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Offline sophie

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Don't understand my sugar levels
« on: 11 March 2018, 08:50:59 PM »
Hi everyone, Hope someone can help me understand my blood readings.  For the last 2-3 weeks I have cut out a lot of carbs, living on omelettes, salads and dinner with meat and veg but no potatoes.  I have also cut out all bread, cakes, biscuits etc and my reading hovered about 7.  Now today being Mother's Day my daughter invited us to a late lunch and I had prawn cocktail with a crusty bread roll, followed by roast beef, one roast potato and one Yorkshire pudding plus cabbage, cauliflower, asparagus, carrots followed by raspberry sundae with ice cream and whipped cream.  Tested my blood expecting it to high at about 12 or something and was shocked to find it was 5.7.  Don't understand why it was so low when I had eaten more.  Hope someone out there can enlighten me.  Thanks.

Offline sedge

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Re: Don't understand my sugar levels
« Reply #1 on: 11 March 2018, 09:30:57 PM »
Prawn cocktail sauce = fat (mayo!) so slows the absorption of the bread roll down.  Possibly roll baked on premises from the sort of 'part raw' part pre-baked ones you can buy shrink wrapped in supermarkets - not as many carbs as you might imagine in the supermarket ones and 'stuff like that' is dead common in pub/hotel kitchens.

A normal individual bun tin sized Yorkshire, again is no more than 10g carb and the mayo is still working plus the fat on the roastie.  A bit of sugar in the raspberries but not that much, ditto 'bog standard' vanilla ice cream - with more fat (cream) to slow that down!

Clearly today, the rate at which the carbs were released matched your body's rate of production of insulin!

Eat exactly the same meal next Sunday and 100 to 1, it won't match!

Fat can be extremely useful sometimes - but same as every other foodstuff - eat it in moderation!
Jenny

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HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4

Offline Paulines7

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Re: Don't understand my sugar levels
« Reply #2 on: 12 March 2018, 11:52:24 AM »
I sometimes have strange results too, Sophie.  Did you test before you ate and how long after did you test again and get your 5.7?
Diabetes Type2 diagnosed March 2014.  Treated by diet only.  HbA1c 60 on diagnosis, 52 in June 2014, 50 October 2014, 44 December 2014, 48 May 2015, 50 Sep 2015, 53 Jan 2016, 50 Oct 2016, 56 Feb 2017, 50 Jun 2017. 50 Aug 2017. 47 Feb 2018  Pacemaker fitted 2008 - replaced 2017.

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Re: Don't understand my sugar levels
« Reply #3 on: 12 March 2018, 12:15:08 PM »
Also did you have wine or other form of alcohol with the meal?  That could depress your BG level as the liver is busy processing the alcohol and is not therefore busy "helping" you by secreting glucose.
Patti


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Offline everydayupsanddowns

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Re: Don't understand my sugar levels
« Reply #4 on: 12 March 2018, 12:17:29 PM »
I often find larger meals are more slowly absorbed too. Particularly if I have lots of helpings of lovely leafy veg for everything else to get mixed up in.

It kinda makes sense in my head - but as with all things diabetes, it doesn't always work out!
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Offline TerryJ

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Re: Don't understand my sugar levels
« Reply #5 on: 12 March 2018, 12:21:30 PM »
I suspect it's the delayed effect of a large meal with fats included (also known as the pizza effect - carbs with fat and protein slows the rate that it hits your blood)

If it happens again, test again about an hour later and you might find it has gone up more.
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Offline sophie

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Re: Don't understand my sugar levels
« Reply #6 on: 12 March 2018, 03:44:22 PM »
Hi everyone and thanks for the replies.  I tested 2 hours after lunch and it was 6.6 so now going down slowly.  At least it is better than the 19+  it was on 21 February.  I shall have a chicken breast and vegetables for tea.  I must admit I am feeling better now the levels are lower.  I am having the lounge decorated on Wednesday so will be moving things out of there tomorrow in readiness.  It looks as though I shall have to spend the day in the study messing about on the computer on Wednesday.  Meal will be something in the slow cooker.  Hubby and I had our eyes tested yesterday and we both have the start of cataracts.  Hubby said that was something else for him to worry about (he hates hospitals etc) when I said I had the same he said it would be like the blind leading the blind.  Every year he gets older he gets more morbid.  I always tell him when they gave out moaning he was first in the queue and when they gave out patience he wasn't even in the queue.  Still I love him to bits and we have been married for 47 years now. Well you have listened to the mad woman's rant and thank for your help and support. You are all  :star:

Offline sophie

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Re: Don't understand my sugar levels
« Reply #7 on: 13 March 2018, 09:18:04 AM »
Forgot to say I don't alcohol at all. 

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Re: Don't understand my sugar levels
« Reply #8 on: 13 March 2018, 11:42:19 AM »
LOL at the cataracts sophie! -  Having had one done a couple of years ago, I'm having the other one removed this Thursday afternoon.

There's a wait to begin with cos they have to bung several lots of drops in at certain intervals - and the first ones are the 'numbing' ones so when they bung the 'dilating' ones in you can't even feel it - fantastic!  Then when you go into the theatre, it takes all of 15-20 minutes.  No other messing about at all. 

Anyway - could take a decade before either of you needs anything done about them!
Jenny

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HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4

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Re: Don't understand my sugar levels
« Reply #9 on: 13 March 2018, 12:24:48 PM »
LOL at the cataracts sophie! - .....
..... Anyway - could take a decade before either of you needs anything done about them!

Sedge is right in her post above.  I went for an eye test a few months ago and I was told that I had a cataract starting in my left eye.  I asked how long it would be before it is ready to be operated on and the optician said at least ten years!
Diabetes Type2 diagnosed March 2014.  Treated by diet only.  HbA1c 60 on diagnosis, 52 in June 2014, 50 October 2014, 44 December 2014, 48 May 2015, 50 Sep 2015, 53 Jan 2016, 50 Oct 2016, 56 Feb 2017, 50 Jun 2017. 50 Aug 2017. 47 Feb 2018  Pacemaker fitted 2008 - replaced 2017.

When I get old I don't want people thinking
                      "What a sweet little old lady"........
                             I want 'em saying
                    "Oh Crap! Whats she up to now ?"

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Re: Don't understand my sugar levels
« Reply #10 on: 13 March 2018, 06:33:35 PM »
Sorry to hear about the cataracts.  Can't comment as I don't know much about them other than what friends have told me.  No-one who has had them removed seems to think it was a big deal.
Patti


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Re: Don't understand my sugar levels
« Reply #11 on: 13 March 2018, 08:43:12 PM »
Hi everyone and thanks for the replies.  I tested 2 hours after lunch

Do you always test at two hours? How long after the Mother's day dinner did you test to see that 5.7? You may have missed the peak.
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Re: Don't understand my sugar levels
« Reply #12 on: 14 March 2018, 05:34:58 AM »
It was 2 hours Alan  Yesterday I had roast pork, one Yorkshire and one roast potato plus veg and test at 2 hours and it was 6.7 so I am on the right track.

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Re: Don't understand my sugar levels
« Reply #13 on: 14 March 2018, 10:06:17 PM »
It was 2 hours Alan  Yesterday I had roast pork, one Yorkshire and one roast potato plus veg and test at 2 hours and it was 6.7 so I am on the right track.

Looks like a good choice of menu. I hope there was lots of lovely crackling, my favourite snack :). For the next couple of days consider adding an extra test one hour after breakfast, lunch and dinner. I hope you don't get any surprises. Read this to see why: When To Test?
Cheers, Alan, T2, Australia.
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