new to site and diabetes

gibder
By gibder Latest Reply 2010-01-02 13:29:18 -0600
Started 2009-12-09 08:08:02 -0600

Hi,I was diagnosed with diabetes about 6 months ago and new to this site am trying to control with diet but still have morning glucose readings around 120-140.any suggestions on how to lower this without medication would be appreciated


17 replies

jansteph
jansteph 2010-01-01 14:40:15 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed with Pre Diabetes, and have been told nothing, except to eat less sugar. I am totaly confused by all the carbs and sugar thing. I also am confused as to whether fiber is helpful or not.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-01-01 18:50:45 -0600 Report

Ask your doctor to refer you to diabetes classes and/or to a nutritionist who can explain it to you. Watching your sugar intake is one thing, but carbohydrates essentially = sugar or glucose so you need to eat moderate portions of pasta, bread, rice, etc. as well. Basically there are two things you need to do: watch your diet and get plenty of exercise. Things we all should be doing anyway! (Oh, to be able to live up to my own advice!)

gibder
gibder 2010-01-01 13:21:52 -0600 Report

I have started back on the treadmill for 45 to 60 minutes a day but not always able every day. Also do about 20 minutes of wieght training the days I have time.In the summer and fall I work 12 hour days 7 days a week and this makes it next to impossible to find time for exersize.I am also very involved with a 12 step program that takes some of my spare time.I have a very busy life and very little spare time.I am very impressed with the welcome and ammount of replies I have recieved and would like to thank you all for you have helped me to accept this diabetes thing a little better

Father Fred
Father Fred 2009-12-11 22:05:37 -0600 Report

Read my discussion titled "You Have To Be Your Own Analyst" it may help you gain control and reduce your A1C1.

alanbossman
alanbossman 2009-12-10 08:12:52 -0600 Report

Hi welcome to the dc site. Your numbers are not bad, i agree with every one here just watch your carb intake and exercise.
Alan

Sarguillo
Sarguillo 2009-12-09 19:10:28 -0600 Report

Hello, Know that your body is gearing up for the day and tends to build up insulin at about 3-4 am to get ready for the breakfast and the day.
140 is not bad.
You want a surprise, try waking up at 4 am and taking your BG.
Eat less carbs at night.
If you start off with less sugar in your blood at night, you should end up with less in the morning.
Try eating more complex surgars during the day and less simple sugars.
Simple surgers tend to break down as sugar fast and raise your Bg's faster, while Complex sugars tend to break down slower.
If your BG tend not to spike, you will have an easier time controling your BG.
again, remember, carbs =sugar=carbs.
Try to eat less bread and carbs.

Good luck.
Hope you stay and control using diet for a long time.

Hinboyz3
Hinboyz3 2009-12-09 13:09:08 -0600 Report

Im with hbhunkel, seems like all I do in my spare time is exercise, and when I don't do it at least every other day, I feel guilty. It has helped my a lot and to watch what I eat thru the whole day. Sanck light!!

Harlen
Harlen 2009-12-09 12:09:59 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
140 is not bad
I like that # as a high lol'
I am T2 and on the pump
Theres a lot of onfo here but if you have any Q just ask
best wishes
H

Antique-Dave
Antique-Dave 2009-12-09 12:08:29 -0600 Report

Welcome, those aren't bad numbers for a morning FBG, eating smaller meals and snacks through the day and one before bedtime could make a difference but then again sometimes the liver just likes to dump glucose.

I was resistant to the idea of prescribed meds and wanted to get to the point where I could just control with lifestyle changes but I've come to change my mind. I'd like to get my dosage of metformin down but I don't want to eliminate it anymore, Its a tool, and don't be afraid to use the tools that are available if you are not getting what you want with diet and exercize.

There are supplements that might help you, I've had good luck with Gymnema and Evening Primrose Oil and there are others.

Monalisa
Monalisa 2009-12-09 10:10:17 -0600 Report

HI, WELCOME TO DC YOU SHOULD TRY NOT EATING ANYTHING AFTER 7PM AND IF YOU SNACK AFTER DINNER TRY SOMETHING LIKE HARD CHEESE ( LOW OR NO SUGAR, LOW CARB) GOOD LUCK, KEEP US POSTED AND AGAIN WELCOME

lipsie
lipsie 2009-12-09 09:24:14 -0600 Report

Well welcome to the site!! If my sugar is running high, and btw those numbers are not that bad…but I drink water and yes exercise will help you get it down. Good luck! Hugs! Sheila

hbkunkel
hbkunkel 2009-12-09 09:10:25 -0600 Report

Welcome to the site. One thing that may help is to make sure you have an evening snack such as a graham cracker - broken in two with a small amount of peanut butter. That helps your blood sugar stay on a more even keel. Exercise, exercise, exercise. During commercials get up and walk around, go up and down stairs, get your heart pumping. Good luck and keep us informed on how you are doing.
Betsie

1pam2l
1pam2l 2009-12-09 08:29:02 -0600 Report

Welcome to the site gibder! I know frm my exp exercise will drop my BG about 20 points, so if your not doing any daily exercise, that will be a must! Good Luck, hope you can get control without meds.

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