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Diabetes Trivia: Blood Sugar Highs

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 12:50 AM

Name the 4 days of the year that blood sugar readings are highest...

Starting with #4...

4. New Year's Eve -- Average blood sugar reading is 131mg/dL.

3. Christmas Day -- Average blood sugar reading is 140mg/dL.

2. Halloween -- Average blood sugar reading is 158mg/dL.

1. Valentine's Day -- Average blood sugar reading is 168mg/dL. Of course you knew that!

Let's face it.

The days when self-monitored blood glucose (SMBG) numbers are highest are the days that folks eat a lot of sugary, fatty foods that are also low in fiber. That's a recipe for high SMBG. Remember that you can keep SMBG numbers down by eating foods high in fiber. If you desperately need to eat those sugary, fatty foods, eat berries or some other fruit right before or after. The high-fiber, low-fat content of the berries and other fruits will mitigate the blood glucose response.

Eating a diet, on a regular basis, that's high in fiber -- fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes -- and low in fat can bring your blood glucose back down into normal ranges. So on these high SMBG days, you're less likely to have a problem at all.

** Data from Glooko's 2017 Annual Diabetes Report  based on their Web and Mobile application, which tracks data from blood glucose meters, insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors, and fitness/activity trackers for more than 1.5 million people with diabetes in 23 countries.

Categories: Measuring blood sugar

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Reply Magexima
2:56 AM on August 18, 2018