bg levels rising, so frustrated,discouraged

By Marytea Latest Reply 2011-08-26 00:13:12 -0500
Started 2011-08-23 09:09:49 -0500

I have been doing bg testing since June (diagnosed in May). My bg levels are steadily rising, not falling. I am so frustrated. I take metformin 500mg two times a day. I keep carb intake to 90-100g daily and always with protein. My before bed readings were around 120 and are now registering at 133. I do have a snack before bed. Sometimes I have a small glass of wine after dinner. My out of bed numbers used to be 100 and now are 117. I know these numbers may seem ok but why are they rising. I will definitely talk with my doctor, but my appt is 2 weeks away. Any suggestions? Would upping my carbs help?

15 replies

robertoj 2011-08-25 05:04:21 -0500 Report

Don't get distressed your numbers are not alarming. The last thing you need is stress it can result in higher numbers and burn out. High protein low carb is the way to go. Make sure you eat enough carbs to maintain good energy.

jayabee52 2011-08-23 11:15:03 -0500 Report

Good work Marytea!

Yes your BG levels may be rising a bit but your numbers are OK for now IMO. As lynette (realsys) wrote below I would not opt to increase carbs. If anything I would reduce your carbs and increase your protein intake.

The only other thing you could consider is an increase of your dose of Met, or add another med. to it.

133 is above the 120 mark, to be sure, but it is not in the "danger for complications zone" of 140 or above.

Praying you can stop this rise in numbers before it gets out of hand



gearjamminbabe 2011-08-23 11:32:43 -0500 Report

I am newly diagnosed about 2 weeks ago…why would DR only want me to treat 3 times a week? I've felt bad at times and checked (on my own) and I'm like 386,395…is this nornal to start out? I take Met 500 2X a day… also gotta add…the dietitian wants 3 carbs for every meal and 1 for each snack…??

Paula Higgins
Paula Higgins 2011-08-26 00:13:12 -0500 Report

It takes a while for the meds to kick in but if you are that high I would lower the carb intake. My diatitian tried that with me and it never went down. I have to use a very low carb diet around 50 grams a day with a bit more protein but not too much so your kidneys don't go crazy. You may even have to try some long term insulin, it works.

jayabee52 2011-08-23 13:10:14 -0500 Report

Howdy Johnnie! WELCOME to DC!

I am not clear what you mean when you say "treat"? I know what I mean when I say treat, but I don't want to misunderstand you and give you an answer which is off the mark because I misunderstood.

sounds like your dietician wants you to count carbs. it would be helpful for you to look in the link "living with diabetes" found in the upper right edge of this page. There are many topics there of interest to a newly Dx'd Person with diabetes (PWD). Here is an article specifically about carb counting from the living with diabetes link:

If you'd like a video on carb counting here is a good one: and this one is good too: (You can search videos for whatever you want just go to the videos link on the left, just type the search term into the search box on the right of the opening video page.)

Carb counting is much discussed on DC here. Here is a list of discussions where it is discussed: There is a lot of good information in some of those discussions, others — not so much! But the benefit of looking here is that if you don't understand the information presented, you can ask questions. In fact sincere questions are highly ENCOURAGED here on DC.

Praying you find what works for you here on DC.

Please let me know what you mean by "treat" 3 times a week.

Blessings to you and yours, Johnnie!

James Baker

gearjamminbabe 2011-08-23 22:09:43 -0500 Report

OMG…I am SO sorry…typo…I meant test…Dr wants me to test only 3 times a week…but thank you for responding and I will check those sites you mentioned…

jayabee52 2011-08-23 22:37:33 -0500 Report

I SUSPECTED that's what you meant, but I couldn't be sure. NO PROBLEM!

If you want to know about YOUR own bodily responses to foods and exercise, you need to test 3 times per day 7 days per week MINIMUM, and put those numbers in a log book. You should test your BG when you first get up in the AM (assuming you sleep at night) It is called your "fasting" blood glucose reading.

You should also take your BG reading just before bedtime. That is so you arent low and don't go low during the night. I take a snack before bed to get my BG number up to 130 or slightly above so I don't go low and have a "liver dump" of glucose during the night, and wake up with a high reading.

The 3rd time during the day to test is to test 2 hrs after a meal (called "postpranial" test) to see how that meal has affected you.

You can rotate after which meal you test. For instance on Monday do the postprandial after breakfast, Tuesday after lunch, Wednesday after the evening meal, and so on.

Are you on any diabetes medications?

jayabee52 2011-08-25 22:37:14 -0500 Report

If you are on a diabetes lowering med, and Dr is telling you to test only 3 days a week he is playing russian roulette with your health IMO. That is malpractice IMO. You might want to ask him how many people with diabetes he has treated. You are the 4th person who I have heard this from. I doubt they know much about this disease.

realsis77 2011-08-23 10:38:23 -0500 Report

If your levels are rising to un acceptable levels I would speak to my doctor and get my options. I would Not increase carbs because that will make your levels rise even more! Your still at acceptable levels with the numbers you have given in the post. You really want to stay under 140 and not over 150. When I was taking the "pills" I was running 300 to 400. Needless to say they were not working for me. Now I'm on insulin and my levels have been wonderful! No problems. I just could not take the pill! It did not work for me. As for you I still think your levels are pretty good. Just make sure your not rising up over 150! That is when damage can occur! If you continue to rise up to levels over the acceptable range then I would consider other options or a medication dose increase. But as of now, your numbers are not bad. Id speak to my doc and see what he suggests. Good luck to you! And God bless! I would not worry too much about this because your numbers are still doing very good in my opnion. Just watch closely and make sure you don't raise to an unacceptable level! :) take care and let us know what the doctor says ok?