• over 1 year ago

    Rising blood sugar

    How come, and this happens often, if I check my blood sugar 2 hours after eating and I check it a few hours later before the next meal, it is considerably higher. And I have not taken in any carbs. Generally just water and perhaps black coffee but mostly just water. This has happened a multitude of times the last few months.


  • over 1 year ago
      • over 1 year ago
        : Thank you for your detailed reply. This has more answers than my endocrinologist gave me. I have a stressful job but that is not the reason for my poor sleeping at night. I am on water pills because of CKD and i wake up every 1-1/2 to 2 hours every night to go to the bathroom. Taking the second pill at lunch instead of dinner did not help much. I have been able to drop my A1C fro 7.5 to 6.2 since August so I guess my diabetes isn't under control but it would be more comforting if these random blood sugar spikes would settle out.
      • over 1 year ago
        I will be posting a new thread on sleep apnea, soon.

        So many, here, think that obesity is the main forerunner to Type 2 Diabetes. But, from my own personal experience, sleep apnea was the chicken before the egg. So many major health problems, I believe, share a similar root cause. The biggest one may well be sleep apnea.

        Bottomline, the body repairs itself during sleep and you can't receive the therapeutic benefits of deep (rem) sleep if you're waking up every 2 hrs to pee (nocturia). When the body suffers from bad sleep, night after night, the immune system becomes seriously impaired. That opens the doors to all kinds of co-morbidities...IBS, diarrhea, tooth decay, allergies, colds and flu, gout, skin problems, urinary tract infections...you name it. This is why, an uncontrolled diabetic is commonly fighting multiple issues, all, at the same time...

        and, they all think they're "unrelated". That is just bad luck. Trust me, ask any diabetes specialist, nobody can maintain good control of their blood sugars without a good nights rest. NOBODY!

        The diabetes drugs give us the illusion (lower A1C) that we're doing "better". That's not always true. My dad seldom had an A1C over 7.0 but his T2D continued to progress, year after year. How did he know this was true? His dosing kept getting higher and higher.

        I don't place stock in A1C, much, anymore. The bottomline for me: My "Symptoms". What's my body saying.

        If you're dealing with kidney disease and Type 2 Diabetes, you're batting after the seventh inning no matter what your A1C is. You have to exercise. You have to eat as clean as you possibly can. And, you have to manage your stress (without caffeine & alcohol!!!). Because, if you don't do these things, you can't sleep, well.

        and, if you can't sleep, well,...well, you better start praying. Body can't improve without solid, deep sleep. The road to better health (and, improved blood sugar "control" :)) begins and ends when you turn the lights off at night.

        PS: Thank you for saying "thank you". I've received 3 in the the last 13 years, or so. I'm being dead serious!
      • over 1 year ago
        : Thank you again. No pun intended based on your last comment. What I failed to mention is that while lowering my A1C drastically I did it while reducing my quick acting insulin (Novolog) by almost 50%. I got a meter that syncs with my phone and computer and with the number of times that I have gone hypo even with the reduced Novolog that the doctors may eliminate my morning Glipizide. But they want a couple months of data first. We'll see what happens. I walk about 6 hours a day at work so when I get home at night I am tired. Still working on weight loss. I've dropped about 25 so far. As for the lack of sleep I'm not sure if there is much that is going to change. The water pills have helped tremendously with that and maintaining whatever kidney function I have left is critical too. Every day is a new start.
      • over 1 year ago
        2 "thanks" in a single month!?...

        I think I'm going to cry! waaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Rising blood sugar

    I can think of a few reasons. A) the amount of insulin you are taking for your initial meal is not enough to support the meal, B) the type of meal you are eating is a high glycymic meal (i.e., Pizza), C) your carb to insulin ratio is incorrect (need more insulin per carb than you are currently taking) D) bad insulin.
      • over 1 year ago
        : None of those are the case by any stretch. I limit myself to 40 carbs per meal, my Endo say I can have 60. I can't tell you the last time that I had pizza. Been a couple of years at least. With an A1C of 6.2 +/- for the last year I think my insulin ratio is fine. And if it was bad insulin it would have been bad in several boxes over the last year or so that this had been going on.