By Nyu-chan Latest Reply 2013-01-25 18:04:30 -0600
Started 2013-01-25 11:14:21 -0600

I am still recovering from my eye operation, and I am noticing my blood sugar levels being high. They are not very extreme numbers. Just like this morning it was 147. Why does it do that to me? Is it just because of the healing process, or do you think my body is still stressed about the operation? I had a headache that lasted for a weekend, and it said that it would last for two weeks for normal recovery. I am very lucky!

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Lizardfan 2013-01-25 17:59:57 -0600 Report

Perhaps your doctor has you on steroids to speed the healing process? That always makes my sugar higher when using them. It is just a temporary issue, when the round of medication is over the levels improve.

jayabee52 2013-01-25 18:04:30 -0600 Report

actually as I remember reading the link I provided below on healing of wounds, I believe the body produces cortisol to aid the wound's healing, already without the corticosteroids

MAYS 2013-01-25 15:29:23 -0600 Report

Glad to hear that you are doing, and healing well.
The stress of healing from surgery (which is normal) causes your blood glucose levels to rise, just continue to manage your diabetes, get some rest, take your medications and do as your doctor(s) instructed and you will be fine!
Take care of yourself, and keep us informed of your progress!

jayabee52 2013-01-25 15:01:47 -0600 Report

Howdy Nyu!

Yes you may expect your BG levels to be a bit on the high side as your wound heals. Your surgery may have been planned, but a surgery often creates a wound. See this article here ~ http://www.woundcarecenters.org/living-with-w...

As I read the article I remembered my friend had her arm burned on a stove, necessitating a skin graft surgery. I remember she had been put on a high calorie meal plan (that was back before she was discovered to have diabetes) to aid her healing. So pay attention to your meals. Are they high in calories to aid your body to heal itself from the wound caused by ther surgery? That could be one cause, another reason MAY be you body is still in the "catabolic phase" of healing and as the article said: "Even a small wound can alter the way your body metabolizes nutrients. As the body attempts to heal itself from a wound, it will create stress hormones and divert extra resources – carbohydrates, fats, proteins, antioxidants and more – to the creation of new tissue. This is referred to as the catabolic phase of healing. Your metabolism essentially speeds up during this process.

"If the catabolic phase drags on too long, protein energy malnutrition (PEM) can set in. This begins a negative cycle which slows wound healing and deteriorates your health. Your body sends extra protein to deal with the wound and, as a consequence, other important body systems and organs don't receive enough protein. This leads to reduced muscle mass and delayed wound healing."

I pray this is helpful to you!


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