Blood glucose, why so high ?

By Kaydoo Latest Reply 2015-08-18 19:32:25 -0500
Started 2014-03-10 04:15:34 -0500

I am envious of all your low blood glucose readings, I can't seem to get mine below 260 at all. I switch to Metformin 3 times a day today so I hope that helps. I was diagnosed last week, in your experiences , how long does it take to achieve better numbers ?

18 replies

Vhm 2015-08-18 19:32:25 -0500 Report

Take it slow. Don't bash yourself. Don't be sedentary: walk. Take meds as prescribed. And as others here said, diet is key. Reduce, reduce, reduce ALL types of carbs. Good luck.

Chopstix 2014-03-15 13:49:39 -0500 Report

It took me a while to learn after I was first diagnosed around 2005. I failed my DOT physical. My blood pressure was too high and my blood sugar, 243, was too high. My a1C was about 11 and I weighed 250. After having heart surgery last year, April, and weighing in at 210 I was put on insulin. Once I started healing properly my blood sugar readings started dropping and I was taken off insulin in August. I did or have had a couple of times when my readings were in the 60's and 70's. Even had reading of 35. Felt like I was about to pass out! The only thing I could do was just lay there until I could my wife to get me something. I think I can handle the highs a lot better than the lows. Now I pay even more attention to watching out for my lows. Early this week I felt one coming and was able to react in time. Be safe out there and listen your bodies…

sazajay 2014-03-13 10:30:08 -0500 Report

Eating at the same times everyday will help too and cutting out fatty foods and more exercise. If nothing helps see ur Dr.

Kaydoo 2014-03-12 16:38:47 -0500 Report

I am trying cut out all soda but still have some very very watered down cranberry juice I am freaking out for sugar because I really cut almost every bit of it out of my diet with the exception of the very watered-down cranberry juice
I am pretty active I'm a vet technician and I also have a horse so I horseback ride quite a bit and I consider cleaning the barn exercise
It's frustrating because I'm not overweight and never have been I guess it's just my bad luck I did like Coca-Cola a little too much though I will admit

Type1Lou 2014-03-12 12:52:57 -0500 Report

What you eat and how active you are (or are not) will play a significant role in controlling your BG's. For me, the most effective approach was reducing the number of carbs I was eating. My advice would be to determine how many carbs you are currently consuming and reduce them. I find that if I limit myself to 120 grams of total carbohydrate per day, I can maintain my weight at 120 lbs and have an acceptable A1c…last one was 6.7. You should see better BG results as you reduce your carb intake. Exercising helps increase your body's sensitivity to the insulin you naturally produce…so the more you exercise, the better your BG's should be. You can't rely just on the meds. Managing your diabetes well means making some significant life-style changes.

gvarner10 2014-03-11 10:54:05 -0500 Report

My doctor put me on oral meds and insulin to begin with, this was in May 2013. Was on the insulin for 4 months then came off. Now my oral meds have been cut in half. Just takes time. Stick with it and don't get down. You can do it.

rwilson08 2014-03-10 18:48:37 -0500 Report

I have had mine for three years and I wish I could see below 280. ): right now its 289.

jigsaw 2014-03-10 19:09:19 -0500 Report

rwilson08,I suspect very strongly that you can get your blood glucose within a normal healthy range! A major part of achieving success, is getting correct information from reliable sources. When possible, a good doctor, a registered dietician, and a diabetic educator, could make for a good beginning! Add to that determination and a belief in yourself, and it's a win win combination.

rwilson08 2014-03-10 19:10:56 -0500 Report

Yeah, I mean I eat healthy for most part, but it seems everything spikes me and Ive even lost 65 lbs

jigsaw 2014-03-10 19:34:13 -0500 Report

There are three major points in particular to consider. Diet is one of them, and even if you are eating healthy nutritious foods, you may have to modify what you eat, as a possibility. Exercise is also important, and assuming that you are exercising, then maybe a modification in that area would help. A third suggestion would fall into the area of medications. What medications if any are you taking? Have you discussed your high blood glucose with your doctor?

I'm not trying to be critical, just a few suggestions, in categories that work for the majority.

jigsaw 2014-03-11 08:19:57 -0500 Report

I'm sure you will find the answers you're looking for. You're are not alone. Diabetes can be tricky and confusing, but I assure you the answers can be found!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-10 08:00:04 -0500 Report

If you were diagnosed last week, your numbers are not going to get as low as some of ours in a week. It could take two weeks or two months. Depends on what you eat, how much you eat and how much you exercise. As a newbie, take a diabetes education class, meet with a nutritionist and an endocrinologist. Diabetes is not a one size fits all disease. Each person is different. There is no absolute answer to your question. Nothing is going to happen overnight. Communicate with your doctor. I only take medical advice from my medical team. Self educate and anything you are not sure of or do not understand you can ask here and also ask your doctor. We don't know your medical history and we are not doctors so your best medical advice should always be your doctor.

Getting numbers down takes patience and hard work. It gets easier as you move forward. Never be envious of other people, you will be the loser in the end. Mine was that high when I was diagnosed. Took me a month to get it down. Now I never go over 150 and with eating properly and walking, I stay between 90 and 125.

I changed everything I ate. I bake, broil or grill all meats, I don't eat any kind of frozen meals. I do not eat at fast food places. I eat either fresh or frozen veggies and I don't buy anything in a sauce. I also do not go out to eat at restaurants a lot because I can't control how the foods are eaten. I cut out everything white such as rice, potatoes, pasta, bread and other high starch foods. I measured and weighed everything, which helped me learn portion control. I didn't eat out for 2 months after I was diagnosed. I drank plain water or water with crystal light. Now I am able to eat just about anything I want.

A nutritionist can help you with meal plans. Start a food journal. List every food you eat with the amount and the carbs. Test at least two hours after you eat. This will help you determine what will cause your blood sugar to spike. Take your log book and your journal with you to the nutritionist and to the diabetes education class. Finally, learn to take a snack and a bottle of water with you when you leave your house. Snacks can be nuts, a piece of fruit, string cheese a container of low fat light yogurt. I also carry real candy with me for lows. If you don't feel right, light headed or dizzy or have a bad headache, test your blood sugar. You have to find out everything that works for you. What works for one person may not work at all for you. It is always going to be trial and error. Don't get upset about highs and lows. You can fix a low but highs take time to return to normal. As look as you keep a positive outlook you will be fine.

tabby9146 2014-03-10 07:47:57 -0500 Report

I am sure metformin will help you a lot, it is a really good medication. I was on it for a few months in the very beginning. It is one of the most commonly prescribed medications for lowering BG. It did not take me long, very very quickly it will vary with different people. I am sure others can tell you how long it took for them. Wishing you the best.

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