Fasting Blood Sugar Level 92

In her novel, Fasting, Feasting, Anita Desai eventually accomplishes what many writers attempt and then fail to achieve. She uses light touch, simple language, uncomplicated structure, but at the same time addresses some very big issues and makes a point.

Uma and Arun are children of Mamapapa, the apparently indivisible common identity that parents present. These parents, however, are not at all alike. Mama is protective, perhaps selfish, and not a little indolent. Papa is a parsimonious control freak who locks away the telephone because someone might use it. But they are at least together. Their relationship has survived, despite the long wait for a son, and their disappointment at his disability.

Uma and Arun also have a sister, Aruna. She is bright and pretty, but in her own way she is also disabled, because she is a woman. Aruns disability is visible, but Arunas exists because of the her societys preconceptions about women.

Uma is not pretty, nor is she academic. She wears thick glasses and has fits. And so in the middle class society the family inhabits, Uma can pursue only two possible roles. Either she can be married off, or she can become a labourer, a near slave for the family. The former, of course, is the same as the latter. Only the location is different. For Uma marriage doesnt happen. It does, but it fails before it starts, since the groom was already married and merely wanted to collect another dowry. The arranged marriages of both Umas sister and her cousin also fail. Initially well starred, both end tragically.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    why my fasting blood sugar level was 99 mg then i repeated the test after 5 min & it gave me 92 mg .?
    the glucose meter i used was new .

    • ANSWER:
      A 99 and a 92 are the same answer.
      You are looking for a range.7 points is nothing to worry about.

  2. QUESTION:
    Question as to blood sugar levels?
    I had a physical recently and my doctor told me that my blood sugar was 101 so I should keep an eye on it. I’ve been very good about what I eat for 1 month now and yesterday administered my own blood sugar test using the OneTouch Ultra 2 in what would be considered a “Random” testing and received a 92. I thought, “Great, what I’m doing is working.” The problem is that this morning after not eating for about 12 hours I did a “Fasting Blood Glucose” test and the result was 105, a retest showed it at 99. Is there any reason that the fasting test (12 hours no food) would be higher than the random test (4 hours no food)? Does the OneTouch just suck?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      IF you took the fasting test in the morning, the reason it may have been higher could be from the glucose that your liver is producing and introducing into your blood stream while you sleep.

      Your other test could’ve been during the day when you are active, using up the sugar.

      HOWEVER…there is a range of the test accuracy (as you saw in your 99 vs. 105 results).

      BTW – these are all perfectly normal results. I wonder why your doctor told you to keep an eye on your blood sugars.

  3. QUESTION:
    Are these blood sugar levels alright? (Gestational diabetes)?
    Do these levels seem alright? I thought they were a little low .. my doctor said that 2 out of 4 levels were high for my 3 hour GTT and that they weren’t even that “bad” .. but regardless I’ve been diagnosed with GD and I’ve been following the diet fine .. and I only started the diet yesterday .. but do these seem normal? The doctor wants me to stay under 90 for fasting and under 130 an hour after meals. (NOT two hours, one hour!)

    Day 1
    F-81
    B-103
    L-105
    D-91

    Day 2
    F-92 (2 over my ideal .. not that bad I don’t think!)
    B-120
    L-98
    D-111

    Just worried .. thanks! :)
    pegz64 — no they don’t, my doctor said under 130 an hour after the three big meals (breakfast, lunch, & dinner) .. i think i already said this?
    & why would I need 3-4 times the insulin when I’m not on any insulin in the first place .. ? My doctor’s office said it’s very rare for them to put anyone on insulin .. & I am not on it!

    • ANSWER:
      if you talk to my doc’s they would say that’s great. here are a few of mine to give another person almost in the same boat as you except type 1 diabetic. also they have me doing pre-meal and post meal one hour after. when there is 2 values that is pre and post

      F-78
      B-88
      L- 76/88
      D-35/116
      day 2
      F-88
      B-60
      L-62/55
      D-81/66 they are try to correct my lows but so far no luck .i haven’t got the preggo appetite yet so i have to correct on my own, also i’m on insulin. i would say you are doing just fine keep up the good work.

  4. QUESTION:
    Regarding rheumatoid arthritis and dehydration…..?
    Up until 4 months ago my mom would ride her bike daily, lift weights, walk on her treadmill, and do aerobics. Appx 2 hours of intense movement, 5 days a week.

    She did this for years. She has a resting heart rate of 44, a total cholesterol of 127, and a non fasting blood sugar level of 92. Translate all of the above into fantastic health for a 20 year old let alone someone 64.

    Now the woman who didn’t even know what a headache felt like can’t get dressed by herself without whimpering, or even hold a fork. She has been diagnosed with a severe form of rheumatiod arthritis. All her joints are so swollen she can hardly move.

    But the worst is the dehydration. She drinks about 90oz of water per day and it doesn’t stick. She is constantly thirsty, her eyes feel grainy, her skin is dry and flaky, all symptoms of severe dehydration. Does anyone know how to make the water stay in the bodyto be used? What foods to suggest? What web sites or mediactions to research? Please help
    Doctor says “here’s a prescription for Celebrex, try not to use it, the side effects are very dangerous. Best to use aspirin.” Aspirin is having no effect whatsoever. And Celebrex is very scary, she might as well put herself on the liver transplant list now…
    Oh, and she juices vegetables everyday, eats virtually vegetarian – not even by choice, red meat puts her in horrific pain the next day – (she swears if she gets over this she will never eat salmon again)

    • ANSWER:
      Has she been diagnosed?

      I was diagnosed with RA last year and had horrible knee, jaw and wrist problems. The blood in my veins felt like it was carbonated. Most of that is now gone. Apparently RA comes and goes in waves. It gets better and worse. I am a little worse this past week but I have been better since spring.

      I take 2 store brand Excedrin and 2 store brand ibuprofen every four hours all day till I go to bed.

      The Ibuprofen helps eliminate the swelling of the joints. ALL MY SWELLING HAS GONE.
      I still have some pain, but it is much more tolerable. I am NOT on any prescriptions as I have major side effects.
      My left knee was larger than my upper thigh when I started and the Dr prescribed a hinged knee brace for the bad knee and it got better immediately. All swelling and pain has been gone from it for a year. I haven’t worn it in at least 10 months. Once the knees cleared up the wrists were next.

      I do occasionally (as needed) wear a pair of elastic wrist gloves with wrist wraps from Walmart. The are similar to wheelchair gloves.
      Prior to those I wore full wrist supports most of the time . Strangely, gentle wrist rotation in the am when they are worst works. Keeping them over my head when they are really bad helps a lot. When the blood drains out of my hands the pain goes away. Go Figure…

      The amount of water she is drinking isn’t a lot at all. We drink about 100 oz every day. Your body needs plenty of hydration. Plenty of water helps flush out those poisons we aquire through illness and pesticides in our foods.

      Two other things I have done, whether they have helped or not I only know I am better.

      I stopped wheat and began taking cranberry concentrate (8 oz unsweetened in 1 gal. water)
      I drink 6 or 8 oz before all three meals daily and between the meals. It will make you “peep” like crazy. But you will lose swelling and bloat from your inflammation. Use a straw it goes down better. It is excellent for your kidneys and flushes the poisons out of your system. The cranberry concentrate comes from the health food store. The cranberry comes from and book called “The Fat Flush Plan””

      I sympathize with all my heart. I do hope maybe this will give you a little support and maybe something that will help you. I definately understand the “whimpering” I too whimper when it’s at its worst…

      Good luck and God Bless!!!

  5. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar from 71 to 134… need some advice?
    I have only recently realized that some symptoms I’ve been having may be related to my blood sugar values. Symptoms are light-headedness, increased heart rate, shakiness, anxiety, sugar cravings, and dizziness.

    I got a glucose meter and started taking some measurements. I was hoping that some of you on this site would be familiar with blood glucose levels.

    Fasting/morning: 71
    3 hours after breakfast (dizzy, shaky, high heart rate): 75
    1 hour later after eating bread and yogurt, symptoms relieved: 92

    1.5 hours after dinner: 134

    From what I have read, these numbers are within “normal” ranges, but I am wondering if it is normal to have such a range in a single day, like from 71 to 134? When should my blood sugar get back to the pre-meal level? 2 hours?

    I just had blood work done at the doctor a few months ago and they said it was all normal (glucose 72).

    Thoughts?
    Any advice. I am pretty stressed out about this. thanks
    thanks everyone!

    • ANSWER:
      Van Gogh, you are perfect. But only one suggestion . Check your glucose levels after you exercise or when you feel shaky. You may be experiencing HYPOGLYCEMIA.

      Good luck

      tin

  6. QUESTION:
    I have been told to see an endocrinologist, but i can’t get in for three months(we only have one)?
    I do not have high or low blood sugar levels. My Test this morning was 92 before I ate and later in the day after i had eaten over two hours it was 104. Fasting blood sugar was 92 from 12 hour fast blood test. I have not gained a pound in six months, I drink a lot of water all the time because I have adrenal gland problems so they say. I get tired real easy but not weak. i exercise 30 minutes a day and walk on treadmill 30 min. DO you think my nervousness feeling and tiredness is from hypoglycemia or can it be coming from my neck. I had surgery to fuse two vert. 1 1/2 years ago . Any ideas out there on how to get my health back?

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely see an endocrinologist and sorry to say, 3 months sounds about right (they are very busy people!). I’m not going to give medical advice…but if you’re wondering/toying with the idea/doubting if you have hypoglycemia, check your blood sugar!!!

  7. QUESTION:
    4 year old with ketosis?!?!?
    i’ve posted recently about my 4 yo son having some issues w/ blood sugar. he had a blood test that showed a slightly elevated blood sugar level of 159 about 2 hours after having a cup of oj. his urine test came back saying he was in ketosis and needs further testing. he had a fasting blood sugar check of 92 last week after the 159. the urine test took an extra week to come in b/c they were checking something w/ his amino acids. his ped is sending us to a specialist. he drinks a lot and sometimes urinates more often then normal also the day he had the blood work /urine test done his breath smelled weird sort of like nail polish remover and his urine will sometimes smell like sweet syrup. i have no idea what is going on and i’m nervous. type 1 diabetes does run in my family but i thought it was a fast and sudden diagnoses…could he be at the VERY early stages and his pancreas is still supplying insulin most of the time??? any thoughts wold be appreciated..i hate waiting to hear from the doctors!!

    • ANSWER:
      You have just described absolute textbook diabetes mellitus/Type 1 diabetes/Insulin dependent diabetes.

      1) Blood sugar – elevated, thats impaired glucose tolerance. Your son is producing low levels of insulin. Insulin basically removes glucose from the blood and transports it into body tissues. When there is low insulin, glucose remains in the blood, so resulting in high blood sugar.

      2) Excessive drinking and urinating – there is too much glucose in the blood, because your son has a low insulin level. This glucose is getting filtered to the urine by the kidneys, which doesn’t happen in healthy individuals. Water ‘follows’ glucose because of osmosis, resulting in excessive urination. He’s drinking a lot because he is losing a lot of water.

      3) Ketoacidosis – that smell on his breath is acetone, formed (along with other chemicals called ketone bodies which have different smells – one being sweet) when the body produces energy by means other than breaking down sugar, because it’s not getting enough sugar due to insulin not removing it from the blood. Nail varnish remover contains acetone, hence why your sons breath smells like it.

      You need to give your doctor a kick up the backside, it’s a wonder how he ever got his medical license.. he has failed to provide a primary diagnosis from your son having ketoacidosis, high blood sugar, high thirst and frequent urination, AND a family history of diabetes! It’s unimaginable that your doctor is waiting on lab results before starting insulin therapy.

      The ketoacidosis is definitely a concern, it raises the acidity of the blood and can affect other body systems.

      Get on to your doctor ASAP, if needs be, take your son to the hospital. He needs treatment right now, otherwise he will get worse. If you get the medication now, he will be absolutely fine.

      Best of luck, and let me know how you get on.

  8. QUESTION:
    confusion about blood levels, meters, and doctors?
    I went to the doc the other day and he had me fast before the visit to check my blood levels. He called me up later and told me to cut back on my sugars because my sugar level was 105 after fasting and it should be under 100… 1 month later, I go back ( I did NOT watch my sugar intake…) and my level was 117, so, I decided to watch my sugar levels.. I got a meter from my father (ascensia Contour) and here is where I get confused. I have read a lot and understand to take your test before you eat or after 2 hours after you eat.. I started walking too. But why is my levels always different, even if I retest from the same blood 2 seconds after reading… Like one reading is 99 and then 92, and which one is correct? Also, is it normal to cut down on food, start walking 2 miles a day, and then before bed see a 61 reading? Is is supposed to drop that much? ok, so here is my readings.. usually under 100, unless I eat and it is 130 or so… and I have never woke up in the morning and gotten a 117 since monitoring my levels and meals.

    • ANSWER:
      Your levels will fluctuate even if testing at a slightly different time.ie if you test then do a second test a minute later you are using slightly different blood this will explain the variation there. No test is 100% accurate You can see quite dramatic results in blood levels just by watching your diet and exercising more. I am not in the US so use a different measure for my levels so I am not sure what a reading of 61 is (you do not say how long after eating that is) If your morning readings are under 100 then it might be that in your case diet and exercise is all you need to control the problem at the moment so good luck and keep up the walking

  9. QUESTION:
    Is this normal blood sugar?
    I am woundering if this is normal. I am a non-diabetic but I am at increased risk for diabetes because of family. I am 24, female. I urinate frequently. Since 8am I have used the bathroom 6 times, it is now 9:30pm. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a lot, but I only drink about 20 oz of water a day even though I’m constantly thirsty. I know I should be drinking more………anyways. I bought a meter and started keeping a record of everything I eat(so far been checking for 3 full days). I check my BS when I get up, right before I eat…..and hour after I eat and then 2 hours after I eat. My fasting levels are between 92 and 100. After I eat(depending on what I have ate) it goes between 72 and 180 an hour later. Then 2 hours after eating it goes between 60 and 150. The highest reading I have had so far was 378. It went that high an hour after eating ice cream. Then an hour later it dropped to 81. I am curious, because obviously it has gone that high before because I didn’t feel any different. I only feel bad when it drops below 100. I am always thisty and extremely fatigued. Sorry for so much info, just want to be clear. Is it normal for a non-diabetics sugar to run so high?

    • ANSWER:
      Your blood sugar levels are going to fluctuate depending upon what you eat. Your body’s ability to deal with the blood sugar will depend on several things. If you listen to the medical people, they will tell you that blood sugar readings are the important thing and you need to control it. The problem is that diabetes runs in families because most people eat the same foods, not because of genetics like a lot of so called “scientists” tell you. 25% of ALL Americans are OBESE and 1 in 10 are pre-diabetic or have diabetes if you count the people that do not know they have it now. That is not genetic my friend! ! !

      Understanding fat is a primary key to regulating your blood sugar and then limiting the carbs you eat is the second thing. The fat tissue is what generates a hormone called Leptin that tells the body how to utilize insulin and glucagon. If you are eating enough good fats, the body believes it is not starving and lets the metabolism stay high. If you are eating LOW fat foods, your body thinks you are starving and it slows your metabolism down, creating the need for lots of exercise and will power to keep your weight down. A very dumb way to control weight, but the food industry promotes this heavily for obvious profit reasons. Fruits and vegetables are carbs, just like pasta and breads. If you want to stabilize your blood sugar, you can eat 6 meals a day for about 2 weeks, eating more carbs than you normally should. Once your blood sugar is stabilized, you can eat a diet high in fats, low in carbs, and moderate proteins. This will keep your blood sugar stable and allow your endocrine system to smooth out.

      There are many reasons for frequent urination and diabetes is only one of them. Digestion is the key to getting good nutrients into your body. Adequate supply of hydrochloric acid is a major factor. If you eat lots of carbs, that does not create good HCL production. The amount of water you need each day is as follows:

      The average person needs water at the following rate:

      Take your total body weight and divide by 2. That number is the amount of water in ounces that you need to drink each and everyday. Along with that, you should consume 1/4 teaspoon of “air dried sea salt” in conjunction with each quart of water you drink. This puts the electrolytes in your body that will give you proper hydration. The typical white table salt you buy in stores like the Morton Salt, for instance, is terrible for you and has loads of chemicals added. Avoid that junk. If you drink ANY diuretic drinks like, sodas, coffee, tea, alcohol, commercially prepared fruit drinks, energy drinks, etc., these all dehydrate you and you will need to add more water to the total to compensate for the water loss due to these diuretic drinks. Take the total ounces of the diuretic drinks and multiply by 1.5 and add that total to the original total to come up with the proper amount of water you need to drink each day.

      By the way, there is no reason a person should suffer from diabetes type 2. You can cure that in about 30 days. You will not hear this from medical people that make their living off selling drugs and telling you that once you have diabetes, you cannot be cured. That is ridiculous.

      Here is a MEDICAL DOCTOR that is also a natural doctor that has made a video of several people getting over diabetes in 30 days. Off all medications in 1 week. Watch the video and you decide:

      http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/simply-raw-reversing-diabetes-in-30-days/

      Here are some simple things you can do and if you follow these recommendations, your likelihood of successfully going off of drugs and having normal blood sugars is close to 100%, as treating type 2 diabetes is simply a matter of implementing some basic strategies to improve your insulin and leptin resistance:

      1. Exercise
      2. Eliminate Grains and Sugars
      3. Balance your protein, carb and fat ratios for your unique and specific genetic biochemistry.
      4. Monitor Your Fasting Insulin Level
      5. Optimize Your Vitamin D Level – optimizing your vitamin D levels can not only help improve type 2 diabetes if you have it, but can likely eliminate the risk of type 1 diabetes in your children if you are pregnant.

      EDIT: Just because the BIG MONEY pharma has not announced a DIABETES cure doesn’t mean there isn’t one. The number of people being “CURED” is rising and you will hear more about it. The same problem happened with TRANS FATS. It too Mary Enig, Ph.D. 15 years to convince Congress to make some changes.

      Watch the film I suggested and see with your own eyes the people that were CURED of diabetes. Don’t just take my word for it. Call up Dr. Cousins and ask him yourself. The poster: “Bux – Type 2 Diabetic (NIDDM)” and “Angela” are simply WRONG and being a diabetic suffering for years I’m sure they don’t want to admit there is a cure that is so simple. Watch the film, do your homework. It works.

      EDIT: Angela, I’m surprised at you. Getting emotional because you have suffered needlessly for 20 years is not a reason to say things that are not true. CNT is a Certified Nutritional Therapist, not some nurse thing. lol. What degrees do you have? Have you looked at the MEDICAL DOCTOR (M.D.) that CURED diabetes type 2 video I mentioned? You need too. You see, you don’t have to have a degree to watch that video and see how diabetes was CURED.

      Good luck to you

  10. QUESTION:
    Is Low Blood pressure of 45/120 very serious with very low cholestrol levels. HDL is 22. LDL 92.?
    My mother’s (75 years) recent test results were as under:
    Blood Sugar 163 (Fasting)
    Blood Pressure – 45/120.
    HDL – 22.
    LDL 90.
    Triglycerides – 63.
    Creatinine – 1.1 (ref 0.5 to 1.4).

    Her visit to doctor is on way. But I wanted to know – how serious is her condition.

    • ANSWER:
      This is very serious, blood pressure that low is not good. I am amazed they didn’t keep her in the hospital. Yes. make sure she is drinking fluids, orange juice is a good start. This woman needs to start eating.

  11. QUESTION:
    Why would my blood sugar be up?
    I had a physical today and got some of my blood work results. It said my fasting glucose was 115. This bothers me because 3 years ago it was normal like 92 and that one was random. I’ve always for the pass few years had normal glucose levels. What’s even strange about this is that I’ve been working out a lot (3-5 days for 1 hour) and have lost over 10lbs since three years ago. Not only that I changed my diet by lowering my carbs and eating a lot of fruits, vegetables and lean meat.

    How could changing my diet for the better and losing weight increase my blood sugar? I still have other test results waiting because I have hypertension so my doctor ordered a lot of tests to see why my blood pressure is high.
    Thats possible. My body just hasn’t had enough time to adjust. I might ask to have the test again to see if it goes down. That would suck if I live a healthful life and I still get sick.

    • ANSWER:
      you could of change your habbits to fast and by doing that even though you are changing to a healthier way of living your doing it to fast so it sends your body through a shock

  12. QUESTION:
    What is this? Temporary Diabetes?
    My Doctor asked me to check my Blood Sugar. First time readings were fasting 128 and PP 194. My doctor had not prescribed any medicine to control my sugar level.But, my blood pressure was high that time so doctor prescribed me for blood pressure but not for my sugar. Doctor asked me to go on diet and exercise. After ten days, again I went for sugar test now this time readings are fasting 92 and PP 118 (Blood pressure is also at normal range). Now my doctor said that you ,might be having temporary diabetes(sugar level rise – Stress Induced), but we cant say anything at this moment and need to monitor sugar level for some time then only we can conclude.

    Anybody please help, is it temporary???

    I am 32 years old.I have history.

    • ANSWER:
      iatrogenic and therefore ideopathic.!

  13. QUESTION:
    About prostate enlargement, erectile dysfunction & I am a diabetic also?
    My prostat is about 34 grams. I am taking one Tamsulocin tab. daily. PSA is 1.4. I am a diabetic. I take two tablets of Metformin one each afte lumch & dinner since last four months. before taking medicine my blood sugar level was Fasting = 138 PP =263 I got it checked up few days back again. Fasting was 96 & PP 123. I have been advised to continue with the same medicines)
    On 25th Feb I had my following medical check up in empty stomach
    ANTHROPOMETRIC MEASUREMENT
    Age=== 59 yrs
    Height = 171 cm
    weight = 77 kg
    B M I = 25.5
    A/C/I/O Gland — nil
    Pulse == 84
    BP = 120/84
    CHEST , LUNGS, HEART == Clear
    CNS == NORMAL
    ENT == NAD but full of Wax
    Dental == Requires scaling
    skin examination == small 2 mm dia whilte spot on left legs
    Bone mineral density == – 1.9 ( Osteoperic)
    Eye examination
    DV > 6/6 6/6
    NV +2.5 D
    DV == PLANO
    ECG==
    Heart rate=75 bpm
    Leads P(uV) Q(uV) R(uV) S(uV) T(uV)
    L1 74 0 519 -21 201
    L2 169 0 212 -84 222
    L3 95 -307 42 -10 63
    aVr -95 10 74 0 -201
    aV1 -21 0 477 -31 127
    aVf 127 -53 21 0 137
    V1 -84 0 21 -583 -95
    V2 31 -1017 -116 -116 360
    V3 74 – 10 106 – 1462 455
    V4 84 -10 530 -901 455
    V5 84 0 816 -392 254
    V6 84 0 572 -95 201

    Interval(ms) — PR = 160 QRS == 92
    QT = 312 QTc == 358
    ST = 80
    Axis (deg) P = 61 QRS = 3 T = 36
    Blood Test—-
    Hb = 14.0
    sugar Fasting = 96 ( earlier 3 months back it was 138)
    sugar PP= 123 ( earlier it was 263)
    Urea= 28
    serum creatinine= 0.9
    Uric Acid = 6.0
    HbA1C = 7.9 ( 3 months back it was 9.1)
    S G O T(A S T) = 22
    SGPT(A L T)= 26
    Tryglyceride = 190
    Cholesterol = 204
    H D L =42
    L D L = 124
    V L D L = 38
    MY FATHER WAS DIABETIC & HAD HYPERTENSION
    taking folowong medicines — 1) Metformine hydrochloride 500mg daily twice one each after meal
    2) Tamsulocine hydrochloride = 0.4 mg modified release capsules one
    cap daily after breakfast
    Can i take testosteron ?— Brand name = PROSTONIL
    How are above Resuls?
    Any more test required?
    Does enlargement of prostat has any relation with erectile dysfunction?

    • ANSWER:
      Your Investigation are more or less normal (ECG I can’t inerpret without its strip). BMI 25 means you are not abese. Your sugar is high but decreasing HbA1C means you brining it to normaly. PSA is normal, Lipid profile is suggestive of sedentry lifestyle. why you are taking tamsulocin? What all urinary symptoms you have? 34 grms is not a very big size.
      Your erectile dysfunction could be due to Diabetes (if you have a long history of DM), or due to prostate anlargement, or just psychogenic, it is just not possibe to make diagnosis only by investigations, without proper history and examination (tamsolcin usually is not a caus eof ED). Yeah one more thing: dont go for prostate surgery for erectile dysfunction, it only improves urinary symptoms.
      Testosterone injections are only prescribed when its value is low (you require Serum testosteone/ FSH and LH value)
      Best wishes
      Dr Tewari

  14. QUESTION:
    is b12 what fucked up my life?
    Hello,

    I have not been to the doctor for like 10 years since my family don’t really have the money.. Anyways I went to the doctor on December 28, Monday cause I thought me being 275lbs and not getting much working out I had diabetes so I went to get checked and well, I was fasting from 12am to 9:30am and my blood sugar was 92 and I had blood work done on my vitamin levels and my b12 was really low (I’m not gonna take the shots, cause I refuse to) and same for my Vitamin D but I only gotta take a pill once a week till it’s back to normal and then I have under active thyroids so doctor game me synthroid 25mcg or what ever you call it.

    But anyways, I just went to the Doctor like few weeks ago and got blood work done test results came back said I underactive thyroid, low b12 and low vitamin d

    And well, I’ve never really had a blood test done last I had was like when I was 4 because I drink something and made me sick so mom rushed to doctor office to get blood work.

    Now when I started school when I was like 5/7 I got sick like twice monthly missing school and so on and my mom/dad had a test done on me to see if I was alergic to anything came back it was dustmites..

    But I’m wondering did the low b12 ruin my life? they didn’t do blood work I checked so they don’t know if I had low b12 for life or what.

    I read online that b12 fucks up the immue system is this right?, if so does this mean I gotta take injections for rest of my life?

    • ANSWER:
      If you’re low on B12 it could be due to a malabsorption of the vitamin resulting in pernicious anemia, and yes, it can seriously **** up your life. If your doc says you need B12 injections, do it. If you DO have PA and you don’t treat it it can result in permanent nerve damage.

  15. QUESTION:
    Gestational diabetes, levels always normal?
    I have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I Failed 1 hr with 171 and 3 hr with my 2 hr and 3hr blood draw slightly higher. Now my question is for the past 3 weeks I have not had a blood level over 120 even if I ate 2 slices of pizza and an 8oz regular pepsi at a birthday party. Or another time I had 2 tacos supreme from taco bell or coco-puffs for breakfast. I have fallowed the diet that they gave me and then wanted to see what that bad stuff does to my sugar as a motivation at stay away from it. So please don’t lecture me. But even with that bad stuff my sugars are never above 120 and my fasting is never above 90. O wait once it was 92. How can I have gestational diabetes if my levels are always fine even with bad food?
    OOPS…. I ment 3 days not 3weeks. Today would make my 4th day and I have not had any bad stuff at all. I just wanted to see what they did to my levels. I will continue my diet but am just wondering why I am haveing normal levels with bad food if I really am a gestational diabetic
    It has never been over 120 2hrs after a meal which is what MY DOCTORS said is the normal level for 2 hrs. after a meal. 120 is not too high.

    • ANSWER:
      I had this same argument with my doctors here in Denmark. When I failed the test (they only give one test here), it was 0.01 mmol/L over the limit.

      I went through blood tests 3X a day for 3 weeks, including a complete food diary to show them that I really didn’t have a problem with my sugar levels no matter what I ate.

      They agreed I didn’t need to continue with the blood monitoring, but they left me classified as gestational diabetic.

  16. QUESTION:
    Am I diabetic or prediabetic?
    I’m going crazy with the blood glucose monitor today. I have anxiety issues BUT, diabetes runs heavily in my family so I have reason for concern.

    I did not do a fasting blood sugar today because I didn’t think to check my blood sugar until after food.

    Here’s how it went (yes I ate HORRIBLY today, this isn’t my normal food pattern. I eat pretty healthy and keep a food journal to count calories, carbs, fiber, protein, vitamins, etc. daily, but I ate junky today to see the results on my blood sugar).

    20 minutes after drinking 8 oz of orange juice in the morning (no food consumed prior to that), I was up at 124.

    1 hour later, with no food or beverage, I was still 123.

    3 hours with no food or beverage I did two tests, first said 92, second said 87.

    about 30 minutes after eating Cheeze-its, first test said 139, then second said 129 (that’s a pretty big gap for taking tests within 5 minutes of each other). I’ve never ever seen my blood sugar up at 139. When in my early to mid 20′s I’d check my blood sugar occasionally when at my mom’s house and the highest I ever saw it was 112. That being said, I only tested once a day every couple of months. (I’m in my late 20′s now)

    About 1 hour after eating the crackers I ate dinner. I waited two hours after dinner (okay 1 hour and 50 minutes, I couldn’t wait lol). My blood sugar read 117. Then I checked again and it said 105. So I checked a third time 5 minutes later and it was smack in the middle at 105.
    Maybe I didn’t eat enough of a portion so if I ate more my blood sugar would be insane. Then again that could be me being neurotic.

    So all in all, my levels consecutively today were 124, 123, 92, 87, 139, 129, 117, 105, 111.

    Is this a normal range of fluctuation? Even though I ate junky food, I did not eat much today at all, so I’m thinking that if I ate more throughout the day, my blood sugar would be drastically higher than these results? Is that true? I mean, I wouldn’t think that some Cheeze-Its would jack my blood sugar up to between 129 and 139!!!!

    I am a HIGH stress person (in case you can’t tell) and I’m constantly warned that stress is just as bad as nutrition when raising blood sugar, so that only stresses me out more. lol.

    • ANSWER:
      My wife is diabetic. 1 shot in the morning one before bed and a quick shot before each meal.
      I know a little and the tests that you have listed actually look perfectly normal.
      I think you are stressing over nothing.
      And yes Cheeze-its will raise it that much.
      After any meal, diabetic or not, your sugar jumps up.
      That’s why people that do have to keep tabs on their sugar never check there blood within 2 hours of eating. It will always show inflated.

  17. QUESTION:
    Would I be put on insulin for this?
    I have gestational diabetes, and have been measuring my blood sugar & been on a diet for a week now. My levels weren’t that bad for the three hour glucose test, in fact, some doctors wouldn’t even have diagnosed me, they would have said I was borderline .. but the guidelines were different at my doctor’s .. anyway .. I’ve been wondering .. I had three times where my levels weren’t what they wanted them to be .. for fasting they want under 90 .. well on the 14th my fasting was 92 .. an hour after meals they want under 130 and on the 15th after dinner mine was 130 exactly, and on the 18th it was 133 after breakfast. I know it was because of what I ate, I’m still in my “testing” phase to see what I can or cannot eat .. but would they put me on insulin for this? I mean .. all my other levels are great .. between 60-110 or so .. so they wouldn’t put me on meds would they? Thanks!
    * My doctor’s office said it is rare (for her patients, at least) to be put on insulin as most manage it with diet .. which I seem to be doing ..

    • ANSWER:
      Your numbers look good. Wait for the testing to be over. Your sugar level is going to change depending what you eat. Carbs turn to sugar. I have type 2 and at times I eat what I know will spike my sugar level. Take both pills and insulin. If your young do what you need to do to live a healthy and long life me I’m 64 have congestive heart failure, diabetes, etc. I may have ten years left but I’m at peace with it. Once you get into the routine it becomes automatic.. I don’t think you are ready for meds just keep a eye on your sugar levels and eat right. Good luck.

  18. QUESTION:
    Can i ask my Dr. to induce me early?
    I am currently starting my 35 weeks pregnant:

    During my Glucose test, i was tested twice, because according to them one of the blood tubes came out with high sugar levels, and the rest came back negative, and the same answer to the second glucose test. So they told me that i didn’t had diabetes.

    A few weeks later they told me that i was in risk of developing Hypertension, but they didn’t really explained nothing to me, they just said it was a 50/50.

    Currently, i had another blood test done and they told me that i had Anemia. So they prescribe me some medications.

    ***After my 20weeks of pregnancy, i started measuring almost 8weeks ahead, until now, i only measure 4weeks ahead, So now they are sending me to the hospital ever week to get checked.
    **On my ultrasounds, they show that the baby is in the large section, and my amniotic is according my my weeks but on the high section as well.
    *When i went to the hospital i was confused about what was going on, and they asked me if i knew why was i there, so i told them no. They just told me that pregnant women who go there is because they are considered to be at high risk. :-

    I get a pounding on my head, and sometimes i see a dark spot on my right eye, and i believe is due to HBP(high blood pressure),i told my Dr. about my symptoms but they told me that is normal, during pregnancy.

    At this point, i am about done with my pregnancy, not only because i want to have my little girl with me, but also because i get tired very fast. I cant even walk for 7minutes without running out of breath, and having my hearth raise really high. So i cant really walk on my own to induce my own labor, and i have only dilated about a 1cm. So what can i do?

    My questions are:
    If i am at high risk would the Dr.s be able to induce me earlier than my due date?
    If i have diabetes, anemia, and hypertension, wouldn’t it be better if i get induced early?
    If any of the following are yes, can my Dr. do it, or do i have to go to a better provider that can help me?
    PS:
    I don’t want this pregnancy to end up in a C- section.

    • ANSWER:
      If you’re considered a high risk pregnancy, they may induce you earlier, but they tend to try and make you go full term. You don’t sound like you are high risk, just unfortunately experiencing the bad parts of pregnancy.
      Aneamia is not affecting your baby, but you, so going on iron tablets should pretty much solve that problem.
      You’re slightly raised blood pressure and the spots on your eyes are normal and in fact the spots aren’t necessarily caused by bp, but by hormones (I had the same thing).
      I’m sorry to tell you that you could ask to be induced, but it’s very unlikely they will. Maybe at 38 weeks they’ll do a membrane sweep or something, but I doubt they’ll do any more. Just hang in there, it’s only a little while longer, and you’ll have bubs in your arms.
      God bless

  19. QUESTION:
    Question as to blood sugar levels?
    I had a physical recently and my doctor told me that my blood sugar was 101 so I should keep an eye on it. I’ve been very good about what I eat for 1 month now and yesterday administered my own blood sugar test using the OneTouch Ultra 2 in what would be considered a “Random” testing and received a 92. I thought, “Great, what I’m doing is working.” The problem is that this morning after not eating for about 12 hours I did a “Fasting Blood Glucose” test and the result was 105, a retest showed it at 99. Is there any reason that the fasting test (12 hours no food) would be higher than the random test (4 hours no food)? Does the OneTouch just suck?

    Any help would be appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      What Are Normal Blood Glucose And Blood Sugar Levels

      There are various methods to determine blood glucose level. Some tests give you accurate diagnosis of diabetes or pre-diabetes, while others will tell you how well you are managing your diabetes.

      Fasting Blood Sugar Test:
      Measures the blood sugar level after 8 hours fast or overnight. Normal fasting blood glucose level is less than 100mg/dl. If your fasting blood glucose level is from 100mg/dl to 125mg/dl then you will have impaired blood glucose level also known as Pre-Diabetes. If your blood glucose level is above 125mg/dl then your doctor will diagnose as a patient of diabetes. To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may repeat the fasting blood glucose test on any other day. If you have blood glucose level of 126mg/dl or higher in two consecutive tests, then you may have diabetes. If you have blood glucose level greater than 200mg/dl and you have symptoms of diabetes like increased thirst or hunger, frequent urination, weight loss, blurred vision etc, then you may be diagnosed with diabetes mellitus without confirming it with second test.

      Random Blood Glucose Test:
      Random blood Glucose test gives your blood sugar at any time in a day. Normal random blood sugar level should be less than 200mg/dl. If your random blood glucose level is between 140mg/dl to 200mg/dl then you will have pre-diabetes.

      Oral glucose tolerance test
      This test measures your response to sugar. First we measure fasting blood glucose level, and then glucose solution is given, after that we measure blood glucose after 1 hour and 2hours. A normal blood glucose level after an oral glucose tolerance test is less than 140 mg/dL. Level between 140 mg/dL to 199 mg/dL suggests pre-diabetes. A blood glucose level of 200 mg/dL or higher two hours after you drink the glucose solution may suggest that you have diabetes mellitus.

      Glycated hemoglobin (A1C) test
      This test is not for diagnosing diabetes, but it shows you how well you have controlled your sugar in last 2 or 3 months. Normal value is less than 7%, however if it is more than 7 then you and your doctor should think of changing your treatment of diabetes.

      Always Remember, your blood glucose measurement alone is not enough to differentiate between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Your doctor may do some other tests to find out which type of diabetes you have.
      Try again after 8 hours and see the results. Also you say you have been good about eating, does that mean that you have been on a low Glycemic diet? This is the one you should be on for life . The best on the web has 2,480 food listed . The ones with a low load are the Ideal ones. Heres the site:http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      I am leaning that you may be pre-diabetic. But with this diet , and it is not a restricting diet, you will stave off diabetes for a long time or maybe forever. Combines with weight loss and you will be in the clear!

  20. QUESTION:
    Are these blood sugar levels alright? (Gestational diabetes)?

    Do these levels seem alright? I thought they were a little low .. my doctor said that 2 out of 4 levels were high for my 3 hour GTT and that they weren’t even that “bad” .. but regardless I’ve been diagnosed with GD and I’ve been following the diet fine .. and I only started the diet yesterday .. but do these seem normal? The doctor wants me to stay under 90 for fasting and under 130 an hour after meals. (NOT two hours, one hour!)

    Day 1
    F-81
    B-103
    L-105
    D-91

    Day 2
    F-92 (2 over my ideal .. not that bad I don’t think!)
    B-120
    L-98
    D-111

    Just worried .. thanks! :)

    • ANSWER:
      nope, those numbers are good. My testing was also 1 hour after meals. My numbers got really high even with the diet, my highest was 180. I was put on glyburide and my levels still never did go under 110. I don’t have regular diabetes now or anything, guess it was just how my body reacted to the GD. I know an AWESOME website that helped me with the diet a little – http://chinese-school.netfirms.com/diabetes-gestational-diet-plan.html

      it wasn’t exactly what my dietitian suggested, but it still helped a lot.


Fasting Blood Sugar Level Normal

Your blood sugar is regulated by your body but it cannot do the job without some help from you. The types of foods you eat play a big part in the level of your blood sugar. Some foods help to lower the levels. Others enter the bloodstream faster, thus raising sugar levels. The pancreas produces insulin and high-gylcemic foods make it have to work harder to produce the insulin your body needs.

Choose your meals based on the Glycemic Foods Index. Glycemic Index is a ranking of foods according to how fast the food can raise your blood sugar. Therefore, the lower the Glycemic index means a smaller rise in blood sugar and can help control blood glucose levels.

Hyperglycemia, high blood sugar levels can, over time, damage the blood vessels that supply blood to our vital organs. This, in turn, increases the risk of heart and kidney disease, as well as leading to vision problems and problems with your nervous system. Researchers have linked high blood sugar levels with cancer in women. Hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, can cause us to feel tired, depressed and lead to food eating disorders.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to bring fasting blood sugar level to normal?
    I got my fasting blood glucose tested and the reading was 113.Am I diebetic? If yes, what precautions should I take to bring down the fasting blood glucose level? I am 45 years of age, height 178 cms weight 70 kgs.Please also suggest if there is any substitute for sugar.I have heard about brands like “Sugar Free” and “Equal” but I am not sure whether it is advisable to go for the artificial sweetners. As of now I have stopped taking direct sugar in any form.What is the recommended diet?

    • ANSWER:
      Your fasting blood glucose is fine (normal is 90-120 mg/dl)…It does not seem like you are overweight (your BMI is about 22, which is within the normal range).I don’t know how many times you’ve had your blood sugar checked, but in order to diagnose diabetes, they have to do an oral glucose tolerance test at least twice and obtain the measurements on two separate occasions or obtain the readings at least 3 times…If you are really worried, you should probably talk to your physician-you may have other medical conditions which I am not aware of that may change the whole picture, but as of right now, YOU ARE NOT DIABETIC

  2. QUESTION:
    the blood glucose tolerance test results were normal but fasting sugar level reads 6 and6.7.why?
    glucose tolerance test results showed normal reading of 4.8. but since after that my fasting blood sugar reading before breakfast shows between 6 and 6.7 can you tell me what this means.

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    is 110 a normal pre fasting blood sugar level?
    What is the normal range?

    • ANSWER:
      Assuming the blood glucose (sugar) level was tested correctly, i.e. with freshly washed and dried hands, and the level is reproducible, this MAY indicate that you are what some doctors may say is pre-diabetic. Pre-diabetes is the pre-cursor to the development of full blown type 2 diabetes.

      The normal ranges are, for a non-diabetic, fasting (after not eating overnight), should fall in the range between 70 and 99 mg/dL.

      Pre-diabetes would have a fasting blood glucose level of between 100 and 125 mg/dL. (This would need to be reproducible. i.e. that you got the result on several occasions.)

      Diabetes MAY be diagnosed if your fasting blood glucose level, on two or more occasions, was more than 126 mg/dL. Do be aware, however, that ONLY a practising medical doctor is legally entitled to diagnose diabetes mellitus.

      Two hours post-prandial (after eating) a non-diabetic’s blood glucose level would not normally rise above 140 mg/dL. I say normally as there are occasions when blood glucose levels may rise above this number, such as if you have an underlying infection, you are going through a period of extreme stress, or you are taking certain medications which are known to cause a raise in blood glucose levels. (The most common types of medication here are steroid type medications which may be given for treatment of asthma, or for certain other infections.)

  4. QUESTION:
    how can I lower my fasting blood sugar level?
    My blood sugar level 2 hours after eating is within the normal range but my fasting blood sugar level is high – anywhere from 105 to 115. Is there something I can do to lower this?

    • ANSWER:
      This is suggestive of diabetes. Have you been diagnosed as a diabetic? If not you may wish to see your physician for additional testing such as a glycated hemoglobin A1C. If you have been diagnosed what is your present treatment regimen? Sometimes people start with diet, exercise, and weight loss depending upon your present circumstance. If you wish to know how to lower your fasting glucose I would need additional information as noted above. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless.

  5. QUESTION:
    25 year old male, how long does it take to bring a 100 fasting blood sugar level back to normal?

    • ANSWER:
      100 is normal.

  6. QUESTION:
    what are the normal blood sugar (glucose) levels fasting and non fasting?
    i was wondering what are the normals fasting and non fasting blood sugar levels when you are not diabetic.
    should it be 5 and under before eating and say 7 and under after eating for example!

    • ANSWER:
      Normal fasting glucose levels are between 80-90 mg/dL. 90-100 mg/dL is considered pre-diabetic and above 100 mg/dL is diabetic.

      Nonfasting levels should not exceed 200 mg/dL. The readings will vary with the amount/type of food you eat and how long ago you ate.

  7. QUESTION:
    can any one tell me if my blood sugar level while pregnent is high or normal?
    I am 4 months pregnant now. And I had a blood sugar test 2 weeks back and it showed fasting blood sugar level 6.0 mmol. Doctor advised me to have strict diet and I was dieting these 2 weeks and today I had a test again… My FBS was 5.4 mmol and 6.2 mmol 2 hrs after breakfast. Can anyone tell me… if it is high or normal?

    • ANSWER:
      We in the US use mg/dL for our scale vs the mmol.

      But a 6.0 is around 108 mg/DL which is slightly elevated for a fasting. Not “high” but something that the doctor needed to worry about since pregnancy can cause “gestational diabetes”

      After the diet, that 5.4 is in the 90′s (our scale) which more in line with “under control” glucose levels. The 6.2 after eating is likewise close to normal.

      Glucose levels that are considered “under control” or “normal” are between 80 and 100 fasting morning sugar (say 4.5 – 5.5 mmol) and a post meal should be between 100 and 125 mg/dL (roughly 5.5 – 7.0)

      Ask your doctor some questions next time you see him. He’ll be better able to tell you what’s a concern and what’s not. However if the diet is keeping you closer to normal, consider yourself lucky and be careful on future pregnancies. IT can get worse with subsequent pregnancies. It might not.

      It’s a crap shoot when your body gears up to support a new life.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is 71 a normal fasting blood sugar level? Please answer.I’m paranoid.?
    I have checked it in the mornings before and typically it was 80-81. This morning I checked it and it was 71. I hadn’t ate in 11 or 12 hours. And I also ran on the treadmill for about 20 minutes about and hour and half or so before bed. Is 71 normal or should I be a little worried? I’m naturally a worried person, so I’m a little paranoid about it. Any answers and advice would be greatly appereciated. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    whar is the normal fasting blood sugar level?
    mine is 99. am i diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      Normal
      A blood glucose test measures the amount of a type of sugar, called glucose, in your blood.

      Results are usually available within 1 to 2 hours.

      Blood glucose Fasting blood glucose:
      70–99 milligrams per deciliter or less than 5.5 mmol/L

      2 hours after eating (postprandial):
      70–145 mg/dL (less than 7.9 mmol/L)

      Random (casual):
      70–125 mg/dL (less than 7.0 mmol/L)

      Normal results may vary from lab to lab. Many conditions can change your blood glucose levels. Your health professional will discuss any significant abnormal results with you in relation to your symptoms and medical history.

      High values
      The American Diabetes Association (ADA) criteria for diagnosing diabetes are met when any of the following results have been repeated on at least two different days:
      A fasting blood glucose level is 126 mg/dL (7.0 mmol/L) or higher.
      A 2-hour oral glucose tolerance test result is 200 mg/dL (11.1 mmol/L) or higher. For more information, see the medical test Oral Glucose Tolerance Test.
      Symptoms of diabetes are present and a random blood glucose test is 200 mg/dL (11.1 mmol/L) or higher. Symptoms of diabetes include increased thirst and frequent urination (especially at night), unexplained increase in appetite, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, erection problems, blurred vision, and tingling or numbness in the hands or feet.
      If your fasting blood glucose level is between 100 mg/dL (5.5 mmol/L) and 126 mg/dL (7.0 mmol/L), you are considered to have prediabetes (impaired fasting glucose), and you have an increased chance of getting diabetes.
      Other conditions that can cause high blood glucose levels include severe stress, heart attack, stroke, Cushing’s syndrome, medications such as corticosteroids, cancers, or excess production of growth hormone (acromegaly).
      Low values
      A fasting glucose level below 40 mg/dL (2.2 mmol/L) in women or below 50 mg/dL (2.8 mmol/L) in men that is accompanied by symptoms of hypoglycemia may mean you have an insulinoma, a tumor that produces abnormally high amounts of insulin.

      Low glucose levels also may be caused by:

      Addison’s disease.
      Decreased thyroid hormone levels (hypothyroidism).
      A tumor in the pituitary gland.
      Liver disease, such as cirrhosis.
      Kidney failure.
      Malnutrition or an eating disorder, such as anorexia.
      Medications used to treat diabetes.
      What Affects the Test

      Reasons you may not be able to have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:

      Eating or drinking less than 8 hours before a fasting blood test or less than 2 hours before a 2-hour postprandial test.
      Drinking alcohol.
      Illness or emotional stress, smoking, and caffeine.
      Taking a medication, such as birth control pills, medications used to treat high blood pressure, phenytoin (Dilantin), furosemide (Lasix), triamterene (Dyrenium, Dyazide), hydrochlorothiazide (Esidrix, Hydro Par, Oretic), niacin, propranolol (Inderal), or corticosteroids (prednisone) can cause changes in your test results. Make sure that your doctor knows about any medicines you take and how often you take them.

      What To Think About

      Other tests are needed to accurately diagnose diabetes. A blood glucose test may not identify some people with prediabetes or early diabetes. Many experts recommend using a glucose tolerance test if the result of a fasting blood glucose test is between 100 mg/dL (5.5 mmol/L) and 126 mg/dL (7.0 mmol/L). This range is above the normal range but below the range that indicates diabetes. For more information, see the medical test Oral Glucose Tolerance Test.
      Glucose levels in urine also can be measured. Many people with diabetes have glucose in their urine. However, the level in the blood must be very high before glucose can be detected in the urine. For this reason, tests for glucose in urine are not used to diagnose or monitor diabetes. For more information, see the medical test Urine Test.
      If you have diabetes, you will be able to measure your blood glucose levels at home. For more information, see the medical test Home Blood Glucose Test.
      A glycohemoglobin test can help monitor the long-term control of blood glucose levels in people with diabetes. This test is the preferred method of monitoring long-term control of blood sugar levels. For more information, see the medical test Glycohemoglobin (GHb).
      An oral glucose tolerance test may be done with a blood glucose test to confirm a diagnosis of diabetes. An oral glucose tolerance test is most commonly done to screen pregnant women for gestational diabetes. For more information, see the medical test Oral Glucose Tolerance Test.

      I am a Diabetic type 2 and I hope I have helped you.

      Greg120750

  10. QUESTION:
    what is the fasting blood sugar level for a healthy person?
    If it is 110 for 36 age male is it high, normal or going to be high?

    • ANSWER:
      As long as it’s (as the other answerer said) between 70 and 110, you’re fine. You should check it regularly to get a good idea though. If it consistently runs, say 110 to 120, you need to pay attention. Over that, and your diabetic. Between 110 and 120 is considered by many to be “pre-diabetic” or borderline diabetic. This is the warning zone that I didn’t heed before becoming diabetic. If I had ample warning by my doctor, I most likely, could have nipped it in the bud with diet and exercise. Today, after much research, I know better. Beware, there are some nurses here who think 120 is okay. Consistent readings of 120, or more, should be considered a bright red flag and intervention is indicated. Consistent readings in the 110 to 120 range should be an indicator that diet, exercise, and weight management ought to be employed immediately. Take it from someone who didn’t heed the warnings. Who knew?

  11. QUESTION:
    Can a pre-diabetic person go back to a normal blood sugar level?
    I am pre diabetic because usually my fasting blood sugar ranges from 90-115.

    I am thin and tall.21 yrs old, female. My mom has diabetes, so my chances of getting diabetes is high.

    If I keep doing exercises and not eat heaps of sweets, will I be able to have a normal blood sugar level without being pre diabetic again?

    Is there a risk for a pre diabetic person to develop diabetes when pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      Focus your attention on a low glycemic index diet. Google for it. Healthiest way to eat there is, and essential for diabetics.

      Since you’re already thin and exercise, not much else you can do there. If you’re gonna get diabetes, well, you’re just gonna get it.

      Check your blood sugar maybe once a month, fasting, and 2 hours after eating a meal with some sugar in it. Should be <90 and <140. Higher than that, see your doctor. Pregnancy often causes blood sugar problems.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is a normal Blood Sugar Level after fasting for 24 hours?
    like a range or something?

    • ANSWER:
      It used to be 80-120, but now my Endocrinologist says 80-100..

  13. QUESTION:
    NORMAL FASTING BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL RANGE?

    • ANSWER:
      You will get many different answers but we want to caatch diabetes early , don’t we!!!!

      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

      83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less.

      Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.

      Though most doctors will tell you any fasting blood sugar under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) is “normal”, there are several studies that suggest that testing with a fasting blood sugar in the mid 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/L) range often predicts diabetes that is diagnosed a decade later.

      Take care

      Buff

  14. QUESTION:
    122 Fasting blood sugar level?
    Is this fasting level cause for alarm? Last year when I had my blood checked, it was 105, so he pricked my finger in the office and the reading was normal. Not sure if I should be worried or not.
    I also take 50 mg. Atenolol daily for High blood pressure, and PVCs, which I have only developed in the last year. I understand through research that beta blockers may raise blood glucose levels. Any safe alternatives? I really appreciate any and all responses.

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    I am 53 with fasting blood sugar level usually within 110. After a week long cold it is now 141. Am I Diabetic?
    Two months ago it was 110. Three weeks ago during a cold attack it was 129 and last week it was 122 when I were normal. Again cough and phlegm started and today it again shows 141. Earlier I used to take rice thrice a week but since last month it is on daily.

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely, you are not diabetic. When you are sick, your blood sugar can vary widely as your body fights the disease.

      Just to be save, continue to monitor your blood sugar after you are well just to make sure it returns to normal levels (80-120, ideally below 100). If it does not, I would consider going to a doctor for further testing.

      If it continues, before going on medications like metformin, I would try lifestyle adjustment first. There are a number of things you can do to lower your blood sugar naturally.

  16. QUESTION:
    Does eating sweet dish at night could increase our next day fasting blood sugar level?
    Its showing 108 at lab test…is it normal?

    • ANSWER:
      normal fasting blood sugar ranges between 90-120. Ur FBS is quite normal. It is relevant to know some more details on diabetes and its permanent prevention.

      First of all everyone should know the real symptoms of diabetes.

      Real Symptoms of Diabetes:
      . Sudden loss of weight,Severe pain in calf muscles [below knee joints], reeling sensation after heavy lunch/dinner, unhealed wounds/injuries/gum infections, excessive thirst/hunger, excessive urination, blurred vision, frequent burning sensation/numbness in hands/legs and above all tensions add to the chief symptoms of diabetes.but, don’t worry. see a doctor at once.
      DIET:
      India is the diabetic country of the world. Andhra Pradesh is the diabetic State of India. Hyderabad is the diabetic Capital of A.P. Hyderabad city with 40% population affected by diabetes. The No. of unknown cases of Diabetes are far more than the no. of the known. More over, north Indians consume more sweets than the South and diabetes is not this much high thereat.
      WHY?
      Because, if they take 100 gms., of Jalebi/Peda/Khalakhand, etc.,, as breakfast, they never take anything until lunch after a gap of 4 – 6 hours. But, South Indians apprehend/fear [of diabetes?] to take that much of sweets at a stretch.
      When U take polished and delicious rice; it gets converted into glucose just within 90 minutes and the blood sugar levels increase suddenly.
      More over, a South Indian meals–lunch/dinner/breakfast contains huge quantum of rice along with — pickles, nan, chapathi, 5-curries, sambar/rasam, curds, noodles, idli, dosa, wada, masala dosai, pesarattu, + fruit, sweet and iceream, etc., For a white collared job holder or an IT engineer working with his/her computers, requires just 500 calories or at the most 1000 calories ; whearas South Indians–more so the people of Andhra Pradesh/Hyderabad];he/she will take all the above items of at least most of them with calorific value of 3000.
      Pancreas and adrenaline glands work very hard to convert this excess of glucose into fat. Then the excess glucose floating in the blood stream has to excrete excess of glucose through urine–that is diabetes.
      PREVENTION OF DIABETES:
      1. The rice lovers should develop aversion to rice, McDonald’s pizzas, burgers, KFC fried chicken, Egg-yoke,which are rich in calories. A single chocolate can give U 1000 calories, which our kids chew it just like that + normal foodstuff.
      2. Develop love for chapathi without oil–Phulkas. A single Phulka gives U about 50 calories of energy; add 1 tsp of cooking oil, it doubles to 100 cal., and add one tsp of dalda–energy 150 cal.,calories, and one tsp of pure ghee, 200 calories. Prudent to eat 4 phulkas than 1 chapathi fried out of with ghee.
      3. Instant diagnosis of Diabetes with the aid of acupressure techniques. Due to lack of provision to publish the Acupressure Maps, I shall try to explain with the best of my communication skills.
      Acupressure Techniques—NO MEDICATION. NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. NO COSTS. IT IS SAFE ALSO.
      With ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune sytem gets invigorated to produce antibodies.
      a. Chewing Ur foodstuff for 25 times in Ur mouth is a MUST to prevent diabetes permanently.
      b. Relevant Acupressure points to diagnose diabetes instantaneously.
      Point No.25 — Pancreas — acu point located just below @ the junction — the base of little finger and ring finger in both of the palms.
      Point No. 27 — Adrenal gland – acu point, located below @ the junction — the base of index finger and middle finger in both of the palms..
      Point No.16 — master point for lymph located @ middle of the wrist on both palms.
      If U press these points hard with Ur thumb[s]; they shall be tender.
      it is a good question deserving full marks.
      If U r satisfied with results, Please inform others to join Yahoo Answers for their health problems.

  17. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar levels. I have a fasting sugar level of 7.1?
    I have a non fasting level of around 9.5. Is it possible for a person to have a higher that normal blood sugar level without ever becoming a diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      Ideal sugar level is no lower than 3 and no higher than 10 (Canadian criteria). Our sugar levels fluctuate at various times of the day…….under various levels of stress, and after we’ve eaten normal food, and after we’ve consumed various levels of sugar…….both natural sugar sources such as in vegetables and fruit and unatural sources such as candies, desserts etc. If diabetes runs in your family genes you need to watch for symptoms of developing it……..some symptoms include lethargy, frequent urinating, fits of sweating excessively. Your doctor should run frequent lab tests on your blood to see if you have developed it if it is in your family history. You can still develop it without it being in your family history, so if you have a concern about your blood sugar level, you need to contact your doctor for an examination. Diabetes should not be ignored or taken lightly, as this could lead to amputations, organ failure, kidney failure, stroke, heart attack, blindness, neurological disorders to name a few……….the list goes on. Nobody dies from diabetes itself, they die due to complications of it, and very often a slow and painful death results. Diabetes is now at epidemic numbers in population because of our fast food society and hours spent in front of computers instead of being physically active. You are a smart person to take the initiative to be aware of your blood counts. Good for you!

  18. QUESTION:
    what is normal blood sugar level fasting?

    • ANSWER:
      Fasting Blood Sugar Test:
      Measures the blood sugar level after 8 hours fast or overnight. Normal fasting blood glucose level is less than 100mg/dl. If your fasting blood glucose level is from 100mg/dl to 125mg/dl then you will have impaired blood glucose level also known as Pre-Diabetes. If your blood glucose level is above 125mg/dl then your doctor will diagnose as a patient of diabetes. To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may repeat the fasting blood glucose test on any other day. If you have blood glucose level of 126mg/dl or higher in two consecutive tests, then you may have diabetes. If you have blood glucose level greater than 200mg/dl and you have symptoms of diabetes like increased thirst or hunger, frequent urination, weight loss, blurred vision etc, then you may be diagnosed with diabetes mellitus without confirming it with second test.

      Random Blood Glucose Test:
      Random blood Glucose test gives your blood sugar at any time in a day. Normal random blood sugar level should be less than 200mg/dl. If your random blood glucose level is between 140mg/dl to 200mg/dl then you will have pre-diabetes.

      And now you know!>

  19. QUESTION:
    Is a blood sugar level of 81 two hours after a meal considered normal? How about 89?
    This is the meal I have after breaking fast(of almost 14 hours). Also, before breaking the fast, the blood sugar levels have been 76 and 79. Is that normal too?

    • ANSWER:
      yes. below 71 is too low and above 147 is too high.

  20. QUESTION:
    My fasting blood sugar level after 8 to 9 hours seems to bouncing all over the place. Shouldn’t it be stable.
    My fasting blood sugar upon waking has been running anywhere between 107 and 152. Averaging more han 130. Should a person have a stable fasting blood sugar reading? Or is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Exercise has a lot to do with the fasting blood/sugar – if you have been active the day prior to a fasting blood sugar this will impact the results. The combination of diet – exercise – insulin (I am assuming your diabetic) has the most impact on not only fasting blood sugars but maintaining stable blood sugar levels.

  21. QUESTION:
    diabetic: my blood sugar level could be 30 – 40 points high when I have to have a bowel movement – normal?
    if I have not had a bowel movement in a day or so, and I get the pressure feel, my sugar is elevated. my normal fasting blood sugar is 106 – today it was 145, re-did it was 154. went to the bathroom. 15 minutes later the sugar was 115. could lack of bowel activity raise the sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it could. You have to have a way to let the sugars out of your body so to speak. Kind of like if your sugar is high and you have to urinate, it will lower your sugar. Hope this helps!

  22. QUESTION:
    fasting blood sugar level 300?
    I went to my dr for a screening, my paternal grand mother, my father, 2 of his sisters, my paternal aunts are all diabetic [adult onset in late 40′s or later, so I decided to get checked. after not eating after 8:00 P.M. I went to the dr at 8:45 A.M. for the urine test and blood work. After 3 days I called the office [they didn't bother to call me] the nurse said my blood sugar level was 300 and it was perfectly normal. When I told my mother what she said, mom said she was full of sh*t can y’all help out here.
    Thanks
    thanks to everyone for your answers, I have an appointment with a new Dr and will be following up on this. I requested copies of my file from the old DR and have been advised to file a complaint with the AMA for being given bad medical advice. I did double check with the dr. on a second visit and was told 300 was a perfectly acceptable bs level even on a fast and it was nothing to worry about. the dr. told me I needed no further treatment. !!?

    • ANSWER:
      Under the conditions I agree with your Mom, she understands, take her with you for moral support. *grin*

      Warning signs: There called this for a reason! Do you have any?

      * Frequent urination
      * Abnormal thirst
      * Excessive hunger
      * Rapid weight loss
      * Irritability
      * Obvious weakness and fatigue
      * Nausea and vomiting

      Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes

      Usually occurs after the age of 40. It may include any of the previously mentioned signs or:

      * Drowsiness
      * Itching
      * Family history of diabetes
      * Blurred vision
      * Excessive weight
      * Tingling numbness in feet
      * Skin infection and slow healing

      If these symptoms appear suddenly, SEE A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY!

      Even a clinic doc is OK. If you should pass a few times…but have symptoms, keep having it checked…it is a hidden disease.

      Please don’t worry sounds like you have a large wonderful support system set-up already. =)

      Go To;
      www.Diabetes.Org

      OR Official Sites

      What are some other sources for information on diabetes?

      The CDC’s National Diabetes Fact Sheet

      The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse

      MedlinePlus’s Diabetes Tutorial

      The following organizations may help in your search for more information on diabetes:

      Federal Government Organizations

      Department of Veterans Affairs
      Internet http://www.va.gov/diabetes/

      Health Resources and Services Administration
      Internet http://www.hrsa.gov

      Indian Health Service
      Diabetes Program
      5300 Homestead Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
      505/248-4182
      Internet http://www.ihs.gov/MedicalPrograms/Diabetes/index.asp

      National Diabetes Education Program
      Internet http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/index.htm

      These are some of the best sights, Doc told me along time ago,” It’s the best ‘do it yourself disease’ you could ever get!” He was right ;)

      good luck,
      Grins and Giggles to All

  23. QUESTION:
    My fasting blood sugar levels are higher than my non-fasting ones – by about 20 points. Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      I would agree that a 20 point difference is not significant but if this is happening frequently and/or consistently then it could either be what is called the “dawn effect” or the “Somogyi Affect”. It’s an issue that effects a lot of diabetics.

      Here’s a link that explains better than I can why someones blood sugars are higher upon wakening or in the a.m. than the rest of the day.

      http://www.diabetic-talk.org/dp.htm

  24. QUESTION:
    Is 95 normal for a blood sugar test for someone who hasn’t eaten in 8 hours?
    I went to the doctor and got a blood sugar test. The results said it was normal but I hadn’t eaten in 8 hours and I was very hungry.

    I’m just concerned becuase I had gestational diabetes.

    Is 95 a normal fasting blood sugar level?
    This was a random test not a fasting test.

    • ANSWER:
      JD !
      High levels of glucose most frequently indicate diabetes, The following information summarizes the meaning of the test results.

      From 70 to 99 mg/dL (3.9 to 5.5 mmol/L) Normal fasting glucose

      From 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L) Impaired fasting glucose (pre-diabetes)

      126 mg/dL (7.0 mmol/L) and above on more than one testing occasion Diabetes

      For more on diabetes visit my free website

      http://www.reddiabetes.com

  25. QUESTION:
    Diabetes and blood sugar levels: fasting levels in pre range and random in normal range.?
    For those who have diabetes or experts in the area of endocrinology: I have to wait until I have health insurance for a blood draw from a vein to confirm or rule out diabetes officially. I have been using accuchek to do fasting tests and those have been in the pre-diabetes range. I have done a couple of random tests and they seem to be in the normal range- 126 and 111 consequetively (different days) withint 2 to 5 hours or so of eating. What I can’t figure out is why then is my fasting test result elevated (after at least12 hours) ? I am not on any insulin so the somogyi affect doesn’t apply. I have had increased thirst of late. Might have some other symptoms but have to wait and see if those are temporary. A lot of symptoms I don’t count because some are normal for me so they woud have to be really noticeable or extreme. I haven’t been sleeping well lately either. I figured at first maybe that would go away but it hasn’t.
    I think my health insurance starts in June sometime. I don’t want to add another pre-existing condition…want this to be covered whatever it turns out to be.

    • ANSWER:
      get you health insurance girl===something is going on that isn’t right by the look of your description=good luck

  26. QUESTION:
    What would a normal blood sugar level be for a teenager?
    I tested my blood sugar, after fasting and it was 143. The next day I did the same thing, without eating for twelve hours prior. And it read 182. Is this normal for a young teenager?

    • ANSWER:
      For your fasting blood sugar, assuming you did not eat OR drink anything other than water for 8+ hours, a normal range is 70 to 100 mg/dL. If it is a randomly taken blood sugar, a normal range is 70 to 125 mg/dL. 182 is high, especially if done fasting.

      However, you want to make sure you are testing your blood sugar correctly. Are you using your own or someone else’s glucometer? Please make sure the glucometer you use to test is clean, the test strips are correct for type of meter, you calibrate the glucometer for the vial of test strips (there should be a code on the vial), the lancet you use is new and the blood sample drop is large enough. Always wash your hands thoroughly before testing and drawing blood. If the readings are still high, visit a doctor so they may review your history and utilize labs to confirm your blood sugar level. Labs can also check something called an A1c level, which gives an idea about your blood sugar level over the past 3 months.

  27. QUESTION:
    normal blood sugar level?
    i’ve been periodically testing my blood sugars fasting, before meals, after meals, etc.. i had a routine blood test done a few months ago and it said that my fasting glucose level was 111 (pre-diabetic) but after buying the trutrack tester i’ve been testing myself and it appears i’m normal. today i tested myself after i ate a cheeseburger, fries and a small cookie and i tested at 97 about 1 and 1/2 or 2 hours (not sure) after eating that. so again i think that’s normal so i’m really wondering if the test i took was botched. i am getting a a1c or whatever that diabetic test is in a few months.
    and other readings have been low as well as fasting readings like around the 80-90 regions
    so with my daily readings in that range i’m having a hard time believing i’m pre-diabetic with a fasting reading of 111 (lab test) as opposed to normal fasting readings like 85.
    i know the general readings that people are giving me here – i just wanted an answer to comment on my results not on the general charts that i can find online. thx

    • ANSWER:
      who told u a BSL of 111 was pre-diabetic? normal BS runs btwn 80-125
      so, i think ur ok. but, keep an eye on it.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is a fasting blood sugar level of 107 dangerous?
    I woke up recently on sunday morning and took my blood sugar, as one of my diabetic friends was taking theirs, I hadn’t eaten breakfast and my blood sugar was at 108 my friend said that was quite high or so she thought and asked if I had eaten, I said no, she said that she would take my blood sugar again after dinner and so I ate my two normal meals and about an hour and a half after dinner (close to 2 hours) she took my blood sugar and it was at 81, she said that means that my pancreas is functioning normally, so I don’t have diabetes, but still I’ve been feeling a little scared about that morning reading, today I took it once again in the morning, after not having eaten for 12 hours and came up with a reading of 107. I don’t understand why it’s so high in the morning is this dangerous?

    • ANSWER:
      It is not “dangerous” but a little high. Normally when fasting, your body produces a hormone (glucagon) which in effect raises blood sugar. In other words this is your body’s defence to fasting. However, your body then produces insulin to redress the balance and deal with the increased sugar levels. This way your body’s blood sugar is kept under control. If you have taken two tests (under similar conditions), and your blood sugar level is above 100, your body may not be producing sufficient insulin. A result of 100-126 indicates pre-diabetes. Add to this any family history of diabetes, and it becomes worthwhile seeing your doctor because, at this stage, you can still do things to prevent diabetes developing (e.g. changes in diet, exercise, etc.). By the way, LOW blood sugar (i.e. very low) is generally considered more dangerous than high.

  29. QUESTION:
    my mother is 64 year, her fasting blood sugar level result is 97?
    and she tested again after two hours of eating a meal and the result was 317. is that normal????

    • ANSWER:
      That must have been quite a meal.

      Seriously, it should not go over 140. She needs to get on a diabetic diet and exercise plan ASAP.

      There’s a very nice explanation of impaired glucose tolerance (insulin resistance) on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glucose_tolerance_test

  30. QUESTION:
    fasting (10 hours) blood sugar level is119. Is it normal?
    It was 109 at 12 hours after eating.

    • ANSWER:
      What Are Normal Blood Glucose And Blood Sugar Levels

      There are various methods to determine blood glucose level. Some tests give you accurate diagnosis of diabetes or pre-diabetes, while others will tell you how well you are managing your diabetes.

      Fasting Blood Sugar Test:
      Measures the blood sugar level after 8 hours fast or overnight. Normal fasting blood glucose level is less than 100mg/dl. If your fasting blood glucose level is from 100mg/dl to 125mg/dl then you will have impaired blood glucose level also known as Pre-Diabetes. If your blood glucose level is above 125mg/dl then your doctor will diagnose as a patient of diabetes. To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may repeat the fasting blood glucose test on any other day. If you have blood glucose level of 126mg/dl or higher in two consecutive tests, then you may have diabetes. If you have blood glucose level greater than 200mg/dl and you have symptoms of diabetes like increased thirst or hunger, frequent urination, weight loss, blurred vision etc, then you may be diagnosed with diabetes mellitus without confirming it with second test.

      You have impaired glucose level.
      Get on a Glycemic Index diet.
      Heres a list of 2,480 food , It tell index and load . The load is most important.It should be your eating bible for life. Do it and you may never have to take meds. or have blindness ,pain, heart trouble ,amputations.

      Good luck

      http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

  31. QUESTION:
    is it normal? yesterday without fasting i took my blood sugar test morning the result is 123?
    then today at 3:30 am i got 125…maybe 6 hrs of fasting (my dinner last night rice fried chicken and regular coke) what does it mean?
    am i diabetic? im only 29 years old breast feeding mom;
    what is the real normal range of BSL

    is it true if u r stress and lack of sleep it will affect my blood sugar level?

    • ANSWER:
      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

      83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less.

      Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.

      Though most doctors will tell you any fasting blood sugar under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) is “normal”, there are several studies that suggest that testing with a fasting blood sugar in the mid 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/L) range often predicts diabetes that is diagnosed a decade later.
      Post-Meal Blood Sugar (Postprandial)
      Independent of what they eat, the blood sugar of a truly normal person is:

      Under 120 mg/dl (6.6 mmol/L) one or two hours after a meal.

      Most normal people are under 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) two hours after eating.

      Stress do affect blood sugar readings. But I would fancy to say you are either Pre diabetic or fully Diabetic.

      You need to check after fasting . See what readings you get for a few days.

      Tin

  32. QUESTION:
    in one touch test strips to measure blood sugar level,the normal control range mentioned is for fasting or pp?
    life scan strips for measuring blood sugar levels has a calibration on it,saying normal control range,is this calibration for fasting or pp? 2. it has a code mentioned on the vial and every code has different range for normal blood sugar levels,can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      The calibration range is for testing the meter with test solution, NOT testing your blood for your glucose level. You put in a test strip just as if you were going to test your blood BUT instead of blood, you put a drop of the test solution that came with the monitor on your finger and test it instead.

      Before you do that, you need to set your meter to the code on the vial of test strips.

      There are good directions for this in the booklet that comes with the meter. If you don’t have yours, you can get one from their Web site on this page, http://www.lifescan.com/products/booklets/

      Hope this helps!

  33. QUESTION:
    I got three diff readings on my fasting blood sugar level, does anyone know why this happens?
    I took my first reading (after washing my hands) it was 106. I thought it was high , so a min later I did it again on a diff finger it was 89. I waited a min and tried another finger to get an accurate reading thinking the two readings would be the most accurate, it was 85. Is it normal to get three diff readings on 3 diff fingers? I usually get below 100 fasting in the morning..now im totally confused…

    • ANSWER:
      Tabea is right about error margin. Since it is not being performed by a laboratory there is an allowable range. When I called my meter manufacturer to discuss this very thing I was told an error margin of up to 30 mg/dl is acceptable. Also, testing between fingers and alternate site testing will differ to some degree based on the blood supply to the area.

  34. QUESTION:
    Does chocolate make you blood sugar level go up faster than normal?
    Half hour before lunch I tested and my blood sugar level was at 93. I had a small sandwiche, side of salad and a piece of chocolate for dessert. I tested again 10 or 15 minutes later and the level was 143.

    Is this normal? I heard that blood sugar level is suppose to peak 2 hours after a meal. Is that because of the chocolate?
    Thank you!
    Ps.: As far as know, I don’t have diabetes. :)
    chocolate = sugar

    • ANSWER:
      chocolate does not always equal sugar. a small piece of sugar should not cause a glucose spike, it just doens’t have that many carbs.
      There is no point in testing your sugar 15 minutes after eating, the number means nothing at all.

  35. QUESTION:
    I am 82 years. My blood sugar level is Fasting 79 and after meals 219. What does the wide gap between two?
    I presume the normal level is 100 and 120.

    • ANSWER:
      Blood sugar levels fluctuates. It really depends a lot on the type and amount of food you eat. I have to measure my husband’s food, especially the starchy foods such as corn, peas, and potatoes so that he will not get too many carbohydrates.He is allowed 1/2 cup per meal of starchy veggies. Carbohydrates will cause a person’s blood sugar to go through the roof if not limited.

      We had to go to a dietitian who taught us about how many carbohydrate to eat and how they affect a diabetics blood sugar level. This has really made a world of difference in regulating the high blood sugar levels.

      I sure hope this will help you. I would also talk to your doctor and if you have not been to a dietitian, then I would ask him to set you up an appointment with one.

  36. QUESTION:
    What is the range for normal blood sugar levels when fasting?
    Is it 5-7 ??

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you are outside the USA. In the USA they use a different system, and the normal range is 70 to 100.

      Pretty much everywhere else, the normal fasting range is about 4 to 5.5

      Between 5.5 and 6.9 is prediabetic.

      Above 7.0 is diabetic, but it must be confirmed by two tests, because it can go up if you have an infection.

      http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-NbDgUzQhfrJTXdmg.DfXS.Tx

  37. QUESTION:
    What is a normal/good blood sugar level for some one who has not fasted?
    I have a history of diabetes in me family. I have all the symptoms of type 2. I’m just curious about what is a good/normal blood sugar level on a normal day for some one who has not fasted or done anything special.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      In the United States it is normally between 85 and 120 after fasting, and anyplace between 100 and 150 after eating – but if shortly after eating some cake, it might even spike to 200 without to much worry, as long as the reading falls to under 150 in a hour.

      People with a normally operating pancreas will produce adequate insulin, and then reduce the blood sugar level by changing the high sugar levels into body fat, and that can happen about as fast as the body is normally absorbing the food out of the small intestines.

      Good Luck!

  38. QUESTION:
    Why my fasting blood sugar levels are high?
    Hi, I have been diagnosed pre diabetic before a month. I started diet controlling and exercising. I see my blood sugar levels are normal during post meals and random. But i am not able to control my fasting sugar levels. I finish my dinner around 7.30. When i see my fasting blood sugar when I woke at around 5.30 am I see it to be 110. After exercise i see it to be 134 :((. I eat very less in the night times. Still I see the high blood sugars in the morning. Please let me know if anyone have faced this and found a way to control fasting bg. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      134 is not high. Anyway, I bet it comes down after exercise.

  39. QUESTION:
    Are These Blood Sugar Levels Normal?
    I am 20 years old, My fasting blood sugar level is 60, and 76 one hour after a meal.
    I seem to have some symptoms of hypoglycemia such as continual tiredness and lack of concentration/motivation.

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    what are normal blood sugar levels for non fasting afternoon blood test?

    • ANSWER:
      I received this list of numbers at a recent diabetic education class from an endocrinologist that was a guest speaker. He handed them out to everyone. They are updated, and are only for those that have diabetes.

      Fasting
      110 excellent
      140 acceptable
      180 fair
      2 hours after meal
      140 excellent
      180 acceptable
      235 fair

  41. QUESTION:
    Should my blood sugar level drop after eating?
    I tested my fasting blood sugar when I got up. It was 93. After eating lunch and testing two hours later, it was 89. Is that considered normal? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Many diabetics and pre-diabetics deal with elevated fasting blood sugar. The reason is known as Dawn Phenomenon. In the early morning hours, your body produces certain hormones that cause your liver to release more glucose. There’s also a theory that these hormones make a diabetic more insulin resistant in the morning. A non-diabetic can offset this increase in glucose by producing enough insulin, but a person with an impaired pancreas often has trouble doing this.

      Sometimes eating can ‘shut off’ the liver. Many diabetics notice that their blood sugar levels get better throughout the day, especially after eating. I often have lower blood sugar after eating. If you don’t eat for a while, your liver will start dumping glucose into your blood. Sometimes eating is the best way to bring blood sugar down, which almost sounds counter-intuitive, doesn’t it?

      Also, 89 mg/dL and 93 mg/dL are well within your meter’s margin of error, so you basically had the same blood sugar before and after lunch. This is REALLY good. Your post-meal blood sugar shows you probably ate the right amount and carbohydrate count for your pancreas. By two hours, a person with a healthy pancreas will usually be below 100 mg/dL. So, if you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, your blood sugar basically mimics a non-diabetic’s. You should be proud of that. If you’re just testing out of curiosity or because you have insulin resistance, you should know that you’re doing a good job of keeping your blood sugar in a tight and safe range.

      Good luck!

  42. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar level question?
    I have had fasting blood sugar level 114 a month ago. and then a few weeks later after being careful to avoid sweets as possible, the fasting blood sugar level was 98.
    Then a month later, it was 119 at 11 hours of fasting and 109 after 12 hours.
    My mom has diabetics so I have to be careful. I have started to work out every evening for about 5 minutes. My question is if I keep doing exercises, will it be ok to have eat sweets (not too much) meanwhile? Will this routine make my glucose level normal?
    I have tested blood sugar level after 2 hours of dinner and it was 90.
    I use an ORBITREK machine to do exercises

    • ANSWER:
      Eating low carb meal is the key. If your intake is about 3 carbos(45gms) per meal then you will be able to lower it. Also do some regular exercise.

  43. QUESTION:
    what are the different between fasting blood sugar and fasting plasma sugar?
    where to refer the latest level of normal sugar level where both blood sugar and plasma sugar level are stated?

    • ANSWER:
      Blood sugar is carried on BOTH the corpuscles (red blood cells) and in the plasma.

      Studies have shown that, on average, the amount of sugar in the corpuscles and the amount of sugar in the plasma are equal. This is true in NORMAL patients, diabetic patients without insulin, adn diabetic patients with insulin.

      Therefore, EITHER reading is acceptable, and both read the same thing.

      There is no reason to convert between the two reading. if your meter reads both, adjust the meter to read whichever reading you prefer,

  44. QUESTION:
    103 Blood sugar level? Is that normal without fasting?
    I took my sugar about 2 hours after I ate. It was 103. Is that good? Or can it be a sign of diabetes?

    I suffer from anxiety and I have severe hypochondria if you can’t tell from my last questions. lol
    ———————————————————————————————
    I had a chicken burrito and diet mt. dew at about 1 pm.

    I had 2 white castle burgers and string cheese and two or 3 cheetos around 5 pm or so.

    I had my sugar checked around 7:30 pm

    • ANSWER:
      normal value fasting blood sugar is 70 – 110..

      usually when i take the test and i have eaten something its usually 110..

      so yah i guess thats pretty normal..:)

  45. QUESTION:
    normal level of blood sugar in human body?
    Means what should be the normal range of fasting blood sugar ..

    • ANSWER:
      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

      83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less.

      Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.

      Though most doctors will tell you any fasting blood sugar under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) is “normal”, there are several studies that suggest that testing with a fasting blood sugar in the mid 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/L) range often predicts diabetes that is diagnosed a decade later.
      Post-Meal Blood Sugar (Postprandial)
      Independent of what they eat, the blood sugar of a truly normal person is:

      Under 120 mg/dl (6.6 mmol/L) one or two hours after a meal.

      Most normal people are under 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) two hours after eating.
      A1c
      A truly normal A1c is between 4.6% and 5.4%

      A1cs are not as good a measure of actual blood sugar control in individuals as they are for groups. An A1c of 5.1% maps to an average blood sugar of 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) or less when group statistics are analyzed, but normal variations in how our red blood cells work make the A1cs of truly normal individuals fall into a wider range.

      Some people’s A1cs are always a bit higher than their measured blood sugars would predict. Some are always lower. NOTE: If you are anemic your A1c will read much lower than your actual blood sugars and the resulting A1c is not a useful gauge of your actual blood sugar control.

      Heart attack risk rises in a straight line fashion as A1c rises from 4.6%.

      Tin

  46. QUESTION:
    Tackling high blood sugar levels early morning i.e. fasting blood sugar reading.?
    Over the last 2 years I have been losing weight, almost 25 pounds, my waist reduced by almost 2 inches, and during this period started feeling very tired during all day. Finally I visited my family primary care physician in Oct 2010. After lab test I realized that I had type 2 diabetes condition, with my blood sugar levels about 286 ( after lunch).

    Primary care physician referred me to a endocronologist, who wanted to put me on insulin ( a dose of 16 ) straight away. I did not like the idea. My reason was that, now that I know the cause of what is going wrong in my body, I need to give myself a chance to do all that is possible to redress the situation for a couple of months, and at that stage re-assess and take the decesion to get on to insulin.

    It has been two weeks since I started making changes to my life style like switching to low glycemic foods ( of below 40 ), and exercising on a daily basis at a medium level, and checking my blood sugar using ONE touch Ultra2 on a daily basis ( at least 8 to 10 times) to understand the increase and decrease in blood sugar levels in response to my eating times, excercise, stress etc. The other big change I have brought about is to give up battles in my mind which I dont need to fight, out of all the changes this has proved to be tough and is still proving to be tough.

    To my surprise and happiness, Im seeing my blood sugar levels dropping as a result of my above efforts. During the course of my monitoring I realized that there is a upper cap of my blood sugar in 320s and lower cap in early 200s. This was before 2 weeks.

    Since the time I have been eating low glycemic breakfast lunch dinner, lots of water, excercise at least once a day ( 40 minute brisk walk), my blood sugar levels have gone down to a range of 114 to 197. Since the last 4 days there has been only once instance when my blood sugar went above 200.

    My early morning reading i.e. fasting reading is still high it is averaging about 130 – 140 over the last 10 days, my after meal reading is average between 155-175.

    5 questions:

    1. What should I do to reduce my early morning i.e. on fast without food or water reading ? I want to bring it down to around 75 to 85.

    2. I have reduced carbs which has helped a lot, and switched to salads and meat. But body also needs carbs. What are the best sources of carbs in my context?

    3. I have observed that even though my blood sugar is less than 140 ( which is the standard for after meal) or in specific between 120 and 140, I feel some level of dizziness, and also some head ache early in the morning. Is this because of the reason that my blood sugar levels are coming back to normal after a long time i.e. I might have been in the 200s and early 300s for a long time, and over the last couple of weeks due to changes made to food and excercise it is being in the range of 130s – 180s ?? Is my body in the process of getting adjusted to the new relatively low blood sugar levels ?

    4.What are the symptoms we should expect when blood sugars are coming down to relatively low level from higher levels?

    5. Just want to add that my urine still smells sweet and is yellow in color. At what stage can I expect this to reduce. Note that when my blood sugar level is less than 150, the sweet smell in the urine goes down and the urine color is also light.
    17 hours ago

    6. My early morning fasting reading is the issue here. It is averaging around 150 to 160 over the last 2 weeks i.e. since I started taking low glycemic foods, excercise daily. Im quite sure it must have been much higher earlier. I want to tackle this area first, please suggest. What and when should I be eating the evening before to get my early morning readings to around 120 which is my first goal, before trying for 90.

    Im not on any medication.

    My readings during the day i.e. after breakfast, lunch, dinner currently are 150 to 160 before , and 2 hours later they settle at the same i.e.150-160 or go a little lower into 140s.

    It is obvious that I should be tackling my early morning readings first.
    Thank you very much for your response.

    But Im looking for opinions and tips and ideas with which I can work on my fasting blood sugar level over night. My first goal is to get it down to 110.

    • ANSWER:
      The effort you have made is awesome…I wish I had been so determined!

      The fact that you have made such an improvement in the last few weeks could possibly mean you can get away with not taking insulin (though I am not a doctor, so my opinions don’t count for much) but you will still likely need to be on some sort of medication, such as Metformin, which is pretty common and has few side effects. The combination of your current diet/exercise/monitoring and a medication such as this could work very well for you…

      As for the fasting sugars, there isn’t any sort of thing you can do to lower them specifically, other than lowering your overall levels…the lower your levels get during the day, the lower your fasting sugars will be in the morning. The only thing I could think of that could effect your morning readings would be if you ate fairly close to bedtime, and therefore did not give your body the chance to burn off what you took in…other than that, there’s really no way to specifically lower fasting sugars.

      As far as carbs go, cut out anything “white” in your diet…white bread, white rice, etc. These carbs have been over processed and don’t have a lot of nutritional value, and will sometimes raise your sugar almost as much as eating sweets… Even white potatoes can be bad…

      I would suggest cutting down your overall carb intake, and only taking in complex carbs from whole grains (i.e. whole wheat bread, whole grain cereals with lots of fiber, whole grain pitas, etc.). These types of carbs metabolize slower, and tend to have way more fiber and nutrients and are much better for you.

      However, I am not a nutritionist, so it’s always best to get advice from a professional…just speaking from my own experience.

      I would suggest going back to your doctor, showing your improvement with diet and exercise, and asking about the possibility of other medications instead of the insulin (though I am taking insulin now because I am pregnant, and it’s not as bad as I expected it to be…less painful than finger sticks, and as long as they start you off at a low dose and raise your insulin levels slowly, you aren’t nearly as likely to get those “drops” you hear so much about). I would also suggest working with a nutritionist that works with diabetic patients and getting as much education about the disease as possible…

      Good luck!

  47. QUESTION:
    normal blood sugar level for a 17 year old?
    this is kind of a follow up question on one i asked a few minutes ago.
    i took my blood sugar with my moms “one touch” and i got 151. diabetes runs in my family and after seeing all the answers to my other question, i took it again thinking maybe i took it wrong. i then got 116..did i take it wrong or did my blood sugar level just drop really fast? does it matter where you take the blood from when you use a one touch?

    • ANSWER:
      It is highly unlikey that your BS dropped that fast! Be sure to wash your hands before testing as any sugar or starch that might be on your fingers will give a false reading.

      Also…does the meter need to be re-coded? They vary, so check the instructions. Are the test strips within their dates? Old strips can give false readings. I’m not familiar with one touch, so check your directions. If you no longer have them, ask your pharmacist if your type of meter needs to be used only on the fingers.

      As for “normal”? That depends on when you tested. If it’s fasting, even 116 is not good. If it’s after a meal, even the 151 could be not too bad.

  48. QUESTION:
    My blood sugar levels are on fasting is 84 and post lunch it is 169. Am I in resk zone?
    I am 26 yrs old, my height is 162 cm and weight is 41 kg. I know i am under weight but im not putting on weight.
    I have gone through a blood sugar test after 2 hrs of my dinner and sugar level was 169, next day morning my fasting sugar level was 84. is it normal? I never eat sweets coz i dont like sweet so what could be the problem? 3 days before i have gone through thyroid test also the test results are:
    Free T3 – 3.71 pg/ml
    Free T4 – 1.53 ng/dl
    TSH – 0.86 µIU / ml
    is it normal.

    • ANSWER:
      Riya, I think it is unlikely that you are in the risk zone currently. Get a GTT (Glucose Tolerance Test) done at a certified laboratory. The results will help you decide if you have an impaired Glucose Tolerance. If yes, you may be at risk. However it appears that 169 PP after dinner is most likely due to what you had for dinner. Also, I presume you have tested on a Glucometer at home. Take that reading that it may be up to 20% off the mark!

      Your TSH levels appear Normal.

  49. QUESTION:
    Question about fasting blood sugar levels?
    In the last 2 months, I have been in and out of the hospital with viral/asthmatic issues. Had steroids given as part of treatment. How long will this have an effect on the sugar levels? I have been off the steroids for about 3 weeks- prior to that I had two different kinds at varying doses.

    Doctor wanted to do a fasting blood test- when I checked mine at home it was 146. Yesterday after my appointment I checked it and it was 93 (12:30 pm). I had eaten prior to my appointment.

    I am overweight- due to the meds I have been on. BP is not anything out the ordinary usually 120/75 give or take on what I have been doing. Don’t go to the bathroom anymore than usual. Appetite is normal to below normal….

    Have had blood work come back showing low potassium and possible anemia- doctor said that this would be why I am tired. When I try to exercise- asthma flairs up.

    Is this diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      High levels of glucose most frequently indicate diabetes, The following information summarizes the meaning of the test results.

      From 70 to 99 mg/dL (3.9 to 5.5 mmol/L) Normal fasting glucose

      From 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L) Impaired fasting glucose (pre-diabetes)

      126 mg/dL (7.0 mmol/L) and above on more than one testing occasion Diabetes

      For more on diabetes visit my free website

      http://www.reddiabetes.com

  50. QUESTION:
    Can you make sense of this blood sugar level?
    I got a 76 one hour after eating a bacon cheeseburger with some curly fries and cheese fries. Not healthy food, I know and it’s now how I eat all the time. But I was shocked that my BSL was so low at the one-hour post-meal testing. The other day I had an ice cream sundae and got a 101 an hour later.

    But I’ve been getting fasting numbers mostly around 115 and three times the fasting blood sugar level was at 130-145. I’ve been tracking for about two weeks. Post-breakfast meals are the only ones that have had a high number, with 199 after one bagel – but mostly they’ve been normal.

    How would the 76 after that kind of meal be explained?
    I understand that bsl can be higher in the morning, but it should still be within normal fasting levels. How does the 76 after such a meal get explained though?
    p.s. “doctor” – you shouldn’t be recommending medicines to people over the internet. Plus, that’s for high blood pressure and heart failure, which is NOT what I’m talking about. I said “high blood SUGAR”

    • ANSWER:
      You should verify the accuracy of your meter, either with control solution or comparing the results to another meter, but assuming these results are correct:

      Obviously, if you have fasting BGs in the 115+ range and you’ve spiked as high as 199 after a meal, then that suggests you have impaired glucose tolerance and are likely diabetic or pre-diabetic. As for why your AM readings are higher, many diabetics experience this and it’s commonly referred to as Dawn Phenomenon. In the simplest terms possible (for my sake and yours!), your liver raises your blood sugar in the preparation for the morning. This also occurs in non-diabetics, but non-diabetics produce enough insulin to counteract the blood sugar rise, whereas diabetics often cannot. Diabetics will tell you that they avoid carbohydrates in the morning for this reason and that their ‘carb tolerance’ improves throughout the day. Sometimes eating as soon as you can wake up shuts off your liver, so try some sausage or an egg or something low-ish in carbohydrates as soon as possible.

      Obviously, I can’t explain why you would be a 76 one after hour eating. That’s awfully low, even for a non-diabetic, but sometimes pre-diabetics and early staged diabetics still have a great deal of pancreatic function left and their pancreas respond to high-carbohydrate meals by releasing a significant amount of insulin. A non-diabetic will release as much as is needed and the process will be slower (typically, two hours is enough time for a non-diabetic person to return to pre-meal levels), but the Type 2 pancreas can sort of, well, overreact to a high glucose load like french fries. Also, you ate a lot of fat, too, and fat is known to slow down the digestion process. You may have had a blood sugar spike that was delayed as a result. These are all just guesses based on the limited information you have provided, but if you want to research more, Google “dawn phenomenon” and “reactive hypoglycemia.” (You weren’t hypoglycemic, but it’s the same process: high carb –> pancreas releases too much insulin –> blood sugar drops rapidly.)


Fasting Blood Sugar Level 118

In recent times, quacks would like us to believe that hypoglycemia or low blood sugar can happen in non-diabetic individuals. While this is possible in people with certain tumors and in those who take alcohol with tiny food, the majority of people who seem to be suffering from hypoglycemia are actually reacting to anxiety and stress.

In some cases, panic attacks may resemble hypoglycemia.

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This notion was later echoed by Carlton Fredericks, a food faddist who claimed that 20,000,000 north Americans were afflicted by hypoglycemia ; and Dr. Robert Atkins, the well-liked writer of a questionable diet book.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Tested my blood sugar. Results Fasting – 118 and after meal -144. HBA1C – 7.1. What does it mean?
    Have joined GYM for exercise. Doing it for 60 mins. Stopped Rice and Sugar intake. Will i be able to bring down HBAIC and sugar levels to normal?

    • ANSWER:
      U r on border line. This is the right time to prevent diabetes.
      Ur intake of calories should be lesser than Ur output in the form of spending energy.
      It is good idea to minimize rice and sweets. U must keep Ur tensions under check.Tension is one of the culprits to shoot up blood sugar levels steeply.
      To combat hunger and ensure continuous supply of energy, u may have roti without oil or phulka. 1 kg., wheat, 250 gms. each of jowar, soya beans, bajra [telugu-sajjalu],ragi [telugu ragulu used in Rayalaseema of Andhra Pradesh] and clean it and send to mill and use it direct. No sieve/filter to be used. This type of phulka, when taken in ur diet and water intake shall bulge the roti and digestion of food is slow but steady. so that u can get energy supplies throughout the day. No excessive collection of blood sugar and U can keep ur sugar levels under check. Salads, raw dhania/coriander leaves juice also regulate ur blood sugar levels.

      Diabetes:
      Severe pain in calf muscles [below the knee jonts], extreme thirst, extreme hunger, realing sensation,excessive urination, unhealed wounds/injuries, sore gums, blurred visionetc.,. Tensions have cumulative effect on symptoms.
      Cure:
      cut raw vegetables + lime juice or curds without butter, will be fine.
      u can include :
      How to activate Pancreas :
      (A) Give acupressure treatment-pressing intermit¬tently not only on point no. 25 of the Pancreas but also on the points of all the endocrine glands.
      (B) Drink 2 glasses of gold/silver/copper/ iron charged water reduced from 4 glasses of water everyday.
      How to reduce excess heat and reactivate proper production of insulin :
      (A) As the first thing in the morning, drink ^ cup (2 ounces) of fresh juice of green coriander leaves. Avoid any food/drink for the next 15/20 minutes.
      (A)OR in case green coriander leaves are not available take 2 lady’s fingers (tffst) cut them in half-soak then in half a cup of water. Keep it overnight, squeeze them in the morning-strain this water. The sticky water covers the inside wall of the stomach and prevents sugar being sucked from the stomach. And thus helps in curing Diabetes.

      (C) During the day, drink 2 to 3 cups of green juice adding in each cup 1 teaspoon of mixture of 300 grams of Amla powder (a fruit grown in India having 16 times more vitamin ‘C’ than 16 lemons) +100 grams of dry ginger powder.
      The net effect of all these treatments will be that just within 10/12 days, Diabetes will be arrested. Now go on reducing the intake of tablets, pills of insulin injections in such a way as to stop all the other medication within 10 days.
      Continue the treatment for 35 to 40 days and Diabetes will be cured permanently unless contracted again by reckless diet and improper life style.

  2. QUESTION:
    fasting blood glucose level 111 at the lab, but less with home meter?
    Hi, I have a teenage son who is 15 years old. Overall in great health. Recently his doctor ordered some blood test for him as a routine phyical. His fasting sugar level was 106. I know it suppose to be less than 100. So, I bought a One Touch Ultra 2 and started testing him at home. When I use the One touch Ultra 2, his sugar level is always less than 100. (87-97) fasting. Someting after a meal it went up to 118. But nothing higher than that.

    A couple of days ago, his doctor asked us to repeat his fasting test again at the lab, and this time is 111. I wonder what’s going on. Can I just not trust these home test meters?

    Also, what can we do to help him reduce his blood sugar level? He doesn’t eat alot the sweat stuff and he exercise regularly.

    Thanks for any comment and suggestions.
    He is not diabetic as far as we know now.

    • ANSWER:
      The lab values will always be different than the at home tests by as much as 30% .

      Please take your son to an endocrinologist for a check up. This is not something your GP can take care of.

      His numbers seem perfect .He will need to do an A1c test to see if he even has diabetes.

      Diabetes is not only a disease of fat lazy people. many of us are thin and eat well.Kids do get diabetes very often.

      I wish you the best.

  3. QUESTION:
    Do alcoholic food increases blood sugar abnormally? Can inhouse cycling / walking reduce blood sugar leve?
    Can inhouse cycling exercise replace walking to reduce blood sugar level as the sugar level in blood is silghtly out side the normal range. 118 fasting and 158 random

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    Confused about blood sugar levels?
    I took my 11 yr old stepson to the doctor and they did a finger prick and tested his sugar on a glucose meter. It was 118…now we have to go back and do a fasting sugar test. The doctor said 118 was high, but I can’t find anything online to confirm that. I do not have any personal experience in this area. His sugar was taken about 2 hours after he ate a turkey sandwich w/ miracle whip, mustard, and cheese; a granny smith apple, and one honey graham cracker; with water to drink.

    I took him to the doctor b/c he wet the bed Tuesday night and I thought UTI; however, he has also lost about 10 pounds since January.
    EDIT: They are just doing a fasting finger prick test.
    TEST RESULTS: his fasting blood sugar level, just a finger prick, was 89. This is okay, right? The doctor wasn’t there to tell me and the nurse seemed frustrated that she had to perform the test.

    • ANSWER:
      I just want to clear up a diabetes myth…

      Some people are saying “below 140 after two hours is normal.” No, it’s not. That number–140 mg/dL–is based on the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test. The patient is given 75-100 grams of sugar to drink and then tested every hour to monitor blood glucose. Any number below 140 two hours after consuming 100 grams of sugar IS normal; a number close to 140 two hours after consuming a normal meal IS NOT normal. Non-diabetics peak 45 minutes to one hour after eating at 125 mg/dL or so–even after a heavy-carbohydrate meal–and usually return to pre-meal levels by two hours. Depending on what was eaten, it might take three hours. Your son had a lot of carbohydrates, but he didn’t have anything close to 100 grams of sugar. His reading, while not dangerously high or all that unusual, was on the high side of normal. I think it’s right to order a test just to make sure.

  5. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar test……I have a question?
    My wife went in for a fasting sugar test….it was 128. The she went in and they told her to eat breakfast and come back in two hours and her sugal level was 118, how can this be? Her fasting number is higher than her numbers after she ate. Thanks everyone. Gary

    • ANSWER:
      The reason that doctors perform these fasting blood sugar tests and then ask you to come back after you eat is because they want to know how your body reacts to food. They want to know if the pancreas is going to produce enough insulin to compensate for the meal.

      I think it’s fantastic that her blood sugar was lower.

      ***Everytime my doctor has me in for an A1C I have to fast.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is this? Temporary Diabetes?
    My Doctor asked me to check my Blood Sugar. First time readings were fasting 128 and PP 194. My doctor had not prescribed any medicine to control my sugar level.But, my blood pressure was high that time so doctor prescribed me for blood pressure but not for my sugar. Doctor asked me to go on diet and exercise. After ten days, again I went for sugar test now this time readings are fasting 92 and PP 118 (Blood pressure is also at normal range). Now my doctor said that you ,might be having temporary diabetes(sugar level rise – Stress Induced), but we cant say anything at this moment and need to monitor sugar level for some time then only we can conclude.

    Anybody please help, is it temporary???

    I am 32 years old.I have history.

    • ANSWER:
      iatrogenic and therefore ideopathic.!

  7. QUESTION:
    Am I correct in avoiding medicines?
    During June 2008, i’ve been traced for high blood sugar (fasting 184, random 231). Instead of taking medicines, i started walking & controlled my diet (98% avoided sugar/sweet food/items causing for sugar). At the first week of Dec. 2008, my blood sugar levels controlled & fasting is 88 and random is 118/120 (Please note that i never take any medicines during this period). During winter i’m unable to continue my walk due to weather, and at the end of Feb. 2009 to till date, my blood sugar level increased (which is around fasting at 140, random at 170). Still i’m not taking any medicines, instead continuing walking(daily 5 KMs. atlleast 6 days per week) & diet.

    Can anybody tell me that avoiding medicines is right at this stage and
    1. Can I recover my RBS & FBS levels to normal?
    2. is it good for my health?
    3. The present level sugar cause any harm to my organs/body?
    4. Shall I take medicines till the sugar level comes to normal. After that I stop the medicines and using diet & walking (i think), I can control sugar?

    I’m consfused. Kindly help me.

    • ANSWER:
      this is really something you should discuss with your doctor,who has examined you and run appropriate lab tests. No one here is qualified to give you medical advice.

  8. QUESTION:
    Quick question about diabetes…?
    So diabetes runs in my family, and since I have been experiencing some of the symptoms lately, I’ve decided to start checking my blood sugar. This morning I woke up, and tried checking my fasting level. (hadn’t eaten since 8 the previous night) I got back 118.
    My question is if that’s normal.
    Also, I read that it’s pretty high, or hyperglycemia. But I am a 15 yr old girl, very healthy and active, and not overweight at all. I thought only type 2 had a lot of trouble with high blood sugar levels, or am I wrong. Can someone give me some insight into this?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      115 is absolutely normal for a reading waking up in the morning. Your liver will produce more sugar at night while you are sleeping (a major reason NOT to eat two hours before bed), and that can push a normal person even into the 120′s. It’s what your readings are right before meals during the day that should tell you the most. That tells you if you are processing what you’re taking in.

      I was getting into the 600′s before I got my sugars under control. You are nowhere near that yet. It’s good to see you show good healthy concern about this, but don’t overreact to a 115. Just keep eating healthy and staying active. :)

  9. QUESTION:
    Diabetic or Not??
    Wow..All this good information. I’m learning a lot an now I tracked my blood sugar level for 24 hours and still am curious if I’m diabetic or is it Dawn Phenomenon or is there a difference and what can I do to control:
    6/21 7:18am 126 (Fasting) 1021: 150 (1/2h after breakfast 11:40 am 115. 10:06PM 133 (2.5h after dinner) 11:07pm 119(after alc drk) 11:32pm 107.
    6/22 3:35am 118 4:47am 121. 7:56am 131 (no food since 7:30pm last night). 8:28am 154 (15 min after brkfst total cerials skm milk and blk berries). 9:15am 232. 10:10am 170 10:15 163 (5 min diff jst curious). 10:45 123. 11:10am 93. 12.06am 80. 1:35pm 186 (1h after lunch) and I believe it will down to <100 4 after lunch. Thanks to all you who provide some info based on above data.

    • ANSWER:
      Your blood sugar does seem to be high. You should go to your family doctor and let him know about these readings. He can do a complete blood work up on you to see if your sugar is indicative of diabetes. Also, he can run an A1C to determine what your blood sugar has been doing for several weeks. It will give he or she a better idea of the levels your blood sugar is at.

  10. QUESTION:
    Blood Sugar question?
    My doctor told me that I could be pre-diabetic. He gave me a monitor and sent me home. He did not tell me what my levels were suppose to be. Through my research I have found that 140 after meals is a good number and that a fasting is between 70 and 100. Well since I have had my monitor, the only time that I have ever gone over 100 is after my biggest meal of the day. And that has only been twice. Those numbers were 118 and 120. The 118 was after eating a subway 6 inch. Can anyone tell me if these are normal levels? All of my other number are from 79 and 99. That is with after eating and fasting numbers. Please if anyone can give me some answers I would be truly grateful.
    My A1c test was 6% right after halloween, thanksgiving, Christmas and New years. I do not think that is to bad.

    • ANSWER:
      You are correct.. those figures are quite normal. What you really need is an Hba1c test. That will tell you your average. That is way more telling unless you have obvious highs. But looks like to me you are ok.

  11. QUESTION:
    Ia diabetes desiege is so serious?
    Fasting blood sugar is 118. 2 hours after break fast reading is 274. Random level ( 5pm ) is 98. All these reading are sameday. what to be done? please advise.

    • ANSWER:
      your 5 pm is almost ok but others are pointing to diabetes.Your first course of what to do : I start walking at least 30 min. a day. Next is do a low Glycemic diet , Heres the best web site for this on the web:

      http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

      Now I will give you the real numbers;
      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

      83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less.

      Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.

      Though most doctors will tell you any fasting blood sugar under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) is “normal”, there are several studies that suggest that testing with a fasting blood sugar in the mid 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/L) range often predicts diabetes that is diagnosed a decade later.
      Post-Meal Blood Sugar (Postprandial)
      Independent of what they eat, the blood sugar of a truly normal person is:

      Under 120 mg/dl (6.6 mmol/L) one or two hours after a meal.

      Most normal people are under 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) two hours after eating.

      In a couple of weeks you are not normal , you may have to start taking metformin. Insist that you will not take ACTOS or Avandia. They are killer drugs.Remember the FDA is in bed with the drug companies. So they won’t take them off the market.

      I really think you have joined the club.

      Take care
      KITTY

  12. QUESTION:
    What health problems is he at risk for?
    Mr. Jones is a 51-year-old African American male. His waist circumference is 42 inches. His cholesterol is 210, LDL 190, and his fasting blood sugar recently was 118. He does not exercise regularly and he is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. His height is 6″1″ and weight is 288 lb. His blood pressure is 140/90.

    His BMI is 38, making him obese, but I’m not sure of all the diseases he’s at risk for. Heart disease is obvious, and heart attacks and stuff but other wise I’m stuck. Help? Also can you tell me what his cholesterol, LDL and blood pressure levels mean for his health?

    • ANSWER:
      He’s at risk for heart disease and diabetes. He already has high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

      Also, being obese brings on shortness of breath, back pain, knee pain, etc.

  13. QUESTION:
    what do my oral glucose test results mean?
    i took an oral glucose test with my doctor in which they checked my blood sugar after fasting and before the glucose was ingested then checked my blood sugar again every 30 min or so for about 2 hours. before the drink my sugar level was 48, after it was 120 then 118 then 102. is this a good result? what are they monitering?
    i originaly saw the doctor for a constant uneasy shakiness. i was tired and had frequent head aches. they took blood for thyroid which was clean but soon after i had a seizer with prior fainting that i didnt mention till the most recent and severe. so they decided to check for diabetes as well as an eeg and a ct scan for inner ear the ct was cause i had failed a balence test or something but this is all i know.

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  14. QUESTION:
    I have a few questions about diabetes? I’m kind of scared?
    First, I’m 15 and I had a fasting blood test and my fasting glucose level was 109. My doctor decided to have me fast every night for 10 nights for 8-9 hours. She said she wanted numbers under 99. Well, I haven’t had any that were under 99. The lowest I’ve had is 101 and the highest is 118. I have 2 more days left. After 10 days, I’m supposed to bring my numbers to the doctors office so we can decide if more tests need to be done. What kind of tests will they do?

    I’ve had one random test and that was 2 days ago. I wasn’t feeling well and my mom told me to take my blood sugar. It was 156. What does that number mean?

    When my great grandma was in her late 20s-early 30s she had a stroke. Something that happened during the stroke caused her to have type 1 diabetes. Even thought she got it like that, could that affect me? Also, I believe, but I’m not sure, my dad had type 1. But I know for sure he had diabetes.

    I weigh 113 pounds, I’m very active, and I eat a healthy diet. How could I have type 2 diabetes?

    How do you feel when your blood sugar is high? How do you feel when it’s low?

    What if I do have diabetes?

    I’m sorry this is long. I’m just scared.

    • ANSWER:
      I know this seems scary but don’t worry diabetes is a very manageable disease that millions of people live with everyday. Based on the results from your fasting glucose levels thus far it sounds like you are in what is called “pre-diabetes.” A normal fasting blood glucose is < 100 mg/dL, pre-diabetes is 100-125 mg/dL and diabetes is > 126 mg/dL. Pre-diabetes does not mean that you have diabetes and it does not necessarily mean that you will get diabetes however it does mean you are at a higher risk. Type I diabetes does have a genetic component and it often occurs in childhood or in adolescence which is where you are at 15 years old. Patients with type I diabetes are typically thin and often present with weight loss despite eating a lot, frequent urination, and extreme thirst. These are all also signs of hyperglycemia, or high blood sugars. You may not be experiencing these symptoms now since your blood sugars are still relatively normal. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugars, often lead to confusion, agitation, sweating, a racing heart, and loss of consciousness.

      I hope this was helpful to you. Your doctor will guide you through this and help you understand the disease and the correct treatments. Try looking at the website below to help with some more understanding.

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002194/


Fasting Blood Sugar Level Chart

The level of blood sugar in the body is closely related to healthy functioning of the human system. Imbalances in the blood sugar can lead to many problems such as obesity, diabetes or binge eating. A good way to treat this imbalance is to take on foods to manipulate blood glucose levels. These foods help to lower blood glucose and maintain it at a healthy rate.

Come visit us right here for more Diabetic Diet Info and get a Diabetes Blood Glucose Ebook What Is High Blood Sugar. http://www.diabeticdietbloodglucose.com/

Oatmeal is one of those carbohydrates that are high in fiber. The high fiber content helps to slow down the rate of digestion. The reason being because the courage takes more time to process the nutrients and carbohydrate from the fiber content. As a result there is a slow and consistent release of glucose from the oatmeal. Consequently you will eat less and may be able to shed pounds too. Other high fiber whole grains like barley are also effective which assists in controlling the level of blood glucose.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    blood sugar level/glucose?
    well a doctor said i should buy a diabeties meter as she thinks im fasting glucose or something like that,not sure if it makes sense as i couldnt understand her much.Whats the best times of testing myself? like before meals or after ?? does anyone have some advice and maybe even some sort of chart i could print out and write my results in as iv googled this but there all so confuseing!

    • ANSWER:
      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

      83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less.

      Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.

      Though most doctors will tell you any fasting blood sugar under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) is “normal”, there are several studies that suggest that testing with a fasting blood sugar in the mid 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/L) range often predicts diabetes that is diagnosed a decade later.
      Post-Meal Blood Sugar (Postprandial)
      Independent of what they eat, the blood sugar of a truly normal person is:

      Under 120 mg/dl (6.6 mmol/L) one or two hours after a meal.

      Most normal people are under 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) two hours after eating.

      To learn more about diabetes >http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.php

      Good luck

      Tin

  2. QUESTION:
    Testing sugar levels. What is diabetic and what is not?
    A nurse at hospital tested by blood sugar levels when i was fasting and after. The nurse said 2 to 4 was a normal level for someone who didn’t have diabetes and had been fasting. Is this accurate?
    My tested levels are below…
    - Fasting Blood Sugar levels were 4.9
    - After eating blood sugar levels were 5.4
    Is there some sort of chart i can refer to? I want to know if i have diabetes or not. (I have PCOS which is a pre-diabetic condition).

    • ANSWER:
      Hi El,

      That is a perfect result sweetheart considering you have PCOS. Nothing to worry about there.

      I have been trying to find a site to help you, the best one I have come up with so far is www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/16422495.php
      If you scroll down to the heading NORMAL FASTING BLOOD SUGAR everything below that heading will explain the normal ranges of blood sugar to you.

      Hope this helps.

      Love Mel.X

  3. QUESTION:
    I hid my sugar levels from my doctor, now what?
    I’m a gestational diabetic. That means I’m pregnant. I’m six months in, and I had not been keeping track of my blood sugar at all. I didn’t realize how bad it actually was. I filled in my blood sugar chart the day of my appointment (yesterday), but I used fake reasonable numbers. The doctor alluded to the fact that he knew my numbers were too good to be true, but he wasn’t going to outright accuse me of lying. Well, I had been putting fasting levels between 70 and 89. I did an actual check this morning, and it was actually 153. I have to come clean to my doctors, but I don’t know how to do it gracefully. I screwed up.

    • ANSWER:
      Boy , this is tough.
      Seem to be a trait with many diabetics.
      If it was I that told the fib, I think I would go to another doctor. I would feel so ashamed.
      I am not berating you, what is done is done.

      How Diabetes and Pregnancy May Affect Baby

      A common problem among the babies of pregnant diabetic women is a condition called “macrosomia,” which means “large body.” In other words, babies of diabetic women are apt to be considerably larger than others.

      This occurs because many of these babies receive too much sugar via the placenta because their mothers have high blood sugar levels. The baby’s pancreas senses the high sugar levels and it produces more insulin in an attempt to use up all the extra sugar. That extra sugar is converted to fat, making a large baby.
      What are the risks?
      Research has found that pregnant women with diabetes are five times more likely to have stillborn babies. Babies whose mothers have diabetes are:

      •three times more likely to die within four weeks of birth
      •twice as likely to have a serious birth defect

      Insulin is the traditional first-choice drug for blood glucose control during pregnancy, because it is the most effective for fine-tuning blood glucose and it doesn’t cross the placenta. Therefore, it is safe for the baby. Insulin can be injected with a syringe, an insulin pen, or through an insulin pump. All three methods are safe for pregnant women.

      Take care

      Buff

  4. QUESTION:
    Why are there so many different “normal” blood levels for a non-diabetic? Its getting very confusing..?
    The American Diabetes Assoc. and other reputable medical resources (including the info on the chart for the meter strips) say a non-diabetic’s normal fasting (8-12 hrs) blood sugar level should be below 100. Anything above that is considered “pre” or “diabetic” depending on what your level is. The most confusing part is the BG level for approx 2 hours after a meal. I keep reading you should be under 120, 2 hours after a meal. Meanwhile, Doctors and the ADA say anything under 140 is normal, to me that seems like a big diff. I have been testing my after lunch and dinner BG levels , I have been averaging between 94 and 129 after 2 hrs..according to some this is perfectly normal (140), while others are saying I should not be going over 120…Does this mean I am at High Risk for diabetes? Are people saying my BG level should always be below 120?.. My morning Fasting has been between 81-98 for 8 consecutive days now, what does this mean???..please help.. Thanks…

    • ANSWER:
      Forget what the ADA says. They are in the pockets of drug companies.

      Here is the scoop( we want to catch this terrible disease in it’s earliest monent, Don’t we???)

      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

      83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less.

      Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.

      Though most doctors will tell you any fasting blood sugar under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) is “normal”, there are several studies that suggest that testing with a fasting blood sugar in the mid 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/L) range often predicts diabetes that is diagnosed a decade later.
      Post-Meal Blood Sugar (Postprandial)
      Independent of what they eat, the blood sugar of a truly normal person is:

      Under 120 mg/dl (6.6 mmol/L) one or two hours after a meal.

      Most normal people are under 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) two hours after eating.
      A1c
      A truly normal A1c is between 4.6% and 5.4%

      A1cs are not as good a measure of actual blood sugar control in individuals as they are for groups. An A1c of 5.1% maps to an average blood sugar of 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) or less when group statistics are analyzed, but normal variations in how our red blood cells work make the A1cs of truly normal individuals fall into a wider range.

      Some people’s A1cs are always a bit higher than their measured blood sugars would predict. Some are always lower. NOTE: If you are anemic your A1c will read much lower than your actual blood sugars and the resulting A1c is not a useful gauge of your actual blood sugar control.

      Heart attack risk rises in a straight line fashion as A1c rises from 4.6%. Take care Buff

      You are probably on the verge. So start a low glycemic index diet and exercise,(http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm)

      Exercise is Daily 30 t0 60 min. a day. By the way this is a great way for the whole family to eat, No calorie counting.

  5. QUESTION:
    Any Metformin experts?
    First of all, thanks for taking the trouble to read and answer these questions. I really appreciate it. I am a newly diagnosed diabetic (about 6 or 7 weeks ago) and I really need some answers to these questions:

    As a background to this question, my fasting blood sugar when diagnosed was 20 UK (= 360 US). I have tested it myself a couple of times this week when fasting and it was 13.1 (=236) and 15.8 (=284) but it has also been 19.8 (=356) an hour after a meal.

    (1) When should I take metformin – before, during or after a meal and why? I have heard some conflicting things.

    (2) I have been prescribed 3 x 500mg but I very rarely eat three large meals. In fact, I eat about 5 or 6 half size meals so would it be okay for me to halve the dosage and double the frequency? i.e. does it depend on how much I actually eat?

    (3) What is Metformin actually doing? (i.e. how does it actually work)

    (4) Is the effect of Metformin simply a short term remedy in as much as, does it simply lower my blood sugar momentarily or should I expect to see a long term reduction in my fasting blood sugar?

    (5) If I dont feel that Metformin is doing much then should I consider asking for the Slow Release version? Or should I consider going onto Insulin?

    (6) Are there websites with charts etc which show how blood sugar levels should be on a typical day when meals are taken and when Metformin/Insulin are taken?

    Once again, thanks
    I am type 2, and I am male, aged 42, with both parents Indian.

    • ANSWER:
      You seem to have several problesm,all related.

      1) ALWAYS FOLLOW DOCTORS ORDRS. Do not depend on advice from the intenet. CALL THE DOCTOR and ask. DO NOT attempt to treat yoursefl, adjust your own disages, or otherwise self-medicate. DO NOT use any folk” or herbal remedies, as they can interfer with teh prescription drugs..

      2) You should take readings ONLY as indicated by the doctor. The most commen times are:
      –> Just before (like 5 minutes before) meals
      –> Just before bed
      Some doctoar also recommend taking a reading TWO HOURS after eating.

      NEVER TAKE A READING AT ANY OTHER TIME. Your blood sugar “spikes” immediately after you eat, and so readings taken sooner than two hours after eating WILL be high, and are meaningless.

      NOW:
      Metformin is to be taken WITH MEALS, unless the doctor orders otherwise. One of the things a diabetic MUST do is control their eating habits. you need to start eating in a more prescribed, regular manner, like THREE meals a day, at the normal times.

      DO NOT cut the pill! Metformin must be taken whole, not chewed, crushed, or cut..

      Metformin works by 1) Causing the liver to produce less excess sugar, and 2) Increase the body’s sensitiveity to insulin, thus lowering blood sugar.

      Metformin works almost immedately, but its effect will act as long as the chemical stays in the body. That is why it is necesary to properly time your meals!

      It is not about what YOU feel is working or not; it is about what the doctor PROVES is working or not, through regular blood tests. The doctor is the one to make the judgement whether ot not to use the XR version ogfmetformin.

      But, there are other medications to try before going to insulin. Metformin works for Insulin Resistence. but you might have Insulin Deficiency. Therefor, you need drugs that will stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin. These drugs may be tried alone or in combination with metformin.

      Only if NONE of the drugs work should you consider insulin.

      There is no ned for a Blood Glucose chart. The reading are very simple to undetstand.

      1) ALWAYS take the readings at the correct times (see above). Raeding taken at ANY other time are meaningless.
      2) blood sugar readings taken just before meals or bed should be in the NORMAL range, 80-120 US
      3) Reading taken two hous after the meals should be in the range of 150-200 US

      However you obtain these result is OK, so long as it works. Diet and exercise, Metformin, or insulin — all are OK.

      the goal of diabetes treatment is to train the patient to take control of his or her life, teaching them to STRICTLY control their diet, get more exercise, and lose weight. If this can be successfully accomplished, the drugs and/or insulin can be reduced or even eliminated.

      BUT NOTE::
      If the patient remains “non-compliant” (not following doctors orders, ESPECIALLY so far as strict dietary control is concerned) then there is no doctor in the world, no medication yet invented, that can save the patients life.

      Diabetes is an EXTREMELY personal disease. It requires a great deal of self-discipline to fight it. The successful patient will live as long and as happy as a “healthy” person.

      The non-compliant patient will often die young, and almost always painfully, being subject to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attacks, strokes, blindness, Azheimers disease, amputations, kidneys disease, and dialysis.

  6. QUESTION:
    Do I have diabetes or am I just being paranoid?
    Hello everybody. I apologize in advance because this will prolly look like an essay by the time i’m done. I’m a 21 yr old male. 5’6″ 185 lbs. I do alot of cardio and weight training. I’m a little overweight but in no way obese. I don’t really have a family history of diabetes. I do however consume an abundant amount of carbs and sugar a day. Anyways, about 2 weeks ago I started feeling extremely thirsty. It seemed like no matter how much water I’d drink, I would still feel thirsty. It felt like the inside of my body was evaporating. I did some research to see what can possibly be causing this and the first thing that came up was diabetes. I freaked out and automatically diagnosed myself with having diabetes. I didn’t tell my parents because I didn’t want to worry them. Unfortunately over the past week I developed a few more symptoms, an increase in appetite, urinating more frequently, and a tingly sensation in my hands and feet (Only happens when my hands and feet are in a certain position like when my feet are crossed). After those symptoms came about, I knew I needed to be checked out. However since I don’t have a doctor because I just moved to Florida from NY 2 months ago, I went to the hospital. I explained my symptoms to the doctor and told her my fear of possibly having diabetes. She took my blood pressure, temperature, 8 tubes of blood and a urinalysis (I knew they were going to take my blood to check my sugar, so the day before so I took it upon myself to fast. I fasted for about 14-15 hrs) Finally after waiting about 30 min, the doctor came in and told me the results. She said my blood pressure and urinalysis were normal, and that my sugar level of 106 was normal and did not indicate any diabetes. I was extremely relieved and i asked her if it’s possible for my symptoms to be nothing or just all in my mind brought on by paranoia. She said yes. Now when I got home i was curious as to what a sugar level would have to read to indicate diabetes. So i came across a chart that states for a fasting blood sugar of 126 or higher usually means a person has diabetes, 100-125 is pre-diabetes, with 80-99 considered normal. My reading was 106; So according to the chart I have pre-diabetes. If that’s true then why didn’t my doctor tell me this, why did she say it was normal? Is it? I’m totally freaking out right now because according to her i don’t have diabetes yet i still feel all of these symptoms. Is it possible that it’s all in my head? I mean i am constantly thinking about diabetes, so maybe my mind is convinced i have it and is creating these symptoms to cope with it. Also could it be because i just moved to Florida from NY. and i’m just adjusting?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you are being paranoid. Everyones blood sugar goes up and down, and what is normal for one person is not normal for another person. Charts are made to give us a number to compare things by, it does not mean that if your readings are different than the chart, that you have diabetes. It also depends on when you do your readings. A non diabetic should have reading somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 to 99 fasting and 70 to 140 two hours after a meal.. If your doctor would have thought there was reason to tell you that you are a diabetic, she would have. The symptoms you have could be from a lot of things, especially your tingling sensations…they were most likely caused because your feet were crossed…that is normal. I think you are fine and are obsessing with certain symptoms. You said your appetite has increased, that may be why you have been drinking more. Put away the charts.. Let it go and go have fun.

  7. QUESTION:
    I have no idea what is wrong with me?
    I have not been feeling well for the past four months. I have menstruation problems, stomach problems, and I am always tired. I have been diagnosed with IBS, but nothing seems to help that. I recently have been tested for many different problems including diabetes, hyperthyroidism, estrogen levels, testosterone levels, progesterone levels, UTI, kidney problems, blood count…etc. The problem with these tests are that I go to military doctors. They don’t give the results back unless something is way off the charts. I have tested my blood sugar and it has been between 190-250 every time ( the last time I did fasting sugar level and it was 234)…could I possibly be diabetic, or do these symptoms sound like something different.
    Any information would be helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetic and gluten intolerant. Do the research.

      If you would like to try a product that is inexpensive check out chia seeds that dr oz was talking about. Exercise and eat a gluten free diet for 3 months and see if you feel better. No diet soad or regular and no energy drinks. Your so right about your problem being diabetes! Congratualtions for being smarter than the DR.

  8. QUESTION:
    I have to be re-tested for Gestational diabetes, but I tend to be more hypoglycemic when I’m not pregnant.?
    I have to go back to the lab for the 3 hr glucose test to see if my higher level of blood sugar is because to gestational diabetes. I know that not everyone who get retested has it, but I’m wondering if its linked to my history of what I would assume (never diagnosed) is hypoglycemia: faintness, headache, tiredness, dizziness, shaking, and irritability when having not eaten or when I eat too much sugar or simple carbohydrates. I’ve always been considered underweight, or just low on the BMI chart. This is my fourth pregnancy and the other three times I was fine. This time the only difference is they told me not to fast before the test, something I had done the three previous times. Do you think there could be a link to that? Has anyone with these symptoms when they’re not pregnant ever tested high on their glucose test? Or can anyone answer if there is a link between these symptoms and how I reacted during the test.

    • ANSWER:
      Hypoglycemic is low blood glucose. You won’t have that if you’ve had too much sugar or simple carbs.
      Also, when I’m hyperglycemic (too high blood glucose) I’ll have the symptoms you describe. So, I imagine you have had a high blood glucose reading and that’s why they want to test you under ‘normal’ conditions to see how you’re reacting to higher glucose levels.

      Being male, I’ve not experienced pregnancy, but I have eperienced high and low blood glucose levels. As long as your doctor is on top of it, you should be fine.

  9. QUESTION:
    Do you think I have gestational Diabetes?
    Went and had my GD test today, A 2 hour one, Firstly they took blood than I drank the sweet drink an hour later they took more blood than an hour after that they took more blood. Before I drank the sweet drink the lady tested the blood and compared it to some sort of colour chart and she said my sugar levels were quite high (9 exactly). I also fasted for this test, 10 hrs prior (except for water did drink that). Do you think this means I have GD or could I have a high sugar level reading without having GD?

    Go get my results from the doctor next week, just curious and want to know what others think and may have experienced. Really hope I don’t have it, have had MASSIVE cravings for any thing sweet, it’s torture I just want to eat a million mars bars, LOL.

    Thanks in advance ladies.

    • ANSWER:
      Try not to worry till u get the results back I’m not sure how they tested your blood, but the usual prick test normal is 4-7 so if you got a 9 you would be slightly high but not In a coma!!!
      My mother had GD think hers were around 20 when they tested her which is high. She has now got type 2 diabetes the finger prick test is what she uses every day. Usually the hospital will take blood from your arm so they can do a full blood count and check your haemoglobin levels at the same time. Hope u r ok let us know how u get on x
      By the way my GTT results were 4.7 before and 4.7 afterwards to give u an idea x

  10. QUESTION:
    Do you think I have gestational diabetes?
    Went and had my GD test yesterday, A 2 hour one, Firstly they took blood than I drank the sweet drink an hour later they took more blood than an hour after that they took more blood. Before I drank the sweet drink the lady tested the blood and compared it to some sort of colour chart and she said my sugar levels were quite high (9 exactly). I also fasted for this test, 10 hrs prior (except for water did drink that). Do you think this means I have GD or could I have a high sugar level reading without having GD?

    Go get my results from the doctor next week, just curious and want to know what others think and may have experienced. Really hope I don’t have it, have had MASSIVE cravings for any thing sweet, it’s torture I just want to eat a million mars bars, LOL.

    Thanks in advance ladies.

    • ANSWER:
      Having been a type 1 diabetic for 25 years and now 34 weeks pregnant, I can tell you that 9.0 is really quite high especially after fasting and before having the sweet drink. Your level should be at 5.3 for a non diabetic person. I would say that they probably will diagnose you with GD however will probably try to control it with diet first and then if that doesn’t work, they will put you in the care of an endocrinologist and put you on insulin injections until the baby is born. The needles are very small and its really not that bad. PLEASE stay away from eating excess sugar as this will make your baby grow larger than it should be. Try eating things that taste sweet but are not, including fruit, yogurt etc. Good luck.


Halloween is a great fun night that is celebrated on 31st October. This festival is for children, men and women all. Thus if it is for all then why plus size women think they cannot dress up in Halloween costume. Halloween costumes do come for plus size women also and that too in all styles like for ordinary women. There are plenty of costume ideas of plus size dress for women.

It is a very wrong notion that large size women cannot attend Halloween. Why just because they are plus size? Is a festival mention that only middle or thin size people can enjoy it? No, then who are we decide it? Whatever your size is you are fully liable to enjoy Halloween. A great Halloween costume is not far from you. Go and grab it. Halloween is for everyone these days.

Halloween costumes decks all body sizes. The main mantra to wear them is to wear them in best advantage to your figure. Accept your figure and do not be ashamed of it. You have to dress up in such a way so as to make your figure asset for you. Costume you wear be confident in it. Also accessories and make up are important part of Halloween ensemble thus do not forget them. Apply make up in ghost style and wear wigs and hats to look authentic for Halloween party.


Fasting Blood Sugar Level For Diabetics

It is needless to say, you should have more concern for what you are doing in every walk of your life to lower blood sugar levels in your body. You will be on safer side in case you make an evaluation of what your body has gained positively in improving health in general. The American Diabetes Association is much worried about the mounting number of diabetics. This article bears information on diabetes management guidelines. The good news is that diabetes prevention is also possible if you take some simple steps to lowering blood sugar. If you spend extra minutes in keeping a healthier lifestyle, you will be amazed to notice a change in your diabetic condition.
Health care officials are of the view that the prime reason in many cases of developing diabetes is obesity. There are strong evidences of obesity being the risk factor related to type 2 diabetes. Obesity is again related to the foods that lower blood sugar levels. It’s also most important to know what foods diabetics should eat and the way of lifestyle with reference to exercise, alcohol consumption, and stress making. If steps are taken to have food intake with lower glycemic index, you can decrease your risk for developing diabetes.
Steps to lower blood sugar naturally:
Exercise: It has been well established that people who go for a daily walk can have a lower Body Mass Index and avoid high blood sugar. They have also been proved to be more sensitive to insulin with less chance to develop diabetes. If anyone crosses with the question “How does insulin lower blood sugar?”, the simple answer is “Just daily walking for 30 minutes helps to reverse insulin resistance and even restore insulin sensitivity”.
Alcohol consumption: Consuming alcohol is harmful to one with diabetes. The bad effect is similar to that of the effect caused by fatty food intake. As the alcohol consumption effects increased calorie, the intake of alcoholic products is to be kept off. The effects will be more serious with complications in liver function if the amount of drinking alcohol is excessive.
Stress making: If you are diabetic, the stress formation can complicate your condition still worse. With stress making experience, the body suffers disturbance in hormone secretion. Specifically, a poor insulin secretion allows the blood cells to store glucose and worsen your body with increased blood sugar intake. To relieve from this, just going to be mingling with friends in jolly moods is best suggested.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Pregnant Blood Sugar levels for diabetics?
    Okay is there anyone with type 2 diabetes and pregnant who can answer this question? What are the proper blood sugar levels for fasting, 1 hour after eating and 2 hours after eating? Also are they counting the one hour to begin after you finish eating or at the start of the meal? Just curious what you all have been told because I have gotten some conflicting information from different doctors. (My OBGYN, General Practioner and Endocrinologist all had different opinions)
    I was told less than 120 an hour after you have begun eating. So if your meal takes you a half hour – then you have a half hour for it to go back down. I was also told fasting under 80. These just seemed way too low and possibly dangerous.

    • ANSWER:
      Fasting blood sugar should be less than 95. If you’re having the one hour test, after one hour it should be less than around 140. .

      For the three hour test, after one hour, less than about 180, after two hours, less than about 160, and after three hours, less than about 140.

      All clinics and hospitals have slightly different values that they use as cutoffs, but they should be pretty close, within 5-10 points

      *sorry, I read your question too quickly and answered in response to a glucose test, not just post-meal. You’re probably close to what it should be for post meal sugars, but IMO their fasting sugar parameter is too low – but not dangerously so. We don’t worry about treating hypoglycemia unless it’s less than 50.

      Less than 120-130 is pretty reasonable for after a meal. Numbers are higher for a glucose test, because you consume more concentrated amounts of sugar.

  2. QUESTION:
    Diabetes – When to test blood sugar level?
    I was recently diagnosed with diabetes (controlled through exercise and diet, no meds at this time). I’ve gone to a ton of websites and read literature on diabetes, but cannot find a straight answer about testing my blood sugar.

    For diabetics out there….
    When should I test?
    Should I test after fasting (say after sleeping) or before a meal?
    How soon after a meal should I test?
    How many times a day?

    Thanks for your help! :-)

    • ANSWER:
      Testing for Type 1′s and insulin using Type 2′s is a bit different from your case. Type 1′s need to regularly test to ensure their BG level is not in a dangerous range and adjust their insulin. They may test up to 12x a day is some cases. Type 1′s using an insulin pump usually test often. Most Type 1′s average about 6x per day if they use multiple daily injections.

      If you are a new Type 2, you may want to start on a regular plan just to see how your levels are fluctuating during the day. You aren’t on meds or insulin, so you don’t need to worry about low blood sugar. Your main goal is to make sure you are not running too high and are unaware of it.

      For the first few days, test in the a.m. (fasting), 2 hours after breakfast, before lunch, 2 hours after lunch, before supper, and you guessed it…2 hours after dinner. You may also want to throw in an evening pre-bed check or two.

      You want to see if your fasting (before eating) levels are in range at all meal times, and how your are doing after you eat.

      That way, you will know if you need medication, or just need to adjust your diet (eat less carbs at dinner, for example).

      If all is fairly well, and you are following a healthy diet and exercising, you can test randomly on different days to make sure you are staying in range. If not, call your doctor to see if you need medication.

  3. QUESTION:
    what are the blood glucose levels for non diabetics and diabetics?
    Does any knowlegeble person furnish me the correct blood sugar levels for both non diabetics and diabetics regarding fasting, post lunch and random levels

    • ANSWER:
      Fasting glucose levels per the ADA is 70-99 normal, 100-125 pre diabetic and 126 and up is diabetic.

  4. QUESTION:
    Why are women with Gestational Diabetes expected to keep their blood sugar levels lower than non-diabetics?
    For instance, I have researched that a regular non-diabetic person is expected to have a fasting blood glucose level between 70-126 (3.8 – 7.0) and a 2 hour post meal reading between 126-180 (7.0 – 10.0). However a women diagnosed with GD (a faulty system of testing in my opinion) must maintain a fasting reading of 95 (5.3) and a 2 hour reading of 120 (6.7). Is my research on regular non-diabetic readings false or is something wonky going on here? Also worth mentioning, I was diagnosed with this in my last pregnancy, never changed my diet but never tested over either during any of my 4-times-a-day pricks. Any thoughts/facts appreciated, just not those who take a doctor’s word as gospel….looking for people who think for themselves.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to keep it lower because you need a cushion of safety–having a high glucose level damages your organs and tissues, and your baby’s organs and tissues, permanently. Plus, while you can be sure that a person without diabetes will quickly be able to lower their glucose after eating, so time at high-normal will be brief, people with diabetes don’t have the same guarantee. Plus, having a high glucose level for prolonged periods of time while pregnant can permanently mess up your child’s metabolism. They can end up with extra sensitivity to glucose, and insensitivity to insulin, making them more disposed to get diabetes at a younger age. The thing you have to understand is that even diabetics who religiously follow all the rules still end up with all kinds of problems and damage, because it really is that dangerous to have high glucose.

  5. QUESTION:
    How much variability in blood sugar levels is normal for non-diabetics?
    My fasting (14 hours) bs level 3 days ago came back 233 but a 3 hours post-meal glucose home test today was down to 94. Is such an extreme a spike and drop off within a range of possibility or is one of the measurements likely contaminated ? (There wasn’t quite enough in a drop to fill the reaction site, so those results may be prone to misinterpretation.)

    I’ll do another draw tomorrow before talking to the clinic and deciding whether this warrants an emergency visit or not. Absolutely no other symptoms, though, so I may well be able to wait a few days.

    • ANSWER:
      Something does not sound right. Although different sources will give different ranges for glucose the consensus is that a fasting glucose is approximately 70 to 100 mg/dL while a post-prandial (after meal) glucose should not typically exceed 140 mg/dL. The post-prandial reading is fine and is most likely not compatible with a fasting reading of 233 mg/dL. There may have been an error although modern glucometers are extremely easy to use and virtually error free. Nonetheless the only way to answer your question if for you to take additional readings. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and may God bless.

  6. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar level question?
    I have had fasting blood sugar level 114 a month ago. and then a few weeks later after being careful to avoid sweets as possible, the fasting blood sugar level was 98.
    Then a month later, it was 119 at 11 hours of fasting and 109 after 12 hours.
    My mom has diabetics so I have to be careful. I have started to work out every evening for about 5 minutes. My question is if I keep doing exercises, will it be ok to have eat sweets (not too much) meanwhile? Will this routine make my glucose level normal?
    I have tested blood sugar level after 2 hours of dinner and it was 90.
    I use an ORBITREK machine to do exercises

    • ANSWER:
      Eating low carb meal is the key. If your intake is about 3 carbos(45gms) per meal then you will be able to lower it. Also do some regular exercise.

  7. QUESTION:
    what should blood sugar levels be?
    I’m wondering if the diabetics out there can tell me what blood sugars to aim for : fasting, 1 hr after eating, 2 hrs after eating. Also, are you supposed to take it 2 hours after you BEGAN eating or after you are DONE eating?

    I’m asking b/c I began a new medication that might affect blood sugars, and I have insulin resistance. The doc wants me to monitor my sugars but I know the numbers to aim for are different than for gestational diabetes (the last time I used the meter).

    • ANSWER:
      a NORMAL blood sugar is in the range of 80-120. Any reading in this range, at any time, is considered normal.

      Most doctors ask that reading be taken JUST BEFORE meals. Since most people have AT LEAST 4 hours between meals, this is considered a “fasting” reading. The reading should be normal – 80-120.

      Readings taken first thing in the morning, after not eating for 8-10 hours, should be slightly lower, 70-100.

      If the doctor wants you to measure AFTER meals, then you measure two hours after you STOP eating. The “postprandial” (after eating) readings are slightly higher than “normal” readings — 100-150

      DO NOT take reading any sooner than two hours after meals. Reading taken sooner are completely dependent on what and how much you ate, and are thus meaningless. it takes about two hours for your body to “return to normal” after a meal. Readings taken sooner than that are worthless.

      Blood sugar readings are some of the most researched and best undestood readings in the human body. And they are NOT different for “normal” diabetes or gestational diabetes, nor between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

  8. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar really high before meals, low after meals?
    I am very confused by my readings with my home monitor. My daughter has the same exact problem (she’s 7 and has very high blood sugar-having her checked for Type 1).

    I’ve been testing for 3 weeks (I have Type 2)and my readings are fairly consistent. Fasting levels high. Very low early in morning. Low late at night. Now it’s around meals that’s confusing me and all the diabetic family members that I ask for advice…

    About 30-60 minutes before meals, my blood sugar will be high/sometimes very high. About 30-90 minutes after meals, my blood sugar drops a lot! I’ll go somewhere around 170 to 100 just from eating a small meal. Everything I’ve heard and read said non-diabetics and diabetics, their blood sugar increases after meals, logically. Why is mine dropping after meals. I don’t take insulin or oral meds (for diabetes) and my meals are basically the same each day. I don’t take any meds that interfere with blood sugar. Has anyone heard of this? I really need help! Thx

    • ANSWER:
      Man, did you get some goofy answers, or what?…. no wonder you emailed me.

      Hmmm…. this is quite interesting. Exactly the opposite of how it normally goes… Wow. Unfortunately, I have no clue…. unless the food you’re eating lowers blood sugar, and there are very few foods that can do that. Cinnamon, some melons, and a few herbs can help slow glucose absorbtion and assist our insulin’s effectiveness, but their effect is minimal. I am very interested in exactly what you are eating, how many calories, etc.

      The most likely possibility is, eating is triggering your pancreas to produce more insulin than the rest of the time. Something could be fooling the body into backing off production a few hours after eating. Read up on the glucagon, glycogen, and glucose production cycle that goes on between the pancreas and the liver… it’s quite interesting. I would suspect that your problem has something to do with what you are eating and this process getting out of balance. As long as you’re not going below 70 and above 170 (for too long), you shouldn’t worry too much. We’ll figure something out.

      You didn’t give me much in the way of numbers. How high? How low? Why not keep a chart throughout the day? This would be very helpful. I’m mainly interested in your fasting (morning before breakfast) and one, two, and three hour after meal readings. I’m curious about the accuracy of your meter, too. I’m also interested in your weight and how much dairy you’ve been on. Read my web page (below) for more on this.

      Both of you might want to consider adopting a primarily vegetable diet with minimal beef and dairy. Cut out the “empty” carbs and stick with whole grains, too. Diet and exercise play a crucial role in how well our body deals with carbs and sugar. I would also recommend some supplements that are proven to help regulate blood sugar. Especially, cinnamon and alpha lipoic acid. See my webpage for more….

      http://www.geocities.com/seabulls69/Type_II_Diabetes.html

      I will email you with my “real” email, so we can keep in touch. I’ve done lots and lots of reading on this, so maybe we can figure this out together.

      As far as diet not making a difference, you might want to read these before you swallow the good nurse’s advice:
      Milk information:

      http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2007nl/mar/dairy.htm

      http://www.notmilk.com/d.html

      http://www.notmilk.com/tudrmac.html

      http://www.rense.com/general63/ddia.htm

      http://www.sciencenews.org/pages/sn_arc99/6_26_99/fob2.htm

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002448.htm

      http://www.strongbones.org/

      http://www.nature.com/ejcn/journal/v59/n3/abs/1602086a.html

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=15910636&dopt=Abstract

      As far as I’m concerned, there is no doubt that cow’s milk is not good for you. Not even baby cows drink the stuff after their infancy… it’s too rich. There’s a ton of evidence out there proving that it’s not good for you, yet even doctors continue to spread the myth that it is good for you. It’s just like their wreckless dispensing of harmful medications that they know full well cure nothing. Yes, they might reduce the symptoms a little, but are they worth the side effects? Of course not. Doctors (and nurses) are human and subject to the same brainwashing that goes on day in and day out in our society…. milk is good because it has calcium and vitamin D. This drug is good because……. (the drug manufacturer says so and I make a ton of money off you by herding you out of here with another useless “remedy”). It’s an incredibly well crafted belief system. Upon scrutiny, however, the whole thing unravels. I’m not asking you to believe me or her… I’m asking you to do the research yourself. Read some of Kevin Trudeau’s stuff if you want an eye opener. Don’t believe all of his stuff either. Gather as much information as possible from as wide a variety of sources as possible and make your own judgements. I did. Here’s another tip… you can learn more about diabetes than any nurse or doctor in less than a month. Think about it…. how long did they spend on the subject in med school? A week? Two? Here’s another item… how many diabetics have they cured? Personally, I put doctors and nurses in there with chiropractors and fortune tellers. It’s your body that does the healing… not them.

      Here’s more on hyperinsulimia: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QA/QA94119/

      It’s pretty much what we all go through as we become type 2 diabetic. It’s just a fancy name for insulin resistance… the precursor to type 2.

      And the pancreatic tumor the good nurse is referring to is called: insulinoma: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insulinoma

      The trouble with insulinoma is, it’s completely unpredictable and people often end up with unexplained hypoglycemic episodes. This doesn’t appear to be what’s happening to you. Watch your numbers very carefully throughout the day. If your numbers are consistently similar before meals (high) and after meals (low) day in and day out, you should be able to rule out insulinoma since it’s claim to fame is as suggested on the webpage I linked… generally the opposite of what you are claiming happens.

      I’ve got a buck that says you run out of money or die of old age before you find a doctor (or nurse) that can explain your symptoms.

  9. QUESTION:
    Diabetics: your experiences with blood sugars?
    Last week I had some blood test results that made my doctor send me to the ER, where they found my results to be perfectly normal. I have an appointment with her tomorrow, but I’d like some input or experience from people with diabetes and/or kidney issues.

    Last Friday, I did a basic metabolic panel as part of a routine checkup. I’ve no history with diabetes or kidney problems, but an hour after the test my doctor called me with alarming kidney function results. Another hour later, she called and ordered me to the ER – after spending an hour discussing the results with another physician. If you check my profile, you’ll see that I’m a neurobiology and have training in physiology and biochemistry, but I’m not an expert in non-brain stuff. However, I did ask for basic info about the blood test results and researched them.

    Off the top of my head, I can tell you that my creatinine level was twice what it should have been (2.9 maybe? It was just over twice normal) and my glucose level like 180. And this was after a night of fasting.

    The funny thing is that I ate between the blood test (9:00 AM) and getting the first call (10:30 AM). It was about 1:30 PM when the ER checked my blood glucose levels, which were a bit high at 130. All other metabolic tests were normal, so the ER sent me home.

    If I were diabetic, my glucose levels should have raised further. The meal I had was 1.5 servings of macaroni, 1 cup of asparagus, 1 glass of wine, and 1 large cup of water.

    It’s relevant that I changed my diet 3 days before the blood work was ordered and I was probably in ketosis from that change alone. Mind you I wasn’t starving myself – I cut my diet down to about 1,100 calories and low fat. And I informed my doctor of this on the day after (2 days before the blood test) of the diet change.

    The night before the blood test, I ate a ~370 calorie meal (2 small chicken strips, potatoes, corn, and a low calorie desert) at 7:30 PM, took my dog for a 30 minute walk, and remember feeling a little hungry at 9:30 PM. The next morning, I only drank a diet soda on the drive to have blood work done.

    I’ve never had symptoms of diabetes, kidney disease, and felt great for months before the blood work. And I was a regular blood donor over the last 5 years. I last donated in December and there were no problems.

    Have any of you had similar experiences? I’d like to think that I was just in ketosis from chopping my calories to 1/3rd the pre-diet change levels, but this ordeal scared me right back to old eating habits.
    I also lost 3.5 lbs in the 3 days of diet change – and it wasn’t just glycogen weight, as I continued to eat a decent amount of carbs from fruit and a little bread.

    • ANSWER:
      No non-diabetic should have a blood sugar 0f 180 but it may not have been an accurate test.

      Your incorrect about the Creatinine levels, your level was almost 3 times higher than what it should be. Lab Corp. and Quest Diagnostics should the normal levels for Creatinine should be 0.76 – 1.27. which would indicate impaired kidney functions.

      You should schedule a complete workup with a doctor that spealizes in Internal Medicine .

  10. QUESTION:
    If you were Muslim and diabetic, would you have to fast during Ramadan?
    I’m not Muslim, however, I am studying different religions. I was wondering if diabetics or people with lower than normal blood sugar levels would have to fast. I know personally if I skipped and of my meals I would be sick for at least a couple of days. I’m looking, with my studies, for my faith and I wanted to get an accurate answer.

    • ANSWER:
      It is prescribed for sick people not to fast in Ramadaan, if fasting will cause harm or make the sickness worse, or if they need treatment during the day in the form of medicine or pills that must be swallowed, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

      “and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Sawm (fasts) must be made up] from other days”[al-Baqarah 2:185]

      And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah loves people to avail themselves of His concessions (rukhsah) just as He hates them to commit sin.” According to another version, “As He loves His commands to be obeyed.”

      With regard to taking blood from veins for testing etc., the correct view is that this does not break the fast, but if it is done often, it is better to leave it until night-time. If it is done during the day then to be on the safe side that day should be made up, because this is akin to cupping.”

      (Fatwa of Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him), from Fataawa Islamiyyah, vol. 2, p. 139)

      Sickness is of various kinds:

      1 – That which does not affect the fast, such as a light cold or mild headache or toothache, and the like. In this case it is not permissible to break the fast, even though some of the scholars permitted that because of the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

      “and whoever is ill…”[al-Baqarah 2:185]

      2. If fasting is difficult for him and will cause him harm, such as a man who has kidney disease or diabetes and similar cases where fasting will cause harm. In this case fasting is haraam. Hence we may see that some mujtahids and sick people make a mistake when fasting is difficult for them and may harm them, but they refuse to break their fast. We say that they are mistaken because they refuse to accept the kindness of Allaah and the concession that He has given to them, and they are harming themselves, although Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

      “And do not kill yourselves”[al-Nisa’ 4:29]

  11. QUESTION:
    Is this normal blood sugar?
    I am woundering if this is normal. I am a non-diabetic but I am at increased risk for diabetes because of family. I am 24, female. I urinate frequently. Since 8am I have used the bathroom 6 times, it is now 9:30pm. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a lot, but I only drink about 20 oz of water a day even though I’m constantly thirsty. I know I should be drinking more………anyways. I bought a meter and started keeping a record of everything I eat(so far been checking for 3 full days). I check my BS when I get up, right before I eat…..and hour after I eat and then 2 hours after I eat. My fasting levels are between 92 and 100. After I eat(depending on what I have ate) it goes between 72 and 180 an hour later. Then 2 hours after eating it goes between 60 and 150. The highest reading I have had so far was 378. It went that high an hour after eating ice cream. Then an hour later it dropped to 81. I am curious, because obviously it has gone that high before because I didn’t feel any different. I only feel bad when it drops below 100. I am always thisty and extremely fatigued. Sorry for so much info, just want to be clear. Is it normal for a non-diabetics sugar to run so high?

    • ANSWER:
      Your blood sugar levels are going to fluctuate depending upon what you eat. Your body’s ability to deal with the blood sugar will depend on several things. If you listen to the medical people, they will tell you that blood sugar readings are the important thing and you need to control it. The problem is that diabetes runs in families because most people eat the same foods, not because of genetics like a lot of so called “scientists” tell you. 25% of ALL Americans are OBESE and 1 in 10 are pre-diabetic or have diabetes if you count the people that do not know they have it now. That is not genetic my friend! ! !

      Understanding fat is a primary key to regulating your blood sugar and then limiting the carbs you eat is the second thing. The fat tissue is what generates a hormone called Leptin that tells the body how to utilize insulin and glucagon. If you are eating enough good fats, the body believes it is not starving and lets the metabolism stay high. If you are eating LOW fat foods, your body thinks you are starving and it slows your metabolism down, creating the need for lots of exercise and will power to keep your weight down. A very dumb way to control weight, but the food industry promotes this heavily for obvious profit reasons. Fruits and vegetables are carbs, just like pasta and breads. If you want to stabilize your blood sugar, you can eat 6 meals a day for about 2 weeks, eating more carbs than you normally should. Once your blood sugar is stabilized, you can eat a diet high in fats, low in carbs, and moderate proteins. This will keep your blood sugar stable and allow your endocrine system to smooth out.

      There are many reasons for frequent urination and diabetes is only one of them. Digestion is the key to getting good nutrients into your body. Adequate supply of hydrochloric acid is a major factor. If you eat lots of carbs, that does not create good HCL production. The amount of water you need each day is as follows:

      The average person needs water at the following rate:

      Take your total body weight and divide by 2. That number is the amount of water in ounces that you need to drink each and everyday. Along with that, you should consume 1/4 teaspoon of “air dried sea salt” in conjunction with each quart of water you drink. This puts the electrolytes in your body that will give you proper hydration. The typical white table salt you buy in stores like the Morton Salt, for instance, is terrible for you and has loads of chemicals added. Avoid that junk. If you drink ANY diuretic drinks like, sodas, coffee, tea, alcohol, commercially prepared fruit drinks, energy drinks, etc., these all dehydrate you and you will need to add more water to the total to compensate for the water loss due to these diuretic drinks. Take the total ounces of the diuretic drinks and multiply by 1.5 and add that total to the original total to come up with the proper amount of water you need to drink each day.

      By the way, there is no reason a person should suffer from diabetes type 2. You can cure that in about 30 days. You will not hear this from medical people that make their living off selling drugs and telling you that once you have diabetes, you cannot be cured. That is ridiculous.

      Here is a MEDICAL DOCTOR that is also a natural doctor that has made a video of several people getting over diabetes in 30 days. Off all medications in 1 week. Watch the video and you decide:

      http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/simply-raw-reversing-diabetes-in-30-days/

      Here are some simple things you can do and if you follow these recommendations, your likelihood of successfully going off of drugs and having normal blood sugars is close to 100%, as treating type 2 diabetes is simply a matter of implementing some basic strategies to improve your insulin and leptin resistance:

      1. Exercise
      2. Eliminate Grains and Sugars
      3. Balance your protein, carb and fat ratios for your unique and specific genetic biochemistry.
      4. Monitor Your Fasting Insulin Level
      5. Optimize Your Vitamin D Level – optimizing your vitamin D levels can not only help improve type 2 diabetes if you have it, but can likely eliminate the risk of type 1 diabetes in your children if you are pregnant.

      EDIT: Just because the BIG MONEY pharma has not announced a DIABETES cure doesn’t mean there isn’t one. The number of people being “CURED” is rising and you will hear more about it. The same problem happened with TRANS FATS. It too Mary Enig, Ph.D. 15 years to convince Congress to make some changes.

      Watch the film I suggested and see with your own eyes the people that were CURED of diabetes. Don’t just take my word for it. Call up Dr. Cousins and ask him yourself. The poster: “Bux – Type 2 Diabetic (NIDDM)” and “Angela” are simply WRONG and being a diabetic suffering for years I’m sure they don’t want to admit there is a cure that is so simple. Watch the film, do your homework. It works.

      EDIT: Angela, I’m surprised at you. Getting emotional because you have suffered needlessly for 20 years is not a reason to say things that are not true. CNT is a Certified Nutritional Therapist, not some nurse thing. lol. What degrees do you have? Have you looked at the MEDICAL DOCTOR (M.D.) that CURED diabetes type 2 video I mentioned? You need too. You see, you don’t have to have a degree to watch that video and see how diabetes was CURED.

      Good luck to you

  12. QUESTION:
    Do blood sugars jump around in non-diabetics?
    I’m not a diabetic, but my friend is, so I decided to check my blood sugar for two days (yesterday and today). I took the test today fasting and my first reading came back 88. I decided to test again, so I did and it was 94. I thought that was high, so I used his control solution to test the meter and the meter was accurate, so I tested again and my level was 104. Yesterday when I tested fasting I had 83 the first time and 82 the second time. Is it normal for blood sugar to jump around like this when your not a diabetic? I know all of my levels are considered in the “normal” range, but 104 was scary to me. Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      a NORMAL blood sugar reading is ANY reading in the range 80-120 a 94 is great, and so is the 104.

      NO ONES blood sugar stays at one constant level. The actual reading depends on WHEN, WHAT, adn HOW MUCH you ate, how much you have exercised, your general health level (do you have a cold), AND your personal stress level.

      FOOD is the primary reason that blood sugar goes high. If you eat birthday cake and cola before taking the test, your reading WILL be high — maybe 300 or more. But 4 hours later, you will be hungry again, and your blood sugar reading may be 115. ONE high blood sugar reading is NOT to be worried about!

      Exercise is supposed to lower you blood sugar level, but in fact, during the exercise and for about an hour after, exercise actually RAISES your blood sugar . it is the LONG TERM effects of exercise that are important, NOT the immediate changes.

      Your physical and mental health conditions have large effects. If you have an infection your blood sugar WILL go high. Your body is producing its own sugars to help the white cells fight the “invading” germs. ANd your mental health level ALSO affects blood sugar . If you have job or marital stress, your blood sugar will be high. It is important that you always deal with stressful situations in a quick and positive manner. Don;t “stuff” stress! Don’t hide it — talk it out!

      If you don’t eat for 10 hours (like, going ot bed), then you blood sugar will be LOW. If it drops lower than 70, you need to talk to your doctor about possible Hypoglycemia.

      Blood sugar readings jump around ALL the time. In fact, if you use the same meter and take another test 30 minutes later, you will get an entirely different reading.

  13. QUESTION:
    Does soda water form gas in stomach?
    I have the habit of having two or three drinks jof whisky on weekends with soda water. However, afterwards I feel a bloating sensation in my stomach. Is it due to the soda? If I have the same with water only I do not face any problems. please help.

    Also I am a prediabetic with fasting blood sugar levels of around 120mg/dl. Which alcoholic drink is best for diabetics? Is beer okay? Beware I am also prone to gas.

    • ANSWER:
      no it doesnt, if an individual have already a stomach problem then it can cause problems.

  14. QUESTION:
    I dropped my Blood Sugar From a 30+ (540 mg/Dl to 5.5 (99 mg/Dl) in two weeks. Is this normal?
    My units are in Canadian and American. Under 7 (126 mg/Dl) is considered a target value for diabetics. I accomplished it by cutting almost all carbs and taking 1500 mg of Metformin and a single pill of Januvia, as well as some extra walking for exercise.

    For 7+ years my fasting glucose was 5.9 (106.2 mg/Dl) I believe a severely stressful incident that nearly caused a nervous breakdown triggered the diabetes. My reading from the lab was 22 (396 mg/DL)

    I was probably walking around for more than a year with glucose over 30 (540 mg/Dl). When I first started monitoring my glucose was to high to measure. The limit on high measurement was 27.8 (500.4 mg/Dl) The doctors recommend that I follow the GOVERNMENT food guide but my diet is lean protein (chicken and fish/tuna) and low carb veggies.

    A medical person said that was unlikely since at that high level I wouldn’t be able to function. But some how I still managed to everything but I had no energy in the evening since I expended it at my job. They were relieved to find out it was diabetes!?!? since they suspected substance abuse – rampant in my profession

    My blood pressure today is 109/74 (optimal)

    Any ideas or advice? Needless to say I wont be contributing to any retirement anymore plans since I probably won’t live past 55 (my gut feeling).

    Thanks for reading and my support and best wishes to you all.

    HK.

    • ANSWER:
      Is this your H1AC fasting glucose level. I suspect it is your regular blood reading from your test meter. Your fasting is going to the more accurate since it will tell if you liver/pancreas is working properly
      But having good reading with your meds mean that they seem to be doing what they are supposed to.

      If you are now running around 100 mg/dl that is great. Keep up the good work. The extra walking is doing wonders. I wish I could do more myself.
      Your definately doing something right. best of luck

  15. QUESTION:
    Diabetes, carbs, calories and sugars?
    My husband recently spent 6 days in the hospital — and after many tests he was diagnosed with diabetes. His blood sugar levels were so high, the monitors wouldn’t register and his blood work had to be sent to the lab. Part of the problem was IV steroids. At present, he is on a steroid taper.

    The doctors sent him home for us to adjust his insulin based on his BG readings. He administers Levemir twice daily, and NovoLog before meals and snacks according to his BG readings — sliding scale.

    While in the hospital, a dietician and Diabetes nurse visited to explain his diet plan. I was surprised they didn’t warn him about sugar intake, and only counseled him on carbs. While in the hospital, his BG readings ranged anywhere from 187 after fasting all night to over 500. Since we have been home, his BG readings range from 87 in the mornings to 392 at the end of the day.

    The Diabetes Nurse called this morning to check on my husband and I told her that we were watching his carbs and sugar, but his levels were still fluctuating drastically. The nurse told me that we aren’t supposed to be watching sugar intake, just carb intake — huh?

    Is this something new? Does anyone else follow this diet plan? We have several family members who are diabetic and I am careful to prepare sugar free dishes especially for them — but now I am being told to forget what I know and follow this new thought of just watching carbs. The dietician and Diabetes Nurse both recommended my husband follow a 2,000 calorie a day diet, and encouraged him to be consistent with 5 carbs per meal and snacks — they showed him how to read food labels and how to look for carbs … and carbs only.

    Thoughts?

    Aren’t most diabetics warned to count sugars, carbs (simple and complex) and calories? Am I missing something here?
    Noccie, Does that mean your son can eat breakfast cereals, cookies, chips, snacks, desserts, etc. that contain sugar and all he must worry about is the total carbs per serving? That is what the diabetes nurse is telling us — that may also explain why my husband’s BG levels are coming down quicker at home, where we are watching calories, carbs and sugars, than when he was in the hospital. I realize that sugar is a carb — but isn’t sugar, not just carbohydrates, the enemy for someone who is diabetic?
    German Shepherd — I, too, thought 5 servings of carbs per meal and snacks was excessive. In turn, we are slowly lowering the servings on our own — and we can certainly tell by the BG readings. The doctors and nurses couldn’t get him below 187 — and we are getting there… slowly, but surely.

    Also, I understand that sugars are carbs — but isn’t that why we should be closely monitoring the sugars? Eliminating sugar makes counting carbs much simpler ….. and I can tell that it has had a tremendous impact on his BG readings.

    • ANSWER:
      I am no longer a diabetic.(i had gastric bypass surgery)but i was always told to watch my sugar and carb intake.

  16. QUESTION:
    what is the effect of a gi diet for diabetics?
    Eating low GI diet should help manage weight as it releases sugar to blood slowly so your body can deal with it (or something like that)

    For a type 1 diabetic, taking sugar out the blood stream is determined by the amount of insulin you take and it will be taken at a predetermined rate whatever you eat.

    Would I be correct in saying that in this sense type 1 diabetics aready have the benefits of a low gi diet since sugar is taken out of the blood stream quite slowly (even in fast acting insulin it last for 3-4 hrs)

    Obviously the benefit for diabetics would be better sugar levels, as there is not a surplus of sugar in the blood stream that the insuilin cant deal with

    • ANSWER:
      If you were to look back at diabetic monitoring over the past 40 years you would find that the basis of that exactly matches the basis of the GI diet.
      Only nowadays the dieticians for diabetics deny knowing anything about carbohydrates and (as usual) leave all we diabetics to work it out for ourselves.

  17. QUESTION:
    How to Lower Blood Glucose Levels Quickly?
    I am starting to exercise frequently but am having trouble finding out which types of foods to eat. Can anyone provide a list of low carbohydrate foods that might be good for type II diabetics?
    Also what types of fruits should I eat and avoid? I mostly eat a banana each day.

    For several days now my blood glucose level has been around 18 when I wake up in the Morning to check my blood sugar, is there any way I can reduce this number fast because I am pretty sure that when you wake up your blood glucose level I supposed to be around 6 or 7 not 18.

    • ANSWER:
      You should discuss this with your doctor. You may need insulin or medication.
      There are a million sites online about lows carbohydrate foods. Just do a google search. I like calorieking.com the best, the information is easy to find and understand.

  18. QUESTION:
    Cinnamon and gestational diabetes?
    I’ve been reading about how type 2 diabetics and gestational diabetics may be able to take 1g of cinnamon a day to help bring down the fasting glucose number (which is the only number I have that is not submitting to my exercise and diet.) I have also read that if you eat 100g or more of cinnamon a week it can cause behavioral problems in the child later in life. But I can’t find any sources that say to avoid cinnamon altogether or that 7g a week would be a dangerous amount.

    1g=1/5 teaspoon in case you’re wondering. Pretty easy to sprinkle on some toast or in my cereal basically. And if it brought down the blood sugar level then it would be good for the baby in that way. Has anyone else heard of using cinnamon for gestational diabetes or have any other research saying why we should avoid cinnamon even in that small amount?
    I got the same email. But it doesn’t answer my question, as it avoids gestational diabetes (or even type 2 diabetes) entirely.

    • ANSWER:
      i am borderline gestational diabetes and have been able to control my fasting glucose reading by having one sprinkle of cinnamon a day.
      I either have it on my oats for breakfast, or in my coffee at morning tea.

  19. QUESTION:
    I was just told I’m pre-diabetic. What do I do now?
    My doctors kept telling me that I wasn’t diabetic, but my blood sugar levels were higher then normal. So I talked to a friend of mine who is also an Endo and she said that I was pre-diabetic for sure after she looked over my numbers. She’s not my normal doctor and it wasn’t a formal appointment, but she saw everything my normal doctor saw and said I needed to basically start eating like I was diabetic, because that was my best way to avoid getting it later on. She also said though that since I’m not overweight and I already exercise and eat healthy, diabetes could just be inevitable, but again that cutting out stuff that diabetics aren’t suppose to have would be the best bet. The problem is that I have NO idea what that means. I know no refined sugar obviously, and starches like pasta and bread. But what about starchy vegetables? And what about natural sugars? And are there any kinds of bread or pasta that is okay? Today all I ate was an apple because I was so scared I was gonna mess up and I didn’t want my blood sugar to go up, and 9 hours after I ate the apple my levels were still at 115, so that didn’t even work! (isn’t 8 or 9 hours back to fasting?) Anyone wanna un-confuse me so I don’t like starve to death trying to figure it out? Haha

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly can I say I agree with everyone suggesting the GI diet this will help you learn how certain foods will affect your blood glucose levels. What diabetics are trying to do is eat food that the energy fromn is slowly absorbed and does not cause sudden peaks and then drops in blood glucose levels. If you do not eat enough then your body will use its own fat reserves to produce the glucose your body needs to keep alive that is why your leves rose. What you need to do is not to skip meals eat smaller amounts but more frequently and just test alot at first and see if any specfic food raises your level really quickly. Diabetics can basically eat anything but some foods need to be eatten in moderation. Things like highly processed, high fat foods(junk food) foods with lots of added sugar or fat. Wholemeal pasta /brown rice/wholegrain bread is better for you and if you can swap then it is so much better but even swapping 50% of the rice to wholegrain is an imporovement etc.
      Keep sugars to a minimum but they do not need to be avoided completely, all fruit and vegetables (most contain fructose which tends to be released slowly) are fine again keep an eye and see if any affect your glucose level and limit those that do..
      Most importantly learn to read labels a simple helpful hint I was given when first diagnosed was anything that contains 10g or more of sugar to use in small quantities and ratrely (as a treat) and I find this helps. But please remeber that although some people go on about carbohydrate intake thiss is important but all food taken in can affect blood glucose levels if you do not eat enough carbs especially fats. Another thing to be wary about is products that are low in sugar often are higher in fat content. You say you are a good weight and exercise is this every day? if not try doing a bit more walking every day or walking up the stairs, basically anything a bit extra even using things like wi fit etc add exercise amounts and help reduce glucose levels
      I hope this helps if I can help anymore contact me via my profile page

  20. QUESTION:
    Please Help my mom! stroke like sypmtoms, no diagnosis?
    First of all thank you all for your time and consideration in reading this. Forgive me for being long winded, but i’m trying to include every possible detail, because i don’t know if one minor symptom could be the key in finding the answer to my mom’s diagnosis. Right now my mother is in the hospital suffering from some very common neurological symptoms of an unknown origin. My mother is a 45 year old white female who lives in the Ohio valley close to Louisville, we live next to an army base and lived in Germany for about three years in the 1980′s (mad cow disease was prevalent at that time in Europe). She has had no major health problems, only a history of tubal ligation, allergy to codeine, and what we believed to be hypoglycemic episodes in combination with a variety of small vague symptoms which i believed to possibly be Fibromyalgia. She sometimes complains of neuropathy type pain in her hands and feet. Her blood sugar has bottomed out, causing some slurred speech and lethargy, but after providing some nutrition she has returned to her norm. She has suffered from migraine headaches for several years, and has been treated with a PRN prescription of Imitrex, usually sleep in combination with this medication relieves her symptoms. On the following day after she has had a migraine she complains of her face being sore in the area where the pain originated. She has a very acute sense of smell and often complains of smelling mildew in our home, therefore i considered some sort of toxic mold, however with this last and most acute exacerbation, she was in Ohio visiting family. A few years back a fasting blood sugar revealed impaired glucose metabolism with a blood glucose level of around 117. She has appeared to have refractory hypoglycemia, in which her blood sugar drops in response to eating sugar, unlike normal diabetics who have an increased blood glucose after eating foods rich in sugar. I believed she had just been an undiagnosed brittle diabetic, however, her Hgb A1c was 5. Starting about a month ago, what we believed to be hypoglycemic episodes worsened. She very suddenly started becoming very tired, somewhat lethargic, and confused, sometimes not being able to talk. I am a nurse by the way, and in my clinical experience have seen these symptoms quite frequently. She has had close to 8 of these episodes in about the past month, they have started to increase in intensity, duration, and frequency. Each time she has taken longer to return to her norm, and they last longer. With the very last episode which called for hospitalization, she wasn’t able to speak and couldn’t even move. We checked her sugar when it happened and it was 67, her pressure was in the 180′s, and pulse was slightly tachycardic. She has yet to return to her norm, and continues to appear very tired, and is still slurring her speech and talking very slowly. She is slightly confused at times and has generalized weakness. She has had thyroid and cortisol levels drawn which are both normal. The only abnormal labs have been an ESR and WBC of 12. MRI revealed a sinus infection. I considered it causing some sort of encephalitis or meningitis, but she has had no neck tenderness, her wbc is not extremely high, and she has had no fever. CT, MRI, MR angiography of the brain, EEG, EKG, and carotid Doppler scan have ALL BEEN NEGATIVE! At times her right side seems slightly weaker, her deep tendon reflexes are intact, her pupils are perrla, cranial nerves are intact and WNL, but when asked to do a heel to toe walk she had trouble with her gait and also had difficulty with sliding her heel onto her opposite knee downward. Weakness appears mostly in her lower extremities. Her troponin level came back zero initially, then 1.7, and back to zero when rechecked….(the lab probably mixed up the tubes?). But i thought it was worth mentioning. Again i apologize for being long winded, but i wanted to include every possible clue. Thank you for your time…
    I forgot to mention a few things….several years ago my mom was in the house when our dehumidifier caught on fire, and there were some toxic fumes she breathed in a little. Since then she has had what seems to be exercise induced asthma. Also as she has aged she has gained more and more weight, but she exercises quite frequently and eats very very lightly and healthy at that…..
    Baltazar….the doctor is aware thank you! I wouldn’t be telling the yahoo community unless they were stumped. Also the MRI did not show any plaque sites consistent with a diagnosis for MS, i’m going to ask the neurologist about a lumbar puncture to rule out protein in the csf fluid….which would be an additional way to indicate Multiple Sclerosis
    i realize this is yahoo answers, but we have exhausted multiple avenues of consultation without any leads or diagnosis. This is a last resort for me, I thought perhaps someone on here might know of something or someone who found resolve in a similar situation.
    Ms thank you for your input, i appreciate the thoughtful time you put into your answer. I also considered TIA but the neurologist doesn’t seem to agree. mom has had some parkinson like symptoms with tremors and also hasn’t been able to stick her tongue out all the way….there are just so many little things i’m praying they can be put together to create a clear picture of whats going on.

    • ANSWER:
      Although I do not have an answer for you-

      I do need to say that sometimes other PATIENTS—–Not medical professionals are the best avenue to find info—

      you obviously made it clear that you are working with medical professionals-and tehy haven’t been able to help–

      Personally, I have gotten a couple things diagnosed by hearing about other PATIENTS with teh same symptoms-when the docs just kept saying things like your fine, stay active and i don’t see a fracture…..

  21. QUESTION:
    Could I really have Type 1 Diabetes?
    About 3 weeks ago, I went to my primary doctor because I had what I believed to be a sinus infection, my heart beat was also pretty fast, as well as my respiratory rate. When I got there, they did my vitals, and said my heart beat was 150. They checked my lungs and said I sounded a little stuffy, and that I needed to have x-rays done. Before I went downstairs, my doctor decided to take my blood sugar, which at the time, was 112 (keep in mind I was sick, which raises blood sugar levels at times.) I went downstairs, where I found that I couldn’t manage to breathe anymore. I went back up stairs, where they rushed me to the emergency room.

    By the time I got settled in and the nurses checked my blood sugar again, it was 409. At 1:30pm, I was 112, not a diabetic; at 4pm, I was 409, and a diabetic. I hadn’t eaten or drank anything between 1pm and 4pm and I had been walking from the x-ray room back to my primary’s office. I asked the nurses/doctors why that was, and they had absolutely no answer/reason for how it happened. They simply told me that I was a Type 1 Diabetic (the first time I was ever diagnosed) and left the room.

    They transported me to another hospital, where I met with an endocrinologist who believed I had diabetes for months as of then. The thing was, I had absolutely no symptoms once so ever, no extreme thirst, or constant need to go to the bathroom. I had felt fine up to that point – other than my runny nose and headache – and had no idea I was a diabetic in the least bit.

    I’m home now, and have been injecting myself with insulin ever since. So far, my blood sugars have remained in the low 80′s to the mid 60′s. I have yet to go over 300, and I have barely even touched the 200′s. They have reduced my insulin intake twice already, and have started me on vitamin D as well as Zinc, mainly because when they did blood work, it showed that my immune system was very low. Unfortunately, none of the specialists hold any hope of me ever growing out of this disease, or simply curing it. They tell me it will be a constant part of the rest of my life, and that I will have to manage it.

    Against what they have said, there has to be a way. From what I know, my case is pretty special. Most people have either had symptoms, or have the disease running in the family, neither of which I have. I am only 15 years old, I am a juvenile, and at one point I was around 15 pounds overweight. I dropped that weight conditioning for winter track, – healthy diet, rigorous exercise – over about a 2 month period. Before that day 3 weeks ago, I was healthy, happy, and enjoying life. Now, I can hardly stand behind the three of those things. Against what many people say, diabetes does shape your life, even if you don’t let it. You are forced to stick to a strict regimen, count your food constantly, prick your fingers without mercy, and inject yourself. This is not the life I want to live, in fact, no diabetic wants to live this way.

    So, now that you have a summary of my situation, is there the possibility that I don’t have diabetes Type 1? Could it be something else? If so, what? Are there any known remedies that can jumpstart the pancreas or maybe help it along? (I am currently in the honeymoon phase.) Also, can your pituitary gland have anything to do with shutting your pancreas down, or perhaps restricting its growth compared to the rest of your body? What about hormones in general?

    Thank you so much for reading my question! =)
    And for you other diabetics, don’t give up hope!
    Also, my period has been out of whack as well. First, it started coming late, then it came whenever it pleased, now I haven’t gotten it at all. This has to be hormones right?

    When I first got it 3 years back, it came on a regular schedule (like the 5th of every month.) That lasted up until about 4 months ago. Could this have anything to do with it?

    • ANSWER:
      A reading of 400 is definitely diabetic. The onset combined with your age distinctly point to type 1 diabetes. The reason why you might need less insulin now that you’re stabilized is that you’re still honeymooning- which means your body is still producing a tiny amount of insulin. That production will die off however within a few weeks to a few months.

      You can ask your endocrinologist if you qualify to join the studies of investigational drugs trying to extend the honeymooning period in t1s. However, those will only extend the amount of time you produce SOME insulin- not forever, and they wont ever make you produce enough insulin to not need injections, merely lengthen the amount of time your remaining beta cells take to die.

      There’s nothing else you can do but face the fact that you are a t1 diabetic and that you are going to live with this forever. You don’t need to follow a restricted diet, but you do need to count carbs, inject, and test.

      Eventually, this is going to become a part of your life and you wont use such overly dramatic words like ‘mercilessly’ having to test your bg. What would be merciless is if you were diagnosed before bg meters and insulins existed: you’d have weeks or months to live and then you’d die. Good thing we have those merciless treatments, eh?

      Talk to your endo about seeing a CDE to learn more about your diabetes, as well as options that can make living with diabetes easier, like using an injection port or an insulin pump, and a CGMS.

      This is your reality now. There is no cure for type 1 diabetes. You are not a ‘special’ case, you are not the exception. Coming to terms with that and learning how to take care of yourself is the part that matters. Grasping at straws will get you nowhere.

  22. QUESTION:
    Major Help Please! How can a juvenile diabetic lose weight safely?
    Hello there, and thank you so much for reading this!
    Okay so first things first i am a diabetic diagnosed at the age of 12. Im 16 yrs old, about a good 165lbs, 5’3ft tall (not really sure if this helps) and i am struggling to get my blood sugar levels under control (as well as my weight) I’ve been to my doctor recently and she’s constantly telling me i need to exercise more. Lately, I’ve been jogging (or fast paced walking) on a treadmill for 30 min each day at around 3 mph
    I would like to know if this enough exercise for me or do i need to do more work.
    Also, i would love to know if any other diabetics have lost weight by actual exercise. I would love to hear some stories to get me motivated :)

    *Additional details*

    I absolutely DO NOT want to resort to weight loss pills. I have heard they are unsafe and only result in making your weight worse. My closest friend tried them and she tried selling me some.

    I started cutting down on fats and sweets as well as my portions.

    Also, since im using a treadmill, do I need running shoes? I’ve been running in my Converse lately and find my ankles hurting after I exercise.

    And finally, any tips on how to control your blood sugar levels? Oh, and my chorestrol levels are on the bad side right now :( If you could give me some tips on how to lower them down (besides eating cherrios) that would be very kind of you :)

    Thank You so much to anyone who answers my question!! :) This would certainly help me alot and hopefully help me to have a more healthier lifestyle! and p.s im sorry i wrote so much

    • ANSWER:
      As you probably know by now, anything you do will affect your blood sugar. The safest thing to do it just eat healthier and exercise more. Keep checking your blood sugar often and stick to the carb limits your Dr has set in place. Doing those things will allow you to lose weight and be as in control as a T1 can be.

  23. QUESTION:
    Diabetics: Should I take this insulin?
    Please read my whole message!

    I’m pregnant and was already metabolically resistant, and my fasting blood sugars are anywhere between 95 and 120. I am eating a good, healthy diet and exercising, and I -NEVER- eat sugar!

    My high fasting blood sugars are mainly stress related. But my doctor wants me to take insulin before I go to bed now because my blood sugars are above 95 most of the time, but not all of the time. I have never taken insulin before.

    Can insulin drop me down at night to a healthy fasting level without me going hypoglycemic? Even on the few days where i am at 95?

    I went hypoglycemic taking the first medicine he prescribed me of 2.5mg of glyburide (I took half the dose he told me to take, the full dose would have killed me).

    Am I at risk for the same reaction if I take insulin? My after meal sugars during the day are absolutely excellent and between 80 and 90 mg/dl 1 hour postprandial.

    Any advice would be great, because I’m not sure I can trust my doctor’s judgment regarding giving me medicine after the glyburide incident. Thank you for your time.
    My OB/GYN sent me to him. She didn’t seem to care much about what happened. I have a feeling they think I’m lying about my good blood sugars.

    My A1C has been consistently 5.9. He told me my A1C numbers didn’t matter, and I should cancel my A1C with my primary physician this february because it won’t do me any good. I am not gaining any weight.

    I am overweight (5’5 and 171 pounds), but I’m not obese, and my OBGYN told me to only gain 1 pound a month. I’m 18 weeks now.
    I’m usually in the 90s when I go to bed, and overnight it ends up anywhere between 95mg/dl to 125 mg/dl but most commonly it’s 108-113.
    that’s by the time I’m ready to eat breakfast.

    • ANSWER:
      I would only take the insulin if your blood sugar is higher than you’d like it before you go to bed. There is no reason to take it if you’re where you’re supposed to be. That sounds like a lot of insulin for someone who isn’t diabetic.

      Try this: If you’re above 95mg/dl try taking 1mg of glyburide or maybe even .5mg. Just enough to bring you down a little bit but not enough to make you fall into hypo.

      Hope I helped, message if you have further questions :)

  24. QUESTION:
    Diabetics Only Please?
    I have some questions for someone suffering w/ diabetes … (type 2 I beleive … not born w/ it but got it as a child) … how hard is it to maintain your blood sugar? if you eat junk food like m & m’s, diet soda, fast food, other candies … how hard is it to level it out?? And if you continue to go into DKA, how does this effect your body???
    This is not for me … I am not a diabetic, my step sons mother is and she’s been in the hospital a lot for DKA … I just want to know how hard it can be to keep your diabetes in check, it seems she does it on purpose and it scares me on what to tell my son since he knows that she does this on purpose.

    • ANSWER:
      As a diabetic you shouldn’t eat anything with sugar in it. I realize some dr say it’s ok on occassion, but the problem with that is, they assume that the diabetic knows what “occasional” means. When I was in my teens and youth, I didn’t want to deal with the fact that I had diabetes, so I ate what ever I wanted. The immidiate result was really high glucose levels for very extended amounts of time. Your body will aclimate to high sugar levels, but you will definately suffer long term consequences such as nueropathy and high blood pressure, which over time will lead to loss of feeling in the feet and hands, osteoperosis, reproductive organ malfunction or failure, blindness, strokes and/or heart attacks.
      I used to be out of controll with my blood sugar levels. The day they told me I was blind and that it would permanent if I didn’t get it under control, I fixed it. Surgeries reversed the blindness, but the long term effects of being out of controll had already begun to affect me. I eventually ended up on dialisys and have begun to lose some of the feeling in my right foot. I was on dialisys for two years before getting a kidney/pancreas transplant. Any one of those complications will bring your normal life to a screaching halt.

      I know, It’s really hard to eat right all the time. After a month or two of eating right and exercising, it will become second nature to you. I don’t eat very much starch foods or carbs. Back when I went blind, that was one of the things I cut out of my diet and that was 18 years ago. I had my transplant 6 years ago, but I was so in the habit of not eating starchy and high carb foods, that even now, I feel like I have a brick in my gut and I weigh 500 pounds if I eat the average amounts of these foods. No, I’m not pencil skinny, nor would you or anyone else ever guess there was anything wrong with me in the first place. once you start eating right and working with your diabete’s instead of against it, the easier it will be to live life like it should be lived.

      Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you listed some of the key foods you should stay away from. As hard as it may be, stay away from candy, foods that are high in sugar, soda pops, fast foods, fatty foods and carbs. People will tell you don’t cut all carbs out of your diet, Thats what gives you energy for your muscles. And thats true, but if you eat a well balanced diet, you’ll get plenty of carbs from the fruits and vegatables you eat. Yes, there is carbs in those foods.

  25. QUESTION:
    I think I have diabetes…What do you think?
    Last night I asked a question (you can find it in my history) about diabetes and my blood glucose level…

    I thought it was high because it was 112, but people said that’s in the normal range. They told me to fast for 8 hours and then test…well I went to bed and 11 hours since the last time I ate I had a BGL of 66…well tonight I noticed my feet were cold and I remembered that diabetic people can’t feel their feet sometimes…so I decided to check my blood sugar and it is 58.

    I had, 3 hours before testing, 2 sodas and some acai berry juice, a porkchop, some stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy, and some cottage cheese.

    Surely it would be higher, with all that sugar…right?

    That’s what I thought and I was like “yay I don’t have diabetes” this morning because my BGL was low…but then I just looked it up and hypoglycemia is common with diabetics!?!?!?!?

    Now I’m freaked out.

    I started writing a journal of what I ate, at what time I tested, and the level it said. I’m going to the doctor soon because I have a bad cough…should I bring it up with him?
    My mom had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with me too.
    wmayers,

    That’s what I thought too…that it was high GBL you needed to worry about…

    But I have gone to a few sites including webMD and Yahoo! health and it says it is a common problem.

    http://diabetes.webmd.com/tc/hypoglycemia-low-blood-sugar-topic-overview

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, bring it up with the doctor. You need both a blood test for diabetes and a counseling session with a Certified Diabetes Educator.
      Hypoglycemia is NOT common with diabetics – the exact opposite is true. A good grounding in the facts about diabetes is what you need and the CDE is the person to give you that.

  26. QUESTION:
    Spiritually Speaking: I think I have diabetes, what do you think?
    Last night I asked a question (you can find it in my history) about diabetes and my blood glucose level…

    I thought it was high because it was 112, but people said that’s in the normal range. They told me to fast for 8 hours and then test…well I went to bed and 11 hours since the last time I ate I had a BGL of 66…well tonight I noticed my feet were cold and I remembered that diabetic people can’t feel their feet sometimes…so I decided to check my blood sugar and it is 58.

    I had, 3 hours before testing, 2 sodas and some acai berry juice, a porkchop, some stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy, and some cottage cheese.

    Surely it would be higher, with all that sugar…right?

    That’s what I thought and I was like “yay I don’t have diabetes” this morning because my BGL was low…but then I just looked it up and hypoglycemia is common with diabetics!?!?!?!?

    Now I’m freaked out.

    I started writing a journal of what I ate, at what time I tested, and the level it said. I’m going to the doctor soon because I have a bad cough…should I bring it up with him?
    Also, my mother had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with me.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all see your Dr. Second, pray. Thank God for his presence. Thank him for the many wonderful things we have in our lives and our worlds. Humble yourself before him, accept Christ as your saviour and be patient. Wait on the Lord, He cares for you.

      God Bless.

  27. QUESTION:
    Could one low test be a fluke?
    I don’t have diabetes but recently I had a blood test and I had a low fasting glucose level. Mine was 50 when it should have been at least 60. Could this just be a one time thing? I think I may have some symptoms that are in line with hypoglycemia, but wouldn’t I be having other problems if I had that? Sometimes I get cranky when I need to eat or sometimes I just HAVE to have some sugar… the feeling is almost like needing to breath after holding your breath for a while… However I don’t really know that these are signs of hypoglycemia and I read today that the only true hypoglycemics are diabetics. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Yes, one low test can be a fluke. You have all these symptoms when you need to eat. That is not a disease. You answered it yourself. It’s when you need to eat. It means you are hungry.

      My husband is like that. If he is late in getting himself a lunch or dinner, he gets irritable, gets a headache, feels nauseated. Once he eats, he feels fine. The doctor told him he is not hypoglycemic & that neither are most people who react like that. They just need to eat.

      I have Diabetes Type 1. I used to be able to go all day without eating if I was busy. It just didn’t bother me. Now, of course, because I take insulin, I have to eat or I will truly become hypoglycemic. I don’t become irritable; but I get the shakes & I can’t see well & I get all spaced out & then so weak I can’t lift my arms up. Fortunately, that rarely happens because I test my glucose levels a lot all day.

      It is true that about 99% of hypoglycemics are people who have Diabetes. It is extremely rare to only have Hypoglycemia as an illness; although, I did know one woman who truly had it

      You, on the other hand, sound pretty much just like my husband. You are simply sensitive to when you need to eat, and your body lets you know it.

      Try not to skip any meals, especially breakfast. That will make it more difficult for you. Try to have a snack between meals, even if it is a piece of fruit. Like my husband, you may do better eating more frequent, but smaller meals throughout the day. My husband has a piece of fruit & a handful of walnuts between lunch & dinner (protein & carbs). He’s nice & slim, too.

      If you don’t have the time for more meals during the day, make sure you do have all 3 meals plus a snack between each. You should be OK if you do that.

      I wouldn’t worry about it other than that.


Fasting Blood Sugar 109

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is a fasting blood sugar level of 109 high?
    My blood results came back and I had a fasting blood sugar of 109. My doctor wants me to go get more blood work done. I’m kinda freaking out… I’m 25 pounds overweight. Does this mean I have diabetes? Am I able to bring it back down?

    I’ll give best answer. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Normal fasting blood sugar is usually 70-99mg/dL and pre-diabetic is 100-125mg/dL. So at 109, your doctor may very well determine you are pre-diabetic.

      How do you know you are 25lbs overweight? Usual ways to measure are ideal body weight (IBW) or body mass index (BMI), I tend to prefer BMI. Obesity has a very strong, direct correlation with diabetes, but I doubt if 25lbs would put you in an “Obese” category. For someone that has developed diabetes as a result of weight, exercise and diet CAN stop diabetes sometimes. However, some people are genetically predisposed to diabetes and if that’s the case it probably wouldn’t help at all. Does anyone is your family history have diabetes?

      No matter what don’t freak out. Being diagnosed with anything is scary, but diabetes doesn’t have to be. Don’t assume anything though until you hear it from your doctor. If you find out you are pre-diabetic or diabetic, my advice to you would be learn as much information as you can. BUT, don’t find your information on google or wikepedia! There is so much crap information out there. Other pharmacy students and I often read it for a laugh. I would start at the library. Diabetes for Dummies is great for someone who is starting from ground zero.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is a fasting blood sugar of 109 considered too high?
    No history of diabetes on either side of my family, but several times a year just for the heck of it, I used my mother-in-law’s testing strips and test myself, as does my husband. Usually my fasting is in the 80s, consistently, and has been for many years, until now. Should I be looking at eating more sugar-free items? The only time I’ve been over 100 is when I have just gotten finished eating; this is the first time I’ve tested over 100 fasting. Am I overreacting?

    Additional Details: My supervisor’s assistant did not know she had diabetes, fainted, went into diabetic ketoacidosis with blood sugars in the 800s, and may not be back to work for a while. This was just a couple of days ago. This has really put the scare into me, big time…

    • ANSWER:
      The reading of 109 is ok. Just keep track of it from time to time. Stress and illness can also give a higher reading. What your boss went through will definately make you look at your own health more closely. Many undiagnosed diabetics actually do not have symptoms. This is the case with 16% of people that develop diabetes. I think we all need some kind of scare like that from time to time because we tend to let our health go on the back burner sometimes unless we have a problem that we are actually aware of. Your reading was not too bad. Check it again and if it stays up, see your doctor to make sure you don’t have diabetes. Many diabetics are going too low with a reading of 80 to 90. Every one is different. What is normal for one person is not normal for another. If I have a reading of 80, I need carbs.

  3. QUESTION:
    What if you blood sugar is 109 fasting?

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    If I was a heavy binge drinker, and I stopped a month ago, will my fasting blood sugar levels go down…?
    I was a heavy binge drinker for 7 years, and I stopped a month ago. I just had a blood test done, and my fasting blood sugar level is 109. The doctor says that is a little high. I’m wondering if by fasting blood sugar level will go down as I continue to refrain from drinking? Thanks in advance for any answers.

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  5. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar level fasting is 109 and PP is 199 is this high?

    • ANSWER:
      The fasting sugar level is quite high and the PP is *extremely* high and indicates that you most probably have diabetes or that your diabetes is not under control. You need to see a doctor as soon as possible.

  6. QUESTION:
    i am 32 weeks pregnant and my blood sugar is 109 in fasting is it ok?

    • ANSWER:
      That is below the level which they get concerned about. Usually they want it to be below 135 or 140 when pregnant, and yours is well below that.

  7. QUESTION:
    Fasting blood sugar was 116 :(?
    I am not diabetic but im healthy as an ox at 6’0 177 lbs but my dad and cousin are type 1 diabetics an this was my morning 8and a half hour fasting blood sugar, yesterday my fasting was 109 then before that it was 105 and the past week here are some estimates,94,98,99,100,101,105, Im 14 years old and im realy scared of being diabetic so am i? i have no symptoms exept the past 4and a half months i have peed like crazy but just in the last month it has been better about 2 months ago the doc diagnosed me with prostititis so that was the reason. But please i need info about these blood sugars.

    • ANSWER:
      Over 100 is in the pre-diabetic range. I’d suggest you see a doctor. You’re at risk for diabetes since your family members have it.

  8. QUESTION:
    after fasting for 12 hrs. my blood sugar was 109 is that aok ,what is normal?
    56 yr old male non diabetic

    • ANSWER:
      109 is actually NOT in the normal range. The American Diabetes Association adjusted those numbers several years ago. UNDER 100 is normal for a fasting blood sugar. 126+ is considered diabetic. People with a fasting blood sugar between 100 and 125 have what is termed “pre-diabetes”. You have impaired fasting glucose (IFG). Look for a LOT more information on the ADA’s website:

      http://www.diabetes.org/pre-diabetes

  9. QUESTION:
    Is this a good fasting blood sugar?
    Type 2 diabetes runs in my family. Yesterday I went to walgreens and bought the truetrack blood glucose monitor. I fasted for 11 hours. My first reading was 109… then I tested it again and got 97 and then I tested it again and got 95. Which reading would be accurate to you?

    • ANSWER:
      Blood sugars can vary minute to minute. Best to only check once because you have a good chance of driving yourself crazy.Now for your numbers and what they mean.

      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

      83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less.

      Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.

      Though most doctors will tell you any fasting blood sugar under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) is “normal”, there are several studies that suggest that testing with a fasting blood sugar in the mid 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/L) range often predicts diabetes that is diagnosed a decade later.

      So contrary to what others say , these are not great numbers.Your best bet would be to start on a low glycemic diet. This is great eating for the whole family.http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      It list 2,480 foods and their index and loads. The load is most important. It tells how fast foods raise your blood sugars. SPIKES !!!!!

      Now the next thing you need to address is exercise. I know you hate to hear the word , but this is critical for you to stave off Diabetes. Walking is fine , Nordic Walking is even better.
      With these two regimens you will be stopping the damage that high blood sugars cause.You have caught this at a good time. I would even bet that you very own doctor would tell you that you have great numbers. And that is why so many people suffer from this disease. Treating this early is the key.I am not trying to scare you , just letting you not have a false set of security.Good luck my friend

      Tin

  10. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar level question?
    I have had fasting blood sugar level 114 a month ago. and then a few weeks later after being careful to avoid sweets as possible, the fasting blood sugar level was 98.
    Then a month later, it was 119 at 11 hours of fasting and 109 after 12 hours.
    My mom has diabetics so I have to be careful. I have started to work out every evening for about 5 minutes. My question is if I keep doing exercises, will it be ok to have eat sweets (not too much) meanwhile? Will this routine make my glucose level normal?
    I have tested blood sugar level after 2 hours of dinner and it was 90.
    I use an ORBITREK machine to do exercises

    • ANSWER:
      Eating low carb meal is the key. If your intake is about 3 carbos(45gms) per meal then you will be able to lower it. Also do some regular exercise.

  11. QUESTION:
    Insulin Fasting & Insulin Post Prandial Level?
    I got a random blood test done as my father is diabetic. I am 27years old with High BMI.
    My BSF (Blood Sugar Fasting) – 109
    Insulin (Post Prandial) – More Than 300
    Insulin Fasting – 16.90
    BSPP (Blood Sugar Post Prandial) – 137

    Please Suggest how can i get it control my sugar and avoid diabetes before i get it….

    If you require anymore details please let me know

    • ANSWER:
      Your insulin levels are high and indicate that you have insulin resistance. Your fasting blood sugar is elevated and, although you need further testing, your FBG was in pre-diabetic range.

      I have a problem using the term pre-diabetic. Pre-diabetic IS diabetic; it’s just diabetes caught early. Unfortunately, when doctors use the term pre-diabetic, patients get complacent. Sadly, some doctors are complacent about pre-diabetes, too. Why should patients wait until their fasting blood sugar levels creep up even higher before acting? It’s just bad news all around.

      So, rather than worry yourself about whether you are or aren’t according to technical diagnostic criteria, accept that you are already diabetic. If you wait on this, your fasting could be 150 mg/dL next year, and your blood sugar will be much harder to control. Start exercising because exercise improves your body’s ability to use its own insulin. That’ll take the pressure of your pancreas to make excessive amounts of insulin. (Hyperinsulinemia is dangerous just like high blood sugar.) Start low carbing and limit your intake of bread, potatoes, corn, rice, tortillas, carrots, and all grains. Limit fruit, as well, or at least stick to low-sugar fruits, like berries. Even though you could probably control your blood sugar with diet and exercise alone, think about taking a small dosage of Metformin. Metformin helps with blood sugar control and weight loss. It’s a great drug for an insulin resistant person like you.

      Best wishes.

  12. QUESTION:
    Sudden jump in fasting blood glucose up to 109?
    Hello

    I have PCOS and have been on metformin since 2001 for the treatment of this condition. I have only ever had FBG tests done however. Recently, I begun to track my own blood sugars and bought a meter to do so in July. Since then, I have observed that my FBG is normally between the late 80′s and the mid 90′s. For the past few weeks however, it has shot up and down, being 88 one morning and 110 a few mornings later. It has also started falling after meals and I am experiencing reactive hypoglycemia. I don’t know why. I did have a bit more carbs than usual over Christmas but nothing excessive.

    I have eaten a low carb diet for seven years.

    Can someone tell me if it is normal to go through periods of random jumps up in blood glucose?
    I am NOT diabetic. I only eat about 100 carbs daily. My insulin levels are high 17.9 (4-22 range) but my last FG test at my doctor’s was 90 (60-110 range).

    I know 110 is fine for a diabetic, but since I am NOT diabetic, it is worrying. Or could this just be some random spike?
    Pamela: I was not offended at all. Don’t worry about that. However, when I was diagnosed there was not all this knowledge about diabetes and PCOS, like there is now. So, nobody ever offered me a meter. Also, since I have eaten so well, I assumed it would take care of my blood sugars. Sadly, it looks like it may not.

    • ANSWER:
      My blood sugar reading is rarely under 100. I wouldn’t worry about a reading of 110. this is a spike. Yes, your readings are quite normal. Your blood sugar will read higher the first 2 hours after a meal and after fasting. I an surprised that you haven’t been keeping track from the start.

      Edit: I know 2 ladies who have PCOS and their Dr. did indeed prescribe meters to both of them from the start. I meant to disrespect.

  13. QUESTION:
    causes for high blood sugar besides diabetes?
    I recently had a fasting glucose test and my sugar was 109. My doctor says I am pre-diabetic. I am in shock since I excercise daily, eat only whole grains, veggies and fruit, nver drink sodas or eat fast food and am actually underwieght(105 lbs). Does anyone know of other reasons for the high level? I have been under stress lately from fear of losing my job. Could this cause the rise?

    • ANSWER:
      I wonder what the doctor thinks of someone who has a reading of 126, like me, and I am not diabetic?

      109 is not that high.

      A better way to check is a A1c test, it ives you a indication of what your sugar levels have been doing over the past 3 months or so. If that reading is over 7.5% then you are diabetic, while under 6% you are not diabetic, and in between you may be pre-diabetic.

      I guess your doctor could say the whole world is either diabetic or “Pre-diabetic” in that they all have a chance of getting it some day. I would think a reading over 130 would be considered pre-diabetic, while a reading as low as yours would not be considered diabetic at all (with a supporting normal A1c test).

      One test on one morning is not a great indication of your health. Perhaps if they took one test each monday for a month, then you will have an idea of your total health.

  14. QUESTION:
    fasting (10 hours) blood sugar level is119. Is it normal?
    It was 109 at 12 hours after eating.

    • ANSWER:
      What Are Normal Blood Glucose And Blood Sugar Levels

      There are various methods to determine blood glucose level. Some tests give you accurate diagnosis of diabetes or pre-diabetes, while others will tell you how well you are managing your diabetes.

      Fasting Blood Sugar Test:
      Measures the blood sugar level after 8 hours fast or overnight. Normal fasting blood glucose level is less than 100mg/dl. If your fasting blood glucose level is from 100mg/dl to 125mg/dl then you will have impaired blood glucose level also known as Pre-Diabetes. If your blood glucose level is above 125mg/dl then your doctor will diagnose as a patient of diabetes. To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may repeat the fasting blood glucose test on any other day. If you have blood glucose level of 126mg/dl or higher in two consecutive tests, then you may have diabetes. If you have blood glucose level greater than 200mg/dl and you have symptoms of diabetes like increased thirst or hunger, frequent urination, weight loss, blurred vision etc, then you may be diagnosed with diabetes mellitus without confirming it with second test.

      You have impaired glucose level.
      Get on a Glycemic Index diet.
      Heres a list of 2,480 food , It tell index and load . The load is most important.It should be your eating bible for life. Do it and you may never have to take meds. or have blindness ,pain, heart trouble ,amputations.

      Good luck

      http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

  15. QUESTION:
    Routine test showed hypothyroid and diabetic level glucose – but I’m skinny?
    TSH levels were a little high and fasting blood sugar was 109.. followup test, TSH levels were clinically hypothyroid and fasting blood sugar was 153??!! I have no idea what’s going on– dr. called in Rx for synthroid but I won’t have an appt w/ her for 2 more months. I thought people with hypothyroid had LOW blood sugar and were overweight. Im very athletic, normal/low weight with low body fat (and almost no stomach fat- hallmarker of diabetes I thought). My resting pulse is typically around 100 and at times my blood pressure is clincally high. Dr. was clear I have HYPO thyroid, not HYPER. How’s this possible?

    I can’t find very clear info on the internet and won’t see my doctor again for a while.. what is going on with me? In January I was given antidepressant medication because of insomnia and depression/anxiety- it helped my mood a lot. Now I’m reading thyroid problem causes depression??

    I am very concerned about fasting blood sugar at 153- I typically eat low-carb foods. Do I need to avoid sugar totally? What will happen to me? How long will synthroid take to make me feel “better”?? I can relate to all the symptoms of hypothyroid and high blood sugar (EXCEPT weight gain), but I’ve always felt like that and thought I was oversensitive and lazy.

    Sorry for rambling.. I am overwhelmed by this diagnoses and don’t know where to turn. My doctor was nice and helpful, but we just talked briefly on the phone. She and the other doctors think the blood sugar issue is related to thyroid and probably not diabetes however she seemed very alarmed by how high my blood sugar was and asked a couple times about if I’d eaten breakfast that morning (I didn’t).
    The antidepressant I take is Effexor. I’ve never had a thyroid or fasting blood sugar tested before, and I feel the same way I always have, which makes me think this is not a new problem.

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    why is my blood sugar acting up lately?
    I am a 14 year boy and my blood sugar is been realy weird lately? One week i will check it in the morning and it will be 92 or 95 and thats great but the next morning it will be 109 0r 110 (after fasting 8 or more hours somtimes fasting 10 hours! please help :( im woried about type 1 diabetes bc my dad has it :(

    • ANSWER:
      I am diabetic & I must eat a little something every 2 hours to help keep my blood sugar under control. If I go too long without eating, I get weak & shaky. When I do that, then I know it’s time for a snack. Make sure you are not eating stuff that you’re NOT supposed to eat. Make sure you eat healthy, avoid stress & get adequate exercise. Don’t let things upset you. I know it is hard to do while you’re in puberty. Your male hormones are raging, trying to figure out where to settle down. Sometimes, this can cause stress, depression, anxiety, attitudes, mood swings, fear, doubt, animosity, increased appetite, loss of appetite, too much sleep, not enough sleep, unexpected or unexplained sexual arousals, issues with girls or buddies, issues with parents or siblings, etc. just to mention a few things. Most guys handle these issues reasonably well. Some do not – & must learn to deal with them in a positive manner. Don’t worry about stuff you have no control over.

  17. QUESTION:
    Fasting vs. Post-Eating Blood Glucose Levels?
    I have been testing for the last three days.

    I noticed that I have the best readings at fasting. (Waking averages 109, and half an hour after waking still fasting was 105.) (Two to three hours after eating jumps from 124 to 89.)

    Half an hour after eating, I have had readings from 124 to 190 (which went down to 155 ten minutes later) with most of the readings around 140. An hour after eating, I have had a few readings of 101 and a few around 122, and one around 161.

    Over all, there have been five readings above 140, and they were the first half hour after eating.

    One hour after eating, three readings were above 120. At two hours after eating, two readings were above 120.

    In determining whether a blood sugar problem exists, when I have asked questions here before, people seem most concerned with waking fasting readings being under 110 or under. Are high numbers after eating a concern?

    Thanks
    Thanks for all the great answers. Helps a lot.

    One other thing that I noticed is that after the spike the first half hour, numbers drop significantly, then bump up again at two hours after eating. (Guess that is why testing is based on fasting and then two hours later . . .) Is this up, down, up fluctuation normal–the body just regulating itself?

    I notice that I feel best after that two hour mark. Even if my numbers are non-diabetic, I feel pretty hypoglycemic that 30 to 120 min after eating.

    • ANSWER:
      Tapas,
      From your question, it is not certain if you have diabetes, prediabetes or are just enquiring because you have tested your blood serum for glucose. If this is the case, I add a link with details of the tests for these -

      http://www.labtestsonline.org.uk/

      understanding/conditions/diabetes-4.html

      Diabetes means your blood serum / glucose (often called blood sugar) is too high. Everyone’s blood has some glucose in it. In people who don’t have diabetes, the normal range is about 70 to 120. Blood serum / glucose goes up after eating but 1 or 2 hours later returns to the normal range. But too much glucose in the blood isn’t good for your health. You should talk to your diabetic care team and discuss your target levels for – before meals, and, one to two hours after meals. Also, your target for fasting blood serum / glucose levels, which is controllable by different methods.
      I add a link with details of this subject, (a very long one), but nothing replaces the one-on-one contact with your diabetic management team if you have been diagnosed with diabetes.

      http://www.parliamodiabete.com/

      TherapyAwareness/application?event
      =bea.portal.framework.internal.refresh
      &origin=taHeader.jsp&pageid=
      Management&site=www.diabetes-
      info.co.uk

      Hope this helps
      Matador 89

  18. QUESTION:
    I dropped my Blood Sugar From a 30+ (540 mg/Dl to 5.5 (99 mg/Dl) in two weeks. Is this normal?
    My units are in Canadian and American. Under 7 (126 mg/Dl) is considered a target value for diabetics. I accomplished it by cutting almost all carbs and taking 1500 mg of Metformin and a single pill of Januvia, as well as some extra walking for exercise.

    For 7+ years my fasting glucose was 5.9 (106.2 mg/Dl) I believe a severely stressful incident that nearly caused a nervous breakdown triggered the diabetes. My reading from the lab was 22 (396 mg/DL)

    I was probably walking around for more than a year with glucose over 30 (540 mg/Dl). When I first started monitoring my glucose was to high to measure. The limit on high measurement was 27.8 (500.4 mg/Dl) The doctors recommend that I follow the GOVERNMENT food guide but my diet is lean protein (chicken and fish/tuna) and low carb veggies.

    A medical person said that was unlikely since at that high level I wouldn’t be able to function. But some how I still managed to everything but I had no energy in the evening since I expended it at my job. They were relieved to find out it was diabetes!?!? since they suspected substance abuse – rampant in my profession

    My blood pressure today is 109/74 (optimal)

    Any ideas or advice? Needless to say I wont be contributing to any retirement anymore plans since I probably won’t live past 55 (my gut feeling).

    Thanks for reading and my support and best wishes to you all.

    HK.

    • ANSWER:
      Is this your H1AC fasting glucose level. I suspect it is your regular blood reading from your test meter. Your fasting is going to the more accurate since it will tell if you liver/pancreas is working properly
      But having good reading with your meds mean that they seem to be doing what they are supposed to.

      If you are now running around 100 mg/dl that is great. Keep up the good work. The extra walking is doing wonders. I wish I could do more myself.
      Your definately doing something right. best of luck

  19. QUESTION:
    Can someone tell me if these blood sugar readings are normal for a person not diagnosed diabetic or on insulin?
    I’m not sure if my readings are making much since, it seems sometimes my blood sugar is higher prior to eating then goes down after I eat…is this normal? I have not been diagnosed w/ diabetes but am wondering if I do have it or am prediabetic, so I bought a tester to monitor myself.

    Also, note I eat a gluten free diet (and low low carbs due to this)…that mean no breads, pastas, cereal, nothing with wheat. So I am basically eating only fruits, veggies, and meat…and vitamins. So given that please realize my numbers are pretty much as good as they get for me.

    Here are my readings, I’ve only been doing them a few days.

    First reading was in the middle of the day (4pm) and it was 155…then at 8pm before eating it was 109, two hours after eating it was 101.

    Next day:
    12pm fasting reading was at 112 then 2 hrs after eating 98
    4pm reading before eating 96 then 2 hrs after eating 117
    10pm reading before eating 100 then 2 hrs after eating 93

    Next day (today):
    10 pm fasting reading 111, then 2 hrs after eating 143
    4:30pm before eating 103, then 2 hrs after eating 103
    I’m not going to eat anymore today so I didn’t do an evening test

    • ANSWER:
      Fruits have a form of sugar in them and it can raise your sugar. Are you taking any medications? Sometimes something as simple as a multivitamin can cause your blood sugar to rise. Injury to your body can cause it to elevate. Stress can cause your blood sugar to go up. Also, as you see, your blood sugar goes up and down all day long.

      If you want a diagnosis, go to your doctor and request a “fasting blood sugar.” I think there is another one, but I can’t remember the name of it.

      I don’t suggest not eating at nighttime, because your pancreas releases insulin in the early morning of our sleep cycle…starvation, as you can see would be an issue….making your blood sugar TOO low. Not good.

      If you are not diabetic, why are you testing your sugar? Just curious.

  20. QUESTION:
    which Fruits and vegetables can eat a pre-diabetic patient?
    i recently checked my blood sugar and cholesterol(both test are done in fasting)sugar level is 109 and total cholesterol is 230 (LDL is 155),doctor saying that im a pre-diabetic patient. please suggest me which fruits & vegetables can i eat?.is raw coconut and cashew nuts is good or bad for a prediabetic

    • ANSWER:
      Its all about moderation. You can have almost everything, but in a lot smaller portions. instead of having a pint of strawberries eat 3-4. Veggies tend to be better for you than fruits (they usually contain more sugar). Your doctor should give you a booklet explaining diabetes and the do’s and don’ts. Jsut ask for it if he didn’t.

  21. QUESTION:
    Whats a normal blood sugar range for a 15 year old (non diabetic) everywhere i look its different?
    dad is a type 1 diabetic and he says 80 to 120 but mine is weird somtimes my fasting bloodsugar will be 109 one week then 94 the next then 105 then 100 im so confused and im worried i might have it. I went to the doc for peeing alot but he diagnosed me with prostititis ? Thats basicly the only symptom i have .

    • ANSWER:
      You are becoming a hypochondriac. You’re stressing yourself out over things you have no control over. Get over it. As long as you eat healthy, get enough sleep, get adequate exercise, don’t smoke or do drugs – you should have no problem. Life is not always the way it’s supposed to be. It’s just the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is there something wrong or am I just crazy?
    This just does not make any sense. I was checked 2 years ago for diabetes after a 12 hour fast and it was 109 and the doc said that 111 or higher indicated diabetes and I was borderline. Well, I have had pain in my stomach, under my rib cage for about 2 years and was checked for diabetes about a month ago and it was 125 and the doc said 126 was diabetes, not to worry. Then I developed chronic pancreatitis. My biology class is experimenting with elimination diet (eliminate carbs and sugar) so this week is a control week. We don’t change our diet but had to check blood sugar and my fasting count was Monday 145, Tuesday, 101, Wednesday, 124, Thursday 187, and today it was 191! So what the hell does this mean? I have an appointment again on Monday, but if it is under 125 are they going to ignore me again? What do you think? Could this be diabetes or am I just messed in the head?

    • ANSWER:
      Some symptoms of diabetes include:

      Frequent urination
      Excessive thirst
      Extreme hunger
      Unusual weight loss
      Increased fatigue
      Irritability
      Blurry vision

      Yuor doctor should have a Glucose Tolerance TEst done, to show how your body metabolizes glucose in your system, as well as a Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), to show the average level of blood glucose ofer the past few weeks. A simple blood glucose test alone cannot diagnose diabetes. If your doctor is unconcerned, you should insist on these tests. If he or she is still disinterested, get a second opinion, preferably from an endocrinologist, who specializes in these matters. Your health is nothing to be lightly shrugged off. Your problems need to be diagnosed and addressed with proper treatment. Hope this helps! Best of luck to you!

  23. QUESTION:
    Confused and need some answers!?
    I was tested for diabetes about 2 years ago and my blood sugar level was 109 after fasting. The lab tech said that was in normal range and said nothing more, but my paper work said that 111 is considered high. Well, now I have this pain under my rib cage whenever I eat something with high sugar or carbohydrates… feels like someone is stabbing me there. I also feel very tired and crave sweets. Now in the last two weeks, I have this seemingly endless thirst and hunger. I have been binging, but I have actually lost weight. Could this be diabetes and is the pain on that side a complication?

    • ANSWER:
      im not going to give you an answer thati don’t know about .. butt the only REAL thing that i can tell you is that.. you probabblyy shoudl go tothe docotors and get that checked out.

      best of luck. my wishes to you.

  24. QUESTION:
    Patient investigation Report. (Diabetic patient.male)?
    I AM 44 YRS MALE AND MY REPORT AS FOLLOWS:-
    HIGHT 168CM
    WEIGHT 60KG
    BMI 21.5
    BLOOD SUGAR FASTING 133.00
    BC-GLUCOSE (PP) BREAKFASR 109.00
    BC-LIPID PROFILE:-
    CHOLESTEROL 115.00
    TRIGLYCERIDE 73.00
    HDL CHOLESTEROL 57.00
    LDL CHOLESTEROL 43.40
    MY DRUG PRESCRIPTION AS FOLLOWS:-
    LIPITOR 10MG EVERY ALTERNATE DAY AFTER DINNER
    ASPIMED 75MG DAILY AFTER DINNER.
    MY QUESTION IS AS PER MY TEST REPORT MY MEDICINES ARE RECOMENTED? AND WHAT IS MY PSYCAL CONDITIONS.
    PLEASE ADVISE ME.
    REGARDS.
    ABDUL AZEEZ PADIKKAL

    • ANSWER:
      talk to your doctor don’t trust the opinions of people on the Internet

  25. QUESTION:
    I have a few questions about diabetes? I’m kind of scared?
    First, I’m 15 and I had a fasting blood test and my fasting glucose level was 109. My doctor decided to have me fast every night for 10 nights for 8-9 hours. She said she wanted numbers under 99. Well, I haven’t had any that were under 99. The lowest I’ve had is 101 and the highest is 118. I have 2 more days left. After 10 days, I’m supposed to bring my numbers to the doctors office so we can decide if more tests need to be done. What kind of tests will they do?

    I’ve had one random test and that was 2 days ago. I wasn’t feeling well and my mom told me to take my blood sugar. It was 156. What does that number mean?

    When my great grandma was in her late 20s-early 30s she had a stroke. Something that happened during the stroke caused her to have type 1 diabetes. Even thought she got it like that, could that affect me? Also, I believe, but I’m not sure, my dad had type 1. But I know for sure he had diabetes.

    I weigh 113 pounds, I’m very active, and I eat a healthy diet. How could I have type 2 diabetes?

    How do you feel when your blood sugar is high? How do you feel when it’s low?

    What if I do have diabetes?

    I’m sorry this is long. I’m just scared.

    • ANSWER:
      I know this seems scary but don’t worry diabetes is a very manageable disease that millions of people live with everyday. Based on the results from your fasting glucose levels thus far it sounds like you are in what is called “pre-diabetes.” A normal fasting blood glucose is < 100 mg/dL, pre-diabetes is 100-125 mg/dL and diabetes is > 126 mg/dL. Pre-diabetes does not mean that you have diabetes and it does not necessarily mean that you will get diabetes however it does mean you are at a higher risk. Type I diabetes does have a genetic component and it often occurs in childhood or in adolescence which is where you are at 15 years old. Patients with type I diabetes are typically thin and often present with weight loss despite eating a lot, frequent urination, and extreme thirst. These are all also signs of hyperglycemia, or high blood sugars. You may not be experiencing these symptoms now since your blood sugars are still relatively normal. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugars, often lead to confusion, agitation, sweating, a racing heart, and loss of consciousness.

      I hope this was helpful to you. Your doctor will guide you through this and help you understand the disease and the correct treatments. Try looking at the website below to help with some more understanding.

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002194/

  26. QUESTION:
    pre-diabetes or diabetes?
    I had my blood sugar checked last year at the regular dr. it was 109 fasting. The dr said it was fine and I didn’t have to check my sugar or anything. I then had an ob/gyn appt, and they said I was pre-biabetes. i told them my regular dr said I was fine and they disagreed. I then took it upon myself to buy a glucose meter and pay out of pocket for everything. My dr wouldn’t write a script for it. Over that 6 months time, my sugar remained above 100 at fasting and about 160 2 hours after eating. I changed my diet and stopped eating starches and breads,etc. The stripts got too expensive to pay for out of pocket, so I had to stop checking it. I just had a yearly physical with blood work again, with a diiferent family dr., and they called me to tell me my blood sugar was high at fasting , and they would go over it with me when I go back in 2 weeks. My question is my blood sugar has remained on the high side for a year and a half now, even wih diet changes, and excersise. I’m not overweight, but have gained 25 lbs in 6 months time, and can’t lose it. I am 5’4 and weight 145. does this mean that it will turn into type 2 diabetes? or would it be classified as diabetes already? Would they put me on medication for it? Not really sure about anything with the other 2 drs disagreeing on something so serious. Hopeing the new family doc will help out on this.

    • ANSWER:
      You cannot diagnose yourself with the glucose monitor. the purpose of this device is to monitor your blood sugar. Plus some of the devices can be inaccurate. And in your case a 10% error can make a big difference. The A1c is the test that determines if you are diabetic or not. The A1c is the 3 month running average for your blood sugar. The normal range for non-diabetics is 4.9 – 6.1. for Type 2 diabetics <7.0. You probably have the genetic make up for Type 2 diabetes and the recent weight gain may have triggered it. you won't know until you see the doctor in 2 weeks. Also do not test yourself 2 hours after meals. It takes 3-4 hours for your blood sugar to return to normal after eating. A reading of 160 may be fine 2 hours after eating, depending on what you just ate.. If you are simply monitoring your blood sugar (which you are), only test in the morning and BEFORE meals. If your diabetes is out of control (which yours is not), then yes, you need to test more often. My guess is your A1c is on the high side of the normal range, maybe slightly out of range. It will all depend on the rest of your blood work how your doctor wants to proceed. Judging from the numbers you posted, you should be able to do it with diet and exercise. A 10% drop in weight will make big difference in your glucose numbers. Good luck

  27. QUESTION:
    I’m always thirsty, and I get shaky when I don’t eat. Why?
    Hi, all!

    I am a 25 year-old male, 5’9 and 135lbs. I am constantly thirsty. My mouth always feels dry, and I’m constantly drinking water (close to 100oz. a day), and I’m not working out or sweating. Thinking about possibly having diabetes, I went to Walgreens and got a cheap meter. I tested my glucose 5 hours after a meal that made me exhausted and anxious and my reading was 116. Then, 2 hours after dinner consisting of pasta and sausage, my reading was 133. I did a fasting blood test this morning and that level was 109, and today, after school (I’m a teacher) and four hours after lunch, I was hungry and shaky. My blood sugar was 102. From what I’ve seen online, all those levels are really healthy! I eat a balanced diet, too!

    Does anybody have any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Go see a doctor and ask his opinion. It sounds like Type 1 diabetes. That is exactly what my bro went through. Please go see a doctor and ask his opinion. God Bless.

  28. QUESTION:
    Got my sugars under control after insulin….so why do I feel so bad?
    I’m 11 weeks pregnant, and a diabetic. My endocrinologist decided to start me on Levemir starting dose 5 units in the morning (its usually dosed at night but because of my history of hypoglycemia he figured it was best to dose in the morning).

    It has really improved my numbers, my fasting sugars aren’t super low anymore, and I see more balance in my blood glucose levels. The first day I was on it, I felt better immediately. But now, I feel horrible. My sugars are great, 109 before meals.

    I felt just fine until my second day on this insulin. I’ve taken Novolin before, with my last pregnancy and didn’t ever feel bad. Am I having an allergic reaction to it, or is it normal to feel this way at first?

    I feel a little depressed, so daggone tired and grouchy, like my sugars were high then crashed, but like I said, my numbers haven’t been this good since the last time I was on insulin.

    I almost want to stop the insulin and tell him to please put me back on Novolin.

    • ANSWER:
      You really should discuss how you are feeling with him and go from there. I had an allergic reaction to insulin once and what happened was a little red itchy bump like a mosquito bit at my injection site other than that I’m not sure what kind of reaction one might have if allergic to insulin. Hope this Helps and you feel better soon.

  29. QUESTION:
    Gestational Diabetes question….?
    About a month ago my doctor diagnosed me with gestational diabetes. Since then I went to a nutritionist and was put on a carb-counting diet, as well as started an exercise regimen of at least 30 min walking 3x a week, usually 20min of exercise of some sort every day (some days we walk to the stores which is a 90min walk. Also, keep in mind that the walks I’m talking about my sister terms as hikes because the grades of the hills up and down tend to be 5%-15%, so it’s not easy going.) I’ve apparently gotten my blood numbers under control, except my morning fasting number.

    Today, I was feeling a bit sick so I took my blood sugar at 1hr instead of at 2hr and was horrified to find it about 170. At 2 hr it was 109, so it’s fine… but it worries me that it spikes like that. And then the morning fast number again is a fail at 98. The doctor seems unconcerned, since he’s watching for anything above 105 for fasting number and since my 2 hour after breakfast is consistently under control no matter if I exercise or not. But I don’t trust him.

    My nutritionist seems to believe I should be retested for diabetes because she thinks I’m having hypoglycemic reactions and he flubbed the test the first time (didn’t carbo load 3 days beforehand as well as didn’t do it at a good time for me and my body cycle.) My fasting, 1st and 2nd numbers were failing in the glucose 3 hour challenge, my 3rd number was hypoglycemic (close to 70.) She said she thinks that I had a delayed reaction because of the hour the test was at, and then had a spike in insulin high enough that I went hypoglycemic on my own, and doesn’t feel like insulin would be a good idea in my case because of that. But it worries me that for that hour after I get up my insulin response is ‘sluggish’. I’ve opted for the ‘better safe than sorry’ route.

    Has anyone had any similar experiences? Does anyone have any hints on how to bring my fasting down better? My night-time snack usually is carrots, dip, and then maybe a yogurt or something that has the 2 carbs I need. I’ve had people recommend replacing the carrots with celery+peanut butter, since the protein may help. Is that a good idea?

    Doc seems to believe baby is not getting too big anymore since the diet and seems very pleased with how my weight has leveled off and blood sugars are under control.

    • ANSWER:
      try eating a protein as a snack like crackers and cheese or peanut butter on whole wheat toast it usually helps bring my sugar down when I get a craving for something sweet Ill eat it but then I eat a piece of cheese to bring it down good luck. Also my fasting sugars are usually higher then my sugars through out the day I take insulin 3 times a day but I sometimes only take it 2 bc I checked my sugar and it was below 70 Im afraid it might get to low at night.

  30. QUESTION:
    Hypoglycemia from not eating?
    Yesterday I had 125 calories. That was from dinner.
    Today, I planned to do the same thing. Up untill 1pm I had nothing be Coke Zero and water. I felt a bit dizzy, and ignored it. The dizziness got worse, so I had 2 waffles. Then I ate a cupcake, then I had a PB and fluff sandwhich, then an icecream. Then I took a laxative
    I know, I’m a fat pig.
    Now after that I still feel shaky and my heart seems to be beating faster than normal.
    Is this low blood sugar? Should I be concerned? I thought feeling like this would go away after eating, but it came back with the shakyness and heart beating faster than normal.

    Ps. I’m 14, girl, and 109 pounds. 5’8”

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  31. QUESTION:
    Worried about diabetes?
    A little background– I am 39 years old and very fit (5’3″, 109 pounds). I try to exercise several times a week, though over the past few months, my fatigue has significantly reduced my ability to work out. My mother, paternal grandmother, maternal grandmother, maternal aunts and maternal cousin all have Type 2 diabetes, my brother and my paternal great grandmother has/had type 1. A year ago I was ill and had a whole slew of bloodwork done. My fasting BG (I hadn’t eaten in *at least* 12 hours) was 105. I have lost about 30 pounds over the past 2 years, and I still seem to lose about a pound a month, even though I’m not trying. As mentioned earlier, I am very, very fatigued ALOT of the time, even with sufficient rest. Over the past few weeks & months I’ve noticed that I’m drinking more water than usual and urinating more, and I’ve also noticed my mouth is very dry. I am not on any medication. My diet hasn’t changed. I have some dizziness, too, and sometimes a weird taste in my mouth. Also, when I work out, I have to be real careful, as I can “bonk” (feel like my blood sugar drops quickly) if I don’t eat regularly (I cycle quite a bit –15-30 miles at a time typically, and the longer rides can be really hard on me). Have been having more headaches than normal as well. Everything I read on diabetes says I am not really at risk because I am in such good shape, not overweight, etc.
    Even knowing my family history, my doctor was unconcerned about my fasting level of 105. I would have thought a prudent dr would have rechecked the level in a couple weeks, but that was never done, as she was unconcerned. Anyone here fit, relatively young, and diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes??

    • ANSWER:
      Carey, you have reason to worry. I am glad that you are trying to take control of your health. Go to this website and study it all.http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.php

      105 is pre-diabetes.Here are the numbers.
      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

      83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less.

      Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.

      Though most doctors will tell you any fasting blood sugar under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) is “normal”, there are several studies that suggest that testing with a fasting blood sugar in the mid 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/L) range often predicts diabetes that is diagnosed a decade later.
      Post-Meal Blood Sugar (Postprandial)
      Independent of what they eat, the blood sugar of a truly normal person is:

      Under 120 mg/dl (6.6 mmol/L) one or two hours after a meal.

      Most normal people are under 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) two hours after eating.

      Now , here’s what to do. being’s that most doctors are useless. Go to the drug store and buy a Glucometer. Test your fasting and 2 hour’s after you eat . Check these numbers to the above. Many on answers will say these number are incorrect. But don’t be put off . What we want is to catch diabetes in it’s earliest stage.
      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels.
      Here are the 4 keys:
      1) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      2) Meds. Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They may kill you. Bone fractures, heart problems and what diabetics really don’t need is that they change Bone Stem Cells to Fat Cells.
      3)diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can’t count carbs so I use Mendosa’s Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      4) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.

      Metformin is great for prediabetes. The sooner it is started the better and longer it works.
      Remember Knowledge is KING !!!!

      Good luck to you
      Tin

  32. QUESTION:
    Could this be diabetes?
    So lately I have been having pretty much all the symptoms. I’m 15 years old, 5 ft 3in tall and weigh 109 pounds. I exercise every day and am very active
    My symptoms:
    Extreme thirst-thirst has been unquenchable
    Extreme hunger-I’m hungry all the time even after i eat
    Irritability
    Fatigue
    Frequent urination-going about every 15 minutes,its worse at night, i’ve also noticed a sweet smell to it sometimes
    Blurred vision
    i just feel sick
    I’ve had a recent weight gain, but now my weight is staying the same despite how much i’m eating
    I’ve had a fasting glucose test (Which was 110) and A1C (5.3). that was about 1 1/2 months ago. My symptoms are getting worse and my parents are concerned it might be diabetes. My doctor refuses to do any more tests because of my last blood sugar tests. So i guess my question is could this still be diabetes or is there anything else it could be? I’ve had thyroid tests also. What else could it be? Could you have symptoms in the early stages of diabetes?
    also i’ve been getting bad headaches and i’m starting to have hypoglycemic moments where i feel shaky, but i eat and feel better.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be things other than diabetes, your blood sugar was not that high, many people with higher readings than that are not diabetic. Your A1C was very good. You are having some physical symptoms of diabetes, but it could actually be something else, these are symptoms of many things. See if you can make an appointment with a specialist and get to the bottom of your problem.

  33. QUESTION:
    Anyone with gestational diabetes?
    So i am almost 35 weeks pregnant and my OB called me a few days ago and told me i had GD after the 3 hour glucose test.now i monitor my blood sugar 3 times a day since yesterday and the highest reading was 116, yesterday i even had fast food and diet pepsi or coke and after that it was 109.Is that really GD?? My readings seem to be low instead of high, after dinner it was 96.If it’s low instead of high does that mean i have to eat more carbohydrates instead of less?? i will call my OB tomarrow and see wht’s up with that just curios of what you think or maybe even if someone has or had the same problem.
    thx

    • ANSWER:
      Your numbers don’t really sound too low. I have noticed that what I eat makes a big difference and if I have meat, it tends to keep the blood sugar from spiking. They should have sent you to a diabetes educator to learn all about what is normal, how to eat, and so on. I’m at the point now, where my blood sugar is high no matter what, so I have to take insulin. Watch the carbs in everything you eat. Anything white like bread, potatoes, rice is a no no. High fiber, high protein and of course no candy, soda, bakery goods. Do some research on diabetic diets on the internet. But the numbers you listed don’t sound bad at all. Do you test first thing in the morning before you eat anything? That is important to do. Sounds like they need to educate you more. Good luck to you.

      Oh, and I wouldn’t increase your carbs. It sounds like you eat meat, which does tend to stabilize things.

  34. QUESTION:
    help answer fast extremely worried!?
    well i had a headache and decided hey let me use my moms blood sugar machine to check my sugar i do not have diabetes anyways the machine said i had 109 and i was like wtf waited 3 hours and it was 117 and last week i did it right afther eating desert breakfeast dinner and my sugar was 93 so wtf is it so high do i got diabetes? also my head hurts allot im a healthy 18 male slim work out 4 times a week

    • ANSWER:
      dude insted of asking here get a physcial from the doctor if you are coverd under a medical insurance policy they ususally pay for physicals 100% depending on your policy. it is better to get poked and prodded listened too and blood drawn to see exactly how you are doing

      curtdude

  35. QUESTION:
    Glucose test question?
    Hi,

    I scored high on my original gluc test. They told me to either take the three hr test (im pregnant) but its alot of sugar or go by the kit to poke ur finger and test ur blood.

    But its kinda expensive.

    So I borrowed my friends. I saw him change the poker needle, and have a fresh strip.

    My question is, is there a risk of blood exchange since he changed his poker needle, but I used
    his poker?

    sounds silly but im kinda freaked out now

    it happened so fast i wasnt thinking

    thanks

    oh, it was 109, thats the good news :)
    sorry my question is is it safe to use the same “poker” with changing the needle , of course

    thanks:)

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  36. QUESTION:
    What if you blood sugar is 109 fasting?

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  37. QUESTION:
    Routine test showed hypothyroid and diabetic level glucose – but I’m skinny?
    TSH levels were a little high and fasting blood sugar was 109.. followup test, TSH levels were clinically hypothyroid and fasting blood sugar was 153??!! I have no idea what’s going on– dr. called in Rx for synthroid but I won’t have an appt w/ her for 2 more months. I thought people with hypothyroid had LOW blood sugar and were overweight. Im very athletic, normal/low weight with low body fat (and almost no stomach fat- hallmarker of diabetes I thought). My resting pulse is typically around 100 and at times my blood pressure is clincally high. Dr. was clear I have HYPO thyroid, not HYPER. How’s this possible?

    I can’t find very clear info on the internet and won’t see my doctor again for a while.. what is going on with me? In January I was given antidepressant medication because of insomnia and depression/anxiety- it helped my mood a lot. Now I’m reading thyroid problem causes depression??

    I am very concerned about fasting blood sugar at 153- I typically eat low-carb foods. Do I need to avoid sugar totally? What will happen to me? How long will synthroid take to make me feel “better”?? I can relate to all the symptoms of hypothyroid and high blood sugar (EXCEPT weight gain), but I’ve always felt like that and thought I was oversensitive and lazy.

    Sorry for rambling.. I am overwhelmed by this diagnoses and don’t know where to turn. My doctor was nice and helpful, but we just talked briefly on the phone. She and the other doctors think the blood sugar issue is related to thyroid and probably not diabetes however she seemed very alarmed by how high my blood sugar was and asked a couple times about if I’d eaten breakfast that morning (I didn’t).

    • ANSWER:
      I would consider seeing another doctor (or possibly an endocrinologist) – I think it’s strange that you won’t be seeing your doctor for 2 months after she is starting you on synthroid, especially since she is so concerned over your blood sugar (which is, at this point, maybe more of a problem than your thyroid). The 153 isn’t particularly high if you were a diagnosed diabetic, but it is definitely of concern in a non-diabetic, or undiagnosed one, and could easily climb out of control – more problems.

      Hypothyroidism will most likely eventually result in weight gain, but not necessarily and not right away. It can cause depression. Belly fat is not 100% indicative of diabetes. If diabetes progresses unchecked, it usually leads to weight loss.

      It’s interesting that you have hypertension as well as such a fast heart rate since you are athletic. Normal heart rate is considered 60-100, usually low 70s-80s, but very athletic people often have non-symptomatic heart rates as low as the 40s.

      You may start to feel better just a few days after starting the synthroid, but it typically takes a few weeks to get the dose adjusted properly and be therapeutic. The therapeutic range is pretty narrow, so you should familiarize yourself with the symptoms of hyperthyroidism just to better monitor your progress.

      The most recent recommendations for anyone with glucose issues is no concentrated sweets – so, don’t eat all the icing off a cake or have a bag of M & Ms. Simple sugars (white/brown sugar, fruit juice, milk, yogurt, honey, corn syrup, molasses, maple syrup) raise glucose faster and higher than complex carbs (veggies, pastas, whole grain breads, brown rice, oatmeal, legumes), so complex carbs are considered a better choice.

  38. QUESTION:
    Anyone with gestational diabetes?
    So i am almost 35 weeks pregnant and my OB called me a few days ago and told me i had GD after the 3 hour glucose test.now i monitor my blood sugar 3 times a day since yesterday and the highest reading was 116, yesterday i even had fast food and diet pepsi or coke and after that it was 109.Is that really GD?? My readings seem to be low instead of high, after dinner it was 96.If it’s low instead of high does that mean i have to eat more carbohydrates instead of less?? i will call my OB tomarrow and see wht’s up with that just curios of what you think or maybe even if someone has or had the same problem.
    thx

    • ANSWER:


Fasting Blood Sugar For Diabetics

In recent times, quacks would like us to believe that hypoglycemia or low blood sugar can happen in non-diabetic individuals. While this is possible in people with certain tumors and in those who take alcohol with tiny food, the majority of people who seem to be suffering from hypoglycemia are actually reacting to anxiety and stress.

In some cases, panic attacks may resemble hypoglycemia.

Come visit us right here for more Diabetic Diet Info and get a Diabetes Blood Glucose Ebook Non Fasting Blood Sugar. http://www.diabeticdietbloodglucose.com/

This notion was later echoed by Carlton Fredericks, a food faddist who claimed that 20,000,000 north Americans were afflicted by hypoglycemia ; and Dr. Robert Atkins, the well-liked writer of a questionable diet book.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How low does a non-diabetics, Blood sugar get after insulin release?
    OK, I am curious to how low a non-diabetics blood sugar can get before the body decides bring it back up. Example: Fasting Sugar= 80, When eating a normal meal and blood sugar rises to 120 then at the 2 hour mark blood sugar drops to what before the body responds by using the stored glycogen.

    I have reason to believe I am suffering from Reactive hypoglycemia, I have had only one result come back under 60mg. All other tests have shown the lowest I usually go is 65… with a normal fasting blood sugar between 70 and 85. In the 60′s is usually when i feel sluggish and wishwashy. but still coherent just exhausted and sometimes a headache.

    So the big question… is it out of the ordinary for a non-diabetic to drop into the 60′s after a meal? for like a short whole and then the body picks it back up into the normal range?

    excuse my randomness.

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  2. QUESTION:
    I am 38,I am diabetic,my fasting blood sugar is 170 and post meal is 198, is it high for diabetics or is it ok?

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  3. QUESTION:
    what should a diabetics blood sugar numbers look like?
    what is a dangerous blood sugar number for a diabetic?
    what is a high number and what is a low number?
    what is it after you eat?
    what is it before you eat?
    what happens if you have not eaten?
    what happens if you fast and then go for a blood test?
    any info helps. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      dangerous is close to 200 or over 200.
      high is 160ish
      low is less than 70
      Good blood sugar to aim for is between 85-130
      if you have not eaten your blood sugar will drop low. you need food to maintain your sugar levels. if you eat too much, your sugar levels will spike up high.

  4. QUESTION:
    does the liver dump more blood sugar when fasting?
    after fasting for 12 hours, my blood sugars are still very high between 350 and 400 range. resulting in administering higher doses of insulin. I am taking both long acting and short acting insulin. Any type 1 diabetics out there with any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      The problem with you is that you are not taking good control of your diabetes. If you blood sugar levels remain still high, that means that you “provide” your body more sugar than allowed (too many foods or wrong foods).
      Or your insulin shots are not enough to lower your figures, you must shift to another scheme.
      It is normal for diabetics to have high blood sugar levels. If little insulin is secreted, the whole blood sugar homeostasis is broken, and your body cannot lower blood sugar levels anymore.
      Try to follow the right diet, eat the right foods, follow the right insulin scheme and exercise (at least 30 minutes of walking each day), and you will see the results.

      More info you can find in http://www.all-about-beating-diabetes.com/type1-diabetes-info.html

  5. QUESTION:
    Pregnant Blood Sugar levels for diabetics?
    Okay is there anyone with type 2 diabetes and pregnant who can answer this question? What are the proper blood sugar levels for fasting, 1 hour after eating and 2 hours after eating? Also are they counting the one hour to begin after you finish eating or at the start of the meal? Just curious what you all have been told because I have gotten some conflicting information from different doctors. (My OBGYN, General Practioner and Endocrinologist all had different opinions)
    I was told less than 120 an hour after you have begun eating. So if your meal takes you a half hour – then you have a half hour for it to go back down. I was also told fasting under 80. These just seemed way too low and possibly dangerous.

    • ANSWER:
      Fasting blood sugar should be less than 95. If you’re having the one hour test, after one hour it should be less than around 140. .

      For the three hour test, after one hour, less than about 180, after two hours, less than about 160, and after three hours, less than about 140.

      All clinics and hospitals have slightly different values that they use as cutoffs, but they should be pretty close, within 5-10 points

      *sorry, I read your question too quickly and answered in response to a glucose test, not just post-meal. You’re probably close to what it should be for post meal sugars, but IMO their fasting sugar parameter is too low – but not dangerously so. We don’t worry about treating hypoglycemia unless it’s less than 50.

      Less than 120-130 is pretty reasonable for after a meal. Numbers are higher for a glucose test, because you consume more concentrated amounts of sugar.

  6. QUESTION:
    If a 22-year old with normal weight and normal fasting blood sugar were to get diabetes, how would it happen?
    My weight is normal (133 pounds.)

    My overnight fasting blood sugar was fine when I did a pinprick test five months ago (88.)

    I’ve been experiencing abnormal thirst for a long time (had to drink huge amounts of water,) and when I did that blood prick test, my blood sugar mysteriously plummeted to 59 after drinking a high-glucose sweet drink.

    A physical exam from 7 months ago also indicated that there was glucose present in my urine, which should NOT be the case.

    Also, I am probably a TOFI (thin on the outside but fat on the inside.)

    In addition, my eating habits have been bad for a long time, in terms of eating lots of white flour and processed sugar, although I am working on correcting that habit as we speak.

    That being said, aren’t 90% of all Type II diabetics obese? I may be internally fat, but I’m NOT obese – I’m thin by all standards, actually. And my overnight fasting blood sugar seems to be perfectly normal. It’s like I have some symptoms of diabetic-like trouble, but not all.

    • ANSWER:
      I know a 97-pound 26-year-old Type 2 diabetic. While lifestyle factors like obesity and diet are proximate causes, the reality is that most Type 2 diabetics are genetically predisposed. Some can avoid getting diabetes forever (or nearly forever) by staying at a healthy weight and eating a proper diet, while others can only delay the inevitable by doing so. Yet there are others who, no matter what they do, will get Type 2 diabetes young. Being thin is no guarantee of not getting Type 2 diabetes, just as being fat is no guarantee that you will. There are many, many fat people in this country, and yet not even most of them are Type 2.

      Fasting blood sugar can be misleading. Many pre-diabetics and early-staged Type 2 diabetics fast in the normal range and have very high after-meal spikes. Because they still have a good bit of insulin production left, their blood sugar can drop 50-100 points very easily, especially after high-carbohydrate meals that stimulate the pancreas. That’s what happened to you with the OGTT sweetened drink. You had reactive hypoglycemia.

      You could also be a Type 1 of some variety. I know a Type 1 who was showing all the classic signs of diabetes (thirst, blurry vision, glucose in urine), but had a normal fasting. Even her A1c (three-month average of your blood sugar) was fairly normal, maybe a little on the high end of normal. One doctor finally sent her home with a continuous glucose monitoring system that tracked her blood sugar throughout the day. Apparently, she was spiking into the 300s and 400s after meals and then dropping very rapidly into normal range. They tested her for antibodies and she came back Type 1. Her pancreatic function was in decline, but wasn’t fully gone. She still had enough to lower her blood sugar, but not enough insulin to prevent the spikes.

      There are a few things you can do. 1 – Buy a glucose meter. Test yourself at 45 minutes – 1 hour – 2 hours after a meal. A normal meal, too, with about 75 grams of carbohydrates. How high is your blood sugar going? How quickly do you return to normal? 2 – Ask your doctor to test your c-peptide and GAD for insulin production and Type 1 antibodies. If your insulin production is high without the presence of antibodies, then you are likely an insulin resistant Type 2. If you have antibodies with normal or diminished insulin production, then you are a Type 1. 3 – Get an A1c. If you’re fasting in the 80s, then your A1c is probably still under 6%, so this might not tell you much. 4 – Test your urine for ketones.

      Don’t focus on how much you weigh or how old you are. Diabetes is largely genetic for both types. If you have it, you have it. Being thin is no shelter when genes are at play.

  7. QUESTION:
    Why are women with Gestational Diabetes expected to keep their blood sugar levels lower than non-diabetics?
    For instance, I have researched that a regular non-diabetic person is expected to have a fasting blood glucose level between 70-126 (3.8 – 7.0) and a 2 hour post meal reading between 126-180 (7.0 – 10.0). However a women diagnosed with GD (a faulty system of testing in my opinion) must maintain a fasting reading of 95 (5.3) and a 2 hour reading of 120 (6.7). Is my research on regular non-diabetic readings false or is something wonky going on here? Also worth mentioning, I was diagnosed with this in my last pregnancy, never changed my diet but never tested over either during any of my 4-times-a-day pricks. Any thoughts/facts appreciated, just not those who take a doctor’s word as gospel….looking for people who think for themselves.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to keep it lower because you need a cushion of safety–having a high glucose level damages your organs and tissues, and your baby’s organs and tissues, permanently. Plus, while you can be sure that a person without diabetes will quickly be able to lower their glucose after eating, so time at high-normal will be brief, people with diabetes don’t have the same guarantee. Plus, having a high glucose level for prolonged periods of time while pregnant can permanently mess up your child’s metabolism. They can end up with extra sensitivity to glucose, and insensitivity to insulin, making them more disposed to get diabetes at a younger age. The thing you have to understand is that even diabetics who religiously follow all the rules still end up with all kinds of problems and damage, because it really is that dangerous to have high glucose.

  8. QUESTION:
    what are the blood glucose levels for non diabetics and diabetics?
    Does any knowlegeble person furnish me the correct blood sugar levels for both non diabetics and diabetics regarding fasting, post lunch and random levels

    • ANSWER:
      Fasting glucose levels per the ADA is 70-99 normal, 100-125 pre diabetic and 126 and up is diabetic.

  9. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar level question?
    I have had fasting blood sugar level 114 a month ago. and then a few weeks later after being careful to avoid sweets as possible, the fasting blood sugar level was 98.
    Then a month later, it was 119 at 11 hours of fasting and 109 after 12 hours.
    My mom has diabetics so I have to be careful. I have started to work out every evening for about 5 minutes. My question is if I keep doing exercises, will it be ok to have eat sweets (not too much) meanwhile? Will this routine make my glucose level normal?
    I have tested blood sugar level after 2 hours of dinner and it was 90.
    I use an ORBITREK machine to do exercises

    • ANSWER:
      Eating low carb meal is the key. If your intake is about 3 carbos(45gms) per meal then you will be able to lower it. Also do some regular exercise.

  10. QUESTION:
    Any medical students or people familiar with diabetes. My blood sugar?
    Without going into a whole schpeal about my life, I’ll just tell you I’ve had blood sugar issues. I have 3 diabetics in my family, and I’ve never been clinically diagnosed with any kind of diabetes. My sugar never got any higher than 130 mg/dl. Since about a year ago my health experienced a drastic shift, and I began having episodes of what doctors describe as “hypoglycemia”. I would experience vertigo, severe nausea, but most doctors figured it has something to do with vestibular issues or migraines.

    I suspect I might be having other issues.

    Although I’ve never pinpointed my sugar below 70 mg/dl, I have most of the symptoms of hypoglycemia. In short, I do experience internal shaking, I can’t walk straight, I can’t focus, and I get fatigued (these the most important symptoms). And for the first time in my life–my vision has become much worse–I now wear glasses ALL the time.

    Anywho, this morning I checked my blood sugar fasting and it was something like 82 mg/dl. I felt okay. Within a few moments of getting up I felt starved. I had eaten NOW about 1.5 hours ago and I just checked my blood sugar: it is 86 mg/dl. I’ve noticed this pattern before. My sugar never gets high at all, it’s always LOW!

    What do you all think?

    • ANSWER:
      Those numbers are perfectly normal. Normal blood sugar is around 80-130. I wouldn’t consider it low unless it gets below 70

  11. QUESTION:
    Is Your Blood Sugar Always High When You’re Diabetic and Not Receiving Treatment?
    I recently went to the doctor because and had some general blood work done while fasting. My blood sugar was 87, after discussing some stuff with my doctor, he suspects I may have diabetes- I urinate about 4 or 5 times every hour, I’m always soooooo tired and weak, and I have lost a lot of weight recently. Do diabetics always have high blood sugar while they are not getting treatment? My blood sugar was normal when tested- is there still a chance I could have it? He wants me to take a diabetes test, but I spent the last of my hard earned money going to him four times already (I have no insurance), plus I have to pay for him to give me the results again. Is there really a point in taking the test if my blood sugar was normal the first time? I am also asking because he doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing- he prescribed the wrong kinds of meds on two occassions.
    btw, I’m 23.

    • ANSWER:
      You need a new doctor. If he truly suspects diabetes, he should have performed an A1c at the time of your fasting blood sugar test rather than ask you to come in on four separate occasions.

      To answer your question – yes, it’s possible for diabetics to drop into normal range sometimes. That being said, symptoms of diabetes–excessive thirst, frequent urination, etc–usually only occur when a person has very high blood sugar for a long time. (Think: 200+.) If your blood sugar were running that high for months or years, I seriously doubt that your fasting BG would be 87. It’s possible, but not probable.

      You need an A1c. An A1c provides a three-month average of your blood sugar. I would tell you to go back to your doctor, but he’s bankrupted you. If you have a Wal-Mart in your area, purchase a ReliOn Home A1c kit there. You swab a little of your blood onto a card and mail in your sample to the ReliOn laboratory in a prepaid envelope. You get back your results within a few weeks. The kit costs about and is reliable within a few points. If your A1c is over 6.0%, that would indicate diabetes or pre-diabetes and you’ll need to make an appointment with a doctor to discuss treatment options.

  12. QUESTION:
    Toddler with above average blood sugar?
    I took my 3 yr old son to the dr. for a physical. They tested his blood sugar and it was 144. We went in to the dr. the next morning for a fasting blood sugar and it was 104. These numbers are not high enough to label him diabetic, but they are above the normal range.
    He has no symptoms of diabetes (thirst, hunger, frequent urination, weight loss, irritability, fatigue… nothing).

    Question: is pre-diabetes only for type 2 diabetics? Is it possible for someone to simply have higher then normal blood sugars? Is this a precursor for diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many many reasons for a slightly high blood sugar.

      The normal range varies from person to person. Ask the doctors to test again in a month or two. If that’s fine, then he’s fine.

      Some people have to have a high normal reading for there to be a normal reading.
      Don’t worry too much.

  13. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar questions?
    Ok so scince january i have had to PEE A BUNCH. Im a 14 year old boy who has to pee like every thirty minnutes and i dont even drink alot! like mabe a diet coke here and there but thats about it. Anyway my dad and cousins are type 1 diabetics. My dad got his at ten and my cousin ( who is thirteen) got his at 11. So i check mine about every day and morning, my fasting most of the time is ok like 90 to 100 but somtimes i check my post prandial which is about 2 hours after i eat and its like ranges from 120 to140 ! why is my post prandial blood sugar that freakin high then my fasting is fine? and to those who think you fasting blood sugar should ALWAYS be from 60 to 90 get out of here because your wrong. But anyways is there like somthing i can do for this? and please give me info besides (Eat healthy yada yada yada bc i do eat healthy and i weigh 180 pounds at 6 foot and a half.) i think after i eat there may be sugar in my urine and mabe thats why i have to pee but i dont know, i have been to the uroligist about the pee problems months ago and they found no trace of anything in my urine. Please im only a freshman and i just need to know what the hell is going on with my body so i can get back to my life:( O yea im not diabetic so far

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    My blood sugar reading is 112 mg/dl. Is it too bad?
    I am a 44 year old white woman, I have performed a full blood test, and among results, fasting blood sugar read 112 mg/dl. Reference range 80-100 mg/dl. I’ve read somewhere that normal values would be up to 120 mg/dl.
    Neither my parents nor siblings have diabetes. But my mother have had her parents and siblings diagnosed with diabetes t.2 and I haven’t encountered any problems with diabetes until now. So does my reading fall in normal values for non-diabetics? If not, am I diabetic, or prediabetic?
    And one more thing: If I performed the same test at an other facility with different reference ranges, would my reading (112 mg/dl) be affected with the range as well? I mean if they use 120 mg/dl as maximum, would it be 132 mg/dl?

    • ANSWER:
      You’re perfect! 80 to 120 is just right. As a white woman, you’re in a lower risk group, but that doesn’t rule things out. Keep your weight normal. Avoid excess carbs in your diet. Americans eat 300% more carbs that we did just 100 years ago. Try to exercise on a regular basis. Nothing spectacular is necessary, just enough to raise your heart rate to a point that speaking in a normal manner is difficult. Being diabetic isn’t fun, so caution now will pay off later.

  15. QUESTION:
    A fasating blood sugar of 100 is fine isnt it?
    I mean im not diabetic but my dad and cousin are both type 1 diabetics, im 14 and a half and my cousin in 13 years old and he got it when he was 11 and a half. My dad is 56 and he has had diabetes scince he was 10. But now i have past them both up so far and still dont have diabetes. Every time i check my BS which is every week or so just to be sure it is from 86 to 100 unless i have a cold or i am sick then it can go up to 110. But a fasting blood sugar of 100 is ok isnt it? i keep hearing these stupid postings that 60 to 90 is what it should be and im like (are you retarted? ) 60 is WAY to low for somone without diabetes and 70 should be the deadline shouldnt it? My dad has always told me if my fasting is under 110 i didnt have to worry about anything?

    • ANSWER:
      You will find many conflicting comments regarding ‘normal’ glucose levels. Based upon the preponderance of clinical studies however I believe that nearly all physicians would agree with the following. A non-diabetic’s fasting glucose is typically 70 to 100 mg/dL or 3.9 to 5.6 mmol/L. A non-diabetic’s post-prandial (after meal) glucose typically does not exceed 140 mg/dL or 7.8 mmol/L. Please note that I say ‘typically’ as there will be some variation from day to day and as you have noted an illness may increase blood glucose. Your readings are normal. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless.

  16. QUESTION:
    Diabetes – When to test blood sugar level?
    I was recently diagnosed with diabetes (controlled through exercise and diet, no meds at this time). I’ve gone to a ton of websites and read literature on diabetes, but cannot find a straight answer about testing my blood sugar.

    For diabetics out there….
    When should I test?
    Should I test after fasting (say after sleeping) or before a meal?
    How soon after a meal should I test?
    How many times a day?

    Thanks for your help! :-)

    • ANSWER:
      Testing for Type 1′s and insulin using Type 2′s is a bit different from your case. Type 1′s need to regularly test to ensure their BG level is not in a dangerous range and adjust their insulin. They may test up to 12x a day is some cases. Type 1′s using an insulin pump usually test often. Most Type 1′s average about 6x per day if they use multiple daily injections.

      If you are a new Type 2, you may want to start on a regular plan just to see how your levels are fluctuating during the day. You aren’t on meds or insulin, so you don’t need to worry about low blood sugar. Your main goal is to make sure you are not running too high and are unaware of it.

      For the first few days, test in the a.m. (fasting), 2 hours after breakfast, before lunch, 2 hours after lunch, before supper, and you guessed it…2 hours after dinner. You may also want to throw in an evening pre-bed check or two.

      You want to see if your fasting (before eating) levels are in range at all meal times, and how your are doing after you eat.

      That way, you will know if you need medication, or just need to adjust your diet (eat less carbs at dinner, for example).

      If all is fairly well, and you are following a healthy diet and exercising, you can test randomly on different days to make sure you are staying in range. If not, call your doctor to see if you need medication.

  17. QUESTION:
    Why is complete water-only fasting supposed to be bad for Type 2 diabetics?
    Why is complete water-only fasting supposed to be bad for type 2 diabetics? I am 63 years old, and I have been diagnosed with diabetes for about 10 years. I am 5’9 and 245 pounds. Thirty years ago I fasted for 10 days and lost 25 pounds with absolutely no problems. (That is, no problems until I broke the fast with a cheeseburger — instant nausea!) However, that was long before I became diabetic. Now I am supposed to take pills for my diabetes, but I have quit taking them because they drive my blood sugar way too low … as low as 32! I would like to rapidly get rid of a lot of weight, and I am considering a long water-only fast. The conventional wisdom is that diabetics should not fast, but I can’t find anything in the medical literature that supports that idea. On the contrary, there seem to be studies that show that diabetics have benefitted from fasting or from very low calorie diets. Does anybody have any knowledge or experience with fasting by non-insulin-dependent diabetics?

    • ANSWER:
      I am almost sure that 50% + of that weight you lost was water weight.

      During a fast, a person purposely abstains from food for a specific period of time. Fasting has been practiced throughout the ages for both religious and therapeutic purposes. A one-day fast is unlikely to cause any harm to a healthy body. Slightly longer fasts (two to three days) are also well-tolerated by most healthy people.

      No matter how short the duration, fasting is unwise and potentially dangerous for some people, including pregnant and lactating women, people with cancer, diabetes, gout, hypoglycemia, stomach ulcers, liver, kidney, or lung disease, or anyone with a compromised immune system. Some health experts caution against fasts lasting more than two to three days, even for healthy individuals—if longer fasts are practiced, they should be medically supervised.

      During the first 24 hours of a fast, the body is able to utilize its stored carbohydrates—in the form of glycogen—to fuel essential body processes. When glycogen reserves are depleted, fat becomes the preferred energy source, so that protein (e.g., as found in muscle tissue) is partially spared.

      However, some muscle tissue is often lost, even during short fasts. Weakness, nausea, headaches, and depression can also develop during a fast, because ammonia and nitrogen are released into the blood during the breakdown of muscle tissue. Ketones, byproducts of fat metabolism, are produced once the body switches from burning carbohydrates to burning fat. Elimination of ketones is accomplished by the kidneys. In extreme cases, extended fasts can lead to disturbances of heart rhythm and death.

      “Modified” fasts, in which fruit or vegetable juices and herbal teas are consumed, are probably easier on the body than all-water fasts. Even so, a modified fast should be limited in duration; modified fasts lasting more than a week should be supervised by a healthcare professional.

      Why do people follow this diet?

      Proponents claim that environmental toxins build up in our bodies over time and need to be removed periodically through fasting to maintain optimum health. Cleansing fasts are an important part of a detoxification program and may be part of a weight-loss program.

      What do the advocates say?

      Advocates believe that fasting periodically gives the body a break from digestion and allows it to eliminate the toxins that cause disease, while promoting healing and reversing the aging process. Studies indicate that fasting helps health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headache, and skin diseases. Acute illnesses such as colds and flu, colon disorders, allergies, obesity, and respiratory diseases may also respond to fasting. Proponents claim a one-day fast creates a clearer mental state and increased energy. They believe a three-day fast rids the body of toxins and purifies the blood, and that a long-term fast promotes healing, alleviates food allergies, sheds pounds, and rebuilds the immune system.

      What do the critics say?

      Critics believe that fasting depletes the body of important nutrients, essential minerals and energy, may be unsafe, and is an ineffective weight loss aid. The few pounds that are lost in the beginning of a fast are from water, and this weight will return as soon as the fast is over. Few scientific studies have been done to back up health claims and demonstrate that fasting works by releasing toxins stored in fat.

      Are there any groups or books associated with this diet?

      International Association of Professional Hygienists
      4620 Euclid Boulevard
      Youngstown, OH 44512
      (A professional organization of doctors who specialize in therapeutic fasting. Write to them for a list of certified members.)

      Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor’s Program for Conquering Disease, by Joel Fuhrman, MD, New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 1998.

  18. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar really high before meals, low after meals?
    I am very confused by my readings with my home monitor. My daughter has the same exact problem (she’s 7 and has very high blood sugar-having her checked for Type 1).

    I’ve been testing for 3 weeks (I have Type 2)and my readings are fairly consistent. Fasting levels high. Very low early in morning. Low late at night. Now it’s around meals that’s confusing me and all the diabetic family members that I ask for advice…

    About 30-60 minutes before meals, my blood sugar will be high/sometimes very high. About 30-90 minutes after meals, my blood sugar drops a lot! I’ll go somewhere around 170 to 100 just from eating a small meal. Everything I’ve heard and read said non-diabetics and diabetics, their blood sugar increases after meals, logically. Why is mine dropping after meals. I don’t take insulin or oral meds (for diabetes) and my meals are basically the same each day. I don’t take any meds that interfere with blood sugar. Has anyone heard of this? I really need help! Thx

    • ANSWER:
      Man, did you get some goofy answers, or what?…. no wonder you emailed me.

      Hmmm…. this is quite interesting. Exactly the opposite of how it normally goes… Wow. Unfortunately, I have no clue…. unless the food you’re eating lowers blood sugar, and there are very few foods that can do that. Cinnamon, some melons, and a few herbs can help slow glucose absorbtion and assist our insulin’s effectiveness, but their effect is minimal. I am very interested in exactly what you are eating, how many calories, etc.

      The most likely possibility is, eating is triggering your pancreas to produce more insulin than the rest of the time. Something could be fooling the body into backing off production a few hours after eating. Read up on the glucagon, glycogen, and glucose production cycle that goes on between the pancreas and the liver… it’s quite interesting. I would suspect that your problem has something to do with what you are eating and this process getting out of balance. As long as you’re not going below 70 and above 170 (for too long), you shouldn’t worry too much. We’ll figure something out.

      You didn’t give me much in the way of numbers. How high? How low? Why not keep a chart throughout the day? This would be very helpful. I’m mainly interested in your fasting (morning before breakfast) and one, two, and three hour after meal readings. I’m curious about the accuracy of your meter, too. I’m also interested in your weight and how much dairy you’ve been on. Read my web page (below) for more on this.

      Both of you might want to consider adopting a primarily vegetable diet with minimal beef and dairy. Cut out the “empty” carbs and stick with whole grains, too. Diet and exercise play a crucial role in how well our body deals with carbs and sugar. I would also recommend some supplements that are proven to help regulate blood sugar. Especially, cinnamon and alpha lipoic acid. See my webpage for more….

      http://www.geocities.com/seabulls69/Type_II_Diabetes.html

      I will email you with my “real” email, so we can keep in touch. I’ve done lots and lots of reading on this, so maybe we can figure this out together.

      As far as diet not making a difference, you might want to read these before you swallow the good nurse’s advice:
      Milk information:

      http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2007nl/mar/dairy.htm

      http://www.notmilk.com/d.html

      http://www.notmilk.com/tudrmac.html

      http://www.rense.com/general63/ddia.htm

      http://www.sciencenews.org/pages/sn_arc99/6_26_99/fob2.htm

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002448.htm

      http://www.strongbones.org/

      http://www.nature.com/ejcn/journal/v59/n3/abs/1602086a.html

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=15910636&dopt=Abstract

      As far as I’m concerned, there is no doubt that cow’s milk is not good for you. Not even baby cows drink the stuff after their infancy… it’s too rich. There’s a ton of evidence out there proving that it’s not good for you, yet even doctors continue to spread the myth that it is good for you. It’s just like their wreckless dispensing of harmful medications that they know full well cure nothing. Yes, they might reduce the symptoms a little, but are they worth the side effects? Of course not. Doctors (and nurses) are human and subject to the same brainwashing that goes on day in and day out in our society…. milk is good because it has calcium and vitamin D. This drug is good because……. (the drug manufacturer says so and I make a ton of money off you by herding you out of here with another useless “remedy”). It’s an incredibly well crafted belief system. Upon scrutiny, however, the whole thing unravels. I’m not asking you to believe me or her… I’m asking you to do the research yourself. Read some of Kevin Trudeau’s stuff if you want an eye opener. Don’t believe all of his stuff either. Gather as much information as possible from as wide a variety of sources as possible and make your own judgements. I did. Here’s another tip… you can learn more about diabetes than any nurse or doctor in less than a month. Think about it…. how long did they spend on the subject in med school? A week? Two? Here’s another item… how many diabetics have they cured? Personally, I put doctors and nurses in there with chiropractors and fortune tellers. It’s your body that does the healing… not them.

      Here’s more on hyperinsulimia: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QA/QA94119/

      It’s pretty much what we all go through as we become type 2 diabetic. It’s just a fancy name for insulin resistance… the precursor to type 2.

      And the pancreatic tumor the good nurse is referring to is called: insulinoma: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insulinoma

      The trouble with insulinoma is, it’s completely unpredictable and people often end up with unexplained hypoglycemic episodes. This doesn’t appear to be what’s happening to you. Watch your numbers very carefully throughout the day. If your numbers are consistently similar before meals (high) and after meals (low) day in and day out, you should be able to rule out insulinoma since it’s claim to fame is as suggested on the webpage I linked… generally the opposite of what you are claiming happens.

      I’ve got a buck that says you run out of money or die of old age before you find a doctor (or nurse) that can explain your symptoms.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are the ranges for blood sugar numbers before & after a meal?
    I may have TYPE 2 diabetes. ( I have an appointment next week with Doc) I had a blood test done(by Doc) and my count was 130. ( I fasted for 12 hours BUT I took my liquid methadone before I got tested) I’m not sure if that effects the count?? Anyway, I bought a test kit and did some testing yesterday. Before I ate dinner, my count was 122, (time 6:00) I ate supper, had a Special K snack bar, tested blood (time 7:20) was 130. Ate 3 more bars (yes, I eat ALOT of ‘em) tested blood (time 8:10) was 399. Waited 20 minutes, tested again, 192. That was last night. I KNOW I am not doing the testing procedure right, I just wanted to get an idea. Anyway, this morning I tested and it was 107. BUT, I also woke up 3 times in the night and ate granola bars. Is that common for diabetics?? Waking up in the middle of the night and craving sugar?? I do that every night!! I know theres alot here, I was just hoping that someone could tell me if this resembled a diabetics count or am I normal??

    • ANSWER:
      Great site to go to for info is diabetes.org. For a diabetic the after meal peak should stay below 180 (some sites say 160). Watch the carb intake. I’m assuming 4 Special K snack bars are very high in carbs.

  20. QUESTION:
    How much variability in blood sugar levels is normal for non-diabetics?
    My fasting (14 hours) bs level 3 days ago came back 233 but a 3 hours post-meal glucose home test today was down to 94. Is such an extreme a spike and drop off within a range of possibility or is one of the measurements likely contaminated ? (There wasn’t quite enough in a drop to fill the reaction site, so those results may be prone to misinterpretation.)

    I’ll do another draw tomorrow before talking to the clinic and deciding whether this warrants an emergency visit or not. Absolutely no other symptoms, though, so I may well be able to wait a few days.

    • ANSWER:
      Something does not sound right. Although different sources will give different ranges for glucose the consensus is that a fasting glucose is approximately 70 to 100 mg/dL while a post-prandial (after meal) glucose should not typically exceed 140 mg/dL. The post-prandial reading is fine and is most likely not compatible with a fasting reading of 233 mg/dL. There may have been an error although modern glucometers are extremely easy to use and virtually error free. Nonetheless the only way to answer your question if for you to take additional readings. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and may God bless.

  21. QUESTION:
    a question about alcohol and blood sugar?
    Im not a diabetic, ive had my blood sugar taken while fasting and fasting if i dont eat for like 12 hours my blood sugar is 68 but after i eat a pizza or sandwhich its 100-110, but im 21 years old and i drink alot i have about 6-10 beers a night every day out of the week, i have very bad anxiety, but my question is does alcohol make blood sugar increase or decrease, while i get some alcohol in me i feel really good but the next day i feel like complete hell and was wondering if thats from my blood sugar or what? told you im anxious cause now i worry about my blood sugar…. any ideas would be great!!! oh and i know diabetics cant drink, but im not a diabetic so alcohol isnt effecting my blood sugar much correct????

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol can play a dangerous role with blood sugar. You really need to check out this webpage I found.

  22. QUESTION:
    i tested my blood sugar, is this normal for non-diabetics.?
    On the testing machine it said 3. I am going to check later as well. Is this low, and does this mean i am diabetic i used my mams machine tester thing without her knowing she is at work. Here is my last post question if this helps, and why it drove me to test them….

    Basically my mam has been diabetic since the age of three (now 36), and i dare not tell her i am concerned about myself in case she does not believe me.

    these are my symptoms they are developing quite rapidly.

    Increased thirst – drinking about 8 sport training bottles full of juice, at least everyday. and i never feel hydrated, i am always thirsty.

    Increased urine – usually go about twice an hour day time, and for example it is half 12 at night now and i have been to the bathroom at least 5 times in the past hour, and i am not passing little amounts of urine, i am passing quite a lot as if i had held it in for hours.

    exhausted – i will have 12 and a half hours sleep and i am still shattered, i have been off school for two days now because i seriously have not got the energy to even go on facebook never mind go out the house.

    headaches – come now and again

    sickness – (with no vomit) usually on a morning or after food.

    dizziness and feeling faint.

    clammy – feeling sweaty but not actually sweating

    please help, these symptoms are accruing quite fast, my mam is at work all day how can i tell her my concerns or make my symptoms more ovious to her..

    i am only 15.

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetes is the state of being hyperglycemic and 3 mmol/L is hypoglycemic, if anything. That’s low for anyone, including a non-diabetic.

      One isolated reading doesn’t tell us whether you have diabetes, but likewise one reading can’t rule out diabetes. If you are diabetic, especially a Type 1, your blood sugar may not always be high when you test it because you still could be producing some insulin.

      That being said, this one reading is most certainly not a diabetic reading.

      At this point, you should really see a doctor. Some of your symptoms could be a result of hypoglycemia, like the clamminess, headaches, and dizziness, but the urination and thirst would not occur from low blood sugar. The good news for now is that you didn’t have high blood sugar when you tested, but again a doctor should really confirm this.

      When you’re as low as 3 mmol/L, you should really eat or drink something with simple sugars, like juice or candy, to bring your blood sugar up. Then eat something with a little more protein and fat–perhaps cheese–to keep your blood sugar from crashing again.

  23. QUESTION:
    Diabetics: Have you ever been put on a medication that could ‘possibly’ inpact your blood sugar…?
    but the doctor said it was unlikely? I was recently put on a topical steroid for a skin allergy and everyone assured me that I would be ‘fine.’ After a fasting BG of 203 yesterday and a post perandial of 342, I stopped using it. Everyone tried to insist it wasn’t the new med, but there is NO other explanation for it. I stopped using this med yesterday morning and this morning my fasting was 169. I know that isn’t great but it’s a heck of a lot better than 203. The pharmacist finally admitted that I must be one of these few who actually had an adverse reaction. It’s happened with albuterol too and no one wanted to admit it then either.

    • ANSWER:
      Steroids wreak HAVOC on your blood sugar! It was cortisone for me. I wish I’d known before I went on them a couple of years ago for a couple of weeks. Everyone should be warned about it. I was the same way…it shot it up into the 200′s and 300′s, and I literally had to double my basal rates and bolus amounts to cover it. From what I understand, most diabetics have this reaction, not just a few. And just to warn you, it will probably take a couple of weeks after you stop taking them until your BG’s settle down again.

  24. QUESTION:
    what should blood sugar levels be?
    I’m wondering if the diabetics out there can tell me what blood sugars to aim for : fasting, 1 hr after eating, 2 hrs after eating. Also, are you supposed to take it 2 hours after you BEGAN eating or after you are DONE eating?

    I’m asking b/c I began a new medication that might affect blood sugars, and I have insulin resistance. The doc wants me to monitor my sugars but I know the numbers to aim for are different than for gestational diabetes (the last time I used the meter).

    • ANSWER:
      a NORMAL blood sugar is in the range of 80-120. Any reading in this range, at any time, is considered normal.

      Most doctors ask that reading be taken JUST BEFORE meals. Since most people have AT LEAST 4 hours between meals, this is considered a “fasting” reading. The reading should be normal – 80-120.

      Readings taken first thing in the morning, after not eating for 8-10 hours, should be slightly lower, 70-100.

      If the doctor wants you to measure AFTER meals, then you measure two hours after you STOP eating. The “postprandial” (after eating) readings are slightly higher than “normal” readings — 100-150

      DO NOT take reading any sooner than two hours after meals. Reading taken sooner are completely dependent on what and how much you ate, and are thus meaningless. it takes about two hours for your body to “return to normal” after a meal. Readings taken sooner than that are worthless.

      Blood sugar readings are some of the most researched and best undestood readings in the human body. And they are NOT different for “normal” diabetes or gestational diabetes, nor between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is this normal blood sugar?
    I am woundering if this is normal. I am a non-diabetic but I am at increased risk for diabetes because of family. I am 24, female. I urinate frequently. Since 8am I have used the bathroom 6 times, it is now 9:30pm. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a lot, but I only drink about 20 oz of water a day even though I’m constantly thirsty. I know I should be drinking more………anyways. I bought a meter and started keeping a record of everything I eat(so far been checking for 3 full days). I check my BS when I get up, right before I eat…..and hour after I eat and then 2 hours after I eat. My fasting levels are between 92 and 100. After I eat(depending on what I have ate) it goes between 72 and 180 an hour later. Then 2 hours after eating it goes between 60 and 150. The highest reading I have had so far was 378. It went that high an hour after eating ice cream. Then an hour later it dropped to 81. I am curious, because obviously it has gone that high before because I didn’t feel any different. I only feel bad when it drops below 100. I am always thisty and extremely fatigued. Sorry for so much info, just want to be clear. Is it normal for a non-diabetics sugar to run so high?

    • ANSWER:
      Your blood sugar levels are going to fluctuate depending upon what you eat. Your body’s ability to deal with the blood sugar will depend on several things. If you listen to the medical people, they will tell you that blood sugar readings are the important thing and you need to control it. The problem is that diabetes runs in families because most people eat the same foods, not because of genetics like a lot of so called “scientists” tell you. 25% of ALL Americans are OBESE and 1 in 10 are pre-diabetic or have diabetes if you count the people that do not know they have it now. That is not genetic my friend! ! !

      Understanding fat is a primary key to regulating your blood sugar and then limiting the carbs you eat is the second thing. The fat tissue is what generates a hormone called Leptin that tells the body how to utilize insulin and glucagon. If you are eating enough good fats, the body believes it is not starving and lets the metabolism stay high. If you are eating LOW fat foods, your body thinks you are starving and it slows your metabolism down, creating the need for lots of exercise and will power to keep your weight down. A very dumb way to control weight, but the food industry promotes this heavily for obvious profit reasons. Fruits and vegetables are carbs, just like pasta and breads. If you want to stabilize your blood sugar, you can eat 6 meals a day for about 2 weeks, eating more carbs than you normally should. Once your blood sugar is stabilized, you can eat a diet high in fats, low in carbs, and moderate proteins. This will keep your blood sugar stable and allow your endocrine system to smooth out.

      There are many reasons for frequent urination and diabetes is only one of them. Digestion is the key to getting good nutrients into your body. Adequate supply of hydrochloric acid is a major factor. If you eat lots of carbs, that does not create good HCL production. The amount of water you need each day is as follows:

      The average person needs water at the following rate:

      Take your total body weight and divide by 2. That number is the amount of water in ounces that you need to drink each and everyday. Along with that, you should consume 1/4 teaspoon of “air dried sea salt” in conjunction with each quart of water you drink. This puts the electrolytes in your body that will give you proper hydration. The typical white table salt you buy in stores like the Morton Salt, for instance, is terrible for you and has loads of chemicals added. Avoid that junk. If you drink ANY diuretic drinks like, sodas, coffee, tea, alcohol, commercially prepared fruit drinks, energy drinks, etc., these all dehydrate you and you will need to add more water to the total to compensate for the water loss due to these diuretic drinks. Take the total ounces of the diuretic drinks and multiply by 1.5 and add that total to the original total to come up with the proper amount of water you need to drink each day.

      By the way, there is no reason a person should suffer from diabetes type 2. You can cure that in about 30 days. You will not hear this from medical people that make their living off selling drugs and telling you that once you have diabetes, you cannot be cured. That is ridiculous.

      Here is a MEDICAL DOCTOR that is also a natural doctor that has made a video of several people getting over diabetes in 30 days. Off all medications in 1 week. Watch the video and you decide:

      http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/simply-raw-reversing-diabetes-in-30-days/

      Here are some simple things you can do and if you follow these recommendations, your likelihood of successfully going off of drugs and having normal blood sugars is close to 100%, as treating type 2 diabetes is simply a matter of implementing some basic strategies to improve your insulin and leptin resistance:

      1. Exercise
      2. Eliminate Grains and Sugars
      3. Balance your protein, carb and fat ratios for your unique and specific genetic biochemistry.
      4. Monitor Your Fasting Insulin Level
      5. Optimize Your Vitamin D Level – optimizing your vitamin D levels can not only help improve type 2 diabetes if you have it, but can likely eliminate the risk of type 1 diabetes in your children if you are pregnant.

      EDIT: Just because the BIG MONEY pharma has not announced a DIABETES cure doesn’t mean there isn’t one. The number of people being “CURED” is rising and you will hear more about it. The same problem happened with TRANS FATS. It too Mary Enig, Ph.D. 15 years to convince Congress to make some changes.

      Watch the film I suggested and see with your own eyes the people that were CURED of diabetes. Don’t just take my word for it. Call up Dr. Cousins and ask him yourself. The poster: “Bux – Type 2 Diabetic (NIDDM)” and “Angela” are simply WRONG and being a diabetic suffering for years I’m sure they don’t want to admit there is a cure that is so simple. Watch the film, do your homework. It works.

      EDIT: Angela, I’m surprised at you. Getting emotional because you have suffered needlessly for 20 years is not a reason to say things that are not true. CNT is a Certified Nutritional Therapist, not some nurse thing. lol. What degrees do you have? Have you looked at the MEDICAL DOCTOR (M.D.) that CURED diabetes type 2 video I mentioned? You need too. You see, you don’t have to have a degree to watch that video and see how diabetes was CURED.

      Good luck to you

  26. QUESTION:
    Do blood sugars jump around in non-diabetics?
    I’m not a diabetic, but my friend is, so I decided to check my blood sugar for two days (yesterday and today). I took the test today fasting and my first reading came back 88. I decided to test again, so I did and it was 94. I thought that was high, so I used his control solution to test the meter and the meter was accurate, so I tested again and my level was 104. Yesterday when I tested fasting I had 83 the first time and 82 the second time. Is it normal for blood sugar to jump around like this when your not a diabetic? I know all of my levels are considered in the “normal” range, but 104 was scary to me. Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      a NORMAL blood sugar reading is ANY reading in the range 80-120 a 94 is great, and so is the 104.

      NO ONES blood sugar stays at one constant level. The actual reading depends on WHEN, WHAT, adn HOW MUCH you ate, how much you have exercised, your general health level (do you have a cold), AND your personal stress level.

      FOOD is the primary reason that blood sugar goes high. If you eat birthday cake and cola before taking the test, your reading WILL be high — maybe 300 or more. But 4 hours later, you will be hungry again, and your blood sugar reading may be 115. ONE high blood sugar reading is NOT to be worried about!

      Exercise is supposed to lower you blood sugar level, but in fact, during the exercise and for about an hour after, exercise actually RAISES your blood sugar . it is the LONG TERM effects of exercise that are important, NOT the immediate changes.

      Your physical and mental health conditions have large effects. If you have an infection your blood sugar WILL go high. Your body is producing its own sugars to help the white cells fight the “invading” germs. ANd your mental health level ALSO affects blood sugar . If you have job or marital stress, your blood sugar will be high. It is important that you always deal with stressful situations in a quick and positive manner. Don;t “stuff” stress! Don’t hide it — talk it out!

      If you don’t eat for 10 hours (like, going ot bed), then you blood sugar will be LOW. If it drops lower than 70, you need to talk to your doctor about possible Hypoglycemia.

      Blood sugar readings jump around ALL the time. In fact, if you use the same meter and take another test 30 minutes later, you will get an entirely different reading.

  27. QUESTION:
    Diabetics: Should I take this insulin?
    Please read my whole message!

    I’m pregnant and was already metabolically resistant, and my fasting blood sugars are anywhere between 95 and 120. I am eating a good, healthy diet and exercising, and I -NEVER- eat sugar!

    My high fasting blood sugars are mainly stress related. But my doctor wants me to take insulin before I go to bed now because my blood sugars are above 95 most of the time, but not all of the time. I have never taken insulin before.

    Can insulin drop me down at night to a healthy fasting level without me going hypoglycemic? Even on the few days where i am at 95?

    I went hypoglycemic taking the first medicine he prescribed me of 2.5mg of glyburide (I took half the dose he told me to take, the full dose would have killed me).

    Am I at risk for the same reaction if I take insulin? My after meal sugars during the day are absolutely excellent and between 80 and 90 mg/dl 1 hour postprandial.

    Any advice would be great, because I’m not sure I can trust my doctor’s judgment regarding giving me medicine after the glyburide incident. Thank you for your time.
    My OB/GYN sent me to him. She didn’t seem to care much about what happened. I have a feeling they think I’m lying about my good blood sugars.

    My A1C has been consistently 5.9. He told me my A1C numbers didn’t matter, and I should cancel my A1C with my primary physician this february because it won’t do me any good. I am not gaining any weight.

    I am overweight (5’5 and 171 pounds), but I’m not obese, and my OBGYN told me to only gain 1 pound a month. I’m 18 weeks now.
    I’m usually in the 90s when I go to bed, and overnight it ends up anywhere between 95mg/dl to 125 mg/dl but most commonly it’s 108-113.
    that’s by the time I’m ready to eat breakfast.

    • ANSWER:
      I would only take the insulin if your blood sugar is higher than you’d like it before you go to bed. There is no reason to take it if you’re where you’re supposed to be. That sounds like a lot of insulin for someone who isn’t diabetic.

      Try this: If you’re above 95mg/dl try taking 1mg of glyburide or maybe even .5mg. Just enough to bring you down a little bit but not enough to make you fall into hypo.

      Hope I helped, message if you have further questions :)

  28. QUESTION:
    Does soda water form gas in stomach?
    I have the habit of having two or three drinks jof whisky on weekends with soda water. However, afterwards I feel a bloating sensation in my stomach. Is it due to the soda? If I have the same with water only I do not face any problems. please help.

    Also I am a prediabetic with fasting blood sugar levels of around 120mg/dl. Which alcoholic drink is best for diabetics? Is beer okay? Beware I am also prone to gas.

    • ANSWER:
      no it doesnt, if an individual have already a stomach problem then it can cause problems.

  29. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar of 38…?
    I am a type one diabetic and I have been battling lows all day today. I have been under 100 all day, which is slightly unusual for me, but not necessarily bad. I just dropped to 38 and treated with juice and some glucose tabs. I’m slowly coming up now with a -20% temp basal.

    In short, what is the fastest acting sugar that you can ingest to treat a low? I usually use juice, glucose tabs, crackers, cake frosting or peanut butter (depending on the severity of the low) but these seem to be losing their appeal for me. I want to treat with something yummy, so please, feel free to share opinions.

    On a related note, have any of you diabetics here had positive experiences with a CGMS? I am looking into that.

    • ANSWER:
      Glucose tabs are good but they taste sucky. Smarties are pretty good… 2 small rolls of them are basically 15g of carbs, mostly dextrose. They act faster than runner’s gels, because they don’t have ANY long-chain carbs (like maltodextrin) that slow down absorption.

      Peanut butter is not a good idea. It’s about half fat, and the fat will slow the absorption of the carbs that ARE in the peanut butter.

      I have had a VERY positive experience with my CGMS. In fact, this past January when I ran a half marathon, I stopped at the six mile mark to test my sugar with a BG meter, but got a temperature out of range error (it was 28 degrees F the day of the race). So I was forced to rely for the next 7.1 miles on just my CGMS. I finished the race at 2:35 with a BG of 100 mg/dl. I could hardly have hoped for better.

      CGMS won’t replace meters any time soon, but it’s FANTASTIC for trend data, and I find that I “micro-bolus” more and it keeps my sugars more in line than with just the BG meter.

      The CGMS sensors are disposable and cost about a piece, for about 3-5 days of use, and give a BG reading every 5 minutes. The transmitter that picks up the readings and sends them to your pump is around 00 and not covered by most insurance. Upgrading your pump to be compatible with CGMS may be required. If so, that will cost around 0 (that’s your co-pay, by the way) and the rest (around 00-6000) will probably be covered by insurance if your pump is old enough. Talk to your pump rep if you can’t get upgraded… they can often work miracles. :-)

      Good luck! Sorry about your lows. Hope you are better now.

      Oh! The one GREAT thing about CGMS’s is that since it automatically reads your sugar, it will ALSO tell you automatically if you are low or high, with an audible alarm.

      Peace

  30. QUESTION:
    Diabetics: your experiences with blood sugars?
    Last week I had some blood test results that made my doctor send me to the ER, where they found my results to be perfectly normal. I have an appointment with her tomorrow, but I’d like some input or experience from people with diabetes and/or kidney issues.

    Last Friday, I did a basic metabolic panel as part of a routine checkup. I’ve no history with diabetes or kidney problems, but an hour after the test my doctor called me with alarming kidney function results. Another hour later, she called and ordered me to the ER – after spending an hour discussing the results with another physician. If you check my profile, you’ll see that I’m a neurobiology and have training in physiology and biochemistry, but I’m not an expert in non-brain stuff. However, I did ask for basic info about the blood test results and researched them.

    Off the top of my head, I can tell you that my creatinine level was twice what it should have been (2.9 maybe? It was just over twice normal) and my glucose level like 180. And this was after a night of fasting.

    The funny thing is that I ate between the blood test (9:00 AM) and getting the first call (10:30 AM). It was about 1:30 PM when the ER checked my blood glucose levels, which were a bit high at 130. All other metabolic tests were normal, so the ER sent me home.

    If I were diabetic, my glucose levels should have raised further. The meal I had was 1.5 servings of macaroni, 1 cup of asparagus, 1 glass of wine, and 1 large cup of water.

    It’s relevant that I changed my diet 3 days before the blood work was ordered and I was probably in ketosis from that change alone. Mind you I wasn’t starving myself – I cut my diet down to about 1,100 calories and low fat. And I informed my doctor of this on the day after (2 days before the blood test) of the diet change.

    The night before the blood test, I ate a ~370 calorie meal (2 small chicken strips, potatoes, corn, and a low calorie desert) at 7:30 PM, took my dog for a 30 minute walk, and remember feeling a little hungry at 9:30 PM. The next morning, I only drank a diet soda on the drive to have blood work done.

    I’ve never had symptoms of diabetes, kidney disease, and felt great for months before the blood work. And I was a regular blood donor over the last 5 years. I last donated in December and there were no problems.

    Have any of you had similar experiences? I’d like to think that I was just in ketosis from chopping my calories to 1/3rd the pre-diet change levels, but this ordeal scared me right back to old eating habits.
    I also lost 3.5 lbs in the 3 days of diet change – and it wasn’t just glycogen weight, as I continued to eat a decent amount of carbs from fruit and a little bread.

    • ANSWER:
      No non-diabetic should have a blood sugar 0f 180 but it may not have been an accurate test.

      Your incorrect about the Creatinine levels, your level was almost 3 times higher than what it should be. Lab Corp. and Quest Diagnostics should the normal levels for Creatinine should be 0.76 – 1.27. which would indicate impaired kidney functions.

      You should schedule a complete workup with a doctor that spealizes in Internal Medicine .

  31. QUESTION:
    Has anybody here ever done an extended water-only fast?
    For health reasons, I’m thinking about trying a water-only fast, perhaps anywhere from 10 to 30 days in length. I am a 63-year-old male, 5’9″ 250 pounds, with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes (pills, not insulin), high fasting blood sugar, and low HDL, and a history of a mild stroke in 2003. My health care professionals all advise me to NOT do a fast. Thirty years ago, when I was much younger and healthier, I did fast for 10 days and lost 25 pounds, and I felt great all during the fast … at least until I ended the fast with a big greasy cheeseburger (big mistake). Anyway, it seems that there is quite a difference between mainstream medical advice and actual research studies. Practicing doctors advise against fasting, especially for diabetics, while numerous clinical studies seem to indicate that fasting has demonstrated lots of benefits. So … does anybody here have any personal experience with long-term fasting?

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve went 19 days, But I drank more than just water. I drunk Apple juice, and milk as well. I also advise you to take plenty of vitamins. This way you know that you are geting what you need to keep your body going

  32. QUESTION:
    Please Help my mom! stroke like sypmtoms, no diagnosis?
    First of all thank you all for your time and consideration in reading this. Forgive me for being long winded, but i’m trying to include every possible detail, because i don’t know if one minor symptom could be the key in finding the answer to my mom’s diagnosis. Right now my mother is in the hospital suffering from some very common neurological symptoms of an unknown origin. My mother is a 45 year old white female who lives in the Ohio valley close to Louisville, we live next to an army base and lived in Germany for about three years in the 1980′s (mad cow disease was prevalent at that time in Europe). She has had no major health problems, only a history of tubal ligation, allergy to codeine, and what we believed to be hypoglycemic episodes in combination with a variety of small vague symptoms which i believed to possibly be Fibromyalgia. She sometimes complains of neuropathy type pain in her hands and feet. Her blood sugar has bottomed out, causing some slurred speech and lethargy, but after providing some nutrition she has returned to her norm. She has suffered from migraine headaches for several years, and has been treated with a PRN prescription of Imitrex, usually sleep in combination with this medication relieves her symptoms. On the following day after she has had a migraine she complains of her face being sore in the area where the pain originated. She has a very acute sense of smell and often complains of smelling mildew in our home, therefore i considered some sort of toxic mold, however with this last and most acute exacerbation, she was in Ohio visiting family. A few years back a fasting blood sugar revealed impaired glucose metabolism with a blood glucose level of around 117. She has appeared to have refractory hypoglycemia, in which her blood sugar drops in response to eating sugar, unlike normal diabetics who have an increased blood glucose after eating foods rich in sugar. I believed she had just been an undiagnosed brittle diabetic, however, her Hgb A1c was 5. Starting about a month ago, what we believed to be hypoglycemic episodes worsened. She very suddenly started becoming very tired, somewhat lethargic, and confused, sometimes not being able to talk. I am a nurse by the way, and in my clinical experience have seen these symptoms quite frequently. She has had close to 8 of these episodes in about the past month, they have started to increase in intensity, duration, and frequency. Each time she has taken longer to return to her norm, and they last longer. With the very last episode which called for hospitalization, she wasn’t able to speak and couldn’t even move. We checked her sugar when it happened and it was 67, her pressure was in the 180′s, and pulse was slightly tachycardic. She has yet to return to her norm, and continues to appear very tired, and is still slurring her speech and talking very slowly. She is slightly confused at times and has generalized weakness. She has had thyroid and cortisol levels drawn which are both normal. The only abnormal labs have been an ESR and WBC of 12. MRI revealed a sinus infection. I considered it causing some sort of encephalitis or meningitis, but she has had no neck tenderness, her wbc is not extremely high, and she has had no fever. CT, MRI, MR angiography of the brain, EEG, EKG, and carotid Doppler scan have ALL BEEN NEGATIVE! At times her right side seems slightly weaker, her deep tendon reflexes are intact, her pupils are perrla, cranial nerves are intact and WNL, but when asked to do a heel to toe walk she had trouble with her gait and also had difficulty with sliding her heel onto her opposite knee downward. Weakness appears mostly in her lower extremities. Her troponin level came back zero initially, then 1.7, and back to zero when rechecked….(the lab probably mixed up the tubes?). But i thought it was worth mentioning. Again i apologize for being long winded, but i wanted to include every possible clue. Thank you for your time…
    I forgot to mention a few things….several years ago my mom was in the house when our dehumidifier caught on fire, and there were some toxic fumes she breathed in a little. Since then she has had what seems to be exercise induced asthma. Also as she has aged she has gained more and more weight, but she exercises quite frequently and eats very very lightly and healthy at that…..
    Baltazar….the doctor is aware thank you! I wouldn’t be telling the yahoo community unless they were stumped. Also the MRI did not show any plaque sites consistent with a diagnosis for MS, i’m going to ask the neurologist about a lumbar puncture to rule out protein in the csf fluid….which would be an additional way to indicate Multiple Sclerosis
    i realize this is yahoo answers, but we have exhausted multiple avenues of consultation without any leads or diagnosis. This is a last resort for me, I thought perhaps someone on here might know of something or someone who found resolve in a similar situation.
    Ms thank you for your input, i appreciate the thoughtful time you put into your answer. I also considered TIA but the neurologist doesn’t seem to agree. mom has had some parkinson like symptoms with tremors and also hasn’t been able to stick her tongue out all the way….there are just so many little things i’m praying they can be put together to create a clear picture of whats going on.

    • ANSWER:
      Although I do not have an answer for you-

      I do need to say that sometimes other PATIENTS—–Not medical professionals are the best avenue to find info—

      you obviously made it clear that you are working with medical professionals-and tehy haven’t been able to help–

      Personally, I have gotten a couple things diagnosed by hearing about other PATIENTS with teh same symptoms-when the docs just kept saying things like your fine, stay active and i don’t see a fracture…..

  33. QUESTION:
    My question is regarding diabetes and fasting for lab work?
    How long does your dr make you fast before lab work? My dr said 12 hours and that is nearly impossible because my blood sugar gets low at night. A friend said his dr said 8 hours and he is a diabetic also. I can see 12 hours for non diabetics but not for people with diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a non insulin dependant diabetic and my husband is and insulin dependant diabetic you need to talk to the lab where you are going to have the test and explain your situation they can tell you how long–if it will be a huge problem for you call your doctor.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is there any Doctor avail to help me….plzzz?
    My question is : Last month i visited my family gyneacologist to know about my problem and requested to through out from my problem. becouse i tried to conceive so long but God didn’t blessed me till now. this is my 3rd year of marriage.My consultant prescribed some tests . that was i’ll tell u : FSH,LH,Serum Insulijn,Fasting blood sugar,T3,T4,TSH,Testesteron. Result of Fasting blood sugar-92 mg/dl and insulin-33.3micro IU/ml. after checking my results she told me that to care about the diabetics and avoid sugar contents.also told that my ovulation is not correct. every month my cycle comes 28-30 days.its correct.i used to come some watery fluid in the time of ovulation to till the period it continued. (its very transparent,not smelly).gynea prescribed medicine to take 2-months.( Metformin-500mg.) and advised that within two month u will conceive,if not, then we should go for the Laproscopy.doctor i dont want to go for lap.what you feel?? what will be the reason in my case?? Are there fallopian tubes blocked??please anyone to help me out…!!!.

    • ANSWER:
      I would follow the Dr’s orders. If you do not become pregnant in the two months he will go the route he feels best for you. Yes he might test to see if your tubes are blocked. That procedure does not take long. They go in and push dye through your system. The procedure can be a little crampy, but not bad. The dr has you take tylenol an hour before and after the procedure.
      The laproscopic I had 3 times. They dr says it takes about 2 weeks to heal, but I was back to work in 3-4 days. As long as you take care of yourself after the surgery, you should heal quickly. I work with kids and was able to move all around and work.
      Well coming from someone who has been through a lot, I send you lots of baby dust and wish you the best.
      Also, remember that if you are not happy with what your dr is telling you, you can always go to a specialist (reproductive endocrinologist) to get a second opinion.

  35. QUESTION:
    is the medicine im taking causing my blood sugar to go this high?
    i have been very very sick the past 4 days. i went to the er yesterday. they put me on a antibiotic for bronchitis and told me to take Robitussin and ibuprofen. im following his orders. this morning i woke up and checked my blood sugar before i ate or drank anything. i did not eat dinner last night because i felt soo sick. i ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at 3 yesterday. i checked my blood sugar this morning and it was 197!! nothing to eat for 17 hours and it was this high already. i went back to the er this morning because my throat had swollen up even more. i told the doctor this and he still told me to follow the same instructions??

    will Robitussin cause my blood sugar to go this high? could the combo of all the meds and being sick result in it being this high?

    yesterday when i went to the er. my heart was racing and i felt real shaky. the doctor told me not to take any over the counter cold tablets. i stopped taking them and the fast heart rate stopped and i calmed down. does that happen to all diabetics?

    i am a type 2 diabetic and was only diagnosed a year ago.

    • ANSWER:
      not Robitussin , but your illness which raised your blood sugar to that level ,
      During acute illnesses your blood sugar may increase to high levels , as a result of the physilogical stress on your body ,

      Your doctor said that you had bronchitis , but I think requesting chest X-ray when you came again was very vital as simple viral bronchitis is unlikley to be associated with high fever and shivering (as in your case)..
      Pneumonia (lung infection ) as other infections are commener in diabetics and taking your symptoms seriously and investigating them more extensively( by requesting CBC , Chest X-ray) is an important part of the medical care you need as a diabetic patient with high fever..
      Even bronchitis with high fever in an appearantly ill patient is an indication of antibiotic treatment (but your doctor preferred not to prescribe them)
      If you don’t feel better tomorrow , feel free to visit the ER again , that is your right as a patient …

      Goodluck

  36. QUESTION:
    I dropped my Blood Sugar From a 30+ (540 mg/Dl to 5.5 (99 mg/Dl) in two weeks. Is this normal?
    My units are in Canadian and American. Under 7 (126 mg/Dl) is considered a target value for diabetics. I accomplished it by cutting almost all carbs and taking 1500 mg of Metformin and a single pill of Januvia, as well as some extra walking for exercise.

    For 7+ years my fasting glucose was 5.9 (106.2 mg/Dl) I believe a severely stressful incident that nearly caused a nervous breakdown triggered the diabetes. My reading from the lab was 22 (396 mg/DL)

    I was probably walking around for more than a year with glucose over 30 (540 mg/Dl). When I first started monitoring my glucose was to high to measure. The limit on high measurement was 27.8 (500.4 mg/Dl) The doctors recommend that I follow the GOVERNMENT food guide but my diet is lean protein (chicken and fish/tuna) and low carb veggies.

    A medical person said that was unlikely since at that high level I wouldn’t be able to function. But some how I still managed to everything but I had no energy in the evening since I expended it at my job. They were relieved to find out it was diabetes!?!? since they suspected substance abuse – rampant in my profession

    My blood pressure today is 109/74 (optimal)

    Any ideas or advice? Needless to say I wont be contributing to any retirement anymore plans since I probably won’t live past 55 (my gut feeling).

    Thanks for reading and my support and best wishes to you all.

    HK.

    • ANSWER:
      Is this your H1AC fasting glucose level. I suspect it is your regular blood reading from your test meter. Your fasting is going to the more accurate since it will tell if you liver/pancreas is working properly
      But having good reading with your meds mean that they seem to be doing what they are supposed to.

      If you are now running around 100 mg/dl that is great. Keep up the good work. The extra walking is doing wonders. I wish I could do more myself.
      Your definately doing something right. best of luck

  37. QUESTION:
    Type II Diabetes when bloodwork says otherwise?
    Family history: mom and all four grandparents are type II diabetics. My fasting sugar is always in the high 90s, but normal. Spot checking with a meter I bought, however, 2-3 hours after a normal meal, my blood sugar is often 150-160. My A1C is also normal at 5.5. I don’t eat a lot of sugar or carbs (or calories, for that matter). I am overweight despite strict diet, and constantly fatigued. I am always thirsty and struggle with chronic oral thrush. I am nauseous in the mornings. My teeth are falling apart despite excellent dental care. I have low cholesterol and the rest of my bloodwork is normal. I take supplements, drink 80-100oz of water per day, and do not smoke or drink. I fall asleep all the time, and esp. after eating anything sweet. My facial sweat smells almost nauseatingly sweet. My urine has a rather acidic ph (5.5), and for years I’ve struggled with cuts and bruises that come easily and then don’t heal. All the signs (in my opinion) point to diabetes, but my endocrinologist and PCP say the numbers don’t match up. Should I bother with the old fashioned oral glucose tolerance test?
    @Nana Lamb…I have been eating low carb (and organic) with the help of a nutritionist who found all my food allergies for about 5 years now. My thyroid function is normal. It’s not about worrying…it’s about the fact that I feel lousy and find it very difficult to work and function. I also have a rare and life threatening pituitary disease from a brain tumor.

    @Mario…thank you for a really informative and helpful answer. I just called my doctor and he has agreed to schedule an OGTT. I’m in my early 30s and it would be nice to nip this in the bud before it progresses any further.
    Oh, and I can only do bare minimum exercise because of a spinal cord injury. I’m having surgery in a few months and my physical therapist has me on specific exercises. Before that, I danced, went to the gym 4 days a week, and swam almost daily. And never lost a pound. I recently had a resting metabolic test done at the Mayo Clinic and people my age, height and weight should have a resting rate of 1800-1900 calories. I have a resting rate of 1200.
    Because we also have a big family history of hypothyroidism, I’ve had the full thyroid panel many times. The T4 is always low, but most doctors only go by the TSH, which is around 2-2.5 and considered “normal”.

    • ANSWER:
      You should probably take the OGTT. You are a perfect example of why the A1c should not be considered ‘the gold standard’ when diagnosing diabetes.

      Your fasting blood sugar is high normal and so many doctors would overlook that, but the reality is that most non-diabetics fast in the 80s or lower. Fasting in the 90s on a regular basis can indicate insulin resistance, pre-diabetes or even diabetes, depending on how high blood sugar spikes after meals. At the very least, your high-normal fasting levels should be viewed as a warning sign.

      Your A1c is also considered normal to high normal. There’s a great deal of debate regarding what a truly non-diabetic A1c is. You have physicians like Dr. Bernstein who say that most non-diabetics will have A1cs in the 4% to low 5% range and you have others who say anything up to 6% is normal. Some physicians will diagnose pre-diabetes at 5.7%. I’m not a doctor, but I tend to side with people who say that 5.5% is probably a little elevated.

      Most non-diabetics don’t cross 140 mg/dL at any point after a meal. So, the fact that you’re in the 150-160s two to three hours out, when most non-diabetics will have returned to normal blood sugar (<100 mg/dL) is perhaps the most damning of all your evidence that you may be diabetic. I also wonder if you're spiking much higher than that (over 200 mg/dL) at about one hour when blood sugar is highest. Clearly, you have enough of an insulin response to bring down blood sugar eventually, but high spikes several times a day could be why you're dealing with so many symptoms, like thrush. The OGTT really is old-fashioned, but unfortunately it's the only way to see how blood sugar reacts when a variable is introduced. Sometimes fasting and the A1c fail people like you who are borderline. An OGTT would hopefully reveal what you're seeing on your meter - somewhat elevated blood sugar after eating. I disagree with your PCP and endo. The numbers all match up. The fasting is high normal, as is the A1c, and your after-meal numbers are completely consistent. In all honesty, diabetic diagnostic standards should probably be lowered because of people like you who sort of fall in the cracks. Push for the OGTT and get some answers so that you can start feeling better. By the way, I really admire how seriously you're taking this. If you are diabetic, you're catching it early and that makes ALL the difference in treatment.

  38. QUESTION:
    What cereals are OK for diabetics to eat…food for diabetics?
    I just found out that someone close to me has “pre-diabetes”, and I need to find food that is suitable for them to eat. He likes cereal, and eats it every morning (pretty much)…what are some cereals he can safely eat without spiking his blood sugar? Other fast meal ideas are also welcome!

    • ANSWER:
      I have Type II diabetes, which it sounds like your person has. What I have found is that with Type II, quantity is as important as any other factor. Carbohydrates from any source cause an increase in blood sugar, including grains, fruit and fruit juices, and milk. Grains are absorbed at a slightly slower rate than other sources of carbs, and pure sugars contain no real nutritional value, but other than that, it is more valuable to control the amount that you eat than avoiding certain types of foods altogether. As a general rule, a person should be eating 3-4 servings (a serving of carbs is about 15 g) of carbs each meal, with occasional snacks of 1-2 servings.

      With cereals, any non-sugared cereal is probably OK, but keep in mind that a cup of milk contains about 1 serving of carbs. So in addition to the carbs from the cereal itself, the milk will increase his blood sugar. Again, controlling the size of portions is most important.

      For other meals, it might be easier to tell you a few things to avoid. Fried foods often add extra carbs, especially if they are battered. One-dish meals (such as many casseroles or pasta dishes) make it more difficult to regulate portions. If possible, serve sauces and gravy to the side, so that consumption can be regulated more easily. Also, green peas and corn, although often classed as vegetables, are very high in carbs, and need to be taken into consideration. For dinners, any meal that splits up the dishes should work well. For instance, a meat (not fried), a green salad with dressing on the side, and rolls would cover most of the bases and enable him to control his carb intake fairly easily.

      Your doctor is also likely to have a free booklet on controlling diabetes which will give some simple information on diet issues. I hope this helps.

  39. QUESTION:
    What are foods for diabetics?
    I’m 13 and the doctor thinks it’s genetic but none of my aunts/uncles have diabetes. I have pre-diabetes. My blood sugar after an eight hour fasting went up to 99. I’m very worried. I also have high cholesterol and high triglycerides.
    I’m having issues with eating: i love candy and sugar but i can’t eat if anymore. I have to find replacements other than fruit. I also need some soft drinks. How often can i eat candy?
    i’m not fat. people say i’m skinny. 43kilos 156cm.

    • ANSWER:
      The simple sugars you’re consuming are causing your problem. Also, to have high cholesterol and high triglycerides at only 13 years of age is alarming. To reduce both numbers, use Red Yeast Rice, a natural supplement available at health food stores and websites. This works better than any prescription med. Eliminate all sugar from your diet. Watch the sugar content of processed foods as well, for example, yogurt has about 23 grams of sugar, so go with no sugar added. Dreyer’s makes a frozen fruit bar that is 97% pure fruit, and has a no sugar variety. They’re delicious. You shouldn’t eat any candy. But if you must, try to stick with what you’d consider a real treat, like one square of chocolate. You can also snack on fresh vegetables like jicama, celery, carrots, spinach leaves rolled around a little creme cheese, olives. Stopping the candy consumption will give you a real craving for good veggies and fruits. Also, try to stay away from soda and never consume the sugary variety. There are at least sixteen teaspoons of sugar in each can. If you must, drink a no-caffeine diet soda with your popcorn once a month. You’ll gradually lose your taste for the soda, which leaches calcium from your bones anyway.

  40. QUESTION:
    Beer, whisky, rum or gin. Which is better for a prediabetic person?
    I am prediabetic with a 10 hour absolute fasting blood sugar reading of 125 mg/dl. I love to have one or two alcoholic drinks only on my weekend to release the tiredness of the whole week of work. I am sure rum is not good for diabetics as it contains lots of sugar in it.

    I know alocohol is not good for a type 2 prediabetic person. But then one or two drinks on Thursday and Friday I think will not create much harm.

    I would appreciate my yahoo mates to tell me which alcoholic drink is much suited for a diabetic occasional drinker.

    • ANSWER:
      I have no medical training whatsoever, but I do know a thing or two about alcohol… I’m going to suggest that you aim for distilled beverages.

      The way beer & wine work is by dissolving sugar into water then allowing yeast to ferment it into alcohol, but it leaves some sugars behind, and with the presence of alcohol it’s difficult to measure how much sugar is still present.

      Distilled beverages solve this problem by eliminating the original mixture. The alcohol is boiled out of the fermented mixture and condensed back to liquid in a cooling coil. Then flavouring agents and other stuff are added, which may likely contain sugars, but in knownand smaller amounts.

  41. QUESTION:
    Basic Metabolic Panel Test?
    Next week I’ll be going for my quarterly HbA1c test, Glycomark test and the Basic Metabolic Panel Test (which tests for 8 different results, one of which is glucose.)

    My research indicates that you can fast or not fast for this test and the results vary:

    Non fasting values are 60 mg/dl to 200 mg/dl

    Fasting values are 60 mg/dl to 99 mg/dl

    The fasting values appear to be very close to the “norm” for a fasting blood sugar (the 60 is a little low).

    The non fasting values appear appear to be close to the “norm” for a OGTT as indicated by the 200 mg/dl.

    I’m curious as to why glucose would be checked in the BMP since I’m already diagnosed (Type 2) and I get quarterly A1c results which are always good….Any opinions from informed diabetics.

    • ANSWER:
      BMP is a battery of tests that checks many things. Glucose comes with it.

  42. QUESTION:
    I just dont get it! WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!?
    UGH ok get ready for a long story, well my dad and cousin are type 1 diabetics, i always worry i will become one, i am a 14 year old boy and not overweight, my cousin got diabetes when he was 11 or 12, i think 11, my dad got it when he was 10, when i check my fasting blood sugar i usualy get from 81 to 99, but then for some reson i get lots of readings that are from 100 to 115 somtimes! i dont get it why does it RANDOMLY do this. And no the high reading i do not eat alot of sugar, it just pops up out of no where!! Please can you give me some advice! Like for example one time this weeek i checked my blood sugar 1 hour after i ate a half a bag of chips and it was 123
    ! then i checked 3 hours after i ate them and it was 116. Yet somtimes after i eat like an hour or two after its fine and under 100. O yea i forgot to mention IM NOT A DIABETIC. Please im only 14 and this scares the shit out of me.

    • ANSWER:
      Joe, the diabetes answer was already done, but I can add this to it. People can be sensitive to high and low blood sugars and not be diabetic. I know myself I can tell when my sugar level is low, eating something or getting a soda helps. Also, eating in general will raise sugar levels, it doesn’t matter what it is, saliva and digestion turn it all into sugars as it is digested.

      I know you are scared about it, I am as well, many of my family are type 2 as well as 1. Best thing for you to do is to quit checking your blood sugar the sooner you have done that the better. The obsessive worrying could bring on an ulcer then you would be in trouble. Just relax and enjoy life, you’ve already surpassed the norm in your family :)

  43. QUESTION:
    fasting of 86 but high random glucose? Why did it go this high?
    I have been checking my blood sugar a few times just out of intrest (my dad has it and he lets me check with his meter a few times). I have had a few readings over 200 and a few in the high 100′s. These were random and prob. after I ate or a while after. I took mine this morning and it was 86. This is completely normal which I was VERY grateful for. What I was wondering is…why would my sugar be over 200? I thought non-diabetics sugar never went over like 140? I am NOT asking if I have diabetes simply wondering why it went over 200. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You’re not the only one..I am normal at fasting, I eat, and booom,, up, up, up we do… but then….I go down, down, toooo far down, UNLESS I eat something to get me higher… thus the cycle I live in.

      You should fast the night before, take ur fasting level, then eat, and do it an hour, and then the 2nd hour later..THEN- see if it goes normal or is normal for a while and then goes too low, like me.
      It’s not a fun thing.
      I guess the dr wont give me pills becuase I secreete too much insulin ( later) on my own, and go hypoglycimic.

  44. QUESTION:
    If you were Muslim and diabetic, would you have to fast during Ramadan?
    I’m not Muslim, however, I am studying different religions. I was wondering if diabetics or people with lower than normal blood sugar levels would have to fast. I know personally if I skipped and of my meals I would be sick for at least a couple of days. I’m looking, with my studies, for my faith and I wanted to get an accurate answer.

    • ANSWER:
      It is prescribed for sick people not to fast in Ramadaan, if fasting will cause harm or make the sickness worse, or if they need treatment during the day in the form of medicine or pills that must be swallowed, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

      “and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Sawm (fasts) must be made up] from other days”[al-Baqarah 2:185]

      And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah loves people to avail themselves of His concessions (rukhsah) just as He hates them to commit sin.” According to another version, “As He loves His commands to be obeyed.”

      With regard to taking blood from veins for testing etc., the correct view is that this does not break the fast, but if it is done often, it is better to leave it until night-time. If it is done during the day then to be on the safe side that day should be made up, because this is akin to cupping.”

      (Fatwa of Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him), from Fataawa Islamiyyah, vol. 2, p. 139)

      Sickness is of various kinds:

      1 – That which does not affect the fast, such as a light cold or mild headache or toothache, and the like. In this case it is not permissible to break the fast, even though some of the scholars permitted that because of the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

      “and whoever is ill…”[al-Baqarah 2:185]

      2. If fasting is difficult for him and will cause him harm, such as a man who has kidney disease or diabetes and similar cases where fasting will cause harm. In this case fasting is haraam. Hence we may see that some mujtahids and sick people make a mistake when fasting is difficult for them and may harm them, but they refuse to break their fast. We say that they are mistaken because they refuse to accept the kindness of Allaah and the concession that He has given to them, and they are harming themselves, although Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

      “And do not kill yourselves”[al-Nisa’ 4:29]

  45. QUESTION:
    Feel weird after GTT?
    I am 28 weeks pregnant and had to go for the 3 hour glucose tolerance test today. Is this something regular diabetics ever have to do? Just curious because I have only heard it related to gestational diabetes…. Anyway, my real question is… I just feel really yuck today and I am wondering if it has something to do with that test? I figured having to fast, blood sugar going way up then way down etc… does that have an effect on your body? I feel tired, hungry (I have eaten several times since the test) have a headache, and just overall feel blah…. Thanks!!!
    Wow, i can see where that many vials would effect you. I only had 4 vials done. One to start and one each hour. However earlier on in my pregnancy I had about 8 done but felt fine after that. So who knows…. crazy!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I doubt it has anything to do with the test itself, but it would sure be interesting to know the result of the test. I had gestational diabetes (and yes, newly diagnosed diabetes or hypoglycemics will have to also take either a 3 or 5 hr. GTT), and have many of the symptoms you describe. I think it would probably benefit you to watch your carb intake and be sure you eat some form of protein at each meal. Never ever eat fruit unopposed (in other words, have a spoonful of peanut butter or some form of protein when eating foods that convert to sugar right away). It is great that you are eating several times a day in small amounts. I would just try to increase the protein a bit and be careful of the complex carbs.

  46. QUESTION:
    what is the effect of a gi diet for diabetics?
    Eating low GI diet should help manage weight as it releases sugar to blood slowly so your body can deal with it (or something like that)

    For a type 1 diabetic, taking sugar out the blood stream is determined by the amount of insulin you take and it will be taken at a predetermined rate whatever you eat.

    Would I be correct in saying that in this sense type 1 diabetics aready have the benefits of a low gi diet since sugar is taken out of the blood stream quite slowly (even in fast acting insulin it last for 3-4 hrs)

    Obviously the benefit for diabetics would be better sugar levels, as there is not a surplus of sugar in the blood stream that the insuilin cant deal with

    • ANSWER:
      If you were to look back at diabetic monitoring over the past 40 years you would find that the basis of that exactly matches the basis of the GI diet.
      Only nowadays the dieticians for diabetics deny knowing anything about carbohydrates and (as usual) leave all we diabetics to work it out for ourselves.

  47. QUESTION:
    Alcohol induced hypo…reactive? or…?
    I’m In the process of getting a diagnosis for a possible blood sugar issue.
    Though the ‘episodes’ I seem to have aren’t always alcohol induced i was looking into more information about the possibilities.

    I’ve seen many doctors over the past 5 years I’m 24 years old and Most of them are trying to treat me for panic attacks and anxiety (which I don’t believe I have) they are trying to dose me up with valium or xanax and I’m losing faith in them.

    the last ‘episode’ I had was after a day of swimming in a pool with friends and drinking about 2 bottles of Moscato (sweet wine this particular brand is 3 standard drinks per bottle)
    I also have IBS and aan issue with fructose that I usually ignore (since I’ve received no better advice from the Dr’s)
    The next day I woke up shaking and had a coffee as this is quite normal for me… It got worse later to the point I was shivering all over and it is summer here at the moment. I was confused and cried when asked what I was doing or what I was looking for (I was looking for a phone book to call the doctor) The doctor did a few quick tests (sugar NOT one of them) and offered me valium.
    I had to see her again after a bunch of blood tests showing no thyroid liver or kidney problems and the next week a fasting blood glucose which I was told came back fine.

    If this were hypoglycemia of any kind would it be reactive? hypoglycemia on its own, or a part of insulin resistance or something.

    I know very little about any of these conditions in non-diabetics and it seems the local doctors are the same.

    any insight would be greatly appreciated
    thank you

    If I can find out a little to ask my doctor it would help alot since I am trying to avoid the very large bills I’m going to get since I’ve been referred to a neurologist for lack of a better idea

    • ANSWER:
      To avoid the high cost of healthcare , go and buy a Glucometer at Walmart. When you have these symptoms , check your glucose level.

      One thing you may do is eat a protein snack before going to bed , after a nite of drinking.

      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

      83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less.

      Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.

      Though most doctors will tell you any fasting blood sugar under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) is “normal”, there are several studies that suggest that testing with a fasting blood sugar in the mid 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/L) range often predicts diabetes that is diagnosed a decade later.
      Post-Meal Blood Sugar (Postprandial)
      Independent of what they eat, the blood sugar of a truly normal person is:

      Under 120 mg/dl (6.6 mmol/L) one or two hours after a meal.

      Most normal people are under 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) two hours after eating.

      Hypoglycemia Symptoms
      Because epinephrine, one of the hormones that is activated by hypoglycemia, comes from the central nervous system, the majority of early symptoms of hypoglycemia are related to the nervous system.
      Common symptoms of hypoglycemia include the following:
      Trembling
      Clamminess
      Palpitations
      Anxiety
      Sweating
      Hunger

      Because the brain is deprived of glucose, a second set of symptoms follows:
      Difficulty in thinking
      Confusion
      Headache
      Seizures
      Coma
      Ultimately, death

      Eating every 4-6 hours is important to prevent hypoglycemia.
      Be adventurous and try something new to liven up your snacks between meals!

      Take care

      TIN

  48. QUESTION:
    How to Lower Blood Glucose Levels Quickly?
    I am starting to exercise frequently but am having trouble finding out which types of foods to eat. Can anyone provide a list of low carbohydrate foods that might be good for type II diabetics?
    Also what types of fruits should I eat and avoid? I mostly eat a banana each day.

    For several days now my blood glucose level has been around 18 when I wake up in the Morning to check my blood sugar, is there any way I can reduce this number fast because I am pretty sure that when you wake up your blood glucose level I supposed to be around 6 or 7 not 18.

    • ANSWER:
      You should discuss this with your doctor. You may need insulin or medication.
      There are a million sites online about lows carbohydrate foods. Just do a google search. I like calorieking.com the best, the information is easy to find and understand.

  49. QUESTION:
    BS going up to 300+. Non-Diabetic? Really need help on this one please.?
    Okay, as my previous post my sugars were going up 350+ after eating. Mainly 10-15mins later. Eventually drops to normal rate especially in 2 hrs.
    Went to Doctor. He done all the test. My range was 5.4 in the past 3 months. He done a fasting glucose was normal 74 before 77 after 2 hrs. Glycomark which indicate blood sugars within the past week were normal. He said sugars going up real high and drop about 10 mins later dont count in the glyocomark. Dont know if im spelling that right.

    Once after eating a half sub from subway sweet onion chicken sandwitch with diet coke sugar went up to 348 and another time same food 217 about 10mins later.
    My question is this…
    Is it possiable in any way that a non-diabetics sugar can go up that high ever. Right after eating….before 2hr mark. Its not an error for I checked it countless times with different meters.
    I have no problem of it dropping back down…. but it goes up that high for things that are not even that much….
    like 2 gummy worms it would go up to 150. but grape juice it would go high but then drop..
    Dr. didn’t diagnoise me and said i have no worries….An ER Doc told me that I am diabetic because there was ketones in my urine and my sugars should NEVER go that high even after eating…..
    Need some insight here……

    So is it possiable for a non-diabetic to go up to 200′s-300′s anytime at all. Even after food 10-15mins later. Is that normal? Was my Doc. Coo-Coo and should I see another…..
    My BF is no doctor but a diabetic type 1 for 9years and says its not normal for it to ever go that high even after just eating. the pancreas should already be working to bring it down.

    P.s.
    I am not pregnant.
    My BF was diagnosed at 12 years old. He had no viral infections of any kind.
    His grandmothers side of the family is known to have diabetes but not his mom or dad.

    By the way….
    I have seen a diabetes Dr. That is the one I seen.
    He said that I shouldn’t worry. And its fine if your eating a big carb load. But most the time I’m not…
    Like I can eat a cupcake or something sweet of course it’ll go up but come back down later…
    But it dont matter sometimes on what it is.
    Like the sandwitch I was shooting up to 200+ shortly after eating but stopped checking. Once, I drank about 1/4 of a peach smoothie and went up to 180 so I stopped.
    Latley fasting in sleep has been 94-104 on average. Sometimes in the late 80′s.

    Any other Doc. I talk to tell me its not normal and I may be catching the begining of devoloping diabetes.
    Thank you for all your help. You all were very helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      To start I would wait 2 hour and check your glucose levels. A lot has to do wityh what you eat.
      Here is a suggestion , A low glycemic index diet.
      This table includes the glycemic index and glycemic load of more than 2,480 individual food items. Not all of them, however, are available in the United States. They represent a true international effort of testing around the world.

      The glycemic index (GI) is a numerical system of measuring how much of a rise in circulating blood sugar a carbohydrate triggers–the higher the number, the greater the blood sugar response. So a low GI food will cause a small rise, while a high GI food will trigger a dramatic spike. A list of carbohydrates with their glycemic values is shown below. A GI is 70 or more is high, a GI of 56 to 69 inclusive is medium, and a GI of 55 or less is low.

      The glycemic load (GL) is a relatively new way to assess the impact of carbohydrate consumption that takes the glycemic index into account, but gives a fuller picture than does glycemic index alone. A GI value tells you only how rapidly a particular carbohydrate turns into sugar. It doesn’t tell you how much of that carbohydrate is in a serving of a particular food. You need to know both things to understand a food’s effect on blood sugar. That is where glycemic load comes in. The carbohydrate in watermelon, for example, has a high GI. But there isn’t a lot of it, so watermelon’s glycemic load is relatively low. A GL of 20 or more is high, a GL of 11 to 19 inclusive is medium, and a GL of 10 or less is low.

      Foods that have a low GL almost always have a low GI. Foods with an intermediate or high GL range from very low to very high GI.

      Both GI and GL are listed here. The GI is of foods based on the glucose index–where glucose is set to equal 100. The other is the glycemic load, which is the glycemic index divided by 100 multiplied by its available carbohydrate content (i.e. carbohydrates minus fiber) in grams. (The “Serve size (g)” column is the serving size in grams for calculating the glycemic load; for simplicity of presentation I have left out an intermediate column that shows the available carbohydrates in the stated serving sizes.) Take, watermelon as an example of calculating glycemic load. Its glycemic index is pretty high, about 72. According to the calculations by the people at the University of Sydney’s Human Nutrition Unit, in a serving of 120 grams it has 6 grams of available carbohydrate per serving, so its glycemic load is pretty low, 72/100*6=4.32, rounded to 4.

      http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

      Post-Meal Blood Sugar (Postprandial)
      Independent of what they eat, the blood sugar of a truly normal person is:

      Under 120 mg/dl (6.6 mmol/L) one or two hours after a meal.

      Most normal people are under 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) two hours after eating.

      You may drive yourself crazy testing 10 minutes after eating.

      Take care
      tin

  50. QUESTION:
    Diabetics Only Please?
    I have some questions for someone suffering w/ diabetes … (type 2 I beleive … not born w/ it but got it as a child) … how hard is it to maintain your blood sugar? if you eat junk food like m & m’s, diet soda, fast food, other candies … how hard is it to level it out?? And if you continue to go into DKA, how does this effect your body???
    This is not for me … I am not a diabetic, my step sons mother is and she’s been in the hospital a lot for DKA … I just want to know how hard it can be to keep your diabetes in check, it seems she does it on purpose and it scares me on what to tell my son since he knows that she does this on purpose.

    • ANSWER:
      As a diabetic you shouldn’t eat anything with sugar in it. I realize some dr say it’s ok on occassion, but the problem with that is, they assume that the diabetic knows what “occasional” means. When I was in my teens and youth, I didn’t want to deal with the fact that I had diabetes, so I ate what ever I wanted. The immidiate result was really high glucose levels for very extended amounts of time. Your body will aclimate to high sugar levels, but you will definately suffer long term consequences such as nueropathy and high blood pressure, which over time will lead to loss of feeling in the feet and hands, osteoperosis, reproductive organ malfunction or failure, blindness, strokes and/or heart attacks.
      I used to be out of controll with my blood sugar levels. The day they told me I was blind and that it would permanent if I didn’t get it under control, I fixed it. Surgeries reversed the blindness, but the long term effects of being out of controll had already begun to affect me. I eventually ended up on dialisys and have begun to lose some of the feeling in my right foot. I was on dialisys for two years before getting a kidney/pancreas transplant. Any one of those complications will bring your normal life to a screaching halt.

      I know, It’s really hard to eat right all the time. After a month or two of eating right and exercising, it will become second nature to you. I don’t eat very much starch foods or carbs. Back when I went blind, that was one of the things I cut out of my diet and that was 18 years ago. I had my transplant 6 years ago, but I was so in the habit of not eating starchy and high carb foods, that even now, I feel like I have a brick in my gut and I weigh 500 pounds if I eat the average amounts of these foods. No, I’m not pencil skinny, nor would you or anyone else ever guess there was anything wrong with me in the first place. once you start eating right and working with your diabete’s instead of against it, the easier it will be to live life like it should be lived.

      Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you listed some of the key foods you should stay away from. As hard as it may be, stay away from candy, foods that are high in sugar, soda pops, fast foods, fatty foods and carbs. People will tell you don’t cut all carbs out of your diet, Thats what gives you energy for your muscles. And thats true, but if you eat a well balanced diet, you’ll get plenty of carbs from the fruits and vegatables you eat. Yes, there is carbs in those foods.


Fasting Blood Sugar For Diabetes

In recent times, quacks would like us to believe that hypoglycemia or low blood sugar can happen in non-diabetic individuals. While this is possible in people with certain tumors and in those who take alcohol with tiny food, the majority of people who seem to be suffering from hypoglycemia are actually reacting to anxiety and stress.

In some cases, panic attacks may resemble hypoglycemia.

Come visit us right here for more Diabetic Diet Info and get a Diabetes Blood Glucose Ebook Non Fasting Blood Sugar. http://www.diabeticdietbloodglucose.com/

This notion was later echoed by Carlton Fredericks, a food faddist who claimed that 20,000,000 north Americans were afflicted by hypoglycemia ; and Dr. Robert Atkins, the well-liked writer of a questionable diet book.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How should a diabetes fasting blood sugar test be done? Fasting for how long? Can I take medication?

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Is 101 for fasting blood sugar considered pre-diabetes?
    I’m twenty and have I think type 2 diabetes runs in my family. I want to know if 101 for fasting blood sugar is prediabete or not (I have been getting this reading for 2 days). I’ve been looking at well known diabetes organizations, universities about it and many of them say between 70-110, or 80-100. I know each organization and university has their own levels but I’m not sure which one to follow

    • ANSWER:
      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

      83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less.

      Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.

      Though most doctors will tell you any fasting blood sugar under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) is “normal”, there are several studies that suggest that testing with a fasting blood sugar in the mid 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/L) range often predicts diabetes that is diagnosed a decade later.

      Why Does the Lab Sheet I Got With My Blood Test Give Much Higher “Normal” Values?
      The reason that your doctor or lab might consider much higher numbers as “normal” is because doctors rely on “diagnostic criteria” set by the American Diabetes Association decades ago to define what are normal and abnormal blood sugar levels

      The science used to define these diagnostic levels is outdated and inaccurate. The ADA resists changing these diagnostic criteria for reasons that are almost entirely political. You can read the grim details of how these diagnostic levels were set and why they avoid diagnosing people with diabetes until they have already developed diabetic complications.
      Yes you are Pre-diabetic.
      I, myself would start taking Metformin.
      And exercise, nordic walking prefered.
      Also a low glycemic index and load diet. Here is the website for 2,480 food that are rated. It should remain your eating bible for life. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      So now you really know the real scoop. Not the American Diabetes Associations bull crap…….

      Tin

  3. QUESTION:
    In FBS (Fasting Blood Sugar/diabetes test) I should stop eating at what time tonight? My test is 9:00 am tom?
    For medical workers.

    • ANSWER:
      12 hours before is the optimum but my doctor said that NOT eating AND drinking anything after 12 midnight is just OK.

  4. QUESTION:
    After getting pre-diabetes blood sugar to normal is it safe to eat sugary and oily things again?
    After checking with fasting blood sugar and post-prandial tests, my post-prandial blood sugar was showing 143, so I went on a strict diet and exercise routine and within 2 weeks, my fasting blood sugar showed 89 and post-prandial blood sugar showed 116. So, is it safe now for me to start eating sugary and oily foods once again, or will blood sugar go up once again, and do I have to still continue with my strict dieting and exercise routine?

    • ANSWER:
      Did you have your blood sugar tested at a lab? If you only used a home glucose monitoring test kit, do not rely on these numbers. Home glucose meters can be up to 20% off, this is allowed by law.

      If those numbers are from a glucose tolerance test done by a lab, then you are going to have to watch what you eat for the rest of your life and I would encourage you to get your numbers down to 70 to 100 fasting, and post prandial under 125 consistently, if you can.

      The best way to do this is not to just cut carbs and fat, but to exercise daily for life. If you can lose about 10 to 15% of your body weight, you are a lot more likely to keep diabetes away for as long as possible. You may eventually still get it, but it could be a long way off, if you are persistent with diet and exercise.

      Try to vary your exercise routine every day, and work in some walking. Walking helps step up your metabolism, and keep your body burning fat for longer than aerobic exercises (like running or anything that makes you more breathless).

      Good luck with your efforts!

  5. QUESTION:
    If you have type 2 diabetes, what would fasting blood sugar look like?
    I suspect I am getting type 2 diabetes (or have it), so I have been checking fasting blood sugar (when I get up in the morning.) However, it has been normal, except a bit on the low end of normal. I have never found my blood sugar to be too high.

    I don’t seem to have excessive urination, I do *occasionally* have unquenchable thirst and dry mouth though. I do have blurred vision often. I don’t have unusual weight loss, if anything I am retaining fluids. However, I do now have alcohol intolerance, and I don’t know what it causing it. One year ago alcohol was normal, now it causes all kinds of terrible symptoms if I have even 2 drinks.

    I don’t notice any exceptional sugar craving. I do not have a larger appetite for food, in fact I seem to have slightly less desire for food recently.

    But I suspect this because of vision problems, a lot of tingling/numbness in extremities, infrequent eye pain, and strange effects from sugary food/drinks (I get very edgy.)

    Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      My thought is that you should see a doctor. I am a type 2 and know what I went through. You need to know that you don’t have a tumor, gland problem etc. The symptoms you describe only slightly resemble type 2 – but only your doctor can say for sure.

  6. QUESTION:
    I have gestational diabetes. Can anyone pls make me aware how much a normal fasting blood sugar must be.?
    I am using a glucometer and im getting varying results, which im not feeling are correct. Is it advisable to use glucometer for blood sugar monitoring or go to lab check during pregnancy.

    • ANSWER:
      For fasting :less than 105 mg/dl Thats for Gestational Diabetes.

      I would have printed it but page does not allow to copy.

  7. QUESTION:
    Diabetes and blood sugar levels: fasting levels in pre range and random in normal range.?
    For those who have diabetes or experts in the area of endocrinology: I have to wait until I have health insurance for a blood draw from a vein to confirm or rule out diabetes officially. I have been using accuchek to do fasting tests and those have been in the pre-diabetes range. I have done a couple of random tests and they seem to be in the normal range- 126 and 111 consequetively (different days) withint 2 to 5 hours or so of eating. What I can’t figure out is why then is my fasting test result elevated (after at least12 hours) ? I am not on any insulin so the somogyi affect doesn’t apply. I have had increased thirst of late. Might have some other symptoms but have to wait and see if those are temporary. A lot of symptoms I don’t count because some are normal for me so they woud have to be really noticeable or extreme. I haven’t been sleeping well lately either. I figured at first maybe that would go away but it hasn’t.
    I think my health insurance starts in June sometime. I don’t want to add another pre-existing condition…want this to be covered whatever it turns out to be.

    • ANSWER:
      get you health insurance girl===something is going on that isn’t right by the look of your description=good luck

  8. QUESTION:
    If a 22-year old with normal weight and normal fasting blood sugar were to get diabetes, how would it happen?
    My weight is normal (133 pounds.)

    My overnight fasting blood sugar was fine when I did a pinprick test five months ago (88.)

    I’ve been experiencing abnormal thirst for a long time (had to drink huge amounts of water,) and when I did that blood prick test, my blood sugar mysteriously plummeted to 59 after drinking a high-glucose sweet drink.

    A physical exam from 7 months ago also indicated that there was glucose present in my urine, which should NOT be the case.

    Also, I am probably a TOFI (thin on the outside but fat on the inside.)

    In addition, my eating habits have been bad for a long time, in terms of eating lots of white flour and processed sugar, although I am working on correcting that habit as we speak.

    That being said, aren’t 90% of all Type II diabetics obese? I may be internally fat, but I’m NOT obese – I’m thin by all standards, actually. And my overnight fasting blood sugar seems to be perfectly normal. It’s like I have some symptoms of diabetic-like trouble, but not all.

    • ANSWER:
      I know a 97-pound 26-year-old Type 2 diabetic. While lifestyle factors like obesity and diet are proximate causes, the reality is that most Type 2 diabetics are genetically predisposed. Some can avoid getting diabetes forever (or nearly forever) by staying at a healthy weight and eating a proper diet, while others can only delay the inevitable by doing so. Yet there are others who, no matter what they do, will get Type 2 diabetes young. Being thin is no guarantee of not getting Type 2 diabetes, just as being fat is no guarantee that you will. There are many, many fat people in this country, and yet not even most of them are Type 2.

      Fasting blood sugar can be misleading. Many pre-diabetics and early-staged Type 2 diabetics fast in the normal range and have very high after-meal spikes. Because they still have a good bit of insulin production left, their blood sugar can drop 50-100 points very easily, especially after high-carbohydrate meals that stimulate the pancreas. That’s what happened to you with the OGTT sweetened drink. You had reactive hypoglycemia.

      You could also be a Type 1 of some variety. I know a Type 1 who was showing all the classic signs of diabetes (thirst, blurry vision, glucose in urine), but had a normal fasting. Even her A1c (three-month average of your blood sugar) was fairly normal, maybe a little on the high end of normal. One doctor finally sent her home with a continuous glucose monitoring system that tracked her blood sugar throughout the day. Apparently, she was spiking into the 300s and 400s after meals and then dropping very rapidly into normal range. They tested her for antibodies and she came back Type 1. Her pancreatic function was in decline, but wasn’t fully gone. She still had enough to lower her blood sugar, but not enough insulin to prevent the spikes.

      There are a few things you can do. 1 – Buy a glucose meter. Test yourself at 45 minutes – 1 hour – 2 hours after a meal. A normal meal, too, with about 75 grams of carbohydrates. How high is your blood sugar going? How quickly do you return to normal? 2 – Ask your doctor to test your c-peptide and GAD for insulin production and Type 1 antibodies. If your insulin production is high without the presence of antibodies, then you are likely an insulin resistant Type 2. If you have antibodies with normal or diminished insulin production, then you are a Type 1. 3 – Get an A1c. If you’re fasting in the 80s, then your A1c is probably still under 6%, so this might not tell you much. 4 – Test your urine for ketones.

      Don’t focus on how much you weigh or how old you are. Diabetes is largely genetic for both types. If you have it, you have it. Being thin is no shelter when genes are at play.

  9. QUESTION:
    My blood sugar was 152 fasting does that mean I have diabetes?
    Im F 28 I weigh 180 and I had gestational diabetes in 2007. I’ve been having a lot of UTI’s lately and they said it’s a sign for it. the other day @ night I had a pz of chocolate cake and 1 1/2hrs after my sugar level was 180… what should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      You are correct that a fasting glucose of 152 mg/dL is not normal as it should be less than 100 mg/dL. A 2 hour postprandial (after eating) glucose should not exceed 140 mg/dL and again your reading of 180 mg/dL is well above this. No decision however should be based upon a single set of glucose readings. If the readings are accurate and reproducible, and if there is no other explanation for the hyperglycemia such as an infection – which it sounds as if you may have – then these readings would be indicative of diabetes. The proper approach is to schedule an appointment to see your physician. Since this is the weekend taking a fasting and 2 hour postprandial reading Saturday and Sunday would be a very good idea. You will be able to take these readings with you when you go to see your physician. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and happiness and in all things may God bless. JR

  10. QUESTION:
    Help! Symptoms of diabetes but my blood sugar was normal?
    I have alot of symptoms of diabetes which last for maybe a half hour to an hour after I eat something heavy in carbs or sugar. Tired(which goes away if I exercise), tingling feet, dry mouth(that only lasts for about 10 minutes), frequent urination(not an overpowering urge but I would be able to go every half hour), Got my lab test done and my fasting blood sugar was only 75(normal is under 100), so what is going on?

    • ANSWER:
      You may get the test repeated 2 hours after lunch when the sugar level in the blood should not be more than 150 mg per 100ml.

  11. QUESTION:
    Okay, so I’m going for a random (non fast) blood sugar test for diabetes? Is this a way I could pass it?
    Like if I don’t eat anything or very little (almost nothing) the day before it and on the day it is, would I most probably pass the test?

    • ANSWER:
      What’s the point in getting the test if you’re going to try and fix it anyway?

      And no, your idea would not work. Doctors will be looking for natural fluctuations away from the normal blood sugar range. If you are too low (from not eating enough) or too high (from eating a lot of sugar), they will bring you back in for further investigation.

      They can then perform a fasting blood glucose or another blood test which can test for long term sugar in the blood. So basically, you can’t trick them into thinking you don’t have diabetes if you do.

      Trust me, it’s better to find out if you have it as, left untreated, diabetes can cause blindness, numbness in your limbs, poor circulation, an increased risk of heart disease and can lead to amputation of your limbs if you don’t treat it appropriately.

      So quit being a kid and suck it up!

  12. QUESTION:
    Can a blood test for diabetes miss it?
    I had a fasting blood test for diabetes and it read that I had only a fasting blood sugar level of 80.

    Could I still have diabetes and the blood sugar was only that low because I hadn’t ate in 24 hours?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe the level would be much higher than 100 if you were diabetic. In diabetes the body does not produce or utilize insulin properly, which helps you metabolize glucose. Your glucose level would be too high.

  13. QUESTION:
    My fasting blood sugar was 6.2 aka 111, i get really thirsty all the time, and physically weak all day…..?
    my psychiatrist was the one who actually got me the test, because I was complaining about thirst.

    So when she saw the results she, wrote me a letter to give to my doctor to treat me for diabetes.

    My fasting blood sugar before that was 6.0 aka 108.

    This was after a 10 hour fast.

    I have a doctors appointment tomorrow. Do you think he’ll treat me for diabetes, or just say that it’s still not a 7, so it’s nothing?

    • ANSWER:
      you may be borderline, please take care of yourself! You don’t want this disease That is a high bs to have while fasting. Why didnt they do a 12 hr fast? Thats what they do for me all of the time. They may just change your diet tomorrow. Dont be scared and ask lots of questions. Knowledge is key to beat this diesease!! Good Luck

  14. QUESTION:
    Gestational Diabetes blood sugar levels?
    I just found out that I have GD and had a nurse visit me for the first time yesterday. She explained to me how to take my blood sugar readings and gave me an example of what to eat and I started testing last night. Well she said that I should also test in the morning before I eat and that my fasting blood sugar should be under 95. I tested this morning and it was 97. How bad is that? Do 2 points really make a difference?
    PLEASE keep in mind that Gestational Diabetes is not the same as Type I and Type II diabetes.

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  15. QUESTION:
    my blood test showed high blood sugar on a fasting test. does it mean i definitely have diabetes?
    doc has told me to get another test done with 3 days special diet and then 8 hr fasting glucose test. if they already know i have gestational diabetes, whats the second test for. does any one know? has anyone had the same thing and what should i do now?
    Troll: i’m not fat at all. i’m on a very normal BMI and eat healthy too :(

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  16. QUESTION:
    FASTING BLOOD SUGAR 85 FOR LAST 5 YRS NOW ITS…………..?
    Every year I get full labs done. For the last 5 yrs my fasting blood sugar has been 85. I have a “VERY” bad back. CRPS/RSD and have gained about 40 lbs. My results this time were 101 as per fasting blood sugar. My Uncle has Diabetes. I had gestational diabetes.
    The term Post-diabetic ring a bell????
    I’m sorry, my test was a random. Better said about 2 or so hours after I ate.

    Again, apoligies

    • ANSWER:
      I believe the term you meant to use is pre-diabetic. (Post-diabetic would indicate after diabetes when there is, in fact, no such condition.)

      Whatever figures have already been given, the current levels indicated by ADA (American Diabetes Association) as the ‘normal’ fasting blood glucose levels for a non-diabetic are between 70 and 99 mg/dL.

      Your fasting blood glucose level does, in fact, just fall into the level indicated by some American doctors as indicative of pre-diabetes. (It is at the lower end of blood glucose readings that indicate pre-diabetes.) Having said that, however, the pain that you must be experiencing with your CRPS/RSD would cause bodily stress, which releases various hormones. This, in itself, can cause blood glucose levels to rise.

      I don’t know if it was ever explained to you when you were suffering with gestational diabetes, but this does add to the risks of you developing type 2 diabetes at some point in your life … as does having close family members.

      It would be worth keeping an eye on your blood glucose levels, and reminding your doctor of your gestational diabetes episode, and also that you have a close family member that also has diabetes, but I wouldn’t get hung up on it. As I say, your blood glucose level is only just inside the levels were pre-diabetes is even thought of, and there may be other reasons for your raised blood glucose level.

      The good news is, you’re aware of where your blood glucose level SHOULD be, and am more likely to recognise [recognize] if it does start getting higher.

      It’s always better to start any treatment that may be needed earlier, rather than later. With levels as high as the one you’ve indicated this would, undoubtedly, be to watch your diet … i.e. lower your carbohydrate intake … and take more exercise. (I do appreciate that this is probably not the easiest of things for you to undertake.)

      I wish you the very best of luck for a long, happy, healthy life.

  17. QUESTION:
    Diabetes even though blood sugar normal?
    Suppose someone used a friend’s blood sugar test kit to test their own blood after 10 hours of fasting, and the result was 110. Is it possible that person could *still* be diabetic? I ask because the person has a couple of other symptoms (odd sensations in feet, fatigue, blurred vision), but it’s my understanding that their fasting blood glucose would have to be at least 140 for a diagnosis of diabetes. I know there is also a glucose tolerance test that the doctor can do but if you consistently don’t have high fasting blood sugar, doesn’t that equal no diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      Home meters are not 100% accurate and cannot be used to diagnose diabetes. You need lab-work, and the best test to ask for is the HbA1c. It doesn’t require fasting, and it reflects your average blood sugar for the past 3 months.

      Fasting and random blood tests cannot do that.

      A normal healthy person will have an HbA1c between 3.5 and 5.5 %

      Anything over that indicates prediabetes, or diabetes.

      Normal fasting ranges are between 70 and 100. 110 is a little high, which means you should probably go ahead and have the Hba1c done every year, to make sure that if you develop diabetes you get it under control asap. As I said before, however, home meters are really not reliable enough to test for diagnosis.

      Get tested by your doctor, you could have diabetes and the longer you delay finding out, the greater the risk of developing complications.

  18. QUESTION:
    Any medical students or people familiar with diabetes. My blood sugar?
    Without going into a whole schpeal about my life, I’ll just tell you I’ve had blood sugar issues. I have 3 diabetics in my family, and I’ve never been clinically diagnosed with any kind of diabetes. My sugar never got any higher than 130 mg/dl. Since about a year ago my health experienced a drastic shift, and I began having episodes of what doctors describe as “hypoglycemia”. I would experience vertigo, severe nausea, but most doctors figured it has something to do with vestibular issues or migraines.

    I suspect I might be having other issues.

    Although I’ve never pinpointed my sugar below 70 mg/dl, I have most of the symptoms of hypoglycemia. In short, I do experience internal shaking, I can’t walk straight, I can’t focus, and I get fatigued (these the most important symptoms). And for the first time in my life–my vision has become much worse–I now wear glasses ALL the time.

    Anywho, this morning I checked my blood sugar fasting and it was something like 82 mg/dl. I felt okay. Within a few moments of getting up I felt starved. I had eaten NOW about 1.5 hours ago and I just checked my blood sugar: it is 86 mg/dl. I’ve noticed this pattern before. My sugar never gets high at all, it’s always LOW!

    What do you all think?

    • ANSWER:
      Those numbers are perfectly normal. Normal blood sugar is around 80-130. I wouldn’t consider it low unless it gets below 70

  19. QUESTION:
    What is a normal range for Fasting Blood Sugar for a 1 yr old?
    My son just turned 1 and he’s 34 lbs. He was just tested for diabetes and thyroid because of his rapid weight gain. Both results are borderline. I’ve checked different sites and they all say something different. He will be rechecked in 2 weeks.
    He is still on formula. He only takes 4-5 bottles a day.
    Everyone on both sides of my family has diabetes, except for my sister, her children,myself and my children.

    • ANSWER:
      paul_surf is life Is absolutely right.

      I hope you haven’t been giving him foods high in carbs to quiet him down. Comforting a child with food pretty much guarantees results like that. Also, feeding them only what is recommended teaches them that there are limits in life, even from Mom.

  20. QUESTION:
    my fasting blood sugar level shows 114 d normak being 70-120 .?
    what i want to know is that could i fast be appraching to diabetes or could it be that my blood sugar would be high if i had to go for the same post lunch.pls ans …i’m worried.

    • ANSWER:
      The FPG test is the preferred test for diagnosing diabetes because of its convenience and low cost. However, it will miss some diabetes or pre-diabetes that can be found with the OGTT. The FPG test is most reliable when done in the morning. Results and their meaning are shown in Table 1. People with a fasting glucose level of 100 to 125 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) have a form of pre-diabetes called impaired fasting glucose (IFG). Having IFG means a person has an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes but does not have it yet. A level of 126 mg/dL or above, confirmed by repeating the test on another day, means a person has diabetes.
      FPG test Plasma Glucose Result (mg/dL) Diagnosis
      99 or below Normal
      100 to 125 Pre-diabetes
      (impaired fasting glucose)
      126 or above Diabetes*
      *Confirmed by repeating the test on a different day.

      OGTT
      Research has shown that the OGTT is more sensitive than the FPG test for diagnosing pre-diabetes, but it is less convenient to administer. The OGTT requires fasting for at least 8 hours before the test. The plasma glucose level is measured immediately before and 2 hours after a person drinks a liquid containing 75 grams of glucose dissolved in water. Results and their meaning are shown in Table 2. If the blood glucose level is between 140 and 199 mg/dL 2 hours after drinking the liquid, the person has a form of pre-diabetes called impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). Having IGT, like having IFG, means a person has an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes but does not have it yet. A 2-hour glucose level of 200 mg/dL or above, confirmed by repeating the test on another day, means a person has diabetes.

      If the two-hour value is <140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/l), the glucose tolerance is normal. If the two-hour value is 140–199 mg/dl (7.8–11.1 mmol/l), the diagnosis is impaired glucose tolerance. If the two-hour value is ≥200 mg/dl (11.1 mmol/l), a provisional diagnosis of diabetes is made. Hope this helps. You should get retested by doing the OGTT to get a second check and this test is more sensitive. Good luck.

  21. QUESTION:
    I have tested my fasting blood sugar at home for the last 3 days and my numbers?
    have been in the 80′s and one day was 91….
    DO THESE NUMBERS SOUND OK, OR NOT FOR NOT HAVING DIABETES?

    • ANSWER:
      Your blood sugar levels are just fine. Just curious, if you do not have Diabetes, why have you checked your levels the last 3 days?

      Jessica RN

  22. QUESTION:
    Testing for diabetes: Fasting Blood Glucose Test?
    Can I use a meter such as a FreeStyle Freedom Lite to perform a FBG/FBS test, or do I need to go to a lab?

    Originally, I thought they were different tests, yet they seem to be measuring the same thing.

    I do not know if I have diabetes or not – chances are I do not, yet I wanted to test to be sure.

    I performed a test on myself using the FreeStyle device after a 10 hour fast and my reading is 126.

    When I look online regarding FBS results – 126 is sure to be diabetes. Yet when I google “normal blood sugar” 126 is within the normal range.

    So I’m confused.
    I have a lab appt scheduled, yet I’m wondering why the lab if you can test at home with a device like the one I mentioned?

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  23. QUESTION:
    causes for high blood sugar besides diabetes?
    I recently had a fasting glucose test and my sugar was 109. My doctor says I am pre-diabetic. I am in shock since I excercise daily, eat only whole grains, veggies and fruit, nver drink sodas or eat fast food and am actually underwieght(105 lbs). Does anyone know of other reasons for the high level? I have been under stress lately from fear of losing my job. Could this cause the rise?

    • ANSWER:
      I wonder what the doctor thinks of someone who has a reading of 126, like me, and I am not diabetic?

      109 is not that high.

      A better way to check is a A1c test, it ives you a indication of what your sugar levels have been doing over the past 3 months or so. If that reading is over 7.5% then you are diabetic, while under 6% you are not diabetic, and in between you may be pre-diabetic.

      I guess your doctor could say the whole world is either diabetic or “Pre-diabetic” in that they all have a chance of getting it some day. I would think a reading over 130 would be considered pre-diabetic, while a reading as low as yours would not be considered diabetic at all (with a supporting normal A1c test).

      One test on one morning is not a great indication of your health. Perhaps if they took one test each monday for a month, then you will have an idea of your total health.

  24. QUESTION:
    New diabetes diagnosis – blood sugar 168 – did not fast before test – should I have another test run?
    My doctor ran a blood test to check my calcium level because I had muscle cramping. I did not fast before the test. I just got a message from the doctor stating my blood sugar is 168 and that I am diabetic. I’ve read through the symptoms of diabetes and I don’t have any of the other symptoms. The doctor wants me to pick up a prescription for Clometformin (? sp). I’m hesitent to accept this diagnosis under these conditions… any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      First off, diabetes canNOT be diagnosed through symptoms alone. Inf act, symptoms of diabetes are NOT important to the diagnosis AT ALL. The symptoms might cause you to go to the doctor, but diabetes is diagnoses TOTALLY through blood tests, NOT symptoms.

      A proper diagnosis of diabetes REQUIRES a FASTING blood sugar reading. In fact, PROPER diagnosis of diabetes using blood glucose levels is thus: “Two consecutive fasting readings of more then 130″.

      But now, a new test is being used, the A1C test. The A1C test, because it AVERAGES your blood sugars over the last 90 days, can be taken fasting or not. But A1C readings come back, like, “5.6″ or “8.2″, NOT “168″. So it appears that you did NOT get an A1C test.

      SO . . . .
      You have had ONE reading, and it was not fasting, Therefore, your diagnosis of diabetes is much to be questioned.

      You need to make an appointment with an ENDOCRINOLOGIST for a “second opinion”, and ASK FOR proper testing for diabetes.

      Your current GP is “Old School”, and, while he is trying to protect your life, he is being a bit too conservative with his judgments.

      Make the appointment for the second opinion NOW, but wait on the prescritpion until you get a more definitive answer. But get that second opinion BY THE END OF NEXT WEEK!

  25. QUESTION:
    Tackling high blood sugar levels early morning i.e. fasting blood sugar reading.?
    Over the last 2 years I have been losing weight, almost 25 pounds, my waist reduced by almost 2 inches, and during this period started feeling very tired during all day. Finally I visited my family primary care physician in Oct 2010. After lab test I realized that I had type 2 diabetes condition, with my blood sugar levels about 286 ( after lunch).

    Primary care physician referred me to a endocronologist, who wanted to put me on insulin ( a dose of 16 ) straight away. I did not like the idea. My reason was that, now that I know the cause of what is going wrong in my body, I need to give myself a chance to do all that is possible to redress the situation for a couple of months, and at that stage re-assess and take the decesion to get on to insulin.

    It has been two weeks since I started making changes to my life style like switching to low glycemic foods ( of below 40 ), and exercising on a daily basis at a medium level, and checking my blood sugar using ONE touch Ultra2 on a daily basis ( at least 8 to 10 times) to understand the increase and decrease in blood sugar levels in response to my eating times, excercise, stress etc. The other big change I have brought about is to give up battles in my mind which I dont need to fight, out of all the changes this has proved to be tough and is still proving to be tough.

    To my surprise and happiness, Im seeing my blood sugar levels dropping as a result of my above efforts. During the course of my monitoring I realized that there is a upper cap of my blood sugar in 320s and lower cap in early 200s. This was before 2 weeks.

    Since the time I have been eating low glycemic breakfast lunch dinner, lots of water, excercise at least once a day ( 40 minute brisk walk), my blood sugar levels have gone down to a range of 114 to 197. Since the last 4 days there has been only once instance when my blood sugar went above 200.

    My early morning reading i.e. fasting reading is still high it is averaging about 130 – 140 over the last 10 days, my after meal reading is average between 155-175.

    5 questions:

    1. What should I do to reduce my early morning i.e. on fast without food or water reading ? I want to bring it down to around 75 to 85.

    2. I have reduced carbs which has helped a lot, and switched to salads and meat. But body also needs carbs. What are the best sources of carbs in my context?

    3. I have observed that even though my blood sugar is less than 140 ( which is the standard for after meal) or in specific between 120 and 140, I feel some level of dizziness, and also some head ache early in the morning. Is this because of the reason that my blood sugar levels are coming back to normal after a long time i.e. I might have been in the 200s and early 300s for a long time, and over the last couple of weeks due to changes made to food and excercise it is being in the range of 130s – 180s ?? Is my body in the process of getting adjusted to the new relatively low blood sugar levels ?

    4.What are the symptoms we should expect when blood sugars are coming down to relatively low level from higher levels?

    5. Just want to add that my urine still smells sweet and is yellow in color. At what stage can I expect this to reduce. Note that when my blood sugar level is less than 150, the sweet smell in the urine goes down and the urine color is also light.
    17 hours ago

    6. My early morning fasting reading is the issue here. It is averaging around 150 to 160 over the last 2 weeks i.e. since I started taking low glycemic foods, excercise daily. Im quite sure it must have been much higher earlier. I want to tackle this area first, please suggest. What and when should I be eating the evening before to get my early morning readings to around 120 which is my first goal, before trying for 90.

    Im not on any medication.

    My readings during the day i.e. after breakfast, lunch, dinner currently are 150 to 160 before , and 2 hours later they settle at the same i.e.150-160 or go a little lower into 140s.

    It is obvious that I should be tackling my early morning readings first.
    Thank you very much for your response.

    But Im looking for opinions and tips and ideas with which I can work on my fasting blood sugar level over night. My first goal is to get it down to 110.

    • ANSWER:
      The effort you have made is awesome…I wish I had been so determined!

      The fact that you have made such an improvement in the last few weeks could possibly mean you can get away with not taking insulin (though I am not a doctor, so my opinions don’t count for much) but you will still likely need to be on some sort of medication, such as Metformin, which is pretty common and has few side effects. The combination of your current diet/exercise/monitoring and a medication such as this could work very well for you…

      As for the fasting sugars, there isn’t any sort of thing you can do to lower them specifically, other than lowering your overall levels…the lower your levels get during the day, the lower your fasting sugars will be in the morning. The only thing I could think of that could effect your morning readings would be if you ate fairly close to bedtime, and therefore did not give your body the chance to burn off what you took in…other than that, there’s really no way to specifically lower fasting sugars.

      As far as carbs go, cut out anything “white” in your diet…white bread, white rice, etc. These carbs have been over processed and don’t have a lot of nutritional value, and will sometimes raise your sugar almost as much as eating sweets… Even white potatoes can be bad…

      I would suggest cutting down your overall carb intake, and only taking in complex carbs from whole grains (i.e. whole wheat bread, whole grain cereals with lots of fiber, whole grain pitas, etc.). These types of carbs metabolize slower, and tend to have way more fiber and nutrients and are much better for you.

      However, I am not a nutritionist, so it’s always best to get advice from a professional…just speaking from my own experience.

      I would suggest going back to your doctor, showing your improvement with diet and exercise, and asking about the possibility of other medications instead of the insulin (though I am taking insulin now because I am pregnant, and it’s not as bad as I expected it to be…less painful than finger sticks, and as long as they start you off at a low dose and raise your insulin levels slowly, you aren’t nearly as likely to get those “drops” you hear so much about). I would also suggest working with a nutritionist that works with diabetic patients and getting as much education about the disease as possible…

      Good luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    I have type 2 diabetes. What is a healthy blood sugar reading?
    My blood sugar reading after fasting is 5.1 and random blood sugar reading (after breakfast) is 5.5 I take medication for my diabetes. I watch everything I eat and workout everyday. What is a healthy blood sugar reading for fasting and randon levels?
    My doctor said 4-5 is optimal. My sugar reading has come down from 22 upon diabetes diagnosis in mid Sept to 5.1 this past week. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      4.4 to 6.1 is normal. You’re doing great!! Right in the middle.

      By the way, for those Americans who can’t divide or multiply by 18, here’s a handy converter: http://www.brist.plus.com/convert.htm

  27. QUESTION:
    Can the medication Metformin lower my blood sugar too much?
    I went to the doctor for irregular cycles and menstrual migraines.
    My doctor after taking blood work decided to put me on Metformin.
    My mother takes this for diabetes.
    I asked the doctor what my fasting blood sugar was and she said it was a 84.
    Unless I’m wrong 80-120 is normal blood sugar levels.
    So since I’m on the low end of normalcy, is the Metformin going to lower my blood sugar too much?

    • ANSWER:
      I have been on and off Metformin for about 4 years (only off when I am pregnant)…. Your fasting blood is fine, but there are probably other reasons why she put you on it, namely your irregular cycles. I went through 3 rounds of IVF for my first 3 children (I have PCOS, and would go 9-10 months without periods), then Metformin became more popular I was put on that. Within 2 months I had a period every month and then the first month we tried to get pregnant it worked and I have a 16 month old… I am also 26 weeks pregnant also with the help of Metformin…
      In my own experience Metformin never made my sugars drop, it just helped keep them in balance. If you are nervous speak with your doctor and ask why this is the medication they decided on.
      Personally I LOVE Metformin and it has done wonders for me, but I am sure every case is different. I would for sure give it a try though!
      Good Luck!

  28. QUESTION:
    if you test at 95 for a non fasting blood sugar level and then go in for fasting labs the next day, is it?
    likely to be the same or will it show diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      95 mg/dL is normal for non-fasting blood sugar and technically considered normal even for fasting.

      I can’t say what your blood sugar will be the next day. If you’re asking if it’s possible to test at 95 mg/dL and be diabetic, then yes. One random reading is a snapshot in time. Diabetes is about a pattern of high blood sugar. Although uncommon, sometimes diabetics do have normal blood sugar, thus one reading can’t tell us much.

  29. QUESTION:
    Do doctors usually require you to fast before testing your blood sugar or for diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      It is mandatory to fast before testing blood sugar to get an accurate reading that can be used for diagnostic purposes. Blood sugar rises in all people after eating anything. These (post prandial) rises will distort what your sugar level normally is. For diabetics, a test for HGB A1C will also be run. This test has the unique ability to give a snapshot of the average blood sugar levels over the past 2 to 3 months. Hope this helps. Good luck.

  30. QUESTION:
    Is 95 normal for a blood sugar test for someone who hasn’t eaten in 8 hours?
    I went to the doctor and got a blood sugar test. The results said it was normal but I hadn’t eaten in 8 hours and I was very hungry.

    I’m just concerned becuase I had gestational diabetes.

    Is 95 a normal fasting blood sugar level?
    This was a random test not a fasting test.

    • ANSWER:
      JD !
      High levels of glucose most frequently indicate diabetes, The following information summarizes the meaning of the test results.

      From 70 to 99 mg/dL (3.9 to 5.5 mmol/L) Normal fasting glucose

      From 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L) Impaired fasting glucose (pre-diabetes)

      126 mg/dL (7.0 mmol/L) and above on more than one testing occasion Diabetes

      For more on diabetes visit my free website

      http://www.reddiabetes.com

  31. QUESTION:
    I can’t stop testing my blood sugar and I don’t have diabetes?
    My aunt was recently diagnosed with diabetes and it scared me. There has not been anyone in my family with diabetes until she got it out of the blue. She exercises, eats well and still had it which showed me it can hit anyone. I’m 23-years-old, overweight and because of her diagnosis now fear I have diabetes. I work in a hospital, so I asked my boss if I could borrow a meter. He complied so I tested my blood sugar throughout the weekend. Yesterday my fasting blood sugar was 88. I tested 5 minutes later and my fasting blood sugar was 94. I tested again about an hour later, still fasting, and my blood sugar was 104. I used the control solution each time and, according to the solution, the meter was always reading correctly. Today when I woke up I tested my fasting blood sugar and it was 94. I tested about five minutes later and my fasting blood sugar was 90. Then, I tested again about ten minutes later and fasting and it was 101. I am going to start a diet and exercise program because I want to lower my risk of diabetes. My questions are, is there anything wrong with these numbers since they fall within the “normal” range and is it normal for numbers to jump around like this. And, how can I stop myself from testing all the time? It’s like I’m addicted to testing, I know I don’t have diabetes (my numbers after eating are never even above 140) and my fingers are starting to hurt from testing I shouldn’t even be doing. How can I stop this?

    • ANSWER:
      I used to have terrible anxiety that I was going to have a heart attack, until I educated myself about the heart. Your numbers moving around like this is normal. To help rid your anxieties, stick with your diet program and educate yourself in the subject.

  32. QUESTION:
    I need help to stop testing my blood sugar when I don’t have diabetes?
    My aunt was recently diagnosed with diabetes and it scared me. There has not been anyone in my family with diabetes until she got it out of the blue. She exercises, eats well and still had it which showed me it can hit anyone. I’m 23-years-old, overweight and because of her diagnosis now fear I have diabetes. I work in a hospital, so I asked my boss if I could borrow a meter. He complied so I tested my blood sugar throughout the weekend. Yesterday my fasting blood sugar was 88. I tested 5 minutes later and my fasting blood sugar was 94. I tested again about an hour later, still fasting, and my blood sugar was 104. I used the control solution each time and, according to the solution, the meter was always reading correctly. Today when I woke up I tested my fasting blood sugar and it was 94. I tested about five minutes later and my fasting blood sugar was 90. Then, I tested again about ten minutes later and fasting and it was 101. I am going to start a diet and exercise program because I want to lower my risk of diabetes. My questions are, is there anything wrong with these numbers since they fall within the “normal” range and is it normal for numbers to jump around like this. And, how can I stop myself from testing all the time? It’s like I’m addicted to testing, I know I don’t have diabetes (my numbers after eating are never even above 140) and my fingers are starting to hurt from testing I shouldn’t even be doing. How can I stop this?

    • ANSWER:
      Well the normal range is between 80-110 mg/dl so your numbers are normal.
      the alterations maybe caused by changes in your metabolism (Glycogenolysis and Gluconeogenesis) which is also normal.
      You should just realize that you don’t have diabetes, and if you ever get diabetes it’s not the end of the world, it can be easily controlled with minor changes in your life style so don’t worry.

  33. QUESTION:
    my fasting blood sugar is 5.3 and 2 hour bloods are normal why?
    last friday week i had a gtt done in the maternity hospital my fasting blood sugars came back as 5.2 (which is .1 above the normal limit according to the hospital) but my 2hour test after 3 glasses of lucozade came back 4.2 (waaaayyyyy within the normal ranges according to the hospital) so they decided they d repeat it last friday which they did and my results are 5.3 fasting and 4.5 after lucozade….they want me to go to the diabeties clinic…but it makes no sense wat so ever…..if i had gestational diabetes lucozade would drive my blood sugars nuts not regulate them…..she said they want me to monitor my blood sugars for a while and see where to go from there…BUT IVE ONLY 8 WEEKS BEFORE IM DUE…

    • ANSWER:
      Sarah, I would say that you are fine . But to make sure I would continue to test myself. Even after you deliver.

      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

      83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less.

      Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.

      Though most doctors will tell you any fasting blood sugar under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) is “normal”, there are several studies that suggest that testing with a fasting blood sugar in the mid 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/L) range often predicts diabetes that is diagnosed a decade later.
      Post-Meal Blood Sugar (Postprandial)
      Independent of what they eat, the blood sugar of a truly normal person is:

      Under 120 mg/dl (6.6 mmol/L) one or two hours after a meal.

      Most normal people are under 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) two hours after eating.

      Hope you have a easy delivery

      Tin

  34. QUESTION:
    How many hours count as fasting for testing blood sugar? Are my numbers abnormal?
    I’m a 23 y/o male and have recently bought a meter because I have been feeling strange after eating lately. I was wondering how many hours I should wait before testing my fasting blood sugar? When is it the most accurate? I tested yesterday and got a 106 on at the 8 hourmark and a 87 at the 12 hour mark. I also got a reading of 93 two hours after a large meal and a 128 3 hours after. Do my numbers indicate diabetes? How many hours fasting gives the mos accurate fasting reading? Thank you so much for your help.
    I just wanted to clear this up. My 8 hour fasting was 106 and my 12 hour fasting was 87. Which reading is most accurate the 8 hour or 12 hour? I was worried about the 8 hour one since it’s over 100. Thanks again so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Eight hours is long enough for a fast since non-diabetics typically return to pre-meal levels within 2-4 hours after eating. Ideally you would have been below 99 mg/dL at that point. The problem with testing at home, of course, is the possibility of meter and user error, as well as the margin of error. The 106 mg/dL is noteworthy because technically it’s in pre-diabetic fasting range (100-125 mg/dL), but until you see a doctor, nothing is definitive.

      Your two-hour post-meal blood sugar was completely normal and even your three-hour was normal, but it’s unusual to be higher at three hours than two hours. Usually, non-diabetics have a fairly predictable blood sugar pattern after eating where blood sugar is highest at 45 minutes to 1 hour or so. By two hours, blood sugar starts dropping down closer to pre-meal levels, sometimes at pre-meal levels. By three hours, non-diabetics will be lower than they were at two hours. Again, the meter could be wrong, the margin of error could be making it appear as though you were higher than you were or perhaps your hands weren’t clean.

      Make an appointment with your doctor and ask for a fasting blood sugar test and an HbA1c, a three-month average of blood sugar levels. Good luck to you.

  35. QUESTION:
    Does someone have Type-2 diabetes if they have above 200 blood sugar after one hour of a glucose toler. test?
    I recently took an oral glucose tolerance test. My fasting blood sugar was 95 and my blood sugar after 2 hours was 115. After one hour, though it was 258. My endocronologist said I have Type 2 diabetes but all the reasearch I see seems to indicate that the glucose tolerance test blood sugar has to be above 200 after 2 hours in order for this to be true. (My internist defines my condition as insulin resistance not type 2 on account of these facts). Is the endocronologist incorrect in calling me diabetic based on these results?

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetes

      A person has diabetes when oral glucose tolerance tests show that the blood glucose level at 2 hours is equal to or more than 200 mg/dl. This must be confirmed by a second test (any of the three) on another day. There has recently been discussion about lowering the upper value to 180 mg/dl to diagnose more people with mild diabetes to allow earlier intervention and hopefully prevention of diabetic complications.

      Also:The 2 hour glucose level should be below 7.8 mmol/l (140 mg/dl). Levels between this and 11.1 mmol/l (200 mg/dl) indicate “impaired glucose tolerance.” Glucose levels above 11.1 mmol/l (200 mg/dl) at 2 hours confirms a diagnosis of diabetes.

      To me the most reliable test is the fasting blood test Fasting Blood Sugar Test:
      Measures the blood sugar level after 8 hours fast or overnight. Normal fasting blood glucose level is less than 100mg/dl. If your fasting blood glucose level is from 100mg/dl to 125mg/dl then you will have impaired blood glucose level also known as Pre-Diabetes. If your blood glucose level is above 125mg/dl then your doctor will diagnose as a patient of diabetes. To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may repeat the fasting blood glucose test on any other day. If you have blood glucose level of 126mg/dl or higher in two consecutive tests, then you may have diabetes. If you have blood glucose level greater than 200mg/dl and you have symptoms of diabetes like increased thirst or hunger, frequent urination, weight loss, blurred vision etc, then you may be diagnosed with diabetes mellitus without confirming it with second test.

      I think you are right. I would do 2 fasting tests to determine if I had diabetes.

      Also do you have symptoms of diabetes. This also factors in.

      Also I would lose a little weight and lower carb intake .More protein and veggies. Don’t do this if you are going to have another tolerance test.

      .

  36. QUESTION:
    What is a better gauge in diagnosing diabetes, fasting/random blood glucose or A1C?
    My mother has had three glucose tests in recent months. The first was fasting and her blood glucose was 118, second was random and it was 128, and the last was fasting and came back today a much lower 104.

    Here’s the scary part that pressed me to inquiry: When her GP called her today, she said although her blood sugar was 104, the A1C was 6.9, and therefore indicates definite diabetes.

    My mother then called her endocrinologist regarding the same results (who she already sees for thyroid), and he was about to hang up not even making mention of the A1C. When she brought it to his attention, and how her GP said it indicated diabetes, he didn’t seem to find it very concerning and told her not to worry.

    I know an endo will be more expert when it comes to diabetes, but her GP telling her she has the disease was pretty stunning and is leaving us with a lot of questions. She made an appt with the endo, but in the meantime I am in need of input on this. IS the A1C of 6.9 enough to diagnose as diabetic, despite the glucose tests not being that high? Thank you so much!
    Other than being 20lbs overweight, she has not had any symptoms, the glucose tests were just added on to her regular thyroid tests as an added measure.

    • ANSWER:
      an A1c of 6.9 shows that her average blood sugar over the last 90 days has been nearly 150 mg/dL. A finger test only tells you what your level is at the time of the test, and since it was fasting, it doesn’t tell you how high the numbers are two hours after a meal.

      The endo may not be as concerned as the GP if a slight rise in blood sugar was expected as a side effect of other hormone treatments. 6.9 is very manageable with better diet and exercise.

  37. QUESTION:
    fasting blood sugar of 101?
    So after fasting for about 10 hours overnight i checked my blood sugar and it was 101…is that normal? Diabetes runs in both sides of my immediate family…plus i am thirsty all the time and often really tired…plus i have bad eye sight that gets worse each times i go to the eye doctor yearly…any help is greatly appreciated
    an hour after dinner it was 141 and 2 1/2 hours after dinner it was 104

    • ANSWER:
      A normal fasting blood sugar result is lower than 100 milligrams of glucose per deciliter of blood (mg/dL).
      If your fasting blood sugar level is 100 mg/dL to 125 mg/dL, you have impaired fasting glucose — commonly known as prediabetes. To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may repeat the fasting blood sugar test several days to a week later.

  38. QUESTION:
    Explanation for FBS (fasting blood sugar) higher than RBG (random blood glucose)?
    My dad is a diabetic and his fasting blood glucose levels are always higher than his random blood glucose levels. He has had diabetes for about 4 months now. Is this something to be worried about? Should he see a doctor? Is this condition common?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver dump, dawn phenomenon and dawn effect are all common terms that describe the same condition. It is an abnormally high early-morning fasting increase in blood glucose. It usually occurs between 4:00 AM and 8:00 AM. It occurs in everyone’s body, but it has more impact on diabetics than normal bodies. It is more common in people with type I diabetes than in people with type II diabetes. Understanding the phenomenon can go a long way towards helping diabetics manage it.

      The liver is responsible for the increase in glucose levels in the bloodstream. The brain, vital organs, the creation of red blood cells, and muscle tissue are constantly consuming glucose to function (24 hours per day). When the glucose levels in the bloodstream drop, the brain sends a message, via hormones, to release more glucose.

      At the same time, these same hormones signal the pancreas to reduce the amount of insulin that is produced and released into the bloodstream. In a normal body, the balance of glucose and insulin levels will be regulated. However, diabetics have an impaired control over this balance. Type I diabetics and insulin-dependent type II diabetics do not produce, either enough or, any insulin. The insulin in their system is dependent upon periodic injections. When the hormone insulin is out of balance with the other hormones (cotisol, glucagon and epinephrine), the liver will release too much glucose.

      Also, as the result of normal hormonal changes. The body’s internal clock recognizes that it is morning, and the wake-up process begins. The hormones cause the increase in blood glucose levels. No one actually knows what the exact cause of the phenomenon is, but many believe that it is increases in the hormones cortisol, glucagon and epinephrine, that causes increases in insulin resistance.

      A liver dump is when glycogen stored in the liver is turned into glucose (glycogenolysis) and it is released into the blood stream. The result is that blood glucose goes up, in spite of no food having been consumed. It is a natural process, and it usually happens when it has been a long time since your last meal. This why a lot of people get liver dumps in the morning. You can reduce the chances of it happening by eating something before going to bed.

      Some protein just before going to bed.

      Take care
      Tin

  39. QUESTION:
    My blood sugar was 103 for fasting morning blood sugar.?
    Ok this is going to be long but 5 stars for best answer. For the past 4 months (scince the end of january) i have had this insane urge to urinate all the time. The past month it has been a little better with all the medicine the doc gave me but ill get to that later. I just recently checked my blood sugar this morning and i havent eatin anything scince last night when i had a vitamin water at 11.00 pm which had 30 g of sugar, also at 7.30 i had a mcdonalds Bigee fri with a fish sandwich and a oreo mcflury. Also at about 2.00 in the afternoon i had a sprite and a package of skittles. So I checked it at 12.00 just an hour ago. My recent fasting blood sugars this week were 95, 96, 98, 99,106,101,and my dad and cousin have type 1 diabetes and thats all in my entire family so thats what im worried about. Ok so back to the story so after 2 months of this crap (o yea i forgot to tell you im 14 years old) i went to the doc he checked my urine and said it was fine so he recomended me to a uroligist and he checked my urine said it was fine so then he checked my prostate and said it was inflamed so he gave me alot of prostate and urgency pills i have took wich helped but then i went back to the uroligist and i stoped taking them and i still feel ok but im worried about type 1 diabetes. No doctor has found any sugar in my urine and my blood sugar has been under 107 the past week when i have checked it. Am i ok? please this whole thing sucks and i hate it i just want to know if im healthy and if i am normal. :(

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds “normal” to me. If you are really worried have your doctor order a glyco-hemoglobin-A1C test.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is a fasting blood sugar of 109 considered too high?
    No history of diabetes on either side of my family, but several times a year just for the heck of it, I used my mother-in-law’s testing strips and test myself, as does my husband. Usually my fasting is in the 80s, consistently, and has been for many years, until now. Should I be looking at eating more sugar-free items? The only time I’ve been over 100 is when I have just gotten finished eating; this is the first time I’ve tested over 100 fasting. Am I overreacting?

    Additional Details: My supervisor’s assistant did not know she had diabetes, fainted, went into diabetic ketoacidosis with blood sugars in the 800s, and may not be back to work for a while. This was just a couple of days ago. This has really put the scare into me, big time…

    • ANSWER:
      The reading of 109 is ok. Just keep track of it from time to time. Stress and illness can also give a higher reading. What your boss went through will definately make you look at your own health more closely. Many undiagnosed diabetics actually do not have symptoms. This is the case with 16% of people that develop diabetes. I think we all need some kind of scare like that from time to time because we tend to let our health go on the back burner sometimes unless we have a problem that we are actually aware of. Your reading was not too bad. Check it again and if it stays up, see your doctor to make sure you don’t have diabetes. Many diabetics are going too low with a reading of 80 to 90. Every one is different. What is normal for one person is not normal for another. If I have a reading of 80, I need carbs.

  41. QUESTION:
    Is my blood sugar too high?
    Hi, I’m hoping someone may be able to help.

    I had a midwife appointment this morning – my midwife is on holiday so I seen a locum. Anyway, she gave me the blood test results including the test for gestational diabetes (blood sugar). The level was 6.7 which she said was fine but I have since been nosing around on the net and am worried that this may be high. I hadn’t eaten a meal prior to the blood being taken (apart from a Nutrigrain bar on the way to the clinic) so am wondering if this would have counted as a “fasting blood sugar level”. If it is then I am sure that it should have been lower.

    Just a little worried as I am also measuring just over 2 weeks bigger than I should. If this was a natural pregnancy then I wouldn’t be too worried as sometimes due dates can be a little out but since we had IVF (or rather Frozen Embryo Transfer) our dates of conception etc are exact.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    Indigo

    xxx
    Thanks Ana – had wondered about that but didn’t think that it would have showed in my blood so quickly as I had only eaten it 5-10 mins before the blood was taken. Thanks again for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds fine. The Nutrigrain bar would have contributed (it is loaded with sugar too) so it would have contributed to the reading, so you would not have counted as a “fasting blood sugar level”.

  42. QUESTION:
    My free diabetes screening revealed 94 mg/dl for fasting blood glucose level. Is that bad?
    I’m a 23 yr old male with some weight issues. I had the diabetes check yesterday morning, however, I’m never hungry in the mornings, and my blood sugar usually drops in the afternoons, evenings, and nights.

    However, I’ve been dealing with quite the opposite for the past several years- low blood sugar known as hypoglycemia. I read numerous studies and articles on it and knew that’s what I had.

    • ANSWER:
      No, that’s great. Fasting blood glucose should be between 70 and 100mg/dl. Your result is great.

      That indicates that you are not at risk for hyperglycemia, or diabetes.

      Hypoglycemia is defined as a glucose (or blood sugar) reading below 70mg/dl. This is likely what you would see on a meter if you were to test yourself when you feel lightheaded, dizzy, etc. in the afternoon, evening, and nights.

      Good luck in managing your hypoglycemia.

  43. QUESTION:
    Can a pre-diabetic person go back to a normal blood sugar level?
    I am pre diabetic because usually my fasting blood sugar ranges from 90-115.

    I am thin and tall.21 yrs old, female. My mom has diabetes, so my chances of getting diabetes is high.

    If I keep doing exercises and not eat heaps of sweets, will I be able to have a normal blood sugar level without being pre diabetic again?

    Is there a risk for a pre diabetic person to develop diabetes when pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      Focus your attention on a low glycemic index diet. Google for it. Healthiest way to eat there is, and essential for diabetics.

      Since you’re already thin and exercise, not much else you can do there. If you’re gonna get diabetes, well, you’re just gonna get it.

      Check your blood sugar maybe once a month, fasting, and 2 hours after eating a meal with some sugar in it. Should be <90 and <140. Higher than that, see your doctor. Pregnancy often causes blood sugar problems.

  44. QUESTION:
    What can make my blood sugar levels spike and drop like a rock.?
    I have had problems with low blood sugar for several years. Last week I felt jittery and thought it a good idea to test my fasting blood sugar. It was 171. Later that afternoon it spiked at 237. Three hours later 113 then an hour after that 173. My eating habits are the same as they always are. I am very tired and keep having horrible bouts of excessive sweating. Could this be a sign of diabetes? There is a lot of family history with it.

    • ANSWER:
      If your blood glucose levels are above 135 an hour after you ate you should go to a doctor so he can diagnose you. Also he will be able to point you in the right direction for treatment.

      A fasting blood glucose level should be much lower than yours so visit a doctor fast

  45. QUESTION:
    Do you think I’m Diabetic? My fasting blood sugar was 117 this morning?
    I started checking my blood sugar because I was told I was pre-diabetic. in the morning before I eat it is usually around 86 to 95 which isn’t great but I have been eating better and trying to lower it before it gets out of hand, however the past two weeks I have gotten strange pains in my stomach around and above my belly button and frequent urination and an insane thirst that won’t end which I know can be a sign of diabetes, and now my blood sugar is higher! I left a message for my Dr. Yesterday but haven’t heard anything just wondering if I should wait until monday or if this is serious enough to go to the ER.

    • ANSWER:
      I would be more concerned with the pain, but what are the numbers for your high blood sugar?…as far as I know, Diabetes causes no pain like you describe until you get seriously high blood sugar and it turns to neuropathy, which is usually pain in the legs and feet, but can occur elsewhere too(seriously high being in the 200-500 range for long periods of time.) I’m sure that infection can raise blood sugar levels too-I would definitely be calling a doctor about your pain, frequent urination and thirst. I know my mom had a really bad kidney infection and 2 months later her doctor who knew nothing of the infection told her she was diabetic and put her on insulin. 1 year later a naturopathic physician was horrified to learn she was injecting insulin still, as the high blood sugars after her kidney infection were a symptom of just that, a very very bad infection. She stopped the insulin, but continued to exercise daily and eat very healthy and was never on insulin again.

  46. QUESTION:
    Question about blood sugar levels?
    I was recently diagnosed with type II diabetes. My fasting blood sugar was 315. My doctor wanted to put me on some medication, but the pills she prescribed would cost me over 0 per month, which I can not afford. She said the only other option for me would be insulin, which at 32 years old, I absolutely do not want to be dependent on for the rest of my life. I spoke with some members of my family and my husband’s family that have diabetes, and they all agree that insulin is not a good option for me.

    I have heard that exercising, changing my diet to a low sugar / low carb diet, and losing weight can actually make my diabetes reverse itself. I would like to try losing weight and changing my diet to bring down my blood sugar levels. Eating very little carbs & drinking lots of water has brought down my average blood sugar to 215 when fasting – around 300 after a complete meal. Sometimes after meals, if I can not exercise because of long hours at my desk job, my blood sugar will raise to as high as 380 or so, but most times it is 300 or less. My concern is whether this can be harmful to my body to have blood sugars levels of 215-350 on an every day basis while I try to get my diabetes under control? And what kind of harm can this do to my body? I really want to try to beat this on my own if possible, but I am scared to have high blood sugar on a daily basis while I try to undo the damage I have already done to my body by being overweight & not taking care of myself properly. Thanks for any advice & info.

    • ANSWER:
      Blood sugar that high on a regular basis can be very damaging to your body. Levels over 140 mg/dL contribute to diabetic complications and you’re essentially double that all day, every day. I credit you for wanting to lose weight and adhere to a strict diet, but unfortunately you can’t get your blood sugar down to a healthy range on your own. Don’t feel ashamed or defeated. Insulin and oral medications are not a failure. They’re going to help us live a very long time hopefully.

      I don’t know where you live, but in the United States, Metformin–the most commonly prescribed diabetic drug–costs per month at Target and Wal-Mart pharmacies. I suspect your doctor prescribed you something other than Metformin because she believes that Metformin won’t be enough to get your blood sugar under control. Metformin, unlike a lot of other diabetic drugs, does not stimulate your pancreas to produce more insulin. Metformin reduces the amount of glucose your liver releases and makes you more sensitive to the insulin you make. Thus, if you are very insulin deficient, Metformin probably won’t be enough. And with an FBG of 315 mg/dL, that might be what she thinks. I always think Metformin is worth a try, though, because of the low incidence of serious side effects and hypoglycemia.

      Also, I know diabetics who had fasting levels as high or higher than yours who controlled blood sugar only on Metformin. My random blood sugar (non-fasting) when I was diagnosed was in the mid-300s, but I’m only on Metformin. My fasting blood sugar now ranges from 70-95 every day. It’s possible on a low-carbohydrate diet. I strongly suggest you make another appointment ASAP and demand Metformin. You have nothing to lose even if Metformin doesn’t work. Plus, Metformin sometimes helps with weight loss.

      Finally, I encourage you to lose weight and try to go off medication or insulin one day. I do want to caution you about the word “reversal.” I have lost nearly 100 pounds since my diagnosis and I am still very much diabetic. My doctor promised me cures if only I could get the fat off because I was so young (late 20s) and otherwise in good health. Now, don’t get me wrong – blood sugar control has gotten easier and I have been able to reduce my medication. There’s no cure in sight, though. By the time blood sugar gets up as high as yours and mine, the pancreas has already lost a lot of function. We could get down to a perfect weight and possibly still not have enough function to control blood sugar without meds. And even if we could, we’d probably need to stay on a low-carbohydrate diet for life, which I’d be more than happy to do if it meant going off medication. I want you to strive for a goal, but I don’t want you to get your hopes up about a cure that’s just not going to happen. I’ve never known a diabetic to become cured through weight loss. I have known MANY diabetics who have lost weight, gone off meds, and controlled blood sugar through diet and exercise. That’s management, not reversal, but it’s something that I would love to have one day. And probably you would, too. So, all the best, and I hope your doctor signs off on the Metformin.

  47. QUESTION:
    Is there a web site for blood sugar ranges and symptoms?
    My fasting blood sugar this morning was 360. I’m feeling pretty bad, but don’t know for sure if it’s because of that, or something else. Is there a place I can look to find out what the ranges are and possible symptoms that go along with that? I’d like to know just how bad 360 is… I have a doctor appointment tomorrow and haven’t been diagnosed with diabetes yet. This is brand new to me, except that I had gestational diabetes 6 years ago.

    • ANSWER:
      360 is bad. To be considered a diabetic you only have to be above 125 as an adult. You should call your doctor ASAP and tell them what your sugar was this morning and what it is right now. Check out the ADA web site. It has a lot of great stuff on it. Good luck.

  48. QUESTION:
    How long does soda affect blood sugar?
    Say if I drink 2 sodas at 6:30 p.m., will that affect my fasting blood sugar level the next morning??? I’m not diabetic, but I took my blood sugar level this morning and it was higher than it usually is. I have been sort of monitoring it since my Mom has diabetes AND I have a glucose tolerance test tomorrow a.m. Hoping by not eating sugar today it will be lower tomorrow a.m. It was 98, which is still not diabetic, but higher than it normally is. I know under a 100 is good, but 98 is too close for comfort for me!
    And to add to it, the reason I’m having the test is to check my insulin levels to control my PCOS, not to suspect diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      What you eat or drink in the evening rarely has anything to do with what your glucose is in the morning. For something with simple sugar like soda a typical person would be rid of the sugar within a few hours at most. The glucose tolerance test is not a test to check for PCOS. GT tests to see how your body is metabolizing carbohydrates. You go in fasting, your glucose level is checked, you drink a sugary drink and then your glucose is tested over a period of usually two hours. If your glucose is under 140 you’re normal. If it’s between 140 and 200 you’re considered prediabetic/glucose intolerant, meaning you’re showing signs of insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes) and if it’s over 200 you’re diabetic. You can’t beat the tests by not eating…you’ll just be hungry. To diagnose PCOS there are 3 different tests:1) by symptoms and physical findings, 2) hormonal testing, and 3) ultrasound.

  49. QUESTION:
    Is this a good fasting blood sugar?
    Type 2 diabetes runs in my family. Yesterday I went to walgreens and bought the truetrack blood glucose monitor. I fasted for 11 hours. My first reading was 109… then I tested it again and got 97 and then I tested it again and got 95. Which reading would be accurate to you?

    • ANSWER:
      Blood sugars can vary minute to minute. Best to only check once because you have a good chance of driving yourself crazy.Now for your numbers and what they mean.

      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

      83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less.

      Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.

      Though most doctors will tell you any fasting blood sugar under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) is “normal”, there are several studies that suggest that testing with a fasting blood sugar in the mid 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/L) range often predicts diabetes that is diagnosed a decade later.

      So contrary to what others say , these are not great numbers.Your best bet would be to start on a low glycemic diet. This is great eating for the whole family.http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      It list 2,480 foods and their index and loads. The load is most important. It tells how fast foods raise your blood sugars. SPIKES !!!!!

      Now the next thing you need to address is exercise. I know you hate to hear the word , but this is critical for you to stave off Diabetes. Walking is fine , Nordic Walking is even better.
      With these two regimens you will be stopping the damage that high blood sugars cause.You have caught this at a good time. I would even bet that you very own doctor would tell you that you have great numbers. And that is why so many people suffer from this disease. Treating this early is the key.I am not trying to scare you , just letting you not have a false set of security.Good luck my friend

      Tin

  50. QUESTION:
    Gestational Diabetes blood sugar readings?
    I just want a little more information because I know nothing about diabetes:

    28 weeks pregnant with no history of diabetes, 29 yrs old, overweight but healthy pre and during pregnancy, active and healthy diet, went in for my GD test today;

    fasting level of 89 mg/dL
    drank 50 grams of glucose
    1 hour level of 200 mg/dL
    3 hour level of 70 mg/dL (after not eating anything and on the same machine. I know this isn’t usual, but I am friends with my midwife so she did it for me out of curiosity.

    I know I have to go back in for the 3 hour test to confirm GD, but why would there be SUCH drastic differences in the levels? Is such a high spike followed by a low spike normal? I am also currently at the tail-end of a sinus infection, which I know makes blood sugar rise, but would the fasting level also be elevated?

    Just curious, seems I got two completely normal numbers and then the really really high one in between, but don’t know what all three of them together mean. My midwife is not a nurse, she just does the pre-screen, so she doesn’t have the answers either.

    Hope this makes sense, this is my first question to ask on yahoo.

    • ANSWER:
      In the past I’ve worked with the Diabetes Society of the Santa Clara Valley as their Outreach Chairman for about 3 years. I’ve had Type 1 Diabetes since 1974.

      What happened was you were given more sugar than any human would consume at one time. Your sugar spiked to 200mg/dl and your pancreas went crazy with insulin trying to control it. Then the glucose in your blood stream dropped like a rock and there was still insulin in your system which made you almost hypoglycemic (70mg/dl). I had a diabetes doctor that commented that he couldn’t figure out why they were still using that test.


Fasting Blood Sugar Level 112

Diabetes may be asilent disease that progresses that can produce ravaging effects upon your body. High blood sugar levels can cause damage to the eyes, kidneys, nerves, blood vessels, and other parts of the body. Furthermore, high blood sugar levels can make you feel more tired and irritable. Therefore by controlling blood sugars not only can extend your life but it can improve your emotional well-being and energy.

Exercise:

Exercising is one of the best ways on how to lower blood sugars level since it can improve blood sugar levels in several ways. First, when you perform aerobic exercise, muscles take up glucose 20 times faster. Secondly, strength training can help build more muscle.

Consequently, the more muscle you have, the more glucose is burned. In one recent study of Hispanic men and women, researchers found that 16 weeks of strength training improved blood sugar levels comparable to taking diabetes medication. Furthermore if you have blood sugar 300 mg/dL or higher even without any evidence of ketones it is recommended not to exercise.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar Problem?
    im 22 5’4″ 194 pounds a weightlifter and i went to the Dr. to get blood work done and i fasted for about 11 hours and she told me that my blood glucose level is 112 and now im kind of freaked out she said she will check it in one month again there is a couple people in my family with diabetes but not a lot the only thing i can think of is i took a chromium supplement the day before 200mcg i took it for weight lifting could that affect it and should i be worried and how do i reverse this

    • ANSWER:
      Chromium is supposed to LOWER glucose numbers. But if you fasted for 11 hours, you were probably having the infamous Dawn Phenomenom where the liver decides you are starving and dumps stored glucose on the system.

      Try for the next time to only fast for the 6 to 8 hours requested by the doctor. More is definitely not better in this case.

      Since you have the family genetics the only thing you need be concerned with and worried about is getting glucose testing about every 6 months to a year to make sure you are keeping good glucose numbers.

      I am also 5’4″ and if I weighed 194 I would be as round as I am tall, but then again I am a granny type person and avoid the heavy weight lifting activities so do not have the muscle mass you do.

      Do not slack off on your exercising ever!!! or you will be fat and diabetic!!

  2. QUESTION:
    My 3 yr old son has had blood sugars ups & downs.?
    First time we knew he was rushed to er where his blood sugar was 37. They gave him glucose & it was 312. He has since haad an average wakeing level of @ 115-130, Ive seen 162 but only once. His sugars during the day are decent, anywhere from 110-at a high 160. He had one episode where he didnt feel good, his sugar was 189 w/positive keytones, he was hospitalized the net morn w/55 level +keytones. sugar was normal but still had keytones for 3days. The doctors did blood test, he was positive for GAD65 antibody but negative for the others. His hba1c was 5.1 normal. but his fasting glucose was 112. This has been going on for a year now, most ogf the time his sugars are prety good, he does wake up high. They say he is not Diabetic & are thinking he may have dumping syndrome. ANy help

    • ANSWER:
      It took my doctors literally one whole decade to tell me that I was hypoglycemic. I would wake up in the morning as a child and be so dizzy and faint and even vomit on really bad days. I started donating blood after high school and I was denied because I had glucose in my urine- which only happens if you are diabetic or have some sort of blood sugar problem. Sure enough, after eight thousand blood tests, they figured it out. It may just be that your son’s blood sugar needs to be regulated with diet and frequent checking. I know that isn’t exactly the answer you wanted- especially with a three year old, the poor little guy! Have you gotten any other opinions? He could very well be hyperglycemic, which means naturally (genetically) high blood sugar. Hope that helps and I do wish you the most of luck, I know what my mom went through with me wasn’t easy.

  3. QUESTION:
    Could I really have Type 1 Diabetes?
    About 3 weeks ago, I went to my primary doctor because I had what I believed to be a sinus infection, my heart beat was also pretty fast, as well as my respiratory rate. When I got there, they did my vitals, and said my heart beat was 150. They checked my lungs and said I sounded a little stuffy, and that I needed to have x-rays done. Before I went downstairs, my doctor decided to take my blood sugar, which at the time, was 112 (keep in mind I was sick, which raises blood sugar levels at times.) I went downstairs, where I found that I couldn’t manage to breathe anymore. I went back up stairs, where they rushed me to the emergency room.

    By the time I got settled in and the nurses checked my blood sugar again, it was 409. At 1:30pm, I was 112, not a diabetic; at 4pm, I was 409, and a diabetic. I hadn’t eaten or drank anything between 1pm and 4pm and I had been walking from the x-ray room back to my primary’s office. I asked the nurses/doctors why that was, and they had absolutely no answer/reason for how it happened. They simply told me that I was a Type 1 Diabetic (the first time I was ever diagnosed) and left the room.

    They transported me to another hospital, where I met with an endocrinologist who believed I had diabetes for months as of then. The thing was, I had absolutely no symptoms once so ever, no extreme thirst, or constant need to go to the bathroom. I had felt fine up to that point – other than my runny nose and headache – and had no idea I was a diabetic in the least bit.

    I’m home now, and have been injecting myself with insulin ever since. So far, my blood sugars have remained in the low 80′s to the mid 60′s. I have yet to go over 300, and I have barely even touched the 200′s. They have reduced my insulin intake twice already, and have started me on vitamin D as well as Zinc, mainly because when they did blood work, it showed that my immune system was very low. Unfortunately, none of the specialists hold any hope of me ever growing out of this disease, or simply curing it. They tell me it will be a constant part of the rest of my life, and that I will have to manage it.

    Against what they have said, there has to be a way. From what I know, my case is pretty special. Most people have either had symptoms, or have the disease running in the family, neither of which I have. I am only 15 years old, I am a juvenile, and at one point I was around 15 pounds overweight. I dropped that weight conditioning for winter track, – healthy diet, rigorous exercise – over about a 2 month period. Before that day 3 weeks ago, I was healthy, happy, and enjoying life. Now, I can hardly stand behind the three of those things. Against what many people say, diabetes does shape your life, even if you don’t let it. You are forced to stick to a strict regimen, count your food constantly, prick your fingers without mercy, and inject yourself. This is not the life I want to live, in fact, no diabetic wants to live this way.

    So, now that you have a summary of my situation, is there the possibility that I don’t have diabetes Type 1? Could it be something else? If so, what? Are there any known remedies that can jumpstart the pancreas or maybe help it along? (I am currently in the honeymoon phase.) Also, can your pituitary gland have anything to do with shutting your pancreas down, or perhaps restricting its growth compared to the rest of your body? What about hormones in general?

    Thank you so much for reading my question! =)
    And for you other diabetics, don’t give up hope!
    Also, my period has been out of whack as well. First, it started coming late, then it came whenever it pleased, now I haven’t gotten it at all. This has to be hormones right?

    When I first got it 3 years back, it came on a regular schedule (like the 5th of every month.) That lasted up until about 4 months ago. Could this have anything to do with it?

    • ANSWER:
      A reading of 400 is definitely diabetic. The onset combined with your age distinctly point to type 1 diabetes. The reason why you might need less insulin now that you’re stabilized is that you’re still honeymooning- which means your body is still producing a tiny amount of insulin. That production will die off however within a few weeks to a few months.

      You can ask your endocrinologist if you qualify to join the studies of investigational drugs trying to extend the honeymooning period in t1s. However, those will only extend the amount of time you produce SOME insulin- not forever, and they wont ever make you produce enough insulin to not need injections, merely lengthen the amount of time your remaining beta cells take to die.

      There’s nothing else you can do but face the fact that you are a t1 diabetic and that you are going to live with this forever. You don’t need to follow a restricted diet, but you do need to count carbs, inject, and test.

      Eventually, this is going to become a part of your life and you wont use such overly dramatic words like ‘mercilessly’ having to test your bg. What would be merciless is if you were diagnosed before bg meters and insulins existed: you’d have weeks or months to live and then you’d die. Good thing we have those merciless treatments, eh?

      Talk to your endo about seeing a CDE to learn more about your diabetes, as well as options that can make living with diabetes easier, like using an injection port or an insulin pump, and a CGMS.

      This is your reality now. There is no cure for type 1 diabetes. You are not a ‘special’ case, you are not the exception. Coming to terms with that and learning how to take care of yourself is the part that matters. Grasping at straws will get you nowhere.

  4. QUESTION:
    I binged today, feeling horrible, just need some support and advice…?
    So I didn’t eat for approximately 112 hours, and I limited my water intake to 50ml in the morning and 50ml in the evening with my medication. I got dehydrated and had to go to hospital in an ambulence last night, my blood sugar levels were 1.3, so i had to have some glucose sugar gel then had to have saline and sodium chloride and glucose pumped into me in an IV, i was at the hospital for about 4 hours and once i was rehydrated they let me go.
    I was so hungry and craving food that today I gave in and ate. I hate 4 weetbix with sugar and milk, 1 jam sandwhich, a bit if beef barragundy, then later on i had 2 cheeseburgers, 1 oreo milkshake and large fries from mcdonalds. I feel so pysichally sick from all the food and I just cried and cried, I talked to a nurse (im in an extended treatment resedential psych facility) and they gave me some vailum to help calm me. but that hasnt helped. I feel like I’ve lost all my control, and gained all the weight I had lost back. But they won’t let me weigh myself because they know if i do and if it’s a gain then i will become very upset and may act on suicidal thoughts (thats how much weight changes the way i feel). I used to have an eating disorder for 2 years, anorexia and bulimia and got down to about 34kgs. Now I’m a normal weight but am relapsing back into my ED. I’ve been fasting for long periods of time and restricting my water intake, then i binge and the cycle starts again. I feel very suicidal and I just want to end it all. Starving myself and dehydrating myself makes me feel in control and also it’s a slow way of dying, its a descrete way too. But im already in a psych hospital so the nurses do my obs daily and if my pulse, blood pressure and heart rate are too high when i stand up then they know ive been dehydrated. and even if you dont eat breakfast, lunch or dinner you have to sit in the dining room while everyone else does and if you refuse to you have to go in time out, so i sit there watching everyone else eat and seeing and smelling the food is unbearable. so this morning i just told myself im gonna give up this fast, beside i had like a litre of glucose IVed into me last night which has calories, so i ate and ate and ate and now i want to kill myself for it.

    Sorry if it seems like i’m making such a huge deal out of something so significant, but i deal with my emotions and problems through starving, and binging and purging. I purged lunch but haven’t purged dinner because the nurses already know that I do that and they’ll be too suspicious. I just want to die so badly, im 16 if that makes any difference, the last thing my mother said to me on the phone on Tuesday was “I will be so relieved once I get the phone call that you have commited suicide”and hung up. I haven’t talked to her sense. She wouldnt even let me come home this weekend for weekend leave because last weekend I did ecstasy for the first time and when i came back to the ward i was drug tested and they told my mum. Thats besides the point, i just need some support.. something. i just feel completely hopeless and the guilt is unbearable.

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    help answer fast extremely worried!?
    well im not diabetic im a healthy 18 male anyways i ate a peanut butter sandwich and my sugar level went up to 131 and i normally goes to 101-120 than goes back to normal really fast and than i took it again and it was 112 anyways i just ate a slice of pizza and now my sugar is 145 is this normal my blood sugar in the blood work i took last week that my doctor gave me the results was 83 which is perfect she said so is this normal help!

    • ANSWER:
      when you eat your blood sugar levels increase very rapidly, so your body releases insulin to reduce the blood sugar level. Type 2 diabetes at your age is very rare and if you were Type 1, you would’ve had fainting spells and been diagnosed already. You’re fine, stop taking your blood sugar and stop worrying.

  6. QUESTION:
    I think I have diabetes…What do you think?
    Last night I asked a question (you can find it in my history) about diabetes and my blood glucose level…

    I thought it was high because it was 112, but people said that’s in the normal range. They told me to fast for 8 hours and then test…well I went to bed and 11 hours since the last time I ate I had a BGL of 66…well tonight I noticed my feet were cold and I remembered that diabetic people can’t feel their feet sometimes…so I decided to check my blood sugar and it is 58.

    I had, 3 hours before testing, 2 sodas and some acai berry juice, a porkchop, some stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy, and some cottage cheese.

    Surely it would be higher, with all that sugar…right?

    That’s what I thought and I was like “yay I don’t have diabetes” this morning because my BGL was low…but then I just looked it up and hypoglycemia is common with diabetics!?!?!?!?

    Now I’m freaked out.

    I started writing a journal of what I ate, at what time I tested, and the level it said. I’m going to the doctor soon because I have a bad cough…should I bring it up with him?
    My mom had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with me too.
    wmayers,

    That’s what I thought too…that it was high GBL you needed to worry about…

    But I have gone to a few sites including webMD and Yahoo! health and it says it is a common problem.

    http://diabetes.webmd.com/tc/hypoglycemia-low-blood-sugar-topic-overview

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, bring it up with the doctor. You need both a blood test for diabetes and a counseling session with a Certified Diabetes Educator.
      Hypoglycemia is NOT common with diabetics – the exact opposite is true. A good grounding in the facts about diabetes is what you need and the CDE is the person to give you that.

  7. QUESTION:
    Spiritually Speaking: I think I have diabetes, what do you think?
    Last night I asked a question (you can find it in my history) about diabetes and my blood glucose level…

    I thought it was high because it was 112, but people said that’s in the normal range. They told me to fast for 8 hours and then test…well I went to bed and 11 hours since the last time I ate I had a BGL of 66…well tonight I noticed my feet were cold and I remembered that diabetic people can’t feel their feet sometimes…so I decided to check my blood sugar and it is 58.

    I had, 3 hours before testing, 2 sodas and some acai berry juice, a porkchop, some stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy, and some cottage cheese.

    Surely it would be higher, with all that sugar…right?

    That’s what I thought and I was like “yay I don’t have diabetes” this morning because my BGL was low…but then I just looked it up and hypoglycemia is common with diabetics!?!?!?!?

    Now I’m freaked out.

    I started writing a journal of what I ate, at what time I tested, and the level it said. I’m going to the doctor soon because I have a bad cough…should I bring it up with him?
    Also, my mother had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with me.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all see your Dr. Second, pray. Thank God for his presence. Thank him for the many wonderful things we have in our lives and our worlds. Humble yourself before him, accept Christ as your saviour and be patient. Wait on the Lord, He cares for you.

      God Bless.

  8. QUESTION:
    Am I diabetic or prediabetic?
    I’m going crazy with the blood glucose monitor today. I have anxiety issues BUT, diabetes runs heavily in my family so I have reason for concern.

    I did not do a fasting blood sugar today because I didn’t think to check my blood sugar until after food.

    Here’s how it went (yes I ate HORRIBLY today, this isn’t my normal food pattern. I eat pretty healthy and keep a food journal to count calories, carbs, fiber, protein, vitamins, etc. daily, but I ate junky today to see the results on my blood sugar).

    20 minutes after drinking 8 oz of orange juice in the morning (no food consumed prior to that), I was up at 124.

    1 hour later, with no food or beverage, I was still 123.

    3 hours with no food or beverage I did two tests, first said 92, second said 87.

    about 30 minutes after eating Cheeze-its, first test said 139, then second said 129 (that’s a pretty big gap for taking tests within 5 minutes of each other). I’ve never ever seen my blood sugar up at 139. When in my early to mid 20′s I’d check my blood sugar occasionally when at my mom’s house and the highest I ever saw it was 112. That being said, I only tested once a day every couple of months. (I’m in my late 20′s now)

    About 1 hour after eating the crackers I ate dinner. I waited two hours after dinner (okay 1 hour and 50 minutes, I couldn’t wait lol). My blood sugar read 117. Then I checked again and it said 105. So I checked a third time 5 minutes later and it was smack in the middle at 105.
    Maybe I didn’t eat enough of a portion so if I ate more my blood sugar would be insane. Then again that could be me being neurotic.

    So all in all, my levels consecutively today were 124, 123, 92, 87, 139, 129, 117, 105, 111.

    Is this a normal range of fluctuation? Even though I ate junky food, I did not eat much today at all, so I’m thinking that if I ate more throughout the day, my blood sugar would be drastically higher than these results? Is that true? I mean, I wouldn’t think that some Cheeze-Its would jack my blood sugar up to between 129 and 139!!!!

    I am a HIGH stress person (in case you can’t tell) and I’m constantly warned that stress is just as bad as nutrition when raising blood sugar, so that only stresses me out more. lol.

    • ANSWER:
      My wife is diabetic. 1 shot in the morning one before bed and a quick shot before each meal.
      I know a little and the tests that you have listed actually look perfectly normal.
      I think you are stressing over nothing.
      And yes Cheeze-its will raise it that much.
      After any meal, diabetic or not, your sugar jumps up.
      That’s why people that do have to keep tabs on their sugar never check there blood within 2 hours of eating. It will always show inflated.

  9. QUESTION:
    help answer fast extremely worried!?
    well im not diabetic im a healthy 18 male anyways i ate a peanut butter sandwich and my sugar level went up to 131 and i normally goes to 101-120 than goes back to normal really fast and than i took it again and it was 112 anyways i just ate a slice of pizza and now my sugar is 145 is this normal my blood sugar in the blood work i took last week that my doctor gave me the results was 83 which is perfect she said so is this normal help!

    • ANSWER:
      Your killing youself with junk food. When are you going to realize you cannot eat all that junk?