Hello Mr Ashutosh,
Thanks for writing in.
I am a cardiologist and 70% of my patients have Diabetes Type II in addition to coronary artery disease. I read your letter with diligence.
Well you have benign essential hypertension
and Non Insulin Diabetes Mellitus
, the cause is partly hereditory part your life style (overweight and lack of exercise, stress)
When we treat diabetes and hypertension we follow these three criteria so as to postpone complications with Diabetes Type II
1. Achieving Fasting Blood Sugar as close to 110 mg% and post prandial sugar or random blood sugar never above 180 mg%.
2. Glycated hemoglobin
(HbA1C) which reflects control over preceding 12 weeks ought to be between 7-8 (ideal) and never above 8.5
3. No development of proteinuria (ideally not even microscopic proteinuria) in urine. Which
correspond to development of Diabetic changes in eye vessels. You have hypertension too, it
would not be bad idea to get fundus examination.
4. Most of the time your blood pressure recording should be around 120/80, never above 140/90.
We try to achieve it by Drugs like Metformin and if need be other oral hypoglycemic agents as you have been prescribed, Diet (low fat, low carbohydrate
and normal protein, high fiber and calories kept lowest possible to achieve target weight). Diet is taken as frequent small meals. And third pillar is Exercise, at least equivalent to daily brisk walk for 45 minutes at the speed of 5 KM per hour. Those who have to loose weight take fever calories and exercise is proportionately increased. Also fiber content of food is kept more. Those who specific micro-nutrient or vitamin deficiency
it is supplemented.
We prefer patient to take food which does not take his/her sugar too high too soon (high glycemic index
Now coming to your question:
Your diabetes and blood pressure are apparently well controlled as it you are being taken by a specialist and with your intelligence, I hope you are monitoring both yourself by home use glucose meter
and blood pressure monitor.
Please ask your doctor if the cause of your feet symptoms is peripheral neuropathy? He would prescribe medicines for it if it is present.
Last suggestion. Please Monitor your HbA1C, it helps.
If you have any other question please ask I shall be happy to answer,
With Best Wishes
Dr Anil Grover, Cardiologist
M.B.;B.S, M.D. (Internal Medicine) D.M.(Cardiology)