Bruno, my own endo has said that most of his patients do not succeed in controlling their diabetes. He has to keep adding medicine to their regimen. In reality, it's just too easy to take a pill rather than make such changes as eating healthy and being active.
Had a doctor appointment today for something different and mentioned that my A1C has lowered dramatically due to physical activity. Big smile on her face and she said "if only most people would do that." This was my PCP and she sees the same thing. People looking for the magic pill rather than really working at controlling their diabetes.
I'm on a roll here, so I better stop. One senior tells me that her sugar went way up after eating. She can't figure it out. I told her maybe get a carb counter and read it like it's your bible.View Thread
Beta, you do know that you are in the minority with respect to diet and exercise as if your life depended on it. I am, too, as are a select few others that I see here.
I work with seniors 60 and over and with the exception of one of them that I talk to, most don't care what they eat or that they do not do exercise. 90% of the seniors I see day in and day out (luncheon program) are overweight. There are four out of the 100 (give or take) that are actively active each day. We have a gym (work in a Salvation Army) that is available with weights, treadmills, bikes, etc. It's available to this age group for FREE.
I have made it known to most of them that I am diabetic and to feel free to ask questions. Mostly they want to know how I stay thin. LOL. It takes work, people. It takes work.View Thread
I was put on Lantus in the a.m., another long-acting insulin and Humalog with meals. What works for one diabetic may not work for another.
Your husband has been diabetic longer than I have. Has he been stable before this or is this something new?
My dietician restricted my carbs more than other diabetics. I am to eat 35-45 per meal. I usually do less, so I don't have to use a lot of insulin.
Did your husband's doctor give your husband an insulin/carb ratio? For example, 1 unit to every 15 carbs. I currently use 1 unit of the fast-acting insulin to every 12 carbs. You don't say how many carbs he eats per meal. He may need to cut down.
My A1C currently is 5.6. This is mostly due to physical activity and restricting carb intake. I don't know if your husband is able to be physically active. My job entails a lot of physical activity, approximately four hours a day. I don't even need to take my mealtime insulin if I eat at work. The physical activity keeps my blood sugar within normal range. A blessing in disguise for me. If your husband can be active, he should be for an hour or more a day. Our skeletal muscles use the glucose in our bloodstream for fuel.
The Novolog is strictly for mealtime or any time your husband eats carbs. It prevents his blood sugar from rising when he eats.
I'm not a medical professional, so I can't say what regimen would be best for him.
Also, if he's not seeing an endocrinologist (specialist in glandular disorders) maybe he should try and find one.
The Levimir dosage his pretty high. Is it a possibility that something else is going on? Stress, infection, steroids?
He needs to contact his doctor once again shortly. His readings are too high as you well know. I wish you both luck in finding the right answer.View Thread
Thank you for doing that, Flute. What a waste of space! Bad enough that we have ads that take up space on both sides of the monitor. I never look at them. You want to gain our attention: Sneak one in and then maybe....View Thread
I don't understand why various resources and doctors produce different numbers. The numbers quoted above are a little high according to my diabetic team.
These are the numbers given to me by my physician:
Morning fasting: 70-100
Before meals: 70-100
Two hours after a meal: <140
A BS reading one hour after a meal is going to be higher than two hours after a meal.
Maybe the higher numbers are more reasonable for older diabetics? Don't know.
I strive to keep my A1C below 6. Currently, it is 5.6. I've never felt better in my life, no longer having to fight fatigue from high BS numbers.
Dave is right regarding the surgery. It is a stressor on the body and Butch's numbers may stablize once things return to normal.
Butch, if you are concerned, ask your doctor or nurse in the office about your 106 number. Personally, I don't see a need to increase it, but your doctor would know better especially since they have your medical records. Many patients who are older feel physically better with higher numbers. I don't presume to know your age.View Thread
I don't know what October peas are, but if they are like pinto beans, 1 cup is 42.5 grams of carbs. 1 cup will have 14 grams of fiber making a net carb count of 28.2 carbs in just the cup of peas/beans. I don't know what kind of bread you ate, but that has carbs also. If you had no protein with that, your blood sugar rose quite a bit.
Most fast food places offer salads. They also offer chicken to go on top of that salad which is a nice protein. I do hear you about wanting the right types of foods. It's something we all deal with. If you don't want your sugar to go up, you have to make some important decisions.
It gets rough because many times all we can think about is food. What we shouldn't eat makes us want it more. I need to start getting busy if food thoughts enter my mind.
Sometimes age and weight make no difference when it comes to the body being able to use insulin properly.
I was in the exact same boat as your mom with higher than normal blood sugars in my late 30's. Always on the thin side and active.
I understand your shock. Needless to say, I was in a total state of shock at my diagnosis, too.
I must confess, I don't like this doctor. I understand many are busy, busy, busy but still to throw out medication as the solution to this problem is being irresponsible and lazy.
I am very fortunate that my PCP at the time referred me to an endocrinologist (specialist in the endocrine system of which the pancreas is part of). He works with a team consisting of a diabetic educator and a registered dietician. It has helped me immensely.
Educate yourself so you can help your mother. If she needs a referral to a diabetic educator and/or dietician, please see if she can get one. It is always helpful to have a support system.
If your mom is willing and able, see if she can get in to see an endocrinologist. Talk to others and find out if they are happy with their doctor. Word of mouth goes a long way. As I said previously, this doctor is just throwing medication at your mom without explaining anything at all. This does not help anyone's frame of mind.
Things will be fine. If the diagnosis of diabetes is a valid one, she will need to change her eating habits to help her blood sugars stay in control. This is a way of life for the rest of her life if she does indeed have diabetes.
Carbohydrates, not just sugars, are what makes a person's sugar go up if their body cannot utilize them properly. Your mom will have to count carbs. Processed foods are not a good thing as well as breads, potatoes, rice, pasta, carb rich veggies. This is where a dietician can help your mom distinguish from good carbs and bad carbs. Your mom will have to look at nutrition labels and read the TOTAL CARBOHYDRATES line. Diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate metabolism. All the food we eat has carbs except for your proteins and fats.
Take things one day at a time and read everything you can find regarding diabetes along with your mom.
Keep in touch and let us know how she is doing.View Thread
Start with Health and Human Services for your county that you live in. There's another place that can be helpful. Where are you registered to vote? Your ward or district may have a clinic(s) available at deeply discounted prices.
I live in a large city with a large county. They have a hospital and clinics for those who cannot pay. See if there is anything around like that. There are places out there. I've used them myself.
As for your question regarding getting off of meds, it is entirely possible. Many people do if they lose the weight they need to lose and keep active. These two go hand in hand in obtaining remission from diabetes. Physical activity is the best thing in reducing blood sugars. I can attest to that. I've reduced the amount of insulin I take dramatically by being active. You don't have to formally exercise or join a gym. Just be active. Start walking. You can take cans of food to use as weights to use those muscles you have. Don't have to buy serious equipment at all.View Thread
Hi, CCLUV. I've done that before, I mean not taking my insulin in the morning. I waited until the next morning to take it, so I wouldn't throw my schedule completely off.
If she does not remember, please don't re-dose. That can get too dangerous by lowering her blood sugar dramatically.
My blood sugar went up a little bit, but not enough that it was a serious thing. For most people, it's not serious to miss one dose. I take two insulins, the one being Lantus, a long-acting insulins (24-period) and Humalog with meals. The Humalog prevents my blood sugar from spiking when I eat carbohydrates.
If she or you are worried, check her blood sugar throughout the day. You don't say if she takes other diabetic meds or another insulin with meals.
I would say not to worry too much. Being stressed can raise one's blood sugar, too. I do believe she will be fine.View Thread
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