By meyas Latest Reply 2011-07-08 03:27:12 -0500
Started 2011-07-04 06:48:32 -0500

My wife has been recently diagonised with diabetes. She is scared and does not know what to do and how to manage it ,she has been tested three time now and she is reading 10 and does not know what ir means neither do I. What are we suppose to do on such a problem.

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meyas 2011-07-08 03:27:12 -0500 Report

Thank you very much for the advices you have given me I will try to adhare to your advices .

GabbyPA 2011-07-05 07:34:01 -0500 Report

The initial shock can be daunting. Hang in there, it does start to make sense as you work through things. Like Imkilady said, ask the doctor to explain things to you. I am not as familiar with your measuring system, but 10 is rather high. Her goal is to find ways to get that number to drop.
Counting carbs is a great place to start. Here are some good videos on that:

I would also recommend signing up for a diabetes education class. Both of you should attend, so that you can be a support to her, specially in the beginning when it all seems to be overwhelming.

She is lucky to have you care so much for her. Together, you guys will do great and have her dropping that number before you know it.

lmkilday 2011-07-04 22:17:11 -0500 Report

She should ask her doctor to explain test results. If she needs support for advice on coping with disabetes, try a support group. Our local library has a support group for people with disabetes. It might help her to know that other people are going through the same things she is.

Type1Lou 2011-07-04 14:45:59 -0500 Report

Adjusting diet and exercise levels are usually recommended to get and keep blood sugar levels close to normal. So, evaluating what and how much your wife is eating now (carbohydrates/glucides elevate blood sugar) and determining what she should be eating is a step in the right direction. Regular exercise is also important in regulating our metabolism; how much is she exercising? Just walking can be a help.
If your local hospital has a diabetes and nutrition center, they can provide valuable information for you. Learn as much as you can, so you can can help your wife make the right decisions.

Asheenita 2011-07-04 12:57:29 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear about your wife; however, if managed correctly and watch you intake, excerise, check your levels, and following the doctors instructions you wife can over come her fear. Plus we are here for support, the best of lot to you and her. You are a great guy.

tabby9146 2011-07-04 12:18:16 -0500 Report

sorry for your wife, and for what you are going thru also, worried about her I am sure. Lots of help on here. As long as she tests several times a day, and the sooner she finds out what foods make her blood sugar go up the better. Most of those are: white breads, white potatoes, anything made with white bread, white rice, pastas. Many can eat the whole wheat pastas as it doesn't spike the blood sugar like regular does. I was scared too. I came here very early on and it helped tremendously. I hope your insurance will pay for her diabetes classes, or perhaps in your area, there are free ones or very low cost, this is really what everyone needs and what helps the most taught by certified diabetes educators. once she starts class, she can call on them any time with any question and get fast answers, instead of calling a doctor's office and having to wait so long. I see others have posted great things on here much info. so can't add any more to that, wishing her the best of luck.

jayabee52 2011-07-04 08:34:42 -0500 Report

Howdy meyas WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!
Like Ray, I am puzzled by the "reading 10". Perhaps it could be a Glycosated Hemoglobin A1c reading (abbreviated "A1c") which is a measure of the average Blood Glucose readings for the past 90 days. Or if you are from a country other than the United States of America, and measure use a glucometer which measures the blood glucose in mmol/L a 10 means a rather high Blood Glucose reading. Most of us here are from the USA and use a different metering scale in which a glucometer reading of 10 would be a serious "low" and your wife would need to get some sugar in her system quickly.

In either case, no matter where you're from, you are most welcome here and we invite you to share more of your concerns and questions with us. There are many people who are travelling the same road your wife is now beginning. Some of us are just beginning the journey, and others are further on along the way and are willing to share our experience and what has worked for us and not worked for us personally. As Ray said what works for one person doesn't work for another, but when someone is scared and perplexed by this condition, it is good to hear from those who have been through things like that before.

Most of us are not Drs, Nurses or medical personnel, and cannot diagnose things for you. For that you need a MD, but we can help you through some of the rough places emotionally. If your wife speaks English I invite her to join us too. (Unfortunately many of us do not speak or understand other languages, so it would be a problem communicating.)

We have a lot of caring people here who struggle with Diabetes too. Please come back and tell us more about yourself and your wife. We want to be your friends and help you get your feet back under you again.

Praying God's richest blessing upon you and yours

James Baker

Kirla 2011-07-04 08:18:07 -0500 Report

Here is a link to a chart that explains different levels for blood sugar. There are 2 systems used today. Here in the USA we use mg/dl and in other countries they use mmol/l. A 10 in your system would be 180 in ours. Depending on when you tested would determine how bad it is. If she is getting a 10 fasting (as soon as she wakes up in the morning) or before eating then it would be a high number. Fasting and before eating she should be between a 4 and 6. 1 hour after eating it should be 8 or less. A 10 isn’t to bad if your testing 1 hour after eating otherwise it may be high. It all depends on when she is testing her blood sugar.

When diagnosed my blood sugar was very high. I found drinking lots of water and eating lots of low carb vegetables helped a lot with my blood sugar control. This is what I usually post for new people or people looking for help. This is what has helped me.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366mg/dl (20 mmol/l) 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 (3 or 4 if using the mmol/l system) 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.

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

Type1Lou 2011-07-04 14:52:55 -0500 Report

You did a great job in your reply and I'm sure you helped Meyas get a better understanding of what's in store! I, too, have found that eliminating carbs are the key to better BG's for me. Salads and peanut butter are regular parts of my diet, along with proteins and some fruits. All starches are pretty much NO-No's.

berrykins0 2011-07-04 16:00:33 -0500 Report

have you ever tried whole wheat noodles before. these kinda noodles diegest slower and don't usally spike your blood sugars

Type1Lou 2011-07-05 07:57:47 -0500 Report

My substitute for pasta is french style green beans…lots less carbs and one serving of vegetable. Plus, it's stringy and looks like spaghetti…sort of. It helps that I was never really a pasta or potato fanatic so it's been easier to give those up. What I really miss is the bread, cookies and cakes and crackers.

RAYT721 2011-07-04 07:08:35 -0500 Report

First of all welcome to our home/family/community! There are so many "real" people here who can understand what your wife is going through and also can relate to how her condition affects you as well. So many times the family is forgotten but your participation is greatly appreciated. There's so much to learn and everyone is different.

Now a "10" doesn't sound right to me. The normal readings should be 74-100 as a fasting reading. People experiencing lows (40s and 50s) can experience serious side effects so a "10" would probably have your wife in a coma. Can that be an error code? I have never heard of anything THAT low without the need to be hospitalized. It took me a few times of testing to get a reading because of the errors that I had gotten. Does the meter need coding?

The first advice with diabetes is to consult with your doctor. We are here for the emotional side of things and can help with answering general questions but some things are beyond us. We can help from our own experiences what foods help and hurt our condition but what works for one person doesn't work for another. It's a bit of trial and error and letting the glucose meter help sort out the information. I would encourage you to keep a journal of readings and compare them to normal readings to gauge the ups and downs.

Please keep us posted. Join our family and get to know us and let us get to know you and your wife. We are all in this together.

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