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Tue Jun 10 21:51:19 EDT 2014

Why is sugar spike dangerous?
Asked By: sa75  

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2014-07-21 11:27:00.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

A spike in blood glucose after eating is also known as post-meal hyperglycemia. It typically occurs after eating foods high in sugars and starches. The spike depends on what and how much is eaten, as well as the amount and timing of diabetes medicines, and your response to the medicines.

If blood glucose consistently spikes after eating, it will raise A1C level. Elevated A1C over time increases the risk of complications, such as retinopathy, neuropathy and heart disease.

Think back at what might have contributed to the spikes and make changes to bring your blood glucose to a safer level. If your blood glucose continues to spike, talk with your diabetes care team. Your diabetes treatment plan may need to be reviewed and adjustments made.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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