High blood sugar

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I have had health issues for a while although no one seems to know why. I am a skinny, tired out 43 year old. 

I had blood tests a few months back that said blood sugar was good. 

Trying to resolve health issues I decided to give up sugar and carbs and pretty much went keto for a good couple of months. My blood sugar is now in the pre diabetes range? I am trying to add back a few carbs now as my adrenals are struggling!!

Have I done irreversible damage and why would such a clean diet cause it, what I have read it should have lowered levels not increased! 😧

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    You really need to go back to the doctor and ask them this question.

    Most of us on this forum are not medically trained.

    Would not want to be giving you wrong advice and information.

    Take care and keep in touch

    Sarah

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    Louise, the extreme keto diet is controversial, it may work for some and not others.

    I doubt you've done anything irreversible, just get back on a reasonable diet and go for a week or two, then do your tests again.

    There are lots of medical reasons for tiredness - including modern life just being exhausting!  I assume you had a regular medical examination and blood tests, thyroid looked OK, kidneys, etc.

    Do you have numbers on the blood sugar?  "Good" is relative.  If you're marginal, it might be that a little carb counting could help.

    When you starve your body of BG from diet your liver sees the problem and starts converting other things to sugar and yes, paradoxically your BG can go up.  Are you testing your fasting blood sugar, or pre-meals, or post-meals?

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      Hi 

      My cortisol is low and know why, blood tests are always borderline. 

      My blood sugar wa fine a couple of weeks ago  but this morning On waking was 6.8. I am eating a few carbs but not much. I have a horrid taste in my mouth too don’t know if that’s relevant! 

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      I have to say that when I do my blood sugars in the morning on waking, as long as it is below 7 I am happy, and the diabetes dept at the hospital have said this is what I need to aim for so I would not worry too much.
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      Thank you, good to know, just wish I knew why it had gone up so suddenly!! Low carb diet, slim and pretty active doesn’t make sense! 
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      Yes, I can understand that. First thing in the morning my blood sugar has always been between 5 and 7 and my insulin dosage has been based on this (I am Type 2 diabetes but insulin controlled) but the last two weeks for no obvious reason first thing in the morning it has not been below 9 so I am concerned. Nothing has changed in terms of diet, and I cannot  be active as I am a wheelchair user and suffer from a form of ME. So, yes I do understand your concerns and cannot even guess at an explanation!!
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    I am diabetic t2 patient. I prefer to manage my diet and exercise. Veganism reduces diabetes risk in overweight people. It can be helpful to manage the blood glucose level.
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    It occurs when a diabetic person eats too much food, and has too little insulin to regulate their blood sugar. Sometimes stress can cause diabetes.

    Being aware of the following symptoms and staying alert for their presence, whether you are a diabetic or a family member or friend.

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