Blood Sugars going crazy.

By BellaJ1977 Latest Reply 2013-04-17 00:21:23 -0500
Started 2013-04-12 05:21:20 -0500

Ok so I have a question. I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2009. I was put on a relatively high dose of metformin, lost weight that was gained in a short period of time before I found out, felt great about myself and changed my diet. Two years ago they lowered my metformin intake and my sugars felt off but nothing was done about it through my doctor's as other things with my health had and still are going on. To the present time which is I, not on metformin and my sugars going crazy. Sometimes I do not even have to check my levels I can literally feel the symptoms of my sugar going drastically to low or to high. I have a new glucose meter but I now have no health insurance. I had health insurance but after my divorce I lost it, and because of preexisting conditions I have it is costing to much for me to apply for new insurance. Some insurance will not even take me. So my question is what can I do about my sugar levels getting back into check, until I can see a doctor again. I have cut almost all sugar out of my diet except when it drops to low then I eat a small amount to boost it. I eat protien throughout the day and snack on vegetables and some fruits. I am at a loss. Any suggestions would be really appreciated.

14 replies

mamawb6 2013-04-14 19:30:43 -0500 Report

I was going to say check on free clinics in your area. they may be able to help. I went to one for 3 yrs before I got on medicare. they helped with my diabetic supplies as well as medicines. they had a program that you had to sign up for yearly that would help cover the cost of your meds. I got them all for free through the program. it was through the local health dept.

BellaJ1977 2013-04-14 19:33:58 -0500 Report

I am hoping when I go to the free clinic here that they can help. I should be finding out soon and will keep you all up to date. Thank you the advice. All the advice I am getting is really helping. I do not mind signing up for a program to help with meds and supplies. This will really help to if the health department here offers it. I went to the free clinic site for here but it does not say so I guess I will find out when I go.:)

Harlen 2013-04-12 17:37:27 -0500 Report

You can call the makers of met and they may be able to help you with meds???
Best wishes

BellaJ1977 2013-04-13 20:17:40 -0500 Report

Thank you Harlen. I did not know I could call the makers of met directly. Learning new things daily. Thank you for the advice :).

JoleneAL 2013-04-12 10:48:29 -0500 Report

Bella -

Have you contacted your local Health Department to see what they can do to help you?

WalMart and pharmacies like CVS & Walgreens each over meters of their own and they are relatively inexpensive, as are the strips for them. You should be able to get one of those so you can check your levels and be sure about them. Keep records.

I can't help on the insurance issue. There are so many other variables there it would be impossible for any one of use to advise you on that.

BellaJ1977 2013-04-13 20:16:43 -0500 Report

I have not contacted my local health department yet. I will get on that. Been so busy looking up different insurance that I did not think about that. I did find a free clinic right next to the Cleveland Clinic where I am going to be seeing a doctor for female issues so maybe I can see if they can also help me with my diabetes. I do have a meter but maybe I can get a discount on strips through CVS for my meter. Thank you for your advice :).

elba237 2013-04-12 10:34:21 -0500 Report

Hi Bella. I am Elba, I am new here in Diabetic Connect but I am type 1 diabetic during the past 37 years. Then I think I can give you little recomendations to try to help you until you can go to your doctor. To try to keep your sugar levels in a moderate or really good levels try to have 1 carb in every meal. For ex. 1 whole grain toast in breakfast with 1 or 2 proteins (like eggs, reduce fat cold cuts etc) and 4 to 6 oz of milk (could be with your cofee, tea or just alone). Keep your snacks and that is another way to keep your sugar levels in good way. You can have half orange or a mandarine or a medium or small apple. those fruits could help avoid low blood sugars episodes. You know your body better than anyone. You have to see how your body react with every food. Make a diary, write all what you eat, write how you feel after you eat your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. If you write all that you will have a way to track your reactions to what you are eating, your activities etc. You will see that in less than a week you can control your crazy blood sugar levels cause you will be in control until you can go to your doctor. This is what I do and really it help me a lot. One thing I do for my diary is that I choose a cover that I really like. Is a kind of compensation for my senses. Oh I forget to tell you, is important that you write your activities during the day for example, if you walk more than normal, if you excercise regularly, any activity you do and how you feel after that. Really you will see how much that will help. Good luck!!!

BellaJ1977 2013-04-13 20:14:41 -0500 Report

Thank you Elba for the advice I am going to start journaling my food and how much I am eating and how many carbs. I do have a meter I just need to get enough test strips to track it and my meter is usb so it hooks up to my computer and tracks my sugars through the week for me. I have just bought some apples and I try to have that as my carb with dinner. I also dip it a little bit of peanut butter for some added protien :). I do Yoplait light yougurt which has very little sugar for my dairy as I cannot drink milk and I have started adding some cheese to my diet daily as well. I was going to ask though can I do rye or pumpernickel toast instead of whole wheat? I do like those better. I am going to start tracking everything. This advice has been a huge help so thank you :).

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2013-04-16 12:11:52 -0500 Report

Whole-grain rye bread, either crunchy or as pumpernickel is a better choice than wheat-based bread because rye has a lower GI (glycemic index).

I really like the crunchy rye bread myself and have it with soup for dinner.

Look around and you should find fat-free and no added sugar yogurts available. I use one made by Dannon that also has a cholesterol lowering ingredient.

So called "fresh cheese" (there are many types) can be found that also are fat-free. They are a good source of protein and low in carbs.

If you don't already have one, purchase a kitchen scale, preferably one that has a built-in database that includes carbs and calories. that way you'll know what you are eating.

Good sources for finding the GI of foods are:

BellaJ1977 2013-04-16 20:28:02 -0500 Report

Thank you for the advice. I am glad to know I can do whole grain rye-bread as I am a huge fan of rye. I do not have a scale either so that is a good idea for me to get for my kitchen. Will be checking out the sources you gave me :).

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2013-04-16 23:43:05 -0500 Report

Here's another source for a GI table:

Remember it isn't just the GI that's important, it's also the serving size. For example, you might prefer particular fresh fruit, it's good to know how much is OK to eat. That's where the scale comes in handy.

I will buy a bag of apples or pears as the size is better (smaller) for a snack rather than picking through a bin of larger fruit. Plus it's usually cheaper when the fruit is pre-packaged.

jayabee52 2013-04-17 00:21:23 -0500 Report

Mendoza has a list in that table also of Glycemic load. This in some cases be even more important than the GI. The GI tells how fast the sugar in the item will raise our BG, the GL tells us how much sugar is in a particular item.