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AnxiousTexan
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   Posted 7/10/2017 4:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone,

I'm an active member over on the anxiety forum and was recently informed that I may have pre-diabetes. I'm also a coffee drinker with about 1 tall Starbucks drink consumed per day.

I've always been a bit hypoglycemic (runs in my family), so my doc years ago advised I might want to get a blood meter and check periodically, especially in the morning. I've been doing this off and on for many years and my readings have generally been in the high-80's to low-90's fasting.

However, last month I got a blood test for work and it showed my fasting reading at 102, slightly above the 100 cut-off. Since then I've been testing several days a week and it's usually in the 105 range..

I have also been taking my levels 2 hours after a meal and they are generally around 140 or lower, but always seem to return to that new resting level of around 102.

When I used to take my levels and they were in the 80's or 90's fasting, my post meal numbers were similar. Any thoughts on why my resting/fasting levels have gone up but it doesn't seem my post meal numbers have?

I've been under a lot of stress at work and I've read that can cause elevated sugar levels. Just curious what's you pros think...I do have a doctor visit soon to check out my a1c and my general health.
Anxiety Sufferer Since the 1980s

Medications:
Lexapro @ 10mg per day
Trazodone as needed for sleep

Lanie G
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 5972
   Posted 7/10/2017 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there and welcome to the Diabetes Forum! I'm glad you're proactive about your health but please don't be too concerned about your blood sugar at this point because it seems to be stable even if it's risen a bit.

People who start off with hypoglycemia sometimes do end up with diabetes later on in life but most can be successful controlling their blood sugar with diet and exercise. Understanding how blood sugar works is important so please read the stickies at the top of this forum and also the link in my signature - that link is to a site which has really complete information about blood sugar and there is a search box so you can look for specific facts, too.

Know that our bodies sometimes work in ways that we don't understand and people like you who deal with hypoglycemia just need to eat more frequently and not overload on carbs at meals. Carbs make our blood sugar spike high and then crash, so avoiding meals with a lot of pasta, rice, potatoes and bread will help with that. Over the years your blood sugar may rise on average as you're seeing with the fasting so you'll have to adjust what you're eating.

Illness, pain and stress (and anxiety) all can cause blood sugar to rise (like our blood pressure) so in general this is why it's important to be aware of what our blood sugar is. Anxiety is hard to deal with and I hope you have found some good coping skills.

The A1c will tell you what your average blood sugar has been for about 90 days but it will not tell you what the highs or what the lows were. Testing before and two hours after eating will give you much more information about what food your body reacts to, so keeping a journal with that info is helpful for you and your doctor.

Sorry you are dealing with this but I think you'll do ok knowing how to handle food and all. What do you normally eat?
Lanie

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

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

AnxiousTexan
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Date Joined Dec 2014
Total Posts : 358
   Posted 7/10/2017 5:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Lanie, thanks for the detailed response. Yes my anxiety is mostly under control (it wasn't for a long time, but finally found some good coping skills and on a lower-dose SSRI that works). Of course addressing anxiety doesn't mean I don't have good old work stress!

To answer your question, I've been modifying my diet over the past six months or so, eating more protein and fewer carbs. I don't eat sweets at all anymore (incl. sugar drinks) and try to keep the bread, pasta and other carbs down. Guess my one vice continues to be those lightly salted Lays potato chips, but working on that too. I may need to eat more frequently...historically I've been a three meal eater but perhaps that's not good.

Post Edited (AnxiousTexan) : 7/13/2017 2:09:34 PM (GMT-6)


Lanie G
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 5972
   Posted 7/10/2017 6:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I think we all have a food weakness or vice! Cardio exercise uses up carbs in the system so maybe you can eat those chips and then go for a long run or walk (or bike...) You mentioned coffee in your first post. Actually coffee is not the problem but if it's got sugar in it, that is the problem. The problem with all the fancy coffee drinks today is the amount of sugar in them - not the cream. Cream itself does not raise blood sugar. In fact, pure cream (whipping cream or heavy cream) has no carbs but milk does.

In general, any kind of sustained activity like walking, jogging, dancing, swimming, cutting the grass, etc. really helps control blood sugar and it's also supposed to help with anxiety. I like walking because it's probably the only time I have when I can think without distractions (yes, I do watch where I'm walking! :turnsmile, so this helps with blood sugar and mental states. The problem now is the weather!
Lanie

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

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

AnxiousTexan
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Date Joined Dec 2014
Total Posts : 358
   Posted 7/13/2017 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks again for the good info and insight. My stress level has gone way down this week and my blood sugar has also gone down a bit too.

Another reason to keep stress in check (blood sugar and blood pressure)! smile
Anxiety Sufferer Since the 1980s

Medications:
Lexapro @ 10mg per day
Trazodone as needed for sleep

Lanie G
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 5972
   Posted 7/13/2017 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Good for you! Everything is connected, it seems. Mental, physical....
Lanie

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

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

AnxiousTexan
Regular Member


Date Joined Dec 2014
Total Posts : 358
   Posted 7/16/2017 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I got my blood test results back and my a1c is 5.3%. Actually back in late 2014 it was 5.7% so some improvement looks like.

Back then my doc wasn't too concerned, and now even less so.

I do think I need to watch it over time given family history though. Thanks for the help Lanie! Feel like I have a much better handle on the subject from your replies and my ongoing research.
Anxiety Sufferer Since the 1980s

Medications:
Lexapro @ 10mg per day
Trazodone as needed for sleep

Lanie G
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 5972
   Posted 7/16/2017 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Great results! Yes, you're doing really well!

I am also a realist. I know if I go back to my old way of eating (lots of carbs) that my blood sugar will be very high and I'll be on more than metformin, probably insulin, to control the blood sugar. I have a much better understanding and knowledge of this than my grandmother or mom but of course that was so many years ago. They didn't even have personal blood sugar meters back then. And now we have so many sources at our fingertips. So, you are wise to keep an eye on any upward trends in your blood sugar.

My last advice (or warning, actually) is not to heed the blood sugar 'goals' we read about from the ADA. Their blood sugar parameters are so high that people who actually follow them may still end up with diabetes complications. This is totally my own opinion backed up by the following two resources. The best sources I've found is Dr. Bernstein's book Diabetes Solution and the online link in my signature below to a blood sugar information site. I am not as tightly controlled as Bernstein but it is because of his advice that I will avoid diabetes complications that killed my grandmother and mom.

Have a great and not too hot summer!
Lanie

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

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/
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