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Lower fasting blood sugars are possible

Lower fasting blood sugar readings are possible. I know they are and not just fasting, but throughout the whole day. Let’s explore it further.

A New Dayblood sugar

This morning I woke with a 137 fasting blood sugar. For those who don’t understand blood sugar readings, “normal” is between 80 and 100. My doctor told me that as a diabetic if I can hit 130 for fasting blood sugar she would consider that a success.

I was elated by the 137 because the morning before it had been 299. I tested throughout the day and never went over 300. I was amazed and perplexed. Amazed because this is so much lower than I had been having. Perplexed because I had done nothing different except I had increased my insulin to 80 units over the course of 5 days. I had been taking 50 units nightly prior to that because I had been rationing myself because of the cost of the medication.

I guess that is a pretty steep increase, but my doctor wanted me to increase so I did. She was disappointed that I had to resort to rationing my medication because of the cost. I do have insurance for now and I was approved for different insulin called Lantus. I was taking Basaglar. I was told they are very similar so I guess we’ll see what happens.

Adding In Exercise

Today, at the diabetes weight loss class I take, we talked about exercise and adding that in.

I have a couple of thoughts in mind about what approach I will be using. Of course, walking is my favorite go-to, but with winter coming I need to use my backup plan for walking.

I love Leslie Sansone. She is a moderately-paced fitness instructor for most of her walk-at-home fitness DVDs. I have used them for several years now and always enjoy them even if her saying “walk walk walk walk walk walk walk” does drive me a little crazy!

This is the newest one of her’s that I am using and I love it. It isn’t new, but it is one that I hadn’t used before. They all seem to be along the same premise—walking to achieve fitness—and they do work if you stick to them. I think I have about 10 of her programs and I mix them up from time to time just so I don’t get bored!

Another of her DVDs that I found really effective for weight loss was this one:

I used it for a few months every night. I lost about 25 pounds and was in good enough shape that I was able to complete a full 90-day P90X program! If you are familiar with P90X you know this is a massively intense workout regimine that can kick your butt. I don’t think I could have done it without  having done the Leslie Sansone workouts that got me conditioned.

My plan for the 60 minutes per week that my new exercise program will entail will include the top Leslie Sansone workout. I will actually be doing more than 60 minutes per week, but as you will learn in the accompanying video, my class is suggesting a starting point of 60 minutes per week.

Today’s Video

Speaking of the video, here it is. I hope you enjoy it. If you have questions or comments, feel free to leave them below or on my YouTube channel.


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About the author

Karin Nauber is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 25 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has nine grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 13 years ago and has faced many challenges with the condition.  If you would like to contact her, please do so at karin@diabeteshealthnuts.com.

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