Upset...Don't Know What to do

denipink
By denipink Latest Reply 2015-04-01 10:27:15 -0500
Started 2013-06-10 16:14:50 -0500

It is upsetting to see that no one responded to my post yesterday.

I called my doctor and diabetes clinic today and could only leave a message.

My blood sugar dropped to 4.2 this afternoon. I don't know what i am doing wrong.

I am supposed to take 70 units of Humalog with dinner, shortly, but, i am afraid to drop low again. Do you know if i should decrease the amount of insulin because i tested low? I don't recall my doctor discussing this with me.

Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you very much.


136 replies

Donielle Werner
Donielle Werner 2015-04-01 10:27:15 -0500 Report

Sorry I would've answered your post but I've been off DC for a couple days… 42 is way toolow… stop and go directly to the doctors or clinic or ER… Any time รน drop under 60 you need to try to keep a little something like a regular soda or half a candy bar. Hope thishelps.

Donielle

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-12 16:03:19 -0600 Report

eat something with sugar to get that blood up. 42 is way too low. and then take less insulin. I know it is frightening. Try not to panic, always carry something with sugar in it. hang in there.

HeidiLynne
HeidiLynne 2014-03-25 09:08:11 -0500 Report

Your blood sugar is too low! You may want to cut down your insulin intake a
bit, then recheck your blood sugar! Good luck and check with doctor.

Diane Dorfman
Diane Dorfman 2014-03-25 08:16:21 -0500 Report

Not sure what to do on my own. It's never good to adjust your Insulin on your own. Just keep trying to get through to your Doc! Good luck

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2014-03-17 15:36:33 -0500 Report

Tell me you have had a response! With a low like that, I suggest someone needs to drive you to a FastPace or other clinic. They can tell you from there. Do not let this go any further.

mysteria7130
mysteria7130 2014-02-19 18:59:34 -0600 Report

I wish I could help but my sugar tends to runhigh allthe time. but my son says his runs low. when it gets toolow he eats a little chocolate. donot know if that is thr right thing todo but that is what he does

Vigneswari
Vigneswari 2014-02-19 04:52:02 -0600 Report

If u get low within 1 and 1/2 hr to 2 hrs after having 70units of Humalog with dinner then it is required to decrease ur dose.

tinkerbell54
tinkerbell54 2014-02-18 16:43:22 -0600 Report

call Ur diabetic Doctor "RIGHT AWAY" I know my blood sugar is has been to low in the morning like 43, 34, 35 . & that's not good either. Ruth Tinkerbell54

tantaopa
tantaopa 2013-08-14 02:18:24 -0500 Report

maybe you talk to your Doctor about a sliding scale . I take Humalog with every meal,and I give my dose according to my blood sugars, then the carbs I am about to eat. 8 units for every 15 grams of carbs, and any where for 4-10 units of humalog for my blood sugar reading .180-200 for example would be 4 units of humalog. Please talk to your doctor first . I finally found some thing that works for me.

Debbiejf
Debbiejf 2013-07-20 07:40:41 -0500 Report

Hi denipink, don't take it personal about no one responding and yeah it can seem no one cares if they don't, but it's not true. Me for example, I don't visit this site but rarely anymore. The best thing you can do for times like these is try taking juice or glucose tabs or gel for immediate help (anyone in the same house; family, friends)s in getting your bs back up to a normal range. IF that doesn't seem to work get to the hospital even if you have to call 911. You also need to figure out if your dinner meal is sufficient to take that amount of insulin. And definitely talk to your doctor, depending on how long you have been taking this amount of insulin it may be time to adjust the dosage. After a few years I had to add an Endocronologist to my band of doctors-much to the insult of my pcp. But it's like I told her-it's nothing personal but she couldn't answer all of my questions or deal with all of my issues pertaining to my diabetes. She's still my pcp and is kept in the loop with my endo :).

denipink
denipink 2013-07-20 08:51:59 -0500 Report

Thanks, Debbie, i have an Endo, too. She is the one that put me on such a high dosage of insulin. I have lowered the dosages myself when i could not get a hold of my doctor or the diabetic clinic and i finally have a dosage that is working for me.

Last night for dinner i wasn't hungry so just had a salad. I reduced my dosage by half and that worked fine.

McGuire51
McGuire51 2013-07-09 17:55:15 -0500 Report

I was recently put on a new insulin the generic to humalog which is novolin and was told to do 22 units twice a day. And I think I am going to be accepted to a new patient assistance program that will help pay for my insulin and needles.

rcmodelr
rcmodelr 2014-03-18 19:06:40 -0500 Report

Novolin is NOT a generic version of Humalog. Novolin is just Novo-Nordisk's brand of Regular Insulin. Their equivalent of Humalog is Novolog but there are currently NO Generic equivalents of ANY of the RDNA origin Insulins like Humalog, Novolog, or other "Recombinate DNA Origin" Insulins.
Last I heard, at least in USA, they weren't expecting ANY RDNA Insulins to be made available as a generic any time in the foreseeable future.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-09 17:05:22 -0500 Report

Why are you upset? If you were that low the first thing you do if you can't reach your doctor is go to the nearest emergency room. You don't post the medical problem and wait for non medical people to give you medical advice. This is why your doctor or an emergency room was the best place for you to get immediate help. No one can tell you how to take your insulin. I am just glad nothing bad happened to you and please go to an emergency room when you can't reach your doctor.

Diabetes can be different for each individual and it would have been hard for any one person to answer your question. You can't get upset if no one responded.

denipink
denipink 2013-07-10 11:54:02 -0500 Report

You are responding to a post that is now a month old. Everything has been resolved and No, if i tested low again, i would not go to the Emergency room. I am in close touch with my diabetic clinic, which, i have said now numerous times, and everything is under control.

And, why was i upset? Wouldn't you have been upset if you were new to all this and unable to reach your doctor?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-10 18:38:29 -0500 Report

No because if I can't reach my doctor I can always go to an emergency room. I don't get upset over anything out of my control.

denipink
denipink 2013-07-10 19:30:57 -0500 Report

At the time, no one told me if i could not reach my doctor i should go to Emerg. Since then the diabetes clinic has taught me how to treat a low so going to Emerg would not be necessary. Today, if someone asked me what to do if they tested low, i would know what to tell them. I would not tell them to go to Emerg. Testing low needs to be treated immediately. I have sat for 5 hours in my Emerg dept. If i went there testing low, i could go into a coma or even die by the time i would be seen..

Debbiejf
Debbiejf 2013-07-20 07:50:32 -0500 Report

Not true! If you go into an ER and tell them you are diabetic with extreme low bs, you would not be left in the waiting room you would be taken in to a doctor immediately, this is as serious as a heart attack or someone with a sever reaction to an allergy with a swollen tongue

hairbear68
hairbear68 2013-07-09 17:14:07 -0500 Report

its just around and around don't know where too go and starting no too care tooeven leave my bedroom with a as8 steal shIt when your not lookin at it !!i'm on atenonol 100mg 2 a da and lisprionol 20mg once just med and more meds

Moussesmom
Moussesmom 2013-07-09 15:19:07 -0500 Report

When you get in this situation call your local Emergency dept. and ask for an R.N. and ask for help. I hope the 4.2 was A1c and not b.g. Hope you are doing well now. I care

denipink
denipink 2013-07-09 15:38:39 -0500 Report

That happened many weeks ago. This thread has been hanging around for a time. I know what to do now. Thanks for caring :)

margokittycat
margokittycat 2013-07-08 18:18:44 -0500 Report

My doctor always tells me that if my blood sugr is that low before the meal to eat then test half hour fter eating and gives me a sliding scale to go by for how much insulin to take. it is hrd for someone else to answer that question for you because every diabetic is different and every doctors advise for their patient is different. I wish I could say yes just drop your dose by 10 units bu I can't. I have been diabetic for 32 years and it is hard when you are having issues and thedoctor has nver told you how to handle them. I wish you luck my freind.

billiegirl
billiegirl 2013-07-08 12:52:58 -0500 Report

Wow. That's alot of insulin with dinner. Do you mean it dropped to 42 and not 4.2? You need to check with your doctor. I would say you are taking to much insulin. Hope this helps.

Billie

McGuire51
McGuire51 2013-07-07 18:54:00 -0500 Report

I don't know either I am on Levemir and Humalog but only take 21 units per day. But recently I moved to Arizona and I am having a hard time getting my insulin I need. The clinic where I went put me on a new insulin called novalin and did not tell me how much to take…without even taking my A1C does that make sense.

denipink
denipink 2013-07-07 19:42:26 -0500 Report

Get yourself into your doctor right away. Nothing to fool around with. What a bunch of dunces!!! If you can't get into your doctor right away go to a walk in clinic. Don't wait. Your BS could go nutz while you wait. Denise

commorat_55
commorat_55 2013-07-07 15:32:51 -0500 Report

dont know either im on glipizide and lantus insulin glargine and im having a hard time getting use to taking it the time im supposed to too so i dont know what to tell u sorry i couldnt be of help

Moussesmom
Moussesmom 2013-07-09 15:22:58 -0500 Report

You really need to train yourself. It's VERY important to not "roller coaster" with your b.s. I had to learn also. You do have to change your lifestyle.

denipink
denipink 2013-07-07 18:56:18 -0500 Report

Hi commorat, thanks for responding. Sorry you are having problems with your insulin dosage. I have been in close touch with my diabetic clinic and now i have my dosages tweaked. So far, so good. No lows and i am feeling better overall. This is because of my diet too and i am walking more. I healed an irritable bowel because of my diet. Lots of veggies and fruits, beans, whole grains and lately a little bit of chicken and fish. This has really made a difference for me because i have fibromyalgia, too, and with this comes little energy. I think i may have found a solution to the lack of energy, though. I read about a lady with fibro that takes benfotiamine (good for diabetics, too, she said.) I will go to my health food store when i get my GST cheque this week and buy some. I am always on the look out for new remedies to better my health.

I hope you are seeing a doctor about your insulin and the trouble you are having. Please go see your doctor right away because when we are not controlling our diabetes we then can end up with all kinds of nasty complications. I would not want that for you.

I hope you are reading lots of posts here. There are a lot of people here willing to help. You can also ask people here to be your friend and then you can message back and forth privately.

You are not alone and i care! Please post back with your progress. I will be thinking of you and i will remember you in my prayers.

Denise

Anonymous
Anonymous 2013-07-07 19:38:37 -0500 Report

i have been talking to my diabetic dr at the va hospital and they reduced my fastacting insilin from 20 units to 10 units befor bed and half a glipizided befor dinner meals and im doing much better on my numbers and im no longer in the 200 range im back down to 80-130 range which is nice because my blood sugar was getting way too high and thank you for replying back your friend commorat

kcmregan
kcmregan 2013-07-06 10:22:44 -0500 Report

Humalog is a fast acting insulin and should only be used on a sliding scale. Typically, 1 unit per 15 carbs in addition to every 20 points your blood sugar is over 120. So, say your blood sugar before dinner is 200… Subtract 120, which leaves 80, then divide by 20, so it'd be 4 units as a correction bolus. Then, say your dinner has 60 carbs. Divide it by 15, and get 4. Add the two together and that's what you should be taking. If your sugar is low, don't take any insulin and eat your meal, then check it 2 hours afterward. If its above your target range, use the bolus formula. Be sure to check with your dr before making changes, and also ask him if you should try a long acting or medium lasting insulin, such as lantus, levemir, or even NPH. They are much safer than only using a ton of fast acting insulin. I hope this info helps you and good luck!

denipink
denipink 2013-07-06 10:50:01 -0500 Report

Thanks, in Canada, we don't use those numbers. I don't understand how you calculated. In any event, the dosage i am on is good.

kcmregan
kcmregan 2013-07-06 11:37:13 -0500 Report

Please be very careful with that dosage. If its low before a meal, maybe you should drink some juice and wait for it to come up to normal before taking your insulin.

eristar
eristar 2013-07-06 05:49:25 -0500 Report

Wow, 70 units is a LOT, to my mind! My original A1C was 12.5, and even then, I was only taking 4-6 units per meal, and 19 of Lantus at night. First thing I would do is to make sure that you are getting the correct dosage!

denipink
denipink 2013-07-06 06:07:31 -0500 Report

Thanks for your concern. Throughout this thread i write how i have changed my dosage. I see my doctor and the diabetic clinic, regularly. My new dosage is working fine. Yes, it is a high amount of insulin.

denipink
denipink 2013-07-05 05:42:20 -0500 Report

Hi MsWyla, i don't know what your numbers mean. I am in Canada and our numbers are different. My resting BS is supposed to be between 4 and 10 and my before meal is supposed to be between 4 and 7.

I am doing not so bad now. My 2 insulin dosages have been reduced by the diabetic clinic nurse. I saw her this week. I am now on 50 Lantus and 22 Humalog for breakfast. 25 Humalog for lunch, 50 Humalog for dinner and 50 Lantus at bedtime.

So far, this is working ok for me.

Thanks for responding. Denise

MsWyla
MsWyla 2013-07-05 03:14:10 -0500 Report

Wow! That is a LOT of insulin. Please, please make sure you only take insulin before you eat. And even then, check your blood sugar level before and if it is below 100, don't take the insulin. Of course that is dependent upon what you're going to eat also. If you decide to have a baked potato, by all means take your insulin. I only have to take 8 units of Novolog before each meal and that is keeping my numbers between 100 - 140. Hope this helps. Feel free to message me if you need more info. I'm not an expert by any means, but I have been a diabetic about 15 years. It's tough to maintain, but we are here to give you support and maybe a big hug ((—————-)).

Rebelove
Rebelove 2013-07-02 21:51:45 -0500 Report

Hi! I just got back on the site this evening. I hope you were able to get answers to your insulin and low blood sugar questions. I have never seen a 4.2 result…what are you measuring? It sounds like HB. Before you make any drastic changes, please speak with a doctor. You'll get this figured out. If you need help, try a pharmacist, or endo. Good luck! :)

denipink
denipink 2013-07-03 05:10:58 -0500 Report

Hi Rebelove, thanks. Yes, i hope i am figuring this out because the diabetic clinic does not always return my calls when i need them. I see my doc today, thank God! I have been sick again just the past couple of days. I ran out of an Opioid for pain control and had to do without for about a week throwing me into nasty withdrawal. At the same time, i have been experiencing lows again. I did not think to call a pharmacist. Thanks for mentioning that. I just cut my own insulin dosage back by 10 units and since i did that i have not had another low. I have to tell you though that i sure don't like to have to be self-doctoring. I might not be eating enough either. I switched to eating mostly vegan then to mostly vegetarian and i feel better with that but not sure i am getting all the nutrients i need. I find all this such a huge challenge!! Will be glad once i get this all smoothed out :) Like i said I CAN'T WAIT to see my doctor today.

Denise

Rebelove
Rebelove 2013-07-10 11:38:33 -0500 Report

Its been a few days since I was here. How did you make out with your doctor? I see that your insulin dosage has changed. Did you discuss your vegan diet with him? I'm concerned about your protein levels. Keep me posted! :)

Mariespann
Mariespann 2013-07-01 17:36:48 -0500 Report

I am on a carb counting program for every 10 grams of carbohydrate I eat I get a unit of insulinThen I get 1.70 units per hour by pump. Humalog is fast acting insulin?

denipink
denipink 2013-07-01 18:03:51 -0500 Report

I don't even know. I need to talk more with the Endo. There is a lot i don't know about being diabetic.

Thanks for posting.

Armourer
Armourer 2013-06-28 17:28:55 -0500 Report

I too am vegetarian. Yes it is very hard to add protein to the diet. I'm lucky (from my viewpoint) in that I eat dairy, which is my basic diet. 5oz Greek Yogurt in the morning. Lunch is a 3 egg cheese omelet with peppers & salsa. Dinner is a Romaine salad. Beans are out (except green beans), peas, corn, potatoes, rice, Soy is out cause it's to expensive. Surprisingly quinoa works fine for me as long as I don't grind it into flour. For another protein source for me has been peanut butter (which I use infrequently). Although my calories are about 700 a day, my doc & diabetic nurse aren't to worried, I'm finally losing weight.

denipink
denipink 2013-06-28 18:30:32 -0500 Report

Armourer, Why did you choose vegetarian?

Armourer
Armourer 2013-06-29 00:41:20 -0500 Report

First I'm glad that things are now stable for you.

When I was about 4 was sitting around the dinner table with extended family. I had an uncle who was vegetarian, and he turned to me and stated, "You're eating a dead cow/chilcken." I freaked out and wouldn't touch any meat there after for the next eleven years. Slowly in high school I began eating some meat, i.e., a hamburger, but to this day I'd really like the burger to be under the pickle. I'll eat a beef hot-dog, & beef bacon, once in a great while.All meat that isn't good for you. I won't touch anything that lives in water or grows feathers! In truth I'm a junk food junkie. Who has had to give up his junk.

My family I grew up with ate meat, and my children & wife do too (thank goodness, in that they aren't picky like me).

(sorry for the double posting. Stupid slow computer)

Armourer
Armourer 2013-06-29 00:41:19 -0500 Report

First I'm glad that things are now stable for you.

When I was about 4 was sitting around the dinner table with extended family. I had an uncle who was vegetarian, and he turned to me and stated, "You're eating a dead cow/chilcken." I freaked out and wouldn't touch any meat there after for the next eleven years. Slowly in high school I began eating some meat, i.e., a hamburger, but to this day I'd really like the burger to be under the pickle. I'll eat a beef hot-dog, & beef bacon, once in a great while.All meat that isn't good for you. I won't touch anything that lives in water or grows feathers! In truth I'm a junk food junkie. Who has had to give up his junk.

My family I grew up with ate meat, and my children & wife do too (thank goodness, in that they aren't picky like me).

denipink
denipink 2013-06-29 07:10:24 -0500 Report

I ate my share of junk food, too. Glad you found such a healthy way of eating. I don't miss the junk food. The more whole foods i eat, the more i want them. My body tells me to only eat whole foods. Anything else makes me sick. Too bad i had to get really sick before i changed my diet.

Diabetes is so nasty, but, i have to say it was only thru my becoming diabetic that i started to pay attention to good, healthy eating, so, i might say that becoming diabetic became a blessing for me.

Enjoy the weekend :) Denise

denipink
denipink 2013-06-28 18:21:15 -0500 Report

Armourer, thanks for posting. I see my doctor July 3 and the Endo July 22. I had my insulin decreased when i talked to the Nurse at the Diabetes Clinic. I still take a high amount of insulin. 60 lantus and 30 humalog for breakfast, 30 humalog for lunch, 60 humalog for dinner and 60 lantus at bed time. This amount of insulin and the food i eat is testing good. No more lows and the odd high but not by much. I now know how to treat the lows and how to decrease if high.

Denise

Armourer
Armourer 2013-06-28 17:13:18 -0500 Report

Talk to your doc & dietitian as others have posted. I don't understand the Canadian numbers. I've been taught that good blood sugar is 70-125 (U.S.), over 140-150 one's organs are being destroyed by diabetes. I've been on inject insulin since 2006. I was placed on 22 units baseline, plus sliding scale of 50, i.e., 1 unit for every 50 points over 150 (different then poster Liquorish). Then diabetic dietitian added carb count (1 unit for every 5 carbs). This worked wonders as my blood sugar and it came down, but I gained 50 pounds all from the insulin. I dropped the Endo. Doc, and my Internist Doc, and changed to another Internist Doc the first of this year. Experimenting he dropped my baseline and sliding scale insulin, leaving only my carb count dosage. In the last three months I've lost 10 pounds. I'm constantly in the lows (under 70) so we decreased my Lantus by 10 units (110 down to 100), and now I'm doing fine. I was being over medicated for years! A meal that use to be 30 units of Humalog is now 3 units, and my readings are fine. One meal use to be Quinea ground into a flour and into pancakes. 4 small pancakes with peanut butter and low carb/sugar jam was a 100 units Humalog for me. I no longer eat pancakes. Certain foods I just can't eat anymore.

My point is talk to your diabetes team, if no good, change to another. We who have posted lend our experiences, but as you see, we all have different remedies. Diabetes is different for each person it attacks. Good Luck!

Moussesmom
Moussesmom 2013-07-09 15:34:54 -0500 Report

I also gained wt. after starting insulin. Very hard to loose it. I constantly had high reading after knee surgery. I lost my appetite and lost 30 lbs.

Missy1867
Missy1867 2013-06-28 16:00:03 -0500 Report

I'm not a doctor but I also take Humalog which is a rapid acting insulin and honestly I think 70 units is a lot, you should discussed this with a doctor or maybe with the pharmacist. Good luck.

liquorish
liquorish 2013-06-25 16:15:43 -0500 Report

Hi there. I am a little confused about your numbers. I'm not quite sure how to ask this, but are you using American numbers or British? It makes a big difference. Get your doctor to show you how he/she calculates how much you should take. For example, for every 8 carbs, I take one unit of Novolog. When I test before meals, if my sugar is above 120 (american numbers) I take one unit for every 20. Example: my sugar reads 160, I would take two units of Novolog, and if I will eat 24 carbs for my meal, I would take an extra 3 units, for a total of 5 units. Does that make any sense? And have the doctor give you a little cheat sheet that tells you what to eat and how much when your sugar goes low. It really helps. Good luck. Liquorish

denipink
denipink 2013-06-25 18:51:06 -0500 Report

I am in Canada and we do our numbers different here. A good BS for me is between 4 and 7 before a meal and between 4 and 10 after a meal. No one has taught me how to count carbs or how to inject my insulin based on my BS reading. I see the dietician July 10th and my family doctor July 3rd.

When i tested 2.7 which is very low i called the diabetes clinic and the nurse told me how to deal with it including telling me to decrease my dinner time Humalog by 30 units. I was supposed to take 60 units but she told me to just take 30 units.

Overall, i have been told to decrease all of my insulin dosages and since then i have not had a low or a high. I feel much better.

Thanks, Denise

liquorish
liquorish 2013-06-25 16:14:05 -0500 Report

Hi there. I am a little confused about your numbers. I'm not quite sure how to ask this, but are you using American numbers or British? It makes a big difference. Get your doctor to show you how he/she calculates how much you should take. For example, for every 8 carbs, I take one unit of Novolog. When I test before meals, if my sugar is above 120 (american numbers) I take one unit for every 20. Example: my sugar reads 160, I would take two units of Novolog, and if I will eat 24 carbs for my meal, I would take an extra 3 units, for a total of 5 units. Does that make any sense? And have the doctor give you a little cheat sheet that tells you what to eat and how much when your sugar goes low. It really helps. Good luck. Liquorish

Roxannescott
Roxannescott 2013-06-24 09:50:58 -0500 Report

Are you counting your carbs? 70 u of insulin sounds like a lot! Maybe it was 7.0? Call the Dr. Remember the doctor works for you!

Roxannescott
Roxannescott 2013-06-24 09:49:55 -0500 Report

Are you counting your carbs? 70 u of insulin sounds like a lot! Maybe it was 7.0? Call the Dr. Remember the doctor works for you!

Anonymous
Anonymous 2013-06-23 19:15:56 -0500 Report

Take your last 3 readings from the morning when you first wake up add them together and divide by 3 and take that amount

cocot
cocot 2013-06-23 19:14:41 -0500 Report

Take your last 3 readings from the morning when you first wake up add them together and divide by 3 and take that amount

jaye-p
jaye-p 2013-06-20 20:27:38 -0500 Report

Actually 70 unit before dinner is way to high keep trying doctor's office if no answer call 911 get some help try drinking a lot more water starting with eight bottles a day.

denipink
denipink 2013-06-20 21:01:06 -0500 Report

The diabetes clinic Nurse reduced my dosage to 60 units. Seems to be working better now. I drink even more than eight bottles of water a day. I am always thirsty.

Thanks for posting :) Denise

MzBizzyBee
MzBizzyBee 2013-06-19 11:17:52 -0500 Report

I understand what you are going through. My doctor told me to eat right after I take my humalog. I was also not eating enough. Make sure you snak inbetween your meals. Small snaks that have protean. I hope this helps but do consult your dr or a advice nurse from your insurance co.

denipink
denipink 2013-06-20 16:51:18 -0500 Report

Yes, i eat mostly fruit for snacks right now. I eat Vegan. I will look up what good snacks contain protein.

Thank you! Denise

denipink
denipink 2013-06-19 11:49:40 -0500 Report

I talked to the Nurse this morn and she reduced my insulin dosage. I am also eating better and yes i do eat snacks between meals, (mostly fruit.) I eat 3 fruit each day. I used to eat 1 fruit a month, if that. Yikes!

I am reading a book by Doc Neal Barnard on Reversing Diabetes and he says no need to portion, weigh, count carbs, etc. He says to eat until full and if hungry between meals eat again. He says to eat from only 4 food groups: fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans and some nuts and seeds. So long as i eat from those food groups i will lose from 1 - 1-1/2 lbs each week. He said i will be able to lower my insulin by half and even reverse the diabetes on his program.

I am not doing that program (just reading about it for now) because i am just still trying to balance with good bs numbers. Once i get better control i will decide if i want to follow this Doc.

I eat a mostly vegan diet. Still getting into a bit of meat, i just nibbled twice now in past three weeks, and dairy, but, my goal is no meat, fish or dairy. No processed foods, no sugar, no oils, for example.

Anyway, my primary goal is to be at peace with being diabetic. Healthy eating. Lose weight and exercise each day. Everything i accomplish after that will be a bonus.

Thanks for posting :) Denise

MzBizzyBee
MzBizzyBee 2013-06-19 12:25:58 -0500 Report

Your welcome. You have a very good positive attitude towards this diabeties, g
ood for you. I am trying to get a better positive attitude with being a diabetic on insulin for 25 years,and its hard

jigsaw
jigsaw 2013-06-19 12:23:46 -0500 Report

I read many books on diabetes, diet and related subjects over the years. Most were helpful with additional info to add to my repertoire of health tips and info. None had all the answers, and some were downright ridiculously inaccurate. It was a conglomerate of info and actual experience that I found to be most helpful. It's definitely a matter of becoming familiar with your body relative to your diabetes, diet habits, how your body reacts and all the above. I found the authors of some health books appeared to be biased by an obvious need for greed. Luckily, there is an abundance of good info at our finger tips.
You appear to be on the right path to successful management of your diabetes. Getting familiar with something new always takes time. You are obviously motivated and loaded with many good questions. With your inquisitive mind, I suspect that you will have your diabetes well managed in good time.

MzBizzyBee
MzBizzyBee 2013-06-20 16:31:41 -0500 Report

Thanks for the words of encouragement. I have been dealing with this for 25 years the ups and downs the depression the roller coaster of weight. I always are willing to try new things. The food allergies is one that keeps me from doing diets and change. Never in my life did I have food allergies until I got diabeties and was put on insulin. It is a life changing experience for me. I wont give up I will fight this every chance I have. Like you said no one knows your body like you do. Words to remember. Thanks :)

jigsaw
jigsaw 2013-06-22 08:57:22 -0500 Report

I believe as long as one doesn't give up, they can't lose! Keep at it, and it's win win. I've had diabetes so long, the only reason I remember I have it is my wife keeps asking if I took my shot! Seriously, it's just a matter of developing a healthy lifestyle to the point where it becomes a habit. If you have diabetes, it will remind you when you get off the beaten path. If you don't have diabetes, and you have an unhealthy lifestyle, you could be unlucky enough to find out in a less fortunate way! Actually, and as crazy as it may sound, I suspect that diabetes increased my lifespan.

denipink
denipink 2013-06-19 13:02:47 -0500 Report

hi jigsaw, the Nurse called and lowered my insulin dosage. This will be a good move i bet.

Feeling pretty good today. More energy than usual from the way i am eating. My numbers are a bit high since lowering the insulin dosage, but, i would much rather be a bit high than low.

Thanks for the encouragement!
Have a good day :) Denise

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