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Diabetes-related High And Low Blood Sugar Levels

Topic Overview Diabetes-related blood sugar levels When you have diabetes, you may have high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) or low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) from time to time. A cold, the flu, or other sudden illness can cause high blood sugar levels. You will learn to recognize the symptoms and distinguish between high and low blood sugar levels. Insulin and some types of diabetes medicines can cause low blood sugar levels. Learn how to recognize and manage high and low blood sugar levels to help you avoid levels that can lead to medical emergencies, such as diabetic ketoacidosis or dehydration from high blood sugar levels or loss of consciousness from severe low blood sugar levels. Most high or low blood sugar problems can be managed at home by following your doctor's instructions. You can help avoid blood sugar problems by following your doctor's instructions on the use of insulin or diabetes medicines, diet, and exercise. Home blood sugar testing will help you determine whether your blood sugar is within your target range. If you have had very low blood sugar, you may be tempted to let your sugar level run high so that you do not have another low blood sugar problem Continue reading >>

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  1. fatnfortynomas

    When I wake up in the morning my fasted blood glucose levels have been running 100-115. This has me concerned because I've read that those levels are pre-diabetic from what I read. I've been primal for 2+ years. I've seen all of the common results we all read about here. I feel great but over the last several months I started noticing that I would gain weight extremely fast if I was not very low carb. Note that I wasn't going back to eating the stuff that made me sick my whole life, wasn't "80/20" or anything close to being off primal. I know I can't do that. I eat nothing that raises my blood sugar materially. I test everything in my dietary roatation to see how it impacts my blood sugar. Though my fasted morning readings are higher than I'm comfortable with, it goes down throughout the day, sometimes even after eating. For example, last Saturday I woke up at 103, fasted most of the day ex coconut oil in my coffee, went for a long slow bike ride, levels decreased throughout the day, went out for a great big anniversary dinner including wine, tested after dinner...76. I have also just recently developed a Dupuytren's Contracture in my left palm. One of the recomendations for preventing or slowing the condition is good nutrition. Oh the irony. I was perplexed but read that the condition is common in diabietics which makes me think I might have an issue.
    To keep a long story somewhat short, diabetes runs in my family. My older sister was diagnosed type I when she was mid-30s and much of my extended family are diabetic. My fasted levels would always be fine at my annual physicals and when the meter would get passed around at family gatherings. However, after going primal and reading everything I could get my hands on to see why I was able get fat so fast I realized that I had the markers of being type II before going primal. All of my teeth from canines back rotted out over a few years. (Before going primal I went through 16 root canals, two implants, 18 crowns, and a more. Because no plan could keep up with the decay, I had $60k worth of dental work done in 3 months. A horrible experience I wouldn't wish on anyone.) My waist size pre-primal was about 44 inches (35 now!) My blood pressure was always high (now avg 112/72 with a pulse of 42.) I would always pass out after big meals and so on.
    After reading a whole lot of information I determined that if I wasn't type II before going primal I was awfully close so I bought a blood glucose meter about a year and half ago. I used to test the impact of what I eat on my blood glucose levels and to get a general sense of what my levels are throughout the day. I didn't document the times or what I had eaten but all of the fasted readings were in the 70-80s. I decided then that I had no blood sugar issues. It was the more recent exeriences of gaining weight fast if I wasn't very low carb and the contracture that led me back to the meter. This time I document everything and have been experementing to see if I can find anyway to bring my fasted level down.
    I've tried not eating dinner, intense post dinner exercise, tried different foods, and other hacks. I noticed that if I do a long endurance days, like a big 6 hour intense bike ride or long hike my levels are a little lower, high 90s, the following morning. Other than that I can find no explanation.
    I thought I might be eating too much protein which is getting turned into glucose via gluconeogensis and dumped into my system while I sleep. I tried cutting down on protein replacing those calories with fat. Though that has ramped up my fat loss again, it has had no impact on my fasted level.
    I tested my meter. It is spot on. I have not been to a medical doctor but now that I see the pattern I'm considering getting their input. Before I go down that dark and scarry path, I'm hoping the primal community might have some thoughts and why this is happening and what I might try to resolve the issue. I'm out of ideas.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. Any and all thoughts are much appreciated.

  2. yodiewan

    Check out this guys' blog:
    Diabetes Warrior
    Also, do you fast daily? Chris Kresser has reported that in some people daily IF can increase fasting blood glucose:
    Intermittent fasting, cortisol and blood sugar
    I thought I had fasting blood glucose issues, but I think my meter was just mis-calibrated. I tested it against another and there was a 16 point difference. I also have a really strong family history of diabetes, so I'm doing all I can not to continue the family legacy.
    Also, 45 is a very low pulse. It sounds like you do a good bit of endurance work, so maybe that is the cause, but it can also be an indication of hypothyroidism.
    Keep us posted. Hopefully you can get to the bottom of it.
    Keep us posted

  3. fatnfortynomas

    Thanks for sharing yodiewan. That is good info. I wasn't regularly IFing before seeing these readings but have been IFing much more since in an effort to bring it down. I'll try Chris's advice and see if that has an impact. The very low pulse runs in the family but I also do a fair amount of endurance activities. My average resting pulse has come down since going primal but it was always relatively low. My sister had thyroid issues but that's all I know. The same sister that is type I. Chris's artcle brings up another good point. I currently have outsized work stress. I didn't say it in my initial post but that is one reason why I'm thinking of taking some time off from testing and testing again when the work stress let's up a bit. If I can't get this under control I'll probably give Chris a visit since it sounds like he can help. I've considered consulting with him before and he's local. Thanks again!

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