Food/What food brings numbers down when you test?

By MewElla Latest Reply 2013-10-11 18:16:30 -0500
Started 2011-01-29 10:49:36 -0600

The two kinds of food I can always count on to bring my numbers down is eggs and strips of chicken (like in fajita) with vegetables. So far they always work for me. What works best for you??

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GabbyPA 2013-10-11 18:16:30 -0500 Report

Cucumbers help me a lot. I put them in my water, eat them plain or make a smoothie with them.

nzingha 2011-07-25 06:35:16 -0500 Report

This insulin is a trcky fellow.. it gives the impression sometimes that ur BS # has dropped to a low level… so u have to test… don't trust the way it makes u feel… and when u check u realise… no such thing… its either normal or low.. but maybe because ur body has been used to some high numbers.. it tricks u.. but GOSH this checking is sooo expensive.. the strips and costs r killing me…!

GabbyPA 2011-07-25 19:54:17 -0500 Report

That is the hard part, but usually you will learn how your body is doing and the signals it sends you. Once you get used to it. But testing, specially when you are on insulin, is vital. If it is costing too much, you might want to look into a less expensive meter and strips. I use the Reli-On brand. The strips are about $18 for 50. That helps me a lot. I pay out of pocket.

mrs_pink_67 2011-07-17 22:50:35 -0500 Report

I am such a pasta fein. But being type 1 my Dr has told me I can eat it every day if I choose I just need to adjust my fast acting insulin when I take my night time shot. Please don't think I eat it everyday all day that isn't the case but I LOVE it. We can eat spaghetti for dinner as my example here and I am just fine with the noodles only. The rest of family has to have their meat and sauce. I like all the things I am not suppose to have but I do not eat these things on a regular bases. I am not a red meat girl but everyone in the house is. I love chicken breast. I have never in all the 41 years of having this dandy disease heard of food lowering your blood sugar. Guess I will have to test that one out. :)

mrs_pink_67 2011-07-16 19:29:34 -0500 Report

My Doctor told me that if you extremely high exercise does the reverse. It makes the BS go even higher. If this is just an occasional thing I take 2-4 units of fast acting insulin and drink water. A lot of it.

GabbyPA 2011-07-17 08:52:32 -0500 Report

Yes, if you do so much that your liver kicks in and dumps a bunch of energy into your blood stream it can end up sticking there. That is also another reason that you shouldn't exercise if your levels are over 300 either. They tend to go up instead of down. Our bodies are so complex.

Sarri 2011-07-16 05:29:27 -0500 Report

Exercise and wine - especially red wine. White wine is too sweet, stick to the reds. Also other alcohol, but stay away from the mixed drinks and liquors. Tequilla, or rum & diet soda (like diet Coke). Merlot can bring my bs down by 100 points within an hour. Since the liver processes alcohol, it will not release glucose while it is busy processing the alcohol!

GabbyPA 2011-07-16 07:49:10 -0500 Report

I did this for a while and didn't really see a huge difference, but using 1/2 cup of merlot (that worked best for me as well) with my evening meal did do some good. It was just not a pleasurable thing for me (not so much into wine) and expensive to boot.

cavie2 2011-07-16 07:22:00 -0500 Report

Alcohol is not something I would recommend any diabetic to take to lower their BS. This is a dangerous practice to start. My niece has type 1 diabetes and she did exactly this on Christmas day a few years ago. Her BS had risen drastically with all the carbs she had eaten on Christmas day, and was found unconscious on the bathroom floor in the early hours of Boxing day. Her Glucogel (Hypostop) never brought her round and neither did the extra stuff paramedics gave her. She was rushed to the hospital where they gave her something else - she had tubes sticking out everywhere and her BS reading was around 0.15mmol/L UK (2.7mg/dl US) she was at deaths door and was lucky to be alive. She never made that mistake again I can assure you.

Somoca 2011-07-17 19:10:27 -0500 Report

I strongly agree with you cavie on the alcohol. Not a good suggestion. I have heard more people ending up in the hospital than NOT with that tip.

leana1967 2011-07-09 16:34:49 -0500 Report

water is always good and i know anther thing that will lower you sugar but its not food or water its exercise and walking this always helps me and my husband,along with the water

Richknowbody 2011-07-09 12:36:34 -0500 Report

A method I use to lower blood sugars is:

Drink a lot of water.

Can't think of any thing else you can eat that will lower blood sugars.

I will drink 2 liters in 10 minutes just to get the sugars down.

Richknowbody 2011-07-09 12:29:52 -0500 Report

Nice thread you started MewElla.
Is there really a food that lowers sugars?
One that raises slowly is nice.
My findings are about the same as other people that have responded here. Rice does raise my sugars fast and high.
I love to death potatoes, but had to stop eating them.

Cauliflower is my replacement love for potatoes.

Richknowbody 2011-07-09 10:55:55 -0500 Report

Hi MewElla,
I make my own wheat bread with rye in it. This bread raises my blood sugars slowly. I buy the rye and wheat in 50 lbs bags from Honeyville and grind it my self. I wish I could convey to others the importance of making your own bread if you are diabetic.
I gained control of my blood sugars only after I ate my bread exclusively.

nzingha 2011-06-15 07:54:56 -0500 Report

fish steamed with just vegetables.. no carbs… in the evenings…
sweet potatoes with fish and vegs for lunch
breakfast… sardines ( 2) with 4 crackers and a fruit
oh and eating any of these from a breakfast plate… and i'm good… for me its about the portions

gbc43 2011-04-30 05:45:33 -0500 Report

Try sauerkraut and sausage slo cooked in a crocxk pot .Potato with that .

jayabee52 2011-04-30 15:09:18 -0500 Report

Potato? That will shoot my BG#s through the roof! Sauerkraut and sausage, sounds yummy, and pretty neutral as far as BG effects.

majikinfl 2011-07-09 15:48:35 -0500 Report

sounds really high in sodium…if you have high blood pressure it will sure shoot up in a few days of eating like that…wouldn't you think??

gbc43 2011-05-01 06:04:05 -0500 Report

Try it that way, remember the size you can eat .— not fried , no butter,but soaked in krut juice …

Mistletoe 2011-07-09 11:56:53 -0500 Report

I bet the vinegar in the saurerkraut helps keep the potatoes from raising your BG and of course the fiber in the kraut and sausage. What kind of sausage do you use?

gbc43 2011-07-09 15:25:14 -0500 Report

Iam by my self so its a can of walmart krant ,a can of potatoes plus some Aldis sausage links .Their are six in a pack . I break it in to two meals . Put in small crock pot .

jayabee52 2011-07-09 12:39:27 -0500 Report

I am on an extremely low carb eating plan, so potatoes are out for me. While I have liked potatoes, I don't like them enough to not replace them with something I really, really enjoy. I do that to keep myself from feeling deprived and then am more tempted to cheat.

Yasmina 2011-04-25 10:05:04 -0500 Report

I can usually count on grilled chicken or evensmall amounts of grilled beef and some pork like boeless chops. Also fresh vegetables without any butter or salads without the dressing added.

MewElla 2011-04-20 13:47:31 -0500 Report

Rice does a number on my bg#'s…Now beans are a slow processing carb and I eat them often…

paul E Wog
paul E Wog 2011-04-19 15:56:56 -0500 Report

I find homemade tamales and beans&rice lower my numbers. I am also a fan of cinnamon on oatmeal and also toast

GabbyPA 2011-04-20 11:05:57 -0500 Report

Really? Rice? Beans? I would go sky high with that combination.

paul E Wog
paul E Wog 2011-04-20 12:04:45 -0500 Report

I thought so too,but it seems to do something that lowers my numbers. Actually after a number of years I still dont have a true handle on what foods raise or lower my readings. Although not scientific in my observations I do know what not to eat but not sure what to eat with any consistent results. I will share that after my Tai Chi class My reading can go down 20 points from my test results prior to the class. So I believe some forms of exercise do help

Mistletoe 2011-07-09 12:00:32 -0500 Report

Exercise always lowers my BG…even jumping on an exercise bike for 10 minutes helps lower it if too high.

NiraJean 2011-04-18 11:11:49 -0500 Report

I find root veggies seem to assist in bringing my blood sugar down. Try Raw or Steamed works for me also try a hand full of Almonds & Distilled Water.

presario 2011-04-18 09:49:56 -0500 Report

how would i cook the eggs and the fajitas? And how often would i eat it?like ones a day or ones a week? explain how to cook both plz MewElla.I love you sis.

kdroberts 2011-04-18 08:05:54 -0500 Report

There's no foods that will bring my numbers down, but a lot won't raise them. Anything that doesn't contain carb really

Jenn31297 2011-04-18 02:41:09 -0500 Report

veggies and protein (about 4-6 oz per meal), plus 6 oz of fruit at least twice a day, has brought my levels down tremendously. I was using insulin x 4 per day, now x1 per day and not every day :)

used to be
used to be 2011-04-17 22:56:46 -0500 Report

I brought it up once before and will do again. I under went the gastric bypass surgery to mitigate my diabetes. Yes, most insurances will only cover if you are grossly obese (100 pds or more overweight). I was not obese, but had a crew of doctors who were able to convince the insurance that it was cost effective and would be a very large improvement on my health. From 5 injectables and 5 prescription orals before surgery, at 7 months, I was down to 250 mg of metformin. I am now at 11 months and am on NO diabetes meds. Agreed it is not for every one, and is about $35,000 if you cannot get insurance coverage. For my insurance carrier, their break even point will be at about 32 months. So I guess it was a no brainer for the med officer who had to give the approval. I am 65 years old, feel about 45 and am told I look maybe 50.

Lulusa 2011-04-24 09:23:08 -0500 Report

Ialso had gastric baypass (I paid for it), however, it did not worked, I the same overweight and my sugar level is still high even with insuline and pills. Of course, I am still in the process of learning what foods are appropriate for me that would lower my glocose levels in the blood.

Iva Bircher
Iva Bircher 2011-04-19 13:42:53 -0500 Report

One of my Dr's has told me about getting the sleeve done. I am type 1 and on an insulin pump. My diabetes will never go away. But maybe I can get my weight under control.

agneslulu 2011-04-17 21:03:06 -0500 Report

I sprinkle cinnamon in my oatmeal every a.m., one of my friends takes a cinnamon capsule every day & swears it has lowered his levels. I also read that apple cider vinegar is good for keeping #'s low, so I drink some in water or put some on food, whether it is salads, beans, greens, whatever.

ladydogums 2011-04-29 20:41:41 -0500 Report

It does work cinammon and the vinegar I put it on almost everything I can look at candy and my sugars will go up

gebar3 2011-04-17 16:48:08 -0500 Report

A little secret: Before spending your money on the "healthy" frozen meals, check out the calories and content of the cheaper brand, like BANQUET. There is usually a lot less calories in these meals and just as filling but at a lot less money. When I eat a "tv" dinner for my evening meal I have a very good bg reading the next morning. A meal like this usually goes on sale in my area for around 79cents, and while they dont taste like a $40 steak, they are tasty and come in varieties. Just a thought some may like to try.

Florian 2011-04-16 15:14:52 -0500 Report

I don't think there is any kind of food that actively brings your blood sugar down. There are foods that you can eat that will not cause blood sugars to rise as rapildly or as much as carbohydrates. Those of course are the proteins like eggs, chicken, beef, pork, lamb, fish, and cheese to name a few.

sassydeblynn 2011-04-16 14:20:46 -0500 Report

I either drink vinegar and lemon water or I eat greens and salads with vinegar on them. I love lemon in my water even if I am not needed to lower my blood sugar. I also love vinegar.

Florian 2011-04-17 09:01:15 -0500 Report

I have been trying the vinegar as a way to lower postprandial spikes in blood sugar and it might be working. I add a tbs of apple cider vinegar and a tbs of balsamic vinegar to an 8 oz glass of lo salt V8 juice. I have that with my lunch which consists of a turkey and cheese sandwich on pumpernickel bread, sweet potato chips, and piece of fresh fruit for dessert. Its a low carb lunch to begin with but keeping the spikes down helps to keep the A1C in the right range.

ryguy1 2011-04-16 11:53:27 -0500 Report

Everybody is different and how their body reacts to food will be different. I personally have not found any foods that lower BG levels or increase insulin sensitivity. The only thing I know that will lower BG levels that I intake is alcohol.

Cari Lee
Cari Lee 2011-04-30 19:17:35 -0500 Report

Alcohol ???????? Wow, that's different. Usually alcohol will raise your blood sugar
levels real high. I've been told that. Guess everyone is different.

jayabee52 2011-04-30 20:24:11 -0500 Report

It depends on the type of alcohol and what is in it as far as mixers ect.

Cari Lee
Cari Lee 2011-04-30 22:34:59 -0500 Report

Oh ok. Never used alcohol, so i wouldn't know. I've just been told by a doctor that since i am a diabetic, i shouldn't use alcohol as it would raise my sugar real high.

jayabee52 2011-05-01 01:00:06 -0500 Report

Beer has a lot of carbs in it (the non-alcoholic kind has more carbs than the regular — go figure!) Mixed drinks, it depends on whether it is straight up or mixed with something, and the mixers vary depending on the mixer's carb load.

Here's a whole list of discussions on alcohol, from a search on DC: Not every hit will be relevant, since there are other uses of the word Alcohol ie: "sugar alcohol"

But looking at the list here's a relevant discussion from way back in 2008: Particularly a response early on in the discussion by the original poster: Dr.Dag on August 30, 2008.

Since Dr Dag is a Muslim, he overstates his case when he says in his original posting as one of his bullet-points: "Do U Know that alcohol is sin in all Religion?"

But then scroll down to another posting he made in that he made in the discussion and he gives bullet points from the WebMD site.

I guess 'nuff said!

vuzendoski 2011-04-16 11:33:15 -0500 Report

personally i do not believe there is any food that lowers blood sugars, it is the size or portion of the food, the exercise we may get, and numerous other things such as stress or being ill that are just some of the contributors to high blood sugars and by exeercising and watching the size of everything we eat will play a good part in controlling opur blood sugars

Lulusa 2011-04-24 09:32:21 -0500 Report

I hope that I can find food that lower my sugar level, I am good in managing stress, however, I am very bad at exercising, and my work is sedentary for the most part.

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What the hell is this? I don't have a nickname. 2011-04-16 08:24:44 -0500 Report

I use Pinto beans. Drops my blood sugar 50 points

Patty12/1 2011-04-16 17:14:04 -0500 Report

What do you use pinto beans in? Have any recipes that you would like to share?

Lulusa 2011-04-24 09:41:49 -0500 Report

Boil them, put them in any kind of food and salads. Also, smashed beans with crumble eggs and a little bit of jalapenos in vinager have an excellent flavor, or without eggs with tortilla/bread ships. You can put them in your sandwich replacing other spreads, or in tortilla like tacos. You can also blend them and use them as a sauce for enchiladas.

lkh6951 2011-04-16 21:20:32 -0500 Report

Do you have a bean pie recipe? I have one that needs to be revised for diabetics. It tastes just like pecan pie.

Anonymous 2011-04-16 07:54:39 -0500 Report

The ONLY thing I can think of that SOME people classify as a "food" that can actually lower BG readings due to the bodies trying to get rid of the toxin instead of releasing glucose stores from the Liver is Alcohol!!!

And Alcohol consumption can raise a whole new set of problems that if not properly monitored, could potentially prove more hazardous and/or deadly than the high BG readings you were trying to lower…

A BIT of "education" can be a good thing… A BIT TOO MUCH "education" could prove to be DEADLY!!!

Yvetted 2011-04-16 12:24:41 -0500 Report

You are 100% CORRECT on the alcohol, not only that but the low bg and alcohol mix level could land you in jail. Then can only hope the police will realize you are a diabetic and be able to help you instead of thinking your a total drunk and to let you sleep it off and not waking back up…

rcmodelr 2011-04-16 07:49:23 -0500 Report

ANYTHING containing Carbohydrates RAISES BG readings to at least some extent… About the ONLY foods that don't raise BG readings is Sugar-Free Jello, or most meats as long as they haven't been breaded or coated with condiments containing carbohydrates… But there are NO FOODS that will LOWER your already high BG readings…

I won't eat if my BG is running HIGH… Instead, I'll take INSULIN Bolus, then wait for BG to fall where wanted before eating anything…

I have Type 1 Diabetes so NEED Insulin delivered by syringe or pump to survive…

During periods of illness or high stress situations, I have gone as long as THREE DAYS without eating ANYTHING!!! Just continuing Insulin Pump administered Bolus corrections and Basal dose Insulin delivery…

Prior to start of using Insulin Pump, my situation got to where my employers were knocking on my door or calling 911 for me almost on a weekly basis…

Since I started using an Insulin Pump, almost 5 years ago, I've been able to be to work "on time" and have NEVER had a time where anybody from work has had to call my phone or knock on my door to check on me… But they adopted the routine already prior to Insulin Pump use… So now, the ONLY day of the week I don't receive a phone "wake-up-call" from somebody at work is on Sunday's or my scheduled days off… But if the previous shift worked today and I'm scheduled to work today… Somebody from work will STILL give me a "wake-up call" to make sure I'm awake & able to work.

vvanata 2011-04-16 17:51:50 -0500 Report

Sometimes I find that if my blood sugar is high and I take the bolus to fix it and it wont come down, if I eat only protein it seems to help my bs to come down like it should. I find my body reacts better if I am eatting something not just only taking insulin. Not eating can be very bad on you as a diabetic. I am also type 1 and have a pump.

Lulusa 2011-04-24 09:55:50 -0500 Report

Since my sugar level is always high, I inject the insulin three times a day, even when it is close to normal, but when it is high,I still eat because i am afraid that the sugar level drops, it is when I have acute negative symptoms. What do you do when your suga level is normal, do you inject the insulin still?

vvanata 2011-04-24 10:48:05 -0500 Report

If I am going to eat carbs I will tell my pump to give me some still. However sometimes I will wait to take it. I have a pump so I can tell my pump to give me the insulin over a period of time, instead of all at once. If I had to do it all at once I would try to wait 1/2 hour after I eat to take it. When it is over 300, I would wait to eat, take the insulin needed to adjust and then take sugar again in an hour, if its dropped under 250 then go ahead and eat if you are eating carbs take what you need to. What kind of insulin are you taking and how do you gauge how much you take?

Lulusa 2011-04-24 11:13:20 -0500 Report

Thank you for answering me. I am taking Novolog (mix 70/30. I start in the morning with 20, midday 25, and dinner time 30. I alwso take in the morning glipizide 10 mg, and fenadril (I'm not sure about the name) in the moring and a night, plus lipitor and Zimbalta 60 mg for depression in the morning. I am confused about eating and snacks. I was laid off in Febuary, I am managing the stress from it very well, however, I am eating all the time, although they are small amounts so I am confused about when do I measure my sugar level. I was in Mexico last month, two times the level drop down to 54 and 53, I think it was either when I ate little or when I walked for a while. However, here in U.S. ny sugar level is always close to 200 and sometimes up. Of course, although I am watching my diet (at times at messed it up), I do not exercise. I know I should be moving more.

vvanata 2011-04-24 11:33:37 -0500 Report

Yes definitely moving more would help. I am not a doctor so I can't suggest anything as far as adjusting your insulin, but it sounds like you need more. Try having protein for a snack if you are going to eat. Have some almonds, or cheese, something that doesn't have carbs. Measure your sugar first thing in the morning, before meals and 2 hours after meals until you have an idea of what you run during the day. Write those numbers down, you can also keep track of what you eat, write that down too. You can then find a pattern. If you also keep track of how much you exercise that will help too. Just dont go walking if your sugar is over 250 that can make it worse. Once you find a pattern or even before then try to get to a dr so they can help you adjust your insulin or meds whichever is best

vuzendoski 2011-04-16 09:47:47 -0500 Report

i agree with your statement about no foods lowering a high blood sugar, and i am also on a pump.. what i have to disagree on is the part about taking insulin and not eating, one should never take insulin and not eat even if it is just a small amount as what i read i am surprised you did not crash and hit some severe lows. granted iam not expert but i have been living with diabetes since i was 11 and now am 48 yrs old and been thru a lot and seen a lot of drs, so in some respect i believe i know some about diabetes… hope all continues well with you .

GabbyPA 2011-04-18 07:16:49 -0500 Report

I guess it is not that they lower a high, but my cucumbers help and when I test after I eat just cucumber, my numbers are always lower than when I started. I try to eat as much cucumber as I can. Good thing I like it. LOL

vuzendoski 2011-04-18 16:34:08 -0500 Report

well if that works for you i am glad for you its just i have never heard of that before and i say if something works for one person and its a good thing keep it up always happy to hear good things about others…

rcmodelr 2011-04-16 17:35:51 -0500 Report

Actually, if you have Type 1 Diabetes, your body doesn't make ANY Insulin… Even if you aren't eating anything, your Liver will release stored glucose into your blood stream. That is the main reason you need the Basal Insulin delivery being pumped into you even between meals. If your Bolus doses are large enough to cause your BG to "crash" and go too low, that means you are taking too much Insulin for the Bolus. If you are going by what the pump calculated, then you probably need to re-adjust your ISF settings (how many mg/dl 1 unit of Insulin will cause your BG to drop) and/or your Insulin/Carb factor (how many grams of carbs 1 unit of Insulin will cover). If your I/C and ISF settings are correct, you should be able to experience an occassional High BG, take a Correction Bolus, and have the BG return to your desired range within 2 - 4 hours without dropping too low.

If you're not eating and your BG drops too low, then your Basal rates probably need adjustments. Or, maybe you're like me and need several different Basal rates throughout the day… Some times of the day, my Basal rate is 0.65 u/hr, while at other times of the day, my Basal rate has to be as low as 0.425 u/hr. And I need different Basal rates on my days off than I need for the days I have to work… And my Basal rate needs adjusting sometimes "on the fly" while at work… If I have a lot (normal) physical activity on the job, I need less Basal. If I'm training somebody else and the trainee is supposed to be doing most of the work, then I need a Basal rate somewhere between my normal working Basal and my normal day off Basal rates to prevent my BG from getting too low.

Btw… This is assuming the one reading is using an Insulin Pump, although the bulk could apply to anyone on Insulin with the fast Bolus Insulin working as the pump Bolus would, and the Lantus, NPH, or other long-term Insulin acting as the pumps Basal Rate delivery. I've found it much easier with the pump, but it can all successfully (to some extent) be done with MDI using long-term and Rapid Insulin and syringes. Even though I use a Pump, I always have at least one syringe with me in case something happens and the pump stops working.

rcmodelr 2011-04-16 18:04:21 -0500 Report

While talking about BG dropping, also remember… In most cases, there are really TWO things that can cause the BG to get lower. Those two things are Insulin and physical activity. But the physical activity can be a double-edged sword. If your BG is high (around 200), as little as 30 - 45 minutes of physical activity can bring the BG back down to your desired range… But if your BG gets over 250 - 300 and/or you have ketones present, then the same 30 - 45 minutes of physical activity could actually cause your BG to sky-rocket to 400+ instead of dropping. This being partial result of BG being too high and Insulin level in blood being too low. Liver partly uses Insulin level in blood to determine when to release glucose. If you have too little Insulin in the blood and your BG is already high, it can cause your body to think it actually doesn't have enough glucose in the blood for the muscles & organs to use so it will trigger fat break-down to release usable energy to the body, but that fat break-down is the main source of the ketones to accumulate in the blood & urine. Get too high ketone level & you end up with DKA (Diabetic Keto-Acidosis, or put as the holspital lab staff told me, you have Acetone in the blood, and Acetone is a highly toxic chemical commonly used in paint stripper and plastic cement used to glue plastic models together.)

I was diagnosed Type 1 in 1991. Never lost consciousness, but hospital lab reported my BG somewhere > 1600 (highest number their equipment could record for BG, and my result was displayed as "HIGH" meaning over 1600). No idea how honest they were with me when they told me my blood Acetone level and how much Acetone it takes to kill somebody… They told me they normally considered a blood Acetone level of 2.25% to by fatal and un-surviveable, but my blood acetone level at the time was just barely under 3% and I was still conscious & fully alert while the hospital staff was telling me that with my high BG & Acetone levels, I should have been being taken to the morgue instead of being taken up to the ICU in the hospital.

GabbyPA 2011-04-18 07:15:25 -0500 Report

Thank you for the explanation on the high levels and what happens when you exercise. I have known that you are not to exercise if you are over 300, but I really couldn't figure out why. That helped me a lot.

rcmodelr 2011-04-18 07:40:40 -0500 Report

Glad I could help at least one person… As varied as doctors opinions & theories are on such things, it gets to become a guessing game when trying to determine whether the doctor you rely on REALLY KNOWS what he's talking about…

In the 1.5 DECADES I've been seeing my GP, he's told me that I've actually taught HIM many things he had never even considered as worth considering for his patients with Diabetes, and his having ME as a patient had taught him things he had been wondering if it might work with his other patients… And his other patients, both Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetic, have benefited from MY seeing HIM…

So far, my Endo hasn't tried to tell me what else I should try to improve my readings, hasn't said if he's tried things I've mentioned to him that I've been doing as things that might help his other patients or not…

But based on comments by ALL my doctors, I've probably actually taught them many things they had never considered… I have NO WAY of knowing how many other of their patients my practices revealed to my doctors may have helped or harmed… But BOTH, my GP AND my Endo have told me they have recommended to other patients of theirs to follow steps I told my doctors that I use…

Fron diagnosis on, I've been almost constantly reading about Diabetes (mostly Type 1), testing recommended treatments, refining my settings based on my oun BG monitoring results… As a result of my diligence and findings of what works FOR ME… My doctors have, from day ONE, told me to continue seeing them, but at least every other visit with him/her, my doctor has admited that I had taught HIM/HER something HE/SHE had NEVER considered as a workable solution to a related work-related situation… But I continue seeing each of them, because it seems that no matter how much new stuff I end up teaching THEM… They continue to teach ME at least NEARLY as much as I tought them…

Seems, if the doctor's fees were based on how much the patient learns compared to how much the DOCTOR learns… I REALLY SHOULD be receiving at least 50% of my Doctor's visits at NO CHARGE EVEN IF NOTHING is paid by my Health Insurance Coverage!!! But I'd probably STILL be better off to accept my Insurance Co-Pay of $35 per visit since without Insurance, some visits would be billed at $40 while other visits would be billed at > $380, but Insurance still says I only have to pay $35.

breyon 2011-04-21 23:29:29 -0500 Report

It seems you are aware of your body and how it reacts in different situations..But i feel you think you know more about diabeties than you do.Remember diabeties affects different people in different ways.Let's leave the practice of medicine to the professionals and you get off your high horse.You may give so new person some wrong advice just because it worked for your body.I don't think you mean any harm but are very proud of what you known.My fear is what you don't…

GabbyPA 2011-04-18 07:45:56 -0500 Report

You might have a great payment proposal there. I would go for that. I have shared a lot of things with my doctor that I see he is now doing. I think having a proactive patient is an unusual event for him.

Paprika 2011-04-16 16:46:05 -0500 Report

I have to agree with you. I have never gone so long I did not eat something. I am also on the pump. I have had diabetes 1 since I was 13 which was 50 years ago. The only time I might have not eaten is when I was very sick or having surgery. Otherwise, if you are still taking insulin and not eating, I don't see how you would not have had problems. Even IF my blood sugar is high, I still must eat because my bolus will be correcting it all. Best thing, don't let it get too high.