T. 2014
By T. 2014 Latest Reply 2014-06-13 17:17:30 -0500
Started 2014-06-07 14:56:52 -0500

I am finding that my daily glucose monitoring is causing me stress. Though i am only prescribed to test one time before breakfast, it is causing stress. Since being recently diagnosed with type 2 my blood sugars have been approximately between 95 -114 . Lately though, since beginning to do more exercise my blood sugars have averaged in 114-126. I am concerned why when ive began to be more healthy, my numbers have elevated. Any ideas?

24 replies

haoleboy 2014-06-10 12:50:17 -0500 Report

generally when we exercise our blood glucose levels will drop … except in the case of intense 'anaerobic' … which causes the body to quickly dump large amounts of glucose in a short time … but this should only be noticeable if testing right after your workout.


Stuart1966 2014-06-10 12:36:28 -0500 Report

There is NOTHING to worry about given your numbers. Do not wind yourself up…

One of the serious problems with testing, or the obsession which too many have with it, is the emotional roller coaster for which the readings are entirely causal. Numbers should have ZERO emotions attached to them, but tragically occur with most of us.

If they said ATTA BOY, incredible job, keep pushing, nice effort… instead of some number, I advocate most of us would be far, far better off emotionally because of that.

There is serious problem when readings whatever they might be produce very negative effects. The results the machines give MUSt be altered IMHO

Pegsy 2014-06-10 08:27:54 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with type 2 last fall. I have been a maniac with the meter! I test fasting in the AM and 2 hours after every meal just to see how I am doing. Some days I test much higher than others following the identical meal and exercise regimen. That causes me much fear and worry. My doctor only wants me to test twice per day and definitely not fasting in the AM. I feel that fasting number is very important. I spend a small fortune on test strips and lancets because I test so much more than what is prescribed. It does stress me out but I cannot seem to stop! I just have to know!!

evaziem 2014-06-13 09:03:44 -0500 Report

The problem is that meters are INCORRECT!!!!
I had no idea about it until my insurance changed me from Accu-chek to Prodigy and I started measuring using both.

FROM THE SAME PUNCTURE, my results may vary as much as 40 or more!
Look at this (the last few nights 2hrs after dinner):
Prodigy Acc-chek
110 92
118 100
115 100
104 93
121 97
134 95
112 100
Does it even make sense to measure? Which one is correct? If I had another meter, it would probably show something different!

Pegsy 2014-06-13 09:37:07 -0500 Report

What a difference! I am amazed. I use OneTouch. I wonder how accurate that one is. I really NEED to stop obsessing over testing! It is not helping my stress at all. I tend to worry about things. Can you tell? (I'm seeing a counselor for that, LOL.)

evaziem 2014-06-13 17:09:02 -0500 Report

You have your right to get the correct measurement.

Recently, I found out that the FDA is OK with +/-20% of error with these readings. This is absolutely unacceptable. I am collecting my 100 data points and am planing to make a formal complaint to FDA.
I do not have high hopes for my complaint, it's FDA…

evaziem 2014-06-13 09:52:56 -0500 Report

When I was afraid what the number would be, my numbers were ALWAYS much higher.

Stress means higher glucose in blood.

I had a lot of stress in my life and I was wondering if this could have been a big factor in becoming insulin resistant.

Pegsy 2014-06-13 10:03:38 -0500 Report

I have no doubt that stress played a huge role in me being insulin resistant. And I just wasn't taking care of myself. I am doing all that I can to reduce my stress and deal with the stress I cannot eliminate. Eating right, exercising and getting plenty of sleep. Counseling is helping me a lot to learn not to stress so much about things I cannot change. I'm hoping to be able to reduce the metformin in the future but for now, I need it to help me get things under control. I think your numbers are awesome. I would love to have those numbers right now. Hopefully I will get there.

evaziem 2014-06-13 17:17:30 -0500 Report

Thank you saying that my numbers are good. They were NOT like this in 2010 when all this started. It was much worse.

I am trying to tell people that they have to try to flight this diabetic beast with a strict diet. I know of people that were put immediately on insulin and had no chance to even try.

In 2010 I was very thirsty and going pee all the time so I went to see my doc. When they pricked my finger (first time ever), it was 152. It was two hours after eating a bagel with cream cheese- my favorite. I TOOK IT VERY SERIOUSLY and took action. Immediately implemented the Paleo diet with no grains, no potatoes, no sugar, no sweets.

Perhaps I was lucky because it was still time for this draconian dietary intervention…

I am encouraging anybody and everybody to at least try…

evaziem 2014-06-13 11:38:13 -0500 Report

I do not take any diabetic meds yet. I switched to the Paleo diet.

My dinner is a piece of meat or fish with some green veggies and nuts.

No grains, no sweets since November 2011. I do not have a fruit every day, too much sugar.

Pegsy 2014-06-13 12:16:17 -0500 Report

I don't feel good on Paleo diet. I eat small amounts of whole grains and limited fruit. Mostly meat, veggies, nuts & seeds. I do not eat sweets. On a rare occassion (birthday) I may allow myself 3 bites of cake but that is extremely rare.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-11 09:42:32 -0500 Report

That is obsessive testing. It only causes stress because you feel the need to know what your numbers are all the time. I don't need that information that frequently.

When I was first diagnosed, my doctor had me test once a day. Fasting test for one week, evening test for one week. We alternated for a month. He asked me for the original test results I had gotten from being tested at a health screening. At the end of the month, he had another A!C done and compared the results and my A1C was lower than what was originally stated and he adjusted my carbs, calories and told me I could test once a day. Since I was learning, I tested after every meal. We discussed the results and he was pleased. After three months my A1C was down again. After the first year he was so happy with what I had done to get my blood sugar down that he gave me a Diabetes Free day where I could eat what I wanted. Now I only test once every other day or so just to be curious or when I think I am low.

Pegsy 2014-06-13 12:18:14 -0500 Report

I am starting to realize that I don't NEED it either. And you are right, it causes me way too much stress. I am going to try to stop the testing "habit". Just test twice a day as my doctor requests and just get on with life.

jayabee52 2014-06-10 11:02:57 -0500 Report

how does Dr expect you to get an accurate read on your BG (Blood Glucose) levels without doing a AM fasting test? As long as you can afford your testing schedule I say go for it!

Glucerna 2014-06-08 14:32:29 -0500 Report

Sometimes when people begin to exercise they also eat more. That may be because they're hungrier, or start to use sports drinks and shakes, or feel that they can treat themselves with more food because they're exercising. Keeping a food and exercise diary can be really helpful to help tease out any changes. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Type1Lou 2014-06-08 13:10:16 -0500 Report

A great deal will depend upon WHEN you are doing that single blood test. If you do it fasting, upon awaking and before you eat anything, you should get lower readings than if you do it 1 to 2 hours after eating. Here's what Gary Scheiner writes in his book "Think Like a Pancreas". For "typical control" your target ranges would be 70 to 160 mg/dl (3.9-8.9 mmol) PRE-Meal with a specific 120mg/dl (6.7 mmol) target; 1 hour after eating you should be less than 180 mg/dl (10.0 mmol). Your A1c would fall between 6 and 7%. He also shows charts for tighter and looser control. Your numbers look good to me. I do 8 tests a day and would be totally lost with only one test.

RebDee 2014-06-08 01:54:52 -0500 Report

I'm not a doctor but maybe you are building muscle. Your blood sugars are great. I was on a lot of insulin and had to test at least 4 times a day (before each meal and before bed) but since going on the NO WHITE Diet, my blood sugars plummeted and I got as low as 49 so I had to have my pump adjusted twice in two months as my weight went down and I did more exercise. But still the doctors want me to stick to a 1200 calorie diet (just no white bread, rice, potatoes, noodles or Chinese food except for steamed veggies).

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-08 00:45:56 -0500 Report

I agree with haoleboy, your glucose levels sound pretty good to me. Stress is not good and can effect your levels. Like Steve said eat a healthy diet and exercise is good for you.
Always check with your doctor before adding more exercise or trying any new diet to make sure it's ok.

evaziem 2014-06-10 09:14:16 -0500 Report

I found an explanation how stress elevates our blood glucose.

When we experience stress, our bodies release glucose from storage (fat) so that we can have energy and run from the lion that we see.

With the modern world's stresses, when there is no lion and we do not burn this energy, our BGL does not have a chance to go down and we have elevated glucose for a time being…

haoleboy 2014-06-07 18:16:14 -0500 Report

Given that the American Diabetes Association recommends fasting BGL in the 70–130 mg/dl range you may have nothing to stress over (stressing over your bgl may actually elevate your bgl … what a fun "disease" we have, right?).
In my totally non-expert opinion I wouldn't be overly concerned … my experience has been that your bgl can (and will) vary within a 10-15% range for no apparent reason (again … isn't this fun?)
Stick to a healthy low-carb eating plan (aka diet), get plenty of exercise, take your meds as instructed and try not to worry.


PiXeYstyx 2014-06-07 16:41:45 -0500 Report

If I'm not mistaken sugar stores in fat cells so if you are burning any fat it's possible the results you are getting is from sugar stored in the fat you are burning off while exercising. Your 114-126 levels aren't to much higher then your base levels. If you are still stressing I would talk to your dr about how you are feeling.

Pegsy 2014-06-10 08:24:02 -0500 Report

I have often wondered about this. During my weight loss my question was where does it all go? It makes sense for bg to be higher while losing weight. I'm thinking cholesterol too. I am nearly at my weight loss goal. We'll see what happens during the maintenance phase.

RebDee 2014-06-08 02:00:34 -0500 Report

I agree with PiXeYstyx. Now if you are stressing for some outside reason, not related to your diabetes, that is a different story. This week my BP went to 172 due to a broken toilet. I just have to go with the flow and that is much harder than you think when you house has been torn up after it was just put together!! Try relaxing, read a book, watch an interesting show on tv, listen to some calming music, talk to friends. Anything to get your mind off your woes.