high blood sugar

By bulldawg Latest Reply 2012-10-13 15:55:46 -0500
Started 2008-07-07 04:32:26 -0500

hi everyone,i'm new to this,but i'm hoping i can find some help before it's to late.i have type1 and it's out of control.my bs is always 300-550.i always feel bad and tired.i'm really trying to get my self under control,i'm only 31 and i want to enjoy life,any comments would help.

38 replies

JSJB 2012-10-13 15:55:46 -0500 Report

Hey bulldawg, it takes work but you can do it. Exercise and diet. My highest was 250 and that was a year ago. Today it ranges from 77 to 112. I had to experimnet with foods. Remember, everyone is different and what spikes you BG wont spike mine. Also, my carb intake now is 124 + but not to much higher. I used to be 60 grms a day and my BG was 150 to 185. So, testing and trying different things helps. Keep a diary of your diet and use the log on this site to record your BG. You'll be ok but just do not give up. Good Luck

msbadgirl 2011-10-14 13:25:27 -0500 Report

Hey Bulldawg.. As a type 2 diabetic, I get the symptoms your having. If blood sugar is uncontrolled & running high, the symptoms you have go hand and hand. When blood sugar levels are elevated, the body works harder to cycle sugar out through increased urination and bowel movements, this can result in the diarrhea and dehydration and exhaustion. (Got hospitalized twice from it.) Do you test your blood sugar & take medicines (including any insulin) as you're supposed too? I ask this straight out not to be rude, but to make clear a point that if you aren't…you won't get better…only worse. I speak from experience because I can openly admit I'm a bad diabetic when it has come to my taking my medication & testing my blood sugar. Up until recently..I functioned with daily blood sugar levels between 300-500+. I never thought I would be diabetic though my mom & aunt were…never had problems til my 30's. I was diagnosed in 2008 at 33, took my meds irregularly…skipped testing…and skipped insulin. I was in denial and resented my condition. When my mom passed away in September from long term complications of diabetes…it was my wake up call. I'm not perfect…but I have accepted I am a diabetic and it's in my hands how I want to deal with it. This disease is a PITA but I've made the decision to control it & not let it control me. In the last 2 weeks I've gone from 400 to 200 avg blood sugar levels. Yesterday…I got down to 174. If I can do it…you can do it. My advice is this…it's ok to stumble..so long as you get back up and keep at it.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-10-14 13:07:42 -0500 Report

Hi Bulldawg: No one wants to feel bad and tierd all the time. Your right, your BS is out of control. It's never to late to change your eating habits and from the sounds of it you need to start now. My suggestion is that you go to "recioes" and "21 day guide" here on this site. There on the discussion page to the left at the top. There are wonderful recipes of all types in all catagories. This will get you started and maybe one day you can contribute too. Good Luck…
Valentine Lady

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-13 21:41:59 -0500 Report

Welcome bulldawg! I'm new too this also and i can tell you that i have had nothing but positive feedback on this site, it's wonderful. I've known for a year and was taking pills but was not following any diet plan or anything, DENIAL! So i consider myself "new" cuz i'm finally owning up. Don't get discourged we are all iin this together! Good Luck and God Bless

redcamel 2011-09-08 23:33:16 -0500 Report

Hi bulldawg. Odd name for a pretty face. Anyway all I can tell you is I am Type2. I dont drink any carbonated drinks or eat candy. No fruit juices either. I stay away from fast food and only eat it 2 or 3 times a month. The items I listed seem to help.
Good luck I know you will get better.

rml19714 2011-09-08 17:29:13 -0500 Report

Hi there! Welcome! I too am in the same boat where my blood sugars are out of control. I am on an insulin pump and I still get readings in the 500's sometimes. I could see if I ate something I wasn't supposed to but even if I get a bit stressed out my #'s go up. I have started meditating on a daily basis and it really seems to help a lot! I have a great relationship with my Dr. and that helps too. Also all of the tips I receive from reading other's stories here helps a lot too. Everyone has reaaly good advise!

bleonard13 2011-09-08 12:27:59 -0500 Report

welcome its hard when u just find out about everything new u have to take care of just read what others tell u and figuring out a mixture between diet and exercise and u will be well on your way to positive readings that u are comfortable with Good luck and God bless will be praying for u.

Rick489 2011-09-08 12:15:35 -0500 Report

Welcome I was just told I had diabetes a couple of weeks ago too. Best advise I got was to read everything you can there is alot of great people to lean on here. Diet and exercise seem to be the common adivce. Will power and confidence in your self helped me get over my fear. Talk to some one who listens also helps too. Make sure to ask questions to your doctor I keep a small note book handy. Don't forget every body is different so find the things that help you out best, and keep the faith in your self.

LadyKDC 2011-09-08 11:28:57 -0500 Report

Welcome, I am a fairly new with the DC community however you are off to a great start. Having a team of indiviuals in your corner is awesome. Baby steps is how I am handling my progress. I can control the diabeties with my diet, so I have a weekly challenge to loose 2lbs per week. My doctor has given me a goal for 1 lb a week for 1 year. So, I am on my way and I welcome you to join me and we can do this together. Cutting out so many foods all at once seems crazy, but with a buddy system in place, I would be happy to be your buddy. So, remember baby steps and I am here to help :-) just let me know!

Shah49 2011-09-08 11:14:22 -0500 Report

In the last twelve or so years of my diabetes, the only overpowering factor that I have experienced is your diet management and adopting corresponding eating habits which has been difficult for me but if (and I hope )you can do that, you shall be wanting to have regular morning walks and desire to exercise and hence a desire for life. Honestly speaking, diabetes brings about a new color of life hitherto undiscovered. As you fight and subdue it, the confidence of victory comes back to you coupled with a sense of gratitude to Almighty God, which is just great. I would implore you to get up and out and start fighting it. Now you are siding with life and remember, diet and exorcise are more important than medicines. God help and bless you!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-08 10:35:27 -0500 Report

Wow! Yours is higher than mine! I know, wipe the smile off my face! Seriously, welcome to DC. With 26 replies, I am confident that you have received a bundle of good info. Here is my condensed version. Stop all sodas and sweet drinks. Limit your carb servings to 3 per meal (that is 15 grams = 1 carb serving.) Start some regular exercise program. Fast walking is a good start. Finally, this is not the end of life. It may be the end of your life as you knew it, but your new life will be pretty dang good once you make the adjustments. Best to you, Jim

RAINDANCER1950 2011-09-08 07:45:30 -0500 Report

hello friend , you have taken the first step ,on the road to living well , with your condition !
you want to be healthier ! and with dedication…it can happen !
you didnt say if you are on meds. and have seen a dr. or if your type 1 or 2…but , knowing your reading hints that you have seen someone !!
if you have not told your doctor ,you are struggling getting control …call at once ! if you do not have a doctor…your local county health dept. offers help with diabetes…and it is based ,in most cases ,on income , as to what you'll pay !
they also offer classes in dealing with diabetes…medications…food…diets…problems related to being diabetic…help with costs of treating your condition.
i urge you , to seek help today ! everyday , your sugars are so high…this condition attacks your body…uncontroled diabetes , causes your body as a whole , serious problems, to name a few…diminished eye sight , to total vision loss…circulation problems…heart , kidney , vein , nerves…and other issues can expect to be attacked…over time, you can expect problem s with kidney failure…and for most people , the greatest fear…loss of limbs…brought on by uncontroled diabetes !
NOW !!!having giving you the doom and glooms…related to your condition …have hope !today we can live a healthy and productive life , and live much longer , with modern meds. and simple rules !
SO ,
FIRST SEE YOUR DOCTOR..OR GO TO YOUR HEALTH DEPT.be sure to carry your b/g reading log , list of complaints and medications and health history.
#2 attend a diabetic class…they are free, and will make living with our condition ,so much easier !
#3 you will be given answers related to dieting with your condition…and no , you do not have to eat like a rabbit !
#4 enlist the aid of family and friends …asking for their support…in helping you stay on your game plan.
#5 have a positive outlook !life does go on…and is beautiful !



Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-14 12:47:33 -0500 Report

So glad i was reading thru these, i didn't know the health dept had classes for education and support! I'm so calling today that would be such a help! The more you know the better off you are!!!! Thanks RAINDANCER1950

Kathae 2011-09-08 00:02:38 -0500 Report

Hey, I have type 2 and on insulin, I panic when my BS gets to 280 sometimes, mine is mostly because I have a hard time eating. At least I am glad to hear I am not going to die yet.
All kidding aside, exercise and weight control are really really important with this disease, and eating right things of course. I was never a junk food eater, but I wasn't much of a veggie or fruit eater either and certainly not fish. I have had to change my diet drastically, so it is difficult because you often find your self craving the things that aren't really all that good for you. Good luck

MEGriff1950 2011-09-08 01:05:33 -0500 Report

Kathea, Eating 3 meals a day and leveling out my carbs got me off of 40 units of insulin a day. I have been insulin free for over a month now. You should panic with BS of 280. Diabetes education classes are mentioned on this site often for a reason. They help you to understand how and why foods affect your BS. I am so grateful that I attended one even though I thought I knew it all. My doctor highly approves of me drinking Glucerna shakes for lunch, they are designed to help even out your carbs.

NavyNerd 2011-09-07 23:47:48 -0500 Report

Check with the local social services about local free/low cost clinics. My mom used to work as a diabetes educator/counselor for a clinic like that, and they took patients on a sliding scale. She did one on one consults, set up classes, all kinds of stuff. Also the American Diabetes Association website has tons of info, and links to help, and even recipes and stuff. Check also with community centers for free classes.

Mine is Type 2, but I was having the same issues.. I had to change insulins to get it under control (the standards didn't do it for me.). I took a couple classes, have my mom on speed dial, do teh diets, but it was the insulin thathelped me to go from an average of over 400 to an average of 150.

Kathae 2011-09-08 00:05:55 -0500 Report

I know this is a really stupid question, bujt some things I am just not getting. If I am not processing insulin correctly, why are they giving me more insulin? My BS levels were better when I wasn't taking insulin.

redcamel 2011-09-08 23:43:06 -0500 Report

I asked my doc the same EXACT question. Also note that I have plenty of insulin but am not using it well (Insulin resistance) Weird answer to the extra insulin question More insulin actually does work not a overdose but just enough. Also they can measure the amount you make in your body. People that have type 2 can go for years on oral meds then they stop working. Guess what they give you after the pills stop working. Yup you guessed it insulin.

Kathae 2011-09-08 23:51:02 -0500 Report

I got put on insulin because I was allergic to all the pills. They are all the same class of drugs and the one thing that is noted in all of them is nausea. Boy did I get nauseous. It lasted about four days longer than I was taking the pills. My doctor tried me on about four different types of pills, and I finally said I couldn't take it anymore. She sent me to the endocrinologist and the first couple of days the insulin worked great then after that boom. I am allowed to increase the dosage by 2mg every two days, but I am not sure what is enough.
Apparently I am processing sugar through my liver. I don't have a gallbladder so I have to be careful about the fats I eat. Cheese is supposed to be one of the things I can eat, but it doesn't process well through the liver.
If there is ever a warning about what pills will do to you, I will get it. If I had all the money I have wasted on pills, I would be rich.

Debbiejf 2011-09-08 16:03:18 -0500 Report

Hi Kathae :), first know there are no stupid questions!! Here or anywhere, but to get the right answers you have to talk to your doctor plain and simple.

Jan8 2011-09-08 10:16:38 -0500 Report

I felt the same way so you are not alone. You don't say if you are type1 or 2. I thought I was doing well off insulin until my blood tests revealed my pancreas had stopped working. It takes awhile to get the hang of your body and how it reacts to insulin. i can eat the same foods each day for breakfast and can get an 11am BS anywhere from 43 to 189 so go figure! The best thing is to speak with your doc.

Kathae 2011-09-08 22:14:18 -0500 Report

Thanks, I am doing the same thing with my BS. I finally figured out I am allergic to wheat, I was as a child but forgot all about it until I had to start eating wheat bread, wheat everything. I started eating gluten free today, so will se what happens. I also found this mayonnaise that is caled veggenaise, it has no chol., no sodium, no carbs, and no sugars and it is every bit as good as mayonnaise. It is also practically fat free.
I go back to the endocrinologist in three months, but I have another diabetes class in November, so I will discuss these things.

Jan8 2011-09-09 08:38:28 -0500 Report

Thanks for the tips kathae ! I need to get off gluten also. I know the diabetes classes are well worth it. Usually you get lots of tips from them. One I got from my nurse practitioner is to eat at least 2 dannon greek yogurts/day esp with salads.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-07 22:07:27 -0500 Report

Three sources I can think of that might be able to get you help with your medical in the US is The Department of Social and Health Services, your County Department of Health, here in WA state there is also community action centers. Also in WA there are the Chas Clinics, many states have these they are aimed at lower income people with medical needs and charge according to your ability to pay. Talk to people from these or similar state and county agencies often someone can point you in a direction where you can find help.
You can go to the AmericanDiabetesAssociation.com and learn a lot there and might also find out where to get help in your area.
Take care and God bless you,

preacherman1611 2008-07-08 14:42:12 -0500 Report

My sugar level started out in the mid 300s and I'm excited to say that six weeks later, I'm testing in the mid 100s. I've been averaging around 150 for the past 1 1/2 weeks. The main thing that I am doing is cutting down on the carbs, taking vitamins and using a little apple cider vinegar in my cranberry juice in the morning. It takes a little getting use to, but my goal is to be getting readings around 100 in the next couple of months. Hang in there and if I can be of any help don't be afraid to ask.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-14 12:52:45 -0500 Report

i heard that apple cider vinegar is really good for you on many levels. I wish i could do that! I can barely stand the smell! Bummer! But good luck to you! God Bless

Babs341 2008-07-07 16:36:59 -0500 Report

Hello there :)

And Welecome. Without trying to get into your personal info to much. For being type 1 & everything that you have to do to keep healthy - We all know how hard it can be when you do have the right tools, doctors, etc. Not having any insurance can make getting the simplest of medical care so hard.

Have you tried contacting the local Social Security Office? State & local help may be able to help you w/ alot of your medical visits, meds, etc. It may take a few weeks to get everything that you are intitled to, but it is worth a try.

Please let me know if there is anything that I can do to help, & as you can see -our "Gang" here is an awesome bunch of people. We will all try to help when we can.

My Step Dad is Type 1 - and he has to be so careful of what he eats, when he eats & just when to take his insulin & how much. Good luck to you.


bulldawg 2008-07-08 02:20:39 -0500 Report

thank you so much for your reply.i'm not sure how to go about getting help from ssi.i work but i never know how tomorrow will be.

Elfin 2008-07-08 03:12:44 -0500 Report

This sounds like a critical problem. I am type 2, and one of my family is without insurance too. However, as a take-charge person, she realizes that even if she had a doctor, it would be up to her to learn as much as possible.

To get to the nitty-gritty your diabetic care is first and foremost your responsibility. There is help for you, but you must be bold and take charge of your life. You cannot afford to sit around, feeling depressed and abandoned…you really have no time to wait for someone else.
Here on the "connection" it is possible to learn more than most family doctors know. I urge you to ask your doctor to seek diabetic education for you, he has contacts! Don't just accept that he/she doesn't know much. Perhaps you can learn together.

Unless you live in a hopelessly rural situation, there must be a hospital nearby, call their social service office. Call your local social security office to see if you are eligible for SSI, then call your local health department to find out how to apply for medicaid.
Don't wait. The longer you delay, the more likely the high blood glucose can cause damage to your whole body! Go get 'um Tiger, it is your life.


bulldawg 2008-07-08 12:54:58 -0500 Report

thank you so much for that,you are right it's my life and i need to take charge.i have had type 1 since i was 10,however i never learned what i needed to,and i'm lucky to still be alive.i realize now the damage i have done to my body,and i want to change that,so thank you to all of you willing to help me learn all i can

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-14 12:56:58 -0500 Report

don't feel bad. I had a mother with type2 and i knew what it could do to you both thru my work and personal life and i still did not do the right things for my body for a year! I think of the damage i've done but i have to let that go so i can move forward and begin a healthier life now. So chin up, we are here now and this is a great place to be.

butterfly_8 2008-07-07 15:39:39 -0500 Report

The health situation is a total disaster. Your lifesaver may be the internet. I think you will find any info you need from Dr.s to laymen on the subject. Since you are not on medication some of the simple herbs that have been suggested may fill in until you can get Medical attention. My prayers will be with you. Hang in there .Watch your diet.

Ginetteb 2008-07-07 13:24:57 -0500 Report

How far are you from a hospital? You may be able to find someone within the hospital who knows about Diabetes. They often have classes on how to manage your diabetes and they are free. You may want to give it a try. Good Luck to you. Ginette

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2008-07-07 12:50:01 -0500 Report

Yikes. Without insurance, it can be difficult. Do you have insulin and blood testing supplies available to you? If so, what types of insulin(s) are you using and how often are you testing your blood sugar?

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-07 05:09:47 -0500 Report

I'm so sorry you don't have insurance and limited access to health care. That makes managing your diabetes more difficult. In some states there is free or low cost healthcare available, like California. If you have a local library, there are books to check out. There's also a wealth of info on the internet. I have found this site is the best source for education and support. Good luck to you.


jupton1 2008-07-07 04:54:05 -0500 Report

Read all You can about diabetes,drink water,stay away from pop,& all sugar ,exercise & work with Your Dr.If Your insurance will cover it ask to take a class on diabetes..Best of luck.JU

bulldawg 2008-07-07 05:05:12 -0500 Report

thank you for your comment,i don't have insurance and right now i don't have a dr.i live in a small town and the only dr around here doesn't know much about treating dia..

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