Diabetic Type2

By annrich5e@yahoo.com Latest Reply 2012-09-26 11:31:19 -0500
Started 2011-08-11 15:34:18 -0500

I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetic few months ago. I'm on Metfomin XR 500mg twice a day. My bs fluctuate and having trouble controlling. In the morning my bs reading is between 115 - 130. I normally eats light salad for dinner. My weight is 110. Any suggestion and advice please.
Thank you.

9 replies

Nick1962 2012-09-26 11:31:19 -0500 Report

And (though no one has said it already) try to have a little higher protein snack before bed (come on guys, I thought that was an automatic response by now). That might help bring that morning number down.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-08-12 19:49:54 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. I agree with Alan and James. Test before and after you eat to see how that meal affected your BG. Foods affect each of us in different ways. I cannot eat very much rice or oatmeal, they both spike me. Other people can have them without any problems.

alanbossman 2011-08-11 16:49:48 -0500 Report

Hi Ann and welcome to DC family before going to bed try a handful of almonds. Also a little me fiber or some protein in your meals. Also I would recommend testing before a meal and 2hrs after a meal to see where your numbers are, if they are high then you might not want to eat that meal again.

annrich5e@yahoo.com 2011-08-11 15:55:22 -0500 Report

I used to take my reading twice, day before food and night before going to bed. Now I only take in the morning before food. Yesterday was 118, today was 125. For breakfast, a cup of oatmeal, chicken rice (1/2 small bowl), grilled chicken salad for dinner most of the time. Am I on track or…Sometimes get annoyed to see my bs reading up and down

jayabee52 2011-08-11 17:11:03 -0500 Report

Howdy Ann Thanks for your reply.
Since you're new here, you may have missed the little link "reply " under each post. It is easier to keep track of which post one is replying that way. Nooooo Problem!

You might want to notice on your replies there is a little link "edit" next to the reply link. That way if you want to change a misspelling or anything else (or the whole reply) that is how you do that.

Back to the discussion at hand.

118, and 125 is not that bad a reading for your AM fasting readings. The 125 is a BIT high, but not that bad.

I think Drs are told to tell their patients to test only 2 x/day. Those are the best times to do it. I suspect that it is because insurance cos are trying to lower their costs. That's one way they try to do it.

But for folks who are serious about controlling their Blood Glucose readings, really 3 times a day is the MINIMUM numbers of testing you should do. You can ask the Dr to write a prescription which you test 3 or 4 or more times a day (as long as it isn't unreasonable). Some people with diabetes test up ti 8 times a day.

If you go with the 3 times a day you can do a "post prandial" test (2 hrs after you take your first bite). to see how that meal has affected your BG numbers. If it has affected it greatly, you can then adjust what you have eaten for the next time.

You can do the post prandial in rotation after each meal on succeeding days. For example if Monday it is breakfast, then Tuesday you can test after Lunch, and so on.

As a person with diabetes it IS frustrating to see one's BG fluxuate, but as you get more knowlegable about it and what it can do, you learn more about YOURSELF and how your body reacts to certain inputs of food and drink and medication, and how it reacts to stresses put upon it.

For instance; If I have been good in my eating the whole day and still my BG rises signifigantly, I know something else is stressing my body. Perhaps a "bug" of some kind has infected me. I watch for further clues of what may be going on inside of me. And if I can determine what it is, I then can take some sort of action.

I will tell you that chicken rice soup and oatmeal will raise my BG signifigantly. But because it does that for me. It may not be so for you. The only way to see for yourself what any food or drink does to YOU, you have to test a particular food.

To do that you have to test your BG before with what is called a "baseline" test. After you note what your baseline is, then eat a suggested serving of your food tested,( in this case oatmeal). After 2 hrs from your very first spoonful (post prandial) you take your BG reading again. If it is 50 points or more, you might want to either change the serving amount, or if it is A LOT over 50, you probably should avoid that food altogether.

To get to know YOUR body and how it reacts to certain imputs, this is the best way to do it IMO.

You might ask the Dr to write a scrip for the extra strips needed to get to know your body, and how it reacts to certain inputs of food and drink.

You CAN live a long and complication free life with diabetes, but it does take a bit of work. BUT IT'S WORTH IT!

jayabee52 2011-08-11 15:47:32 -0500 Report

Howdy Ann!
How have your Blood Glucose readings been? How many times a day do you take your BG readings? How many meals do you eat per day? What do you eat at them? It seems like a lot of information to be giving but all these things make up how your BG numbers are controlled or not controlled well at all.

People could make guesses, but I suspect you would want more informed suggestions or advice, than just some WAGs (Wild A$$ Guesses).

Blessings to you and yours


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