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Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by marie1372, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. marie1372

    marie1372 Type 2 · Newbie

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    hi i am new on here i have been diabetic since 2002 but i am having so much problems with my sugar levels i am type 2 and on gliclazide this morning at 8.16 my levels was 13.0 done a work out on the wii to help bring levels down and at 10.57 am my levels was 21.9 how can i get them low as my hbc1 is high could someone help me please
     
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    dawnmc Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Marie, welcome to the forum. Exercise can raise levels a bit after a workout. Get some water down you.
    More important, what are you eating? Have you reduced your carb intake?
     
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    Jasperville Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi,

    It is not unusual at all for blood glucose to go higher during or after exercise. Also, most type 2's suffer with the "Dawn phenomenon", where glucose is higher when you wake up, than when you went to bed. This is because our livers turn glycogen and protein into glucose. The level can keep rising for several hours.

    The best place for you to start might be to look at posts in the success stories forum..............there are hundreds of people who have got their diabetes under control, but almost always it is by going on a low carb diet. There is loads of advice on the forum on how to start. I was having regular readings between 15 and 25 six months ago, but been on a low carb high fat diet, and now rarely go above 10. My Hba1c (long term control) has come down from 10.5 to 6.3 in that time, despite me being a poorly controlled diabetic since 1999.

    You have taken a very positive first step in joining the forum............if you can get your carbs down, it might take a few weeks, but I am sure you will get better control, and a lot of support from loads of people on the forum.
     
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    marie1372 Type 2 · Newbie

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    hi been drinking a lot of water but my sugar levels are high every day even when i have been out i have not been eating fried food all i have done is been eating salads when it has been hot my doctors has increased my doses on gliclazide from 1 twice a day to 2 twice a day
     
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    marie1372 Type 2 · Newbie

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    hi my sugar levels are high every day i been to see my doctors twice in 2 days so now they have increased my medication
     
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    dawnmc Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Can you give us a days diet, it might give us a better idea of whats going wrong.
     
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    Liam1955 Type 2 · Master

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    @marie1372 - Hello and Welcome to the Forum :). I will tag @daisy1 who will provide you with some basic information that all new members receive. Ask as many questions as you want, there will always be someone to answer.
     
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    Hi, food is the key and weight loss if you need to. What do you normally eat?
     
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    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    @marie1372

    Hello Marie and welcome to the forum :) Here is the information we give to new members and I hope this will help you to improve your sugar levels. Ask more questions when you need to 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 over 150,000 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

    Another option is to replace ‘white carbohydrates’ (such as white bread, white rice, white flour etc) with whole grain varieties. The idea behind having whole grain varieties is that the carbohydrates get broken down slower than the white varieties –and these are said to have a lower glycaemic index.
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/food/diabetes-and-whole-grains.html

    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

    LOW CARB PROGRAM:
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/low carb program


    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 bloodglucose 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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