Blood sugar yo-yo!

Jeremyz mom
By Jeremyz mom Latest Reply 2013-05-05 08:31:52 -0500
Started 2012-10-22 20:33:19 -0500

Does anyone know if (as a type 2) it is better to be high…or low…or yo-yoing from high to low/low to high? My numbers are all over the place lately and I don't know why? Which does more serious damage to your body? Lows, highs or yo-yoing?

33 replies

aliza_hope 2013-05-05 03:44:44 -0500 Report

I have had terrible sugar problems myself recently. My page says different but I am 14 years old. I have to see a specialist in Vanderbilt Children's hospital soon. I would just like to say I respect anyone with diabetes and personally myself I like my sugar to be 130-140 because it makes me feel less weak. They are more than sure I'm diabeteic but my specialist has to find out what to do with mine. Because mine can be 403 one min. And 127 the next. It's not good being all over because you get very weak and confused a lot.

Jeremyz mom
Jeremyz mom 2013-05-05 08:31:52 -0500 Report

Thank you Aliza for your comments! Good luck with your testing and I hope they find something for you to feel better!

MoeGig 2012-10-23 21:37:39 -0500 Report

If you can keep your A1c in the 6's, then you're fine. To achieve that, your tests need to be between 80 and 180. If you can do that, you're in great shape. Easiest way to achieve that goal is to minimize your carb intake. Don't worry about fats, cholesterol, etc…Fight only one battle…forget the rest. Good luck.

Nick1962 2012-10-23 10:19:38 -0500 Report

Occasional lows and highs are inevitable, diabetic or not. The pancreas, like any other organ or muscle does need its exercise to stay strong and working properly. I’m of the opinion however that if you can avoid stressing it with repeated lows and highs, the better it responds. You naturally “yo-yo” all day, but as mentioned already, staying within the 70-140 range is best, those huge yo-yo swings are what tax you. My daily average is 91.

Jeremyz mom
Jeremyz mom 2012-10-23 10:19:37 -0500 Report

Thank you all for your thoughts, wisdom and advice! I only go to a primary care physician. I am thinking of requesting a referral to an endocrinologist. Thoughts?

awakening2health 2012-10-26 14:22:37 -0500 Report

as a primary care physician I feel very equiped to deal with MOST type two diabetics. (My boundary is Insulin pumps) Having said that it is important to recognize that conventional medical care - even from an endocrinologist - is NOT AS IMPORTANT as lifestyle change programs, which give better results - much better results - than just taking medication and low intensity lifestyle counselling from a physician.

ShellyLargent 2012-10-23 11:26:38 -0500 Report

It couldn't hurt to see one. I see one that specializies in diabetes. The best way to look at it is that a primary care or a family doctor has to know a little bit about a lot of different things where as a specialist knows a lot about specific things. If you do choose to see one, make sure they specialize in diabetes care.

Nick1962 2012-10-23 10:54:43 -0500 Report

Do you think you need to? I've only seen on once, but then I'm male and maybe less suseptible to hormonal imbalances. I as well only see a PCP and it was only suggested I see one when I was first diagnosed.

Jeremyz mom
Jeremyz mom 2012-10-27 13:06:02 -0500 Report

I have no idea…I just thought it might be a good idea

Nick1962 2012-10-27 18:03:30 -0500 Report

Well, then it sounds like you probably don't. It couldn't hurt, but I guess I'm just old school and think why spend the money if you don't have to. My insurance won't cover it if it's not a referral. But, if you have the option, like Shelly said above, find one with a diabetic specialty. The one I saw was useless.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-23 10:01:05 -0500 Report

Yo-Yoing is bad for the body because it can't regulate itself. If you are unsure why your blood sugar is doing that, have a discussion with your doctor. I keep my blood sugar in a specific range that works for me which is mainly between 99 and 120. I do this with diet and exercise.

Jeremyz mom
Jeremyz mom 2012-10-23 10:21:23 -0500 Report

Do you follow a specific diet?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-23 10:41:33 -0500 Report

Nope. My brain does not like the word diet for some reason…lol. I bake, broil or grill all of my meat including bacon and sausage. I don't eat frozen meals nor do I eat at fast food restaurants unless I have to. I actually rarely ever ate at McDonald's, Burger King or any places like those. I rarely eat rice or white potatoes but I do eat sweet potatoes all the time.

For veggies not in season, I buy them frozen instead of canned. When they are in season, I buy fresh greens, and green beans cook them and freeze them. I discovered that wheat and multi grain bread spikes my blood sugar more than one slice of regular white bread or sourdough. I eat no sugar added red grapefruit cups and I eat a small apple. Every now and then I will have a few slices of an orange.

For family dinners during the holiday, while everyone is filling plates with serving spoons, I use either a tablespoon or teaspoon. This allows me to eat some macaroni and cheese, potato salad or dressing. I find that I may have a spike but not a big one. I also do a lot of walking which helps burn up the calories and the carbs.

Because I am in good control, I basically eat whatever I want. My doctor said I can have one day in the week to eat what I want. I still don't over do it but I will have a pieced of fried chicken and a real cookie. I had a small piece of lemon pie last night. Waited an hour and tested and I did not spike. Determination and moderation is important and it helps to keep blood sugar from yo yoing which I don't have a problem with on a daily basis. If my blood sugar spikes to 140, I don't panic I just walk or wait for it to drop back to the "normal" range I have set for myself. It all depends on how determined you are to stop the yo-yoing you are having and how much in control you want to be.

tabby9146 2012-10-27 18:46:22 -0500 Report

that is about how I eat too Joyce I love my sweet potatoes! I always loved them, but now I hardly ever eat white, just someitmes and almost always moderation I eat what I want to, I just watch it with the exception of the white stuff, many times I won't touch it, but sometimes I will have a small roll at a special occasion or something. one of my weaknesses this time of year is pumpkin pie! I bake them often and sometimes with Splenda, sometimes not. I will have a small slice once a day whenever I have baked one, and they go so fast around my house that I can make two pies and they are both gone in 3 days at the most, so I like how I can eat a slice for a couple of days and then temptation is gone! LOL

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-27 19:16:50 -0500 Report

I have never been fond of pumpkin in anything. I use to live for Sweet Potato Muffins. I think it is because we know what to eat and what not to eat and we eat in moderation that we are able to eat what we want. We had a double crust lemon pie this week, I ate a small slice but made sure I did not overdo it with carbs for dinner just so I could have some.

I bought some small red skinned potatoes and that is all the carb I have when I have one for dinner. I prefer my sweet potatoes. The strange thing is, I don't like yams. People don't think there is a difference but there is.

tabby9146 2012-10-27 19:20:05 -0500 Report

yes, there is, I too prefer sweet potatoes over yams. It's hard when I am around sweet potato casseroles which I love, everyone puts SO much sugar on them, lots of brown sugar and other things sometimes all mixed in, but if it is only on the top, I scrape that part off when I make it, I make it with a lot less sugar. I love sweet potato pie!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-27 19:25:35 -0500 Report

I refuse to make sweet potato pies. I would eat the entire pie at one sitting…lol. I make Sweet Potato Pudding with a little brown and white sugar. I eat a little every day with my sister eating the bulk of it. I won't eat it if it is loaded with marshmallows, brown and white sugar.

tabby9146 2012-10-29 13:51:12 -0500 Report

I don't make them hardly at all, but I love them! when I am around them, I sometimes eat a small slice, and not the crust. oh noooo I don't eat sweet potatoes with all that brown sugar and other sources of sugar, like yesterdy at church there ws a sweet potato casserole, the bad stuff was on the top, so I scrapped that off, but some people put it all through it. If I did not allow myself these things sometimes, I would surely overindulge.

MAYS 2012-10-22 21:10:51 -0500 Report

Being high, or low consistently (depending on how high, or how low you are) will do damage to you, all you can do is manage your blood glucose to the best of your ability and keep it within the range specified to you by your diabetes management team.

Yo-Yoing is bound to happen, even those who manage their diabetes well will experience highs and lows at times, it's a balancing act that you must try to master.
The complications that can be associated with not managing your diabetes can possibly be prevented by managing such:

Being high damages your organs (eyes, kidneys, heart) and being low can damage your brain (glucose starvation of the brain):

Jeremyz mom
Jeremyz mom 2012-10-22 20:48:10 -0500 Report

I start shaking and feeling horrible at about 100. I was told that's not a low because it isnt "low enough" but it sure gives me low symptoms!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-23 10:05:13 -0500 Report

Each diabetic is different so 100 for me doesn't cause problems for me. It has to get at least to 90 before I experience shaking or feeling bad. Just because someone told you it isn't low enough doesn't mean that person was correct especially if it isn't a doctor and even then the doctor could be incorrect. This is definitely a conversation you should be having with your doctor. Personally, I don't take any kind of medical advice from a non professional. What works for one person may not work for me and the last thing I am going to do is take chances with my health on the advice of someone not on my medical team.

Kirla 2012-10-22 21:34:26 -0500 Report

I believe keeping your blood sugar below 140 is more important than keeping it below 100. A good goal for you maybe would be 100-140. When first diagnosed my goal was to get it under 300. Then 200. Then 140. This all takes time.

Kirla 2012-10-22 20:38:41 -0500 Report

I believe its best to keep your blood sugar somewhere between 70 and 140. Going lower isn’t too good and going higher isn’t too good either. If using insulin or certain oral drugs it may be better not to go too much lower than 90.

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