Hi,
im staying at my grandmas house for a week and the past two days that ive been here my blood sugars havent been below 200. I've been counting my carbs and even doing about 10 extra carbs per meal in the pdm.. but there not going down.

they smoke heavily and im just wondering if that would be a reason why there so high?

thanks!

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I can't speak for anyone but myself, but if I was staying somewhere where they were smoking heavily and I wasn't used to that type of atmosphere, Yes, it would definitely stress me out a lot. Personally I don't smoke and I prefer not to be around people that do smoke very often. Could you ask them to smoke outside?

Mayumi
Well its not that im not used to it... ive been coming to there house for over 17 years now. but this time is the first time with my omnipod.
Hi, Aaron. The answer to your question is yes, second hand smoke DOES increase blood sugars. Specifically it is the Nicotine in the smoke that causes your body to release more glucose into the bloodstream.

I had a lot of trouble with this when working at a music venue for about five years. I always had to take extra insulin when I was working there, and the amounts that I would NORMALLY bolus were a lot less effective when there was smoke around; I would usually have to bolus about twice the amount to get my bloodsugars back down.

This is a situation where I would consider creating a basal profile specifically for those time you are visiting the grandparents. This is one of the great features about the Omnipod. :)

Hope that helps!
Sarah
I smoked for over 20 years and it never increased my blood sugar levels. My mother also smoked heavly all her life. I don't use an omnipod, but I just wanted to chime in on this one.

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