I need help.... my diabetes is outta control.

Donielle Werner
By Donielle Werner Latest Reply 2015-03-19 05:47:22 -0500
Started 2015-03-13 12:22:19 -0500

I was dx'D last year with type 1 but sad to say I did not take care of myself so I was dx'D with type 2 late last year. I started taking it serious when I started feeling 'funny' one day a couple of months ago and ended up in the ER with my bg at almost 1,000.

Now I need major help… I'm a really picky eater so I have no clue what to eat…right now I'm trying to make myself eat salad a few times a week, a egg day but I go out a lot and I'm not a fancy cook either… I need to know exactly what I can and can't eat… I have little to no support at home, I feel if I had a better support system, I'd do better… I generally exercise daily via water therapy for an hour a day and that's 5-6 days a week. ..

My A1C was 10.7 in januany *** and my bg's are still 260-450 each day aL L day long..

I go up by 2 units twice daily twice week per my dr… her and the dietIan are telling me that if I get up to 50 units twice a day they will start me on short acting insulin. And they are once again upping one of my meds

I am trying to lose weight and completely change my lifestyle But I feel like I can't do it alone.

I joined this group to hopefully educate myself but I fear I'm failing. I have a lot, I mean a lot alot, of medical issues that I deal with But have NO CLUE what to do about my uncontrolled diabetes. … please, i need to know what to do, what i can eat, anything you can think of, I am open. I am dumbfounded on where to go from here… PLEASE, I NEED HELP!!!

40 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-03-18 16:42:15 -0500 Report

Hi Donelle,

Just wanted to say hi and welcome you to Diabetic Connect. As you can see, you have a lot of support from a whole lot of new friends.

It's hard when your family isn't supportive. It may take some time for them to understand what's going on with you and what you need from them. But I hope you have some people in your life, family or friends, who can be there for you.

Education is power! Support is power! Stay in touch with your friends here on Diabetic Connect. You are not alone!

And take good care of yourself, my friend!


magser64 2015-03-16 19:19:49 -0500 Report

Hi Donielle I read your forum and dont be afraid Get a book called SAY NO TO DIABETES by PARTICK HOLFORD. it helped me great. You can eat as much protein as you can eg turkey chicken fish. You can eat carbs like green vegs spinach broccoli cabbage carrots. Cut out the cakes bikkies .ect. You can eat plenty of fibre. Oat bran is good as are oat cakes. You can eat blueberries they are good to take you blood sugar down. You can take cinnamon and chornium and hemp seeds. Porraige is great for breakfast but put in four whole almonds with it. Read the book and try not stress it is easy said but stress affects your blood sugar too. Good luck you will be fine

wojciech 2015-03-16 19:16:29 -0500 Report

Dont know how the American system of measurements work but im type to use 85 units twice daily use 1.2 victoza and metformin.i eat everything they say there is no such thing as diabetic food .I enjoy veg meat have the odd packet crisps or chocolate bar.buy sugar free drinks.eat sensibly not massive piles of food you know are full of sugar.i test pre breakfast then 2hrs after pre lunch then 2hrs after pre tea then 2 hrs after then pre bed.doing this if your reading is high next meal have something more friendly and healthy to your condition. My reading are around between 7 and 12.hope you can get sorted.

VNM 2015-03-16 11:22:10 -0500 Report

HI I think my problem is similar re diet/exercise - but the food component is most difficult for me. I'm recently diagnosed pre-diabetic and seriously looking into my diet/exercise. Lots of bad family history so its got my attention. Have the food recommendations from my doctor, but pretty limited. Trying to avoid all the added sugar in food and working out more. Know any good tools easy to use to avoid buying unwise added sugar in food products? Hoping to find something to apply across the board when shopping at grocery, or ordering in a restaurant.

little owl
little owl 2015-03-15 17:43:51 -0500 Report

Ok what's your a 1c at now and what are the meds that you are on right now?

little owl
little owl 2015-03-15 17:50:36 -0500 Report

Look at your foods that you are eating make sure write down every day every single detail of what you are eating that includes snacks as well.then go from there.just start slowly and breathe every things gonna be okay your family and friends are with you here and we will be here to see you through these hard times because we love you and we care…

lilleyheidi 2015-03-15 01:31:27 -0500 Report

Hi Doneille, Welcome to DC. Relax, you can do this.
The first thing as Gabby said is understanding your diagnosis, if you don't fully understand your diagnosis, ask your doctor to explain it to you so you do understand it.
As for diet, I recommend staying away from restaurants for a while, eating out until you get an understanding of what is okay to eat and what isn't okay is difficult at first. Shopping and cooking at home is a breeze. I shop at the permimeter of the store, around the outside. Stay away from processed foods, things that come in packages, and boxes. If you eat bread, limit it to one or two slices a day and stick with whole grain bread. (I don't eat any bread or grains it makes my blood sugar go high). Eat lots of low starch veggies that you can steam, or get frozen veggies taht you can microwave (those come in steamable bags and are easy) and buy meats that you can either broil or fry or bake. Pretty much any meats you like. You don't have to be a fancy cook, just toss some salt and pepper on the meats and cook them up. If you stick around this site you'll learn some cooking tips. You can eat cheeses, and some fruits, like berries are really good for you. No chips and cookies. It's a big change, but you can do it. If you have any questions, just give a shout here and anyone here will answer. Wishing you all the luck in the world. :)

GabbyPA 2015-03-14 09:24:44 -0500 Report

Take a deep breath. OK.....

I will start with a question. I am not understanding your diagnosis. To go from a type 1 to a type 2 is very odd. Could you clarify that a bit, as it makes a difference in some advice or suggestions.

I hear you on the numbers. I had the hardest time getting out of the 200's. Even on meds, insulin and with exercise. I thought my diet was pretty good, but once I decided to really take control and start writing down everything that went into my mouth and every thing I did (or didn't do) for exercise, I broke that barrier. I made the comment to my husband yesterday that I am so disappointed to see a 171 now, where before I would have been elated to see anything that didn't start with a 2.

Eating out is hard on diabetics, trust me. I keep trying to do it, but to find foods that are in our range is hard. I find if I am able to look up the nutritional values BEFORE I go, its much better. I can make good choices based on knowledge not just guessing. Knowledge is your best friend.

Your exercise routine sounds good, and maybe you can amp that up a little bit to get your body out of it's comfort zone. Even taking a short walk can help switch on the weight loss bulb.

Cooking simple is actually a good asset for you. Cooking a protein and a vegetable for your meal is all you need. Toss in a salad here and there and you are good to go. I get enough carbs without adding any grains or starchy foods to my plate so I now make a meal that has just the meat and veggies and sometimes I will drop in a fruit, You don't have to be a fancy cook to cook good food. The fancier it gets, I find the more sneak the calories and carbs can get.

Being here helped me a lot. I would come, ask my questions, get help and advice and just know that other people are going though the same things. It made it much easier and now I am here pretty much every day. I learn so much from everyone here. I hope what I share is helpful to others as well, but I never forget that I need help too. Every day.

Donielle Werner
Donielle Werner 2015-03-14 22:34:51 -0500 Report

To answer your question, I didn't know that wasn't norml. I just remember being told by my dr over the phone that I had diabetes… Then in August, I was hospitalized for chronic bronchitis and asthma and was told I was a type 2 now after all the blood work was done. I did change doctors in between times so maybe the first Dr misdiagnosed me? I wouldn't put it passed that one. Does this answer your question Gabby?

GabbyPA 2015-03-16 09:42:05 -0500 Report

Yes, misdiagnosis is common, but usually the other way around. You may want to ask your new doctor to do a C-peptide test to see if you are for sure type 1 or 2. Treatment between the two can be very different.

bellastar 2015-03-14 20:04:46 -0500 Report

Eating a protein and just a vegetable sounds incredibly boring:(

GabbyPA 2015-03-16 09:43:59 -0500 Report

OMG no. There are so many things you can make. I don't mean a can of green beans and baked chicken. I find all kinds of great recipes and as long as I am keeping an eye on the carb, fat and protein values, I'm happy as a clam.

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-03-13 18:26:58 -0500 Report

Ask your doctor about an insulin pump. When you eat you put carbs.and blood sugar in the pump and it gives insulin according to the sugar and carbs

Donielle Werner
Donielle Werner 2015-03-14 11:07:28 -0500 Report

That's a really good idea… I don't know how an insulin pump hooks up to a person…? I've heard of them but don't really know anything about them other than what you said… I will go and look them up. Thank you so much. -Donielle

YankeeLady 2015-03-13 15:41:46 -0500 Report

OK - dear - first ? don't panic and realize you have found a great amt of help right here — I have a lot of med issues also so I can relate and also I have been a type 2 diabetic for abt 12 yrs or more — I honestly don't remember when it started — duh ? so I suggest you just take your time on this site— print or write down the information and follow it and you will be surprised at the help that is here— good luck and God Bless — a lady in Va.

diabetesfree 2015-03-13 13:37:56 -0500 Report

You might want to check your local library. There are a number of excellent books available on dietary information for diabetics. If I had to sum-up what works for most people in 100 words or less: Avoid eating anything high in sugars and carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates are worse than complex carbohydrates, but will still raise your blood sugar. A diet rich in protein and fiber is a safe bet, as are most vegetables. Try to keep your overall caloric intake down to reasonable levels at which (at first, at least) you are actually losing weight. Drink plenty of water. Hope this helps.

JoleneAL 2015-03-13 12:47:15 -0500 Report

Is your doctor a specialist with diabetes and did he send you to education classes, that also included a dietitian?

Donielle Werner
Donielle Werner 2015-03-13 13:20:29 -0500 Report

Yes she is. I'm also being seen by a dietIan who specializes in diabetes next month and have signed up for the classes which are at the end of this month. Thanks for the reply.