My Blood Sugar is High all of the sudden

San Diego Guy
By San Diego Guy Latest Reply 2014-04-12 12:40:02 -0500
Started 2014-04-08 15:03:46 -0500

I was diagnosed with type 2 a few years ago and have done a pretty good job of managing my blood sugar. The past few months have been a different story though. I really haven't done anything different. I exercise 5 to 6 days a week, lost 15 lbs in the past six months, eat reasonably, quit smoking but I was at 204 this morning. All I ate yesterday were some grilled fish tacos on a small soft tortilla and cioppino for dinner. I am still drinking the same amount of wine I have historically so not sure what gives. Anyone have any advice on what I should do?

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Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2014-04-12 12:40:02 -0500 Report

I had that problem recently… it was my blood pressure meds causing it but they were new prescrips and I had only been using them for a few months. I'm not sure if you take any other medications, but if so, you could talk to your doctor about that maybe being the cause. Sometimes, blood sugars just rise and drop for no reason at all … my doctor advised me that if its not on going there's no need for real alarm … but I would suggest that you speak to your own doctor about it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-10 09:38:04 -0500 Report

I pretty much agree with what everyone has said. I think you are not eating properly which means more than twice a day. I think what happened is you had a liver dump. The body is it's own physician and when it thinks you are not taking proper care of it as a diabetic, it will dump carbs into your system to keep the body going.

Eating reasonably is not the answer. If you have not done so, you should attend a diabetes education class and learn management skills. Also speak to a registered dietitian who can help you plan better meals. You say you have done a pretty good job of managing your blood sugar. A pretty good job is not a good job. It is like saying you hit and miss at something. A diabetic has to take good care of themselves.

I think you may have to stop doing what you are doing and look at how you can do things better and change some of the things you are doing. Sometimes you have to revamp the things you do so you can do them better. Wine has 4gms of sugar. Depending on how much you drink you may want to change that. Try eating protein before bed it will prevent the liver from dumping carbs into your system.

Type1Lou 2014-04-09 17:18:34 -0500 Report

If you've ruled out additional stress or infection, it may be that your metabolism is changing. One of the things I discovered was that as I aged, what had worked before didn't work anymore…our bodies change and we need to adapt. (As though getting old wasn't challenging enough!) I used to drink a glass of wine with dinner every day but then started getting serious low BG's…I don't drink much wine anymore because of that. Your morning/fasting high could be due to a dawn phenomenon effect where your liver dumps glucagon into your system to raise your blood sugar. I'm still struggling with that problem. You might wish to bring this up the next time you see your doctor.

Glucerna 2014-04-08 18:12:05 -0500 Report

Stress, lack of sleep, and illness can also cause a raised fasting BG. What are you BG like the rest of the day? It's great that you've made so many healthy changes in the past 6 months. ~Lynn @Glucerna

San Diego Guy
San Diego Guy 2014-04-09 13:33:31 -0500 Report

I only check in the morning. Should I be monitoring it all day?

Glucerna 2014-04-09 18:04:57 -0500 Report

The frequency of testing blood sugar varies from person to person, depending on your needs. Testing 1-2 hours after a meal tells you how your body responds to that meal; testing before and after exercise tells you how your body responds to exercise that particular day. Frequency of testing is another good topic to discuss with your physician. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-04-08 15:27:24 -0500 Report

Howdy SD guy!

All you ate in the 24 hours, was grilled fish Tacos and Cioppino for dinner? (had to look up the cioppino — seafood stew)

You say you eat "reasonably" but I wonder if you might have developed "portion creep", the almost un-noticable rise in the amount you may be consuming with each serving. Look up serving sizes for each of the foods you regularly eat in a resource like Nutrition self ~ and find what the recommended serving size for that food happens to be. Then use a measuring tool like a scale or a measuring cup to put that food on your plate and that is what you have for that meal.

You may find that you may be eating more than you think.

I know that I must check myself occasionally for portion creep when I note my Blood Glucose (BG) levels start to rise.

It may not be the cause of your BG rise, because our BGs can be affected by so many things, but if it is caused by portion creep or portion distortion, and your BG levels come down you will know what causes it this time.

God's best to you and yours

James Baker