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Is it normal to have 2 hours number higher than 1 hour after eating?


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Old 11-09-2015, 20:09   #1
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I started eating low carb recently and have been having great success at it. I have lost 9 pounds in the past month and my blood sugar levels are starting to come down somewhat. I also have been doing some testing before I eat and 1 and 2 hours afterwards. I read that the 1 hour is supposed to be the time that the blood sugar spikes, so that number would be higher than the 2 hour, which is when the blood sugar should start to come down. Mine has not been that way the past 2 weeks. The second hour is a little bit higher than the first hour reading. For example, one day it was 103 before eating, 106 at one hour and 119 at two hours, another time it was 85 before I ate, 112 at one hour and 127 at two hours. Is this ok or what is going on? Also, is it normal to be very tired when first starting out on low carbs? I have been trying to stay under 50 per day. I have had some days that I am so lethargic and tired all I want to do is go lay in bed.

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I suspect you're experiencing a bit of 'carb flu', if this is your first foray into low-carbing. It will subside soon, and you can help it along by making sure you get enough fats, and also increasing your salt intake, since low-carbing combats fluid retention, and getting rid of excess fluids results in getting rid of sodium also.

All of your postprandial numbers are good, Zinger, and they're essential the same, since our meters are allowed a 20% variance either way. That being said, the slightly higher levels may mean than your second phase insulin response is sluggish. But as good as these numbers are, it isn't anything I would be worried about, and if I were you, I would just continue with LCHF and let it sort itself out. Take some hot salty broth with a big spoonful of butter blended in - that usually fixes my blahs.




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I suspect you're experiencing a bit of 'carb flu', if this is your first foray into low-carbing. It will subside soon, and you can help it along by increasing your salt intake, since low-carbing combats fluid retention, and getting rid of excess fluids results in getting rid of sodium also.

All of your postprandial numbers are good, Zinger, and they're essential the same, since our meters are allowed a 20% variance either way. That being said, the slightly higher levels may mean than your second phase insulin response is sluggish. But as good as these numbers are, it isn't anything I would be worried about, and if I were you, I would just continue with LCHF and let it sort itself out. Take some hot salty broth with a big spoonful of butter blended in - that usually fixes my blahs.
Thanks for the help! So does lowering carbs gets rid of excess fluids? So would that cause me to pee more? I hardly ever had to get up in the night but now it has been every single night.

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Yep - sorry about that! It will subside as you get stabilized on LCHF. It's one more great fringe benefit of this lifestyle! I even take a mild diuretic with my evening pills and don't normally have to get up anymore.




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I'm with Shanny - your BG numbers look great. I will often have the same or slightly higher BG at 2 hours. But my meals are very high in fat and that can delay digestion and stomach emptying, so the rise can be after the 1hr mark. Another thing that can delay the rise is eating a lot of food at one time. Just takes longer to move it along.

One of the reasons for all this testing is so that one can determine what their own body does and what their own response LCHF is in actuality. It is very much YMMV

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What they said^^^^^ I get 2 hr readings higher than 1 hr sometimes. I used to always check again at 3 hrs and found it was nearly always down by then. So now I just figure it's the way my body works.

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I always have higher two hour and I am on insulin. I eat high fat So spike is delayed. Going up slow and coming down slow is better than a fast spike and a fast drop IMO. Your numbers are great. Just a little longer and you will be adapted. Congrats on your perseverance. Many would have give up already.

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I started eating low carb recently and have been having great success at it. I have lost 9 pounds in the past month and my blood sugar levels are starting to come down somewhat. I also have been doing some testing before I eat and 1 and 2 hours afterwards. I read that the 1 hour is supposed to be the time that the blood sugar spikes, so that number would be higher than the 2 hour, which is when the blood sugar should start to come down. Mine has not been that way the past 2 weeks. The second hour is a little bit higher than the first hour reading. For example, one day it was 103 before eating, 106 at one hour and 119 at two hours, another time it was 85 before I ate, 112 at one hour and 127 at two hours. Is this ok or what is going on? Also, is it normal to be very tired when first starting out on low carbs? I have been trying to stay under 50 per day. I have had some days that I am so lethargic and tired all I want to do is go lay in bed.
The normal spike time for non-diabetics averages 45 minutes. My own spike as approximately 1:45. My understanding is that most T2s spike later than non-diabetics generally. Anyway, all the numbers you mentioned are OK. You need to eat more salt on LC. Low sodium can cause the tiredness. Also, make sure you are eating enough. The energy alternative to the carbs you cut out is fat. So, as you start out, substitute fat for carbs calorie for calorie. That means adding about 4g of fat for every 9g of carbs you reduce. More protein won't do you any good, so avoid that.

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Why don't you continue to test at 3 hr & 4 hr just to see if you can see a pattern ?Just to add a little more to what Shanny has said, the insulin response to a meal is in 2 stages. The first stage is a surge that corresponds with the 1 hr mark. It is the insulin that has been stored (since last meal) in the beta cells of the pancreas. After that the 2nd stage is a slow release of currently created insulin. Many factors can influence that.

And BTW, I've experienced the carb-flu, both, while reducing carbs, and when increasing them for whatever reasons (sometimes beyond my control).

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My phase 1 insulin release is amusingly erratic. One day I spike about 45 minutes, next day same meal I spike at 3 hours.

Find your pattern. Watch for deviations and trends. Our bodies change in response to any- and everything.

You are doing great!

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