Just got diagosed with type 2 diabetes

By Landa61 Latest Reply 2014-09-16 23:34:06 -0500
Started 2014-09-11 20:20:09 -0500

I really don't know the difference of Low Blood sugar and high blood sugar. My Dr. put me on an oral med which I just started taking on Tues 9-9-14. Can any one please tell me some basics of the difference of low and high blood sugars and what to do when I feel the symptoms? I have starting listening to my body. But when I feel dizzy or have an headache what should I eat to come back up or normal… I have only bought the diabetic cookbook. What I guess I forgot to ask my doctor about the rest… Can anyone coach me on this just for the basics I am asking. Thanks so much, novice… basically what to eat for the lows and highs…

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Grandmama16 2014-09-15 22:35:10 -0500 Report

I've replied on other questions but now I'm confused. I'm type 2. What difference would it make to test before meals since I'm not on insulin. I'm on 4, 500 mgs of Metformin a day, taking 2 in the afternoon. My BG ranges from about 105 to 135 in the morning to 150 to 250 at night trying to test at least 2 hrs after dinner. I can't seem to get BG numbers to be stable. I don't eat much usually during the day and try to keep dinner light too. Today was a bit different. My usual toast and coffee. Then we took our annual long ride to see the fall colors up in our mountains, had a coconut granola bar, then stopped and had 1/2 sloppy Joe which tasted homemade, not sweet, 1/4 cup deli potato salad, and shared chips with hubby back on the road. Then at home I made a Chinese type chicken salad with lettuce, tomato, cucs, a few beet slices, Swiss cheese, green olives, canned chicken and a little chow mein noodles and avocado. Have no idea how many carbs. Then left over popcorn to settle stomach from vinegar in dressing. I have Gerd. Rarely exercise due to fibromyalgia. That is my biggest problem trying to control my BG. I don't want to increase the Metformin. I take it, Cymbalta, 2 BP meds, pain med, Dexilant, Nuerontin, Ambien or sometimes Xanax, and Nuvigil which combats the sleepiness in the AM from Nuerontin for Nueropathy in hands mostly tho it helps with itchiness on ankles and feet I've had for years. Also a cream for that. I was taking larger amt of Nuerontin but had to reduce it. I'm 70 and Dx only 2 yrs ago. I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place. Almost forgot, I also have sleep apnea so use a CPAP. I hate it.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2014-09-16 20:51:00 -0500 Report

By testing before and after eating, say 2x ist after 1 hour and the 2nd time 2 hours after eating, you can see what the food you ate did to your BG, The sloppy joe, potato salad meal may have contained hidden carbs. 1 Tbsp of tomato paste (used in many tomato based sauces) has 3 grams of carbs. Salad dressing has about 1 1/2 grams of carbs per Tbsp.
Testing will also show if potatoes spike your BG, the do mine as well as many other people with diabetes, So does popcorn..sigh.
I know test strips are pricey. And finger pokes still make me flinch. But by testing I have cut out the cost of needing Diabetes meds, And the occasionally tingling in my toes when I ate the wrong foods is gone.

Grandmama16 2014-09-16 23:34:06 -0500 Report

What's odd is on a day like that I feel better and had a lower night time BG. 145. Today I didn't eat during the day, while fixing dinner ate 2 wafer cookies because I felt low. It was 108. Had a normal dinner and night was 205. So, to Landa I'd say that you will have a low and high probably different than I have. I think I'm weird but eating every couple of hours is best. You'll work it out. My picture is me yelling at me.

jbrennan 2014-09-14 05:32:31 -0500 Report

Low BS is 70, high is 140 watch your carb. intake. Your Dr. Can get you to classes to teach all about you should and shouldn't eat and do to take control of your Blood Sugar level.

Glucerna 2014-09-12 17:36:39 -0500 Report

To build on the excellent suggestions from PE, ask your doctor for a referral to a diabetes educator and dietitian who can help you understand diabetes and what you can do to manage it. There is also good information for people newly diagnosed here: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-... Take it one day at a time, and soon you'll be the one answering questions here. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Phoenix Eye
Phoenix Eye 2014-09-11 22:51:43 -0500 Report


I hope you got your glucose meter, tests strips and lancets already. Basically you want to stay between 80-120mg/DL. Anything too low might give you the shakes, nervousness, fatigue, headaches and intense sweating to name a few symptoms.

Anything lower than 140mg/DL does not damage your cells. That is the mark you want to be at. Your peak BS should be checked before each meal and 2 hours after. If you eat heavy fatty meats this could delay the absorption rate up to 4 hours.

On the low end you don't want to get below 70mg/DL. That or lower should tell you to eat or drink something. In an emergency you want something that will get into the bloodstream as fast as possible. So high GI items are OK. Generally you want to go with 15 carbs every 15 minutes. So check your BS levels after 15 minutes and if you are still too low take another 15 carbs. This could be sugar pills, candy or juice.

Now to avoid low blood sugar levels you need to eat regularly. Also you can't get rid of all carbs because then you will crash for sure. So try to eat meals 4-5 hours apart. In between have two snacks. One at brunch time and another before dinner. Eat one last snack ~ 3 hours before you sleep. This helps prevent low blood sugar levels during the longest period your body does not replenish itself with nutrients. Good Luck!