Blood Sugar Spikes

By SushiMousr Latest Reply 2011-08-20 11:02:25 -0500
Started 2011-08-11 02:32:47 -0500

My boyfriend was just diagnosed with Type 2 yesterday. We have been reading as much as we can and have a few classes through his doctor next week. When first taking his BS, it was 207, by the third or fourth check before bed it was 394. As soon as we found out about his diabetes we tried to adapt and make some quick changes but I'm worried. Is that spike normal after meals and snacks? Is there an average?

7 replies

MewElla 2011-08-20 10:06:35 -0500 Report

The thing I always out for are carbs, carbs, sodium and fat…Plus I drink a lot of water ea day…16.9 size water bottles…about 4-5 per day plus coffee…

GabbyPA 2011-08-11 08:38:03 -0500 Report

It took time to build up a sugar level like that and it will take some time to get it down. The quick things that you can do is make sure he is drinking a good amount of water and cutting down on carbs like George is saying.

The thing you will need the most is patience and a sense of humor. The body will play tricks on you constantly, and you will need patience to figure out why it is doing what it is. And sometimes the reason that you think end up being something different all together.

Working together is the best thing you guys can do. It will be "interesting" or even "fun" in the beginning, but you need to know it is for the long run.

Paul Weller
Paul Weller 2011-08-20 11:02:25 -0500 Report

Water can really help keep those BG numbers down in addition to regular, appropriate exercise. George is absolutely right as well. Testing before and after is very helpful and keeping excellent records of pre-meal BG, kinds of food you are eating, carb intake, insulin given - all this data can help the doctor determine your insulin to carb ratio to help get your levels within range. For those with Type 1, this can be life saving. We've learned that everyone's body metabolizes carbs and fats differently. Pasta and french fries take much longer to metabolize than whole grains, so we have to give more insulin after Paul eats fries or spaghetti (even whole grain type!).

alanbossman 2011-08-11 08:28:29 -0500 Report

Hi SushiMousr, and welcome to DC family. Most high carb is in white rice,white bread,white potatos,and white flour. These and other foods will drive up his BS. You have to read labels when shopping for food. As George has said you need to test before every meal and 2 hours after a meal, to see how his BS reacts to the food. Most people try to kept there BS 140 and under after a meal. The ADA says 180 and under is okay. I try very hard to keep mine under 140, reason is anything over 140 will cause damage to your body, heart,eyes,kidneys,nerves. What kind of meds is your boyfriend on?

George1947 2011-08-11 02:41:36 -0500 Report

Carbohydrates are not your friend, so if your boyfriend ate a very high carb meal or snack, that will push his numbers very high, very quickly. The best thing he can do is test before and about 2 hours after a meal and determine which foods push his blood sugars high and by how much. The more you're boyfiend learns about his body and the way it reacts the better control he will be able to achieve.

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