I work with seniors, many who are diabetic. It comes out here and there and we start to talk. They want to know how I stay so "thin." In reality, I am at my normal weight for height and skeletal frame. I tell them that what I do is eat less "bad" carbs and keep moving. Some actually take this to heart and I am proud that my words have come across. Others look at me and have actually said "Oh, I can't do that." They eat their potatoes. They eat their pasta. They eat their rice. You cannot complain about your weight. You cannot wonder why your numbers do not come down. If you can't manage what you put in your mouth, you absolutely have no right to complain about what that food does to your weight and your numbers.
I have a co-worker who just came up to me Friday and told me he just joined my club. Too young for it, but he now realizes what his eating has done to him. Two meds later and he decided it's time to lose the belly fat and get real. He stopped working out and I told him to get right back to it. He looked at me and said "no excuses." I smiled and said "you go."
Flute, he has decided he wants to be "well."View Thread
Ladymy, welcome. Know how you feel. It is mind boggling.
We all felt kind of lost, angry and knowing nothing when the diagnosis came down.
I am one of five siblings. My mother had diabetes and was insulin-dependent. I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic at 39. Sugars running higher than normal and on the lean side. Out of five kids, why me? Yep, I did the pity party thing. I was like bipolar.
First off, if you can and your insurance will allow it, talk with a dietician before you start. See if there is a diabetes education class at your local hospital or clinic. These are usually free.
Just know that diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate metabolism. What works for one person may not work for another. There is no black and white when it comes to diabetes and each individual.
Read your labels on all your foods. Pay attention to the TOTAL CARBOHYDRATE line. I do have a dietician and she recommended for me 35-45 grams of carbs per meal. Many others are given a limit of 60 per meal.
Take baby steps. You will have to think about your choices before putting anything in your mouth. Test as often as you can. Since I use two insulins, I don't have much choice on the testing part.
Lady, food is only one part of the equation when it comes to diabetes. You need to add physical activity daily to your life. It does not have to be formal exercise. Just get moving. I can tell you from experience how much physical activity has helped bring my numbers down and kept them there.
Invest in a carb counter, either online or a book in your hands. My dietician recommended "The Calorie King" which gives you the carb count of any food you can imagine.
Ask your doctor and/or dietician what amount of carbs per meal they recommend for you. Forget what the doctor said about sweet. It all comes down to carbohydrates because carbs turn into glucose in your bloodstream when they are metabolized.
Read, talk to others, gain knowledge. All of our foods contain carbohydrates except for your proteins and fats. Don't give up on all fats. There are good ones out there.View Thread
Surfdude, Lantus insulin is NOT prescribed to bring down a high blood sugar. It is a basal insulin that works 24/7. There are no discernable peaks and valleys with this insulin. If your doctor told you to do this, then it's okay. Don't do anything unless your doctor has given you the go ahead to do so. Taking more Lantus to bring down a high blood sugar can get you into trouble during the night.
I would tell your doctor about this episode. As another poster suggested, be aware of what you ate.
Water and exercise are good ideas. At least two 8 oz. glasses of water.
Rapid-acting insulin is what is prescribed to help bring down a high blood sugar, i.e, Humalog or Novolog. This is only under your doctor's care.
This answer is probably too late seeing that this post is now 21 hours old. Call your doctor.
I am not a medical professional and speak from experience only. I take both Lantus and Humalog. I have had both very high blood sugars and very low blood sugars. Just know that using Lantus to bring down a high blood sugar is not the way to go.
Question yourself and be honest. Did you eat too many carbs to bring on the high blood sugar? Are you stressed? There are many things that can contribute to high blood sugars besides just carbs.View Thread
Maria, I have not had that problem at all. I know many Type 2's do.
Hopefully, someone with Type 1 will come along and maybe give a few tips that might help.
I was diagnosed as a Type 2, but am operating as if a Type 1. My doctor does believe that my insulin producing beta cells died. I take two insulins to control my blood sugar. When diagnosed, my A1c was 13.2. I needed 40 units of Lantus just to get my blood sugar to normal. If I eat carbs, well you get the gist.
I have the opposite problem of trying to keep mine above 70 when I exercise or any particularly physical activity, especially at work.
Is your 300 reading right after exercise? Does it come down substantially within 1 to 2 hours after that reading? What is your sugar reading before you exercise? Do you do injections or use a pump? You may have to do some insulin adjusting.
If you can't figure it out, maybe a call to your doctor can help. I do wish I could help you.View Thread
Edward, I have done this before. At the risk of ruining my schedule, I just waited until the time for my next dose. Assumptions can be bad, but I am assuming this is your basal insulin dosage? DO NOT take the basal insulin if your BS numbers have gone too high. Basal insulin does not bring your BS down if it has gone too high. Rapid-acting insulin is made for this. Your basals are Lantus or Levimar. The rapid-acting are insulins such as Humalog or Novalog which are normally in the blood stream for about 4 hours. The Humalog has an onset of about 10 minutes and the Novalog is 20 minutes.
Just monitor your BS by testing frequently. If your BS has gone way too high by the missed dosage, call your doctor.
I was diagnosed as an "uncontrolled diabetic." It took many months to get my dosaging right for my body. My doctor even tried splitting my basal insulin dosaging, meaning inject every 12 hours. I was going low too often. It worked fine during the day, but my morning fasting number was way too high for my liking.
I realize this was posted yesterday. Hope things turned out okay for you. Weekends are notoriously slow for responses.View Thread
Bruno...he is losing weight. Does he even have diabetes? I know it is rare to have hypoglycemia and not be diagnosed with diabetes. I actually know two people who are hypoglycemic and do not have diabetes.
If he was diagnosed with diabetes, is he a Type 1 or 2.
An, all I can say is the same thing happened to me. I know how you feel because I felt anxious thinking I was dropping low. I tested every single time I felt like this and my blood sugar was between 90-120. My A1c was 13.2 so my blood sugars were running extremely high daily, averaging 332. Didn't know this as I had no symptoms whatsoever.
Yes, your body needs time to adjust to the lower numbers. At this point in time, when my BS drops to 70 or below, I get the same feelings. Make sure you test (if you can) to make sure you are not below 70.View Thread