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Tips for mainting safe blood sugar levels?

From: sjohnson - 7 years 19 weeks ago
Does anyone have any tips for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels? What has worked for you?
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Its all about monitoring. It amazes me how many people get lazy about monitoring. just do it. I am also looking into a pump. would love to hear what people think of it. Seems more convenient but I have worries about it interfering with everyday activities

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Eating the proper food, stay away from bread, it turns to sugar, just like candy. also do not eat late at night. Diet and exercise, if overweight will help you alot. my sister has this, it runs in our family. I had when I was pregnant with children. Read everything you can get your hands on as not to become a diabetic. you still have a chance......

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The people I have seen with pumps - primarily teenagers - love it. It doesn't seem to interfere with their lives at all - rather, it has freed them. However, I would ask your physician for names of people you can speak with who already have a pump.

Karen

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I am new to this and think I posted my response to you in the wrong place... it should be in this area.

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Hi I'm Susan, I have had type 2 diabetes now for 4 years. I had it well before that, but had a bad doctor. She would only tell me that I was fat and sent me post cards that said, “all was well.” Well, all was not well. Anyways I got a new doctor after I came out of the hospital for something else that I had and that was when I found out I had diabetes. I now have great control over everything I do. I am not going to tell you it was easy for me,but I have learnt a LOT and now it is very easy for me, and fun. I lost about 20 lbs. and I’m still working on about 15 lbs. more. I do not take any meds and have had my A1C’s come back 3 times in a row at 5.7, so I don’t check my blood all the time now. Let me help you with a few things that are now my bible to health. One thing you need carbs so you do need to eat bread, just not white bread or the bag of it. Please read on and you will see what I mean.
1. If you eat you MUST MOVE after. Take a walk even if it is around the house, do leg lifts as you lay on the couch with the TV on JUST MOVE. It will use up the carbs and help control everything. I fold my towels and things one at a time and walk and put them away one at a time it adds walking, park way from the store and walk, walk, walk. (sounds nuts, but it helps)
2. This is a must and you might think it isn’t important, BUT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT. Buy those picnic plates (the ones with the 3 portions on them ( 1 big portion and 2 smaller ones) In the big portion area you put…Vegetable Group: five servings each day. Choose a variety of vegetables of different colors, including dark green, yellow, orange, and red. One serving of vegetables: one-half cup vegetable juice, one-half cup cut vegetables, or one cup of raw leafy vegetables (such as spinach or salad) (one-half cup look at it as a 1/2 of baseball, one cup would be your fist) low carb group of vegetables.
In the other 2 smaller one you put…Grain Group: six ounce-equivalents or servings each day. Choose at least three that are whole grain. One-ounce equivalent or serving of grains: one-half cup cooked pasta, rice, or cereal; one bread slice; or one cup dry cereal (one-half cup look at it as a 1/2 of baseball, one cup would be your fist, one slice of bread is a cassette tape and cornbread would be a bar of soap, pancake a CD) or potatoes, peas, and corn.
and Meats and Beans Group: Two or three servings each day. Lean meats, chicken, 1 egg, nuts, dried beans and peas, and fish. One ounce equivalent of meat or beans: one-half cup cooked beans (half of baseball); two tablespoon peanut butter or other nut butter (1 ping pong ball); one egg; or 3 ounces cooked meat, and chicken. 2 oz. fish (meat look at it as a deck of cards, fish as a check book) I do not eat red meat in the week only on the weekends(Friday, Sat. and Sun)
3. I eat every 3 to 4 hours and this is were I use some of the Fruit Group: 2 cups total for four servings each day. Choose a variety of fruits of different colors. One serving of fruit: one-half cup fruit juice, one piece of medium-sized fruit (like an orange, apple, or banana), one-half cup cut fruit, or one-quarter cup dried fruit (one-half cup look at it as a 1/2 of baseball, 1/4 cup for something like raisins would be the size of an egg, one cup would be your fist) and Milk Group: 3 cups each day. Yogurt, milk, soy milk and cheese (low-fat or fat-free versions are best). One cup equivalent of milk: one cup yogurt or milk, 1½ ounces low-fat or fat-free natural cheese, or two ounces processed or packed cheese 1 1/2 oz looks like a stack of 4 dice or 2 slices 1/2 cup a half of baseball, 1 cup a full baseball) I use soy milk *
4. Do not eat white foods... like bread, potatoes, and rice. Yams, sweet potatoes, and brown rice are better for you.
5. Shop on the outside aisle of your food store that is where all the good food is. All of the processed bad foods are. Just go up to get the few things you really need, like soap, coffee, and tea. AND READ YOU LABELS I do not eat more then 38 carbs in a meal, but check with your doctor on that. I hope this helps you, it has helped me out a lot I even can eat dark M&M’s a liltte at a time now. LOL

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The best thing we've done to understand how to control our son's blood sugar levels is to keep a very detailed diary of what he eats, what amount of insulin we give him and what his blood sugar levels are throughout the day. It's also helpful to keep notes on the types of activities you do during the day.

Basically it is the combination of these factors that help to control your levels. Understanding how your body responds to different food types as well as exercise patterns will help you learn how much insulin (and when) you should be taking.

So far things are looking good for us. Our last A1C test was 6.2.

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hi sue,

thank u so much , u made nice gudie for me . god bless u,

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This has worked for me. Test before and after each meal. Stop eating foods that spike your sugar. Here is my story. Hope it helps.

I was Diagnosed Type 2 on 26 Feb. 2009. My fasting blood sugar was 366, A1C was 14.1, cholesterol was 300. Blood Pressure 145/95. The doctors put me on 500mg Metformin twice a day, 10mg Lisinopril, 40mg Simvastatin and 81mg Aspirin once a day.

On March 1st I purchased a meter and started testing before and two hours after each meal.

I stopped eating sugar, using salt, drinking coffee, beer and wine right away. I started eating salads, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, pickles, sauerkraut and homemade coleslaw. Lots of coleslaw. I also started to drink at least 8 cups of water per day.

Over the next several weeks I stopped eating bread, crackers, noodles and anything that contained any kind of grains. No flour at all. I check the labels on everything I buy and will not purchase any product with more than 5 or 6 net carbs per serving with the exception of chana dal. I started to use fenugreek and flax seed on my TVP oatmeal and chana dal. I drink a low carb protien shake for breakfast in the morning and eat the TVP oatmeal at lunch. I bought like 25 pounds of it and have recently been making what I call TVP carrot, chocolate and more recently pumpkin cakes. I have a small piece at lunch almost every day instead of the TVP oatmeal. I eat about 1 oz of tuna fish every day. I have started eating peanuts, sunflower seeds and almonds for snacks between meals.

I also eat chicken quite often and eat a little beef at least once a week and occasionally will eat a little pork. When eating out I find myself eating chicken and beef a lot. Chicken wings I seem to eat most of the time when we want something fast. They also come with celery and blue cheese.

My morning blood sugar has slowly dropped from the 200-300 range, to an average of about 80. Several months ago I started testing on the peaks (1hour after eating) and most of the time it’s under 100. My 7-14-30 day averages bounce around a lot but most of the time there between 90 & 95. My lowest 7-14 day average was 88. My 7-day average has only gone over 100 only once in the last several months. My numbers are constantly changing. Like a roller coaster. They dip down and then go up and down.

Several months ago I started taking the Equate Fiber Therapy supplement. I bought it at Wal-Mart. Also taking 4000 IU’s of vitamin D, 2000 MG’s of fish oil concentrate and one multi vitamin tablet for adults over 50.

After about seven weeks of taking the meds I couldn’t tolerate the side effects any more and quit taking them. My blood sugar continued to drop week after week, my blood pressure has averaged around 110/70 and my cholesterol has remained below 200 since I stopped taking the meds. My A1C dropped to 5.9 in four months and seven months after being diagnosed it was 5.6.

Kevin

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Did you find it hard sticking to a diet. I find I get bored and I eat alot more or I get so tired and I just don't care have you ever had these feeling with your diabetes

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A nutritious diet, rich in fibrous food and low in fat, avoiding excessive weight gains, regular physical exercise and avoidance of aggravating factors like smoking and stress help in maintaining in blood sugar. Unnecessary worry can lead to earlier development of diabetes as well as several other diseases like heart disease. Nowadays pills containing anti-diabetic herbs like bitter melon, epicatechin and many more herbs are being market in one single pill .As these pills are free from side effects, are very effective in controlling blood sugar.

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Hi Susan,
I know I have heard much of what you posted many times before, however the idea of moving right after one eats is new to me and I will be incorporating this into my daily life activites. Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences and I especially like the idea of even if one has decided to just sit on the couch after a meal, still MOVE!! This prompted a smile and a chuckle along with it making a whole lot of sense....sometimes when it is -35C with a sharp cold wind blowing, going outside for only a short time has limited value. However, coming back inside and still moving while couching on the couch is great!
I am still struggling with food quantities, I love to eat! often too much at one time so the idea of preplanned controlled snacking should prove to have many benefits.

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Sugar level could be controlled by the regular walk of at lest one hour in a day.Go for the regular random blood sugar test and note the results.Try to achieve the optimum level of 120mg/dl.Try to be happy and avoid depression.Follow the diet chart and eat accordingly.

Health Cary

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Protein shakes, the more protein you have and less carbs it keeps your blood sugars steady. I always have protein and small carb. eating small meals through out the day. I have struggled with this for 6 years, this is what works the best!

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Hello. Thank you that you've come out that question. I've been wanting to know how to maintain safe blood sugar level. Thanks a lot. I will keep vising your post for an updates.
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