Being diabetic, as I am, I have to worry about my blood sugar level.
The metric we use is mmol/l, though that is changing it seems! It is a shame as I am so used to it for many many years, what with my mother being on insulin since a few years after I was born. From an early age I grew up understanding about blood sugar levels.
What I was always told, and is apparently still the norm, is 4 to 7 mmol/l is normal for before a meal.
Now, maybe the meter I use is out or maybe I am abnormal (likely) but practical experience is that 4-7 is way out for normal... If my BM is 5.5 I am losing concentration. If 4.5 I am shaking. If below 4 I am feeling ill. So 4-7 is not normal for me - more like 6-7 or 6-8...
If I am not alone - please say!
What is specially odd is that following the normal rules is not working. I am on metformin, gliclazide, and sitagliptin now, and not yet insulin injections (phew). The gliclazide is meant to give my pancreas a kick, and does - especially with something to work on!
If I have no breakfast I feel peckish in the afternoon and blood sugar is fine, but if I have 500ml of lucozade and a gliclazide at breakfast then I suffer a few hours later - yes BM goes up and a few hours later is not just down but by lunch time is in the 4.X region and I feel ill. But not having breakfast is fine. So some how it works giving a kick to my pancreas and some glucose as well! The good thing is all morning I am way more with it than otherwise. So much for low GI foods as per the normal rules for being diabetic.
Seems a kick is what I need. We'll see how it goes in the long term.
Though alcohol in the evenings is also a factor I expect :-)