I Need Advice on Controlling My Blood Sugar

Mz Lolo
By Mz Lolo Latest Reply 2011-06-13 20:49:45 -0500
Started 2011-06-10 22:10:36 -0500

I was diagnosed with chronic hypoglycemia in October 2010. One Endo Dr told me to just simply cut out the sugar. I wasn't satisfied with this so I went to a new Endo who gave me the diagnosis. I was doing well with limiting my simple sugar intake, but lately, this doesn't seem to be enough. I recently went to a dietician and she put me on a high calorie, low carb diet. I have been feeling really bad lately. Most of the time, it's in the morning after I eat breakfast, but now it's lingering into the evening. I am trying to eat as I should. My BC levels have been 70 and below most mornings.

Is there anything else I should be doing besides following this diet? It's getting to the point where I feel as if I am going to pass out at times. It's getting scary for me. Any advice would be appreciated.

8 replies

RAYT721 2011-06-11 13:07:48 -0500 Report

I will agree with Jolene but also add the sarcastic comment that I believe your doctors are prescribing each other some pretty heavy medication. I honestly believe (and I am NOT a doctor) that you should listen to your body and your test meter to develop a workable plan for your glucose control. Have you shared your reading and feelings with these medical professionals? I would hope they would change your plan of action along with you.

While I have a great respect for (most of) the medical community, I don't know that non-diabetic specialists truly grasp the world of diabetes. In my situation, I was diagnosed but was never told to get a test meter, not suggested a consultation with a dietitian or diabetes classes, nor told about the awesome support groups online like this one. Luckily google was able to help me find answers and resources but I would have thought the doctor should have been a bit more "into" assisting me than suggestion to cut out sugar, lose a few pounds, exercise more and advise me of the co-pay for the visit.

Mz Lolo
Mz Lolo 2011-06-12 21:29:26 -0500 Report

RayT721, while my doctor told me to check my levels, he never recommended me to go to a dietician. I took the initiative to do this myself because I felt that I needed help with controling my levels. I don't think my Endo is taking my condition that serious. He seemed to be more concerned about by thyroid which seems to be working just fine. I am starting to lose confidence in him though. I actully travel a good distance to see him since the only other Endo in my area has WAY too many patients and you wait for hours to see him.

I have found the internet to be very helpful, but I am leary about some of the infomation I read. I really wish I could find a doctor who really LISTENS before cookie cutting diagnosing.

jayabee52 2011-06-13 03:14:49 -0500 Report

Mary, If your Endo is more interested in your thyroid he might be one who studied thyroid rather than diabetes. They do seem to specialize like that. You might want to ask him about whether he is comfortable with treating your diabetes.

JoleneAL 2011-06-11 04:38:23 -0500 Report

Wait - your hypoglycemic? That means your sugar levels are too low. So to cut out carbs and sugar doesn't help. You NEED carbs to keep your sugars up! 70 is fine for the morning sugars, for the ranges, but might not be fine for you. I just did a google search and there are tons of good sites out there with suggestions for diets for your type.

Mz Lolo
Mz Lolo 2011-06-12 21:36:27 -0500 Report

My dietician wants me to limit my carbs, not cut them out unlike what my doctor told me.

I have checked out a lot of sites. I am so confused. There are so many diets out there. From what I have read and the people I know, most diabetics are overweight. I have the opposite problem. I am underweight so the idea of a diet seems odd to me since I need the calories, carbs etc.

CaliKo 2011-06-12 22:08:41 -0500 Report

Is your dietician wanting you to have a controlled amount of carbs throughout the day? That is similar to what a diet-controlled diabetic does, it's to keep the blood glucose level steady all the time, and avoiding swings that make you feel bad, and are bad for your health. And maybe sticking mostly to "good" carbs, whole grains and fiber-rich fruits and legumes? Then you can add as much protein and fat grams to fill out your calories requirements, and doing that evenly throughout the day is just good eating practice. A diet is just what you eat during the day, it can be designed to gain weight, lose weight or stay the same. There are lots of thin or slender diabetics, too. Good luck!