It sounds like your doctor is a GP or Internist. If this is the case, you need to go see an Endocrinologist. That icecream that late at night is surely going to spike your fasting blood sugar ; that coupled with the dawn effect and I can see where you would be high (and 200's are too high). And by the way, when I was diagnosed my doctor told me I'd probably had diabetes in some form for about 3-4 years prior, so your not alone there.
There are tons of good meds and lottsa good nutritional advice for you but the fact that you ALREADY have neuropathy in both legs means you've had serious BS problems for some time!!! Get another doctor. Well, lets make that an ADDITIONAL doctor, and make him an Endo guy/gal and do it right away. Thats the way to get on the right path. Once you've gotten your BS back under control, this forum can certainly help you with tips and tricks on how to stay there and maybe even reduce or eliminate your meds eventually. Take the first step and see that specialist!!!!
Post Edited (Warren) : 11/29/2005 1:10:40 PM (GMT-7)
Hi there, as much as i hate to say it. You really need to lay of the ice cream . I love it too but i just steer away from it, even when the kids want it. As for the high BS in the monring, I have this as well. Someone from this site told me it was my liver dumping off in the middle of the night. They recommended that I tried drinking a glass of red wine at night before i go to bed. Before I did it I checked online about diabetics and red wine and there seems to be studies that back it. I went ahead and tried it and for the most part it works. Hope that helps.
Truth is, it sounds like you really do need medication and a good diabetes specialist. Ask your doctor about diabetes classes at your local hospital.
For a quick fix to get your blood sugars down without medication, you need to go very low carb. That means no dairy except regular full cream. No bread, cereals, fruit, grains, rice, pasta, potatoes. Especially NO SWEETS. One small cheat will keep your blood sugar up for an entire day or more. Look at your packages. Try to eat under 10-15 carbs per meal.
In addition to the diet, do some aerobics. I have found the best way to control blood sugars is a brisk walk after each meal for about 10-15 minutes. A small glass of wine or tea with artificial sweetner and about two TBS apple cider vinegar will also lower your blood sugar about 20 points.
This can be maintained indefinately but its not easy. Getting all your nutrients on a very low carb diet is very challenging, though it can be done. Most people opt to eat a more normal diet and go on medication.
Which ever you choose, get control of your diabetes ASAP. It will only get worse and the complications are tragic.
Best of Luck, Lisa
Post Edited (diamond911) : 11/29/2005 11:09:22 PM (GMT-7)