How long does it take to get your bg down?

By mahjah Latest Reply 2014-07-06 22:44:47 -0500
Started 2014-06-02 18:45:53 -0500

Two years ago I got my bc under control with metformin and diet. It lasted several months then I fell off the wagon. Now I have committed but my sugars are higher. How long should it take? I test several times a day and have cut out sugar and starch. I have lost 10 lbs recently but need to lose a lot more.

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Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-08 00:39:09 -0500 Report

Congrats on the receint weight loss. I lost 22 lbs then came to a screeching halt. I can't seem to get the numbers going down any more. I hope you are able to kick start yours again. Best wishes for you and me.

Dark Sonja
Dark Sonja 2014-06-04 16:04:55 -0500 Report

It always scares me when people say they are cutting out sugar and starches. Our bodies need carbohydrates. If you are only cutting the 'bad' carbs that is fine. But do remember to include a moderate but consistent amount of 'good' carbs. This may include some starches like whole grains but they will have fiber to help keep them from acting like the 'bad' carbs. As the others suggested, a good meal plan (not a 'diet'), a good exercise plan and seeing a Doctor or specialist will see you through. Just don't get so overwhelmed trying for perfect that you burn out and quit trying. Keep doing your best and take one day at a time.

haoleboy 2014-06-04 16:35:25 -0500 Report

that's a bit misleading … sugar and 'starch' are by definition 'simple' (aka bad) carbohydrates.
I agree that if you need to eat grains to make sure they are whole grains (whole wheat does not necessarily mean whole grain, btw) but should be consumed in limited quantities and of course you need to monitor your bgl response to those foods … there are other ways to get fiber than whole grains .
The real benefit for glucose control comes from soluble fiber. No knock on insoluble as it 'keeps things moving', but worthwhile to check the amount of soluble in the foods you are eating.


Dark Sonja
Dark Sonja 2014-06-05 16:17:34 -0500 Report

That's what I meant…that a lot of people view starches and carbs as the same thing regardless of their source. Almost all plant foods (including fruits and vegetables) are carbs and you do not want to do without them. I said this MAY include whole grains, I didn't mean that most of your carbs should be.

haoleboy 2014-06-05 17:16:50 -0500 Report

gotcha ,,, but it is confusing isn't it?
When it comes right down to it you can eat anything you want as long as your bgl says with in your targeted range ,,, of course that's not taking in to account the nutritional value of what you eat

eatfish97 2014-06-04 15:09:33 -0500 Report

Hate to say it takes 1.5 hrs a day in the gym to keep mine down !

jigsaw 2014-06-05 08:33:01 -0500 Report

Looks like a good supply of catfish!

eatfish97 2014-06-05 09:00:04 -0500 Report

Ya I was pulling 200 lbs a Day out of Lake Norman till Duke Energy polluted it all these Power Plants are reckless, that one I caught on a jug (58 1/4 lb)

jigsaw 2014-06-05 16:36:28 -0500 Report

200 lbs! That should last for a meal or two. Seriously, that's great. Sounds like alot of fun and food.

As far as the Duke Pollution is concerned, it's probably just the tip of the iceberg. It's definitely a shame that these super giant companies and conglomerates will destroy anything for $, but that's entirely off the subject.

eatfish97 2014-06-05 17:48:21 -0500 Report

Yes lots of fun and lots of work I was doing it to servive whan I first moved here from FL so I was selling it thanks Ken

Glucerna 2014-06-03 16:43:47 -0500 Report

It's great that you're back to taking care of yourself. Changing your food choices, losing weight, and exercising daily will also help lower your blood sugar levels. This is also a good time to talk with your doctor to get her recommendations as well. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jigsaw 2014-06-03 10:23:16 -0500 Report

Just a few determining factors of the many, Amount of insulin resistance, amount and type of carbs consumed, amount and type of activity and exercise, how controlled your blood glucose is normally, and so on and so forth. There are many factors involved, but controlling ones blood glucose is really not as difficult as it appears.

Add a good healthy food plan to haoleboy's reply, and you should be well on your way to successful mgmt. See a good registered dietician, if you haven't already. I can assure you that most with diabetes, that successfully manage their blood glucose have done just that. Keep in mind that in many cases where blood glucose becomes difficult to control, the solution is often a matter of gathering quality information from reliable sources.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-03 10:15:19 -0500 Report

No one can answer that question. As Steve (haoleboy) said, it will take how ever long it takes. Diabetes is different for each person. You are going to have to stick with what ever is working for you. I think you should talk to a Registered Dietitian because when you cut out starch, your liver is going to produce carbs so the body can function properly. You will need a meal plan that will incorporate the proper balance of carbs into your diet. Each time you fall off the wagon you are going to have to start over and each time, your blood glucose could get even higher.

haoleboy 2014-06-02 20:04:05 -0500 Report

there is no way to answer that other than … it will take exactly how ever long it takes.
everyone is different. tightly (but safely) controlling your carb intake, loosing weight and exercising will get you there. you have to be persistent and not let yourself get side tracked.


Pegsy 2014-06-05 19:10:06 -0500 Report

I find that every bit as much as what I eat and getting exercise, stress and sleep have just as big of an effect on my glucose. All four of these things have to be managed well. During times of high stress and/or less sleep, my glucose soars no matter how much exercise i get or how controlled my diet is. Take all of these things into account and try not to worry about how long it will take, Your are making a change for life and if you don't see results in the time frame that you think you should, it will only increase your stress.

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