in need of advice please

NotPink

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Hallo
I signed up last year and only posted a few posts. I eat a non carb diet existing on a limited diet of homemade organic chicken broth...eggs, avocados and ocasional cheese. I have existed on this diet for 5 years due to dietary difficulties. I was considered pre diabetic 2 years ago and asked to lower carbs which I could not because I don't eat grains. I managed to keep my numbers down using an Accucheck reader usually between 4.9mmol and 6mmol. I have an occasional high spike of 7-8mmol for some reason. Over Xmas I ate some chocolate for a few days. I know I shouldn't but as I thought I was under control, exercising too I would be ok.
I did not sleep last night (no choccy) for 2 days...I felt terrible. But my blood suger was 6.4mmol around midnight and 5.4mmmmol in the morning. I though it would be higher.
Today I ate 2 eggs for brekky and later an avocado. 4 hours later my mmol reading was 8.9mmol which shocked me as I hadn't eaten anything to warrant it.
I cannot explain it.
My doctor wanted to reassure me that from a year of controlled normal readings I was ok. But not so I fear. Can anyone of you lovely people explain why this happens.
I have been in isolation since last March cos of my age so scared to visit the doctors surgery in person.
 

Inka

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@NotPink 8.9 isn’t shocking. My advice would be to relax. Eat sensibly, keep testing, remember that meters have a margin of error, and don’t beat yourself up about having a small amount of chocolate. Your post made it sound like you thought that had caused your avocado/egg issue.
 

NotPink

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Awwwwe thank you. I forgot to mention I took a soluble paracetamol just before the high reading which contains sugar elements. And google searching said they can mess around with the readings...I know nothing. But thank you for your kindness. This site is such a reassuring place to be when you are scared.
 

Inka

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If it makes you feel better @NotPink , people without diabetes sometimes get readings in the 8s and 9s and even sometimes higher. So I wouldn’t worry about an occasional reading like that. As I said, taking into account the meter’s 15% margin of error, your 8.9 might have been a 7.5 anyway.

If the paracetamol contributed at all, it would be more to do with the reason you took it than the paracetamol itself eg if you took it because you had a cold. Illness, stress and poor sleep can all put your blood sugar up.

Don’t worry about occasional readings like that. It’s more about the overall trend. It sounds like you’re doing well :)
 

everydayupsanddowns

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Sorry to hear you have been getting stressed by your readings @NotPink - on the whole your BGs look great from what you’ve said.

I agree with @Inka that it’s important to recognise how variable non-D blood glucose can be - it’s easy to think that they spend all the time at a solid 5.5, but that’s simply not the case.

It is also not uncommon for people with diabetes to see a significant BG rise in the mornings either around dawn or just after getting out of bed (often called Dawn Phenomenon) where the liver releases stored glucose to ‘fire up the burners’, which mayngo some way to explain your 8.9?

It sounds like you have made some very worthwhile and BG friendly changes to your meal plan - so keep going. Hopefully your next HbA1c result will reflect your Drs opinion that things are going well.
 

NotPink

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Thank you for reassuring me and others too that this will help. It is so hard to maintain levels ...at best I don't always find things easy diet wise cos of other dietary issues that add to the restrictions... but knowing I try hard, like others do, is concerning when readings flounder. I shall take on board your comments and not worry so much. Thank you.
 
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