Man! This festive season really has messed with my Glucose levels. It is not so much the "wrong stuff" that was consumed as it was the lack of exercise and consistency
My recent Diabetic Reaction Manual update; 06h30 Sunday BG (blood glucose) is 11.7 mmol/l. Yesterday early it was 12.8 / afternoon 15.7 and at bed time 12.5 - So much for BG control.
By now most of you guys know the only way I control my Diabetes is with Diet and Exercise. It is tuff but it can be done. Word of caution only Type 2 Diabetes can attempt to manipulate their own blood sugar levels and it pretty much depends on what stage their Diabetes has progressed. Please read the Disclaimer at the bottom.
Whenever I eat something “wrong” knowingly, I would try to become more active. For how long I am active depends on how much “wrong food” I consumed. With “wrong foods” I do not necessary mean cakes and pastry (some of my favorites.. Wrong foods can also be carrots, beetroot, potatoes, avocados, etc. While I consume these foods regularly, I also know they will spike my blood sugar levels. That is the advantage of keeping a food journal – one knows what apple or a potato is going to do with your BG.
On our side of the pond it is now summer which means it is salad-eating-time. An innocent bowl of coleslaw can be turned into a blood sugar spiker when some carrots gets added or potatoes get covered with creamy mayonnaise instead of using low cal yoghurt.
While each apple fructose levels vary from the next one and it each one will have different effect on your body and blood sugar levels. Keeping your own food journal will empower you with the knowledge that you know in advance what reaction you can expect from your body from the items you stuff down your throat.
Unfortunately one cannot buy Food-Reaction-Manual or an Exercise-Reaction-Manual; you must make or developed your own DIABETIC REACTION MANUAL (ERM). Every person body are unique and with have a different response to common actions. For instance when I swim in the mornings or have an exercise class with Bobby my Blood Glucose Level shoots up! Sometimes the rise is close to 2 mmol/l. In the beginning this was a very worrying factor but after seeing this reaction regularly in my diabetic reaction manual, I realised it must be my liver dumping extra energy to compensate for the extra energy requested from my muscles and body while doing demanding exercises.
When I take the dogs for a walk or do some gardening I do not get the same spike, most of the time my Blood sugar would actual show a drop
If anyone has an explanation for this phenomenon I am looking forward hearing from you
Disclaimer; I do not suggest or recommend you should try my way of controlling my diabetes but after taking metformin for seven years I just got tired of “Swallowing a daily Spider to Catch the Fly”.