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what is a bad high spike?

Pookie

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Type 2
I'm a newly diagnosed type 2, having been diagnosed with a HbA1c of 50, now on one Metformin twice a day. I really had no advice from my doctors surgery but gathered I have to lower my intake of foods which make my blood sugar spike, like sugar and white carbs. I'm doing that and now have a Libre monitor so I can see what other things make my blood sugar go rushing up. Can somebody tell me whether it is OK for my blood sugar to go up from, say, 5.2mmol to 10 straight after a meal if it is down again to around the 5 mark within 2 hours. Is 10 a worry or can it go higher without a problem? What's the max it can go to? And then is it good to come down fast or slowly? Is it fine if it's back to normal within 2 hours or should it come down faster than that? What should I be aiming for?
 

Leadinglights

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Don't forget you are getting a lot more information by having the Libre than people who are just checking with a finger prick after 2 hours so they are unaware what happens during the intervening time. They tend to make their food judgements based on the 2 hour result.
Most Type 2 don't tend to have a Libre unless medications qualify them on the NHS or if they decide to self fund.
I think even people who have a blood glucose monitor are probably in the minority which is why people don't improve their situation (sorry a hobby horse).
 

Pookie

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Type 2
Don't forget you are getting a lot more information by having the Libre than people who are just checking with a finger prick after 2 hours so they are unaware what happens during the intervening time. They tend to make their food judgements based on the 2 hour result.
Most Type 2 don't tend to have a Libre unless medications qualify them on the NHS or if they decide to self fund.
I think even people who have a blood glucose monitor are probably in the minority which is why people don't improve their situation (sorry a hobby horse).
Libre is free for a trial direct from them. Sadly its run out now! My doctor has lent me a finger prick testing kit but I've been too nervous to use it so far. I wanted to compare results.... But now I am very keen to keep testing so will have to bite the bullet! (According to the Libre my HbA1c is now averaging at 37mmol/mol but I suppose that's largely because of the Metformin?)
 

Leadinglights

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Type 2
Libre is free for a trial direct from them. Sadly its run out now! My doctor has lent me a finger prick testing kit but I've been too nervous to use it so far. I wanted to compare results.... But now I am very keen to keep testing so will have to bite the bullet! (According to the Libre my HbA1c is now averaging at 37mmol/mol but I suppose that's largely because of the Metformin?)
Using a blood glucose monitor with test strips is a very easy painless thing which you will soon get used to.
Much less painful than if you accidentally prick your finger with a sewing needle or pin or a paper cut if you have ever had one of them.
 

helli

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Type 1
My doctor has lent me a finger prick testing kit but I've been too nervous to use it so far
What makes you nervous about testing?
Seeing the results or the finger pricking?

Finger pricking does not have to be painful. You can adjust the depth of the prick and alternate fingers. I also make sure my fingers are warm before pricking to ensure I have blood near the surface - I cuddle a cuppa before pricking.
You do not need much blood and the lancets are small.
 

Browser

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Type 2
What makes you nervous about testing?
Seeing the results or the finger pricking?

Finger pricking does not have to be painful. You can adjust the depth of the prick and alternate fingers. I also make sure my fingers are warm before pricking to ensure I have blood near the surface - I cuddle a cuppa before pricking.
You do not need much blood and the lancets are small.
Remember to use all fingers and not continually prick at the same place each time.
 
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