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Old 06-08-2012, 20:31   #1
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M still in the "exploratory" phase of this disease and am curious as to what a " spike" means. Exercised for about forty five mins the other day and my bg went down to seventy three. I ate an apple and some p butter and it went up to 143. Is that considered a "spike"? Just curious, thanks very much!

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Personally, I consider anything 115 or above to be a "spike," but then I've been playing with diabetes for over a year.

Current understanding is, damage starts at 140 or above. (If you can get it down quickly, though, no need to panic!)

Aaaaannd in this case, I'm afraid I'd blame the apple. Fruits can be a real problem for us, though many of us can (sorta-kinda, anyway) tolerate berries.

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We all have different standards, but I like to fast below 90. I like to be under 100 by 2 hours, ideally in the 80s or lower. I get a little freaked out if I'm over 110 and I never, ever want to see any number around 140 or higher.

The reason I'm so "tight" with my standards is that my blood sugar takes a long time to come down. I ate at a catered event and thought I was doing so well - just grilled chicken, lettuce, cheddar, and a little sour cream - and when I came home 2 hours later, I was around 110. I'm NEVER that high 2 hours after a meal. So I waited and waited and waited for my blood sugar to come down. It took 7 or 8 hours just to get into the 80s. Unbelievable. Obviously my second-phase insulin response is off vacationing in Jamaica or something. I work really hard to avoid the spikes because I know I can't get down very fast without insulin and I'm not on insulin.

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