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Old 03-23-2016, 17:13   #1
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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?
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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.

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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?

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For me, nothing really. Just what I eat.

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

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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.

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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?
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..

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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.
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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.
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