Hey everyone. I was wondering if you can give me some advice on my new high fasting sugars. For the most part, I have always had fasting sugars between 110 and 130. I never pay much attention to fasting numbers in that range. Lately I have been having fasting numbers ranging from 150 to 200 almost every single day. I do not eat any sweets or drink any sugar drinks. I do however eat bread, pasta, and potatoes. I eat 1 meal a day. Some days it is a no carb meal such as sausages and a huge salad with chopped ham. A few days a week, I eat some meals with carbs in them and I use insulin to correct the high blood sugars. I usually have normal sugar levels within 2 to 3 hours of consumption. In between my one meal a day I drink coffee with Splenda and Lipton diet iced tea. I do use 1 cup of whole fat milk every day for my two large cups of iced coffee. That is 6 grams of carbs every cup. So not strictly fasting 24 hours a day, but this never raises my BG more than 10 points if my BG is not already elevated.
What makes me mad is that I am doing all this disciplined eating and I cannot control what happens when I do not put anything into my mouth. It would be much easier if this was a more simple disease to control. When I was not eating for an entire week straight due to severe gallbladder attacks, my BG was 70-80 consistently, even in the AM. It never moved. But I do realize a person cannot simply starve themselves to achieve proper BG control. Also, I have bad stomach acid problems and bowel issues that happen no matter what I eat, but really crank up when I eat meat and fat. The Keto diet jacks me up bad. I do use almond flour sometimes to make bread and taco’s though and that helps a lot. But I do not like the Keto diet at all. I hate eggs and I never eat breakfast or lunch anymore.
I still have chronic pain conditions that make it hard for me to cook up Keto bread and taco’s all of the time. It is very labor intensive and I use most of my spoons on my part time job right now. I’m just getting frustrated to the point that I am going some days just not even caring. Then I keep on thinking about my kidney’s going out, going blind, or getting more burning in my hands. My Kidney function was down to 30 last year and it is only back up to 75 percent now. Four years ago, it was at 110 percent, two years ago it was at 99 percent. It went down when I had not eaten or had any liquids for an entire week. I was getting gallbladder attacks even when eating just veggies, and even one attack with no food consumption. I was petrified to eat or even drink water. Any how, I correct my BG every morning with a 7 to 20 mg bolus of fast acting insulin and get it under control usually within 3 hours. I hate doing this though because on work days, when I start working, it will drop too low.
I always have to have 1 or 2 cookies before work (the only time I ever eat sweets) and it will spike me from 90 to 150 and then with on hour of hard work, I will be back down in the 80’s and then leave it there until dinner. Other times, I eat 1 cookie and then check after an hour of work and I have gone from 100 BG down to 70. Sometimes I use 10 units of fast acting and BG only goes down to 130 after 3 hours and even after working for an hour. So sometimes it’s like playing with a firecracker. Those are the days I have to prick my fingers almost 10 times just to know what is happening inside my body because insulin for me is unstable when working. If I am just sitting on the couch and 10 units of fast acting brings me from a fasting of 170 BG to 100, I leave it alone; all is good. But going to work will lower it dangerously low. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I was considering adding long acting insulin, but how can you inject long acting when your BG are in the 80’s or hovering right at 100 every night before you go to bed?