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How to lower glucose w/out insulin?

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Hi all.

I'm new to this, sort of. My daughter was showing many symptoms of diabetes (HUGE family history, so I recognized it), so we started testing. I've been keeping her numbers in an Excel file until we visit the pediatric endocrinologist in a couple of months. Meanwhile, wondering about your opinions.

Fasting average is 100.
1 hour post-meal average is 200.
2 hour post-meal average is 160.

She gets blurred vision over 160, often after meals. Headaches, leg pain, night sweats, always hungry and eats like she has a hollow leg but rail thin. Over 180 and she feels clammy and nauseated. We've learned she can't eat pretzels, her glucose shoots over 200 every time she has them.

She is 8 and eats probably 75% "whole foods" and organic diet. No soda. No fast food. No trans fat. We cook 99% of what we eat. Lots of fruits and veggies and water. She's very active, otherwise healthy. I'm kinda nuts about what goes into our bodies with my family history of diabetes and heart disease, early onset.

What can I do for her when her glucose gets to the 200 range and she starts feeling ill? Are there natural ways to lower it?

Thanks in advance.
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Hi all,
After reading your post I have to say that people can be a little misleading. The first thing that you should do is take your daughter to a doctor. Yes I understand that it may be difficult to see a specialist however your family doctor should be able to not only diagnose her medical condition and begin to treat it he also should be able to get you through the door of a specialists office sooner. I completely understand what you are going through as my 7 year old son was diagnosed about a year and half ago. He had been feeling off for. A couple of weeks. He had been going to the bathroom frequently, drinking All the time and was tired constantly. I chalked it up to a growth spurt until one day he began throwing up after every meal and when I was helping him clean up afterwards I noticed that he was incredibly bony. I immediately took him to see my family doctor. He instantly knew what was wrong with my son and sent us to the pediatric ward of the nearest metro hospital. There we were greeted by a wonderful staff of nurses and a pediatric specialist who explained to us what was going on. He had lost about 10lbs (which was 25% of his whole body mass). And his blood glucose was in the high 40's (don't know what that equates to in an American standard). The nurses spent the night lowering his blood glucose through an I.V drip and the next day we spent eating and learning everything we could cram into our heads about t1 diabetes. We spent a week in the hospital, mostly because we are a 2 hr drive away from the hospitAl. Otherwise we could have been monitored on an outpatient basis. There is nothing that you can do to lower your daughters blood glucose naturally. You can avoid carbs until you are blue in the face but her body will produce its own glucose and if she does have t1 diabetes she will not be able to supply her own natural insulin to break down that glucose. My first reaction was that oh no now what. Are we going to completely have to overhaul our way of eating. Willy son ever be able to be normal? Eat ice cream? Play sports? Will he be an outcast? But the truth is, a year later he eats almost everything that he used to eat. (the only thing we truly limit is soda and fruit juice which he still has on occassion). He himself tests his own sugar, and can even tell you when he feels low or high. He even injects his own needles (we do the dosage calculations). If your daughter has diabetes, chances are that it is type 1, which means that right now there is no cure, but there is always hope!! Unfortunately the only treatment for t1 is insulin therapy. And as daunting as that may seem to you, it's really not do horrible. As far as cutting carbs from her diet, that is not a good idea. A child should have a well rounded diet, including grains, fruits and dairy which all contain carbs. But I also cannot stress enough how important it is that she be seen by a doctor, and diagnosed ASAP. Only then can you start to treat the problem and learn to live with it. My prayers are with you.
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