JoiLynn

Q:

I have type 2 diabetes. I have recently (2 months ago) stopped eating all processed foods and anything with HFCS in it. I eat mostly green fresh veggies and a lot of beans. I drink more than 70 oz of water a day and I take supplements like cinnamon and turmeric and I am on glipizide 2 times 2 a day 10mg. I have lost 15lbs by eating smarter and walking 30 minutes 6 days a week, but I have noticed that any time I eat my blood sugar skyrockets up to 300+. Please help me.

Amy Campbell

A:

Congratulations on all of the healthy changes that you’ve made. The blood glucose target two hours after a meal is no higher than 180 mg/dl for most people with diabetes. Obviously, it’s cause for concern if you’re checking your blood glucose at that time and seeing readings in the 300s. First, make sure you know what your hemoglobin A1C (A1C for short) level is. For most people, the goal is less than 7 percent. Second, pay attention to the portion sizes of the foods that you’re eating, especially the carbohydrate (carb) foods. Beans, whole grains, fruits and lowfat milk are very healthy, but they still contain carb, and eating too much of any type of carb food can lead to high post-meal blood glucose levels. You might try aiming for no more than 45 grams of carb per meal for the next few days and see what happens to your blood glucose. Third, make sure your meter is working properly. Do a check with the meter’s control solution (you can purchase this at a pharmacy). Finally, despite all the healthy changes you’ve made (and it’s important that you’ve made these), it’s very possible that your glipizide is not enough to keep your blood glucose in a safe range. You may need additional medicine, and possibly insulin. This is very common and does not mean that you’ve failed in any way. I’d suggest that you call or meet with your provider promptly to discuss treatment options.

March 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm

1 reply

Chopstix
Chopstix 2013-04-28 16:53:16 -0500 Report

Are you getting enough chromium and/or magnesium in you diet? You may have to supplement like I do. Also research "Eat Right For Your Blood Type." I think it's a pretty good book and google the name and the web page should pop up…