Not changing a thing, yet blood sugar spikes??

By Shelbo09 Latest Reply 2012-08-16 13:49:55 -0500
Started 2012-08-15 23:31:16 -0500

Ugh, I'm so frustrated! I'm a young 22 year old type 2 and it's been a really long road coping with my diagnosis. Especially since I wasn't obese or inactive. I just happened to come down with this scary disease. Even my doctors are kind of puzzled as to why I got it other than it running in my family.

Anyway..that's not why I'm currently frustrated.

For over a month now that I recall, my BS has been really good. 2 hours after my dinners, my BS readings have been around the low 100's-120's. Which is normal from what I've read.

Suddenly this past week, my 2 hour after dinner readings have been as high as 192. The thing is, I haven't changed a darn thing! I've kept up with my exercise routine, and I haven't changed my diet. I've eaten the same things I've always eaten even when my BS was really good.
Why on earth would my BS suddenly be high this week if nothing has changed??

The only thing that was different this week was my period. I don't really recall my blood sugar spiking when I've previously been on my period, but my menstrual cycles are pretty irregular so I can't really remember. I just know this same week my BS spiked, I've been on my period. Is there some kind of correlation there or we just don't get any slack when it comes to Type 2?

Sorry for my pessimism, I just get down about it sometimes.

Any advice? Thanks guys.

5 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-16 13:33:17 -0500 Report

Shelbo, stress, body changes, what and how much you eat etc…all can play a role in your BG readings. Journal what you eat when it is that time of the month along with your readings. Also journal what and how you feel. I would do this for a couple of months to see if there is a pattern then work on it from there.

I have been T2 for a couple of years. Everything is routine to me. I don't focus on being a diabetic. I am a person with diabetes who has a lot that she wants to do in life and diabetes isn't going to control that.

Find ways to calm yourself and relax, it will get better for you over time. Don't panic when you have spikes because if you spiked the day before and panicked you may still have that worry when it is time to test again and that can have an effect on your test results. You will get through this I believe that.

Proud Army Mom
Proud Army Mom 2012-08-16 08:12:56 -0500 Report

Hi Shelbo - first of all I'm glad you posted - I find that just getting so many different perspectives from the terrific people in this group is invaluable!

Ok, so I am going to list a few things/suggestions that might help (or not, but have helped me - I am also T2):

1) Workout/exercise routine - just like anything else, your body (miracle that it is) adapts, so you need to mix up your workouts in order for them to continue to be effective. That might mean weight training a few days a week or trying a different cardio routine - anything that your body is not already used to. And you'll know it's working if your muscles are a little sore afterwards or if your heart rate is elevated beyond it's normal range when you work out. Obviously make sure you check with your Dr. first. But if you belong to a gym, the trainers there should be able to make some suggestions. If you are not monitoring your heart rate (for example if you are working out on your own, running for example), buy a heart rate monitor so that you know that you are getting your heart rate into the cardio zone (generally 85% of your max heart rate).

2) Journal everything you eat and your BS! I know it's a pain in the neck, but seriously, this is how I have been able to really determine what foods impact my BS (both negatively and positively). I track everything I put into my mouth (on an excel spreadsheet) along with the BS #. So for example - I will write what I ate for breakfast, and then note my 2 hour BS # after eating. Make sense? Also, make any notations of any other things that are happening with your body including stressful situations. You would be surprised how many things can set-off your BS. So, on the spreadsheet, I would note when I began my period and when it finished so that I could look back and see how or if it impacted my BS. I would note any illness, stressful situation, etc.

3) Remember - your body changes - sometimes things that work for a while don't work anymore and you may need to experiment and find new things that do work. Try not to get frustrated but rather see it as an opportunity to get in tune with your body and mind and try to figure out what it needs. Be patient - and of course, if you cannot get it under control, see your Dr. You don't say whether or not you are on any meds, but if you are, maybe something needs to be adjusted there…

4) Finally, try meditating for about 15-20 minutes a day - just find a quiet place and deep breath - it's amazingly impactful and you will probably find it reduces your stress (which certainly impacts your BS).

Shelbo - try to let go of the frustration and be confident that you will be able to get this under control. You are so young and have such great things ahead of you!

(sorry this was such a LONG post!) :) <3

Warm regards - Debbie

Nick1962 2012-08-16 08:05:30 -0500 Report

Stress, illness, anxiety, all play a part in BG control. You may think you haven't done anything different, but your body may have. No, i guess we really don't get slack as T2's. Your physiology is constantly changing, so what works today may not be so this time next year, but on the brighter side, what's bad now can be better this time next year. My thought is if your back to normal now, just ignore this bump and keep on down the road. If you notice it again next month, you've exposed a pattern and may have to look at what you eat during those times to counteract. You're doing good, and we all learn to live with these little individual glitches.