When I have a spike in BS how to lower?

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DeeL
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   Posted 4/12/2009 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I was told I am Pre-Diabetic a couple months ago.  I usually have a fasting AM BS of around 113.  I tried Metformin but am not on it now.  This morning my fasting was 125 and an hour after an egg and coffee it was 154.  Is there any way to lower it when I am not on meds?  Or am I worrying for nothing?
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LanieG
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   Posted 4/13/2009 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Deel, I'm curious as to why the doctor put you on metformin and then took you off.  What happened?  Your morning fasting reading of 125 is too high if it's something you have everyday.  The egg shouldn't have affected the blood sugar much if at all.  Neither would black coffee.  However, if you used sugar, or too much artificial sweetener, and/or milk, evaporated milk or artificial creamer, then your blood sugar could be affected.  What else have you been eating in your diet plan?  Are you taking any other meds? 
 
Please read back through the older posts here about diet and how others have been successful keeping blood sugar lower with diet and exercise.  You'll find a lot of information here about how certain food affects the blood sugar.



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DeeL
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   Posted 4/13/2009 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
LanieG:  The dr. took me off Met because of lots of side effects, and my BS was looking good.  We decided to see what would happen off.
I don't test my BS every morning before breakfast, so I don't know how often it is that high (125).  My last official chem panel and fasting BS couple weeks ago it was 113.  On this AM I had just eaten the boiled egg on low carb. toast and blk coffee w/artifical sweetener when I got the 154.  I have never had a A1c.
I am taking other meds for BP, and Fibro.  I added them to my sig.  My question in this post probably doesn't have an answer--I was wondering if when I test and it looks high, is there something I can eat that will lower it?  Like if it is low, I could eat a glucose tablet.
Is Splenda a good artifical sweetener?
 
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LanieG
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   Posted 4/13/2009 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I understand now.  Well, since you're not taking diabetes meds, then your body metabolizes food the best it can without the help of those meds.  Like me, you're probably glucose intolerant (doctor called me "pre-diabetic") and whatever carbs are in the food you eat and drink will make your blood sugar rise.  For example, maybe even the low-carb bread was enough to make the blood sugar spike.  And maybe the amount of artificial sweetener did also.  If you are going to try to control the blood sugar with diet and exercise, it means you have to be very low-carb, meaning you have to cut out food made with flour or sugar and not eat potatoes or rice.  A breakfast of eggs, bacon (turkey if you like), cheese would be fine but it looks like the toast is giving you spikes.  I don't believe there's anything you can take to lower the blood sugar other than medication for diabetes.  Glucose tablets are what a diabetic would have to take when the blood sugar is very very low, which is dangerous.  This is not what you want to do because those tablets make the blood sugar rise.  Splenda or any other artificial sweetener is fine but as I wrote, even they can case a spike if we ingest too much of it at one time.  If we balance out whatever carbs we eat with proteins and fats (like oil or butter), then it helps keep the blood sugar from spiking.  Maybe if you were still on meds, the egg with the 1 piece of low carb bread wouldn't have been so bad - but I don't know for sure.  One thing I would do is to google the names of your other meds and see if they can cause elevated blood sugar.  Maybe they don't but at least you'd be assured it's not those meds causing it.  Exercise helps keep the blood sugar under control too.
Lanie
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Raniah
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   Posted 4/13/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi DeeL,

I hope you and the others don't mind if I jump in here for a sec! I'm a regular on the Depression forum, but am always on the lookout for good tips on keeping blood sugar down because of the history of diabetes in my family and concerns with certain risk factors in my own medical profile. I take chromium supplements under the recommendation of my doctor to keep my blood sugar levels stable. It might be worth asking your doc about it to see if it's a healthy option for you.

bohuck2
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   Posted 4/15/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Deel,
I am 60 years old and check my BS three times a day. In the morning it is always around 150, then just before lunch it is around 130, then I check it again just before I eat dinner, around 5:30, and it is usually the lowest of the day around 120. I don't worry a whole lot about it anymore because I think it has stabled off. When I was in the hospital a few weeks ago it was way up there because of the steroid treatment I was receiving. Bottom line is that it has stabled off and I track it a lot. My doctor isn't a whole lot worried about it as long it's below 200.
 
 
 
 
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