Hi, this is Jenny from Tn.

By jennny Latest Reply 2011-02-18 15:46:36 -0600
Started 2010-05-26 09:21:06 -0500

My doctor wants me to write down everything I eat and drink, because my readings for my blood sugars stay high in the 200s and up to 300. I take insulin 5 times a day. I am Type 2 diabetic. Is this normal to go through this?

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Yasmina 2011-02-18 15:46:36 -0600 Report

That's the way that it works. The more carbs, the higher the blood sugar count. In most cases writing down carbs, amounts, and what you eat does work. It tells the doctor and the dietician where they can help you to cut some of the problem areas out of the equation. It will help in the longrun. So hang in there and keep your chin up. Okay? Take care.

Gramto3 2010-06-02 08:04:10 -0500 Report

Hi, This is Barb from MD. Yes, it is. When I was originally diagnosed 5 years ago with type 2 diabetes, I was told to count my carbs, having 45 to 60 grams for breakfast, lunch and dinner (each meal). I didn't really follow that in the beginning. My numbers were in the 300's and 400's. Here I am five years later, changing my doctor and following the number of carbs I eat and my numbers are rarely over 100. It's been wonderful and it's really easy. I also bought The Calorie King's Calorie, Fat and Carbohydrate Counter. It's extremely helpful as it lists most everything you would want to eat and also 200 restauratns and fast food chain foods.

Lakeland 2010-05-27 11:23:20 -0500 Report

I went to diabetes classes, they wanted me to test before & then 2 hours after my meals & to write everything down, including the exercise for the day. the nice thing about this is I could see if something spiked, I could see how exercise would drop my sugar numbers, I thought it was fun like a science project.

my diabetes was discovered When I went blurry my sugar was at 550. He didn't put me on insulin, I was started on metformin. I was scared so I paid attention in class & wrote everything down. including exercise & snacks. I was very disciplined to take my metformin & It still took 3 weeks to get from 550 down to 155.

a few things I needed to learn was, I had to make sure I got "whole grain". not whole wheat, whole wheat is still processed & so the body turns it into sugar much quicker than whole grains, any thing to slow down the change to sugar will help to stop the spikes. so check for the fiber content on things, If it's a 4 or 5 that gets deducted from the carb count.

for me, I really had to watch fruit, and in my mind when choosing what to order, I'd break everything down, so If I'd think french toast, the bread & the syrup, a small amount of egg, I know that will spike my sugars & so wouldn't do it. cerials, that I was eating were mostly carbs so I switched to cooking breakfast. when I added portion sizes to it, it helped me lose weight.

If he wanted italian, just spegetti or somthing, pasta is a carb & there is usually sugar in sauces so I'd choose the chix parm to get real protein and eat some of the spagetti & take the rest home.

I don't know if this information helps you but I hope it does, Good luck

Thomas508 2010-05-27 08:12:36 -0500 Report

I'm new to all this (3 weeks) but I am keeping a log and testing before and after meals to see what each food does to my numbers, very valuable info. When I started my A1C was 13.2 and every time I checked my blood sugar it was between 200 and 300, now only 3 weeks later I am running between 90 and 150, huge improvement! I am not on insulin, I take Metformin 500mg twice a day and diet and exercise.
P.S. I’m in TN too, Chattanooga to be exact.

GabbyPA 2010-05-27 10:51:36 -0500 Report

That is fantastic improvement. You should be very excited about that. Glad to have you here on the site as well and I look forward to seeing you around the posts.

PAT L 2010-05-26 22:04:10 -0500 Report

As my doc says stay away from white foods an try to stay on chicken an turkey as much as you can.. eat wheat bread because the white will drive your levels up. pasta also will drive it up. an always look at the labels an see what is in the food you are getting… keep up the good work…

spiritwalker 2010-05-26 12:52:51 -0500 Report

I have been diabetic for 25 tears and one of the first things I was taught was to keep a journal of everything: daily bg
readings, food and liquid intake including water. Exercise
type, times. Questions for Dr.visits, lab results from visit to visit. Any medical issues down to allergy reactions,sinus
problems ect. Medication list, specialist list and so forth.
It goes to every Dr. visit and They in turn are in contact with each other. He or She read it with each visit and we
proceed from there. They can't help without proper information. I have taken a few minute each day every year
and see the wisdom in the approach. I am also a type2
and insulin dependent. I take one shoot per day. My last A1C
was 6.1 and I find that recording has helped me lower and
keep my numbers down. Good luck to you.

petals 2010-05-26 10:26:01 -0500 Report

I track all of my food and exercise, it not only helps to see what is working but what is not. Hang in there, it does get easier.

Emma2412 2010-05-26 10:24:23 -0500 Report

I love Gabby's idea. I'm going to look at that website today. Even though my readings are pretty much in check now, I have noticed still that they can go up to like 135 and higher sometimes some days. So, I still like to keep track of what I eat, drink and do during the day so there's a complete picture. I know it can be a pain, Jenny, but it's really for the best. Your readings are very high and since you're taking insulin 5 times a day, there's definitely something out of whack. As to your question about whether it's normal to go through this, I wouldn't say it's "normal". Help your doctor analyze the problem by jotting down everything you eat, drink and do (exercise, anything) so he can find out what's going on with your body. I had real high readings until I started to walk, regardless of the oral meds I was taking. Walking took my readings down. So, as long as your doctor says you can walk, I'd get out there and try it. You've got everything to gain. I wish you good luck in finding the answer to what's happening with your body.

GabbyPA 2010-05-26 10:01:22 -0500 Report

Those are high numbers that insulin should be helping so he is trying to find out if your diet is causing the issues. I keep a food log of what I eat and drink along with my glucose testing numbers and exercise that I do. It helps a lot to see how my levels react to the outside elements.
You can use a note book which is what I did for a long time or you can use an online site such as www.livestrong.com and go to their DPlate section which charts your carbs, glucose levels and insulin doses. It is easy to use and free.

RAYT721 2010-05-26 16:50:37 -0500 Report

Gabby's recommendation to DPlate (aka livestrong) is an excellent resource for keeping a log of caloric intake and expense. It will take time to build the food journal but without a whole lot of thumbing through nutritional guidebooks. The only ways to achieve your goals are to set them, make them realistic, write them down, take action and follow up on them. I (we) wish you success with whatever works for you.

greenbucks43 2010-05-30 21:19:01 -0500 Report

It is good to read all those comments here and apply, I am a newbie and new to my glucose intolerance. my results are something in between , The sugar spikes much if white rice has been eaten too much and sauces ,. Switch to brown rice and more beans ,lentis grains..as it helps.
However I want to know if having a roller type of reflexology , roller for the feet will hurt your soles ? it feels good .I have doing this from time to time
eventually when I saw my right sole today it is reddish compare to my left,, I was quite scared at first cuz one sole is reddish and the other one is not,, I dont have any ulcers or wounds.

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