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Sat Jan 29 13:03:08 UTC 2011

My before-breakfast reading has changed from 83 to 114 in 5 months. Does my diet affect this, and does it indicate a drastic change in my diabetes?

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My AIC has been 6.5 with diet and exercise until 6-2010 when I started Metformin. Had side effects, so am now taking 100 mg of Januvia. I am 75 years old and have history of diabetes in family members.
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2011-02-09 20:43:35.0

Thanks for your question janis, I think it is one that many people with diabetes wonder about. The simple answer to your question is 'yes, the things you eat affect your blood sugar levels, and no a rise from 85 to 114 in your fasting blood sugar doesn't indicate a 'drastic' cange in your diabetes. Now for some explaining. If you have made changes to your diet, it will have an effect on your blood sugar. If you are eating more carbohydrates (pasta, bread, sweets, rice, milk, fruit, fruit juice), it will cause your blood sugar to be higher. It sounds like you may benefit from seeing a dietician to help with some meal planning. As for your rising blood sugar, an increase from 85-114 is not a 'drastic' cange in your diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends a fasting blood sugar level of 70-130mg/dL, so your readings are still falling into that range. That being said, you should keep a close eye on your fasting blood sugar to make sure it doesn't continue to rise. If it does, you may want to go see your docotor or diabetes care team to make some adjustments to your treatment plan. Hope you find this useful.
Answered By: kirk spero
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