Fasting Blood Sugar Level

The Danger of Muffin Tops and Man Boobs!
So you think that your muffin topor your man boobsare telling you that you are a little overweight, but that doesnt mean you have any health problems? Think again. That little bit of excess body fat could be causing you more harm than you think. Excess body fat and its often close relative, insulin resistance, are key drives in the development of Metabolic Syndrome (previously known as Syndrome X).

What Is Metabolic Syndrome and Why Do I Need to Avoid It?
Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Having several of these risk factors puts you on the path that rapidly increases your risk of the major causes of death in our society. So what are the risk factors? Firstly central abdominal obesity (a waist greater than 88cm in females or 104 cm in males), insulin resistance or glucose intolerance (as measured by a fasting blood sugar level), dyslipidaemia (irregular cholesterol and triglyceride levels), high blood pressure and fatty liver disease (non-alcoholic).

Are There Any Other Symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome ?
Look out for :

– Darkening and roughening of the skin, particularly behind the neck and/or skin tags;
– Mental health problems such as depression, memory loss and dementia
– Migraines and headaches
– In females, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, irregular or infrequent menstrual periods, infertility or early puberty;
– In males, low libido, erectile dysfunction, impotence or prostate problems;
– Sleep problems such as sleep apnoea, snoring, and daytime sleepiness and fatigue.

Sadly it is generally believed that our poor lifestyle habits are responsible for initiation of this syndrome. Abdominal obesity (visceral body fat) is known to contribute to cholesterol problems, blood pressure and heart problems, blood clotting problems, increases inflammation, hyperglycaemia, glucose intolerance, and possibly renal problems. Maybe that extra serve of chips wasnt such a good idea after all??

High calorie, nutrient poor foods, lack of exercise and poor stress management all contribute. The good news is all of these factors are easily rectified when you make small, but regular lifestyle changes. Try eating of a cup of nuts every day, replace white flour with high protein or nut flours, use good fats such as olive oil instead of bad fats and eat fish regularly. In an age of fast living and fast foods, it is unfortunate that so many of us have forgotten how to cook and give our body the fuel that it craves for.

Frequently Asked Questions

    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.

    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

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

    I’ll give best answer. Thanks.

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

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

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

    I manage my fasting blood sugar level below125 mg by exercise & diet. Do I need medication?
    I hate going to a Doctor. I am a prediabetic but I manage to keep things under control. At times the FBS level climbs to 140 but again with will I bring it back to 125. Do I need to do what I hate the most – go to a Doctor ? Do I need medication ?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey Stoic. It is very important to see your doctor if you are a diabetic.It is important to do a base level investigations including sugar profile,blood lipids,kidney and liver function tests and to record blood pressure.Diabetic patients commonly become hypertensive and develop high cholestrol as well. These two are killers.Dont listen to any one. Please go and see your doctor and have an assessment.
      You cannot do any investigations-blood tests etc without seeing your doctor in Britain.

    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?

    i am 22 years old, my fasting blood sugar level 114, when i skip to eat sweet things it becomes 103 .suggestio?
    i am 22 years old, my fasting blood sugar level 114, when i skip to eat sweet things it becomes 103 .My elder sister is diabetic. help me by giving your suggestions to control it

    • ANSWER:
      Please don’t listen to the first person who told you that normal fasting is between 90-110 mg/dL. That’s simply not true. Normal FBS is between 70-99 mg/dL (check my sources below), although many non-diabetics fast in the 60s without hypoglycemic symptoms. An FBS of 100-125 mg/dL is considered pre-diabetic. Now, obviously, you need laboratory testing to confirm your results if you haven’t done so already. Home meters are slightly inaccurate, and when you’re dealing with such narrow margins (10-20 points), you need something a little more precise. Also, while I agree with the first poster that you probably do have a good deal of pancreatic function left, your fasting numbers are *not* an indication of how much. Many pre-diabetic and early-staged diabetics fast low and spike high after eating. Unless you test one hour after eating and then again at two hours, you have no idea how high you go after meals. These post-prandial numbers are just as important as fasting, if not more so, because they show your pancreas’ ability to respond to food.

      Regardless, the fact that cutting out sweets alone (and not even carbohydrates) lowers your FBS so much tells me that you could be a diet-controlled pre-diabetic or diabetic for a very long time by reducing your carbohydrate (and not just sugar!) intake. That means you should limit your bread, pasta, rice, oats, corn, beans, etc. Also, please go to the doctor for a formal diagnosis, as it’s possible that you’re actually in non-diabetic (high normal, though) or diabetic range. Diabetes clearly runs in your family and that’s why you should treat your results seriously. No, a fasting BG of 114 mg/dL isn’t dangerous, but that could be indication of diabetes on the horizon for you. Be glad you caught your blood sugar creeping up this early, as that gives you many more treatment options.

    Will alcohol (previous evening) affect results of fasting blood sugar level?
    Should drinking a wine cooler the evening before testing (fasting as of midnight) possible effect the results of blood sugar level and possibly show a higher 4 month average? Mine was 162

    • ANSWER:
      I cannot say what alcohol will do to your A1c levels, but I read some recent research that explained that alcohol will lower your blood sugar immediately after consumption (even to dangerously low levels), then raise it to dangerously high levels 12 hours later. It’s not worth the suffering for just a little bit of fun.

      I believe I read the research in either:


    Is 69 really too low a fasting blood sugar level?
    I had had a baked chicken and potato and salad dinner the night before, with a very sweet dessert. I heard this was too low and I’ve been feeling a bit sluggish lately. I have a physical scheduled for next week, but I wanted to some feedback now. Thanks everyone.

    • ANSWER:
      no… be concerned if your readings are in the 50′s for a few days in a row or a number of times a month… not good… definately have doctor run tests to determine if you are a candidate for diabetes meds~~~

    What is a dangerous blood sugar level? Today, my fasting blood sugar was 232.?
    Normally, my blood sugar levels are within range. I am a type 2 diabetic.

    • ANSWER:
      That’s high but not scary high. Once you get over 250, your body starts producing ketones as a stress response, and that can keep raising your BG’s a bit. Over 300 is a concern, over 400 is getting scary because once you’re over 500 you could be headed for DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) and the hospital.

      If your BG is high but less than 300, taking a brisk walk or dancing for 30 min. will often bring a Type 2 back down in range.

    Fasting blood sugar level is 94 but post meals level is 240 even using tablets.?
    But this 240 level is reducing after 2hours and coming down to 90 with in four hours. Kindly advise how to maintain correct levels.

    • ANSWER:
      That great that you come down to the 90′s. But to bring them down quicker , walk. For about 30 minutes. Also you may need more medicine.
      Try a LOw Glycemic Index and load diet.

      This table includes the glycemic index and glycemic load of more than 2,480 individual food items. Not all of them, however, are available in the United States. They represent a true international effort of testing around the world.

      The glycemic index (GI) is a numerical system of measuring how much of a rise in circulating blood sugar a carbohydrate triggers–the higher the number, the greater the blood sugar response. So a low GI food will cause a small rise, while a high GI food will trigger a dramatic spike. A list of carbohydrates with their glycemic values is shown below. A GI is 70 or more is high, a GI of 56 to 69 inclusive is medium, and a GI of 55 or less is low.

      The glycemic load (GL) is a relatively new way to assess the impact of carbohydrate consumption that takes the glycemic index into account, but gives a fuller picture than does glycemic index alone. A GI value tells you only how rapidly a particular carbohydrate turns into sugar. It doesn’t tell you how much of that carbohydrate is in a serving of a particular food. You need to know both things to understand a food’s effect on blood sugar. That is where glycemic load comes in. The carbohydrate in watermelon, for example, has a high GI. But there isn’t a lot of it, so watermelon’s glycemic load is relatively low. A GL of 20 or more is high, a GL of 11 to 19 inclusive is medium, and a GL of 10 or less is low.

      Foods that have a low GL almost always have a low GI. Foods with an intermediate or high GL range from very low to very high GI.

      Both GI and GL are listed here. The GI is of foods based on the glucose index–where glucose is set to equal 100. The other is the glycemic load, which is the glycemic index divided by 100 multiplied by its available carbohydrate content (i.e. carbohydrates minus fiber) in grams. (The “Serve size (g)” column is the serving size in grams for calculating the glycemic load; for simplicity of presentation I have left out an intermediate column that shows the available carbohydrates in the stated serving sizes.) Take, watermelon as an example of calculating glycemic load. Its glycemic index is pretty high, about 72. According to the calculations by the people at the University of Sydney’s Human Nutrition Unit, in a serving of 120 grams it has 6 grams of available carbohydrate per serving, so its glycemic load is pretty low, 72/100*6=4.32, rounded to 4.

      Good luck Kitty

    1 wk fasting blood sugar level of 126. This week fasting blood sugar level of 119. What does this mean?
    I have a follow up apt with my doctor in May. At that time he wants me to do a glucose tolerance test. What will that test tell me?

    • ANSWER:
      70-99 is normal fasting glucose
      100-125 is impaired fasting glucose
      126 and above diabetic
      A better test to measure diabetes and glucose is a hemoglobin A1C. It is also a blood test, but you don’t have to drink any nasty drink or fast. This test can be taken at any time of day. It measures average blood sugar over a period of the past few months.

    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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    well i started to watch what I’m eating and my fasting blood sugar level are 111, but during the day after i e?
    eat my levels or 97 , so does this mean i have diabetes because me sugars lever are over 100 in the morning?

    • ANSWER:
      Dunno. You haven’t indicated what you had to eat prior to going to bed, nor how long you slept.

      Normally, a non-diabetic’s fasting blood glucose (sugar) level would be between 70 and 99 mg/dL.

      Why are you testing your blood glucose (sugar) level if you don’t know what the readings mean?

      If this is more than one reading, I’d suggest you need to see your doctor and explain that you’ve been testing your blood glucose level and the results you’ve been getting are higher than ‘normal’ first thing in the morning. S/he may then refer you for further testing.

      I wish you well.

    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.

    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.
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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.

    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!

    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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    How bad is it for a 23 yrs old to have fasting blood sugar level 155?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get an A1C test. But 155 is not good and should be checked further. Normal fasting blood sugars are between 70 and 100.

    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.)

    High fasting insulin level with low blood sugar level?
    I went to my doctor few weeks ago to get a complete health check done and he did fasting insulin & fasting blood sugar test. I had been fasting for at least 8 his with water only. My blood glucose was at 85 mg/dL but my insulin level was 73! I was told it should be less than 17! I’m 19 years old my mother & grandfather (her dad) are the only ones with diabetes type 2.

    I’ve been trying to lose weight but no success there and I’ve been putting more weight on belly and thighs & not on upper part of my body. I also get dizzy in middle of the day with little black spots in front of my eyes. I’m also low an my hemoglobin, platelets & red blood cells count. I realize this part may just be due to poor diet but can l also bring my insulin down with proper diet only? Should I be extremely worried?

    • ANSWER:
      The glucose reading you offer is quite normal. Insulin levels are elevated – especially initially – in some type 2 diabetics. This is most especially true if the individual is obese which implies a Body Mass Index of greater than 30 kg/M2. [If you type 'body mass index' into any search engine you will find multiple websites that will calculate your BMI for you.] To have an insulin level as high as yours along with a normal blood glucose casts at least some doubt on the notion that you are developing diabetes. There are other reasons for an elevated insulin which is a condition that I see about once per year. This year I diagnosed a young lady with profound hypoglycemic episodes and an elevated insulin level with an adrenal adenoma. Obvious diagnosis – simple solution. This forum has limitations in the information that it is able to offer. You most definitely should be having this discussion with your physician. As you apparently have diminished hemoglobin (due to a decrease in erythrocytes or red blood cells) and thrombocytes (platelets) clearly more is going on than the question of the possibility that you are developing diabetes. I believe that after paying for the physician visit and the blood work that patients have an absolute right to a clear and complete discussion of the findings. That does not seem to be the case for you or you would not be asking your question in this forum. You need to go back to your physician and do not leave until all of your questions have been answered. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless.

    My fasting blood sugar level is 6.7. What does this mean?
    I recently had a blood fasting test done and the result was 6.7.

    • ANSWER:
      That your control is good. Normal levels in a non diabetic would be 4-5. 6.7 is only slightly elevated and demonstrate good control. My GP is happy if levels are 10 or lower.

    if you test at 95 for a non fasting blood sugar level and then go in for fasting labs the next day, is it?
    likely to be the same or will it show diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      95 mg/dL is normal for non-fasting blood sugar and technically considered normal even for fasting.

      I can’t say what your blood sugar will be the next day. If you’re asking if it’s possible to test at 95 mg/dL and be diabetic, then yes. One random reading is a snapshot in time. Diabetes is about a pattern of high blood sugar. Although uncommon, sometimes diabetics do have normal blood sugar, thus one reading can’t tell us much.

    Fasting blood sugar level, one hour after eating and two hours after eating?
    I am really confused about trends regarding my blood sugar levels. From last year or so I am facing this problem. My fasting blood sugar level is in the range of 100-115 mg/dl , my Doctor told me that nothing to worry about and more precise test is HbA1c, during last year results of HbA1c were 5.7 and 5.9 . According to the Doctor though it is on higher side but still it is absolutely ok and by adopting some changes in food habits and life style it will quickly go down . I acted on the advise and reduced my weight from 82 Kg to 74 kg in 3 months by exercises (my height is 176 cm). Reduced carbohydrate intake but still i always felt light -headedness after eating (that was the main reason i went to Doctor and I suspected that it has something to do with blood sugar levels) . I also started monitoring my blood sigar levels at house with glucometer and for me it was aways surprising that blood sugar level one hour after eating looks very good but it increaes two hours after eating , as we know it should be other way around. e.g. My Typical Blood Sugar levels after taking full meal

    Fasting Blood Sugar Level: 104 mg/dl
    One hour after eating : 120 mg/dl
    Two hours after eating : 145 mg/dl
    then it comes back to below 110 mg/dl 3-4 hours after eating. Same trend i observed again and again repeatedly almost every day.
    Then I went to an internal medicine specialist and showed by HbA1C results and trends in blood sugar level after eating. He found it surprising that blood sugar level increases after two hours as compared to the readings after one hour. He suspected that there is something wrong with testing instrument and my technique of testing , infact he did not pay much attention to my observation and once again he said that HbA1c and fasting blood sugar levels are ok. No need to worry..just relax and sleep well. Anyhow, he also recommended an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test with the comment that it is only for my satisfaction and in his opinion everything is good and ok.
    Oral Glucose Tolerance Test confirmed my results which I observed always:
    Results of GTT
    Fasting: 111 mg/dL
    One hour after taking Glucose solution : 138 mg/dL
    Two hours after taking Glucose solution : 155 mg/dL

    The lady which performed these tests in the laboratory was also surprised with this trend.
    I know that things are not very alarming, it is pre-diabetic state but question is:

    What could be the reason for such a trend ? anybody has also same experiences? what could be the remedy ?
    I have to go to my doctor once again in two weeks to discuss with him the results. But I can imagine that he would perhaps ask for repetition of the test, because this trend is an exception.
    Your comments on this trend will be highly highly appreciated.
    I am only 32 years old, go to gym 3-4 days per week and successfully reduced my body weight .
    Loking forward for your comments and advises.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have not been diagnosed as a diabetic, then that A1C is at the high end of the normal range, and indicates impaired glucose tolerance.

      This is backed up by the results of the OGTT. I am sorry to tell you that is not a pre-diabetic result. That is diabetes. A non-diabetic would test at well under 140 two hours after the glucose.

      100-115 fasting BG also is problematic, as truly normal fasting BG is 80-100.

      It is perfectly possible for your 2 hour post meal reading to be higher than your 1 hour post meal reading. It was probably because of the fat content of the meal. Carbohydrates hit the blood very quickly, but any fat eaten with the carb will slow down the digestion considerably. The spike will only hit the blood later, sometimes 2-3 hours later. The classic example is pizza (high carb high fat). The 1 hour reading will not be high, because the fat is delaying the digestion of the carb. But about 3 hours later, all that carb will hit the blood and you will get a huge blood sugar spike. Whereas a slice of white bread (high carb low fat) will give a high 1 hour reading, then the 2 hour reading will be lower.

      A final word. It is possible to be young, fit, active and normal weight, and still get diabetes (Type 1 or 2, but I suspect you are referring to Type 2). It is a wicked media myth that ‘bad lifestyle’ causes Type 2 diabetes. There are millions of people in the world who are thin, exercise and eat healthily, yet they still have Type 2 diabetes!

    i have fasting blood sugar level of 105 mg/dl. what precautions should i take?
    i regularly play badminton. should i increase my exercises. can i get diabetes if i don’t take any precautions.

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    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.

    my fasting blood sugar level is 241 and post lunch is 370?
    let me know where do i stand now,i have not started any medication,as i’ve got the reports today.

    • ANSWER:
      And I suspect your Doctor will be wanting to talk to you soon. They are high, and it would be best to talk to your Dr, about a diabete diet, and see what he has to say . If you are over weight, even losing a small amount of weight can be of benifit. I am on a 3 month stay, where I’m trying to bring the diabetes numbers down with a diabete diet and weight loss. Then I will have another 3 month test, ( A blood test that averages you sugar level over 3 month period ) and we’ll go from there.

    My fasting blood sugar level 160av and post meals after 2 hrs it is 150 why, am I diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. But you can probably control it by losing weight, and sticking to diet and exercise. Get this book:

    What is a good blood sugar level for a Type 2 diabetic?
    I was diagnosed a few weeks ago. My fasting blood sugar level was 271 but now I have it down to 197–around there. The lowest it has gotten to with me still feeling good is 135. If it goes to like 87 or even 100 I can barely function. Also what causes my blood sugar to drop rapidly between 4pm and 5pm but not before lunch the same way? Does anyone know?

    • ANSWER:
      When I was first diagnosed I was at 250 fasting. My doctor wants me at around 100… never make it. Depends on the doctor, my mom wants hers a little higher. It took awhile to get used to lower levels. My last visit my average was 130 and told to high. As far as crashing around 4-5 have you gotten into a routine of snacks in between meals. It seems that’s all i do is eat

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      100 is normal.

    25 year old male with a fasting blood sugar level of 100. Is this a major prolem or can I fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      The previous responses are considering regular blood sugar (normal 70-120 mg/dl), NOT fasting blood sugar, which was what you had tested.

      A person with a fasting blood sugar (glucose) level between 100 and 125 mg/dl is considered to have pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes occurs when your blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.

      Early intervention – lifestyle changes that include modest weight loss and regular exercise will likely be able to reduce your blood sugar to a normal level, as your FBS (fasting blood sugar) is on the low end of pre-diabetic levels

      If you are overweight, reduce your weight by 5-10 percent and participate in some type of modest physical activity for 30 minutes daily. Doing this will greatly reduce your risk for you developing full-blown diabetes, and will likely get your FBS down to normal levels, below 100 mg/dl.

      Best of luck to you!

    I have pcos and did a fasting blood sugar level at the hosp and its 7.3 (uk reading), am I diabetic?
    Am I diabeteic or insulin resistant because of the PCOS. I have really let myself go. I am only 27 years old. Can I control this and get rid of it if I really look after myself? If I eat really well and regulate my blood sugar levels will I be okay? Or is the damage done? I cant believe I let myself get this far. This is the wake up call I needed.

    I have always had diabetic like symptoms because of the PCOS but recentlty put on shit lots of weight and yes that was because of my eating habits. I know I need to and will take control of it because Diabetes is a HORRID disease to have.

    Does anyone think I can contriol it. Please help. This reading of 7.3 was fasting glucose taking at a hospital not a glucose reading.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      7.3 mmol/L is a diabetic fasting blood sugar reading.

      Insulin resistance is really common with PCOS. I know from personal experience that insulin resistance can make weight loss nearly impossible, too. And then you give up trying and that’s when the weight gain really spirals out of control. I dieted for basically all of my teen years and 20s, but when I kept gaining weight, I gave up. Then, in my mid-20s, I was diagnosed with diabetes.

      Insulin resistance is a precursor to diabetes, so you were already at risk just because of the PCOS. The weight gain didn’t cause the IR or even the diabetes; the weight gain just exacerbated the insulin resistance you already had, making it harder and harder for your pancreas to keep up. You can’t get rid of diabetes once you have it, but you can possibly be diet-and-exercise controlled.

      Even if you can just control your blood sugar with diet and exercise, I advise you to go on Metformin if you’re not already. Metformin is really a miracle worker for insulin resistance and weight loss, as well as blood sugar, when taken in combination with a low-carbohydrate diet. Controlling your blood sugar can also slow down the progress of the disease potentially, which means that you’ll be preserving some of your natural insulin production. As insulin resistant diabetics, we produce far too much insulin, and researchers believe the high blood sugar and high insulin levels tax the pancreas and causes a loss of pancreatic function. So, anything you can do to keep blood sugar and insulin low is positive, and that’s where Metformin can help. Cutting back on your carbs means you have to produce less insulin to maintain normal blood sugar, as well.

      Don’t despair. You’re going to be okay. I know it’s frightening to have this disease being so young–I’m only 28–but eventually you adjust to testing your blood sugar and eating this diet. In fact, the diet gets fun. I bake all the time and make really fun meals that are low in carbs and hardly affect my blood sugar. I’d be happy to provide you some websites I use if you’re interested. You’re still healthy, you don’t sound like you have any complications yet, and with proper blood sugar control, you shouldn’t get any. You can live a long, healthy life with diabetes as long as you take this seriously, and clearly you are taking this seriously. Best of luck and PM me any time.

    Is a fasting blood sugar level of 8.5 good or bad?
    My dr said its a bit high and won’t another fasting test done

    • ANSWER:
      8.5 or 153 is very high. It indicates Diabetes.

      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.

      Many answers on Yahoo are Much better than your doctor would advise. Here’s what you should be doing as we speak.
      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-… 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.
      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.

      I would be skeptical or your doctor. Go to Walmart and buy a Glucometer for and test yourself.
      Eat a huge meal and test 2 hours after. If your Blood Susgar is over 200 or 11.1, you are definately diabetic.

      Take care


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

    • ANSWER:

    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.

    Blood sugar level fasting will check 148 and 5 minutes later be at 120? Is my tester out of order or ?
    Thats without any food or drink in the 10 minute interval. My testing kit is about 3 years old? Is that a factor? Always had 98-110 tests in past.

    • ANSWER:
      You should always wash your hands with soap and warm water before testing, dry them well.

      Glucometers are only required to be accurate within 20%. A 100 reading could be an 80, or it could be a 120. So technically, both of those readings are within the required range, and both could represent the same level.

      Other factors include things like testing site — did you test on the same finger? Did you do any exercise in that period? The glucometer itself shouldn’t go bad after 3-years, but there is a chance you may also have bad strips. Try a different batch of test strips.

    my fasting blood sugar level shows 114 d normak being 70-120 .?
    what i want to know is that could i fast be appraching to diabetes or could it be that my blood sugar would be high if i had to go for the same post lunch.pls ans …i’m worried.

    • ANSWER:
      The FPG test is the preferred test for diagnosing diabetes because of its convenience and low cost. However, it will miss some diabetes or pre-diabetes that can be found with the OGTT. The FPG test is most reliable when done in the morning. Results and their meaning are shown in Table 1. People with a fasting glucose level of 100 to 125 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) have a form of pre-diabetes called impaired fasting glucose (IFG). Having IFG means a person has an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes but does not have it yet. A level of 126 mg/dL or above, confirmed by repeating the test on another day, means a person has diabetes.
      FPG test Plasma Glucose Result (mg/dL) Diagnosis
      99 or below Normal
      100 to 125 Pre-diabetes
      (impaired fasting glucose)
      126 or above Diabetes*
      *Confirmed by repeating the test on a different day.

      Research has shown that the OGTT is more sensitive than the FPG test for diagnosing pre-diabetes, but it is less convenient to administer. The OGTT requires fasting for at least 8 hours before the test. The plasma glucose level is measured immediately before and 2 hours after a person drinks a liquid containing 75 grams of glucose dissolved in water. Results and their meaning are shown in Table 2. If the blood glucose level is between 140 and 199 mg/dL 2 hours after drinking the liquid, the person has a form of pre-diabetes called impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). Having IGT, like having IFG, means a person has an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes but does not have it yet. A 2-hour glucose level of 200 mg/dL or above, confirmed by repeating the test on another day, means a person has diabetes.

      If the two-hour value is <140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/l), the glucose tolerance is normal. If the two-hour value is 140–199 mg/dl (7.8–11.1 mmol/l), the diagnosis is impaired glucose tolerance. If the two-hour value is ≥200 mg/dl (11.1 mmol/l), a provisional diagnosis of diabetes is made. Hope this helps. You should get retested by doing the OGTT to get a second check and this test is more sensitive. Good luck.

    what does a fasting blood sugar level of 107 mean?

    • ANSWER:
      JB’s answer is the best. Anything above 100 is consider “pre-diabetes” by definition, but at the same alot of things are cause you to have a slightly elevated fasting sugar. I wouldn’t get too worked up over a one time sugar of 107 and you definitely do not need to “see your provider immediately” but something I would have rechecked and if it continues to remain elevate, then discuss further with them what that means.

      So you know, the definition of diabetes is two fasting glucose 126 or greater OR any random sugar ever greater than 200 OR if you had a oral glucose tolerance test (like what they do to pregnant women) that was greater than 200 two hours later.

      I hope that all helps.

    If I have a fasting blood sugar of 146, should I be on diabetes medicine?
    (I have had one blood test. My doctor says that if I have two blood tests with a fasting blood sugar level over 126, then I am definitely diabetic. So, if my next diabetes test is in the same range, I wonder if I will be on medicine.)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. The most likely medication is Metformin. Its THE gold standard of oral diabetes meds and the safest one to take. It can also help with weight loss.

      It can cause some stomach upset when you first start taking it, so they put you on a very low dose and gradually increase it.

      If it still causes problems for you try the yogurt treatment I discuss in this post;_ylt=AgR8Lp5lhCM9Qnt3DPrI_rLty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20100207070811AAdfFVB&show=7#profile-info-Y3DR1EBUaa

      Your doctor may tell you to cut back on carbs, and get more exercise, which should help, but you really should be on metformin with those numbers, not just diet and exercise alone.

      Good luck!

    My friend’s blood sugar level was 195 upon waking (fasting blood sugar). Is he ready for insulin?
    My friend’s blood sugar level was 195 upon waking (fasting blood sugar). Is he ready for insulin?

    He was recently diagnosed with adult onset type 1 diabetes. He hasn’t started insulin shots yet. He’s going to call his doctor if it’s still high tomorrow. I am a bit worried that maybe he should start sooner than later. Does anyone know if he should be taking insulin shots now? By the way, his blood sugar is always very high. The numbers vary but it’s always on the high side. The 195 number was one of the highest fasting he’d ever seen.

    Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      My son is similiar to your friend. His numbers rank anywhere from one hundred and twenty to two hundred and five. The doctor told me to only give him insulin when he is over two hundred. But with the right diet and exercise we could keep his levels below two hundred for the most part right now. This is diabetes type 1 the honeymoon stage. If his number continues to be one ninety five or higher he should call his doctor and maybe see about taking the insulin when he is above a certain number like my son. The longer they can keep him in the honeymoon stage the better. There is a few sites on the internet he could contact and get great information. Google The American Diabetes Association. You can even look in your local phone book and call them. Hope this was helpful.

    blood sugar level 125 – non fasting blood test?
    my Dr. took some blood to do routine blood work. My sugar level came back as 125. This was a non fasting blood test. Do I have reason to be concerned?

    • ANSWER:
      I am a medic on an ambulance and I have seen BGLs (blood glucose levels) so high that the meters would just read HIGH. This means the BGL of that Patient was over 550. Your BGL is going to vary depending on how long it has been since you have eaten and what you ate as well. However a BGL of 125 non fasting should not give you concern. Normal BGL for a ramdom test is 70-145.

    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 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;

      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

      Health Resources and Services Administration

      Indian Health Service
      Diabetes Program
      5300 Homestead Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

      National Diabetes Education Program

      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

    How my fasting blood sugar increased from 117 to 142 after one hour floor exercises without eating any food?
    I am monitoring my blood sugar level. I took fasting reading as 117 and then did one hour floor exercises without taking any food or drink. Soon thereafter the new reading increased by 25 points to 142. Where did the additional sugar come into the blood from for I remained in fasting state altogether. Also the boold came out with some pressure when I pricked it for the second reading after the exercises.

    • ANSWER:
      See your doctor.Could be your liver pumping out all this glucose.

    I am 35 years old , My fasting blood sugar level is 53 and 2 hours after the meal is 104 , is it really low? ?

    • ANSWER:
      are u diabetic??

      IF you are then yes, that is kind of low…unless you are borderline…
      IF you are not..then no… that is actually kind of high. I have normal blood sugar levels and during a glucose test for pregnancy my test ran at 90 and they told me that I was borderline…

    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.

    my post fasting blood sugar level is 65, what does it mean?

    • ANSWER:
      trendency towards hypoglycemia. Take plenty of apple cedar.
      The medicine that can help you in homeo is Alumina silicata

      Details: Metador – Kaoline in the apple in Central Asian countries where actually the apples were born, is received from the Kaoline rich soil. Whereas the Apple Cedar usually gets its Kaoline because while processing they spray the apples with kaoline content materials inadvertently to preserve it from becoming brown. Both ways the apple cedar gets this Aluminium Silicate toxicity in material doses.
      Since apple cedar is diluted in water, it gets a homeopathic effect and cure those ailments which otherwise Aluminia Silicata in homeopathic doses can cure. It is also worthwhile to check the water in the area of such people to see if there is a dangerous level of alumina silicata present in it. When apple draws it from the ground, it takes it in a naturally balanced level while when it is dissolved in water, it can be of dangerous levels which can cause the malady which it can cure in homeopathic doses. Think of it.

    High fasting blood sugar levels but low hbA1c is that good or bad ?
    I have had 2 fasting blood sugar test the first was 8.5 and the next one was 9.1 but my hbA1c was 5.3 what does this mean I can’t see my dr till Monday and I am worried

    • ANSWER:
      It’s two days. Don’t panic .
      your A1c is wonderful.
      You and your medical team can even out those AM scores .
      Please calm down. Worry can raise your sugar.

    Would eating 1 whole banana and drinking a few ounces of OJ cause my fasting blood sugar level to be high?
    My a1c level came back at 5.7, and my blood glucose was 90 six mos ago. At that time my Dr said to come back 6 mos later to redo a fasting blood work to check my a1c level. Today, six mos later. my a1c went down to 5.3 but my blood glucose was 139, I cheated on my fasting. I ate a banana and drank some OJ. Would that give me a false reading..My dr said 139 would still be considered high even with the stuff I ate. He dose not consider me prediabetic and doesnt want to medicate me at this point in time. Im female, 55, I am not overweight, exercise and eat right. Im hoping the blood result was just from eating and that Im not on my way to becoming diabetic..any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated..
    Thank you for your responses..
    I would like to add that I ate the fruit and juice within 1 hour of my blood-work.
    Dr Frank..You are right! That was careless and stupid of me to cheat before the test the way I did! I read you dintt have to fast for the a1c test and I always had normal (80-90) fasting blood levels so I wasnt worried about it like I was the a1c test.. I am so angry with myself, Thanks for putting me in my place!!
    I suggested a GTT or making another Lab appt. My Dr said he wants to wait another 3 mos to check it again. Do you think I should insist on having it done again now? And it seems like he is using my a1c level along with my glucose to make a diagnosis. Please advise.
    Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      Eating the banana and drinking sweetened orange juice makes your fasted blood sugar worthless. Why on earth did you ‘cheat’ during such an important test. HbA1c is not diagnostic of diabetes and your doctor should not be using it as a screen test in a non-diabetic anyway. I would book a new appointment and get him to arrange a GTT or modified GTT (glucose tolerance test,) which is diagnostic, and for goodness sake do it properly.

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

    • ANSWER:
      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.


    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.