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Can’t get blood sugar down!

I wonder if anyone can advise me. I’m 27 (soon to be 28) and was diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic in 2010. When I lived in South Africa, my average blood glucose would read between 5-7 and I would have occasional episodes of hypoglycemia.

Since I moved to South Korea, I have had the opposite problem. My reading first thing in the morning before breakfast is 10-14! I eat special K cereal with skimmed milk diluted with water for breakfast, a garden salad with no dressing for lunch and an average meal for dinner (I try to keep it low fat as I had my gallbladder removed recently and low carb for my diabetes). Dinner is usually something like a salad, curry, pasta (about 100 g), etc. I take Type 2 diabetes medication (pills) 500mg twice a day (I’ve been on that dose since I was diagnosed) and exercise regularly but I can’t seem to drop my blood glucose to within healthy levels.

The climate in South Korea is very different to the climate in South Africa, with the winter temperatures dropping as low as -20’C. There was also a lot of snow and I was pretty much sick constantly from late November 2012 through to March this year.

At first I thought my machine was broken but when I got a new one, my readings are still high. I can’t really seek medical help because with my job, I can be deported if they find out I’m diabetic.

How can I get my blood sugar down?

– Kerissa

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  1. Elrica Elrica

    Hi Kerissa, Just wondering if you eat snacks inbetween your meals as well. My dietitians have me eat 7 times a day. Here is my thoughts though:

    1 – go see your doctor, or find a new doctor that specialises in Diabetes, you might need your medication changed. I was been diagnosed with GD in April 2012 and in August 2012 with diabetes, my medicine has changed since and now I’m on both metformin AND insulin. You might be past, what they call the honey-moon period and need your medicine to be tailored.

    2- As far as I know, special K is a no-no for cereal. Rather eat All Bran Flakes or if you have time Oats with an apple.

    Make a change in your breakfast and see if that helps. Then test 7 times through the day for 2 days and take that to your doctor’s appointment. Hope you can get it under control. I battle sometimes too, you are not alone!


  2. Morne' Morne'

    Hi kerissa ive been a type 1 for 11 years now getting to know own body through sports like bodybuilding and powerlifting and dieting year in and out,so from that i can give u some input. You could try adding cinnamon over most of your meals it helps improve insulin sensitivity and also if possible eat every 2-3 hourly or snack at least but if your average sugar levels during day is 5-7 you should be doing something right. Also what type of insulin are you using at night? Or what do you eat before bed and what time, with or without injecting and which insulin? Its saver being high than low in sleep. But give me some more input and I can see if i can safely help you down regulate it at night. But try chromium picolinate 500mcg 2x a day and add cinnamon over foods should help insulin sensitivity. You could also be getting sick often due to sugar fluctuations if it happens to often affects our immune systems. I normally eat every 2,5 – 3 hours apart or meal,snack,meal,snack,etc.

    But fill me in on the missing info above i asked about and could help you out more specifically. Hope this helps or that i can.

  3. Morne' Morne'

    Also good carbs as far as i had low GI was : Oats not oats so easy, Brown Rice, Sweet potato,Rye bread,brown rice cakes, Rye cracker bread.

    Healthy fats being good for joints and lowering the GI of a meal or snack and helps maintain sugar

    levels:tablespoon of Flaxseed oil, Fish oil/Omega 3 oil, 30g of almonds say about a hand full, quarter advo or 1 tablespoon of sugar and salt free peanut butter.

    Good proteins handy for maintaining muscles and aiding recovery along with muscle tone and maintaining them helps metabolism so keeps bfat levels lower and thus makes body more insulin sensitive: fish like tuna or salmon grilled, steak, egg white, chicken grilled not fried, 70g of biltong or a serving of whey protein.

    Try and avoid things that would increase body fat and estrogen levels like wheat and also dairy and thus keep your body insulin sensitive. And drink sufficient amounts of water daily stay hydrated.

    Oh yes also if you get lows often it could be from sudden drop in temp compared to here in S.A. cause in colder weather our bodies burn more calories to try and keep it warm so your metabolism is increased. So might need less insulin or slightly more low GI carbs

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