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   Posted 7/7/2006 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey all,
My husband was diagnose with type2 diabetes about 4yrs ago. He was put on starlix. Its worked very well, he watched his diet, till recently. He even started walking daily again. He has been remiss is checking his blood sugar daily though, although ive been on his butt for awhile to check it. Well, he went and mowed this morning, before breakfast, was gone a couple of hours, came home , didnt feel well, so he decided to take his blood sugar. It was 496!!! I made him eat some good cereal, he took his starlix. Im really upset that we have wondered away from his diet, and he complains about the cost of the medicine, and test strips. Its his life we are talking about here. Anyway, anyone have any ideas on bringing his blood sugar level down, quicker?  To be honest, ive tried to take an active part in his health, dont understand all the exhchange stuff. He really doesnt eat much sugar, drinkis only diet drinks, but he loves potatoes, etc. PLEASE if anyone can help , i would be so appreciative!!!  Thanks Peppertree

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   Posted 7/7/2006 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Peppertree,

If your husband is complaining about the cost of the meds and test strips, then Im guessing you don't have health insurance.  Actually for what diabetes meds, and checkups cost, you might be better paying for the insurance out of your own pocket.

To answer your question, the quickest way to get his blood sugar back under control is with medication.  At 500 mg/dL there is NO WAY that diet and exercise is going to get him under control.  Now, more to the point.  The potatoes have to go, no if ands or buts!  The are a major sugar producer in your body and not helping him one bit.  The diet drinks should also go if he has a weight problem as they are a major cause of weight gain. 

Again, I can sit here and give you all the diet and exercise advice in the book but none of it is going to help him get under control!! He NEEDS MEDICAL HELP and needs it soon.  With sugars ranging that high medication is THE ONLY WAY he will get to a normal range and get there quickly!

Hope this helps even though it is not what you wanted to hear
scool  Warren
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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 7/7/2006 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you warren,

He is on medication,, Starlix, and its worked so well, till he started skipping around eating things he shouldnt. So, now it back to a strict diet, thanks so much for your reply.:) Peppertrree

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/7/2006 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Peppertree,  No potatoes - his sugar will zoom the minute he eats any.  Eat low glycemic index foods - can be found in low carb books (check out Dr. Atkins books for starters) since that is what low carbs is all about - eating carbs low on the glycemic index since high glycemic index carbs shoot one's blood sugar through the roof!  Also, and I can't stress enough - start with 1/2 tsp of cinnamon daily (put into pan on stove and add 1/2 cup-3/4 cup of water to the 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and bring to a boil - immediately pour into a cup for about 10-15 minutes and then strain out the liquid  (discard the cinnamon  left in the strainer as it can be carcinogenic.


 if taken in the dry form)) and use that with some milk or tea or whatever you like to drink in the am, maybe even coffee or unsweetened hot chocolate and proceed to drink the concoction - this will bring down the glucose level up to 30%.  I know this works because I have been doing this for years and so far so good. I'm not sure how well doctors understand the cinnamon connection as my own doctor said he had never heard of it. I told him to check it out and that it works for me. I am not diabetic and plan to keep it that way. Losing weight can only help him.  Only a 10% weight loss coupled with some form of exercise 3 times a week (try walking) and follow the above and I 'm pretty sure your husband will do much, much better.


To sum it up:


1.No potatoes

2.Eat only low glycemic foods

3.Cinnamon daily

4.Lose 10% of his weight

5.Exercise 3 times a week


This regimen should save his life! And anyone else with high blood sugar! Pass it on!






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   Posted 7/8/2006 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Your husband won't be helped by diet or cinnamon at this point in time, at least not enough to help him save his eyesight or kidneys. You must get him to a doctor right away. He may need new meds, and he definitly needs food classes and diabetic training, PRONTO! He may already be ready for insulin. This isn't just because he wandered away from his diet, Diabetes is a progressive disease and he would have started having problems sooner or later anyway if he's not exercising and you haven't had meal classes. Please don't fool yourself into thinking he can bring those numbers down without his doctor's help. Every moment that his blood sugar is over 150 more than two hours after a meal he is doing damage to the retinas of his eyes, the small filter cells in his kidneys and the small nerves in his hands and feet. High blood sugar leads to poor circulation and limb amputation. This is a fact of life. Ignoring it or wishing it better wont' work. Please get him to a doctor.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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