What is the best way to tell what affects your sugar levels?

By AntonRudolph Latest Reply 2010-03-18 22:29:11 -0500
Started 2010-03-18 11:39:39 -0500

I have just learned in the past month or so that I have high sugar-up to about 145 in the morning. This is not an absolute, as some mornings are as low as 88. My question is this: on mornings I feel stressed my level is higher. Even eating cheese or an egg or nuts won't always bring it down on these days. I still have to take my A1C, but I am wondering if stress actually causes one or both of liver and kidneys to overwork. On the non-stressful days if I'm a little high the 1-2 oz. of the foods I mentioned usually works.
My other question is how long should I give myself after getting my A1C(if in the safe range) to see if my diet and exercise regimen is enough before going to a dr.? I have an overall average of about 115 pre-breakfast and about an 100 throughout the rest of the day, maybe 117 at peak after a higher count meal. Is this pretty good after only 4 weeks of dieting?
Being new to this as a participant instead of caring for someone who's been on insulin for years is confusing.

5 replies

AntonRudolph 2010-03-18 22:29:11 -0500 Report

Thanks to all of you! I am writing down my levels 3 times, or 2 if I'm working and skipping lunch-I know, I know, but sometimes construction can't take a break just anywhere! And if I have to go home an hour later-I eat some nuts or an apple and then dinner an hour or so later. I hadn't thought of writing down my activity level, though, and I've only just found good charts for the calories and carbs, fats and etc. I read what is on the box, but tend to use the ones printed in the Diabetes Association cookbook as a rule of thumb, especially since the servings aren't the same as on the box!

I appreciate all of your suggestions and will certainly work on using them more wisely! Stress is a body buster all by itself. My suspicions of it's having effect on my BS will most likely point to true. Time will tell. Have a great week all!

scribbles 2010-03-18 15:42:26 -0500 Report

There is only one way to really know. Become a "spy-cop". Keep track of EVERYTHING - diet, exercise, stress, mood, health issues, everything. Try each different 'idea' for a week (give it time to work). Then stick with whatever works best that you are comfortable with. If you aren't comfortable with it, you won't stick to it, so it won't work.
Be patient. All new habits take time to become habits.

Harlen 2010-03-18 13:58:36 -0500 Report

It will make my BS go up
Try to keep the carbs low but dont cut them out
I keep a log of what I eat and what my BS is 2 Hr after
I was shocked what did and what did not afect my BS
Best wishes

MAYS 2010-03-18 11:50:51 -0500 Report

In a word, Documentation !
You can start by documenting your daily activities, what foods and beverages that you consume and your glucose meter readings. As you begin to do so, you will notice ups and downs when you take your meter readings and compare your notes, it takes some time and analyzation but it's worth it, if not for the findings, at least for your peace of mind.
" Mays "

GabbyPA 2010-03-18 13:35:54 -0500 Report

I agree with Mays, writing everything down really helps me. I know when I get lazy and don't do it, my numbers begin to get out of control. I use a notebook and mark my amount, my type and then put my carbs, fat, sodium and calories. I also write down my physical activity and 150 minutes a week is my minimum goal, but you can work up to that.

Stress and illness are two big hammers on our numbers. Yes, your body is releasing glucogyen into your system to make sure your body has energy to deal with the stress that is going on. It doesn't know the difference between a stress of danger from a stress of the mind. The best thing you can do for that is find a way to eliminate your stress and exercise as well as meditation is good for that. The fact that you are noticing this is a great step in getting it under control.

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