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Pre Duabetic reading 4.2

Discussion in 'Prediabetes' started by Fo, Jan 30, 2019.

  1. Fo

    Fo Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Hello
    I have just woken after 3 hours sleep on the sofa, feeling dreadful, very weak. I took my bloods to check if it was cause and the reading was 4.2.
    I had a banana and a couple of crackers with soft cheese and a cup of tea. Feeling a little better now but feel poorly x
     
  2. Alison Campbell

    Alison Campbell Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    4.2 is within normal range unless you are taking diabetes medications that can make you go low. Your body may take time to get used to the lower normal levels. Had you eaten properly earlier?

    Do test two hours after your snack or before bed to see the effect of the meal. If you feel rough again you may want to half your snack.
     
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  3. Fo

    Fo Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for your reply. No I hadn’t eaten properly at my usual dinner time.
    I had a banana and 2 crackers with soft cheese and tested 1 hour later and it was 7.4.
    I am finding this very emotional and difficult x
     
  4. bdeathayde

    bdeathayde · Newbie

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    Hi, 7.4 after a meal look normal to me.
     
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  5. Spl@

    [email protected] Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    A banana and crackers was not a good choice.

    That chunk of sugar (for us a bad type of sugar) if you were feeling squiffy from adjusting low may have shot you the other way.

    3.2 rise is a bit much. More than you want really. Did you check again at 90min.
     
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  6. Ponchu

    Ponchu · Well-Known Member

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    4.4 this morning. Carbs (sourdough bread testing last weekend took 4 days to bring this down from wake up numbers averaging 6.4

    I had read sourdough might not spike me. It didn’t cause large spike but I remained elevated for days.
     
  7. briped

    briped Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Wouldn't that depend on the pre prandial reading? The difference here is 3.2mmol/l.
     
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  8. Fo

    Fo Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    No I didn’t but I did feel better. I realise I need to eat properly and regular thank you
     
  9. Lamont D

    Lamont D Reactive hypoglycemia · Master

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    I think with prediabetes, that lowering your carbs and sugars levels sufficiently not to cause the high spikes that over time will lead to higher hba1c levels. The exercise and portion size is so important, as with all dietary advice, how much you eat and when will impact on your overall hba1c levels.
    You don't have to eat properly. You have to find what is healthy for you. Whether you eat regularly, fast or miss snacks or meals. It is how your body reacts to certain foods.
    We are all different, depending on your lifestyle and your health, getting the balance of protein, good fats and carbs for you, is the healthy way forward, if you don't want to develop T2.
     
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  10. Tigernash

    Tigernash Don't have diabetes · Member

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    What do you feel is the struggle? is it keeping your number up or trying to stop it from going to low?

    Have you been tested for hypoglycemia? worth getting that checked if you feel weak after missing meals and so on.
    Always best to rule things out.
     
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  11. Fo

    Fo Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I’m still getting used to the low carb duet and managing it. No I am still waiting for a response from my doctor, I haven’t had any guidance yet except for on this forum. X
     
  12. Tigernash

    Tigernash Don't have diabetes · Member

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    How low are we talking with your carbs? double check that it's no less that 100g a day.
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Why? What will happen if we go below 100g of carbs per day?
     
  14. Tigernash

    Tigernash Don't have diabetes · Member

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    Nothing bad, the individual expressed light headedness
    The individual mentioned they feel weak, and are on a low-carb diet. If there is no medical reason it could be not enough carbs in their diet. I had a couple of clients who where training and eating really low carb diets (roughly 30g a day) they to felt weak daily.

    hope that cleared things up
     
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  15. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    I'm guessing that light headedness could be caused by lots of things.. lack of sodium, dehydration etc.. but lack of carbs I really doubt..
     
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  16. AloeSvea

    AloeSvea Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes. Low carbs in itself should not be a cause for weakness. You can get what they call low-carb flu when you first go low carb, as your body adapts, but a cause for lightheadedness after adaptation? No.

    My understanding of how we humans work is we need to get enough energy from the food we eat to work well physically. (Yeah, well, I think this is obvious but maybe some folks lose sight of this fact?) Your clients, @Tigernash, should have been getting their energy from fats and protein they were consuming, as it was not from the carbs (they weren't eating). We humans are both fat burning, and carb burning, for energy. This is why it is strongly recommended that when you lower carbs, you raise the fats (and proteins) to be lovely and fit and healthy. Certainly to have lots of energy.



     
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