbumin urine test. You may explore this more at their website WebMD.

What Is Albumin?

Albumin is a protein your body uses for tissue growth and repair. But if your kidneys aren’t working quite right, albumin starts to leak into your urine.

What Is a Microalbumin Urine Test?

A microalbumin urine test checks for small (or “micro”) amounts of albumin in your urine — at levels so small a regular urine test might not find them. It can be a sign of kidney disease.

Well, fortunately for me, my kidney function is still within the normal range. Definitely, something to be grateful for!

Basic Metabolic Panel

Everything in my basic metabolic panel was within normal ranges.

The basic metabolic panel includes things like sodium, potassium, chloride, ECO2, BUN, creatinine, calcium, ANION GAP along with some other things.

It also included my blood glucose reading which was 308 at the time… I had only drunk a couple of cups of coffee that morning and my level was still that high…

What’s next?blood test, diabetes

My doctor’s office called me on Monday and went over the results with me. We set up an appointment with a diabetes educator for later that week.

My next post will go over what happened at that meeting.

It gave me a lot more hope I can tell you that much.

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About the author

Karin Nauber is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 25 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has nine grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 13 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at karin@diabeteshealthnuts.com.

18 thoughts on “Type 2 Diabetes—A death sentence?

  1. I imagine this is hard to share. There is hope. I have witnessed people in a similar situation reverse type 2 and I know you. You are strong, smart and have a team behind you. As someone who also has significant health issues, my hope is that you know you have strong support behind you!

    1. Thank you for visiting my site. It is hard to share. There have been many ups and downs in the 13 years that I have dealt with type 2 diabetes. I am confident that this condition can be reversed and that it will happen within 2021!

      Thank you for your support and strength!

      Karin 🙂

  2. This sounds exactly like what I’m currently going through, It’s almost word for word my experience in the last two weeks. It’s going to be hard and something I’m going to work on but I have one doctor saying it’s diabetes and another doctor say it’s auto immune and could be hoshimotos disease. Thanks for writing this, it made me feel a lot better.

    1. Thank you for visiting our site. I am sorry to hear of your struggle. I hope the doctors are able to figure out what is going on and give you a good course to follow to make it better. I looked up Hashimoto’s Disease… Not good, but with hope, your doctors can pinpoint it and offer healthy solutions to the problem.

      Please feel to visit our site again as I will be adding more information about the next steps and the progress.

      Karin 🙂

  3. This is very interesting information. My wife is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and also my father in law as well. We all started eating a low-carb/keto diet. My wife’s diabetes is completely under control, and my father-in-law’s doctor basically said that he “cured” himself through his eating.  Have you done any research on this way of eating in reference to type 2 diabetes?

    1. Thanks for visiting and sharing with me how your family members fought back! I truly believe that we can reverse this condition through healthful eating. I also do not believe that carbs are the enemy. We need healthy carbs in our diet. That is what my healthcare team and I are working on now—healthful eating! It’s a challenge, but I feel I am up to the challenge. I will be meeting with the diabetes educator next week to see where I am at and to plan our next steps. I don’t want those next steps to include more medication…

      Karin

  4. I am glad to read that the diabetes educator had good news for you. I completely understand when you explain that you had to wait 2 years to be able to see the doctor. The price of insurance has become prohibited for most of us. It’s are relief you qualified for Minnesota Care. A lot of people are also left out of Minnesota Care.

    1. Thanks for visiting our site. It’s been a long road and the past 2-4 years have been especially challenging, but with hope and hard work, I will be back on track soon!

      Karin

  5. Thank you so much for this article, I love the fact that you have explained this content in detail and also using yourself almost as a case study, although, I understand that you also are in need of information and caring for yourself while living with this condition. Both my grandparents were greatly affected by Diabetes and ultimately passed away because of it as it led to heart disease. This article will really make people more aware and I feel that is amazing.

    1. Thank you for visiting our site and for your comments. The intention is to make this a series as I go through this struggle to get that A1c down and keep it down. Ultimately, I feel I will be able to reverse the condition.

      So many people die from the “side-effects” of this condition. I don’t want to be one of them and I don’t want anyone else to either!

      Have a great day and check back soon!

      Karin

  6. Hi Karin, I’ve gone through your article about type 2 diabetes. Sometimes learning something new can be very scary, but anyway I’m grateful to have come across this educative and helpful post. I never knew that diabetes has type 2, which sounds more like a death sentence. I will be visiting your website to learn more about it and I am truly thankful to you for sharing this valuable information with us. I promise to share it further to spread the word.

    1. Thank you so much for visiting our site and for your comments. I appreciate your help in spreading the word about diabetes. It is a very frightening condition that can result in so many things such as amputations, cancer, heart disease, stroke, neuropathy, and so many more conditions.

      But I am a firm believer that the condition can be reversed and controlled and lead to a much healthier life if we know what to do.

      To our health,
      Karin 🙂

  7. Hi there, Karin! Thank you for sharing this. I am sure there are others out there who may be having similar experiences to you. To find out these all things from the doctor pretty much within just a 30 minute session can be traumatic. But like with anything, there is always hope! By taking even the smallest steps to make changes in one’s lifestyle, things can always improve! It definitely will not be an easy path, but the effort one makes will never go to waste! One can start pretty much anywhere from taking on a more active lifestyle like walking everyday to slowly reducing portion sizes of foods with carbohydrates/sugars (biggest thing that contributes to Hba1c and triglycerides from what I heard) or eventually replacing them with more foods with higher protein or fiber content.

    1. Hi Mike. Thank you for visiting our site and for your valuable comments.

      My favorite thing about walking is that nearly anyone can do it. Some may have more difficulty, but if you are physically able to walk, the only thing stopping you is you. I think the hardest thing about exercise or the lack of it, is the ability to accept the fact that we are responsible to do it for ourselves.

      Yes, carbs and sugars do add to the A1c, however, cutting them entirely out can be just as bad for us. When a person understands the role of carbs and telling the difference between a “good” carb and a “bad” carb, it can make a lot of difference.

      Thank you!

      To our health,
      Karin 🙂

  8. Hi, & ntmu. I really want to read your article as I find over the years that diabetes as are many types (by now 5 types are knowing in the UK) is a real life-threatening situation. I must admit I really love the content of your article as I just finish my 2nd University, in Health. Love everything relating to the health of the body, bones, articulation, diseases.

    Ok, so, regarding T2 diabetes. As I’ve been showing a diabetic nurse I know for sure that this is not the way of talking with the patients. 

    Diabetes is not just about what you are eating, it is made part of it but not just bcs you are eating once, let’s say/ week bad food it made triglycerides and bad cholesterol or even the microalbumin from kidneys to go up. Nooo. 

    Bcs the body is not able to produce enough insulin to keep the inside mechanism going normal in other words to metabolise glucose, which we all know is sugar. This course diabetes.

    My humble opinion about this, do not trust all doctors, if the 1st say a bad thing to you go to another if the same, go to the third. Then you count the answers.

    I’ve tried to add a link to the NICE guideline website title was”Type 2 Diabetes” very informative and descriptive but unfortunately,I was not able to, apologies.

    much blessings to you

    1. Hi and thank you for your very thoughtful comment on my article.

      I whole-heartedly agree—don’t just trust the first doctor you talk to! If I had gone with just the information I had received from my first doctor when I was diagnosed with this condition, I would probably be six feet under right now.

      I hope you will be able to check back on my site again. You can either send me the link to that site or just type it into another comment. That should work, then I can make it a direct link. I am always looking for more information!

      To our health,
      Karin 🙂

  9. I am glad to read that your kidney function is still within the normal range. And also that your basic metabolic panel was within normal ranges too.

    I know that you’ll get back on track concerning the rest. And please continue sharing your experience with us. I learned a couple of things from this post in particular.

    1. Hi Abel,

      I am glad you learned a few things from the post. I will continue to share things that may be useful to some of my readers. I think education is the best way to combat many of the conditions that ail us.

      To our health,
      Karin 🙂

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