How Does Ketosis Affect Blood Sugar

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Is Your Fasting Blood Glucose Higher On Low Carb Or Keto? Five Things To Know

This past spring, after 18 months of great success on the keto diet, I tested my fasting blood sugar on my home glucose monitor for the first time in many months. The result shocked me. I had purchased the device, which also tests ketones, when I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes in the fall of 2015. As I embarked on low-carb keto eating, I tested my blood regularly. Soon my fasting blood sugar was once again in the healthy range. I was in optimal ketosis day after day. Not only that, I lost 10 lbs (5 kg) and felt fantastic — full of energy with no hunger or cravings. Before long I could predict the meter’s results based on what I was eating or doing. I put the meter away and got on with my happy, healthy keto life. When my doctor ordered some lab tests this spring, I brought the meter out again. While I had no health complaints, excellent blood pressure and stable weight, she wanted to see how my cholesterol, lipids, HbA1c, and fasting glucose were doing on my keto diet — and I was curious, too. To check the accuracy of my meter against the lab results, on the morning of the test I sat in my car outside the clinic at 7:30 am, and pricked my finger. I was expecting to see a lov Continue reading >>

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  1. lucullus

    low carb causing my fasting blood sugar to rise?

    A few months ago I had a fasting blood sugar test which showed signs of pre diabetes. I went on a strick diet for 4 weeks and lost 22lbs. I had another checkup and they told me there was no signs of diabetes. HBA1C was 5.4 and fasting blood was 99. I assumed all was well and went back to normal diet. Three weeks later I noticed my fasting level where 110-125 over a few days. I went straight on to a low carb restricted calorie diet, that's about 12 days ago.
    I have been consuming about 1400-1600 calories with around 130g carbs. Nearly All foods being low glycemic index. I thought I would add fasting days to my diet also. So I had one day on 650 calories. I have been doing about 1.5 to 2 hours of walking per day, plus either 1 hr bike or 1 hour gym. Since the fasting day (5 days ago) my fasting blood sugars have risen quite dramatically. My fasting blood sugar is averaging 145 and before bed I have scores as high as 175. I have lost around 12 lbs in the last 12 days. My BMI is currently 26.7 down from 30.2. My waist measurement is less than half my height 191cm versus 94 cm
    It appears that by loosing approx 34 lbs in total. I have managed to go from pre diabetic to full diabetes. I am very concerned can anyone give we a reason why my blood sugars are rising when I am eating such a low calorie low carb diet. It like my pancreas just decided to stop producing insulin. When a few weeks into the start of first part of my diet it was producing normal amounts. 72.3 pmol/l. My wife has said my breath has started to smell a bit worse last few days?

  2. Nan OH

    Hello and welcome
    For many people 130 grams of carbohydrates is not a low carb diet. Your extra fasting may be causing your liver to release stored glucose and that is raising your numbers. For me, if my Blood Glucose Level is 150 or higher I can not do heavy work outs. Well I could not, my health has changed due to other conditions and I can no longer work out at all.
    It is debated whether there is actually a pre-diabetes. When you notice that carbohydrates are giving you problems, they will almost always give you problems. We can control but we can not stop our inability to use our bodies' insulin.
    How often are you testing? I know test strips are expensive but since you are trying to figure this out you may want to test when you get up, one hour and two hours after each meal and then at bed time.
    Has your doctor run any test to rule out the possibility that you could be a Type One diabetic?

  3. AnnC

    You've made a lot of changes to your diet in the past 12 days, without waiting for each change to take effect. If eating the first 'strict diet' brought your HbA1c back into non-diabetic ranges while maintaining normal insulin production, is there any reason why you can't go back to eating that diet?

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Will Low-carb Diets Cause Blood Sugar Levels To Drop?

Video of the Day If you're accustomed to eating a very high-carb diet and suddenly switch to a very low-carb diet, you could experience rather dramatic drops in your blood sugar during the first few days or weeks of your transition. This low blood sugar can cause notably uncomfortable side effects and intense cravings. Carbs and Blood Sugar Your body converts consumed carbohydrates into glucose, a type of sugar. When the glucose enters your bloodstream, it leads to an increase in your blood sugar level. The pancreas produces insulin in response to spikes in blood sugar, which helps your body store the sugar for energy. This insulin release subsides when your cells absorb the sugar and your levels stabilize. In a healthy body, the surge of blood sugar and insulin is relatively moderate and keeps you evenly motoring through your day. When you eat lots of carbohydrates, your body's blood sugar remains consistently high and your system constantly pumps out insulin. This chronic elevation of blood sugar and release of insulin causes inflammation, an increase in fat storage and an inability to burn stored fat. Chronically high blood sugar levels increase your risk of disease, including h Continue reading >>

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    Hello I'm new here, not new to low carb (but keto is a bit diff). I have been a type 2 diabetic for maybe 8 years diagnosed. And take metformin, glipizide, and januvia. My sugars stay high unless I'm low carbing it. Last a1c was 6.4 down from 7.4 3 months earlier.
    So I know it works but mu question is why I still have a 160-200 fasting blood sugar in the am? I haven't had over 10-15 gm of carbs for 4 days!
    It's just frustrating, my doctor tells me to not sweat it he just looks at the a1c!
    But I know what it's doing to my body while its high!

  2. Barbara_Greenwood

    Hi Bigdog, welcome.
    Let me guess.... if you test before lunch or dinner, your level is lower, yes? If so, you are experiencing Dawn Phenomenon, which is very common among T2's. Due to loads of hormone stuff which is to do with getting ready to wake up and take on the day, your liver dumps glucose into your blood. Actually, this always happens, but in people with T2 it really goes overboard.
    I have recently (3 days ago) started using the Freestyle Libre, which is a flash glucose monitoring system. I have a patch stuck on my arm, with a little filament sticking just under my skin. It measures glucose in interstitial fluid, which tracks blood glucose pretty well. It records it every 15 minutes, I scan it with a little reader device and then I can see exactly what has been going on.
    I've discovered that my BG is at a normal level right through the night, starts creeping up about 5am and rises inexorably till about 10am, after which it decreases slightly. And when the meals I eat are low carb, it barely rises at all after eating. However, the rise in the morning is so steep that, depending what time I tested my blood, it would be either a good or a bad day.
    So, your doctor has a point in that your A1C averages out what's going on across the day as a whole. But it is still important to get those morning readings down, because they do contribute to damage at the levels you mentioned.
    I would say give it more time - stick with the very low carb, and you will see your morning readings improve. But also - there are various things people suggest to blunt Dawn Phenomenon. Some swear by a protein snack before bed, or a fatty snack, or a small breakfast..... but what works for one apparently doesn't work for all.

    I've just set out on a programme of quantifying my Dawn Phenomenon when I try different food/drink options, both in the evening and at bedtime. Over time, I'll be able to track down what works for me - and the Libre will help a lot with that because I don't have to guess when is the best time to test, I get a pretty good picture each day of how much my BG has risen over the morning.

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    My sugars stay high unless I'm low carbing it. Last a1c was 6.4 down from 7.4 3 months earlier.
    As @Barbara_Greenwood says, Dawn Phenomenon (DP) is probably why your fasting glucose is high.
    As I mentioned in another thread, I'm a recovered T2DM that had it pretty bad initially until I realized that I had a disease of blood glucose that was too high and it made no sense whatsoever to eat foods that turn into blood glucose, ever.
    The problem was that I struggled for years with the cognitive dissonance from what I had heard about carbs=good and fat=bad, but I remained aware that I have a disease of blood sugar regulation and if I ate something that raised it, it was bad.

    Finally, I gave in to keto and as far as I'm concerned, carbs are poison unless they come from non-starchy vegetables.

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The High Blood Glucose Dilemma On Low Carb (lc) Diets

If you are on a ketogenic or very low carb (VLC) diet (e.g. with 50-100gr carb/day and/or eating ketone producing MCT oils such as coconut oil), you may have a dilemma of having high Blood Glucose (BG) despite eating LC: If you are keto adapted, that is, your body is using ketones and even though you have sufficient insulin (say >5 microU/ml) your body tries to keep your BG higher than necessary, e.g. above 100-110 mg/dl. That is your BG set-point is always high. If you try to lower the set-point to say 80s, by water Intermittent Fasting (IF), then your body starts to convert your muscles into glucose to keep its high BG set-point. So, you may have a slightly lower BG, but you lose some muscle mass. Having a high set-point has many other problems, e.g. if you eat something with a little bit more carb, say a small fruit, your BG shoots up to 130s and stays there for hours. This may be due to something called "Physiological Insulin Resistance (PhIR) by Petro Dobromylskyj. He wrote many good articles about it -???thanks Petro--in his blog Hyperlipid. Apparently, PhIR is a normal reaction of the body and quite different from Pathological Insulin Resistance (PaIR). It seems that the mai Continue reading >>

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  1. GMX

    I've been ketoing now almost 5 weeks but have been struggling to get my fasting blood glucose down. This morning my blood ketones registered at .8 but my blood glucose was 122. I'm eating about 90-100g protein a day but I weigh 217. Is it still just too much protein? Carb intake is negligible. Fat intake is probably 250g a day. Any thoughts? Thanks.

  2. Mare

    For your weight, that does not seem like a lot of protein to me. I weigh 145, and I've calculated my minimum protein at 60g and can go as high as 100g.
    As to blood glucose, there's a phenomenon with ketosis where fasting BG is elevated, but it is benign. Peter at Hyperlipid had a post on his blog some time ago that provided the science behind this, but I could not follow it. This may be what you're experiencing.

    My endo told me that this is true, and he goes by my A1C rather than my fasting because of this.

  3. carolT

    Protein could be lower if you are female (sorry, can't tell) and/or not exercising, but the ketone level indicates you are accessing some fat overnight.

    Have you taken glucose readings at night or before your main meal? Are they lower? You may be experiencing "dawn phenomenon" where glucose is higher in the morning because 1.) the same hormones that wake you up also give you some extra glucose to start the day or 2.) your glucose dropped overnight and your body reacts by making more of it. Also, if you happen to get up in the middle of the night, you could see what your glucose is doing before your normal waking time.

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