Need encouragement

orange power
By orange power Latest Reply 2014-05-20 16:56:21 -0500
Started 2014-05-18 20:58:38 -0500

First post here - new to the community - so "hey"! I am "sort of" a new type II diabetic. I was diagnosed about 3 years ago but since that time, I've been able (and blessed) to be able to manage it with diet and exercise (no drugs) m. But I've now regressed. Latest A1C was 7.0, but my blood sugar levels have been really high the past two weeks. Here's my problem. Because my blood sugars have been high lately, I've been more tired lately; hence, no energy and no motivation to exercise. I've really been watching my carbs (or so I think) but I definitely need to be more discipled in that area too. Any advice for getting me kicked into high gear? Maybe I just need a really good pep talk. Appreciate it!

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Glucerna 2014-05-20 16:56:21 -0500 Report

James has some excellent suggestions. You're right that it's easy to get into a cycle where your blood sugar levels are high and your energy levels are low. Think about why higher energy levels are important to you; what do you enjoy doing when you're feeling good? When we are specific about why making a change is going to be helpful, often we're more likely to follow through with our goals and make those changes. It's also a good idea to check in with your doctor to figure out what's going on. Let us know what happens. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-05-18 21:17:44 -0500 Report

Howdy Orange
Sorry you qualify for this shindig but since you do, I'm glad you're here!

First of all your higher A1c levels and the Blood Glucose (BG) levels which causes the higher A1c percentages may well be attributed to higher carb loads on your metabolism. (What you say about watching them reminds me of an old joke I used to use. Yep I am watching my carbs. I see every one of them as they go in. *sardonic chuckle.) But seriously the problem could be a number of places. It COULD be a problem with the amount of carbs you may be eating per meal. Of course you need to discuss your carb intake with your Dr or the Registered Dietician (RD) or Clinical Diabetes Educator (CDE) to whom Dr sends you. But in general, the carb intake for a male should run from 45 to 60 grams of carbs. (the Dr, RD or CDE will do their thing and help you determine where on the continuum you should be.)

Those carbs should be "complex" carbs instead of simple carbs (more on that distinction momentarily). But to have a more satisfying meal, you would do well to eat protein. (I manage my T2D by a low carb/ high protein meal plan available on request).

I mentioned "simple" and "complex" carbs a moment ago. This could be another source of confusion.

Not all carbs are created equal. Simple carbs are carbs which have little nutritional value. Things like white sugar, white bread, white potatoes, cakes (no matter the color) and so forth, if not artificially "enriched" have little nutritional value, and IMHO is not worth eating.

Complex carbs are carbs with some serious nutrition attached. Non-starchy Veggies are an example: Broccoli, Cauliflower (something white we should eat) Kale, cabbage, Brussel sprouts and others are examples of complex carbs. Berry fruits like strawberries, blueberries, razzberries (red or black), ect are also good examples.

If you use complex carbs in the proper per meal amount with protein, I would bet (if I were a betting man - which I am not) that you'd see better BG levels soon and then your A1c would go down too.

That being said: Unfortunately sometimes T2D is progressive and no amount of meal planning could avoid the necessity of a pill or an injecton to manage your T2D. Sometimes one's pancreas just needs a rest and after some time (with your Dr's concurrence) you might be able to return to controlling your T2D with meal planning. Sometimes one has to remain on the medication for the remainder of one's natural born days.

I pray this is helpful to you

God's best to you and yours Orange

James Baker

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