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Old 12-02-2015, 16:04   #1
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I am not on medication at this time but trying to get my A1C down to normal levels with low carb eating, exercise and weight loss. My fasting levels have always been high but they did come down since I started taking care of my health better. The last several days, they have been up a lot higher. When my fasting levels are high, is it best not to eat anything until it comes down some?
My other questions is what should normal BS levels be in between meals?

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Can you be more explicit than "they have been a lot higher?

Can you share the numbers with us?

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1) not eating will only signal your liver to dump glucose into your bloodstream. If your BG is higher than you want when waking, you can have a fatty snack that will turn off the dump (hopefully, but for some it takes a full breakfast for this to happen). Then, if your BG is higher still before you eat, then have a full-fat breakfast and skip the carbs.

2) "normal" is different for everyone. Some people's pancreas has a good Phase-2 insulin response (BG comes down quickly between 1hr and 2hrpp) and some have a more sluggish response (may take 3hrs or more for BG to come down). I react to the word "should" because that mind set may cause one to become discourage because their levels don't match someone else's.

Remember, there's more at play with glucose metabolism than just carb consumption - its how your body responds. YMMV

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Can you be more explicit than "they have been a lot higher?

Can you share the numbers with us?
Starting out, my fasting levels were anywhere from 126-134. After a month or so of eating different, they were around 110-116. Yesterday they were 134 and today was 149. Normally if they are higher, I would not eat anything and a couple hours later, it would be down to around 100 or 110.

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Your fasting levels are basically a reflection of your overall situation. The figures that matter - and that you can change by following a sensible eating regime - are your one and two hour after meal readings. Not rough ideas - exact figures.

Do you have this data? Have you been tracking your food intake and following the ideas of Eat to the meter?

Although we can make reasonable suggestions to help, unless you do the real heavy lifting, we are simply going round in circles.

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Your fasting levels are basically a reflection of your overall situation. The figures that matter - and that you can change by following a sensible eating regime - are your one and two hour after meal readings. Not rough ideas - exact figures.

Do you have this data? Have you been tracking your food intake and following the ideas of Eat to the meter?

Although we can make reasonable suggestions to help, unless you do the real heavy lifting, we are simply going round in circles.
I have been testing my BS 1, 2 and sometimes 3 hours after I eat. The highest I have been is anywhere from 120 to 140 at the one or two hour mark. Sometimes the 2 hour BS readings are higher than the 1 hour readings.

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My other questions is what should normal BS levels be in between meals?
For patients like yourself who don't use insulin or sulfonylurea drugs, there's no reason to test between meals. Once you've finished the eat-to-your-meter tests, there's nothing else to test for. You eliminate any foods which have spiked you above your target boundaries, and that's the end of it.

Random testing tells you exactly nothing and it's a blatant waste of expensive strips.




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Sometimes unexplained high/er numbers can mean some kind of stress in the body. This could be mental stress, physical exhaustion or an infection / illness about to make its appearance.

Blood sugar levels usually work in a rhythm with pre meal base levels achieved within 4-6 hours if nothing is ingested in between. But your numbers can be governed by what you are eating & how much. Your morning numbers indicate that you need to further cut down your carbs for a sustained period. As others have explained a well stocked liver can play spoil sport all the time.

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