StarSupreme

Q:

Lately my blood sugar has been spiking alot. I am talking almost 300....for no reason what so ever. I eat right and exercise and usually I am really good about keeping my BS in the zone of 80-120. But as I said its been spiking lately for no reason. I am not doing anything I havent dont hundreds of times before and even though I am tempted with lots of cookies and things at work I do NOT eat any...but yet I spike. Can BS levels spike for no reason? Help!! This is stressing me out and I know that stress will also raise BS level.s

Patty Bonsignore

A:

Blood glucose levels can spike for a number of reasons, the most common of which are eating more carbs than usual, exercising less than usual, not taking enough medication, or illness. I cannot tell from your description how long your blood glucose levels have been high. If they have been high for a while, such as for a few weeks, it could be that you need more medication. It may be a good idea to check the numbers more often at different times of the day and keep a log of what you are eating and your physical activity. Take this to your medical appointment so your healthcare provider can take a look at it and discuss treatment options. If your blood glucose levels have been high just for a few days, it could be that you are coming down with some kind of infection, or it could mean that there may be a problem with your blood glucose strips. Check the quality of your blood glucose strips using the meter’s control solution. If you do not have control solution at home, most pharmacies carry it. The control solution is used instead of a drop of blood and will let you know if your strips are still good. Strips can get ruined if they are frozen, overheated, exposed to excessive moisture or expired. If you are high just occasionally for no apparent reason, make sure you are washing your hands with soap and water and rinsing well before you check your blood glucose. Food left on the hands, even if it was hours before, can cause the blood glucose to appear higher than it really is.

December 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm