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Old 07-02-2012, 21:57   #11
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I'm on a testing marathon today and I just checked it and it was 65. I've checked it so much my fingers are screaming no more, no more, lol Its never gone this low before. What does this mean? I'm sorry for all the questions today, but I'm trying to get this thing figured out.

 
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I'm on a testing marathon today and I just checked it and it was 65. I've checked it so much my fingers are screaming no more, no more, lol Its never gone this low before. What does this mean? I'm sorry for all the questions today, but I'm trying to get this thing figured out.
65 is a bit on the low side - but without knowing what you did beforehand, it's difficult to come to a conclusion as to why. I assume it's a morning fasting value? What did you eat last night and what medication?

The issue is that with medication, the dose specified frequently has some built in assumptions. For instance, my hospital doctor prescribed Prandin for me. Now that drug stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin. - regardless of your blood sugar. So, if you are already low and the Prandin fires off - whoops! hypo.

Built in assumption? I would be eating high carb and would get the timing right.

Timing of medication is one of the main issues with high carb diets. All too often, the medication and the food don't hit the system together, so you get a high, followed by a low (or the other way round) rather than a nice controlled little bump. This is where folk like Dr Bernstein ("Diabetes solution") have it right with his "law of small numbers". His idea - keep the carb figure low, the medication dose can also be low, so an error in timing or amount doesn't produce a disaster.

This exercise isn't easy, until you figure out how your body handles what you eat and the medication, you will see a few silly figures. Getting your head round the pattern is the first challenge.

Sorry, can't be more specific than that.

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Well, although I have been dx'd as a pre diabetic, I'm learning from my mistakes. I am/was also in denial about it. My thinking is that pre diabetic is not diabetic, so I really don't have to control it. Well guess what, stupid me, I'm living and learning. The reason I've said this is that I decided that I was going to binge this morning and I ate a sandwich on white bread and a bag of potato chips with a mountain dew. I checked my blood sugar before the meal and it was 111, and then 1 hour after it was 192, and then after 2 hours it was 197. I'm going to start making a list of everything that makes my blood sugar spike. And I'm going to do the diet on here. I'm going to check my blood sugar at the 3 hour mark, and hopefully its gone down, cause I feel rotten. Any suggestions on how to bring it down. Do I need to walk or some kind of exercise?
Wait! Is it new years? What a great set of resolutions. I hope you keep them.

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65 is a bit on the low side - but without knowing what you did beforehand, it's difficult to come to a conclusion as to why. I assume it's a morning fasting value? What did you eat last night and what medication?

The issue is that with medication, the dose specified frequently has some built in assumptions. For instance, my hospital doctor prescribed Prandin for me. Now that drug stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin. - regardless of your blood sugar. So, if you are already low and the Prandin fires off - whoops! hypo.

Built in assumption? I would be eating high carb and would get the timing right.

Timing of medication is one of the main issues with high carb diets. All too often, the medication and the food don't hit the system together, so you get a high, followed by a low (or the other way round) rather than a nice controlled little bump. This is where folk like Dr Bernstein ("Diabetes solution") have it right with his "law of small numbers". His idea - keep the carb figure low, the medication dose can also be low, so an error in timing or amount doesn't produce a disaster.

This exercise isn't easy, until you figure out how your body handles what you eat and the medication, you will see a few silly figures. Getting your head round the pattern is the first challenge.

Sorry, can't be more specific than that.


That was yesterday when it dropped to 65. It was about 2 hours and 45 minutes after lunch.

 
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Wait! Is it new years? What a great set of resolutions. I hope you keep them.
Thanks smorgan, I will do my best. But my record is not to good in keeping resolutions, lol

 
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That was yesterday when it dropped to 65. It was about 2 hours and 45 minutes after lunch.
What medication are you taking?

The problem with big swings is just that. You go high, then the medication cuts in and down you come with a bang - overshoot the mark - your liver cuts in and dumps glucose - and back up you go - too high again.

Could this be the issue?

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Hello from a fellow pre! You don't have to totally give up all carbs, you may find that you do ok with 100g per day like I do. Two pieces of bread are 30g or so, which means you can have a sandwich, but no fries with that! Also, if you eat more fat you will see that carbs affect you less. So lots of cheese on that sandwich! Welcome!

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Hello from a fellow pre! You don't have to totally give up all carbs, you may find that you do ok with 100g per day like I do. Two pieces of bread are 30g or so, which means you can have a sandwich, but no fries with that! Also, if you eat more fat you will see that carbs affect you less. So lots of cheese on that sandwich! Welcome!
This is where you'll need to test to see how you respond. I can't tolerate two pieces of bread although occassionally I can tolerate one. But keep testing and you'll find what works for you.

As for testing, you may consider buying a Walmart Relion meter to suppliment what your insurance will pay for. The meter was $9 (at least is was last year) and the strips are 100 for $40.

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What medication are you taking?

The problem with big swings is just that. You go high, then the medication cuts in and down you come with a bang - overshoot the mark - your liver cuts in and dumps glucose - and back up you go - too high again.

Could this be the issue?

He didn't put me on any medication. He basically did an A1C test, told me I was pre diabetic, gave me a glucose meter and sent me on my way.

 
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Hello from a fellow pre! You don't have to totally give up all carbs, you may find that you do ok with 100g per day like I do. Two pieces of bread are 30g or so, which means you can have a sandwich, but no fries with that! Also, if you eat more fat you will see that carbs affect you less. So lots of cheese on that sandwich! Welcome!
Thanks silvertiger. I will definitely add cheese to my sandwich, and I will keep no fry's with that! in mind, lol I've noticed that one of my biggest problems is going to be the soda's. Especially mountain dews. Its tough to give them up but I know I need to do it.

 
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