Numbers

uwish
By uwish Latest Reply 2010-04-21 08:37:41 -0500
Started 2010-04-09 12:59:22 -0500

I am new to this site as well as being new to diabetes. There is so much I do not know. My biggest concern right now is getting my numbers on an even flow. I am up and down all the time. Yesterday I was 227 and this morning I was at 145. What am I doing wrong? Will they ever stay in one range or will they always fluxate so much. I thought with taking the medicine twice a day it would come down and stay down. I guess it doesn't work that way. Any advice?


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LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-20 14:49:52 -0500 Report

I'm just returning to the site after a little time off. I understand your frustration and the feeling you need a lot more info. While I always advise people to use their physician as their primary source of advice and information, you will find a lot of good info and advice on DC as well. But most of us are just speaking from our own experiences…not professionals, of course. Taking lists of questions with you on each doctor's visit is the best way to get your answers. If you've recently been diagnosed, he/she should be setting you up for some counseling - especially nutritional counseling. He/she should give you some guidelines for your blood sugar levels during different parts of each day (i.e. before breakfast, 2 hrs. after eating, etc.). What you eat, of course, makes a huge difference in where your numbers are each time, as does exercise. Stress is something that plays havoc with your numbers. So all of these things will cause those fluctuations. Monitoring regularly will give you a good feel for what is causing numbers to be very high or low. Ideally you shouldn't have the drastic highs and lows, but should be holding it steady each day. Wish you luck!

uwish
uwish 2010-04-20 15:31:23 -0500 Report

Thank you for the advice. I wish my doctor would set me up with a nutritionist or a counciling session. I need information. He is on vacation this week, but when he gets back I think I will have a list for him.

Roy531
Roy531 2010-04-20 14:34:33 -0500 Report

Ask you doctor about sending you to a diabetes education class. They should have a dietician and a diabetes nurse heading this class that can answer all your questions. They will teach you about portion control, what to eat and what to stay away from. They usually have these at a local hospital, if none in your area your doctor should know of a diatician for you to go to. Exercise is very important, at least for me, start slow and work your way up. Walking is good start 15 minutes and work your way up from there. Just walking and watching what I eat I have lost 75 pounds and there are others here that probably have lost more. Roy

uwish
uwish 2010-04-20 15:34:27 -0500 Report

I agree I need a diabetes education class. Maybe I will call the only hospital we have and see if they offer such a class. Thank you for the good advice. I need to lose at least 75 pounds…just walking and watching what you eat? Tell me more.

Roy531
Roy531 2010-04-20 15:53:12 -0500 Report

Right now I am walking 1 hour a night plus all the walking I do at work, but at night in that hour am doing 3.5 miles a night on a tread mill. Eating is what I learned from the diabetes education class, portions can't eat like I use to eat, big meals. When I started walking I started a 15 minuets a night at 2 miles a hour. and worked up from that.

uwish
uwish 2010-04-20 16:19:54 -0500 Report

I think I will start that soon. I have to get my head in the right place. Was it hard to get started? I hate myself when i can't get into what i need to be doing. I have to do this…

Roy531
Roy531 2010-04-20 16:53:17 -0500 Report

It wasn't hard for me, like I said I started 15 minutes a night and when I got use to that I would increase it by 5 minutes. I do a lot of walking every place I've ever worked so that helps some as well. I have been walking for several years and just the other night upped it 2.3 miles a hour and been walking for 90 minutes, I said previously a hour but use to walk for just a hour but didn't want to increase my speed that much so just lengthened my time on the tread mill and I do take a short break half way through my walk. I watch a movie on my computer, it is setup in the room with the treadmill. Take my mind off the walking somewhat.

uwish
uwish 2010-04-21 07:47:48 -0500 Report

I wish my job required a lot of walking but I sit behind a desk all day long. I do get an hour for lunch and two 15 minute breaks. I think today I will use my breaks to walk around a few blocks. thanks for the encouragment. I guess that just goes to show the old saying Where there Is a Will there Is A Way. Thanks!

Roy531
Roy531 2010-04-21 08:37:41 -0500 Report

If an old goat like me can do it I know you can. Even walking in place can help. My job right now I do a lot of setting because I have nothing to do, but when they get through testing will be up and going again, I hope anyway. But I will get up every once in a while and just walk around the shop.

alanbossman
alanbossman 2010-04-10 10:32:25 -0500 Report

It will take time to get your bs in control. The meds you are on will take time to stablize your bs numbers and the foods you need to eat and exercise to keep your numbers in check

uwish
uwish 2010-04-20 14:19:51 -0500 Report

I just found my way back here today. I lost where I had posted this discussion. I found it today by accident but I think I can find my way back here again. I am trying hard to get my life under control. I know it will take time but some days I just want it now. You know? I don't want this disease. I hate everything about it. But I do want to live and live a quality life, therefore I am going to do all I can to get this under control. Any suggestions are welcomed.
uwish

spiritwalker
spiritwalker 2010-04-09 15:33:40 -0500 Report

Its all new for you. Have you met with a diabetic educator,
a RD, or a PT? Have you been given a food program and
taught to count carbs? Have you set up an exercise program?
Its all a learning process. It takes time. Once you have
these things in place and use them, along with medication
you will be able to have better control. Good luck.

uwish
uwish 2010-04-20 14:13:24 -0500 Report

I have not met with a diabetic educator yet? I was sort of dropped into this disease. I don't even know what RD or PT are. I was not told about counting carbs. The only thing my doctor told me was that I needed to lose weight. Any advise you can give me will certainly be appreciated. Thanks and I am so sorry about not getting back to you sooner. I just found the replies to my discussion today. I was lost here! :)
uwish

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-04-09 13:34:57 -0500 Report

Welcome to the site. I hope you are able to get into some of the discussions and such here, you will find a lot of great information. In the beginning it is always hard to figure out...well, shoot, even after you deal with it for a while, it can still throw you for a loop.
There are a lot of things that will affect your numbers.
When do you test? How often do you test? How long have you been taking your meds? What you ate? How do you feel? The list is long.
Things like that can make a difference. It may not be that you are doing things wrong, it is just figuring out what works for you.
Your numbers are usually going to increase after a meal. With some help on your food choices, you have the ability to help keep your numbers down. You goal is to keep a rise after a meal to around 40 points. It take practice, and you are new, so be patient with yourself.
If you are new to your meds, it sometimes can take several weeks for them to start being effective.
Here is a great guy who does some fun videos. Here is one on cab counting. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/39-my-life-as-a-pin-cushion-carb-counting

uwish
uwish 2010-04-20 14:05:13 -0500 Report

Gabby,
I am sorry it has taken me so long to get back with you. I actually couldn't figure out how to get back here. I accidently ended up here today. I have to learn my way around here as well as I have to learn about my disease. I always check my bs first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. What is a normal number to have? Should I be at 100 or less? I have known that I am a diabetic since November. That is also when I started on the Metformin. I don't sleep good any more. It seems like I have aches and pains all the time. I have so much to get use to and to learn. Thanks for your help.

Cheryl

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