My problem is with frequenthigh and low blood sugars...ill be high then ill do to much insulin and become low and its like that all day long...i know very well about carb counting im just not very go…

My problem is with frequenthigh and low blood sugars...ill be high then ill do to much insulin and become low and its like that all day long...i know very well about carb counting im just not very good at it. Usually my problem is that i forget and by the time i remember my blood sugar is sky high!! anyone else have this problem??

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Comment by priscilla on June 21, 2012 at 6:07pm

I was hitting that yo yo for a while, it makes you feel horrible. It sounds like youre not letting the insulin take its full effect, I found my insulin lasts 4 hours contrary to what the dr used to say, but after weeks and weeks of analyzing my sugars and me we came to that conclusion and well what do you know, 4 hours it was. Your ratios to your body sound off, once you figure out the amount of insulin needed for your body you will be ok, also consider your upcoming activity and time of day when figuring your dosage. Are you on the pump? If so then maybe you have to start from scratch and recalculate with your dr. Good luck:)

Comment by CaityJ on June 21, 2012 at 6:25pm

No i am not on the pump...i never really had the urge to try it i am completly comfortable with injections although my dr is very pushy about it...but yes i seem to be sick all the time because of my roller coaster blood sugars and it very well could be that im just not letting my insullin take effect. my problem is that i get ver impatient when my blood sugar is in the 300's and also very irritable (so my boyfriend says) but its hard to learn to be patient with this disease...no matter how long you've had it

Comment by BackIrish on June 22, 2012 at 11:13am

I know exactly how you feel! I am currently trying to get off the high/low blood sugar roller coaster myself.It is an exhausting ride physically, mentally and emotionally. It is not easy. It's taking a lot of time and energy, but after a week of concentrated effort I am seeing some improvement in both bg swings and mood swings. I will share what is helping me in case it helps you. I know that my high/low cycle is caused by more than one problem, one of which was over correcting with insulin, another of which was "forgetting" (to eat, test, take insulin). Try to identify all the reasons you are going high or low (don't forget to consider stress and hormone levels) and plan strategies in advance for what to do to treat a high or low depending on what you think caused the reading. By not having a plan, I was treating highs and low in the anger and frustration of the moment and it just made the problem worse because I overate or overdosed. When you go low, are you having repeated lows over an extended period, or are you swinging right back up? As crappy as it feels to be high, remember it feels equally crappy to be low. Keeping this in mind helped me not to overcorrect with both insulin(high) and food(lows).Trying to lower my sugars gradually over the course of one or several days also helped me get off the roller coaster, along with carb counting. I am also on MDI (Lantus and Humulog) and am carb counting for first time ever in 19 years and finally feeling like I have a chance to take control of my bs instead of just reacting to my readings. We will see how I feel about things in a month and see if my kids and husband notice an improvement in my mood (apparently I'm impossible to live with!) Hope this helps....I agree, I find this disease does not get any easier to live with, no matter how long you've had it.

Comment by Randy on June 22, 2012 at 2:52pm

Backlrish has made some very good points and advise. I am also using MDI with Lantus and Humolog. The things I have found that make the most difference in stable BG are: being prepared (food ready, have a routine (resting & eating), have a plan (activity level, what might alter my routine) and know your carbs (not just count them). I avoid all refined and starchy carbs unless my meter says I have room for them. I eat about 100 per day. I consume most of my carbs with snacks and meals are often no carb.Type of carb, serving size and time of day all can make a difference. These are things we each have to determine for ourselves. My goal is to use as little Humolog each day as possible.By choosing the right foods to match my activity level and minimizing my insulin dose I just do not create the environment for severe highs or lows. I have to test a lot and stick to a routine (which I hate doing BTW)but it gets the results I want.

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