Thanks again for the kind and thoughtful reply. (Before I go any further - what a beautiful baby. It was long ago that I held a newborn, but seeing that picture brought back fond memories.)
(1) Is there any way you (or Warren) can offer an answer to my question in previous post: "As Warren thoughtfully said in his reply: 'As long as that fasting BS stays within the safe zone consistenly, don't worry about an occasional 'flyer''. And I asked: "I will not worry about the occassional 'flyer' over 100, but I was trying to find out what the "SAFE ZONE" would be for me. Is there an answer?" Someone said 100, and another 109, and 120 and 130.
Warren also gave another excellent explanation, which I didn't know about: "The other thing that can happen is called the "dawn effect" and thats when the liver dumps excess glucose late in the night/early in the morning while you are sleeping. This can often lead to a fasting level over 100." (2) I wondered if this could happen often (to me or to others)? Any way to prevent? I usually did the fasting test 10 hours after eating, and thought that if the number was 100 (+), I might be testing too soon or too late after eating.
(Once again, Warren gave another excellent example of "why a higher fasting number," when he said: "Last but not least, not getting enough sleep can also be a culprit in pushing your numbers up. See all the seemingly unrelated things that can push your sugar around??" As I mentioned in a responded post, I usually wake up several times during the night.)
All of these things can cause a higher fasting reading, (3) but why do they happen? Am I doing something wrong, or is it just something unique to each individual? I find it difficult to understand all these numbers (mostly ups) when my A1C in Nov. 2005 was 5.2 which many people have said is excellent for the way my body has been dealing with BS in past three months (especially when I was eating all that 'garbage' FF/SF ice cream, which also contains malitol, which I read is 'awful' stuff for some folks. I know I had to run to the toilet.)
(4) I don't do the fasting test every day now, but one time it might be 89, and another 108 and another 93. It is all so very confusing for me. Especially as a 'worrier,' for I get really anxious and worked-up when I see a new (higher) figure pop-up. I don't know what went 'wrong.' Did I eat something the night before that caused the 'increase?' That is why I was a bit concerned to see a fast of 100 and then after I took a 2 1/2 mile walk, my test when I finished the walk was 120, which was higher than the fasting, even though I did not have anything to eat. I NEVER have gotten low BS reading after that 2 1/2 mile walk (without eating breakfast), and that is why I wondered why my BS could go up after that 2 1/2 mile walk. I thought, if anything, the reading after 2 1/2 mile walk would be lower than my fasting reading. So, if my morning fast was 100 (for whatever reason it was that high, I don't really know), the 2 1/2 mile walk would make the reading after the walk go down instead of up.
Wow, did I write that much? Sorry. (Can you believe that I like the 1/2 cup All Bran; 1/2 sugar free Soy milk - and a few yellow grapes thrown in, on occassion. Since giving up the rice cakes and the 'bowl' of puffed rice, (I gave up eating bread and potatoes about a year or two ago.) etc., I have lost about 5-7 lbs. I am practically the same weight as when I first began to work, after I left school - 140. Have you tried the Planter's mixed-nuts (sodium free net carbs=3) yet?).
As always, thanks again for your (and Warren's) kind help. Don't know where I would have turned with my questions and concerns, without this site. (Just thinking, if I never bought that meter, I never would have found out about that awful Edy's SugarFree/FatFree ice cream and the results it produced for me.)
Some people get old too fast - and smart too late.
Post Edited (Robert2) : 1/7/2006 4:06:39 PM (GMT-7)