my blood sugar has been running low..

By vrswesley Latest Reply 2014-02-05 23:56:08 -0600
Started 2014-02-02 16:36:43 -0600

to the point I keep having to cut my meds,… I m not losing weight as far as I know.. didnt even take any diabetes med this morning.. its still low for me.(high for a healthy person.) just dont understand. this.few weeks ago I was running high.. Im eating bad..lack of money…Ramon noodles arent at all good for me..but that what I can afford.and will last all month..on my food budget.

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Glucerna 2014-02-05 20:06:38 -0600 Report

I just received a copy of a publication mailed to diabetes educators, and one of the articles is "Addressing Food Insecurity in Diabetes Management." The authors state that more than 50 million households in the U.S. are food insecure, meaning they lack access to nutrient-dense, healthy foods. They also state that food insecurity increases the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. They mention all of the strategies folks have listed here and also encourage hospitals to partner with other commnity organizations to increase access to healthy foods as a way to improve overall community health. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-05 13:22:53 -0600 Report

If you are having a problem getting food, go to a food bank or start calling churches to find out if they have a food pantry. Today, a lot of churches have them but may only serve people in a specific zip code. You can type in churhces in you zip code to find them. Catholic Charities have offices in just about every major city, contact them and ask if there is somewhere you can go and get food. You do not have to be Catholic to get help from them. Go to Social Services and see if you qualify for food stamps. They usually can also tell you where in your area there is a food pantry of Food Bank. Contact, shelters in you area. They can more than likely tell you where to go for help. Never be afraid or have too much pride to ask because if you don't ask the longer you go without getting the help you need. Food kitchens will feed just about anyone needing a hot meal. You only have to ask. Some will probably give you left overs to take home or a bag of food.

GabbyPA 2014-02-04 15:32:53 -0600 Report

Being consistent is the best thing for you, and that seems like where you are struggling. Unless you are dropping below 70 I would not skip your meds, and if you are spiking over 180, you need to check on what you are eating.

Have you tried the meter from Walmart? It's only $9.00 for a pack of 50 test strips. I know when it's out of pocket it's hard, but you may want to invest in a few packets so you can test as much as you need. Once a day doesn't tell you anything really. You need to test before and after meals, even if it's for just a few weeks to learn what foods affect you.

vrswesley 2014-02-04 12:59:07 -0600 Report

its now going high again..blood sugar still going alover the map, doc knows, just scarey and wreid, have to ck often because of this..expensive.

how often do youall test? my doc only wants me to test once a day…right now I cant do that.

vrswesley 2014-02-03 17:51:57 -0600 Report

now tonight , my bs is headed up ..will take meds tonight..Im at 211.. been sitting at 125 for days.. if not lower., no change in my eating.. yes Im telling my doc… just telling you too. : )

Glucerna 2014-02-02 22:00:35 -0600 Report

Please call your physician and let her know about your blood sugar levels and that you're having trouble purchasing enough affordable food. She can help you manage your blood sugar levels and hopefully also give you some ideas for help with food. Do you use the local food shelf and food stamps? They can be a way to supplement your food budget. ~Lynn @Glucerna

vrswesley 2014-02-02 23:41:28 -0600 Report

the goverment keep cutting foodstamps..ill try to stay out of the politics of. it.. but Ive done nothing different, am disabiled , food prices have almost double and my food stamps have been cut in half! lovr to eat better, but its not possible.. food banks are hard to get to w/o a car.. plus give you almost nothing…I told her last week what my blood sugar was doing ..she siad wed talk about it at myy next appt in a couple weeks-Im frustrated w/her.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-05 13:29:45 -0600 Report

I get food stamps and I agree prices have doubled. Mine were cut by 20 bucks. I buy bulk and have food all month. I make pots of soups, and chili to freeze and fresh veggies to cook and freeze. Thankfully, I have never run out of food. If you can't afford the fresh veggies, Wal-Mart has the cheapes prices on frozen veggies which is the next best thing to fresh.

If you have access to the transit system you can use that to get to a food bank. Regardless of how much they give you, it is better than having nothing. I think the ones we have here do not care how often you come during the month.

When they cut your food stamps, you also get a letter saying you can have a hearing to justify needing all that you get, you could do that. I do hope you get help. Good luck to you.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-05 13:35:56 -0600 Report

Vr, send a letter to your Congressman. You don't want to get into politics but your congressman, even you state representaive can help you. Make the politician work for you. When I had a problem with Social Services, I wrote my congressman and took the letter to his local office and contacted my state representative. I no longer had a problem with Social Services. You have to use everything you have in an arsenal to get the help you need and you can't be shy about it. People will help if you ask. Grease a squeaky wheel and it stops squeaking.

Glucerna 2014-02-03 11:43:17 -0600 Report

I'm really sorry to hear about your situation. I'm sure you've looked into help from local churches, community centers and groups that assist people with disabilities. Keep advocating for yourself! ~Lynn @Glucerna

vrswesley 2014-02-05 23:56:08 -0600 Report

I do try and yes i get food stamps(they cut stamps in half as food prices doubled).. food banks around here only give you maybe a weeks worth, Ive looked around alot accually.. Im not much of a cook.. most of those sugjestions of cooking dont wotrk. for me..Im working at it.. but…this is major..and they just keep cutting…but transportation problems does make it difficult plus my grief/depression. I am trying to fix it.. and work it out but it would be nice if they didnt make you fight for everything.-gets tough.. im so tired most the time.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-05 13:32:23 -0600 Report

I agree Lynn. Our community just got a $30,000.00 grant to feed senior citizens. Many of the churches have food pantry's and will give food away on certain days of the week or month. You cannot sit home and not look for help. Often people with a disability can get help faster than those who don't have one.

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