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Type 2 Strange Low Results

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by jay_london, Apr 20, 2018.

  1. jay_london

    jay_london Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm - so after a stressful day and with the sun shining down, I went for a few (3) beers after work - first alcoholic drink in 3 months since diagnosis

    Coupled this with 3 sausages and a salad when I got home and thought better do a blood test.

    Very surprised to see a reading of 4.3, repeated and got 4.4.... used a different meter and got 4.

    As a T2, no meds - have never seen such a low number.

    Was expecting it to be high, what’s going on ??
     
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  2. ExtremelyW0rried

    ExtremelyW0rried Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Could be the alcohol.
     
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  3. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    The liver can’t multitask! You’ve kept it busy processing the alcohol so it’s forgotten to chuck glucose out into your bloodstream!
     
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  4. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    Yes, it would be the beer. It will have spiked you quite high initially as there is a lot of sugar in beer, then the alcohol will have caused you to crash. The effect is worst on an empty stomach.
     
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  5. jay_london

    jay_london Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the insight folks, darn I thought this was my magical cure
     
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  6. derry60

    derry60 Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Yes would be the beer. Must admit if I have red wine..I get the same readings as I always get, around 5.3 sometimes 5.2..red wine does not seem to spike me at all for some reason.
     
  7. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    It won't spike most people because there is hardly any sugar in it. It is the beers, lagers and ciders that cause the problems.
     
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  8. apost.io

    apost.io Type 1 · Member

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    I would say the sun is more likely to cause a low rather than the beer. Beer has carbs in it so in theory it should rise your sugar, not lower it.
    Sun on the other side can cause de-hydration which can affect your sugar levels.
    In T1 my sugar levels always get 'mixed feelings' while in the sunny beach of Mediterranean for more than 4 hours.
     
  9. Sam50

    Sam50 Don't have diabetes · Well-Known Member

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    and red wine is full of antioxidants-so that makes a glass 'good' for you :happy: (I'm sticking to that line !)
     
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  10. Peadair O Brionn

    Peadair O Brionn Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    My levels during the week while working . Quite physically demanding job
    And not drinking any alcohol is between
    5 and 7 . During the weekend with a few glasses of white or red wine it is always between 4 and 5 . So it’s the wine for me
    Plus the odd malt whiskey . Irish of course
     
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  11. TooManyCrisps

    TooManyCrisps Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Red wine defintely lowers my bg. The only trouble is, I prefer white!
     
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  12. Peadair O Brionn

    Peadair O Brionn Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sure white will do it as well .... well it does for me
     
  13. Alison Campbell

    Alison Campbell Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    @TooManyCrisps don't forget champagne and prosecco are very low in carbs
     
  14. derry60

    derry60 Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Thank goodness for the Gods of wine ; )
     
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