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All I Need is the Sun and a Psychiatrist

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I don’t talk about my endo visit for about a week because my lab results take that long to come in.  They finally came in and I can report my A1c rose from April’s 5.7 to a 5.9.  It’s what I was expecting because some things changed between April and August.  My twins turned two, the weather got considerably warmer to be more like Mars, and my anxiety levels rose.

The kids turning two brought new and interesting challenges for me to deal with.  They run faster than ever!  As a result, for safety reasons, I had to move my target range up from 80-100 to 120-140.  I didn’t like doing it and felt sluggish at first but eventually my body got used to 140 whereas it used to feel bad.

The weather being really warm has always made me feel strange.  I get overheated being out in the sun and this makes me dizzy, nauseated, and tired.  This has always happened and it seems to be genetic.  I tend to confuse those symptoms for lows so I tend to push my blood sugars up.

Anxiety symptoms can be confused for lows, too.  For some reason my anxiety rose and it just so happens those symptoms feel a lot like a severe low for me.  So I’d wake in the middle of the night, 99% sure I was really low, and I’d treat.  Then I’d test in the morning and discover with a 300 that I was not low at all.  This has happened a lot lately.  I used to feel comatose at 300 and now I can walk around and function.  I don’t know that this is a good or bad thing.  I have no clue.  Anyway, I’m being referred to a psychiatrist to further discuss the anxiety issue.  My doctor thinks that counseling will be helpful and that it seems normal to him that after 2 years of baby raising and being quite isolated, a person like me with a history of social anxiety would have those issues resurface.  He did say that I shouldn’t ignore this.  My blood pressure was perfect until I started talking about what was causing me anxiety-then it rose.  So needless to say, I feel like tackling this right away.

Almost all of my lab results came out fine.  I wasn’t checked for iron and I wonder, does anyone know if low iron causes a skewed A1c test?  I was expecting my A1c to be a bit higher, that’s why I ask.  My iron wasn’t checked but I remember that while pregnant, it was very low.  Maybe it’s low now?  I don’t know.  I will get that tested next time.

The only thing that needed to be addressed on my labs was my vitamin D level.  In a time where I’ve been getting sun, it’s very low.  I supplemented through May and then stopped because I was getting plenty of sun and didn’t want to overdose.  This leads me to worry that I’m not absorbing Vitamin D very efficiently.  Anyway, I’m going to have to take a supplement and sunbathe when I can and see where that puts me.  At least I now know what might be causing my knee and muscle pain and fatigue- very low vitamin D.  I’ve also heard that if you’re having trouble losing weight, low vitamin D may be a factor.

I want to take this time to urge you to all get your vitamin D levels tested next time you get blood work done.  It’s very harmful for health to have those levels low.  I was surprised to find out what low vitamin D levels can cause.  Luckily, the solution is a few minutes out in the sun and/or a supplement.

Vitamin d and diabetes; are you in the know?


By now you surely know the sun gives us one of the most important things in life:  no, not a great tan.  I’m talking about Vitamin D, a fat soluble vitamin which is given in perfect doses to the body by the sun.

You can supplement in order to up your levels but-uh oh, you might overdose.

If you are going to supplement because you don’t have enough sun exposure you need to ask your doctor for a blood test first.  This blood test can tell you where your level is.  This way you know where you are at before you begin dosing with a vitamin D pill or something.

Why are we told that sun exposure is bad?  Well, maybe it is because lots of us overdo it.  Where I was born, in Venezuela, people can handle more sun.  Most people are a mix of European, Indigenous, and African and their skin can tan quite a bit.  People also aren’t such fans of burning there.  Here it seems women just love to bake.  I love laying out just like the next girl but, burning is no fun.  It doesn’t look good either.  If you have fair skin, embrace it and don’t spend so much time in strong sunlight.  Get a big fabulous hat to cover you up.  That’s what I’ve done because I seem to have lighter skin than the typical Venezuelan and I’m all freckled so I do burn in certain places after about 20 minutes. 

The darker you are the more Vitamin D you need so this means every woman reading this needs to spend some time in the sun.  If after a few minutes you start turning pink-then this means you have received enough Vitamin D and should cover up before turning crimson. 

If you are a diabetic woman who is pregnant, make sure to get your levels checked!  There is a link between pregnant women with low vitamin d levels and diabetes and asthma in their children (says my allergist and other sources).  So get that cute belly out in the sun if you can! 

Here is a link to some info about Vitamin D (since I’m no doctor) click here for medical news today on vitamin D

Or check out this book which I highly recommend!


Also, on Mercola.com you can look up Vitamin D and get TONS of really interesting and eye opening information on the subject.  That is where I come up with my statements on it (just so you know I didn’t pick them out of my imagination).


So I encourage you to read this info written by doctors and be convinced that you need to definitely get out there in the sunlight, every day if possible.  Just don’t burn!