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Leg cramps, rapid pulse, frequent urination, excessive thirst. Family history of diabetes. Treatment for diabetes?

My daughter is 30yrs. old. She is having problems concentrating, leg cramps , rapid heart beat, frequent urination , crunching ice and excessive thirst. I checked her blood sugar and it was 116mg/dl. She is under a great deal of stress being a single mother after less than six months divorced. She dehydrated last Thursday and had to be hydrated IV at University ER. Family history was given with diabetes being my #1 concern. My mother died at 56 due to diabetes complications, she was also a hemo- dialysis patient. My youngest brother lost his son to diabetes about four years ago; his son was 30yrs. old. My oldest sister has been on insulin since her early 30 s with two more sisters also diabetic. One on insulin and the youngest taking oral medication. I didn t mention that she is having frequent Urinary tract infections . Need your expertise. Grateful, XXXXX
Asked On : Thu, 17 May 2012
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Hi Joan, Thanks for reaching out to HCM.

I understand your concern and the symptoms do look like your daughter is entering the diabetes zone. Since i see you have taken the tests required, from a diet point of view, I would suggest her to consume high fibrous foods which will keep the blood sugar levels in control and a Low calorie, low fat and high protein diet. Also, she should drink plenty of water and limit the consumption of simple sugars in the form of sweets, chocolates, tea, etc and also limit the consumption of refined foods such as pizzas, pastas, cakes etc. Care should be taken to include a lot of fruits and vegetables. Whole fruits are always better than Juices as whole fruits add bulk and the fiber will help in keeping the blood sugara in control. Also, since she also has UTI, its advisable to drink a lot of water. Please consult a doctor so that you can also take medication along with a good diet.

Good luck!!!
Answered: Fri, 18 May 2012
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