138 fasting bs how do I lower?

By Marytea Latest Reply 2011-06-30 13:32:24 -0500
Started 2011-06-30 08:59:56 -0500

I know about the Dawn phenomenon, but my 138 fasting bs reading this morning scared me. How do I lower a high reading? I am taking 500mg of metformin at night. Shouldn't the readings be better. I love this community. Thanks for all the help you have give me.

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Harlen 2011-06-30 13:32:24 -0500 Report

Thats not bad #s but you can try some things
drink a big glass of water before bead
work out a little before bead
have a High fiber snack before bead
One or all three may help
Best wishes

CaliKo 2011-06-30 10:29:01 -0500 Report

Hi Marytea,
I'm no expert, but I can tell you what worked for me. Note that I am not on any meds yet, so that may make some differences. Part of it is to keep your meal plan schedule near to same time meals and snacks every day, keeping carbs steady all day long. Also, the choices in what types of carbs you eat has an impact. You will improve your numbers if your choices are more often complex carbs, of course watching the portion amounts. These release carbs more slowly than fast carbs, like white foods (white rice, potatoes, white breads) People vary with what is good for their glucose levels, but I do well with oatmeal (1/3 cup oats dry), corn, beans of all kinds, whole grain breads and brown or red rice. I have my fruits at morning snack and/or with lunch. Best fruits for me are any type of berry. I have blueberries and strawberries in the fridge right now. I usually eat the berries with a little yogurt. The fat and/or protein you eat with a carb will also slow down absorption. Keep to real food, not processed or sugary foods, at least until you get your numbers where you want them. Processed, sugary or fried foods tend to make your blood glucose go up quickly, and then drop quickly, and these swings might make you feel bad and your body trys to compensate. At night, you may need to experiment with what works for you as a bedtime snack. I like a whole wheat tortilla (I make my own) or one of those whole wheat mini bagels with a bit of peanut butter, cream cream or olive oil even. MewElla has said that graham crackers with peanut butter work for her, and my Dad (T2 for something like 35 years and on background insulin) has a bowl of cereal with skim milk. We are all different, so I hope any of this helps you.
In addition to your diet, exercise works wonders. I was walking every day and doing aerobics tapes at first, but when I flunked a bone density test I added strength training to my routine, 3 times a week and that made my numbers drop dramatically, I even have to eat more carbs now. If you have a few pounds to lose, that helps too.
Also, be patient, I think it was about 3 months before all my hard work showed up in a consistent way. T2 doesn't happen overnight, and we can't fix it in a week or two. Good luck and keep us updated with your progress!