Blood Sugar rose with little food today. Why?

Axel's Nana
By Axel's Nana Latest Reply 2011-08-31 17:51:01 -0500
Started 2011-08-28 17:13:16 -0500

Today I had a fruit smoothie at home made with frozen (no sugar added) fruit and low fat soy milk this morning for breakfast. Had errands and shopping to do and caring for grandson. Felt hunger around 3 pm and ate a low fat string cheese for snack. My blood sugar reading about 2 hours later was 135.

That is high for me. My A1c is back in the normal range so I no longer take medication due to weight loss and watching my diet.

Any ideas why my sugar is so high this afternoon?

Oh, was only diagnosed in January of 2011.


11 replies

MEGriff1950 2011-08-31 17:51:01 -0500 Report

From what I learned in diabetes class is that when you skip a meal your body produces glucose, more then what you need. This may be what happened to you. I keep glucerna shakes and bars handy for missed meals. There are other brands out there too that are designed to help keep your carbs level when you miss meals. I once even drank one of those shakes at the pharmacy in walmart after purchasing of course. Good luck!

margokittycat 2011-08-28 21:37:27 -0500 Report

I see that you had the smoothie for breakfast, and string cheese at 3 in the afternoon, but did you eat lunch? There is a chance if you did not eat lunch your BS may have dropped during the day without you realizing it and then rebounded.

Axel's Nana
Axel's Nana 2011-08-31 10:33:44 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for your input. No time for lunch that day. Blue berries and Strawberries were the fruit and probably about 1/2 to 3/4 cup frozen.

margokittycat 2011-08-31 11:00:14 -0500 Report

Those may have increased it every fruit works diffrent on everybody. But my thinking is that when I have done that before the doctor always said my BS dropped to low and rebounded by using fat and turning it into sugar and kind of overloaded me.

Axel's Nana
Axel's Nana 2011-08-31 16:31:09 -0500 Report

I would be glad to get rid of the fat but not in an unhealthy overloaded way. This definitely can be perplexing. Thanks for your input!

jayabee52 2011-08-28 17:21:31 -0500 Report

It kinda depends on what fruit and how much fruit was in the smoothie. Sometimes fruit can raise your BG more than one would think it might.

Axel's Nana
Axel's Nana 2011-08-31 10:35:24 -0500 Report

Thank you so much. The fruits were blueberries and strawberries. 1/2 to 3/4 cup frozen. Thought that was within the normal serving size. Go figure. Hmmm.

jayabee52 2011-08-31 16:37:46 -0500 Report

If it is a normal serving size on the bag or box it still could be too much for your system to handle all at once. I would recommend that you test each fruit you consumed using the following:

What I do is to take a BG reading before I test a food. That is my baseline reading. I eat a recommended portion of that food. Then 2 hrs lafter my first bite I take a "postpramdial" reading. That will tell me how much that particular portion of food has raised my BG levels over my baseline readings. If it raises my BG less than 50 pts, I may eat that portion without much trouble. If it raises my BG over 50 then I need decide whether it is too much over 50 or not and I may want to retest it with a lower portion size. If it is closer to a 100 pts raise then I usually decide to avoid that food altogether.

I then put a page in my 3 ring binder with that food on it, and record the baseline, the portion conumed and the postprandial results, and my decisions made, whether to retest with a lower portion, and then results of that test, or if I decided to avoid that food altogether.

I do that so I remember what I've tested and what my decisions were, so I don't have to test again needlessly.

That way I have a book of what works for ME and my metabllism specifically.

Axel's Nana
Axel's Nana 2011-08-31 16:48:38 -0500 Report

Awesome. That is a wonderful way of keeping track of which foods work and which ones are danger zones for ME. Never thought of it that way before. I am so new at this whole thing and my numbers have never climbed really high YET. I want to be educated to prevent that if I can. I used to work in the medical field and took care of people who did not take their diabetes seriously. It was really scary for a young 20 something year old to see the devestation these people were living with because of poor choices. I've made poor choices for years after being told I was hypogycemic and needed to eat as if I were diabetic or I could develop the disease. There is diabetes in our family and yet, I didn't believe it would happen to me. Well, imagine my surprise when the doctor said those words. It suddenly became real and I began making different choices. Thank you for being part of helping me learn to change the way I think about foods.

Type1Lou 2011-08-28 17:19:51 -0500 Report

What kind of fruit did you use? How many carbs were in the smoothie…even though the ingredients were healthy, they may have been higher carb which would cause your sugars to spike…although 135 for me would not be really high. Stress or illness can cause your BG to go up too. I find this disease perplexing, even after 35+ years with it. The same meal at the same time of day with the same insulin can yield vastly different BG readings for me 2 hours post meal. I'm still trying to figure it all out! Congrats on handling your diabetes with diet and exercise! Keep up the good work!

Axel's Nana
Axel's Nana 2011-08-31 10:40:39 -0500 Report

Blueberries and Strawberries Frozen. About 1/2 to 3/4 cup. I thought that was within the normal serving size for Frozen berries. Actually the label said up to 1 cup. I know that 135 is not terribly high, however for me it is. I am on so many medications for many issues, that I really want to be able to keep my sugar under control to eliminate other health problems and more medications and side effects. I am really working hard to get my weight within healthy range and have a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes it gets so overwhelming to try and work on ALL the health limitations at the same time to live as healthy a lifestyle as I can. I am determined and I appreciate all the positive feedback I can get. Thanks so much!