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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!


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Posted: Apr 3, 2009 11:42
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  • Protein in my urine

    I went to see my endo yesterday - of course - like we all do - wondering what my latest A1C was going to be.  Well, it was 5.7% - down abit from 6 months ago plus I've lost some weight.  Whoo! Whoo!  Though that "whoo, whoo" - quickly changed to a state of shock when the endo told me he had noticed protein in my urine.  I'm in good control of my diabetes - how could it happen?  I mean blood sugars are good and I've never had high blood pressure. So, after over 40 years of being diabetic - are complications of having it for so long starting to creep up on me - just not wrinkles around the eyes???? 

    He was pretty busy that day (it was a 1 hour wait to see him) - and I didn't really get to get down to the nitty gritty with him like we usually do.  When he said he was going to hike up the Avapro  from 150 mg to 300 mg - my brain became alert.  I was honest with him and told him -  "Uhm duh, I take it when I remember - like ... not that often".  Shaking his head - he said - "you take insulin - take your pill!".  In the medical world these meds are called ACE inhibitors that help relax your blood vessels so blood flows more freely and lowers blood pressure and puts less work on your kidney.  He had prescribed it to me many moons ago - as a preventative for having kidney problems.   Fine and dandy - but even before going on this med - I had perfect blood pressure results - so even despite one of my friends telling me to "take it" - well - I've fallen off the wagon as far as taking the Avapro.

    When I got home I went and did abit of research on Avapro (http://chealth.canoe.ca/drug_info_details.asp?brand_name_id=88&rot=4) - and what's got me even more confused was when I read a paragraph saying this medication  may not be good if you have kidney problems already.  Yikes!!!!

     So of course, I'm worried now - wouldn't you be?  Is it because I've been eating low carb diet?  I didn't have time to tell my endo this.   If it is, I'm going back to my way of eating before. Oh joy, OJ in the morning again and how I have missed your sunny smile in the morning!!!  The one thing I'm going to try to find out is what the number was for the protein found in my urine - was I on the edge, middle ... ???  I completely forgot to ask the endo this in my shock - which is not usual for me.  Of course, office is closed today - so I'll have to wait until Monday - then consult a chart I've come across as to where I stand.

     

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  • By: JWD: Apr, 05, 2009 14:43 PM

    Hey Anna, I don't know if this helps but back in 1990 I began to show protein in my urine.  My doc immediately put my on an ACE inhibtor (Prinivil/Lisonpril) 5 mg and suggested that I limit my protein intake.  My husband and I went on a mostly vegatrian diet for approx 5 years.  Now I eat protein, but still in gaurded amounts.  This is why I am concerned about a low/no carbo diet.  Hang in their girl.  And thanks for the invite (and yes of course I joined).  JWD


    By: dorisjdickson: Apr, 03, 2009 13:22 PM

    Anna

    There are many things that cause a false positive on this test - don't panic.

    In fact, have it redone!!! 

    I had a small false positive years ago - I had recently had a urinary tract infection for which even the doctor didn't know was on the list of creating false positives.  I clued her in!  I had it redone and poof it was gone.  Imagine that - a UTI causes protein in the urine.

    Why Avapro not a standard generic like Lisinopril?  And what IS your normal blood pressure?  These stupid things make most of us dizzy.  I hate it!  If your BP isn't high you REALLY don't want to cause a problem.  I take it because my blood pressure is high not for my kidneys. 

    Like I said ... have it redone in a few weeks.  Don't freak.  After 40 years the chances are really, really small that there is something actually wrong with your kidneys - so the statistics show.

    However ... if you can continue to get your A1C down ... do so.  There was research I read a few weeks ago that yet again shows CVD risk varies even between a 5.4 and a 5.7!  I've been reading for several years that the risk increases (even for non-diabetics) the closer you get to 6.0  Now it's a difference between 5.4 and 5.7!  And they don't diagnose til what?  And tell diabetics to be "happy" in the 6's! 

    Doris



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