Toothpaste and HairSpray

By ccritch Latest Reply 2017-04-06 20:50:20 -0500
Started 2010-06-08 09:24:40 -0500

I found out that toothpaste and Hairspray raise BG Levels a lot.

I checked my sugar this morning 107 YEs! I brushed my teeth and checked my sugar again and it was 148 WoW! So beware


I checked my sugar last night at 6:30 143. went to have my haircut, blow dried and hairspray. I was touching my hair to fix areas and checked my sugar without washing my hands my sugar went up 220! I washed my hands and rechecked my sugar 165! Wow!

So just an FYI

8 replies

gregor_samsa 2017-04-06 20:50:20 -0500 Report

after some strange readings earlier this week I was wondering about toothpaste. This morning I conducted an experiment. Right after I got up at 7:30 I checked my blood sugar - it was 91. 15 minutes later I brushed my teeth and rechecked immediately after — it was 127. I checked again 45 minutes later — it was 140. Nothing to eat or drink.

diabetesfree 2010-06-11 15:04:32 -0500 Report

Since you aren't actually ingesting either toothpaste or hair spray (although you could be inhaling some of it), it would probably be a good idea to run a test on your blood glucose meter, just to male sure that it is still giving you accurate readings. There is usually a free test kit that comes with each new glucometer.

For that matter, if it has been awhile since you've bought a new one, you might want to look for some of the "free with rebate" offers on monitors at your local pharmacy or find one of the many offers for free, new units on the Internet. It never hurts to get a second opinion. :-)

GabbyPA 2010-06-11 22:58:31 -0500 Report

I think she meant that it was on her hand, not from eating it. It just shows that you really need to wash your hands before you test.

figment84 2010-06-08 22:56:14 -0500 Report


It sounds to me that your blood sugars are increasing due to your cortisol levels in the morning instead of the toothpaste. Maybe the toothpaste has a little sugar in it, but not enough to make it jump 40 points. I have a continuous glucose monitor that takes my sugars automatically every 2.5 minutes and I noticed every morning when I wake up my body reacts to the cortisol and rises without any food or drinks intake. Hope this helps!

GabbyPA 2010-06-08 09:33:35 -0500 Report

I get the toothpaste, but I would never have guessed that hairspray would do that. Toothpaste actually has xylitol in it, a natural sweetener that doesn't promote tooth decay. Makes you wonder what makes your hair spray sticky?? LOL

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