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Definition of "spike"?

Geez, I feel like a bit of an idjit galootSmiley Tongue

 

I see folks speaking about spikes, and I guess after all this time, I'm not sure exactly what that means... If my FBG when I wake up is 96, and I eat my breakfast and test at 60 minutes and 120 minutes, what amount of blood sugar rise is considered a "spike"?  I realize the Diabetes Associations say post-prandial should not rise above 180 (and wow, to me that would be a spike!)....  There are no dumb questions, right?Smiley Wink

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Re: Definition of "spike"?

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No Tony not stupid....

 

I have been guilty to using the term spike when I was really referring to a rise that was unexpected.  I prefer the term rise unless it is a sudden and rapid rise in BG...for me to put a number on it would be something along the lines of 100 to 150 in one hour..Then I just MIGHT scream spike.

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Re: Definition of "spike"?

For me, I use the term spike as any rise in BG. lol Smiley Happy

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Re: Definition of "spike"?


Ikitty wrote:

For me, I use the term spike as any rise in BG. lol Smiley Happy



Bad bad Kitty, a normal amount is a rise, a higher than normal amount is a spike.

 

 

 

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tonymuljat wrote:

Geez, I feel like a bit of an idjit galootSmiley Tongue

 

I see folks speaking about spikes, and I guess after all this time, I'm not sure exactly what that means... If my FBG when I wake up is 96, and I eat my breakfast and test at 60 minutes and 120 minutes, what amount of blood sugar rise is considered a "spike"?  I realize the Diabetes Associations say post-prandial should not rise above 180 (and wow, to me that would be a spike!)....  There are no dumb questions, right?Smiley Wink


We don't all agree on this. To me, a spike is any blood glucose level higher than I am comfortable with.

 

I am less interested in the delta, or rise, than I am in the level reached. In my opinion a jump to 11(200) is going to hurt me just as much whether I started at 5.5(100) or 8(144). Others disagree, so you'll have to decide for yourself.

 

Your goals and definition of a spike may change depending on your current situation. When I first started following Test, Test, Test I considered any test result over 8(144) as a spike and did what I could to minimise those. Eventually I was able to achieve that regularly so I changed my own goal to 7(126). I don't always succeed, but I do most of the time.

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lizzylou wrote:

Ikitty wrote:

For me, I use the term spike as any rise in BG. lol Smiley Happy



Bad bad Kitty, a normal amount is a rise, a higher than normal amount is a spike.

 

 

 

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Spike to me is the name of my beta fish Smiley Happy

 

 




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My personal goals determine when I spike.  My goals are never to go above 135, and never to rise more than 40pts from my last reading.

 

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Re: Definition of "spike"?


tonymuljat wrote:

Geez, I feel like a bit of an idjit galootSmiley Tongue

 

I see folks speaking about spikes, and I guess after all this time, I'm not sure exactly what that means... If my FBG when I wake up is 96, and I eat my breakfast and test at 60 minutes and 120 minutes, what amount of blood sugar rise is considered a "spike"?  I realize the Diabetes Associations say post-prandial should not rise above 180 (and wow, to me that would be a spike!)....  There are no dumb questions, right?Smiley Wink


To me, the term "spike" is when my blood glucose is at the highest after a meal before it starts going back down.

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Re: Definition of "spike"?

To me, the term "spike" is when my blood glucose is at the highest after a meal before it starts going back down.

 

The true term for that would be "peak".

 

 

Lizzy

 

 

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