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Hey All. So, I am going away for a few days and I thought I'd drop a note here. I am dieting, exercising, and TESTING. But, as I stated before, I don't get the testing so much. MY BS level hasn't varied all that much, never getting below 84 and never above 141. Last night, just before bed (YIKES) I had a little binge...peanut butter on Wasa toast and about two cups of sugary cereal (YIKES). But, this morning, my level was 99. Recall, I am not taking medication.

My BS level seems almost random...sometimes lower in the morning than at night and sometimes the other way around. I can wake up to 104, test later after having eaten and be at 92. The next day, I can eat the same thing and test at 120. Like I said, random...almost like my meter just says what it wants to say.

You guys (and Gal) got any words of wisdom for me?

As always, Thanks.
 

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You want even numbers, you need to eat even. having wildly fluctuating eating habits is going give you wild readings that you wont be able to make sense of.

AND stressing your pancreas with high sugar and carb meals is not going to help it last for the rest of your life.

Try eating a lower carb diet for a week then do some testing and see how your numbers are. test before you eat 1 hour after, 2 hours after 4 hours after
 

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Whoa, Buddy. A little gentler on the noob. I am eating an extremely low carb diet and exercising every single day. Yeah, I had a little binge-a-rama last night but it was some dry cereal...not like I ate a package of Oreos. What I am looking for is some help making sense of my numbers. You imply that the numbers I wrote here are "wild" readings and I need to know if that is, indeed, the case.

I do test and I do have numbers. I just can't make any sense out of the seemingly random nature of the numbers. I know, I know, you were stern with me for my own good. But, I need help interpreting what I am getting.
 

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Hey All. So, I am going away for a few days and I thought I'd drop a note here. I am dieting, exercising, and TESTING. But, as I stated before, I don't get the testing so much. MY BS level hasn't varied all that much, never getting below 84 and never above 141. Last night, just before bed (YIKES) I had a little binge...peanut butter on Wasa toast and about two cups of sugary cereal (YIKES). But, this morning, my level was 99. Recall, I am not taking medication.

My BS level seems almost random...sometimes lower in the morning than at night and sometimes the other way around. I can wake up to 104, test later after having eaten and be at 92. The next day, I can eat the same thing and test at 120. Like I said, random...almost like my meter just says what it wants to say.

You guys (and Gal) got any words of wisdom for me?

As always, Thanks.
You can get many different readings that sometimes does not seem to make much sense. For example, last night I was at 60 going to bed and this morning my fasting blood sugar was 98. And I take insulin. There are times that I test during the day after eating the same foods and I get different readings. You might think since I take insulin that I would get the same reading if I ate the same foods and took the same amount of insulin, but this is not always the case. I know that my insulin sensitivity is different in the evening. I have been on insulin for almost 6 years and before that I was taking Glipizide XL. After my diagnosis I was put on Glipizide XL so I have always taken a medication for diabetes, so it is hard for me to try and understand your situation. IMO your readings are good for not taking any diabetes medication. When you ate the cereal, you are only human and it is not the end of the world to eat some sugar. Take one day at a time and try to stay on track the best that you can. Take care and have a safe trip.
 

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Sorry If I came across too strong, I was not trying to criticize or chastise.

Your bowl of dry cereal was probably as carboy as the Oreos and we dont know wat your BG was 1 or 2 hours after eating it.

Anywise

you ate the cereal and 8 hours later you BG was down to 99 OK
that is how the body works over time the BG will go down.


Your BG goes up and down according to
1 food
2 exercise
3 that is what it does (all by itself, up -down) adrenalin, illness stress all change BG

BG change all the time.

To make sense of it, you need to test before you eat, 1 hour after, 2 hours after. with those numbers you can see what food does to your BG

Do the same for exercise before and after. Random testing will give you random numbers. As you know ts hard to make sense out of random numbers.

I can wake up to 104, test later after having eaten and be at 92. (How long after you ate was it 92)
The next day, I can eat the same thing and test at 120. (What was your before eating BG and you test same time after you ate.)

So far all sound normal given the info I read. (I'm not criticizing you)
BG is a dynamic, it changes especially if you have a pancreas that is working in fits and starts.

I am trying to help, I'm not trying to yell or criticize
 

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Ken, if you're going to test at random times, you're going to get random numbers, and they won't make sense. The point of testing is to find which foods you can eat with abandon, and which foods you need to avoid. So test right before you eat. Test again one hour after your first bite and that reading will tell you the spike (in my case, I don't want it going higher than 130). Test again two hours after your first bite, and you should be dropping back toward the number you registered before you ate. THAT'S why we test, test, test.

What we're trying to say is that you aren't getting any useful information by waiting until morning to test, even if you DID find out that you were 99 after eating two cups of sugary cereal. You knew it was a binge. Many of us would prob'ly have avoided testing then, just because we KNEW we'd be high. I hope you don't fall into that category. If you had tested one hour after eating the cereal, you'd have discovered exactly what havoc cereal and sugar will wreak on your blood glucose. Your blood glucose may well have gone to 250 and back during those eight hours you slept. Then if you'd have tested at two hours after the cereal binge, you'd have discovered whether or not you dropped back quickly, or if cereal is going to be one of those things that sends you into orbit and leaves you there for several hours. This is the data you need to be learning about your system and how it reacts to carbs, and the only way you're going to learn it is by testing the foods you eat.

Test when you first get up in the morning. Test before meals. Test one hour after meals. Test two hours after meals. Record everything. Record what time you tested, what time you ate, and how much of everything you ate. Is it a pain in the prat? Yes it is. Does it enable you to gain control over your diabetes? Yes it does. As the song says, we're leaving it all up to you. You decide what you're gonna do.

Any other random tests are basically useless unless you're feeling odd and need to know if you're running low, which is doubtful unless you've started taking the januvia.
 
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