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Reducing the stresses helps to control diabetes to a large extent.

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I was diagnosed as type 2 diabetic in 1988.My HbAc1 has never gone beyond 7.5% but my medications went on increasing and once upon a time I was taking Januvia 50 twice daily before that I took Amaryl M2 thrice daily. I am a project management executive and my doctor advised me that my job stresses are the one which is causing the problem and advice me to take cool jobs where there are less stresses and you can maintain dietary and physical exercise routines without any stress hangover after the job. I thought it over as this job was paying me much more but, then I decided in favor of the health and resigned took to training and consultancy jobs and resorted to regular walk for 6 Km and some Gym workouts and a specially made multigrain Dalia meal in lunch and dinner . Now my medication reduced to just one tab of gycomet gp1 daily and my HbAc1 is also maintaining between 5.5 to 7 depending upon touring and out side food.

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Hi kanaujiavijay you are so right that reducing stress is a must for everyone as stress exacerbates all negative conditions and situations and we don't realise how stressed we've become sometimes.

So good for you as exercise is a great stress buster. 😊

RoadRunner44 profile image

I'm so glad you took such a good decision as we only have one life . I have prediabetes but I experience neurological symptoms from my feet, hands and other parts of my body. Have you ever experienced these and if yes, how did you deal with them. I'm so uncomfortable.

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sandybrown in reply to RoadRunner44

As a pre diabetic you are experiencing these problems. Are you taking medication or on a life style change. ? What is your HbA1c blood test number?


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RoadRunner44 in reply to sandybrown

Hi Sandy,, You seem to be very knowledgeable about diabetes. I am seeing my doctor this coming week to discuss the way forward. I don't know anything about the numbers you mention and hope to get some answers. I want to help myself by finding out as much as possible about my condition. I have only been told by the diabetic nurse to eat healthily and watch the carbs. . It didn't help that she said my readings two years ago were high enough for it to be picked up but wasnt. I would appreciate any advice you can give me.

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sandybrown in reply to RoadRunner44


I am not a medical person to offer you any advice. Can help.

Seven years ago I was told by the GP practice diabetic nurse that I am diabetic!!

I refused medication an went on a life style change and regular exercise at the gym.

This was difficult, I had to do my own research as very little help available. I controlled my food and drinks intake, watched out for free and hidden sugar in food and drinks and ate smaller portions.

I drank boiled cinnamon water morning and evening, ate soaked table spoon of fenugreek in water, drank the water and ate the soft fenugreek. It was difficult.

I go for regular eye check, foot check and blood testing, now days it is HbA1c, the blood can be taken any time and it is not fasting, average blood sugar over 90 days.

Fasting blood glucose test is also there.

You can get the blood test numbers from the Internet.

Write down all your questions before your appointment and then write down all the answers. Go for life style change with regular exercise first.

Low carb diet is best you need to understand this. In UK there is XPERT course available for newly diagnosed diabetic person.

You need to look at your weight and waist, try and reduce both of them to start with.

Learn to check carb and sugar in food and drinks labelling. There are many food and drinks with hidden equal sugar.

There may be earlier blood test records, start keeping you health records, very important. Ask for a home test device to check blood glucose, the question is do I need to check blood glucose at home?

Let me know how you get on.

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RoadRunner44 in reply to sandybrown

Oh thank you so much Sandy for taking the time to write back with such sensible advice. I feel so much better after reading your return post and your words have instilled confidence in me . Many, many thanks, take care and I'll let you know how I get on after seeing the doctor.

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kanaujiavijay in reply to sandybrown

In fact, diabetes never get controlled unless the person himself is ready to understand his own body language and one to experiment the responses of the body on three accounts 1. Mental Stress 2. Dietary restrictions 3. Excercise if all these things are taken under control so that your BMI is around 20 you do not need any medication for diabetes

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kanaujiavijay in reply to sandybrown

My Av FBS remains normally 124 and HbA1c number most recent is 6.5. Above readings are with only one Glycomet gp1 tab in the morning with B/F only evening 5-6 Km brisk walk and 30min Gym and meal of long crushed wheat mixed with whole Bengal gram, whole green gram and fenugreek mixed in a ratio of 1: 0.5: 0.3: 0.1. This combination of whole grains eaten with any cooked green veg. In between I so feel hungry every 2 hours and I normally take baked ground nuts or digestive biscuits.

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kanaujiavijay in reply to RoadRunner44

I did experience burning of feet sole and frequent cramps in the calf muscules but now it has significantly reduced with my new life regime.

ramana42 profile image

Great news indeed!

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When people with type 2 diabetes are under mental stress, they generally experience an increase in their blood glucose levels. ... This means that they can experience either an increase or a decrease in their blood glucose levels. When you're under physical stress, your blood sugar can also increase.

Some people with type 2 diabetes are very sensitive to stress. It causes the body to produce especially high levels of stress hormones, which drive blood sugar levels up.

Results of longitudinal studies suggest that not only depression but also general emotional stress and anxiety, sleeping problems, anger, and hostility are associated with an increased risk for the development of type 2 diabetes.

Amaryl M2 (brand name) is a drug combination of Glimepiride (2mg) + Metformin (500mg).

Glimepiride is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Glimepiride lowers blood sugar by causing the pancreas to produce insulin (a natural substance that is needed to break down sugar in the body) and helping the body use insulin efficiently. This medication will only help lower blood sugar in people whose bodies produce insulin naturally.

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Metformin is in a class of drugs called biguanides. Metformin helps to control the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood. It decreases the amount of glucose you absorb from your food and the amount of glucose made by your liver. Metformin also increases your body's response to insulin, a natural substance that controls the amount of glucose in the blood.

Januvia (brand name) Sitagliptin (generic name) is used along with diet and exercise and sometimes with other medications to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally). Sitagliptin is in a class of medications called dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. It works by increasing the amounts of certain natural substances that lower blood sugar when it is high.

Using metFORMIN together with glimepiride can increase the risk of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. You may need a dose adjustment or more frequent monitoring of your blood sugar to safely use both medications. ... Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.


kanaujiavijay profile image

Nice details thanks.

HOBIEONE profile image

Stress also affects me. My bg drops like a stone when stressed. Its weird & not predictable.

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kanaujiavijay in reply to HOBIEONE

It means that you are not diabetic. Those with already have symptoms of type 2, will generally have high BG under stress condition low BG conditions can occur only in cases of access drug or excercise. My BG drops sometimes when somehow my usual timings of taking meal is delayed.

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HOBIEONE in reply to kanaujiavijay

I am T1 & for a long long time.

Aajkal profile image

Stress creates hormone called cortisol which increases insulin levels which in turn results in insulin resistance (excess insulin).

It’s good that you took a right decision to switch the job. I suggest you to stop taking milk & milk product, starchy food. Have carbs in moderation & more of vegetables, protein. I am following above for last 2 years which has reduced my tablet. Please keep gymming & walking. It will surely give good results. Have faith in what u r doing.

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sandybrown in reply to Aajkal

What is the connection between stress and milk products?

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HOBIEONE in reply to sandybrown

None ! , I have drank milk all my life.

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