I'm having a bad BG day...

By melissa5786 Latest Reply 2012-07-22 16:38:04 -0500
Started 2012-07-15 11:49:30 -0500

I took my BG before bed last night and it was 273! I took my insulin and chalked it up to eating too much at a party. When I woke up this morning it was 200. I took my AM insulin and ate obe small no sugar added blueberry muffin. I didn't expect a lunch reading of 229 at all!

I don't know why my readings are doing this! I'm dusappointed in myself because I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

Realistcally, I know it's not me. But, it's been so long since I got a reading higher than 180.

33 replies

judy makowski
judy makowski 2012-07-22 16:38:04 -0500 Report

I can tell you what I have been told. Just eating carbs raises my sugar. If I put fat and protein with it it balances itself out. I also found if I cut back to much on the next meal I am very hungry and my sugar still doesn't balance itself out. My A1C was 6.5 for the first time in over a year so I am satisfied. You will get it. Sometimes we all have a diffiuclt couple of day but if we get back on the program it all works itself out.

joanna RN NP
joanna RN NP 2012-07-21 13:17:34 -0500 Report

Do you ever check your blood sugar in the middle of the night? Sometimes our body responds to TOO much insulin by releasing glucagon from the liver overnight to prevent us from going low. That being said, if you check your bs around 3am and its low, your body may be releasing glucagon to protect you. If its still high at 3am, then possibly your coming down with something? Or you ate something with a high fat content that night that's keeping the sugar from being broken down as fast? Hope that helps!

MoeGig 2012-07-18 22:49:28 -0500 Report

Don't worry, you're doing ok; but, it takes time to figure out what food can do to your BG. After 46 years of trying to keep in balance, it just takes practice. If it were me, I would have taken 5 units of regular insulin to cover the muffin…sugar free or not. The long term secret is to eat no carbs…(or very few); and, get sweaty at least every other day. This is the magic formula to avoid miserable complications. A1C needs to be in the 6's..not more, not less. Good luck.

melissa5786 2012-07-19 06:46:18 -0500 Report

My A1C is 6.7. It hasn't been out of the 6's since I got out of the hospital 3 years ago. I do the best I can, but sometimes life gets in the way… I'll straighten it.out. Thank you everyone!

MAYS 2012-07-19 07:04:35 -0500 Report

Although it can always be better remember this…
Better to be in the 6's than in the 7's and above!
You are doing good, continue taking care of yourself!

GabbyPA 2012-07-18 09:33:46 -0500 Report

The trick may have been to eat some protein or fat with your muffin. Or to have a veggie breakfast if you are starting out that high. I know if I am high like that in the morning I tend to eat something like and egg omelet with veggies or a salad with some protein in it. That helps bring my numbers down. The trick is some balance of each group. Carb, fat, protein and fiber. If you can get some of that in every meal, it does help prevent spikes

And as some have said, after a big over do such as a party, it might take a day or so to get things back in order. Party foods often have a lot of fat in them and that can keep you going for a while.

I know you will figure it out. Sometimes our bodies just get the best of us.

dmike1 2012-07-19 11:56:59 -0500 Report

in party foods what causes the spikes - to many fats or to many carbs?

GabbyPA 2012-07-19 16:55:53 -0500 Report

It is usually a lot of carbs that are hanging with a lot of fats. Thus you can stay high for longer periods of time. That is why pizza can really back fire on people sometimes. Some people have high numbers for a couple of days after a pizza binge.

jayabee52 2012-07-19 15:31:47 -0500 Report

I agree with melissa5786 in part that it is the volume, however it is also the TYPE of carbs in many party foods. Many party foods have simple carbohydrates which digest quickly.

Fats would slow the spikes as they digest slower than most foods and delay gastric emptying.

melissa5786 2012-07-19 12:07:20 -0500 Report

For me, it's the amount. It's hard to stay on track when I don't have my tools to measure the amount of food that goes on my plate. I choose my foods wisely: salads, veggies, fruits, nuts and blue tortilla chips with salsa ir hummus are my go-tos.. But, at a party it's hard not to munch on more than I nornally would at home.

GabbyPA 2012-07-19 16:56:39 -0500 Report

I know, I wish we had a trap that would keep our mouths shut after we reached our limit. LOL

NiceDiabetes 2012-07-17 19:42:41 -0500 Report

Must have been a bad day for readings yesterday as I had lots of highs. Mine were stress related but always disappointing whe you correct and then again and still nothing happens

"Sue" 2012-07-17 11:33:57 -0500 Report

I'm having the same isuess with my own bloodsugars . And now I have to keep a joural of what I eat every day to find out what is making my sugar raise some . SoI guess I'm in the same shoes you are in.

Juan M.
Juan M. 2012-07-17 09:39:34 -0500 Report

Wow. I read through this thread and it tells me just how ugly this dis-ease is. I pray everyone stick to what the need to, hang in there through rough patches and celebrate any small victories. Each of us are different with different needs, values, goals, desires and even different diabetes. Let just support each other

melissa5786 2012-07-16 21:41:58 -0500 Report

This is the internet, people are.going to take things out of context no matter what the intentions are.

Joyce, I appreciate the comment you made. I considered the type of flour I used, however, I use it all the time and it never affected me. But, if may not have been something one would consider off the bat. So, thank you.

We are all here for the same reason. We are trying to live our lives and not let diabetes take control. There is no need to start arguments or bite each other's head off. We're supposed to be a family. We are all related by blood (sugars) after all.

flgrammy 2012-07-16 17:04:20 -0500 Report

Melissa my blood sugars do this as well and sometimes it could be an advance warning that I am getting sick even though I don't feel it yet or carrying an infection, etc.. even stress and lack of sleep can do this to me. I am glad to hear you say that you know its not you. Sometimes we just can't explain why these diabetic bodies of ours do what they do. Hang in there and I will certainly say a prayer that you get back on track right away. Take care and God Bless.

melissa5786 2012-07-16 10:30:25 -0500 Report

I take 24 units of 70/30 in the morning and before bed. I am on a sliding scale for lunch and dinner. It was just a bad day. I'm back to normal today.

cindygal1 2012-07-17 11:59:02 -0500 Report

That is great to hear. We all have off days. I took mine yesterday morning ad it was 38, I had to eat something sweet to bring it back up to normal. It happens to the best of us. Hang in there

Type1Lou 2012-07-16 10:27:40 -0500 Report

Has your doctor provided you with a sliding scale? When I was on MDI and my BG was over 250, I was instructed to bolus even though I wasn't eating anything…same thing with my pump. The carbs in the muffin made it a less than great breakfast choice (eggs without toast would have been better), especially given the high fasting reading…again, did you bolus just for the muffin carbs or using a sliding scale which would have taken into account the higher than desired fasting BG…something to ask your doctor about. It's always such a balancing act! Carbs are a major component in raising your BG and, if you reduce/eliminate them, you should get better results.

old biker
old biker 2012-07-16 07:04:39 -0500 Report

It's not just you.I am a T2 on one daily shot of insulin plus Met. A low carb diet plays a major role in my diabetes management and I have noticed when I have allowed my BGL to get high for what ever reason. It would take a day or two to get them stabilized to where I like to see them

marshagolightly 2012-07-15 17:06:52 -0500 Report

The muffin was sugar free, but was it low carb. Could of been the flour in it. No matter what kind of flour it was. Just trying to help you figure it out :)

Caroltoo 2012-07-16 11:19:43 -0500 Report

Particularly true if you have any form of unrecognized or undiagnosed reaction to a particular flour. I find those with gluten give me a much higher spike than those without. Might be another thing to consider in the future. I used to feel safe behind the "no known allergies" response, but found it to be oh so wrong for me.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-15 18:52:36 -0500 Report

Marsha I have had cakes made with soy flour and soy milk and sweetened with Splenda that did nothing to my blood sugar. I met other diabetics who use soy flour for baking and they use it because it has very little effect on their blood sugar if at all. Therefore, not all flours will have the same reaction on everybody. Diabetes can be different for each individual.

marshagolightly 2012-07-16 09:01:00 -0500 Report

I was just trying to help her troubleshoot :)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-16 10:37:20 -0500 Report

There is absolutely nothing wrong with helping anyone troubleshoot but you have to make sure you know that diabetes does not effect everyone the same way. This is why I try never to use the word "we" when talking to a group of people. For example when a person says "we as diabetics can't eat corn because it will raise our blood sugar" isn't a true statement. Eating the corn might not raise everyone's blood sugar. Diabetes is not a one size fits all disease.

marshagolightly 2012-07-16 13:11:53 -0500 Report

I think I know that having been diabetic for 8 yrs. if we can't try to help people out then why be on this forum? I shall go back to my other forum where all input is welcome and no one puts anyones opinion or choices down they just try to help. Meaning take what you need. Leave what you don't. Respect each others choices!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-16 21:12:42 -0500 Report

You know Marsha life is not all bunnies and happy faces. Not everyone is ever going to agree with what you say. Heaven knows not everyone is going to respect you either. Respect is earned not given automatically. Did you leave the other forum because someone disagreed with you? Life is short and I don't spend it being mad or upset over anything someone says unless it is going to directly effect my lifestyle, health or safety. I simply pointed out why all flour isn't the same and gave an example of what can happen when the word "we" is used when discussing a group of people. There was no reason to get upset. In my lifetime, I have helped more people than you or I can count. You may have done the same. That isn't the important item here. What is important is that people have a right to agree and disagree with each other's opinions, statements or things they do. Getting upset about it isn't the way to go. Running back to another forum isn't the answer either because sooner or later someone is going to disagree with you. You can't keep running from something because people don't agree with you. You stick around and try to find out why they didn't agree with you. Both sides might learn something from each other.

melissa5786 2012-07-15 17:43:32 -0500 Report

It had 20 carbs. I usually eat around 35 since breakfast is my biggest meal. My BG before dinner was 99. Way better than the start of the day :) Thank you everyone for the replies!

DeanaG 2012-07-15 13:28:14 -0500 Report

It seems that sometimes that diabetes has it's own agenda. Hang in there and don't give up!!
Just keep on course! ;-)

Nana_anna 2012-07-15 13:15:14 -0500 Report

If you need to know, your not alone. Mine does the same thing. Truthfully. I struggle with high numbers, no matter what I do, what I eat, the numbers just stay up. The best thing to do, is to not let it bother you. Exercise is good, walking helps. Staying active in whatever you like to do helps. Consistancy is the key.

Caroltoo 2012-07-15 12:37:33 -0500 Report

I have found that, if I do something really off my diet, it may take a couple of days for my BGs to return to baseline. They begin to drop, like yours have, but to really go back takes longer. It's the "cost" of going outside of my plan.