Question for type 2 diabetics

By mcourt2 Latest Reply 2010-09-02 07:16:14 -0500
Started 2009-09-22 16:48:12 -0500

I have a question…My doctor diagnosed me with diabetes, type 2, and yet my sugar never gets high…I actually run low. I was wondering, other than medication, and eating constantly, what is a good way to keep it high?

13 replies

Carolcatherine 2009-09-29 00:12:15 -0500 Report

I think the best course of action to do is get with your doctor and a nutrionist. Sounds like hypo-glycemia, and after awhile you won't feel the lows and you may have some problems. God Bless

Tree1974 2009-09-23 22:23:31 -0500 Report

Go get a second opinion on this :) I was diagnosed 2 years ago with type 2, with type two you are the boss on what happens in your body! eat right, check your sugars and get a second opinion.

pandalays 2009-09-23 13:09:33 -0500 Report

Hi,how often you checked your sugar?How low is your sugar cud be in your prediabetic stage where you get hypo.Any way keep watching your sugar level.Take care!

kdroberts 2009-09-23 12:49:32 -0500 Report

What's low? Under 60? Do you feel the low? Are you on medication? If so, what? When are you testing? There is probably a pretty simple explanation.

Sherry McGhee
Sherry McGhee 2009-09-23 13:48:52 -0500 Report

Some people are symptomatic below 80, others much lower. Did you know the more hypo episodes, the less able one is to feel them coming?

kdroberts 2009-09-23 13:51:27 -0500 Report

Yes. Some people can feel symptomatic around 200 at first but that wasn't the purpose of my questioning.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-09-23 12:31:50 -0500 Report

Strange that your sugars are running low if you were recently diagnosed with diabetes. Are you already on medication? If so, it sounds like your dosage may be too high.

If you're not on medication, then I have a hard time believing a diagnosis of diabetes. I think I'd get a second opinion, just to be sure.

Sherry McGhee
Sherry McGhee 2009-09-23 13:47:36 -0500 Report

Maybe exercise was involved? Not eating enough? Had the pleasure of sitting near a nutritionist last year and learned a lot.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-09-23 14:59:45 -0500 Report

Those are really good points. I understand how exercise or skipping a meal might lower blood sugar. But it seems very unlikely to me that a newly diagnosed type 2 would experience a true low blood sugar (meaning something lower than 70) if they are not on any kind of medication that is acting to help lower blood sugar.

Perhaps the most important question right now is kdroberts' question below: how low is your blood sugar?

If someone's blood sugar has been high for a very long time, they might feel like they're dropping "low" at 200.

tabby9146 2009-09-26 12:09:18 -0500 Report

How low? exercising can lower it. When i was first diagnosed, back in Nov. last year, I was diagnosed early, my A1C was 5.6 and I was 25 lbs, overweight. I immediately began to eat right all the time, and exercise 5 days a week. But I had already been used to regular exercise for a few months prior. So anyway, within about 3 weeks or so, I starting having occasional lows. I was eating plenty and when I exercised, I tried to eat before and after. I realized that as I continued to lose weight, I might not need the pills. I was put on Metformin 500 mgs. So I began taking "half" of that. And the situation improved. then as I lost more weight, I talked to my doctor who, after only 3 months, let me stop taking it. That was in Feb. I have been doing fine ever since.

salmanda 2009-09-26 12:55:50 -0500 Report

That's wonderful Tabby! You took charge of your health and have had wonderful results! That isn't easy..believe me, I know. :)

salmanda 2009-09-22 17:45:56 -0500 Report

What are your sugars running? You don't want them to be high. Carbs are the major blood sugar issue. If you eat properly, exercise, and keep your weight down, you will be well on your way to controlling your blood sugars. I strongly recommend a diabetes class for newly diagnosed people. They probably have one at your local hospital. Your doctor will know where they are held. I learned so much there. Good luck. There are many folks here and articles too that can help you…just ask! :-) Sal

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