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Diabetes The Basics: Blood Sugars: The Nondiabetic Versus The Diabetic

BLOOD SUGARS: THE NONDIABETIC VERSUS THE DIABETIC Since high blood sugar is the hallmark of diabetes, and the cause of every long-term complication of the disease, it makes sense to discuss where blood sugar comes from and how it is used and not used. Our dietary sources of blood sugar are carbohydrates and proteins. One reason the taste of sugar—a simple form of carbohydrate—delights us is that it fosters production of neurotransmitters in the brain that relieve anxiety and can create a sense of well-being or even euphoria. This makes carbohydrate quite addictive to certain people whose brains may have inadequate levels of or sensitivity to these neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers with which the brain communicates with itself and the rest of the body. When blood sugar levels are low, the liver, kidneys, and intestines can, through a process we will discuss shortly, convert proteins into glucose, but very slowly and inefficiently. The body cannot convert glucose back into protein, nor can it convert fat into sugar. Fat cells, however, with the help of insulin, do transform glucose into fat. The taste of protein doesn’t excite us as much as that of carbohydrate— it w Continue reading >>

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  1. maryLane

    weird blood sugar swings - IR, prediabetes ?

    Hello Forum
    I am 27, female and started heaving weird health issues some years ago, some chronically, some intermittently.
    I don`t want to describe all of them in my first post (is a bit long anyway), but there is a big thing relating to blood sugar issues.
    -Firstly I am often hungry and almost every morning I wake up feeling starved, nauseous, dizzy and with trembling, pain and weakness in my fingers.
    It gets better with taking breakfast.
    Often I also wake up between 0 and 3 p.m., needing something to eat.
    -Chronic fatigue
    -Often feeling nauseous
    -Difficulties with memory and concentration
    -Two years ago my fasting glucose was elevated for the first time, between 100 and 110 mg/dl
    -Doctors ignored it and I bought a glucometer, as I have these weird health issues and my granddad has type2 diabetes.
    -When I wake up in the middle of the night I often had glucose readings of 120 to 125 mg/dl, despite feeling hypoglycemic and before I eat a snack.
    -Morning glucose is either normal (80 to 100) or mildly elevated between 100 and 110 mg/dl before breakfast, although feeling starved.
    -Occasional readings are between 80 and 130 most of the time, but there are frequent spikes over 160, with my highest spike was about a 190 mg/dl after a meal, coming down to about 100 within half an hour, then even going down to something like 60 mg/dl.
    -Lowest random measurements by then were about 40 to 50 mg/dl.
    -I stopped measuring for a while, as a fasting HB1AC, glucose and insulin was done, showing a normal value of 5,3 percent, 90 mg/dl glucose and 9,1 U/ml insuline. (everything pretty normal-range, although I felt terribly nauseous and hungry)
    But my HOMA-IR index is about exactly 2,0.
    -Last week I measured again, I geuss it was about 5 hours after eating, I was curious because I felt very weak, shaky, cold and hungry.
    My glucometer showed a +Low+. Firstly I thought this was an error, but after measuring again it showed a 24 mg/dl !.
    -So I ate something and a few glucose drips, then I was about 80 mg/dl again.
    -By then I didn`t measure, but two days ago I was out eating, I had a rice meal and a while after I started getting blurred vision, felt dizzy and was unusually thirsty. I couldn`t measure my glucose, because I was out and this bad feeling lasted for about two hours, then I got quite exhausted and back at home I measured a blood glucose of 73 mg/dl.
    - I remeber sometimes feeling this way after rice, softdrinks and pasta, but not everytime I eat these things.
    Some of my other symptoms are:
    -kind of a meat and protein intolerance for the past three years. I get drowsiness with mild confusion, almost fading away, breathing and walking disturbances and feeling very cold suddenly ( a friend of mine once almost called the ambulance), after eating a bigger piece of meat and high animal protein meals, especially beef and pork. So I avoid eating meat mostly.
    -sweetish, unpleasant tastes in mouth, coming and going (don`t last long), despite normal blood glucose readings when having them.
    -sweat from time to time smells like kinda cat pee (wasn`t there before), can`t stand physical exhaustion anymore, get out of breath easily, with gassy stomach and nausea, dizziness and sometimes sweating with cat pee smell after walking longer distances.
    -My bloodworks are mostly normal, but always with some unspecific values out of range.
    Very weird thing and most doctors are no great help in this case either, as they think it is either in my head, unrelevant or I simulate it.
    But that is not true.
    So I ask for any advice to get over IR and prediabetes, but with protein- and exercise-intolerance I guess it will be difficult to manage, as I often read you should eat protein-rich with this condition.
    Thanks for reading and answers and have a nice Christmas

  2. User2013

    Welcome to Diabetes Daily.
    There are more choices of protein beside meat. Eggs, cheese, peanut butter are just a few.
    The more you feed IR carbs the more you will need them or at least your body will think you need them.
    It sounds like you know what you need to do whether your doctor won't cooperate or the numbers don't show diabetic. Diabetes just doesn't happen, it sends up many red flags before a diagnoses from the lab. It is up to you to keep it at bay and if you get a diagnoses of diabetes it is still up to you to control it.
    It sounds as if you may be having hyper/hypo reactions to what you are eating. Am wondering what a glucose drip is that you mentioned?
    Find some type of protein that you can tolerate, eat plenty of vegetables and control and limit the amount of carbs you have been eating. If you have things in the house that tempt you it will be up to you to get rid of them and not bring them in again.
    Good luck and remember you are the one in control.

  3. furball64801

    You have wild swings. I agree with Dusty it sounds like hyper/hypo episodes. You eat carbs the body then releases to much insulin. Some of the symptoms you have are weird as you say, is that diabetes related i do not know.

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