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Tue Jan 01 11:35:11 EST 2013

My fasting bs mornings range from 92-105, when I have a carb load the night before of 30 to 45 grams it can go to 118. What should my carb level be?
Asked By: popnson4pack  

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Since May of this year I've lost 88 lbs. Have had 1 A1-c reading in the last 2+ months, it was 5.7. Still need to lose 80 lbs. Eating incidental carbs through dairy, fruits and occasional whole grains seems to work best for weight loss. Exercise at times is limited to foot pain, am on my feet 10-12 hrs. per day, I'm a chef, puts damper on walking the way I would like to.
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2013-09-26 17:18:56.0

Dear popnson4pack,

When you notice a response like an increase in fasting blood glucose levels when you eat a carb load the night before, then your body is telling you that you're exceeding its carb storage capacity. Your muscles are where most extra carbs are stored as glycogen, although some are stored in the liver. After you eat some carbs all day long and don't exercise (other than standing), your storage "tanks" are full, and any additional carbs you eat cannot go into storage in muscle. You can try to cut back on just your evening carbs to see if that helps with your morning blood glucose level, and you can also try doing some light resistance work in the evenings in the comfort of your own home using your own body weight as your resistance. Using up some of the carb stores in muscles by doing that will make room for what you eat and help you build up additional muscle that increases the size of your storage tank. At a minimum, you'll be preventing some of the normal loss of muscle mass that occurs with aging.
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