Diabetes High Sugar Levels

Are you thinking, does sugar clog arteries? Quite possibly, you have a sweet tooth and you cannot go a day without having desserts. Deep down you know that stuffing yourself with sugar isn’t all that good. You can get dental cavities, for one thing, and that’s not the worst that can happen. Too much consumption of sugar often leads to weight gain and obesity, too, and that can make you prone to diabetes and heart diseases.

Does sugar clog arteries? If you want a deeper explanation to better understand the relationship between sugar and clogged arteries, consider this – clogged arteries result when the arterial walls have become too narrow and hardened by plaque build-up. Plaque as you know is composed of substances like fats, calcium and cholesterol, that the blood is supposed to carry with it as it passes through the arterial walls. Unfortunately, when there is injury to the lining of arterial walls, these substances are being prevented to pass through the arterial walls.

You may perhaps be wondering, how is it that the lining of the arterial walls get injured? What are the factors that cause the injury? Well, there are several conditions that can damage the interior lining of the arterial walls, and it so happens that diabetes (high sugar levels in the blood) is one of them. But even if you don’t have diabetes, you cannot be too confident to think that you will not develop clogged arteries in the future, because for as long as you make it a habit to eat chocolates, ice cream, cakes, pastries, pies, and all the sweet things you can think of everyday, there is always a strong possibility of these clogging your arteries sooner or later. Why, because these sweet nothings are also sources of saturated fats which increase your bad cholesterol levels. When it comes to bad cholesterol, you would want to keep the numbers within normal levels because of two things: one, high cholesterol levels can cause injury to the interior lining of your arterial walls; two, too much bad cholesterol in the blood will contribute further to the narrowing and hardening of the arteries.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is considered high for high sugar levels for diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      “Sugar levels” refers to the amount of glucose in the blood, from the food we eat, and what’s naturally formed and stored inside the body. The amount of glucose that can be processed is different for each individual, so it’s best if you and a health care professional talk about your “blood sugar level” range so you know exactly what’s “high” for you. Then, take your levels each day with a good glucose meter. You can find out how to get one for free at my source link.

      Good luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    DIABETES, How Reduce high sugar levels?
    I know the consequenses of high levels of sugar, but the big question is how change my diet and my family diet since now on, is not only a diet is my all style of life, anyone can help me about how I can be success, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your doctor or healthcare team about changing your diet. Also, you might want to ask your doctor to recommend / refer you to a registered dietician to help you come up with a more individualized meal plan.
      Another route you could take would be to talk to your local health department. Changes are there is someone, (a health educator or a dietician), on staff there that could offer his / her services. (Probably at a lower cost to you, depending on your income.)

      Some places to start:
      – Eat a balanced, healthy diet. Avoid high sugar foods, high fat foods, and high carb foods. Also, pay special attention to your portion sizes. Sometimes, eating large amounts of even the healthiest foods can be harmful.
      – Get exercise. Get out and move around. Work with your doctor or a personal trainer to assist with putting together a specific exercise plan / schedule just for your needs.
      – Take your medications as prescribed. Try to take them at the same time (or around the same time frame) in order to maintain a consistent level within your bloodstream.
      – Monitor your blood sugars on your own at home.

      As always, work with your doctor / healthcare team to ensure that you are recieving the best treatment that is most suitable for your unique condition. Diabetes is different for each person that has it. The treatment plan that your doctor can recommend is probably your best bet for making the changes you need to make in your lifestyle.

      Good luck….

  3. QUESTION:
    what could be making my sugar levels so high besides diabetes?
    last winter i was diagnosed with hep a and since then i have had problems with stomach acid and may have a peptic ulcer… since then however, my doctor had a lot of blood work done for me and noticed my sugar levels were high. she gave me a meter to check my blood sugar randomly every day, and it has never been normal! it has been everywhere from 140-280! i don’t have any other symptoms of diabetes and my stomach problems are not nearly as bad as before… what could this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Blazer.No need to wait till your blood sugars get higher.Make an appointment with the doctor.Record fasting blood sugars(morning blood sugar before eating).Record blood sugars taken one and half to two hours after meals.Your doc can use this info.Early treatment lessens risks of circulatory,kidney,eye,cardiac,nerve pain problems.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can blood sugar levels be high without having diabetes?
    I’ve heard that blood sugar levels don’t go high if you don’t have diabetes.

    Today I did my blood sugar randomly and it was 6.9. The other day it was 11 I think… Isn’t that high? The right level is in the 5 range isn’t it? I had eaten fatty foods a few hrs before taking it.

    I’m 21 in a few days and overweight. Practically everyone has diabetes in my family including my mum.

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    my dad has diabetes type 2,is sugar levels continue to be high(21)although he is taking 3 diabetic tablets?
    he also has high blood pressure and high cholestorol,his doctor said today there isnt any more mediction he can give,despite his high sugar level he is showing no signs of any symptoms that his diabetes is out of control,he has been diabetic for 5 years and has been properly diagnosed.Would any other ilnesses make things like sugar etc stay high apart from diabetes?? thanx
    i am in the uk so would the drugs you are talking about be available over here? i do know my dad does not eat anything sweet etc and does stick to his diet,he has lost 10lb in a month,he would hate having to use insulin.

    • ANSWER:
      I am in a similar situation. Sometimes there is a lot of trial and error in finding the right combination of medicines. Have him ask his doctor about Byetta. It is a new medication that is made from the saliva of Gila Monster lizards (no kidding!) I take it twice a day and my blood sugar is
      now perfect. It also makes you lose weight. I’ve lost over 25 pounds in 3 months on it. It makes you feel full so you eat less. It is worth a shot.

  6. QUESTION:
    What diseases or conditions can cause high blood sugar levels other than diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      Cushing’s syndrome (excess cortisol)
      Acromegaly (excess growth hormone)
      Very high triglycerides (causes insulin resistance)
      Some medications, e.g. steroids (mimics excess cortisol)
      Phaeochromocytoma (excess catecholamines)
      Severe physiological stress, e.g. surgery, severe infection (due to catecholamines)
      Excess glucagon (glucagonoma)

  7. QUESTION:
    Can high sugar levels make someone very friendly, enthusiastic, optimistic & happier than they were before?
    they had the high sugar level (diabetes)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it can and I know it because I’ve got diabetes!

  8. QUESTION:
    High Sugar Levels [Possible diabetes]?
    Hey Guys.

    I went to the doctors yesterday for a blood test, but the day before i went to the doctor to see about;

    Tiredness.
    Lack of energy.
    Eye sight-playing up.
    Mood swings.

    The doctor tested my blood levels and it came up as a 12.0 blood level which was high.
    [This is without having anything at all to eat and nothing to drink other than water]

    Anyway, she thinks it’s a diabetic issue, but i wont have my blood test for a few days, is there anything I could do to make myself feel more normal? e.g. more awake and such, because it’s not so easy to work falling asleep! would appreciate any advice at all, thanks Altot.

    Have a good day.
    -Ronnie.

    • ANSWER:
      It is a diabetic issue.
      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

      This is a lifetime disease that need constant and healthy lifestyle. So you might as well start today.
      There are 4 important parts to controling diabetes.
      1) Knowledge – learn all you can. Start with this website: http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/16422495.php
      2) Meds. – Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They will damage your bones , cause heart problems and last but not least cause bone stem cells to mutate to fat cell. So weight gain will happen.
      3) Diet- http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm This is a low carb diet that you will not have to count carbs. It’s very easy to understand. About 1 week and you will know what to eat and what not.Great for the whole family. Really not a diet but a healthy lifestyle.
      4) EXERCISE – Very important if you are type 2 diabetic. Walking is fine but Nordic walking is great. Google it.

      If you start the diet and exercise , you will start to feel better almost immediately. Go for it. Today.
      The sooner you start to treat this disease the better the outcome. You want glucose levels in the 5′s. And remember this is not a weekend deal , it’s for life !!Much damage has already been caused by high sugar levels.

      Good luck to you

      Tin

  9. QUESTION:
    high blood sugar levels diabetes?
    i had a blood test recently and the nurse told me to see my doctor. said my “blood glucose levels” were 289.

    how high is that???

    i remember a year and a half ago…the numbers were 106 and the doctor at that time said i was “pre-pre diabetic”.

    the test to determine both was a fasting before the blood test.

    • ANSWER:
      That’s very high (289). You don’t want your blood sugar to go over 200 at any given time, even right after eating. With a fasting score of 289, your very likely diabetic. Some doctor’s don’t even bother to do a follow up test fasting or non if your over 200.

      Your doctor is going tell you that your diabetic. It’s not the end of the world and it’s not the end of a normal life either. However, to keep in good health, your going to want to make some lifestyle changes. Your doctor can be quite helpful and point you in the right direction.

      Diabetics is very manageable. Again, it requires lifestyle changes though, such as first, avoiding sugar and cutting down simple carbs in your diet. Getting regular physical activity. All those things will help lower your blood sugar. Also, your doctor is going to advise you that you monitor your blood sugar daily and may prescribe some medicines to help your sugar levels.

      Hang in there, you can get control of your blood sugar and led a very happy, productive, and healthy life.

  10. QUESTION:
    diabetes type 2, high sugar levels?
    My husband has diabetes type 2, and just took his reading and it was 425,what can we do to lower, we know what to do when its very low, but not sure about when its that high.

    • ANSWER:
      What type of medication does he take? If insulin – he needs a bit more. Otherwise, time and water will help. He should test for ketones if he has been over 250 for several hours.
      Speak to your doc in the morning about this, particularly if he goes way high like this often.

  11. QUESTION:
    Can undetected high levels of blood sugar in a pregnancy cause Down Syndrome in a fetus in the womb?
    I am almost 17 weeks pregnant and won’t see my doctor until next week. I am concerned that since I have recently been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes that my sugar levels could have been high long before now. I am also having to have a level 2 ultrasound with a specialist because they think my baby may have a marker for down syndrome.

    I would appreciate any responses. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      as others have said Down’s Syndrome is genetic and won’t be caused by blood sugar levels…

      they did an ultrasound on me with my last son…and said he had a “thick neck” which could be a sign of Down’s Syndrome.. they wanted me to do an amnio to see if he had it…but as i have had three miscarriages before..i refused…

      when he was born he was perfectly healthy.. he is now 11 and in the gifted program in school……

      so try not to get too worked up yet…is all i am saying…
      i worried my whole rest of my pregnancy…knowing that i would love and care for my baby no matter what…. but like i said he was born healthy…. thank goodness….

  12. QUESTION:
    Diabetes makes sugar levels abnormally high, but do they go low too?
    a diabetic untreated by insulin neglected or forgot to eat enough would their sugar levels drop at any stage? to a normal level or hypo level?
    or if a diabetic ate unbelievably healthy very low carb no sugar sort of diet?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends. Type 2 diabetics, who are not on insulin, rarely go too low. It does happen, though. But no one has been able to tell me why. I’m never been below 70 in my four year history with the disease, so hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is a non issue with me.

      Type 1s (insulin dependent) can and do have low blood sugar episodes when they take too much insulin or don’t eat enough to compensate for the amount they took. It’s a balancing act to say the least. In the scenario you present, where they don’t take insulin, the chances of having a low blood sugar episode is highly unlikely unless the patient has insulinoma, which is pretty rare. In most cases, given that scenario, their blood sugar will not come down… it could even go up because the liver can still convert glycogen into glucose even though no food has been consumed.

      Lots of variables, no absolutes.

  13. QUESTION:
    If you have diabetes mellitus, why do you have high sugar levels before and after meals?

    • ANSWER:
      Your body does not produce enough insulin (a chemical in the pancreas which converts sugar to usable energy) so the sugar and carbohydrates (which break down into sugars) levels in the blood are high

  14. QUESTION:
    were piss ants used to detect high sugar levels in urine? (diabetes)?
    were piss ants used to detect diabetes in urine?

    • ANSWER:
      In ancient times – Indians would call diabetes “sweet urine disease” because they tested for it by observing whether ants were attracted to the persons urine or not.

      Here is a web page that has a lot more information on the history of diabetes.

      Good luck to you.

  15. QUESTION:
    why would certain people have a tendency towards high blood sugar and diabetes?
    i am very active and have a decent weight but i have now a high blood sugar level (or pre-diabetes). is this due primarily to genetics? I have some native american in my background which i know is a high risk group.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, certain ethnic groups do have a higher genetic tendancy towards developing type 2 diabetes (such as native americans).

  16. QUESTION:
    Does having high blood sugar levels necessarily mean you have diabetes? HELP!?!?!?
    My 65 year old Dad just told me that his doctor informed him that he has high blood sugar levels and may have diabetes. I am so worried that this is true. I am not that familiar with blood sugar levels, so how would you know? They are going to do another test to be sure. Does anyone know if there is a chance that he doesnt have diabetes, or maybe just pre-diabetes? I know that having diabetes can be potentially life-threatning at times, so I am so worried for him as I love him so much and want him around to see his grand-daughter grow up. I lost my mom a few years ago and i want to do whatever I can to keep my dad healthy. Is there any way to get rid of diabetes once you get it? How do you treat it? What can I do to help him? Please help, I am so worried I cant function right now…

    • ANSWER:
      1. If he has high blood sugar levels after not eating for 2 hours then he probably has diabetes.
      2. You can never get rid of diabetes
      3. Injections if type 1 but if he’s 65 then it will be type 2 so it could be injections but probably tablets or diet.
      4 Comfort him although if he controls it well it isn’t life threatening

  17. QUESTION:
    Since people with diabetes have higher blood sugar levels shouldnt they have an advantage when excersizing?
    Wouldnt more avaialable blood glucose mean that you can excersize longer without “hitting the wall”?

    • ANSWER:
      When you have high blood sugar levels(without availible insulin) exercising just makes it go higher, which, in type 1 diabetes can lead to ketones/fat burning/ketoacidosis/further dehydration. If you have type 2, its not good either. Higher bgs in general means that you’ll pee more and get dehydrated quicker + have no energy to exercise anyway. Its recommended not to exercise if your bg is over 240, and def.not to exercise if you’re sick and have ketones. I feel best when my own blood sugar is between 100-200 when exercising, not going up or down.

  18. QUESTION:
    Which is worse in diabetes, high or low blood sugar levels?

    • ANSWER:
      Both are VERY Dangerous. Low blood sugar gets out of control faster and can be corrected and High Blood Sugar is a slow process and if we dont catch it or cannot controll it, we become ill and fall into Diabetic Ketoacidosis and need to go to the hospital.
      Its also different for different Diabetics. I Find High Blood Sugar the most dangerous because its normally due to an infection and then it takes over my body and no matter how much extra insulin or what i do to try and stop it, it dosn’t work and by the time i give up trying, i have all the symptoms of diabetes again; excessive thirst, going to the toilet, dry mouth, hunger, vomiting (in the later stages). I’ve been told to go to A&E when i begin vomiting, because after this i spiral out of control and get a horrible pain in my stomach or back where the ketones (normally by this time they are about +5 – +6) are really starting to damage me somewhat by then. I’ve Had this 7 times in the last 2 years (2 years in september), been in pain 3 times, once due to blood infection, once due to bladder infection, once due to stess, once due to not looking after myself (the first time it happened), and the rest are where i have had relapses a couple of days after being discharged from the hospital. I’ve been in ICU/ITU Twice. So, for me its high blood sugar, but a lot of diabetics out there struggle with keeping their sugar up.
      Hope this helps.

  19. QUESTION:
    What treatment should be given to a person with a high blood sugar level (diabetes)?

    • ANSWER:
      Flower, Insulin for type 1 diabetic , Period.

      For type 2 I have found that the following works wonders. My fasting is 96 and my HBA1C is 5.2.

      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels :

      1) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.Exercise is Non-Negotiable !!!Thats why it is Number 1 on the list.
      2) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      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
      3) 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.
      4) 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

      A low carb , Low glycemic index and load are a must. Also don’t forget the exercise.

      Take care

      TIN

  20. QUESTION:
    Why is that diabetes is caused by high levels of sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetes is not caused by high sugar. A person is diagnosed diabetic when you have abnormally high levels in your blood because your body can’t metabolize the sugar (glucose)you do have effectively. When you eat your body breaks down the food, and glucose is absorbed into your cells by something called insulin. If your body is not producing enough insulin or if the insulin you have is ineffective the glucose stays in your blood stream and your cells starve. To compensate your body breaksdown fat. There are two types of diabetics. Type 1 where the pancreas is not making any insulin. Most children and young adults get this type. It said to be cause by a virus that kill insulin producing cells in the pancreas called the islet cells. These patients must take insulin shots because if they take it in a pill the stomach would absorb the insulin and it wouldn’t work. Type 2 is where you have insulin in your body but you are either not making enough or your body isn’t using it effectively. These people can take oral diabetic medication because it is not insulin. It helps the pancreas to produce more insulin or help the insulin get the glucose in the cell. Diet and exercise help because your not adding glucose that your body doesn’t need and helps you burn off excess and sometimes will force the the glucose into the cell. Complications from diabetes include blindness, kidney disease, slow healing wounds and loss of feeling to extremities (also called neuropathy). Symptoms include increased thirst, increased hunger (remember your cells are starving) and increased urination. You can also lose weight because the body is breaking down fat for energy. This mostly happens in Type 1. I hope this helps. Remember you can’t cause diabetes by eating too much candy but if you are diabetic you can be adding to the problem if you do. Only a blood test and your doctor can diagnosis diabetes.

  21. QUESTION:
    What do you call someone with high sugar levels?
    What is the medical situation where somebody has high blood sugar levels? Usually happens with old people, and it is NOT diabetes! Thank youuuu

    • ANSWER:
      Hyperglycemic means abnormally high levels of blood glucose.

      Please note that the phrase “blood sugar” is often used synonomously with “blood glucose”.

  22. QUESTION:
    Doctors and Nurses: How high is too high for blood sugar levels?
    A year ago, I was hospitalized for several days in intensive care with a blood sugar level of 699. Prior to that, my doctor had been monitoring my levels because of family history, but it came on like lightning. I survived, and have been successfully maintaining my Type 2 diabetes since. My question: With that high level, how close was I to death? I need to know to pass this dire information on to my children and others who may be likely candidates. Please be frank, for my sake and theirs.
    Thank you for the answers received so far. Just to add my current info, I’ve adjusted my diet and I exercise more. I have NEVER maintained a diet of “garbage”. My family’s history predestined this condition, which is why my doctor and I have been monitoring my levels for several years. My normal levels now are between 105 and 115. I just would like to know what levels are life-threatening in a crisis, as happened to me.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a nurse or doctor,however,I have been diabetic (type 1) for 36 years. A normal blood sugar reading is between 80 and 120, At 190 sugar spills into your urine. That’s when you become thirsty, beyond belief, and start to dehydrate. You will know every washroom in the city because of constant urination. I have been hospilized w/ a reading of about 1200. That was with taking insulin. I had dental work done, and the infection got the best of me. Your reading shows you that your sugar is high, but it is the way the sugar affects your organs that can be fatal. When I had my episode, my potassium levels were screaming high,my kidneys had shut down,I lost the vision in one eye from such a low blood pressure. I was in a coma for a day before anyone found me. I remained so for an additional five days. During that time I suffered a heart attack. Diabetes can be hard to control, even with insulin. Sometimes it becomes more complicated because of the insulin. If you can manage it without..DO IT! Get on a diet recommended by a dietition, get yourself a glucometer to check your sugar at home frequently. Exercise. Show your family the way to deal with it should they eventually have it. Your circulation is compromised, affecting your legs and feet, eyes, and kidneys, skin. High sugar means you will have a harder time fighting infections. Your teeth and gums will need extra care-and you are the only one that can do it. Don’t become blind or on dialysis because you can’t pass up a candy bar or a chunk of cake. your family needs you, and when you look at their smiling faces, you’ll be grateful to be with them. I know I am telling you scary things. I wish someone had really explained to me HOW these things could come to pass. It’s because it affects the smallest,tiniest blood vessels in your body. You don’t always “just die” from diabetes. You could live a long time with what it can do to you. Good luck to you. I would be so proud of you if you could turn this thing around to become incredibley healthy. This would be the time to do that. If you see that your sugar is rising,for no apparent reason, such as large meal,eating fruit,etc.,call your doctor. It may be from a sinus infection, earache,cut that won’t heal. The infection raises your sugar, your sugar makes it difficult to get rid of the infection. And so it goes..round and round. Don’t wait for a huge spike in your numbers.

  23. QUESTION:
    Can type 2 diabetes be diagnosed only by the blood sugar levels?
    If there is no other sign exept high blood sugar levels, can that be type 2 diabetes? Is it necesary to have some clinical symptoms at all in such case?

    • ANSWER:
      I had no clinical symptoms. I’m not and wasn’t overweight and showed no symptoms whatsoever.

      I was diagnosed only because I took a blood sugar test just to be taking one. Imagine my surprise when the numbers came out insanely high.

      So yes, you may not show symptoms in the beginning and still be diabetic. Please don’t wait for symptoms to manifest themselves before you go see a doctor. The consequences are not good.

  24. QUESTION:
    Having diabetes Type 1 is there an herb to help control high sugar levels..?
    I know herbs are natural and I wanted to know which ones for type 1 would benifit..

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, no. The only way to control sugar levels is as has been explained to you by your physician and dietician.

  25. QUESTION:
    Man with diabetes usually has low blood sugar but now high?
    What does it mean when someone who has diabetes normally has to keep track of low blood sugar levels but is now experience high blood sugar levels all of a sudden?

    Should someone be concerned if this happens to them? If so, what can turn this around?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s difficult to give you a precise answer, my friend, based on the information that you haven’t given, but all diabetics need to test to make sure they’re not experiencing a hypoglycemic event (low blood sugar).

      Reasons for it suddenly registering as hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) include an underlying infection; missing out on their medication (I’m assuming here that they do take medication, though that is not always the case.); exercising, but not long or hard enough to cause blood sugar levels to fall; progression of the diabetes. (Type 1 diabetics often go through a “honeymoon period” or “honeymoon phase” where they still have working beta cells in their pancreas. Type 2 diabetics frequently go through periods where their medication needs to be reviewed. This is because the beta cells (islets of Langerhans) of the pancreas begin to die off due to being overworked for years.)

      In either case, this is something that should be brought to the attention of the person’s doctor.

  26. QUESTION:
    does anyone know if there is any research being done for dogs detecting low or high sugar level in diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there is:

      http://landofpuregold.wordpress.com/category/golden-assistance-dogs/diabetes-sugar-alert-dogs/

      http://www.greatplainsdogs.com/

      http://www.kweaver.org/archives/2006/03/diabetes_detect.html

  27. QUESTION:
    What is a high level of blood sugar during gestational diabetes to have big babies?
    I am consistently checking my blood sugar and it is usually 95-105 in the morning. I am usually 115-160 after eating. I am wondering if these levels are too high and will cause me to deliver a large baby? I do not take insulin or diabetic pills, so far I have been diet controlled. What are high levels that WILL cause you to have a large baby.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you’re too high. Based on your numbers, I would say that you’re not diet controlled. You need to stop the refined carbs, and switch to more wholesome natural foods if you want the healthiest possible baby. You should also include some daily exercise and bring your weight down. Instead of concerning yourself with numbers that might cause a large baby, you should be shooting for normal blood sugar levels and let the baby develop naturally.

  28. QUESTION:
    If a diabetic is so hungry, What can he eat to avoid high sugar levels?
    As a part of an uncontrolled diabetes, a person is so hungry but feels like eating nothing. However the hungry is so intense, almost making him nervous. What can he do or eat without the sugar going so high?

    • ANSWER:
      Any food with no carbohydrates will not effect blood sugar. This includes meat, cheese, most vegitables (lettuce, broccoli, etc), some “no sugar added” foods (some do have carbs though so check the label).. a really good snack is to basically make a sandwich without the bread.. put cheese, lettuce, tomato, etc (just double check the carb count on anything you aren’t sure about) on a couple slices of lunchmeat and roll it up like a wrap!

  29. QUESTION:
    how high can blood sugar levels get with diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m a lab tech and I’ve seen glucose levels over a thousand. I think most patients would be unconscious at this level but some people who develop diabetic ketoacidosis frequently can remain coherent with such an elevated blood glucose.

  30. QUESTION:
    if diabetes is a high blood sugar level through hyperglycemia?
    what condition do you have if your blood sugar level is low?

    • ANSWER:
      Hypoglycaemia is a condition where the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood drops below a certain point – about 3.0mmol/l.

      This causes a number of symptoms such as dizziness, sweating and fatigue that usually go away 10 to 15 minutes after eating sugar.

      What causes hypoglycaemia?

      Insulin is normally produced in the pancreas and helps the body’s cells absorb glucose from the blood:

      After a meal the glucose level rises after a meal to about 7-10mmol/l.

      One to two hours later, the glucose level starts dropping again. By the next meal, the glucose level is back to normal: about 4-5mmol/l. The insulin level in the blood has also returned to normal.

      Term watch

      A ‘hypo’ is the short name given to episodes of low blood sugar.

      Hypoglycaemic episodes (hypos) can be caused by:

      over-treatment – the dose of insulin or diabetes tablets is set too high or you accidentally take too much.

      mismatched calorie intake versus demand – this happens when your body needs energy but can’t get it from your calorie intake ie if you eat less than usual or exercise more.

      alcohol – alcoholic drinks tend to lower the blood sugar.

      What happens during a hypo?

      You can experience some or all of the following symptoms:

      Did you know?

      Hypoglycaemic episodes are categorised as:
      mild – you can manage these episodes alone.
      serious – you’ll need help from others, such as a family member or doctor.

      paleness

      shaking

      perspiration

      a feeling of weakness

      rapid heartbeat

      hunger

      agitation

      difficulty concentrating

      irritability

      fatigue

      blurred vision

      temporary loss of consciousness

      confusion

      convulsions

      coma.

      Most people do get some warning that hypoglycaemia is happening.

      But for some, hypoglycaemia may cause few or none of the milder symptoms before the start of sudden unconsciousness or convulsions – particularly if you’ve had diabetes for many years.

      Caution

      The aim of diabetes treatment is to have as near normal levels of blood sugar as possible.
      Deliberately running higher glucose levels should only be done on a doctor’s advice.

      This means loss of consciousness can occur without warning.

      To avoid this, you are advised to:

      maintain a higher level of glucose in the blood

      measure your blood sugar level more frequently.

      How is a diagnosis made?

      Diagnosis is made by measuring the blood sugar level with a glucose meter.

      A glucose level below 3.0mmol/l indicates hypoglycaemia.

      Some people experience symptoms when their blood sugar level is higher than this – eg at 4.0mmol/l.

      Hypos can’t be detected with urine tests for glucose.

      How is hypoglycaemia treated?

      Did you know?

      If you use insulin, your blood sugar level is:
      highest 1-2 hours after a meal
      lowest 3-4 hours after a meal.

      Mild hypoglycaemia is treated by drinking or eating about 10-20g sugar, eg in the form of sweetened juice, milk or glucose tablets.

      In the case of a more serious hypo, an ambulance should be called. The paramedic will then give glucose intravenously or glucagon (GlucaGen) (a glucose-increasing hormone) is injected into a muscle.

      Your partner and other family members can also be taught to give glucagon injections at home.

      A glucagon kit can then be provided so if you suffer several hypos with unconsciousness, immediate treatment is available. In this way, a hospital visit can be avoided.

      If you experience hypos repeatedly, you should measure blood sugar level four times a day. This allows you to adjust your insulin and know when you need a snack.

      What can I do about hypoglycaemia?

      Be familiar with the warning symptoms of hypoglycaemia. This way, you can get treatment quickly. When in doubt, measure your blood sugar levels.

      Always carry sugar – preferably glucose in a rapidly-absorbed form such as glucose tablets.

      Measure glucose levels regularly. How often depends on your lifestyle – it’s something that a combination of practical experience and expert advice will determine. It can vary from one or two readings a week to several readings a day. Knowing how your blood sugar levels change with various activities means you can adjust your level of insulin and minimise the risk of a hypo.

      Follow the dietician’s advice and maintain regular eating habits. Some people experience symptoms of a hypo just before a main meal. To avoid this, have snacks between meals to prevent sugar levels dropping too steeply.

      Take care when exercising: exercise lowers glucose levels in the blood. You can counter this by taking less insulin than usual beforehand or by eating more before, during or just after exercise.

      Carry an identity card that lets others know you have diabetes.

      At night

      For many people with diabetes, a low blood sugar level during the night is a big problem because you can sleep through it.

      If you wake up with a headache and feel unusually irritable, measure your blood sugar at about 3am.

      Lower your risk of a hypo by measuring blood sugar at 10pm or 11pm. If it’s below 8mmol/l, eat a snack.

      Alcohol lowers the blood sugar just like insulin – so avoid alcoholic binges.

      After drinking a lot of alcohol or dancing, eat a snack before going to bed.

      In the long term

      Normally, hypoglycaemia is easily treatable. A few mild episodes in a week are not harmful.

      It starts to become dangerous only when the glucose level keeps dropping below acceptable limits – the brain’s only source of energy is glucose.

  31. QUESTION:
    My mother is said to have elements for higher sugar levels, but she doesn’t Diabetes. Will I get it?
    My mother had a little higher level of sugar in blood and the doctor told her “she has elements for higher sugar levels”, but she doesn’t have diabetes. My grandma, on mother’s side, also had a but higher sugar level, but also wasn’t diagnosed and didn’t have diabates.

    Does that mean I am in high risk to get it even though they didn’t have it, but have elements for “higher sugar levels? Nobody in my family was actually diagnosed with it. I am a bit overweight, and I am planning to remove several pounds though.

    And in case I get it, if I take care of myself and listen to the doctor can I live to a good old age, or do the diabetes people sooner than the rest?

    I’m 21 btw.

    • ANSWER:
      maybe

  32. QUESTION:
    1st time with high sugar level(pregnant)… does that mean i have diabetes.?
    Throwout my pregnancy I’ve been eating a lot of chocolate. But my sugar levels were normal. But, now that I’m 35 weeks pregnant and have stopped eating chocolate for three weeks now. Today they found a high level of sugar. So……? What does that mean? Do I have diabetes? How do I take care of it? How can I avoid it?

    • ANSWER:
      You may well have developed gestational diabetes, but you can’t determine that based on only one test. To diagnose you, the doctor would need to have you complete a glucose tolerance test. If they do determine you have gestational diabetes, you would control that with diet changes primarily- avoiding a lot of sweets, avoiding simple carbohydrates and eating complex ones- like those found in fruits and veggies and whole grain foods. Gestational diabetes means your body is having difficulty with the challenge of maintaining blood sugar levels, and will usually go away after the baby is born. It will generally happen with each pregnancy afterward though, and is your warning that you are at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life. To avoid that, there are changes in diet and lifestyle you can make now though. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to do that, since you’d want your children to lead healthy lives anyway, and teaching by doing is the best way. You can get better information from your own OB-Gyn, and should have this discussion with that doctor as well. Good luck, have a healthy baby.

  33. QUESTION:
    i have high blood sugar levels, dr wouldn’t tell me how high but kept referring to diabetes how do i check?

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    Gestational diabetes and monitoring sugar levels?
    is it normal for some of your readings to be a little high when monitoring your sugar level. I am 34wks. pregnant and was diagnoised with Gestational diabetes, they have scheduled me to see a nutrionist tomorrow, as of now I’ve been managing it myself since June 27, and since than I have had at least 4 high readings all others have been on point. has this ever happened to anyone monitoring their sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      Mine went up a few times but I could tell it was based on what I ate. Once I ate waaaay too much pizza and it spiked. Another time I drank fruit juice with nothing else and it jumped up pretty high. High ever once in a while I don’t think it unusal (and by high I mean mine went to maybe 140). Once the doctor’s finally got their act together and sent me for the 3 hour test (they had been refusing to do so) they realized I didn’t have GD like I kept trying to tell them.

      I would say write down everything you eat/drink for a few days and see if there’s a direct connection between what you ate and how high your levels were. Oh… I also wrote down anytime I got even smallest amount of excercise because excercise will help burn off that excess sugar as I’m sure you know.

  35. QUESTION:
    Why would a type 2 diabetes blood sugar level be high in the morning but way lower throughout the day?
    My grandpa will wake up in the morning and find his blood sugar level (which I believe is what he measures with type 2 diabetes, correct me if im wrong) to be high, like 150-160, but he will go to his job which he does in the morning and comes home around 1pm most days, and when he measures it it is down to 110-130 already.
    He has been continuing a very good diet full of fiber and fruit and vegetables, and doesn’t eat late night snacks anymore(which makes this more confusing) but from day 1 he has had this problem.
    He asked his doctor and he seemed clueless. Anyone know anything about this?!?!?
    sorry if i mixed up the details :/ i dont know what kind of doctor hes seeing or anything

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, he would be checking his blood sugar every morning and hopefully before each meal. He should also check at 1 hour and 2 hours after supper at least once a week. This will tell him how well his body is handling what he eats and if he needs to make any changes to his diet or meds.

      This higher morning blood sugar is called Dawn Phenomenon. The solution for most diabetics is to have a small snack of about 15 carbs from whole grain, with some fat or protien. This reduces the amount of sugar that the liver releases overnight, resulting in a better reading in the morning.

      A good bedtime snack is one slice of WHOLE GRAIN bread with peanut butter (the type with NO sugar added). Or if he doesn’t like peanut butter, he could add a slice of cold chicken or roast beef, or some low fat cream cheese.

      His blood sugar in the morning should be between 110 and 135, so its a bit high right now. Having a small bedtime snack should help bring it down. I know it seems unlikely, but it works.

      IF he has any history of heart disease or is at risk, this fasting level will give him a better chance of surviving a heart attack, at least that’s what my endocrinologist told me just this week. Having really tight blood sugar control is a bit risky when you are older or having heart related issues.

      Tight blood sugar means having a fasting level from 90 to 120. He shouldn’t be aiming this low. Right now he’s not doing that badly and the snack at bedtime should help.

      If he was a much younger man, his morning blood sugar goal should be between 5.0 and 120, but given his age, that’s just too low. Recent studies show that having a more moderate approach to blood sugar reduces the risks for older people and increased the survival rate (in both studies).

      As a diabetic, he needs to be very careful what fruits he eats and how much. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are good choices as they are high in fiber and low in carbs compared to other fruits.

      He should stay away from things like dried fruits such as raisins, figs and dates. Bananas are also quite high in sugar and not a good choice. He should also avoid canned fruits that have syrup. Look for fruits canned in water or juice, and drain off the juice, as its full of sugars, whether natural or added. Fresh fruit or fruit frozen with NO added sugar is far better than canned.

      You can look up the carb content of fruits, veggies and other foods online at

      http://www.calorieking.com/

      http://www.thedailyplate.com/

      http://www.thedailyplate.com/

      and of course, if he’s using frozen or canned fruit, the carbs are listed on the packaging. Make sure he’s using the serving size suggested and not more.

      Your grandpa might have better results if he tests his blood sugar more often, and keeps a food log for a little while. If you want a testing guide you can print off, you can download a PDF here..

      http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/flyer.pdf

  36. QUESTION:
    does having a high blood sugar level mean you have diabetes?
    Just curious I am going to have a blood test done and I am 16.

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    Diabetes? High Blood Sugar readings?
    I have had a diabetes ‘monitoring day’ today, where they check my blood sugar levels before and after each meal….I still have 1 last one to do, but they have been EXCESSIVELY high, so much so that the nurse looked concerned. The thing is, I drink no sugar drinks, eat no added sugar foods, and am sooooooo careful about my diet concerning this….what is going on? Anyone else had this problem, and what can be done. I absolutely am adamant that I do not eat anything that would make this high.

    • ANSWER:
      High glycemic carbohydrates, i.e potatoes, pasta, bread & rice will turn into sugar very fast and give you high readings. Sugar-free foods with artificial sweeteners can be high as the sweeteners are bulked up with carbs so they can cause high sugar readings too.

      You need to lay off the high glycemic carbs including fruit until you are in control of your blood sugar and eat vegetables, fibre, protein and fat. If you need an artificial sweetener you need to use the small tablets of sucralose or splenda which are not bulked up with carbs and usually don’t effect your blood sugar, although testing is the only way to find out.

      Most important go for a walk. Ideally after every meal but as that is not usually practical at least once a day. Exercise is key to getting your sugar down.

      You don’t mention what type of tablets you are on but some are more effective than others. I use supplements that make me more sensitive to insulin but you need to research them before you take them. Most doctors and nurses have no clue about diabetes, trust me.

      You need to find your own solutions get on the web. Doctors wanted me to go on insulin and now they wonder how I am doing so well on diet, exercise and supplements. (never mind the excessive tablets they had me on ruined my kidneys). If I only knew then what I knew now….

      Diabetes is no joke as you can loose your sight & limbs. Think not having pasta or rice is bad it is nothing compared to having a physically impaired quality of life.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can having gout cause high sugar levels in blood or vice versa.
    I have been feeling exhausted lately and a bit sick in the mornings then I took gout in my fingers went to GP and he did a random blood sugar test. Now he wants a second fasting one as my first was high. I did have a bowl of frosties(reduced sugar) for my breakfast before I had the random one could that have caused it to be high? If so though surely most people must have high sugar levels in the morning after eating cereal.Anyway could it be diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      any infections at all will raise glucose levels in anyone and having any cereal at all will for sure not help that.

      Yes, do the fasting glucose to be sure you don’t have a “sugar” problem. It probably isn’t, but it is much better to catch it near the beginning rather than after it has done some damage to tiny peripheral nerves and blood vessels.

      try a lower carb food plan than the one you are currently eating. It will help with weight, the gout problem, and any sugar problem you have. I like South Beach.

  39. QUESTION:
    When people who have diabetes get that thirsty feeling, is this because their blood sugar is high?
    When diabetics get that irritating thirsty feeling, is it always due to high blood sugar levels? Does checking your blood sugar level whenever you get that thirsty feeling always results in a very high blood sugar level? Or is it possible you feel that way even if your blood sugar is not so high like say 100 to 115?

    • ANSWER:
      your sugar would have to be high for a while for thirst to be a symptom of high blood sugar.
      When you have diabetes, excess sugar (glucose) builds up in your blood. Your kidneys are forced to work overtime to filter and absorb the excess sugar. If your kidneys can’t keep up, the excess sugar is excreted into your urine along with fluids drawn from your tissues. This triggers more frequent urination, which may leave you dehydrated. As you drink more fluids to quench your thirst, you’ll urinate even more.

  40. QUESTION:
    I have type 2 diabetes and take oral meds, how do i lower sugar levels when they get too high?
    Lately i have been having trouble regulating my sugar levels and my doc can’t see me til the end of the month. I take my meds faithfully and try to follow my diet, but i still get elevated levels. Is there something i can do to lower my levels quickly? Is there something i can eat or drink that will help?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi~
      Taking a brisk walk always lowers my BG immediately. The longer I walk, the lower it goes. Other exercises might help too. However, there is no “magic bullet” that will bring BG down. There is absolutely no scientific proof that any one ingredient does. Rather, it is your diet and exercise (and meds if taken) combined with it that lowers your BG. If after using a particular ingredient your BG falls, it is because your body is finally able to produce enough insulin to open up your cells to receive the excess BG. Time alone will do that unless you produce no insulin at all. Your problem is excess BG that is causing the elevated levels — it’s as simple as that. And the solution is simple… It’s just not easy.

      So what can you do to bring your levels down on a regular basis if it’s not easy? Get good advice, encouragement, and support to help you. I have a group called Overcoming Diabetes Naturally designed to do just that and you are welcomed to come check it out at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/overcomingdiabetesnaturally/
      to see if it might be helpful to you.

      From what you said, I get the impression that you are having a tough time with the diet (“I TRY to follow my diet”). That’s so understandable. Changing habits is one of the hardest things for us to do. Food gives us such pleasure and comfort. My group helps one another get back on track with tips and techniques for exercising and eating right that have worked for us. We all slip from time to time and even take a break on a special occasion. Generally, this okay and we can get right back on. But, getting more active (doesn’t have to be gym style exercises, just activity) and changing our diets to bring it in line with what our bodies truly need instead of what we have whims for, is the real down-to-earth solution. I’d like to see you succeed. A lot of my group have gotten their BG down to normal (including me in about 3 months with no meds) with just diet and exercise. But we all have the ups and downs and we are there for each other to pull us through. Good luck and hang in there.

      Gloria
      Overcoming Diabetes Naturally – A place to find advice, encouragement, and support

      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/overcomingdiabetesnaturally/

  41. QUESTION:
    i have been dianosed type 2 diabetes for the last year my fasting sugar levels are still high should i be?
    testing my own sugar levels by means of pricking my fingers and using a meter

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, all people with diabetes need to test their sugar on a regular basis.
      Get to an endocrinologist and figure out how to deal with this.
      I wish you luck. You can do it !

  42. QUESTION:
    How many years etc would it take before high blood sugar levels cause damage.?
    Just wondering, if a person has badly controlled diabetes (type 1), and alot of the times the blood sugar is high, how many years from time of diagnosis would it take before any damage would start to show?
    By the way this is just a curious question, not a personal one.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, my friend, there’s no surefire way of determining this. There are too many variables that would need to be taken into consideration, such as how high the blood sugar (glucose) levels are’ how long they’ve been at that level; whether or not insulin is still being produced by the beta cells (islets of Langerhans) of the pancreas; whether any medication(s), including insulin are being used; the level of insulin resistance, if type 2, a person has; whether or not physical activity is being undertaken; the types of foods being taken in; the level to which blood sugar (glucose) levels are rising … and then falling; whether there are any co-morbid (other) conditions present, and probably a whole host of other things that some medical professionals may know about.

      Sorry I couldn’t give a direct response to your question, but as long as blood sugar (glucose) levels are above what’s deemed a ‘normal’ level, then damage is being done to internal organs and nerves.

  43. QUESTION:
    Question on diabetes blood sugar levels -?
    My cousin (46 yr old Male) has had type 2 diabetes for many years now, probably 15-20 possibly. He said his blood sugar level from the test readings always shows 205-210, sometimes spiking higher after a bad meal, into the upper 200′s. He said it reads in the low 200′s no matter if he takes his “diabetes medication” (pills he is on) or not. Is this bad long term? Is he risking bad side effects running blood sugar levels this high constantly? If so, I am wondering why the doctors haven’t put him on insulin injections by now? Maybe steady readings in the 200′s is ok to live with long term, I don’t know.
    It worries me because he’s been going like this for many years now – I notice he zones out sometimes, almost like he is comatose or can’t hear you talking to him, like he zones out – he told me that a couple times over the last few years, he actually had an occasional incident where he tried to talk or move or do something, but its like he was in slow motion or frozen, and couldn’t react, or talk, or move properly. I didn’t really understand it but it sounded pretty darn scarey. I do notice he seems to ‘zone out’ alot at home in his living room, he will lay down or sit in the recliner with his eyes open, say staring at the tv, but its almost like he is NOT watching it really, or not hearing it – sometimes I will say “Jeez I never knew this or that” after something was on the TV in front of us, and he’ll say “What, what are you talking about”. I used to think he as just not that bright, but now I am starting to think he is spacing out from long term high sugar levels. What will be the

    • ANSWER:
      No it’s not OK. Readings like that will lead to all the nasty diabetic complications.

      It is not uncommon for Type 2s to need insulin. Using insulin is not a sign of failure. Insulin is the only treatment that is guaranteed to lower blood sugar. But many people are afraid of it. Don’t be. Insulin is your friend. Use it wisely and it will help to keep blood sugar at a non-diabetic level.

  44. 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!

  45. QUESTION:
    I have type II diabetes, I currently have high blood sugar level above 300, I generally feel better when?
    levels are high, the doctor has started me on byetta, now I feel like my arms and legs are lead filled and can’t hardly pick them up, I have a head ache. When I tried Lantus I had similar symptoms and ended up in hospital with chest pain and vomiting.
    What are you supposed to feel when high sugar is coming down to normal levels. I hate this feeling and feel better when levels are high. If there is any specialist out there please help or if you have been thru this too please tell me your experience.

    • ANSWER:
      High blood sugar is like having high blood pressure for a long time and your body gets used to feeling this way. Then when either is lowered to normal ranges, since you are not used to it, you will feel tired and have no energy. Your body has just been used to your blood sugar being high, that’s how you feel “normal”. But please hang in there and this will get better with some time. Then your body will feel normal with a good blood sugar and if you get high or low you will be able to tell something’s not right. If you let your blood sugar stay above 300 for a long time, you are slowly killing yourself. Hang in there, it will get better as your body adjusts to the lower blood sugars.

  46. 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.

  47. QUESTION:
    I do not have diabetes, however occasionally my blood sugar levels are high. What do I do?
    Other symptoms I have are frequent urination and I am extremely thirsty. My heart feels like it is racing and I am exhausted and shaky. Is there something i can eat or drink to relieve these symptoms? Not really sure what triggers this, and it happens only once/twice a month. Any ideas?
    Ok to answer “How do I know….” A friend of mine suggested to take a glucose test. I did a finger prick after fasting ( i took it when i got up with out anything to eat or drink for at least 9 hours) blood sugar read 183. That was last month. symptoms lasted all day and half of the next day, by noon they were gone. Same sypmtoms happened yesterday so i re-pricked my finger and it read 153 at 9am around 5pm it read 167. and this morning it read 185. By 2 pm today i felt fine. And still tonight i feel ok. It is very strange, thought maybe there was something to do to not feel so bad during that time frame. I usually lay down but i didnt have the chance yesterday (4 children running around) I am really tired today, my body is sore like i worked out real hard. But other wise feel pretty normal tonight. Just wish i could do something that would help during that time frame.

    • ANSWER:
      Sandra , you know that you are diabetic and are in denial. You had two readings over 126. Definately diabetic.

      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.

      And now you know .
      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels :

      1) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.Exercise is Non-Negotiable !!!Thats why it is Number 1 on the list.
      2) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      3) 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.Also never ever take Onglyza or Januvia . They can can inhibit the bodys immune system and let cancer spread.
      4) 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

      And remember this is for life.
      First denial , then anger then depression or all three at the same time . And finnally , Maybe Accecptance.!!!!

      You Take care
      Don’t forget the exercise everyday

      TIN

  48. QUESTION:
    Any idea what causes high sugar blood levels? Thanks!?
    The doctor mentioned “high sugar blood levels- close to diabetes” but just sugested cutting down sugar?!
    Only have one coffee with sugar a day and hardly any sweets.

    • ANSWER:
      High blood sugar is usually caused by your body having difficulty processing sugars that are in the blood stream. The most common reason is insufficient production of insulin by the pancreatic islets.

      The pancreatic islets are less regenerative than most other tissues of the body, and so if we live long enough we will all see our blood sugar rise.

      Most likely if you are not taking in excessive amounts of sugar, but your blood level is elevated, you will soon need medication for Type 2 diabetes. This is nothing to worry about, and millions of people live with this.

      For much more information, try an internet search on “type 2 diabetes.”

  49. QUESTION:
    Is this glucose/blood sugar level high enough to be at rick for diabetes?
    I just got a blood test done for my anemia but they also told be my blood sugar is high.
    it’s an AVERAGE of 6.6mmol/L, i think that’s 119mg/dl… i think

    Am i at risk?

    • 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.

      Yes . High. You need to worry. Maybe start on a Low glycemic Index diet and start to exercise.

      Tin

  50. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have diabetes but not high BSLs?
    A person without diabetes should maintain the same sugar levels regardless of whether they’ve just eaten or not. A person with diabetes has high sugar levels after eating (if he doesn’t control the amount of sugar or use insulin) but has low sugars if he fasts. The highest I’ve ever seen my BSLs is 8.4 & that was immediately after a can of coke & a chocolate. In the mornings (or if I havnt eaten for a while) my sugars can be as low as 2.3. I am severe asthmatic and have had about 12 courses of steroids over the last 12 months & pretty much the same every year. I know the steroids (prednisolone) can cause diabetes & problems with BSLs, but research leads me to it being on the high end of the scale. When I was in hospital last (2 weeks ago) the nurses kept waking me up in the night to eat & it was really annoying. Im really confused tho cuz the doctors never mentioned anything about my BSLs, just the nurses. Just wondering, in prediabetes, is it usually low BSLs like I’m getting or high?

    • ANSWER: