Trying to understand BG numbers (I am new to this)

By Down$ea Latest Reply 2015-03-09 21:09:06 -0500
Started 2015-03-02 14:02:21 -0600

Got the bad news in Dec from doc A1C is 8.3 I didn't have a clue what that meant or what to do. Went to a few offered classes run by a dietician.Got a meter and started to monitor my blood sugar at various times.
Went from eating one meal a day and evening snacks (ice cream candy etc) to breakfast (usually a bowl of cereal, then evening meal watching carbs, then snacks such as popcorn, Popsicles, apples or oranges. That for me is a great step forward. My question/s are the numbers I get.
Get up in the morning and have numbers like 140 139, and 173 for example. Have breakfast then recheck about 2 hours later and get numbers 150 or 165.
One more thing, when doctor gave me the diagnose he put me on metafoman (SP) 1000 morning 1000 evening which I have been taking. I take the evening one just before bed.
Take a reading before dinner and get numbers like 178 then 2 hours later 115?? Had pizza
or pre dinner 114 post 166 (that one makes sense to me)
pre dinner 131 post 123?? later that evening had popcorn, cucumber, celery and later get 144??
post dinner number 166 snacks 2 Popsicle apple and plumb number went to 233
Hope someone can enlighten me, hope I can find my way back here for any feedback

8 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-03-03 14:06:12 -0600 Report

My guess is that you are not counting the carbs you are eating which is causing your blood sugar to run high. Popsicle are mainly sugar, water and flavoring. Oranges are also high in carbs. I eat small apples now and then.

You say you went to the class. In most classes they discuss carb counting and how to read labels. Call your doctor and find out how many carbs you should have per day or per meal. This can vary for each person because diabetes is not the same for everyone.

You should also ask your doctor to refer you to a registered dietitian who can help you plan meals and tell you what you can have for snacks. This means you will have to change your eating habits. Popsicle s and high carb fruits are not a good snack. Try nuts, peanut butter on crackers or celery, a cup of popcorn etc.

I downloaded a book that has the calories and carbs for all kinds of foods including beverages. You can go on You Tube and find all kinds of videos on how to read food labels and count carbs.

My doctor told me I could have 60 carbs per meal. I basically cut that in half and I use 15-30 carbs per snack. I cut out all white foods such as pasta, rice, bread and potatoes and switched to sweet potatoes. I have since added one small red potato. I also eat about a tablespoon of rice from time to time. I also now eat real cookies and cake but I also test to make sure I can have them.

The key is eating healthier foods and exercising. At night before bed try a protein snack such as nuts, a piece of leftover chicken or a boiled egg. This will prevent the liver from releasing carbs at night which can cause high numbers in the morning.

Once you change the foods you eat and eliminate as much prepared foods such as canned meats, frozen foods and lunch meats and sugary snacks, you should notice a change in your numbers. You have to find what works for you and test to find out what foods will spike your blood sugar. As a new diabetic it is good to measure and weigh food. Good luck to you.

lilleyheidi 2015-03-03 01:21:37 -0600 Report

It appears your blood glucose (sugar) numbers are running a bit on the high side, and i would be willing to bet it is due to the amount of carbohydrates you are eating. Popcorn and fruit, although better than candy and ice cream still has a lot of carbs in it. You really need to fill up on protein and fats and llimit your carbs. Most women eat between 35-40 grams of carbs per meal and around 15 grams per snack 2 snacks a day. But that is just an estimate you have to figure out what works best for you. Like Lou says just start reducing to where you figure what works best. Keep testing and best of health to you.

Type1Lou 2015-03-02 16:42:17 -0600 Report

Become totally carbohydrate aware. Many of the foods you mention have carbs: 1 cup of popped popcorn has 6 grams (are you limiting yourself to 1 cup?), apples can range from 21 grams for a small one to nearly 40 grams for a large one, one 3 inch diameter orange has 22 grams and cereal can have a ton of grams depending upon what kind. Read the labels for carb content and serving size. Determine how many carbs you eat per day and if your sugars are too high, reduce the carbs bit by bit until you get where you want to be.

Down$ea 2015-03-04 11:24:03 -0600 Report

Thanks to those who responded.
I have been trying to watch carbs as all you have suggested, I am sure I need more understanding before I get any good at it HOWEVER, I still do not understand my numbers.
Yesterday: pre breakfast i.e. fasting all night 123 normal I think, have a 45g breakfast, have 2 NA beers in the afternoon and was fairly busy all day moving around The NA's are about 20g each.Reading at 6:40 pm pre dinner 203! at 9:00PM 83! why??
Had an orange 15 grams and a snack 27 grams before bed
This morning pre breakfast 132, which for fasting fairly high

Mando_Lynn 2015-03-09 21:09:06 -0500 Report

Omg! My advice is to NEVER drink a carb! Two NA beers at 20 carbs each… 40 carbs just in liquid. That's likely more than many of us around here have in an entire meal. As for the big drop after dinner… Perhaps your meds aren't timed right to your meals? I'm not on meds and I don't know much about them, so that's just a totally uneducated guess.

Don't drink carbs or calories!!

Type1Lou 2015-03-04 11:45:25 -0600 Report

Keep a food log of everything you eat with the carb values. If your sugars run too high, you'll know you need to reduce the amount of carbohydrate grams. Because we are all different, the amount will vary by individual. It is all a balancing act involving not only what we eat but our body mass, metabolism, insulin sensitivity, degree of exercise as well as emotions and stress. My limit is no more than 120 grams of carb per day. Gary Scheiner, in his book "think Like a Pancreas" has a chart for target BG's. For "typical" contro (vs tighter or looser control) the HbA1c should be 6 to 7 %; Pre-meal targets should be 70 to 160 mg/dl or 3.9 to 8.9 mmol; one-hour post-meal target should be less than 180 mg/dl or 10.0 mmol. Unless the orange you ate was particularly small, the carb value you used seemed low. I've bought a digital nutrition scale that allows me to input a food code, weigh the item I'm eating and it gives me the nutritional values, including carbohydrates.

Type1Lou 2015-03-04 16:29:18 -0600 Report

Not really sure…but if it's a trend, keeping a log might help you and your medical team figure out what is happening. Might depend upon what you ate for lunch and when…also what your pre-dinner and post-dinner activity was, as well as what you ate at dinner…also when you take your meds…