Why do glucose numbers range so different?

Posted by kateia @kateia, Aug 13, 2019

My number before supper last night was 135. I had BBQ pork sandwich, tomatoes, raw veggies, muskmelon, and a Chrystal Lite drink. When I checked my numbers 1 1/2 hours later my glucose was 220!! I can't believe that a "bun" would cause it to raise that much. So being frustrated, I took a bath, drank a full glass of water and checked numbers again 45 minutes later. It was 147. Why do they range so much? Was it the Chrystal Lite and the fake sugar?It was supposed to be a treat but if it raises numbers like that I guess I can't drink it.

@kateia

Sorry, I didn't know anyone was posting to my question. I've been plugging along here watching my numbers, eating what I should and exercising. I've been going to a dietician and it has helped. My main goal is to get 50 pounds off setting 10 pound goals. I'm doing this without medication. So far it's working well. Many people that have type 2 diabetes that are on medications do not eat correctly because they just adjust their insulin/medications to meet their lifestyle. I'm changing my lifestyle. I do have my splurges now and then but basically stick with meat, veggies and fruit. My snacks are protein/carb based so I don't get huge spikes in numbers. I'm not as concerned with the spikes in the numbers and just know that with time they will lower on their own. I'm basically on my own from now on. My doctor doesn't care and I can't continue paying $135/hr seeing a dietician. I will get my A1C checked again right before Christmas to see what the change is. Just plugging along.

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@kateia Kate, I lost a ton using MyFitnessPal. It makes you accountable for everything you put in your mouth if you are honest with it. If you are not honest you are cheating yourself. It really helped to educate me on which foods were good and not so good too. I rarely use it now but I learned a lot using it and that has stuck with me. I also used a fitness tracker to set a goal for myself every day and that spurred me on. My other tool was a scale that gives a good gauge of how much fluid you are retaining. There were days when I would have gotten discouraged by my weight going up a bit but seeing that it was water weight would relieve me. The scale wasn’t as expensive as it sounds. I think I paid less than $50 on Amazon. That was a few years ago.
JK

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@retiredteacher

@kateia Congratulations! It sounds as if you are doing everything right. You say your doctor doesn't care. Can you change doctors and find one who does? The dietician I saw was part of my endo's practice, so she was free. I didn't see her but two times and then researched and worked out my own foods. Now, I am still fighting the high/low numbers. But, they are lower after lunch; then they start up again. I don't know what has caused the change, but I'll talk to my endo when I go in three weeks. I am an anti-med person so I am not ready to pop a pill so that I can cheat/eat. I think most of us reach a point where we splurge. The more we can't have something; the more we want it. That's just being human. Keep on the track you have set and see if you can find a good doctor. Don't you think you need someone who can help you? Can you research and find information on your computer? I have good luck with that. Post again when you can. I'll help, if I can.
Carol

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Carol, I live in a very rural area and my doctor choices are few and far between. I also have a rare vascular disorder and have to be careful who I have for a doctor. Right now I'm sticking with who I have because she is my husband's doctor and he likes her. She just made promises to me and never followed through herself or her staff. I was given no options once diagnosed and was told that I had to go on medication. Stubborn as I am, I decided to forgo the pills and work hard at it myself. I've lost 15 pounds since the middle of July and a total of 25 pounds since Christmas. I hope to lose 10 more pounds by Christmas and just maintain my weight through the winter months. Living in Iowa, 20 miles from anywhere, makes it kind of hard to work out during the winter. I'd love to have a gym/rec facility close that I could go to. I WILL get my A1C checked when needed. I have researched some on the internet and find so much conflicting information that it's hard to discern what's correct or not. I try to stick with medical groups. On facebook I'm bombarded with so many diabetes cures that I just ignore them anymore. More pills or "drinks" that are supposed to help. Am presently looking for a support group that meets monthly. It's either going to be 20 miles away or 50 miles away to drive anywhere. Right now I'm "stuck" as far as insurance. Paying through the nose for premiums, high co-pay, and large deductible. I cannot leave the state for treatment of my Vascular Disease so I can't see my Mayo doctors until after I'm on Medicare 1 1/2 years from now. Still struggling with my morning fasting numbers. Before and after meal numbers are good. Not perfect but within "range". Went to the Spencer Fair yesterday. Not much for low carb choices there!! Right back at it today!! Thanks for your note!! Like I say…I keep plugging along.

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@kateia

Carol, I live in a very rural area and my doctor choices are few and far between. I also have a rare vascular disorder and have to be careful who I have for a doctor. Right now I'm sticking with who I have because she is my husband's doctor and he likes her. She just made promises to me and never followed through herself or her staff. I was given no options once diagnosed and was told that I had to go on medication. Stubborn as I am, I decided to forgo the pills and work hard at it myself. I've lost 15 pounds since the middle of July and a total of 25 pounds since Christmas. I hope to lose 10 more pounds by Christmas and just maintain my weight through the winter months. Living in Iowa, 20 miles from anywhere, makes it kind of hard to work out during the winter. I'd love to have a gym/rec facility close that I could go to. I WILL get my A1C checked when needed. I have researched some on the internet and find so much conflicting information that it's hard to discern what's correct or not. I try to stick with medical groups. On facebook I'm bombarded with so many diabetes cures that I just ignore them anymore. More pills or "drinks" that are supposed to help. Am presently looking for a support group that meets monthly. It's either going to be 20 miles away or 50 miles away to drive anywhere. Right now I'm "stuck" as far as insurance. Paying through the nose for premiums, high co-pay, and large deductible. I cannot leave the state for treatment of my Vascular Disease so I can't see my Mayo doctors until after I'm on Medicare 1 1/2 years from now. Still struggling with my morning fasting numbers. Before and after meal numbers are good. Not perfect but within "range". Went to the Spencer Fair yesterday. Not much for low carb choices there!! Right back at it today!! Thanks for your note!! Like I say…I keep plugging along.

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@kateia I understand your situation. We live in the county and our PCP and my endo are 30 minutes away. Sometimes being your own dr. which is what I say I have to be for my diabetes, is the only way. Our PCP knows nothing about diabetes; the lab computer discovered that from a routine blood check. I have my last appointment with my endo a week from today. He is retiring at the end of Sept., so I will be my own dr. He is the only endo in the area so I will fly solo. I don't have a gym either, so my exercise is house walking. I do have a two story house so up and down the stairs works too. I also have exercise DVD's and can use those for a workout, and I have a treadmill, but I don't use it because my feet are causing problems. The one thing you do need to know is what your A1C is. Can your husband's dr. check that? It is important to know. You are doing well. Just stay on target.
Carol

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@retiredteacher

@kateia I understand your situation. We live in the county and our PCP and my endo are 30 minutes away. Sometimes being your own dr. which is what I say I have to be for my diabetes, is the only way. Our PCP knows nothing about diabetes; the lab computer discovered that from a routine blood check. I have my last appointment with my endo a week from today. He is retiring at the end of Sept., so I will be my own dr. He is the only endo in the area so I will fly solo. I don't have a gym either, so my exercise is house walking. I do have a two story house so up and down the stairs works too. I also have exercise DVD's and can use those for a workout, and I have a treadmill, but I don't use it because my feet are causing problems. The one thing you do need to know is what your A1C is. Can your husband's dr. check that? It is important to know. You are doing well. Just stay on target.
Carol

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I have lots of DVD's, a mini trampoline and a bike in the house. Those I will do but it's not the same as walking outside. I can't handle cold weather so walking outside in the winter is out. I have bursitis in my right hip and have to watch closely that I don't injure it as the whole leg is affected if I do. The whole month of June was a big trial for me. The pain was awful and OTC pain meds was all that I could take. Lots of icing too. My A1C was 10.1 when I started two months ago. Two years prior it was 6.5 and doctors said I was fine. However, I was under lots of stress when I had it taken. My husband had a sepsis infection and had to have plate and screws taken out of his leg. Then recovery and 6 weeks of antibiotic through a port 3x/day. He's back to normal now. I plan on having it checked the end of October. I want a good 3-4 months to go by before I do the test. She will do it. I'm feeling good about what I'm doing. Fall work will be starting soon so it will be very busy. Thanks for sharing. Kateia

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I don't have diabetes, or pre-diabetes. My lipid glucose has tended to be slightly above the norm. Most recent 114. However, A1C was 5.1. Been happening that way, in recent years. Maternal grandmother was hypoglycemic. One of her sons, a husky diabetic, ate donuts, and sadly, was found dead, days later, when another uncle checked on him. He was a reformed alcoholic. My hub's now pre-level. Also drank, hopefully not anymore. I don't drink, and was only a social drinker, when I had. After digestive issues, there were concerns I've become underweight. Interesting how age, etc, can change our numbers.

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