... etc). Been doing a low carb diet but still seeing a high fasting number in the morning of 170 or so. I take 1000 mg of metformin at night with dinner. I do drink lots of crystal light can that be the cause of my raised blood sure?
You should drink allot of water. It isn't only carbs that can raise your blood sugar and the fact that its up after you haven't eaten in a while says its something other then carbs doing that. All foods can raise your blood sugar, its just that carbs hit your blood stream faster. Fats and proteins take longer to metabolize. Everything we eat eventually turns to sugar We have to also be aware of calories, because of those things we don't think turns to sugar. And stay away from things that say dietetic or no sugar. The biggest laugh in the grocery store is sugar-free jelly, that fruit has more sugar in it, and in the form that goes straight into our blood stream.
I don't know the sweetener in crystal light, but it will raise blood sugars. There are recent articles on these sweeteners. For example aspartame definitely raises blood sugars. Sucrose is sugar. Saccharine raises sugars.
What you are not doing is eating a balanced diet. I suggest you see the dietician. Diet control is based on proportions. It is fat to protein to carbs ratio. There is less blood sugar raising with half a teaspoon of sugar than using most artificial sweeteners. As Kaismama says, water is essential. I have no artificial anything. I watch my diet by eating small servings four times per day with that balance of protein to fat to carbohydrates.
It is suggested to eat activated yogurt or take acidophilus pills to redo your intestinal bacteria. Turns out that artificial sweeteners kill our good bacteria and a different one comes to replace it that digests the artificial sweeteners. That doesn't help us a bit. And don't forget that alcohol will raise your sugars quickly. Diabetics really shouldn't drink.
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