Blood Sugar Question

By Nyu-chan Latest Reply 2012-09-18 20:47:48 -0500
Started 2012-09-15 09:36:20 -0500

Does having a sinus infection, having the flu, or having low iron cause you to have high blood sugar? My reading was 121 this morning. I did drink a lot of water last night, and this morning too.

19 replies

Type1Lou 2012-09-17 09:51:30 -0500 Report

Any infection or illness may cause your blood sugar to rise. As a Type 1, I know I will need more insulin during these times to maintain an adequate BG level. My first experience with this in the 1970's landed me in the hospital due to hyperglycemia/diabetic coma; I had been fighting the flu at the time.

Armourer 2012-09-17 01:48:34 -0500 Report

For the last month I've been battling a serious internal infection in my left arm. For the last month my BG has been higher then before. Even affected my A1C. So yes, any illness will raise one's BG.

annesmith 2012-09-17 01:16:44 -0500 Report

I am glad you brought this subject up. Yes, no doubt, every single time I have had a fever, my blood sugar is a lot lot higher. However, whenever I had low iron, my blood sugar dropped severely low. It just now dawned on me in full why…in my case, I had the low iron from internal bleeding, and the internist said my blood loss in my stomach severely lowered my A1C. However, if I remember right, low iron due to other reasons will raise the blood sugar…ANNE

MAYS 2012-09-16 12:28:01 -0500 Report

Anything that places stress on the human body causes your blood glucose level to rise, that includes illness and infections among other things.

annesmith 2012-09-17 01:20:34 -0500 Report

Yes…I just learned that kind of the hard way over the last 2 years. I always knew stress on the human body caused the blood glucose to rise, but I didn't realize until most recently how serious that can be. For example, a year ago, I developed a very high fever. I felt like I was in several blood sugar lows. I went ahead and took it, and no, it was 125 points higher than what I usually am. It did not take much at all, as I do not recall eating very much when it was that high, but the fever itself put my body into a "surviving" mode…ANNE

Nick1962 2012-09-15 10:32:40 -0500 Report

Everything messes with blood sugar. Anything that stresses the body sends a signal to produce more glucose as a survival tool. Make sure you're eating enough during these periods so Mr. Pancreas doesn't have to work so hard.

annesmith 2012-09-17 01:24:54 -0500 Report can be very confusing. For example, when I was very sick on one occasion, and had not eaten for 3 days, I went from a blood sugar of 71 to 700 within an hour and a half. How confusing…my pancreas they said in the emergency room was first severely overworked, then it stopped for awhile. Insulin restarted it. I am still a little confused about that,as, I always thought if I did not eat at all, my blood sugar would be low the entire time—that's not what happens. I thought the body had to have protein and sugar to jump start back up again. I still have more to learn…ANNE

Nick1962 2012-09-17 07:34:03 -0500 Report

Yeah, my understanding is that the pancreas can have "heart attacks", and the way we eat now really stresses it - huge meals then nothing, and on and on. I seem to have experienced some "rehabilitation" since foods/meals that spiked me two years ago don't seem to do so as much now.

annesmith 2012-09-18 01:18:26 -0500 Report

Hi. Yes, I never fully thought of that, that the pancreas can have "heart attacks". This all makes sense. I was told by a doctor in the past that my pancreas has periods now where it freezes, as in, it stops, restarts, stops, and now it gets "locked" for periods of time. I'm glad to hear you have experienced some "rehabilitation". Maybe you did something different with your medications or exercise, or both. I was told by the hospital I go to that they are 99% sure that my beta cells, many of which have been burned out for years, some of them regenerate in my case, which is very rare I think. ANNE

Nick1962 2012-09-18 10:16:57 -0500 Report

I’ve been following the islet replacement therapy studies pretty closely, which like you say pretty much hinges on beta cell regeneration. It’s thought that some or all of the “dead” islets in T1’s might merely be “sleeping” and the introduction of functioning ones can “wake them up” at least to the point of helping a T1 become less insulin dependent.
I’m not sure really what is happening in my case. I wasn’t on meds long enough for them to have any type of “regenerative” effect, but I suspect, like you, I had periods of shut downs or mini-failures. Since I eat now in a more consistent way (I spread my meals out across my day), I think I’m not putting my pancreas through that roller coaster work out I used to, and its responding better. I know a few others here have similar results, and hopefully you will too. It might just be luck, or maybe I wasn’t “that diabetic” to begin with, but the lower carb diet seems to be working.

Nyu-chan 2012-09-15 10:42:58 -0500 Report

So, that's why It could have been high, because I have been sick.

Nick1962 2012-09-15 11:47:43 -0500 Report

Absoulutely. Happens to me everytime.

Nick1962 2012-09-16 15:11:55 -0500 Report

Honestly, I guess I don't really. There's not much you can do about it apart from not getting sick. I've come to the understanding that some times you're gonna be sick and sometimes you're gonna have a few days of high BG's. In the long run, it's the time in between that matters the most. If you're sick for a week, just remember you have another 51 weeks to even it out. Before you had a meter, all this was happenng and you didn't even know or worry about it. 121 isn't really a bad number, so just remember, if your sick make sure you add a little food at night to help the body fight the infection or whatever.

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