how long can your BS reading reflect what you ate ???

By GMV Latest Reply 2014-05-04 12:13:00 -0500
Started 2014-04-27 21:46:24 -0500

Just wondering …

Lets say you have a family function and for one day you kinda go off your healthy eating habits and you eat a little to much bread, maybe pasta , and maybe a dessert or two (not the healthy kind)…

How long will your cheat reflect in your BS readings ? I hear a lot about taking your BS 2 hours after meals but is it possible that what you eat now can still show up in your BS readings 8 hrs later ? or 12 hrs ? or 24 hrs ? .

13 replies

Kaydoo 2014-04-28 17:28:35 -0500 Report

I didn't cheat last night at a family function but I did have a slice of ham my blood sugar was 256 about 13 hours later. So I guess I can cross baked ham off my list of course I'm sure my mother put some kind of a honey sugar type glaze on it as well

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-29 09:30:50 -0500 Report

Kaydoo, my rule of thumb at family functions is to ask if the ham is glazed. If the answer is yes, I won't eat it, especially if it is a Spiral Ham. I have a cousin who thinks her rice pudding is the best in the world. The problem is she must put at least a pound or two of sugar in it. Even before I was diagnosed, I learned one bite will give you a headache from the sugar rush. We don't let the kids go near it.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-04-29 00:44:46 -0500 Report

I know what you mean Kaydo. My mother put ham, pineapple, cherries, cloves and probably other things like brown sugar too. So I would get a very small piece.

Glucerna 2014-04-28 16:41:12 -0500 Report

In theory, if you get right back to healthy eating patterns your blood sugar level should be back in its usual range within 24 hours because the food will be digested. The key really is acknowledging that sometimes we slip, and to make sure the slip doesn't become a long-term slide. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-04-28 15:53:58 -0500 Report

Howdy GMV

This is one of those questions where the answer is "your mileage may vary". (YMMV)

It depends a lot on what and how much you ate of the foods. It also depends on whether your pancreas is producing any insulin at all. It also would depend on what you did after eating. If you exercised afterward the Blood Glucose (BG) level would go down faster than if you were a couch potato.

If you ate too much protein or fat, it can stay with you for quite a while because those foods take longer to digest. Simple carbohydrates (like potatoes or sugars) will digest faster, and complex carbs take a little longer.

And Joyce brings up another factor. It is the thought that "I've already cheated, so might as well continue to cheat."

So I doubt that anyone can tell you for sure how long your BG level will be elevated. We could make a guess, but that would only be a guess.

God's best to you and yours


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-28 08:15:43 -0500 Report

It depends on how well controlled you are. Thankfully, I can eat what I want to eat. My blood sugar almost never rises to 150 after a family function. If you cheat, and you continue to cheat it can take several days to get back on track.

wraithmb 2014-04-28 00:08:08 -0500 Report

If I really go off my healthy eating it can take me days to get everything back under control. I use the term control loosely here, as even at the best of times I have been pretty lax with my glucose levels.

JaredLahti 2014-04-27 21:52:16 -0500 Report

I would say it really depends on how well you are under control. I don't usually have a problem one day after but I'm well controlled between my exercise, diet and meds.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-28 08:17:53 -0500 Report

Me either Jared. I can eat what I want to eat and with exercise I don't have a problem the next day or later that day. When I go to parties, I eat the healthier foods and I have a piece of cake or a slice of pie but I never ever have two desserts. I also don't sit around after I eat. I walk around talking to people after dinner which helps burn off carbs and calories.

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