My blood sugar is usually around 250, even though I eat high-fat-low-carb, walk everywhere, and do tai chi in the mornings. Medications havent helped - after years of trying different things, the only thing that worked was fasting.
I did a 24 hour fast, midnight to midnight, which brought my blood sugar down from 250 to 150 (yay!). I broke that fast with a very small meal (180 calories, 8g protein, 3g carbs) and my blood sugar jumped back up to 250 and stayed there all night! After another 12 hours, its down to 190.
I dont understand why this happens. I feel like my only option is to fast indefinitely for the rest of my life. Any insight? Advice?
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I am in the same boat. My diabetes was controlled for seven years with Metformin. Then several things, including antibiotics made my blood sugar shoot up to around 250. (I also was off Metformin for a couple weeks.) My response was to cut carbs below 50 grams/day and add lots of healthy fat. (My doc had no suggestions besides "Wait and see if it comes down.) Various people in forums told me that fat can make your cells insulin resistant. I now eat 50-70 grams of carbs/day and much less fat. My blood sugar today was 170. Not great, but coming down. (I had surgery last week and was given a short course of antibiotics.)
1) Medication. Work with your doctor. Metformin is very well tolerated. Other medications are options. You can't simply ignore medication as a treatment option.
2) Eat a normal level of carbohydrate (20-40% of calories). Very low carb induces physiological insulin resistance and elevated BG levels.
3) Lose weight. Excess weight decreases insulin sensitivity.
4) Exercise (real exercise) in addition to more general activity. Exercise increases insulin sensitivity.
I experimented with Sodium R-alpha Lipoic acid a while back and soon stopped using it because it drove my glucose down into the ground (mimics insulin.) Not sure what it would do for you, but it might be worth checking out with your doc.
You have full-blown diabetes. And judging from those numbers you should really do a better job of managing it. No one should be having blood glucose readings that high. Have you gone to a doctor and spoken about your blood glucose readings? Please consider going to a doctor if you have not already done so. I wouldn't be surprised if your doctor put you on insulin or at least metformin, those numbers are scary.
"I feel like my only option is to fast indefinitely for the rest of my life" - actually, they have a word for that, starvation. The outcome is death.