Need advice asap, please

By rij061258 Latest Reply 2011-07-09 19:23:05 -0500
Started 2011-07-04 11:31:04 -0500

I'n need to know what i can do to get mt bg to drop. I ate a whole wheat pancake for breakfast and my bg spiked to almost 300. I'm on no meds, controling with diet. I have also been up all night, was with daughter at er. Please help me. I feel light headed and if i move too fast i feel like i'm going to fall.

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Kinn D.
Kinn D. 2011-07-06 09:43:44 -0500 Report

You might be allergic to the gluten in the pancakes…There has been some connections between diabetes and gluten allergies. They are starting to say we do not need the gluten. There are alot of diabetics who are allergic to it and it makes their blood glucose go high. I'm a type1 and I do notice when I eat the foods that are gluten free my blood glucose levels do better.

GabbyPA 2011-07-09 08:38:31 -0500 Report

This is a great observation. I had never considered it but that might be why even whole grain foods bother me. I will have to explore this possibility.

nzingha 2011-07-05 23:10:23 -0500 Report

u know sometimes when i start to eat i feel light headed soon as i swallow the food.. when i tell my doc he thinks its funny…but i i'm on some drugs…then it goes away after i've finished eating.. it feels weird and started when i stared that insulin…

LauraS 2011-07-05 14:48:43 -0500 Report

I had the same thing happen to me with whole wheat pancakes. I used the sugar free syrup too. My sugar spiked really high and I didn't feel good. I just can't eat pancakes now. So sad but better safe than sorry. PS. glad your numbers came down quick, next time don't stress so much. As long as you don't eat anything for a while your numbers will come back down.

rij061258 2011-07-05 22:09:01 -0500 Report

Thanks. I was stressing because I didn't know how long it would take for them to drop. I know the longer they stay high the more likely i can run into trouble. But at least i'm seeing a pattern and know they will come down fast on their own. The big problem is i don't know when i should get worried. I hear people talk about having numbers in 500 and 600 range (give and take a 100) and have no symtoms and here i go above about 240 and i get light headed and start to shake. I just don't want to take the chance of passing out. Also, here is a multi whole grain pancake mix you might like to try "Coach's Oats". I can eat pancakes made with this with no high spike, maybe you could too.

Marytea 2011-07-05 08:44:58 -0500 Report

I have good luck drinking a juice box (no more than 15 carbs per 4 oz) and string cheese. Peanut butter on graham crackers work too. Best wishes and hope your daughter is fine.

MrsCDogg 2011-07-05 07:47:07 -0500 Report

There are several different kinds of lower carb mixes that you can get to make pancakes and such. Look around in a healthfood store. If you like pasta then there is Dreamfields pasta. I can eat that and it barely moves my numbers. I would stay away from any kind of bread products in a restaurant especially pancakes. Even though they say "whole wheat" they are still made out of processed flours and will most likely spike your blood sugar. Whole wheat doesn't necessarily mean that there is no white flour. At my local Kroger I get a brand of bread called Healthy Life. It has from 5 to 7 g of carbs per slice which is great considering most bread has twice that per slice. Just another tip too. Heart healthy doesn't really mean diabetic friendly. I spent the night in the hospital last year about this time and they had me on a heart healthy diet. For breakfast they served me, oatmeal with sugar, French toast, with margerine and regular syrup, decaf coffee, with a sugar packet and non-dairy creamer, skim milk, and orange juice. I NEVER eat a breakfast like that. The nurse came at lunch to check my sugar and told me it was 302!! No doubt, I don't eat breakfast like that at home!! So, just be patient with yourself. It takes a while to find out what your body reacts well to and what it doesn't. Come back to DC. There is a lot of helpful information here.

rij061258 2011-07-05 12:14:45 -0500 Report

very true, for at home, i have a great pancake mix. i'm finding a lot of the diabetic recipes i find contain things that are not supposed to be good for us either. so now i'm looking for low glycemic cookboos instead.

lilsister57 2011-07-04 22:12:22 -0500 Report

you might try soy flour instead of whole wheat i made panckes out of it and no bs spike you might try this recipe really good only 144 calories 2 grams of carbs boneless chicken breast cut pocket dont go all the way through mix2 tablesspoons lowfat cream cheese 1/4 cup feta cheese 1 tablesspoon olive oil basil black pepper and small amount garlic powder put mixture in pockets of chicken use tooth pick if needed cook slowly in nonstick pan with olive oill on top of stoveits really good. also you should have bp checked

rij061258 2011-07-04 23:32:18 -0500 Report

at home i have a whole grain multi grain pancake mix that doesn't spike me. But my daughter took me to breakfast and at the time i thought it was the safest choice for me. i can't eat eggs out anywhere because i can only eat eggs from chickens that are vegatarian fed, potatoes are not good and neither is any of their other bread products. So it was what i thought the lesser evil and din't know it would effect me that way. you live and learn. I do use .

jayabee52 2011-07-05 00:01:06 -0500 Report

Do you have a medical condition which requires only eating eggs from vegetarian fed chickens? or is it some other kind of dietary practice of which I haven't heard?
Just curious.

Also, we don't have to limit breakfast to traditional breakfast foods. Could we order an order of veggies or something?

rij061258 2011-07-05 12:11:33 -0500 Report

I haven't been diagnoised with one, but quite a few years when i would eat eggs, i would end up with really bad stomache pains. My sister is a nurse and i finally asked her about about a year ago, she told me i probably had some kind of sensitivity to whatever the chickens was being fed and to try the veg fed chicken eggs and they worked. I can eat them and have no prolems. Since i love eggs, i now go ahead an pay twice as much for them as i would reg eggs. your right, about not limiting breakfast, but the restuarant we was at had a very limited menu and the safest thing would have been a salad but i wasn't in a salad mood.

NavyNerd 2011-07-04 19:07:47 -0500 Report

When my mom's go too high she works out to bring them fast, even a recumbant bike, etc. can help get them on the drop. Mine however go higher with a workout (I know, backwards). Stress jacks my sugars up, so I have to stay super low carb and stick to dairy and lowfat meats and 'freebies' when I have stressful situations going on like kids ER visits, etc. I dunno if that helps any for the future, but you might also consult your doc and see what his/her advice is for you for next time.

Type1Lou 2011-07-04 14:36:30 -0500 Report

Carbs will raise your blood glucose, so even though the pancake was whole wheat, it might not have been the best choice for you. Also, stress can cause your BG to rise as well, so being up all night and worried could have been a factor. The more carbs I eliminate, the better my blood sugars are.

rij061258 2011-07-04 20:51:23 -0500 Report

Yeah, i figured out that it was too bright a choice after the fact. Some whole wheat products spike and others don't. Case in, the pancake did but whole wheat pasta doesn't. It is weird.

ochibeachgirl 2011-07-04 11:50:14 -0500 Report

I think you need to recheck the BG and the fact that you didn't sleep may be the problem.
try to relax and have some light food to eat, like a few non-sweet crackers and a little drink. If you don't feel well, you may need to go see a doc quick, maybe you need to get a low dose med to help maintain BG at normal level. You may also want to check your blood pressure - that could be the cause of the light headedness you are experiencing.
feel well soon!

Bama13 2011-07-04 13:02:41 -0500 Report

ritz crackers and peanut butter brings mine down

MrsCDogg 2011-07-05 07:48:47 -0500 Report

Ritz crackers gets my numbers jacked way up. I use peanutbutter to treat a low…lol Goes to sow how different we all are huh?

MissPuff 2011-07-05 10:37:18 -0500 Report

My husband eats Ritz with PB on them, works extremely hard all day & when he comes home to test, his BG can be around 80. If I were to eat the same thing, my BG will be high, maybe around 150, but that is high for me when I usually stay 90-120. In fact, when I start showing symptoms on low blood sugar - shakiness, etc, my BG is actually high. Mine was 150 this morning - just extremely stressed. I'm trying to relax & in 30 min., it came down 10 points.

rij061258 2011-07-04 12:47:48 -0500 Report

Thanks for the reply. I'm all better now. BG dropped down to 116. Did it fairly fast too. It took less than an hour. It felt like it was longer though. Have only had this happen maybe 3 times in 6 months and always after trying something new. My bp was in normal range. I always feel like that when it is that high.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-04 15:28:42 -0500 Report

It seems like forever when you try to raise or drop BG #'s. When mine gets low, I end up overdosing on carbs thinking it will get it up fast. it doesn't get it up fast, but it does get it high and keeps it up toooooo long. I know I can drop mine by doing physical work or exercise, but there are times when I am not sure that is the best way. what did you do to get it to drop? Jim

rij061258 2011-07-04 20:53:46 -0500 Report

I did nothing. It just dropped from 288 to 116 in 40 minutes and i was really stressing over it too. It's not the first time it has done it, just like that. But it is only about the 4 time in 6 months that it has gotten that high. Usually my spikes stay below 200.

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