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Old 07-16-2014, 15:45   #1
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Hey all. Haven't posted for a while. Been involved in another forum because I FINALLY quit smoking! It's been nearly two months now and doing great.

Now, for the reason I'm posting this question. I am a coffee drinker; I love my coffee. I usually drink at least 6-8 cups a day. Half of that in the morning, half in the evening. I use 50/50 blend; so half-caff. I also use half-n-half (or heavy cream) and a packet of Equal in each cup I drink. (I should mention here that when I refer to a cup, I mean a decent size mug).

Now I have never had a problem with coffee causing any big deal spikes for me. I do bolus for the amount of half-n-half I use (if not using heavy cream).

The problem I'm having recently is that I take my blood sugar upon rising (I do suffer from DP), I take my correction dose of insulin and bolus for my morning coffee. That is usually around 8:00 am on weekdays. By the time I get to work, I get my day started and then usually around 10:00-10:30 am I take my blood sugar again. Lately I've been going higher than my fbg number that I took correction dose and bolus for coffee already. I don't understand why I'm suddenly spiking from drinking coffee? It doesn't matter whether I'm using half-n-half or heavy cream. I'm typically spiking in the low 200's?

Can anyone offer an explanation that I can understand? I do see my endo on Thursday, so I will certainly ask her as well.

I just can't win sometimes.

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Just wanted to say congrats on quitting smoking. That's a major step in the right direction. way to go. Have you changed the type of creamer or sweetener you use lately? Im sure someone here can help you figure this out. <thumbs up>

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Congratulations on quitting smoking!!!

Is your insulin still good? Are you using the same batch as you were?

Quitting smoking might cause stress, which might raise BG overall... but doesn't explain the spike.

If you go a morning with no coffee until noon, do you still spike?

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Just here to give for quitting smoking!




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Goody gum drop for you not smoking! Testing proved tome that coffee does affect me, but not nearly like that!




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Thanks for all the congrats on the no smoking. I was finally ready to put them down forever.

Went to endo today and my bg's are up a bit, but I went through a bad vial of insulin over the last 3 months, and I believe that really played a part in that. In the meantime, Doc wants me to try a new drug called farxiga that excretes sugar in the urine rather than allowing it to go back into the body from the kidneys. Basically, one of the big side effects is yeast infections. I don't know if I even want to try this. What to do? I hate taking prescription drugs, and I've worked really hard to get off as many as possible. She also wants me to begin a drug for triglycerides because they are going up again (this makes sense with the sugar being up). I'm so tired of fighting all of this diabetic stuff. I do everything I should do, and I just don't move forward.

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Congrats on kicking the butt. Since, I've been on that path, I can understand better. I did some reading on the actions of nicotine when I quit. Apart from the physical damage within the lungs, the nicotine in the blood had it's own reactions with some cellular receptors. So some metabolic change does occur, resulting in an approximate 10 % weight gain. It's likely the same mechanism is causing the liver to dump more glucose into the system. You may correct with a little more insulin, but allow your body 6 months at least to settle down. Time should give you desirable results.

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SKB, thanks for your response. That is what I was thinking as well. It just is so confusing when things are going along fine, and then all of a sudden BOOM you get hit with things that are head scratchers for sure.

I will give it some time to calm down. It is only going on 2 months since I quit, so I'm sure that many of the odd things happening with my body are related to quitting. I just don't like it right now; hopefully things will calm down as the months go by smoke-free.

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