Being Sick & Blood Sugar Levels?
How sick do you have to be to see an increase in your blood sugar readings. My AM fasting levels have been averaging 110 +/- 2 and today it was 130. I am not feeling bad, just have noticed a little bit of runny nose (which I immediately took a Zicam) and feel a little bit on the tired side. Probably coming down with a cold...no chills or fever yet. Do you think this is just normal fluctuations or could the start of a cold bring on higher readings? I do not take any meds for BS just managed through diet and exercise right now. I have been eating right, and have not overdone it on the carbs.
To show you how it affected me I actually had increased bs before I knew I had the cold. The day before I got the nose thing my bs were up about 30 points. That continued for two weeks and when my bs was lower I knew the cold was breaking and it did within 2 days.
Just so you know, in test subjects, 45% showed blood glucose level increase with Zicam.
Thanks. I did not know that.
The inflammatory response, which can be caused by a great many factors (including stress, high blood pressure, and any kind of infection) tends to reduce your sensitivity to insulin -- and that, of course, tends to raise your blood sugar. Often these problems are not conspicuous, but they can still have a conspicuous impact your blood sugar. For example, a lot of people with Type 2 are completely unaware of the impact that gum disease has on their blood sugar, but it's an important issue (and that's why no one with Type 2 can afford to do without regular dental care).
When you're coming down with a cold, there's a viral infection building up in you before you have any noticeable symptoms, and that can be enough to have an impact on your blood sugar. You don't have to be at death's door for this to happen.
Like everything else to do with Type 2 diabetes, this effect varies from person to person, and some of us are much more sensitive to it than others. Lately, having a cold doesn't affect my blood sugar as much as it used to, but that could always change!