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Cricket 03-23-2016 17:13

What Things Have An Impact on Blood Sugar? (Besides Diet)
 
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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?

macksvicky 03-23-2016 17:27

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.

FRSam 03-23-2016 17:47

My understanding, which is very limited at this point, is stress & pain can raise one's blood sugar. I thought that exercise would lower your BG, burning up blood sugar required for exercise right? But this morning 1 hour after my morning breakfast my BG was 90. I went on a short walk just over a mile and my BG after the walk and 2 hours after breakfast was up to 93? It seems like heavy house work should lower your BG as well? So many questions?

smorgan 03-23-2016 18:18

For me, nothing really. Just what I eat.

Steve3129 03-23-2016 18:21

A 1.6 mile walk at lunch time will drop my BS 20-30 points!

MaJoie 03-23-2016 19:00

Like Vicky I get higher readings for a few hours after a shower-whether it's as hot as I can stand it or barely warm. I usually have my lowest readings in the afternoon and evenings. So when I got oddly high readings when I showered before dinner I decided to test it specifically. That's when I got the 170 immediately after my shower. It took several hours to get down to expected numbers. I don't remember exactly.
I agree also about stress and illness/infection raising my BG, too. I thought my meters, which had originally been very close, had changed when I started getting higher numbers on the bionime than I had been seeing on the relion. But when I tested one right after the other the numbers were within 1 mg/dL, But I have been ill and have a nasty sinus infection. So now they both read high, but similar. It's me, not the meter.
I'm suspicious that Ibuprofen lowers my blood sugar, but I haven't tested it to be sure it isn't just time of day. I usually take it before I start dinner prep to take the edge off of the pain of being on my feet for extended times.

Mare 03-23-2016 19:13

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Originally Posted by macksvicky (Post 1099442)
Heavy house work raises it, but 2 hours of lifting weights drops it like a rock. Go figure how that works!?

Being one of the new kids on the block, I have no answers for the original question but I sure do like Vicky's above response, I'll be remembering that!! Love the #sisterhood. :kiss2:

neohdiver 03-23-2016 19:13

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Originally Posted by Cricket VS (Post 1099426)
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?

Showers - this morning's was a lower bump than usual (only 20 points). I've had as much as a 60 point bump from a shower. I"m working on decreasing that by snacking a bit before & right after on almonds (which drop it).

Lack of sleep - on nights I stay up all night (or nearly all night), my BG is about 20 points higher in the morning. (Whether I snack during the night or not.)

Alcohol - sort of diet, but a different mechanism. Alcohol shuts down the background glucose mill & drops my BG significantly (enough to permit me to more than double my carb intake while the liver is shut down).

Illness - so far does NOT affect my BG - I was expecting it would, but was pleasantly surprised the one time I've been sick since diagnosis..

Cricket 03-23-2016 21:04

Exercise lowers my blood sugar unless it is extended without eating.

Fasting raises my blood sugar unless I add something besides water. As an example, a cup of coffee loaded with heavy cream when going extending periods of time without eating will stop the rise.

When I get overheated, my blood sugar goes up. This could be from the weather or a hot bath.

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.

Being sick, stressed, or over tired will also increase my blood sugar levels.

I am not certain, but I think if I get dehydrated, I also notice an increase but this could be related to being sick or getting overheated.

Taso 03-23-2016 21:06

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. :)


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