Q about hubby's blood sugar

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   Posted 9/15/2005 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone!
My husband is a type 1 diabetic-He takes insulin twice a day(once in morning, once before dinner), and has to eat enough throughout the day to maintain a good blood sugar. He rarely gets high blood sugar, his number is usually around 100, but we have been experiencing a few problems lately with him getting "low". (You will have to excuse my lack of certain knowledge about diabetes because I am still learning as we go.I could tell you anything you want to know about Crohn's though!)
He is a pretty good eater, although in the mornings, he tends to go for high sugary breakfasts. Example:coffee with cream, and an apple fritter from dunkin doughnuts
this drives me insane! what usually happens,his blood sugar goes up, then down, then he eats a big lunch, then adjusts his insulin so that he can eat dinner, then he eats dinner(I make sure it is a good balance of carbs and protein), and then around 8:00, his blood sugar goes way down, tonight it went down to 42. He usually eats a snack around this time, but his blood sugar has been dipping down faster than normal. He would usually eat a bowl of cereal around 9:00 pm to maintain through the night.
My theory is, if he eats more balanced meals throughout the day, that contain more protein(instead of a fritter, why not something with eggs, meat, or even a bagel with cream cheese or peanut butter), and then a normal lunch, his blood sugar will be more stabalized and less likely to dip down at night, after dinner.

This is causing me so much stress because sometimes he gets low, and I have to hold the cup of juice to his mouth because his hands are trembling so bad. This isn't something that happens all the time, just more frequently lately. We have been under a lot of stress, and I am sure that has something to do with him not always remembering to eat,checking his blood sugar or making bad food choices. He maintains a healthy weight, but I am just so scared that having low blood too frequently will start to have a negative effect on his body.
sorry for the long post-I just really need some help on this one!
Marianne sad

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   Posted 9/17/2005 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband was diagnose at age 49 as a type 1. Was over 700 when we got him to the dr...had no idea he was a diabetic. He takes 4 shots a day. Eats 3 meals a day....45 carbs each. Believe me, if you control your carbs as tightly as he does...then your sugar stays level. Brought his a1c from 11.6 to 5.1 in a couple of months. Your husband's a1c will be a good indicator of how he is doing. If he is going to cause his body damage, it will be from highs....although lows are dangerous in the right now danger kind of way. Does he count carbs? Stress can mess with your levels and so can sickness. He really needs to get on a tight program and stick to it. This is serious business. I hope he has an endocrinologist to see.....this is one disease that deserves a specialist.

Believe me, I have stayed home for a year (due to my own health and to be his nurse) and I know what you are going through. Exercise is so important for him too. Hope he is ok. You too.

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   Posted 9/19/2005 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
If you will pardon my blunt attitude
Your husband needs to get knocked up the side of his head tongue
He must wake up to what he is doing to his body. Yes, it is true that high bood sugar is worse than low, but as "hearty" said low blood sugar is dangerous, too. Perhaps he can spread his protein or slow carbs a little so that he eats a couple of small snacks at the times when his blood sugar usually gets low.
He might need a different type of insulin. An appointment with a registered dietician might be helpful, too.
The stress this is putting on you, too, is not healthful. A trip to his doctor seems to be the place to start.
Good luck.

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   Posted 9/19/2005 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Talk to his dr. about getting on the pump.  If he is not going to follow a diet the pump will give him more freedom.  It helps with the lows also. 
Dx with MS 2005.

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