By Bllhlbrt Latest Reply 2012-05-05 13:13:47 -0500
Started 2012-04-30 12:30:12 -0500

How much do you worry when your number is 10.5. I need help it's my husband and I just need ideas on a diet and advice. Very scared here!!!

8 replies

Kirla 2012-05-05 13:13:47 -0500 Report

This is what helped me. I believe most people following a similar diet should benefit 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 test 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

jayabee52 2012-05-01 02:02:08 -0500 Report

Howdy Bllhlbrt! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

First of all kudos to you in wanting to take care of your hubby. I have heard of too many spouses who have walked away from the partner with diabetes. My 1st spouse was one of those.

I have given you a thumbs up and if I were able to give more than that I would.

Other spouses have what I call "defected in place" and give their diabetes challenged spouses no support at all, or may even cruelly taunt them.

When I went to your profile to "follow" you (BTW follow me back and we can be "friends") I noted you stated: "I am on here for help with a husband in denial and I am now scared and need help understanding!!"

Well I looked to find an A1c to Blood Glucose (BG) chart and I found an application which will tell you what the average BG level will be with a particular A1c. You could find that converter here ~ http://healthy-ojas.com/diabetes/a1c-glucose-...

Using that converter an A1c of 10.5 would be Average plasma blood glucose = 297 mg/dl (or 16.5 mmol/L if you are outside of the USA)
and his Average whole blood glucose = 265 mg/dl (or 14.7 mmol/L )

Before you leave that page scroll down to the "A1C to Blood glucose chart" toward the bottom of the page. You will note that 10.5 is found within the "very high A1c" block of numbers, so it IS serious.

The converter also has a link which says "How to lower A1C" Find that page here ~ http://healthy-ojas.com/diabetes/how-lower-a1...

It says as the first line on that page: "High A1C numbers mean there are more chances for the damage to heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves. That may end up in heart attack, stroke, kidney dialysis, blindness, or amputation".

But if your beloved is in denial what is needed is to find some way to get him to care for himself. There is no one approach which works for everyone but perhaps you could tug on his heartstrings a bit and tell him that you love him and it would sadden you to watch him deteriorate slowly and painfully because he's not taking care of his diabetes as he could be.

I would encourage you to talk to Dr Gary (find him here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/users/265624-d... ) He is not a MD but is a PhD who counsels people with both Acute and long term medical diagnoses. You might want to pick his brain to see if you can come up with an approach that works. Also I would urge you to go to a counselor to help you deal with your emotions about your beloved's denial and his refusal to take Diabetes seriously as he ought.

I pray this has been of help to you.

Praying also that God's richest blessings may be showered upon you and yours.

James Baker.

PS you can also use this website to vent your frustrations. We understand *(at least most of us do).

Young1s 2012-04-30 20:26:37 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome to DC. This is a great first step in learning how to get your husbands D under better control. I hope we can assist in making the journey easier for the both of you.

My first suggestion would be to speak with a nutritionist/dietician. They'll be able to sit down with you both and figure out what foods you like and dislike, then make suggestions from there. I would also suggest that you search out info on this site in the discussion page, as well as on other search engines. You'll get a lot of the basic of where you need to begin. Such as, cutting out white pastas, rice, breads, potatoes, processed foods (as much as possible), etc… Lastly, I would suggest that if you gave us a little more info to go on, maybe we could give you some other ideas. Like any diabetes type, food dislikes, allergies, medications to consider, medical conditions, weight concerns, etc…

Sorry if this seems like prying, certainly don't want you to disclose any info that would make you or your husband uncomfortable, but might be helpful to incite other suggestions.

George1947 2012-04-30 16:28:19 -0500 Report

Is that his A1c or current blood glucose? Either way, you need to reduce the carbs being consumed and maybe get some meds and more exercise… Good luck.