diabetic diva 1975
By diabetic diva 1975 Latest Reply 2013-02-27 20:44:46 -0600
Started 2013-02-19 22:10:17 -0600

I feel so discouraged tonight with this disease. Last night had to go to the emergency room for very high sugars. I was given Insulin which did help bring down my sugars which went from 22 last night to 12 this morning and 10 after breakfast. I ate right today limiting carbs and only ate my 3 meals which consisted of eggs and salsa omlet for breakfast. A protein shake (body by visalus) for lunch and a 6" sub at subway for supper with a diet iced tea. I didn't do snacks between meals. And tonight my sugars are at 18??????? I'm puzzled. Does any one have any advice??

43 replies

orphanwolf 2013-02-26 14:36:40 -0600 Report

Blood Sugar at 18???? you should be in a coma…normail is 90-100 varies a little each way but too low is just as bad as too high.

granniesophie 2013-02-26 15:08:42 -0600 Report

This is not a US measurement-it's probably Canadian. We are the only ones who use a different measuring system.
James posted a link on another discussion on to how to convert from most everywhere else to our system (and the other way round!)
So, her 18 is high for her.

jayabee52 2013-02-26 15:20:18 -0600 Report

Actually sophie, I have learned that the USA and the nation of India measure Blood glucose with mg/dl meautements. Everyone else uses mmol/l

orphanwolf 2013-02-25 11:22:51 -0600 Report

Use cinnamon capsules 1000mg to 2000mg to lower sugars. I have been a diabetic for 6 years and have handled it naturally. With Diab -x . Com and a pracreatc enzyme taken before I eat to help kick start the pancreas. This can be gotten from Swanson vitamins. Look it up my A1C. Has never gone above 5.8 in 5 years

lneider 2013-02-23 08:27:18 -0600 Report

it is easy to become discouraged living with diabetes is very challenging try keeping a food diary to crrelate what foods have the greatest effect on your bloodsugar it is very useful imfo L

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diabetic diva 1975 2013-02-22 20:21:01 -0600 Report

I have been on the same meds for 16 yrs. I think might be time for a change I have been keeping track of numbers and made changes to my diet.

Gwen214 2013-02-23 07:45:10 -0600 Report

How are you doing with Body by VI? I did that for 6 months, had lows all the time. I would feel full, so wasn't hungry, but my blood sugars would drop.

Mair 2013-02-22 16:04:39 -0600 Report

Sometimes it takes awhile for your body to adjust to your meds. The best thing to do is keep in contact with your Dr. Hint: sometimes if I have too much protein my numbers go up. Try testing your glucose an hour after the protein shake. If your numbers are up you can tell what triggered the rise.

Keep a record of what you eat for a few weeks and your numbers. Take them to the Dr. when you visit. It will help you and your Dr. pinpoint any adjustments that need to be made to diet or meds.

TYPE2LEW 2013-02-22 01:20:44 -0600 Report

I'm new, and your the first person I come across. For now, I can just say hang in, don't feel down, stay + and keep looking for answers. You will be ok if you stay positive and don't give up on yourself and your body. I know you will. Keep fighting girl!!!

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diabetic diva 1975 2013-02-22 05:18:07 -0600 Report

Welcome to Dc. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I will keep fighting. It's a daily struggle but I will take it one day at a time.

ccol4him 2013-02-21 22:45:58 -0600 Report

Subway will do a low carb tortilla if you ask for it.

jayabee52 2013-02-22 02:40:29 -0600 Report

That's nice 4him, but I have had trouble with tortillas spiking my BG levels in the past. I much prefer just having their salads when I must eat there.

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diabetic diva 1975 2013-02-20 10:57:22 -0600 Report

Thanks me Tara. I will certainly try the scooped bread as its important for me not to feel deprived. I have given up so much of me already.

Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2013-02-20 13:33:01 -0600 Report

As far as carrying my meter with me always, I'm always afraid that I will get stranded someplace and not have my meter or meds with me… diva, I think it would definitely be a good idea to get in the practice of doing so… (I just keep mines in my purse at all times).

Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2013-02-20 13:31:05 -0600 Report

You're welcome. It worked for me … I only ate a half sub and had them scoop both sides … sometimes depending on my bg levels I would have a bag of sliced apples (only 9 carbs) … make sure you test yourself afterward to be sure it's something you can enjoy without it running your levels up!!! Because hypertension runs hand in hand with diabetes, I would try to stay away from the pork. Hope you enjoy :)

Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2013-02-20 10:37:22 -0600 Report

Subway will "scoop" your bread if you ask them too… meaning they will pull all of the bread from the middle of the sub … when I was trying to get my bg down after diagnosis that was one of the places that helped the most… I would have tuna on scooped bread (1/2 sub) or turkey… I have always carried my meter with me everywhere I go along with my meds (diabetes and high blood pressure).

jayabee52 2013-02-20 10:51:13 -0600 Report

The last couple of times I have eaten at Subway, I just skipped the bread altogether. They have salads as well and I just order a salad so I can avoid bread altogether.

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Set apart 2013-02-20 05:55:13 -0600 Report

Like everyone here I can't eat breads at subway, an idea is to have your sandwich made into a salad. Subway does this and I usually choose the chicken, processed meats like these, I am not too sure of them. I watch sodium content also. Great idea to carry your meter, I carry mine everywhere, check your numbers before you eat and two hours after you eat so you can find out how that food has impacted your BG.

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diabetic diva 1975 2013-02-19 23:59:16 -0600 Report

I never had to bring it along with me before. I was able to stay within the same bg levels before. I guess I will be taking it with me now. I am on pill form of meds and never had to count carbs in the last 16 yrs since diagnosis. I guess I have been under more stresses lately caused by moving 5000 kms a few months back and in the process of moving again as my husband changed jobs.

jayabee52 2013-02-20 02:38:36 -0600 Report

pretty soon it will be just a part of your normal preparation fo leave your residence to bring your glucometer with you.

Oh yes MOVE is a 4-letter word LoL! I have moved too many times and I really find it disagreeable!

manapua72 2013-02-19 23:53:51 -0600 Report

I'm not sure of your situation … As for my meter I try to take it everywhere … I always check blood sugar before I eat … I use an insulin pump and to use it correctly you always need to check your blood sugar before meals … Yeah good idea to keep a meter with you … Sometimes I feel low but I test I find I'm not low …

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diabetic diva 1975 2013-02-19 22:32:24 -0600 Report

I thought this was a healthier option for me today as I was out running errands and got dizzy and my skin got clammy so I thought I needed to eat. I clearly should be carrying my meter with me now when I leave the house. Something I never had to do in the past.

manapua72 2013-02-19 22:26:57 -0600 Report

That sandwich , the bread is what did you in … My opinion of course … I find that even with insulin and counting the carbs in the bread my readings go up … Even when I'm sure I'm taking the right amount of insulin to cover carbs … I guess the bread is higher on the glycemic index causing a spike in blood readings … @ least this seems true for me …

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diabetic diva 1975 2013-02-19 22:18:10 -0600 Report

Yes but I chose whole wheat.

jayabee52 2013-02-19 23:15:41 -0600 Report

Another thing for you to consider is perhaps you need to get tested for gluten sensitivity. Gluten can irritate your intestinal tract and that irritation can raise your BG levels. I understand that Type 1s may be particluarly vunerable to Gluten.

Next Dr visit, you may want to ask about gluten sensitivity.

lneider 2013-02-23 10:26:26 -0600 Report

thanks for tip Iwill add that to my list of subjects to discuss with my Dr. in the meantime I am sticking to wholegrains or lettuce wraps

Caroltoo 2013-02-20 01:21:23 -0600 Report

There is a connection between the incidence of Celiac disease and Type 1 diabetes because both are immune system disorders. Type 2 are more likely to be gluten intolerant, but that can cause a world of hurt in the digestive system and raise the BGs much higher than a "normal" diabetic response would.

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