new to diabetes

By sheets Latest Reply 2014-10-14 17:32:11 -0500
Started 2014-10-14 08:52:55 -0500

hello,my a1c test was 6.6,i do have stage 4 copd and congestive heart failure,he put me on glimepiride an it made my suger level go up to 260,man i wa feeling really bad,so i checked online and it can interact with the lasix i take,so then he put me on metformin,which i seen i shouldnot take it with heart failure,i want to just try an watc what i eat an recheck,my lowest reading before breakfast is 102 after is 166,before dinner is 126 an after meal is 176..are these numbers really bad or are they something i should be on med,s for??

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sheets 2014-10-14 12:30:57 -0500 Report

thank you,jayabee52,i stopped taken the metformin a week ago,i,m not taken any med,s now and these are my reading,s..i just spoke with my gp nurse and we are going to retake and a1c test in 3 months,cause i advised her now i know what foods and drinks raise my suger level,s maybe diet will help,i cn,t do much exercise cause i,m on 6 lpm of oxygen 24/7 and have only 27% lung capacity left,but she said since i,m not taken any med,s my blood suger level needs to be under 140 at all times,any higher and i will start doing damage to my organ,s…from what i was reading it should be at wake up 70-130 and after dinner 180 or less,but she said thats only for people taken med,s and since i,m not it needs to be 140 or less,i,m new to this diabete disease only been diag..a month ago..thanks for all the help..

Glucerna 2014-10-14 17:32:11 -0500 Report

I'm glad that you're feeling confident about changing your food choices to manage diabetes. Many hospitals have diabetes education classes, or even a certified diabetes educator you can meet with to learn even more about diabetes and help you figure out which changes to make. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-10-14 14:30:42 -0500 Report

You are welcome sheets, and please call me James. I prefer that to my screen name.

I used to inject insulin twice a day, but due to an accidental drop of my vial on a tile floor I was temporarily without insulin. While waiting for resupply, I decided to try to keep my BG levels down by what I ate and avoided eating. I had success with that and decided to try an experiment. I eventually came up with a meal plan which avoided all grain products, including bread. After being on that for a bit, I managed to have "normal" (70 to 130 mg'dl) BG readings. My next A1c was 5.5, and within 5 mo dropped 65 lbs. I have continued this plan for 3+ yrs. I had been encouraged to write up this meal plan to share it with people. It is available upon your request. You sound like you may benefit from following it.

God's best to you


jayabee52 2014-10-14 11:43:07 -0500 Report

Howdy Sheets

Wow you got a lot going on medically!

There are many medications you could take other than Met. Perhaps you could even inject insulin to manage your BG (blood glucose) levels. You need to discuss a change in meds with your Dr (guessing a GP or PCP?) perhaps with all your medical challenges going on you might wish to look into consulting an Endochrinologist.

If Met is contraindicated for heart problems, why temp Murphy's law and stay on it still?

As far as your reported BG readings, 102 mg/dl is excellent. and 166 mg/dl 2 hrs after is very good. Before dinner reading of 166 mg/dl is pretty good whereas 176 mg/dl 2 hrs following dinner is below the 180 mg/dl target range.

So from the numbers you seem to be doing well. I expect that the meds you take are helping to keep your BG numbers as low as they are

God's best to you and yours


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