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Sudden Loss Of Glucose Control

I've been diabetic for a couple of years and have controlled my raised glucose by diet and medication (metformin + gliclazide) However, two weeks ago, a period of stress seemed to have shot this control to pieces. My readings went up to the high 20's and topped at 32.2 and it now ranges from 18 to 25. The medication seems to have lost any influence it once had. The other day I had a meal of plain salmon steak and broccoli - no carbs in sight really, and still my reading went up to 24.2 - and not much help from the meds to lower it. Has anybody else experienced this sudden loss of previously good control? Will it reverse itself?

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Hi Blue2 go and see your GP about your sugars levels. As there are very high indeed. I have be on metformin for 3 years. Plus injection as well. My blood sugars are up and down the injection. But there always come back down again. Try not to get stress as well. As that is not good for you diabetes as well. I know there say east said done about stress. But try to keep calm. Have you had the flu jab? If so that could be why your sugars levels could be high. Or are you coming down with something. When I say are you coming down with something I mean are you ill. I hope your blood sugars do come down soon :)


Thank you for your reply Orfordholly. As I'm retired and never go out, I don't have the 'flu jab any more. My partner is going through his divorce and I think it's that that has been behind the stress. I expect when it's finalised, my sugars will 'normalise' again - at least I hope so! Thanks for your help on this. x


you need to watch your carb intake and balance them out with proteins and eat smaller meals

spaced out and not just 3 big meals a day.

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Hi Carol, you're right, I know. I think I've not been watching my carb intake recently, as much as I usually do. I have a battle with the bottle - the milk bottle. I'm addicted! I usually have a milky nightcap, so must cut that out to help get my sugars lower. Last time I checked I was at 15.7 so it's getting there, but slowly. x


If milk is your 'poison' make sure it's the full fat sort. Skimmed stuff has too much sugar in it. Nobody would buy it otherwise!


I would speak to your doctor or diabetic nurse as soon as possible. It may be a simple thing to receive, ie change in medication or it may be a case of needing to go on insulin. I am not an expert but defo speak to the professionals. Leaving it too long will start to have an effect on how you feel and could cause more harm than good. Don't ignore it or try and resolve it yourself that is what diabetic nurse or doctor is there for. good luck.


Thanks for your reply Redrob - that's what I've been concerned about, having to go on insulin. Don't really want to, but if that's what it means now, to stop feeling so unwell and to save limbs and eyesight, then I've got to bite that particular bullet!



Have you checked your meter?

Keep your carbohydrate intake between 10 and 14 portions per day (1 portion = 10g carbohydrate), ideally 3 meals x 4 carb portions. Follow this link uk.sitestat.com/diabetes/we...

Eat low GI carbs, reducing intake of fructose too which glycosylates haemoglobin seven times as much as glucose. Follow this link glycemicindex.com/

Make up the balance of your meals with natural, additive-free, unprocessed protein (palm-size) and fat foods such as meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, cheese, coconut oil, palm oil (not hydrogenated), olive oil, and butter.


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