My finance asked me to ask you all something I just dunno really

By lipsie Latest Reply 2009-03-06 01:16:41 -0600
Started 2009-02-28 15:44:05 -0600

He was diagnoised just 2 months ago with type 2, he almost always maintains a very good reading (100 area) but every few days out of the blue it'll reach in the 400's when he was not even eatting anything to spike it that high. Any ideas? ;/

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silver.lily 2009-03-05 18:44:13 -0600 Report

Not just eatting carbs can cause a spike, If I eat fruit in the evenings I can get a huge spike, so any fruit I injest needs to come before lunchtime.
-also in my nutrition class we were told how one woman had eaten an orange as her last snack and when she monitored it spiked she washed her hands really well and tested again and got a normal reading. she realized she must have had some of the orange still on her hands. even though she had washed her hands it wasn't enough. Like the others have said if it is an abnormal reading wash well and try again just to make sure

lipsie 2009-03-06 01:16:41 -0600 Report

Not to sound stupid but I guess I didn't realize how important REALLY washing hands before testing..yeah, I have been a diabetic for a few years but never really cared til now plus a good portion I was in this home where they used things before testing…thanks again all

2catty 2009-03-04 16:13:33 -0600 Report

I have found a site that you put your sugars in a virtual log, and so far they are really helping me a lot. I can print everything even the tags and graphs for my Dr. and it even keeps track of meds taken and puts them on a graph too. It is awesome it migh help him figure his problem out.

lipsie 2009-03-05 05:01:39 -0600 Report

WOW, thank you very much. We can both use that. And we're on major meds. I am on 29 I think last I counted so logs would be helpful.

2catty 2009-03-05 17:37:34 -0600 Report

Your quite welcome, it really is helping me. It can be used for pumpers too. I think this site is so good. I will be printing everything out for my endo and M.D.

roger 2009-03-03 15:36:25 -0600 Report

mite be that he had gone low and body responded and he tested during that time before body's own insulin took over and used sugar or is slow to come back down.this happens at night for me aqnd it is called dawn phenomenon hope this helps

kdroberts 2009-03-03 15:45:07 -0600 Report

That's not the dawn phenomenon, it's the somogyi effect. Reactive hyperglycemia is another term for it.

The dawn phenomenon is your body getting ready for the day and it happens to everyone. It can be a problem is diabetics because it doesn't work quite right and we are more sensitive to glucose.

roger 2009-03-03 15:53:04 -0600 Report

ok i tryed. thanks i learned something .hope i did not mess any one up

lipsie 2009-03-04 16:03:17 -0600 Report

No, you didn't mess anything up…just trying to help and thank you…and thank you for the correct info…I appreciate everyones advice, I really do. Sheila

jsd2005 2009-03-03 14:30:52 -0600 Report

Robin, expressed well, some of the thoughts I had concerning high blood sugar readings. Your concern leads me to ask several questions. Is your fiance managing his diet with medication and diet or diet alone? What medication is he on and how is he taking it and when is he taking it? What kind of foods is he eating? Sometimes without realizing. I will pick up a snack, eat it and realize then, that it had too many carbs and I will need to watch my next meal or check my sugar if needed.

I strongly encourage frequent testing when the diagnosis is new. I would suggest as many times as 6 a day. This means in the morning before eating or upon rising (fasting). He should check it before lunch and 2 hours after and the same for the supper meal and then, check it before bedtime. It is extremely important to log your numbers and share them with your physician. This will give the best direction for treatment.

Always do the controls on your monitor, if able to. I have a newer one and there aren't any controls to do. However, it is vital to make sure the monitor is working properly. I agree with Robin on checking and maintaining a good procedure when performing tests.

You might suggest a food log also. This may enable your fiance to see what he is eating. Compare it to other low carbohydrate foods and always check the labels on the food you do eat.

Definitely, make sure the Dr. is aware of your fiance's blood sugar readings are. Make an appointment and be prepared with the information regarding readings and diet.

Good Luck.

lipsie 2009-03-03 15:13:06 -0600 Report

Yeah I am sorry, I should have explain more. He does have a new meter, but no he is not on any kind of medications yet. He does not watch yet everything he eats YET, but generally he does not eat much carbs at all really. And when he's had weird readings like that, it was not from food cuz I would have blamed it on that myself. Yeah, he's checking pretty regular, not that much…I will advise him to do tho, thanx…I appreciate you're help btw. Sheila

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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-28 17:08:25 -0600 Report

Is he experiencing any particular stress right now? That can have a big impact on your numbers. Is it possible that he has missed his meds at some point? Depending on how frequently this is occurring, it might be necessary to consult his doctor, as there could be some sort of infection or illness causing the high numbers. Could be he's not even aware of feeling bad or having symptoms. That has happened to me before.

rbergman 2009-02-28 16:11:02 -0600 Report

There are several reasons or rather causes for abnormal highs, sometimes the strip is bad, sometimes the site isn't as clean as it should be, sometimes, if you use alcohol swabs to clean the site and don't let it dry well enough before testing you can get an abnormal reading.
Rule of thumb given to us by our daughters Endo, if you get an abnormal and can't or don't know the cause, retest. 4 out of 5 times we have done this and gotten a much lower reading the second time around.
There are other reasons a "false reading" can occur. But if you think you have eaten right taking a second test is always the best thing to do next. If you still get an unusually high reading, wait 15 minutes and test again. Then every hour. Keep track of the readings your getting if all are still high call the doctor as soon as you can, this isn't always an easy thing on weekends but keep track until you can contact your doctor…these are the things we were told to do.
Please understand this is just a suggestion on my part.