An Answer to prayer? Why last 14 mths not well?

By OKC_taxlady Latest Reply 2015-07-31 16:44:41 -0500
Started 2011-11-11 17:14:38 -0600

Been praying for healing, so I can get my energy back, to volunteer, making my life count, retired, senior. Have Fibro, always been on the go/active, until 14 mths ago. Drs seem to take their time, while you live with yourself, daily knowing that "Something is wrong".

I had pacemaker in June 2011, "Ah dr says, that will make you back to your get up and go self.!" No so. Got back first of yr using CPAP, "Ah dr says, you will feel grat", not so.

Now, I am a DIABETIC, sugar levels 300, toes are all numb. Once I get on meds, could be the real reason why I have not felt good for last year? I pray that this will be the answer, so I can be more active, and get out the door.My sugar is 9.7 don't know what is shooting it up, I only eat dinner, no sweets, loosing 1 lb a week, yeah!

I will be getting a pair of diabetic shoes soon, and meanwhile planning a walk in the early afternoon routine, working up to 1 mile, it will take some time.

Cut out all sugars, except natural, made pies, etc, 1/2 calories, and they are good. Thought I would update and share, this is a good site, need more recipes please. God Bless, Helene

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livetodance 2015-07-31 16:44:41 -0500 Report

Hi Helen! Hope things are going better for u. One important thing is that u have breakfast in the morning. I don't know how u feel about eating oatmeal but it' light and good for u. I normally have that with a slice of wheat toast, fruit and a glass of cranberry . The cranbeery juice is half juice and the rest water. I was introduced to alkaline water. I too have cut out the sweets. I've also learned that the lite drinks have less sugar than the diet drinks. I was never one to read the contents of food before but now I find mysdlf reading them to find out how much sugar and salt are in the product. I also came across this site that gives a list of fruits that are beneficial to diabetics. Hope this helps a little.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-12 21:39:50 -0600 Report

Lots of wonderful advice here. It's a great site.
Like everyone is saying, watch those carbs along with the sugars. I had to learn that also. Read your labels and ingrediants on what your buyingl You need to eat more complex carbs and less simple carbs like white bread, white rice, potatoes and the such.

I wish you all the best. We are here for you. Lots of wonderful information and discussions going on. God Bless, Mickey

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-12 16:16:51 -0600 Report

Hope you feel better soon.
When your blood sugar gets low the liver releases glucose into the blood stream driving your numners up. Eat at least 3 small meals a day and a snack at bed time. This way you control the glucose levels.
Sugar is sugar. All natural or not, our enemy is carbs. Count them ant try to reduce them to around 45 grams per meal. Keep the snack tbetween 15-30 carbs. You may find your numbers going down.
Good Luck.

jayabee52 2011-11-12 02:11:09 -0600 Report

Howdy Helene WELCOME to Diabetic connect!
Just a question for clarification when you say "My sugar is 9.7" does that mean your A1c? or are you using your blood Glucose (BG) meter in the mmol/L mode?
here in the USA we usually use the dl/mL scale to read our blood glucose (usually there is an adjustment one can make to the meter as it starts up — but you'd have to read the manual which comes with the meter)

I agree that heather is correct that you do need to eat 3 meals per day.

So you are not yet on diabetes meds? That may be another reason why your glucose readings are in the 300s. And don't be discouraged if the BG levels do not drop to "normal" levels (70 to 120) immediately when you start on the meds. Sometimes the diabetes meds need to be tweaked a little bit to get the right dosage, or even the right med. (not all People with diabetes - PWDs - react the same to the same meds or even foods or drinks.)

But you should see some change within a week. If not speak to your Dr and see if the dosage needs increased, or your meal plan needs to be tweaked.

In your diabetes class you should learn a new way of eating and looking at food. You may eat pretty much everything you used to, but you may need to eat less of certain foods like foods which have a lot of carbohydrates in them.

And even with a "diabetes friendly recipe" (look at the link near the upper left of this page) if you eat more than 1 serving it would raise your BG levels too.

I wouild encourage you to come back to DC often. Look at the articles in the link: "Living with Diabetes" and "Health Center" and of course these discussons. You can learn a lot from folks who have geen a PWD for a while and are managing their condition the best way they can.

Folks are very friendly here and are quite willing to share what they do to manage their condition. Not many of us here are Physicians but some of us have managed this condition for quite some time, and have learned what works for us
as individuals.

I pray you will find out what works for you.

Blessings to you and yours


Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-12 21:34:21 -0600 Report

Could not have said it better! Good advice from all! Blessings

jayabee52 2011-11-13 02:12:30 -0600 Report

Thanks Mickey!

jayabee52 2011-11-18 02:22:24 -0600 Report

OK kim

One of the things you must learn about diabetes (if you haven't already learned it) is that People with Diabetes (PWDs) have differing reactions to the same inputs (meds/foods/drinks)

It would be good in my estimation to learn what your body's own response is to a food or drink. This is how I find out how my body reacts to food or drink inputs:

What I do is to take a BG reading before I test a food. That is my baseline reading. I determine what a "serving" of a particular food is using either ( or nutrition ( or ( ) eat a recommended portion of that food. Then 2 hrs lafter my first bite I take a "postpramdial" reading. That will tell me how much that particular portion of food has raised my BG levels over my baseline readings. If it raises my BG less than 50 pts, I may eat that portion without much trouble. If it raises my BG over 50 then I need decide whether it is too much over 50 or not and I may want to retest it with a lower portion size. If it is closer to a 100 pts raise then I usually decide to avoid that food altogether.

I then put a page in my 3 ring binder with that food on it, and record the baseline, the portion conumed and the postprandial results, and my decisions made, whether to retest with a lower portion, and then results of that test, or if I decided to avoid that food altogether.

I do that so I remember what I've tested and what my decisions were, so I don't have to test again needlessly.

That way I have a book of what works for ME and my metabllism specifically.

That is a whole lot of learning!

I pray this is useful to you


MEGriff1950 2011-11-11 22:29:57 -0600 Report

Heather is correct that you need to eat 3 meals a day. Your body is protesting at your one meal a day by producing more glucose then you are consumming. I am glad to hear that you will be attending a Diabetics Education Class, I learned so much there in July. If the class does not include a dietician I suggest that you get an appointment with one. After I started eating 3 meals a day according to my meal plan no only did my blood sugars drop quickly but I got off of 40 units of insulin and 4 glyburide tablets a day. Eating correctly and 3 meals a day will help you too.
Keep a journal. I keep track of what and how much I eat, writing it down and all of my blood sugar readings. My journal has helped me to determine what foods that I cannot eat but which of the "bad ones" are ok. I cannot eat any kind of rice or any kind of bread. I do ok with potatoes as long as I watch what I top them with. Deep fried food of any kind is worse then eating an entire pie.
Speaking of pie it is not the sugar that hurts your blood sugar as much as the fruit and the flour which are high carbohydrates.

pixsidust 2011-11-11 19:00:03 -0600 Report

Natural sugars are harmful too and need to be counted. I guess the first thing I would tell you while you have a challenge ahead of you, I believe you can climb this hill. You have lots to offer.

I feel this alarm go off because you mention making pies at half their calories…but how many carbs?
You are not counting calories but Carbs. Now calories can come up from time to time. I think as you count carbs the calories will lesson too. Its the carbs that are the enemy of the diabetic.

So Learn to count. Learn what a carb is. It can come in processed foods but also in unprocessed foods. All four products, corn, potatoes, rice, oranges, peaches, plums and even apples have carbs. You have to look up what each has and count them as you count the carbs of your meal. Try not to go above 45 carbs per meal and if you can stay below that ceiling.

Juice is sugar laden. It may be all natural but its like drinking sugar without the fiber. I only use juice when I get too low.

This is a wonderful site. Explore various topics. Learn, grow and bring those numbers down!

ShellyLargent 2011-11-11 17:27:06 -0600 Report

Not only is sugar a good culprit to high blood sugars, but lots of carbs too. Cut down on the amount of carbs you take in. I'm not sure what you're taking to control the blood sugars, but sometime doctors will try anything without really seeing if it works for you. If you're taking an oral medication, it might not be strong enough to bring your levels down. Adding more exercise will help, but you may find that you will have to go on a type of insulin. I hope you find something that works for you. Good luck!

OKC_taxlady 2011-11-11 17:52:16 -0600 Report

Thank you Shelly, no waiting on RX, pills, have not taken anything, and yes, just learned from the nurse, the breads, potatoe, pasta, has a lot of sugar, and we eat potatoe nearly every night, but not a lot. Dr wants me on 1800 calories a day, wow, I am not eating near that amount, eat little, and trying to add breakfast. Thanks sweetie, Dr is setting me up for the class, to learn more, thanks for your input! God Bless, Helene

Heather44118 2011-11-11 20:24:40 -0600 Report

hi you are not eating often enough. you said you only eat dinner. you should be eating 3 meals of around 45 grams of carbs per meal and 1 -2 snack of 15-30 grams of carbs per snack. I eat 5-6 "meals" a day of 30 grams of carbs or under. I spike with anything hight. You wil have to get to know your body. somepeople can eat more some can eat less. But we all have to eat regular meals at about the same time everyday. Good luck with all of your struggles. I hope that things work out for you.

annesmith 2011-12-11 02:10:41 -0600 Report

HI…I never snack…Ever since I was little, I ate 2 big meals a day or 3 meals a day. I just don't like to snack for some reason or another. I am wondering if there is some way I can snack without gaining weight? I have a borderline high metabolism, but it is no longer high like it was most of my life—-I fear if I snack, the pounds will really come on…have any ideas? I need to snack or something, as I have extreme highs—with keytones off and on, and my lows are terrible—they are terrible—-down in the 50s -80s. I am very brittle—sincerely, ANNE

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