By LillianMc Latest Reply 2011-11-25 23:09:48 -0600
Started 2011-11-18 07:27:35 -0600

I just joined today. I was diagnosed type 2 Diabetes a couple of years ago, I think, because my memory is so gone by now that I cant even remember when I was diagnosed. I will be honest here, I was on denial for a while, but now I am starting to worry. I do smoke, I know, I got to quit. I dont exercise and dont watch my diet. My blood sugar is an average of 300 all the time, I am 48, I know I should know better, I guess I am still on denial. I DO want to start taking care of myself, that's why I am here. I am looking for recipes and advice. What do I do when my blood sugar is so high? I read about ketones and stuff like that, I am so confused!! Help!!

16 replies

annesmith 2011-11-25 23:09:48 -0600 Report

There's no way under the sun I would be able to control mine without exercise…my docs have always told me I'd be on at least 5 shots of insulin a day if I didn't walk and run, and I would not live long…I pretty much eat what I want, but for all my life I have always loved running and walking…it's also good for the heart, as heart disease runs in my family in addition to diabetes…I wish you the best of luck!!!!!!!———-ANNE

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-22 10:34:05 -0600 Report

Hi Lillian, I am new to D/C but have met some wonderful people on this site. I was diagnosed in 2008. I do a lot of work in the community where I live and it happened to be National Night Out. I went to one of the sites to meet up with our Community Relations Sgt. He took one look at me and gave me a hug. I had told him earlier about my diagnosis. A representative from the State's Attorneys office told me he had Diabetes for years and gave me popcorn to eat. Because of the two of them I don't think I ever went into denial. I was shocked and stunned. The next day I searched the internet and found menus and recipes and DLlife.com. I decided that I was going to live and I was not going to let this beat me. I changed my entire eating habits. I was diagnosed in June. By August I had lost 40lbs and my doctor was happy but told me I was losing weight too fast and to take one day and eat what ever I wanted. I loved that day but still didn't over do the carbs. There is only one way you can help yourself. That is to get out of denial. I say this because denial allows you to ignore the problem, allows you to feel sorry for yourself and it will only make your Diabetes worse. To lower your blood sugar. you have to cut out all white foods, stop eating high carb foods and switch to high fiber. Start walking around the block. You don't have to join a gym to exercise. Check your area hospitals and health centers for Diabetic Health Fairs. Attend one and talk to everyone. This is what I call "One Stop Diabetic Shopping". I went to one last week and got so much information to read. Talk to your doctor and ask to see a nutritionist or dietitian. You may want some therapy to help you adjust to being Diabetic and what it means to you and how it affects your life. You have to do this for you and I do believe that once you get out of denial, your blood sugar will get better. Just remember you are not alone.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-19 16:17:36 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC! This is a good place to start.
I too was in denial for a year and did not do what needed to be done. Then I got sick and it took them a month to figure it out. That was my wake-up call. I decided that i just did not want to feel this bad anymore.

I asked ?'s and educated myself some. I still have alot to learn, but i keep going.
Keeping a food journal will help , along with your bs #'s so you can track what spikes your bs's and what does not.

Start by cutting out all sugary drinks, white enriched flours and simple sugars and carbs. You want proteins, whole grains if they don't spike you, fresh veggies and some fruits. Have to be careful on the fruits, some can spike you real high, and some will not. It will just have to be a trial and error.

Just put your mind to it and you will be able to accomplish your goals. Take baby steps! It takes time and patience to unravel this. And if you slip up, don't beat yourself up. We are human, there is no way we are going to be perfect.

We are here for you, so please reach out for any ?'s, suggestions, or just needing to vent. God Bless, Mickey

P.S. I was lucky enough to have given up smokes along time ago, but i remember how hard that was. Don't try and change everything all at once, you will just set yourself up for failure. If it were me, I would work on getting my diet and blood sugars under control before i started weaning myself off the smokes. But that is just my opinion. Good Luck!

LillianMc 2011-11-19 16:47:37 -0600 Report

Thank you Mick­ey/C­CHT, yeah, I have been in denial for a couple of years now. I figured that if I took the Metformin I would be fine, who needs to diet right? Well I have been getting high numbers and my Dr. couldn't figure out why the numbers were going up instead of down. I changed Dr's and my now Dr. put me on Actos/plus, I take every night…but still no dieting. I got the flu a couple of times in the last month and a half (which I never used to get sick before) that's what got me to go to the Dr. The nurse checked my blood there because I told her I never did checked it (she chewed me up lol) I thought why check it since is always high! Well the reading was 310, she said it was high. The Dr. gave me a meter to take home and he gave me samples of Januvia. I have been checking it in the morning (before my coffee) then after two hrs, before breakfast and then again after two hours..etc…etc. It has been 302 the lowest and up to 525! This is in the last week! I am looking here in the web for recipes for Diabetes but they are hard to find, simple ones that I can make anyway. I am taking baby steps, so far I have cut out the sodas, and we went and bought a stationary bike, I am drinking water (which I never did before, I hated the taste) And for smoking, I agree with you, I want to get my sugar count down first, I can't handle everything at once. I am glad I found this website, I think is going to be very helpful for me. I will take your advice and start a food journal. Thank you again for taking the time to respond to my post.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-22 14:52:35 -0600 Report

Sorry it's been a bit for my reply. Been working like crazy and have not had a chance to really be on the site like i like to be.
I'm glad you are taking the steps to change your lifestyle. It will get better. I live and learn everyday something new! And so I keep adapting.
I never really liked drinking water all that much, but real lemon helps! Before you know it, you will feel that need to drink the water because if you don't your body will feel dry and you will crave the water!! Crazy i know!!
I find the food journal very helpful, i hope it works for you also. Please keep us informed how you are doing.

God Bless, Mickey
Have a Happy Thanksgiving

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-22 10:41:48 -0600 Report

Lillian go to Splenda's website it will tell you how to convert regular sugar to Splenda for cooking. I use dllife.com, kraftfoods.com, diabeticliving.com and now this site for recipes. Copy and paste the recipes you want to a word doc and build your own recipe book on your computer. Print the recipe you want to use. Contact AM Med Direct at 1-800-435-1458 and ask for their free Everyday Diabetic Recipes books I got them for snacks, entres and desserts. Also go to the American Diabetes Association. Splenda will also send you a free cookbook. An easy way to prepare meats is Grilling, Broiling and Baking. I bake bacon and sausage. I use lowfat or sugarfree salad dressings as marinades for a different flavor. Even though the label says sugar free, no sugar added or low fat you still have to look at calories and carbs. Hope this helps.

jayabee52 2011-11-19 01:01:40 -0600 Report

Howdy Lillian! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect! So very sorry you qualify to be a part of our little family here.

If you are serious about taking care of yourself, please keep coming back to DC!

Many of us here know what it is like to be living in denial.

I've been there myself, didn't like it, didn't get the T-shirt. Unfortunately I did pick up some nasty, uncomfortable, painful, debilitating and humiliating complications while living there in denial.

As far as recipes there is a link along the left side of this page which takes you to lots of recipes. When you get to the recipes page use the search engine box on the Right hand side and that'll find you most anything you are looking for — if it is on DC that is.

Your relationship with food and drink will be changing, should you be serious about managing your Blood Glucose (BG) levels. But it will not changing like many people without diabetes think it would.

You need to rethink your relationship with CARBOHYDRATES. That is a big, important one.

At first I used to manage my BG levels using oral medications, primarily metformin, Then when my kidneys quit working i was taken off oral meds and put on insulin. Those modalaties of attempted control each had their drawbacks. Fortunately my pancreas was putting out enough insulin (I'm T2) where if I was careful what I ate and didn't eat I could manage to control my BG levels within the normal range. I could have done that probably from the get-go but my mindset was not ready for it. I was ready to try that as of Feb 2011, and so experemented, with low carbohydrate, high protein meal plans. My progress was remarkable. I managed to keep my BG levels in the normal range, my May 2011 A1c reading was 5.5 (well within normal) and I lost approximately 50 lbs.

So when your BG levels are so high I suggest that you might want to avoid as many "simple"or "refined" carbohydrates as you can. Mainly avoid white bread, anyrhing made wth white flour, white rice, white potatoes, corn and corn products (corn bread, Tortillas ect)

I have gone one step further, and discontinued eating ALL breads and potatoes and starchy Vegetables. I needed to do that to be able to manage my BG levels in the normal range.

Now when you first attempt to control your BG levels by whatever means (meal plan, oral meds, injectable meds) be aware that your levels may not come down right away. You body may have gotten used to the levels and "homeostasis" may be at work in your body. Just keep after it and eventually it will come down.

And when it does come down you will probably experience what I call "false lows". You will feel ravenous, and shake and sweat, and feel like you can't think right. When you feel like that, test your BG levels immediately. Unless your BG level is below 70 don't consume anything. Your target BG should be 80 - 120.

Anything above 120 or 130 is your body trying to maintain homeostasis with higher BG numbers. Just keep checking with your BG meter every hour or so, in case you really do get low.

Your Blood glucose meter ("glucometer") is your friend. Come back here and ask and I will share with you how to use your glucometer to your benefit.

I have given you a lot to consider

Praying for you to get control of your BG numbers for good!

Blessings to you and yours, Lillian


LillianMc 2011-11-19 17:03:22 -0600 Report

Thank you jayabee52, yes you have given me a lot to think about, but that's good, you have given me a lot of information that i did not know about. I do not know what T2 means or "homeostasis" is. But I think with your guy's help I can learn. Thank you for pointing out where I can find the recipes. Please read what I replied toMick­ey/C­CHT. So you can learn more about myself and where I am at at this point. I am glad you are doing good on controlling your BG numbers. Thank you for praying for me, I need it that's for sure, it looks like I am getting ready to have a long drawn battle ahead of me.

jayabee52 2011-11-19 17:33:38 -0600 Report

Howdy Lillian
T2 = Type 2 diabetes. Homeostasis is the body's attempt to keep itself on an even keel. It is the tendency if one's body has high Blood Glucose levels it wants to keep the BG levels high because that is what that body is used to.

You're right about a long fight ahead. I've been at this for about 16 years.
I liken the fight with diabetes to a marathon race. You would do well to pace yourself. If you start out sprinting and try to maintain that pace you'll burn out and give up, and not finish the race. It is better to start out at a slower pace of learning and keep on adding to your knowledge base in a consistent manner.

Blessings to you


reneeramaekers 2011-11-18 21:38:20 -0600 Report

Everybody has to start somewhere !!!! I don't know if your on meds or not !!!!
I eat a lot of lean protien , nuts , and cheese .. But everyone is different.
This is a great place for support and advice .

LillianMc 2011-11-19 17:05:39 -0600 Report

Thank you for responding, Yes I am on meds, I take Actos/Plus and just last week the Dr. put me on Januvia also. I need to work on my diet. I pray you are doing good on your fight with this awful disease.

LauraS 2011-11-18 08:28:38 -0600 Report

I'm type 2 diagnosed May 2010. I'm doing okay and just want to comment on the smoking part of this discussion. I quit 10 years ago by hypnosis, a product called cigsation and a lot of support from friends. I'm not pushing the product cigsation but it's herbal name is lobilia and when taking this herb it fits in the receptors in your brain like nicotine. It was hard to quit but with cigarettes so addictive today it's really important to take a stand and get away from the addiction. This product helped me a great deal and I just wanted to maybe help others get away from cigarettes. Good luck to you.

LillianMc 2011-11-19 17:09:11 -0600 Report

Thank you for responding, I have tried Hypnosis and Acupuncture but it has not helped me. I dont want to try that pill (I can't remember the name) because I hear that it causes a lot of horrible nightmares, plus it is pretty expensive. I will google cigsation, and see if it is for me. Thank you for your suggestion.

JoleneAL 2011-11-18 07:48:17 -0600 Report

I would get back to my Doctor and confess your denials and ask him to help you get back on track. He/she may want to adjust your medications at first.

Watching your diet is the first thing that can help. I personally can do about 45 carbs a meal and 15 carbs for snacks - you have to find your own levels of tolerance.

The first year I was diagnosed, I ate nothing but salads and green beans and walked an hour a day and still couldn't get my levels down. I was on max doses of Actos and Metformin at the time.

I went to my doctor and asked for Lantus insulin and after starting it I was able to drop my dose of Metformin some and completely come off the Actos.

I then went through a period of denial. No testing, just taking my medication and going on. I did try and watch what I ate, but not all the time. Finally I knew I had to grab the bull by the horns and get back on track. I went back to my doctor and was giving a fast insulin to help with the highs. I'm back in the gym 2 to 3 times a week and watching what I eat.

Sure, I still smoke - but that is an issue I have to deal with and when I quit is my choice.

Good luck!

LillianMc 2011-11-19 17:16:19 -0600 Report

I did confess to my Dr. that I was not watching my diet or exercising. He did gave me Januvia in addition to Actos/Plus. I do not want to go on insulin, I hear that once you go on insulin you can never go back to pills. I am trying to watch what I eat now (it is a slow process) and went and bought a stationary bike, I am doing 15 minutes in the morning. I will bump that up as I go. I quit drinking soda. The smoking, I will try and quit when I get my BG under control. Thank you for your advice, it is very much appreciated.