High Blood Surgars

By califlowersmith Latest Reply 2011-05-25 21:04:48 -0500
Started 2011-04-25 17:46:07 -0500

I have been having blood surgar numbers ranging from 198-405 for about 2 months now. My doctor said to increase my "N" insulin in the am & pm until it is at the proper level. Well, the BS is averaging in the 200's now but I am not sure what to do now. I lost my insurance the end of March. Can Anyone give me some ideas/advice?

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Kirla 2011-04-25 19:08:58 -0500 Report

This is what helped me. It may or may not help you.

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

califlowersmith 2011-04-26 18:26:01 -0500 Report

I have been diabetic since 2002. I was diet controlled for 5 years after the first 5 months. Then I got ill with a really bad Flu and it made me have to use insulin.I eat vegetables, but they have to be cooked 'cause I have IBS. But I drink alot of fluids every day and am doing my darndest to get my numbers down. I appreciate the advice because everything will help me. Thanks

jayabee52 2011-04-25 18:55:10 -0500 Report

Unfortunately the typical Dr's response is to throw more meds at you at increasing doses. Drs often do that because they might think that the patient is not wanting to change their life style or eating plans.

If you are one of those, then you are pretty well limited to more meds at increasing dosages, or Dr changing your meds frequently trying this or that to get the effect for which the Dr is looking.

If you are game to trying a different way of controlling your Diabetes ("DM") then pay attention to the questions Alan asked you below, for starters.

It is a good start. And it takes a bit of time and effort to learn about your body and the way DM affects it.

Learning about DM as a medical condition and how it affects your body is more akin to training to run a marathon rather than a sprint. Take your time and learn what you can about it, but don't try to cram too much into your head all at once. That can lead to becoming overwhelmed with info, and may lead to a collapse and perhaps you'll go into denial.

Please stay with DC and ask questions here. The only foolish or stupid question here is a SINCERE question which is NOT asked! By asking questions you can learn how best to control your DM, by those of us who are "walking the walk" of controlling our DM.

Drs are very useful, and I don't want to put them down. But sometimes they get too focused on medicines rather than lifestyle changes.

Blessings to you and yours Califlower!


califlowersmith 2011-04-26 18:32:13 -0500 Report

Nothing bothers me too much, and Doctors don't either. I have alot of knowledge about Diabetes from personal classes, seminars and the like, to knowledge I learned from working in the health field to the fact that my fathers side of the family were almost all diabetic. I can't take the walks that I used to because I have problems with my hips and joints from an accident. But I tredge on and do my best. I just keep the faith. Thanks

ravenmoon33 2011-04-25 18:02:29 -0500 Report

Sorry no advice..just sympathy. I can't get mine below 300…no matter what i do. It sucks. Know someone else feels your pain as an uninsured diabetic. I will pray for you.

califlowersmith 2011-05-25 21:04:48 -0500 Report

Well a month later I am responding to your response. I am still eating ok but the blood sugars are still bad. I hope your BS's aare better for you. Thanks for the prayers and I send them back. Keep the faith.