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Old 08-24-2015, 14:04   #1
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Yesterday around 1:00 PM my level was at 89. I knew I was going to go on a long bike ride so I ate two mini Snickers bars. I rode my 20 miles (10 each way with a concert in between) and had a bottle of water (I wanted the Joe's Sweet Tea but thought it might not be a good idea).

Sure enough, when I got home it was 79. The educator didn't like it to be lower than 80, so I had one small bag of potato chips. After a while I went to the store and bought some cheese (Havarti with caraway seeds), a small steak and an ear of corn which I ate, with a plum.
Later when I checked my level it was 180. That means it went up 101.

I had no idea why it went up. I typed this into google "carbohydrates in corn" and got 123 g (for a cup). This is a lot. I looked and one ear is 3/4 cup so that would mean one ear is about 90 grams of carbohydrates which is a lot. However, this web site
says one large ear has only 24.76 grams which is quite a lot less than 90 grams. So which is it? Anyone know? Could this be the reason? A small bag of British Chicken potato chips probably has a good number but it was a small bag. And google shows a small plum, which mine was, as having 8g. The only other thing I can think of is the caraway seeds but that looks like 3.3g

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The rules of our game is that we treat documented carbohydrate contents with suspicion. Those lists are there to sell the product - not help us. Fiddles like "net carbs", "fibre" are all there to help the marketing boys make their product look attractive.

Your 79 when you got home was well within the margin of error of your meter so 'treating' it was unneccesary and 'treating' it with chips just plain wrong. To treat a hypo situation you need fast acting glucose not slow acting starches.

As regards the figures you obtained for corn, see the first paragraph of this post!

The only way to play this game is using the rules of Eat to the Meter

No-one else can tell you the outcome as we are all individual - like most natural foods. Personal testing is the only path that works.

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I am trying to eat to the meter. I assume that also means foods that record high should be avoided so I am trying to see what I should avoid.

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You are absolutely right.

The tools required are
  • The rules How to Lower Your Blood Sugar
  • A blood glucose meter with lots of strips
  • A good big notebook to perform as a food and reading log
  • A pen
  • Patience
  • Consistency
The results will speak for themselves.

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If this were me, I'd be tickled pink to have my BG at 79, which is the level for non-diabetics and not at all low.

One of the reasons we advocate "eat to your meter" is that everyone's ability to process carbs is different. What may be OK for one diabetic won't be so for another.

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Do any of you use Glucose Buddy app? I have been using that. I suppose there are better ones but it seems to do what I need. I can record sugar levels. I can record A1C (July 18 was 11.0 and August 21 was 8.9). I can add notes, and email myself the results in a spread sheet format. The only thing I can't do is synch to the net but it says that is coming soon.

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I am trying to eat to the meter. I assume that also means foods that record high should be avoided so I am trying to see what I should avoid.
Here's another approach to this issue. Rather than constantly testing different foods, choose an upper limit for the amount of carbs you are going to eat at any meal or snack. Before you eat, count the carbs, then test at 1hr and 2hr. If your set limit doesn't spike your BG above your chosen BG upper level, then you will know that x-amount of carbs is probably okay. So you can then make a reasonable judgment about any food that would contain more carbs than you know you can handle. (The more you test your meals and the more data you have about various carb counts the more accurate your judgment will be).

There are foods that I've never tested because I know from their carb count that they would be off limits. No need to use two or three test strip to tell me what I already know.

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That's a good idea, but I thought this eat to your meter thing meant that say Joe Schmoe could have like 30 carbs of one food no problem, but 30 carbs of another food which would cause a problem?

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Question for the OP and other veterans:

Why does the doctor choose 80 as a low point? I understand not wanting people on insulin to go hypoglycemic, so setting some minimum base level. But I have a very thin, healthy friend who asked me to bring my meter to work so she could see her BG. It was 75 mid-morning. I'm guessing it stays around 75 all the time. Why would T2s not on insulin need to keep sugar any higher than normal people's sugar?

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Not a question for me. I have found a new doctor (this was diabetic educator, not doctor) so I will see what she says. And when I get to see the endicronologist in 3 months I will ask her too.

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