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Old 03-23-2016, 22:06   #11
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The following are some of the variables:
#1 Food consumption can be a large component of blood glucose reading variability.
#2 Meter accuracy can be a factor.
#3. Exercise and physical activity is another variable.
#4. Insulin is also a variable.
#5. Liver output of glucose is a variable.
#6. Emotions and stress are variables.
#7. Illness and injury is a variable.
#8. Hormones are variables.
#9. Food consumed at other meals and snacks are variables.
#10 The menstruation and menopause variable.

These are many of the variables that are known to cause fluctuations in blood glucose readings, but is not a comprehensive list.

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For a while I thought that a morning cup of coffee with heavy cream helped stop my BG from rising, but lately it just doesn't stop it anymore.

Otherwise, I find that most things, exercise, stress, illness, pain, a.k.a. my day to day, raise my BG, and not much lowers it other than insulin!

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Another thing I have never figured out is why some diabetics can drink alcohol without raising their blood sugar. Mine take a drastic jump when I have any at all.
That's interesting. You must have a funky liver.

Theoretically what happens is that when you drink alcohol, your liver shuts down part of its glucose production factory (since it has a one-track mind) - decreasing the amount of glucose it releases into the bloodstream that normally has an additive effect with what you eat. So unless the alcohol has a carb content that is equivalent to (or higher than) your liver's normal glucose output, your BG should go down, not up. (Alcohol consumption is a known risk factor for hypos.)

My liver seems to put out the equivalent of around 30 grams of carbs worth of glucose. In testing, with a 5 oz glass of wine I can consume approximately 50 carbs in a sitting - rather than the 20 that I can usually tolerate. It came in handy on a business meal a month or so ago, when the restaurant my companions chose didn't have any nutritional information available, no plain salads or meats, and everything looked pretty carby. Starting the meal with a glass of wine gave me a bit of a cushion in case I guessed incorrectly about the carb content.
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Walks lower my blood sugar, so I try to hit the road every morning.
Sickness pushes my number significantly higher.
Off to take a hot shower and test. I am intrigued.
If you don't get the "desired" rise, try it again in the morning (I haven't tested anytime other than morning - although I am seriously considering shifting my showers to the end of the day to see if there is a difference.)

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I'm in the same camp as Cricket. Alcohol, such as straight whiskey or a glass of dry red wine, raises my BG a bit. Too bad it doesn't give me any extra carb wiggle room, that would be fun. Instead of having your cake and eating it too, you could have your booze and drink it too.
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I'm in the same camp as Cricket. Alcohol, such as straight whiskey or a glass of dry red wine, raises my BG a bit. Too bad it doesn't give me any extra carb wiggle room, that would be fun. Instead of having your cake and eating it too, you could have your booze and drink it too.
I just laughed so hard I spit all over my monitor.
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I'm in the same camp as Cricket. Alcohol, such as straight whiskey or a glass of dry red wine, raises my BG a bit. Too bad it doesn't give me any extra carb wiggle room, that would be fun. Instead of having your cake and eating it too, you could have your booze and drink it too.
Yup! It's a bit of magic to keep in my pocket for uncertain dining situations - or special occasions when I want a smidgen of a carby treat.

As long as it is a dry wine, I can not only have my booze, drink it too, but I can also eat a (very) small piece of cake!

(Guess I'd better keep checking, though, in case it has to do with whatever stage of diabetes I'm in . . . )

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If I don't eat in the morning my BG bounces all over the place. Usually but not always when I eat it goes down. But I do have the occasional rise from the exact same meal. Breakfast for me doesn't change much. I alternate between a cheese omelet (preferably Swiss) or an avocado mashed up with butter S&P. Same meal, different results. So I guess my pancreas responds the way it's meant to sometimes but can be seriously broken. I don't know.

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I think this is why doctors didn't think it was a good idea for people to have home testing of glucose!
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taking recommendations of some of our friends here i cut my portions of protein and upped the fat, my carbs are under 30. on my days off i rode bike and lifted and behold i didn't get my usual bs roller-coaster and my two best FBGs to date. finally feel like the veil may be pulled back a bit.

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