really discouraged

By LUVTETE Latest Reply 2011-09-08 13:21:11 -0500
Started 2011-03-07 12:44:22 -0600

Hello all,

Okay this morning for breakfeast I had a bowl of fruit, one banana, one apple, a handful of grapes and four cut up strawberries. I also had some bacon to go with that…the blood sugar is 299 two hours after I eat this is getting freakin ridicules and I am getting really discouraged. This morning when I woke up my blood sugar was 196. I am taking my medicine every day two times a day and eating nothing but fruits and vegetables and meats of course… What the heck am I doing wrong?

188 replies

amethyst52 2011-09-08 13:21:11 -0500 Report

Luvette, it's OK. Diabetis give us a whole new way of learning how to eat. It's like going back to childhood, when our parents were there helping us to learn the good and bad of different kinds of foods. Check your blood when your"e supposed to, and alter your meal plan accordingly. Please do'nt get discouraged, just try to learn what works for you. Good Luck, on your efforts.

lori lorchid
lori lorchid 2011-09-01 18:58:11 -0500 Report

Please don't get discouraged!!! It takes time to know a good eating plan, following it, how your blood sugar reacts. Fortunately we have several educators on d c to ask questions.

Jupeto 2011-09-01 06:20:47 -0500 Report

With a sugar fix like that for breakfast I would have a spike also - i like the recommendations from roberto - get to an education class. I can only have between 60 - 70 carbs in a meal with out a large spike in bG. Sounds like you need to learn what is a carb and what is not. most fruits are carbs and from the description of your breakfast - you had 30 carbs in the banana, 30 in the apple, depending upon the size of the hand - approx 20 carbs in the grapes and another 20 or so in the strawberries. That is roughly 1200 carbs. Way too many. Like Roberto said - eaten through out the day they would not have done that to you.try this - 1 cup cherrios, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup skim milk. i know it does not sound like much -but i have every morning something like this and my bG goes up to maybe 140 - 150. Never eat that much going to bed.

jbird777 2011-09-01 02:04:04 -0500 Report

I don't know how long you have been diabetic, but it sounds to me that you need to locate a diabetes education class so that you can find out how many carbs you should eat at each meal. They can also give you some sample menus. Your doctor can probably give you a referral. Please try not to stay discouraged. After all, its not like you can quit this disease. The majority of us are stuck with it for life. Just ask God to help you take this thing one day at a time.

robertoj 2011-08-31 22:45:02 -0500 Report

You need to monitor the fruit test before and 2hrs after. I have been lucky with fruit I eat it all through the day I piece at a time. Some people have spikes after only a small amount.

jim healthy
jim healthy 2011-08-29 23:42:15 -0500 Report

This is just too much fructose. Of course it will raise your blood sugar. This is spiking your insulin too. Try a fat/protein breakfast to start the day. Eggs, bacon, avocado, beans — that's my favorite breakfast. This won't spike your blood sugar. Plenty of other suggestions in my book, The 30-Day Diabetes Cure. You can do it! Jim H

jayabee52 2011-08-31 22:17:10 -0500 Report

Jim, what do you mean "This is spiking your insulin too"?

jim healthy
jim healthy 2011-08-31 22:40:47 -0500 Report

Consuming fruits and berries will spike blood sugar despite their fiber content, which triggers the body's insulin response (if the pancreas is producing it). See annalease's experience below. Monitoring (as Kathae's experience hows) will confirm this. Insulin (either natural or in med form, will convert this glucose into fat (triglycerides) and store it in fat cells. Because the bloodstream is now cleared of glucose — and because the nutrition is now locked away in the body's fat cells — you feel hungry again soon (usually craving carbs). Consuming carbs again will trigger more insulin. Now here's the secret few peiople realize: As long as insulin is present, it won't allow fat to be released from your fat cells. This is the basis of the carb-craving cycle … and why we keep gaining weight. You see, under normal circumstances your cells will feed on your body fat (essential fatty acids) between meals and while you sleep. But if insulin is present (either from meds or as a result of eating carbs), the fat remains locked in your cells and you'll feel hungry. Weight also continues to accumulate. The trick is to interrupt the insulin response. Then the body will draw upon its fat reserves for fuel and you won't feel hungry. In addition, you blood sugar will settle down and you'll begin to shed weight. This is why I switched my breakfast from berries and yogurt (oh, I LOVE them!) to scrambled eggs, bacon, black beans, and an avacado half. No carbs, no insulin,no weight gain (in fact, you'll lose weight). I don't feel hungry … don't need lunch … and have tons of energy because my body is feeding on my fat reserves. I'm experimenting with this — and it has really been working. Hope this helps. Jim H

jayabee52 2011-08-31 23:00:31 -0500 Report

Thanks Jim. I understand. It just sounded odd to me, so that's why I asked.

I am on a low carb high protein eating plan myself since Feb 2011 and it is working well for me. My intent is to manage my diabetes without diabetes meds of any kind. As long as I follow my eating plan I do well. I keep my BGs at or close to the "normal" range for BG readings and have an A1c of 5.5. I have lost weight on this regimen too. About 50 lbs since I started in Feb.


jim healthy
jim healthy 2011-08-31 23:52:59 -0500 Report

I read your post and like how scientific you are about testing foods. What most T2s don't realize is that meds perpetuate the cycle. By taking insulin or drugs that force the pancreas to crank out more of the hormone, there will never be and end to it until the pancreas burns out and they become insulin dependent (T 1). By stopping carb intake, the metabolic system gets to rest and reset itself. There is even evidence of beta cell regeneration. As long as insulin is present, the carb craving/fat storage cycle will continue. I love your determination to get off meds. We both know this is possible. T2 can be reversed! Jim H

jayabee52 2011-09-01 00:08:56 -0500 Report

If you mean reversed as in: "I will never have to worry about what I eat again" I must disagree with you there Jim. I am comitted to controlling this for the rest of my life. I will have to manage this condition for the rest of my life. My BG s are good now, but if I slack off, they raise higher than I like. I haven't used a diabetes medication since March 2011

I don't look for that to change for the remainder of my life, just like I don't expect my kidneys to regenerate to near new condition. It would be great if they would, but eventually I believe I will need dialysis again. It is just a matter of when I will need it. Probably another month or two.

jim healthy
jim healthy 2011-09-01 01:16:19 -0500 Report

There are many cases of T2 reversal in medical literature. Several months ago, British doctors "cured" T2 (their word, not mine) with a very extreme diet. The key is to allow the pancreas to rest and regenerate. Many people respond angrily to this claim. Of course, one can't go back to an abusive diet and expect a miracle. But if one is off meds and asymptomatic, what does it matter what you call it? And why would one want to go back to a diet that made them sick in the first place? Bottomline, being off meds is what counts because ACCORD clearly shows that glucose drugs, antihypeertensive meds, and statins DON'T protect diabetics from complications. I applaud your discipline. Most diabetics don't restrict carbs as you are doing, and they suffer for it. I pray you won't need dialysis. Good luck, friend! Jim

2011-08-20 19:07:43 -0500 Report

I cannot eat any type of fruit, because of the same type of situation that you went through. Eating fruit (no matter how good it is for you, unless you're a diabetic) will raise my b/s through the roof! Even though it's "natural sugar, sugar is sugar. And since any type of fruit is loaded w/natural sugar it will make your b/s go up 10 fold!!

Kathae 2011-08-20 17:48:15 -0500 Report

I am having the same problem! Last night I ate squash, spinach and kale for dinner with a bowl of strawberries and blueberries for dessert. My reading in the morning was 81 and then it went right back to 295, I don't know what I am doing wrong! I have also been put on insulin instead of pills, and I can raise the dosage by 2 every two days, but I would like to know what I am doing wrong before I get in the stratosphere for dosages.

Kathae 2011-08-20 17:48:32 -0500 Report

I am having the same problem! Last night I ate squash, spinach and kale for dinner with a bowl of strawberries and blueberries for dessert. My reading in the morning was 81 and then it went right back to 295, I don't know what I am doing wrong! I have also been put on insulin instead of pills, and I can raise the dosage by 2 every two days, but I would like to know what I am doing wrong before I get in the stratosphere for dosages.

margokittycat 2011-08-31 22:52:01 -0500 Report

What did you eat for breakfast? If there were carbs that was probably why. If you drink coffee in the morning that could do it to caffine can raise BS readings as well as fruits and carbs. There is a list out of fruits that are low in carbs that they recommend diabetics eat instead of the higher carb ones. I will see if I can find the link to it again and post it.

Kathae 2011-09-01 03:38:12 -0500 Report

I don't drink coffee at all, I think I had raisin bran cereal and blueberries 1/2 cup.

margokittycat 2011-09-01 08:46:14 -0500 Report

That may be why the BS spiked. The raisins are usually coated with sugar but then raisins are a fruit and then the blueberries. It sounds like there was to many carbs and then the fructose from the fruits.

fabmom3 2011-08-07 13:26:43 -0500 Report

reading your post reminds me of myself!! LOVE fruit, but it has LOTS of carbs, so they need to be eatin in moderation. it's almost a treat to have it.

cottoncandybaby 2011-08-02 09:59:44 -0500 Report

Try eggs for your protein in the morning, instead of the bacon. I love bacon, too, but I know it is not good for us, so only treat myself to it once in a great while, and then only buy Center Cut bacon, it has less fat and is very good. I usually have either a poached or scrambled egg, with a multi-grain English muffin that I put on a small amount of whipped cream cheese, low fat or regular, and a small amount of reduced-sugar jelly, it is very good and satisfying for breakfast. I save the fruits for a late evening snack, like a small bowl of raspberries with a little dollop of Cool Whip on top, it feels like a decadent treat. Once in a while, I will have a few pieces of cut up pineapple, as I love it, but can't have too much, as it has a lot of sugar. Also, for breakfast, try putting the poached egg on top of a piece of toast with a small amount of butter on the toast, it is very tasty and good protein. Use multi-grain or whole wheat bread. Keep your chin up, you can do it!

lmkilday 2011-07-16 17:19:13 -0500 Report

I can't each that much fruit in one sitting. I love it and I would love to have a fruit bowl for breakfast or lunch, but I know my blood sugar will skyrocket. I save one fruit for dessert or put it into a smoothie.

RAINDANCER1950 2011-07-16 17:11:17 -0500 Report

hello fellow diabetic…i am basing my reply to my own reactions to fruits…i can have a apple , orange ,banana…etc…but were i to have more than oneat a time , look out ! my b/s climbs fast and high…i fruits are one of my trigger foods…i can eat one piece of fruit , or serving …1/2/ of strawberries…i'm good…but drink a breakfast juice glass of friut juice and it takes off…if i had the breakfast you described…mine levels would be high too…i have most mornings…1 6 oz.yogurt…fat and sugar free..i pc. of fruit…lean low fat ham…or turkey sausage or turkey bacon… and eggbeaters ,all in recommended serving on my diabetic exchange list…sometimes i have oatmeal..with non sugar sweetner..and non fat creamer… or milk instead of yogurt…it can be so very flusterating…but don't give up!…your doctor will happy to give you a proper diet plan…have you taken a diabetic course…teaching you that there os life after and with diabetes ? most health depts. offer the classes. free..mine was 3 days…and sooo ! worth the time ! and most health insurance will cover educational classes..if free are not offered in your area…good luck my friend…we are all here to help…and want you to have sucess in managing your condition…

Kathae 2011-08-20 17:51:43 -0500 Report

Yikes I thought fruit was good for you? I eat lots of fruit, so maybe I will cut back. I have trouble with breakfast and lunches, because I don't like much in the way of bread or eggs etc.

jayabee52 2011-08-20 19:29:06 -0500 Report

Fruit IS better for you than, let's say say cookies or cakes (for instance). But fruits have carbs in them. Berries have fewer carbs than fruits like banannas or pineapples, but even the berries must be limited or you'll go too high.

The best way to get a handle on what fruits YOUR body can metabolize well and in what amounts you need to use your meter to tell you.

What I do is to take a BG reading before I test a food. That is my baseline reading. I eat a recommended portion of that food. Then 2 hrs lafter my first bite I take a "postpramdial" reading. That will tell me how much that particular portion of food has raised my BG levels over my baseline readings. If it raises my BG less than 50 pts, I may eat that portion without much trouble. If it raises my BG over 50 then I need decide whether it is too much over 50 or not and I may want to retest it with a lower portion size. If it is closer to a 100 pts raise then I usually decide to avoid that food altogether.

I then put a page in my 3 ring binder with that food on it, and record the baseline, the portion conumed and the postprandial results, and my decisions made, whether to retest with a lower portion, and then results of that test, or if I decided to avoid that food altogether.

I do that so I remember what I've tested and what my decisions were, so I don't have to test again needlessly.

That way I have a book of what works for ME and my metabllism specifically.

Kathae 2011-08-20 21:29:54 -0500 Report

Thanks. I will try that because I love fruit. I have been eating mostly strawberries and blueberries because they are in season here right now. I also usually have a bana a day, but I think I will do what you say and start limiting to one fruit at a time. I don't eat a whole lot, less than a cup, so I will see what happens.

jayabee52 2011-08-21 19:59:29 -0500 Report

You might want to take a look at the nutrition information in There's a search function at the top right on the first page which comes up.

Unfortunately I tried to search for Banannas and amazingly it is not listed. I am very surprised that a food as popular as that is not listed.

AuntieM234 2011-08-31 23:53:19 -0500 Report

Do you think maybe that's why you couldn't find it listed (picture this in the facetious font)? I don't misspell, I make typos! ;-)

gbc43 2011-07-01 07:57:22 -0500 Report

I guess I will ask what was your BS last night ? You know that your Kidney dumps sugar in the am . What is a norm BS number ? Sounds like need to watch how much of each item your eating . A large banana is to much , a hand full of grapes is to much , you mite do eggs vs meat . Sound like you need to do the class or look at the book again .
If you have any questions please ask .

susiemaeemily 2011-05-12 19:18:45 -0500 Report

Hi Luviete

I felt the same way this morning, I made a fruit bowl, I don't usually do that, but I wanted to try something different. I had 1/2 banana, kiwi, and 1/4 apple. I put that on top of fage yogurt, sprinlked some cinanomin, and a handful of dry brown rice cereal. It did taste good. I rarely eat a whole banana, and I would not have grapes with all that fruit. For me this was a small treat. I find the best fruit in the morning are the berries and mixture. Oatmeal is good with some protein. I stay away from the fatty sausage, because of the cholestrol. But an ocassional treat of fruit is not bad.

Zolar1 2011-05-03 14:16:35 -0500 Report

You *could* probably eat all that at one sitting, *IF* you did 2 things -
1) eat 4-6 ounces of really fatty sausage with that meal or skip the fruit until later that day but always eat the meat.
2) wait 20 minutes and begin exercising - walk for a few hours or even do some cardio for a couple of hours.

The fat and protein will slow down the carb absorption and resulting blood sugar spikes post meal significantly.

Note: bacon is horrible for you. It usually contains nitrates and nitrites as well as extremely high levels of sodium. The nitrites and nitrates can easily boost your blood sugars by themselves. Stick to sausage.

The following are not going to help blood sugar spikes when paired with fast acting carbs:

Fish, chicken, ham. All have protein, and will spike you after your 2 hour post meal, and keep you higher than usual for hours due to the low fat content.

The following WILL slow post meal spikes:

#1 fatty sausage
#2 plain old fatty ground beef

Fat is a diabetic's friend. Carbs are what makes you fat, not fat making you fat.
Insulin is VERY efficient at converting blood sugars into fat.

Also, fatty beef and similar will suppress your appetite for longer periods than fast acting carbs like sugars, fruits, grains.

Your FBS in the mornings could be due to what is termed 'Dawn Phenomenon' meaning your liver dumps carbs into your system in the mornings in anticipation of 'hunter-gatherer' activities.

Have you tried using insulin?
The needles are quite small and you hardly feel a thing.

edvel54 2011-05-02 14:12:44 -0500 Report

When my BS is low I eat a banana and it brings it up. Maybe cut out some of the fruit or spread it out during the day

Topper4 2011-04-21 11:03:44 -0500 Report

Oh my—- I agree w/ those that are cautioning you about the fruit. What I have been taught by my specialist and my nutrionist — you are consuming too much fruit, especially in one sitting. You mention fruits, veggies and meats… what about protein… like chicken and fish. I eat a lot of chicken and green veggies. I don't know about their bacon but MorningStar Farms has a wonderful veggie sausage patty. I never thought I would eat a veggie burger or veggie sausage but I really like it. Most of my breakfast is a veggie sausage patty, slice of cheese on a whole wheat mini bagel (I don't care for eggs but I'm sure if you like them you could add that to your breakfast sandwich). I love bagels but needed to give up the big size. Whole wheat and multi grain bread products are best and the mini bagel satisfies my fondness for bagels but doesn't blow my carb counts for breakfast. I'm on 45 carbs for breakfast and 65 for lunch and dinner. I rarely use all 65 for the lunch and dinner. And I too have read recently about a night time snack (a healthy one) helping your waking blood glucose #'s. Bottom line, make sure you are being properly educated, try not to get discouraged. My best to you on your journey.

LUVTETE 2011-05-02 14:10:43 -0500 Report

I do the thin sliced bagels sometimes, and sara lee has a bread that is 45 calories for two slices of bread and is low in carbs…

Topper4 2011-05-03 13:43:10 -0500 Report

Yes, the thin sliced bagels are good. I also really like the multi grain sandwich thins for my turkey breast sandwich at lunch time. Our local super markets have a low cal, low carb bread too - Nature's Promise. It is nice to see a whole grain bread that allows me 2 slices instead of 1. That's usually the only regular sandwich bread that I buy now. I hope that you are not as discouraged as you seemed previously.

LUVTETE 2011-05-02 14:08:19 -0500 Report

I am only eating a few strawberries, cantalaupe and honey dew and sometimes I have a little watermelon

Lulusa 2011-04-24 10:02:16 -0500 Report

How did you organize your food to count the carbohidrates. I also heard that banana is really bad for a deabetic diet. Also, my doctor warn me about fruit and told me i can eat only one apple or one pear a day, all other fruits are reduce almost to nothing a day.

Topper4 2011-04-25 12:34:05 -0500 Report

One of your best tools in managing this disease is a food guide. You can get a small one from your doctor or go to your local book store and pick one for yourself. There's a really good one - of course, I don't have it w/ me today - I'll get back to you w/ the title. It will basically give you the carb, sodium and fat content in every day foods and even has a brand name section and a restaurant section. From there you just basically start a habit of counting carbs. You need to pay special attention to the serving size so that your numbers are accurate. Some find it helpful to use a food diary. Checking bg numbers after eating certain foods can assist you in identifying the foods that tend to send your numbers up. Every person is different… this is very important to remember. What sends my numbers up may not send yours up. Some may disagree, but I try not to think that there's anything that I "can't" have. It's more about knowing your body and your diabetes. You can learn how to "allow" for special events that may include a food item that you normally steer clear of. I can't say it enough, it's a lot about becoming properly educated and motivated. This site offers a lot of good education on a lot of different topics. One from the weekend was titled, "Enjoying Spring Fruits & Veggies in Your Diabetic Diet". How timely for your recent questions. Best wishes and remember, YOU can do it.

Lulusa 2011-04-25 13:25:42 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for your advices, that's what really makse me think that i can do it, getting educated. I will follow your tips and find about myself, I am going start by eating smaller quantities, although, at times it is very hard, but today I was successful, I drunk a 4 strawberry nonefat milk shake (large thought) during the morning and had some healthy craks, at lunch time my sugar level was 90 without taking the pills but only having the insulin (I have not insurance for now) so I can do it. I am concern about proteins and I red that meeatless proteins are better, I still do not understand the cabohidrates, but you are right, education will give me the tools to manage appropriately de sugar levels. Are you in insulin? If your sugar level is appropriate do you still inject the insulin? Thank you very nuch again.

Topper4 2011-04-25 13:37:28 -0500 Report

Protein is good for you. Especially boneless skinless chicken breast, turkey breast and fish. Sometimes it comes down to how you prepare it. I avoid frying and breading. I am not on insulin, so I don't know the answer to that question. I take Metformin twice a day and that combined w/ dietary changes and exercise seems to be working. I was just diagnosed the end of October. So, like you, I'm still learning. Some days, for varied reasons, I slip up some. After all, we're not perfect, we're human. When that happens, take ownership of it, try to figure out why it happened and start afresh.

Lulusa 2011-04-25 20:49:10 -0500 Report

Thank you again. you are doing very good for being recently diagnosed. I will keep educating myself about all these issues to manage the diabeties. Thank you again.

Topper4 2011-05-02 12:44:14 -0500 Report

Sorry it took so long to get back to you w/ the title of the carb counting book. I wasn't on the computer over the weekend. The book is called, "The Calorie King Calorie, Fat & Carb Counter" He puts out a new revised edition every year. He also has a website, I got mine at Borders. Hope you are well. Have a blessed week.

Bubbelove 2011-05-12 13:20:16 -0500 Report

WOW, just what I was looking for! I always thought bananas were good for you; however, I have been noticing when I make a strawberry and banana smoothie my counts go up. Now I know why.
I'm getting the book and can hardly wait to use it. Thank you.

Lulusa 2011-05-03 13:28:23 -0500 Report

Thank you so much Topper4. It is very kind of you to give me the name of the book and the website. I will get in the site right away. Thank you for asking me about how I am doing. I was laid off and it's been difficult for me to get a public insurance, so now I am without the pills but I have insuline which I use before each eating time. Sometimes the sugar has gone close to three hundreds but at another times it has been close to 100, I am still do not know how to work on the appropriate diet so your help will give me a big push. I hope to comunicate to you soon that I have lower the levels of the sugar in my blood. I also wish you a very calm and pleasant week and a full success in managing your blood sugar. Thanks again.

jayabee52 2011-04-25 18:19:40 -0500 Report

And then to top it all off, the wild-card in the deck of BG control, is your body fighting off an infection, (even one you canot tell you have) will raise your BG levels. Another wild card is your emotions. Anger, fear, shock, fright and other emotions can either raise or lower your BG#s. (depending on your body) and then high or low BG#s can also CAUSE your moods or emotions too. When I ran high a lot, I was much more irratible and felt like doing things which I knew were not good for me to do, like go out and get rip-roaring drunk. Fortunately for me, that seems to have gone away now that I have better control.

MewElla 2011-04-19 08:07:27 -0500 Report

When I eat a banana, I usually eat one half/ and for the apple, it one half at breakfast and the other half just prior to my walking each morning. Good Luck to you.

donna62M 2011-04-19 08:02:16 -0500 Report

on your post the only thing Ipersonally cant eat is the banana…to much sugar…they say if you only eat them slightly green and not ripe they are better for you…I indulge them once a fornight… a really good breakfast i find is porridge, with grated apple and cinnamon…YUMMMY.

50's girl
50's girl 2011-04-18 22:20:50 -0500 Report

I feel the same way you do. I don't always watch what I eat like I should, but when I do, my sugar is still high, even in the morning, which is why I don't eat like I should, because it's very frustrating, and discouraging to follow the rules, and things still don't work out. I think if there's such a thing as 'sensitive diabetes', then I have it.

knit57 2011-04-18 08:05:18 -0500 Report

I have an egg beaters omlette, with asparagus stir-fry I like mushrooms, so I alsways add a handfull of those. Very few calories, fery filling, and almost no carbs,

Laser Leon
Laser Leon 2011-04-18 06:00:05 -0500 Report

Luvette, Read Reversing Diabetes by Dr. Barnard and you will understand what to eat so you can prevent blood sugar from spiking and cut your medicines in half. You need to relearn what to eat and believe me when I say you won't have to be counting carbs anymore! My fasting glucose has dropped 100 points and my injectable insulin has been reduced to 1/3 of what I was taking.


no good biddie
no good biddie 2011-04-18 04:39:39 -0500 Report

You may be eating too much fruit. Most fruits are high in sugars. It may be better to eat several (5-7) small balanced meals instead of so much fruit. Try it for a week and check your sugar.

used to be
used to be 2011-04-17 23:07:22 -0500 Report

WHEN I was diabetic, my Dr advised to eat a balanced meal, but to switch the carb/starches by 3/4 with leafy veggies. AND to eat smaller meals, like a dessert plate size, AND to eat 5 of those small meals a day. It helps to keep you BG fro rising and falling and beeps your metabolic rate up. It was a great help, but ultimately I went for the gastric bypass, which worked for me and I still eat 5 to 6 small size meals. But no diabetic meds any more!

Uey2 2011-04-17 20:13:16 -0500 Report

I was told to eat Oatmeal with cinnamon for breakfast. Also, fiber is important. Fiber aids in weight loss and delaying sugar absorption into the bloodstream. And watch your carbs. I read a lot and there is so much info out there. Bananas are high in carbs as well as potatoes, rice and corn. I eat 45 to 60 grams of carbs each meal (45 if I am not active and no more than 60 if I am exercising that day). There are exchange lists and lists that tell you how many carbs a food has. Atkins has a low glycemic count and Glucerna is good for you. Their cereal reacts differently for each person but you'd have to check your blood glucose after you eat it to to see what it does to your sugar. And watch your cholesterol/triglycerides. Hope this helps.

jenugen 2011-04-17 14:50:56 -0500 Report

the dietician told me that the fruit i can easily hold in my hand is usually onecarb. you should never have more than 3 carbs at breakfast. i usually have a bowl of cheerios with milk and sweetner and a small banana or blueberries for breakfast. that way i can also have a midmorning snack when i get hungry.

GlennMill52 2011-04-17 12:13:31 -0500 Report

You are basically eating carbohydrates. Your medication can't cover them all. You need more protein and less carbohydrate. The protein slows down the absorbent of the carbohydrate. It would be best to check with your doctor on how many carbs per meal. If you aren't doing fiscal work after eating you need less carbs.

pamelalov7 2011-04-17 06:09:51 -0500 Report

Just because you think that fruits are healthy doesn't mean they are! Natural sugars can hurt you just as bad! You need to look at the serving size for fruits and the bacon, is not a lean meat. Fatty meats are harder for your body to break down, causing your blood sugars to rise. Between too many carbs for the amount of fruits and fatty meats will cause the sugars to rise and continue to rise until it burns all that sugar off. It is good to look into what sizes of fruits you can have and meats that work with your body and not against it. As for me, I can not eat fruits because my body has a moment trying to break them down. Good luck on finding what is right for you!

cirwom 2011-04-17 04:53:03 -0500 Report

I used to get the dame numbers, and what I found out is that I can't eat starches before I go to bed. I also asked about my A1C level, because I eat fruit at night and my Dr. wound up putting me on another medication to help lower my A1C level. Now my blood sugar reads are good. Drink water at night before going to bed, if you wake during the night hungry, drink more water.

bitterauldqueen 2011-04-16 22:39:35 -0500 Report

If you eat a lot of carbs before going to bed you will wake up with a high reading and probably feeling bad. If you must eat late at nite try protein or vegies. As someone else already said you will do better if you test yourself often as this will show you what is going on.

kathleen925 2011-04-16 19:23:33 -0500 Report

I think you are eating to much fruit. I have a family history of high sugar so a year ago I started atkins. boy did it open my eyes to foods i was eating that were actually making it so i couldn't lose weight. fruit is a complex carb. being diabetic you have to watch the amount of carbs you eat. I bet is you changed from fruit to a green salad or eggs in the morning for a few days you will see your sugar readings go down. you might want to check out just to learn about the different carbs and how they react in your body. I wish you all the good health and happiness.

andoact 2011-04-16 16:38:36 -0500 Report

Luvtete - sounds like you could use more understanding of what causes blood sugar to go up. The only way for me to know, FOR ME, was to get a glucose meter and test - one food, before eating, and then after. I found a number of things I thought were okay that shot up my blood sugar. And others that didn't. I am on a more strict low carb diet, which includes certain fruits (mostly berries), but I'm eating every 2 hours or so, a small amount of protein (not bacon - too fatty), like salmon, chicken, beef, goat, buffalo, etc. along w/ some fruit and veggies. In reality, most sources of food aren't too healthy if they've been prepared by anyone but you - or someone who adheres to proper preparation. I've been following the Paleo diet (Loren Cordain), some of Dr. Bernstein's diet (he is a type 1 diabetic who was an engineer, was told he wouldn't live to long due to diabetes, and decided to learn a lot about it. Went back to med school to be able to treat diabetics. His book is intense, but great), and exercise. I'd really suggest reading "Diabetes Type 2 - Your First Year". Really dig in and understand how this works and take a look at your choices for food. Understand portions, fats, carbs, and proteins, and check out David Mendosa's website:

Queen359 2011-04-16 15:03:45 -0500 Report

Don't be discourage prayer still works, I am on the heavy side and recently I found me a health coach and believe it or not she said, that I was not eating at the right times or enough, so here it goes and I pray it works for you, 3 balanced meals a day try to do the same time everyday it possible and snacks, like peanut butter crackers, zero pepsi or coke (diet) never drink anything more than 10 calories, meal replacement snack bar or boost, glucera of course start off with a 15 minute walk daily and work your way up. Do not look at it as a diet, its called life changing and I am a cook and love soul food, but, I enjoy living better.

maloodah 2011-04-16 14:55:44 -0500 Report

hi dear
i think eating the riped banana and apple in the breakfast is not good for you as breakfast iadvise you to drink milk without fat (0%) with low sugar , light cheese,and wheat bread that will be better for you

teddybearlady 2011-04-16 14:51:18 -0500 Report

You know what they say, "Everything in moderation." Fruit has fructose and, as you may already know, anything that ends in "-ose" means sugar. That was an awful lot of fruit. You need a carb in the morning to get your brain working as well as a protein. Talk to your doctor as well. There may be a medical condition that is causing your high blood sugar. I had a triple bypass operation in September of 2004 and, for the year preceeding, my lowest blood sugar reading was 247, no matter what I did. The day after the surgery, my fasting blood sugar was 77. Literally overnight! My doctor said it was because the stress to my body had been eliminated. Get an exchange list and read the literature about portion size (Americans have a skewed perspective.). Keep a journal. Eventually, you will not need aids, it will be as natural as breasthing.

OmahaMav 2011-04-16 14:44:06 -0500 Report

Be advised that as bananas ripen they contain more sugar. So, I try to eat a small unripened bananas, you will gauge what maybe to too unripe by trial and error. This is probably a personal preference, one persons unripe may not be too unripe for everyone. You need to have a food scale and log everything you take it as this is the only true way to know whether or not we are taking in too many carbs or not.

Sidehack 2011-04-16 13:56:45 -0500 Report

Fruit has a lot of sugar (fructose). Also check out your carb intake, a banana (avg) has 30 carbs…1/2 a recommended carb amount per meal. Don't let yourself get too discouraged. Pick up a booklet that lists carbs instead of calories.

garysgal 2011-04-16 13:55:39 -0500 Report

First of all, fruits are loaded with carbs. Except for the bacon, you ate a ton of carbs. You need to eat a healthy breakfast, but count your carbs to see if you can have any or how many you can have. I have type 2 and am going on 13 years, so I have learned that if I wake up high I don't have carbs. I am on Metformin and stay pretty low, but maybe you need to get together with a dietition and have them help you come up with some menu ideas and also how many carbs you are allowed. A fasting blood sugar of 196 is not good, and your dr. needs to know. It's hard, but with help and meds and excercise, you can learn a routine that works for you.

JamesEdward 2011-04-16 12:59:16 -0500 Report

My husband is a Type 2 Diabetic, He takes 10 units of Lantus and Humalog in the mornings, and Humalog only with his afternoon and evening meals. His blood sugar begins to drop after he eats breakfast. He has 2 slices of Turkey Bacon, Toast, Cereal Tea with Splenda. because of this he was told by his Doctor to decrease his Humalog from 4 Units in the morning only to 2 Units. maybe check to see if your might not have to increase or decrease your Insulins

mariecc 2011-04-16 12:40:17 -0500 Report

I REALLY know how you feel. I am having problems with my blood sugar also. I do everything right and it's still high. I have the added disadvantage of being a transplant patient and cannot take many of the diabetic meds because they mess with my immunosupressives. I'm on a very low dose of Glipizide that doesn't seem to be helping me much. I love fruits, but discovered early on that they raise my blood sugar alarmingly. I eat very few of them because of that. I'm a vegetarian and so eating right for Diabetes is a big challenge. Don't give up! It's a constant balancing act. Like so many of the other posts here the exercise for me is key. Hang in there!

juls1966 2011-04-16 12:34:03 -0500 Report

I have the some of the sane type of problems I eat regularly what I am suppose to on my diet and every 2 to 3 weeks my blood sugar spikes 200 like clock work, I am worried my diabetic educator was worried then last month my sugars elevated back down whee hypoglycemics are suppose to be but like clock work it spiked once again last week. wish I knew what is going on with my sugars. Have any suggestions please let me know thanks.

vvanata 2011-04-16 12:17:05 -0500 Report

That's a very healthy breakfast if you weren't diabetic. You really have to be careful on the amount of fruit you have. I am type 1 so I can eat that if I take the right amount of insulin with it, however if I were to eat that, my BS would sky rocket too. Try eating protein for breakfast. I notice when I have eggs and sausage with a piece of toast, my BS is stable the rest of the day, no matter what I eat. I have a pump so you would think that what I eat wouldn't matter too much, but it does. Fruit has a lot of carbs and bananas have the most sugar out of most fruits.