Posted 6/11/2006 12:05 PM (GMT -7)
Here's my story...
I'm male, 36, overweight.
Never had many major health problems, but I do take Atenolol daily for slightly high blood-pressure and Aciphex for Acid Reflux. Both are under control.
Last week, I woke up feeling like I had no energy at all. Extremely sluggish and could barely move. I didnt think much about it, just wrote it off to a lack of sleep catching up to me. Within a few hours tho, I was so tired I couldnt move. I went back to sleep in the afternoon and slept for a few more hours. When I woke up, I felt better but no where near good.
Later that night, for some reason, I thought "I'll check my blood sugar". I've had a test kit for years, from a time when I thought my blood sugar may have been running low (it was fine). So with the test strips that were 2 years out of date my blood sugar was around 190. I knew that was high, and tested it several more times with similar readings. I wrote it off to the strips being out of date. However, after about 2 hours and doing housework, it was at 140. So feeling better I drank a few beers and watched TV. Never thought ANYTHING else about it, until...
The last Friday, got up at 10am for work, around 11am I ate 3 hotdogs for lunch. By Noon, I started to take a shower and I was so tired I had to lay down first. I just felt like I needed to fall asleep right then. The thought about my blood sugar came to mind and I checked it again, the reading was 266.
On my way to work, I stopped by a friends house who has a test kit. I really thought my strips were wrong, but this time the reading was 252, so I knew mine was close.
I called my doctor and have an appointment this next Thursday, but here's some questions I have.
I have monitored my blood glucose very carefully yesterday and so far today. When I woke up yesterday mid-morning, it was around 140. For lunch I ate a Healthy Choice entree of pasta (260 calories). about an hour later, it was at 170. I did some house work, worked up a good sweat, and didnt feel tired actually, but I checked it again about 2 hours after eating and it was 222. I thought it must have been the pasta, but it was THAT much pasta, something like 8 pieces of Raviolli. Just seemed like a really big jump. I did end up napping later in the day and for dinner I ate a Salad with Lettuce, Ham, Croutons, Shredded Cheese & Italian Dressing. Several hours after eating my sugar was at 124. But by midnight had gone back up to 124 without me eating anything else.
Today, I woke up and checked my sugar before doing anything at 11:47am, it was 136. Checked it again at 1:20, it's 172. I had not eaten ANYTHING. Only took my daily Atenolol and Aciphex with water.
Obviously my blood sugar is out-of-whack. But why is it going up without eating anything? That doesnt make any sense. I'm cooking beans right now, and I'm afraid if I eat anything its going to skyrocket again. I thought glucose levels would only go up if I had eaten.
Any thoughts and advice on this would be appreciated. But before anyone says anything, I plan to buy a treadmill and modify the foods I eat to get this under control.
Post Edited (ChuckR) : 6/11/2006 1:07:17 PM (GMT-6)