Blood Sugar

By Xraymama Latest Reply 2012-09-12 10:24:46 -0500
Started 2012-09-09 17:52:10 -0500

Hello All, I just read a very warm article from Rock Legend, Bret Michaels. He states that with his 8-10 checks daily, "if you get high blood sugar, get in there and get it back down." Here's my question to you: "how do you get it back down? I do pretty well for myself, I almost always have an after meal reading of 180 I don't let myself get any highter. I'm fearful for what may happen in my future so I keep it low. I am now almost 5 years into my Type 2. There are times when I can't help myself and I eat what the heck I want. How does a person GET THEIR SUGAR DOWN AFTER A SO CALLED SPLURGE at that moment? Is it even possible? Any suggestions are much appreciated.

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Set apart
Set apart 2012-09-12 10:24:46 -0500 Report

If I'm at 180 or over, I definitely did something wrong. This means fix it and fix it fast, usually a walk, water and sometimes if I have to will take some insulin to correct the issue!

CJ55 2012-09-11 21:59:04 -0500 Report

Hello Xraymama.. I have been struggling with my blood sugars for years.. I have finally been put on correct meds and insulin. My Bs were always 200-400. Now I am hypoglycemic often. After my meals my Bs will get to 150-160. I was told by my endo Dr. To not go over 160 2 hrs after meals. This past January my A1C was 13.8… Last week it was 4.9. I must be doing something right. I cannot exercise due to other medical problems. However, for the past few months I have changed my diet a great deal and I am very strick with carbs. Since joining Dc a few months ago, everyone on this site has given me wonderful and helpful advice and I have followed their advice and it has helped me so much. Good luck to you. Hugz

Proud Army Mom
Proud Army Mom 2012-09-10 08:04:50 -0500 Report

I want to echo Jo K - exercise is the best way to get the BS down relatively quickly - personally I find that it needs to be relatively high cardio exercise - a walk, for example, wouldn't do it for me (unless it was a real power walk, I guess) - I find I need to get my heart rate into the fat burning zone (at a minimum) which is about 65% of your max heart rate, but 80% is really optimal in terms of lowering the blood sugar.

Also, I guess there are many different theories about what constitutes a strict control on BS, but 180 after a meal sounds high to me - but again, I guess everyone has a different threshold about what is good for them and what their Dr. recommends. I try to keep mine below 120-130 2 hrs. after a meal and under 100 before a meal.

And seriously, no matter what the GI says, Pasta (even whole grain), potatoes (even yams), and bread (yup, even whole wheat) wreak absolute havock on my BS - it sucks, but it's just a fact of life for me.

Good luck! :) <3


Xraymama 2012-09-10 18:55:17 -0500 Report

Hi Debbie, my gut just dropped as I read your 180 is too high for an after meal reading. Wow. Maybe numbers have changed regarding the after meal read. But a few years ago upon my diagnosis, I was told that an after meal should be 180. Incidently, on the box of my BS strips it also indicates that 180 is good. I am so willing to work at this and go under the 180. I hear you on the pasta, potatoes, bread and such. Those play havock on my BS as well. Yes it does suck doesn't it.
Thank you for your response on how to quickly reduce your blood sugar. I thought that might be the consensus but was hoping there was also another way. I appreciate your suggestions. Hope to chat more with you soon. Thanks.

Proud Army Mom
Proud Army Mom 2012-09-11 14:52:45 -0500 Report

Hi again :) I know, and it can be so confusing with so many different "acceptable" levels - but like I said, 180 might be the max range and perfectly fine for you. My Dr. gave me what he considered to be very tight control levels. That said, if I do happen to ocassionally stray to the 160-170 range (2 hrs after a meal), I don't panic as I know it is within the acceptable general range based upon the ADA guidelines.

Nana_anna 2012-09-09 19:05:37 -0500 Report

Mine has been up for the last month. No budging. Until yesterday it was 97 for some odd reason!. Good for me! But then it went straight up to 300 again! I know scarey right? It stays up. I am on everything. I have lossed 25 lbs this year. It's still up. I take my insulin, which helps some, but it doesn't last long. Just keep taking my meds and shots. I also exercise daily. Except for when my back is out. I watch my diet, in moderation, and eat veggies and apples.

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