My Wife Has Diabetes & We Can't Get her Sugar Under Control

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drjimmy
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   Posted 1/13/2012 2:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello...My wife is 36 years old and has diabetes. She has been prescribed several medications in the past...some of them have helped for a while, but then they stopped working. Some didn't help much at all. She currently takes Metformin 500 MG 3 times daily...She also injects Humalog Insulin 35 units before breakfast, lunch & dinner. And she injects 90 units of Levemir at bedtime. Her blood sugar averages 230 - 280 in the morning and it doesn't seem to get much lower than that throughout the day. She is on a diabetic meal plan, but the combination of diet & medication hasn't worked. Does anyone have any feedback that might be able to help us? Thank you for any information you're able to give.
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LanieG
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   Posted 1/13/2012 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi drjimmy, welcome to the forum.  What a frustrating problem.  Is she type 1?   I don't know what to say other than obviously her blood sugar is out of control.  Sometimes it takes awhile to get the right combination of drugs to get control of the blood sugar.  Your wife can help herself in only two ways: lowering whatever carbohydrates she's eating and getting some sustained exercise everyday.  I hope she's seeing an endocrinologist rather than a GP.  What is she eating for meals?  Also please encourage her to come on here as a member.  We have other members who are on different combinations of meds and they may have some suggestions.
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled so far by diet and exercise
very low carb way of eating

Chaul22
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   Posted 1/13/2012 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm about that age and type 1. I have a similar problem, but I inject half of what you just wrote, and my doctor tells me I'm already injecting twice as much as other diabetics on average. I do have insulin resistance and am trying to figure out how to get rid of that. Exercise would do good for me, but I still don't exercise enough. Exercise itself lowers blood glucose and might also lower the level of insulin resistance for me. I don't take Metformin.

I don't know what a diabetic meal plan would consist of, other than avoiding sweets. For me it's about roughly sticking to a set plan discussed with a therapist. I'm also trying to lower the amount of "whites" in food. So, I still eat certain types of fiber-rich breads, and I do eat maybe a half or at most a full potato on lunch, but also eat plenty of vegetables for balanced meals. Eating less potatoes, rice, pasta and bread did help me in lowering hba1c on long term while keeping the amount of injected insulin about the same.

Lately I've been reading on curcumin as a potential ingredient in reversing insulin resistance, but I'm not sure about that because it's mostly the marketing people that seem the most enthusiastic about the supposed effects of curcumin now... However, there was a paper released by Korean scientists in 2008 on curcumin being fed to mice and this having an effect on the glucose levels of the mice. I could start eating south asian cousines or something, but then I would also be eating rice that is full of carbs.

Oh and my body was never overweight, but it sure seems to act as if it was...

Pinkflyd_99
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   Posted 1/19/2012 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Ive been Type 1 for 38 of my 42 years on this earth. Ive been on issulin shots for sooo many years. Finally got on an insulin pump. www.minimed.com. All I can say is that you can adjust your insulin on the fly as to what you are eating at the moment and have total control. When I first went on the pump I would say that I physically felt like a NEW human. What a huge difference. Its a bit getting used too, but once you have it, its great. I also treid going back to needles for a "break" from the pump and WOW what a mistake. Way too much trouble. I see that you take humalog and levemir. I would think the doc could set you up on humalog(thats what I use) and get rid of the levimir. No long acting insulin is needed with a pump. Go to the site and get the free info. It can only benefit you. Oh and one other thing. My HbA1c before the pump was ALWAYS over 12. now im un the 6-8 range. Good luck.

Steve

Post Edited (Pinkflyd_99) : 1/18/2012 11:01:53 PM (GMT-7)


carolynsman
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   Posted 2/28/2012 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, My husband has had type 1 for almost 34 years, he also got a pump about 4 years ago and wow, what a difference it has made in our lives. He also had out of control blood sugars, no matter what the endoc. put him on. Please go to an endocrinologist if you don't already. Alot of md's say they know diabetes, but they don't specialize in it. He also has a minimed pump. Find one that knows about insulin pumps, it will make a big difference. I don't know what area you are in but if you are in the st. louis mo area, Dr. Thampy is one of the best insulin pump endocrinologist in the country. Good Luck and take care of yourself.

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   Posted 5/23/2012 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been type 1 diabetes for 26 years and on an insulin pump for 14 years. Still I cannot get my sugar under control. My life is not so routine and it seems everything affects my sugar level; not only eating or excercise but hormones, emotions, stress, working hard or relaxing, yoga or arobics. I check myself all the time. Last night at 9PM I was 330 and shot insulin..at 10PM I was already 114 but had insulin working still so, afraid I would drop I suspended my pump and went to bed At 1AM I was 67 and left my pump suspended At 3AM I was already 167 and unsuspended my pump but at 8AM I was still 197. I have tried to have my basal and bolus to be perfect for me but I still get either very lows and many highs. How do you get in such control???? God knows I try everyday of my life My last ACl is 8.2 cant get it lower.

LanieG
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   Posted 5/23/2012 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum, loving life.  My only advice is go back and see your endocrinologist (I'm presuming you have one.  If you don't, you need one.) immediately.  Get an appointment today.  Your levels should not be all over the place like that with a pump.  High levels like that can lead to damage to various organs over time.  Change doctors if your present doctor cannot help you further.
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled so far by diet and exercise
very low carb way of eating

Spookiesmom
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   Posted 5/24/2012 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Drjimmy, is your wife T1 or T2? Does she limit her carbs per meal to about 45, and test 1 and 2 hours after the meal to see her numbers? Some fruits are high in carbs, as is most white stuff. IF ITS WHITE, DON'T BITE.

A pump can give you great control, but you still need to pay attention to what you are eating. It sounds like she doesn't have an insulin to carb ratio set up. That makes a BIG difference in control, and how much to shoot. A really good book for insulin users is Think Like a Pancreas. I am not in any way connected to the book or author.

I wear the OmniPod insulin system. It has no tubes. I've been on it for almost 4 years, my A1C is always less than 6.5
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Jacob2010
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   Posted 6/1/2012 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. My husband has diabetes, type 2. He was diagnosed in 2009 and we've been fighting it ever since. Tried huge amount of diabetic tea mixtures, extracts (karela, fenugreek, turmeric, amla - we live in India and here all this plants are concidered to be helpful in reducing blood sugar). What I understood is that there are two ways in which all the medicines for type 2 diabetes (alopatic, herbal) work: "kickstarting" pancreas and making it produce insulin or decreasing absorption of sugars in the interstain. All diabetic cases are different so the same treatment will lead to different results. For my husband all the medicines that reduce absorption of sugars (biguanid category: metformin and all the herbs) don't make much of a difference. The sugar does not reduce or reduces slightly. The first category, which increases the production of insulin (or sulfanilamids) helps much better, I would say even better then insulin shots (we had to do that for a while). And also exercises and diet, medicines won't help much without it.
I've also read about new category of medicines - alpha glucosidase inhibitors, which slows down the breaking up of carbohydrates so that sugars won't be absorbed in the digestion process. But it didn't reach India yet, so we didn't couldn't try it, but it sounds promissing.

LanieG
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   Posted 6/1/2012 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the Forum, Jacob2010.  First of all, I would encourage you to start your own thread instead of posting on this old one.  In this way, your subject may attract more readers and responders.  What are your husband's blood sugar levels now?
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled so far by diet and exercise
very low carb way of eating
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