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Old 07-08-2013, 15:28   #21
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Great number. Almost at the bottom of the "normal" range. However, as is said, one swallow doesn't make a summer. I would suggest you keep on testing for a week or so and keep a log of your figures along with a note of what you ate.

I'm still slightly foxed by your difficulty in getting blood. What meter are you using and what sort of lancet? With most modern meters you don't need a "big" drop, as I said, mine works with a tiny spot.

Somewhere on YouTube (I think), there's a video of how you use a meter. I'll try and track it down. Watch this space!

Here's one -

I notice he uses his index finger!

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Old 07-08-2013, 16:16   #22
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Had a buddy give me a tip on getting more blood and it worked. I was squeezing all wrong, now I got s bunchs holes in me haha. Scored a 4.8 2 hrs after eating. Why didn't eating sugar cause any sort of spike? Or does that just mean my sugars are very good? Regardless I'm going to keep testing until these lancets are out

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Going back to the original post: Meters have an accuracy tolerance of +/- 20%, so one high reading of 7.1 may be reporting (inaccurately) on the high side. Your subsequent readings don't seem alarming, and your 2-hour post meal test seems pretty normal.

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Had a buddy give me a tip on getting more blood and it worked. I was squeezing all wrong, now I got s bunchs holes in me haha. Scored a 4.8 2 hrs after eating. Why didn't eating sugar cause any sort of spike? Or does that just mean my sugars are very good? Regardless I'm going to keep testing until these lancets are out
Basically our body uses insulin to process all carbohydrates (which end up as sugar with the only issue being how quickly they do so!).

The pancreas produces insulin all the time but if it's not needed, it stores it. When you put something sweet in your mouth, the signal goes to the pancreas - "Insulin please" - and it releases insulin from its store. This is known as the phase 1 release. Quite often that's all it needs but if you eat something very sweet there may not be enough in the phase 1 release and your pancreas goes into high speed production - (phase 2) until the sugar is mopped up. That can take up to two hours but is usually a bit quicker than that.

Then it goes back into tickover mode and rebuilds the bank for the next phase 1 release.

That's why a non diabetic rarely sees the 7.8 figure I mentioned early on and it looks rather like you've still got a good phase 1 response. That's good news.

As Jen mentioned, the error factor in meters can be up to 20% (although they're usually better than that), so your 7.1 could have been
  1. meter error -
  2. your error (contaminating a strip is easy to do!)
  3. a strange reaction that we'll never account for
So; as mentioned earlier, and as you suggest, carry on testing until (hopefully) you get bored with seeing 4s, 5s and the odd 6! on the meter. Do keep a log - just in case but hopefully you won't qualify to join our little club as a full time member!


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Awesome information thanks for all the help guys! I'm thinking error could have been caused by using odd blood amounts with the meter and then contaminating everything. The next few days should clear that up now that I can do the blood fine.

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Okay so quick update.
Levels over the past couple of days:

9th:
5.1 - fasting
5.8 - 1 hour after eating
4.5 - 2 hr's after eating
Breakfast was eggs n bacon then a banana on the way to work. I should also note that I had to bike to work that morning and my tire popped and I wasn't too happy, so I had a combination of stress and exercise in the AM before my 1hr reading. Do these things play a factor in your insulin production, etc, or is it purely regulated otherwise?

10th:
4.7 - fasting
5.3 - 1 hr
5.7 - 2 hr
Breakfast was yogurt n berries and a nut bar.
4.8 - 10AM random reading. I Did a random reading as I was tired (likely from the monotomy of my job assignment at the time; passenger in a vehicle) and scored a 4.8. Ate a kiwi right after and got a reading 1 hr later of 8.2, but re-did it and got a 6.5 (fingers were dirty.) Does it make sense for a single kiwi to shoot blood sugar to 6.5 when even my breakfasts don't?
4.6 - 5pm. Another random reading when I got home as my energy levels had been fvery stable throughout after my lunch which was spaghetti squash with homeade tomato sauce and moose burger.
5.1 - 9pm. Reading after I went to the gym. Only mention this one because I rarely wasn't anxious at all this afternoon/evening, but my workout partner commented on how pale I looked and I did look quite pale during my workout. Unfortunately by the time I got to my meter I has regained colour though.. I had a banana, peanut butter, frozen strawberry, unsweetened almond milk, protein powder shake/dinner before the gym.

So what do you guys think? I want to try and catch a couple of my "lows", and see what my blood sugar is doing around and in those, but as of now does everything look okay?


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Basically those numbers wouldn't give me cause for concern. Slightly strange that your 2 hour figure on 10th is higher than your 1 hour but that could well be down to meter error.

The kiwi fruit is packed with sugar - and there's very little fat to slow it down, so yes you could well see a surge from it. But 6.5 is nothing to worry about.

And yes, contaminating test strips is very easy to do so, washing (and drying) hands before testing, especially after handling food, and fruit in particular is advisable.

The good news? I wish I could deliver those numbers after eating a banana or a kiwi fruit.

For a final reassurance you may want to discuss your numbers with your doctor but I think he'll decide that no action is needed.

Good luck.

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