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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.)