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Thursday, May 01, 2008 bren, Community Member, asks

Q: they say i have type 2 diabetes, but my blood sugars keep dropping down to 45

they say i am making to much insulin, any suggestions?

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David Mendosa, Health Guide
5/ 7/08 12:47pm

Dear Bren,

 

People who have type 2 diabetes -- like you and me -- are insulin resistant. That means that our bodies have to make a lot of insulin in order to overcome that resistance that makes it difficult for our bodies to get the insulin from the blood stream to the cells that need them.

 

There are only two proven ways that I know to overcome that insulin resistance and control our blood glucose levels: one is the medication called Byetta and the other is a very low-carbohydrate diet. I have written lots of articles about both of them here at HealthCentral.com.

 

Essentially that should answer your question. But it does not address the subject of your message, which is an entirely different issue. For that I have a question for you -- what medications are you taking?

 

The reason why I ask that is that several medications for diabetes can make your blood glucose levels go too low, to give you hypos (below 60 or 70). Insulin if not taken in the right amounts and the right time is certainly one of these. Some diabetes pills do that too.

 

Best regards,

 

David Mendosa

www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/17

 

Best regards,

 

David Mendosa

www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/17

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wll, Community Member
5/18/08 2:19pm

Bren:  I am jst a 68 yr old man with type II. Been working on diet understaning lung and heart problems which limit my exercize. I got off Insulin shots by eating in moderation and limiting my carb intake bunches. minor whole wheat bread(1 slice daily) vey low sugar (1gram or less per serving three times a day) very very low carb intake ( no poatoes lots of beans no Peas) and high fiber. Green salads low fat dressings(ranch or blue cheese) Idon't shoot up any more. My guess is your Insulin dosage is too high and not frequent enough. Medical people try too hard to avoid discomfort!! caution:  You can get yourself in serious trouble by playing around with self cures. Find yourself a Modern doctor who is up on carbohydrates and low intake diets, not just carb counting, understand the glysemic index,  watches fat intake as a factor. I eat four to five times a day (& night) since I take breathing treaments every four-five hours. P.S. I even lost 20 lbs.

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