By msann Latest Reply 2014-03-10 12:46:52 -0500
Started 2014-02-24 12:24:57 -0600

when to educator this morning got to get real tight about diet trying to get bsl down from 9.5 weight going down have to take a little more insulin but I am going to do it anyone else have high bsl and trying to get them down let me know have a great day!!!

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vivdg88 2014-03-10 12:46:52 -0500 Report

i have had high bsl 4 over a yr now. got myself in a bad depretion . feel n a lil better now. my bsl are still slightly high but go n down.

RaleighDave 2014-03-04 21:36:34 -0600 Report

Ms. Ann, I'm 51 and I don't want to stop doing the things I like. I have type 2 as well and I'm on the verge of taking insulin. My numbers run high and my A1C was 9 this last visit. So I'm doing everything I can not to eat what I'm not supposed to have. It's hard. I was raised on yeast rolls and they are probably the worst thing for you. My grandmother would sit them in the window to rise, and then we'd have this big bowl on the table with a towel over them. Forget the meal, give me the rolls. Well, now I eat a hot dog on a plate with no bun. Or take the family out to eat and I get the salad bar. It's hard but you can change things. You have to get your family to change. That's why we got diabetes to start with. Hang in there. And just know that there are many out there that are struggling with this "mental" disease. I say mental because I don't want to stick my finger every day. I want to continue to do the things I did when I was young. I know what I'm supposed to do but I steady fight it. I don't think my doctor realizes how psychological this disease is. Anyhow, keep educating yourself and try to tell yourself that there is payoff when you do the right things for yourself.

shorty1965 2014-03-04 06:41:47 -0600 Report

Don't be hard on you're self I have had those days also and we are not by ourselves it's very hard on everybody sometimes and as long as you have this you will have you're going to have some moments like these.
Keep tabs like a note book that one of the things that has help me a lot.

shorty1965 2014-03-04 06:26:32 -0600 Report

Hello I have been keeping a log book and writing things down and that has help me keep track of the foods that make my numbers go up.i also measure how many grams my food has in it when it comes to sugar and things like that.i can only have 3 oz of orange juice so I have 3 oz cups and I can only have no more then 5 oz of hot chocolate so now I measure out 5oz so I stay on track.
So just try things like that and that may help.

lanykins 2014-03-01 08:45:04 -0600 Report

I have low blood sugar problems. But I still must follow a strict diet and take 5 shots a day! All this to keep from passing out. Nothing seems fair, does it?

Lakeland 2014-02-26 21:19:03 -0600 Report

when I was diagnosed my sugar was 550. I went to diabetes classes & they did help. Here's somethings I learned. . . they rather have me eat Meal, snack, meal, snack. meal, snack. to keep my sugars more level. At first I took my blood sugars very often just for me to get a handle on what types of foods did what to my sugars.

So I did cut my carbs & I tried to choose carbs higher fiber (on the nutrition list fiber should be 4 or more) they told me higher fiber will make the body work harder to break up the fiber & so you stay more full & it won't spike your sugar.

we did a chart, Blood sugar, list of what I ate for Breakfast, then retest 2 hours later. I did that for lunch & dinner & they had a area for snacks & an area for exercise (a walk)

It was fun to see what types of foods spike my sugars. with breakfast I switched back to cooking eggs & light sausage links. I also Like the arnolds sandwich thins for my toast they are higher fiber & thin so there's no many calories in it. I also took my blood after a walk — I was amazed to see that I could drop my numbers by 40 points just by a walk.

My snack was things like carrots, Fruit really spiked my sugars so I don't eat fruit. I didn't realize how bad my breakfasts were before, cereal is a carb, then there's sugars, more carbs, milk, more carbs, toast, more carbs, juice , more carbs. So I had to start to cook, & eggs were quick & frozen sausage is quick to.

also my husband & I started to order in & splitting meals. I was also told to pick the carb first, so if I wanted dessert, no bread or pasta. If I wanted the bread or pasta, I'd try to pick higher fiber ones then skip dessert.

It's just about choices, it's not No & yes, try to find things you like with higher fiber & right down foods & your test numbers, you can make a little test study out of it & it's more fun.

Best wishes

Glucerna 2014-02-26 22:36:19 -0600 Report

Diane, I like the way you're having fun finding foods that help you manage diabetes plus the way you're looking at all of the choices you have. You have a really positive outlook! ~Lynn @Glucerna

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Foxylady - 32271 2014-02-25 20:06:22 -0600 Report

yes mine was 10.8 so hoping next time it will be a lot lower .we can do this if we help each other

Diane Dorfman
Diane Dorfman 2014-02-26 07:34:56 -0600 Report

I was a social drinker and pretty much gave that up, and that's when I noticed my numbers going down, cause the weight is about a pound a week coming off and for me that's what made the difference. Now I need to get my Lazy butt to working out!

Jackie375 2014-02-25 12:00:10 -0600 Report

With weight loss and watching your carb intake as well as taking your insulin you will get the bsl down. I am a type 2 but have lost enough weight along with watching my diet and a bit of exercise have brought my bsl down along ways. I can only encourage you to keep up the good work and you will get there.

Pynetree 2014-02-25 07:57:27 -0600 Report

msann … It is doable, getting BG into a better range. When I was first diagnosed my A1C was 17.? ! And the first year…I struggled to eat better, but my A1c hung up at 11.2 to 9.5. Before I started to lose weight ..not enough, just dropping slowly, like 10 lbs. a year.(Yes~ one year to lose 10 lbs!..I said slowly!!) But having made little healthy changes seemed to be doing it. I never drink OJ any more, eat only one big carb source at a meal …so, no garlic bread with spaghetti, no fries with a burger or sandwich roll. And I just got honest about portion sizes. My A1C has been in the 5.0 to 5.9 for over 10 years, except for a 4 mo. stay in a rehab/hospital…then it went to 7.0, and one year when I was very was 6.4, then 6.2.
So start making little healthy changes. Adopt a Healthy LifeStyle. Drink water, lose the soda/pop habit. Drink your coffee/tea without adding sugar or sweetner.
You know what your bad habits are..if YOU don't like them…YOU can change them! Wishing you Strength!

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Foxylady - 32271 2014-02-25 20:14:24 -0600 Report

Good advise, that my biggest downfall is carbs ,I love them but I think it because i try to cut down on everything to much ,and then I mess up and think ,what the use but. i hope this time i can change my way of thinking and finely make it

sherryleigh 2014-02-25 00:42:25 -0600 Report

I just got over high SUGAR levels from when I was in the hospital in May. Then I had an upper respitory infection for a couple of months, and that always takes longer to come back down this time was 8 months! Then it bounces up and down and finally it will drop down where it is supposed to be.
Don't be discouraged I know you can do it, you just have too be focused on yourself, eat right TAKE your meds and some exercise. Good luck to you ((HUGS))

sherryleigh 2014-02-25 00:37:12 -0600 Report

I just got over high SUGAR levels from when I was in the hospital in May. Then I had an upper respitory infection for a couple of months, and that always takes longer to come back down this time was 8 months! Then it bounces up and down and finally it will drop down where it is supposed to be.
Don't be discouraged I know you can do it, you just have too be focused on yourself, eat right TAKE your meds and some exercise. Good luck to you ((HUGS))

shorty1965 2014-02-24 22:24:54 -0600 Report

Hello how are you doing I'm trying to get mine down but mine is much higher then you'res I'm at11,3, but I have been doing very well so I have changed a it can happen when you work at it but it won't happen over night.

JaredLahti 2014-02-24 21:23:16 -0600 Report

My last two A1c tests have been 5.8 and 5.4. Since February of last year I have lost over 50 lbs. I had been in this weight range about 5 years ago and got lazy. I have learned a lot in the last couple of years. One of the most important things is that you can never get lazy with diabetes. I have days every once in awhile where I slip up, but my diet is pretty consistent. I eat a breakfast of cereal and greek yogurt. My lunch is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, cheese, fruit, fiber one bar (guilty pleasure) and diet soda. I eat a snack of carrots and another fruit between two to four. For dinner I have some variety, but it is usually centered around a large salad, some meat, a carb and another vegetable. I have found that if I keep it simple I struggle a lot less. Now granted I am also a marathoner so I tend to eat more carbs, but I try to eat as much fresh fruits and vegetables as possible. The last time I got lazy I was put on insulin, which is why I am sharing how I do things. I never want to go on insulin ever again. I think most of the Type 2 diabetics can avoid insulin by eating healthy and working out. I realize not everyone will agree with my diet, but I am a firm believer in enjoying what you eat or you will not stick to it.

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Foxylady - 32271 2014-02-25 20:26:45 -0600 Report

I know about the shots ,I was taking 4 to 6 a day depending on my sugar level but it was doing much good because my body won't take the insulin like it should .with the pump it goes in slower given it time to work better .the pump no fun i still got to chance it every 3 days but it not like getting stuck 4-6 times a day

GabbyPA 2014-02-24 20:58:19 -0600 Report

Take baby steps. Find one thing you want to change and work on that until it's a good habit. Then move on to the next. That is the way I find works best for me.

Ronp 2014-02-24 20:38:08 -0600 Report

Hang int there! Mine is 6.9 - I was at 5.2, but it did not last. More exercise helps. I can hardly wait for spring to be here so that I can get out of the house. I have a knee that needs replacing and that is limiting my activities and my sleep. My wife went through sleeve surgery and has lost over 70 lbs. I am jealous!!! I am told that it helps with the bs; but, I do not know if I have the same will and drive as my wife. I wish you well, God bless!

valeriebst 2014-02-24 20:22:16 -0600 Report

Let me suggest something that's working for me. Give yourself 30days. Cut out refined sugars, dairy , processed foods, and grains, all grains. Lots of veggies, small amount of fruit, protein such as eggs, beef, chicken, pork, nuts and seeds, good fats like coconut oil, olive oil, avocados. At the end of 30 days if you feel the need to add back in some of the removed things I would suggest trying gluten free grains. I have found that I don't miss nor want to add any of these things back in. Good luck.

rubytinker 2014-02-24 20:05:19 -0600 Report

I believe in following proven diets and for the most part do. That along with meds is bringing my bsl down where it needs to be. BUT I also believe in listening to my body. At times I absolutely crave a specific food - with me it's usually salad greens or red meat. When I crave it so intensely I go ahead and eat it figuring my body is telling me I am deficient in something I get from those foods. It has never hurt me and I have never failed to feel healthier when I eat what my body tells me to.

Laurene 2014-02-24 19:18:06 -0600 Report

I am a big pasta eater (lover) so what I do to curb that is make a big pot of pasta and then I freeze it in portions sizes in the Ziploc Snack Size baggies. In my pea brain it works for me. I only take out of the freezer one bag and cook some veggies and that is my meal. I never take more than 1 portion out at a time. It's great because I have a meal on the days I don't feel like cooking dinner.

Hops 2014-02-24 19:10:21 -0600 Report

It really helps when family and/or friends join us in our diet and exercise plans. I was diagnosed Type 1 in September of 1968. It helped me tremendously when family encouraged me to believe I could play soccer, ice hockey, basketball, and tennis. My sister and friends really enjoyed hiking and biking with me. The World Champion New York mets had a wonderful saying when they won the World Series in a worst to first turn around in the late '60s or early '70s that applies, "You gotta believe."

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Foxylady - 32271 2014-02-26 03:37:13 -0600 Report

wow that would be great but mine eat what they want

Hops 2014-02-26 06:54:31 -0600 Report

Try getting family members to make their dietary habit slightly healthier and note how they respond. Food choice is a personal right. Start by helping them understand the different ways we metabolize fresh fruit in contrast with fruit juice. For way too long food sellers told us to go ahead and eat whatever we want and if a health problem arises down the road don't worry let our doctors treat the condition at excessive cost too often with poor results.

kim5920 2014-02-24 18:10:58 -0600 Report

I have had high blod sugars for a couple years and my A1c is at 11 I take janumet and lantis pen she ups the pen almost every other time I visit. I am trying to keep it down but when it comes to food and some snacks I have no will power to limit it.

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Foxylady - 32271 2014-02-26 03:42:58 -0600 Report

I know what you mean ,but i did that now i got heart trouble ,my kidneys or stage 2 it was 3 ,my eye site is grown worse all the time it just keep changing .i get glasses and half the time can't see with them after a few month it a bad to think maybe one day you will end up blind

Laurene 2014-02-24 18:07:55 -0600 Report

That is ok and don't go back to smoking. It will get back to normal soon. I quit also and I am glad and my numbers went up also because I picked on food all day long so I would not smoke. I learned to keep my goodies in a place that was hard to get at and then I asked myself how bad I wanted a treat. I would take a deep breath through my nose and slowly blow it out my mouth and that would take the craving away. Deep breathing also helps with good blood pressure. By the way something in smoking thickens in the blood vessels or arteries just as bad as bad fats. Also look at your face real good and look at how much prettier your skin looks after quitting smoking. Another tip is the craving to smoke only last about 1 minute so you don't have to worry about what to do. Deep breath.

Glucerna 2014-02-24 19:00:25 -0600 Report

You've made wonderful changes Laurene, and I love your tips for avoiding eating when you're quitting smoking. Exercise is another good tool to both help get through the nicotine cravings and keep blood sugars under good control. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Laurene 2014-02-24 17:57:19 -0600 Report

Always keep trying. Don't let the bad days keep you down. I find for me what works the best is to write down everything down that I eat and the amount. I also write down my test results and the time and how long I exercise. It helps me to know how well I am doing and where I need to improve. When I take the time to write it down it seems to help me NOT lie to myself. It works great.

LarryZ 2014-02-24 16:07:33 -0600 Report

Mu sugar skyrocketed after I quit smoking. All my care team is doing now is getting me on insulin and raising it every couple of weeks. At the time I quit smoking my numbers were pretty good no higher than 170 now I can't get them below 200 and they're usually 300-400.

33suz 2014-02-24 15:40:26 -0600 Report

I used to have to adjust when and how late I ate, or my sugar was high in the morning. Hubby on the other hand could have a late night snack and be OK in the AM. Go figure! \U+128512

jayabee52 2014-02-24 16:19:47 -0600 Report

actually, Suz, what you wrote is not surprising to me as if you have a late night snack it keeps your Blood glucose (BG) levels from driopping to far when folks are sleeping, which prevents the liver from dumping its glycogen into the bloodstream. The best thing on which to snack at night is a combo of complex carbs paired with protein. example: two apple slices slathered with peanut butter.

Monte-mom 2014-02-24 15:34:32 -0600 Report

I highly recommend the free online site, After several years of using it in a limited way, I committed to really making it work for me about a year ago. I started tracking everything I eat and all of my exercise and it was not that difficult. After 6 months, my A1C went down to 6.3, I lost 20 pounds, my blood pressure was 122/70 and I was first able to reduce my Glyburide/Metformin dosage by half and as of last week, I have lost another 10 pounds and my doctor is cutting my medication to Metformin only. I am 66 years old and have had Type 2 Diabetes for 10 years and this has been the best result for me. I thought I had been eating healthy but the Nutrition Tracker made me realize that I wasn't eating as well as I thought. This may not apply to your situation, but if you are looking to get more control over your daily nutrition, this could be the way to go. At least give it a try - it can't hurt!

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Foxylady - 32271 2014-02-26 03:48:22 -0600 Report

Just keep a eye on your kidneys they had to take me off of Metformin my diabetes doctor said it hurt the kidneys they should of told me that 15 years a go maybe my kidneys would still work right

Diane Dorfman
Diane Dorfman 2014-02-24 22:04:39 -0600 Report

That's great! Where you on Insulin?

Monte-mom 2014-02-25 13:49:10 -0600 Report

The only time I had insulin was when I was in the hospital for 3 1/2 weeks almost 7 years ago. It has never been part of my daily regimen because I made dietary changes when my doctor said that insulin would be my next step.

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Diane Dorfman 2014-02-25 19:37:20 -0600 Report

Oh wow…Lucky you. I was in the hospital almost 3 years ago and thats when I was diagnosed with diabetes! The starting me on Insulin right away, and have been on since. I keep asking my Dr. if I can get off cause I also take 2 pills of Metformin a day and Victoza everyday. She keeps telling me that once your on Insulin they don't like to take you off.

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Foxylady - 32271 2014-02-26 03:53:08 -0600 Report

I have hear of people who do get off it .using they have change there eating habit and lost weight and get down to a normal size so there always hope

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glennco 2014-02-24 14:43:11 -0600 Report

Let me tell you that I had most of my pancreas removed several years ago. I became insulin dependent a short time after. In fact insulin wasn't even lowering my levels after a while. Injecting 2 to 3 times a day. So I could say that I was becoming immune to it with my levels always peaking into the 3 & 400 levels. So I decided to go on a health kick to see what would happen. I started exercising to lose weight and also cut out just about all sugar intake. After about 6 months I had lost near 40 lbs and was eating very healthy. Now today all my levels are normal and I no longer take insulin for the past 2 years even though I was diagnosed as type 1. Granted I still have the head of my pancreas (now it's not being over worked) which may be working good now just due to the fact that I keep eating well and exercising. So what I'm saying is diet and exercise can play a major role in controlling your numbers. My doctor calls me a diet diabetic, which he says if I don't keep doing what I'm doing that my numbers may shoot back up to where they use to be. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by cutting out all of your sugar intake and losing weight by exercising. See what happens, the worst thing is you will look and feel a lot better and you might just get your numbers to go way down like I did. I never expected to get off insulin because I was told I would always be insulin dependent being type 1. Well I started slow, just by walking and eating a lot of salads and gradually increased exercise every month. Yes I've been very lucky to get off insulin and maybe with some luck & hard work you can too. Change the way you live and you will change the way you feel !

funohboy 2014-02-24 14:40:04 -0600 Report

I've stopped eating beef and pork. I also watch my carbs. Remember that if you look at the carbs and subtract the grams of fiber from the total carbs, then divide that number by 5 it will tell you how many teaspoons of sugar you consume per serving. For example: Carbs are 25 and Fiber is 5 divide by 5 and you get 4 teaspoons of sugar per serving. 25-5/5 = 4

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Foxylady - 32271 2014-02-26 03:59:25 -0600 Report

as long as i been diabetic that 26 years i have never been told how to do this ,Thanks for sharing they just told me to low carb and left me on my own to learn

JaredLahti 2014-02-24 21:32:02 -0600 Report

How does not eating beef or pork help diabetes? I realize that not everybody likes eating those things, but to say that they are not healthy is dangerous. There are many cuts of beef that are extremely healthy, especially for diabetics. A 3oz serving has 12g fat and 23g of protein with 0 carbs. If you pair that with a half of a sweet potato, some zucchini, yellow squash and a salad you have a meal that has very few carbs and is full of protein without being extremely high in fat. I run with a group called Team Beef and one thing we do is try to give people all of the information. Where people need to be careful with beef and pork is your fattier cuts like rib eye. A good rule of thumb I learned from my dietician is to look for cuts with loin or round.

Debbiejf 2014-02-24 14:17:42 -0600 Report

hi msann :), if your a1c is 9.5 the only way to get your number down is to seriously get a grip on your diet. Mine has been as high as 13 and as low as 5.9.
Its been holding steady at 6.7—-6.9 for about a year now. My problem is what I eat and how much. I have been trying to live by this saying: Eat to live don't live to eat! I had given up bread completely when I got it down to 5.7-9, eating only protein (meat) and veggies. Then I was told to incorporate some carbs…big mistake :(. I love sandwiches and pasta…I have to be very careful with those.
I know how difficult it is to eat right with the cost of everything now but you have to pick and choose…I also have a voracious appetite so its hard to control my intake sometimes. Good luck!

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Foxylady - 32271 2014-02-26 04:09:54 -0600 Report

you sound a lot like me when it come to the carbs my dad before he died said they want me to give up everything i love then I'll died but i believe it moderation on all things when i do that i do OK but when i don't i mess up .so what you said i agree with

Debbiejf 2014-02-26 05:27:21 -0600 Report

Of course, the more the merrier :). There are a great many really nice and helpful people on this sight. Everyone is allowed to post comments, ask for help or give help if you can, you will learn more than you thought you might from this site, enjoy!

margokittycat 2014-02-24 14:16:29 -0600 Report

Yes, ever since last endo changed my insulin. Now I am seeing a new endo who had to change them thanks to Obama care not pay for what I was on. I need to loose some weight to due to gaining since last endo just kept increasing doses instead of listening to me.

Mu 2014-02-24 14:03:34 -0600 Report

I am not on insulin but am taking pills, I too was having high A1C BUT I started walking every morning(I'm up to 2 miles 6 days a week) and watching my diet. You can do this, It just takes dedication.

Jan8 2014-02-24 14:02:30 -0600 Report

can your doc put you on a sliding scale for highs? My AiC is 7.6 and my doc says that's as good as it's going to get for me. everyone's different. When my am blood glucose was high he increased my pm Levemir anywhere from 8-10 what ever worked . It worked.

jenugen 2014-02-24 13:44:20 -0600 Report

I was having a problem with my morning blood sugar. The doctor said sometimes the weather can affect it. Now I am trying garcinia cambogia and have done great with snacking! It seems to be helping with overall control.

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Foxylady - 32271 2014-02-24 13:14:55 -0600 Report

I got this insulin pump a couple weeks ago an mine doing some better but not my weight I am just not good at Carb counting

Type1Lou 2014-02-24 16:33:10 -0600 Report

You need to make a commitment to learn how to count your carbs to get the full benefit of the pump. If you don't correctly input the amount of carbs you are eating, you risk having either too much or too little insulin to handle those carbs. If you reduce your daily carb intake, you should see a reduction in weight…if you eat the same amount of carbs you've always eaten, the weight will stay on. It's your choice.

Debbiejf 2014-02-24 14:53:37 -0600 Report

Not to be rude but you HAVE to get better at counting carbs, its just laziness to say 'oh well, I don't know how so I won't bother to learn' your life is at stake here!

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