2 queries if you Please

By TsalagiLenape Latest Reply 2012-03-15 07:31:23 -0500
Started 2012-03-08 06:30:32 -0600

Ok, for the life of me right now I am drawing a blank. Ugh
1. If you need to lower your BG's how would you do it? What methods? Like food and exercise? Increase what?
2. What do you snack on or whatever when you have a dry mouth? i.e. instead of low carb candy
I know many of us usually know these things. Yet sometimes I draw blanks. So here is my idea.
To get 3 x 5 cards. Write down what needs to be done for High and Low BG's
What is good to eat in between meals.
To reshape my eating habits like including more veggies, fruits, and nuts.
To make it a point to do exercises sometime during the day, although cant do much when driving.
What do you all think? All replies to this would be much appreciated if not by me but by others as well. So thank you most kind! Hugs to all

8 replies

Caroltoo 2012-03-08 14:48:32 -0600 Report

When I have a BG high, I eat a protein snack. When I'm out, I carry a bag of almonds and a piece of string cheese. They usually work for me. If not, I've sometimes stopped in a fast food place (yes, me, the purist) and purchased either a small burger or a chicken sandwich and eaten ONLY the protein.

I also will drink water with the juice of 1 lemon squeezed into the water or eat a bowl of cucumber marinaded with a mild vinegar. Acid foods help bring down BGs also. Some caution is needed here because your body functions better long term in an neutral to slightly basic environment. It's my understanding that, though these foods are acid in themselves, our bodies process them in a way that turns the results basic in our bodies. Too much chemisty for most of us, that's for those who would rush to warn you not to eat acid foods.

Exercise helps me. I walk regularly about 3 miles a day. Regardless, if I spike, 20 minutes on the treadmill or the sidewalk will bring my BGs down. To keep them down, 30 minutes of activity is more effective.

Stress reduction in any form helps keep our BGs down. Figure out what works for you. It could be: listening to music, writing a list of good things in your life, a hot bath, auroma therapy, yoga, a massage, a walk in the park, calming deep breathing exercises, a swim in a lake, reading a good book, getting lost in a funny movie, feeling the sun on your face, or whatever does it for you.

To keep my BGs generally in the normal range, I avoid gluten products and really minimize my carb intake. I eat mostly protein and lots of fiberous, low carb fruit and veggies. I also avoid milk, though I seem to tolerate cheese.

Don't have anything remotely resembling dry mouth, so have no experience with that situation. Sorry.

Jeanae 2012-03-08 08:35:38 -0600 Report

When my mouth feels dry I snack on cucumber slices or celery sticks. Bith have a high water content and are healthy and low calories/low carb. btw- when you are driving my physical therapist said to isolate certain muscles and tighten them and hold for 30 secs. relax and repeat 30 times. Try to do 3 sets of this during the day. Like tighten you stomach..

Type1Lou 2012-03-08 07:49:26 -0600 Report

Dear Temi,
For low BG, I was advised to use a fast-acting carb and to ingest 15 grams initially, test again after 15 minutes and if still low, ingest another 15 grams repeating until you get to a safe BG. I use glucose tabs or glucose gel because they get right into your system. Plus, I hate the taste of them, so I'm not tempted to over-indulge…really easy to do when you've got the Low BG Blues then you ride the LOW-High BG roller coaster! I believe OJ also works well; 8 oz of OJ has about 25 grams of carb. Since I'm on insulin, if I have a high BG (for example, this morning it was 186 because of a snack I ate at bedtime when my BG was 87), I just bolus more insulin to handle the high and get the BG back down. Exercise also helps to get the BG lower. I walk 3 miles in 50 minutes and my BG has dropped by as much as 80 to 100 points during that walk…Since I'm on the pump, I've learned to set a temporary basal rate of 0% in my pump for 30 minutes before and during the walk which helps keep me "normal". I've found that living with diabetes is a continual learning experience, even after 36+ years, I'm still learning! It's not hopeless and I sense that you're a "take charge" kind of gal which will work well for you in managing your diabetes. Keep on learning as much as you can on how diabetes affect you. If my experiences can help you, I am very happy to share.

BobbieNJ1000 2012-03-10 15:09:31 -0600 Report

Thanks for that encouraging reply, Lou. I'm a relative newbie to T1D, and it's great to hear from people who have a good handle on what works and what doesn't. I can see the learning will go on and on! -Robin