Ok, Im gonna weigh in on this with a different point of view. First off 11 (198mg/dl) is just plain too high. It was caused mostly by the stuff you ate when you were out. ANYTHING white is going to create sugar in your system and maybe even hit your bloodstream faster than table sugar. White bread, "jacket potatoes", rice, etc. all fall into this category! CORN and corn starch and high fructose corn syrup will convert directly to sugar in your system and are generally no-no's. If you are indeed a type 2 (and with a reading like "11" it sounds like it) red wine is off your list! In the simplest terms, the liver is responsible for releasing sugar into your blood stream and you are screwing around with it when you drink. Also the first drugs that the doctor puts you on for diabetes will directly affect your liver so you definately don't want to burden your liver with alcohol.
You don't have to give up tons of foods but you definately have to go to a nutritionist as what you are doing now is only going to make your disease worse and put you on the slippery slope of taking more meds to bring your numbers down to accomodate a lifestyle you should have changed!!!
Lastly, swings in your blood sugar will DEFINATELY affect your moods. When my blood sugar was like yours I used to be very snappy and people would have to walk on eggshells around me. As you get your blood sugar under control, you will find that the mood swings should abate. Now for the part you don't want to hear. You really have to test your blood at least once every morning when you get up and preferably one more time during the day 2-3 hours after you eat. These numbers will show you and your doctor whether your meds are doing what they are supposed to. IF YOUR NUMBERS don't come into the range that is safe for you, your doctor needs to give you higher doses or combinations of meds. The whole idea is to get you to a normal blood sugar state and ensure that you are going to live to an old age!
Didn't mean to lecture, but if you don't start to do something RIGHT NOW about your condition, by the time something like advanced neuropathy or heart disease kicks in; 20/20 hindsight isn't going to do you much good.
PS: There is a ton of nutrition advice on this board, you are just going to have to read back through the diabetes posts to find some of it.
Gemstar,Please go and get your A1c checked. The A1c tells you how well-controlled your blood sugar has been over the last 3 months, so the fact that you've been eating poorly for a week or so won't affect it too much- neither will eating the perfect number of carbs! It will give you and your doctor a good reference for tailoring your treatment and give you a goal to shoot for. With diabetes, ignorance is not bliss, it's an invitation to complications that you don't want!
It's important to test your blood sugar right before you eat and 2 hours after to give you an idea of how certain foods affect you. There are many online sites that talk about the glycemic index and how to use it to help manage your food so that you don't get wild swings. The others have given you excellent advice about how different foods can affect you, and why. Everybody is different, so you may find that you can eat certain foods and not others- but you'll only know for sure if you test. You may find that you can eat potatoes if you have them with meat and broccoli, but not if you eat them alone or have bread at the same meal. You may find that even though a portion of some carb may be 1/2 cup, you can only eat 1/3 cup or your BG shoots up, or even worse, doesn't come down after a reasonable amount of time! I have found that I cannot eat white potatoes- period. They just send me through the roof- but I can eat corn, corn -on-the-cob, corn pudding, scalloped corn, corn salsa- the list goes on (too bad I don't like corn ). But I do love chocolate and I have one 60 calorie, 5 g carb piece of deep, dark excellent chocolate EVERY SINGLE DAY! (Fortunately, I have the lipid profile of a newborn baby, so my doctor encourages this vice - to keep me on the straight and narrow - and away from those potatoes!). Soon, you'll know so much more about yourself and how your body works. Every day is a new opportunity to manage your diabetes and improve your lifestyle so you can enjoy a long and happy complication-free life! sandy
Post Edited (gelchick) : 10/12/2006 10:38:37 AM (GMT-6)
Post Edited By Moderator (Jeannie143) : 10/14/2006 1:03:53 PM (GMT-6)
Hi, Gemstar, and Welcome!
Managing diabetes is all about NUMBERS .. a numbers game that will determine your total health and wellbeing; and deserves your full attention. From the daily self checks to monitoring the A1c to checking lab work for lipids - your numbers will tell you where you are, what you need to do (or avoid) and tack your progress. Stepping onto those bathroom scales will give you yet another number that is useful to check your progress.
AnyThing that helps bring your numbers into line is useful - medication, diet, exercise, relaxation, meditation, supplements - whatever it takes! It's all about your Numbers.
I'm sorry you've had such limited information from your medical people - and some of that (eat carbs?) very out of date. Seems you'll have to keep doing your own research to find what works for you. Keep reading the internet, take what seems reasonable and leave the rest. Many of us eat low carb or GI index very successfully. Invest in books: Dr Atkins, South Beach Diet are good starting places. Someone earlier suggested the Mercola website. Make learning about this disease your #1 priority - your future depends on it.
Jeannie, Sure hope you kept a hard copy of that last response! You may not have ment to write a book, but you certainly have the basis of one. Clear, concise, understandable, doable ... all the features we fail to learn from the 'professionals.'
Eventually we figure it out, but it is tial and error on our own without any/many guidelines. Can you imagine how gemstar would have felt had your text been given to her at the time of diagnosis instead of the phamplet about bs lows?
What a blessing you are! Thanks...
Welcome, Gramm - Like us, you'll figure it out. Diabetes is a numbers game and you'll soon learn yours, and how to manage them over the long haul. And we are here to help.
Go back on this same thread and read Jeannie's post from October 16th - you won't find better info anywhere.
I'm a Southerner, too (AL & TX) and yes, you'll have to make some changes ... but not everybody already knows how to cook greens and sweet potatos, lol. I've found the low-carb approach works best for me - read Dr Atkins and South Beach Diet. Look in the dairy case for half gallon blue cartons of Hood milk - one quarter the sugar content of all others.
Welcome aboard ...