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Old 11-21-2017, 04:11 AM   #1
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Frustration Days

I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in July of this year. It's been four months of big changes in my life and lots of frustration.

I'm not currently on medication for my sugars. After having a reaction to Januvia so bad that I wound up in the hospital for an entire weekend not even a week after I was diagnosed, I was determined to figure out how to do this without meds.

I switched to the Keto diet and began intermittent fasting and my fasting sugars have plummeted from up around 380 down to as low as 78 on a full fasting day (which was a beautiful thing to see). I've dropped from 215 pounds down to 180.


About a month ago I joined an oldschool strength and boxing gym. I've always been kind of fascinated with weightlifting and boxing both, so it seemed a good way to keep myself motivated. I just did Day One of Week Four yesterday and, since it was so nice, and I was feeling so good, I walked the 3k home instead of taking the bus after I was done my workout.
After getting dinner for my family, I went out shopping with my husband for things for myself (I'd run out of stuff and not realized) I came home and had a slightly late dinner (8pm, rather than 6pm).

This morning my blood sugars were up at 129. This has been happening to me a LOT since I began at the gym. My sugars were staying under 100 in the mornings when i wasn't doing anything but eating keto and fasting. Now that I'm actually exercising 3 times a week, still eating keto, and still fasting on weekends, my morning sugars have been hovering at just barely below 130.

Does anyone else know what I might be doing wrong? Any advice? I'm determined to defeat this without having to be like my grandma and dad, with four types of medicine and looking at the very real step of insulin injections.

But I'm very frustrated at doing the things I'm SUPPOSED to be doing, rather than sitting on my butt all day and stuffing one crappy thing in my face once around dinner time, and having worse results...
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Old 11-21-2017, 07:44 AM   #2
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I'm not diabetic, but siblings are, so I read a lot. You might want to Google "Dawn Phenomenon" because that may be what's happening to you.

Keep in mind that your level throughout the day is more important than your fasting number, and you might want to get an A1C from your doctor at some point because that will reflect your average over 3 months.

Although I'm not diabetic (hypothyroid) my fasting number tends to be high because I eat very low carb, and my endo ignores that and uses my A1C as a measure of my glucose control.
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Old 11-21-2017, 07:59 PM   #3
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Leo has the correct answer for you - dawn phenomenon.

I am a type 2 diabetic, diagnosed about 7 years ago. Diabetes can cause damage when the blood sugar is 140 or above for an extended period of time, so I just keep mine below 140 and so far my A1c stays low, and no complications.

I'm no doctor, but it looks to me like you are doing fine. Fantastic job of getting your fasting down from 380. Keep up the good work.
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Old 11-30-2017, 10:46 AM   #4
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Carrie Pika, I have been type 2 since 2008, and I still don't understand FBG and the Dawn Phenomenon.

The only advice I have to offer is to keep working on this with diet and exercise. Do whatever you can to avoid meds. Meds can lower blood sugar, but since that is just a symptom, they don't correct the problem. As you lose more weight, you should see more improvements.

"The first step to solving a problem is to admit that one exists."
Dr Jason Fung
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