Ignoring diabetes

By 09876 Latest Reply 2013-07-20 10:38:04 -0500
Started 2013-05-31 01:51:43 -0500

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about five years ago. Though I have been pretty good about taking my Metformin I have ignored my Doctors advise to take Glucophage and watch what I eat. Today I actually got serious and a little scared. My Dr called with my blood results and my GCI which was 8. Today my sugar plunged to 76 then up to 213 today. Tomorrow I will try eating well and often to keep things in control.
It's hard and if anyone has advise on how to keep my blood sugar at a good steady level I would appreciate it.


13 replies

tabby9146 2013-06-06 10:26:50 -0500 Report

I read the other posts, I have not been on here in quite a while, so I can't add anything to what anyone else has said, I will be repeating though when I say test, test, test. make sure you know how certain foods affect you, if possible, if your insurance pays all or most of it, please take classes!! I went to 4, I think they were each 2 hours long or something like that, a few yrs ago, it was the best thing to do. when you eat things with too much carb and especially those regular snacks we all love, you go way up and then you can come down quickly! there are so many foods that will help keep it steady. Most have to stay away from all the white stuff, rice, flour, bread, that kind of thing. eat fiber and protein with every snack and meal, that is about the best short advice (i den't have much time) that I can give you and this site is full of good recipes and many threads where everyone is talking about what is best to eat and not to eat, but we are all different, some of us can get awy with things others can't that is why I don't want to go and list a lot of things. best of luck to you!

JSJB 2013-06-05 05:07:53 -0500 Report

In the beginning when I was pre-diagnosed with this condition my BS was 250 so I made up my meals by researching on what to eat. I lost 50 lbs and held my BS at 90 to 125. Recently I ignored the diet and exercise and watched my BS readings go up along with my weight. So I got serious, like you, and got back to exercise and eating healthier. Oh, I'm 70 yrs young so I am set in my ways but if I want to enjoy life it is back to the diet (doing my own meals) and exercise. It is hard keeping your BS at a normal reading but think of what you will be missing if you let diabetes get the best of you. Wishing you good luck on living healthier and keep us posted. This is a great site to learn if you read, read and read not just articles but post from other members.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-31 20:46:05 -0500 Report

You have to decide if you want to live a healthy lifestyle or start losing limbs, organs or your vision.

If you want to keep all of those things then you will have to eat healthy meals. This will be my 5th year and I do not ignore what my doctor has told me to do. I have modified some things with his permission and all of that works for me.

It was hard giving up the way I use to eat but I made that change within a week. I did it because I there are things I want to do before I die or get to the point I can't do them. It is hard because you are making it hard. I think that after 5 years you know what you should be doing. All you have to do is make up your mind to do it and you will find it wasn't as hard as you want to do.

Do as you said, tomorrow eat healthier, then do it the next day and the day after that. Before you know it, you will be well on your way to getting your blood sugar under control. I control my diabetes it does not control me. I also have diabetes, it does not have me. You can do this, I know you can. Good luck

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-05-31 13:21:34 -0500 Report

Hey Janet,

I am not a physician so I am sorry to say I don't have any useful advice to give you. But I just wanted to say hey and offer you some support. It's one day at a time with managing diabetes. Sharing success and frustrations, and suggestions, is am important part of taking care of yourself. I am glad you are here! I hpe you will keep us posted on your you are doing.


positivechanges 2013-05-31 12:55:20 -0500 Report

I was similar in that I felt in the beginning that the medication would be enough without really changing my lifestyle. So for the first few years I ignored the diet and exercise part. However as time passed, the diabetes did worsen, and now I am taking insulin along with the other tablets. So it does show that it is a progressive disease and needs to be treated in ALL aspects, especially diet and exercise, I unfortunately have learned the hard way. :o( GOOD LUCK and it is never too late to change things.

locarb 2013-05-31 12:31:34 -0500 Report

It is much more complicated with medication so I would ask you to seriously consider accepting your doctor's advice; or in the alternative, finding another doctor that you connect with. Diet is an immense subject. Testing frequently after eating to what food agrees with you and what doesn't. We all know general navigation for nutrition but there are many things here that people advocate and I can't even consider doing them. We're all biochemically unique. If you can, try to include physical activity every day. Even if it's modestly walking for 20 minutes or so. Lastly, stay connected in this and every other community that supports you.

Nick1962 2013-05-31 10:45:06 -0500 Report

Like Gabby suggests, once you’ve tested enough to know what foods do what to your numbers, find a comfortable plan and make it a routine. Take into account your activity levels too. Yes, it can get boring, but if you get good at it, you could be able to guess your numbers within 10 points of your meter. If for example you’re stuck with fried chicken versus grilled, try to cut back on some other carbs that meal. The first step though is getting to know yourself through testing. It can actually be fun (although frustrating as well sometimes).
Welcome by the way!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-06-01 20:03:24 -0500 Report

Nick I agree with you and Gabby. Last Sunday I had Funnel Cake. I dreaded testing. We vended at a street fair. By the time we packed up, got the tent down and I walked a block and a half to the car pulling a cart and loaded the car, I figured I would be at about 140. I was shocked to see 119. I make a game out of guessing before testing just to see how close I come.

Nick1962 2013-06-05 09:42:56 -0500 Report

Yup, I've been suprised a lot too. Seem like the longer I've been watching my diet, the better my numbers have responded when I do fall off the wagon. Still not going to use that as an excuse to go off the diet though.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-06-05 21:25:49 -0500 Report

I think it is because we know what to do prior to falling off the wagon. I want a chocolate chip cookie, the real kind so my dinner was all protein. That cookie won't hurt me tonight.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-06-01 20:03:21 -0500 Report

Nick I agree with you and Gabby. Last Sunday I had Funnel Cake. I dreaded testing. We vended at a street fair. By the time we packed up, got the tent down and I walked a block and a half to the car pulling a cart and loaded the car, I figured I would be at about 140. I was shocked to see 119. I make a game out of guessing before testing just to see how close I come.

GabbyPA 2013-05-31 05:21:32 -0500 Report

Find things you like. That is the key for me. If I am trying to make my diet all weird and hard, I won't stick with it. Then once I get lost, I tend to just become a mess. I find foods I like, a schedule I can live with, recipes that become my favorites.

Plan for success. If I make a plan to eat right, I will do much better than fly by the seat of my pants. I can make better choices when I have a plan in place and I have purchased items for that plan.

Take pride in little accomplishments. Even if it's as simple and eating your salad for lunch or a piece of baked fish instead of battered. There are little victories that happen every day that can inspire you to keep going in the right direction.

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