bs levels

g ma tindall
By g ma tindall Latest Reply 2014-07-14 19:01:57 -0500
Started 2014-07-14 13:25:01 -0500

My bedtime bs has been under 180 I take oral meds to control it when i became ill recently and couldn't eat for a day the night i was able to eat normally all day my bedtime bs was 243 I ate right so why was it so high and how do i control it when i become ill again still a newby diagnosed type 2 two wks ago

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-14 18:49:01 -0500 Report

I am recovering from an illness that ended with surgery and I am still recovering. I could not eat solid food for a month but my blood sugar never went up.

Because I could not chew food my neighbor and good friend who is a registered dietitian recommended I go for Boost or Ensure. I then switched to Muscle Milk because it contains more protein. You could also use Glucerna as a meal replacement.

g ma tindall
g ma tindall 2014-07-14 17:12:06 -0500 Report

Thanks for ur input and advise and I will try ur suggestions can't hurt well maybe just a little lol

haoleboy 2014-07-14 17:54:40 -0500 Report

when I first started to aggressively lower my BGL I was testing up to 10 times a day … not only was it expensive it also got painful as I can only test on one hand.
I know this is confusing at first … when I was first diagnosed I was testing every morning and before each meal (what my doctor suggested). After about a month of that I realized that I had no idea why I was doing it or what I was supposed to learn from testing. That is when I realized that this was all on me and I stared reading everything I could lay my hands on.
I am constantly amazed (and a bit horrified) by the lack of information provided the newly diagnosed … were I a younger man I would take steps to fill that void.


g ma tindall
g ma tindall 2014-07-14 16:18:28 -0500 Report

Dr said test twice a day and suggested those times just like to b in controll of what's going on in my body and get upset when I feel like I'm losing control

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-14 18:58:34 -0500 Report

My doctor told me to test once a day. That went in one ear and out the other. I needed to know what would cause my blood sugar to spike and what wouldn't.

As a newly diagnosed diabetic I would be testing 2 hours after each meal. That is the best way to find out what your body is doing with the foods you are eating.

I also tested when I thought my blood sugar was high. Half the time it was high. If I were you, I would ask the doctor to refer you to a dietitian and a diabetes education class.

If you test twice a day, do you do it when you get up in the morning which would be fasting and at night before bed. In between that you have had breakfast, lunch and dinner and maybe a snack. How do you know how well your body handled what you ate if you don't test after each meal?

You are not in control testing twice a day. To get in control you have to test more often, eat proper meals and exercise if possible. Feeling out of control and then getting upset only makes matters worse because that can have an effect on your blood sugar. Right now you have to learn all you can and find things that are going to work for you.

I now test once a day or once every other day. I know what will spike me and what won't. You have to learn all of that.

haoleboy 2014-07-14 16:40:14 -0500 Report

Certainly not for me to contradict your doctor… but what the heck …
I find the most meaningful testing is done after eating as it gives you a good indication as to what the foods you are eating are really doing to your Blood Glucose Levels. When I am trying out new foods I will test right before eating to get a baseline and then test 1 and 2 hours after the start of the meal. I find that the best way to determine what foods can be part of my diet and what foods I should avoid.
You may think that if you are eating "low carb" what is the difference … the truth is that we all react differently to different foods, low carb or not.
My goal is to eat foods that keep my BGL at 140 or less (under a 50 point rise) at 1 hour and 120 or less after 2 (<30 point rise).
This works for me … I take 500 mg Metformin 2x daily and am not prone to lows (had my lowest ever the other day, a 75). My Aic is 5.8 and my fasting BGL is normally around 100.
So you might consider, at the least, adding a test 2 hours after eating just to see what is going on.

g ma tindall
g ma tindall 2014-07-14 15:25:42 -0500 Report

I test twice a day b4 breakfast and at bedtime and take 500 mg of metformin once a day first time it's been above 180 since I started meds had harder time with fasting bs but have gotten that under120 now for thepast wk was very proud of myself and then that bs just burst my bubble was very disappointed wondering what I had done wrong

haoleboy 2014-07-14 15:57:33 -0500 Report

Keep in mind … this is a marathon, not a sprint. we all experience minor set backs … some times they last a day, sometimes a week (or more). It happens … not something you did, or didn't do.
What is important is that you are on a healthy low carb eating plan, you're exercising regularly and that you stick with it.
Are your testing times your doctors recommendations?


haoleboy 2014-07-14 13:50:59 -0500 Report

Curious as to how often you are testing. How are your fasting (morning) numbers? 2 hours after meals?
it is not unusual to see elevated Blood Glucose Levels when you are ill. Also … your numbers can/will vary as you are newly diagnosed as it takes a while for your medication(s) to fully kick in (I assume you are taking meds).