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How can I reduce my glucose levels please?

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by whiteorchid, Feb 22, 2020.

  1. whiteorchid

    whiteorchid Type 2 · Member

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    I take my glucose level before breakfast and it is between 17 and 20. I am on slow release Metformin and take 2 after breakfast and I have one Trulicity injection a week. I feel quite ill when it is that high. I have bacon, eggs and baked beans for breakfast. I have a tin of soup for lunch sometimes with 2 small slices of wholemeal bread. For dinner I have lightly dusted fish with lots of veg but no potatoes.
     
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  2. Mike d

    Mike d Type 2 · Expert

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    Baked beans and breads (ANY type) are not on. LOADED with carbs / sugars.
     
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    Tophat1900 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    Bread can spike levels rapidly, baked beans and often tins of soup are also quite high in carbs. I'd look at the ingredients on labels too, not just the carb count. I'd remove those foods and see how your levels respond.
     
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  4. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    It would be a good idea to stop the high carb foods, but if your levels don't soon go down then you need to consult your GP, or if you start to feel ill, to consider A & E.
     
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    philly1991 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Personally I'd cut the baked beans and the bread, tinned soup can also be quite high carb so make this fresh if possible. Are you snacking at all?
     
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  6. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Bread is glucose in drag. Wholemeal or otherwise. Baked beans are glucose in a glucose & fructose sauce.

    Personal choice whether or not anyone cares, but the above items will certainly contribute to increasing blood sugar and should be avoided if they are causing problems.
     
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    Captain Crunch Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    As others have said, bread and baked beans are generally no-no's. Personally I can tolerate one slice of wholemeal toast with peanut butter *if* I go for a brisk walk afterwards. Regarding soup, do read the label. Most have a recommended portion size of half a tin. I'm assuming you're having a whole tin? Also (and this doesn't just apply to soup), the nutritional labels can have values per recommended portion or values per 100g. If the latter, check the stated weight of the packet/tin and calculate as appropriate.
     
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    aealexandrou Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Why tolerate a slice of bread when you can simply skip it. Enjoy the walk for it's own sake. In any event a walk is not going to burn off the food you ate, although it may reduce your insulin slightly and all that happens is you get incrementally fatter.
     
  9. Captain Crunch

    Captain Crunch Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I used to love my bread and I've found a way to enjoy it albeit in much reduced quantities. Cutting out so much from my previous diet has been traumatic at times and I want to be able to enjoy food from time to time without it being purely a sustenance necessity. My way may not be yours, but it works for me.
     
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  10. resander

    resander Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Vegetables may not be low carb..

    Low carbs: grams per 100g product
    mushrooms 0.3, celery 0.8, kale 1.4, spinach 1.5,
    avocado 1.9, celeriac 2.3, leek 2.9, spring-onion 3, squash 3, cauliflower 3, broccoli 3.2,
    cabbage 4, okra 4, green/red peppers 4,
    turnip 4.7, swede 4.8

    Medium carbs:
    carrots 8, onions 8, peas raw 9, corn frozen 9,
    peas mushy canned 11

    High carbs:
    corn canned 12, lentils 13, butter beans 13,
    kidney beans 13, baked beans 14, potatoes new 14,
    black beans 15, chickpeas 16, corn cooked 17,
    potatoes old 18, mung beans 19, sweet potatoes 21


    With dinner I always replace potatoes and rice with mashed/boiled celeriac/cauliflower + a low carb veg or a small quantity of medium carb veg.

    And always exclude high carb veg.
     
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  11. Dr Snoddy

    Dr Snoddy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi, from what you are eating it sounds as though you may be following the dietary advice given by bodies like NICE and Diabetes UK. This is generally what GPs and diabetic nurses trot out.
    Many people on this forum chose not to follow that advice and to limit their intake of carbohydrate considerably. This has lead to successful reductions in blood glucose with members being able to give up all medications and maintaining non-diabetic glucose levels.
     
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    #11 Dr Snoddy, Feb 22, 2020 at 2:55 PM
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    Geordie_P Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    17 to 20 sounds quite high.
    I get mixed up with the different units, but if those are the normal UK units, then I think the beans and bread need to get kicked into touch immediately, and the soup needs a carb-check to see what's in it.
     
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    Dr Snoddy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    What was your last HbA1c measurement please?
     
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    aealexandrou Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    How an individual deals with his/her diabetes and or other metabolic issues (if they deal with it at all) is very personal to that individual. My goal was to get rid of it because I had in addition to the T2D, neuropathy and background retinopathy and became concerned that despite good BSL for many years and HbA1c between 35 - 38, my metabolic issues were deteriorating, slowly but surely. One year on my HbA1c is 23. I doubt that I am cured, but if I want my body to recover as much as it can, then I cannot see any option but a prolonged period of time where it is not subjected to high insulin levels.
     
  15. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Captain crunch, I agree with you. You were not the one posing a question and yet it seems your response to the actual poster has led to YOUR approach being queried. You are doing well, don't let anybody make you feel as if you should justify yourself. x
     
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    Captain Crunch Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you @KK123. I believe I'm controlling my T2 quite well, although I accept that I'm still a newbie at this. I also accept that there are different approaches and that one size doesn't fit all. However, it seems that some members believe that their way is the only way and feel the need to put down alternatives. My philosophy is that you might have an approach that I don't necessarily agree with or subscribe to, but if it works for you then that's great.
     
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  17. whiteorchid

    whiteorchid Type 2 · Member

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    No, don't snack except for a banana occasionally
    Don't eat much bread but do have baked beans or spaghetti for breakfast. My glucose level spiked at 27.1 at the weekend! Bacon end egg for breakfast and a roast lunch after I did my glucose level. Thanks for the info, really appreciate it
     
  18. whiteorchid

    whiteorchid Type 2 · Member

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    Thank you so much for the reply
     
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    whiteorchid Type 2 · Member

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    Has gone down from 120 to 94 to just over 70 and as that came down, my glucose levels went up
     
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    whiteorchid Type 2 · Member

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    I do have no added sugar anything when it is an option but don't often have bread and had no idea baked beans would cause so much trouble. Thank you for the reply
     
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