By angel0219 Latest Reply 2011-08-31 14:13:27 -0500
Started 2011-08-29 21:08:01 -0500

I can not seem to control my blood sugars even with diet and exercise. What do you suggest I should do any advice would be helpful. I've also cut out fatty meats I only eat ground turkey and chicken I do not like fish. I only eat meat twice a week and I have lost about 15lbs. in 2 to 3 months don't know what else to do my A1C level is 11.9 that stinks need to lower

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the diabetic camper
the diabetic camper 2011-08-31 14:13:27 -0500 Report

have you done one of those basil tests where you eat nothing for 8 hours and test yourself every 30 minutes and see if you basil rates are set correct? Once you get that fixed then you need to go back to the drawing board on your carb counting. My carb ratios change during the day.

Type1Lou 2011-08-31 08:36:06 -0500 Report

After 35+years as a type 1 and using MDI (multiple daily injections) of NovoLog and Lantus, I started using the pump on August 16. That was because over the past 18-20 months, my A1c's had climbed into the 7's and I was experiencing scary morning lows. I'm convinved that part of the problem was my aging body because what had worked for years, now seemed to be causing problems. Also, I had been relying on a GP to help me with my diabetes during that time; he kept on upping my Lantus dose and advised me to cut back on the mealtime NovoLog…something I didn't feel comfortable doing. After my requesting a referral to an endocrinologist, we (the endo and I) changed the time of day of my Lantus from bedtime to morning; that helped a bit but finally decided it was time to try an insulin pump. Do you count your carbs? I found that this was a vital component of controlling my BG's. I try to limit my carb intake to no more than 120/day: 30 grams at breakfast and 45 grams each at lunch and dinner. Congratulations on the weight loss. It's a step to better control. Don't lose hope. You can do this!

realsis77 2011-08-30 10:15:41 -0500 Report

Hi perhaps a change in treatment plan is an option. I was struggling like you before I got put on my insulin now I'm running perfect numbers! I went from 300 to 120! It has been a God send for me! It does NOT hurt and has proved to be an amazing tool in my treatment plan! On insulin I have more energy and feel so much better! You have options, perhaps its time to consider some different options like insulin. I'm glad I did and only wish I've got on it sooner!

robertoj 2011-08-30 04:57:04 -0500 Report

No doubt you are doing everything right. Finding the right medication is probably the key. It may take some time to get it under control. Don't get discouraged as you are making progress.

Marytea 2011-08-30 04:46:40 -0500 Report

See your doctor. Are you on any meds? Diabetes is a mystery at times but your doctor should be a helpful detective.

jayabee52 2011-08-29 22:06:09 -0500 Report

I had been a person with diabetes since 1995. I still am. I had been on oral meds (metformin) and eventually went to insulin because of kidney problems. I noted that I was not going too high when I would miss a dose of insulin, and I was not taking a lot of insulin. Compared to others I knew, I was taking what might be called a "baby dose". I got the idea to experement to see if I could control my diabetes with what I ate alone without the use of diabetes medications. So in Feb 2011 I informed my Dr of my plan and he didn't object. I started on a low carb high protein eating plan. I was able, as long as I stuck to my plan, to keep my BG numbers close to the normal range. My May 2011 A1c was 5.5, where it had been hovering 6.9 or so before. I also lost about 50 lbs in weight. The eating plan is something I had designed myself. I'd be happy to share it with you if you would like.

angel0219 2011-08-31 06:20:14 -0500 Report

Yes I would do anything to help lower my blood sugars just went last night to sign up for diabetic classes to try and see if learning how many carbs to how much insulin needed to take. Hopefully this will work to control blood sugars thank you so much for all of your input very helpful

pauline craig
pauline craig 2011-08-30 07:26:07 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing. I'm wondering if your high protein diet would have a neg. effect on the kidney? Please forward your eating plan to my inbox. I would like to see the same favorable results with my numbers (both weight loss & a1c)

Jimslin 2011-08-30 05:29:10 -0500 Report

So, even though you were taking medication and insulin, if you control your eating and exercise you can stop the meds and insulin? I thought you could never stop them. Thanks for sharing! Please send along your eating plan to my inbox. Thank you!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-08-30 07:38:37 -0500 Report

You may be able to stop your meds and insulin or maybe not. James has mentioned in other posts that it depends on how much insulin your body is still producing. Some people do not produce enough. There is also the problem of insulin resistance. If your body doesn't use the insulin effectively you could still need a little or a lot of medical assistance.
So far for me I sill need 500 mg of metformin most days. I am eating less carbs and more protein, not as low carb as James, though most likely.

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