Hey, Everyone

Ryan Motter
By Ryan Motter Latest Reply 2011-04-11 20:04:55 -0500
Started 2011-04-02 01:43:22 -0500

I am having trouble controlling my sugar levels, they are running high always, The doctor has double Metformin, and started me on a New Medicine Glimmerride, My sugars are still out of control. I can't get levels to run low, I'm checking 4X daily.

I have been watching what I eat, also changing my eating habbits, I have also been exercising, and still no luck, is is possible to be immuned to the medication.

Thank you,

9 replies

WendyFR 2011-04-11 20:04:55 -0500 Report

You may want to tell your doctor what you just posted. Erin P maybe right, I was taking all sorts of medication that my primary doctor prescribed me, then when she finally told me to go to an endocrinoligist and she prescribed me a potent insulin. My blood sugar was actually normal.

Erin P
Erin P 2011-04-04 19:23:30 -0500 Report

It could be that the med just isn't right for u. How long have u been exercising, it could take awhile for ur sugars to come down. If it keeps up then I would talk to ur doctor.

Wandalita 2011-04-03 11:24:24 -0500 Report

The best thing to lower BS is getting on the diets and excersing. One evening I had a piece of coconut cake (which I love and is my favorite), after eating the delicious piece of cake I was afraid and checked my sugar, which turned out to be over 200, I did 50 jumping jacks or so, and the bs ended up coming down to around 150, so I do believe in excercising and eating right, I just gotta stick to it all the time, thats my problem "not sticking to diets and excercise." But it does work!!!

LabRat90 2011-04-02 12:38:09 -0500 Report

It's all a learning process. Individuals differ! Keep a journal and then analyze what is happening with your blood sugar. Writie down what you're eating, why, and the time and your Blood glucose numbers before and after like Kirla said. This will help lots. I hope everything turns out good real soon!

realsis77 2011-04-02 12:30:43 -0500 Report

Hi. I had the same trouble. Some diabetics can NOT control there diabetes will pills only. I could not. The pills just did NOT work for me! Now I take insulin and my blood sugar is close to perfect! Yes perfect. I never thought id be able to say that but now I can! The insulin has been a God send for me and I have tons more energey and just feel all around better! I was like you and pills just didn't work. I took the next step and went to insulin and I'm soooo glad I did. Insulin is a wonderful tool in helping your blood sugar. Don't be afraid of it. At first I was scared but after I got on it I realized how wonderful it is! The injections do NOT hurt at all and the main thing is my blood sugar is under tight control! It might be the right time for you to discuss your next options with your doctor. The longer you wait and stay high the more damage that can occur! Id ask right away! You will be gllad you did. Id be happy to answer any questions you have. Don't continue to have high sugar , see your doctor and discuss your options! Its true not ALL diabetics can control with pills. They just don't work for some people. They didn't work for me. I'm so happy to be able to say I'm now in control of my blood sugar!

Kirla 2011-04-02 11:32:14 -0500 Report

Having diabetes can be hard and confusing. There’s a lot of information out there. Some good and some bad. I found that controlling my blood sugar was easy to do. I made some changes in what and how I eat and my numbers slowly came down. It took about 6 weeks for them to approach normal numbers.

By reading hundreds if not thousands of stories here and on Dlife, I came to realize a lot people have a hard time. Some people never really learn to do what they need, to control their blood sugar and will continue to have high uncontrollable blood sugar no matter what they do. Were all different.

Some of us have multiple health conditions that make controlling their blood sugar very hard to do. Add meds people take for other conditions, some will actually cause high blood sugar. So if you’re taking lots of meds and have other health conditions it complicates the whole mess.

Some of us do well on diet and/or exercise; some on medications and some have to take insulin. I have found diet works great for me. I decided to go low carb and it has worked very well. I believe most people can benefit from drinking water, eating low carb vegetables like broccoli and cabbage and testing before and after each meal.

If you only have enough test strips for 4 times a day. You could always alternate your meals. Maybe one week test breakfast and lunch and the following week supper and before bed. I eat when I first wake up so my fasting and before breakfast is the same test.

After several weeks you can even test your snacks if you want. I believe in testing all meals and snacks and make changes to what I eat to try and lower my after meal spikes. Some people believe in testing 2 hours after eating, some 2 hours from when they first started eating and I believe you should be testing your peaks after eating. You can find your peak level by testing 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 and maybe 80 minutes after eating to see how your blood sugar is doing. You should observe a steady rise in your numbers and then it should start to drop. I read that most people will peak at about 1 hour. By doing lots of testing I found that I peak about 1¼ hours after breakfast, 25 minutes after lunch and about 45 – 60 minutes after dinner. You need to find what works for you.

I wrote what I believe works for me. I believe it will work for other people also. But it may not work for everyone. If trying a lower carb diet and everything you do doesn’t work, maybe you will need to talk with your doctor about trying insulin. If your doctor isn’t willing to let you try after taking all the meds, making changes to your diet and putting together an excerise program you may need to get a second opinon.

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

Harlen 2011-04-02 09:39:23 -0500 Report

When I first started I didnt get good #'s so I cut out all carbs for three day's you know thats hard verry hard.My BS still didnt go down at all so I whent on insulin and that worked to get it down but it was not ez I had to know3 how to count carbs use a scale it helped to keep a log of every thing I was eatting and how much ,as I got better at counting carb and keeping the down my BS got better and better .I am now on the pump thank god .
My #'s are good but I still need to work all the time and keep on top of it always
Hope this helps
Best wishes

GabbyPA 2011-04-02 06:54:58 -0500 Report

There are a lot of things that determine your success. Insulin resistance can be key and there are things you can do the help overcome that.

How long have you been diagnosed?
How long have you been taking your new med combination?
Are you actually carb counting or carb guessing?
Have you tried exercising different times of the day?
How often are you eating?
Do you keep a journal to find out what works better for you?

I am insulin resistant and taking drugs (as your combination is similar to mine) to make more insulin doesn't really help unless I am able to process it. That can make it feel like you are immune to medications or why things don't work so well for you as they might with others. Exercise is a great way to help with resistance. I used to exercise in the morning before I ate and found out that raised my levels. Now I exercise after dinner and that helps lower my levels. I figured this out by keeping a journal to see what was happening. Also when I nibble through the day or eat more but smaller meals, I always do better. I am not very good at being consistent with that, but many people are and it does them a great service.

shorty31 2011-04-02 06:54:32 -0500 Report

hi it could be but try this drink some water at least three time a day. and are you mesureing your food. i take metformine 1000mg i have to eat at least five small meals a day. veggies first meats second and starch last. do you like fruit try that and let me know how you come out ask your doc for some ideas.