diabetes

United States
December 15, 2007 11:45pm CST
what can i do to bring my sugar down? it has been jumping around highest it has been is 300 is there anything at home i can do to bring it down?
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• United States
16 Dec 07
It is hard to get your sugar levels under control, but you can do it. If you drink soft drinks, try to cut back if you can't cut them out completely because they are loaded with sugar. Also, try not to eat too much white bread...if you eat white, try white wheat...it's better for your sugar levels as well. I have type II diabetes and I have a hard time controlling my levels as well. If you need any more help, pm me and I will try to tell you some of the things that my nutritionist told me.
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• Canada
26 Dec 07
Have you discussed this high blood sugar with your physician? Another good source is a dietician/nutrionist SPECIALIZING on diabetes. Maybe you still need some form of medication for the time being. 300 when 90-120 is the norm, is quite high and you're setting yourself up for many diabetic complications. Please ask your medical advisor about this. Let me know how you make out. Best wishes Laterz
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• United States
26 Dec 07
im looking in to a new doctor
@catjane (1036)
• United States
30 Jan 08
The new numbers are 60-120 for normal glucose readings. You need to talk to your doctor about what medcines would be good for you to take to lower your gluocse. 300 is very high and can cause all kinds of problems. Diet and exercise are what control diebetes. Don't have any more than 40 grms of cholesterol a day with each meal, keep the sugar treats down to a minimum or cut them out all together. If you are maintaining a nice low glucose reading, you can have the odd sugary treat. Try exercising like walking 20 mins. to a half an hour a day. Good luck!
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• Canada
26 Dec 07
Hi Jiffys_frog_woman!Merry Christmas!I am a Type I diabetic; will be 18 years this coming February 08, that I take insulin injections. We all want our sugars to stay down. First, you say "300". That tells me you're american lol In Canada, our glucometers are set in metric system, not imperial. Therefore, my blood sugar norm is between 7.0m/moL to 8.0m/moL. A non-diabetic's blood sugar levels should be between 3.2m/moL to 6.3 m/moL. If you could tell me what norm is for your system, I would appreciate it. If you know the conversion formula for Imperial to Metric, I would appreciate that too. To keep my sugars stable/normal, I check my sugar levels: 1) first thing when I get up, 2) before lunch, 3) before dinner, and 4) before bedtime I take my regular doses in morning and before dinner. I also take my ultra fast insulin in instances when my sugars start crawling upward. (1 unit per point over 10.0m/moL. The most important things I think to do in order to keep my blood sugar levels stable is to eat between 50-55 grams of dietary fibre every day, throughout the day. (Not all in one sitting). I eat oatmeal every day for breakfast, that provides lots of the fibre I need plus all the fruits and veggies I eat. Also, it is of utmost importance to adhere to a good routine; eat at the same times every day. This way your body knows what to expect. It also takes out the confusion as to why your sugars go up too much...when you have this routine, you will know if the rise is caused by your foods, or not enough insulin, etc. By following this routine, you can rule out the disruption of a routine and this will help you pinpoint where the problem lies. By deducting different situation, you will soon be able to figure out exactly why your sugars are hard to maintain at a safe/proper level. I also stay away from too much protein...yes we need proteins but too much of it can actually block your insulin receptors in your blood. This makes it harder for your pills and/or insulin injections to work at their maximum potential. I hope this information helps you, please feel free to ask me any questions. Laterz
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• United States
26 Dec 07
well i need all the protien i can get i had gastric bypass a year ago my sugarnormal would be from 90 to 120 not sure how to convert sorry.....iam not on medicine or insulin...... was on medicine a year ago but after my surgery they took me off it
• United States
16 Dec 07
If its 300, go to your doctor or the hospital now. Sudden spikes can cause permanent damage to the liver and eyes. 200 is "too high" but anything over that is downright dangerous. To lower your blood sugar, eat 4 small meals per day instead of 3 larger ones. Cut your carb intake to under 40g per meal - for you i would go even lower. Lower your salt intake as diabetes and high blood pressure can go hand in hand. Stop eating items that contain high fructose corn syrup. And don't eat junk food/snack food at all. Also, watch the fat content. Get meats that are as lean as you possibly can (no processed deli meats). Replace butter with smart balance or use olive oil for cooking. Also, stress contributes. Again, i think that is time to seek medical help and is beyond the level of "being fine but not optimal" that you can just adjust at home because your body may not actually be producing enough insulin versus it just you needing to eat better.
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• United States
18 Dec 07
to let everyone know all my bllod came back for my dizzyness i thought it might have been my sugar causing it well all the blood work came back fine they are now going to do an echo test
@mugwort (78)
• United States
17 Jan 08
I can't give you specific advice. Only general. I'd read labels when you buy food. Of course that's rather difficult when it comes to produce lol. Well do what you can. Are there diabetes education classes where you live. Being type2 I went to them and they were quite helpful and supportive. If you're insured, your health insurance may pay for them. If there are not classes near you, you could buy a paperback or trade book from your local bookstore. Eating the right foods, amounts, correct number of meals, getting enough exercise of the most effective kind, proper meds, dosage is important. But this is general. I think you need to see your doctor for specifics.
• Canada
27 Dec 07
I wish you luck getting a new doctor. I live in Ontario Canada and cannot find one so I got a Nurse Practionner. You may want to go that route if you cannot find an MD. Best wishes Laterz
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@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
26 Dec 07
I know that starches and carbs has a lot to to with sugar. Try cutting back on them, I have to be careful of my sugar content in my foods because of my gastric bypass surgery. I have to watch anything that has carbohydrates in it. So, I cut out (most of it) anything that is white. Sugar, flour, corn, potatoes and pasta...just to name a few. I hope that this helps.
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@easyman1 (14)
• Mexico
23 Dec 07
Walk at least 30 minutes,5 days a week and no stopping.Eliminate as much grease from your diet as you can.Greasey foods are a diabetics worse enemy.If you are type 2 and use insulin,use 20 units in the morning and 10 units before bed.That will keep you from getting high numbers.Discuss this with a doctor.
• United States
16 Dec 07
i dont know if it has any scientific basis or proof for that matter lol. but my grandmother has diabetes and she swears that eating raw celery brings her sugar levels down. she's been eating it at least once a day for quite a while now and her numbers have been good. i dont know if she is changing anything else, but the only thing that ive noticed is the celery as a constant. hope it works for you!
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