help lowering my sugar!

By smiley13 Latest Reply 2011-11-26 20:51:28 -0600
Started 2011-11-24 16:54:52 -0600

i need help lowering my sugar and keeping it contro; im 21 and want to bere with my family for a long hurts me to know my family worries bout me..please help!!

9 replies

LindseyLou993 2011-11-26 20:51:28 -0600 Report

Hi Smiley! I am type 1 too. I am very controlled (a1c of 5.5) so hopefully my advice will help!

When eating breads and pastas, try to stay to WHOLE GRAIN. I emphasize that because "multigrain" and "whole wheat" are NOT the same thing! Whole grain uses the shell of the grain which contains fiber. Fiber slows digestion down so your sugars will not spike super high.

Broccoli is the wonder veggie. It is high in fiber and protein and low in carbs. Sounds too good to be true, right?! I eat it raw or with some peanut butter or cream cheese for protein.

If you're gonna eat a salad, try and eat it with bleu cheese dressing or olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Other dressings have a lot of sugar. Also, try and eat spinach instead of iceberg lettuce. Spinach is high in fiber and essential vitamins and minerals. Make your salads as colorful as possible for maximum nutritional value and fiber! Try sprinkling some nuts on there, too. I reallllllyyy like sunflower seeds on mine, though almonds are better for you (I'm allergic so it's a no-no for me). That will add some healthy fats, fiber and protein!

Here's some good meal ideas:

—Oatmeal w/ cinnamon (fiber)
—Hard Boiled egg (protein)
—Omelet with cheese and veggies (protein, fiber)
—Fiber One bar (fiber)
—Strawberries, Blueberries (vitamins, fiber)

—Spinach Salad w/ Veggies, Meat (fiber, protein)
—4oz. Fish/Meat (protein)
—Caprese Salad (fiber, protein)
—Whole Grain Pasta w/ Sauce (fiber)
—Whole Grain Sandwich (fiber)

—Hard Boiled Egg
—Raw Veggies

I'm HUGE on fiber! My endo says for every gram of fiber above 5, you can subtract 1 carb from the equation you do to bolus insulin. For example, if a piece of bread is 9 carbs with 8 grams of fiber: 8-5=3 carbs subtracted from bread. 9-3=6 carbs in bread.

Also, try to give insulin BEFORE you eat since food is absorbed faster than insulin. Hope I helped!


lifedriver 2011-11-25 21:56:46 -0600 Report

One thing I know is you cannot keep people who love you from being concerned about your well being, count it as a blessing. I have controlled my diabetes thru carb counting and also the use of Cinnamon. Yes, Cinnamon seems to lower my BS. I put it on my cereals in the morning in tea and oatmeal. It is also good sprinkled on fruit at anytime try it and watch what happens. Be thankful for your family, now show them you are doing your best to control your Diabetes. Good Luck You can make a difference…LIVE

Kirla 2011-11-25 08:24:47 -0600 Report

I don’t normally post to type 1 people. I don’t use insulin and don’t know much about being type 1. I do believe that eating right and testing the foods we eat by testing our blood sugar before and after each meal should help most people. I read that there are several real good books that explain how to take insulin for the number of carbs you eat. Dr. Bernstein is a type 1 and many people have had success with his program. Maybe some other people can recommend some books to read.

This is what helped me lower my A1C from 14.1 to 5.9 in less than 4 months. I was able to quit meds after 7 weeks and have been able to have fairly good blood sugar for about 2½ years now. You just have to be careful you don’t go low if you try cutting the starchy high carb foods, you might have to cut the insulin also.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

SCLWKR 2011-11-25 22:35:51 -0600 Report

Thank you for your insight. Very useful information. What sorts of things do you have for breakfast if you don't do oatmeal, cereal. I will have oatmeat w/cinnamon or whole wheat toast with peanut butter. I like the boiled egg suggestion as well.

Kirla 2011-11-25 22:53:29 -0600 Report

For breakfast I drink a low carb protein shake. Then about 2 hours later I eat 1 serving of sunflower seeds with a fiber supplement and a cup of coffee. Lately been eating a hard boiled egg. It gets me to lunch. Morning are the worse time of day for me.

When diagnosed I first tried to eat oatmeal. It spike my blood sugar over 100 points 2 hours after eating it. I ate TVP oatmeal for a while but found the protein shake worked better. Plus it was easier to make. When I have a day off or eating out before work I found a egg and some bacon or sausage works pretty good. Just limit the bacon or sausage to a couple of pieces.

Last year I read an article online where they did some research and found that taking a protein shake first thing in the morning helped reduce blood sugar spikes. Said that if the first meal was a protein shake that the second meal blood sugar spike would be greatly reduced. I found it worked for me pretty good.

This is a link to the article.

It has been working for me for about 2 years now.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-24 17:53:30 -0600 Report

What are your #'s like now? do you take oral meds or do you use insulin? Are you seeing a doctor and following advice? Have you seen a dietician to help you with what you are eating? Do you count carbs and sugars?

Need to know more of what you are doing to know how to help.