Don't understand type 2.

By cjhays Latest Reply 2011-11-17 22:34:03 -0600
Started 2011-11-16 21:41:30 -0600

Ok so I have had Type 2 for year and half. On metformin 500 mg BID. My FBS is 130-160 daily. rare if below 120. Today it was 119 so I got on the treadmill and started walking. i started feeling yucky. Checked blood sugar it ws 63. (I did have a few bites of eggo waffle 2 hours prior and a cup of coffee with creamer.) SO I started eating pb cheese applesauce trying to get it up. I was then sooo tired. Wanted tosleep but didn't . Maybe hour later ate hamburger fries. Then ate soup for supper. Checked my blood sugar 175 walked for 30 check now 168. WHAT am i doing wrong???? soo frustrated.

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jayabee52 2011-11-17 00:46:17 -0600 Report

Howdy CJ! WELCOME to DC! Sorry that you qualify for the club.

The first few years I was a mess too. I didn't understand about food and what it did to me as a Person With Diabetes (PWD). I thought I was eating better because I was eating puffed rice cakes instead of donuts or fruit pies. I had to get it in my head to avoid as many carbohydrates as I could.

Managing one's diabetes is like sitting on a 3-legged stool. One of those legs is exercise, one of them is nutrition and the 3rd leg (for most PWDs) is medication.

If one of those legs is weak, one may well fall down (lose control) of one's diabetes.

As a PWD you may want to learn the "rule of 15s" when you go low. When you are are low (below 70) you may want to take 15 grams of FAST ACTING carbohydrates. That is why you might want to find and buy some glucose tablets (found in any pharmacy in the diabetes section). and take 15 grams worth of tablets. (look on the label for the strength of each tablet) and then wait for 15 minutes and test again. If your Blood Glucose (BG) doesn't come up to normal range, then repeat the cycle (15 grams wait 15 mins and retest) That way you won't get on the BG roller-coaster. PWDs with ;ow BG levels tend to over eat to try to bring up their BG levels and generally overshoot the mark.

There's a lot more I could say to you about correcting what you seem to be doing wrong, but I don't want to overwhelm you with information.

But stick with us here at DC and most of us here will certainly be willing to help you to get on that 3 legged stool. We encourage you to take baby steps in attempting to manage your diabetes. Before you know it you may be managing it like an old pro.

Blessings to you and yours


cjhays 2011-11-17 09:56:24 -0600 Report

Thanks can you please tell me where to go to find appropriate servings for those with diabetes especally when it comes to carbs? Thanks

jayabee52 2011-11-17 22:34:03 -0600 Report

Howdy again CJ. I use the nutrition data site Tom (oldandgrey) shared below. But I use that as a starting point.

Since each person with diabetes reacts differently to the same food or drink, I use it as a guideline. Then I experement using my meter as a tool.

This is what I do:

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.

I tested myself this morning on a type of orange I hadn't tried before. The orange only raised by BG level only 15 points, which is not bad at all! I included it in my book so if I buy those oranges again, I will know what they do to my BG levels.

I pray this is clear for you and is useful

Blessings to you and yours


Nick1962 2011-11-17 13:30:14 -0600 Report

There’s a lot to learn about T2, and as someone here said previously, you’re going to have to be your own guinea pig. Judging by your numbers, it should be fairly easy to get some control of this through diet. It takes some trial and error, but eventually you’ll learn to be proactive about your BS and will be able to keep it fairly even, instead of reacting to a low or high number. For me carbs like potatoes, pastas and breads were just too “wild” going through my system so I try to avoid them (and sugars) - I usually only eat 1 or 2 servings bread/week. I found that if I consume some protein before I walk/exercise (a slice or two of turkey, maybe a leftover chicken leg or hardboiled egg), it keeps me level because my body has something to work on. After, maybe a handful of unsalted dry roast peanuts. Once you’ve learned what food does to you, you can establish a routine. If you watch your carbs and sugars, portion sizes are usually just as listed on the packages, so that falls naturally in place. Your mileage may vary.

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