Having a hard time getting it all together.

By ABBA56 Latest Reply 2012-07-11 20:26:31 -0500
Started 2012-07-10 22:55:39 -0500

type 2, want to control the debetes with diet, have failed miserably. Now I findly decided to take this decease seriously. I know it's a killer. I need susport. I need help balancing meals, and I need to lose weight. All in all I need to get on the right track. Any help would be appreicated. thank you, Abba56

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Kirla 2012-07-11 17:30:43 -0500 Report

This is what I believe has helped me the most. Maybe it might help you or again it might not.

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

ABBA56 2012-07-11 18:05:34 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for writing to me. I'm finding out, that even though the foods you mentioned are on our diets, I cannot tolerate them. Mt blood suger goes sky high. You have been very helpful. Abba56

Kirla 2012-07-11 20:26:31 -0500 Report

Almost forgot. A lot of people have a hard time processing carbs in the morning. I found when I first wake up I will drink a low card protein shake like Atkins or EAS. Both have about 2 net carbs per serving. Then about an hour or so later I have an egg or sunflower seeds or peanuts. Works well for me.

Kirla 2012-07-11 20:19:50 -0500 Report

I’m not sure what foods you are talking about. Just about all food will make your blood sugar rise about 1 hour after eating. When my blood sugar was in the 300-400 range I would normally be over 100 points 2 hours from where I started before eating. Having your blood sugar rise after eating is normal. It’s the way our system works. The goal is to try and limit it to as little a rise as possible.

My blood sugar also didn’t drop back to normal numbers over night either. My stopping to eat bread, pasta and a lot of the starchy foods and replacing them with low carb vegetables like salads, broccoli, spinach and lots of the green stuff my blood sugar slowly dropped over several weeks. Not a lot on any given day, a little bit at a time. My numbers slowly dropped from 300 to 200 to 100 and finally got it down to less than 100. Took about 6 weeks. It may take longer for you.

At first my blood sugar was spiking over 100 points 2 hours after eating. By cutting high carb starchy foods and adding fat and protein to each meal, The after eating 2 hour spike slowly dropped to under 50 points after eating compared to what it was before. It takes time. Nothing happens over night.

If your blood sugar still spikes way out of control after cutting back or eliminating high carb starchy foods, maybe your doctor needs to run more tests to see if you might be type 1 or type 2 with little or no insulin production of your own. There are test to determine if you are type 1 and there’s test to see if your pancreas is producing insulin.

If you are not making insulin of your own you might need to take insulin to help control your blood sugar. Only your doctor can run these tests and if you can’t control your blood sugar going on insulin is what you might have to think about. I have decided if the time comes where diet and exercise no longer works I figure insulin is what I plan on doing.