Does ever get better?

By Jeanna03 Latest Reply 2011-03-06 21:24:04 -0600
Started 2010-10-11 08:29:10 -0500

Well went to my first visit since I was diagnosed, was painless, told me to come back in 3 months and see the dietician. So I ahve seen the dietician, 3 meals a day 45 carbs and 3 snacks of 15, seemed pretty simple. NOT!. I cannot seem to get on the train here. I have a very busy home life. I work 40 hours a week, I take a 12 hours of college hours, volunteering on the fire department and citizens police academy, I cant seem to find time to fit all this eating in and then excercise on top of that. So now I have battled low blood sugar numbers for a week now. Been drunk with out the alcohol. Does anyone have any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate any help!!! Have a great day.

5 replies

EJMac 2011-03-06 21:24:04 -0600 Report

First of all, I learned to always carry food with me to avoid low blood sugars. I also eat more often throughout the day and less each time. I also know what you mean about not enough time, but it does get easier and more automatic after awhile. I started making a vegetable soup because I just couldn't get all my vegetables in each day. Make a big pot of soup and it lasts a long time. Have to have healthy food ready to eat at a moments notice. If you browse and read alot of these posts, you will learn alot.

Kirla 2010-10-11 10:13:47 -0500 Report

I found that eating 45 carbs per meal and 15 per snack was way too much. My blood sugar spiked over 100 points 2 hours after eating. Not good. When I told my doctor that oatmeal spiked my blood sugar he said if it spikes your blood sugar than don’t eat it. Great advice.

Well by testing before and after eating I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

I also found that drinking lots of water (8 glasses per day) and eating lots of low carb vegetables like salads, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers and pickles to name a few all helped in lowering my blood sugar.

When diagnosed I downloaded all the info from the ADA website with all the recommendations on what and how to eat. I started to make meal plans for eating right. I wasted several days of my life trying to figure it all out. I was taking my meds and trying to do what was right. I was keeping a log of all the foods I ate and was trying to make sure I was getting the right amount of carbs, fats and protein.

Only thing is my meter was telling me different. 2 hours after eating my blood sugar was spiking all over the place. Didn’t know what was going on. I was reading about people will have learned to control there blood sugar and almost everyone I found who were able to control there blood sugar and get off the meds all followed some kind of low carb diet.

I then read about how carbs spiked people’s blood sugar. High carb starchy foods like I mentioned above all will spike blood sugar. So when I noticed when I ate and my blood sugar spiked, next time I ate, I cut back on the high carb starchy foods. At first I just cut the serving size. It helped a lot but wasn’t good enough. Over several weeks I learned that some foods and almost all foods that contained more than 5-6 net carbs per serving all spiked my blood sugar. I eventually had to stop eating certain foods all together.

To make a long story short my fasting blood sugar went from 366 when diagnosed to almost normal numbers 6 weeks later. My A1C went form 14.1 to 5.9 in about 4 months. At this time I wasn’t visiting and reading discussions like this one. I thought that this was normal. Getting control was fairly easy.

Then one day I visited dlife and found that most people were suffering and getting what I call bad advise. So I have spent over a year now telling my story and even wrote a blog on how I controlled my blood sugar and how and what I eat. I have even been able to stop taking all meds and all my blood work has been good. Blood pressure, cholesterol and my blood sugar has been normal for about a year and a half now. My latest A1C was 5.2 and all A1C’s after the first have been under 6.0.

This is what worked for me.

Good luck

Harlen 2010-10-11 09:40:25 -0500 Report

It dose get better as one works at it and makes time to do what we need to do.
As with adding any thing new to ones life it just takes time to get it all down.
Hang in there you can do it.
Best wishes

GabbyPA 2010-10-11 08:43:58 -0500 Report

Snacking is what will help you prevent those lows. Even if you cannot get a mini meal, just grab a handful of peanuts or make up some snack bags that you can take with you on the road between places. If you keep it handy then you can grab it when you need it.

Johnben or JB.
Johnben or JB. 2010-10-11 15:33:34 -0500 Report

I found that it was all important to watch the amounts of food you eat.
Last night my wife Johanna made an very good tasting meal all allowed stuff.

Did eat too much and today I woke up with 13.3 a real shocker for a 5.9 HGA1C fellow. I don't let it sit around for long so it won't do much harm. But if it becomes habittuall it sure will do damage.

JB, diabetes for 50 years.

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