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i know everyone is different but looking for others opinions

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by kaylz91, Nov 12, 2017.

  1. kaylz91

    kaylz91 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    So I know we all have our own targets etc but what do all my fellow people class as an acceptable post meal spike?
     
  2. karen8967

    karen8967 Type 1 · Expert

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    hi kaylz91 my post meal spikes are anything between 9-12 which i dont really worry about too much as im back in range by my next meal :)
     
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  3. phdiabetic

    phdiabetic Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Best case: maximum value somewhere in the 7's (or less, but sometimes that is indicative of basal problems for me, so I get a bit nervous if I eat and don't spike at all. Obviously it's a good result, but usually it means I'll be headed downwards soon after)

    Acceptable: depends on the time of day. If I know I will be doing some activity e.g. getting dressed, showering then I will be ok with a higher number because I know I will drop. Recently I've been getting 8's-10's after breakfast, which I wasn't happy with, but they tended to drop back down quickly after just a couple minutes of incidental exercise. If I'm not exercising, then I will be ok (although slightly disappointed) with anything between 8 and 9. Over 9 is too high, in my case it is almost always due to basal so I will adjust that, or else I will exercise around that time to help stabilise a spike.
     
  4. Wurst

    Wurst Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I aim to keep my BS below 5.5 mmol and > 4.3 mmol at all times, no post meal spikes allowed :)
     
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  5. Circuspony

    Circuspony Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I get big post meal spikes (up to 15), but they drop back very quickly. Where possible I take my insulin 30 mins in advance, but I drop hard and fast with exercise so have learnt that I can't take insulin if I'm under 5 (unless food is imminent) and I also need to just go with the high if I'm about to exercise.

    No hard and fast rule about what makes me spike either - but I'm only a few months in so hopefully it'll settle in time.
     
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  6. Kristin251

    Kristin251 LADA · Expert

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    Under 5.5 like @Wurst. Only a slight rise is exceptable, no spikes. And no hypos
     
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  7. DaveTC

    DaveTC Type 1 · Active Member

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    For me I'd say 12, even there I probably haven't quite done enough bolus. Anything over 15 it's clear I've eaten too much.

    It's surprising sometimes how different things affect you, I've spiked at over 20, 4 hours post eating cake my boss has made before, hitting 16, 2 hours after eating. Took a few extra correction shots to get back in the right place.
     
  8. Juicyj

    Juicyj Type 1 · Expert
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    Ideally you should be aiming for anything up to a 2 mmol/l spike after eating, which is the guideline for type 1 diabetics.
     
  9. novorapidboi26

    novorapidboi26 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    This is the rule I try and follow......unless I am high of course, I will try and get a more steady profile over the next few hours....

    Trying and achieving don't always tie in though....;)
     
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  10. Juicyj

    Juicyj Type 1 · Expert
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    Agree @novorapidboi26 - I can sometimes spike up to 14 mmol/l one day and not another, there very often isn't rhyme or reason, my personal target is to be in range before the next meal time.

    This was a guideline and as we know guidelines are just that, the reality very often falls way short of this.
     
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