Daily BS 4/14/10 ~ Journal & Learn from my error 3

Quote of the DAY (QOD):

It also begs the question of why cardiologist keep thinking that the cholesterol fed rat (or the equally poisoned Syrian hamster) has anything to do with human arteriosclerosis. – Petro Dobromylskyj

Learn From My Mistakes

I have Diabetes but I have never been officially “typed”, the last word from my doctors is that I am a Type 1.5. This means that I have reduced pancreas function and if I live long enough, I will at some point lose 100 %, which will result in daily insulin requirements.

Originally, in the hospital, I was told I was a Type 1 … then a Type 2 and lastly a Type 1.5. According to my physician here is his best guess at what happened, I obtained a virus that shut my pancreas down…leading to the hospital stay. The insulin therapy allowed my pancreas to “rest” and then it partially re-started. He stated that my pancreas is in a “honeymoon” period which could last for 3 months, 6 months or longer… that was almost 14 months ago.

I have never worried about “typing”… if and when I am required to take drugs/insulin, I will take them. For now I live “primally” and take -0- meds and -0- insulin…. So you can type me … PRIMAL!!! :)

The reason I mention all of this, periodically my Overnight Fasting Blood Glucose (OFBG) will rise into the upper 90’s and low 100’s. Every time this happens, the FIRST thing that pops into my mind… “my pancreas is failing…THE HONEYMOON IS OVER!” … But when this has occurred in the past, I would decrease my carbohydrate consumption into the 20-25g daily range and my OFBG would “re-adjust” into the 70’s and 80’s again.

This was the case in December ’09, I went very low carb and once again my OFBG had been in the 70’s and 80’s. Normal OFBG for non-diabetics is @ 85… so I was flying high. So high that I decided to quit testing my BG. When I began re-testing again, a couple of weeks ago, my OFBG was in the 90’s to low 100’s. The problem… I was already eating very low carb… so going lower carb was not going to make much difference. I decided to switch gears so to speak. I decided to take a break from P90X & sprints (my normal workout routine) and I decided to run longer cardio runs to see if it would have any affect on my OFBG.

It was a short test, I only ran 4 days… here is the mileage per day 4 , 6.6, 8.2 and 10.2 miles respectively. I did not see a decrease in OFBG… in fact it actually increased slightly to 107 and 109 the last two days I ran. That was not the worst part… two days after I ran, I woke up to an OFBG OF 141 !!! MY BG has not been that high since May of ’09, the night before I had eaten 2 hamburgers, two hot dogs and French fries (yes…with the buns) . I ate this to test to see if I was still a diabetic…. I was.

After the 141 reading, I re-tested a few minutes later … 133 … so it appeared that my BG really had gone up… considerably. Many thoughts raced through my head…the only thing that made sense… I WAS LOSING PANCREAS FUNCTION. In talking with friends, I had received a couple of possible reasons for the increase:

1) The chronic cardio (running) is inflammatory and this may have been my body’s response.

2) Excess protein causes a BG response… I knew I was eating a high protein diet but I did not know how high.

3) Meter Error : … ruled that one out as I had tested this unit only a couple of months ago.

At this point I had already discontinued the longer running so I decided to reduce my protein consumption.

For the next five days I have attempted to reduce protein…and I have…. I think.

Problem: I did not count protein before I began journaling, so I really can’t prove that I have reduced protein grams. I am still eating more than is “normal” but I feel sure I have reduced from previous levels.

The first three days of this “test” I had been disappointed… my OFBG has been in the 103 – 109 range. Then things changed for me….

…. I ran out of strips…while I was looking for some spares I found a spare meter and thought…let’s give it a try. I tested 97 and 91…. 2 and 1 hours post meal. WHAT a relief!!! Long story short… I went out and bought a new meter, my old meter was “bad”.

Using the old meter on Tuesday I had a 109 fasting BG.

Wednesday morning…using the new meter, I read a fasting 79!!!! …. This was more LIKE IT!!!

Thursday morning… I read a 83 !!! … it appears for now all is well on the Blood Glucose levels.


At this point, the only thing I know for sure is… my BG levels are back in the normal range. Was it ever really high?? I doubt it , I am guessing that I did all this testing and more importantly…all this worrying for NOTHING.

I should have TESTED my meter before jumping to conclusions.


1) Wow… 3,160 calories… Highest calorie total so far…. :)
2) 76 % of calories from FAT!!! 44 % from SATURATED FAT!!! WOOHOO!!! ….and 272.1 FAT GRAMS…. Wow.


Protein: I want my protein about 140g so 169 grams is high…. AGAIN!!

Carbohydrates: The carbs are good at 17 grams, goal is 20g +/- 10.

Fats: …. percentage of calories from fat is ON THE MONEY.

Exercise 1: 60 mins of P90X, Shoulder and Arms.

Overnight Fasting Blood Glucose (OFBG) : 83 … NICE!!!!


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3 thoughts on “Daily BS 4/14/10 ~ Journal & Learn from my error

  • Anne

    Fantastic readings with the new meter.

    I don’t know if meters have become any more accurate in the past year. Here is Jenny’s experience with inaccurate meters. http://diabetesupdate.blogspot.com/2009/07/fda-notices-meter-inaccuracy.html

    The booklet with my One Touch Ultra says it is accurate +/-20% when compared to a venous blood draw.

    When I see my doctor I take my meter and ask that he do a blood sugar and then I do one with my meter. Last time I also do that with my blood pressure cuff from time to time.

    Dr. Bernstein says if you call his office they will tell you what meter he considers to be the most accurate.

  • BK Lawson

    On meters:
    I have had this happen.
    When you get a silly reading, do this:
    1. Make sure the battery is fresh.
    2. Retest
    3. Clean hands, no fruity soaps
    4. Make sure strips are in date
    5. Calibrate – check date on calibration liquid
    6. Sidekick makes a $20 meter with 50 strips package-a good backup plan to check your meter.
    7. Make sure when you calibrate, you are not on the very high or very low end of the meter’s guidelines. If it won’t aim at the middle, odds are, the meter is no good or the setup liquid is.

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