UNDERSTANDING

msgail477
By msgail477 Latest Reply 2011-11-29 15:59:49 -0600
Started 2011-02-22 15:22:26 -0600

I CANT UNDERSTAND WHEN THE DOCTORS TELL ME TO LOSE WEIGHT TO HELP CONTROL MY SUGAR LEVELS. OK I WENT FROM 285 TO 145 AND MY LEVELS ARE NOT CONTROLLED. I RECENTLY HAD A STROKE AND MY LEVELS WERE CONTROLLED FOR ABOUT 6 WEEKS THEN A FAMILY EMERGENCY HAPPENED AND IT HAS NOT BEEN CONTROLLED SINCE THEN THAT BEEN ABOUT 4 MONTHS AGO


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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-29 15:55:11 -0600 Report

Hi Gail, I lost the weight and gained control of my sugar at the same time. I am still in control. I meet more and more people who are diabetic. Some weigh less than you and their sugar is out of control. No matter how much weight you lose, you still have to get your sugar under control by watching what you eat and exercising. Stress can play a part in causing sugar levels get out of control. Release your stress. I use relaxation and music. I had to learn what stressed me and take control of that. The one thing than can cause stress and anxiety are family emergencies. You may think this is cold and heartless but training as an EMT taught my class to not become a part of the problem when you arrive at the scene. If I panic then someone is going to have to treat me taking care from those who need it. This taught me not to panic, or get stressed out over something and to treat the injured party to the best of my ability. I do that with my family. I let them panic and I get the information at the hospital if I am there and try to get all of the out of control people to calm down. I think that once you get rid of stress and learn to relax you will get better control of your sugar. Don't let diabetes win. Best of luck to you.

rscarder
rscarder 2011-11-29 14:16:12 -0600 Report

Dieting and losing weight helps, but it also takes regular excercise, and eating a healthy diet along with medications, and even then it may take several months to see results. Your A1c may take 3,6 even 9 months before you have it under control. Stress does not help in controlling your blood sugar, and thats were the daily exercise comes in. Just walking an hour a day can help releive a great deal of stress, while getting into shape. You don't have to start with an hour a day. start with walking as far as you can., and each week or so challange yourself to go a little farther.

pixsidust
pixsidust 2011-11-29 11:16:29 -0600 Report

Strokes are more closely tied to our triglycerides. Sugar, fat and sodium are all factors in our triglycerides. Blockage is also aggravated by smoking. Being Diabetic is icing on the cake and makes the row harder to hoe.

If you are staying perfectly on your diet then talk to your doctor. Weight is the first place to address for our health. It affects our heart, circulation and even out joints. You are amazing to have lost so much. Don't give up your meal plan, even in times of crisis. Its hard but you are so important. You are a daily emergency. Take a step backwards to plan your meals and start afresh.

Talk to them about adjusting your medication. Let us know and keep us updated. Your story and your life means much to many!

Since you posted this a long time ago…How are you today?

SCLWKR
SCLWKR 2011-11-28 20:31:04 -0600 Report

I haqve a friend who was overwieght for years and had diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. He lost 30 pounds then suffered a pretty serious stroke at the age of 58. Maybe the damage was already done after years of obesity and poor eating habits. Best of luck in your recovery!

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2011-04-25 00:19:33 -0500 Report

Hey I'm feeling you. Last 2 weeks I gave state ach tests and my sugar went nuts. I have 2 drs wanting me to come in, Told them no. Wait til I see you May 6 as scheduled. Any thing that stresses me, diabetes make it bigger—sugar, heart, breath etc.

Infinity1956
Infinity1956 2011-04-24 13:22:43 -0500 Report

Hi ! check with your doctor, you may need to stay on your meds longer because it may be a deeper problem and they will not know until they have tried everything to see what the problem is. God speed in good health

msgail477
msgail477 2011-03-06 00:42:20 -0600 Report

HOW I LOST THE WEIGHT WAS ATE A LOT OF SALAD AND DANCED AS EXERCISE LISTEN TO MUSIC CLEANING THE HOUSE WASHING DISHES ATE BEFORE 6 PM AND AFTER 6 HAD A SNACK LIKE FRUIT AND THAT WAS IT

tholz
tholz 2011-03-06 00:19:27 -0600 Report

Wow great on lose the weight. Hoe did you do it? I am in need of needing to lose more just cant

MewElla
MewElla 2011-03-05 10:08:29 -0600 Report

I'm proud of you on losing all that weight. That is not a easy job..So sorry to hear you had a stroke and bg #'s are not controlled. I know when I hit high bumps of stress it directly affects my #'s. Do your best to relax and I realize that this takes time, but it will help in bringing those numbers down. Take care of yourself and keep us updated. God Bless you..

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2011-02-27 09:03:58 -0600 Report

Good work, and lots of it. Trying to stay calm will help your sugar as well as BP. I know you've heard it before, but calm does help. You have a beautiful smile. Use it, enjoy life, and stay away from further strokes.
They are no fun.
Guardian stone

msgail477
msgail477 2011-02-25 21:13:39 -0600 Report

I want to thank you for your kinds words of wisdom, you know just when things start looking up theres always something else that goes wrong I really dont know how much more I can take I've been praying and praying and trying to let go of things I cant change but Lord knows it hard every time I go to the doctor its something else wrong God my poor body breaking down they say now I have chronic COPD and glaucoma Lord I need a miracle sugar still not its been almost a week and a half grrrrr still in the 500's

Infinity1956
Infinity1956 2011-04-24 13:31:00 -0500 Report

The doctors should run all the tests to see what's going on with you 500 is stroke level, try low fat products, special k products, splender, equal, cut down on salts and sugar . I been hard headed myself on certain things but I do know that taking care of yourself is a must. Try baking your meats with dash products (less salt). I know it's hard but I wish that I can lose the 50lbs I need to, I will ,but the thing is try not to get depresses because that will not help matters.

God is the healer so after you have done all in the physical, give it to God ,he may have you in this mode to seek him more, check your personal living habits and if you see or know you need to stop doing something, then pray that he gives you strenght to root it out, so that your fellowship with him will return back to joy.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-02-25 21:27:17 -0600 Report

Gail,
Please don't give up and let that "bast@*d" Diabetes win. Sometimes even when we're doing our best, it can still take some time to bring the numbers down. Please don't be too discouraged.

My beloved Jem also had COPD for a number of years and i remember how she struggled with it. It isn't fun, to be sure.

Just know I continue to pray for you.

James

Hinboyz3
Hinboyz3 2011-02-25 11:29:59 -0600 Report

Hi Gail, I'm so sorry your going through such a hard time right now, but with a little hope, and hard work you can change things. Everything some one tells you what your need to do for yourself its so much easier said than done. Everything you do in this life takes time and patience. You have to find some control and strength somewhere inside your heart to get through this time. The things your going through are stepping stones to where your trying arrive at. We are all going through some type of stress in our lives, so your not alone at all. We all hold hands here on this site, a year ago when I was diagnosed I didn't know where to turn and I stumble onto this wonderful site, and I've been a member ever since. So you just need to asses your self and figure out what you need to do, to make yourself a better you. If I can help in anyway I'm always here or just sent me a email anytime day or night . Hopefully things will start to turn around for you and I will keep you in my prayers. Stay strong!

tenderlovingcare
tenderlovingcare 2011-03-05 18:54:35 -0600 Report

Your words are so true! This is what I have learned about life too: allowing ourselves time to make the changes we need and having the patience to wait for the outcome. Learning ways to deal with the stress in our lives, like deep breathing, smiling, and positive thinking.

nanaellen
nanaellen 2011-02-23 00:08:10 -0600 Report

Hi Gail, You'd be surprised how many things in everyday life will change your BS's I had my gall bladder removed in Nov. and it took me 2 months to get my numbers under control only to get pancreatitus and have them go into the 300's all over again!! Any over the counter meds can change it stress can make a BIG difference!! And truthfully I'm a 200+ lb. woman who gets told ALL THE TIME that ALL my health issues could "be resolved" if I only lost some weight!! And how am I supposed to lose weight when 5 of the 10 meds I take prevent me FROM losing weight!!?? But ya know what?? Still smiling!! Don't give up honey it sometimes just takes awhile!! Ellen

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-29 15:59:49 -0600 Report

nana, I feel you. wish I could get to 200 I am 30lbs above that. I think my metabolism reached at stop sign and decided it liked being in that spot. However, I am happy I have control over my sugar levels for now. I am about to be jobless and that has me worried but I am going to try not to stress out over it. Life at times can get rough but smiles always make you feel better.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-02-22 19:56:42 -0600 Report

Weight loss is not a guarantee, but it allows you to live a healthier life overall. So that is a good thing. That is why weight is not 100% an issue when it comes to diabetes. There are a lot of skinny diabetics out there. Your trigger must have been something else. I am sorry to hear of the stresses in your life right now. Getting those calmed down will help you so much with your levels. Come on here and vent if you need to...little things like that help a lot.

Harlen
Harlen 2011-02-22 19:30:35 -0600 Report

On the pump you can gain a lot of weight fairly fast have you put on lbs with the pump ???
Why do you think it has taken you so long to get your numbers back down ?
As a pumper I know how hard it can be to get back on the right path I to have gone off my plan and the only way back is to do it .
Best wishes
Harlen

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-02-22 16:07:09 -0600 Report

Sorry you are going through this, Gail!

I noted you are on a pump. What else are you doing to try to control? What are your Blood Glucose ("BG") levels running generally? Perhaps Dr needs to adjust your dosage, or even the type of insulin you use.

Blessings to you and yours

James

msgail477
msgail477 2011-02-22 21:41:31 -0600 Report

right now my bg is 558 and I feel fine but i know im not been eating right and everything going through therapy from this stroke so i get exercise have changed my insulin like 6 times already now im depressed tired of trying to controll it seem like its impossible

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2011-02-22 23:15:28 -0600 Report

Gail please don't give up. With a pump you should be able to get things corrected. Tell your doctor that you're experiencing such high blood sugars. Over 500 is so dangerous. You've got to bring those down

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-02-22 21:55:58 -0600 Report

My bride 'Jem' had high BG levels too. Usually because she had Lupis & RA and the only meds she could take were prednisone & cortisone shots. She was also blind (@ 14 due to retinitis pigmentosa). So I had to log her BG#s and I sent them to her endo 2 x/week and he manipulated her insulin doses. It did take a while but we did get her down to a more "normal" range. I just want you to know that it CAN BE DONE. And she wasn't on a pump. We used 3 different insulins, a longer acting, a short acting, and a very short acting. We tested a minimum of 4 x/day. There were times I doubted we'd get her there, but we did!

Eating right is very important at this point (really, at any point!), but it still may take some time.

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