Is it common or uncommon for a non-diabetic (and/or pre-diabetic) to have a reading of 180 (every so often)? 1 1/2 hours after a late snack at 8:45PM (reading at 10:15PM) of 3/4 cup of All Bran, 1 cup of no-fat milk and 1/2 banana. At 10:45PM (2 hrs)= 140. And then four hours later a reading of 95? So far this only happened (2X in 2 weeks) at this time of night and after late snack of All Bran, no-fat milk. The 1 1/2 hr reading is always higher than the 2 hour reading. Fasting that morning was 93. (Can non-diabetics also get 'spikes?')
Will someone please take this mans meter away???
Thanks Warren. Yes, I know that I am overdoing the testing. I promise to do less testing. Maybe just the fasting. But, I was a bit concerned about the reading of 180 an hour and a half after only eating All Bran with fat free milk and a banana. And then noticing that after another half hour (2 hrs after beginning to eat the All Bran) it was 140. I was just startled to see the 180 pop-up. Almost all of my entire life (70 years) I have been a nervous person and it has tested the patience of a lot of my friends and family. Sorry!
(notice the All Bran contains Aspartane)
It may well be to do with portion size. I tend to get very high readings after my evening meal (although I am t1). When I discussed it with a dietician she suggested I cut down the portion size of carbs, as I often eat a large portion of pasta, rice etc.
All bran and 1/2 a banana is quite a lot of carbs so maybe trying to have a smaller snack will help? Maybe something like a low-fat fruit yoghurt (with sweeteners rather than sugar) will be better on your readings.
PS that's really interesting that all-bran has aspartame! It seems to be in everything!
I think all-bran is a pretty healthy snack, and milk does have carbs but I don't think it's that high on the GI (but I'd have to check that). If you were to cut out dairy you can get calcium from almonds, for example (apparently they have the highhest amount of calcium for any food and have a source of mangese which means the calcium is absorbed properly). I think the trick is to balance what you eat - for instance, I was eating meals that were based on carbs but now I've changed to eat a meal that's roughly 1/3 carb, 1/3 protein and 1/3 veggies.
I would just like to say I don't see anything wrong in checking your blood sugars but then again I'm type1 so need to incase I get lows. You can fall prey, if you test TOO much, to letting this control you. But I can also see that by watching yourself so closely now you will, in the long run, remain healthy. So do what you feel comfortable with!
Thank you both (all). Best wishes for the holidays.
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Robert2 said...Just a short add-on. I did a test this past Friday. I went to my regular juice stand and bought fresh squeezed carrot juice (with 2 stalks of celery) and took it home (I usually sit there and drink the juice). It is supposed to be a medium container (as they do not sell small), but I wanted to measure it to be sure of the size. I measured it and saw that it was 16 oz. One half (1/2) hour before drinking it, my BS was 102. One hour and a half (1 1/2) hours after drinking it, my BS was 156. Two (2) hours after drinking it = 129 and 3 (3) hours after drinking it = 102. (FYI - As you might know, I do not take any medication.)
PS - I do agree with you that the rest of us that are diabetics owe it to ourselves to find out how high our bs spikes as that is where the real damage (if any) occurs.
Thanks! Nice group you have here and the site is huge.
Serial tester... rofl.