By Latest Reply 2012-07-31 16:50:03 -0500
Started 2011-09-19 13:54:09 -0500

Is it better not to eat then to eat? My b/s is a lot lower when I don't eat at all

22 replies

Carol2x 2011-09-24 00:18:49 -0500 Report

They recommend 4-5 small meals per day. Keep it small. Your body needs nutrition or all kinds of problems can occur.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-09-22 15:15:33 -0500 Report

It is always better to eat. Depriving your body the essential nutrients will only lead to complicating your diabetes. Just watch what you eat.
Another thing to consider is that when your blood sugar drops, your body releases hormones to counteract the drop. These hormones trigger the liver to put out glucose. If there is not enough insulin in the body to counteract this, then blood glucose levels rise, resulting in a high reading.
So you may have a lower reading now shortly your blood glucose levels may/will go up without you controlling it. You will be on a high-low seesaw which is dangerous. You numbers may look better but your diabetes is out of control.
Please, just eat sensibly.
God speed

MewElla 2011-09-22 14:10:21 -0500 Report

Even when I sleep later and so it is later testing, my bg# will be up…Body gets used to a routine…

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-09-21 15:38:50 -0500 Report

try some local grown veggies in season! Thats what I do, its great and frree food! I also make homemade chicken soup for meals and snacks, very healthy and a great filler for the tummy! I know, I got ONE! Grandpa Bill

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2011-09-21 15:03:23 -0500 Report

It is true that your blood sugar does go down when you don't eat, but then your body goes into shock if you wait too long and it will send you on a rollar coaster ride of blood sugars and emotions. It is generally better to balance what you eat with the right amount of medication or insulin that you should establish with your doctor.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-22 13:55:53 -0500 Report

Yesterday I was headed to drs and needed to fast because of blood draw. My morning bg was 80 by the time I got my breakfast it was 91 because my meal was 3 hours late. I have seen this happen before.

dIDYMUS 2011-09-30 22:10:33 -0500 Report

Today I got off track, and only had my Atkins drink in the morning. T 2 my bs was 146. So I ate a 1/2 tuna sandwich.2 hours later my bs was 104. Then we went out for dinner,(what a treat) and I had a chilli relleno and a chicken enchilada. 2 hours later my bs is 104. Skipping a snack or meal, seems to make my bs higher. But so does bad foods. My bs went up to 141, only because my husband brought me a piece of homemade sour dough bread. I also quit taking Metforman. I have a DR. appt in about 3 weeks. So far, so good I guess. Not ideal. I know that I should have those small meals, but I get somewhere and don't have anything. I know, should keep some almonds or something in the car that won't rot. Is 91 really bad? I am running between early 90's and 110. Except when I am bad. Then i goes up around 140+. Am I in trouble?

jayabee52 2011-09-30 22:30:31 -0500 Report

91 is nearly ideal IMO. 140+ is not good, but not terrible as long as you don't remain at or above that level for an extended period of time. 140 or above is where complications can get their start.

lacat87 2011-10-01 00:28:31 -0500 Report

My highest should be 160 according to my doctor. But lately it has been in the 200's or sometimes around the 300's. Makes me so angry! Also, I am very underweight and am trying to gain weight. My doctor said for me to eat protein for snacks. I worry that with so high of numbers that damage is being done. Calling doctor Monday after she said to increase my Lantus to 4 units from 3 and change my ratio to 15 from 18. It orgininally was 20. Does anyone else use the ratio to determine how many units to take before meals?

dIDYMUS 2011-09-30 23:06:51 -0500 Report

Thanks! I don't remain there for long. My Dr. said 90 to 110. I will try to do better than that. But, I don't understand about spikes. Is it ok to change bs levels, before, and after you eat. Are we supposed to keep a totally level bs? I think I need to relax.

jayabee52 2011-10-01 16:15:01 -0500 Report

I expect my BG level to rise after I eat. If I eat a lot or eat the wrong things (something high in carbs) I will spike. But the curve of the rise will be different depending on what it is that I eat too much of.

ANYTHING I eat (with the exception of fat) eventually raises my BG levels to some degree. Carbs do it quicker than proteins, but if I eat too much in the way of proteins I will have a longer high than eating carbs.

Yes, perhaps you're right, relax a bit.

jimmyjames43 2011-09-19 18:17:13 -0500 Report

They say if you on meds(insulin) you need to eat so the insulin works,I eat later in the afternoon and found that if i eat a low carb breakfast ia m better off with my numbers,watch the carbs,but eat your body needs fuel,and as always talk with your doc.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-19 15:13:03 -0500 Report

Hello Textatoman, What type of diabetes were you diagnosed with? Do you have your diabetes under control? Have you brought this up with your doctor and or dietician? Our bodies need nurishment to replenish itself.
Sorry but I really want to yell and shout Wake Up Man, this is your life you are talking about. Please talk with your medical professional about how foods and what and when you eat affect your total health.
Good luck,

Type1Lou 2011-09-19 14:20:40 -0500 Report

Actually, prior to the discovery of insulin in the 1920's by Banting and Best, a standard treatment approach for diabetes was a near-starvation diet. Luckily today we have better medications and technology and food options available to help us lead more "normal" lives. In my case, "normal" means eating a low-carb diet (120 grams of carb/day) and trying to keep my BG's in the "normal" range. I don't have to starve myself but I can't eat anything and everything like "normal" folks do.

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