Diet Cure For Diabetes Type 2

Healthy eating and regular physical activity are important in managing your type 2 diabetes because they can lower your blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides, as well as help control your weight. Its important to know that you dont have to change your entire life to begin eating properly. In fact, simply by reading up on good ways to eat healthy, you will be well on your way to making positive changes to your health.

Proper diet is an integral part of managing Type 2 Diabetes. The Type 2 Diabetes plan provides a balanced diet. You won’t have to count fat grams, calories or sugars; we do all of that for you. Not only will you shed those unwanted pounds, you’ll also improve your blood sugars and decrease your risk of many diseases associated with diabetes – all under the guidance of certified diabetes educators.

Know the basics of a good healthy eating plan

The best healthy eating plan for type 2 diabetes is one that helps you reach all of your goals and is realistic for you. No two healthy eating plans are the same. However, there are some basics everyone should keep in mind.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    South Indian diet for insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes?
    What is the healthy South Indian diet to cure insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      Fiber
      The Indian Council of Medical Research suggests a daily intake of 25 to 35 grams of fiber. Fiber helps to naturally reduce glucose levels. In the Indian diet, high fiber foods include things like bran, whole grains, cereal, fresh fruit, dried fruit, raw vegetables, red beans, bean sprouts, mullet preparations, cluster beans, drumstick stems, lotus stems, curry leaves, pomegranate, green chilies, coriander, and cardomon seeds.Introduction to high fiber foods should be done slowly and progressively; increase the amount of fiber by five grams a day until you meet the 35 grams per day limit. Doing so will help you to avoid the feeling of a distended abdomen and problems with flatulence or bowel regularity.

      Carbohydrates
      The diabetic should consume 65 to 75 percent of daily calories in complex carbohydrates. This will ensure that blood sugar levels remain regulated. Complex carbohydrate consumption helps minimize blood cholesterol triglycerides and also improves digestive processes. Food sources for the diabetic include legumes, rice and whole wheat bread.

      Proteins
      25 percent of daily calories come from protein. Food sources include soy beans, cheese, chicken, egg whites, fish and leafy green vegetables. A diet that is excessive in protein can have harmful effects on the liver and kidneys, forcing them to work harder.

      Channa
      Channa dal is a legume that us a common part of the Indian diet; these legumes are revered for their anti-diabetic properties. Channa is fiber-rich and lower blood sugar levels naturally. It also reduces fasting blood sugar levels by thwarting the passage of sugars into the urine; this reduces one’s insulin requirements.

      Cholesterol
      The Indian diet for type 2 diabetes also recommends lowering cholesterol intake. High levels of cholesterol contribute to cardiovascular disease; no more than 300 milligrams of cholesterol should be eaten daily.Baking, steaming, roasting or grilling foods reduce cholesterol levels,rather than frying them. Consume low-fat or skim milk products instead of whole-milk varieties.

  2. QUESTION:
    Anyone tried Budwig diet to lower or cure Type II Diabetes ?
    I have read on some information on Budwig diet and it indicated that it can sure Type 2 Diabates if strictly followed. Anyone with diabetes has tried this ?
    I am just diagonised with diabetes and my first blood test showed fasting sugar of 132 but when I checked with glucometer in a week after the above test it showed 125. I year ago my blood sugar was 98. I am now looking aggressively if I can get my blood sugar below 110.

    Also, while I read about Budwig diet I thought it is worth giving it a try. So also want to check if anyone has experience with it. Remember, as some people pointed out that for Budwig diet to be successful, you not only have to take this special diet for few weeks or months depending on how high your sugar levels are, but also have to avoid all non-organic food and other oils, eggs, etc that have lots of saturated fats.

    Anyone who has tried it, please chime in with your experience.
    I would appreciate answers from anyone who has tried this protocol. Not from people who claim to have “common sense” and so on.
    I would appreciate answers from anyone who has tried this protocol.

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve heard of the Budwig protocol being used for cancer & I’m sure it’s fine for diabetes but it’s not something you can do for a few weeks & be “cured” of diabetes. It does work because it replaces carbs with good healthy fats but if you end it & go back to carbs, you will regain your health problems.

      Dr.Richard Bernstein (the diabetes specialist & a type 1 diabetic) from his book, “Diabetes Solutions” pertinent chapters available to read online -

      What if I, a physician, told you, a diabetic, to eat a diet that consisted of 60 percent sugar, 20 percent protein, and 20 percent fat? More than likely, you’d think I was insane. I’d think I was insane, and I would never make this suggestion to a diabetic (nor would I even make it to a nondiabetic). But this is just the diet the ADA recommended to diabetics for decades.

      Whether you eat a piece of the nuttiest whole-grain bread, drink a Coke, or have mashed potatoes, the effect on blood glucose levels is essentially the same— blood sugar rises, fast. … our saliva can break starches into the shorter chains on contact and then convert those into pure glucose.

      With a number of important exceptions, carbohydrates, or foods derived primarily from plant sources that are starches, grains, and fruits, have the same ultimate effect on blood glucose levels that table sugar does.

      http://www.diabetes-book.com/book/chapter9_3.shtml

      All carbs (even vegetables) are converted to sugar (glucose) in the body. Posted below is a fascinating interview with Dr.Richard Bernstein (the diabetes specialist & a type 1 diabetic) on youtube where he demonstrated how whole grain bread turned to glucose within one second in his mouth! He says the exact thing would happen with corn or an apple as well.

      Dr. Joe Prendergast, an endocrinologist /diabetologist has managed over 1500 diabetic patients and, in the last decade, not one of his patients has had a stroke or heart attack. Only one has even been hospitalized! His secret—50,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily. Dr. Joe further reports:

      http://enews.endocrinemetabolic.com/2008/05/vitamin-dthe-cure-for-many-diseases.html

      SEVEN REASONS TO EAT MORE SATURATED FATS -

      1) Improved cardiovascular risk factors

      Saturated fat in the diet reduces the levels of lipoprotein (a) abbreviated Lp(a)—that correlates strongly with risk for heart disease. The only dietary means of lowering Lp(a) is eating saturated fat. Eating fats raises the level of HDL, the so-called good cholesterol.

      2) Stronger bones

      Saturated fat is required for calcium to be incorporated into bone – According to expert in human health, Mary Enig, Ph.D., as much as 50 percent of the fats in the diet should be saturated fats.

      3) Improved liver health
      Studies show that saturated fat encourages the liver cells to dump fat content. Saturated fat has been shown to protect the liver from the toxic insults of alcohol & medications and even to reverse the damage.

      4) Healthy lungs

      For proper function, the airspaces of the lungs have to be coated with a thin layer of lung surfactant. The fat content of lung surfactant is 100 percent saturated fatty acids. Replacement of these critical fats by other types of fat makes faulty surfactant & potentially causes breathing difficulties, collapse of the airspaces & respiratory distress.

      5) Healthy brain

      Your brain is mainly made of fat & cholesterol. Though highly unsaturated essential fatty acids found in cold-water fish (EPA & DHA) are important for brain & nerve function, most of the fatty acids in the brain are actually saturated. The brain needs saturated fats to function optimally.

      6) Proper nerve signaling

      Certain saturated fats, found in butter, lard, coconut oil, & palm oil, function directly as signaling messengers that influence the metabolism. Without the correct signals to tell the organs & glands what to do, the job gets done improperly.

      7) Strong immune system

      Saturated fats found in butter & coconut oil (myristic acid & lauric acid) play key roles in immune health. Loss of sufficient saturated fatty acids in the white blood cells hampers their ability to recognize & destroy foreign invaders, such as viruses, bacteria, & fungi. Myristic & lauric acid have potent germ-killing ability. We need dietary replenishment of them to keep the immune system vigilant against the development of cancerous cells & infectious invaders.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to use gene therapy to cure type 2 diabetes?
    My dad is a fit muscular man who really watches his diet an exercises. His family has a high predisposition to diabetes. He gets type 2 diabetes anyway! It really pisses me off when I see 400lb+ men who show no concern for their health get tested and have completely normal blood glucose levels because they are lucky in the gene pool and are lucky to be born into a family with a low risk of type 2 diabetes. Is there a way you can insert viruses effectively into someone’s DNA and cure them temporarily of type 2 diabetes. I wish there was research for a cure.

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    Whats the best ‘cure’ for type 2 diabetes?
    I have type 2 diabetes 42 yr old female with hemachromatosis, mild heart condition and slightly overweight.I want to avoid medication and try to control the diabetes by diet and excercise alone.Has anyone had sucess doing this if so how did you do it? I have some excercise restrictions due to back surgery but willing to try anything and I do walk a lot anyway. Thanks for any help.
    to macc
    I dont believe that actually. I do know of someone who was obese with diabetes type 2 she lost 57kilos and is no longer on tablets.

    • ANSWER:
      My mom has had diabetes for several years. She lost a lot of weight (she had been extremely overweight) and her blood sugar came down to well within normal range. I don’t think she’s cured. She has to take maintenance pills and monitor her sugar levels. She watches her weight carefully and is vigilant about sores or cuts on her feet and hands.

      While her blood sugar was off kilter, she took cinnamon capsules because we’d read that cinnamon helps stabilize the insulin production and release.

  5. QUESTION:
    any natural diabetes cures or ways to help fight off type 2 diabetes???
    are there any natural ways to help fight off diabetes using natural herbs and foods, if so please list them, i am paying out 0+ a month on medications that do not seem to be helping, and have been doing so for the last 3 years, i follow a strict diet with little to no sugars and carbs, but all i manage to do is go deeper in debt and get sicker.

    • ANSWER:
      You should check-out, Kevin Trudeau’s Natural Cures book. I haven’t read this book myself but I have heard many good things about it. I believe he addresses diabetes in length and things you can do to bring it under control.

      I wish you the best of luck and good health. I really feel you on this issue because my dad passed away from diabetes.

  6. QUESTION:
    Type 2 diabetes – anyone leading what they consider a normal life?
    Here’s my tale and my life bears no relationship to the active life I used to have. I live in England uk.
    I am male, 53 yrs old and have been diagnosed as type 2 diabetic since my mid thirties.
    my height is 6ft and my weight is 20 stone.

    As a young man my mother provided an excellent balanced diet and I was extremely athletic and fit as a fiddle. At 18yrs I married, left home, stopped sport and indulged my sweet tooth – my weight ballooned from 11.5 stone to 15 stone at the age 30, eventually reaching 21stone by my mid 30s resulting in my subsequent diagnosis as diabetic. At that time my blood pressure was measured at 159/36 the GP said it was borderline and said possibly “white coat effect” might be responsible.

    I have never drank or smoked at all.

    My work has always been sedentary – desk bound or driving – I have owned and driven my taxi for the last 12 years.

    Originally I was given metformin tablets to be taken 3 times a day after each meal – my weight reduced slightly from circa 20 stone to 18 stone over the first few years during which consultations were handed over to the diabetic sister at the GP practice.

    She put me on a variety of Blood pressure drugs, saying – “prevention better than cure”- I have tried various exercise regimes including gym membership, and made efforts with my diet but only getting to 17 stone as my lowest weight, but for the majority of the time I’ve fluctuated around the 19stone mark

    My diabetic controls monitored by the practice have remained reasonable – typically blood sugars between 5 and 6.5, cholesterol at 3.2, Blood pressure circa 128/72, but since inclusion of the blood pressure control medication I have continually felt washed out – if you speak to an ME sufferer the experience seems identical.

    I left it for 2 years to see if things might improve because I still ate unsuitable foods and thought that I wasn’t giving the drugs a fair chance. If anything the lethargy, dizziness, general stupor got worse with the inevitable eating of more unsuitable foods to feel better with the usual weight increase.

    During an annual consultation I relayed my thoughts to the nurse, particularly about being unable to walk or raise my head for any length of time but because my blood test results were ok I got the impression aything else is superfluous so nothing was done. A year later I spoke with another nurse about it and she said I must make another appointment and insist upon a reduction in medication. 2 weeks later the Diabetic Nurse called me in and in between searching for her holiday tickets (honestly) she took all of 30 secs to withdraw one of the drugs and within 24 hrs the improvement was fantastic.

    I can’t remember what the drug was but this episode plus another of my tablets being replaced because of newspaper revelations about it’s side effects have left me sceptical of “by the numbers treatment” ever since.

    I’ve tentatively raised the issue with the senior doctor there, who clearly irritated, replied “well, come off the drugs – but they’re keeping you alive” and another at the practice was more direct saying “why don’t you lose some weight, then we’ll see about taking you off some of the tablets”.

    I’ve included a list of what I’m taking, it’s been pretty consistent for about 10yrs.

    During my last assesment my weight had risen to over 21stone, in my opinion I know when and why I eat sugary, fatty foods and a good part of it is dealing with the dreadful effects of these tablets – is there no other way?

    Below is a list of medication.

    on wake up:
    Lercanidipine 10mg

    after breakfast:
    atenolol 50mg
    Competact 15mg/850mg onetablet
    ramopril 10mg

    After evening meal:
    Competact 15mg/850mg onetablet
    aspirin 75mg
    cod liver oil capsule 550mg (not on prescription)

    Before bed:
    simvastatin 40

    • ANSWER:
      The short answer to your main question is that, yes, it is entirely possible to have Type 2 diabetes and lead a normal life. You can even lead a fantastic life. And you can be rich and famous too. Did you know that two of the most famous Type 2 diabetics in the world are Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave, and the Hollywood actress Halle Berry?

      Medication is supposed to improve your life. If it doesn’t, you shouldn’t be taking it. And you shouldn’t be asking for advice on this on an anonymous forum. You should discuss this with your GP. There are many different meds out there, and each has different side effects. It is a matter of balancing the effect of the medication against the side-effect.

      It could also be the case that what you are feeling is not a side-effect of the meds, but clinical depression. Depression can make people feel awful, listless, tired etc. Again, this is something you need to discuss with your GP.

      You also need to know that your medical conditions are not necessarily weight-related. There are lots of thin, active people who have hypertension or diabetes or both. Being of normal weight did not help them prevent either condition, and losing weight isn’t going to help them. You don’t know if it will help you either. Although that doesn’t need to stop you exercising/eating healthy/losing weight for other reasons. I’m just saying that losing weight is not a panacea. I can offer my own experience in this: diagnosed with hypertension at overweight BMI, told it might possibly go away if I lost weight, gained weight to obese BMI with no change in hypertension, then lost weight to normal BMI with no change in hypertension. Basically my blood pressure stayed the same whether I was normal or obese BMI. Finally, diagnosed with diabetes at normal BMI.

      A final word to your diet. I don’t know what you have been told about a diabetic diet but in truth there is no such thing. You can eat anything you want, as long as your blood sugar remains within target afterwards. That’s a big ‘if’. There are no forbidden foods, it is all about portion control, though you might find you can only tolerate a minuscule portion, e.g. not the entire slice of cake, but two teaspoons.

      A true diabetes-friendly diet is low in carbohydrate, not just sugar. ALL carbohydrate turns to sugar in the blood. But there is no reason why you need to limit fatty foods as fat as no impact on blood sugar. The killer combination is high fat high carb (which I suspect is what you are referring to, e.g. chips, cakes, doughnuts, biscuits) which will spike your blood sugar for hours and hours. But high fat low carb (e.g. bacon, avocadoes, olives, nuts) is all perfectly fine and very healthy from a blood sugar management point of view.

  7. QUESTION:
    Could I still overcome diabetes? (undiagnosed)?
    This Guy says if you lose weight that could be a easy way to cure type 2 diabetes But what Im Slim i dont have much weight to lose. Will Exercise and a low carb no bread diet still be enough for me to reverse diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      You can’t reverse diabetes. You can in some cases manage diabetes with diet and exercise alone. To truly be considered ‘cured,’ I would expect your blood sugar to be 100% normal after eating something very high in carbohydrates, like several doughnuts and a tall glass of milk. If you need to restrict your carbohydrates to maintain non-diabetic blood sugar levels, then that means you have diabetes. Non-diabetics can eat whatever they want and never spike into diabetic range.

      Many Type 2 diabetics are not overweight at the time of diagnosis and so weight loss can do nothing for them.

      Because you haven’t been diagnosed, do you even know if you are diabetic? If you are, you may need more help than diet and exercise can provide. Some diabetics just have to take oral medication and/or insulin, and you may be one of them. Even if you can control blood sugar without meds, I would caution you not to get complacent believing that you’ve healed yourself. Diabetes is a progressive disease, and so what works this month may not work next month. You need to keep testing your blood sugar in case your control disappears.

  8. QUESTION:
    Could I really have Type 1 Diabetes?
    About 3 weeks ago, I went to my primary doctor because I had what I believed to be a sinus infection, my heart beat was also pretty fast, as well as my respiratory rate. When I got there, they did my vitals, and said my heart beat was 150. They checked my lungs and said I sounded a little stuffy, and that I needed to have x-rays done. Before I went downstairs, my doctor decided to take my blood sugar, which at the time, was 112 (keep in mind I was sick, which raises blood sugar levels at times.) I went downstairs, where I found that I couldn’t manage to breathe anymore. I went back up stairs, where they rushed me to the emergency room.

    By the time I got settled in and the nurses checked my blood sugar again, it was 409. At 1:30pm, I was 112, not a diabetic; at 4pm, I was 409, and a diabetic. I hadn’t eaten or drank anything between 1pm and 4pm and I had been walking from the x-ray room back to my primary’s office. I asked the nurses/doctors why that was, and they had absolutely no answer/reason for how it happened. They simply told me that I was a Type 1 Diabetic (the first time I was ever diagnosed) and left the room.

    They transported me to another hospital, where I met with an endocrinologist who believed I had diabetes for months as of then. The thing was, I had absolutely no symptoms once so ever, no extreme thirst, or constant need to go to the bathroom. I had felt fine up to that point – other than my runny nose and headache – and had no idea I was a diabetic in the least bit.

    I’m home now, and have been injecting myself with insulin ever since. So far, my blood sugars have remained in the low 80′s to the mid 60′s. I have yet to go over 300, and I have barely even touched the 200′s. They have reduced my insulin intake twice already, and have started me on vitamin D as well as Zinc, mainly because when they did blood work, it showed that my immune system was very low. Unfortunately, none of the specialists hold any hope of me ever growing out of this disease, or simply curing it. They tell me it will be a constant part of the rest of my life, and that I will have to manage it.

    Against what they have said, there has to be a way. From what I know, my case is pretty special. Most people have either had symptoms, or have the disease running in the family, neither of which I have. I am only 15 years old, I am a juvenile, and at one point I was around 15 pounds overweight. I dropped that weight conditioning for winter track, – healthy diet, rigorous exercise – over about a 2 month period. Before that day 3 weeks ago, I was healthy, happy, and enjoying life. Now, I can hardly stand behind the three of those things. Against what many people say, diabetes does shape your life, even if you don’t let it. You are forced to stick to a strict regimen, count your food constantly, prick your fingers without mercy, and inject yourself. This is not the life I want to live, in fact, no diabetic wants to live this way.

    So, now that you have a summary of my situation, is there the possibility that I don’t have diabetes Type 1? Could it be something else? If so, what? Are there any known remedies that can jumpstart the pancreas or maybe help it along? (I am currently in the honeymoon phase.) Also, can your pituitary gland have anything to do with shutting your pancreas down, or perhaps restricting its growth compared to the rest of your body? What about hormones in general?

    Thank you so much for reading my question! =)
    And for you other diabetics, don’t give up hope!
    Also, my period has been out of whack as well. First, it started coming late, then it came whenever it pleased, now I haven’t gotten it at all. This has to be hormones right?

    When I first got it 3 years back, it came on a regular schedule (like the 5th of every month.) That lasted up until about 4 months ago. Could this have anything to do with it?

    • ANSWER:
      A reading of 400 is definitely diabetic. The onset combined with your age distinctly point to type 1 diabetes. The reason why you might need less insulin now that you’re stabilized is that you’re still honeymooning- which means your body is still producing a tiny amount of insulin. That production will die off however within a few weeks to a few months.

      You can ask your endocrinologist if you qualify to join the studies of investigational drugs trying to extend the honeymooning period in t1s. However, those will only extend the amount of time you produce SOME insulin- not forever, and they wont ever make you produce enough insulin to not need injections, merely lengthen the amount of time your remaining beta cells take to die.

      There’s nothing else you can do but face the fact that you are a t1 diabetic and that you are going to live with this forever. You don’t need to follow a restricted diet, but you do need to count carbs, inject, and test.

      Eventually, this is going to become a part of your life and you wont use such overly dramatic words like ‘mercilessly’ having to test your bg. What would be merciless is if you were diagnosed before bg meters and insulins existed: you’d have weeks or months to live and then you’d die. Good thing we have those merciless treatments, eh?

      Talk to your endo about seeing a CDE to learn more about your diabetes, as well as options that can make living with diabetes easier, like using an injection port or an insulin pump, and a CGMS.

      This is your reality now. There is no cure for type 1 diabetes. You are not a ‘special’ case, you are not the exception. Coming to terms with that and learning how to take care of yourself is the part that matters. Grasping at straws will get you nowhere.

  9. QUESTION:
    I can help people to achieve Total wellness-just by Blood-type Diets, for your readers/members/others. Yash.?
    1. I can suggest “Compatible“ body type diets for Diabetes II. as per person`s Blood Group.
    2. Based upon the theory of Nature Cures, I can suggest Diets to “Prevent, Control and Cures“ over 150 Human Ailments and diseases. The Body Compatible diets are suggested, on the basis of each person`s Blood Group, Age, Weight, Height etc. It is worked out individually, based upon the Human Blood Group. 3. I also suggest “Onbed Exercises“ which one can easily do on bed in Home, for about 15 to 30 minutes daily which makes body flexible, active, energetic and disease-free. 4. I can suggest “Total Wellness Methods“ based up on “Indian Ayurvedical Systems“ in order to maintain proper balance of the “Vatta, Pitta and Kapha i.e. the Gas , Acidity and Enzymes Secretions respectively“ which are three basic elements that influence the illness or wellness of the human body. 5. I can provide “Food Combinations“ that are fully compatibles to every persons body and blood systems. Yash

    • ANSWER:
      At a low cost of .95 a month for the next 5 years….but if you order NOW….I’ll throw in…..lol!

  10. QUESTION:
    Type 2 – gastro bypass?
    My sister has had type 2 for a few years. It was not in the family, yet she is otherwise a candidate, due to weight, diet and exercise. She controled her diabetes with diet and medication. She has never had out of control blood sugars, and her diabetes is managed with minimal effort/medication.

    Six months ago, she had a gastric bypass. Suddenly her medication was negatively affecting her blood sugars. As she reduced her medication, her BS stabalized. With her doctor’s monitoring, she has been med-free for four months.

    So I have two questions:
    1.) I’m a parent to a type 1 child, and thought I was pretty fluent on diabetes. I haven’t heard of this before and it made my jaw drop. Has anyone heard of a surgery ridding the body of diabetes (other than islet cell transplant or pancreas transplant)? Tell me your story/knowledge on the subject. Is it specific to type 2?
    2.) What does this tell scientists and doctors about a cure? Does it put it more within reach?

    • ANSWER:
      Drs David Cummings and David Flum of the University of Washington wrote an editorial to the Journal of the American Medical Assoc. about the gastric bypass surgery usually cures Type ll in about 80 percent of the patients…also, it can eliminate having to take blood pressure meds. I have Type II and I will be having the GB 2-25-08. It is the Lifestyle change that takes place when you have GB.

  11. QUESTION:
    WHy is Diabetes so out of control ? So many people diagonsed every day ? We need a Cure?
    I hear of so many young people beign diagosed with type 1 diabetes
    Im sorry but this does suck .. No your life is not over , but with the daily injections , diet controll , can you even go out for a slice of pizza
    with your friends .. ?? Type 2 I understand more ,I am one , and being
    over weight and not enough activity , I know the reason , and amworking on it . Type 1 actaully makes me mad , stupid huh?
    Children teengagers diagnoed with this disease is not only painful because of injections , but are limited on so many foods that as a
    youg person enjoyed , I don’t remember going to school with anyone
    that had diabetes , Please tell me what , and how do you handle this
    during the day at school ..
    My heart goes out to each and every one of you that deal with this
    on a daily basis .. We need a cure for this ! And hopefully soon

    • ANSWER:
      I hope for a cure as well. I believe that the problem is too many convenience foods i am talking frozen foods they are so loaded with chemicals and fat and salt, eating out too much, this day and age kids are not active because they are in playing video games and not going out and playing.

      When I was a kid this wasn’t a problem either, but Mom or Dad cooked, they cooked real food not the frozen foods, eating out was a treat, we played outside, we didn’t have video games and we didn’t have computers, and a lot of times moms didn’t have to work so we weren’t latch key kids that came home and threw something in the microwave. Mom had something good waiting for us usually a peanut butter sandwich and milk or an apple.
      Today’s parents seem to be too busy to cook good meals and today’s kids are too busy with the computers and video games and have no interest in riding bikes or whatever the case may be. What happened to tag and hide and go seek? Those were games that encouraged excercise.

  12. QUESTION:
    My cat has been diagnosised with ecoli in her bladder. Treatments? Cure? Hope? She’s still young!?
    She is overweight and has type 2 diabetes. She is (now) on a diet as prescribed by the vet, and is on medications to lower her blood sugars. So far her infection has been resistant to Clavimox, and the vet is giving her a 25% chance of coming through ok. I’ve tried to find info online but there don’t seem to be many sources, so if anyone has any ideas for getting her through this, I would really appreciate it. Come to think of it, so would she!

    She’s about 5 years old, we think (she’s a rescue kitty!) and this is the first time she’s shown any type of poor health. She’s still very affectionate and doesn’t seem to be in any pain, but obviously I want her healthy and around for several more years!

    Any insite, suggestions, alternatives etc, would be very welcome.

    Thank you,
    Rachel

    • ANSWER:
      Being diagnosed with a urinary tract infection is not a death sentence. The test (which was a culture and sensitivity of the urine )to determine that your cat was resistant to Clavamox should have also told you what antibiotic would be effective against e-coli. Your veterinarian should have switched antibiotics. From my experience the antibiotic Baytril works well for e-coli infections. As far as the type II diabetes most cats do well with proper management of the blood sugar and continued medication. If anything else maybe you should get a second opinion.

  13. QUESTION:
    What is left for me to say…..?
    I typed up a report on diabetes, it is supposed to be 6 pages dubble spaced, but now i don’t know what else to put, all i need is a half a page more. Thank you!

    Diabetes Type 1
    Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. People with diabetes have problems using food for energy. After a meal, carbohydrates in food are broken down into a sugar called glucose, which is carried by the blood to cells throughout the body. Cells require insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas, to help use blood glucose for energy. People develop diabetes because the pancreas does not make enough insulin or because the cells in the muscles, liver, and fat do not respond to insulin properly, or both. As a result, the amount of glucose in the blood increases while the cells are starved of energy.
    Prior to 1997, the type of diabetes typically diagnosed in young people was called juvenile diabetes or type 1. Diabetes emerging in adults was called adult-onset diabetes or type 2. Then in 1997, the official names of the types were changed to type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is the second most common chronic disease in children (after asthma). About 13,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Patients with type 1 diabetes make up about 5 percent of all cases of diabetes. It most commonly appears in girls and boys when they are about 14 years old. Usually, type 1 diabetes is first diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults but it can occur at any age. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the beta cells in the pancreas that make insulin. As a result, the pancreas does not make insulin, a hormone which helps use blood sugar (glucose) for energy. The cells become starved of energy and there is an excess of glucose in the blood. People with Type 1 diabetes must have daily injections of insulin to live. Proper diet, exercise and home blood sugar monitoring are essential to manage the disease. Food and exercise must also be balanced because of the risk of hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, and hyperglycemia, high blood sugar. Both are life threatening concerns. When hypoglycemia develops, cells are not getting enough glucose. Confusion, loss of consciousness, comma and death results when the brain is deprived of glucose for too long. Hyperglycemia and prolonged absence of insulin may lead to ketoacidosis, the accumulation of ketones in the blood when the body uses fat for energy instead of glucose. Ketones make the blood acidic and slow down all body functions. Like hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia can also lead to comma and death. The only cure available today for type 1 diabetes is a pancreas transplant, which is rarely done. Because both pancreas transplants and kidney transplants require lifelong use of powerful drugs to suppress immune reactions that can reject the organs, pancreatic transplants are usually done to those with type 1 diabetes who also need a kidney transplant. The side effects of immune- suppressive drugs can be severe and even worse than the disease. One or two people out of every 10 who get the surgery die within a year. Also the new pancreas is rejected by half of the people who get this operation. If the transplant fails, diabetes returns. Recently, experimental treatments with stem cells have shown some promise. For most people, type 1 diabetes is a life-long disease that can be effectively managed with insulin.

    Signs and Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes
    •Urinates frequently. The kidneys respond to high levels of glucose in the bloodstream by flushing out the extra glucose in urine. A child with diabetes needs to urinate more frequently and in larger volumes.
    •Is abnormally thirsty. Because the child is loosing so much fluid from peeing so much, he or she becomes very thirsty to help avoid becoming dehydrated. A child who has developed diabetes drinks a lot in an attempt to keep the level of body water normal.
    •Loses weight. (or fails to gain weight as he or she grows) in spite of a good appetite. Kids and teens who develop type 1 diabetes may have an increased appetite, but often lose weight. This is because the body breaks down muscle and stored fat in an attempt the provide fuel to the hungry cells.
    •Often feels tired. Because the body can’t use glucose for energy properly.

    But in some cases, other symptoms may be the signal that something is wrong. Sometimes the first sign of diabetes is bedwetting in a child who has been dry at night. The possibility of diabetes should also be suspected if a vaginal yeast infection (also called a Candida infection) occurs in a girl who hasn’t started puberty yet. If these early symptoms of diabetes aren’t recognized and treatment isn’t started, chemicals called ketones can build up in the child’s blood and cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fruity- smelling breath, breathing problems; even loss of consciousness. Sometimes these symptoms are mistaken f

    • ANSWER:
      Watch out on using advice from yahoo answers if truthfulness is graded. While 80% of type 2′s are overweight, only 18% of obese people are diabetic.

  14. QUESTION:
    ATTN: Raw Food Vegans?
    I’m interested in adopting a Raw food diet, however I don’t want to become 100% raw. I still plan to each various cooked foods, and meats(chicken, seafood)… because I can’t let them go sorry! However, majority of my diet with be consisting of raw foods.

    I became interested in raw foods, literally last week, when a friend of my cousin was found to be cured of type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure after suffering with them for 20 years.

    My question: Will I still receive the health benefits, and all the good things that come with having a raw food diet.. Even if I continue to add cooked foods and meat to my diet.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you will. You did not state how old you are. As with any type of diet change make sure you have blood work and certain tests done to make sure you are getting what you need. Also make sure you take a multi vitamin as well as B-complex to make sure you are getting the essential vitamins you will need. Make sure your doctor is aware you are making a change and you should have no problems.
      It will take your body awhile to adjust to the change so give it time. And do not forget the acidophilus!

  15. QUESTION:
    question for diabetics?
    Have you tried a low carb, high fat diet?
    I read this article and it seemed interesting:

    http://www.menshealth.com/men/health/other-diseases-ailments/the-cure-for-diabetes/article/4a935e4e40fae010vgnvcm20000012281eac

    I ask this because my girlfriend has type 1 diabetes and she’s been in the hospital for 2 months in terrible pain, due to kidney damage. The doctors say she’s expected to live till the age of 20 and she just turned 17:’( i love her to death and i really dont want to lose her and im desperate to find or do something to help her live longer or at least get her out of the hospital:(
    If anyone has had any success with this way of eating, pleaseeeee answer?:(
    If someone wants to try this, can you please email me your results through yahoo answers?:( (i think it takes 4 months to start working, or 4 months to see significant results or something like that)
    thank you everyone!

    • ANSWER:
      I care for my father who has diabetes. He was diagnosed with kidney disease a year ago and it’s pretty bad. The diabetes has also affected his pancreas. He follows a low carb, low fat, high protein diet and it has seemed to help some. Since I’ve had him on the diet and watching what he eats, he has not gotten any worse. I can’t say for sure if it’s the diet or not. Diabetes is such a nasty disease, especially once it starts attacking the organs.

      Good luck to you and your girlfriend darlin.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the problem with healthcare?
    For the longest time in my life no one cared, Obama is a socialist, but besides the fact, seriously what is the problem, to see if there is one I will list the top 10 causes of death by the CDC and see if medical treatment is necessary. In all cases of Emergency by law the Hospitals MUST take you, even they take illegal immigrants. No one gets denied to the ER, so any ways here are the top 10 killers in America according to the CDC.

    URL- http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/FASTATS/lcod.htm

    * Heart disease: 631,636
    * Cancer: 559,888
    * Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 137,119
    * Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 124,583
    * Accidents (unintentional injuries): 121,599
    * Diabetes: 72,449
    * Alzheimer’s disease: 72,432
    * Influenza and Pneumonia: 56,326
    * Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 45,344
    * Septicemia: 34,234

    1. Heart Disease – is my favorite since the causes are related to poor diet, lack of exercise, and stress. You don’t need health care to treat your self unless you need a prescription to exercise.

    2. Cancer has a problem since that is a vague term, what kind of cancer, really if it’s anything related to smoking, being over weight, are caused by the individual. The other problem is modern medicine today doesn’t even have a true cure. Does it really matter how many times you want to go through Chemotherapy till you die? You got leukemia which is cancer of the blood, That’s the only one I can picture needing to go to the hospital for, considering you need to get your blood checked, unfortunately that group is such a minority in the big spectrum of cancer it’s not an issue. Not to mention cancer it’s self can be spotted by annual check ups, a doctor visit doesn’t cost much, you’re acting like you are going through an MRI per visit.

    3. Stroke – is the same concept as a heart attack, just a stroke is the lack of blood flow to the brain. So the same concept of proper nutrition, exercise, and stress management occurs. No need for a doctor.

    4. Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease – 80% of it is caused by smoking or second hand smoke. Someone tell me if you need health insurance to prevent stupidity. The cure is oxygen replacement and to stop smoking. Please tell me how expensive that is. What happens is if you can’t use your lungs efficiently you become dependent on using an oxygen tank. I can’t think of how expensive it truly must be to refill an oxygen tank. Man this is hilarious on how “Expensive it is”

    5. Accidents – Do you really need health insurance for this?

    6. Diabetes – again is vague, there are 3 types of diabetes, Type 1 will always be insulin dependent, type 2 is insulin dependent due to having a poor diet and ruining their blood sugar by bad choices, and type 3 is caused when a female is pregnant, which more so goes away. Type 2 Diabetics is the biggest in this catagory, again why am I repeating myself, it’s the individuals fault, except for type 1, since type 1 are genetically that way. Type 2 isn’t genetic, Type 1 can see a doctor for free for all I care it’s such a small number compared to the type 2. Type 2 is done by poor choices of diet and lack of exercise. I repeat myself alot.

    7. Alzheimer’s disease – There is no cure, what good is it if you have health insurance any ways? So you can be pumped full of drugs and be slowly dying in a painless way. There is no cure like cancer, no true cure. There are little treatments that still don’t change the out come. It doesn’t matter regardless.

    8. Influenza and Pneumonia – If you read up on this, it suggests to get vaccinated for this. Again with the prevention factor individuals won’t consider. The main treatment for influenza is to rest, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid exertion. Fever and aches are sometimes treated with acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as aspirin or ibuprofen).
    Does that even sound expensive to drink fluids and rest then swallow an over the counter drug like aspirin?

    9. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis – Finally one that really requires hospital treatment, this is the failure of the kidney, of course you need a hospital for this. This one will hurt if you don’t have health insurance, I can finally agree that the individual uninsured here is screwed.

    10. Septicemia (also septicæmia [sep⋅ti⋅cæ⋅mi⋅a][3], or erroneously Septasemia and Septisema) is a related but deprecated (formerly sanctioned medical) term referring to the presence of pathogenic organisms in the blood-stream, leading to sepsis.[4] The term has not been sharply defined. It has been inconsistently used in the past by medical professionals, for example as a synonym of bacteremia. In the lame terms, due to unsanitary conditions or place of alot of bacteria can this be consumed. The therapy of sepsis rests on antibiotics, surgical drainage of infected fluid collections, fluid replacement and appropriate support for organ dysfunction. Anti
    Uninsured doctor visits cost on average.

    Family practice: to 5
    Specialist: 5 to 5

    Antibiotics cost on average to 125 dollars a week.
    Wow alot of my information got sliced off.
    Chester why do you need health insurance for preventive care when it suggests you eat right, exercise, and manage your stress? How the hell do you not comprehend that, does a doctor need to write you a prescription to run 2 miles?
    PARKERD: What kind of person sits there dying of things they lacked to manage. You realize the top 10 killers of America are manageable, You’re taking away the individual responsibility of people and assuming it’s not their fault. We can be a fascist country and mandate everyone eats a certain way, exercises a certain way, but then it would conflict with our freedom. People are freely choosing to kill them selves with the poor choices they make. It’s not lack of insurance, it’s lack of self respect.
    eelfins: I am advocating for prevention because the causes of these diseases could be prevented, cancer has many preventions, most people that have cancer don’t get it randomly like they’re struck by lightning. So why do you need to treat someone with health insurance like the number 1 killer, which can be prevented by proper nutrition, exercise, and stress management. Is Yahoo Answers holding an idiot marathon? You don’t need hospital treatment for illnesses that can be prevented. Same reason why I don’t need someone to tell me to cross the street, when I can prevent getting hit by looking both ways.

    Cross the road to enlightenment please, you’re blaming lack of insurance on the individuals lack of prevention. If these illnesses where caused by random lucky I’d say otherwise.
    YA! the anti-conservative site: Can I rip your pants off and shove your genitalia in my face, since you’re the one decent enough to make a standard statement. Of course Medicare and Mediciaid ruined the private sector of health care. You can’t have the government give free health care options and expect a private insurance company to compete fairly. It forms a monopoly and drives away the private competition since the government can’t lose since it has unlimited funds with taxpayers, only way the government can lose is if it goes bankrupt. Oh wait we are 11 trillion dollars in debt. I hope to god someone wakes up and stops advocating for more liabilities for this nation.
    Alan S: those 45,000 people that die yearly and don’t have health insurance you so claim. How do you know their cause of death is directly related to cause of death. How do you know what they died from? If someone gets hit by a car and dies and doesn’t have health insurance they would be a part of your statistic. But really it wouldn’t be relevant. I would need to know the causes of death. I listed the top 10 causes of death in America by the federal site. If you notice most of them can be prevented if people took care of them self. Maybe I’ll rip my ears off and attach them to your skull so hopefully you can hear what I am saying. I am disgusted by how you allow people to be uneducated and voluntarily kill them self and advocate for health care being cheaper. Why not advocate people to make healthier life style choices. Make them a non-heart attack statistic, what good is health care when you make poor choices and die from a heart attack. Preventative measures are the top priority.

    • ANSWER:
      The problem is that alot of people either do not pay, or are on government sponsored medicare or Medicaid. This has led to a loss in ability for hospitals to pay for better staff, better equipment, top rated doctors. Many hospitals are going bankrupt due to high numbers of illegals, and low reimbursement for Medicaid or Medicare.

  17. QUESTION:
    Sudden Outbreak of Pimples on a 60-year Old Woman?
    My mom is 60, she’s a type-2 diabetic and has high blood pressure. (She takes medications for both: Metformin, Carvedilol, and Benicar.) Some 10 days ago she started getting these itchy pimples on her lower arms and chest mostly. They start as itchy spots which later develop into full-grown white-head pimples. The one she removed developed into a huge red spot around the pimple, but has since withdrew. She also changed her diet, as she decided to cure that diabetes of hers. Is this, then, an allergic reaction to either medications or food? She didn’t have any problems with medications before, or with food. Should she go see a dermatologist, and if so, do they ever really help? Tank you.

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Peanut butter question, and anyone have advice for eating to prevent diabetes?
    I’m 39 and had my first child nearly 2 years ago. I’m about 135 lbs–not overweight but I do have belly fat I didn’t used to have pre-baby. I was gestational while pregnant, and Type 2 runs in my family on my father’s side. I know exercise is important but have trouble fitting that into my schedule, beyond walking on nice days when I’m not chained to my desk at my FT job or caring for my daughter, who does keep me pretty busy and active. I have tried to some degree to maintain a lower carb, higher protein and fiber diet like I followed while I was gestational (and it was entirely managed then with diet and exercise, primarily yoga and walking). I have a terrible, terrible sweet tooth. I have a very, very difficult time turning down sweets and often don’t when I know I should. I fear I know my fate but if there are ways to prolong or prevent it, I really do want to try. Peanut butter has been a good thing for me. Just a spoonful or two keeps me from wanting to snack more much of the time. But I noticed Reduced Fat Peanut Butter has more carbs than regular or even all natural peanut butter. I’m wondering if I should stick with the regular form of PB since I’m not overweight, so that my carbs are ultimately lower. Thoughts?

    Plus any and all good food tips that might help me prevent Type 2 and also satisfy or cure my sweet tooth would be appreciated.

    Motivation to exercise wouldn’t hurt either. :)

    • ANSWER:
      Beware of low carb labels! Beware of low sugar labels as well!

      Here’s the problem, there is no carbs in fat, so when a company wants to reduce the carbs they replace sugars with fats to keep the taste. The opposite is true as well, there is no fat in sugar. You can take out the fat, but you have to get the taste back with sugar.

      Overall, calories is more important than anything else. If you watch calories, you’ll be also reduce fat and sugar consumption because both are high in calories.

      Staying fit and eating less processed food will help you avoid type 2 diabetes. Eat foods that have a low glycemic index score (lots of sites with that info) when possible. An occasional sweet treat is not the end of the world and will not, but itself, cause diabetes. Remeber that sweets are a treat and shouldn’t be a basic food staple at home.

  19. QUESTION:
    Someone please help me with my health homework? 10 POINTS?
    Question 1- The virus that causes __________ also causes itchy, red bumps.
    the flu
    chicken pox
    athlete’s foot
    an urinary tract infection

    Question 2- Pathogens are microorganisms that cure disease.
    True
    False

    Question 3- What is the common cold’s pathogen.
    Bacteria
    Virus
    Fungus
    Protozoan

    Question 4- Which childhood disease causes infantile paralysis?
    Mononucleosis
    Chicken Pox
    Mumps
    Polio

    Question 5- What is one disease most children are vaccinated against?
    Strep throat
    Measles
    Intestinal disorders
    Yeast infections

    Question 6- __________ are single celled organisms.
    Protozoans
    Inchworms
    Viruses
    Bacteria

    Question 7- Viruses are treated with antibiotics.
    True
    False

    Question 8- Diseases are spread only through direct contact with one another.
    True
    False

    Question 9- Which pathogen cannot be cured with antibiotics?
    Virus
    Bacteria
    Fungi
    Protozoa

    Question 10- Infectious diseases can be spread by any of the following ways except:
    candy.
    insects
    sunlight.
    water.

    Question 11- __________ is caused by a virus.
    The flu
    Toxic shock
    Botulism
    Tetanus

    Question 12- Polio is a disease that can be transmitted by the bite of mammals.
    True
    False

    Question 13- What deadly virus causes raised bumps all over the face and body?
    Chicken pox
    Tetanus
    Smallpox
    Bird flu

    Question 14- What disease is caused when fungus grows in the warm, moist area of the groin?
    Tapeworm
    Ringworm
    Jock Itch
    Athlete’s Foot

    Question 15- The pathogen for ringworm is __________.
    fungi
    virus
    bacteria
    protozoan

    Question 16- __________ is caused by fungus.
    The flu
    Pneumonia
    Athlete’s foot
    Diphtheria

    Question 17- What are two diseases transmitted by mosquitoes?
    West Nile virus and malaria
    Cold and flu
    Smallpox and chickenpox
    Rabies and Lyme disease

    Question 18- Viruses can be transmitted to humans through the bites of insects.
    True
    False

    Question 19- A disease that is characteristic of a particular local region is called:
    endemic.
    pandemic.
    disastrous.
    uniform.

    Question 20- Lockjaw is one possible effect of:
    anthrax.
    tetanus.
    E. coli.
    TB.

    Question 21- Insulin is:
    a component of blood that helps with immunity.
    not necessary for good health.
    made in the stomach to help break down fatty foods.
    a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.

    Question 22- Which drug is used to control diabetes?
    Orvillin
    Insulin
    Penicillin
    Sulfa

    Question 23- What increases your risk for Type II Diabetes?
    Being overweight
    Regular exercise
    Healthy diet
    Lack of sleep

    Question 24- What are two factors that increase a woman’s risk for breast cancer?
    Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly
    Eating a low fat diet and getting enough sleep
    Obesity and genetic factors
    No family history and no drugs or alcohol use

    Question 25- Two symptoms of someone having an asthma attack are:
    vomiting and diarrhea.
    the airway become swollen and produces thick mucus.
    insulin levels drop and headaches.
    insulin levels rise and breathing becomes easier.

    Question 26- When a tumor is benign it means:
    it causes cancer.
    the cancer is fatal.
    the tumor does not contain or cause cancer.
    the cancer will spread to other parts of the body.

    Question 27- A heart attack is a/an:
    aneurism in the aorta.
    blood clot that occurs in the brain.
    blood clot that occurs in the heart.
    aneurism in the lungs.

    Question 28- Two symptoms of diabetes are:
    chest pain and shortness of breath.
    constipation and no appetite.
    excessive thirst and frequent urination.
    stroke and body rash.

    • ANSWER:
      1. chicken pox
      2. false
      3. virus
      4. polio
      5. measles
      6. protozoans
      7. false
      8.false
      9. bacteria
      10. candy
      11. flu
      12. false
      13. smallpox
      14. ringworm
      15, fungi
      16. athlete’s foot
      17.west nile and malaria
      18.true
      19.endemic
      20.tetanus
      21. made in the stomach to break down fatty foods
      22. insulin
      23.being overweight
      24, obesity or generic factors
      25, airway becomes swollen and produces thick mucous
      26.the tumor does not contain or cause cancer
      27.aneurism in the aorta
      28.excessive thirst and and frequent urination.
      16.


Diet For Elevated Blood Sugar Levels

Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar level can be well managed by following a regular diabetic diet. Most of hypoglycemic issues are happening due to uncontrolled food intakes by diabetic patients. Complications related to hypoglycemia can be easily made under control by tracing patient’s diet. Hypoglycemic diet should be properly planned with the help of a dietitian. A hypoglycemic patient can start his or her day by having a good diabetic breakfast. Never try to skip breakfast, as it is necessary for maintaining the blood glucose level. Always self control and keep a limit in food intake.

Consuming according to the preplanned diabetic diet will do well. Eating small amounts of meals in regular intervals with inclusion of snacks in between diet helps in regulating blood sugar level. Try taking small meals in every three hours or as prescribed by nutritionist. Prepare regular note of every small bite and do continuous glucose monitoring for better result. Ripened fruits, boiled meat, and raw vegetables are some of the favorable food items for a hypoglycemic patient. Alcohol consumption and tobacco effects negatively in maintaining normal blood glucose level. Alcohol consumption in empty stomach promotes rapid metabolism leading way to sudden fall in blood glucose level.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    y effect of hte anti depressnat Citalopram on blood sugar levels?
    my diabetes consultant advised me against my will to go on citalopram as i was feeling depressed after all the aggro wiht the diet;my sugar levels had been fine up to that point but after i started citalopram the sugar levels rose as advised in the citalopram leaflet,i came off the citalopram eight days ago after being on them for seven days and am still elevated on the supposed basis that it takes as long for the drug to get out of the system as you have been taking them
    very depressed by this turn of events as i told the consultant that it was just extra grief and i dont know if it is for example a urinary infetion or too much food
    annoyed as i htought i had finally nailed it and it is a most unwelcome devlepmont
    is elevated sugar a medical emergencey and how would they know it was an urinary infection or not?
    no general advice pls specific only

    • ANSWER:
      A diabetes ‘consultant’ should not advise/suggest a anti-depressant much less one that will interfere with your blood- sugar levels that much. I find it hard to believe that it was ‘against your will’. Prescribing a anti-depressant is not their job.I hope you did not just stop taking the drug without telling your doc. There can be serious problems for stoping certain drugs like that. You should also have some symptoms if you have a urinary infection(some don’t though) and yes, that can increase your sugar levels. Infection in general does that. And you of course should know if you are eating too much. You did say you have a consultant right???? And heck yes, a elevated blood sugar can be a emergency for crying out loud! Hello!!! Can we say diabetic teaching?? Just go to the doc., get a urinalysis and keep careful check of your blood sugars throughout the day. Doesn’t sound like you have a very good ‘consultant’ or either we aren’t getting the full story.

  2. QUESTION:
    I’m worried about a diabetic experiencing nausea and diarrhea with elevated sugar levels…help?!?!?
    Ok…i’m asking for my mom…she was diagnosed about 9 months ago as a diabetic and we are all still learning. In the past few months her blood sugar would drop (like down into the 60′s or slightly lower) she’d eat something and it’d go back up she’s be fine. She altered her diet a bit to help prevent the drops a couple months ago and it’s seemed to help. But, for the last two days she has had a hard time getting her blood sugar down, its been between about 160 and 200 for the last two days. She has been eating and doing her normal thing but having higher than normal sugar levels now she is nauseous and has “the poops.” Could it be her just getting sick with a bug, or more serious and she should go see her doc?
    It is type 2 and she is on metformin

    • ANSWER:
      The Diabetic diarrhoea is a result of Autonomic Neuropathy that affects people with long-standing diabetes. This does not occur in all diabetics but only in 8 to 22% of sufferers, mostly in males.

      Your mom is a recently diagnosed diabetic and, therefore, the chances of her having a diabetic diarrhoea are remote.

      In such a case, one ought to be lookig at a bug.

  3. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever had elevated Blood Sugar level for the first Glucose test but then ended up not having …..?
    Gestational Diabetes??? Please only answer this if you have had experience with this. I don’t want to hear that I need to see a Dr. BECAUSE I already have, I am just a little anxious about what I am going to find out on Monday. SO I would love to hear your stories…as long as they aren’t going to freak me out too much!! LOL

    I have already taken an early OSS(glucose tolerance test) last WED> and my Glucose was elevated. So I have to take the full 3 hour test on Monday. I do have a family history of Diabetes Type 1 and Type2.. and I have had Low blood sugar in the past but now it is High.
    I realize that Most women can control their GD with diet and exercise…but My Aunt had it and we almost lost her and the baby… So I am just a little scared.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences…
    THANKS LADIES!!! I already feel much better.
    Yeah For the first test I didn’t eat anything after Midnight the night before..and I didn’t eat or drink anything before I drank the Glucola, even though they said I could . And it was still elevated. They didn’t tell me what it actually was, just that it was elelvated.
    But you all have made me feel tons better… just knowing there are so many of you that ended up NOT having Gestational D. Anyway, again THANKS SO MUCH!!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you’re pretty nervous about this! I can only speak from personal experience, but I hope this helps. My one hour test was elevated, so I went back for the three hour test. I was very close to meeting the criteria for gestational diabetes, but luckily, my levels were considered in the normal range by a point or two. Still, my doctor recommended I keep an eye on my diet, which I tried to do. The worst part of the whole experience was the waiting around for three hours and being hungry when it was done. I’m not sure how it will be for you, but I did not get my results the same day. I don’t remember how long it took.

      I was lucky. And in the end, I was rewarded with a beautiful baby boy! I hope your three hour test goes well. And if you do have GD, I have hope that you’ll be able to manage it well. Good luck to you! Take a deep breath and try not to worry.

  4. QUESTION:
    How long does blood sugar stay elevated after eating?
    I have recently had two seizures (making a grand total of 3) and I don’t think my blood sugar was low like it was 14years ago for the first one. In fact, I am sure that it wasn’t. I have been on medication since the second and spent 9 months seizure free. My seizure occurred almost 2 hours after I ate and I wasn’t feeling shaky at all before I started to “feel funny”. The ER doctors called it a “Break-through” seizure and now my neurologist is adjusting my meds. I do not drink, and have been pretty conscious of my diet, mostly protiens lots of fruit too. My sugar levels are usually in the low 70′s before I eat in the morning. They are never high.

    • ANSWER:
      seizures have absolutely nothing to do with glucose levels
      glucose levels vary depending on the person and how their body metabolizes it and what their insulin output is and whether or not their body responds to insulin

  5. QUESTION:
    Gestational Diabetes blood sugar readings?
    I just want a little more information because I know nothing about diabetes:

    28 weeks pregnant with no history of diabetes, 29 yrs old, overweight but healthy pre and during pregnancy, active and healthy diet, went in for my GD test today;

    fasting level of 89 mg/dL
    drank 50 grams of glucose
    1 hour level of 200 mg/dL
    3 hour level of 70 mg/dL (after not eating anything and on the same machine. I know this isn’t usual, but I am friends with my midwife so she did it for me out of curiosity.

    I know I have to go back in for the 3 hour test to confirm GD, but why would there be SUCH drastic differences in the levels? Is such a high spike followed by a low spike normal? I am also currently at the tail-end of a sinus infection, which I know makes blood sugar rise, but would the fasting level also be elevated?

    Just curious, seems I got two completely normal numbers and then the really really high one in between, but don’t know what all three of them together mean. My midwife is not a nurse, she just does the pre-screen, so she doesn’t have the answers either.

    Hope this makes sense, this is my first question to ask on yahoo.

    • ANSWER:
      In the past I’ve worked with the Diabetes Society of the Santa Clara Valley as their Outreach Chairman for about 3 years. I’ve had Type 1 Diabetes since 1974.

      What happened was you were given more sugar than any human would consume at one time. Your sugar spiked to 200mg/dl and your pancreas went crazy with insulin trying to control it. Then the glucose in your blood stream dropped like a rock and there was still insulin in your system which made you almost hypoglycemic (70mg/dl). I had a diabetes doctor that commented that he couldn’t figure out why they were still using that test.

  6. QUESTION:
    Bllod sugar level and metabolic syndrome?
    My blood test came back and said my blood sugar level was 166, pre-diabetic they said. Well now I read that soda can give you the same symptons and cause metabolic syndrome, I do drink about 6 cans of diet soda a day, what do you think? I am stopping the soda and switching to coffee!

    Cannot go back for another blood test just yet, had cortizone injection in neck, this will elevate blood sugar leveles also, had 2, one more left, then blood test.

    • ANSWER:
      Instead of switching to coffee, make green tea and drink it as iced tea.

  7. QUESTION:
    I just had a C5, C6, C6, and T1 cervical fusion 17 days ago and something strange happened.?
    The results of my blood test taken during my hospital stay revealed blood sugar levels between 200 and 250. I am not a diabetic. After the nurse administered an insullin shot in my belly, the levels went back down below 150. Since I wasn’t a diabetic, they told me the elevated blood sugar levels were the cause of the steroidal medication I was receiving for swelling. When the steroid was administered, the blood sugar rose, and if it rose higher than 200, I received more insullin. I am 5’9″ 200 lbs., overweight by my standards by 20-25 lbs. However, I have a muscular stature. My maternal grandfather, mother and now brother had or have the disease. I hear this may be pre-diabetes? As soon as I get through my neck recovery, I will get back to exercising again. And, I am going on the South Beach diet. I heard my pancreas won’t fight enough to lower the blood sugars when I am given steroids? I’m going to my primary care doctor for an appointment next week. Levels now can be as high as 125.

    • ANSWER:
      Steroids are known to increase blood sugar levels in Diabetics. Did they do any blood work before your surgery ( pre-op) ?? Did it include a FBS ( fasting blood sugar) ?? Generally, prior to surgery, there are blood tests done. A complete blood count ( with or without a differential ), Electrolyte Panel ( checks your potassium, sodium, chloride, and carbon dioxide), sometimes the Doc may check your blood clotting levels. Did your relatives that you mentioned, become a Diabetic later in life ( Adult Onset Diabetes)?? This can occur because of lifestyle habits. Poor diet, lack of exercise and being overweight. I would recommend that you discuss this with your Doc. Before taking on an exercise routine, consult with your Doc. Perhaps, your Doc can refer you to a Nutritionist. I hope that this helps.

  8. QUESTION:
    High Triglyceride Level and Fasting?
    During my recent physical, my triglycerides came back at 1480, dangerously high. However, the people at this office did NOT tell me to fast before the test. The night before, my wife and I celebrated her birthday by basically pigging out on fatty foods (steak for dinner; cake for dessert; 2 glasses of wine each). I also had a glass of OJ that morning before the test, as well as a couple bites of the birthday cake (a crappy breakfast, I know).

    My blood sugar was elevated as well, which I’m pretty sure was due to the sugary stuff I had with no fast. Would that admittedly crappy diet have an effect on my triglyceride levels?

    I’m thinking about switching doctors because I didn’t even know my triglycerides were that high until I requested my medical records. He didn’t tell me about the results of the triglycerides, only the blood sugar level. His response, coupled with the ineffectiveness of the office in not telling me to fast, has not inspired me with confidence. Time to switch?

    • ANSWER:
      Well maybe not. If you were two hours post-prandial and your blood sugar was still high he may be smarter than you think. Keep in mind that the body moves to store blood sugar much more quickly than triglyceride. If you had a high post-meal blood sugar level he may have been keying in on the fact that you had a high fat meal with wine and OJ to figure your trigs were high. However if it had been long enough post-meal there is good reason to believe that you may have what is called insulin resistance or impaired glucose tolerance. This is commonly referred to as syndrome X or metabolic syndrome in the literature. This is a precursor for diabetes and would (and should) worry any physician. If the office staff had reported to the doctor you were not in a fasted state he would have no reason to address your triglycerides at this time.

  9. QUESTION:
    I am scared. Can I stop it?
    I do have a bit elevated blood pressure. I do have also a bit elevated blood sugar. I was first advised to control both by exercise and diet. some 15 days before I visited the doctor. My bllod sugar was 128. My blood pressure was 130/90. The doctor advised me to take atenelol 50mg once a day. I started taking one a day about 10 days before. After I started taking it, I read in the internet atenelol has a serious side effect like impotence, weight gain, raising sugar level so on and so forth. I want to stop it. Is it wise to stop taking it after taking one a day for the last 10 days? Is there any doctor here?

    • ANSWER:
      Not much I can offer you besides the exercise & diet options you have already heard but how about your elevated blood pressure, id advice you to try to relax yourself as stress can bring it on too so how about a sauna or massage, get your stress down and the rest will follow good luck to you

      Have a nice day ☺

  10. QUESTION:
    I failed the inital gestational diabetes test. please help?
    This was the NON fasting test, where I just drink that medicated glucose drink and have a blood test an hour later.

    It came back I had elevated levels so I go back tomorrow for the 2 hour test, that involves fasting and 3 blood tests in 2 hours

    Me and the baby are exceptionally healthy up until now with noone in family ever having this.

    Now for the questions. Please answer any or all!

    My friend asked her midwife and she said the softdrink I had before could have affected the result. I think they should TELL you what not to have, but oh well. But the thing is it was DIET coke from mcdonalds as well as a small chicken burger. I had healthy breakfast. Could this diet drink still affect the levels if it was sugar free??

    What are the chances of actually having gestational diabetes after this test? Ive heard only 1 in 10? anyone know?

    If I DO have it, what does this mean? I mean I eat very healthy generally so what can i do for it and what does it do to me?

    • ANSWER:
      I also had to repeat the glucose test with the longer version. Your levels may have only been slightly elevated and can be effected by many things. Please relax and don’t worry! Many of my pregnant friends have also had to go back for the longer test, and we all came back in the clear! Just bring a magazine and a snack for when you are all done (b/c you will be hungry…and bored while waiting).
      I do know some people who did have gestational diabetes and they resolved it through diet. Just be careful, b/c if you do have the gestational diabetes, it usually goes away after you give birth but they also say it can be an indicator of diabetes later on in your life.
      Take good care of yourself, best of luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    So I failed the initial gestational diabetes glucose test…? Few questions help!?
    This was the NON fasting test, where I just drink that medicated glucose drink and have a blood test an hour later.

    It came back I had elevated levels so I go back tomorrow for the 2 hour test, that involves fasting and 3 blood tests in 2 hours

    Me and the baby are exceptionally healthy up until now with noone in family ever having this.

    Now for the questions. Please answer any or all!

    My friend asked her midwife and she said the softdrink I had before could have affected the result. I think they should TELL you what not to have, but oh well. But the thing is it was DIET coke from mcdonalds as well as a small chicken burger. I had healthy breakfast. Could this diet drink still affect the levels if it was sugar free??

    What are the chances of actually having gestational diabetes after this test? Ive heard only 1 in 10? anyone know?

    If I DO have it, what does this mean? I mean I eat very healthy generally so what can i do for it and what does it do to me?

    • ANSWER:
      I also had to repeat the glucose test with the longer version. Your levels may have only been slightly elevated and can be effected by many things. Please relax and don’t worry! Many of my pregnant friends have also had to go back for the longer test, and we all came back in the clear! Just bring a magazine and a snack for when you are all done (b/c you will be hungry…and bored while waiting).
      I do know some people who did have gestational diabetes and they resolved it through diet. Just be careful, b/c if you do have the gestational diabetes, it usually goes away after you give birth but they also say it can be an indicator of diabetes later on in your life.
      Take good care of yourself, best of luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    Have you had success with controlling Feline Diabetes with Wellness canned food?
    I’ve been feeding Wellness dry and my cats have done really good with it thier health has improved except for one cat who is on prednisolone which can contribute to elevated blood sugar. He is not likely to do better off of the medicine. The vet suggested switching to Purina DM or Friskies Beef flavor because they are lower in carbs. I have read the Wellness canned has 3% carbs versus 10% in the other foods suggested. I am not thrilled about feeding my cat foods from companies involved in the previous pet food recall. I don’t believe they are going to take anymore care in making food than before. The cost is nearly the same but the difference is Wellness is organic human grade food. I have seen some things on the internet from various pet owners that they’ve put thier cats on this with success have any of you had any luck with this. The goal would be to change the blood sugar level with out starting the cat on insulin by feeding a high protein diet.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sophia…Wellness is an excellent dietary source for cats in general regardless of health. However, cats who have been diagnosed with feline diabetes require insulin to adjust for increased or decreased blood sugar. In cats with diabetes their pancreas no longer produces insulin so blood sugar will fluctuate too high or too low depending on their activity level, emotional level as well as how much and when they eat. The disease itself isn’t so clear cut as it differs from one cat to another so it is quite complicated to simplify this all within my answer to you.

      Here is a wonderfully well written website on feline diabetes that I hope you will find very helpful to learn how to manage the disease for your cat: http://felinediabetes.com/diabetes-info.htm

  13. QUESTION:
    SODA IS BAD FOR YOU!?
    KILLS WHITE BLOOD CELLS CAUSES HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND RAPID HEART BEAT, HEART ATTACKS AND LOW IMMUNE SYSTEM
    IT EATS AWAY YOUR CALCIM AND SUCKS UP ALL THE WATER FROM YOUR BODY, DOES THE SAME AS DRUGS, AND THATS NOT WEED! WEED ISENT A DRUG
    Raised blood insulin levels beyond the norm can lead to depression of the immune system, which in turn weakens your ability to fight disease.

    Something else to consider is that most of the excess sugar ends up being stored as fat in your body, which results in weight gain and elevates risk for heart disease and cancer. One study found that when subjects were given refined sugar, their white blood cell count decreased significantly for several hours afterwards. Another study discovered that rats fed a high-sugar diet had a substantially elevated rate of breast cancer when compared to rats on a regular diet. (See: Hoehn, SK et al: “Complex versus simple carbohydrates and mammary tumors in mice.” Nutr Cancer 1979; 1: 27.)

    You may come to the conclusion that diet or sugar-free soda is a better choice. However, one study discovered that drinking one or more soft drinks a day — and it didn’t matter whether it was diet or regular — led to a 30% greater chance of weight gain around the belly.

    Diet soda is filled with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose, or saccharin. These artificial sweeteners pose a threat to your health. Saccharin, for instance, has been found to be carcinogenic, and studies have found that it produced bladder cancer in rats.

    Beverages with bubbles contain phosphoric acid, which can severely deplete the blood calcium levels; calcium is a key component of the bone matrix. With less concentration of calcium over a long time, it can lower deposition rates so that bone mass and density suffer. This means that drinking sodas and carbonated water increases your risk of osteoporosis. (See: AJCN)

    Add in the caffeine usually present in soft drinks, and you are in for even more trouble. Caffeine can deplete the body’s calcium, in addition to stimulating your central nervous system and contributing to stress, a racing mind, and insomnia.

    Skip the soda and go for:

    • Fresh water
    Water is a vital beverage for good health. Each and every cell needs water to perform its essential functions. Since studies show that tap water is filled with contaminants, antibiotics, and a number of other unhealthy substances, consider investing in a quality carbon-based filter for your tap water. To find out more about a high-performance filtration system, click here.

    On the go? Try using a stainless steel thermos or glass bottle, filled with filtered water. Enhance the flavor of your water with a refreshing infusion of basil, mint leaves, and a drop of honey.

    http://health.yahoo.net/experts/drmao/what-soft-drinks-are-doing-your-body

    COPY AND PAST THIS LINK ABOVE TO THE TOP OF YOUR LINK IT TELLS MORE

    • ANSWER:
      Okay….so what’s the question?

  14. QUESTION:
    Double Checking Answers On Nutrition Basics. HELP PLEASE! (:?
    I put brackets around my answers. example: [A]

    PLEASE! let me know if they are correct or not. thank you.

    1. One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it’s a good
    source of
    A. water.
    B. boron.
    C. vitamin C
    [D]. energy.

    2. Which one of the following choices is the best way to control
    Type II diabetes?
    A. Injecting insulin
    B. Avoiding all simple sugars
    [C]. Adopting a healthy diet and exercising
    D. Avoiding salt

    3. Which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A. Apple wedges and carrot sticks
    [B]. Small bowl of chili beans and rice
    C. Corn on the cob
    D. Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing

    4. Which one of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A. Use amino acid powders from a health food store.
    B. Eat more high-protein foods.
    C. Avoid vegetarian diets.
    [D]. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and follow a regular fitness program.

    5. High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A. Type II diabetes
    [B]. Heart disease
    C. Thyroid disease
    D. Osteoporosis

    6. Saturated fats found in animal productsGDLuch as bacon and cheese, are also called
    A. cholesterol.
    [B]. triglycerides.
    C. lipids.
    D. amino acids.

    7. An elevated HDL is considered a
    A. risk factor for osteoporosis.
    B. risk factor for arthritis.
    [C]. less harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.
    D. more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.

    8. How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    [A]. Take a pill that helps to digest lactose.
    B. Eat green leafy vegetables, nuts, and enriched soy products.
    C. Eat lots of fresh shellfish.
    D. Eat lots of whole grains.

    9. Which one of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamins?
    A. They can cause gastric upset, diarrhea, and kidney stones.
    B. They provide no risk of vitamin toxicity.
    [C]. They can be stored in the body.
    D. They help build collagen and aid in healing.

    10. The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    [A]. blood sugar levels.
    B. weight loss.
    C. exercise performance.
    D. blood pressure.

    11. What are the health benefits of zinc?
    A. Reduced muscle fatigue
    [B]. Proper wound healing
    C. Control of blood pressure
    D. Lung efficiency

    12. Which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A. A vigorous exercise regimen
    B. A lack of sleep
    C. A diet that lacks protein
    [D]. A high-fat diet

    13. Which one of the following choices is the best option for a vegan snack?
    A. Vanilla soymilk, peanut butter, and pretzels
    B. Almond milk with butter cookies
    [C]. Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D. Tomato juice and macaroni and cheese

    14. How should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A. 80 percent carbohydrates, 20 percent proteins
    B. 60 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent proteins
    [C]. 60 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fats, 10 percent proteins
    D. 80 percent proteins, 10 percent carbohydrates, 10 percent fats

    15. A person who is lactose intolerant would have difficulty digesting which one of the
    following foods?
    A. Grilled veggie burger on a sesame bun
    [B]. Low-fat cheesecake with raspberries
    C. Turkey hot dog with mustard
    D. Three-bean salad

    16. Which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    [A]. Sliced bananas, walnuts, and orange sections
    B. Baked potato chips and sparkling water
    C. Green salad with ranch dressing
    D. Unsalted pretzels and cheddar cheese

    17. To derive energy from food, you must eat foods that contain
    A. vitamins and minerals.
    [B]. carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
    C. water.
    D. fiber.

    18. Which one of the following choices is a simple sugar?
    A. Glucose
    B. Orange juice
    C. Lactase
    [D]. Chocolate

    19. Which one of the following snack combinations will best satisfy a person’s daily
    fluid requirements?
    A. Ice cream, sherbet, and fruit
    B. Bananas, whole-wheat bread, and water
    [C]. Fresh fruit, green salad, water
    D. Fruit juice, energy bars, cold cereal

    20 Which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person
    who is gluten intolerant?
    [A]. Microwave popcorn and carrot sticks
    B. Peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C. Bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D. Orange juice and graham crackers

    • ANSWER:
      You better send each and every question separately..

  15. QUESTION:
    poll/surveyI am a new Diabetic.What do others with diabetes do when you get cravings, for high carbs/sweets?
    My Dr. wants me to try diet and exercise, before going to meds.I am not used to not being able to eat anything and everything. I am not over weight(124lbs) But diabetes runs seriously in my family.
    I love high carb foods.Pasta, potatoes,chips,chocolate.(fried foods)
    What should I have on hand when I have these overwhelming cravings.
    I also try not to have these items in the cabinets..Thanks… I am seriously confused..my blood sugar levels have been a bit more elevated the last few days and I am getting concerned.I do go see my Dr. in Oct for A1C test.
    and there is a Betty Crocker ad for cookies every time I come to Q&A’s haha (not helping)
    I came across a coupon for Dreamfields pasta at the Dr’s office am trying to find who sells it . It is to help lose weight and control blood sugar…Thank You all for the quality help…Ga. Usa

    • ANSWER:
      Try to ignore the cravings…I had a serious sweet tooth and since being diagnosed 6 months ago i have not had anything sweet excpet for sugar free jello and diet pop. It was hard at first but it’s not really a big deal now. Sugar is white death so try to avoid it. Also watch out for sugar free products…a lot of them still contain sugar alcohols or certain artificial sweetners that still raise blood sugars. If you want a few chips with your meal go ahead…just eat a few though. I just saw something about that Dreamfields past and the article said their claims are a bunch of BS…it’s better than traditional pasta but no different then other whole wheat varieties. Good luck.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me!!!?
    One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it’s a good source of?
    A)water
    B)boron
    C)vitamin C
    D)energy

    Which one of the following choices is the best way to control Type II diabetes?
    A)Inject insulin
    B)Avoiding all simple sugars
    C)Adopting a healthy diet & excercising
    D)Avoiding salt

    which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A)Apple wedges & carrot sticks
    B)small bowl of chili beans & rice
    C)Corn on the cob
    D)Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing

    which on of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A)use amino acid powders from a health food store
    B)eat more high-protein foods
    C)avoid vegetarian diets
    D)eat a healthy,balanced diet & follow a regular firness program

    High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A)type II diabetes
    B)heart disease
    C)thyroid disease
    D)osteoporosis

    saturated fats found in animal products,such as bacon & cheese,are also called?
    A)cholesterol
    B)triglycerides
    C)lipids
    D)amino acids

    an elevated HDL is considered a?
    A)risk factor for osteoporosis
    B)risk factor for artritis
    C)less harmful form of cholesterol found in the boady
    D)more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body

    How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    A)take a pill that helps to digest lactose
    B)eat green leafy vegetables,nuts,and enriched soy products
    C)eat lots of fresh shellfish
    D)eat lots of whole grains

    which of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamin?
    A)they can cause gastric upset,diarrhea,and kidney stones
    B)they provide no risk of vitamin toxicity
    C)they can be stored in the body
    D)they help build collage & aid in healing

    The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    A)blood sugar levels
    B)weight loss
    C)excercise performance
    D)blood pressure

    what are the heath benefits of zinc?
    A)reduced muscle fatigue
    B)proper wound healing
    C)control of blood pressure
    D)lung efficiency

    which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A) A vegotous exercise regimen
    B) A lack of sleep
    C) A diet that lacks protein
    D) A high-fat diet

    which one of the following choices is the best option for vegan snack?
    A)Vanailla soymilk,peanut butter,& pretzels
    B)Almond milk with butter cookies
    C)Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D)Tomato jucie & macaroni & cheese

    how should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A)80% carbohydrates,20% proteins
    B)60% carbohydrates,40% proteins
    C)60% carbohydrates,30% fats,10% proteins
    D)80% proteins,10%carbohydrates,10% fats

    A person who is lactose intolerants would have difficulty digesting which one of the following foods?
    A)grilled veggie burg on a sesame bun
    B)low-fat cheesecake with rasberries
    C)turkey hot dog with mustard
    D)three-bean salad

    which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    A)sliced bananas,walnuts,& orange sections
    B)baked potato chips & sparkling water
    C)green salad with ranch dressing
    D)unsalted pretzels & cheddar cheese

    To derive energy from food,you must eat foods that contain?
    A)vitamins & minerals
    B)carbohydrates,proteins,and fats
    C)water
    D)fiber

    which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person who is gluten intolerant?
    A)microwave popcorn & carrot sticks
    B)peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C)bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D)orange jucie & graham crackers

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of question to answer.

      Could do it, but that would deny you the chance to do some research.

      Also, would take me too long. Please do some research, and answer the questions yourself. You will be able to do it, and feel better in yourself for doing so, rather than copying answers, that could be wrong anyway.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me with my homework….?
    One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it’s a good source of?
    A)water
    B)boron
    C)vitamin C
    D)energy

    Which one of the following choices is the best way to control Type II diabetes?
    A)Inject insulin
    B)Avoiding all simple sugars
    C)Adopting a healthy diet & excercising
    D)Avoiding salt

    which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A)Apple wedges & carrot sticks
    B)small bowl of chili beans & rice
    C)Corn on the cob
    D)Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing

    which on of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A)use amino acid powders from a health food store
    B)eat more high-protein foods
    C)avoid vegetarian diets
    D)eat a healthy,balanced diet & follow a regular firness program

    High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A)type II diabetes
    B)heart disease
    C)thyroid disease
    D)osteoporosis

    saturated fats found in animal products,such as bacon & cheese,are also called?
    A)cholesterol
    B)triglycerides
    C)lipids
    D)amino acids

    an elevated HDL is considered a?
    A)risk factor for osteoporosis
    B)risk factor for artritis
    C)less harmful form of cholesterol found in the boady
    D)more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body

    How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    A)take a pill that helps to digest lactose
    B)eat green leafy vegetables,nuts,and enriched soy products
    C)eat lots of fresh shellfish
    D)eat lots of whole grains

    which of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamin?
    A)they can cause gastric upset,diarrhea,and kidney stones
    B)they provide no risk of vitamin toxicity
    C)they can be stored in the body
    D)they help build collage & aid in healing

    The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    A)blood sugar levels
    B)weight loss
    C)excercise performance
    D)blood pressure

    what are the heath benefits of zinc?
    A)reduced muscle fatigue
    B)proper wound healing
    C)control of blood pressure
    D)lung efficiency

    which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A) A vegotous exercise regimen
    B) A lack of sleep
    C) A diet that lacks protein
    D) A high-fat diet

    which one of the following choices is the best option for vegan snack?
    A)Vanailla soymilk,peanut butter,& pretzels
    B)Almond milk with butter cookies
    C)Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D)Tomato jucie & macaroni & cheese

    how should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A)80% carbohydrates,20% proteins
    B)60% carbohydrates,40% proteins
    C)60% carbohydrates,30% fats,10% proteins
    D)80% proteins,10%carbohydrates,10% fats

    A person who is lactose intolerants would have difficulty digesting which one of the following foods?
    A)grilled veggie burg on a sesame bun
    B)low-fat cheesecake with rasberries
    C)turkey hot dog with mustard
    D)three-bean salad

    which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    A)sliced bananas,walnuts,& orange sections
    B)baked potato chips & sparkling water
    C)green salad with ranch dressing
    D)unsalted pretzels & cheddar cheese

    To derive energy from food,you must eat foods that contain?
    A)vitamins & minerals
    B)carbohydrates,proteins,and fats
    C)water
    D)fiber

    which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person who is gluten intolerant?
    A)microwave popcorn & carrot sticks
    B)peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C)bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D)orange jucie & graham crackers

    • ANSWER:
      haha help, more like do it for you!

  18. QUESTION:
    Fitness And Nutrition?
    1. One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it’s a good
    source of
    A. water. C. vitamin C.
    B. boron. D. energy.
    2. Which one of the following choices is the best way to control
    Type II diabetes?
    A. Injecting insulin
    B. Avoiding all simple sugars
    C. Adopting a healthy diet and exercising
    D. Avoiding salt
    3. Which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A. Apple wedges and carrot sticks
    B. Small bowl of chili beans and rice
    C. Corn on the cob
    D. Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing
    4. Which one of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A. Use amino acid powders from a health food store.
    B. Eat more high-protein foods.
    C. Avoid vegetarian diets.
    D. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and follow a regular fitness program.
    5. High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A. Type II diabetes C. Thyroid disease
    B. Heart disease D. Osteoporosis
    6. Saturated fats found in animal products, such as bacon and cheese, are also called
    A. cholesterol. C. lipids.
    B. triglycerides. D. amino acids.
    7. An elevated HDL is considered a
    A. risk factor for osteoporosis.
    B. risk factor for arthritis.
    C. less harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.
    D. more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.
    8. How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    A. Take a pill that helps to digest lactose.
    B. Eat green leafy vegetables, nuts, and enriched soy products.
    C. Eat lots of fresh shellfish.
    D. Eat lots of whole grains.
    9. Which one of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamins?
    A. They can cause gastric upset, diarrhea, and kidney stones.
    B. They provide no risk of vitamin toxicity.
    C. They can be stored in the body.
    D. They help build collagen and aid in healing.
    10. The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    A. blood sugar levels. C. exercise performance.
    B. weight loss.
    11. What are the health benefits of zinc?
    A. Reduced muscle fatigue C. Control of blood pressure
    B. Proper wound healing D. Lung efficiency
    12. Which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A. A vigorous exercise regimen C. A diet that lacks protein
    B. A lack of sleep D. A high-fat diet
    13. Which one of the following choices is the best option for a vegan snack?
    A. Vanilla soymilk, peanut butter, and pretzels
    B. Almond milk with butter cookies
    C. Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D. Tomato juice and macaroni and cheese
    14. How should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A. 80 percent carbohydrates, 20 percent proteins
    B. 60 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent proteins
    C. 60 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fats, 10 percent proteins
    D. 80 percent proteins, 10 percent carbohydrates, 10 percent fats
    15. A person who is lactose intolerant would have difficulty digesting which one of the
    following foods?
    A. Grilled veggie burger on a sesame bun C. Turkey hot dog with mustard
    B. Low-fat cheesecake with raspberries D. Three-bean salad
    16. Which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    A. Sliced bananas, walnuts, and orange sections
    B. Baked potato chips and sparkling water
    C. Green salad with ranch dressing
    D. Unsalted pretzels and cheddar cheese
    17. To derive energy from food, you must eat foods that contain
    A. vitamins and minerals. C. water.
    B. carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. D. fiber.
    18. Which one of the following choices is a simple sugar?
    A. Glucose C. Lactase
    B. Orange juice D. Chocolate
    19. Which one of the following snack combinations will best satisfy a person’s daily
    fluid requirements?
    A. Ice cream, sherbet, and fruit
    B. Bananas, whole-wheat bread, and water
    C. Fresh fruit, green salad, water
    D. Fruit juice, energy bars, cold cereal
    20 Which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person
    who is gluten intolerant?
    A. Microwave popcorn and carrot sticks
    B. Peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C. Bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D. Orange juice and graham crackers

    • ANSWER:
      1 d
      2.c
      3.b
      4.d
      5.b
      6.b
      7.d
      8.b
      9.c
      10.a
      11.b
      12.b
      13.d
      14.c
      15.b
      16.a
      17.a
      18.b
      19.c
      20.b

      alright… i hope i did well!

  19. QUESTION:
    need help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
    All bacteria are classified as

    A. Archea.

    B. Protista.

    C. Prokaryotes.

    D. Eukaryotes.

    Bacteria that use sunlight as an energy source are considered

    A. photoautotrophs.

    B. hetertrophs.

    C. saprobes.

    D. chemoautotrophs.

    Which of the following is considered a sexual process for exchanging genetic information but is not considered reproduction?

    A. transcription

    B. conjugation

    C. translation

    D. binary fission

    Which characteristics do scientists use to identify specific prokaryotes?

    A. size

    B. shape

    C. movement

    D. energy source

    Bacteria cause diseases by

    A. producing toxins.

    B. reducing wrinkles.

    C. destroying tissues.

    D. both (A) and (C).

    Archaea are different from Bacteria in that Archaea

    A. have structures and molecules that are more similar to eukaryotes than bacteria.

    B. have structures that are more similar to bacterial structures.

    C. have molecules that are different from eukaryotic molecules.

    D. none of the above.

    One way bacteria are important to the Earth and its ecosystems is that

    A. bacteria use oxygen.

    B. bacteria produce acetone.

    C. bacteria decompose dead organisms.

    D. bacteria concentrate valuable minerals.

    What are bacterial chromosomes made up of?

    A. single circular piece of DNA

    B. linear pieces of DNA

    C. DNA in paired chromosomes

    D. DNA or RNA in various forms

    Some bacteria, like those that cause Cholera, have a flagellum that allows them to

    A. move.

    B. reproduce.

    C. excrete water.

    D. produce sugar.

    Research has shown people will have elevated levels of a certain protein when they have a bacterial infection. In comparison, when people have a viral infection the same protein appears in trace amounts. Once a blood test is done the level of protein can be determined in about an hour.

    Why would it be beneficial to know if a person with a respiratory infection has elevated levels of this protein in his or her blood?

    A. Physical therapy can be recommended.

    B. A change in diet can be recommended.

    C. A decision can be made regarding the need for x-rays.

    D. A decision can be made about whether or not to prescribe antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:
      All bacteria are classified as C. Prokaryotes
      (by the way, this is an obsolete term, and no longer supported by modern microbiologists! But probably the one your teacher wants to hear).

      Bacteria that use sunlight as an energy source are considered
      A. photoautotrophs.

      Which of the following is considered a sexual process for exchanging genetic information but is not considered reproduction?
      B. conjugation

      Which characteristics do scientists use to identify specific prokaryotes?
      B. shape
      (again, poor question)

      Bacteria cause diseases by
      D. both (A) and (C).

      Archaea are different from Bacteria in that Archaea
      A. have structures and molecules that are more similar to eukaryotes than bacteria.

      One way bacteria are important to the Earth and its ecosystems is that
      C. bacteria decompose dead organisms.

      What are bacterial chromosomes made up of?
      A. single circular piece of DNA

      Some bacteria, like those that cause Cholera, have a flagellum that allows them to
      A. move.

      Research has shown people will have elevated levels of a certain protein when they have a bacterial infection. In comparison, when people have a viral infection the same protein appears in trace amounts. Once a blood test is done the level of protein can be determined in about an hour.

      Why would it be beneficial to know if a person with a respiratory infection has elevated levels of this protein in his or her blood?
      D. A decision can be made about whether or not to prescribe antibiotics.

      Good luck!

  20. QUESTION:
    Gestational Diabetes! Please Help!!!!!!!?
    I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

    My OBGYN put me on a diet and told me to monitor my sugar level 4 times a day, which I do and my sugar level is not abnormal at all. Which is very strange, its not elevated whatsoever when I prick my finger and test my blood. But I however failed my glucose screening. I am so not used to sweets, that by drinking that solution it completely shut down my system.

    Now my doctor wants me to see a specialist, I just called to make an appointment and I was told that because I am considered high risk I would need prenatal visits and sonograms done every week.

    I know it in my heart that my baby is ok and if I prick my finger and my blood sugar is fine I do not see any need to go see a specialist and torture myself with sonograms. I do not want to aggravate myself or the baby.

    I also do not trust doctors at all, they do a lot of unnecessary things for the purpose of charging your insurance.

    I used to work for them, I know how doctors operate.

    If I refuse to see a specialist, what should I tell my regular OBGYN?

    Please advise.

    • ANSWER:
      Elevated blood glucose acts as a growth hormone in your unborn baby. We usually see very large birth weights when the mother has gestational diabetes (over 9 lbs and up to 14 lbs). Follow his advice on avoiding excessive starch (which is sugar). If you follow his instructions, the more likely you will be able to give birth naturally. If the baby gets too large, it is not so easy coming through the birth canal. You have to remember that stress at this time of the birthing process can set up your baby for Cerebral Palsy if Oxygen is disturbed. My advice is to follow his advice for your diet. Investigating this a little further with give you knowledge about your future health concerns as well.

      Drinking the test solution, they are measuring how long it takes you to process the sugar load. If it is abnormally long, then the time the blood glucose is raised can be detrimental to your baby. If you eat a large baked potato, you are obtaining and releasing MORE sugar than is given in the test solution.

      “Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that occurs ONLY in pregnant women who have never had diabetes. Although the exact causes are not known, a small number of women develop insulin resistance at about the 24th week of pregnancy, making it difficult for your body to use insulin. Gestational diabetes begins when your body is unable to make and use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. Without enough insulin, glucose builds up in the blood to higher than normal levels. This surplus of blood glucose passes through the placenta, so your baby ends up with high blood glucose levels which can cause your baby to store too much fat. Gestational diabetes usually goes away once your baby is born.

      Although most women with gestational diabetes have healthy babies, it needs to be treated until your baby is born. Keeping your blood sugar as near normal as possible will prevent problems for you and your baby.

      Source: American Diabetes Association”


Diabetic Sugars Too High

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    age 71, diabetic-15 yrs, sugars too high, changed insulin from 14 to 20 in am and 44 to 60 in pm, sugar higher?
    take readings before breakfast,lunch and dinner and at bedtime

    • ANSWER:
      Is it high enough to ask your nurse/doctor, or just higher than usual? Mine are very high just now, but that’s because I have a chest infection, do you think you may be suffering from
      a little infection yourself? If it goes on for more than a couple of days, I think you should speak to your surgery.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can A type 2 diabetic die from too high of sugar?
    Like a overdose of sugar, I mean could a person with type two diabetes overdose on sugar? I know about the long term effects of high blood sugar, just wondering about short term.

    • ANSWER:
      Its possible. Type 2 is very dangerous and needs to be taken seriously.
      Short term can be a coma and maybe death..it depends on your individal situation. Before coma they get very “wasted looking and acting”
      My daughter is diabetic, and yes it is a pain in the butt sometimes no doubt, but we have managed to find recepies for diabetic sweets, and bakeries that do birthday cakes.
      Managing it is 95% attitude.
      She has friends that respect her and care for her enough that they eat what she eats (and most of them feel better laying off the crap food) Shes grown.

  3. QUESTION:
    Good snacks for a diabetic w/high blood sugars?
    I’m helping out a diabetic whose blood sugars are already high. However, she says she’s hungry. What are the best snacks to give her that hopefully won’t raise her blood sugar too much? I’m trying to find some variety besides the sugar free pudding that she’s sick of.

    • ANSWER:
      Ignore most of the answers you have been given non diabetics assuming that it’s about sugar it’s not it’s about carbs look for low carb snacks (under 15-20 gms). Cheese, yoghurt, nuts lots of good tasting stuff.

  4. QUESTION:
    What does it feel like when you’re a diabetic and your blood sugar is too high or too low?

    • ANSWER:
      Too high I feel dehydrated/extremely thirsty,very tired and grouchy. If they are way too high my neck and chest hurt and I get sick to my stomach. Too low and I feel hungry, dizzy,shaky,disoriented almost like being drunk.

  5. QUESTION:
    What signs to look for when blood sugars are too high?
    My husband is diabetic, however he does not want me to ask him what his sugars are. How can I tell if they are running high and he does not want to worry me. I think I can tell when his sugars are low

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive thirst and urination
      Tired, sleepy, grouchy
      vision clarity
      If it is really high, nausea and vomiting

  6. QUESTION:
    I am a type 2 diabetic, is 523 too high for my blood sugar?
    I take 5mg of glipizide er twice a day and 1000 mg of Metformin twice a day. My b/s was 523 then it fluctuated around 496, 396, and 358. What should I do besides seeing my Dr?

    • ANSWER:
      A NORMAL blood suagr is 80-120.
      ANY reading over 200 is WAY TOO HIGH. [reading up to 200 DO occur naturally, and should not last for more than an hour, immediately after you eat.]

      these readings show that you are “out of control”, probably due to non-compliance (not following doctors orders) concerning your diet. You MUST maintain STRICT control over your suagr intake (until your blood sugars come down to the normal range, you can have NO SUGAR. period.) and carbohydrate intake (greatly reduced).

      your doctor should be able to refer you to a nutritionist who can help you plan diets that have NO sugar and very low carbs, while still being tasty and filling.

      With numbers like these, you are quickly facing blindess, nerve damage, and an increased susceptibiltiy to infection (like Swine Flu!!!), With the nerve damage comes sexual problems, like the inabiltiy to enjoy sex.

      If these readings continue, you are looking at high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attacks, strokes, Alzheimer’s Disease, and amputations.

      If these numbers do not come down within the next couple of weeks (due to your MUCH BETTER attention to your diet, exercise, and weight loss) the doctor will be prescribing insulin injections, possibly as many as 4 or 5 a day. Insulin is the ONLY way to bring these sugars down FAST, and is especially necessary if the patient refuses to follow dietary restrictions and increase their exercise level. You will stay on the insulin until you take control of your life, and get a more healthy lifestyle of better diet, more exercise, and weight loss.

  7. QUESTION:
    PCOS with Hypothroidism – high BP & Diabetic too help!?
    I am suffering from PCOS, Hypothroidism, High BP & sugar too., kindly suggest a good daily diet to reduce weight, i am very confused with food, what to eat & wat not? can u please give a daily diet with exercise regime to reduce weight

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      I was diagnosed with PCOS and am Pre-Diabetic as well.
      The VERY best thing I have found is to follow a low carbohydrate diet (similar to Atkin’s, though I don’t do that) and you will lose weight. Since Carbohydrates are complex sugars. It doesn’t help diabetics to eat a lot of carbohydrates. They turn into sugar, which your body has a hard time processing anyways.
      I can’t tell you a great diet to eat because I don’t know what you like, but my meals consist of (and I do all home made, so they are good for you) I
      Tacos
      quesadillas (think tortilla sandwich toasted)
      burritos
      Sandwiches..
      home made pizza
      low carb pasta with sauce
      salads
      Milk, cheese.. meat
      These are pretty low carb meals, I’m sure you could google low carb recipes and find more. I do go out for dinner too but this is rare. Generally I eat 6 times a day. While that may seem like a lot.. it’s really not.
      my typical day is
      6:30 wake up (get son ready for the bus)
      6:50 my son gets on the bus
      7:00 Test and eat breakfast
      9 am- snack
      11-12 Lunch
      2-3pm Snack
      6:00 Test then eat dinner
      10-11pm snack to keep me up during the night

      I find if I go 4+ hours between meals/snacks I get low..
      I really don’t do the exercises like at a gym or anything. Taking care of the house, and taking care of my family is my excercise.. plus walking up and down steps multiple times a day. I hope I helped..
      If you would like more info, please email me on my profile

  8. QUESTION:
    What does it feel like to be a diabetic and have your sugar levels be too high and too low?

    • ANSWER:
      When your sugar level is too low, you feel woozy and have no energy, and you look like you are very tired. You might even feel nauseous. Its not fun at all.
      When your sugar is too high, you might feel nothing. But after months of going like that, like if you have diabetes and dont know it, then you could start feeling numbness or tingling in your hands or feet, and could have trouble with your vision, and you feel thirsty all the time, and you pee a lot more than usual.

  9. QUESTION:
    what happens when your blood sugar is too high. and what is diabetic acoma?

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    what should a diabetic do if their blood sugar is too high

    • ANSWER:
      Well, there’s a variety of things you can do.

      -take fast acting insulin (Novolog, Humolog, other)
      -drink plenty of water
      -check your urine for ketones, and if they are present call your doctor
      -cut down on the carbs for a bit

  11. QUESTION:
    what is a good way to keep a diabetic child from wanting too much sugar foods and high carb .?
    who can tell me?what do you do with your child?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no reason a child with diabetes should miss out on anything.
      Moderation is key but also carbohydrates and dosing based upon sugar and carbs taken in.

      The child’s parents need to learn the child’s carb to insulin ratio and adjust to meet the needs of the child.

      This is how the insulin pump work and is the newest technology.If the child’s doctor said No sweets, change to a great Pediatric Endocrinologist.

  12. QUESTION:
    Grandma always has a Type I insulin dependant child’s blood sugar levels get too high. What should we do?
    I am a step parent to an ADHD, learning disabled child with diabetes. I work VERY hard to keep blood sugars under control for weight purposes and mental health purposes (to control his impulsiveness in talking). Grandma sends sugar level over 200 most times (even over 400). We have tried to talk to her about this. She is diabetic too and can’t say no to the child because of her own issues. The child manipulates til he gets his way knowing grandma can’t say no or listen to him keep begging. Needless to say when he comes home he is always hungry because his body is adjusting to l. She doesn’t have to explain to doctors why it’s out of control. We do, we are responsible. Being diabetic herself we were hoping she would learn better habits cuz she does not keep herself regulated. No matter how many times we tell her that levels above 150 aren’t good, she does not want to deprive him and say no. What do we do? I need the weekend breaks. He is not an easy child to take care of.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, you already know what you will most likely have to do- which is arrange for alternate child care. You might make some arrangements and let grandma know that if the situation doesn’t rapidly improve then she will not be watching the grandchild anymore. Then of course, you will have to be prepared to follow through with that. Sometimes you do have to put things bluntly. I’d explain to her that she has had a life and can therefore chose the complications that uncontrolled diabetes brings. She doesn’t have the right to endanger the grandchild by indulging him in the treats that she knows are not good for him. And that is what she is doing, endangering him. If this were drugs instead of sugar, would you be hesistating? This is in much the same line. Chances are not good she is going to change her habits, nor become more responsible though. And if she will not do it for herself, she’s not any more likely to do it for him either. What an adult chooses to risk is one thing, what they choose to risk with a child is a whole other subject. So, you must choose to protect the child from himself and grandma if it comes to that. It is ultimately your responsibility, actually it is the parent’s responsibility- but I assume you are taking on the role of parent here. And sometimes as parents, we are faced with making the tough choices out of love. Perhaps when she realizes her behavior is limiting her time with the grandchild, she may change her ways. I wouldn’t count on it, but it is still possible. Sometimes we need the boot in the rear to get our heads on straight.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can a diabetic have too low blood sugar?
    Diabetics take insulin to eliminate excess blood sugar which can kill them or cause serious health complications. But is it called diabetes when someone’s blood sugar is dangerously low? Or a different condition entirely? Are the complications of too low sugar as lethal as it being too high?

    • ANSWER:
      testing

  14. QUESTION:
    IS THERE ANY DIABETIC MEN OUT THERE THATS HAS PROBLEMS WITH SEX IF THERE BLOOD SUGAR IS TOO HIGH OR TOO LOW?
    EVERYTIME MY BLOOD SUGAR IS TOO HIGH OR TOO LOW MY PARTNER DONT WORK ANY OTHER DIABETICS HAVE THIS PROBLEM OTHER THAN ME

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, lots of diabetic men have this problem. The cure is to get yourself as healthy as you can through exercise, proper diet, and proper maintenance of normal blood glucose.

  15. QUESTION:
    my hubby and I went into to do insemination and were told that his sperm count was way too low. we had just se
    en a doctor 6 months ago and he had a normal sperm count and he was the one who told us to try insemination. we are devastated beyond words. does anyone know what could cause his sperm to be that low in only 6 months?he did just get out of the hospital last week(he is a diabetic, sugar was too high)(he has retro ejacualtion) and has this happend to anyone else????

    • ANSWER:
      Retro ejaculation is common with diabetic men. Men with diabetes may gradually lose nerve function at the bladder’s opening, causing sperm to shoot backward during ejaculation. Occasionally, antihistamines may improve sperm ejaculation because they help to close the sphincter muscle between the urethra and the bladder.

      Otherwise, there’s no specific treatment for retrograde ejaculation…but one option for having biological kids would be to have them extract sperm from his urine and then perform artificial insemination. Success rates for this procedure are high, especially if there are no fertility issues on your end.

      Because his count was normal 6 months ago, you may want to get another opinion. See a fertility specialist, don’t waste time on doctors who can’t address specific fertility issues. You need to see someone who can help and perform the right tests.

      Good luck.

  16. QUESTION:
    what sugar levels are too high and are likely that you are diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on the institution 70-110 or 80-120 is normal. If it is just a little over, keep an eye on it, but yeah, consistently higher than that, you need to see your doc.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is a 240 Sugar level too High & what should they be?
    My dad is a 83 yr old diabetic, that tested his sugar level last evening it was 240, he says that’s not bad. What’s good & bad? He is sooooo stubborn.

    • ANSWER:
      The ideal blood glucose level for a healthy person is around 100. However, in your dad’s case, the normal number ends up being a little higher due to the older age of the pancreas and other organs. That said, 240 is still high. I don’t know his blood/glucose level history, but he should be aiming for around 150 (with 100 being absolutely ideal!). Anywhere in the 400s is comatose.

      Hope that helps!

  18. QUESTION:
    What happens if someone consumes too much sugar?
    If a non-diabetic’s blood sugar is too high, i realize that this stimulates insulin hormone to signal the liver to produce glycogen. But let’s say that the liver has become saturated with glucose. Then what happens? What if you take in too much carbohydrate?

    • ANSWER:
      they have an attack and can die. :) x hope i helped.

      Now,…

      will someone please answer my question!

      http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110302125001AArpw2j

  19. QUESTION:
    Is my blood sugar too high?
    I last eat about ten hours ago (i went to bed quite late last night) and when i got up i checked my blood sugar (I’m not diabetic, the glucose meter was just lying about) and my results were 11.4 mmol/l. Accoring to my research this is a tad high. What should i do? Contact my GP?

    Thanks in advance :D

    • ANSWER:
      It could be the dawn effect – the body releases sugar to help you ‘hunt’ (for breakfast!) and generally get up. I’d test 2 hours after you’ve eaten it should be between 4.5-7. Preferably 5.5-6.5 mmol/L Ensure that your hands are clean and that the machine has been calibrated. If the reading is still high contact your GP as you may be diabetic which needs as much early intervention as can be given.

  20. QUESTION:
    do diabetic men get sores on their bodies if sugar is too low or high?

    • ANSWER:
      Too high of blood sugar for too long, causes numbness. Similarly to how Leprosy causes numbness, bedsores and other abrasions go untreated for not being noticed, and overwhelm the body’s defense mechanisms, in extreme cases eventually resulting in choices of not whether but how much to amputate to save the life of the patient. Before the coming of antibiotics, there were a lot more amputations. Nowadays, the medical industry gets rich off the partial cures, and wants nothing changed.

      It is disgusting to see how the excellent support system for diabetics is so comforting, that many or most patients will keep on eating bleached wheat foods, even after they learn the bleaching modifies an enzyme in the wheat which was once used to give lab animals Diabetes to study Diabetes! They prefer the “support comforting” to recovery from the illness. Even the knowledge that toasting bleached bread destroys most of this toxic modified enzyme, usually does not result in modifying behavior to restore health, but creates an avoidance of toast! The entire baking industry is loath to admit to the fact they are ruinously libel to lawsuits from anybody who even has a relative with diabetes, so they stubbornly keep on poisoning babies to maintain the facade. Studies to determine the truth of the matter were rigged by industry-controlled people, who eliminated all people with diabetes in their families from the studies. So ONLY people genetically immune to diabetes were studied, falsely indicating that bleached wheat is safe. See the typical pompous Med-industry doubletalk by John, covering for the crooks.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is 160 too high in the morning If I am a diabetic?
    I ate some Doritoes and some chicken nuggets from MCDonalds last night and when I got up this moring my blood sugar was146 and8:30 I ate a sausage biscuit and honey butter and a Coffee and I check it at 12 and it was 171 and I ate beef stew fromthe can and some chesse dip and doritoes for lunch is that too much for my blood sugar/

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, your apparently a non-compliant diabetic. Which simply means that your ignoring everything a compliant diabetic should be doing, at the rate your going your life span will be reduced by about two decades…. but life is about choices and your making bad ones, that’s assuming your fairly young (younger than 45, if your older than that than you suffer the consequences and complications of being non-compliant much quicker.

  22. QUESTION:
    How high is too high for blood sugar count?
    I just found out that I am a diabetic. I have to use a glucose monitar daily to keep track of my blood ct. How high is too high? I am on medication now too.

    • ANSWER:
      From 100 through 140 is fine, below 100 is low, about 160 and up is high.

  23. QUESTION:
    what happens if your blood sugar gets too high?
    don’t go to the diabetic clinic until friday, but know my blood sugar is very high – 8 months pregnant, anyone out there that can inform/advise me? thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello jennyedoll

      STOP eating and drinking anything that contains high frutose corn syrup. Cleans your system. 3 or 4 cups of Green tea a day, lemon is ok, no sugar. Eight ,count, eigth glasses of water, eight ozs each, a day. Eight oz when your feet touch the floor each morning, also good time for a cup of green tea. Four tablets odor free garlic 1200mg each, twice a day. Even though it cotains sugar drink one 64 oz cranberry juice in a three hour peorid, about two, three hours prior to bed. You will not need anymore after the first time. NO__NO__ NONE high frutose corn syrup.
      With your husbands permission, kiss your hand and pass it on to little James Liam Knight for a good night kiss from me. By the way my name is Ray. I’m 71 years young. I still have a 13 yr old at home. His name is Clayton Taylor. His mother was killed in a car crash June 9th, 2002. We live in Broken Arrow, Okla. I never give our e-mail However, you keep touching our lives. if you would care to let us know when he is born, the e-mail is crc19352002@yahoo.com If not that is ok.

      Work on this system cleaning.

      You have a great day and go to visit a Doctor as quickly as possible.

      P.S. My neighbors/friends have a baby boy about eight months of age. His name is Credence Jeremy Scott Honeyman. Four names work.

      Also, do as thecode96 said.

  24. QUESTION:
    what can cause my blood sugar too be so high?
    i am a type one diabetic. all day long my blood sugar will be great,between 110 to 150, but once i wake up i am usually around 220 to 390. i don’t know what could cause this. i have been having mild allergies, so i don’t know if that could change anything.
    thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your doctor. This is serious.

  25. QUESTION:
    Diabetic and super high blood sugar readings?
    I am Diabetic type 2 and I have had blood sugar readings over 500 at times. The weird thing is that i don’t feel any symptoms at all when it is that high. But then when it’s low like around 60 I feel the symptoms too much (shaky, confusion, weak)…Is it normal not to feel ANYTHING when your blood sugar is THAT HIGH?

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of high and low blood sugar are individual. I had a patient with a blood sugar of 30 once, and he did not know it. And the symptoms can appear if the sugar is falling or rising quickly, too.
      I have patients with blood sugar in the 400s, and they feel no symptoms.

      But 500 is totally too high, and it is a wonder that you are still walking around with that number. You need to get control of your diabetes, while you still have your vision, and your kidneys, and your arms and legs. These things are not a maybe, it is for sure that you will have problems if you do not control your sugars. My nursing instructor had diabetes, was 30 years old, had practiced good control all of her life[ she was diagnosed very early in life], and was beginning to lose her vision.
      Medical science is now proving what we have always known, that uncontrolled diabetes walks hand in hand with heart disease. Got one, will be predisposed to get the other.

      My latest diabetic instructor said that the sugar molecule looks just like a grain of sugar, it is rough and hard, and it literally scrapes its way along in your body, doing damage as it goes. I have not seen any scientific articles that say that, but it is a good way to put it.

      Get to the doctor, get on a regime, and stick with it. I do not want to see you on my ward, with high blood pressure, on dialysis, and missing toes and feet and legs and fingers. And still cheating big time on your diet. One soul had her family bring a can of Planter’s mixed nuts to her in the hospital, and they made the mistake of asking me if she could have it. She had had enough calories for the day for 2 mobile people, and she was bedfast. The family was smilingly taught about carbs and calories in nuts, restrained, the can went with me to the nurses station, and instructions left for the staff to dole out one serving instead of her usual snack. Family reported me for not allowing her to have her nuts, the supervisor backed me up. Thanks, Mari! [name has been changed to protect a great supervisor!]

  26. QUESTION:
    Is yoplait fiber one yogurt okay to eat if you’re a Type 2 diabetic Controlled on diet and exercise?
    I’ve been eating dannon light and fit yogurt and need a change! I see that Fiber one has a yogurt that contains 5 grams of fiber and 10 grams of sugar. I’ve heard that food with high fiber is good for diabetics because it breaks down in your system slower reducing a sugar rush… Does that apply for yogurt as well? Or is 10 grams of sugar too high??

    • ANSWER:
      The fiber isn’t going to counteract the ten grams of sugar, unfortunately. I don’t know if 10 grams of sugar is too much for your body, as all diabetics are different in this regard. You’ll just have to experiment with your meter.

      If you can’t stand the Dannon Light & Fit Carb and Sugar Control (I assume that’s the yogurt you’re eating), then try buying plain yogurt and adding sugar-free syrups, like Torani or DaVinci. Torani makes sugar-free chocolate, pineapple, strawberry, raspberry, black cherry, vanilla, and the list goes on.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is there a type of Diabetes where the blood sugar can swing from too low to too high?
    Are people who have sugar metabolizing problems generally either Diabetic or Hypoglycemic? or is there a 3rd kind where the person is both?? if there is, what is the name of the type of Diabetes please??? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Well…

      Many people who start off with only hypoglycemia do go on to develop diabetes.

      Many diabetics have problems with widely changing glucose levels (the more severe cases used to be called brittle diabetes). It is not a separate type of diabetes, since it can happen to both type 1 and type 2.

      Generally, people who are not “brittle” have large swings in their glucose levels because they do not have good control of their diabetes – either because they need more or different medication, or they need to pay more atention to their diet.

      For some, constant stress can cause wild swings in glucose levels.

  28. QUESTION:
    Diabetic Sugar levels too low?
    My mom has diabetes she uses insulin. Her sugar levels are usaully high but lately they have been very low in the 50′s. She takes insulin before going to bed and in the morning she checks her sugar levels and it’s really low. She eats when she takes the insulin so I was wondering why is it so low?

    • ANSWER:
      Blood sugar levels of 50 are dangerous and need immediate attention. She needs to adjust her night insulin dose. Its really important.

      Type 2 diabetics, who are not on insulin, rarely go too low. It does happen, though

      Type 1s (insulin dependent) can and do have low blood sugar episodes when they take too much insulin or don’t eat enough to compensate for the amount they took. It’s a balancing act to say the least.

      Lots of variables involved in sugar level being too low,

      For more on diabetes visit

      http://www.reddiabetes.com

  29. QUESTION:
    what is too high of a blood sugar reading?
    I tested myself in the morning before eating/ fasting twelve hours and was 84. I ate two eggs and toast and two hours later I was 124. Does this mean I am diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      You are Definitely Not a Diabetic you numbers are normal. You blood sugar goes up when you eat anything.

  30. QUESTION:
    what can happen if your blood sugar stays to high for too long?
    I am 15 and for some reason my Blood Sugar has been high for about 2 days almost 3 STRAIGHT it has been in the range of 250 – 400 and i could not figure out what to do to get it under controll. but i finally did and i was just wondering how this could effect me when i get older. I am a type 1 diabetic also.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t want to scare you too much, sweetie. However, those are high readings and the blood sugars do need to be in control. I am happy to see that you did, finally, get them under control, though. Did you figure out what cuased them to be out of control in the first place? Were you under extra stress from school, home, friend problems, or anything else? Was it something you ate/your diet? Have you been sick? Pretty much anything can cause the blood sugar to go up quite a ways for a few days. Once you know what caused it, you can know how to handle it next time that problem arises next time. :)

      As for how this can affect you when you get older, I don’t want to scare you too much, but I do think that you are old enough to hear the ‘facts’ about diabetes. These are things I even knew at your age (I have had diabetes all my life and I am now 44). First, what you do and what your blood sugar is now/today, will affect you exactly one year from today. For example, if your blood sugars are really high for a month in a row today, they will affect you negatively in a year. If your blood sugars are in excellent control now for a month now, they will affect you positively in a year. Does this make sense.

      Second, diabetes can age your body by 10 years. This means that you may be 15 years old, but your body is 25 because of the diabetes. This does not mean that you can go out and do the same things that a 25 year old does; this means that you need to take extra special care of the body you have because of the fact that it is aging a bit faster than others from the diabetes.

      Third, you need to learn how to become your own doctor when it comes to your diabetes. I think you are learning that now by knowing that your high blood sugars for a few days can possibly cause complications later on in life. Only you know what you are feeling on the inside, how your body reacts when your blood sugars are high, low, or normal. The doctors, your parents, and no one else knows this. You are old enough now to be telling others how you feel when these things happen, so you need to be your own advocate and be sure to tell them. It sounds like you do this already. Good for you!

      Fourth, I don’t think that having your blood sugars high for only a few days will give you complications later on in life. What can/will give you complications later on in life is when a person doesn’t take care of their diabetes over the long-term, say for a year, two years, or even several years, or even denies having diabetes. It is when a person lets their diabetes get totally out of control, high blood sugars are a constant thing, their A1c’s are extremely high all the time, and they refuse to take care of themselves in any way. They are the ones that will have complications long before someone who takes excellent care of themselves. Put it this way, I was a foolish teenager, rebellious about my diabetes and wanted to be like everyone else, didn’t want diabetes anymore. I didn’t take care of my diabetes like I should have. It ended up out of control. By the time I met my husband at 20 years old, I was totally out of control. It took nearly 3 years to get me under control. By then, the damage was already done. I now have a few complications that have shown up here and there over the years, am now blind in one eye, and can no longer drive. I learned too late that taking excellent care of myself could/would have prevented all this.

      Please take excellent care of yourself. It sounds as if you are already doing that by asking for help and being worried about a few days of bad tests.

  31. QUESTION:
    Sugar is too high? Is that bad?
    Yesterday my doctor said that my sugar levals were a bit high (not fasting). She told me to get a fasting test done. This morning my mom ( who is gestationally diabetic right now) used her glucose testing machine to test my fasting levels at home. It came up as 101 in fasting. Also, I’m thirteen, and I’m not too phsyically active seeing as I have arthiritis, and in the mornings and late evenings I don’t really feel up to excersise. Does this affect the test? What do my levels mean? Is it bad?

    P.S: I have a history of diabetes in my mom and dad’s side of the family.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If your blood sugar was only 101 in the morning, you are not diabetic. DM patients, not on meds, usually have really high blood sugars in the AM due to the liver giving that “wake up” call in the morning. When a DM patient wakes up it is not all that unusual to have a blood sugar way over 150. I have had mine over 300. It’s called “dawning” and it’s common to have high, even very high sugars in the morning for DM patients. I will put a link below for you to look at on the subject of high blood sugars in the morning.

      You are Ok. Your blood sugar isn’t even high.

  32. QUESTION:
    Are headaches a sign of high blood sugar or low blood sugar?
    I have diabetes, just diagnosed about 3 months ago. I was having headaches when I went in and found out I was diabetic. I have type 1. They never told me if the headaches were because my sugar was too high or low, though.

    • ANSWER:
      It really can be either. All the symptoms I had during my episode that got me diagnosed are typically low blood sugar, but I was up over 300.

  33. QUESTION:
    What makes diabetic people obese or skinny?
    I know it has to do with your blood sugar being high or low, but I forgot if your obese when your blood sugar is too high or vise-versa.

    Thanksss. :)

    • ANSWER:
      Well, from what i understand type one is always with the person, which could cause them to lose weight while type 2 is from the person being over weight nad can be cured by losing weight.

  34. QUESTION:
    Diabetics: Can you tell me how my small child feels when her blood sugar is too high or too low?
    I have a 4 year old diabetic child. She isn’t yet verbal enough to tell me when she thinks her blood sugar is out of whack. The only indication I have is that she gets fussy. But of course, she’s 4. She could just be tired, not getting her way, you get the picture.

    Could you please give me specific descriptions of how you feel when your blood sugar is too high and also too low? I’d like to use these to ask her questions about how she feels, so I can better assess the situation and also help her understand what’s going on as well.

    Warmest thanks in advance…
    I’m looking for specific questions I can ask her: body temp, how the stomach/head feels, skin, dizziness, things like that. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m a 17 year old girl. The best way I can describe a low is when you feel inadequate
      to deal with a situation. As though u don’t hve the capacity to construct a coherent sentence or process your surroundings. Internally u feel lightheaded, dizzy, drained, and disorientated. To put most simply, you feel shakey inside.

      I can’t imagine how difficult it would be for a four year old. It’s most important u check her glucose levels regularly. An accurate meter will make your Job easier. Perhaps ask if she is shakey inside, but visisually, I get told that my pupils get a “glassy” look to them. Perhaps that’s
      something u can monitor.

      Goodluck and I hope this was of some
      aid.

  35. QUESTION:
    I am a diabetic type ll and have high blood pressure.I had a blood sugar of 211 and my blood pressure 93/62 ?
    I am type ll diabetic and have high blood pressure.I take no meds.Controlled by diet and exercise.Sugars run 100-bm My b/p runs153/89 lately.I have been under stress the past 2 weeks.I want to know if anyone else has ever had a b/p 93/62 and 211 bs and feel like they were having a low blood sugar reaction?.Was my b/p too low or my bs too high?

    • ANSWER:
      93/62 is not really low. Mine runs 80/60 most of the time. Stress can make your blood pressure run higher.. I never felt like I had low blood sugar if my reading is anywhere near 200. Your usual blood pressure is good. My doctors are always happy that mine is the way it is. Lower blood pressures are not dangerous. It’s only when they are normally higher and drop suddenly that can be a sign of something. Have your doctor check you out. Stress can also cause higher blood sugar readings. Your blood sugar is on the high side, but nothing dangerous. You could also be getting sick. Go to the doc.

  36. QUESTION:
    Help my sugar is still too high?
    I am type 2 diabetic. My level in the morning is in the 140′s, in the afternoon and evening it’s in the 200′s. I take metaformin 500 mgs before each meal. I’ve been watching my diet and still can’t bring my levels down. For instance today all I ate was orange juice, bagel and cream cheese, turkey lunch meat one slice with one slice of swiss cheese without bread, apple, few pieces of watermelon, and diet cola. What am I doing wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      Heres what I would do…Cut out the juice, its high in natural sugar. Instead eat a bowl of bran flakes with semi skim milk and sugar substitute. Cut out all white bread, eat wholemeal, stoneground or granary (its digested more slowly so it gives sustained energy rather than the rush of white breads). Cream cheese and swiss cheese are high in fats, go for a low fat cottage cheese. Watermelon is the worst fruit you can eat, its very high in natural sugar. Google the GI Diet by Rick Gallup. Thats the diet Im usuing and I am controlling my blood glucose really well with it. Like you Im a type 2 and I was on metformin 500mgs twice a day but now I only take it in the evening as my levels are good (sometimes even slightly low).
      I have also lost 66 lbs since 1st July when I was diagnosed.
      Ooops, I almost forgot to say that you should start walking…build up gradually to the recommended 10,000 steps a day!

  37. QUESTION:
    my 18 yr son has a temp of 101.6 and he’s a diabetic do you think thats too high?
    his keytones are trace but cant seem to flush them and his last blood sugar was 140

    • ANSWER:
      I think that seems high. Make sure he has plenty of fluids. Give him some Tylenol. The more fluids he takes in he will flush out the keytones and keep him hydrated. If it doesn’t break call the Dr.

  38. QUESTION:
    How high is too much for blood sugar for a nondiabetic?
    I tested my sugar just now because I have been very hungry lately and have been having to pee alot. My sugar is 140, and I beleive that might be a little high. Of couse I am not sure anymore. My whole family is diabetic.
    I am 26, and have gained 7 pounds this week.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, for a non diabetic that’s a fine blood sugar. If it runs in your family then maybe you should be tested just in case, or at least continue to monitor what you eat and what your sugars are so you wont have the same thing as your family. As far as gaining weight, thats a bit strange. Like I said maybe you should be tested, just to be on the safe side – continue to monitor your weight, diet, and sugars – if they continue to worsen see a doctor

  39. QUESTION:
    Foods I can have being a sugar diabetic?
    I have diabetes to where I have too high of blood sugar. Meaning I can’t have carbs and sugar. I have been trying to find foods that I can have but struggling. All the internet tells me are simple things like pork and chicken. Well I get that. But Im losing my mind trying to figure out what I can eat at every meal time. Any help would be greatly appriciated

    • ANSWER:
      Do not google diabetic diet! You will get a load of crap that is low fat but still high in carb.

      Look up low carb diet and you will find lots of suggestions.

      A truly diabetes-friendly diet will be a low carb diet.

      Being diabetic doesn’t mean you cannot have carbs and sugar, it just means you have to severely restrict them. You can only eat as much as won’t spike your blood sugar.

  40. QUESTION:
    sugar level too high no diagnosis?
    in er i was told blood was 302,dr. said nothing bout diabetes,might
    have thought i knew i was diabetic.shouldn’t i be taking some meds?

    • ANSWER:
      Random Blood Glucose Test:
      Random blood Glucose test gives your blood sugar at any time in a day. Normal random blood sugar level should be less than 200mg/dl. If your random blood glucose level is between 140mg/dl to 200mg/dl then you will have pre-diabetes.

      This tells you that you have diabetes. Because you had a random test, I would say.

      And yes , Meds. are in order. Plus Exercise and a low Glycemic Diet. Go to this website and make this your eating BIBLE..http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

  41. QUESTION:
    My BMI is 14.8, what are some foods I can eat that aren’t too high in sugar that’ll help me gain weight?
    I’m 14 years old, female, 5 foot 1, 76-78 pounds. I have a small appetite, I do NOT purge, I am NOT Anorexic. I’m just small and have a high metabolism. What are some foods I can eat that are healthy and fattening?
    We have a small budget, btw. Needs to be cheap as well.
    I’m trying by eating a LOT of bread and butter and smoothies, with more natural sugars.
    I’m partially pre-Diabetic, which is why I can’t have much sugar.
    Thanks! :D
    I can’t eat what my parents eat. xD They’re both obese and on diets.

    • ANSWER:
      You shouldn’t eat bread if you’re pre-diabetic.
      At that weight it’s not about metabolism, you aren’t eating enough. Yes I know you’re not deliberately starving yourself, just like how obese people aren’t deliberately fattening themselves. The problem is mostly in portion size.
      Scroll down here http://calculators.hpathy.com/calories-need.asp and you will find a calculator intake calculator. It will tell you how much you need to eat to gain weight.
      Then use nutrition info on food packaging and go to nutritiondata.com and you’ll find how many calories each food contains.
      Get vitamins and protein into your diet, otherwise it doesn’t matter how much bread and butter you eat. Chose a family member or anyone healthy who you’re often with when they eat, and try to eat what they eat and how much.

  42. QUESTION:
    My boyfriend is a Type 1 Diabetic and when his bloodsugar gets either too low or too high he acts weird..help?
    He is 28 years old & was diagnosed in his teens with Type 1 Diabetes. He has trouble sometimes controlling his sugar levels. When this happens, he acts like a totally different person. He said he feels like he has multiple personality disorder. I have been with him for 7 years & am somewhat used to this, but sometimes he scares me. Has anyone else had this happen to them or someone they know? I’m just curious if there is anything herbal that could help his problem.
    He says he hurts physically when his sugars get out-of-whack & I’m sure this makes him grumpy, but sometimes he seems like a totally different person. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      WickedQueenAmanda: This is pretty simple….high sugar levels due to not enough insulin does not turn your blood into gooey karo syrup, but the oncotic pressure of the blood causes the tissues to give up fluid and you dehydrate yourself. Your boyfriend will get nauseated and will pee quite a bit, and then his body will become acidotic – a dangerous state. So dehydration, excessive urination, and an overwhelming acid load all make your boyfriend feel terrible and act a little loony – first grumpy because he’s feeling sick, then he’ll be worse.

      Low sugar levels, due to too much long acting insulin (or either skipping a meal or just feeling too sick or being too busy to eat) will starve the brain of it’s fuel, and your boyfriend will act like he’s drunk or tired – or both.

      There are two things you can do. The first is to help him calculate his calorie intake and his insulin requirements so that he matches his digested carbs to his insulin requirement. We all lie to each other and ourselves about the snacks we eat…..diabetics have to count every bite! The second is to help him with his testing, remind him to test when he eats more than he calculated his insulin to be (like when he has an extra beer or ate some of your dessert), or when he doesn’t eat as much of a meal as he normally does.

      Although he sounds like a “brittle” diabetic, if you and he can get his insulin management a little better, he might be able to use an insulin pump and manage his disease even more closely. Remember, the better his HbA1-C, the longer he’ll stay healthy!

  43. QUESTION:
    GOOD tasting diabetic snacks?
    My aunt is a diabetic and I want to make her a goody basket of safe snacks.
    Even fruits pick up her sugar too high.
    What are some tasty and safe diabetic snacks or goodies I can put in there?
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a full list of low carb snacks, just pick things that would go easily into a basket like the jerky and string cheese. If you want to put fruit in to make it pretty, stick with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. The don’t spike the blood sugar as much or as fast. You can also think about getting her some sugar free cookies or candies if she can tolerate the artificial sweetners. These do have carbs but won’t make the sugar spike like an oreo would.

      Peanut butter
      Cheddar cheese
      String cheese
      Cottage cheese
      Broccoli with melted cheese
      Salad with free veggies and low-carb dressing
      Tomato and mozzarella salad
      Celery with peanut butter
      Fresh berries with low-fat plain yogurt
      Veggies with hummus
      Cucumbers with olive-oil and rice vinegar
      Carrot sticks
      Snap peas with Caesar dressing
      Radishes with tzatziki
      Green beans cooked and cooled with lemon juice
      Nuts
      Sautd Spinach
      PicklesRotisserie chicken
      Deli meat
      Pepperoni and cheese
      Beef jerky
      Hard boiled eggs

  44. QUESTION:
    Regarding the Carbohydrate of which sugars Per 100g at what level is considered high?
    My 15 year old daughter has been diagnosed with Acanthosis Nigricans which in short means she is Insulin Resistant and needs to reduce her intake of Carbohydrates to prevent her becoming Type II Diabetic, which will happen quickly if she carries on the path she is. What I want to know is when I look at food by its products/serving weight, the acceptable level of carbohydrates I should be looking for, to know whether it is considered too high or whether it is good…. ie:
    For example this random tin of spagetti in tomato sauce has: 28.3g carbohydrates of which sugars 18g per half a can – clearly this amount of sugars is high. So what level is good to enable me to decide its to stay on the supermarket shelf?

    Thankyou

    • ANSWER:
      You want to be concerned with “Net Carbs” which is the total Carbohydrate MINUS the fiber content in whichever product you are looking at. I’ve been diabetic for 3 years and this is what my doctor has been preaching to me from day 1.
      You want to keep your net carbs from any meal down between 3-5 net carbs per meal.
      I’ve fallen in love with the Betty Crocker Diabetic Cookbook and have found it to be a wealth of information for diabetics

  45. QUESTION:
    I am not diabetic. My blood sugar is 77 one hour after eating. Is this normal?
    I ate 2 cups of mac’n’cheese, 1/4 cup of peas, 1/2 cup of strawberries, soy protein, and two peanut butter cookies.

    Is this a normal blood sugar? Too low? Too high?
    (If it’s relevant, my fasting blood sugar was a bit too high, and I have symptoms of hypoglycemia…)
    The reading is: 77 mg/dL

    • ANSWER:
      is that 7.7 or 77, i’m presuming 7.7 which is grand. normal range between 4 and 7 before meals and generally under 10 after meals. it can vary and depends on numerous factors.

  46. QUESTION:
    How long does a Stomach Virus usually last? Mine has been hurting since last Friday! I think something ?
    else is going on in there! It hurts! And my blood sugar is high! That is the thing about being diabetic…having any sickness makes your sugar too high!

    • ANSWER:
      About 48 hours it should start to get better. You really need to keep track of your sugars. You also need to watch that you don’t dehydrated.

      Hope your feeling better!

  47. QUESTION:
    Is a fasting blood sugar of 109 considered too high?
    No history of diabetes on either side of my family, but several times a year just for the heck of it, I used my mother-in-law’s testing strips and test myself, as does my husband. Usually my fasting is in the 80s, consistently, and has been for many years, until now. Should I be looking at eating more sugar-free items? The only time I’ve been over 100 is when I have just gotten finished eating; this is the first time I’ve tested over 100 fasting. Am I overreacting?

    Additional Details: My supervisor’s assistant did not know she had diabetes, fainted, went into diabetic ketoacidosis with blood sugars in the 800s, and may not be back to work for a while. This was just a couple of days ago. This has really put the scare into me, big time…

    • ANSWER:
      The reading of 109 is ok. Just keep track of it from time to time. Stress and illness can also give a higher reading. What your boss went through will definately make you look at your own health more closely. Many undiagnosed diabetics actually do not have symptoms. This is the case with 16% of people that develop diabetes. I think we all need some kind of scare like that from time to time because we tend to let our health go on the back burner sometimes unless we have a problem that we are actually aware of. Your reading was not too bad. Check it again and if it stays up, see your doctor to make sure you don’t have diabetes. Many diabetics are going too low with a reading of 80 to 90. Every one is different. What is normal for one person is not normal for another. If I have a reading of 80, I need carbs.

  48. QUESTION:
    My husband is a diabetic so how can we bring down his sugar?
    My husband’s sugar is way too high for his goal. How do we bring it down. He is on metformim 500mg.His range is suppose to be 70-130 in the mornings and 140-180 at night. Our doctor don’t seem to be worried. He also had 3 heartattacks and a stroke.

    • ANSWER:
      Does your husband follow a good diet that is low in carbs and sugar? Does he get enough exercise (walking is great)? There are usually the two easiest ways to lower his blood sugar. If he does that and it isn’t helping he may need a higher dose of medication, or possibly another drug added to the Metformin. Before I went on insulin I was on 3 different oral medications. Express your concerns to your doctor. Let him know how worried you truly are and that you want to do whatever you need to keep your husband healthy. If he still does not seem concerned, please get another opinion. Your husband has a terribly medical history and needs a doctor who is as concerned as you are. Best wishes.

  49. QUESTION:
    What to have for breakfast for type 2 diabetic?
    I’m type 2 diabetic and they recently started me counting carbs. I’m particularly have trouble with what to have at breakfast. Cereal (even with just light soy milk) sends my sugars through the roof. My nutritionist suggested eggs with toast. But even the toast makes my sugars too high.
    Of course I could have just eggs and sausage, but I’m supposed to have 45 gm of carbs at breakfast. Every time I try adding carbs,. my blood sugars are way too high.
    I decided to try having an apple, with low glycemic peanut butter and some scrambled eggs …. same result.
    What could I have at breakfast that fulfills the 45 gm of carbs but doesn’t send my sugar sky-rocketing?
    Sorry I forgot to mention that I’m taking two insulins, Lantus (10units once/day) to give a steady background insulin and Humalog (1unit per 12gram of carb)a quick acting insulin for meal times.
    And yes even with these I’m still high after breakfast.

    I’ve been to a nutritionist and a diabetes educator. Neither could give me any ideas. The nutritionist said that I must just be sensitive to carbs in the morning. But that doesn’t help, I still have to eat.
    And yes I test myself before and 2 hours after every meal and at bed time. These readings that are high are 2 hrs or more after I’ve eaten.

    • ANSWER:
      I just looked at the Weetabix packet and found that 2 Weetabix=25.7.
      I’m diabetic type 2 and have 2 weetabix with milk or a banana and wholegrain toast and marg.
      Are you on any medication for your diabetes?

      If not ,I would suggest you see your doctor again and get it sorted

      You really haven’t given enough info here–presumably you know all about testing your blood and how to read the results etc.- eg before food and 2 hrs after food?

      http://www.diabetes.org.uk/

      http://www.bupa.co.uk/health_information/html/healthy_living/lifestyle/exercise/diet_exercise/gi_table.html

  50. QUESTION:
    How do I stop binge eating?(Im diabetic too)?
    whenever i feel depressed or under preaaure judged or if any reason like that occurs i eat food because it makes me content and chill. it also makes me feel happy cuz it tastes so good and can at least satisfy something. i always eat junk food an sometimes i will eat veggies but only with dip. only sometimes though. my sugars always run high. i want to stop just dont know how cuz once i get stressed again i will binge eat once again. please help.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a very serious problem and you can only tackle it if you are determined to do so.

      I too am an occasional comfort eater but I stopped all of it when I was diagnosed with diabetes under very dramatic conditions last year.

      I collapsed and had to spend a week in hospital, including a day in intensive care. I had tubes coming out of every part of my body. I had big needles in both arms and a big needle sewn into my neck.

      All of this was a result of high blood sugars. I have a picture taken of me in intensive care with all the tubes and needles. I don’t need the picture to remind me how horrible the whole experience was. I still have the needle marks and scars.

      BAD things happen to people who have high blood sugars. Really bad. You might not have experienced any of the bad things yet but trust me, it can happen and it WILL happen if you continue the way you’re going.

      Now, whenever I am tempted to binge eat, I just summon up a picture of me in intensive care. I finger the scar on my neck where the big needle was sewn in. And that’s enough to make me stop. Because nothing tastes as good as normal blood sugars. Nothing.

      When I feel depressed, I go and do something completely non food related. Cuddle my cat. Kill snails and slugs in the garden. Reorganize my underwear drawer. Anything to take my mind off food.

      Finally if you really have to binge, can you try to eat things that won’t raise your blood sugar? Veggies and dip are fine, as are nuts, olives, avocadoes, crispy bacon, pork rinds, pickles. And if you are on insulin, please up your insulin to match your food.


Diabetic Sugars The Good Sugars

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disorder of carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism characterized by fasting elevations of blood sugar (glucose) levels and a greatly increased risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, retinopathy, and loss of nerve function. Diabetes can occur when the pancreas does not secrete enough insulin or if the cells of the body become resistant to insulin. Hence, Diabetes mellitus is a clinical disorder in which blood sugar levels are abnormally high known as Hyperglycaemia. It occurs due to absence or insufficient production of Insulin. However, in every other respect, including the causes and treatment of the disorders, the diseases are completely unrelated. Sometimes diabetes insipidus is referred to as “water” diabetes to distinguish it from the more common diabetes mellitus or “sugar” diabetes.

Exercise helps muscles absorb blood sugar, preventing it from building up in the bloodstream. This effect can last for hours or even days, but it?s not permanent. Exercising and avoiding grains and sugars might not be enough, unless you balance your protein, carbohydrate and fat ratios for your specific genetic biochemistry. The first step is finding out your nutritional type, which then gives you information about your optimal protein/carbohydrate/fat ratio.

Getting exercise will help you control your diabetes and make your heart stronger. Always talk with your doctor before you start an exercise program, or before you increase the amount of exercise you are doing. One exciting recent advance may well have important therapeutic implications with respect to the immune system’s attack on its own insulin-producing cells in type one diabetes. Researchers have shown that a protein called GAD, which is expressed by beta cells, controls the development of diabetes in an animal model of human type one diabetes. Like type two diabetes, it occurs more often in African Americans, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, and among women with a family history of diabetes.

The quantity and time are the prime factors enclosed in the diabetic diet. Most diabetic diets are made up of about 50% carbohydrates, 20% protein and 30% fat. The carbohydrates on a diabetic diet are primarily complex carbohydrates, including fruits, vegetables and whole grain breads and cereals.

If you are looking for diabetic diet information for a diabetic the following should help you understand this condition better. If you are a diabetic, please read the nutritional information provided on each sugar free candy product or the diabetic food you decide on before you purchase. Maintaining a healthy diabetic diet is an essential part of controlling blood glucose levels. The Diabetes Food Pyramid is a general guide of what and how much to eat each day as part of your diet. It can be confusing to try to figure out how to manage a diet, when a diabetic diet is not just about food. Timing is important, too.

Diabetic meals don’t have to be any more complicated than other healthy meals. Diets for diabetes just involve portion control, maintaining healthy glucose and insulin levels, and finding meals everyone in the family can enjoy. Diabetic meals are normally frozen and can be delivered to your front door without any fuss. Diabetic meals and snacks are available for customers who need to keep their blood sugar level in control. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which inadequate amounts of insulin are produced to control blood glucose levels.

The Internet is a wonderful source to find a diabetic meal delivery service. Prepared diabetic meals are nutritionally balanced by experts and properly portioned to help maintain stable blood sugar levels. Many of these companies offer large diabetic meal selections, and repeating shipping options if you are buying diabetic meals for a distant relative. They are easy to reheat, and help a diabetic from wandering off their diabetic diet when it becomes too much of a burden to cook meals at home.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Good snacks for a diabetic w/high blood sugars?
    I’m helping out a diabetic whose blood sugars are already high. However, she says she’s hungry. What are the best snacks to give her that hopefully won’t raise her blood sugar too much? I’m trying to find some variety besides the sugar free pudding that she’s sick of.

    • ANSWER:
      Ignore most of the answers you have been given non diabetics assuming that it’s about sugar it’s not it’s about carbs look for low carb snacks (under 15-20 gms). Cheese, yoghurt, nuts lots of good tasting stuff.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is a good diabetic alternative to sugar?
    I’m planning on baking some muffins for my nan and she’s a diabetic.
    Sugar is integral to the muffins actually working, so does anyone know any good alternatives?

    • ANSWER:
      For the sake of all diabetics that you might cook for I just really have to say that TheEnd, is completely wrong. Where did you get that idea?
      sugar is sugar, and raw or processed it will increase her blood sugar.
      Its the carbohydrate level in food that affects the blood glucose level.

      is she type 1 or type 2 diabetic
      if type 1 tell her the amount of sugar per muffin and she can eat it
      if type 2 it will be fine if she only has 1.

  3. QUESTION:
    can anyone give me advice on helping my son with his concentration levels he is type 1 diabetic has good sugar
    my son is aged 8 and was diagnoised type 1 diabetic in may 2006.he is what the hospital call a healthy diabetic.his blood sugars are usualy between 4-10 but on occasions they can rise up to 20.he has not been hospitalised only on diagnoisis when he had sugar levels of 26 and keytones.i have never had to use the hypostop and when he has been ill with viruses his stepdad and myself have managed his insulin adjustments with confidence.he is a good eater athough fussy and is active. my main concern is his inability to sit and concentrate for periods of time. prediagnois he never sat still at all so there has been some improvement but im sure he could achieve more.he works well with positive reinforcment . he gets lots of love and support from the family,school and medical team.we are open to suggestions i.e diet, education,recreation even religion! INFACT anything.thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi

      Have you had your son checked out for dyspraxia or dyslexia?? These conditions can give symptons similar to your sons. My stepson is diabetic, a good and fussy eater and is bright and intelligent. However, he lacks concentration, gives up on work very easily and frustrates the pants off us!!! What we try to do is give him small targets to aim for, ten-fifteen minutes of work then a break but all the time there is a goal at the end of it, not always a treat though!! We have learnt not to take things for granted and accept that he will always be this way. It helps, honestly!!!

      One thing though, have you claimed for Disability Living Allowance. Your son should be entitled to this and at a higher rate due to the extra care he needs. The diabetic nurse should be able to help you complete it or your local welfare rights dept. Remember too, your son will always be entitled to free prescriptions, one of the ‘good’ points of being diabetic.

      Have you also been told the saying of you control diabetes, dont let diabetes control you??

      Good luck and stay strong

      Dean

  4. QUESTION:
    Do you know of any good diabetic or sugar free punch recipies?
    My wife usually prepares a traditional punch for our family Christmas party. Several members, including herself, are now diabetic. She is trying to find a sugar free or diabetic recipe that is similar to the one she usually makes. The punch she usually makes contains pineapple juice, 7up, and sherbet along with a few other things I can’t remember. I have searched yahoo and have not found anything that is close to what she is wanting. Since she thinks I am a guru of the internet and if it’s out there I can find it I really need some help to save my reputation :-). I appreciate all the help and hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

    • ANSWER:
      Use the same recipe w modifications- like sugar free sherbert- sugar free 7up- (pineapple juice probably has a high glycemic index- ) you could use pineapple flavored cool aid and add splenda or stevia to sweeten it-use directions on pkg- that should take care of the sugar free- Blessed Merry Christmas-D

  5. QUESTION:
    Are there any studies that prove that the insulin pump regulates blood sugars better in Type 1 diabetic child?

    • ANSWER:
      Several:

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=16386093

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=15787897

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=15606698

      http://www.webmd.com/content/Article/97/104601.htm

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=14657831&dopt=Abstract

  6. QUESTION:
    Wine is a good antioxidant for the heart. Being diabetic sugar raises. What would be good besides wine?

    How can wine be added to the carbs of the meal?

    • ANSWER:
      Antioxidants are found abundant in beans, grain products, fruits and vegetables. Look for fruits with bright color – lutein in some of the yellow pigments found in corn; orange in cantaloupe, butternut squash and mango; red from lycopene in tomatoes and watermelon, and purple and blue in berries. So enjoy eating a variety of these products. It is best to obtain these antioxidants from foods instead of supplements. In addition, minimize the exposure of oxidative stress such as smoking and sunburn.

      Vitamin A and Carotenoids: Carrots, squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, kale, collards, cantaloupe, peaches and apricots (bright-colored fruits and vegetables!)

      Vitamin C: Citrus fruits like oranges and lime etc, green peppers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, strawberries and tomatoes

      Vitamin E: Nuts & seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, vegetable oil and liver oil

      Selenium: Fish & shellfish, red meat, grains, eggs, chicken and garlic

      Some common phytochemicals:

      * Flavonoids / polyphenols
      soy
      red wine
      purple grapes or Concord grapes
      pomegranate
      cranberries
      tea

      * Lycopene
      Tomato and tomato products
      pink grapefruit
      watermelon

      * Lutein
      dark green vegetables such as kale, broccoli, kiwi, brussels sprout and spinach

      * Lignan
      flax seed
      oatmeal
      barley
      rye

      Vitamin-like Antioxidants:

      * Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
      * Glutathione

  7. QUESTION:
    Whats a good way to get your blood sugars down and under control?
    I’m a type one Diabetic and I have higher blood sugars. I check my blood and take my insulin regularly, but they are still high sometimes. I’ve tried adjusting my doses, and have tried eating better, too. Their normally in the 70′s when I wake up, but by the middle of the afternoon their up in the mid 200′s. What can I do to help them stay down?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Try to see an endocrinologist. Before you see them make a food and dosage diary (write down what you eat and how much insulin you take every day) and they can figure out your proper dosage. If you are T1 diabetic you will probably need a long-lasting insulin once or twice a day, and a short acting insulin that matches the food you eat. Many T1 diabetics these days eat what they want and match their short-acting insulin to their food (eg, eat a big lunch, take a bigger dose of short-acting insulin; eat a small lunch, take less insulin; have a snack, have some extra insulin). This treatment is called MDI – multiple daily injections. A doctor who is trained in T1 diabetes (endocrinologist) can help you with this.

      Exercise can make the body use insulin more effectively, thereby lowering your blood sugar. Simple sugars (lollies, white sugar, chocolate, etc) make your blood sugar rise more quickly than complex sugars (grains, nuts, some fruits, etc). Green leafy vegetables will have virtually no effect on your blood sugar.

      Unfortunately many local doctors do not know very much about T1 diabetes, so if you think you are not being treated properly you should see another doctor.

  8. QUESTION:
    I am a full blown diabetic. where can I find some good sugar free candy?
    I love cinnimon bears, hot talames . So my question is, where in the world can I find some good sugar free candy??

    • ANSWER:
      Try your local supermarket!

  9. QUESTION:
    a good online shop to purchase diabetic/sugar free candies?
    i usually buy things from the sugarfree megastore, are there any other good sites i could try? :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, *Smile* If you live in the UK, I can highly recommend, The Low Carb Megastore!!! Here is the link: http://www.lowcarbmegastore.com/products They also have good very low carb fresh bread and rolls as well, they are listed under the bread section. It goes really, really fast though and they only have it made and sent out on Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s… I buy 3 loaves of bread and 2 packs of rolls at a time and break the loaves into several smaller bags and freeze some of them. Basically if you watch your carbs or are diabetic there are some great things in this online shop!!! *Smile* I hope it helped you out!!!

  10. QUESTION:
    Could I be diabetic!!!??? blood sugars….?
    One fasting blood sugar after 11 hrs was 99 and then the next day after 8 hours fasting it was 124.
    …..Is there reason for concern??? (>126 on two occasions is considered diabetic, my number is close it scares me but the 99 was good)…. i dont know!!
    Plus I ate a bagel and blood sugar at one hour was 124 but then at 2 hour went to 149!!????
    …… I dont get it…

    I just looked into this becasue I was waking up to go to the bathroom int he middle of the night for the past week…. I am not overweight, my BMI is great. but I eat horrible…
    Should i be worried??????

    • ANSWER:
      You could be prediabetic.

      If you are a teenager, there is some leniency with your blood sugars. I read that teenagers can spike as high at 200 and still be considered normal.

      Try this: avoid eating any fat for 3 days, and nothing after 6pm on any day.

      Then after that, test your fasting numbers.

      I found that from personal experience when I ate a lot of fat (i.e. pizza), my blood sugars were unreasonably higher for the next few days.

      Be sure to drink a lot of ware for those 3 days.

      A bagel has a fairly high glycemic load on your system. If you were to eat that with some ham and cheese, your spike can be much lower.

      Proper diet and especially regular exercise every day is essential for blood sugar control.

      When in doubt, ask your doctor for a glucose tolerance test. That is a definitive test as to any diabetic level you may have.

      Note: I would probably spike to 149 or even a bit more is I dared to eat a bagel.

      Avoid wheat products and processes sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup, eat right and exercise properly. You can avoid diabetes or even reverse pre diabetes.

      Unless you want to prick your fingers all the time, and never be able to enjoy a normal lifestyle when it comes to the goodies, I suggest you get tested and do so now, before you are forced to do something.

  11. QUESTION:
    What is a good blood sugar level for a Type 2 diabetic?
    I was diagnosed a few weeks ago. My fasting blood sugar level was 271 but now I have it down to 197–around there. The lowest it has gotten to with me still feeling good is 135. If it goes to like 87 or even 100 I can barely function. Also what causes my blood sugar to drop rapidly between 4pm and 5pm but not before lunch the same way? Does anyone know?

    • ANSWER:
      When I was first diagnosed I was at 250 fasting. My doctor wants me at around 100… never make it. Depends on the doctor, my mom wants hers a little higher. It took awhile to get used to lower levels. My last visit my average was 130 and told to high. As far as crashing around 4-5 have you gotten into a routine of snacks in between meals. It seems that’s all i do is eat

  12. QUESTION:
    what are some good energy shakes? im a diabetic. so the less sugar the better!?
    i need 2 get more energy. & i heard that there are some good energy shakes out there. but i dont know of any!
    & i am diabetic so i cant just drink any shake.

    • ANSWER:
      How about a cool glass of milk ?
      Milk is a great energy drink.
      Count the carbs and adjust for them.

  13. QUESTION:
    Are diabetic blood tests that test your 3 month blood sugars accurate?
    I have type 2 diabetes… been diagnosed for about a year now. My doctor just checked mine because my monitor has been telling me that my sugars have been consistantly in the 140′s. In the morning I’m lucky if they are in the 120′s. Usually the morning check is in the 130′s. He changed my montitor to one that you can check the accuracy, I did that and it still shows the higher levels. I’m not on any medications. I was hoping he would put me on glucaphage or something like that. I’m eating right, excercising 6 times a week, etc. My doc did the blood test at a lab that checks your blood sugars for the past 3 months and he said they were good and for me to keep a log of my testing at home and see him in 4 weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      The 3 month test is very accurate. You are doing well.

  14. QUESTION:
    Type 2 Diabetic and my average blood sugar level is 90 to 100, is that good or bad?
    I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in March of 06. I have been taking Actoplus Met (or is it Actomet Plus?) since then and my blood sugar levels are an average of 90 to 100, no higher than 115. Is that a good level to stay at or do I need to get down into the 80′s and try and stay there. I can usually pull off maybe 2 or 3 days in a week where my morning blood sugar level is in the 80′s but mostly it stays in the low 90′s. I am just curious as to what is a good, better, & best blood sugar level?

    • ANSWER:
      You should understand that Type 2 is not a simple, one note, sort of problem. There are Type 2′s who don’t need medication, just some exercise, weight loss and care in eating (less junk food). some, like you need only a little intervention, others fail to respond to the usual first level drugs, the sulfonylureas, and will move on, most likely, to insulin.

      For all of them, the object of diabetes management is to keep blood glucose as close to normal as possible, for it’s been shown very clearly in several large studies of both Type 1 and Type 2, that the closer patients get to ‘normal levels” the fewer complications they have — eye problems, kidney problems, wound healing and circulation, etc.

      Normal in most humans is between around 80 and perhaps 110 mg/dl, while fasting, and perhaps up to 140 or so for a couple of hours after a meal. The Hba1c reading, which is a kind of average of the last 90 days or so of your blood glucose levels, should correspond.

      So, if the readings you give are actually your usual fasting values, and if you don’t go really high after a meal for a long time, you’re just fine. When you check is important, for a single check in the morning isn’t enough. Your blood glucose levels will change regularly, from minute to minute, depending on what and how much you ate, how much and when you get some exercise, and so on.

      It’s dangerous for your blood glucose too low, and how low is too low varies a bit with the individual. Typeically below 60 or so, people begin to have hypoglycemic symptoms, which are not to be taken lightly. If they go too far down, they’re dangerous.

  15. QUESTION:
    30 weeks pregnant and diabetic…hard time keeping sugars down….?
    I think I’ve tried everything to keep my sugars down. My hardest meal is breakfast. I get up at 7am and have to be at work at 8am (usually takes me 15 minutes to drive there). I am not an early riser, so don’t say “get up earlier”. I need some type of tasty and filling food that will serve as a good breakfast and not send my sugar over 120 after 2 hours. I’ve had no luck. I’ve tried wheatgrain waffles and sugarfree syrup. I’ve tried toast….I’ve tried it all and there is just no quick-making food out there that will not send my sugar through the roof. When I do find a food that keeps it stable…it’s not filling. I’m hungry again in like 10 minutes and it’s just not possible to keep stuffing your face while you are trying to be productive at work. Also, if you keep eating, you will eventually send your sugars through the roof again. They run between 150 and 215 (depending on what I eat). Since I’m at the end of my pregnancy, I’m a lot more hungrier. This is not just at breakfast but lunch and dinner as well. If you have any meal plan ideas that are quick and easy (and normal–have you ever seen the meal plans that have crazy ingredients or take 2 hours to cook???) then please enlighten me. I’m so flustered!!! I am on insulin and have to take Novolog which keeps it down to a minimum…but still tends to go over. I just need some help and the dietitian does not have any decent sounding ideas. I’m a mother of a toddler and work 40+ hours a week. I need something simple and quick so I can get out the door or when I’m home..spend as much time with my beautiful daughter. Thanks in advance!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure about what food to try. It seems like you have given it your best shot. I have gestational diabetes and my doctor prescribed me medications. My hardest time is dinner time. So instead of taking one pill before dinner I take two. This has helped me so much. My sugar before I started meds was between 150 and 160. Now my sugar levels stay between 110 and 125. Talk to your doctor about putting you on some type of medication to help reduce your sugar levels.

  16. QUESTION:
    My boyfriend is Type 1 diabetic, and his sugars are out of control?
    Its rare that he will even test his sugars. I looked at his gluccmoter last night, and his levels seem to be an average of 400+. This is not good, at all I know. What can I do to help him keep his levels “normal” He wont go to the Dr’s. to get his A1C levels checked. Im at a loss and scared for him. This past March, he was admitted into ICU because his sugars were off the chart, way above 1000. Yeah, 1000. It wouldn’t even register on the gluccmoter, and he was in there for 3 days. Since he had gotten out, he has yet to go to the Dr. I am also afraid that this is leading to other health problems for him.

    :[
    What should I do? I know riding him about this will make him not want to go it, but I am at the point to where I am about to beat him over the head so that he doesn’t end up in ICU, let alone the hospital again.

    Since I know he will eat anything, and anything that I cook, should I just go get an ADA cook book and have him on a strict diet? He wont go to a diabetes educator, or anything. I feel so bad for him, but yet, if he doesn’t shape up, hell die.

    • ANSWER:
      His blood sugars are high enough that dieting alone is not going to work. He is going to have to go to the doctor and get on medication because he is slowly killing himself. These high blood sugars are destroying his kidneys, heart, nerves, every organ in his body and he won’t live long.
      Go to www.diabetes.com, it is the website for the American Diabetes Association and see what information you can get from them. It won’t hurt for you to read up on diabetes and try to prepare diabetic friendly meals for him, but I have a feeling he is going to be very uncooperative about trying to control his diet. Does he not realize that these blood sugars put him at high risk for a stroke or heart attack.
      Unfortunately,you can’t make a person seek medical treatment, but you can certainly nag him if he doesn’t and I would. I’m not sure I wouldn’t tell him you weren’t going to stay around and watch him die.

  17. QUESTION:
    I need a very good diabetic recipie for dinner?
    I have the basics of what most of us would buy in the stores: beef, pork, chicken, and a variety of fruits and veggies. I also have several pasta’s and other staples. Got friends commign over monday and need a good recipie as she’s a very bad diabetic. Please keep in mind – no sugar substitutes.

    • ANSWER:
      Try a recipe from the American Diabetes Assoc.

      http://www.diabetes.org/nutrition-and-recipes/nutrition/overview.jsp

  18. QUESTION:
    i am diabetic and muy sugar level has come down and my doctor says its good?
    But my leg pains and burning sense in the legs is not coming down. And some times i am having blurred vision. My suagr level in random test is 167 earlier was 245. My doctor says its OK. Pelase help me what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      judging from what you are saying you are only recently diagnosed and obviously not in control yet, those levels are not ok, but it is impossible to steady them straight away, once you get good management the symptoms will stop, and your vision will clear up, but again, it won’t happen overnight.
      In order to fix these symptoms you need to constantly maintain a good BGL

      secondly regular doctors have no idea when it comes to diabetes, talk to a diabetic specialist, an endocrinologist, never let a regular doctor adjust your insulin.

  19. QUESTION:
    what is a good tasting and healthy sugar substitute?
    I am trying to find a good sugar substitute to use in my tea that taste good and is healthy (safe for a diabetic, even though I am not one).
    I was very happy using agave syrup but was really disappointed to find out it is not as healthy as I once thought.
    I do not like the taste of stevia or splendor.
    Does anybody have any good recommendations for me?
    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      honey

  20. QUESTION:
    Can anyone share a good diabetic recepie of a cake or pastry? Which sugar substitute tastes the best?
    It’s my brother’s birthday. He is on insulin.

    Thank you so much for your help

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    What is a good sugar-free drink that doesn’t contain aspertame?
    I’m a diabetic, and I’ve been drinking diet pepsi for the last eight months. I drink it because its comfort food, but the aspartame in it is making me feel really bad (light headed).

    Does anyone know of a good sugar-free drink that doesn’t contain aspartame, or anything like it?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      This is the best sugar-free drink in the world–WATER.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is sugar alcohol less bad for a diabetic than real sugar??
    The no sugar cookies I buy say 0g sugar and 6g sugar alcohol.

    The regular cookies my wife buys for herself say 7g sugar for the same size portion as the above.

    Is the sugar alcohol that much better for a diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn’t affect the blood sugar level the same way refined sugar does. It’s found in most sugar-free gum and candy.

  23. QUESTION:
    Diabetic Type 1 and Pregnant?
    I just found out im 8 wks pregnant. I don’t have a normal menstrual cycle so I didnt think i was pregnant plus we used birth control. I wasn’t planning/expecting to be pregnant. I’m a type 1 insulin dependent diabetic. My sugar levels havent been good maybe around 150-200 max. I would like to know if anyone had high blood sugar levels from the start of the pregnancy and had a healthy baby????

    I had a previous pregnancy and my baby was born with a heart problem and passed away shortly after. The doctor said the heart develops the first 60 days and i am passed that.

    I am working with the doctor to get them down and im on a strict diet so i am working on my sugars.

    Thanks for all your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a group called Pregnant at Kids on yahoo that is for people on a low carb diet and trying to conceive or pregnant. I think some are diabetics also. I’m just not sure if you follow a low carb diet or not.
      To subscribe and check it out to see if it is for you:

      PregnantAtKids-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

  24. QUESTION:
    Im a diabetic and started takin my ADD medication and noticed my sugars are spiking even after i take insulin?
    I started taking my FOCALIN yesterday after taking a break from it. I am a type 1 diabetic with a insulin pump, my sugars are under control for the most part. So anyways, I ate some icecream and took insulin for it. Later I took my focalin and my sugar was fine. an hour later I took it again because i was feeling funny and it was 240, i bolused and took my level 30 min later i was 234 i again took more insulin. a few hours later it seemed to be better, So i was wondering can focalin make my sugars high like this? *Also I know it was not a pump malfunction and my pump tells me how much insulin is active in my body
    I started taking my FOCALIN yesterday after taking a break from it. I am a type 1 diabetic with a insulin pump, my sugars are under control for the most part. So anyways, I ate some icecream and took insulin for it. Later I took my focalin and my sugar was fine. an hour later I took it again because i was feeling funny and it was 240, i bolused and took my level 30 min later i was 234 i again took more insulin. a few hours later it seemed to be better, So i was wondering can focalin make my sugars high like this? *Also I know it was not a pump malfunction and my pump tells me how much insulin is active in my body

    ***TYPE 1 Diabtetics can eat sugar. and take insulin……. ITS NOT BAD FOR US

    • ANSWER:
      You should really talk with your doctors about this. I’m assuming it is two different doctors treating the two conditions. Would be good if they could consult with each other and decide what’s best. You may end up needing to change your basal rate while taking the medication or trying a different med. Best of Luck.

  25. QUESTION:
    My 3 yr old son has had blood sugars ups & downs.?
    First time we knew he was rushed to er where his blood sugar was 37. They gave him glucose & it was 312. He has since haad an average wakeing level of @ 115-130, Ive seen 162 but only once. His sugars during the day are decent, anywhere from 110-at a high 160. He had one episode where he didnt feel good, his sugar was 189 w/positive keytones, he was hospitalized the net morn w/55 level +keytones. sugar was normal but still had keytones for 3days. The doctors did blood test, he was positive for GAD65 antibody but negative for the others. His hba1c was 5.1 normal. but his fasting glucose was 112. This has been going on for a year now, most ogf the time his sugars are prety good, he does wake up high. They say he is not Diabetic & are thinking he may have dumping syndrome. ANy help

    • ANSWER:
      It took my doctors literally one whole decade to tell me that I was hypoglycemic. I would wake up in the morning as a child and be so dizzy and faint and even vomit on really bad days. I started donating blood after high school and I was denied because I had glucose in my urine- which only happens if you are diabetic or have some sort of blood sugar problem. Sure enough, after eight thousand blood tests, they figured it out. It may just be that your son’s blood sugar needs to be regulated with diet and frequent checking. I know that isn’t exactly the answer you wanted- especially with a three year old, the poor little guy! Have you gotten any other opinions? He could very well be hyperglycemic, which means naturally (genetically) high blood sugar. Hope that helps and I do wish you the most of luck, I know what my mom went through with me wasn’t easy.

  26. QUESTION:
    What are good diabetic lunch’s and Snacks? For Diabetes?
    What are good diabetic lunchs and Snacks?

    My husband is a diabetic, he takes pills to control his sugar.

    What are good lunch and snack meals to prepare for him outside of the home? He drives a truck all day but does take an cooler that he can pack cold lunches in. So they can be meals that have to be kept cool. What are the best fruits for diabetics? Some say banana’s are good and some say they are bad; which is it?

    He has been feeling sluggish when he gets home so I am thinking its his meals. I want to start making his lunch so he feels better. However, it might be that he starts work at 2am and works 10 – 12 hrs.

    • ANSWER:
      If you give him sandwiches use whole wheat bread. Ham, beef, lean pork is fine. Banana is ok if it has no brown spots. You don’t want it too ripe.Cheese is good. Crackers are a NO NO. I like celery sticks spread with peanut butter. For a snack.
      Get one of them 12 volt cookers. Because all clear soup are great. Good old american Chili , if you pour off the fat , is one of the best food you can eat. Make up a big batch and then freeze it into individual servings.
      A good juice to use is Tomato Juice. Not orange juice.
      Beef jerky is great . I make it in the oven and it hold me over when I’m starving.
      An apple (Medium) is ok. No grapes! Also to snack on Celery, cauliflower, green onions, radishes, pickles. A small handful of peanuts.
      Hope this helps, stay in the convoy and keep on truckin’

      Use ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cinnamon per day. Add it to your coffee, oatmeal, smoothie, or wherever you find it palatable.
      If you already suffer from diabetes, be sure to stay on a regular schedule with your cinnamon usage so that your blood sugar levels don’t yo-yo.Use the same amount at the same time every day so that you can get a sense of how cinnamon affects your own personal blood sugar readings.
      Use the powdered spice or a cinnamon stick. Cinnamon pills are also available, and can be found easily via an online search. MHCP is water soluble and is not found in cinnamon oil.

      Lime and lemon juice delay the digestion of starches as does vinegar. I’ve found that 2-3 tablespoons of lime or lemon juice reduces my post prandial BG response by 10-20 points. Rick Mendosa’s site has a lot of material on acids in the diet. Take a look at http://www.mendosa.com/acidic_foods.htm .

  27. QUESTION:
    where can i find good sugar free recipe for pies?
    my dad is a diabetic and he always complains we forget to have sugar free dessert items. He hates the ones from the store so i wanted to make something. apple is preferred but any recipe is greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      kraftfoods.com has great ones.

  28. QUESTION:
    What are good diabetic lunchs and Snacks?
    My husband is a Type 1 diabetic, he takes pills to control his sugar.

    What are good lunch and snack meals to prepare for him outside of the home? He drives a truck all day but does take an cooler that he can pack cold lunches in. So they can be meals that have to be kept cool. What are the best fruits for diabetics? Some say banana’s are good and some say they are bad; which is it?

    He has been feeling sluggish when he gets home so I am thinking its his meals. I want to start making his lunch so he feels better. However, it might be that he starts work at 2am and works 10 – 12 hrs.
    acutally I think it is type 2, his sugar is normally high.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a type 2 and I don’t do well with fruit. What has worked best for me is small micro meals (eating every 2-3 hours while awake). I think as long as he watches his carb intake, he should be fine with almost any food. Remember the hard thing with Diabetes is that everybody is different and no thing fits all since we have different blood chemistry’s.

  29. QUESTION:
    Good sugar free lemon meringue pie recipe?
    My mother’s birthday is tomorrow, and she wanted a sugar free lemon meringue pie since she is a diabetic. However, I couldn’t really find any to buy around at the local markets since they are all with sugar. What is a good recipe to follow or sites to check that I can make one myself? Also, could I just make a lemon meringue pie but substitute sugar with splenda? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Try to find the Jello fat-free, sugar-free lemon pudding flavor. It has even fewer calories than a regular lemon meringue recipe with sucralose. The meringue itself should work fine with sucralose, but don’t add the sweetner at the start, wait until the whites are already coming to soft peaks, then gradually add the sweetner while continuing to beat them. I think this pie is always better if the crust is lightly toasted first, then add the filling, top with the meringue, and put in the oven merely to brown the top. You can even brown the meringue with a blow torch, which is how many professionals get such a nicely perfect browning of the meringue. I would modify the jello a bit by adding a bit of fresh squeeze lemon juice and some finely grated lemon zest after it has been thickened. I’d add some to the meringue too, since the acidity will help the beating.

  30. QUESTION:
    I don’t feel good after eating sugar – could I be becoming a diabetic?
    I have been blessed to have a very skinny body no matter what I eat ( and I used to live on sugar), now that I have a son that has caught up too me a little (had no problems with justational diabeties), I am not over weight, still thin. I have been cutting way back on sugar, now when I eat it I just don’t feel good – can’t really describe it. I am more tired than usual, yes vision can be blurry, I just figured it is because I don’t wear my glasses all the time. Could this be the early stages of type 2?
    I have gotten light headed / dizzy my whole life, and my headaches have been getting worse lately
    My sence of taste is not as great as it used to be
    I have also been having issues with tonsilitis reoccuring often

    • ANSWER:
      Most diabetics can’t tell when their blood sugar is high. It’s not something you can feel. (But it -does- blur your vision!)

      When you eat a lot of sugar all at once it causes an insulin reaction. Your pancreas pumps out a lot of insulin to help your body burn the sugar, which it does fairly quickly, and when the sugar is gone you have all this leftover insulin so you ‘crash’, you feel tired and irritated, maybe even dizzy. It’s a shock to your whole body. Kids can get away with it better than adults.

      If you know someone who is diabetic he or she will have a blood glucose meter and will be able to test you. That is very cheap and painless, but it will give you a big clue as to whether or not you are diabetic, and if it looks like you might be, then you can go to a doctor and get better tests.

      It’s also possible you are ‘pre-diabetic’, in which case you could take the classes on diet and exercise and start changing your habits. There is not much evidence to suggest that a pre-diabetic can prevent the onset of actual diabetes through diet and exercise, but it’s certainly worth a try, and anyway, if later you do get full-blown diabetes it won’t hit you as hard or do as much damage.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is this a “GOOD SUGAR” in my diet?
    Comparing the two types of sugars (I hear that the Granulated sugars are “bad” vs. more natural sugars.)

    Is the “natural sugar” in green grapes O.K. to eat for myself trying to watch my blood glucose levels?

    %My mother was a type-1 Diabetic all her life, until her passing 6 years ago.
    I am now age 45 years, and I try (granted to the extremes) to avoid any possibility to begin hyperglycemia.

    I have succeeded, thus far.

    • ANSWER:
      yes i eat a handful with my breakfast everyday, just eat them in moderate proportions cuz if you eat too many and you are diabetic they can raise your sugars, if you are going to develop type 1 diabetes there is no way to stop it no matter how much you watch what you eat, but if you stay healthy and eat right you can definately avoid type 2 so good luck

  32. QUESTION:
    What’s a good dessert to make for a borderline diabetic?
    My parents are visiting for the weekend, and my dad is not truly diabetic, but has high sugar and has to carefully watch what he eats, much like a diabetic. I’d like to make something yummy for dessert, any ideas as to what I could make that he could eat? (even if it’s just a little?) Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      lemon meringue pie

      Crust:
      1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
      1 teaspoon equal® sweetener
      1/4 teaspoon salt
      4 tablespoons margarine – cold
      or vegetable shortening
      3 – 5 tablespoons ice water

      Filling:
      15 1/4 teaspoons equal® sweetener – divided or 49 packets of equal
      2 1/4 cups water
      1/2 cup lemon juice
      1 teaspoon lemon rind – grated
      1/2 cup cornstarch
      2 eggs
      5 egg whites – divided
      2 tablespoons margarine
      1 – 2 drop yellow food coloring – optional
      1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

      Pie Crust:
      Combine flour, sugar, and salt in medium bowl. Cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle with water, 1 tbsp at a time, mixing lightly with a fork after each addition until pastry just hold together.

      Roll pastry on floured surface to circle 1 1/2″ larger than inverted 9″ pie pan. Ease pastry into pan; trim and flute. Pierce bottom of pastry with tines of a fork. Bake at 425 until browned, about 15 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

      Filling:
      Mix water, lemon juice, lemon rind, 10 3/4 tsp equal, and cornstarch in medium saucepan. Whisk over medium high heat until boiling; boil, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Whisk about 1 cup mixture into combined eggs and 2 egg whites; whisk egg mixture into saucepan. Remove from heat; add margarine, stirring until melted. Stir in food color; pour mixture into baked pie crust.

      Beat remaining 3 egg whites and cream of tartar in medium bowl to soft peaks; beat to stiff peaks, adding remaining 3 1/2 tsp equal gradually. Spread meringue over hot lemon filling, sealing to edge of crust to prevent shrinking or weeping.

      Bake at 425° F. until meringue is browned, about 5 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack.

  33. QUESTION:
    what kind of wild rice is good for a diabetic diet and won’t run your sugar up?
    we tried the uncle ben’s wild rice but ran her sugar up to 250. what other options are there.

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    anyone have good recipes for a pregnant diabetic?
    my fiance and i are having a baby and she is diabetic. the doctor gave us a new diet for her that say she has to stay under 2000 calories a day to keep her sugars where they are supposed to be. she loves sweets and junk food so this is hard for her. i need some good recipes of things i can make for her but are still in her diet.

    • ANSWER:
      She needs to eat lean protein and whole grain carbohydrates. Check out some of Ellie Krieger’s recipes on the Food Network. There are a lot of healthy recipes there. Most of us would be healthier and thinner if we ate more like a diabetic person is required to- if you want to know the truth.

      In general, your fiancée needs to watch her fruit intake and eat the fruits high in fiber, like apples, pears and strawberries. This is the time to really read labels and evaluate the fiber content of foods. Obviously more fiber the better. This really helps to stabilze blood sugar, curb the appetite and ease constipation, which is bound to happen in pregnancy at some point. One caution though- since she loves sweets, don’t let her be tempted to eat sugar-free baked goods and candies. They may not cause her blood sugar to spike but the artificial sweetner is not good for the baby.

  35. QUESTION:
    Good (sweet) diabetic recipie to use with a can of pumpkin?
    I have a can of pumpkin (the kind for pumpkin pie) and I am diabetic. I was wondering if there were any good recipies you might have that are low in sugar that I can do with this can of pumpkin. I really want to make pumpkin pie, but it’s a bit high in sugar.

    • ANSWER:
      Use the pumpkin pie recipe with the following changes:
      Skim or light evaporated milk if you need lo fat
      splenda instead of sugar
      Bake like a custard, without any crust (temp and time are the same as with the crust, and you need to grease the pan)

      Top it with the “free” cool whip topping from the freezer case, it is sugar free and has only 15 calories per serving

      YUM! I make this for myself for my diet. I miss the crust, but I need the low fat also. You could put a crust on it if you are not on a low fat diet

  36. QUESTION:
    What’s a good dessert to make for a (borderline) diabetic?
    My parents are visiting for the weekend, and my dad is not truly diabetic, but has high sugar and has to carefully watch what he eats, much like a diabetic. I’d like to make something yummy for dessert, any ideas as to what I could make that he could eat? (even if it’s just a little?) Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      DIABETIC COCONUT CUSTARD PIE

      3/4 cup sugar
      2 tsp. self-rising flour
      1/2 tsp. nutmeg
      1/4 stick butter or margarine, melted
      3 eggs, beaten
      1 tsp. vanilla extract
      1 c. milk
      1 c. fresh or frozen grated coconut
      1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell

      Preheat oven to 375 F. In a bowl, blend the sugar, flour and nutmeg. Add the butter, eggs, vanilla and milk. Mix well. Stir in the coconut. Pour into the pie shell and bake for 30 minutes or until firm.

      DIABETIC BANANA CREAM PIE

      1-9” pie crust
      1/4 c. flour
      1-1/2 c. non-fat milk
      1 egg, beaten
      1 tsp. lemon juice
      1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
      Splenda, equivalent to 1/2 c. sugar
      1/8 tsp. salt
      1 medium banana
      Nondairy whipped topping, optional (10 to 15 calories per tbsp.)

      Bake and cool the pie shell. Blend flour with 1/2 c. cold nonfat milk. Scald the remaining 1 cup nonfat milk; add flour-milk mixture and egg, lemon juice, vanilla, sweetener and salt. Cook in top of double boiler, stirring until thick. Slice banana into the pie shell and spread cream filling over the top. Cool. Cover with nondairy whipped topping, if desired.

      DIABETIC BROWNIES

      1 c. low-fat margarine
      2 squares unsweetened chocolate
      2 c. flour
      1/2 tsp. salt
      1 tsp. baking soda
      Splenda (or other non-nutritive sweetener equivalent to 2cups sugar)
      4 eggs, well beaten
      1 tsp. vanilla extract
      1/2 c. nuts, chopped

      Preheat oven to 325 F. Melt margarine and chocolate over low heat and set aside. Sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Add sweetener, eggs, and vanilla to margarine and chocolate. Stir in dry ingredients until well blended. Stir in nuts. Pour into a 13″ by 9″ pan that has been sprayed well with pan coating. Bake 20 minutes and cool. Cut into 1-1/2″ squares.

      Exchanges per serving: 1 brownie = 1/4 Bread, 1 Fat
      Calories per serving: 60
      Yield: 48 brownies

  37. QUESTION:
    What are some good diabetic cookie recipes?
    My aunt is diabetic and I wanted to make her some. I’m not sure if it matters but she has the kind of diabetes where she got when she was a kid not the kind fat old people get. She still eats some sugar but not a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a site that might have what you are looking for……………….

      http://diabeticgourmet.com/recipes/Desserts/Cookies/

  38. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have GOOD SUGAR FREE Recipes?
    My boyfriend is diabetic – and I like to make treats for him – however some just arent that good. I would love to make a sugar free apple or cherry pie — or some kind of cake ../

    Anyone have a GOOD recipe they wanna share & where do you buy the products ….

    • ANSWER:
      Sugar Free Mocha Cheesecake

      INGREDIENTS
      1 1/2 cups sugar free chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
      1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
      4 tablespoons butter
      3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
      1 cup brown sugar substitute
      3 eggs
      1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      4 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
      2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
      1 cup sour cream
      DIRECTIONS
      Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
      Combine the chocolate wafer cookie crumbs, pecans and butter or margarine and mix well. Press into the bottom and 1/2 up the sides of one 9 inch springform pan.
      In a large bowl, with and electric mixer on medium speed, beat together the cream cheese and brown sugar substitute until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and espresso until smooth and well blended. Approximately 2 minutes. Add the flour and sour cream and beat until smooth. Scrape filling into the prepared crust and smooth top.
      Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 15 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) and continue baking for 25 to 30 minutes or until cheesecake is set around the edges but still jiggles slightly in the center. Let cake cool for 2 to 3 hours then refrigerate until well chilled. Approximately 6 hours or overnight. One hour before serving, run a knife around the edge of the pan and remove the cake from the springform pan. Slice and serve.

  39. QUESTION:
    has anyone got tips for a type 1 diabetic that is poorly controlled?
    need help i have been a type 1 diabetic for 5 years and have never had good control of sugar levels i have tried eating plans, exercise, lots of different slow and quick acting insulin’s and much more. my nurses have tried there best to help but i feel that i am getting no were fast. i need to bring my sugars down to a safe level as at the moment they are never below 15-17. i just what and disparately a little advice.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you considered the insulin pumps? I have one and it makes it much easier to control the blood sugar numbers. When you eat something you don’t have to shoot yourself with a needle instead you just dial the needed Insulin into the pump and it gives it to you through a little tube. I’ve had one for 7 years now. I still don’t do to food at remembering to give my self insulin for food but I’m 15 so I’m workin on it. I know the pumps are expensive but they are worthe every penny!!! The pumps are also all quick acting insulin that distributes throughout the day and when you need corrections. Some even can connect to your meter and calculate the correction for you.

  40. QUESTION:
    what is the right food pyramid for someone who is a diabetic?
    Can someone please tell me what the proper guidelines as far as proper intake of daily foods? I want to cook something for my mother in law on her birthday this year but do not want to complicate her diabetic sugar readings. Lately she is hard to please and hates fruits and veggies and eats terrible . I want to introduce her to something new and perhaps form a better eating habit for her

    • ANSWER:
      check out this site for some diabetic friendly recipes!

  41. QUESTION:
    I nee a recipe for a diabetic pound cake. HELP!! Thank you so very very much!!?
    is raw sugar better to use for diabetic recipes as aposed to white or brown sugar? Also what is the best oil to use extra virgin olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil for all my cooking needs?
    Again I thank all of those who send answers!!!

    • ANSWER:
      No sugar is best.
      For cooking use olive oil but not for baking, too strong of a flavor, use veggie oil.

      DIABETIC POUND CAKE

      2 c. flour
      1/2 c. corn oil
      2 eggs
      3 lg. ripe bananas
      1 1/2 tbsp. liquid sweetener
      4 tbsp. buttermilk
      1 c. raisins
      1 tsp. soda
      1 tsp. vanilla
      1 1/2 c. pecans

      Sift flour and soda. Add oil, liquid sweetener. Mix well until light. Beat in eggs. Add rest of ingredients. Beat until well mixed. Pour into loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is a good blood sugar level for me?
    I am an athletic, non-diabetic 17 year old. My grandma is diabetic and she asked me if I wanted too check my blood sugar too. So she pricked my finger and put it in the meter and it said 69 mg/dL. Is that good or bad?

    • ANSWER:
      If this was a test- Fasting, it’s normal.

  43. QUESTION:
    which fruit is not good to eat because it have a very high sugar count this person is a diabetic and eats lots
    she eats allot of fruit is it good for a person to eat allot of fruits when the person is a diabetic ?

    • ANSWER:
      Elizabeth!
      About one-fourth of your plate should be filled with grains or starchy foods such as rice, pasta, potatoes, corn, or peas.

      · Another fourth should be protein — foods like meat, fish, poultry, or tofu.

      · For the last half of your plate, you can fill it with non-starchy vegetables and fruits like broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, salad, tomatoes, and cauliflower.

      Fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Fruits are bulky foods, with lots of fiber and water so they are filling without contributing a lot of calories.

      Fresh, raw fruits usually have the highest nutritional value, but frozen, canned and dried fruits retain plenty of their nutrients as well. Just choose as wide a variety as possible and eat several servings of fruits every day. Eat the peel if it’s edible; vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are often concentrated in or near the skin.

      Take advantage of the wide variety of fruits available in virtually every market; don’t limit yourself to just apples, oranges and bananas. Count the number of different kinds of fruit you eat this week, then try to eat twice as many different ones next week.

      Most fruits contain a lot of sugar, but that does not mean they should be avoided by diabetics or others who are concerned about sugar intake. No one should miss out on all the nutrients found in fruits; just eat them with other foods to avoid the rise in blood sugar that occurs in some individuals if fruit is eaten all by itself.

      For more information visit my free website

      http://www.reddiabetes.com

  44. QUESTION:
    Can this be good for a diabetic?
    My father used to be a “diet controlled” diabetic, but after readings consistently over 300 his doctor has put him on insulin. He never did actually control his diet and he still doesn’t. He often goes without eating any “real” food, and instead will go through at least 1/2 gallon of ice cream a day as well as cookies, brownies, rice pudding, limeade, sugary cereal, etc. I heard him talking to his doctor and he said “Now, if I go to a wedding or some other special occasion, and want a piece of cake, could I just take more insulin?” So I’m assuming he’s just taking more insulin every day. He has a history of drug abuse (both prescription and illegal), and so he wouldn’t hesitate to abuse insulin. He says his blood sugar is “under control” but he can’t stay awake while watching tv or even a movie at the movie theater. His face and neck look purple. Basically, can it be good for a diabetic to eat all the sugar he wants and fight it with insulin?

    • ANSWER:
      No way. He’s eating himself to an early grave.

  45. QUESTION:
    I need a GOOD sugar free birthday cake recipe that can feed 60 people??
    My Nan is 87 and she is diabetic I am making the cake for her and it must feed 60 people!! HELP????

    • ANSWER:
      Congrats to your nana, you are a wonderful grandson! 87 yrs is definitely a wonderful accomplishment!

      For 60 people, you will need a sheet cake. But do you have an oven, baking pans and mixing bowls large enough? It may be easier to make 2-4 smaller cakes. You can also check local bakeries, they do make sugar free cakes.

      There are lots of great SF recipes on the web but for a large sheet cake, that falls more into commericial baking rather than home baking.

      Even big name supermarket bakeries can make you an inexpensive sugar free cake for 60 people.

  46. QUESTION:
    I’m diabetic, sugar is under control, but today smelled acetone in my urine two times, please help?
    Hi, I have had type II diabetes for 13 years. Since losing weight and getting regular exercise I have been able to come off of injections. I still take oral medications. My blood sugar readings are good. This morning I smelled acetone in my urine, then again later. I’m sure the odor was acetone. I checked my blood glucose level immediately and it was 110. I live in the Philippines in a remote area and do not have access to competent medical care. There are no other possible sources of acetone in my home as I am also asthmatic and since it triggers attacks it is not in my house. Is this something I should be worried about? Can anyone please offer an explanation? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure it wasn’t ammonia you were smelling? If it was acetone, then your body may still be running ketones for some reason, even if your BG was normal. It could be due to stress factors, perhaps do some relaxation for a few hours and see if it improves.

      http://www.umm.edu/ency/article/003585.htm

  47. QUESTION:
    Brand name of good sugar free candies?
    My grandpa is a diabetic and he loves his sweets. I am woundering if there are some sugar free candy that isn’t gross. Can you please tell the name and what brand makes them?

    • ANSWER:
      There’s a very good sugar free candy that even I like. The brand is Baskin Robin’s Sugar Free Hard Candy.

  48. QUESTION:
    good diets anything i can do to control my sugar i am type 1 diabetic?
    Ok i am 18 years old and i am a type 1 diabetic. I have been diabetic for almost 8 years now. My sugar has been way out of control for the past year as i have not been taking care of myself stupid yes i know i just got care less. I want to get it back under control what are some good diets and exercises that will do the most for me. my sugars levels today have been 419 , 512 , 455, . any help i can get i will be very happy.

    Thanks for you’re time ;o)

    • ANSWER:
      See a doctor for a diet and exercise plan to control your sugar. They can give you much better information than anybody here could.

  49. QUESTION:
    Anyone out there that’s had a diabetic cat, can you recommend a good cat food?
    I took my 10 yr old siamese mix into the vet recently for a rabies shot and checkup. The vet decided to do a senior blood panel on her just to make sure she’s doing ok since she’s getting a bit older. Everything looked fine except her blood sugar which was 302. They advised i follow up with them for a glucose curve and further testing. Well i went back to the vet today and they drew a 2nd random glucose and it was 235 after 8 hours fasting so the vet said that she may be at the very beginning stages of diabetes. My vet thinks we may be able to control her sugars with a simple diet change to a diabetic cat food. He sent me home with a bag of prescription Purina for diabetic cats but i haven’t opened it yet becausee i absolutely hate Purina. They use corn gluten and several other fillers and by products i am not happy with. Can anyone recommend a better quality diabetic food? My vet says after 3-4 weeks on the new food we will come back in and do another random glucose and if its better we will manage her with food, if not we’ll do a glucose curve and possibly start her on insulin. Any recommendations for a good diabetic cat food would be appreciated. thanks..
    She’s currently eating Blue Buffalo but it’s only about 30% protien and the Purina DM they gave me today is 50%. I looked at the Blue Buffalo WIlderness line but they only have 40% protien so i don’t think that will work. So any suggestions will be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I did have a diabetic cat, had to administer insulin twice a day. I only did the research after he passed and I really wish I had done it earlier, I could have made his life much more easy.

      You’re right not to trust purina. If it has grain/corn/rice/starch, it has a lot of carbs. Carbs are basically sugar and you don’t want your diabetic cat eating sugar.

      Just by the guaranteed analyses, the Purina DM has 18% carbs, actually 21% in dry matter. It should be below 5% or at least 10% you can do your calculations on the foods here http://www.scheyderweb.com/cats/catfood.html

      Read this on diabetic cat diet, it’s written by a vet/nutritionist. Most vets have no clue about nutrition, so it’s good to get advice from a specialist like this one: http://www.catinfo.org/?link=felinediabetes

      Yes, you want a high protein diet, but first of all it needs to be LOW CARB. That’s the essence here. I ran BB Wilderness Chicken through the calculator and came up with even higher carb content, 28.5%. While I love Blue Buffalo, that’s mostly for their wet food. This dry formula by them is not great for your diabetic cat.

      It’s hard to find dry food that doesn’t have many carbs, since they need the plants to ‘cement’ the food together. You can find foods with much lower carb content in the wet category. Even Wellness CORE dry has 18% carbs. Wellness CORE wet on the other hand has 0.4% carbs. Blue Buffalo Wilderness wet about 1.5%. Staggering difference.

      I wouldn‘t really recommend feeding any dry food. Cats are designed to get their water from food. That’s the way nature designed them, they have low thirst drive. When fed dry, they won’t drink enough to compensate for the lack of moisture. They will only consume about 50% of the water they should be having. This can lead to kidney disease, UTI, crystals, blockage, renal failure and more. As we know, diabetic cats also need more moisture, so it would be great if you could switch her to wet food.

      We usually read labels on our food, but rarely on the food for our cats. Learn to read the label and understand the ingredients. The healthiest food to feed apart from raw feeding is grain-free wet food with no by-product. Some good brands are Wellness CORE, EVO, Merrick, Nature’s Variety, Blue Buffalo Wilderness and more. These will give your cat the proper hydration and nutrition it’s designed to get and it will be strong and healthy.

      If you switch it’s diet, do it gradually, by mixing the current food with the new one over couple of weeks until there’s only the new. This will prevent diarrhea and upset stomach.

      You will probably get a lot of different answers, so google feline nutrition or look at the links below, and do the research for yourself. I personally wasn’t able to find one reliable source (besides the pet food industry) that would say grain is beneficial for cats or that dry is beneficial for them.

      More on cat nutrition below,

      Good luck!

      P.S. If I could help in any other way, please email me.

  50. QUESTION:
    Blood sugars are worse with increased insulin?
    I have been a type 2 diabetic for over 3 years now. I have been on insulin for over 2 years. Im on Lanuts insulin and also Actos pills. My blood sugars were great up until about 3 weeks ago. I have had readings up in the 200 two hours after meals I cut out all wihite bread, pasta and eating very healthy. I called the dr. and he said just to keep monitoring my sugars and keep taking my meds, and keep more readings so that they can increase my insulin. But I have been increasing my insulin from 30 units to 45 units and its getting higher!!! I dont understand this. I dont want it to get worse. My next drs appointment is in about 10 days and thats when they will review everything. But I dont know what I should do until then. My blood sugars were very good in between 75-125. And I havent had readings over 200 since I was out of control 2 years ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, blood sugars can start going haywire for all sorts of reasons, one of which is an infection somewhere.

      As for spikes in sugars after eating, that’s normal, because the body has just converted what you ate into “sugar”. However, if you’re noticing that the spike is way higher than you’re used to, something has obviously upset the balance.

      While I could offer all kinds of advice here, without someone seeing you and doing tests, it’s not going to do much. So I would advise going to see your physician.


Diabetic Sugars Low

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Diabetic…Low sugars?
    Is it normal that when my sugar drops too low that I feel drained and without energy for the rest of the day? All I want to do is sleep.

    I have been a diabetic for years and this is the main problem I really face…that I hate….

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is, you could also feel tremors, and dizzy. you shouldn’t allow you blood sugar to go down too much because you are more likely to die of low sugar than high.

  2. QUESTION:
    Where can I get one of those diabetic dogs that sniff out low blood sugars?

    The point David, for people with hypoglycemic unawareness, this could be a life saving tool.

    • ANSWER:
      I’ll give you my dog. She just had an accident in the house because she refuses to go in the rain, and I had to run to the bathroom before I vomited all over the floor.

  3. QUESTION:
    diabetic…..low blood sugars….emergency!?
    im online with my cousins gf she has diabetes and is home alone…..she says her sugar is really low and has no orange juice available to her….anything she can eat that will help but not put her over…..and how much! any ideas are welcome…..thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, this is an emergency! If she can eat 3 or 4 tablespoons of sugar that will help. A regular soda, cookies anything with sugar will bring it up. You need to keep her on the phone with you until her sugar comes up because she could go into a diabetic coma (this happened to my husband). If she stops talking to you, call 911, go over there! If she’s not responding you can rub a little sugar onto her lips so it will dissolve into her system.

  4. QUESTION:
    why do i sweat bad during a diabetic low blood sugar attack?
    just checked and it was 23 ate to bring it up. is 23 dangerous?always wanted to know why i sweat so profusely when it is that low.

    • ANSWER:
      That is one of the symptoms of low blood sugar, sweating. 23 is DANGEROUSLY low,

  5. QUESTION:
    as a border line diabetic can I use the substitute sugars sweet-n-low etc?
    I use swwet-n-low in my morning coffee and cereals and was just wondering if this is ok to do.

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    Type 1 Diabetic with low blood sugars that do not go up after constant sugar intake?
    Hi there,

    This only happens very rarely, but it happened to me just a couple of minutes ago and I wanted to know why it happens, and what to do about it.

    Basically what happens is all of the sudden I feel low, test myself, and I am low, so I take sugar, and wait for about 15 minutes for it to go up. About 95 percent of the time, it will go up. The other times, it barey does or doesn’t go up at all. I make sure that I am relaxed, constantly eating sugar, and not moving to avoid losing sugar in my blood, but I still sometimes manage to have constant low blood sugars, even after 100′s of grams of sugar. Eventually I always go up (obviously), but it takes hours sometimes, and Ive tried almost everything. I make sure to have things with pure sugar, protein, and then I have my slow carbs (such as bread) and repeat. If anyone could help to find out why this happens, I would really appreciate it, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey there. From a fellow type 1. Yeah, this happens sometimes, and it’s scary and feels like crap.

      Some of the other answerers are right, it does matter what type of sugar. Dextrose (smarties) or glucose (those nasty glucotabs) are about the best, but they taste like medicine. Then again, you can eat more of those quicker to jump your sugar up.

      Don’t overcorrect, and don’t eat stuff that metabolizes slowly… it just makes the problem worse. But you already knew that. And you already probably knew that too much insulin somewhere earlier in the day was part of the problem.

      If you’re not already pumping, switch to an insulin pump… it’s easier to “micro-bolus” and it flattens out your sugars so you’re not up and down so much. Also, if you’re not already on a CGMS (continuous glucose monitoring system), get one of those if your insurance will cover it. The out of pocket is kind of high on both the pump and the CGMS, but it’s worth it, because you can get VERY fine grain control.

      Most doctors expect you to get fine grain control without recommending both of these. To me, that’s like trying to fix a Rolex with a hammer.

      Make sure you have a glucagon kit handy, and that a loved one knows how to use it. Sometimes that’s needed. And by the way, it will make you feel like crap, because it will force your liver to dump whatever stored sugar you have, and that’s basically like running a 10K or half-marathon… without the running.

      If you use the glucagon kit, make SURE you get a high-carb meal in the next 24 hours, or the next low you have will be a bad one.

      To the doctor: your answer was what I would expect from a doctor… lots of info, but little of it practical. I don’t intend this as an offensive comment, mostly just resignation. ;-( I appreciate your effort; that’s why I didn’t thumb down your answer. Thanks for trying. And i realize you can’t practice medicine online and didn’t have enough info.

      peace to everyone

  7. QUESTION:
    low blood sugars but not diabetic? what could be causing this?
    hi there, im 41, and keep getting… daily… low blood sugars when i start to shake and feel faint etc eating sugary drinks sweets etc gets rid of it and i come round, but i dont have diabetes in fact i have not had a blood sugar reading over 5.0 which is pretty good. but it goes as low as 1.2 my daughter is diabetic so i can test … i had pancreatitis and liver failure 9 years ago caused by herbal medicine purchased in boots!! nothing dodgy !! grrrrrr dont get me started it was withdrawn in uk while i was actually in hospital with liver failure but back to my question… not sure that has any link as not had any problems since, i get these …. lows… about 3 – 4 times a day. i have to go for tests but wondered if any of you might have advice on what its causes are and treatment thanks so much x

    • ANSWER:
      Normally hypoglycemia will occur if you do not eat enough or go for to long without food. It might be worthwhile you eating smaller meals and more often and surprising as it may seem follow a GI diet sticking to the low and medium GI foods these are foods that do not cause a sudden rise in blood sugars and the lows which often follow see link below

  8. QUESTION:
    Can a diabetic have too low blood sugar?
    Diabetics take insulin to eliminate excess blood sugar which can kill them or cause serious health complications. But is it called diabetes when someone’s blood sugar is dangerously low? Or a different condition entirely? Are the complications of too low sugar as lethal as it being too high?

    • ANSWER:
      testing

  9. QUESTION:
    Food to eat for low sugar level diabetic?
    I just found out that my boyfriend is diabetic. He just told that to me over the fone and Im still out of town and cant stop thinking about it. Im wondering what are the food that he is not allowed to eat or to limit and what are the type of food that is good for him.

    Thanks alot!

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some excellent resources for both of you:

      For type I and type II diabetics (and those who are overweight and could potentially become diabetic). Copy and bookmark the webpages I‘ve listed below… they are invaluable for those with diabetes and/or weight problems…

      I’ve found a wonderful book that will help you control your diabetes and minimize or even eliminate the complications. Some folks who became diabetic due to poor diet and obesity are effectively cured by following the advice in this book. I’m a type II (inherited), but it helps all types, especially those who became diabetic due to poor eating habits. It’s by an author who has really done his homework, Patrick Quillin, Phd. It’s called, “The Diabetes Improvement Program”. I have tried his suggestions and found them to be very helpful. I have no complications whatsoever and my blood sugar levels are quite stable. Yes, I still have to take Metformin (Glucophage) daily, but it’s the minimum dosage (500mg) and I only have to take it twice a day. I have been off Metformin for as much as a week, but this was with vigorous exercise. Many, what I call, non-hereditary type IIs (those that don’t have a close relative who had it) have gotten off medication completely, just with diet, exercise, and supplements. So, in some instances, it most certainly can be ‘effectively’ cured. Read more about it here:

      http://www.diabetesimprovement.com/

      The book explains what’s going on in our system and what to do about it. It’s really easy and inexpensive. It’s basically diet, supplements, and exercise. For example, did you know that cinnamon helps blood sugar absorption? It also controls cholesterol and triglycerides. This is according to the USDA:

      http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/np/fnrb/fnrb0104.htm#pinch

      For men: Are you suffering from erectile dysfunction? I was. Yes, WAS. Now that everything’s under control, I’m able to have nearly normal sex again. I’ve also put together a little webpage highlighting some of the things I’ve learned here:

      http://www.geocities.com/seabulls69/Type_II_Diabetes.html

      Great calorie enlightenment:

      http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/changingshape5.htm

      Recommended reading for anyone trying to control weight, especially diabetics:

      http://rheumatic.org/insulin.htm

      Some psychology behind overeating:

      http://www.geocities.com/seabulls69/weightloss.html

      A great health site with all kinds of general health information:

      http://www.chetday.com

  10. QUESTION:
    Diabetic (low sugar) delicious desserts?? That don’t require much artificial sweeteners?
    I’m looking for some European desserts from places like France, Italy, Metitteranean etc. that are diabetic frendly and don’t have much sugar. I don’t buy much Splenda and like to use honey. My family and I love desserts but need to watch our sugar intake!

    I prefer links to websites, too.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a website that seems to have many delicious low sugar diabetic dessert recipes. Bon Apetit!

  11. QUESTION:
    im a 19 year old type 1 diabetic. with random high/low blood sugars and i need some opinions on what to do.?
    last time i got an a1c was a few months ago and it was 7.3 which isnt perfect but its not bad considering everyone else i know at my age that is diabetic has an a1c in the 9′s. i understand how to take care of myself, and what to eat to maintain my blood sugars over night. but lately i’ve been having weird sugars when i wake up and it makes it harder to maintain during the day. i havent made any changes to my night meds because of one reason. sometimes i wake up with high blood sugar. and sometimes i wake up with extremely low blood sugar usually around 30′s and 40′s. so adjusting my night meds can’t be the solution because if i inject more i might drop lower and if i inject less i might wake up even higher. and i just recently lost my job which also terminated my insurance so i am on medi-cal until i get a new job because without insurance my prescriptions are about 900 a month. which is also why im asking on here because my insurance only only covers a certain health care clinic where they barely speak english and every one of them has no idea what they are talking about when it comes to diabetes. i know stress is a factor for high blood sugars and i am kind of stressed about finding a new job and all that. but what about my lows? ive never heard of stress lowering your blood sugar. maybe its just because i’ve never asked/never had this kind of problem before? any opinions on what to do would be helpful. thanks. :)
    and yes i have tried changing my diet to fix it and have had the same results

    • ANSWER:
      Liver dump, dawn phenomenon and dawn effect are all common terms that describe the same condition. It is an abnormally high early-morning fasting increase in blood glucose. It usually occurs between 4:00 AM and 8:00 AM. It occurs in everyone’s body, but it has more impact on diabetics than normal bodies. It is more common in people with type I diabetes than in people with type II diabetes. Understanding the phenomenon can go a long way towards helping diabetics manage it.

      The liver is responsible for the increase in glucose levels in the bloodstream. The brain, vital organs, the creation of red blood cells, and muscle tissue are constantly consuming glucose to function (24 hours per day). When the glucose levels in the bloodstream drop, the brain sends a message, via hormones, to release more glucose.

      Also, as the result of normal hormonal changes. The body’s internal clock recognizes that it is morning, and the wake-up process begins. The hormones cause the increase in blood glucose levels. No one actually knows what the exact cause of the phenomenon is, but many believe that it is increases in the hormones cortisol, glucagon and epinephrine, that causes increases in insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a breakdown in cellular communication, resulting in reduced amounts of insulin attaching to cell membranes, which, in turn, results in the cells not taking glucose in to burn as energy. Insulin resistance is the primary cause of elevated blood glucose levels. Also, while sleeping, the body carries out a process called gluconeogenesis. During gluconeogenesis, the body converts amino acids into glucose.

      There are other possible causes of the dawn phenomenon. Insufficient amounts of insulin taken, or incorrect medication amounts taken the night before, may result in increases in blood glucose levels. .

      If the patient displays high readings throughout the night, it may not necessarily mean that the phenomenon does not exist. The other possible causes should be eliminated, such as the type of snacks eaten before bed, incorrect medication administration, changes in medications, and possible incorrect settings on an insulin pump if one is used. Particularly the early morning dosages settings. A diet that is high in sodium will stimulate insulin and promote hypoglycemia. A diet that is low in sodium can promote hyperglycemia.

      In some cases (not commonly), the phenomenon may be the result of a rebound from a low blood glucose level that has occurred during the night. This is commonly referred to as the Somogyi effect. The dawn phenomenon, unlike the Somogyi effect, it is not the result of antecedent (preceded by) hypoglycemia; they are not the same condition. The insulin taken the night before may be wearing off, which is usually due to too low of a dosage. However, larger dosages may easily cause hypoglycemia during the night. Only experimentation with food types and dosage amounts will tell what the overall effect will be.

      The practice of taking a dosage of vinegar or acidic products before bed does show a reduction in the morning blood sugars on most people. Unfortunately, the body cannot handle large increases in blood pH, without leaching calcium from the bones. This can prove to be a dangerous practice, especially for women and older diabetics. Vinegar tablets are lower in dosage, and a bit slower in conversion, which can reduce the risk to some extent.

      Diabetics that have the dawn phenomenon do not have any symptoms that are associated with it. Nocturnal hypoglycemia (low blood sugars), followed by morning hyperglycemia (high blood sugars) for several nights is an indication of the Somogyi effect. It may be necessary to get help from a doctor to resolve it, because most cases are the result of medications that are mismatched to the patient’s needs.

      How long the patient has been diabetic; the quality of the patient’s glycemic control; sleep disorders; exercise; nighttime snacks (especially carbohydrates); high or low sodium in the diet; the state of counter-regulation to hypoglycemia; and the patient’s insulin sensitivity all can contribute to the dawn phenomenon. Start by experimenting with nighttime snacks. Switch to proteins such as nuts. Or, stop the nighttime snacks altogether. Make small adjustments to insulin levels and give the change several days to function. Have a doctor test the metabolic rate. Carefully monitor the amounts of sodium in the diet. If sodium is a part of the diet, it should be sea salt. Insulin resistance is caused by belly fat. It may be necessary to eliminate excess weight to eliminate insulin resistance, and improve sleep patterns. Determining if a patient has the dawn phenomenon, can require the help of a doctor if medications are responsible for the problem.

      Hope this helps.

  12. QUESTION:
    What happens if a diabetic’s sugar gets too low?
    What would happen if a diabetic’s sugar got too low, and no one was there to help?
    What would happen if a diabetic’s sugar got too low, and no one was there to help? My aunt commited suicide today, her father found her and we’re trying to find out how she died. We think this might have happend to her.

    • ANSWER:
      As a diabetic I know that I can feel my sugar is low long before I need help. I just drink some OJ or eat a piece of hard candy.

      Your hands start to shake, you sweat, your heart rate goes up and you feel light headed. If you respond to these feelings then you shouldn’t have a problem

  13. QUESTION:
    Can you have low blood sugar levels without being diabetic?
    Can you have low blood sugar levels without being diabetic?
    Are the symptoms of low blood sugar levels the same but a little less then someone with diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I think it’s called Hypoglycemia, this has also recently been linked directly to smoking and is thought to be a ‘see-saw’ action within a smokers blood levels causing Hypoglycemia.

  14. QUESTION:
    What would my blood sugar be if i was a low blood sugar diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetes is when your blood sugar is high (hyperglycemia), not low. Low blood sugar is hypoglycemia.

  15. QUESTION:
    If i have low sugar does that mean im diabetic?
    A couple of years ago i went to the doctor,he pricked my finger and my sugar was low. He put me on a natural sugar diet,such as eating peanut butter. He told me i was a diabetic,but know that im in college and trying to be a nurse i don’t understand what type i am or if i am diabetic.In class we went over to types of diabetes but it doesn’t make sense to me what i was told i had.

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    What if you have high and low sugar(non diabetic)?
    What could this mean?
    High directly after eating and low before eating

    • ANSWER:
      It means nothing at all. Why test your sugar if you don’t understand the data.
      How high is high? How low is your low? There is absolutely no point in testing within two hours after eating because the number would be artificially high.
      Everybody’s blood sugar fluctuates throughout the day, doesn’t matter if you have diabetes or not.
      Diabetes is diagnosed when FASTING blood sugar levels are over 125.

  17. QUESTION:
    I’m after a protein shake or a filler. I’m diabetic and need very low sugar and the less curb’s the better
    i need low sugar low carbs but alot of protein as my doc has told me to have protein when i get up at 3am starving. does any one know any good brands that will make me feel full.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know about protein shakes unless you mean something like Ensure or Glucerna – the later is made especially for diabetics – but you could keep some hard boiled eggs in the fridge for your late night/early morning hungries; also cheese and meat cubes, celery stuffed with cream cheese; sliced ham spread with cream cheese and eaten like a roll-up…

      WA

  18. QUESTION:
    How low can a non-diabetic go? How do our bodies make sugar?
    How low can a non-diabetic go? How do our bodies regulate low blood sugar? I know that the pancreas makes insulin but what happens when it gets too low?
    I’m not going to do that. I am just wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      Non-diabetics go into the 70s and 60s all the time, especially when fasting. Anything below 50 mg/dL is usually considered hypoglycemic, especially when accompanied by symptoms, like shakiness or dizziness.

      When your blood sugar starts to go too low, your liver releases something called glycogen to raise your blood sugar. This process is often impaired in diabetics and people with hypoglycemia.

  19. QUESTION:
    effects of a non-diabetic with low blood sugar?
    Hi,

    I know the normal blood sugar for non diabetics is from about 4-7.5 ish. Say someone isn’t a diabetic is it possible for them to have low blood sugar and if so what is “low”. Are there any effects to people who are not diabetic and have low blood sugar one day?

    Thanks in advance=)

    • ANSWER:
      You can go low if you’re not a diabetic. I’m slow onset type1 and haven’t started insulin yet but I monitor and noticed that I’ve gone down to 3 at times. I felt a bit weak and shaky but ate something and was fine. The difference is that the effects arent so dramatic if you’re not on insulin as your body can still self regulate. There is a condition called hypoglycemia:

      http://www.medicinenet.com/hypoglycemia/article.htm

  20. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for someone whos non diabetic to have low blood sugar?
    just because i don’t think im diabetic and haven’t eaten a lot today and i feel a bit shakey

    • ANSWER:
      yes

  21. QUESTION:
    What is low blood sugar for a Diabetic?
    My grandfather is a Diabetic and is actually in the hospital as we speak, he has had a brain injury a few years ago from his blood sugar being too low. He has a PEG tube and only can get feedings through that, they unhooked him from his feeding machine to do a procedure about 2 hours ago, they gave him insulin at 2pm and at 5pm his blood sugar was 74 and they just hooked him back up onto his feeding machine…is this too low?

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I would be concerned if it started dropping below 70. ——————————–

  22. QUESTION:
    Today my mom was picking me up at school…. and her sugars were low. ( she is a diabetic.)?
    Today my mom was picking me up at school and her sugers were low. ( she is a diabetic.) i know i cant drive so i was able to pull her over and “confiscate” her keys. this has never happened before, but she just switched insulin and she has been having this problem every morning for 2 or 3 days. is there any way i could get an under age licence incase of another emergency? By the way im 14.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe there is a special license for special circumstances. Check with the DMV. You should also have some glucose tablets or gel handy for another possible episode. Check with your mother’s doctor they can help you with that. It is important to take insulin properly.

  23. QUESTION:
    good ways to keep your blood sugar low when you are a type 1 diabetic?
    I just found out a couple of days ago that I’m a type 1 diabetic. Definitely a new thing you have to get use to by checking your carbs on everything you eat as well as checking your blood sugar and giving yourself an insulin shot. I was just wondering what are somethings I could eat and other ways that could keep my blood sugar down? Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      My doctor put me on the “Little House on the Prairie” diet. Basically, if they didn’t have it back then you shouldn’t eat it now. This cuts out most of the processed foods but there are still some foods out there that will raise your bs. Also, be careful of foods that say “sugar free” because they can still have sugar alcohols which raise bs and cause gas. South Beach has a nice selection of quick meals that are lower in carbs. South Beach diet phase 2 is another good idea. The ADA has a list of “free” foods on their website (ones that should have minimum impact on your bs).

      I went out and bought a nutrition book by Calorie King and carried that around for awhile til I got a better Idea on portions a carbs. It also has a section on chain restaurant menus. Big help!!!

  24. QUESTION:
    If the feeling of hunger stems from low blood sugar, would a diabetic never feel hungry?
    I was just doing some reading about the glycemic index. The high glycemic foods cause a sudden spike and fall of the consumer’s blood sugar level which makes them feel hungry shortly after.

    Now, since diabetics can’t produce or don’t produce enough insulin…. Meaning that they have high blood sugar if they don’t take their medicine. So, putting 2 and 2 together, and untreated diabetic would never feel hungry, correct?

    • ANSWER:
      Incorrect, diabetes runs in my family. I am a diabetic, so is my husband diabetic for 20 years. Diabetics crave and stay hungry all the time. My husband can eat a big meal and he still is hungry and craving something sweet, and he takes 4 injections of insulin a day. He is this way, even if he does not take his medication.

  25. QUESTION:
    I would like to know, what is best way to keep sugar low for a person with gestational diabetic?
    We are on last leg of preg, and wifey (vegetartian) struggling with gestational diabetic.
    What is good food to take, and also what foods should be to avoided, so we can keep both Mom and baby in good health.
    Thanks for your answer, any knowledge transfer will be good help.

    • ANSWER:
      Lots of protein, no carbs ie: no pasta, rice, cereal, or bread. Also hold back on sodium and veggies with lots of starch and fruits with lots of sugar. No canned fruits or veggies!!

  26. QUESTION:
    could i be diabetic? low blood sugar?
    i feel really tired all the time and tested by blood sugars which were 2.9. i then ate some food and a few hours later it went up to 10.1 .is this rise normal and what is causing the fluctuation? could i be diabetic
    i am 22 year old female and weigh 8 and half stone

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, Freda,

      you might have a condition called, Hypoglycaemia this is where the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood drops below a certain point – about 3.0mmol/l, in your case 2.9mmol/l

      This causes a number of symptoms such as tiredness, dizziness, sweating, shaking and palpitations, that usually go away 10 to 15 minutes after eating something containing sugar.

      Insulin is normally produced in the pancreas and helps the body’s cells absorb glucose from the blood, so after a meal the glucose level rises after a meal to about 7-10mmol/l.
      One to two hours later, the glucose level starts dropping again. By the next meal, the glucose level is back to normal: about 4-5mmol/l. The insulin level in the blood has also returned to normal.
      So Freda, i hope this helps you out, but if still in doubt talk to your doctor. take care

  27. QUESTION:
    long term effects of diabetic letting sugar get too low?
    My dad is a diabetic and he is not very responsible with his sugar intake. Recently he has changed his brand of insulin, and i think it may be too strong or something b/c he has been having a lot of “episodes” with his blood sugar…where it gets waaaay to low. and it seems like what used to be a borderline sugar reading 45-50 or so is now so low that he can’t think straight.
    Do repeated episodes of letting the blood sugar “bottom out” take a negative toll on brain function?
    Is it possible to have a negative reaction form long and short acting “contaminating” before an in jection? (like accidentally mixing the two when drawing it from the vial)
    What are the best things for getting the sugar up once it has bottomed out?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it will have a negative toll on his brain function. Low blood sugars kill brain cells. You don’t get those back. Going too low can cause brain damage, coma, even death. Another side effect of going too low too often is hypoglycemia unawareness. This is when your body no longer recognizes the symptoms when your blood sugar is too low.

      Best treatment is something really sugary, regular soda, fruit juice, candy, glucose tablets. You should also have a glucagon kit on hand just in case he goes too low and is unconscious and unable to consume a sugary snack.

  28. QUESTION:
    Diabetic Question About Low Blood Sugar and Calories?
    So my blood sugar got pretty low last night and a thought came to me. I was feeling my heart pound really fast like i had just gone jogging or something. I know that when my blood sugar is low it zaps my energy levels. But what i was wondering is do you lose calories faster when your blood sugar is low? Because your heart is pumping faster than it normally does i was wondering about the calorie thing. Anybody can answer me that would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      Hmm.. I am diabetic and I don’t think that should be likened to that of jogging or doing some exercise. I think you were having erratic changes in your blood pressure that’s why you felt as if your heart was pumping too fast.

      My Doctor has always told me to never allow my sugars to be ultra low or ultra high because it could destroy your heart. I think what you felt was what he meant.

      So you better not allow yourself that feeling. Do you have a Glucose Kit? You should have one, plus try to check on your Blood Pressure too whenever you feel that way. Just to cross out the possibility that maybe whenever you have super low blood sugar, your blood pressure increases or decreases (that is why your heart was pumping fast).

      Take candy or something to avoid getting low blood sugar.

      Good luck!

  29. QUESTION:
    My blood sugar is low and I’m borderline diabetic, what does this mean and how can I change it?
    They want me on a low sugar low carb diet but I can’t even find out what LOW is considered. Most people eat over 300 carbs a day on average. I eat probably 3-400 carbs per day if not more. So should I just cut out SOME of my carbs, like 50-100? Would it even make a difference?

    • ANSWER:
      People have made a rush to judgment here with their suggestions. If your blood glucose is ‘low’ – hypoglycemia – this would be the opposite of diabetes which is hyperglycemia or elevated blood glucose. Thus it is not possible to have low blood glucose and to be a borderline diabetic. The 1st question is what is low blood glucose and there is no absolute answer to this. In general it is defined as the glucose level at which a person demonstrates the signs of hypoglycemia. Few non-diabetic’s will be symptomatic unless the blood glucose is below 60 mg/dL or 3.3 mmol/L. Many will tolerate even lower blood glucose levels. Indeed most people that have been given the diagnosis of hypoglycemia have been misdiagnosed. The correct diagnosis is dysautonomia. I also do not approve of the term borderline diabetes as this misses the point entirely. There is an approximately 10 year lead-in period of pathological damage prior to the glucose being consistently elevated. Thus prompt diagnosis and decisive intervention are essential. I would suggest that you ask your physician for a bit more education as to what is going on with you. I would not make any changes in your diet or habits based upon the answers in this forum until your physician has properly educated you. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless. JR

  30. QUESTION:
    If a person who is NOT diabetic gets low blood sugar from taking a herbal medication-what would happen?

    • ANSWER:
      Please see the webpages for more details on Low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia).
      Severe hypoglycemia can often be avoided by recognizing the early warning signs of the condition and treating yourself rapidly and appropriately. Untreated hypoglycemia can progress to unconsciousness and if the brain is exposed to reduced glucose for a long period of time, there may be permanent damage.

  31. QUESTION:
    Non-diabetic low blood sugar question?
    I have have strange episodes of weakness and shakes for a few yrs, very minor. No doctor seemed to think it was anything. Now pregnant, at 9 weeks I passed out at a job interview, woke up in ambulance they said my glugose level was 81? Was given glucose gel I perked up and by time I got to hospital, still shaking and soaked it sweat, they said I was fine. at 4 months I saw another doctor who ordered labs to test potassium level because of high protein in urine (i have ibd, she was just curious to see how long it took for my potassium to correct itself after episode) She called saying my blood sugar level was very low and asked how i had been feeling. Since then I have passed out one more time and had near pass out episodes 3 times (24 weeks along now) I have not been able to test my blood sugar during any of these. Every time my ob has labs done it comes back fine. she says a level of 81 is within normal and would not cause any shakes or passing out. She insisted I just stood up too fast (vagal reaction).
    Ob claims the only reason someone’s blood sugar drops is if they are diabetic and because of reaction o their meds. I know this is not true. Please help clear things up for me so when I see her tomorrow I will know what I am talking about.
    Already have, but doctor refuses to listen, still insists its all in my head.

    • ANSWER:
      A level of 81 is low, most EMS systems require IV glucose if your level drops below 80, some systems use 70.

      You mentioned that you are pregnant. Has your OB-GYN tested you for gestational diabetes? Some women develop diabetic symptoms when pregnant. Sometime in the first trimester they usually administer a glucose tolerance test.

      Maybe you should see another Dr. for a second opinion.

  32. QUESTION:
    am i diabetic?? low blood sugar?
    hey i just ate a bunch at a cook out.
    my family struggles with diabetes but im not diabetic– at least we dont think, but lately ive been really thirsty and tired, and so my mom wanted me to cheak my blood sugar. i had been eating off and on from one untill four. i ate pasta beans lots of deserts fruit ect so i figured my blood sugar would be high… my mom wanted me to cheak and i was at 62!!! after eating so much and all thouse deserts is that low?
    do you think im diabetic?
    thank you for the help

    • ANSWER:
      Only a doctor can truly evaluate whether or not you are a diabetic. A blood sugar reading of 62 after eating an enormous amount of carbohydrates is very unusual and in my opinion does not indicate diabetes. It sounds more like you have a hypoglycemic condition. In any case, you need to contact your physician tomorrow morning!

      You are tired and thirsty because you are not getting enough glucose into your cells.

      Get thee to a doctor and get this corrected immediately.

  33. QUESTION:
    Non-diabetic low blood sugar?
    My mother is diabetic(I am not), and we were talking about her blood sugar testing machine- the one that pricks your finger and you place the blood on a strip for the machine to test. I decided to see what my blood sugar level was and was a little startled to see that it read as 83. I am a 28 year old female, I am in good shape, get a decent amount of exercise, and tested myself about and hour and a half after I ate lunch. Is 83 normal or is it low? Should I go see a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      That sounds fine. If something was wrong you’d have symptoms.

  34. QUESTION:
    If your diabetic and your sugar levels are low but have nothing?
    Say your out, you start getting all the symptoms and then you check your blood readings, etc etc.
    If you found out your blood levels were very low and you needed sugar but had no money or sugar source, what could you do? Walk into a shop and explain? What if you collasped whilst explaining, do you think you could take say a mars bar and a bottle of coke, drank and ate it and then explain?

    Any laws or polices about this?
    I’m not looking for a way to steal things! Jeeez! I was just wondering what can they do for you etc.

    • ANSWER:
      If you’re a diabetic, then you’re a very ill prepared one. You are supposed to carry glucose tabs with you. If you can’t afford glucose tablets, then get a bag of Lifesavers and always keep a handful in your pocket. Its not rocket science, but it could save your life some day.

      And get yourself a Medic Alert necklace and wear it all the time.

      Diabetics have to take responsibility for their own health. No one is going to rescue you if you screw up. Get a backpack, or messenger bag, or buy jeans with big pockets, or something to keep a glucometer, bottle of water, some glucose tablets, and/or Lifesaver candies, and a couple of granola bars in. If you are taking insulin you can keep that in the bag too.

      If you absolutely didn’t have anything with you, grab some sugar packets and say I’m a diabetic, and need sugar, its an emergency. I’m sure no one would question that you need the sugar and you probably wouldn’t get in trouble for it, but why aren’t you prepared?

  35. QUESTION:
    How can I lose weight? I’m a Diabetic and am having problems keeping my sugar low even with my meds. ?
    Keeping my weight down is a problem, I am Not able to exersize too much , bad knees and back, now a bad Shoulder? Im at my witts end and very fustrated . Need Help

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.drwhitaker.com/legacy/order/0309_7deadlylies_mag.aspx?panelcode=48057&listcode=CM5100&gclid=CIDTqL7Vzp0CFQ8MDQodHC4_rA

      Take a look it worked for me and one other person i know.

  36. QUESTION:
    Hello I am diabetic I need no sugar and low carbs recipes?
    Hello I am diabetic I need no sugar and low carbs recipes…Help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      One of the best investments you could make would be to go to your nearby Barnes & Noble bookstore and look in the cookbook section for cookbooks written especially for diabetics. What’s pleasantly surprising for many diabetics who do the cooking for a family, or other family member who must cook for the entire family and not just the diabetic – diabetic recipes actually taste pretty darn good! The whole family can eat the same things a diabetic can, and enjoy it too. And yes, other bookstores also carry cookbooks for diabetics.
      Another happy circumstance for diabetics is the availability of Splenda here in the USA. You can cook with it, and unlike the other sugar substitutes, Splenda won’t denature at oven temperatures and will retain it’s sweetness. A cup of Splenda has the sweetning power of a cup of cane sugar. Nice! Good luck, fellow diabetic. It’s a beast of a disease, but we can keep on top of it!

  37. QUESTION:
    Can a non diabetic get low blood sugar from not eating?
    For a day

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, they can. like, everyone has bloodsugar but diabetics can drop alot faster than those who arent diabetic.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for a diabetic to have nightmares when the blood sugar gets low while sleeping?
    I have noticed that when I am awoken suddenly due to a scary dream or nightmare that my blood-sugar is very low. How does having a low blood-sugar change the way the brain thinks when you’re sleeping? I’m trying to understand why this is happening. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, according to the following article I read, nightmares are but one of several symptoms of low blood sugar while sleeping.

      http://www.goinsulin.com/importance_of_insulin/low_blood_sugar.aspx

      I disagree with the other answerer. Low blood sugar is at least as dangerous as high blood sugar. Plus, it’s harder to predict.

  39. QUESTION:
    Does low blood sugar affect a diabetic’s perception of sweetness?
    how so? explain please :)
    i mean i know the answe is yes. but how come?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it does. This is because during hypoglycaemia [hypoglycemia, if you're one of my American cousins] or low blood sugar levels, cognitive abilities (thought processing) are affected. Obviously, the lower the blood sugar (glucose) level the greater effect. That’s because the brain needs glucose to thrive.

  40. QUESTION:
    will my baby have low blood sugar if the father is diabetic ?
    my finance’ has diabetes and i do not. im pregnant. will the baby have any time of health issues like low blood sugar or something. By the way im 17 and 10 weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      If your fiance is type 2, there are so many factors that cause type 2, I would not worry about it so early in the childs life. Type 2 usually occurs in adult hood, and in some cases in early adolescence.

      If he is type one, then.

      “Ninety percent of children who develop type 1 diabetes actually have no relative with the disease.”

      So bottom line, your experience will be no differnet than anyone elses, based on a parent having diabetes.

      The number one thing to watch for with a new baby is jaundice. It is very common in infants. Call the doctor if your childs skin or eyes appear yellow at all. It is easy to treat, can be treated at home, but can cause very serious damage if not treated quickly.

  41. QUESTION:
    Diabetic- Low blood sugar question?
    To joggers, or runners- What do you take , how much for a low blood sugar reading???? I was told 15 gram- wait 15 mintures- Do 15 grams of sugar work?????

    • ANSWER:
      These are questions to take up with your doctor. Each case is different.

  42. QUESTION:
    Diabetic Sugar levels too low?
    My mom has diabetes she uses insulin. Her sugar levels are usaully high but lately they have been very low in the 50′s. She takes insulin before going to bed and in the morning she checks her sugar levels and it’s really low. She eats when she takes the insulin so I was wondering why is it so low?

    • ANSWER:
      Blood sugar levels of 50 are dangerous and need immediate attention. She needs to adjust her night insulin dose. Its really important.

      Type 2 diabetics, who are not on insulin, rarely go too low. It does happen, though

      Type 1s (insulin dependent) can and do have low blood sugar episodes when they take too much insulin or don’t eat enough to compensate for the amount they took. It’s a balancing act to say the least.

      Lots of variables involved in sugar level being too low,

      For more on diabetes visit

      http://www.reddiabetes.com

  43. QUESTION:
    has any diabetic survived with sugar as low as 2?
    brother sugar level dropped down to 2 and he went into a diabetic coma, i need to know if anyone has survived with sugar lever so low

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I’ve been conscious with my sugar level around 2. He should be OK if he’s being treated. Diabetic comas are serious, but they’re well understood and treatable if caught in time.

      What he/doctors really need to find out is WHY this happened, and how it can be prevented in future.

      Good luck :)

  44. QUESTION:
    As a diabetic patient, my sugar level is either very low or very high. what food can i eat to balance it?
    When my sugar level is very low or very high, i fall on the street and lose consciousness, so please i want to know if there is any food one can take daily to check the extreme lows and highs of my sugar. I take insulin injections as prescribed by my doctor but its not helping me.

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like you are taking too much insulin sometimes and not enough other times.

      when your glucose is very low that means you have taken too much. when it is very high you haven’t taken enough.

      If I injected like my doctor ordered I would be out flat on the street also.

      You must eat the exact same things every meal to keep the glucose levels even. And here I mean the meals that have you near normal glucose levels.

      Maybe you need to find a different doctor, one that treats the whole person, not just one of many like cookie cutter.

  45. QUESTION:
    My mum has kidney failure so needs a lo potassium diet, she is also diabetic so also needs low sugar diet?
    the recommendation’s on how to prepare her veggies to remove the potassium leaves them tasteless. Is there a way to add flavour in the foods she is allowed to eat
    we do know what and what she is allowed, but its how to put some of the ingredients together to make a meal that she will enjoy

    • ANSWER:
      Guidelines of a Low Potassium Diet:

      •Be sure to cook frozen fruits and vegetables in water; rinse and drain well before serving.
      •Liquid should be drained from all canned fruits and vegetables and rinsed before serving.
      •Potatoes may be peeled, sliced thin, and soaked in water for at least 4 hours or overnight before rinsing and cooking. Leafy green vegetables (collards, spinach, and kale) should also be soaked for at least 4 hours and rinsed well before cooking. This helps to significantly lower the amount of potassium in these foods.
      •Check labels for words that include potassium, such as potassium chloride, to avoid potassium hidden in foods.
      •Avoid salt substitutes; many of them contain potassium. Salt-free herb blends and spices are acceptable.
      •Limit foods that are high in potassium.
      High Potassium Foods
      Fruits:

      •Apricots, canned and fresh
      •Banana
      •Cantaloupe
      •Dried fruits – apricots, dates, figs, prunes
      •Honeydew melon
      •Kiwi
      •Nectarine
      •Orange
      •Orange Juice
      •Pear, fresh
      •Prune Juice
      Vegetables

      •Asparagus
      •Avocado
      •Bamboo Shoots
      •Beets
      •Beet Greens
      •Brussels Sprouts
      •Cabbage, Chinese
      •Celery
      •Chard
      •Kohlrabi
      •Okra
      •Pepper, Chili
      •Potatoes, white and sweet
      •Pumpkin
      •Rutabaga
      •Spinach, cooked
      •Squash, winter
      •Tomato
      •Tomato sauce
      •Tomato juice
      •Vegetable juice cocktail
      Legumes

      •Black-eyed Peas
      •Chick Peas
      •Lentils
      •Lima Beans
      •Navy Beans
      •Red Kidney Beans
      •Soybeans
      •Split Peas
      Nuts and Seeds

      •Almonds
      •Brazil Nuts
      •Cashews
      •Peanuts
      •Peanut Butter
      •Pecans
      •Pumpkin Seeds
      •Sunflower Seeds
      •Walnuts
      Breads and Cereals

      •Bran
      •Whole Grain
      Miscellaneous

      •Chocolate
      •Cocoa
      •Coconut
      •Milk and Milk Products
      •Molasses
      •Substitute Salt

  46. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know if a dog would be able to detect when their diabetic owner was at a dangerously low sugar?
    level or able to detect that their owner is not well. Would there be a particularly suited sort of dog? Is there trained dogs for this particular help ? Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I think it can be any breed or cross of dog. My previous chihuahua was very sensitive to my going hypo. She whined and washed my face and barked horridly. She was natural at this. But I do think they train dogs for this duty, Cats too, but not so often.

      google search for assistance dogs, then you can narrow the search down.

      There are assistance dogs for every condition people get.

  47. QUESTION:
    Why is my low-carb diet not curbing my hunger or diabetic blood sugars like it did a few weeks ago?
    I started Dr. Bernsteins Diabetes Diet a couple of months ago and have since lost a stone in weight, have loads more energy, almost halved my daily insulin intake. At first the carbohydrate cravings completely vanished and my hunger was much reduced, but just recently the hunger and cravings have returned. Also my blood sugars started to rise, even though I was following the diet as before. It feels almost as if my body is playing tricks on me, just as I was so pleased with the way it was all going. I intend to carry on eating this way for the rest of my life as I know it makes sense for my health, so I hope there is someone out there who can shed light on this. I also have hypothyroidism, but is usually well controlled by tablets.

    • ANSWER:
      Stay with the diet. Don’t listen to Emma B. As you know, your body turns protein into sugar. Make sure that you are eating enough fat and protein.

      Please go to Dr. Bernstein’s website and ask there in the forums.

      http://www.diabetes-book.com

      I follow Dr. Bernstein’s recommendations and have had a setback here and there. But, they never last. It was almost 1 year ago that I was diagnosed with Type II. Now, I don’ take any meds or insulin and control my levels through diet using Dr. B’s method.

      Give yourself time. You may have had a cold or some other infection. His Way Of Eating has worked for 40 years and for thousands of people. You just have to stick with it.

  48. QUESTION:
    diabetic curves sweet. what kind of sweets can a diabetic have other then low sugar candy and fruits?
    MY MOTHER IN LAW IS DIABETIC AND SHE REALY DONT LIKE LOW SUGAR CANDY AND, TIRED OF EATING FRUITS, WHAT SWEET CAN SHE HAVE OTHER THEN LOW SUGAR CANDY OR JUST SWEETS

    • ANSWER:
      If she is not overweight, and her blood sugars are well controlled, she should be able to work small amounts of “sweets” into her diet just fine.

      The problem with “diabetic” foods (low sugar cakes, cookies, etc.) is that they are still often high in calories, fat, and carbs, and leave the person feeling unsatisfied. The person may even eat more of these than they normally word, defeating the purpose.

      A better way is to have her eat her normal healthy diet, and perhaps add a small treat afterwards. For example, a SMALL dark piece of rich chocolate or a Halloween size mini chocolate bar (15 grams of carbs) is an OK treat.

      It sounds like she is just going to binge if you only allow her what she has been eating, which defeats the purpose. As long as she is not eating an entire candy bar on a regular basis, one regular candy/mint after dinner should be fine.

      Some people with diabetes like to use Splenda in their baking. I am not a fan of this because it causes people to think that it’s OK to make “junk” foods a regular part of their diet as long as they are sugar free. These foods are still empty calories, carbs, and fat, none of which a diabetic needs. Once in awhile is fine. Others do not like to use artificial sweeteners due to the perceived safety concerns, side effects, taste, or the fact that studies show that they may cause people to eat more.

      Some studies have linked Splenda to an increase in A1c, a test used to determine the average blood sugar over the past 3 months. Some Type 1 diabetics report an increase in blood sugar after comsuming Splenda.

      Stevia is a natural herb that is used as a sweetner. I am not sure how well it will hold out for baking, but it can be used for coffee and cereal. I always reccommend Stevia over Splenda.

      That said, Splenda is an option some people decide to use and they are very happy with it.

      I would also make sure that she is not experiencing low blood sugar when she is having these cravings. Make sure she tests her blood glucose level when these cravings occur. She may need a change in her treatment plan.

  49. QUESTION:
    Low Blood Sugar Diabetic nightmares?
    My nephew woke up screaming from a nightmares a few hours ago. He has diabetes and his blood sugar was at 63. This was the first time this has happened but he has been lower than 63 ive seen him as low as 50. He also thought it was still happening being scared of every thing in the room saying it was huge. He was talking like he was having a stroke, thats the best way i can explain the way he was talking. Another weird thing is that every few seconds he would shake or i guess kind of jolt. Once he raised his blood sugar though he seemed to be normal. So my question is this normal or at least common.

    • ANSWER:
      Having been a T1 diabetic since almost 2 yrs old I can tell you that I have experienced this many many times and each time it happens its different than the time before. I have seen it happen to other T1 diabetics also. Yes it is very common. The lows at night are always the worst. I remember when I was about 4 yrs old I saw cookie monster from Sesame Street on my wall. I was screaming in horror. Similar situations have happened as an adult too. Screaming, shaking, twitching, sweating, fighting, it’s very frightening for the diabetic and just as terrifying for the caretaker.

  50. QUESTION:
    I am a diabetic ,and starting a walking program . If my blood sugar gets low what kind of snack can I take.?
    Sometimes my blood sugar gets low after excerizing, what snack can I take.

    • ANSWER:
      Boy Have I got A List For You!

      One small apple, orange, peach, pear, nectarine, or tangerine
      Eight animal crackers
      Four medium fresh apricots or seven dried halves
      1/2 of a banana rolled with 2-tablespoons Grape Nuts cereal
      1 cup cubed cantaloupe
      Twelve Bing cherries
      Two chocolate mousse bars (Weight Watchers)
      1/2 cup chow mein noodles
      Two sugar-free fudgesicles
      Three gingersnaps
      36 Goldfish (adds 1 fat serving)
      Three graham crackers (2 1/2-inch square)
      1/2 low-fat granola bar
      15 grapes
      ½ cup fruit juice
      Five slices melba toast
      1 cup skim milk
      Three peanut butter sandwich crackers (adds 1 fat serving)
      Two small plums
      24 oyster crackers
      3 cups popcorn (popped by hot air, or low-fat microwave)
      1 slice of angel food cake
      1 sugar-free pudding snack cup
      Three dried pitted prunes
      15 fat-free potato or tortilla chips
      3/4 ounce pretzels
      2 tablespoons raisins
      Two rice cakes (4″ diameter)
      1 regular Jell-o snack cup
      Seven Ritz crackers (adds 1 fat serving)
      Six saltine crackers
      ½ cup canned fruit
      15 Teddy Grahams (adds 1 fat serving)
      Five reduced-fat Triscuits
      Six Vanilla Wafers (adds 1 fat serving)
      Six Waverly Wafers (adds 1 fat serving)
      12 Original Wheat Thins (adds 1 fat serving)
      13 Reduced-fat Wheat Thins (adds 1/2 fat serving)
      1 cup nonfat fruit-flavored yogurt (sweetened with sugar substitute)
      1/2 cup of sherbet or I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt or TCBY frozen yogurt
      How that my friend!
      Also a tip for your walking>Try this.

      Nordic walking can be done year round in any climate and anywhere a person of any age or ability might otherwise walk without poles. It combines simplicity and accessibility of walking with simultaneous core and upper body conditioning similar to Nordic skiing. The result is a full-body walking workout that can burn significantly more calories without a change in perceived exertion or having to walk faster, due to the incorporation of many large core, and other upper-body muscles which comprise more than 90% of the body’s total muscle mass and do work against resistance with each stride. ‘Normal walking’ utilizes less than 70% of muscle mass with full impact on the joints of the legs and feet.

      Nordic Ski Walking produces up to a 46% increase in energy consumption compared to walking without poles.

      Good luck/


Diabetic Sugars Level Charts

WHAT IS DIABETES? WHY DO WE NEED TO SLASH DOWN OUR SUGAR INTAKE?
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Sugar is a natural substance and a basic food carbohydrate that provides us energy or fuel for everyday activity. The body produces insulin, however the body itself doesn’t respond to it or utilize it properly giving it the chance to increase high level of sugar in the blood, since it was not process and taken in. When glucose builds up in the bloodstream, it can cause two problems. On the other hand, some condition of diabetes are the other way around. We might not enjoy our favorite sweet product if this major ingredient of sugar is not found in our favorite junk food of choice. A diabetes meal plan chart is important to success.

TYPES OF DIABETES
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Type 2 diabetes is characterized differently and is usually due to insulin resistance or reduced insulin sensitivity, combined with relatively reduced insulin secretion which in some cases becomes unconditional. As pregnant women enter their second and third trimesters, the more hormones are secreted since they are pregnant in which the body demands more insulin makes it more difficult for the insulin to help their cells absorb the glucose. There are mainly 3 types of diabetes. However, severe type 2 diabetes long-term complications can result in kidney failure, vascular disease, vision damage, loss of sensation or and heart failure. So be extra careful with your favorite food, though sugar is taste good, but too much of it will make us sick.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Where can I goto to print a Diabetic Sugar Level Chart?
    My Auntie is 73 years old and just found out she is Diabetic, I am trying to find a Sugar Level Chart to print out for her so she will know when it is to High/Low…Can anyone PLEASE Help Me??

    • ANSWER:
      your doctor should have one…go ask him

  2. QUESTION:
    Where can I find a diabetic sliding scale chart online?
    I lost my chart and need to know how much insulin to take when my sugar is high.
    For example 3 units when my sugar is 200 or over up to 5 units up to sugar level 210 etc. I can’t remember what I should do because Im fairly new at this insulin taking.

    • ANSWER:
      DO NOT use a chart you find online.

      Every person’s insulin sensitivity is different and if you use a chart that was made for a different person it could have disastrous results. Call your doctor and ask for your chart, or at least your correction ratio. If you know your correction ratio (ie 1 unit of insulin will bring your blood sugar down by X amount) you can re-create the chart yourself.

  3. QUESTION:
    Testing sugar levels. What is diabetic and what is not?
    A nurse at hospital tested by blood sugar levels when i was fasting and after. The nurse said 2 to 4 was a normal level for someone who didn’t have diabetes and had been fasting. Is this accurate?
    My tested levels are below…
    - Fasting Blood Sugar levels were 4.9
    - After eating blood sugar levels were 5.4
    Is there some sort of chart i can refer to? I want to know if i have diabetes or not. (I have PCOS which is a pre-diabetic condition).

    • ANSWER:
      Hi El,

      That is a perfect result sweetheart considering you have PCOS. Nothing to worry about there.

      I have been trying to find a site to help you, the best one I have come up with so far is www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/16422495.php
      If you scroll down to the heading NORMAL FASTING BLOOD SUGAR everything below that heading will explain the normal ranges of blood sugar to you.

      Hope this helps.

      Love Mel.X

  4. QUESTION:
    My boyfriend is Type 1 diabetic, and his sugars are out of control?
    Its rare that he will even test his sugars. I looked at his gluccmoter last night, and his levels seem to be an average of 400+. This is not good, at all I know. What can I do to help him keep his levels “normal” He wont go to the Dr’s. to get his A1C levels checked. Im at a loss and scared for him. This past March, he was admitted into ICU because his sugars were off the chart, way above 1000. Yeah, 1000. It wouldn’t even register on the gluccmoter, and he was in there for 3 days. Since he had gotten out, he has yet to go to the Dr. I am also afraid that this is leading to other health problems for him.

    :[
    What should I do? I know riding him about this will make him not want to go it, but I am at the point to where I am about to beat him over the head so that he doesn’t end up in ICU, let alone the hospital again.

    Since I know he will eat anything, and anything that I cook, should I just go get an ADA cook book and have him on a strict diet? He wont go to a diabetes educator, or anything. I feel so bad for him, but yet, if he doesn’t shape up, hell die.

    • ANSWER:
      His blood sugars are high enough that dieting alone is not going to work. He is going to have to go to the doctor and get on medication because he is slowly killing himself. These high blood sugars are destroying his kidneys, heart, nerves, every organ in his body and he won’t live long.
      Go to www.diabetes.com, it is the website for the American Diabetes Association and see what information you can get from them. It won’t hurt for you to read up on diabetes and try to prepare diabetic friendly meals for him, but I have a feeling he is going to be very uncooperative about trying to control his diet. Does he not realize that these blood sugars put him at high risk for a stroke or heart attack.
      Unfortunately,you can’t make a person seek medical treatment, but you can certainly nag him if he doesn’t and I would. I’m not sure I wouldn’t tell him you weren’t going to stay around and watch him die.

  5. QUESTION:
    Why are there so many different “normal” blood levels for a non-diabetic? Its getting very confusing..?
    The American Diabetes Assoc. and other reputable medical resources (including the info on the chart for the meter strips) say a non-diabetic’s normal fasting (8-12 hrs) blood sugar level should be below 100. Anything above that is considered “pre” or “diabetic” depending on what your level is. The most confusing part is the BG level for approx 2 hours after a meal. I keep reading you should be under 120, 2 hours after a meal. Meanwhile, Doctors and the ADA say anything under 140 is normal, to me that seems like a big diff. I have been testing my after lunch and dinner BG levels , I have been averaging between 94 and 129 after 2 hrs..according to some this is perfectly normal (140), while others are saying I should not be going over 120…Does this mean I am at High Risk for diabetes? Are people saying my BG level should always be below 120?.. My morning Fasting has been between 81-98 for 8 consecutive days now, what does this mean???..please help.. Thanks…

    • ANSWER:
      Forget what the ADA says. They are in the pockets of drug companies.

      Here is the scoop( we want to catch this terrible disease in it’s earliest monent, Don’t we???)

      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

      83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less.

      Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.

      Though most doctors will tell you any fasting blood sugar under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) is “normal”, there are several studies that suggest that testing with a fasting blood sugar in the mid 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/L) range often predicts diabetes that is diagnosed a decade later.
      Post-Meal Blood Sugar (Postprandial)
      Independent of what they eat, the blood sugar of a truly normal person is:

      Under 120 mg/dl (6.6 mmol/L) one or two hours after a meal.

      Most normal people are under 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) two hours after eating.
      A1c
      A truly normal A1c is between 4.6% and 5.4%

      A1cs are not as good a measure of actual blood sugar control in individuals as they are for groups. An A1c of 5.1% maps to an average blood sugar of 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) or less when group statistics are analyzed, but normal variations in how our red blood cells work make the A1cs of truly normal individuals fall into a wider range.

      Some people’s A1cs are always a bit higher than their measured blood sugars would predict. Some are always lower. NOTE: If you are anemic your A1c will read much lower than your actual blood sugars and the resulting A1c is not a useful gauge of your actual blood sugar control.

      Heart attack risk rises in a straight line fashion as A1c rises from 4.6%. Take care Buff

      You are probably on the verge. So start a low glycemic index diet and exercise,(http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm)

      Exercise is Daily 30 t0 60 min. a day. By the way this is a great way for the whole family to eat, No calorie counting.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is there anything I can do to help my dad? (He’s diabetic.)?
    My dad is diabetic, as I stated in the title. He’s REALLY stressing out lately. On top of the fact that the economy is absolutely horrible, he’s having trouble keeping his sugar levels down, I think. He’s REALLY worried about his job. He’s been working as a delivery driver for a company, for over 30 years now. He has no high school diploma, so I’m worried for him.

    He has a CDL liscense, I think that’s what its called, so he can legally drive the big trucks. Well, he has to get tested every month and if his sugar levels is off the chart, well… you can imagine, he’ll lose his job if he doesn’t get it under control. I’m not sure what medicines he is on, but nothing seems to be working much.

    Past couple of months have been horrible for him. He ended up in the hospital, his throat nearly swollen all the way shut. Ever since then, his diabetes hasn’t been under control very well.

    Before the trip to the hospital, he used to be a little lazy with keeping everything in check. Now he’s doing a lot better about things.

    My mom doesn’t help him at all. She doesn’t cook, she’s mentally unstable pretty much… what can I do to help him? Are there any fruits or anything at all I could fix for him that might keep his sugar levels in check before the 8th? Any advice would be great… I’m super worried.

    I’m really broke right now, but if anyone has any advice for me… or him, for that matter, that would be great.
    Thanks, Josh! That was extremely helpful. I’m not familiar with diabetes, so I’ll have to tell him that and see if it works. I hope it does. (Also hope he’s willing to run or jog a bit, he can be stubborn.)

    • ANSWER:
      It is great that you want to help your Dad. Diabetes is about controlling your sugars. The best way to do that is to eat a LOW carb diet and exercise. I noticed that you said your mom doesn’t cook. Does that mean that your dad is eating unhealthy meals? That could be half your problem. If you want to help your dad here are some suggestions that you might want to consider.
      Go through the kitchen and get rid of snacks and prepackaged foods. These are usually high in unhealthy carbs.
      Make sure that all drinks in the house are diet or sugar free, including tea and coffee. Replace table sugar with splenda or other artifical sweetner.
      Get a kitchen scale and start measuring portions. That is a biggie as portions on some foods are just 1/2 cup.
      Get him to replace any white foods, such as breads, rice or pasta with whole grain or brown.
      If he is frying foods, then stop that. Bake, broil, steam, or grill foods.
      If he is eating take out for lunches during work, then stop that and have him start taking his lunch instead.
      And yes, exercise is very important to sugar control. So he needs to be doing some kind of exercise, even if it is only walking.
      Fresh salads are great for him as long as he doesn’t overload it with dressings.
      If he doesn’t already read food labels, then get him in the habit of that. He is looking for foods that are low in carbs and have dietary fiber.
      Eat only lean meats cooked properly.
      I know this seems like a lot, but it really isn’t. It is more of getting into the habit then learning. Once you get used to doing all this, it becomes second nature. Also if he is on any diabetes medications, make sure he is taking them as prescriped. If he isn’t on any, then talk to his doctor. There are oral medications that help lower/control diabetes, and if his sugar is that high for a extended period of time, they may need to put him on insulin until he gets control of his diet. Also getting him to see a nutritionist might help. Best of luck to you.

  7. QUESTION:
    What can I feed my diabetic cat?
    My 9yr. old male cat was recently diagnosed w/ feline diabetes. The vet said his sugar levels were off the chart. I’m wanting to try and get him on track with diet. My vet prescribed a special diabetic dry food, but all my research says I shouldn’t be giving dry food at all. I believe the research, and am planning on substituting 1 meal a day for wet food. Does anyone have any good recipes or store bought foods that they would recommend? And what about treats? I want to give him treats for being a good boy, esp. now that he is having to go through so many stressful changes and procedures.

    I appreciate any help with this issue. I’m very upset as you can imagine.

    • ANSWER:
      Be VERY careful with those foods the vets talk you into. Keep in mind that MANY vets are not properly informed on feline nutrition, even though they are indeed informed on medical care… Please read the information on this site, which will open up your eyes about feline food: http://www.catinfo.org/

      You are right about dry food. Your cat should probably be on a high quality wet cat food, such as wellness or Innova Evo. That link above will help teach you about the nutrition labels and show you what to look for in quality foods.

      I was told that my cat was “getting” diabetes and also had IBS at the same time. He’s been healthy since I put him on wet cat food months ago.

      Also, before you start on any medication, be sure to consult another vet. A second opinion is always good in a case like this.

  8. QUESTION:
    I hid my sugar levels from my doctor, now what?
    I’m a gestational diabetic. That means I’m pregnant. I’m six months in, and I had not been keeping track of my blood sugar at all. I didn’t realize how bad it actually was. I filled in my blood sugar chart the day of my appointment (yesterday), but I used fake reasonable numbers. The doctor alluded to the fact that he knew my numbers were too good to be true, but he wasn’t going to outright accuse me of lying. Well, I had been putting fasting levels between 70 and 89. I did an actual check this morning, and it was actually 153. I have to come clean to my doctors, but I don’t know how to do it gracefully. I screwed up.

    • ANSWER:
      Boy , this is tough.
      Seem to be a trait with many diabetics.
      If it was I that told the fib, I think I would go to another doctor. I would feel so ashamed.
      I am not berating you, what is done is done.

      How Diabetes and Pregnancy May Affect Baby

      A common problem among the babies of pregnant diabetic women is a condition called “macrosomia,” which means “large body.” In other words, babies of diabetic women are apt to be considerably larger than others.

      This occurs because many of these babies receive too much sugar via the placenta because their mothers have high blood sugar levels. The baby’s pancreas senses the high sugar levels and it produces more insulin in an attempt to use up all the extra sugar. That extra sugar is converted to fat, making a large baby.
      What are the risks?
      Research has found that pregnant women with diabetes are five times more likely to have stillborn babies. Babies whose mothers have diabetes are:

      •three times more likely to die within four weeks of birth
      •twice as likely to have a serious birth defect

      Insulin is the traditional first-choice drug for blood glucose control during pregnancy, because it is the most effective for fine-tuning blood glucose and it doesn’t cross the placenta. Therefore, it is safe for the baby. Insulin can be injected with a syringe, an insulin pen, or through an insulin pump. All three methods are safe for pregnant women.

      Take care

      Buff

  9. QUESTION:
    I am a diabetic…question about diet?
    I usually test from 78-120 in my blood sugar level, but frequently get shaky and sweaty right before meals.
    im on a 2000 calorie, 75 carb per meal diet but i am frequently hungry in between meals
    im 200 pounds and am 5’9″ according to my bmi im overweight but i think that chart is !@$%@! because its mostly rippling muscle with a bit of belly fat(less than an inch really) I am a male
    Should my diet be raised in the future?
    I plan on getting the insilin pump, would this further my variety and freedom?
    I do not know if i am type 1 or type 2 yet either*
    well i entered the er with a blood sugar of >400 when i was diagnosed and an ac130 for around 9 so im pretty sure i am diabetic and since its in my family im guessing a type 1 bt wont know for sure for a couple months

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    Low blood sugar levels? Mine was 38 at about 2pm today.?
    I will occasionally have low blood sugar although I have not been diagnosed with hypoglycemia. Today I started feeling bad and everything started to go dark, my ears closed up like I was under water. I took my sugar (my mom is diabetic and gave me an extra checker) and it was 38. I have checked online and can’t find a chart of what levels should be. This was about 2pm today that it happened. I typically can drink something and it will go back up. I still feel weak from it though and that is not normally how I feel after it gets better. I have been on a no sugar/low carb diet for about 2 years now. My husband thinks I should go to the doctor, but I don’t want to have to go just for them to tell me that nothing is wrong and then i’m out 25 bucks. Just wondered what everyone else’s experience is with low blood sugar and if 38 is a low number for 2pm.

    • ANSWER:
      Here what you need to do :
      Hypoglycemia Symptoms
      Because epinephrine, one of the hormones that is activated by hypoglycemia, comes from the central nervous system, the majority of early symptoms of hypoglycemia are related to the nervous system.
      Common symptoms of hypoglycemia include the following:
      Trembling
      Clamminess
      Palpitations
      Anxiety
      Sweating
      Hunger

      Because the brain is deprived of glucose, a second set of symptoms follows:
      Difficulty in thinking
      Confusion
      Headache
      Seizures
      Coma
      Ultimately, death

      Eating every 4-6 hours is important to prevent hypoglycemia.
      Be adventurous and try something new to liven up your snacks between meals!
      Each of the following counts as one starch:

      One small apple, orange, peach, pear, nectarine, or tangerine
      Eight animal crackers
      Four medium fresh apricots or seven dried halves
      1/2 of a banana rolled with 2-tablespoons Grape Nuts cereal
      1 cup cubed cantaloupe
      Twelve Bing cherries
      Two chocolate mousse bars (Weight Watchers)
      1/2 cup chow mein noodles
      Two sugar-free fudgesicles
      Three gingersnaps
      36 Goldfish (adds 1 fat serving)
      Three graham crackers (2 1/2-inch square)
      1/2 low-fat granola bar
      15 grapes
      ½ cup fruit juice
      Five slices melba toast
      1 cup skim milk
      Three peanut butter sandwich crackers (adds 1 fat serving)
      Two small plums
      24 oyster crackers
      3 cups popcorn (popped by hot air, or low-fat microwave)
      1 slice of angel food cake
      1 sugar-free pudding snack cup
      Three dried pitted prunes
      15 fat-free potato or tortilla chips
      3/4 ounce pretzels
      2 tablespoons raisins
      Two rice cakes (4″ diameter)
      1 regular Jell-o snack cup
      Seven Ritz crackers (adds 1 fat serving)
      Six saltine crackers
      ½ cup canned fruit
      15 Teddy Grahams (adds 1 fat serving)
      Five reduced-fat Triscuits
      Six Vanilla Wafers (adds 1 fat serving)
      Six Waverly Wafers (adds 1 fat serving)
      12 Original Wheat Thins (adds 1 fat serving)
      13 Reduced-fat Wheat Thins (adds 1/2 fat serving)
      1 cup nonfat fruit-flavored yogurt (sweetened with sugar substitute)
      1/2 cup of sherbet or I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt or TCBY frozen yogurt

      By the way you are Hypoglycemic

      Tin

  11. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog having severe nose bleeds??!!?
    Ok recently, our 11 year old (female) Australian blue-heeler fell while trying to run some cattle back into their fence. Well a big knot swelled up on her back left leg, and she started acting very sickly, and one day she wouldn’t even eat at all! Well of course we cared her to the vet, and come to find out her sugar levels were off the charts. Our veterinarian diagnosed her with diabetes, and kept her for about a week, for treatment and observation. Also, come to find out, our vet found a mark on her front right leg, where she had been bitten by a spider!! So, our vet treated her for everything and we were finally able to bring her home yesterday because her insulin (sugar) levels had dropped back down to 166…which is good! Now we have to giver her insulin shots twice a day, and can only feed her a specific type of diabetic dog food. Anyway, yesterday she acted the best I’ve seen in a long while, however she was still a little tired (wouldn’t you be) and everything was fine. Her leg is still a little sore from where she fell, but it’s getting better, and the swellings going down now.

    [Here's the confusing part!!!]

    When I got home from school today, I went to see my mom at her office at the warehouse (were farmers) and our dog, Lady, was up there with her. My mom told me that Lady’s nose had bleed three times since 11:00 am, and the first time it happened my dad cared her back to our vet. They told us that she either broke a blood vessel in her nose, which is why it’s bleeding, or she could have gotten into rat poison. The weird thing is though, my mom’s been with her ALL day and she hasn’t seen Lady do anything to have hurt her nose and break a blood vessel, and there’s definitely no where around here for her to have gotten into rat poison. So a second ago, Lady’s nose started bleeding again (4th time today!) and my mom called our vet, and she told us the same thing as before, and then said that it could also be that Lady has a blood clot somewhere, and it’s trying to bleed itself out, and thus the reason why only the right side of her nose is bleeding. Our vet also said that if her nose was bleeding because of a clot in her somewhere, there was nothing we could do about it!

    We’ve had this dog since I was about 7 years old, and she’s been like a second mother to me, my sister, and my brother. She’s very protective over all of us, and is one of the best dogs anyone could ever ask for. (Sorry I’m getting off topic!)

    I would just really like to know if anyone has ever heard of a dog’s nose bleeding like this? Is it a common thing among Australian Blue Heelers? Has this ever happened to anyone else’s dog? Any information that someone has, would be VERY much appreciated.

    I can’t imagine Lady not being here, she’s just as much a member of our family as I am, and I love her just the same! Anyone who reads this, PLEASE pray for our dog Lady, I’m just not ready for her to leave us yet!

    Thanks to anyone who took the time to read and answer this, I just hope Lady’s going to be ok!
    Callie♥

    • ANSWER:
      I agree that it could be a tumor in the nasal canal or sinuses or even a bad sinus infection. The vet should do a thorough exam and x-rays of her head. Also,do your neighbors put out rodent poison? If the dog came across a mouse or rat that had been poisoned and ate it,then she would have ingested the poison.If that’s the case,your vet should have tested her blood for it and she should be on vitamin K.

      I have old dogs,too,and I have lost many old dogs over the years.I know how you feel.I hope that Lady recovers.

  12. QUESTION:
    I have no idea what is wrong with me?
    I have not been feeling well for the past four months. I have menstruation problems, stomach problems, and I am always tired. I have been diagnosed with IBS, but nothing seems to help that. I recently have been tested for many different problems including diabetes, hyperthyroidism, estrogen levels, testosterone levels, progesterone levels, UTI, kidney problems, blood count…etc. The problem with these tests are that I go to military doctors. They don’t give the results back unless something is way off the charts. I have tested my blood sugar and it has been between 190-250 every time ( the last time I did fasting sugar level and it was 234)…could I possibly be diabetic, or do these symptoms sound like something different.
    Any information would be helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetic and gluten intolerant. Do the research.

      If you would like to try a product that is inexpensive check out chia seeds that dr oz was talking about. Exercise and eat a gluten free diet for 3 months and see if you feel better. No diet soad or regular and no energy drinks. Your so right about your problem being diabetes! Congratualtions for being smarter than the DR.

  13. QUESTION:
    How many times a day should I test my blood sugar?
    This question is for my grandma actually. She has been to the doctor and they said she is not diabetic yet. But they still gave her a testing machine. How many times a day should she test her blood sugar? Do you know where i can find a general chart that explains levels for her in an easy way? I think she should test herself and record it then take it to the doctor. But how long should she record her stats and how many times a day? and information would be helpful

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    Christians: Explain how your faith is “evidence”…-_-?
    My used-to-be-Christian friend had this thing called “faith”. And he that feeling of being “felt” by God like most of you seem to claim to have, too. Now, believe it or not, but only a minority of you “feel” God…

    My point is. My used-to-be-Christian friend became an Atheist due to the fact, that he finally realized, and his psychologist and general doctor agreed, that his feelings towards God became a placebo that just boosted his happiness level. It was actually a bad thing, because, even though he didn’t notice it was going on, somehow, he was going through depression at the same time (see analogy below).

    So, my question is… how do you know you don’t have what he had? Maybe the only difference was that he wasn’t as ignorant to what else it could’ve been.

    Analogy to above: The average, “correct” blood sugar to be at is 90. When a diabetic’s blood sugar gets too high (also low, but this is an example), then they have to take insulin to lower it. When that happens, the blood sugar will begin to drop, below 90 even, then they would have to take a slight amount of glucose to raise it a bit. If you looked at these like lines, they begin making a wave motion, from high above 90, to low below 90, to med above 90, to low below 90, and eventually, it balances out. Anyway, that’s my analogy to the “faith” and how it makes someone happy, then overly depressed, whether u notice it or not (believe it or not but it’s possible to pretend the depression isn’t there, then you won’t notice it, but you still go through symptoms).

    And, btw, I don’t want to offend any diabetics. I don’t know exactly what you go through to take care of your blood sugar, but I do know how the blood sugar chart works.
    Just to add: The 1st recommended category was R&S, the 2nd was Mythology and Folklore.
    @ No splash without Frog: That’s why there’re quotations around them.
    @Logan can’t think of a SN: I can’t tell if you realize this or not, but I’m an Atheist.
    @ The Brad: http://godisimaginary.com/i8.htm
    @Mohama Shat: You proved nothing… Belief isn’t evidence… evidence is evidence.
    @Seattle M’s: I don’t think you actually read my description. You answered with what I just explained is a fallacy. I recommend you read Rick Lev’s answer.
    @Word: I think I didn’t make my statement clear, and this goes to everyone. Read my analogy, and think of the “90″ line, as “happy”, Not average, but happy. Then think of what’s above it as more than happy, and below it as… not that happy. If you’re a normal person, who doesn’t use faith as a placebo, then you should be able to stay within the “happy zone” as long as possible, some things may bring you to become overly happy, but then the next day, the day isn’t as great, and you feel… well… not that happy. It’s normal. Or the other way around, you could feel sad one day, then something better happens, then you raise to become somewhat overly happy. Eventually, you’ll balance out again, and just become a happy person in general. It’s the same as what someone w/o diabetes goes through with their blood sugar, sometimes it’s slightly higher than what it’s supposed to be, then it droops downwards, then balances out. But, if it’s too drastic, like with what diabetics go thro

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I personally never feel God’s presence.. I’ve just seen his fingerprint in someone else’s life in things that were too much of a coincidence.. I don’t expect this to be enough to convert anyone, as other people’s claims have never been enough for me.. But seeing her life, and how things just always worked out for her as if someone was watching over her is why I personally believe.

      Either way, your logic makes no sense.. you’re basically saying we should never feel happiness because we’re going to feel depressed.. we should all be emotionless zombies.. great way to think. And I can’t believe a psychologist abuses his influence to push his own beliefs.

      You agree with him, so you don’t care.. but all he did was tell him to “Stop going to them for comfort.. stay here with me, and we’ll give you the right meds to fatten up our wallets. Let’s get you in that zombie mind state… stop feeling emotions and be level.”

      Psychiatry is another form of social control, taking away people’s individuality to be just like everyone else in the herd. And they make a killing pushing their drugs.. Some people are a real danger to society and/or themselves.. but most of that crap is bullshit

      I was labeled clinically depressed when I was younger and they got me on their pills, but I never took them because I didn’t want to depend on drugs to be happy. I just stopped going and dealt with it on my own.. and yes, I still get moments of depression, but I also have happier times too.. the same as anybody else.. I relied on myself to get better by always looking for positive, uplifting, empowering quotes, books, music, and movies, and those have helped a great deal..

      edit:
      OK, I misread you, sorry.. but either way, he’s unbalanced.. no matter what, he’s going to need something that tricks his mind into feeling better. If you take drugs to feel that happiness, it’s going to unbalance out just the same.. And if you do it on your own.. I’m still not a “happy” person today.. I just get by.. people are depressed because of a chemical imbalance.. their dopamine levels are lower than normal.. drugs can increase dopamine levels, but your brain has a set amount of dopamine, so regardless of what increases it, it’s going to be depleted just the same and take you down..

  15. QUESTION:
    Any Metformin experts?
    First of all, thanks for taking the trouble to read and answer these questions. I really appreciate it. I am a newly diagnosed diabetic (about 6 or 7 weeks ago) and I really need some answers to these questions:

    As a background to this question, my fasting blood sugar when diagnosed was 20 UK (= 360 US). I have tested it myself a couple of times this week when fasting and it was 13.1 (=236) and 15.8 (=284) but it has also been 19.8 (=356) an hour after a meal.

    (1) When should I take metformin – before, during or after a meal and why? I have heard some conflicting things.

    (2) I have been prescribed 3 x 500mg but I very rarely eat three large meals. In fact, I eat about 5 or 6 half size meals so would it be okay for me to halve the dosage and double the frequency? i.e. does it depend on how much I actually eat?

    (3) What is Metformin actually doing? (i.e. how does it actually work)

    (4) Is the effect of Metformin simply a short term remedy in as much as, does it simply lower my blood sugar momentarily or should I expect to see a long term reduction in my fasting blood sugar?

    (5) If I dont feel that Metformin is doing much then should I consider asking for the Slow Release version? Or should I consider going onto Insulin?

    (6) Are there websites with charts etc which show how blood sugar levels should be on a typical day when meals are taken and when Metformin/Insulin are taken?

    Once again, thanks
    I am type 2, and I am male, aged 42, with both parents Indian.

    • ANSWER:
      You seem to have several problesm,all related.

      1) ALWAYS FOLLOW DOCTORS ORDRS. Do not depend on advice from the intenet. CALL THE DOCTOR and ask. DO NOT attempt to treat yoursefl, adjust your own disages, or otherwise self-medicate. DO NOT use any folk” or herbal remedies, as they can interfer with teh prescription drugs..

      2) You should take readings ONLY as indicated by the doctor. The most commen times are:
      –> Just before (like 5 minutes before) meals
      –> Just before bed
      Some doctoar also recommend taking a reading TWO HOURS after eating.

      NEVER TAKE A READING AT ANY OTHER TIME. Your blood sugar “spikes” immediately after you eat, and so readings taken sooner than two hours after eating WILL be high, and are meaningless.

      NOW:
      Metformin is to be taken WITH MEALS, unless the doctor orders otherwise. One of the things a diabetic MUST do is control their eating habits. you need to start eating in a more prescribed, regular manner, like THREE meals a day, at the normal times.

      DO NOT cut the pill! Metformin must be taken whole, not chewed, crushed, or cut..

      Metformin works by 1) Causing the liver to produce less excess sugar, and 2) Increase the body’s sensitiveity to insulin, thus lowering blood sugar.

      Metformin works almost immedately, but its effect will act as long as the chemical stays in the body. That is why it is necesary to properly time your meals!

      It is not about what YOU feel is working or not; it is about what the doctor PROVES is working or not, through regular blood tests. The doctor is the one to make the judgement whether ot not to use the XR version ogfmetformin.

      But, there are other medications to try before going to insulin. Metformin works for Insulin Resistence. but you might have Insulin Deficiency. Therefor, you need drugs that will stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin. These drugs may be tried alone or in combination with metformin.

      Only if NONE of the drugs work should you consider insulin.

      There is no ned for a Blood Glucose chart. The reading are very simple to undetstand.

      1) ALWAYS take the readings at the correct times (see above). Raeding taken at ANY other time are meaningless.
      2) blood sugar readings taken just before meals or bed should be in the NORMAL range, 80-120 US
      3) Reading taken two hous after the meals should be in the range of 150-200 US

      However you obtain these result is OK, so long as it works. Diet and exercise, Metformin, or insulin — all are OK.

      the goal of diabetes treatment is to train the patient to take control of his or her life, teaching them to STRICTLY control their diet, get more exercise, and lose weight. If this can be successfully accomplished, the drugs and/or insulin can be reduced or even eliminated.

      BUT NOTE::
      If the patient remains “non-compliant” (not following doctors orders, ESPECIALLY so far as strict dietary control is concerned) then there is no doctor in the world, no medication yet invented, that can save the patients life.

      Diabetes is an EXTREMELY personal disease. It requires a great deal of self-discipline to fight it. The successful patient will live as long and as happy as a “healthy” person.

      The non-compliant patient will often die young, and almost always painfully, being subject to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attacks, strokes, blindness, Azheimers disease, amputations, kidneys disease, and dialysis.

  16. QUESTION:
    How should i take creatine with my diabetes (type 1)?
    I have a question about taking creatine. Im a 16 year old type 1 diabetic and i previously ordered a CellTech Hardcore creatine, which has about 75g of sugar, if im correct. I was just wondering if anyone can correct me on how to take this product so that it doesnt affect my diabetes. If i take insulin (humulin) before i consume the creatine, would it help maintain my blood sugar level so that it would not go off the chart? i also read that insulin helps the creatine to go in the muscles so is taking insulin a must before consuming creatine?

    Thanks in advance! =)

    • ANSWER:
      Personally i think at 16 you are to ypoung to be using this? What is it you hope to gain through its use? One of the safety issues of it is renal problems which as a diabetic you already have an increased risk of. If you are seriously considering using creatine I would ask you to talk to your doctor before you take it as I do not know whether or not it has any effect on your medication. It is also more effective when used with high GI carbohydrates which will spike your blood glucose levels and are best avoided.
      See article below

  17. QUESTION:
    Diabetics: what would you do if your doctor…?
    I am a low-income Type 2 diabetic. I receive health care through a community clinic, so I am limited in my options.

    I have been seeing my new doctor since December last year. After getting my lab work back, he was relieved to see that my kidneys were fine. He asked how long I had been diabetic and then responded, “Oh, you haven’t been diabetic long enough to have kidney disease.” Like the simple fact that I am diabetic means that I’ll get diabetic complications. My A1c has been in the 5% range for YEARS.

    The last time I was there, he was so impressed with my A1c and blood sugar log that he told me that he thought I was misdiagnosed as diabetic. I was taken aback. When I was diagnosed, my A1c and random blood sugar were off the charts. There’s NO doubt that I am diabetic. I insisted that I am, told him why I thought so, and that I just work really hard to control my blood sugar, but he said, “I still think you may not be diabetic.”

    Right now I’m feeling like he’s a raging incompetent about diabetes. I know that beggars can’t be choosers and I should just be glad I have health care, but I’m sort of disgusted and wondering if I should request to switch doctors at the clinic or maybe go elsewhere. The only reason I’m reluctant is because I don’t want word of this getting back to him if I can’t switch and I don’t need any special treatment or an endo because I have good control. He’s “sufficient.” I was offended that he had so little faith in me, condemning me to kidney disease, and then I was another level of horrified when he said I wasn’t diabetic.

    What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, congrats on your exemplary glycemic control.

      I don’t have any statistics at hand but from talking to my GP, I get the impression that most diabetics do not have such good blood sugars.

      For instance, my GP told me I am the only diabetic patient with the clinic who has a 5% A1C.

      I think some doctors even believe that diabetics can never have normal blood sugars. Also in the past, diabetics invariably deteriorated because people knew a lot less about blood sugar management. But things have changed so much now, and as you yourself know, diabetics have so many tools to control their disease and not let it control them.

      We also know that the higher the A1C, the greater the risk of complications. Sadly, the risk never goes down to zero, no matter how good the A1C.

      Finally I’d like to suggest that if that doctor spends a lot of time working in low-income areas, it is likely he sees lots of poorly controlled diabetics who, for various reasons, end up eating a high carb diet. He probably sees them deteriorate quickly and thinks that everybody’s going to end up like that.

  18. QUESTION:
    Am I doomed?
    I know I’m a diabetic, but can do little to control it becoz of my profession. A couple of days ago a random blood sugar test showed a level of 440, the doc advised me to get my self checked up and a diet charted out at a biabetic clinic… but the difficulty is that without sweets I feel very uneasy with nausea and even headache, and I feel more normal after I’ve had a tofee or two…. I’ve told this to my doc but he rubbishes it…. but this is the fact… am I doomed? At present I’m not on any anti diabetic drugs, neither do I smoke or drink…

    • ANSWER:
      You have specfically asked … am i doomed…… the answer is yes …….you are doomed ……..if you do not change the style of your living and eating. T he reading 440 is too high , may be you are leading your self to the bundle of various life threatening diseases. Please listen to your doctor and do what he says , I do not know your age, your quota of taking sweets in your life is over. Please be serious , life is very beautiful, let it live that way, control your self before it is too late. Make your will power strong , your posting of this question in yahoo answer indicate that there is a will and you are worried and you want some bodies moral support from other than a doctor, Go ahead help your self and god will come and help you,
      God bless.

  19. QUESTION:
    Gearing up to TTC!!!???
    I am gearing up to begin TTC the end of September. I was just looking for tips and advice on natural ways of conceiving faster… Teas, exercises, herbs, positions, timing??? Has anyone had success with fertility/ovulation predictor kits???

    I have 1 son already he will be 4 soon. He was born Via emergency c-section… I am planning a VBAC. I have lost about 15 lbs…And begun working with a nutritionist to get my borderline glucose levels lower…(border line type 2 diabetic)…So I am not eating a lot of refined carbs or refined sugars! I have not had soda or caffeine (except naturally occurring caffeine) in over a month and a half! I am avoiding high fructose corn syrup, and Trans fat like the plague. And walking! My nutritionist is also a midwife…and has assured me that the reason I had my last cesarean should not be a problem for future births. I have also done extensive research into VBAC, as well as labor and birth as I am now studying to be a doula… (So please no comments about my choice of birth!) I have also been charting my BBT’s for a few months and plan to continue to do so through conception, though it has been difficult to pin point ovulation!

    Just looking for some tips, hints or advice!? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I have an ovulation calendar and that’s really all I needed. I used it with my first and got pregnant in less than 5 months, then I used it with my current pregnancy. We talked about it and decided to get pregnant, it took a month. I don’t think it was sheer luck, we followed what the calendar said and sure enough… it was very accurate. Other than that, I did nothing else. I could pass the calendar over to you if you’d like.. just let me know :o)


Diabetic Sugars Levels

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Would a hair prouduct containing Fructose and Glucose make your sugars levels go up if you are a diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      I seriously doubt it. Unless you’re planning to use it in your coffee or something (eeeww).

  2. QUESTION:
    how many days will it take to recover from a circumscision if one is a diabetic but sugar levels under control?
    i have undergone circumscision surgery on 1st oct but i’m a diabetic under medication and the swelling hasn’t come down yet? wat may be the reason…?

    • ANSWER:
      If diabetes is under control atleast 3 weeks.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can you have low blood sugar levels without being diabetic?
    Can you have low blood sugar levels without being diabetic?
    Are the symptoms of low blood sugar levels the same but a little less then someone with diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I think it’s called Hypoglycemia, this has also recently been linked directly to smoking and is thought to be a ‘see-saw’ action within a smokers blood levels causing Hypoglycemia.

  4. QUESTION:
    Flax—-Do anyone knows what it is and can it be used for lowering diabetic sugar levels?
    I also was informed that their are other uses for this herb. If anyone has knowledge or have personally used it – given details will certainly award you 10 points. No guesses.

    • ANSWER:
      flax is a fairly crunchy type of tiny seed…. you can buy them in the store, as is (in a bag); and can be sprinkled on cereal, put in muffins, added to almost any type of grain, added to yoghurt, etc.

      The best way to get your sugar levels under control are:
      1) cut WAY down on your carbs, (i.e. sugar and sugar containing products, like soda)
      2) cut down on grains, bread and pasta and when you eat them, ONLY eat brown grains (not white)

      Remember grains, pasta and bread turn to sugar. What stops that is the amount of fiber in them. The more fiber, the better.

      You don’t have to make the transition all at once….. just cut out SUGAR. Splenda is a good substitute, as is ‘stevia’, an herb – you can get at GNC, etc.

  5. QUESTION:
    Could I be Diabetic even if my sugar levels are considered normal?
    I could swear I feel more weak and whatnot if my sugar levels are around 7 ish which is not considered something to worry about. I start passing out at around 8 or so. Is it possible my sugar tolerance is lower than normal and i am diabetic?
    Well I do have Hypoglycemia because of my thyroid not working too well if that helps.

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    IM a diabetic with sugar levels that fluctuate, lately i’ve been coughing severly which is causing me to vomit?
    I just had my appointment with my Dr who said that it might have been my high blood pressure meds, this doctors changes my meds every 3 months and still nothing is helping , it’s seems like it’s just getting worse,what should i do , i exercise , i eat good. someone pls help.

    • ANSWER:
      You have fluctuating bg? let me ask, are you type I or II?

      My answer:

      You have to understand something about blood sugar and I don’t know if you see an endo or an Internal Medicine Doctor but let me enlighten you a bit as to why you are possibly going up and down.

      1. If you exercise too much as a diabetic this can be dangerous. Coupled with insulin injection and exercise, bg can rapidly fall causing the liver to release its stores of glucose causing a spike in sugar. Now, normally the liver stops this when the pancreas kicks in to regulate but since your pancreas can’t do that it just spikes and spikes until you inject yourself with insulin. Make sure to exercise sure because exercise is a great key to controlling diabetes but remember that if your body senses you going low on sugars you liver will over compensate creating a horrid up down rollercoaster that can leave you feeling ill.

      2. If you are insulin resistant, I suggest you start talking to your doctor about being prescribed a pill called ACTOSE. It helps with insulin sensitivity and may just help you out. I know if I take too much insulin I tend to feel funny and squemish and I vomitted a couple of times. Coughing may just be indicative of a side effect from the medications that you are taking or the simple fact that you may be catching a cold and the nausea is coming from whatever illness you may be contracting which would also be one indictative reason why your bg is fluctuating, during times of illness the body weakens and its ability to regulate itself decreases so keep a two to four hour watch on your bg levels while sick.

      3. Eating well is harder to do than most people think and eating well pre diabetic and eating well post diagnosis is a severe change. I find that a diet isn’t good enough. I suggest becoming a semi vegetarian. Meaning that you eat more vegetables than anything else. Eat many green vegetables and keep the bread intake to wheat, whole grain and keep your carb content to a specified number a day but don’t go overboard. You should also keep glucose tablets in your pocket. They are controlled release and when you go low, you will come up fast and steady a certain amount. Trust me, 1 tablet when you go low is enough to bring you up fast, and 5 minutes later if you need it again, pop another tab. it brings it up fast but at a small step by step rate.

      4. High blood pressure meds I don’t know much about but what I do know is that these meds could cause nausea. But I also know that high blood pressure could CAUSE nausea and when you are about to vomit you should note that the body sometimes will cough before vomiting.

      5. I suggest you get a second opinion from an endocrinologist. If you aren’t already seeing one.

      Ok, in my personal experience with this stuff.

      I used to have high blood sugar spikes and lows all the time. Simply taking ACTOSE for me helped regulate my insulin levels and blood sugar levels closely which in turn lowered my stress level which in turn lowered my blood pressure. I used to run 256/125 constantly for a year. Then I started to relax and de stress.

      A few things I would like you to do when you go to bed tonight.

      Stretch your whole body before doing this.

      1. Meditation. Yes u heard me. Become like a Buddhist monk and sit down with your back against the wall with your palms on your knees.

      2. While sitting become observant of your body. What is stressed? What muscles are tense? What aches? What hurts?

      3. Once you have ascertained what your physical pains and stresses are seek to ascertain your life stresses. What is bothering you that you would like to work out? Do you feel the need to talk about something? Can you handle the stress you are under?

      4. Once you have ascertained all this, calm down and focus. Close your eyes relax your body keeping your back straight propped against the wall. Let your shoulders droop down relaxed. Breath in deep through your nose and out through your mouth slowly. Do so the whole time you are meditating.

      5. Envision that you are sitting somewhere peaceful. Maybe on a prairie with a sweet scent in the air and wind blowing calmly on your face. Keep that vision of that place and focus in on it until you can literally feel yourself there. Keeping your breathing slow and rhythmic In through your nose out through your mouth slowly.

      6. Now once you are here, empty your mind of all its pains and aches and focus on relaxing your body mind and spirit. Let all your worries and pains go and keep breathing like I said before.

      7. Stay in steps 5 and 6 until you feel relaxed. Remember you need to breathe in and out fully and completely. Don’t short yourself on your breathing. Full capacity breath everytime.

      This whole process should go on as long as necessary.

      Then stretch yourself out again and go to bed. Wake up and repeat the process before you start your day

  7. QUESTION:
    My husband is diabetic and drinks sugar free koolaid with aspartame could this raise his sugar levels?
    I am asking because it seems his sugar levels are going crazy. He went to the doctor Yesterday and was put on a pill along with his daily insulin.

    But the only thing we can think of making it so high (its been in the 400-500 range) is his sugar free koolaid. He has been drinking it for a while, but its just not bothering him.

    I watch everything he eats a drinks, he drinks lots of water and so on.

    I was just curious if anyone else who is diabetic ever had this problem.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello my friend,
      I have found that my blood sugar levels went crazy when I used any artificial sweetener in those packets or boxes.

      After researching it, I have found that they have maltodextrin in them. I copied the following from Wikipedia:

      Dextrin – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Maltodextrin is a polysaccharide that is used as a food additive. …Maltodextrin is
      easily digestible, being absorbed as rapidly as glucose. …
      en.wikipedia.org

      I have since switched to the pills and crush them up, between 2 spoons, prior to using them.

      Also, I use stevia extract. This is 1,000 x sweeter than sugar, so you don’t need much at all. The best part is it is all natural.

      Another point, when I make something too sweet (even with the fake sugars) my blood sugar will go up. So, I keep it semi sweet and I have no problems.

      There is a great book called Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution. This book has been a life saver for me.

      Dr. Bernstein has been a type l diabetic since he was around 9 or 10. He is now over 70 years old and is actively practicing medicine.

      He found out how to control his blood sugar and became a doctor at the age of around 45.

      When he was first diagnosed, his life expectancy was less than 40 years of age.

      Even though he is a type l diabetic, the covers both type l & ll
      diabetes in his book.

      He even has a cook book now, with delicious recipes, that are easy to prepare.

      I hope this helps.

      Ollie G

      http://www.df4u2.com

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the American Diabetic Assoc blood sugar levels?
    I would like to know the blood sugar levels that are recognized by the ADA?

    • ANSWER:
      The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that you keep your blood sugar levels at:1

      80 mg/dL to 120 mg/dL before meals and 100 mg/dL to 140 mg/dL at bedtime when using a blood sample drawn from a vein (a whole-blood sample).
      90 mg/dL to 130 mg/dL before meals and 110 mg/dL to 150 mg/dL at bedtime when using a blood sample drawn from a fingertip (plasma blood sample).
      Less than 180 mg/dL one to two hours after meals.
      The ADA also recommends a hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) target level of less than 7%. Some people may be able to achieve an even lower level of less than 6%.1 The lower the A1c, the lower the rate of complications. HbA1c is a measure of how well blood sugar levels have remained within a safe range over the previous 2 to 3 months. Keeping blood glucose levels less than 180 mg/dL after meals may help in achieving a hemoglobin A1c of less than 7%.

  9. QUESTION:
    If your diabetic and your sugar levels are low but have nothing?
    Say your out, you start getting all the symptoms and then you check your blood readings, etc etc.
    If you found out your blood levels were very low and you needed sugar but had no money or sugar source, what could you do? Walk into a shop and explain? What if you collasped whilst explaining, do you think you could take say a mars bar and a bottle of coke, drank and ate it and then explain?

    Any laws or polices about this?
    I’m not looking for a way to steal things! Jeeez! I was just wondering what can they do for you etc.

    • ANSWER:
      If you’re a diabetic, then you’re a very ill prepared one. You are supposed to carry glucose tabs with you. If you can’t afford glucose tablets, then get a bag of Lifesavers and always keep a handful in your pocket. Its not rocket science, but it could save your life some day.

      And get yourself a Medic Alert necklace and wear it all the time.

      Diabetics have to take responsibility for their own health. No one is going to rescue you if you screw up. Get a backpack, or messenger bag, or buy jeans with big pockets, or something to keep a glucometer, bottle of water, some glucose tablets, and/or Lifesaver candies, and a couple of granola bars in. If you are taking insulin you can keep that in the bag too.

      If you absolutely didn’t have anything with you, grab some sugar packets and say I’m a diabetic, and need sugar, its an emergency. I’m sure no one would question that you need the sugar and you probably wouldn’t get in trouble for it, but why aren’t you prepared?

  10. QUESTION:
    Diabetic Sugar levels too low?
    My mom has diabetes she uses insulin. Her sugar levels are usaully high but lately they have been very low in the 50′s. She takes insulin before going to bed and in the morning she checks her sugar levels and it’s really low. She eats when she takes the insulin so I was wondering why is it so low?

    • ANSWER:
      Blood sugar levels of 50 are dangerous and need immediate attention. She needs to adjust her night insulin dose. Its really important.

      Type 2 diabetics, who are not on insulin, rarely go too low. It does happen, though

      Type 1s (insulin dependent) can and do have low blood sugar episodes when they take too much insulin or don’t eat enough to compensate for the amount they took. It’s a balancing act to say the least.

      Lots of variables involved in sugar level being too low,

      For more on diabetes visit

      http://www.reddiabetes.com

  11. QUESTION:
    What food should I avoid as a diabetic, in order to keep my blood sugars down?
    I am a diabetic trying to control my bolld sugar levels with food and diet.

    • ANSWER:
      Stay away from potatoes and pastas. These are foods that have alot of starches in them and the starches turn to sugar. Also stay away from your candies and cakes and pies unless they are sugar free. Drink diet drinks. You are not going to be able to stay away from sugars all together, as some foods naturally have sugar in them. I hope this helps you.

  12. QUESTION:
    I am diabetic with out of control blood sugar levels I am scehduled for surgery is this dangerous?
    I am scheduled for a total hysterectomy on the 3rd of June. My sugars are out of control and I don’t have the money to buy my insulin.My body doesn’t produce insulin on it’s own I have type 1 diabetes.Would it be dangerous to have this surgery right now?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the County health Clinic. Free diabetic supplies. It don’t take a lot of days for a Type 1 diabetic to die. So, I suggest RIGHT NOW>

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the symptoms when a diabetic’s sugar levels are as high as 20?
    The person’s diabetes is serious and receives insulin injections.

    • ANSWER:
      Your reading doesn’t make sense. is this reading Metric or American? in American readings, this person would be DEAD! in Metric readings, this is very high.

      However, ONE high blood sugar reading seldom produces ANY symptoms. in order to produce symptoms, the reading must be high for a LONG time, like several days. if the person is taking diabetic medications (like insulin injections) The blood sugar does not stay that high for very long.

      if you are using American Readings, then this Value is WAY TOO LOW. this person may be passed out, bu definitely acting ‘;drunk” – confused, dizzy, maybe nauseous. you need to call 911 NOW and have this person transported to the hospital.

      Since it is clear that YOU do not know what these readings mean, you need to be on the safe side and take this person to the emergency room.

  14. QUESTION:
    Does being a diabetic with high sugar levels causes you to have yeast infections?

    • ANSWER:
      cause, no.
      contribute, yes.
      aggrivate, probably.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can cortisol cause diabetic blood sugar levels?

    • ANSWER:
      Prolonged elevation of cortisol (as seen in patients with Cushing’s syndrome) can cause diabetic blood sugar levels. It does so by increasing insulin resistance in the body. Insulin is a hormone which causes the body to uptake sugar from the blood and store it in various tissues, mainly the liver and in fat tissue. With elevated cortisol, your body doesn’t respond as well to this signal by insulin, and thus there is less uptake of sugar from the blood, leaving more sugar in the blood. This high sugar level is seen in patients with Type II diabetes mellitus. Therefore, elevated cortisol levels can lead to high blood sugar levels, but technically this is not diabetes because diabetes is a prolonged state of inaility to control glucose levels.

  16. QUESTION:
    How can a diabetic lose weight without compromising sugar levels?
    I have diabetes and I want to lose weight. I have tried everything, but I don’t want to mess up my sugar levels, that I just got under control.

    • ANSWER:
      First, let me warn you that some diabetic prescription meds actually work against us when we try to lose weight.

      Secondly, there’s TONS of books out on the subject of nutrition. At minimum, you should invest in one that shows the amount of carbs in most common foods and stick to low carb foods.

      Thirdly, learn about the glycemic index. There are “good” carbs (complex carbs) that are low on the glycemic index and you can eat those but you have to avoid foods that will spike your blood sugar, foods high on the glycemic index.

      Fourth, if you can afford to consult a nutritionist that SPECIALIZES in working with diabetics, go for it but I wound up seeing an idiot who had all the right credentials but no common sense. I learned more from books than from her and I’m sorry that I ever consulted her. She screwed up my blood sugar levels worse than they were with me guessing about what to eat.

      Fifth, exercise daily and drink LOTS of water. I try to drink a gallon of purified water (not tap water) per day. Yes, that’s a lot of water and I’m peeing like a racehorse but I don’t lose weight unless I drink plenty of water.

      Sixth, make sure you’re taking a good multi-vitamin to be sure you’re getting proper nutrition even though you’ve cut what you eat and especially make sure you’re getting enough calcium and magnesium. For ages, I wondered why I could not lose weight to save my life and then, when I started taking calcium, I started to lose. Slowly, sure, but safely. No pep pills.

      Seventh, make sure you get enough sleep. Again, it’s hard to lose if you’re fatigued. The body requires enough rest. I get AT LEAST 8 hours a night when dieting. Ideally, 9 hours. By trial and error, I found that I do better with 9 than less. I discussed it with my doctor and she said that 8 is just “the average.” Some people need more, some need less.

      Eighth, keep a food diary and keep track of what you eat, how many calories it has and how many carbs. Don’t drop too low (below 1,200 calories per day for most folks) but drop below what you’re burning every day. My monitoring and varying it at first, you’ll see “Oh, the week I was taking in 2,000 calories a day is the one where I didn’t lose weight but when I took in 1,500 then I lost weight.” Then stay in that range.

      Good luck.

  17. QUESTION:
    Does propranolol increase blood sugar levels if one is already diabetic?
    I am diabetic and take insulin and also metformin hydrochloride , glibinclamide. I am also taking propronolol for akathesia , does this drug increase sugar levels ?
    My blood sugar level before breakfast is 220 mg/dl. I have been taking propranolol 20 mg since one month.
    I got the answer here :

    http://mb.rxlist.com/rxboard/inderal.pl?read=1

    • ANSWER:
      it’s not supposed to, but learn the other signs of hypoglycemia because since propranolol is a beta-blocker, you will no longer have the sweating and tachycardia (rapid heart beat) as a guide. how high is your blood glucose?

  18. QUESTION:
    I am diabetic with high sugar levels and using metformin tablet after breakfast.?
    Yesterday I have eaten 2nos of greengram dosas when BS level was 90mg/dl. After 2 hours the reading was 136mg/dl. Today I have eaten 2 nos of small idlies when the BS was 87mg/dl. But after 2 hours I got the reading of 205mg/dl. I am worried. Kindly give perfect answer the person who knows exact. Than Q.

    • ANSWER:
      This indicate that your medication is not enough and also what are the food you had eaten.
      As a diabetic you must control your diet like drinking coffee without sugar or with diabetic sugar. Your breakfast must not have a high content of sugary item like cream and jam
      You must also exercises daily for at least 20 minutes.
      Follow this measure and you will be able to lead a normal life.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can menopause cause irregular blood sugar levels for a diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely. Hormones affect other hormones.

      Humans have 87 hormones, 2% for reproduction and the rest for behavior to blood sugar levels to skin and bone.

      All hormones precurse other hormones like a domino affect.

      So, yes.

      We get our hormones from plant foods. We cannot manufacture them on our own, as the body cannot supply them on its own.

      Plant sterols are in raw fruits and vegetables to provide DHEA and precurse them to all 87 hormones as needed.

      In Japan, there is no history of osteoporosis and diabetes, as their foods are rich in phytosterols.

      In other cultures that have not adopted western diets, proliferation of menopause and type 2 diabetes does not exist.

      It’s all about the food feeding the body’s hormones.

      Because our western diet is deficient, I have to supplement with these food molecules. Thus, my blood sugar is even and my bone density has tripled.

  20. QUESTION:
    im i better off with insulin as a type 2 diabetic. latley my sugar levels been uncontrolable.it just seems the?
    pills dont do the job anymore.i watch what i eat, and do excersize.im i better off with insulin.

    • ANSWER:
      If your diabetes is uncontrolled, you need to let your Dr. know asap..he/she can change oral meds or start insulin..Diabetes has to be controlled or you can lose your sight, get nerve damage {numbness in hands and feet} if male you can get ED, and many more problems, some more severe than others..let your Dr. know what your blood sugar runs daily.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can high sugar levels make a diabetic person feel tired and or have a dry mouth feeling?

    • ANSWER:
      Yep and I should know I’m a diabetic myself.

      Common symptoms of diabetes include:
      Excessive thirst and appetite
      Increased urination (sometimes as often as every hour)
      Unusual weight loss or gain
      Fatigue
      Nausea, perhaps vomiting
      Blurred vision
      In women, frequent vaginal infections
      In men and women, yeast infections
      Dry mouth
      Slow-healing sores or cuts
      Itching skin, especially in the groin or vaginal area

  22. QUESTION:
    Diabetic – Sugar levels?
    Hi ,
    2weeks back i went to doctor for general check, they tested my blood and said I have diabetis level is 140 on 12 hours fasting, I ate lot of rice before the test day.
    came back home I stopped rice in dinner and eating fruits and nuts..doing some exercise.

    after lab test I was check the sugar lever on early morning before dinner all the time its less than 120.

    I am in confusion really I am effected or not?
    I have another lab test next month.

    even if you are not effected still your sugar level some times 140? I did not have good sleep that day is that reason I got more level?

    • ANSWER:
      Stress and other factors can also make your blood sugar levels high. Wait until your next test and don’t worry about it yet.

  23. QUESTION:
    Can smoking cannabis affect your blood sugar levels if you are diabetic ?
    Does the same apply to non-diabetics. Thank you in advance as last blood tests a bit alarming.!!

    • ANSWER:
      Smoking period is not good for diabetics….So many things can factor into your blood sugar….not enough rest, being run down (which the cannabis will do) not eating right…the munchies…..it is a whole different ball game…I battle it daily. Sometimes good, sometimes not so good…stress puts mine high…..keep an eye on it as nothing is more valuable than your health…..

  24. QUESTION:
    Could I be diabetic and should I check my sugar levels?
    For a little while now I’ve been experiencing some symptoms .. the same symptoms that could mean you have diabetes. My best friend is a diabetic. Could he check my blood sugar with his tester thing? Also what kind of reading should I be looking for?

    • ANSWER:
      No. You should make an appointment with your family doctor to discuss your symptoms. There are several different tests that your doctor may choose from to make a diagnosis, and each test has its own instructions that you will have to follow ahead of time.

      Testing your blood sugar with your friend’s meter isn’t going to give you any useful information mainly because you won’t know how to interpret the numbers or how to adjust them for meals, carbohydrates eaten, exercise, etc. For example, if you eat a meal that is high in carbohydrates and then test your blood sugar an hour to an hour and a half after eating, you just might show a number that is higher than “normal.” But that number is actually perfectly healthy for someone who has just eaten.

      Only your doctor should evaluate your symptoms and run the appropriate tests.

      Good luck to you. I hope you’re only thirsty because the weather is hot and humid, and I hope if you’re hungry a lot it’s only because you’re hitting a growth spurt!

  25. QUESTION:
    what is the highest ever diabetic sugar level?
    i bet i could beat it. ill tell you my answer after every one puts theres down.
    wtf i never said diabetes waz a joke i have it so how is it funny?!
    mine went up to 1000 amlost over a thousand i was walking and talking.

    • ANSWER:
      Each person responds differently to high blood sugar levels. at readings over 600, people could pass out or even go into a coma. YOU are lucky, and stayed perfectly conscious!

      My doctor says the highest HE has ever seen was 1500 — and the patient WAS awake and alert.

      What this underscores is that DIABETES IS A SILENT KILLER! It IS possible for someone to have EXTREMELY high blood sugar and NOT KNOW IT!

      That is why it is CRITICAL that ALL people have their blood tested BY A DOCTOR at least twice a year. In this way, the doctor can tell when you blood sugars are “creeping up”, and you can take rather simply lifestyle changes (better diet, more exercise) to reduce the blood sugar BEFORE you become diabetics, thus skipping all the nasty side effects (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, Erectile dysfunction, heart attacks, and amputations)

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to help diabetic neuropathy, other than watching your blood sugar levels?
    I have been a diabetic for 32 years, and I just have been told I have diabetic neuropathy in my legs. Does anyone know any good exercises, lotions etc that will help, besides some meds from the doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetic neuropathy is not curable. Of course the primary med prescribed is neurontin. However, it is often thought that over the counter vitamin b-12 and vitamin e benefit the nerves. Wear good socks and shoes…check your feet often and keep them lotioned with any unscented lotion (just make sure alcohol is not in the first few ingredients listed as alcohol is a drying agent). It’s also a great idea to see a podiatrist for any nail cutting. One small wound, cut or nik can cost you your foot as neuropathy consists of numbness and tingling of the foot and you could have a sore there but not feel it. As far as exercises that help…haven’t heard much out there that benefits neuropathy..but exercise in general is a good idea to promote blood circulation as circulation is decreased in diabetics. Hope this has helped you somewhat. Best wishes.

  27. QUESTION:
    what are healthy blood sugar levels for non diabetic people?
    is 6.9mmol a good fasting level? i can rarely get below this at any time of day. what are the ranges for DIABETIC people?

    • ANSWER:
      i was diagnosed just 2 months ago with type 2 diabetes if you have had a blood sugar fasting test and it was 6.9 then you are pre diabetic i was a pre diabetic for 19yrs. my last fasting blood test was 8.7 after 15hrs fasting and a lot higher after 2hrs when i had eaten,i suggest that you start eating a sensible diet and watch your sugar intake just by making a few adjustments to your diet can help ward off diabetes. the doctor told me that normal blood glucose levels for non diabetic people after a fasting test should be between 4 and 6 pre diabetic reading is between 6-7 anything over 7 means diabetes. i have a friend who is pre diabetic and her doctor has put her on a low dose of metformin and it is working well for her,but to be honest your doctor should have told you all this

  28. QUESTION:
    Testing sugar levels. What is diabetic and what is not?
    A nurse at hospital tested by blood sugar levels when i was fasting and after. The nurse said 2 to 4 was a normal level for someone who didn’t have diabetes and had been fasting. Is this accurate?
    My tested levels are below…
    - Fasting Blood Sugar levels were 4.9
    - After eating blood sugar levels were 5.4
    Is there some sort of chart i can refer to? I want to know if i have diabetes or not. (I have PCOS which is a pre-diabetic condition).

    • ANSWER:
      Hi El,

      That is a perfect result sweetheart considering you have PCOS. Nothing to worry about there.

      I have been trying to find a site to help you, the best one I have come up with so far is www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/16422495.php
      If you scroll down to the heading NORMAL FASTING BLOOD SUGAR everything below that heading will explain the normal ranges of blood sugar to you.

      Hope this helps.

      Love Mel.X

  29. QUESTION:
    Do you still have to check your blood sugar levels if you are type 2 diabetic?
    I’m just a little confused. I thought only a type 1 diabetic had to use a glucose meter.

    • ANSWER:
      I have type 2 Diabetes and I check my sugar every day…Both type 1 and type 2 are supposed to check their sugars…

  30. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for type-1 diabetic to have ‘normal’ sugar levels but still be hypoglycemic?
    I know this is strange, but my boyfriend has had about 7-9 all afternoon, but acting like he is is low on sugar. He is refusing to eat, confused, aggressive, hazy eyed. He has had diabetes for 25 years now and is 30 and i am worried that it could be a condition associated with the disease. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      The main possibilities are:

      1) He’s aggressive because you keep pestering him when he’s fine.

      2) There’s something wrong with the measurements and he’s lower than he thinks. Is the glucometer correctly coded? Has he got sugar on his hands?

      3) He has been high and is now dehydrated.

      3) There’s something unrelated to his diabetes wrong or he has developed a complication which is not related to his short term blood glucose level.

      Check the glucometer’s coded correctly and offer him a non-sugary drink then just keep an eye on him.

  31. QUESTION:
    what is the best way to lower blood sugar levels when type 2 diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      Of course a diet that is low in simple carbohydrates is best. I don’t use sugar; I lost my extra pounds and kept them off; I try to eat sensibly; and the best trick my doctor gave me is this: Use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoonful of cinnamon each day. I spice hot tea with it or use liberally in applesauce. This will lower blood sugar levels very effectively. The older you are, the more it will lower it so don’t overdue! You can also mix it with sweetener and sprinkle on a piece of buttered toast. If I do not have a bedtime snack, the levels will be somewhat higher in the morning.

  32. QUESTION:
    I am diabetic .My sugar levels for two days refuse to dop below 19.7. What should I do?
    Insulin Contrlled diabetes with metaformin 850 tabs twice a day readins now for 60 hours hanging in at 19.7 Any idae what I should do? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Doctor… Now!

  33. QUESTION:
    If a diabetic has a cold can that increase their blood sugar levels?
    I have a cold and for the past 2 mornings (2 hours after I eat breakfast only) my levels have been high. Just curious to know if this is normal. I control my diabetes on a restricted diet and do not take insulin at all.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have a fever it certainly can. The flu is worse, though. It can really whack out your BG’s for days. Make sure to check yourself more frequently and call your doc if it goes over 250 since you don’t take insulin.

  34. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any good diabetic recipes or tips on how to keep blood sugar levels down?
    I just found out I have diabetes after 23 years of not knowing. I havent found many people that have great recipes or tips on how to keep there blood sugar levels down. I make too much insulin and my body doesnt know how to release it or something. Anyways, I hope people can help.

    • ANSWER:
      There are tons of books out there. If you’ve got insurance,ask your doctor to send you to a nutritionist. That’s what they did when I found out,I was 30,and never knew either. Try to curb your carb consumption. Here’s the website to the American Diabetes Association. You can email me if you’ve got any other questions,I’d be happy to help.

      http://www.diabetes.org/home.jsp

  35. QUESTION:
    can anyone give me advice on helping my son with his concentration levels he is type 1 diabetic has good sugar
    my son is aged 8 and was diagnoised type 1 diabetic in may 2006.he is what the hospital call a healthy diabetic.his blood sugars are usualy between 4-10 but on occasions they can rise up to 20.he has not been hospitalised only on diagnoisis when he had sugar levels of 26 and keytones.i have never had to use the hypostop and when he has been ill with viruses his stepdad and myself have managed his insulin adjustments with confidence.he is a good eater athough fussy and is active. my main concern is his inability to sit and concentrate for periods of time. prediagnois he never sat still at all so there has been some improvement but im sure he could achieve more.he works well with positive reinforcment . he gets lots of love and support from the family,school and medical team.we are open to suggestions i.e diet, education,recreation even religion! INFACT anything.thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi

      Have you had your son checked out for dyspraxia or dyslexia?? These conditions can give symptons similar to your sons. My stepson is diabetic, a good and fussy eater and is bright and intelligent. However, he lacks concentration, gives up on work very easily and frustrates the pants off us!!! What we try to do is give him small targets to aim for, ten-fifteen minutes of work then a break but all the time there is a goal at the end of it, not always a treat though!! We have learnt not to take things for granted and accept that he will always be this way. It helps, honestly!!!

      One thing though, have you claimed for Disability Living Allowance. Your son should be entitled to this and at a higher rate due to the extra care he needs. The diabetic nurse should be able to help you complete it or your local welfare rights dept. Remember too, your son will always be entitled to free prescriptions, one of the ‘good’ points of being diabetic.

      Have you also been told the saying of you control diabetes, dont let diabetes control you??

      Good luck and stay strong

      Dean

  36. QUESTION:
    VERY HIGH blood sugar levels…new diabetic?
    My mom (age 50) just found out shes a type 1 diabetic. She lost A LOT of weight! Her blood levels averaged at 400. She started insulin 10mg today…when will her sugar levels go down?

    • ANSWER:
      Adults do get type 1.
      She should feel better right away.

  37. QUESTION:
    Where can I goto to print a Diabetic Sugar Level Chart?
    My Auntie is 73 years old and just found out she is Diabetic, I am trying to find a Sugar Level Chart to print out for her so she will know when it is to High/Low…Can anyone PLEASE Help Me??

    • ANSWER:
      your doctor should have one…go ask him

  38. QUESTION:
    What does it feel like to be a diabetic and have your sugar levels be too high and too low?

    • ANSWER:
      When your sugar level is too low, you feel woozy and have no energy, and you look like you are very tired. You might even feel nauseous. Its not fun at all.
      When your sugar is too high, you might feel nothing. But after months of going like that, like if you have diabetes and dont know it, then you could start feeling numbness or tingling in your hands or feet, and could have trouble with your vision, and you feel thirsty all the time, and you pee a lot more than usual.

  39. QUESTION:
    I am a diabetic. Has anyone ever heard of blood sugar levels increasing with exercise instead of decreasing?
    I have noticed when i am very active my blood sugar gets high. I always thought with activity blood sugar levels should go down. Has anyone else experience this?

    • ANSWER:
      yeah, i’ve had the same thing happen to me. i was putting a sidewalk around my house this past summer—working my butt off in the heat toting 80 pound bags of concrete, mixing it, pouring it, etc. i figured my blood sugar would be low so i tested it and it was sky high. i told my doc about it and she said that intense physical activity can cause the blood sugar to go up.

      i just say that measuring blood sugar sometimes is more voodoo than science.

  40. QUESTION:
    can steroid eye drops get into the blood stream and affect the sugar levels in a diabetic person?

    • ANSWER:
      It is not enough to effect your sugars.

  41. QUESTION:
    My mom is diabetic and takes insulin but the sugar levels are not normal.?
    Sometime high sometime low. What is the use of taking insulin.

    • ANSWER:
      Taking insulin will not magically transform a diabetic’s blood glucose levels back to normal. It is hard work, and a balancing act. Everything a diabetic eats, or everything they do, the way the feel, can all have an effect on their blood glucose levels. Insulin shots are only a substitution for the insulin that your mom’s body is no longer making. She still needs to control her diet and be concious of everything that she eats. She needs to make sure she gets exercise. If she is under stress or depressed, that can also increase blood sugar levels. Even other medications or over the counter supplements she takes could increase blood sugar levels. Insulin, when used as part of a complete plan to control diabetes can be very effective. If your mom needs help understanding how to better control her diabtes, look for a diabetes education class at a local hospital, or ask her dr. to recommend one.

  42. QUESTION:
    does urinary track infection effect blood sugar levels in a diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. In fact, sometimes this helps diagnose persons that are unaware they are diabetic due to their continous urinary tract infections. The high blood sugar in your body due to diabetes affects your immune system, making your body less able to fight off bacteria. This makes you more susceptible to infections like urinary tract infections.

      Doctors prescribe antibiotic medications to treat UTI’s in diabetics.

      Hope this helps.

  43. QUESTION:
    blood sugar levels- diabetic?
    ive been sick lately and just had my blood sugar tested. It was 6.2mmol. is that normal?
    im from australia
    oh and i meant to write my sugar level was 6.2mmol/l
    not fasting, had eaten couple of hrs earlier

    • ANSWER:
      Average is around 4.7, so it´s a litle high, but not diabetic.

  44. QUESTION:
    what amount of food is needed to keep my diabetic sugar level from dropping?
    I’m about 320lbs my sugar drops constantly. what am i doing wrong

    • ANSWER:
      one of the biggest problems for diebetics is that they loss all their vitamin b,s every time they go to the bathroom.
      all their nutriants wash right out of their bodys.
      so it is very important that they take high b’s every day also high c’s and drink greens every day.
      always take real multi’s and you need to eat five or six small meals all day long with lots of steam distilled water.

  45. QUESTION:
    If a diabetic is so hungry, What can he eat to avoid high sugar levels?
    As a part of an uncontrolled diabetes, a person is so hungry but feels like eating nothing. However the hungry is so intense, almost making him nervous. What can he do or eat without the sugar going so high?

    • ANSWER:
      Any food with no carbohydrates will not effect blood sugar. This includes meat, cheese, most vegitables (lettuce, broccoli, etc), some “no sugar added” foods (some do have carbs though so check the label).. a really good snack is to basically make a sandwich without the bread.. put cheese, lettuce, tomato, etc (just double check the carb count on anything you aren’t sure about) on a couple slices of lunchmeat and roll it up like a wrap!

  46. QUESTION:
    When a diabetic passes away, can the coroner tell what the blood sugar levels are after death?

    They would be, my mother in law passed away yesterday, and she’s diabetic. There is an autopsy to be done. No ones sure if there was another medical issue beyond her diabetes, and it would be like her to hide cancer or something. She was also having a hard time controlling her blood sugars. Everyones wondering why she passed. She went in her sleep.

    • ANSWER:
      75% of all diabetics die of either heart disease or stroke. It is also rare to see the cause of death on a death certificate as being diabetes……People die from the complications of diabetes and that’s what’s put on the certificate.

      As to whether or not a test can be taken during an autopsy to determine blood sugar levels at the time of death your answer is a resounding no. Cells in the blood die off after death so there would be no way to achieve what a blood sugar was after death.

  47. QUESTION:
    Is there any diabetic testing meters or Instruments that don’t require you to draw blood to see your levels?
    my girlfriend is a diabetic and just dreads checking here blood sugar level for the simple fact that she has to prick her fingers… i know it “is what it is” but was just curious if there was something thats out there where you dont have to do that to get a reading… thanks to anyone that answers..

    • ANSWER:
      The LighTouch uses a method called Raman spectroscopy to focus a laser—which Chaiken refers to as a “CD-player type of laser that has been kicked up a notch to deliver a purer red color,”—onto the fingertip and analyze the various colors of the light exiting the finger. These colors are indicative of the types and quantities of the different chemicals in the tissue being illuminated by the laser. By making two such measurements, first with the fingertip under no pressure and the second with slight pressure applied to the flesh, researchers are able to compare the measurements and analyze only those colors that come from the part of the fingertip which moves under slight pressure—the blood. The procedure is completely painless and produces results with accuracy and precision comparable to existing fingerstick devices.

      “Just as an electrocardiogram machine (EKG) produces an electrocardiogram, the LighTouch produces a Ramagram,” says Chaiken. Raman spectroscopy is a spectroscopic technique used in condensed matter physics and chemistry to examine vibrational, rotational and other low-frequency modes in a system. It is named for Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, who won the 1930 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering “feeble fluorescence,” later known as the Raman effect, in 1928.

      For his achievement, Chaiken has been named the winner of the 2005 Frank Annunzio Award in the field of science/technology by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation.

      Chaiken predicts that availability of a non-portable glucose machine for the public is still a few years away, depending on FDA approval. The first LighTouch devices will appear in clinics, doctors’ offices and hospitals. The next step would be portable devices that measure glucose, as well as non-portable devices that measure other analytes such as cholesterol, urea and total protein; Chaiken believes these machines can be developed in the coming years.

      Hopefully this new technology will be used soon.

  48. QUESTION:
    Still not sure if im diabetic blood sugar levels are high an i feel awfull?
    Hi every one.

    i posted another thread asking about diabetes at the minute no one thinks i have gestational diabetes or any other diabetes at this point however im not convinced, high amount of glucose in urine and sugar levels all over the place,
    I don’t have an eating disorder in any way however i only manage to have one main meal per day ive been drinking diet coke and normally in the morning would eat a cereal bar yet my levels are high and i feel rather weak i don’t do much snacking in between and if i do its dry crackers.
    this morning my levels were 4 .7 at 6 tonight it was 6,1 after meal it was 10.8. and last night before my main meal it was 10.6 and after it was 10.4 does having high sugar make you feel faint because i always thought low sugar did that,,,,ohhh im just so confused my levels don’t seem right and i dont feel right within myself,,,,any advice?
    Im only 9 wks pregnant and attended a diabetic doctor last week and i asked him if i had any type of diabetes and the reply i got back was ” I Dont Know”. .
    i got blood took for diabetes aswell last week but ive had enough ive been to hell and back with this nhs.

    • ANSWER:
      Those are definitely abnormal blood sugar levels. Please go and see your GP and bring along the information about your blood sugars. 10.6 before a meal indicates something is seriously wrong.

  49. QUESTION:
    Newly Diagnosed type 1 diabetic, fluctuating sugar levels…worried!?
    Ok so i have recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and im just getting used to the 4 insulin injections i take daily and the metformin tablets however i am regularly checking my sugar levels and sometimes there ok but other times there really quite high and occasionally i feel ill because there low. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy and i still have appointments for the future to gather more information but im worried that im not doing something right. Also just to mention that i am eating 3 meals per day and trying to use the bit of advise that i have been given in regards to diet and exercise but obviously im not eating well enough. I did a 6 mile run for charity last week and ive picked up a muscle injury so im just swimming at the moment, Any advise would be helpful i anybody might know what im doing wrong? Thank you.
    Basically i got admitted to hospital three weeks ago and was told i had type one diabetes. (I had been told a few weeks before by the doctor that i had type 2 but when i went to see the nurse she said i was far too young as i am only 23 and my symptoms had come too quickly). So anyway i became ill, was in hospital for 3 days and they diagnosed me as type 1. I was given nova rapid and lantus and told to take a metformin in the morning and at night. I havnt been told anything about the function of my pancreas but i have lots of appointments in the next few weeks. Thank you all for your advise and support, it really helps as i am struggling with it at the moment.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you visited with an Endocrinologist yet or just your regular doctor? I was diagnosed type 1 shortly after my 31st birthday after a long illness. I know it’s not easy to adjust to, but you will get there. Are you fully type 1 or on your way? It’s odd to be treated with Metformin and insulin (at least from most of the type 1′s that I know). Have they done tests to see how much functionality you are getting from your pancreas? You may be in what’s known as the ‘Honeymoon stage’ where you still have some insulin production but it’s on it’s way out.

      Anyways, back to you question. There are a few things you can do to help yourself at the start. 1 go and read ‘How to Think Like A Pancreas’. It’s a great book and will teach you all about how to figure our your basal dosage (with help from your doctors), your insulin to carb ratio and other things. Once you know what those are, managing your daily numbers becomes a little easier. Some things that work for me are trying to eat small, controlled meals every 3 hours. Finding foods that I know how my body is going to react to. Knowing the signs of when I’ve taken too much insulin (or not enough).

      You don’t have to take 4 insulin injections a day. It all depends on what you eat and when your eating. You should be testing you glucose any time food is about to go into your mouth, and 2 hours afterwards (depending on the circumstances) I could write you a small novel here to help, but my advice is to talk to you doctors and check out the ADA message boards.

      Good luck!

  50. QUESTION:
    Diabetic and have high sugar levels, had for 22 years, need help and support from other diabetics?
    I’VE HAD DIABETIES FOR 22 YEARS GOT IT WHEN I WAS 9 YEARS OLD, AND MY SUGAR HAS ALWAYS BEEN HIGH.200 TO 250 IS WERE I LIKE TO KEEP IT. IF IT GETS BELOW THAT I FEEL LIKE IT IS DROPPING REAL LOW, AND I PANIC AND GET SOMETHING TO BRING IT BACK UP. I KNOW THIS IS NOT GOOD, I’VE TRIED TO GET IT TO 150 BUT I FEEL WEAK, NERVOUS AND JITTERY. I’VE BEEN PUT ON LANTUS INSULIN, I KNOW IT’S A FEAR CAUSE I’VE HAD SEIZERS FROM LOWS LIKE 50′S AND 60′S. SO IF THEIR’S ANY SUPPORT OR SOMEONE LIKE ME OUT THEIR PLEASE RESPOND.

    • ANSWER:
      I know how you feel about lows. I have the same concern; however, I’m managed to keep my blood sugars around 130 – 150 for an ideal instead over 200, though I occasionally spike (still not very good, I know). Over 200 is very much not healthy. You need to monitor your blood sugar and try to maintain a balance between diet and insulin that keeps you closer to normal. Really, talk to your doctor about this.


Diabetic Sugars In Fruits

I know what you’re thinking: “Can diabetics eat fruit? Are there good fruits for diabetic patients, yet other fruits to avoid? What fruits are part of the ideal diet for diabetics? Surprise! When it comes to diabetes, fruits to avoid equals a big fat zero! And ALL fruits are part of the ideal diet for diabetics! Like vegetables for diabetics, fruits are filled with fiber, minerals and vitamins. You do have to count fruits as part of your meal plan, because they do have fructose, a form of sugar (but not in a bad form). But eating fresh fruit is perfect for the diabetic with the sweet tooth, as fruit can do a lot to alleviate those sweet tooth cravings.

What are the best choices of fruit for diabetics?

The best choices of fruit for diabetics are any that are fresh, frozen or canned without added sugars.

General Tips: Good Fruits for Diabetics

1.Choose canned fruits in juice or light syrup (heavy syrup is DEFINITELY not on the Good Fruits for Diabetic Patients list. In fact, it would be on the Diabetes: Fruits to Avoid List!

2.Dried fruit and fruit juice are also nutritious choices and good fruits for diabetic patients, but the portion sizes must be kept small so they may not be as filling as other choices.

Diabetic Diet Tips For Carb Counters. Portion sizes for diabetics are the size of a small piece of whole fruit, or a half cup of canned or frozen fruit. This has about 15 grams of carbs. Melons and fresh berry services sizes range from three-quarter to a cup. WARNING: Keep fruit juice to a minimum! And read the labels! Absolutely, positively, no high fructose corn syrup! Many so-called fruit juices contain this poison-it’s a plague to be avoided. Only 2 tablespoons of dried fruit like raisins or dried cherries contains 15 grams of carbohydrate so be cautious with your portion sizes! Fruit can be eaten in exchange for other carbohydrates in your meal plan such as starches, grains, or dairy.

For the Create a Plate Method. If you’re using the plate method, a 1/2 cup of fruit salad or a small piece of whole fruit for dessert nicely compliments the non-starchy vegetables, small portion of starch and protein foods that are on your plate.

For using the Glycemic Index. Most fruits are Low Glycemic Index (GI) Foods because of their fructose and fiber content. Melons and pineapple have medium GI values, as do some dried fruits such as dates, raisins, and sweetened cranberries. Fruit is really encouraged when using the glycemic index to guide food choicesso enjoy them.

Fruits for Diabetics The following is a list of good fruits for diabetic patients:

Apples, Applesauce, Apricots, Banana, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Dates, Dried fruit, Figs, Fruit cocktail, Grapefruit, Grapes, Honeydew melon, Kiwi, Mango, Nectarine, Orange, Papaya, Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Plums, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangerines, Watermelon

Diabetes: Fruits to Avoid List

NONE!!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is it OK to eat fruits whilst diabetic? as some of the fruits are high in sugars. Said the doctors?

    • ANSWER:
      Speak to your doctor about which fruits are safe to consume. Some fruits (especially grapefruit) contain enzymes that can interfere with medications.

  2. QUESTION:
    Which fruits a diabetic patient having normal sugar level after taking medicines,should eat?
    What fruits, in details, a diabetic patient should eat?

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    Will A Diabetic Monitor measure the amount of Sugar in A Fruit?
    I am doing a science assignment on:
    ‘Which Fruit Ripens the Quickest; Apples, Kiwi Fruits or Pears?’

    I was going to do it so that the fruit which has the largest percentage increase of sugar from start to finish has ripened the most.

    Would this work? Will A Diabetic Monitor Pick Up On Sugars in Fruit? And Will It actually Increase?

    Thanks so Much :)

    • ANSWER:
      In theory, it should work. Glucometers work by measuring the concentration of glucose in the blood by using an oxidation/reduction set of reactions to create a electrical current which is proportional to that concentration.

      It might not work if the glucometers range is different than that of the fruit. I can’t say that I know the normal concentration of sugars in a normal fruit. Also, it might not work because in fruits because glucose is not necessarily free, it is usually in the form of sucrose.
      By the chart, it looks as though you could definitely use it to at least track the concentration and watch it go up over time.

      Hope this helps a little
      I found a chart of normal concentrations of fructose/glucose/sucrose in the source I provided

  4. QUESTION:
    What is difference between natural sugar in fruits and processed/refined sugar?
    My friends who are diabetic tell me they can’t eat fruits such as oranges or watermelons because the natural sugar content is so high and it affects their bodies the same as if they had eaten a hershey bar. Somehow I just can’t believe it. I tell them no, natural sugar is released in your body much slower than refined… so is this true? what is the story?

    • ANSWER:
      go and try it then, whats the worst that could happen? you could kill your friend

  5. QUESTION:
    Can a person with diabetes eat natural sugar from fruits?
    My daddy is a borderline diabetic, which means he doesn’t exactly quite have diabetes but is in the risk of getting it. We’ve already tried to make him eat less sugar to keep from getting it, but he always wants what he can’t have. Is it okay if he eats natural sugar in fruits?

    • ANSWER:
      Let’s put it this way… I’ve had type two diabetes for over six years. I was taking medication for it and it kept getting worse. I began to do some research. I found that I was deficient in certain nutrients found in abundance in fruits, like potassium. Since increasing my intake of fresh fruits, like bananas, my diabetes has reversed to the extent that I no longer need any medication. Hopefully, that answers your question

  6. QUESTION:
    diabetic curves sweet. what kind of sweets can a diabetic have other then low sugar candy and fruits?
    MY MOTHER IN LAW IS DIABETIC AND SHE REALY DONT LIKE LOW SUGAR CANDY AND, TIRED OF EATING FRUITS, WHAT SWEET CAN SHE HAVE OTHER THEN LOW SUGAR CANDY OR JUST SWEETS

    • ANSWER:
      If she is not overweight, and her blood sugars are well controlled, she should be able to work small amounts of “sweets” into her diet just fine.

      The problem with “diabetic” foods (low sugar cakes, cookies, etc.) is that they are still often high in calories, fat, and carbs, and leave the person feeling unsatisfied. The person may even eat more of these than they normally word, defeating the purpose.

      A better way is to have her eat her normal healthy diet, and perhaps add a small treat afterwards. For example, a SMALL dark piece of rich chocolate or a Halloween size mini chocolate bar (15 grams of carbs) is an OK treat.

      It sounds like she is just going to binge if you only allow her what she has been eating, which defeats the purpose. As long as she is not eating an entire candy bar on a regular basis, one regular candy/mint after dinner should be fine.

      Some people with diabetes like to use Splenda in their baking. I am not a fan of this because it causes people to think that it’s OK to make “junk” foods a regular part of their diet as long as they are sugar free. These foods are still empty calories, carbs, and fat, none of which a diabetic needs. Once in awhile is fine. Others do not like to use artificial sweeteners due to the perceived safety concerns, side effects, taste, or the fact that studies show that they may cause people to eat more.

      Some studies have linked Splenda to an increase in A1c, a test used to determine the average blood sugar over the past 3 months. Some Type 1 diabetics report an increase in blood sugar after comsuming Splenda.

      Stevia is a natural herb that is used as a sweetner. I am not sure how well it will hold out for baking, but it can be used for coffee and cereal. I always reccommend Stevia over Splenda.

      That said, Splenda is an option some people decide to use and they are very happy with it.

      I would also make sure that she is not experiencing low blood sugar when she is having these cravings. Make sure she tests her blood glucose level when these cravings occur. She may need a change in her treatment plan.

  7. QUESTION:
    What fruits should I avoid as a pre-diabetic?
    I have insulin resistence which can lead to diabetes, while I watch what I eat, excercise, and take metformin, I still cannot lose weight. Are there certain fruits I should avoid? I heard certain fruits have too much sugar which raises insulin in the blood such as banana but I wasnt sure about the others. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      I would worry more about refined carbohydrate foods, pastas, white breads, potatoes, starches, etc. Certain fruits do have a lot of sugar, but you shouldn’t necessarily eliminate them, as fruits are an important source of vitamins and minerals.

  8. QUESTION:
    I am dibetic. shall I consume fruits which will have any adverse effect.?
    whether sugar in fruits will increase diabetic problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Since you can’t spell diabetic correctly, I doubt that you really are a diabetic. I don’t know. Diabetics who know what they are doing know how adjust their medications for the sugars in fruit.

  9. QUESTION:
    does eating fruits anyway harm a diabetic person ?
    will fruits contribute to rise in sugar level ?

    • ANSWER:
      no, but some bottled fruit juices are packed with sugar.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is Robinsons ‘No added sugar’ fruit juice and diet coke, ok to drink if you are diabetic and loosing weight?
    I have been drinking Robinson’s ‘No added sugar’ fruit juice for some years. I notice it is low in calories, but a friend of mine who is diabetic said that they were told that it is bad for you. He also said that Diet Coke is ok.

    Is this right? I thought it would of been the other way around.

    • ANSWER:
      To be honest – either is OK for a diabetic. The sugar content of Robinsons once it is diluted is actually very small…diet coke obviously has none.

      Coke is far more acidic and can cause it’s own problems…

      (Diabetic wife)

  11. QUESTION:
    Which fruits can Diabetic patients have?
    I m diabetic patient since 2 months…
    at present I have an Oragne in the morning as ssnack….small pear during lunch & an Apple at evening …
    So is it OK to have around 3 fruits everyday…Will it increase blood sugar drasticaaly??

    • ANSWER:
      A lot depends on how well controlled you are. I have a banana in the morning, some apricots during the day. An apple at lunch. And some tomatoes in my salad for dinner. In my opinion, fresh fruits are vital in order to keep us healthy… diabetic or not. I would sacrifice other carbs in order to have my daily fruits. Fruits are precisely what helped me get off the Metformin fourteen months ago. It’s all about high, natural nutrition, low manufactured carbs, and plenty of daily exercise.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can a non-diabetic get diabetes from eating too much fruit?
    I have cut out most or all refined sugars and have adopted a diet of more than 75 per-cent raw fruits and vegetables. I go by the way I have been feeling, which is great mood and full of energy. But I realize many fruits such as apples and grapes contain high amounts of fruit sugar, yet I understand the body is meant to break down this type of sugars.

    It seems to me everyone in the United States including myself, is likely to get diabetes, or is afraid of it.

    Can a healthy, non-diabetic person (with no family history of it) develop diabetes from eating fruit sugars, even if the processes/refined sugars were cut down to near 0 intake?

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    I guess I wanted the answer of how many carbs and sugars that a Type 2 diabetic should have in day?
    I use blue agave sweetener for fruit juices and splenda for sugar but we are still working on getting my husband’s diabetes stabilized and also does stress do anything to the blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      In a months time I have brought my blood sugar from 1400 to a controlled 90 average. I have done this by eating 30 – 45 grams carbs per meal or 3 times a day, with one 30 gram snack. More importantly I adhere strickly to portion control. I still eat rice, pasta, cakes, etc. I just watch HOW MUCH of each I eat. My nuturitionist told me that my carbs allowance is for a 1800 calorie daily diet. So not only do I watch and track carbs, I also make sure I don’t go over 1800 calories per day, and like I said, I use portion control and still eat what I like. Also for a 2000 a day calorie diet the carb allowance would be between 45 – 60 grams per meal and 30 – 45 for snack.

  14. QUESTION:
    What about sweet fruits such as peach, mango or banana? Can a diabetic eat them?
    Experts say all fruits and vegetables can be eaten in diabetes as long as you keep an eye on your blood sugar levels. What if taking blood sugar measures is difficult after every fruit intake? Are there predetermined standards available like calories count on food packages?

    • ANSWER:
      Don;t forget oranges, apples, and watermelons.

      These fruits must be eat sparingly, because they DO have a lot of sugar. In fact, watermelons should be avoided completely, as they have more sugar per ounce than almost any other “fruit”.

      Never eat the canned fruits or preprocessed fruit juices. these all have sugar ADDED. Eat FRESH fruit or juice that your squeeze yourself, and keep that down to one SMALL fruit per meal, or 1/2 of a large fruit.

      You need to take your blood sugar reading FOUR times a day: 5 minutes BEFORE each meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and once before bed. Also, take your readings at any time the doctor requests it. your goal is to keep ALL of these reading in the NORMAL range, 80-120 (the before breakfast reading is called the Fasting Reading, and it may be a little lower, like 70-100)

      Taking reading at ANY other time is meaningless and confusing (unless you are a doctor), and thus useless.

  15. QUESTION:
    why it is OK to eat unlimited sweet fruit but not OK to eat too sweet food like ice cream, candy, soda etc?
    Especially for diabetic? Is the sugar in fruit different then the sugar in candy?

    • ANSWER:
      The key to diabetes is moderation. Nothing is unlimited. Fruits are fine in the right portion size. Any sugar will have it’s effects no matter the source but at least fruit has some nutritional value.

  16. QUESTION:
    how would i know if im becoming diabetic?
    i love sweet foods, so sometimes i think im eating too much each day. not sure if that can cause diabetes……but what makes me think i might be, is that a few times already, although im barely hungry i get that feeling you get when ur starving, like ur alittle dizzy and weak. could i be diabetic????? one last thing: should i consider the sugar in fruit as part of my “i think i eat too much sugar everyday”?
    whats sugar A1c?
    but u could also have excessive thirst if u eat alot of salty foods too….and that will cause u to pee alot..any other signs? and would i have to have all of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you know any diabetics who would check your blood sugar?
      Sugar consumption will NOT cause diabetes–look to your parents and grandparents: if they are diabetic, you may develop it too. Being very overweight shoots the risk up, too.

      Watch for unusual thirst & urinating a lot–these symptoms are the body’s way of “flushing” high sugar out of the blood.
      You don’t say your age, but type 1 diabetes is diagnosed very young–usually before age 5. And type 2 usually develops after age 35.

      But the best way to know for sure is to see your doctor for an A1C blood test–which gives a good picture of your blood sugar levels over 3 months.

  17. QUESTION:
    “Is eating natural sugar foods, albeit fruit (vs. processed sugar, like candy), OK for a borderline diabetic?”
    One should refrain from eating sweets, i.e. candy, which contain processed sugar. However, what about natural fruit? For instance, a naturally sweet banana also has sugar. However, would it be OK for this person to eat the banana because it contains a natural sugar, instead of a processed sugar. Thus, the borderline diabetic’s body would be OK with natural sugar, as it is found naturally in fruit?Another example, prunes. Prunes taste delicious, most likely because of the naturally sweet sugar that is contained in the prune, naturally. On the back of the prune container, where nutritional information is listed, it says, amongst many things: Sugars 12 g
    I am assuming that these “Sugars 12 g”, that is being referred to, is the natural sugar that is found in the prune, naturally. Should someone who is borderline diabetes, however, consider natural sugar just as harmful as processed sugar? A clinical lab would say that sugar is sugar. But, is there, wholistically, more to consider here?

    • ANSWER:
      When it comes to diabetes, sugar is sugar. Diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t respond to insulin the way it should. It requires more insulin release for your cells to absorb the same amount of blood sugar than a non diabetic. The big hype about natural sugar versus table sugar is that it takes less natural sugar to flavor something than it does table sugar.

      The key to good blood sugar control is to avoid foods that cause a spike in blood sugar like candybars, sodas, and processed sugar. Other complex carbohydrates like peanut butter, pasta, bread etc cause sugar to be released into the blood gradually since they take longer to digest. The other problem with processed sugars is that since they cause blood sugar levels to spike, insulin levels spike as well. This means that when your blood sugar levels drop back to normal, your insulin levels are still relatively high, causing you to be hungry all over again.

      Another thing to consider is how many calories are in a particular food. A banana has 100-150 calories in it and let us say that it has 20g of sugar in it. A candy bar may also have 20g of sugar but it may also have 300 calories in it as well. It is important to watch your caloric intake as well as there is a strong correlation b/w diabetes and obesity since glycemic control is difficult with diabetes.

      All in all it’s ok to have the occaisional candybar as long as you don’t make it a habit, be it full of processed sugar or not.

      I’ve attached an article if you’d like to know more. I hope this helps.

  18. QUESTION:
    When counting my grams of sugar, should I include naturally occurring sugars?
    Just curious, I’m trying to control my sugar intake but am not sure if I should be counting the sugars in my fruit I am eating….

    PS. I’m not diabetic, just on a diet.

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    Can a diabetic take water melon fruits in abundant quantities? Doeswater melon juice increase sugar levels/?

    • ANSWER:
      No, not in large quantities, but just moderately. Large quantities would raise the blood sugar levels. The advantage of watermelon is that it does not contain as much sugar as, grapes for example and is one of the least caloric fruits, so just in moderation.

      Hope this helped

  20. QUESTION:
    Recommended south indian diet which should include fruits for a type2 diabetic – Breakfast, Lunch and dinner?
    is it advisable to have natural juices ao fresh fruits. if so what are the fruits suggested. is it advisable to add a little bit of sugar in Tea early in the morning. if so how much is permissible. What is the amount of boiled rice that can be consumed in a day

    • ANSWER:
      Fresh juice is not recommended generally unless you drink all the pulp as then your getting all the sugar without the natural chemicals in the pump that slow sugar absorption. A little bit of tea in your sugar shouldnt matter to much though Id gradually cut it off if you can. Just make sure to eat it with protein and quality carb (whole grain, oats, legumes etc…)

      As far as the rice is concerned, I wouldnt really recommend a total of 1-1 1/2 cups a day of brown rice. White rice is pretty bad on the list of things you should avoid, especially if your still taking sugar with your tea.

      I dont know your specific gender/body but your shoudl limit yourself to approx. 150-200g carbs a day (200 being closer to a larger.active male). There are books/classes that should have more detailed information and you will have to find/create your own meals.

  21. QUESTION:
    What’s a good diet for diabetic pregnancy?
    I went for my first test and the result for 160 so my doc is sending me in for a 3 hour test. She told me the obvious, that is, to stay away from sweets. However, I know there is sugar in fruits, fruit juices, breads etc so I wanna know from experienced moms out there..what exactly can i eat. I’ve been craving sweets more than ever now but obviously i’m gonna lay off the sweets until my test next weekend. But what about fruits, breads, cereals..any recomendations??

    • ANSWER:
      Hi I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes at 28 weeks of my pregnancy. I met with a diabetic counselor and a dietician every 2 weeks. My diabetic counselor was also a diabetic, although she was type I.

      The diet they suggested to me included avoiding a lot more than just sugar.

      I am gonna try my best to explain the diet I was told to follow, which enabled me to go my entire pregnancy without any other form of diabetic control except diet.

      First off, they suggest either 3 meals a day or 3 smaller meals and 2 snacks. Your first meal should be 2-3 carb servings (sugar is a carbohydrate). 1 carb serving is 15 grams of carbohydrates. The only thing you can deduct from the grams of carbohydrates is fiber, which doesn’t affect your blood sugar. Then your lunch should be 3-4 carb servings as well as your dinner. So you are allowed approximately 45-60 carbs for lunch and dinner and 30-45 for breakfast.

      If you opt for 3 meals and 2 snacks, then you would reduce your lunch by 1 carb serving so you could have 2-3 carb servings and then you could add the other 15 grams to a snack, the same would apply to dinner.

      Also you do want to monitor your blood sugar if you have one. You ideal blood sugar range is 70-120 normally. When I was diagnosed they wanted me to stay under 150 after 1 hour of eating and under 130 after 2 hours of eating. This varies by dr. or midwife though because my friend was also diagnosed with gestational diabetes and they want her under 130 at all times.

      Some things I did when I was craving sweets was to find things that used splenda instead of sugar. For example, my favorite snack that helped with my sweet tooth was banana cream pudding sugar-free and fat-free. It isn’t bad. Also anything Atkins or South Beach diet is low in carbs so check into that. I know they have low-carb ice cream bars that help with cravings. Don’t get me wrong they aren’t as good as having real chocolate but it helped.

      I hoped that answered your question and good luck it will be over soon and I believe up to 95% of women get over gestational diabetes after the pregnancy is over. It does make you 50% more likely to get type II when you are older but that can be prevented by diet and exercise.

  22. QUESTION:
    My doctor warned me against eating potatoes for fear of becoming diabetic. Are sweet potatoes the same?
    The Doc does not like my blood work results, and did not prescribe any drugs. Wants me to lose weight which I am – 20 pounds so far – and excercise which I am not doing enough yet – and stay away from sugar except in fruits.

    • ANSWER:
      Potatoes alone will not cause you to become diabetic, NO one food will cause you to be come diabetic. It sounds like you need to deal with a doctor who works with a lot of diabetics. You develop diabetes when your pancreas does not work as well at secreting insulin which helps your body process the glucose or sugar when your food is digested. Potatoes have no more sugar or glucose than any other starch. You really need to so some research or get some cookbooks for diabetics. That will give you an idea of what to eat. My sister was a diabetic and still ate potatoes and my mom is a nurse. Do some research and make sure that you’re information is up to date. My mom would not have let Bab eat potatoes if she thought that it would up set her glucose levels especially as Bab was developmentally delayed and won’t have necessarily known she was in trouble until it was to late.

  23. QUESTION:
    If you eat too many fruits, will it increase your chances of being a diabetic?
    I like eating a lot of fruits, the sweeter ones the better. I heard they all have sugar in them.

    So will it increase my chances?

    • ANSWER:
      Fruits are high in sugar.

      But excessive sugar consumption does not cause diabetes.

      If you do not have diabetes genes, you can have all the sugar you want and never become diabetic.

      But if you do have diabetes genes, you can completely abstain from sugar and you could still develop diabetes.

  24. QUESTION:
    sugar free diet for a non-diabetic?
    i was wondering if it would be better for people not to consume sugar on a daily basis?

    or the differences between eating natural sugar foods only (just fruits), compared to no sugar at all? (no sugar, no fruits).

    could a long term sugar free diet in a non-diabetic lead to hypoglycemia?

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    Diabetes question… Fructose vs processed sugars?
    Fructose and diabetics? Is fruit as bad as eating processed sugars?

    My dad is diabetic (on pills not insulin injections,) yet he eats loads fruit salad every lunchtime as a substitute for desert and his sugar levels hit the roof sometimes.

    My dad had a foot infection which has not healed for 2 years because of his diabetes. We are trying to get him of sugary stuff so his foot will have more chance of healing.

    He seems to think that he is allowed this as it is ‘natural’ sugar in fruit. But surely it must be this that is making his levels increase?

    Should he eat fruit everyday?

    • ANSWER:
      Quite often, fruit salads have added sugars in them. Plus, a serving of fruit salad is often more sugar than a serving of fruit. He is clearing not doing himself any favors eating it.

  26. QUESTION:
    Can I become diabetic from naturally sweet fruits and juices?
    Throughout my life I have never been much for sweets of any kind, so I never ate candy or even drank juice more then three or four times a year. People tell me to drink more juice or eat fruits, while others say it could cause me to become diabetic.

    My blood sugar has always been perfect- never had a single problem with it. I am now 40, and after all this time of a juiceless, fruitless existence :) Could I still develop diabetes by consuming, say, three servings of juice a day?

    I drink coffee 2 or 3 times a day with 4 teaspoons of sugar in it. For years this has been my ONLY source of actual sweet sugar. I sip on one cup for 2 or 3 hours at a time. Always had healthy blood sugar. Never was into candies or cakes.

    Will OJ make me a diabetic? (Yes, I do swish with water often, so dental decay is not a big issue.)

    • ANSWER:
      FOODS AND DRINKS DO NOT CAUSE DIABETES!! THOSE SUGARY FOODS AND DRINKS ONLY AFFECT THE PEOPLE ALREADY DIAGNOSED AS DIABETIC.

      I drink about 4 or 5 pots of coffee in a 24 hour period. I use one spoon of sugar in each cup! I will not give this up.

      What to look at is not the food or drink you are or are not consuming. It is your genetic background. Did anyone in your family ever have diabetes? NO? then you are not very likely to develop diabetes.

      There are lots of other foods besides candy and cakes that are high grams of carbohydrate. There are pastas, root veggies like potatoes, cereals, grains like rices, milk and most milk products. And of course there are all those soft sweet fruits and fruit juices.

      If you have survived this long without eating soft sweet fruits and drinking fruit juices, you are doing fine. Don’t change any part of your food plan.

      Soft sweet fruits are not all they are cracked up to be. The better fruits are tomatoes, avocados, green beans, okra, etc. Fruits are developed from a blossom on a plant. So you see you have been eating a lot of fruits all your life.

  27. QUESTION:
    can a diabetic person eat banana everyday without affecting his/her sugar level?
    What kind of fruits can a diabetic eat without affecting his/her sugar level in the body?

    • ANSWER:
      Sugar is sugar is sugar. The sugar in fruit is fructose. Some fruits have more fructose, some less. Some have more fiber (affects sugar digestion), some less. Check an exchange list or glycemic index for precise information (American Diabetes Org. website is a great place to start).

      Also, every diabetic is different. Some can eat fruits just fine within the bounds of their diet, some not. For me, any type of fruit spikes my blood sugar – I’ve just learned over time which affects me the least and my body can tolerate the most. That way I’m still getting a balanced diet, fresh fruit, and what I consider one of the best food treats I eat. When I was pregnant, on the other hand, I couldn’t risk it. My blood sugar jumps 50-100 every time I eat fruit, and while I can work that into my “normal” diet, I couldn’t work it into my pregnant one for fear of hurting my son by doing so.

      So please experiment (under doctor supervision definitely preferrable) for your own answer to this.

      Good luck! (:

  28. QUESTION:
    what is the right food pyramid for someone who is a diabetic?
    Can someone please tell me what the proper guidelines as far as proper intake of daily foods? I want to cook something for my mother in law on her birthday this year but do not want to complicate her diabetic sugar readings. Lately she is hard to please and hates fruits and veggies and eats terrible . I want to introduce her to something new and perhaps form a better eating habit for her

    • ANSWER:
      check out this site for some diabetic friendly recipes!

  29. QUESTION:
    Can cutting out *all sugars cause hypoglycemia?
    By *all sugars I mean added sugars, not naturally occurring sugars that appear in fruits, milk, vegetables, and red meat.

    F.Y.I – I am not a diabetic.

    • ANSWER:
      No, it’s the reverse. If a person persistently pigs out on sugar they will induce massive sugar cravings when their blood sugar/insulin levels drop. So they pig out on more sugar. Over time this causes insulin resistance and hypoglycemia. Then it causes Type 2 Diabetes.
      The human organism does not “need” sugar.

  30. QUESTION:
    WHAT ARE THE FRUITS CAN BE TAKN BY A DIABETIC PATIENT?
    AGE 53 YEARS, PARENTS AT THE AGE OF 50 ATTACKED SUGAR. DIABETIC ATTACKED TO ME IN DEC 2009 AND WAS CONFIMRED BY THE DOCTOR IN FEB.2010. SINCE THEN I AM
    USING MEDICINE AND THE SAME IS UNDER CONTROL. NOW IT IS 130 BEFORE FASTING
    AND 90 AFTER BREAFAST. PLEASE ADVISE THE DIET AND FRUITS CAN BE TAKEN BY ME

    • ANSWER:
      Papaya / Guava / orange /Apple / Musk Melon / Phalsaa / Jamun / Red Pomegranate can be taken by a diabetic patient.

  31. QUESTION:
    what fruits are low in sugar but have a high water content?
    My mother is diabetic and also has difficulty consuming an adequate volume of water. Are there any fruits that could help?

    • ANSWER:
      You could try watermelon. Its about 6% sugar and 85% water.

      Good luck! :)

  32. QUESTION:
    Do fruits increase your sugar level?
    It’s the litchis season here in my country. Sometimes I eat up to 50 a day. Well, we all know it’s a sweet fruit. But I mean it’s natural sugar. Will it be harmful? I am not a diabetic patient but I do keep my sugar intake in strict control.

    • ANSWER:
      Sugar is sugar, regardless of whether it’s derived from a natural source. The sugar in fruit can do all the bad things that the sugar in a candy bar can, especially if you’re a diabetic. Because you’re not, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy some fruit, although 50 per day may be excessive depending on how much sugar is in each one.

      If you are controlling your sugar intake, then fruit should absolutely be restricted right along with refined sugars. When people say fruit is healthy, what they meant is that fruit contains a lot of vitamins and fiber. Nobody really thinks 15 or 20 grams of sugar in an apple or a banana is healthy. Sugar is the least healthy part of fruit. People eat fruit indiscriminately because they’re told it’s healthy, but really everyone should watch how much sugar they eat.

  33. QUESTION:
    My doctor tells me that lots of fruit is important being I’m diabetic?
    Is this sound advice? I mean he is the Dr., not me. But this sounds counterintuitive to me? Fruit is high in sugars? Your thoughts, please.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      According to the two books I have been reading, fresh fruits and even canned ones contain the good kind of sugars, that he body needs. Slow absorption rate sugars.

      There is something called the Glycemic Index, and according to Dr. Barnard’s Book, they take people and give them a certain amount of food after fasting 10 hours overnight, and then measure their blood sugar levels for a while after eating, and monitor how quickly the sugars are absorbed in the intestines. Fast absorption means a high glycemic index, while sugars absorbed over hours and less spike is a lower index.

      Adding Cinnamon to the diet can lower the sugar levels by 20%, so oatmeal in the morning with 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon will last more hours, being absorbed slowly, and help you avoid seeking out snacks before it is lunch time.

      Snacks are important, they will give you some sugars between meals, and help too, but eat the right ones, like keep a baggy of carrot sticks, or some celery, or something like that handy. Even a few pre-packaged crackers are handy, as they can be used if you start sweating, and have low blood sugars, it can prevent you from fainting.

      The books that I am reading are called The PH Miracle for Diabetes by Dr. Young and Dr. Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes.

      Fresh fruit is also important to avoid skurvy, not a common disease since it was discovered that eating fruit can prevent it.

      Another good meal that I have been making is take a sweet potato, cook in microwave, and then peal and eat. I sprikle on some cinnamon to make the sugars last a longer time. It makes a great lunch main course, or dinner. Yes you need to add to this vegetables, fruit, some beans or other protein.

      It is not a requirement to eat meat with every meal. I have begone limiting my meat to less than 1/4 pound and not more than 2 meals per day. Meats are both acidic, and have animal fats, something that both books advise avoiding.

      Test subjects following the advice of the doctors where able to reduce medications and stabilize their blood sugar levels in both books. While they offer different advice, both are good for you. I am reading them because I want to lose 60 pounds, and have lost about 10 so far. But with Christmas dinner and the holidays I have been “Slipping” from my diet.

      I am encouraged, my friend has been able to avoid taking his type 2 diabetes pills for 2-3 days at a time with diet changes, and he still monitors his blood sugar levels 5 times a day. Diet changes that he said “would not work, I would not have believed them” did work in him. He would not have called me a liar, but did not believe that he could ever get away from his medications after using them for 20+ years.

      You can to it too.

      Best of luck to you,

      Happy New Year !

  34. QUESTION:
    What fruit could a diabetic eat on a daily basis?
    My friend living in South India was diagnosed diabetic two weeks ago with fasting sugar 400.

    He has constipation and skin rashes.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many fruits.

      Depending upon the geographical location where your friend lives-South India- I suggest two fruits.

      They are:
      1] Grape fruit [half]

      and 2] Guava [100grams]

      Guava is readily available and is not expensive.

      Remember to peel the skin before eating.

      Interestingly, in many Asian countries the fresh young guava fruit and its tender leaves are used in the treatment of diabetes.

      This is a good fruit which can be eaten by your diabetic friend daily.

      *To combat constipation, Guava with its dietary fiber [2.8 - 5.5 per 100 grams of edible portion] is good.
      Its seeds chewed or swallowed along with the fruit is good.
      It aids in weight loss which is very important.
      It reduces the cholesterol and brings down the high blood pressure.

      *For the skin, Guava , is again good as it is an astringent.
      Not only the fruit, even the leaves could be used.
      A decotion of the leaves could be applied externally.

      For nutrient data of Guava see US Department of Agriculture from Healthaliciousness.com

  35. QUESTION:
    Which kind of fruit can a diabetic eat?
    My mother-in-law is a diabetic and she is always feeling hungry and thirsty. So she drank a huge of water and food. However, according to the info from the internet, it is not good to eat too much especially some which is with high sugar level. It is said, the more vegetible and fruit, the better for a diabetic. Can anybody tell what is the recipe for a diabetic and which kind of fruit is good for a diabetic? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      A Diabetic can eat all fruits and are not restricted by the fruit itself but by how much of the fruit one can eat. My Diabetic educator just gave me a booklet listing the Carbohydrates for most fruit. On an average, limiting 15 carbohydrates per meal or snack is the target. I’m looking through the booklet now and I see 1 small apple is 15 carbs, 1 cup of blackberries is 18 carbs, 1 cup cantaloupe is 13 carbs, 1 medium orange is 15 carbs, 1 medium peach is 10 carbs, and 17 small grapes is 15 carbs. These are some perfect examples of various amount of carbs for us Diabetics to consume in any meal and be in a safe range. Like I said, it’s not which fruit to eat but how much fruits to eat. Have her pick up a carbohydrates booklet like I just did.

  36. QUESTION:
    which Fruits and vegetables can eat a pre-diabetic patient?
    i recently checked my blood sugar and cholesterol(both test are done in fasting)sugar level is 109 and total cholesterol is 230 (LDL is 155),doctor saying that im a pre-diabetic patient. please suggest me which fruits & vegetables can i eat?.is raw coconut and cashew nuts is good or bad for a prediabetic

    • ANSWER:
      Its all about moderation. You can have almost everything, but in a lot smaller portions. instead of having a pint of strawberries eat 3-4. Veggies tend to be better for you than fruits (they usually contain more sugar). Your doctor should give you a booklet explaining diabetes and the do’s and don’ts. Jsut ask for it if he didn’t.

  37. QUESTION:
    why is consider healthy? Diabetic Association whit pharmacy corporations.?
    If you are diabetic, like i’m, well i’m at the beginning, at 150-140 i was diagnosed diabetic, but after that and the other exams in hemoglubin i started eating only 20% meat, 60% green vegetables, and 25% or more fruits, none sugars, almost none grains and oils; to stop producing insulin and get down my glucose levels in my hemoglubin, but seeing now my results after almost 3 weeks and that they are at 105 i’m wondering why the diabetic association recommend people to eat grains and pasta, they all have a high GI and if you are in the early stages i think you can lower as i do the glucose naturally, is that the Diabetic Association in whit the pharmacy companies?, why the nutrition piramide of diabetics adds grains and bread?
    i don’t take none medications, it came to low naturally. only on diet.
    Yes Babs, my dad a doctor, i personally think the diabetic association is not telling the true about many things, there are other ways you can get this nutrients, i eat avocados and olive oils, i personally think the food industry is pushing this thing to diabetics.
    and i don’t eat red meat, i have never like it, less now, i eat a lot of fish and ocean products, i’m mexican, my mother came from the coast of veracruz golf of mexico.
    well. not so much now, back before, now on moderation

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.watercure2.org/

      This information regarding diabetes is something every diabetic should read.

      Diabetes can be cured naturally.

  38. QUESTION:
    am i diabetic??? pls help!!?
    i am a fourteen year old girl and for the past year maybe more i have been needing the toilet A LOT more. i thought my pelvic muscles were just really weak and i find myself going really frequently but i dont have excessive thirst as far as I’ve noticed. but i love really cold drinks and am i suppose my daily habits mean i drink when i can so i’m really not sure. sometimes i get really really thirsty but normally when i haven’t drank in a while so i drink like two glasses on the trot.

    i didnt think i had anymore symptoms until i looked it up and realized i do get quite hungry a lot but i dont know if i’m just bored. i dont lose weight (i wish lol) but i get really bad blurred vision probably head rush every singly time i stand up but to the extent that everything goes completely black when my eyes are open and i’m blind for a few seconds! its really scary and it happens every day.
    i also realize, more recently, that at night i wake up with numb feet and i do get pins and needle quite a bit but again i’m not compleetly sure because it could be the way i lie or sit….
    one thing i’m sure about is that i get really bad stomach cramps when i eat sugar (any :fruit, sweets, drinks) but i NO this isnt a sign of diabetes i just wonderedif i meant anything.

    today was easter and i obviously had quite a bit of chocolate and i dont know if i am coming down with a bug (my dad was ill yesterday) but i suddenly felt uncontrolably tired and had to go and lay down and i felt really full and kind of sick and had a really bad head ache but it was all gone in half an hour.
    another symptom :i am also tired and irritable but that might just be my personality and i might go to bed to late :s

    from the above you can see i’m quite confused and dont really no what to think and i dont want to jump to conclusions because maybe i have just read the symptoms and kind of made it up or they have become more exaggerated in my mind. the main symptom is un-able to control when i go to the toilet and sudden urges and the rest i’m not completely sure what i feel might just be normal.

    please help asap because i am going to the doc about my urination patterns on tue because i finaly got up the courage to tell my mum and i dont no whether he would automatically check my blood sugars or he might not think of that? should i be worried or am i doing to much worrying :)lol ? i have been living with the urination for like more than a year so i really wanna get that sorted :s
    oh btw there is no family history of type 1 diabetes as far as i no….oh and i am normal weight (bmi 23 i think) but have A LOT of sugar in my diet
    thankyou so much for any answers and sorry its so long xx
    eerrmm thanks abby that really helped….i dont want to seem like a hypocondriact and like i said i am going to the doc about the urinating just not about diabetes and i wanted to no wether i should even be worried :s
    no i dont no anyone and would the doc automatically think of testing me or would i have to say something? thanks for answering :)

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I do think that you are worrying way too much. At 14, I doubt you would have weak pelvic muscles. Eating excessive amounts of sugary foods isn’t good for anyone. I find that when I eat sugary foods, a few hours later I feel really hungry. Advice: cut down on sugary food. The less you eat sugar, the less you desire it. It’s a treat, not a necessary part of nutrition.

      Frequent urination can be caused by a urinary tract infection, which anyone of any age can get. You do not have the scientific knowledge to self diagnosis. You should be checked by a doctor for urinary infection or other problems that could cause frequency. You just have to urinate into a cup. If you did have diabetes and it was out of control, sugar would be present in your urine, which is one of the tests done in the urinalysis. A simple blood test can measure blood sugar. Stop worrying and get checked up.

  39. QUESTION:
    I have a question about Fruits and Vegetables!?
    So I have always been a big fruit and veggie eater. More recently, then in the past. My boyfriend and i were talking about dieting and he said that if you eat to many fruits and veggies you could become a diabetic, because of all the sugar in the fruit. I was just curious if that was true, and how in the world would we be able to know how much sugar is in fresh fruit? I mean i thought fruit and veggies were supposed to be good for you, not have you become a diabetic?

    Anyone have a good website, or explanation? And is there a website for how much sugar is in fruit?
    Well Diabete’s does run in my family, but i exercise 3 times a week..soo hmm.
    well i only eat fresh fruit’s and veggies, and i do eat more variety of foods then fruits and vegetables.lol. Like meat for instance.lol.

    • ANSWER:
      Thats not true, people have been around for thousands and thousands of years. They have been eating fruits and vegetables all that time. There is sugar in them and in some fruits a lot of sugar, but fruits and vegetables have fiber and that is what prevents the fruits and vegetables from affecting your blood sugar. Fiber also helps regulate the mechanism that controls hunger.

      The reason people are developing diabetes is, because they take in too much “High fructose Corn Syrup” a concentrated sugar made from corn, this is what makes soda sweet and it is in almost everything. That is why people can drink a whole “Super Big Gulp” at 7/11, because the products made with it don’t contain fiber.

      Here is another example: Orange Juice–yes it is good for you if its the type that has the pulp included, but if you get the type that has no pulp all you are getting is the sugar with no fiber. If you drink a glass of orange juice its like 5-10 oranges without the fiber and it would be all sugar. That is why they call orange juice “from concentrate” The pulp has the majority of the fiber. The white membrane are the outside of an orange has lots of fiber too.

      An orange on the other hand has all its fiber intact(white membrane, plus all the pulp and you don’t see anyone eating 10 oranges, because of the fiber.

      Sugar is not bad for you

      Too much sugar without fiber is bad for you

      http://diabetesplanner.com/articles_non_mem/diabetes_benefits_of_fiber.htm

      http://www.diabetes.org/all-about-diabetes/ask_the_nutritionist_chat_archive030408.jsp

  40. QUESTION:
    I am a diabetic and a vegetarian, how do i control my blood sugar?
    Hey there, i am seventeen years old. I just found out a few days a go that i am diabetic. I have been a vegetarian for six years now and it’s not helping my blood sugar. I eat a lot of carbs since i eat no meat. That means rice, pasta, potatoes, etc. My doctor told me cutting that stuff out would help my blood sugar dramatically but also said that i have to watch out for fruits to b/c of the sugars. What in the world am i suppose to eat then?! I eat a lot of vegetables as it is now and now my dad is making me include fish back into my diet to try and help my health. What are some things that i can eat that doesnt have a lot of sugars in it? Fruits, vegetables, etc… I am very healthy otherwise, i was born with it and just found out recently. My mothers side of the family all have diabetes so its harder for me. Is there vitamins i can take that will help? Anything at all…

    Any answers will help and all are appreciated! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Tell whoever is treating your diabetes what you have said. I am assuming that your physician who is following you will hook you up with a dietitian. It should be no problem. You just gotta eat complex carbohydrates preferably with fiber to slow down the digestion. Overall, it’s healthier diet anyway.

      Your dietitian would be happy to work with you. There is nothing about a vegetarian diet that would make it difficult. The only reason it is difficult is that the usual assumption is that you eat meat. Once your dietitian knows that you are a vegetarian, it’s a snap. If your doctor doesn’t work with a dietitian, you should be changing to another doctor who is anyway.

  41. QUESTION:
    why consuming fruits if they have a lot of sugar?
    hi, i heard from a lot of people that if consuming a lot of sugar then a can get very soon the diabetic disease, but i also hear a lot of people that i must eat a lot of fruits, but the fruits have a lot of sugar, for example,in the persimmon about 1/4 is composed of sugar, so what i have to do?
    to eat a lot of fruits or not???

    i thanl you in advance for your answer.

    ps: if possible post also the sources of information

    • ANSWER:
      FOODS AND DRINKS CONTAINING A LOT OF SUGAR DO NOT CAUSE DIABETES!! get over that urban myth!! They DO NOT cause diabetes, either form of it.

      Eat as much fruit as you are comfortable eating.

      I do not eat soft sweet fruits. I do eat a lot of other fruits. FRUIT IS A FOOD PRODUCED BY BLOSSOMING PLANT. Tomatoes, green beans, okra, avocados, etc are fruits.

  42. QUESTION:
    where can i get erythritol in metro manila? it’s also known as zeroes. my mom’s a diabetic and i like to bake.
    erythritol is a naturally occuring sugar in certain fruits and plants and it not known to raise the blood sugar level in diabetics. any help would be much appreciated. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I think you need to order….

      http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=lowcarbdiets&cdn=health&tm=31&f=10&su=p674.5.336.ip_&tt=11&bt=0&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.netrition.com/lowcarbsuccess_erythritol_page.html

      http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/Fruit_Acid/——–256——————/10.html

      http://www.sytengco.com/cgi-bin/product_catalog/view_results.asp?SearchCategory=&offset=1000

      or find it in stores…

  43. QUESTION:
    Being a Diabetic, How much fruit should you eat.
    My grandfather is a diabetic and eats a lot of fruit. I was wondering how much fruit should he consume a day. I do know that fruit have fructose in it so eating a lot of it is like eating pure sugar.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I eat a banana, an apple, a half cup of apricots, and two tomatoes a day. Fructose does not require insulin in order to be utilized by the body, so it is not like eating pure sugar. It has a glycemic index of a mere 19 whereas table sugar is 65 and pure glucose has a glycemic index of 100.

      Believe it or not, consuming an 8 ounce apple requires far less insulin for the body to utilize the carbohydrates than an 8 ounce potato does. Plus, the apple has lots more nutrients.

  44. QUESTION:
    what fruits and vegetables to avoid for diabetes?
    What fruits and vegetables are high in sugar or carbohydrates and should be avoided or eaten in moderation for a diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      It may sound hard to believe, but there are few sources to give you that answer in the form of a neat table. The reason is that the sugar content varies by species of the same fruit and by the growth of the fruit, and how long since it was picked. But basically, any fruit TASTES sweet because it IS sweet -and that means is has sugar in it. And, as you may have noticed, the longer those peaches sit on the counter, the sweeter they get -as they approach fermentation stage.

      Let’s not get into discussions about “natural” versus “manufactured” sugar. I’m talking about C12, H22, O11 here -sugar! Doesn’t matter if it comes from a hive or a bag -your body and your diabetic disposition don’t care.

      For what its worth, here’s a chart covering “common foods” and listing sugar content among other things.

      Don’t forget -it is not just about sugar -but more essentially about carbohydrates -of which sugare is one. Get the whole story at:

      http://www.diabetes.org/home.jsp

      Take good care!

      http://www.karlloren.com/diet/p35.htm

  45. QUESTION:
    im not a diabetic patient. but i want to control glucose in my blood. usually i’m taking rice but due to this
    im not a diabetic patient. but i want to control glucose in my blood. usually i’m taking rice but due to this purpose i want to take more vegetables and fruits. can anybody tell me which are the best fruits for health, low sugar and not harming the glucise level?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are not a diabetic, your pancreas takes care of the glucose level in your blood. It doesn’t really matter what you eatas far as the sugar is concerned, because your panreas will excrete insulin to keep the sugar level at a healthy level. It is good to eat fresh fruits and vegetables as you said. Those will not harm the sugar levels in your body. They also have good fiber content and vitamins etc. THe only reason I can see why you should limit your sugar intake is because lots of processed sugars contain extra calories that you may not want or need.

  46. QUESTION:
    Its fruit season and I was just wondering about the sugar in fruit.?
    Tis the time when fruit is oozing of the trees and bushes. I’m eating tons of fruit every day .. like just today I ate four large peaches. I heard there’s a rather large amount of sugar in fruit .. should I be cutting back on the fruit? Or is there a way I can just burn it of? I’m not diabetic or anything like that and as far as I know I’m rather healthy.

    .Mae.

    • ANSWER:
      Fruitarians (people that eat only fruit) are very thin.

  47. QUESTION:
    Pre-diabetic… advice on controlling it?
    I got my test results back from my doc, and my fasting glucose level was in the pre-diabetic range. I do have diabetes (type 2 I’m assuming) in my family’s history.

    Usually with pre-diabetics, the advice is to lose weight. Well, I’m 5’5″ and 120 lbs, so I don’t have much to lose! Other than the obvious of toning down refined sugars, is there anything else I can do? Are there foods that support blood glucose levels?

    Also, I looove fruit smoothies. I make them with fresh fruits and don’t add sugar or milk or yogurt. I also really like dried fruit. Will fruit make my sugar levels spike?
    Yan: Thanks for the info. I’m not on insulin, as I’ve not been diagnosed diabetic but in the pre-diabetic range. I’m absolutely horrified of needles (just getting the blood test that gave me this information was an ordeal!), and at 29 years old I want to nip this in the bud so I never need to!

    I don’t eat mostly fruit, but I have an easier time with fruit than with veggies. I’ve discovered that I can eat anything if it’s in a smoothie (even cactus!). I know I don’t get enough exercise, though. I’m so low energy all the time that it’s hard, plus I faint easily. =( That’s part of the reason my diet has been so bad… I’m just SO run down that taking time to prepare a healthy meal is often more than I can manage.

    • ANSWER:
      At your weight, I would suggest getting antibody tests as well as a C-peptide test. You may be developing type 1 diabetes.

      If it turns out that you really are (don’t let a doctor tell you you are, demand blood testing) a typical pre-type2, arm yourself with information.

      The first thing you need is a prescription for a blood glucose meter so you can test your levels at home. This gives you instant feedback about how different things impact your blood sugar.

      Second, as you know, work on eating balanced meals with moderate amounts of complex carbs and plenty of protein, veggies, so on. Obviously, don’t try to reduce your calories or lose weight. And, yes, fruit can raise your blood glucose level as it, like almost all foods, contains carbs. That doesn’t mean you can’t have them, but it does mean that moderation is important.

      Third, work out! This can do wonders in controlling blood glucose levels as well as making you plain old healthier in general.

      You may want to seek out one of the many online diabetes forums or community, as they are a source of information, as well as support and encouragement.

  48. QUESTION:
    I need a very good diabetic recipie for dinner?
    I have the basics of what most of us would buy in the stores: beef, pork, chicken, and a variety of fruits and veggies. I also have several pasta’s and other staples. Got friends commign over monday and need a good recipie as she’s a very bad diabetic. Please keep in mind – no sugar substitutes.

    • ANSWER:
      Try a recipe from the American Diabetes Assoc.

      http://www.diabetes.org/nutrition-and-recipes/nutrition/overview.jsp

  49. QUESTION:
    GOOD tasting diabetic snacks?
    My aunt is a diabetic and I want to make her a goody basket of safe snacks.
    Even fruits pick up her sugar too high.
    What are some tasty and safe diabetic snacks or goodies I can put in there?
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a full list of low carb snacks, just pick things that would go easily into a basket like the jerky and string cheese. If you want to put fruit in to make it pretty, stick with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. The don’t spike the blood sugar as much or as fast. You can also think about getting her some sugar free cookies or candies if she can tolerate the artificial sweetners. These do have carbs but won’t make the sugar spike like an oreo would.

      Peanut butter
      Cheddar cheese
      String cheese
      Cottage cheese
      Broccoli with melted cheese
      Salad with free veggies and low-carb dressing
      Tomato and mozzarella salad
      Celery with peanut butter
      Fresh berries with low-fat plain yogurt
      Veggies with hummus
      Cucumbers with olive-oil and rice vinegar
      Carrot sticks
      Snap peas with Caesar dressing
      Radishes with tzatziki
      Green beans cooked and cooled with lemon juice
      Nuts
      Sautd Spinach
      PicklesRotisserie chicken
      Deli meat
      Pepperoni and cheese
      Beef jerky
      Hard boiled eggs

  50. QUESTION:
    What would be the healthiest bean to eat on a tortilla – weight loss and diabetic?
    I am trying to lose weigh. I have diabetes type 2 and eating low carbs. If I am trying to lose weight and want to know if I can eat refried beans or black beans or any type of bean on a low-carb wheat tortilla.

    The beans are packed with carbs and that is what worries me – whether I can eat them or not. The tortilla has 14 grams of fiber and 1 gram of sugar. Oh yes, and 5 grams of carbs.

    I am trying to stay away from meat for a short period. I need something to eat where I can lose weight and all I hear is that the Arkins Diet is no good. Fruit has sugar and carbs so I am terrified to eat any fruit other than no sugar added peaches in a can.

    If I eat carbs I gain weight over night. I tried brown rice and within three days I gained seven pounds from the carbs in the rice. I was eating maybe 2-3 cups a day.

    I need suggestions on what kind of beans I can eat in a tortilla. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      If I recall, kidney beans and chickpeas are the ones with the lowest glycemic index (which is what we diabetics should stick with). Make sure that is a whole grain tortilla, too. Refined carbs are exactly what you want to avoid. Remove the refined carbs and put in their place fruits with high potassium content. V8 juice (low sodium, of course) is one of the richest sources of potassium which THE LACK OF has been shown to be a contributor of type two diabetes. Since adopting this basic premise, I’ve lost over 50 pounds and quit taking Metformin over two weeks ago. My average (that’s average fasting AND post prandial) since then, has been 90mg/dl. Yes, that’s right… I eat around 500 to 600 calories worth of fruit a day and my sugar has gone down… not up, as expected. See for yourself: http://www.geocities.com/seabulls69/DailyLog.html

      I just re-read your details…. you desperately need to educate yourself on the various TYPES of carbs and sugars. I bought into that crap about limiting fruits too… that’s what was keeping me on the Metformin. Even with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. Since divorcing myself from that nonsense, and eating plenty of raw fruits, the numbers went in the right direction, and my blood sugar stabilized at normal levels. It really works. Also, caffeine has be shown in some people to cause damage in the beta cells of the pancreas, so you might want to avoid coffee and tea.

      Carb and sugar education sources:

      http://www.drfuhrman.com

      http://www.drmcdougall.com

      http://www.nealbarnard.org/diabetes_book.htm

      http://www.diabetesimprovement.com/

      http://www.chetday.com


Diabetic Sugars In Food

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What food should I avoid as a diabetic, in order to keep my blood sugars down?
    I am a diabetic trying to control my bolld sugar levels with food and diet.

    • ANSWER:
      Stay away from potatoes and pastas. These are foods that have alot of starches in them and the starches turn to sugar. Also stay away from your candies and cakes and pies unless they are sugar free. Drink diet drinks. You are not going to be able to stay away from sugars all together, as some foods naturally have sugar in them. I hope this helps you.

  2. QUESTION:
    Why does consuming any natural sugars in food make feel achey,weak and like I have hay fever?
    Im not a diabetic and my sugar reading is 56 when I use my friends glucose blood tester.

    • ANSWER:
      You may have an excessive insulin response causing your blood sugar to drop after ingestion of certain carbohydrates.

  3. QUESTION:
    Sugar free food/snacks suggestions for a diabetic?
    My aunt just found out she is diabetic. She loves chocolates, or anything sweet. I have bought some blood sugar level monitors for her. I would like to get something for her that she would love to eat. Can any one suggest food/snack that is sugar free? And where can I get in Manhattan.

    • ANSWER:
      You’ve got to be kidding? Diabetes type II or I? If it is Diabetes type I, your aunt has lost her ability to make insulin in the beta cells of her pancreas. If it is Diabetes type II, your aunt’s body has lost it’s ability to use the insulin it is producing and the pancreas is most probably been overworked to the point of exhaustion and now you want to give her “DIET” sweets and ruin her liver too? The reason your aunt loves chocolates and sweets is for two reasons, most likely, she is deficient in magnesium and that usually means calcium as well, and she is also consuming way too many carbs and not enough good fats.

      Americans are falling like flies to diabetes type II because they are listening to the so called “experts” telling them that then need to eat huge amounts of fruits and vegetables, avoid red meat and eat low fat.

      There is NO culture in the world as long as the human race has been in existence that has generated healthy people from a diet like that. The studies that support that kind of diet are from agenda driven, profit motivated, companies that fund these studies to promote their products. The Food Industry in the U.S. has revenues exceeding ALL U.S. corporations combined. With that kind of money and well paid lobbyists, you can only imagine how this has happened. The food pyramid is bought and paid for by these corporations.

      The best thing your aunt can do at this time, is to change her diet so she won’t crave the sweets. The craving is her body crying out for good food, especially good oils and protein. Man’s diet 12,000 years ago was 80% protein and fats, and 20% carbs. Today, it’s 80-90% carbs and 10-20% protein and fats. And the fats are usually hydrogenated oils. We were not designed to eat that many carbs (vegetables & fruit).

      A good example of healthy people that have no dental carries (tooth decay) and no heart disease (of which 3 out of 4 Americans are dying of) are the Eskimoes. These people eat nothing but Wild Animals and Wild fish for 9 months out of the year. Why then are we told to eat more fruits and vegetables and less red meat? It’s because the food industry has created things like FEED LOTS for cows instead of letting them graze on grass and free to roam around. The Feed lot cows are unhealthy and give us huge amounts of omega 6 fatty acids that are inflammatory. We cook our food, pasteurize and homogenize the dairy products, and destroy our immune systems with flu shots, vaccines, and antibiotics and wonder why we are getting sick! Amazing. To top it off, the very expensive marketing being done by these corporations that practice “profit over health” are giving the American public garbage to eat.

      About 80% of diabetes type II comes from a very small bacteria called “nanobacter.” This little insidious germ is normally killed by the stomach acid, but because of the cooked food, antacids, and processed foods, the body produces less and less stomach acid as we age. This lack of stomach acid creates “acid reflux” because the 1.5 to 3.0 pH of the stomach cannot be reached due to the lack of this acid being produced. Now the bacteria don’t get killed and they are left to invade the body. Nanobacter is responsible for heart disease, diabetes type II, and kidney failure in many ways.

      In regard to your aunt, the stomach pH must be 1.5 – 3.0 for the digestive system to work properly. If the “chime” that enters the jejunum from the stomach is not acidic, the calcium, MAGNESIUM, and zinc will not be absorbed. If your aunt eats very little GOOD meats and lots of carbs (veggies & fruit) with little fat, she has set herself up for the diabetes type II because the body gets tired of this garbage and then refuses to let insulin do it’s job in the cells to lower blood sugar levels.

      The “sugar free” garbage put into foods generates formaldehyde in the liver and also causes your appetite to increase, not decrease! What a perfect way to promote eating more. Increase your appetite and convince you that you are better off by not eating sugar. Truly amazing!

      Fix the diet and your aunt will live a much longer, happy life than satisfying some sweet tooth that is making her sicker. I suggest you check out the following web site: www.westonaprice.org

      good luck to you

  4. QUESTION:
    My mother is diabetic and we are in search of sugar free (none whatsoever!) food such as breads, cakes?
    We’ve been to several stores, but all or most foods appear to contain a certain amount of sugar. Does anyone know of a store that sells sugar free foods that people with diabetes are allowed to consume? Tried even Trader Joe’s and unfortunately, their selection was very limited.
    Help!

    • ANSWER:
      The grocery stores here seem to have a wide variety of “sweets” that are sugar free. One thing to keep in mind is that in order to make up for the sugar, many sugar free foods are high in fat….just as many fat free foods are full of sugar. I’m glad to know that you read the nutrition information.

  5. QUESTION:
    sugar free food?
    is there any foods with no sugar in them? Like normal food not diabetic-sugar free chocolate for example. My mums diabetic and asked me to look it up on the netbut i can’t find anything that just says of anything is sugar free. I did explain to her how often foods with “sugar free” on them are usually high in carbs or fat to replace the sugar which is just as bad!

    So any idea of sugar free foods…are vegetables sugar free?

    • ANSWER:
      your mum doesn’t need to be that strict.
      i am also diabetic.
      if she asked a nutritionist, they would tell her to eat plenty of fruit and veg but make sure to eat carbs with every meal.
      like potatoes, pasta, rice, bread etc.

      as long as she sticks to this she will have her sugar levels under control.

      hope she’s OK and stabilised soon x

  6. QUESTION:
    “Is eating natural sugar foods, albeit fruit (vs. processed sugar, like candy), OK for a borderline diabetic?”
    One should refrain from eating sweets, i.e. candy, which contain processed sugar. However, what about natural fruit? For instance, a naturally sweet banana also has sugar. However, would it be OK for this person to eat the banana because it contains a natural sugar, instead of a processed sugar. Thus, the borderline diabetic’s body would be OK with natural sugar, as it is found naturally in fruit?Another example, prunes. Prunes taste delicious, most likely because of the naturally sweet sugar that is contained in the prune, naturally. On the back of the prune container, where nutritional information is listed, it says, amongst many things: Sugars 12 g
    I am assuming that these “Sugars 12 g”, that is being referred to, is the natural sugar that is found in the prune, naturally. Should someone who is borderline diabetes, however, consider natural sugar just as harmful as processed sugar? A clinical lab would say that sugar is sugar. But, is there, wholistically, more to consider here?

    • ANSWER:
      When it comes to diabetes, sugar is sugar. Diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t respond to insulin the way it should. It requires more insulin release for your cells to absorb the same amount of blood sugar than a non diabetic. The big hype about natural sugar versus table sugar is that it takes less natural sugar to flavor something than it does table sugar.

      The key to good blood sugar control is to avoid foods that cause a spike in blood sugar like candybars, sodas, and processed sugar. Other complex carbohydrates like peanut butter, pasta, bread etc cause sugar to be released into the blood gradually since they take longer to digest. The other problem with processed sugars is that since they cause blood sugar levels to spike, insulin levels spike as well. This means that when your blood sugar levels drop back to normal, your insulin levels are still relatively high, causing you to be hungry all over again.

      Another thing to consider is how many calories are in a particular food. A banana has 100-150 calories in it and let us say that it has 20g of sugar in it. A candy bar may also have 20g of sugar but it may also have 300 calories in it as well. It is important to watch your caloric intake as well as there is a strong correlation b/w diabetes and obesity since glycemic control is difficult with diabetes.

      All in all it’s ok to have the occaisional candybar as long as you don’t make it a habit, be it full of processed sugar or not.

      I’ve attached an article if you’d like to know more. I hope this helps.

  7. QUESTION:
    How much sugar content is in food products for a diabetic to change eating style?
    I need a chart to plan menus

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to a nutritionist. It isn’t about sugar — it is about total carbohydrates and their glycemic index. Your insurance should cover a diabetes course — and it will be eye-opening. Do it.

  8. QUESTION:
    How many days can a diabetic go without food AND insulin?
    -How many days can a diabetic person go without both food AND insulin before their blood sugar is profoundly affected to the point of coma and/or death?

    -Would hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia be more likely in this situation? Even though no insulin is taken, no food is ingested either, so would the blood sugar still rise dangerously high in 48-72 hours? Or would the last dose of basal insulin eventually cause a low?

    • ANSWER:
      The liver produces certain amounts of glucose naturally. In many type 2 diabetics the liver acts like a sugar factory on overtime. Whether the individual was type 1 or type 2 this would be dangerous. After a certain amount of time spent fasting the body starts to burn its own fat stores to provide energy which would also cause blood sugar to rise and cause DKA. You probably wouldn’t see a low because the basal is taken to deal with the natural production of glucose by the liver throughout the day. Blood sugar would rise and that’s never good.

  9. QUESTION:
    Since I am diabetic, what are some foods I can snack on?
    Yes, I have type II diabetes and cannot eat much food with sugar or foods that turn into sugar once eaten. I’ve been wanting to know what are some snacks I can buy at the store that will NOT raise my blood sugar level. Maybe you can give me the name or the brand of the snack food? Thank you in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Almonds, low fat cheese, fruit that has less sugar, like apples. You can even eat a small apple with some peanut butter on it for the added protein. Ask your doctor for a list of foods that will keep your Diabetes on track.

  10. QUESTION:
    I am diabetic and random sugar is 245 what are the food items i can eat?
    I am diabetic with random sugar 245 and i am taking gluco vance 2 tablets
    in a day one after breakfast and other after dinner . I am suffering from legs and hands burning sense and tingling feeling .Please tell what type of food items i can eat.

    • ANSWER:
      You should follow the diabetic exchange diet

      http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/eating_ez/index.htm

      See Exchange Lists under RELATED

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes-diet/DA00077

      You will find much good information here:

      http://www.diabetes.org/home.jsp

      And if you were recently diagnosed:

      http://www.diabetes.org/recently-diagnosed.jsp

  11. QUESTION:
    i am a diabetic and right now my sugar?
    my sugar is 71. all i have is non sugar food in house. would it be wise to go to vending machine here in lobby and chug half a can of reg soda or can i get sugar back to normal with sugar free food i gave here? please help, i run into this on occasion.

    • ANSWER:
      If this happens to you occasionally, then you need to keep some sort of quick acting glucose in the house. Drugstores and grocery stores sell glucose tablets in the diabetic supply section. These tablets are easy to chew, provide a measured amount of glucose, and will last for quite a long time.

      For right now, yeah, probably go chug some regular soda.

      You need to take a diabetes education class, to help you tailor your diet to your own needs, and to learn how to deal with situations like this.

  12. QUESTION:
    Anyone out there that’s had a diabetic cat, can you recommend a good cat food?
    I took my 10 yr old siamese mix into the vet recently for a rabies shot and checkup. The vet decided to do a senior blood panel on her just to make sure she’s doing ok since she’s getting a bit older. Everything looked fine except her blood sugar which was 302. They advised i follow up with them for a glucose curve and further testing. Well i went back to the vet today and they drew a 2nd random glucose and it was 235 after 8 hours fasting so the vet said that she may be at the very beginning stages of diabetes. My vet thinks we may be able to control her sugars with a simple diet change to a diabetic cat food. He sent me home with a bag of prescription Purina for diabetic cats but i haven’t opened it yet becausee i absolutely hate Purina. They use corn gluten and several other fillers and by products i am not happy with. Can anyone recommend a better quality diabetic food? My vet says after 3-4 weeks on the new food we will come back in and do another random glucose and if its better we will manage her with food, if not we’ll do a glucose curve and possibly start her on insulin. Any recommendations for a good diabetic cat food would be appreciated. thanks..
    She’s currently eating Blue Buffalo but it’s only about 30% protien and the Purina DM they gave me today is 50%. I looked at the Blue Buffalo WIlderness line but they only have 40% protien so i don’t think that will work. So any suggestions will be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I did have a diabetic cat, had to administer insulin twice a day. I only did the research after he passed and I really wish I had done it earlier, I could have made his life much more easy.

      You’re right not to trust purina. If it has grain/corn/rice/starch, it has a lot of carbs. Carbs are basically sugar and you don’t want your diabetic cat eating sugar.

      Just by the guaranteed analyses, the Purina DM has 18% carbs, actually 21% in dry matter. It should be below 5% or at least 10% you can do your calculations on the foods here http://www.scheyderweb.com/cats/catfood.html

      Read this on diabetic cat diet, it’s written by a vet/nutritionist. Most vets have no clue about nutrition, so it’s good to get advice from a specialist like this one: http://www.catinfo.org/?link=felinediabetes

      Yes, you want a high protein diet, but first of all it needs to be LOW CARB. That’s the essence here. I ran BB Wilderness Chicken through the calculator and came up with even higher carb content, 28.5%. While I love Blue Buffalo, that’s mostly for their wet food. This dry formula by them is not great for your diabetic cat.

      It’s hard to find dry food that doesn’t have many carbs, since they need the plants to ‘cement’ the food together. You can find foods with much lower carb content in the wet category. Even Wellness CORE dry has 18% carbs. Wellness CORE wet on the other hand has 0.4% carbs. Blue Buffalo Wilderness wet about 1.5%. Staggering difference.

      I wouldn‘t really recommend feeding any dry food. Cats are designed to get their water from food. That’s the way nature designed them, they have low thirst drive. When fed dry, they won’t drink enough to compensate for the lack of moisture. They will only consume about 50% of the water they should be having. This can lead to kidney disease, UTI, crystals, blockage, renal failure and more. As we know, diabetic cats also need more moisture, so it would be great if you could switch her to wet food.

      We usually read labels on our food, but rarely on the food for our cats. Learn to read the label and understand the ingredients. The healthiest food to feed apart from raw feeding is grain-free wet food with no by-product. Some good brands are Wellness CORE, EVO, Merrick, Nature’s Variety, Blue Buffalo Wilderness and more. These will give your cat the proper hydration and nutrition it’s designed to get and it will be strong and healthy.

      If you switch it’s diet, do it gradually, by mixing the current food with the new one over couple of weeks until there’s only the new. This will prevent diarrhea and upset stomach.

      You will probably get a lot of different answers, so google feline nutrition or look at the links below, and do the research for yourself. I personally wasn’t able to find one reliable source (besides the pet food industry) that would say grain is beneficial for cats or that dry is beneficial for them.

      More on cat nutrition below,

      Good luck!

      P.S. If I could help in any other way, please email me.

  13. QUESTION:
    Question about diabetic diet and food exchanges?
    How starches carbohydrates etc. should a diabetic get each day if you are a normal body weight and running blood sugars in the 200′s while on glucophage 500? Doctor wants me to see dietician but don’t have money right now.
    So if someone could give me an idea of the average of what a 150 pound adult should get and amount of calories should eat? at least to get me started?

    • ANSWER:
      You’re really going to need to experiment, as your weight really doesn’t tell us anything about how well you can control your blood sugar, but I’d start with 100-150 grams of carbohydrates per day and go downward if your blood sugar levels don’t drop. I eat 30 grams or under per day because I find that I can reduce spikes and stay <100 mg/dL 99% of the time by doing this. This is fairly extreme for most diabetics, though, which is why I recommend you begin at higher number of carbohydrates and reduce as needed. You're on a small dose of Metformin and Metformin is one of those diabetic drugs that really only works with accompanying changes in diet, so you will have to limit carbohydrates.

      As for calories, I don't know how tall you are or what sex you are, so I can't estimate, but most healthy weight adults eat anywhere between 1500-2000 calories a day. Calories aren't the most important aspect of diet to measure, though. Calories don't raise blood sugar. You would only watch calories if you were trying to maintain a certain weight. Otherwise, to bring down blood sugar, you need to focus more on carbohydrates.

      Also, as you diet, you'll learn that not all carbohydrates are created equal. You may eat 20 grams in nuts and non-starchy vegetables and 20 grams in bread with wildly different numbers afterward.

  14. QUESTION:
    what is the right food pyramid for someone who is a diabetic?
    Can someone please tell me what the proper guidelines as far as proper intake of daily foods? I want to cook something for my mother in law on her birthday this year but do not want to complicate her diabetic sugar readings. Lately she is hard to please and hates fruits and veggies and eats terrible . I want to introduce her to something new and perhaps form a better eating habit for her

    • ANSWER:
      check out this site for some diabetic friendly recipes!

  15. QUESTION:
    Diabetic, food poisoning and ketones…?
    I think I have food poisoning. I am a insulin dependant diabetic. I have not been able to keep anything down. My blood sugar is elevated, (around 175) and now I have moderate ketones. Should I just go to the hospital, or wait it out. I don’t think I am in DKA. Anyone else experience this?

    • ANSWER:
      Any time you get sick your blood glucose will usually rise. Keep taking your insulin and correct as necessary to get your bg down under 140. If you have been taking your corrections and are still going higher and your ketones are rising, then go to the hospital. If you’ve gotten your bg down and the ketones are still moderate, you should be okay at home.

      Good luck! I’ve had food poisoning a ton of times and it’s no fun…

  16. QUESTION:
    diabetic food ideas?
    i have been a diabetic since 1998. i am not on any meds or insulin. my previous doctor did not have me checking my sugar after meals. the new doctor im seeing told me to check my sugar 2 hours after eating. my post lunch sugars have been around 108-114. dinner is around 125-140. but im having problems with breakfast. i thought i was eating healthy. for instance this morning i had a bowl of special k and two hours later my sugar was 259. i took it again 20 min later and it was 162. i dont have a lot of time in the morning to cook as i have to be at work so i need something simple. any suggestions.
    no i don’t add sugar to the special k but i did get the special k with the yougurt chips in it maybe that added more carbs

    • ANSWER:
      There was an article in the indianapolis star that said putting cinnamon on things will help regulate insulin. This really does work. My dad is diabetic, and he will eat a whole grain cereal for breakfast with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top along with blueberries also in it, then he will have his coffee with of course a sprinkle of cinnamon, and he will also have a side of cherries. He had noticed a huge impovement after he started putting cinnamon on his breakfast food. He said he was able to eat bread without it really affecting him.

  17. QUESTION:
    Cat peeing on floor…it is time to euthanize?
    I have a 14 year old male cat. Here is his history:

    I adopted him 6 years ago from a friend who couldn’t take care of him any longer. He is fixed. He was overweight and prone to urinary tract infections. 2 years ago, he was diagnosed with diabetes. A couple thousand dollars later, 2 insulin shots a day and special diabetic food, his sugars have been controlled, he lost weight and has gone into remission (no longer considered diabetic) and for a year has been off his insulin.

    I had a baby 9 months ago. The cats (I also have a 3 year old male and the cats gets along great) were both fine when the baby came home. About 3 months ago, the cat in question started pooping on our bed and our guest bed. We have since barred him from both rooms, and he seemed to be doing fine…until now. I just recently discovered that for the past week, he has been peeing on my baby’s pkayroom floor tiles. There is no way to stop him. I am scared to death that my baby will contract something from his urine (I know the ammonia can be dangerous for babies) and to be honest, I cannot afford to even bring the cat to the vet anymore since he’s already cost me thousands and costs me over 0 a month just in food as it is. I am not working as I am off with the baby, so funds are extremely limited.

    What do I do? do I put him down? Is it worth bringing him to a shelter? Would anyone really want to adopt a 14 year old cat with a history of UTI’s, diabetes, peeing and pooping on the floor/furniture and a 0/month food bill?
    I love my cat, and this is an extremely difficult decision for me. I want to do what is best for him, and I know this would be to bring him to the vet. Unfortunately, my child comes first, and having the money to feed her is my priority. Since I cannot afford to pay a vet hundreds of dollars to diagnose him I(if there even is a diagnosis available), I’m really at a loss of what else I can do.
    I love my cat, and this is an extremely difficult decision for me. I want to do what is best for him, and I know this would be to bring him to the vet. Unfortunately, my child comes first, and having the money to feed her is my priority. Since I cannot afford to pay a vet hundreds of dollars to diagnose him(if there even is a diagnosis available), I’m really at a loss of what else I can do.
    Sorry about the confusion…the babie’s playroom is not her bedroom. She is never changed in the playroom, so there are no dirty diapers in this area. Also, this doesn’t expalin the pooping on the beds issue either.
    Of course I have tried to see if anyone would be interested in adopting him, but nobody is. I live in a small community on an island with no humaine society, only 1 shelter. There are no foster programs in my community.
    While I appreciate people are passionate about animals, please don’t compare a cat to a child, mother or any other human being. Asking me if my mother was dying of cancer would I put her down? Really. That’s going a bit far.

    • ANSWER:
      Having had a diabetic cat for a few years, I know what you are going through. Our kitty, also about 14 years old died of kidney failure last year. Just before being diagnosed with diabetes, she was having problems with urinating everywhere and we had thought she had a UTI. After two years of treatment, insulin and diet, she started urinating everywhere again. A trip to the vet indicated acute kidney failure. You have a baby now and are limited on funds. I know that you love your kitty, but your responsibility now is to your child. Do not let other’s guilt you into keeping the cat.
      I would suggest euthanasia because no one is going to adopt an old, sick cat. And it would be quite a shock to him to be put in a shelter. Chances are there is something else going on with him healthwise and we know it is not inexpensive to treat a cat or dog with these health problems.

  18. QUESTION:
    Does a diabetic have double the risk of heart disease EVEN IF HE CONTROLS HIS SUGAR PERFECTLY?
    I am a diabetic who eats basicly what a normal person does for a diet. Everyone walks around saying we have to eat low sugar foods, but i am confused as to if they say this because it is easier to control, or we need to.

    I control my sugar in the normal range for what a person should be at 70-120, but occaisionally eat fast food. I dont have a BAD diet, but I dont go around eating low sugar foods totally on purpose. Also, my doctor says as long as my sugar is in control, i am a normal person. What gives?

    • ANSWER:
      As long as your blood glucose is controlled you have a slightly higher risk of heart disease than if you did not have diabetes. The slight increase in the risk factor is due to diabetes being a progressive disease. By slight you are looking at like a 5% increase, nowhere near double. There is a risk calculator on the ADA website.

      Diabetics need to look at the carbohydrates in their diet not sugar.

  19. QUESTION:
    what is the most of sugar can a diabetic person take in a meal or food?

    this person is 119 and has type 2 diabetes no insulin.
    119lbs my bad.

    • ANSWER:
      NONE.

      The diabetic must AVOID all sources of sugar, and reduce sources of starch (like breads, crackers, pastas, corn, rice, and potatoes).

      Now, in fact this is a complete impossibility. Almost everything has some sugar or starch in it. The goal is to reduces the amount of sugar intake to as close to zero as possible, and to reduce the amount of starches to as little as possible.

      If this goal is achieved, what sugars and starches remain in the diet can be controlled with medications, and usually without insulin.

  20. QUESTION:
    diabetic food for foodies?
    At 23 and at an average weight, I was still somehow recently diagnosed with diabetes. They think it’s genetic since my father had a pretty strong case of it and I have a weak liver. As a natural foodie, this has kind of really freaked me out, I am still grasping this concept of not being able to eat whatever I want. I’m wondering if anyone has any advice on foods to eat and to avoid. I know foods like potatoes and white bread are a no-no because they convert to sugar in the body but what about rice, tortilla wraps, deli meats/any kind of meat? Also if someone would let me know if being diabetic means having to give up deliciousness… :( I’d really appreciate any help any one has, even on simply what to expect. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    I am a diabetic and I am having problems on the grams and milligrams in certain foods?
    I buy food with less sugar than some food but I want to know how much milligrams or grams in foods that are healthy for a diabetic and what is a dangerous level

    • ANSWER:
      your best bet is to avoide the high suger products altogether. if you eat a sensible well balanced diet you should be able to maintain a good glucose control

  22. QUESTION:
    a diabetic food question.?
    i believe i read or heard that having beans and rice would allow your sugar level to rise slowly rather than plain rice. i do like beans..if i had a bowl of bean soup..or minestrone.with a lot of beans before my meal..would this help prevent my glucose level from rising rapidly..i try for whole wheat pasta and whole wheat italian bread…does this help curb a glucose rise..i’m a snacker..i like crunchy and crispy..any suggestions on a food i could eat in abundance.thanks..oh,grandpa,great grandpa and gg.grandpa..thanks for the diabetes.. its an unwanted gift…!

    • ANSWER:
      You should reduce carbohydrate in the diet. Consume more fruits and vegetables. Sugar, sweetened soft drinks, nuts, dried fruits, vegetable oil and red meat should be avoided strictly.

  23. QUESTION:
    sugar free diet for a non-diabetic?
    i was wondering if it would be better for people not to consume sugar on a daily basis?

    or the differences between eating natural sugar foods only (just fruits), compared to no sugar at all? (no sugar, no fruits).

    could a long term sugar free diet in a non-diabetic lead to hypoglycemia?

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    How do I calculate the glycemix index of a food?
    I am a borderline diabetic and my doctor has given me a list of foods I can eat and also which to stay away from. Basically, I have to eat foods that do not have a high glycemic index – but there are some foods that don’t fall into either category on my list and I was wondering how to calculate what is ok and what isn’t – obviously high sugar foods are no no’s. But there are some foods that are more difficult to determine and I don’t want to be calling my doctor every single time I have a question – that can get very expensive as well as tiresome.

    For instance, I cannot eat white bread or even whole wheat , but there are some low carbohydrate breads that are high in fiber – are these ok?

    Can someone please tell me if there is a specific formula to calculate the glycemic index of a food?

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      The Glycemic index (also glycaemic index) or GI is a physiologically based measure of the effects of carbohydrates on blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates that break down rapidly during digestion releasing glucose rapidly into the bloodstream have a high GI; carbohydrates that break down slowly, releasing glucose gradually into the bloodstream, have a low GI. For most people, foods with a low GI have significant health benefits. The concept was developed by Dr. David J. Jenkins and colleagues [1] in 1980–1981 at the University of Toronto in their research to find out which foods were best for people with diabetes. Since the 1980s, Professor Jennie Brand-Miller at the University of Sydney has researched the role of carbohydrates, the GI and human health and is one of the world’s leading authorities.

      Carbohydrates that break down rapidly during digestion have the highest glycemic indices. Carbohydrates that break down slowly, releasing glucose gradually into the blood stream, have a low glycemic index. A lower glycemic index suggests slower rates of digestion and absorption of the sugars and starches in the foods and may also indicate greater extraction from the liver and periphery of the products of carbohydrate digestion. A lower glycemic response is often thought to equate to a lower insulin demand, better long-term blood glucose control and a reduction in blood lipids. The insulin index may therefore also be useful as it provides a direct measure of the insulin response to a food.

      The glycemic index of a food is defined by the area under the two hour blood glucose response curve (AUC) following the ingestion of a fixed portion of carbohydrate (usually 50 g). The AUC of the test food is divided by the AUC of the standard (either glucose or white bread, giving two different definitions) and multiplied by 100.
      The average GI value is calculated from data collected in 10 human subjects. Both the standard and test food must contain an equal amount of available carbohydrate. The result gives a relative ranking for each tested food

      The current validated methods use glucose as the reference food, giving it a glycemic index value of 100 by definition. This has the advantages that it is universal and it results in maximum GI values of approximately 100. White bread can also be used as a reference food, giving a different set of GI values (if white bread = 100, then glucose ≈ 140). For people whose staple carbohydrate source is white bread, this has the advantage of conveying directly whether replacement of the dietary staple with a different food would result in faster or slower blood glucose response. The disadvantages with this system are that the reference food is not well-defined, and the GI scale is culture dependent.

      A low GI food will release glucose more slowly and steadily. A high GI food causes a more rapid rise in blood glucose levels and is suitable for energy recovery after endurance exercise or for a person with diabetes experiencing hypoglycemia.

      The glycemic effect of foods depends on a number of factors such as the type of starch (amylose vs. amylopectin), physical entrapment of the starch molecules within the food, fat and protein content of the food and organic acids or their salts in the meal — adding vinegar for example, will lower the GI. The presence of fat or soluble dietary fibre can slow the gastric emptying rate thus lowering the GI. Unrefined breads with higher amounts of fiber generally have a lower GI value than white breads. Many brown breads, however, are treated with enzymes to soften the crust, which makes the starch more accessible. This raises the GI, with some brown breads even having GI values over 100.

      While adding butter or oil will lower the GI of meal, the GI ranking does not change. That is, with or without additions, there is still a higher blood glucose curve after white bread than after a low GI bread such as pumpernickel.

      The glycemic index can only be applied to foods with a reasonable carbohydrate content, as the test relies on subjects consuming enough of the test food to yield about 50 g of available carbohydrate. Many fruits and vegetables (but not potatoes) contain very little carbohydrate per serving, or have very low GI values. This also applies to carrots, which were originally and incorrectly reported as having a high GI.

      I was also diagnosed prediabetic last year see more here

      http://www.reddiabetes.com

  25. QUESTION:
    As a diabetic, what foods DO NOT make your blood sugar high?
    I have type 1, and the foods that don’t spike me very much are vegetables (obvious), apples, tea (with honey or splenda), and this pasta called Shirataki noodles. I used it in place of regular pasta once, and my sugar didn’t spike. Gotta buy some more of that stuff. :)

    what about you?

    • ANSWER:
      I use sucralose and if it causes cancer then I’m taking on one form of death over another form of death, Does it really matter what you use? Aspartame makes you go blind. Saccharine gives you cancer. So do I just eat and drink CARDBOARD? Or will that give me cancer too? Everything will get you at one time or another. I eat what I want at 3 intervals per day. I stay away from white bread and am eating 100% whole wheat bread now. I walk 2 miles a day except when it rains.

  26. QUESTION:
    My uncle is coming for Christmas and he is diabetic. What sort of food can I make?
    He is type 2 diabetes and he is strict about his diet. I do not just want to have sugar free candy. What are some snacks or items I should keep in my house so he wont go hungry?

    • ANSWER:
      nuts, fruits, and vegetables are sure things, (make sure the nuts don’t have added sugar, i.e. honey roasted). If I was you I would offer to take him to the store with you once he gets there b/c finding low carb food is really tricky. low carb is a whole new world! Things that are whole wheat often have sugar in them. Things that have no sugar added normally still have too many carbs. You have to check the labels for the total number of carbs. You subtract the fiber and the carbs have to be under ten.

      if you check the lables first you can get things like triskets, no sugar added protein bars, low carb ice cream and whole wheat noodles and bread.

      Your uncle is already use to doing this, so taking him to the store with you would be the best bet.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is there a form out that can track daily food intake, sugar levels and insulin time and dosage for diabetics?
    Hi again. I asked the question regarding grandma who can’t say no to diabetic child. Does anyone know of a site I can go to where I can download a form for her to keep track. At one time my boyfriend’s sister had their mother tracking and his blood sugar levels were excellent. Since she quit the form, well, you know. Also, a pamphlet or book where she can look up the carbs in things so that she knows? Your help is greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Ask the child’s endocrinologist for a log book.

      You can always make your own.

  28. QUESTION:
    I’m a diabetic type one and ive already tried more food or sugar at breakfast time??
    Okay, I have PE second period which is 930-11:10…and i know its an hour and a half but how do I stop from going low? EVERY single time i go to PE i either go low right before, ten minutes into during, ten minutes after PE, or im low for five hours straight! I’m completely in control and I dont want to have to go to 230 to be able to get a good grade in PE!! Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Eat a snack like peanut butter crackers or a granola bar before you start your PE class. You must eat something before exercise like you have in PE class. Your snack should be good carbs, not sugar, sugar won’t sustain the blood sugar level, it will let it drop. Lows can be very dangerous.

  29. QUESTION:
    fasting blood sugar 120′s-130′s am I diabetic?
    I have PCOS. I was diagnosed mildly insulin resistant in April, 2010. I was prescribed metformin at 500mg/day and was increased gradually over the course of 1 month to 1700mg/day. Previous to being prescribed the metformin, I had a fasting blood test and was told I was not diabetic and that the metformin would not affect my glucose only would help my PCOS.

    WIthin the past 2 weeks I felt horrible and had symptoms that match almost every symptom of hyPERthyroidism. I have been to the hospital twice. I will soon be seen by a medical endocrinologist.

    For the past week I have monitored my fasting AM blood sugar via arm meter (in case those who are experienced find them not as accurate as a finger stick meter). My ranges have been between 125-137 each day, fasting, as soon as I wake up, before doing anything. Until this time of feeling like crap, I never checked my sugar levels (never had a reason to as my reproductive endo. told me that Im not diabetic and didnt need to while being on the metformin).

    I am wondering if the metformin has caused the increase in fasting sugar levels or, if potentially I was borderline diabetic, it was caught, the super dose of metformin caused my complications and symptoms and is now causing the higher levels???

    After the first ‘episode’ I cut my metformin regimin in 1/2 and was only taking 850mg. During the second ‘episode’ my sugar was checked (while on the 850mg, fasting, and in the AM) and my reading was 104.

    Am I diabetic? Did the medicine cause the higher levels now? Or what?

    Since April I have been walking 3-4 miles at least 3 times a week (generally 4-5) and have been eating low carb, no sugar foods. Maybe the lifestyle change made me feel the way I did?? But, Im curious if Im eating and exercising now, why the sugar levels the way they are??

    Thoughts???

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    What homemade food should i feed my diabetic Dog?
    My dog is Diabetic, i was just wondering why kind of food can i make for him that is low in Carb, and sugar but high in protien. I know he needs veggis i his meal, but would ground beef be better than giving him chicken, or should he have pork? i want to know what are good meals to give him, Thank you
    the vet said he is diabetic, and said to keep him on a low carb low sugar diet, he said there is dog food but there is also homeade recipies i can feed him

    • ANSWER:

      http://ezinearticles.com/?Putting-Your-Dog-On-A-Diabetic-Dog-Food-Diet&id=604523

      This is a good article about feeding a diabetic dog. It sounds like you need to talk with your vet about your dog’s diet.

  31. QUESTION:
    food for diabetic patients?
    for my nutrition class i need to bring in a food label for diabetic patients so something that is low in sugar and has low glycemic indices. what kind of food would that be ?

    • ANSWER:
      any food that is not a plant derived food!! Jerky would be perfect! low fat, no carb, protien food. also inexpensive!

      ANY bread gives me a high spike! does not matter if it is whole wheat, whole grain, or lovely smooth white, it is all the same to my system. Rices the same thing.

      If you want to take something that is BAD for diabetics, take a bowl of any kind of cereal and low or no fat milk!! WOW wll that spike my glucose.

      Actually you can find any number of foods good for diabetic persons at http://www.mendosa.com this is the original glycemic index. Just look at the GI numbers or the GL numbers and pick something.

  32. QUESTION:
    Carbs and sugars on products for people with DIabeties?
    On a can, box or whatever food or drink product someone is about to buy to consume there is a list of how much Carbs and sugars there is in the products. My question is, for a Type 2 Diabetic how much is too much carbs and sugars? In other words, what carb and sugar % should a diabetic stay under for the food or drink product they are about to buy?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, it’s not about the sugar but about the carbs. It’s not enough to count sugar, diabetics have to count total amount of carbs because all carb IS sugar.

      As to how much – it depends on the person and the food and the portion. The only way to know is to eat, and then test blood sugar afterwards.

      In general, low and lower carb is a better choice. But really, diabetics can eat anything in moderation. It really depends on the portion size. I never say no to a good, fresh donut. But I only eat 1/4 of a small donut at any one time. That’s 5.5g of carb, and that does not raise my blood sugar by too much.

  33. QUESTION:
    Diabetes Help: Dangers when eating a high carb diet when diabetic?
    Hey please help answer my question, i have a diabetic father who doesnt take his diabetes seriously and always is eating high sugar foods like ice cream and for the past year i have been trying to encourage him to change his diet but he doesnt listen and doesnt care. I am getting to the point when i might forget helping him and let him do what he wants and face the health consequences because all my energy is being wasted trying to help him with no cooperation.

    Anyway my family including my dad eats alot of carbs. We eat alot of meals based around potatoes, rice, pasta and bread in some form and there is not a day that goes by without a meal like this, sometimes over twice a day. I know that these carbs have a high glycimic index and therefore i am asking is this a bad diet for both my family and my dad? I think it will worsen his diabetes and increase the risk of me and other family members developing diabetes in the future.

    Also any tips on motivating my dad to take his illness more seriously will be appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      You ask a very tough question. People that have diabetes usually go through 4 stages. But many don’t.
      Denial
      Anger
      Depression
      Acceptance.

      But many stick on the first three.

      The only thing you could do that might work is a INTERVENTION>With and endocrinologist and interested family and friends.
      The outcome of this will depend on your father. Blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and painful Neuropathy.
      Then you will become his Seeing eye dog, taking him to dialysis and take his anger.Not a great outlook ! Wouldn’t you say?
      You didn’t say if he was Type 1 or 2 . But I take it type 2. Here’s what must be done.

      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels :

      1) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.Exercise is Non-Negotiable !!!Thats why it is Number 1 on the list.
      2) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can’t count carbs so I use Mendosa’s Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      3) Meds. Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They may kill you. Bone fractures, heart problems and what diabetics really don’t need is that they change Bone Stem Cells to Fat Cells.
      4) Diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can’t count carbs so I use Mendosa’s Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

      Take care

      TIN

  34. QUESTION:
    No other diabetic symptoms before now but a sudden hike in BS level to 367?
    I have never (that I know of) exhibited symptoms of diabetes. I have always eaten sweet or sugar foods in moderation without problems. The other night I felt as if I need a snack before supper and ate one of my kids little fruit cups with the diced peaches. Within a few minutes I started feeling dizzy and my eyesight started going. The eyesight thing just started getting worse and worse until I could barely see at all and then starting to feel like vomiting. My husband convinced me to test my BS level with his meter. It came out as 367! It scared me to death so I had him take me to the ER only for it to fall to 105 by the time I got there. I got no explanation for the episode from the doc. I heard that women have problems with BS levels in early and late pregnancy but its only been 1 week and 1 day since my hubby and I had unprotected sex. Now today I feel so angry that I could burn the whole world down. lol. But my sugar level is fine. My period is a couple weeks late too. I dunno. Can anyone explain to me this sudden “diabetic” attack? What could it have come from? I have eaten a couple of tiny sugary things in the last few days that have the same amount of sugar as the fruit cup with no problem. I’m concerned.

    • ANSWER:
      Thats hard to explain but the BEST thing to do is see your Dr for a some screening. You should have your fasting and A1C checked. I am assuming your husband is a diabetic so you should be familiar with these. If not, the fasting is your blood sugar after 10 – 12 hours of fasting and your A1C checks the overall average of your blood glucose over the last three months. These are key in determining what is going on with our sugars and if this was a fluke or if your sugars normally run high.

  35. QUESTION:
    My friend is diabetic, but she is now bulimic too?
    My friend is rather troubled. She cuts, and she’s generally not happy at all.
    She is insulin dependent, and often complains that she is to ‘fat.’
    I mean, she can’t do anything but lead a normal healthy life, but due to her diabetes,
    she often has to eat high sugar foods to keep her blood sugar levels up in the normal scale.
    But recently, she’s been becoming very self conscious about her weight.
    Sure she’s round, but she’s beautiful, she’s amazingly beautiful, and she’s definitely not fat!
    So she’s been on tumblr, posting things about how she cuts, and recently she posted about how she throws up after she binges.
    I want to talk to her about it,, but i want to know what are the risks of a diabetic with bulimia, and how the bulimia affects her health, so i can tell her that.
    I’m not so sure of the finer details of her condition, but i know that if she feels low during the course of the day, that she has to have juice, or sweets, or something sugary so she feels better.

    • ANSWER:
      Something doesn’t make sense here. She is insulin dependent, but has to eat high sugar foods to get her blood glucose levels to normal??? This sounds like she is using too much insulin and needing the extra sugar to fight off a hypoglycemic reaction. She needs to talk to her doctor to address this problem.
      Next, she needs psychiatric help for the cutting and the eating disorder. This will only lead to disaster if she does not get help.
      You need to be blunt and her parents need to be involved.

  36. QUESTION:
    Hypoglycemic/pre-diabetic: How can I lose more weight?
    I have great health insurance, but it does not cover a dietician, and my doctors have no diet advice for me other than what I am already doing, so I need advice. I have been at a plateau of the same exact weight for two years 150 – 5′ 6″ with measurements of 36- 25 – 39 (I carry my weight in my legs, hips, and some in the upper arm; but my waist is always small), but several of my doctors (I have other issues steming from having long-time metabolic disorders) told me if I lose more weight that it could improve my condition and increase my odds of not becoming full-blown diabetic. Now, I eat an extemely strict diet of lean meat, tofu, most vegetables, berries, cheese, nuts, and other healthy fats (absolutely no sugar, processed foods, or alcohol); and I exercise by hiking up a steep hill on an average of 3 times a week at 45 min. each time. I cannot cut calories too much, b/c I have to eat 6 small meals a day to prevent my blood sugar from going too low. What should I do to lose weight?

    • ANSWER:
      You’re doing great already.

      Shortly before you are diagnosed as full-blown diabetic, you will probably lose a bunch of weight. That’s because your insulin resistance doesn’t let your cells use the sugar in your bloodstream – but that’s a *bad* sign. Your cells need to be fed.

      With regular “Type 2″ diabetics, the insulin in the body doesn’t work well. The body kicks out more insulin, and the theory of “if it doesn’t move, get a bigger hammer” actually works for a while, and then it doesn’t, because there’s only so much insulin your body can make. Your body starts trying to make other hormones to “pinch hit” and actually, that works to a limited degree. Nobody talks about it, but the hormones produced includes the sex hormones, so if you have an increased libido, that’s why. Enjoy it while it lasts. It also helps give you that ooh-baby figure you have. Another hormone that people DO talk about is cortisol.

      At this point, your body starts laying down fat in your abdomen. At that point, you start developing a pot belly.

      As you mention, your blood sugar tends to go too low. That’s because your body has already started overproducing insulin. The last thing you want to do is to stress your body by trying to cut calories. That malnutrition would just bring out the cortisol early, and you’ll end up with diagnosable diabetes early.

      If it sounds like I’m talking like you already have diabetes, well, you sorta do. They used to call it pre-diabetes, and now they call it metabolic syndrome. The actual diagnosis of diabetes is when you get repeated BG readings over 126 without other explanations. (Stress from illness or injury causes your system to dump more sugar into the bloodstream to provide the resources to cope with the stress.) But they’ve seen diabetic neuropathy in the retina as much as 7 years before diabetes can be diagnosed, so it’s not like you’re preventing the disorder, and you’re not preventing the damage it causes, you’d just be preventing the diagnosis.

      I’m not just a diabetic myself; I used to do research at Central Soya. I seriously recommend dropping the tofu from your diet.

      The ADA (the American *Diabetes* Association, not the American Dietetic Association) points out in their clinical dietary recommendations that for many people, losing weight is virtually impossible, and while if you can lose 10%, it can help with control, that it’s not the end of the world if you can’t. And they don’t say where you measure the 10% from. Maybe you’re *already* 10% below where you would otherwise be.

      You seem to have your weight under control already. Yo-yo weight loss due to dieting is a bad idea.

      You seem to have a pretty good program of exercise, too. A variety of exercise would be better. If you could get a man to move in with you (I did mention increased libido, didn’t I?) so you’d spend 30 minutes a day bending over and picking up his dirty clothes – as well as the exercise involved in that relationship that I didn’t mention, that would be an improvement.

      Doctors seem to give the same advice to everyone, regardless of their situation, and in this case, there’s a good excuse: there isn’t really much more you *can* do.

      Mark Twain pointed out that he bought cigars by the barrel, and spent a whole a barrel on them, and he was glad for that, and for his habit of drinking hard liquor. Repeatedly, he was able to give up smoking and drinking, on doctor’s orders, and repeatedly it saved his life. If he hadn’t been a smoker and drinker, he’d have had nothing to give up, and he’d have been in deep doo-doo.

      So it’s a shame that you don’t drink alcohol. I’ve never consumed much – a case of beer typically lasts me a year or 18 months – but recently, I’ve tried to start drinking a glass of red wine every day. It’s heart-healthy, and diabetics have a problem that way. It does, however, freak out the nurses when I go to a new specialist, and in the course of my med history, they ask if I habitually drink, and I say, “No, but I’m trying to start.”

      The results are pretty clear on this: you should be eating a gram or more of ground cinnamon (actually, it’s cassia) daily.

      Researchers at Purdue and at Penn State both think that we need more conjugated linoleic acid in our diets to prevent diabetes. The best source is beef fat and pork fat from grass-fed animals – but that’s hard to get your hands on, so you might want to supplement your diet with capsules.

      Tree nuts, and especially almonds, seem to be important to diabetics.

      Calcium and vitamin D levels are important, so we need milk, but homogenized milk breaks up the fat globules in milk to a smaller size that is particularly bad for our cardiac systems. We should be drinking a minimum of a quart daily of *raw* milk. If you can switch to cheeses that are made from raw milk, that would help, too.

      But for the most part, you’re doing good, and doing well. Be proud of how you’re caring for yourself.

      Good luck.

  37. QUESTION:
    33 weeks pregnant and doctor put me on diabetic diet please read details!?
    I am 33 weeks pregnant with my second child, a boy, due at the end of May. My blood sugar has been a bit off and the doctor put me on a 2000 calorie 6 small meals a day diet.
    No fried foods no concentrated sweets no soda
    Banned food are sugar candy honey jam jelly marmalade syrups pie cakes cookies pastries condenced milk gum fried scalloped or creamed foods.
    I can eat pretty much all the fresh veggies I want to eat.
    What im asking is for some reccommendations on recipies and foods that i can eat and taste good.
    Also if anyone knows of an online meal planner where i can plug in my servings and allowed foods and it give me meal ideas that would be great! thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      As a diabetic, the main thing for me was to get in the mindset. Look at your 6 small meals as snacks.

      Have a scrambled egg and a piece of toast for breakfast. At mid-morning a piece of fruit. Lunchtime a small salad with some shredded chicken or chopped ham and a little cheese with a vinaigrette dressing.

      Mid afternoon a couple of sugar free cookies and milk or another piece of fruit. Dinner have a grilled chicken breast or piece of good lean ham or even a small steak with a salad and steamed veggies. Then before bed a cup of tea with a sugar free cookie.

      Another thing you can do is keep celery and carrots cleaned and cut and in a jar of water the fridge for when you just got to eat something. Keep things like chicken and vegetable stock on hand. Heat a cup and drink it when you need something. It curbs the appetite and tastes good and helps satisfy your hunger pangs.

      Club soda is also a good drink alternative. Squeeze some lemon or lime in it and its an unsweetened soft drink.

      These are just ideas but good luck and remember its for the baby.

  38. QUESTION:
    Should a diabetic count calories or carbs in a food?
    I saw many foods on calorieking.com. For example 15 nuts of raw almonds have a total of 106 calories (435 kj) but 3.5g of carb, 2.1g of dietary fiber and 0.9g of sugars. The cholesterol and sodium are 0%, total fat is 14%. What do these values mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Its not just counting the carbs. It is what carbs have a low load or which take the longest time to hit the blood stream. Here is a list that tells the index and load of carbs:http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

      This table includes the glycemic index and glycemic load of more than 2,480 individual food items. Not all of them, however, are available in the United States. They represent a true international effort of testing around the world.

      The glycemic index (GI) is a numerical system of measuring how much of a rise in circulating blood sugar a carbohydrate triggers–the higher the number, the greater the blood sugar response. So a low GI food will cause a small rise, while a high GI food will trigger a dramatic spike. A list of carbohydrates with their glycemic values is shown below. A GI is 70 or more is high, a GI of 56 to 69 inclusive is medium, and a GI of 55 or less is low.

      The glycemic load (GL) is a relatively new way to assess the impact of carbohydrate consumption that takes the glycemic index into account, but gives a fuller picture than does glycemic index alone. A GI value tells you only how rapidly a particular carbohydrate turns into sugar. It doesn’t tell you how much of that carbohydrate is in a serving of a particular food. You need to know both things to understand a food’s effect on blood sugar. That is where glycemic load comes in. The carbohydrate in watermelon, for example, has a high GI. But there isn’t a lot of it, so watermelon’s glycemic load is relatively low. A GL of 20 or more is high, a GL of 11 to 19 inclusive is medium, and a GL of 10 or less is low.

      Foods that have a low GL almost always have a low GI. Foods with an intermediate or high GL range from very low to very high GI.

      Both GI and GL are listed here. The GI is of foods based on the glucose index–where glucose is set to equal 100. The other is the glycemic load, which is the glycemic index divided by 100 multiplied by its available carbohydrate content (i.e. carbohydrates minus fiber) in grams. (The “Serve size (g)” column is the serving size in grams for calculating the glycemic load; for simplicity of presentation I have left out an intermediate column that shows the available carbohydrates in the stated serving sizes.) Take, watermelon as an example of calculating glycemic load. Its glycemic index is pretty high, about 72. According to the calculations by the people at the University of Sydney’s Human Nutrition Unit, in a serving of 120 grams it has 6 grams of available carbohydrate per serving, so its glycemic load is pretty low, 72/100*6=4.32, rounded to 4.

      This should be your bible for eating for life. Also great for the whole family. I don’t count carbs or calories. I go by what foods are less likely to spike my sugar.
      Kewl now you know. I hate counting anyway. And I found out this is very successful.
      TIN

  39. QUESTION:
    Would my baby get blisters/diaper rash from Sugar-Free foods?
    I love my MIL, but every time she watches my son (15 mos.), w/in 24 hrs, he has blisters and horrible diaper rash! She’s diabetic & eats sugar-free foods. She mentions giving my kids ‘snacks’ (which are ok by me, but I’ve noticed all are sugar-free), but when I pick them up, my daughter (7) complains about her stomach hurting & my son’s butt looks horrible! I can usually clear it up w/baking soda and Lanolin overnight, but would the sugar-substitues be causing this issue? I’ve researched it online & see it does cause GI problems – but someone else? I believe in my kids eating healthy, but enjoying too – so I don’t feed them fat-free, low cal, sugar free stuff – heck, they’re kids! And, I do a lot of cooking so they don’t eat a lot of chemically altered/processed food. Maybe their systems aren’t used to it? Just some insight b/c my poor son’s butt can’t handle this anymore!
    I keep his diaper off quite a bit during the day since we’re working on potty training as well…so, I know it’s not a matter of him sitting in soiled diapers (I’m obsessive compulsive when it comes to clean down there…lol).
    I always send snacks and always tell her to just give them what I send. My husband and I are talking to her tonight, but I wanted more facts before accusing. However, when my 7 yr old asks for a popsicle, is she going to say, “Grandma – it’s sugar free – I can’t have that?” I want to make her aware, but I want to have facts too and not accuse. Thanks all so far!!!
    I DON’T let my kids have artificial sweeteners – that’s my point Sarah. I have found this out and now I need to confront her about it – but I wanted to make sure this would be the cause before I go accusing her. I would never ‘let’ them have it – it wasn’t until after the fact, that I found out. I’m not asking for criticism, I’m asking for info before I go accusing someone of something that might not even be worth it. We’re going to tell my MIL anyway not to give it to them, but I wanted to know if it was the cause as well. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s definitely possible that they could be reacting to artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes. Especially if you’ve noticed it on an ongoing basis and that is the only change in diet. Have you mentioned the problem to your MIL, or maybe it could be something else she is feeding them that they don’t normally have? If you approach it from the health standpoint that although it’s okay for her with diabetes, you are finding that your children cannot tolerate it, or that they are having a reaction, even say that you or your doctor thinks they have a sensitivity so should avoid certain foods to determine what it is. She probably just doesn’t realize that there could be a problem. You could also try sending snacks along with them. Good luck!

  40. QUESTION:
    New Diabetic dietary question.?
    Long story short, my brother let his controllable diabetes get out of control and now has gone on insulin (final point was the retinal myopia, and we are still praying that turns out totally fine).

    I would be very appreciative if anyone could offer advice on what he can do now for a diet change. He has changed his (horrible starched food, sugars…don’t get me started) diet somewhat but not enough in my opinion and seems to be to dependent upon insulin injections as being the cure all when his counts run high. Or the mentality of, if I eat this, then I’ll have to take this much insulin to counter it. We live together and I’m willing to do whatever is needed from changing my own diet to cook for him if it will help him in the long run. Thank you in advance for your help.
    One other thing, he went from type 2 (sugar pills) to type 1 now regular insulin injections. It started 10 years ago, but he never changed anything really to control his counts and they hovered on average around 350, hence the current problems.

    • ANSWER:
      It is normal that some one who is controllable on oral medication need to use insulin. Our bodies may stop producing insulin after several years . He still has type 2.
      My best advice is to first , stop blaming him and making him feel guilty.
      second have him go to see a dietitian.She will help to design a diet plan that will be personalized for him.
      Last, learn to count carbs.That is the gold standard of treatment today.
      You can help by being positive, subscribing to diabetes magazines and asking him to go for a walk with you after a meal.

  41. QUESTION:
    I have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic can anyone give me suggestions that are not torture?
    I know I need to change my diet and exercise, are there realistic suggestions for someone who works two jobs, so I don’t have time to make it to the gym, and for someone who loves flavor (salt, sugar) in my food, are there substitutions that don’t taste terrible? please help this is new to me.

    • ANSWER:
      Not having so much salt and sugar doesn’t necessarily mean the food will taste terrible. There are plenty of low-fat things out there that you’ll like – look up some recipes on the Internet, buy a low-fat recipe book, or go to a nutritionist to work out a plan to help you specifically. Often it’s a case of finding the right ingredients and cooking them properly – making fruit salad with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apple pieces and bananas in low-fat flavoured yoghurt is a healthy snack that tastes fantastic and is excellent for your health. Loading on the artificial sugar won’t do you as much good as just changing how you eat all together. Drop soft drinks and drink water and juice. Here’s a good website for knowing what to aim for: http://www.diabetes.org/nutrition-and-recipes/nutrition/healthyfoodchoices.jsp
      As for not being able to the gym, you can exercise in different ways. Take the stairs where you would have taken the elevator, park the car a bit further away and walk to work, go for a jog for ten minutes after getting home, do some push-ups and sit-ups at home while watching TV. Little things like that add up and help a lot.

  42. QUESTION:
    I have a diabetic cat he is getting Purina DM cat food and gets two shots of Lantus incilin 7 units?
    daily, His sugar is 373 and has not gone below the high three hundreds. He gets 1/2 cup of food in the morning and a 1/2 cup of food at night. He has also gained 5 pounds in 11 months. Is there something I should be doing to get his wait and sugar down.

    • ANSWER:
      I feel for you very much as my diabetic cat has recently died after feeding Hills CD for the whole life (he had Urinary problems as well).

      Any quality wet food you feed is much better than the dry prescription. I unfortunately studied the subject too late. Vets get close to no education on feline nutrition and when they do, the courses are ran/sponsored by the pet food manufacturers, so they do not know any better. I now know multiple cat owners who manage their cat’s diabetes on wet or raw diet.

      There are multiple reasons to stop feeding dry and if you want to understand the subject fully, I’d recommend reading the following article written by a vet/nutritionist. It’s on cat diabetes and nutrition.

      I hope your cat gets better soon!

      http://www.catinfo.org/?link=felinediabetes

      P.S. If you do the switch to wet low carb diet, you cat will probably INSTANTLY require lower dosage or no insulin, so make sure you are in touch with your vet, or you are risking Hypoglycemia and possible death of the pet. Really, read the article it gives all the info needed to help your cat.

  43. QUESTION:
    Why does a diabetic who has insulin injections have to still be careful of there diet?
    If you are injecting some insulin, doesn’t that mean that you can just eat anything as long as you take enough insulin to make the food go away? Because I know when people take pills the food still puts sugar in them, but if you put the insulin in your body, why do you have to eat only a certain diet? I’m very confused about this?

    • ANSWER:
      You have to match the amount of insulin going in to the amount of food going in. If you eat more and take more insulin you will feed up your cells and store up all that extra food as fat … in effect, just how a non-diabetic person responds to lots of food
      It’s OK to have the occasional munchy attack and match it with insulin but, for me, eating high sugar foods then trying to equal it with extra insulin can make for really erratic sugar levels …both high and low

      Diabetes can increase a persons risk of heart disease, stroke, vascular and nerve problems so if you start adding other risk factors like being overweight, drinking excessively or smoking, your chances of developing one of the aforementioned nasties is increased

      Oh dear …I’ve depressed myself …I’ll have to go and eat some cake …with icing (c;

  44. QUESTION:
    Diabetic Protein Drinks?
    A good friend of mine is preparing to start a P90X workout routine and progressively move into Insanity. The only problem is she is diabetic so she has concerns about the regular Protein drinks and recovery bars. Does anyone know a website that has sugar free/ diabetic safe workout food?? Or perhaps a company who caters to this type of stuff??

    Thank you in advance…

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    How do I handle food as a diabetic when the family LOVES to eat?
    I am a type 2 diabetic, on Insulin, glucophage, and starlix. My sugars are only good when I strictly watch my diet and I really feel good then. But my husband, son, and two grown daughters all love food and I do too unfortunately! How can I convince my daughters specifically that feeding me isn’t love, that it can kill me or worse make me a permanently handicapped person? How can I RESIST eating what makes everyone so, so happy? ‘Just say no’ isn’t working–I need a technique that gives me strength in the heat of the moment not to ‘indulge’ when everyone is. Help…………………!

    • ANSWER:
      Which do you love more, your life or your taste buds?

      I watched helplessly as my mother slowly went downhill with heart attacks, bypass surgery, strokes, etc. until she ended up in a nursing home with dementia and finally died. Her doctors were absolutely useless. Since then, I vowed that if I ever became diabetic, I would learn as much as I could about the disease. Treating diabetes is not that hard. I’ve put together tons of useful information including a page on the psychology of eating on my website. You can do your family and yourself a favor by visiting these pages:

      http://www.geocities.com/seabulls69/weightloss.html

      http://www.geocities.com/seabulls69/Type_II_Diabetes.html

      http://www.geocities.com/seabulls69/DailyLog.html

      http://www.nealbarnard.org/diabetes_book.htm

      http://www.drfuhrman.com

      http://www.drmcdougall.com

      http://www.diabetesimprovement.com/

      If the diabetes is depressing you, I’ve addressed that as well:

      http://www.geocities.com/seabulls69/AntidepressantThatWorks.html

  46. QUESTION:
    Best food for diabetic HIV+ male with kidney failure?
    My BF is having troubles with his blood sugar as well as his BP and has a fluid restriction, history of CHF and lymphoma in the lungs.

    • ANSWER:
      well, if your friend has kidney failure, and chf, he really needs to stick to his fluid restriction. he should have a list of foods he can eat, but generally its best to give up all white products, eat lots of high fiber foods like whole grains, green vegetables. he shouldnt eat a lot of fruit, because of the sugar, and absolutely No Fruit Juice. it will really wreck havoc with blood sugars. never not even a little fruit juice. he should avoid meat too. people who have poor kidney function have problems with protien overwhelming the system (your phosphours gets too high…..really itchy ….. anyway hope this helps some.

  47. QUESTION:
    If a person is diagnosed as a diabetic (melitus) and is put on medication (metformin) can he take sweet food?
    If the purpose of metformin is to regulate blood sugar level, does that mean the patient can perhaps continue to eat sweet food (like chocolate or ice cream, on a moderate basis), knowing that the drug will keep the sugar level in check?

    • ANSWER:
      That’s not quite how you should think about it. Metformin helps your own insulin in getting it’s job done. To exploit that with foods your body doesn’t need is only going to exacerbate the situation. In other words, you’re going to make it worse. You should be thinking of eating to live instead of living to eat. Since adopting this basic principle, I quit taking the Metformin in December. Here’s more: http://www.geocities.com/seabulls69/Type_II_Diabetes.html

  48. QUESTION:
    How good/bad is a lot of corn starch, corn syrup, and other sugars for me?
    I’m a 17 year old male, 5’8”, 145 Ibs., fairly lean, very active, i exercise and workout 10-15 hours a week. I eat so many foods rich in sugar and corn starch, but is it bad for me if i eat a lot of good foods and exercise it all off?
    and my grandma is low level diabetic if that means anything

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  49. QUESTION:
    If you are in the direction of becoming diabetic would you change your eating habits and eat sugar free foods?
    Many people are diabetics in the US with the future forcasted # to rise rapidly.
    If you had all of the indications that you were headed on this path ,would you switch from intaking sugar to sugar substitutes?
    BTW- the sugar free substitutes would be as delicious as sugar items.

    Keep in mind that at the stage of your decision making your still feeling pretty good physically and may think that switching isn’t neccessary.

    Note: I’m placing this question in the food & drink section and not in the diabetes section due to the fact that this is at the point in ones life where the question pertains to- the ‘still feelling O.K. stage.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes I would like to switch to the sugar substitutes but Diabetes is not only linked with eating sugary foods or food having sugar substitute.

      By switching from sugary to sugar substitute foods one can delay the diabetes. If one wants to completely avoid diabetes he should avoid both sugar and its substitutes, change entire lifestyle, exercise regularly. eating balanced diets.

      Diabetes is just like a giant which is sleeping in ones body only needs some excuses to awaken it.

  50. QUESTION:
    If you are diabetic. You should decrease your sugar intake. Does that also include food in high-cholesterol ?

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Diabetic Sugars High

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Good snacks for a diabetic w/high blood sugars?
    I’m helping out a diabetic whose blood sugars are already high. However, she says she’s hungry. What are the best snacks to give her that hopefully won’t raise her blood sugar too much? I’m trying to find some variety besides the sugar free pudding that she’s sick of.

    • ANSWER:
      Ignore most of the answers you have been given non diabetics assuming that it’s about sugar it’s not it’s about carbs look for low carb snacks (under 15-20 gms). Cheese, yoghurt, nuts lots of good tasting stuff.

  2. QUESTION:
    If a diabetic has high blood sugars does it make him urinate out the THC faster then people without diabetes?
    when a diabetic has high blood sugar it causes frequent urination….. and my school has random drug test..i dont smoke weed but i wanted to know if THC leaves the body faster then a person without diabetes..

    • ANSWER:
      Stay of the weed it is not worth risking your health by letting you blood sugars go out of control and all the problems it leads to

  3. QUESTION:
    Type 1 Diabetic, high blood sugars, TTC?
    Just wondering if anyone else had their blood sugars pretty well under control (like no 70-140, but more of below 200), and TTC… then all the sudden, you blood sugars become high (like 250′s to 300′s), while TTC.

    For example, I woke up this morning, at 8:30, tested was 160.. did not eat anything, tested 2 hours later before I had ate food and was 377!! The only thing I had was a cup of diet pepsi. and it take all afternoon to bring my blood sugar down below 200, and MULTIPLE fast acting (novolog) injections. I am also on Lantus… 45 units at 7pm.

    Im due to test here in a few days, just curious if any one else experienced this same thing before they found out they were pregnant.

    Thanks for any info!

    • ANSWER:
      I have never been above 234 but are u taking anything?? cough syrup or anything? stress raises it as well, maybe u are stressing over it. Try to calm down

  4. QUESTION:
    im diabetic and my sugars high what do i do?
    its 255
    im not on any meds yet

    • ANSWER:
      Seems like you are a type 2 diabetic, I think you’ll need to start with pills. Make sure to exercise, as it helps bring down your blood sugar, however you should never exercise if you BG is over 240, it could have severe repercussions to your heart! Also make sure to not eat things that are high in Carbs, as carbs are a complex sugar and breakdown differently for different people.

      Good luck, this will be a complete life changing event!!

  5. QUESTION:
    I am a diabetic and my sugars have been high for the last week. Can sugars being high cause testicular pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Being stress by worrying about things will cause your sugar levels to increase. You have to relax and not cause any unwarranted stress in you life.

  6. QUESTION:
    Have you seen type I diabetic often enraged when sugar is high?
    I am just lost. I don’t know how to react to my friend who is type I Diabetic. It’s as though he is 2 different people, one a regular guy and the other an enraged beast who wants to mow me down!
    Have any of you had rage and hateful behavior from any friend or family member who gets enraged when their sugars go high, and if yes, how do you deal with them?

    • ANSWER:
      I am on the other end of the spectrum. I’m hypoglycemic, low blood sugar.
      I get terrable mood swings if I can’t keep my sugars level. It wasn’t until my husband pointed out how much my ups and downs affected the whole family that I started paying more attention to eating proper and keeping everything level.

  7. QUESTION:
    Which fruit juce is good for diabetic(high sugar) patients?

    • ANSWER:
      cucumber juice
      tomato juice
      lime juice
      lemon juice
      unsweet watermelon juice
      green apple juice
      chinese pear juice

  8. QUESTION:
    Is it oke to go gym when you diabetic and your blood sugars are high?

    • ANSWER:
      Provided it is not high enough to require other medical treatment it is fine and will help lower your blood sugar.

  9. QUESTION:
    age 71, diabetic-15 yrs, sugars too high, changed insulin from 14 to 20 in am and 44 to 60 in pm, sugar higher?
    take readings before breakfast,lunch and dinner and at bedtime

    • ANSWER:
      Is it high enough to ask your nurse/doctor, or just higher than usual? Mine are very high just now, but that’s because I have a chest infection, do you think you may be suffering from
      a little infection yourself? If it goes on for more than a couple of days, I think you should speak to your surgery.

  10. QUESTION:
    What is a dangerously high reading for blood sugars for a diabetic?

    I am no expert but been having concerns about a realtive this morning.
    Also thank you to all the Answerers.
    I have no idea whose answer I should choose as the best. I am not sure I am qualified to choose a best answer on this one but I am thinking about it. If I fail to pick one I will just put it up for a vote even though I know that bums people out. My apologies offered in advance.
    I have no idea whose answer I should choose as the best. I am not sure I am qualified to choose a best answer on this one but I am thinking about it. If I fail to pick one I will just put it up for a vote even though I know that bums people out. My apologies offered in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is that any elevation in glucose above levels which we typically think of as normal eventually causes problems. By dangerously high I assume you mean at what point do people develop symptoms and at what point are they ill enough that they require hospitalization. Unfortunately there is no answer to either question as people are unique. I had one patient walk into the Emergency Department with a gluocse of 1700. Yes they were ill but I was taught that at this level you would be in a coma and not walking and talking. I have had patients with a glucose as ‘low’ as 500 who required hospitalization. Thus the answer to your question is to ask the person at what level they experience symptoms. If they have become very ill such as requiring hospitalization ask them what the gluocse was at that time. Everyone agrees with the statistic that only 1/3 of diabetics are at goal or have their diabetes under control although everyone disagrees as to why this dismal fact is true.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it okay for a diabetic to eat a diet high in calories, while watching out for carbohydrates and sugars?
    Is it okay for a diabetic to eat a diet that is high in calories? What is the relationship between calories and blood glucose?

    • ANSWER:
      Go ahead eat whatever you want, just make sure that you take enough medication to cover for the carbohydrates and sugars you are eating and that you aren’t eating so much that it is causing excessive weight gain.
      I’ve had diabetes for 25+ years and my caloric consumption per day is 4000 to 6000 calories per day and my A1C is 5.4 and my weight is 150 lbs (≈74 kilograms) and I haven’t had any adverse effects due to my diabetes at all.

  12. QUESTION:
    im a 19 year old type 1 diabetic. with random high/low blood sugars and i need some opinions on what to do.?
    last time i got an a1c was a few months ago and it was 7.3 which isnt perfect but its not bad considering everyone else i know at my age that is diabetic has an a1c in the 9′s. i understand how to take care of myself, and what to eat to maintain my blood sugars over night. but lately i’ve been having weird sugars when i wake up and it makes it harder to maintain during the day. i havent made any changes to my night meds because of one reason. sometimes i wake up with high blood sugar. and sometimes i wake up with extremely low blood sugar usually around 30′s and 40′s. so adjusting my night meds can’t be the solution because if i inject more i might drop lower and if i inject less i might wake up even higher. and i just recently lost my job which also terminated my insurance so i am on medi-cal until i get a new job because without insurance my prescriptions are about 900 a month. which is also why im asking on here because my insurance only only covers a certain health care clinic where they barely speak english and every one of them has no idea what they are talking about when it comes to diabetes. i know stress is a factor for high blood sugars and i am kind of stressed about finding a new job and all that. but what about my lows? ive never heard of stress lowering your blood sugar. maybe its just because i’ve never asked/never had this kind of problem before? any opinions on what to do would be helpful. thanks. :)
    and yes i have tried changing my diet to fix it and have had the same results

    • ANSWER:
      Liver dump, dawn phenomenon and dawn effect are all common terms that describe the same condition. It is an abnormally high early-morning fasting increase in blood glucose. It usually occurs between 4:00 AM and 8:00 AM. It occurs in everyone’s body, but it has more impact on diabetics than normal bodies. It is more common in people with type I diabetes than in people with type II diabetes. Understanding the phenomenon can go a long way towards helping diabetics manage it.

      The liver is responsible for the increase in glucose levels in the bloodstream. The brain, vital organs, the creation of red blood cells, and muscle tissue are constantly consuming glucose to function (24 hours per day). When the glucose levels in the bloodstream drop, the brain sends a message, via hormones, to release more glucose.

      Also, as the result of normal hormonal changes. The body’s internal clock recognizes that it is morning, and the wake-up process begins. The hormones cause the increase in blood glucose levels. No one actually knows what the exact cause of the phenomenon is, but many believe that it is increases in the hormones cortisol, glucagon and epinephrine, that causes increases in insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a breakdown in cellular communication, resulting in reduced amounts of insulin attaching to cell membranes, which, in turn, results in the cells not taking glucose in to burn as energy. Insulin resistance is the primary cause of elevated blood glucose levels. Also, while sleeping, the body carries out a process called gluconeogenesis. During gluconeogenesis, the body converts amino acids into glucose.

      There are other possible causes of the dawn phenomenon. Insufficient amounts of insulin taken, or incorrect medication amounts taken the night before, may result in increases in blood glucose levels. .

      If the patient displays high readings throughout the night, it may not necessarily mean that the phenomenon does not exist. The other possible causes should be eliminated, such as the type of snacks eaten before bed, incorrect medication administration, changes in medications, and possible incorrect settings on an insulin pump if one is used. Particularly the early morning dosages settings. A diet that is high in sodium will stimulate insulin and promote hypoglycemia. A diet that is low in sodium can promote hyperglycemia.

      In some cases (not commonly), the phenomenon may be the result of a rebound from a low blood glucose level that has occurred during the night. This is commonly referred to as the Somogyi effect. The dawn phenomenon, unlike the Somogyi effect, it is not the result of antecedent (preceded by) hypoglycemia; they are not the same condition. The insulin taken the night before may be wearing off, which is usually due to too low of a dosage. However, larger dosages may easily cause hypoglycemia during the night. Only experimentation with food types and dosage amounts will tell what the overall effect will be.

      The practice of taking a dosage of vinegar or acidic products before bed does show a reduction in the morning blood sugars on most people. Unfortunately, the body cannot handle large increases in blood pH, without leaching calcium from the bones. This can prove to be a dangerous practice, especially for women and older diabetics. Vinegar tablets are lower in dosage, and a bit slower in conversion, which can reduce the risk to some extent.

      Diabetics that have the dawn phenomenon do not have any symptoms that are associated with it. Nocturnal hypoglycemia (low blood sugars), followed by morning hyperglycemia (high blood sugars) for several nights is an indication of the Somogyi effect. It may be necessary to get help from a doctor to resolve it, because most cases are the result of medications that are mismatched to the patient’s needs.

      How long the patient has been diabetic; the quality of the patient’s glycemic control; sleep disorders; exercise; nighttime snacks (especially carbohydrates); high or low sodium in the diet; the state of counter-regulation to hypoglycemia; and the patient’s insulin sensitivity all can contribute to the dawn phenomenon. Start by experimenting with nighttime snacks. Switch to proteins such as nuts. Or, stop the nighttime snacks altogether. Make small adjustments to insulin levels and give the change several days to function. Have a doctor test the metabolic rate. Carefully monitor the amounts of sodium in the diet. If sodium is a part of the diet, it should be sea salt. Insulin resistance is caused by belly fat. It may be necessary to eliminate excess weight to eliminate insulin resistance, and improve sleep patterns. Determining if a patient has the dawn phenomenon, can require the help of a doctor if medications are responsible for the problem.

      Hope this helps.

  13. QUESTION:
    Does being a diabetic with high sugar levels causes you to have yeast infections?

    • ANSWER:
      cause, no.
      contribute, yes.
      aggrivate, probably.

  14. QUESTION:
    Im diabetic and my Mom keeps shouting at me because my blood sugars are high but its not my fault ?
    Its not my fault as im going through puberty!

    • ANSWER:
      I hate to be a dissenting vioce, but…
      Hormones can and do affect insulin/sugar levels in puberty. Women often report difficulties with levels prior to menstruation and menopause. But, for teens, it’s not just the sex hormones, but others, too. The whole body is changing, not just your genitals. This sometimes means, even in a well controlled diabetic, that your levels can get off for apparently no reason. If you are honestly trying to maintain control and still having problems, talk to your doctor or diabetes educator, with your mother there. Sometimes a parent just needs someone other than their kid to explain it to them.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can someone who isn’t diabetic still get high blood sugars (over 120)?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have a carb heavy meal, yes it can, but it shouldn’t stay that high very long.

      If you suspect you might have diabetes, get your doctor to order an HbA1c test. Its a simple blood test and for a healthy person, the reading should be between 3.4 and 5.5%.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the best diet for a diabetic with high sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      ADA diet.

  17. QUESTION:
    Diabetic and super high blood sugar readings?
    I am Diabetic type 2 and I have had blood sugar readings over 500 at times. The weird thing is that i don’t feel any symptoms at all when it is that high. But then when it’s low like around 60 I feel the symptoms too much (shaky, confusion, weak)…Is it normal not to feel ANYTHING when your blood sugar is THAT HIGH?

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of high and low blood sugar are individual. I had a patient with a blood sugar of 30 once, and he did not know it. And the symptoms can appear if the sugar is falling or rising quickly, too.
      I have patients with blood sugar in the 400s, and they feel no symptoms.

      But 500 is totally too high, and it is a wonder that you are still walking around with that number. You need to get control of your diabetes, while you still have your vision, and your kidneys, and your arms and legs. These things are not a maybe, it is for sure that you will have problems if you do not control your sugars. My nursing instructor had diabetes, was 30 years old, had practiced good control all of her life[ she was diagnosed very early in life], and was beginning to lose her vision.
      Medical science is now proving what we have always known, that uncontrolled diabetes walks hand in hand with heart disease. Got one, will be predisposed to get the other.

      My latest diabetic instructor said that the sugar molecule looks just like a grain of sugar, it is rough and hard, and it literally scrapes its way along in your body, doing damage as it goes. I have not seen any scientific articles that say that, but it is a good way to put it.

      Get to the doctor, get on a regime, and stick with it. I do not want to see you on my ward, with high blood pressure, on dialysis, and missing toes and feet and legs and fingers. And still cheating big time on your diet. One soul had her family bring a can of Planter’s mixed nuts to her in the hospital, and they made the mistake of asking me if she could have it. She had had enough calories for the day for 2 mobile people, and she was bedfast. The family was smilingly taught about carbs and calories in nuts, restrained, the can went with me to the nurses station, and instructions left for the staff to dole out one serving instead of her usual snack. Family reported me for not allowing her to have her nuts, the supervisor backed me up. Thanks, Mari! [name has been changed to protect a great supervisor!]

  18. QUESTION:
    I am diabetic with high sugar levels and using metformin tablet after breakfast.?
    Yesterday I have eaten 2nos of greengram dosas when BS level was 90mg/dl. After 2 hours the reading was 136mg/dl. Today I have eaten 2 nos of small idlies when the BS was 87mg/dl. But after 2 hours I got the reading of 205mg/dl. I am worried. Kindly give perfect answer the person who knows exact. Than Q.

    • ANSWER:
      This indicate that your medication is not enough and also what are the food you had eaten.
      As a diabetic you must control your diet like drinking coffee without sugar or with diabetic sugar. Your breakfast must not have a high content of sugary item like cream and jam
      You must also exercises daily for at least 20 minutes.
      Follow this measure and you will be able to lead a normal life.

  19. QUESTION:
    how high does a non diabetic sugar go after eating?
    i just used my son’s meter and see that i am obviously now a type 2 diabetic…my readings have been 245, 195 and 150. could i NOT have diabetes and readings are high sometimes normally?

    • ANSWER:
      Your definately diabetic.

      Fasting Blood Sugar Test:
      Measures the blood sugar level after 8 hours fast or overnight. Normal fasting blood glucose level is less than 100mg/dl. If your fasting blood glucose level is from 100mg/dl to 125mg/dl then you will have impaired blood glucose level also known as Pre-Diabetes. If your blood glucose level is above 125mg/dl then your doctor will diagnose as a patient of diabetes. To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may repeat the fasting blood glucose test on any other day. If you have blood glucose level of 126mg/dl or higher in two consecutive tests, then you may have diabetes. If you have blood glucose level greater than 200mg/dl and you have symptoms of diabetes like increased thirst or hunger, frequent urination, weight loss, blurred vision etc, then you may be diagnosed with diabetes mellitus without confirming it with second test.

      Random Blood Glucose Test:
      Random blood Glucose test gives your blood sugar at any time in a day. Normal random blood sugar level should be less than 200mg/dl. If your random blood glucose level is between 140mg/dl to 200mg/dl then you will have pre-diabetes.

      Welcome to the club of misery !!!

  20. QUESTION:
    I am a diabetic, wondering why my blood sugars are high?
    I’ve noticed for 2 or 3 days my blood sugars are 230 to 236. But have been much higher. I average around 145, I haven’t eaten or done anything unusual. Only thing I can think of is not sleeping and looking at a big move into our brand new handicapped house, I’m also using wheelchair for bad lymphadema however you spell it. Hope later numbers come down, for I am in between docs, appointment in Jan. other doc won’t see me anymore I guess she is scared of my conditions anyways just a Nurse Practicinar {?}
    For jfurnode, whatever that means for your information you are more iliterate than I am I din’t ask for your STUPID comment, it is ones like you that make people not want to ask questions. But I will forgive you for you are such an educated person…DAH!!!

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like you are a very complient diabetic which is great. with the stress of moving and getting used to a new place can make your sugars go up keep a close check on it and get to the doctor as soon as you can. take care!!

  21. QUESTION:
    My dads a diabetic sugar level high need answer fast?
    477 what do i do he seems ok but is really worn out feel bad what do i do will he be ok
    he has the esay type of diabetis whatever that means help

    • ANSWER:
      There is no easy type of diabetes. Call the endocrinologist !!!

  22. QUESTION:
    if you are diabetic and always your blood sugar is high like 400 is that dangerous? and what kind of a symtoms?
    if you are diabetic and always your blood sugar is high like 400 is that dangerous? and what kind of all symtom i get?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it’s dangerous. You risk long term complications like kidney failure, amputations and blindness. Immediate symptoms would include frequent trips to the bathroom, extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting and dehydration. Not fun.

  23. QUESTION:
    what do you do when your a diabetic, your hungry, but your sugars are to high?

    • ANSWER:
      As the others have said you still need to eat but stick to protein not carbs as these will cause your levels to rise even more. If you are on insulin speak to your doctor about how to increase and decrease insulin as required. This gives you a little more flexibility (but don’t use it as an excuse to eat whatever you want!)

      Exercise will also help to bring down your levels. Take it easy though cause it may cause a slight increase followed by a large drop. Make sure you have your glucometre on you so that you can keep an eye on your levels.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can Diabetic Neuropathy happen if blood sugars are managed?
    My A1C is ALWAYS in the excellent range. I have occasional high blood sugars, but I usually have well controlled sugars, and a lot of lows. The nerve damage pain started flaring up again yesterday.

    I have “self-diagnosed” myself with Neuropathy, because I have all the symptoms. Pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling in my legs and feet. Can it be Diabetic Neuropathy if my blood sugars aren’t high all the time? What can I do to stop the pain and tingling?

    • ANSWER:
      Elli, diabetes is a progressive disease. It can keep getting worse.

      As for treatment of pain TRAMADOL is the best. Don’t take Neurontin. It can cause you to commit suicide.
      I buy Tramadol by the thousand. I take two or three a day. At around 3 pm. Then I can sleep for the night.
      Also a tricyclic anti depressant also seems to help.

      You take care

      TIN

  25. QUESTION:
    Can someone with just slightly high blood sugar (not diabetes) develop diabetic retinopathy?
    In May, my doc said my blood sugar was just a little high, and to just keep an eye on my diet. I believe I have been doing OK in following his orders. I am 20 years old, a healthy weight, and in good health otherwise.

    Am I still at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy even though I don’t have diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      No.

  26. QUESTION:
    Diabetic sugar always high?
    I have lots of trouble with my TYPE 1 diabetes and my doctor doesnt know how to control it because shes not a diabetic doctor. I can’t seem to stop eating sweets but even when i eat nothing at all my sugar gets high i have 200-450 almost all the time. Could it be that my insulin is not working like it should be? i heard you have to keep it in a fridge but why? i dont… then i wake up in the night with a low blood sugar and eat and drink something sweet and then wake up with my sugar being 300 in the morning. I feel like crap all the time because of my sugar and i excercise and that gets me low and i eat and that gets me high…it seems like everytime i eat i get high what should i do?
    no i rarely drink soft drinks i always drink unsweetened tea and water but i have ice cream or a piece of cake or something and it spikes up really fast then stays up i would say my overall diet is good but i have cravings for sweets
    no i rarely drink soft drinks i always drink unsweetened tea and water but i have ice cream or a piece of cake or something and it spikes up really fast then stays up i would say my overall diet is good but i have cravings for sweets
    I’ve had an endocrinologist before but now that im over 18 yrs old they charge 0 up per visit and i cant afford that

    • ANSWER:
      Does your local diabetes clinic offer any carb-counting/insulin use training? Sounds like you’d really benefit from something like that. When I was first diagnosed, I attended a DAFNE course that covered insulin, carbs and how to balance everything for better blood sugar.

      Do you log down everything you eat, your insulin doses, and your blood sugar? Keeping a detailed record will help you to build up patterns so you know how food, exercise and hormones affect you.

      Diabetes management is tricky but there’s no reason why you can’t get the hang of it. You have so much to lose, and everything to gain, by having normal blood sugars.

      You urgently need to arm yourself with the tools to manage your diabetes. If your doctor can’t help you, then you need to help yourself. There are two books which are most useful for newly diagnosed Type 1s. ‘Using Insulin’ is one, and ‘Think like a pancreas’ is the other.

      How come your doctor lets you go around with persistent 200-450 blood sugars? That’s going to kill/maim you in the long run.

  27. QUESTION:
    I had gestational diabetes and had my baby 3 months ago. I still have high blood sugar. Am I diabetic?
    My blood sugar is still as high. My fasting is between 95-110 and after meals is regularly between 135-155 and occasionally as high as 190. I keep my portions small and do not eat candy, sweets, white bread, pasta….you get the idea. My weight is still a little high from pregnancy but I am working on getting it back down to 125. Am I doomed to be a diabetic? I am scared to do the follow-up sugar test because I don’t want the diagnosis.

    • ANSWER:
      well it does take a few months to get ur system back into its normal levels but if by another month it does not change u might be diabetic..i would say speak with ur doctor and let him/she know whats going on so u can be treated

  28. QUESTION:
    What are non-diabetic reasons for high blood sugar?
    I’ve recently been experiencing a loss of appetite and irregular sleeping patterns. I went to the clinic yesterday to get checked out, and they ran some blood tests. Today they called me back and said that my blood sugar is elevated. I was told that my blood sugar was 168, and then referred to a primary caregiver. I’ve made an appointment, but I have no idea what any of this means.

    I’m really confused, and I didn’t get any other information from the clinic besides a phone number for the doctor I made an appointment with. Every search I do on high blood sugar comes up with information pertaining to diabetes. Am I diabetic now, or is there some other explanation for this?

    I’m not sure if this is important, but I hadn’t eaten anything before the blood samples were taken.

    • ANSWER:
      You may indeed by a diabetic. But if you have an infection of some sort, this can cause the blood sugars to rise. However, if they do an A!C on you and it is high, the infection does not have anything to do with that unless it is a bad infection that you have had for a long time. A1C levels indicate your blood sugar average for the last 90 days. So unless you have been sick with some thing for that long and your A1C is high, you are a diabetic. Don’t listen to terms like “pre diabetic” or border line diabetic”…most doctors do not use these terms anymore. You either are or you aren’t. Get all the testing needed to diagnose diabetes before you jump the gun. In many cases, diabetes (both types) is genetic. In type 1, the person is completely insulin dependent, meaning that they must inject insulin up to 6 times a day. Their pancreas does not make enough or any insulin. We are not sure why the pancreas stops working, but one of the theories is that it is attacked by some type of virus. With type 2, it is also a problem with the pancreas, and how the body uses insulin. When a person is insulin resistant (still type 2 diabetes), the pancreas makes lots of insulin, but the body does not use it correctly. In some cases, the pancreas makes too much and the body can’t put it all to use. Some who are type 2 have a pancreas that does not make enough insulin, and need to take oral medications that help stimulate the pancreas’s activity some and encourage it to make more insulin. It’s not your fault that you developed diabetes….there is no way to prevent it. Although eating a good diet and daily exercise can help delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, it cannot actually be prevented. And food does not cause it to develop….eating too much sugar or too much junk food….those are old wives tales. Being overweight does not cause type 2 diabetes either, although those who are insulin resistant do have a tendency to gain some weight before they are diagnosed. Most type 2 diabetics are not overweight or ever have been…that is another old wives tales. What you are going to have to do now is watch your diet, limit the amount of carbs you eat. Todays diabetic can eat just about anything as long as we limit our carb intake. You will have to learn to count carbs, which is simple, and pay close attention to what, and how much you eat. You will also have to get some daily exercise to help control your disease….walking is a great way to do it. Some types 2 diabetics (11%) can actually control their disease with diet and exercise for many years. But diabetes is a progressive disease, and in time these people usually have to start taking medication of some kind. Type 2 diabetics that can’t control by diet and exercise are treated with different types of oral meds, insulin, and many times use both. If you have diabetes, it is not the end of the world, the disease can be controlled well and you can live a normal, long life. Sign up for some diabetes educational classes and make an appointment with a dietitian or nutrutionoist. Doing this can make the biggest difference in the control of your disease.

  29. QUESTION:
    My fiance is a diabetic and has high blood sugar, what can he do to lower it without medicine?
    He drank a glass of crystal light today over a period of 6 hrs, and is feeling sluggish. Glucometer is registering 246.

    • ANSWER:
      Crystal Light does not even contain sugar, but aspartame, a sugar substitute. Diet,exercise and knowledge is crucial in managing diabetes, and can sometimes control it. But sustained high blood sugars can lead to dehydration, coma and death. I have seen it in my work as a nurse. You must see a doctor and change your eating and exercise habits. People who are non compliant diabetics, meaning that they do not follow a strict diet and exercises regimen, or take the prescribed medicine, end up with multiple complications. For instance kidney failure, blindness, poor circulation, loss of limbs secondary to poor glucose metabolism at the cellular level. In other words your tissues and organs starve to death because your body cannot utilize the food you take in, and starve! This is a serious health issue that needs to be understood and addressed by a doctor. It may be uncomfortable to take medicine or insulin injections, but trust me, you are better off. Imagine how difficult life would be if you had to have your leg amputated or need to have kidney dialysis three times a week, because your kidneys cannot filter waste. Talk about feeling sluggish!

  30. QUESTION:
    Can hot weather make your blood sugar high if you are diabetic?
    Does getting hot effect the blood sugar?
    I am not on Insulin I take Metformin

    • ANSWER:
      Heat makes my sugar drop actually. I have to take less insulin during the summer than in the winter, and I usually go low if I take a hot shower right after taking insulin.

  31. QUESTION:
    is wheat germ healthy for diabetic(high sugar level)?
    my sugar level is 260, and i’m asking about natural wheat germ form.thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Well, wheat germ isn’t on top of my list. 100 grams has nearly 200 carb calories and carries a pretty high glycemic load. On the other hand, it has lots of fiber, it’s loaded with all kinds of other nutrients, like omega 3, 6, and potassium, and it has a fair amount of protein.

      You can certainly find better foods. But then, you can do far worse.

      Check out some of the links in my profile. There’s lot’s of helpful stuff there.

  32. QUESTION:
    what do i do for a diabetic that has high blood sugar after nightly insulin shot?
    my husband has had blood sugar levels over 200 for several days, even after his nightly dose of insulin! Don’t know whats causing it. What do i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi many things can cause high blood sugars, diet, stress, infections, not enough insulin. You really need to consult your doctor as he will check the sugars in the past and might increase the amount of insulin that he has prescribed your husband. They might also check a CBC to make sure there is no infection going on. Good Luck and talk to or see the doctor.

  33. QUESTION:
    If you are a diabetic and your blood sugar is high what would your behavior be like ?
    Would you be likely to murder or commit sucide ? Would you be a nasty person ? Would you blame everyone for your out of control sugar count but not yourself ?

    • ANSWER:
      Your behavior can most definitely be affected by your blood sugar, although I have never ever heard of it causing violence. Certainly it can cause fatigue, sleepiness, irritibility, and confusion. Many people have been suspected of being drunk even. I have pretty bad bouts of irritibility with high blood sugar, so I know.

  34. QUESTION:
    what is a high danger reading for sugar diabetic?
    My friends is over 400. I am worried. What is the highest anyone hs had.

    • ANSWER:
      Don’t worry too much, mine has read ‘HI’ on a few occasions because it was basically too high for the meter to read the sugar readings. Make sure he/she takes an insulin shot to bring it down and measure the readings 2 hours later and you should notice a drop. If it doesn’t drop wait another hour and test again. The only time I’d worry is if their sugar levels don’t drop over 3 hours, but a very high blood sugar reading in a short period of time is not very dangerous compared to a low sugar reading. You’d need to be that high for 24+hours to coma etc.

  35. QUESTION:
    Insulin diabetic I can’t lose weight and my sugars are always high, how to lose weight and get sugars down?
    I have tried Atkins, South Beach…you name it, I don’t eat carbs yet I cannot lose any weight and my b/c are always over 200 no matter what I do. I did South Beach for 4 weeks and didn’t lose even a pound, I need help in getting weight off fast. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Many good advice here. Let me add my two cents.

      I am going to assume that you are a type 2 diabetic, since most type 1 are thin. That said, lets go!

      1) It is very hard to lose weight when you are on insulin. The reason is that insulin inhibits fat metabolism. I would think that you need to aim for a lower insulin dosage to be able to lose weight. But before you can do that, you need to lower your blood sugar values (for obvious reasons).

      2) Make your insulin work more efficiently. This is the crucial point in diabetes type 2. Your insulin is not working properly, because your cells have been desensitized to its signal. As a result, the cells can’t absorb as much glucose from the blood as they need. There are several insulin sensitizers on the market. Glucophage (metformin) is by far the safest one, and one that really works. It also have other good effects.

      3) Make your insulin work more efficiently part 2. Make sure you have no sleep disorders, like sleep apnea. It is proven in studies that sleep apnea will make you insulin resistant more or less overnight.

      4) Make your insulin work more efficiently part 3. Make sure you do not suffer from other diseases, like Cushing’s – which can make you diabetic. So check your cortisol level. Make sure you produce enough testesteron, since too little will make you put on weight, which in turn will worsen your insulin resistance. Make sure your thyroid is working properly and your body converts enough T4 to T3. If not, you will be hypothyroid and put on weight.

      5) Change to a better diet. Eat less calories. It will help in fighting fat accumulation. You should probably eat less carbohydrates, and especially less high-glycemic carbohydrates, like white bread. Eat more vegetables and fish. Both are proven to be good for you. Limit your intake of omega 6 fatty acids. They are being linked to insulin resistance. Unfortunately, they are in almost every food, often masked as “vegetable oil”. Think twice before you use corn oil or soy oil for cooking as they contain vast amounts of omega 6. Use real butter instead. Increase your omega 3 intake. Best source is mackerel, second best is salmon. Limit your fruit consumption, as they contain fructose which elevates your blood sugar. Obviously eliminate all sugar drinks.

      6) Exercise. This will reduce blood sugar as the muscles will be able to take up more glucose immediately. Getting bigger muscles will also speed up metabolism, an effect that is also real between workouts.

      7) There is medication available that will limit how much fat or carbohydrates you absorb during a meal. Ask your doctor if they are right for you.

      8) If you are really big, ask your doctor if gastric bypass operation is right for you. It should only be used as a last resort, but the results of these operations are really good. Not only will you lose a lot of weight, but the insulin resistance (and therefore the diabetes) will be eliminated. It is not without risks, but they are smaller than the alternative if you are big enough.

      Good luck!

  36. QUESTION:
    Can A type 2 diabetic die from too high of sugar?
    Like a overdose of sugar, I mean could a person with type two diabetes overdose on sugar? I know about the long term effects of high blood sugar, just wondering about short term.

    • ANSWER:
      Its possible. Type 2 is very dangerous and needs to be taken seriously.
      Short term can be a coma and maybe death..it depends on your individal situation. Before coma they get very “wasted looking and acting”
      My daughter is diabetic, and yes it is a pain in the butt sometimes no doubt, but we have managed to find recepies for diabetic sweets, and bakeries that do birthday cakes.
      Managing it is 95% attitude.
      She has friends that respect her and care for her enough that they eat what she eats (and most of them feel better laying off the crap food) Shes grown.

  37. QUESTION:
    If you are a non-insulin dependent diabetic, is sleepiness during the day a sign of high blood sugar?
    My diabetic, ( not me) ate out lunch & dinner the day before, the next day he spent sleeping most of the day away. Does that mean his sugar was high? If so how could he have lowered it?

    • ANSWER:
      if he ate a high carb meal , his BS levels might have been high…that could’ve made him sleepy..i know when i eat potatoes or spaghetti, i get very sleepy…i have type 2 diabetes…he should drink lots of water..and exercise lightly that will bring it down quite a bit…if he is not on meds. he needs to se a dr… the meds. help keep it down if you dont overdo …portion control

  38. QUESTION:
    Are you diabetic if you sugar is this high?
    I had a classmate just told me and my teacher that she got tested and her blood sugar is somewhere around 200, is it mean that she is diabetic.

    • ANSWER:
      One blood sugar test means nothing. How soon she ate before the test can make the number invalid.

      According to the American Diabetes Association, a person needs 2 fasting blood sugar reading of 125+. Fasting is key, if you eat before the test, the number will be artificially high.

  39. QUESTION:
    Can a gall bladder problem cause high blood sugar in a diabetic?
    My diabetes has been under great control with oral medicines but now it gets up to 400 at times. Can a gall bladder problem cause this. My doctor found no gall stones.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. This happened to me I had a problem with my gallbladder (it was taken out eventually) the whole time I had an elevated blood sugar, bit it was only slightly not enough for my doctor to be that alarmed, after the gallbladder was taken out i’ve had problem with a low blood sugar constantly

  40. QUESTION:
    Diabetic and have high sugar levels, had for 22 years, need help and support from other diabetics?
    I’VE HAD DIABETIES FOR 22 YEARS GOT IT WHEN I WAS 9 YEARS OLD, AND MY SUGAR HAS ALWAYS BEEN HIGH.200 TO 250 IS WERE I LIKE TO KEEP IT. IF IT GETS BELOW THAT I FEEL LIKE IT IS DROPPING REAL LOW, AND I PANIC AND GET SOMETHING TO BRING IT BACK UP. I KNOW THIS IS NOT GOOD, I’VE TRIED TO GET IT TO 150 BUT I FEEL WEAK, NERVOUS AND JITTERY. I’VE BEEN PUT ON LANTUS INSULIN, I KNOW IT’S A FEAR CAUSE I’VE HAD SEIZERS FROM LOWS LIKE 50′S AND 60′S. SO IF THEIR’S ANY SUPPORT OR SOMEONE LIKE ME OUT THEIR PLEASE RESPOND.

    • ANSWER:
      I know how you feel about lows. I have the same concern; however, I’m managed to keep my blood sugars around 130 – 150 for an ideal instead over 200, though I occasionally spike (still not very good, I know). Over 200 is very much not healthy. You need to monitor your blood sugar and try to maintain a balance between diet and insulin that keeps you closer to normal. Really, talk to your doctor about this.

  41. QUESTION:
    If a diabetic blood sugar goes to high how do you lower it rapidly?

    • ANSWER:
      Extra insulin.

      If you’re not an insulin user you need to take into consideration whether or not you have ketones present. (Some blood glucose meters can also measure ketones in your blood … a different type of test strip, though, or there are urinalysis test strips that can test for ketones.)

      If you have ketones present, do NOT exercise as this can very well compound the state that you’re in. When we exercise, initially the blood glucose level will rise, obviously making your situation worse. It’s only from prolonged, and more energetic exercise that our blood glucose levels begin to fall. This is because exercise allows the body’s cells to become more responsive to the insulin that type 2s still produce, plus your muscles will be utilising [utilizing, if you are, indeed, one of my American cousins] the glucose that’s already present in your bloodstream.

      Although drinking more water will help your kidneys to excrete some glucose via urine it’s not going to work that fast.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can a possible pregnancy make blood sugars extremly high?
    my blood sugars have been sky high and won’t lower and i’m running out of ways to lower it
    i’m tripling my usual doseage and it isn’t doing anything at all

    i’ve been 300+ for three days now.

    i’ve been a diabetic since i was four. I’m seventeen. I have type one diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      Possibly, but usually sugars don’t go up that early in the pregnancy. Its more likely that you have an infection. Have you been to the dentist lately? Sometimes hidden infections are in your gums, or it could be a sinus or urinary tract infection. Call your doctor for sure.

  43. QUESTION:
    What would happen if high blood sugar in a diabetic does not recieve insulin?

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive urination, Altered mental status, sweet smelling urination, slurred words

  44. QUESTION:
    Can high sugar levels make a diabetic person feel tired and or have a dry mouth feeling?

    • ANSWER:
      Yep and I should know I’m a diabetic myself.

      Common symptoms of diabetes include:
      Excessive thirst and appetite
      Increased urination (sometimes as often as every hour)
      Unusual weight loss or gain
      Fatigue
      Nausea, perhaps vomiting
      Blurred vision
      In women, frequent vaginal infections
      In men and women, yeast infections
      Dry mouth
      Slow-healing sores or cuts
      Itching skin, especially in the groin or vaginal area

  45. QUESTION:
    i am a diabetic sugar is high?
    i have flu like symptoms high Fever cant keep any thing down chills hurt All over but i dont think it is the flu what could it be

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    type one diabetic, high blood sugar, stitch in my side is killing me?
    hey i’m a type one diabetic (have been for years) and i’m on the insulin pump. my problem is i ran out of insulin in my pump last night and didn’t realize it until the morning. obviously i woke up feeling pretty sh*tty. went to do a blood test and it was 512. my ketone level was large, but not the highest it could be, just one below.
    i’ve been proactively working to get this fixed with insulin and have my blood sugar down to 210 with trace ketones. still working on it, but i now have this really bad stitch in the left side of my abdomen. proximity wise, it’s about 3 inches to the left of my belly button. it hurts a lot and there is no other reason for it.
    i’m sure it’s my diabetes causing this, but i don’t know what it is. or even whether i should make an appt with my doctor. can anyone shed some light on this for me??

    • ANSWER:
      watch this youtube about a guy who reversed his diabetes type 1 (after doctors told him it was incurable)!!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPPGpVobyNo

      more info:

      sample recipes:

  47. QUESTION:
    type 1 diabetic, high blood sugar, my side is killing me?
    hey i’m a type one diabetic (have been for years) and i’m on the insulin pump. my problem is i ran out of insulin in my pump last night and didn’t realize it until the morning. obviously i woke up feeling pretty sh*tty. went to do a blood test and it was 512. my ketone level was large, but not the highest it could be, just one below.
    i’ve been proactively working to get this fixed with insulin and have my blood sugar down to 210 with trace ketones. still working on it, but i now have this really bad stitch in the left side of my abdomen. proximity wise, it’s about 3 inches to the left of my belly button. it hurts a lot and there is no other reason for it.
    i’m sure it’s my diabetes causing this, but i don’t know what it is. or even whether i should make an appt with my doctor. can anyone shed some light on this for me??

    • ANSWER:
      nausea and feeling nasty come with ketones. The pain you describe is not typical for ketones, so it may be something else (have you been constipated?). If you were nauseous and vomiting when you had ketones you may have a bit of a stomach cramp left over from that.
      If the pain does not resolve as your ketones go away, then you should speak to your endocrinologist’s office.

  48. QUESTION:
    my dads a diabetic sugar level high need answer fast?
    what is a quick way to lower sugar level his is 249 he is tunnling out

    • ANSWER:
      That is not such a hi sugar as to effect a persons ability to function.
      Have a doctor look at him right away as there might be something more going on. Infections of all kinds will make the sugar go up.

  49. QUESTION:
    What does a diabetic have to do to prevent having high blood sugar?
    My mother has type 1 diabetes.

    When her sugar is high she gets euphoric. She has had two comas and a series of heart attacks. I want to get my mother healthy because I cannot deal with being in a hospital for hrs on end. Please send some help.

    • ANSWER:
      Your mother needs to be under the care of an endocrinologist. Managing the sugars of a type 1 diabetic can be tricky, you shouldn’t be doing it alone. Maybe she needs more insulin? But again, this is not an adjustment you should make without a doctors approval. Is she taking the insulin she’s supposed to be taking? How is her diet? Try to cut back on the processed carbs, more fruits and veggies and whole grains.

  50. QUESTION:
    do diabetic comas happen when you sugars are high? or low? or both?serious answers please!?

    HOW HIGH? HOW LOW?

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetic coma is a medical emergency in which a person with diabetes mellitus is comatose (unconscious) because of one of three acute complications of diabetes:

      1. Severe diabetic hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
      2. Advanced diabetic ketoacidosis advanced enough to result in
      unconsciousness from a combination of severe
      hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), dehydration and shock,
      3. and exhaustion Hyperosmolar nonketotic coma in which
      extreme hyperglycemia and dehydration alone are sufficient
      to cause unconsciousness.

      In most medical contexts, the term diabetic coma refers to the diagnostic dilemma posed when a physician is confronted with an unconscious patient about whom nothing is known except that he has diabetes. An example might be a physician working in an emergency department who receives an unconscious patient wearing a medical identification tag saying DIABETIC. Paramedics may be called to rescue an unconscious person by friends who identify him as diabetic. Brief descriptions of the three major conditions are followed by a discussion of the diagnostic process used to distinguish among them, as well as a few other conditions which must be considered.

      Severe hypoglycemia
      People with type 1 diabetes mellitus who must take insulin in full replacement doses are most vulnerable to episodes of hypoglycemia. It is usually mild enough to reverse by eating or drinking carbohydrates, but blood glucose occasionally can fall fast enough and low enough to produce unconsciousness before hypoglycemia can be recognized and reversed. Most hypoglycemia is severe enough to cause unconsciousness during sleep. Predisposing factors can include eating less than usual, prolonged exercise earlier in the day, and heavy drinking. Some people with diabetes can lose their ability to recognize the symptoms of early hypoglycemia.

      Unconsciousness due to hypoglycemia can occur within 20 minutes to an hour after early symptoms and is not usually preceded by other illness or symptoms. Twitching or convulsions may occur. A person unconscious from hypoglycemia is usually pale, has a rapid heart beat, and is soaked in sweat, all signs of the adrenaline response to hypoglycemia. He is not usually dehydrated and breathing is normal or shallow. A meter or laboratory glucose at the time of discovery is usually low, but not always severely, and in some cases may have already risen from the nadir which triggered the unconsciousness.

      Unconsciousness due to hypoglycemia is treated by raising the blood glucose with intravenous glucose or injected glucagon.

      Advanced diabetic ketoacidosis
      Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), if it progresses and worsens without treatment, can eventually cause unconsciousness, from a combination of severe hyperglycemia, dehydration and shock, and exhaustion. Coma only occurs at an advanced stage, usually after 36 hours or more of worsening vomiting and hyperventilation.

      In the early to middle stages of ketoacidosis, patients are typically flushed and breathing rapidly and deeply, but visible dehydration, pallor from diminished perfusion, shallower breathing, and rapid heart rate are often present when coma is reached. However these features are variable and not always as described.

      If the patient is known to have diabetes, the diagnosis of DKA is usually suspected from the appearance and a history of 1-2 days of vomiting. The diagnosis is confirmed when the usual blood chemistries in the emergency department reveal hyperglycemia and severe metabolic acidosis.

      Treatment of DKA consists of isotonic fluids to rapidly stabilize the circulation, continued intravenous saline with potassium and other electrolytes to replace deficits, insulin to reverse the ketoacidosis, and careful monitoring for complications.

      Nonketotic hyperosmolar coma
      Nonketotic hyperosmolar coma usually develops more insidiously than DKA because the principal symptom is lethargy progressing to obtundation, rather than vomiting and an obvious illness. Extreme hyperglycemia is accompanied by dehydration due to inadequate fluid intake. Coma from NKHC occurs most often in patients who develop type 2 or steroid diabetes and have an impaired ability to recognize thirst and drink. It is classically a nursing home condition but can occur in all ages.

      The diagnosis is usually discovered when a chemistry screen performed because of obtundation reveals extreme hyperglycemia (often above 1800 mg/dl (100 mM)) and dehydration. The treatment consists of insulin and gradual rehydration with intravenous fluids.

      Identifying the cause of diabetic coma
      Diabetic coma was a more significant diagnostic problem before the late 1970s, when glucose meters and rapid blood chemistry analyzers became universally available in hospitals. In modern medical practice, it rarely takes more than a few questions, a quick look, and a meter glucose to determine the cause of unconsciousness in a patient with diabetes. Laboratory confirmation can usually be obtained in half an hour or less. Also, the astute physician remembers that other conditions can cause unconsciousness in a person with diabetes: stroke, uremic encephalopathy, alcohol, drug overdose, head injury, or seizure.

      Fortunately, most episodes of diabetic hypoglycemia, DKA, and extreme hyperosmolarity do not reach unconsciousness before a family member or caretaker seeks medical he