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Old 11-25-2015, 16:59   #1
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Last month I was told my A1C was 7 and I needed to go on medication such as Tradjenta. I am determined to not have to go on medications that can cause me to die from pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer. So from reading posts in this forum, I decided to keep my carbs under 50 per day, exercise and lose weight, hoping this would lower my A1C and keep me off medications. I started around October 9 and have been doing really good at what I eat and have lost 10 pounds so far. I have always had problems with high fasting BS levels and it since I have been checking my BS regularly, the fasting started out around 120-134. The past 10 days, I was so happy to see my fasting readings coming down to 106-113. The past week, they have been 110, 106, 113,107 and then out of the blue, the past 2 days, they have been 126 and today 133! I have not been eating any different than I have been so I don't know what's going on. It is scary since I feel like now I don't know what I can do to control it. I have been testing my BS 1, 2 and sometimes 3 hours after eating and I was pretty sure I had figured out what foods cause my BS to go too high and felt more in control of my BS. But these high fasting readings are making me very discouraged and I feel I don't have any control now. I would love to get your opinions on what might be going on. Another question...during the day, between meals, what should BS levels be? Mine have been running in the 80's usually.

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Are you over eating protein at dinner? It's good they come down during the day and fasting is the last to follow.

Don't get discouraged. This disease needs regular tweaking. You still have room to drop carbs a bit and are you eating more at dinner? What kind of carbs are you eating at dinner? Snacking before bed? These are just ideas to play with

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We can't always point to any specific thing to explain spikes, because there are so many other things we can't control and may not even be aware of. One of the most common is that we're coming down with something and it shows up in our blood sugar before we notice any other symptoms. Even just a little extra stress can boost our blood sugar, so if you're having 30 guests for Thanksgiving dinner, that could do it! (actually, even the stress over the high FBG can do it!)

Your daytime levels are wonderful . . . my fastings are the highest of the day and it's all downhill from there. That's why I finally quit worrying about fastings & I just stay the course & let the chips fall.

I hope you can shrug off these higher readings, accept that you're doing everything you can & trust that things will stabilize as long as you're staying under your target level.

Take care & cheer up!

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I was pretty sure I had figured out what foods cause my BS to go too high and felt more in control of my BS. But these high fasting readings are making me very discouraged and I feel I don't have any control now.
Please don't get discouraged, and know that you will never completely figure it out. Fluctuations are very common - fighting an illness, hormone surges, phases of the moon (just kidding... sort of).

You are doing very well and if you keep up what you are doing, you're sure to see a lower A1C next time. You could always reduce carbs more and increase fats. That works for many, and works for weight loss as well.

My take on FBG is that you may... or you may not... be testing before the liver dumps glucose. Mine can dump before I wake so often my morning level is elevated. I don't put too much emphasis on the FBG readings. However, if they don't go back down, and stay consistently higher than you would like, you could always ask for basal insulin, rather than those drugs.

Are you on metformin yet? That would be a good drug to add into your diabetes management.

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Also remember the meter variance of 20%. A 120 could be as high 144 or as low as 96 on your meter and still be "correct". Looks like that could be a possibility

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