Sleeping Problems and Diabetes: Reader’s Experience Part 1

Sleep aids and sleeping problems are the usual topics that we like to tackle in our blog posts.  We feel that the more sleep awareness that we provide for our readers, the more knowledge they will have about the benefits and risks that sleeping produces for the body.  Last week, we blogged about the possible connection between sleeping and diabetes and apparently one of our readers had a deep personal connection with blog post.

“Every once in awhile I’ll fish around the web to find some health related news and I happened to stumble on your sleep blog.  The post from last week was about sleeping problems being linked to pre-diabetes.  I clicked on the link that brought me to WebMD’s description of type-2 diabetes and made some interesting discoveries of my own.  Keep in mind, I read medical blogs just to stay up to date with all of the research and discoveries that are being made.  I like knowing where today’s technology is taking us.

After reading your post and clicking on the WebMD link, I made it to the symptoms page where I found some interesting info that directly correlated to myself; I had six of the nine symptoms listed for type 2 diabetes.  My first reaction was: hmmmm, that’s odd, but its probably nothing… can’t happen to me.

Later that night I went over to a friend’s house who happened to be a type 2 diabetic and brought up my little discovery.  Almost instantly, she whipped out her blood glucose meter and told me that she could check out my number for me.  Personally, I wasn’t to thrilled about it because I had to prick my finger for blood, but I knew that it would be good to know my number.  While my friend was getting everything ready (the meter, the tiny needle and the tester strip) she told me that normal blood glucose levels are between 60 and 120.

Before the process began my friend told me that the prick from the needle doesn’t hurt, it would be more like a pinch instead of a stab. Good news for me.  So she started; she put the test strip in the meter and poked my finger.  The tiny amount of blood that came from the poke was quickly brought together with the test strip and the meter counted down. 5 … 4 … 3… 2 … 1: 392.  My blood glucose level was twice the number that it should have been.  My mind went blank.”

This type of scenario can happen to anybody if you think about it.  Diabetes is a serious health disease that in some cases, people may be living with it without knowing about it.  If you’re experiencing any sleeping problems or any of listed symptoms that point towards diabetes, please seek medical assistance.  Stay tuned for more posts on this reader’s on going experience with sleeping problems and pre-diabetes.

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