By jupton1 Latest Reply 2012-10-27 19:05:20 -0500
Started 2008-05-18 13:46:40 -0500

I have had type 2 for about 90 days.When my sugar get down to around 100-110 I dont feel right..My Dr said I should feel better,is it to soon yet? I take Actos 15mg,Im eatting 100 % better and I havent lost any weight..Anyone have any ideas???

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naturally 2008-06-07 00:43:10 -0500 Report

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gogobob 2008-06-08 21:51:20 -0500 Report

when mine started I was over 800 and now after 30 plus years I dont feel the highs or lows. So far this year I have been woken up by the emts the last time there meter read low and they have seen it read 13 before so be careful and learn all you can about changes in your body . I dont get to exercise anymore due to spending 99% of the time in a wheel chair but the dr says I get alot of lows due to all the tremors from parkinsons and the more i shake the more calories I burn. So it is inportant to listen to your dr and your body yes you will feel like a different person at each stage of getting normal.Bob

jupton1 2008-06-08 22:07:08 -0500 Report

I would like to thank all of You for the great info,thanks so much for the help..John

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G Thomas 2008-06-22 07:22:22 -0500 Report


ncnurse1459 2008-06-22 15:21:56 -0500 Report

That sounds a little drastic. Let's NOT put black garbage bags on people ! (My son used to have to do that in wrestling class in high is dangerous enough for healthy people and is extremely dangerous for diabetics ! It acts like a sauna suit but without controls ! It will cause dehydration, hypokalemia (loss of potassium), loss of all elctrolytes the body needs, and can cause heart abnormalities/arrhythmias. Let's think of SAFER ways to lose weight. Angie, RN

jupton1 2008-06-22 15:35:13 -0500 Report

I think Ill stick to a safer way to loose weight.My A1C is alot better.Its 6,My sugar is under control & my meds got taken down to the smallest amount.The Dr said I may not have to take meds if I drop below 6 on my A1c..So Im happy but I would like to loose 30 lbs..John

srose1 2008-06-04 12:45:11 -0500 Report

You really need to get and read the book "Sugar Busters". It is the most logical way to eat for anyone, especially diabetics. It is the only diet that really makes sense. The doctors who wrote this really know what they are talking about(in fact the South Beach diet is based on the same plan). They explain in detail what your body does with the food you put in it and what happens with your blood sugar. I no longer follow the diabetic plan of eating that the diabetic counselor gave me because the Sugar Busters plan works better. My last A1c was 6.9 so I know it is working for me. As to not losing weight, that is also a problem with me. It is because almost all the oral medications for diabeties cause wieght gain. And Actos is the worst. Not only does it cause weight gain, it keeps you from losing weight. I know this because I have a friend who worked for the pharmacutical company that makes Actos and she told me the problem with Actos. She takes Actos also and has the same problem. But, I do not know a solution. If I find one, I will let you know. Good Luck!

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CYNLYN72 - 16215 2008-06-04 04:28:43 -0500 Report

When I first found out I was diabetic I was the same way. My system was so used to my blood sugar being high that it took a little while for what I felt like to even out. I would still talk to your Dr and Educator about it though

chuck_les 2008-06-03 17:12:41 -0500 Report

100-110 is perfect! Keep it there, you won't have to worry.


jupton1 2008-06-04 00:53:31 -0500 Report

I just worry when it gets there because I feel funny,also Im worried it gets to low,I have seen it around the 80s several times..

Ginetteb 2008-06-04 03:44:49 -0500 Report

80 is wonderful. When my sugar is between 80 and 100, I'm elated. But when I hit 70 and lower, then the body reacts and it's no fun. But don't worry about the 80. That's good, very good. Keep it there if you can.

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anne bundy 2008-06-03 15:18:33 -0500 Report

this is typical after you blood sugar has been high for so long when it first comes down you do feel terrible. I remember the same thing.Also I put on weight on Actos.I have had much better results with Metformin.

acpallred 2008-06-03 10:11:56 -0500 Report

Hi. I just wanted to give you my two cents worth on your situation. First, you may have been diagnosed about 90 days ago but you have been functioning with diabetes for a long time. second, since you have been dealing with the side effects of functioning at a higher sugar level for a long time, it is normal to feel "bad" when your blood sugar is within normal limits. Look at it this way, if you drink tea sweetened with regular sugar for 10 years, then your wife runs out and replaces your regular sugar with sweet n low (pink stuff), you will drink it and wonder why it is so bitter. You have had something changed drastically and no warning. Now your blood sugar is getting closer to normal when its been high for a long time and your body is not used to it. Hang in there, it will get better over time. You did not get diabetes overnight and you won't feel better overnight.

Good luck,


Goddess 2008-06-03 05:34:20 -0500 Report

I used to fee that way too. The doc said it would take time. Now it's gotton to the point that I'm not aware of the symptoms of highs or lows. I've had Type 2 for over 20 yrs. Mine was getting in the 20's and i couldn't tell it until I took my test. Now I have Highs almost to the 400's and can tell until I test. I supposed to check mine 3 times a day. Sometimes I check it more when I dont feel good. Like the doc said it will take time.

Allenxyz 2008-06-03 06:08:27 -0500 Report

I have been a diabetic for fourteen years and can relate to your concerns. It appears that everyone is giving you some sound advice about checking your sugar levels, exercise, and dieting. Please stay on top of all three of these areas as you do not want to experience other severe conditions as I did with end stage renal disease. I am fortunate in that I had a living donor for a kidney transplant. A friend of mind weighed 297 pounds and took seven insulin shorts daily. Today she weighs 130 and is insulin free. I am practicing some of the same methods she used and it is also working for me as far as giving me increased energy. You may review how at or

ncnurse1459 2008-06-03 03:10:51 -0500 Report

Hi…unfortunately, it will take more time before you see great results; as people will always tell us, we didn't get into this shape overnight, so we won't fix it overnight either. Have you seen a nutritionist yet ? Are you monitoring your results carefully andfrequently ? What is your A1C ? Has it changed since you were diagnosed ? Do you exercise frequently & regularly ? Keep a diary of what you eat, drink, how much, time of day, any exercise, meds taken, etc. Look at your progress at the end of the first week. Another hint, weigh only once a week, at the same time each week, before you eat or drink anything, and without your clothing on. This will give you a better idea of your true weight. Also, take measurements of your waist, chest, thighs, arms, etc, so you can see those differrences as well. Good luck ! Angie

slsera 2008-05-26 13:23:21 -0500 Report

Try walking…you burn off the calories and the carbs and you will lose weight. Get a pedometer.

jupton1 2008-05-26 14:27:41 -0500 Report

I started walking about 30 days ago.I only walk 1 mile a day.Not sure if that is far enough??

NyxWulf 2008-05-27 05:23:09 -0500 Report

Is that 1 mile a day on a pedometer or on a treadmill? Ideally you should probably get 30 minutes a day of active aerobic exercise, but any exercise is better than no exercise.

Ginacaps 2008-05-27 06:24:20 -0500 Report

They say all you need is 30 minutes a day you are doing great. So you are starting with 1 mile then you go to 2, 3, 4, 5 before you know it you are at 5 miles a day. it is better you are starting off slowly. Do what you can.

And everyone is correct, it takes a while for your blood sugars to regulate and it does make you feel like crap at first. But, just think once you are at a better level you are going to feel amazing and it will make you want to do more things because you will feel more energy.

100-120 is a normal range and you should strive for staying there. Don't let feeling like crap from fluctuating blood sugars get you down, or not losing weight either. You are on the road to better health you should be proud of yourself for that mile you are walking!

jupton1 2008-05-27 08:07:59 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info Gina.It makes me feel great to have all of You nice people learn from..John

jupton1 2008-05-27 08:12:35 -0500 Report

Thats 1 mile a day around the track..I work out with weights some.I use to do power lifting,I guess that helps also..

Ginacaps 2008-05-27 11:45:07 -0500 Report

That is so great! I work out with some weights and do cardio as well. Makes me feel good! keep it up!

Dancehawk 2008-05-27 11:54:16 -0500 Report

Im up to 20 min on treadmill going 2.5 miles per hour.
Started out walking around the block then 3 times around the block till we got the treadmill, plus we added swimming roughly about 45 min to a hour in the pool up to 3 laps now and exercise,s you can do in pool.
I went over them with my doctor first and she aproved them all.

So I am averaging 20 mins plus of walking a day, and swimming least 4 times a week, plus chasing a puppy lol!
It had helped so far lost 22 lb since middle of Feb.
It is a easy plan I can stick with.


Dancehawk 2008-05-26 06:34:28 -0500 Report

Hi hun,
I know the path your on my sugar was over 300 in Feb, and every time I move down a platue I get really sick almost like a really bad crash, My doctor explained to me it is like the honey moons over. You adjust then retake honeymoon adjust.
lol funny way to put I know but it make sense.
When I hit 80 I feel so sick I can't function, felt that way at 90 too.. and feel that way if i hit 180 now.
I am mostly at 117 now when I wake up.
I started out walking, now we have a treadmill, added swimming least 4 times a week, got a puppy and really watching what I eat.
hugs hun I know you ll start feeling better soon.


jupton1 2008-05-26 06:41:24 -0500 Report

Thanks for this post ,this is almost exactly what my sugar is doing..I had my bp adjusted,now things are getting better..John

DavidLP 2008-05-26 04:29:54 -0500 Report

I`ve had a good day today…my sugar this morning was 104…which is better than its been in awhile…my average is around 125…so i must be doing something better (Eating)

bluedenim 2008-05-26 01:15:09 -0500 Report

It will take you awhile to feel better. I have had type 2 for 4 yrs. When your blood sugar is high and you take the medicine to get it down, it takes awhile to get used to the lower blood sugar. In time you will feel better. I am taking 30 mg. of actos and two other medicines. Just give it time. It will get to where your blood sugar can get down to 90 or lower and you won't feel weird like you are feeling now.I am always here if you need to talk.

beauty416 2008-05-25 08:03:05 -0500 Report

I feel like that sometimes. What I do is check my sugar level and if it is too low like yours is sometimes, I try to eat me a peanut butter sandwich made out of whole wheat bread. Hope this helps.


Ginetteb 2008-05-25 13:07:43 -0500 Report

seawolf I admire you. You are some kind of a discipline dude. Now if I could get a will power pill, I would join you and your diet.


jupton1 2008-05-25 16:35:35 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for the info,I have tried several things,my sugar is better after my Dr adjusted my meds…

Babs341 2008-05-25 17:56:00 -0500 Report

Hi there,

I had the some of the same problems with my Blood Sugar & how I was feeling. Besides being Diabetic I also have a some other medical problems, so when I take my medicine for those my Blood Sugar goes up from 1-4 hours then drops back down. For me I have to keep really good records when I take my BS, & make sure that I mark down when I've taken my other meds, what it was, etc. Also the 1st few months I think is the hardest for anyone who is Diabetic - just getting over the "shock" of what you have & everthing that you know have to do & not do makes for a Big over whelming feeling. Don't forget that any stress, injury - sometimes even the phone rining 20 times a day can bring your BS up.

Hang in there :).. One of things I had to learn when keeping a record, my range that I feel the best is when my BS numbers are 80-98, any lower or higher for me and I will feel it. Sometimes you may have to check your BS more than 2-3 times a day to find what your "Best" numbers are.

I know that at times you would just feel better if you could just throw away your meds, & smash your BS meter into an on coming train. (lol)… But hang in:)) We're all here for ya..

Good luck to you :))


seawolf1944 2008-05-25 03:23:21 -0500 Report

Hello Jupton1, I had the same problem when,I was first diagnosed as a Type 2 Diabetic. First off, be sure, You have a reliable blood glucose monitoring kit. As for me, I have a ultra smart contour kit. Its worked perfectly for me for over seven years. Also what and food portion sizes will also dterimine how fast, You lose weight. My breakfast consists of the following: one medium bowl of unseetned Cherrios,use nutra sweet or sweetnlow(comes in small packets) 1 slice whole Wheat bread bread, 1 half glass of Cranberry Juice ( be sure that,It contains Splenda). As for meats,I eat only skinless chicken breast or skinless chickenlegs. Any type of meat that,You eat, be sure that,You bake in the oven. If,You desire other meats,try hamburger patties is baked in the oven. If, You like potatoes, be sure to bake in the oven or micro wave. Stay away from hot dogs,buns of any type, stay away from fried meats or fried or mashed potatoes. Always read sugar content on all food or soft drink labels. I amost forgot, You can have both Irish potatoes and Sweet potatoes as long as, They are baked. If, You like butter, try Tastes like butter( use in small amounts). If, You get hungry between meals eat small salads( use only fat free dressings) or eat lack walnuts. As for liquids, drink Serra Mist Free or plenty of water. I have been on this diet and im happy to say that, I have lost on the average of three to four pounds per month. Stay away from Mayonaise and Salad dressing. You can also eat beans as long as,They dont have sugar in them. If, You eats caned vegatables. be sure to rinse them real good in a collonder. this will remove most of the salt. If a person is a diabetic, They are prone to other ailments such as High Blood pressure and Heart disease. The portion size of each item is also very important. I hope that,this advice is useful. I still have a way to go on my weight issue. But at least,I have a good start. I wish you all the best in controling your diabetes and your weight.

Punkie200 2008-05-27 13:03:31 -0500 Report

Wow, Seawolf you are well disciplined. He is correct on everything. You can also grill foods on a grill to get a different taste. (the fat drips off). One thing I tried for awhile was Weight Watchers. Brought my A1C down to 7. You can also eat sugar free jello anytime you get hungry. Good Luck!

SGMc 2008-05-19 01:23:07 -0500 Report

You didn't mention how high your sugar usually ran when you were diagnosed. When I was diagnosed in 2000, my fasting blood sugar was 565. Because it was so high, any time it got into the "normal" range, I felt all the symptoms of hypoglycemia. The dizzyness and such is a pain to deal with, but your body will eventually get used to the lower blood sugar and consider it normal (the symptoms will go away). Be diligent and don't let your sugar get too high and your body will normalize faster. It has been a hard road for me, but my last two A1c were 5.9 and 6.0. I use Byetta and Metformin. Have you tried incorporating low glycemic foods into your diet? It helped me tremendously when I was trying to get my sugar down from such a high number. Good Luck!

jupton1 2008-05-19 03:23:31 -0500 Report

My fasting blood sugar was 200.Now its 140..Im getting pains in my toes and a bit of blured vision…This is even when my sugar is below 150…

jupton1 2008-05-19 06:56:26 -0500 Report

When they found out my sugar was 280..

Ginetteb 2008-05-25 02:15:14 -0500 Report

When the doctor decided that I should take insulin my sugar was 380. At that time, through the doctor, a nurse came to my house 4 times per day. In the morning before breakfast, at noon, before lunch, before supper and before bedtime. She monitored my sugar, showed me how to test myself, how to give myself the injections and taught me a lot about diabetes. One of the things she told me was that sometimes it does not matter what your blood sugar is, you will get that ill, sickening feeling if the blood sugar comes down too fast. You could be at 300 and come down to 200, and you will have that odd feeling of a sugar-low if it comes dosn too fast. So be careful, if you exercise too hard for example that's what happens.
My sugar went as low as 40 once and I can tell you that it's not pleasant. Of course, when that happens, make sure you don't exercise at all. The more you do, the lower it gets.

jupton1 2008-05-18 16:58:37 -0500 Report

Yes I exercise,Im walking for now.I think You maby right,Im not sure how I should feel.Thanks for the info..Just trying to see if others felt this way until the meds adjust..

seawolf1944 2008-05-25 03:28:21 -0500 Report

Justin, I forgot something very important. Be sure and walk alot. If, You have foot problems, You need to get access to an excercise bike. Be sure to use it at least hirty minutes per day. I do mine ten minutes each in the morning, noon and late evening. Have a nice day.

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JP - 14811 2008-05-18 15:20:03 -0500 Report

I might take awhile for you to feel better at normal ranges. Your body is used to it being high so as it comes down you might feel a little off. Your body will get used to the lower numbers in time. Good that you are eating better, that's one step in the right direction. Are you exercising? Just a walk around the block every day to get started would be a great start… and it's free!! Give it some time, you'll feel better soon!!

jupton1 2008-05-25 16:56:14 -0500 Report

I walk about a mile a day.My Dr. ajusted my meds,I feel much better.They had me on to much bp meds..John