Feeling very hopeless, & frustrated with BS

By DulaxTrainer Latest Reply 2013-09-20 11:28:21 -0500
Started 2013-09-17 12:40:11 -0500

Feeling worthless. HELP!!

I went & saw my diabetic specialist today, & I just feel so lost with all my blood sugar readings, they go up & down and seems like they can't balance out.

Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas that can help me out?

Has anyone had the same feeling as I do? Or am I the only one that can't
seem to figure things out?

Tags: blood sugar

5 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-09-20 11:28:21 -0500 Report

The best way to gain control of your diabetes is to be consistent with your diet. This doesn't mean you eat a healthy meal and McDonalds or other fast food for the next three days.

You have to consistently eat your required amount of carbs. I asked my doctor for the recommended carbs for me and I eat the amount for all meals except snacks. I divide them into thirds for mid-morning, after lunch and after dinner. Most of the time I don't want a snack unless I am active.

Portion control is important. I usually eat more veggies and meats than carb laden foods and this keeps me on or below 100 on a normal day. If I know I am going to have to be out of my house for a long period, I usually eat a bit more carbs and this can keep me balanced.

You have to figure out what works for you. To do this start a journal of everything you eat for each meal with the carbs and the test results after you eat. This will also help you find out what spikes your blood sugar. If you can't figure out what to eat, talk to a nutritionist who can help you plan your meals.

Now is the time to buy fresh fruits and veggies. You can prepare them as you want them and freeze them. You can even make soups and casseroles with them and freeze them for the winter months. This way you will always have fresh veggies and fruits when they are not readily available.

Type1Lou 2013-09-18 15:07:24 -0500 Report

Thyroid disease is very common with diabetes. I've been on thyroid meds since the mid 1980's and was diagnosed Type 1 in 1976. What kind of diet do you follow? How many carbs do you eat. I've found that eliminating many dietary carbs and accurately counting all of the carbs I eat is the key for better controlling my blood sugars. I limit myself to 120 grams of carb per day. That doesn't mean my BG's are always what they should be . They go wonky every now and then, and sometimes, I'm at a loss to explain why. Stress and illness can be factors aaffecting BG's. My last A1c was 7.0…I want to get it back into the 6's. That means more exercise and REALLY watching the carbs I eat. Test your BG frequently and keep accurate BG records so you can discuss recurring problems with your doctor. Wishing you well!

DulaxTrainer 2013-09-18 14:31:11 -0500 Report

Here is my other issue with trying to control my BS … I also have Fibromyalgia, Hyperthyroidism (Hashomoto's Disease), Diabetes Type 1 1/2 ( Due to the fact they consider my age of when I was diagnosed with diabetes, and also the fact that I had donated half of my pancreas & kidney 14 yrs ago).

So because my body has so many issues going on, it's hard to control my BS, and I'm wondering if anyone else has multiple disorders and are trying to combat this disease as well.

Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I just feel like I'm at my wits end, and that diabetes is controlling me, instead of me being able to live life (Hope that makes sense).

*~* Thank You *~* Nick1962 & Cizzy21 For your input. I appreciate it more than you 2 will realize.

Nick1962 2013-09-18 10:43:16 -0500 Report

As a T2, I can tell you one of the biggest ways to maintain a decent BG is to maintain a consistent diet.
It is true that most diabetics can eat whatever they choose, but there are limits and repercussions. Additionally, it will take time for your body to respond once you do get into consistent diet also.
By “consistent diet” I mean one you’ll follow daily and only deviate from it occasionally. Yes, it’s a pain in the butt, and mind-numbingly boring at times, but it is the concession we have to make to the condition.

Start with breakfast and consume relatively the same amount of carbs and sugars each day for that meal. I’m not terribly active, so for me that means an orange and a handful of almonds will keep me under 100 mg/dl until a mid-morning snack, which is meant to be just enough to carry me until lunch. Again at lunch, pick a carb/sugar/protein level and stick with it. If a salad works for you, there’s tons of variations to keep it interesting, but don’t be switching off from a salad to a Big Mac and still expect your numbers to remain level. I think you get the picture.

Figure out what your individual needs are and eat accordingly. You can only do this through testing, and once you know what foods do what to you, you’ll find those that better suit your BG numbers. Most of us have a lifestyle routine – get up, go to work/school, come home, exercise, and so on daily, and your diet should do the same.

I eat roughly the same thing Monday-Friday, at the same times. Weekends I deviate because my activity level increases. Yes, it’s boring, but I can guess within 10 points what my numbers are at any point during the day. It took about 8 months for my body to fall into a “rhythm”, but once it did, the times I did overeat (or drink) had far less damaging effect on my numbers.

Just my 2 cents.

cizzy21 2013-09-18 01:05:03 -0500 Report

I can definitely relate to what you're going through. I'm a brittle diabetic, so my blood sugars are up and down every day! I adjust my insulin, get a little more exercise, but still the same problems every day. My blood sugar ranges between in the 30's up to the 300's. Extremely hard to manage!!! The only suggestions I have are to keep a close check on your blood sugars, see your doctor regularly, and try to stay positive. There is only so much we can do to control our diabetes. I know I'm doing the best I can, and I"m sure you are too, but diabetes has a mind of its' own! Best of luck to you! You're not alone!

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