eating and blood sugar

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   Posted 11/18/2007 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I am finding if I don't eat, my blood sugar goes up and if I do eat, they go down. I am also sick with an asthma attack and a nasty this why? I can't get into the endo guy til after Christmas and the nutricianist the first week of December, so I floating here.

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   Posted 11/18/2007 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe you are experiencing a delay? I don't know. Maybe they are shooting up quickly and diving after the meal, then later trying to come back up. I don't know. Do you take insulin? Maybe it has to do with it?
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   Posted 11/19/2007 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi ceebee, lots of factors can make blood sugar go up or down.  Not eating may cause it to go too low but it might begin to rise if your body thinks it's starving.  Sometimes eating (and depending on what you eat) will help even out the blood sugar, too.  The best approach is to eat something at least even if you're sick, but not loaded with carbs, of course.  Sickness and some medications for other health problems can cause the blood sugar to rise, so you need to test.  As you should know from reading through our topics here, if you stick to a lower carb diet, smaller meals (maybe with a couple of snacks) during the day, and regular exercise, your blood sugar should be able to stabilize.  When you do meet with the nutritionist, be prepared to be given a diet and menus with carbohydrates.  Most nutritionists still follow the old ideas of the food pyramid which is grain-based and then expect diabetes meds to cover the carbs.  IMHO this doesn't make sense.  Personally, I tossed out these papers given to me and created my own diet from reading various information online, in books and here and have found valuable information in Dr. Richard Bernstein's book The Diabetes Solution.  So, the more educated you are about your health, the better you can help control it.  Take care and let us know what's going on.

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   Posted 11/19/2007 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Not eating will signal the liver to do a glucogon dump and up your sugar while it changes your body over to utilizing stored energy. When you eat a bit the body goes back into regular mode and stops thinking it's starving. As long as you are ill try to eat a bit of something like dry toast and maybe a poached egg, some applesauce, simple stuff to let your body coast until you're feeling better. Remember to force fluids. This will help your body mobilize your white blood cells and also help your kidneys wash out the byproducts of metabolism.
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   Posted 11/20/2007 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jeannie:) I didn't know that. I will be careful to eat and not skip a meal or snack.
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