Re-Diagnosis - From Diabetes to Hypoglycemia

By joni55 Latest Reply 2010-11-20 17:31:16 -0600
Started 2010-08-19 15:16:48 -0500

I was diagnosed with diabetes many years ago. In the past few months, I have lost over 36 pounds and have been blessed by God by healing. I asked my doctor about what I should do. He told me that my carb intake was too high. This same doctor also told me that if my blood sugars weren't over 500 or under 20, that I didn't need to worry. Has anyone else been given information like this? I would very much appreciate your feedback.

19 replies

gymnasticsfreak1989 2010-08-22 20:30:48 -0500 Report

Yea i think you should change drs becuase a real good dr or endo wouldnt have that big of a range usually if they say your carb count is to high and your blood sugar is to high they will knock points off little by little say if ur average is 200 he will try to get your average down to about 180 as for the lows, by dr said you have to get rid of the lows before you get rid of the highs, for instance my endos range for me is before meals he wants my bs to be no less than 65 after i eat about 180-190 at the very most so yea i think u need a new dr hope everythng goes well

joni55 2010-08-22 23:15:26 -0500 Report

Thank you! Mine run in the 70s usually before meals. I have a limited amount of test strips so I can't test before and after meals.

maebelle 2010-10-30 12:14:32 -0500 Report

how did you lose all the weight? I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a year ago and am struggling with weight loss. since i have a bone disease exercise is limited, thanks

joni55 2010-11-20 17:31:16 -0600 Report

I changed my diet to fresh fruit and vegetables and started using whole wheat pasta. I no longer use canned except for things like tuna, pineapple and tomato sauce. I also have cut back the portion sizes. I find it helpful to not deny yourself things because it will only make you want them more, just reduce the size of your portion.

I recently went to the doctor and he says that now all I need to do is the exercise which is hard without having a class or something, motivation wise. I do walk my dog several times a day though.

I have taken off another 7 pounds and want to lose about 30 more. I am finding that what I am doing is something I can live with, not just a diet.

Kaiyle 2010-08-20 10:10:46 -0500 Report

I hope this information will help you as well my friend…


You and your doctor will decide what your target blood sugar levels should be.
For people without diabetes, according to experts, blood sugar levels should be:
Between 70 and 120 mg/ dL For people with type 2 diabetes:
Fasting (not eating for a period of time): up to 130 mg/dL
After meals: less than 180 mg/dL

Why should I check my blood sugar?
Monitoring your own blood sugar levels with a meter is a good thing to do. It helps you see how food, physical activity, and medicine affect your blood sugar levels. The readings can help you manage your type 2 diabetes day by day or even hour by hour. Keep a record of your test results and review them with your doctor at every visit.

How do I test my own blood sugar?
You use a tiny drop of blood and a meter. Be sure you know how to test your blood sugar levels the right way.
How often should I check my blood sugar levels?
Self-tests are usually done before meals, after meals, and/or at bedtime. Ask your doctor when and how often you need to check your blood sugar.

If I test my own blood sugar levels, do I still need the A1C test?
Yes. The results of both the blood sugar tests that you do yourself and A1C tests help you and your health care team get a complete picture of your control of type 2 diabetes. Learn more about the A1C test.

A1C is a blood test done in a doctor’s office or in a laboratory. An A1C shows your average blood sugar level over the past 2 to 3 months—and, by extension, how well your blood sugar is being controlled over time. Generally, doctors recommend that you get an A1C test up to 4 times a year.

It's important to know your A1C because it tells how balanced your blood sugar level is staying over time. Balanced blood sugar means that your blood sugar level is neither too high nor too low. It stays within a healthy range.

If your A1C is higher than it should be, don't lose hope. You CAN take steps to help bring it down. Every step you take now can help you lower your risk of future health problems caused by diabetes.

What should your target A1C be?
You and your doctor will decide what your target A1C should be. For most people with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association recommends an A1C of less than 7%. Another group of experts, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, recommends an even lower A1C of 6.5% or less.

Read the full article at

You can use this formula to figure out your carbs. Let's say you are in a 1,500 calorie diet. You calculate 50% of 1,500 = 750. Then you divide 750 by 4 (the number of calories in each carb) = 187.50. You can split it as follows:
If you have 3 meals and 3 snacks you can have 40 carbs in each of the three main meals and 20 carbs in each snack.
Make sure your carbs are whole such as whole bread, whole pasta, brown rice, etc.
But, as some people advised you here, be alert at your reaction when you eat certain carbs and to the amount you eat.
Emilia Klapp,RD, BS

Kaiyle August 8 at 4:33 am report
What I've learned in my diabetic class is that we can have 45-60 grams of carbs per meal and 15-25 grams of carbs per snack. Also 10-15 grams of fat per meal, no more than 35-55 grams of fat per day. You can also subtract from your total carb grams any fiber grams.

Sassylady955 2010-08-20 10:31:11 -0500 Report

I am thankful that this information is available to me. Some of this I did not know, and I have been a diagnosed diabetic for almost 20 years. I have learned more about my condition than what doctors have been telling me from this article. Thank you! I am going to reasearch more to be able to better control this disease. I want to be better informed for myself and my family.

kdroberts 2010-08-19 19:49:42 -0500 Report

Sorry but your doctor is absolute moron. Under 60 will start causing problems, 20 would put a lot of people in a coma. Over 140 and you are doing permanent organ damage. I would look for a new doctor ASAP. Most doctors will tell you to go to the ER with blood sugar over 400 and, especially for type 1's, not to work out with blood sugar over 250.

joni55 2010-08-19 23:39:22 -0500 Report

I was thinking of going to an endocrinologist. I knew this information wasn't right.

GabbyPA 2010-08-21 09:20:28 -0500 Report

An endo is a great option. Just make sure that the one you choose does know about diabetes. There are all kinds of internal diseases to learn about, and you want one who understands diabetes.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-08-19 17:31:02 -0500 Report

I was told to worry if mine where over 600 or under 60.

joni55 2010-08-19 18:43:53 -0500 Report

Someone told me that the readings he was saying would have me in the hospital. Thanks Jeannie. Mine get down in the 60s and I start having visual problems and start to black out, so I am concerned.

judylynn4168 2010-08-20 10:33:46 -0500 Report

sweaty you realy need a new doc,. i go to a internal doc, because i also have thyroid desease .she s the best and takes care of me realy good .i put my life in her hands and i can close my eyes with no worries.find a new doc, .JUDY

joni55 2010-09-07 11:24:54 -0500 Report

My apologies for not responding sooner, Judy. Edited to say that he is good with other things but not good with the hypoglycemia. I need to find someone else for that.