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High blood sugar readings

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by Jogreen21, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. Jogreen21

    Jogreen21 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thankyou so much.we can do this together x x x
     
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  2. Jogreen21

    Jogreen21 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    My mums fine.if anything happens she will press her alarm she will do because they get in touch with me.we have an emergency plan in place that works for us both x x x
     
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  3. CherryAA

    CherryAA Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It sounds like you are doing a great job at managing a whole host of difficult issues. It is bound to take some time to sort through all the things that may or may not be contributing to your high blood sugar readings. In the meantime the more times you manage to get through it without vomiting and the more foods you choose that are low carbohydrate the more you are helping yourself get ready to untangle that puzzle.
     
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  4. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    @Jogreen21

    Hello Jo and welcome to the forum :) As mentioned by @debrasue, here is the basic information we give to new members and I hope this will help you. 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 220,000 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.
     
  5. SHELLEB

    SHELLEB Type 2 · Member

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    Good morning Jogreen21, it sounds like you have a lot to deal with. I think you need to go back to your GP and ask to be referred to a specialist that can help you with your eating disorder. If you GP is not interested, then it might be better to see a different GP. Don't let them fob you off. Good luck
     
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  6. Jogreen21

    Jogreen21 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    My go admitted to knowing nothing about bulimia but has now realised the extent of my illness.i'm waiting for him to hear back from dietician on Monday.he mentioned metformin but again needs advice himself.he was really nice and said we will conquer this together.he reckons as I don't eat much , my liver is producing too much glucose and my body is storing the sugar as fat (I've lost a stone in weight but can't lose anymore) I do need to lose about 2 stone to have a healthy weight.i don't want to be skinny,that's not a problem as Darren loves me regardless of how much I weigh.ive been 5stone 3 before (younger days) and in hospital on drips etc and defo NOT going back there again, I love this forum as I can get things off my chest and get invaluable advice.on the plus side it's day 3 of NO vomitting and I've already eaten my egg which I usually eat in the evening which I know is wrong time of the day.i'm even going to try a little roast chicken later on.my waking test result was over 17 so I'm forgetting about testing today and concentrating on trying to eat.thanx for reading my post x x
     
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  7. Freema

    Freema Type 2 · Expert

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    hey Jogreen I just remembered a very special video fro youtube... it is a single man telling what he found out and that is rather surprising to most people it also was to me first time I watched it

    just worth thinking about ;
    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
     
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  8. CherryAA

    CherryAA Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    This is exactly what I am following and he is right - everything is doing exactly what he suggests it does at present. I just hope it continues.

    I use lots of lard, butter and clotted cream, and I am eating all the fat and skin on the meats and its "LOVELY" I've stopped with any carbs other than those already inside the green vegetables .

    Yesterday my dinner was
    crab and prawns with mayonaise/ cream sauce on a bed of lettuce , avocado and chia seeds with olive oil and balsamic vinegar
    fatty steak cooked in lard with mushrooms onion made into a cream and mustard gravy and accompanied with brussel sprouts, blueberries and kale all cooked in butter
    raspberries with coconut ice-cream and clotted cream with a seed topping
    two glasses of red wine.
    My meal was one of the tastiest I have ever eaten and the two other "normal" people I cooked for loved it too. it was the only meal I needed yesterday and I won't eat another one until this evening.
    My blood sugar changed from 5.4 to 7.0 then straight back again.
     
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  9. debrasue

    debrasue · Guest

    3 days !!!
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  10. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    Hey - wow!!! Day 3 - no sick!! Brilliant... so, so brilliant. I am having 2 small pieces of chicken in curry sauce tonight with broccoli and butternut squash. This is the max I can eat to go through me without problems. Cant roast a breast as I hate leaving anything!! (I do still lick my plate at home!!)

    Do reflect back to a week ago and think of just one positive about it!! Or more!!

    Keep emotions up... if you can...

    I've had music on all day to help me today. I woke up at 4am to do my injections and started talking for 21/2 hours!! All about 4 or 5 illnesses, my auntie that died of bouble breast, liver transplant and bone cancer! .... but it was all quite positive. And that helps with mood for reat of day and fell asleep again till 8am with youtube Andean music!!

    You will get there. You can find balance with nutrition and life!!
     
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    bepzii92 Type 2 · Member

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    I've been having these issues to (I'm type one) and my ever so helpful diabetes nurse Said it was my weight causing high blood sugars! My hba1c went from 64 at diagnosis in June to 88 on Monday
     
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  12. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    What a wonderful meal!! Wow!!
     
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  13. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    That is wrong advice from your diabetes nurse!!

    She may mean (nicely) that extra weight could make you more insulin resistant....but she should be enabling you to look and understand ratios, food, insulin, exercise etc...

    Some people say that a certain insulin increases weight. I have had that insulin but not put on weight myself.....

    It may just be that you are actually eating mire from things like being a bit down from diagnosis, or eating more etc.
     
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    CherryAA Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    yes that is marvellous !!!!!
     
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  15. Freema

    Freema Type 2 · Expert

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    sounds amazing... and I am happy it really works... and that you get in the directions you want
     
  16. Derek7882

    Derek7882 Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hi. I had exactly the same problems with my blood sugars. it took some time but I found that my slow acting wasnt high enough so now I take 24 units of detamir at night and this helped my sugars at night and I also take 11 units of detamir in the morning so this helps keep my sugars down till the evening/before bed time. Im also on novorapid during the day but till I got the detamir sorted I was struggling. What has worked for me might or might not work for you. If you can reduce worry or stress it helps so much. Have you been to a Dafne course yet.
     
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  17. Jogreen21

    Jogreen21 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi derek. My trouble is I have an eating disorder which complicates things.i have bulimia but am trying my vety best to conquer it.i'm currently eating just one egg a day (I dont expect you to understand). I have to eat the same thing daily and for the moment its an egg.i'm on day 3 of not being sick ehich is a great achievement for me (nearly day 4!!) Ive just eaten a small amount of chicken for the first time.my gp is awaiting contact on monday from a dietician to get advice on medication as hes unsure what to presctibe.it seems my liver is producing too much glucose which is sending my results sky high. So roll on monday.thanks for your intsrest and I will let you know how I go on x
     
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    Jogreen21 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yippee !!! Day 4 who ever would have thought I'd get to day 4 without vomitting? I'm happy,excited,elated and all the other fab words I can't think of right now.i'm a bit miffed I tested 16-8 but I think part of this could be my body adjusting to keeping food in. Today's aim is an egg for breakfast and will try another at lunch and the same small amount of chicken I had yesterday.i'm trying not to let the high test results bother me too much as my main aim is to keep food in my tummy.hope everyone is as positive about their day as I am about mine.thankyou everyone, I couldn't have got this far without you x x x
     
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    Freema Type 2 · Expert

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    That is a very good priority hope you will have a wonderful day
     
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    Terryrhino Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I can't add anything to this thread other than you seem to of been going through a very difficult time but your stronger than you think and you will come out the other side happy and healthy you seem very lucky to have such good and supporting boyfriend too so well done him! Keep up all the good work and just take 1 day at a time your strength inspires me .... Keep smiling
     
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