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Old 03-24-2016, 15:08   #21
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Let me explain my reason for asking this. In another thread I noticed that someone mentioned that hot showers raises their blood sugar. All this time I thought it was just me and my body being weird because everything I had read mentioned that hot showers and baths can cause LOW blood sugar.

Besides your diet (carbohydrates) what things do you find impact (positive or negative) your blood sugar?
Hot baths moreso than showers lower my blood sugar. Found that out by accident one day when it went REALLY low. I could hardly get out of the tub.

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That's a good question, and usually I know from experience why my BG is this or that. What I wonder about is those times when it is way out of bounds and I've done nothing different. Exercise definitely lowers my BG, as does alcohol. Mornings I am usually low, even if I have a high reading when I go to bed. If I go to bed later than usual, or eat at different times than usual (for instance, when traveling over night) my BG is likely to bounce around and I test more frequently to head off disaster. The three times an ambulance has been called were all when I was in a motel. My room mate found me having seizures from extreme low BG.
I do best with a very regular schedule of eating, sleeping, and exercise. I am also very careful with my insulin times and amounts.

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Thank you for this thread! My next experiment will involve a bottle of wine and a piece of Napoleon.
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it seems, and has yet to be solidly proven, that if i have my last bite at 2030 hrs then my bs in morning is lower. experimental merry-go-round.

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Showers, hot or just warm raise mine. Heavy house work raises it, but 2 hours of lifting weights drops it like a rock. Go figure how that works!? Also, stress can do it and being sick or getting sick, somehow BG going up before you even know you're sick.
Are these just small variations and we should be more concerned over the AVERAGE reading?
Of course lifting weights is good because it raises metabolism far longer than a squirt of exercise.

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Intended excersize eg walk aerobics, BG spikes, yoga is ok
If I wash my car and bike..normal housework..vacuuming and mopping..gradual excersize I'm ok.
Alcohol makes my BG go down. Mind u I don't go over 4 drinks once or twice a week but That's probably too much hey.
Not sure about the shower thing however after reading your experiences on this ...I won't shower Eva again
Seriously thou I'll check that out. Here in Oman at present its very humid and very hot. I thought being outside in the "sauna" would help sweat out any sugar in my body...but not so.

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Intended excersize eg walk aerobics, BG spikes, yoga is ok
If I wash my car and bike..normal housework..vacuuming and mopping..gradual excersize I'm ok.
Alcohol makes my BG go down. Mind u I don't go over 4 drinks once or twice a week but That's probably too much hey.
Not sure about the shower thing however after reading your experiences on this ...I won't shower Eva again
Seriously thou I'll check that out. Here in Oman at present its very humid and very hot. I thought being outside in the "sauna" would help sweat out any sugar in my body...but not so.
Hi,
Recently my readings were fluctuating like mad. There was one morning when I saw fasting reading as high as 135 (7.5) when I know that there was something not so right...I had cut off carbs and sugar for the last 2 days...then I did another test, it went down to 120 (6.6) and then another test, it went further down. I suspected that my machine meter was wonky. True enough after taking it to the pharmacy to re calibrate it confirmed my suspicion. So I bought a brand new gadget (On Call Vivid) where the testing strips are individually packed.
Now my reading are in the normal expected range, plus minus 100 (5.5) but there is a caveat to this. I ONLY GET THIS RANGE IF I CUT OFF CARBS AND SUGAR. It can go further down if I prolong this restriction. CCUT OFF CARBS AND SUGAR. Period.

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Besides your diet (carbohydrates) what things do you find impact (positive or negative) your blood sugar?
I don't do real exercise but just keeping moving does help. An easy walk, housework, a little gardening (mostly pulling weeds!).

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I don't do real exercise but just keeping moving does help. An easy walk, housework, a little gardening (mostly pulling weeds!).
OK another new discovery:
I did record breaking hill climbing. Then went home for a real hearty meal of fish, lots of vegetables & a soup. Was very full.
Next morning my reading was 115 (6.3) !!!

Next day, I did not do any vigorous or endurance exercise. But I controlled my portion size.
This morning my reading is 96 (5.4)!!!

The moral of this story is REDUCE PORTION EVEN THOUGH IT IS NOT CARBS. It does not mean that without carbs, we can increase our portions.

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Speaking of things that can have an impact on blood sugar, one of the most common causes of low blood glucose is too much physical activity. Moderate to intense exercise may cause your blood glucose to drop for the next 24 hours following exercise. This post-exercise hypoglycemia is often referred to as the "lag effect" of exercise.

Basically, when you exercise, the body uses two sources of fuel, sugar and free fatty acids (fat) to generate energy. The sugar comes from the blood, the liver and the muscles. The sugar is stored in the liver and muscle in a form called glycogen. During the first 15 minutes of exercise, most of the sugar for fuel comes from either the blood stream or the muscle glycogen, which is converted back to sugar. After 15 minutes of exercise, however, the fuel starts to come more from the glycogen stored in the liver. After 30 minutes of exercise, the body begins to get more of its energy from the free fatty acids. As a result, exercise can deplete sugar levels and glycogen stores.

The body will replace these glycogen stores but this process may take 4 to 6 hours, even 12 to 24 hours with more intense activity. During this rebuilding of glycogen stores, a person with diabetes can be at higher risk for hypoglycemia.

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