By Greater52 Latest Reply 2014-06-02 17:15:47 -0500
Started 2014-05-31 14:51:04 -0500

I've been type 2 diabetes for the past 20 years and my glucose over the last 3-4 months has been in the 200 mg/dL range. I'm not sure what the problem is because I'm eating all the right things; fruits, some vegetables, healthy bread with grains and fiber. I am getting a little fat in my diet as well. Before this problem started my glucose would run between 80-130 mg/dL. So can one of your experts tell me what's going on with my system? I know it's not the meter, it's me and I don't like the way I feel after I eat my morning meal.

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Glucerna 2014-06-02 17:15:47 -0500 Report

This is a good time to check in with your physician. As James said, diabetes is a progressive illness and things change over time even when you've been consistent with food choices and exercise. It may be time for a different medication, and checking in with your physician is going to help you get back to BG 80-130 where you feel good. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Type1Lou 2014-06-02 07:48:30 -0500 Report

The sad truth is that, as we age, our metabolism usually slows down and we require less food to sustain ourselves. How many grams of carbs are you eating per day? Try cutting back on some of those carbs and see if it makes a difference…it should.

Greater52 2014-06-02 10:03:22 -0500 Report

For breakfast I'm getting around 36 mg of carbohydrate, for lunch, I'm only getting around 18 gm, and for dinner I'm getting around 30 mg. So I've cut back already on some of my carbs. So I'm eating about 84 mg of carbs. Is that too many carbs? Or should I cut back even more?

Type1Lou 2014-06-02 12:24:02 -0500 Report

There is no one right answer to this question. Individuals may react to the same foods differently. I have found that by limiting my carbs to no more than 120 total grams of carb per day, I am able to maintain my 120 pound weight and my last A1c was 6.8. Your carb consumption limit will depend on age, body size,sex, and activity. I am a 5'3" 64 year old moderately active female. I've just joined a health club and if I increase my level of exercise, I should increase my insulin sensitivity and be able to either increase my daily carbs or decrease the amount of medication I take to regulate my blood sugars. Many people here on DC find they can tolerate more daily carbs and others cannot consume as many as I do. By testing 2 hours after every meal, you may gain some insight about specific foods that you may need to avoid.

jayabee52 2014-06-02 10:17:06 -0500 Report

unfortunately going back and forth between units of measure (mg vs gm — carbs are usually expressed as Grams — or gm) is very confusing.

Actually your question is BEST addressed to a Dr or other diabetes educator like a Registered Dieticician (RD) or a Clinical Diabetes Educator (CDE).

However the too many or not enough question may be answered by your glucometer. Higher Blood Glucose (BG) numbers 2 hrs post meal = too many. Extra low BG numbers = too few.

jayabee52 2014-05-31 17:03:11 -0500 Report

Howdy Greater

Unfortunately there are no experts here, To get expert opinions, please consult your Dr.

Most of us here are fellow sufferers with diabetes, who have been trying to manage this disease with varying success.

I am wondering what has changed in your life the last 3 to 4 mo? Stress can raise one's Blood Glucose (BG) levels. Has anything stressful happened to you in that time frame? May I guess that you are managing your by what you are eating? The reason I guessed that is due to what you said: "I'm eating all the right things:. . . ."

If there is no stress that you know of, you may well need to speak with your Dr regarding this rise in your BG levels and perhaps it would be time to talk about Diabetes medications of some kind.

Unfortunately Diabetes is a progressive disease and it doesn't always stay the same.

God's best to you and yours

James Baker

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