Help please

By janado Latest Reply 2013-06-13 02:48:59 -0500
Started 2013-06-11 14:41:40 -0500

I am a type 2 diabetic (diagnosed 9 years ago)and cannot get my blood sugar to go below 176. I am not on any medications, I limit my carb intake, my sugar intake, I exercise every day and walk 1.5-2 miles a day. I am not overweight, although I’d like to lose at least 10 more pounds. I have NO insurance and no doctor will see me without insurance. I take cinnamon capsules daily to try to lower my sugars, and incorporate cinnamon in as much foods as possible and even put it in my coffee. I do not drink sodas, or caffeine. I only drink water or decaf coffee.

I need advice on what else I can do to lower my sugars. Please do not tell me to go to my doctor, I don’t have one! Please see above!

6 replies

Clare R
Clare R 2013-06-13 02:48:59 -0500 Report

Are there no public clinics in your area that offer care at sliding-scale fees? You should look into that if you haven't already. Diabetes is a progressive disease, and we all need to be looked after by a doctor. I hope you can find some option… I know the frustration of being uninsured and diabetic. It sucks.

IronOre 2013-06-11 21:44:54 -0500 Report

You should see a doctor, and get their input. You have done as much as you can without their help.
I think "no doctor will see me without insurance" is pretty much nonsense.
I have been without insurance for three years now, and have no problems seeing a doctor.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-06-11 17:08:12 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC.
It is possible certain foods, although lower in carbs, are giving you problems. For me I seem to get higher BG readings if I eat grains (corn, wheat, rice, oats). So, I try to avoid them. There are some fruits that give me higher readings than others. Through testing my BG before and after for every 30 minutes for 2 to 3 hours, I have learned which ones are ok for me.
There are so many foods that bother some but don't cause problems for others. A member shared how concentrated Tomato was a problem. I felt rather stupid for not figuring that one out. A tomato is fine for me to enjoy, but tomato paste mixed into a sauce, soup, or salad dressing and my BG will be much higher than a similar carb count item. I will still have a higher reading the morning after if I ate it ate my evening meal.
If your morning reading is always 176 or higher, adding a snack in the middle of the night might help. I have had some residents at assisted living places I have worked at that we needed to give a little something to eat during the night to keep their BG levels from going to high.It is so difficult to figure out what our malfunctioning endocrine system is doing.
Some people have found that their vitamins contain enough sugar to give them problems.
Not to be discouraging, but not all people with diabetes, no matter how hard they try, just don't have it respond to diet and exercise and weight loss. They need oral meds or insulin to manage it.

Nick1962 2013-06-11 15:22:11 -0500 Report

First, welcome to the group janado!
A couple questions:
When you say "limit" your carb and sugar intake, what does "limit" mean? What's your daily intake?
How do you eat them? Three meals? Five small meals?
Any vitamins, supplements, meds?

janado 2013-06-11 16:33:23 -0500 Report

I limit my carbs to less than 15 for breakfast, 30 for lunch and 30 for dinner. I have carb free/sugar free snacks in between meals, so that I eat every 3 hours. More than that I get light headed and very irritable. I also have half a serving of carb with equal protein about an hour before bed. I limit my sugar to NO added sugar at all. The only sugar I get is from some fruits.
I do take supplements/vitamins (fish oil, vit b complex, multi vitamin, cinnamon, magnesium)

Nick1962 2013-06-11 17:33:39 -0500 Report

Ok, on the surface it sounds reasonable. Is your reading constantly around 176 or is that just a spike?
How are you calculating/counting your carbs? Is it strictly straight reading listed carbs for foods, or are you using a conversion or serving type method like Weight Watchers where you count total carbs, subtract proteins and such (basically 15 grams carbs = 1 “serving” carbs)?

Like Graylin states, some foods are just murder on some people’s numbers and you may have to do intensive testing to find out if that’s the case. Additionally, really look into those vitamins and supplements. The fish oiI I took was 15g carbs per pill which is one meal nearly. Also, look into your snacks. There is very little other than straight fish or meat that is truly “carb free”, and if you use the conversion method of counting carbs, there may not be enough to qualify as a “serving”, but still enough to add up quite significantly.

As I went through my diet, I found out that my carb counts were about 30% higher than I thought once I investigated further and added all the medications.

Again, like Graylin says, you may need some temporary medication if 176 is a constant number, but if that’s your number an hour after a meal, that’s not too bad.

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