Hmm, I was just wondering ...

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-02-03 11:35:01 -0600
Started 2011-06-27 21:51:18 -0500

Honestly speaking, how well are you managing your diabetes?


85 replies

Young1s 2012-02-03 11:35:01 -0600 Report

Let's see. I check my BG's 3x daily (soon to be 6x again), I take all meds & supplements on time, I keep all doctor's appointments, I eat at least 3 meals a day (around the same time daily), I'm a more frugal and health conscious shopper, I try to go for a walk & do other exercises at least 1x daily, I read and try to learn something new about D daily, and I check in here regularly to get tips, info, inspiration and advice. So all in all, I think I'm doing well. My BG was 126 before bed and 124 this morning. I like that.

MewElla 2012-02-03 07:15:16 -0600 Report

Almost 2 years with D; and I find if I work at this ea day with my exercise, watch diet, food portion, try to stay as calm and happy as I can by making myself a priotity, my bg#'s and A1C has all been good. But I can not afford to take a day off; have to watch and work at it daily…

JSJB 2012-02-03 04:34:22 -0600 Report

As long as I watch what I eat and exercise I feel I am doing ok. B/S today was 126 and B/P 141/69.

robertoj 2012-02-03 04:18:50 -0600 Report

Up until 3 weeks ago I was managing quite well. I lost 2 friends an the stress from grieving pushed my numbers up a bit. They are beginning to go back to normal. It's best to go through the pain and have the numbers go up temporarily than to risk long term problems.

MoeGig 2012-02-02 22:35:07 -0600 Report

Guess I'm doing ok, but not great. Testing is key and aim for 80 to 180 BG which usually ends up with an A1c of 6.5. I go to the gym most days, but lately, my workouts are less intense. I'm eating more carbs than what I have been doing and taking more Novalog to cover…this is causing more weight gain. Up 10 lbs to 210 from my ideal at 200. Also, the Novalog increase has caused my wife to call 911 a couple of times in the middle of the night…you wake up with 5 emt's in your bedroom at 3 in the morning giving you a glucose IV who tell you your BG was 27. This is not good. (you might not wake up!!)

Have to get back on the "straight and narrow"…don't want to spoil 46 years of relative success.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2012-02-02 18:47:07 -0600 Report

Dear Mays: Good question…here's my answer. I use metforman (I guess that's how you spell it…LOL) and insulin at least once a day. But my best bet is to use what I found to be the best. My diet with excersise. My last A1C was last week and it is 5.9. That's pretty good. I have Brittle Diabetes so I never know when I'm high or low. When I go low I've been as low as 22 and as high as the meter wouldn't read it. Both times I had to go to the hospital. So watch my carbs is best for me. Hugs to you…Valentine Lady

2011-10-02 23:49:02 -0500 Report

It depends on what day it is. Is the date odd or even? As you can see, Mays, even though I take my prescribed meds on a daily basis,& I don't eat anything that's illegal I'm a vegan who consumes no fruit, my diabetes is so out of control, it's pathetic!! I'm a loser even though I'm trying to be a winner. All of my #s SUCK the big 1!!

MoeGig 2012-02-02 22:08:44 -0600 Report

I told you a while back to forget this stupid vegan diet. Your numbers will greatly complicate your life…what's left of it. I know: "Don't confuse me with the facts, my mind's made up". (I still like you because of your spunk even though you probably continue to hate me.)

Anonymous 2012-02-02 21:24:44 -0600 Report

Why are you allowing the numbers to be out of control? Don't you know this is your life you are talking about? You are shortening your life and inviting a heart attack. If you don;t know how to control your diabetes, you need to see your doctor right away. There are also many diabetic organizations that can help you learn how to control your diabetes. You need to call your doctor asap! (Why no fruit? Has no face…)

Marytea 2011-10-02 15:54:15 -0500 Report

Nzingha,IMO it is a terrorist that saved my life. If it had gone unchecked, my life would have been seriously impacted including early death. It does take time to manage but it beats the alternative. I just do it and get on with life. I test my bg 2 times a day, take my meds, exercise and truly feel better than ever. There are down days but I just remember where I could be if I hadn't been diagnosed and then grin and bear it. Hope you get to feeling about this.

nzingha 2011-10-02 14:57:42 -0500 Report

Great question… I am struggling to manage this terrorist because thats what it is.. a flipping terrorist ! lol.. they say u have to take bad things and make a joke out of it.. otherwise it stresses u out.. OK on a serious note.. I am doing everything they say u should do and some.. yet still it gets away from me at times especially when I eat out. So now I have sworn.. I will stop eating out for the rest of my life. I will not celebrate with dinners and luncheons anymore! I am serious. If I eat out no matter what.. my sugar level spikes when I check it. But when I eat my own home cooked meals.. it hardly ever jumps up..and since I like cooking..again.. I will stay with my home cooked meals. I have also learnt how to cook enough and store in the refrigerator so that I dont have to live in the kitchen. My average reading is between 94-140 ( depending on how soon after i've tested and what i've eaten) I now know what fruits work for me and know I have to be very careful with breads and crackers and oats.

But there seems to be an outright terrorist operating inside my body.. I can feel the struggle each time I inject the the cells r fighting to lock out the insulin and it gives me this high and I'm sweating like hell and then it calms down.. what the hell is that? I try to explain to my doc but she just cant figure out what is going on.. so I'm doing all these tests…! nothing strange yet but I have figured that there is a struggle going on and my body is fighting my injecting this insulin inside her and she does not want it… so who knows what will happen next!. then there is the HBP.. dont know what role its playing in this feeling of bring high.. its probbably the BP.. thats being checked too.. ah well the life of a diabetic.. I think before I did not have the real thing.. but now.. this is the real thing because I used to take just the tablets now I have gone on to insulin.. for my family they think this is the end of the road..'oh my God.. they have put u on insulin..' ur father never had to take it until in the end'.. how encouraging is that?

robertoj 2012-02-03 04:42:28 -0600 Report

It really is all about balance. It's serious but fighting it can cause as much trouble as ignoring it. A good way to deal with it is to work out a manageable plan of diet, exercise and faithfully testing and taking your meds. Allow yourself some leeway and attempt to develop a routine. Diabetes doesn't play fair; you can do everything right and still have high numbers. If you stress the numbers may stay high. I look for trends and try to adjust my program to get back on track. I lost 2 friends a few weeks ago so I wasn't surprised that my numbers were off. Allowing for the added stress I felt my normal routine was adequate and now they are gradually returning to normal levels. It doesn't matter what meds you are on they are merely tools. The important thing is to do what it takes. Always remember to be kind to yourself.

Lymy 2011-07-03 19:43:28 -0500 Report

Long time no talk. I am so glad you asked that question. When I read his response to a newcomer I got scared. I told him I thought he was self diagnosing to a certain degree.

berrykins0 2011-07-01 15:17:07 -0500 Report

i managing my well eatright count calores carbs. lost weight been able manage a healthy ac1 stared out at8.2april 2009 and within 5months my ac1 5.6 until april currently is at 5.4. had take 2 pill from june2009 until 2010. as of that point on i was taken off 1 pill currently on 1 pill.having thyriod problems can make manage your weight a challenge. i went from under active thyroid to aver active thyriod.i was told i have graves diease which makes considered little over active.thyriod problems are not uncommon when you have diabetes.

wrmjw1 2011-07-01 10:44:51 -0500 Report

Mine is okay bu tas of late I havent gotten alot of sleep so my sugars have fluctuated. plus Im running out of my diabetic supplies and I really dont know how Im going to get more, and thats the pressure that keeps me up at night.

birch21 2011-06-30 21:59:53 -0500 Report

I have not been taking as good a care of myself and I let myself get out of control. I have basically been just eating everything and not really caring but I went to the doctor for fasting blood work and which I knew that my system was completely out of whack and I was right. About 9months ago at my last fasting blood work I was at 8.6 which had come down from the 10.6 that it had been but this time it was up to 11.6. I had done much better when I was on Metformin but then became anemic and was put on Janumet and was supposed to have stopped taking the Januvia but I was taking both until this visit and the nurse practioneer told me to stop taking the Januvia and just take the Janumet and and she also put me on Byetta 5mg 2x daily. I am happy to report that as the Byetta is getting into my system my BS's are beginning to be below 200 but I still have a long way to go. I am not praising myself just yet as I am still not back where I want to be but I am trying harder and I have even lost about 5 pounds since starting the Byetta and I have only been on it for a week and a half. I go back for fasting bloodwork on July 20 and I sincerely hope that my numbers are better. I am also on a program through my insurance company that once a week I transmit data to them they inturn see how I am doing and also relay the information to my physician so that a nurse can call me and ask me some questions and also if the doctor needs to I can get a call from him or her as well. I llike the program as it is also helping me to be more accountable about watching my sugar levels. Oops sorry this post is so long but I just felt that I needed to post so that I can be more accountable to myself.

GabbyPA 2011-07-01 09:12:55 -0500 Report

At least you are going in the right direction. That is important.

birch21 2011-07-01 11:10:15 -0500 Report

Thanks, I need all the encouragement I can get and I hope you have a wonderful 4th.

GabbyPA 2011-07-02 08:36:37 -0500 Report

When you start seeing good numbers and realize that it is happening it tends to make you want to keep that feeling of accomplishment and joy. It feeds itself, just like the down side. So if you can keep on feeding the up swing, you will be doing great in no time.

birch21 2011-07-02 16:10:58 -0500 Report

Thanks again for the encouagement. I am trying really hard to be good and take better care of myself. Hope you have a safe and enjoyable 4th.

brezmom 2011-06-30 21:15:47 -0500 Report

I did so good the first year and a half but for the past year at least i am totally out of control. I keep gaining and gaining the weight back and I feel like a failure at many things. My numbers for everything are going back up, and its not like I don't know what is going on or why, I do know. My problem is portion size and eating so much, especially at suppertime. I do good till I get home from work and then it just all seems to go downhill. I really don't want to get back to where I was, but it just seems like I have lost control of everything. Every morning I say, ok, today is going to be different, but it just ends up the same. Sorry to be complaining. Maybe tomorrow will be different.!

GabbyPA 2011-07-01 09:15:54 -0500 Report

I have been like that in the past and evening tv time is my kicker. When I just stare into the pantry, I have to tell myself that it is not worth it. Some days I would win, others I would not. I find keeping busy is what helps me the most. When I have a lot to do, I can forget about the pantry.

For supper we eat on smaller plates and I try hard now to make just enough for the family meal. No left overs mean no seconds as well. That has helped a lot.

Pynetree 2011-06-29 22:16:48 -0500 Report

Wish everything else in my life was as controlled as my Diabetes! This month my A1c was 5.7 . In March it was 6.4,Last December was 6.7. That been for the last 20+ years, 4X's a year -only went into the 7.?'s twice.
Haven't got as much control of my weight issue…Not gaining back after a significant loss, but not really losing the way I want to, for the last 8 months.

MAYS 2011-06-30 10:24:52 -0500 Report

Congratulations, great work on the A1C's!
Weight loss can take some time, chip away at it a little at a time, before you know it you will be where you want to be!


pkwillhoite 2011-06-29 16:38:22 -0500 Report

I am taking my meds and eating a lot better and doing everything I need to do to be better. No more numbers over 200 but I do have a lot of lows because I get busy and forget to eat. My A1C was 6.3!!! Its getting better. But I do find it harder to not want to eat and dring stuff because of my better numbers… I do need help with wanting the sweets!!!!

MAYS 2011-06-29 19:24:52 -0500 Report

An A1C of 6.3, Congratulations!
Keep up the good work, this proves that you can do it.
Keep focused on what you are doing, things will only get better!


pkwillhoite 2011-06-30 11:52:21 -0500 Report

Mays And To every one here at DC
I want to say thank you and to every one here on DC I just LOVE the support I get from here!!! I love this community!!!!

MAYS 2011-06-30 12:00:22 -0500 Report

And we love you!
That's what makes this family so great!
We couldn't have done it without one another.
All for one, and one for all!


MewElla 2011-06-29 13:34:58 -0500 Report

I am managing my diabetes very well at this time. It has been a learning curve for me and I work at maintaining my bg"s by watching my food and portion control and have never missed a day in 16 months of my long walking. Overall, I am healthier than I have been in many years and for this, I am thankful…

MAYS 2011-06-29 19:31:10 -0500 Report

Thank you for commenting.
Your success in managing your diabetes by your methods is proof that it works and can be done.
How about sharing your daily routine in a discussion?
I am sure that it will prove to be a very good motivational tool for many members of this wonderful family!


MewElla 2011-06-30 12:18:22 -0500 Report

Thank you so much…

pkwillhoite 2011-06-30 12:38:00 -0500 Report

I just want you to know that I read your comments and you really do inspire me and give a lot of good topics to take better care of yourself. I want to say thank you because of you and Mays I feel I am going much better taking care of myself…

majikinfl 2011-06-29 13:10:23 -0500 Report

I thought I was doing well enough, still waiting on results from 90 day labs drawn last Thursday. Blood sugar seems more even still no severe highs[nothing over 200] many many less lows [less than 70] and more between 85 and 110. I am hopeful to see the labs down and an A1C less than 10 as it started at 14.1. I cannot hope for a dramatic decrease of less than 7… am I being realistic? Caution is my game plan. I try hard to not eat candy. ice cream or cake with frosting. I do allow myself cookies and milk once a day or less just because I think zero is too scary. Diagnosed end of March this year and prior to diagnoses had little if any real cravings…now crave what I should not have.
So for me I think I am managing ok. Labs may prove me wrong.

MAYS 2011-06-29 13:13:25 -0500 Report

Regardless of the lab report keep moving forward, we all have ups and downs concerning managing our diabetes, it's a lifelong job.
Stay focused!

Kirla 2011-06-28 21:30:46 -0500 Report

Doing Great. Started with a A1C of 14.1 changed my diet and went to 5.9 in about 4 months. Has remained below 6 for over 2 years now. Lowest was 5.2

MAYS 2011-06-29 21:06:53 -0500 Report

I have read your success story and it is amazing indeed.
Congratulations on a successful method of managing your diabetes!
Is the routine still the same, or has there been any major modifications to it?


Kirla 2011-06-30 10:52:35 -0500 Report


My diet and how I eat is pretty much the same. My blood sugar is always changing. There’s times when its super great and then they’re times when it goes up a little bit. Even when it on the rise its still pretty good compared to lots of people here. Lately they have been a little high. Last April my A1C was 5.9 and did a test today and it is 6.0. Need to make a better effort on drinking the water and eating more low carb vegetables. Wasn’t happy with the results today.


edvel54 2011-06-28 19:38:45 -0500 Report

I stay around 90-99 in AM
t100-110 2 hour after lunch
90-110 bedtime
It is a wonder it stays so low, with all the other medications I take.
Last A1c was 5.9, it has been almost 6 months..time for another one

the diabetic camper
the diabetic camper 2011-06-28 12:24:41 -0500 Report

Wow, what a generic question and I think "well" is a relative term. Aren't we all doing well if we are alive? Sorry for the sarcasm. Diabetes is such a person by person disease that asking a question like this is not like the weather. We can all get out our last A1C's and play a game of diabetes poker with who has the lowest number but I think you are trying to ask "how are we getting along with diabetes currently." I tend to sway with the seasons and diabetes and me are in more of an agreeance at different times and we dissagree at others.

MAYS 2011-06-29 12:33:43 -0500 Report

The question posted does not relate to a group, theory or practice based on numbers.
It is based on an individuals attempt at managing their diabetes and their assessment of such.
What works for one, may not work for another and everyone's target number is different (based on many factors such as weight, other health conditions, etc.)
Also just because you are alive does not mean that you are doing well healthwise, all it means is that you stand a chance of surviving regardless of the percentages!

Sarcasm doesn't bother me, everyone is entitled to their own opinions and interpetation, we are (after all) individuals!


the diabetic camper
the diabetic camper 2011-06-29 13:56:31 -0500 Report

Like I said you had good intentions with the question it was posed in a negative light. When you start a question with: "honestly" you are starting negatively and using relative terms such as "well" you are prying people into negative responses. If you asked t like hay how is dealing with diabetes this month it is an open question that sparks either positive or negative responses.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-06-29 09:12:53 -0500 Report

I'm not speaking for anyone else, but for me it is a chance to say I'm doing OK right now, not in comparison with anyone else, just with where I was. When others share their A1cs or daily BG numbers I don't think Gee who's ahead or who is failing. We are all facing different challenges. Sometimes the weather is a gentle breeze and sometimes it is a tornado. I can be happy when someone is having good weather and empathize when it is bad.

Te Ja
Te Ja 2011-06-28 12:13:26 -0500 Report

I think I'm managing mine pretty well numbers stay between 93-105 lost 31lbs, and if I continue this my dr says I'll be off all meds by the end of August.

MAYS 2011-06-29 19:36:37 -0500 Report

Congratulations on your success, especially the weight loss!
Keep up the good work!
I hope that all continues to go well for you!


MAYS 2011-06-29 19:36:33 -0500 Report

Congratulations on your success, especially the weight loss!
Keep up the good work!
I hope that all continues to go well for you!


JoleneAL 2011-06-28 11:49:13 -0500 Report

Getting the Novolog about a month ago and learning to prevent the highs with it (and better eating habits) instead of chasing the highs with it has been wonders for me. I know now I'll have to use this insulin from now on. It has been a blessing with the morning spikes (after I get up and do an out of bed test) and if I can catch them early enough, the rest of the day may only require another unit or two. Won't get an A1C for 2 months so hoping its good.

MAYS 2011-06-29 19:40:07 -0500 Report

Part of managing your diabetes is finding a method that is suitable for the individual, and you have found something that works for you.
Here's to A1C numbers that will please you in 2 months!


Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-06-28 11:31:44 -0500 Report

My BG readings have been looking good. I have been watching my carbs like a hawk. The exercise at work has really been helping me. Lowered stress due to having a job has helped. The Dr. halved my metformin dose at the April visit and it is working good. However there have been a few days I have slacked off and got reminded that the carbs indeed need to be watched closely. Since it was caught early I feel I have an advantage. I am hoping I can stay committed to keeping on top of it to prevent complications as long as possible. Now if only my liver, pancreas and other body parts ivolved in insulin use and production will continue to cooperate…

MAYS 2011-06-29 19:42:38 -0500 Report

How can they not continue to work together harmoniously for such a lovely person as you?
Here's to your continued success!


melissa5786 2011-06-28 08:34:56 -0500 Report

I had to change my meal times recently because I kept getting high readings around 3PM. It was ranging from 135-165 and I just wasn't happy with it. I did everything else and realized it was most likely the times I was eating. Now I take a break around 5 at work and a have decent dinner.. My numbers have been pretty good. I still get my morning highs, but that's never changed. I'm getting reading between 85-100 before lunch at noon and 95-100 before dinner at 5.

I have a doctor's appointment on July 18th, so I'll get my recent A1C level then. I'm a little nervous that it'll be higher than ever because I haven't been working out as often as I'm used to (I bruised me knee, so it's hard to do much at the gym) and my numbers have been out of whack..,

MAYS 2011-06-29 19:46:06 -0500 Report

Here's to good numbers (A1C) on the 18th of July.
Don't ever be down on yourself, always do the best that you can and try to be better today than you were yesterday, and tomorrow is a whole new day!


Marytea 2011-06-28 08:07:36 -0500 Report

I am managing pretty well with some slip ups now and then (Junior Mints at the movies, are a major downfall). Someone told me recently to look at treating my type 2 as a job with a great payoff: I will be healthier than ever before. That thought encourages me.

MAYS 2011-06-29 19:48:15 -0500 Report

I like that!
Now about those Junior Mints …
(Thanks for reminding me about them!)


sewinggranny 2011-06-28 08:05:52 -0500 Report

I am doing much better with mine and believe it or not this site is what is really keeping me on track. I am now conscious of everything I put in my mouth, taking my insulin like I should and my medications and trying to fix foods that we should have. Not to say occasionally that I don't still mess up but all in all I am doing much better. Have only had one high in the last 5 days and I know it was because of something I ate!! This site is such a blessing to me. Thanks everyone for all the support Its what I need.

MAYS 2011-06-29 20:10:48 -0500 Report

Diabetes management is a learning experience.
I agree with you concerning this site, it is such a wonderful family!
And the beauty of it all is this, it's an ever growing family and you are a cherished member (don't you ever forget that!)


donna62M 2011-06-28 04:12:50 -0500 Report

With the asthma and all the steroids…I consider that I do a pretty good job…would be perfect if I wasn't human and prone to the occasional slip up.

GabbyPA 2011-06-28 04:16:53 -0500 Report

I know, isn't it just rich? We forget, we cheat and we can even just be in denial. Being human can be a drawback at times.

jayabee52 2011-06-28 03:57:45 -0500 Report

I believe I am doing well in managing my diabetes. I have discontinued insulin and am trying to control it with my eating plan. Most of the time I am well within "normal" range. I have had weeks of normal BG levels. Of course every now and again I get a reminder that I am still a PWD with a high reading. But generally my BG#s come down by the next reading. I am rarely over normal for more than 1 day.

How is yours, Mays?

MAYS 2011-06-29 20:10:14 -0500 Report

James, my numbers are quite erratic lately due to so much that is going on within my body, I had a reading of 171 hours after I had eaten this morning.

My physical therapist makes comments to my doctors that I have so much going on that I have to deal with all at once (I wish to conquer just one), today I have been scheduled to be tested on July 15th for cancer due to the reappearance of a painful growth (mole), my doctor advised me to leave it alone due to me taking Coumadin, and for once (joking) I will listen!

My next A1C is scheduled for mid September, regardless of the number I will strive to do better next time.
Glad to hear of your success controlling your BG with your eating plan.
(I miss those green, leafy veggies!)


Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-06-29 22:43:17 -0500 Report

Sorry you are having to wait to learn if you have a Cancer to deal with. Had to wait a few months last year due to needing my veins taken care of. The extra time sure gave me extra stress time. But needed to take care of found problem 1 before it was safer to deal with other found problems.
Glad you are going to willingly take the advice to wait until you are off Coumadin. It can really turn a normally minor bleeding event into a major bleeing event, possibly even life threatening.

Kirla 2011-06-28 21:35:55 -0500 Report


Nice to hear your doing so well. No matter how well our blood sugar gets I think we all get the reminders once in a while. I haven't been above 180 in over 2 years but every once in a while I will spike close to it. After all were all human. Take care

jayabee52 2011-06-29 04:58:57 -0500 Report

Thanks Kevin! You're right we get those little reminders!

I just got and deciphered the new lab results today. My last A1c was 5.5. I don't think I had an A1c so low since before I was Dx'd in 1995! Doing the happy dance!

Blessings to you and yours Kevin