How long did it take you to get your blood sugar down to a normal range?

By LeilaB Latest Reply 2018-08-01 13:47:21 -0500
Started 2011-11-20 12:26:03 -0600

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 3 weeks ago with an A1c of 11. Since then, I have been counting my carbohydrates with a daily target of about 45 a meal. I have also been taking 500mg of Metformin twice a day. I test myself first thing in the morning and 2 hours after dinner each night. My numbers are slowly coming down, but so slowly! My morning readings were around 230-250 right after the diagnosis. This morning, my reading was 195. It seems to be going down, but at the same time I am worried that this is not happening fast enough. Tell me about your journey…how long did it take you to bring your numbers down?

135 replies

Bentmiles 2018-03-31 22:31:13 -0500 Report

When you say carbohydrates, what do you mean, simple, complex, or processed? I eliminated most all processed and simple. I will not allow over 50 processed carbs per DAY not meal. I eat all the complex carbs I want and limit simple carbs along with the processed carb a total of 50 combined way exceeds most days. I eat a lot of healthy fats, and medium amounts of protein. I have gotten my fasting blood sugar upon awakening in the 80's if I keep to the high fat and almost no processed or simple carbs.. One cup of ice cream is 50 carbs. I can get away with that if I have no others all day. Hope this helps.

haoleboy 2018-08-01 07:32:30 -0500 Report

Unlimited "complex" carbs?
That is the most unusual approach to diabetes management I've heard.
Is that actually working for you?
❤ eat as if your life depends on it

Anonymous 2018-02-02 09:47:46 -0600 Report

I discovered I had an A1C of 12.5 and Diabetic Type 2 eight months ago. I went on Metformin and discarded the Tresiba Insulin. Dropped A1C to a steady 6.0. With much thought I decided to cut sugar, starch and simple carbs from my diet. (No flour products). Good thing I did. In 3 months my 335 blood sugar reading dropped to 85. I started drinking “Triple Leaf” Blood Sugar Balance Tea. And stuck with the Metformin twice a day. I recently tried a piece of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and caramel syrup. A big no no for 8 months. To my surprise my blood sugar remained normal at 93. I’m back on track with my new eating habits. Not missing the sweets. I get help with the low carb, 0 sugar EAS protein drinks recommended for Gastric Bypass patients. Very good for Diabetes type 2. The Carb Control EAS protein drink keeps cravings down. Sold at Walmart. I lost 50 pounds since discovering I was diabetic and plan to lose 50 more. In total I easily dropped 90 pounds without carbs and sugar. My

Chelle224 2018-07-17 09:29:53 -0500 Report

wow thats great, how long when you cut out your sugar and went low carb, did you have a hard time getting thru the first week, Im still feeling the effects of low carb diet, still feel like I need more carbs to feel better

HOU21007 2017-12-28 19:54:59 -0600 Report

I finally realized I was type 2. I have had a vision change in my right eye. I saw one reading in 2014 of 10.8 and I assume I was high for several years.

I completely detoxed from sugar in January and did an a1c1 in Feb and it was 7.3. November it was 6.6. I have gone from 219 to 170.
I have been exercising and eating high but good fat with low carbs. My cholesterol panels were off the charts would not even register. I consider it a race for time on my eyes. I hope to be down to 5.6 in another few months as you have to stop the progression.


Betzie 2017-12-03 21:15:18 -0600 Report

A little about me: I've been type 1 for 42 years. The last 5 years I've been having problems. Age (over 65), lack of movement & just plain over eating junk has been my problem. At 55 I had my own Harley! So, today I have hip, knee & lower back pain, always. My endocrinologist is bearing with me. A1C is 9. As told, I try to walk but it creates the pain to start. I have equilibrium problems with walking, using a cane to steady myself. Even my housework suffers. I used to clean my apartment in 1 day, now it takes that long just to clean the bathroom, hahaha. I've had PT. I know what to do but, as some have mentioned, the initiative is't there. I live alone, got rid of my 17 year old car because of work needed. My son does help me a lot, but he's not here always because of work. I also have diabetic unawareness and he has come in to find me passed out and called 911. Many of my problems are now stemming from no money, only social security. I have some help with prescriptions and gas & electric and charity care at the local hospital. Diabetes is hard to manage with stress and inactivity. I stopped working my PT job in 2013 for health reasons. I take 2 different types of insulin. I need to take small amounts every time I eat something/anything, such as a snack, but of course more with a meal. I take a different insulin for overnight. When asked how I'm doing, what else can you say but good, thanks. This is my first time telling this in this type of forum. No need to reply but thanks for listening.

geanniB 2017-11-13 00:17:15 -0600 Report

l wanted to know …say you just had a piece of pie that shot your sugar up to 240…how long in hours would you have to work out to get it back to a normal range…

suecsdy 2017-09-12 16:38:49 -0500 Report

You didn't get there overnight and you can't fix it overnight. Be patient. You're obviously headed in the right direction. It took me about 6 months to get myself turned around. My A1c was 12.2 in August 2014, I was able to slowly bring it down, 9.2, 7.8, and in Dec of 2014, 6.4. I have stayed at or under 6 since then.

Chelle224 2018-07-14 13:17:57 -0500 Report

Were you on medication while doing this ? That's great

suecsdy 2018-08-01 13:47:21 -0500 Report

Yes. At first I was on insulin; Novalog for meals and lantus at bedtime. Once I had really good control, I transitioned to Bydureon. Didn't lose any weight, but it works great for my diabetes.

TheNative 2017-07-12 08:41:18 -0500 Report

Five years ago, I discovered on an employment medical exam that I was pre-diabetic. In hindsight, I had probably been pre-diabetic for a number of years. I immediately gave up sodas and beer, and began exercising and choosing healthier food. It worked! But after initial success I fell into over-confidence and complacency.

I am currently in my third period of self-awareness and renewal since discovery of my condition. The first two "trips to the altar" of low carb diet and exercise yielded excellent results and allowed me to meet ADA guidelines for BG and A1C, but were followed by periods of complacency.

Complacency is a killer! Last spring, I recognized after a year of indiscipline, lack of focus, and a routine medical exam that I had allowed my blood glucose (BG) and A1C to creep up into full blown diabetes. My doctor prescribed diet, exercise, daily blood glucose monitoring, and farxiga. I resumed minimal dietary discipline, haphazard BG monitoring, and walked about an hour per week. After three months I managed to stabilize my weight, but my fasting blood glucose remained in the mid-to-high 100's, and my post prandial BG was even higher. I also became gradually more self aware of persistent and excessive fatigue, thirst, hunger, brain fog, lack of motivation, excessive urination, and sleeplessness. My symptoms and the ultimate life-ending physical symptoms of diabetes are scary enough, but the deterioration of cognitive function is, to me, absolutely frustrating and horrifying!

Fear and anger in combination provide powerful motivation! After finally recognizing my deterioration and looking frankly at my dismal results and persistent symptoms, I had enough of making no discernable progress and decided to take more drastic action.

Almost four weeks ago I ramped up my focus and dedication and initiated an intense diet, exercise, and study regimen - essentially a 30-hour per week part time job! In addition to walking 20-60 minutes per day, I added between 60-120 minutes per day of borderline aerobic/anaerobic exercise on the elliptical machine, and cut WAY back on carbs of any kind.

Here are my results:
(Date, weight, fasting blood glucose, minutes of elliptical/walking cardio)
6/17 226 166 48
6/18 226 145 0
6/19 226 257 0
6/20 226 149 60
6/21 226 168 166
6/22 226 117 96
6/23 225 115 82
6/24 223 124 107
6/25 224 123 181
6/26 222 129 97
6/27 224 126 125
6/28 223 106 113
6/29 223 103 123
6/30 223 144 0
7/1 221 127 76
7/2 221 122 0
7/3 219 115 191
7/4 217 112 224
7/5 217 99 126
7/6 218 169 106
7/7 216 100 124
7/8 217 105 3
7/9 218 113 170
7/10 217 103 50
7/11 217 95 197
7/12 217 83 60

Know yourself. Everyone's metabolism is unique. The trick for me to start making real progress was forcing myself to do 60 minutes or more of borderline aerobic/anaerobic exercise. It was the only thing I could to almost immediatey drop my blood glucose 40 points or more, and it reduced the symptoms of hunger which allowed my to have more discipline in my diet. Instead of a self-defeating cycle of failure, I have initiated a virtuous cycle of success. I am praying to keep it up! I am convinced tht sacrificing so many hours every week to diabetes control will yield dividend in extending the productivity, quantity and quality of my life. It is the only way I can figure to avoid the toilet bowl of diabetic frustration and failure.

Good luck to you! Shoot for the moon of NORMAL blood glucose, not the palliative of the ADA guidelines. Take charge and don't give up. God Bless!

IleneKoller 2018-07-31 04:36:21 -0500 Report

Hi TheNative,

Thank you for sharing your numbers and experience. On the last try did you take the farxiga or any other diabetic meds?

Is it realistic to do the 2 hours of exercise per day with low carbs and see the numbers go down without meds? I really do not want to take meds at all. Am I being realistic?

Mallacai 2017-09-12 07:59:12 -0500 Report

Hi, my "experience" mirrors yours save my FBS is now any where between 102 - 110. I went cold turkey when i was DX 3 years ago and withing 30days my numbers were excellent. I trudged on losing weight ( 29lbs ), bought smaller clothes and was quite comfortable to the point where i could eat and drink anything without a spike. Got too comfortable and put back on 15lbs now seeing higher numbers. problem is for the past nine months i cannot seem to kick start my diet and exercise regimen. I have one good thing working for me i.e. my post meal numbers do not stay high for long esp if i get active ( house work, 20mins on the elliptical, showers ect ). Yes you are right, complacency is our biggest down fall. I am not giving up but i cannot understand why i can't seem to have the mindset i had three years ago. Hoping you have greater success in your healthy lifestyle.

Sueray 2017-07-15 07:34:14 -0500 Report

I joined just so I could thank you for posting your numbers. I have been trying to control my fasting numbers with diet and exercise for two years. Have been on a down slide for about a month and knew I needed to get back on the treadmill but just couldn't find the time. Thanks to you I am starting exercise today.

Mallacai 2017-09-12 08:10:25 -0500 Report

Hi, Sueray diet, exercise and meds work in tandem to stabilize our blood glucose. My experience is that being physically active tends to drive my post meal number down. For me that does not mean going to the gym or hopping on my treadmill but simply moving ( like house work, working on the sales floor at work etc).Once i asked my Doctor to take me off Metformin to which he asked why. I said for the past 3 weeks all my BG numbers were great bordering on being low. Upon questioning me about changes in my routine i realized that i had been working in our warehouse where i had to walk a lot and briskly at that. I read that people who walked 1 hour after each meal had better blood glucose management that those of us who exercised once per day. And yes the magic bullet for me is being physically active. Keep at it.

robertdstoker 2017-06-10 11:19:38 -0500 Report

Sorry I should have added context. The morning high is because your body is ramping up to start moving around and starts pumping the glucose and all kinds of hormones into your system, people like me overproduce BS for this operation and taking vinegar tabs at night tend to help. It took about4 weeks to see a significant improvement. You might also test a little more frequently so you can see the more specific changes during the day. The average over the day didn't appear to be doing much for me until I got more readings, it also helped me manage my diet better.

robertdstoker 2017-06-10 11:05:52 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed 7 weeks ago. After the first 3weeks I saw a significant drop in the morning. The medication started really kicking in about that time and I really was amazed that including some rigorous activities actually helps to get my morning numbers down and my blood sugar as well. The biggest change that I made that was the most helpful was to download an app and use it! This way is very important to those of us who like to convince ourselves that fudging here and there is ok. It keeps me accountable to myself. So, back to my morning reading, I started with a higher level and I was doing all the right things, however, it was high. I started taking vinegar tablets at night and it helped, a lot. Once my levels stabilized, I stopped taking them and I am 90 - 104 now

ellenaj 2017-05-31 12:25:58 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic about a year and a half ago. I went to a dietician as encouraged by my medical doctor. She said I could have 45 carbs per meal. Totally wrong! This is NOT a low carb diet. I found that not all carbs are the same and I believe the best diet for a diabetic is a Mediterranean diet. Eat a whole food plant based diet. I eat only 15 grams of carb per meal and mostly from plant sources. My initial A1c was 6.7 and my fasting blood sugar was 126 so I just made the cut off. Try cutting your carbs much more. Don't be afraid of fat. It is your friend as long as it is healthy fat, like avocado, butter, olive oil, avocado oil etc. NO soybean oil as 99% of all store bought salad dressings contain. Last year my A1c went down to 6.0 and 6.1 and this is without any kind of medication, just diet and exercise. I find that vinegar will lower your sugar, so make an oil and vinegar dressing for your salad. Lemons are wonderful. There is something in the peel and juice that lowers blood sugar quickly. Just google lemons. I went to a Memorial day picnic and ate too much food that I shouldn't. My blood sugar went up to 190, which is really high for me. I ate the lemon and drank some of the juice. Within 45 minutes my blood sugar went down to 140.
Whenever you eat something eat some protein and fat with it. The fat and protein will slow down the absorption of the sugars from the carbs. Never ever eat a carb all by itself. Keep your self hydrated. Move and exercise. I lost 30 pounds this way and my doctor is happy with my A!c readings. My mother, uncle, sister, and grandmother were all type 2 diabetic. I have also seen the complications if one does not severely restrict carbs and take care of our bodies. I don't want that to happen. Nor do I want to go on medication. The biggest food I miss is fruit. I can eat it but small amounts. It is natural but still full of sugar. Bread I have to freeze and I take out a slice when I need it. I am still trying to finds a low carb bread substitute that I enjoy. Some are pretty awful! Do not eat more than 2-4 oz. of protein at one meal. Include some protein at each meal just not the huge amount Americans are used to eating. This is why it is hard to go out to eat as most establishments serve too big of a portion of protein, lots of carbs, and very little vegetable. I feel diabetes can be contained, but it takes effort each and every day. Yet, the effort will keep us healthy. At least we can cope with this metabolic disorder

Betzie 2017-12-03 20:53:05 -0600 Report

I'm type 1. I eat Mission Lo-carb wraps. I don't eat them all the time but they are lo-carb. I use them for scrambled eggs & bacon, ham & cheese or whatever you want, even salad greens with tomato.

pasam 2017-05-03 10:05:29 -0500 Report

Hi I am 41…started taking metformin for the last one week. My A/c is 12.2, fasting 245, random 344. I am planning to reverse my diabetes. started doing treadmill, morning 3 km and evening 2 km, following strict diet. How much time it will take to control by blood sugar and is it possible reverse diabetes. Please reply

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accused diabetic 2017-04-24 12:52:00 -0500 Report

was recently accused of being a diabetic. my bg was 384 at the doctors office. i told the doctor that i drank 4-5 big gulps a day and that i ate a ton of candy everyday. she gave me the Rx for metformin which i did not get filled. YET. however, its been 2 weeks, i have abstained from ALL SODA, and CANDY, have watched my carbs intake and started excercising. my BG is 143. no meds. STOP THE CARBS. STOP THE SUGAR. WORK OUT. it works.

ELCreech 2017-02-02 11:04:45 -0600 Report

I had Gestational Diabetes when I carried my son in 1988. Fast forward to 2006, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I never had a problem with weight gain until 2006 and could not loose weight with anything that I tried. All this time, I exercised 4 to 7 days a week. Fast forward to 2012, blood sugar is 199. Since 2012 to 2016, I was able to control my blood sugar levels through a low carb diet and exercise, but would only loose a few pounds to regain them. My dr. says that I have the ying/yang with my hypothyroidism and blood sugar. Recently, I cannot control my blood sugar - no sweets, no breads - only meat and veggies. Then a co-worker told me that her endocrinologist said that she would never be able to control her blood sugar without meds because of her gestational diabetes which makes her blood sugar go up during the night. I fear that I am experiencing the same thing. Does anyone have any ideas? I am on the verge of going to the doctor and requesting meds. Don't know what else to do at this point. Please help!

CarmenHironimus 2016-08-28 13:56:25 -0500 Report

I had a hypnosis session and I lowered my numbers to be between 106 to 125 in the morning during the session. No pills and lost 16 pounds since January. Also changed my diets to align to it. I do not have process sugars and move to a plant based diet mainly and meat (I tried without meat and couldn't do it). Occasionally I have deserts. My numbers are still good in the morning. So I wanted to know how fast does my blood sugar should take to get back to normal after a meal. One evening I had an ice cream and right after that I measure my numbers and they were 165 and in the morning they were 108 again. After the hypnosis I felt that there were two me's the one with the diabetes and the one without. If I go into fear I am in the one with and if I stay in love I am in the healthy me. They are both part of my awareness and I get to choose, but I am also conscious of the physical responsibilities.

creepycracker 2016-07-24 12:52:43 -0500 Report

been following dr jason fung's advice -fasting- weight down 60 lbs, A1C down to 5.4 … it has been 16 months staying low carb no sugar at all.

sherrry 2016-05-29 22:32:54 -0500 Report

45 a meal for carbs sounds pretty high, I feel too bloated when I eat that way I have found salad makes me happy but I love fish and chicken too. I have started eating my hamburger without a bun, hot dogs too. I don't know if I have a gluten problem but I do know when I eat too many carbs it blows me up! I have been very happy cutting down on the carbs

sherrry 2016-05-29 22:26:27 -0500 Report

After my yearly physical my labs showed my blood sugar at 10+ I was told to see my Dr's PA to go over labs. She prescribed Metformin, talked to me about the ins/outs - later found out she didn't answer all my questions just right. I refused to start the Metformin. My blood sugar that day was 202. I started immediately cut out the bread, Coke (which I love) and started eating lots of salads BTW Ranch Lite has a lot less Carbs than French/Western my blood sugar was 129 a week later. Called the Dr office and left a message of all this and they called back and said 129 was still pretty high for a morning reading, I should take the Metformin. Screw them - it was 119 today and I'm going to do it without meds. I'm tired of Dr pushing prescriptions all the time! I've also lost 6 pounds since my Dr visit 10 days ago Hang in there Start reading labels and be willing to give up some of your favs - but have some cheat time once in awhile - it's ok!

Med-Free 2016-08-18 16:45:43 -0500 Report

Sherry I love your attitude. I was diagnosed in Oct 2004. I have been through all of the meds, insulin, Bydureon. Dec 2014 I stopped with all of the meds. 14a day plus a weekly shot. No thank you. Flash forward to Aug 1, my numbers are horrific. I refuse to go back on meds. in the year and a half away from meds I dropped 40lbs, and I can move my body. I refused the meds on Aug 1, and I am on a strict die, and exercise daily. I sit full time for a job, but not all day and not everyday. I want my number to go down, I just want to know how long it is going to take. after 9 days I have gone from 496 to 312 in the am…I guess that isnt bad. I eat only veggies, protein, some fats, some carbs (whatever is in a veggie), I supplement with Atkins shakes and bars at bedtime only. I try to get 1/2 my body weight in oz daily..

WASHED OUT 2016-05-17 10:48:45 -0500 Report

I would recommend getting Dr Bernstein's book (Diabetes Solutions), you may be able to find it in your local Library. This book is very educational and explains how the body works and what to do to gain control of your diabetes. Below I have shared some video sites that you can learn from to give you a better understanding of Diabetes. I used many of these to begin my attack on diabetes that led to my control and recovery. Understanding is Power.

Dr Jason Fung: 'Therapeutic Fasting - Solving the Two-Compartment Problem'

Butter Bob Briggs : Fasting and the Fifty Percent Insulin Problem

Professor Tim Noakes on the topic: "The Great Diet Controversy: UCT taught me to Challenge Beliefs."

Dr. Peter Attia: The limits of scientific evidence and the ethics of dietary guidelines — 60 years of ambiguity

Session 2. The Problem With The ADA Diet. - Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes University

jimbrandt2000 2016-05-17 09:36:59 -0500 Report

I want to share the actual data from my short term look at my pre diabetes. I seem to have morning syndrome, as glucose levels during day are reasonable < 117.

In one week, I managed to get my fasting glucose from 130 down to the 90's.

I started by reading on every supplement I could find and started these immediately:

1/2 tsp daily of Frontier Ceylon Cinnamon Organic Ground Powder , 1 Pound

Life Seasons Diabetx 3x a day supplement

400MG of Apple Cider Vinegar at night, and if I wake before 3 AM, another dose of 400MG.

Dramatically cut my carbs down, stopped all sugar snacks, and increased exercise from 1 to 3 or more days a week.

Within 7 days, here are fasting glucose levels:
124 130 108 111 111 112 100

Breakfast+2hr readings are also improved:
115 122 106 92 95 92 94

Lunch+2h are improved:
116 104 114 117 104 110 106 96

Here is summary data from my fitness pal for same time period
date Calories Carbs Fat Protein chol Sod Sugars Fiber weight
10-May-16 1,496 156 61 113 243 1,274 48 42 229
11-May-16 1,509 123 68 119 136 2,815 37 43 229
12-May-16 1,788 124 73 141 119 2,483 41 26 228
13-May-16 1,491 76 80 127 510 1,846 28 21 228
14-May-16 1,439 135 56 116 81 2,469 28 41 227
15-May-16 1,458 56 73 157 298 1,531 25 20 227
16-May-16 1,275 100 55 108 65 1,260 30 24 226
Averages 1,494 110 67 126 207 1,954 34 31 228

When I see consistent good data, I will stop each supplement one at a time until I see any change until I find the one thing that does help so I can stop buying supplements… I will keep the cinnamon, as I like it now in my coffee.

Hope this helps.


haoleboy 2016-05-17 15:48:45 -0500 Report

how tall are you … given those figures I am surprised you are not losing weight … doing a lot of weight training?

jimbrandt2000 2016-07-27 20:46:01 -0500 Report

Here is update. 5'10"

I lost 30 pounds over a period of 9 weeks. ALL of my morning fasting readings are now below 100. Some as low as 79. I stopped all of the supplements. Seems a very low carbohydrate low sugar diet did the trick. Protein seems to drop the levels in general.

My A1C, cholesterol, etc numbers are lowest ever.

I now have added in calories, but keeping carbs below 60 for the day and calories below 1600.

I'll check in in later.

ellenaj 2017-05-31 12:31:52 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed with type 2 I had to see a dietician. She advised 45 grams of carbs per meal. I didn't listen to her and keep mine also at around 15 per meal. This seems to work for me. If you ask me there is better advice on line about diet than what the doctor's office gives. They are totally wrong on the best amount of carbohydrate per day!

Med-Free 2016-08-18 16:51:08 -0500 Report

I have found that NO sugar during the day, so protein and carbs from vegetables only. No grains either. Im waiting…I finally lost a pound after 9 days. I have been a T2 since 2004. Now as I see that nothing works I am refusing meds.

Veroness 2016-05-03 22:39:15 -0500 Report

I had my A1C tested on Feb 2 of 2016 and it was 5.7. Doctor told me I have pre-diabetes and if I continue to eat like I do now, I will most likely develop diabetes in the near future. I'm 5 feet 2 inches and weight 211 pounds. The doctor told me to clean my diet up and I asked for specifics and they didn't really help so they recommended a dietician which I am so grateful for. Took my blood work with me and she told me to keep my carbs for meals under 40g and snacks around 15-20 g of carbs. I followed her plan and so far I've lost 36 pounds and now weight 175. Fast forward now, just got my blood results back and my A1C is now 5.4. So for the last 3 months with monitoring my glucose with a CVS brand meter, my A1C has gone down .3 points and I'm down 36 pounds. I tested myself regularly at home and at work for a full month and saw how my body responded to carbs. I would check 30 min after eating sometimes, 1 hour after and 2 hours.

DakotaMay7 2017-08-16 09:01:30 -0500 Report

Be careful with the CVS brand meter. I used one for about a year until one day my doctor used his meter to test my sugar. I was shocked at how high the reading was. I tested with my CVS meter right away and it was reading 50 points lower. I thought I was doing well at keeping my levels down but obviously I wasn't doing as well as I thought. I switched to a OneTouch meter and it reads consistent with my doctor's meter. Right at the time I switched, CVS recalled all of their test strips for false readings. I recommend testing your meter while you're in the doctor's office to see if it's reading accurately.

mhb311 2016-06-05 12:15:32 -0500 Report

I was just was tested at gyne office on 5/31…a1c is 5.7, i'm 5'3" and weigh 178. i know my diet is horrible…and it didn't help at that i was out of town for memorial day—and eating terribly. I have already started dieting (Weight Watchers) and walking daily 10K steps. i was told to follow up with primary—but i am thinking on going straight to dietician first to make sure i have a better understanding of all of this. will follow up for new labs with primary in 3 months. Did you find testing yourself at home made any kind of difference?

haoleboy 2016-06-05 13:34:16 -0500 Report

if I may jump in …
the value of home testing is that it gives you a way to "see" how various foods/meals are affecting your blood glucose levels. test just prior to eating and then 2 hours afterwards. for me, if my BGL is 40 points higher 2 hours after I ate I know that the food (or something in my meal) is something I need to either eliminate or drastically reduce portion size.
IMO, the most important thing you can do at this point is to get to an ideal weight. I believe that I benefited greatly from a 168-pound weight loss so I do know how hard it is … but the benefits to every aspect of your health make it so worthwhile. seriously!

eat as if your life depends on it

onafixedincome 2016-06-06 00:59:30 -0500 Report

Wow. Now THAT's helpful. I'm not anticipating good things with my next A1C, but darned if I'm not at least trying. I've 100 lbs to go and it just keeps going up, seemingly no matter what I do.

Guess I need to prune my diet harder…

mhb311 2016-06-05 15:19:29 -0500 Report

thanks that was helpful. i have a bunch of other things going on too. menopause, depression, unmotivated…so the fact that i am moving and not complaining will be a great plus.

carbkiller 2015-12-23 21:29:13 -0600 Report

I had type 2 diabetes and reversed it in 6 weeks by cutting down my carbs to 20 grams or less per day and no meds. If you are a diabetic, you have to treat sugar and refined carbs like an alcoholic treats alcohol. There's no such thing as carbs in moderation if you want to be free of diabetes. It also helps to drink high pH water and supplement your daily meals with enzymes. And of course, if really want to protect yourself, exercise daily.

Med-Free 2016-08-18 16:55:20 -0500 Report

I agree. The only carbs I have daily are from veggies, I I limit those to a select few. I eat no grains except oatmeal. Do Not Anyone resort to Diet/Sugar Free anything…it is straight poison.

MonicaMacareno 2016-06-13 11:39:58 -0500 Report

Congratulations! My goal is to reverse my diabetes too. I'm ok medication now (metformin). Did you ever take medication for diabetes?

Amitr 2016-03-09 14:10:19 -0600 Report

I lost 18 lbs in 12 weeks and started feeling dizzy and lightheaded , when I stopped doing exercise for 3 to 4 day and my blood glucose reading went up I started feeling better , can anyone explain me what is happening with me

saluksi17 2016-02-17 11:43:17 -0600 Report

I'm confused, you say there's no such thing as carbs in moderation, but that's exactly what you are doing. You need to eat a healthy, balanced diet, and exercise, to get to a healthy blood sugar level, and stay there.

haoleboy 2015-12-23 22:41:51 -0600 Report

"It also helps to drink high pH water and supplement your daily meals with enzymes."
could you please explain how that works?

Anonymous 2015-12-05 22:56:58 -0600 Report

How do you expect to control your fasting BS eating 45 gr of carbs per meal? No way, that is too much, try to lower it to 6 gr pear meal and exercise 10 minutes at night and morning, increase metformin to 850 mg with each meal and you should see results the same day you do all this.

blueberrytwig 2015-07-01 15:21:01 -0500 Report

was diagnosed like 2 weeks ago, am at the 45 per meal carbs and 3 snacks day at 15 carbs, also take the metformin, been about almost a week now taking twice day.mine was like 250 this morning, then took after eating was 350, then took 2 hours after luch which had no carbs was back to 245.wonder how long till normal too as you are .

taipan 2015-05-04 17:36:40 -0500 Report

welcome to the "club"
most GP's i've talked to all say the same general thing.
lose weight, exercise, eat better…some don't know how to treat the disease, only some symptoms. imho if type2 was a weight and diet disease 99% of americans would have it (i know i exzagerate) and big pharma would be even bigger
find a support group, this place is excellent with good people with good advice.
find a endo or diabetes educator, pick up some reading material, and always feel free to ask questions.
take it seriously. and yes ups and downs are normal, especialy in the beginning

Dodit 2015-05-04 14:28:05 -0500 Report

I am newly diagnosed as well. Went to emergency room in the 400s. They gave me a shot of insulin, iv and a prescription of metformin. I have laid off soda and table sugar completely and have severely stopped my carb intake ( just a bite of mashed potatoe) I did have one slip a mixed drink but I am still getting high readings morning 200 and evening 275 sometimes a little over 300. I'm calling doctor soon if it continues

creepycracker 2015-04-24 14:16:37 -0500 Report

We had a health screening here at work on 4/15 they told me I was a fatty… tell me somthing I dont know… 260 lbs
so they told me something I did not know blood glucose . . .347
so I scoured the internet to find info and made a Drs. appt. I found out the way to reverse insulin resistance was fasting
I started fasting Friday to Saturday 30 hrs… had a salad, fasted again Saturday to Sunday 25 hours.saw Dr on Monday blood glucose down to 161 and weight down to 250 he told me I had Diabetes. I said not so fast This was my opportunity to buy another electronic gadget so I went out after the Drs and picked up one of those glucose meters and my glucose has been going down steadily. After Breakfast and a large Dinner on Monday went to work on Tuesday with a salad had that for lunch and have not eaten since… Fasting again 45 hours into this fast will remain on fast till Dinner (I am looking forward to dinner) should be about a 52 hour fast. This morning my glucose level was back to a normal range 94 and my weight is down to 244. I believe fasting will reverse dibetes…
just like people who have bariatric surgery without the surgery.
Will continue fasting might as well keep going till I get of the blood pressure meds too… just checked my BP here on the machine we have at work… it was 119 / 78 pulse 58
After eating dinner last night, this morning glucose was 114 and my weight was 241.8 lbs check out the series on you tube by Jason Fung

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raj healer 2015-02-11 02:38:55 -0600 Report

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Jeanalc 2015-02-07 11:44:57 -0600 Report

I was in the ICU in September with numbers over 800. I'm only 25 but I was not taking care of myself and kinda just thought for so long that I had it under control cause I was thin. Now I am on a lot of insulin and I have gained 40 pounds since September, which has been very hard for me to handle and accept. My doctor said to me the other day "do you know if you're really type 2?" Uh well my response was yes, that's what I was told when I was 19. No doctor ever told me that there is a blood test that tells you. I couldn't comprehend the stupid of doctors. I'm in the ICU for two days, giving blood ever 5 hours, and they could test that blood to see if I'm type 1 or 2. I'm starting to thinking I need a diabetic support group, cause when I do this blood test and if I am type 1, it's going to be like finding out I have diabetes all over again. Does anyone do support groups?

jayabee52 2015-02-07 17:15:26 -0600 Report

Howdy Jeanal
Yes it really sucks to have your Drs not care enough to do the proper testing.
As far as support groups go, I believe you have a great one here on DC!

I expect that you've already made the big "jump" into the world of diabetes. The adjustment to being a T1 should not be that bad.

I note that you're on "a lot of insulin" and you are gaining weight (40# since Sept) Generally speaking that says to me that you are eating too many carbs for your needs. My experience as well as my reading on the net tells me this. I had been injecting NPH twice a day for a while and I was tipping the scales at 240#. Not one of my finer moments. It was due to my eating a lot of carbs. I didn't cover for them like my late wife did. She had lupis for which she needed occasional injections of steroids or prednisone pills. When those injections or pills raised her BG (blood glucose) levels her endo worked up some sliding scale charts to use when she had such high readings.

I came across her ID card the other day and she was developing a "moon face" from the steroids and she was rather heavy as well. I didn't see it in her at the time because I looked at her through the eyes of "new love".

I suspect that because she had Lupis, an autoimmune disease, she also had T 1 which is autoimmune disease. But I never confirmed that with her or her Drs

God's best to you

WillONeil 2014-11-22 00:00:16 -0600 Report

My doctor told me a month ago that I have Type 2 diabetes mellitus based on a fasting serum glucose of 213 mg/dl and A1C of 10.5 percent (implying a 90-day average serum glucose of about 250 mg/dl). He put me on metformin 2 x 850mg, advised me to lose weight and exercise, and sent me to an excellent endocrinologist. By the time I saw her I had lost 6 pounds and significantly reduced my glycemic load, as well as modestly upping my exercise. She has just started me on glucose monitoring and although I have only a few days of readings they seem a bit mysterious. Fasting glucose (serum equivalent) is in the low 90s, jumping to around 130 two hours following breakfast. Post-lunch it's about 110 and post-supper it's around 100. I've never heard of anyone who saw a 50 percent drop in serum glucose in just a few weeks after starting treatment and I wonder whether anyone has any idea what might be going on. Not that I'm complaining, mind you, but I am curious.

jayabee52 2014-11-22 15:24:34 -0600 Report

Howdy Will

Unless I am mistaken serum glucose and blood glucose are two different things. Serum glucose is often measured by medical labs whereas blood glucose is used in giving the blood glucometer reading.

I note you state "serum equivalent" on your fasting glucose, so it seems you have a way of computing that.

Most of here relate more to the BG levels than to serum levels Not sure that many of us could tell you what is going on regarding serum levels.

I am guessing that you have a medical background.

God's best to you

WillONeil 2014-11-22 16:22:54 -0600 Report

Thanks, Jim. Actually, all the glucose meters I know of in the U.S. automatically correct their readings so they are equivalent to serum (or plasma) glucose measurements, in order to make them comparable to the lab results. For instance the manual for my meter says, "Test results with the OneTouch® Ultra® 2 Meter are plasma-calibrated. This helps you and your health care professional to compare your meter results with laboratory tests." I don't think you'll find any meters made in the last decade or so without this feature.

Scientific background in my case, but not in health sciences.


ArlisT 2016-05-27 19:07:40 -0500 Report

mine doesn't do that, and I only got it a few months ago, and it's not some obscure brand either.

WillONeil 2014-11-22 16:22:31 -0600 Report

Thanks, Jim. Actually, all the glucose meters I know of in the U.S. automatically correct their readings so they are equivalent to serum (or plasma) glucose measurements, in order to make them comparable to the lab results. For instance the manual for my meter says, "Test results with the OneTouch® Ultra® 2 Meter are plasma-calibrated. This helps you and your health care professional to compare your meter results with laboratory tests." I don't think you'll find any meters made in the last decade or so without this feature.

Scientific background in my case, but not in health sciences.


ArlisT 2016-05-27 19:09:02 -0500 Report

Mine doesn't do that, and I only got it a few months ago. It's not some obscure brand, either.