Why does higher blood sugar feel more healthy?It's been 2 years since it got stabilized.
February 24, 2012 12:44 PM Subscribe
Why would my dad feel worse after getting his Type II diabetes elevated blood sugar under control? It doesn't seem to be an adjustment-period thing - he's been in the proper range for almost two years and still feels far worse than he did with high sugar.
posted by dust.wind.dude to Health & Fitness (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
He takes metformin and something else, I don't remember, but I'll check with him and come back and tell.
He was fairly slim/active/healthy diet before his diagnosis (and is still all of these things) - Type II is just a genetic tendency in my family - and was a bundle of energy. He only found out because of a workplace health screening.
He has been treated successfully and has had stabilized levels for the better part of 2 years now, and he still finds that when he is within "normal" levels (below 100) he needs to nap frequently, aches all over, is cranky and foggy, just feels wiped out. When he is out of range slightly (generally 100-120 or so) he feels energetic, clear-headed, and healthy. Changing his meds to different ones or different combinations has had no effect. He was also on cholesterol lowering medications - tried both statins and something else - but I believe stopped those at least 6 months ago.
What could be causing this? The internet only tells me that people feel like this in the first month or so of treatment as their bodies adjust to the new levels, but this has been 2 years! Is there something he can ask his doctor about? Could this be a sign of something else wrong? Could it just be that his body runs better on a different "norm" than textbook? (If so, can you link me some science on that so he can take it to his doctor?)
I know YANMDDD (you are not my dad's doctor), but I would really like to help him find something he can ask his doctor about and get better.