Blood sugar

Hi. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last month. My blood sugar was 23 mol. at start, then lowered to 15-14 mol. My doctor put me on metformin 500mg 2x daily with meals. My blood sugar has gone down to 11-9.9 mol. How long for blood sugars to hit normal range? Have a doctor's appointment and diabetic clinic appointment early next month. There's talk of upping my metformin. I don't know what my A1C is though. Also been trying a diet of protein and veggies, with little starch. I been given a food chart but all still foreign to me. Never dieted before. I'm about 155 pounds right now.

My son is type 1 diabetes and he's having problem with high blood sugar.

If your “low starch” diet limits your total daily carbohydrate to about 100 grams or less, I expect your overall blood sugar control as measured by the A1c number will settle into a stable range within 3-6 months. This will vary from person to person.

Carbohydrates are the main dietary driver of blood glucose. Your diabetes meds and daily exercise can help keep the blood glucose numbers in a helathlier range.

Don’t put too much stock in the A1c measure, however. It’s just an average and it can hide some significant blood sugar excursions. A much better measure of glycemia is the amount of time you spend in your target range. I target 65-140 mg/dl. Others use different numbers.

Learn all you can about your condition. An informed and motivated patient is the most important element, by far, for keeping blood glucose values healthy. Good luck!

Terry's points are all good ones. I'll just mention one other thing to watch out for.

You didn't go into detail about how your diagnosis was arrived at. The only certain way to distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2 is to run the proper lab tests, specifically the Type 1 antibody tests. I don't know the particulars of your case, but it is very common for doctors to assume T2 because of the patient's age, without bothering to order the definitive tests.

Many doctors automatically assume it must be T1 if the patient is young, and T2 if an adult. Don't know whether this describes your diagnosis or not, but it's important to be sure. The treatments are different for the two types. TuDiabetes has a great many T1 members who were originally misdiagnosed as T2 and spent anywhere from months to years struggling with control because they were not given the right treatment initially. So it matters. Just saying, be sure you know what you're really dealing with.