By zufritto Latest Reply 2011-12-14 02:53:26 -0600
Started 2011-11-22 08:40:53 -0600

I'm so glad to be part of this community. I know many people are struggling with cases more severe at this time. However, this is sort of stressing me out that's why I joined. I think I needed some support. I've just started taking my BG levels with my monitor in the mornings only and they seem to be all over the place. I'm trying to regulate through Diet and exercise! It seems that even when I watch myself my numbers still aren't below 100 in the morning after fasting. I worry so much about the numbers each morning that my levels go up and so does my anxiety. Last 14 days I average about 107. For instance, I didn't have any carbs last night for dinner. And I woke up with a 110 reading. I don't get it?? I've just started exercising and watchin my diet. Does it take a while for the numbers to come down? How do I not stress? I know that stress is affecting me and the numbers! I feel funny about posting this because I know that so many people are struggling with numbers far greater than mine. So I'm sorry about my pity party!! I think I want quick results. Although you're all invited!! All comments and advice are welcome!! This is my first post!! I just joined today! Thank you for your help and advice.

27 replies

Amalia707 2011-12-14 02:53:26 -0600 Report

Fasting? Remember U need to eat 6X a day. 3 meals and 3 snacks "upto" 1 hour before going to bed. What meals? What snacks? Easy! Let me know if U are interested and I can give U more information. I'm a DietFreeLife Coach with much history in the family of diabetes.

Nana_1961 2011-12-03 07:47:26 -0600 Report

I test mine in the morning before meds, food etc… then about 2 hours after meds, food etc… my BG is usually 130 to 147 give or take a few numbers, but you get the jest of it. My doc has not put me on any meds for my pre diabetes, wonder why if my BG is this high and my A1C was 129. I go back to him in 2 mos, should I call him and tell him what my BG is doing or do I wait? I see the nutritionist ( hope I spelled that right) next week and she is going to tell me what I am to eat etc… so maybe he is waiting to see how that helps. I am over weight, can't walk much due to health issues but I can swing arms, lol. I try to be positive about this, laugh at myself sometimes but all in all I am scared.

catanddjt 2011-12-02 10:09:49 -0600 Report

I'm new to this too and have been going through almost the same thing! The numbers go from 107 to 160 … and I cannot figure it out. I've started walking daily (ugh) and threw out all the "white" stuff (bread, potatoes, etc.) in the house - eat better, more veggies, etc. But, the numbers still drive me nuts. Stressful for sure … it seems however that when I was testing in the morning (fasting) the numbers were lower; afternoon testing seems to be when the numbers start to climb. Normal???

jayabee52 2011-12-02 13:21:54 -0600 Report

Howdy catanddjt, WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!
Generally speaking a slight rise is normal, but to have that much of a rise tells me that there is something amiss.

It also depends on when you are taking your 2nd Blood Glucose (BG) reading. If it is sooner than 2 hours after you take your first bite of a meal your BGs may be elevated like that.

Perhaps it may be a matter of eating fewer carbs than you now are eating. It is good that you've gotten rid of all the white stuff, but even if you're eating vegetables, if you eat too large a portion your BGs can raise as most of the Veggie slowly turn into carbs in your digestive tract, More slowly mind you but they turn into carbs nonetheless. So portion control is important in managing your BG levels.

Another thing which MAY be happening is something which most People with Diabetes (PWDs) doesn't raise their BG levels high may affect you metabolism differently. To find out if this is happening to you I would recommend you learn how YOUR metabolism reacts to foods you commonly eat. I have a way I test how my metablism reacts to the foods I eat. Should you be interested, just ask and I'll post it for you.

Blessings to you and yours


catanddjt 2011-12-02 14:08:36 -0600 Report

Well. as it happens I thought of the same thing (about time testing). Yesterday I tested a little earlier than 2 hrs. after lunch and the number was 160 … plus, I was in the car and had been driving for over an hour (stress???). Today, I tested exactly 2 hours after my last bite of food - and my number was 64. Big difference, I know, so if you wouldn't mind posting how to test the way food affects metobalism I would appreciate it. I'm still learning as I go and haven't quite figured out what's good to eat and what's not yet (seem like NOTHING is good for you)!! Thanks …

jayabee52 2011-12-02 16:47:34 -0600 Report

actually that is only the way it SEEMS (nothing is good for you) What you may be experiencing is the loss of your "go to 'comfort foods'" but most PWDs can eat a pretty normal meal plan. One just has to practice portion control.

Perhaps the 160 may be from stress, to be sure.

Here is what I do to check out what foods or drinks do to my BG numbers:

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

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

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

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

It may seem like a lot of testing, but I feel it is worth it to know for sure just HOW my matabolism deals with particular foods.

I pray this may be useful to you


catanddjt 2011-12-03 14:24:28 -0600 Report

Wow, you're really full of useful information (much better than google was) :) I'll try the test food BG theory next week and see how it works. And, the websites you listed were also very helpful. Unfortunately, my Doctor didn't tell me much except that I'm "pre" and need to lose weight and exercise … he gave me the monitor with a Rx for lancets and test strips … that was it. Everything else I've learned has been on my own, so I really was happy to find this discussion panel. I try to follow the Weight Watchers diet as closely as I can since that one seems to have the best choices of food that you can have, and I still have my old WW scales to weigh the foods, etc. Anyway, thanks again. I'll let you know how it works!

jayabee52 2011-12-03 19:43:52 -0600 Report

Yes, cat, please do keep me informed on how you're doing.

Well I use Google a LOT, but it is not specifically geared to the needs of People with Diabetes (PWDs).

From what I recall I took ideas from others here in DC and adapted them for what seemed to work well for me. I just like to try to help PWDs along their path to better BG control as I have been helped in many ways previously, and still am being helped here today.

I don't want to speak ill of Weight watchers. They seem to be a fine organization at what they do. My mother has been attending WW weigh ins for about 4 decades now. Unfortunately her weight seems to not be going away, and may even be increasing a bit. But I don't think that is the fault of WW.

My minor concern is that they also are not geared towards the specific needs of PWDs. They are more concerned about calories than carbohydrates but perhaps that is changing). As I have learned A PWD really needs to focus more on carbs, more than on calories.

catanddjt 2011-12-04 09:02:30 -0600 Report

True about WW - however, they do have a program geared for Diabetes and that's the one I'm following. Since I am a "lifetime member" (although for the past two years I fell off the wagon, so to speak!!) I can get all the information free online. The program really works, you just have to stick with it as I found out the hard way.

jayabee52 2011-12-04 15:21:10 -0600 Report

well that is good to know, cat, I just pray you can find a way to stay on the wagon and lose some lbs. Have you been to DC's sister site Obesity connect? I'm a member there too. Look me up over there!

catanddjt 2011-12-06 08:40:42 -0600 Report

Not yet … didn't know about it. Will definitely check it out! Have lost about 12 lobs. so far (in 1 month) so I think I'm heading in the right direction. My wonderful husband has been pushing me to walk with him daily, and that helps alot. Thanks for the info :)

jayabee52 2011-12-07 00:39:52 -0600 Report

That's great he's taking an interst and wants to work WITH you in improving.

To find OC put mouse pointer over the words "visit another community" at the top of this page. A drop down menu comes out and there, among a large number of choices, is "obesity" click that and the OC website will load. To sign in use the same login info for DC. You'll find the website very much like DC, but you'll have to make the same friends as you have on DC all over again, because that does not carry over between communities.

I am on a number of those other sites and have made the same friends over and over again. (kinda like one has Alzheimers. LoL!)

meowbat 2011-12-02 17:02:16 -0600 Report

You are our Yoda! So calm, So Wise! We raise our swords and bow to you! Really, James. You are always at the ready with just the right info to help all of us newbies find our way. Thank You kind Sir!!!!

hughsbayou 2011-11-26 22:02:46 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed this spring as T2 with fasting BG at 156 and 2 hours after meals 180 -190. I also felt lousy. I immediately did some research which lead me to the Protein Power diet, a low carb plan. I was given 500mg of Metromin to take twice a day. Within a month my fasting BG was 110 -120 with some days lower and after meals staying below 140. I also started taking cod liver oil and fish oil tablets, a strong multi vitamin and magnesium. One of the reasons I had gone to the doctor was that my feet hurt all the time, for about 5 years. But in the past my BG wasn't high so could diabetes be the cause. Turns out my back injury had a lot to do with that but the diabetes sure didn't help. Also had fuzzy eyes alot of the time. Then I found a formula of B vitamins, B-12 and synthetic B-1 that I started taking to help my feet. That didn't change much but my BG suddenly went into the normal range. After a month I ran out of that stuff and sure enough my BG went back to 110 morning and 140 or so after eating, even these low carb meals. Found a less expensive source for the B12 and Benfotiamine (B-1) and it arrived about 10 days later. In two days my BG went back to normal even if I increased my carb intake (not going crazy, but I now eat a half bowl of oatmeal with my eggs and sausage in the morning etc. I can eat a sandwich with the bread, no chips please) so I'm pretty happy. It's been a couple of weeks since I've taken the Metformin and no radical changes yet. The Benfotiamine has been used in Europe for many years and seems to have no side effects. It can be found on of all places. Aside: I have also upped my exercise program of swimming and biking to at least a half hour a day and some weight training. I went from 215 lbs to 175 and am now at the weight I was at for over 35 years so that is kind of pleasant. I don't feel like a beached whale when I try to roll over in bed . Best of luck. Do some research and you an get a handle on it.Be glad it's not too bad yet as it is possible to get it under control.

berrykins0 2011-11-23 13:35:40 -0600 Report

some peoples bodies put to much sugar from the liver through out the night.this is a problem i had in the beginning. after being put on metforin and weight loss my numbers became better in the moring i harly ever see it over 100 . its a once maybe 2or 3 times a month some months not at all.every body id different in this way of has nothing to do with what you eat the night before. this is what i was told by my nutrionist.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-22 14:12:18 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC. Everyone is welcome. Pre, exsisting, type 1 or 2, or family members of PWD. This is a place of support, knowledge and a place to vent. Or have a pity party!! LOL JK…it's all good.
Sounds like you are on the right track. Your numbers don't sound like they are out of control. But if you are concerned, talk with you doctor. Also you could see a diabetic dietician to help you figure out meal plans that will work for you.
Don't beat yourself up and get too stressed out, you will defeat your own purpose. Just keep working on it to find the right combination that will work for you. It will come with time! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
God Bless,

kaiya2465 2011-11-22 13:48:41 -0600 Report

Hi & welcome zufritto: I too am pre-diabetic. My levels do go up when I am stressed. I think your on the right track being here. The people on this site are friendly & through them I have learned more than I thought I would. They are patient & very understanding of us that are new & searching for knowledge… Best Wishes!

MEGriff1950 2011-11-22 11:37:09 -0600 Report

Welcome zufritto, You have joined a great group. According to the American Diabetes Association a good fasting reading should be between 80-120. You say that you are averaging 107 that is a great average. Most people who are in control of their diabetes will be within about 10-20 difference with their fasting readings. This is normal and not all over the place. If you have a fasting of 80 today, 190 the next day, 75 the next and then 300 those are numbers that are all over the place.
As a pre-diabetic you have caught this early and if you follow a good diabetic meal plan you should be able to keep control and not become a full blown type 2. When I was told that I was pre I did not understand the seriousiness of the situation and so blew it off. It did not take long to become a diabetic but I was mostly in denial for years. I thought I was eating healthy etc. Finally in July I got a meal plan from a dietician which I followed and now have gained control over my type 2 diabetes.
If you have the ability to attend a diabetes education class, visit with a dietician and go to a diabetes support group I highly recommend these so you do not get into the situation that I did. You can also go online to the American Diabetes Association and find out if you live close to one of their offices, they will be a huge help too.
Good luck and God bless,

zufritto 2011-11-22 13:05:13 -0600 Report

Thank you so much Mary!! It is greatly appreciated!! You're comments gave me so much re-assurance!

MEGriff1950 2011-11-22 13:07:17 -0600 Report

You are most welcome. We all got scared and angry when we heard D.. I am glad I could be of help. You will receive much more encouragement from other members here. We do care about one another.

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