High blood sugars and controlling them with low carb diet

By jackie01570 Latest Reply 2018-04-10 15:17:45 -0500
Started 2018-04-10 04:10:43 -0500

I have been having high blood sugars since I had my shoulder surgery in March. I have been eating healthier but my sugars are out of control. My last A1c was 8.3 and I still need to bring it down a lot. Also is anyone on here on an insulin pump and if so which ones and are they good.

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Type1Lou 2018-04-10 10:47:06 -0500 Report

I started using an insulin pump in 2011, even though I was first dx'd with diabetes in 1976. I use an older Medtronic Minimed Paradigm Revel 523 pump. It has given me better diabetes control with greater flexibility and I use less overall insulin units than when I was on shots of Lantus and NovoLog. I've loved my Medtronic pump and have no issues with the support I've received from Medtronic. I'm excited about the new Medtronic 670G pump but, because the CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) associated with it has not yet been approved by Medicare, I have not sought to upgrade to the 670G. My last A1c was 6.2. I do eat a low-carb diet (allowing myself from 110 to 115 total carb grams per day) and also follow a regular exercise routine. The March/April 2018 issue of "Diabetes Forecast" has a great product comparison chart of pumps, CGM's, meters and other diabetes management tools that might help you. In order to effectively use an insulin pump, you will have to count the carbohydrate grams of all of the food that you eat since you must input that value for your "bolus" doses. If you have other questions about pump usage, please feel free to ask me.

jackie01570 2018-04-10 14:15:10 -0500 Report

what foods do you eat to keep your blood sugar down

Type1Lou 2018-04-10 15:17:45 -0500 Report

I eat a lot of salads for my meals. I've given up pasta and when I make spaghetti for my husband, he gets the pasta but the sauce goes over either french style green beans or spiralized zucchini on my plate for a much lower carb entree. Reading Dr Richard Bernstein's book, "Diabetes Solution" about 15 years ago opened my eyes to the role played by carbs in high blood glucose readings. It was a turning point for me and I began to track and count and reduce the carbohydrate grams in my diet as a result. By doing that, I achieved better BG's and got my A1c down into the 6's. Become carbohydrate aware by reading all food labels for carbohydrate content and serving size. For foods without labels, get yourself a good guide: Calorie King is a good one that comes in either book or app form. I also have a digital nutrition scale that allows me to input a food code, weigh the item I want to eat (e.g. an apple) and get the carb count for that apple. I usually have an apple with peanut butter every day for my lunch and, since apples vary greatly in size, this gives me a more accurate count rather than guessing. My breakfast is usually 30 grams of carb with lunch at between 38 and 40 grams and dinner, no more than 45 grams of carb.