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Old 11-11-2015, 05:06   #1
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Default Well that was an unpleasant surprise!

Diagnosed 10/2, started testing 3 days later - after dramatically dropping carb intake. I've been choosing food carefully, testing, and looking for the high points. In that time I have only been over 140 three times.

So I was when my blood glucose was at 146 (the highest I've seen it since I started testing after a yummy cole slaw supper. But when an hour later it was at 157. I figured I was relatively safe since I started at 94 - and based on net carbs I would have expected it to hit about 126 - and I had not been having much response at all to greens. (My romaine salad at lunch didn't budge it).

Guess I'll see where I am in another hour.

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Did you make the cole slaw yourself? Use bottled dressing?




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Sugar is an extremely common ingredient in coleslaw -- which is not how I learned to make it back when I was a kid. Got a nasty surprise after diagnosis.

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Yup, was probably the dressing.

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Did you make the cole slaw yourself? Use bottled dressing?
I used a packaged slaw mix I've used with Crack Slaw, and a bottled dressing I use regularly with romaine or iceberg salads with virtually no elevation in BG (in roughly the same quantity).

The slaw mix had a higher carb count than the romaine or iceberg, so I expected it to go a bit higher, but this was about triple the increase I expected for that carb quantity.

(It was especially annoying because I ate a couple of tomato pieces earlier in the day. I expected to be scolded by my meter for those, but was still under 100 at the 1 & 2 hour marks.)

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Yup, was probably the dressing.
It's one I use regularly (in roughly the same quantity) on leafy greens, with no adverse effect.

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Sugar is an extremely common ingredient in coleslaw -- which is not how I learned to make it back when I was a kid. Got a nasty surprise after diagnosis.
No sugar. The dressing is one I use regularly on leafy greens with no adverse impact on BG.

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Guess I'll see where I am in another hour.
30 minutes later it was down to 113.

I checked the strips using the test liquid (I did find the strip container open a day or two ago - so it occurred to me that might have affected them). But aside from last night the readings have been where I expect them to be.

I guess next time I'll cut the serving size down and see what it does. I tend to eat fairly large quantities of whatever veggies I think I can get away with - and I know that I can't quite eat as many green beans in one sitting as I would like.

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If you are satisfied that you have eliminated all the food sources for the blip, then you have to consider another couple of common ones. User error and damaged test strip. Both are easy to achieve and impossible to eliminate completely.

Your spike this time round wasn't completely horrendous and close to the range of accuracy that we are entitled to expect from our meter (20%) (Using your expected 126 + 20% would return 151).

Options are to put this one down to "unexplained" or repeat the meal (as precisely as you can) and run the tests again. Do double check that dressing for "new improved recipe". If you get your expected figure, then this test goes down as "unexplained" - and you will get them from time to time.

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If you are satisfied that you have eliminated all the food sources for the blip, then you have to consider another couple of common ones. User error and damaged test strip. Both are easy to achieve and impossible to eliminate completely.

Your spike this time round wasn't completely horrendous and close to the range of accuracy that we are entitled to expect from our meter (20%) (Using your expected 126 + 20% would return 151).

Options are to put this one down to "unexplained" or repeat the meal (as precisely as you can) and run the tests again. Do double check that dressing for "new improved recipe". If you get your expected figure, then this test goes down as "unexplained" - and you will get them from time to time.
I'm more surprised, than worried, just because it was so far from what I expected. In the grand scheme of things it is a very minor blip. Assuming accurate readings, it was above 140 for under 2 hours. Not a big deal, considering my A1C suggests my average was above 140 for the 3 months prior to diagnosis - and since 3 days after diagnosis it has now only been above 140 five times (two of them following the same meal).

I tend to believe it was picking up something real (rather than user error), since it was two readings in a row - and then down to where I expected it (which makes strip error less likely).

The dressing is from the same bottle I used for my last salad made of greens.

But, until future tests, my slaw goes in the "must test every time" rather than in the "safe to eat" category.

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