The “Not-Quite” Threshold

As much as I love having the technology we do these days, such as continuous glucose monitors that alert me when my blood sugar is out of range, it’s issues like this that make me question, why bother.

I present, the Not-Quite Threshold.

The Not-Quite threshold. Yes, 1 am to 4 am, I'm looking at you! #diabetes #dexcom #diabetesproblems

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I have my high alarm set for 180 mg/dl. It’s high enough that I don’t experience alarm fatigue, but low enough that I could stop a rising high before it gets out of control. Usually after a large meal or a low treatment.

I had a minor hypo at around midnight. I probably wouldn’t really treat a 70 mg/dl with a full box of juice, but I didn’t want to deal with waking up AGAIN to continue to treat a low. So I had most of a juice box, around 22 grams of carbs, and went back to sleep. Blood sugar shot up to about 175 mg/dl. And stayed there until I woke up in the morning at 5:30 am.

Just under my threshold to wake me up again and correct the overtreatment and wake up with a semi-decent blood sugar.

But according to my Dexcom, my sugars were still in range so there was no need to alarm, even though I really wanted it to do so.

I’ve since lowered my high threshold to 170 mg/ml; hopeful that I will be woken up by these minor highs more often and lowering my average. Because it’s the stuff like this that is kicking my A1c in the ass.

Also waking up hungry and not being able to eat is frustrating.

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One thought on “The “Not-Quite” Threshold

  1. rickphilips says:

    Oh I hate it when i roll over and miss a real alarm. Almost as a much I hate having a real one. ok, I hate real ones more. but not much more.

    I referred your blog to the TUDiabetes web page for the week of April 25, 2016.

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