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Help With Increased Fasting Sugars While Eating Low Carb

Help With Increased Fasting Sugars While Eating Low Carb

Just started eating a low carb diet (4 days in)to try and reduce my A1C (7.7) after not eating well. However, my fasting sugars have gone up significantly. Has this happened to anyone else? Will it begin to level off as my body adjusts. Looking for suggestions and help

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Give it some time.

We think of our blood sugar levels as a singular thing but there is two different sources. Sugars converted from the food we eat (dietary sugars) and sugars synthesized, stored and released by our own bodies (metabolic sugars driven mostly by hormones).

It is easy for us to effect dietary sugars. We simply "don't stuff crap into our mouth". It takes a little more time to "fix and regulate" our metabolism, particularly after years of abuse, to better manage our fasting numbers.

The process of reducing fasting numbers (without medication with metformin or basil insulin being the only two real treatments) takes "some time" - think weeks or months to make a significant difference.

So while changing your diet has an immediate effect on your post meal numbers, while it will eventually move your fasting numbers, it's not a "do this today, see the result tomorrow" kinda thing.

What can also have a significant effect on fasting numbers is regular exercise - and it doesn't have to be "high impact" - walking 20 minutes a day will allow you to produce some of the hormones that will help balance fasting sugars.

Losing weight if you need to (getting BMI below 25 with the lower 20's being ideal) will likewise change hormone levels that jack fasting sugars.

Getting a decent nights sleep (6 hours), eating breakfast within the first hour that you wake up (even if your fasting numbers are high and you are hesitant) will all go a long way to getting your metabolism regulated and working more like it should. And that will do more to improve fasting numbers then anything you put in your mouth (or don't put in your mouth).

Fasting Sugars have almost nothing to do with what you eat.

posted 6 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

me i take my Milk thistle, calcuim magnesiums zinc , and my fish oil with breakfast usually a Atkins shake seem to get me by until i eat some protion for like mid morning snack..

posted 2 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Thanks Graham. The ACV gummies are 500 mg and I have been taking one. Should I increase that amount? Also, I was thinking of taking milk thistle. I do take 2.5 mg of glipizide at night. What amount of milk thistle would you recommend?
Thank you.

posted 4 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Thanks, I'll try that

posted 6 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I don't think it matters so I just toss it in "before supper" when I take my ACV, Chromium and Probiotic.

The Milk Thistle and Chromium are really a "take whenever" kinda supplement because of the way they work - build up in our system over days/weeks to the therapeutic levels.

It's really just about "habit" - I take my cholesterol/BP meds first thing in the morning (can't get to my coffee cup without them being in the way so don't forget them) and then take all my supplements just before supper - the ACV is best taken before your heaviest carb meal and the probiotic makes it to the small intestine if taken with food (or stomach acid kills most of the cells) - the other two that I take just fit nicely there and I never forget to take them.

It really is mostly about forming a "habit".

posted 4 months ago
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