Analyze This

header-studio-screenshotI know for awhile I’ve been singing the praises of Victoza, but you know what? I still have diabetes and this is still a drug that I’m mixing in with a bunch of random variables so you can imagine that things don’t always go according to plan.

For most of June and July I had excellent blood sugars, but then they started creeping up again. My diabetes educator Jenny suggested increasing my dose to 1.8 from 1.2, and that seemed to help for a couple of weeks. But starting around August 10, my blood sugars have started to spike again. Not a lot, but just enough that I’m sitting above my threshold more often than I’d like. I’m not entirely sure why that would be, because I’ve actually been even more active lately than I was in June and July. I’m taking hot yoga, I’m taking a strength training and cardio class, and occasionally I’m running through my neighborhood.

So what’s with all the high blood sugars?

You got me.

But needless to say, I’ve had way too many sleepless nights with my Dexcom yammering on about how my blood sugar is still too high. It’s annoying me, it’s annoying my husband. It’s probably even annoying the cat.

I downloaded my Dexcom receiver this evening and my glucose average has jumped from the 150s to the 180s in the last couple of weeks. Wow! That is a huge difference. I immediately made a couple changes to my basal rate to see if that will counteract the spikes that I’m seeing, even though this whole thing is still a mystery. For all I know, I will need to decrease my basal again in a couple of weeks! Does anyone else feel like they are perpetually decreasing and increasing their basal rates. I feel like my body never wants to sit still.

I was also thinking about how I should probably download my receiver more often. It’s really not that hard, and after so many years with diabetes and also working with diabetes educators, I’m pretty good at reading the graphs and knowing what I need to change. And yet often times it will take me weeks before I actually analyze my readings and make any changes! It’s so silly. Who knows how much those three weeks have cost me in getting my A1C down to a more normal level?

How often do you look at your graphs?

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2 Responses to Analyze This

  1. kevinruess says:

    When I was eating carbs like non-diabetics do, I too would often find myself adjusting my basal every few weeks. Thus is primarily because most type 1s are not actually dosing their true basal, but an elevated basal which compensates for high carb+fat meals which take a long time to digest and thus need more insulin between meals. Once I switched to a very consistent low carb diet, my basal has remained quite steady.

  2. I was going to make the same suggestion as Kevin. Maybe your eating has been off the past few weeks – eating out, lots of carbs, etc? I find that sometimes even just a few days of what I call tornado eating can rip good foundations away and I end up needing to adjust everything… I know you’re making adjustments with exercise, so I wouldn’t suggest a total diet change up – but eliminating unnecessary high carb plus fat foods like pizza, fried foods, restaurant appetizers, etc may help in the long run.

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