Frustrated and confused

By svengali35 Latest Reply 2010-08-13 14:16:03 -0500
Started 2010-06-05 12:43:35 -0500

I havent been on Diabetic connect for some time. Nor have I been taking very good care of my diabetes. I have, with a little help, rekindled my desire to get and remain healthy. I have gone back to the doctors, got new prescriptions for my insulin and my hypertension medication (PB 165/123 yikes) have only been taking my insulin again for about 24 hours. (Lantus and Novalog) my BG was at 475 when I left the doctors office and after 2 20 unit novalog injections and one 80 unit lantus I am glad to say that my BG has gone down to 275. Here is the problem… Had a good breakfast 3 eggs and two slices of 5net carb bread. Before breakfast my levels were 275 and I shot 20 Units of insulin… two hours after breakfast my glucose levels are 275. I thought how can this be… there must be something wrong with my meter. So, I had my girlfriend check hers… 118, Ok so its not the meter.. it must be me. I cant figure it out… any help tips or suggestions would be appreciated… I have decided that I want to live and if I cant beat this damn disease then I want to at least be able to wrestle it to the damn ground and kick its rear end. The only different thing I have added to my diet is Powerade zero… has zero calories and zero carbs… sweetened with sucralose (splenda) and shouldn't affect my glucose. However here I am… better than 475 but 275 can and will still be the death of me. I have another dr appt this coming friday and bloodwork scheduled on Monday morning (fasting) Wish me luck… any suggestions how to get my levels down at least into the 100s? Please help.

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Crashnot 2010-06-07 07:24:32 -0500 Report

My type 2 husband is not on medication, but he's having good luck taking safflower oil with each meal. He spikes badly after meals, but this seems to open the cells up to the insulin so that the sugar can be properly processed. He also does a 10 minute workout after a big meal to get things going and that's made a huge difference. Just an active walk is all it takes.


svengali35 2010-08-13 14:16:03 -0500 Report

Im doing that now as well… amazing how the gym can really help level things out… well that and a truck full of insulin numbers have been hovering around 111 - 175 after a bad mean.. (more carbs than usual) I swear if there is ever a surgery I can undergo to fix this issue.. Im first one at the doorstep… I miss my bread and pasta however Dreamfields has been a lifesaver.

Emma2412 2010-06-05 20:38:31 -0500 Report

Hi, Sven
I've been on DC for about a month now and love it here. I'm Type II and was diagnosed in 2003.
After I was given the news that I was diabetic, I went through a period of total denial; then a period where I thought I was going to cure myself; then, I finally gave in and went to a doctor. He wasn't much help, seemed to imply that it was all my fault that I was diabetic, and I switched doctors immediately.
At first, I was like you. I wanted everything to be normal overnight. But it doesn't work like that. I had to learn patience with a capital P. Plus, I had to learn what would work for my body as opposed to everyone else on the planet.
You say you haven't changed your diet. Since I don't know what your diet consists of, I can't really comment on that except to say that I think 3 eggs is way too much simply because of the cholesterol count.
Since I can't have any kind of cereal anymore without it spiking my BS levels, I was lucky enough to have a friend here at DC tell me about a wonderful grain called quinoa (pronounced "keen-wah"). It's very versatile and can be used at any meal depending on how it's seasoned. It looks like rice in a way. I love it not only because it tastes great, but also because it only raises my BS levels a tiny 2 points.
I've found that a diet rich in veggies, fruit, low-fat proteins, and the right grains is the best diet for me, and out of all of those food groups I think veggies are the most important. I had to try out countless foods before I finally found which were best for me. For the most part, I use the "plate method" which is fill 1/2 of your plate with veggies, 1/4 with a starch, and 1/4 with protein. I also follow portion sizes strictly.
I find that if I don't walk at least 15 minutes a day (no excuses) my readings are likely to stay a little higher than they should be.
I take Actos, Glimiperide, and Metformin daily but hope to get off of them completely. I'm pretty sure I can do it as long as I stick with my diet and exercise plan because in 2003 I started out with readings between 325 and 450 and now they're between 80 and 150 daily. I'm proud of that, believe me, but it took consistent effort on my part to get there.
But, bear in mind that if and when I do get off the meds, that doesn't mean I will no longer have diabetes. Diabetes is a lifelong disease.
So, don't give up. Keep on keeping on and you'll see things change for the better over time.

Kirla 2010-06-05 18:57:58 -0500 Report

I found that drinking 8 glasses of water a day and eating lots of low carb vegetables helped bring my numbers down quick. I also stopped eating high carb starchy foods like bread, pasta, potatoes and most foods that contained more than 5-6 net carbs per serving.

I wrote how I controlled my blood sugar here. Click on the link below.

On my site there are also several other diabetic websites links you should read. I found them all to give great advice for people having a hard time controlling there blood sugar.

Good luck

svengali35 2010-06-06 07:16:44 -0500 Report

Im going to try to do what you did and see if that works for me… Oh how I wish I could include at least one martini per week. : ( The diet on your web page sounds very doable. Thanks for your input and advice.

Harlen 2010-06-05 14:24:20 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome back
If your only back on insulin for the last 24 hr it may take some time till you bod starts to ajust to the meds.
Your needs may have chaiged .
For me I cant ate menny carbs and I never eat bread in the morning .
I will never be able to beat diabetis but I can kep it in check
Best wishes

svengali35 2010-06-06 07:17:46 -0500 Report

Thanks Harlen, We shall see about the needs next week.. I feel my Dr. and I will have a great relationship from here on out.

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