Corey Melke please read and help....

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Please read and help...It's been a rough day today.
I haven't even shared this with anyone - friends, blog, fb, etc...yet.

I have been very tired, thirsty, dry mouth and eyes, loss of appetite and just basically...not feeling like myself and went to the ER this am today. I knew something was wrong...the nurse told me i was "jet lagged".
I made her do blood work and a urine test and to my surprise...I was told I have diabetes. CRAZY rt? I am a super healthy person and my glucose was almost 500. To say tears fell, would be an understatement.

The Dr. said that I may have had it for a while but my running and stuff kept in under control. My grandmother had it, so I always knew I had a high chance of getting it.

So, this vacation has been full of surprises...running on - blood testing and no drinking...I still feel like crap...have lost 7 pounds too.

So now I need help...anyone out there a marathoner with diabetes? I need help with carbs/sugar/ etc. knowledge, balancing, etc.

I run a half in 45 days in Nashville.

For the next week..i have to get my sugar under control...

  • Marlene E.
    Marlene E.

    Corey I'm really sorry to hear that. I hope someone on here can give you some good advice.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • John K.
    John K.

    I'm sorry to hear about this. This is not the end by any means.

    Brett - @Zentriathlon is your source of info. His wife is a endurance athlete and a diabetic. Teach out to him on twitter. He is an good man and and excellet coach. He speaks the truth.

    http://www.zentriathlon.com/

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Danny W.
    Danny W.

    Wow....You can conquer this!!!

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Felix W.
    Felix W.

    Corey, I'm sorry to hear that, wish you can got your info from here or out there (anywhere) soon. take care and you can do it ! god blessing you .

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Mimi
    Mimi

    Oh, sorry to hear this. Is it type 2 or type 1? I have type 2. I think a lot of it is going to be trial and error and figuring out how everything (food, exercise, stress, etc.) affects you. Test a lot. Wish I could offer more advice but I don't run long. Glad you got yourself checked out and diagnosed. Hope you feel better soon.

    over 2 years ago Like2 people

  • Mimi
    Mimi

    If you don't run with some sort of ID, please start! And it would be good if it indicated you have diabetes. Something like Road ID. And you might want to start carrying your meter and fast acting carbs with you on runs. For me, being low and being high often felt very similar so there were times when I thought I was low but was really high so I learned to test before taking any carbs.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Aric K.
    Aric K.

    That's a tough change that you're going to have to deal with, for sure. However, I'm quite sure that it will not stop you from nearly any activity you want to participate in, provided you are good about managing your levels and so on. Exercise is an important way to manage it any way. You will adjust and do very well.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Javier P.
    Javier P.

    Being that my father is diabetic I take precautions myself. I learned that you have to control your blood sugar when you eat so taking supplements like Chromium Picolonate will help control blood sugar when eating. Also adding cinnamon to your cereal or oatmeal along with some protein. Try to avoid all whites that includes white flour, potatoes, white bread as those tend to turn into sugar in your body. If you do that it well keep your blood sugar in check and your weight as well.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Connie Y.
    Connie Y.

    drop me your e-mail I will forward it to a runner with diabetes and takes insulin based on her sugar levels- You may want to purchase a book for diabetes and dive into learning about quality/quanity of carbs- each are represented by units and can be so helpful for you! Glucose Revolusion- amazon it!

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Jeannie G.
    Jeannie G.

    Wow! Good to hear you finally figured out what's been going on. I'm sure you will find tons of support and information. Key will be fueling frequently especially before, during, & after runs

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Rose B.
    Rose B.

    So sorry, good luck

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Mili L.
    Mili L.

    I am so sorry to hear that. I don't have diabetes but I have a heart condition which means I have to treat my body in a very similar way because my heart is incredibly sensitive to blood sugar changes. The first thing to do is get a bracelet with your medical info. And always carry any meds with you, plus some kind of sugar. It's smart to take both a quick acting sugar source and a slow release one. Those shot blocks would be ideal. Diabetes is sucky, but it's a lifestyle change, not a death sentence.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Darren C.

    Sorry to hear Cory. Every male on my wife's side has it and they're all overweight and inactive. You are an ATHELETE and super healthy and aware and you'll manage this like every other challenge in life and put others to shame. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Chris
    Chris

    Corey. My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 12. He will be 21 this month, so we have had diabetes as a part of our lives for many years. I know that adjusting to this is very difficult, but you will be able to do everything you were doing before. You just have to put a little more planning into it. My son is not terribly athletic, so I only have generalized advice for running. But I do know a good bit about diabetes and how to manage it in general. Shoot me a PM if you like.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Jason B.
    Jason B.

    Sorry about the diagnoses but keep your head up. You’re a healthy active person and I would imagine only minor adjustments will be needed to keep things under control. My Grandma had diabetes her entire life and she lived a very long and active lifestyle. Stay positive and remember we are all here for you.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Corey M.

    Thanks everyone! My diabetes is the genetic kind...I think type 2. I have lived a healthy, active life...I've been eating well (vegetarian) since 6th grade....I know this is not a death sentence, I know. It's just frustrating. Thank you for all your love and support.

    over 2 years ago Like3 people

  • Kim V.
    Kim V.

    I'm glad you found out what's wrong. I'm so sorry! You have your active, healthy lifestyle on your side. I bet you will be able to control it just fine now that you know.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Jenny Jbird
    Jenny Jbird

    Hi Corey! I'm glad that you were able to figure out what's wrong but am sorry to hear you have to deal with this. There are a lot of endurance athletes with diabetes and many of them write blogs! Do a quick search or PM me and I can send you some links. That might be a great resource for you. Hopefully you can get set up with a doctor who understands how best to balance your running with the diabetes. Are you running the Nashville Women's Half? I'll be there! Maybe we can meet up! :)

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Kathy
    Kathy

    Corey, my online buddy, I am so very sorry.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Helene W.
    Helene W.

    I am very sorry, Corey. The "good" thing about diabetes is that it can be controlled. I have two friends with diabetes and they really live a healthy, happy life. (One is a runner.) I am so glad that you are already getting great advice from all your DM buddies.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Michael E.
    Michael E.

    Wow, so sorry to hear this. Take your time getting good knowledge before you race. I agree Road ID is a must for you now. I'm sure you will overcome. Stay strong!

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Julia F.
    Julia F.

    Man, you've been having quit a summer, haven't you. It's interesting that your Doc. said that your blood sugar was probably kept in check by your running. Exercise is key, keeps everything moving, even all that sugar. >^..^< my heart goes out to you.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Jim D.
    Jim D.

    I had the opposite situation happen. Shortly after I started running I was diagnosed diabetic. After two years of running and life changes I was recently diagnosed no longer diabetic. One of the things I learned was many of the energy supplements (energy bars, electrolyte drinks, GU, etc.) runners use are really high in processed sugars. For electrolyte drinks I found Nuun.which also happens to be a vegetarian product according to their web site and uses Stevia instead of sugar. Hope this helps.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Rene R.

    Stay strong!

    about 2 years ago Like