eating habits

By angel0219 Latest Reply 2011-08-31 14:14:10 -0500
Started 2011-08-31 06:51:59 -0500

Do you think skipping a meal causes high blood sugars? When I skip meals I do not take my insulin is this good or bad?

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realsis77 2011-08-31 14:14:10 -0500 Report

Hi. I am on insulin. One insulin my 24 hour insulin I take NO MATTER WHAT. But my second insulin the one I take with food, I do not take unless I've eaten a meal. Its fast acting and I know id be low soo fast after id take that shot if I don't eat. My doctor says its best to eat SMALL meals through out the day instead of one or two BIG meals. Bottom line is we are diabetic and we should not be skipping meals or insulin but if your not eating and you use your insulin you will surely go low. We really do need to eat something! Like my doc suggested small meals throughout the day. Try that and see if you like how that works? Skipping meals is not good for anyone espically diabetics! Stress can cause an increase in blood sugar and when you skip meals your body can become stressed from that. So in a way it could actually be causing higher blood sugar if your body is under stress. Try and eat at least three small meals a day and see if you feel better and your blood sugar is better! Or you could try what my doc suggested and eat tiny meals throughout the day. Tiny meals meaning apple slices, or small soup,nothing really heavy and calorie filled. See if that works for you. This is what I do. Its worked well for me and my weight is 115. Not too bad for being on insulin! See if these suggestions help you any and if your blood sugar is better for it! :) I wish you the very best and really hoped this helped you in some way! God bless

Gemm 2011-08-31 12:37:13 -0500 Report

I'm not on insulin - yet anyway - but do have a similar symptom. I don't like to eat as soon as I get up either but have managed to make myself eat within about an hour. This has really helped me keep my sugar from rising a lot because of the 'starvation effect' that our bodies go through when we miss meals. My liver will take from my fat stores what it needs to keep my body fueled when I don't eat or don't eat right and that does cause my sugar levels to rise, actually more some times than if I had gone ahead and eaten. For me, I also find that if I don't eat I have a harder crash in my BG once the initial rise has been used up for fuel than I would have gotten from eating plain sugar when I was still critical hypoglycemic.

As for not taking your insulin only your doctor can tell you whether this is a good or bad for you.


excard1970 2011-08-31 08:03:10 -0500 Report

You haven't said if you test and your blood sugar has gone up after the missed meal. I have a similar problem in the morning. I get up and around 4 hours later eat for the first time (I hate eating when I get up). Normally my blood sugar will climb 20 to 30 points during the time I don't eat. My diabetic educator says it is a version of the "dawn Effect" where my liver is producing extra sugar to make up for the missing food. With her instructions I take a very small dose of insulin to cover the raise in numbers until I eat. But everyone is different and you need to talk to your care team about the situation and how to handle it

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