How do I go about reducing my blood sugar? I was told it was slightly elevated.

@kgwat70 (13396)
United States
January 25, 2007 8:15pm CST
I just received a letter from my doctor in the mail today and got the results of my cholesterol and sugar tests. The cholesterol test was fine but the note said that my blood sugar was slightly elevated. What do I do to reduce this? Should I be concerned? Is it a matter of reducing or eliminating foods that have sugar in them? Any advice would be appreciated? This is the first time this has happened to me.
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
27 Jan 07
You would be better of reducing the amoung of refined carbohydrates and fat. Also try to lower your stress levels. These are the three worst things for sugar levels. Actual sugar intake should be lowered but not eliminated completely. Good luck!
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
3 Feb 07
Stress is something that I have been guilty of lately, both at work and away from work. This may have something to do with my elevated sugar level. Thank you for your suggestions and advice.
@emarie (5451)
• United States
27 Jan 07
are you a diabetic?? if so, i know taking Cinnamon pills every day will help lower it in type 2 (or adult onset) diabetes. if not, you just have to limit sugar and some card intake and mostly work out more. don't eat too much candy and stuff like that.
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• United States
27 Jan 07
yes that's exactly it. I had the same problem when I went to my annual physical in november. my cholesteral and blood sugar are both slightly elevated however I am also 20 pounds overweight which my doc said is the reason. try using splenda as a sugar substitute. also lite, reduced sugar and sugarless products do the trick also. hope this helps.
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
26 Jan 07
You will need to reduce you carb intake and increase your fiber intake. Increasing fiber will reduce the carbs used. I was classified as borderline diabetic just last year and have gotten a blood glucose meter to monitor my sugar level when I eat. I have found that more carbs the more sugar in my blood. Now, of course, sweets have those effects also. But if you learn now to change your eating habits, you will be less likely to have any complications later on. :) Congrats on going to the Dr...but also, do not worry unless your doctor is concerned. Has your Dr. suggested a blood glucose tolerance test?
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
26 Jan 07
How much fiber do I need as I eat Raisin Bran twice a day and oatmeal, which is good for fiber and cholesterol. What other foods are good for me and which ones should I stay away from? She has not suggested anything yet but she wants to test me again in March to see if it goes down or goes up or stays the same. Only my grandmother had problems with sugar in my family so hopefully this will not be a concern unless I am eating wrong. Thank you for your advice. :-)
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
26 Jan 07
Well, I can't even eat cereal. But, my blood sugar level is probably more extreme than yours. Unless she advised you to change your eating habits, do not start worrying yourself now. It could have been high as a result of that you had eaten earlier in the day. Unless you were fasting for 12 hours and it was still high, then you probably do not have anything to worry about. However, to just be sure, you could reduce any simple sugars you eat...and that would be your sweets. Also, potatoes and pastas are incredibly high in carbs that when a marathon runner wants to have energy stored, the runner will eat spaghetti the night before for that amount of carbs one can consume with this meal in one sitting. But truly, if your doctor is not concerned yet, you may be worrying yourself over something that is not necessary. I hope that has helped!
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
26 Jan 07
Thank you so much for your advice and suggestions. You have definitely have helped. :-)
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
26 Jan 07
My dad has to watch his sugar. He now has a meter. The first time he went it was pretty high. He has figured out that bubble gum sends his sugar really high. He has also found out a few other things elevate it. He says away from bubble gum now and doesn't have much of a problem at all. He still takes readings 3 times a day.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I rarely chew bubble gum so I know that has not been my problem so it must be other foods that I am eating that are causing this and to figure out which ones to cut out. I will definitely make sure though that I stay away from the gum. I have to be tested again in March. Thank you for sharing this information. :-)
• United States
26 Jan 07
My dad is diabetic and the thing that shoots up his blood sugar the worst is pastas and other foods that are high in carbs. I would try to stay away from those and only injest simple sugars that might be easier for your body to break down. Also when you go get checked out ask your doctor about risks for diabetes.
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@Shebang (244)
• Philippines
26 Jan 07
Hi, when I read your story, I have lots of questions in mind. What are your staple foods? What were you eating that makes your sugar level elevated? How old are you? Regarding your question should you be concerned? Yes, you should, because you might just be a candidate for diabetes. I wonder if you are in your late 30's. There is really a possibility that you develop that sickness. I am not a doctor but have read so much on diabetes. My father is a diabetic. So inorder to help him, I read everything i could to better his condition. Here in our country, rice is a staple food and we just found out that rice contains heavy sugar. So my father shifted to a corn rice. It dramatically reduced his sugar level. Also the softdrink. Any softdrink is a sweet killer. I suggest also that you drink lots of water. More than the usual eight-glasses-a-day. It will help. Finally, watch what you eat.
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
27 Jan 07
Actually, I rarely eat rice as a food. I do eat oatmeal, raisin bran, fruits, salads, chicken, veggies as well as some not so healthy stuff like pizza, subs and sodas. I definitely know that I need to get rid of sodas and pizzas for sure. I am 36. I drink lots of water as that is my main drink as well as milk and orange juice. Thank you for your advice.
• United States
27 Jan 07
This won't be a long response. I found this article that I think you should read. It might shed some light on what you need to do. http://www.newstarget.com/002039.html
• United States
26 Jan 07
I used to have a problem with elevated sugar now it is regular to low. What my doctor reccomended and is easy to follow is what is called the low glycemic index. You still eat carbs but they are lower in carbs aand healthy. It is easy to follow and works quite well. go to http://www.diabetesnet.com/diabetes_food_diet/glycemic_index.php
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
26 Jan 07
Hi in regards to your sugar tests yes you should be concerned, but not overly concerned as it is only slightly elevated, well firstly you will have to reduce the amount of sugar you are taking and also stop drinking full cream milk, and stop eating too many sweets, I have recently also been diagnosed with the same as you that is why I know these but if you want to be my friend so that we can talk more about this please feel free to add me as your friend, also remember you have to have a bit of sugar as otherwise you will feel latheragy and tired did the doctor put you on tablets and also did the doctor tell you that it is best for you to lose weight as since I have it I have now lost 1 stone which is really great I believe.
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@creationhub (3068)
• Malaysia
26 Jan 07
Regular blood test is one good way to monitor your sugar level. I too have this problem. In fact, my doctor told me that I am in a pra diabetic stage. Sounds scary to me at first. Recently, I attended a wellness seminar. The presenter mentioned that there is a substitute for sugar. Many of us still like certain degree of sweetness in our food and drinks. That product is called stevia. I have yet to check in detail on it. I planned to buy some, use it and share my experience in a new discussion one day.
@ChewySpree (1832)
• United States
26 Jan 07
Reducing and eliminating sugar is a good start, but you also have to include carbs and starchy food in that. Starches turn to sugar as you digest them, so it's basically the same as eating sugar. If you eat more lean protein and whole wheats and less process white flour and sugars, you will do much better.
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• India
26 Jan 07
Well there is nothing to worry about it. It will reduce surely if one follows a systematic diet. but yeah it will take time. Apart from medicines prescribed by Doctors..food which we take is important. One shouldnt change the eating habbits sudenly. one can bring the change slowly. 1.Instead of having coffee/tea with sugar..can have it without sugar or can use sugar free tablets 2.Can cut down the consumption of rice & can take chapathi/roti/pulka. 3.& walking is very important for any person at any age. It would not only keep your body fit but also make u feel energetic. 4.Daily Yoga will give you good result in the long-run. 5.Can take half cup (small cup) of bitter-guard juice daily. this will surely control the sugar level.
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@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
26 Jan 07
Well, a lot of it is learning to eat Healthier that can help prevent some of this from becoming a major issue in the future. You might want to check out like the Biggest Loser Cookbook, or video etc. about how to eat more healthier. For me, since I am Diabetic, a lot of it is CARBS. I have learned that these are important for me to watch out for, just as much as Sugar. You can do it if you set your mind to it, and make sure and keep on top of it. This is the first step in becoming Diabetic and it is what you choose to do from here to prevent it that works the best for you.
• India
26 Jan 07
Dont worry! No problems are there without solutions.. Follow these golden rules.. 1. Reduce the intake of rice. 2. Substitute rice with wheat preparations. 3. Get used to coffee/ tea without sugar . 4. No bakery preparations ..strictly..it will reduce both cholesterol and sugar. 5. No fried items Once you start off with this, re-assess your Fasting Blood Sugar level after 30 days. Definite improvement will be there ! If the situation is same, get the help of a Dietician to fotmaulate a correct diet for you. The scope of this column too limited for me to explain everything in detail;. best wishes!
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@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
3 Feb 07
It's not so much the sugar but the high carbohydrate foods we eat. My doctor told me not to eat anything white,like sugar, potatoes, pasta, rice, anything made with flour or anything with over 8-10 carbs per serving. All starchy foods cause our blood sugar to rise so a low carb diet will help. And you can find all kinds of low carb foods in your grocery store. Living a healthier life is just a matter of changing your diet. Now don't get me wrong, you can still eat bread, and lots of other goodies just be sure they are low in carbohydrates, and eat less of them. If you learn to control your blood sugar now you may never have to take medication. BTW...Even artificial sweetener will cause a rise in your blood sugar level. Best of health Kowgirl
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
4 Feb 07
This is very nice to know and appreciate the information that you shared with me as well as anyone else that reads this. I have already eliminated some things.
• United States
26 Jan 07
I am sorry to hear this, but glad you caught it. It can keep elevating, and you can become diabetic. So, you must not eat sugars. Read all labels on everything. Most all foods have sugar in them. Be careful to read the amount. Stay away from sugar snacks. Fresh fruit is okay. Be sure to take the test again and watch it. Good luck my dear friend.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
27 Jan 07
Thank you for your concern and your suggestions as it is very much appreciated. I am definitely going to be more careful and cut things out that I should not be eating. I do some things well like drinking lots of water and having fruits and salads and some meats. I will be tested again in March. I also have cyst problem that I am dealing with. :-(
• Philippines
26 Jan 07
You need to lessen your carbo intakes coz carbo intakes turns into sugar try eating fiver rich foods
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I will start making sure that I reduce my carb intake for sure and appreciate everyones input here. :-)
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Well, sorry to hear that. Sometimes things like that just happen. Just watch the amount of sugar that you take in and maybe you should ask your doctor more about this since they are the professional on this more than I do.
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@myrith (1830)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
You're probably a diabetic or borderline, it is very serious.You have to eliminate all foods with sugar. Start using diabetic sugars, eat fruits and veggies, eliminate orange juice, substitute with cranberry juice,watered down.You have to be informed, pick up pamphlets and so on.It is nothing to play with..Good Luck!
• United States
26 Jan 07
Ok were you truely fastinhg? nothing to eat or drinnk 12 hours prior to the blood work? what did you have the night before? these factors can affect blood work.
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