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Type 1 diabetic and high blood sugar reading

(20 Posts)
OrsonWellsHat Sun 04-Sep-16 23:25:34

Earlier I suffered a 'hypo' and my blood sugar reading was 1.6. I treated it with some haribo's and a tube of my emergency glucose replacement. 10 minutes later my reading was 4.4. I followed the advice I was given and had a sandwich and later a packet of weight watchers crisps.
Just taken my reading (and night time basal insulin) and my blood sugar reading is 24.4 shock
I don't feel ill, but am concerned (and raging thirst).
Any other mners with type 1 or any medical mners with any advice would be gratefully welcomesmile
I was only diagnosed last month, following a DKA, so it's all new to me, should I ring ooh?

Musicaltheatremum Mon 05-Sep-16 08:42:49

You should have a nurse at the hospital you can call. Far safer than mumsnet ant I say that as a health professional.

stillstandingatthebusstop Mon 05-Sep-16 08:50:13

Hi my 18yr old son is type 1 - I've been helping him since 2004 when he was diagnosed. I'm not medically trained though. I think you need to test for ketones. Have you got blood testing kit and strips to do that?

I think you have probably had a rebound from your hypo and you won't have ketones but if you've got ketones it's more of a problem.

stillstandingatthebusstop Mon 05-Sep-16 08:51:07

I now notice that you posted last night. Hope you got it sorted.

OrsonWellsHat Mon 05-Sep-16 09:18:47

Hi, I'm fine today. My levels are much more stable this morning and I'm going to the diabetic clinic at the hospital this morning. Thanks for the replies smile
It's such a learning curve, I'm going on a course next week to teach me all about carb counting and managing my condition more effectively. I'll get there eventually grin

ChestyNut Mon 05-Sep-16 09:28:32

Is it the DAFNE course your doing OP?
Hang in there, you'll get the hang of it.

Sounds like you over corrected a bit with the food, the hospital will be able to teach you about carbohydrate portions and how many you need to bring your glucose up to a good level.

stillstandingatthebusstop Mon 05-Sep-16 09:38:38

Glad to hear that you're ok. It is a lot to learn at first and I always think the devil is in the detail when you're trying to control your sugars.

Good luck with the course. I think my son could do with doing that. He was 6 when he was diagnosed!?!

OrsonWellsHat Mon 05-Sep-16 09:43:24

It's our NHS equivalent, today I'm working my way through the literature they've given me, it may take some time!

notapizzaeater Mon 05-Sep-16 09:45:55

My DH did the dafne course last year, he's been diabetic for 44 years so went as "a prisoner" ....

He loved the course and has brought his base level down (HBC) by 1.5 so the doctors are delighted.

Def recommend it if you can get into it.

OrsonWellsHat Mon 05-Sep-16 09:46:19

I'm pushing 50, it's quite unusual to get this at my age as it usually presents in young people.

averythinline Mon 05-Sep-16 09:46:32

glad to hear you've stableised this morning....think you may have over corrected with the hypo- it can be really tricky to get right...dh has been type 1 since 18 and still sometimes gets it wrong (is 50 now so years of practice!) .
He's being doing DAFNE for years and still has refresher sessions -so Im sure they'll say it on the course but if they don't please get a number or name for you to contact with questions.....better to ask as you go as they can't cover everything on the course - he kept a list on his phone then checked a few things off at a time..

I would highly recommend it -still standing as has really worked for dh - maybe your son should ask his gp/diabetic nurse I'm not sure if there is a criteria...its Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating (DAFNE)

OrsonWellsHat Mon 05-Sep-16 09:47:40

That's great news not I'm hoping for the same 👍🏻

GruffaloPants Mon 05-Sep-16 10:01:29

You may have over treated the hypo - it is easy to do. Blood sugar tends to bounce up a bit afterwards anyway due to release of glycogen. Discuss it with the clinic to make sure you are taking the right amount of carbs for the hypo - for 1.4 I'd probably take 3 jelly babies, a small glass of orange juice and a small sandwich (1 slice of bread) OR biscuit or crisps. But do check with your clinic what's right for you.

Also, it is early days and sugars can be particularly unstable early on. Things will settle down and you'll get used to it. I'd recommend a course such as DAFNE further down the line (I don't think they offer it to newly diagnosed people).

GruffaloPants Mon 05-Sep-16 10:02:36

Oops, should have read the whole thread! Good you are doing a course already.

DrSamMBBS Mon 05-Sep-16 10:06:53

Dear OrsonWellsHat,

Diabetes is defined as a blood sugar level above normal. Normal fasting blood sugar value is <120mg/dl (6.6mmol/l) and random blood sugar value should be below 200mg/dl (11.1mmol/l).

Type 1 diabetes has a stronger familial connection compared to type 2 which is much more related to lifestyle. Type 1 diabetes needs regular insulin therapy to control blood sugar because the pancreas does not produce enough.

Even though your blood has plenty of sugar your cells can't utilize it. Your brain cells think there aren't enough sugar in your blood and that's why you feel hungry all the time. Your urine output is much higher because sugar in your urine drags water out with it. Thus the raging thirst.

Diabetes causes a lot of serious complications. Heart attack, stroke, poor wound healing in legs to name a few. Blood sugar level fluctuates physiologically and the max damage is at the peaks. So keep an eye on your blood sugar level.

Diabetes during pregnancy causes a whole lot of problems in addition. Close obstetric follow up is vital for a good outcome. If you need any info on it please feel free to ask me smile

Keep a blood sugar meter handy all the time. Excessive sweating, dizziness, blurred vision, trembling hands should alert you to check you blood sugar level. Taking a simple sugary sweet after checking your blood sugar will help you prevent a serious hypo. Do not overeat, refrain from high sugar treats. DKA is no joke. very low blood sugar as well as very high blood sugar is highly toxic to brain cells.

Always look for food with a low glycemic index. Higher the index slower sugar gets absorbed and better your blood sugar control will be. Keep an eye on your serum cholesterol also. High blood sugar with high cholesterol is not a good thing. It takes you to those serious complications I mentions earlier on an express train.

Hope this helps.

get well..

Oblomov16 Mon 05-Sep-16 10:09:18

Hope you are ok OP. over-correcting a hypo is very easy. and the fact that when you do go low the body releases extra, so even if you get the food right, the body's natural release throws it all up in the air, but making you too high.

and they always tell you not to correct the hyper, which you've had because of the hypo, because if you correct the hyper, you then start swinging between low and high.
But I have found sometimes, sometimes I just cant help myself correcting the high, by taking a tiny bit of insulin, because if I don't, I feel so ill, for longer.
I know its not recommended, but sometimes, if you are that high, you just cant help yourself.

but, when I do, I am always honest with my diabetic pump specialist nurse and tell her why I did it and we look at what happened, in the following 24 hours.

Hope you get good advice today.

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeG0es Mon 05-Sep-16 10:15:01

Glad you're ok. My DH has had T1 for about 30 years and has used his own version of DAFNE for most of that time, it was against all medical advice back then but it has worked very well for him, he has very good control and no complications. He says a lot of medical professionals are still suspicious of it which is a huge source of frustration when it has worked so well for him.

OrsonWellsHat Mon 05-Sep-16 10:25:14

Thank you so much for all the replies, I really appreciate it as I don't know anyone with this to talk to. Your replies have given me hope for the future smile

OrsonWellsHat Mon 05-Sep-16 10:27:46

Oblo I was tempted to do the same, but refrained as I was worried I'd induce another hypo.

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeG0es Mon 05-Sep-16 10:34:05

I think there's a separate Diabetes topic here, you might find that useful smile

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