Spike in blood sugar after it being too low

By milkdudz68 Latest Reply 2012-02-19 18:51:11 -0600
Started 2012-02-17 20:27:49 -0600

I had symptoms of being low and was 72. I ate then 4 hours later my glucose tested 196. How can that be? I only ate 10 whole grain crackers with 2 tbsp of natural pb and a glass of skim milk. What would cause this?

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Lizardfan 2012-02-19 18:51:11 -0600 Report

I tend to overtreat for lows to get rid of that famished feeling that I get when low. Low for me is below 70, that is when I start to get symptomatic.

One thing I do that helped me is to take glucose tabs. I drink a glass of water and retest. I repeat until I start up, even a few points means I am coming out of the low. I have tabs everywhere, purse, car, nightstand to grab quickly.

I never rely on feelings for a low, the meter is my friend in this instance for sure. After my BG levels have started up I follow with a small peanut butter cracker snack. I make sure to eat a meal within a short time. Hope this helps.

jayabee52 2012-02-18 15:43:39 -0600 Report

Howdy Milkdudz, WELCOME to DC!

There is a way to find out what foods "play nice" with your metabolism and which do not Milkdudz. If you would like me to send it via DC inbox just ask me and then follow me back (and we become friends) and I will send it to you, (free of charge).

I suspect it would have been the crackers if you would like my best guess.

To correct a low your best proceedure is to follow what is known as "the rule of 15s" This is simply to take 15 grams of a FAST acting glucose source (like glucose tabs or orange Juice — look on the label to determine how much 15 grams would be— ) then 15 min. after you consume those 15 grams take your Blood Glucose (BG) reading. if it comes up in that time eat some protein (like peanut butter) to get your BG to stay up longer. If after the 15 mins your BG has not risen enough then repeat the process until your BG raises enough to be "normal", and THEN eat the peanut butter to keep your BG levels up and steady.

Too often we eat frantically when we get into a low, which can lead to getting on the "BG roller coaster", where we go high and then plummet and sometimes back again into a low.

I had seen my late wife "Jem" on such a BG roller coaster too many times.
I wonder if riding thar ride contributed to her demise. I am sure it didn't do anything good for her.

Young1s 2012-02-18 12:08:54 -0600 Report

It depends on the how many carbs are in the crackers, the type of milk and you. I've found that Multi-grain wheat thins agree with me and 2% milk doesn't spike me as high as whole.

DeanaG 2012-02-18 09:31:49 -0600 Report

Crackers will cause my BS to shot to over 200 in no time and stay high for awhile.

Jeanae 2012-02-19 09:15:27 -0600 Report

Me too! My endo told me not to look at numbers over 70 as low as it will reset what my body thinks is low but actually isn't. But when it is around the low 70's and I start to feel like it is low- I drink 8 oz. of skim milk and eat 2 whole grain crackers. Then I retest later. If I ever ate 10 crackers in one sitting I know my number would shoot sky high. I just don't process or react to grains very well. Good luck.

annesmith 2012-02-17 23:18:07 -0600 Report

That's very interesting…when I am low, which rarely happens anymore, unless I don't use my common sense and I run and walk on an empty stomach, when I am in a low I eat high protein and orange juice..if I had what little you had, I'd have gone lower, or it would have come up for me maybe 3 or 5 points. I have no idea why you spiked up that much higher…I know that all of my after meals, unless I skip a meal , are seriously high—well over 400. My only guess is that you may have had a lot of carbs before the low happened and they came back later and bit you…ha…this disease is complicated…sincerely, ANNE

George1947 2012-02-17 22:47:14 -0600 Report

Personally I don't consider 72 low… I don't treat until I'm below 60… And you have to be very cautious about over treating a low…

Harlen 2012-02-17 22:46:15 -0600 Report

may be just try the milk ????
I know when I go way low I tend to over do it so I use a scale now lol
Hope this helps
Best wishes

pixsidust 2012-02-17 22:17:07 -0600 Report

or at least the crackers. Did you drink anything in that 4 hour time period?
You may consider eating more protein after dropping so low.

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