Week 7 & 8
Fasting Blood Glucose Readings
|Sept. 1 – 10.9mmol/L (196mg/dl)||Sept. 8 – 12.2mmol/L (220mg/dl)|
|Sept. 2 – N/A||Sept. 9 – 10.8mmol/L (194mg/dl)|
|Sept. 3 – 13mmol/L (234mg/dl)||Sept. 10 – 10.8mmol/L (194mg/dl)|
|Sept. 4 – 9.7mmol/L (175mg/dl)||Sept. 11 – 12.5mmol/L (225mg/dl)|
|Sept. 5 – 9.3mmol/L (167mg/dl)||Sept. 12 – 10.3mmol/L (185mg/dl)|
|Sept. 6 – 14.8mmol/L (266mg/dl)||Sept. 13 – 10.3mmol/L (185mg/dl)|
|Sept. 7 – 10mmol/L (180mg/dl)||Sept. 14 – 11.8mmol/L (212mg/dl)|
Food Consumption Blood Glucose Readings
Before Meal (mmol/l)
After Meal (mmol/l)
|9.9mmol/L (178mg/dl)||2 Medium Bananas||11.8mmol/L (212mg/dl)|
|9.4mmol/L (169mg/dl)||2 Medium Bananas and 1 Apple||16.9mmol/L (304mg/dl)|
|10.6mmol/L (191mg/dl)||Peanut Butter Sandwich||13.1mmol/L (236mg/dl)|
|13.4mmol/L (241mg/dl)||1 Apple||12.8mmol/L (230mg/dl)|
|17.8mmol/L (320mg/dl)||Chinese Food||20.3mmol/L (365mg/dl)|
|12.3mmol/L (221mg/dl)||Peanut Butter Sandwich||18.4mmol/L (331mg/dl)|
Another Glyburide Dose Increase
After visiting the doctor on the 4th of September he decided to increase my dose of glyburide again to see if it’s more effective on lowering my blood sugar levels. This is the second time he has increased the dose. Originally in August I started taking 2.5mg which is half a 5mg glyburide pill, twice daily at morning and night. On the first week of September he increased my dose to 5mg(one whole pill) twice daily since I mentioned to him that it was helping. Now a few days later on the 4th of September he decided to increase my dose even more to 7.5mg(one pill and a half) twice daily to see how much more effective it can be. To be honest to the question about if the pills were really effective or not, I don’t know. The reason is because I’ve been having a really unhealthy diet lately for the past two weeks, and I’m talking about all you can eat buffets and a lot of Chinese food and junk food, you can find more information about it here and here. I’m not sure how much the pills are helping with the amount of calories I’m consuming, I would have to eat healthy or the same like in week 5 & 6 when i lost about one pound to see a real accurate difference. But to my assumption I think the dose increase is helping a bit since I’m getting similar fasting blood glucose readings compared to my previous post. I also almost never see my sugar levels go over 20mmol/L anymore.
Fasting Blood Glucose and Food Consumption Blood Glucose Results
It looks like my fasting blood glucose results were pretty much similar to my previous update which you can find here. This might be indicating that the increased dose of glyburide to 7.5mg twice a day might actually be working. My diet has been horrible for the past 2 weeks with a 0.9lb weight gain compared to the 2 weeks before that where i lost one pound while taking 5mg pills twice a day.
For my meals and snacks I didn’t record much as I’ve been eating too much and not accordingly. For instance, I would check my reading before a snack or meal then consume the food then eat more food 1 hour later which ruins the 2 hour fasting window to check my sugar level after that meal, this has happened numerous times. I would also choose not to record my sugar levels before and after a buffet as I know my levels will skyrocket.
According to the table above, before consuming 2 bananas my blood glucose reading was at 9.9mmol/L, 2 hours later it did a small jump of 1.9mmol to 11.8mmol. Looks like bananas are great for not spiking my blood sugars. Next I tried 2 bananas and an apple and my sugar level jumped from 9.4mmol/L to 16.9mmol/L. Ouch! Apple is actually supposed to be healthier than bananas. Looks like a bit too much sugar from too many fruits is still not too good for a meal. I should stick with 2 fruits and under for snacks or a meal. For the peanut butter sandwich, in the chart above it shows that my blood glucose level jumped from 12.3mmol/L to 18.4mmol/L, it usually doesn’t shoot up this high, I might have put a bit too much peanut butter or something was tinkering with my levels at that time. I will find out sooner or later.
A Good Excuse For Exercise?
I haven’t been exercising for the past few weeks due to laziness and catching a cold. Exercise is very crucial to controlling your diabetes but looks like I won’t have the power and energy to work out even next week due to my common cold. I would have to avoid all exercise and get plenty of rest in order to get better, and unfortunately I will have to let my diabetes damage my body a little longer because of my high blood sugar levels.