Went to see the doctor 6 months ago for swollen ankles. Got my diagnosis from the A1C test they did. Sure explained a lot of problems I was having. Taking meds now and feel a lot better, but am having a hard time getting control of this thing. I try to eat right and exercise and still I yo-yo. I did well for awhile and then I got a cold. Can’t believe what that did to my readings. It has been up and down way outside the 50 points I allowed myself. Does anyone ever get a handle on this or will it always be like this?
Hi Ladygardeenya, Welcome to the Type 2 Diabetes community. Thank you for sharing your story. Being newly diagnosed with diabetes can feel overwhelming, not to mention frustrating, at times. The stress a cold/illness puts on your body can certainly result in higher blood sugar readings that should improve once you are better. I am glad to hear you are feeling better since starting medication. What medication are you on? Have you experienced any side effects? Remember when checking your blood sugar it is just one moment in time and will vary from check to check. Blood sugar is most likely to rapidly change (possibly more than +/- 50 points) following a meal, after exercise, when treating a low blood sugar or after insulin (if you take it). If you continue to see wide fluctuations in your blood sugar readings or readings that are consistently out of the target range your doctor has set for you it may be time to adjust your medication (increase dose vs. adding a new medication). Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the T2DM team of moderators if you have any additional questions. Take care. Meryl Krochmal, RD CDE Community Moderator.