I am taking "low-dose" dex, 40 mg once a week, Friday night before I go to bed. Nevertheless I already have a blood glucose monitor which I bought for another reason (not diabetes) and wanted to see what happens to my own blood sugar when I take dex. I decided to take a measurement about every half hour between waking and bedtime on three days: (1) Saturday, the day after taking dex, also called "buzz" day; (2) Sunday, "recovery" day; and (3) Wednesday, the fifth day, when effects from dex should be minimal.
The graph will be much easier to read if you click on it to enlarge it.
Here is a table with the actual numbers, exact times, and comments.
This experiment is only two thirds complete, but already somewhat instructive. I couldn't wait to post:
- About two years ago I ran a similar experiment for different reasons, and got an average reading of 104 mg/dL over parts of three days.
- Saturday's average reading was 144 mg/dL, much higher.
- None of my readings quite reached 200, which some say can be a signal of diabetes.
- Sunday's (today's) average is 101, even with big meals, much lower than Saturday.
- Glucose pretty much went up after eating carbohydrates, then down again, but with a few surprises:
- The highest Saturday spike, 193, was measured shortly after finishing a big oatmeal breakfast with fruit and juice.
- Later, a large serving of homemade chocolate fudge pudding, about 270 calories, seemed to raise glucose by only about 10 points. Are chocolate and milk able to slow absorption of sugars?
- Still later, a slice of gluten-free bread with honey seemed to raise glucose by about 20 points.
- All but one of Sunday's readings were lower than the lowest reading of Saturday.