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A little about last A1C in June was 5.7 with an FBS of 109. That was the first time my A1C had been in prediabetic range, though my FBS has dipped in and out over the years. My doctor didn't want me to worry too much as I was only .1 in prediabetes range. He told me the standard stuff, watch diet, exercise, lose a bit of weight. I had started exercising prior to June, actually, so I've been exercising consistently for more than a year but upped the intensity and have, since June, been making changes to my diet to include, most days, a pretty large reduction in carbs and sugar from what I used to consume. This does not mean I gave up the sugar/carbs, just that I reduced them. I lost an additional 12 lbs and really don't need to lose any more than that.

A few months ago, on my own, I purchased a glucose monitor so that I could start testing my FBS daily and that helped me to reduce my sugar/carb intake even more, the monitor sort of spurring me on to see what kind of FBS' I could get by eating differently.

Anyway, then the holidays came and I had some days where I just ate whatever I wanted. And this is what has led me to this forum. It's left me confused. Some of these indulgences seem to have resulted in days long, high FBS readings. I have searched and searched the internet about this and most everything I have read is from some medical journal that says that blood sugar will lower 12-24 hours after eating high carb meals. This is not my experience (and I am not checking sugar before/after all meals, just once in the morning upon waking) and it's kind of freaking me out wondering if, despite all the work I've done, I'm now in diabetic territory. I did not indulge and then just keep indulging for a week or two or the entire month. I had a day where I ate what I wanted, even exercised vigorously, drank a bunch of water that same day - all the things they tell you to do when you have a bad day or meal - and then the next day I got right back on the wagon, low carb/sugar, exercise, water. So, to have high FBS in the 125-130 range for the next few days seems odd. I'm starting to wonder if some of the advice I've seen - like going for a walk after eating a high carb meal to reduce FBS - does anything for me. I didn't just walk...I did an hour of pretty sweaty cycling immediately afterwards, then the next day ate very cleanly, continued my exercise regimen and two days later my FBS is still high.

Sorry for the long story but I wanted to give a clear idea of where I am at and what I have tried. Understanding, after doing all the reading I've done on this subject that nothing about diabetes is "normal" and that it is a confusing and unpredictable disease, do others of you experience this?
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For me, low carb is the best way to maintain tight control and blood levels. Eating high carbs simply causes too much variability. I’d give myself a 1 in 10 chance of nailing the timing and amount of bolus with a high carb meal. I’ve been on a very low carb stretch the last 11 days and my highest reading was 170, and that was because my pump malfunctioned. I keep an Excel log each day from my Dexcom of running 7-day averages and giving myself a regular metric to watch helps a lot with motivation. I have a crude formula in there as well so I can see ballpark a1c, which helps me to see as it drops.
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