Q. I have high sugar levels despite taking Insulin. Is overeating to be blamed?

Answered by
Dr. Manisha
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sushrutha Muralidharan
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 17, 2021 and last reviewed on: Aug 13, 2021

Hi doctor,

I have high sugar levels above 490 PPBS and 240 FBS. I have tiredness, fatigue, and sleepiness not feel well, always feel drowsy, depressed, and have so much confusion and stress not feel well often mood swings and dizziness. Diabetes was diagnosed three years ago. Both my parents are diabetic.

The main issue is I dont have control overeating because I feel hungry always continue to eat rich carbohydrates and fat I do not control I do not know why but yes, I do not control on eating now I am gaining weight too I have gained 15 kg in six months due to eating. I always have a headache and never feel fresh. I dont even exercise. I do not know why. I use to take Metformin. Now I am taking Insulin 30/70 and R regular 15 units each. I am attaching my reports. Kindly give your opinion.



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You are well aware of the consequences of continuing to eat unhealthy foods and lack of exercise. Yes, the blood sugar readings are dangerously high and need to be urgently taken care of. The lipid profile also shows borderline high readings (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It is you who has to take the initiative and get going with all that is required to prevent all the complications of uncontrolled diabetes.

To start with, make short-term goals like omitting one or two unhealthy items from your meal for a week or ten days and walking for 10, 15, or 20 minutes alongside. Make a note of all the unhealthy foods that you eat and find replacements for those. Start exercising bit by bit, and gradually you will find yourself motivated to increase the intensity once you start getting results.

Also, see if you can talk to your doctor regarding modifying the dose of diabetes medications for you. Try to analyze and see if there is anything that is stressing you and directing you to unhealthy food choices for comfort.

I hope this was helpful.

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