blood sugar levels

By Latest Reply 2010-02-04 12:40:55 -0600
Started 2010-01-30 14:39:58 -0600

any ideas to help lower blood sugar levels mine has been high since december 27 2009 when it went over 600 and i can not get it down under 200 now any help or ideas would be great

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Antique-Dave 2010-02-04 12:40:55 -0600 Report

You don't mention what meds if any you are on, if cutting carbs and exercize are not doing it then metformin or something like it is probably needed.

even so it took almost 2 months after starting met before my BGL stayed under 200 and got into normal levels.

Zimoss 2010-02-02 20:42:44 -0600 Report

You need to see a doctor at the very least since you are running over 200… at this point you probably need more than "diet and exercise" to keep blood sugars down.

If you are not already on insulin, I would definitely discuss it with your doctor as it is very helpful to get your blood sugar levels down.

And to tell the truth using insulin is a lot easier than a lot of people think it is… and its not a failure, but rather a different approach to getting you healthier. (really the worst part is the first time you poke yourself with a needle - the rest is easier )

good luck

rankearl 2010-01-31 16:01:31 -0600 Report

hi when mine goes up it usually is related to my pain but before this if i get sick flu bad cold etc my blood sugar would go up and stay up you need to go see your reg dr and talk maybe get some test do this as soon as possible hang in there hugs julie

Kirla 2010-01-31 02:24:19 -0600 Report

This is what I did. Good luck

I was Diagnosed Type 2 on 26 Feb. 2009. My fasting blood sugar was 366, A1C was 14.1, cholesterol was 300. Blood Pressure 145/95. The doctors put me on 500mg Metformin twice a day, 10mg Lisinopril, 40mg Simvastatin and 81mg Aspirin once a day.

On March 1st I purchased a meter and started testing before and two hours after each meal.

I stopped eating sugar, using salt, drinking coffee, beer and wine right away. I started eating salads, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, pickles, sauerkraut and homemade coleslaw. Lots of coleslaw. I also started to drink at least 8 cups of water per day.

Over the next several weeks I stopped eating bread, crackers, noodles and anything that contained any kind of grains. No flour at all. I check the labels on everything I buy and will not purchase any product with more than 5 or 6 net carbs per serving with the exception of chana dal. I started to use fenugreek and flax seed on my TVP oatmeal and chana dal. I drink a low carb protien shake for breakfast in the morning and eat the TVP oatmeal at lunch. I bought like 25 pounds of it and have recently been making what I call TVP carrot, chocolate and more recently pumpkin cakes. I have a small piece at lunch almost every day instead of the TVP oatmeal. I eat about 1 oz of tuna fish every day. I have started eating peanuts, sunflower seeds and almonds for snacks between meals.

I also eat chicken quite often and eat a little beef at least once a week and occasionally will eat a little pork. When eating out I find myself eating chicken and beef a lot. Chicken wings I seem to eat most of the time when we want something fast. They also come with celery and blue cheese.

My morning blood sugar has slowly dropped from the 200-300 range, to an average of about 80. Several months ago I started testing on the peaks (1hour after eating) and most of the time it’s under 110. My 7-14-30 day averages bounce around a lot but most of the time there between 90 & 95. My lowest 7-14 day average was 88. My 7-day average has only gone over 100 only once in the last several months. My numbers are constantly changing. Like a roller coaster. They dip down and then go up and down.

Several months ago I started taking the Equate Fiber Therapy supplement. I bought it at Wal-Mart. Also taking 4000 IU’s of vitamin D, 3000 MG’s of fish oil concentrate and one multi vitamin tablet for adults over 50.

After about seven weeks of taking the meds I couldn’t tolerate the side effects any more and quit taking them. My blood sugar continued to drop week after week, my blood pressure has averaged around 110/70 and my cholesterol has remained below 200 since I stopped taking the meds. My A1C dropped to 5.9 in four months and seven months after being diagnosed it was 5.6. Got my latest results on 1/19/10 5.4


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Sue Turner 2010-01-30 17:12:25 -0600 Report

Thank goodness you now have your blood sugar down to at least 200…Mine was off the charts when I was diagnosed; I ended up in the ER in full blown ketoacidosis, had a terrible yeast infection, and a urinary tract infection…I am now on the pump, and it is still hard for me to keep mine down to a decent level…However, now, when I check it, and it is over 200, I can give myself an adjustment, and get it down. I start moving, and drinking water, one glass after another to keep the blood sugar washed out of my kidneys, and it does help to get it down! I am type 1…I think you need to see your doctor; it is possible that you might need some insulin…I don't know, I'm not a physician…We are here to offer support, and give suggestions, not to diagnose…Take care, and get some professional help soon!!!

spiritwalker 2010-01-30 16:08:43 -0600 Report

You need to contact your Dr. or diabetes team. They may
need to adjust or change you medication.

London 2010-01-30 21:30:35 -0600 Report

I agree. Maybe a little adjustment to your meds will do the trick. Good luck and let us know how it turns out!

MAYS 2010-01-30 15:42:42 -0600 Report

An easy way to lower blood sugar levels is to stay fit and healthy. Regular exercise not only helps lower blood sugar levels, but also helps fight infections. Staying active and taking regular exercise can also help with blood pressure problems. Exercise also helps control the body's weight and regulate cholesterol levels.

This exercise does not need to be a grueling workout. Thirty minutes of exercise a day, even walking, will help to lower blood sugar levels. Walking to the store instead of taking the car is all that may be necessary to provide you with some much needed exercise. Any extra exercise, including working out in a gym, should be discussed with a doctor first if you have irregular blood sugar levels.

The food that you eat also plays a part in helping to lower blood sugar levels. Low-glycemic foods that are digested more slowly by the body are a better option. High-glycemic foods enter the bloodstream easily and rapidly, causing the pancreas to work harder to produce insulin.

Low-glycemic foods that can help lower blood sugar levels include fruit such as pears, apples, and oranges. Oatmeal, peanuts, beans, peas, and granola are all low-glycemic foods. High-glycemic foods include potatoes, rice, and white bread. Research has shown that potatoes and white bread are converted extremely quickly by the body into glucose. In fact, they are converted more quickly than a candy bar would be.

Fast foods should always be avoided. The fat and sugar content in most fast foods is extremely high. Always look for a healthier option. Much food packaging now contains information on the food's sugar content. Most restaurants and even fast food outlets now have healthy meal options, such as salads or fish dishes.

Drinking plenty of water is another way to lower blood sugar levels. Drinking at least eight glasses of water per day will also flush harmful toxins from the body, help with weight loss, and keep the skin healthy. Recent research has shown that certain herbs can help lower blood sugar levels as well. Taking ginseng after meals has been shown to regulate blood sugar levels. Other helpful herbs include yarrow, huckleberries, cinnamon powder, and licorice extract.

I hope that this lengthy article has been helpful !

rebl 2010-01-30 15:40:47 -0600 Report

Do you mean to tell me that adding more insulent will not lower your BG below 200?


rebl 2010-01-30 15:39:47 -0600 Report

Do you mean to tell me that more insulin will not lower your BG below 200?


runthe 2010-01-30 15:19:35 -0600 Report

Hi, I had to go to the ER when my BG got that high. They got it down to 300 by giving me Insulin. i think that you need to go to the ER now if its at 600. Good luck to you and let us know how you are doing.

2010-01-30 15:20:53 -0600 Report

i can not get it under 200

runthe 2010-01-30 15:34:36 -0600 Report

I'm sorry that I was not able to help you. I am having the same problem, my blood sugar will not go under 250. I feel your pain. like me maybe you are not eating the right amt of carbs or something. Maybe someone else from this site will be of help to you.

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