Newly diagnosed

By cherokee1 Latest Reply 2010-12-18 01:07:05 -0600
Started 2010-12-11 03:34:19 -0600

I was diagnosed in July with a Glucose reading of 377…Tuesday i had a blood test an d my reading was 105…i have lost 17 pounds and am proud of myself…but my glucose does some spiking…Is tjhis something I should be worried about? or is it natural/

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Kirla 2010-12-12 10:24:00 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366. Don’t know what it did after eating because I wasn’t testing my peaks back then. But it usually went up over 100 points 2 hours after eating. Now I hardly ever go over 140.

200 is high for an after meal reading. I read somewhere that damage starts with reading of 140 and more. Right after being diagnosed I started to test before and 2 hours after each meal. When my numbers dropped a lot I started to test before and 1 hour after eating. Now I test before and 45-60minutes after breakfast, 25 minutes after lunch and 1 hour after dinner. I recently found that I spike at different times after different meals. Sometimes I test at night before going to bed and once in a great while I will test at 2-3 in the morning just to see what I’m doing in the middle of the night.

Fasting blood sugar and before eating your numbers should be below 100. After eating I try and keep mine below 140 and most of the time below 120. My numbers will often be in the 70’s and 80’s. Once in awhile I will get a reading in the upper 50’s and 60’s. I don’t take meds or insulin so I don’t worry about going low. If on meds or insulin you have to be careful of lows. Some doctors don’t like you to go under 90 if on insulin because of the lows. You should discuss this with your doctor if taking lots of meds or insulin. I don’t worry about them at all.

I found by testing I can not eat starchy 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, they all spike my blood sugar.

Right after being diagnosed I started to eat a salad every night at supper, lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. I found chicken, fish, beef or pork doesn’t spike my blood sugar. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

It only took about 4-6 weeks for my blood sugar to approach number numbers and my A1C went from 14.1 to 5.9 in less than 4 months and my latest A1C was 5.2

Good luck

GabbyPA 2010-12-11 15:30:02 -0600 Report

Good for you! You are doing a great job. Our levels naturally rise and fall with the foods we eat. As you find out the foods that spike you, you will be able to adjust your foods to keep them to a minimum.

realsis77 2010-12-11 11:01:54 -0600 Report

Hi when I was spiking my doctor decided it was best for me to be on insulin! I now take two different kinds of insulin and my blood sugar is a steady even . Its usually perfect now! I was struggling with very high numbers but now I can expect good readings due to my insulin! I also feel better and have much more engery! Not everyone can do it with diet and excersice. I couldn't. I needed some help. Everyone is different but for me I needed the extra help. If you keep spiking id talk to my doc about possiably addiding a pill or insulin. Start small with the pill. Pills didn't work for me so I had to go to insulin. The shots really don't hurt and the bennifits are great.. but like I said I couldn't take the pill it didn't work. You have. Options to help with your high blood sugar. Id discuss my options with my doctor. I'm glad I did. Good luck to you.

cherokee1 2010-12-11 12:50:17 -0600 Report

thanks…I went to the doctor and she did not seem to be worried because the spike was about 200…she said it must be some food that I am eating…so I am keeping a list of my food…right now…I think it is baanas…

GabbyPA 2010-12-11 15:28:09 -0600 Report

Those bananas will do that. Usually 1/2 half of a banana is a full serving carb wise and because there is pure sugar in it, it tends to spike. If you add a little peanut butter with your banana that will help with the spikes. (most likely...everyone is different, but give it a try)

tomecom 2010-12-11 09:03:28 -0600 Report

do what I did. go to and download a free copy of the Diabetes Primer. It is designed for newly diagnosed diabetics, but it is a must read for all diabetics. It has a glycemic index table in it that will help you plan your meals around low glycemic index foods, which will help regulate your blood sugars.

Kirla 2010-12-12 19:09:59 -0600 Report

Thanks. I have pretty good control of my blood sugar. Always looking for new or excellent info on Diabetes. The Diabetic Primer looks like an excellent program.

Have you purchased the handbook. It only cost $10.00. I may buy it. Just would like to know if you bought the book and what you thought of it if you did.

For some of you who need extra help you can click on the link below.


GabbyPA 2010-12-11 15:26:39 -0600 Report

Can you post the whole website? When I go there I don't get anything diabetes related.

tomecom 2010-12-12 06:41:22 -0600 Report

Gabby: you open the website. Then you type the name of the program into the search box at the top (Diabetes Primer). It will take you to the page where you can download it. email me at small if you need more help. I will walk you through it.

Cnenadich 2010-12-11 13:47:47 -0600 Report

Wow thanks for the info… I was just told yesterday that I have type 2 uncontrollable and put on metformin… I was so depressed this morning trying to figure out what to eat so I could take my pill… I am scared to death of this damn disease!!!!!! I am going to read that info and any other info I can find…

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