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Old 09-04-2011, 08:27 PM   #1
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Will my husband's blood sugar ever be normal?

My husband was diagnosed with Diabetes type 2 about 7 months ago. He takes Metformin, doesn't eat sugar and had lost weight but his numbers taken in the morning is still in the 180 and up range. He thought that they would be normal by now. We are wondering if his numbers will ever be normal. He is worried that he may need to take the shots eventually so his numbers will be normal. At his last Dr appointment the test showed some sugar in his urine, is this unusual? Thanks

 
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Re: Will my husband's blood sugar ever be normal?

What is he eating and how often? Diet is very important in lowering sugars. But one has to get serious and count carbs and test, it would be eat to your meter.
Yes if he doesn't get his sugar down he will be on insulin soon. One wants to stay off insulin as long as possible.
Does he count carbs? All carbs are sugar, you need to see what carbs are good and bad for him. You don't have to eat candy to get sugar. For instance corn is all sugar, most white things are sugar or turn to sugar fast like white bread, white potatoes, pastas, anything made with white flour. Once he gets his sugars under control you can try different foods to see how much they raise your BS.
Sticking to low carbs and walking, walking, walking should help. There are many sites on line to help to read about diabetes and carbs. Good luck.

 
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Re: Will my husband's blood sugar ever be normal?

Susan,

How much metformin is your husband taking? Can it be increased? If not, if he's already at the maximum dose and he's not seeing improvement, then it probably is time for insulin.

What many people do not seem to understand is that with Type 2, while it is initially caused by insulin resistance, for some people there is also a loss of insulin production, especially if it wasn't diagnosed early. That means that despite carefully monitoring carb intake, losing weight, and increasing exercise, the body still needs supplemental insulin. Please don't look at using insulin as a failure, but rather as a smart move to prevent the complications of uncontrolled diabetes.

Admittedly, there can be quite a learning curve when first going on insulin, what with figuring out the best type of insulin, the proper dosages, and how often to monitor blood sugar (often!), but it's worth it to avoid all those serious complications.

And counting carbs is important both for avoiding blood sugar spikes when not on insulin, and frequently important for figuring pre-meal insulin doses once you're using insulin.

Ruth

 
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