Is continuing blood sugar 14.5 worrying?

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New years eve 2014 my blood sugar went up to 30.4. I had been told by my doctor not to check my levels as I would panic but this day I did because I felt so ill. Over the next 3 months he increased my medication so that I am on 4 x 500 metformin daily and 4 x 80 gliclozide daily. Once my blood sugars were at a good level - average 6.5 - I was told to stop checking them regularly a.d told I cannot get test strips and lancets on prescription. I decided that for peace of mind I would buy my own supplies and check once per week. Everything has been fine until 27th December when it was 16.2. I have been testing once per day since then and only twice has it been below 10. Today it is 14.4. I am beginning to worry but given the doctor was adamant I should not home test do not know what to do. Any suggestions?

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    You have to follow a diet. I have similar readings as you do and I tried for years to keep them down without success. It was only when I went on the most restrictive diet that I could finally keep the readings in range. That means drinking mostly water and just a little bit of something else a day. You should also exercise after a meal if you can, take a walk of a kilometer or more to lower the peak levels - which takes place about 40 min - 1h 20 min after eating. Measure the effects every specific food have on your readings 40 min - 1h 20 after having water + the specific food. So understand specific foods and how they affect you. And if your readings are high sometime, you need to do some exercises + drink water to try and bring them down - try walking up a steep hill. It is important to make sure your readings are stable before you go to bed - because there will be little activity for hours. Also take note, sometimes food is digested over hours! Slowly eat or drink just a little bit over hours. But diet and exercise should keep it down. Accept the pain of drinking mostly water. Mentally accept it. That is my experience. Water and excerise is your friend.
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      Your suggestion clearly works for you, Isaac, but I am afraid it has caused me to despair. I am 68 which does not help but more importantly I am very severely disabled. Both legs are paralysed and I suffer from a type of ME. In fact altogether I suffer from 14 medically diagnosed health conditions so I am only allowed to do half an hour of low intensity, low impact exercise such as swimming each day which is what I do. So if what you are saying is correct, I have no chance of ever getting my diabetes under control.
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    I am unfortunately not a medical expert, but perhaps if you stuck to certain foods it will help your situation. The point is you have to remain on a diet. Perhaps eat just a little bit at a time. How water helps you is that it makes you less hungry. If you drink drinks with too high sugar, it remains in your system and I've noticed it gives your sugar levels a lift-off effect. So try and eat foods that are low in sugar. You can drink milk, eat unsweetened yoghurt, chicken, meat, fish, a little bit of fruits, some vegetables. At least that is something. But I believe a diabetic can basically eat anything. If you want to eat a piece of chocolate, or anything sweet, eat it, but keep your diet down to 95% of the good stuff and perhaps 5% of the sweet stuff a week. I think you will make it with dieting. Just keep it up, I'm sure you will gain congrol over the disease and your diet, without the strenuous exercize.
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    You should keep us a bit up to date if you can about your situation and your progress and the medical advice you have received. Some other things you can try: drink diluted fruit juice with water and ice cubes. Quite nice. 

    I don't know what else I can tell you.

     

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    In my personal view now, I think you mustn't let high values persist for days on end. You should perhaps use more medicine to bring it down. It is clearly that it seems in my view as if your body or part of it shuts down if the values remain too high for too long and once it is under control, it might stay there. So I would use a higher dosage once or twice to bring it down immediately. Diet alone don't seem to stem the peaks or accelerations or lift-offs once they take place.
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    Hello Gill

    ​I hope you have got this sorted out by know,If not then i think it needs a trip to your doctor earlier then your appointment,please let us know how you are doing.

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    If you don't bring your levels down to between 4 and 7 mol you can have long term problems of retinopathy in the eyes and neuropathy in the feet, I personally would get another Dr's opinion also I am not being funny we put suggestions to you but you are not listening, my sugars are under control at about 6.5mol which is classed as good, also how long have you been diabetic I have been diabetic for about 13 years, and I do know what I am talking about join diabetes uk they have free leaflets you can download. I am a member of diabetes uk .Did your Dr send you on a diabetic education
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      i am sorry but age doesnt come into it, i am 64 and i have to watch my sugars and i am on more tablets than gill70346, she has got to be eating food that rises her blood sugars.
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      I do know age doesnt come into it,but i was just telling you the ladies age.

      ​I too am a diabetic type 2 and i have mine under control. and i am 66.

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      I do listen to people but often feel they do not listen to me. I ISO belong to diabetes UK and have been on a diabetes education course. And yes, I am 68 but more  importantly ar e two problems s which you probably do not share. Firstly I M severely physically and can do almost no physical activity but more importantly I am permanently on ster oids  for an eye condition called uveitis whch is known to be  high risk  factor for type 2  and also a risk for managing type 2. I have been in hospital this week with a heart attackduring which my blood sugars went even further out of  control and the hospital referred me to the diabetes specialist there. He agrees with me. That I shoule have been encouraged to check my blood sugars regularly from the beginning and when they went up to 30.8 more than once in January 2015 I should have been referred to him then. I thinks you have been very fortunate to have type 2 diabetes for 13 years and always been well controlled. Some of us do not have your go od       fortune
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      at least you are under a diabetic specialist, they will do more for you than a doctore, they also tend to listen to you too. good luck hope he can sort things for you and that you are recovering from your heart attack xx

       

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      It is actually not as simple as that. I have today seen the diabetes specialist at my local hospital nd he says that the fact that I am permanently on steroids because of an eye condition called uveitis makes it much more difficult to control my diabetes and I may in fact within the next month have to go on to fast acting insulin until the diabetes is under control. I think I trust him who has done many years additional training to be a diabetes specialist rather than a Gp who has done only  2 month one night per work course who has only her personal experience to go by which is completely different to mine
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