I’m definitely no doctor so please don’t take anything I’m saying here as medical advice.
As we age, and since we both need to lose weight, we’ve been reading more and more about Types 1 and 2 diabetes. Back when Vince first went through his heart issues, because his blood glucose levels were somewhat elevated, one of his doctors recommended that he get a meter and, not every day, but on some routine frequency, check his blood glucose levels. Vince got the meter and checked his levels religiously for a month or so but hasn’t been doing it.
When I was in the hospital, my levels were elevated but the doctor said that also could have been caused by the meds I had been taking so, towards the end of last week, I checked my levels and I was within normal range. Vince checked his and he knows he needs to lose weight but his levels weren’t bad . . just on the extreme upper end of normal.
Yesterday we were in Walmart . . I know . . not going out anywhere this weekend . . but they had the health screeners there checking blood glucose, blood pressure, and a couple of other things. Vince said “Let’s get ours checked here and then do it again when we get home to make sure our meter is fairly accurate.” I said . . you can check yours again at home but I’m not pricking my finger again. When Vince got home, he checked his and it was 132, which is better so either it came down our that’s the difference in our machines.
I sat down and told the lady “I just finished breakfast not even an hour ago and drank a Dr. Pepper.” She said “Yours may be a little high then” but mine was 96. Vince’s was 140 . . again, the very upper end of normal for two hours after a meal. The lady said not to worry about it since it was only an hour after he had eaten and had a big glass of orange juice.
We try to check our blood sugar on Thursdays. We check it when we get up, and then again two hours after a meal. If it all looks ok, we don’t check it again for a week or two.
Vince is really doing good with his exercising. He does cardiac rehab which is a full hour of exercising three days a week. He’s still eating way too much junk food and we’re eating more bread than we should be eating. About all I’m doing is walking and you can bet I haven’t been doing that with this heat we’ve been having. Early in the mornings I have chores to do outside before it gets too hot but there haven’t been any 5 mile walks around the property in over a month. I wish we had room for a treadmill or exercise bike but we just don’t. Maybe next house . .