Need some help

By bwilson23 Latest Reply 2011-09-05 20:13:48 -0500
Started 2011-09-04 20:19:44 -0500

Hello everybody. I've not been diagnosed yet, but I've been having symptoms, numb/tingling hands and feet, going to the bathroom more than usual, feeling faint to the point of almost passing out, and my dad was diagnosed with type 2, 3 years ago, so there's a good chance I have it. I've not been to the doctor yet. I'm little hesitant to seeing as I started a new job less than a month ago, and my medical doesn't kick in till November, but I know I need to go, until I do, I'm trying to understand what not to eat, my problem is more of the nutrition side. How much carb/sugar intake is good. Need some help.

13 replies

sheriden 2011-09-05 20:13:48 -0500 Report

I agree A1c is the best tool as you may be normal at one moment not another. A1c tells what your blood G has ben over a period of 3 to6 months so is a very good tool.

robertoj 2011-09-05 17:43:19 -0500 Report

I went to a hospital that handles medical care for low income people in our county. They gave me a follow up appointment in the city I live in. They gave me my dx. I believe I must have been undiagnosed for years. Try looking on the internet for low clinics in your are. DO NOT HESITATE!

margokittycat 2011-09-05 16:38:37 -0500 Report

Do you have a community clinic or health department in your area that you can go to? They would be able to help you and get you started. Everyone is different so what ine person did or cut out may not work for you. Evrybodys bodys aare different and react to foods different. I would cut out all the junk foods "that is if you eat them" any sweets and any sugary drinks. If you drink caffiene try decaf things instead caffiene can raise BS levels. I would get a meter and strips and start testing several times a day when you first wake up two hours after each meal and before lunch and dinner. If you need a machine, I do have certificates and could mail you one for a free machine with a prescription from your doctor for the test strips.

bwilson23 2011-09-05 12:54:14 -0500 Report

Well last night around 11pm I was laying in bed. My left foot started acting up. Felt numb then started feeling real hot. Got out of bed and could hardly walk. Rushed to the hospital. The docs diagnoses was peripheral neuropathy. He said my blood sugar and electrolytes level were normal. So now I have to go see a neurologist.

johio 2011-09-05 14:40:06 -0500 Report

Ouch! Hope you get better news with the neurologist. Also, don't rule out diabetes on just the numbers from your ER visit. Unless they also did an A1c, a "normal" result doesn't mean you don't have diabetes. Sorta like that old joke about a broken clock being "right" twice a day, you can have a "normal" result on a blood test for glucose but an abnormal one from an A1c, which shows what blood glucose has been for the past three months.

Truly hope the neurologist rechecks. I'm sure they will because YOU will remind them of your family history and your other symptoms! Take care…

GabbyPA 2011-09-05 11:30:59 -0500 Report

I was kind of in your shoes when I first found out I was diabetic. I was unemployed and uninsured so I had no where to turn. What I did was get a meter and strips for myself and start testing like a diabetic. I started by reducing my carb intake drastically and getting junk foods out of the house. I cut out sugar free foods (yes, you read that right) and learned to eat healthier.

I finally found a clinic where I could afford to go, but 9 months had passed. I dropped 60 pounds, dropped my numbers by about 125 points and was doing much better. The doctor took it from there.

I tell you, if it had not been for this site, I would not have had that kind of success. I learned a lot from everyone here, asked a lot of questions and tried a lot of things. I used the ADA exchange book to get me started that my mom used. (She is diabetic, so maybe your dad has the same book) That is what got me started on track and moving in the right direction.

bleonard13 2011-09-05 09:42:55 -0500 Report

the trick behind this is know if ur sugars are running high or low if there high u need to find out what med u will need to bring them down or drink lots of water or when u get the what i call the inside shakes some one on here told me to try glucose pills to bring it back up to a normal range but the key is to find out u need to know because it could be affecting ur organs and u not know it God be with u

RAYT721 2011-09-05 07:23:58 -0500 Report

Good Morning and welcome to our website. I do believe that right now the best thing you can do for your mind, body and soul is to get a meter. Test, test, test … especially when you are feeling faint to see if that may be low or high blood sugar and then insured or not get your buns to a doctor or hospital ASAP if you are in a dangerous level. Please don't diagnose yourself though. We can work ourselves up from worry.

With that said, your questions about the nutritional side of diabetes, again, is best answered by your glucose meter because everyone has ingredients they can and cannot tolerate. Carbs have the most impact on your glucose however avoiding them completely is not the answer … the body needs carbs for energy. It is really about balance. For some people diet and exercise can help with your glucose while for others they may need oral or injectible medications, which is why the doctor thing is very important. If you are having severe highs or lows it is very important to take action ASAP.

Take a look around the website here into the archives (discussions page / search box) to look for keywords that interest you. Check out the recipes and videos and product reviews. Please contribute with any questions or answers that you have for us because we are all in this together and we are a family.

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Kirla 2011-09-04 21:15:14 -0500 Report

Well if your insurance hasn’t kicked in yet and you need to know you can buy a blood sugar (Glucose) meter in walmart for about 10 dollars and a box of 50 strips for about twenty dollars. I think they sell smaller quantities but I recommend you buy the box of fifty. Anyway it’s up to you. Normal blood sugar readings are about 70-120. Should be less than 100 when you wake up and before eating. 1 hour after eating it should be less than 180. Under 140 is better. If over 125 when you get up in the morning or reading over 200 after eating and your probley a diabetic. You can also buy an A1C kit for about 30 dollars and you get 2 tests. If your A1C is over 6 you are probley a diabetic.

Anyway to control blood sugar you should cut out all sugar and starchy carbs. Drink lots of water and eat lots of low carb vegetables. Most vegetables that are green are low carb.

This is what I did to bring down extremely high blood sugar to normal numbers in only about 6 weeks. You have to be willing to eat right but it can be done.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

Almost forgot. Anyone can just walk in to a store and buy a blood sugar meter. I wish I new this before I had a problem. I might have been able to avoid alot of stuff if i new how cheap it was to buy one and that all you need is some money.

ali315 2011-09-04 20:31:40 -0500 Report

unfortunately everybody bodies are different so what can be ok to eat for someone might not be okay for you to should just try not to eat to much sweets and drink plenty of water or sugar free drinks and even sugar free candies dont be to extreme wd it since your body does need some sugar just try to balance it out as much as you can so start reading the labels of what you eat trust me its not fun but it helps you and gives you a peace of mind that atleast your trying before its too late.

bwilson23 2011-09-04 20:50:55 -0500 Report

I've been reading the label's on food. Best way i can explain is Total Carbs=27g…Sugar=13g…take half the sugar which be 6.5, subtract that with the 27g, and end up with 20.5 which would give me a true carb count correct? if im wrong please let me know. At the grocery store today, I started feeling faint and had to go sit in my car and when i got home I ate a banana and some tea, not sure if it was the best thing to eat at the time but I'm guessing my blood sugar tanked so the tea counter act. Which after a while I began to feel better.

GabbyPA 2011-09-05 11:34:47 -0500 Report

I think you are confused. You can take 50% of a fiber amount if it is over 3 grams per serving from your carb count. Not the sugars. Like KD said, total carbs are total carbs.

I used to play the fiber game, but found that I just needed to be honest with myself and use the total carbs listed in the label.

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