Hello - new member here - question about blood sugars

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 4/27/2008 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I am a Type 2 diebetic - my bc was at 338 and my A1c was 13 at my doctor's appt 1 week ago.  I was  put on Jenuvia and Glipizide XL, plus Lipitor for High Cholesterol.  I watched what I ate and ate only good carbs - no sugars or processed foods  and my sugars came down daily and on Friday evening they were at 103!   Then, Saturday morning they were at 141, Saturday evening up to 255 and this morning at 176.  I did have a bowl of Kashi cereal last night with a bowl of milk around 8:00.  The other factors were that I watched my two grandkids overnight (6 months and 22 months) and helped my mom and dad pack their house to move on Sunday afternoon.  I was wiped out Saturday morning already and then exhausted by the time I came home Saturday evening, plus my hips were hurting pretty badly.  My question is - even though I ate well - no processed food, only good carbs (fruits/whole grains), proper portions - does exhaustion/tiredness/body pain affect blood sugars?    It may sound like a crazy question, but I'm trying to figure out this whole numbers game too?  Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 6056
   Posted 4/27/2008 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry I didn't greet you sooner but we get a little quiet on weekends when the weather is nice. Welcome to HealingWell. Hope you feel right at home.

Right now your body is going through an adjustment period with new meds, stress, doing too much and everything else that is going on... I'm surprised it was only 176 this morning. To answer your question, Yes, stress, pain, exertion, and all that will affect your numbers. Most of us here have found that one of the best ways to learn about how your body reacts to the different facets of the disease is to start a journal or diary for yourself. You want to keep track of the fasting morning blood sugar, 2 hrs. after meals and one pre-meal count. Along with this you want to note foods eaten, amounts and times, along with meds and exercise. Obviously you can't do all of this at once... tongue

If you want to see how a carb based food affects your blood glucose include a serving of it in a meal that has no other carbs. An example would be meat, green beans, salad with dressing, and a small baked potato with butter. (no bread, milk or carrots) The only carb is the potato. Be sure to include the butter or some other fat like 5 or 6 olives on your salad. Then test two hours after. Write down the result and pretty soon you will have a running list of what you should eat and what you should avoid. For myself, I seldom have cereal and milk. I usually pick a fruit and a fat for my evening snack. (Banana and crunchy peanut butter... Mmmmm!)

Fat slows the stomach emptying time and makes kind of a timed-release out of the banana. Helps me with my dawn phenomenon numbers. Fats also help us absorb fat soluble vitamins, keep our skin and hair healthy, help with regularity and make us feel satisfied. The best fats are monosaturated like nuts, nut butters, avocadoes, olives and olive oil. Butter and meat fats like bacon may be used for flavoring, so not much is needed.

I don't want to write a book here so I guess I'll just tell you to read back in the posts and you will find how others are learning to adapt their lifestyles and food plans to tame the Diabetic Dragons that inhabit our lives. We are all still learning and like to share so we can support each other. Take care.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 4/28/2008 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   

You might be like me. I can't eat cereal at all and Kashi although a good choice, is really loaded with carbs. Read the box, it is higher than most other cereals. I have to stay away from all grains and milk also. Try eggs or egg beaters instead of the cereal and see what that does. My bg goes crazy if I even look at grains. Everyone is different in how they process foods. Keep testing after eating and see what raises your bg and you will find the safe foods for you. Take care:)
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