Lowe Blood Sugars

By Annie93 Latest Reply 2011-03-16 17:45:18 -0500
Started 2011-03-12 07:33:08 -0600

I am having an issue with keeping my sugars below 150. I know it is not good but seems the only way i cna keep them down is if i dont eat. I have been diabetic for 2 years and i am sttill having a hard time. I have adjusted my diet but still haiving problems. Does anyone have any suggestions??

27 replies

irene11 2011-03-16 17:45:18 -0500 Report

i am learning so much from all you
i have type 2
from reading ,from all you
i now know i have been a dy for 2 years
i have nevropathy in legs wow! very painfull
well thanks for the info
Irene Cape Cod,Ma

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-03-12 21:32:27 -0600 Report

Everyone has mentioned diet but you might also want to look at your medications.I was stuck in the high 150's recently no matter what I did but recently I stopped taking Lovastatin due to other side effects it was throwing at me and starting the next day I've been in the 120's at most, my highest being 128.

After noticing the difference I looked to the internet and found that sometimes Statins can increase insulin resistance in Type 2s. I think that is what was happening to me because nothing else has changed in my life.

rij061258 2011-03-12 22:41:30 -0600 Report

I wonder if that is why I can't get mine closer to normal range. I take a Statin for high cholestrol. Unforunately I can't come off it right now.

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-03-13 11:55:11 -0500 Report

It very well could be, since Lovastatin was causing me so many other problems I'm vowing to do everything else on earth to lower my cholesterol without a pill. Not counting my fish oil pill. Seeing a 30 point drop the day after I stopped showed me I'd rather not have to take it.

Lori J
Lori J 2011-03-12 19:37:50 -0600 Report

Did you ever ask your Dr, about adding insulin or pill to help you out with your high sugars, exercising helps too. Just remember every diabetic is different then the next, so something someone else may be doing might not work for you. Ask your Doctor what he suggests.

Kirla 2011-03-12 12:53:20 -0600 Report


This is what helped me. Good luck.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

Annie93 2011-03-12 13:01:03 -0600 Report

Thanks Kirla, i will try that. It cant hurt to try. I also eat veggies but i could eat a little more. :).

Kirla 2011-03-12 13:11:20 -0600 Report

Just make sure there low carb. Not all veggies are good for us.

Annie93 2011-03-12 13:16:37 -0600 Report

ok. iwill give it a try. Not sure how to sat it politically correct but i dont have the issue that some diabetics have with needing to lose weight. I really want to get my sugars down to where i don't have to worry about everything that i eat. I will be 44 yrs old this year and this diabetes is wieghing heavy on my shoulders. my husband is very supportive but it still weighs heavy on my shoulders. Sometimes i feel like giving up but i dont.

jayabee52 2011-03-12 12:13:31 -0600 Report

Howdy Annie!

You say you've adjusted your diet. HOW have you adjusted your diet? What have you done to adjust it?

I remember after being first Dx'd that I tried to eat "light". (I really had no concept of what a carb was) My eating light was eating rice cakes and things like that. I didn't have good BG#s from. Dr told me that wasn't the proper diet to get my BG#s down, but wasn't very specific about how to get my numbers down.

So in what way have you modified your eating?

Not eating is not the way to do it. You do need BG to fuel your body & brain. If you don't eat your body will react in a number of ways. Your liver may dump its store of glycogen, which brings your glucose up. Also, you become ravenous, and tend to consume nearly everything you see. And a lot of times that leads to overeating, and eating the wrong stuff.

Please let us know how you are eating & drinking in resposnse to your Dx of D. Perhaps, then we can make suggestions of how you can tweak your eating.

Lynette (realsis) and Alan suggested adjusting your meds, and you may need to do that. But you may not need to adjust them as much, or at all. If you get your eating adjusted better.

Blessings to you and yours, Annie!


courtcat79 2011-03-12 13:18:12 -0600 Report

I always thought that not eating would be a good thing for bg#'s until my doctor explained the whole liver and spilling out excess glycogen. I find that if I eat more protein and things that are average to high in fiber my sugars do better. Salads are a good thing to eat-they work wonders you just have to watch what you stick in them. But JayaBee is right, not eating is the worst thing you can do.

Annie93 2011-03-12 12:44:18 -0600 Report

Thanks Jayabee52, i have been eating whole grains, cut down on my rice and pasta in take. (I eat about 1/2 cup when i cook them). I eat lite yogurt. I drink plenty of water therough out the day. If i feel myself grtting hungry and it has only been an hour since i ate, i drink water. I have also been eating lots of salads with healthy stuff on top like sunflower seeds, raisins (only a few). Am i eating the correct things? Do i need to adjust them?

tabby9146 2011-03-12 16:12:23 -0600 Report

Those things you are eating are great! I eat more whole grains and veggies than anything. Try to find a brown rice that you like the taste of and don't eat white rice. I LOVE my white rice, but I never have it anymore. I found Uncle Ben's in the box brown and wild rice together, put it in the microwave (it's in a pouch) and in a minute it's ready. This is the only one I"ve found that I really like. I used to buy the dried raw rice, in the pkg. and cook it on the stove, like I always did my white rice, but never liked it. Always drink lots of water, which you are doing, and I eat sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and a handful of mixed nuts low salt daily. Watch out about eating too many nuts or seeds, they can be very fattening and have too many calories, a handful of each is good. I am always surprised at how that kind of protein makes me feel full like for a snack between meals, and I did not eat much. Find a 'natural' peanut butter that doesn't have all those oils and fat, like Smucker's natural I like it the best, so far. I used to eat Jiff, which I still do sometimes, but in much smaller amounts than I used to. This other is far healthier. Find low sugar jelly, I have found some I like and I only need about a tablespoon when I want a PB&J sandwich, on whole wheat bread. Eat some trail mix with some raisins, nuts, maybe a little granola. I love those edamame (soy beans small green ones) in my salads too.

jayabee52 2011-03-12 14:33:19 -0600 Report

Howdy Annie
I have pretty much eliminated potatoes rice and pasta from my diet because my meter tells me to. Raisins too.

But if you follow my posts at all, you'll see that I recommend "eating to your meter." (not that I am a medical expert or anything) Let your glucometer be your guide in what to eat and what not to eat.

You do that by testing foods to find out what works for you and what doesn't. Not every diabetic's body reacts the same way to the same foods

I recommend that you take your Blood glucose numbers("BG#s") before you eat a serving of the food you want to test. (You can find nutritional information on suggested serving sizes of foods by going to: http://nutritiondata.self.com/ and search for the food you want to test. )

After you have your baseline BG#, (write it down, BTW) and eat 1 suggested serving of the food or drink you want to test. Consume it and 2 hrs after consumption, test again. If your BG# is 50 points above your baseline reading, you have a choice to make. Either you decide to test a half portion at a later time, OR you can decide that the results tell you not to consume that ever again.

Then write your test results in a notebook just for that purpose, so you don't forget and need to re-test. After a while, you'll have a guide customized to what your reactions to foods & drinks. On each page you also might want to note how those items make you feel after consuming them too.

When you run out of individual foods to test, then you could also test combinations of foods, like soups or stews. And if you like to drink alcohol drinks, don't forget to test your BG#s for them too.

Eat to your meter. It is not easy, but it can be rewarding by getting your BG#s under better control.

Blessings to you and yours


alanbossman 2011-03-12 11:04:43 -0600 Report

If you are eating correctly than you you should see your doctor and show him your numbers, you may need a med adjustment.

Annie93 2011-03-12 12:06:21 -0600 Report

i feel that i am eating correctly. I has switched to whole grains, i do not drink sodas anymore, and i have just about cut out candy all together which is a big step for me since i LOVE candy. I have kept that to a bare minimum. But i will get with my doctor on adjusting my meds. Thanks.

tabby9146 2011-03-12 16:17:24 -0600 Report

They told us in D-class, the "one" thing they did not want us to ever ever have, is regular soda!! So I have not touched it since diagnosis, 27 months ago. I do not miss it. I love Diet Mountain Dew, but even diet , I do not drink too much of, it can be bad. I occasionally have a Diet Rite, I like that too. I cut out candy, cookies, all of that bad stuff, I only have like a small cookie or something every once in a while. I sometimes buy the Murray sugar free choc chip cookies, they are good enough, and I might have two of those sometimes. I still let myself have a few chips sometimes, but they are baked Lays and not fried. I watch the portions. I always loved sweet potatoes but I loved my white ones just as much, but I only eat sweet potatoes now. You can have a good sized one of those and not have to worry. They have that fiber the white doesn't which slows the absorption of sugar and keeps your BS more level, it won't spike with that. I use Best Life spread or Smart Balance. They can help lower choesterol. I put it in my veggies too, and I cook veggies with low salt chicken broth. I also ilke to use Mrs Dash to season veggies.

realsis77 2011-03-12 10:35:06 -0600 Report

I had the same problems! I just couldn't keep my sugar under control! I took pills and tried diet and still I ran high. My doctor then put me on insulin. The insulin has been a God send for me! It has helped me so much finally my numbers are perfect! Yes perfect! Yea! I take a 24 hour insulin in the morning then I take a different insulin to cover meals.I actually feel so much better! I have more enegery! Remember everyone is different and not everyone can control their diabetes with diet and exercise or even pills! I couldn't! I'm so glad my doctor gave me the insulin because its made such a positive difference in my life! Many people view insulin as a punishment or something to avoid at all costs. In reality insulin is a wonderful tool to help control diabetes. Its a good thing not a negative thing. My doctor said damage can occur at 150 or above and I'm glad he didn't make me wait long before I went with insulin. Many people continue to run high just to avoid taking insulin and they are actually doing damage to themselfs! Its just another option to control diabetes! It dosent hurt to administer and its gave me back my energey and my life! If you continue too run high I would discuss my options with my doctor. Because you do have options. My doc did not want me to run high for a long period of time so he immeditatly switched me to insulin. This is after diet and pills failed for me. Just know you do have options. Id make an appointment with my doctor and discuss possiably a change in treatment plan. Don't go too long with running high because as I said this is where the damage can occur. I wish you the very best. God bless!

Annie93 2011-03-12 12:03:51 -0600 Report

Thank you for your insight i will get with my doctor.

realsis77 2011-03-12 13:56:10 -0600 Report

Your welcome! I hope everything works out well for you! I know everyone is different but insulin was the right choice for me! I struggled and struggled and I tried diet and exercise and even pills! None of that worked for me. It does take a bit of time to get the correct insulin dose that's just right for you but once you get your dose dialed in its a wonderful difference! I never thought I could say this back then but I can now, my blood sugar now runs perfect or close to it! Its a big relief and a lot of stress off of me too! No more struggling with the high blood sugars! Its really been a good option for me! I wish you the very best and God bless!

Annie93 2011-03-13 20:25:32 -0500 Report

Thank everyone for their input. I know that i was not alone in dealing with this thing called diabetes but that is how i feel sometimes. i will consider all that has been said. thanks again to everyone.

EJMac 2011-03-12 23:53:32 -0600 Report

I was put on insulin 2 mos ago and my goal was to get off ASAP. I feel like you do now, realsis, I have much better control. The endo Dr. last week said that after my pancreatic cancer & whipple surgery that it is probably not a realistic goal to get off insulin. Like you, I feel much better. I do eat right and exercise daily also, but I think the insulin has made it possible to get good numbers and good control. I have the insulin pens so it is very easy to use. Lantus in the AM and Humalog at dinner.

Annie93 2011-03-12 07:35:55 -0600 Report

Sorry, I am trying to find ways lower my blood sugars. I take Janumet 50/1000 twice a day along with 1/2 tablet of amaryl twice a day.

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