just found out

By buddy0428 Latest Reply 2010-06-27 21:43:27 -0500
Started 2010-06-27 15:16:49 -0500

just found out I have high sugar found thru per op work for surgery my sugar levek is around 258 most of the time has been as high as 540 how do u all get it to go down Im am scheduled to see a dr about what to eat but its never been below 200 since i found out
what is good to eat that will help lower it

9 replies

GabbyPA 2010-06-27 21:43:27 -0500 Report

Hi Selia and welcome to the site. It is so hard when you go in for one thing and find something else out. Many of us found out we were diabetics while in the hospital.

Everyone here has given you great advice, my question is are you still going to have the surgery or are they going to get you started on a treatment before they do? You want to have your levels in a good range before surgery, because surgery is going to raise them more. So please talk to your doctor about that as well. That would be one thing you don't want issues with on top of surgery.

monkeymama 2010-06-27 18:59:11 -0500 Report

We can all tell you what you should and should not eat but what works for one person may not work for another person. Our diets and daily carb intake is for each of us may be different. I do agree with MAYS, Harlen, and Roy. The doctor would be the best resource in getting you started.

I do utilize two books in helping me with my choices though "Calorie King" (which you can use internet for this too) and "Nutrition in the Fastlane" for when you want to go out to each with family, friends, or by yourself.

To get started in the mean time, getting some fitness time in, watch you carbs and serving amounts. Also, here is a plating method to help you. Half of your plate should be low carb veggies, 1/4 of the plate protein, and the other 1/4 a starch. Your fruits are typically on the side. If you can, use a smaller plate for your meals. Measuring your foods will also become a habit you will learn. If you need ideas for healthy and low carb eating, DC offers a great line of low carb meals as well as there are fun websites like: www.diabeticliving.com www.diabetesforecast.com You can also take a recipe and make it healthier. Best of wishes to you and we are all here for you.

RAYT721 2010-06-27 18:49:34 -0500 Report

The answer to your condition(s) right now is not so much a question or concern about food as much as medical care. 258-540 ranges are not safe. I agree without those steering you to a doctor, clinic or someone who can get you under control. At those levels I don't see diet and exercise as an option for control. Please get help… SOON!

RAYT721 2010-06-27 18:51:23 -0500 Report

and I cannot believe the hospital you went to didn't whisk you off to the pharmacy!

Diane987 2010-06-27 19:21:00 -0500 Report

Don't forget a lot of surgeries are now conducted in surgical centers and not hospitals. Surgical centers are more apt to just tell you to go see your doctor for something non-surgery related. Those numbers are scary, but I have seen diet and exercise be able to lower high numbers significantly. It takes several days but it can happen especially if the dietary changes and light exercise are significantly different from the norm.

Diane987 2010-06-27 17:46:07 -0500 Report

Hi Sheila,

It is really important that you see your doctor as soon as possible. I would be calling them everyday to see if there was a cancellation that you can fill. In the mean time, walking is an excellent way to lower your blood sugar level. It does not have to be fast or super long, just walk, whether it is 15 minutes or an hour, it will help.

What is best to eat when your blood sugar is as high as it is are foods that won't raise your BS that much or foods that require more energy to process that they provide. Right now fresh vegetables are your best choice. I would stay away from potatoes and corn. Eat lots of lettuce, cabbage, mushrooms, onions, broccoli, raw carrots, and green beans. Homemade olive oil and vinegar is the best dressing I have found to keep my BS low. Nuts are great, but just watch you don't eat too many because of the fat content. Any protein is going to be OK as long as you are mindful of the way you cook it. Eggs are great and the egg substitute stuff works out well too.

Carbohydrates and other simple sugars are your biggest problem right now. I personally would almost eliminate carbs from starches like bread and get my carbs from fresh fruit to help get my BS down. If you do eat them make sure they are complex and have a low number on the chart from this link.


This should help get you blood sugar lower as you requested.

Good luck and God Bless,


MAYS 2010-06-27 16:28:21 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

I agree with both Roy and Harlen, see your doctor ASAP,
learning about diabetes and doing what's necessary for you is your first priority, starting NOW !


Harlen 2010-06-27 15:46:31 -0500 Report

Hello and welome
I wish you didnt need to be here
You need to go see your Doc like tomarow
I use insulin and diet as well as working out
Please go see your Doc they can set you on the right path
Best wishes

Roy531 2010-06-27 15:25:01 -0500 Report

Seeing the doctor about what to eat is a start. See if he will send you to a diabtese education class, you can learn a lot through that. Also do you do any type of exercise. Exercise is a big help as well as watching your carb intake. Welcome to DC, you have come to a good place to learn from what others have learned and we are here to help you in any way we can.