Reducing the numbers.......

JustATexan
By JustATexan Latest Reply 2013-03-15 16:37:09 -0500
Started 2009-03-31 11:04:52 -0500

I know this has probably been discussed hundreds of times about reducing the blood sugar numbers. My numbers have increased from the low 100s to now the high 300s. Doctor has increased medication but no matter how hard I try I can only get the blood sugar go below 270. Any advice or suggestions. This is getting frustrating.


16 replies

magaly
magaly 2009-04-16 12:44:52 -0500 Report

I was that way a couple of weeks ago. My doc increase my insulin and nothing. Then i went to my chiropractor he told me i needed to exercise and get into healthier food he recommended walking so i went and bought me a tread mill. then i change my white rice to brown and only once a week. I quit meats i only eat fish, seafoods and of course i'm not eating meat but i replce it with protiens and vitamins. you can go to your whole foods supermarket and you can get a lot of good stuff. also try getting rid of all your white flours to whole wheat and measure your amount of foods gradually reduce every day a little bit until you get to eat 3/4 cups of each thing even vegetables. I have done all this my blood sugars were 300 my a1c was 12 now i wake up my sugars are 88 after meals they are no higher then 130. try this and see if it works for you. most important is to exercise i know is hard because i don't like to exercise but now i'm used to it and when i miss aday i feel bad and get on the tread mill no matter how tired i am or lazy. once i'm on it i feel very energetic. if you need more help or have any questions you can write back.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2009-04-17 11:49:38 -0500 Report

Way to go, magaly. I'm so impressed that you went out the same day and bought a treadmill and got started. That is awesome. And thanks for sharing your advice about diet and portion sizes. That really is the key. So often we think we're only eating one serving, but when we measure it, we realize just how much we're really eating.

alwaystryin
alwaystryin 2009-04-01 12:24:25 -0500 Report

When my Wife re-committed herself to becoming healthier, and accepted her T1 at a new level, the results of our daily management tools as it related to Carbs and Exercise alone blew me away. These things along with a solid MED regiment as prescribed, manageable fasting numbers, and a grasp on her Carb to Insulin ratios, has proven to be, at this point in time, as successful as we can hope. But of course, every individual is different.

rbergman
rbergman 2009-03-31 11:43:28 -0500 Report

How about your diet? Do you follow any type of diet such as counting carbs? You can stay away from sugary snacks and junk food but carbs are sugar too. We learned how to count carbs back in February and it has made a world of difference. We saw a dietitian to get it down pat and we do pretty well. There are several discussions on here about counting carbs that can be helpful to you if you don't know how to do it. But, I would say more than likely its what you're eating that is keeping your numbers high, portion control and counting carbs can decrease your numbers.

2009-04-01 11:59:08 -0500 Report

Diabetes is a progressive disease so sometimes it doesn't matter if you stick to the strictest meal plan and exercise until you turn blue, things just move on as my doctor put it. I was able to control for 6 years with diet and exercise, now I am taking metformin and maybe some day I'll have to take insulin, noone knows for sure when and IF it will get worse through no fault of your own.

*Judy

kdroberts
kdroberts 2009-03-31 11:27:27 -0500 Report

What numbers are you talking about? Fasting? Pre-meal? If so, which one(s)? Post meal? If so, which one(s)? Bedtime? Random?

What medication are you taking and what doses?

What do you eat for typical meals?

What have you been diagnosed with? What tests have you had done recently? What were the results?

What's your exercise routine?

JustATexan
JustATexan 2009-03-31 11:41:27 -0500 Report

Metformin 500 mgs twice a day. Meals are from diabetic cookbooks given to me by a dietician friend. Type 2 Diabetes. A1C results were 7.9. Blood suger test in am and late pm are always around 270. Otherwise it runs about 380s during the day time. Currently walk about five hours a day. But it is a slow walk.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2009-03-31 11:57:11 -0500 Report

I would forget the diabetic cookbooks, usually they contain the opposite of what is good for a diabetic.

Have a read of these and see if you can make some changes.

http://loraldiabetes.blogspot.com/2006/11/whe...
http://loraldiabetes.blogspot.com/2006/10/tes...
http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

PAT L
PAT L 2009-03-31 21:58:34 -0500 Report

BACK ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO I STARTED ON THE PILLS, BUT WE FOUND THAT THEY DIDNT WORK FOR ME. SO THEY PUT ME ON NOVOLIN 8 HOUR TWICE A DAY AN 3 HOUR BEFORE MEALS, AN MY CONTROL DROPPED DOWN INTO THE CONTROL RANGE. AN NOW I STAY BETWEEN 90 AN 150, AS LONG AS I STAY OFF THE SUGAR ITEMS. I EAT A LOT OF CHICKEN AN TURKEY WITH LOT OF STEAMED GREENS. YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT EVERYTHING FOR WHAT SUGAR LEVEL THEY HAVE,, IF ITS OVER 30 I WILL NOT EAT OR DRINK THOSE ITEMS. SOME PEOPLE DO NOT DO WELL ON PILLS BUT DUE WELL ON INSULIN.. ASK YOUR DOC AN SEE WHAT THEY SAY.

MeiMei
MeiMei 2009-03-31 11:09:30 -0500 Report

What are you taking for diabetes? Insulin or pills? If you are taking insulin you could be having some insulin resistance, if pills you may need insulin as well. It all depends on your diet and what you are taking. You need to consult with your doctor again. Do you have a family practice, internist or an endocrinologist? If a family practice doctor you need to see someone with more specialized care in diabetes.

JustATexan
JustATexan 2009-03-31 11:15:16 -0500 Report

Thanks…
I take pills and have an internist. I feel that I have lost control.

Dalyla
Dalyla 2010-03-17 08:15:28 -0500 Report

I take pills and levimir shot and have been diabetic (type 2) since 1996, just 5 months ago I decided that I no longer wanted to be diabetic. I started out eating half portions and giving up pop and reducing caffeine to one cup a day.
I have lost 42 pounds. My A1C is just under 7 and my levels are dropping so that I went from Metformin 1000mg twice a day to 500mg once a day, Glipizide 5mg twice a day to 2.5 twice a day and Levimir 14 units pm if level over 100 and 16 units am same to 6 units pm only if over 100. It is definitely reversing. I added exercise class and now am in process of removing red meat from my diet. I am also hypertensive and that medication is drasticly decreasing also. Good luck and God bless.