high sugars

By nickle.penny Latest Reply 2008-09-04 10:35:38 -0500
Started 2008-09-02 13:37:30 -0500

Anybody else have problems with carbs and high sugars?? Mine have been really wonky lately and it's really got me concerned. I know they have to be counted and all that but it seems no matter how little I eat I still spike. Any ideas or meal suggestions that don't feature too many carbs? My doctor has even added another med-Januvia along with my Metformin of which I am taking 2,000 mgs., but I still get some pretty scary numbers sometimes. Any help and/or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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2catty 2008-09-04 06:36:32 -0500 Report

I am on a long list of meds but the one that realy makes a difference is byetta. It is in a pen. And is really conveinent. The only down fall is in the begining you realy get nautious alot. But it is really worth the payoff if you just hang in there. I still have to work on my morning sugars though.

Avera 2008-09-03 15:13:52 -0500 Report

Reading your post was like reading one that I might have written. I have the same problem so I am waiting to hear more answers to the question. Gabby gave us some good suggestions.

wendyjean 2008-09-03 15:01:48 -0500 Report

believe me i have had this problem myself,it seems i breath air and it spikes i to am interested in any suggestion it really gets frustrating

GabbyPA 2008-09-03 08:12:35 -0500 Report

As Aaron said, check on the glycemic index. It can be your best friend. Also, Toma Grubb has a book that is free for anyone to download, and it is about controlling diabeties with diet and exercise. There is a TON of great information there.
Since I started testing my after meal numbers to compare to my before meal numbers I have learned what can cause the spikes. For me, anything with corn in it is a no-no. I love it, but it shoots me up even if I am very careful about how much I eat.
I also can't do rice very well, even brown rice will give me a jolt. White potatoes and even whole wheat pasta is rough for me...and forget cereal. No way.

Here are some substitues I have found

Pasta: Dreamfield Pasta is wonderful and coated with fiber to prevent spikes.

Spuds: Say NO to white potatoes and reach for sweet potatoes. They are full of all kinds of good things and they tend to be friendlier to your blood sugar numbers.

Celery: Instead of tortilla chips, I have found celery gives me crunch without the carbs.

Wraps: There are Low-Carb wraps that I enjoy. I find them in the refrigerated section (don't pay for the South Beach or fancy ones) The ones I have are whole wheat and they only have 9g carbs.

No Juice: I always choose a fruit over a juice. Even if it has no sugar added, it is still loaded with it. That can be a sneaky way carbs get in without you really thinking about it.

I pretty much try to keep my carbs in fruit, whole grains and beans. When I venture into breads, or other kinds of carbs, I get slammed.

If you are Type 2, visit the "Red Wine" discussion on this site and read how that works for me and another member. Talk to your doctor first though, as you are on meds, and neither of us are who did that experiment.

Try 1T of vinegar in 8zo of water with every meal. It helps with the higher glycemic foods, curbing spikes in some people.

There are a slew of herbs that can help. I have a list a mile long of what I take to help me...if you are intersted in that, let me know and I will fill you in.

The best thing is to learn to eat unsweet foods and unprocessed foods. There are many things in them that create carb cravings. Once you are off of those kinds of foods, you will find that you crave them less, and then it is easier to not want to eat so many of them.

nickle.penny 2008-09-04 10:35:38 -0500 Report

Thanx, Gabby! Those are some really good suggestions and I will put them into practice right away. Here's to lower sugars!!

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