How do I lower my morning fasting glucose levels?

Posted by kateia @kateia, Thu, Aug 8 3:23pm

I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 3 weeks ago and the doctor wanted me on bp meds and metformin right away. After a week of thinking about it I've chosen to change my eating habits, now counting carbs, and exercising more. I've lowered my morning fast blood tests by over 100 points from 258 to 145 just by changing my diet. What else can I do to keep the numbers going down? The dietician says it should be between 70 & 130. Trying not to eat after 7:30 pm. Any suggestions?

@kateia . would you mind sharing your bedtime test? How are you doing throughout the day?

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katia, do you like to take walks?I How old are you? First of all congratulations of your good beginning! I did the counting of carbs and was very pleased with the good changes, including losing weight without much effort. I am sure your dietician mentioned balancing your meals with protein, veggies, and a little fruit. I try to only eat one or two slices of multigrain bread, the grittier, the better, or rye bread. I have a glass of milk at bedtime which makes me sleepy. I eat nuts when I want a snack. The only thing I miss is the ice cream but I want it to be homemade, so I don't do that very often. I get the shakes if my number goes much below 100 so I don't try to cut down to that point. I guess my body just doesn't like being "normal" or something. Everyone is different so we should be careful to work on goals that are right for each of us. You should be feeling great soon and that will inspire you to stay on course. I will suck on a spoonful of no sugar peanut butter if I am hungry at bedtime, as I learned that trick when I had low blood sugar. My son will not give up white potatoes so I am not going to plant any next year in my garden. They really can run the sugar count up. I don't miss them at all, however. Dorisena

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@trishanna

@kateia . would you mind sharing your bedtime test? How are you doing throughout the day?

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I only check my glucose 3x/day. Mornings -fasting then before and after either Dinner or Supper. The ones I've checked after supper are: 158, 152, 149, 155. Mornings range in the mid 140's.

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@dorisena

katia, do you like to take walks?I How old are you? First of all congratulations of your good beginning! I did the counting of carbs and was very pleased with the good changes, including losing weight without much effort. I am sure your dietician mentioned balancing your meals with protein, veggies, and a little fruit. I try to only eat one or two slices of multigrain bread, the grittier, the better, or rye bread. I have a glass of milk at bedtime which makes me sleepy. I eat nuts when I want a snack. The only thing I miss is the ice cream but I want it to be homemade, so I don't do that very often. I get the shakes if my number goes much below 100 so I don't try to cut down to that point. I guess my body just doesn't like being "normal" or something. Everyone is different so we should be careful to work on goals that are right for each of us. You should be feeling great soon and that will inspire you to stay on course. I will suck on a spoonful of no sugar peanut butter if I am hungry at bedtime, as I learned that trick when I had low blood sugar. My son will not give up white potatoes so I am not going to plant any next year in my garden. They really can run the sugar count up. I don't miss them at all, however. Dorisena

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dorisena, I've done many changes. I've got 60 more pounds to lose. I'm 63 years old. Changes I've made. NO TV until evening. I walk 1 1/4 miles every morning. Plus work in my garden. I'm trying to eat around 30-35 carbs/meal. Have incorporated 100% whole wheat bread or 5 min oatmeal for grains. 2-3 meals/week. Lots of fruit and veggies. I have mixed nuts,no peanuts for a snack or fruit with cheese. Popcorn (2 cups) in the evening. I've increased my protein so I'm not munching in between meals. Not counting calories.Have cut them in half easily anyway. Have lost 8 pounds in 3 weeks. I've lost 20 pounds since January. I'm setting 10 pound goals. I'd like to get my fasting numbers around 110 and after meal numbers around 150. I feel I've done well for it being only 3 weeks.

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@kateia

dorisena, I've done many changes. I've got 60 more pounds to lose. I'm 63 years old. Changes I've made. NO TV until evening. I walk 1 1/4 miles every morning. Plus work in my garden. I'm trying to eat around 30-35 carbs/meal. Have incorporated 100% whole wheat bread or 5 min oatmeal for grains. 2-3 meals/week. Lots of fruit and veggies. I have mixed nuts,no peanuts for a snack or fruit with cheese. Popcorn (2 cups) in the evening. I've increased my protein so I'm not munching in between meals. Not counting calories.Have cut them in half easily anyway. Have lost 8 pounds in 3 weeks. I've lost 20 pounds since January. I'm setting 10 pound goals. I'd like to get my fasting numbers around 110 and after meal numbers around 150. I feel I've done well for it being only 3 weeks.

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Congratulations, @kateia, you have made some very wise changes to your lifestyle. Are you feeling better now?

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@kateia

dorisena, I've done many changes. I've got 60 more pounds to lose. I'm 63 years old. Changes I've made. NO TV until evening. I walk 1 1/4 miles every morning. Plus work in my garden. I'm trying to eat around 30-35 carbs/meal. Have incorporated 100% whole wheat bread or 5 min oatmeal for grains. 2-3 meals/week. Lots of fruit and veggies. I have mixed nuts,no peanuts for a snack or fruit with cheese. Popcorn (2 cups) in the evening. I've increased my protein so I'm not munching in between meals. Not counting calories.Have cut them in half easily anyway. Have lost 8 pounds in 3 weeks. I've lost 20 pounds since January. I'm setting 10 pound goals. I'd like to get my fasting numbers around 110 and after meal numbers around 150. I feel I've done well for it being only 3 weeks.

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@kateia Just an FYI for those watching carbs. Not all oatmeals are the same! I have no idea why. I eat either Silver Palate or Quaker steel cut and there are more carbs in the steel cut!
JK

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Terrific! I am so happy to have a buddy to share notes with. It isn't so easy 13 years later, but then I am 13 years older as well and have been slowed down by back surgery. I quit losing weight after a while but managed to lose some this past spring when I fractured my shoulder. I couldn't cook much so I ate less and slept off the pain pills. It has taken me some time to learn which foods will spike the blood sugar and which ones I can get by with by eating only once.
My son's doctor has him eating two bananas a day and taking the Metformin at different times. My Endocrinologist can't see me anymore because I am below 7.0 on the AiC test and my thyroid medicine is stable, so I am on my own, because my family doctor says nothing to me. I have struggled this summer but having others who understand helps so much so I am no so isolated. I changed churches and that solved a social eating problem. Diabetes is a big job but I am happy that my eye test showed no damage from diabetes from the camera photo the doctor took. No glaucoma, no macular degeneration, and my mammogram was normal. My blood pressure is down but there is more work there to do. I worked a Sudoku puzzle with no cheating to look up the answers.
Life is good on the farm. Dorisena

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Do you mean the morning numbers are 40's or do you mean 140"s? Dorisena

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@kateia

I only check my glucose 3x/day. Mornings -fasting then before and after either Dinner or Supper. The ones I've checked after supper are: 158, 152, 149, 155. Mornings range in the mid 140's.

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@kateia You have done quite well, I think. I am newly diagnosed with Type 2, so I'm learning, too. My question for the Dr next week is about my bedtime glucose number versus my morning fasting number – don't understand how those numbers relate, but based on what I've read, it's an important question. Will post whatever I find out!

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@dorisena

Terrific! I am so happy to have a buddy to share notes with. It isn't so easy 13 years later, but then I am 13 years older as well and have been slowed down by back surgery. I quit losing weight after a while but managed to lose some this past spring when I fractured my shoulder. I couldn't cook much so I ate less and slept off the pain pills. It has taken me some time to learn which foods will spike the blood sugar and which ones I can get by with by eating only once.
My son's doctor has him eating two bananas a day and taking the Metformin at different times. My Endocrinologist can't see me anymore because I am below 7.0 on the AiC test and my thyroid medicine is stable, so I am on my own, because my family doctor says nothing to me. I have struggled this summer but having others who understand helps so much so I am no so isolated. I changed churches and that solved a social eating problem. Diabetes is a big job but I am happy that my eye test showed no damage from diabetes from the camera photo the doctor took. No glaucoma, no macular degeneration, and my mammogram was normal. My blood pressure is down but there is more work there to do. I worked a Sudoku puzzle with no cheating to look up the answers.
Life is good on the farm. Dorisena

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@dorisena Is not seeing your endo because your A1c is below 7 an insurance restriction or a restriction that the doctor has made? Mine has never been as high as 7, but I see an endocrinologist, a really great one.
JK

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The endocrinologist wasn't very clear on the matter. I first went to her after having my cancerous thyroid removed and she decided the Synthroid medication with testing. That is stable now so she has nothing to treat there. She helped with the diabetes treatment when I said my doctor wasn't doing anything. Then she told me my number was below seven and she couldn't treat me and would send a letter to my doctor to replenish my prescriptions when needed. I see him on the 20th and we will discuss it. If I am very strict with my diet I can meet my personal goal of near 100 fasting. This summer I have slacked off due to not exercising with a broken shoulder. I am more active now and sticking with the veggies, meat, and a little fruit. I tried some coconut and canned beet juice and the numbers went up. I eat sweet onions every day because I like them and have a good crop. I must stay away from melons which are in season.
But I try to widen my diet to keep from being bored. I baked some brussels sprouts. I am eating cole slaw but stay away from bottled dressings. I suspect it is a new Medicare rule because they want to make cuts where possible. My last test was 6.8 but before that it was 6.4 and 6.3 so I want to work on it.
My son takes his Metformin at different times than I do and it is a different doctor. His numbers don't go down as he has a desk job. So I work on my goals and am happy that my eye test showed no damage from diabetes, no glaucoma, no macular degeneration. I am doing o.k.. I went shopping and walked a lot. I think the problem is different in different locales. Dorisena

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@dorisena

The endocrinologist wasn't very clear on the matter. I first went to her after having my cancerous thyroid removed and she decided the Synthroid medication with testing. That is stable now so she has nothing to treat there. She helped with the diabetes treatment when I said my doctor wasn't doing anything. Then she told me my number was below seven and she couldn't treat me and would send a letter to my doctor to replenish my prescriptions when needed. I see him on the 20th and we will discuss it. If I am very strict with my diet I can meet my personal goal of near 100 fasting. This summer I have slacked off due to not exercising with a broken shoulder. I am more active now and sticking with the veggies, meat, and a little fruit. I tried some coconut and canned beet juice and the numbers went up. I eat sweet onions every day because I like them and have a good crop. I must stay away from melons which are in season.
But I try to widen my diet to keep from being bored. I baked some brussels sprouts. I am eating cole slaw but stay away from bottled dressings. I suspect it is a new Medicare rule because they want to make cuts where possible. My last test was 6.8 but before that it was 6.4 and 6.3 so I want to work on it.
My son takes his Metformin at different times than I do and it is a different doctor. His numbers don't go down as he has a desk job. So I work on my goals and am happy that my eye test showed no damage from diabetes, no glaucoma, no macular degeneration. I am doing o.k.. I went shopping and walked a lot. I think the problem is different in different locales. Dorisena

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@dorisena It sounds as if you’re doing great, congratulations!

My bg numbers are higher than they used to be, I hope my A1c won’t be high when I see my endo in September.

Exercise of course helps a lot in controlling those numbers but I fell and have a small fracture of my upper femur that has kept me unable to exercise. I hope that hasn’t had too negative an effect on my numbers.
JK

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My problem when I fell and fractured my shoulder was that I had to take hydrocodone for the pain and that will cause a rise in the blood sugar. Also, I couldn't cook and tried to avoid prepared foods which have too much added ingredients I don't want in my diet. Every little bit adds up. I know it was temporary and I am back on track now, eating well and feeling better. We can never let up on the program to have lower numbers. This doesn't go away. Dorisena

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@hopeful33250

Congratulations, @kateia, you have made some very wise changes to your lifestyle. Are you feeling better now?

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I do have more energy. Wish I could walk more. Gravel roads and bursitis do not go well together but I do what i can. Want to incorporate stretches and strength training in the next couple of weeks. Having more energy during the day helps me to get all the garden stuff canned/frozen that needs to be done. Sleep well during the night as well.

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@kateia

I do have more energy. Wish I could walk more. Gravel roads and bursitis do not go well together but I do what i can. Want to incorporate stretches and strength training in the next couple of weeks. Having more energy during the day helps me to get all the garden stuff canned/frozen that needs to be done. Sleep well during the night as well.

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Is there any harm in trying to reduce numbers by changing my lifestyle? I was basically a couch potato and ate all day long. No wonder my A1C was 10.1!! Since I've changed everything the numbers have gone down. Losing the extra pounds should help too. Will have A1C checked again in early October. The doctor wanted to push Metformin as more of a weight loss drug than lowering my glucose levels. I also read that it takes over a month for it to work. Plus all the side effects. I'd really like to do this for a year before taking any medications. So far no adverse physical affects from the diabetes.

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