Sugar Spikes

Aunt Nanners
By Aunt Nanners Latest Reply 2011-02-06 18:43:21 -0600
Started 2011-02-05 17:59:16 -0600

I have a question about sugar spikes. Why is it such a big deal if your sugar spikes as long as it is in the acceptible range and returns to normal within 3 hours of eating? I'm curious.

11 replies

tabby9146 2011-02-06 18:43:21 -0600 Report

Another reason besides the damage to organs, is the way most people "feel" when their BS goes up or down too fast. I know in the past, I have become very dizzy sometimes just light headed for a few minutes, after eating something, when mybs stayed in the normal range, not long after diganosis two years ago, when I told my Dr. this, she said it was because it went up too fast, but it was okay, that I need to get used to that, it will happen sometimes, so long as it stays near normal. So now I don't worry about it as much, and mine is controlled by diet and exercise. I guess if I was still on pills, I might have those fluctuations more often. I did have some lows while on Metformin, as I was losing weight and so I was off the pills in 3 months. Sometimes when you lose enough weight, you can come off pills and you start getting real low too often. I haven't had any experience yet, with any real highs. I don't ever go too low either, but I can feel 80, I don't do anything about it. the feeling passes. I think when you go to abou 60 (?) is when you treat.

tabby9146 2011-02-06 18:38:48 -0600 Report

Im glad I read this. I kind of knew the answer and sort of didn't at the same time. Mine is 150 or 140 after I eat, lots of times, but that is like an hour or less after eating, and 2 hours after I finish eating, it is never that high. It is normally under 120. So I worry now, about that. In class, they did not mention that it causes damage lower than 200. they acted like 200 or higher was reallly bad. I never worried before as long as it was 120 or lower 2 hours after. I guess I'd better check more often before the 2 hours is up, to see what it really gets to.

Aunt Nanners
Aunt Nanners 2011-02-05 21:24:04 -0600 Report

So if my number is say 86 in the am and 136 after a meal that's bad? That is a 50 point difference.

kdroberts 2011-02-05 21:36:11 -0600 Report

No, that's fine assuming that you don't go way higher at some point. For instance if you started at 86 before a meal, went to 250 after an hour and then tested 2 hours after you ate at 136.

Aunt Nanners
Aunt Nanners 2011-02-05 21:44:31 -0600 Report

Well I don't test that often. Should I test 1 hour after too? The highest I got after I got on metformin was 193 but mostly I stay under 140 2 hours after and just went back to the am/ pm. If I think I did to much I'll do 10 minutes or so of cardio. Why does dropping down quickly matter?

kdroberts 2011-02-05 20:05:37 -0600 Report

Basically because once your blood sugar reaches about 140 you start damaging organs and nerves in your body, the higher you go and the longer you are there the more damage you do. Also, it's becoming more evident that if your blood sugar is bouncing up and down to high levels you have a greater chance of overall death than somebody who keeps their blood sugar more evenly balanced even if their average may be slightly higher.

Aunt Nanners
Aunt Nanners 2011-02-05 19:46:35 -0600 Report

Thanks Harlan. I had read that if it goes over 140 you've probably enjoyed something to much. My Dr. didn't have good info for me just cared about the numbers in the morning and before bed and of course the A1c. I hear folks talking about spikes and I have to admit I'm confused, doesn't everybody spike after eating even non diabetics? Or are spikes meaning over like 180 like the ADA recommends? When I think spike I think anything that causes a rise.

Pynetree 2011-02-05 21:09:58 -0600 Report

That's my take on it too. Everytime you eat, especially carbs your BG is going to rise…everyones does, not just diabetics. Ideally, multiple small meals spread over the day would be prudent to keep your BG on a nice even keel…But, that is not always practical. My Dr. is mostly concerned with the a.m. fasting one and bedtime, and the overall A1c, too.

Dev 2011-02-05 19:41:42 -0600 Report

Spikes means there is too much gulcose in the blood. So it becomes difficult to pump blood into the thinner blood vessels and extremeties. So all your organs are slowly getting affected.
Sugar spikes also increase insulin resistance. Body pushes to create more insulin and the pancreas is overworked. After a while it can stop producing insulin.

Harlen 2011-02-05 19:29:32 -0600 Report

Any time your bs gose over 145 your doing damage to your bod.
and it get to be more and more over time at least thats what I think and I am no Doc ??
Best wishes

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