Hi, I am new to the site and wanted to say hi.

By Star40 Latest Reply 2014-11-30 13:19:00 -0600
Started 2010-11-20 14:40:18 -0600

My name is Michelle, I am from Ohio. I am 40 years old and was diagnosed Feb of 2000.
I am on U-500 (concentrated) insulin and metformin 2000 mg a day. My last A1C was over 9 so i was switched to these medications.

I am struggling with high blood sugars no matter what i eat. I haven't tried following the glycemic index. My biggest problem is knowing what to buy to make meals.
Anyway, i am here to learn and thanks for checking out my post.

27 replies

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2011-01-26 11:15:18 -0600 Report

Hey Michelle. I have learned a few new things. Have you had a test for C-Reactive Protein? My Cigna asked for it. It was not routine like AlC. I had it in Dec and Jan and both times it was very high. That could me (a) heart troubles or (b) inflammation. I was asked to cut out glutin, dairy, red meat, whites (sugar, potatoes), tomatoes and peanuts. I could eat raw nuts. For 3 weeks I have taken nutriional supplements provided by my doctor. I've eaten chicken, turkey, fish, fruit, and vegetable raw or organic preferred. Nothing packaged or canned. At the end of 21 days we should have all the tests back to find out what my body is either allergic to or what is not functioning properly. Eitherway the swelling left my legs after 10 days and I stoped having to take Tylenol just to go to sleep without pains. It is easy to leave off some food if I know it creates inflammation and swelling.

LRD 2014-11-30 13:11:45 -0600 Report

Nice to know. I have never heard of the C-Reactive Protein. Thanks for the info. Linda

Lisa07 2010-11-24 20:11:00 -0600 Report

Hi Michelle, I have the same problem too. You should talk to your doctor or the dietician. There's alot of food that I can't even eat. I try to eat alot of veggies,salad and no carbs sometime. I eat alot of salmon because I love fish and I llive in Seattle. The good news is it doesn't spike my BS. Fyi try stop eating at 8pm. It works for me! Check the glycemic index of every food that you eat. Goodluck!!!!

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2010-11-22 14:17:08 -0600 Report

Hey Michelle! I found that I count manage my diet with carb counting using a book called Calorie King 2010. My dietician advised me to stick to 45 carbs at a meal and 15 at a snack. Drink water, water, water, green tea is nice too. My treats are Kroger Cherry Acai yogurt (light) and Fudgesicles. I have that or a Sp K cereal with pecans for my evening snack. I stumbled into a neat exercise routine. When my preschool classes come in the morning, half of their time I do a DVD designed for their exercise with song. It is not fast and there are 10-15 repetitions of each action. I really felt it in my arms and thighs the first week. So look into Disney and other children's selections for a change of pace. "Killer" aerobics are not necessary-movement 60" a day is. Good luck. Be a friend. let me hear from you. Mrs. Alice

Star40 2010-11-22 18:28:58 -0600 Report

Thanks for the info Mrs. Alice. The yogurt sounds good. I have always been a big water drinker. I will check out the stuff you suggested.

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2010-11-23 12:27:54 -0600 Report

Hey I actually saw the fibromyalgia post too. You know I have decided I have a systemic problem. Yesterday I had one of my other checkups and my fibro was my pain, not sinus or allergies. When that kicks up, I just relax and let things slide on by. Why worry about the small stuff? My rheumatologist gave me Cymbalta which normally keeps me on even keel. Holidays and stressors of life may have me this week keeping me off balance. Hope you do well.

toowitchie 2010-11-22 05:34:58 -0600 Report

Hi Michelle, how does the U-500 work for you? My dr wans to pu me on it soon, also being checked for the pump. My sugars are way out of whack too! Yup, no matter what I eat, even a simple salad with no dressing will send it to the moon and beyond. It is sooo frustrating!! My A1C is 8+ as well… due to my lung disease, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, I find it hard to engage in much excercise. I take 2000 mgs of metformin and 290 units of lantus and 180 units of novolog yikes thats alot I know, but it's true too. The dr now wants to add in actos

Star40 2010-11-22 18:27:00 -0600 Report

Hi Toowitchie, actually i think the u-500 is working great so far. It is a much smaller dose of insulin (i was on those larger doses of lantus and novolog also) my doctor says u-500 is the best. Since i have been on it i am struggling with lows that aren't actually lows (lol). So, when my sugar gets to normal i feel like i am crashing (i have a few times) and my body goes into binge eating mode. I can't seem to stop that right now.
I have only been on it a few weeks so hopefully soon I will be evened out. Why is it taking this long? I haven't been very scheduled here of late and I miss medicine and shots, skip breakfast and morning shots, ect…
As far as actos goes, for some it is a very good medicine (all depends on the body). My mother has been diabetic for atleast 30 years now and she takes actos and 1000 metformin. She has perfect blood sugars and eats whatever she wants. She could eat 3 bowls of cheerios and not have it affect her bs. If i tried to eat one mine would be almost 300. Just not fair. lol
I have fibromyalgia also. What do you take for it? I take Neurontin. It helps most of the time.
Add me as a friend so we can keep chatting. :)

Star40 2010-11-21 22:59:27 -0600 Report

Hi nancy, Luckily I haven't had any of those issues with metformin; although, i have heard others have.
I am currently struggling with the exercise. I used to go to the gym but since i quit this last time i am embarrassed to go back.
Hi momhargrave. That is what i am hoping to find from this website. Thanks for sharing ladies.

nancyUT 2010-11-21 19:21:46 -0600 Report

hello my name is nancy i am 39 and was also diagnosed in 2000 i cant believe you take that much metformin they had me on 1500 and i told them they needed to ower it cuz i wasnt living my life in the bathroom any way im off that med and i take two different insilinss my sugars have been high and i dont know why but i do know now that it has been snowing i havent been out walking cuz walking does make your sugars go down so im struggling to i sometimes hate this disease i was on this site 2 yrs ago and where the time went i dont know but im back now for the friendships and info

momhargrave 2010-11-21 17:46:08 -0600 Report

Hi Michelle, I am from Texas. I am 55and diagnosed in March of '09. I have been here afew months. I learn,I cry, I sound off about things I don't understand, and I laugh on this site. Though I don't know a single person formally I know I caring friends here how feel all the same emotions. When my family doesn't understand there are thousands here how hold my hand. God Bless All. You will feel their Love too.

Star40 2010-11-21 15:55:43 -0600 Report

Thanks for all the wonderful comments. I have talked to my doctor about using an insulin pump and he says I have to be more strict. He said if he sees more improvement on checking sugar levels and taking insulin regularly he will get me on the pump.
I get so discouraged with high bs that i just want to give up. Who am i kidding, i get so discouraged i can't eat what i want and still have great blood sugars. lol
I do have a few diabetic books/cookbooks. I just recently purchased the Diabetic Bible.
If you know of any other good ones please let me know. I love to read and even after 10 years still need all the knowledge i can get.

LRD 2014-11-30 13:19:00 -0600 Report

Diebetic Bible. what does it contain? Never heard of it, but then I have only had an md for diabeties. Linda

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2010-11-23 12:35:50 -0600 Report

"I can't eat what I want." Develop foods you want to eat. We haven't done some types of things in so long (like fry) that we no longer prefer them. Discover some things you just love as a main course. (ex:Sirloin is the best beef for us). Add branch foods: roasted asparagus, whole wheat pasta and veggie salad, baked sweet potato with cinnamon, wheat rolls, sugar free pudding as an icing on angel food cake, fresh stawberries dipped in splenda/no fat sour cream,… I used to by-pass food that I thought was too expensive. I still watch and coupon, but I get those foods for two reasons. (1) We need healthy food that is enjoyable and (2) the food will help keep me legal and healthy with my blood sugar.

Elrond 2010-11-21 23:30:57 -0600 Report

Just as a side comment, people like yours truly who write for a living are always very happy to meet people who love to read. Welcome again :)

GabbyPA 2010-11-21 10:46:13 -0600 Report

Welcome to the party Michelle! We are a bunch of great folks here who enjoy life and learning how to work through it with our diabetes. It is good to see that you and your doctor are being pro active in your treatments. You can learn a lot here and have fun doing it. There are a lot of great recipes here and one of the things that helped me with meals was looking for recipes here and making up a whole week of main dishes and side dishes for my family dinners. It teaches you how to plan meals and make them more low carb and hopefully get you some lower numbers as well.

Great to have you here. I am sure the past 10 years have taught you a lot of things that we would love to hear about as well.

realsis77 2010-11-21 10:03:05 -0600 Report

Hi and welcome to dc! What helped me a lot is buying some books on diabetes and diabetic cook books. You can find them very inexpensive on ebay. Or amazon. I love my books they have really helped me a lot! Remember knowledge is power! Look for some books and I think you will be glad you did. That's what I did and it clears up a lot of confusion! Best wishes to you!

RAYT721 2010-11-21 09:26:55 -0600 Report

Michelle: you may be interested in checking out the website: www.livestrong.com and under "tools" will find "My Plate D." The site is an online food journal that can help you monitor food intake, exercise, carbs, and more and while it takes a little time for initial setup it is free and can be beneficial to you.

gregsteele 2010-11-21 09:20:52 -0600 Report

Welcome to D.C. as the rest have said no one diet works for everyone ,and you will find what works for you, Harlens idea is really good writing down what you eat and its effect on your bg is a priceless tool you can go back and consult later it will be of great help ,it will get easier , and by coming here you will learn so much and have the greatest support you could ever want, again welcome. love to all GREG

Elrond 2010-11-20 20:34:24 -0600 Report

Hello Michelle,
Let me add my welcome to the others. There are a lot of friendly, helpful people here. We're not professional healthcare experts but among us we have centuries of experience living with diabetes. James (jayabee) is correct, no specific diet will work exactly the same for everyone so you will need to experiment and see what works for you. On the plus side, there are many delicious recipes on this site that are well worth trying. Or, there are tons of low-carb recipes on other sites. One of my favorite recipe sites is dlife.com but there are many others. In case you can't tell, I'm a 'foodie'. My family and friends consider me to be a gourmet chef even though I've never been formally trained. Being diabetic doesn't mean you must eat boring food. And my non-diabetic roommate enjoys the food I cook. Harlen's suggestion of an insulin pump is a good one. It might be a good idea to speak with your health care professional about it. Mine has really freed me to eat more different types of food. Hang in with us and enjoy.

Harlen 2010-11-20 19:05:30 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
This is such a great site with lots of good frends
You may wish to think of using a pump ?????
You may wish to right down what and how much you eat and I meen every thing what your BS is befor you eat and two Hr after you eat .
Feel free to rite any time
Best wishes

RAYT721 2010-11-20 17:35:15 -0600 Report

Hi Michelle! Glad you found us. I am also from NE Ohio (N Royalton). If I can help in any way, please feel free to drop a line. You will learn so much from the members here and connect with some pretty cool people that you can learn alot from… God knows, I have learned a lot in a short time. Looking forward to hearing more from and about you.

jayabee52 2010-11-20 15:35:07 -0600 Report

Howdy and WELCOME to DC Michelle!
I think you're in a good place here. A lot of friendly helpful people here.

You can use the Glycemic Index as a general guideline, but to really get a handle on what you PERSONALLY can (or should) eat, you have to use your glucometer to test various foods. Take your Glood glucose number ("BG#") before you eat to get a baseline reading. You eat a food and 2 hrs after you take the first bite of food, you test again. Record in your food log what you ate, and how much yo ate and how much it raised your BG#s. That is the way you can find out what foods work for you, and which foods spike your BG#s.

Blessings to you and yours


Star40 2010-11-20 15:21:57 -0600 Report

thanks. Yeah, i just seen him and he is sending me to a nutritionist. I told him i need a nutritionist that can follow up with me so he is sending me to one.

thanks for you post.
your new friend
Michelle :)

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2010-11-20 15:18:58 -0600 Report

Welcome to our big happy family here at DC. I was told how many carbs I should have per meal. which is 45 to 60 grams of carbs per meal. Ask your doctor if he will send you to a diabetic dietation. They can help you with what you should eat and not. I know that more of our DC family will have answers for you. Take care and try not to stress because that can cause your bs to go higher.
Hope to hear from you again.
Your new friend

Next Discussion: gobble gobble »