Confused about spikes

By sugarbaby07 Latest Reply 2014-04-15 05:39:34 -0500
Started 2014-04-08 21:37:31 -0500

I am still confused about Blood glucose spikes, a diabetic family member was telling me that spikes less than 2 hours that go over 140 are not good, but i am confused because my doc told me as long as I am under 180 2 hours after a meal , (which i usually am by the way, )because my food is still digesting…so it should be fine.I almost always go below 140 after the 2 hour mark, but I caught a spike of 170 after only 1 hour after my meal…but should the important thing be that as long as I am under 180 after 2 hours be ok?? Please share how you handle your numbers…thanks everyone :) I hope this was not a confusing post.

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valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-04-10 11:44:31 -0500 Report

HI Sugarbaby: It's so easy to be confused about BG spikes. Your Dr. gave you limits which to follow. I would listen to your Dr. Family members, no matter how well meaning, are talking about their Dr. orders to them. I agree fully with Joyce. She gave you good advice as did the others on this discussion. You see from the beginning I have been on Sliding Scale. When I hit 150, I am instructed to take 2 units of insulin. I use Lantus if my BG is 120 or higher when I do a fasting BG.(mornings) Do you see the difference between you and I? How Dr.'s orders can be so different among patients with the same illness. Listen to your Dr. is the best advice I can give you.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-10 10:29:36 -0500 Report

Sugar everyone here has given you the same advice? Talk to your doctor. Why do you listen to what your well meaning family is telling you. They are telling you what their doctor told them about THEIR diabetes which is not YOUR diabetes.

You have got to stop taking medical advice from people who are not a part of your medical team. The questions you are asking should be directed to your doctor. My doctor told me not to worry about a high unless it gets to 180 for more than 24 hours. I have not been above 150 since I got my diabetes under control So the information I was given will not benefit you in anyway.

You have got to find something that works for you when you get a high. Some people walk, some drink fluids but there is no quick fix for a high. You have to find what works for you.

Been meaning to share this with you. When I was a kid I use to love Sugar Babies Candy. I use to toss them in the freezer to make them real chewy. Your name reminds me of them and now I want some…LOL

Type1Lou 2014-04-09 17:12:17 -0500 Report

Ditto with Jayabee and Steve about listening to your doctor. You may wish to track those foods that you eat that cause the spikes…then you can choose to avoid them if you want to keep the spikes lower.

jayabee52 2014-04-08 22:37:23 -0500 Report

Howdy SBaby!

Follow your Dr's instruction since family members, even ones with diabetes, though well meaning, can be laboring under false information.

Drs and medical professionals like RDs and CDEs generally have the latest in information on diabetes.

So you are OK at 180 mg/dl 2 hrs postprandial. The 170mg/dl 1 hr postprandial could be your BG on it way up to the near 180 mg/dl peak at 2 hrs.

Praying God's best to you and yours.

James Baker.

haoleboy 2014-04-08 22:21:39 -0500 Report

Go by what your doctor told you.
As a non-insulin dependent Type 2 my goal is to get my A1c to under 5.0 (ultimately) and to be off all meds controlling my diabetes through diet and exercise. In order to do that I work at keeping my post meal 'spike' to no more than 140 1 hour after a meal and as close to 100 2 hours after. It is my understanding that is how non-diabetics function.
However, should you like more info here is a good starting point:


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