Ideas to get sugar down

By lipsie Latest Reply 2009-03-26 18:30:24 -0500
Started 2009-03-06 01:53:20 -0600

My fiance being diagnoised about 2 months ago is not on medicine. His sugars usually run very well but have that sudden spike, quite high usually. I get nervous cuz he has no insilin, no meds, and wondered different ideas you may have to help get sugar down in that instance. I am not sure but is walking and drinking water true? And what other ideas are there cause we have those bad days for weather and walking is not a good choice always. Thanks Sheila

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jsd2005 2009-03-26 18:30:24 -0500 Report

Diet and exercise are key with this situation. Tell him to keep a blood sugar log and food log daily. This will give him an idea of what he is doing.

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2009-03-18 15:34:49 -0500 Report

Sheila, my son gets his blood sugars down by exercising, he is a skateboarder, and he swears by the exercising…Hope this helps…

Tina :)

lipsie 2009-03-19 02:33:32 -0500 Report

Yeah, I do believe that, I have noticed walking doing that for me, myself in the past…thank you! Sheila

lipsie 2009-03-12 12:36:25 -0500 Report

Well, first thanks for all your support and help. Sencond I am pleased to say he has signed up under a different account I think ty1234567890 or something like that lol to be on here too. I was hoping he would join too, but did not want to force it upon him and he's grown a interest watching me involved I guess. But I doubt he'll just ask the ?'s right off lol. Well, he's a new Diabetic…so we dunno the doctors plans yet. Ty goes this Friday to go a glucose test…so I imagine the doc is just not sure yet. We don't drive so yeah walking is a HUGE thing in our lives, more so for him cuz he runs more errands yanno. But I will for sure update, thanks…Sheila Thank you seriously, I REALLY appreciate it!

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-03-12 08:32:08 -0500 Report

Is he not on medicine because his MD feels he could control his diabetes with diet and exercise? If that is the case first he should consider seeing a dietitian to help him figure out a meal eating plan that includes some of the foods he likes to eat. And second WALKING, any speed slow. medium or fast. It doesn't matter how much but get moving. Park away from the store for a little more. He can bring it down eating healthy and walking and add more as he feels alot better. Keep us updated maybe we can throw in a few more suggestions…Debe

Ginetteb 2009-03-06 11:25:08 -0600 Report

I think your fiancé needs to see a doctor but any kind of exercise usually helps to bring the BS down. It's the only way I can think of for someone to bring the BS down without medecine.

GabbyPA 2009-03-06 07:42:09 -0600 Report

I was not on meds for over 9 months after I was diagnosed and what I did was watch VERY closely the carbs I was taking in. I started with numbers in the 300's and I got mine down to 150's. I am on meds now, and I don't see a huge differnce except that it does help me with spikes more.

It is not just sugar, it is bread, rice, cereal, fruit, milk, yogurt, corn, peas, and need to become very aware of where your carbs are hiding. The ADA website has a booklet you can order that will give you the carbs per servings on things that don't come with lables.

I limited myself drastically. I ate lots of salads and found low carb wraps to replace my bread for sandwiches. I avoided chips and ate celery or triscuits. I learned to balance my meals with fat, protein, and carbs at each meal. This helped avoid bad spikes.

If you eat a lot of processed foods (and I recommend that you get rid of them) But if you look at the lable, look for the carb count and look at the serving size. If you have a goal of about 50 carbs per meal, you have to pay attention to these things.
Also, read the ingredients. If it has any High furctose corn syrup, sugar, sucrulose, fructose, or hydroginated oils in the first 5 ingredents, put it back on the shelf and walk away. That is where this stuff sneaks in and makes it hard for non-medicated diabetics.

As for walking, it helps me a LOT. I walk inside the house on bad days. I try to make sure I do it about 3-5 days a week. I can tell the difference when I do my exercise. Sometimes though, it will make a spike happen, so if you are above 300, exercise is not recommended. Get the levels down first.

2009-03-06 05:12:41 -0600 Report

I only have one time mine went really high hours before the next insulin shot. I had eaten a hamburger with just the bun, meat and light mayo for lunch that day with unsweetened tea. I started a discussion, Stupid Question about BS, in newly diagnosed that I got some wonderful answers if you want to read it. (Just about everybody said it was the Bun that caused the problem.) I was freaking out because I couldn't understand what I did to cause it to shoot up like that. I checked around 2pm and it was around 500. I drank all the water I could hold, ate cottage cheese for dinner and mine came back down fast to under 100. (Of course I had an insulin shot at dinner.) Cottage cheese, water and vinegar all seem to make mine run low, too low at times for me, but you can't base that on me. My history is of lows, not highs. I hope he finds something that will help very soon! Take care, Angie

lipsie 2009-03-06 02:09:23 -0600 Report

He does have a sweet tooth but most of the time when its spiked he has not eatten anything to cause it, that I know of anyhow. Yeah, we could push the furniture around. Thanks for the ideas. Sheila

Judimar 2009-03-06 02:02:02 -0600 Report

Hi Shelia,

I am not certain what to do. I wish I knew more about getting sugar down without the adds of medications. I have read somewhere that sometimes exercise can cause BG to spike or to lower. Also do you (or him) happen to notice what he may have eaten or drank before the spike occurred. Is he feeling stressed at all prior to the spikes?

As far as what to do when it's raining and you can't exercise. Have you guys thought of either walking or jogging in place for however long you want to exercise. I am sure this sounds silly to you both but it is something you can do inside :) Also if you both like to dance, you could push the furniture aside and dance together.

Find something he (or both of you) enjoy doing and try that.

Take care!

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