High numbers

By newface Latest Reply 2012-01-30 09:12:08 -0600
Started 2012-01-28 01:02:29 -0600

My numbers have been very high 3-500. My a1c at last testing in december was 13. I am struggling to control my diet don't know what to eat. I am on metformin 850mg 2x per day regular insulin 10 -25units 2x per day. My morning numbers are in the 300s. Really need some suggestion especially with my diet.

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Young1s 2012-01-30 09:12:08 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC Newface. Figuring out what you can eat can be confusing but don't let it frustrate you. You probably just need to adjust a few things. Finding a nutritionist will be very helpful. He/she will be able to tell you how many carbs you should limit yourself for each meal and snack. But if you can't see a one right away, there are still things you can do on your own.

Start by getting more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. Go for the lean cuts of meats and fish in the meat and deli sections. Protein digests slower in your system so it keeps other carbs from raising your levels too high and too fast, so try to eat some form of protein with every meal. Choose low fat milk and cheeses for everyday use. If you must have breads and pastas, select whole grains that are low in carbs. Substitute olive oil for butter whenever possible. Cut down on salt by seasoning foods with more herbs and spices instead. Canned and pre-packaged foods are full of unhealthy carbs and preservatives and should be used sparingly. However, if you do use them, read labels for portion size and to choose foods with lower carbs (but high in fiber and/or protein).

Everyone reacts differently to foods so it's hard to just tell you what foods you can and cannot eat. What elevates your levels may not elevate mine. So, the easiest way to find out what foods are raising your BG's is to test after eating. I hope this can get you on your way to eating healthier and lowering your levels.

Here's a couple of links that you may find useful as well:


MEGriff1950 2012-01-28 07:08:49 -0600 Report

Newface what helped me to gain control over my BG was attending a diabetes education class. There I learned why I need to eat 3 meals a day and was given a meal plan by a dietican. Within a month I had gained enough control I was able to stop the 40 units of insulin a day then about a month after that I was able to stop the Glyburide. I had struggled with trying to gain control for 7 years when all the dr had said is lose weight, lower my numbers and exercise. I was doing the best that I could but I needed that class to guide me.
My journal is my best friend. In it I keep track of what I eat, how much and my BG. The journal quickly helped me to see how different foods affect me. Not all diabetics react the same to foods, we each need to find what we can eat. When I visit me dr. I type out my BG from my journal and can show him why I have some spikes. Deep fried foods are the biggest enemy most diabetics face. While drastically raising the BG it takes longer to digest and keeps your numbers high for hours.
Good luck and God bless,

newface 2012-01-29 12:30:50 -0600 Report

I have been trying to find a class in my area too, but not successful, my dr wasn't able to tell of any he knew either, I probably need to visit a dietician. I am trying to cut back on carbs I do eat a lot of rice, biscuits, bread, I use a lot of milk too. All my dr keep tellin me is to control my diet, snot know where to start. When u always on the go it's had to find substitute for cards which are always easily available.

MEGriff1950 2012-01-29 15:15:44 -0600 Report

Newface, rice and breads are huge enemies of mine especially rice. Some diabetics can eat brown rice and gluten free bread but they spike my blood sugar badly. I can eat potatoes with healthy toppings such as canned tomates, salsa, kidney beans etc, many diabetics cannot eat potatoes at all. Rutabegas have half the carbs of potatoes and may be used the same way potatoes are. Eating a bit of protein with each meal helps to level out the BG a bit, one good proten is a hard boiled egg, a bit of cheese or a lean cooked meat. Dry beans are a great source of fiber and protein, they usually spike my BG bit but just for a short time. Pasta will also raise the BG so be careful and measure it.
If you do a search for American Diabetes Association you will be able to find a diabetes education class near your home, most insurance will cover the cost of the class. My insurance paid $650.00 for the class that I attended.
Keep searching this site and you will get a lot of good information.
I need to eat 45 carbs three times a day, I mostly follow this.

MEGriff1950 2012-01-29 22:34:48 -0600 Report

You are very welcome, I sincerely hope you can find a class. I am thinking about starting a support group in my area. There is a huge need for us to share what we learn..both successes and failures. DC is a great site for sharring too.

melaniebecerra 2012-01-28 01:28:30 -0600 Report

well carbohydrates are the one thing spiking bloodsugars, you have your slow carbs and your fast carbs. slow carbs like bread and pasta and fast carbs like candy and such, maybe laying off some of the carbs might help your bloodsugar some, eat more veggies and meat they dont raise them. also it will take some time to adjust for newly diagnosed patients,,,hope that halps some

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