Diabetes Resources and other useful info: What makes blood sugar rise?; Blood sugar conversion chart

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Post Edited By Moderator (LanieG) : 12/17/2009 6:36:09 PM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 12/17/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
What Makes Blood Sugar Rise?
 
Here are some factors that affect our blood sugar.  I'm not talking about clinical reasons, deterioration of the pancreas' ability to produce insulin, factors we might not be able to control, etc.  Listed are factors that we ourselves have control over and then their expanded explanations below.
 
1.  the food we eat, the drinks we drink
2.  the amount of food we eat
3.  stress and sickness  (Ok, well, we can't exactly control these but maybe try to lessen them.)
4.  medications we take
5.  lack of exercise
6.  being overweight
7.  educating ourselves about diabetes
 
 
1. Carbohydrates in food make the blood sugar rise in general.  How much it rises depends on the individual.  How high and for how long it rises depends on the kind and the amount of carbs eaten as well as if other food is eaten with the carbs.  Nothing is simple!  This is why we have to test our blood sugar afterwards to find out how we are affected.  One person might be able to eat a piece of whole grain bread with lunch with negligible effect but others can't.  (I can't.)
 
2. If you eat too much at a meal, so much that you feel "full", your blood sugar might rise too high simply because of how much you ate.  Whereas if you had eaten only a smaller amount of the same food, your blood sugar would have been fine.  This is why spreading out your food into smaller meals throughout the day works better,
 
3. Stress and illness affect us in many ways even blood sugar.  Be prepared unless, of course, you're never stressed out or never sick.
 
4. Some medicine affects the blood sugar, so make sure you know this.  Prednisone is one of them.  Check the labels or inserts.  Ask the pharmacist.
 
5. Moving, exercising, walking, dancing help our bodies metabolize food much better which in turn helps control the blood sugar.  It's good for the circulation, blood pressure, the heart, the skin, our moods, you name it.  No excuses.  You can march in place in your house, go up and down stairs, dance, etc.  You might notice a rise of blood sugar after exercising but this is normal.  It's the good long-term effects that we want.
 
6. Carrying excess weight can make us insulin resistant and mess up our blood sugar.  Carbs make us gain weight.  Many diabetics can reduce their meds simply by losing weight.
 
7. We have so much more information available to us today, more than our parents' generation ever did, and better understanding of this disease.  We can take better control of our health now.  Just do it! 



Lanie
 
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diabetes controlled so far by exercise and a low/no carb diet

Post Edited (LanieG) : 12/27/2009 5:14:13 PM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 12/17/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   

 

Blood Sugar Conversion Chart

 

A1C

 

 

 

eAG

% mg/dl mmol/l
6 126 7.0
6.5 140 7.8
7 154 8.6
7.5 169 9.4
8 183 10.1
8.5 197 10.9
9 212 11.8
9.5 226 12.6
10 240 13.4
 eAG is "estimated average glucose.   See website for more information:  http://professional.diabetes.org/glucosecalculator.aspx
 
  New! ▬►  And here's a site with a table/conversion chart to convert your blood sugar to A1c readings.  Whether you use the mg/dl or mmol/l system, you'll be able to see what your blood sugar averages are in terms of the A1c.  Thanks, Sherrine, for telling us about this site! 

Post Edited (LanieG) : 5/21/2010 1:31:51 PM (GMT-6)


LanieG
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   Posted 9/15/2011 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
meters

Various agencies and consumer groups test blood glucose meters for accuracy and publish their findings online. Consumer Reports publishes their own list in their paper magazine as well as their online mag but to read their results online, you have to have their online subscription. Below I've listed three lists of results from different resources, including the Consumer Reports 2015 list that was posted on an independent blog.

Consumer Reports - 2015

1. Freestyle Lite
2. Freestyle Freedom Lite
3. Bayer Contour Next
4. True Metrix (Walgreens)
5. Bayer Breeze 2
6. Up & Up (Target)
7. AccuChek Aviva Plus
8. ReliOn (Walmart)
9. AccuChek Compact Plus
10. ReliOn Ultima

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And this is from an independent blog from 2016 (sorry I no longer have the source):

1. AccuChek Compact Plus
2. Freestyle Lite
3. One Touch Ultra2
4. AccuChek Nano
5. Bayer Contour Next EZ

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From Consumer Reports, November 2013:

These all have an excellent overall score and accuracy. Up&Up and ReliOn are the cheapest and have the cheapest test strips but they don't have all the functions of the higher-priced meters. They are something to consider if you don't have insurance or if your doctor hasn't prescribed a meter and you just want to test on your own and insurance won't cover it.

Accu-Chek Aviva
FreeStyle Lite
Bayer Contour Next
Bayer Breeze 2
Up & Up (Target brand)
ReliOn (Walmart brand)
Accu-Chek Compact Plus
TRUEresult Blood Glucose Monitoring system (also available under pharmacy brand names)
FreeStyle Freedom Lite

Even though these have an excellent rating, don't forget that some individual meters may still be 'off' and not as accurate as lab results. You should take your meter to your next lab appointment and use it to test your blood sugar after the technicians take your blood so you can compare their results to your own meter's.

Don't be surprised if you test yourself twice within a minute and get different readings. Meters are only held to an accuracy rate of plus or minus 10% for any given test.
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Post Edited (LanieG) : 6/7/2016 8:32:35 AM (GMT-6)


LanieG
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   Posted 12/9/2013 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
An excellent source for all kinds of information about diabetes:
 
 
Whether you are newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for years, the above site has valuable facts about the disease, medications, food, research and so on.
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled so far by diet and exercise
very low carb way of eating

Post Edited (LanieG) : 1/21/2014 12:18:43 PM (GMT-7)


LanieG
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   Posted 10/1/2014 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Here is a chart that lists the equivalents of the A1c and blood sugar in mg/dl and mmol/L. You can switch back and forth between these two systems by clicking the clickable "US" phrase and "outside US".

www.diabeteschart.org/intlbgchart.html
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating
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