Type 2 diabetes

By VRELITE Latest Reply 2014-07-30 18:16:54 -0500
Started 2014-07-30 14:27:17 -0500

Dear all,

I am 42 and new to this group. I recently found out I am a type 2 diabetic. I have been managing fairly well with a good diet (vegetarian / no sugar/ very less carbs) and an exercise regimen. Below is my challenge. I am presenting at a compliance summit. The summit is for three days. I am the last speaker on the last day of the three days.

For the past few weeks, my energy levels take me to lows that I just want to sleep. More than my talk itself, i am nervous about my energy, my focus and my clarity of thought at that time of the evening (4:15 pm).

Anyone / all, may you please help me or advise me on what I should do to help me with my energy level?

Thanks in advance for your advise and time.


5 replies

Glucerna 2014-07-30 17:35:26 -0500 Report

In line with James' ideas, look more closely at when your energy levels right now are at a good level. Then back that up to when you last ate, and what you ate. Simulate that same timing and type of meal to prevent low energy levels at other times of the day. Also make sure you're well hydrated. Do you test your blood sugar levels when your energy is low to see if that might be involved? Meeting with a diabetes educator or registered dietitian will also help you figure out if food might be a factor, and what changes to make to improve your energy. ~Lynn @Glucerna

VRELITE 2014-07-30 18:16:54 -0500 Report

Thanks Lynn for your advise. I have an appointment on Aug 11th with the dietitian. Hopefully, I will have a better diet plan than what I have now, which will not dip me. Have a good rest of the day.

VRELITE 2014-07-30 16:54:27 -0500 Report

Thanks so much James for your advise. I will look for organic, no-sugar peanut butter. Do you think this will spike my sugar levels? I wish you well.

jayabee52 2014-07-30 17:14:00 -0500 Report

Howdy V
As it is mainly protein the peanut butter should not spike you, but instead give you a nice slow rise in BG (blood glucose) levels for a long time as of all the macronutrients protein takes the longest to digest. That is why it is useful for combatting liver dumps. You might want to do a BG test (with a baseline BG, and another 2 hrs [postpradial] after eating it) to see how it affects your particular metabolism.


jayabee52 2014-07-30 16:34:37 -0500 Report

Howdy V

Perhaps to avoid the lows you could consume a protein. For us omnivores it is no problem, but there are some veggie sources of protein like peanut butter (off the top of my head). When I was having liver dumps my Dr told me to eat some apple slices slathered with peanut butter. When I did that I didn't have the liver dumps, so I suspect the same thing would be applicable to energy levels as well.

I pray this is helpful