Effects Of High Blood Sugar Levels

High protein, low carb eating plans like the Atkins diet are well known for helping folks to lose weight quickly. They are also often considered to be the types of plans that increase the risks of high cholesterol, heart disease and erratic or high blood sugar levels, but the Atkins diet can in fact increase triclycerides and cut down blood glucose. The Atkins diet can significantly lower high blood sugar levels and reduce the need for sugar in the diet. Diabetics must consult a doctor throughout the time that they use the Atkins diet, because it can have a major effect on their high blood sugar levels. Some people have claimed that the Atkins diet can balance high blood sugar levels in diabetics but that is as yet unproven.

Hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar levels, is often viewed as a step on the road to diabetes, but other causes of high blood sugar include eating large amounts of sugar or food and the presence of an infection or illness. Sometimes few symptoms are actually present with this condition, but many times symptoms tend to include blurry vision, fatigue, weight loss, increased appetite and excessive thirst. High blood sugar levels are a good indicator of heart disease risk, and that is one of the reasons why the effects of the Atkins diet on high blood sugar levels is so beneficial.

Can the Atkins Diet Cause High Blood Sugar Levels?

Generally speaking, the Atkins diet does not cause high blood sugar levels. However, the reason people undertake the Atkins diet is because they are overweight and need to shed some of this excess weight. According to Dr. Atkins, this weight gain is caused by over consumption of carbohydrates and sugars. When this happens, our bodies realize that the amount of sugar in the body is too high. Insulin is produced to gather the sugar and store it, but there is a limit to the amount that can be stored. Upon reaching the limit, the sugar is saved as a fat source. Continuous overeating can mean that the body becomes resistant to this process, storing even more fat by burning carbohydrates for energy. This results in low blood sugar or high blood sugar levels.

The best remedy for insulin resistance is a low carb diet such as Atkins, because it restricts the carb intake and allows the body to continue burning fat as an energy source. This can raise blood sugar levels, and in most cases it raises them to a healthier level rather than cause another type of medical problem. Therefore, the Atkins diet can cause high blood sugar levels, but it generally raises the levels of people with low blood sugar levels which is a beneficial action.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can lack of sleep effect blood sugar levels?
    I am pregnant and my doc had me do a glucose test..it was high..but I only slept 3hrs prior..he made take another afterward but again I didn’t sleep the night before that one either.. could lack of sleep effect my sugar levels for that short of time?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes;

      Lack of sleep causes stress, and stress DEFINITELY causes high blood sugar.

      Your doctor needs to do a test called the A1C Test. The A1C test takes an AVERAGE of all your blood sugars over the lst 90 days, so normal daily stress will NOT affect the A1C test.

      If the A1C test is high, then you ARE diabetic, and need to begin treatment.

  2. QUESTION:
    How much Glucophage (Metformin) effects on high blood sugar level if someone has type 2 DM.?
    Is Glucovance safe to use? How much a dose of 500mg metformin and 5mg glybanclamide twice daily bring the sugar level down.

    • ANSWER:
      Glucovance (combination gylburide and metformin) is safe and is formulated for those with DM2 but there’s no way to answer your other 2 questions. Results vary from one individual to the next and depends on your individual response and how well you stick to your diet and exercise regimen. I’m sorry, I’ve never heard of a medication called “glybanclamide”, you must mean glyburide.

  3. QUESTION:
    How do High blood glucose levels effect alcohol dispersion from the body?
    Does a high sugar level in the blood effect the ability of the body to disperse alcohol at the usual rate?

    • ANSWER:
      No , the reverse of that is true ,

      High blood alcohol level may prevent the liver from changing stored carbohydrate into glucose , and that may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) ,
      the explanation of that :
      alcohol is a toxin , and your liver gives the priority to break down it , so your liver becomes busy with alcohol metabolism , and it stops releasing glucose into blood stream until it finishes with alcohol ,

      Dr.debilitas

  4. QUESTION:
    batches of humalog can have different effects on blood sugar?
    I get a new 3 month Humalog prescription and my blood sugar levels run high.

    • ANSWER:
      There are several different factors that can affect your blood sugar with
      use of Humalog insulin.
      A big one is injection technique. If it isn’t so great & if you inject into the
      muscle rather than subcutaneous injection; you may as well have injected
      that insulin into the living room sofa, It might do absolutely nothing.
      Also Humalog isn’t like the old insulins – it really does have to be kept
      refrigerated. Many of the old fashioned insulins could be kept at room temp
      for quite some length of time & remain very active. Not so with Humalog.
      Keep refrigerated.
      And – are you basing your insulin dose upon your carbohydrate intake OR
      just a standardized dose your doctor has put you on?? Because if you don’t
      count your carbohydrates and/or don’t have a fairly good idea of how many
      units of insulin covers how many grams of carbohydrates – you could be
      overeating more than usual without realizing it and this will cause higher blood
      sugars too.
      In addition, I find that without ALSO taking a long acting insulin like
      Lantus (it lasts all day long) my blood sugar tends to rise too high in between
      Humalog doses. Since Humalog is very fast & short acting; it lowers blood
      sugar very fast, BUT only lasts for about 3 – 4 hours, so that in between
      Humalog doses – your blood sugar levels may rise unexpectedly.
      One last thought is that if you have gained weight (as many of us do over
      the holidays) a weight increase of only 8 to 10 pounds can require a change
      in your insulin dose; otherwise this will also cause higher blood sugar levels.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does caffeine effect blood sugar levels….?
    I thought my blood sugar levels might be abnormal so i got a home monitoring kit which tells me what my levels are so i took my levels about 2 hours after eating and got 100mg/dl which is normal and then about 5 hours after first eating i took it again and got 70mg/dl which is normal right? Well i realized that 2 hours before i took the test i took a large amount of diet coke which had caffeine and during the 5 hours i took 3 or 4 cups of caffinated drinks, i then read that caffeine can make blood sugar levels higher. So basically, i got 70mg/dl which is the minimum and i had caffeine which could have raised it so does that mean i could be hypoglycemic?
    I know 70 is normal but it could have been fluked by the caffeine.

    • ANSWER:
      Not really, just as long as there are no sugars in what you are drinking, like if you are drinking Coca-Cola or a bottle of starbucks iced coffee.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. QUESTION:
    blood sugar levels help?
    whoch is better? low or high blood sugar level?

    whats the effect of high blood sugar

    whats the effect of low blood sugar

    I heard that having high/low blood sugar can effect your penis size
    how do you keep it at a medium level?

    • ANSWER:
      About Blood sugar levels can be read in http://super-info-blog.blogspot.com/?q=Blood%20sugar%20levels

  9. QUESTION:
    What do you feel like when your blood sugar is at different levels?
    I’m just wondering if any diabetics could explain what you feel like when your blood sugar is at different levels. When do you start feeling the effects of high/low blood sugar, what are the symptoms at different levels, things like that. Thank you!
    At what level do you start to feel high blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      my brother is type one diabetic when his blood glucose is low he gets slow physically mentally confused and very mean verbally abusive he gets this way when his blood glucose is less then 80 i have never been around him when excessively high blood glucose but is can be detrimental either one high or low

  10. QUESTION:
    side effects of sudden high blood sugar?
    my friends mother had sudden high blood sugar for which she was treated. bu t now sugar level is normal but she has phase out and forgettin like feelings.i wILL LIKE TO KNOW IF THERE IS A RELATION

    • ANSWER:
      High blood sugar will damage the grey cell in the brain which causes memory loss. High blood sugar will increase the density of the blood there by causing blood thickening which will cause heart attack, stroke and also damage the kidney and eye sight. Sugar level should be controlled and checked periodically.

  11. QUESTION:
    What happens with GD if your levels are too high?
    At 37 weeks do they induce you if your blood sugar levels get out of control? I know all the effects of high blood sugar, etc. but I was wondering what they would do this late .. would they induce or what?

    • ANSWER:
      Bringing on labor and controlling blood sugars are two completely separate issues.

      They would only induce diabetics if they think the baby is overly large, or there was some emergency medical situation (deteriorating placenta, which doesn’t happen early really, it’s when the placenta peters out when you go overdue).

      They would prescribe insulin if diet alone isn’t working, but high blood sugars are not a reason for inducing labor. Labor isn’t triggered by blood sugars, and most doctors don’t induce without a very good reason because it is more beneficial for your labor and for the baby’s development if you wait until you naturally go into labor.

  12. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of long term “blood sugar” effects on baby?
    Due to high blood pressure, I got induced last Friday. I was exactly 36 weeks pregnant. Had him emergency c-section on Sunday morning cuz he couldn’t handle my contractions and his heart rate dropped too low. He was born with a full head of hair, 18 inches long, good lungs, good color… quite remarkable… just thin at only 4lbs 5oz. Because he didn’t have a whole lot of fat on his body, he was unable to maintain his own blood sugar levels. They ran a glucose IV and for almost 3 days were able to decrease the dosage while he was maintaining the same sugar levels. When he was almost weaned off the IV… he had two sugar level drops in one day, so they sent him to the NICU for more “specialized care”. I’m worried about long term effects – I know they want to teach his body how to maintain sugar on its own, I just worry about him becoming a diabetic. Not like this would be the end of the world… there are worse things… just wondering if anyone else is familiar with this.

    • ANSWER:
      My baby was born with low blood sugars also. He dealt with it for awhile (about a week) and than was perfectly fine. He is a year and a half now and has never had any trouble. The first person suggested getting a test for gestational diabetis, that makes NO sence. Gestational diabetis is during your pregnancy, and usually resolves after having the baby, not to mention it’s a test that they give you when your pregnant anyways The dr says that sometimes lower birth weight babies have this prob, and don’t have lasting effects

  13. QUESTION:
    What effects will high blood sugar have on my unborn child?
    I’m diabetic & recently found out I’m pregnant. I’m currently 8 weeks. My blood sugar had been out of control (mostly in the 200s) but as soon as I found out-at 5 weeks-I changed my diet & have since got it mostly under control (average is between 100-130. I have caught it at 200 twice in the last several weeks & am really concerned what damage may have been done with my high blood glucose levels before I found out & since I found out. I’ve searched & searched the web but have found no real answers to my question. Can anyone tell me, what are the chances my baby will have a major defect because of my high blood sugar? Please, no vague answers. I’ve read enough of that in my search for some answers. Furthermore, if you have anything ugly to say please don’t waste your time & please spend your time on the internet somewhere else. Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      My sister was diagnosed with gestational diabetes at 8 weeks with levels at 190 + and was put on a diet and exercise by her OBGYN after testing with a followup to a dietician for meal plans. She also had a glucose meter and her #’s were high at times, even with her stringent diet and exercise, so she finally had to go on insulin injections after about 3 weeks. She had problems due to her fear of needles and her anxious state about having diabetes but she overcome this for her baby. After her OBGYN put her on insulin she was able to stabilize her insulin levels and her doctor assured her there should be no damage to the baby due to their quick response to her high blood glucose levels and her treatment plan.

      Check with your OBGYN and talk to him/her about your concerns and your high levels at time so the doctor can address this medical problem. My sister also researched and found alot of answers by asking not only professionals but friends who had also gone through this condition. The pregnancy went well with some few problems such as morning sickness, feeling weak, keeping weight gain in check, insulin injections that frustrated her at times, but overall it was worth it since her baby was born a healthy boy with no problems. So, informing yourself, talking to your doctor about your concerns, taking insulin if needed or oral meds if you can, it is all worth it for your healthy baby and for you and the baby’s future.

      You’ll need to keep diligent track of your glucose levels, using a home glucose meter or strips. To keep those levels where they should be, you’ll want to:

      Eat a well-planned diet. The American Diabetes Association recommends getting nutritional counseling from a registered dietitian who’ll help you develop specific meal and snack plans based on your height, weight, and activity level.
      Your diet must have the correct balance of protein, fats, and carbohydrates, while providing the proper vitamins, minerals, and calories. To keep your glucose levels stable, it’s particularly important that you don’t skip meals, especially breakfast, and that you avoid sugary items like candy, cookies, cakes, and soda.
      This may sound daunting, but it’s not so hard once you get the hang of it. And don’t think of yourself as being on a special or restrictive diet. The principles of the diabetic diet are good ones for everyone to follow. Think of this as an opportunity to create healthier eating habits for yourself and your whole family. If everyone in the house is eating the same foods, you won’t feel as deprived.
      Exercise. Studies show that moderate exercise also helps improve your body’s ability to process glucose, keeping blood sugar levels in check. Many women with gestational diabetes benefit from 30 minutes of aerobic activity, such as walking or swimming, each day. Ask your practitioner what level of physical activity would be beneficial for you.
      Take insulin if necessary. If you’re not able to control your blood sugar well enough with diet and exercise alone, your provider will prescribe insulin shots for you to give yourself as well. About 15 percent of women with gestational diabetes need insulin. Recently, some practitioners have been prescribing oral medications instead of injections for some cases of gestational diabetes.

      Hope this helps.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can blood sugar levels affect…?
    Can blood sugar levels (either high or low) have a drastic effect on moods and emotions? For instance; can a low or high blood sugar level cause massive mood swings in a person (i.e. extreme anger, rage, anxiety, episodes of depression or extreme sadness)?

    • ANSWER:
      Your brain runs on glucose, and for this reason, your blood sugar levels are directly tied to your mental functioning. If you blood sugar is too high, that means that you lack the insulin needed to get it into the cells, the cells are starving even though they are surrounded by food. You tend to get lethargic, lose concentration and mental agility. Eventually you go into a diabetic ketoacidotic coma and die.
      The opposite is also true. If you have insufficient blood sugar, and you have enough insulin, you still get dopey, but a whole lot faster, and it’s a whole lot more dangerous. A hypoglycemic coma can come on in a few minutes and kill you just as quick.
      However, sugar is generally not tied to mood, or emotion. If someone has extreme mood swings, it’s probably due more to neurotransmitters like dopamine and seretonin. What you are describing is called bipolar disorder or manic-depressive disorder, or could also be mood disorder.

  15. QUESTION:
    High blood sugar reading, on metmorfin– is this normal?
    My mom started metmorfin the other day. Her sugar is usually around 130-140 ish when she eats normally, and the doc gave her the metmorfin to bring it down a little. When she eats very small amounts, she can get it at 120, so she wasn’t sure if she wanted to take it or not but in the end she decided to do what the doc said and take the metmorfin.
    She also got a prescription for zocor for cholesterol and synthroid for thyroid.
    So she ate normally (double the tiny portions she was restricting herself to before) and her blood sugar level was around 115! Which was great, because it would have been a lot higher if she weren’t on it. So she ate this same double portion (normal for most people) again the next day to see what it would do and it was also 115.
    TODAY she ate a lot. Like 3 servings of chinese take-out lol.. she was hungry and wasn’t as worried as she would have been because the metmorfin has been bringing it down a lot so far. Anyway, she took the reading 2 hours later and it was at 160. (probably from all that food) .. the doctor had told her to take the metmorfin with her biggest meal every day though and I was just wondering could it have an effect on the level if she takes it at a different time? Her biggest meal is dinner and she eats it sometimes at different times. Yesterday she took it at 5/6 pm ish and today it was more like 7:30. Wednesday, she took it at around 3/4. Is this okay that she takes it at different times (with her biggest meal)???

    She ate a lot tonight so that’s gotta be why it was at 160. I think she realized now that she has to eat in moderation even though she’s on the medication. How bad is this that it was this high tonight (will that hurt her?), and do you think it would go back down by morning? (Could taking the metmorfin a little later or earlier each day increase her blood sugar as well or is it just the extra chinese food that did this? )

    Thanks. I know they might be stupid questions but I’m worried bout my momma.

    • ANSWER:
      She ate too much, plain and simple. That low dose of Metformin can’t handle the sugar load that sort of meal is going to put on your body.

      She can take the Metformin at slightly varying times, as long as she takes it before her meal, and she should always drink a full glass of water with it.

      If she starts to have stomach problems, (this is common with Metformin) tell her to try eating a small serving of any sugar free yogurt, WITH the metformin. This works for most people.

      Metformin won’t work if she doesn’t keep her portions under control.

      Any level over 140 can cause damage to her eyes, nerves and so on, so she needs to get with the plan and stick with it.

      Tell her to get the book “Diabetes: the first year” by Gretchen Becker. Its written for type 2 diabetics and its very helpful.

  16. QUESTION:
    Low blood sugar levels.?
    My daughter is 32wks now and for the last couple weeks her blood sugar level keeps dropping. It will drop as low as 55 and she gets really sick and throws up. She is eatting all the time and this always happens about an hour after she eats a meal when her sugar level should be going up. My question is has anyone had this and if so what are the effects that it can have on the baby. I have only heard of high blood sugar levels with pregnancy.

    • ANSWER:
      its because her baby is also consuming the sugar that your daughter is taking in…her throwing up could really bad for herself and her baby..i suggest small frequent feedings during the day, and orang juice in time when her blood sugar is really low…

  17. QUESTION:
    High blood sugar reading?? can anxiety / panic have an effect?? What would you do here?
    Hi, back in June, I had a severe panic attack in which I ended up in the ER. They did every test under the sun, and concluded it was anxiety/panic.

    The only thing that was of any concern was that my blood sugar level was 196 that night in ER. No mind you….I was in the middle of a “fight or flight” wild panic attack…..and before I went to ER, I had ate 2 Banana’s and 2 Chocolate Chip granola bars.

    When they sent me home, they told me to make sure I check it again….and they also had me pee in a collection bucket for the next 24 hours so they could test it.

    My urine came back from the lab as perfectly normal……
    And 48 hours later, I did another blood sugar test…… this one came back at 106.

    My doctor just wrote off the ER level as having a lot of sugar in my system, and having a panic attack.

    I have none of the risk factors for high blood sugar…..
    I am 6’0, 175lbs, 7% bodyfat, workout 4 days a week….. no diabetes history or either side of my family ever known.

    Since I suffer from OCD, and a Anxiety disorder….I hate to go out and start getting obsessed with blood sugar levels……. if you know me, you’d know I will buy the meter, and the test strips….IN ADDITION to having the doctors office draw blood.

    What do you think?? if it were you, would you follow this up, or let it go? I don’t have any of the classic high blood sugar symptoms…..like constant hunger, thirst, or urination.

    Please advise!!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, in times of stress (in your case, the anxiety and panic attacks) your adrenals secrete a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol, to prepare your body for the increased metabolic need, breaks down stored energy sources to sugar in the blood. I’m not positive but I think that is why you are getting episodes of hyperglycemia.

  18. 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:

  19. QUESTION:
    What is the correlation between blood sugar level and building muscle mass?
    Does working out with a high blood sugar have any type of negative effect on building muscle mass? Also, do high blood sugars after workouts slow the muscle building process?
    Thanks a bunch guys!

    • ANSWER:
      A 2006 study published in the journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (NIH) showed that low blood sugar is a potent stimulus to adrenaline secretion, and that skeletal muscle protein mass is regulated by adrenergic influences.

      So it seems that lower blood sugar levels, although not to the extreme of hypoglycemia, are good for building muscle mass.

  20. QUESTION:
    Too much fluctuation in blood sugar levels?
    My Mom (age-54) had undergone kidney transplantation before 5 years, she has been doing good but since last year she has developed diabetes and the doc says this is because of the medicines side effects. However since last 4 mnths her sugar level fluctuates too much. Early mornings her levels are 45-50 and sometimes in the day her level would be as high as 400 to 450. This is really creating problem and the doc is also unable to detect the reason of this fluctuation.
    If someone can please help, it would be really nice. We have been looking for a resolution since long time now but no use.

    Thanks,

    Mili

    • ANSWER:
      many factors like decline in immunity stress and increase in cortisol level can contribute to this, talk to your doctor.

  21. QUESTION:
    How low can you go? What is a safe low end blood sugar level?
    Im a male, 33 yrs old, type 2 diabetic.

    I very rarely run “high”, I closesly monitor my sugar/carb intake.

    However, Im wondering how low can it go before it can cause trouble, and what side effects of running low will I experience?
    Im not trying to run low, my eating habits tend to go lower. I will have some granola during the course of the day, but I really have to watch my carb intake.

    I was just wanting to know what is safe, and what is not.

    • ANSWER:
      70 to 80 is a fairly safe low range. I was 80 Sunday, after working in the yard, and felt very energetic. I’ve been as low as 70 and felt a little jittery, but otherwise, fine. Mostly, it depends on the individual and what they’re used to. People who consistently run high, might start getting symptoms of hypoglycemia if they get down into the 70s.

  22. QUESTION:
    any issues with using relacore and blood sugar levels rising?
    Last year I started taking relacore to help lose weight and I started having symptoms similar to high glucose levels. I thought it might just be the pills but now with a high reading I am not so sure. the only good side effect has been the weight lose. 14 years ago while pregnant with my daughter I developed gestational diabetes and I have family members on my paternal side who had type 2. but since this started pretty much after my relacore use I just wandered if anyone has heard of it causing this or is it just coincedence?

    • ANSWER:
      It could well be a side effect, stop taking it and talk to your doctor

  23. QUESTION:
    regarding blood sugar levels?…?
    taken a test when I was pregnant & my levels dropped dramatically after drinking the orange juice, then returned to “normal” (per phys) after 10 minutes (no “side effects” noted);; also have noticed that after I eat (not exceptionally full), I will feel drained for ~ 15-20 minutes, non-specific to type of food other than perhaps “sugary foods”;; anyone tell me exactly what’s going on?? any time I ask a doc, they just say, nothing’s wrong, it’s ok…? btw, my pregnancy was years back…but this “situation” happens often but not always;; if this info helps…I am not overweight, if anything, on the thin side with high metabolism, unchecked for thyroid condition…any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated!!

    Thxs, ahead!!

    • ANSWER:
      creed – What you describe is NOT diabetes, but may be almost the opposite. It is call “hyperinsulinism” (too much insulin that the body suddenly produces when food is consumed). Hyperinsulinism or hyperinsulinemia refers to an above normal level of insulin in the blood of a person. Normal insulin secretion and blood levels are closely related to the level of glucose in the blood, so that a given level of insulin can be normal for one blood glucose level but low or high for another. Hyperinsulinism can be associated with several types of medical problems, which can be roughly divided into two broad categories: those tending toward reduced sensitivity to insulin and high blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia), and those tending toward excessive insulin secretion and low glucose levels (hypoglycemia). The best physician to evaluate such a possibility is an endocrinologist or internal medicine specialist.

  24. QUESTION:
    Will alcohol (previous evening) affect results of fasting blood sugar level?
    Should drinking a wine cooler the evening before testing (fasting as of midnight) possible effect the results of blood sugar level and possibly show a higher 4 month average? Mine was 162

    • ANSWER:
      Cody,
      I cannot say what alcohol will do to your A1c levels, but I read some recent research that explained that alcohol will lower your blood sugar immediately after consumption (even to dangerously low levels), then raise it to dangerously high levels 12 hours later. It’s not worth the suffering for just a little bit of fun.

      I believe I read the research in either:

      http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com

      or

      http://www.dlife.com

  25. QUESTION:
    Loraclears effect on Blood Glucose levels?
    I am type 1 diabetic and have started taking Loraclear for my hay fever. I take it once in the morning with breakfast, but have since noticed my blood sugars are really high when I test myself a couple of hours later (way higher than usual). Could the Loraclear be causing this? If so why? I have had medications effect my glucose levels in the past.

    • ANSWER:
      Check to see if the medication contains sugar, and contact the doctor who prescribed it and tell him (or her) that you have raised sugar levels after starting the course.

  26. QUESTION:
    i’m 25 weeks pregnant and i have to go for a blood test to check my sugar levels?
    it’s the one where they make you drink the little cup of orange stuff that’s supposedly like pop and really really sweet. i was told to eat my normal lunch and breakfast and then go to the blood clinic. then i have to drink this stuff and wait there an hour and they will take my blood to test it.

    my question is: does how much sugar i have before the test (say the day before or the morning of) effect the test? i have been really good with my diet but today i had a pop and some candy and now i’m not sure i should go tomorrow or maybe wait until friday so my blood sugar’s not extra high.

    thanks for your answers. i don’t want the doctor to get a report of an inaccurate sugar level.

    • ANSWER:
      Your reading will be fine, just don’t splurge much more before your appointment. The drink made me feel really sick after. Be sure to drink plenty of water once they say you can to even your system.

  27. QUESTION:
    Anyone take or ever taken Metformin for high blood sugar ?
    I was just recently told my glucose levels are high and that I need to start taking 500mg of metformin … I’m nervous because I’ve never had to be on ANY kind of medication before…other than the occasional tylenol I never take pills… anyone have any words of advice or know of any side effects they had with it? Because the paper that the pharmacy gave me has a TON of stuff about side effects and warnings…

    • ANSWER:
      every medicine has lots of paper work with signs and warnings that are personally SCARY

      my mom is on metformin for diabetes. she is complaining that she cant lose weight but thats the only side effect and no one knows if its the metformin or her

      words of wisdom:

      take it as directed, its commonly prescribed for diabetes
      consult your pharmacist with any questions
      keep a tracker of your blood sugar readings (should be taking your blood sugar at lease twice a day)

  28. QUESTION:
    What are side effects of high testosterone in women?
    I am TTC and saw my normal endocrinologist today (not an RE) because I had big issues with my insulin & blood sugar. Well that is pretty much under control but the last bloodwork I had said my testosterone levels are like double what they should be. She says my metformin should bring that down but I don’t think it is…. what are some side effects of such a high level in a woman?
    I am almost 31 & have had 1 child …. I don’t have a high sex drive, I actually don’t have much a sex drive. I don’t know what is wrong with me!
    I questioned my doctor about doing my next round of clomid but she says to continue because the clomid could help bring it down, I just have my doubts about that.

    • ANSWER:
      You’ve received lots of good answers. What symptoms are you exhibiting? Do you feel any different?

  29. QUESTION:
    Skipping lunch and low blood sugar?
    Due to the stupidity and ridiculousness of my high school, I personally am not able to eat lunch. I will not go into detail on this, I will only say that I can’t get a good lunch and that there is no possible way for me to bring my lunch.

    Anyway, I read something online today about blood sugar levels dropping if you don’t eat for a period of time, and I’m wondering how this will affect me. I eat a good breakfast at 6:30, but no matter how much I eat I am usually hungry about 3 or 4 hours later. This may be just a psychological thing as I only get hungry like this during the school week. Because of the lunch thing, I go from 6:30 to 4:00 without any food. I eat a good lunch immediately when I get home.

    I’m wondering if not eating anything for this amount of time every school day will have some sort of effect on me. I just started not being able to eat lunch last week, and so far the only thing I’ve noticed is me just being hungry later, naturally. But today, I was feeling tired by the end of the day. I don’t know what could have caused it so I’m not sure if it’s a lack of food. Could this cause any sorts of problems? I’m not hypoglycemic or have any other kind of health problems; I am very healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a problem. I think that your parents should intervene. Even hiding a granola bar in your purse and eating in the bathroom is better than going from 6:30 to 4 without food.

      Yeah, you probably are experiencing a blood sugar dip. Eat as soon as you get home. You’re not hypoglycemic but ideally people should eat about 5 small meals a day. That’s not happening for you and your body is protesting.

  30. QUESTION:
    Preparing patient for clinical tests for blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure ?
    I wish to have clinical tests for assessing
    (1) blood sugar and other effects of having diabetes for last one year
    (2) whether I have high blood pressure
    (3) whether my cholesterol level is normal
    (4) eye test.

    I can get these tests done without consulting a doctor. But I wish to know what all tests I should do and how should I prepare for these tests such as fasting blood sugar etc.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      1.) For the fasting blood sugar test, it’s usually recommended that the patient not have anything to eat or drink for 8-12 hours prior to the test, to gain an accurate result of the body’s natural sugar / insulin production.

      2.) To test blood pressure, sit comfortably for at least 10 minutes before testing. Don’t smoke or drink caffeine within 30 minutes of testing. Activity, smoking, and caffeine can give an innaccurately high result.

      3) Cholesterol level is also a blood test, which the patient shouldn’t eat or drink anything for 8-12 hours prior to testing

      4) Eye test – bring any prescription eyeglasses or contacts with you. Bring some dark sunglasses in case they dilate your eyes.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is Glyburide good for gestational diabetes? Are there side-effects to be weary of?
    We are two weeks out, and the doctor is concerned our unborn’s blood sugar level will be too high when she is born. They have suggested Glyburide, which can be orally ingested for the next two weeks. We are reluctant to use drugs that are “new” at this late stage, knowing full well that in a few years a study could come out showing harmful effects. However, there is a risk of seizures and other things (we are told), at birth. Would appreciate any feedback from parents who took Glyburide. We are anti-drug, so no lectures please, but have been told this does not pass the placenta. Experienced views appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I took it with my last pregnancy it helped a lot with my gestational diabetes. Which made it easier to stabilize my babies blood sugar when she was born. There are no long term studies on whether its safe or not for pregnant women but they know for sure that not getting your blood sugar under control is bad for the baby. I would definitely recommend it. When we had my son I wasn’t given glyburide he ended up having a very scary delivery and first week because of the problems my blood sugar caused.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why is sugar bad for diabetics?
    With all the trouble diabetics have to go through to monitor and control their blood sugar, what is so bad about about fluctuating sugar levels? What are the long term effects from fluctuating or high levels of sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      There are MANY complications that can result from long term high blood sugars.

      If you think about it, blood travels through pretty much every part of your body. High levels of glucose can damage blood vessels by essentially weakening the walls of the blood vessels:
      *in the retina, can cause retinopathy which can lead to vision impairment or blindness
      *take longer for wounds to heal, resulting in problems with controlling infections
      *kidneys, nephropathy, kidney failure (leading cause of kidney failure in the developed world)
      *increased progression of atherosclerosis
      -coronary artery disease
      -stroke

      High levels also can damage nerves resulting in peripheral (nerves of legs/arms/feet/hands) neuropathy or autonomic neuropathy (nerves assisting internal organs, eg. stomach, intestine, and many more).

      There are literally hundreds of diabetic copmplications arising from prolonged elevated blood sugar.

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

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

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

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

  34. QUESTION:
    seizures and diabetes?
    can epilepsy seizures have any effect on blood sugar levels? i had one last night and in the morning my BSL was high…well for that time of the morning anyway.
    is there any connection?

    • ANSWER:
      hi you
      i have both epilepsy and diabetes also i have been reassured that good control of my diabetes will also give me good control over seizures now in saying that i say that in my view you must have got stress out a bit any way if you like to e-mail you can my e-mail address is submissivemale36@yahoo.co.uk and then i will give you my right e-mail address OK oh by the way i am from cork city

  35. QUESTION:
    Arrange the glycemic index of the following from highest to lowest:?
    Banana
    Apple
    Orange
    White Rice
    Fructose
    Glucose

    Another question..
    Effect in insulin when blood sugar level increases.

    Immediate somatic effect of high insulin.

    State the relationship between glycemic index with obesity and diabetes mellitus..

    I really need your help..

    • ANSWER:
      Arrange the glycemic index of the following from highest to lowest.
      -Glucose
      -Sugar (sucrose)
      -White rice
      -Bananas
      -Oranges
      -Apples

      -I dont know the answers for the other questions..-

  36. QUESTION:
    Can anyone suggest a low glycemic load, low sugar diet?
    Background info: Glycemic Index measures the rate of the effect that carbohydrates have on blood sugars level. High means carbohydrates break down fast and release glucose quickly into bloodstream. Low means it is more gradual.

    I haven’t noticed how high my glycemic diet is (just so you know, that is bad). I want a change in my eating habits because I’ve read that it leads to weight loss. ALSO I have read in a recent study a month ago that confirmed that milk and sugar (both of which I eat almost regularly) causes acne and a low glycemic load, low sugar diet is the way to go. So yeah. Just so you know, I am asian and my people tends to like to eat white rice, white bread, and floury products; all of those are high up on the list.

    If you got nothing then at least list some foods that have a low glycemic index and/or low sugar please.

    Here is the link to the study if people are interested. The first paragraph sure is affirming to all the acne sufferers out there. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/do-milk-and-sugar-cause-a_b_822163.html

    • ANSWER:
      The simpler the carbohydrate ie. sugar, the higher the Glycemic Index (GI). if you only want to lower the GI of the food you eat just take in some fat with it. If your concerned with hyperglycemia after eating rice or white bread just eat some fat with it. This lowers you GI and will delay gastric emptying. So as far as foods with a low GI: anything with a high % of fat. Hope that helps.

  37. QUESTION:
    does coffee make ur blood sugar level go up??
    or effect any sort of medical tests at all?? im getting a load done soon, so does coffee effect anything, that would be tested in anyway at all??like higher or lower something etcccccc????????????????????????? tnx

    • ANSWER:
      Black coffee brings the blood sugar level down – ex partner was diabetic so had to monitor blood sugar levels

  38. QUESTION:
    Help!!!!! worried about Seroquel side effects!!!?
    Doctor put me 50 mg seroquel xr twice daily for bipolar with psychotic features and I’m worried about the side effects.
    Even though Seroquel XR is not classified as an antidepressant, the FDA has required Seroquel XR to carry the special antidepressant and suicide warning, since Seroquel XR is used to treat depression and bipolar depression. Antidepressants may increase the risk of suicidal thinking or behavior in children, teenagers, and adults (see Depression and Suicide for more information). Therefore, if you notice any changes in symptoms or new symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider immediately. Some of these symptoms may include anxiety, hostility, agitation, panic, restlessness, hallucinations, extreme hyperactivity, and suicidal thinking or behavior.

    Seroquel XR can cause an increase in blood sugar levels and can increase the risk of developing diabetes. Tell your healthcare provider if you develop signs of diabetes while taking Seroquel XR. Possible signs of diabetes can include an increase in thirst, urination, or hunger. If you have diabetes, your blood sugar should be monitored carefully and regularly during treatment with Seroquel XR to make sure your diabetes is not becoming more severe (see Seroquel and Diabetes).

    Seroquel XR can cause a life-threatening condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). Some symptoms of NMS include:

    A high fever
    Stiff muscles
    Confusion
    An irregular pulse or blood pressure
    A fast heart rate (tachycardia)
    Sweating
    Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
    Tell your healthcare provider right away if you think you might have NMS.
    Seroquel XR can cause low white blood cells, which can be dangerous. If you already have low white blood cells (or have experienced a white blood cell drop due to a medication in the past), your healthcare provider should check your white blood cell count during the first few months you take Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause a drop in blood pressure when going from a sitting or lying position to standing (known medically as orthostatic hypotension). This can cause a person to faint or to have lightheadedness or dizziness. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms when standing. Orthostatic hypotension can be especially dangerous in people with heart disease or congestive heart failure (CHF).

    Seroquel XR can cause tardive dyskinesia, a condition involving unusual and uncontrollable body or facial movements. The condition can become permanent (even if Seroquel XR is stopped). The best way to prevent it from becoming permanent is to tell your healthcare provider right away if you notice any abnormal movements (including abnormal movements of the tongue) while taking Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause cataracts (an eye condition). It is recommended that all people taking Seroquel XR have their eyes checked for cataracts every six months.

    Seroquel XR may increase the risk of seizures. Before starting Seroquel XR, tell your healthcare provider if you have epilepsy or a history of seizures.

    Seroquel XR can cause an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), high liver enzymes, high cholesterol, or high triglycerides. It is probably a good idea to have your thyroid, triglycerides, liver enzymes, and cholesterol checked (using a blood test) regularly while taking Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause high levels of the hormone prolactin. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop signs of high prolactin, such as breast enlargement or breast discharge.

    Very rarely, Seroquel XR can cause priapism (a painful erection of the penis that does not go away). Because this is a medical emergency, seek medical care immediately in order to prevent permanent damage to the penis.

    Seroquel XR can cause difficultly swallowing, which can lead to inhalation of food (which can cause pneumonia). Tell your healthcare provider if you notice any problems swallowing.

    • ANSWER:
      If you can find a way to feel better sans the drug… you’re way ahead of the game. Start here!

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/positive-thinking/SR00009

      It’s never a good idea to rely on meds to aid us in feeling less anxious or depressed.
      Depression plaques all of us at one time or another. Arm yourself with positive thinking and really concentrate on thinking more positive and with more confidence. Granted 50 mg is a small dosage… it can still have many unfavorable side effects. It’s OK to feel down, it’s OK to feel overwhelmed… feel the feeling and let it go!
      Try keeping a journal and see if you can pinpoint the source of your depression. And then find a way to turn it around.
      I believe in you… won’t you believe in you? (^_^)

  39. QUESTION:
    Long term effects for baby?
    Due to high blood pressure, I got induced last Friday. I was exactly 36 weeks pregnant. Had him emergency c-section on Sunday morning cuz he couldn’t handle my contractions and his heart rate dropped too low. He was born with a full head of hair, 18 inches long, good lungs, good color… quite remarkable… just thin at only 4lbs 5oz. Because he didn’t have a whole lot of fat on his body, he was unable to maintain his own blood sugar levels. They ran a glucose IV and for almost 3 days were able to decrease the dosage while he was maintaining the same sugar levels. When he was almost weaned off the IV… he had two sugar level drops in one day, so they sent him to the NICU for more “specialized care”. I’m worried about long term effects – I know they want to teach his body how to maintain sugar on its own, I just worry about him becoming a diabetic. Not like this would be the end of the world… there are worse things… just wondering if anyone else is familiar with this.

    • ANSWER:
      My son was born early as well, and they had him on glucose, and increased the lipids (fats) slowly over the first week. Then he got off the IV altogether and just recieved breastmilk through his NG tube. He is still underweight today, so we feed him whatever he wants in addition to 32 oz of PediaSure a day. So far all of his lab work has been fine. It’s a short term problem, and he should be fine. The neonatologist should be able to answer all of your questions. Good luck, and congratulations!

  40. QUESTION:
    Why does so many people believe that High Fat Diets Are Bad? (not for Vegetarians)?
    The national “fat hysteria” got so bad that back in 1989 National Academy of Sciences advised everybody, regardless of the presence or absence of risk for coronary heart disease, to go on a restricted diet low in fat. The Lords of Lowfat loved this, and the food industry
    proceeded to take advantage of the situation, as they always do, and come out with a whole new line of “lowfat” or “fat free” products, many of which were neither.

    As a result, people began eating those carbs. They began watching what they ate. Above all, they became aware of the fat they were eating and did their best to avoid it like a plague. And, guess what? As a society we got fatter than ever. We’re getting fatter all the time. The heart attack parade hasn’t stopped. What’s wrong with this picture?

    People have a bad attitude about dietary fat, and its most often based on total mistruth. They think that if you eat fat, you get fat. That’s what everybody in the media, medical, and food industry is telling them. Why question it? The fact is, sometimes you’ve got to question authority. The reality is that the less fat you eat, the more your body will want to store it and pack it on when given the opportunity. Much
    of this comes from the chronic levels of high insulin caused by high carb diets. These chronic levels will really pack the fat on when present. The more carbs you eat, the more insulin you’ll produce and the more fat you’ll pack. Though it may sound crazy, the truth is
    that YOU’LL GAIN MORE FAT WITH THE HIGH CARB DIET THAN THE HIGH FAT, HIGH PROTEIN VARIETY!

    If you have no dietary fat in the body, the body wants to produce it. It anticipates disaster and wants to store it up as a hedge against hard times. The body is a conservative instrument, especially in matters of survival. What happens when you’re on the High Fat diet is that the
    body recognizes it’s got fat in abundance, and biochemically recycles it. If the body doesn’t have it, it’s going to lay down plenty of fat from the precious amount its given.

    Anywone that has ever been on a Low Carb “Atkins Diet” can tell you its great to loose weight, but evently stalls because a hormone called Leptin. Leptin functions is essential for weight management, combating the effects of aging, and attaining optimum health. Problems with Leptin are the primary cause of food cravings, overeating, faulty metabolism, obsessions with food, and heart disease.

    Keep in mind about 20-30% of the fat consumed was polymono and polyunsaturated and omega fatty acids. The Diet is called “Anabolic Diet”

    And with personal experence following this diet I lost over 65lbs in 6 months gained over 15lbs of lean mass, and 90% of weight lost was pure fat! LDL went up HDL went down was Borderline Diabetic now normal blood sugar levels. I could go on and on… the benifits were just awesome! So back to the question?

    • ANSWER:
      High-carb diets keep your insulin levels high. Insulin causes fat storage and prevents fat burning.

      A high fat, adequate protein, low carbohydrate diet will keep your insulin levels low and promote fat burning.

  41. QUESTION:
    HELP GAINING WEIGHT!!!?
    OK here is the deal….I know this may seem stupid to some but I need help gaining weight. I recently tried a protein shake that I bought from GNC. I brought a 6lb. bucket and only gained about 7 lbs. My biggest problem is that I fluctuate 5 lbs easily and once I am able to gain weight it only sticks around for a short time. I have a very high metabolism and I am so tired of pigging out to keep my weight up. If there is anyone that can give me some suggestions because the only thing that will put on the weight is eating bad foods or drinking the shakes (which by the way arent cheap). The main reason for stopping the shakes are because I am hypoglycemic and the sugar in these drinks are ridiculous which are effecting my sugar levels wrong. (for those who dont know hypoglycemic is very low blood sugar levels)

    • ANSWER:
      Eat big meals-lots of protein, carbs and fats.
      Space them apart. If you have small meals and nibble all day it ups your metabolism. As well as having a big meal late a night.
      Drink cordial, diet soft drinks + lots of salt-but that will only help you gain water weight.
      Gain muscle.
      If you want to gain fat-eat sugar late at night so your body dosen’t have time to digest it properly.
      When I had to gain weight everyone suggested I eat a load of dairy(mainly ice-cream) +bread. Unfortunately I have a high intolerance to dairy and gluten so it didn’t work for me.

      If you have a high metabolism-perhaps you should get it checked out-might be a thyroid prob.
      With the hypoglycaemia prob-try cronium-it’s meant to stablisze sugar levels.
      Perhaps you should go to the dr. You might have an absortption problem or type 1diabetes. They’ll be able to suggest the best things for you.

  42. QUESTION:
    How to treat high blood pressure whilst battling diabetes and cancer?
    My father has high blood pressure which is caused by his cancer (since it has become metastatic the tumors cause it to elevate even after administering medication, which then requires going to the ER). The problem is that his blood pressure gets extremely high but his sodium levels are very low due to his diabetes (he sweats it out). He has many doctors which treat him for various problems and they all have their own opinions as to how to treat it which can be contradictory with what his other doctors say. His last visit to the ER (yesterday) his doctor who treats him for high blood pressure ordered an IV with sodium chloride. A few weeks ago his blood sugar dropped to 32 which had a serious effects on his brain causing him to hallucinate and be out of touch with reality. Luckily hes not in a coma which is what happens with situations like this, but unfortunately the damage done to his brain is permanent. My question is, how do we treat high blood pressure when his sodium levels are very low?
    Just to clarify, he sweats profusely when his blood sugar levels are abnormal which causes him to lose sodium through the sweating. I am not sure if this is the main cause, but his doctors believe it to be so.

    • ANSWER:
      Follow doctors advice and bless then anoint his head with a little drop of oil regularly and determining in your mind the change you want to see.

  43. 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!!

  44. QUESTION:
    Can eating TONS (too much) of brown rice everyday lead to a high blood sugar reading?
    I just got back my fasting test results and the glucose level was 233.

    There are no other symptoms of diabetes, not even thirsty, no increase in urine etc. and blood pressure is normally low-moderate. What I think may have triggered this was having like 3 cups or more of brown rice every night for dinner (and some white every couple weeks). Naturally because I thought it was healthy – with simmered veggies from a Chinese place. There was also a sudden financial stressor & decreased sleep the days leading up to the test which may or may not have been enough to effect it. That has thankfully been largely resolved.

    Should I try lower carb foods (tonight is a green salad with chicken strips) before getting retested ? Spinach green salad is normal for lunch with load of broccoli, onions, fruits, etc.

    I also get 4-5 servings of dairy (non-fat yogurt and soy milk) with apples as a snack. No high fat or high carb foods at all. Normal weight. Stationary bike 3 hours a week. Overall very healthy lifestyle.

    I’ll call the doc tomorrow in any case. HDL was also too low, which probably goes along with the bs reading.

    Thanks !
    Drinks consist of 1 can of diet soda once a week and about 10 cups of Japanese green tea a day (supposed to lower bs !). The rice (Nishiki) is home cooked and topping (Almond chicken/cashew chicken/tofu veg./chicken veg) is from the restaurant.

    Yogurt is non-fat so does have added sucrolose (sp?). I’ll definitely cut out sushi now as well…:)

    • ANSWER:
      No more brown rice for you. Sorry. You need to retest. Get a meter. Check EBay. I have a OneTouch Ultra Mini. Normal fasting blood sugar is 70-90. If your fasting level is above 120 after you’ve cut your rice habit, then you need to see a doctor for medication. Sorry.

  45. QUESTION:
    health benefits of..?
    just thought i’d do a forum kind of thread thing on health benefits of different foods.
    lets see how far we can get this. please dont reprt the question.
    im starting with mango:

    Below are the numerous health and nutrition benefits of eating mangoes:

    Anti cancer: The phenols in mangoes, such as quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes, have cancer-preventing capacities. Mango is also high in a soluble dietary fiber known as pectin. Scientist have identified a strong link between eating lots of fiber and a lower risk of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. A cup of sliced mangoes (around 165 gram) contain 76 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin C, a potent antioxidant which helps protect cells from free radical damage and reduces risk of cancer.

    Eye health: One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight. Eating mangoes regularly prevents night blindness, refractive errors, dryness of the eyes, softening of the cornea, itching and burning in the eyes.

    Helps in digestion: Mangoes contain digestive enzymes that help break down proteins and aid digestion. It is also valuable to combat acidity and poor digestion because of an enzyme found in the fruit which soothes the stomach. Due to the high amounts of fiber found in mango, it can be a helpful in keeping you regular, thereby helping or preventing constipation.

    In India, a decoction of the mango peel is given to people with inflammation of the stomach mucus membranes. Eating one or two small tender mangoes in which the seed is not fully formed with salt and honey is found to be very effective medicine for summer diarrhoea, dysentery, piles, morning sickness, chronic dyspepsia, indigestion and constipation.

    Benefits to skin: Mango is effective in relieving clogged pores of the skin. What this means is that people who suffer from acne, which is caused by clogged pores, will benefit from mango. Just remove the mango pulp and apply it on your skin for about 10 minutes before washing it. Eating mango regularly makes the complexion fair and the skin soft and shining.

    Helps in diabetes: Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood. Boil a few mango leaves in water and allow it to saturate through the night. Consume the filtered decoction in the morning for diabetic home remedy. The glycemic index of mango is low, ranging between 41-60. So, mango does not have any significant effect in increasing blood sugar levels.

    For better sex: The Vitamin E that is abundantly present in mangoes helps to regulate sex hormones and boosts sex drive.

    Beneficial for anemia: Mangoes are beneficial for pregnant women and individuals suffering from anemia because of their iron content. Also, vitamin C in the mango enhances the absorption of iron from vegetable food like rice. Generally women after menopause become weak and they should take mangoes and other fruits rich in iron.

    Boost memory: Mangoes are useful to children who lack concentration in studies as it contains Glutamine acid which is good to boost memory and keep cells active.

    Avoid heat stroke: Unripe mangoes, a rich source of pectin, when steamed and juiced with cumin (jeera), rock salt and sugar, provide an excellent remedy for heat stroke and heat exhaustion in summer.

    Weight gain: Mangoes can be beneficial for people wanting to gain weight. A 100 gram of mango contains about 75 calories. Also, raw mangoes contain starch which get converted into sugar as the fruit ripens. So ripe and sweet mangoes when consumed with milk (rich in protein) can be very helpful in weight gain.

    Mangoes can be eaten both raw and ripe. Mangoes are a good source of vitamins and minerals essential for the human body. Always have mangoes in your daily diet as this can benefit your health more than you usual non fiber diet.

    • ANSWER:
      Guess you said it all. There isn’t anything I could add.

  46. QUESTION:
    Does Atenolol cause diagnosing diabetes wrongly?
    I have been suffering from Blood pressure and for that reason having Atenolol. Now I am caught by Diabetes. When I go for measurement of blood sugar level I get high level of sugar in my blood. Does ATENOLOL has effect on Sugar measurement of blood?

    • ANSWER:
      Atenelol has no effect on the measurement of blood glucose. It may mask symptoms of hypoglycemia. Your elevated blood glucose levels are not due to atenolol

  47. QUESTION:
    Is any of this true about how good bananas are??
    Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!
    This is interesting.
    After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.

    Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.
    Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.
    But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit.
    It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

    Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
    PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

    Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
    Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

    Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
    Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
    Hangovers: One of the quickest
    ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
    Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

    Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
    Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
    Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

    Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at wor k leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
    Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
    Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a “cooling” fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
    Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
    Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
    Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
    Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

    So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, “A banana a day keeps the doctor away!”
    PASS IT ON TO YOUR FRIENDS
    PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe…polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit !

    • ANSWER:
      i shall start eating a banana a day from tomorrow

  48. QUESTION:
    Cholesterol Lowering Meds { does eating right before bed cause high Cholesterol and Tryglyceride Levels? }?
    6 mos ago I had some blood work done to check my cholesterol and tryglyceride levels. I normally have this bloodwork done about twice a year just to keep a check on it. Normally my numbers are in good health range but this last test showed that my numbers are high and out of range. Total Cholesterol was 240 and Trys were 394 . My doctor immediately ask me to start taking a medicine called Lopid. I have heard bad things about cholesterol lowering medicines, so I bargained with doctor to go another route. I suggested I would get serious about my diet and exercise and eat more fruits and vegs. I also started taking fish oil and Omega 3′s. We retested recently and to my dissapointment my numbers were still high. Total cholesterol was actually even worse and Trys were still right below 400. The positive note is my blood sugar is perfect as where before I was pre- diabetic and my BP is better. I was able to lower my BP medicine dosage. Also lost a few pounds. Some people are telling me I better take the medicine and other people tell me I should never take the medicine because of side effects and can cause liver and kidney damage. I am somewhat health consious but I do have a bad habit of drinking a few beers at night then eating supper and immediately going to bed. I know this is not healthy but I just cant seem to get out of this bad habit. Would stopping this bad habit bring my numbers down or should I just take the drug? Or am I just doomed from genetics? Do I have enough safe time to not take the meds for 6 more mos and quit eating before bed and then test again.
    I weigh 250 lbs and I drink 1 1/2 to 2 gallons of water each day. I also have extra salt when I experience heavy perspiration from exercise,yardwork, or steamroom at gym. I have been a drinker for 25 yrs and cholesterol and trys levels have been good on up to last 6 mos. I have a healthy heart and good muscle mass. I am just discouraged that I have done most all the right things and my levels are still high!!! Just hoping to avoid medicines that I am hearing so many bad things about.

    • ANSWER:
      With your fish oil make sure you are taking the purest. If you take fish oil for omega-3 supplementation be sure and consume “pharmaceutical grade”. Omega-3 pharmaceutical grade fish oil is much more concentrated so you obtain much more benefits from a given dosage and toxins such as PCB’s, dioxin, mercury and oxidized lipids have been removed. Typical health food grade fish oils are not pharmaceutical grade. The only way to be sure is to ask to see third party laboratory anaylsis of the finished product. It should contain at least 60% long chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA + DHA), less than 45 ppb PCB’s and less than 1 ppt dioxin.

  49. QUESTION:
    I plan to quit smoking. Will eating a bite or two every twenty minutes help keep my blood sugar stable?
    Blood sugar plummets in many people when first quitting. The most common side effects felt during the first three days can often be traced back to blood sugar issues. Symptoms such as headache, inability to concentrate, dizziness, time perception distortions, and the ubiquitous sweet tooth encountered by many, are often associated with this blood sugar drop. The symptoms of low blood sugar are basically the same symptoms as not having enough oxygen, similar to reactions experienced at high altitudes. The reason being the inadequate supply of sugar and/or oxygen means the brain is getting an incomplete fuel. If you have plenty of one and not enough of the other, your brain cannot function at any form of optimal level. When you quit smoking, oxygen levels are often better than they have been in years, but with a limited supply of sugar it can’t properly fuel your brain.

    • ANSWER:
      If you eat too much, you’ll be overweight and have the same health risks as smoking. The dizziness that is felt from quitting is NOT from blood sugar drops, but nicotine withdrawal. Try Medscape or WebMD for sound advice, not old wives tales.

  50. QUESTION:
    Expired insulin injection medication work?
    A family member of mine had a high blood sugar level today, and he injected himself with insulin to try to bring it down. Shortly after, another relative of mine noticed that the medicine was expired. Does expired insulin injection medicine still work? Does it have any side effects? Please let us know ASAP. Thanks.
    **the pharmacy had sent medicine that was three months expired. we have sent a complaint.

    • ANSWER:
      expired insulin wont work but it has no other side effects! boo to the pharmacy!


Elevated Blood Sugar Diabetes

Prior to the development of insulin and other laboratory-manufactured medications, ancient healers prescribed natural remedies for the treatment of diabetes and lowering blood sugar. Please understand that while these examples should in no way replace conventional medical treatment, the following methods have been clinically shown to be effective in lowering levels in adults suffering from Type II diabetes.

Cactus. Native Mexican Indians have used cactus leaves to lower blood-sugars for years. Recent studies have confirmed its effectiveness in reducing blood glucose due to the sticky pectin found in its mucilage. For this to be effective you only need to blend prepared and chopped cactus with some water to thin. Two tablespoons of cactus juice in the morning and two tablespoons at night have proven to be effective in lowering blood sugar.

Bitter melon and other green foods. Bitter melon is highly effective in lowering blood sugar. For centuries, cultures around the world have used bitter melon to lower levels naturally. Please beware however if you are pregnant or preparing this for a child as consuming the melon flesh, cooked or raw can cause hypoglycemia.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does elevated blood sugar in a person with diabetes affect physical coordination & judgment?
    If a person who suffers from diabetes mellitus type II experiences temporarily elevated blood sugar, does this affect their ability to drive, operate machinery etc? Thanks to everyone who answers.

    • ANSWER:
      A mild elevation is usually fine. When this happens the person will feel hunger, thirst, and need to pee a lot. If it get even higher, the person my experience fatigue or blurred vision (acutely, other stuff happens a little more long term). In extreme cases, this could eventually lead to shock and comma. Hypoglycemia or low sugar is more of a medical emergency, high sugar can also cause problems and yes, impare driving etc.

  2. QUESTION:
    I have recently been experiencing concerns as it relates to elevated blood sugar reading?
    My morning blood sugar reading range from 111-143 are these ranges normal for a person that have yet to be dx with diabetes? My most recent reading after eating (watermelon) was 244. Should I be concern and see a Dr.? Oh by the way I am on a diet (Jenny Craig) for appx 1 year

    • ANSWER:
      Hi! If your morning blood test is fasting, it is slightly too high for a non-diabetic person, in a non diabetic it shouldn’t rise above 100 ideally. 244 after eating is certainly far too high for a non-diabetic, that indicates that your body is definitely struggling with the simple sugars, such as those found in fruits, etc. My guess would be that you are certainly borderline or pre-diabetic, if not diabetic.
      The best thing that you can do is see your GP for a glucose tolerance test, which will tell the doctor immediately if you are diabetic or not.
      Also, you mention you are on a weight loss diet, it sounds as if your sugars are definitely too high for a calorie controlled program.
      Definitely see your doctor, and he or she can also advise you on the most suitable diet, both to help your sugar control and to assist weight loss.
      Good luck, I hope everything goes well for you.

  3. QUESTION:
    I had gestational diabetes during my pregnancy, delivered 2 weeks ago and still having elevated blood sugars?
    I thought it was supposed to go away immediately after delivery; I drank a fruit punch and checked my sugar 2 hours later and my glucose was 228. Is it possible that it takes a few weeks for it to go away? I’ve lost 20lbs thus far, I only gained a total of 30lbs my entire pregnancy and never took insulin, I was completely diet controlled. Does this mean I’m a type II diabetic now? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes it takes a while for things to reformat themselves. Your body will not go back to 30 pounds lighter in a day, so don’t worry if the G.D. doesn’t either. When you do your follow up in six weeks, they should talk to you about it at that time. If it is still out of control, you may have further testing!

  4. QUESTION:
    do i have diabetes if my blood sugar levels are elevated but i don’ t have any of the usual symptoms?
    I am not constanly thirsty,not urinating frequently, no fatigue,or blurred vision. I exercise every day for at least 60 min.mostly aerobic,I am a 47/F

    • ANSWER:
      Actually it is a lot more common than you think for people to have diabetes have have no symtoms but high glucose readings. Please see a doctor for a fasting glucose test which will give you a better look at where you stand. How high is high? Do you know what the normal range is?

  5. QUESTION:
    When I wake up from my nap, my blood sugar is always elevated.?
    Why is it every time I take a nap, I wake up and my blood sugar is elevated? I do indeed have Juvenile Diabetes. I’ve experimented, and I have made sure my blood sugar is PERFECT before I take a nap. I take one, wake up, and my blood sugar is sky high.

    Any answers? :(

    • ANSWER:
      Ummm… off the top of my head. Is it just after you’ve eaten and the food is still breaking down in your system. Are you eating low GI foods which are slowly building up your blood sugar over time? It kinda happened to me and after I started to watch what I ate before sleep my BS got under control.

      I reckon just try eating different things before sleep and see what happens. Even if your blood sugar is PERFECT, food may still be breaking down in your system…

      Hope I kinda helped :?

  6. QUESTION:
    What specific criteria do physicians use to decide whether to diagnose a patient with elevated blood sugar…?
    …with Type I or Type II Diabetes?
    EDIT: Do they measure insulin levels?

    It can’t be age of onset, since children now are being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes.

    And what about Halle Berry? She was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes at the age of 24. That’s not a child, but it’s not very old, either. And she is not at all fat. She was insulin-deficient, so why didn’t they say she had Type I Diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      This exact same question was asked a day or two ago. Can’t remember if it was you, but your word “criteria” is a strange choice of words, so I think it’s you, asking the same question twice. At any rate, the answer is the same. In general, MOST doctors arbitrarily assign a fasting blood sugar of 140 or higher as being diagnostic of Diabetes. As for Type I or Type II, you’re talking about how the disorder presented itself. Type I Diabetes shows up early in life, often at age 7 or 8, and requires lifelong insulin dosage. Type II Diabetes shows up later in life, perhaps age 40, 50, 60, and usually is treatable with oral medications for awhile. Sometimes it can progress to full-blown insulin-dependent diabetes. Now, as I recall, you marked down my last answer, which was identical to this one. So, if you don’t like this answer, then edit your question to more specifically ask what it is you want to know, and we’ll try to satisfy your thirst for knowledge.

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

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

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

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

  8. QUESTION:
    Does the body respond to elevated levels of blood sugar with urination IN GENERAL?
    Or does this ONLY HAPPEN if you’ve got diabetes? I have been on a drug called prednisone for the past 5 days and have suddenly started needing to go to the bathroom a lot. My grandfather had diabetes and I’m scared of getting it.

    • ANSWER:
      It does NOT need you to be diabetic before your kidneys make you pee more to get rid of excess sugar (glucose). Glucose, in high concentrations, is considered a ‘toxin’. This is why your kidneys, which, at the time, are unable to recirculate it to your bloodstream attempt to get rid of it.

      Unfortunately, I have to disagree with shadow92182 about prednisone not causing diabetes. Although its is NOT directly responsible for causing diabetes, if you have a predisposition towards developing it, you COULD get it. This does NOT mean that you will get diabetes, simply that if you are predisposed to it i.e. you have other risk factors, such as being overweight, take little exercise, have immediate family that are diabetic, are of various ethnic groups that are more prone to developing diabetes, you could get it.

      Thankfully, most people’s blood sugar levels do fall back down to ‘normal’ levels once the course of prednisone has finished. (It may take several weeks, as prednisone is one type of drug that needs to be gradually reduced.)

  9. QUESTION:
    High blood sugar and diabetes?
    I recently had a blood test prior to surgery. The anesthesiologist told me my blood sugar was high. Don’t remember the exact number as I was on my way out, but I remember thinking it was ~20% above what he told me was the normal upper limit. The blood test was last minute, so wasn’t fasting. Infact I hadn’t eaten anything all day till ~ 2 hours before the blood was drawn (bowl of cereal, containing sugar). Is it possible that my elevated levels were due to this? I told the Dr. that it wasn’t fasting, and he stil told me to keep an eye on it. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Normally, the fasting blood sugar (FBS) is not above 100 for non-diabetics but this could shoot up to above 120 for non-controlled diabetics. For those diabetics in medication, the FBS must be below 100 or your doctor adjusts your drugs to approach the ideal. In your case, as you were not fasting (in fact you took a bowl of cereal containing sugar, 2 hours before the blood drawing) a high blood sugar count above 150 would qualify you to be a borderline case. In other words, a post-prandial blood test results (after a meal is taken 2 hours ago) would be below 150 for non-diabetics and above 150 for diabetics. So, if you got about 180, then you could be a diabetic. The best way to do it would be to see a diabetologist or an endocrinologist and tell him/her about your problem and have a blood chemistry for confirmation.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can drinking a soda before giving blood for a blood test show elevated blood sugar readings?
    The other day, I went to the doctor’s office and they took blood to run some tests. I guess they called and I have to see another doctor on Friday because I could have diabetes. This is off of the blood they took and tested the day before. But, before giving blood, I had a bottle of Mt. Dew. Could that have messed up the test so I’d have a higher blood sugar reading?
    I figured as much. My family is freaking out about it so I wanted to make sure. And I didn’t really plan on them taking blood or I wouln’t have gone and gotten the drink right before I went in.

    • ANSWER:
      Uh…yes, of course it will affect the test. For an accurate reading, you shouldn’t have anything by mouth after midnight the night before the test.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  12. QUESTION:
    Do physicians measure insulin levels before diagnosing a patient with elevated blood sugar? If not, then how..?
    …do they decide whether to label a patient as having either Type I or Type II Diabetes?

    It can’t be age of onset, since children are now being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes.

    And what about Halle Berry? At the age of 24, she was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. That’s not a child, but it’s not very old, either. And she is not at all fat. Plus, she needed insulin, so why did they say she had Type II Diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      pls read http://www.health24.com/medical/Condition_centres/777-792-808-1536,16928.asp and she says she no longer is insulin dependant that is why she is considered as type 2, also read http://www.diabeteshealth.com/read/2008/12/25/5548/halle-berry-says-shes-worked-her-way-up-from-type-1-to-type-2-diabetes-/

  13. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if I have an elevated a1c and normal blood sugars?
    My a1c was 6.6 this week, and my doc says diabetes. My blood sugars have always been normal, and all of them, at different times of day, have been normal since my a1c test a few days ago. The highest level after a meal was 122. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, you can’t test all the time and there could be periods during the day when your blood sugar is running higher than your other readings. Your meter may just be incorrect, too. There’s one way to check that – just bring your meter into your next doctor’s appointment and test your blood sugar with the same drop of blood the nurse uses. If you’re going in for lab work, test immediately before or after your blood is drawn.

  14. QUESTION:
    How would pre-diabetes cause nocturia?
    I am 34 years old and have been experiencing nocturia for about 6 months now. I understand that this may indicate diabetes (among other things), so I took a fasting blood glucose test and my results came back 116, which I understand is “pre-diabetic”. Could pre-diabetes (elevated blood-sugar) cause nocturia (I have to get up and go to the bathroom 3 times per night), and if so what is the mechanism that causes this?

    I am also going to take a prostate test for cancer, yet first I am wanting to learn more about how high-blood sugar could be the culprit first.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      The culprit could be fructose. Unlike other sugars, fructose is metabolized in the liver, and one of the metabolites is uric acid. Uric acid can cause kidney disease.

      “Effects and symptoms of chronic kidney disease include;
      •need to urinate frequently, especially at night (nocturia);”

      Two videos that show this are linked below.

      Fructose does not always raise blood sugar levels. It depends on what else you consume with it, but it still damages the liver and kidneys.

  15. QUESTION:
    Diabetes and blood sugar levels: fasting levels in pre range and random in normal range.?
    For those who have diabetes or experts in the area of endocrinology: I have to wait until I have health insurance for a blood draw from a vein to confirm or rule out diabetes officially. I have been using accuchek to do fasting tests and those have been in the pre-diabetes range. I have done a couple of random tests and they seem to be in the normal range- 126 and 111 consequetively (different days) withint 2 to 5 hours or so of eating. What I can’t figure out is why then is my fasting test result elevated (after at least12 hours) ? I am not on any insulin so the somogyi affect doesn’t apply. I have had increased thirst of late. Might have some other symptoms but have to wait and see if those are temporary. A lot of symptoms I don’t count because some are normal for me so they woud have to be really noticeable or extreme. I haven’t been sleeping well lately either. I figured at first maybe that would go away but it hasn’t.
    I think my health insurance starts in June sometime. I don’t want to add another pre-existing condition…want this to be covered whatever it turns out to be.

    • ANSWER:
      get you health insurance girl===something is going on that isn’t right by the look of your description=good luck

  16. QUESTION:
    What are non-diabetic reasons for high blood sugar?
    I’ve recently been experiencing a loss of appetite and irregular sleeping patterns. I went to the clinic yesterday to get checked out, and they ran some blood tests. Today they called me back and said that my blood sugar is elevated. I was told that my blood sugar was 168, and then referred to a primary caregiver. I’ve made an appointment, but I have no idea what any of this means.

    I’m really confused, and I didn’t get any other information from the clinic besides a phone number for the doctor I made an appointment with. Every search I do on high blood sugar comes up with information pertaining to diabetes. Am I diabetic now, or is there some other explanation for this?

    I’m not sure if this is important, but I hadn’t eaten anything before the blood samples were taken.

    • ANSWER:
      You may indeed by a diabetic. But if you have an infection of some sort, this can cause the blood sugars to rise. However, if they do an A!C on you and it is high, the infection does not have anything to do with that unless it is a bad infection that you have had for a long time. A1C levels indicate your blood sugar average for the last 90 days. So unless you have been sick with some thing for that long and your A1C is high, you are a diabetic. Don’t listen to terms like “pre diabetic” or border line diabetic”…most doctors do not use these terms anymore. You either are or you aren’t. Get all the testing needed to diagnose diabetes before you jump the gun. In many cases, diabetes (both types) is genetic. In type 1, the person is completely insulin dependent, meaning that they must inject insulin up to 6 times a day. Their pancreas does not make enough or any insulin. We are not sure why the pancreas stops working, but one of the theories is that it is attacked by some type of virus. With type 2, it is also a problem with the pancreas, and how the body uses insulin. When a person is insulin resistant (still type 2 diabetes), the pancreas makes lots of insulin, but the body does not use it correctly. In some cases, the pancreas makes too much and the body can’t put it all to use. Some who are type 2 have a pancreas that does not make enough insulin, and need to take oral medications that help stimulate the pancreas’s activity some and encourage it to make more insulin. It’s not your fault that you developed diabetes….there is no way to prevent it. Although eating a good diet and daily exercise can help delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, it cannot actually be prevented. And food does not cause it to develop….eating too much sugar or too much junk food….those are old wives tales. Being overweight does not cause type 2 diabetes either, although those who are insulin resistant do have a tendency to gain some weight before they are diagnosed. Most type 2 diabetics are not overweight or ever have been…that is another old wives tales. What you are going to have to do now is watch your diet, limit the amount of carbs you eat. Todays diabetic can eat just about anything as long as we limit our carb intake. You will have to learn to count carbs, which is simple, and pay close attention to what, and how much you eat. You will also have to get some daily exercise to help control your disease….walking is a great way to do it. Some types 2 diabetics (11%) can actually control their disease with diet and exercise for many years. But diabetes is a progressive disease, and in time these people usually have to start taking medication of some kind. Type 2 diabetics that can’t control by diet and exercise are treated with different types of oral meds, insulin, and many times use both. If you have diabetes, it is not the end of the world, the disease can be controlled well and you can live a normal, long life. Sign up for some diabetes educational classes and make an appointment with a dietitian or nutrutionoist. Doing this can make the biggest difference in the control of your disease.

  17. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar is regulated by two pancreatic hormones, namely insulin and glucagon. When blood sugar rises, ?
    insulin is released; it binds to receptors and, through signal transduction, results in an increase in glucose uptake by cells, effectively lowering blood glucose. When blood sugar decreases, glucagon is released, binds to cell receptors, and causes glucose to be released into circulation. Diabetes mellitus is a disorder that results from excessively high levels of blood glucose. Type II diabetics have normal to elevated levels of insulin. What, then, might be causing the elevated blood glucose levels?

    • ANSWER:
      The elevated glucose level is caused by the inability of the cells to “take in ” the glucose and use it for energy. The glucose continues to circulate in the blood. It is more a problem with the receptivity of the cells that with hormone imbalances.

  18. QUESTION:
    What do you think of my thoughts on metabolism, blood sugar, and diet?
    Hear me out on this. Yeah if you know the stuff I post you know this is going to get long. Settle in.

    I’d like this question answered seriously by serious people. It’s my intention to one day write a fitness self-help book. I’d like to know what I’m talking about, not just for the sake of being informed, but because I’d be giving advice to be people from which they’d be making decisions on their lives. Naturally I feel a responsibility. I suppose one could argue that this is not the place one should form their ideas for that sort of thing; and yet one can’t argue that this is a place that forms ideas, and, more specifically, ideas of mine will be formed here, regardless.

    Ugh. The luck I’ve been having I asked this question in Diseses & Conditions>Diabetes (I’m like, hey, these guys no about blood sugar and such). I guess I should have posted it at an earlier time of day because my lone response was a guy spamming weight-loss berries from Oprah (no really). I posted it on Diet & Fitness, and it didn’t even show up on the Diet & Fitness page! (Apparently that’s been happening with Y!A lately. That and I think my long question broke it.), and then it happened again. So anyways, fourth time the charm?

    The thinking on the glycemic index these days is that a high post-ingestion blood sugar spike is a bad thing, because the parts of one’s metabolism that convert metabolisables into body fat work hardest when there’s an abundance to work with. The reason being that in evolutionary terms the best way these nutrients can be kept is deposited as fat, not swirling around in the blood stream, which can’t maintain anywhere near as high an energy density (duh) especially since excessive blood sugars have toxicity issues and must be excreted from the body. Basically the body is rushing to convert this stuff to fat while there’s still a bunch of it before it all gets flushed out.

    I have the notion there’s more to this story though. Nutritionists talk about how low glycemic foods, give you much more energy down the line than high glycemic foods of equal calories, because, for whatever reason, the blood sugar profile of these foods is less a graph with a high spike and a rapid descent into low blood sugar, and more a low spike followed by a very shallow drop over time of moderate blood sugar, which keeps you feeling energetic and full of spunk.

    Most metabolisable nutrients have been given the O.K. in this regards. Proteins, fats, complex carbohydrates may not be equals, but are at least far better for you than simple sugars.

    Now there are some things that really bother me about that. What’s going on is we are given two values, the Glycemic Index, and the number of calories in food, and that’s supposed to tell us everything.

    Just to give an example if you have a high glycemic index food with a certain amount of calories, then you know two things. You know your blood sugar is probably going to be real high after you eat that food and you know the potential metabolisable energy that your body can extract from that food.

    Well suppose you want to make a graph of what that would do to your blood sugar over time. What you have is the peak value of that graph and the area that should be under the graph’s line.

    You know what? That leaves alot undefined. You could have high blood sugar plateaued for a short time that then crashes like nobody’s business. You could have an immediate steep decline in blood sugar. Or, you could have a quick drop in blood sugar, with moderately elevated blood sugar for some time after. You really don’t know.

    This problem is helped even less since there’s alot we don’t know about these values that we’re supposed to know. The Glycemic Index is not a measure of the immediate effect on blood sugar by each metabolisable nutrient in each category. It is not produced by calculations based on the chemical characteristics of fructose, or Omega-3 fatty acids. It is an empirical measurement of the effect of specific FOODS, that contain a variety of metabolisables, on blood sugar. In a way it is a composite measurement of the combined effects of every nutrient, and even the physical makeup and texture of a given food. And as I’ve suggested, nutritionists would help us out alot to try and track the effects of foods on the blood sugar over time.

    Of course, there’s reasons why that’s easier said than done, and perhaps even less scientific than what we’re talking about in the first place. The lasting effect of foods is sometimes lost in the background (or more than background) noise of people’s fat’s contributions to their blood sugar. And such data over time would require fasting, before and for the duration of the tests.

    And we don’t know calories the way we think either. Maybe you already know that there is not a one to one to one relationship between the number of calories that we chew and swallow, the number of calories that end up as blood sugar, and the number of calories that end up as body fat. Not everything that goes into your mouth is destined to go on your hips. But, did you know it’s not just because your body isn’t set to turn everything it gets into body fat, and it’s not just because of the Glycemic Index?

    What we’re dealing with is a theoretical number. In theory, if your body put some real effort into it, it could pry every calorie loose from that granola bar. But, I don’t think it will come even close to doing that.

    So what, you ask? After all that just means even less calories to worry about than you thought. O.K. Let’s go back to the whole nutritionists say low glycemic index foods are good because they make you have more personal energy to take you through your day thing. You say, so I’m down on energy, that’ll just encourage my body to burn some fat instead. I may feel down, but I’ll feel better when I’m fit.

    Besides that I’m fairly certain that I’ve seen studies that say that starving your body whatever way you do it is not a sound strategy for lasting fitness, I still have to think that’s flawed. You have to take this in the context of what that means for the parts of your body that regulate your body fat. From that perspective if blood sugars are always low that’s all the more reason to convert metabolisables into fat when there’s a spike in them. Whenever that spike may be.

    To my thinking, for obesity the problem here is not high, medium, or low blood sugar levels. It’s the jumping up and down, and the steep rises and falls of the blood sugar levels.

    Even complex carbohydrates could be bad to this line of thinking. Sure they might not spike your blood sugar very much, but what then? How long does that last? And, how steep is the crash?

    That’s really what largely got me thinking on these ideas in the first place. Complex carbohydrates have been lauded for how they have low glycemic index, because it’s hard for the body to convert them from food to blood sugar. My reaction to that was, that doesn’t mean complex carb’s are good for you because they have a low glycemic index due to their low impact on blood sugar. That means complex carb’s have next to no effect on blood sugar ever so their low glycemic index is worthless. They’ra just another kind of a starvation diet.

    And, my hunch is that since complex carbohydrates are cut from the same cloth as simple sugars they are suspect. I mean there are lots of dieticians, especially sports dieticians, who will tell you that carbohydrates are still an important part of your diet.

    My point is they’re not an essential part of your diet. You can’t live without proteins, or fats. You can live without carb’s. The closest thing they’re is to a nutrient carbohydate is dietary fiber (certain kinds of complex carb’s), and even they’re not essential, even though yes you should include them in some way, especially if you’re trying to get your cholesterol levels under control.

    But, I suppose given the information we really have we can’t any more certainly point the finger at complex carbohydrates, proteins, or fats. (But simple sugars? Oh yeah.)
    Actually officially, and I believe this is the position the british governemnt still stands by, the purpose of Sir Walter Raleigh’s expedition was exploration. Which although I’m sure that was a priority, I think the main interest of his journey was flagrant piracy. I mean the guy sacked a convent. As for the potato, I’m fairly certain when it was brought back it was considered a botanical oddity, and wasn’t actually eaten until later. Oh and as for the obesity epidemic don’t forget air conditioning. People don’t sweat the way they used to. And thank god for that. And on exercise yeah I’m definitely going to tell be people that exercise before diet is the key to fitness, though diet enables exercise. You gave me alot to think about. I’ll do some more research.

    Also did this question ever show up on the front page? Do you know?

    • ANSWER:
      I think your question(s?) is typical american diet propaganda. Its that looking for a magic formula principle or applying science in someway to allow us have our cake and eat it.
      I’ll tell you why I think American diets don’t work really- your society is based around the car ; drive everywhere;people are in wall mart driving around the aisles in motorised trolleys..I even remember seeing healthy but fat kids being pushed in wheelchairs by their skinny parents in between rides in Disneyland. You don’t actually use an awful lot of glucose or glycogen stores because each year you find a way of moving less and less as a nation so that if you decrease your glucose intake it probably isn’t noticed. When we try your GI diets etc we often faint cos the level of glucose is too small for our more active lifestyles.The truth is any fad diet willwork because you fatigue of eating the same crap day after day and you lose your interest in food and eat less without realising it

      My guess is the obeisity epidemic is a result of food science and is solvable by laws limiting saturated fat content and sugar content in food that was developed for pre WWII people who were on the verge of starvation and to whom a fat enriched diet was a lifesaver back then. Throughout history all countires have faced famine : thats why the english sent Sir Walter Rayleigh off to find potatoes , a source of carbohydrate. Nowadays we simply enrich our food…I seem to remember nearly everything you’d eat in the USA was sugar coated like the way you’d feed frosties to a kid who wouldn’t eat..except this was adult food ! The obvious way to reduce fat is to produce foods lower in calories, fat and carbohydrates by law. Its soooo obvious but no one does it.

      To answer your stuff about intermediary metabolism your talk about the graph of glucose levels versus time is interesting. The area under the curve is called the bioavailability ( absorption) of glucose as released from the foodsource. However glucose is a complex creature because its blood levels are influenced by insulin, adrenaline, glucagon, glycogen formation, the Km of enzymes such as hexokinase and glucokinase. Right enough a peak of glucose stimulates insulin release causing the conversion to fats and glycogen (immediate stores) and glycolysis…conversion to pyruvate in order to enter the Krebbs cycle in the mitochondria. Some people probably have more/better mitochondria than others and this might contribute to weight diffences.The basic evolutionary force you speak of is really survival of the fittest at maintaining blood glucose above 5 mmol in order to keep the brain from dying ( can only burn glucose) . Hexokinase, the entry enzyme of the liver where metabolism largely occurs, has a Km of 5mmol…this means as blood glucose falls below 5 mmol its intake of glucose falls to virtually zero.This conserves glucose for the brain. Similarly starvation, through release of growth hormone causes initially the consumption of protein ( heart muscle mainly) initially and finally the mobilisation of fat stores ( glycerol ->glucose, fatty acids to ketones which are usable by Krebbs cycle if L-Carnithine is present to transport in the fats) after about 3 days. We know an awful lot about this process of starvation mainly from hospitalised patients. The shock to the body of an operation often causes large amounts of adrenaline(epinephrine) and cortisol release that promotes internal catabolism of protein and to a lesser extent fat stores. Initially it may be possible to directly supply glucose via an intravenous drip but usually after a few days in order to prevent loss of heart muscle you need to supply a certain percentage of the calories as protein and fat ..I think roughly 30/30/40 ( fat/protein/glucose) in order to stop the loss of heart muscle from the metabolic shock. Its the same with diets…you do need a balanced diet in order to prevent the body thinking it needs to produce one food group to suppliment its lack of another foodgroup( fat/protein) and to maintain glucose levels. Yes, I concede the glycemic index is probably a good idea in the sense it promotes foods with a slow release profile for glucose and sustains blood levels of glucose more evenly ( your curve is more elongated and the peak is broader) but overall you need to reduce calories modestly across all 3 foodgroups and increase exercise to preserve muscle protein.

      There is more. I lost 3 stone once in Weight watchers. My success , I perceived was down to the ability to estimate food more accurately in terms of their points system ( calories vs saturated fats) and the fact I weighed my food. It was extremely hard the first few weeks until I lost my stomach fat and after that it was easy. I formed the impression my fat cells in someway signalled my satiety centre but after you lost this fat store the signal strenght weakened ( less output from fat). I understand leptins actually do this , it was subsequently discovered and antileptin drugs may ultimately be the cure. Keeping off the weight was harder because, in my opinion, most foods you buy are artificially enriched with calories, sugars and fats and your basic western meal is enough calories for a whole day. I think governments limiting fats in foods is the only sane diet solution :)

  19. 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.

  20. QUESTION:
    How does diabetes inhibit the immune system?
    I have been told by the NHS that, as a type 1 diabetic, I am more likely to catch illnesses and my body may have difficulty in destroying infections. My healing rate is also apparently slowed.

    Could someone explain why this is? How is it that elevated blood sugar can have a negative affect on my body’s defenses?

    Cheers.

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn’t really inhibit your immune system. What happens is that you can have complications with your diabetes when are you sick, especially an infection. I know when I have a sinus infection, I have a heck of a time keeping my glucose levels below 200 even when I’m not eating. When I have your 24 flu as I usually get about once a year, both times I’ve had it since becoming a type 1, I’ve been able to stay constant with out taking insulin (can’t keep food or liquids down, I figure taking insulin may not be the best idea).

      I also heal pretty fast. My doctor did an incision a few months ago. When I went back in a couple weeks later for the checkup, he couldn’t see where he did the incision and commented about me healing very fast.

      If you have high glucose levels all the time, heeling rates will be slower and your risk of infection will increase. If you can keep things relatively controlled, you don’t really have anything to worry about. I don’t know the official reason for this, but I could only imagine that when your glucose levels are high your body is focused on trying to lower them to take the stress off of your body, so then heeling other area’s aren’t as much of a priority to your body.

      But, do keep in mind that everyone is different and every ones body will respond differently.

  21. QUESTION:
    How to prevent low blood sugar?
    I don’t have diabetes, but I occassionally have bouts of low blood sugar when I eat meals a bit late, and I feel very weak and hungry. I know the immediate treatment for low blood sugar is to eat/drink something with a high sugar content to elevate your glucose levels, but apparently in daily life one is supposed to avoid real sugary food/drinks. Why is that? Why is it so important to have one time but not in general? Is sugar, for a person subject to hypoglycemic attacks, a good thing or a bad thing?

    • ANSWER:
      Sugar is only an assistance for someone whose level has dropped dangerously low and whose body is unable to appropriately regulate blood sugar. Introducing sugar-rich substances to the body causes the blood sugar to soar back up long enough to avoid certain damage, but then something must be done to sustain a normal level.

      For the rest of us, preventing sugar drops in the first place, makes more sense than confusing the body by letting levels drop, zoom up with sugar, and eventually crash again.

      Eat frequent small, healthy meals or have healthy snacks between meals to avoid feeling weak.

      As for whether sugary food/drinks are good or bad–overindulging in high sugar items is BAD for anyone. An occasional treat is okay as long as your body can properly digest the treat. High-sugar drinks/foods/tablets used to treat a sugar drop are a form of medicinal intervention. It is a GOOD thing to do for that person at that time, but does not mean we all need to do it all the time–just like any medical procedure.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can my blood sugars be elevated from stress and anxiety?
    Today my blood sugar this evening was 119. I suffer from anxiety attacks and stress. Does this affect my glucose? I am a tyoe 2 diabetes… thanks for the advice in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, your blood glucose can certainly be affected by stress and anxiety however one should careful not to use this as an excuse such as:
      “I was so stressed out that I ate an entire pizza and my bg is now 250!”.
      So although stress can cause it to go up, on those days/evening I would highly recommend getting at least (minumum) 20 minutes of excercise to help bring it back down. In addition to my regular walks (4-5 miles per day) if I get stressed, I go for another walk. It always helps.

  23. QUESTION:
    Gestational Diabetes Question…?
    My doctor informed me at my last visit that my blood sugar after one hour of consuming the sugary drink required for a gestational diabetes screening test was 11.1 and it should have been 10.2 or lower which means I have gestational diabetes.

    I have read on numerous websites, that symptoms of Gestational diabetes include elevated blood pressure and sugar in your urine. I have neither of these symptoms and am wondering if I really have gestational diabetes, wouldn’t I have these symptoms?
    I am 29 weeks pregnant today.

    • ANSWER:
      dont worry, so far your gestational diabetes is very very mild.

      10.2 is considered “normal”, and 11.1 is not really very far off.

      if it was 14 and beyond, it would probably have those signs and symptoms. it is just like saying

      the normal range of blood pressure is 120 – 140 over 60 – 80

      if my blood pressure is 141 over 82, would i have severe headache and palpitations? or snowy vision?

      i hope you understand what i am trying to say, so.. well.. do not worry about the gestational diabetes portion though… it is very mild, just monitor it, and that should be sufficient…

      do note, that slightly elevated blood sugar, could result in a fat baby, and this may be a little tough to push out… really

      and, also, studies have shown that there is a higher risk of you getting diabetes later in your life, probably 10? 20 years down the road. do take care =)

      cheers

  24. QUESTION:
    hi my grandma has diabetes and she received her blood work what does this mean?
    heres my grandmas blood test
    A1C 6.4 mildly elevated
    sugar_abnormal down 51
    cholesterol_abnormal 201 barely up
    can any one tell me what this means and if shes gonna be healthy

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the physiological explanation for the relationship between diabetes and end-stage renal disease? ?
    I know the kidney is a non-insulin dependent organ , so having extended periods of high blood sugar (such as in uncontrolled Diabetes) causes elevated amount of glucose enter to the kidney. I was wondering why the entrance of large amount of glucose to the kidney can potentially lead to kidney damage? What is the high amount of glucose doing to damage the kidney?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      From what I’ve read, the mechanism of renal damage by hyperglycemia isn’t understood at this time.

      Diabetes messes up arteries, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there isn’t some vascular component involved.

      Here’s an article that explores some of the possible mechanisms:

      http://www.renalandurologynews.com/Mechanisms-of-Diabetic-Nephropathy/article/20546/

  26. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar is regulated by two pancreatic hormones, namely insulin and glucagon?
    Blood sugar is regulated by two pancreatic hormones, namely insulin and glucagon. When blood sugar rises, insulin is released; it binds to receptors and, through signal transduction, results in an increase in glucose uptake by cells, effectively lowering blood glucose. When blood sugar decreases, glucagon is released, binds to cell receptors, and causes glucose to be released into circulation. Diabetes mellitus is a disorder that results from excessively high levels of blood glucose. Type II diabetics have normal to elevated levels of insulin. What, then, might be causing the elevated blood glucose levels?

    A) inadequate insulin production
    B) defective receptors
    C) defective second messenger
    D) inability to regulate gene expression

    • ANSWER:
      B

  27. QUESTION:
    High Blood Sugar Levels?
    I am 29 years old, my blood sugar levels have elevated. I am Overweight, and have no high blood preasure, no high cholestorol…nothing but high blood sugar, my dr says i have diabetes i saw him this past friday, he gave me glipizide….i wanna try to do this without medicine…when i wake in the am it ranges from 160-200…..after i go to the gym in th am it drops to around 140..150…..after i eat it hits about 160..i check 2 hrs after…is this diabetes, pre- diabetes…..gimme some help here guys. as of 11/16 i started a strict dient, workout, and i cut out all soda and junk i was putting in my body. im already down 3 lbs in just 3 days..so im happy….but nervous about my sugar levels…..any ideas or advice?
    i just went out and bought 1000mg of cinnamon vitamins….i here this is good..and thank you all sooooo much for your advice!

    • ANSWER:
      Eating coconut oil will also bring you blood sugar down. Eat 3 meals a day with 15-30grams of carbohydrate for each meal.

      Stay away from low fat diets. Healthy fats like butter, lard, coconut oil, olive oil, etc. will normalize your blood sugar. Stay away from processed foods and trans fats. Eat whole full fat foods.

      Stay away from bread, potatoes, pasta, rice and sugar. Increase the healthy fats in you diet like butter, coconut oil, cod liver oil. Eat nutrient dense diet. For more info you can contact the Weston A. Price Foundation which helps people find nutrient dense foods.

      http://www.westonaprice.org/

      http://www.coconutoil.com/diabetes.htm

      http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/diabetes.html

  28. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar counts and vacations (parties)?
    I returned from a 2 week vacation (party). I might be a little overweight by about 10-20 lbs at least thats what my Dr says. My question is after a good week and a hlf of parties I had to get some blood work done for a physical upon returning. When the results came back my Dr called me in to tell me my sugar levels were high and concerned him as far as diabetes goes.
    My question is after a week plus of wines and beers can that have elevated the sugar level by not being out of my system before the lab work? He suggested loosing 10-20 lbs and seeing him in a month. I failed to ask what the level was but he did not say i was diabetic but could be going forward. I’m wondering if it was the alcohol content?

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol LOWERS blood sugar levels.

      Good Luck.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can high blood sugar cause these symptoms?
    Nausea
    Weakness
    Feeling faint
    racing heart

    I felt like this after I ate breakfast (bowl of cheerios and water) so I checked my blood sugar an hour after eating and it was 179. I didn’t check it before eating though. I’m pregnant and waiting to get my gestational diabetes test in a couple of weeks but have felt for a few weeks now that my sugar is off, so I’ve been testing it on my own. I checked it again at 2 hours and it’s 119 and I’m feeling much better. Is it possible that was all from just the elevated sugar level? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I love to eat cheerios for breakfast. After I eat them it feels like my heart speeds up. I’m 20wks pregnant. I bought a glucometer and today an hour after I ate the cheerios with milk, my bs was 181. Those cheerios are crazy. What’s really in those things. If u look at the box they have a lot of carbs added up and add that to the sugar content they contain. It’s quite a bit, I always thought they were healthier than that, but I guess it doesn’t matter. No matter how healthy it seems always ck the carb and sugar content. Reck ur bs after 2 hrs and c wat it is. I’ve heard if it’s 140 or below ur ok

  30. QUESTION:
    Do you “believe” in pre-diabetes as a condition?
    Believe is not the right word but i cant think of a word to say. i am finding that many people say “pre-diabetes” isn’t real. And others say it is very real. If you are having elevated blood sugar that is over normal are you considered diabetic and doctors just don’t want to diagnose you or what. Its a little confusing.

    • ANSWER:
      Precancerous cells are neither normal cells nor cancer cells. Since they are not normal cells, they are a condition of cancer, just not full blown cancer. Left untreated they become cancer and cause major health issues and possibly death of the person. Most people understand that precancer is early cancer and don’t have a problem with the doctor using the term precancer instead of cancer.

      Similarly, prediabetes is not normal insulin/glucose function but not yet severe enough to cause significant body damage as full blown diabetes. It is still a condition of diabetes. Left untreated, it too will cause major health issues and possible death of the person. Luckily, prediabetes can be treated with lifestyle changes and maybe medication, rather than sugical removal and chemo. So for many, the apparently less serious treatment for prediabetes leads them to believe it;s not a real condition like precancer is.

  31. QUESTION:
    I took a blood sugar test like 8 months ago and it said my levels were elevated please read everything?
    so I took a test about 8 months ago that said my blood sugar was more than normal but not in the range of diabetes, but it looked like if I kept eating the way I was I might end up developing it. I weighed 210 at the time. I now weigh 175. I don’t remember why they gave me the test but I think I was having fatigue or something and so they decided to check it I don’t remember anymore. But my weight is consistently dropping more and more now that I exercise all the time and I eat much healthier and I expect I’ll lose even more weight in the coming months. Do you think I’m still at high risk for diabetes or am I in the clear or close to being in the clear now?

    • ANSWER:
      you should tell us your age. there are two types of diabetes. one is directly related to life style and the other is not. congrats on your weight loss. I wish I could lose that much. In order to diagnose a person with diabetes type II they have to take two or more blood samples in different days after 14 hours of fasting. Then they have to test for Hemoglobine A1c. This will show the sugar levels for the past 90 to 120 days. So since you were only a bit elevated I think it is safe to say you are healthy now after losing all that weight.

  32. QUESTION:
    At what point will insulin be necessary for gestational diabetes?
    I’m 31 weeks pregnant, gestational diabetes, my blood sugars since I’ve been monitoring with the special made diet have been elevated several times. My range is below 120 two hours after meals, below 95 fasting. My fasting, breakfast, & lunch ranges have all been high. I really don’t want to go on insulin but wondering if dr. will find it is best with these high readings.

    • ANSWER:
      As your insulin levels start dropping to unsafe levels your doctor will start you on a insulin regimen to protect both you and the baby.

      Insulin is the standard treatment for women with GD as the baby is using most of what your body produces.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is high and low blood sugar common before diagnosis?
    I’m 15 and have been having symptoms of diabetes for a couple of months. My blood sugar has come back elevated, but not high enough to be diagnosed yet. I’m testing my blood sugar daily and i’ve been in the 200s a couple times, but lately i’ve been having hypoglycemic moments and when i checked my blood sugar it was low (in the 50s). My doctor thinks i’m developing type 1 just very slowly. so is both high and low blood sugar common in the early stages of type 1 diabetes?
    and i’m 5’3 and weigh 105 pounds and have no family history of diabetes
    Um yeah I’ve been to see an endocrinologist and the tests he did came back not normal. My blood sugar was elevated and my active insulin was kinda low which is why he says I’m developing diabetes

    • ANSWER:
      No, low blood sugar is not indicative of undiagnosed diabetes. The only thing that causes lows is a condition called hypoglycemia (different from diabetes) or taking too much insulin, which you haven’t yet. If your doc’s blood tests are coming back normal, then you likely don’t have it. Your meter might be off, or the test strips are not calibrated to the meter (the code on the side of the bottle might differ from what’s on the meter). If you want to be sure, see an internal medicine doc or an endocrinologist for more testing.

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

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

  35. QUESTION:
    Elevated blood glucose during chemo?
    My mother has type 2 diabetes and is undergoing chemo treatment right now. They are administering taxol with a dextrose solution. Her blood sugar was at 528 at 4pm, insulin was administered after an hour, 418 at 7pm, and was just 369 at 10:30pm. The nurses just say that it is high and they aren’t giving her more insulin. She took glucophage around 6pm. She is incoherent and sleeping while sitting up even. They say it is the stuff they doped her up on before chemo was started making her talk funny but she is almost acting like she is about to go into a diabetic coma… i am trusting the nurses but i cant leave her side until her sugar goes down cuz im worried… thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      It would make sense that chemo makes it go high. I know that when I take stronger meds, my sugar goes pretty high and chemo is definitely a strong medicine. You can only administer insulin every so often (for me I think it’s every 4 hours, i don’t know if it varies depending on the person) so that could be why they aren’t giving her anything else. I would think the nurse would know what she’s doing but if you have questions just ask her or another nurse and see if she says the same thing.

  36. QUESTION:
    Why Do Oranges Raise Blood Sugar?
    My dad battled diabetes for 45 years. He wouldn’t eat oranges or drink the juice because he said they were the worst thing for raising blood sugar. He said oranges and all citrus could raise blood sugar hundreds of points and it could stay elevated for over 24 hours. Why is this? I thought citrus was supposed to be so good for you.

    • ANSWER:
      It has carbohydrates, and anything with carbohydrates, even most vegetables, raise your blood glucose. However, your dad is incorrect that an orange can raise it “hundreds of points” and stay in your system for 24 hours. One orange has about 18g of carb, which for most people who take insulin, will raise their BG about 70 points if you don’t take the right insulin to offset it. Orange juice is more concentrated, about 28g for an 8-oz. glass, so that will raise it about 150 points.

  37. QUESTION:
    Question about insulin treatment in a hospitalized patient without diabetes.?
    People with hospital experience, what protocols have you seen in place for treating hyperglycemia in non-critical patients without a history of diabetes? Has anyone seen an intake blood glucose level of 120 trigger a decision to treat with insulin?

    On a related note, does anyone know what would happen to a patient if you gave Apidra insulin outside of the reccomended time frame? Specifically the instructions are to administer within 20 minutes of beginning a meal. What would happen if it were given 40 minutes after the end of a meal? Again, this is in a patient who is not diabetic, and has, at most, only a slightly elevated blood sugar level.

    Does anyone know of any hospitals where this is an accepted practice standard?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds a bit weird to me….120 is NOT a bad BG level especially if they are ill. The time frame question would make me worry about HYPOGLYCEMIA. I would ask for a finger stick BG after the insulin (1 hour) just to see how low it is and go from there.

  38. QUESTION:
    Cat with diabetes…?
    My cat has been diagnosed with diabetes upon a visit to a second vet. I just found out that the first vet discovered elevated blood sugar as well as sugar in the urine. I know there are other reasons for a cat to have elevated blood sugar (ie stress) but is there another reason for sugar in the urine. I am concerned the that first vet missed the diagnosis and my cat has suffered for months after I was told he is just old.

    Thanks…
    My cat is currently at the vet for 5 days for glucose regulation. We are getting it under control but I want to know if I should say anything to the other vet. There are actually many pending lawsuits against this vet for misdiagnosis…

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Keri..I am a diabetic kitty caretaker, too.

      When she was dx almost 6 years ago, the vet I was using then waited nearly 3 weeks before he began the insulin therapy and we got her on the low carb foods. I thought this was rather suspicious and even called another hospital for advice. But he was a ‘nice’ doctor and he seemed to know what he was talking about..was just so busy (one dr clinic) and the time lapse was his schedule was so full.

      When she was diagnosed, I began my research on this illness. There is certainly more information now than even 6 years ago and I hope you have found the feline diabetes website. If not, I have attached the link. They have a wealth of information on foods, giving insulin, hometesting, message board for questions.

      Now back to your question. If your kitty continued for months with elevated BG levels, he was miserable. I think some veterinarians are not up on the newest technology and when kitties are diagnosed with serious illnesses they will actually recommend euthanasia. Feline diabetes is not new and in fact one of the top 3 illnesses for senior kitties. If he was not ‘up’ on treatment–and no excuse for him not to be, the vet should have recommended you seek advice from another vet instead of letting your kitty suffer.

      If the other vet practice has had numerous complaints against it, your information on his lack of care for your kitty is worth reporting. If that practice has no more caring or concern for its patients it should be closed and his license suspended. You have to think that if he is treating patients like this in front of the owner…what is he doing with in-hospital patients where the owners are not present? What kind of care are they receiving and is there adequately trained support staff on duty? I am a shy person, kind of quiet and meek, until it comes to my furbabies and then I get assertive, almost aggressive!

      I am glad you took your kitty to another vet and he is receiving care now. I hope he does well with his insulin and diet. If I can be of any help, please let me know. I am not an expert, but have seen and done much in the last years with my diabetic kitty and my other kitties with senior ailments and sickness.

      Purrs to you and your sweet kitty.

  39. QUESTION:
    Connection between Breast Cancer and Diabetes?
    I have breast cancer (stage 3, invasive). Had the surgery, radiation, and done the chemotherapy (4 rounds AC, 4 rounds taxotere, 18 hercepten ~ I have 5 more herceptin treatments to go). My markers are coming down, slowly but surely. I’m over weight, but not that much. I don’t have a family history of diabetes, and have recently been diagnosed with diabetes.

    The tests so far have indicated that my pacreas is not making enough insulin. My diet does NOT contain a lot of carbs or sugars, and in fact since I was diagnosed with cancer, my diet has included a lot of organic foods (fruit, veggies & organic meat & chicken). I’m also a positive person. I had some weight loss, especially since radiation ended 4 months ago. The symptoms that prompted the tests for elevated blood sugars, was neuropathy in my feet (usually a later effect of diabetes).

    Anyone know about the connection between the cancer and the diabetes? Caused by the chemo perhaps? or just wishful thinking?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you use steriods, such as prednisone? That can cause diabetes.

  40. QUESTION:
    using melabic as a diabetes cure possibility, combined with diet and exercise, has anyone been helped by it?
    Melabic is proclaimed as a sugar stabilizer, is it credible? To me, elevates my blood sugar levels!

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    Alternative remedies to prescription medication for type 2 diabetes?
    Type 2 diabetic; controlled by diet and exercise last 7 years, no prescription medication for control thus far; but home tests lately show signs blood sugar slightly on elevated side; would appreciate pointers from those who may have had experiences controlling their blood sugar with natural alternatives.

    • ANSWER:
      homeopathic doctor. no medicine. they do a saliva/urine sample to determine what types of foods are good and bad for your body/blood type and help you regulate your sugar.

  42. QUESTION:
    My cats has diabetes and a slightly elevated T4 level?
    Mickey is a 12 year old Maine **** who has diabetes and she’s on insulin twice a day. She’s only recently started the insulin and we’re having a terrible time getting her blood sugar stabilised and the vet mentioned today that her T4 levels could be interfering with the blood glucose. I need to stress that her T4 levels are barely elevated, by some lab standards she’s still within the healthy range (only just though) but we’ve started her on meds to bring down her T4 levels and to see if a) this helps her diabetes stabilise and b) to make sure there’s no underlying kidney issues (although her creatanine levels were very promising).
    Has anyone else had diabetes and hyperthyroidism running concurrently in their cat/cats? And if so, did this make stabilising her blood sugar difficult?
    We’re retesting her in 3 weeks (to give the meds a chance to work) and then if her T4 levels are OK and kidneys are also OK, we’re looking to go the nuclear medicine option. I’d appreciate any suggestions on this.

    Whoops, I meant my cat. Singular.
    UPDATE – The vet called this morning and by some bloody miracle Mickey’s T4 came back WELL within the normal range. How does that happen? Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled because it means her kidney function results reflect what is really going on and that’s nothing, her kidneys are A OK! But I am just curious how her T4 reading could go from 52 to 24 in a week.

    • ANSWER:
      This is not at all uncommon; it’s called sick euthyroid syndrome. The thyroid may be entirely normal, but other illnesses cause increased (or decreased) production of thyroid stimulating hormone, thyroxine, T3, and T4.

      The half life of circulating T4 is only 6-7 days at best (only 3-4 days in hyperthyroid animals), so it’s not surprising that you might see a marked change quite quickly.

      Best of luck to you and Mickey.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is there such a thing as latent diabetes?
    I have a strong family history of diabetes and as I grow older, I understand that there’s an increased risk of developing Adult Onset (Type II) diabetes. Is there a threshold that when blood sugar levels reach a certain point, one will develop diabetes? More pressing is the question: Can stress help to trigger or precipitate diabetes? I understand that elevated stress levels can trigger elevated adrenalin levels. Is there a cause and effect relationship between these two factors

    • ANSWER:
      Stress does contribute to diabetes in that cortisol and other stress hormones block the action of insulin. Less insulin means higher blood sugar. There are probably other stress pathways at work, too, which we don’t yet know about.

  44. QUESTION:
    Can diabetes cause pancreatic cancer?
    My guesses are no since cancers are caused by cancerous cells but diabetes is about blood sugar and the hormone, insulin. But hey I could still be wrong! Does it cause it or even elevate chances at all?

    • ANSWER:
      This is an interesting question. Diabetes is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer. What is interesting is that pancreatic cancer does cause diabetes. 80% of pancreatic cancer patients also have diabetes. So the relationship is more in reverse to what you have listed. I am including a link for you to browse through. It has a lot of good information.

      RN

  45. QUESTION:
    diabetic coma vs stroke-how do I tell the difference?
    My Mother has extremely high numbers, sometimes over 500 because she is very non-compliant with diabetes treatment. Last night my brother in law found her unresponsive and took her to the hospital, this happened one time before and that time it was due to her extremely elevated blood sugar levels. How can we tell if its a stroke or just high blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      You may not be able to tell the difference at home but the hospital will certainly be able to detect a stroke vs. very high blood sugars. What they would do is to do a variety of tests mostly involving the brain to detect a stroke.

  46. QUESTION:
    Whats wrong with me!!!!!?
    symptoms (yes i have gone to the doctors i have seen 3, they didn’t help, they said i was fine)

    weight loss

    abdominal pain

    back pain

    bloating

    nausea

    diarrhea

    loss of appetite

    elevated blood sugars

    itching all over my skin

    excessive thirst

    facial flushing

    sudden disgust of coffee taste and smell along with disgust of cheese and garlic (i like coffee and cheese a lot never really liked garlic that much but now when i smell or taste it i feel sick to my stomach)

    weakness

    vomiting

    im so sick of this its not even funny i’ve been living with this for a while now

    no its not diabetes, my blood sugar isn’t that high its been a little higher than normal for three days and it hasn’t gone down

    and yes i have gone to the er, they couldn’t find anything either

    and i forgot to mention that i get really bad headaches too (i kinda think its from the blood sugar)

    WHATS WRONG WITH ME!!!
    not taking any medication besides Tylenol for the pain and fevers

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    high blood sugar question-?
    i had a fasting blood sugar test and it was slightly elevated (100) so i’m going to have another one done in 3 months. the thing is i tested myself at home and i had normal blood sugar readings (even after meals) so i told my dr that and the fasting test i took might have been messed up because i possibly could have had soda before the test since it was early in the morning and i have a habit of having soda early before exercising. my question is once i get tested in 3 months and the results are normal will i be tested over and over again in 3 month intervals? plus i told her about having it on my record and she said it was on the record in my blood test so i’m worried that because of the one test i’ll have trouble in the future getting insurance even though this wasn’t technically diabetes.
    i don’t think they give me that test and i don’t have diabetes yet…so that wasn’t really an answer to my question– sorry.
    sorry my test was 110 not 100—i put the number in wrong so it was slightly elevated but i’m wondering if i messed up the test since i might have had a swig of soda.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no reason that I can think of to keep having blood tests. Your sugar was not slightly elevated, it was normal. Generally diabetes is diagnosed after several readings above 125, or an abnormal HbA1c test.
      One blood sugar reading of 100 will not keep your from getting insurance because it doesn’t signify anything. You are really making much ado about nothing.
      Don’t test your blood sugar at home unless your doctor told you to for some strange reason. You are not an endocrinologist, so you are not qualified to determine what the readings mean.

      110 still isn’t enough to get worked up about. Still not diabetes. it is not a number to be concerned about. yes, a swig of soda could mess up the reading. if you drank soda before a fasting blood test, then you didn’t fast.

  48. QUESTION:
    How are my blood sugar levels?
    I’m new to testing my own sugar levels, so I’m wondering if these are normal.

    YESTERDAY:
    81 upon waking
    171 1 hour after finishing lunch
    121 2 hours after finishing lunch
    181 1 hour after dinner

    TODAY:
    177 1 hour after lunch

    I’m 25 weeks pregnant by the way, in case that matters. I haven’t been diagnosed with diabetes ever but have had elevated levels (2 times around 130 after fasting, and once randomly 250 not fasting) before getting pregnant. My doctor at that time claimed I was normal. I’m taking the 1 hour glucose tolerance test in about a month but wondering if I need to push my OB to give it to me sooner. I’ve had alot of symptoms of high blood sugar but could also be from me being pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      Based upon your readings you have gestational diabetes. I would very strongly encourage you to call your obstetrician with your readings tomorrow morning. Someone will call you back with further instructions and most likely your physician will want to see you. Gestational diabetes requires prompt diagnosis and decisive intervention for an uneventful pregnancy and a healthy child. I wish you and your baby the very best of health and in all things may God bless.

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

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

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

  50. QUESTION:
    Feline all-natural Diabetes cure??????
    I have a 13 year old male cat who has been diagnosed with diabetes in the last 6 months. He was given a pill prescription, but that only elevated his blood sugar. We refuse to give him shots, because we feel that is cruel to stick him with needles every day. I am just curious if there is any food or creatable remedy to prolong his life, or even help cure the diabetes…

    • ANSWER:
      There are prescription diabetic cat foods. Ask your vet.

      But let me ask you a question. If you were diabetic, and needed insulin shots, would you find it cruel to give yourself an insulin shot? Or would you look for possibly untested home remedies that may be dangerous?


Elevated Blood Sugar Levels After Exercise

Blood sugar is defined as elevated level of sugar glucose in the blood or as spillage of the glucose into urine, making it sugary. Blood sugar is regulated in one’s body but with the person’s assistance. Type of food one consumes plays an important role in maintaining normal blood sugar levels. Some foods lend a hand in lowering the blood sugar while others raise it. Pancreas is responsible for producing insulin and foods containing high-gycemic makes it hard for pancreases to produce insulin for catering your body needs. However, one can use the following tips to maintain normal sugar levels and for cutting done threat of diabetes.

Read more on Maintain Blood Sugar Level and Lower Blood Sugar. Also visit on Natural Home Remedies for Diabetes from herbalcureindia.com

Instructions

Stop eating all refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates such as pasta, sugar, and white flour will raise your blood sugar faster than anything else you might find in a supermarket. If you are serious at maintaining good blood sugar levels, you will have to say goodbye to sugar and flour-filled foods.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. QUESTION:
    Missed Periods & slightly abnormal sgpt, cholesterol, blood sugar, white blood cells levels?
    I am 30 year old single Indian female. Due to my divorce 2 years ago I was very depressed and almost not doing any activity. Right now my weight is more than 85 kg, and I am obsessed. last year I was diagnosed with hypothyroid and my TSH level was 6.5, so doctor prescribed thyronorm 50 mcg which I am taking regularly. Now recently I underwent full body chcek-up and my thyroid level was normal, nothing worng with it, but to my surprise sgpt, wbc, FBS levels are elevated and lipid profile is also not normal. Following are my report, wbc (white blood cells) – 11300, fbs (fasting blood sugar) – 108.2, sgpt – 49 u/l and serum Triglyceride is 205.3 mg/dl and S HDL cholesterol is 30.4 mg/dl which all is not normal.

    Most important is I missed my 3 periods and haven’t experienced menstruation since last 3 months.

    My feet and legs are always swollen. I feel like there is ring on my ankle because my ankles are swollen as if there is a water retention.

    My heels are also paining every morning on waking up. After waking up I feel I have no energy and I feel so tired. I experience problem in breathing after climbing stairs and can’t sit on floor for long time maybe because of obesity. If I sit on floor for more than 5 minutes and if feet is pressed below my thighs then I feel as if some too many ants are running and biting in my feet because of lack of enough blood circulation in feet and hence I have to keep my feet straight to let blood circulation in feet so that ants running in the feet feeling disappear. If I sit on floor then I have difficulty in standing up without anyone’s support. My thighs, lower ab and calf are very fat.

    I also have skin problem like new moles are formed in body, fungus below breast, rough skin between the breast and weird rough lines are formed on neck and back of neck etc. I got the appointment of doctor after 7 days as he is v. busy but I talked to him on phone and he said this all must be due to obesity but I can only say after I meet you.

    I admit that my lifestyle is very bad and I am very lazy. I am not drinking or smoking but I am not overweight and not doing any exercise and eating lot of fried food and fast food. Also my body clock is disturbed and very irregular like I get up very late in morning or sometimes wake up whole night and sleep whole day, please tell me now what do I do to get my health better and how do I get my periods back. But now I am very worried as I am too young and also single. Pls Help me I will be grateful to you. I will go to doctor after 7 days but till that pls tell me some home remedies to lower sgpt and get back my periods. Help me please
    Sorry Lana and Nam, the web addresses given by you doesn’t work

    • ANSWER:
      If you missed your periods and feeling pain in your heel you may experience urinary problem and pain at your scapula. Acupressure will give you good relief for all your problems. If you want more information please contact classic_erode@yahoo.com

  3. QUESTION:
    Can the drug Fluconazole raise the body’s sugar levels?
    This is being used to treat a yeast infection, 3 dosages for 1 a week for three weeks. Dr ordered cbc and patient was on week 2 of this dosage when blood work was done. Sugar levels were elevated and was put on metphormine to reduce sugar level along with 2x daily self monitoring. Sugar levels are running high 250 – 375 after being on metphormine for 5 days and 45 to 1 hour walk exercising. daily.
    Patient is on cholesterol med tricor 145 mg too.

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely it can raise the glucose levels!! If you will go to http://www.drugs.com and go to the individual drugs and read the .pdf on this you will see that one of the warnings is of increased glucose levels.

      Metformin may not be enough to bring the glucose levels down.

      Patient needs to go to very low carb food plan along with their exercise plan. It will help to keep the blood pressure from rising as well and to get the cholesterol to normal levels.

      Very low carb food plan is about 100 to 120 grams of carbohydrate per day!!

      But there are whole days when nothing works for me to keep the glucose levels in check.

  4. QUESTION:
    can sudden stress,poor eating,eating lots of candy,suddenly cause a rise in blood sugar in a healthy person?
    I’ve never been diabetic.But I had a few very stress events happen back to back, my breast implant ruptured, took a long time before I could get the funds to fix it, then days after my surgery, I was @ my sister’s bedside for a week in ICU(round the clock) didn’t have any thing to eat but candy, I ate LOTS of candy, then she died. just days after the funeral I had to have a complete medical phyiscal and it showed my blood sugar was elevated (102) Will this come down immediately with improved conditions in eating habits, exercise etc. taking ginseng, cinnamon powder, vitamin’s primrose oils. How long will it take my blood sugar to be at a normal level again? or do I have cause for worry?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have a diabetes risk factor in your life, extreme stress can most certainly be a factor in developing diabetes sooner than you may have without the stress. It is not a cause, but can be a contributing factor. 102 is not a high blood sugar reading, in fact it is a good one.. Just watch your diet. Ginseng, connamon, and primrose have no clincal proof that they help diabetes at all. Watching your diet and exercising will help much more. I don’t think you have anything to worry about.

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

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

  6. QUESTION:
    My Triglycerides doubled after taking high concentration Omega3 (Nordic Naturals) for one year..?
    Healthy 32yo male with black belt in tae kwon do. I try to eat right but am not a health nut. I was taking the cheap Nature made Omega 3 to help with my Triglycerides which were elevated. After a few months I retested and they had gone up so my doctor advised me to take high potency Omega 3 (Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega). I took these habitually every day for 1 year. When I started my triglycerides were around 300, which was real bad already. After 1 year of the Nordic (650mg of EPA and 350mg of DHA) my triglycerides more than doubled to around 650. My total cholesterol also went up slightly. The only change in the 1 year beyond the Nordic was that I didn’t exercise nearly as much due to my job. I only eat whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, etc when I have carbs. My blood sugar level indicated I was indeed fasting for the required 12 hours before the blood draw. Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Why don’t you just stop taking such artificial preparations and change to fresh salt-water fishes for your Omega3 needs? Consult a well-qualified nutritionist rather than a doctor. A nutritionist is better equipped than a doctor to advise you on this matter.
      Have fun. . Good luck. *

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

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

      Have a nice day ☺

  8. QUESTION:
    My medical record indicates that I have diabetes. My A1c was 7.7.?
    The test was done one week after my husband of 18 years tragically passed away at work.

    I am 39 and have had insulin or glucose resistance for about 15 years. I know that stress can elevate all levels that would be tested to make a diagnosis of diabetes. My husband dying was the most traumatic experience of my life. I have only one family member on my side of the family that is alive. (I grew up in a foster home.)

    In 2004, my OB/GYN prescribed glucophage to help me to ovulate. My A1c was about 5. My blood sugar level was 105. (I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in 1997.) I felt sick taking glucophage. I could not eat M & Ms, or most other candy without getting a sugar high and feeling like I could pass out. It was as if the glucophage made me feel as if I truly was diabetic back in 2004. In addition, I was given the glucola test where one drinks an orange soda kind of drink. Before drinking the glucola, and 2 hours afterwards, blood is drawn to determine the glucose levels, etc. In a period of 1 year, I was tested 3 times. Every time, the tests came back within normal ranges.

    Now, back to 2009.

    My family doctor diagnosed me with diabetes never knowing about the OB/GYN tests. My family doctor prescribed Glimepiride. For 7 months, I took half of the lowest dosage in which the pill is made. That was my prescription.

    I truly do not believe that I am diabetic. But, I need some unbiased help. I have not taken the medication in 2 weeks. The first two days of not taking the medicine, I was a little sick. Then, I have felt great. I have not done anything different. My eating/exercise habits are the same now as they have been for years.

    My real question is this: Is it possible, that I was misdiagnosed as having diabetes. I need to purchase new health insurance. I am paying 0 a month for COBRA. And COBRA set my health insurance rate like it was with my husband alive. Meaning, the rate is for 2 people. I am a widow without any dependents.

    I have applied for health insurance three times and have been denied each time. I do not know what to do. I am a graduating Senior at a well known university. I expect to need insurance for about 2 years–just in case I am unable to easily find a job. I can use COBRA for another 28 months. From what I understand, student insurance is for those under 30 years of age.

    I may add more details later.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry for your loss. That plus health issues must be very stressful.

      You MUST see a endocrinologist to straighten this all out. An endocrinologist specializes in endocrine disorders and will be able to see what symptoms are due to PCOS and if you also have diabetes. I believe PCOS can mimic type 2 diabetes. An endocrine doctor has much more training in these issues than a GP and can find the most appropriate medication to get your blood sugar level down to normal. Treatment of PCOS and diabetes has changed radically over the last few years and there are many different drugs and treatments for each. It is imperitive that you ask your GP for a referral to an endocrinologist. Once you get your blood sugar down, you’ll start to feel much better physically.

  9. QUESTION:
    I was just diagnosed with Pre-diabetes, now what?
    Ok, after I suspected I might have some problems with my blood sugar levels I made a Doctors appointment and had a fasting type test done. My blood sugar level was 111 and he told me that a lot of Doctors would label this as Pre-diabetes, but he thought it wasn’t elevated enough for alarm, he also told me I should go for walks. I wasn’t prepared and I felt like I couldn’t come up with the right questions at the time, I felt like I left empty handed. My friend was diagnosed with Pre-diabetes and less than 3 years it developed into type 2, so I’m worried about that happening to me. Instinct tells me I need to do whatever is in my power to stop this from happening… Am I overreacting? I’m not overweight but I could lose a few pounds and I get moderate exercise. What can I do to become healthy again? Also I would like to know if I should be worried about carb. intake at this time.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Doctors like yours make me feel sick to my stomach. I just know too many people whose doctors ignored their pre-diabetic levels and sent them home without any help or information. They’re all diabetic now and many of them are on medication or insulin. Early intervention could have allowed them to possibly slow down the progress of the disease, stay off pills and insulin, and–in some cases, I’m sad to say–avoid diabetic complications.

      Your instincts are absolutely right. You don’t want to wait until your blood sugar is high enough to be diagnosed diabetic.

      Pre-diabetic is really problematic term for me. Implicit in the word is assumption that you don’t have diabetes yet. You do have diabetes; you have just caught your diabetes very early. On an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test to diagnose diabetes, you are pre-diabetic if you are 140-199 mg/dL after two hours. Diabetic complications can start when levels are persistently over 140 mg/dL. In other words, you are supposedly “pre”-diabetic when you may be experiencing blood sugar high enough to give you diabetic complications. What’s the use in differentiating if pre-diabetes can be just as dangerous as regular diabetes?

      Pre-diabetes is also characterized as the first step to diabetes, as though you have plenty of time to ‘change your ways’ before you get this nasty disease, but that’s just not true. For a Type 2, the first step is usually insulin resistance. The pancreas makes more and more insulin to compensate for the resistance, but eventually it can’t keep up. Often high after-meal blood sugar starts first, but fasting tests don’t pick up on that, of course. By the time fasting levels creep up, that means you’ve already lost some your pancreas’ ability to produce insulin.

      I can’t promise you’ll reverse this or avoid diabetes by going on a low-carbohydrate diet, exercising or losing weight (if necessary), but I can tell you that it’s possible to slow down what is already in the works, stay off meds for longer perhaps, and more importantly, you’ll avoid complications that can shorten your life. Don’t wait for that diabetes diagnosis to come down; think of yourself as diabetic right now and do what you can to control your blood sugar. Eat low carb, exercise, lose weight (if you need to), test your blood sugar at home and try to always stay below 140 mg/dL and try to get below 100 mg/dL fasting, and schedule regular appointments to test your A1c, which is a three-month average of your blood sugar. You’ll be so glad you did. If you can’t control your blood sugar on your own, then it’s time to ask for medication.

  10. QUESTION:
    My Triglycerides doubled after taking high concentration Omega3 (Nordic Naturals) for one year?
    Healthy 32yo male with black belt in tae kwon do. I try to eat right but am not a health nut. I was taking the cheap Nature made Omega 3 to help with my Triglycerides which were elevated. After a few months I retested and they had gone up so I visited a nutritionist who advised me to take high potency Omega 3 (Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega). I took these habitually every day for 1 year. When I started my triglycerides were around 300, which was real bad already. After 1 year of the Nordic (650mg of EPA and 350mg of DHA) my triglycerides more than doubled to around 650. My total cholesterol also went up slightly. The only change in the 1 year beyond the Nordic was that I didn’t exercise nearly as much due to my job. I only eat whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, etc when I have carbs. My blood sugar level indicated I was indeed fasting for the required 12 hours before the blood draw. Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:


Effects Of High Blood Sugar

High protein, low carb eating plans like the Atkins diet are well known for helping folks to lose weight quickly. They are also often considered to be the types of plans that increase the risks of high cholesterol, heart disease and erratic or high blood sugar levels, but the Atkins diet can in fact increase triclycerides and cut down blood glucose. The Atkins diet can significantly lower high blood sugar levels and reduce the need for sugar in the diet. Diabetics must consult a doctor throughout the time that they use the Atkins diet, because it can have a major effect on their high blood sugar levels. Some people have claimed that the Atkins diet can balance high blood sugar levels in diabetics but that is as yet unproven.

Hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar levels, is often viewed as a step on the road to diabetes, but other causes of high blood sugar include eating large amounts of sugar or food and the presence of an infection or illness. Sometimes few symptoms are actually present with this condition, but many times symptoms tend to include blurry vision, fatigue, weight loss, increased appetite and excessive thirst. High blood sugar levels are a good indicator of heart disease risk, and that is one of the reasons why the effects of the Atkins diet on high blood sugar levels is so beneficial.

Can the Atkins Diet Cause High Blood Sugar Levels?

Generally speaking, the Atkins diet does not cause high blood sugar levels. However, the reason people undertake the Atkins diet is because they are overweight and need to shed some of this excess weight. According to Dr. Atkins, this weight gain is caused by over consumption of carbohydrates and sugars. When this happens, our bodies realize that the amount of sugar in the body is too high. Insulin is produced to gather the sugar and store it, but there is a limit to the amount that can be stored. Upon reaching the limit, the sugar is saved as a fat source. Continuous overeating can mean that the body becomes resistant to this process, storing even more fat by burning carbohydrates for energy. This results in low blood sugar or high blood sugar levels.

The best remedy for insulin resistance is a low carb diet such as Atkins, because it restricts the carb intake and allows the body to continue burning fat as an energy source. This can raise blood sugar levels, and in most cases it raises them to a healthier level rather than cause another type of medical problem. Therefore, the Atkins diet can cause high blood sugar levels, but it generally raises the levels of people with low blood sugar levels which is a beneficial action.


Early Signs Of Sugar Diabetes

Will You Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes?

If you or a loved one is at risk of developing diabetes, it is important that you learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of diabetes as soon as possible. Type 2 diabetes can develop on at any age. If you catch it early, you can often prevent the many serious complications of this disease. You need to know that diabetes is known as a “silent killer” for good reason. This is because the signs and symptoms of diabetes often don’t manifest themselves right away and people often don’t recognize the symptoms until they get really bad. Basically, diabetes is a disease that often sneaks up on people. Please don’t let that happen to you.

Complications of Diabetes

Complications of diabetes include heart disease, high blood pressure, vascular disease, kidney failure, nerve damage (neuropathy), eye problems (retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma, blindness), recurring infections, wounds that won’t heal or are very slow to heal, and stress due to the disease. Amputations of feet and legs are more common in diabetics. Nerve damage makes wounds in extremities go unnoticed until it is too late and reduction in blood flow can make wounds very difficult to heal.

Increased Visits To the Bathroom

This is a very common sign of diabetes. If you find you are having to get up more at night to trot to the bathroom, you may have diabetes and you should get your blood sugar tested. Daytime urination may become more frequent too. Frequent urination is your body’s way of diluting and eliminating the excess sugar in your blood stream.

Thirsty All the Time and Dry Mouth

Diabetics often become dehydrated because they are urinating more frequently. This causes thirst and dry mouth.

Hungry All the Time

This is another very common symptom of diabetes. If you eat a big meal and then get hungry again an hour or two later, there is a good chance you may be diabetic and you should get tested. After you eat, there is always an increase in blood sugar which prompts the release of insulin. However, in diabetics there can be a huge spike in blood sugar which leads to a huge release of insulin which in turn makes you feel hungry.

Eating Sugar And Diabetes

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can a 50 yr old adult male in avg health, get diabetes by eating sugar and foods that are high in carbohydrate
    if there are no signs of it beforehand and no indications that he has it, can either of those two things precipitate or bring it on?
    with absolutely avg blood sugar levels
    thanks everyone. I am not overweight but I dont get as much exercise as I should. My main concern was that being adopted and NOT knowing my medical history if external things as a sugar filled diet would bring it on.

    • ANSWER:
      No. Eating sugar and carbs will NOT bring on diabetes. Neither will being overweight. Both types of diabetes are caused by the pancreas not working properly. Eating too much sugar and carbs can cause you to gain weight.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can you get diabetes from not eating sugar?
    Or very little sugar.

    By the way, My parents have it and my aunts and uncles have it too.

    What’s my chance if I stop eating junk ,sugary foods?

    • ANSWER:
      If diabetes runs in your family, then it does make you statistically more likely to develop type II diabetes in the future. It’s not a guarantee though, and there are a lot of things you can do to reduce your risk.

      The first and best thing you can do is improve your diet. Yes, if you cut out junk foods that are loaded with sugars, that will definitely help reduce your risk of developing diabetes. Your diet should follow the food pyramid – whole grains (no white bread or non-whole grain crackers), fruits and vegetables, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, and sweet foods SPARINGLY.

      You don’t have to eliminate them completely, because that will just make you crave them more. But eat them in moderation, and try to throw in something healthy with them. For example, try having chocolate-dipped strawberries for dessert instead of chocolate ice cream, or opt for fruit sorbet. And if you’re at a birthday party, have a half a piece of cake instead of a full-sized piece, and just one scoop of ice cream instead of two. Moderation is key.

      Another important thing to keep in mind is exercise. Regular exercise can help prevent diabetes because it keeps your weight under control, so make sure you are getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. It doesn’t have to be hard-core cardio or anything like that, just take a brisk walk with your dog around the neighborhood. Make it fun by playing basketball with your friends, swimming in a pool, jumping on a trampoline, etc. The more you do it, the more you’ll enjoy it.

      If you’re worried about developing diabetes, I would definitely suggest you talk to your doctor about it at your next check-up. Explain to them that it runs heavily in your family and you want to avoid it. They will be able to give you even more tips as to how you can live a lifestyle that will best reduce your chances of developing diabetes in the future.

      Good luck!

  3. QUESTION:
    Is it okay if people with type 1 diabetes eat sugar all the time as long as they take insulin before?
    Someone I know has it and they say that they can eat as much sugar as they want as long as they take insulin before (they are in good shape, very muscular and thin). I want to look out for them and make sure its okay.
    Is this true? Or is it damaging on the body to eat sugar as a diabetic.
    What if their blood sugar level does NOT get high from eating it because they take insulin before??

    • ANSWER:
      No one should “eat as much sugar as they want”
      Aside from that, it depends on the person. My dad has diabetes and has bigger issues with starchy foods like potatoes, white bread, and pasta. Sugar doesn’t affect his blood sugar as bad.

  4. QUESTION:
    eating sugar causes diabetes?
    my friend was tired and wanted sugar so i gave her a cup of cotton candy sugar(the sugar that maakes cotton candy) she said now she will get diabetes(jokingly) then said you can get it by eating sugar
    can you really i eat alot of sugar.

    • ANSWER:
      No. Diabetes is in no way caused by sugar – any form of it.

      Type 1 is an autoimmune disease. Basically all of the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are attacked and can no longer make insulin, resulting in Type 1 Diabetes.

      Type 2 can be caused by a number of things. A sedentary lifestyle, weight, and genetics can all contribute to developing type 2 diabetes, but they themselves are not direct causes of it, nor are they the only contributors.

      Also, diabetics have to eat sugar or drink a sugary drink when they have low blood sugar, otherwise they could keep dropping (their BG) and pass out, go into a coma, or even die if it gets low enough.

  5. QUESTION:
    BLOOD sugar was 84 before eating and 95 after eating ??? DIABETES symptoms.. Help?? Confused and Scared?
    I can’t get in touch with a doctor for another few weeks, and I’ve been experiencing : Extreme thirst, extreme fatigue (sleeping for around 14-16 hours a day), Feeling tired/weak all the time, like I have no energy to do anything even use the bathroom, frequent urination, etc.. Every time after I eat sugar or carbs

    So enough was enough and I bought a blood sugar monitor..

    Fasting was 84

    Than I ate

    A little bowl of cereal – plain special k mixed with kix cereal, and some 2% milk
    I had a bite of a bagel with cream cheese but i threw it out cause I didn’t like it, so I had 4 little spicy tuna rolls (sushi, spicy tuna wrapped in seaweed and some rice) and a snickers bar.
    An hour after I got my tired feeling, it was 95 ……..

    Than I took a 4 hour nap..

    Do I have diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      Unlikely. 84 mg/dL is completely normal fasting blood sugar. Your one-hour reading was also normal.

      Sometimes Type 1 diabetics have fluctuating pancreatic function during the “honeymoon” phase and so blood sugar may appear normal some days and other days blood sugar may be very high. Continue to test for several days – fasting blood sugar and then two hours after a meal. If all your readings are like your readings today, then diabetes is probably not the cause.

      I can’t say what’s going on with you, but based on your two isolated readings today, you appear to not have diabetes.

  6. QUESTION:
    eating with sugar diabetes and high cholesterol?
    What foods can you eat when you have sugar diabetes and high cholesterol? what is safe to eat with both conditions?

    • ANSWER:
      you should be discussing this with a dietican and ur family dr.

  7. QUESTION:
    i thoguht eating sugar didnt cause diabetes but?
    well there is this guy in my gym class and hes really really athletic and skinny but he was diagnosed with diabetes this year. Our teacher asked him how many pops he had a day and he said 4 or 5. So did this happen because of the sugar.

    • ANSWER:
      You can’t get diabetes by eating sugar.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can Eating Sugar Give You Diabetes?
    I have a friend who thinks that eating lots of sugar will result in diabetes. I tend to disagree — diabetes is a lack of insulin (or so I believe), and you can produce more after you eat more sugar. So, eating more sugar wouldn’t give you diabetes, which seems to be a common misconception among some people that I know.

    So, am I right? Does eating foods containing high amounts of sugar (i.e. candy, ice cream, etc.) increase the likelihood for diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      Sugar in the diet does not cause diabetes. Any type of carbohydrate in the diet (including simple sugars and the fruit, bread, and milk food groups) easily and quickly turn into glucose when food is digested. Glucose is used by the body for energy. We cannot survive without a constant supply of glucose.
      Fats and proteins in the diet are also converted to glucose and other substances that can be used for energy, but the process is very slow. Therefore an ideal diet contains an appropriate mix of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, so that we have a constant supply of energy.

      Insulin is a hormone that helps our bodies use glucose for energy. Diabetes occurs when there is absolute or relative insulin deficiency (less insulin than the body needs to use glucose effectively). There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.

      Type 1 diabetes is more common in children; it occurs when the cells that produce insulin stop producing insulin. Type 2 diabetes is more common in adults; it is caused by an imbalance between resistance to insulin and the body`s ability to produce insulin – the body is not as sensitive to insulin, making it harder for insulin to do it`s job and the cells which make insulin can`t keep up with the insulin requirements.

      Currently there is no way to prevent Type 1 diabetes. However, it may be possible to reduce the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. We can help insulin work better in our bodies by eating well-balanced meals (a mixture of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats), eating high sugar and high calorie foods only in moderation, keeping weight in a normal range, and exercising daily. These behaviors may help prevent the onset or progression of Type 2 diabetes in susceptible individuals.

      This explains the sugar link***
      Glucose, or sugar, is the body’s main fuel source. That means your body — including your brain — needs glucose to work properly. But even though we need glucose for energy, too much glucose in the blood can be unhealthy.

      What Is Hyperglycemia?
      Hyperglycemia (say: hi-per-gly-see-me-uh) is the medical word for high blood sugar levels. The hormone insulin is supposed to control the level of glucose in the blood. But someone with diabetes doesn’t make enough insulin — or the insulin doesn’t work properly — so too much sugar can get into the blood and make the person sick. If you have high blood sugar levels, you may need treatment to lower your blood sugar. Your parents and your diabetes health care team will tell you what your blood sugar levels should be and what to do if they get too high.

      What Causes High Blood Sugar Levels in a Person With Diabetes?
      Managing diabetes is like a three-way balancing act because you have to watch:

      the medicines you take (insulin or pills)
      the food that you eat
      the amount of exercise you do
      All three need to be balanced. If any one of these is off, blood sugar levels can be, too. Your parents and doctor can help you with this balancing act. In general, higher than normal blood glucose levels can be caused by:

      not taking your diabetes medicine when you’re supposed to or not taking the right amounts
      eating more food than your meal plan allows (without adjusting your insulin or diabetes pills)
      not getting enough exercise
      having an illness, like the flu
      taking other kinds of medicines that affect how your diabetes medicines work
      Keeping blood sugar levels close to normal can be hard sometimes, and nobody’s perfect. Grown-ups can help you stay in balance if you have diabetes. Sometimes blood sugar levels can be high because you’re growing and your doctor needs to make some changes in your diabetes treatment plan

  9. QUESTION:
    How much sugar can you eat with diabetes?
    I know someone with diabetes and he eats quite a lot of sweets and stuff, but then I know someone else that wont eat sugar at all..so what are the limits?

    • ANSWER:
      While eating ‘quite a lot’ of sugar isn’t advisable, because of the ever more popular use of basal/bolus dosing, more and more diabetics DO have the option of having more variable carbohydrate meals, which can for some people include more sweets for the type 1 diabetic.

      With type 2 diabetes, as strange as it may sound, many need to be FAR more -restrictive- about intake instead of -watchful- of intake, especially those trying to avoid oral medication or insulin for as long as possible.

      So, long story short, sugar is not a direct no-no in diabetes, but too much of it, especially for those trying to avoid insulin or oral medication, or for those not receiving sufficient amounts of insulin to cover it, can be dangerous. It’s all about balance.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can you get diabetes from eating and drinking too much sugar in coffee?
    hello, can you please tell me if you can get diabetes from eating too much sugar? and when you take your sugar test w/diabetes what sugar are you checking ?

    I eat way too much sugar espcially in my cofeee…Now Iam worried, please help..Iam going to cut it out a lot, but can you please tell me if you can get it by taking in too much sugar?

    I am 39 years old, thanks so much!!

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      When you test for sugar, you are finding the concentration of glucose in your blood at that particular time. Meters are calibrated into different units. In the United States meters give readings in milliliters of glucose (sugar) per decaliter of blood. Incidentally, a decaliter is 10 liters, and I think a human body has far less than 10 liters of blood in it,

      “…How much blood does the human body contain?Jun 12, 2000 … Both sites claim that the human body contains approximately 6 quarts (or 5.6 liters) of blood. The PBS site goes on to offer several other …
      ask.yahoo.com/20000612.html – 12k – Cached – Similar pages…”

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for someone with diabetes to feel tierd after eating sugar?
    I had ice cream and all of a sudden i am really tierd.
    I am not diagnoised yet but am trying to put pieces together.

    • ANSWER:
      It is a symptom of diabetes to feel tired after eating sugar.

      I would not call it normal.

      Go to the doctor with your symptom.

  12. QUESTION:
    Does diabetes complications come from plainly just eating to much or just the sugar itself?
    like if you eat a lot does that make diabetes worse? what happened if you didn’t eat alot and just ate sugar? would that make it worse?

    my question is is diabetes cause from overeating too many carbs, or just the quick desovling sugar itself?

    AND SMART ANSWERS! no opinions please

    • ANSWER:
      complications come from poor control. like, eating and not bolusing, or not remembering to take insulin or guessing at carb intake.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can my 14 old son get diabetes from eating too much sugar?
    My wife and I can’t agree on this issue. I am concerned because he eats mostly sugar & fat based food (cereal, white bread, cookies, candy, pasta, burgers, hot dogs, pizza etc). He hates protein and fiber based foods (chicken, beef, vegetables, fruits). I would say his ratio is 3 to 1 in favaor of the sugar and fat based.

    • ANSWER:
      No he cant, excess sugar does NOT cause diabetes (its a commom mis-belief though!). The diet he is eating is certainly very bad for his health in other ways though. He is going to be heading into bad health if he cant change his diet, heart disease, obesity, late onset diabetes (due to obesity not the sugar issue)..;

  14. QUESTION:
    Why does Santa Claus Not have Diabetes From eating all these Sugar cookies each and every year?
    If Santa Claus goes to every home at Christmas time and does this intake of all these cookies then why does he not have diabetes or sugar problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Because he is a fictional character and therefore is not subject to our health risks and so forth.

  15. QUESTION:
    Does eating sugar a lot everyday cause diabetes?
    I have a sugar addiction, everything i eat seems to have sugar in it and i also like sweets. if i had to guess, i probably consume around 300 grams of sugar a day if not more. However, i’m healthy in every way and i exercise intensely every day – 3 hours of sweating a day, and i also have a very good metabolism, no matter how much i eat i don’t gain any weight.

    if i keep up this horrible horrible habit, is there a chance ill end up with diabetes someday? thanks for your insight

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive sugar consumption does not cause diabetes.

      If you do not have diabetes genes, you can have all the sugar you want and never become diabetic.

      But if you do have diabetes genes, you can completely abstain from sugar and you could still develop diabetes.

      There is also the issue that sugar is nutritionally useless.

      And btw, did you know that ALL carb turns to sugar in the blood? So don’t forget to add all your carb intake to the sugar count. Bread, rice, potatoes, corn, noodles, pasta, oatmeal – all becomes pure glucose in the blood.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can someone get diabetes by eating too much sugar?
    I am 6 ft tall, 23 years old, weigh 148 LBS, in moderately good shape, fairly active, exercise regularly and don’t eat much junk food. I eat healthy.

    I was asking because I am eating cookies. Each cookie has 12g sugar and 8g fat. I also eat raisin bran cereal (21g sugar or something like that) for breakfast and snack. I have been having light junk food cravings like potato chips. Also my maternal grandmother has non-insulin dependent diabetes. I have never been diabetic.

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive sugar consumption does not cause diabetes.

      If you do not have diabetes genes, you can have all the sugar you want and never become diabetic.

      But if you do have diabetes genes, you can completely abstain from sugar and you could still develop diabetes.

  17. QUESTION:
    Diabetes, sugar goes low 1 hour after eating? Not on any medication for diabetes.?
    I only see 1 doc and I have been on the same blood pressure, cholesterol etc meds for 2 years now. Morning sugar is 90-105, 30 minutes after eating sugar is usually 110 – 125. But for the last 2 -3 months, maybe 2 – 3 times a month… 1 – 1 1/2 hours after eating my sugar will plummet and go under 60 and I will almost pass out. Bring it back up with sugar orally and I am ok. Havent seen my dr. in about 4 months as I don’t have insurance. Any idea what could cause this? I have a dr. appt. later this week, will get a1c etc, I was just wondering if anyone had the same thing happen to them. I have been diabetic for about 2 1/2 years now. I was on insulin and pills for about 6 – 8 months, but I have been pretty stable with no meds now for almost 2 years.. ie diabetes controlled by diet.

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve been lucky. I’ve never had a hypo episode (that I know of) in nearly four years of being type two. FYI, I take very diligent care of myself with great diet, regular exercise (walk at least 5 miles a day), and I never drink milk…. if that helps.

      I’ve only “talked” to one other person who had your symptoms and I think she said something about cold weather having something to do with it. Her nickname is Huggz. She’s the leader in Yahoo! Answers UK. I don’t know if she’s ever figured out exactly what’s going on. I’ll bet your doctor won’t have a clue either.

      Here’s her link, if you want to contact her….

      http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/my/profile;_ylt=An1SJTVhv2ZseSdKTMI9CW5dBgx.;_ylv=3?show=261acc6eb4f0e0c39b9f7ba984093fe5aa

      She loves dogs, particularly greyhounds… if you want to use that to break the ice with her.

  18. QUESTION:
    Can I cause myself to get gestational diabetes by eating too much sugar?
    I am eating everything that I need to, as far as nutritional value, but I’m also eating candy and sweets because I’m having some major sweet cravings. It’s not causing me to gain a ton of weight, I’ve only gained 4 lbs at 27 weeks. I have my glucose screening a week from today, just wondering if I’m going to cause myself to get gestational diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      No you wont!!

      Gestational diabetes is actually caused by hormones the placenta makes. Some women can continue to produce enough insulin to counteract those hormones and others can’t thus giving them gestational diabetes.
      Eating sweets will NOT make you or give you gestational diabetes. There are risk factors making it more likely you MAY get GD but nothing will actually give you GD. Its all due to the placenta.

      You are more at risk for GD if you have a family history of diabetes, have previously had a large baby, are from certain ethnic backgrounds, are over 35, have previously had GD, are overweight or obese or have PCOS. And again these just put you more at risk but doesn’t mean you will actually end up with GD.

      (I had GD with my last pregnancy and currently with this one)

  19. QUESTION:
    Can eating too much sugar, sweets give diabetes in adults?
    I am always eating chocolate cake…and more cake, powder doughnuts, you name it. If it is yummy and not healthy I will eat it lol

    I am not overweight, actually really skinny but I am worried that all the eating of sugar stuff will give me diabetes!

    • ANSWER:
      Donny knuckles think the following:

      1. Sugar decreases the effectiveness of the immune system.

      2. Sugar can cause anxiety, difficulty with concentrating and moodiness in some individuals.

      3. Sugar can cause a significant increase in triglyceride levels.

      4. Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function, therefore the more sugar you eat the more elasticity and function you loose.

      5. Sugar reduces your count of high-density lipoproteins.

      6. Sugar can contribute to a chromium or copper deficiency.

      7. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.

      8. Sugar can cause problems with eyesight.

      9. Sugar raises the level of neurotransmitters, dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine, all of which play very important roles in the regulation of mood states and energy levels.

      10. Sugar can cause hypoglycaemia, which will leave you feeling weak, tired and shaky.

      11. Sugar contributes to obesity since it is a very concentrated, nutrient void source of calories.

      12. High intake of sugar increases your chances of developing Crohn’s Disease, and ulcerative colitis.

      13. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of arthritis and osteoporosis.

      14. Sugar can cause asthma.

      15. Sugar can increase the occurrence of gallstones.

      16. Sugar can cause ischemic heart disease.

      17. Sugar can lead to varicose veins.

      18. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity, which is a predominant factor in metabolic syndrome X and the development of diabetes.

      19. Sugar can decrease growth hormone output, which is one of the most important hormones for muscular growth.

      20. Sugar can increase cholesterol levels and systolic blood pressure.

      21. Sugar can trigger severe migraine headaches in those who are susceptible to them.

      22. Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein.

      23. Sugar can make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen.

      24. Sugar lowers the enzymes ability to function, thus reducing the rate of metabolic transactions in the body.

      25. Sugar can damage the pancreas.

      26. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of depression.

      27. Sugar increases the risk of gastric cancer.

      28. High sugar consumption of pregnant adolescents is associated with a twofold-increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.

      29. Sugar can exacerbate symptoms of PMS.

      30. Sugar suppresses lymphocytes, which play an important role in warding off

      MOST IMPORTANT IT CAN CAUSE YOU TO ASK MEDICAL QUESTIONS ON A RETARDED FORUM.

  20. QUESTION:
    Can eating too much sugar cause diabetes?
    Okay, so I was wondering, does eating too much sugar give you diabetes?
    Do you have to eat too much sugar, then get obese and THEN get diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      Well you can certainly end up with type 2 diabetes…the result of a unhealthy diet over many years.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can you get diabetes from eating to much sugar?
    When I was a little girl I drank a lot of sugar sodas and fruit punch, and now I got Diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive sugar consumption does not cause diabetes.

      If you do not have diabetes genes, you can have all the sugar you want and never become diabetic.

      But if you do have diabetes genes, you can completely abstain from sugar and you could still develop diabetes.

      That refers to Type 2.

      There is also Type 1 which is caused by the body attacking itself. It too has nothing to do with eating sugar.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can you really get diabetes from eating too much sugar?
    I have never been to sure because some say it’s a myth while others say it’s true. And I want proof because there is no way I’m believing you if you don’t supply me with proof. A website, a video, any link that will prove to me that diabetes can or cannot cause diabetes. Please tell the truth because i eat A LOT of sugar. I want to know how that can hurt me. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      only type 2, but that isn’t the only way to get it.

  23. QUESTION:
    Can you get diabetes by eating alot of sugar?
    I have been eating a lot of candy lately and i am afraid i might get diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      No, eating sugar does NOT cause diabetes.

      First there must be a genetic predisposition. After that, for Type 1, an autoimmune process must be triggered (cause unknown, but NOT eating sugar). For Type 2, diabetes is usually (but not always) preceded by becoming overweight and sedentary. It doesn’t matter what you ate to get there.

  24. QUESTION:
    Does eating too much sugar cause diabetes?
    I’ve always wanted to know the RIGHT answer to this question, But, I’ve always gotten diffrent answers, and I don’t know whih is right! Does eating too much sugar really cause too much Diabetes? When I wnt on the Ameria Diabetes Assoiation, It said that It DOES NOT. But, when I looked on here, alot of people said that it did! Just curious, but does eating too much sugar really cause Diabetes?
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      No food, not even sugar, causes diabetes.

      If sugar was the cause, it would a controlled substance like alcohol and cigarettes.

      Keep in mind that the majority of people on here are not medically trained, and many are not even diabetic (as evidenced by their incorrect answers).

  25. QUESTION:
    if you have diabetes, instead of having your legs and arms cut off, can you instantly die by eating sugar?
    if your diabetic, can you end your life early eating sugar by the pound instead of losing everything else first? just wondering, because my mom is a diabetic, but i don’t plan on changeing my eating habbits, and i already weigh 275 pounds, so i thought I’d just let myself go, and if i get it, then hey, i’m already a saved born again christian , so if i die with diabetes, at least i’m going to heaven.

    • ANSWER:
      No, a person with diabetes would not instantly die from eating sugar. Also, people with diabetes rarely have an arm cut off, and just because a person has diabetes there is no reason to assume they would have to have a leg amputated. If you choose to “let yourself go” you’ll have a long slow miserable death with lots of miserable health problems before you die. Uncontrolled diabetes is a long slow death.

  26. QUESTION:
    In what way does eccessive sugar affects diabetes?
    I know that eating too much sugar gives rise to diabetes. But why ? I am 70 years old, my blood sugar levels are about 111 – 112 and my friend says that eating sugar will deplete my insuline reserves.Is he right and exactly in what way does sugar affects diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      NO – eating too much sugar DOES NOT CAUSE DIABETESE. There are 2 types of diabetes – Type I or Juvenile Diabetes and Type II or adult-onset diabetes.

      No one knows what causes Type I, but it is an auto-immune disease, like Parkinsons and muscular distrophy. In Type I the immune system kill off all insulin producing Beta cells in the pancreas and a person must take insulin injections to survive. Type II is a metabolic disease where the body does not make enough insulin or does not properly use the insulin made by the pancreas. Type IIs can be treated with either diet and exercise alone, pills and diet and exercise, or diet and exercise and insulin injection (this is usually the last option for a Type II).

      A diabetic CAN eat sugar. The days when diabetics were told NOT to eat sugar disappeared a couple of decades ago. Now diabetics (both Type I and Type II) are told to eat everything in moderation based on the amount of carbohydrates per meal their dietician sets for them.

      Sugar, like all other carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, rice, etc,) will make the glucose (i.e., blood sugar level) rise. Sugar will make blood sugar rise very quickly whereas a more slowly digested carbohydrate will increase glucose gradually. Eating sugar and other fast-acting carbohydrates does cause the body to increase insulin production and use a lot of insulin to keep blood sugar levels normal. Normal glucose is from 80 to 120.

      Sugar consumption causes glucose to increase rapidly (so its great for a diabetic suffering from a hypoglycemic reaction) but for a diabetic whose insulin is just about fading or whose glucose is already high, it will raise glucose levels far too much.

      The higher gluicose is the faster a cell dies off. Hence, out-of-control diabetes leads to heart disease (heart has to pump very hard to move sugary blood); organs, like kidneys, wear out (too much sugar destroys cells). Also, high glucose leads to easily worsened infections and any injuries are harder to heal, nerve damage, and blood vessel damage. In effect, too high sugar levels destroy the body from the inside out.

  27. QUESTION:
    Can you get diabetes from eating too much sugar and drinking too much water?
    I like sweets and eat them a lot and I’m also obsessed with water. I go through 4 bottles (2L) of water a day on top of what I eat. Could that lead to a higher risk of diabetes?

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    Is It True That The Main Cause of Diabetes Is Eating Too Much Sugar?
    I know that it can be hereditary and that it’s more common for people who suffer with obesity have a higher risk of it, but if you eat a lot of sugar, are you at risk for it too? Just curious!

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely not. Sugar does NOT cause diabetes. I can’t believe how many people answered this incorrectly. They obviously have no idea. Although I’m overweight, I’ve NEVER eaten much sugar. In fact, I don’t like sugar much at all. The only thing I used to have with sugar was soda and I never had alot of that. I love water. However, I never used to eat good meals. I’d literally skip breakfast and lunch, then eat a big dinner. By doing this, I had highs and lows. It’s important to maintain a balanced diet with small meals and nutritious snacks. Then I got preggo and developed gestational diabetes. This tends to be common and goes away after you have the baby. However, since there’s a long family history of diabetes in my family, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes a few years later. So once again, no, diabetes isn’t just about sugar. Once you have diabetes, sugar, starches or any carbohydrate must be watched closely though.

  29. QUESTION:
    can you get diabetes from eating too much sugar?!?
    Okay, so lately I’ve been freaking out about this! I was looking on here to see if eating too much sugar Causes Diabetes, and I ahven’t gotten a correct answer because some people are saying yes, and some people are saying no!
    So, does eating too much sugar really cause diabetes? I mean, directly? I know that you can get it from obesity, but, what if you eat too much and you don’t get obese? Do you have to eat too much and get obese?

    • ANSWER:
      No, no, no. That is one of the greatest myths regarding diabetes. ————————-

      Nobody really knows what causes diabetes, even though there are certain factors that do contribute to it, such as genes, being overweight, poor diet, and over the age of 40.

  30. QUESTION:
    If you have type 1 diabetes can you eat sugar free food whever you want?
    Like sugar free candy and ice cream and stuff. Can you eat it without having to check blood sugar or do you have to check it?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s not sugar that’s the problem. It’s all carbohydrates. You can’t eat anything you want with or without sugar whether you have diabetes or not. You need to eat proper amounts of food, of the right kinds, and you need to take insulin to balance the glucose use of your body. It’s something a doctor or diabetes tech will teach you. I guess more and more people are using insulin pumps as well. This is something you need to be discussing with a doctor or nutritionist, unless you’re just asking in general. You can go the American Diabetes website. Joslin is also a good sight.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can I get diabetes from eating too much sugar?
    Every time I eat I drink juice.
    I hear that you are not supposed to get more than 40 grams of sugar per day.
    Once I was drinking sprite and I think it had 64 calories.
    I only drink water at night after I brush my teeth.

    • ANSWER:
      Manifestation of diabetes generally appears the same as the signs of other illnesses. The only signs that are exclusive to diabetes are not readily visible without thorough medical testing. However, this does not mean you should discontinue looking for any signs of the illness. There are many different methods diabetes can use start showing the syndrome of itself. This answer will talk about some of the major symptoms of this disease.

      Has your weight been bouncing up and down? Are you losing weight regardless of what and how much you eat? Has this just started to happen recently? Did these fluctuations start even though your diet hasn’t changed? Weight fluctuation is the most visible sign of diabetes. Diabetes causes this by wreaking havoc on your potassium levels which controls the amount of water in your body. As your water levels fluctuate so does your weight. If you notice your weight fluctuating wildly, contact your doctor immediately.

      Excessive thirst is one of the diabetes indicators that are well known. Because of books in which trendy characters discuss their diabetes diagnoses, a lot of people compare excessive thirst with diabetes. Everybody gets thirsty. Excessive thirst means you are drinking a bunch of water – way over the recommended daily amount (64 ounces) and you continue to feel as if you could die of thirst. Nothing can get rid of this thirst. If you endure thirst like this, you should contact your medical professional. It might be dehydration. More likely is that something is messing with your potassium level (which is one of the major symptoms of diabetes as well).

      Is concentration difficult for you? Do you pass out for now apparent reason? These symptoms too may signfy diabetes. Diabetes prohibits the body’s ability to regulate insulin and blood sugar levels. Before you get diagnosed, it is not uncommon for your sugar levels to fluctuate wildly which can cause fainting spells or light headedness. Your well being depends heavily on you knowing what to do when you experience these symptoms especially if your energy levels are fluctuating along with them, see your doctor now. You might have a condition refered to as hypoglycemia. A few unlucky suspects will require insulin treatment to regulate blood. Your doctor will help you figure out what is going on. There are different signals of diabetes, but they can be powerful. The most pronounced indicators (the lack of insulin production) are complicated to discover without thorough medical testing. Different indicators are quite visible. At the same time, many of the obvious symptoms of diabetes are also obvious symptoms of other problems and disorders. It is critical for you to observe your body (and the bodies of your loved ones). You don’t want your illness to be diagnosed improperly. Find someone to give you a second opinion if you are concerned that your physician may have diagnosed you or your children incorrectly.

  32. QUESTION:
    Can you get diabetes from eating too much sugar?
    I’m 25 years old and I eat alot of sugary things and drink lots of coke I even put 4 sugars in my cups of tea I’m a little right now.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes! Diabetes can be caused by nature (Genetic [family] predisposition), or nurture (lifestyle). I used to work at a large chocolalate manufacturer in the early 1970′s, where I ate 1 lb. of chocolate a day (454 grams). By 1977, I had been diagnosed as Type-2 diabetic.

      If you overwork any organ it is more prone to premature failure. Just like running a car or aircraft engine at full throttle all the time. The pancreas when overloaded with work, all day, every day, will be inclined to fail earlier than if given a gentler workload.

  33. QUESTION:
    is it possible to have diabetes but not have high blood sugar?
    i am having some signs of diabetes (frequent urination, tiredness when eating sugars). but i got my blood sugar tested a few months ago and it was okay. is it possible for me to have diabetes without high blood sugar.

    also, do you think i need to take meds in my current condition, or are diet and exercise sufficient?

    • ANSWER:
      I think you doesn’t have diabetes cause your blood sugar level normal…..if you are obesity or have family with diabetes…you are people with risk diabetes…..about the condition, I think you are too tired and too worried, just take a rest, eat more good food ….and try to enjoy this life…don’t be stress….god luck

  34. QUESTION:
    Can you really develop diabetes from eating too much candy/sugar?
    and how much is considered enough to make you develop it.
    Can you get tested for diabetes?
    Some people have told me you can’t from eating too much sugar unless you are also becoming overweight from it…?

    • ANSWER:
      No, you cannot become diabetic from eating too much sugar. This misconception is actually quite offensive to most diabetics. Any quick search on diabetes online would tell you this.

      But, no. Diabetes is genetic. Do you have a family history of diabetes? Are you experiencing any of the symptoms of diabetes such as weight loss, extensive thirst and so on? Or are you just eating sugary snacks and getting worried because of the old wives’ tale? If it is the latter then you have nothing to worry about.

  35. QUESTION:
    Do you get diabetes from solely eating to much sugar?
    I know it matters how much you have once you already diabetic, but if I eat a lot of candy and sweets am I doomed to become diabetic based on that fact alone? My grandma told me to not give my son to many sweets or he may end up diabetic. Isn’t there more to diabetes than the amount of sugar you had in the past?

    • ANSWER:
      It is not really related to eating too much sugar. You could eat tons and never ever get it.

      “It is suspected that there may be many contributors to diabetes. Genetics, environmental factors, obesity, lack of exercise, and high fat diets are just a few causes linked to diabetes. You cannot become a diabetic just because you eat a lot of sugars and candies, but if you are predisposed to the disease these factors may raise your risk of becoming a diabetic. ”

      This is a semi-long article so view the source… It breaks down the 3 types of diabetes and some of the causes:

      http://ezinearticles.com/?How-Do-You-Get-Diabetes&id=547176

  36. QUESTION:
    Do I have Type 2 Diabetes because I eat too much sugar?
    I am 14 years old. Everytime my father sees me eating sugary food, he starts threatening that I’ll get fat, and I’ll get acne. Then one day when he saw me eating sugary food again, he told me that “Sugar Diabetes” (Which I’m assuming is type 2 diabetes) runs in the family. I thought he was just trying to annoy me, because neither of my parents have Diabetes. No one that I know of in my family has diabetes, not even my grandmother, and she’s the most overweight person in my family.

    So, now he’s got me paranoid. I’m on this sugar diet (I’m restricting myself to only eating sugar once a week, this includes potato chips.) and I’m drinking a lot of water recently. I just looked up the symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes, and I barely have any of the symptoms. I’m not even overweight, in fact, I’m very skinny. The only symptom I think I have is blurred vision (although my vision has always been this way, I’ve always worn glasses), and I don’t have that many headaches, but I just got a headache after reading about Diabetes. I’m scared! Do I have Type 2 Diabetes? These give an honest answer and an explanation.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    I am so angry! Eating sugar does not cause diabetes!?
    Sorry… I just have to vent…. How many of you deal with this??? I saw an ad today that said “A soda today can cause diabetes tomorrow”. Come on. What about type 1 diabetes? Thanks a lot! It’s so annoying to know that people make assumptions- “Oh she has diabetes, she must be fat and old.” I hate that. This disease is so frustrating! I’m so sick of what people think and say about my diabetes, about diabetes in general.

    What do you do to deal with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Me? I try my best to educate people. Google ‘Mr. Peachy’, and you’ll see what I mean. Or, visit my diabetes info page linked in my profile.

  38. QUESTION:
    About 1/2 hour after eating sugar, i become so tired that i cant function, could this be diabetes?
    Every morning at about 9:30am at work I really crave something sweet and usually have a cookie or two…and about 1/2 hour later i get so tired that i cannot keep my eyes open or function. I’m concerned that it could be diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be, everyone reacts a little differently. If you are not also thirsty or have a dry mouth, it may be something else. If you do not eat breakfast, and then eat cookies, it could be something else. If you know a diabetic, ask if you could test your sugar with their equipment.

      Or just see a doctor, who can test both your blood sugar (glucose) and your A1c (glucose level average over the past 3 months or so).

      It sounds to me that it is probably not diabetes, but should be brought to your doctor’s attention.

  39. QUESTION:
    What are the long term affects if you have type 2 diabetes and you keep eating sugary foods?
    Is it ok to eat sugar everyday? Should it be a cause for concern? I keep saying it is but my dad who has it says he would rather die happy and my mum cant be bothered to fight with him. His eye sight isn’t great. I dunno how to help him. What should I do? I have tried giving him diabetic chocolate but he keeps deviating and eating sweets from time to time.
    My dad has had diabetes for at twenty years..they only found out less than ayear ago – i guess thats why he continues to do it…and fools us all into believing its all going to be ok

    he’s my dad for crying out loud
    he does not monitor his levels..i didnt know he had to all i know is he has it and he doesnt take iplls for it; has to be controlled through diet for now. and i guess its a good thing cause the doctor hasnt told him he has to switch to meds. maybe it isnt so bad after all..

    but yes i know he is a silly man. i feel like im the only one who cares..

    • ANSWER:
      Is your dad insulin dependant or insulin resistant? If he is insulin resistant his meds should be helping a great deal/ Give up sweets entirely? No just keep them in moderation and not every day? How can you help? Ask dad to take a walk with you in the evening. It’ll curb his appetite for sweets, you will both benefit from the excercise and it’s an awesome way for father and daughter to bond. Let your dad know how much you love him and you want him to dance at your wedding. God bless hon and good luck.

  40. QUESTION:
    can you get diabetes from eating too much sugar or sweets ?
    Can You get diabetes from too much sugar in your Coffee and too many sweets and if you loose weight can this LOWER your risk greatly ? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Eating sweets does not cause diabetes. Losing weight does help lower the chances but even skinny people can have it.

  41. QUESTION:
    why you insist on consuming too much sugar bringing diabetes, early agin and weight?
    i see people eating sugar covered cookies, donuts sucks. whats the taste of eating so sugary? i accidentally bought a donut i could taste only 2 times then i trashed it was so sugary how come you eat that stuff everyday i can not understand you and your taste.

    • ANSWER:
      it’s ok to eat junk sometimes…. it tastes good… but the overall key is that you need to keep your self in shape. I strength train so…. even though i eat a lot, i keep the fat off.

      Also just because you eat a little sugar, doesn’t mean your going to get diabetes. Remember, ALWAYS IN MODERATION, and that goes with just about everything.

  42. QUESTION:
    If i go one year without eating excess sugar will it decrease my chances of getting diabetes?
    I have a family history of diabetes so I’m afraid when I get older, I might get it too ( I’m only a 16 year old girl) also I know food gets converted to glucose in the body but thats not something I have control over

    Also can you tell me how to decrease my chances of diabetes and what diabetes actually is? Is it like an excess amount of sugar in the body at a given time? Or is it just that the pancreas stops functioning properly without any reason?

    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Nena is absolutely wrong– for type II diabetes (which is what you’re worried about presumably), what you eat has a HUGE bearing on blood sugar, and on your weight, and indirectly, your chance of getting diabetes in the future.

      If you consistently eat a lower amount of carbohydrates (especially simple sugars and starches, like potatoes), keep your weight under control, and get plenty of exercise, you will set yourself to have a markedly lower risk of diabetes.

      Since you do have a family history of diabetes, you need to work that much harder to lower your risk factors (obesity, physical inactivity, carb-rich diet).

      I give you a lot of credit at age 16 for looking out for your future health!
      Be well and diabetes-free!

  43. QUESTION:
    Extreme Fatigue after eating sugar/drinking sugary beverages sign of diabetes?
    I have had problems in the past with hypoglycemia. I can never go for a long period of time without eating or become weak, shakey, get a headache and eventually pass out.

    Lately, if I consume something with a lot of sugar in it such as a can of coke, or a chocolate bar, I become extremely tired-like to the point that I feel like I have taken a really strong sleeping pill. In addition, I have to urinate a lot when I have had something with a lot of sugar in it, like pop (soda) or orange juice.

    Is this a symptom of diabetes? I have read a lot about diabetes but haven’t found anything on what happens when someone consumes a lot of sugar. I know sugar causes crashes, but this crash is coming so quickly and strongly. I guess in a way it is good because I have always loved sugar, but now it just makes me feel horrible.
    Thanks for your help,

    • ANSWER:
      Extreme fatigue associated with diabetes is usually the “other” end of the spectrum… hypOglycemia. If you are getting hypERglycemic following consumption of sugars, it IS possible that you might experience some fatigue or weakness. You might want to have a blood test run (Or just borrow someone’s blood glucose monitor) to see if this is actually due to an increase in blood glucose levels.
      Regardless, if the trend that you’ve mentioned is accurate and high-carb foods are causing this effect in you, you’ve already mentioned it has an undersireable effect on you, so you might want to experiment with limiting it and slowly reintroducing it.
      My advice, though, is to begin testing, based on your symptoms and the fact that you’ve dealt with blood sugar issues in the past.
      Furthermore, there are some drugs you can take that could fix this problem literally overnight. If you ARE diabetic, you might need to start taking them regardless of whether you plan on consuming high-sugar foods.
      Good luck to you.

  44. QUESTION:
    Did you know that if you have diabetes and eat or drink sweets it can put you to sleep?
    I have diabetes II and ate some cookies and lost almost all of today.
    I won’t be able to sleep for some time now.
    Did you know about this?
    Do you fall asleep after eating sugar?
    Have you got diabetes and don’t know it?
    This should give you a clue if you eat sugar and then sleep your life away.
    Actually that was yesterday I didn’t wake up till today.

    • ANSWER:
      My grandfather has diabetes, It’s gotten really tough for him, but he’s pulled through. I did not know that happens to diabetics. If I drink to much root beer I go crazy and then I get really really tired. But it only happens with root beer…

  45. QUESTION:
    is it a myth that eating alot of sugar causes diabetes?
    if so, what does cause it? and can you lose it if you get it?

    • ANSWER:
      Type 2 diabetes is not caused by eating a lot of sugar. I am a Type 2 and I had dessert a couple times a year, mainly on holidays. I never kept sweets in the house. I didn’t have a lot of soda, either. I primarily enjoyed salty and savory foods, like chips.

      Practically everyone in my family, on both sides, is Type 2. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, my own mother – lots of diabetics. In fact, Type 2 diabetes is a HIGHLY genetic disease, more genetic than Type 1 diabetes.

      Because diabetes means high blood sugar, I think some people incorrectly assume that it’s a result of sugar. Or that because many Type 2s are overweight at diagnosis that a poor diet, one high in sugar, caused it. That’s not true at all. First, many scientists now believe that obesity in diabetics is actually the result of a metabolic disorder – one that causes insulin resistance and several other problems. When weight gain occurs from the metabolic disorder, IR gets worse, which leads to more weight gain. The insulin resistance then becomes very severe, blood sugar creeps up, and then diabetes is present. Second, most fat people in the world do not have diabetes. If obesity really caused it, we’d expect to find that many more people in this country would be diabetic, but they’re not. Sadly, many do not understand that correlation, even a strong correlation, does NOT equal causation.

      You can’t ‘get rid of’ diabetes, unfortunately. You can catch diabetes early enough to manage it well with diet and exercise, but if you stop dieting, blood sugar will go up. Also, diabetes is progressive, and while many people slow down the progress by low carbing, exercising, and improving insulin resistance, the reality is that that may not be enough to halt the progress entirely. Around a quarter of Type 2s are on insulin and it’s not because they failed or anything so simple. Some Type 2s have lost a lot of pancreatic function. Like a Type 1, they are insulin deficient, and need injectable insulin to maintain blood sugar.

  46. QUESTION:
    Eating Sugar makes me sleepy and tired instead of hyper, could I have diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it could, contrary to popular belief in a diabetic, high blood sugar levels will make you drowsy, and low sugar levels will make you jittery and make your heart race. Kind of a flip of what is normally expected. When my sugars are high I can barely stay awake, until i have to urinate, which is also a symptom of high blood sugar.

  47. QUESTION:
    What kind of sweets can people with diabetes eat?
    My dad has diabetes and he can never eat any dessert becasue it contains sugar. he cant eat sugar or flour.

    does anyone know any desserts he can eat?

    • ANSWER:
      Stevia is a natural sweetener that is about thirty times as sweet as sugar and has zero calories. Studies have shown stevia to be very beneficial for diabetics and is used in some countries as a treatment for same. It can be used in any food or drink. It has no effect on blood sugar levels.

      Stevia is a plant that is native to Paraguay, but is now grown all over the world. The leaves are dried and ground up for use. There is also a water extraction that is excellent. Don’t get the alcohol extracted liquid and don’t get the stevia that is mixed with other items.

      Unsweetened coconut can be ground into a flour substitute. It is high in fiber and very low on the glycemic index. Unsweetened coconut can be found in many bulk food departments. If you live on the west coast, Winco is a good source.

  48. QUESTION:
    is it possible to get diabetes from eating too much sugar and sweets?

    • ANSWER:
      If you’re predisposed to type 2 diabetes, then you are at risk for developing it.

      Even predisposed, if you pay good attention to your health (eat right, exercise, etc) you are less likely to develop type 2 than a brother/sister who may also be predisposed but eats junk and never gets of the couch.

      People are surprised at the growing number of type 2 diagnoses, and puzzled by its diagnosis in kids. Fact is, it’s always been around, Americans just got wayyy lazier. We live in a world of fast food, remote control and video games. Pre-disposition is there or it’s not, but it doesn’t have to evolve into the disease.

      That’s not to say you WONT get type 2 even if you do everything right. It’s just far less likely.

      You cannot catch Type 1 diabetes, or give it to yourself by eating junk. Type 1 is the body’s rejection and destruction of islet cells, the reasons for which stump doctors. Type 1 could generate from genetics, or following a particular battle with an illness/virus. Much more to this, but your original question is more applicable to Type 2.

  49. QUESTION:
    What happens if I am constantly eating sugar and not very healthy food?
    Can I get diabetes? Or what is another possibility of me eating lots of sugar and having a poor diet like this?

    This is what I ate today:
    oatmeal (breakfast
    Motts applesauce
    Hot cheetos
    2 bowls of mint and chocolate chip ice cream
    2 cookies with frosting
    homemade french fries with ketchup
    corn
    salad dressing
    flavored water
    I meant i ate salad dressing with my salad, not just salad dressing by itself.

    • ANSWER:
      Stay off the motts applesauce the people who made it had no intention of making it a healthy food, instead they packed it with a ridiculous amount of sugar.. The same goes for quakers oatmeal, more so of the flavour ones.. I usually have to eat 3 packets of those for a grand total of 99g of carbs and 39g of sugar..Everything your eating there is scary as it is filled with so much sugar and starchy carbs like the hommad fries with ketchup even more sugar… Then the flavored water which is basically normal water with alot of sugar added in it, although its glucose sugar it has the same effect as sugar because it is no longer a whole food. I know its hard to live a day without sugar you should try eating the more healthy stuff, I’m not gonna say fruits a as real sugar addict I know fruits do not satisfy your addiction you would still feel the need to eat something very sugary.. You can try those high fiber fruit bars, they’re kinda expensive but they don’t give you the guilty feeling from eating say granola bars which are packed with sugar and they have 7g of fiber.. I like these ones although the dominion where I live that sells it is more cheaper http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442619829&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302695815

  50. QUESTION:
    How much is the blood sugar 45 minutes after eating a banana for people without diabetes?
    Last night, before eating, my blood sugar was normal. Then i ate 2 slices of wheat bread, 1 1/2 cups of fat free milk, 1/2 banana. Checked sugar after 45 minutes, it was 192. then, went back to normal when checked again after 1 hr and 15 mins. in short, it went back to normal aftr 2 hours. Today, my sugar was normal. ate 1/2 banana, checked after 45 mins, it was 114. For a normal person, how much is the blood sugar 45 mins. and 2 hours after eating all these stuff. I am still probably in denial of my diabetes. I am thinking I’m borderline and can turn back the clock by doing exercises. I am anemic too.

    For my first lab test, my fasting was 121. (did not do glucose test.

    For my second lab test, fasting was 138 (I took antibiotic for acute bronchitis night before) and was really not feeling well. Then, glucose test of 164.

    What do you think?
    I just want to compare blood sugar levels of a normal person and a diabetic after eating all these stuff.
    i’m sorry. i think i have done my own testings wrong. i did not adjust my monitor to the right code. strips were code 16 and monitor was code 18. with this case, how innaccurate will the monitor be? after adjusting the code, i was 106 2 hours after eating 1 cup of brown rice and chicken. this morning, it was 85 (fasting). 2 hrs after eating 1 slice bread and a cup of milk, it was 85. i went to my dr. this AM she said i am doing fine. thank you all!

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone is different. My son has type 1, I don’t have diabetes. In my case, it would be the same as before I ate.


Dr Neal Barnard’s Program For Reversing Diabetes

Last week, I commented on Dr. Mercola’s fallacious article regarding the problem with vegetarianism/veganism and why such diets are not right for everyone.

You can find both Parts I and II at the links below:

Mercola Says a Vegan Diet is Not for Everyone

Mercola Says a Vegan Diet is Not for Everyone (Part II)

Much of Mercola’s argument rests on something called “Nutritional Typing.” Today I would like to take a look at just what Nutritional Typing is and if there is any proof supporting such a dietary theory.

What is Nutritional Typing?

If you’ve been to Mercola’s website, you are probably aware that he promotes something called “Nutritional Typing”. In a nutshell, this is the belief that no diet is perfect for everyone and that each individual needs to eat specific foods based on his or her own unique metabolism.

According to Mercola, human dietary needs can be placed into three categories:

  • Protein: This person should eat mostly protein (e.g. meat, eggs, dairy)
  • Carbohydrates: This person should eat mostly carbohydrates (e.g. grains, vegetables, fruits)
  • Mixed: This person should eat a mixture of both.

How do you know which category you fit into? By taking a free 22-question survey offered on Mercola’s site.

Where’s the Science?

There is no science to back up the Nutritional Typing claim. As Dr. Colin T. Campbell, author ofThe China Study, point outhere:

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    if a lifestyle change could reverse diabetes would you do it? This is reversing diabetes week and?
    I wanted to let you know that it has been reversed in others.

    See the inspiring film raw for 30 days to see how some reversed it and this week I found out the film is 50% off for next 6 days. see http://www.rawfor30days.com/RawFor30/Diabetes_Action.html for the offer and the trailer do watch the trailer. My raw food group leader who was training there at the time the video was made send us word of this offer and I wanted to pass it on.

    Also another way it has been reversed is via Dr Richard Schulze’s incurables program. (email me for the interesting video links..it also works for other incurable illnesses)

    Some also reversed it with the hallelujah diet found at hacres.com See the testamonie section his book is the hallelujah diet.

    All books are available on ebay and often found at libraries.

    That video, raw for 30 days is inspiring. Some good books are

    There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program – by Dr Gabriel Cousens

    Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes by Dr Neal Bernard

    The 30-Day Diabetes Miracle: Lifestyle Center of America’s Complete Program for Overcoming Diabetes, Restoring Health, and Rebuilding Natural by Franklin House

    I went from readings in the 300 400 and 500s and even one over 600 to a normal fasting blood sugar and a1c by exercising 5-7 days a week, becoming a vegan and eating average of 50% raw, I have since messed up on some of that and see my blood sugar numbers rising higher again (but still least than they were as I still maintain some of the changes for the most part.

    It is hard to change but would you in order to reverse diabetes. If so, you owe it to yourself to get that video raw for 30 days while it is still on sale as it is worth it even at the higher price but this makes it more accessible to people.

    My question is how can people maintain the needed changes and would you if you knew your diabetes could be reversed.
    this has worked or both type one and type two diabetics to address that.

    Both in the documentary and in a video by Victoria boutenko ho reversed her son’s type one diabetes (which did not return in the ensuing 15 years) with a 100% raw food vegan whole food diet.
    you are completely wrong katie. This is not false hope to share with people what helped others. It will not harm people to try a vegan 100% diet for a 1-4 month period to see if it works. i refer them to the video but feel they must read his companion book..there is a cure for diabetes o have all the facts. (dr gabeiel cousens…just because ypou are told it is incurable does not mean it is..only that you –or the doctor is not familiar with the cure or does not believe it. It is you who are harming someone who might be cured by saying something is untrue without more study etc Every organ can be regenerated and even genetics can be overcome if one maintains the changes and stops doing the bad things and starts doing the things that heal and regenerate.
    also I am not trying to sell people anything. I am informing them of something that I found in trying to reverse my own diabetes and that I know has worked for others at a t5ime it is on sale. I get absolutely nothing from this other than trying to help people who stand in the shoes I have walked in..you completely misunderstand my intentions and what I have learned in my 30 years of study of alternative health, herbs and nutrition that I study for the purpoe of helping people who are hurting and sick. I had relatives go into comas and blind from this illness and I will be darned if I am going to be silent when people who don’t know might learn. It is not expensive to do a 100% raw food diet as people have to eat anyway. diet and exercise are not products in the sense I am suggesting them. know someone who was there when this documentary was filmed who saw it work and saw they blood sugar readings and I trust her as she is not a liar. Plus I trust the good work of Dr cousens & others
    I do concur if one does not continue the lifestyle changes the diabetes will reoccur.

    the people in the video were under the care of a doctor who monitored their blood sugar and insulin. They were able to get off insulin and drugs within the 30 day period actually much less. Dr Gabriel Cousens is the one who states in his documentary that one of the diabetics was a type one. One would be smart to contact thew tree of life center. Also the lady where I live who is a student of Dr Cousens and there when he filmed it recently showed the video and the trailer and did say he also gave them some supplements and these should be listed in the book I recommended the cure for diabetes. I can if people email me give them the phone number of Dr Cousens clinic and the address and also if requested and you send an email send the pages in the book where he talks of three case histories of type 1 diabetics who did in fact get off all insulin and have normal a1c readings; however, in researching fur
    I do concur if one does not continue the lifestyle changes the diabetes will reoccur.

    the people in the video were under the care of a doctor who monitored their blood sugar and insulin. They were able to get off insulin and drugs within the 30 day period actually much less. Dr Gabriel Cousens is the one who states in his documentary that one of the diabetics was a type one. One would be smart to contact thew tree of life center. Also the lady where I live who is a student of Dr Cousens and there when he filmed it recently showed the video and the trailer and did say he also gave them some supplements and these should be listed in the book I recommended the cure for diabetes. I can if people email me give them the phone number of Dr Cousens clinic and the address and also if requested and you send an email send the pages in the book where he talks of three case histories of type 1 diabetics who did in fact get off all insulin and have normal a1c readings; however, in researching fur
    further by looking at his book, I see that he said he uses “proteolytic enzymes, lipases, and general combinations of proteolyric lipase and amylase.” he says Dr Wong was able to achieve what is considered medically impossible. Two with only the supplements listed above and third with the full tree of life program which included the use of proteolytic enzymes as well as a low glycemic and low insulin index live food diet. This seems to be what he used with the type 1 on the video but he likely has treated other type ones not on the documentary and may be able to tell you more if he is contacted as I am not a doctor and on the video he only mentions the raw foods. I know he can be contacted as Dave the raw food trucker who went on Dr Cousens phase one diet with lots of juicing and juice fasting and reversed his type 2 diabetes in three days, his colon cancer and his kidney disease as well as losing over 225 pounds said he contacted the life of life for further help. (see youtube for
    dave the raw food truckers videos or on curezone. I would also see what info is at curezone.com Dr CoUSENS explains on page 143 – 145 why these things I mentioned works for type one and late type 2 diabetics. I strongly recommend one who is a type 1 or on insulin contact the tree of life to get more info and do not self treat but others can but have doctor check your meds to see if they must be gradually weaned down as one gets better. I am not certain if the diabetics were had their diabetes revesed with the hallelujah diet, dr richard schulze’s incurables and the other books I mention were type one or only type two. I do know schulze said he has gotten every dead organ working again when he as in the clinic. One would need to search the diabetes testimonials at hacres.com to see if they were type one or type 2 but most daibetics are type 2 so this info will definitely be of help to them. Victoria Boutenko in her film on diabetes said her son was diagnosed with type one diabetes
    she said her son, sergei, was told he would have to be on insulin the rest of his life. His mother, Victoria, refused to put her son on it and searched frantically for the answer. The doctor threatened several times to turn her into children’s services. she states the whole family went on a whole food, vegan 100% raw diet and reverses several illnesses including the type one diabetes. she speaks of him eventually throwing or giving away his home testing supplies as his readings were always normal. This was about 15 years ago and it has not returned. He has stayed on the diet making further improvement like eating mainly natural foods and not gourmet raw now and lots of green smoothies and now grow he teaches wild food classes. Go to her website and look and see if maybe you contact her, they can tell you if he did anything else or if they have some documentation or something if you like http://www.rawfamily.com/

    Again there are no incurable illnesses and when doctors say there is no
    she said her son, sergei, was told he would have to be on insulin the rest of his life. His mother, Victoria, refused to put her son on it and searched frantically for the answer. The doctor threatened several times to turn her into children’s services. she states the whole family went on a whole food, vegan 100% raw diet and reverses several illnesses including the type one diabetes. she speaks of him eventually throwing or giving away his home testing supplies as his readings were always normal. This was about 15 years ago and it has not returned. He has stayed on the diet making further improvement like eating mainly natural foods and not gourmet raw now and lots of green smoothies and now grow he teaches wild food classes. Go to her website and look and see if maybe you contact her, they can tell you if he did anything else or if they have some documentation or something if you like http://www.rawfamily.com/

    Again there are no incurable illnesses and when doctors say there is no
    cure what they mean is there is no cure that I am aware of or was taught or believe but you can be quite sure people worldwide have cured themselves of everything. Listen to the incurables program videos (the save your life videos) read the biography of Dr john r Christopher.Diabetes is a very profitable illnesses as one must take drugs that control but do not reverse it the rest of one’s life..while it is true one should stay on the lifestyle changes to prevent recurrence, it is a lot better than shooting insulin everyday if one can gradually weans off this as many have with the save your life program.

    I was wrong to make it seems easy to reverse a serious disease..a simple herb is not going to do it generally one needs a very comprehensive health building program.. I personally have noticed no programs with anecdotal reversals that use any animal products,,it is almost vegan. I also noticed that when I eat whole grains and low glycemic fruits it does not affect my blood sugar
    readings but the minute I mess up and eat meat or cheese my blood sugar soar to 325 to 375 which I find interesting..one of the first things to do is get off all animal products. as every program I ever hears of diabetes reversals was vegan. Mine started dropping right away when I switched to a vegan diet with at least 50% raw foods and exercised regularly. Studies show better results on a vegan diet than the American diabetic association diet, google it and you will see. even if on does not reverse it they can expect to lower the dose of their drugs and/or insulin IMO. But if it was me, I would not do a type one or one on diabetes without checking the levels to see if these drugs can be lowered and calling a physician who works with these things as the authors of these books or dr cousens. In addition one should see their other blood results improve. I know mine did. and I did not go raw 100% or use these supplements. i had readings in the 300, 400 and 500 range and one too high
    for the meter to read and never have them that high now unless I eat meat or cheese or tons of things high on the glycemic index at once.

    One should work to prevent it by making these lifestyles changes if it runs in families but type one does not generally run in families Up to 79% of type 2 diabetes is genetic but in type one diabetes, 85% have no genetic link. there is a strong correlation between type one diabetics and an infant drinking cow’s milk before age 4 months, My aunt who has type one was not cursed and given cow’s milk I know. There is also a link with certain viruses. an infant in the womb exposed to german measles has a 40% chance of developing type one diabetes. I strongly recommend people view the video I linked to and read all of doctor cousens book there is a cure for diabetes which is filled with info. also read the testimonies at hacres.com, view the richard schulze save your life diet and go vegan and hopefully a lot of raw, juice fasting etc and also take a
    look at the other books I mentioned and do your own research into alternative health. It is your body,,alternative health has prevented amputation and reversed diabetic retinopathy. If not for people with the courage to try alternative health when given no hope by doctors, these people who recovered of every disease might not be well today or have lived so long or be there to help others in need by their stories. Unless these skeptics who called me names and a liar and who denigrated my intelligence has personally investigated all the claims of people why say they reversed their illnesses and gotten detailed directions on how they did it, they are the ones claiming absolute knowledge that they just do not have. Yes there are quacks out there but there are also dedicated people trying to help the dying and very ill and succeeding. While I cannot promise you will be healed, I believe there is a definite hope in the things I recommend to people who may want this info but do not know it
    exists and I am trying to let them have a place to start their research and gain some hope. You can call me all the names you like and call those healing diabetes names to but that is not going to stop people like me or schulze or cousens or house etc from educating people and showing them the hope that really really exist. contrary to your slams, I am not stupid nor a filthy liar and neither are these doctors working to prove diabetes can be cured. Since most diabetics are type 2 and trapped in a world of drugs and down the road insulin, this info should be especially encouraging to them as most of these programs have reversed diabetes in 4 days to 6 months max usually. while it is true that generally although one may cut themselves a little slack perhaps when they get their diabetes in reversal, I bet plenty of people would have no problems staying on a health building diet or making changes to vegan or raw rather than go blind, have their leg cut off or wind up on dialysis etc so
    motivation to stay on the program that reverses their course should be high. don’t underestimate people. It was the fear of the alternative which made me want to do things I never thought I could do before.
    sorry that some stuff posted right..I added this info above to respond to the three people saying I was crazy, uninformed and evil essentially so sorry it is long but I hope people will read it.,
    error this should read frm above But if it was me, I would not do a type one or one on insulin (not the word diabetes as I postred but the word insulin is the correct word) without checking the levels to see if these drugs can be lowered and calling a physician who works with these things as the authors of these books or dr cousens. In addition one should see their other blood results improve
    error above

    My aunt who has type one was not cursed (this should be nursed not cursed) and given cow’s milk I know.
    -Allison –as I said I am not a doctor and my purpose of posting this was to let people know this excellent documentary is on sale this week and point them in a direction of h-ealing. I personally feel type 2 is much easier to reverse, however, I did not post this to be treated in a confrontational manner for trying to help people. coming from a knowledge where I have seen things reverse and natural healing work and knowing the worst of things have been cured by Richard Schulze such as lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, late stage AIDS, blindness, all kinds of nerve disorders like ms etc, I have come to believe there are no incurable illnesses. Being a lay person who studies this area as I find it fascinating, I cannot answer any question but I have tried to help many to the best of my ability and some have considered me to be somewhat of an expert; however, I am not Dr Schulze, Christopher., Cousens or others I have tried to learn from. They had a clinic and people and I do not.
    Even so, I feel the info I gave here could have taken years for people in need to find it and is some of the best you are going to get on trying to heal disease naturally. I have been on here and curezone for years helping many hgundreds of people but I generally stay in the alternative health section as I am not one to push alternative health on people who do not want it or want to denigrate it. I only ventured out to let people know about the videos, schutze, the books, and hallelujah diet if they wanted this info. I am not God. I cannot guarantee people a cure but I feel a lot of confidence in the validity and miracles alternative health brings. I just got a1c results today and they wer ein the noraml range as was my average glucose level. 10 months ago I was having multiple blood sugar tests in the 300-600+ range. I did nothing my doctor said to do. I designed my own program and made lifestyle changes. I have stopped 2 heart attacks in my mother when nitro (which had worked
    before) did nothing. I have gotten my mothers legs which became severely infected due to doctor error and misinformation and no antibiotic they prescribed working, better in one day and gone. When I finally convinced my mom to try my advice after 10 years of her not listening and getting progressively worst and on dialysis 2 years shocked when she took just 2 herb tinctures. she called all shocked and shouting almost saying I can’t believe it..I took those tinctures you left and for the first time in 2 years, I was not deathly ill after dialysis. (she was always sick at least 36 hours either needing to be hospitalized for the treatment causing extremely low blood blood pressure and other things or so washed out she could not get to the bathroom in the next room. I had cured very bad gerd in my brother that he had to be hospitalized for and it never came back 10 years later. I have had someone I helped a lot tell me his dad collapsed and passed out and how bad he was and how he
    remembered something I told him and tried it and brought his father out of it right away. I haven’t had the flu in decades and if I get a cold I can knock it out in a day and a half with slight symptoms. I have seen alternative health work in my own life. Healers who I trust have far amazing testimonies as do their patients. I can only share what I know with a trust in God and his natural modaliites and with a clear conscious and a good heart as I have devoted 50 plus hours a week to helping people asking nothing in return and for free. I was trerated awfully on this forum and liikely will not post here again but go back to alternaitve health section due to this. as I say, I cannot guarantee you a cure for a devasting disease but I am offering something but it seems all you can do is look to the negative..people who don’t believe rather are healed according to schulze and do not do the programs necessary. Obviously a raw food diet is not a low carb diet but something in it is
    helping many people with a wide variance of diseases including so called incurable diseases. Have you watched the save your life videos and read the manual to see the amazing “miracles” Have you read Dr Christopher’s biopsies. Even if one feels better and uses less insulin that is something but the videos do show it helped 2 type one diabetics..,.the black man misdiagnosed who became a naturopath and another type 1 whose got off insulin and had normal ranges but dropped out of the program as he felt he could not eat that way etc. Also as I said Dr Cousens tells of three people in his book that were type 1s I looked it up just now and offered to send it to anyone who sends me an email address as an attachment. In brief he says one was an 86 year old with 50 years of type one diabetes ho had had amputation if one leg and was facing loss of the other foot.she had he says paresthesia in her fingers, and forearm, scar tissue in her eyes a gray pallor and dry skin and was on 4 injections
    of insulin a day. She was given proteolytic enzymes over 3 months. “as scar tissue in her eyes cleared, her vision became 20/10 and her left foot had a full correction. an ultrasound done after 3 months showed no blockage whatsoever. Her skin in general and in her extremities became pink. her glycosylated hemoglobin went from 9 to 6, and she stopped taking insulin.” Another in his mid 30s had acquirted type 1 in his mid 20s and was getting 3 to 4 injections of insulin a day.toes in both feet had been amputated.eurological degeneration to his legs, paresthesia in arms and hands and had received one kidney transplant and the other was beginning to fail He took proteolytic enzymes for 6 months..circulation improved and he was saved from amputation of toes and foot, His need for insulin dropped to none, his neuropathy disappeared…his kidneys began to function again…his creatinine…went to normal. The last had been hospitalized and found to have a fbs of 1200
    and diagnosed type 1 In 2 weeks at the tree of life he was off all insulin and blood sugar below 85 all symptoms disappeared. In perfect health and diabetes free 2 years later a1c under 6 when it was 11.8 (source of these quotes and excerpts from book there is a cure or diabetes page 143-145) As I said the book is at many libraries on amazon and I can send interested people the attachment of these pages so they can read the whole thing plus the book is loaded with info and help.

    May I add had these 3 people not had the guts and determination and belief to look outside the box, had they believed their doctors and continued on their course, they would likely be dead now or missing more limbs or blind on dialysis etc. It is the people who go searching for their answers they cannot find in medical science and do the recommendations that pave the way for others. It is those who tried and yet died who showed healers like schulze what worked and what did not so eventually more and more
    Their courage in searching out answers when they were told there were none, their trust in believing their were answers, their willingness to do hard lifestyle changes and listen despite the fears and chastisements of their families, they are heroes…they showed others who would come behind them, it could be done. they listened to the small still voice inside that lead them.
    they trusted their instincts even if they stood alone. I have no doubt God lead them to the answers they prayed for. They looked for the opportunity and the doors and took them and walked in. they stood at a fork in the road and they could believe what doctors said that there was no cure, no hope that they would be dead in x number of days or months and could have given up but they when faced with the fork in the road did not turn away in unbelief and fear. they trusted they believed they tired..some failed but far more succeeded. those that failed, Dr Schulze said, always died in far less pain and suffering
    went peacefully when they went but most did not die…some went on to outlive their doctors..they recovered of incurable diseases that noone said they could ever recover from ..impossible cases and yet…tens of thousands beat the odds…now that schulze’s work is reaching so many more hundreds of thousands or more have recovered of nearly everything.

    Noone can guarantee but they can point the way and let people know in no uncertain terms that the odds can definitely be beat…if not this way then another.

    If it was me in your shoes. first I would thank god for the direction the universe placed you at to see this info and ask his continued help, I would work to let go of unbelief and turn to trust and hope and positive emotions. I would go to the tree of life & find out more or call them. I would get on what they recommend, I would only eat whole food vegan 100% raw with lots of juicing and green smoothies. I would diabetes herbs in the form of organic or wildcrafted tinctures (NO
    (NO herbs in capsules tinctures only)., I would eat low on the glycemic index with a low glycemic load adding lemon juice or raw apple cider vinegar to each meal (this lowers the overall glycemic index/load of the meal). I would watch the full incurables save your life videos and the manual probably more than once. I would leave nothing out. also reading the books above and others like them and the hallelujah book for what foods are considered raw foods and other info. I would join a raw food group or a vegan group to be with like minded people and maybe learn from them. I would feel that trying and maybe winning would be a lot better than the effects of diabetes I might have down the road. I would also learn how to treat things associated with diabetes how to fix gangrene (see herballegacy), kidneys (curezone see kidney forum look for knowledge seeker’s advice..me) learn what to take for heart attack and heart attack/stroke prevention and get on some nervines, I would do the eye
    program in his chapter on eyes (use only organic herbs if making his eyewash formula and do the other things he recommends for retinopathy and other eye diseases). I would read books on the law of attraction and try to use that to keep my thoughts positive and my feelings good, I would start shopping health food stores and coops and farmer’;s markets and I would keep learning all I could. Most people are not going to do any of this..they prefer to stay in their old ways or do a few herbs and think that is going to work and when it doesnn’t think the fault if the herbs and not them for not doing enough. A person cannot usually cure a killer or serious disease without a dedicated and complete comprehensive health building program.. do that and there is an excellent chance people can find their miracle cure. You can pass the info by or you can start thinking an praying and doing. Your future might include terrible things or an ultra healthy life. Victoria Boutenko ignored her son’s
    doctors though she cried so much thinking of her son’s future and insulin the rest of his life, I am sure she must have been so scared the doctor would turn her over to children’s services as she had threatened to do and worried she might lose her son, but she bit down her fear, she researched as if her life depended on it and when she found the answers she did it. she talked of how hard it was to throw out the microwave and as a compulsive eater very overweight to throw out all the food, to eat mostly produce and greens and nuts etc and how her family struggled in the early days, but she did and they did it and the results were she lost over 100 pounds and got rid of the heart arrithymias that had killed her dad, her daughter got rid of severe asthma, her husband did not do the drastic surgery his doctor said without it he would be dead in 2 months and completely recovered and is alive today 15 or so years later and in tip top health and her son threw away his blood testing
    supplies and beat type one diabetes and is diabetes free today.

    Had she not tried I can only imagine where they would all be today.

    You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink..

    I person can stay where they are or try something different.

    there are no guarantees in life..but god said to trust him and he said I give you plants for your meat (food) and herbs for our medicine. He created no stoves and we are the only species that cooks our food and probably the least prone to diseases. We were meant to pick our food fresh and eat it unprocessed, to walk the fields…

    We can trust god’s way or man’s way…the one thing we know if that medical science has been wrong time and time again as they learn new things. You can trust some guy educated as he might be in disease and drugs or you can trust in God’s natural foods/herbs/nutrients/etc the sun the air the water and natures path. You can look for where he is leading you and find hope or you can demand guarantees
    and look for the negatives or you can cease the day..carpe diem as they say. It i you who lives with your decision. I can only give you what I know and have and have prayed for often…knowledge of how to help a suffering humanity.

    I cannot convince you or make you do anything you do not want to believe or do.
    but maybe others who sees this might see this and realize there are no coincidences in life. But the choices of if we see his aid in the voice or work of others or think we know it all etc is all ours and we live with whatever results from our choices. I hope someone sees this and tries it all and is helped..if not, I cannot control that. Even my spending all this time on this answer to address what you said is done out of caring though it may not seem that way. I am not perfect, but I know my heart is in the right place, that I have been blessed by god with a very good mind and hope that one day I see how I spent my time was not in vain for someone out there.
    sorry I made a lot of typing errors and got some words wrong making a few sentences not make sense but there is no way to edit it. Hope it is still fairly understandable like I said man is probably least prone to disease when I meant most prone and some errors like that. I was typing too fast

    • ANSWER:
      No problem ! I live THAT Life- already. So I KNOW it works for Me !! :)


Diet For Lowering Blood Sugar

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard about Diet Rockstar energy drink lowering blood sugar?
    I am diabetic and have been drinking sugar free Rockstar this last week. I have noticed that my blood sugars have been fantastic and wonder if anyone can tell me if this is okay for me or should I be worried.

    • ANSWER:
      your not suppoused to drink diet drinks when you are a diabetic because it has splenda in it

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of lowering your sugar intake in your daily diet?
    I’ve been cutting out on sugar here recently. Not that anything is wrong, just trying to keep my sugar blood level low. I’ve had diabetics in the family, so for health reasons I am sugar conscious of what I eat. Anyway, can lowering your sugar level improve your overall health, and sports performance too?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can. Too much sugar can cause you to have a burst of energy, but then within the hour you crash and feel tired and sluggish. Also Diabetes can develop when you eat too much of it. To get the most out sports and overall health, stick to complex carbs, like things made out of whole grains. They will give you lots of energy over a longer period of time, and keep your blood sugar level.

  3. QUESTION:
    Lowering Blood Sugar before Primary Glucose Test?
    I am 26 weeks pregnant and had a prelimanary glucose test done a week ago. The test results showed I have a high blood sugar level and they are sending me in next week for a Glucose Tolerance test. Am I able to lower my blood sugar level in the next 5 days by more exercise and cutting more carbs from my diet? I was tested before pregnancy for diabetes with my annual physical and it can back normal. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      You can cut back on your carbs but 5 days may not be enough time for a noticeable difference.
      The GTT will measure your ability to process the sugar they give you, though, so your starting level isn’t as important as your ending level. What you do between now and then probably won’t have much impact.

  4. QUESTION:
    lowering your blood sugar?
    so i go to the doctors for diet pills and she give me a prescription so i go to the pharmacy and the pharmacist says these pill are to lower your blood sugar the doctor didn’t even take my blood sugar she didn’t even take any blood at all can lowering your blood sugar help u loose weight?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are concerned about the medication that was prescribed you should call your doctor and ask him about it. He may have written the wrong medication. Doctors do make mistakes. I wouldn’t trust much advice from people on here as far as medication goes.

  5. QUESTION:
    How Do I Lower High Blood Sugar?
    As a type 2 diabetic who is not on insulin I watch my diet closely but sometimes that doesn’t seem to be enough, just wondering if anyone out there has some golden answer for lowering high blood sugar.

    • ANSWER:

      If you are type 2 then I would advise severely limiting your carbs for the following reason.The best thing type 2 diabetics can do it severely limit their carb intake to balance out sugar and insulin levels. When this is done, your body will adjust accordingly and compensate by shifting into the fat metabolism state. Fat does not need insulin to be converted to energy and so your blood sugar levels will remain much more even without any violent swings from high to low. This stops hypoglycemic reactions and gives your pancreas time to rest and rejuvenate.

  6. QUESTION:
    lowering my blood sugar?
    My husband is 45 and went to the doctor to get checked for diabetes his blood sugar was very high and his doctor put him on pills called Metformin to lower blood sugar. He has been on pills and changed his eating habits and has been walking but every time he checks his blood it is still high it ranges from the low 300s He has been on the pills and diet and exercize for about a week and no signifigant change he says he isn’t feeling good and dizzy all the time.What can he do to lower his blood sugar and how long does it usually take to get the blood dugar down to normal range and when will he start feeling better and not feel dizzy all the time.Also can he eat all fruits and vegetables like bananas and carrotts

    • ANSWER:
      Follow this to lower the blood sugar and start feeling better.
      These pranayam exercises will help control the diabetes and the side effects.Build up the timing gradually.If you feel tired or dizzy, stop and resume later.The benefits will be noticed in weeks as the sugar level is checked daily.Over the long tern the diabetes will be in full control and the medicine can be reduced in consultation with the doctor.
      Anulom Vilom –
      Close your right nostril with thumb and deep breath-in through left nostril
      then – close left nostril with two fingers and breath-out through right nostril
      then -keeping the left nostril closed deep breath-in through right nostril
      then – close your right nostril with thumb and breath-out through left nostril.
      This is one cycle of anulom vilom.
      Repeat this cycle for 20 to 30 minutes twice a day(maximum 60 minutes in one day).
      You can do this before breakfast/lunch/dinner or before bedtime or in bed.Remember to take deep long breaths into the lungs.You can do this while sitting on floor or chair or lying in bed.

      Kapalbhati -(Do it before eating) Push air forcefully out through the nose about once per second. Stomach will itself go in(contract in). The breathing in(through the nose) will happen automatically. Establish a rhythm and do for 20 to 30 minutes twice a day.(Max 60 min/day) Not for pregnant women. Seriously ill people do it gently.

      Also everyday press the centre point of the palm of your hand 40 times with the thumb and press the tips of all fingers 40 times each.
      Continue the exercises once a day, after the diabetes is in control.Enjoy better quality of life.

  7. QUESTION:
    Are there any diets that help you GAIN weight and RAISE blood sugar?
    I’m eighteen years old, I’m 5’6″ tall, I’m fit, and I eat like a pig. But for some reason, the more I eat, the more weight I seem to loose. I’m under 105 lbs! On top of that, I have low blood sugar. No matter what, I can’t seem to keep up the blood sugar or keep on the weight. People tell me I’m so lucky and whatnot, but my skin feels too tight, I loose energy too quickly, and I’m just so boney! I’m insecure about my body because my bones show through, and I don’t like it! I look like a skeleton! I know I CAN gain weight, because at one point I got up to 115 lbs and kept it on for a whole year! I felt so good about myself! I wasn’t chunky, but I had an endless supply of energy, and I felt so pretty! However, I wasn’t eating healthy. So I switched to a healthier diet. I dropped several pounds and am slowly gaining it back, but it’s going to slow, and I just don’t feel like eating all this non junk food…I want to be healthy! Is that too much to ask?

    However, all the diets advertized on TV are for LOOSING weight and LOWERING blood sugar. That’s just the opposite of what I need! Does anyone have any tips to help me?

    • ANSWER:
      I can relate, when I was your age I was 5’10 and weighed only 120 pounds.

      There’s a chance that you may have a mild metabolic disorder, such as an imbalance in your thyroid gland, or some other system in your body that regulates your metabolism. You might want to consider going to a doctor and getting some tests. But don’t worry too much…doctors and medical tests can sometimes cause people stress and that’s the last thing you want. You may want to try a few other things first.

      Are you on any medications that could cause this problem as a side-effect? I’d look at that first. If you’re not, then proceed:

      A few tips I can think of. It could be that your body is not absorbing the full nutritional value when you eat. Try these tips to ensure you absorb more of the nutrients:

      * Eat slowly.
      * Eat with people whenever possible–ideally people that you like and are comfortable with.
      * When you are eating, focus on how your food tastes. Try to seek out foods that taste good to you.

      Also, another thing that will probably help you regardless of what situation you’re in is to eat many different types of foods. If you eat one kind of fruit one time, eat a different fruit the next time.

      Try eating some healthy high-calorie and high-protein foods. Fatty fish is high in protein and healthy fat. Avocados and nuts and olive oil are loaded with healthy fats. Whole grain breads are rich in protein and carbohydrates. Eating healthy doesn’t mean eating low-calorie. =)

      Lastly, are you very stressed? Being stressed can make you burn more calories, in some cases, and it can also make you less likely to absorb nutrients from your food. Try doing more relaxing things on a daily basis, and keeping on top of stuff in your life so you can keep your stress level low.

      Good luck!

  8. QUESTION:
    Im So Happy with my blood sugar levels!!! so far!?
    first i want to thank evryone who responded to my first post. last friday i was told i had diabetes, since then i changed my entire life upside down for the better, ive been to the gym every morning and doing 35 mins on a eliptical machine, i watch every…and i mean every thing i eat, no more soda, no more diet soda, no more gargage!! my blood sugar levels last week were at about 178-200…..this week my average has been 145-150…i take a one aday weight smart vitamin, and 1000mg of cinnamon. i hear it lowers blood sugar! I also lost about 6 pounds. my blood sugar at one point was about 125 for three nights in a row at about 5 pm….so i am very happy. i weigh 414….my goal is to see the 300′s and then take 10 pounds at a time!!! i have a while to go to get my levels in the 105-15 range but i cant believe what a week can do to change blood sugar levels….i drink a massive amout of water a day, tht helps alot also…..so evryone out there just try your best….you will beat it!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Awesome Tony! Keep up the good work!

  9. QUESTION:
    Is natural sugar in fruit bad for trying to lower blood pressure?
    I’m so confused on what kinds of foods are the best to eat for lowering blood pressure! Friends have said not to eat any fruits at all because of the natural sugar they contain! However when I look at articles online they seem to advocate eating lots of fruit! With taking practically all the salt out of our diet and having to eliminate so many things it’s hard to tell what a person with high blood pressure can eat!

    Please help!

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It is o.k to eat fruits. The sugar in fruits is digested and absorbed more slowly than processed sugars. Hence it is very safe to eat fruits. Fruits will also provide you with a lot of fiber, necessary for keeping the bowel free as well as getting rid of cholesterol, fats, toxins and other impurities in the digestive system. Fruits will also provide you with water soluble vitamins some of which are antioxidants.

      To regulate your blood pressure it is very important that you eat lots of fresh raw vegetables and fresh raw fruits. At least 60% of your diet should be of vegetables of which at least 50% should be eaten raw. At least 20% of your diet should be of fruits. The antioxidants and phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables help to reduce oxidation of cholesterol which would otherwise form plaque on the arteries when oxidized.

      There are vegetables that are very good blood thinners. These are allium vegetables such as onions, garlic, scallion, chives, leek and shallots. The use of these will help to regulate your pressure.

      Some persons with high blood pressure do eat beef moderately and have no problem with it, however there are others who keeps away from beef. Your diet should however include milk, cheese, nuts, seeds, grains, fish and all sea foods.

      Eat all natural foods – yams, potatoes, pumpkins, breadfruits, squash etc. Vary your meals and have a very wide variety of natural foods.

      It is very important that you limit the amount of salt you have in your diet. Using salt moderately or in very small quantity will help to regulate your pressure.

      You do not need to add salt to vegetables if they are steamed in very small amount of water on very low heat. Also it is important that you do not overcook your vegetables. Your vegetables should still be crunchy when ready to be eaten.

      While some persons will tell you not to use salt at all, not only that this is impossible, but also that you will run the risk of sodium deficiency. Sodium is important in
      cellular osmotic pressure (the passage of fluids in and out of the cells) and in transmitting nerve impulses. The following link will give you more information about the benefit of sodium in the diet and the result of deficiency: http://www.healthvitaminsguide.com/minerals/sodium.htm

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the effect of alcohol on blood sugar levels?
    I have read conflicting reports that it raises and that it lowers blood sugar levels, and am confused!! I am a newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic and have just started taking metformin. I am watching my diet, trying to lose weight, and take regular exercise. Although I do not generally drink any alcohol during the week, I am wondering if it is still ok for me to drink maybe 3 or 4 glasses of wine over the course of an evening, at the weekend? Or just occasionally? Or is it better to drink something like a spirit with a diet mixer?

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol does both raise and lower the blood sugar. Initially some drinks can raise your sugar – depends on what your drinking and what it’s mixed with. Later as the body begins to metabolize the alcohol it can lead to low blood sugar. Since alcohol is metabolized by the liver, it is not doing it’s other function of helping regulate blood sugar by releasing glycogen into the blood stream.

      I’m not 100% sure how Metformin plays into the mix – I currently use insulin and can say that I’ve safely had a few drinks from time to time. The key is testing more than usual to be sure you know what your body is doing. Wine should be fine.Or mixed drinks made with diet mixer. Avoid juices or any of those (super yummy) frozen cocktails as they are full of sugar and will send glucose levels through the roof. Have a snack with some carbs & protein if you are not drinking with a meal. Set your alarm to be sure you test at least once overnight. Also be on the lookout for it to affect your glucose levels well into the next day.

      If you’re careful you can certainly enjoy a few drinks from time to time.

  11. QUESTION:
    Diabetes… Vanadium, is it safe? Does it lower blood sugar?…?
    This question has a few different parts/questions to it. Please only respond if you have diabetes and deal with lowering your own blood sugar.

    My mom is almost 60 years old. She has diabetes, and her blood sugar is HIGH, it’s 248.. She’s wanting to stop the prescription that her Doctor gave her for lowering her blood sugar, and start taking something called vanadium. I googeled this, and read that it has caused a 50% death rate in lab rats that were tested with the drug.

    Has any one used this and had positive results with it? Do you know anything about it?

    How do you go about lowering your blood sugar levels?

    I think my mom may be being stubborn. She lives in illinois, and I live in new mexico, so I’m not there to keep an eye on her or to witness her daily live and how she does things, but I’am VERY concerned for my mothers well being and health. Don’t get me wrong, I have STRESSED how important it is for her to eat healthy, I have went as far as getting her diet books for diabetes so she can eat healthy. I just don’t know if she really is or not. So please if you have any suggestions on how she can lower her sugar, please let me know. And please don’t come at me with telling me to talk to my mom and educate her on trying to eat right I have done this and I’m not sure it has even gotten thru to her.

    but that doesn’t stop me from being concerned and caring about my mom. I don’t want her to die from this, I need her in my life still, plus I just had a baby that she hasn’t even met yet. we need her in our lives still. I’m sure you can understand.

    • ANSWER:
      i’m type 1, and whenever my sugar is high, i take some insulin (Novolog).

  12. QUESTION:
    Adding vitamin’s to your daily diet?
    I would like to know if adding Chromium picolinate and Magnesium maleate vitamins would be a good addition to your daily diet? I have read that both are good for lowering blood sugar and stimulating insulin.

    • ANSWER:
      You should really talk to your doctor about this. It’s hard to give you advice because we are all so different. I take a multi vitamin every day, but only when I was told it was ok.

  13. QUESTION:
    Why would my blood sugar be up?
    I had a physical today and got some of my blood work results. It said my fasting glucose was 115. This bothers me because 3 years ago it was normal like 92 and that one was random. I’ve always for the pass few years had normal glucose levels. What’s even strange about this is that I’ve been working out a lot (3-5 days for 1 hour) and have lost over 10lbs since three years ago. Not only that I changed my diet by lowering my carbs and eating a lot of fruits, vegetables and lean meat.

    How could changing my diet for the better and losing weight increase my blood sugar? I still have other test results waiting because I have hypertension so my doctor ordered a lot of tests to see why my blood pressure is high.
    Thats possible. My body just hasn’t had enough time to adjust. I might ask to have the test again to see if it goes down. That would suck if I live a healthful life and I still get sick.

    • ANSWER:
      you could of change your habbits to fast and by doing that even though you are changing to a healthier way of living your doing it to fast so it sends your body through a shock

  14. QUESTION:
    How can I lose weight if my antidepressant makes me eat cause it lowers my blood sugar?
    I really need to Lose weight, Alot of weight, 100 pounds of weight and it’s been hard cause I am on celexa a antidepressant I have horrible anxiety and it helps with it but the problem is that I get low blood sugar and I never have before the celexa and I eat alot! so when I try to diet and eat less its hard and not only that it makes me feel like im starving all the time like my stomach is never satisfied but my mind is so i eat to relieve the feeling. and if i go off of it my blood pressure spikes through the roof i went to my doc for bloodpressure meds but she said it was fine but it was 140/80 but i was still on the pills when im off its 170/100 and i dont know what to do someone give me an idea what you would do? thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      I am going to low carb low fat route. Its pretty easy once you stop jonsing for rice and potatoes

  15. QUESTION:
    Sugar Substitute for Diabetics?
    Okay, so March 14th is Pi-day, and my friend and I usually celebrate by eating pie. But she’s type II diabetic, and lately she has to take her diet more seriously, and can’t have any “normal” sugar. She said she usually uses Splenda, but I did some research and a LOT of sites said it was poisonous, especially when baked. I’m planning on baking the pie, so anything that is dangerous when baked is out.

    I am seriously considering using Tagatose or Stevia. I haven’t found anything negative about Tagatose, except for it sometimes causing upset stomachs in very large doses. In fact, I read something that said that it lowers blood sugar even from previous meals, which would be good if you’re diabetic. And it said something about no long-term effects known. I found about three or four sources that all say the same thing. Stevia was almost considered the same as Splenda and I read that it was poisonous too, but it’s supported by the Amercian Diabetes Foundation so how bad can it be?

    So basically I have three questions:
    1. Besides Splenda, what other artificial sweeteners exist, and are they harmless?
    2. Do YOU know anything about Tagalose or Stevia? If so, what do you think about them?
    3. If you’re diabetic, or know someone who is diabetic, what kind of sweeteners do you/they use?

    I just want to be able to make my friend a pie I know is not going to make her sick. It’ll probably be a pumpkin pie if that helps. I appreciate any help you give me! Thanks in advance!
    Good point, Artemisc…nothing is harmless. Depressing, but true.
    But I’m worried about it because people generally don’t cook with Splenda, and cooking messes up the chemical properties so then it becomes more harmful…If you put it on cereal, or in your coffee like I suspect my friend usually does, I doubt it would affect you too much, because the molecular properties are still intact because you haven’t heated it…

    Another question I have is:
    4. Have you known anyone that bakes/cooks with Splenda, and have they had any negative effects?

    • ANSWER:
      Grab a cup of coffee at your local coffee house and you are sure to see Splenda alongside the sugar and cream. Long touted for its benefits as a zero-calorie artificial sweetener, it has also come under fire for some of the side effects that many users have claimed it causes. While the jury is still out on its side effects, there are many who stand by their claims of ill effects. Let’s just take a look at some of the more common ones.

      Upset Stomach

      After using artificial sweeteners such as Splenda, there are some individuals who experience an upset stomach. While this may be of some concern, it should be noted that there is no hard evidence showing that artificial sweeteners such as Splenda directly causes these problems. It is true however, that some individuals may be more sensitive to using such products and thus experience uncomfortable side effects. If you are worried about Splenda side effects, then it would be best for you to try it out and see how your body reacts.

      Migraines

      Another claim of dangerous Splenda side effects has been migraines. There are individuals who say that Splenda has triggered a migraine for them. This also has yet to be proven, as no long term studies on humans have been done using Splenda (testing has been done in animals). Whether or not this is a trigger for migraine sufferers has yet to be determined. And as mentioned earlier, with no hard scientific evidence to back up these claims, it is best to see how you personally react to using artificial sweeteners before making any judgments.

      If you are truly concerned about dangerous Splenda side effects, then my simple answer to this is – just don’t use it. There are other sweeteners on the market that you can use as a sugar substitute, if you are really worried about any harmful side effects you may experience. Some that initially come to mind are Sweet ‘N Low and the non-artificial Stevia.

      Both of these sweeteners have long been used as a sugar substitute. If you are looking for alternatives to Splenda or have suffered ill effects from using it, then check out some of the other replacements out there. Products like Stevia have been used in Japan for years and many can attest to its positive uses.

      Take care
      TIN

  16. QUESTION:
    Why won’t my blood pressure go down?
    I recently check my blood pressure and came up with 183/121. So for the week of have took breads and soda and sugar out of my diet and hopes of lowering my blood pressure. Check it today and it 195/121 about the same as i started. Is this exercise and new diet all of not? How do I get my blood pressure down? Just so you now, a Doctor out of the question. I can’t afford a proscription or visit.

    • ANSWER:
      if you are obese, the first thing you need to do is lose weight. change your diet to include lots of fruit and veg and whole foods.

      your blood pressure is at a dangerous level so i would strongly advise seeking medical attention somehow.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can you guys sign a petition for diabetes research on the effectiveness of a low-carb diet?
    Can you guys sign this?

    Here’s the petition:

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/get-the-nih-to-acknowledge-the-existing-science-and-fund-more-research-by-the-experts-who-have

    Copy of the petition:

    “Target:People with Diabetes & People Who Know People With DiabetesSponsored by: Lauri Cagnassola

    National Institutes of Health re: the ACCORD Diabetes Study: “Intensively targeting blood sugar to near-normal levels … increases risk of death. ”

    This statement is untrue. This study lowered blood glucose levels only by aggressive drug treatment.

    Preventative measures and proven non-drug treatments are being ignored by the NIH, ADA and many other governing agencies.

    There is abundant scientific evidence proving a carbohydrate restricted diet can be as effective as drugs in lowering blood glucose levels safely. Many times diet is more effective than medication in controlling diabetes – all without side effects or increased risk of death.

    I ask that the National Institutes of Health publically retract the above quoted statement. It is misleading the public.

    I also request that the NIH acknowledge the existing science and fund more research by the experts who have experience with carbohydrate restriction as a means of treatment for diabetes.

    For more info, or to help people with diabetes, please e-mail info@nmsociety.org .

    Thank you.”

    Please go to the link to sign it:

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/get-the-nih-to-acknowledge-the-existing-science-and-fund-more-research-by-the-experts-who-have

    You can click the option not to display your name – it just comes out as anonymous with your state.

    You can also read the comments from other people with diabetes who signed.

    I think it’s important.

    • ANSWER:
      The problem with signing petitions like this is that it doesn’t change the outcome of the study. The ACCORD study did indeed show that one particular aggressive treatment regimen on a group of high risk diabetics increased the risk of death compared with more standard therapies. As the study researchers themselves admit, the study’s conclusions might not apply to other treatment methods or for diabetics with fewer complications.

      “ACCORD is providing important evidence to help guide treatment recommendations for adults with established type 2 diabetes who have had a heart attack or stroke or who have two or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease in addition to diabetes,” said NHLBI Director Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D. “For these individuals, intensively lowering blood sugar to near-normal levels appears to be too risky.”

      “The researchers caution that the results might not apply to patients who are at lower risk of cardiovascular disease than the ACCORD participants or to patients with more recently diagnosed type 2 diabetes. On average, ACCORD participants had been diagnosed with diabetes for 10 years at enrollment.

  18. QUESTION:
    need to clean sugar out of blood and urine?
    i went to my doctor for a pre-physical for the army and my blood sugar was at 170. i didnt fast cause i didnt know i had to so they tell me they found sugar and i could be prediabetic. ive lost weight by cutting back what i ate and started to exercise more to build muscle. i went from 220-187. being diabetic can stop me from joining the army. besides exercising and diet how can i burn the sugar out or is there something i can take to get the sugar out or lower the level. im gonna take the test again a wk from monday at my docs and fast. but if the level is still high i need a way to get the sugar out or at the least lowered to pass the army physical.

    • ANSWER:
      That was the finger prick test. And it is only a snapshot of that immediate minute. And since you hadn’t been fasting, we have no clue what you ate?, it could have been that high and perfectly normal.

      Did the doctor do a blood draw for Complete Blood Count and Lipids Panel? I understand they did the urine testing which showed the sugar.

      So they will do the blood draw then tell you if it is bad news or not. Don’t worry til then.

      But if it is bad news, there is nothing you can do about the problem. It exists and will continue to exist.

      You could go on a very low carb meal plan and that would clear the sugar content, but in the Army they don’t feed people according to their health problems. You would have to go back to regular high carb food plan then and the sugar problem would come back with a vengeance.

      Think only of your future health needs. Not your wants at this moment. My bro wanted to stay in the Navy but got sent home with high blood pressure problem. Now they are denying that he had a problem at all then so they don’t have to pay for his heart problems as a retired veteran.

  19. QUESTION:
    PCOS question regarding diets?
    I have PCOS and have stopped actively trying to conceive. My question is I am trying to lose weight and I know that there are several diets. I am not a diabetic and have low blood sugar issues so the diabetic diet does not work for me. Is there another diet that would help me out? I was takin off metaformin because it was lowering my blood sugar to dangerous levels. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I have three words for you: Complete lifestyle overhaul. Take control of everything regarding your health. Keep in contact with your doctors. Push yourself to do physical activity everyday. Monitor everything that passes your lips. Keep a food and exercise journal for at least 2 weeks and review it with a nutritionist (or at least your doctor) as well as a fitness trainer to make sure you are burning the calories (energy) appropriately. It takes a lot of energy, but if you stick to it, you will hopefully start to drop pounds as well as feel better. Don’t get discouraged at first, sometimes it takes a few weeks because there is a lot of fat that is converting to muscle. Also, get familiar with portion sizes, you would be surprised with how off a lot of people are. Also, cut out anything refined or processed. It is doing nothing good for you. And learning to cook healthy is fun and you can experiment with things you like and don’t like.

      I only say this because I was overweight (still have a few pounds to loose) and have been trying for over 3 years to have a baby. I have successfully lost 90 pounds over the last almost year. I was borderlind type 2 diabetic and that scared the crap out of me. I know I will never be a size 0, but I want to be healthy, and I am actually feeling that way now. There were no pills, cleanses, or starvation. One thing that worked for me was finding out what items I absolutely could not give up. Mine was cheeseburgers. i love a good cheeseburger. I now know how to overcome that. I split one with a friend, or cut one in half and saveit for later. But I only eat every other bite, and every other bite i chew and spit into a napkin. You get the taste and texture, and nowhere near as many calories. And in the end you still feel full and satisfied, but not as guilty. Its worked for me, but you need to find something that works for you. Just don’t give up.

      Good luck.

  20. QUESTION:
    whats happening to my blood glucose levels?
    Hi I am 25 years old, female and i’m 13.5 stones. In April this year I was diagnosed with type 2 diabeties. I went through a very bad time, I get very anxious with any sort of medical appointment, and the month I was diagnosed, every day I had some sort of letter through the post telling me about this appointment and that appointment. I decided to fill in a form to say I did not want to attend the appointments and didnt want any mail regarding it. I am just diet controlled so I cut out all sugars, lowered my carbs and for about 3 months I managed to control my blood glucose very well. I lost 6 stones in 5.5 months and joined a gym. I felt like a new person. I tested my blood sugars using a blood sugar monitor about 5 or 6 times a day to ensure I was in control. (very expensive)!

    Suddenly, my blood sugars went from 4.6ish waking and 2hrs after meals (which is where it was since after diagnosis), to the mid 5′s mmol, then the next week the mid 6′s, then the mid 8′s, then 10mmol and so on and so on, and now it’s at the mid 16mmol with a reading of 17.9 on return from work today.

    These rises have happened in a matter of 2 months and where I thought, perhaps i’m coming down with something, i havn’t and they continue to rise. I tested my urine for ketones just now and it is showing a very dark purple (I assume that means I have ketones in my urine). I’ve been feeling okish, a little vague and weak on some days, I just generally feel lazy. Nothing has changed, I’ve been eating the same foods, doing the same excercise etc.

    I’ve got an appointment booked with my doctor tomorrow which i’m scared about, i think he will be happy with my weight loss, but im so concerned now about my blood sugars. any ideas on what my body is playing at and what my doctor may suggest? thanks for reading.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, I salute you for taking proactive steps to control your diabetes. You have done everything ‘right’ and the proof of that is your good blood sugar control initially.

      Unfortunately though, diabetes is a progressive disease and no matter what one does, sometimes, one can’t fight against it. It’s like somebody diagnosed with myopia, another progressive disease. Myopia often gets worse over the years no matter what the person does or doesn’t do (eat more carrots, only read in well-lit areas etc). It sounds like that’s what is happening with your diabetes.

      There is also another possible explanation and that is that you have been misdiagnosed and actually have Type 1 diabetes. The difference is as follows: In Type 2, the person still makes insulin, but their body does not respond to it well. Low carb/diet/exercise can improve insulin sensitivity and thus blood sugar levels can be controlled.

      In Type 1, the person’s body attacks itself, and they do not produce any insulin anymore. No amount of diet/exercise is going to help. They have to inject insulin to survive.

      While diabetes is progressive, the type of rises in blood sugar that you describe are just too rapid and too severe. It really sounds to me as if you might actually have Type 1. Many people, including many in the medical profession, think that only children get Type 1. But people can get Type 1 at any age. I got it at age 38, and I know a few people who got it in their 50s.

      So when you see the doctor, please ask to be tested for Type 1. Ask to be tested for antibodies. Also ask for a C-peptide test. This measures how much insulin your body is making. Type 1s make very little or no insulin while Type 2s make normal/large amounts of insulin.

      Good luck. I hope this gets sorted out soon.

  21. QUESTION:
    Hypoglycemia experts, I have some questions please, thank you?
    I was eating a lot of sugar so I thought I needed to cut it out.

    If I go over 5 or 6 hours without eating, I get irritable, hard to concentrate, hard to finish speaking thoughts, dizzy, light-headed.
    I wake up most mornings nauseous and water doesn’t help but gives reflux sometimes. I think it’s because I didn’t eat for the 8 hours I slept.

    When I try to make something healthy like an omelet I still feel sick and curled on bed. My gf gave me a cup of soda and instantly I was better. I wanted to have a low sugar diet but it seems my body isn’t able to regulate it.

    A monh ago, when I took 200 mcg chromium picolinate supplement (I heard it helps keep blood sugar balanced and I took it in the past with no problem), I kept having to wake up in the night to urinate and the next day I was lethargic and couldn’t think and thought I was going to pass out. I thought maybe I was a diabetic because I eat a lot of sugar in the past. But I didn’t have much in the fridge and had some fruit and instantly became better. Looking back, I think the chromium lowered my blood sugar too much. I didn’t take it again since it happened twice, each time I took it.

    Do I need to see a doctor about this or just eat sweets every 5-6 hours?
    And what would be some healthy sweets if I also don’t want diabetes?

    Thanks
    A month ago, I scored 132 on blood glucose but since I didn’t know I was going to be tested, I had corn 6 hours before it. Other tests normal.

    • ANSWER:
      When a person has Diabetes Mellitus, this is a lack of the hormone known as insulin.Insulin is made by the pancreas, and medical science has yet to determine why some have this disease and others do not. It not because they have ate too much sugar. When a diabetic eats they must take into consideration what they are eatting, without enough insulin there bodies can’t process the carbohydrate or sugar. Carbohydrates are the building block of fuel our bodies need. Thing such as potatoes, noodles, corn. People should eat something at least every 4 hours, does not have to be a meal, yogurt, a few crackers, not candy or a candy bar.
      A normal blood glucose level is 80-100 for a non diabetic
      http://www.diabetes.org/ This is a great resource to learn about the disease called Diabetes Mellitus
      I hope this assist you and you find the answers you seek. If you have not seen a physician for a while this might be the perfect opportunity.

  22. QUESTION:
    How can I safely raise my blood pressure while pregnant?
    I am currently on a diabetic diet for my gestational diabetes and need to be able to maintain low blood sugar. I’m finding much of the sodium rich foods that people on other sites suggest (like ramen noodles) include too many carbohydrates and end up sending my sugar levels through the roof.

    I’ve been drinking Smart Water since it is sugar free and has electrolytes.

    The last two times I’ve had my blood pressure taken it’s been around 90′s over 50′s and I’ve had at least two vasovagel episodes in the mmorningwhile showering where I’ve had to turn off the water and exit the shower and either sit or lay down to avoid passing out.

    Sometimes I have whole days where I feel dizzy and on the verge of fainting. My current doctor doesn’t think this is an issue, but it is effecting my life!

    I’ve opted to change my insurance plan and seek out a new doctor, but I don’t have my first appointment with my new doctor until the 14th of October. If anyone has any suggestions that I could feel safe trying in my condition or discuss over with an independent midwife friend of mine, I would really appreciate it!

    Most of the internet resources I have found are more interested in lowering one’s blood pressure than iincreasingit. This was not a problem fro me dduringmy first pregnancy and when I’m not pregnant my blood pressure tends to be a little higher than my doctors are comfortable with, but not yet in a range where they prescribe action or medications.

    • ANSWER:
      The issue with taking suggestions from people on the internet is they don’t know your exact medical history, and even if they did, not all of them are qualified health care professionals who are able to give good, sound advice.

      The best advice is to wait for your appointment with your new doctor on the 14th. I know it sucks, but wouldn’t you rather wait 2 weeks than potentially harm yourself or your baby by trying something suggested to you by someone who doesn’t actually know what they are talking about?

      I do think you are doing what’s best for your currently by switching doctors. Low blood pressure and vasovagel episodes are not something he should have been ignoring, especially when it impacted your standard of living. I hope your new doctor is more understanding. Try to be more assertive with your new doctor as well.

      Good luck!

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I figure out this diabetes stuff?
    So, my fiance tested his blood sugar for the first time today. He’s been really skinny for a while and can’t gain weight so he tested it and it read 292. Now today he ate a whole roll of sweetarts, drowned his waffle in syrup, drank about 2 liters of mountain dew, about 2 liters of coke, had a strawberry slushie and a strawberry milkshake. The milkshake and slush were about 1-2 hours before he tested it. His dad has been filling his head with nightmares ever since he tested it and he’s freaking out now. He even told him he couldn’t drink water in the morning. I’m trying to figure out some info on my own since I’m the one who cooks and does the grocery shopping but I don’t understand any of this stuff. Like everyone is talking about carbs and diets and fried foods. I don’t know what any of this stuff has to do with blood sugar. He’s not on a diet, he’s too skinny to worry about his weight, he’s just freaking out because his dad told him he’s going to go blind and have his feet cut off. Basically I want to know some things about diabetes and maybe have someone who knows about this stuff explain to me what a normal person (no diet) can eat.

    I also wanted to know about beer. Now my parents told me he can’t drink beer period, but I have an alcoholic uncle who has diabetes and he’s fine. Some info I’ve read says that beer lowers blood sugar, some says it raises it, and some say that it does both so it equals out to be the equivalent of eating a slice of bread. He loves beer, he doesn’t drink it often at all but when he does, he likes to enjoy it. He’s also got a bachelor party coming up and wants to drink. Can someone give me some info about beer?

    • ANSWER:
      Sugar has nothing to do with diabetes. It is a dysfunction of the pancreas.

      You can only have so much food/calories a day.

      If you choose a beer or high sugary sweet, your blood sugar will peak and that’s all the food you can have which is bad because you need balanced , small meals to feel well and keep your blood sugar in the normal zone.

      Everytime your blood sugar is out of the normal zone damage is happening inside your body.
      Not eating every 4 hours at least will make you feel lousy.

      The more water the better.

      http://health.lifestyle.yahoo.ca/condition_info_details.asp?disease_id=244

      http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/overview/index.htm

      http://diabetes.webmd.com/diabetes-diet-healthy-diet-basics

      http://www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_diet_diabetes.htm

  24. QUESTION:
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan ?
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan
    by Shahid Athar, M.D.

    Most Muslims do not fast because of medical benefits but because it has been ordained to them in the Quran. The medical benefits of fasting are as a result of fasting. Fasting in general has been used in medicine for medical reasons including weight management, for rest of the digestive tract and for lowering lipids. There are many adverse effects of total fasting as well as so-called crash diets. Islamic fasting is different from such diet plans because in Ramadan fasting, there is no malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake. The caloric intake of Muslims during Ramadan is at or slightly below the national requirement guidelines. In addition, the fasting in Ramadan is voluntarily taken and is not a prescribed imposition from the physician.

    Ramadan is a month of self-regulation and self-training, with the hope that this training will last beyond the end of Ramadan. If the lessons learned during Ramadan, whether in terms of dietary intake or righteousness, are carried on after Ramadan, it is beneficial for one’s entire life. Moreover, the type of food taken during Ramadan does not have any selective criteria of crash diets such as those which are protein only or fruit only type diets. Everything that is permissible is taken in moderate quantities.

    The only difference between Ramadan and total fasting is the timing of the food; during Ramadan, we basically miss lunch and take an early breakfast and do not eat until dusk. Abstinence from water during this period is not bad at all and in fact, it causes concentration of all fluids within the body, producing slight dehydration. The body has its own water conservation mechanism; in fact, it has been shown that slight dehydration and water conservation, at least in plant life, improve their longevity.

    The physiological effect of fasting includes lower of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the systolic blood pressure. In fact, Ramadan fasting would be an ideal recommendation for treatment of mild to moderate, stable, non-insulin diabetes, obesity and essential hypertension. In 1994 the first International Congress on “Health and Ramadan”, held in Casablanca, entered 50 research papers from all over the world, from Muslim and non-Muslim researchers who have done extensive studies on the medical ethics of fasting. While improvement in many medical conditions was noted; however, in no way did fasting worsen any patients’ health or baseline medical condition. On the other hand, patients who are suffering from severe diseases, whether diabetes or coronary artery disease, kidney stones, etc., are exempt from fasting and should not try to fast.

    There are psychological effects of fasting as well. There is a peace and tranquility for those who fast during the month of Ramadan. Personal hostility is at a minimum, and the crime rate decreases. Muslims take advice from the Prophet who said, “If one slanders you or aggresses against you, say I am fasting.’” This psychological improvement could be related to better stabilization of blood glucose during fasting as hypoglycemia after eating, aggravates behavior changes.

    There is a beneficial effect of extra prayer at night. This not only helps with better utilization of food but also helps in output. There are 10 extra calories output for each rikat of the prayer. Again, we do not do prayers for exercise, but a mild movement of the joints with extra calorie utilization is a better form of exercise. Similarly, recitation of the Quran not only produces a tranquility of heart and mind, but improves the memory. Therefore, I encourage my Muslim patients to fast in the month of Ramadan, but they must do it under medical supervision. Healthy adult Muslims should not fear becoming weak by fasting, but instead it should improve their health and stamina.

    • ANSWER:
      That was very interesting. I worked for four years in an Elementary school as an EMT. We had many Muslim students. Being children they spent a lot of time in my office during their lunch hour complaining they were hungry and or had headaches. I felt for them, after all they are just children and felt embarrassed in front of their peers. It was very rare that any student was happy with the idea of fasting – but they all survived.

      As a Catholic, I too have days of fasting and it drives my kids crazy. They too survive.

  25. QUESTION:
    Metformin Help Please.?
    I am 54, female and i weigh 180 pounds. I am insulin resistant.

    My aic is 6.1 and my insulin 16. My cholesterol is high, triglycerides are high, same for hdl and ldl both way off.
    I am hypothyroid as well and have been for 10 plus years now. I have a major ANXIETY disorder that I deal with daily and agoraphobia from it. I also have a fatty liver, not fatty liver disease but a fatty liver from all the high cholesterol and high insulin levels. My fastings range from 100 to 117 daily. My two hour fasting are mostly under 145 but when I eat ice cream will soar to 161 or 169, so I don’t eat it often. My Dr. convinced me to try Metformin because it has been impossible for me to lose even one pound! I eat pretty good most of the time but i DO need to exercise More consistently!!!! so my question is, I am to take Metformin 500 mgs once a day for now, till I see my Dr. again. This is NOT A TIME RELEASED DOSE. It is regular. So when should I take it? and when will I see results in in lowered blood sugar and lowered fasting? I’m really hoping that this will help with some weight loss? Does Metformin help lower cholesterol? I am to increase my exercise as well to help lower cholesterol stuff, I take a fish oil to hopefully help with all the other stuff too. I do not want to get diabetes 2, so I am motivated. I am on the cusp of not having it and having it, I could flip either way depending on how diligent I am with diet and exercise…any thoughts would be so much appreciated!!!
    Tabea, thank you for all the usefull information and to all the others who have been so very helpful. Tabea my A1c was first at 6.2 and I got it down to 5.7 then took extra liberties thinking I could go back up a bit and thats when it jumped up to the 6.1. I dont want to know what it is right now. I want to just get on the Metformin and the right way of eating, I dont even want to think of it as ‘diet”. I want my pepsi though but for now I guess diet will have to suffice. I will take Metformin 500 mgs a day with breakfast in hopes that even if it helps to quell my appetite some then that in and of it’s self will be helpfull. thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      I think you should take Metformin. Metformin aids in weight loss and helps your glucose numbers. Metformin is a prescription medication licensed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. In addition to lowering blood sugar, metformin may have additional benefits, including the following:

      Decreasing hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels
      Helping with weight loss
      Lowering total cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”)
      Raising HDL cholesterol (“good cholesterol”)
      Increasing fertility in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome
      Decreasing miscarriages in women with PCOS.

      Improvements in Fasting Blood Sugar and Hemoglobin A1c
      In one study, people who took metformin reduced their fasting blood sugar levels by 53 mg/dL on average, while people who did not take metformin had an increase in their fasting blood sugar levels.

      Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is a test used to measure long-term blood sugar control in people with diabetes. Normal HbA1c levels are usually less than 6 percent in people without diabetes, and people with diabetes usually have higher HbA1c levels. In one study, people who took metformin reduced their HbA1c levels by 1.4 percent, compared to a gain of 0.4 percent in people who did not take metformin.

      I would definitely advise you to take Metformin it has helped me tremendously. I saw results after 3 weeks although the first two weeks were pretty bad with the stomach, diahrrea, nausea but after two weeks and eating before I took it these symptoms lessened. I have lost weight, cleared my skin, lowered my cholesterol from 250 to 140. My glucose after meals (2 hours) 130. You can ditch the fish oil. Fasting 100. I take it three times a day 500mg each. I take it before meals as to prevent upset stomach. I started with less and built up to this amount and to this day after 3 months I am still losing weight. I do exercise though but before I couldn’t lose a pound even though I exercised 2 hours a day. Now I do 30 min every 3 days. Hey, I drink a regular soda every now and then with Metformin without a problem and I eat icecream at least twice a week. With Metformin I don’t feel as restricted although I still watch my carbs and eat small meals its all portion control for me not really a “diet”.

      If you’re not sure try it and see how it goes. Follow your doctors advice. Smart doctor.

      Hope this helps.

  26. QUESTION:
    Cholesterol Lowering Meds { does eating right before bed cause high Cholesterol and Tryglyceride Levels? }?
    6 mos ago I had some blood work done to check my cholesterol and tryglyceride levels. I normally have this bloodwork done about twice a year just to keep a check on it. Normally my numbers are in good health range but this last test showed that my numbers are high and out of range. Total Cholesterol was 240 and Trys were 394 . My doctor immediately ask me to start taking a medicine called Lopid. I have heard bad things about cholesterol lowering medicines, so I bargained with doctor to go another route. I suggested I would get serious about my diet and exercise and eat more fruits and vegs. I also started taking fish oil and Omega 3′s. We retested recently and to my dissapointment my numbers were still high. Total cholesterol was actually even worse and Trys were still right below 400. The positive note is my blood sugar is perfect as where before I was pre- diabetic and my BP is better. I was able to lower my BP medicine dosage. Also lost a few pounds. Some people are telling me I better take the medicine and other people tell me I should never take the medicine because of side effects and can cause liver and kidney damage. I am somewhat health consious but I do have a bad habit of drinking a few beers at night then eating supper and immediately going to bed. I know this is not healthy but I just cant seem to get out of this bad habit. Would stopping this bad habit bring my numbers down or should I just take the drug? Or am I just doomed from genetics? Do I have enough safe time to not take the meds for 6 more mos and quit eating before bed and then test again.
    I weigh 250 lbs and I drink 1 1/2 to 2 gallons of water each day. I also have extra salt when I experience heavy perspiration from exercise,yardwork, or steamroom at gym. I have been a drinker for 25 yrs and cholesterol and trys levels have been good on up to last 6 mos. I have a healthy heart and good muscle mass. I am just discouraged that I have done most all the right things and my levels are still high!!! Just hoping to avoid medicines that I am hearing so many bad things about.

    • ANSWER:
      With your fish oil make sure you are taking the purest. If you take fish oil for omega-3 supplementation be sure and consume “pharmaceutical grade”. Omega-3 pharmaceutical grade fish oil is much more concentrated so you obtain much more benefits from a given dosage and toxins such as PCB’s, dioxin, mercury and oxidized lipids have been removed. Typical health food grade fish oils are not pharmaceutical grade. The only way to be sure is to ask to see third party laboratory anaylsis of the finished product. It should contain at least 60% long chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA + DHA), less than 45 ppb PCB’s and less than 1 ppt dioxin.

  27. QUESTION:
    On a diet but snacking a lot between meals- will this make me gain weight?
    I’m on a diet and one of the main adjustments I’ve made to my lifestyle since being on the diet is that I have lowered my portion sizes a lot, however, this means that in between meals I’m always very hungry and resort to snacking. When I get hungry, it isn’t really a ‘capable’ hungry, by blood sugar levels drop a lot, I get very weak and have little energy and I get a feeling where I just NEED food. Like the sort of feeling a heavy smoker would get if they haven’t had a cigarette all day, I get a craving like that for food. I’ve tried resisting this feeling of when I’m hungry just not having food and literally forcing myself not to eat but this made me feel very ill and miserable and it lasted about a week then I couldn’t take it any longer.

    It doesn’t necessarily have to be fatty, sugary foods that I eat between meals like chocolate, sweets and cakes, usually its a piece of fruit or a low fat cereal bar such as a special K bliss bar with only 88 calories (I try to limit cereal bars as much as possible though because I do understand that they still have calories in, even though it is a lot less than foods such as chocolate bars). A typical day for me would be…

    30g of special K with skimmed milk when i wake up
    A ‘snack’ (e.g. fruit, cereal bar etc) about 9.30ish
    another ‘snack’ about 11.30ish
    Dinner (this is only a sandwich two small slices of weightwatchers bread) about 12.30ish
    another ‘snack’ about 2ish
    another ‘snack’ about 3.30ish
    tea at about 5.30ish + a pudding such as some fresh fruit or a low calorie yogurt
    then another ‘snack’ later on that night

    Again I must stress that these snacks are healthy foods such as an apple or a bannana or like I said before a Special K bar, but as you can see I am snacking quite a bit between my meals. So, I know that this will obviously slow down the process in which I loose the weight, but will it have the opposite effect and actually make me gain weight or if I carry on going to the gym regularly and making sure I keep these snacks healthy, should I be okay and continue to loose my weight?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      yep, you’ll get bit fat by eating snacks as they cuntain suger

  28. QUESTION:
    Lowering My Cholesterol Naturally?
    I had routine blood work done when I went to get my physical in June, here are my results.

    Triglycerides: 105 (supposed to be less than 200)
    Blood Sugar: 87 (Supposed to be between 70-110)
    HDL (good cholesterol) 58 (supposed to be greater than 34)
    LDL( BAD cholesterol) 144 (supposed to be less than 130)

    Total Cholesterol 223 (supposed to be less than 200)

    That being said, I’m in over-all excellent health except my cholesterol, I just started a running regimen, and would like to know if running and good diet reduce my cholesterol by next June when I get retested. Any suggestions for diet are also welcome.

    Additional Information

    Blood pressure: Consistantly at 120/65

    I’m a 20 year old female. For exercise I just started running/walking until I can distance run, also do sit ups. Non-smoker, I don’t drink, and I don’t use drugs.
    No beer, I don’t drink. Sex, I already do it more than 3 times a week with my husband, and chocolate I don’t eat by choice because I don’t enjoy it :p sorry. I need to try the oatmeal I guess :)

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to lower your Cholesterol naturally just eat
      a bowl of cooked oatmeal, one bowl in the morning and
      one in the evening.
      Not the instant stuff that you make with boiling water.
      It really does work.
      I hope that this helps

  29. QUESTION:
    Gestational Diabetes…What can I eat?
    My fasting blood sugar at the dr’s office this morning was 100. The lab tech said that that wasn’t too high but when I saw the dr. he fussed at me bc it was too high. He said that I need to take it more serious or next week he will put me on insulin if it’s high. I cut out the sweets but yesterday I did have a homemade fruit smoothie w/ a little pineapple juice so I am sure that’s why it was so high. That was dumb of me for thinking I am eating healthy when I ruined it by eating so much fruit. I am scared to death of taking insulin. Is there anything more I can do to keep my blood sugars lowered? I only eat whole grains and no sweets w/ the exception of lastnight. I had it w/ my last pregnancy 5 years ago but I don’t remember it being this hard. Any diet plans or meals for the week? Thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:
      I had Gestational Diabetes with my 4th pregnancy and I am now diagnosed with Glucose Intolerance, a pre-diabetic condition. It is helpful to understand what counts as a carbohydrate and then plan to eat those food items in moderation along with lots of vegetables and healthy protein choices. Bread, grains, cereals, pasta, rice, fruit (and fruit juice), milk, yogurt, legumes (dried beans), starchy vegetables (corn, potato, green peas), as well as the more recognizable sweets and starchy snacks (chips, crackers) will convert to sugar in your digestive system thus increasing your blood glucose levels. It is helpful to try to eat a “mini meal” every 2-3 hours throughout the day to keep your blood glucose levels consistent. In many cases a fruit smoothie can be a very healthy choice, but for a person trying to control their blood glucose levels it is a recipe for problems. Most smoothies contain fruit, milk, yogurt – all things with carbohydrates. A better breakfast choice would be a slice of whole grain toast, look for bread that has a good amount of fiber such as 4-5 g or even more. Add a scrambled egg cooked with some veggies such as onion, peppers, and baby spinach leaves plus a 1/2 cup of milk to drink and you’ll have a filling meal without too many carbs. If your doctor has not suggested you see a dietician see if you can get a referral to one and see if your insurance will cover it. He/she will be able to work with your normal eating schedule and give you suggestions of food choices. If that is not an option for you than the best advice I can give you is to eat frequently throughout the day (every 2-3 hours) plus focus on planning your meals and snacks to contain some of each food group, including a carbohydrate choice and a protein choice. It is important to eat carbohydrates as that is what gives your body energy so don’t eliminate them, but make your carb choices really count by using whole grain products whenever possible. Read labels as sometimes we think we are getting whole grain, but if the fiber content is low (1-2 g) then it is not your best choice. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, insulin is still required. Don’t be afraid if it comes down to that as it will be necessary to keep you healthy and in turn keep your baby healthy. Especially since you’ve already had one pregnancy with Gestational Diabetes, it is normal for subsequent pregnancies to be more difficult to control with just diet alone. You are also at greater risk to develop Type 2 Diabetes later in life, which is where I am at right now, trying to fight off Type 2 as long as possible. One of my staple lunch/dinner menus is stir fry with brown rice. I choose my meat such as boneless, skinless chicken breast or turkey breast than add whatever veggies I can such as onion, broccoli, carrots, pea pods, and peppers. Than I sautee it with a bit of olive oil and some low sodium soy sauce or a little teriyaki sauce until cooked through than serve over brown rice. You can vary the meat and the veggie choices. It is helpful to eat menus that contain individual componenets such as tossed salad, grilled chicken breast, small baked potato, and steamed asparagus instead of a combination meal such as a chicken and asparagus casserole. When components are seperate it is easier to keep track of carb intake. It helped me to remember that the Gestational Diabetes will go away after the baby is born. It gave me a goal to look forward to when it became so hard to eat right and say “no” to some of my favorites.

  30. QUESTION:
    Seniors: What Is An Effective High Blood Pressure Medication That Keeps Blood Pressure Down?
    At this point I am thinking about going with an alternative high blood pressure medication from the health food store.

    I have been on Lisinopril for about 2 1/2 months, and it lowers my blood pressure down some but it does not CONTROL it. It also has given me a dry cough and cold hands and feet.

    My doctor had me on other blood pressure medications before Lisinopril but they did not work well with me. Definitely don’t want any beta blockers.

    I go for my walks, changed my diet to low sodium food, drink a lot of water, drink juice from the health food store, stopped smoking and still my bp is not under control. It’s much lower but it’s not under control

    I first found about my hbp in July of 2010. Had a stent put in both of my arteries above my kidneys in November, my heart is fine..no blockage there. My blood pressure is much lower but today I walked to the store and when I got back home it spiked to 201/90. Don’t have a clue why. I got it lowered but I am thoroughly frustrated with this.. 80% of the time it’s good then it will spike.

    Questions: 1. Can you have a stent TAKEN OUT of your body because I don’t think it’s working for me.
    2. I know we all have different body types but is there a blood pressure medication that is really good at lowering the blood pressure and keeping it low?
    3.Since I stopped smoking I have a desire to eat something sweet after I eat. I am not a diabetic(was tested for that) but could the sugar in the candy I eat affect my blood pressure readings? I love sherbet and gum drops

    I see my doctor on the 23rd of this month and I am going to have him take me off the Lisinopril and put me on something else, but I want to give him a name.
    I said I was THINKING about going the alternative route…I would never stop my meds before talking with my doctor first and getting his advice. DaisyMay, I DO NOT have high blood pressure due to the reasons you listed but I’m pretty certain I have high blood pressure because of something else going on in my body.

    All the women in my family have always worried A LOT and thought the worse, usually over nothing. Of course, I’m the same way, so my blood pressure MIGHT be because of that.

    I will talk to the doctor about that on the 23rd.

    No one answered my question about having a stent taken OUT of the body.

    To the person who commented about “people on here are not doctors”…I know they are not doctors but some people have had the same experience as others and can give some helpful insight.

    If you don’t have an answer to my questions please skip over it. I do not need anyone to tell me “no one on here is a doctor”. Get a grip people.
    I forgot to add I also take multi vitamin/mineral pills, vitamin D and garlic pills every day. My doctor knows this and says it’s ok.

    • ANSWER:
      Before I stroked I had been on many different medications for hbp, afterwards they found that Norvasc worked for me. You may have to try several before your body reacts to one. All the other things help keep it down-especially sodium-for me it is kryptonite. My mother recently had her stent taken out. She is diabetic and also has HBP. She said it was interfering with urination- she has to work harder on monitoring her sugar and sodium but has not found any difficulties since it’s removal.

  31. QUESTION:
    Will losing weight help me get off blood pressure medicine or will i be on it as long as i overload on salt?
    I am addicted to salt. I can’t help it. EVERYTHING (other than fruits and veggies), have SALT OR SUGAR! I am not much on sweets because it gives me a belly ache. Salt gets my taste buds jumpin’ and i love pickles, olives, jalepenos, cocktail onions and all of the other pickled stuff. I have heard that apple cider vinegar lowers blood pressure so i have been eating a lot of cucumbers in vinegar with LIGHT salt and pepper. I don’t know how to cut out salt without cutting EVERYTHING (but fruits and veggies) out of my diet. Please help me. I am on blood pressure meds now Hydroclorothiazide 25mg. I have lost 52 pounds. Is there a chance i can get off of them if i lose more weight (i am 7 pounds overweight for my height), or will i always have high blood pressure as long as i eat a lot of sodium? Thanks :/

    • ANSWER:
      Losing weight, on its own, should help your blood pressure, but eating a high amount of salt still poses a serious risk to your blood pressure (among other things). If you can, I recommend checking your blood pressure regularly to see if it drop with weight loss, but I also recommend seeing a nutritionist for advice on cutting down your salt intake. I truly feel for you, as I also have a strong love/hate relationship with salt (I know it’s bad for me, but I still crave it).
      Also, try a simple Google search on foods or supplements that lower blood pressure or replace sodium… the results may be more helpful than those of a nutritionist.
      Good luck!

  32. QUESTION:
    Married to diabetic with low sex drive…will it ever get better?
    HELP!! I recently married a 39yr old diabetic and is taking insulin shots. He discovered he had diabetes 4 yrs ago. We have been trying to conceive but only have intercourse 2 or 3 times a month.

    I knew his sex drive was low before we go married and truthfully contemplated not marrying him for the vary reason. I don’t know whether i can stay in this marriage if our sex life barely exist.

    His sex drive has been almost nonexistent and is starting to impact our marriage. I’m very active and need more from him. Is it true that diabetics could have low sex drive and this will not change?

    He is really good about sticking to his diet regimen, blood sugar 110 -130 and exercises regularly. His doctor has lowered his med dosage. But the sex is still status quo. I love him but am at the stage where I really want kids. At this rate, it does not look very promising. Will it ever get better?

    • ANSWER:
      i am a diabetic for over 26 years but i am a female. i know that my blood sugar levels has a lot of control on how much my sex drive works. if i am running high sugar i do not have a sex drive at all but as long as i keep check on it i seem to do OK.

      my father got diabetes when he was 17 and he is 63 NOW. i know that he was impotent at the age of 45 but he went ti many doctors and tried a lot of different pills and even shots that he would have in inject into his penis. all of those things worked for a short amount of time.you need to get your husband to go to a urologist and talk about options they can try with him. my dad had a penis pump put in a few years ago and he and my mother said that was the best thing they ever tried. if you are trying to get pregnant i would say go and talk to your doctor. id i were you i would start a chart to know when you are most fertile and save those sexually encounters for those days.

      best of luck to you and your husband. i know it is hard dealing with the side effects of diabetes but sex is not the most important thing. i have gone through a double organ transplant and a leg amputation and mu husband still loves me and has stuck by my side all the way. so be loving and patient and pray about it.3

  33. QUESTION:
    Lowering my cholesterol Naturally?
    I asked this yesterday but got very few answers, that pretty much weren’t helpful. I don’t want extra information basically just the best way to lower my cholesterol naturally.

    I had routine blood work done when I went to get my physical in June, here are my results.

    Triglycerides: 105 (supposed to be less than 200)
    Blood Sugar: 87 (Supposed to be between 70-110)
    HDL (good cholesterol) 58 (supposed to be greater than 34)
    LDL( BAD cholesterol) 144 (supposed to be less than 130)

    Total Cholesterol 223 (supposed to be less than 200)

    That being said, I’m in over-all excellent health except my cholesterol, I just started a running regimen, and would like to know if running and good diet reduce my cholesterol by next June when I get retested. Any suggestions for diet are also welcome.

    Additional Health information: I’m a non smoker, I don’t have hypertension, I’m not diabetic, I don’t take any medications except birth control. 20 year old female.

    • ANSWER:
      I had similar blood test results. The nurse at the Dr.’s office said to eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast. It sounded funny but she said it would work. I did it and within 3 months I was back down and now eat a bowl of oatmeal every morning for breakfast, It worked !!!

  34. QUESTION:
    Lowering my Cholesterol.?
    I had routine blood work done when I went to get my physical in June, here are my results.

    Triglycerides: 105 (supposed to be less than 200)
    Blood Sugar: 87 (Supposed to be between 70-110)
    HDL (good cholesterol) 58 (supposed to be greater than 34)
    LDL( BAD cholesterol) 144 (supposed to be less than 130)

    Total Cholesterol 223 (supposed to be less than 200)

    That being said, I’m in over-all excellent health except my cholesterol, I just started a running regimen, and would like to know if running and good diet reduce my cholesterol by next June when I get retested. Any suggestions for diet are also welcome.
    I don’t have hypertension, or heart disease, also I am not diabetic, I take no medications except birth control. I’m about 30 pounds overweight with a height of 5 foot 2 inches tall. :(
    Also I’m a nonsmoker, I’m 20 years old, and I don’t drink alcohol.

    • ANSWER:
      Your lab results are impressive, and you may be in better condition medically than you thought. I am a military veteran, and my total blood and urine are tested twice a year. I also choose to have some ingredients in my blood measured at a private lab that the VA does not measure. My VA physician praises me for my efforts to lower my Cholesterol when so many Vets are diabetic and highly overweight. I am told each time my blood is analyzed that Total Cholesterol is less important than LDL, HDL, Triglycerides. I do take Zocor statin drug which reduces my Total Cholesterol to 145 mg/dL. You are in good shape!

      Harrald

  35. QUESTION:
    Omnivores and veg*ns, do you think everyone should take vitamins?
    I personally think that everybody should take vitamins, regardless of his/her diet. I have been taking a multivitamin since I was 10, way before I turned vegan. Vitamins in high enough doses can help treat and prevent illness. Vitamin C is an anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, good for depression, and regulates blood sugar. Vitamin E is good to put on burns, lowers blood pressure, prevents blood clots, etc. The list of amazing things different vitamins can do is endless. What do you think? I am open to both sides.

    • ANSWER:
      No-one should need to take vitamins if they eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. I was vegetarian for over twenty years and now vegan and i have always got my vitamins naturally from fresh veggies.

  36. QUESTION:
    Are You Aware That Long Duration “Cardio” And Low Fat Diets Set You Up For Coronary Heart Disease?
    Long duration excercise and low fat diets actually set you up for this disease

    SPRITNING FOR 70 METERS WEIGHTLIFTING and moderate to rich diet in saturated fat and omega 3′s are the way to help prevent this disease along with strict monitoring of fasting blood sugar levels and severe stress lowering

    Are you aware of this????

    • ANSWER:
      Look up DR AL SEARS for the excercise

      LOOK UP ANTHONY COLPO DR UFFE RAVNSKOV DR MALCOM KENDIRCK AND DR KILMER MCCULLY FOR THE ANTI CHOLESTEROL FRAUD

      http://www.ravnskov.nu/cholesterol.htm

      http://www.thegreatcholesterolcon.com

      http://www.lowcarbmuscle.com/forums/showthread.php?t=162 – PARTICULARLY important

      http://www.THINCS.org

  37. QUESTION:
    I am insulin resistance – a side effect of PCOS – anyone have any good recomendations for suitible diet?
    Definition
    Insulin resistance is not a disease as such but rather a state or condition in which a person’s body tissues have a lowered level of response to insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas that helps to regulate the level of glucose (sugar) in the body. As a result, the person’s body produces larger quantities of insulin to maintain normal levels of glucose in the blood. There is considerable individual variation in sensitivity to insulin within the general population, with the most insulin-sensitive persons being as much as six times as sensitive to the hormone as those identified as most resistant. Some doctors use an arbitrary number, defining insulin resistance as a need for 200 or more units of insulin per day to control blood sugar levels. Various researchers have estimated that 3-16 percent of the general population in the United States and Canada is insulin-resistant; another figure that is sometimes given is 70-80 million Americans.
    Insulin resistance can be thought of as a set of metabolic dysfunctions associated with or contributing to a range of serious health problems. These disorders include type 2 diabetes (formerly called adult-onset or non-insulin-dependent diabetes), the metabolic syndrome (formerly known as syndrome X), obesity, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Some doctors prefer the term “insulin resistance syndrome” to “metabolic syndrome.”
    Description
    To understand insulin resistance, it may be helpful for the reader to have a brief account of the way insulin works in the body. After a person eats a meal, digestive juices in the small intestine break down starch or complex sugars in the food into glucose, a simple sugar. The glucose then passes into the bloodstream. When the concentration of glucose in the blood reaches a certain point, the pancreas is stimulated to release insulin into the blood. As the insulin reaches cells in muscle and fatty (adipose) tissues, it attaches itself to molecules called insulin receptors on the surface of the cells. The activation of the insulin receptors sets in motion a series of complex biochemical signals within the cells that allow the cells to take in the glucose and convert it to energy. If the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin or the insulin receptors do not function properly, the cells cannot take in the glucose and the level of glucose in the blood remains high.
    The insulin may fail to bind to the insulin receptors for any of several reasons. Some persons inherit a gene mutation that leads to the production of a defective form of insulin that cannot bind normally to the insulin receptor. Others may have one of two types of abnormalities in the insulin receptors themselves. In type A, the insulin receptor is missing from the cell surface or does not function properly. In type B, the person’s immune system produces autoantibodies to the insulin receptor.
    In the early stages of insulin resistance, the pancreas steps up its production of insulin in order to control the increased levels of glucose in the blood. As a result, it is not unusual for patients to have high blood sugar levels and high blood insulin levels (a condition known as hyperinsulinemia) at the same time. If insulin resistance is not detected and treated, however, the islets of Langerhans (the insulin-secreting groups of cells) in the pancreas may eventually shut down and decrease in number.

    • ANSWER:
      The information offered by Crayon Girl is good. The foods that she’s telling you to avoid are high glycaemic index (GI) foods.

      Ideally you should be aiming to eat smaller meals, of low glycaemic index foods, but more frequently. So, instead of having 3 main meals in a day, you could try breaking this down to 6 smaller meals a day, with a few hours between them. This lessons the chances of you having a ‘sugar spike’ where your blood sugar level rises rapidly, causing your pancreas to release more insulin in an attempt to deal with it.

      Take a look at the following sites for more information on the Glycaemic Index [Glycemic Index, if you're American].

      The first site gives a list of the top 50 foods (though I don’t know who chose that 50) with their respective glycaemic index values.

      Edit:

      The lower the glycaemic index value, the less likely you are to produce more insulin in dealing with it.

  38. QUESTION:
    Could i have a thyroid problem?
    I’ve had high blood sugar since i got out of the hospital two weeks ago for a kidney infection. My numbers started in the low-mid 200′s and once they started me on amoxicillin (875 mg dosage) and i changed my diet the numbers lowered dramatically to this 150′s and lower. I had several tests done and such as m A1c (6.5% and 6.2%), my c-peptide (1.6%), my GAD antibody (.712), and my oral blood glucose (110, 236, 279, 106). We saw two different endocronlogists and they both looked at my results and wanted to put me on insulin immediately. Since my body is still efficently producing insulin im on a very low dosage of insulin. I take 2 untis of levemir at night and thats it. They tried me on Novalog 2 units in the morning but it made my blood suagr crash to 65 so they took me off of that. Now i saw a nutritionist today and she was looking over all of my results as well and started to question them. My results showed that i was anemic and that my thyroid count was off, both of these things were never mentioned to me by my endocronologists. Then she took my blood pressure which showed my pulse to be normal but my pressure was low at 95/60. She then asked if we had a history of thyroid problems and it turns out every woman on my moms side has a thyroid disease. I just got off the amoxocillin yesterday so my doctor is reccomending we wait a week and then do a whole new set of tests to look for thyroid, blood glucose, and anemia. She said that if i have a thyroid disease that it could be the cause of all of this, is she right? My symptoms are: very tired, cold alot, brittle fingernails and hair, low blood pressure, and a little high blood sugar. I’ve also recentely lost 6 pounds unexplainably. Is this a type of thyroid disease? Or does it sound more like diabetes?

    Any advice would be great, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your doctor, people are not qualified on yahoo answers to be giving you a diagnosis

  39. QUESTION:
    Is what I’m doing healthy or harmful?
    Hi everyone, I have a question about my health that I’d like an answer to.

    I’m 16 years old, 5’6″, and weight 160 Lbs. I’ve been trying to get rid of my body fat by doing 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercises every day along with ab exercises and arm exercises which are changed every other day (abs one day arms the next), these are done for a total of 1 hour a day. While cutting back on my calorie intake, i’ve lowered it to 1,500 calories a day, eating 500 calories per meal. But recently I’ve run into a problem, today I was at work and apparently my blood sugar dropped and I felt really bad nausia. I want to know if what I’m doing with my diet is what’s causing my blood sugar to drop so drastically. Can someone tell me if I’m not eating enough?

    Thank you,

    ~John P~

    • ANSWER:
      what you are doing to loose weight is exactly what you need to do! burn more calories than you take in, which is what you are doing.
      however if your body has been used to unhealthy habits then this shock of a diet and exercise regime may have caused it to feel a little unsteady.

      something similar to when you stand up to fast and you feel lightheaded and dizzy.
      dont stop what you are doing unless the nausea persists, then i suggest seeing your doctor as they may have a more credible answer.

      hope it gets better!

  40. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give a diabetic some moral support for Thanksgiving?
    I am Type II diabetic and plus-sized. I have been working hard to manage my diet and have lost a little, but more importantly, my blood sugar is now at a normal level and my doctor has lowered the dosage of my oral meds. I feel this is something to celebrate and I intend to do my best to stick to regular healthy meals.

    My husband’s family is having Thanksgiving this year and they are never on a schedule. Usually dinner is very late and it’s considered rude to ask when dinner will be served, or to need a snack if dinner will be late. It’s rude to eat in front of others who aren’t eating if you don’t have enough to share. In previous years, I have even been considered rude when I wasn’t cheerful because my sugar crashed when dinner wasn’t served till 8:00pm!

    They are all healthy people and have nothing wrong with them, so they don’t understand how a diabetic’s diet works. They still think that a fat person should eat less because they obviously got fat from eating too much. They feel that it won’t hurt me to skip a meal once in a while because I’m overweight.

    My problem is that I know that there will be an issue tomorrow if I bring my own snacks or try to find somewhere out of the way to eat them. Any ideas for how to handle this?
    DeeDee, congratulations to your husband for making some great progress, and to you because I’m sure he had your help and support.

    Tin, you’re not getting it. We have usually had Thanksgiving at our house and hosted the family. This year my sister-in-law offered and since I have a new job, I took her up on it. My husband is a great guy and I have his support. However, there are 11 other people in his family who don’t get it either. Best wishes to you.

    • ANSWER:
      Can you excuse yourself to bathroom or say you’re going for a little walk? You can bring your munchies with you and eat them out of sight of the other guests.

      If I were hosting a party with diabetics in attendance, I would make sure healthy snacks were available for them. You are sick and they should be more understanding.

  41. QUESTION:
    Bradycardia + calf pain. Potential causes?
    A 40yr old male friend (otherwise healthy) is in the hospital under observation right now, scheduled for more tests tomorrow, but he and I are looking for a few advance ideas of what might be going on. Always good to know a bit more before talking to the doctors…

    First symptom this morning was a sharp transitory right-calf pain, very localized. The sharp pain lasted only a second or so, then recurred repeatedly every few minutes. It was unusual enough to cause him to do a web search — this can be associated with blood clots.

    A few minutes later, he passed out. He felt himself blacking out and lowered himself to the floor, and thinks he was out for about a minute. This inspired him to go in to the hospital for tests.

    They gave him a pretty sizeable battery of tests. Cardiac enzymes (perfect), blood sugar (98% – normal), general labs (all normal), EKG (*), etc.

    They hooked him up to some machines, including the EKG, for several hours. Everything was normal for several hours. Pulse between 60 & 70bpm. They were about to send him home when his pulse suddenly dropped to 40 for 20 seconds. During those 20 seconds, he felt his left side go cold. He had IV fluid going into that arm, and he described it as thought he could feel the IV fluid entering and passing through his body. The coldness went from his left arm, then passed through his body down to his left leg. Several alarms sounded on the monitoring machine. They called the episode a bradycardia.

    Prior to that episode, they were about to send him home, but with that episode recorded, they kept him admitted and he’s schedule to see a cardiologist tomorrow. Now we’re looking for advanced explanations, etc.

    We’ve read through several of the usual web sites (Wikipedia, WebMD) about bradycaridas. The list of causes of this general category of symptom is huge. Wondering if anyone with more medical knowledge than us has insight about causes that might connect the calf pain and bradycardia together. Or other insight.

    Other background: No recent surgeries, some sleep deprevation the previous night (up about 6 hours later than usual), pretty bad diet the past previous days, 40 yrs old, historically pretty athletic, but a bit soft the past few years. Had a history (absent for about 15-20 years) of a vegal response (drop in blood pressure when one should be getting adreneline). He had a somewhat similar reaction 22 years ago when he fractured a wrist, due to this.

    Thanks for time. Just looking for some advanced insight before he talks with the cardiologist tomorrow.

    • ANSWER:
      For once, I see a coherent account of events. That makes the answerer’s job that much easier. Do not blame me if my answer is as long as your question.

      Firstly, calf pain+fainting+bradycardia may be parts of the same problem. Or the calf pain may be independent of the other events. But one thing is apparent. Your friend has an unstable vagal response or Vasovagal syndrome. Here’s how it works:

      The vagus nerve is a part of the “autonomic” nervous system, which controls involuntary bodily actions like breathing and heart rate — all the automatic actions that have to take place without our being aware of them

      Stress on the vagus nerve, and the results are that:
      * the heart pumps more slowly,
      * blood vessels in the legs expand,(this is the reason why I said all could part of the same problem–calf symptoms may be prodromal, before vasovagal syncope)
      * less blood and the oxygen it carries go to the brain – fainting

      When vasovagal syncope is suspected, a tilt table evaluation is often performed. Heart rate and blood pressure are monitored while the person being tested is strapped to a mechanized table that is placed into an upright position for 20 to 30 minutes.(test efficiency 75%)

      Here is a more detailed list of potential triggers that may lead to vasovagal fainting:
      * Urinating or having a bowel movement, especially if a significant amount of strain is involved
      * Coughing strenuously
      * Fear of medical procedures—-> note this
      * Severe pain—–> another
      * Heat exposure or dehydration

      Now the Bradycardia—->

      Parasympathetic innervation of the heart is mediated by the vagus nerve. Specifically, the vagus nerve acts to lower the heart rate. The right vagus innervates the sinoatrial node. Parasympathetic hyperstimulation predisposes those affected to bradycardia. The left vagus when hyperstimulated predisposes the heart to atrioventricular (AV) blocks.(again, if the AV block progresses to complete elctrical block it can cause bradycardia, typically at 40 bpm.)

      In rare cases, it can signal a heart condition such as irregular heartbeat, a structural problem in the heart, cardiac inflammation or a valve malfunction.

      Treatment for the vasovagal syndrome varies by patient and doctor because there is no settled agreement on what constitutes optimal therapy for this condition. Preventive measures include increasing fluid and salt intake to boost blood pressure, and the prescription of any of a variety of medications.

      The calf problem may still be unrelated vagus. But all the rest are part of the same vasovagal instability.

  42. QUESTION:
    soo i have a question about salt?
    so this may be a stupid question but does salt make you gain weight?
    i know its bad for you in other ways…
    Ive gone on a diet and Ive cut out or lowered my intake of everything bad but salt…(sugar, certain fats,etc.).
    its really the only thing i can use to add flavor to my food since ive cut out so much stuff .
    so is this ruining my diet without even knowing it? I’ve looked it up and all i saw was about blood pressure
    also how else does it negatively effect you besides blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, if you eat it straight out of the container with a spoon, you can eat too much and die. But other than that, don’t worry about it. They used to say that salt was very bad for you, but now they don’t say that. They don’t even say that it gives you high blood pressure, though it’s still recommended that people who have high blood pressure cut back on it, I think.

      The only thing salt might do is make you retain water, but that’s not really a weight gain. If you want to see what you’d weigh if you didn’t eat salt, cut it out of your diet for a couple to days and see what the difference is in your weight. Then just keep in mind that you weigh 2 or 5 pounds or whatever less than the scale says.

  43. QUESTION:
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan ?
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan
    by Shahid Athar, M.D.

    Most Muslims do not fast because of medical benefits but because it has been ordained to them in the Quran. The medical benefits of fasting are as a result of fasting. Fasting in general has been used in medicine for medical reasons including weight management, for rest of the digestive tract and for lowering lipids. There are many adverse effects of total fasting as well as so-called crash diets. Islamic fasting is different from such diet plans because in Ramadan fasting, there is no malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake. The caloric intake of Muslims during Ramadan is at or slightly below the national requirement guidelines. In addition, the fasting in Ramadan is voluntarily taken and is not a prescribed imposition from the physician.

    Ramadan is a month of self-regulation and self-training, with the hope that this training will last beyond the end of Ramadan. If the lessons learned during Ramadan, whether in terms of dietary intake or righteousness, are carried on after Ramadan, it is beneficial for one’s entire life. Moreover, the type of food taken during Ramadan does not have any selective criteria of crash diets such as those which are protein only or fruit only type diets. Everything that is permissible is taken in moderate quantities.

    The only difference between Ramadan and total fasting is the timing of the food; during Ramadan, we basically miss lunch and take an early breakfast and do not eat until dusk. Abstinence from water during this period is not bad at all and in fact, it causes concentration of all fluids within the body, producing slight dehydration. The body has its own water conservation mechanism; in fact, it has been shown that slight dehydration and water conservation, at least in plant life, improve their longevity.

    The physiological effect of fasting includes lower of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the systolic blood pressure. In fact, Ramadan fasting would be an ideal recommendation for treatment of mild to moderate, stable, non-insulin diabetes, obesity and essential hypertension. In 1994 the first International Congress on “Health and Ramadan”, held in Casablanca, entered 50 research papers from all over the world, from Muslim and non-Muslim researchers who have done extensive studies on the medical ethics of fasting. While improvement in many medical conditions was noted; however, in no way did fasting worsen any patients’ health or baseline medical condition. On the other hand, patients who are suffering from severe diseases, whether diabetes or coronary artery disease, kidney stones, etc., are exempt from fasting and should not try to fast.

    There are psychological effects of fasting as well. There is a peace and tranquility for those who fast during the month of Ramadan. Personal hostility is at a minimum, and the crime rate decreases. Muslims take advice from the Prophet who said, “If one slanders you or aggresses against you, say I am fasting.’” This psychological improvement could be related to better stabilization of blood glucose during fasting as hypoglycemia after eating, aggravates behavior changes.

    There is a beneficial effect of extra prayer at night. This not only helps with better utilization of food but also helps in output. There are 10 extra calories output for each rikat of the prayer. Again, we do not do prayers for exercise, but a mild movement of the joints with extra calorie utilization is a better form of exercise. Similarly, recitation of the Quran not only produces a tranquility of heart and mind, but improves the memory. Therefore, I encourage my Muslim patients to fast in the month of Ramadan, but they must do it under medical supervision. Healthy adult Muslims should not fear becoming weak by fasting, but instead it should improve their health and stamina.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not Muslim but I do follow your writings and thank you for posting here. You are very informative. Some might grumble about your posts because it’d be a stretch to call them questions but I do believe (and hope) most would agree that it’s all ok.

      Best wishes to you.

  44. QUESTION:
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan ?
    Medical Benefits of Ramadan
    by Shahid Athar, M.D.

    Most Muslims do not fast because of medical benefits but because it has been ordained to them in the Quran. The medical benefits of fasting are as a result of fasting. Fasting in general has been used in medicine for medical reasons including weight management, for rest of the digestive tract and for lowering lipids. There are many adverse effects of total fasting as well as so-called crash diets. Islamic fasting is different from such diet plans because in Ramadan fasting, there is no malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake. The caloric intake of Muslims during Ramadan is at or slightly below the national requirement guidelines. In addition, the fasting in Ramadan is voluntarily taken and is not a prescribed imposition from the physician.

    Ramadan is a month of self-regulation and self-training, with the hope that this training will last beyond the end of Ramadan. If the lessons learned during Ramadan, whether in terms of dietary intake or righteousness, are carried on after Ramadan, it is beneficial for one’s entire life. Moreover, the type of food taken during Ramadan does not have any selective criteria of crash diets such as those which are protein only or fruit only type diets. Everything that is permissible is taken in moderate quantities.

    The only difference between Ramadan and total fasting is the timing of the food; during Ramadan, we basically miss lunch and take an early breakfast and do not eat until dusk. Abstinence from water during this period is not bad at all and in fact, it causes concentration of all fluids within the body, producing slight dehydration. The body has its own water conservation mechanism; in fact, it has been shown that slight dehydration and water conservation, at least in plant life, improve their longevity.

    The physiological effect of fasting includes lower of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the systolic blood pressure. In fact, Ramadan fasting would be an ideal recommendation for treatment of mild to moderate, stable, non-insulin diabetes, obesity and essential hypertension. In 1994 the first International Congress on “Health and Ramadan”, held in Casablanca, entered 50 research papers from all over the world, from Muslim and non-Muslim researchers who have done extensive studies on the medical ethics of fasting. While improvement in many medical conditions was noted; however, in no way did fasting worsen any patients’ health or baseline medical condition. On the other hand, patients who are suffering from severe diseases, whether diabetes or coronary artery disease, kidney stones, etc., are exempt from fasting and should not try to fast.

    There are psychological effects of fasting as well. There is a peace and tranquility for those who fast during the month of Ramadan. Personal hostility is at a minimum, and the crime rate decreases. Muslims take advice from the Prophet who said, “If one slanders you or aggresses against you, say I am fasting.’” This psychological improvement could be related to better stabilization of blood glucose during fasting as hypoglycemia after eating, aggravates behavior changes.

    There is a beneficial effect of extra prayer at night. This not only helps with better utilization of food but also helps in output. There are 10 extra calories output for each rikat of the prayer. Again, we do not do prayers for exercise, but a mild movement of the joints with extra calorie utilization is a better form of exercise. Similarly, recitation of the Quran not only produces a tranquility of heart and mind, but improves the memory. Therefore, I encourage my Muslim patients to fast in the month of Ramadan, but they must do it under medical supervision. Healthy adult Muslims should not fear becoming weak by fasting, but instead it should improve their health and stamina.

    • ANSWER:
      Studies conducted on Ramadan-type fasting (RTF) have shown that fasting affects human biochemistry. Such fasting results in an increase in serum lipids and uric acid, though the latter has no adverse health effects. Long term effects, such as an increase in HDL cholesterol and a decrease in LDL cholesterol, have been observed with Ramadan fasting.

      A decrease in blood glucose, actate and pyruvate, has also been observed, possibly indicating alterations in metabolic activities. Basal metabolism also slows down, and fat is used more efficiently during such fasting. During fasting, the liver responds with adaptive changes in metabolic activities. The increased activities of enzymes involved in the degradation as well as the production of glucose suggest that RTF enhances nutrition and energy metabolism. There is no conclusive evidence whether the weight of an individual is affected positively or negatively by Ramadan style fasting.


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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)