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I can totally understand your consternation here at the effects of insulin shots. It is not a very pleasant feeling. However, I would advise you to ask your doctor the reason for switching you to insulin shots from pills. You should also ask your doctor if the dosage is correct. Do not switch back to pills without the express permission of your doctor. After all, the doctor knows best. 

Please void ayurvedic medicine completely for the treatment of diabetes. Many would say otherwise, but studies have shown and doctors agree that ayurvedic medicine adversely affects the kidneys and heart in people with diabetes.  Ayurvedic medicine does nothing to control your blood sugar levels. You should take allopathic medicines and follow healthy diabetic friendly diet and exercise regularly to treat diabetes.

My only advice here would be to take her to the hospital or emergency care immediately. Your mother’s blood sugar level is too high.

First of all, let me state this very strongly that you should never skip your insulin dose without consulting your doctor. You are fortunate or this could have lead to a major problem.

Always consult your diabetologist before taking such decisions. In fact, you should consult your diabetologist right now and tell him/her about this.

Regarding your question – In Type 2 diabetes, some amount of insulin is formed by the pancreas and that might be the cause for normal blood sugar level in your body, However, this can change anytime. Hence, it’s imperative that you should contact your diabetologist immediately.

Since your blood sugar level is less than 6 (it would have helped if you could have given a specific number), it can be assumed that you are in prediabetic stage. You can still avoid moving into the diabetic stage by following healthy and diabetic friendly dietary habits and being regular at physical activities like exercising, walking, jogging etc.

If you drink and/or smoke, you should quit.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of exercising. Do it daily.

Regarding whether you should go for another test, I would suggest that you should check your fasting blood sugar for three consecutive days.

Eyesight does get affected by diabetes. But the effect can be offset or marginalized by maintaining a normal blood sugar level. To maintain a normal blood sugar level, one has to follow healthy and diabetic friendly dieting habits. Here are some points that you should take into account when creating a diet plan for your mother:

  • Limit the amount of sweets to almost negligible quantity
  • Less of fatty food
  • Loads of whole grain food
  • Loads of fruits and vegetables (good source of fiber)
  • Careful control on intake of carbohydrates
  • Frequent but meager meals
  • Don’t let her overeat or starve herself
  • Maintain regular meal timings
  • Keep her hydrated
  • Plan some physical activities for her

Walking is a good way of maintaining a healthy blood sugar level. But if you cannot do that, then should focus more on your diet and try your hands at yoga.

  • Maintain a good healthy diet. Consult a dietician.
  • Take small and frequent meals at proper intervals.
  • Go for yoga. Does not involve much exertion and is very good for maintaining good blood sugar levels.
  • Do not take stress or avoid stressful situations.
  • Maintain proper sleeping habits.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking.

Try to reduce your weight by dieting and yoga if you are overweight.

Walking is the best and the simplest exercise that helps in reducing blood sugar levels. Walking helps in reducing fat and also in reducing insulin resistance. Fat and insulin resistance are the two main causes of increased blood sugar levels. Walking helps you to be more active and energetic.

Benefits of walking include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes and dementia
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your balance and coordination

Things to keep in mind while walking:

  • Don’t walk barefoot. Wear proper fitting shoes.
  • Avoid walking in extreme cold or hot weather
  • Don’t walk on uneven ground.
  • You should not walk too fast. Best pace is the pace at which you can walk and talk without feeling breathless.

You should walk 150 minutes, five times a week

First of all, let me congratulate you and your mother on maintaining an absolutely healthy HDL. HBA1c level of 6.2 indicates that you mother is pre-diabetic. Good HDL signifies healthy cholesterol levels, so you don’t have to worry on that.

Can you tell us your mother’s height so that we can get the correct BMI for her? It would help if you can give us some information on her current diet. Weight loss is not uncommon in elderly people but 37 kgs is low. Consult a dietician and design a healthy diet for your mother. Include lots of vegetables and fruits. If the weight loss was sudden, consult a doctor immediately. Also, check her blood sugar level again if the reading provided in the question is more than three months old.

It is not uncommon for people around you to grow less supportive with your diabetes care after a long period of time. You should try to find out, gently, why their support has decreased. You should talk to them and let them know that you can manage on your own very well but their support would be welcome and would make you happy.

You have been taking care of your diabetes for 15 years now. You are fairly well acquainted with the condition and I am confident you can take care of it on your own.  

Joining a community for diabetics will definitely help you in voicing your opinions, grievances and troubles. You will get support and answers to you questions. You will find people like yourself in the community who would understand your struggles and pains. It definitely is worth the time and effort.

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I can totally understand your consternation here at the effects of insulin shots. It is not a very pleasant feeling. However, I would advise you to ask your doctor the reason for switching you to insulin shots from pills. You should also ask your doctor if the dosage is correct. Do not switch back to pills without the express permission of your doctor. After all, the doctor knows best. 

Please void ayurvedic medicine completely for the treatment of diabetes. Many would say otherwise, but studies have shown and doctors agree that ayurvedic medicine adversely affects the kidneys and heart in people with diabetes.  Ayurvedic medicine does nothing to control your blood sugar levels. You should take allopathic medicines and follow healthy diabetic friendly diet and exercise regularly to treat diabetes.

My only advice here would be to take her to the hospital or emergency care immediately. Your mother’s blood sugar level is too high.

First of all, let me state this very strongly that you should never skip your insulin dose without consulting your doctor. You are fortunate or this could have lead to a major problem.

Always consult your diabetologist before taking such decisions. In fact, you should consult your diabetologist right now and tell him/her about this.

Regarding your question – In Type 2 diabetes, some amount of insulin is formed by the pancreas and that might be the cause for normal blood sugar level in your body, However, this can change anytime. Hence, it’s imperative that you should contact your diabetologist immediately.

Since your blood sugar level is less than 6 (it would have helped if you could have given a specific number), it can be assumed that you are in prediabetic stage. You can still avoid moving into the diabetic stage by following healthy and diabetic friendly dietary habits and being regular at physical activities like exercising, walking, jogging etc.

If you drink and/or smoke, you should quit.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of exercising. Do it daily.

Regarding whether you should go for another test, I would suggest that you should check your fasting blood sugar for three consecutive days.

Eyesight does get affected by diabetes. But the effect can be offset or marginalized by maintaining a normal blood sugar level. To maintain a normal blood sugar level, one has to follow healthy and diabetic friendly dieting habits. Here are some points that you should take into account when creating a diet plan for your mother:

  • Limit the amount of sweets to almost negligible quantity
  • Less of fatty food
  • Loads of whole grain food
  • Loads of fruits and vegetables (good source of fiber)
  • Careful control on intake of carbohydrates
  • Frequent but meager meals
  • Don’t let her overeat or starve herself
  • Maintain regular meal timings
  • Keep her hydrated
  • Plan some physical activities for her

Walking is a good way of maintaining a healthy blood sugar level. But if you cannot do that, then should focus more on your diet and try your hands at yoga.

  • Maintain a good healthy diet. Consult a dietician.
  • Take small and frequent meals at proper intervals.
  • Go for yoga. Does not involve much exertion and is very good for maintaining good blood sugar levels.
  • Do not take stress or avoid stressful situations.
  • Maintain proper sleeping habits.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking.

Try to reduce your weight by dieting and yoga if you are overweight.

Walking is the best and the simplest exercise that helps in reducing blood sugar levels. Walking helps in reducing fat and also in reducing insulin resistance. Fat and insulin resistance are the two main causes of increased blood sugar levels. Walking helps you to be more active and energetic.

Benefits of walking include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes and dementia
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your balance and coordination

Things to keep in mind while walking:

  • Don’t walk barefoot. Wear proper fitting shoes.
  • Avoid walking in extreme cold or hot weather
  • Don’t walk on uneven ground.
  • You should not walk too fast. Best pace is the pace at which you can walk and talk without feeling breathless.

You should walk 150 minutes, five times a week

First of all, let me congratulate you and your mother on maintaining an absolutely healthy HDL. HBA1c level of 6.2 indicates that you mother is pre-diabetic. Good HDL signifies healthy cholesterol levels, so you don’t have to worry on that.

Can you tell us your mother’s height so that we can get the correct BMI for her? It would help if you can give us some information on her current diet. Weight loss is not uncommon in elderly people but 37 kgs is low. Consult a dietician and design a healthy diet for your mother. Include lots of vegetables and fruits. If the weight loss was sudden, consult a doctor immediately. Also, check her blood sugar level again if the reading provided in the question is more than three months old.

It is not uncommon for people around you to grow less supportive with your diabetes care after a long period of time. You should try to find out, gently, why their support has decreased. You should talk to them and let them know that you can manage on your own very well but their support would be welcome and would make you happy.

You have been taking care of your diabetes for 15 years now. You are fairly well acquainted with the condition and I am confident you can take care of it on your own.  

Joining a community for diabetics will definitely help you in voicing your opinions, grievances and troubles. You will get support and answers to you questions. You will find people like yourself in the community who would understand your struggles and pains. It definitely is worth the time and effort.

I can totally understand your consternation here at the effects of insulin shots. It is not a very pleasant feeling. However, I would advise you to ask your doctor the reason for switching you to insulin shots from pills. You should also ask your doctor if the dosage is correct. Do not switch back to pills without the express permission of your doctor. After all, the doctor knows best. 

Please void ayurvedic medicine completely for the treatment of diabetes. Many would say otherwise, but studies have shown and doctors agree that ayurvedic medicine adversely affects the kidneys and heart in people with diabetes.  Ayurvedic medicine does nothing to control your blood sugar levels. You should take allopathic medicines and follow healthy diabetic friendly diet and exercise regularly to treat diabetes.

My only advice here would be to take her to the hospital or emergency care immediately. Your mother’s blood sugar level is too high.

First of all, let me state this very strongly that you should never skip your insulin dose without consulting your doctor. You are fortunate or this could have lead to a major problem.

Always consult your diabetologist before taking such decisions. In fact, you should consult your diabetologist right now and tell him/her about this.

Regarding your question – In Type 2 diabetes, some amount of insulin is formed by the pancreas and that might be the cause for normal blood sugar level in your body, However, this can change anytime. Hence, it’s imperative that you should contact your diabetologist immediately.

Since your blood sugar level is less than 6 (it would have helped if you could have given a specific number), it can be assumed that you are in prediabetic stage. You can still avoid moving into the diabetic stage by following healthy and diabetic friendly dietary habits and being regular at physical activities like exercising, walking, jogging etc.

If you drink and/or smoke, you should quit.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of exercising. Do it daily.

Regarding whether you should go for another test, I would suggest that you should check your fasting blood sugar for three consecutive days.

Eyesight does get affected by diabetes. But the effect can be offset or marginalized by maintaining a normal blood sugar level. To maintain a normal blood sugar level, one has to follow healthy and diabetic friendly dieting habits. Here are some points that you should take into account when creating a diet plan for your mother:

  • Limit the amount of sweets to almost negligible quantity
  • Less of fatty food
  • Loads of whole grain food
  • Loads of fruits and vegetables (good source of fiber)
  • Careful control on intake of carbohydrates
  • Frequent but meager meals
  • Don’t let her overeat or starve herself
  • Maintain regular meal timings
  • Keep her hydrated
  • Plan some physical activities for her

Walking is a good way of maintaining a healthy blood sugar level. But if you cannot do that, then should focus more on your diet and try your hands at yoga.

  • Maintain a good healthy diet. Consult a dietician.
  • Take small and frequent meals at proper intervals.
  • Go for yoga. Does not involve much exertion and is very good for maintaining good blood sugar levels.
  • Do not take stress or avoid stressful situations.
  • Maintain proper sleeping habits.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking.

Try to reduce your weight by dieting and yoga if you are overweight.

Walking is the best and the simplest exercise that helps in reducing blood sugar levels. Walking helps in reducing fat and also in reducing insulin resistance. Fat and insulin resistance are the two main causes of increased blood sugar levels. Walking helps you to be more active and energetic.

Benefits of walking include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes and dementia
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your balance and coordination

Things to keep in mind while walking:

  • Don’t walk barefoot. Wear proper fitting shoes.
  • Avoid walking in extreme cold or hot weather
  • Don’t walk on uneven ground.
  • You should not walk too fast. Best pace is the pace at which you can walk and talk without feeling breathless.

You should walk 150 minutes, five times a week

First of all, let me congratulate you and your mother on maintaining an absolutely healthy HDL. HBA1c level of 6.2 indicates that you mother is pre-diabetic. Good HDL signifies healthy cholesterol levels, so you don’t have to worry on that.

Can you tell us your mother’s height so that we can get the correct BMI for her? It would help if you can give us some information on her current diet. Weight loss is not uncommon in elderly people but 37 kgs is low. Consult a dietician and design a healthy diet for your mother. Include lots of vegetables and fruits. If the weight loss was sudden, consult a doctor immediately. Also, check her blood sugar level again if the reading provided in the question is more than three months old.

It is not uncommon for people around you to grow less supportive with your diabetes care after a long period of time. You should try to find out, gently, why their support has decreased. You should talk to them and let them know that you can manage on your own very well but their support would be welcome and would make you happy.

You have been taking care of your diabetes for 15 years now. You are fairly well acquainted with the condition and I am confident you can take care of it on your own.  

Joining a community for diabetics will definitely help you in voicing your opinions, grievances and troubles. You will get support and answers to you questions. You will find people like yourself in the community who would understand your struggles and pains. It definitely is worth the time and effort.

I can totally understand your consternation here at the effects of insulin shots. It is not a very pleasant feeling. However, I would advise you to ask your doctor the reason for switching you to insulin shots from pills. You should also ask your doctor if the dosage is correct. Do not switch back to pills without the express permission of your doctor. After all, the doctor knows best. 

Please void ayurvedic medicine completely for the treatment of diabetes. Many would say otherwise, but studies have shown and doctors agree that ayurvedic medicine adversely affects the kidneys and heart in people with diabetes.  Ayurvedic medicine does nothing to control your blood sugar levels. You should take allopathic medicines and follow healthy diabetic friendly diet and exercise regularly to treat diabetes.

My only advice here would be to take her to the hospital or emergency care immediately. Your mother’s blood sugar level is too high.

First of all, let me state this very strongly that you should never skip your insulin dose without consulting your doctor. You are fortunate or this could have lead to a major problem.

Always consult your diabetologist before taking such decisions. In fact, you should consult your diabetologist right now and tell him/her about this.

Regarding your question – In Type 2 diabetes, some amount of insulin is formed by the pancreas and that might be the cause for normal blood sugar level in your body, However, this can change anytime. Hence, it’s imperative that you should contact your diabetologist immediately.

Since your blood sugar level is less than 6 (it would have helped if you could have given a specific number), it can be assumed that you are in prediabetic stage. You can still avoid moving into the diabetic stage by following healthy and diabetic friendly dietary habits and being regular at physical activities like exercising, walking, jogging etc.

If you drink and/or smoke, you should quit.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of exercising. Do it daily.

Regarding whether you should go for another test, I would suggest that you should check your fasting blood sugar for three consecutive days.

Eyesight does get affected by diabetes. But the effect can be offset or marginalized by maintaining a normal blood sugar level. To maintain a normal blood sugar level, one has to follow healthy and diabetic friendly dieting habits. Here are some points that you should take into account when creating a diet plan for your mother:

  • Limit the amount of sweets to almost negligible quantity
  • Less of fatty food
  • Loads of whole grain food
  • Loads of fruits and vegetables (good source of fiber)
  • Careful control on intake of carbohydrates
  • Frequent but meager meals
  • Don’t let her overeat or starve herself
  • Maintain regular meal timings
  • Keep her hydrated
  • Plan some physical activities for her

Walking is a good way of maintaining a healthy blood sugar level. But if you cannot do that, then should focus more on your diet and try your hands at yoga.

  • Maintain a good healthy diet. Consult a dietician.
  • Take small and frequent meals at proper intervals.
  • Go for yoga. Does not involve much exertion and is very good for maintaining good blood sugar levels.
  • Do not take stress or avoid stressful situations.
  • Maintain proper sleeping habits.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking.

Try to reduce your weight by dieting and yoga if you are overweight.

Walking is the best and the simplest exercise that helps in reducing blood sugar levels. Walking helps in reducing fat and also in reducing insulin resistance. Fat and insulin resistance are the two main causes of increased blood sugar levels. Walking helps you to be more active and energetic.

Benefits of walking include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes and dementia
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your balance and coordination

Things to keep in mind while walking:

  • Don’t walk barefoot. Wear proper fitting shoes.
  • Avoid walking in extreme cold or hot weather
  • Don’t walk on uneven ground.
  • You should not walk too fast. Best pace is the pace at which you can walk and talk without feeling breathless.

You should walk 150 minutes, five times a week

First of all, let me congratulate you and your mother on maintaining an absolutely healthy HDL. HBA1c level of 6.2 indicates that you mother is pre-diabetic. Good HDL signifies healthy cholesterol levels, so you don’t have to worry on that.

Can you tell us your mother’s height so that we can get the correct BMI for her? It would help if you can give us some information on her current diet. Weight loss is not uncommon in elderly people but 37 kgs is low. Consult a dietician and design a healthy diet for your mother. Include lots of vegetables and fruits. If the weight loss was sudden, consult a doctor immediately. Also, check her blood sugar level again if the reading provided in the question is more than three months old.

It is not uncommon for people around you to grow less supportive with your diabetes care after a long period of time. You should try to find out, gently, why their support has decreased. You should talk to them and let them know that you can manage on your own very well but their support would be welcome and would make you happy.

You have been taking care of your diabetes for 15 years now. You are fairly well acquainted with the condition and I am confident you can take care of it on your own.  

Joining a community for diabetics will definitely help you in voicing your opinions, grievances and troubles. You will get support and answers to you questions. You will find people like yourself in the community who would understand your struggles and pains. It definitely is worth the time and effort.