The cure for diabetes: McDonalds?
May 8, 2012 6:56 AM Subscribe
What is the possible explanation for a type 2 diabetic eating 237 grams of carbs in a meal and not seeing any significant spike in blood sugar?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I was diagnosed type 2 about a year ago. I chose to try to manage it with diet and exercise instead of taking medication, against my doctor's wishes. It's been difficult, but it has also been working. I'm at the gym six days a week, I rarely eat more than 35 grams of carbs at one time, and that has allowed me to get to the point where my glucose readings are almost always below 140mg/dL after eating, and in the 90-110 range the rest of the time. My a1c at diagnosis was 8.8. The last two checks have been 5.5.
Today I realized that I hadn't eaten a single gluttonous meal since my diagnosis a year ago. I talked myself into an experiment of eating a typical pre-diagnosis meal just to see how high it would spike my blood sugar. Big Mac, medium fries, medium Coke, and small chocolate shake. Ok, that's slightly smaller than my previously usual super sized meals, but still 237 grams of carbs, which is ridiculous for a diabetic who is not taking any kind of medication to control her blood sugar. I was expecting to see dangerously high glucose levels. But instead there was... nothing. 127 at 1 hour. 131 at 1.5 hours. 103 at two hours. A slight spike to 130 at 2.5 hours. Then 110 at 3 hours, and dropping after that.
I even went out and bought a new glucose meter and test strips after my two hour reading, because I was sure my meter was broken. But both meters give nearly identical readings.
What in the world can explain this? Sometimes I'll allow myself a burger, but I skip the fries, never ever drink real Coke, and don't even consider a milkshake. Those are the times when my readings go over 140. I'm completely stumped trying to understand what happened today.
The obvious answer is to talk to my doctor about it, but really he just always wants to medicate me, his standards for controlling my glucose levels are much more lenient than my own, and I just haven't gotten around to finding a better doctor yet. He runs he blood tests, says what he wants to say, prescribes what he wants to prescribe, and then I examine the blood test results myself to guide my own treatment. So until I find a better doctor I'm hoping someone might be able to suggest some ideas that might explain what happened today. Thank you.