Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
March 28, 2003
Daily Care, Type 2
Question from Missoula, Montana, USA:
My husband, who has type�2 diabetes treated with pills, is very careful about his diet, and his blood sugars stayed around 140 mg/dl [7.8 mmol/L] until about two months ago when he was injured and required stitches. Ever since then, they have been 220-240 mg/dl [12.2-13.3 mmol/L], even though he s currently taking twice as much medication as before the accident. I know trauma can make your blood sugar rise, but shouldn't it have gone down in two months?
If your husband’s regular doctor cannot find a reason for the seemingly sudden rise in blood sugars, perhaps he should consult with an endocrinologist. It is important to get the blood sugars down to near normal levels as soon as possible to prevent diabetes complications.
[Editor’s comment: There are, of course, numerous possibilities for why this has happened. But in general, it’s safe to say that if the present dose of diabetes pills are insufficient, he needs an even larger dose, addition of another pill, or insulin therapy.