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 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
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, heredity, 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.) The point about carbs is that they will make your blood sugar rise, period. This means: potatoes, rice, and any food made with flour or sugar.

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. Right. So, please see about the best ways for you to handle stress as it comes it. Speak with your doctor if you are overwhelmed. Illness can also make our blood sugar rise. Be sure to keep testing your blood sugar.

4. Some medicine affects the blood sugar, so make sure you know this. Prednisone is one of them. Steroid shots and oral medication also raise blood sugar very high. Check the labels or inserts. Ask the pharmacist. Some doctors may even change your diabetes medication while you are on these drugs.

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, 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. It's not that easy though. The best strategy for a diabetic is to have tight control of blood sugar and this is best done by cutting way down on carbs and doing some consistent, regular, sustained exercise like walking, biking, swimming, garden work, aerobic exercises, etc.

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!

Post Edited (Lanie G) : 7/3/2018 6:23:55 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/15/2011 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   

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


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


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.

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

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

Lanie G
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   Posted 12/9/2013 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
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.

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Here are some other websites that have low-carb recipes and forums for support:




Post Edited (Lanie G) : 11/24/2017 4:12:23 PM (GMT-7)

Lanie G
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   Posted 10/1/2014 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
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".


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