Blood Sugar Control Help...

Mands_Zim
By Mands_Zim Latest Reply 2014-09-03 14:59:57 -0500
Started 2014-09-02 09:06:15 -0500

I have been diabetic for 27 years now and am struggling with my control. I exercise regularly and have a healthy diet but i have never been well controlled. I got married last year and we are wanting to start a family soon but i need to get my sugars better controlled before i can even think of this. I met with a specialist in South Africa who did all the checks and said my organs etc are all still in great condition etc which is fantastic news but i need to get these sugars better controlled! Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get blood sugar control on an even keel? I would appreciate any tips you might have!!


6 replies

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-09-02 18:38:03 -0500 Report

Howdy Mands
WELCOME to DC.

You write that you have "a healthy diet" yet you say "but i have never been well controlled".

There are a lot of ways "healthy diet" may be interpreted, and I ate what I considered a healthy diet before I was Dx'd with my T2 in 1995. I ate meat and potatoes and veggies, but I ate too much of those higher carbohydrate foods and I developed T2. Once I was Dx'd I relied on medication (metformin, and eventually, NPH insulin) to try to control my BG (blood glucose) levels with only moderate success.

However, once I figured out that I could manage my T2 with what I ate if I ate very carefully that is when my T2 became well controlled. I ate a low carb, high protein meal plan which pretty much avoids all breads and grain products. (I have written a meal plan that I use to manage my T2 and would send you the link to it if you'd be interested in looking)

I realize you are T1 and you need insulin injections. However If you are not getting the BG numbers you'd like to see by using insulin alone, perhaps a more fundamental approach may be necessary: the approach of managing more closely what you eat, especially your carbohydrate intake,

Carb intake is different than Calorie intake as you can have calories without carbs (or with only minimal carbs) example fats. Fats have calories but have no (or minimal) carbs. There are carbs which have lots of calories but little nutritional value. And as you plan to grow a baby inside of you, nutrition becomes extremely important throughout the pregnancy.

I would guess they have registered dieticians where you live in "AL, ZW" (Zimbabwe ?). I would encourage you to find one and get their counsel about your T1 as well as your upcoming pregnancy.

Praying success and God's blessings to you in your marriage as well as your entry into motherhood.

James

Mands_Zim
Mands_Zim 2014-09-03 09:36:50 -0500 Report

Many thanks James for your suggestions please send me the link as i have of late been trying to eat more protein and less carbs but find during the day is fine but at night if i have no carbs i tend to have sugar lows. But please send me the link, i am keen to have a go at that. Yes i live in Zimbabwe and there are dieticians but none who are 100% helpful in this matter (I have been to a couple and they said i ate to much but when we measured the food portions using a cup etc i was spot on, then they tried making me eat more fruit and i couldnt keep anything down, as the fruit was too sweet and we discovered i have a fruit intolerance!) :)

IronOre
IronOre 2014-09-02 12:16:32 -0500 Report

Well, "out of control" can be taken several ways
What do you mean by that ?

Mands_Zim
Mands_Zim 2014-09-03 09:38:13 -0500 Report

Out of control as in i have sugar readings which bounce all over the place, swinging from readings ranging about 9 - 13.8 before a meal and then after eating it goes about 2 units higher so between 10 - 15 sometimes 18 :( I want to get into a target range of between 5 and 8 but really struggling.

IronOre
IronOre 2014-09-03 10:22:28 -0500 Report

Something that has helped me even out my BS readings is the addition of protein to a meal, such as milk yogurt, or meat.
It also helps to associate yo carb intake with the amount of insulin that you take; it really is not hard to do that and you just need to find the right person to guide you in the right direction.