Blood Sugar Glucose Meter

Glucose meter
Credit: Judy Drake

Diabetes Diagnoses

I am in my early forties and I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes a little over 5 years ago. The diagnosis was not a surprise because both of my parents are Diabetic. Having just one diabetic parent quadrupled the chances of my becoming diabetic. Another factor that increased my risk for diabetes is I am overweight.

Prior to being diagnosed I was tired all the time. I had no ambition and I could not hurry if my life depended on it. I would get irritated easily or just be cranky all day. I would get a super hunger from out of nowhere and had to eat right then and there! It wasn’t pretty if something got in-between me and my meal; I would become a witch in a millisecond. That still continues five years later. Sometimes I was not able to quench my thirst and would just constantly drink whatever I could. Today I mostly drink water except with a meal.  There were some times when I would feel like I was going to pass out. I had many headaches. Dizzy spells were not uncommon each month.

I went to the doctor and he sent me to have blood work done which included having them do glucose testing to determine what my fasting glucose level was and what my A1C level was. I had to fast for 12 hours for the fasting test and the A1C was able to determine what my level average was for the previous three months. I went to see the doctor a week after I had the blood work done. I had elevated sugar levels and I was a diabetic. He started me on a common medication for diabetes, Metformin. I had to take this twice a day. Shortly after I started taking the pills, I started feeling better. I had energy and did not get the headaches or dizzy spells I had experienced before.


There are other things that can help your body metabolize sugar in your body Chromium Picolinate and Cinnamon pills or powder. The doctor also told me to get a glucometer and a supply of test strips and lancets for the lancet device that came with the tester. He informed me a level of 120 on the meter before I ate in the morning and 180 up to three hours after I ate are about where the level should be. He informed me about the importance of watching my sugar levels and to take care of my feet. Another piece of information he said was to start taking an aspirin each day.

I go for blood work every three to six months now to get my A1C level checked along with getting my cholesterol checked. I am losing weight slowly and watching what I eat as much as I can. It can be very difficult to watch what you eat all of the time. To prevent yourself from overindulging, it can be prudent to have a small reward once in a while especially if you exercise soon after or before you give yourself that little reward. If you do not work it off right away, you will feel it the next day or two and it is not good for your diabetes. High glucose levels too often can lead to many unexpected complications.

I was diagnosed with diabetes five years ago. I felt sluggish and tired all the time. I would get headaches and dizzy spells often. Getting the correct medications and watching my blood sugar levels are keys to feeling better and avoiding complications that diabetes can bring on.