The idea of carb restriction is to eat in a way that spikes blood sugar as little as possible. Nobody should see spikes over 20 points etc. after 30minutes, 1 hr, 2 hrs
It can be difficult to always know what is going on though, since spikes can be missed and home test strips have a built-in margin of error. A continuous glucose monitoring system can show a person when spikes happen and how long they last but not everyone has one of those.
A perfectly normal and healthy person can endure blood sugar spikes when they eat lots of sugar and carbs. but they will rarely ever exceed 120-140 range and will drop very quickly back under 100 and hopefully into the 80s.
I will have spikes a lot if I don't do insulin. We often do spike. My husband is not diabetic. About 15 minutes after he ate pasta and a soda I tested him because I was curious. He was 120. Within the hour I tested him again and he was back to 82 I think.
If I ate that even with insulin I would be in the hospital.
That's why it's so important to watch things. Once you start you will see patterns and get down what makes you higher and not. But I've always been told to wait 2 hours after a meal b3fore testing.
And, I think the 2 hour mark is the most important for the number, right? I mean, that is when the drs want us to check!
I think so. When I had gestational it was 2. And since my type 1 diagnosis they say test every 2 hours as well.
Here is how we test.
If it's going down to normal and your not going crazy high it may be ok. But if have to know how much it's spiking to say.
How much are you spiking after a meal?
This week too much . for some reason the last 2 weeks I have been spiking out of control seems like but at the 2 hour mark I am back down to normal range? It's crazy!
Before I knew about "eat to your meter" I would test at the 1-hr. mark. I noticed that's typically the highest point our BG goes and comes back down from there. If it does respond that way you'll have a pretty good indication the food eaten was diabetic friendly for you. If it doesn't come back down at the 2-hr. mark then it probably went higher at the 1-hr. mark and probably means the food eaten is not diabetic friendly for you.
Ah, ok! But the 2 hour mark is the most imp number right for testing purposes?
All numbers are important. They tell a story. At 1 hour it shows how high you're going. A spike is bad and will be followed by an insulin spike which is also bad as elevated insulin levels do damage too. That insulin spike should have BG back down to pre-meal level by 2 hours. Unfortunately it can also get you to a dangerous low if the insulin response is big enough. If BG is still high at 2 hours that may be a sign that the pancreas is losing function.
I would think then the A1C could tell that too?
A1c is limited in what it can tell you as it's an average. You could be roller-coastering high and low, or stable and get the same A1c.
Really? Wonder why Skye?
Because a1c measures your average blood sugar over about 3 months. . So if you were ALWAYS at 100 you could potentially have the same A1c as someone who was roller-coastering between 70 & 130. The average reading could be the same.
Gotcha, thank you!
This is the way we test.
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I can't do 2 slices of bread. If I eat bread I can only do 1 slice.
Yes that was too much of a spike and you never want to be above 120. Have you had a chance to look at the food list we follow? We don't eat bread for this reason. Way too many carbs. Sweet and low also has hidden sugar so I encourage you to look at different sweetener options.
I don't eat that many carbs in a meal though.
Also try to switch up your artificial sweetener. Equal spiked me buy splenda doesn't.
Thanks ! I've been doing really well bs usually in the 89 - 114 today it was kind of scary seeing 163 but dropped pretty quickly! I'll look into better options
sterling you can make your own bread.
Lettuce wraps are great too!
I'll look into that thanks !
sterling happens to all of this. It's kinda apart of the process. Finding what works and what doesn't.
What does it mean when you don't drop your numbers quickly?