After surgery

By AbbieH Latest Reply 2011-10-31 13:35:36 -0500
Started 2010-03-05 11:25:34 -0600

My Dad had 10 stents put in his heart not a month ago and since then his sugar has been high, but with a few times it dropping to the low 80's is this normal? Also what are good diet plans for someone that has high sugar? What to eat and what not to eat?

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GabbyPA 2010-03-24 08:37:52 -0500 Report

First of all, surgery will cause his sugars to be high. The stress on the body is a lot and causes that. While he is in the hospital they should be monitoring that and treating it. It will continue as he heals and his doctor should be able to tell him how to treat it at home. My mom just had knee surgery and the same thing was happening to her. She ran high and then I think they overcompensated her and she had a really bad low one day (54) It took her several weeks to be able to get her body to stop spiking. She has kept her diet the same pretty much and now as she has healed, her levels are returning back to normal.

So if his levels were good before, it may just take some time to return to those levels. The stupid thing we found was that the hospital continually put orange juice on my mom's tray...every day. We kept telling them she can't drink that, but they just kept on. I don't know how diabetic friendly their kitchen was. Same happened in her rehab. Some people who you think would know these things, just don't.

Roy531 2010-03-06 13:50:23 -0600 Report

Your best bet would be to talk to a dietitian, they can set up a meal plan for your Dad. Surgery is always hard for diabetics, the healing process and the stress it puts on your body will cause high blood sugars. wish this thing had spell check.

trey66 2010-03-05 20:53:58 -0600 Report

Here is something I hope will help you out ..

Diabetic Food Exchange

Vegetables contain 25 calories and 5 grams of carbohydrate. One serving equals:
1/2 cup Cooked vegetables (carrots, broccoli, zucchini, cabbage, etc.)
1 cup Raw vegetables or salad greens
1/2 cup Vegetable juice
If you’re hungry, eat more fresh or steamed vegetables.
Fat-Free and Very Low fat Milk contains 90 calories per serving. One serving equals:
1 cup Milk, fat-free or 1% fat
3/4 cup Yogurt, plain non fat or low fat
1 cup Yogurt, artificially sweetened
Very Lean Protein choices have 35 calories and 1 gram of fat per serving. One serving equals:
1 ounce Turkey breast or chicken breast, skin removed
1 ounce Fish fillet (flounder, sole, scrod, cod, etc.)
1 ounce Canned tuna in water
1 ounce Shellfish (clams, lobster, scallop, shrimp)
3/4 cup Cottage cheese, non fat or low fat
2 each Egg whites
1/4 cup Egg substitute
1 ounce Fat-free cheese
1/2 cup Beans- cooked (black beans, kidney, chick peas or lentils): count as 1 starch/bread and 1 very lean protein
Fruits contain 15 grams of carbohydrate and 60 calories. One serving equals:
1 small Apple, banana, orange, nectarine
1 medium Fresh peach
1 Kiwi
1/2 Grapefruit
1/2 Mango
1 cup Fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries or blueberries)
1 cup Fresh melon cubes
1/8 th Honeydew melon
4 ounces Unsweetened Juice
4 teaspoons Jelly or Jam
Lean Protein choices have 55 calories and 2-3 grams of fat per serving. One serving equals:
1 ounce Chicken- dark meat, skin removed
1 ounce Turkey- dark meat, skin removed
1 ounce Salmon, Swordfish, herring
1 ounce Lean beef (flank steak, London broil, tenderloin, roast beef)*
1 ounce Veal, roast or lean chop*
1 ounce Lamb, roast or lean chop*
1 ounce Pork, tenderloin or fresh ham*
1 ounce Low fat cheese (3 grams or less of fat per ounce)
1 ounce Low fat luncheon meats (with 3 grams or less of fat per ounce)
1/4 cup 4.5% cottage cheese
2 medium Sardines
* Limit to 1-2 times per week
Medium Fat Proteins have 75 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving. One serving equals:
1 ounce Beef (any prime cut), corned beef, ground beef **
1 ounce Pork chop
1 each Whole egg (medium) **
1 ounce Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Ricotta cheese
4 ounces Tofu (note this is a Heart Healthy choice)
** choose these very infrequently
Starches contain 15 grams of carbohydrate and 80 calories per serving. One serving equals:
1 slice Bread (white, pumpernickel, whole wheat, rye)
2 slice Reduced calorie or "lite" Bread
1/4 (1 Ounce) Bagel (varies)
1/2 English muffin
1/2 Hamburger bun
3/4 cup Cold cereal
1/3 cup Rice, brown or white- cooked
1/3 cup Barley or couscous- cooked
1/3 cup Legumes (dried beans, peas or lentils)- cooked
1/2 cup Pasta- cooked
1/2 cup Bulgar- cooked
1/2 cup Corn, sweet potato or green peas
3 ounce Baked sweet or white potato
3/4 ounce Pretzels
3 cups Popcorn, hot air popped or microwave (80% light)
Fats contain 45 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving. One serving equals:
1 teaspoon Oil (vegetable, corn, canola, olive, etc.)
1 teaspoon Butter
1 teaspoon Stick margarine
1 teaspoon Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Reduced fat margarine or mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Salad dressing
1 Tablespoon Cream cheese
2 Tablespoons Lite cream cheese
1/8th Avocado
8 large Black olives
10 large Stuffed green olives
1 slice Bacon

Young1s 2011-10-31 13:35:36 -0500 Report

Nice list. I came across this today and wanted to put it back in rotation. I thought that some of the other newcomers might find this informative.

Does anyone have a similar beverage list? I am all watered out.

Harlen 2010-03-05 12:25:54 -0600 Report

Thats hard to sey I dont know what his needs are.
I use a low carbohydrate meal plan.
I try to keep it to 45 to 65 carbs a day
this lets me drop a little wait and keek my BS low.
Best wishes

rankearl 2010-03-05 13:07:43 -0600 Report

counting carbs is a great way to get your blood sugar done is he on meds or insulin?? maybe those things need adjusted ((HUGS)) julie

AbbieH 2010-03-05 16:09:23 -0600 Report

He does not take anything for his sugar they say he is just boarder line. Thanks for the ideas.

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