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Is it normal to experience weird blood sugar spikes while taking cytomel (liothyronine)?

Is it normal to experience weird blood sugar spikes while taking cytomel (liothyronine)?

No: I hardly remember a single case where thyroxine (or Cytomel (liothyronine) for that matter) is having any impact on blood sugar levels. If the reason in taking Cytomel (liothyronine) is autoimmune thyroiditis, then theoretically there is a risk of developing auto inflammation in the pancreas (about 10-15% of type i diabetics will develop autoimmune thyroiditis). Please discuss this with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

Blood Sugar (Definition)

The blood sugar concentration or blood glucose level is the amount of glucose (sugar) present in the blood of a human or animal. The body naturally tightly regulates blood glucose levels as a part of metabolic homeostasis. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body's cells, and blood lipids (in the form of fats and oils) are primarily ...Read more


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Any truth to the claim that consuming more fat, include trans fat, and little/no sugar will bring blood glucose level to normal range? Exercise too.

Any truth to the claim that consuming more fat, include trans fat, and little/no sugar will bring blood glucose level to normal range?  Exercise too.

Don't get your life: With diabetes, you need to be monitored closely as you experiment. Don't expect miraculous results from swapping calories from one group to another. It's much more to your credit that you're exercising, and this will be a huge help to you -- as will simply being pro-active about your health. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What leads to blood sugar spikes in diabetics at night?

What leads to blood sugar spikes in diabetics at night?

Many things: Hi. What type of diabetes, what do you eat before going to bed, what diabetes drugs you're taking? Need a little more info. Good luck! ...Read more

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What type of bread is less likely to cause blood sugar spikes?

What type of bread is less likely to cause blood sugar spikes?

Whole Grain: Compared to white flour, whole grains take longer for the stomach & intestines to break down into sugar, and so the sugar is absorbed more gradually into the blood stream and is less likely to cause a spike. A 15 gram whole grain slice will put just as much sugar into the blood as a 15 gm slice of white bread, but spread out over a longer period of time, and so requires lower Insulin levels. ...Read more

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What are the aspects of stress causing blood sugar spikes and declines?

What are the aspects of stress causing blood sugar spikes and declines?

Insulin resistance: Stress hormones (cortisol) can make your Insulin less efficient, and if high over the long run, can contribute to obesity, which also makes Insulin less effective. When Insulin doesn't work as well, sugars can rise. ...Read more

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Aren't we diabetics supposed to count carbohydrates faithfully to prevent blood sugar spikes?

Aren't we diabetics supposed to count carbohydrates faithfully to prevent blood sugar spikes?

That's only part : Counting carbs is useful, but understanding the type of carb is necessary. Assuming Insulin given in right dose and time taken, the simpler the carb, the more likely the sugar will spike because Insulin will not peak soon enough for a concentrated sweet, for example. Best to avoid. Bolus delivery variations on pumps can be helpful in terms of spreading out the Insulin depending on what's eaten. ...Read more

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Please suggest what food leads to the worst and/or most immediate blood sugar spikes?

Please suggest what food leads to the worst and/or most immediate blood sugar spikes?

High-glycemic index: Low-glycemic index foods (less than 55) produce a gradual rise in blood sugar levels that's easy on the body. Foods with high-glycemic index numbers (more than 70) make blood sugar levels as well as Insulin levels spike fast. You can determine what foods are high or low at: www.Glycemicindex.Com. ...Read more

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My blood sugar spikes MUCH more if I just sit around after eating vs. being active after a meal. Is this expected?

My blood sugar spikes MUCH more if I just sit around after eating vs. being active after a meal.  Is this expected?

Yes: Exercise improves sensitivity to insulin. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Liothyronine (Definition)

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Cytomel (Definition)

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