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

LeilaB
By LeilaB Latest Reply 2016-06-13 11:44:19 -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?


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sherrry
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
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!

WASHED OUT
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'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIuj-oMN-Fk&a...

Butter Bob Briggs : Fasting and the Fifty Percent Insulin Problem
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sAqy1lnWXo&a...

Professor Tim Noakes on the topic: "The Great Diet Controversy: UCT taught me to Challenge Beliefs."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0GSSSE4l8U&a...

Dr. Peter Attia: The limits of scientific evidence and the ethics of dietary guidelines — 60 years of ambiguity
https://vimeo.com/45485034

Session 2. The Problem With The ADA Diet. - Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes University
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCzk66CQKEg

jimbrandt2000
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.

Jim

haoleboy
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?

Veroness
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.

mhb311
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
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
Steve

onafixedincome
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
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
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.

MonicaMacareno
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAwgdX5VxGc

fishdoktor
fishdoktor 2015-08-23 11:10:09 -0500 Report

Hi, going to try fasting also, just wondering what you're eating for meals? are you drinking much water during the fast? Thanks, Mitch.

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

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

Howdy Jeanal
WELCOME to DC!
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
James

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

Howdy Will
WELCOME to DC.

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
James

WillONeil
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.

Best,
Will

ArlisT
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
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.

Best,
Will

ArlisT
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.

PrettySadity08
PrettySadity08 2014-09-18 11:27:03 -0500 Report

3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in 1 cup of water, once a day after any meal. Watch the difference! Let me know how it works for you.

BGScenic
BGScenic 2015-02-27 18:43:57 -0600 Report

I agree with the apple cider vinegar (ACV). A friend who lives in another state had been on insulin a few years and he recently announced that he has lost more than 40 pounds and no longer needs insulin meds. He attributes it to the ACV he takes daily.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-02-28 06:42:49 -0600 Report

Howdy Scenic
WELCOME to DC!
The downside to vinegar (and all acidic fluids like lemon juice) is they can remove the enamel on one's teeth. After drinking even a diluted ACV cocktail it is prudent to brush one's teeth and rinse the mouth profusely.

Praying for better health for us all
James

steve7de3
steve7de3 2014-09-16 16:33:27 -0500 Report

What really works for me is home cooking. this way i know what im putting in me. Portion control and exercise. I carb count as well. I honestly feel that diabetes saved me.. When i found out i was diabetic I was 210lbs and ate to much and it was junk. Im now 168lbs lean healthy and i feel GREAT!. Its to bad I had to learn the hard way.. But diet, exercise, portion control and carb counting did it for me.. Make it a habit and it will become a part of normal life and before you know it all your levels will normal out.

negg2
negg2 2014-08-21 06:29:29 -0500 Report

the main thing is so lower your carbs. as much as possible. read dr.Richard Bernstein. It works!!!!

MichelUK
MichelUK 2014-08-08 10:34:38 -0500 Report

Hello I was diagnosed type 2 8 weeks ago with 15.7 glucose level around 110%. Put on netformin 500 twice a day. Started 1 h walking per day strict diet with low carb only vegetable and drink 3 litre water. I have also added Chromium and Cinnamon and turmeric to my daily diet . After 6 weeks I lost 15% of my weight and managed to brink back my glucose level at the normal level. Doctor told me if I keep doing this I may be able to take only 1 tablet a day avoiding all side effect. Some link that may help however please refer to you doctor if you are taking some natural medicine to help you glucose level. (http://www.nutritionexpress.com/showarticle.a...) and (http://m.care.diabetesjournals.org/content/26...) hope my journey will help also I have take this as a wake call that my life style was not good for my body. Good luck to everyone.

rawvegangirl
rawvegangirl 2014-01-31 22:26:44 -0600 Report

Hi! I'm new to this site and thus my picture isn't up yet. I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes by one doctor and "severe diabetes" by another. I immediately started a well-informed and well researched raw vegan diet. My fasting blood sugar is usually around 85 now and I rarely get above 120 after a meal. I've never had such an easy time losing weight and I feel so good. I'd say it's worth checking in to. Watch a video online for free called "Raw for 30" with Dr. Gabriel Cousens. It saved my life. I'm happy to help anyone with info!

dkellis
dkellis 2013-11-24 15:50:23 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed 2 weeks ago with numbers 300 plus spiking up to 450-500.
Dr. put me on 500 mg. Metformin twice daily. Numbers did not come down much. has double what I take (2-500mg. twice daily) I'm eating right, started a exercise program and searching internet for help. How long can numbers stay this high with out problems?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-24 19:50:12 -0600 Report

How long it takes to get your blood sugars down is based on what you do and how much you work on it. I got mine down from 9 to 7 in six months. It isn't going down over night. This takes time. You have to work hard at lowering it. Exercise and eating right will help. You have to change your eating habits by limiting the amount of carbs you eat. I am allowed 60 carbs per meal. I never eat that many. I take Metformin 500mg once a day. My blood sugar this morning was 101 it is now 78 even with what I ate for dinner.

SCLWKR
SCLWKR 2011-11-24 14:33:56 -0600 Report

I have found that adding 30 minutes of exercise daily will help bring those numbers down quicker. Eat a small snack (15 grams of carbs and 15 grams of protein) 15 minutes before the exercise to give your body some on hand energy so your liver doesn't dump glucose into your system and elevate your BG. Don't give up, stay focused, and understand that while D shouldn't run your life, it is now a part of your life that you can control. Best regards and a hug to you! Sherrie

pixsidust
pixsidust 2011-11-23 20:36:05 -0600 Report

I started out with the same dosage. You are not on enough. My numbers were like yours as well. I think they like to start out slow and then build up to more.

I called my doctor and she doubled my metformin to 1000 twice daily and I had normal readings right away…So call your Doctor and let them know you think you need a higher dose.

MoeGig
MoeGig 2011-11-23 18:58:23 -0600 Report

It's taking everyone way too long to get down. I'm Type 1 and can get down to the 100's from 250 to 350 in 4-6 hours. If it's in the morning before running, then I take a lot less Humalog (instant) insulin to correct because my sugar can go lower faster on the treadmill. If you're Type 2 and on a drug and your sugar is not in the 100's, then your meds are wrong, or you're consuming too many carbs for the dose…and you really have to get your A1c into the 6's as quickly as possible, or bad things will happen. Whether you're Type 1 or 2, the complications are the same. I know many Type 2 diabetics don't want to take insulin; but, sometimes it's the best (natural) way to control your sugars…like my 96 yr old father does. IMHO

nzingha
nzingha 2011-11-22 22:26:18 -0600 Report

I'm still struggling, fighting real hard to keep mine down.. but yes excercise is very important. My body hates insulin and there is a constant struggle going on inside.. but I am fighting it like hell…u just have to do the same until u get ur #s down to where u want it and test, test, test.. stay on top of that…

Lakeland
Lakeland 2011-11-22 08:42:16 -0600 Report

Hi, it does take time, as your numbers decrease, then you eat & they go up again so it's not a fast drop, I think for me it took 3 weeks, but I did a lot of walking. 3-4 times a day. I was a little upset with my doctor, my sugar was 550, but I remember growing up seeing my diabetic dad having a high number & he'd take insulin & drop it, but my doctor told me to go home take this pill & work on it— Wow.

I found that a 20 minute walk after a meal can drop my numbers by 100. it didn't at first but it does now.

When you choose your carb try to use one that the fiber content is over 4. this makes the body work harder to turn that carb into sugar so you won't have big spikes & you'll feel more full.

I was told to count carbs but to make it easier I was to choose the carb ahead of the meal, so If I wanted dessert — then I was to skip bread, if I wanted filling/stuffing, then skip the rolls & skip dessert. For breakfast it's a choice of a fruit or juice or bread. I found this alot easier than knowing all the carb numbers & I lost 40 pounds.

It will get easier. I don't know how many test strips they gave you, I know they are expensive, but I took my sugar before a meal & 2 hours after a meal & I learned what foods would spike my sugars. I had a hard time with fruit, yes it's healthy but it really spikes my bS so sometimes being healthier doesn't help the numbers, but you will learn more as you go. the diabetes class I took had us write everything down we ate, & then test. I learned alot from that. if I walked I took my sugar again just to see what it would do to my numbers. this is almost like a science project.

Best wishes
Diane

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-24 19:55:55 -0600 Report

Hi Diane, everyone's body is different. What works for me doesn't work for many of the people I know who are diabetic. My numbers are never real high. I count the carbs in everything I eat and since I can have 60 per meal, I rarely eat that many. If something has 47 carbs, I am not putting it in my mouth unless I am not going to eat anything else with it. The main problem I have is my sugars can drop too low. For that I eat a slice of bread or something I know will level it off. I am trying to get my A1C down to 5. If I can get it that low or lower I can get off the Metformin and continue to control my blood sugar with diet and exercise. This won't happen over night so I am taking my time and hoping for the best.

Lakeland
Lakeland 2014-04-12 19:55:47 -0500 Report

I agree people are different. I'm so glad I have test strips. my neighbor got diagnosed with type 2 & the doctor told him all he need is metformin twice a day & no testing needed. for me it's not that simple, If I'm 110 & I know I'm going to walk my dogs. I'm not taking my metformin. the doctor says, metformin can't make me go to low,, but I just don't want to be walking my dogs & have a problem. In my classes, they told me if the fiber is 4 or 5, I can deduct that number from the amount of carbs & for me they told me 3 carb servings per meal, 15 is a serving so I'm to be at 45. Much of what I eat, I don't have the nutrition numbers in front of me, so If I meal plan around the carb it helps me not to overload. I enjoyed doing the chart, writing down what I ate & keeping a list of my numbers before & 2 hours after, I got a very good feel on what spikes my sugars & if I want to splurge I know how long of a walk I need to take to drop my numbers. it's now a part of me. it wasn't easy & it took a lot of note taking & the expense of buying test strips. let me know how you do, it sounds like you have a good handle on what your doing, keep a piece of candy in your pocket incase you go too low, too low is just as miserable as too high & in some cases it's worse. let you family & friends know how to help you if you do get to low also. Best wishes

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-12 20:48:58 -0500 Report

Lake I have only had one really bad low. Thankfully when it happened our Neighborhood Services Unit Police Sgt. called me and told me he was coming by the house. When he arrived, he put me in his police car and took me to the hospital. I am not sure if he went lights and sirens. He knows I have ICE (In Case of Emergency) on my phone so he was able to call my sister and tell her he was taking me to the hospital and that he would call her if they kept me. He stayed with me and helped with the paperwork. I was called and he told me to call me and he would come back and get me and take me home or send an officer to pick me up.

I spend time with either him or the officers in his unit and they know I am diabetic and they know to use the App if I am with them if they have to take me to the hospital and they know what to do if I happen to have a low. If I am in a meeting with the Sgt. He will bring me a cookie if he notices I have not eaten anything. I eat before he picks me up for a meeting.

I take my metformin once a day and the doctor told me to take it at night. The pharmacist told me to take it in the morning when I wake up if I forget the dose the night before and to still take the one for night that evening.

I never leave my house without a snack. In the winter it is chocolate candy. During the summer it is hard candy. For road trips I pack food if I know we are not going to stop somewhere for breakfast food.

Everyone I am with frequently knows that I am diabetic and what to do. They all know I can't have orange juice. My doctor forbade me from drinking it. I did that when I was first diagnosed and my blood sugar spiked to 180. The doctor said orange juice rises my blood sugar too fast and too high.

I have decided that my new plan of action will be even lower carbs and more veggies. Gonna see how that works for me.

Ilovecarbs
Ilovecarbs 2014-11-15 10:05:18 -0600 Report

Hi, Just Joyce. I've been recently diagnosed with type 2. I attended a diabetes class and they told us that chocolate, like a snickers bar, is not something to use as an emergency glucose raiser. Please check this information before you need that sugar.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-15 10:35:58 -0600 Report

You have only been recently diagnosed. I have been diabetic for 7 years. I know what works for me. I went to a diabetic class for the first time this year just for curiosity sake. Don't you think I would know what works for me. I can never ever have juice because it shoots my blood sugar up too high to fast. I do what my doctor says and only my doctor. We discuss everything I do when it comes to my diabetes. Each person can be different when it comes to diabetes. I know what I am doing when it comes to my diabetes and I am to the point where I can eat anything I want to eat with moderation. I know what I am doing because my blood sugar is in very good control.

Natim
Natim 2011-11-22 01:56:13 -0600 Report

Hi
When I was diagnosed with type 2 in Aug this year it took me about a week to start seem the down ward trend, at diagnosis it was 11.76 and after a week of taking Diamicron MR30 2 tabs a day is the morning the reading was between 7 and 9.
After about 3 weeks it came down to almost normal readings of 4-7 due to regular execise and eating right.
Off course I am one of those people that when I do something I do it right no cheating, no grey areas.
This approach has paid off so far as my reading are between 4-5 in the morning and 6-7,5 bedtime.
I exercise 5 times a week not less than 40 minutes a day. On week ends I walk around the block for about 15 min.
Exercises help to built and strengthen your muscels and inprove the ability to absorb and utilise the glucose better and thereby controling it more effecienlty

Nick1962
Nick1962 2011-11-21 10:08:25 -0600 Report

It took me a bit longer BUT I was also 90+ lbs overweight (life-long weight issues), had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pushing 50 years old, and was physically a wreck. It took me about a year to come to terms with the diagnosis and take active control. At the beginning my BS averaged 160 with a.m. spikes as high as 325. It took me about another year to “discover” and fine tune my diet to where I could maintain a BS level around 100. It took yet another year of consistent readings to convince my PCP that I was indeed in control and I no longer needed to do daily testing (but I do at random intervals just as a back-up). Weight loss was critical for me, and as I lost, my BS went down.
3 years and 90 pounds later I’m off all meds (except for low doses for BP and cholesterol) and my PCP calls my diabetes “dissolved”. So, short answer - it took about a year.
I still am diabetic, and wrestle with some of the symptoms daily, but consider myself a “recovering PWD”. Once I made the decision to become active in my control, results were immediate with my efforts. I was crazy addicted to the process and actually developed a spreadsheet which acted as a food journal and tracked my BS as well. I could graphically see what effects food had on my BS, and shared this with my PCP (who was quite literally no help in any of this) who could check my progress beyond that of the fasting tests he took.
Some view diabetes as a disease, some a wake-up call, some a blessing in disguise. It was the kick in the butt I badly needed to get in shape. I also had a very supportive weight loss group (ditto on all the diet info listed here), and I’m now in the best shape of my life. It can be done - control is yours for the taking.

hughsbayou
hughsbayou 2011-11-21 08:40:30 -0600 Report

get some Benfotiamine which is a form of vitamin B-1, and some B-12 tablets and take one B-12 a day and a couple of B1s per meal. It seems that all diabetics are thiamine deficient by as much as 70% and it is an essential vitamin for carbohydrate metabolism. I am now running normal blood sugar levels using just the thiamine and have been for awhile. As high as yours are it will probably take about a month. You can find these vitamins on Amazon.com. The low carb diet is essential also. I didn't discover the thiamine connection until I was several months into this, but when I did the turnaround was dramatic. I was at about 160 in the morning to start with and it took about two months for it to lower to about 110, but after I started the thiamine it dropped to the nineties and remains there with no other meds. Best of luck.

janfran
janfran 2011-11-21 06:45:03 -0600 Report

I just had my first 3 month checkup after being diagnosed with T2. I was also on 15/500 Actoplusmetformin and had side effects so I insisted that the Doc change my meds; however, my bg was down from 356 to 125 and my A1C from 13.1 to 7…all in 90 days. It's my diet…i'm a protein based metabolism…so limit carbs to the type not the count…eating alot of buckwheat groats (kasha) with onions and mushrooms, escarole, kale, chard with cannellini beans and garlic, fish, seafood, chicken, nuts and dark chocolate for snacks along with greek yogurt, all types of berries and mango or kiwi. I actually tried Pillsbury's sugar free brownie mix…not bad but I'll pass. I have a huge cookbook, recipe and natural supplement library I've been accumulating…determined to get off all meds. Cholesterol was high in beginning but also already down 30-40 points…I refused a statin drug. Also got rid of all non-BPA free plastics in my house and went back to glass storage. Let me know what I can do to help you. I'm 58 yrs young and on a quest to be the healthiest I've ever been in my life!!!!

berrykins0
berrykins0 2011-11-21 06:36:46 -0600 Report

me it took 5months after i was told was put on met forin 1 pill then2 pills after 1yr of being on 2 pills was taken off of one pill.for 1 yr 5months now im still only on 1 pill and still have the same ac 1 as i did after 5 months which is 5.6 been at 5.6 for 2 yrs and 2months.

realsis77
realsis77 2011-11-20 18:07:50 -0600 Report

i had a rough time of getting my sugar down to normal. finally after pills failed i went to insulin and only then did i bring my sugar to normal. some of us need a little extra help. once the insulin kicked in i was running great. pills dont work for everyone.

LeilaB
LeilaB 2011-11-20 17:17:30 -0600 Report

Thanks everyone for your replies. I know that we all are different, but it does help me to have a general idea of how long it took you to reach "normal" levels. I was starting to get scared that maybe my efforts weren't working. However, this is a marathon, not a sprint. Thanks again!

LeilaB
LeilaB 2011-11-20 17:15:12 -0600 Report

Dear Mickey, Thank you for your encouragement. I am really glad that I found this community. I needed this kind of support from people who are also dealing with this same problem :)

Mickey/CCHT
Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-20 17:10:47 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC! A good place i have found for knowledge, advice, or just a place to vent if need be.

I see you have been given lots of good, sound advice. Not much more i could add that has not been posted already.
Just don't get discouraged, it take time to know how your body will react to different foods. I can eat whole grain breads ok, but a lot of PWD cannot. It is just going to be trial and error for a little while.

It sounds like you are on the right path. Drink plenty of water, watch the simple carbs and exercise. You will do great i'm sure.

Hope to hear more from you. God Bless, Mickey