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strange readings

Discussion in 'Prediabetes' started by andyR57, Sep 4, 2021.

  1. andyR57

    andyR57 Prediabetes · Member

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    Hi. I am supposedly pre-diabetic although the Doctors keep changing their minds. I have been monitoring my sugar levels a fair bit lately because I have started having tremors/shaking that wake me from sleep in the night and I am trying to establish if sugar levels are the issue. Most times 2 hours after a meal my levels are below 6.5 but for the last two evenings I have been getting strange readings. Last night for instance 2 hours after first bite I was 6.2 then 1 hour later was 5.1 so I had one chocolate digestive [to test effect] and 1 hour later was 5.6. I had nothing else to eat or drink and tested 1.5 hours later at bedtime and was 6.6 [retested at 6.4]? My main issue is that my morning sugars are always without exception higher than my bedtime readings and I understand this might be due to the dawn phenomenon but I also seem to get rising blood sugars after a 5/6 hour fast? Another strange thing was the night before I had pizza and at 2 hours was 6.8 but at bed which was 4 hours after first bite I was shocked that my sugar level was 10.1 but the following morning my level was 5.4 which was the lowest it had been for 2 years. I am just confused at the moment - has anyone else encountered this or have any suggestions please.
     
  2. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    None of those reading sound diabetic to me. Because of the fat in a pizza inhibiting the effect of the carbs the rise is delayed. It is even called the pizza effect.
     
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    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi,

    Did you drink alcohol with the pizza?
     
  4. andyR57

    andyR57 Prediabetes · Member

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    andyR57 Prediabetes · Member

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    also forgot to mention that sometimes I get symptoms of hypoglycaemia but when I check my levels its normally about 5 which surely is too high for it to be possible.
     
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    Arsenal79 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I've been getting strange readings I test in the morning my bloods was 6.5 i tested 2 hours after food. It was 6.4 and that's with slow release metforming. I've been getting trouble with digestion lately I'm also getting a strange stinging sensation over my back arms and head. I have gone to the doctors about this but I can't seem to get them to take this serious. With this bloody covid rubbish is all they give a t...s about.
     
  7. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    That rules out stunting any DP by keeping the liver busy with booze.. :)

    Yep, 5 is normal & in ideal perameters. What symptoms do you get?
     
  8. andyR57

    andyR57 Prediabetes · Member

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    start feeling vague, shaky, weak, really hungry and sorry to say agitated. And I can go from fine to this state within literally minutes. Once I have a glass of milk start to recover as well within about 15 minutes.
     
    #8 andyR57, Sep 4, 2021 at 7:47 PM
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    jonathan183 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You can get hypo symptoms with a rapid fall in blood glucose levels ...

    HbA1c pre-diabetic 42mmol/mol - so you have 2 listed above this value and 2 listed below which might be why your doctor has said you are/are not pre-diabetic at different times ;)
     
    #9 jonathan183, Sep 4, 2021 at 7:54 PM
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  10. Lamont D

    Lamont D Reactive hypoglycemia · Master

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    You are right, 5mmols is in normal blood glucose levels. What I believe it is if you have prediabetes, is similar to a sugar crash, but I can't be certain.
    What are your morning fasting levels, say, half hour after getting out of bed?
    They might be higher because of dawn phenomenon, which is when your liver gives you a glucose boost to get you up. All normal.

    If you are eating pizza, you are not going low carb, if you ever want to be back to eating carbs, then you have to reduce your carbs, reduce your portion size, a little more exercise, and better control of your blood glucose levels.
    If you continue with too many carbs, you will probably have T2 sooner or later.

    If you're not sure keep asking!
     
  11. andyR57

    andyR57 Prediabetes · Member

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    levels at bedtime in the low 5's and early morning always higher in the range 6-6.8 and that's after a 14-16 hour fast. Also like I said earlier levels start increasing after a 5 hour fast as well.
    Thanks every one for your replies - really appreciate them.
     
    #11 andyR57, Sep 4, 2021 at 9:45 PM
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