fasting bg

By poppey Latest Reply 2011-05-19 17:00:55 -0500
Started 2011-03-11 16:03:24 -0600

good afternoon evryone. Im having trouble with my fasting bg #'s> I can't seem to keep them under what my Dr. wants them to be. I've tried just about everything, (I think I have) being new to all of this, I'm running out of ideas. There are times that i give up and eat what ever. I call it my Idont care anymore moments!! I will give any ideas a try. Thanks for the help!!

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Nonna2Three 2011-05-19 17:00:55 -0500 Report

Saw my doctor today and discussed my fasting numbers with him. he said mine are fine even though I have a lot that are in the 110-112 range. He said as long as they are below 120 he is not going to be concerned. Of course this was also during my 3-month follow up and my A1c was down considerably, so he said the A1c was the true indicator of how well my control is more-so than a single reading or a series of fasting readings. He said he is okay with fasting between 100 - 120 and post-meal 150 or below.

poppey 2011-03-28 22:13:53 -0500 Report

I'm not sure how your DR. wants your #s to read. My DR. says my fasting #s have to be under 110 and my after meals have to be under 135. I still have some trouble with my fasting #s they are not as low. But my DR. is very happy with my overall #s. What seems to help me from time to time is drinking water before bed. I have asked my DR. what can I do to bring my fasting #s down, shes the one who told me about the water a glass or two before bed might help.

Nonna2Three 2011-03-28 09:06:08 -0500 Report

I'm not sure what is considered a "high" fasting number, but mine has been creeping up for the last couple of weeks - not significantly, but enough that it affects and limits my choices for breakfast (which I rarely ever ate until my dx in Jan.).

I send my glucose #'s to my doctor every other week and I even pointed this out to him but he was not really concerned - he just said that my "Glucoses look quite good overall." So I have to assume my fasting BG's are not high enough to be a "medical" issue.

From my dx until recently my fasting BG was in the 90's (even a couple down in the 80's). But these last couple of weeks they have been consistently in the low 100's (102 - 111). And, while that may not be high it does mean I have to choose a breakfast that raises my BG less than 38 - 47 points. Which has been a struggle since cereals and oatmeal seem to hit my sugar herd. Even just my morning coffee with Splenda was causing a 26 point rise by itself. So, though trial & test I found that Truvia has less effect on my BG - so my coffee now gets sweetened with Truvia (every little point I can knock off helps).

But my fasting BG was still starting higher than I wanted it to so I tried a couple of the recommendations in this thread (and a couple I read in another thread). I tried a handful of peanuts at bedtime - no help. I tried cashew nuts - no help. I tried some sliced ham and American cheese - no help. So Saturday I bought a jar of peanut butter (a food that has not been kept in my cupboard since my children got grown & moved out). I ate a spoonful Sat. night just before bedtime and my fasting BG for Sun. morning was 97! I again ate a spoonful last night just before bedtime and my fasting BG for this morning was 99 (not as low as yesterday, but still below 100)!

So far the spoonful of peanut butter seems to be helping so I will be eating peanut butter at bedtime going forward. Thanks to the great people on this site who have so much hands-on experience to share and help us "newbies"!

Nonna2Three 2011-04-04 08:51:31 -0500 Report

I may have hit upon my solution to my higher fasting number - eat my spoonful of peanut butter really really late. Night before last it was not possible for me to eat my spoonful of peanut butter until late, like 11:30 at night, and yesterday morning my fasting BG was back down below 100. So wondering about that I decided to eat my spoonful of peanut butter real late again last night. As with all well laid plans there was a hitch in the plans. I fell asleep in the recliner watching TV (hubby does that all the time, but I don't usually - but I did last night). I woke about 12:15 and realizing what happened I went ahead and ate my spoonful of peanut butter anyway. This morning my fasting BG was 97.

That's two nights in a row. I will continue this process and hope that I see the same results repetitively. *crosses fingers*

poppey 2011-04-07 15:39:13 -0500 Report

Thats great. I was doing good there. But my DR. has told me to now only take one pill a day, and my #s are all over the place. The reason for the one pill was that I took my blood test and everything was great she was very pleased with my #s there. But now my blood sugar #s are all over. I will try the peanutbutter. Thank you so much:) My fingers are croosed for you:)

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-04-04 20:33:55 -0500 Report

Is there a computor symbol for crossed fingers. If I kew of one I'd send it to you becasue mine are crossed for you too.

poppey 2011-03-14 16:28:26 -0500 Report

I didn't know that about the meds. I see my DR. soon I will ask her about taking other meds. Thank you for the info

Nonna2Three 2011-03-13 16:03:35 -0500 Report

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the possibility of any other meds you are on causing an increase in BG. I read an (very brief) article about meds affecting bg. I posted it in the News section, but basically it says:

[Medicines that can raise blood sugar in a person with diabetes include:
* Barbiturates.
* Thiazide diuretics.
* Corticosteroids.
* Birth control pills (oral contraceptives) and progesterone.
* Catecholamines.
* Decongestants that contain beta-adrenergic agents, such as pseudoephedrine.
* The B vitamin niacin. The risk of high blood sugar from niacin lowers after you have taken it for a few months.
* The antipsychotic medicine olanzapine (Zyprexa).]

I have also read that vinegar or vinegar tablets at bedtime might help.

MewElla 2011-03-12 17:57:55 -0600 Report

I had the same problems with my fasting bg#'s…During the rest of the day my numbers were all good. I truly think the diabetes control is a combination is diet/exercise. When I first started I tested foods frequently to see what drove my numbers and then worked on the diet. I do a lot of walking everyday and then when I settle down at nite, if my #'s are under 100 (which they always are) I have graham cracker with tspn of pntbutter on it. Pntbutter is a slow digesting food that helps me with my morning fast #. This always works for me and you might try it…Plse let me know how you are doing because I know this is a very frusterating problems. I am now diet/exercise control, with no medicines. Good Luck to you.

poppey 2011-03-12 18:11:45 -0600 Report

My day #'s are great to. Just that fasting one i can't seem to get it. I do alot of walking at work, then when I get home, I have three kids to keep me going, I take my metformine as told to. I will try, I have lost some wieght as well I eat less its those carbs they just tast so good. Thank you all for the great advise I will let you know how it goes and what my DR. thinks!!

poppey 2011-03-12 17:46:49 -0600 Report

Thank you everyone I will try to do my best. It gets ghard sometimes. When I do as the Dr. tell me to and it still doesn't work. I will take your advise and let you all know what worked best. Thank you all again!!:)

Kirla 2011-03-12 13:06:21 -0600 Report

This is what has helped me.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

jayabee52 2011-03-11 19:37:26 -0600 Report

Howdy Poppey!
You may be having something known as the "dawn phenemon". If your bedtime BG#s are "normal" perhaps you should eat a small snack (15 carbs) of a slow digesting carb, together with a protein such as cheese or meat. You may have to play with the combinations till you find what works for you.

MOMMY_OF_AN_ANGEL 2011-03-11 16:41:03 -0600 Report

Well, due to the fact your eating whatever you want in your "i dont care" moments (lol) you may be (and probally are) consuming too many carbs and you are not taking enough medication to cover the food your intaking. I would call your dr and see if you can go over your numbers with him or see him at the office. it sounds like you may need an adjustment in the amount of meds your taking. Like, if I know Im going to eat more carbs than usual (or something I shouldnt be eating) I take a couple more units of my fast acting (humalog) insulin to cover the extra sugar I am consuming. Otherwise, my bloodsugar just rockets through the roof! Hope this helps :)