High sugar levels

By arie Latest Reply 2011-01-17 18:17:41 -0600
Started 2010-12-13 12:21:32 -0600

Hi everyone, I haven't been on in awhile…I need some advice…my doctor of 15 years has left…I was so disappointed that I let my sugar levels get high…I felt like I didn't have anyone who cared anymore… and now I don't have a doctor…it was another doctor @ the doctor's office that I went 2, but I just don't care 4 him…but I guess until I can fine me another doctor who I am comfortable with.. I have 2 deal with him… I need 2 get my sugar down…right now it is in the 400
and I know that is not good..and I don't want 2 go on insulin…I know I can get it down without the insulin, because I had done it before without taking insulin… and I had it down 2 like 126
I have made a doctor's appointment to see this doctor in the mean time…but until my appointment date…can anyone tell me what I can take 2 help me get it back down…My sister is a diabetic also and she told me that I shouldn't excerise with a sugar level of 400, because that would only make it go higher
I could use some help right now… I really want 2 start my excerise back :)

7 replies

MewElla 2011-01-17 18:17:41 -0600 Report

I'm T2 diabetic. I journal all food, exercise and drink a LOT of ice cold water. If #'s are higher than usual, I can check each day's journal and see what I did eat and how much I exercised that tells me the real story of what I have to correct. Good Luck to you…

Vanilla Jean
Vanilla Jean 2011-01-17 18:06:16 -0600 Report

Hi, Arie this is Jean. The only way I know is eat healthy, low carbs, more vegetables, drink plenty of water, and follow the doctor's advice. You may have to take Insulin until it is down or he may start you on pills. If anyone else knows how, then that would be great. You may not like him: but if he gives you good advice take it, until you can find one you are more comfortable with. In the mean time I would love to be your firiend and talk to you about anything you like.

tomecom 2010-12-17 11:34:53 -0600 Report

It might help to understand how your body processes food. Everything you eat, except protein is converted into glucose and placed into the bloodstream. Normally the body would insert, proportionally, enough insulin to deal with it. Insulin docks on cell membranes and opens the cells to allow the glucose and insulin to enter, where it is converted into fuel. Type II diabetics have insulin resistance which means that the number of cells that take in insulin and glucose are fewer in number, so they both build up in the bloodstream.

Low glycemic index carbs convert to glucose very slowly, so they do not cause a rapid increase in blood sugars. High glycemic index foods cause a sudden increase in blood sugars and typically are followed by a crash afterward. How much you eat will also determine how high your blood sugars rise.

You need to get a gllycemic index table and start eating low glycemic index foods only. You also have to cut back on the amount of carbs you eat each day. I cannot eat more than 45-50 grams of carbs a day. You often see comments where counselors are telling diabetics to eat 70 grams per meal plus snacks. My blood sugars would be sky high if i did; and so would my weight.

The excess glucose and excess insulin are a bad combination. The excess insulin forces the excess glucose into storage as fat, and blocks its release. Eating high glycemic index foods or too much food, increases the amount of insulin in the bloodstream, and the chances of excess glucose being stored as fat. Type II diabetics have excess insulin in their bloodstream because of insulin resistance, which rises even higher when the cellls cannot uptake the glucose or insulin.

Exercise will only increase the blood sugar if the body has used the glucose that it had stored in muscle tissue. The liver then converts fat into glucose and puts it into the bloodstream to replace what was used. That is a good thing; and is only temporary. Exercise reduces insulin resistance which means more glucose is utilized by the body, instead of being stored as fat.

If it would help, I have a spreadsheet that you can use to track what you eat each day. It will calculate the number of carbs, calories, protein, fiber and primary vitamins and minerals that you eat each day. It has several hundred low glycemic index foods listed. It is a very powerful tool for diabetics. If you would like a copy email me at nelsonthomase@gmail.com small and I will forward a copy. I also have a glycemic index table that I will give you.

GabbyPA 2010-12-14 18:51:05 -0600 Report

When you had thing that worked in the past, go back to the roots. I was the same way, got things going down in the way I wanted and then got put on meds and got lazy. Now I am going back to what worked for me. Less carbs, more veggies, more raw foods and exercise of some kind every day. Get back to what you know works for you.

Anonymous 2010-12-13 14:54:18 -0600 Report

With #'s up in the 400s the only thing I can think of other then insulin
is cut the carbs why back and I mean way back
working out will help lower your Bs aswell.
You have others that care.
Best wishes

arie 2010-12-13 19:26:52 -0600 Report

thanx Harlen, I will do just that…do u think I can go back to working out with my sugar levels this high?

Harlen 2010-12-14 12:14:51 -0600 Report

When I first started it helped my blood sugars a lot but I didnt work out real hard
just a light work out
Sory for the Anonymous pots but the site wouldnot take it any other way thats why I put my name on it lol
Best wishes

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