Don't know how to control my sugars

Dominique Jones
By Dominique Jones Latest Reply 2010-09-23 22:49:59 -0500
Started 2010-06-03 12:37:07 -0500

Hi! my name is Dominique Jones and i am 17 years old i have type 2 diabetes and i dont know how to begin controling my sugars.. i mean when i get up in the morning my sugar is very high and when i eat something my sugar goes higher even after i cover myself so i just really dont know how to begin fighting off my diabetes help me anyone or someone advice is needed

13 replies

Dubbledip 2010-09-23 22:49:59 -0500 Report

Hi Dominuique, my name is Larry and I want to say first that I AM NOT AN EXPERT but, I feel like this, First be completely honest with your doctor even if you have been a bad boy and eating things you shouldn't have, tell him/her everything. Once your doctor puts you on your meds, take them as instructed but dont just take them, record how you feel after taking them, maybe 30 min or an hour after. Stay active, doesn't have to be superman active, but move around, take walks, do jumping jacks anything, just keep moving. Oh yeah, check your sugar, eat plenty of fruits and veges, go to baked or grilled foods instead of fried, drink more water and 100% juices, stay away from sodas or drinks with lots of sugar or carbos. I'm still struggling with the sodas and some other things but, I stay active. I work, work, work, all the time but I don't make some rest time for me. I hope this helps you out in some kind of way and if you ever need to talk, just hit me in the inbox and I will reply asap.

Kelly Preciado
Kelly Preciado 2010-09-23 10:32:55 -0500 Report

Hi Dominigue,
Everyone gave you great advise. A dietician and/or a class will help a lot. I have bee a diabetic for 22 years now. I still struggle with my sugar levels. Follow a healthy diet, exercise, and take your medicine. Be diligent about it. That is the most helpful advice you can get. Only don't think you are following a "temporary" diet. Call it a life style change. I have just started following The Biggest Looser" healthy eating plan. For the last week I have only had one sugar level over 140. This is the best its ever been. I take my medicine and watch the type of food and portion size I eat. I am finding that its not that much different. Just healthy eating. My uncle lost over 120 pounds on this diet. Now he doesn't need diabetic medicine at all. I am type 1 so I know I will have to stick with insulin but it won't hurt me to loose about 30 pounds. I wish you luck and will say a prayer for you. Everything helps.

SusanEL 2010-06-14 20:11:20 -0500 Report

Hi Dominique, and welcome to the community! I've only been a diabetic for a little over a year. But the best thing I did was met with a nutritionist and started educating myself. I agree with Harlen he has a good website for information. There are lots of other websites to get help from too. Another one is It is important to watch your carbs!! And remember to exercise! It's important to take care of yourself, just because you have diabetes doesn't mean you can't live a full and fun life.
Hang in there!

gregsteele 2010-06-04 11:49:54 -0500 Report

I am fairly new at this too dominique so i cant offer lots of advice but what helps me is exercise and being very diligent with portion control its so hard to change the old habits and learn how to eat in a way that will satisfy you while at the same time keeping to your diet my biggest help has been the info you find here from the people who actually live with this disease drs .and educators are fine but theres no substitute for real experience if you ask you will get helpful responses here! good luck love to all GREG

GabbyPA 2010-06-03 21:12:24 -0500 Report

Hi Dominique, welcome to the community. I hope that you find great folks here to help you out.

It takes some time to figure things out. Adjusting your diet, getting in exercise and figuring out meds. I also suffer from high morning readings and know if I start lower, I will have a better day so you may want to talk to your doctor about that and see what they say about your night time meds.

Something that helps me a lot is writing things down. Keeping a log of what I am eating and when. What my BG numbers are and when I test. I also keep track of my exercise because that helps a lot. Then you will start to see what foods cause you to go up and what foods are easier on your system.

Have you met with a diabetic educator or nutritionist? Those two people will help you more than you can ever imagine. I went to a 9 week class once a week and it was so helpful. I learned a lot of WHY my body does what it does.

Here are some of the classes notes I shared with the community. Maybe you can find something in there to trigger more questions or ideas.

monkeymama 2010-06-03 18:16:23 -0500 Report

Hello there Dominique! Counting your carbs in what you are eating is key. Depending on how many carbs you are allowed to have per day, you should balance this out. Getting more fitness into your routine will also help with lowering your BG. What I recently had to learn was, there is no such thing as a perfect carb counter either. There are going to come times when we may either over correct or under correct our BG but what I mentioned above will help you. Think of your plate size and portioning as well. Half of your plate should be a healthy & low carb veggie. Than 1/4 of the other side should have a protein and the other 1/4 should be a starch. Measure your foods too. Fruits is a side item off of the plate but still must be counted. Making slow and gradual changes will help you maintain the strength and confidence. You won't feel too intimidated by everything. Know and keep telling yourself you can do it and you will do it. We are all going to have our good days and our bad. But do not allow those bad days to bring you down. Get right back up and keep moving forward. hang in there and we're all there for you.

Dominique Jones
Dominique Jones 2010-06-03 19:28:42 -0500 Report

thank you so much until today i would have never had any help because one of my nurses pointed out to mhe i had diabetes but thank you so much

Harlen 2010-06-03 14:12:36 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Are where all new one time lol
There is a lot of stuff to know.
First thing I would do is reserch theres a lot of info on the net
the site I use is http:www.phlaunt/diabetes/ its a bit dry
but lots of info
For me it was a big help to cut the carbs way down and the book The Calorie King.
Knowing how to count carbs helps me keep my BS down
best wishis

Virginianvirginia 2010-06-03 18:19:58 -0500 Report

wish i could get it right im having the same problem i think it is 15g of carbs and 2,000 calories a day .. i read everything i buy but im not doing well with measuring ,even thought i have a scale and know how to use it .. and when i cook for my family they dont like low carb foods and veggies they want pizza and spagetti or potatoes etc. whats a girl to do ?

monkeymama 2010-06-03 22:47:06 -0500 Report

If you can find this pasta called "Dreamfields" you can make a compromise with the pasta thing. There are fun and tastey ways you can meet both your needs and the wants of your family. If you would like, I could give you some further ideas I do with my family. Believe me when I say, my family can be very picky and rough with me. I stood my ground, compromised, and I DO ALL the grocery shopping in my house. Hehehe!!

alanbossman 2010-06-05 08:24:03 -0500 Report

Hi Virginia, you need to tell your family you need to eat healthy foods and they should also,for one thing you need to keep your numbers low between 70 and 120 and below 140 2hrs after a meal. Your family members also are at risk to get diabetes. I am sure you know what will happen to you if you dont control your BS numbers. And if your family still dont care about the food you need then you will need to just cook for your self.