Ups and Downs with Diabetes

By Babes6995 Latest Reply 2011-02-08 17:58:55 -0600
Started 2010-09-14 15:47:43 -0500

Does anyone else go through the highs and lows of diabetes. I've been going through this for the past 2 or 3 weeks now, and am just about at my whits end. I am a type 2 diabetic, and can start out at 115 first thing in the morning. When I take my Metformin 500mg, have my cold cereal with artificial sugar, and hot tea with sugar and milk, it can go up to 181 or thereabouts. Then I wait it out to come down. I am getting very uptight and upset and am just having a very bad time.

18 replies

MewElla 2011-02-08 14:01:27 -0600 Report

To me, diabetes is like a new day of roller coaster events, and it does not matter how careful I try to be with the food intake, it might be a slightly larger portion, a little bit of stress, not sleeping well, new aches and something out of kilter and the number's will flucuate. I get frusterated when I see a higher # than normal for my range, then realize that the best thing I can do is to chill out and get on my exercise. Not only does it clear my mind, numbers are right on target. I just can't believe this disease is not a "one size fits all" but different every day as a rule. I can never get complacent with it, or it takes me over. I totally get your frusteration and I think most of have been or will be getting there within hrs. I have been at this for a year and it is most definitely a work in progress. Plse take a deep breath, try to relax and keep working at it, by checking your #'s more frequently to get a handle on it; then talk to your dr about it. Good Luck to you.

runthe 2011-02-08 12:16:10 -0600 Report

Hi, I am having the same problem as you do. I was on metformin but not any more. I am now taking Insulin because I could not keep my blood sugar down. You need to talk to your dr about this. Stressing over this can make your blood sugar go up. I wish you the best of luck.

lorna13 2011-02-07 23:46:03 -0600 Report

Please check with your doctor soon! They may have to change your medication. I am insulin dependent now, because I didn't have a good diabetic social group until recently. I still have bad days but with the help of my support group I can handle it emotionally. I don't want you to get stressed out because of the numbers, but I don't want anyone to have to take shots if they can avoid it.

AuntieBear 2011-02-07 23:27:49 -0600 Report

I don't really do the roller coaster thing. I have really high bgs in the mornings (over 150 before breakfast) then I taper off during the day. I do know that any kind of cereal hot or cold spikes my bg big time. I don't really have any words of wisdom for you, but it does sound like you are doing things the right way. So just try to stay positive about it. If it gets too hard to handle talk to your doctor or diabetes educator. Maybe they can come up with something that will work for you. Sorry I can't be of more help.

Pynetree 2011-02-07 22:08:41 -0600 Report

Relax…that is an expected rise in BG from eating (carbs) But not a giant, out of control spike. And after 3 hrs, I'm sure it comes down a bit, to level off. This is a normal reaction to eating. You would really benefit from testing a few times a day, and writting down your BG, what you ate, how much, how you're feeling, what's going on in your life, and if you exercise. Soon you will have a good idea of what foods cause a spike, or if exercise takes it up or down, how your body reacted to stress. But, it's a learning process.

Pamiekae 2011-02-07 21:50:13 -0600 Report

I have similar problems. My numbers just don't want to make sense no matter what I try. One thing I have changed in my morning foods is the milk. I've always been intolerant of regular milk and a few years ago a friend mentioned Almond based milk. I have been using it ever since and now can enjoy eating cereal and as it comes in chocolate flavor, I can enjoy having hot chocolate milk which I couldn't do before. You might also talk to your doctor about upping your current amount of metformin. I take it, and started at 1 pill in morning and 1 at night for 1000 total in day. My numbers were up in the 250 and higher range. After only 2 weeks on the meds he upped the amount to 2 in morning and 2 at night for total of 2000 mgs a day and now my numbers are down into the 120 to 14o ranges most days. Still high, but better. I get frustrated but keep trying. Could you drink your tea with out the milk? I know I love to drink my Earl or Lady Grey and Irish Morning tea's with it in it, but it does help to not use it in the tea. Maybe only add it once a week as a treat in your tea. Do you have a diabetes book that tells you the numbers that each food in every catagory has? If not, you might look in your local library or bookstore for one. It's helped me a lot. Things I thought were healthy to eat were really some of the things that were adding to my numbers!

Hope the suggestions you've gotten help, I know it's hard to NOT stress about it, but just remember that we're here, we'll do all we can to help and look at the recipes that you can find here and try some of them and see if that helps any for you. What you eat at night before bed can and does effect your morning numbers and I have found some great dinner and snack idea's here that have helped alot!

Let us know how you're doing!!!!


pattiL 2011-02-07 20:54:31 -0600 Report

I know the feeling. I am going on two years now, and am having a hard time right now. I want to loose weight and cant. I am on metformin and glyberide. they work but i would like to loose the weight to get the diabetes under control.

Pamiekae 2011-02-07 21:55:37 -0600 Report

I know what you mean about the losing weight. My doctor was positive the metformin would make me lose weight. I went up 5 pounds the first week I was on them. I've managed to loose it but it's a continuous fight and I eat very healthy and in small amounts just like all the books say. I have back and leg issues that keep me from being able to exercise. Walking to my mailbox is a major trip for me. Has you're doctor given you any insight on other ways to help with the weight?

kathyham 2011-02-08 17:58:55 -0600 Report

I had heard that Metformin would cause you to lose weight too,but it never did for me. That would be great if it did! I was told to take it right before I ate meals,but had trouble remembering to do that. There is just no EASY way to lose weight!! Eating less & exercise is the only way to do it.

kathyham 2011-02-07 20:35:14 -0600 Report

I used to have that very problem when I was first diagnosed about 4 years ago. I got so alarmed,I was afraid to eat. Then I took a few classes on Diabetes & it really helped me. I started eating smaller meals & took up walking. I was able to lose 25lbs. Since that time,my DR. took me off Metformin & I have been doing fine so far. It is very hard not to regain the weight & it does fluctuate from time to time & I really have to watch what & when I eat.

LTennion 2010-10-18 09:58:41 -0500 Report

Good Morning! It has been approximately 3 yrs since my diagnosis of Type 11 Diabetes, so I'm certainly no expert on the disorder, but I can relate to what you're going thru. For me, I have observed a cycle that seems to ocurr, simular to the grieving process. Anger, denial, why me?, frustration, rebellion, sadness, overwhelmed, depression, then perhaps…optimism, encouragement, renewed strength and desire to fight and win the battle. It is an emotional roller coaster that is "ongoing". Diabetes is a very fascinating and yet frustrating disorder to cope with. What you eat and when you eat one day may result in good blood sugar levels, so naturally you think, "Ok, I got this down…I like that, but the following day (eating as the day before) only your blood sugar doesn't react the same. Sometimes there seems to be no rhyme or reason. I often feel a sense of failure. But you must realize that feelings of disapointment and failure are bound to surface from time to time. Just gather your strength, pick yourself up, as soon as you can, and move on. "This too shall pass" I know from my own experiences, that this is alot harder than it sounds, but when it's all said and done, what choices do we have? Just do the best that you can do at the time. It all adds up. Whether you are doing the right things or the wrong things…it will catch up to you eventually. You don't want to pay the consequences for continued bad decisions. I have made mistakes unknowingly and I have made intentional bad choices. I have spent much time in denial and rebelled against my medications and control diabetes has on my daily life. I have also paid the price with complicatons and lengthy hospital stays because of it. You have to take this seriously. Another thing to consider is that it's usually not just about "You", hopefully, you have people in your life that love and care about you. One of my biggest fears is becoming a burden (this is easily felt) Instead, view your circumstances as an opportunity to become an inspiration and make all those you come in contact with, mostly yourself - Proud!. Take it one day at a time.
Get mad, if that's what it takes, but be determined, be stubborn & hardheaded…
this is the one time, you'll get away with it.
I hope I have brought a persective to light and been some sort of help. Hopefully when I' am facing another "low" moment, you can share some words of encouragement as well. Best Wishes!

newbie51 2010-09-14 23:37:26 -0500 Report

My morning and bedtime bs are the hardest for me. I have highs in the morning and sometimes highs at bedtime also. I have to watch what I eat. I drink tea but only with Splenda in it. I am trying to eat more fruits and vegetables and that helps. Just be patient and diligent and they will eventully lower.

GabbyPA 2010-09-14 20:41:00 -0500 Report

I always liken it to a medical amusement park and diabetes is the roller coaster. I totally relate to it. Sometimes it is like trying to loose weight and you get on the scale 5 times a day to see what is happening. YIKES!

Seriously, we do need to test to keep an eye on things. The ups and downs tell us things if we listen right. If your numbers are jumping more than 40 points after a meal, then a reassessment of the food choices should be considered. Maybe the cereal is affecting you poorly. Maybe it is the milk? That is a carb and carb meal. You might want to change it to add some protein or some fat to it, to slow down the spike.

Really it could be any number of things and that is why journalling our foods and other things can be so important. Use those numbers as tools. Don't let them rule you, just guide you. It helps curb the frustration some.

nmktig 2010-09-14 22:25:25 -0500 Report

it get so hard i want to cry i just keep getting more insulin and they still dont come down.. and then half time dont eat and high. trying to eat and work on exercise but it hurt big a big women

CaliKo 2010-09-14 15:59:03 -0500 Report

My fasting blood sugar was the most difficult number to bring down, but I can't eat much first thing either. I finally switched to oatmeal (1/3 cup before cooking) with a small amount of artificially sweet syrup, Maple Grove is my favorite. And now I drink my coffee black. That's at 6:30 or 7 in the morning, and I don't eat anything else until 9:30, when I have a one carb serving of fruit, usually blueberries or melon. The oatmeal keeps me less hungry than any kind of cereal. It's hard, but sticking to whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and a reasonable amount of fats helps keep me from swinging high and low too much.

alanbossman 2010-09-14 15:54:24 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to dc family. how long have you been diabetic? sometimes it will take awhile to get numbers to level out. you may need to cut out sugar and milk with your tea. both of those will drive up you numbers
which cold cereal do you eat some have high carbs

Babes6995 2010-10-06 12:14:48 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info. I usually have my cereal with artificial sweetener and 1% milk. I just don't know what's happening. I am having some very rough days. I'm glad I am not the only one who is going through this. Sometimes you feel it's just you. Keep in touch. Thanks. Rita