By flipmom Latest Reply 2011-11-08 23:30:15 -0600
Started 2011-09-14 18:36:14 -0500

i was browsing on this site and i thought that when we test our bg within 2 hours of our meal, the read would be our peak… but according th this site, it should be back to normal at that time!! Or did i just just confused myself? anyone?

(Everyone has some sugar in their blood. The normal amount of sugar in the blood ranges from about 70 mg/dL to about 120 mg/dL in people who don't have diabetes. Blood sugar goes up after eating, but returns to the normal range in 1 or 2 hours. A good blood sugar range for most poeple with diabetes is from about 70 mg/dL to 150 mg/dL. This is before a meal - like before breakfast or 4 to 5 hours after you last meal. Your blood sugar should be less than 200 mg/dL about 2 hours after your last meal. The American Diabetes Association recommends an A1c of 7% or lower.)

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annesmith 2011-11-08 15:35:09 -0600 Report

THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION on this : I did not realize that my blood sugar should be between 70-150 after my last meal. LESS THAN 200 ABOUT 2 HOURS AFTER I EAT A MEAL? I can't even imagine really———my blood sugar is always 200 or more 2 hours after eating—————————————————-THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION AGAIN——sincerely, ANNE

jayabee52 2011-11-08 23:30:15 -0600 Report

sounds like you may need either a tuneup regarding your eating habits
OR an increase in your diabetes meds.

Try the eating habit tuneup first.

Copperchef 2011-09-16 08:42:47 -0500 Report

Hi flipmom, welcome to the site. You will find, that everyones responses to foods are different. I have changed my eating habits and my diet considerably since my diagnosis 2 years ago. When I started, had an A1c of 11^ and BG of 525. Now, A1c of 5.6 and my BG runs 86 to 104.
Testing is only part of the equation as are foods. Lifestyle and excercise also play a role. I ended up taking a diabetic nutritional class offered by my local hospital and a dietician, who her self was a type 1 diabetic. What I learned was very enlightening and empowering. Gave me tools that helped me get myself under control.
Best thing I learned was that guidelines are just that guidelines. There is nothing etched in stone. We each have to find what works for us and use those techniques which help us attain our goals.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-14 22:41:48 -0500 Report

Flipmom here was a shocker for me. I was wanting a deep fryer so finally got a nice new one about a month ago. Visions of beer batter onion rings, mushrooms and other goodies danced through my head. The first night we had shrimp and fries, 2 hours later 259 the next night 2 corn dogs 2 hours later high then 3 hours later higher even almost 400. I saw the pattern very quickly did some online research and low and behold deep fried foods take longer to digest and raise lipids or something like that. Cooking methods make a huge difference too. Lesson learned.

flipmom 2011-09-14 23:35:24 -0500 Report

oh wow! im gonna have to look that up.. thanks!

MEGriff1950 2011-09-14 23:37:23 -0500 Report

What I finally typed into google was "how long does it take to digest deep fried foods" yes that is kind of long but was wearing out my fingers when I tried to associate diabetes and deep fried food.

Abby888 2011-09-16 07:30:06 -0500 Report

My endocrinologist also told me that pizza and chinese food digest slowly too raising blood sugar way after eating :)

flipmom 2011-09-16 10:05:20 -0500 Report

im thinikng of chinese food now! hahaaaa.. i tried not to eat rice more than half a cup which is very hard..

MEGriff1950 2011-09-16 09:18:01 -0500 Report

Thank you for that. I thought for a long time that rice raised my blood sugar. It was not until I found out about the deep fried foods that I realized it might not be the rice. I was eating almond or general chicken when I got the high readings. I ate at a buffet a while back and stayed with the stir fry type item, choosing mostly veggies and my sugars were great.

Kirla 2011-09-14 19:25:09 -0500 Report

When your blood sugar peaks after eating may be different for a lot of people. It will also depend on what you eat. Eat high carb starchy foods or foods with a high sugar content it may peak sooner. Fat and protein seems to slow down when you peak even when eating with high carb foods. That’s why balancing your meals with carbs protein and fat is important to help reduce blood sugar spikes.

I read somewhere that most people will peak about 1 hour after most meals. But depending on what you eat it may peak sooner or later. One day after lunch I tested about 30 minutes after eating and I was very surprised to see 180. I found that at lunch my blood sugar was going from about 90 to 180 then back down to around 90 all in less than one hour. That’s when I added some chicken, beef or pork to my lunch. I don’t add a lot but I found it helps reduce the after lunch spikes.

By doing a lot of testing (about 20 times a day) I found that my blood sugar will peak about 1¼ hours after drinking breakfast, 25 minutes after eating lunch and about 1 hour after eating dinner.

To find when you peak after eating start to test about 20-30 minutes after and then every 10-15 minutes thereafter. You should see your blood sugar going up and then when it drops you know approximately when you peak. By testing several times around this approximate time the next day you can get it pretty close to when you peak. Its not an exact science but should get close. If you eat different foods all the time and change what you eat at different meals then it may not be all that accurate.

Good luck

annesmith 2011-10-31 23:30:29 -0500 Report

Yes…my blood sugar peaks extremely high about 20 minutes after I eat—-I have peaked over and over between 180 and 600…sometimes it registers HI, and on my machine HI means over 600…I have KEYTONES most often within 2-3 hours after I eat——I must have very little insulin kicking out during those times is what I figured. I have been working on evening those highs DOWN, but ever so carefully. I don't want to end up with severe nerve damage, etc from it all…ANNE

Kirla 2011-11-06 11:47:55 -0600 Report


When diagnosed I felt fine. I had sore on my legs that took forever to heal but didn’t realize what was happening to me. High blood sugar is something you need to get down as soon as possible. My blood sugar when diagnosed was in the 300-400 range and might have been higher. I figure I probley had diabetes for 7 or 8 years before being diagnosed. Well it took me about 6 weeks for my blood sugar to get under control.

Well a few weeks or maybe a month after getting my blood sugar under control my feet started to hurt. It felt like someone was sticking needles in my feet. I was getting stabbing pains. The pain lasted for several weeks and finally went away. Now I have the numb tingling feeling most of the time. I’m hoping that they will get better in a few years but I really don’t know.

One problem with high blood sugar is that it hides the damage it’s doing. If you don’t get it under controlling soon complications will happen. I believe most complications will go away or at least will have some improvement as long as we learn to control our blood sugar. At worst controlling blood sugar should stop the damage from getting worse in most people. But there are no guarantees thought. Some people do everything right and still the complications come. But I believe it’s worth a fight to try and prevent them from getting worse.

This is what I post for people having a hard time with blood sugar control. Its what I did. It may help and then again it may not. But I believe it’s worth trying. High blood sugar isn’t good.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

flipmom 2011-09-14 21:45:03 -0500 Report

thanks kevin… i checked 2 hours after a meal just because its easier to remember and im always fine.. no peak.. so i guess im gonno have to start testing an hour after..

Kirla 2011-11-06 12:01:06 -0600 Report

It all depends on your A1C. If your below 6 or maybe 6.5 your probley ok. If above 7 you might not be doing as good as you think. I found that I could go from 90 to 180 and back down to 100 in all less that 1 hour. Testing 2 hours is ok if you A1C’s are below 7 but if higher you might want to try and find out when your peaking. How you find out when you peak after each meal you need to start testing like 20-30 minutes after eating and then about every 10 minutes thereafter until your blood sugar starts to drop. You should see a steady rise and then it should start to drop. When it starts to drop you will have an approximate time for when you peak for that meal. I found I had to test every meal because I was peaking at different times for different meals. It will also change if you eat different foods all the time. Different foods even for the same meal can be different. I read somewhere that most people will peak 1 hour after eating so if you don’t want to waste a lot of strips just use the 1 hour mark. I did for awhile. It works with helping to gain better control.