My mother suffers from really high spikes on her glucose levels. She might get her glucose level at 46 in the morning and when she takes it at night it is between high 200s to 300. Is there any thing she can do to avoid this?

Dr. David Erani


There is a lot that can be done. Many things can affect a person’s blood glucose levels, but the main ones are the food they eat, the medications they take, and their levels of physical activity. For example, if your mother takes more insulin and eats less food than usual and exercises more than usual, she is likely to develop hypoglycemia. Whenever a blood glucose level is higher or lower than desired, it is important to understand how it got there. Keeping track of blood glucose levels and insulin taken can be very helpful. Sometimes hyperglycemia can be the result of over-treating hypoglycemia and vice versa. Without reviewing blood glucose and medication records, this would not be apparent. If your mother keeps track of her blood glucose readings and insulin doses and shares them with her healthcare team, they should be able to recognize these patterns and help her maintain more stable blood glucose levels.

February 3, 2013 at 7:27 am