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What keeps you up at night thinking about your diabetes?

  • 1.  What keeps you up at night thinking about your diabetes?

    Posted 06-01-2022 11:21

    What keeps you up at night thinking about your diabetes?



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    Live Your Life Community Team
    Natasha & Erin
    community@diabetesaustralia.com.au
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  • 2.  RE: What keeps you up at night thinking about your diabetes?

    Posted 07-01-2022 11:21
    Hi Natasha & Erin
    Nothing keeps me awake about my T2D.
    My mind does at times, but nothing about my T2D.
    I'm sure everyone has nights like that, in Qld it's so humid & that makes it hard to get to sleep. 👩❤️🤠

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    Mark
    markm1066@gmail.com
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  • 3.  RE: What keeps you up at night thinking about your diabetes?

    Posted 08-01-2022 04:09
    I'm not that worried about having T2D. 

    I understand there are possible complications, but I'm trusting my exercise and diet will minimise any troubles I may have in the future.

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    Gloria
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  • 4.  RE: What keeps you up at night thinking about your diabetes?

    Posted 08-01-2022 11:34
    I don't generally get kept up at night thinking about it, but I am conscious of the fact I'm diabetic in everything I do. It is always at the front of my mind. Probably the biggest issue is the kidney failure and possibility of needing dialysis in the future.

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    Stewart
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  • 5.  RE: What keeps you up at night thinking about your diabetes?

    Posted 08-01-2022 11:37
    My peripheral neuropathy in both feet is severe which wakes me up throughout the night.  But I try to read at night to allow my mind to switch off any health problems concerning me.  A good night's sleep is so important.

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    Lyndall
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  • 6.  RE: What keeps you up at night thinking about your diabetes?

    Posted 08-01-2022 11:49
    It must be fate. I was just sitting here researching why my ankles seem to get stiff and sore (making sleeping and sitting still uncomfortable) and why I am more than ever constantly getting pins & needles in my hands and arms. I just looked up peripheral neuropathy and it describes my condition to a tee.  Something to annoy the Doc about next time I see her. What sort of treatment do you follow for it?

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    Stewart
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  • 7.  RE: What keeps you up at night thinking about your diabetes?

    Posted 10-01-2022 16:41
    Hi Stewart
    My peripheral neuropathy in both feet is treated now by Lyrica 150mg x 3 times a day.  This helps to keep it under control.  I look after my feet as much as I can.  I never walk bare footed due to the pain.  My footwear has to be fitted well and I can't and wouldn't wear thongs.  I have it in my hands also but not so severe.  Good luck with speaking to your Doc next time about your condition.

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    Lyndall
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  • 8.  RE: What keeps you up at night thinking about your diabetes?

    Posted 12-01-2022 09:56
    I find wearing socks basically 24hrs/day helps with this problem; At this present moment I have not put socks on since having shower about 2.5 hrs, they are just starting to annoy me, so will put socks on very shortly & that will fix!

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    Sandra
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  • 9.  RE: What keeps you up at night thinking about your diabetes?

    Posted 08-01-2022 12:36
    Nothing.  

    If I keep my levels fairly good & my bloods each 6 months stay the same I assume all is OK.  However my brain doesn't turn of re family & life in general which causes lack of sleep no matter what I do.  Staying up till mid night will get me 5 hrs if I am lucky.  Going to bed at 2200 means I am wide awake at 0200 or there about.

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    Noella
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  • 10.  RE: What keeps you up at night thinking about your diabetes?

    Posted 09-01-2022 09:33
    My diabetes is one of the few things that does not keep me up at night.  I monitor my BGL and keep exercising and generally eat well. Since  I retired just over two years  ago  I generally don't have too many things that wake me in the middle of the night.  I guess I am pretty lucky.

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    Gary
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  • 11.  RE: What keeps you up at night thinking about your diabetes?

    Posted 09-01-2022 11:45

    not much but given some of the responses i feel that i should share one of my experiences

    diagnosed pre-diabetic 13 years ago and diabetic 3 years ago  ..  over that time i felt reasonably smug keeping my blood sugars under good control, six monthly hba1c for ten years and three monthly over the last three have ranged between 5.1% and 5.6% with the vast majority either 5.3% or 5.5%   ...   irregular pinprick tests between 4.5 and 8 

    my gp had concerns about hyperfiltration and she referred me to a nephrologist  who (after numerous tests and eventually a biopsy) confirms that i have diabetic nephropathy  ...  basically diabetic damage causing (over some time) to have the kidneys fail  ...  this is not common in the world of the gp but well known in the world of the specialist that some people have a genetic predisposition to damage in spite of excellent blood sugar control  

    having been picked up so early there is some encouraging signs to slow the deterioration but it is cautionary  to those, like me, who felt that blood sugar control was all that was needed

    regards   david



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    David
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  • 12.  RE: What keeps you up at night thinking about your diabetes?

    Posted 10-01-2022 08:04
    Thank you David for this warning. I have also kept my sugar levels close to normal ( unless l have the rare treat). I have a slight amount of protein in the urine, also related to kidney (mal) function long term if it increases. As you say keeping good sugar levels is no guarantee of kidney health but it does slow deterioration down. Being 75, l hope to keep severe problems at bay till l die.

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    Anne Marie
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