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Any tips for lowering blood sugar when it’s high for no obvious reason?

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Emmasndco, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. Emmasndco

    Emmasndco Type 2 · Active Member

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    I frequently go to the gym including today and generally eat low carb, but I can’t get my bs down today. Was 16 this morning, 17 at lunch and now 20 before dinner. Have eaten full fat Greek yogurt with berries and sunflower seeds for breakfast. Snacked on some celery and peanut butter. Had a salad with chicken and Parmesan for lunch. Just had roast chicken and veg for dinner.
     
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  2. LittleGreyCat

    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Is this unusual?

    With levels that high I would go and see your health care team as soon as possible.

    What medication (if any) are you on?
     
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  3. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    Is this only today or have you been seeing this more often?
     
  4. Emmasndco

    Emmasndco Type 2 · Active Member

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    Thanks for your replies, it seems to have crept up over the last couple of days. It’s normally between 8 and 10 which is still higher than it should be. I take a fair bit of medication. Metformin, gliclazide, pioglitazone and Trulicity.
     
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    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    Call your medical team, the numbers are high and you are on a fair bit of medication.
     
  6. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Might be a flu or infection brewing, but seeing what you eat, and the meds you use, your numbers are often a little higher than i'd expect with all that... @Diakat at and @LittleGreyCat have a good point. Don't let this slide.
     
  7. Emmasndco

    Emmasndco Type 2 · Active Member

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    I’ve finally been to the GP this morning. He has started me on insulin. I’m a little apprehensive. Thanks as always for your advice and support.
     
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    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hope you feel better soon - do ask questions if you have any worries.
     
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    Debzz_ Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi
    Can I ask if your gp just put you on insulin there and then ? I’m having same problems as you . Hope your insulin is working for you
     
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    Grazer · Well-Known Member

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    Have you had tests to confirm whether or not you are type 2?
     
  13. Dpapa0514

    Dpapa0514 Type 1 · Member

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    Your blood sugars were 16, 17, & 20? I'm new to this forum so I guess this is a question.. What are those numbers? Because reading that I assumed blood sugar readings off the glucose meter, which to me thats extremely low. Can you help me out here I'm so confused ?
     
  14. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Those are European units mmol/L, to get to mg/dL multiply by 18.
     
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    Dpapa0514 Type 1 · Member

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    Thank you! Thats will help me out in the future reading posts.
     
  16. smitchen

    smitchen Type 2 · Member

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    Interesting to here your problem. I am type 2 but my BG won't go down. 15 to 20. Pescribed metformin 2g a day with Linagliptin, then changed to metformin slow release 2g with empagliflozin. Still not working. GP doesn't seem concerned.
     
  17. Emmasndco

    Emmasndco Type 2 · Active Member

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    Hi, I had an emergency GP appointment, where he prescribed insulin, there wasn’t really much of a conversation which was a little bit disappointing. I then had a much better appointment with a nurse where she went through everything. The insulin doesn’t seem to be working at all. I have been prescribed humulin I. I took 6 units for a week, 10 units the next and am now up to 16 units. I take it around 30 mins before I eat my evening meal. I was hospitalised last week as the sugar levels were so high. They pumped me full of insulin, had a total of 300 units but they couldn’t get it down much-12 was the lowest. I saw an endocrinologist who said the insulin hadn’t worked as I was very insulin resistant. He also wants to investigate Cushing syndrome. What insulin have you been prescribed?
     
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    Emmasndco Type 2 · Active Member

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    I had a cpeptide test around a year ago and I’m still producing insulin. When I was at the hospital, the team decided I was very insulin resistant.
     
  19. brassyblonde900

    brassyblonde900 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hugs.
    When I was first diagnosed I quickly found out that what works for others does not work for me.
    Because of my scaredy-cat liver, any type of stress had me gushing glucose like a Tate and Lyle factory.
    Be it fasting, HIIT, Brisk walking etc all drove my BG into the stratosphere...My body reacted to those things as stress, and thanks to Catecholamines (a cohort of stress hormones) my liver thought I was about to be devoured by a hungry lion and it then helpfully releases glycogen (Gluconeogenesis) to help me deal with what it assumed was imminent danger
    luckily I then sussed out that I may be different, and I accepted that I had to explore safe options, with a view to solving the problem.

    Obviously for you, medication is only making your (IR) diabetes progressive.
    Have you explored other options like fasting, keeping your total carb intake in a day to 20g a day or less.
    Even if it means going low enough with carb eating as to be in the Carnivore WOE territory (Just add only seasoning like a bit herbs to season the meat)
    Those were instrumental in sorting out my IR.
    Now I can do up to 20g a day of carbs with no issues - I have no desire to go any higher since I am quite happy with my food choices and its working wonders for my T2DM control.
    Now I can fast, I did after Xmas, I did not manage to avoid a few (euphemism for loads in BrassyB speak)of the baked fare (I limited my fast to 36hrs though, no need tempting my liver to remember its old ways) I was back to my pre Xmas readings within days
    I also do IF, since I cant stand food before lunch time.
    I find that those protocols have greatly enhanced my Insulin sensitivity.
    Please not that because you are on Insulin, you have to follow any type of fasting or Very Low carb WOE under the supervision of your HC team.
     
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  20. Emmasndco

    Emmasndco Type 2 · Active Member

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    Many thanks for this Brassyblonde900,

    I have considered fasting, but I haven't quite got there yet. I think its something I need to put my mind to.

    Ive never heard of Carnivore WOE, but i will certainly look into it.
     
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