Hi Cooperazi, first of all, congratulations on being cancer free for almost 3 years. I'm sure this has made your life a roller coaster especially trying to control your blood sugar numbers and then dealing with those ups and downs. I can't add much to help you because I'm also trying to control diabetes with diet and exercise and have flip flopped around since the fall figuring just what will raise my numbers. And though every person's body might be in a different stage of diabetes and react differently to food, I have discovered that eating much smaller meals but eating about 5 times a day has helped me keep my own numbers manageable. I also exercise every day on a treadmill and eliptical trainer and some resistance machines. It took a while for me to get used to small portions on my plate but since I'll eat something a few hours later (like some of the same lunch food, for example) I'm not hungry. So, for me it's smaller portions, very little carbs and exercise. Stress can also cause higher numbers, or other medication you might be taking. Another thing I discovered is that sugar-free chocolate raises my blood sugar because of the sugar alcohols, so even 'sugar-free' food might affect you. I'm sure others here on the forum will be answering you when they read your posting. I've found lots of great information here. You're not alone here. Good luck!
Thanks lanieg for your reply. Yes the cancer thing took a lot out of me. The diabetes went on the back burner for a while. Even wondered if I did not have diabetes in the first place, as my numbers after my surgery were not really bad. I mean I would eat candy, bread, you name it and my numbers were ok (I was in the I do not want to deal with this mode, because of the cancer etc.) The doctor said it was possible that could happen. However, when my three month numbers started to creep up again I came to the conclusion I must be diabetic, and if not fully diabetic (insulin resistant, glugose intolant, whatever) I still needed to take this very seriously and get it under control. So I started back to testing regular, and was shocked at some of numbers! I had some 200's after meals, and that really sobered me up. My sister in law, ignored her type II, and she has had strokes, blindness, and leg problems.
Well, my after breakfast (oatmeal and blueberries) my bs was 112. So that is good. I too am finding less at each sitting is better. I try for the 1/2 sandwich, instead of whole, and try to have more salads. I have gotten bad because of certain life style modes, I eat out alot. So like I said, I am trying to make healthier choices about that also. I do so want to avoid the medications as long as possible. I do take the supplements, chromium P, cinnamon, daily vitamin, fish oil, something for my joints ?? baby asprin, vit. C, and of course now the pain meds for my knee. Try to hold off on those as much as possible. And then there are the bloodpressure and cholesterol meds, YUCK! I do not think they are working very well. I am going to try and take care of myself better, loose weight, exercise and get off those meds as well. I am sure coming here to get and give support will be a big step in learning to live with diabetes and control it as much as I am able. Thanks, Cooprazi
Oh boy, I hear you. I've lost 12 lbs since last fall and I need to lose more. I also take BP medicine. The doctor's concern last fall was a wake-up call because I had to get a glucose monitor. My morning fasting was around 116. It had crept up for a couple of years now but until last fall, the doctor wasn't agressive about controlling it. If she had been a couple of years ago, I would have started all this earlier. Anyway, I'm trying to lose weight (20 more to go) and hoping that will have an impact in the blood sugar and the BP. I tried to follow the insulin resistant diet by pairing proteins and carbs but honestly, my numbers were still high, so I've worked out my own plan which is doing ok for now. But I don't want to start meds unless I just can't control these numbers myself in my way. (I know, I know, people are going to tell me being on meds is not the end of the world.....). Since I've been doing the exercising everyday, my resting heart rate has lowered and my BP too. I go back to the doctor the end of March and I'm hoping my overall blood tests will be better. Has your doctor referred you to a nutritionist? They can be helpful. I have also learned a lot on this forum (try reading back through past postings) and I read everything I can about diabetes. Eating out is challenging for sure. Lots of salads, no bread and I even put the croutons aside! Water or diet iced tea. Over the weekend, we dined in a really nice place and I had chicken breast (I ate half because it was really too big and gave the rest to my husband who'll eat anything.), asparagus and stupid little carrots - I only ate one of those and gave the rest to you-know-who. That, with their salad and a complimentary crab cake, filled me up because it was more than I usually eat at one time. I was disappointed that my fasting the next morning was 109 but I sort of expected it because of all the food I ate. Ask your doctor for some guidance. Hopefully he/she can figure out the erratic numers you're having. And then go for a 20 minute walk.
Hi Cooperazi, as you know keeping active with exercise is very important, so keep on trying with the walking or swimming or biking if you can do that. The foods that you mentioned raise my numbers a lot, so I can't eat grapes or popcorn - or, rather, if I do it's only very little and always with other food. Something that I found that is effective for me is that when I have crunchy vegetables with dinner (like in a salad or raw or lightly sauteed), my morning numbers are low. That is, low for me, in the 80's or 90's. For example, a typical dinner for me would be half a chicken breast and a sauteed combination of maybe 3 of these vegatables: onions, bell peppers (all colors), zucchini, eggplant, broccoli, green beans, cauliflower. I lighty saute them with either canola or olive oil or Smart Balance. I also much on radishes and cilantro on the side whether I have a green leaf salad or not. I've gone through a LOT of radishes lately! You might want to check the food lists for their glycemic index and go for the low ones. I hope this helps. I know our bodies might react differently during metabolism but it's worth a try.
Jeannie, you're an angel for being patient and spending a lot of time writing up these guidelines. Thank you so much for keeping us on track.
Lanie, Thanks for your reply. Yes I am going to try to keep up the exercise on the treadmill, even at only 2 mph it helps. You sound like you are really disiplined with your food Lanie. Mine, is still day by day, and sometimes minute by minute struggle, to eat it or not to eat it LOL. I have been having some victories lately, so each day with good numbers is a gain, right? Take care, Cooperazi
You're right, Cooperazi. It's all about numbers and for me having the glucose monitor makes it easier to keep on track. Instant feedback. Also for me, fear is a great motivator because my mom died at 73 with complications of diabetes. I printed out food lists according to their glycemic index divided into 'free' foods, 'good' foods, 'limited' and 'don't-eat-these' and posted them on the side of the refrigerator, so my shopping lists and meals are pretty much guided by the lists. We've always had meals that included fresh vegetables (or frozen or canned) mostly because of the added ingredients like hydrogenated oils, salt, sugar, etc in foods out of the box. I don't buy any sauces that are pre-made in jars or in packets. I make them fresh. And this was before having to monitor my blood sugar, so the transition was easy for me except for the cutting out of bread for breakfast and at meals. And another good habit is keeping a food journal so I know what meals or kinds of food are reponsible for what numbers. I thought I could keep it all in my head but I couldn't, so I printed out my own chart on which I can record meals and numbers. (I didn't like the little booklets that I was given.) Approaching it this way has also helped me understand how I'm affected by certain foods, etc. I think I'm doing it this way because I'm a teacher and I like to be organized. I guess what I would say to you is to follow what Jeannie's posting says and be organized in how you choose your food. You're excercising and monitoring your blood sugar already, so you're on the right track!
Jeannie< I would also like to thank you for your post - it was excellent.
There are times when I will test before I eat, and this reading will be higher than what it is after I eat. This is generally at supper time.
I guess from what I read on your post, is that the readings could be lower after I eat then before, due to what I have eaten throughtout the day before supper, what the activity level was even a day or two before the reading, etc.
So I guess I should not be overly concerned that the reading is lower after I eat then before I eat. This does not happen every supper, and I have never thought back about eating patterns or activity level of that day or the day before.
I never have high sugar levels, just sometime low blood sugars, so is it safe to say that I should not be overly concerned about this pattern as long as the after reading does not fall below the norm? Have you ever heard before where someones readings are lower after a meal then they were before the meal?
Hi Donna, thanks for the nice compliment but honestly I don't know anything more than you do! Everything I've learned has been from Jeannie, this forum and everywhere I can find information. And now, I've learned something from what you and Gary wrote about: that numbers might be higher before meals and lower after. And this makes sense to me because my numbers have been lower since I've been spreading my meals out throughout the day. I mean, I'll eat a snack in between the meals and sometimes the snack is a leftover part of the previous meal that I saved for the snack. I'm not sure if I explained that right. Rather than three meals, I'll eat maybe five but the total quantity of food would be the same as the three meals. It might mean putting bits in little plastic bags and eating them at school at breaktime.
In a very strange way, having to monitor my blood sugar was the best thing that's happened to me. Now, I can see clearly and quickly results of what I eat. Before, it was once a year during my annual physical after which the doctor would say to watch my diet. It's been a challenge but knowing I can always find information and help and encouragement on this forum is fantasitic.
Good morning, Cooperazi and Lanie... thanks for the info...I'm not sure that I totally understand this, but it is nice for me to know that things are acting "normal" to have a lower blood sugar after I eat then before. I was concerned that if this was the case, it would continue to drop below where it should be, but I guess this is not the case,
Thanks and have a great day, Gary
As a note, I was taking Prevacid for stomach acid, and was taking it long term, which creates a whole bunch of health issues due to the fact that it takes away all stomach acids. B12 needs acid in order to breakdown and get into the body. With this, as I found out, I was not digesting my food properly, and with this, were missing out on a number of nutrients required. I also learned that because of poor metabalism, Prevacid will actually cause low blood sugars.
So I have successfully been off Prevacid for over two weeks. It has taken almost up until now, but I have noticed that my blood sugars are not dropping as they were before, so mayb, just maybe I have solved this riddle.....
Have a good one,