Out of control sugar

Desert Hiker
By Desert Hiker Latest Reply 2011-12-12 17:21:49 -0600
Started 2011-12-11 12:16:47 -0600

I recently started Byetta, however I am really upset about my numbers. Dnner consisted of 1/2 chicken breast, no skin, 1/2 cup of vegatables, no potatos. Desert was 15 almonds arounf 10pm. I took my meds with dinner. Woke up and checked my sugar, 211. Took my Byetta injection, had balck coffee 30 minutes later and 1/2 cup of regular Special K and fat free milk. I hour later my sugar was 312! I don't get it… Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreaciated…

12 replies

SirLoin 2011-12-12 09:12:04 -0600 Report

I noticed mine spiked too. I haven't changed my routine and took my meds at about the same time but from where I was at 90 to 100 at night and110 to 120 in the morning I've been hitting 150 thru 170. The endo Dr told me not to worry to much but am getting blood work done to find out if its my body not making insulin any more or my body rejecting the meds.

Will be finding out soon I hope.

jayabee52 2011-12-12 00:29:23 -0600 Report

Howdy "Hiker" WELCOME to DiabeticConnect! (sorry you qualify for out "little family" but I am glad you came here)

I would suggest you test each food you ate to see if any one food has a tendency to spike you. Not all people with diabetes (PWDs) are alike We are each unique. What may spike you may not spike me. The glvcemic index is useful as a starting point, a general guideline ror what we should and should not consume, but I have found it helpful to know how specific foods or drinks are metabolized by my body.

I test each food or drink I consume and I write that test and its results on a page in a 3 ring binder. That way I know what a certain food or dring will affect my Blood Glucose (BG) levels.


What I do is to take a BG reading before I test a food. That is my baseline reading. I determine what a "serving" of a particular food is using one of these nutrition websites: foodpicker.org (http://foodpicker.org/) or nutrition data.com (http://nutritiondata.self.com/) or
( http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/4486.asp ) or another of your choosing.

Then eat the 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.

To some it may seem like a lot of testing. But to me the cost of the stips I use (I usually buy extra and pay for those out of my pocket) is worth the information on my unique metabolism and how it handles food, and what I can eat, what I should eat sparingly, and that which I absolutely must avoid

I pray that this is useful to you in managing your diabetes.

(Should you wish to keep a copy of these directions for testing, you might wish to copy them to a word processor of your choice, and then print them out and save them to your hard drive.)

Christmas Blessings to you and yours

James Baker.

Desert Hiker
Desert Hiker 2011-12-12 14:33:27 -0600 Report

James, thanks for the support and suggestion. I do know bread of any kind sends me way ou there so I won't even try that one, but I will try it on other foods. It seems like a really good suggestion. Thanks again.

jayabee52 2011-12-12 17:14:19 -0600 Report

Bread of any kind is completely out of my low carb high protein meal plan I have been using since feb 2011. I manage my Blood glucose (BG) levels without diabetes meds using that meal plan. My May 2011 A1c was 5.5 and my BG numbers were at or very close to normal. I also lost about 50 lbs doing that.

Desert Hiker
Desert Hiker 2011-12-12 14:33:37 -0600 Report

James, thanks for the support and suggestion. I do know bread of any kind sends me way ou there so I won't even try that one, but I will try it on other foods. It seems like a really good suggestion. Thanks again.

shani elyse
shani elyse 2011-12-11 19:48:42 -0600 Report

hi desert hiker…I'm new here and definetly not a pro at this screwed up gripping disease…and I don't know how long or deep you and your body have been a diabetic…but…that does'nt sound right to me…how were you feeling when you showed the high numbers? it could be as simple as your meter? That has happend to me the battery in my meter was getting low and was'nt reading right…sounds to me your doing all that you can to keep yourself under control…could be the byetta??

Desert Hiker
Desert Hiker 2011-12-12 14:31:41 -0600 Report

Shanie, Thanks for your comments. I have had readings as high as 430 and felt just fine. It may be my meter however I have been on the Byetta just 2 days and my readings are much lower. After lunch which was a salad with grated cheddar cheese my reading was 145, from the 232 I woke up to. I worked out and walked 2 miles in 30 minutes, burned 230 cal. It all has to be working. The Byetta sure does curb the appetite. Thanfs for your support. This is an awful disease, my mother was diabetic, so was her brother, and Mother. No one else on the family has it but me. Oh well we just have to deal with it I guess.

jayabee52 2011-12-12 17:21:49 -0600 Report

Howdy again Steven,

One point, I have had in the past a BG of about 300 - 400 plus. And out side of being thirsty all the time (and urinating a lot) I felt fine! As we are all unique in our responses to diabetes some people feel lousy with highs and other people feel perfectly alright. So it is deceptive to think that one is OK if one is "feeling fine".

Desert Hiker
Desert Hiker 2011-12-11 16:03:16 -0600 Report

The vegetables were baby carrots, onions and celery left over from earliar (made in the slow cooker. I did a few chores, rode my bike for about 4 miles, checked my sugar it had come down to 148 which I didn't think was too bad. The Byetta definetely takes my appetite away, nausea was not too bad and did not last as long as I thought it would. Thanls for the support.

Caroltoo 2011-12-11 16:30:20 -0600 Report

I'm glad Kevin mentioned the milk as a possible cause. I react to milk also. Otherwise, my thought was that you might not be eating enough…1/2 cup of vegetables, however good in terms of low GI ratings, still isn't much.

Kirla 2011-12-11 15:34:57 -0600 Report

What was your blood sugar before you ate the chicken and stuff. If your blood sugar was high like 170 before you ate seeing 211 might not be all that bad. What kind of vegetables did you eat with the chicken. Peas corn and some other vegetables are considered starchy carbs and will spike some people.

Drinking the fat free milk might have been what caused your blood sugar to spike over 300 in less than an hour. It might have been even higher if you tested maybe 30-45 minutes after drinking it. I found that milk is a high carb food full of sugar. Read the label. I stopped using milk a long time ago. I now use half and half if I have to drink any milk. I also try and not drink more than a half a cup at a time. Even half and half has some carbs in it. Lately been buying fat free half and half. It has more carbs than the regular half and half but was cheaper so I switched. I use it to make my low carb ice cream. Only end up with less than half a cup in one cup of ice cream.

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