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

  1. 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.

  2. 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

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

    I’ll give best answer. Thanks.

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

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

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

  4. QUESTION:
    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.

  5. 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?

  6. QUESTION:
    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.

  7. QUESTION:
    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:
      Cody,
      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:

      http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com

      or

      http://www.dlife.com

  8. QUESTION:
    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~~~

  9. QUESTION:
    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.

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

      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

  11. QUESTION:
    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.

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

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

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

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    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.

  19. 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.)

  20. QUESTION:
    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.

  21. QUESTION:
    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.

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

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

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

  23. QUESTION:
    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!

  24. QUESTION:
    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.

    • ANSWER:

  25. 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.

  26. QUESTION:
    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.

  27. QUESTION:
    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:

      http://www.amazon.com/Reversing-Diabetes-Eliminate-Dependence-Insulin/dp/0446676586

  28. QUESTION:
    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

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

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

  30. 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.

  31. QUESTION:
    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!

  32. QUESTION:
    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.

  33. QUESTION:
    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.http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/16422495.php

      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- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can’t count carbs so I use Mendosa’s Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      3) Meds. Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They may kill you. Bone fractures, heart problems and what diabetics really don’t need is that they change Bone Stem Cells to Fat Cells.
      4) Diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can’t count carbs so I use Mendosa’s Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

      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

      TIN

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

    • ANSWER:

  35. 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.

  36. QUESTION:
    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.

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

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

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

      If the two-hour value is <140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/l), the glucose tolerance is normal.
      If the two-hour value is 140–199 mg/dl (7.8–11.1 mmol/l), the diagnosis is impaired glucose tolerance.
      If the two-hour value is ≥200 mg/dl (11.1 mmol/l), a provisional diagnosis of diabetes is made.

      Hope this helps. You should get retested by doing the OGTT to get a second check and this test is more sensitive. Good luck.

  38. QUESTION:
    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.

  39. QUESTION:
    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

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_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!

  40. QUESTION:
    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.

  41. QUESTION:
    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.

  42. 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

  43. QUESTION:
    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.

  44. QUESTION:
    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…

  45. 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.

  46. QUESTION:
    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.

  47. QUESTION:
    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.

  48. QUESTION:
    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..
    Marie
    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.

  49. 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

  50. 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.


Fasting Blood Sugar

Fasting Blood Glucose Level Test, Fasting Blood Sugar Test (FBS) – both are synonymous terms referring to one and the same compound – glucose test – in many words and in the same style. Fasting in English refers, to the a situation where one abstains or refrains from food of any kind overnight or any other period except water; and for purposes of confirming, fasting should take a minimum of 8 hours overnight for this test to have any meaning. Early in the morning the next day by 7 o’clock, the patient should be heading to the laboratory for blood glucose test. It is a reliable simple test preferred by many health workers. It is not affected by age or activities surrounding the patient and may be repeated after a while to further verify results.

Since glucose behaves like elastic; increasing and decreasing depending on circumstances one is subjected to, patient fasting speaks volumes in spelling out how much glucose is above or below normal after 8 hours. The test is taken before any morning meals are taken lest it spoils the average expected figure for the good 8 hour sleep.

Why fast? Fasting as a matter of principle triggers the pancreas to release hormones that talk to the liver to start digesting its stored product glycogen into glucose for use in energy production during the night. The sequence of events is dynamic; the same pancreas will respond on short notice, by releasing insulin to manage any excesses of glucose and level it up. The gear inserted under normal circumstances, is the leveling up and resultant stability, whereas in diabetic cases the scenario is unfortunate. Glucose will rise above normal and upon testing will obviously exhibit a positive diagnosis to the disease for the simple reason; insulin is missing or not enough to fight the struggle. Time and again we are reminded of sugar excesses termed in medical terms hyperglycemia and deficiency hypoglycemia that medication is only a temporary measure while in real terms behavior change is the answer.

The few drops of blood taken for testing will assist in determining how the body is breaking down food and converting into simpler units for use by the many muscles in various organs of the body. It is also going to give an indication of the liver – the most complex organ of the body- on how it is working; plus the main regulator now – the pancreas – that raises the red flag at all times policing the blood glucose level violation. Notwithstanding the fact that many other tests have been pointed out to assist in determining health status on matters of sugar control, fasting blood sugar test (FBS) remains a very reliable test that I give 10 points in a scale of 1 to 10.

In summary when this test is done, blood glucose level higher than 125mg/dl is confirmed as diabetic; 100mg/dl is mild diabetic while a level of 70mg/dl is normal. In a case of less than 70mg/dl the situation is hypoglycemia.


Fasting Blood Sugar Level 104

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:
    Is blood sugar level of 104 after 10 hours of fasting (not even water) high?
    Im 21 years old. 74 Kg.167 cm. (5″ 7′). My mom has diabetes (not from her family) but now controlled.
    I went to the doctor because i have tingling in my hands and legs. he asked me to have a blood-sugar test. Next day i checked my sugar level and it was 104.
    Is it diabetes???

    • ANSWER:
      it might be a little high, but yes, get an A1C test done, but if you go toi the doctor and your A1C is 6 or maybe 5.9 or 5.8 and your doctor says it’s nothing to worry about, do not listen, my doctor did that and he didn’t realize that it could have been just starting, that is what happened with me, he said my levels were normal but i was still having symptoms, really thirsty, i was getting yeast infections almost once a month. he told me not to worry, but he was wrong, just make sure you watch for the major symptoms. and get the A1C test done! if your not having any symptoms then i wouldn’t worry too much, but you should test just to be sure!

  2. QUESTION:
    Blood Sugar level 104? I had 77 on my last blood test…?
    I DO not have diabeties…and hope I won’t have it. Last time I checked my doctor my blood sugar was 77….

    I’ve never had high sugar, I have Ulcerative colitis, and I think my sugar is up because of the malt I drank early in the summer, but I recently stopped (it had 41 mili grams). Thing is I always used to drink it, and all of a sudden I have 104 blood sugar?

    It’s either that OR…I suspect it was the nicotine patches or gums I was using. I have to do a fasting test (where I have to drink sugar water). Honestly I haven’t been doing anything this summer, i’m rather slim too, but this isn’t normal..my sugar shouldn’t be this level. (I have Ulcerative colitis by the way also)

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  3. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar level 104 very bad?
    I DO not have diabeties…and hope I won’t have it. Last time I checked my doctor my blood sugar was 77….

    I’ve never had high sugar, I have Ulcerative colitis, and I think my sugar is up because of the malt I drank early in the summer, but I recently stopped (it had 41 mili grams). Thing is I always used to drink it, and all of a sudden I have 104 blood sugar?

    It’s either that OR…I suspect it was the nicotine patches or gums I was using. I have to do a fasting test (where I have to drink sugar water). Honestly I haven’t been doing anything this summer, i’m rather slim too, but this isn’t normal..my sugar shouldn’t be this level. (I have Ulcerative colitis by the way also)

    • ANSWER:
      104 mg/dl is normal. Normal fasting blood sugar should be in the range of 80 – 120 mg/dl. So you are typically in this range. It might go be higher if you measure the blood sugar after meals, but you don’t have any reason to worry.

  4. QUESTION:
    My blood sugar level was 313 just after eating, when my fasting level has been 104. Am I in danger of diabete?
    104. How dangerous is this spike?

    • ANSWER:
      Home blood glucose tests are notoriously inaccurate and variable. I suggest you have these results verified.

      You need to educate yourself immediately about diabetes. “Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program to Reverse Diabetes Now” is a book that can help you reverse this condition. Another good reference book about diet is “Fasting and Eating for Health” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. He also talks about the whole plant based diet and has a chapter on diabetes. The optimal diet happens for excellent health also happens to help reverse heart disease and diabetes. Do not fast until your diabetes is under control.

      I lost 90 pounds by eating a whole plant based diet and I now have perfect blood work.

  5. QUESTION:
    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!

  6. QUESTION:
    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…

  7. QUESTION:
    I just need to know if I am pre diabetic or diabetic. I had blood tests done, sugar level was 57 not fasting.?
    I had 2 cups of coffee w/ cream, 3 sugars about 2 hours before I had blood tests. My cholesterol was (315), white cell count high again. I had a Fasting glucose level & an Hgb A1C (?) done 6 days later. The results were 104 for the glucose fasting, 5.7 for hgb A1c. I have symptoms of low blood sugar also. About 8 months ago my urine showed traces of protein, ketones? These levels seem so off to me, shouldn’t the numbers be the other way around? One more thing, I had a blood test done for clotting factors as I bruise easily, I still have a faint bruise on my thigh from a month ago, touch it and it still hurts. I have not heard from those results.

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  8. QUESTION:
    What is the normal blood sugar level?
    I checked it right after I ate(i know it was supposed to be 2 hours or so after the meal, so I guess it was considered a random test) it was 104…is that normal I wasn’t fasting or anything I ate random things earlier such as chocolate and stuff is that considered prediabetes? And should I test it again after eating? What would the normal range be?

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  9. QUESTION:
    Fasting blood sugar levels question?
    I’m not a diabetic, but I decided to test my blood sugar. I have not eaten anything since 11 p.m. last night and this morning my blood sugar was 88. I thought that was high for me, so I tested again and it was 94. To me that was really high, so I tested again and it was 104. I just tested again and my reading was 93. I realize that those are all in the “normal” range, but is it something I should worry about? Again, I have not eaten anything all day and I’m getting these readings. Should I worry about them?

    • ANSWER:
      Denny – You should NOT worry about your absolutely normal blood sugar (glucose) levels. HOWEVER, I worry about you making yourself into a stick or “pin” cushion when you are NOT a diabetic. Even if all the numbers you got are accurate, the mild variations, even upward, are easily explained by the fact that glucose is stored in body fat and glycogen in the liver. It is routinely converted back to sugar whenever your body feels the need. Please stop testing (sticking) your normal self. Each stick gives you a small, but added chance of infection you don’t need.

  10. QUESTION:
    Are my blood sugar levels normal?
    Hemoglobin 1AC – 5.1

    Fasting Glucose, Serm level – 100

    Mean Plasma Glucose – 104

    Why is the mean plasma glucose higher? What is it even?

    • ANSWER:
      Mean plasma glucose always runs a bit higher (about 10%, usually) than whole blood glucose. I believe it’s just a more accurate way of determining your blood glucose levels. Consumer meters generally only measure whole blood glucose. It’s cheaper to do and tells us all we need to know with regard to how we treat our condition.

      Your numbers look great. Congratulations, you’re not diabetic.

  11. QUESTION:
    I have just been told I was pre diabetic…I had blood tests done, I had a glucose level of 57 without fasting?
    I also had high white cell count, again. Also high cholesterol level of 315. I had a fasting glucose level of 104 following the low levels of 57. I also had the hgb A1C which was 5.7. Is this normal for such a difference in the glucose levels? I also have had symptoms of low blood sugar, and, also when I eat most of the time I am nausea’s. I am 52 and weigh about 138lbs. BMI is normal. One other thing is I had some traces of protein,ketones in urine about 8 months ago….any advice? Thank you so much.
    Does this show I am pre diabetic or diabetic??

    • ANSWER:
      start exercising, running, swimming, change diet or you’ll be on oral and injectable meds in no time. It will ruin your life w diabetic complications. Do make changes now while you can. Dead serious. those modifications will reverse chol, and help reduce worsening.

  12. QUESTION:
    fasting blood sugar 120′s-130′s am I diabetic?
    I have PCOS. I was diagnosed mildly insulin resistant in April, 2010. I was prescribed metformin at 500mg/day and was increased gradually over the course of 1 month to 1700mg/day. Previous to being prescribed the metformin, I had a fasting blood test and was told I was not diabetic and that the metformin would not affect my glucose only would help my PCOS.

    WIthin the past 2 weeks I felt horrible and had symptoms that match almost every symptom of hyPERthyroidism. I have been to the hospital twice. I will soon be seen by a medical endocrinologist.

    For the past week I have monitored my fasting AM blood sugar via arm meter (in case those who are experienced find them not as accurate as a finger stick meter). My ranges have been between 125-137 each day, fasting, as soon as I wake up, before doing anything. Until this time of feeling like crap, I never checked my sugar levels (never had a reason to as my reproductive endo. told me that Im not diabetic and didnt need to while being on the metformin).

    I am wondering if the metformin has caused the increase in fasting sugar levels or, if potentially I was borderline diabetic, it was caught, the super dose of metformin caused my complications and symptoms and is now causing the higher levels???

    After the first ‘episode’ I cut my metformin regimin in 1/2 and was only taking 850mg. During the second ‘episode’ my sugar was checked (while on the 850mg, fasting, and in the AM) and my reading was 104.

    Am I diabetic? Did the medicine cause the higher levels now? Or what?

    Since April I have been walking 3-4 miles at least 3 times a week (generally 4-5) and have been eating low carb, no sugar foods. Maybe the lifestyle change made me feel the way I did?? But, Im curious if Im eating and exercising now, why the sugar levels the way they are??

    Thoughts???

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    My fasting blood glucose was 104?
    My insulin level was normal. My doctor did not say i was pre-diabetic but my mom’s fasting blood sugar was 114 and she needs medication. i dont eat sweets, but im 10 pounds overweight. whats your opinion? I am hungry/thirsty all the time but my doctor wont further any tests.

    • ANSWER:
      Go on a diet. Stay away from the carbs. Exercise and maybe check your blood again in a few months for A1c and glucose.

  14. QUESTION:
    Nicotine replacement effecting blood sugar levels.?
    I am a non-diabetic and have recently quit smoking and I am on nicotine patches. I had gestational while pregnant 5 years ago. I still have my meter and test my sugar often. My levels after fasting for 8 hours is an average of 104-115. I am just wondering if nicotine replacement patchs can cause blood sugar levels to go up. I do get some symptoms like I had when I was pregnant with gestational diabetes. I have to use the bathroom often. When I dont eat like I should, I tend to get weak but my blood sugar levels are above 100. I dont want to be a worry wart, but I also want to know if this is enough of a concern for me to talk to my family doctor about.

    • ANSWER:
      I would have a fasting blood drawn by the doctor to rule out Type 2 diabetes. Since you had it gestationally, you may have developed Type 2. The patches should not have anything to do with your blood sugars. Are you eating more since you quite smoking? Maybe you are taking in more carbohydrates and that is boosting your sugars.

  15. QUESTION:
    Why would fasting Blood Glucose be consistently higher than Bedtime levels?
    I am trying to get my blood sugar levels into a normal range with exercise and diet. I am not on insulin or drugs and have not yet been diagnosed with diabetes but my MD is concerned about my fasting blood glucose.

    What’s frustrating is that I am really watching what I eat and controlling my snacking and have a Bedtime BG of 95-104 (5.3-5.8) and yet my FBG seems to consistently be 108-110 (6.0-6.1). Why…where is the glucose coming from if I have been at rest and haven’t eaten for over 10 hours?

    I thought it may be related to eating too late and/or too heavy a meal the night before and perhaps was still digesting after going to bed, but have watched and contolled what I have eaten during the last couple of days without any apparent impact.

    • ANSWER:
      When you fast, many times the liver thinks the bodies blood sugar is going too low, and it will release sugar into the blood stream. Diabetics call this ” dawn phenomenon”. It happens to many of us in the morning when we do our fasting blood sugar test, but a hour later, it is usually within normal range. It can also happen to diabetics when they exercise. It is just the liver trying to keep something from going wrong. You are right though, about your evening meal. If it was something with a lot of carbs, it can cause the fasting test in the morning to be high. Especially if you eat fiber like grains in bread, or eat oatmeal. If I have oatmeal, my blood sugar will stay up forever it seems. If I just eat a small amount of it, my blood sugar will rise some, but will stay stable for hours, I don’t need a snack. Next time you are going to have a test, make you last meal something lower in carbs and see what happens. Even non diabetics experience dawn phenomenon.

  16. QUESTION:
    Normal blood sugar levels?
    Fasting – 9:30 AM – 72
    1 hour after breakfast (bowl of Special K) – 12:30 PM – 104
    1 hour after lunch (1 can Beef-a-Roni) – 2:00 PM – 123
    2 hours after lunch – 3:00 PM – 85

    My doctor said I have Gestational Diabetes. I saw a dietitian today, so I am starting my diet tomorrow. My levels seem fine though? Just curious, because I don’t see the issue here besides my unhealthy eating. (WHICH IS NOT NORMALLY WHAT I DO!)

    Where is the problem? Are these normal?

    How are the levels low? I was told to keep my fasting level below 90 and an hour after a meal to be below 130. I don’t see how they are low.
    My doctor said to test one hour after eating, but I have been testing 1 AND 2 hours after. :)

    I figured. My doc is an idiot sometimes. I really feel for you diabetics, I have a higher chance of developing it later on in life now that I have GD, and I know this isn’t a picnic so I can only imagine how it is for you guys! :(

    • ANSWER:
      Those numbers seem fairly normal. Your morning fasting number may be a little low. That’s the only strange one.

      Typically, a healthy person has a fasting number of 84. In the mornings, however, that number may be slightly elevated, since your liver dumps sugar into your bloodstream to get you going. That’s typically called the Dawn Phenomenon for diabetics, who will increase quite a bit in the mornings. Normal people only experience a modest increase in blood sugar levels.

      That fact that you are lower than 84 in the mornings would seem to indicate that your not metabolising sugar quite normally. It could mean you are going hypoglycemic during the night time.

  17. QUESTION:
    Normal blood sugar levels for GD?
    Fasting – 9:30 AM – 72
    1 hour after breakfast (bowl of Special K) – 12:30 PM – 104
    1 hour after lunch (1 can Beef-a-Roni) – 2:00 PM – 123
    2 hours after lunch – 3:00 PM – 85

    My doctor said I have Gestational Diabetes. I saw a dietitian today, so I am starting my diet tomorrow. My levels seem fine though? Just curious, because I don’t see the issue here besides my unhealthy eating. (WHICH IS NOT NORMALLY WHAT I DO!)

    Where is the problem? Are these normal?
    Nope, I fasted 8 hours before the test like my doctor told me to. I just don’t understand how I was diagnosed with it, although I do have risk factors (overweight, not too active pre-pregnancy, etc) but really I don’t get it because my readings look normal to me, and if I were to show them to the doctor they’d say they were normal too, I think? I am following within guidelines, my doctor said below 90 for fasting and below 130 an hour after eating. My doctor’s office is full of morons, they probably switched mine with someone else’s, as they’ve screwed up 90% of EVERYTHING that I’ve been through there since my first appointment.

    • ANSWER:
      These readings are normal!

      The glucose tolerance test measures whether you can handle a big dose of glucose – fast digesting sugar – in a short period of time. Well, now you know you can’t…which isn’t the same as how you are eating.

      I totally see your point here. Beefaroni (lol) is pretty carby and you had a 123 afterwards, so that’s really great. Your doctor could be taking the view that you have showed glucose intolerance, which will increase because of pregnancy hormones the farther along you are, so reigning it in now will keep you from getting to dangerous levels later.

      I would suggest you continue to monitor. You might end up like that other answerer and find that you can stray off the diet and it doesn’t matter to your sugars – that would be great. But it’s also not likely they switched the test results. Just make sure you don’t have a BIG dose of sugar like the test – that means no soda, juice, frosting from the can, etc.

  18. QUESTION:
    is 104/66 good blood pressure while pregnant?
    I constantly feel dizzy and get very hot. Almost as if my sugar level is going down. My sugar level fasting is 70. Doc said it was fine and said id worry more about he blood pressure. im 33 wks.

    I weigh about 137 and im 5’5.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Rms…

      Sugar level can rise up quickly by the food you eat. Be worried if your sugar spikes up more than normal ( normal range is 80-120 mg/dL) because this can lead you to gestational diabetes (which is present only during pregnancy).
      Anyways, Your doctor is correct to say that you should worry more of your blood pressure since you carry a child in you who needs oxygen in the blood to continue to live. Normal blood pressure ranges from 90/60 mmHg to 120/80 mmHg. You are nearing the lower limit. Be careful since when it shoots down, you’ll be depleting your child of blood (which includes oxygen and nutrients). Eat red meats if not contraindicated and raise you legs above heart sometimes while you are lying down.
      It’s normal to feel dizzy, its a typical pregnancy symptom.

      Hoe this helps! Congratulations in advance to your child…

  19. QUESTION:
    Strange Blood Glucose Levels?
    My friend tested his fasting blood sugar in the morning (12 hours fasting) it was 104 mg/dl, then he took a small bowl of Quackers Oatmeal in the breakfast , ate/drink nothing for two hours tested his blood sugar after two hours and it was 84 mg/dl.Is this strange or normal He has not done heavy exercise , he has not changed any of his routine .

    I think the fasting levels are OK but two hours before the breakfast are low .(why)

    Further I also want to know that why gluco meter values are lower than the lab result values.

    My friend has tested his sugar levels in the lab with the glucometer simultaneously glucometer results are 104 and 84 lab results will come in two days.

    I need some logical answers from the experts, please avoid answers to make points in yahoo.
    My friend is prediabetic suffering from IGT.

    Senior Experienced members please reply.
    Especially Mr Peachy, Cammie, mazher the three ones in the top contributors list.
    His lab result came 109 instead of 104

    still waiting for the response of top contributors
    His complete lab results say
    HbA1C 6%
    Random 94 mg/dl

    What is your opinion now. He is really worried for his HbA1C as this was 5.8 % when checked 4 months back
    Still waiting for the response from top contributors.

    • ANSWER:
      In my view the results are normal

      Before deciding if your meter is accurate, it’s important to understand how accuracy is defined. A home blood glucose meter’s test result is considered accurate if it falls within ±20% of the lab test. Comparing a meter’s test result with a lab test is the only valid method of determining whether or not your glucose meter is accurate.

      How Are Glucose Meters Calibrated?
      Some home glucose meters are calibrated to use whole blood to measure glucose. Lab equipment only uses the plasma portion of blood, meaning that the red blood cells are removed before blood glucose testing. Because of this difference in sample types, whole blood test results are approximately 12% lower than plasma test results.

      More of the newer glucose meters are beginning to test plasma, or both, or have testing strips that can test for plasma. You must first know how your glucose meter is calibrated to accurately compare your glucose meter to lab results.

      Whole Blood to Plasma Conversion
      Whole blood-calibrated meters require a simple mathematical conversion to compare their test results with laboratory test results.

      Divide the lab result by 1.12 to get whole blood equivalent.

      For example: Lab result = 112
      112—1.12 = 100 (100 = “whole blood” equivalent)

      Allowable Variance Range Calculation
      If your meter tests in “whole blood”, be sure to convert your lab results to whole blood before comparing. If your meter tests in “plasma”, you just calculate the range as shown below. Remember a ±20% variance is considered acceptable by the medical community.

      i.e. Lab result = 100
      100 x .20 = 20 variance
      100 + 20 = 120 (High Range)
      100 – 20 = 80 (Low Range)

      If your glucose meter fell between 80 and 120 (±20%), it would be considered accurate.

      If your glucose meter falls outside of that range, your should contact the manufacturer for assistance and possible replacement of your meter.

      Comparing the Test Results of Two Glucose Meters
      No two glucose meters, even the same model from the same manufacturer, will give identical test results every time. The best way to check to is if your glucose meter is accurate is to compare it to lab results.

      Tips on Comparing your Meter Results with a Lab Test
      Here are some important tips to follow whenever you want to compare a glucose meter result with a laboratory result to determine if the meter is accurate.

      Make sure your glucose meter is clean and properly coded to match the test strips you are using.
      Perform a check strip and/or control solution test to ensure your glucose meter and test strips are performing properly.
      Know how your meter is calibrated and whether or not you must make a conversion before comparing results.
      Do not eat for four hours before your lab test.
      Make sure blood samples for both glucose tests are drawn at the same time. Once blood has been drawn for your lab test, prick your finger and perform a test with your glucose meter.
      Request that the lab test be done within 30 minutes of drawing blood.
      Ask the laboratory technician if your hematocrit (red blood cell count) is normal. If it isn’t, your meter test result may be inaccurate.
      If you are severely dehydrated from excessive vomiting, diarrhea, or urination, your meter test result may be inaccurate.

      For more on diabetes visit

      http://www.reddiabetes.com

  20. QUESTION:
    Should you eat if your blood sugar is normal but high?
    I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, so I test my blood sugar at least 4 times per day, but I’ve never had an abnormal reading. Most of my readings are between 64 and 88, including after eating. I don’t take insulin.

    Occasionally, when I cheat from the diabetes diet (e.g., eating fast food or large quantities of sugar) I will get readings that are normal but high for me (e.g., between 94 and 104).

    If I get a “high for me” reading at a time of day in which I would ordinarily eat a snack, should I go ahead and eat the snack? On one hand, I think I should to be consistent and keep my body used to producing insulin at that time of the day. Also, my blood sugar tends to crash into the 60s within a couple of hours if I don’t eat after getting that high of a reading.

    On the other hand, I’ve seen several people on here be told never to eat when their sugar levels are high. I don’t know if that logic applies only when the blood sugar readings are abnormally high, or if the logic should also apply to the situation I am describing.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are not hungry and just eating because it is “snack time”, and your blood sugar is on the upper end of normal you should wait and eat your snack when you get physically hungry, your body will let you know (stomach growls)

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

    • ANSWER:
      I am a diabetic and your blood sugar levels, when tested are never a steady number. This is because you are taking a measurement from a specific location, most likely your finger. Your pancreas releases insulin in your body when sugar levels are high, but takes time to react with the sugar in your blood. Your liver shoots out levels of sugar and pancreas regulates the level. When you tested 104 it was most likely an outlier and the liver just pumped out a hefty dose of sugar. Your fine!

  22. QUESTION:
    feels like passing out AFTER I eat?
    For almost a month now just about everytime I eat I feel dizzy, lightheaded, and feel like passing out. I get headaches and end up sleeping anywhere from half and hour up to 5 or 6 hours. I have been checked for diabetes and do not have it. My fasting blood sugar level has been 80 and as low as 79 (being tested). Once after eating a turkey sandwich my level was 104 and I had the above symptoms. The highest I’ve seen my blood sugar has been 127 right after eating and I felt like I was going to pass out. I am overweight, it’s a genetic condition. Also, diabetes runs in my family. I’ve had a glucose resistence test recently and my level was 79. I’m almost 35 yrs old and I am 5’5″.. I’m just wondering why I feel like this only after I eat. I have noticed in the past few days that I feel a little light headed in between meals. Any suggestions would be helpfull. I am going to see my dr this afternoon.

    • ANSWER:
      Some people get hypotension after eating, particularly a large meal. I’m guessing this is because blood is diverted to the GI tract and the brain suffers a temporary reduction in oxygen. Try eating smaller meals and perhaps resting afterward.

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

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

  24. QUESTION:
    Get answers from millions of real people.?
    what can cause frequent urination………..i have cheked my blood sugar levels which were a bit high(104-111 fasting) but still witin limits it should not cause me to urinate every 2 hrs
    or can it be due high uric acid…..and also when i check my sugar level before going to bed (3 hrs after food) they are within limit (101-108 ) but they are always higher in morning like 104 -111,(which i axpect to be lower within range of 85-95). i exercise regularly and on top i have tried dietry food as well, still same,………..does any one have any info.

    • ANSWER:
      Bladder infection. By the way a dumb way to ask a question in answers.First of all we are not real people. We have computers that answer these questions. Don’t rush to treatment until your kidneys fail. cause that’s the route of bladder infections. Main cause of bladder infections: dirty boys or girls. Plus not peeing all the way. Slow down and enjoy the time it take to piss a good one. When you get older you will realize this. I hope this little bit of humor is appreciated.Anti-biotics are the KEY>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  26. QUESTION:
    Do I possibly have Diabetes?
    Im 15 and I have a few symptoms of diabetes. and yesterday, i took a glucose level check with my dad’s blood sugar level checking thingy, and 4hrs after a meal i got 119 and today after fasting for about 12 hours i got a 104. My dad is the only one in our family to get diabetes.
    i have symptoms such as frequent urination and i also have like foamy urine

    • ANSWER:
      The only way to know for sure is to get a blood test from your doctor.

  27. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if my mg/dL never changes much?
    I’m not diabetic but, since it runs in my family, I occasionally (more out of curiosity than anything else) test my blood sugar using a home test kit (Accu-Check Advantage) that I bought for my mother (who is pre-diabetic).

    My 8-hr fasting level was 104. My 2-hr post-prandial was 104 and my random (at night, after nibbling a lot during the evening) was 107!

    I’ve tested the unit with the control, so I know it works.

    Is it “normal” to have so little variation in the test results, even for a non-diabetic? Again, I’m asking not out of concern (I’m healthy as a horse!) but out of curiosity.

    • ANSWER:
      Normal glucose levels for this test fall between 70 and 145. Random blood sugar testing checks glucose levels randomly throughout the day, regardless of meal times. If levels vary widely, there could be a problem. Blood sugar levels should be between 70 and 125 in order to be considered normal for random testing.

      You’re right – healthy as a horse Congratulations !

  28. QUESTION:
    doctor right or wrong?
    so i gave my doctor my fasting blood glucose level which was a 104 mg/dl and he said not to change my diet or see a dietician, to just cut the sugars. should i get a second opinion because i think this should be a little more worrisome. i really think i need to get a hold of a dietician. i am pre diabetic. he just said that i have a mildly high glucose level and that i need to cut the sugars, or so his assitant told me over the phone. do i need to get a second opinion or is he right. plus, should i see a dietician because i have no idea how many carbs i should intake per day. thanks
    is there a certain amount of carbs i should take in per day, or should i do the recommended daily value? thanks for all the answers

    • ANSWER:
      That’s barely above normal. In fact, it used to BE normal. They just changed the values of “normal” to be below 100 a couple years ago. So I think your doctor was right not to be worried at all. That’s a number most people strive for. That said, I think it would be a good idea for you to see a dietician, so that you can learn more about what is best, because it sounds to me like you’re a really conscientious person who wants to do all you can to prevent any problems, and extra knowledge will only help you in that, and give you more confidence in your own food decisions.

  29. QUESTION:
    What is going on? Thyroid issues? Addison’s Disease?
    Hello everyone. Ever since I had my daughter 2 years ago I have been experiencing strange symptoms. I am chronically fatigued, have had constipation for the past 2 mths, have low blood pressure (usually 90/50), borderline low blood sugar, I am always cold, very dry skin, fainting episodes, lack of sex drive, loss of appetite, and I have lost 20 lbs in 2 yrs. I have had most these symptoms since I was about 7, but after my having my daughter they seem more prominent. Also, my mom has hypothyroidism if that matters. I am a 23 yr old female, 5’4 and 104 lbs.

    So a few mths after I had my daughter I went to see my doctor to get my thyroid tested. He said everything was normal, and I am young and skinny so I have nothing to worry about. Well after having these symptoms for about 2 yrs now I decided to take matters into my own hands and see an endocrinologist on my own. He looked at the previous test results and told me that in one test my potassium was high, my calcium was high, and my T4 level was high, but everything else was normal. He found it very strange and I am going in for more tests, including a cortisol test. I am just very confused at this point and don’t know what is going on. Does anyone have any idea what all of this could mean? I take Otho Evra birth control, could that effect the levels? Also this time I am fasting, which I did not do previously, could that have an effect as well?
    Forgot to add, my previous T4 was a 14. I am not sure about the other levels, should have asked for a copy of the results.

    • ANSWER:
      Did you have enough iodine in your pregnancy vitamins?

      http://www.iodine4health.com/body/body.htm

      “There is an increased need for thyroid hormone and iodine during pregnancy. Thus each pregnancy is a load on the thyroid function which not every women’s thyroid gland carries out adequately…” http://www.iodine4health.com/body/pregnancy/derry_pregnancy.htm

      Here is an iodine article:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/iodine12345/

      Here is a list of recommended labwork for thyroid and related things:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork/

      How to interpret your test results:

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/lab-values

      Here is a thyroid discussion group which may be able to shed some more light:

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

      I hope this helps you.


Fasting Blood Sugar 115

Is there really such a thing as foods to lower blood pressure naturally? The answer is “absolutely yes”. You do not need drugs to reach the safe haven of 115/75. Below I will show you just 6 different ways out of many more that you can use food to help you get healthy again and radically reduce your risk of an early death from heart attack and stroke.

Artichoke

This amazing vegetable doesn’t just look like a heart but it also helps your blood pressure and therefore your overall cardiovascular health.

Artichokes are natural diuretics which means that they help to flush excess sodium out of your body. This means that your arterial walls can expand more easily and hence your blood pressure will drop.

Table Sugar

Table sugar, white sugar, refined sugar – whatever you want to call it. It has long been known to be bad – for example, it is implicated in the onset of type II diabetes and some even believe it is a major contributor to some cancers.

Unfortunately, it has also been linked to high blood pressure. Do yourself a favour and at least cut down on the amount of table sugar in your diet. Sugar does not exist in its natural form like this and the body was never meant to get so “high” from it.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    My fasting blood sugar is 89-115 and after dinner is from 130-170 so Am I diabaetic?I feel normal,only reflux.
    I am 46 years old.I have acid reflux problem and my stomach works very slow and because of this symptom I feel shaky but I dont feel any headache,faique.I feel lots of air in my stomach and hard belly I request for a researched opinion.My vision is perfect THANKS.

    • ANSWER:
      Those numbers indicate that you are definitely borderline and the reflux is an indicator that your body doesn’t like what you’re feeding it. Since adopting the following diet plan, my diabetes has reversed so much that I no longer take medication, my reflux has vanished, and many other aspects of my life have improved… significantly.

      Diet to prevent/reverse diabetes: http://www.drfuhrman.com/

      Insulin resistance explanation/graph: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glucose_tolerance_test

  2. QUESTION:
    i did my fasting blood sugar its 115 mg/dl is it still norml?

    • ANSWER:
      Over 110mg/dl fasting is high, but 115 could easily be a fluke. The only way to get a clear picture of what’s going on is an average of over a week. A better test might have been the HbA1C (glycosylated hemoglobin) which takes into account the average over a couple of months.

  3. QUESTION:
    What effect does exertion have on fasting blood sugar?
    DM-II diet controlled with normal a.m. blood sugars around 115 (A1C is 5.8-6.1; my Dr. is considering oral medication).

    This weekend I did alot of privacy fence work at home; consequently, today I am *very* sore and very slightly sunburned (pink-ish forearms, pink & slightly tender neck, despite the use of a broad-rim hat and sunscreen). My a.m. sugar was 152/155 (I checked twice).

    I’m wondering if my readings are elevated because of some metabolic process going on with healing the muscles or skin?
    Update: a.m. sugar reading today (one day later) is 140, so maybe we’re on a downward trend, which would jive with the hypothesis that muscle or skin healing processes are elevating the numbers.

    • ANSWER:
      The culprit here could just as easily be sunburn.

      I’m doing a very low carb diet right now and got sunburned last weekend. My blood-sugar was 203 after the exposure, but dropped about twelve hours later, and it was a really bad burn. The only carb I had eaten since the night before was a few sticks of celery and I had injected about 20 units of Humulin N that morning.

      So I think the sunburn is affecting your blood-sugar, assuming it works the same for both types of diabetics.

  4. QUESTION:
    what can I do about fasting blood sugar readings of 115? before bed readings of 105.?
    no meds currently taken

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing. Those reading are perfectly acceptable. And considering the margin of variance with a meter, there really isn’t much difference between the two.

  5. QUESTION:
    i have a blood sugar level of 115 after fasting all night what does that mean?
    my dr told me to watch my diet & exercise more
    should i be monitoring my levels?
    he did not tell me anything but that

    • ANSWER:
      you are at least prediabetic. Your doctor told you the right thing to do , but maybe not “HOW”.
      That is usually the case and people continue with their way of life and get diabetic complications.

      First thing to do is buy a Glucometer. To test your glucose levels. You want to try to get fasting down in the 80′s or low 90′s at least.It can be done and here is how to do it. Now this is for life , so get use to it . Please try not to go into Denial, followed by anger and depression. You have to accept
      the fact and have Attitude and Dedication. Then diabetes won’t be such a problem for you.

      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels :

      1) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.Exercise is Non-Negotiable !!!Thats why it is Number 1 on the list.
      2) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      3) Meds. Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They may kill you. Bone fractures, heart problems and what diabetics really don’t need is that they change Bone Stem Cells to Fat Cells.Also never ever take Onglyza or Januvia . They can can inhibit the bodys immune system and let cancer spread.
      4) Diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can’t count carbs so I use Mendosa’s Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      You may not need the metformin if you stick with the above.Be sure to try the Nordic Walking. It is great!!

      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.

      Take care
      TIN

  6. 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.

  7. QUESTION:
    My BLOOD SUGAR FASTING REPORTS 112,after 12 Hours.Am i a diabetic?
    Glucose Tolerance Report:

    BLOOD SUGAR FASTING mg/dl 115

    • ANSWER:
      Different countries use different scales and you do not tell where you are so every answer on here is giving you bad answers (guesses and assumptions) based on bad information on a poorly asked question.

      Your best bet is to seek the advice of a trained medical professional, GO TO A DOCTOR!

      Until then read more from the American Diabetes Association at:

      http://www.diabetes.org

      Also see the Diabetes Dictionary at:

      http://www.diabetes.org/diabetesdictionary.jsp?WTLPromo=FOOTER_dictionary&vms=279113356648

  8. 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.

  9. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar level before break fast is 115.What is the precautions i have to take?
    Is it comes Normal stage?Please tell me is called diabetes?

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    Fluctuating Fasting Blood Sugar Levels with Diet?
    My fasting blood sugar last year used to be 115-119 mg/dl. After that I started exercise and some diet control and fasting BS stays between 85-95 mg/dl. Now if I eat lot of sugar foods in a stretch of 3-4 days then the fasting blood sugar next days usually reads around 103-108 mg/dl range. But after 2-3 days it comes down to 90-95 mg/dl. I have been doing exercise regularly.

    Is it OK to let my fasting blood sugar go up to 100-110 mg/dl range when I eat high sugar food and let it get down in 2-3 days to below 100 mg/dl. Is this OK or do I need to always keep it under 100 mg/dl by not eating high sugar snacks. My doctor told me not to check my blood sugar often because he noticed that I am usually maintaining it below 100 mg/dl most of the time. But I like to assess my body and my fasting blood sugar pattern when I relax my diet. So I do check my fasting BS at home everytime I eat excess of high fatty or sugar meals.

    Please advise if I can let myself loose on diet occasionally and let the Fasting BS read between 100-110 mg/dl as long as it reads below 100 mg/dl in next 3-4 days.

    PS: For clarity of readers. I am not a diabetic nor do I take any medicines. The reason I go to my doctor is because of my high cholesterol that is controlled by exercise.
    My blood sugar 2 hours after meals is between 100-115 mg/dl.
    My HbA1C is 5.7%

    • ANSWER:
      If you were non-diabetic, then eating sugary foods wouldn’t be elevating your blood sugar well into the next day. I’ve tested enough non-diabetics in my life to know that they are usually below 100 mg/dL by two hours after eating a meal, regardless of the carbohydrates, and 100% normal by the next morning.

      Also, your fasting levels last year and this year (after indulging in sweets) are firmly in pre-diabetic range. Pre-diabetes IS diabetes; it’s just diabetes caught early. Pre-diabetes is not the first step on the path to diabetes. There are many earlier steps, like metabolic disorder and insulin resistance. Based on your high cholesterol and pre-diabetic fasting blood sugar, I’d say you do have metabolic disorder and are diabetic, but early staged and well controlled by diet and exercise. I’m not criticizing you. In fact, I think you’re doing a great job. I just also think that your doctor is doing you a disservice by not emphasizing to you that you are diabetic.

      Here’s another problem – because you don’t test after meals, you don’t see how high your blood sugar is after eating. In the early stages of diabetes, blood sugar can drop after a while into normal or near-normal range, so it’s entirely possible you’re spiking well into the 200s. We just can’t know.

      As for whether it’s “okay,” that just depends. If you’re over 140 mg/dL for several hours, I’d say that’s not okay to do very often. As a diabetic, I aim to fast under 100 mg/dL always because it’s truly normal, but a few days of slightly elevated fasting blood sugar won’t give you complications. Your blood sugar after meals may be damaging you, though. It’d depend on how high you’re spiking and how long you’re staying up there, as well as how often you are breaking your diet.

  11. 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!

  12. QUESTION:
    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!

  13. QUESTION:
    what is the best time in the am to check your fasting blood sugar? Mine is lower if I wait until like 7 or 8?
    was around 115 when checked at 5 or 5:30
    but if wait until around 7 or 8 is about 92.

    • ANSWER:
      You should check your level in the morning, before your breakfast, but you should really check it AT THE SAME TIME EVERY MORNING, in order to get an accurate measure of how it is from day to day, and how your treatment regimen is going. Though from teh osund of your readings, it looks good to me. Best of luck!

  14. QUESTION:
    normal levels of blood sugar?
    My fasting blood sugar is 105-115 mg…and 2 hours after eating is 165 mg…i am over weight 229 pounds,,and i am 185 cm hight,,,and i,m 44 years..BMI is 29 ,,,i dont want to use diabetic medications!! what should i do??

    • 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.
      Heres a start on what to do, room permiting. A low glycemic diet . The best website is http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      It has a list of 2,480 foods and their index and load. Its simple and after a couple of weeks you will know off hand what to eat and how much. Because you want to eat foods that don’t drasticly raise your sugar levels.

      Next is that dreaded word : EXERCISE. I have found out that Nordic Walking is great.
      Description
      Nordic walking can be done year round in any climate and anywhere a person of any age or ability might otherwise walk without poles. It combines simplicity and accessibility of walking with simultaneous core and upper body conditioning similar to Nordic skiing. The result is a full-body walking workout that can burn significantly more calories without a change in perceived exertion or having to walk faster, due to the incorporation of many large core, and other upper-body muscles which comprise more than 90% of the body’s total muscle mass and do work against resistance with each stride. ‘Normal walking’ utilizes less than 70% of muscle mass with full impact on the joints of the legs and feet.

      Nordic Ski Walking produces up to a 46% increase in energy consumption compared to walking without poles.[1]

      Benefits
      Compared to regular walking, Nordic walking involves applying force to the poles with each stride. Nordic walkers use more of their entire body (with greater intensity) and receive fitness building stimulation not as present in normal walking for the chest, lats, triceps, biceps, shoulder, abdominals, spinal and other core muscles. This extra muscle involvement leads to enhancements over ordinary walking at equal paces such as:

      increased overall strength and endurance in the core muscles and the entire upper body
      significant increases in heart rate at a given pace
      greater ease in climbing hills
      burning more calories than in plain walking
      improved balance and stability with use of the poles
      significant un-weighting of hip, knee and ankle joints
      effective weight bearing exercise – creates positive total body bone density-preserving stress
      I use plain old wooden sticks, works well>
      Kewl!
      I would venture to say that you will be able to stave off meds. for a very long time. Maybe forever. If you follow the above . Also:Lime and lemon juice delay the digestion of starches as does vinegar. I’ve found that 2-3 tablespoons of lime or lemon juice reduces my post prandial BG response by 10-20 points. Rick Mendosa’s site has a lot of material on acids in the diet. Take a look at http://www.mendosa.com/acidic_foods.htm .

      Tin

  15. QUESTION:
    High blood sugar and a cold?
    I was recently diagnosed with gestational diabetes that is controlled by a diet. I moniter my blood in the AM, then two hours after every meal. yesterday, my blood sugar was on the high side yesterday. Have been feeling under the weather, with a slight cough. Today, woke up with headache and a slight sore throat. My fasting blood glucouse was 115, where it had been 100 or under before and my blood sugar was in the normal range until yesterday.

    Could an oncoming cold be affecting it and making it high?

    • ANSWER:
      if your blood sugar is only 115, this should not alaqrm you, 150 and above needs to be of concern for checking further.

  16. 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.)

  17. QUESTION:
    My doctor took blood work and my fasting sugar was…?
    115. Could that be normal? i know it’s not diabetic, but is it normal for a healthy in shape person? btw lately i noticed that when i eat candy or high sugar foods i get dizzy and sometimes by the end of the day my vision seems blurrier. Could this all be related to a possible impending blood sugar problem? Also I cut down my sugar for the day as a test and I did notice I felt much better and my eyes did not blur like they had been. this has only been going on a couple months now and i did not tell my doctor about this. my blood test was just a standard panel my doctor wanted to do cuz it had been a couple years. thanks in advance for anybody out there with knowledge about this!

    • ANSWER:
      No, it’s not a normal fasting blood sugar. 115 is a Pre-diabetic level. 126 is diabetic. You definitely need to speak to your doctor about the dizziness and blurry vision, those are indicators that your body is not processing insulin properly.

      Did your doctor speak to you about this reading?

  18. QUESTION:
    Does someone have Type-2 diabetes if they have above 200 blood sugar after one hour of a glucose toler. test?
    I recently took an oral glucose tolerance test. My fasting blood sugar was 95 and my blood sugar after 2 hours was 115. After one hour, though it was 258. My endocronologist said I have Type 2 diabetes but all the reasearch I see seems to indicate that the glucose tolerance test blood sugar has to be above 200 after 2 hours in order for this to be true. (My internist defines my condition as insulin resistance not type 2 on account of these facts). Is the endocronologist incorrect in calling me diabetic based on these results?

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetes

      A person has diabetes when oral glucose tolerance tests show that the blood glucose level at 2 hours is equal to or more than 200 mg/dl. This must be confirmed by a second test (any of the three) on another day. There has recently been discussion about lowering the upper value to 180 mg/dl to diagnose more people with mild diabetes to allow earlier intervention and hopefully prevention of diabetic complications.

      Also:The 2 hour glucose level should be below 7.8 mmol/l (140 mg/dl). Levels between this and 11.1 mmol/l (200 mg/dl) indicate “impaired glucose tolerance.” Glucose levels above 11.1 mmol/l (200 mg/dl) at 2 hours confirms a diagnosis of diabetes.

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

      I think you are right. I would do 2 fasting tests to determine if I had diabetes.

      Also do you have symptoms of diabetes. This also factors in.

      Also I would lose a little weight and lower carb intake .More protein and veggies. Don’t do this if you are going to have another tolerance test.

      .

  19. QUESTION:
    What is an acceptable blood sugar level for a man over 70? Thanks?
    My blood sugar level (fasting) is around 140. I am over 70. Some of my friends say it is OK at my age; others say it should be below 115. I don’t take any medication for diabetes. Should I see a doctor or continue my life-style. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Blood sugar levels range from 60-120 these being acceptable levels. Anything below 60 can cause hypoglycemia which is not acceptable due to the that one can go into a coma and suffer from seizure episodes. Then we look at the other side of the coin if the blood sugar goes way past ove 200 to 500 then a person can go into a coma and die.. So the best point of this situation is to follow your diet, exercise, take your blood sugars at least twice a day.. If they are not in good range then you shoud follow-up with your family physician for further evaluation. Best of luck to you.

  20. QUESTION:
    MY BLOOD SUGAR is varing?
    My A1C=6.6, MY FASTING BLOOD SUGAR AT MORNING TIME 130, THE AVERAGE RONDOM IS 140 , AFTER MEAL GOS DOWN TO 115
    THAT IS MEAN I AME ADIABETIC

    • ANSWER:
      You blood sugar does NOT stay at one constant level. It varies, minute by minute, depending on when, what and how much you ate, how much you’ve exercised, your physical health (do you have a cold), and your emotional state (worried, depressed, excited, very happy).

      You have two very bad symptoms of diabetes:
      1) Your morning blood sugar is 130. it SHOULD be less than 100
      2) Your A1C is 6.6. It should be less than 6

      Given both of these together, you ARE diabetic, and you need to be getting treatment NOW, before the diabetes damages your body. Diabetes can make you unable to have sex! Go to your doctor NOW, before you can not have sex.

  21. QUESTION:
    why is my blood sugar level different when i eat exactly the same meal?
    I have gestational diabetes.. Every morning I take my fasting blood sugar which is always somewhere between 75-80. Then I eat a measured bowl of special k cereal and measured milk, the same meal every day and the same exact amount.. Usually I have a 1 hour blood sugar level of 89 butsometimes its all the way up to 115. I’m wondering what would cause such a a difference in my post meal readings when I start out with the same fasting level and I eat the same meal.. My activity in the morning is the same too.. I can’t think of anything that is different day to day that would cause this big of a difference.

    • ANSWER:
      Even though many doctors don’t talk about this, fluctuating hormones play a big role in blood sugar. When I’m on my period, my blood sugar is 10-20 points higher than normal, and by about the third day, I plummet and sometimes have hypoglycemia.

      Meter variability is another possibility, as is human error, like not washing your hands properly or using scented soaps or lotions. I’m not saying that’s what you did, but when I get an abnormal reading, I’ll wash my hands, dry thoroughly, and re-test.

      There are a million other possibilities, too, like added stress, sleep deprivation or too much sleep, your exercise levels the day before, etc.

      Fortunately, both your one-hour readings are well within normal range. That’s amazing that cereal and milk don’t make you spike over 115 mg/dL. How do your two-hour numbers look? You have great control. Tight control is important, especially because you’re pregnant, but 89-115 after one hour is excellent for a non-diabetic or a diabetic.

  22. QUESTION:
    strange blood sugar reading, please help? eating banana blood sugar at 88 after an hour?
    quite strange reading, few month ago after having high blood pressure after my first C section i was taking tenormin for 2 weeks, after 3 month post partum i have bloodwork done and it came my fasting blood sugar is 100, i was thinking i had prediabetes, but my doctor say its OK high reading could be cause by stress, lack of sleep, and my menstrual circle. i eventually buy a home meter and test my blood sugar. Very strange, i am not overweight, probably a bit underweight. my post prandial after one hour is between 115 – 179 (usually around 140, there was once 179 after high carb meal and drinking tea) after a very high carbs meal. and there are several times, when i ate banana, i mean a big banana my blood sugar after an hour only 84-88, and once i drink a big glass of soda after an hour my bg also 88. so, am i really prediabetic? having some insulin resistance? or just because due to surgery recovery than my beta cell and insulin receptor acting weird LOL. i just wonder why after i plateful of rice my blood sugar spike, and a big piece of cake, soda and banana didnt spike my bg. I am scared, and i still want to have more babies. i was never been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      the proper time for post prandial testing is 2 hours after first bite of food. that is usually 90 minutes after finishing meal.

      Your numbers are in line for one hour after eating!

      Normals are 65 to 100 mg/dL fasting and not more than 145 post prandial.

      the particular day you had the blood work done with the 100 reading would have been for just that day and time and you were still recovering from the surgery. That is totally normal.

      we would all be much better off eating low carb food plans most of the time, not the heavy carb meals recommended by My Food Pyramid. And much much better off by keeping all servings small. Most of us have gotten into the very bad habit of double serving sizes and getting seconds. If we eat just until we feel happy, not stuffed, we are much more likely to have a good food plan.

  23. QUESTION:
    Question about blood sugar readings?
    I’ve been feeling like my blood sugar is out of whack so I bought a glucose monitor. The problem is, my fasting blood sugar isn’t terribly high, around 90-120 but at those numbers I feel weak, shaky and light headed. After eating, my numbers go up where 2-3 hours after dinner I’m at 150-180. And at those numbers I feel GREAT! Is this a sign of insulin resistance?
    I am not over weight at all, I weigh about 115 and I’m 5’3″ and I exercise at least an hour every day. Can someone with experience give me some insight as to what could be going on here? I plan on seeing my doctor but I just want to have some idea as to what to ask to be tested and such.
    I am taking a blood glucose test at 1 hour after eating and again at 2 hours. At one hour after eating I’m high and then even higher at 2 hours. For example, I might be 150 at 1 hour but commonly 180 at 2 hours and after 2 hours it starts to go down and by 4 hours I’ll be back around 100.

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    What should be my blood sugar if I want to reverse my type 2 diabetes?
    I’ve given up chocolate, candy, soda, fast food and all iced coffee. My sugar was still 115 this morning. I am also going to play basketball daily. What did you do to reverse your diabetes?
    thank you dr russo

    • ANSWER:
      I do not know if it is correct to suggest that you are going to ‘reverse’ diabetes. I believe what you are asking is at what glucose readings your diabetes would be controlled with diet and exercise rather than medications. I must assume that you have type 2 diabetes. If you have type 1 diabetes insulin is required no matter what you do regarding diet and exercise. With diet and exercise however many type 2 diabetics will be able to delay or avoid pharmacological intervention. Your goal would be a fasting glucose less than 100 mg/dL or 5.6 mmol/L and a 2 hour postprandial (after meal) glucose less than 140 mg/dL or 7.8 mmol/L. Please bear in mind that an occasional reading slightly above these numbers may not be a cause for concern. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and happiness and in all things may God bless. JR

  25. QUESTION:
    high blood sugar in the morning ?
    I don’t have diabetes but it runs in my family, that’s why I test my blood sugar. My blood sugar is usually between 80-100 during the day, but in the morning its higher between 100-110, and it goes higher the longer I don’t eat (it was 115 after 15 hours fasting).
    I am worried that I might have pre-diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      What is the dawn phenomenon?
      Named after the time of day it occurs, not some high brow researcher, the dawn phenomenon is the body’s response to hormones released in the early morning hours. This occurs for everyone. When we sleep, hormones are released to help maintain and restore cells within our bodies. These counterregulatory hormones (growth hormone, cortisol and catecholamines) cause the glucose level to rise. For people with diabetes who do not have enough circulating insulin to keep this increase of glucose under control, the end result is a high glucose reading in the morning. For pregnant women, the dawn phenomenon is even more exaggerated due to additional hormones released in the night.

      How can I treat the high fasting glucose readings caused by the dawn phenomenon?
      Several options are worth considering:

      Exercise later in the day, which may have more of a glucose-lowering effect in the night.
      Talk with your doctor about a possible medication adjustment to control the higher fasting readings.
      Limit bedtime carbohydrates and try more of a protein/fat type of snack (nuts, peanut butter, cheese, or meat).
      Eat breakfast to limit the dawn phenomenon’s effect. By eating, your body will signal the counterregulatory hormones to turn off. This concept can be a little perplexing, as people often say, “But if I don’t eat, shouldn’t my sugar go down?” The opposite is true. By not eating, or skipping meals, it is fairly common to see higher glucose values as a result.
      Good luck my friend

  26. QUESTION:
    Weird blood sugar??Please help!!!!!?
    I know I have asked a lot of questions lately, and I am sorry. I just need help. Okay my blood sugar was high for 11 days. Fasting 108-124. Random 115-190. But now it’s suddenly a lot lower. No blood sugar over 120. No fasting over 100.

    I just tested positive for GAD antibody. I also have celiac disease. I can drink a regular soda and my blood sugar does not rise.

    I have not been diagnosed with diabetes. And I have symptoms frequent urination, excessive thirst.
    Any help would be appreciated:)

    • ANSWER:
      Here is info on Celiac disease,

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/celiac-disease/DS00319

      Since you have damage to your intestines, even carbs aren’t absorbed properly, hence the lower blood sugar numbers. Many carbs come from the gluten that makes your disease worse.

      You MUST change your diet to a gluten free one asap.

      Your blood sugar levels indicate pre diabetes. You will need to see your doctor for a blood test, specifically a glucose tolerance test. The GAD antibody indicates that you are a type 1 diabetic, or soon to be one. The thirst and excessive urination both are prime symptoms of diabetes.

      Celiac is a bad disease, but one that may help with blood sugar control due to lack of absorption of carbohydrates. You will need a very special diet if you have both diseases.

  27. QUESTION:
    What does my blood sugar do after a snack?
    I’m a nondiabetic — normal morning fasting levels and about 100 pre-meal. My blood sugar spikes at one hour after eating anywhere from 150 – 180, depending on what I eat. My doctor says that’s normal because it returns to normal at 2 hours. But I forgot to ask him — what happens if I have a snack at 2 hours when my blood sugar might be around 115 or 120? Does it spike again to 160 or so? I’ve never checked after a snack. What do you think? And is that normal if it does so?

    • ANSWER:
      every time you eat, your blood sugars increase, then after time decrease

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

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

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

  29. QUESTION:
    Really weird blood sugar numbers? high- low etc?
    Okay I have been diagnosed with pre diabetes. a1c of 5.9. My numbers have been between 95-136 fasting and 95-251 random.

    The last couple days my blood sugar has been really good, no numbers above 130. I am so
    confused, I just ate frozen custard and my blood sugar only went to 115!! I am not checking to early either. 1-2 hours after eating. This is so frustrating, because I am developing type 1, Celiac Disease and GAD positive. what is going on?

    I am not on insulin or anything.. Could this be a honey moon phase? Last time I ate ice cream my blood sugar went to 190 mg/dl.
    PLEASE HELP!!

    • ANSWER:
      You won’t always get the same result from eating the same thing, it depends on many things including other foods you have eaten recently. Just keep testing like you are suppossed to and try to cut down on the simple carbs and sugars.

  30. QUESTION:
    My blood sugar is 112 after a 5 and a half hour fast. Im a 14 year old boy and im worried about type1 diabetes?
    My dad and cousin have this disease and im scared of getting it. I have peed alot the last 5 months but the doc diagnosed me with prostititis and gave me meds, didnt get better so i quit the meds then it got better but now the peeing prolem is coming back, bc i have to pee every hour but i just hold it for every 3 hours. I have no other symptoms. O and im very very healthy and NOT obese at all. So i dont know how it would be type 2. For breakfast this morning i had a mocha frapachino with a bacon egg and cheese guda sandwich, for lunch i have cheese sticks with cheesy potatoes peaches,and applesauce. This is all i have eaten. My Blood sugar 2 days ago (fasting) was 95, before that it was 98,100 before that 115,111,105, and so on.It has never been over 120 though. Also remember im a healthy strong14 year old boy

    • ANSWER:
      so relay your concerns and blood sugar levels to your doc and get his opinion.

  31. QUESTION:
    a1c level 5.6?
    my a1c is 5.6 with fasting blood sugars between 115 and 135. i go back to have another a1c the first of next month. am i diabetic or not? i am confused by what i have heard from different people!

    • ANSWER:
      You may be pre-diabetic, but 5.6 is really good. I’ve been as low as 5.5 before and my doctor was thrilled. My most recent was 7.4. I had been on prednisone and it completely ruined my nice average :-S

  32. QUESTION:
    What do these blood pressure and Pulse/ min numbers reveal about me SYS – 123 Dia – 57 Pulse / min – 52.?
    I am fairly active and balance this with a healthy diet composed of plenty of potassium to balance my soduim intake. I also sweat quite often to expel the salt (soduim in my body) My SYS pressure seems to be slightly over the optimum of 115. Now I realize this is not a medical emergency but I would like to be proactive with my health and more than anything understand whats going on in my body. And by the way my fasting blood sugar falls in the optimum range of the 70 – 99 (73) while my cholesteral is 125. I am 32 years old and don’t take prescription meds (never have) and I don’t smoke or drink.

    • ANSWER:
      Your blood pressure, pulse, and cholesterol are perfect! You have nothing to worry about — the average blood pressure is 140/80, so 123/57 is excellent! Cholesterol of 125 is very low, too which is good! Anything over 200 is high and 125 is beyond excellent. You have absolutely nothing to worry about!

  33. QUESTION:
    Nicotine replacement effecting blood sugar levels.?
    I am a non-diabetic and have recently quit smoking and I am on nicotine patches. I had gestational while pregnant 5 years ago. I still have my meter and test my sugar often. My levels after fasting for 8 hours is an average of 104-115. I am just wondering if nicotine replacement patchs can cause blood sugar levels to go up. I do get some symptoms like I had when I was pregnant with gestational diabetes. I have to use the bathroom often. When I dont eat like I should, I tend to get weak but my blood sugar levels are above 100. I dont want to be a worry wart, but I also want to know if this is enough of a concern for me to talk to my family doctor about.

    • ANSWER:
      I would have a fasting blood drawn by the doctor to rule out Type 2 diabetes. Since you had it gestationally, you may have developed Type 2. The patches should not have anything to do with your blood sugars. Are you eating more since you quite smoking? Maybe you are taking in more carbohydrates and that is boosting your sugars.

  34. QUESTION:
    Abnormal blood sugar readings… Hypoglycemia without the low blood sugar?
    I have been suffering from Panic attacks for the past 3-4 months. Each visit to the Doctor’s during a full blown panic attack has returned a somewhat higher blood sugar level (130s with long fasts). So my dr ordered a glucose tolerance test which turned out normal and my A1c was normal. ( 5.5 A1c.) 90% of my panic attacks seem to be happening about an hour to an hour and a half after I eat so started to wonder about hypoglycemia. I decided to get a home blood sugar tester since my GP told me that hypoglycemia doesn’t cause panic attacks. I didn’t believe her of course.

    Much to my surprise, I found that my blood sugar is the highest when I am having hunger pains and a panic attack. Most of my panic attacks happen an hour and a half after breakfast and/or lunch. Here is what my blood sugar has been doing over the past week when it has been accompanied by anxiety.
    -I will eat something
    -within half hour it will be at 110 (If I eat a huge lunch with cake or low carb, it doesn’t get much higher than this at half hour)
    -1 hour it will be in the mid 80s to 90
    -1 hour and a half, I get hungry have a panic attack, confusion, dizzyness, 105
    -2 hours I will be at 115 or so
    -Will then eat something which will lower my blood sugar

    So, any ideas as to why my blood sugar looks like an inverse parabola after I eat? Am seeing an endocrinologist next week just to get another viewpoint. On a positive note, the panic is getting better and eating more frequently does help. However, if I can’t eat for 3 hours I can feel pretty rough.

    Thanks, Paul
    35 years old
    Pretty fit. Normal height/weight ration
    Thanks for the input. Did a little experiment the past 48 hours. Eliminated all carbs. Except for a glass of milk occasionally. I have felt amazing. Best I have felt in 4 months. No ups and downs. Morning blood sugar is around 90 and Blood sugar stays right at 100 all day long given I eat a lot of non carb meals frequently. Will keep it going until my appointment. Thank you. Paul

    • ANSWER:
      Hypoglycemia literally means “low blood sugar”. Hypoglycemia is just the medical term for low blood sugar. Your blood sugar readings are within a fairly normal range. You probably need a specialist other than an endocrinologist, though seeing an endocrinologist won’t hurt.

  35. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar higher in morning, but normal rest of day.?
    I have prediabetes, so I do testing periodically. I noticed a recent pattern of having an increasingly higher blood sugar in the morning, but no problems at all during the rest of the day, even when I have a high starch item like potatoes. I have increased my exercise and changed to having a cracker and cheese for a bedtime snack. Any other suggestions?

    The doctor will be retesting in September, but as I don’t have actual diabetes, I don’t have access to the diabetes educator except for the class I already took. So, my question is whether anybody has any suggestions I can try in addition to reducing weight to lower that morning fasting test? It’s mostly around 115, but I’ve had a couple as high as 127.

    • ANSWER:
      Try having a low GI snack before bed instead of cracker and chees. Maybe a banana? Or a slice of wholemeal bread. The sugars break down slower and may not increase your sugar levels so much

  36. QUESTION:
    Blood Sugar normal after being diabetic, why?
    I have been diabetic (type 2) for about a year now but only found out about it a 5 months ago (after becoming pregnant) I had an A1c of 12.5 needless to say I miscarried. I have been on 30 units of Levemir at night for the last 3 months. A week ago I noticed my blood sugar was very low in the morning (60) normally it is between 100 and 115 in the morning when I take my fasting BS. I spent the entire day checking rechecking and trying to get it up. I even used 3 different meters in case one had stopped working properly. Even after eating a rather heavy meal my blood sugar never made it over 130. Since that day I haven’t taken my insulin any night and have had no problems with it rising to unhealthy levels nor failing to unhealthy levels. I have been waking up to a 85 to 90 range and 2 hours after eating 135 or lower. At bed time (about four hours after eating) no higher then 115.

    What could be the cause of this?

    I am wondering has anyone ever had this happen? If so what caused it?

    I have been completely healthy no illnesses, fevers, mood changes, nothing just the normal blood sugar, if anything I feel better.

    I have searched all over the internet and cannot find any information or instances where someone has had this happen.

    I have an appointment with my doctor in two weeks but in the interim I am to stop my insulin until I see him or it get too high
    Ok, to add a little more detail. I was only pregnant for a month. My A1C was 12.5. Now, your A1C is like a 3 month record of sugar in your cells. I did not have gestaional diabetes. I had been diabetic for over six months prior to becoming preggers. Drs. said it was like I became diabetic around the december holidays of 2008. Which make since since around that time, until I was diagnosed and treated I had just about every possible symptom of diabetes… I am just bad at taking care of myself and seeing doctors… So, I did not have just gestational diabetes. I had a miscarriage on Oct. 16 2009. It is only by coincidence that I was diagnosed at the time of pregnancy.

    pls excuse my spelling.

    • ANSWER:
      You are not diabetic. You had something called Gestational Diabetes which occurs during and sometimes for a short time after pregnancy. You are probably not type 2 diabetic and was misdiagnosed. Your blood sugar returned to normal once you had the miscarriage and your body returned to normal!

      By your Avatar you look young, Type 2 diabetes usually occurs later in life!

  37. QUESTION:
    Do I have Diabetes or not?
    I was diagnosed last December after having symptoms like frequent urination, very thirsty, suddenly lost 20 pounds, and had a fasting blood sugar of 275. I was on Metformin up until the end of May because I lost my medical insurance. A month later, my fasting blood sugar hovers around 100-115…so I’m wondering if I was not diganosed correctly? Or is the medication still in my body?
    I was diganosed with type 2 diabetes and a normal fasting glucose level is between 70-130..
    1. I have diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
    2. A normal fasting blood glucose level is between 70-130, so my 100-115 is considered normal.
    3. Metformin is at Target and Wal-Mart. Seeing the doctor to write the RX is expensive
    I have not lost any weight in the last 3 months…havent gained any either.
    My blood glucose after meals has been 150-175

    • ANSWER:
      the metformin is not in your body anymore. Have you continued to lose weight? Cont. to watch what you eat? this could contribute to a lower fasting sugar. But the fasting sugar of 275 is a definative diagnosis for diabetes. Only one test of fasting blood sugar over 200 will do it. HOWEVER, you maybe living healthier and doing the right things that help decrease insulin resistance, (like weight loss, exercise, and eating better) and help to lower your sugars. It is not uncommon to see a diabetic lose weight and then get off their meds because of it. Now that makes them a “diet controlled” diabetic.

  38. QUESTION:
    Should I be worried about my sugar?
    Just had my 2nd reading, and received 7.1 or 115 fasting reading. First time it was 7.0. I have absolutely no symptoms of any kind. I have quit smoking, am active, try to exercise at least 3 to 4 times a week. I feel great, rarely have any illness. I am however, at 68 yrs of age, about 10 lbs overweight and attribute some of that to quiting smoking. (2 mths aga). I’m not a med person, should I worry more about the blood sugar, or the medication.

    • ANSWER:
      You are worried about nothing.

      Worry about being neurotic.

  39. QUESTION:
    fluctuations in blood sugar levels?
    why there will be fluctuations in blood sugar levels with medicine from time to time. I am speaking about levels with a glucometer. For example if the fasting level on one day shows 110 , yet another day it may show 115. The next day again it may show 105 or 100 or so.Like wise in regard to post lunch levels ,one day it may show 135 or 140 and on another day it may show 150 or 160. And again the next day it may again show 130.Why? Can anybody enlighten me on this?Is this ok ?

    Another question is how often we should chek with glucometer and how often at the lab? fortnightly/monthly or bimonthly/trimonthly /

    • ANSWER:
      Remember your meter can be off by 10% or more. You will hardly ever get the same readings.
      How about lets work on lowering glucose levels and maybe lower meds.

      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels :

      1) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.Exercise is Non-Negotiable !!!Thats why it is Number 1 on the list.
      2) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can’t count carbs so I use Mendosa’s Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      3) Meds. Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They may kill you. Bone fractures, heart problems and what diabetics really don’t need is that they change Bone Stem Cells to Fat Cells.
      4) Diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can’t count carbs so I use Mendosa’s Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

      Don’t forget the exercise

      Tin

  40. QUESTION:
    What is a normal blood sugar reading when you “cheat”?
    I’ve been monitoring my blood sugar carefully because I’m pregnant and I technically failed the 3-hour blood glucose test, thus resulting in a diagnosis of gestational diabetes. (I say technically failed because I had a weird reaction to it, so the doctor was unsure I actually have it.)

    My fasting/ before meal readings are always in the 70s… in fact, they are usually around 73 or 74. When I follow the diet, my 2-hour post-meal readings are usually between 84 and 88, but they are sometimes in the 70s as well.

    When I cheat, however, my post-meal readings sometimes (though not always) inch up between 92 and 115. For example, last night I ate at Burger King (chicken sandwich and a decent helping of onion rings), and my 2-hour post meal number was 95.

    A couple of nurses told me that any readings above 100 are “proof” that I have diabetes. And I’ve read that anything close to that (i.e., in the 90s) is pre-diabetes, regardless of what I ate beforehand. Is that true?

    • ANSWER:
      I had 2 gestational diabetes scares with my first 2 pregnancy’s. My blood sugar was over 150. Normal (unpregnant) people can go up to 120 – 130 after meals and it doesn’t mean they have diabetes.
      As I got older I turned into full blown diabetic and now when my blood sugar gets under 90 I feel dizzy because I am usually around and well above 200 on a daily basis. That is with doing 4 shots of insulin a day.
      I would say your blood sugar is fine, be concerned if it goes over 130.

      Last night my sugar was 469 before bed so to me your numbers would be excellent. I don’t think you have real gestational diabetes in my unprofessional opinion. Just follow your doctors advice despite what anyone says here.

  41. QUESTION:
    Can certain antibiotics make u thirsty??
    I am on Cipro for a kidney/bronchial infection, where I had LOTS of mucus I blew and coughed alot too. I am thirsty alot and sometimes my salive tastes sweet. I am not diabetic, that I know of, and the sweet -taste and thirst was slightly before I went to the dr. I have been on the medicine for about 4 days now. My blood sugar tested ,fasting, was 115. I am FREAKING!!!!!!! I do not want to be diabetic, as my hubby is and I do not want that kind of lifestyle. the cough syrup i am on has sugar in it. I am sure of that.

    • ANSWER:
      This medication is used to treat kidney or bladder (urinary tract) infections. Ciprofloxacin belongs to a class of drugs called quinolone antibiotics. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

      This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for virus infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness

      Yes Cipro like other antibiotics can cause increase in thirst. but not the blood sugar

      Its better to consult your doctor and go for blood glucose test which will tell whether you are diabetic or not.

      Your husband is diabetic and you don’t like his life style.If you don’t want to be diabetic you have to change your life style i.e Eat to live and not live to eat. Eat low carbo , high fiber, low glycemic index diet. Avoid sugar and sugary items, eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, Eat foods rich in potassium bananas, apricots tomatoes etc and most important walk at least 1 hour a day.
      visit my site for more on diabetes

      http://www.reddiabetes.com

  42. QUESTION:
    i am 35 and my Cholesterol (210) and trigliceride(230).please give me suggestion how to control.i am worried.?
    also my blood sugar report is 115(fasting) and 173(pp)

    • ANSWER:
      You should start a low-fat diet avoiding all saturated fats and permitting some good fatty oils that help to lower cholesterol.

      By doing a low-fat, low calorie diet and avoiding sugar products you will be able to obtain good sugar/cholesterol levels.

      Try to do that for a while and return to have a new control, you will advise then with your doctor what to do

  43. QUESTION:
    Is there anything besides diabetes that can cause uncontrolled blood sugars?
    I’ve been following my fasting glucose for awhile (because I teach about diabetes and it runs in my family). About two months ago, it seemed my a.m. blood glucose was consistently in the seventies, low 80′s and my blood pressure was consistently 115/75 – 120/80. Recently I’ve seen fasting blood glucose 98 to 110, my blood pressure raised 130/85 – 140/100. Today it all is looking more reasonable fasting- 91, pressure 110/80. Also a couple days ago I was diagnosed with a retinal hemorrhage.

    Lots of blood tests on Friday, including the 3 hr OGTT, 1Ac, etc. Got really sick during the OGTT

    Anyway, just wondering. It seems odd to me that my vitals could change so fast. I’m feeling very nervous about being diagnosed diabetic.

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetes is diagnosed after 2 or more fasting readings over 125. Nothing in your post sounds even a little bit like diabetes.

  44. QUESTION:
    1800 Calories gestational diabetes diet ideas??
    So I am 9 weeks pregnant with my second child. Last time I was pregnant I got gestational diabetes but I started my diet at 7 months. THIS time I have to start my diet right away. I am on an 1800 calorie diet and my fasting blood sugar has to be 60-90 and my post eating blood sugar has to be 70-115. So what im looking for are some good meals. I get SOOOOO tired of eggs every morning and the same old dinners snacks and lunches. So ANYTHING will be helpful :) thanks for any new ideas!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I totally despise doctors who demand a certain caloric diet. That does nothing for you. Calories are not what will raise your glucose level or keep it level.

      I eat no more than 100 grams of carbohydrate per day. This keeps my glucose down, insulin low, and I don’t gain weight.

      The average teenager keeps their caloric intake to less than 1500!! Yes, you say, but you are eating for 2. No, that isn’t true. You are eating to have a healthy baby, not eating for two!

      4 ounce serving of meat, fish, fowl
      fantastic salad with real dressing
      30 grams of carbohydrate

      salads can be varied so much you would be amazed.

      but I eat bacon and eggs almost every morning of the year and have for more than 60 years. I am not tired of them, and there are no carbs in that breakfast.

  45. QUESTION:
    cardiac episode- when should I be concerned?
    I was diagnosed with primary hypertension at age 25. My average reading at diagnosis was 145/110, with peak
    reading at 185/120. In the past few years, my blood pressure readings have averaged out to slightly above
    normal with medications, averaging 125/95. However, yesterday I had a higher reading of 150/105 and earlier
    tonight my blood pressure spiked to 140/115 but has now dropped back down to 135/90. I was diagnosed with Type
    2 diabetes at age 25 with a fasting blood sugar of 185. Now my blood sugar is in close to normal levels and is
    treated with Metformin and diet. My A1C is also in normal ranges. I was diagnosed with high cholesterol at age
    26. At diagnosis, my total cholesterol was 310. Now it is down to 210 with medication and diet. At diagnois,
    my LDL cholesterol was 220 and has now dropped to 135 with medications. At diagnosis my HDL cholesterol was 90
    and has now risen to 75 with my total cholesterol level being 210 at my last appointment with my cardiologist
    which was two weeks ago. I have been obese for most of my life and have been unable to lose much weight even
    with diet and exercise. At my heaviest, I weighed 285 pounds and am now down to 245 pounds which is about 110
    pounds overweight.; Relevant drugs:I take Metformin, Benicar, and Vytorin.

    Last night when my blood pressure spiked, I felt intense pain in my chest that came in waves and radiated to my jawline and left arm and elbow. It came in waves and finally went away but returned tonight after I went on a walk and now I am dizzy and nauseous. I just had my husband retake my blood pressure and it read 165/115. Should I have my husband drive me to the ER just to be safe given my history?

    • ANSWER:
      We can’t diagnose you online! Get off the computer and have your husband call an ambulance, now! With your history, this could be really serious and if you are having a heart attack, every second counts!

  46. QUESTION:
    What does a glucose tolerance test have to show for someone to be diagnosed as diabetic?
    I took a glucose tolerance test after fasting. Three blood samples were drawn–once before I ate, a second one hour after I drank the glucose drink and a third an hour later. My fasting blood sugar was in the mid 90′s and the blood sugar level after two hours was around 115. One hour after the drink my sugar was above 250. The endocronologist I saw insists that I have type 2 diabetes based on this. When I discussed it with my internist, however, he said that while he reccomended I take metformin as did the endocronologist, I wasn’t technically diabetic based on those results because my fasting blood sugar and the blood sugar after two hours were in the normal range and they have to be elevated in order for someone to truly fit the definition of diabetic. So am I technically diabetic???

    • ANSWER:
      My understanding was that you have to have two results that are abnormal to be diagnosed, and yours is only the first hour that scores as abnormal. However, that is a very high sugar spike. People who can tolerate glucose just don’t spike that high – see for example the person who asked this question:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AiJEcY5TdE5KKP8YRJPo94vty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20080925180910AAjkVwa&show=7#profile-info-fc9493156516552e26f79108d62a603daa

      Since they prescribed metformin, they are definitely seeing you as insulin resistant – meaning, definitely something is not normal with your endocrine system for a spike as high as 250. You can always take another test to get a second opinion. A fasting in the 90′s would make me think you aren’t a diabetic, but they want to identify what is lacking to make you spike so high at the 1 hour mark.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are normal Blood Sugar levels in 2 or 3 year old healthy kid.?
    Family history
    1) Mom was diagnosed with type 2 at 38 years and started on insulin at 49 years.
    2) Dad was daignosed with type 2 at 49/50 and went on insulin at 65.
    3) One brother (out of two) was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at 9 years.
    4) I had gestational diabetes in first pregnancy and was started on insulin from 12th week (started with 5 NPH). I had very good control during pregnancy though.
    Tested 7 times a day. Made drastic changes to my diet. Very few times my levels were above normal. Target was 130 after 1 hour. and less than 90 fasting. I was within range 90% of the time.

    My child’s readings.

    My kid is 2 1/2 year old now. Her 2 hour test was 115. Tested at home after dinner.

    Her Dinner was,

    1) White Rice cooked (2/3 cup)
    2) peas and paneer curry
    (Peas 2 about tsps,
    cheese half ounce,
    tamato + onion gravy 2tsp.)
    3) Plain yogurt 1/3 rd cup.
    4) Bite size snickers bar.

    She took her main meal in about 25 mins and ate her snickers 10 mins later.

    • ANSWER:
      Normal for anyone – kids or not is approximately 90-145. Anything over 200 and you can look at diabetes as something to be investigated.

      Having had gestational diabetes you do have a higher chance of developing T2 diabetes – exercising and watching what you eat can definitely make a HUGE difference.

      A non-diabetic will have almost no fluctuation with their eating – whereas a pre-diabetic can.

      In children that young – they will get Type 1 diabetes – or juvenille as some people call it.

      115 is just fine.

      Just look out for other symptoms. Excessing thirst, frequent urinating, lethargy without normal reasoning, sweet smelling breath.

      Check out websites such as www.diabetes-book.com and read up on it more.

      I am a type 2 diabetic diagnosed at age 39.

  48. QUESTION:
    I was diagnosed with diabetes last Nov 2007. What is the normal average of sugar if and when you are diabetic?
    I was diagnosed with diabetes last Nov 2007. I was given a medicine for diabetes 2. I don’t know about diabetes 1 and 2, both have the same symptoms. What is the normal average of sugar if and when you are diabetic? Sometimes my blood sugar is 110, 115, 126 and my worst is 140. What is my status? Is my sugar still normal or I have to maintain the normal sugar? What is my average sugar level to maintain? Is it advisable to monitor my sugar twice in a week? Before I check my sugar, I make sure I did fast for 8 hours. Sorry if I ask too much about diabetes and diabetic issues.

    • ANSWER:
      Different medical organizations set different standards, but a good ‘shorthand’ is to stay as close to 100 as possible and to try to avoid going over 140. If you can get your fastings near or below 100 and your two-hour after-meals readings <140, then I think you'll be in a good position.

      Diabetics who are not insulin dependent typically do not test as much as those who are, but twice in a week seems a little low to be testing. I would think something closer to twice a day would be better. If you're only testing twice a week, then you have no idea how foods are affecting you. A fasting and an after-dinner test should be enough for now. If you can afford it, 3-4 tests a day would provide you a lot of useful information about your diabetes.

      Because you only test your fasting blood sugar, you could be having spikes well over 200 or even 300 without knowing. It's important that you incorporate postprandial tests, too. (Postprandial means after meals.) How high you spike and how quickly you come down from meals are just as important as fasting.

  49. QUESTION:
    Doctor says I have PCOS what should I do?
    How do I know for sure I have PCOS? I have my period every month sometimes they are only 7 days late no later. I dont have facial hair like they talk about in pcos and im 5’5 weighing 115 im i going to get skinner than that when taking this drug. I am trying to get pregnant and doctor is starting me on metformin 500. A month ago I took clomid and ovulated but did not get pregnant. Recently took a blood test my fasting blood sugar was 77 mg/dl (normal range adult 70-115) and insulin was 18 uIU/ml (normal range 2-25). Will this help me become pregnant? What are the major side effects and should one take metformin so they dont get sick?
    whats traditional chinese medicine

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    I’m so tired of diabetes – I’m pregnant and I want to eat!!!?
    Ok today I took a walk this morning – I did not eat – When I got home to do my fasting sugars my blood was 95- Usually when I wake up my blood is 85. I’m wondering why it was so high?

    I ate raw caulflower and broccoli with buttermilk ranch dressing. I also ate a burrito with beans and some chicken in it – and hour later my blood was 123. I waited two hours to try these fudge pops with only 5 grams of sugar that I just bought – but two hours later my blood was 115? I still are the fudge pop and I’m waiting to check my blood.

    What can I eat to bring my sugar down faster? How many points do you think that a 5 gram fudge pop will raise my blood? Why do you think that my blood was 95 after I took a walk?
    *Edit* Reed – I have Gestational Diabetes and I’m trying to follow the diets given to me- other wise there is no way that I would normally be eating chicken broccoli and cauliflower for a meal on my own!
    **Edit* – Sue -Thanks for the wise words!

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t have much advice, but I can definitely sympathize. I am pregnant with gestational diabetes too, and today I had an AWFUL day. First I had to go to a doctor who acted like I was 5 years old, blasted my diet even though I have worked SO HARD at changing my diet (It still wasn’t good enough), and then basically accused me of lying in my food diary because my “sugar levels are too high to have eaten just that…” I am hungry all the time, am having constant hypoglycemic attacks where I feel dizzy, shaky and sick, and today I just sat in the car after my doctor appointment and cried, saying “Its not fair, I just want to go eat a whole box of donuts!!!!” (The food cravings are NO FUN when you can’t have anything you’re craving! And today was national cheesecake day and I SO wanted to just go get a big old piece of cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory!)

      Your numbers really don’t sound too bad. My numbers are up in the 130s – 150s after eating, so I am having to work in more protein and reduce the carbs even more. It is very difficult. My fasting BG is around 84 when I wake up in the AM – but I wake up starving and SICK feeling like I’m having a hypoglycemic attack.
      My dietician has said to try to keep carbs to 30 grams or less per meal, and be sure to eat plenty of protein to keep blood sugar more stable. Also, try having low carb snacks between meals – something with fiber and protein is good. I have found several “protein bars” that are very low in carbs and very high in protein and they do seem to be working to keep my sugar levels more stable. South Beach Diet has some good bars that actually taste GOOD. I am also eating peanuts, peanut butter, string cheese – anything that is filling without upping my carb intake.

      I don’t know if this is “cheating” or not – but if I want something like a fudge pop or popsicle or something of that nature – I eat it at nighttime before bed with a snack that is high in protein. My sugar levels are still in the 80s or 90s in the morning – so you might want to save your less than perfect snacks for the evening rather than the morning.

      Good Luck, and know that you are NOT alone – many of us are out there struggling with this. My mom is a type 2 diabetic, and I realize how difficult this has been for her. I have a lot of respect for how she has worked to alter her diet to keep herself healthy, and I also feel like I was taking for granted the ability to “eat whatever I wanted.” It had to stop sometime. I also know my risk for developing type 2 diabetes has gone way up with being diagnosed with gestational diabetes. So I am really trying to make healthy choices that I’ll be able to keep up after my pregnancy. Its going to be hard, but if I don’t, I realize I’ll eventually be diagnosed with diabetes and start having more serious health problems. Better to start now and raise my child with healthier eating habits than I have had up until now, to reduce his risk of complications later in life as well!


Fasting Blood Sugar 106

Vitamins that are found beneficial in the treatment of diabetes are as below

Vitamin A Diabetes patients are unable to convert beta-carotine to vitamin A. Therefore it is necessary to take the supplement of this vitamin. A dose of 15000 IU on alternate days is considered sufficient by some authorities.

Vitamin B complex – The B group Vitamins are valuable in the treatment of diabetes. Despite an adequate intake of these vitamins, diabetes patients often have unusually small amounts of vitamin B in their blood because of high urinary loss of exhibit symptoms of vitamin B deficiency. Marked clinical improvement has been reported in the diabetic patients with only 16000 units of daily supplements of vitamin B complex. Because these vitamins help reduce blood fat and cholesterol, they should be generously given to the patients.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) – Of the various vitamins of the B group, vitamin B1 and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) are very useful in the treatment of diabetes. Diet insufficient in vitamin B1, often leads to the development of neuritis, which is relieved as soon as large amounts of this vitamin are consumed. Vitamin B1 is believed to be particularly helpful in preventing damage to the brain during diabetic acidosis. The greater the insulin requirement more is the requirement for vitamin B1, Vitamin B5 and Vitamin B8.

Explain How Carbs Effect Blood Sugars Levels

The body is a tremendous living machine. If managed with proper nutrition and care for in the most natural way, the bodily functions will be working as smooth as silk and you can expect a long and very fruitful life. Take away this element and the body will react accordingly, you shall feel the wrath of imbalance and most of the time this is exhibited with a panic attack. If you are looking for information on how to prevent panic attacks, you have come to the right place.

Medical experts have concluded in their studies that having a low blood sugar is one of the physiological causes of undergoing panic attacks. The body has normally an amount of sugar in the bloodstream that is managed and controlled by two hormones emanating from the pancreas: Insulin and Glucagon. The work of this two hormones is to make sure that the level of sugar in the blood is kept at ideal proportions. Insulin absorbs the sugar in the blood and assimilates it, and glucagon on the other hand changes starch and glycogen, which is a form of glucose stored in the liver and muscles, into sugar in the blood. As you can see, they work together as a counterbalance of the bloodstream. When low blood sugar as exhibited by many diabetics occur, then you know for sure that there has been an abrupt change in the body.


Fasting Blood Sugar Level 110

When you are suffering from a chronic disease or a condition and you are taking regular medications, then monitoring is very important. This could be to see what effect your medications are having and whether you need to continue or discontinue these medications. This is the same if you are suffering from diabetes or hypoglycemia. You will need to monitor your blood sugar level and the easiest way to do this is to keep a blood sugar level chart. This would help to maintain and control your blood sugar level, so that any further complications can be avoided.

Blood sugar levels are literally the amount of glucose in the blood, sometimes called the serum glucose level. Even with good control of diabetes, the blood sugar level will still at times drift outside this normal range. By keeping the blood sugar level stable, you significantly reduce your risk of these complications.

Diabetes increases your risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. Hyperglycemia can cause damage to the vessels that supply blood to vital organs, which can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, vision problems, and nerve problems in people with diabetes. So it is very important that in order to avoid any complications, you are aware of your blood sugar level and a blood sugar chart will help you to keep track of this at all times.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. QUESTION:
    I am pregnant women.My sugar blood level was 110 for fasting and 130 two hours after meal.is that risky?
    i am really worried…please answer me.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with TheOrange Evil. Both your fasting glucose and reading after two hours after a meal are a little raised. Nothing to get worked up about.

      As TheOrange Evil stated, a non-diabetics fasting blood glucose (sugar) level is between 70 and 100 mg/dL. Two hours after eating, their blood sugar level will return below 110 mg/dL … often returning below this.

      Bob, the reason you may be a little confused is that in the United States of America they use a different measurement. They use mg/dL (milligrams per deci-liter … American spelling of litre) whereas in the civilised world we use mmol/l (millimols per litre … note, we also use the letter ‘s’ in some words, whereas in America they tend to use the letter ‘z’ … or miss out the letter ‘u’. Not to worry, we’re all on the same side. To convert mmol/l to mg/dL take YOUR reading and multiply it by 18.)

  3. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar level of 110 (while fasting) at age 30?It will affect my child?
    My age 30 and i am in diabatics if this time my wife pregnant it will affect my child?
    Please advice me as serious
    I am worried about my child future?

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing to worry. Most probably your child will not have diabetics or any other related issues.

  4. 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.)

  5. 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?

  6. QUESTION:
    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.

  7. QUESTION:
    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!

  8. QUESTION:
    I feel worse when blood sugar levels go from 140/120 down to 110/100. Why?
    I am just testing blood glucose levels yesterday and today (at dr.’s request), so don’t have a big sample, but I have noticed a pattern so far.

    Seem that my waking/fasting level is ~110. After eating it goes to ~140/160 in the first half hour. As the level falls in the next two and a half hours to ~110/100, I feel the worst, even though those lower levels are reportedly better for you.

    I think that I read someone saying that this happened to them until they got their levels under 120 and then from that point on, she felt worse when her levels were high, and no longer when they were going down to a safe level.

    Is this typical? And, why does this happen/how to change?

    • ANSWER:
      a fasting level of 110 is usually indicative of diabetes. at 140/160 you are feeling the rush of the elevated blood sugar. After this rush comes a crash when the sugar level drops below what can be processed with limited insulin activity

      this elevation/crash can be changed by diet but the ability to change depends on your body’s ability to make and utilize insulin

  9. QUESTION:
    Fluctuating Fasting Blood Sugar Levels with Diet?
    My fasting blood sugar last year used to be 115-119 mg/dl. After that I started exercise and some diet control and fasting BS stays between 85-95 mg/dl. Now if I eat lot of sugar foods in a stretch of 3-4 days then the fasting blood sugar next days usually reads around 103-108 mg/dl range. But after 2-3 days it comes down to 90-95 mg/dl. I have been doing exercise regularly.

    Is it OK to let my fasting blood sugar go up to 100-110 mg/dl range when I eat high sugar food and let it get down in 2-3 days to below 100 mg/dl. Is this OK or do I need to always keep it under 100 mg/dl by not eating high sugar snacks. My doctor told me not to check my blood sugar often because he noticed that I am usually maintaining it below 100 mg/dl most of the time. But I like to assess my body and my fasting blood sugar pattern when I relax my diet. So I do check my fasting BS at home everytime I eat excess of high fatty or sugar meals.

    Please advise if I can let myself loose on diet occasionally and let the Fasting BS read between 100-110 mg/dl as long as it reads below 100 mg/dl in next 3-4 days.

    PS: For clarity of readers. I am not a diabetic nor do I take any medicines. The reason I go to my doctor is because of my high cholesterol that is controlled by exercise.
    My blood sugar 2 hours after meals is between 100-115 mg/dl.
    My HbA1C is 5.7%

    • ANSWER:
      If you were non-diabetic, then eating sugary foods wouldn’t be elevating your blood sugar well into the next day. I’ve tested enough non-diabetics in my life to know that they are usually below 100 mg/dL by two hours after eating a meal, regardless of the carbohydrates, and 100% normal by the next morning.

      Also, your fasting levels last year and this year (after indulging in sweets) are firmly in pre-diabetic range. Pre-diabetes IS diabetes; it’s just diabetes caught early. Pre-diabetes is not the first step on the path to diabetes. There are many earlier steps, like metabolic disorder and insulin resistance. Based on your high cholesterol and pre-diabetic fasting blood sugar, I’d say you do have metabolic disorder and are diabetic, but early staged and well controlled by diet and exercise. I’m not criticizing you. In fact, I think you’re doing a great job. I just also think that your doctor is doing you a disservice by not emphasizing to you that you are diabetic.

      Here’s another problem – because you don’t test after meals, you don’t see how high your blood sugar is after eating. In the early stages of diabetes, blood sugar can drop after a while into normal or near-normal range, so it’s entirely possible you’re spiking well into the 200s. We just can’t know.

      As for whether it’s “okay,” that just depends. If you’re over 140 mg/dL for several hours, I’d say that’s not okay to do very often. As a diabetic, I aim to fast under 100 mg/dL always because it’s truly normal, but a few days of slightly elevated fasting blood sugar won’t give you complications. Your blood sugar after meals may be damaging you, though. It’d depend on how high you’re spiking and how long you’re staying up there, as well as how often you are breaking your diet.

  10. 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.

  11. QUESTION:
    How can I quickly reduce my blood sugar level?
    Last yr blood glucose leval was 110; this yr is 132. Had test day after Easter weekend eating, plus MD told me to have breakfast, coffee to make veins visible. Told me to “DIET”, come back in 2 wks for another test. What is fastest, safest way to lower level to normal? How long does it take for foods that raise level to get out of system. PLEASE, only from people who have valid knowledge. thanks a lot.
    PLEASE no smart answers that make no sense, as know to cut down, not increase sugar intake. also coffee is not any solution. come on, must be some honest, caring people who truly know how to do this??

    • ANSWER:
      I see nothing wrong with a random blood test of 132. The proper test is a fasting blood glucose test. This means nothing by mouth except water until you test. No coffee or breakfast. Also to get the number even lower until you go back to the doctor limit the amount of carbohydrates you eat, it will not hurt to cut back for two weeks. Try limiting breakfast to 10 grams, lunch to 30-45 grams, dinner to 45-60 grams and 2 15 gram snacks. This means cutting out potatoes, rice, cereal, milk, juice, sugared drinks, pasta, bread and anything from a bakery.
      Also walk 30 minutes a day, 2 15 minute walks are ok.

  12. QUESTION:
    My blood sugar is a lil low.. is this ok?
    Im 18
    My fasting blood sugar level is 66 [ reference range 60 to 110 ]
    My post prandial blood sugar is 80 [ reference range 110 to 140 ]

    Im a lil over weight, BMI 26.
    Ive been feeling tired and hungry all the time.

    *sigh* whats going on? [ i know i know~! ask a doctor.. I'll.. but appointment is week away and i need suggestions and your experiences ]

    • ANSWER:
      Your post prandial seems okay, but your fasting is a little low. I’m not sure where you’re getting those ranges from. Anything below 70 is considered low blood sugar, and if you reach 140 two hours after a meal then there’s something seriously wrong.

      What’s more important for you is checking your blood sugar when you feel low, and making sure you don’t go too low. Yes, you need to see your doctor, but in the meantime you can help yourself by counting your carbs, eating small meals throughout the day (like every two hours) and avoiding sugary foods. This is because if you can keep your pancreas releasing about the same amount of insulin all day, it’s less likely you’re going to go low.

      This is the same way I treated my gestational diabetes. I would get up and have 15 carbs for breakfast, 15 for snack, then 30 for lunch. After that it was 15 for each snack and 30 for the other two meals. And I always had a 15 carb snack right before bed. You do that so you build the amount of carbs you eat slowly and then taper off at night. And I ate every two to three hours, and never waited more than four. It’ll be hard at first, but once you get adjusted you’ll stop being hungry all the time.

      And you need to get some exercise. Hypoglycemia is usually the precursor to type 2 diabetes, so exercise will help make you better. It doesn’t have to be strenuous, walking is good. But you must remember to have extra carbs before … and if you go somewhere keep some candy or a juice box with you at all times in case you go low.

      Actually it’s good to keep extra sugar with you all the time in case of lows.

      You also need to do some reading on this before you see your doctor. I don’t understand why, but many doctors don’t seem to understand blood sugar problems very well. You may have to reject some of his information and take matters into your own hands.

      EDIT:

      Oh, I almost forgot … if you want to know what foods will make your blood sugar spike (which is usually followed by a crash, i.e. low blood sugar) you can check them here:

      http://www.glycemicindex.com/

      The lower the number, the better they are for you.

      Good luck :)

  13. QUESTION:
    Will stress cause my blood sugar to go up to 110?
    I was sick and stressed out and my doctor had me take two fasting blood sugar tests (different days). The results were between 108-110. I bought an AccuCheck and have been testing daily in the mornings when I wake up and my sugar levels are under 90. I was stressed out last night/this morning (to the point of having palpitations, etc.) and my blood sugar was 106. My doctor said I was prediabetic, but is it my stress that is causing a spike of glucose? Every time I test myself in the mornings when I’m not stressed my levels are normal.
    Please help… I’m worrying! I’ll give best answer.

    • ANSWER:
      oh man! I get the palpitations like crazy too when I get stressed out!
      Depending on what you eat before going to bed can affect your BS in the morning so eat some low carb, protein stuff before going to bed and see if that makes any difference. Last night I foolishly had cereal and milk before going to bed, my BS was 105 this a.m., the night before, I smartly ate hamburger and some mixed veggies before going to bed and my fasting that morning was 96, so be careful what you eat the night before going to bed. Stress will definitely raise blood sugar as well. I’ve seen in when I wake up with palpitation and when I dont. Some times I wake up with adrenaline rushes and I know it will be high, other times I wake up feeling normal and it is normal too. so watch what you eat before going to bed, stay relaxed as possible and enjoy life!

      Oh I forgot to mention this thingy called the dawn phenonmenon (spelling), it is when you wake up and your BS can be one number and an hour later it will be higher, this is normal, so check as soon as you wake up, do not wait an hour to test and see if that changes anything..

  14. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar levels for thirteen year old?
    Im a thirteen year old girl. I weigh 110 and im 5 foot 4 inches. My family has frequent diabetes and i have been nauseated and have blacked out a few times within the past two days. We took my blood sugar after i slept (fasted for at least 12 hours) and it was 99. Does anyone have any clues to if it could be diabetes or hypoglycemia? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      U got diabetes

  15. QUESTION:
    fluctuations in blood sugar levels?
    why there will be fluctuations in blood sugar levels with medicine from time to time. I am speaking about levels with a glucometer. For example if the fasting level on one day shows 110 , yet another day it may show 115. The next day again it may show 105 or 100 or so.Like wise in regard to post lunch levels ,one day it may show 135 or 140 and on another day it may show 150 or 160. And again the next day it may again show 130.Why? Can anybody enlighten me on this?Is this ok ?

    Another question is how often we should chek with glucometer and how often at the lab? fortnightly/monthly or bimonthly/trimonthly /

    • ANSWER:
      Remember your meter can be off by 10% or more. You will hardly ever get the same readings.
      How about lets work on lowering glucose levels and maybe lower meds.

      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels :

      1) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.Exercise is Non-Negotiable !!!Thats why it is Number 1 on the list.
      2) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can’t count carbs so I use Mendosa’s Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      3) Meds. Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They may kill you. Bone fractures, heart problems and what diabetics really don’t need is that they change Bone Stem Cells to Fat Cells.
      4) Diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can’t count carbs so I use Mendosa’s Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

      Don’t forget the exercise

      Tin

  16. QUESTION:
    Is 101 for fasting blood sugar considered pre-diabetes?
    I’m twenty and have I think type 2 diabetes runs in my family. I want to know if 101 for fasting blood sugar is prediabete or not (I have been getting this reading for 2 days). I’ve been looking at well known diabetes organizations, universities about it and many of them say between 70-110, or 80-100. I know each organization and university has their own levels but I’m not sure which one to follow

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

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

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

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

      Why Does the Lab Sheet I Got With My Blood Test Give Much Higher “Normal” Values?
      The reason that your doctor or lab might consider much higher numbers as “normal” is because doctors rely on “diagnostic criteria” set by the American Diabetes Association decades ago to define what are normal and abnormal blood sugar levels

      The science used to define these diagnostic levels is outdated and inaccurate. The ADA resists changing these diagnostic criteria for reasons that are almost entirely political. You can read the grim details of how these diagnostic levels were set and why they avoid diagnosing people with diabetes until they have already developed diabetic complications.
      Yes you are Pre-diabetic.
      I, myself would start taking Metformin.
      And exercise, nordic walking prefered.
      Also a low glycemic index and load diet. Here is the website for 2,480 food that are rated. It should remain your eating bible for life. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      So now you really know the real scoop. Not the American Diabetes Associations bull crap…….

      Tin

  17. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar levels- please help?
    I am a 22 year old male, weighing 54 kgs and 5 feet 2 inches tall.
    I got my fasting blood sugar done which is 79.6 (Normal- 60-110 mg/dl)
    And the PP Sugar after 2 hours of lunch is 75.3 (Normal- 60-140 mg/dl)

    Can someone please explain, is it possible to have a PP sugar lower than Fasting sugar?

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar levels of the pregnants with Gestational Diabetes?
    Hi,

    My wife recently diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes (GDM). Her 50gr glucose test came over 200 (3hr test supported first finding). She was put on a diet by her perinatalogist (high-risk pregnancy doc) about a week ago. However her fasting and 1hr after breakfast blood glucose levels (BGL) are still relatively high (fasting ~95, 1 hr after breakfast ~150). 1 hr after lunch and 1 hr after dinner levels are normal (both ~110). Her fasting BGL should be <90 and 1 hr after eating <140. So anybody has any idea how bad is 95 compared to a 90 limit and how bad is 150 compared to 140 limit? Will she need insulin? Any idea why her BGL is high in the morning? Any suggestion for us to get it lower in the morning only? Can anyone out there with GDM can tell us her levels so that we can compare? Are pills ok during pregnancy (I read at several places thay they are not, but some says ok).

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      From personal experience, the ranges that the doctor gives are concrete. For the baby’s health, you need to make sure that her BGs stay within those ranges. Anything above or below can lead to problems, short and long term. Obviously the more time you spend outside the ranges, the worse it is.

      Second, if the doctor does eventually put her on insulin, she needs to get a pump. No doubt about it. The control offered by the pump is the best out there, and you will be able to customize the insulin given to the way her BGs are trending.

      Lastly, the other thing you may want to consider is a continuous glucose monitor like Medtronic’s Guardian system. It will give you continuous readings of her BG and will alert you when she is going out side the ranges set by the MD. That way you dont have to worry, and she can easily control her glucose without much effort.

  19. QUESTION:
    Why would fasting Blood Glucose be consistently higher than Bedtime levels?
    I am trying to get my blood sugar levels into a normal range with exercise and diet. I am not on insulin or drugs and have not yet been diagnosed with diabetes but my MD is concerned about my fasting blood glucose.

    What’s frustrating is that I am really watching what I eat and controlling my snacking and have a Bedtime BG of 95-104 (5.3-5.8) and yet my FBG seems to consistently be 108-110 (6.0-6.1). Why…where is the glucose coming from if I have been at rest and haven’t eaten for over 10 hours?

    I thought it may be related to eating too late and/or too heavy a meal the night before and perhaps was still digesting after going to bed, but have watched and contolled what I have eaten during the last couple of days without any apparent impact.

    • ANSWER:
      When you fast, many times the liver thinks the bodies blood sugar is going too low, and it will release sugar into the blood stream. Diabetics call this ” dawn phenomenon”. It happens to many of us in the morning when we do our fasting blood sugar test, but a hour later, it is usually within normal range. It can also happen to diabetics when they exercise. It is just the liver trying to keep something from going wrong. You are right though, about your evening meal. If it was something with a lot of carbs, it can cause the fasting test in the morning to be high. Especially if you eat fiber like grains in bread, or eat oatmeal. If I have oatmeal, my blood sugar will stay up forever it seems. If I just eat a small amount of it, my blood sugar will rise some, but will stay stable for hours, I don’t need a snack. Next time you are going to have a test, make you last meal something lower in carbs and see what happens. Even non diabetics experience dawn phenomenon.

  20. QUESTION:
    Why is my blood sugar so high?
    I am 39 weeks pregnant, diagnosed with gestational diabetes, and being induced on Friday. My blood sugar levels have been fine (controlled by diet, it hasn’t been high enough to require insulin). My fasting numbers are always between 75 and 95, and after meals they are typically below 110 – including meals that have a small amount of sugar.

    Yesterday, my between lunch and dinner snack was a muffin, and it had sugar in it. Then I had a completely sugar free dinner a few hours later. Two hours after my dinner, my blood sugar was 130. I assumed it was the muffin, so when I recorded it in my sheet for the diabetes clinic I made a note about the muffin so the nurse would know why it was high.

    Then today, I had NO SUGAR. At all. All day. My numbers were all good, until tonight. I just checked it (2 hours after dinner) and it’s 138.

    What in the world is going on??? I don’t understand how my numbers at night at high all of a sudden, especially after having no sugar!
    Wow, Pilot of the Storm. Thanks for that wonderful assessment.

    My baby is actually not going to die, he is quite healthy, and monitored twice a week via ultrasound and a fetal monitoring device.

    I am actually not fat, I have been unhealthily underweight my entire life regardless of diet and have a VERY hard time gaining weight.

    Not to mention that I do not have a problem “putting down the fork”, I actually have trouble finishing an entire meal due to my stomach being so small.

    Troll.

    • ANSWER:
      In pregnancy sugar can be high due to the effects of some hormones. How ever U will be normal after giving birth to the baby.

  21. QUESTION:
    Abnormal blood sugar readings… Hypoglycemia without the low blood sugar?
    I have been suffering from Panic attacks for the past 3-4 months. Each visit to the Doctor’s during a full blown panic attack has returned a somewhat higher blood sugar level (130s with long fasts). So my dr ordered a glucose tolerance test which turned out normal and my A1c was normal. ( 5.5 A1c.) 90% of my panic attacks seem to be happening about an hour to an hour and a half after I eat so started to wonder about hypoglycemia. I decided to get a home blood sugar tester since my GP told me that hypoglycemia doesn’t cause panic attacks. I didn’t believe her of course.

    Much to my surprise, I found that my blood sugar is the highest when I am having hunger pains and a panic attack. Most of my panic attacks happen an hour and a half after breakfast and/or lunch. Here is what my blood sugar has been doing over the past week when it has been accompanied by anxiety.
    -I will eat something
    -within half hour it will be at 110 (If I eat a huge lunch with cake or low carb, it doesn’t get much higher than this at half hour)
    -1 hour it will be in the mid 80s to 90
    -1 hour and a half, I get hungry have a panic attack, confusion, dizzyness, 105
    -2 hours I will be at 115 or so
    -Will then eat something which will lower my blood sugar

    So, any ideas as to why my blood sugar looks like an inverse parabola after I eat? Am seeing an endocrinologist next week just to get another viewpoint. On a positive note, the panic is getting better and eating more frequently does help. However, if I can’t eat for 3 hours I can feel pretty rough.

    Thanks, Paul
    35 years old
    Pretty fit. Normal height/weight ration
    Thanks for the input. Did a little experiment the past 48 hours. Eliminated all carbs. Except for a glass of milk occasionally. I have felt amazing. Best I have felt in 4 months. No ups and downs. Morning blood sugar is around 90 and Blood sugar stays right at 100 all day long given I eat a lot of non carb meals frequently. Will keep it going until my appointment. Thank you. Paul

    • ANSWER:
      Hypoglycemia literally means “low blood sugar”. Hypoglycemia is just the medical term for low blood sugar. Your blood sugar readings are within a fairly normal range. You probably need a specialist other than an endocrinologist, though seeing an endocrinologist won’t hurt.

  22. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar high in the morning low during the day?
    I’ve started monitoring my blood sugar at my doctors direction. I’m using Accu-Check aviva. My level when I wake up is around 150 .. during the day its around 110 whether its 4 hours after lunch or 2 hours after dinner. Is this normal? I thought it should be lower after 8 hours of fasting.

    • ANSWER:
      Your body does a lot of things when you sleep that usese insulin.
      It has a lot to do with what your blood sugar is before you go to sleep.
      If you eat a meal to close to bed time, or hae high blood sugar before going to sleep, it will be high in the morning.

      Don’t eat a meal right before going to sleep, a small snack is ok if your sugar is low.

      It is very important that your sugar is not high when you sleep, it does damage and prevents you from sleeping properly.

      There two things that can cause morning highs, the somogyi effect and dawn phenomenom. You can read about it here.

      http://diabetes.webmd.com/morning-high-blood-sugar-levels

      Neither gets you out of controlling your fasting glucose levels.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is the best herbal product to control diabetes? or is there a cure for it?
    I have diabetes from last 8 years. I need to know about best herbal product which I can use it in my diet plans which can either cure or keep my Blood Sugar level in control. between 70-110 fasting and 110-160 random. Do you have any suggestions please?

    • ANSWER:
      In order to keep your blood sugar level under control, read the following paragraph to update your knowledge about diabetes:

      You need not to panic to visit a doctor. There are no Allopathic medicines available in the market that will cure the diabetic conditions of humans but they will control the disorder up to certain levels. The disease is developed due to eating disorders and hereditary. In the first place, I have never accepted diabetes as disease but considered it to be a disorder. The medicine is readily available at home in the form of natural products and you need not to go to market to purchase expensive medicines. To keep the sugar level under control, follow my suggestions and see the difference. Drink the juice of one bitter gourd, one cucumber and one tomato on empty stomach in the morning on a regular basis (drink this juice twice a day if you are insulin dependent) until you start feeling relief and your blood sugar level starts decreasing and continue further for a very long time until your sugar level reaches border line. The sugar level will certainly come down. Eat plenty of cucumber before meal to quench your thrust and to fill your empty stomach. Cucumbers are considered and proved to be very good for diabetic patients. Diabetic patients are always hungry to eat but can not eat all. Avoid banana, mango, custard apple and sweets like ice cream, pastry and cold drinks totally. If you are insulin dependent, even eating rice would be very harmful. You can eat fruits like guava, pineapple, pomegranate, papaya, muskmelon and watermelon. Taking one tea-spoon Fenugreek powder and quarter tea-spoon cinnamon powder on empty stomach, before breakfast daily, would be beneficial to diabetic patients. Regular brisk walking for one hour daily would be the best ideal medicine for diabetic patients. Cut down on non-vegetarian, fast, spicy and oily food, aerated cold drinks and foods rich in calories. Correct constipation. Avoid alcohol and tobacco also. Tea and coffee are also bad for health because they promote calcium excretion from the body and calcium loss from bones. Drink plenty of water daily. Take one tablet of Diabecon (By Himalaya an Herbal Health Care Company in India) twice a day as a maintenance dose. Take care and be in good health.

  24. QUESTION:
    What do my blood sugar levels mean?
    Hi, all! I have some questions for any available professional or diabetic person. I am male, 5’9, 135lb and in good shape. I work out regularly. I have been suffering from headaches, getting shaky before and after some meals, and I drink lots of water. Someone mentioned that I should check my blood sugar I got a glucose meter from Walgreens and have been tracking my sugar levels. here is what I’ve found:

    -After five 8-10hr fasts, I have never been under 105, highest was 137 (once).
    -After five 2-hr post dinner readings, I have never been under 120, highest was 147.
    -Five hours after lunch I was 116
    -Today, after a very intense 90-minute Bikram Yoga class (performed in a 110 degree room) and 7-hours after eating anything, I was shaky from the yoga, and my sugar was 116.

    Should I worry or are my levels normal for a person of my statistics?Can stress be making my levels high? I’ll go to the doctor if necesary. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Your at least a pre-diabetic. So act as if you are !!Here are the numbers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Here’s what must be done . If you start now , maybe you can avoid meds.

      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels.
      Here are the 4 keys:
      1) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      2) Meds. Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They may kill you. Bone fractures, heart problems and what diabetics really don’t need is that they change Bone Stem Cells to Fat Cells.
      3)diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can’t count carbs so I use Mendosa’s Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      4) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.

      But , one other thing is that the sooner you start metformin the better it works and the longer it works.

      Take care

      Tin

  25. QUESTION:
    At what point are blood sugar levels dangerous to my baby?
    Hi, I am about 4.5 weeks pregnant and have gestational diabetes. I had it with my last child, controlled it with diet and he is luckily fine. This time I am older and my fasting is often over 100 but not higher than 110. My after meal numbers are fine, usually in the 90′s.
    Any tips on how to get my fasting number lower? I am exercising, cut out sweets and balancing my carbs.
    Thank you!
    I go to the dr. next wednesday for my first check up. Is it ok to wait that long?
    Thank you everyone. I have not been re-tested for gestational diabetes but I know from my numbers that I have it again. I don’t have diabetes normally. My fasting was just 88 and 93 and I passed the glucose tolerance test as well. It stinks to have this the entire pregnancy but I will do whatever it takes to have a healthy baby.
    Thank you Doug. It’s frustrating because my a1c has been between 4.0 and 4.5. My fasting has been between 88 and 93 so I am not considered diabetic! I am overweight though-having children and no time to take care of myself has done that. I am going to take this weight off for good now so I don’t expect to ever be a full diabetic.

    • ANSWER:
      If you currently have “gestational diabetes” at 4.5 weeks, it’s more than gestational diabetes. It’s diabetes. Given that, in addition to an OB, you should be seeing an endocrinologist (diabetic specialist). While the “medical jury” is still out on this one and there are certainly varying opinions, gestational diabetes usually manifests after 13 weeks. Anything prior to that is regular diabetes and needs to very closely managed. Best wishes!

      Also, most docs will carefully watch blood sugars on patients that have had GD with a previous pregnancy and not wait until 28 weeks for labs.

  26. QUESTION:
    I was diagnosed with diabetes last Nov 2007. What is the normal average of sugar if and when you are diabetic?
    I was diagnosed with diabetes last Nov 2007. I was given a medicine for diabetes 2. I don’t know about diabetes 1 and 2, both have the same symptoms. What is the normal average of sugar if and when you are diabetic? Sometimes my blood sugar is 110, 115, 126 and my worst is 140. What is my status? Is my sugar still normal or I have to maintain the normal sugar? What is my average sugar level to maintain? Is it advisable to monitor my sugar twice in a week? Before I check my sugar, I make sure I did fast for 8 hours. Sorry if I ask too much about diabetes and diabetic issues.

    • ANSWER:
      Different medical organizations set different standards, but a good ‘shorthand’ is to stay as close to 100 as possible and to try to avoid going over 140. If you can get your fastings near or below 100 and your two-hour after-meals readings <140, then I think you'll be in a good position.

      Diabetics who are not insulin dependent typically do not test as much as those who are, but twice in a week seems a little low to be testing. I would think something closer to twice a day would be better. If you're only testing twice a week, then you have no idea how foods are affecting you. A fasting and an after-dinner test should be enough for now. If you can afford it, 3-4 tests a day would provide you a lot of useful information about your diabetes.

      Because you only test your fasting blood sugar, you could be having spikes well over 200 or even 300 without knowing. It's important that you incorporate postprandial tests, too. (Postprandial means after meals.) How high you spike and how quickly you come down from meals are just as important as fasting.

  27. QUESTION:
    Did anyone have high blood sugar in 32nd week of pregnancy.?
    I got my glucose tolerance test done..fasting was 127 instead of 110, after 1 hour of glucose intake it was 263 and 2 hrs later it was 236. Normally it should be less than 140. What are the problems that one encounters due to such high sugar levels..

    • ANSWER:
      Gestational diabetes is very common among Indian women. Research shows that nearly 20% of pregnant Indian women suffer from gestational diabetes.

      With prompt medical treatment, gestational diabetes can be managed to assure a safe pregnancy for the mother and baby.

      First you will be referred to a professional dietician and be put on a special diet that is:

      * High protein
      * High fibre (lots of vegetables and fruits that are low in sugar, whole grain cereals)
      * Low carbohydrates (Eat less/no white rice, no white bread etc. Switch to the more complex carbohydrates founds in whole grain foods)
      * Low sugar diet (cut back on fruit juices, sweets and sugar)

      You will also be advised to do regular exercise and watch your weight.

      Some women with acute gestational diabetes or women who had diabetes before pregnancy need shots of insulin to keep their blood sugar levels under control. Insulin is not harmful for your baby.
      Effect on baby

      If left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause following problems in your baby:

      * Baby can be grow very large. This can make delivery risky for you and your baby, and can result in higher probability of a c-section. This is called macrosomia.
      * Baby might have low blood glucose right after birth. This is called hypoglycemia.
      * Your baby might have some breathing problems.
      * You and your baby can be at risk for diabetes for the rest of your lives.
      * Your baby may have some mineral deficiencies her blood but this can be treated by providing those nutrients to the baby

      After baby is born, sugar levels start going down in the mother and the condition goes away in a few weeks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      understanding/conditions/diabetes-4.html

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

      http://www.parliamodiabete.com/

      TherapyAwareness/application?event
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      Hope this helps
      Matador 89

  29. QUESTION:
    blood dugar and baby?
    at what level is blood sugar bad for my baby? im newly type II at 13 weeks, fasting running between 90-110 with one level at 130 this month, 2 hr post prandial running 95-150 depending on what i eat and my hormones that day….

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    My 3 yr old son has had blood sugars ups & downs.?
    First time we knew he was rushed to er where his blood sugar was 37. They gave him glucose & it was 312. He has since haad an average wakeing level of @ 115-130, Ive seen 162 but only once. His sugars during the day are decent, anywhere from 110-at a high 160. He had one episode where he didnt feel good, his sugar was 189 w/positive keytones, he was hospitalized the net morn w/55 level +keytones. sugar was normal but still had keytones for 3days. The doctors did blood test, he was positive for GAD65 antibody but negative for the others. His hba1c was 5.1 normal. but his fasting glucose was 112. This has been going on for a year now, most ogf the time his sugars are prety good, he does wake up high. They say he is not Diabetic & are thinking he may have dumping syndrome. ANy help

    • ANSWER:
      It took my doctors literally one whole decade to tell me that I was hypoglycemic. I would wake up in the morning as a child and be so dizzy and faint and even vomit on really bad days. I started donating blood after high school and I was denied because I had glucose in my urine- which only happens if you are diabetic or have some sort of blood sugar problem. Sure enough, after eight thousand blood tests, they figured it out. It may just be that your son’s blood sugar needs to be regulated with diet and frequent checking. I know that isn’t exactly the answer you wanted- especially with a three year old, the poor little guy! Have you gotten any other opinions? He could very well be hyperglycemic, which means naturally (genetically) high blood sugar. Hope that helps and I do wish you the most of luck, I know what my mom went through with me wasn’t easy.

  31. QUESTION:
    Anyone tried Budwig diet to lower or cure Type II Diabetes ?
    I have read on some information on Budwig diet and it indicated that it can sure Type 2 Diabates if strictly followed. Anyone with diabetes has tried this ?
    I am just diagonised with diabetes and my first blood test showed fasting sugar of 132 but when I checked with glucometer in a week after the above test it showed 125. I year ago my blood sugar was 98. I am now looking aggressively if I can get my blood sugar below 110.

    Also, while I read about Budwig diet I thought it is worth giving it a try. So also want to check if anyone has experience with it. Remember, as some people pointed out that for Budwig diet to be successful, you not only have to take this special diet for few weeks or months depending on how high your sugar levels are, but also have to avoid all non-organic food and other oils, eggs, etc that have lots of saturated fats.

    Anyone who has tried it, please chime in with your experience.
    I would appreciate answers from anyone who has tried this protocol. Not from people who claim to have “common sense” and so on.
    I would appreciate answers from anyone who has tried this protocol.

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve heard of the Budwig protocol being used for cancer & I’m sure it’s fine for diabetes but it’s not something you can do for a few weeks & be “cured” of diabetes. It does work because it replaces carbs with good healthy fats but if you end it & go back to carbs, you will regain your health problems.

      Dr.Richard Bernstein (the diabetes specialist & a type 1 diabetic) from his book, “Diabetes Solutions” pertinent chapters available to read online -

      What if I, a physician, told you, a diabetic, to eat a diet that consisted of 60 percent sugar, 20 percent protein, and 20 percent fat? More than likely, you’d think I was insane. I’d think I was insane, and I would never make this suggestion to a diabetic (nor would I even make it to a nondiabetic). But this is just the diet the ADA recommended to diabetics for decades.

      Whether you eat a piece of the nuttiest whole-grain bread, drink a Coke, or have mashed potatoes, the effect on blood glucose levels is essentially the same— blood sugar rises, fast. … our saliva can break starches into the shorter chains on contact and then convert those into pure glucose.

      With a number of important exceptions, carbohydrates, or foods derived primarily from plant sources that are starches, grains, and fruits, have the same ultimate effect on blood glucose levels that table sugar does.

      http://www.diabetes-book.com/book/chapter9_3.shtml

      All carbs (even vegetables) are converted to sugar (glucose) in the body. Posted below is a fascinating interview with Dr.Richard Bernstein (the diabetes specialist & a type 1 diabetic) on youtube where he demonstrated how whole grain bread turned to glucose within one second in his mouth! He says the exact thing would happen with corn or an apple as well.

      Dr. Joe Prendergast, an endocrinologist /diabetologist has managed over 1500 diabetic patients and, in the last decade, not one of his patients has had a stroke or heart attack. Only one has even been hospitalized! His secret—50,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily. Dr. Joe further reports:

      http://enews.endocrinemetabolic.com/2008/05/vitamin-dthe-cure-for-many-diseases.html

      SEVEN REASONS TO EAT MORE SATURATED FATS -

      1) Improved cardiovascular risk factors

      Saturated fat in the diet reduces the levels of lipoprotein (a) abbreviated Lp(a)—that correlates strongly with risk for heart disease. The only dietary means of lowering Lp(a) is eating saturated fat. Eating fats raises the level of HDL, the so-called good cholesterol.

      2) Stronger bones

      Saturated fat is required for calcium to be incorporated into bone – According to expert in human health, Mary Enig, Ph.D., as much as 50 percent of the fats in the diet should be saturated fats.

      3) Improved liver health
      Studies show that saturated fat encourages the liver cells to dump fat content. Saturated fat has been shown to protect the liver from the toxic insults of alcohol & medications and even to reverse the damage.

      4) Healthy lungs

      For proper function, the airspaces of the lungs have to be coated with a thin layer of lung surfactant. The fat content of lung surfactant is 100 percent saturated fatty acids. Replacement of these critical fats by other types of fat makes faulty surfactant & potentially causes breathing difficulties, collapse of the airspaces & respiratory distress.

      5) Healthy brain

      Your brain is mainly made of fat & cholesterol. Though highly unsaturated essential fatty acids found in cold-water fish (EPA & DHA) are important for brain & nerve function, most of the fatty acids in the brain are actually saturated. The brain needs saturated fats to function optimally.

      6) Proper nerve signaling

      Certain saturated fats, found in butter, lard, coconut oil, & palm oil, function directly as signaling messengers that influence the metabolism. Without the correct signals to tell the organs & glands what to do, the job gets done improperly.

      7) Strong immune system

      Saturated fats found in butter & coconut oil (myristic acid & lauric acid) play key roles in immune health. Loss of sufficient saturated fatty acids in the white blood cells hampers their ability to recognize & destroy foreign invaders, such as viruses, bacteria, & fungi. Myristic & lauric acid have potent germ-killing ability. We need dietary replenishment of them to keep the immune system vigilant against the development of cancerous cells & infectious invaders.

  32. QUESTION:
    I am going crazy!! I’m very worried and cannot stop thinking about this. My glucose serum came out to be 102..?
    The normal range of a glucose serum is from 70-99(Fasting blood sugar level), mine came out to be 102. I am so so scared and worried about this. I did eat breakfast at 8am and got my blood taken at 1:40pm. But i don’t think thats why my sugar level was 102, I’m so scared, someone please tell me am i getting diabetes? I am scared to eat anything. I’m not fat, i’m 20 years old guy, My mother did die recently so maybe its cause of the stress? BUt i doubt that, I have no family history of diabetes, i just dont want to get it, please someone tell me what is up? and by the way, i did morning sugar level checks mornings before eating, it would come out to either 99, 100, 101, 105 but not less than 110,, am i in danger of getting diabetes? I dont eat too much sugar or anything, please help thanks…

    • ANSWER:
      I really don’t know where other answerers are coming from.Here are the numbers.
      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

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

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

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

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

      Most normal people are under 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) two hours after eating.
      A low glycemic diet and exercise are in order (TODAY).http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      Tin

  33. QUESTION:
    Why is my FBS fluctuating. with exercise, strict diet control for two days it becomes 80. No exercise 135 etc?
    Two and half months before I made a routine check up and my fast blood sugar level became 176. My BP was 160/110. I reduced weight drastically i.e 11 KGs and it is now consistently 120/80. I took BP tablets for 8 days and stopped it by Doc advice. A re-check of FBS the next day, it became 165. I had another one on the 5th day and it became144. The Doc said, “you can control this by diet”. I started taking diabetic diet and it is now consistently below 95. And yet I am disturbed for I am not sure whether or not I am a diabetic. Am I diabetic? If I am a diabetic, how could it go so low within a week time? It had even gone as low as 59 and 60 in two of the tests. It was 95 only once and I had eaten pizza the previous night. Is it a pre-diabetes or a diabetes case? Is it wise to start taking medicine at present? should I consult more than one Docs? I am at a loss. It could be of some interest for you to know my brother died of diabetes melitius at the age of 34. I am 54 yr old.
    Yes, my Blood type is O+. It seems a very interesting twist. Now I have totally avoided all sweets, sugar, cake etc. I have avoided white bread. I do exercise 20-30 minutes a day, only walking. Last Wednesday FBS was 83, friday 135, Saturday 109. It is very confusing. Anytime I do walk for 30 minutes it goes down immediately. If I eat my dinner early, it goes down in the morning. I have no so far any of diabetes common symptom. NO EXCESS THIRST, NO HUNGER, NO FATIGUE OR FEELING TIRED, NO FREQUENT VISIT OF THE REST ROOM i.e frequent urine. NO SUCH THINGS. I don’t have any of the commonly known symptoms of diabetes. I stopped smoking some 10 months before after smoking for well over 25 years. I stopped taking beer for the last four months. I used to take a couple of beers every night after dinner. I totally stopped it now.

    • ANSWER:
      I bet you’re Blood Group O! I’m not really just kidding: O’s thrive on exercise, and maybe you need to be active to stay healthy.

      Your blood sugar (are you always talking FASTING blood sugar levels??) I’m not sure whether you made a typo when you said you took blood PRESSURE pills and your blood SUGAR dropped, or whether you mean you took pills for the blood glucose.

      As far as I know fasting BS should not be higher than about 99. BUT there is a thing called the Dawn Phenomenon, where some people’s BS is too high in the morning.

      If your doc doesn’t seem to know what to do with you, you need to see an endocrinologist — a specialist chap who will know what tests to do.

      To me you sound as if you are not a true diabetic, maybe pre-diabetic — in which case you can forestall diabetes by controlling your diet NOW and maybe take a low-dose pill like Glucophage/Metformin.

      Your brother, at that age, would have had Type 1, which differs considerably from Type 2 …

      Take your BS 1 hr after every meal, then again in an hour’s time. It will peak in 1 hr and should come down in 2 hrs but maybe not all the way down.

      Normal levels (non-diabetic) tend to stay within 72 – 126, and could go as high as 144 1 hr after a big meal. As far as I am aware that is normal — no higher.

      It sounds like you need a more savvy doc, or ask to be referred to an endocrinologist.

  34. QUESTION:
    glyburide and pregnancy?
    I am 32 weeks pregnant and I failed my 1 hour GTT so the dr told me I had to take the 3 hour GTT I passed all but my fasting blood sugar levels. the dr said that fasting blood sugar should be below 95 and mine are between 110- 120 .. The dr put me on glyburide 1.25 mg at night so my fasting sugar will not be bad …. My ? is this has anyone had a high fasting blood sugar and had to be on Glyburide because I’m really scared that it will drop my sugar to low although my dr assures that it will not drop to low …. Also is 110-120 really that high because she seemed concerned but when I called to the pharmacist he said that the blood sugar levels were not that high … Thank you in advice for all your help.. Also has anyone taking this medicine al the way up to delivery because on glyburide website it says it is ok accept 2 weeks before due dat …

    • ANSWER:
      you are doing good… I was way high, I was on 2.5 mg and it didn’t bring mine down enough… if you are more active than usual , and are worried about getting shaky, carry a package of peanut butter crackers, or cheese crackers,around with you.
      Eating that will bring you up without spiking, and will last longer. If you ever feel shaky, or feel like you can’t think straight, eat a small amount of anything that is not sugar loaded or a raw vegetable immediately( veggies take too long, but fruit is good).. BTW, 120 is about what normal blood sugar is should be 1 hr after you’ve eaten…I took it all the way up to delivery, but that was along time ago, when it was new. Listen to and trust these people, they do this for a living.

  35. QUESTION:
    A female patient 74 years old, Diabetic Type 2,?
    A female patient 74 years old, Diabetic Type 2, on injection of insulin Novomix 30 analog on 10 units, having kidney failure with a creatinine of 3 mg., per dl has a fasting blood sugar of 155 to 170 inspite of the above dosage of insulin.

    My question relates to how the patient can bring her fasting sugar level down to a target of say 110-120 mg dl

    • ANSWER:
      In best to worst order-but all correct!

      1. Increase insulin dose or add another type of insulin.
      2. Add a medication to increase insulin absorption (i.e. metformin).
      3. Better diet control.
      $. Increase exercise.

  36. QUESTION:
    Need help understanding my blood glucose readings?
    When I was pregnant with my second daughter I had Gestational diabetes. I have kept a fairly close eye on my sugar levels since then. Usually, morning readings are between 89 and 100. Lately, though I’ve gotten morning readings of 111, 110, 128 and my last meal of the day yesterday was at 3:30 pm and at 9:30 p.m. my glucose reading was 124. Do these seem abnormally high after fasting? I’ve seen much worse, but I’m not sure when I should put in a call to my doc.

    • ANSWER:
      You have impaired glucose regulation. (ie., prediabetic condition.) When fasting blood sugar level exceeds >126 mg/dL and postprandial blood sugar level (2 hours after taking food) exceeds > 200 mg/dL, then you will be considered as diabetic.

  37. QUESTION:
    is it an indication of prediabetes or diabetes?
    My fasting blood sugars with glucometer always show between 110 to 126 and my post lunch levels show between 135 to 160. Does this mean i am a prediabetic or diabetic? do i have to take medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      Normal reading is 70-110. Also, did you wait 2 hrs. for your post lunch test? Off hand, I would say you are pre diabetic. However, this can be brought under control by diet, losing weight or exercise. I would consult with a health professional to have them do the A1C blood test. Then, you will know for sure & be advised accordingly.

  38. QUESTION:
    Diabetes Type 2 diet plan daily … Please help.?
    Hello Every1. I am 33 Male and weigh 72 kg and live in the Persian Gulf. I used to weigh 81 kg. I was diagnosed for Diabetes (Type 2) almost 4 years back. My fasting BGL (Blood Glucose Level) ranges from 110-145.
    Doctor has prescribed me metformin (500mg) twice daily after meals.
    I have stopped this medicine as I don’t feel like I should take it @ this age. Also becoz of medicine I don’t induldge in physical activity (Cycling, walking etc..) I informed my doctor for stopping the medicine and he says the best medicine for type 2 diabates is walking and keeping urself physically fit.
    Please advise me what should be the daily meal plan that I should follow in order to keep my BGL normal. Should I go by 3 normal meals a day or 3 small meals and 2 snacks in between?
    If I go for 3 normal meals + 1 hr physical activity daily then which is better choice for me from the menu below.

    Breakfast: Which is better choice Weetabix/Oats or just whole meal bread with Light Jam Spread + Tea (no sugar).
    Lunch: Beans (Red Beans/Butter Beans/Kidney Beans etc…) + White Rice or Fish/Chicken + Rice
    Dinner: Light Tuna Sandwich + Vegetable Soup or Brown Pasta + Green Salad

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      While it is impossible to know what you should eat, we can make suggestions.
      Metformin is safe and is the greatest help in managing my type 2 diabetes. Give it a go again.

      Your diet should have 6 1/2 cup servings of non starch veggies , 3 1/2 cup serving of fruit , lean protein and milk or other calcium .
      We all need carbs so try and have 2-4 carb choices a meal.
      You can add a 15 carb or less snack if you like.
      Your best bet is to talk to your doctor and a dietitian.
      Good luck.

  39. QUESTION:
    cardiac episode- when should I be concerned?
    I was diagnosed with primary hypertension at age 25. My average reading at diagnosis was 145/110, with peak
    reading at 185/120. In the past few years, my blood pressure readings have averaged out to slightly above
    normal with medications, averaging 125/95. However, yesterday I had a higher reading of 150/105 and earlier
    tonight my blood pressure spiked to 140/115 but has now dropped back down to 135/90. I was diagnosed with Type
    2 diabetes at age 25 with a fasting blood sugar of 185. Now my blood sugar is in close to normal levels and is
    treated with Metformin and diet. My A1C is also in normal ranges. I was diagnosed with high cholesterol at age
    26. At diagnosis, my total cholesterol was 310. Now it is down to 210 with medication and diet. At diagnois,
    my LDL cholesterol was 220 and has now dropped to 135 with medications. At diagnosis my HDL cholesterol was 90
    and has now risen to 75 with my total cholesterol level being 210 at my last appointment with my cardiologist
    which was two weeks ago. I have been obese for most of my life and have been unable to lose much weight even
    with diet and exercise. At my heaviest, I weighed 285 pounds and am now down to 245 pounds which is about 110
    pounds overweight.; Relevant drugs:I take Metformin, Benicar, and Vytorin.

    Last night when my blood pressure spiked, I felt intense pain in my chest that came in waves and radiated to my jawline and left arm and elbow. It came in waves and finally went away but returned tonight after I went on a walk and now I am dizzy and nauseous. I just had my husband retake my blood pressure and it read 165/115. Should I have my husband drive me to the ER just to be safe given my history?

    • ANSWER:
      We can’t diagnose you online! Get off the computer and have your husband call an ambulance, now! With your history, this could be really serious and if you are having a heart attack, every second counts!

  40. QUESTION:
    Pain in finger joints?
    I am diabetic patient with age 39; since last 3 months, I am feeling too much pain in my finger joints i.e. especially main joints, which join the finger with palm. It is with all fingers .. some more and some less.
    I have consult my doctor,,, he made some tests and prescribed some medicence, which I used but pain was still there ,,, so he said it is not due to diabetes, and then he referred me to an orthopedic, he made some more blood tests and x-ray of the hands ,,, and he found nothing, he given me some medicine…but no use…as the pain is still there..I visited him again ,, he said it is may be due to diabetes….i told him my sugar level is in normal range <110 in fasting, and also my diabetic doctor said it is not due to diabetes. pls advise what to do..i feel all time very severe pain in my joints...I can’t bow my fingers towards palm direction. plz advise.

    • ANSWER:
      What you have sounds like arthritis. There’s a linament my wife uses that works made by makers of Absorbine Jr. Its website is www.absorbine.com.
      Veterine Liniment Gel Topical Analgesic

      I found it at a Horse supply store locally.

      Another thing that helps but sounds nuts is WD-40

  41. QUESTION:
    Is my first phase insulin gone?
    I’m a 15 year old girl, I weight like, 100 pounds, and I sometimes have hypoglycemic episodes, or at least I used to, so I keep an eye on my blood sugar and test when I feel weird. I really haven’t had a low blood sugar in quite a while, but after eating my levels go pretty high for a nondiabetic. I’ve read that blood sugar should never go above 140, no matter what you eat, but I had a snack after school of like, a piece of frozen pizza and a glass of iced tea and tested about every 15 minutes until my levels went back to normal and this is what I got.

    3:45- before eating 90
    4:15 120
    4:30 160
    4:45 145
    5:00 130
    5:15 120
    5:30 110
    5:45 95

    My levels went back to normal within 2 hours, and I know people say not to test before 2 hours because your levels won’t matter then, but I’m thinking if I’m going above 140 at all, that’s not good. I’ve been trying to research it and there are 2 phases of insulin release, the first and second. The first is the bolus and the second is the basal. Is my first no longer working as good as it’s supposed to? This pattern happens basically after every meal. And if I continually snack throughout the day, I’m between 120-150 whenever I test. My fasting levels are in the 80-90 range, so I think that’s good. I’m just concerned that these spikes mean something’s starting to fail.

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

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

  43. QUESTION:
    Help!! My endocrinologist is acting physco what do i do?!?
    I have been going through the process of possibly being diagnosed with diabetes. I was assigned to Dr. Silverman when i was in the hospital for a kidney infection 12 days ago. When i left the hospital he had me monitoring my blood sugar because it had been in the 200′s while i was in the hospital. Over the weekend it stayed around the low 200′s and 100′s. Concerned, he had me come in that monday for a check up. It started when the receptionist and the nurse called me a “diabetic”. They took my fasting blood glucose and it was 117 and from the same finger prick they took my A1c which was 6.5%. He then told me that he was diagnosing me with type 1 diabetes and he wanted to start me on insulin immediately. I was shocked not only because being diagnosed is a huge deal but i felt like i hadn’t had any tests done and i just wasn’t convinced as i was still on medication and i had been sick in bed for the past two months. He started to get flustered because we weren’t doing what he recommended and he told us he had NEVER had a wrong diagnoses and continued to name drop on how he was Nick Jonas’s diabetes doctor before he got famous. Then when we asked how i would have got diabetes because i have no family history he told me i have “bad luck”. He also threatened us by saying if my parents let me go much longer without insulin and i got sicker he would call DS (diphus) on us and force me on insulin. We then preceded to have an oral glucose test. Dr. Silverman called us later in the week with the results, this is where the story gets twisted. He told us my blood glucose before the test was 110, at 30 minutes-223, at 1 hour-257, at 1 hour and 30 minutes-106. And then there was a 5th number of 378. I only had my blood drawn 4 times yet he gave us five numbers. When we questioned him he said that the tubes must have gotten mixed up in the lab. He gave us the c-peptide which was 1.6%. And my 3 insulin levels of 5.2, 13.2, and 14.3. Then he told us again, he wanted me to come in immediately and start me on insulin. Of course, we wanted a second opinion, which we have a right to. He told us two of his partners he wanted us to go to and had them call our house and leave voicemails. My dad told him we were going to see someone outside of his practice. Dr. Silverman then said for us to tell him who we go to see for the second opinion because he wanted to call them first. We obviously wouldn’t do that because we dont want the our second opinion to be influenced by his. We were looking to go to the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. My mom later emailed doctor silverman asking about my oral glucose test results and why they showed that i needed to be on insulin immediately. He responded back without answering my moms questions and gave us a whole different set of numbers now with my c-peptide being 0 and going back to the origninal 5 numbers he gave us saying there was no mix up. When we emailed him back and my dad also called him, he didnt answer the phone and didnt respond to the emails. He left a voicemail on my dads phone later that night saying “How dare we quesition his integrity” and ranting at my parents about how we were making the wrong decisions. Again, he wouldnt answer when we called back. This morning, my pediatrition called telling us that Dr. Silverman had called her and told her that if we didnt get a second opinion today that he was calling DS on my parents because i was extremely sick and needed to be on insulin immediately. My parents called him, and he wouldnt answer. We emailed him and he emailed these few words back, “Whats your decision”. He is continuing to call my pediatrics office and asking them if we have scheduled an appointment yet. We’re making an appointment today but we have no idea what is really going on with my results. He’s been very sketchy the entire proccess and is continuing to give us different results. Where do i go from here? How can we get away from him??

    By the way, my numbers have been in much lower ranges for the past 4 days. No numbers going over 180. And i’ve been checking for ketones in my urine and i’ve had none.
    Thanks to everyone just another note…
    My parents went and got my paperwork from the hospital today and we are waiting for the new endocronogolist to call us back about the appointment. I only got my blood drawn four times yet they came back with five results so we really have no idea if they even did the test right. Everything else in my body is perfectly normal the only thing is my blood glucose levels have a little high. Is it possible to make a diagnoses based soely on those numbers? I just dont understand because my c peptide is 1.6 which is normal. Doesnt that mean my body is producing insulin? And my correct numbers for the oral glucose test are before-110, 30 min.-203, 1 hr.-338, 1 1/2 hr.-106, and 2 hr.-370. BUT, they told me they didnt need to do the 2 hour test and so i left after the 1 and 1/2 hour, so we really have no idea where that number came from. Now, the 203 & 338 numbers are higher than normal for that test, could that indicate dibetes? Or something else?
    Also…my c peptide when i was in the hosptial was 6.2 and when i went for my checkup after it was 6.5. What does that mean?
    Thanks to everyone. I just got back from my meeting with my new endo and i am now offically diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Its a very hard time but ill hopefully get through it.

    • ANSWER:
      If the blood glucose was between 200 mg/dl and 250 mg/dl for at least 1 hour after stimulation after a normal overnight fast of 80-120mg/dl AND the C-Peptide result is low or NEGATIVE then it is highly likely that this is a TRUE TYPE 1 DIABETES case.

  44. QUESTION:
    Can Nash be reversed? and what i have to take instead of Avandia?
    During a regualr blood test 4 years ago, my ALT and AST and GGT were found to be double than normal. When doctor checked the ultra sound he told me i have a fatty liver with inflammation and he said it is NASH.
    As my weight was 120 kg and hight is 180 cm, he asked me to lose weight and do some regular daily sport.
    After doing more detailed tests, he ommitted the other posiblities of having any kind of virus or immune reasons and stayed with the reasons related to obesity and said i am suffering from an insulin resistance case.

    My All other blood figures where good, triglycérides is 85 only , HDL 65, LDL 150 , and all other related tests were very good including fasting sugar ” below 100 ”

    My questions are:

    1- I read that NASH is linked to High triglycérides / low HDL / and High LDL levels. Totally contrary to my case! can i still consider it that i have NASH with such results!!?? or what?? knowing that the inflammation in liver is clear in Ultra Sound.
    My ALT & AST were about 50 and 75 and GGT was about 110 in the same tests.

    2- Doctor asked me to take Avandia 4mg on dailt basis to improve insulin resistance and take off some pressure off the liver. After a month of treatment, liver functions figures went back to normal. all below 40.
    But also after 4 months, they increased again to previous level but he told me to keep taking Avandia and lose the 5 kg i gained in these 4 months, maybe because of the drug itself. This was 18 months ago and after this i continued avandia but did not do any test. I still feel some pain in the upper right just below my rips.

    Was Avandia the correct solution?? and what to take instead now after it is removed from the market in my country?? what is the best replacement if any?

    3- Can Nash ” if i have Nash ” be reversed and how?? is there any new efective drug that solve the problem of liver inflammation and higher figures of enzimes ??

    I can not go back to my doctor now koz he left the country and i have to start again with another one.

    Hope to receive good news.

    Thx A lot.

    FAM

    • ANSWER:
      If you are talking about nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) that is a liver inflammation caused by a buildup of fat in the liver, doctors are not sure what causes it. Some have suggested it is due to drinking, but that’s not a well accepted view.

      John Hopkins researchers did a lot of work on the liver and in particular, the fatty liver issue. Since doctors know so little about nutrition and detoxing of the body, NASH becomes a difficult issue for them. They manage illness and relieve symptoms with drugs and surgery so this problem is not something they are good at helping you with. Looking at the enzyme elevation just gives you an indication of the problem, not the cause. If you focus on lowering enzymes, you will just be treating a symptom, not solving the problem. By the same token, cholesterol is NOT a problem for most people, but doctors seem to think by lowering cholesterol far below what is normal for people that have good longevity, they are doing the person a favor. If these guys understood nutrition and how the body works, they would be putting drug companies on notice and stop this lunacy. Giving you Avandia just puts you at risk for many side effects and if that is the doctor’s only solution, you need to get a new doctor.

      The fatty liver is due to “Intrahepatic gallstones” that is old bile that has hardened. Typical blood tests will not show this, and scans and other diagnostic tools will not show this. Eating foods high in cholesterol will not cause this. What does cause this problem is eating bad fats and bad digestion. Taking drugs will NOT solve this problem, but will contribute to the problem.

      There are three important steps needed to solve this problem. You need to change what you are doing nutritionally and then detox that liver. The first thing is to get your blood sugar in a level state and to do this you need to go on a blood sugar handling diet for 2 weeks. The next thing is to prepare your body for detoxing the liver by taking herbs to prepare the elimination organs, etc. and then do a liver & gallbladder flush to remove the stones. The liver stones have virtually no minerals so they are different than gallbladder stones and you will also get gallbladder stones as part of this flush. Typically a person has to do about 6 to 8 months (one per month) of these flushes to clean the liver & gallbladder. While you are doing this, your diet has to change so that you are greatly reducing the reason you got into this mess.

      You need to reduce your carb intake to 75 grams maximum per day. Eliminate ALL of the BAD FATS from your diet and those are: ALL Soybean, Canola, Cottonseed, and Corn oils. All trans fats, fried foods, hydrogenated anything, and ALL margarines (no matter what their marketing hype tells you).

      The good fats should be in this quantity: 60% monounsaturated (olive oil); 30% saturated (coconut oil, real RAW butter from raw cream of grass fed cows); 10% polyunsaturated oils (from nuts and seeds). You also need to eliminate completely from your diet, ALL GRAINS, SUGAR, and CORNSTARCH.

      You didn’t say, but I am suspecting you have acid indigestion issues also and need to address the low hydrochloric acid and digestive enzyme deficiencies from your pancreas to reduce to toxic load you are putting on the liver from the food you have been consuming. I strongly suggest you see a Certified Nutritional Therapist that can help you through this.

      good luck to you

  45. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar levels- please help?
    I am a 22 year old male, weighing 54 kgs and 5 feet 2 inches tall.
    I got my fasting blood sugar done which is 79.6 (Normal- 60-110 mg/dl)
    And the PP Sugar after 2 hours of lunch is 75.3 (Normal- 60-140 mg/dl)

    Can someone please explain, is it possible to have a PP sugar lower than Fasting sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      There are reasons why it is possible to have a blood sugar lower after you eat than it was before. Two hours for some people is plenty of time to get a blood sugar back down to normal. Do you have a high metabolism rate. Did you not eat a lot of high sugar carbohydrates, or did you exercise after you ate? Even drinking coffee or a certain kind of wine with your meal can return your blood sugar to normal levels quickly after you eat. Lots of factors are involved.

      Don’t worry. It is certainly possible for this to be normal for you.


Fasting Blood Sugar 110

If the last 2 articles were not enough to convince you that blood sugar does matter and is very important, then I hope this one hits you where it hurts. Blood sugar has been linked to the cause of a variety of different cancers. High insulin levels promote and environment that makes it much easier for certain tumor to grow. Research and testing is still being done so it is very hard to make any kind of bold statements regarding blood sugar levels and cancer. However, there is cause for great concern with certain cancers. These are the cancers we are going to be talking about.

Colon and Rectal Cancer

In a Harvard University study that involved more than 50,000 middle aged men, those whose diets were most likely to raise blood sugar fast and high were 32 percent more likely to develop colon and rectal cancer over 20 years. The effect is much stronger for heavier men.

Breast Cancer

In the Women’s Health Study, women who followed a blood sugar-boosting diet were 135 percent more likely to develop breast cancer in seven years than woman whose diets were more blood sugar friendly. Many different studies have shown a huge increase in breast cancer in women that do not follow a blood sugar friendly diet. It was linked to even be a higher percentage to woman who do not exercise frequently.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I have 110 fasting blood sugar and thats the border. What can I do to reduce it? I am only in highschool?

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  2. 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.

  3. QUESTION:
    my fasting is blood sugar 110 , post lunch after breakfast(lettuce) is 94 ,?
    post lunch with 3 cups rice ,mango dal,egg plant, cauliflower , 2 spoons dahi is 216. i walk daily for 50 minutes. I take pioglitazone with metformin -twice and insuline 15 IU twice . pl advice diet, exercise , medicine.

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  4. 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.)

  5. QUESTION:
    While fasting is blood sugar readings of 110 normal for a 13 year old girl?

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn’t appear to be out of the 80-120 range. I would continue to monitor her readings, and should they get extremely high, then I would have her checked out by a physcian. ————————

  6. QUESTION:
    Are my fasting blood sugar blood tests healthy?
    Hello,

    I’m wondering if two fasting blood tests of 110 are healthy. They were taken because I have been constantly thirsty and urinating often for the past three months. I have been reading that it is healthy and that it is a little on the high side. If anyone is a professional and can provide me some feedback, I’d really appreciate it!

    • ANSWER:
      Surely Pre-diabetic. Here are the numbers.
      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

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

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

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

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

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

      I would act as if I was diabetic. Today.

      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels.
      Here are the 4 keys:
      1) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      2) Meds. Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They may kill you. Bone fractures, heart problems and what diabetics really don’t need is that they change Bone Stem Cells to Fat Cells.
      3)diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can’t count carbs so I use Mendosa’s Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      4) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.

      Good luck to you

      Tin

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the normal fasting blood sugar for an 11 year old child?
    I have type 2 and I took my son’s blood sugar (fasting) this a.m. and it was 114. I was wondering if that was on the high side , I believe the normal is 110 and below, but not sure. Thanks in advance! :))

    • ANSWER:
      For a non diabetic person, a normal fasting runs between 70 and 100.

      120 was the old standard and its too high. Most endos don’t use it and many doctors won’t either.

      You can’t tell how accurate your meter is, so don’t worry. It might be reading a bit high. Meters are allowed by law to be up to 20% off either way. They show changes more accurately than actual readings.

      The only way to know for sure if your son is diabetic or prediabetic is to get him tested at a lab. Your doctor might do a fasting test if you explain why you are concerned. I think it would be a good idea to ask for one.

      If the fasting lab test is still high, then ask your doctor to do a glucose tolerance test and an HbA1c. These tests give a more complete picture of what’s going on.

      By the way, normal blood sugar levels are the same no matter what your age or gender.

      And, what is considered normal for a diabetic is not the same as what’s normal for a healthy person, so you can’t go by what your goals are as a diabetic. His needs to be lower than what you were told to aim for.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is a fasting blood sugar of 107 considered high?
    I’ve been worried about my blood sugar since i have a history of diabetes in my family,im over weight and im trying to loose the weight at this point in my life.Im hoping someone could let me know if this is considered high,my blood sugar has been between 103 and 110 in the am the last few days with no symptoms,should i worry? At the moment i have no insurance to see a doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      That reading, in the scale we use in America is *absolutely* not high! (Apparently whatever scale is used in Europe and/or Asia and/or Africa has an entirely different “normal” range!) My Family Physician, who has been treating my Type II Diabetes since 2005, states that for a non-diabetic, a normal fasting BS is 105-110, 2 hour postprandial (after eating) is <145.

      You are to be commended for trying to lose excessive weight, regardless! I personally know how much of a struggle that can be; but please stop worrying! When I began treatment for diabetes, I was 70+ pounds heavier than I am now and my blood sugar reading was too high for my meter, somewhere above 600!

  9. QUESTION:
    I am pregnant women.My sugar blood level was 110 for fasting and 130 two hours after meal.is that risky?
    i am really worried…please answer me.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with TheOrange Evil. Both your fasting glucose and reading after two hours after a meal are a little raised. Nothing to get worked up about.

      As TheOrange Evil stated, a non-diabetics fasting blood glucose (sugar) level is between 70 and 100 mg/dL. Two hours after eating, their blood sugar level will return below 110 mg/dL … often returning below this.

      Bob, the reason you may be a little confused is that in the United States of America they use a different measurement. They use mg/dL (milligrams per deci-liter … American spelling of litre) whereas in the civilised world we use mmol/l (millimols per litre … note, we also use the letter ‘s’ in some words, whereas in America they tend to use the letter ‘z’ … or miss out the letter ‘u’. Not to worry, we’re all on the same side. To convert mmol/l to mg/dL take YOUR reading and multiply it by 18.)

  10. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar level of 110 (while fasting) at age 30?It will affect my child?
    My age 30 and i am in diabatics if this time my wife pregnant it will affect my child?
    Please advice me as serious
    I am worried about my child future?

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing to worry. Most probably your child will not have diabetics or any other related issues.

  11. QUESTION:
    is this a normal fasting blood sugar or on the high side?
    I tested myself this morning after not having any food for 10 hours and it was 96. before it’s been lower like 85 so i’m wondering why it was higher this time? i’m not diabetic yet but was tested in routine blood tests slightly higher (110) so i have been regularly testing myself to see if i really have a problem.
    and the 110 reading was a fasting blood test done at the lab. this 96 reading was done at home using true-track and i frequently test at 96 lately.
    also i’ve tested in the 80s and the lowest was high 70s so it does fluctuate. just wondering since i thought 96 was a bit high for a fasting one but some of my other ones (fasting at home) were 85 and around there.
    ok to answer some questions here- no i’m not overweight 5-6″ and 130 weight, history of grandmother diagnosed at 70 with diabetes and she was overweight, some cherokee blood. i will be getting an A1A test (or whatever it is called) so after than i should know more but just was wondering why it would fluctuate in the fasting readings.

    • ANSWER:
      Blood sugar fluctuates constantly and is never the exact same. As long as your fasting blood sugar is 100 or below, it is within normal limits.

  12. QUESTION:
    Fluctuating Fasting Blood Sugar Levels with Diet?
    My fasting blood sugar last year used to be 115-119 mg/dl. After that I started exercise and some diet control and fasting BS stays between 85-95 mg/dl. Now if I eat lot of sugar foods in a stretch of 3-4 days then the fasting blood sugar next days usually reads around 103-108 mg/dl range. But after 2-3 days it comes down to 90-95 mg/dl. I have been doing exercise regularly.

    Is it OK to let my fasting blood sugar go up to 100-110 mg/dl range when I eat high sugar food and let it get down in 2-3 days to below 100 mg/dl. Is this OK or do I need to always keep it under 100 mg/dl by not eating high sugar snacks. My doctor told me not to check my blood sugar often because he noticed that I am usually maintaining it below 100 mg/dl most of the time. But I like to assess my body and my fasting blood sugar pattern when I relax my diet. So I do check my fasting BS at home everytime I eat excess of high fatty or sugar meals.

    Please advise if I can let myself loose on diet occasionally and let the Fasting BS read between 100-110 mg/dl as long as it reads below 100 mg/dl in next 3-4 days.

    PS: For clarity of readers. I am not a diabetic nor do I take any medicines. The reason I go to my doctor is because of my high cholesterol that is controlled by exercise.
    My blood sugar 2 hours after meals is between 100-115 mg/dl.
    My HbA1C is 5.7%

    • ANSWER:
      If you were non-diabetic, then eating sugary foods wouldn’t be elevating your blood sugar well into the next day. I’ve tested enough non-diabetics in my life to know that they are usually below 100 mg/dL by two hours after eating a meal, regardless of the carbohydrates, and 100% normal by the next morning.

      Also, your fasting levels last year and this year (after indulging in sweets) are firmly in pre-diabetic range. Pre-diabetes IS diabetes; it’s just diabetes caught early. Pre-diabetes is not the first step on the path to diabetes. There are many earlier steps, like metabolic disorder and insulin resistance. Based on your high cholesterol and pre-diabetic fasting blood sugar, I’d say you do have metabolic disorder and are diabetic, but early staged and well controlled by diet and exercise. I’m not criticizing you. In fact, I think you’re doing a great job. I just also think that your doctor is doing you a disservice by not emphasizing to you that you are diabetic.

      Here’s another problem – because you don’t test after meals, you don’t see how high your blood sugar is after eating. In the early stages of diabetes, blood sugar can drop after a while into normal or near-normal range, so it’s entirely possible you’re spiking well into the 200s. We just can’t know.

      As for whether it’s “okay,” that just depends. If you’re over 140 mg/dL for several hours, I’d say that’s not okay to do very often. As a diabetic, I aim to fast under 100 mg/dL always because it’s truly normal, but a few days of slightly elevated fasting blood sugar won’t give you complications. Your blood sugar after meals may be damaging you, though. It’d depend on how high you’re spiking and how long you’re staying up there, as well as how often you are breaking your diet.

  13. 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?

  14. QUESTION:
    Is 101 for fasting blood sugar considered pre-diabetes?
    I’m twenty and have I think type 2 diabetes runs in my family. I want to know if 101 for fasting blood sugar is prediabete or not (I have been getting this reading for 2 days). I’ve been looking at well known diabetes organizations, universities about it and many of them say between 70-110, or 80-100. I know each organization and university has their own levels but I’m not sure which one to follow

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

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

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

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

      Why Does the Lab Sheet I Got With My Blood Test Give Much Higher “Normal” Values?
      The reason that your doctor or lab might consider much higher numbers as “normal” is because doctors rely on “diagnostic criteria” set by the American Diabetes Association decades ago to define what are normal and abnormal blood sugar levels

      The science used to define these diagnostic levels is outdated and inaccurate. The ADA resists changing these diagnostic criteria for reasons that are almost entirely political. You can read the grim details of how these diagnostic levels were set and why they avoid diagnosing people with diabetes until they have already developed diabetic complications.
      Yes you are Pre-diabetic.
      I, myself would start taking Metformin.
      And exercise, nordic walking prefered.
      Also a low glycemic index and load diet. Here is the website for 2,480 food that are rated. It should remain your eating bible for life. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      So now you really know the real scoop. Not the American Diabetes Associations bull crap…….

      Tin

  15. QUESTION:
    Will stress cause my blood sugar to go up to 110?
    I was sick and stressed out and my doctor had me take two fasting blood sugar tests (different days). The results were between 108-110. I bought an AccuCheck and have been testing daily in the mornings when I wake up and my sugar levels are under 90. I was stressed out last night/this morning (to the point of having palpitations, etc.) and my blood sugar was 106. My doctor said I was prediabetic, but is it my stress that is causing a spike of glucose? Every time I test myself in the mornings when I’m not stressed my levels are normal.
    Please help… I’m worrying! I’ll give best answer.

    • ANSWER:
      oh man! I get the palpitations like crazy too when I get stressed out!
      Depending on what you eat before going to bed can affect your BS in the morning so eat some low carb, protein stuff before going to bed and see if that makes any difference. Last night I foolishly had cereal and milk before going to bed, my BS was 105 this a.m., the night before, I smartly ate hamburger and some mixed veggies before going to bed and my fasting that morning was 96, so be careful what you eat the night before going to bed. Stress will definitely raise blood sugar as well. I’ve seen in when I wake up with palpitation and when I dont. Some times I wake up with adrenaline rushes and I know it will be high, other times I wake up feeling normal and it is normal too. so watch what you eat before going to bed, stay relaxed as possible and enjoy life!

      Oh I forgot to mention this thingy called the dawn phenonmenon (spelling), it is when you wake up and your BS can be one number and an hour later it will be higher, this is normal, so check as soon as you wake up, do not wait an hour to test and see if that changes anything..

  16. 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.

  17. QUESTION:
    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!

  18. QUESTION:
    Am I pre-diabetic? My fasting blood sugars upon waking after 8-10 hours fasting is consistently from 110-128.
    I bought a meter and have been testing at home upon waking.

    • ANSWER:
      Pre-diabetes is a condition where blood sugars are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. There are two diagnosis associated with pre-diabetes. One is Impaired Fasting Glucose, where the fasting blood sugar (FBS) is between 100 and 125. A normal fasting blood sugar is less than 100 and a FBS of 126 or higher is a diagnosis of diabetesImpaired Glucose Tolerance is a blood sugar of 140-199 two hours after a Two hour glucose tolerance test with 75 grams of glucose, usually in the form of a Glucola beverage. A normal response to a glucose challenge would be a two hour blood sugar less than 140. A blood sugar of 200 or higher is a diagnosis of diabetes.

  19. QUESTION:
    hy every 1… My gf had a fasting blood sugar test and the resultant value is 102 ,?
    hy every 1… My gf had a fasting blood sugar test and the resultant value is 102 ,,, can any 1 of you please tell us the normal values and also if she is suffering from sugar or not, or are there any chances that she will suffer from it in future.
    Normal Values corresponding to the resultant values are 65-100.
    Normal Values on internet are 80-120, 70-110
    She also had HBA1C and result is 6.4% with normal values are 3.5% to 6.1% according to Internet is the values are 6.5 or grater then diabetes is confirm .and if the values are from 6.0 to 6.5 the its pre-diabetes phase. could you please tell me that how long does a patient takes to become a diabetes from a pre diabetes. she also had a urine test and its states Glucose Nil.

    • ANSWER:
      What’s normal depends on when blood sugar is being tested. Those normal values from the internet are for random blood sugar tests – in other words, non-fasting.

      Normal fasting values are 99 mg/dL and below. Pre-diabetes is defined as 100-125 mg/dL.

      If your girlfriend had her blood sugar tested in a doctor’s office, then hopefully the doctor will make some diet recommendations and ask her to come back soon for another fasting test, as well as an HbA1c, which is a 3-month average of blood sugar levels. She needs to be watched closely and she shouldn’t just be sent home without information. If she is pre-diabetic Type 2, then what she does now matters a great deal. Early intervention with diabetes is key – complications can be prevented and sometimes even the progress of the disease can be slowed, if proper blood sugar management occurs.

  20. QUESTION:
    What does am A1C of 5.8 combined with fasting glucose 89 mean?
    A year ago the fasting blood sugar was 110 but they didn’t do a hemoglobin A1C and I’ve never heard of this test. The blood test was in the afternoon and I was starving because I hadn’t eaten all day.
    note: not diabetic. but a year ago with the fasting 110 they told me was “just a tad high” but they were not worried. I’ve not had or heard of this A1C b/4.

    • ANSWER:
      Your present fasting glucose and A1C are quite normal as you know. What you are wondering is what to make of the fasting glucose one year ago of 110 mg/dL. The answer is that your physician should have done a repeat fasting glucose with an A1C but as this was not done there is no way to interpret the previous reading. If your physician suggested that a fasting glucose of 110 mg/dL or 6.1 mmol/L was ‘a tad high’ and cared nothing more about the glucose or you then I would question whether or not you should find another physician. The correct name for the A1C is a glycated hemoglobin A1C. ‘Glyco’ and ‘glycosylated’ hemoglobin A1C are commonly used by laboratories but these terms are biochemically incorrect according to the International Journal of Biomedical Nomenclature. Now that you have had an A1C done I am certain that your physician explained that the A1C offers the 90 day mean (average) glucose. A normal A1C is less than 6% and an A1C of 6% approximates (the relationship between A1C and glucose is nonlinear) a 90 day mean glucose of 126 mg/dL or 7.0 mmol/L. Final answer: you do not have diabetes at present nor are you a borderline or a pre-diabetic although I do not much care for those terms. 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.

  21. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for blood sugar to come down after starting diet & exercise protocol?
    I had a fasting blood sugar of 130 mg/DL which caused some alarm. My doctor said he will do A1C test in 8 weeks from now as I have started to exercise daily and also changed my diet. How long does it take for fasting blood sugar to come down after starting the new diet and exercise protocol ? Is it possible to get my numbers down below 110 mg/dl and if so how ? My fasting blood sugar fluctuates between 110-123 mg/dl in last two weeks since I started this protocol.

    • ANSWER:
      The diagnosis of diabetes should not be based upon a single glucose reading. If I were your physician I would have done the A1C after your fasting glucose reading came back as elevated. With so little information I do not like to prognosticate but as you continue to have elevated fasting glucose readings it would appear that you have diabetes. It is not possible to suggest whether you have type 1 or type 2 without more information. A low glycemic index diet with little to no refined carbohydrates, weight loss if you are over-weight, and regular exercise may bring your fasting glucose down to 100 mg/dL or 5.6 mmol/L or less. This may take several months rather than several weeks which is why your physician wanted to test you again in 3 months. 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.

  22. QUESTION:
    I Male66 my fasting sugar was in 120 to 146.down in one month Ist to 122 & now 110.?
    I am Taking half tab of semidaonil 3 times for last 12 yrs. I am veg & teetottler. I take simple veg food kooked in olive oil or safolla oil. Noe I want to know whether this much down of fasting blood sugar is ok.

    • ANSWER:
      Numbers look great to me.What is your problem? If you can maintain you should be in good shape.Between70-140 is great.

  23. QUESTION:
    A fasating blood sugar of 100 is fine isnt it?
    I mean im not diabetic but my dad and cousin are both type 1 diabetics, im 14 and a half and my cousin in 13 years old and he got it when he was 11 and a half. My dad is 56 and he has had diabetes scince he was 10. But now i have past them both up so far and still dont have diabetes. Every time i check my BS which is every week or so just to be sure it is from 86 to 100 unless i have a cold or i am sick then it can go up to 110. But a fasting blood sugar of 100 is ok isnt it? i keep hearing these stupid postings that 60 to 90 is what it should be and im like (are you retarted? ) 60 is WAY to low for somone without diabetes and 70 should be the deadline shouldnt it? My dad has always told me if my fasting is under 110 i didnt have to worry about anything?

    • ANSWER:
      You will find many conflicting comments regarding ‘normal’ glucose levels. Based upon the preponderance of clinical studies however I believe that nearly all physicians would agree with the following. A non-diabetic’s fasting glucose is typically 70 to 100 mg/dL or 3.9 to 5.6 mmol/L. A non-diabetic’s post-prandial (after meal) glucose typically does not exceed 140 mg/dL or 7.8 mmol/L. Please note that I say ‘typically’ as there will be some variation from day to day and as you have noted an illness may increase blood glucose. Your readings are normal. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless.

  24. QUESTION:
    Is 125-145 high fasting blood sugar?
    There is diabetes in my family and I have always tested my self to keep an eye on it and it has always been 70-90 fasting and after eating around 110. In June I began to test in the 125 -145 fasting. My Dr. did an A1C test and I was 5.8 but everything I know and read says these numbers are not diabetic but why are my fasting numbers so high now? I take Ambien and an occasional Darvacet for back pain could this be the reason for my high numbers? I can’t get any answers or figure this out.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes . It’s high, indicating diabetes. Here are the numbers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

      I can’t find anything to say that Ambein or darvacet would give you these numbers.
      Here is what you need to start today.If you do the diet and religiously do exercise you may not need the metformin.
      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels.
      Here are the 4 keys:
      1) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      2) Meds. Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They may kill you. Bone fractures, heart problems and what diabetics really don’t need is that they change Bone Stem Cells to Fat Cells.
      3)diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can’t count carbs so I use Mendosa’s Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      4) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.

      This is a serious disease. So address it seriously!!

      Good luck to you

      Tin

  25. QUESTION:
    My Fasting/Morning Blood Sugar seems a little off compared to my other readings. Anyone have ideas?
    I have a physical every year, all is fine.I am not a diabetic, but I am overweight. I have no issues with cholesterol (130 total, good is 76) Thyroid and Metabolic tests good, and no other major health issues. Just worried because I am overweight. I bought a Blood Glucose meter, and here is the only strange thing. My fasting/Early Morning Glucose seems off from my other readings. Today it was 117. After a dinner high in carbs, my 2 hour reading was 99. Random testing during the day is always under 100. I am worried about my morning reading. What could cause it to be an issue? I dont snack at night, and although I do like carbs, my readings 2 hours after meals are always back to “normal”. Anyone have any ideas? I should add that I went for a physical because of stress at work, and then my Mom died suddenly (she was in her 70′s) and this has been very hard to deal with. I suffer from anxiety and take xanax and have for many years due to panic attacks. Could stress be causing this? My doctor is not worried, and I had a life line screening for PAD, and all my arteries, and my heart and all is well. My Blood pressure is 110/70. So am I just my usual paranoid and anxious self? Thanks in advance for reading all this. It has been a tough year.
    Thanks so much for the quick response. Now I just have to find someone to walk with:-))). So nice of you to respond so quickly.

    • ANSWER:
      Stress can absolutely cause an increase in your blood sugar.
      Other causes of higher morning fasting blood sugar can be the “dawn phenomenon” where blood sugars can spike in the early morning as hormones and adrenals in the body regulate.

      That being said, if you are overweight, you are putting extra stress on your body and Type II diabetes is a common result.

      You can turn it around by exercising 6 days a week and keeping carbs to a minimum — 150/day, and increasing organic vegetables, fresh fruit (no fruit juice), and quality lean protein.

  26. QUESTION:
    Is a fasting blood sugar of 105 bad?
    Ok here is a little background first. I just had my baby 4 weeks ago and while I was pregnant I was diagnose with gestational diabetes. It was controlled with my diet. I refused to take insulin which they tried to give me at first because it made my sugar drop way to low and I felt like i was dying. Well I just had my check up yesterday and they rechecked my sugar through my blood work and my doctor called this morning and said that my sugar was 105 which was not good. So my question is really how bad is this sugar. In my opinion its not that bad and i have been reading things on the internet that said anything between 70 and 110 are normal. Any advice will be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    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.

  28. QUESTION:
    abnormal fasting blood sugar but normal rest of the day?
    i have been told i am borderline diabetic. my fastings range from 110-141, but for the most part the rest of the day, it is normal. at times, has reached 220 and 240. but that is not the norm. i had a glucose tolerance test, again, fasting was 140 but thruout the rest of it, it was pretty normal. is the fasting enough to say i am diabetic? is it just because i am early diabetic? i see my dr in 2 days but want to know what is going on now!!!! thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Normal levels are
      fasting – between 70 and 100
      2 hours after a meal – UNDER 120

      Your levels are certainly diabetic. The fasting levels alone will put you in that category.

  29. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar levels- please help?
    I am a 22 year old male, weighing 54 kgs and 5 feet 2 inches tall.
    I got my fasting blood sugar done which is 79.6 (Normal- 60-110 mg/dl)
    And the PP Sugar after 2 hours of lunch is 75.3 (Normal- 60-140 mg/dl)

    Can someone please explain, is it possible to have a PP sugar lower than Fasting sugar?

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    My blood sugar is a lil low.. is this ok?
    Im 18
    My fasting blood sugar level is 66 [ reference range 60 to 110 ]
    My post prandial blood sugar is 80 [ reference range 110 to 140 ]

    Im a lil over weight, BMI 26.
    Ive been feeling tired and hungry all the time.

    *sigh* whats going on? [ i know i know~! ask a doctor.. I'll.. but appointment is week away and i need suggestions and your experiences ]

    • ANSWER:
      Your post prandial seems okay, but your fasting is a little low. I’m not sure where you’re getting those ranges from. Anything below 70 is considered low blood sugar, and if you reach 140 two hours after a meal then there’s something seriously wrong.

      What’s more important for you is checking your blood sugar when you feel low, and making sure you don’t go too low. Yes, you need to see your doctor, but in the meantime you can help yourself by counting your carbs, eating small meals throughout the day (like every two hours) and avoiding sugary foods. This is because if you can keep your pancreas releasing about the same amount of insulin all day, it’s less likely you’re going to go low.

      This is the same way I treated my gestational diabetes. I would get up and have 15 carbs for breakfast, 15 for snack, then 30 for lunch. After that it was 15 for each snack and 30 for the other two meals. And I always had a 15 carb snack right before bed. You do that so you build the amount of carbs you eat slowly and then taper off at night. And I ate every two to three hours, and never waited more than four. It’ll be hard at first, but once you get adjusted you’ll stop being hungry all the time.

      And you need to get some exercise. Hypoglycemia is usually the precursor to type 2 diabetes, so exercise will help make you better. It doesn’t have to be strenuous, walking is good. But you must remember to have extra carbs before … and if you go somewhere keep some candy or a juice box with you at all times in case you go low.

      Actually it’s good to keep extra sugar with you all the time in case of lows.

      You also need to do some reading on this before you see your doctor. I don’t understand why, but many doctors don’t seem to understand blood sugar problems very well. You may have to reject some of his information and take matters into your own hands.

      EDIT:

      Oh, I almost forgot … if you want to know what foods will make your blood sugar spike (which is usually followed by a crash, i.e. low blood sugar) you can check them here:

      http://www.glycemicindex.com/

      The lower the number, the better they are for you.

      Good luck :)

  31. QUESTION:
    does a fasting glucose blood test of 110 indicate i am or will be diabetic?
    i’m wondering since this is very borderline and was done during a fasting test. i’m supposed to go in for a followup and avoid alot of sugar in my diet. I’ve never had any problems before this but i have native american blood so i’m always concerned i could get diabetes (although i don’t a big percentage of indian heritage).

    • ANSWER:
      It is boarderline.
      “What level suggests prediabetes?
      If your fasting blood sugar level is 100 mg/dL to 125 mg/dL, you have impaired fasting glucose — commonly known as prediabetes. To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may repeat the fasting blood sugar test several days to a week later.”

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/blood-sugar/SA00102

  32. QUESTION:
    Ive been having trouble with my blood sugar..?
    Ok..I’ve been feeling a little weird for the last few weeks and havent been able to see a doctor because i have no insurance coverage.Every time i go with out eating for a few hours i start to get shaky hands and i feel like my eyes want to sink in my head,i eat and it gets better,so i have been monitoring it with my mothers glucometer,my fasting blood sugar has been between 90-110,so when i go a few hours with out eating i then get shaky and real hungry,so i checked my blood sugar and it has been 108 and some times it will go down to 78,so than when i eat my sugar will go up into 201,now i dont know if im hypo or hyper glycemic,i have gotten mood swings and i also get irritable at time.Im over weight and have a family history of diabetes and im only 26.Im in need of serious advice and if someone can tell me whats wrong with me,it would help…Can someone help??

    • ANSWER:
      There must be a free clinic where you can go for consultation.Diabetes is not a disease that you should be afraid off, but a learning process about how to control your Blood Sugars,
      and how Insulin works in your body.

      The Insulin I take stays in my body and protects me for four hours at a time.
      After this time, my blood sugar starts to drop.

      But, I was told what to do in a case of high and low blood sugars by my Doctor.

  33. QUESTION:
    I have High Blood pressure 110 to 170. My height is 5′.5″ and weight 83 kgs.Lipid profile OK trigliceride-335
    Fasting Blood Sugar- 103 mg,Post Lunch Blood sugar- 133.Erithrocyte count-5.47, haemoglobin- 16.4, PCV-50.1,Leucocyte count-8100, MCV-91.5,MCH- 29.9,MCHC-32.7,Neutrophils-50,Eosinophils-04%,Lymphocytes-46,Monocytes-00%,Basophils-00%, Paltelets-1.94 Lakhs,ERYTHROCYTE-06,VDRL-Negative,Blood Group-A Rh positive,Blood urea-6.7,Serum Creatinine1.2,Serum SGOT-28,Serum SGPT-56,Total Bilirubin-0.98,Direct Bilirubin-0.54,Indirect Bilirubin-0.44,Alkaline Phosphate-154,Total protiens-6.8,Serum Albumin-4.5,Serum globulin-2.30,Serum Triglyceride-335,Serum Uric acid-5.4, Serum Cholestrol-186.0,Urine colour-Pale yellow,Urine Appearance-Clear,pH-6.0,Specific gravity-1.020,Pulmonary function test – OK, ECG -ok. I dont have any mental tensions. I am having a week ness that is lazyness. and also I use to watch TV too much and full day I use to work over computer.

    • ANSWER:
      So what’s your question?

  34. QUESTION:
    Diabetes even though blood sugar normal?
    Suppose someone used a friend’s blood sugar test kit to test their own blood after 10 hours of fasting, and the result was 110. Is it possible that person could *still* be diabetic? I ask because the person has a couple of other symptoms (odd sensations in feet, fatigue, blurred vision), but it’s my understanding that their fasting blood glucose would have to be at least 140 for a diagnosis of diabetes. I know there is also a glucose tolerance test that the doctor can do but if you consistently don’t have high fasting blood sugar, doesn’t that equal no diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      Home meters are not 100% accurate and cannot be used to diagnose diabetes. You need lab-work, and the best test to ask for is the HbA1c. It doesn’t require fasting, and it reflects your average blood sugar for the past 3 months.

      Fasting and random blood tests cannot do that.

      A normal healthy person will have an HbA1c between 3.5 and 5.5 %

      Anything over that indicates prediabetes, or diabetes.

      Normal fasting ranges are between 70 and 100. 110 is a little high, which means you should probably go ahead and have the Hba1c done every year, to make sure that if you develop diabetes you get it under control asap. As I said before, however, home meters are really not reliable enough to test for diagnosis.

      Get tested by your doctor, you could have diabetes and the longer you delay finding out, the greater the risk of developing complications.

  35. QUESTION:
    Mywife has been diagnised with Polycystic ovaries, the tests results and treatment is as under, no imprmnt?
    COMBINATION OF MEDICINES USED

    1) METAPHAGE 500 MG 1-0-1
    PLUS, YASMIN ( O.C)

    2) ANDROCURE 50 MG
    1-0-0

    PLUS THE ABOVE MEDICINES IN # 1 ABOVE

    3) NEOMET 500 MG
    1-0-1
    +
    DIANE (OC)1)
    + ALDACTONE 1-0-1/2

    THE TREATMENT IS UNDER WAY FOR THE PAST 10 MONTHS.

    SYMPTOMS:-

    SWELLING ON BODY , MORE PROMINENT ON FACE, HANDS, LEGS.
    DEVELOPMENT OF RASHES DUE TO SIMPLE PRESSURE OR TOUCH.
    THICK FACIAL HAIR ON CHIN AND UPPER LIP.
    LOSS OF HAIR ON SCALP.
    ITCHING ON BODY( IRREGULAR)
    DURING THE COURCE OF ABOVE MEDICINES PERIODS ARE SCANTY.
    FIRST 5 MONTHS AFTER TAKING THE MEDICINES THERE WERSE ABSOLUTELT SCANTY PERIODS.

    TESTS RESULTS:-
    DATE TESTS RESULTS

    19 MAY 1999 HORMONE TEST

    TESTOSTERONE 0.07 NG/ML ( REFERENCE FEMALES ( .06- .86)
    FTA 0.95 NG/DL ( REF 0.7-1.9)
    TSH 0.71 (REF 0.47-5.0)
    FSH 4.68 (REF 3-20)
    PROLACTIN 6.2 ( REF 1.6-23)

    10 MAY 2005 TESTOSTERONE 1.31nmol/l (ref 0.35-2.1 nmol/l )
    by enzyme limked flourescent asdsday 0.38 ug/l

    11 MAY 2005 FASTING BLOOD SUGAR 110
    FASTING URINE SUGAR ABSENT
    INSULIN 11.1 M UL/L ( REF FASTING 2.0-17.0 M IU/L)
    80 PMOL/L

    17 JAN 2006 FSH 7.56 MLU/ML(REF FOLLICULAR PHASE 3.9 – 12)
    LH 4.4 MLU/ML ( REF FOLLICULAR PHASE 1.5 – 8 ).

    • ANSWER:
      It would be very dangerous for you to rely on the opinions of answerers here without knowing for sure if they’re qualified to give you a second medical opinion. Get one from another OB-GYN so you can be sure.

  36. QUESTION:
    Why are my fasting blood sugars high when I have an a1c of 5.7?
    My a1c was 6.2 about 1 1/2 years ago. Since then it has gone down, with the most recent one 5.7. However, I typically have high fasting blood sugars on my meter, such as 130 or 150. It varies but is almost always over 110. I get some high readings on my meter throughout the day but never higher than 200. I seem to have more trouble with my sugar feeling too low during the day and I need to eat frequent snacks. I had a low blood sugar combined with heat exhaustion 2 weeks ago of below 70. I don’t understand why my blood sugar fluctuates as much as it does. First thing in morning it will be high, then a few hours later it will have gone down. I start to feel shaky when my blood sugar is below 90. I really try to eat healthy meals and not go too long without eating, but doesn’t seem too change. I’m happy my a1c has continued to go down without medication but I don’t know if there is something else going on here! Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Many diabetics battle high fasting blood sugar due to Dawn Phenomenon. If your blood sugar isn’t staying very high for very long, then that’s why your A1c isn’t reflecting it. After all, it’s just an average. Obviously, you want to avoid being as high as 130 mg/dL or 150 mg/dL in the morning. Levels over 140 mg/dL can contribute to diabetic complications. Some diabetics eat a little before bed, like a couple pieces of cheese. That seems to shut off the liver. Exercise after dinner helps my Dawn Phenomenon. You may also talk to your doctor about adding a dose of Metformin at bedtime to assist you.

      You probably feel low below 90 mg/dL because you’re not below that number very often. I stay between 70-100 most of the day and all those values feel fine to me because I let myself hang out in the 80s and 70s on a regular basis. Your body will acclimate to basically whatever blood sugar levels you’re at most often. It’s not dangerous to be below 90 mg/dL, but you’ll feel hypoglycemic there if you aren’t normally that low.

  37. QUESTION:
    I tested my blood sugar today and suddenly it’s 110. Is it normal? I included more info that may be helpful.?
    I just tested my blood sugar at 8 a.m. today and it was 110. I finished eating at 5:00 a.m. because I am fasting. Is that the reason why blood sugar went up seeing as it was 3 hours since I ate. I have noticed that I am peeing more in the past few days. Despite the fact that I am fasting I have been peeing on average at least 3 ounces of urine or more. Last time I checked my blood sugar it was 78. So far the only symptom that I have is increased urination. I do feel thirsty and hungry because I am fasting. Once I break the fast I no longer feel thirsty nor hungry. I have heard that drinking water affects blood sugar. If I drink more and exercise that should bring my blood sugar back to normal.

    When I said I pee on average of 3 ounces I mean that I pee on average 3 ounces of urine each time I pee.

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    I had gestational diabetes and had my baby 3 months ago. I still have high blood sugar. Am I diabetic?
    My blood sugar is still as high. My fasting is between 95-110 and after meals is regularly between 135-155 and occasionally as high as 190. I keep my portions small and do not eat candy, sweets, white bread, pasta….you get the idea. My weight is still a little high from pregnancy but I am working on getting it back down to 125. Am I doomed to be a diabetic? I am scared to do the follow-up sugar test because I don’t want the diagnosis.

    • ANSWER:
      well it does take a few months to get ur system back into its normal levels but if by another month it does not change u might be diabetic..i would say speak with ur doctor and let him/she know whats going on so u can be treated

  39. QUESTION:
    I feel worse when blood sugar levels go from 140/120 down to 110/100. Why?
    I am just testing blood glucose levels yesterday and today (at dr.’s request), so don’t have a big sample, but I have noticed a pattern so far.

    Seem that my waking/fasting level is ~110. After eating it goes to ~140/160 in the first half hour. As the level falls in the next two and a half hours to ~110/100, I feel the worst, even though those lower levels are reportedly better for you.

    I think that I read someone saying that this happened to them until they got their levels under 120 and then from that point on, she felt worse when her levels were high, and no longer when they were going down to a safe level.

    Is this typical? And, why does this happen/how to change?

    • ANSWER:
      a fasting level of 110 is usually indicative of diabetes. at 140/160 you are feeling the rush of the elevated blood sugar. After this rush comes a crash when the sugar level drops below what can be processed with limited insulin activity

      this elevation/crash can be changed by diet but the ability to change depends on your body’s ability to make and utilize insulin

  40. QUESTION:
    What questions should I ask to the Gynecologist on the First day of appointment ?
    Hi Friends,

    Now that I have conceived and the urine test reports show a positive of pregnancy, I have scheduled an appointment with the Gynecologist on this coming saturday. Can someone tell me some typical questions I should ask about the good health of my baby and myself.
    I had done some clinical tests earlier and have these following :
    Total Cholesterol :- 210
    Fasting Blood Sugar :- 110
    Pressure :- 120 / 80.

    Please advise, I also fear the Gynecologist inserting the fingers in the vagina to test something, I donot understand why they do that, can someone tell me why do they do that. Moreover can I ask the doctor not to do that, I may feel hurt.

    Thanks & Regards
    Sulogna

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sulogna,

      Congratulation, we faced the same question some time back, these are two cents

      That I think Pap smear test, they will do that to check the infections if any

      1. Inform your Doc about any hereditary complication ( if your parents are diabetic / blood pressure )
      2. inform her about any allergy you have
      3. ask about her visiting timings in the hospital ( you would prefer going to the gyne who is more frequently present at the hospital )
      4. simple do;s and dont’s
      5. what to eat and what not to ( some say to avoid papaya & sapota )
      6. the possible dates for scans
      7. need for multivitamins and Folic Acid supplements
      8. supplemtary drink like Mother;s horlicks

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  41. QUESTION:
    The relationship between blood sugar and secreting of insulin in a human body?
    The blood sugar after and fasting is normal ie., blood sugar (F) is 97 mgs/dl (normal between 70-110 mgs) and blood sugar (PP) is110 mgs/dl (normal between 80-16 mgs). But the result of lab test of insulin (F) is higher ie., 20.38 ulu/ml (normal for adult is 0.7 – 9.0). I would like to know the condition for the results as shown above.

    • ANSWER:
      “lab test of insulin (F) is higher ie., 20.38 ulu/ml (normal for adult is 0.7 – 9.0)” is not clear. My lab provides just the FBS and PPBS (Post Prandial Blood Sugar) as stated in the first portion of your query. Ask your lab to check the HbA1c value which is the 3-month average blood sugar value (charges Rs.150-200) in your blood (need not be fasting blood). If that value is <7 your blood sugar control is excellent. 7 to 8 is Fair Control Above 8 is Poor Control. This is a better value to track than the FBS and PPBS.

  42. QUESTION:
    Why blood sugar goes down after eating?
    I’m not diabetic, but I told my doctor I wanted to monitor my blood sugar for a week because diabetes runs in my family, so he gave me 2 different monitors to use. I used both to test my blood this morning. I tested my blood sugar fasting this morning and the first monitor said my blood sugar was 102, but the second monitor (which my doctor said is a better monitor) said my blood sugar was 85. I tested again on the better monitor and my blood sugar was 90. After lunch I tested on both monitors again. The monitor that read my blood sugar as 102 this monring was now reading it as 96 and the monitor that read my blood as 85 and 90 this monring was now reading it was 110. My question is, the “not so good” monitor showed that my blood sugar dropped after eating. Is this normal? I though it went up after eating and the “better” monitor did show that it went up. Are these numbers normal?

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar levels for thirteen year old?
    Im a thirteen year old girl. I weigh 110 and im 5 foot 4 inches. My family has frequent diabetes and i have been nauseated and have blacked out a few times within the past two days. We took my blood sugar after i slept (fasted for at least 12 hours) and it was 99. Does anyone have any clues to if it could be diabetes or hypoglycemia? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      U got diabetes

  44. QUESTION:
    shocking – bloog sugar fasting test results ?
    yesterday i got my blood sugar fasting done on a pathological lab..
    First pathalogy lab reports says it is- 76mg/l
    today i got it done at another lab
    Second pathalogy lab says – 92mg/l
    Normal range is said to be 70-110 mg/l
    i wonder why there is so much difference,which result I should take for my health.Both pathalogy labs are very famous in our town
    it is both done on fasting .with emthy stomch in morningAs far as i remember i havnt eaten naythng highly contaning sugar.
    MY age is 24.I hav a family history of diabetes.My father died at the age of 35 due to hearth attack.My grandfather had also gone due to hearth attack at the gae of 45.
    both lab says normal reading range is 70-100

    • ANSWER:
      There is a difference because they were done on two different days. You’re blood sugar changes constantly…if they had checked it twenty minutes earlier or later on the same day it would have been a little different. It’s different based on how long it was since you last ate, what it was that you last ate, etc. What matters is they are both normal, indicating that you’re body is producing insulin, breaking down sugar correctly, and you are probably not diabetic, or if you are diabetic, it is being well-managed. You can use either reading.

      *Edit*: They were fasting blood tests, so yes, you hadn’t eaten for “X” hours, but you had still eaten the previous day, yes? Depending on what you ate for dinner…it doesn’t have to be sugar, could be whatever, carbs, protein, your body has to break all of these down, this WILL affect your fasting blood glucose the next morning. Again, your blood glucose is constantly changing minute to minute, much less day to day, be satisfied that BOTH test were normal. Continue to have them monitored and be vigilant for symptoms. As of this time there is no indication you are diabetic based on your test results…congrats!

  45. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar high in the morning low during the day?
    I’ve started monitoring my blood sugar at my doctors direction. I’m using Accu-Check aviva. My level when I wake up is around 150 .. during the day its around 110 whether its 4 hours after lunch or 2 hours after dinner. Is this normal? I thought it should be lower after 8 hours of fasting.

    • ANSWER:
      Your body does a lot of things when you sleep that usese insulin.
      It has a lot to do with what your blood sugar is before you go to sleep.
      If you eat a meal to close to bed time, or hae high blood sugar before going to sleep, it will be high in the morning.

      Don’t eat a meal right before going to sleep, a small snack is ok if your sugar is low.

      It is very important that your sugar is not high when you sleep, it does damage and prevents you from sleeping properly.

      There two things that can cause morning highs, the somogyi effect and dawn phenomenom. You can read about it here.

      http://diabetes.webmd.com/morning-high-blood-sugar-levels

      Neither gets you out of controlling your fasting glucose levels.

  46. QUESTION:
    I’m not sure if I could have low blood sugar?
    While fasting my blood sugar was at 69 and when non-fasting it was at 101. Is this bad or not. My dad has high blood sugar and his dad had low blood sugar and anemia. My anemia numbers were 13 I don’t if that’s low or not. I am a runner and I am worry because I have been feeling really tired when I run. Right that we are not in school I havnt been running but I’m still very tired but I’ve been eating a lot of sugar. Can anyone really help me with this. If it help I’m 15, 5’1, and 110. Please I need some real answer and real help, don’t tell me to go to my doctor unless it could be very serious.

    • ANSWER:

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

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

  48. QUESTION:
    dr. john e russo – 4 hour fasting glucose & insulin results?
    I have symptoms after I eat: extreme hunger, anxiety, burning/numbing skin, muscle aches, shortness of breathe. Some have said hypoglycemia, but my at home blood sugar test are always normal – not low. I’ve never gone over 150 blood sugar after eating. I don’t think I have diabetes, but something is not right in my eating. My at home fasting blood sugar test is often 108-110. Hemoglobin A1c was 6.0 (indicated high).Can you shed any light on this 4 hour fasting glucose & insulin test for me please, report reads:
    fasting 99 glucose insulin 7 in range
    1/2 hr later 167 glucose insulin 124 high – out of range
    1 hour later 108 glucose insulin 118 out of range
    2 hour later 71 glucose insulin 25 out of range
    3 hour later 93 glucose insulin 29 out of range
    4 hour later 83 glucose insulin 5 in range

    I saw where you talked about dysautonomia. I don’t have high blood pressure, so atenol would not be for me right? could there be some mast cell activation? Adrenal involvment? I have low blood pressure test taking laying down & it drops about 10 points on standing? Any tests I should get. I have been dealing with this for 4 years & it is hard to eat & function this way. Any help appreciated…

    • ANSWER:
      The answer to your questions are……

      No, no, yes and no.

  49. QUESTION:
    Why would fasting Blood Glucose be consistently higher than Bedtime levels?
    I am trying to get my blood sugar levels into a normal range with exercise and diet. I am not on insulin or drugs and have not yet been diagnosed with diabetes but my MD is concerned about my fasting blood glucose.

    What’s frustrating is that I am really watching what I eat and controlling my snacking and have a Bedtime BG of 95-104 (5.3-5.8) and yet my FBG seems to consistently be 108-110 (6.0-6.1). Why…where is the glucose coming from if I have been at rest and haven’t eaten for over 10 hours?

    I thought it may be related to eating too late and/or too heavy a meal the night before and perhaps was still digesting after going to bed, but have watched and contolled what I have eaten during the last couple of days without any apparent impact.

    • ANSWER:
      When you fast, many times the liver thinks the bodies blood sugar is going too low, and it will release sugar into the blood stream. Diabetics call this ” dawn phenomenon”. It happens to many of us in the morning when we do our fasting blood sugar test, but a hour later, it is usually within normal range. It can also happen to diabetics when they exercise. It is just the liver trying to keep something from going wrong. You are right though, about your evening meal. If it was something with a lot of carbs, it can cause the fasting test in the morning to be high. Especially if you eat fiber like grains in bread, or eat oatmeal. If I have oatmeal, my blood sugar will stay up forever it seems. If I just eat a small amount of it, my blood sugar will rise some, but will stay stable for hours, I don’t need a snack. Next time you are going to have a test, make you last meal something lower in carbs and see what happens. Even non diabetics experience dawn phenomenon.

  50. QUESTION:
    blood sugar Question 200+ readings?
    my fasting sugar was 92 but i have been getting readings from 190-240 after meals (1hr) im not diagnosed as diabetic. But have been feeling horrable after meals so i got a test monitor. It says under 110 is normal for fasting but the 200+ is what worries me. I know some people her have had way higher readings so what does this mean? According to my fasting im not diabetic but after i eat a meal with any carbs or sugar IE brown rice or a banana It spikes to 200+ I’m going to the dr this week and beg for a test . But im confused. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      You’re right to be concerned. You need a doctor to perform an HbA1c – a test that reveals your average blood sugar over three months’ time. Based on what I’m seeing, though, I think you’re possibly prediabetic or maybe even diabetic.


Fasting Blood Sugar Definition

A Combined Wrist Blood Pressure And Blood Glucose Meter is fundamentally a 2-in-1 product that eliminates the need to purchase a Blood Sugar Meter and Blood Pressure Monitor separately. It is most ideal for people with both diabetes (hyperglycemia) and high blood pressure (hypertension) for home use.

It is typically compact, light-weight, comfortable, designed for ease of use and accurate measurements. Use your wrist to take your blood pressure using the oscillometric BP method with wrist cuff technology. When testing your blood for glucose, it works almost the same like a Blood Sugar Meter except that now you place your blood sample on the same device too. Stores results for both blood glucose and blood pressure tests.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What does a glucose tolerance test have to show for someone to be diagnosed as diabetic?
    I took a glucose tolerance test after fasting. Three blood samples were drawn–once before I ate, a second one hour after I drank the glucose drink and a third an hour later. My fasting blood sugar was in the mid 90′s and the blood sugar level after two hours was around 115. One hour after the drink my sugar was above 250. The endocronologist I saw insists that I have type 2 diabetes based on this. When I discussed it with my internist, however, he said that while he reccomended I take metformin as did the endocronologist, I wasn’t technically diabetic based on those results because my fasting blood sugar and the blood sugar after two hours were in the normal range and they have to be elevated in order for someone to truly fit the definition of diabetic. So am I technically diabetic???

    • ANSWER:
      My understanding was that you have to have two results that are abnormal to be diagnosed, and yours is only the first hour that scores as abnormal. However, that is a very high sugar spike. People who can tolerate glucose just don’t spike that high – see for example the person who asked this question:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AiJEcY5TdE5KKP8YRJPo94vty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20080925180910AAjkVwa&show=7#profile-info-fc9493156516552e26f79108d62a603daa

      Since they prescribed metformin, they are definitely seeing you as insulin resistant – meaning, definitely something is not normal with your endocrine system for a spike as high as 250. You can always take another test to get a second opinion. A fasting in the 90′s would make me think you aren’t a diabetic, but they want to identify what is lacking to make you spike so high at the 1 hour mark.

  2. QUESTION:
    HEALTH QUESTIONS PLEASE HELP FAST thankzzzz?
    2. Which of the following are combined during fermentation to make alcohol (choose 3)?
    (Points : 2)
    Yeast

    Sugar

    Nicotine

    Water

    Carbon trioxide

    3. _____ is a measure of the amount of alcohol in a drink.
    (Points : 2)
    BAC

    Proof

    Ounce

    Percent

    4. Which of the following is a measure of the amount of alcohol in a person’s blood?
    (Points : 2)
    BAC

    Proof

    BAL

    Percent

    5. Factors that can increase your blood alcohol concentration while drinking include: (Choose 3)
    (Points : 2)
    Drinking in public

    Being female

    Having an empty stomach

    Mixing fruit juices with your drink

    Drinking fast

    6. A blood alcohol concentration of _____ or greater is considered legally intoxicated in most states.
    (Points : 2)
    5 percent

    10 percent

    .5 percent

    .08 percent

    7. The definition of binge drinking is four or more drinks in a row for women or five drinks in a row for men.
    (Points : 2)
    True

    False

    8. A person who drinks alone and experiences blackouts after drinking might be:
    (Points : 2)
    an alcoholic.

    depressed.

    anorexic.

    a drug addict.

    9. A major ingredient in tobacco that is addictive is _____.
    (Points : 2)

    10. The smoke that is given off by a burning tobacco product is called _____ smoke.
    (Points : 2)

    • ANSWER:
      2. Yeast sugar and water obviously
      3.BAC
      4.Bal i think
      5.Being a female
      DRINKING FAST
      HAVING AN EMPTY MSTOMACH
      6. .08
      7.TRUE
      8.depressed
      9/nicotine
      10.Depends on whether its a cigarette, pipe, or cigar. If it’s a cigarette then it’s cigarette smoke, if it’s a pipe then it’s pipe smoke, and if it’s a cigar then it’s cigar smoke.

      Do your own work because i know you from k12 because i have k12 and in the same grade as you

  3. QUESTION:
    Help with Biology 1 homework?
    68. Which of the following blood types cannot be the result of the fertilization between two parents with the following blood types: AO x AB?
    a. type A
    b. type AB
    c. type B
    d. type O

    69. DNA is made of nucleotides bonded together. What is a nucleotide made of?
    a. sugar, phosphate, and a base
    b. adenine and guanine
    c. four bases and the bonds between them
    d. cytosine and guanine

    70. Which of the following statements concerning the Krebs Cycle is not true?
    a. It is also called the citric acid cycle
    b. It is the second step in the process of cellular respiration
    c. It produces thirty-two molecules of ATP for the body to use
    d. Two pyruvates are fed into the cycle

    71. Which of the following is the best definition of the term vestigial features?
    a. when DNA is used to compare closely related species
    b. two structures that are evolutionarily connected but used for different functions
    c. structures that seem to have no purpose
    d. two structures that are used for the same function but evolved from different lines

    72. What two organelles do plant cells have that animal cells do not have?
    a. mitochondria, vacuoe
    b. cell wall, nucleus
    c. chloroplast, cell wall
    d. chloroplast, mitochondria

    73. What is the product of DNA replication?
    a. a double helix
    b. two daughter strands
    c. Okazaki fragments
    d. mRNA

    74. Which of the following is not true about the history of the name “cells”?
    a. the “cells that were discovered were alive.
    b. Robert Hooke named them
    c. Cells looked like small rooms in a monastery
    d. A cork was examined under a microscope

    75. In the scientific method, why must a retest be done?
    a. to ensure that the results were correct
    b. to ensure that an adequate sample size was used
    c. so scientists can make change data
    d. a retest is not always required

    76. What is cristae?
    a. part of the mitochondria that has accordion-like folds that increase the surface area
    b. part of the stomach that has digestive enzymes that break down nutrients into smaller parts
    c. part of the liver that stores energy in the form of glycogen (carbohydrates)
    d. part of the fast-twitch muscle fibers that allows you to run very quickly

    77. What does the term “gene doping” mean?
    a. to study the defective alleles in a genetic sequence
    b. to change the make-up of genes to improve health or physical performance
    c. to consume certain foods while pregnant, to provide the fetus with sufficient nutrients
    d. to use drugs of alcohol to alter your state of mind

    thank you so much for your help!!! :)

    • ANSWER:
      68.D
      69.A
      70.B
      71.B
      72.C
      73.B
      74.D
      75.A
      76.A
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Fasting Blood Glucose Levels

Diabetes starts and you never know it. You can be going along thinking everything is great and you never even suspect you have this disease. You are unaware that it is already causing health problems for you.

You could have what is know as pre-diabetes. You may not be aware that your blood sugar is slowly increasing. You may have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and sweating. Perhaps the doctor is treating you for these symptoms and you have no other indications that diabetes is getting a hold on you!

4% to 6% of people in America who have pre-diabetes go on to full blown, Type II diabetes. If you have pre-diabetes, you can easily get Type II diabetes, especially if you have any other risk factors. Look at the risk factors and see if any apply to you:
* Are you overweight?
* Do you have a family history of the disease?
* How old are you? The older you get the more at risk you are.
* What race are you? Some races are more prone to develop Type II diabetes. Are you an African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders, then you are at a greater risk of developing Type II diabetes?
* Do you have Metabolic Syndrome?

What can you do to prevent pre-diabetes from developing into full blown diabetes, Type II diabetes? You can
* Lose weight.
* Get more exercise.
* Eat foods that are good for you.
* Stop eating sugar and sugary foods.
* Stop drinking sodas.
* Stop smoking.
* See a doctor.

That brings me to the last item on the additional risk factors. You probably have never heard the word, Metabolic Syndrome. Neither had I until my doctor sent me to take a test called an A1C test. Then she promptly informed me that I had it, Metabolic Syndrome! It can cause pre-diabetes to develop into Type II diabetes and you will never know it until you have Type II diabetes and are taking insulin pills like me!

I figure you should know the symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome. Here they are
* Do you have an elevated waist circumference? Is you waist 40 inches or more if you area a man? Is your waist 35 inches or more if you area a woman?
* Do you have elevated levels of triglycerides? Is the reading 150 mg/dl or higher? Are you taking medication for high triglycerides?
* Do you have low levels of HDL (good ) cholesterol? Is it below 40mg/dl if you are a man or below 50mg/dl if you are a woman? Are you taking cholesterol medication?
* Do you have elevated blood pressure levels? Is it 130mm HG or higher for your systolic pressure? Is it 85mm HG or higher for your diastolic pressure? Are you taking blood pressure medication?
* Do you have elevated fasting blood glucose levels? Are your levels 100 mg/dl or higher? Are you taking medication for elevated fasting blood glucose levels?

If you are pre-diabetic, or have Metabolic Syndrome and have any additional risk factors, you need to start now and take preventative action to stop or halt this disease. Diabetes is a dreaded disease and has no known cure! If left unchecked or allowed to run rampant, it could affect your heart, kidneys, blood vessels, circulation, lungs, and eyes. You could end up having a with heart attack, a stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, loss of eyesight, nerve damage known as neuropathy, and a score of many other devastating complications including amputation or death!

If you have any chance to stop this disease in your body, start today. Go see your doctor and be tested. Begin a rigid diet of healthy foods and exercise. Lose weight. Do whatever you have to do to prevent any more damage to your body.

If you would like to read more about this disease and the complications, look at the American Diabetes website. It is loaded with very important information, including a healthy diet.