Not sure what to do anymore

By Jackie1945 Latest Reply 2011-07-14 11:08:45 -0500
Started 2011-07-09 16:52:25 -0500

I was diagnosed about 4 mos ago my blood sugar was in the 300's. I have given up sweets fast food and trying to do right. I am recently widowed (7mos now) and dealing with all these issues it is really getting me down.
Today I did my morning fat and it was like 437. I knew I had to eat before getting on with my day so I ate a bowl of cereal and had some mixed fruit.
I work everyday and just too tired or busy to really exercise,which I know is not a good thing.
I am 65,and weigh 205. Yes I am a smoker and not giving it up as yet. It does help me cope with things. I try walking on my tread and after 5min can barely breath.I am now up to 1000 metformin 2x a day. Since starting this just this week,I am nauseated allot during the day. My night pill doesn't do this to me. I'm thinking of breaking it up and doing 500 in the morning and 500 in the afternoon,then my whole one at night.
I need some suggestions on what to eat too and I'm a very picky eater.
Jackie in Mo.

24 replies

YogaGal 2011-07-13 07:32:13 -0500 Report

My doctor recommended the book Sugar Busters. You can get it used on Amazon for $7.00. It is a goldmine of information and will provide you with a list of foods you should eat and should avoid. I was shocked that watermelon is on the "bad" list, but have learned that grapefruit can work wonders.
Stress takes a huge toll on us. Have you ever thought of meditation? Counseling? Deep breathing exercises? If you are consistent with your treadmill exercise, you will find that you will improve, you will be able to go longer distances in time, and your stamina will increase.
When I got back into exercise about 10 yeras ago, it was sheer hell and I learned the hard way that you've just got to dive in and bear it. Soon, it will feel good and become habit.
Good luck!

Jackie1945 2011-07-13 18:19:38 -0500 Report

I will have to check that book out. Thanks

jayabee52 2011-07-13 23:54:31 -0500 Report

I would start slow with the exercise and then slowly increase the duration or intensity of the exercise gradually on successive days. It would be easier on your body and you might tend to stay with it longer. It is just something that you do have to do. as Yogagirl staid.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-07-12 08:27:48 -0500 Report

Sorry you have had such a stressful year.
The hospital included 2 booklets in the Welcome to the Wonderful World of Diabetes packet they gave me.
One is Nutrition in the Fast Lane I found a website that said you could order it online and free of charge at the Healthy Hoosiers Web site But I don't know if you need to be living in Indiana to get it. The site also provides links to other resources.
The other is Take Charge By Counting Carbs. www.lantus,com/docs/consumer/pdf/CarbCounter.pdf
I just checked a moment ago and the link was still good.
Each of us have different foods that spike our BG. I can eat cornflakes (if I make sure and have protein with them) but oat or rice based cereals will cause a spike. Different fruits can do the same. 1/4 of a banana is too much for me, other people can eat more and not have a spike.
For several months after starting on metformin I needed to eat yogurt every morning. If I skipped it the nausea would hit. Also I have to make sure I eat enough just before taking it. A snack isn't enough to keep from feeling sick and dizzy.
It is a confusing frustrating time learning a whole knew way of looking at food after a lifetime. But it gets easier with practice.

birdlady41465 2011-07-10 16:53:42 -0500 Report

Jackie sorry for your loss and blood sugars are stress related as well. Having many meals through out the day helps control your sugar levels and keeps your energy in tack as well. My husband can tell you that some people cannot take pills in the day it just does not work for them. He had a bought with his sugar bottoming when he started taking his pills in the day and could not figure it out went to the doctor and found out that it was his system for as soon as he went back to taking them at night he was fine. HE EATS Whatever he wants in modernization and his sugar is in check. Not everyone is so lucky but he does not heal good at all and he has scars to prove that all over his legs. So be careful and take care of your body.

Jackie1945 2011-07-11 04:02:17 -0500 Report

I am learning to do the small meals during the day My dr did tell me it will take a couple of weeks for the increase of my meds to start working right.I guess I just have to stay at it.
Jackie in MO

Jackie1945 2011-07-10 16:23:55 -0500 Report

no that was just a one time high. since she increased my metformin to 1000 2 x a day, in the morning it is now ranging from 165 to 225. The evening it is normal 128 to 148 now. I make sure I eat before taking it. Also, the being nausea only happens during the day.Course it has been really hot/humid here in Mo,so wonder if the heat isn't doing it too.I don't think it stays high all day,but then again I can't really check it while at work

fraejo 2011-07-10 16:08:33 -0500 Report

Hi Jackie1945,

When I was taking metformin it always made me nauseous if I took it on an empty stomach or before eating. I didn't have a problem with the nausea when I took it after eating a meal. Also, you said your morning blood sugar was 437. Does it stay at that level all day, or does it go down? I'm asking because nausea can occur when your BS is high.

karbiv 2011-07-10 14:44:01 -0500 Report

I just joined today and there is a wealth of info right here. Including the proper foods for your diet. Thanks for the friend requests already.

Jackie1945 2011-07-10 14:03:22 -0500 Report

I can't afford the cost or the time to see a dietitian. Wow,that is strange you mentioned no fruits. My doctor was happy that I am eating fruit. Something I rarely did before.

GabbyPA 2011-07-11 18:22:10 -0500 Report

What you might want to do is get an "exchange" book from the Diabetes Association That will tell you how much fruit of a specific type you can have.

Example, you can have about a cup of strawberries or a small apple and do fine as a single exchange. If you choose a banana, eat only half of it, as that is about a single exchange or 15g of carbs.

Here are some good videos on carb counting that might help you out.

JoleneAL 2011-07-10 07:43:46 -0500 Report

If you haven't seen a dietitian yet, I would suggest limiting yourself to 45 carbs per meal and 15 for snacks.

Sorry to tell you this, but unless you are on insulin to knock back the highs, fruit is a no-no for now. I hardly ever eat it anymore, even with insulin.

Its tough, but you can do it!!! Focus on it for now, it may help you get through the other events that are tough. (((( hugs ))))

Juliabelle 2011-07-10 23:55:20 -0500 Report

Yes definitely the low carbs diet and walking. My dietition put me on 30 carbs per meal and 15 for snacks. I also walk daily for 30 minutes in my neighborhood - since being diagnosed 2 mos ago I have my b/s down to a consistent 120-140 daily and hoping soon to have it down lower and hope to eventually get off my meds if I possibly can! Definitely the snacks - I eat my meals and have my 2 snacks during the day. I have also lost 35 lbs since being diagnosed and that has made a world of different in my b/s as well as how I feel! :)
I have been told some fruits can also spike your b/s - especially if eaten later in the evening. I am not a big fruit eater so it doesn't bother me at all.
See if there are any free clinics in your area that can let you see a nutritionist or even possibly some free classes to get more information?
Good luck to you Jackie - I know it's a major change of lifestyle!

jayabee52 2011-07-09 21:03:40 -0500 Report

Howdy Jackie, WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!
and welcome to the club called diabetes. I am sorry you qualify.

Yes your diagnosis is "pre diabetes" but being a little bit diabetic is like being a little bit pregnant. You either are or are not, sorry. With a Blood Glucose reading of 437 I would safely say you are well qualified. So it is something to get used to so you may make the necessary changes in your life and eating patterns.

I am so sorry your husband has passed from this life. I lost my beloved bride "Jem" in July 2010, so I know it's hard. My control of my diabetes slipped in the months following her passing. I am just getting a grip on it again in the last 6 months.

But getting a grip on it I am. I had been on insulin injections. But I was on such low doses, I was sure that my pancreas was working, at least a litle bit. So I experemented, with my Dr's permission of course. I have gone to a very low carbohydrate and high protein eating plan. I don't inject insulin any more, and I am keeping my Blood Glucose levels at or near normal. What is more I my may 2011 A1c is 5.5. That's as low as it has ever been since I'd been Dx'd in 1995. What is more I have lost about 4" around my waist and about 40 lbs since January 2011.

You say your breakfast consisted of "a bowl of cereal and . . . some mixed fruit."
It is probably a balanced breakfast as far as nutrients go, but it is cabohydrate heavy. And as a person with diabetes, carbohydrates are NOT your friend. Carbohydrates are broken down into sugars in your digestive tract, and absorbed into your bloodstream as glucose. When you have too much glucose in your blood it is diabetes. So carbs are not your friend.

Praying God's richest blessings to you and yours


Jackie1945 2011-07-10 00:27:20 -0500 Report

Thank you James.I know I have to work harder at this.I think I need to also check into which foods are low carbs. I am such a picky eater,tho and I think this is going to be hard.
Jackie in MO

Type1Lou 2011-07-09 18:16:36 -0500 Report

Have you consulted with a nutritionist about your diabetes? You need to learn what foods will cause your BG (blood glucose) to spike so you'll know what to avoid. They'll also help you determine how many carbs you should be eating. I found I needed to eliminate most of the carbs from my diet…not easy but effective at getting those BG numbers down. For me, that means not eating breads, cereals, pasta, potatoes, rice, crackers, chips etc. in addition to avoiding sweets and desserts. Some fruits are ok…others not. I eat a lot of salads and all-natural peanut butter. Harlan's suggestion to get a carbohydrate guide is right on. There are many out there or you might want to check your local library to see which one you like before buying one. I've found "Dana Carpender's New Carb and Calorie Counter" to be a valuable resource for me. (Not expensive at $6.99 and includes values for 35 fast food places. Also, read food labels to see how many carbs are in each serving. My breakfast is 2 pieces of Wasa Rye Crisp has fewer carbs than 2 thin slices of bread) with 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt and either fresh blueberries or some sugar-free jam and coffee with milk…about 30 grams of carb. Dealing with the loss of a spouse is also stressful and stress can make it harder for you to control your BG. Please accept my sympathies for your loss. You're not only facing your life now without your life partner, but your diabetes diagnosis is forcing you to examine your lifestyle and years of habits. Start by making some small changes so it doesn't seem totally overwhelming. Eventually, the cumulative effect of those small changes will make a big difference in gaining control and reducing those high numbers. Once your numbers come down, you'll probably feel better too. Good luck!

Jackie1945 2011-07-10 00:30:21 -0500 Report

thanks for your advice.I will check into the low carb books

Type1Lou 2011-07-10 14:31:38 -0500 Report

I also found that reading Dr Richard Bernstein's "Diabetes Solution" was a turning point for me. A friend of mine forced it on me about 8 years ago but I'm now grateful that she did. It helped show me the direction I had to take in order to better control this monster that we live with. I'm still learning, even after 35 years as a type 1 diabetic. I'm also in my 60's and have found that, as I age, my body is reacting differently, so it's always a challenge. Reducing your carb intake will also cause those excess pounds to drop. Wishing you strength to make the right decisions. Please let me know how you're doing.

Jackie1945 2011-07-10 16:26:11 -0500 Report

Thanks for the encouragement. I have found out too in my 60's this body does all sorts of things i don't want it to do.:) I'm working on lowering my carbs. I will keep in touch.

Harlen 2011-07-09 17:43:28 -0500 Report

If I ate that in the morning I would go high as a kite lol
Cut the carbs
In the am I dont even eat any carbs .
It is a long road we are on and as far as smoking I have ben smoke free for 7 weeks and its a very hard thing to give up wate till you are able to get you #s down and keep them down bedor you try to quit
Theres a book cald The Catorie King it has all the foods carb counts in it as well as eating out foods, saved me a lot of stress there are high carbs in some foods that you wouuld not think are high carb
Hope this helps
Best wishes
P.S. sory you lost your man I can realy feel for you and your lose

Jackie1945 2011-07-10 00:37:54 -0500 Report

Thanks Harlen. I will check into that book.I was always told that my honey oats cheeros was good for breakfast.Guess not. I get confused on whether to go by calories or low carbs.I can't afford a nutritionist and guess I will do more search on low carbs.

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