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High blood/sugar levels

Discussion in 'Driving and DVLA' started by Gall61, Sep 19, 2017.

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My blood/sugar won't stop below 22,

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  1. Gall61

    Gall61 Type 2 · Newbie

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    I can't seem to drop my blood/sugar levels, I self checked a moth ago and was 25, my GP told me to up my metformin from 500mg to 2000mg which I did then a week later I lcoldnt get out of bed for ages, all my joints aching, being very agumentive and became really hungry and lethargicand bad sweats, GP wasn't helpful and said drop dosage but very unhelpful, I've dropped to 500mg and within 6 days felt better but blood/ sugar still over 21, can't get GP appointments till next week, any ideas ? Ta Gary
     
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    Mark_1 · Well-Known Member

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    Whats your diet like?
     
  3. Gall61

    Gall61 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hi Mark, cut sweets out and bread cut right back on alcohol, and trying to adapt, been type 2 for 3 years but this is highest bloods have been, not overweight 6ft and 12stone 6 ounces, work pattern is erratic
     
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    Guzzler Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Metformin is not prescribed to lower blood glucose levels. Tagging @daisy1 who will swing by with some good, basic information she has for all newbies. Welcome to the forum. Stand by to be advised, encouraged and educated on how to take control of your well being.

    BTW Do you know what your last HbA1c result was and how often do you use a glucose meter?
     
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  5. Gall61

    Gall61 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hi guzzler,,not sure on ZHba 1c as only just recently took this illness seriously !! I check bloods daily and it's up around 21 to 25
     
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    AM1874 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Gall61 .. and welcome
    Your numbers are high and you may find that your Doc suggests an alternative SR (slow release) version of Metformin or different meds at your appointment next week. In the meantime .. and now that you have now taken a positive approach to dealing with your diagnosis .. a key point to take on board is that managing and controlling your diabetes through exercise, diet and testing your blood glucose seems to be the best way forward for many people. For me, committing to an LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) lifestyle and testing 3-5 times a day seems to be working and you'll find that there is a wealth of info, relevant advice and positive support about LCHF on the forum ..

    You say that you have cut out sweets and cut right back on alcohol but I suggest you need to do more to get back on track and, for this, I think that you might find the discussion on the Low Carb Diet forum helpful .. together with the following Diet Doctor websites, which will give you all the info that you need on what and what not to eat ...
    Low Carb Intro and Information and Low Carbs in 60 Seconds

    It's good that you are testing and I'm sure you'll find that adopting an LCHF lifestyle will soon bring your levels down. I recommend that you test before meals and then again two hours after you started to eat. Some folk also take a fasting blood sugar reading immediately on waking. You will soon develop your own testing pattern which will enable you to monitor trends over time and to spot any foods that cause your blood sugar to "spike" or fall ouside the normal ranges.

    Hope this helps
     
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    Freema Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You should avoid carbs. Try to go really low in carbs maybe take a few days only on eggs and nuts and meat and only vegs like salat tomatoes cucumbers and acocado and olives ... if This doesnt bring your blood glucose down rapidly maybe something else is going on ... most can control mod glucose and get it at normal level when going under 100-150 grams of carbs in total in a day
     
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    daisy1 Type 2 · Guru
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    @Gall61

    Hello Gary and welcome to the Forum :) Here is the Basic Information we give to new members and I hope you will find it useful. Ask as many questions as you want and someone will be able to help.


    BASIC INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBERS

    Diabetes is the general term to describe people who have blood that is sweeter than normal. A number of different types of diabetes exist.

    A diagnosis of diabetes tends to be a big shock for most of us. It’s far from the end of the world though and on this forum you'll find well over 250,000 people who are demonstrating this.

    On the forum we have found that with the number of new people being diagnosed with diabetes each day, sometimes the NHS is not being able to give all the advice it would perhaps like to deliver - particularly with regards to people with type 2 diabetes.

    The role of carbohydrate

    Carbohydrates are a factor in diabetes because they ultimately break down into sugar (glucose) within our blood. We then need enough insulin to either convert the blood sugar into energy for our body, or to store the blood sugar as body fat.

    If the amount of carbohydrate we take in is more than our body’s own (or injected) insulin can cope with, then our blood sugar will rise.

    The bad news

    Research indicates that raised blood sugar levels over a period of years can lead to organ damage, commonly referred to as diabetic complications.

    The good news

    People on the forum here have shown that there is plenty of opportunity to keep blood sugar levels from going too high. It’s a daily task but it’s within our reach and it’s well worth the effort.

    Controlling your carbs

    The info below is primarily aimed at people with type 2 diabetes, however, it may also be of benefit for other types of diabetes as well.

    There are two approaches to controlling your carbs:
    • Reduce your carbohydrate intake
    • Choose ‘better’ carbohydrates
    Reduce your carbohydrates

    A large number of people on this forum have chosen to reduce the amount of carbohydrates they eat as they have found this to be an effective way of improving (lowering) their blood sugar levels.

    The carbohydrates which tend to have the most pronounced effect on blood sugar levels tend to be starchy carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and similar root vegetables, flour based products (pastry, cakes, biscuits, battered food etc) and certain fruits.

    Choosing better carbohydrates

    The low glycaemic index diet is often favoured by healthcare professionals but some people with diabetes find that low GI does not help their blood sugar enough and may wish to cut out these foods altogether.

    Read more on carbohydrates and diabetes.

    Over 145,000 people have taken part in the Low Carb Program - a free 10 week structured education course that is helping people lose weight and reduce medication dependency by explaining the science behind carbs, insulin and GI.

    Eating what works for you

    Different people respond differently to different types of food. What works for one person may not work so well for another. The best way to see which foods are working for you is to test your blood sugar with a glucose meter.

    To be able to see what effect a particular type of food or meal has on your blood sugar is to do a test before the meal and then test after the meal. A test 2 hours after the meal gives a good idea of how your body has reacted to the meal.

    The blood sugar ranges recommended by NICE are as follows:

    Blood glucose ranges for type 2 diabetes
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 8.5 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (adults)
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 9 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (children)
    • Before meals: 4 to 8 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 10 mmol/l
    However, those that are able to, may wish to keep blood sugar levels below the NICE after meal targets.

    Access to blood glucose test strips

    The NICE guidelines suggest that people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should be offered:

    • structured education to every person and/or their carer at and around the time of diagnosis, with annual reinforcement and review
    • self-monitoring of plasma glucose to a person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes only as an integral part of his or her self-management education

    Therefore both structured education and self-monitoring of blood glucose should be offered to people with type 2 diabetes. Read more on getting access to blood glucose testing supplies.

    You may also be interested to read questions to ask at a diabetic clinic.

    Note: This post has been edited from Sue/Ken's post to include up to date information.

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