Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    High Blood Sugar on Atkins?
    illneverbackdown posted:
    I am a type-1 diabetic. I use insulin when I eat carbs or when my blood sugar is high. I consulted my doctor about starting the Atkins diet and I am 3 weeks in. My blood sugar was fine for the first 3 weeks, but now my numbers are in the 200's, 300's & 400's. My daily carb intake limit is only 20 net carbs. I've looked everywhere online and found very little on the topic. Can anyone help explain WHY my blood sugar is so high please? How long will it stay high?
    flutetooter responded:
    Are you still using insulin? IMO, if you are type one, I think you also need the insulin for the protein and limited carbs even though you have cut down on the carbs. Maybe someone else can chime in on your selected use of insulin. It Sounds strange to me. Please tell us more.
    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!
    auriga1 responded:
    I'm not informed enough regarding Type 1 diabetes, but I thought Type 1's always required insulin 24/7, not just when the sugar is high. Am I wrong in this assumption? From what I understand, Type 1 diabetics do not make any insulin at all, thus requiring insulin at all times.

    I was diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic with horribly high sugars. My average blood sugar level daily was 393. I was put on insulin right away. I do not fit the stereotype of a Type 2 diabetic. When diagnosed, I was underweight. I also was physically active and ate healthy. No one knows what happened. Because of my age, I am stuck with the Type 2 label.

    I need Lantus to keep my blood sugar normal 24/7. When I eat carbs, my blood sugar climbs, so I was also presribed Humalog with meals.

    You need to talk to your doctor ASAP. Those high levels are not good as you know. Maybe you need a change in your insulin therapy. As I said above, I thought Type 1 diabetics needed insulin 24/7 to keep their blood sugars under control. Talk to your doctor.
    ladylion59 responded:
    I am type-2 diabetic since 10/2005. Just because your pancreas doesn't work, does not mean your liver doesn't work. It thinks your starving so send out sugar. You need the insulin to use up the sugar. I was able to keep my numbers inline during the day when I was moving, my liver made my morning numbers the highest, even with snack at night. so I am on lantus only taken at night.
    So I am not a doctor, but it figures you need the lantus, maybe not so much of the humalog
    mrscora01 responded:
    Are you still taking your basal insulin? What is your insulin sensitivity factor? You should still be taking your basal and some type 1s still need to bolus even if all they are eating is protein. You will have to work out how much insulin to take for your meals. You should be taking your rapid acting bassed on your sensitivity to bring your numbers down. It could be your liver releasing glucose, or it could be your body converting the protein to glucose because you are not eating much carb.

    Given the Atkins and the high glucose levels, have you checked for ketones? This is a dangerous situation and you should check with your doc if you do not adjust your own dosages.

    T1 1966, Dialysis 2001, kidney transplant and pump 2002, pancreas transplant 2008

    Helpful Tips

    Tip for Less Severe Neuropathy Symptoms
    I was diagnosed with Type 2 over eight years ago and have been lucky enough to control my disease with weight loss, diet and exercise ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    1 of 1 found this helpful

    Expert Blog

    Conquering Diabetes - Michael Dansinger, MD

    Dr. Michael Dansinger provides thoughtful tips for those with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes who want to reclaim their health...Read More

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.