Diabetic Sugars

Sugar and sugar substitutes in beverages, pros. and cons.

The approval of palatable and useful products is described in both market and sensory research terminology and recent developments in the fields of applied psychology and physiology as the pertinence to public acceptance of sucrose and its substitutes. The function of sucrose in foods other than beverages is elicited with emphasis on salivation as an acceptance factor and its possible dental significance. Distinctions are made between the sweetening and bulking properties of sucrose and sugar substitutes. While major decreases in sucrose in-take resulted from high-fructose corn-sweetener usage in soft drinks, no evidence is yet available to suggest that the use of sugar substitutes of the intense artificial sweetener type has caused any decrease in ordinary sugar consumption. Neither is the consumption of polyols (carbohydrates) such as sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol high enough in confectionery categories to cause any discernible decrease in sugar usage. This suggests that sugar substitutes may not have stopped the growth in sucrose usage, but that new product categories such as diet foods and “sugarless’ confections may have been created e.g. fermentable carbohydrate sweeteners.

Other derivatives natural plant extracts as obtained from Rubus suavissimus leaf, rubusosin which is a low-calorie sweetener have a sugariness 250 times higher than sucrose and low calories, is combined with plant polyol to form a sweetener free of substances capable of being converted to calories, such as sucrose, glucose and starch. This can be widely used in the process of beverage, coffee, milk, flavoring and food; and is an ideal sugar substitute for people suffering from diabetes, obesity, or cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases who should avoid high calorie substances like sucrose.


Diabetic Sugars Eat

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. QUESTION:
    What should a diabetic eat when their sugar drops?
    should they eat stuff with sugar in it like cookies or candy?

    • ANSWER:
      Orange juice.

  3. 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! (:

  4. QUESTION:
    How many grams of wheat should a diabetic eat.?
    With respect to the calories needed. I am diabetic with 120 fasting sugar & 250 after 2 hours of food.

    How many grams of wheat should i eat to control the blood glucose.

    • ANSWER:
      Wheat flour spikes blood glucose. If you want to control your blood sugar, you’ll severely limit how much wheat-based anything you’ll have. Some diabetics find that they can’t eat wheat at all. I don’t know how much you can eat. My guess is not much. Cut your portions in half every day until you have an acceptable two-hour reading: <140.

      Calories aren't your problem. Carbohydrates are. You're 250 after eating because you're probably restricting calories and not carbohydrates.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can a diabetic eat beef or pork liver with it causing blood sugar or blood presser going high?
    A friend was told she could not eat liver because it was the cause of her blood sugar and blood presser going high. I would like to find out if this would be true! it was her family doctor not her diabetic doctor who told her. Please let me know because she likes liver and now is afraid to eat it.

    • ANSWER:
      Organ meats like liver and heart do indeed make glucose levels higher. They might also make BP higher as well. Yes, they are very high in iron that the body can use readily, but be very sensible about how much of a serving at a time you do have.

      The way to find out if the liver serving is causing a problem, is to test it!!

      Check glucose level, eat a serving of the liver, and test again 90 minutes to 2 hours later to see how much of a spike the food handed you or her.

      It might have been the additional sodium in the liver dish that was causing problem with the BP? I want my liver to be highly spiced and a little salty!! Not good for me that way.

      If you all have access to blood pressure cuff, test with that as well as the glucometer before and after eating the liver.

      Good luck to you and your friend. Eat a lot of things in extreme moderation!!! I am a chocoholic!!!

  6. QUESTION:
    Does it make a difference if an undiagnosed diabetic doesnt eat sugar for a while and what happens if they do?

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  7. QUESTION:
    Whats the best frozen dinner for a diabetic to eat?
    I Just learned I have Diabetes an would love to know what a diabetic can an cant eat? Beside sugar of course, Thanks for any Info!! Maddog

    • ANSWER:
      Since everyone’s nutritional needs are different and unique, the best advice is to consult with your doctor. He / she will likely refer you to a nutritionist / dietician to assist you in meal planning, etc.

      Besides the obvious low-sugar / no-sugar plans, also try to watch out for the carbs. Carbs are often metabolized as sugar / glucose and will cause your blood glucose levels to rise in much of the same ways. Avoid starchy foods such as potatoes and pastas. Also, breads are high carb foods.
      You should probably also keep an eye out for your sodium intake. High blood pressure and diabetes go hand in hand and sodium can contribute to this. Avoid eating excess amounts of salt.
      Cholesterol is another issue that goes hand in hand with being diabetic. Avoid eating a lot of fried foods and a lot of excessively fatty foods.
      Drink lots of water, tea (unsweetened or artificially sweetened) or diet soft drinks and avoid drinks with high sugar content (reg. soft drinks, Kool Aids, etc.).
      As with any diet, moderation is the key. Learning to control your portion sizes at meal time is the best way to keep a watch on your diabetic diet. You can still eat the “good stuff” (like sugar, salt, fried foods) as long as you are very cautious of over-indulging.

      Good luck and best wishes…

  8. QUESTION:
    If a diabetic eats sugar before her second shot?
    If someone with type 2 diabetes around 74 years of age was supposed to take their insulin shots at 7-8AM and 3-4PM, but ate candy and pie around 3PM without taking her shot, would the cause of death be due to a lack of insulin?

    My reasoning: When you eat sugar (especially from candy) the pancreas releases insulin to control the sugar.
    If someone with type 2 diabetes around 74 years of age was supposed to take their insulin shots at 7-8AM and 3-4PM, but ate candy and pie around 3PM without taking her shot, would the cause of death be due to a lack of insulin?

    My reasoning: When you eat sugar (especially from candy) the pancreas releases insulin to control the sugar.

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    Please site sources

    • ANSWER:
      No. To start with, your reasoning is flawed. A type 2 diabetic DOES produce insulin (they just can’t utilize it). A normal pancreas releases insulin with ANY type of food (not just sugar, whether it’s from candy or not). Skipping a dose of insulin in a type 2 diabetic will make them feel like crap, but unlikely to kill them. Most people over 70 years of age have other health conditions, some of which can kill them.

      The only way your “problem” could be true is if the personal ate a significant amount of candy and pie (like 10 lbs of candy and 5 whole pies) to raise their glucose level well over 1200 and result in hypersmolar coma. Even then, the person would more likely have died from a cardiovascular event, not the sugar overlead itself.

      People die from diabetic complications, not from type 2 diabetes itself.

  9. QUESTION:
    do anyone know of any good food a diabetic can eat with sugar thats good?
    is there any snack foods are dinner food without your sugar getting sky high.

    • ANSWER:
      thats a good question for ur dr.
      they might either give u a book or a list of we sites or a paper of foods that r low carb.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can a diabetic eat acai berries without affecting blood sugar?
    If a diabetic had acai berries will it affect blood sugar levels?

    • ANSWER:
      No. you can’t but it is much better than eating refined sugar like candy etc

  11. QUESTION:
    How many grams of sugar can diabetic person eat?

    • ANSWER:
      * Ideally a type 2 diabetic should not consume any added sugar. Take a sugar substitute (such as stevia) … much better for you. Apart from that, many foods (such as fruit) contain sugars and that is why you need to count all your carbohydrates on a daily basis.

      * Yes, a diabetic needs to count all carbohydrates (sugar, too, is a carbohydrate). Foods such as pasta, bread, and fruits have no sugar but are full of carbohydrates and will cause a rise in blood sugar. Even many of the products labeled “sugar-free” and marketed to diabetics contain carbohydrates and are no better for you than the regular product. The healthy amount of carbohydrates is not same for everyone, diabetic or not. It might be more or less depending on the individual. Check with your doctor and consider meeting with a diabetes educator for diabetic counseling.

  12. QUESTION:
    If a diabetic eats sugar and does not take insulin, what happens?
    I mean, if a diabetic drank a pop or something without taking any insulin shots, would anything bad happen, or would the sugar just pass through their system with really no affect on them.

    Or maybe i’ve got the whole idea wrong, are they supposed to have their insulin levels fairly stable throughout the whole day? with sugar levels accordingly?

    • ANSWER:
      If the sugar were passing through their system with no effect, why would they need insulin?

      The problem is that it isn’t passing through, at least not fast enough. The kidneys can only remove a certain amount of sugar over a period of time, so most of the sugar remains in the system, circulating around and causing damage to the whole body (and to the kidneys as the kidneys try to remove it).

      Without insulin, the sugar can not be used or stored as energy, so the body is starving, which also causes damage.

      People, not just diabetics, need for both their glucose and insulin levels to be matched, stable, and in a normal range for the body to operate correctly.

      Vik – there IS a test for insulin How else do you think they distinguish type 1 diabetes from hyperinsulineamia and type 2 diabetes? Because they can measure the actutal amount of insulin.

  13. QUESTION:
    what should a diabetic eat if blood sugar is low and if blood sugar is high?

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on your definition of LOW, you might need half a regular coke if number is below 55 then eat a sandwich, but not a greasy one like peanut butter.
      Also depending on definition of HIGH, eat low glycemic foods like hamburger patty, and the salad stuffs with real salad dressing. Or the peanutbutter sandwich!!

      I work very hard not to let my glucose go over 150 even 2 hours after eating, and not below 70 before eating. It makes me feel all tired out to do either of the extremes.

      Oil foods like peanutbutter sandwiches slow the absorbtion of the carbs in the bread down to where they barely spike, so they are really good if high!!

  14. QUESTION:
    I am a diabetic, why does my sugar go down if I eat sugar?
    I am a diabetic, why does my sugar go down if I eat sugar

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  15. QUESTION:
    are sugar alcohols good for diabetics if not how many grams of sugar could a diabetic eat a day?

    • ANSWER:
      The amount of sugars diabetics can have depends on them. With type 2 diabetics, their doctor tells them to eat the amount of exchanges that is right for them. With type 1 diabetics, I’m not quite sure there is a set amount. The way that sugar alcohol works is that only half of it hits you, so when you are looking at the nutrition facts to count carbs, subtract half of the sugar alcohol and that is the carb count. Now sugar and sugar alcohol are not the healthiest things in general. Hope I was of help.

  16. QUESTION:
    Which fruits a diabetic patient having normal sugar level after taking medicines,should eat?
    What fruits, in details, a diabetic patient should eat?

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  17. QUESTION:
    When I eat sugary foods I feel really ill! Am I Diabetic or can’t tolerate refined sugars?
    Whenever I eat sweetened yoghurts, ice-cream, chocolate or sweetened drinks I feel really dizzy, tired, nauseous and I get headaches. I always have to drink Diet coke and can’t eat more than a few small sweets or a tiny chocolate otherwise I just feel awful!
    Am I diabetic and can’t handle high blood sugar or is this normal? I don’t get it when I eat wholemeal, veggies and meat, only with sugary foods.

    • ANSWER:
      This sounds like Reactive Hypoglycemia. As you already know, people with this condition need to avoid simple sugars and eat complex carbohydrates (including whole grains and veggies) and protein at every meal instead.

      Adding fibre, healthy fats, and protein to your meals helps stabilize your insulin levels. Eat small regular meals frequently.

      Sometimes this condition can be a precursor to Type 2 diabetes, but it in itself is NOT diabetes, and not everyone who has this develops Type 2 diabetes. If you are overweight, have a poor diet, or are inactive, this will increase your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.

      Even less often, hypoglycemia can be an early sign of developing Type 1 diabetes, the severe non-preventable kind. This is not that common, but it can happen. It occurs as the insulin producing cells are erratically killed off by the immune system.

      If you are not overweight, stick with the diet recommended for hypoglycemia and you should be fine.

      If you begin to have severe, frequent, and unexpected low blood sugar episodes, see a doctor to rule out other medical conditions that may cause this problem.

  18. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give me info on what you shouldn’t eat if you are sugar diabetic?
    My uncle’s sugar diabetic and I would like to get hold of some info that could help him, any idea where I can find Information that can advice him on what he should avoid eating and what he can eat etc.

    • ANSWER:
      A diet consisting of Low Glycemic Index food is the best for Diabetics and also non-diabetics. Here is a list of 2,480 food that are listed.

      http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

      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.

      Those foods that are medium to high Glycemic Load , should be avoided.

  19. QUESTION:
    I get a headache a few minutes after I eat sugar. Am I diabetic?

    I have low blood pressure and am not overweight.

    • ANSWER:
      A headache after eating sweets may indicate diabetes, but it may also be a sign of something else, such as a food allergy. If you are concerned, check with your doctor.

  20. QUESTION:
    CAN A DIABETIC EAT SUGAR?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. I diabetic like everyone else needs sugar to function. The problem with diabetics is that there body does not make the insulin (type 1) or makes an insufficient amount (most type 2)of insulin. Insulin opens the cell to let in the sugar. Carbohydrates break down into sugar also. But the brain needs sugar to function. The reason why a diabetic needs to watch their intake of sugar is because they need to balance the insulin with the sugar–either with oral meds or injecting insulin. Or if type 2 a diet may control it. The key with all is to balance the intake of sugar/carbs with insulin– keeping in mind stress and activity can effect the numbers which is why they must constantly check their sugar levels.

  21. 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

  22. QUESTION:
    what happens when ur not diabetic but just checking blood sugars and u eat dinner and then….?
    u snack before the 2 hours are over…..

    Can u still test and will the test be higher because u ate again or will it be okay either way????

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If you know you aren’t diabetic, your sugars should be fine :) They will be a little higher than if you hadn’t eaten, but it’s nothing to worry about. Here are some numbers to help:

      Normals:
      Fasting (8-12 hours no food) 80-100
      2 hours after meals – 100-125
      Random (no matter what was eaten or when) under 180

      Diabetic:
      Fasting – 126+
      After meals – 150+
      Random – 200+

      Anything in between is considered elevated, or insulin resistant, and diabetes usually isn’t diagnosed unless levels are high on 2 or more occassions or if they are over 200 at any time.

      Hope this helps!!

  23. QUESTION:
    What can I eat to reduce my sugars and weight?
    I am obese and not diabetic, but my sugars came back a little higher than they should be, I want to loose weight and lower my sugars, the problem is I don’t eat meat unless it is chickenbreast, so what can I eat when I take away pasta and bread from my diet, that will keep me full and not contain too much starch or sugar.?? Help meee
    I also have hypothyroisism

    • ANSWER:
      I am also diabetic and also have low thyroid and high blood pressure and high cholesterol which is given the name of metabolic syndrome x.
      I also don’t eat meat, but I do eat fish for health reasons. I do a lot of walking which obviously helps. But I have also managed to keep my weight and sugars down by reducing the carbohydrates and moderating the fats and avoiding things containing sugar from my diet. I would not recommend cutting out carbs altogether as this causes more problems and we need some carbohydrate for energy. I use a lot oof Uncle Ben’s whole grain rice which is low GI it has to be the whole grain one though. Moderate potatoes and bread and use half fat cheese. Twiglets are an excellent snack for supper and I use a lot of Quorn in my cooking which is a great meat substitute and fat free. There are some recipes on my blog site below if you want to take a look. I always have 2 squares of my favourite chocolate bar after my main meal as the sugar gets absorbed better this way and I don’t feel totally deprived. Moderate alchohol and have porridge for breakfast with skimmed milk. Very thin crackers with a little half fat cheese are also a good snack. If you have rice with your meal aim for about 50g and give yourself plenty of the stir fry and sauce or whatever you are having with it.

  24. QUESTION:
    How much carbs should a diabetic eat?
    Okay, I’ve been diabetic for 11 years now, and the last 2 years i’ve had a bad turn. I’m determined to get back on track because I always had perfect control before. But i’m not sure how much carbs diabetics should eat. I also want to lose a bit of weight, so just some tips. I kno that cutting out the bad foood/sugar is going to help and picking up the exercise. But any other tips?

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  25. QUESTION:
    is 289 high for your blood sugar level after you eat if your a diabetic?
    I just found out yesterday that I am I diabetic. Both my parents were diabetic when I was growing up. I know a lot about it but I’m just not sure about the blood sugar levels after you eat. Or even before you eat. Does anyone know?

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  26. QUESTION:
    Can a diabetic eat dried fruits and nuts ?
    Can a diabetic eat almonds,groundnuts,raisins,dates and dried prunes?Is the sugar from fresh fruits harmful for a diabetic patent?
    By dat i meant dates,sorry for the typo.

    • ANSWER:
      A diabetic can eat ANYTHING is the world. It’s all in moderation, like anything. There is no such thing as a Diabetic diet either! If everyone would eat in normal portions, watch the trans fats, carbs, etc, and ate more fruits and veggies, we would all be more healthy. It’s all the tempting things out there that we like to munch on…and not being able to stop is the killer! Portion control is the answer!!!

  27. 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.

  28. QUESTION:
    I am now borderline diabetic need to lose weight and watch what I eat. Where do I start?
    I don’t know if I should follow a diabetic diets, competely cut out sugars and carbs? Should I eat so many calories/carbs? Any help or advice would be appreciated. I would ask the doctor but she wants me to join their program which costs lots of money. So I am trying to go at it alone. Thanks for any help.

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  29. QUESTION:
    What happens if a diabetic doesn’t eat any sugar?
    I was wondering, or what happens if they don’t inject? I hear a person can go into a coma, but is that true with all diabetics?

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetics are not supposed to eat any sugar. Not eating sugar will help them control their blood sugar levels and keep them normal while using less insulin

      If they continue to inject, but eat poorly, there is the possibility that they could go into Hypoglycemia. this is when the blood sugar gets too low. this feels like being drunk, and many diabetics are arrested for drunk driving when in fact they are having a Hypoglycemic Attack. ALWAYS WEAR THE WARNING BRACELET!!!. A diabetic MUST learn to use a special meter to monitor their blood sugar 3-6 times a day, and balance the injection according to their diet.

      if the blood sugar gets too high there is usually no noticeable difference. but when the blood sugar is too high for long periods (weeks) other diseases like blindness, numbness, kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes, and sexual dysfunction will set in.

  30. QUESTION:
    Can someone who is diabetic eat Sorbee candies?
    part of the present that i got for my best friend’s mom is a big bag of Sorbee sugar free hard candy. her mom is diabetic and i really don’t know much about what you can and cant eat when you are diabetic, and i was just wondering if these are ok for her. ive heard many people call them “diabetic candy” but i want to be sure. ill ask my friend later im just wondering now. the last thing i want to do is give her anything that would make her sick!

    • ANSWER:
      Why do people want to give gifts of food to people with diabetes ? Send a plant, note pads, movie tickets or a nice sweater instead.
      Sugar free candy still has carbohydrates and will raise blood sugar.It als has the unpleasant side effects of trapping you in the rest room feeling bad .
      We can eat real candy.We know how to deal with it.

      You are very kind but each one of us monitor our blood sugars in our own way. We are not food deprived.Don’t feel bad for us.

  31. QUESTION:
    what kind of sugar can a diabetic eat?

    • ANSWER:
      My husband is a diabetic. Sugar substitutes are good. Spenda and sweet and low are fine. What he learned from his dietician is that he really should watch the CARB count of things. Carbohydrates are the thing that creates energy and sugar in the blood. An example: Sugar free ice cream is really not the best. The low carb ice cream is what he needs to look for. Lots of breads and pasta appear low in sugar, but they are loaded with CARBS and raise your blood sugar alot. There are expensive low carb pastas available. But they are worth it to him to get that satisfaction of eating PASTA!!. Low carb breads are everywhere and reasonable. He is allowed 3 meals a day at 60 carbs each. And about 3 snacks a day at 15 carbs each. Counting carbs really works on controlling his sugar!!

  32. 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

  33. QUESTION:
    How do I get my 5yr old diabetic to eat veggies?
    He hates them…even potatoes! He won’t even eat french fries!! It’s almost impossible to find anything with vegetables in it that isn’t high carb or high sugar like those juices with them “hidden” in there!! Help!! He’s been diabetic since 16 months, so it’s not like he even remembers what it was like to eat “normal” without the carb and sugar counting…he just knows he doesn’t like any veggies and I’m starting to get worried about long term health issues.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a child who has had diabetes since she was 2. She is 18 now.
      At first, I would cook these nutritionally balanced meals i.e. protein, veggies and a starch and being a two year old, she would throw her food on the floor !
      Back in those days there was no humalog and so she had to take regular before eating.
      Since I has already dosed her, I had to get carbs into her so her punishment for throwing her food was ice cream !
      Now with humalog, you can dose your son after he eats based upon what he eats.
      Continue to put veggies on his plate.Small amounts , every day.Eventually he will try them.
      Don’t show him you are upset.Don’t even mention it.And no punishments. He still gets dessert and a snack before bed.
      I like the idea of having him “help” you with the veggies.He can stir them[ not near any heat source] and put them on the plates.He may be more invested in his food then.
      Good luck and try and relax.

  34. QUESTION:
    Can a type 2 diabetic eat white rice?
    They say you should not eat white bread, pasta, sugar, flour etc

    what about white rice?

    • ANSWER:
      A type 2 diabetic can eat whatever they like as long as their blood sugar is within target range 2 hours after eating.

      As white rice is high in carbohydrate, it will spike blood sugar in most people.

      Your blood glucose meter will tell you if you can eat white rice – and how much of it.

      The answer is likely to be ‘no’ or ‘very little’.

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    I want to know good things a diabetic should eat?
    I have been diabetic since I was 16 yrs old, my sugar has been like 356 and so on I need helping controlling this!! I know I can only help my self out! Just need assitance on what to eat and not what to eat I have taken classes.
    Im NOT ON INSULIN JUST THREE PILLS A DAY!

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    if im diabetic can i eat sugar free candy, gum, ice cream, pop,etc ?
    and it wont affect my blood sugar or will it?!
    what are some good recipes as well for dinners and stuff?

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    How much sugar can a diabetic eat without going into a coma?
    Our grandkids are diabetics. I was told I can give them sugar but not too much. Should I just feed them brownies until they start going to sleep and then stop?

    • ANSWER:
      why do you even want to try

  41. QUESTION:
    When a diabetic fasts (doesnt eat) does their blood sugar go down or up?
    i have to get tested for diabetes. for my fasting test i cant eat for 8 hours. if i have diabetes will my blood sugar come up really high or really low?

    high or low?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are fasting, you are not taking in the “sugar”. Consequently, your blood sugar should be lowered.

  42. QUESTION:
    What happens to a Diabetic after eating sugar?
    Everyone says that blood sugar spikes are dangerous, but what really happens from the personal perspective of a Type II diabetic?
    some people aren’t answering the question!

    what does the diabetic person “feel” like after eating too much carbs/sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      After eating a little too much sugar (cuz not all sugar is bad) If I don’t exercise, I get really tired and lethargic. Sometimes I get a “high” feeling that usually involves a headache, sometimes nausea, and i have to pee alot if i don’t get up and do something to bring it down. I also get really thirsty sometimes if i don’t try to bring it down.

  43. QUESTION:
    When u are diabetic & eat 2 much sugar, take the right amount of insulin,but get red,hot & very itchy, why?
    when this happens(seldom) the itch is so bad I want to tear my skin off,& nothing helps.

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    how many carbs should a diabetic eat in a day?
    i had a stroke & i’m also on coumadin, so i have to make sure i do’t eat too many leafy green veggies,but then if i eat too many carbs it raises my blood sugar.all replies will be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      My glucose tester is my ‘carb boss’. If it says I spike too high, then I don’t eat that many carbs or that type of food.

      It’s not so much how many in a day as it is how many at one time. Your goal is to keep spikes as low as you can while getting the needed calories in per day, as well as the needed vitamins.

      Many dietitians recommend about 250g of carbs per day on average, depending on your dietary needs. They use a formula like 50% carbs, 30% fats, and 20% protein.
      This formula doesn’t usually work for those of use who are carb sensitive though.

      I eat about 50g of carbs evenly spread throughout the day and increase the protein & fat to make up the difference. This is about all I can handle right now since I am not on any medications for diabetes yet. Some diabetics can adjust their carb intake a lot higher due to their situation and medications. It all depends on the individual as everyone is different.
      You want to avoid the fast carbs like simple sugars and wheat products, including grains like oatmeal. All those can spike blood sugars if you aren’t able to pair them with enough protein and fat to slow the spikes.

      Hint: you can get a lot of needed calories by eating nuts like almonds, walnuts, pecans, and others. They are generally high in carbs and packed with lots of the good fats and protein.

      Nuts won’t generally raise blood sugars a lot either. 1 cup of nuts can give you about 1/3 to 1/2 of your daily calories and you can usually eat them all at one time if desired.

      The higher the fasting blood sugars and the higher the spiked, the less carbs your body can tolerate. Mostly, it boils down to trial and error. Try a food. If it spiked you too highly, then you error and try something else.

      What doesn’t help one day, might be ok the next and vice versa. There is no rhyme or reason for this.

  45. QUESTION:
    Should a Type 2 diabetic eat Persimmon and what effect it has on blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      As with other fruits, it does have a decent amount of sugars. The best way to know is to test, test, test! Test your sugar before you eat. Enjoy a moderate (i.e. not a ton) of the fruit. Then check your sugar again 1, and/or 2 hours after you eat. If you experience a “spike,” or an undesired high blood glucose level, then it should probably be cut from your diet, or only rarely.

      A lot of us find that fruits affect us in different ways. Some T2s can eat fruits without any spike, while others tend to spike with all fruits, while some others spike with only certain kinds of fruits. It’s a very individualized disease, and saying “yes” or “no” wouldn’t really be a suitable answer.

  46. QUESTION:
    how much sugar can you eat before you go into a diabetic/sugar coma?
    I don’t have diabetes, but my mom always says if I eat too much junk I’m going to go into a sugar coma (e.g. skittles, a donut, milkshake, etc.) Can you go into a sugar/diabetic coma without having diabetes? How much sugar can you have before you go into a coma..if you can? please explain it in like food hahah if that makes sense like “a dozen donuts” or “a tub of cookie dough”. thank you! :)

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    How much sugar can you eat before you go into a diabetic/sugar coma?
    I don’t have diabetes, but my mom always says if I eat too much junk I’m going to go into a sugar coma (e.g. skittles, a donut, milkshake, etc.) Can you go into a sugar/diabetic coma without having diabetes? How much sugar can you have before you go into a coma..if you can? please explain it in like food hahah if that makes sense like “a dozen donuts” or “a tub of cookie dough”. thank you! :)

    • ANSWER:
      If you do not have diabetes, your pancreas will make enough insulin to counteract whatever sugar you put into your body.

      Initially when a non-diabetic person eats, there is a slight rise in blood sugar. The body’s feedback mechanisms will be triggered, and insulin production increases according to the levels of sugar present.

      It is not true then that eating a lot of sugar can put a non-diabetic into a coma. It is also a myth that eating lots of sugar can cause diabetes.

      Your mother is probably trying to scare you into eating less junk, because it’s not good for your teeth or weight = )

  48. QUESTION:
    What kind of liquid foods or snacks can a diabetic eat?
    1800 cal. limit has to be on peer liquid food til doctor appointment to see if he can eat regular foods. also what kind of snacks can he eat that are good for him and low on everything very strict diet has to check on sodium, carb, sugar,fat, everything not to high… has type 1 diabetes

    • ANSWER:
      fruits and raw veggies are great or anything sugar free

  49. QUESTION:
    how many carbs should a diabetic eat a day and how many grams of sugar a day should a diabetic eat pls hlp?

    • ANSWER:
      Usually I roll my eyes at “ask your doctor” squawkers, because most of the time the questions are perfectly appropriate for Y/A. But this is kind of a dangerous question. It really is a question for a nutritionist. It depends if you’re type 1 or type 2, if you’re on a restricted diet or carb counting, on a pump or injecting, good or poor control of the disease – - there are a number of factors to consider.

      Some type 1′s have restricted diets. That is to say they ingest a set number of carbs at meal time. They also have scheduled snacks (again, with a set number of carbs). Snacks and meals are generally around 2 or 2.5 hours apart. Insulin is based on that count and their BG.

      Others carb-count. They still space out their meals but don’t have a cap on the number of carbs. Their insulin is based on their BG and how much they ate.

      A third group eats when they’re hungry. They still carb count, but they live less by the clock than the others. This is more prevalent among pump users than injectors. The diabetic enters the carb amount into the pump (along w/ BG when taken) and the pump delivers the insulin.

      And that’s just for type 1. So you see, there isn’t a bottom line answer for your question. This is one of those questions that really is in the hands of your doctor and nutritionist. But I hope this helped.

  50. QUESTION:
    Can a borderline diabetic person eat noodles for breakfast?
    I am having maggi noodles for my breakfast sometimes. My fasting blood sugar reading is 120mg/dl after 8 hours of absolute fasting. I do not take any medicines but control my diet and take fenugreek seeds with water two times a day as well as sprinkle cinnamon powder on one apple I eat everyday. But I am not sure whether noodles is good for a borderline diabetic. please help

    • ANSWER:
      THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A BORDERLINE DIABETIC. You are either type 1 type 2 or not at all. And if you are one, then you should limit the amount of noodles you consume. Noodles are almost straight carb and will make your blood sugars skyrocket


Diabetic Sugar Levels Uk

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I have pcos and did a fasting blood sugar level at the hosp and its 7.3 (uk reading), am I diabetic?
    Am I diabeteic or insulin resistant because of the PCOS. I have really let myself go. I am only 27 years old. Can I control this and get rid of it if I really look after myself? If I eat really well and regulate my blood sugar levels will I be okay? Or is the damage done? I cant believe I let myself get this far. This is the wake up call I needed.

    I have always had diabetic like symptoms because of the PCOS but recentlty put on shit lots of weight and yes that was because of my eating habits. I know I need to and will take control of it because Diabetes is a HORRID disease to have.

    Does anyone think I can contriol it. Please help. This reading of 7.3 was fasting glucose taking at a hospital not a glucose reading.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      7.3 mmol/L is a diabetic fasting blood sugar reading.

      Insulin resistance is really common with PCOS. I know from personal experience that insulin resistance can make weight loss nearly impossible, too. And then you give up trying and that’s when the weight gain really spirals out of control. I dieted for basically all of my teen years and 20s, but when I kept gaining weight, I gave up. Then, in my mid-20s, I was diagnosed with diabetes.

      Insulin resistance is a precursor to diabetes, so you were already at risk just because of the PCOS. The weight gain didn’t cause the IR or even the diabetes; the weight gain just exacerbated the insulin resistance you already had, making it harder and harder for your pancreas to keep up. You can’t get rid of diabetes once you have it, but you can possibly be diet-and-exercise controlled.

      Even if you can just control your blood sugar with diet and exercise, I advise you to go on Metformin if you’re not already. Metformin is really a miracle worker for insulin resistance and weight loss, as well as blood sugar, when taken in combination with a low-carbohydrate diet. Controlling your blood sugar can also slow down the progress of the disease potentially, which means that you’ll be preserving some of your natural insulin production. As insulin resistant diabetics, we produce far too much insulin, and researchers believe the high blood sugar and high insulin levels tax the pancreas and causes a loss of pancreatic function. So, anything you can do to keep blood sugar and insulin low is positive, and that’s where Metformin can help. Cutting back on your carbs means you have to produce less insulin to maintain normal blood sugar, as well.

      Don’t despair. You’re going to be okay. I know it’s frightening to have this disease being so young–I’m only 28–but eventually you adjust to testing your blood sugar and eating this diet. In fact, the diet gets fun. I bake all the time and make really fun meals that are low in carbs and hardly affect my blood sugar. I’d be happy to provide you some websites I use if you’re interested. You’re still healthy, you don’t sound like you have any complications yet, and with proper blood sugar control, you shouldn’t get any. You can live a long, healthy life with diabetes as long as you take this seriously, and clearly you are taking this seriously. Best of luck and PM me any time.

  2. QUESTION:
    High Sugar Levels?
    85 year old Insulin dependent Diabetic who has been having variations in her sugar levels for the last 7 days. We are in UK and normal reading is under 10mml/ol but my Nan keeps getting readings of 18.7, 12.9, 17.9 and a few hours ago 12.9. She has not eaten anything she shouldn’t do and I can find no cause for this.

    I contacted the doctor who said she probably eat something she shouldn’t of. Useless. So I tested her urine with a clinitest urine strip and it came out positive for sugar in her Urine.

    What could be causing this? I was thinking of getting her a H1ABC test to check her blood sugar levels this way as it is usually more accurate. What do you think I should do? I have tried everything.
    I forgot to add she is on 18 units injected twice a day.
    She is on Novomix 30. It is sorta like a pen. It is known a Novomin Flexpen.

    Nope doctor is useless. They dont care. What could be causing this? I will get a ketone tested tomorrow for her. Thank you huns!
    She is Type 2. She is on so many different medications for Heart problems, blood disoders, Hernias, Arthritis etc that it is worrying when this happens. I’ve adjusted insulin and so far so good. :-)

    • ANSWER:
      MAYBE SHE IS CATCHING A BUG OR AN INFECTION CHECK FOR SORES…WHEN I GET SICK MY SUGARS GO CRAZY….GOOD LUCK…

  3. QUESTION:
    question i have a diabetic recipe book for diabetes uk read on?
    i have read a lot of answers concerning food!now most of you say no pasta no potato no spaghetti ect but in my recipe book it says that diabetics should eat these every day (check if you like on diabetes uk link at bottom) so why does everyone on this site say no to all of the above since i have encluded these things back into my diet i have been a lot better, my blood sugar levels have evened out and i have a lot more energy so please people don’t tell other diabetics not to eat them they could end up hurting themselves as i said check the recipes on the site it must be correct seeing they are the ones who know

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

    • ANSWER:
      I, for one, never said that.
      My advice has always been to eat a balanced diet rich in nutrients, low in fat.

  4. QUESTION:
    when do you think dietitians in the UK will catch on that a low carb diet is a good diet for a diabetic?
    I have been eating low carb since the beginning of October last year (the same time I was diagnosed with type 2). I did a lot of research and low carb eating made the most sense. I was very obese, but by eating low carb (usually about 50 to 100 grams a day) and exercising I have so far managed to lose 6 stone (84 pounds) and have brought my HbA1c down to 5.7. When I went to the dietitian last week she was very critical of my low carb eating. She said I am losing weight too quickly, not eating enough calories (I eat between 1200 and 1400 a day) and I am not eating enough carbs. I tried to explain to her that diabetics in America are finding it much better on their blood sugar levels to limit their carbs. I got a earfull about your body needing those carbs, etc… I agreed after much argument to have at least 100 carbs a day and 1500 calories… *Sigh* She asked me if I was prepared to eat the way I have been eating since October for the rest of my life, I told her that, yes, I was perfectly happy to as I don’t feel like I am missing out on too much… She didn’t aknowledge my answer at all… Probably because that wasn’t the answer she was expecting!!!! So, do you think dietitians in the UK will ever get on board with the low carb diet for diabetics? Thanks for your reply!!!! :0)
    Micksmixxx, Hmmm… I wonder how she didn’t learn this then!!! The dietitian said and I quote, “We don’t believe that anyone should eat a low carb diet!”. I must have ended up with the one dietitian that missed those lessons!!! Thanks for your reply, Mick!!! :0)

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, congrats on your hard work and your fab numbers.

      There is no one-size-fits-all answer for diabetes. I am glad you have found something that works for you and you should continue with what works.

      Unfortunately, many dietitians seem to think that there IS a one-size-fits-all solution and worse, that that solution is low fat high carb. This is mainly because for 30 years, medical science has been obsessed by the idea that fat is bad for you. And because diabetics have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, they were told to go low-fat. The trouble is that low fat by default is high carb.

      As diabetes is primarily a disease of carbohydrate intolerance, why would you give a patient the exact thing that is toxic to them? It is like giving nuts to a nut allergy sufferer. Hey why not right? Nuts have lots of good, heart-healthy fats and are in general good for health. But not if the person is allergic to them!

      So please continue doing what works for you. I only listen to dietitians if my blood glucose meter also agrees with what they tell me. So I listen quite selectively. For example, my dietitians keep telling me that I don’t have to inject insulin to eat cherries. Because that is the answer given in their book of knowledge. But my blood glucose meter tells me that 15 cherries will raise my blood sugar by 3 mm/ol. Of course, I listen to my blood glucose meter rather than the dietitians.

      Your dietitian is also wrong about the body needing carbs. The body needs zero carbs a day to survive. You might hear them telling you ‘the body needs 130g of carbs a day to function’. But this is wrong. The body need 130g of GLUCOSE a day to function. It can get all of that glucose perfectly fine from protein.

      Please don’t let this dietitian’s ignorance keep you from maintaining your great numbers. She is just parroting what she has learnt from a book and it is all theoretical to her. But it is your diabetes, your life, your organs, your risk of complications.

  5. QUESTION:
    Where can I get list of foods (for a week’s diet plan) good for a diabetic person?
    WITH ALL DIET COMPONENT AVAILABLE IN THE PHILIPPINES.
    My dad, 47, has a diabetes (type 2) and I wanna give him his weekly diet plan from now on after he has reached a sugar level (?) of 14 recently. All the food should be available in our country, or at least here in Asia. All I found on-line were either UK- or US-based.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are few sites….. Hope this might help you

      http://www.diabetesinfocenter.org

      http://www.cooksrecipes.com/category

      http://www.healthy-diabetic-recipes.co.u…

      http://www.recipeland.com/recipes

      http://www.diabetesthesilentkiller.com

      http://www.bellybytes.com/recipes

      http://diabeticrecipes.blogspot.com

      http://www.worldfamousrecipes.org

      http://www.netwellness.org/healthtopics

      http://www.seniormag.com/links

      You can also buy the cook books from the following website.

  6. QUESTION:
    dysarthria – uk?
    My father in law is currently in hospital.

    He is diabetic and his blood sugar levels are up and down.

    At times his speech is slurred (dyarthric).

    He also has fluid on his lungs, due (we belive) to congestive heart failure.

    He has had a brain scan that has ruled out a stroke (so there is no problem with Broca’s area of his brain). Could the dyarthria be related to the congestive heart failure?

    To be honest, I have no confidence in the hospital that he is in – it has no specialist areas whatsoever.

    On Friday, he had a lumbar puncture. The results will be sent to Edinburgh, but won’t be back for at least a week.

    The only reason that I know about dyarthria is that it is part of my remit to teach in relation to language and the brain.

    Naturally, everyone who is related to him is worried.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      My mum had heart failure and towards the end it made her very forget full and how you have discribed above, they said it was probably due to narrowing of the vessels in the body particular to the brain…

  7. QUESTION:
    What’s the best breakfast cereal for a Type 2 diabetic?
    I also have raised cholesterol so have been having an oat based cereal as this is supposed to help with cholesterol levels, but looking at the ingredients, note it has added sugar!

    Is there anything that has nothing added, but may help with cholesterol?

    I’m in the UK.

    • ANSWER:
      Porrage

  8. QUESTION:
    I think i have Diabetic Ketoacidosis – when do I go to hospital?
    I’ve been awake throughout the night so far (im in the uk) with very high blood sugar levels (in US we’re talking 300+) and I feel really sick , as if I’m having to stop myself from vomiting. I feel very similar to when I got DKA a while ago. I don’t know how serious this is but I just checked for ketones and the test stick came out as very high (maximum). What do I do?? I don’t want to wake my parents but I’m kinda worried.

    • ANSWER:
      Wake your parents up, go to the ER. Now.

  9. QUESTION:
    How can you get an insulin pump in the uk?
    Hi my girlfriend has been a type 1 diabetic for the last 8 years and during that time shes not managed to keep her blood sugar levels constant for more than a few days at a time. Its not for lack of trying. Shes tried different diets and different amounts and times for insulin but nothing has worked for very long. We’ve been aware of insulin pumps for a while but each time she brings it up the specialist nurse says shes not suitable (i personally think they want to save money). We found out last week that shes pregnant and shes very worried that she could loose the baby because of uncontrolled blood sugar levels. Can anyone tell me how we can get an insulin pump in the uk, i’m willing to pay privately if need be but i’ve no idea if the insulin/supplies for the pump can be provided on the nhs. Has anybody else had problems asking for an insulin pump from their nurse?

    • ANSWER:
      These sites might be of some use to you….

      http://www.diabetes.co.uk/insulin/Getting-an-insulin-pump.html

      http://www.medtronic-diabetes.co.uk/?gclid=CICe9MK4sZQCFQ6S1QodzxcitA

      http://www.mypump.co.uk/page7.htm

      http://www.minimed.com/mmStore/

  10. QUESTION:
    diabetic coma?
    i’m a newly diagnosed diabetic with type 1 diabetes. I’ve learnt all the basics and such and how to handle different situation but i was wondering how long your blood sugars have to be high to go in to a coma and what level your blood sugar is at. I live in the Uk by the way if that helps in any way :) I know about hypo’s but i’m still unsure about high blood sugars. Any information is greatly appreciated :) Thanks!

    Also i’m 15.

    • ANSWER:
      It appears you a bit confused about different diabetic conditions. High blood sugar will very rarely lead to a diabetic coma – it will lead to ketone acidosis as explained in detail by another poster. However, ketone acidosis and another high glucose condition (hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic syndrome) can lead to a coma – again very rare for a coma to be induced by high blood glucose.

      A diabetic coma is usually the result of extremely LOW blood sugar. Too much injected insulin drives blood glucose down. If not corrected (glucose tablets, juice, glucagon shot), a person will eventually pass out. The brain starts to shut down due to lack of energy – coma – immediate medical attention required.

      Everybody is different as to when they will pass out due to low blood sugar. I have experienced blood sugar levels as low as 34 without passing out.

      Whatever you do, don’t confuse hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). Research them and understand them. Know the symptoms. Always carry glucose tablets with you.

  11. QUESTION:
    She’s diabetic, are we treating her right?
    My brother’s new girlfriend is a recently diagnosed type 1 diabetic. I also have the same type of diabetes. I’ve been diabetic for over 20 years but I have never had a hyperglycemic fit. (Hypoglycemia on the other hand is a close friend of mine). She started showing signs of a hypo about half an hour ago (crying, covering her face with her hands, laughing at nothing and being drowsy) so I tested her blood sugar and it was 25.4 mmol/L (uk) or 457 mg/dL (us). This is a hyperglycemic fit, isn’t it? How do I treat this? If my blood sugar was at this level I would take some extra fast-acting insulin (we are both on Novorapid) but I take a lot more insulin than she does, so my extra dosage would probably kill her. I’ve given her some water and made her take her long-lasting insulin (which was due anyway (Levemir)) and she seems to be coming round a little but is there anything else I can do? I have absolutely no idea! I’ve never seen a diabetic with such a high b/s level before. Any help you can give would be great. I rushed this so sorry for any mistakes.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you did well giving her extra insulin and water. You definitely need to check her ketone level and keep the water in her. If she has any ketones whatsoever have her drink lots of water every half hour or so to flush the ketones away. Also you need to be checking her blood sugar every two hours to make sure it is going down. If her blood sugar is still high when you check it have her take some more insulin. If you can’t get it to come down and she is not doing any better than you need to take her in to the emergency room and have them to an IV drip to flush out the ketones. Actually, my doctor said that you can ask your family physician if they can do an IV drip and go there, it’ll be much cheaper probably and more convenient. I hope this helps and I hope you can get her blood sugars down!

      P.S. I have type 1 diabetes and this is what I would do if I had her problem.

  12. QUESTION:
    Please answer if you know about GESTATIONAL diabetes UK?
    I have been diabetic my whole life, but have controlled my glucose levels (and yes, I test several times a day) by eating a low carb diet and taking metphormin. I am now over 5 months pregnant and on insulin. I understand this is perfectly normal for a diabetic who becomes pregnant.

    This question is about what insulin dosage is normal. I was speaking to a friend today who is type 2 diabetic and just had a baby. She told me her dosage after meals was around 10 or 12 units by the time she had the baby

    Mine however, at just over 5 months pregnant is already 40 units after meals. My readings in UK measurements after a meal and 40 units of insulin are normally between 6.5 and 8 then my levels tend to drop quite quickly. Once as low as 2.1within about 3 hours of eating.

    I thought this was okay until my friend expressed shock at my high insulin dosage. While her readings weren’t as level as mine while she was pregnant, she was on a much lower dosage.

    So my questions is, is it normal for a type 2 and/or gestational diabetic to be on such a high dosage, or should I be aiming for a lower dosage? I control my own dosage and my doctor has always said my dosage would go up and up throughout the pregnancy, but didn’t really clarify by just how much. I haven’t seen him for about a month.

    I don’t eat extra-large portions, or sugary things. I try to eat only brown bread (though not every time, sometimes it just isn’t possible especially if I am eating out) plenty of veg, and try to have a banana or an apple as a snack in the day. If the pregnancy cravings are driving me insane I have a packet of crisps or some toast with low sugar jam.

    Is there anyone else out there who was a pregnant diabetic who had similar concerns? I am very curious if my dosage is abnormally high? And whether my high insulin dosage is causing me to have the hypos?

    Please only answer if you know about Gestational Diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no fixed dosage for gestational diabetes. Many patients do not require insulin. Some require small doses others require large doses.

      Once again: There is no fixed dose which is administered to all patients with gestational diabetes. The dosage of insulin depends upon the individual patient’s sensitivity/resistance to insulin.

  13. 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.

  14. QUESTION:
    For Girls: Is it true……………?
    that the natural smell of a male body is far more sexually potent than the deodorant he uses to mask it?

    DID YOU know that the odour of your man’s body is probably what makes you want to touch him? You may scoff at the idea, especially since there is such a plethora of products to disguise this- deodorants, body washes and creams. But the reality is that the natural, unscented smell of a male body and sweat is far more sexually potent than the Axe spray he applies to mask it!

    According to a study by the UK-based Social Issues Research Centre, females often get attracted to the scent of male sweat. Our bodies release certain chemical substances, called pheromones that are sensed through the nose and trigger sexual urges in prospective partners. These are secreted by sweat glands largely present in underarms, nipples, genitals, and outer ears.”

    Body odour often influences a partner’s sexual behaviour and women are more receptive to it,” says Dr ( Col) V K Wadia, consultant, psychosexual medicine. ” During a sexual intercourse, specific odours are secreted by men and it’s a woman’s perception how she gets influenced by them,” he adds.

    Not only is body odour significant in sexual behaviour, it plays a decisive role in mate choice as well. “Men and women tend to prefer the odour of individuals who are genetically dissimilar to them,” says Dr Anoop Misra, director, department of diabetes and metabolic diseases, Fortis Hospital.

    This reduces the chances of inbreeding and renders offspring more resistant to diseases and infections. However, odour preferences can vary according to hormonal changes. “Studies say that women often prefer the odour of men with good parenting skills in the ‘fertile period’ or the postmenstrual phase,” says Dr Misra.

    ON THE other hand, men find women more attractive during ovulation. This is mainly due to the specific odour of women in that period. It has also been found that women who are emotionally bonded with their partners perceive the odour of other men less pleasant.

    So, what makes our odour so specific? Usually when we perspire, sweat reacts with bacteria present on our skin. This releases some chemicals, hence causing body odour. But it’s not just an outcome of sweat. “All of us have a signature odour. This uniqueness is marked by genetics, diet, age, gender, hormones, and environmental factors,” says Dr Sushila Kataria, senior consultant, internal medicine, Medanta – The Medicity.

    This explains why babies smell different from adults, and how odour changes with the onset of puberty. This also explains why some of us have specific unpleasant odours. Bad breath or strong sweat can be a sign of underlying physical problems. “Patients with diabetic ketoacidosis can have a fruity odour in their breath and skin,” says Dr Misra.

    Diabetic ketoacidosis is a condition of excessively high blood sugar level that leads to formation of chemical substances called ketone bodies. Their presence causes the typical smell. The best way to prevent is to keep one’s blood sugar levels in control.

    “In case of chronic kidney problem, or dysfunctional kidneys, the patient’s body odour may resemble that of ammonia. This is because such patients retain more wastes or urea in the blood, that spreads to skin and evaporates with sweat,” says Prof ( Dr) S C Tiwari, director, nephrology, Fortis Group of Hospitals.

    Moreover, a musty odour in hair, breath or skin could be a sign of a genetic disorder called phenylketonuria (PKU). Left untreated in early childhood, it could lead to mental retardation or brain damage later. “Similarly, bad breath could be a symptom of non-healing ulcers in the throat, lungs or respiratory tract,” points out Manoj K Goel, director, pulmonology, Delhi Heart and Lung Institute. Bad breath could also be sign of bacterial pneumonia and chronic bronchitis.

    “Cough accompanied by foul smell may be a symptom of lung abscess. Such infections pose immense risks as these could result in cancer if left unattended,” he cautions.

    • ANSWER:
      I get aroused by the smell of a really good cologne!

  15. QUESTION:
    Negative urine test but one high home meter reading + symptoms – Could it still be diabetes?
    I have posted here before but wanted more specific advice now.

    Background, my son is 6. For the past 2 weeks or so he has the following noticeable symptoms, been picked up not just by us parents but other relatives:

    * Increased thirst
    * Increased appetite
    * Increased urination
    * Irritability/weepiness
    * Has had small accidents, mostly in the night but a couple of slight ones in the day
    * Looks to of lost weight (not confirmed since we don’t weigh him routinely)
    * Has itchy inner thighs

    His father has Type 2 and so we have a blood sugar monitor at home, tested him randomly and got a 12.1 (218), which is above the level needed for diagnosis of diabetes. I’ve never seen it that high on anyone I’ve ever tested, at any point, apart from my diabetic husband.

    Decided to take him to our Dr some 7 hours later, who tested his urine which was negative for sugar or ketones. Nurse there did another finger prick which came back as 6.9 ( 124), which is of course normal.

    Dr then said not to worry and just keep an eye on things.

    I do admit the following day I did test his sugar again a few times (with his permission!), including recreating what he’d eaten for breakfast the day before when I’d tested him high and nothing. All readings were pretty normal. Fasting one lower than his 4 year old sister had (done to compare) so definitely ok.

    Bearing in mind he does have active and classic diabetes symptoms, should I ask for further testing? Could it be diabetes with normal sugar levels for the most part?

    He has had symptoms on and off for a while now, whilst his random sugar levels have been going up, over a year and a bit. I don’t test him often but he’ll sometimes ask if he sees his father testing or his diabetic friend at school being tested. It was sometimes in the 8′s back in 2009, then it was in the 10′s this time in 2010 and now, with this 12.1, I’m obviously concerned there could be a spluttering of his pancreas going on and this could turn into something like Type 1 with a little longer. Does that happen?

    I have heard stories where some people have normal levels but just one or two spikes a day, which you could easily miss when randomly home testing. Is that really true?

    I’m in the UK, for your information. :o)

    Would really appreciate some help please! Please don’t question my parenting skills or accuse me of being a mean mummy for testing him – I’d be a terrible mother if I DIDN’T notice these things or seek advice when my son isn’t right! After losing a beloved Grandmother to diabetes and watching my husband struggle with the condition, I would never *wish* my child to have this condition.

    • ANSWER:
      You’re not a terrible parent. If my child were exhibiting these symptoms, I would absolutely be testing him at home with my glucose meter. Being a diabetic myself, I know how serious this disease is if left unchecked.

      I’ll tell you about a Type 1 that I know and hopefully this anecdote will answer some of your questions. She, too, was experiencing symptoms of diabetes, but every time she’d go into the doctor for a fasting blood sugar or random blood sugar test, her blood sugar would come back relatively normal. Her doctor decided to hook her up to a CGMS (continuous glucose monitoring system) that reads blood sugar all throughout the day. What she discovered was amazing. After meals, she was spiking up well over 300 mg/dL (16.6 mmol/L) and then dropping very fast. When she showed her doctor the readings, he tested her for Type 1 antibodies and, sure enough, she was diabetic. She was still honeymooning and experiencing fluctuating blood sugar levels.

      So, yes, a honeymooning Type 1 can have a few spikes a day without catching them. Once all or most pancreatic function ceases, blood sugar will skyrocket very quickly.

      Ketones would only appear in his urine if your son were in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis (he would need to have basically no insulin production and very high blood sugar – all signs indicate that he has insulin production) or on a low-carbohydrate diet or very dehydrated. My blood sugar was over 300 in the hospital and I didn’t have ketones. As for sugar in the urine, every person has a different renal threshold upon which sugar will pass in the urine. If your son is only hitting the 200s for brief periods of time, he may not get sugar in the urine.

      I would ask the doctor for an A1c, a c-peptide (measures insulin production), and a GAD (tests for Type 1 antibodies). A urine test is so ridiculously old-fashioned and one random blood sugar draw does not mean anything either way.

  16. QUESTION:
    What’s the best way to explain to a child about diabetes?
    I am type 1 diabetic and have been trying to find ways to explain to my son how and why i need to take insulin and what happens when i get low blood sugar. Just wondered if there were any others out there who have had to explain to their children about low sugar levels and what to do if things go so far that they need to get help, etc. Any tips or links to sites would be gratefully appreciated. Or any child friendly websites or leaflets in UK would be great. My son is now 8 and understands to a certain extent but i just want to make sure he fully understands in case anything happens ! Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I’m quite sure he understands far more than you are giving him credit for. He has watched you taking your injections? and checking your glucose levels? If not why are you keeping it hidden? If you are only injecting in the loo or bedchamber, it may seem to him to be a shameful act.

      You may be able to find some articles at http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes to help him to understand better. This is an American site, but should have enough information for him to learn from.

      My grandchildren have watched me inject insulin, calculate the grams of carbohydrate and inject before a meal, test my glucose level, and have major hypos and hypers in front of them all their lives. Some of it isn’t pretty, but there they were. They now know how to administer glucogon if absolutely necessary and call the medics for help. They know when to suggest I share their sodas as well!

      The insulin manufacturers have excellent sites with loads of information as do the diabetes orgs of nearly every country in the world. Try the company that puts out the insulin you are using for help on this and the diabetes org of your country.

  17. QUESTION:
    Please answer if you know about gestational diabetes UK?
    I have been diabetic my whole life and have managed to keep good blood glucose levels with diet and metphormin.

    I am now just over 5 months pregnant and have been on insulin since about week 8 of my pregnancy. I was speaking to a friend today who is type 2 diabetic and just had a baby who also went on insulin during her pregnancy.

    She was shocked to learn that my insulin dosage with meals is about 40 units (she was only on 12units with meals by the time she gave birth)

    I guess my question is IS 40 units an abnormally high dosage for 5 months pregnant? I was told by my doctor that my dosage would go up and up throughout the pregnancy, I control my own dosage but he didn’t clarify whether I am on track and I haven’t see him for a month and don’t have an appointment for another 2 weeks.

    I have also been having hypos the last 2 weeks. Could this be related to my high dosage of insulin? My readings an hour after my meals are normally between 6.5 and 8.0 but sometimes within 2 or 3 hours I will drop as low as 2.1.

    I don’t eat extra large portions and have not gained much weight with the pregnancy. I try to stick to brown bread and don’t eat sugary things. I eat plenty of veg and try to have 1 or two portions of fruit (usually bananas or apples) everyday. If the pregnancy cravings are driving me insane I have a packet of crisps, diet coke or toast with low sugar jam. I do occasionally have more than two portions of fruit if I have a hypo.

    Is there any other pregnant diabetic out there with a similar experience or concerns? I feel a little worried my dosage is so drastically higher than my friends was when she was so much further along. Should I be aiming for a lower dosage?

    Also if this matters, my nighttime dosage is much lower at 14 units. Sometimes I have a hypo in the middle of the night and keep chocolate by my bed for when this happens.

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn’t matter what anyone else’s requirements are.
      It is YOUR body. Not theirs.
      If you are having hypos, you need to cut back though.
      You need to see your doctor or diabetes nurse as low sugars are dangerous for the baby’s development (high sugars also affect the baby).
      Satisfying the odd craving is ok too as long as your sugars don’t go too high.
      Be careful with the caffeine in the diet coke. It will stimulate the baby.
      Good luck

  18. QUESTION:
    Am I better off finishing work or keeping on sick?
    First off I’m in the Uk,
    I’ve recently been told that I could be suffering from ME and have to go back and see the doctor Monday, I’ve been really run down for months and some days i can’t even get out of bed and when i do i just can’t motivate myself to do much/anything. I am also an insulin dependant diabetic, which is controlled perfect my blood sugars are always level and i eat a well balanced diet.
    Anyway due to being ill a lot I’ve been on the sick from work for ages! I’ve been told I’m better off finishing work but if I do am I entitled to any kind of help?
    Thanks for your help x

    • ANSWER:
      No stay with your job even if it means staying on the sick. Your company should (hopefully) offer you retirement on ill health grounds Don’t know how old you are or who you work for but best to hope your company will sort something out as Benefit situation is uncertain.

  19. QUESTION:
    What’s a normal blood glucose level for non diabetics upon waking?
    Hello guys.

    I’m an 18 year old male from the UK and I recently bought a glucose monitor because I thought I might have been diabetic. I’ve been worrying about it lots.

    Before I went to bed, I just had a bowl of cereal, I had about 8 hours sleep, as soon as I woke, I took my blood sugar reading and it was at 6.6mmol.

    Is this normal?
    Don’t forget I mean FASTING glucose level. 6.6 is still right for a fasting glucose level upon waking? :/
    John you said mine was below normal levels? You must be thinking that I’m indicating my levels in the US terms. I’m not, don’t forget, here in the UK we work out glucose levels differently.
    I have been monitoring my levels. For example, 2 hours after eating, my levels are generally around 6-6.6mmol.
    I just checked again, and it was at 7.2 And I ate about 2 hours ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Normal fasting blood glucose levels upon arising should be between 70-110mg/dl. f it’s below that it may be suggestive of hypoglycemia, if above 110 or higher then diabetes must be ruled out. In any case it’s good to go to a doctor for a work up. Yours seems to be slightly below the normal range, but not significantly so. Good Luck


Diabetic Sugar Levels What They Mean

In my earlier articles, I covered information about diabetes, its symptoms and how to prevent diabetes. So without going into much detail about diabetes, I will provide what fruits a diabetic person can eat and keep his blood sugar level controlled in this article.

Diabetic patients are always worried about choosing what they can eat and what they cannot, as they have to keep their blood sugar level under control. Many patients can not enjoy eating fruits because of their high sugar content. But fortunately, there are many fruits that a person suffering with diabetes can enjoy and can keep his blood sugar level controlled and to some extent even cure diabetes.


Diabetic Sugar Levels Too Low

According to Ayurvedic concepts and their evaluations of diabetes is the only disease that occurs when there is an accumulation of toxins in the tissues that result in blocking circulation. According to ayurveda there are different causes of diabetes such as poor nutrition, poor digestion, the inequity of the nervous system, mental and physical stress, and disturbance of the natural cycle.

Variety of natural resources have been suggested by an Ayurvedic doctor. Most effective Ayurvedic treatment for diabetes is exercise and yoga. Ayurvedic cure for diabetes sets out some herbs such as amalaki, neem, turmeric, etc. How are you herbs shilajit restore the balance of which causes an imbalance in our body, which are considered nutritional supplements.

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which blood sugar (glucose) levels are above normal – either the body does not produce enough of the hormone insulin, which breaks down blood sugar, or can not use your own insulin properly. Diabetes can cause serious health complications, including blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, and even loss of a limb. The good news is that if you are one of 20,800,000 Americans struggling with diabetes (type 1 and type 2 combined), there are natural methods to help avoid these life threatening diseases.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. QUESTION:
    Diabetes, Sugar levels falling too low after exercise?
    I have recently joined a gym and have lost 5 kg and feel much fitter. I am diabetic. Recently, when I train, I found that my sugar levels are falling too low. I am afraid that it might fall so low that it might do permanent damage? What is the best way to manage this?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends very much on how your diabetes is controlled. (Which also may relate to your age.) If for example you are on metformin alone, you can’t really go hypo and there is no problem. Insulin, particularly the shorter acting types, would be easy to modify to reduce the risk of hypos with exercise. Medium insulins and other hypoglycaemics are the most difficult to manipulate. However if you take roughly the same amount of exercise each day, at approximately the same time, it should be possible. In any case make sure that you have some glucose sweets always available.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is a fast food/drink to bring up blood sugar level quickly for a diabetic who’s level has dropped too low?
    My husband is diabetic and sometimes I need a quick snack to get his level up. I have been giving him ice cream, but he said it would be better to have something that has less complex sugar so that it will work faster. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Ice cream is not a good choice because while it has sugar, the fats in it will delay digestion.

      For correcting a low blood sugar, you need something that is high in sugar and low in fat. That combination will raise your blood sugar the quickest. (So the person who suggested croissants and pastries was wrong, because while those are high in carbs, they are also high in fats, and the fat will delay the digestion of the carbs, so the blood sugar won’t rise fast enough.)

      Good hypo treatments include:
      - regular soda (I get the mini-cans which have 15g of carb each, perfect)
      - jelly beans (measure them out into 15g carb portions to prevent over-corrections)
      - fruit juice
      - fruit jellies
      - gummy bears
      - glucose tablets
      - hard candies
      - have a look in the kid’s candy aisle. I find all sorts of cool things there. As long as the main ingredients are sugar, fructose or concentrated fruit juice, it will be OK
      - if all else fails, plain table sugar dissolved in water will do the trick!

  5. 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.

  6. QUESTION:
    My mother is experiencing low blood sugar level recently. Always between 2-4 is she a diabetic?
    Even though shes been to the Doctor they said it ok but she’s worried it too low. And she also had high blood pressure. I just want to know before its too late.

    • ANSWER:
      4 to 6 is in the normal range. Under 4 is HYPOglycemic. Yes she has low sugar levels.

      My sister found that if she eats a low carbohydrate food plan, similar foods daily at each meal, she doesn’t get the sharp spike then the crashing. She has been Hypoglycemic for many years, like before they let us have the meters.

      Please check out South Beach phase 2, Atkins phase 3 or 4, Pritiken, Zone – Dr Sears, Dr Bernstein, and a few other low carb food plans.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is my sugar level too low?
    I’m pre-diabetic. My doctor put me on Metformin (aka glucophage) to control my insulin because i’m insulin resistant. This morning, I took my pill and had to run out of the house to get to my 8:00am class; so I didn’t have time to eat. I’m supposed to eat with my pills, because my pills lower my sugar levels for me, but they can only work better with food, so they can actually do their job. So in class i felt very weak, tired, shaky. So when I got out of class, I checked my sugar and it was 80. Someone told me that the normal levels for a 19 year old are between 80 to 120. I felt like it was too low, even though I was in “normal range”? Is 80 too low or normal?

    • ANSWER:
      80 is fine. You were just having a reaction to the pill and not eating something. Carry something in your bag for you to be able to eat when these things happen. It will make you feel better.
      You need to be careful tho. Before you take your pill check your sugar. It is dangerous not to.

  8. QUESTION:
    Diabetes makes sugar levels abnormally high, but do they go low too?
    a diabetic untreated by insulin neglected or forgot to eat enough would their sugar levels drop at any stage? to a normal level or hypo level?
    or if a diabetic ate unbelievably healthy very low carb no sugar sort of diet?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends. Type 2 diabetics, who are not on insulin, rarely go too low. It does happen, though. But no one has been able to tell me why. I’m never been below 70 in my four year history with the disease, so hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is a non issue with me.

      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. In the scenario you present, where they don’t take insulin, the chances of having a low blood sugar episode is highly unlikely unless the patient has insulinoma, which is pretty rare. In most cases, given that scenario, their blood sugar will not come down… it could even go up because the liver can still convert glycogen into glucose even though no food has been consumed.

      Lots of variables, no absolutes.

  9. QUESTION:
    Normal Sugar Levels for a non-diabetic hypoglycemic?
    I just found out I’m hypoglycemic, can anyone give me normal sugar levels. I need to know what is too low before I eat and after I eat. I also need to know what is too high. Thanks!!
    Rinita- That wasn’t my question. My hypoglycemia has been proven. My question is what the normal levels are..

    • ANSWER:
      All reading MUST be taken after fasting (not eating) for 4 to 8 hours. NEVER take a reading any sooner than 2 hours after eating! Those reading WILL be high, and they WILL confuse you/.

      NORMAL fasting blood sugar levels are 80-120. If the fast is a short one (about 4 hours, like the time between lunch and dinner) the reading are slightly higher, like 100-130.

      8-hour fasting readings over 130 indicate possible diabetes.

      ANY reading less 75 is considered hypoglycemic. Any reading less than 55 indicates an emergency, and treatment is necessary, possibly through the Emergency Room or calling 911.

      The Good News is the Hypoglycemia can usually be corrected with a proper diet. MOST hypoglycemics are that way due to poor diet– failure to eat proper meals with enough calories. This is often found in teenage girls with a bad “Hollywood”: body image. These girls are too thin, but they think they are fat, and thus limit their own calories to make the bodies try to fit the “Hollywood” view. This is a BAD, potentially fatal, mistake!

  10. QUESTION:
    Low blood sugar readings for being a pre-diabetic?
    I got diagnosed with pre-diabetes not too long ago and I have done what the doctor said and watched my diet and exercise. I have also been monitoring my blood sugar levels. Some have come out in the 130′s a few hours after eating and some have come out in the 60′s. The lowest I have gotten so far is 58. Is it possible for someone with pre-diabetes to have low readings also? I usually don’t feel too weird when I get low readings but when I get in the 130′s I start feeling lightheaded, dizzy, and my breathing gets harder and faster.

    • ANSWER:
      there is a really good web site that you can visit that tell you all kinds of things about diabetics it is www.dlife.com

  11. QUESTION:
    How do you know if your blood sugar is too low?
    The reason I ask is because I believe I have hypoglycemia, but it seems to be an uncommon occurrence in people without diabetes. I have had all symptoms of hypoglycemia, and when I do not eat for long periods of time I feel like I’m drunk, my hands shake, and its hard for me to focus. I crave sugar alot (although that could just be a bad diet habit :p) and I recently bought a device to test me blood glucose levels. In the morning my glucose levels have been normal (from 75-95), but it does seem like they are low when compared with others in my family who have also tested themselves. After eating a large meal my blood sugars still rarely rise more than 100, and are generally between 75-95 still. For ex: 1 or 2 hours ago for lunch i ate a bunch of grapes, tomato soup, 2 vegetarian sausages, and then some chocolate xp I just tested my glucose levels and it read 87. This morning before breakfast it was 79. I guess my question is are these levels low? There are articles online which say after eating it should be no more than 140, but it doesn’t say how high they should be.
    Btw for more background info im 19, 120 pounds, and there is some history of diabetes on my dads side, though he himself isnt diabetic

    • ANSWER:
      Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia can vary from person to person. As the glucose levels in your blood go very low, the symptoms become more severe. The normal range of sugar levels in your blood usually should fall between 70-110 mg/dl. The articles online are correct after eating a large meal it should be no more than 140 but you can go up to 180 and stilll consider this normal after eating a large meal for a non-diabetic. You are within normal range but can get your number from an Ac1 blood test that your physican can administer in order to track your blood glucose for the last three months which can be helpful in order to determine if your levels are low.

      If your sugar levels are marginally lower(60-65 mg/dl) then the low blood sugar symptoms normally experienced are nausea, hunger, anxiety, trembling, nervousness, excessive sweating, palpitations and numbness in your limbs and craving sugar this is also a symptom of low blood sugar as your body is lacking the glucose. If you are experiencing these symptoms then you need to get that A1c test and other more specific testing for low blood sugar as explained below.

      There are two main types of non-diabetic hypoglycemia. The first one is called Fasting Hypoglycemia, which occurs after going without food for long periods of time. Most cases of non-diabetic hypoglycemia come from fasting and are usually ignored because people just assume that the symptoms are just normal effects of hunger instead of an illness.

      Fasting hypoglycemia will also occur as a result of hyperinsulinism, a disorder wherein the body produces too much insulin, resulting in a rapid depletion of the body’s glucose leading to sudden lowering of blood sugar. Hyperinsulinism usually results from abnormal development of certain hormones.

      The second type of non-diabetic hypoglycemia is called Reactive Hypoglycemia, which is still undefined these days as the causes are not always clear, or hard to pin-point. Currently, the most common cases came from people who underwent stomach surgery and developed problematic blood sugar levels afterwards. There are also disorders that affect the way the stomach processes glucose which result in reactive hypoglycemia. There are also a large number of hypoglycemia cases with causes that are still unknown, which get considered as reactive types.

      Admittedly, non-diabetic hypoglycemia is rarely diagnosed properly, since hypoglycemia is usually attributed to people who suffer from diabetes, placing it well under the radar of non-diabetic patients. However, some physicians will do tests on your blood when sugar levels drop and they will look for symptoms if suspicions arise. If you exhibit hypoglycemia symptoms, they may give you some medication or quick fixes to increase your blood sugar levels and if the symptoms go away, they will assume that you have hypoglycemia and further tests will go underway. A caregiver may put you on a 72 hour fasting diet to check how low your blood sugar levels will drop, followed by a mixed meal test to see which specific meal caused your glucose levels to go down. Finally, additional blood testing will be done to find out the exact cause of the hypoglycemia.

      Treatment of hypoglycemia is an ongoing process, remember to have a good diet with evenly spaced out meals every 2-3 hours apart. Also exercising can really help in keeping this condition under check.

      A lot of symptoms of low blood sugar have common signs as other diseases. You are experiencing symptoms that need to be checked, do consult your doctor for treatment.

      Hope this helps.

  12. QUESTION:
    Husband had diabetes and sugar is low constantly?
    My husband is constantly in low sugar. He is diabetic and has to inject insulin. I will make him a big healthy dinner and an hour later, his sugar is 30 or 26 or something. It’s like this all the time! We have 2 young kids who witness daddy acting like a crazy freak. I am at my wits end and don’t think I can continue this. When his sugar drops, he will start stumbling around and falls on the floor, or knocks into walls, coughs really loud and barks like a dog. He says crazy things that doesn’t make any sense. He either is that way or really really mean. He will start screaming and yelling at me and call me a bitch and a whore. The kids see and hear all of this. And I have to help him. I have to get sugar and pour it into his mouth. Sometimes, he resists my help (because he’s so out of it) and I have to literally force feed him.

    I am sooo fed up. It has happened twice today, last night too. It’s all the time and I need some advice. Why can’t he keep his sugar levels up?
    Husband has diabetes, not had. Sorry
    Thank you for all of the replies. I now think his insulin is either a. too strong or b. he is taking to many units when he eats. He has a doctor appointment tomorrow. Unfortunetly, I can’t go and explain exactly what happens to him, to the doctor. He is just going to have to explain it to him, the best he can.

    • ANSWER:
      SERIOUS SERIOUS SERIOUS! He is producing to much Insulin and your husbands dr is a nut if he is letting this happen.

      Sounds like he is taking to much Insulin compared to what he is eating. You dont take the same amount all the time. He needs to talk to his dr about how to adjust his dosage.

      He could have a stroke and be in a diabetic coma. You cant expect someone that is mentally-medically unable to make the right choices. YOU NEED EDUCATION to help him.

  13. QUESTION:
    Is my sugar levels bad? I’m not diabetic but I check my sometimes?
    My mom is a diabetic and she was also pregnant with me and she got “pregnant diabetes”
    so i know i’m at higher risk
    but sometimes when she checks her (she has one of those home ones where you prick your finger and put it on the strip etc) and she checks mine too

    every time I’ve checked mine mine has been in the 80′s
    accept one time it was in the low 100′s
    but I had just ate less than 20 minutes before

    also I’m 16 years old, eat pretty healthy and I’m not over-weight
    I’m 5’3 weight 116lbs
    and i excerise almost day

    • ANSWER:
      Not only are your levels normal, they are truly, wonderfully, *perfectly* normal.

      By that I mean that there is a fairly wide range of what is considered “normal”. The closer you get to the high end of “normal”, the closer you get to pre-diabetes and full-blown diabetes territory.

      But you are nowhere near that. I have read in several places (such as http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/16422495.php ) that 82-85 is the “ideal” perfect non-diabetic blood glucose level.

      You are as good as it gets! :-)

      (great job with the weight and daily exercise, too.)

  14. QUESTION:
    Am I a pre-diabetic; sugar level: 123 after 12 hr Fasting; read on please..?
    Recently my Dr’s nurse called & informed me of my lab results: sugar: 123 -after no food nor drink for 12-hr. period; she told me: “Your sugar is a little high -so watch your Sugar (intake) I thought she meant; I did not think to ask her IF that meant that I was pre-diabetic or what. I checked my sugar late one afternoon since then & it was: 132; I’d had serving +? soft drink, but previously my sugar stayed around 120 or mostlly 110 & lower, around 95-100 lots of times. I don’t have tester & chek mine, once in a while at my Mom’s, as she is a Diabetic & takes insulin shots twice per day. I take Zyprexa, 2.5 mg. daily, for few yrs. now; am bipolar, & as u probably know: side effects of Zyprexa is often: diabetes and high cholesterol too, i believe and now my cholesterol level is 253; just a few yrs. ago my former Doc said that ” it can’t be any better than my (cholesterol level) was. now i’ve been takin statins approx. one mo. now (generic zocor, 10 mg. daily).thanx!

    • ANSWER:
      you are probably not a diabetic yet. The lowest form of type 2 diabetes is call a diet controlled diabetic. If you sugar was still ok after you ate food then you are probably not there yet. However, lets examine the evidence. You have a family history of insulin controlled diabetes, you had a glucose test that was a little high, and your cholesterol is way too high. I would say that you are a pre-diabetic in that aspect that although you don’t have it now your family history and lifestyle choices mean that you will get it in the future. However all is not lost. If you monitor your food intake and stop eating sugar or high progressed simple sugars (like bread rolls and pasta) then you can most assuredly stop this from happening. Also you will be able to control the cholesterol and save your self from a triple bi-pass later. No other way to do it I am afraid. Go luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    During high blood sugar level above 300 could a type 2 Diabetic take Actrapid Insulin to lower it immediately?
    Oral one work too slow. During stress and andrenalis rush blood sugar to rise suddently. To prevent stroke, blindness and heart problem I was told taking by syringe directly into your blood stream insulin will protect you from stroke, blindness and other problems when the blood sugar level suddently shot up. Is it safe? Any of you have done it? Does it work to protect your body from harm?

    • ANSWER:
      You should never inject insulin into your blood stream. This is a short acting insulin. You need to consult with a physician. Diabetes and its medications are nothing to experiment with.

      WHo ever told you injecting into your blood stream for protection obviously has no idea of what they are talking about.

      Do you have a prescription for this? Please see a doctor and dietician in regards to your diabetes.

  16. QUESTION:
    Does Green Tea or supplements Lower Blood Sugar?
    I have recently ordered Gree tea supplements after reading online article that said it can lower blood sugar level in pre diabetic and diabetics.Has anyone tried and see the difference in blood sugar level?did you also notice some weight loss too?Can you share your experience?Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Can a diabetic whose blood sugar drops appear to be like someone with dual personaility disorder?
    I recently started dating a guy who I like very much. He is also funny, sweet, generous, etc. However, we recently stayed overnight in a hotel. He started sweating heavily in his sleep, woke up at 3:30 AM and started sleep walking. It really scared me. He had a glassy look in his eyes, started singing a song, peed on the floor, and called me a bitch. This all scared the hell out of me. I never saw this side of his personality and now I am afraid to be alone with him. He does have a history of childhood abuse and is a former marine. When he looked at me I didn’t even know who he was. His personality was totally different and I was frightened he would hurt me.

    He claims he just needed sugar, etc. however I am petrified should this ever happen again. Is this type of thing typical of a diabetic who had too much insulin or does this sound like there is much more going on such as split personality disorder brought out by the low blood sugar. I en ended up leaving the hotel room and the hotel got the paramedics to come and revive him. His blood sugar level was 40.

    Does this sound like a relationship I need to leave? I am being advised to by several people but wanted to hear from some diabetics or those familiar on if this is very unusual and your impressions. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You got some really good, comprehensive answers and I’ll just add a little bit. I am a Viet Nam vet and part of what you experienced struck me as very familiar. I believe he may (if he has been in any combat situations) have been experiencing PTSD in addition to very low sugar (40). A level of 40 is very scary for me, but in my case, I haven’t had any violent episodes, thank God. The urination on the floor stands out for me as that was one of my signs of PTSD over twenty years ago. He definitely needs to check his sugar before bed and if it is anywhere near approaching the low range he needs to get some carbs in him. Contrary to what one poster said, low sugar does NOT excuse the behavior. He needs to be managing his sugar better or he is a danger to himself and others. Your actions may have saved his life. Now, if you are serious about him, is the time for a long, serious talk and plans for what to do about making sure an episode such as this doesn’t happen again.

  18. QUESTION:
    i would like to know how to prevent or lower down sugar level in the body ?
    i have this wound and when i clean it, i place the cloth at my side and after a while, i saw black ants and doing some party on the cloth that i used to cover my wound. My skin also turns to red easily after i am scratch mildly by my friend or if the surroundings is too cold… Does this mean i am diabetic or have high sugar level? how can i decrease it to prevent being diabetic? Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      The amount of ants that drink your blood is a poor indicator of blood sugar levels. Get tested with a proper glucose meter with a doctor to determine your blood sugar levels. If having major skin issues contact a dermatologist.

      As for maintaining blood sugar levels, avoid starches/carbohydrates/sugars. Also Kidney Beans/Kidney Bean extracts suppress the enzyme that the body uses to process carbohydrates, thus preventing the amplitude of blood sugar level spikes after eating carbohydrates/sugar

  19. 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!

  20. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell me why i throw up when i smoke weed? Am i diabetic?
    My mate big ron never seems to be affected, even though we smoked some of da finest mexican hash. Is my sugar level too low?

    • ANSWER:
      For some people, the disoriented feeling that marijuana gives them is enough to make them vomit. You might be one of those people.

  21. QUESTION:
    Why Am I feeling low sugar symptoms: dizzy nauseated sweaty when my sugars aren’t low?
    I’ve seeemed to continuously deal with this since last May 2008 when I had my 2nd child. I was told I was gest diabetic with him and after having him i’ve fought low sugar symptoms. Never shaky maybe a little weak but mostly headache and dizzy and tired and wanting to eat us out of house and home every couple hrs as of recently and dr has checked my thyroid blood sugars etc even did a 3hr test a month ago or so and all was normal. Anyone have any idea what else IT could be?? my bp seems ok too. oh and like a sugar level i have felt it at is 104 for example. 72-75 is as low as i’ve seemed to recall ever getting and i feel pretty sluggish then that I can understand.
    my sugar levels remain around the level i already said so i seem to feel yucky constantly the last week anyway but at times it seems I eat and the sugar level doesn’t change but yea its odd. CELIAC disease not quite that’s a shitting disorder lol and issue with the small intestine I looked that up. I have no problems with that half of my body ;). ty tho.
    another UPDATE 6/28/09 – ok reading up on celiac. As far as me eating a lot I do it more so when i get dizzy to get rid of what I am calling a sugar low tho what I read its saying its a lack of carbs but I can eat a ton of carbs that makes no matter. FEEL FREE to IM me: mommy2robndax if you like.
    ooops forgot to answer: on medicines no. just my allergy meds zyrtec and flonase.
    i also never mentioned diabetes run very strong on my mother’s side of the family. my mom and her sister were hypoglycemic. my gpa was diabetic and obese lost his weight it helped then he died of leukemia. anyway.. and his brother is still alive and insulin dependent as well as one of his grandkids. my great great uncle (gpa and his bro’s uncle) was baaad diabetic on insulin.
    one LAST thing.. any gas issue or well i doubt this even affects my problem but i had my gall bladder removed 2yrs ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a condition known as “metabolic syndrome”.

  22. QUESTION:
    sugar levels?
    what is a normal person’s sugar level? if i am that, if i eat about 100 or more grams of chocolate or candy how high will my blood sugar level go?

    can i drink water to lower the levels? or what to do to not make it go too high?

    how much sugar would i have to take to turn diabetic???

    • ANSWER:
      In a person without diabetes, the pancreas can secrete the exact amount of insulin to cover what one is eating to prevent the blood sugar from raising too high. Usually, a normal blood sugar level is between 4-8 mmo/L (millimoles per litre) which is about 72-144 dL/mg.

      Blood sugar levels can be lowered by fasting (not eating. This is why blood sugar levels are low before breakfast) and exercise. Exercise and getting the good ol’ heart pumping faster increases the rate at which glucose is used in the blood, and therefore lets blood sugar levels drop.

      Consuming sugar does NOT turn you diabetic. Fizzy drinks, chocolate, sugar, sweets will NOT MAKE YOU DIABETIC. FOODS WILL NOT MAKE YOU DIABETIC, only alter your blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes means your body can’t make insulin to let your body use sugar, letting it build up in the blood, which is why undiagnosed diabetics have high blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetics DO make insulin, but not in a format that the body can use.

      I hope this answers your question =]

      x

  23. QUESTION:
    Help! How much insulin to lower diabetic’s blood sugar?
    Here we are, on vacation, and hubby’s blood sugar has gone to 376. I increased his dosage of Lantus another 10cc–total =25cc. After a couple of hours, his blood sugar is at 370–How much to lower it? He normally takes 8mg of glimpiride and 12cc of Lantus–and his levels are in the normal range. Unfortunately, he ran out of the glimpiride -now he’s running way too high. Is there a doc out there with advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Lantus is a long acting insulin. Results on blood sugar from taking increased doses of lantus will not start to be seen for hours. In addition to this, if you would happen to give him too much, it would affect him for 12-24 hours, so it is critical that you do not give a diabetic too much long acting insulin.

      You either need to be patient or get him to a care clinic for evaluation by a doctor. Something might have to be done if he does not have his oral medication.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can you explain this?? Impaired glucose tolerance and low sugar?
    I’ve been told I have impaired glucose tolerance for nearly 20 years. I’ve had gestational diabetes 3x. I don’t understand it. Even when I was 16, if I had a regular breakfast (40g) of carbs, I’d fail the sugar test. Even when I was 25 and a size 2, I failed the test. It seems no matter what I do, my sugars go up. I watch what I eat, no fruit juice, simple sugars, limited carbs, VERY few desserts, etc. After I eat, even if the sugar doesn’t go higher than 140, 3 hours later it plummets. I’ve had sugars in the 50′s and 60′s. I get sweaty, shaky, and B**chy. The lowest I’ve caught it on my meter is 48.

    If IGT is caused by reduced sensitivity to insulin, then why does it crash about 3 hours after I eat? It seems to me that my body puts the insulin in only after the sugar goes up. It seems like it lags behind.
    Can anyone explain this to me?? If I recall correctly, my recent A1c was 5.9. I had a Slim-fast shake this morning, and 2 hours later felt very hungry. I couldn’t understand why. It dawned on me to test my sugar level and it was 181. The label says the shake had 30g of carbs (including the skim milk).

    I have a meter from my pregnancies. My mom has MODY for the past few decades, and it VERY ill from it. Her sugars are regularly 400-600. Last time she was hospitalized it was 1420. I don’t want to end up like my mom. She is a brittle diabetic. My uncle, her brother, died at 45 from diabetes. My great grandmother was a Sioux indian.

    I moved to FL and the last endocrinologist I went to told me to not come back till all of my sugars were over 200. He also said that sugars in the 50′s are normal when you diet. I think he is full of it. I had an endo at Yale that wanted to see me yearly, and now I can’t find a doctor to see me. Advice???

    The only time my sugar doesn’t go up and I avoid a “crash” is with a meal with lots of protein, like bacon and eggs. But my last doctor got on my butt about too much fats and cholesterol. My HDL is sky high and my LDL is very low. I think the sugar issue is more important than cholesterol. My cholesterol is in the normal range and I eat approx.10-12 eggs a week.

    • ANSWER:
      This forum has far too many limitations to answer your question with confidence. It does not sound as if you have impaired glucose tolerance based upon your A1C of 5.9%. Given your A1C if you have wide fluctuations in glucose – 181 mg/dL which is ‘high’ for a non-diabetic and as low as 48 mg/dL which is ‘low’ for a non-diabetic – you may very well have an auto-immune process that is affecting the alpha and beta cells of the pancreas. In addition you may have an insulin secreting adrenal adenoma. I would strongly encourage you to see a competent endocrinologist as the recommendation to come back when your glucose readings are consistently over 200 mg/dL is absolutely ridiculous. 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.

  25. QUESTION:
    Low Blood Sugar Solutions?
    I don’t have very good eating habits(am trying to improve), but frequently experience bouts of fatigue, mental sluggishness and the like. When I feel this way I have checked my blood sugar with a meter and it is in the 60-70s, which is too low, they say. So I have tried eating various things when it gets that low to try and help me feel better and to get it up to around 100, which I hear is good. I am not diabetic or hypoglycemic…I just cause the situation through my poor eating habits.
    My question is have others experienced this, and what have you done to help the situation, i.e. what foods do you eat to help you feel better faster and get your blood sugar up, snacks and such. It’s not easy to keep your blood continuously at a good level…it seems you need to eat fairly frequent meals and balance them properly with foods with sugars and combine them with say protein foods to prevent a quick spike in your blood sugar and then comes the inevitable crash. I’ve heard lifesavers help, and peanut butter is good, among other things.
    What are other good snacks you can carry around with you throughout the day to eat to maintain a good blood sugar level? Any other thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated, thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Could a persons blood sugar be metabolized like normal sugar?
    My girlfriend is diabetic, and we were debating this fact. I asked “what would you do if you if your blood sugar was too low and there was no sugar around for miles?”

    Then I suggested that if she drank my blood (yeah, kinda weird, but this is hypothetical) then the sugar in my blood would help raise her blood sugar level. I do realize this would probably be a miniscule amount, if at all; but I just wanted to know if it was possible.

    She disagrees and thinks that the glucose in someone’s blood cannot be used like that.

    Anyone have an answer?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, let’s see. Generally, you should start with 15 grams of glucose. If your blood glucose concentration when she drinks it is high normal, say 100mg/dL (1000mg/L), she’d have to drink 15Liters of your blood. You only have 5 or 6 liters of blood. Sorry, won’t work, unless you’re diabetic and your sugar is at least 4-5 times normal (for purposes of leaving you some blood).

  27. QUESTION:
    What is the normal fasting and P.P. sugar level? What are the symptoms of Diabetics?
    My Fasting sugar is 139 and PP sugar is 197. Am I Diabetic? If yes, how severe it is? What I should do to reduce the sugar level? My toes and lower foot has a burning sensation and it pains too. Is it because diabetics?

    • ANSWER:
      Fasting blood sugar level is 80 to 120 and post lunch sugar level is between 120-160. These are normal levels.Nothing to worry. it is curable 100%.

      Signs & Symptoms of Diabetes:
      Severe pain in calf muscles [below the knee jonts], extreme thirst, extreme hunger, realing sensation,excessive urination, unhealed wounds/injuries, sore gums, sudden loss of weight/stamina, blurred vision,etc.,. Tensions have cumulative effect on symptoms.
      Cure:
      How to activate Pancreas :
      (A) ACUPRESSURE TECHNIQUES:

      With ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while press9ng a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or after 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels.

      Give acupressure treatment-pressing intermittently not only on point no. 25 of the Pancreas but also on the points of all the endocrine glands.
      (B) Drink 2 glasses of gold/silver/copper/ iron charged water reduced from 4 glasses of water everyday.
      How to reduce excess heat and reactivate proper production of insulin :
      (A) As the first thing in the morning, drink 1 cup (2 ounces) of fresh juice of green coriander leaves. Avoid any food/drink for the next 15/20 minutes.
      (A)OR in case green coriander leaves are not available take 2 lady’s fingers (tffst) cut them in half and soak them in a cup of water. Keep it overnight, squeeze them in the morning-strain this water and drink. The sticky water covers the inside wall of the stomach and prevents sugar being sucked from the stomach. And thus helps in curing Diabetes.

      (C) During the day, drink 2 to 3 cups of green juice adding in each cup 1 teaspoon of mixture of 300 grams of Amla powder (a fruit grown in India having 16 times more vitamin ‘C’ than 16 lemons) +100 grams of dry ginger powder.
      [D] cut raw vegetables + lime juice or curds without butter + black salt, will be fine.
      u can include in Ur diet for breakfast.

      The net effect of all these treatments will be that just within 10/12 days, Diabetes will be arrested. Now go on reducing the intake of tablets, pills of insulin injections in such a way as to stop all the other medication within 10 days.
      Continue the treatment for 35 to 40 days and Diabetes will be cured permanently unless contracted again by reckless diet and improper life style.

  28. QUESTION:
    Meal Ideas … low carb for Diabetic ….?
    My boyfriend is a 49 year old diabetic … he has had diabetes since 1973 – so for a very long time. He doesn’t eat right. He watches his sugar intake “Usually” …. But I have told him his main concern should be his carbohydrate intake – as he always over does it.
    Finally he has agreed to try doing this for a couple weeks and see if this helps. His sugar levels have been all over the place …. And I have a feeling he just needs to get his diet regulated.

    I would love some meal ideas …. I know that it will be a general idea … as it depends on age, and weight and all of that. But Just a few general ideas – that would be good for him.

    Some ideas of breakfasts he could eat … normally he eats to packets of instant oatmeal … or a microwave breakfast sandwich. I think in the oatmeals for 2 packets it is like 43 carbs ? Is this too many?

    Lunch ideas ….

    And Dinner Ideas ?

    How many carbs typically is a good amount to have per meal. How many is too many /

    And any other general

    • ANSWER:
      wow 43 carbs is a lot for a day in a diabetics live … I am a 37 year old diabetic and my doctor send me to some classes on how to deal and live with diabetes so I will be sending u some info. through ur email ok?… I don’t have the time right now

  29. QUESTION:
    How long does soda affect blood sugar?
    Say if I drink 2 sodas at 6:30 p.m., will that affect my fasting blood sugar level the next morning??? I’m not diabetic, but I took my blood sugar level this morning and it was higher than it usually is. I have been sort of monitoring it since my Mom has diabetes AND I have a glucose tolerance test tomorrow a.m. Hoping by not eating sugar today it will be lower tomorrow a.m. It was 98, which is still not diabetic, but higher than it normally is. I know under a 100 is good, but 98 is too close for comfort for me!
    And to add to it, the reason I’m having the test is to check my insulin levels to control my PCOS, not to suspect diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      What you eat or drink in the evening rarely has anything to do with what your glucose is in the morning. For something with simple sugar like soda a typical person would be rid of the sugar within a few hours at most. The glucose tolerance test is not a test to check for PCOS. GT tests to see how your body is metabolizing carbohydrates. You go in fasting, your glucose level is checked, you drink a sugary drink and then your glucose is tested over a period of usually two hours. If your glucose is under 140 you’re normal. If it’s between 140 and 200 you’re considered prediabetic/glucose intolerant, meaning you’re showing signs of insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes) and if it’s over 200 you’re diabetic. You can’t beat the tests by not eating…you’ll just be hungry. To diagnose PCOS there are 3 different tests:1) by symptoms and physical findings, 2) hormonal testing, and 3) ultrasound.

  30. QUESTION:
    Confused with Sugar Levels?
    I’m confused and need help. 1 ½ year ago I was pre-diabetic 2hr GTT was 187 mg/dl. I am not overweight. I always had high cholesterol, not from my diet. I took meds and nothing happened.
    I always get severe-shakes, sugar helps. I lost my vision a lot and I have floaters. When I did my GTT I was thirsty a lot and bathroom too. But now I am more dry mouth and I don’t care :)
    my glucose monitor results are never the same. Someday I will be high (in the 200’s) post-meals and somedays I will be 70-105 mg.
    I did another GTT and my 2hr was 125 mg :(? I feel worst than last year. My cholesterol is high, my good cholesterol low and Triglyceride high. My blood pressure is 173/177. I read that if your Triglyceride/HDL is above 2, it can mean insulin resistance, I’m at 3.15. Anyways, with my recent GTT my GP wanted me on anti-depressant. I am seeing an endo soon :) Is it possible my glucose levels are all over and it makes it difficult on the monitor or GTT. what’s wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:
      You have alot going on the problem with your sugar may arise form another problem. Talk with your doctor

  31. QUESTION:
    Are these normal blood glucose levels for non diabetic?
    I am a non diabetic, tested blood sugar about an hour after eating yogurt around bedtime, it was 124. I understand that the blood glucose is actually at its peak around 90 minutes after eating and starts going down around 2 hours after eating. Around 450 am I tested again and it was 86 mg. When I woke up around 6 43 it was at 77 mg and since I thought this was too low I waited 15 minutes and tested again before eating or drinking anything and it was 100 mg. Are these normal blood glucose levels ?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, sweetheart … and I offer that as a general term of endearment. It is NOT intended to be offensive, obnoxious, condescending, or sexist … though, I must admit, I have yet to use it to an adult male, apart from my own two grown up sons … those figures are all OK.

      The reason your blood sugar level was 124 mg/dL around bedtime was precisely because you’d eaten your yogurt.

      Really, you should have waited until about 2 hours after eating to test your blood sugar level as shortly after you begin eating your digestive system is quietly breaking down the carbohydrate from whatever you eat. As this foodstuff is taken further through your alimentary canal, glucose is absorbed through the walls of the intestine into the bloodstream. This rise in blood sugar level would signal the beta cells (islets of Langerhans) of your pancreas to produce insulin. It’s this insulin that allows glucose (sugar) to be taken into your muscles and used to make energy. That’s what keeps us alive.

      You may think that the 77 mg/dL glucose level was too low, but current understanding stipulates that the ‘normal’ fasting level of glucose should be between 70 and 99 mg/dL, so you’re well within that range.

      Being lower than 70 mg/dL is only considered a ‘problem’ if you become symptomatic. That is, if it’s causing you problems, such as dizziness, disturbed vision, loss of consciousness, etc.

  32. QUESTION:
    My Diabetic Chihuahua going for cushing test!?
    My dog was Diagnostic Diabetic the last february, now he is getting 2 insulin shots twice at day, of three units. Last weekend the vet told me his sugar is high again and his leaver level is high too… thinking that he could have a urine infection and this could be the answer to what was happening to him, we did the urine test and results were negative. Now we are thinking he could have the cushing disease, what I first thought he had, but the vet told me it wasn’t necessary to to the test because he was diabetic. Tomorrow he is having the cushing test and I am 90% sure he has it, and I am so mad because I could treat it 7 months ago, but my biggest mistake was that I just believed in what the vet told me.
    Diabetes is most of the times a secondary disease, and most of the dogs with cushing (primary disease), have it.
    He is ok, but once in a while freaks out: His back hair gets spiky and he follows me everywhere, sometimes shaking .We think this is because high or low sugar level but it is so confusing, If low sugar, he wouldn’t do it after eating, if high sugar, he wouldn’t do it after exercising.
    What do you think?

    Jessica

    • ANSWER:
      I have a deaf epileptic dog. In the journey of treatments and diagnostics on him, I have learned to get a second opinion when ever medicines and testing is suggested. It has taken me 3 years and about 4 veterinarians to finally find one that I feel confident in. My collie was having troubles with her back legs when she was about two. The first vet I went to told me that she had kidney failure and to put her down. I couldn’t do that. She was otherwise a very healthy happy little girl. I got a second opinion who said it was a mild case of hip dysplasia and that she would live a full life. A third vet confirmed with x rays the hip theory. My epileptic border collie has been through three vets and they would either order expensive tests every two months or over/under dose his medicines. I finally got to this vet and with the exception of a few break through seizures may once or twice a year We have finally got him right where he can be a happy playful dog again. He is not suffering at all and we are not spending literally thousands of dollars a year in blood work and other tests. Keep looking for a vet you can trust who is knowledgeable and really has the dogs best interests at heart.

  33. QUESTION:
    Blood Sugar normal after being diabetic, why?
    I have been diabetic (type 2) for about a year now but only found out about it a 5 months ago (after becoming pregnant) I had an A1c of 12.5 needless to say I miscarried. I have been on 30 units of Levemir at night for the last 3 months. A week ago I noticed my blood sugar was very low in the morning (60) normally it is between 100 and 115 in the morning when I take my fasting BS. I spent the entire day checking rechecking and trying to get it up. I even used 3 different meters in case one had stopped working properly. Even after eating a rather heavy meal my blood sugar never made it over 130. Since that day I haven’t taken my insulin any night and have had no problems with it rising to unhealthy levels nor failing to unhealthy levels. I have been waking up to a 85 to 90 range and 2 hours after eating 135 or lower. At bed time (about four hours after eating) no higher then 115.

    What could be the cause of this?

    I am wondering has anyone ever had this happen? If so what caused it?

    I have been completely healthy no illnesses, fevers, mood changes, nothing just the normal blood sugar, if anything I feel better.

    I have searched all over the internet and cannot find any information or instances where someone has had this happen.

    I have an appointment with my doctor in two weeks but in the interim I am to stop my insulin until I see him or it get too high
    Ok, to add a little more detail. I was only pregnant for a month. My A1C was 12.5. Now, your A1C is like a 3 month record of sugar in your cells. I did not have gestaional diabetes. I had been diabetic for over six months prior to becoming preggers. Drs. said it was like I became diabetic around the december holidays of 2008. Which make since since around that time, until I was diagnosed and treated I had just about every possible symptom of diabetes… I am just bad at taking care of myself and seeing doctors… So, I did not have just gestational diabetes. I had a miscarriage on Oct. 16 2009. It is only by coincidence that I was diagnosed at the time of pregnancy.

    pls excuse my spelling.

    • ANSWER:
      You are not diabetic. You had something called Gestational Diabetes which occurs during and sometimes for a short time after pregnancy. You are probably not type 2 diabetic and was misdiagnosed. Your blood sugar returned to normal once you had the miscarriage and your body returned to normal!

      By your Avatar you look young, Type 2 diabetes usually occurs later in life!

  34. QUESTION:
    My Diabetic cat’s BG level is extremely low……?
    I test her blood at home, just started this week. I noticed she was a bit weird tonight and tested her blood sugar which was 2.5 (too low!) and gave her food which she instantly ate. Long story short, she got lower and now she is siting at 2.2. She is alert and awake, she is licking honey off of my finger. How long will it take for her blood sugar to go up enough for me not to worry that she will have a seizure if I go to sleep?Should I give her more honey?

    • ANSWER:
      I would go ahead and rub more honey in her mouth until it reads normal. Watch her through the night and make sure that she has access to food the whole time.

  35. QUESTION:
    when do you think dietitians in the UK will catch on that a low carb diet is a good diet for a diabetic?
    I have been eating low carb since the beginning of October last year (the same time I was diagnosed with type 2). I did a lot of research and low carb eating made the most sense. I was very obese, but by eating low carb (usually about 50 to 100 grams a day) and exercising I have so far managed to lose 6 stone (84 pounds) and have brought my HbA1c down to 5.7. When I went to the dietitian last week she was very critical of my low carb eating. She said I am losing weight too quickly, not eating enough calories (I eat between 1200 and 1400 a day) and I am not eating enough carbs. I tried to explain to her that diabetics in America are finding it much better on their blood sugar levels to limit their carbs. I got a earfull about your body needing those carbs, etc… I agreed after much argument to have at least 100 carbs a day and 1500 calories… *Sigh* She asked me if I was prepared to eat the way I have been eating since October for the rest of my life, I told her that, yes, I was perfectly happy to as I don’t feel like I am missing out on too much… She didn’t aknowledge my answer at all… Probably because that wasn’t the answer she was expecting!!!! So, do you think dietitians in the UK will ever get on board with the low carb diet for diabetics? Thanks for your reply!!!! :0)
    Micksmixxx, Hmmm… I wonder how she didn’t learn this then!!! The dietitian said and I quote, “We don’t believe that anyone should eat a low carb diet!”. I must have ended up with the one dietitian that missed those lessons!!! Thanks for your reply, Mick!!! :0)

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, congrats on your hard work and your fab numbers.

      There is no one-size-fits-all answer for diabetes. I am glad you have found something that works for you and you should continue with what works.

      Unfortunately, many dietitians seem to think that there IS a one-size-fits-all solution and worse, that that solution is low fat high carb. This is mainly because for 30 years, medical science has been obsessed by the idea that fat is bad for you. And because diabetics have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, they were told to go low-fat. The trouble is that low fat by default is high carb.

      As diabetes is primarily a disease of carbohydrate intolerance, why would you give a patient the exact thing that is toxic to them? It is like giving nuts to a nut allergy sufferer. Hey why not right? Nuts have lots of good, heart-healthy fats and are in general good for health. But not if the person is allergic to them!

      So please continue doing what works for you. I only listen to dietitians if my blood glucose meter also agrees with what they tell me. So I listen quite selectively. For example, my dietitians keep telling me that I don’t have to inject insulin to eat cherries. Because that is the answer given in their book of knowledge. But my blood glucose meter tells me that 15 cherries will raise my blood sugar by 3 mm/ol. Of course, I listen to my blood glucose meter rather than the dietitians.

      Your dietitian is also wrong about the body needing carbs. The body needs zero carbs a day to survive. You might hear them telling you ‘the body needs 130g of carbs a day to function’. But this is wrong. The body need 130g of GLUCOSE a day to function. It can get all of that glucose perfectly fine from protein.

      Please don’t let this dietitian’s ignorance keep you from maintaining your great numbers. She is just parroting what she has learnt from a book and it is all theoretical to her. But it is your diabetes, your life, your organs, your risk of complications.

  36. QUESTION:
    What are considered high blood sugar levels for a 15 year old girl?
    The doctor told me that my average is 80 and my low is 60 but she didn’t tell me what my high is. I just came back from a Christmas party and I feel really sick. I think I ate too much sugar. I tested my sugar and it’s 105. Is this okay? I feel really sick to my stomach. Please help! I don’t know what to do. I’m not diabetic but I’m close to it so I have one of those blood pricker things! What do I do?

    • ANSWER:
      105 is fine. It’s common for even non diabetics to have higher reading of 130ish shortly after eating a high carb meal.
      Why do you think you are close to having diabetes?

  37. QUESTION:
    Why do diabetics NEED sugar?
    So here’s the story, I dated this girl once in college and she was a diabetic…she had to always take insulin and have her blood sugar levels checked.

    I can remember several instances where she felt very weak, usually after long periods without eating, and she told me that her blood sugar was too low and needed to drink fruit juice to help make her feel better.

    I thought diabetics couldn’t break down glucose, and if that’s the case why did she need to drink fruit juice to feel better?

    Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Before I got diabetes, I was also confused about this. Here’s the explanation:
      She is diabetic, so she cannot normally produce insulin (or not enough insulin).
      She needs insulin to break down sugar.
      So, her sugar levels are always high. BUT, her doctor has prescribed her insulin injections to make up for her body’s lack of production. If she didn’t take insulin then her blood sugar would always have a tendency to be high.
      Taking insulin makes your blood sugar go down, sometimes fast, sometimes over a longer period of time, depending on what type of insulin.
      So now she needs to watch her carbohydrates (including sugar) intake. Carbs make he blood sugar go up, but insulin makes it go down. She wants to keep her blood sugar in the middle. Exercise can also make it go down, so she needs to eat more carbs if she is going to exercise. So if she doesn’t eat enough carbs and/or exerts herself too much during the day then her blood sugar will go down too low because of the insulin that she is injecting.
      If that happens then she might get dizzy and could go into a comma if it goes too low, so she needs to bring it up quickly, which she can do by eating some sugar (ie juice, candy). That is why it is important for diabetics to always carry around some emergency candy even though they (we) usually can’t eat sugary things so much. Hope that helps. :)

  38. QUESTION:
    5.3mmol/l night time glucose levels.?
    Hiya, i have slight suspicians about being diabetic so got a home glucose monitor a while ago to test my levels as i did not want to to to my doctor if it turned out to be nothing. I have had an increased thirst and very often im getting classis ‘low sugar’ like feelings.. atleast on a weekly basis, this has happened every night now too, and i am having to keep food and glucose tablets in my room to help me feel better. tonight i was feeling like the classic low blood sugars e.g: faint, headache, craving for sweets, dizzy, suden need for food, and an increase in my depressive mood. When i took my sugar levels it read at 5.3mmol/l and i have had a normal dinner like i would normally would but also had chocolate around 10 olock, is this normal? i have had some dextro tablets and feeling better now.. do you think it could be a sign of diabetes? i get problems with blurred vision ect and wonder if its all linked?

    please help me, thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Well, micksmix is cock on as ever! I’m not even going to try to improve on his answer. Good luck!

  39. QUESTION:
    transplant glucose levels, not diabetic?
    I recently had an A1c test done in November (first test ever) and my level was 5.0. I know my medicine for my autoimmune condition can cause high blood sugar so I recently started testing and most of my numbers have been totally fine 80s to low 100s. But at 10 pm less than an hour after two bowls of cereal for dinner, my glucose was 156. I was shocked, retested right away and it fell to 134. A 22 point dip in 3 minutes. So, my question, what would be considered too high for a blood sugar reading at bedtime for a non-diabetic. And should I dispose of the strips a certain number of days after buying them. I’ve had this one bottle for at least three months since I rarely test.
    I take it back, I’ve had this one bottle of strips since June. It took me 9 months to use one bottle of 30 strips.

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    Is there a correlation between low blood sugar and hypothyroidism?
    I have a non-functioning thyroid (had hyperthyroidism and the radioactive iodine treatment and am now hypothyroid) and my TSH levels are in the normal range. It was 1.25 My blood pressure was 90/53, and I usually run lower than the “norm”

    I keep having symptoms of low blood sugar and had a bunch of tests done by my doctor. I have a daughter who is a Type 1 Diabetic, so I also check myself on her meter when I am not feeling well. My numbers are usually between 61-68 when I am feeling low. My doctor says 65 is in the normal range. I know for my daughter, her range is 70-100 and lower than 70 is considered too low.

    The doctor originally suspected an insulinoma when I saw him 6 months ago and the testing then came back normal. A week ago, they did a fasting and PP insulin test on me, along with InsW and C-Peptide. I still haven’t gotten the result of the fasting (checked on daughter’s meter and it was 67 about 30 minutes before I had my blood drawn) and the PP was 80. My C-Peptide was 0.8 (lowest normal on the reference range) and the InsW was 2.5. They also did an A1C on me which was 4.8.

    I’m not sure if the blood sugar issues have anything to do with the hypothyroidism, as they are both autoimmune. My doctor doesn’t seem to be worried, but I have been experiencing what are low blood sugars to me (including all of the hypo symptoms) for about six months. Should I request other tests to be done as well to try to figure out why I keep having lower blood sugar?

    I’m really confused and want to be sure there isn’t something more serious going on. Thanks in advance for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      Connection between thyroid disease and diabetes:

      “To counteract this lack of awareness, and encourage Americans to uncover their family health history to discover their at-risk medical conditions, AACE is launching a new campaign, “The Neck’s Generation: Thyroid Genealogy,” to educate the public about the genetic links associated with thyroid disease. Research shows that there is a strong genetic link between thyroid disease and other autoimmune diseases including certain types of diabetes, anemia and arthritis (2). In fact, thyroid disease affects more than 13 million Americans, yet more than half remain undiagnosed.(3)”

      and…

      “The Diabetes-Thyroid Connection

      AACE’s survey found that 79 percent of Americans did not know there is a connection between diabetes and thyroid disease(6). In fact, fifteen to 20 percent of diabetics and their siblings or parents are at a greater risk of presenting with thyroid disease compared to 4.5 percent of the general population(7).”

      http://thyroid.about.com/library/news/blneckgen.htm

      and…

      “Diabetic patients have a higher prevalence of thyroid disorders compared with the normal population (Table 1). Because patients with one organ-specific autoimmune disease are at risk of developing other autoimmune disorders, and thyroid disorders are more common in females, it is not surprising that up to 30% of female type 1 diabetic patients have thyroid disease. The rate of postpartum thyroiditis in diabetic patients is three times that in normal women. A number of reports have also indicated a higher than normal prevalence of thyroid disorders in type 2 diabetic patients, with hypothyroidism being the most common disorder.” http://journal.diabetes.org/clinicaldiabetes/v18n12000/Pg38.htm

  41. QUESTION:
    How do I know my diabetic cat is in the honeymoon phase?
    What is the normal blood sugar level for my cat?
    He tends to be in the 20 most of the time. Is that too low?
    How do I know if my cat is in the honeymoon phase? Will his blood sugar be higher?

    • ANSWER:
      ask your vet

  42. QUESTION:
    What if a diabetic fasts for 2 days without using insulin?
    Will their Blood sugar level go down do to not taking in any food (but not too low because they aren’t injecting insulin)?

    • ANSWER:
      The body has some sugar stored, and if the diabetic doesn’t eat and doesn’t take insulin, then the blood sugar RISES in the short term. In the long term, of course, the patient dies.

  43. QUESTION:
    Went to Doctor Before Expected Period, Said I Maybe Diabetic instead????
    I have been feeling preg symptoms for 15 days now. I’m supposed to get my period this weekend. I know most people don’t feel preg symptoms that I have been feeling this early on in a possible pregnancy (nausea, dizzy spells, heartburn) but I wanted to go to the doctor to see if I could find out what was wrong with me. She gave me a urine test, but I am unsure why she did that instead of a blood test since I haven’t had a period yet. She said she doubted I was preg because of early symptoms and it was most likely something else. She wants to get me tested for diabetes. They took blood to check blood sugar level, and she said that low levels could cause neausea and dizziness. She also said the heartburn was from producing too much acid in my stomach.

    A girl at work told me when she was preg with her child, they insisted she had hypoglacemia (sorry for spelling) and she wasn’t preg. The meds they wanted her to do could kill a baby, she kept insisting she was preg, and turned out she was

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly, it could be WAYYY to early to for a reliable pregnancy test. Some women just don’t produce the HCG required for a pregnancy test until they are due or late.

      I don’t think your doc would put you through testing for being diabetic if he/she truly didn’t have just cause for it. And yes, you can have the nausea and dizziness from low blood sugar. And heartburn…whether you are pregnant or not, is caused by the same thing. The pregnancy doesn’t CAUSE it….it can just be more frequent because digestion slows down.

      I am sure by the time your results come back from your testing, you will be able to have an accurate HPT and that will be before you are given any meds.

      But consider this, as well….many women get gestational diabetes. They just don’t ignore it when that happens.

  44. QUESTION:
    I think i could be diabetic? Not sure though..?
    I’ve told my parents but they pass it off alot.

    Im 15, and female.

    I get really dizzy alot, and feel like im going to faint.
    I get really happy or really sad in short periods of times, though i’ve suffered with depression in the past.
    Sometimes i get like, red spots in my eyes?
    Im ALWAYS thirsty, im never not thirsty really, which means i do pee alot.
    It seems im always hungry too, i never get ‘full.’
    The thing that worries me most is about the dizziness, cause sometimes it really feels like i do need to faint, or sometimes i just wont be able to stop shaking.

    Does this sound like diabeties?

    My parents pass it too the hot weather making me drink, being greedy and eating alot, or standing up too quick etc for getting dizzy and shaky.
    Though it has been said i could have low blood sugar levels..

    • ANSWER:
      Best thing to do for you to insist your parents to have blood tests. Hemoglobin AC1 test that will reveal your last 3 months average sugar in your blood.Tell them you really have concern.Hope your parents have health insurance for you and for them.Good luck.

  45. QUESTION:
    What’s life like as a diabetic?
    Or more specifically, a type one diabetic.
    I’m in the process of writing a draft of a book, and the main character is a type one diabetic.
    It’d be great if you can tell me the ups and downs of everything–and by everything, I mean everything.

    I know that they need to be careful with their blood sugar, and I have a friend who is a type one diabetic, so I see her carry this device around her waist at all times. (I would ask her what it is, but that would be kind of rude.) I think it’s something to determine what your level is, but I’m not sure.

    Anyways, here are some of the things I would like answered:

    1) What happens if their blood sugar gets too high/low? What are the symptoms?
    2) What would happen if, say, they had to go on for a few days without food? What would be the symptoms?
    3) What are the differences between type one and two diabetes?
    4) What are the must-have kinds of food (if any)? What’s their the main diet?
    5) What are the foods they have to avoid? What would happen if they eat it and overdose on it?
    6) Do they have to take in insulin? And if they do, do they have to carry it around?
    7) Are the needles just there to determine what their blood sugar is? If not, what else is it there for?
    8) How often do they need to check their blood sugar?
    9) Are sweets (soda, candy, chocolate, etc) okay alternatives to glucose tablets if their sugar level is too low?
    10) How often do they need to exercise?

    And lastly, because I know I’m talking like diabetics are fragile variables in an essential scientific experiment where I must know everything,

    11) What’s their lifestyle like?

    Go ahead and tell every detail, irrelevant to my questions or not; I’d love to hear it all.

    • ANSWER:
      Type 1 or type 2 are a real pain in the butt.
      The ada is not a good source for diabetes info . Got to this website for complete info:http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.php It;s called Blood sugar 101

      Take care Buff

  46. QUESTION:
    How do you lose weight if you are diabetic?
    Is being 11st and a size 14 at the age of 20 fat?

    I know I have already asked this question before but I forgot to mention the fact that I was diabetic
    I am a type 2 diabetic and I findit hard to “starve” myself when it comes to dieting cos in order to lose weight you have to basically cut back on calories. Well my sugar levels can get quite low if I don’t eat regularly or if I don’t eat enough.

    I am 11st 2lbs which is about 154 pounds. I am 5ft 8 which makes me pretty tall. A lot of my friends are slightly taller than me and are thinner than me :’(. I am an apple shape too which means I have a big tummy. Also the only exercise I do is walking since I hate going to the gym and can’t really afford it. What I wanna know is: Is being a size 14 fat for a 20 year old lass like me?

    • ANSWER:
      Not as tricky a question as you might think, however, you can do it providing you don’t expect to do it overnight. That will not happen. You must start with your doctor and have a plan to lose 2 lbs per week – that makes the goal easier because then you know how many months/years it will take. Point 1. – Never Starve. Point 2. Always plan two weeks ahead so that you do not waste any food. Point 3. Make sure you have snacks. – While I do not have a great belief in counting calories – do it anyway. I count up to 600 for my meals (and allow another 1000 for things I really can’t count – like dressings etc). I do stop at my 600 – can be done – did it – took two years – lost 70 lbs. Do not ever leave any food group out and I eat them all but limit meat to 2 oz per day and fish to 4 oz. Yes, I do have pasta – 2 oz with tomato based sauce. I love fruit & vegetables but count every single one – and space them two hours apart.

      Snacks – try a couple of walnuts or popcorn – forget the celery sticks & carrot sticks because you can eat them all the time and anytime you want. For a little flavour might try a few pretzels (only a few).

      I’m elderly and cannot do all the excercising some folk talk about but I do walk where & when I can but not to exhaust myself. That would be silly.

  47. QUESTION:
    night time hypoglycemia?
    Hi I am a non diabetic who has been experiencing low blood sugar levels at night time. before I go to bed I eat and I wake up several hours later sweating and test my glucose (i have been montoring via docs orders to see if I a diabetic) and it is around 60-70mg/dl is this normal?During the day I eat what I am supposed too. The only changes I made was quitting soda. No my sugar levels are lower and run from 65-100 throughout the day. I am not sure what is low and I am very scared about all this to the point where I dont want to go to sleep out of fear of hypo while I am sleeping. Please help I am confused thank yo

    • ANSWER:
      That reading isn’t that low.

      If these episodes really bother you, try having a SMALL snack before bedtime, one with both protein and a little fat. For instance, have some peanut butter on a graham cracker, or a glass of milk with some popcorn. Or have some salad with cheese and regular (not lowfat) dressing. Maybe you’d like to have half a sandwich of meat or cheese on whole-grain bread. Protein and fat will metabolize more slowly than carbohydrates will, even complex carbohydrates, and will keep your blood sugar a little higher throughout the night, so you will not be worrying about this issue. However, you must account for this extra food, you need to eat a little less at dinner to compensate for eating a bedtime snack.

  48. QUESTION:
    Why is my diabetic father like this?
    Hello. My dad is 47 years old. He has had diabetes for somewhere around 20 years, and he has a doctor specalizing in diabetes along with his normal doctor whom he goes to frequently. My father was never an unhealthy diabetic. He is very active, therefore he is muscular and skinny. There is no unnecessary fat on his body. He doesn’t eat sugary food, and works in the construction buisness, eating the same lunch every single day – 2 turkey and cheese sandwiches on white bread, cheese crackers (the two crackers with the cheese stuff in the middle), a diet pepsi, and some sort of fruit. He claims that eating the same thing as lunch daily is good for a diabetic, but I’m not sure whether I believe him or not. When I was younger, he never used to go into what I believe is called insulin shock. I may have the wrong term, but it is when his sugar level gets too low, and he starts shaking, and not knowing what hes saying, therefore being very persistant. He could possibly go into a coma if he doesn’t get some sort of food with sugar in it down his throat. He naps every single day for around an hour, usually after work. This has always been when he goes into insulin shock, during his nap. As I was explaining, it was a very rare occasion when I was growing up. Lately, he has been constantly going into this insulin shock. It seems like it’s once a week. My mom is always checking on him while he’s sleeping to be sure he’s okay. It’s like taking care of a baby, and he doesn’t even care. It’s killing me, because it feels like he just doesn’t care. I tell him all the time that I don’t want anything to happen to him. A few incidents ago, he promised me he would stop letting this happen frequently. It has probably happened 5 times since. It has gotten to the point where my mom and I don’t like to leave the house without him while he naps after work. It’s really effecting me. What is going on?

    • ANSWER:
      Tell him to notify his doctor about what is happening. If he doesn’t, you and your mom contact the doctor.

  49. QUESTION:
    Could he be diabetic?
    My fiance stayed up late at a party Saturday night, and Sunday he wasn’t feeling well. He figured it was because of the party, and drinking. By Tuesday he was feeling worse, and had lost his appetite, so he barely ate anything all day.

    Tuesday night, he passed out.

    This has happened about 4 times in the past 6 years, and the last time it happened, we took him to the ER. They said he passed out because his blood sugar was too low, and said if it happens again, he should check his sugar levels immediately, then drink some orange juice (or something to get his sugar back up).

    He refused to go to the ER or the doctor because he won’t have medical insurance until October (he has to be at his new job for 6 months before it starts).

    I read that some symptoms are frequent urination and drinking lots of fluids, both of which apply to him. Also, I believe that diabetes is genetic, and his grandpa is diabetic.

    Do you think I should make him see a dr or is this just a virus?

    • ANSWER:
      Is he on insulin? He wouldn’t pass out from low blood sugar related to DM unless he was on insulin.

  50. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar problems?
    I have been having very severe blood sugar issues. I’m not on any medication for diabetes and I’m waiting for my new medical insurance to begin so I can make an appointment to be tested. I have not been diagnosed with diabetes. During the week, I eat just about the same thing every day- Oatmeal and coffee for breakfast, a small snack (like crackers or fruit) on my break at work, then steamed vegetables for lunch, another snack a couple hours after lunch, and then dinner when I come home. I eat pretty healthy. But every day, my blood sugar levels vary dramatically. For example, today, after my lunch, I drank a can of Monster Energy drink, which is loaded with sugar. Shortly after, I felt sick and tested my sugar. It had dropped to 22. But two days ago, after my usual lunch, I felt sick and tested my sugar, and it was 328. I don’t know whether I’m hypoglycemic or diabetic, but my sugar jumps dramatically up and down this way quite often and I almost always feel sick. My sugar is rarely between 70-150. It’s either too high or too low. I’ve researched the issue and haven’t really seen a case like mine, except for in diabetics who take medication. Any ideas?
    John- I understand completely what you are saying. I used my mother’s meter…she is diabetic and must use it frequently. The readings are accurate for her (so I don’t see why they wouldn’t be for me), although I can’t argue that perhaps maybe THAT particular reading was not. However, I took that reading because I became extremely dizzy and disoriented, and broke out in a terrible cold sweat and could hardly walk…so there is no doubt my blood sugar was very low. But my insurance should be active within a few days so I’ll figure things out then, I was just looking for opinions on what the issue could be. I know the readings must be somewhat accurate, because I feel extremely ill when my sugar drops or rises too high.

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing to do is to do a little more research about what to eat and what not to eat I know it has to do with the carbs. I was asking questions just like you on yahoo I even posted a question last night. Today I finally went to the doctor. I also was waiting to add myself to my husbands medical insurance but it was taking too long. I found out last month and i’ve been monotoring my blood glucose levels everyday but was not taking any medication (Cause of Insurance) My sugar was in the 300′s to 400′s everyday till last night, it went up past 500. I really did not feel too sick just mainly tired and frequent urination and thirsty but thats all nothing major. But seeing my results in the 500′s scared me last night. i thought to myself what if i dont wake up. That would not be fair to my kids and husband. Insurance was a big deal for me too now i paid money for doc visit and tests that i could have used on my deductible when i do get insurance and also now I have been diagnosed with diabetes before being insured there is a chance when i get the insurance that it might not cover pre existing medical problems. But it was an eye opener for me last night. I made a decision to go to the doctor and deal with the insurance issues later. My life was more important. I was waiting for my ins so that I can go to a good doctor. Instead what i did I found a little clinic just to see doc for now and get my meds I paid 170.00 and doctor issued me generic medicines that i took to Kroger and i was prescribed 3 meds and I paid less than 20.00. Kroger has a program where meds are 4.00 a prescription. You sound just like me asking questions not knowing what to do. We really know what to do, we are just looking for answers that we want to hear and the answer we want is …..It is okay to wait. But it actually is not the right answer and I am now wondering what kind of damage has my kidneys had due to waiting too long. Just make the right decision and God Bless you.


Diabetic Sugar Levels Pregnancy

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Blood Sugar Levels During Pregnancy?
    What is the normal blood sugar level during pregnancy if i am not a diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      Blood sugar levels for pregnancy are as follows:

      Before meals: 70-100

      2 hrs after eating: Less than 120

      Before bedtime snack: 100-140

      I’m pregnant as well and just got my glucometer yesterday so I looked this up for myself. Hope this helps!

  2. QUESTION:
    32 weeks pregnancy , detected with high sugar levels.What are the safe sugar/glucose levels during pregnancy?
    HI, Im 32 weeks pregnant. During my 24th week the glucose tolerance test was negative. But the recent test showed my fasting blood sugar level to be 101 and PP BS to be 114. The Doctor has asked me to constantly monitor the blood sugar levels at home, 8 times a day..phew..and as well control on diet and exercises. What are the normal blood sugar levels during pregnancy. I have a history of PC OS and as well my mother is a diabetic. does this mean even Iam a diabetic now and what are the proposed risks to my unborn child?

    • ANSWER:
      i was had this issue with both my pregnancies my first it was untreated and she came out almost 10 ibs with my son (he is 4 months old now) i had to monitor my blood same as you before breakfast 1 hour after before snacks and after lunch, dinner etc etc… Normally its ideal if your fasting (when you wake up) glucose level is under 95 after lunch and snacks under 140 is the highest period. It is important to watch what you eat and walk alot. drink plenty of water because if not you will have a sick huge baby. Mine like i said was almost 10ibs and when i delivered her they had to break her clavicle in order to get her out and she now has seizure problems. With my son my sugars could not be controlled with diet alone i was testing at sugar levels of 240 an hour after i ate half a sandwich with only mustard and a peice of turkey. sooo i had to take medication and it still wasnt enough. finally i had to deliver for two reasons
      1. they were afraid he was already large
      2. i developed pre eclamsia.
      so i gave birth to a LARGE 6 ibs 2 oz baby at ONLY 34 weeks.
      he should have been between 4 and 5ibs at 34weeks so listen carefully and do not cheat the results could be worst then pricking your fingers 8 times a day (try doing that and then injecting yourself in the leg arm or lower tummy) it hurts

  3. QUESTION:
    Can high sugar levels cause a false pregnancy test?
    I believe I may be pregnant i’m not for sure how far along would be. I would have conceived on or around April 5 to the 10, but i’m not for sure. I am diabetic and have been for about 3 years. My diabetes are very poorly controlled and I took two pregnancy test 1 week apart and they both were negative. I am wondering if I’m just taking the test to early or if the sugar in my urine are affecting my test. I’m just curious because i’m having weird pregnancy symptoms: fatigue, lower back pain,mild stomach cramping, sore breast right by my armpit, and gas. I have had spotting but nothing major as my period is not due until April 30th. If anyone has ever had anything like this happen to them please let me know. I’m just curious as to what this could be?

    • ANSWER:
      Sugar in urine has no correlation with hcg (pregnancy hormone) and you’d get a positive (based on conceiving April 10th) on the 24th. Test again then to be sure and get your diabetes sorted rapidly or you’ll be in for a difficult pregnancy.

  4. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what its like to go through diabetic shock or when your levels of sugar get really low?
    I am in my 29th wk of pregnancy.

    • ANSWER:
      If you’re in the early stages of diabetic shock, you will most likely simply feel confused; you may also sweat a lot, and find it difficult to do simple things. If your levels are low enough to cause this, it’s time to eat something with fast sugar, like a soda sweetened with real sugar, or a glass of orange juice. Follow that up with something that is longer-lasting, so that you don’t go low as soon as the initial burst of sugar is used up.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does sugar in urine mean Diabetic?
    I’ve recently went for a 6 month ultrasound.My Gino told me that there is sugar in my urine, I’m still waiting for the results of the Gluclose blood test i’ve done. If they find my sugar levels is high will this mean i’m Diabetic for life or is it just during pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Gestational diabetes affects 3-10% of pregnancies. No specific cause has been identified, but it is believed that the hormones produced during pregnancy reduce a woman’s sensitivity to insulin, resulting in high blood sugar levels.

      Gestational diabetes generally has few symptoms and it is most commonly diagnosed by screening during pregnancy. Diagnostic tests detect high levels of glucose in blood samples.

      Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes are at increased risk of complications, primarily growth abnormalities and chemical imbalances such as low blood sugar. Gestational diabetes is a reversible condition and women who have adequate control of glucose levels can effectively decrease the associated risks and give birth to healthy babies.

      Women with gestational diabetes are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus after pregnancy, while their offspring are prone to developing childhood obesity, with type 2 diabetes later in life. Most patients are treated only with diet modification and moderate exercise but some take anti-diabetic drugs, including insulin.

  6. QUESTION:
    Sugar level during pregnancy….?
    Hi All, I am 36 weeks pregnant now and from long time (abt 5th month of pregnancy) my sugar level is approx 99, 96, 100 during fasting (but always less than 100)….and it is Approx 81, 99, 105 (Always less than 120) after food. I am planning to go for a planned c- section next week (on 4th feb 11) as baby’s cord is coming to his neck. But before that my gyno told me to visit a Diabetic specialist to get sure that we can go for a sergery as she is teling for a pregnant lady fasting sugar level should be -90 and mine is 4-5 points more. The diabetic specialist is teling me to go for insulline for another 7 days, 4 times insulline 4,4,4,2 points daily. I am still not convinced with him as i feel i have not crossed the border line of sugar and just for 1 more week should i go for insulline…? can anyone advice me if anyhow there is any harm in taking insulline for next 7 days or if i start taking insulline now will i be a diabetic patient for whole life….really worried…?….

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    This question is for women who are diabetic and have become pregnant. Did your sugar Level/Number raise?
    In my last pregnancy, I had gestational diabetes my sugar level was around 145. Since I had my son its been normal. For the last few days to a week, I have felt pregnant and have had all the signs. Then this morning, I checked my sugar level as always, and it was 245, now my number is ALWAYS below 120 normally.

    So my question is, when you got pregnant did your number raise that fast?

    Or I am imagining things?

    • ANSWER:
      As a pregnancy progresses, the body needs more and more insulin.
      This happens to all women, diabetes or not.

      Don’t worry about one strange reading.Just continue on.If this becomes a regular routine, see your doctor.

      Good luck

  8. QUESTION:
    Diabetes in pregnancy. Does the blood sugar level return to normal after the birth?
    or will the mother remain diabetic?
    It’s not about me. It’s my daughter-in-law. But thanks for the answers up to now.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!

      They call it Type III Diabetes Mellitus (DM) or gestational diabetes for pregnant women. Onset usually happens during pregnancy. Reversal happens after termination of pregnancy.

      God bless to you and to your daughter-in-law!
      sky

  9. QUESTION:
    Would pregnancy cause glucose levels to become lower?
    I am an insulin dependent diabetic. Lately my sugar has been normal with no insulin. There is a possibility that I could be pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      sugar levels can definately be lower when pregnant for a few reasons. one-it takes a large amount of energy to support a growing fetus so your body could be taking your extra glucose and using to basically grow a baby. two- your body also produces an abundance of insulin to support your pregnancy which is healthy for the baby which is why if you are pregnant you will have a higher tolerance to low blood sugars, normal blood sugars for a pregnant person is 60-100 and 120 after a meal, i dont know if you have been pregnant with your diabetes b4 but speaking from experience you need to be at the endocrinologist immediately if you are, it is so so important to have a normal a1c going into pregnancy and to keep it at a normal level throughout the pregnancy along with a large amount of folic acid thru the 1st trimester to avoid birth defects especially heart probs with the baby. your insulin needs will increase tremendously throughout the pregnancy and it is a very difficult task with many doctor visits to be diabetic and pregnant but my healthy baby girl says its worth it–go to the doctor today!!

  10. 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

  11. QUESTION:
    What is an average your blood sugar level should be durng pregnancy?
    I am a type one diabetic who just found out she was pregnant, and am working on getting the pump. However, for the time being I am having to test and inject myself accordingly. I’ve noticed that at different times of the day my blood sugar levels tend to get up in the 200′s. I catch it farely quickly, since I’m checking my blood sugars every hour now. But, I am wondering if there are any Diabetic Mom’s out there who carried to term, a normal healthy baby, even with some high blood readings along the way? And also, if anyone can tell me if there is a specific number of highness that is when it gets scary, i.e. 400-500,, etc… Thanks!! :)

    • ANSWER:
      I’m a type 2 diabetic but I’m currently on my 2nd pregnancy. My first pregnancy I was treated by Dr. Jovanovich at the Sansum Clinic, someone who is at the forefront of research on pregnant diabetics.

      The theory is that the way to ensure the best outcome is to closely imitate non-diabetic women’s blood sugars during pregnancy. Now here’s the bad news: non-diabetic women have naturally lowered blood sugars during pregnancy. So the standards for blood sugars for diabetics are lower during pregnancy than when we’re not pregnant.

      I followed this religiously during my first pregnancy and my daughter was born with no complications, 7 1/2 pounds, completely average and normal.

      Her targets were: morning fasting 90 or below, 120 or below 1 hour after eating. She wanted you to have an A1C of 5.5 before conceiving.

      My current endocrinologist gives me a little more breathing room. His targets are: morning fasting 95 or below, 130 or below 1 hour after eating.

      Low blood sugars don’t hurt the baby, but high blood sugars are linked with some specific complications and higher risk of miscarriage. The most vulnerable time is the first 8 weeks of pregnancy, so keep this in mind if you’re just starting out.

      Lastly, there’s a very helpful message board for diabetic moms:

      http://forums.delphiforums.com/diabeticmommy/start

      Lots of real people dealing with these issues. Good luck and congratulations!

  12. QUESTION:
    33 weeks pregnant with high sugar/glucose level?
    HI, Im 33 weeks pregnant. During my 24th week the glucose tolerance test was negative. But the recent test showed my fasting blood sugar level to be 101 and PP BS to be 114. The Doctor has asked me to constantly monitor the blood sugar levels at home, 8 times a day..phew..and as well control on diet and exercises. What are the normal blood sugar levels during pregnancy. I have a history of PC OS and as well my mother is a diabetic. does this mean even I’m a diabetic now and what are the proposed risks to my unborn child?

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor should tell you what’s normal. But I know while I was pregnant (I lost the baby at 22 weeks due to complications that had nothing to do with being a diabetic, even though I’ve been a type 1 for 24 years.) my obgyn and my endo told me my blood sugars should be between 75-80 fasting and 90-100 after eating. Aks your doctor though. He/she should be able to tell you what you should be aiming for. Especially if you’re testing that many times a day. Your doctor can also do tests to check of diabetes now, he or she may even want to run another glucose tolerance test. They can also tell you any risks to your baby. You’re pretty far along, and I’m sure you’ve had all the pre natal test done to check for anything that may be wrong with your baby, but just to be on the safe side, have your doctor fill you in on all the questions you asked here. That’s what they get paid the big bucks for. :) Good luck with your little one.

  13. QUESTION:
    High Blood level during pregnancy?
    I am 7 months pregnant and just told by my OB that I have a 130 sugar level. I am really worried about my baby birth defects and the risks of my baby being sick in the future. I also to become diabetic after my pregnancy. Is 130 high? should I be really worried? I am scared to death since I have never being diagnosed like that and no history in my family of these kind of conditions.

    • ANSWER:
      130 is higher than normal, but you should be able to manage with diet. My father is diabetic, and his doctors like to keep his blood sugar between 90 and 120. So, lay off the carbs, eat lots of veggies and proteins. Drink lots of water. Most importantly, talk to your doctor about this and see what they recommend.

  14. QUESTION:
    sugar levels?
    i had pregnancy diabeties with my first child whos 9months now. i was back at te doctor getting retested for the diabeties. anyway they said im pre diabetic and so im watching what i eat now and exercise often. i was told by the nurse my sugar levels should e below 6 in the morning fasting but my doctor said anything below 7is fine. What is right?? while i was pregnant it had to be below 5 fasting and i had cut everything out with sugar

    • ANSWER:
      I have had diabetes for ten years, my doctor and every article I have read on the subject shows that any reading of blood sugar below 7 is in the normal range.

  15. QUESTION:
    i am in 26 week of pregnancy and now suddenly my sugar level is 150, i am only concern abt my baby..?
    my weight also came down by 3 kgs, plz tell me how does it effect my baby … right now i am on strict diabetic diet

    • ANSWER:
      when i was 26 weeks i went for the glucose test and im sugar came out at 152 so i had to go back for the 3 hr test where they draw your blood every hour for 3 hours and i had to fast the night before.it really doesn’t effect the baby, i think if your sugar comes out over 200 then you worry. you and your baby should be fine. just ask the dr next time you see her what could happen. when i went for the 3 hr test my sugar came out normal, so your could too. dont worry

  16. QUESTION:
    Gestational diabetic moms please help?
    I’m 38 weeks and 4 days pregnant. I am having a scheduled c section on Friday. My baby is expected to weight about 9 lbs. My sugar levels throughout my pregnancy have been pretty decent with slip ups here and there. I am diet controlled. Sometimes I will get levels in the upper 120s to mid to upper 130s. Does it sound like those levels are horrible? I’ve read so many bad things that can happen when a baby is born to a diabetic mother. Any advice or personal experience? Thank you so so much!

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know if those levels are horrible or not… But I do know that the 80-10-10 diet (also known as the raw food diet) can cure diabetes type 1 and 2. I wouldn’t do it while you are still pregnant, but you could try it out AFTER you give birth…. just a suggestion :)

      youtube videos about it:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPPGpVobyNo

      and

      and

  17. QUESTION:
    Why are women with Gestational Diabetes expected to keep their blood sugar levels lower than non-diabetics?
    For instance, I have researched that a regular non-diabetic person is expected to have a fasting blood glucose level between 70-126 (3.8 – 7.0) and a 2 hour post meal reading between 126-180 (7.0 – 10.0). However a women diagnosed with GD (a faulty system of testing in my opinion) must maintain a fasting reading of 95 (5.3) and a 2 hour reading of 120 (6.7). Is my research on regular non-diabetic readings false or is something wonky going on here? Also worth mentioning, I was diagnosed with this in my last pregnancy, never changed my diet but never tested over either during any of my 4-times-a-day pricks. Any thoughts/facts appreciated, just not those who take a doctor’s word as gospel….looking for people who think for themselves.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to keep it lower because you need a cushion of safety–having a high glucose level damages your organs and tissues, and your baby’s organs and tissues, permanently. Plus, while you can be sure that a person without diabetes will quickly be able to lower their glucose after eating, so time at high-normal will be brief, people with diabetes don’t have the same guarantee. Plus, having a high glucose level for prolonged periods of time while pregnant can permanently mess up your child’s metabolism. They can end up with extra sensitivity to glucose, and insensitivity to insulin, making them more disposed to get diabetes at a younger age. The thing you have to understand is that even diabetics who religiously follow all the rules still end up with all kinds of problems and damage, because it really is that dangerous to have high glucose.

  18. QUESTION:
    Can having anxiety increase your sugar level higher than what is usually normal for a non diabetic?
    I have not been feeling right lately, kind of how i felt when I had gestational(pregnancy) diabetes but not as bad, earlier i had a bowl of honey nut cheerios with 2%milk, and 2 choc chip cookies, 1 hour 40 minutes later i take my sugar level and it is 151. this surprised me but for like 2 hours before this i took 2 mylantas and been having an anxiety attack,could this have raised it that much?Oh and yes i am getting tested again as soon as possible,Thank you for answering

    • ANSWER:
      It is normal that when a person’s anxiety level is increased (or in a fight or flight response mode) that your body will naturally raise blood sugar to allow for the extra energy your body is telling you it may need.

      However, you mentioned that you had gestational diabetes. As I am sure you are aware, because you had gestational diabetes you are at an increased risk of developing Type II diabetes. Check your blood sugars more vigilantly throughout a day to give yourself a good idea of how your body is dealing with your carbohydrate/protein intake. I would repeat this test a few times a week. Bring the results to you physician and ask what s/he thinks of them (keep track of exactly what you are eating on those days as well, and a record of what you are feeling…stress, annxious, sick etc.

      That’s my advice

  19. QUESTION:
    Can an Iron deficiency make you feel like you are having a sugar low?
    I am low in iron ( border – line anamic) and currently take iron supplements to try and boost my iron levels. I have been having sugar lows for the past couple of weeks. ( You know where you get shaky and disorientated and feel calmmy and faint) Can this be linked to the low iron levels or have I got something else wrong with me? I am not diabetic. This was the first thing my doctor sent me for ( as I was diabetic during pregnancy) but my levels have come back A-Ok every time. Each time I have had these lows, I have had water, and my meals as normal through out the day.

    Any ideas?

    :)

    PS, I am going BACK to the doctor again, another one.

    • ANSWER:
      hyper – hypo glycimic

      it is sugar / food problems

      ask doctor about it

  20. QUESTION:
    I am diabetic and think I could be prego because how I have been feeling. Will this be dangerous for the baby?
    Will this be safe????? should i cut sugar and carbs out during pregnancy to keep my sugar level down? ( I may not be pregnant because i am assuming due to feeling sick and sore breast) I did a store bought test that gave a neg result, but my cycle is not due till the 19th of december. Maybe the feelings I feel can be brought on my PMS and high blood sugar, “I am so confused”

    • ANSWER:
      High blood sugars during the first 8 weeks of pregnancy are dangerous because that’s when the organs are forming. There are some specific birth defects linked to high blood sugars during this time, and your chance of miscarriage goes way up with uncontrolled blood sugars.

      So if your sugars are not in control and you could be pregnant, get them under control ASAP. Call your doctor and get seen as soon as you can.

  21. QUESTION:
    diabeties in pregnancy?
    This is my second pregnancy. I have sugar. i went to a diabetic clinic but was too shy to ask any question and the result is that i dont know anything about it. What am i supposed to eat and how much? one more thing i feel hungry even after i have a heavy breakfast. Is there something i can eat all the time that is low in Carbo and high in Fiber? the doctor says if in one week the sugar level is not in control they will put me on an insulin. Any good tips guyz? please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, Peanut butter! I had gestational diabetes too. They said the same thing to me about the insulin in one week. My PC doctor told me to keep peanut butter with me and eat a spoonful every hour or when I felt dizzy. It has protein and it satisfies the hunger, or it did for me. None the less, I did not have to go on insulin but was put on a strict diet of 2000 calories a day. Which was good because I was a very good not to gain 60-70 pounds for a pregnancy. I gave birth weighing in at 138 pounds and baby was 5 lbs. and 7 oz. The doctors office should have given you a diet plan and had you watch a healthy eating video, surprised they didn’t? But you can google a diabetic diet for pregnancy and look at the food choices. A lot of foods that don’t list sugar as a ingredient your body will turn to sugar anyway, so it is an excellent idea to educate yourself if the doctors office doesn’t help you. Mine went away after the birth, it doesn’t mean you’ll have it forever, is a possibility, and you could be more prone to it, they should check your glucose regularly or have you check it at home (finger sticks). Good luck and have a healthy baby! Congratulations on baby #2! Tash

  22. 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.

  23. QUESTION:
    No past signs of Diabetes but a sudden BloOD Sugar hike of 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.
    Ho can it be a false reading when I was losing my eyesight too? And the dizziness?

    • ANSWER:
      As an RN and an insulin-dependent diabetic, let me ask how or if you washed your finger before you stuck it for the blood drop? I know this sounds really simple, but if you had something with a high glucose content on your hands or dried off your finger with a towel that had cleaned up a few drops of soda or something sweet, it would seriously alter the glucometer’s reading. Also, if your sugar was really that high, it would take at least an hour or two AFTER using an appropriate dose of rapid-acting injected (not oral) insulin to bring it down to 105. It sounds like the meter needs recalibrated or you simply had a false-high reading. However, you should give your physician a call due to your symptoms. Best wishes for good health.

      EDIT: As I said, you need to contact your doctor for follow-up care. Not to scare you, but there are plenty of things that can cause dizziness and visual disturbances that are not related to diabetes or even an isolated incident of high blood sugar.

  24. QUESTION:
    how necessary is glucose testing during pregnancy?
    I have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) naturally. This is my second pregnancy. During my first pregnancy I also had gestational diabetes (high blood sugar). My baby doctor told me I had to go for glucose testing and said I had no choice. The reason I dont want to go is, the sugar drink made me very sick when I took it during my first pregnancy. When I was diagnosed with Gestational diabetes, all they did was send me to a diet class and give me another sugar blood tester which I already have. I do not at all believe I have gestational diabetes, I would know if my sugar levels were as out of control as they were when I had it during my first pregnancy. Even if i had it, I know how to eat, Im already diabetic. Is it really necessary to get tested? They give me the sugar drink, make me sit in the waiting room for hours, as I feel like im going to pass out, then they take my blood. Whats the point? My nurse yelled at me today and told me I need to get it done. Is it really necessary?
    no prescription needed for test strips or blood glucose supplies, i buy them at the drug store
    Neato, that is good to know but I am against inductions. I had a terrible time when I neared my due date with my son.My doctors were trying to force an induction on me, but I refused it. He came out 2 weeks late naturally, they checked the placenta and it was great. ty tho.

    • ANSWER:
      First you say that you have hypoglycemia the you state you have diabetes .This is confusing.
      First figure out what you have and make sure to do everything you have to for your own sake and your baby’s life.

      If you have a prescription for testing strips your insurance can pay for them and you don’t have to pay out of pocket.

  25. QUESTION:
    pre diabetic question
    i had pregnancy diabeties last year. after he birth of my daughter, it seemed to go away, i got retested a few months ago and the results say im pre diabetic. i have been watching what i eat and my blood sugar levels have come down alot. mostly my fasting levels are below 6 but some days its up at 6.6 at the highest. i had blood tests done, last week and all came back normal except for the overall blood sugars which were 6.2 so im getting more fasting bloods done in a month. do you think this is high? im really worry if my blood is high and i know this dosnt help. one doctor tells me my blood levels are excellent, another tells me there high so in a bit confused..

    • ANSWER:
      Experts agree that a normal A1c for someone without diabetes is between 4%-6%; anything above that should be considered a sign of diabetes.

      Both articles on the A1c count are good. Hope they answer some of your questions.

  26. QUESTION:
    23yrs old, 1st child, 7 weeks pregnant, diabetic & sex was painful….is this normal?
    I am 23 years old, a type 1 diabetic in fair to good control of my sugar levels (rarely above 170 for past 2 months) and am pregnant with mine & my husband’s 1st child.

    We had sex tonight, and was on my hands & knees, but it felt like there was a huge cramp in my lower stomach… it has never hurt in this way before…it felt almost like I had to pee really badly, but I didn’t have to go. I have had no bleeding at all, but is this pain normal? My 1st doctor’s appt. isn’t until 4/23 and I am somewhat worried. Everyone else tells me I am overworried, but I desperately want this precious little baby and want to do all I can to ensure a healthy pregnancy and growth.

    Also I have had some mild cramping throughout my stomach/sides, etc….I was told this is from the uterus stretching (?) and all the inside changes….

    Sincere thanks to anyone who can offer help! ;)
    Wow everyone, thank you so much for all the answers && info! It is definitely easing my worries! Thank you to each && everyone!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      That pain is completely normal. I had that pain in the beginning with both of my children. I was just really tender at the beginning of my pregnancy. It will go away in a month or so. Some positions will hurt like that more than others.

      The mild cramping and pulling sensations on your lower tummy sides is your ligaments stretching to support your growing uterus. Don’t worry about that either. Most every pregnant woman has that pain. woo hooo….. fun… lol It’ll be a couple of months before that goes away….but it’s all worth it!!! :-) A VERY BIG conratulations to you! Little babies are so sweet and so much fun!

  27. QUESTION:
    Question for Diabetic Moms!?
    I am just curious to know what other women experienced during their pregnancy as far as blood sugar levels go. I thought I was doing very well but after looking some things up online, I discovered my levels are a bit high.

    What were your levels like? How did delivery go and how was the baby? I’m terrified of the possibility of birth defects…

    • ANSWER:
      I had to take a lot more insulin while I was pregnant (I’ve been type 1 for 33 years), but my pregnancy went very well. There was a lot of testing, but nothing went wrong. My labor was induced as soon as my baby’s lungs were mature, because the doctor said if things go wrong, they’ll go very wrong very fast, though diabetes is on the low end of the high risk scale. Right after he was born, my son’s blood sugar was low, they told me that was normal for a diabetic mother, as I had all that insulin in me to cover the pregnancy, and then his pancreas had to take over when he was born and there was still all that insulin in his system. They gave him glucose water in a bottle and he was fine. Stay in contact with your doctor, make sure all the tests are done that can be done, and enjoy your pregnancy!

  28. QUESTION:
    Diabetic, 4 1/2 months pregnant and my belly is HUGE! Could it be twins?
    Hello! I’m currently pregnant with our first (yay!) and I am 4 1/2 months along. I started showing about a month and a half ago, and now my tummy is HUGE! It looks like I am about 6 – 7 months pregnant! And it is also super tight….

    I have heard that is it all the organs pushing up and whatnot, but some people tell me I look like it could be twins, others say it is not that big. Being my first pregnancy, I really don’t know what to expect, and the BIG ultrasound isn’t until July 8th (an eternity away!). Also, only 1 heartbeat so far. I would love twins, but since I am diabetic, could it just be that the baby is getting really big this soon? My sugar levels have been EXCELLENT since early on, and I am keeping a watch on it!

    Please only serious people….I am not decorating the nursery for 2 based on these answers, but I am somewhat curious what others have experienced….any help is appreciated!

    Thank you to all and blessings to all you who are in the same boat! :)

    • ANSWER:
      I have heard that diabetics can have a lot bigger babies.
      When my hubby and I toured our birthing center a lady had just recenly given birth to a 15 lb baby and she was diabetic. No joke.
      Not all diabetic women have huge babies but that could be why.

      good luck

  29. QUESTION:
    ketones and pregnancy?
    I am 28 weeks pregnant. Due April 25th. This is my 3rd pregnancy and never had this problem.

    Last week I failed my glucose test

    1 hour 147

    Went back in to do a fasting 3 hour test

    Fasting 96
    1 hour 214
    2 hour 179
    3 hour 149

    So now they have me on a diet. 3 meals 3 snacks Counting my carbs grams and meat in take. I check my blood sugar levels during the day and my keytones levels when I wake up. I am doing good with the sugar levels I have problems before dinner and the 2 hour test after dinner some times. But the past two mornings I have failed my keytones test. With high levels as dark as the strip can get.

    Keytones this is what I know about them
    Ketones are produced when your body gets energy by breaking down fat instead of sugar.
    Ketones become a problem when you do not have enough insulin to control ketone production properly or you are truly starving because of lack of food. When too many ketones are produced too quickly they upset the delicate balance of the body’s chemistry and can lead to a problem called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).

    My question is what is the next step? What will they have me do, or is there any more test coming up? Just a little curious want more info. I am posting this in two groups pregnancy and health. I do eat what my diet tells me to the t. I am a little ocd about following rules so I know I am doing it right.
    Thank you for all the help!
    I am calling the Dr in the AM and going in Tuesday.

    • ANSWER:
      When my son gets ketones the Dr. tells him to drink lots of water. You should tell the Dr. if you have 2 high tests in a row.If you get DKA you have to be hospitalized.

  30. QUESTION:
    Possibly pregnant…..?
    I ovulated on the 27th of may and am due to have my period on the 10th of june…however i had my partner check my cervical position this evening and she said it was high, firm and slightly open…also a creamy discharge…we inseminated 4 times around ovulation…also, and this may be tmi, but it seems the past week my nipples get super hard even to the slightest touch…not trying to get my hopes up due to some abdominal pain, but was wondering if this could be a sign of pregnancy…other symptoms include..nausea,tiredness, and fairly low blood sugar levels (am diabetic)….

    • ANSWER:
      Possibly. If you buy a test it should know by now. My sister in law knew in less that 2 weeks. Everything you have said is a sign. The abdominal pain could be your uterus stretching to make room. Your boobs are usually tell tale, but could be PMS too. I had tender breasts. Was extremely tired and nauseaus. But also could be your body tricking itself. But it sounds like yes you possibly are. Let us know what you find out!!! How exciting

  31. QUESTION:
    really scared….34 weeks pregnant and pre-diabetic?
    hi all…..i am 34 weeks pregnant and doctor informed that i have high blood sugar and today morning i checked my blood sugar levels using glucometer and the readings are as follows:

    Fasting blood sugar – 105mg/dl ( 5.5 mmol/l )
    after one hour of breakfast – 155 mg/dl (8.5 mmol/l)

    please help me as i am very much scared and doctor is not revealing that much as she kept on telling nothing to worry. But i am very much concerned about our baby.

    What are the risks i am going on face?
    is this very high reading of blood sugar level?
    Anyone faced this same situation during your pregnancy?

    Please help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      calm down…. you’re both fine…. trust your doctor.

      and if you are REALLY SCARED go to the ER or L&D, not Y!A…

      good luck!

      btw although 155 is high, it’s not abnormally high… i was working with 214 before eating while i was pregnant, and my baby is just fine now… only a few more weeks for you… :)

  32. QUESTION:
    What is happening in my case? Advice needed. Please help.?
    Hi all,

    I am 29 years old, I conceived after 8 years of my marriage through IUI. I went for 3 cycles and the last one has been clicked. I have no complications when I was conceived. In the fourth month I have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. From that time, I have taken the insulin daily to keep my blood sugar under control. But my doctor told not to control the food except sweets and sugar because the baby wouldn’t grow. So I completely cut off the sugar items in all my food but as a south Indian, I ate rice twice a day. Taken all the precautions in all angels. And I went to my mom’s place in my 3rd month of pregnancy. Everything was fine till the 8th month. Suddenly in 33rd week I noticed that there were no movements of my baby. I went for scan and doctor confirmed that there is no heart beat and movements. Doctor told that It is an Intra Uterine Death of 32 weeks because of Gestational Diabetes. Is that true? Why it was happened? Now a days many people are having Gestational Diabetes. They are not having their children? Many people are happily conceiving and having their babies who are already diagnosed with diabetes? But in my case what happened? And my doctor told that, it’s all your fate.
    I delivered a healthy male child through normal delivery. After delivery my sugar levels are controlled. But now I am facing another problem. The day before yesterday my fasting blood sugar is 65mg as per glucometer. After lunch (with 1.5 hour gap) I tested again with my glucometer and it showed the reading was 178mg/dl. I was a little bit worried and checked again within a half minute and it showed 160mg/dl. Why so? What is the correct reading? Why it was decreased 18 points? The second level is under control. Then I did the test after my dinner and it showed 113mg/dl. Again I checked within the minute it showed 146, and again 135. Which was correct? I was confused a lot. Again yesterday I tested after lunch it showed 199 and 165mg/dl. Again I tested after my dinner it was 216, 205, and 201. And today morning my fasting BS is 102mg/dl. Am I diabetic? I am in a confused state. What reading I should consider? Does sugar levels vary that much in a very short span of time or with in a minute? There is an information on my glucometer manual is that, “Don’t use the glucometer for the diagnosis of diabetes. It is for the monitoring of blood sugar levels of diabetic patients only.” Doctors will also check through the blood test and confirm the diabetes and not by this kind of meters. I need a sincere advice, what should I do? I am worrying about my readings? Why that much variation occur? What is the correct reading of my blood sugar? Am I diabetic or not? Please advice.

    Thanks in advance.

    Jasmine.

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    in need of help… almost 7w pregnant?
    Last pregnancy the doctors notcied that at about 5 months I had sugar in my urine.. this continued untill the end of my pregnancy. I was able to pass all the blood sugar level test and i was not diabetic but mthe sugar always seemed to “spill” out thru my urine as they would say.. I even cut out all soda watered down juices and it still happened? This pregnancy I am only 6w5d and I noticed on my own that I have sugar in my urine.. It almost looks like sugar water and thats what happened last time.. I havent had my appointment yet and its not untill April but idk what to do.. How come this is happening so soon? and will i deffinately become diabetic with this pregnancy? what are some other tips I could do to cut out even more sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know too much about your specific situation. You might want to call your doc now, instead of waiting until April. If you suspect a problem he might want to see you sooner. When it comes to cutting out sugar… its hard!! There is sugar in things you wouldn’t even think of like bread and milk. You probably can’t cut out all sugar, but be really careful when reading labels. Avoid things with high fructose corn syrup. Fruit juice has a lot of sugar, so be sure to drink 100% juice, or cut it out all together (just make sure to get your fruit in somehow). Watch out for sugar in breads and cereals. Most supermarkets have low sugar or no sugar added options now days in things like jam, syrup, and juice. Just do the best you can and make smart choices. When you see your doc, ask about perhaps seeing a dietician if he thinks you can improve your situation through diet alone. Good luck!

  34. QUESTION:
    Went to Doctor Before Expected Period, Said I Maybe Diabetic instead????
    I have been feeling preg symptoms for 15 days now. I’m supposed to get my period this weekend. I know most people don’t feel preg symptoms that I have been feeling this early on in a possible pregnancy (nausea, dizzy spells, heartburn) but I wanted to go to the doctor to see if I could find out what was wrong with me. She gave me a urine test, but I am unsure why she did that instead of a blood test since I haven’t had a period yet. She said she doubted I was preg because of early symptoms and it was most likely something else. She wants to get me tested for diabetes. They took blood to check blood sugar level, and she said that low levels could cause neausea and dizziness. She also said the heartburn was from producing too much acid in my stomach.

    A girl at work told me when she was preg with her child, they insisted she had hypoglacemia (sorry for spelling) and she wasn’t preg. The meds they wanted her to do could kill a baby, she kept insisting she was preg, and turned out she was

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly, it could be WAYYY to early to for a reliable pregnancy test. Some women just don’t produce the HCG required for a pregnancy test until they are due or late.

      I don’t think your doc would put you through testing for being diabetic if he/she truly didn’t have just cause for it. And yes, you can have the nausea and dizziness from low blood sugar. And heartburn…whether you are pregnant or not, is caused by the same thing. The pregnancy doesn’t CAUSE it….it can just be more frequent because digestion slows down.

      I am sure by the time your results come back from your testing, you will be able to have an accurate HPT and that will be before you are given any meds.

      But consider this, as well….many women get gestational diabetes. They just don’t ignore it when that happens.

  35. QUESTION:
    Teenage diabetic type 1 help?
    Well. I am a sixteen year old teenage girl and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a year and a half ago (precisely 13 Jan 2010…had an exam the next day and I was clueless about it).

    So far, I find myself able to control my levels…if I bother. As in, if I check my blood sugar levels regularly, I usually manage to accurately estimate how much insulin I need to take for a meal…with the occasional mess-up here and there.

    The main problem is in the following fact. I am desperately unmotivated, at times, to regulate my blood sugar. It may be the fact that I get annoyed by how I have to check how much I am allowed to eat, what I am not ‘allowed’ to have, how everyone who knows about my ‘situation’ seems to avoid wanting to talk about it and mostly how I find myself unable to talk to another girl about certain issues which affect us…in terms of our menstruation cycles and pregnancy and what not.

    Now I want to go to someone to talk…be it a consultant or a psychologist. I just feel the need to converse with someone who will treat me like I am a mature and sane person (and I am…personality wise at least) and not relay everything back to my parents, since my mom openly worries a lot until it gets suffocating ( but she is getting better ) and my dad is in denial of the fact that I am indeed ill and that there is a problem which needs to be solved. So when I start a topic of wanting to go to someone and talk about it, my dad brushes it off, saying that ‘There is no need sweetie. There is no problem. If you want, we can make an appointment with your endocrinologist…where one of my parental units will attend.
    My mom, on the other hand, started crying and then, after calming down, offered to talk with me about it, on the basis that she was a type 2. But I do not deal well with crying women…especially if I am the cause. So I tend to not tell anyone in my family if I am going high or low unless it is somewhat a bigger than usual problem.

    School is not really an option…because our system is a ridicule in, and of itself. There is no order whatsoever and you can kiss confidentiality in the a**. Of course, that is ignoring the fact that out ‘consultant’ is very hard to find in school, if she even exists.

    Now, all I am searching for in this long speech of mine…is help, since obtaining any in real life is incredibly…hard.

    I want someone to give me motivation. Because, no matter what I do, there is always this week where I refuse to take insulin, until after the meal by 2-3 hours…when I start feeling parched and guilty. Self-motivation can only take you so far.

    And if it wouldn’t be too much trouble…are there any diabetics who got the condition before getting pregnant? I am still young, and I do not plan on even attempting the act before I am 22, but I am really afraid… I want to give birth, but I refuse to have my babies harmed in any way. Would you please provide advice or a way of communication…it is one topic which keeps nagging in the recess of my mind during the day.

    Second thing: While I can control my blood sugar when I choose to(most of the time), my snacks are usually unhealthy. Any tips for integrating healthy habits into my daily routine…like kinds of fruits(I eat most of them…aside from apples.) or home-made, satisfying meals, would be greatly appreciated.

    P.S. The reason for the excessive details was a silent request for whoever would provide the advice to seek help from a doctor/other professionals. I am not willing to face the trials in order for that to happen. What I basically want, is assurance backed with firm evidence.

    Oh…and I am usually hyper and un-depressed, so no need for any worrying from that sense

    Thank you in advance.

    Cheers :D

    • ANSWER:
      Here’s a second recommendation for tudiabetes.org. It is an online networking site for diabetics. I call it ‘Facebook on insulin’. Almost everyone on there has diabetes themselves, and if they don’t, they are the loved one of a diabetic. There are discussion groups for various interests including a few for teens/young people with Type 1. I think you would be able to find people who really understand what you are going through.

      For what it’s worth, here’s my two cents. So diabetes sucks big time and so we all wish we didn’t have a horrible incurable disease. But the complications of diabetes suck even bigger time. That’s what motivates me to keep going – I concentrate on a picture of myself blind, limbless and attached to a dialysis machine and I think, no thanks. That’s not going to be me. And the best way of making sure that’s not going to be you, is to take control of your diabetes and not let it take control of you.

      Something you said about what you are ‘allowed’ to eat. Actually, as a Type 1 diabetic, you are allowed to eat anything you want. You just have to bolus insulin to match your food. You have complete flexibility over your diet! Of course, you shouldn’t go insane and drink 3 gallons of regular Coke in one sitting. But if you wanted to have a donut (22g carb), French fries (32g carb for a small serving) or a KitKat (15g carb) – go ahead and do it! Just make sure you inject the insulin to match that. If you don’t know how to carb count, now’s the time to learn.

      You will find it most mentally liberating once you realize you CAN eat anything. It is just a matter of matching insulin. Of course, you have to be sensible about this, but you sound like a sensible person.

      As for pregnancy – I was diagnosed with Type 1b last June and am now 15 weeks pregnant. There is no reason why diabetics cannot have safe pregnancies like everyone else. The main issue is that blood sugar levels need to be kept as close to non-diabetic as possible. That means A1C of under 6.5 before you try to conceive. Under 6 is even better. When blood sugar is at non-diabetic levels, the risk goes down to the same as a non-diabetic woman. But when blood sugar is uncontrolled, diabetic pregnancy is high-risk and faces the chance of birth defects, stillbirths, and harm to mother and baby.

      Finally your question about ‘unhealthy’ snacks. Well, define unhealthy. From a diabetes management point of view, anything that raises your blood sugar beyond the safe range is unhealthy. I don’t eat ‘healthy’ snacks like bananas or granola bars because they are extremely high in carbs and raise my blood sugar beyond the safe range. Yes, I could inject insulin for them but those things don’t excite me enough to want to inject insulin. Whereas ham and cheese roll ups won’t raise blood sugar by much, neither will nuts, avocados or olives. The point is that you have to think about what ‘healthy’ means because when you have a serious carbohydrate metabolism dysfunction, what is ‘healthy’ for you is not the same as what is ‘healthy’ for people with normal metabolisms.

  36. QUESTION:
    Anyone else on their TWW? Hoping for a Valentine’s Day surprise!?
    I am 7DPO, and I cracked today… I POAS (twice, not even with FMU what am I thinking?!?). Every month I swear I will wait until I am late, but I never ever do.
    Oh well….any advice to help me not pee on things lol?

    I wish that scientists would work on a little home blood test for pregnancy, similar to how a diabetic person checks their sugar levels at home…do they not realize how much money we TTC’ers would spend to know earlier!!! Thanks for reading…what are you doing to get through the wait??

    Baby dust to all!!

    • ANSWER:
      HAHAHA. That’s been me for 3 months. We should join a “stop peeing on sticks” support group! If you need some to verbally kick your butt into not doing it, email me! I’ll yell at you and you can yell at me! LOL

      Good luck!

  37. QUESTION:
    Need help, feeling hopeless and angry with Diabetic fiancée who isn’t taking proper care, What do I do?
    About 9 months ago, my girl and I decided we were ready to see about having a baby. This involved seeing a doctor and getting blood tests. About April 2010, I had been involved in a Diabetes campaign at work and had learned about the symptoms and recognized my girl had several of them. I carefully addressed these concerns to her and finally after a long talk and me begging and pleading she agreed to get tested. So back to the blood tests, the fertility doctor looked at the results and says she is sure my girl has Diabetes. Then the doc says, she has to see an endocrine doctor and get it under control and get cleared before we can go any further with fertility/making a baby. To this news, when the doctor left the room, my girl said she knew it. Not that she had been diagnosed prior to this, but that she had suspected diabetes long before I knew enough to recognize the symptoms.
    It upset me a bit, that this woman who I’m planning on spending the rest of my life with, is not so attuned or caring about her health as she should be in my opinion. But having a baby is super important to her, so she got right on making the appointment with the Endocrinologist and got diagnosed and treatment plan. 1 Pill and 2 types of insulin later, she is supposed to check her sugars regularly, measure and count carbs, be conscious of her diet and inject sliding scale insulin to keep her sugar levels right… First 3 months, she did soooo great! I was proud and helpful. She seemed to master it and when I forgot (which I’m terribly forgetful) she always took care of it, and I got comfortable assuming she would handle it herself.

    Then we got the news in November that she was almost ready to be cleared for pregnancy, but at this point we have decided that its too expensive and we need to be more financially ready, so I went back to college to prepare for a higher paying job. So the baby is on the back burner, and suddenly she is not checking her sugar, forgetting her insulin, conveniently not mentioning anything to me, and getting mad at me when I do remind her.

    What do I do?

    We are getting married in less than 2 months and I am angry with her that she is not taking care of herself.

    We are sitting on the couch, watching TV as I contemplate studying, she’s eating a Hershey bar and I don’t say anything until we get up to go to bed and I realize I didn’t see her check her sugar. I ask her did she check her sugar today playfully. She says yes as if she’s not serious. So, I ask if she’s lying to me. She says No, big grin on her face. I walk into the kitchen and she’s laughing at me and i look in her purse for her test kit to check and its not there. I ask where it is, she’s like “I don’t know.” I ask when she last saw it, she does that I’m guilty but I’m adorable thing girls do and says 3 days ago.

    I lost it, in my head. I just kind of went blank on my face and kept thinking, this is a joke, she’s messing with me.

    I say for real? She was serious, I ask her where is her back up test kit, if it was still in the car. She says its at work. I’m just in disbelief.

    I’m marrying this woman and she’s not even concerned enough with her health to check her sugar. Since she isn’t checking her sugar, she also isn’t giving herself sliding scale insulin. Just her long acting Lantus and pill Metformin. She’s relying on those to get her by. But then she’s been tired, lethargic, and always has a headache.

    We are in the middle of a fight right now, because I’m upset she’s not taking care of herself. And I’m worried this is going to be an ongoing pattern. I think she would be upset if the shoe were on the other foot. I’m just want her to be as healthy as she can be. I worry about complications. I have to drag her to the eye doctor and dentist. I literally had to force her to get glasses, meaning I brought her there, she got an exam and then I picked out frames, etc and paid for it even though she said she’d never wear them. She wears shoes that hurt her feet. I buy her new shoes. I check her feet often (she doesn’t realize I’m doing it, because I’m just rubbing her feet which she likes.)

    What do I do? I love her, but I don’t want her to suffer later for her recklessness in her 20s.
    And I want to grow OLD together, not grow middle aged, lose my wife to complications from unmanaged diabetes. Its stupid and careless. And absolutely upsetting me.

    I just need advice on what has helped/worked with other people in similar situations.

    • ANSWER:
      Forget about growing old together. You will be around , but she will be long gone. Unless someone with diabetes stops the denial , there would be no thoughts about marrying. You would be taking on a great debt to start with. Diabetes is not cheap. Also if you had a baby , how could you be sure that she did not go into a coma and the baby had no one to care for it.

      She has not matured enough for responsibility of marriage and motherhood.
      Only thing you could do is get all her friends and family together and have a professional mental health person pull an intervention on her.
      If she doesn’t take the hint , then moving on is in order. I also detest the lying. How will you ever trust her. This is not a game or a laughing matter. This is life or death. Not just for her but your life will be miserable.

      You need some time away.

      Take care , And I am really deeply sorry about your predicament.

      Tin

  38. QUESTION:
    Is there any statistics on risks of a well managed pregnant diabetic?
    I have type 2 Diabetes. This is my first pregnancy. I am ten weeks pregnant and have already confirmed my child has a very healthy heartbeat. My doctors monitored my blood sugars and made sure I was well to get pregnant. I have been monitoring my blood sugars and keeping my primary care doctor aware of my sugar levels and have switched to insulin which I regularly inject in me. I’m so tired of seeing statistics of what happens if you do not control blood sugar while pregnant. From what I have been researching through numerous websites they say that even with well managed blood sugar levels there will still be a risk for birth defects and such but does anyone know what those statistics would be? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, I don’t have any studies for you, but I am a type 2 diabetic on my second pregnancy. For my first, I was seeing a doctor at the Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, and I was getting state-of-the-art treatment in exchange for being part of their studies. My general understanding was that if you have your blood sugars under control your chances of a birth defect drop to equal those of a non-diabetic woman. As you already know, the first 8 weeks are the most crucial.

      The treatment boiled down to exactly what you’re doing – keeping on top of your blood sugars so that they mimic those of a non-diabetic woman in pregnancy.

      The bulletin board at the Sansum Clinic was covered with pictures of happy, healthy babies. I had a healthy, normal weight baby and delivered without a c-section. Those are only anecdotes but the bottom line is that with good blood sugar control you are just like other pregnant women. Keeping on top of my sugars was difficult enough that I didn’t have time to think about any other possible problems.

      Edit: Reading my answer, what I meant to make clear is that non-diabetic women still have a statistical chance of having a child with a birth defect, so that’s why they word these studies as “lowers your chance to xx%” or “increases your chance to xx%.” No one gets off scott-free.

  39. QUESTION:
    Ultrasound positive but pregnancy test negative?
    Hi,

    We have been trying to conceive for 2 years now. After several tests, we found out that I was OPK. I got a first treatment of Clomid along with Metformin (diabetic here), on Dec. 4th 2009, in order to stimulate my ovaries for me to ovulate.
    The last day of my period was Dec. 14th 2009 but had no symptoms of pregnancy, except that I was very tired and got dizzy all the time. I thought it was because of my sugar level…they were trying to adjust it. I went see the gyn for a follow-up on Jan.25 2010 and he sent me in another hospital to do some other test…I told him that I didn’t have my period since Dec. 14th 2009 and he said to me that there were very little chances that I was pregnant since it takes around 3 months of treatment before it gets successful. So to the other hospital I went, on Jan 27 2010 and they made a pre-scan on me to make sure everything was all right before doing the other exams. They did a regular ultrasound and they saw something in my uterus and went for a transvaginal ultrasound. After 30 minutes and many measurements, they told me I was pregnant. I was so happy; I was crying and forgot about my negative home pregnancy test. I tried to do a home pregnancy test 2 days ago and it stills negative. I didn’t have any blood test yet, my next appointment with the gyn is Feb. 11 2010. I am not bleeding, I have no symptoms of pregnancy, I have no pain…could the doctor be wrong? I mean, they saw something but could it be something else? Like a tumor or something? Or shouldn’t I worry about my negative pregnancy test? Is an ultrasound more accurate that HPT? I have tried to call the hospital to get answer but all they are telling me is that they don’t have access to my file and I should wait to meet with my gyn and ask questions then.

    Thank you for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      There’s something like 10% of women who cannot get a positive on a home pregnancy test as early as most women can because their hormone levels are too low. It doesn’t mean anything is wrong, it just happens to some women. I’m guessing you are in that 10%. Don’t worry.

  40. QUESTION:
    Type 1 diabetes and pregnancy…. very concerned?
    HELLO EVERYONE, I AM HERE BECAUSE I THINK I MIGHT BE PREGNANT AND WILL DO WHATEVER TO KEEP THIS BABY MY PROBLEM IS THAT I AM A 23 YEAR OLD TYPE 1 DIABETIC WHO HAS NOT BEEN TAKING CARE OF HERSELF FOR THE PAST YEAR AND A HALF. I KNOW , SHAME ON ME, IT WAS A STUPID MISTAKE. MY SUGAR LEVELS ARE REALLY HIGH, AND I RECENTLY STARTED TAKING INSULIN AGAIN (ABOUT 5 DAYS AGO). IF I AM PREGNANT, I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A HEALTHY BABY. I KNOW THAT HIGH SUGAR LEVELS ARE VERY DANGEROUS FOR THE BABY BUT I WANT TO KNOW IF ITS TOO LATE TO START EATING HEALTHIER AND CONTROL THE BLOOD SUGAR. HAS ANYONE BEEN THROUGH THIS N HAD A HEALTHY BABY??? I AM REALLY WORRIED AND KNOW IVE MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE BY NOT TAKING CARE OF MYSELF. PLEASE, ANY ADVISE WILL HELP. AND YES, I KNOW I SHOULD GO TO THE DR, I AM GOING THIS MONDAY. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP N FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS.

    • ANSWER:
      Please stop YELLING .
      You need to contact a Perinatal groups to care for you and your baby.
      These special doctors work with women who are in hi risk pregnancies.

      Like the person above me said, you cannot have type 1 and not take insulin for over a year and not die.

      I’m not sure what your story is.

  41. QUESTION:
    If i’m pregnant & a type one diabetic would me being really high for no reason…?
    be another sign of pregnancy?
    I’ve read that it’s common for women to have higher glucose levels while pregnant, and that some women even develope a kind of diabetes…
    My blood sugar levels have been way higher than they should be, and i’ve been taking more insulin than normal. Could this be another sign?
    You don’t know anything about my situation, so please don’t go on like that. If you don’t have advice about the topic itself simply don’t answer. For your information I can’t get to my doctor, i’m 16 & this isn’t something i’d like to talk with my mother about yet, thanks though.

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    could i have become diabetic from being pregnant?
    When i was in the last stage of my pregnancy high traces of glucose were found in my urine but it was never followed up and i wasnt aware it was a problem I also fainted in the late stages and was told it was because my sugar levels had fallen and i should carry a choc bar around with me.After having my baby 1 1/2 years ago my hands and feet wear often stiff espesh in the morning i was told it was water retention from being pregnant.A year on it still hadnt passed and was then told it was because i was over weight.
    Well it has been a year and a half now and my hands and feet are worse then they have ever been,i often get cramps in my legs,feel light headed and get blurred vision.I have stomach cramps every morning and diareah(sorry for spelling)i can go up to 6 times within two hours of being awake,i am constantly thirsty and can drink a glass of drink and feel the need to drink another,my mouth feels constantly dry.A few of these things have worsened over the last few weeks but have been told by my doctor yesturday they are all signs of diabetes.I am going for a blood test on monday and am interested to hear what you all have to say and if you have diabetes and have had these symptoms.

    Thanks for your answers in advanced.
    also in the last couple of weeks i am getting increasingly tiered i cant be bothered to do anything even get up to go to the loo sometimes,i feel awfull in the mornings when i wake like i have been out partying all might when i havnt.
    if i eat when i feel light headed and dizzy epesh something sweet it makes me feel better so should i still stay away from sweet things untill monday or eat them when i feel i need to?

    • ANSWER:
      I just wanted to tell you that when I was pregnant – 27 years ago – I did not have diabetes. However, a short time later I started to develop symptoms like you and then I found I had it. I wasn’t overweight, but I felt tired all the time and would wee a lot, and get the shakes and have cravings for sugar. I always felt better after a bar of chocolate.

      So I think it does sound as though you have it, but I wanted to say that you shouldn’t worry about it. People say a lot of scary things about being diabetic, but I’ve had it all these years and if you take the medication, get regular exercise (like a half hour walk a day), and most importantly eat sensibly and healthily, you will have many good years in front of you as I have had. I don’t recommend eating sugar, chocolate etc. I think you should try and eat small amounts of food regularly, and get a good balance of protein, carbohydrate and fruit/veg at meal times. If I need a boost quickly, I have a glass of OJ, it’s much better for you than junk food like chocolate.

      Good luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    whens the best time to test my blood sugar?
    my moms diabetic, so i have the stuff to do it, id ask her but she really doesnt take care of her diabetes properly so i trust yahoo answers better lol. i just want to test it because of my pregnancy just to make sure everything is on the up and up. should i test it more then once in a day to make sure…or over a few different days?

    also, should my blood sugar level be different because im pregnant….i know around 80 is the best for non pregnant people.

    THANKS GUYS!

    • ANSWER:
      The ideal thing is to do it daily, twice a day in the morning before eating or drinking anything and then in the afternoon before eating or drinking anything. 140 is the highest level you want and you can count your glucose intake to stay out of the 140+ levels danger zone.
      Gina

  44. QUESTION:
    effects of insulline….?
    Hi All, I am in my 37th weeks of pregnancy now and from long time (abt 5th month of pregnancy) my sugar level is approx 99, 96, 100 during fasting (but always less than 100)….and it is Approx 81, 99, 105 (Always less than 120) after food. I am planning to go for a planned c- section this week (on 4th feb 11) as baby’s cord is coming to his neck. But before that my gyno told me to visit a Diabetic specialist who suggested me to take 4 shots of insulline in a day to normalize my fasting sugar level which should be – 90 so that i can go for a successfull seger. But after taking the insulline just for 3 days ,my fasting sugar level was 50 which was too less. And then doc advicede me to leave insulline. Now i am just worried if i had taken insulline shots for 3 days is there any side effect or will it effect my sugar level anyhow after leaving it….docs are saying NO it wont….still need some suggestion if anyone can help me….

    Thanks in advance….

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    side effects of insulline..?
    Hi All, I am in my 37th weeks of pregnancy now and from long time (abt 5th month of pregnancy) my sugar level is approx 99, 96, 100 during fasting (but always less than 100)….and it is Approx 81, 99, 105 (Always less than 120) after food. I am planning to go for a planned c- section this week (on 4th feb 11) as baby’s cord is coming to his neck. But before that my gyno told me to visit a Diabetic specialist who suggested me to take 4 shots of insulline in a day to normalize my fasting sugar level which should be – 90 so that i can go for a successfull seger. But after taking the insulline just for 3 days ,my fasting sugar level was 50 which was too less. And then doc advicede me to leave insulline. Now i am just worried if i had taken insulline shots for 3 days is there any side effect or will it effect my sugar level anyhow after leaving it….docs are saying NO it wont….still need some suggestion if anyone can help me….

    Thanks in advance….

    • ANSWER:
      Insulin is a natural hormone produced by the body cleared within hours, insulin injections are also cleared quickly and effects short lived in a short term setting like this. Don’t worry about the insulin injections.

  46. QUESTION:
    can you get pregnant from pre cum?
    i haven’t gotten my period, its late i’m always careful when having sex, but i am also a type one diabetic( not fully stable with sugar levels yet) and i’ve had late periods before because of the hormone changes the diabetes brings on. i’ve taken several pregnancy tests and they are all negative, i have no symptoms of being pregnant, but the only think i can think of is maybe getting pregnant from pre- cum, but i don’t think so, can any one help me with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes pre*** can get u pregnant!! especially if u had sex while ovulating. I would say wait a few more days and if u still haven’t got it take another test, if still neg see ur doc straight away. U don’t always get pregnancy signs so early so to be sure see ur doc for blood test!
      Hope u get the result ur after.
      good luck =)

  47. QUESTION:
    I have no family history of miscarriage could I be the first?
    Nobody in my family has had a miscarriage but I am diabetic and have high sugar levels. I am starting on insulin today to regulate my sugar level but yesterday around 1:00 after I used the bathroom and wiped there were bright red spots on the toilet tissue. It was not slot just a little bit and I did masturbate that morning. For some odd reason my hormones are racing and everyday I’m just a little hornball lol. But could I be having a miscarriage I don’t have any symptoms of pregnancy except being extremely hungry and craving certain things. But I am only 6 weeks please help thanks :)
    I never said these were pregnant symptoms I already know I’m pregnant. I was one of the smart ones who went to the doctors to get tested at a free clinic in the hospital. I never really had pregnancy symptoms and still don’t I don’t get sick just very hungry and some breast soreness. I know what I am experiencing and I don’t need anybody telling me this is not a pregnancy symptom. Being extremely moody like I am right now is one.

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    Repost: Pregnant with low blood sugars all the time, even though I cut basal levels.Is something really wrong?
    I’ll be 36 weeks tomorrow. Doctor says placenta and baby look fine and happy, besides the baby being 7lbs 9 oz 3 weeks ago! I’ve been having contraction and irritability since week 29, it never goes away. With no other complications. Recently instead of upping my basal levels and trying to keep them under control, like that which is common among third trimester pregnancy’s , my blood sugars have been constantly low! The other night was the scariest when I caught it at 32, it literally dropped so fast, I didn’t know it was coming. I went to bed with a blood sugar of 85, which is good, but I drank some Hawaiian punch anyway because I’m so afraid of dropping, 20 minutes later, i feel like crap and can’t sleep, my sugar is 54, I drink a chocolate milk which was with the chocolate mix alone 2 Carbs plus the milk was another 22gCHO. 10 minutes later I feel like crap, my blood sugar is 32, I drank 3 1/2 12 oz glasses of OJ. I woke up in the morning with a blood sugar of 47! This is really bizarre for me because since I’ve been diabetic for 7 years, i’m so brittle, I couldn’t smell sugar without my blood sugar rising. The doctor just cut all my basal levels, at night it was 1.9 now it is 0.5 and now at 3:30am, my blood sugar was 45! It’s quite sad. It’s wearing me out and scaring me at the same time. I didn’t even cover my 30g Dinner tonight. Has this happened to any other pregnant woman? Or anyone for that matter?

    - I am in constant contact with my doctor but he said he’s never seen this before in a pregnant woman , unless it’s after she gives birth.

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Can you explain this?? Impaired glucose tolerance and low sugar?
    I’ve been told I have impaired glucose tolerance for nearly 20 years. I’ve had gestational diabetes 3x. I don’t understand it. Even when I was 16, if I had a regular breakfast (40g) of carbs, I’d fail the sugar test. Even when I was 25 and a size 2, I failed the test. It seems no matter what I do, my sugars go up. I watch what I eat, no fruit juice, simple sugars, limited carbs, VERY few desserts, etc. After I eat, even if the sugar doesn’t go higher than 140, 3 hours later it plummets. I’ve had sugars in the 50′s and 60′s. I get sweaty, shaky, and B**chy. The lowest I’ve caught it on my meter is 48.

    If IGT is caused by reduced sensitivity to insulin, then why does it crash about 3 hours after I eat? It seems to me that my body puts the insulin in only after the sugar goes up. It seems like it lags behind.
    Can anyone explain this to me?? If I recall correctly, my recent A1c was 5.9. I had a Slim-fast shake this morning, and 2 hours later felt very hungry. I couldn’t understand why. It dawned on me to test my sugar level and it was 181. The label says the shake had 30g of carbs (including the skim milk).

    I have a meter from my pregnancies. My mom has MODY for the past few decades, and it VERY ill from it. Her sugars are regularly 400-600. Last time she was hospitalized it was 1420. I don’t want to end up like my mom. She is a brittle diabetic. My uncle, her brother, died at 45 from diabetes. My great grandmother was a Sioux indian.

    I moved to FL and the last endocrinologist I went to told me to not come back till all of my sugars were over 200. He also said that sugars in the 50′s are normal when you diet. I think he is full of it. I had an endo at Yale that wanted to see me yearly, and now I can’t find a doctor to see me. Advice???

    The only time my sugar doesn’t go up and I avoid a “crash” is with a meal with lots of protein, like bacon and eggs. But my last doctor got on my butt about too much fats and cholesterol. My HDL is sky high and my LDL is very low. I think the sugar issue is more important than cholesterol. My cholesterol is in the normal range and I eat approx.10-12 eggs a week.

    • ANSWER:
      This forum has far too many limitations to answer your question with confidence. It does not sound as if you have impaired glucose tolerance based upon your A1C of 5.9%. Given your A1C if you have wide fluctuations in glucose – 181 mg/dL which is ‘high’ for a non-diabetic and as low as 48 mg/dL which is ‘low’ for a non-diabetic – you may very well have an auto-immune process that is affecting the alpha and beta cells of the pancreas. In addition you may have an insulin secreting adrenal adenoma. I would strongly encourage you to see a competent endocrinologist as the recommendation to come back when your glucose readings are consistently over 200 mg/dL is absolutely ridiculous. 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.

  50. QUESTION:
    How high does blood sugar have to be to harm a developing fetus?
    I am a diabetic and last wednesday found out that I am pregnant. I am having a hard time getting my blood sugar down to the levels my Dr wants it at. My Dr wants me to be under 120 1 hr after eating and less than 90 before breakfast. My 1hrs have been averaging anywhere from 150-130. I’ve even had a 173. I just stopped taking Metformin last Friday and started insulin today. The insulin dose of 3 units per meal don’t appear to bringing it down to the desired level yet. I am only 5 wks pregnant, almost 6. I am very concerned about the effect these blood sugar fluxuations are having on my unborn baby. Would love any advice from anyone who has been there done that. or who just knows alot about the subject. I’m not even having that many carbs. I was controlled pretty well up until I got pregnant but pregnancy hormones are causing problems.

    Any advice or things I should really be aware of? I’m praying to God that my blood sugars have don’t damage to my baby.

    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:


Diabetic Sugar Levels Too High

According to Ayurvedic concepts and their evaluations of diabetes is the only disease that occurs when there is an accumulation of toxins in the tissues that result in blocking circulation. According to ayurveda there are different causes of diabetes such as poor nutrition, poor digestion, the inequity of the nervous system, mental and physical stress, and disturbance of the natural cycle.

Variety of natural resources have been suggested by an Ayurvedic doctor. Most effective Ayurvedic treatment for diabetes is exercise and yoga. Ayurvedic cure for diabetes sets out some herbs such as amalaki, neem, turmeric, etc. How are you herbs shilajit restore the balance of which causes an imbalance in our body, which are considered nutritional supplements.

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which blood sugar (glucose) levels are above normal – either the body does not produce enough of the hormone insulin, which breaks down blood sugar, or can not use your own insulin properly. Diabetes can cause serious health complications, including blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, and even loss of a limb. The good news is that if you are one of 20,800,000 Americans struggling with diabetes (type 1 and type 2 combined), there are natural methods to help avoid these life threatening diseases.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. QUESTION:
    Diabetes makes sugar levels abnormally high, but do they go low too?
    a diabetic untreated by insulin neglected or forgot to eat enough would their sugar levels drop at any stage? to a normal level or hypo level?
    or if a diabetic ate unbelievably healthy very low carb no sugar sort of diet?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends. Type 2 diabetics, who are not on insulin, rarely go too low. It does happen, though. But no one has been able to tell me why. I’m never been below 70 in my four year history with the disease, so hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is a non issue with me.

      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. In the scenario you present, where they don’t take insulin, the chances of having a low blood sugar episode is highly unlikely unless the patient has insulinoma, which is pretty rare. In most cases, given that scenario, their blood sugar will not come down… it could even go up because the liver can still convert glycogen into glucose even though no food has been consumed.

      Lots of variables, no absolutes.

  7. QUESTION:
    During high blood sugar level above 300 could a type 2 Diabetic take Actrapid Insulin to lower it immediately?
    Oral one work too slow. During stress and andrenalis rush blood sugar to rise suddently. To prevent stroke, blindness and heart problem I was told taking by syringe directly into your blood stream insulin will protect you from stroke, blindness and other problems when the blood sugar level suddently shot up. Is it safe? Any of you have done it? Does it work to protect your body from harm?

    • ANSWER:
      You should never inject insulin into your blood stream. This is a short acting insulin. You need to consult with a physician. Diabetes and its medications are nothing to experiment with.

      WHo ever told you injecting into your blood stream for protection obviously has no idea of what they are talking about.

      Do you have a prescription for this? Please see a doctor and dietician in regards to your diabetes.

  8. QUESTION:
    My 45 yr old sister is obese, Blood Sugar Levels high, Triglycerides high and Serious sudden vision problems.?
    My 45 year old sister recently had some pretty serious vision anomolies occur and I very worried about her and I want to make sure she gets the correct diagnosis and treatment right away.

    Here are the details:
    -45 years old
    -Obese her entire life
    -Inactive life style and very poor eating habits
    -Sudden Vision change last week…described at wavy and distorted vision. Serious enough that Dr. told her to not drive and get blood testing done immediately.
    -Blood sugar results 192 (normal range 65-139) Diabetic range starts at 199
    -Hemoglobin normal
    -Cholesterol 134
    -Triglycerides 163 (normal range 0-149)
    -Family history of Stroke (father)
    -She had some exams done in July to look at her Carotid Artery and they came back fine.

    My worry is this: Although the she is not technically considered diabetic yet she is having some pretty bad symptoms which I am worried are not due to her border line Diabetes. And, even though her Carotid testing done in July showed no plack I still feel that a stroke or impending stroke might be a possibility due to the fact that our fathers stroke did not originate from the Carotid Artery.

    So, not being a Physician but knowing a little about medicine I am thinking that she needs to have a CT to see if there is any sort of blockage in the brain or evidence of a stroke that has originated from somewhere else and thus cause the severe visual problem the other day.

    Of course an obvious issue is her elevated Blood Sugar level and her obesity, but I feel that something bigger is going on here that needs to be addressed immediately before it is too late.

    And of course she is at an elevated risk for one in addition to an MI given her elevated blood sugar, hypercholestremia, hypertension, and sedentary lifestyle (dvt for ex.) My initial inclination is to look to her blood pressure as a likely culprit for the visual disturbances.

    Please give me advise on what should be done to prevent something serious from happening besides the obvious obesity and high blood sugar.

    I am worried that she may have a stroke or might have had a small stroke already and that the docs might be missing something.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this and thank you in advance for your help.

    “A Worried Sister”

    • ANSWER:
      A stroke is a definitely possibility. My brother had a massive stroke at age 41, he had a healthy life style, worked outside all his life, but had elevated blood pressure and cholesterol. His only symptoms were dizzy spells lasting a few minutes and at one point had about a 15 minute episode of double vision.
      After the stroke (which he survived, but is totally disabled now) his neurologist told him that any time you had double vision or distorted vision, that a neurological cause needed to be explored.
      The first MRI done on my brother missed the blood clot that caused his stroke, but the one taken the next day showed the extent of it and the damage done.
      I think your sister definitely needs to have an MRI done to rule out a mini stroke.
      Even doing that may not be enough. My brother was in the midst of his stroke when he went into the ER but because of his age and he looked healthy, they did not catch it until the next day, long after the TPA could have been administered to reduce the damage.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is a high level of blood sugar during gestational diabetes to have big babies?
    I am consistently checking my blood sugar and it is usually 95-105 in the morning. I am usually 115-160 after eating. I am wondering if these levels are too high and will cause me to deliver a large baby? I do not take insulin or diabetic pills, so far I have been diet controlled. What are high levels that WILL cause you to have a large baby.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you’re too high. Based on your numbers, I would say that you’re not diet controlled. You need to stop the refined carbs, and switch to more wholesome natural foods if you want the healthiest possible baby. You should also include some daily exercise and bring your weight down. Instead of concerning yourself with numbers that might cause a large baby, you should be shooting for normal blood sugar levels and let the baby develop naturally.

  10. QUESTION:
    i would like to know how to prevent or lower down sugar level in the body ?
    i have this wound and when i clean it, i place the cloth at my side and after a while, i saw black ants and doing some party on the cloth that i used to cover my wound. My skin also turns to red easily after i am scratch mildly by my friend or if the surroundings is too cold… Does this mean i am diabetic or have high sugar level? how can i decrease it to prevent being diabetic? Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      The amount of ants that drink your blood is a poor indicator of blood sugar levels. Get tested with a proper glucose meter with a doctor to determine your blood sugar levels. If having major skin issues contact a dermatologist.

      As for maintaining blood sugar levels, avoid starches/carbohydrates/sugars. Also Kidney Beans/Kidney Bean extracts suppress the enzyme that the body uses to process carbohydrates, thus preventing the amplitude of blood sugar level spikes after eating carbohydrates/sugar

  11. QUESTION:
    Diabetic Questions (2) My blood sugar levels average between 160 to 230, I am currently taking Glipzide…?
    pill in the am with breakfast… my values seem to get higher as the day goes on. Yes I am sure I should get back with my doc as he will probably suggest I take another in the afternoons…My question is at what point do they put you on insulin? What constitutes needing to go from pills to insulin? My blood sugar rises when I least expect it too…so I just wonder? I should say, that I am working to change my diet but it is a little slow in coming. I have just begun instituing negative calorie foods and it is helping. I am constantly craving sweets though. I didn’t used to? Sounds weird, my sugar is high and I am craving sweets, what ever happened to listening to your body? I need to add My dad suffered from diabetes, it caused him major heart damage very young…many operations in his poor life… he’s passed now, so I can’t ask him these questions… I am 34. –reiterating main question….. what constitutes needing to be on insulin?

    • ANSWER:
      If you can’t keep your blood values under 200 with consistancy, then they will put you on insulin. But the new stuff is NOT like the old. It’s man made ( not animal ) easier to control and you don’t have to put it in the fridge.
      You need to eat smaller portions, more frequently, yes I know that sounds backwards, but stay away from CARBS. (sugar, potatoes, crackers, bread, candy, rice…) protein, fresh fruits and veggies are your friends now. Hard cheeses (cheddar, etc), meat of all kinds, fresh fruit (not canned or in jars in syrup), veggies (try to stay from too much salt).
      Sweet potatoes in moderation. (white potatoes are a no, no…)
      Exercise, but don’t get overheated and remember to drink water..(not gatorade or fruit juice).
      If you like chocolate…remember DARK = less carbs…(learn to read the back of packages)
      1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips = 9 gms of carbs…GOOD…put some unsalted nuts with them and you have a snack.(like trail mix without the sugar).
      If you like/can tolerate soy…thats good for you too…1% milk..is great. Anything with HIGH natural grain content. (remember to keep reading the labels on the back…)
      Your Dr can get you into Diabetic nutrition class if you need it…
      (or go to www.webmd.com or try the american diabetic association.)

  12. QUESTION:
    Am I a pre-diabetic; sugar level: 123 after 12 hr Fasting; read on please..?
    Recently my Dr’s nurse called & informed me of my lab results: sugar: 123 -after no food nor drink for 12-hr. period; she told me: “Your sugar is a little high -so watch your Sugar (intake) I thought she meant; I did not think to ask her IF that meant that I was pre-diabetic or what. I checked my sugar late one afternoon since then & it was: 132; I’d had serving +? soft drink, but previously my sugar stayed around 120 or mostlly 110 & lower, around 95-100 lots of times. I don’t have tester & chek mine, once in a while at my Mom’s, as she is a Diabetic & takes insulin shots twice per day. I take Zyprexa, 2.5 mg. daily, for few yrs. now; am bipolar, & as u probably know: side effects of Zyprexa is often: diabetes and high cholesterol too, i believe and now my cholesterol level is 253; just a few yrs. ago my former Doc said that ” it can’t be any better than my (cholesterol level) was. now i’ve been takin statins approx. one mo. now (generic zocor, 10 mg. daily).thanx!

    • ANSWER:
      you are probably not a diabetic yet. The lowest form of type 2 diabetes is call a diet controlled diabetic. If you sugar was still ok after you ate food then you are probably not there yet. However, lets examine the evidence. You have a family history of insulin controlled diabetes, you had a glucose test that was a little high, and your cholesterol is way too high. I would say that you are a pre-diabetic in that aspect that although you don’t have it now your family history and lifestyle choices mean that you will get it in the future. However all is not lost. If you monitor your food intake and stop eating sugar or high progressed simple sugars (like bread rolls and pasta) then you can most assuredly stop this from happening. Also you will be able to control the cholesterol and save your self from a triple bi-pass later. No other way to do it I am afraid. Go luck.

  13. 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

  14. QUESTION:
    Normal Sugar Levels for a non-diabetic hypoglycemic?
    I just found out I’m hypoglycemic, can anyone give me normal sugar levels. I need to know what is too low before I eat and after I eat. I also need to know what is too high. Thanks!!
    Rinita- That wasn’t my question. My hypoglycemia has been proven. My question is what the normal levels are..

    • ANSWER:
      All reading MUST be taken after fasting (not eating) for 4 to 8 hours. NEVER take a reading any sooner than 2 hours after eating! Those reading WILL be high, and they WILL confuse you/.

      NORMAL fasting blood sugar levels are 80-120. If the fast is a short one (about 4 hours, like the time between lunch and dinner) the reading are slightly higher, like 100-130.

      8-hour fasting readings over 130 indicate possible diabetes.

      ANY reading less 75 is considered hypoglycemic. Any reading less than 55 indicates an emergency, and treatment is necessary, possibly through the Emergency Room or calling 911.

      The Good News is the Hypoglycemia can usually be corrected with a proper diet. MOST hypoglycemics are that way due to poor diet– failure to eat proper meals with enough calories. This is often found in teenage girls with a bad “Hollywood”: body image. These girls are too thin, but they think they are fat, and thus limit their own calories to make the bodies try to fit the “Hollywood” view. This is a BAD, potentially fatal, mistake!

  15. QUESTION:
    What are considered high blood sugar levels for a 15 year old girl?
    The doctor told me that my average is 80 and my low is 60 but she didn’t tell me what my high is. I just came back from a Christmas party and I feel really sick. I think I ate too much sugar. I tested my sugar and it’s 105. Is this okay? I feel really sick to my stomach. Please help! I don’t know what to do. I’m not diabetic but I’m close to it so I have one of those blood pricker things! What do I do?

    • ANSWER:
      105 is fine. It’s common for even non diabetics to have higher reading of 130ish shortly after eating a high carb meal.
      Why do you think you are close to having diabetes?

  16. QUESTION:
    Glucose levels really high…(gestational diabetic)?
    Ok, I have problem here, I am 33 weeks pregnant and diagnosed a month ago with gestational diabetes. All my fasting levels have been ranging from 98-112 and my 2 hour after meals levels range from 127-172. I see a lot of 140s and 150s. My doctor doesn’t seem concerned, he said that just keep on doing the diet…but I am starving because I am scared to cause harm to my baby..I follow the diet but it doesn’t work anymore, no matter what i do…I have reduced my carb intake to 1/2 of what the dietitian told me but still doesn’t work…Less than 1/2 a cup of sugarless oatmeal with a few spoons of milk made my glucose go up to 172…and I was still starving…I called my doctor to ask him what should I do…since it’s a weekend, the doctor on call answered and said that I have to eat good and that I have to tell my doctor about my glucose levels on my next appointment, which is 5 days from now..I don’t want to wait because I know that every time I eat I am harming my baby…If I don’t eat well my sugars are still high and my baby is not getting enough nutrients, plus I feel really bad…I don’t know what to do…Any suggestions? Please help….it’s urgent…I am starving and worried about my baby’s health…Please don’t tell me to trust my doctor, they are humans too, and sometimes they seem interested on collecting insurance money than on my baby’s health…I just want some suggestions because I am desperate right now..
    Kelsey, I don’t trust my doctor, you are right…because doctors are not perfect, that’s why there are so many medical malpractices and negligences…If you trust your doctor like if he was a God, then I respect that…but you should also respect others…I am not just rgoing to run and do whatever other people tell me, but I do want opinions and suggestions so I can keep them in mind when I go see my doctor again. Sometimes strangers are more helpful than some doctors who won’t even look at the patient in the eyes because they are too busy…Remember, it’s my baby’s life at risk…

    • ANSWER:
      you first mistake is reducing your carbs by half. you still need carbs! and some people react to certain foods and others dont. my sister in law couldn’t eat potatos or her blood sugar would sky rocket but I could and nothing would happen. oatmeal may just be something your react to. high blood sugars will not really harm your baby. they will make your baby large but they have no effect on your baby till way later in life. it sounds to me like you are going to need to be put on insulin shots. sorry. just keep eating the carb amounts your doctor gave you!

  17. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar dangerously high in ”non diabetic”’, dialasis straight away! answer please.?
    my uncle who is 54 years old was brought to hospital this morning. He thought he had flu for past week or so as wasn’t feeling too good. He kind of collapsed this morning, therefor brought to hospital but did not go unconsious. They said his blood sugar level is through the roof. He has been fit and healthy previous to this with no other illnesses ever! He did not have diabetes. Anyway he is on drips at moment in hospital high depenency unit and also on dialasis, he has lost alot of weight over the past week, and has been very thirsty, but never linked it to possible diabetes!! His skin looks yellow and his is delirious at the moment, although he is able to talk but is very confused. Can anyone shed some light as to what’s going on! Doctors are just saying his blood sugar is very high and he is a sick man!!
    my aunt and family were with him but were told to go home for the night, that they’d ring if needed! Obviously the immediate family will be talking to doctors in the morning but I won’t be one of them so wanted to get some kind of idea..
    EDIT What would cause the high blood sugar? Does it seem likely that he is now diabetic, would he have had this for awhile and not known?

    • ANSWER:
      You have dialysis when you are in renal failure and that is probably what he has. He is very, very sick and hopefully, his doctors can turn this around.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is my sugar levels bad? I’m not diabetic but I check my sometimes?
    My mom is a diabetic and she was also pregnant with me and she got “pregnant diabetes”
    so i know i’m at higher risk
    but sometimes when she checks her (she has one of those home ones where you prick your finger and put it on the strip etc) and she checks mine too

    every time I’ve checked mine mine has been in the 80′s
    accept one time it was in the low 100′s
    but I had just ate less than 20 minutes before

    also I’m 16 years old, eat pretty healthy and I’m not over-weight
    I’m 5’3 weight 116lbs
    and i excerise almost day

    • ANSWER:
      Not only are your levels normal, they are truly, wonderfully, *perfectly* normal.

      By that I mean that there is a fairly wide range of what is considered “normal”. The closer you get to the high end of “normal”, the closer you get to pre-diabetes and full-blown diabetes territory.

      But you are nowhere near that. I have read in several places (such as http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/16422495.php ) that 82-85 is the “ideal” perfect non-diabetic blood glucose level.

      You are as good as it gets! :-)

      (great job with the weight and daily exercise, too.)

  21. QUESTION:
    Am I a diabetic? Blood sugar level 145.?
    I got my blood sugar checked at a free health screening service today. I got it checked about an hour after a (terrible) lunch of 1 1/2 hot dogs. Earlier, breakfast had been pancakes with syrup, 2 glasses of orange juice. I had 3 pieces of candy, and two cookies an hour before lunch. I have also indulged a bit too much earlier in the week with sugar. Could I have diabetes? I know they said my blood sugar was a bit high. I know I need to eat better.

    • ANSWER:
      Normal blood sugar level is 140 non-diabetic random, irregardless of what you eat, 2 hours after a meal. So, you’re just a little over but your diet is causing your body to send you some signals……like I’m a little overloaded with carbs and sweets….. Try to eat five or six small meals, low carbs, add some protein, no sweets if possible just try to eat less and less everyday I know how hard it is to just totally stop sugar, exercise even 30 min 3 X a day walking is good. Try not to skip meals.

      If you continue your diet and you have risk factors you’ll probably end up a prediabetic (fasting 125 +) and then on the road to diabetes, which you need to do everything you can, not to acquire this disease. You could buy a glucometer where you can test your blood sugars after your meals and see which foods are causing your levels to elevate and avoid these foods. You can buy one at your local pharmacy.

      Hope this helps.

  22. QUESTION:
    How long does soda affect blood sugar?
    Say if I drink 2 sodas at 6:30 p.m., will that affect my fasting blood sugar level the next morning??? I’m not diabetic, but I took my blood sugar level this morning and it was higher than it usually is. I have been sort of monitoring it since my Mom has diabetes AND I have a glucose tolerance test tomorrow a.m. Hoping by not eating sugar today it will be lower tomorrow a.m. It was 98, which is still not diabetic, but higher than it normally is. I know under a 100 is good, but 98 is too close for comfort for me!
    And to add to it, the reason I’m having the test is to check my insulin levels to control my PCOS, not to suspect diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      What you eat or drink in the evening rarely has anything to do with what your glucose is in the morning. For something with simple sugar like soda a typical person would be rid of the sugar within a few hours at most. The glucose tolerance test is not a test to check for PCOS. GT tests to see how your body is metabolizing carbohydrates. You go in fasting, your glucose level is checked, you drink a sugary drink and then your glucose is tested over a period of usually two hours. If your glucose is under 140 you’re normal. If it’s between 140 and 200 you’re considered prediabetic/glucose intolerant, meaning you’re showing signs of insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes) and if it’s over 200 you’re diabetic. You can’t beat the tests by not eating…you’ll just be hungry. To diagnose PCOS there are 3 different tests:1) by symptoms and physical findings, 2) hormonal testing, and 3) ultrasound.

  23. QUESTION:
    sugar levels?
    what is a normal person’s sugar level? if i am that, if i eat about 100 or more grams of chocolate or candy how high will my blood sugar level go?

    can i drink water to lower the levels? or what to do to not make it go too high?

    how much sugar would i have to take to turn diabetic???

    • ANSWER:
      In a person without diabetes, the pancreas can secrete the exact amount of insulin to cover what one is eating to prevent the blood sugar from raising too high. Usually, a normal blood sugar level is between 4-8 mmo/L (millimoles per litre) which is about 72-144 dL/mg.

      Blood sugar levels can be lowered by fasting (not eating. This is why blood sugar levels are low before breakfast) and exercise. Exercise and getting the good ol’ heart pumping faster increases the rate at which glucose is used in the blood, and therefore lets blood sugar levels drop.

      Consuming sugar does NOT turn you diabetic. Fizzy drinks, chocolate, sugar, sweets will NOT MAKE YOU DIABETIC. FOODS WILL NOT MAKE YOU DIABETIC, only alter your blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes means your body can’t make insulin to let your body use sugar, letting it build up in the blood, which is why undiagnosed diabetics have high blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetics DO make insulin, but not in a format that the body can use.

      I hope this answers your question =]

      x

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. QUESTION:
    i am a diabetic.taking insulin two times in a day.i am in diet,so i loose my weight too much.?
    i feel streangthless,tiredness.more than my weight loosing is bothering me.if i eat more my sugar level will high.so what vitamin mix i want to take or any foods that increase my body weight and control my sugar level.

    • ANSWER:
      One of the major barriers to insulin therapy for T2DM patients is the fear of additional and unnecessary weight gain. A healthy diet, vigorous and consistent exercise, and the use of insulin-sparing agents with insulin should reduce the problem of weight gain. The insulin analog detemir may play an additional role in minimizing weight gain.

      The best insulin sparing agent is Metformin. Insulin adds to weight gain by increasing appetite etc. Metformin, while contributing to the control of diabetes, decreases food intake effectively countering weight gaining tendency of insulin.

      For Insulin analog detemir refer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insulin_detemir

      Talk to your doctor about this.

  27. 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.

  28. QUESTION:
    question about blood sugar levels?
    over a year ago i was told by a doctor i was type 2 diabetic. at that time, my blood sugar was high, but nothing too crazy. i exercise more and watch what i eat more. i stopped medication too. woohoo.

    anyways. i still have a hard time understanding what makes my blood sugar rise and fall. i have noticed when i eat things with natural sugar like fruits and juices, my blood sugar will sky rocket. but if i eat things like ice cream, it doesnt raise all that high. why is this?

    will the foods vary from person to person as to what they can eat and not eat? i still stay away from breads, pastas, and limit dairy.

    • ANSWER:
      The amount of fat in a food makes a difference. For instance if I take insulin to eat crackers alone my sugar is fine but if I take same amount of insulin for same crackers but eat cheese with them my sugars will be higher. Sickness and stress also make a difference. Also juice takes no time to digest so it hits you as sugar more quickly always choose to eat your fruit not drink it.

  29. QUESTION:
    My mother is experiencing low blood sugar level recently. Always between 2-4 is she a diabetic?
    Even though shes been to the Doctor they said it ok but she’s worried it too low. And she also had high blood pressure. I just want to know before its too late.

    • ANSWER:
      4 to 6 is in the normal range. Under 4 is HYPOglycemic. Yes she has low sugar levels.

      My sister found that if she eats a low carbohydrate food plan, similar foods daily at each meal, she doesn’t get the sharp spike then the crashing. She has been Hypoglycemic for many years, like before they let us have the meters.

      Please check out South Beach phase 2, Atkins phase 3 or 4, Pritiken, Zone – Dr Sears, Dr Bernstein, and a few other low carb food plans.

  30. 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!

  31. QUESTION:
    Is my father pre-diabetic??? :( Please help!! Im worried!?
    Ok, my father has had two blood tests before. Both said that his blood sugar was too high and he needed to loose weight and exercise. Does this mean that he is pre-diabetic? His glucose and sugar levels were too high? Please help. I am worried he may be a pre-diabetic! :(
    He is overweight, but not by much.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello I am a Type 2 Diabetic.

      Has your father been diagosed by an Endocrinologist? How did he take his blood test? was he fasting or had he eaten? Obviously when you eat it will make your sugar level spike and it the Glucose reading won’t be acurrate.

      He needs to have his A1c checked which would require fasting for 12 hours. If your father is determined to be pre-diabetic, it is not the end of the world. He still has a chance to change his body into working correctly again.

      He will definately need to loose weight and change his eating habits and watch his carb intake. Please fine a Diabetic Clinic in your town. If you don’t have one try and find a Diabetic Educator or again an Endocrinologist. A regular doctor could counsel you but when it comes to advice go to a specialist because Diabetes is nothing to play with.

      I hope this helps

  32. QUESTION:
    Why am I always tired? I have fluctuating blood sugar levels…?
    I have done three glucose -3 hour fasting tests, they are all negative. I am always tired, even after sleeping 10-12 hours. I have rheumatoid arthritis and am on Enbrel. The doctors are puzzled. My blood sugar drops like a diabetic and I vomit and get dizzy. Then it runs high and I feel awful too. Other times its normal. What does this all mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Whats your diet like? Experiment with different foods. Maybe your body doesn’t agree with artificial sugars. Try a diet with mostly fruits and veges. They give me alot of energy. And exercise helps alot also.. Also, dairy products make me very very tired. So i stopped eating dairy in the morning else i suffer ALL day. Dairy consists with anything with milk in it(pancakes, cereal, waffles etc.)

      I become very tired if I oversleep. In fact, I feel less tired getting too little sleep than too much sleep.

      You could also be tired from inconsistent sleep patterns. Try sleeping on a strict pattern. If you take naps in the day and then stop, you’ll notice your body feels tired at that time expecting sleep. So try and stay on a strict schedule so your body knows when its time to be tired and time to be awake. That includes weekends. Don’t oversleep. Wake up the same time you do during the week. Your probably better off getting up the same time even if you went to sleep later than normal the night before.

  33. QUESTION:
    I think I’m pre-diabetic–why am I shaking?
    I think I might be pre-diabetic. Have had some symptoms, so I bought a meter and have been testing my blood sugars every morning, after a 9-10 hour fast. My morning glucose levels have been around 111-115, which, from what I’ve read, is on the high side but not diabetic high. So I started trying to eat better and exercise more. More fruits and vegetables, I eat a salad for lunch with baby spinach, oven roasted chicken, some cheese and chick peas, FF low cal dressing. I’ve been staying away from bread and sugar (I’m a big processed sugar person, too many cookies, brownies, etc), though I did eat whole wheat pasta the other night. The thing is… I found a website that told me how to test myself, to see if I might be diabetic. she said to fast overnight and take your blood sugar level in the morning. Then eat something high carb, at least 60-70 grams, and test and 1 and 2 hours afterwards. I ate two pieces of toast and coffee with FF creamer and truvia sugar substitute. My numbers were high– 184 (1 hr) and 148 (2hrs). The entire two hours, however, I shook like a leaf. I feel really wired, and I don’t normally feel this way. i usually only drink coffee for breakfast and don’t usually feel hungry until around lunchtime.

    Well, I’ve just eaten lunch. A baby spinach salad with string cheese, oven roasted chicken breast, cucumbers, and chick peas and FF low cal dressing, and I’m shaking again, a very low sort of trembling. I don’t FEEL good. My head feels funny… my mind is all over the place. I feel very…spacey, hard to focus. I don’t feel this way when I eat a normal meal. I think I get sleepy when I eat too many carbs (from what I’ve read anyway, that would be my guess on why I get so sleepy after meals). The other night for dinner I had one breadstick with my (whole wheat) pasta and I felt fine after dinner. Not tired at all, not shaky. Just…normal.

    I do plan on calling my doctor on Monday (obviously they’re not open now) but for the time being, I’m really curious… why do I feel this way? Why am I shaking like this? Am I doing something wrong?

    Just trying to understand things a bit…am grateful for any info you more experienced people might be able to give me. :)

    Thank you!
    Going too far in the opposite direction would definitely be a me thing to do. Thank you.
    I appreciate the scolding Dr. House, and if you read my question, I AM going to the doctor, but you didn’t answer my question.

    What part, exactly, of what I ate, was wrong? The toast? obviously. I fast every night. I don’t eat anything after 8pm. Ever. Never have. so my night “fasting” is actually nothing new for me.

    And what was wrong with my lunch? Why did I shake AFTER I ate? I was quite fine before.

    I’m not stupid. I’m just new. I’m allowed a learning curve. that’s called being human.
    I also eat carbs for breakfast quite a lot. A bagel for breakfast…isn’t exactly something new for me. What I’ve simply done is replace my cookies with apples and carrots and my pasta and bread with whole wheat options. Again, I ask, what exactly did I do wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe your just pushing yourself too much, that can make you sick and you need a little sugar to be strong and active, your shaking because you might not know it but your body feels weak

  34. QUESTION:
    Type 2 Diabetic wants to get pregnant?
    I have Type 2 Diabetes and would like to get pregnant. My problem is that my sugar levels are too high and I suffer from kidney damage. Does anyone have any advice for me?? I desperatley want to have a child but my conditions are stopping me.

    • ANSWER:
      You should ideally be under the care of a perinatologist.
      They are ob’s that deal with hi risk pregnancies.
      You will need to get your sugar under control to avoid birth defects and you will have loads of tests and check ups.
      It is a lot of work but all worth it in the end.

      You can ask your ob/gyn for a referal to a perintologist.

  35. QUESTION:
    Advice needed on Condition?
    Hi,

    I need some help, i found out last week that I have IBS and gallstones. I was going to the docs as I had tonsillitis and found out that a scan I had 9 months ago showed 2 gallstones of large size. I have been experiencing heartburn and bowel problems for a while along with painful discomfort on my right side of my abdomen.

    I am waiting for surgery now and have completely changed my life around in a week. I have quit smoking put myself on a low fat diet and given away all food that I thought wasn’t healthy. My fridge and cupboard looks like a health shop. Not a bad thing i mean I could definitely do with losing a bit of weight.

    My question is tho, with everything that I have given up I don’t know if I can drink with Gallstones and IBS. I didn’t drink much before but now it feels like my social life is gonna crash and burn too. I spoke to my mum about it and she thinks I need to stay clear of alcohol and drink diet coke. She has had too because she is diabetic with high sugar level so she can’t drink.

    So can I no longer drink? I won’t be able to go for an indian which me and my mates go for once a month I don’t wanna tell them I can’t go out for a drink with either.

    Help, I’m 24 and just getting over an ex so going out with the girls was just what i need.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Well done on the life style changes so far.
      It would be a good idea for general health to not drink alcohol in EXCESS. Remain within the weekly recommended limits.

      With regards to your IBS, avoid all provocative and fatty foods as much as possible, try including more fibre in your diet (50% of people say this is beneficial, 50% of people say this actually makes it worse) so it’s trail and error. Foods such as wheat, rye, barley, dairy products, coffee (and other caffeine-rich drinks such as tea and cola), and onions can be an irritant.

      Many people say there is an improvement in their condition if people they cut down from drinking a lot of alcohol, or stop smoking if they smoke. Exercise is also beneficial. Antispasmodic medicines can help your symptoms. Low dose antidepressant such as Amitriptyline may also help, it act’s as a muscle smoother which can help spasm pain.

      You can have the odd Indian meal, after all we all have to live! Just don’t make it too much of a frequent thing with regards to your IBS. Everything in moderation.

  36. QUESTION:
    transplant glucose levels, not diabetic?
    I recently had an A1c test done in November (first test ever) and my level was 5.0. I know my medicine for my autoimmune condition can cause high blood sugar so I recently started testing and most of my numbers have been totally fine 80s to low 100s. But at 10 pm less than an hour after two bowls of cereal for dinner, my glucose was 156. I was shocked, retested right away and it fell to 134. A 22 point dip in 3 minutes. So, my question, what would be considered too high for a blood sugar reading at bedtime for a non-diabetic. And should I dispose of the strips a certain number of days after buying them. I’ve had this one bottle for at least three months since I rarely test.
    I take it back, I’ve had this one bottle of strips since June. It took me 9 months to use one bottle of 30 strips.

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    I feel like I have to pee ALL THE TIME!?
    This started months ago, and I don’t know what’s wrong. I’m in constant discomfort, some I’ve gotten used to, but most of the time it bothers me. The thing is, is that although I FEEL like I have to go pee all the time, I don’t actually pee all the time. I still pee a normal amount (in my opinion), but it’s that I always feel like I have to go, sometimes nothing comes out, or very little. I often have difficulty falling alseep, because that requires relaxing, and I’m worried I’ll pee if I relax those muscles.

    Doctor has said it is NOT a UTI, they have run tests and it’s not that. She also suspected Over-Active Bladder Syndrome (but she said I’m way too young – 26 – for that), or perhaps thought it was related to my high sugar levels (pre-diabetic), but people with those usually pee a lot, not just feel like they have to pee. She prescribed Detrol, but it was going to cost 0, and I have no insurance.

    Anyone have any ideas of what it is, or what I can do to feel better?
    CRANBERRY JUICE IS FOR UTI’S, I DON’T HAVE A UTI.

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/225207

      check that out.

  38. QUESTION:
    What is a truly normal blood sugar number?
    I was having some symptoms of diabetes and tested my blood sugar with my dads meter (he has type 2) my fasting level was 97 and 2 hours after I ate it was 120. I tested again before my next meal 5 hours later and it was 140. I went to my doctor because my dad said that 140 was too high. Especially since I hadn’t eaten in so long and when I did eat it was just a sandwich. My first doctor did a fasting glucose test and it was 99. She said I was fine and was making up not feeling well. So I went to another doctor. This one said that the FGT wasn’t accurate for diagnosis so she did an A1C test. She didn’t tell me what the number for that was, but that I wasn’t diabetic. Then I was talking to my friend who’s been a type 1 diabetic for 9 years and she said that the A1C showed your average over the last 3 months. I haven’t been feeling sick over the last 3 months, and it had only been a couple weeks that I had been feeling bad when they did the test. She said it might not have been accurate enough. Is that true? I’ve been eating very carefully all year and exercising (my New Years resolution was to loose 40 pounds and I did it!) And since I noticed slightly higher blood sugar levels I’ve been really watching the carbs and I eat no more refined sugar. I’m still feeling bad though. Sometimes it’s not too bad, but other times I’m just SO thirsty and I have to go to the bathroom all the time, and my legs and arms have been getting really cramped up lately. Then I was getting dizzy and getting headaches. I have like no energy at all most of the time. And I get hungry, and then when I eat I feel worse. I’m not overweight and I’m very active. But type 1 and 2 run on both sides of my family. Could I be in the process of getting one or the other? Can higher levels be a warning that type 1 is coming, or only type 2? Can I even get type 2 if I’m normal weight and eating right? There are only 2 doctors in my town and I went to them both already. Do I need to find another doctor or just wait until my current doctor feels like re-testing me. Or is there something I can do myself to know if I really even need to go back right away? I keep hearing that normal fasting is anything under 126 and anything under 200 after eating. But if so, why are the “normal ranges” 70-120? I’m just really confused! Can someone help me, please? :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hello my friend,

      You have a lot of questions and rightfully so. I am a type 2 diabetic and can relate to some of the symptoms you are talking about.

      There is a great book called Dr Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution by Dr Richard K Bernstein.

      He is a type 1 diabetic and has been so since he was a child, he is now in his 70′s.

      He covers a lot of the questions you have.

      By the way normal blood sugars are around 75 – 85 (that’s where non diabetics usually are).

      I just checked Amazon for his book and they have it for only .79 (normally .99). This is for his latest book. You can also purchase his older books, they have valuable information in them as well.

      I hope this helps.

      Ollie G

  39. QUESTION:
    What’s Acceptable Blood Sugar Levels in a Child?
    My 10 year old son’s blood sugar level last week about 90mins after eating was 15.3 (275mmol). I thought this was a bit high so we’ve checked it a few times since.

    His fasting level before breakfast the other morning was 8.0 (144mmol) he hadn’t eaten in around 13 hrs. Tonight 90mins after eating dinner he is showing 12.8 (230mmol)

    He doesn’t seem to have excessive thirst and seems to pee normally but he can be tired and does complain of headaches and sore tummy’s regularly.

    I’ve tried googling to get an idea if these readings are high (they’re all higher than mine..I’m not diabetic but I’m 7mths pregnant and have been asked to check my levels for 10 days as I am fasting glucose intolerant) but can’t find a definite answer. Most places seem to suggest this is too high for a child who is not diabetic.

    Any advice greatly received!

    • ANSWER:
      The diagnosis of diabetes is surprisingly straightforward. It doesn’t require many tests to rule out other possibilities. The following signs establish the diagnosis of diabetes:

      a urine test showing a lot of sugar and the presence of ketones
      symptoms such as extreme thirst and frequent urinating
      The following test confirms the diagnosis: a reliable laboratory blood sugar reading of more than 11.1 mmol/L (200 mg/dL) taken at any time of day. It doesn’t matter when the child last ate.

      It is not usually difficult to tell whether a child has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. By far most children and teens have type 1. Symptoms of type 1 diabetes usually start dramatically because the pancreas stops making insulin. Ketones are much more likely to be present in the urine in type 1 diabetes than in type 2. However, if there are no ketones it doesn’t mean that it isn’t type 1. Rather, it suggests that the child was diagnosed early, before ketones had the chance to form. Unfortunately, early diagnosis doesn’t mean that the child has a less severe case of diabetes, or that treatment will be easier.

      In rare cases, it can be difficult to determine whether the diagnosis is type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Other testing might include fasting insulin levels, genetic testing, or looking for immune markers of type 1 diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, there are certain antibodies in the body. They are created in response to the proteins on the pancreas cells that release insulin. If these markers are present, it suggests that the diabetes is more likely to be type 1. If no markers are present, it is more likely type 2 diabetes, but this is not a definite diagnosis.

      The recommended test for type 2 diabetes is called a fasting blood glucose test. This test checks blood glucose levels after your child hasn’t had anything to eat for at least eight hours. The doctor may also use a test called an oral glucose tolerance test.

      It would seem that your child is diabetic. Go to the website below and check it out.
      So many website have such Acceptable High Glucose levels, which are wrong. Any glucose level over 140 causes damage , whether adult or child.
      Good luck.

      Tin

  40. QUESTION:
    Is my blood glucose level high? I’m 15?
    Yesterday, I went to a friends house that makes maple syrup. I LOVE maple syrup, so I was literally drinking it! I was eating pineapple and apples at the same time. A friend of mine was there that was a type 1 diabetic. He tested my blood sugar level and it was 158, is that too high?
    My mom got worried and went a bought a glucose meter. so she made me check my blood sugar level this Morning and it was 137 is that high? Mind you I went to bed at 11:30 and I was eating this sugary cereal. And of course eating more maple syrup

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on when you were tested in relationship to when you last ate you could be a borderline type 2. Ask your doctor to run a fasting glucose tolerance test or and A1c.

  41. QUESTION:
    Is the Red Cross Wrong in the Advice they Give on Diabetic Emergencies?
    I just got a new job in a gym and part of my training was to become Red Cross certified in First Aid. My instructor said if a person is a known diabetic, giving them more sugar water won’t hurt them.

    I come from a diabetic family (mom, dad, grandma, and 3 sisters) so I know a little about the disease. Couldn’t you potentially kill someone by giving them more sugar and their level is too high already?

    I tried to make this point to my instructor and she just ignored me and kept going with the lesson.

    Am I wrong to be upset that the Red Cross is potentially training people in the wrong info on how to treat a diabetic? I would appreciate any and all help with this matter.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m a long-time paid Red Cross instructor…

      Let’s look at this a little differently… what are the different signals of high vs. low blood sugar emergencies?

      Here are the signs- which is a sign of which?
      - Shortness of breath
      - Fruity breath
      - Thirst
      - Dry mouth
      - Dizziness
      - Nausea, vomiting
      - Changes of consciousness
      - Palpitations
      - Depression, slowing down, weakness

      More importantly- which will you remember a year later with no reference materials?

      Next, look at the pros and cons of the sugar treatment (and we don’t recommend candy or other ‘slow-acting’ sugars)…
      PROS-
      - Saves lives if low blood sugar
      - Easy to remember

      CONS-
      - If victim has too much sugar already, they get a little worse.

      Now- what instructors sometimes leave out is that if you have been trained to a different level by someone who has the proper training (such as a diabetes counselor, nursing specialist, etc.) then you should follow that training. I also point out that if you are helping a stranger, that they or their family knows more than you do.

      Also, remember the actual name of the class- First-Aid Basics. This is not meant to be anything too deep or complicated- just some basic stuff for the everyday person in everyday situations. Most of us will never use most of the material in the class.
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  42. QUESTION:
    My Diabetic Chihuahua going for cushing test!?
    My dog was Diagnostic Diabetic the last february, now he is getting 2 insulin shots twice at day, of three units. Last weekend the vet told me his sugar is high again and his leaver level is high too… thinking that he could have a urine infection and this could be the answer to what was happening to him, we did the urine test and results were negative. Now we are thinking he could have the cushing disease, what I first thought he had, but the vet told me it wasn’t necessary to to the test because he was diabetic. Tomorrow he is having the cushing test and I am 90% sure he has it, and I am so mad because I could treat it 7 months ago, but my biggest mistake was that I just believed in what the vet told me.
    Diabetes is most of the times a secondary disease, and most of the dogs with cushing (primary disease), have it.
    He is ok, but once in a while freaks out: His back hair gets spiky and he follows me everywhere, sometimes shaking .We think this is because high or low sugar level but it is so confusing, If low sugar, he wouldn’t do it after eating, if high sugar, he wouldn’t do it after exercising.
    What do you think?

    Jessica

    • ANSWER:
      I have a deaf epileptic dog. In the journey of treatments and diagnostics on him, I have learned to get a second opinion when ever medicines and testing is suggested. It has taken me 3 years and about 4 veterinarians to finally find one that I feel confident in. My collie was having troubles with her back legs when she was about two. The first vet I went to told me that she had kidney failure and to put her down. I couldn’t do that. She was otherwise a very healthy happy little girl. I got a second opinion who said it was a mild case of hip dysplasia and that she would live a full life. A third vet confirmed with x rays the hip theory. My epileptic border collie has been through three vets and they would either order expensive tests every two months or over/under dose his medicines. I finally got to this vet and with the exception of a few break through seizures may once or twice a year We have finally got him right where he can be a happy playful dog again. He is not suffering at all and we are not spending literally thousands of dollars a year in blood work and other tests. Keep looking for a vet you can trust who is knowledgeable and really has the dogs best interests at heart.

  43. QUESTION:
    Confused with Sugar Levels?
    I’m confused and need help. 1 ½ year ago I was pre-diabetic 2hr GTT was 187 mg/dl. I am not overweight. I always had high cholesterol, not from my diet. I took meds and nothing happened.
    I always get severe-shakes, sugar helps. I lost my vision a lot and I have floaters. When I did my GTT I was thirsty a lot and bathroom too. But now I am more dry mouth and I don’t care :)
    my glucose monitor results are never the same. Someday I will be high (in the 200’s) post-meals and somedays I will be 70-105 mg.
    I did another GTT and my 2hr was 125 mg :(? I feel worst than last year. My cholesterol is high, my good cholesterol low and Triglyceride high. My blood pressure is 173/177. I read that if your Triglyceride/HDL is above 2, it can mean insulin resistance, I’m at 3.15. Anyways, with my recent GTT my GP wanted me on anti-depressant. I am seeing an endo soon :) Is it possible my glucose levels are all over and it makes it difficult on the monitor or GTT. what’s wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:
      You have alot going on the problem with your sugar may arise form another problem. Talk with your doctor

  44. QUESTION:
    Fluctuating blood sugar levels?
    My mom’s diabetic, so just for the hell of it, I took my own blood sugar out of curiosity. The first reading was 395. I thought, wow…that’s way too high. So I took it again and it was 165. Took it a few more times just to see what was going on and it was 80, 113 and 80 again. All of this was in minutes of each other. So then I decided to test my wife’s blood sugar to see if it was me or the meter…and all four times, her level was 95.

    Are levels supposed to fluctuate that drastically? Or is there something wrong with my meter? And if there is, why wouldn’t it fluctuate when I took my wife’s readings?

    • ANSWER:
      First, did you wash your hands well prior to testing?

      Second, sometimes meters get it wrong.

      One time I had averted a near disaster when before I went to bed I tested and it gave me a 96. I was feeling low, and so I tested again just to make sure I wasn’t, but this time it said I was 26, which is very close to passing out. Had I not retested, it is quite possible I would have died during my sleep due to low blood sugar.

      Because of this incident, I will never rely on an Accu-Chek Avivia again, since this is the meter that I was using then.

      Also, sometimes, you might have gotten a bad strip or not coded the meter right.

      There are many variables, and if you ran many tests afterwords to confirm the others, it is most likely that the 365 was just an anomaly, and not an accurate reflection of your blood sugar.

  45. QUESTION:
    How do I know my diabetic cat is in the honeymoon phase?
    What is the normal blood sugar level for my cat?
    He tends to be in the 20 most of the time. Is that too low?
    How do I know if my cat is in the honeymoon phase? Will his blood sugar be higher?

    • ANSWER:
      ask your vet

  46. QUESTION:
    What is the normal blood sugar level approximately 4 hours after eating breakfast?
    I am 21 weeks pregnant. This morning I ate waffles for breakfast and have felt awful ever since. I am dizzy, nauseated, and have a headache. I am also sweating a lot and am very sleepy. I have never been diagnosed as a diabetic but my father is. I let my mom check my blood sugar 4 hours after eating breakfast and it was 169. Is this too high? I am concerned that I could be pre-diabetic or have gestational diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, sweetheart … and I offer that as a general term of endearment. It is NOT intended to be offensive, insulting, obnoxious, sexist or any such thing though, I must admit, I have yet to use the term to an adult male, apart from my own two grown up sons, and one of their friends who I have unofficially ‘adopted’ as one of my own … but you may well have developed gestational diabetes.

      You really need to tell your doctor(s) your findings as, I’m sure, they’ll wish to carry out further testing on you to be on the safe side.

      Normally, in a non-diabetic, the blood sugar (glucose) level would be expected to fall back below 120 mg/dL within 2 hours of eating, and preferably below 100 mg/dL.

      I’m not sure how much you know about diabetes during pregnancy, and the risks to both mother and child, so I won’t frighten you. I will say, however, that doctors would prefer your blood sugar level to be as close to ‘normal’ as possible.

      Congratulations, by the way, on your pregnancy. May you have a successful pregnancy, and definitely no complications.

      Blessings to you all.

  47. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar levels… can u help?
    My father in law we think is diabetic.. however am wanting to know when we should take him into the hospital. The man is 6’2 abt 270lbs, his blood sugar was 174 at 5pm before eating. He had 2 chili dogs and we tested his blood an hr later and it was at 119. Now one more hour later his blood sugar is at 200 ( this is after a cup of coffee with 3 spoons regular white sugar. ) He has been extremely drowsy and drunk feeling. Falling asleep in the truck, standing up and can barely stay awake while on the phone. He is very stubborn.. we are told for him to sleep it off some.. however he is almost to a comatose in and out stage. …. Am worried… when is too high and a must to get him to the hospital. ( I have had someone die in my car before after going into a diabetic coma … so am wondering if any one can help to give some advice )
    **Just was told he is type II… but like i said he is very stubborn.. we are going to check his sugar again in the next hour.. will update with that info .. if it helps..
    At 9pm the sugar is now 187 ( had 3 grapes and water before tested).
    now at 10:23 pm after another hot dog with chili and and 1/2 a glass of milk … his sugar is 99…. !!??

    • ANSWER:
      Anything over 120 fasting is diabetic. Anything around 140 after meals is diabetic. Get him checked out asap.

  48. QUESTION:
    Help! How much insulin to lower diabetic’s blood sugar?
    Here we are, on vacation, and hubby’s blood sugar has gone to 376. I increased his dosage of Lantus another 10cc–total =25cc. After a couple of hours, his blood sugar is at 370–How much to lower it? He normally takes 8mg of glimpiride and 12cc of Lantus–and his levels are in the normal range. Unfortunately, he ran out of the glimpiride -now he’s running way too high. Is there a doc out there with advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Lantus is a long acting insulin. Results on blood sugar from taking increased doses of lantus will not start to be seen for hours. In addition to this, if you would happen to give him too much, it would affect him for 12-24 hours, so it is critical that you do not give a diabetic too much long acting insulin.

      You either need to be patient or get him to a care clinic for evaluation by a doctor. Something might have to be done if he does not have his oral medication.

  49. QUESTION:
    HELP !?
    my mum and dad are both diabetic…their sugar level is pretty high…
    my grand-father was diabetic too…and my father always keeps telling me i will catch that disease too! i know that it’s not a touch and transfer type of disease but “IS IT TRUE THAT SINCE BOTH OF MY PARENTS HAVE IT, I HAVE A RATHER HIGH CHANCE OF GETTING IT (IOW, DOES HERIDITY HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS PARTICULAR DISEASE)?”
    (i don’t want to give up sugar!)
    IOW = in other words

    p.s. sorry for the caps lock! it was the only way for me to tell apart the question from the background…. :-P

    • ANSWER:
      This site is quite long and probably has the answers to the questions you are asking. http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

      Short answer is yes, type 2 diabetes is sort of heritable, and your chances of getting it are a lot better if so many people in your family have it. It means you probably carry the genes for getting it.

      Read the diabetes 101 site and get some guidance then see your doctor for annual physicals with blood draws to catch any changes in your glucose levels before they get out of hand and cause some major damage to blood vessels and nerve endings.

  50. QUESTION:
    Sugar level guideline?
    I need the under, normal and too much sugar levels

    My grandpa is diabetic type 1 (I think) and I need the guideline or something

    Last suger level check was 3?? and duh I know that’s high so pls give me a guideline or link or something thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m a slightly younger diabetic (40 something). Here’s a good answer:

      Too low is anything under, say 65-75. A lot of physical exertion (that’s relative, for some it might be a flight of stairs, for others, a marathon) will drive blood sugar down. Some people can remain lucid at lower blood sugar values, but 65 is a good cut-off: treat it (take in food) if it is in the 65-75 range.

      From 75 – 150 is an acceptable range. Some would say that you don’t want to get comfortable above, say, 130, but for an older guy, spending 10-20yrs with 150 won’t shorten his life too much. If it’s above, say, 180, treat it with insulin, using a sliding scale that you work out with the doctor/diabetes team (so many units per mg/dl above a target value).

      Something in the 300 range needs an immediate treatment, as it’s running away. If you stay there too long, the body will start to burn its own fat in an uncontrolled way (i.e. w/o insulin), elevating the blood ketone levels (lowest order ketone is formaldehyde, right?). This can lead to ketoacidosis, a deadly condition where the internal organs are being pickled by the poison in the blood stream.

      Someone who oscillates from low to high is probably suffering from at least one crash (low value) per day where the body is forced to release stored sugar from the liver. If that happens every day then an adjustment to the pump or to the shot regimen needs to be made.

      The goal is to have readings in the morning and >2hrs after meals be in the <150 range. Peaks above that from meals are expected. The lower you make that target, the longer you put off kidney, eye, feet, and finger/hand problems. The counter-balance, however, is that you'll probably have more low blood sugar reactions. If your grandfather can't sense them, or is not well enough to treat them by himself, don't be too aggressive.

      I should say that I'm not a doctor and this is by no means medical advice. It's good advice, though. :)


Diabetic Sugar Levels 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:
    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.

  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:
    Am I a pre-diabetic; sugar level: 123 after 12 hr Fasting; read on please..?
    Recently my Dr’s nurse called & informed me of my lab results: sugar: 123 -after no food nor drink for 12-hr. period; she told me: “Your sugar is a little high -so watch your Sugar (intake) I thought she meant; I did not think to ask her IF that meant that I was pre-diabetic or what. I checked my sugar late one afternoon since then & it was: 132; I’d had serving +? soft drink, but previously my sugar stayed around 120 or mostlly 110 & lower, around 95-100 lots of times. I don’t have tester & chek mine, once in a while at my Mom’s, as she is a Diabetic & takes insulin shots twice per day. I take Zyprexa, 2.5 mg. daily, for few yrs. now; am bipolar, & as u probably know: side effects of Zyprexa is often: diabetes and high cholesterol too, i believe and now my cholesterol level is 253; just a few yrs. ago my former Doc said that ” it can’t be any better than my (cholesterol level) was. now i’ve been takin statins approx. one mo. now (generic zocor, 10 mg. daily).thanx!

    • ANSWER:
      you are probably not a diabetic yet. The lowest form of type 2 diabetes is call a diet controlled diabetic. If you sugar was still ok after you ate food then you are probably not there yet. However, lets examine the evidence. You have a family history of insulin controlled diabetes, you had a glucose test that was a little high, and your cholesterol is way too high. I would say that you are a pre-diabetic in that aspect that although you don’t have it now your family history and lifestyle choices mean that you will get it in the future. However all is not lost. If you monitor your food intake and stop eating sugar or high progressed simple sugars (like bread rolls and pasta) then you can most assuredly stop this from happening. Also you will be able to control the cholesterol and save your self from a triple bi-pass later. No other way to do it I am afraid. Go luck.

  5. QUESTION:
    What would cause low and high blood sugar levels in a non-diabetic?
    Example to show what’s been experienced.

    6:50pm – Level was 5.5. This was 1 hour 20 minutes after last eating something small. That reading is fine I agree.

    9:10pm – Level was 7.2. This was after eating nothing but sleeping at the time. Again fine but a bit of a bounce upwards from the previous reading, without consuming anything inbetween them.

    10:10pm – Level was 3.9. This was again after not eating anything but sleeping at the time. Symptomatic of hypoglycemia at this time.

    Has had a few higher end of normal random readings, around 8.2.

    Has had few low end of normal reading, around 3.5 to 3.9.

    Any ideas what might be causing this and whether it needs checking out?

    No stress, no illness, appears after eating all types of food groups.
    Did I say anywhere that we thought those numbers WERE diabetic numbers? No. We know it’s not that.

    And we’re testing because we were advised to since there were noted low sugar levels by a physican and also symptoms of hypoglycemia so were advised to tie the two in, by regular testing.

    I’m Type 2 and so have a meter for myself.

    Doctor doesn’t know what’s causing it, yet, hence asking for other opinions.
    Thank you Para – best answer so far!

    Sweating, severe hunger (which actually has been ongoing for a while now on it’s own), anger and crying.

    • ANSWER:
      What is Britney on about?

      Anyway I wouldn’t be overly concerned. I am not diabetic and check mine in work from time to time and they will rise and fall through the day with or without food. Highs of 8.2, lows of 3.5 can also be fine. The only point of concern is the 3.3 drop in an hour. What symptoms were displayed?

      Edit: That does seem very hypo sounding to me, but she’s been tested and is not diabetic?
      How old is she? I’m asking from a hormone point of view, to be honest I’m clutching at straws now. If iI encountered this at work I would make a GP referral as it needs somebody a bit better trained than me to make a diagnosis. So I would say asking your GP to follow this up is the best course of action. I’d be interested to see where the problem lies. Might also be a good idea to do very regular testing and record the results in a diary to see if a pattern emerges.

  6. QUESTION:
    What food could be good to quickly increase blood sugar level?
    I’m not diabetic nor hypoglycemic. I’m prescribed to take some tablets that makes my sugar level low — a side effect.
    I’m not very big with sweets. I can have them once in a while but cant make me have them almost all the time.

    Any suggestions would be muchly appreciated. I just cant take chocolates and juice all the time.

    Thank you so kindly.

    • ANSWER:
      This is what we usually recommend to diabetics (but not necessarily) suffering from hypoglycemia. It’s a total of 15 grams of carbs so you can probably increase the amount since you’re not necessarily hypoglycemic.

      1. Hard (regular sweetened) candies (5-6 pieces).
      2. Raisins (2 tbsp).
      3. Fruit juices (1/2 cup).
      4. Honey (1 tbsp).
      5. Soft drink (not diet) (1/2 cup).
      6. Low/non-fat milk (1 cup).
      7. Glucose tablets (can be purchased from any store).

      I hope this helps.

  7. QUESTION:
    What food would be good to quickly increase blood sugar level?
    I’m not diabetic nor hypoglycemic. I’m prescribed to take some tablets that makes my sugar level low — a side effect.
    I’m not very big with sweets. I can have them once in a while but cant make me have them almost all the time.

    Any suggestions would be muchly appreciated.
    I just cant take chocolates and juice all the time.

    Thank you so kindly.

    • ANSWER:
      SUGAR
      Honey
      Twinkies
      Sugar Frosted Flakes
      Cake Icing
      Soda pop (NOT diet)
      Gatorade
      Rock Star Energy Drink
      Donuts

      ANY FOOD with sugar in it! You want to raise your blood sugar — EAT FOODS WITH SUGAR IN THEM!

      You can help “even out:” you blood sugar readings by eating Complex Carbohydrates. PASTA is a good source. Eating a SMALL bowl of spaghetti for breakfast will last you most of your waking day.

  8. 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:

  9. QUESTION:
    Diabetic Questions (2) My blood sugar levels average between 160 to 230, I am currently taking Glipzide…?
    pill in the am with breakfast… my values seem to get higher as the day goes on. Yes I am sure I should get back with my doc as he will probably suggest I take another in the afternoons…My question is at what point do they put you on insulin? What constitutes needing to go from pills to insulin? My blood sugar rises when I least expect it too…so I just wonder? I should say, that I am working to change my diet but it is a little slow in coming. I have just begun instituing negative calorie foods and it is helping. I am constantly craving sweets though. I didn’t used to? Sounds weird, my sugar is high and I am craving sweets, what ever happened to listening to your body? I need to add My dad suffered from diabetes, it caused him major heart damage very young…many operations in his poor life… he’s passed now, so I can’t ask him these questions… I am 34. –reiterating main question….. what constitutes needing to be on insulin?

    • ANSWER:
      If you can’t keep your blood values under 200 with consistancy, then they will put you on insulin. But the new stuff is NOT like the old. It’s man made ( not animal ) easier to control and you don’t have to put it in the fridge.
      You need to eat smaller portions, more frequently, yes I know that sounds backwards, but stay away from CARBS. (sugar, potatoes, crackers, bread, candy, rice…) protein, fresh fruits and veggies are your friends now. Hard cheeses (cheddar, etc), meat of all kinds, fresh fruit (not canned or in jars in syrup), veggies (try to stay from too much salt).
      Sweet potatoes in moderation. (white potatoes are a no, no…)
      Exercise, but don’t get overheated and remember to drink water..(not gatorade or fruit juice).
      If you like chocolate…remember DARK = less carbs…(learn to read the back of packages)
      1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips = 9 gms of carbs…GOOD…put some unsalted nuts with them and you have a snack.(like trail mix without the sugar).
      If you like/can tolerate soy…thats good for you too…1% milk..is great. Anything with HIGH natural grain content. (remember to keep reading the labels on the back…)
      Your Dr can get you into Diabetic nutrition class if you need it…
      (or go to www.webmd.com or try the american diabetic association.)

  10. QUESTION:
    I am a type 2 diabetic and was wondering what kind of whole grain food i can eat to control my sugar level?
    Also i play alot of soccer and sometime after playing i get all blurred vision what could be causing this? and what is good to put in my system after playing soccer that will keep the sugars level low but replace energy i have used
    Also i play alot of soccer and sometime after playing i get all blurred vision what could be causing this? and what is good to put in my system after playing soccer that will keep the sugars level low but replace energy i have used, also i eat alot of pears and bananas i love fruit is this bad for my sugar level?

    • ANSWER:
      The best way to figure out which whole grain bread or other food to eat to control glucose levels is to test!!

      At a snack time, prepare a food, say a banana. Test glucose level, eat the food, and test again 90 minutes after the first test. If the food has spiked your glucose more than 50 points, eliminate or limit that food in your food plan.

      Be sure to journal all this so you can refer back.

      As to exercise and being fuzzy after: Always have plenty of water with your soccer practice and have a good snack like some triscuits and apple slices and maybe a couple of slices of cheese. You want to have a balanced snacky after heavy exercise. 33% protein, 33% fat, 33% carb. Test your glucose frequently. Before the soccer and during (time outs?) and especially after.

      I really like apple slices, cheese, cream cheese or peanut butter with some triscuits after a workout! Apples don’t spike my glucose as high. Triscuits are all fiber!

      I recommend you get “Type 2 Diabetes: The First Year” and read it. It is good for long time diabetics also. Has lots of suggestions in it for food plan choices, exercise choices, snacking, etc. This book has saved me lots of frantic phone calls to my doctor’s office!!

      It is also good if your household would read it also!! They need to know about this disease and what it means. If you educate them, you will have a built in support system for help when you need it most!!!

  11. QUESTION:
    How to lower blood sugar levels with type II diabetes?
    My mother is a diabetic and she does her best to control her blood sugar. She used to drink lots of green tea after eating foods high in glucose and it used to lower her blood sugar. Unfortunately, she has just realized that she has kidney stones and the doctor told her to stop drinking green tea. Do you know of any other home remedy that she could use?

    Ps: she does take Gen Glybe ( perscribe medication) for her diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      There are several home remedies other than green tea. They are all natural herbs that you can find in specific regions, together with certain vitamins and minerals.

      -Bitter melon juice
      -Cinnamon
      -Gymnema Sylvestre
      - Banaba

      Some of the home remedies are very difficult to get, it depends where do you live.
      For more info check the source below

  12. QUESTION:
    what is the treatment if a patients sugar level is lower in the morning and increases drastically in the night?
    i am a diabetic patient,last week my sugar level was high in the morning and started decresing by night.doctor adviced me to to taking the tablet mataday1000,after three days my sugar level was 130 after food in the morning and it increased to265 in the afternoon.wt treatment should i take

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    Should I be concerned about these blood sugar levels?
    These are all non-fasting results and the first one was taken right after eating a lot of junk food:

    238 mg/dL
    125 mg/dL
    124 mg/dL

    *I am not diabetic or prediabetic, but diabetes runs strongly in my family.

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    Fluctuating Fasting Blood Sugar Levels with Diet?
    My fasting blood sugar last year used to be 115-119 mg/dl. After that I started exercise and some diet control and fasting BS stays between 85-95 mg/dl. Now if I eat lot of sugar foods in a stretch of 3-4 days then the fasting blood sugar next days usually reads around 103-108 mg/dl range. But after 2-3 days it comes down to 90-95 mg/dl. I have been doing exercise regularly.

    Is it OK to let my fasting blood sugar go up to 100-110 mg/dl range when I eat high sugar food and let it get down in 2-3 days to below 100 mg/dl. Is this OK or do I need to always keep it under 100 mg/dl by not eating high sugar snacks. My doctor told me not to check my blood sugar often because he noticed that I am usually maintaining it below 100 mg/dl most of the time. But I like to assess my body and my fasting blood sugar pattern when I relax my diet. So I do check my fasting BS at home everytime I eat excess of high fatty or sugar meals.

    Please advise if I can let myself loose on diet occasionally and let the Fasting BS read between 100-110 mg/dl as long as it reads below 100 mg/dl in next 3-4 days.

    PS: For clarity of readers. I am not a diabetic nor do I take any medicines. The reason I go to my doctor is because of my high cholesterol that is controlled by exercise.
    My blood sugar 2 hours after meals is between 100-115 mg/dl.
    My HbA1C is 5.7%

    • ANSWER:
      If you were non-diabetic, then eating sugary foods wouldn’t be elevating your blood sugar well into the next day. I’ve tested enough non-diabetics in my life to know that they are usually below 100 mg/dL by two hours after eating a meal, regardless of the carbohydrates, and 100% normal by the next morning.

      Also, your fasting levels last year and this year (after indulging in sweets) are firmly in pre-diabetic range. Pre-diabetes IS diabetes; it’s just diabetes caught early. Pre-diabetes is not the first step on the path to diabetes. There are many earlier steps, like metabolic disorder and insulin resistance. Based on your high cholesterol and pre-diabetic fasting blood sugar, I’d say you do have metabolic disorder and are diabetic, but early staged and well controlled by diet and exercise. I’m not criticizing you. In fact, I think you’re doing a great job. I just also think that your doctor is doing you a disservice by not emphasizing to you that you are diabetic.

      Here’s another problem – because you don’t test after meals, you don’t see how high your blood sugar is after eating. In the early stages of diabetes, blood sugar can drop after a while into normal or near-normal range, so it’s entirely possible you’re spiking well into the 200s. We just can’t know.

      As for whether it’s “okay,” that just depends. If you’re over 140 mg/dL for several hours, I’d say that’s not okay to do very often. As a diabetic, I aim to fast under 100 mg/dL always because it’s truly normal, but a few days of slightly elevated fasting blood sugar won’t give you complications. Your blood sugar after meals may be damaging you, though. It’d depend on how high you’re spiking and how long you’re staying up there, as well as how often you are breaking your diet.

  15. QUESTION:
    i would like to know how to reduce creatine levels for diabetic patients?
    my mother had thyroid problem since 2003 and got diabetic recently n feb
    she had sugar 400 and was aditted in ICU
    WITH KIDNEY FAILURE,HEART PROBLEM
    now she is fine without any medicine for diabetes
    she is on raw food
    her s.creatine is 1.9
    does eating sprouts increase creatine level
    i would like to know about the care to be taken to prevent any serios ailments related to kidney

    • ANSWER:
      DO pranayam everyday to control creatine and diabetes.
      Kapalbhati for 15 minutes and anulom vilom for 15 minutes. Find a Patanjali Yog teacher in your area to teach you.

  16. 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

  17. QUESTION:
    my husband had blood sugar test last week his fasting sugar is 87mg/dl and after taking food blood sugar was?
    19 9mg/dl , we checked again in some other lab fasting was 73mg/dl and pp was 140mg/dl is he diabetic ,why there is difference in sugar level in different lab and to can we check accurately for blood sugar

    • ANSWER:
      Both values are normal. Not even on borderline diabetes. The values vary depending upon the mental status of patient [because, tensions add steeply to blood glucose levels to increase], quantum of food, type of food, etc.

      First of all everyone should know the real symptoms of diabetes; much before going in for investigations..

      Real Symptoms of Diabetes:
      . Sudden loss of weight,Severe pain in calf muscles [below knee joints], reeling sensation after heavy lunch/dinner, unhealed wounds/injuries/gum infections, excessive thirst/hunger, excessive urination, blurred vision, frequent burning sensation/numbness in hands/legs and above all tensions add to the chief symptoms of diabetes.but, don’t worry. see a doctor at once.

  18. QUESTION:
    Taking calcium supplements with food will increase our blood sugar?
    90 minutes after food my blood sugar reading was 142 . So my doctor said I’m in my pre-diabetic stage and I need to exercise and follow a less carb more fiber diet to avoid becoming diabetic. I had been monitoring my blood sugar level every month using home-glucose-test-kit. My maximum reading was 147. I dint not take any medicine to lower my blood sugar level.

    In the mean time I was also suffering from back pain. After a lot of testing I was finally diagnosed to be suffering from bone-density loss which is called “Osteopenia” and my doctor put me on calcium supplement tablets with vitamin D a month back. But after I started taking these tablets my blood sugar level raised drastically. 1 hour after food it is 235 and 2 hrs after food it is 218. I had been following the same diet and exercise plan and the only new thing I started to do was take my prescribed calcium supplements which contains 600gms of calcium carbonate with food 3 times a day.
    I’m now very worried.
    Is the 600mg of calcium carbonate causing my high sugar level?
    I dont know how to derive a chemical equations to find out how much of glucose is generated from 600mg of calcium carbonate. Wish somebody explain me with a chemical equation. like….
    600caco3 + h2o = glucose +…..

    I read that I cannot take metformin tablets with calcium supplements because they might have reactions or interactions. My doctor says its nothing to do with calcium supplements, you are now diabetic. You should take both metformin and calcium supplements 3 times a day with food. I dont feel shez correct. Pls help.
    wow miz,
    i dint realize, abt my excess stress for the past few days. yes it must be my stress and not my calcium supplements which is causing my sudden rise in sugar level.
    i had this kind of stress related high blood sugar level(but not thz high) almost 2 years back and i completely forgot it .

    thank you sooooooooo much.

    • ANSWER:
      I take calcium carbonate also and take Metformin ER and insulins. The calcium carbonate has NO glucose in it so it is safer for me than trying to drink milk or have other milk products.

      I have no clue why your glucose should have jumped like that except the stress of the back pain.

      Metformin is a systemic drug designed to help the body to accept the available or injected insulin. It takes about 4 to 6 weeks to be fully effective. You might want to get some Pepto if it causes you some gastric distresses. It helps a lot while your bod is getting use to the Metformin.

      The only thing metformin does for the calcium supplements is make them more effective. Don’t worry about that part.

  19. QUESTION:
    what kind of foods must a diabetic have?
    I know that the primary concerns are about sugar levels and insulin and everything.
    So what kind of foods does any diabetic want to have in their cupboard?

    • ANSWER:
      You typically will want a medium protein, medium fat, low carb diet.

      Anything that raises insulin levels is not good. Insulin is a fat storage hormone. Therefore, you need to stay away from carbohydrates. I try to do no more than 6-12-12 grams of carbs for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

      Fruits, contrary to what most people believe, are not a diabetic’s friend. Even though they may be low GL/GI, there’s still a significant amount of damage they can do. Fructose, unlike glucose (sugar) does not enter you blood stream and then get metabolised. Instead, fructose goes to your liver and is stored there if your body has excess energy that it cannot use at the moment.

      The exception to the fruit rule is berries. Dark berries are good for you in that they reduce inflammation. In moderation, they can be health aids.

      Very high protein is also not good for you. Your body will create sugar from protein you consume in excess of about 50-70 grams. It’s known as gluconeogenesis. That’s what carbs aren’t necessary for diabetics. Your body can make its own from protein.

      You should eat lots of green vegetables though. Broccoli, cauliflower, green peppers, etc are all good for you. Colored pepeers may have too much sugar as may any of the root vegetables.

      Oils do not raise your blood sugar. So, you should eat good oils with your meals. They make you feel full and eat less. Stay away from the hydrogenated fats. Eat Olive Oil, butter, coconut oil, etc. Corn oil, soybean oil, canola oils, although unsaturated, are not good for you.

      You should stay away from carbs such as grains. Even whole grains are not good for you. Any carbs should be avoided. If you eat bread, then certainly make sure you have the whole grain breads, since the fiber lessens the impact.

      As a sweetener, I use natural Stevia. Nowadays I’ve been using the Stevia based Truvia. It’s not available everywhere yet, but it’s an all natural sweetener, versus the chemical ones you find now.

  20. QUESTION:
    Use of vinegar for diabetic ,cholesterol ?
    Is vinegar helps us to control the blood sugar level (diabetic) , Cholesterol and reduces the intake of food . can any one guide me in this .

    • ANSWER:
      I am afraid vinegar is absolutely useless as a diet aid, in reducing blood sugar or in reducing cholesterol.

  21. 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.

  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:
    Converting Carb Sugar’s to Blood Sugar levels?
    Hi, I’m trying to find out a rough guid of working out how much sugar’s i find in my foods will effect my blood sugar levels as im a type 1 diabetic.

    For example:
    Tin of beans has 21g of carbs, of which sugars 11g

    Now, if i eat the tin myself without insulin in effect, how high would it rise my sugars? or is there any way to work this out?

    I ask as i need to find a better diat than im already eating that helps me lose wait & not effect my sugar levels if i decide to treat myself once in a while..

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Good for you for trying to eat sensibly. It all depends on your body because different food affects different people differently. Just don’t be one of the ones that eats what ever you want and make up for it with more insulin. That is not good control. Your answer will also be determined by how active you are. If you walk or something where you are active, you can allow yourself a treat now and again

  24. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar Levels?…..im confused!?
    ok, if you read my other posts you can understand the whole story…lol….but in a nut shell i check my blood 3 times a day
    7:30 am….6:00pm…..11:00pm in the am my blood sugar is 145-155……..ant 6pm….i range between 90-110…….before i go to bed its 115-120. i just dont understand,,,,since nov when i was told im diabetic i lost almost 40 lbs, changed all my eating habits, work out 5 -7 time a week, no soda, candy, no junk food. why is my levels high in the am…..as apposed to a few hours after i eat?

    • ANSWER:
      When the food you eat gets to the stomach, it turns into sugar….a liquid kind of sugar….and from the stomach and intestines, it is then absorbed into the blood. And some of that sugar, is saved in the LIVER.

      Think of the liver as a bank of sugar. It saves it and it will give it back to you when you need it.

      So during the day, you eat meals and snacks and that makes you have sugar in our blood. But at night when you go to sleep, you go a long time without food. If you have dinner let’s say at 6pm and breakfast the next morning at 7am, that’s 13 hours without food. So at night, your blood sugar goes DOWN…..and the liver notices….and gives you some of the sugar that it had saved for you. That’s why in the morning, your blood sugar is high and you say to yourself, “How can that be if I didn’t eat anything all night?”

      So….if the liver gave you sugar at night because you DIDN’T EAT……what do you do so the liver won’t give you any?

      You EAT!

      I know it sounds strange, but try it and you’ll see how your blood sugar in the morning will be better.

      You need to eat a bedtime SNACK half an hour before you go to bed. So if your bedtime is 10pm, have the snack at 9:30pm.

      Remember, it’s a snack, NOT a meal….and it needs to have PROTEIN so it will last you all night. If you have, let’s say, cereal, it won’t last all night. Also, have breakfast early so it won’t be so many hours without food.

      Examples of bedtime snacks:
      A few crackers and cheese.
      Half a meat or peanut butter sandwich.
      A small quesadilla.

  25. QUESTION:
    If you eat does it increase or decrease your blood sugar levels.?
    I am diabetic and get confused I havent ate since this morning but my blood sugar is high at 275. If i eat right now will my blood sugar go up. I know it depends on food but in general will it change up

    • ANSWER:
      Blood sugar generally goes up when you eat. There are other factors that affect your blood sugar. This websote has great and concise info:

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hyperglycemia/DA00067

  26. QUESTION:
    am a type-2 diabetic for past 1year and am taking metformin . my sugar level was 80 in fasting and 170?
    after food for around two months.But after 6 months my hba1c level is showing 9. I cant imagine and my doctor is telling this is very high. how this is happning?

    • ANSWER:
      This means on average you have higher blood glucose levels than lower, it would appear that your are trying to get this under control a hba1c level of 9 is not the end of the world it just means you need better control of your diabetes than what you have now. You can both improve your diet making sure you dont eat simple carbohydrates and ensure that with each meal you have one serve of complexs carbs and also you may need to speak to your doc about putting you on another medication like diaformin to assist in keeping your glucose level a bit lower until you get a better handle on the diet stuff. Metformin is a great first line medication and is often prescribed as such however it is given with the understanding that diet and weight loss will be used to controll your diabetes. For the time being while you work out the diet which will suit you best or when you have lost some weight you may need another medication. You must speak with your doctor to figure out what is best for you.

  27. QUESTION:
    Diabetic Recipes and Food Products?
    My grandmother is 81 and recently found to have high blood sugar and blood pressure. So the doctor has asked her to cut a lot of fat out of her diet where possible and not eat much/any sugar. So with that said, I have a couple questions to ask:

    1. Are there any candies she can make or buy that are exceptional and will appeal to a sweet tooth?

    2. Anyone have any yummy recipes that would be good for someone with high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels?

    She loves to eat . . but she is finding it difficult to cope having to suddenly change the way she has been eating all her life. I’m going out and buying a recipe book for her tonight and I also would like to send her some candy in the care package.

    Thanks in Advance =)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi you can buy really nice sugar free chocolate from most supermarkets you will find it in the health food section it manages to fix my sugar cravings and tastes good too. (you can get dark chocolate so shouldn’t worry the blood pressure)

  28. QUESTION:
    What is the best diabetic snack you can eat as much as you want?
    I’m looking for something like a cookie/ cake, or ice cream, or any snack that has no effect on your sugar level whatsoever.

    I know all food can be eaten in moderation and I’m aware of sugar free jello/ pudding but they also have high carbohydrates that affects my blood sugar. I’m looking for something that has hardly any calories.

    • ANSWER:
      Low-carb baked goods made with SPLENDA instead of actual sugar. It tastes nearly the same and barely affects blood sugar. Splenda alone will not affect your blood sugar at all, because it’s not actually sugar. It’s the fats and carbs that will, so choose low-carb low-fat!! GOOD LUCK!!

  29. QUESTION:
    why is a diabetic patient advised NOT to take sugar in his / her diet?
    diabetes is “increase in the level of blood glucose”
    glucose is there in “sugar”
    glucose is there in “wheat flour” as well
    ultimately every food has to b converted into glucose..

    then WHY “sugar intake” is specially taken care of?

    • ANSWER:
      It used to be that diabetics were discouraged from eating anything with sucrose (table sugar) because it was thought that it raised blood glucose higher than other sugars. However, we now know that is not the case, that all sugars are treated pretty much the same by the body, plus we have new artificial insulins that work as quickly as natural insulin. What we focus on now is eating a moderate amount of overall carbs, whether they are complex or simple sugars. There is no “diabetic diet” anymore, and we are not banned from eating sugar. We just need to keep it moderate and make sure we account for the number of carbs ingested so we can take the right amount of insulin or meds.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    what is the diabetic related hair lose causes how to prevent that ?
    i had diabetic 8 years back since that i have been loosing my hair , i now i got baldness .also whenever i chek blood its shows normal range only . also i didt had any regular medicine for that . i keeping diet only , so would like to know reason for that i heared that blood sugar level make bacterial growth in skin .thats why getting oily and dandruff and all .also i would like to know if i want to have tablet after my food how can i stary my regular table that doosage how should be thesr i would like know
    regards
    amjath

    • ANSWER:
      I know that with diabetes you must be very careful when trying to treat other health issues. One thing that you might try is contacting WEB-MD on the computer, or speaking with a pharmicist, keeping in mind that you will have to bring up the fact that you have diabetes to them. You might also try speaking with a few of the better beautician schools. ( The schools that train hairdressers) as the teachers must be certified by the state not only to teach, but must pass a state bar in order to prove that they know what they are doing while you are in their chair. Above all, while anyone can offer a solution, before you try using a product/service, seek proffesional advice.

  33. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give me some tips on good food?
    am a type 1 diabetic and have been for over 10 years. I have been trying to control my evening time sugar levels and just wondered if anyone had any tips on what is a good evening meal, or any recipes that they would share as i am lacking enthusiasm at the minute and am stuck for ideas. I have 2 young children so cannot afford to spend too long cooking in the kitchen. Any advice and tips welcome, thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If the problem is you are too high before bed, then it’s a question of portion control and/or less carbs. Eat more eggs, nuts, green vegetables, lean meat, fish, and less starches, fruits or juices.

      How about Chicken Cordon Bleu? Not low fat, and not exactly simple, but really good. Just a little bread carbs. Serve it with green beans and rice, but only the klids get rice! Add a little white wine to the sauce. It cooks off. Or beef au jus, fried fish…

  34. QUESTION:
    Elevated insulin, but sugar levels are regular?
    Hello everyone,

    I’m visiting home for the first time in two years due to college (they always came to visit me), and over the past 8 days that I’ve been here after dinner I get bloated, stomache pains and a terrible taste in the back of my throat.

    After going to the doc for some regular bloodwork, etc, she diagnosed that as acid reflux because of spicier food than regular. The blood work came back with high insulin though. Everything else was normal. According to the Dr, I need to start exercising twice a day, cut down as much sugar intake as I can.

    Now does this mean that I can become diabetic or hypoglycemic?

    • ANSWER:
      It means you are at higher risk of becoming a diabetic. The higher amount of insulin plus the normal sugar levels mean your pancreas has to work harder than normal and put out more insulin to absorb a normal amount of sugar. Eat a balanced diet, cut back on processed sugar, exercise and go to a yearly check up. Since it was caught early if you take care of yourself from now on you should be able to prevent becoming diabetic.

  35. 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.

  36. QUESTION:
    Can weather affect my dog’s blood sugar levels?
    I have a 9 year old diabetic dog. I have her on 8 units of NPH insulin twice daily. I typically test her twice a day at random times. Typically, her blood sugar has been failling in the 175-275 range. Yesterday, I preformed a blood sugar curve on her. The blood sugar readings were ranging, on average, 100 “points” above what she typically ranges. Today, it started to rain. I am wondering if the change in atmospheric pressure (causing the rain) could have affected her blood sugar. I plan on doing another blood curve in a few days when there is no rain. Also, I did not change her routine at all. She did not get any extra food or treats than normal. She exercised as normal. Any ideas?
    Also going to add this:
    My vet does not know much about diabetes. Cannot find a vet in the area that knows anything. So, our vet has basically given me the “reigns” to adjust her insulin based on what I feel is right. I know I have to adjust it soon. I just want to rule out possiblities on why her bg was higher than “normal” before I do any adjusting.
    Also, she was diagnosed July 19 of this year. We are currently in the process of regulation. We have changed her diet and adjusted her insulin for that about a month and a half ago. She is 30 pounds. Her starting dose was 4 units BID. We gradually increased it to 8 units BID.

    • ANSWER:
      As silly as it sounds, possibly. I’m a type 1 and the weather can affect my blood sugars. Sometimes I swear the phase of the moon does.

      Call your vet and talk with her too, just to bounce ideas.

  37. 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

  38. 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.

  39. QUESTION:
    What are the best foods for a diabetic to eat?
    My friend who is a diabetic tested my blood sugar level when I told him I was feeling tingling in my hands and feet. I’m always tired to some extent. I can still work all day no problem. It’s at the end of the day when I’m feeling like doodoo. Any hoot, he tested my blood sugar and I’m not where I should be. He told me to worry if I start getting dark smears on the back of my neck and other places. I don’t get yeast infections and haven’t gotten chills or anything. I really don’t wanna go to a doctor. My buddy says I definitely got type 2. He also told me I can beat it with a proper diet and exercise. Can someone give a list of the best foods to eat for this diet? I’m thinking some fruits and veggies(not too sure which are the best) and wheat bread with nothing but water. He told me sea food was better than meat or pork. I’m thinking of eating white rice at least once every other day for carbs( just one little bag). Can someone who’s had type 2 and beat it tell me what the best diet is most effective? Thanx!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Because you specifically asked for the opinion of someone who has “beat” diabetes, I’ll tell you how I did it.

      First, Moxx has some good advice. You have to have a starting point. Find out where you are. Doctors are very good at diagnosing diabetes, but they offer no hope of a cure. All they can promise is to slow the advancement and help you control it. Educate yourself.

      I went to the doctor because I had terrible pain in my legs; so bad that I was only sleeping two hours at a time. The pain would wake me and I’d have to get up and walk and then watch a video or something before I could try again to go back to sleep. Then I started falling. My knee would “turn to Jello”, and I’d fall.

      I was diagnosed with diabetes. Doc said the high blood sugar had damaged the nerves in my legs and every once in awhile the message from my brain to my knee would get short circuited and I’d fall. He put me on metformin and glipizide. My blood sugar came down, but the pain was just as bad and the falling became more frequent.

      So, I started my education. When I got up because of the pain, instead of a video, I got on the internet. Google became my best friend. I found out that bone and muscle pain are frequently symptoms of vitamin D deficiency. One Doctor recommended three days of 100,000 IU/Day and then 10,000 IU per day. The pain was completely gone in a week.

      By this time my blood sugar was under control and I had stopped taking the glipizide. I had learned about diet and knew what foods to avoid, so I stopped the metformin. I’ve been off the meds for two years and my blood sugar is well controlled. But I was still falling down. My knee would go out about three or four times a week.

      I guess I’m kinda slow, but I finally remembered my old friend google. I learned that a vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to nerve damage. And metformin can cause a vitamin B12 deficiency. Doc had told me that the nerve damage was permanent. I found five studies done in Japan and Russia where damaged nerves had been regenerated using high doses of a particular form of B12. They used methylcobalamin equal to 40 to 80 mg/day. I started at 30 mg/day for ten days then 10 mg/day. It took a couple of months, but has been over five months since my knee has failed. I still take 10 mg/day.

      There is a Doctor in Arizona with a video that everyone concerned with diabetes should watch free at: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/simply-raw-reversing-diabetes-in-30-days/

  40. QUESTION:
    Why should a diabetic type II eat/drink high sugar things when they are ill?
    When a diabetic is ill their body draws sugar from the cells into the blood stream which is why their glucose levels are so high. Treatment is giving them more insulin and I have heard of several physicians recommend that they drink regular coke and other foods w/ large amounts of sugar in them as opposed to their usual diet coke & sugar free foods. Why???
    From what I understand the body just needs to be saturated w/ glucose for the time they are ill; but that is contradictory to illness, as most illnesses thrive w/ large amounts of sugar.
    Can someone please explain why “they just have to have high glucose while they are ill” (as one instructor put it)?

    • ANSWER:
      I have no idea! i’ve always thought that was odd too. maybe it’s a way to trigger a stop release of natural glucose in your body. a way to stop the production. i had my diabetic dietitian explain it to me once but i have very little recall of what she said…now i’ll have to ask her when i see her this month!

      i never drink diet sodas..gag! i usually just drink water. if im feeling ill usually just eat a tsp of Honey. it’s a natural source of pure glucose and works almost instantly to fix my problems. But i’ve only ever done that when my levels are too low, not too high. when they are high, i drink lots of water and wait it out….checking my levels every 30 mins.

  41. QUESTION:
    What if a diabetic fasts for 2 days without using insulin?
    Will their Blood sugar level go down do to not taking in any food (but not too low because they aren’t injecting insulin)?

    • ANSWER:
      The body has some sugar stored, and if the diabetic doesn’t eat and doesn’t take insulin, then the blood sugar RISES in the short term. In the long term, of course, the patient dies.

  42. QUESTION:
    what should my nine year old boys blood sugar level be?
    i need to know what my nine year olds blood sugar level be in morning when no food for a while and what it should be through out the day after meals. his school nurse done a test on him the other day and it was a little over 200 i have been doing it for the past day or two and the readings have been 191, 223, and once it was 91 someone please help me i made him a dr appt but its not till monday the 7th also his dad is a diabetic and has to use a pump. thanks so much

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    Where can I get list of foods (for a week’s diet plan) good for a diabetic person?
    WITH ALL DIET COMPONENT AVAILABLE IN THE PHILIPPINES.
    My dad, 47, has a diabetes (type 2) and I wanna give him his weekly diet plan from now on after he has reached a sugar level (?) of 14 recently. All the food should be available in our country, or at least here in Asia. All I found on-line were either UK- or US-based.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are few sites….. Hope this might help you

      http://www.diabetesinfocenter.org

      http://www.cooksrecipes.com/category

      http://www.healthy-diabetic-recipes.co.u…

      http://www.recipeland.com/recipes

      http://www.diabetesthesilentkiller.com

      http://www.bellybytes.com/recipes

      http://diabeticrecipes.blogspot.com

      http://www.worldfamousrecipes.org

      http://www.netwellness.org/healthtopics

      http://www.seniormag.com/links

      You can also buy the cook books from the following website.

  44. QUESTION:
    No past signs of Diabetes but a sudden BloOD Sugar hike of 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.
    Ho can it be a false reading when I was losing my eyesight too? And the dizziness?

    • ANSWER:
      As an RN and an insulin-dependent diabetic, let me ask how or if you washed your finger before you stuck it for the blood drop? I know this sounds really simple, but if you had something with a high glucose content on your hands or dried off your finger with a towel that had cleaned up a few drops of soda or something sweet, it would seriously alter the glucometer’s reading. Also, if your sugar was really that high, it would take at least an hour or two AFTER using an appropriate dose of rapid-acting injected (not oral) insulin to bring it down to 105. It sounds like the meter needs recalibrated or you simply had a false-high reading. However, you should give your physician a call due to your symptoms. Best wishes for good health.

      EDIT: As I said, you need to contact your doctor for follow-up care. Not to scare you, but there are plenty of things that can cause dizziness and visual disturbances that are not related to diabetes or even an isolated incident of high blood sugar.

  45. QUESTION:
    90 year old nan refusing to eat after diabetic coma….?
    my nan is 90 years old and sunday just gone she went into a diabetic coma because her sugar levels were very low.
    she is ok now but she is still refusing to eat, as you probably realise, thats how she got into the coma…,
    she is living with my 2 aunties, (her daughters) who are in there late 60s.
    1 of them is a carer who works in a nursing home and other is blind.
    my nan is refusing to eat and my aunties are just not cooking her any food because she says she doesnt want any.
    it is really worrying because they both dont realise they are playing russian roulette with her life!
    i feel some one needs to be there for her and make her eat…not get away with not having anything!
    they think that everything will be fine…?
    the auntie who works in a nursing home isnt the nicest of people either. shes never there and she isnt a strong person.
    is there anything i can do, i want to help as much as i possibly can as she is the only nan i have and who i have ever met….
    is there any helplines i can ring or just anything i can do…?
    they are not helping her out and soon its going to be too late?
    she has been in bed for days now and is getting very skinny?
    shes stubborn and picky with her food?
    o dear, what can i do ? any advice, i will be grateful x x x hope that wasnt ttoo long?
    i am in southampton x x x thank u
    just to let you know, my aunties are never there. 1 is always working and doesnt care and the other is blind.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a nurse who specializes in the care of our elderly, and my best advice to you, based on your nan’s age and condition, is to spend as much time with her as you can and just be there for her. Offer sips of fluids, and any kind of food she might like.

      Your aunts are doing everything they can hun, she’s 90, with health problems, you need to come to terms with your nan’s state at this moment and really think what does she want, not what do you think is right for her.

      Most doctors in a situation like this would most likely counsel a family on end of life, rather than feeding tubes, IV’s, etc…..

      I send my best wishes and hope you can come to terms with the fact we are all mortal beings, just be there for her now, that’s all you or anyone can do!!

      edit: you need to get over the anger you have for your aunt’s sweetie, I’m sure they do care and I’m also sure that your nan probably told them long ago to continue with their lives, you should speak with a grief counsellor in my humble, nursing opinion.

  46. QUESTION:
    is this a normal blood sugar/glucose levels? mine goes from 2.0-7.0 mmol/L…?
    Is it normal to have a blood glucose level (in mmol/L) of around 7.0? Sometimes it goes down to 2.0-3.0, but I’ve only been measuring it for 2 days, and this is while I’m on holiday, relaxing and having plenty of food.

    I don’t know if I’m diabetic or not, I have to do more tests, but wanted to also monitor myself while waiting…

    • ANSWER:
      Your BGL should sit around 4.0. It will go up if you have just eaten a big meal or something really sugary but it should not exceed 10 mmol/L. It can go bellow 4.0 if you have not eaten enough but this is not good as if it gets too low it is dangerous.

      Don’t stress over it. Just relax while you are waiting to speak with your doctor. Make sure you are eating regular healthy meals at roughly the same times each day. This will allow you to monitor yourself more accuratly and it will be better for you.

      I care for diabetics and the BGL can be extreamly irratic ranging from 1.0 – 30+

  47. QUESTION:
    Checking blood sugar levels…?
    I am not seeking medical ADVICE; I am going to a doctor, but I’d like to understand what’s going on or what could be going on. In the mornings, I’m generally about 90. 2 hours after eating high protein, low carb meal, about 120. If I eat pure carbs, in about 1 1/2 hours, the reading is anywhere from 42-60. I checked it 3 times when i started sweating and my vision got funky. I had one high reading. 2 hours after eating home made greasy mac and cheese, my reading was 196. I ate a lot of it.

    I was hospitalized for pneumonia in September and told them I thought I might be diabetic, my testing was all normal, but there was not a glucose tolerance test.

    I guess my question is…why am I having such low readings? the whole reason i started checking my levels was because i get those shaky, sweaty, weird vision episodes after eating high carb foods.
    After reading your helpful answers, I did do a search for hypoglycemia and found my answer! Funny, I’ve looked several times in the past week, but here it is in this link: http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/hypoglycemia/index.htm

    • ANSWER:
      the goal is to eat every 2 hrs , beans is your best source when i say eat every 2 hrs I mean snack in between meals . peanut butter on a half of banana is good . pinto beans with cheese is a good snack, spoonful of almond butter is good ,cheese crackers , every one needs some type of crab, but you need to find natural sugars such as in veg, fruits be careful some fruits have way to much sugar, lots of beans pinto pea, butter beans black beans , these have pro tins and carbs stabilize your sugar.

  48. QUESTION:
    Can honey increase blood sugar level? What is the difference between fructose and sucrose? ?
    Which foods result in sucrose or fructose? Which one is good for a diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes! Honey is still high in sugar.

      Sucrose common name: table sugar

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sucrose

      Fructose (read more at the link below)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fructose

  49. QUESTION:
    What is a good diabetic meal plan for a 35 year old diabetic man ?
    Please help me out. I need to know the answers to these questions but i dont have the book because i cant afford it for class :(

    Your client is a 35 year old male diabetic who maintains his weight and controls his blood glucose levels on 2600 calories a day. His usual eating pattern is:
    breakfast:3 starch, 1 fruit, 2 milk, 2 meat
    lunch: 3 starch, 2 fruit, 2 veggie. 3 ,meat
    snack: 2 starch, 1 fruit, 2 meat
    dinner: 3 starch, 2 veggie, 4 meat
    bedtime snack: 2 starch, 1 fruit, 1 meat

    2. use table D-1 in the appendix of your textbook to determine the grams of carbohydrate in each meal and his total grams for the day.

    3. how many of his calories should come from carbohydrates each day (use the AMDR range for carb of %45-65%)

    4. Hiw many grams of carbohydrates should he consume each day (use your answer from question 3)

    5. Does his usual eating pattern contribute more or less carbohydrate than what he should consume?

    6. Diabetics’ carbohydrate intake should be evenly distributed throughout the day to help maintain constant blood glucose levels. How would you adjust his eating patter to attain a more even distribution of carbohydrate?

    7. Develop a 1-day meal plan for this client by translating his usual eating pattern into food choices (use appendix D for serving sizes and foods in each food group.)

    8. If he is hungrier than usual but does not want to increase his blood sugar levels by going over his “allowed” carbohydrate levels, what are three foods he could safely eat?
    dinner: 3 starch

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    Why do I have such a problem regulating my blood sugar and energy levels?
    just feel so aweful after eating food and if a I miss food I can also feel really strange. It’s like a wierd butterfly feeling throughout my body coming from my stomach (bloated/full/nervous) feeling which makes me feel a bit weak, anxious and I can have a slight cold sweat in my legs. My legs seem to react to food by getting weak and a bit achy in the muscles…might be some reaction to food all this or maybe I have a pancreatic problem. I just don’t know. I’ve been tested for diabetes a short while ago and I avoid sugary and junk foods. I’ve been like this ever since I had some viral infection 3 years ago, and I think it has effected my sugar regulation and digestion. Could I be pre-diabetic? How can they test for this? Can any-one help?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your doctor and check the glucose level in blood. i also having the same problem because i am a pre diabetic.


Diabetic Sugar Levels Chart

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:
    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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

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  12. 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.

  13. 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..

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  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 Sugar Levels Doctor

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. QUESTION:
    CAN DIABETIC MEDICINE BE STOPPED WITH THE ADVICE OF A DOCTOR WHEN SUGAR LEVEL IS IN CONTROL WITH MEDICATION?

    • ANSWER:
      In the case of Type 2 Diabetes, your doctor will usually reduce your medication intake as you lose weight and control your glucose. They usually only lower it when you start getting your levels a little to the low side. Once your meds have been reduced to minimum levels, If you still have excellent control, some doctors will allow you to try going without the meds but will want glucose testing more often while trying to see if you can go without the meds. I have a couple of friends who have done this as they lost a lot of weight and exercise regularly. They are now keeping their BG under control without meds. One wasn’t able to control his even with the weight loss and exercise so he had to go back on to meds but at minimum levels. Diabetes is a progressive disease so even those who got off meds, may very well nedd to go back on meds as they get older.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. QUESTION:
    My doctor said my sugar level is 350 and I am close to being diabetic is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      Close??? If that reading is correct, you are well beyond the level required to be classified as a diabetic. If you ate prior to the test, 200, or more, would be diabetic. If you hadn’t eaten anything, prior to the test, for more than 8 hours, anything over 140 would be diabetic.

      Welcome to the club.

  8. QUESTION:
    Am I a diabetic?A week ago my doctor said my blood sugar level is over the maximum (6.5 is the maximum)?
    I have 7.4. My doctor said it can be reverse by dieting. He gave me 2 months to do it.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, what test was this result for?

      If it was an HbA1c, that is definately too high.

      Normal HbA1c levels are between 3.5 and 5.5%. Anything over that is either prediabetic or diabetic, depending on how high it was.

      If this was a fasting blood glucose, and you are living outside the USA, say in Canada or the UK, then 7.4 is referrring to how many mmol/L of blood glucose. A fasting blood glucose over 7.0 is definately diabetic.

      Look into the South Beach Diet, phase 2. You need to reduce carbs, but not too drastically. It needs to be a diet you can stick with long term. Exercising is just as important as what you eat, as exercise reduces the insulin resistance.

      I highly recommend that you get the books I mention on my blog, especially the one by Gretchen Becker. You can find it under the section Recommended Books.

      http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-NbDgUzQhfrJTXdmg.DfXS.Tx

      If you don’t have success with diet and exercise, ask about Metformin, which is an oral prescription medication that most type 2′s do well on.

      It helps get your blood sugar down, but it does take time to start working. It can also help you get your weight down, if that’s a problem. Metformin is the gold standard of oral diabetes drugs.

      There is one problem with it, it does cause upset stomach and/or diahrea in some people. They start you on a low dose because it gives your body time to get used to it and reduces the risk of this side effect.

      If you do start this medication later on, try taking it before meals with some yogurt. Look for a yogurt with no sugar added, so it won’t raise your blood sugar. This seems to stop the digestive problems for most people.

      By the way, you cannot reverse diabetes once you have it. You can reduce your blood sugar by reducing your carbs and increasing exercise such as walking, but you cannot cure or reverse diabetes. If you stop the diet or exercise, your blood sugar will go right back up. It doesn’t go away, but it can be controlled.

      Good luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    How to reduce fasting sugar levels?
    I am 59yrs old and diabetic my fasting sugar levels is always more than normal. I am taking 1mg Azulix tab daily half an hour before lunch as per the doctor’s advice.

    Can any Doctor give me some suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      Sunlight. I am not a doctor. But you will find out many answers here are far more accurate that many doctors advice.
      First of all your doctor should be strung up. He most definately should have started you on Metformin. A very inexpensive medicine for diabetes. Then if you can’t control glucose levels , then maybe the addition of Azulix.

      You can take up to a maximum dose of 2500 mg of metformin.
      But are you doing the things you have to do to control glucose levels? Perhaps you could get off all meds.
      Her’s what has to be done.

      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels.
      Here are the 4 keys:
      1) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      2) 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.
      3)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
      4) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.

      Don’t forget the exercise.

      Good luck to you from Thailand

      Tin

  10. 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

  11. QUESTION:
    does fasting for 14 hrs instead of 12 hour matter when checking blood sugar levels in a diabetic?
    I am diabetic. I was diagnosed about 6 months ago. I use to drink 8 to 10 pop cans a day. After I was diagnosed I started drinking diet pop. My levels 6 months ago were about 149. I tested my levels after 14 hours and they were 129. Does it matter that it wasn’t checked after 12 hours. I ate dinner last night around 7pm. I did have snacks all the way till about midnight (cheese dip and chips and a bowl of spaghetti). I tested my levels this morning at 9:00am. Are these levels accurate. Because 129 seems to be good. What do you think. When I originally got tested my doctor said my 12 hour fasting blood sugar levels should be 129 or below. Any one have any opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      Anything above 100 is considered diabetic and not good.
      Your diet is horrible.

  12. QUESTION:
    should I ask my doctor to check my blood sugar levels?
    I have pcos and have recently found that there can be insulin related problems caused by this that can lead to diabetes, I have not been checked to see if I have this problem since my pcos was diagnosed, but on top of that my mother was a type 1 diabetic, putting me at a higher risk of diabetes as well, should I ask my doctor to check my blood sugar levels as a precaution or should I wait for signs? all advice is welcome

    • ANSWER:
      How old are you? You really at risk of getting diabetes because there is family history but it not a must to have it because of family history
      The best thing to check your blood glucose at a basis of two separate readings fasting and 2 hours after breakfast ,also you should to notice if you have any diabetic symptoms like thirst,polyuria,polydypsia,fatigue or weight loss as they are the key signs that may denote that you have diabetes.
      For further data about diabetes you may check here :

  13. QUESTION:
    does someone know whats the normal average for blood sugar levels after eating for a pregnant type 2 diabetic?
    i know whats the normal levels for a NON-PREGNANT but not for a pregnant woman, i’m pregnant right now. my doctor told me that i have to be between 80-95 fasting and 140 after eating. its very strick i know its for my own good but what do you think about this?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi I’m also pregnant with type 2 diabetes I’m going on 23 weeks. My doctor says my fasting level should be from 70-105 and 1 hour after eating anything below 145 to 70 is okay. I guess each doctor is different. Right now I’m kinda freaking out cause my sugar was high after lunch like real high 184- I think I messed up this morning by eating a whole donut with sprinkles and then not eating again till 5 hrs later it’s been 3 hrs and it’s only come down to 174, and my suagr levels have been great up intill now. So kinda worried. Well enough rambling I was here to answer your question not tell you my days problem….. Sorry!!!!

  14. QUESTION:
    I’m 31 years old (160cm and weight 64 Kgs). I checked my sugar level,doctors said that now I am Pre-Diabetic.?
    Two years before I have done Urine test and blood test. doctors said that now I am in starting stage of Diabetic. From that time I am controlling my sugar level. recently I have checked sugar level in laboratory. Result came as 1.11 g/l. but normal range is until 1.15 g/l. Doctors said you are at risk. please tell I have Diabetic or no?. Now every day I am walking 1 hour. and dieting. But my problem is this year ending I am getting marriage. In this stage can i get marriage? what about my Children position in future. I can do more hard work and diet. but i want 100 % solve this problem. Please advice me to solve this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, to me there is no “pre-” diabetes. Like being pregnant, you either are diabetic or you aren’t. You may have a good chance of crossing that fine like between being non-diabetic over to being diabetic–your genes and life style (maybe other things they haven’t figure out yet) may push you over that dividing line. To me, everyone is pre-diabetic until they cross the line into being diabetic. Does diabetes run in your family? Do you have siblings who are diabetic? Were your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles diabetic? If so, you have a high chance of becoming diabetic. Also the older you get your chances get better of having diabetes since cells sometime die off that you needed to continue to work to keep thing in control. If you are very careful with your diet (keep your carbohydrates and sugars intake very low–but you need some carbs to live so you can’t give them all up) and get sufficient exercise, you can often keep your blood glucose either normal or very close to normal so you are less likely to have the damaging effects of diabetes. And unless your glucose level is very high a lot, it shouldn’t affect your ability to produce children (well, as long as everything else that entails is working right). At this point, your kids may inherit any diabetic gene you carry but that doesn’t mean they will get diabetes and science is always coming up with more and better ways of curing or at least controlling diseases and things. You shouldn’t let your doctor’s diagnosis stop you from leading a full, happy, loving life. Just cut down on the sweet stuff (including fruit-don’t overdo eating fruit but you can eat some), don’t overdo the carbs, stay active to keep your circulation moving. These days there are pills you can take to help you control diabetes (when paired with exercise and diet), and even if you get to the point where you need insulin, it shouldn’t stop you from marrying, having kids, living to a good old age. My dad was 92 when he died and he had diabetes. The nurse who gave me my diabetes handling classes has been a diabetic all her life and she has a family, a job, goes hiking and camping regularly, seems to lead a full life without having to compromise on anything except she is careful what she eats–if she eats a plate of pasta (high carbs), she’ll compensate by taking an extra long walk or go running or clean the house afterward which brings down her numbers.

      You should talk to your fiancee about this if she will be cooking for you when you marry–she may need to learn other ways of cooking (or at least change some of the ingredients she normally would use in her cooking so you aren’t eating things that will encourage diabetes). A diabetic diet isn’t too different from a regular diet, just has less carbs and sweet stuff–some of us who normally eat healthy all the time only have to fine tune most of our meals slightly.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are the “normal”, (non-diabetic) blood sugar ranges, before and after meals?
    I have diabetes II, and want to use diet and exercise to improve my health. My doctor doesn’t spend much time answering my questions, and I can’t get a straight answer about the normal ranges for blood sugar for non-diabetics, which I want to compare to my own, to see how far off I am (rather than just pulling out pills or insulin to normalize my blood sugar levels. If I find a particular food or activity makes my condition worse, I want to modify my activity level, or food choices. I want to take control of my condition, not just be lazy and take pills.
    I am 62, and have diabetes II. I am not significantly overweight (only 20 lbs). I want to take control of my own health, and use diet and exercise to improve my health. I know how my blood sugar reacts when I eat certain foods, but would like to know what the ranges are for “normal”, non diabetics, (before meals, 2 hours after, etc.) so that I can have a goal to work towards. I can’t seem to get a straight answer on this. My doctor said to use insulin “temporarily”, then later said that most people have to stay on it once they start. I know other diabetics whose blood sugar levels are much worse (double what mine are), who don’t use insulin, (though significantly overweight, and inactive) and while I want to improve my condition, I don’t want to do anything stupid, and make my condition worse.

    If I have the “normal” range as a goal, and can see how certain foods or activities effect me, I can attempt to modify my food choices and activity level to improve my health.

    • ANSWER:
      I just received this information that you are asking for from my nutritionist last week.

      People without Diabetes
      Fasting – 70-100
      2 hours after meal – 70-120

      People with Diabetes: Ideal
      Fasting – 80-120
      2 hours after meal – 100-140

      People with Diabetes: Target
      Fasting – 80-140
      2 hours after meal – 100-160

      I am a T2, diagnoised 2 months ago. My doctor set these goals for me.

      Fasting – less than 105
      2 hours after meals – less than 130

  16. QUESTION:
    I am a 15 Yeard Old Type 1 Diabetic. Normal Blood Sugar levels 100-150 ml. And 6 foot. But A1C is High? Help?
    Ok, I’ve been going to the doctors for about over 1 year now. And My Doctor Keeps telling me My a1c is 14! Although My blood sugar is in the 100-150′s range!??!! What’s going on. I’m gaining weight, and I’m getting taller. But Still, They Keep Telling me i need to lower that number. So right now, My blood Insulin ratio is ” 1 For every 7 Carbs” and at night I take 37 Lantus. But Still, She keeps telling me that I’m not taking care of myself… And It’s Starting to feel like a burden on my family.. Because i go every 3 months, and my parents miss work because of it. And It’s starting to really annoy them, and annoy me. And I feel like it makes my parents feel like crap. So, Is She Right? And I’m Just arrogant. Or What ?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all you need an endocrinologist.
      Take a diabetes care class and see a dietitian.

      You need to use a fast acting insulin when eating.
      Any endo can give you solutions to this problem.
      Perhaps an insulin pump can help ?
      I wish you the best.Don’t give up.This can be treated.

  17. QUESTION:
    i am type 2 diabetic and have to avoid sugar the best i can, however no doctor will answer me the following?
    if i drink pils lager, it boasts in there adverts that the sugar turns to alcohol, so in effect there is no sugar in it, does that mean i can get commode hogging drunk without fears of upsetting my sugar levels
    Doctors wont tell me because they are not permitted to indorce alcohol, but i think there silence answers the question anyway

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately your “commode hugging” days are over, I’m afraid. However, you can consume modest amounts of alcohol if you do a little experimenting and check your BG’s to see how they react. I’d recommend you pick 2 or 3 of your favorite things to drink, do some experimentation with those, and then stick to those items. Most alcoholic beverages do have some carbs in them, but the tricky part is that 2-6 hours later, the alcohol makes your blood glucose crash. For most people, eating a fatty snack with some carbs along with your drink prevents this dip (some nuts, a few potato chips, some french fries). Try that and check your BG every hour and track it to see how you’re doing. If you’re too high within a couple of hours, try postponing your snack for an hour or two. Only one or two drinks at the most…you need to keep your wits about you and keep your portions modest, but you can still have fun!

  18. 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.

  19. QUESTION:
    What Is The Ideal Sugar Level For A Non-Diabetic?
    I am not a diabetic and I got my blood sugar tested today and it was 126. I ate before and the Doctor suggested that it may be lower if I fasted? Should I worry about anything or just take another test before I eat anything (fasted)?

    • ANSWER:
      80-120 is the normal rate. A 126 is nothing to be alarmed at so just relax. You had eaten and that could explain the very slight increase.

  20. QUESTION:
    my husband was told by a doctor, 2yrs ago that he was a diabetic.,he has never taken medicine and sugar level.
    is always between 300 and 485! A pretty worried wife. have asked family and friends to talk to his but that was like kicking against bricks. he often falls asleep while talking. very,very moody, like a woman with her friend EVE. Refuse to go to the doctor,and again it has been 2yrs. without any medication., what could happen to my husband, he really think that he is okay.

    • ANSWER:
      You already know what can happen. He’s at extreme risk for a heart attack, stroke, blindness, gangrene in his feet and hands, kidney failure…and in short he’s going to cut his life in half.

      It’s easy to say that it’s his choice. But the reality is that you love him and don’t want to see him go through this.

      The only thing that I can imagine will get through to him is the idea of losing you. If you walk out the door and refuse to return until he a) sees the doctor, b) takes his medicine, and c) controls his sugar everyday, I would imagine he’d pay attention. It might not be today, or even tomorrow. But he loves you and doesn’t want to live without you…just as you don’t want to live without him because he refuses to take care of himself. Let him understand what the loss that you fear is and how it will feel to live without him.

  21. QUESTION:
    I have been diagnosed with depression, I am diabetic. my blood sugar is very unstable why?
    I have been diabetic for 20 years, Type 1, Had panic attacks during the last year, finally went to the doctor who has given me betablockers, My heart beat has slowed down and I am much calmer most of the time but when I feel stressed my blood sugar levels rise, and I fell even more anxious, why?,

    • ANSWER:
      Well, it is the flight or fight sydrome. When we are stressed our blood sugar goes up so we can fight our way out of that paper bag. Then our stress goes away and that extra energy has to go somewhere. And that makes mood swings. So ask yourself this question when you are feeling stressed: Is this a mountain or a molehill? I have been walking this tightrope for 50 years. Just hang on and keep on keeping on.

  22. QUESTION:
    When to call the doctor with high blood sugar?
    Hi, I am 27 type 1 diabetic for almost 10 yrs. I have not had a problem with high blood sugar levels for 8 yrs or so. I think I am having that probelm today. Woke up this morning had a reading of 315 took my morning dose hasnt gone down. I am tired, slight headache, dry mouth shortness of breath and seem to be having a hard time catching my breath. I have been ill with a bad chest cold. I am at work and cant get to the pharmacy till later to get some strips to check for ketones but it has me worried. Was wandering when should emergancy care be needed for high blood sugar? Should I call the doc now or see if things improve later in the day?

    • ANSWER:
      You should definitely call your doctor. You are symptomatic- high blood sugar, tired, headache, and short of breath. These symptoms should not be ignored. Though emergent care may not be needed now, you should be seen by physician soon before it is. Don’t wait. Go home sick from work and see your doc!

  23. QUESTION:
    What can you eat to control blood sugar levels? (no medicen)?
    My mom is diabetic and shes having trouble controling her blood sugar lately. Its hard for her to excersice because she has a fibroid that makes her bleed a lot. She also has knee problems so from time to time, if she walks or stands to much, it starts to hurt and the bones click together. We don’t have medical insurance so we’re trying to avoid the doctor as long as we can. So, what can she eat to control her blood sugar levels? (no medicen). And if you have any other suggestions towrds what we can do, it would be greatly appreciated.(: thankyou.

    • ANSWER:
      Eating several smaller meals over the course of the day rather than the traditional “3 squares a day” is one way to help maintain a more steady blood glucose level without having big fluctuations; like falling below 80 or going above 180.

      There is some research showing that one to six grams of cinnamon daily can lower cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar levels (Diabetes Care, Dec. 2003 & http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes/AN00939 ). Investigators at Arizona State University reported that two tablespoons of vinegar before a starchy meal can significantly reduce the rise in blood glucose (Diabetes Care, Jan. 2004). A Swedish and a Japanese study showed similar results. A healthy diet for diabetics/pre-diabetics doesn’t have to mean cutting out certain foods; all kinds of foods can be eaten, just in moderation. There has been some discussion of limiting certain high glycemic foods to better control blood glucose see these sites for more information (http://www.diabetes.ca/Section_About/glycemic.asp , http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes/AN00754 & http://diabetes.webmd.com/glycemic-index-good-versus-bad-carbs ,)

      It is important to get some kind of exercise as this not only helps maintain a healthy weight, it really helps to control the blood sugar levels. If she has access to a swimming pool, she can do exercises that are non-weight bearing. Exercise can be done while sitting too! Most PBS stations air an exercise show that is designed for those with limited mobility called Sit and Be Fit (http://www.sitandbefit.com/ ). Plus, your local library probably has some similar exercise videos.

      I know you said without health insurance, she’s trying to avoid going to the doctor, but if she is having trouble keeping her blood sugar in check, she is running the risk of permanently damaging her health. Does the area where you live have a low-cost health clinic or a university hospital? She can be seen there for little to no cost according to your need. There are also programs to get lower cost prescriptions; Wal Mart now offers prescriptions for generic drugs (http://www.walmartfacts.com/articles/4464.aspx) & Partnership For Prescription Assistance (https://www.pparx.org/Intro.php or 1-800-4PPA-NOW) is a program designed to help people find low cost prescription plans in their area.

      Like some other answerers have said, if she doesn’t have one already, she does need to have some sort of blood glucose meter. The generic blood glucose monitors can be cheaper in the long run because the test strips aren’t as expensive as some of the more well-known ones. Ask your local pharmacist which ones are the best/cheapest and they will be able to help find one for her.

      Here are some more helpful resources online:

      National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) – Diabetic Food Pyramid

      http://www.ndep.nih.gov/diabetes/MealPlanner/pyramid.htm

      Great information on meal planning, serving sizes and recipes

      American Diabetes Association

      http://www.diabetes.org/home.jsp

      Not only do they have LOTS of helpful information on Diabetes, they also have meal plans/recipes.

      Diabetes.com – “What The Blood Glucose Numbers Mean”

      http://www.bddiabetes.com/us/main.aspx?cat=1&id=237

      This has a chart that gives information on what may be causing certain blood glucose readings.

  24. QUESTION:
    my dad has diabetes type 2,is sugar levels continue to be high(21)although he is taking 3 diabetic tablets?
    he also has high blood pressure and high cholestorol,his doctor said today there isnt any more mediction he can give,despite his high sugar level he is showing no signs of any symptoms that his diabetes is out of control,he has been diabetic for 5 years and has been properly diagnosed.Would any other ilnesses make things like sugar etc stay high apart from diabetes?? thanx
    i am in the uk so would the drugs you are talking about be available over here? i do know my dad does not eat anything sweet etc and does stick to his diet,he has lost 10lb in a month,he would hate having to use insulin.

    • ANSWER:
      I am in a similar situation. Sometimes there is a lot of trial and error in finding the right combination of medicines. Have him ask his doctor about Byetta. It is a new medication that is made from the saliva of Gila Monster lizards (no kidding!) I take it twice a day and my blood sugar is
      now perfect. It also makes you lose weight. I’ve lost over 25 pounds in 3 months on it. It makes you feel full so you eat less. It is worth a shot.

  25. QUESTION:
    What are the long term effect of LOW blood sugar levels?
    I have constantly low blood sugar levels and am curious what the long term effects might be. It is very easy to find information on high blood sugar levels, but not low levels. My doctor and my endocrinologist seem to think there is no reason for concern, that only high blood sugar will cause problems. Can anyone tell me if this is true?

    Some details if you like: I am not considered diabetic or pre-diabetic. The highest my blood sugar has ever been documented is 138. My levels tend to run at 80 to 100 after meals and 60 to 70 before meals. But I have a food allergy (dairy) that makes it to drop down to 50 or lower, and also stress (physical or mental) will cause it to run low. I try to avoid dairy and stress, but that’s not always possible. I’m just curious what I should be on the lookout for…would it be the same problems that high blood sugar causes?

    • ANSWER:
      In order for your brain to function properly, it requires a steady supply of energy, in the form of glucose–sugars reaped from carbohydrates in food. If glucose levels drop too low, your mental clarity may suffer.

      Hypoglycemia can cause mental confusion and impaired ability to complete usual tasks.

      People experiencing hypoglycemia often exhibit anxiousness or physical shakiness.

      Hypoglycemia may lead to heart palpitations or loss of consciousness. If your heart rate increases significantly, you may also experience physical tremors in your hands or other body parts, increased body temperature and sweating.

      You are correct to stay informed especially when it comes to your health.

      Hope this helps.

  26. QUESTION:
    How to lower blood sugar levels with type II diabetes?
    My mother is a diabetic and she does her best to control her blood sugar. She used to drink lots of green tea after eating foods high in glucose and it used to lower her blood sugar. Unfortunately, she has just realized that she has kidney stones and the doctor told her to stop drinking green tea. Do you know of any other home remedy that she could use?

    Ps: she does take Gen Glybe ( perscribe medication) for her diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      There are several home remedies other than green tea. They are all natural herbs that you can find in specific regions, together with certain vitamins and minerals.

      -Bitter melon juice
      -Cinnamon
      -Gymnema Sylvestre
      - Banaba

      Some of the home remedies are very difficult to get, it depends where do you live.
      For more info check the source below

  27. QUESTION:
    I’m a pre-diabetic and i woke up to a sugar level os 123?
    I’m 15 and my doctor told me that after fasting overnight my sugar levels should be lower than 105 for non-diabetics, 106-119 for pre-diabetics, and if its 120 or higher than I have type 1 diabetes. What should I do my mom says its no big deal but i’m getting worried…

    • ANSWER:
      contact your GP. or read about idabetic treatment online through google.

  28. QUESTION:
    What sugar levels would be considered for gestational diabetes?
    My doctor is convinced that I’m still 35 weeks pregnant, however, my son is measuring a bit larger than what he’s supposed to. He’s 7lbs. 7oz. at this point, and they say that he’s measuring as if I’m 38 weeks. Well, my doctor says that I could be struggling with gestational diabetes. I already took the one hour and the three hour glucose tests and the one hour came back a little high, but the three hour was fine. She seems to think that maybe I slipped through the cracks, so for the last couple of days, I’ve been monitoring my sugar with a meter. She didn’t tell me what numbers were considered high or low, or diabetic or not, does anyone out there know? I’ve been testing four times a day, once in the morning after fasting and two hours after each meal. In the morning, I’ve been running in the high 80′s to mid 90′s and bfast has been under 120 usually, however my lunch and dinner have been anywhere from 115-139, is this bad, and does it mean that I indeed have gestational diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      The targets from my endocrinologist for gestational diabetics are:

      – 95 or below fasting (before breakfast)
      – 130 or lower 1 hour after eating, 120 or lower 2 hours after eating.

      So it sounds like you are mostly in range, only slightly over. I would say you could probably benefit from a few diet changes, but you don’t seem to be running high blood sugars all day. Good for you for measuring your blood sugars.

      Here are some things you can do to help:

      – avoid “white” carbs – white bread, white potatoes, white pasta, white sugar, white tortillas. No sodas or juice of course.

      – never have a carb by itself – always eat it with protein, or protein & fat. That means if you have an apple, have some turkey or cheese with it. This will slow down how quickly the sugar in the carb is converted to glucose and will keep your blood sugar from spiking.

      – Carbs are key, but they’re not totally off-limits. Try to limit your meals to 30-45 carbohydrates. Pick your worst meal (lunch?) and make it 30 carbs, a little more where you’re not having trouble (breakfast?). But more importantly, make those carbs low-glycemic. That means whole wheat, multi-grain, or brown rice, corn tortillas over flour. There’s a great high protein pasta that doesn’t budge my blood sugars called Barilla Plus pasta – it tastes just like regular but it’s awesome for diabetics.

      – if this doesn’t work, make your meals mostly protein and vegetables, with minimal carbs. Corn and potatoes are carbs, not veggies, for this purpose.

      Good luck! Also keep in mind there is such a thing as genes. You maybe be having a big baby just because you’re having a big baby, ya know? You’re so close to being within targets I have a hard time believing that would make you measure 3 weeks ahead. Also, ultrasounds aren’t always accurate. So try not to stress out – stress raises blood sugars.

  29. QUESTION:
    My brother had a blood sugar count of 157 and he is not diabetic?
    He is 25 and in good shape.I myself have diabetes but i know my own sugar levels And i know 157 would be high for me.Should he goes see a Doctor?Or am I overreacting.Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Assuming you carried out the blood test correctly … i.e. ensured your brother washed and dried his hands prior to you testing … he should see the doctor.

      As I’m sure you’re already aware, a glucose reading of 157 mg/dL is higher than ‘normal’, and it makes no difference if it was less than 2 hours after eating. In a non-diabetic, blood glucose levels would not normally go above 140 mg/dL.

      As has already been stated, the only way for your brother to know for sure is to be tested by a practicing medical doctor. They are the only ones, legally, able to make a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus. (157 mg/dL is not a life threatening situation, but he does need to see a doctor to clarify whether or not it is diabetes mellitus. There are other conditions which can raise blood glucose levels, but diabetes is the one that most doctors would test for first.)

      I wish both of you a happy, healthy life.

  30. QUESTION:
    My fasting sugar level is 146.Am i type 1 or type 2 diabetic?
    how do we categorise ourselves as type 1 and type 2 diabetic?does the doctor rule it out?

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    I am a 28 year old diabetic (type 1) and I have been having Erectile Dysfunction. Is this normal for my age?
    Over the last 2 or 3 years my erections have become softer and less full. At first I thought it was my imagination, but now it seems I can only get half erect. Is this normal for a diabetic my age, or are there other possible causes? I have only been a diabetic for 7 years, and my doctor says my sugar levels are good compared to others my age.

    • ANSWER:
      James E

      Men with diabetes tend to develop erectile dysfunction 10 to 15 years earlier than men without diabetes.

      The causes of erectile dysfunction in men with diabetes are complex and involve impairments in nerve, blood vessel and muscle function.

      To get an erection, men need healthy blood vessels, nerves, male hormones, and a desire to be sexually stimulated. Diabetes can damage the blood vessels and nerves that control erection. Therefore, even if you have normal amounts of male hormones and you have the desire to have sex, you still may not be able to achieve a firm erection.

      Visit http://erectiledysfunctioncure.blogspot.com/ and http://www.reddiabetes.com/Erectile_Dysfunction.html

      to know more about ED its causes and treatment.

      Hope this helps you.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is there any possibility of affecting internal organs of diabetic patient?
    Hi, I am 57yr diabetic. I have normal sugar level after taking tablets prescribed by my Doctor.I had max sugar count 220-pp340 previous.Now it is 99-pp143 . will this affect my internal organs?

    • ANSWER:
      Damage can occur when above 140. To lower a little more make sure you follow the steps below.

      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels.
      Here are the 4 keys:
      1) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      2) 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.
      3)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
      4) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.

      You are on the right tract

      Good luck to you

      Tin

  33. QUESTION:
    sugar levels checked in nov.2009 normal what about now?
    hello i had my sugar levels checked by my doctor in november if im not mistaken and they were still normal and just had them checked about a week ago March 11,2010 bc i was feeling tired. i also have hypothyroid witch was leveled out in jan. so if sugar levels were ok and in normal range then could they change to where i would be diabetic now?

    • ANSWER:

  34. 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.

  35. QUESTION:
    I am a diabetic, I take 2000 mg T per day, I just checked my sugar level, and it is 337?
    I am going to make an appointment with my doctor, is there anything I can do in the meantime to bring my levels down, I have taken the medication that is prescribed?

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    what should blood sugar levels be?
    My Grandmother who is diabetic was told by her doctor he would like to see her sugar levels at 50. I think that is way to low. He also took her off her diebetic meds while in the hospital a couple weeks ago. When she went for her follow up with him he asked why she was off thew meds and put her back on. Her most recent A1C was 170. I think she should get a new Doc but she doesnt agree. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Normally, blood glucose levels stay within narrow limits throughout the day: 4 to 8 mmol/l (70 to 150 mg/dl). Levels rise after meals and are usually lowest in the morning, before the first meal of the day.

  37. QUESTION:
    How can I persuade my Diabetic Doctor to change my insulin?
    I am on Novorapid and Levimir and I am finding these too erratic. Either there is a very long delay in reducing sugar levels in my blood, and then there is a crash, or other days I am crashing four or five times a day. I have no warning. One minute I can be fine, next minute nearly passing out at 1.4!

    When I asked the nurse (doctor is rarely there) she just says, well, you might be allergic to animal insulin! I was put on the “human insulin” almost 6 months after my diagnosis and have had trouble with it ever since, but there is nothing “human” about it.

    Discussed it with pharmasist again and again who says it should not continue like this and that I should talk to GP/Nurse/Consultant, but none will talk about it.

    I feel like giving up insulin altogether, but having done that in the past I know the consequences!
    Because I have a very complicated history I cannot change doctors. There are only 3 doctors in the surgery. None of them will discuss it with me. The Diabetic Nurse in the surgery says go to the hospital clinic. The hospital clinic nurse is aggressive, tells me not to come in when I have had an infection – practically all the time – last time I asked about this she turned her back on me.
    The other one there is equally set on”human insulin”. I am so depressed now I want to die.
    I live in the UK. While appreciate answers from abroad, UK does not have the same systems as other countries and I am at my wits end.
    I have even said that I am prepared to go to a different hospital miles away though I am disabled. I was told this is not an option.

    I have just settled into a new flat and am very happy with the area I am living in, just not the flipping medical profession!

    • ANSWER:
      Get your copy of the “My Visit Planning Tool,” a handy pocket-sized booklet sponsored by the Association’s Doing Better Initiative. Take this booklet with you to every office visit, and use it to keep track of medications you’re taking, as well questions or concerns you want to ask your doctor. To get your copy of the “Visit Planning Tool,” call 1-800-DIABETES and ask for “A Visit Planning Tool.”

  38. QUESTION:
    My blood sugar levels were at 163 at my last doctors visit. What does the mean? Should I be worried?
    Am I diabetic?

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    My mother is experiencing low blood sugar level recently. Always between 2-4 is she a diabetic?
    Even though shes been to the Doctor they said it ok but she’s worried it too low. And she also had high blood pressure. I just want to know before its too late.

    • ANSWER:
      4 to 6 is in the normal range. Under 4 is HYPOglycemic. Yes she has low sugar levels.

      My sister found that if she eats a low carbohydrate food plan, similar foods daily at each meal, she doesn’t get the sharp spike then the crashing. She has been Hypoglycemic for many years, like before they let us have the meters.

      Please check out South Beach phase 2, Atkins phase 3 or 4, Pritiken, Zone – Dr Sears, Dr Bernstein, and a few other low carb food plans.

  40. QUESTION:
    White bread & sugar make my husband pass out but the doctor said blood sugar level is normal. What is it?
    They didn’t give him the test where you drink orange juice and then re-test your blood sugar, though; they just took a vial of blood and said the blood sugar level was “normal.” However, weeks before that, a diabetic friend tested my husband’s blood sugar and it said “40.” Does this sound like a blood sugar issue? Diabetes? Something else? He also gets stress pains in his chest and gets dizzy easily when bending. Doctor claims everything’s “normal” but there is NO WAY this can be normal. He passes out for HOURS after eating sugar and especially white bread.

    • ANSWER:
      The first test is a glucose tolerance test, and it’s given to see how the body reacts to a big load of sugar. Usually they give a soda which has a measured amount of sugar and then test several times over the course of a few hours. Man, I hated those.

      Your husband probably had an HgA1c test, which looks at the average blood sugar over the course of a couple of months. This is generally considered more accurate than a GTT.

      40 could be very high or very low, depending on how the glucose meter is calibrated. This is why you need to tell a doctor about this. If your husband’s doctor isn’t interested in treating him, find another doctor.

      Finally, your husband would be showing other symptoms if he had diabetes before he got to the stage of passing out when he eats a certain food. So he’s probably NOT diabetic, but has something else going on, because passing out on a regular basis isn’t normal. Again, find another doctor.

  41. QUESTION:
    gall bladder removal and high blood sugar?
    2 years ago my wife had her gall bladder removed. She had pancreatitis as well. Before she was admitted, she was diagnosed with diabetes. Today, she saw the doctor and mentioned her history from two year ago. The doctor had just seen a patient who had a gall bladder removed that was also diagnosed as being diabetic. When this patient took the medication her blood sugar levels dropped to unsafe levels. The doctors concluded that she was not in fact diabetic. My wife did not have this dramatic of a reaction, but the doctor retested her, and concluded that she was not a diabetic. Any insight into this?

    • ANSWER:
      The adrenals are hormone glands that sit above the kidneys. Amongst other things, one of their jobs is to secrete epinephrine (better known to some as adrenaline) which provides us with energy. They also secrete cortisone when there is inflammation present in the body. Thirdly, they replace the function of the ovaries in the production of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone when women get close to their menopausal years. When everything is functioning well and everything is being nourished properly, there is no problem. This hormonal transition takes place smoothly.http://www.gallbladderattack.com/sugarcravings.shtml

  42. QUESTION:
    If you are diabetic, did your doctor explain these to you when it was detected?
    I am a diabetic for 10 years. Not knowing anything about it, I just blindly followed whatever doctor adviced. But now as I am having problems with controlling the sugar levels, I am reading some more. I was astonished to read that medication is started only if control is not possible with exercise and diet control. I wish my doctor had explained this with all sincerity, that might have made me take to exercising regularly. Did your doctor explain this to you? Or, for the sake of business, are all doctors just prescribing medicines for everyone?

    • ANSWER:
      Many doctors seem to have the attitude that people arren’t willing to make changes, so why bother telling them how they can help themselves. However, the truth of the matter is that many of them have not been taught how their patients can help themselves, because the pharmaceutical industry decides what the medical schools teach, by threatening to withhold their monetary ‘gifts’ if the schools don’t do as requested by them . . .

      “Living With Diabetes” :
      – “The Silent Killer”
      – The Challenge of Treatment
      – A Disease of the young?
      – The Role of Glucose, the Pancreas, and Sugar
      – Diabetes Simplified

      http://watchtower.org/e/20030508/article_01.htm

      “Role of Diet , Nutrients, Spices and Natural Products in Diabetes Mellitus”

      http://pjbs.org/pjnonline/fin73.pdf

      Coconut—The Tree of Life
      “…Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose…”

      http://coconutresearchcenter.org/

      “A Natural Cure for Diabetes”
      [trace elements]

      http://www.truehealth.org/break14.html

      “Vitamin D and Diabetes”

      http://diabetesaction.org/site/PageNavigator/Complementary%20Corner/complementary_3_07

  43. QUESTION:
    I have type 2 diabetes and my fasting blood sugar levels are over 200?
    I am taking 17 units of Lantus at night plus 2500 mg of Glucophage during the day. I can control my sugars during the day with diet and medication, but something happens while I am sleeping. I am not eating alot at bedtime and what I do eat is low in sugars & carbs. Usually fruit/veggies & peanut butter.

    Right now, my Doctor & Diabetic Educator think it is all hormonal and not much I can do to control it. We have tried alot of different medication combos but so far nothing helps.

    Anyone else have this problem and what has helped?

    • ANSWER:
      You have something called “dawn phenomenon”. It is actually quite common. What actually happens is that your blood sugar drops during the night and your body tries to combat it by raising the blood sugar level. Talk to your doctor about increasing the Lantus and adding a light bedtime snack to carry you over. If the doctor doesn’t know about this factor, you may need to seek the advice of another diabetes professional.

  44. QUESTION:
    When should I check my blood sugar levels?
    My mom, grandmother (both sides), grandfather, aunt, and a bunch of great aunts and uncles all on my mom’s side have diabetes. I am trying to determine if I may also be diabetic. What should the levels be and when should I check them? I was told to check morning, before meals, and 2 hours after meals. I am not sure what the levels should be and if this is when I should check them. My doctor told me “not to worry about it” but I had a blood sugar test at work and the nurse stated that my level was 202. She said it may be nothing to worry with but with my family history I should check my levels for a few weeks. Basically….Help…lol. I watch what I eat and do not eat many sugary treats. We tend to limit carbs and sweets to set good eating habits for ourselves and our daughter.

    • ANSWER:
      My mom is newly diabetic, so I am going through this with her.
      Her doctor told her that her levels should be no higher than 150, and it should never get lower than 65. She has to test when she wakes, before breakfast, 1-2 hours after breakfast, before lunch, 1-2 hours after lunch, before dinner, 1-2 hours after dinner, and before bed. It IS a lot, but necessary. Your doctor can tell you what your blood sugar levels should be, as I think they can vary by person.
      Only eat fruit with meals, try to stay away from carbs (which you already said) Sometimes when you cook vegetables their sugar content increases, notably with carrots.
      Check labels, sugar should not be within the first five ingredients. What else….Always keep hard candy in your purse, when your sugar gets too low you will start to feel kinda like you are drunk. Your words will slur, you’ll feel unstable. Suck a piece of candy and you will start to feel better.
      I am sure I forgot a bunch of stuff…Go through your insurance company, or the internet, there is usually a class that you can go to find out a lot of this stuff.

      Good luck!

  45. 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.

  46. 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

  47. QUESTION:
    At what level should blood sugar be for a type 2 diabetic?
    My mother in law is 61 and her blood sugar levels go up and down all the time , never the same any two readings. She has in the past had a blood sugar reading of 46 and it almost caused her to go into a diabetic comatose stage. It was because she did not eat right or enough and while she was sleeping the insulin was not regulating right. What is the normal readings for a type 2 diabetic , she now also has Alzheimer’s and other health issues . Her caregiver is her husband and he is not sure about cutting the insulin down per request of her doctor. He thinks he would be playing a guessing game of giving her the insulin 30 minutes before she ate and hoping she would eat enough and not have a issue happen again. Does this sound like good advice or is there something he is missing?

    • ANSWER:
      From the reading you quoted, I am assuming you are not in Canada? As far as I am aware, the correct reading is between 90 and 120. Going as high as 190-200 2 hours after eating something.

      Does she hav e any stomach complications that prevent her from eating properly?

      After speaking to my Endocrinologist, I am now taking my fast-acting insulin within 15 minutes of eating. Because I never know if I am going to be able to eat what I thought, if not more. So I wait until I’ve finished eating, carb-count the meal, check my blood sugars, and do some Humalog.

      If this is ocurring regularly, speak to your doctor or another health profeesional immediately. Hyperglycemia can be fatal, and can cause brain damage as well as damage to some other organs.

      Cheers and best of health.

  48. 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

  49. QUESTION:
    Why am I always tired? I have fluctuating blood sugar levels…?
    I have done three glucose -3 hour fasting tests, they are all negative. I am always tired, even after sleeping 10-12 hours. I have rheumatoid arthritis and am on Enbrel. The doctors are puzzled. My blood sugar drops like a diabetic and I vomit and get dizzy. Then it runs high and I feel awful too. Other times its normal. What does this all mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Whats your diet like? Experiment with different foods. Maybe your body doesn’t agree with artificial sugars. Try a diet with mostly fruits and veges. They give me alot of energy. And exercise helps alot also.. Also, dairy products make me very very tired. So i stopped eating dairy in the morning else i suffer ALL day. Dairy consists with anything with milk in it(pancakes, cereal, waffles etc.)

      I become very tired if I oversleep. In fact, I feel less tired getting too little sleep than too much sleep.

      You could also be tired from inconsistent sleep patterns. Try sleeping on a strict pattern. If you take naps in the day and then stop, you’ll notice your body feels tired at that time expecting sleep. So try and stay on a strict schedule so your body knows when its time to be tired and time to be awake. That includes weekends. Don’t oversleep. Wake up the same time you do during the week. Your probably better off getting up the same time even if you went to sleep later than normal the night before.

  50. QUESTION:
    My doctor suggested I get a blood glucose meter, I am not diabetic but am prone, how often should I test?
    My doctor suggested I get a blood glucose meter (I am not diabetic but am overweight and it runs in my family, I want to do everything I can to not get it). If I am not diabetic but want to watch my blood sugar levels how often and when should I test? I am a college student and I don’t have much money so I don’t want to test more often then I should. Should I test before I eat? After? And how long before or after I eat should I test? Help is appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same problem and just started testing my own blood sugar. Of course, you should follow your doctors recommendations, but usually it’s a good idea to check your glucose levels at two times:

      Fasting glucose – in the morning, after not eating for at least 8 hours

      2 hour postprandial – 2 hours after a meal

      If you are not diabetic, you probably don’t need to test both these times everyday. Two or three times a week would probably be OK. Again, you might want to check with the doc that suggested you get the meter in the first place.

      In any case, be sure to keep a record of your readings to show your doctor. Fasting glucose should be between 60 – 99. Readings between 100 – 126 indicate Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT, also known as “pre-diabetes”) Fasting glucose levels above 126 indicate diabetes.

      Hope this helps. I myself already have IGT and I am trying to lose weight and exercise in an attempt to avoid becoming diabetic. It really does seem to be working, especially the exercise :-)

      Good luck to you.