Numbers low in the morning but go high after working in yard.

By dkellis Latest Reply 2018-09-25 17:14:46 -0500
Started 2018-09-24 13:19:50 -0500

I can have low numbers in the morning (85) then a low carb breakfast,then after couple hours yard work my numbers spike up to about 240. Has anyone else had something similar.

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Type1Lou 2018-09-24 13:56:58 -0500 Report

Some exercises (yes, yard work might be considered exercise) may cause sugar to rise. Gary Scheiner in his book "Think Like a Pancreas" discusses the effects on blood sugar of various types of exercises. Here's what he says in one section: "Exercises that often produce a short-term blood sugar rise include: Weight lifting (particularly when using high weight and low reps); Sports that involve intermittent "bursts" of activity. like baseball or golf; Sprints in events such as running, swimmimg, and rowing; events where performance is being judged, such as gymnastics or figure skating; and Sporting events in which winning is the primary objective." He explains theses rises as caused by a surge of adrenaline, which counteracts the effects of insulin and stimulates the liver to release extra sugar into the bloodstream. (My thoughts: If food were the only factor in causing high BG's, managing our diabetes would be so much easier!) Scheiner's book helped me better understand how to manage my diabetes. Although its subtitle is "A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes With Insulin", it provides insights into how the body uses its own insulin (still produced by Type 2's) as well.