Fasting Blood Sugar Level 102

If you are detected with excess level of blood glucose, you might be more susceptible to develop several health ailments like infections, unusual blood clotting, and delay in healing any cuts and wounds. High glucose levels in the blood may also lead to stubborn condition like diabetes. Fortunately, there are some ways you can adopt to lower blood sugar level.

Tips to lower blood sugar level

One of the easiest ways to lower blood sugar level is to remain fit and healthy. Regular exercises not only help reducing blood glucose levels, but also help fighting various infections. Staying active and adopting regular exercises can also help lowering blood pressure. Exercises also help controlling the body’s weight and control lipids and cholesterol levels. The exercises do not need to be a solid, exhausting workout. About half an hour of exercise a day, let it be simply walking, can help to lowering your blood glucose levels. Walking to the store and not taking your bike or car is all a good idea! Any extra exercises, including workout in a gym, is to be discussed with your health care provider to be on a safer side and get all benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is a fasting blood sugar of 102 high for a 5 year old?
    My son has been saying that he is thirsty lately and peeing allot. My mom is a type 1 diabetic. I know the level is up to 99. Should i be worried over just a few points over?

    • ANSWER:
      If the test was conduced by a lab or in a doctor’s office, then yes, that’s concerning. One fasting reading slightly over 100 mg/dL doesn’t necessarily mean your son is diabetic and he will need more testing, but technically your son’s fasting level was in pre-diabetic range, defined as 100-125 mg/dL. If this was a home reading, then it should be verified by a doctor, as it could be higher or lower.

      Also, while a few points over may not seem significant, we have to also realize that the standards for normal fasting blood sugar are already quite broad and generous. Most non-diabetics will fast much lower. By the time fasting blood sugar creeps up into the 90s and beyond on a regular basis, that could be a warning sign that diabetes is imminent or even present, depending on what after-meal blood sugar is doing. It’s further complicated by the fact that your son is a small child and, if diabetic at all, most certainly Type 1. An adult who’s at risk for Type 2 may still be able to make lifestyle changes and slow down the progression of the disease with borderline fasting blood sugar, but a Type 1, as I am sure you know from your mother’s experience, eventually won’t produce any insulin, and then blood sugar will climb rapidly to dangerous levels. That’s why it’s even more important to pursue this.

      There’s no reason to panic quite yet, but because of the symptoms, family history, and slightly elevated blood sugar, he should see a doctor as soon as possible.

  2. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar fluke or real?
    Please read all statistics before answering:

    A couple years ago I was hospitalized overnight for a very debilitating virus. I had never had issues with my blood sugar, but after the blood tests, the doctor said my level was blood sugar level was 162, and to get it checked after I was feeling better. The day after my fever broke, I went for a fasting test and my level was 102.

    The doctor said this is technically the range for pre-diabetes. However, I am 5’7” and 125 pounds. I have excellent blood pressure and no one in my family has diabetes. I am vegan, maintain a healthy diet, and get in a decent amount of physical activity.

    I wonder if the spike could have been temporary from the illness? I have not been checked since this last time as my insurance ran out. I know there is still a chance to develop diabetes against all odds, but my parents and friends think it quite unlikely. Any thoughts?

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  3. 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

  4. QUESTION:
    if you ate breakfast in the morning at around 8:20am, and you had your blood taken and the glucose serum came?
    out to be 102 when the normal fasting blood sugar level should be ranged from 70-99, does this mean that i’m on my way to type 2 diabetes? please explain in details…thanks everyone, i am 20 year old
    guy..
    the blood test was taken at around lunch time which was at 1:40pm or earlier but not before 1pm.
    take it before the best someone said below here…if it comes out high? whats considered high???

    • ANSWER:
      102 is normal if you took your blood sugar level after you ate. Take it BEFORE you eat anything, if it comes out high then you need to see a doctor so further tests can be done.

  5. QUESTION:
    blood test questions, a bit worried but lets see what you guys have to say about this.?
    I ate breakfast at around 8-9am. I got my blood taken at around 1 pm. My glucose level came out to be 102. what i eat for breakfast was cheese with salmon fish with bread 2 of these i ate for breakfast. The nurse asked me if i was fasting i said no i ate breakfast and i got a copy of the results back saying that i told them i was fasting, anyways does this mean that i have diabetes? Please let me know..thank you people..normal range it says it has to be from 70-99, dont talk about prediabetes or anything just let me know the thing whats going on…can it be cause i was scared during the procedure cause i’m scared of doctors and medical stuff or can it be cuz i ate breakfast? please let me know thanks and what should be the normal fasting sugar level and what should be on average a blood sugar level taken at random, thanks.?

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  6. QUESTION:
    Blood test questions, a bit worried but lets see what you guys have to say about this.?
    I ate breakfast at around 8-9am. I got my blood taken at around 1 pm. My glucose level came out to be 102. what i eat for breakfast was cheese with salmon fish with bread 2 of these i ate for breakfast. The nurse asked me if i was fasting i said no i ate breakfast and i got a copy of the results back saying that i told them i was fasting, anyways does this mean that i have diabetes? Please let me know..thank you people..normal range it says it has to be from 70-99, dont talk about prediabetes or anything just let me know the thing whats going on…can it be cause i was scared during the procedure cause i’m scared of doctors and medical stuff or can it be cuz i ate breakfast? please let me know thanks and what should be the normal fasting sugar level and what should be on average a blood sugar level taken at random, thanks.?

    • ANSWER:
      102 is not that high, it is most probably because of the stress your fear put you under.

      If you ate more than three hours before the test, then it was not because of what you ate.
      If you ate within 3 hours before the test, then that can also cause your test to show this slight elevation.

      From 9 am to 1 pm is four hours, so the food did not influence it at all. Unless you had a snack or drink you can not remember.

      I would not even think twice about a test of 102. Only when it start reaching 120, then there is really reason for concern.

  7. QUESTION:
    Type2 Diabetic – Progress 12/12/2010?
    It has been 5 weeks since I realized during a doctor visit that Im a type2 diabetic. Made the below lifestyle changes. A1C =10, Blood Sugar level of 280 after meals. Age 40 years old.

    1. No sugar, replaced with Splenda.
    2. No Rice, Potatoes strictly.
    3. Started having breakfast regularly.
    4. Breakfast – 2 organic apple Cinnamon sausages, medium size, 4 egg whites, 1 Dannon Active yogurt, 1 to 2 cups tea with creamer.
    5. Lunch mostly has been Chicken Salad.
    6. Dinner has been mostly chicken or lamb, salad, cucumbers, plain yogurt.
    7.Excercising regularly every alternate day. 40 minutes brisk walk or work out with trainer at the gym.
    8. Checking blood sugar at least 6 to 8 times in a day using one touch ultra2.
    9. Taking atleast 6000 ml of water per day.

    After 5 weeks, the below are the results:

    1. Average of all the readings over the last 5 weeks has been between 140 and 150.
    2. After meal average is the same between 140 and 150.
    3. But my main concern is the fasting blood sugar level tken early in the morning has been fluctuating wild between 102 and 130. Need help and advise in this area.
    4. The lowest reading recorded in the last 5 weeks has been 98.
    5.Taking Cinnamon tea works great, and reduces the blood sugar level quite fast.

    Concerns:

    1. Struggling to decide as to what is the best way to add carbs to diet.
    2. How many carbs are needed per day actually?
    3. How to reduce the early morning fasting reading?
    4. Can exercise also lead to increase in blood sugar levels?
    5. Is drinking whole milk o.k. ? if Yes, how much ?
    6. My urine color is yellow on a consistent basis, is that o.k.? The sweet smell in the urine though has reduced over the last 5 weeks.
    7.My height is 6 ft, and my weight has come down from 205 pounds to 178 pounds in the last 3 years. Dieting and excercise might decrease it further. Some confusion here in my mind. What is the weight I should aim to maintain?

    Note that until now I have not taken any medications. Im backing myself to get hold and manage and improve my situation via diet and exercise.

    On the positive side, I dont remember working on my fitness so much, in the last 15 years.

    Please share your advise and opinions.

    OTN

    • ANSWER:
      If you are doing this control on diet you need to really get serious. I tried a concept I’ll never leave. Please read Eat Right 4 Your Type by Dr. Peter D’Adamo. It changed my life. More control, more energy and more focus on a great life in spite of diabetes. lol Also have your eye pressure checked,damage done by diabetes to the eyes is often found out after the sight is gone. There are drops for the eyes to keep the pressure at a good level, so there is no damage.

  8. QUESTION:
    Pre-Diabetes?
    I went to get a blood test for diabetes and my fasting blood glucose level was 102. I know this is slightly higher than normal, but does this absolutely mean that I’ll get diabetes? It doesn’t run anywhere in my family. I’m not overweight..if anything I’m underweight. I could stand to eat and exercise a bit more. I don’t have any other health problems. Is it possible to get your blood glucose back to a normal healthy level with just better diet and exercise? I also wonder if certain medications can raise your blood sugar? I only take prozac, which would seem like a strange thing to do that.
    I also forgot to mention that the day I got it tested, I was still getting over a really nasty viral infection that I had in the days prior. I’m sure this had something to do with it too, but I still won’t take my chances. I want to be healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a fluke. Any sort of stress or illness could push the glucose level up. In your case, it’s not that much. I wouldn’t worry about it unless it gets higher and stays there test after test. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to get a glucose monitor of your own. Chances are, next time it will be in the 90s or less.

      Be advised that this might be a good time to study up on diabetes. Just because no one else in the family has it, doesn’t exempt you. I’ve done a ton of reading on this and diet plays a bigger role in it than most people think. Check out some of the links on my profile.

  9. QUESTION:
    Blood Glucose Levels?
    I just bought a blood glucose meter. I’ve tested my fasting blood glucose every morning for 3 days so far. My numbers in the morning are 101, 100, and 102. I can’t eat a lot (especially not a lot of sweet or high glycemic index stuff) because I get dizzy or at least light-headed.One day I wanted to get an idea of what my blood sugar does throughout the day. I tested my blood sugar right before I ate and it was 106. It was probaby about 50g of carbs for lunch. Then only 5 minutes after I ate, it was 135. After an hour, it was 122. After 2 hours, it was 114 and after 3 hours, it was still 114. I read that under 120 is okay but if it was so close to 120 and along with my FBG, I’m pretty sure I’m pre-diabetic. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      Rain , your Post Prandial Numbers are very close to normal , but your fasting leaves a lot to be desired. You are probably Pre diabetic. Anyways I would act and treat myself as if diabetic.
      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

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

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

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

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

      Most normal people are under 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) two hours after eating.
      The problem starts when you are in the mid 90′s for fasting blood sugar.
      So a low carb diet is in order . I can’t count carbs , so I use mendosa’s Low Glycemic Index Diet .
      In one week you will Know what to eat and what not to eat and how much.A great way for the whole family to eat.

      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.
      .
      Next is the dreaded word : EXERCISE> Plain walking is fine but Nordic Walking ia Great . It uses 46% more energy without any noticeable extra effort. Google it . It even has Videos to show you how.
      Take care , start today . You will be happy you did later on in life.
      Tin

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

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

    Does anybody have any suggestions?

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

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

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  12. QUESTION:
    diabetic blood test what are the levels?
    i was tested a few months ago and was told i was diabetic. but here’s the problem i ate before i took the test then i had to wait until i was able to be seen so i ate again and my level was around 150 when i took the test and they said i was diabetic but didn’t tell me i was to fast before i took a blood test. so i took the monitor home and tested myself the average levels of the tests were 85-95 and once was 102. i did this 13 times and the levels are never near 150. im going again to get tested and this time i am fasting for 12hrs. should that amount of time be sufficient and also what is the normal range cause the paper work they gave me said 80-i think to 100. what are the normal ranges cause i think they are jumping the gun calling me a diabetic when i have no family history and the last time i did a blood test everything was good. also they checked for sugar in my urine and found no sign of any. and is a level of 100 signs of diabetes cause i here different opinions of what it should be i know anything over 120 is diabetic and under isnt
    and what is this 3 month test i heard that it is not accurate at all. also were they supposed to do a 3hr glucose test on me i have a friend that is a nurse and she said they skipped alot of tests and should have informed me to fast before taking the bllod test. as far as diet i could eat better but i eat alot of fish and chicken and veggies so its not like i eat junk food. and exercise well i work as a baggage handler at an airport so im getting all the weight training and exercise i can handle but ive always exercised when i got the chance. i went from 215 down to 179 im at 192 right now but its pretty much all muscle gain from lugging bags for 10hrs a day. also been taking cinnamon vitamins for sugar control along with a multivitamin so im pretty much healthy
    and keep in mind again my readings were 85-95 and a one time reading of 102. as far as the hba1c or whatever what should the reading be then. i just want to know whats normal and whats not cause everyone says a different thing

    • ANSWER:
      This here answers all your questions about blood tests.

      What Are Normal Blood Glucose And Blood Sugar Levels

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

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

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

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

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

      The cinnamon is fine . Try this 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 .

      Always Remember, your blood glucose measurement alone is not enough to differentiate between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Your doctor may do some other tests to find out which type of diabetes you have.

  13. QUESTION:
    sugar up and down… normal, so to speak?
    I’m not on meds-pending diagnosis in 3 months, but fasting blood this am was 115, i ate brkfst-it went to 131……then i ate a snack and a few hrs later, lunch–i waited an hr and a half and took a rdg–it was 102??? no exercise so far today (I just put up some blinds-not too hard) is that normal to eat and have it go down that much? I thought food=glucose up? why would it go down below fasting level?

    (just got this glucometer today and am trying to figure out what is going on with my blood glucose-little guidance from dr.) tx for any info!
    ps-is it a good thing it went down after eating?
    and 2 hrs later it is 82

    • ANSWER:
      Many diabetics experience their highest blood sugar of the day in the morning (known as Dawn Phenomenon), which is why any carbohydrates you eat for breakfast can drive your blood sugar up higher than they would otherwise go throughout the day. Diabetics often combat this problem by eating soon after waking and keeping the carbohydrates at a minimum.

      Your blood sugar probably dropped after your snack simply because the hormones that raise blood sugar in the morning are no longer affecting you.

      It’s very positive that your blood sugar dropped after eating. In the morning and when diabetics don’t eat for a long time, sometimes the liver produces extra glucose. Although it’s counter-intuitive, food can actually drop blood sugar in a diabetic because of this. I’ve experienced this many times. Now you just have to work on getting the fasting and post-breakfast numbers closer to what you’re seeing in the middle of the day. 115 and 131 mg/dL aren’t dangerous, but they’re elevated. You’ll probably see some improvement if you avoid high-carbohydrate dinners/snacks late in the evening and if you reduce your carbs at breakfast. Your body seems pretty tolerant of carbohydrates in the late morning/afternoon.

      Good luck! You’re doing a great job so far.

  14. QUESTION:
    Could I have Type II Diabetes? I’m only 18 yrs old :’( ?
    a few days ago i had a routine blood test done and this was the first time the doctor checked my glucose and insulin levels… i just got the lab results back and i’m worried because they don’t look very good..i’m seeing the doctor again tomorrow to go over them.

    fasting glucose: 5.1 nmol/l (normal = 3.5 – 6.0)
    fasting insulin: 31 mIU/L (normal = 5 – 13)

    my insulin is 3 times normal? whats up with that? i’m 5’2″ & 102 lbs so im not overweight, i dont have any medical problems, and i’m not on any medication. ok so i’ll admit i have a high sugar diet — major sweet tooth — but i didnt think it was that serious since i wasn’t gaining weight. in a typical day i probably eat about 10 chocolate biscuits, 2 chocolate bars and 3 cups of ice cream -not including normal meals like lunch and dinner. i skip breakfast.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a chance you could have diabetes…do you have any other symptoms? Thirsy? Look up on google about other symptoms
      Its always best to check with you doctor as well, to be certain and to have proper testing done.

  15. QUESTION:
    Could I have Type II Diabetes? I’m only 18 yrs old :’( ?
    a few days ago i had a routine blood test done and this was the first time the doctor checked my glucose and insulin levels… i just got the lab results back and i’m worried because they don’t look very good..i’m seeing the doctor again tomorrow to go over them.

    fasting glucose: 5.1 nmol/l (normal = 3.5 – 6.0)
    fasting insulin: 31 mIU/L (normal = 5 – 13)

    my insulin is 3 times normal? whats up with that? i’m 5’2″ & 102 lbs so im not overweight, i dont have any medical problems, and i’m not on any medication. ok so i’ll admit i have a high sugar diet — major sweet tooth — but i didnt think it was that serious since i wasn’t gaining weight. in a typical day i probably eat about 10 chocolate biscuits, 2 chocolate bars and 3 cups of ice cream -not including normal meals like lunch and dinner. i skip breakfast.

    • ANSWER:
      My first question would be did you fast before you took this test?

      You are not supposed to eat anything for 10 to 12 hours before a blood sugar test. If you had anything other than water for 10 hours before this test, then the results are meaningless.

      You are eating way too many calories from carbs. You can get away with this at 18, but should start to get in the habit of eating less carbs.

      ~


Elevated Sugar Levels In Blood

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    can gall balder cause elevated blood sugar levels?
    i’m 19 and been dealing with too many problem health wise. I just wanted to know can gall bladder or kidney issues make my blood sugar level go up. I normal at like 80 (normal) but now i’m 150 and i can’t eat or I drink 3 or 4 bottles of water but only pee 2-3 times in a 24 hour period. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If you are a diabetic, any inflammatory process/infection or illness will shoot your blood glucose levels up and an inflamed or infected gallbladder could potentially contribute to this.

  2. QUESTION:
    Does the body respond to elevated levels of blood sugar with urination IN GENERAL?
    Or does this ONLY HAPPEN if you’ve got diabetes? I have been on a drug called prednisone for the past 5 days and have suddenly started needing to go to the bathroom a lot. My grandfather had diabetes and I’m scared of getting it.

    • ANSWER:
      It does NOT need you to be diabetic before your kidneys make you pee more to get rid of excess sugar (glucose). Glucose, in high concentrations, is considered a ‘toxin’. This is why your kidneys, which, at the time, are unable to recirculate it to your bloodstream attempt to get rid of it.

      Unfortunately, I have to disagree with shadow92182 about prednisone not causing diabetes. Although its is NOT directly responsible for causing diabetes, if you have a predisposition towards developing it, you COULD get it. This does NOT mean that you will get diabetes, simply that if you are predisposed to it i.e. you have other risk factors, such as being overweight, take little exercise, have immediate family that are diabetic, are of various ethnic groups that are more prone to developing diabetes, you could get it.

      Thankfully, most people’s blood sugar levels do fall back down to ‘normal’ levels once the course of prednisone has finished. (It may take several weeks, as prednisone is one type of drug that needs to be gradually reduced.)

  3. QUESTION:
    4 year old with elevated blood sugar level?
    My 4 year old son had blood work done the other day and the results showed that he had a elevated blood sugar level. His ped wants to do a fasting blood check and then two hours after eating. His blood sugar was 159 from the other day and also had ketones in his urine but no sugar. He didn’t eat anything before the blood test just a cup of oj about two hours prior. What could be going on with my son?

    • ANSWER:
      159 mg/dL, even after a glass of orange juice, is elevated blood sugar.

      Non-diabetics rarely, if ever, cross 140 mg/dL, and that’s already a very generous upper threshold. By 2 hours, blood sugar begins dropping back to pre-meal levels (<100 mg/dL). If that was your son's 2-hour number, then his 30-minute-to-1-hour blood sugar may have been even higher. To give you an idea, I tested a non-diabetic after he ate a large doughnut and brownie. At 1 hour, he was only 106 mg/dL and at 2 hours he was 87 mg/dL. The blood sugar standards for children and adults are the same. Type 1 diabetic children are usually permitted to run higher blood sugar for a variety of reasons, but the diagnostic criteria are the same. What's more, children often run slightly lower blood sugar than adults. Illness, infection, and medication can elevate blood sugar temporarily even in people without diabetes, so it's good that his doctor wants to test him again on another day. I would also push the doctor for an HbA1c, which is a three-month average of blood sugar levels. The A1c will tell you whether he's been elevated for a while or whether this is recent.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the chemical mechanism involved that causes cramps and thirst with an elevated blood sugar level?
    This same mechanism must also be involved when diabetics’ capillaries rupture and will not heal. The latter eventually causes open sores and engenders infections that eventually result in gangrene – usually in the feet and the lower legs. Thank you for your help.
    Joe Conrad

    • ANSWER:
      In layman terms.
      decreased or no insulin.leads to hyperglycemia. i.e raised blood sugar levels.
      when it crosses the renal threshold, normally 180mg/dl it starts appearing in the urine . glucose acts as an osmotic diuretic and leads to increased water loss . increased water loss leads to dehydration and thirst.
      the mechanism for capillaries is that insuling also affects lipid metabolism. in the absence of that control, blood fats and lipids accumulate in the cappillaries forming atheromas or plaques this is known as atherosclerosis.(ATH)
      ATH leads to hardening and narrowing of vessels and compromises the blood supply of organs like heart leading to myocardial infrarction and also to body extermeties like tips of fingers and toes.
      higher insulin also leads to neuorpathy which leads to altered sensations .and loss of sensations in feet and hands.

  5. QUESTION:
    since one month i had elevated Blood sugar level so i did a very controlled diet and now my random blood sugar?
    is 100 mg/dl in which category i must put my self ?

    • ANSWER:
      What were your earlier levels of Blood Sugar?
      Anyway a random blood sugar of 100 doesn’t put you in the criteria of diabetes or glucose intolerance.

      Fasting blood glucose levels below 100 are normal, more than 126mg/dl constitutes diabetes.

      But here, we’re talking about random blood sugar.
      According to standards, a random/post prandial(PP) blood glucose level more than 200 mg/dl constitutes diabetes and
      A PP level of 140-199 constitutes Glucose Intolerance done through an OGTT test.

  6. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever had elevated Blood Sugar level for the first Glucose test but then ended up not having …..?
    Gestational Diabetes??? Please only answer this if you have had experience with this. I don’t want to hear that I need to see a Dr. BECAUSE I already have, I am just a little anxious about what I am going to find out on Monday. SO I would love to hear your stories…as long as they aren’t going to freak me out too much!! LOL

    I have already taken an early OSS(glucose tolerance test) last WED> and my Glucose was elevated. So I have to take the full 3 hour test on Monday. I do have a family history of Diabetes Type 1 and Type2.. and I have had Low blood sugar in the past but now it is High.
    I realize that Most women can control their GD with diet and exercise…but My Aunt had it and we almost lost her and the baby… So I am just a little scared.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences…
    THANKS LADIES!!! I already feel much better.
    Yeah For the first test I didn’t eat anything after Midnight the night before..and I didn’t eat or drink anything before I drank the Glucola, even though they said I could . And it was still elevated. They didn’t tell me what it actually was, just that it was elelvated.
    But you all have made me feel tons better… just knowing there are so many of you that ended up NOT having Gestational D. Anyway, again THANKS SO MUCH!!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you’re pretty nervous about this! I can only speak from personal experience, but I hope this helps. My one hour test was elevated, so I went back for the three hour test. I was very close to meeting the criteria for gestational diabetes, but luckily, my levels were considered in the normal range by a point or two. Still, my doctor recommended I keep an eye on my diet, which I tried to do. The worst part of the whole experience was the waiting around for three hours and being hungry when it was done. I’m not sure how it will be for you, but I did not get my results the same day. I don’t remember how long it took.

      I was lucky. And in the end, I was rewarded with a beautiful baby boy! I hope your three hour test goes well. And if you do have GD, I have hope that you’ll be able to manage it well. Good luck to you! Take a deep breath and try not to worry.

  7. QUESTION:
    My 45 yr old sister is obese, Blood Sugar Levels high, Triglycerides high and Serious sudden vision problems.?
    My 45 year old sister recently had some pretty serious vision anomolies occur and I very worried about her and I want to make sure she gets the correct diagnosis and treatment right away.

    Here are the details:
    -45 years old
    -Obese her entire life
    -Inactive life style and very poor eating habits
    -Sudden Vision change last week…described at wavy and distorted vision. Serious enough that Dr. told her to not drive and get blood testing done immediately.
    -Blood sugar results 192 (normal range 65-139) Diabetic range starts at 199
    -Hemoglobin normal
    -Cholesterol 134
    -Triglycerides 163 (normal range 0-149)
    -Family history of Stroke (father)
    -She had some exams done in July to look at her Carotid Artery and they came back fine.

    My worry is this: Although the she is not technically considered diabetic yet she is having some pretty bad symptoms which I am worried are not due to her border line Diabetes. And, even though her Carotid testing done in July showed no plack I still feel that a stroke or impending stroke might be a possibility due to the fact that our fathers stroke did not originate from the Carotid Artery.

    So, not being a Physician but knowing a little about medicine I am thinking that she needs to have a CT to see if there is any sort of blockage in the brain or evidence of a stroke that has originated from somewhere else and thus cause the severe visual problem the other day.

    Of course an obvious issue is her elevated Blood Sugar level and her obesity, but I feel that something bigger is going on here that needs to be addressed immediately before it is too late.

    And of course she is at an elevated risk for one in addition to an MI given her elevated blood sugar, hypercholestremia, hypertension, and sedentary lifestyle (dvt for ex.) My initial inclination is to look to her blood pressure as a likely culprit for the visual disturbances.

    Please give me advise on what should be done to prevent something serious from happening besides the obvious obesity and high blood sugar.

    I am worried that she may have a stroke or might have had a small stroke already and that the docs might be missing something.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this and thank you in advance for your help.

    “A Worried Sister”

    • ANSWER:
      A stroke is a definitely possibility. My brother had a massive stroke at age 41, he had a healthy life style, worked outside all his life, but had elevated blood pressure and cholesterol. His only symptoms were dizzy spells lasting a few minutes and at one point had about a 15 minute episode of double vision.
      After the stroke (which he survived, but is totally disabled now) his neurologist told him that any time you had double vision or distorted vision, that a neurological cause needed to be explored.
      The first MRI done on my brother missed the blood clot that caused his stroke, but the one taken the next day showed the extent of it and the damage done.
      I think your sister definitely needs to have an MRI done to rule out a mini stroke.
      Even doing that may not be enough. My brother was in the midst of his stroke when he went into the ER but because of his age and he looked healthy, they did not catch it until the next day, long after the TPA could have been administered to reduce the damage.

  8. QUESTION:
    does prednisone elevate blood sugar levels in diabetics?

    • ANSWER:
      Steroids can cause hyperglycemia in anyone regardless if they’re diabetic or not.

  9. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar levels normal or not?
    I was scheduled for outpt surgery recently. They usually take blood for pre surgical labwork the day of surgery..in which case one would have fasted prior to the blod draw..but as I was in the dr ofc the day prior to my surgery they just went ahead and took labs then (not fasting…id eaten and had soda and sweet tea I’m pretty sure at some poinnt just prior to the blood draw) and after surgery was informed that my blood sugar was 153..which is too high for a fasting blood test. I explained id not been fasting…that it had been drawn the previous day…the nurse just said “oh” and kinda waved her hand like it didn’t matter then also another nurse while giving discharge instructs said to follow up with reg physician re elevated blood sugar. Told her the same thing..she said nothing and the dr never said a word one way or the other to me..just wrote it on my discharge instructs. So my question…153 too high for regular non fasting glucose test?? Pls answer. Don’t know what supposedd to do obviously this is confusing now. Thanx

    • ANSWER:
      One can’t draw any definite conclusions from one blood sugar, but 153 is NOT normal and certainly merits a follow-up visit for further investigation. You will have to go in fasting – and please, have it *really* be fasting.

  10. QUESTION:
    Are You Aware Tha Elevated Blood Sugar And Severe Stress Are The Real Enemies NOT Cholesterol In Coronary?
    Are you aware that elevated blood sugar and severe stress are the REAL enemies, NOT cholesterol in coronary heart disease?

    “High blood sugar promotes CHD in numerous ways; it stimulates free radical activity, reduces vitamin C uptake by our cells, impairs the immune system, decreases levels of nitric oxide in our arteries, inhibits the breakdown of blood clots, and dramatically increases glycation, a process in which glucose molecules irreversibly attach themselves to protein and lipid molecules inside the body.. Amoung other things glycation stimulates further free radical production and results in the formation of advanced glycosylation end-products (AGEs), also known as glycoxidation products.

    It’s a pity so few of us would even have a clue what out fasting blood glucose is because monitoring one’s blood glucose levels is a far more useful and widely applicable predictor of one’s future mortality risk than one’s cholesterol levels. ”

    • ANSWER:
      As I always answer to these questions, there’s a lot of junk “theories” from pseudo-experts that I don’t know or care about.

      The last part of the question is apparently a quotation from one of the pseudo-experts.

  11. QUESTION:
    High Blood Sugar Levels?
    I am 29 years old, my blood sugar levels have elevated. I am Overweight, and have no high blood preasure, no high cholestorol…nothing but high blood sugar, my dr says i have diabetes i saw him this past friday, he gave me glipizide….i wanna try to do this without medicine…when i wake in the am it ranges from 160-200…..after i go to the gym in th am it drops to around 140..150…..after i eat it hits about 160..i check 2 hrs after…is this diabetes, pre- diabetes…..gimme some help here guys. as of 11/16 i started a strict dient, workout, and i cut out all soda and junk i was putting in my body. im already down 3 lbs in just 3 days..so im happy….but nervous about my sugar levels…..any ideas or advice?
    i just went out and bought 1000mg of cinnamon vitamins….i here this is good..and thank you all sooooo much for your advice!

    • ANSWER:
      Eating coconut oil will also bring you blood sugar down. Eat 3 meals a day with 15-30grams of carbohydrate for each meal.

      Stay away from low fat diets. Healthy fats like butter, lard, coconut oil, olive oil, etc. will normalize your blood sugar. Stay away from processed foods and trans fats. Eat whole full fat foods.

      Stay away from bread, potatoes, pasta, rice and sugar. Increase the healthy fats in you diet like butter, coconut oil, cod liver oil. Eat nutrient dense diet. For more info you can contact the Weston A. Price Foundation which helps people find nutrient dense foods.

      http://www.westonaprice.org/

      http://www.coconutoil.com/diabetes.htm

      http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/diabetes.html

  12. QUESTION:
    Question about sugar and iron levels?
    I’m 21 weeks pregnant and have been really weak, dizzy, and faint feeling the past few days and called my OB, who told me to just eat more. I got so bad this afternoon that I went to a walk-in clinic just to make sure and they said I was slightly anemic and had slightly elevated blood sugar levels. They said my iron level was 31 and my blood sugar was 110. I’m wondering what are normal levels? I’ve googled and found a huge variety of numbers so I have no idea what he tested. He just said “your iron is 31″. I started back on my iron tonight (made me sick so I quit taking it around 12 weeks). Will that probably fix my symptoms as far as the iron goes? It’s a 27 mg tablet daily.

    • ANSWER:
      The iron should fix your symptoms. Take your iron pill with your largest meal of the day to avoid getting sick. Limit sugar and opt for healthy iron rich snacks, like raisins.
      Consult a doctor if you still aren’t feeling better in the next week.

  13. QUESTION:
    How are my blood sugar levels?
    I’m new to testing my own sugar levels, so I’m wondering if these are normal.

    YESTERDAY:
    81 upon waking
    171 1 hour after finishing lunch
    121 2 hours after finishing lunch
    181 1 hour after dinner

    TODAY:
    177 1 hour after lunch

    I’m 25 weeks pregnant by the way, in case that matters. I haven’t been diagnosed with diabetes ever but have had elevated levels (2 times around 130 after fasting, and once randomly 250 not fasting) before getting pregnant. My doctor at that time claimed I was normal. I’m taking the 1 hour glucose tolerance test in about a month but wondering if I need to push my OB to give it to me sooner. I’ve had alot of symptoms of high blood sugar but could also be from me being pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      Based upon your readings you have gestational diabetes. I would very strongly encourage you to call your obstetrician with your readings tomorrow morning. Someone will call you back with further instructions and most likely your physician will want to see you. Gestational diabetes requires prompt diagnosis and decisive intervention for an uneventful pregnancy and a healthy child. I wish you and your baby the very best of health and in all things may God bless.

  14. QUESTION:
    what can i do to control blood sugar levels when Im sleeping?
    My BS runs normal (below 120 ) during the day and right before going to bed. However, when I take the reading first thing in the morning it ranges between 140 and 200. Of course when I go in to have the blood work done after a 10 – 12 hour fast the readings are elevated. Ive tried two different drugs (Glucaphage and Micronase)so far from the Dr . It is really buming me out that neither meds have worked. Anybody else out there experience the same thing?

    • ANSWER:
      Eat earlier, less carbs, exercise after eating and experiment with eating a small protein snack before bed. I usually eat a coulple pieces of small cheese, or try some peanut butter, sometimes some small pretzels work too. Diet and exercise will lower fasting blood glucose 58% but Glucophage will only lower it about 31%. Good luck

  15. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar is regulated by two pancreatic hormones, namely insulin and glucagon. When blood sugar rises, ?
    insulin is released; it binds to receptors and, through signal transduction, results in an increase in glucose uptake by cells, effectively lowering blood glucose. When blood sugar decreases, glucagon is released, binds to cell receptors, and causes glucose to be released into circulation. Diabetes mellitus is a disorder that results from excessively high levels of blood glucose. Type II diabetics have normal to elevated levels of insulin. What, then, might be causing the elevated blood glucose levels?

    • ANSWER:
      The elevated glucose level is caused by the inability of the cells to “take in ” the glucose and use it for energy. The glucose continues to circulate in the blood. It is more a problem with the receptivity of the cells that with hormone imbalances.

  16. QUESTION:
    I’m worried about a diabetic experiencing nausea and diarrhea with elevated sugar levels…help?!?!?
    Ok…i’m asking for my mom…she was diagnosed about 9 months ago as a diabetic and we are all still learning. In the past few months her blood sugar would drop (like down into the 60′s or slightly lower) she’d eat something and it’d go back up she’s be fine. She altered her diet a bit to help prevent the drops a couple months ago and it’s seemed to help. But, for the last two days she has had a hard time getting her blood sugar down, its been between about 160 and 200 for the last two days. She has been eating and doing her normal thing but having higher than normal sugar levels now she is nauseous and has “the poops.” Could it be her just getting sick with a bug, or more serious and she should go see her doc?
    It is type 2 and she is on metformin

    • ANSWER:
      The Diabetic diarrhoea is a result of Autonomic Neuropathy that affects people with long-standing diabetes. This does not occur in all diabetics but only in 8 to 22% of sufferers, mostly in males.

      Your mom is a recently diagnosed diabetic and, therefore, the chances of her having a diabetic diarrhoea are remote.

      In such a case, one ought to be lookig at a bug.

  17. QUESTION:
    y effect of hte anti depressnat Citalopram on blood sugar levels?
    my diabetes consultant advised me against my will to go on citalopram as i was feeling depressed after all the aggro wiht the diet;my sugar levels had been fine up to that point but after i started citalopram the sugar levels rose as advised in the citalopram leaflet,i came off the citalopram eight days ago after being on them for seven days and am still elevated on the supposed basis that it takes as long for the drug to get out of the system as you have been taking them
    very depressed by this turn of events as i told the consultant that it was just extra grief and i dont know if it is for example a urinary infetion or too much food
    annoyed as i htought i had finally nailed it and it is a most unwelcome devlepmont
    is elevated sugar a medical emergencey and how would they know it was an urinary infection or not?
    no general advice pls specific only

    • ANSWER:
      A diabetes ‘consultant’ should not advise/suggest a anti-depressant much less one that will interfere with your blood- sugar levels that much. I find it hard to believe that it was ‘against your will’. Prescribing a anti-depressant is not their job.I hope you did not just stop taking the drug without telling your doc. There can be serious problems for stoping certain drugs like that. You should also have some symptoms if you have a urinary infection(some don’t though) and yes, that can increase your sugar levels. Infection in general does that. And you of course should know if you are eating too much. You did say you have a consultant right???? And heck yes, a elevated blood sugar can be a emergency for crying out loud! Hello!!! Can we say diabetic teaching?? Just go to the doc., get a urinalysis and keep careful check of your blood sugars throughout the day. Doesn’t sound like you have a very good ‘consultant’ or either we aren’t getting the full story.

  18. 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!

  19. QUESTION:
    How long does blood sugar stay elevated after eating?
    I have recently had two seizures (making a grand total of 3) and I don’t think my blood sugar was low like it was 14years ago for the first one. In fact, I am sure that it wasn’t. I have been on medication since the second and spent 9 months seizure free. My seizure occurred almost 2 hours after I ate and I wasn’t feeling shaky at all before I started to “feel funny”. The ER doctors called it a “Break-through” seizure and now my neurologist is adjusting my meds. I do not drink, and have been pretty conscious of my diet, mostly protiens lots of fruit too. My sugar levels are usually in the low 70′s before I eat in the morning. They are never high.

    • ANSWER:
      seizures have absolutely nothing to do with glucose levels
      glucose levels vary depending on the person and how their body metabolizes it and what their insulin output is and whether or not their body responds to insulin

  20. QUESTION:
    I took a blood sugar test like 8 months ago and it said my levels were elevated please read everything?
    so I took a test about 8 months ago that said my blood sugar was more than normal but not in the range of diabetes, but it looked like if I kept eating the way I was I might end up developing it. I weighed 210 at the time. I now weigh 175. I don’t remember why they gave me the test but I think I was having fatigue or something and so they decided to check it I don’t remember anymore. But my weight is consistently dropping more and more now that I exercise all the time and I eat much healthier and I expect I’ll lose even more weight in the coming months. Do you think I’m still at high risk for diabetes or am I in the clear or close to being in the clear now?

    • ANSWER:
      you should tell us your age. there are two types of diabetes. one is directly related to life style and the other is not. congrats on your weight loss. I wish I could lose that much. In order to diagnose a person with diabetes type II they have to take two or more blood samples in different days after 14 hours of fasting. Then they have to test for Hemoglobine A1c. This will show the sugar levels for the past 90 to 120 days. So since you were only a bit elevated I think it is safe to say you are healthy now after losing all that weight.

  21. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar is regulated by two pancreatic hormones, namely insulin and glucagon?
    Blood sugar is regulated by two pancreatic hormones, namely insulin and glucagon. When blood sugar rises, insulin is released; it binds to receptors and, through signal transduction, results in an increase in glucose uptake by cells, effectively lowering blood glucose. When blood sugar decreases, glucagon is released, binds to cell receptors, and causes glucose to be released into circulation. Diabetes mellitus is a disorder that results from excessively high levels of blood glucose. Type II diabetics have normal to elevated levels of insulin. What, then, might be causing the elevated blood glucose levels?

    A) inadequate insulin production
    B) defective receptors
    C) defective second messenger
    D) inability to regulate gene expression

    • ANSWER:
      B

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

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

  23. QUESTION:
    Missed Periods & slightly abnormal sgpt, cholesterol, blood sugar, white blood cells levels?
    I am 30 year old single Indian female. Due to my divorce 2 years ago I was very depressed and almost not doing any activity. Right now my weight is more than 85 kg, and I am obsessed. last year I was diagnosed with hypothyroid and my TSH level was 6.5, so doctor prescribed thyronorm 50 mcg which I am taking regularly. Now recently I underwent full body chcek-up and my thyroid level was normal, nothing worng with it, but to my surprise sgpt, wbc, FBS levels are elevated and lipid profile is also not normal. Following are my report, wbc (white blood cells) – 11300, fbs (fasting blood sugar) – 108.2, sgpt – 49 u/l and serum Triglyceride is 205.3 mg/dl and S HDL cholesterol is 30.4 mg/dl which all is not normal.

    Most important is I missed my 3 periods and haven’t experienced menstruation since last 3 months.

    My feet and legs are always swollen. I feel like there is ring on my ankle because my ankles are swollen as if there is a water retention.

    My heels are also paining every morning on waking up. After waking up I feel I have no energy and I feel so tired. I experience problem in breathing after climbing stairs and can’t sit on floor for long time maybe because of obesity. If I sit on floor for more than 5 minutes and if feet is pressed below my thighs then I feel as if some too many ants are running and biting in my feet because of lack of enough blood circulation in feet and hence I have to keep my feet straight to let blood circulation in feet so that ants running in the feet feeling disappear. If I sit on floor then I have difficulty in standing up without anyone’s support. My thighs, lower ab and calf are very fat.

    I also have skin problem like new moles are formed in body, fungus below breast, rough skin between the breast and weird rough lines are formed on neck and back of neck etc. I got the appointment of doctor after 7 days as he is v. busy but I talked to him on phone and he said this all must be due to obesity but I can only say after I meet you.

    I admit that my lifestyle is very bad and I am very lazy. I am not drinking or smoking but I am not overweight and not doing any exercise and eating lot of fried food and fast food. Also my body clock is disturbed and very irregular like I get up very late in morning or sometimes wake up whole night and sleep whole day, please tell me now what do I do to get my health better and how do I get my periods back. But now I am very worried as I am too young and also single. Pls Help me I will be grateful to you. I will go to doctor after 7 days but till that pls tell me some home remedies to lower sgpt and get back my periods. Help me please
    Sorry Lana and Nam, the web addresses given by you doesn’t work

    • ANSWER:
      If you missed your periods and feeling pain in your heel you may experience urinary problem and pain at your scapula. Acupressure will give you good relief for all your problems. If you want more information please contact classic_erode@yahoo.com

  24. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar counts and vacations (parties)?
    I returned from a 2 week vacation (party). I might be a little overweight by about 10-20 lbs at least thats what my Dr says. My question is after a good week and a hlf of parties I had to get some blood work done for a physical upon returning. When the results came back my Dr called me in to tell me my sugar levels were high and concerned him as far as diabetes goes.
    My question is after a week plus of wines and beers can that have elevated the sugar level by not being out of my system before the lab work? He suggested loosing 10-20 lbs and seeing him in a month. I failed to ask what the level was but he did not say i was diabetic but could be going forward. I’m wondering if it was the alcohol content?

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol LOWERS blood sugar levels.

      Good Luck.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can high blood sugar cause these symptoms?
    Nausea
    Weakness
    Feeling faint
    racing heart

    I felt like this after I ate breakfast (bowl of cheerios and water) so I checked my blood sugar an hour after eating and it was 179. I didn’t check it before eating though. I’m pregnant and waiting to get my gestational diabetes test in a couple of weeks but have felt for a few weeks now that my sugar is off, so I’ve been testing it on my own. I checked it again at 2 hours and it’s 119 and I’m feeling much better. Is it possible that was all from just the elevated sugar level? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I love to eat cheerios for breakfast. After I eat them it feels like my heart speeds up. I’m 20wks pregnant. I bought a glucometer and today an hour after I ate the cheerios with milk, my bs was 181. Those cheerios are crazy. What’s really in those things. If u look at the box they have a lot of carbs added up and add that to the sugar content they contain. It’s quite a bit, I always thought they were healthier than that, but I guess it doesn’t matter. No matter how healthy it seems always ck the carb and sugar content. Reck ur bs after 2 hrs and c wat it is. I’ve heard if it’s 140 or below ur ok

  26. QUESTION:
    diabetic coma vs stroke-how do I tell the difference?
    My Mother has extremely high numbers, sometimes over 500 because she is very non-compliant with diabetes treatment. Last night my brother in law found her unresponsive and took her to the hospital, this happened one time before and that time it was due to her extremely elevated blood sugar levels. How can we tell if its a stroke or just high blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      You may not be able to tell the difference at home but the hospital will certainly be able to detect a stroke vs. very high blood sugars. What they would do is to do a variety of tests mostly involving the brain to detect a stroke.

  27. QUESTION:
    Pregnant with high blood sugar levels?
    I few weeks ago I went to the doctor, I was 21 weeks pregnant. My doctor noticed that I have a long family history of Diabetes, dad had type 1, and grandma and grandpa have type 2. So she ordered a one hour sugar test. Yesterday they called and told me my results were slightly elevated at 147. I go back in exactly one week, on the 13th, to do a three hour fasting test. Is there anything I can start doing now to kind of keep the gestational diabetes monster at bay? I am slightly over weight and up until this point I wasn’t too concerned with Carbs and sugar in my diet while pregnant. I wasn’t eating cookies and drinking soda all day long, but I didn’t really think about desert a few nights a week either. I really don’t want to fail the three hour test!

    • ANSWER:
      Just eat as healthy as you can. Cut out refined carbs (white flour, sugar, etc) and focus on whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, and veggies. Try to get some exercise such as walking or swimming. If you have GD, you have it and there’s nothing you can do to pass the 3 hour test. You go there with an empty stomach, they take your blood, you drink the glucola drink and they take your blood again (you have to do that a couple of times).

      If you do fail the 3 hour test, it’s not the end of the world. At first they would probably try to control your blood sugar with diet and exercise and if that doesn’t work, you’d have to give yourself insulin shots. I know it sounds scary, but honestly, it’s not that bad.

      I had GD with my 4th pregnancy and it really kept me from packing on the pounds while pregnant. I had lost all of my baby weight within 2 months of having my daughter. The diet really taught me healthy eating habits.

  28. QUESTION:
    nature cure for elevated sugar level.?
    I am 71. I went abroad, there I was having all sugary items like ice creams, juices, chocolates etc.
    As a result my fasting blood sugar came to 120 which was only 95 before I left. I took fenugreek
    seeds soaked in water for a week, stopped eating rice, but the level is the same. can anyone
    suggest some remedy. I dont have family history. First time it crossed the normal level. .
    Since it is not very much above normal, I want to bringiit to normal by natural methods. pl. advise.
    savit

    • ANSWER:
      •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.

      DIABETIC ?
      FINALLY
      VERYGOOD NEWS FOR ALL DIABETICS

      A woman (65) was diabetic for the last 20+ years and was taking insulin twice a day, she used the enclosed homemade medicine for a fortnight and now
      she is absolutely free of diabetes and taking all her food as normal including sweets ………… ……… ……

      The doctors have advised her to stop insulin and any other blood sugar controlling drugs.

      DR. TONY ALMEIDA ( Bombay Kidney Speciality expert ) made the extensive
      experiments with perseverance and patience and discovered a successful treatment for diabetes.
      Now a days a lot of people, old men & women in particular suffer a lot due to Diabetes.

      Ingredients:
      1 – Wheat flour 100 gm
      2 – Gum(of tree) (gondh) 100 gm-Neem tree gum.
      3 – Barley 100 gm
      4 – Black Seeds (kalunji)@ 100 gm-available @ any Unani stores.
      Note:Kalunji@ In English, Nigella sativaseed is variously called fennel flower, nutmeg flower, Roman coriander, blackseed or black caraway. Other names used, sometimes misleadingly, are onion seed and black sesame, both of which are similar-looking, but unrelated. The seeds are frequently referred to as black cumin (as in Assamese: kaljeeraor kolajeera or Bengali kalo jeeray), In south Indian language Kannada it is called “Krishna Jeerige”, but this is also used for a different spice,Bunium persicum. The scientific name is a derivative of Latin niger(black).[1] Original black cumin seed is Carum bulbocastanum.[2]
      An older English name gith is now used for the corncockle. In English-speaking countries with large immigrant populations, it is also variously known as kaljeera (Assamese কালজীৰা kalzira or ক’লাজীৰাkolazira), kalo jira (Bengali: কালোজিরা kalojira, black cumin),karum cheerakam (Tamil கருஞ்சீரகம்), kalonji (Hindi/Urdu कलौंजीkalauṃjī or كلونجى/कलोंजी kaloṃjī) or mangrail (Hindi मंगरैल maṃgarail),ketzakh (Hebrew קצח), chernushka (Russian), çörek otu (Turkish),habbat al-barakah (Arabic حبه البركة ḥabbat al-barakah, seed of blessing), siyah daneh (Persian سیاهدانه siyâh dâne), karim jeerakam inMalayalam or කළු දුරු in Sinhala.
      How to prepare & use it?

      Method of Preparation Put all the above ingredients in a Mixie and make fine powder and then store it in a glass bottle. put in 1 tsp of powder in one cup of water. Boil it for 10 minutes and filter it through a thin cotton cloth and take decoction in an empty stomach for a week. Up to 30 minutes, after taking the decoction, nothing to take.
      Next week, repeat it on alternate days.

      With these 2 weeks of treatment you
      will wonder to see that you have become normal and can eat normal food without problem.

      Note: A request is to spread this to as many as possible so that others can also take benefit out of it.
      SPB MESSAGE
      SINCE THESE ARE ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS, TAKING THEM IS NOT HARMFUL. SO THOSE WHO ARE SCEPTICAL ABOUT THIS TREATMENT MAY STILL TRY IT WITHOUT ANY HARM. WORST CASE SCENARIO WILL BE THAT YOU REMAIN STILL SAME AS YOU WERE BEFORE.

      PS.If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse ‘YAHOO ANSWERS’ on any health issue.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to slightly raise your “fasting” blood sugar to be considered diabetic?
    I am trying to get my insurance company to help pay for weight loss surgery. I’m borderline diabetic with borderline high blood pressure… I’m borderline everything… but insurance won’t pay unless I have a co-morbidity. I just need one test to show that my blood sugar level is slightly elevated so that they can send it to the insurance company so I won’t have to pay for the surgery out of pocket. My only other option is to continue to gain weight until I become diabetic (not exactly the healthiest option). PLEASE don’t respond telling me to get a life. If I wasn’t desperate for a solution I wouldn’t be posting it on here. If you’ve never been in this situation you don’t understand so if your only comment is “Get a life” or “what a loser” then your response is not needed or wanted. I just want to have the surgery now while I’m still healthy enough to have it. I don’t want to wait till I’m 40 and 400lbs and about to die to have it. Please advise. My fasting blood sugar level is in the 90s. I just need to get it over 100 (I think)

    • ANSWER:
      Not a good idea. As previously suggested, surgery is a drastic life threatening procedure that should be reserved for very severe situations. You can control your weight by counting calories, counting carbohydrates, recording what you eat and controlling both serving size and the nutritional balance of your meals and snacks. You will also need to exercise, not so much for weight loss but for muscular condition, for energy, for improved mood, and to shape your body.

      If you do this and maintain it lifelong research suggests that you will never become diabetic. Yes, it takes discipline, but it can be done. I did it and am doing it.

  30. QUESTION:
    What’s the connection between infection and elevation of blood sugars?
    I am a student nurse and I shadowed a WOC nurse today. She mentioned that infection usually leads to elevated blood sugars in diabetics (maybe normal blood glucose level people also). I’d imagine it to be something like the increased metabolic rate caused by most infection leads to elevated blood glucose, but I’m not sure. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s the “fight or flight” response. Cortisol naturally increases available blood sugar. In a non diabetic, there’s extra blood glucose produced during infection, but it does not significantly elevate the persons BGL due to plenty of available insulin and normal insulin sensitivity. Actually, any sort of stress will trigger this response. Read the source link for more info:

  31. QUESTION:
    How to prevent low blood sugar?
    I don’t have diabetes, but I occassionally have bouts of low blood sugar when I eat meals a bit late, and I feel very weak and hungry. I know the immediate treatment for low blood sugar is to eat/drink something with a high sugar content to elevate your glucose levels, but apparently in daily life one is supposed to avoid real sugary food/drinks. Why is that? Why is it so important to have one time but not in general? Is sugar, for a person subject to hypoglycemic attacks, a good thing or a bad thing?

    • ANSWER:
      Sugar is only an assistance for someone whose level has dropped dangerously low and whose body is unable to appropriately regulate blood sugar. Introducing sugar-rich substances to the body causes the blood sugar to soar back up long enough to avoid certain damage, but then something must be done to sustain a normal level.

      For the rest of us, preventing sugar drops in the first place, makes more sense than confusing the body by letting levels drop, zoom up with sugar, and eventually crash again.

      Eat frequent small, healthy meals or have healthy snacks between meals to avoid feeling weak.

      As for whether sugary food/drinks are good or bad–overindulging in high sugar items is BAD for anyone. An occasional treat is okay as long as your body can properly digest the treat. High-sugar drinks/foods/tablets used to treat a sugar drop are a form of medicinal intervention. It is a GOOD thing to do for that person at that time, but does not mean we all need to do it all the time–just like any medical procedure.

  32. QUESTION:
    Bllod sugar level and metabolic syndrome?
    My blood test came back and said my blood sugar level was 166, pre-diabetic they said. Well now I read that soda can give you the same symptons and cause metabolic syndrome, I do drink about 6 cans of diet soda a day, what do you think? I am stopping the soda and switching to coffee!

    Cannot go back for another blood test just yet, had cortizone injection in neck, this will elevate blood sugar leveles also, had 2, one more left, then blood test.

    • ANSWER:
      Instead of switching to coffee, make green tea and drink it as iced tea.

  33. QUESTION:
    Elevated insulin, but sugar levels are regular?
    Hello everyone,

    I’m visiting home for the first time in two years due to college (they always came to visit me), and over the past 8 days that I’ve been here after dinner I get bloated, stomache pains and a terrible taste in the back of my throat.

    After going to the doc for some regular bloodwork, etc, she diagnosed that as acid reflux because of spicier food than regular. The blood work came back with high insulin though. Everything else was normal. According to the Dr, I need to start exercising twice a day, cut down as much sugar intake as I can.

    Now does this mean that I can become diabetic or hypoglycemic?

    • ANSWER:
      It means you are at higher risk of becoming a diabetic. The higher amount of insulin plus the normal sugar levels mean your pancreas has to work harder than normal and put out more insulin to absorb a normal amount of sugar. Eat a balanced diet, cut back on processed sugar, exercise and go to a yearly check up. Since it was caught early if you take care of yourself from now on you should be able to prevent becoming diabetic.

  34. QUESTION:
    Did You Ever Wonder That It’s DEPLETED Or LOWERING Of NITRIC OXIDE Levels In The Arteries That CAUSES CHD?
    Maintaining great levels of nitric oxide in the arteries is what keeps HEALTHY and keeps them from developing harmful changes that lead to atherosclerosis and then to CHD.

    Smoking and elevated blood sugar go hand in hand with coronary artery disease . And guess what? BOTH OF THESE TWO THINGS DEPLETE NITRIC OXIDE SEVERELY.

    Maintaining really good nitric oxide levels are immensely important to arterial health. Excercise, the right kind can do this.

    Did you ever wonder about this?

    • ANSWER:
      Another rant without proof.

  35. QUESTION:
    I had elevated creatinine levels in some blood work, took a 24hr urine test?
    When I went for my physical it came back in blood work that I had elevated creatinine levels. The physician’s assistant (I’ve only ever met my doctor once in 2 years, I always have a PA) tested my urine in the office for diabetes and said I was not leaking proteins or sugars, etc. She had me take a 24 hr urine test which I have since submitted and am waiting for the results.
    I always drink over a gallon of water a day because I am constantly dehydrated. I sometimes won’t drink water to avoid peeing if I need to be at work or in class. For the urine test I needed 2 of the bottles to complete it. I also can eat ridiculous amounts of food and never gain weight, if anything, I have been loosing weight, and I have a constant tremor. I am only 22 years old, a female, 5’3 and 110lbs (in October I weighed 123)
    What could be wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:
      good question for the PA. sure sounds like diabetes.

  36. QUESTION:
    Can you be treated and cured if you have high levels of catecholamines toxicity which is causing svt?
    High catecholamine levels in blood are associated with stress, which can be induced from psychological reactions or environmental stressors such as elevated sound levels, intense light, or low blood sugar levels.

    Extremely high levels of catecholamines (also known as catecholamine toxicity) can occur in central nervous system trauma due to stimulation and/or damage of nuclei in the brainstem, in particular those nuclei affecting the sympathetic nervous system.

    I have svt and I KNOW that im getting some sort of adrenaline rush which is setting off my svt. Ive been in a store with bright llights and off it went. LIke I was shot up with adrenaline. What can be done so this doesnt happen? And has anyone else had this before.
    I have been diagnose. I have svt.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your Dr and get your levels measured . If it’s at all possible try to have your bloodpressure checked when this occurs. High levels of catecholamines can occur with some diseases also. I think you should wait until you have blood and urine tests done to confirm your diagnosis.

  37. QUESTION:
    I just had a C5, C6, C6, and T1 cervical fusion 17 days ago and something strange happened.?
    The results of my blood test taken during my hospital stay revealed blood sugar levels between 200 and 250. I am not a diabetic. After the nurse administered an insullin shot in my belly, the levels went back down below 150. Since I wasn’t a diabetic, they told me the elevated blood sugar levels were the cause of the steroidal medication I was receiving for swelling. When the steroid was administered, the blood sugar rose, and if it rose higher than 200, I received more insullin. I am 5’9″ 200 lbs., overweight by my standards by 20-25 lbs. However, I have a muscular stature. My maternal grandfather, mother and now brother had or have the disease. I hear this may be pre-diabetes? As soon as I get through my neck recovery, I will get back to exercising again. And, I am going on the South Beach diet. I heard my pancreas won’t fight enough to lower the blood sugars when I am given steroids? I’m going to my primary care doctor for an appointment next week. Levels now can be as high as 125.

    • ANSWER:
      Steroids are known to increase blood sugar levels in Diabetics. Did they do any blood work before your surgery ( pre-op) ?? Did it include a FBS ( fasting blood sugar) ?? Generally, prior to surgery, there are blood tests done. A complete blood count ( with or without a differential ), Electrolyte Panel ( checks your potassium, sodium, chloride, and carbon dioxide), sometimes the Doc may check your blood clotting levels. Did your relatives that you mentioned, become a Diabetic later in life ( Adult Onset Diabetes)?? This can occur because of lifestyle habits. Poor diet, lack of exercise and being overweight. I would recommend that you discuss this with your Doc. Before taking on an exercise routine, consult with your Doc. Perhaps, your Doc can refer you to a Nutritionist. I hope that this helps.

  38. QUESTION:
    Are your parents supportive?
    I have one child who is 4 years old. I lost one baby to a miscarriage 3 years ago. I lost another baby to an ectopic pregnancy in Dec 2007. I am still TTC successful #2. I am 36, overweight, with slightly elevated blood sugar levels, just in the morning.

    My mom, who has always been overbearing (I love her, but she always feels she needs to tell me what to do), is telling me that I should not be taking fertility meds, that “God is telling me that the one I have is enough, I don’t need two”, etc. At some point, I mentioned that whenever we finally give up, we may check into adoption, and she was horrified. Dad told me that the adopted baby would “never be mine”, meaning, I guess, that if it is not of my blood I won’t love it as much???

    Do any of you have that situation? Are your parents supportive, or do you have people telling you that you shouldn’t keep trying, especially if you already have one?

    • ANSWER:
      I went through this. I had some pre-cancerous conditions that needed a hysterectomy and my surgery had to be postponed because of my blood counts. During that time, I wanted to TTC again. Mom was a wreck. I had my daughter and when she was 19 months old had a hysterectomy.

      My older daughter is adopted, so Blah, blah, blah about the whole, not yours thing. Sheer nonsense. Gentetics are only one way to make a family.

      Do what you want to do. God does not give revelation to one person on issues that are of this nature, He would give this to you, your hubby, but no one else. They are probably worried about you, but they are over the line here.

      Email if you want to talk.

      (So sorry about your miscarriage – it is the worst, I know.)

  39. QUESTION:
    Why won’t blood sugar level go down???
    My mom is being treated for diabetes. She is treated through oral medication by her doctor. She has tried excercising and eating right, but her sugar level still shows that it is consistently elevated lately. She thinks there is something going on in her body that is preventing her sugar level from going down.

    What kinds of things could be going on? She doesn’t have a sinus infection or anything obvious. I’m asking what are the not-so-obvious things that maybe she hasn’t thought of.

    • ANSWER:
      Tell your mom to eat only these foods.Beef(not hamburgs or hot dogs) Roasts,Chicken,Bacon(not sugar or maple cured)Cheese, Eggs, Turkey(small portion of dressing) Sweet Potato,Green Salads,Whole GRAIN Bread,1 slice per meal with butter,NOT margarine.Rolled Oats,The kind you cook from scratch.Supplement this with a good multivitamin containing”C” and chromium.If she is on blood pressure medication,check with her pharmacist before taking the multivitamin.Some vitamins contain Potassium which could pose a problem if she is taking a diaretic.He/she will suggest a vitamin supplement without potassium .Water,Tea, Decaf coffee,beer(no lite beer).No coolers,no wine.Cream is OK.Lactose free milk.This is enough to get her started.She can have these foods in any combination whenever she wants.smaller meals 5 or6 times a day is best to start, then graduate to regular meal times.Drink 1/2 the beer 2-3 minutes before meal and the rest with the meal.Do not eat anything except the items listed here for one week and see if it works for you.E-mail me,i would like to know how she does.Check blood sugar for number improvement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  41. QUESTION:
    Question about insulin treatment in a hospitalized patient without diabetes.?
    People with hospital experience, what protocols have you seen in place for treating hyperglycemia in non-critical patients without a history of diabetes? Has anyone seen an intake blood glucose level of 120 trigger a decision to treat with insulin?

    On a related note, does anyone know what would happen to a patient if you gave Apidra insulin outside of the reccomended time frame? Specifically the instructions are to administer within 20 minutes of beginning a meal. What would happen if it were given 40 minutes after the end of a meal? Again, this is in a patient who is not diabetic, and has, at most, only a slightly elevated blood sugar level.

    Does anyone know of any hospitals where this is an accepted practice standard?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds a bit weird to me….120 is NOT a bad BG level especially if they are ill. The time frame question would make me worry about HYPOGLYCEMIA. I would ask for a finger stick BG after the insulin (1 hour) just to see how low it is and go from there.

  42. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had this problem before?
    My 9 yr old son was admitted into the hospital with pneumonia and elevated blood sugar.. They thought at first he was a diabetic but after one dosage of insulin his blood sugar dropped to normal so after 2 days in the hospital and continous blood sugar checks they release him and tell me he had a condition called stressed induced hyperglycemia.and it was caused by him being sick. so that was a month ago I took him to a follow up appt and now they want to do a oral glucose tolerance test and since he is also 6 lbs underweight a sweat test for cystic fibrosis even though he had one as a baby due to a viral infection and it was negative.They have run so many tests they did a test on him that monitors the blood sugar levels for the past 6 months and it came out normal they even tested him for celiacs disease which he does not have… Has anyone ever gone through this?I could see it if he showed symptoms of CF but he doesnt.Other than being thin..He is seeing a nutritionist next week.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe they are erring on the cautious side of things. If they find something, the earlier the better. that can make all the difference.

      I would ask why they are doing all the tests and if the tests are really needed with the track record already shown. If you need to, get them to give you materials and tell it to you in plain language unless you can understand the medical jargon.

  43. QUESTION:
    can sudden stress,poor eating,eating lots of candy,suddenly cause a rise in blood sugar in a healthy person?
    I’ve never been diabetic.But I had a few very stress events happen back to back, my breast implant ruptured, took a long time before I could get the funds to fix it, then days after my surgery, I was @ my sister’s bedside for a week in ICU(round the clock) didn’t have any thing to eat but candy, I ate LOTS of candy, then she died. just days after the funeral I had to have a complete medical phyiscal and it showed my blood sugar was elevated (102) Will this come down immediately with improved conditions in eating habits, exercise etc. taking ginseng, cinnamon powder, vitamin’s primrose oils. How long will it take my blood sugar to be at a normal level again? or do I have cause for worry?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have a diabetes risk factor in your life, extreme stress can most certainly be a factor in developing diabetes sooner than you may have without the stress. It is not a cause, but can be a contributing factor. 102 is not a high blood sugar reading, in fact it is a good one.. Just watch your diet. Ginseng, connamon, and primrose have no clincal proof that they help diabetes at all. Watching your diet and exercising will help much more. I don’t think you have anything to worry about.

  44. QUESTION:
    How to reduce increased level of uric aci?
    Recently I had a routine analysis of my blood. The uric acid level is found to be 8mg/dl while the maximum should be 7 mg/dl. should I bother about this? what causes this?
    I had slightly elevated fasting blood sugar levels two years back which I have brought down to 108 now with avoiding sugar totally.
    I do have alcohol only once in a week that too maximum of 120ml in one session.
    I feel pain in both my knee joints. Is this because of excess uric acid of more weight.

    I am 176 cms (5feet and 11 inches) tall and weight 93 kilos.
    Please help what to avoid in case my uric acid is causing knee pain

    • ANSWER:
      Reduce your intake of sugared drinks. A higher intake of added sugars or sugar-sweetened drinks leads to higher blood levels of uric acid
      Vitamins C can also be helpful
      I hoped I helped :)

  45. QUESTION:
    My Creatinine level has risen to 117 in the last routine Blood Test? Is it alarming & is there a drug for it?
    I am a known Diabetic for last 10 yrs. I get my blood tests done every 3-5 months. My last 2 tests show elevated creatinine level [120 & 117]. Other things like Blood Urea , Uric acid, Blood sugar[Fasting] & Hb1AC readings are in normal range.

    • ANSWER:
      that is high. when mine was that high i started dialysis. i got a kidney and pancreas transplant so i am no longer a diabetic. i would ask your doctor a name of a good kidney Doctor and go see him about your test results. do not waste time go mow

  46. QUESTION:
    Gestational Diabetes blood sugar readings?
    I just want a little more information because I know nothing about diabetes:

    28 weeks pregnant with no history of diabetes, 29 yrs old, overweight but healthy pre and during pregnancy, active and healthy diet, went in for my GD test today;

    fasting level of 89 mg/dL
    drank 50 grams of glucose
    1 hour level of 200 mg/dL
    3 hour level of 70 mg/dL (after not eating anything and on the same machine. I know this isn’t usual, but I am friends with my midwife so she did it for me out of curiosity.

    I know I have to go back in for the 3 hour test to confirm GD, but why would there be SUCH drastic differences in the levels? Is such a high spike followed by a low spike normal? I am also currently at the tail-end of a sinus infection, which I know makes blood sugar rise, but would the fasting level also be elevated?

    Just curious, seems I got two completely normal numbers and then the really really high one in between, but don’t know what all three of them together mean. My midwife is not a nurse, she just does the pre-screen, so she doesn’t have the answers either.

    Hope this makes sense, this is my first question to ask on yahoo.

    • ANSWER:
      In the past I’ve worked with the Diabetes Society of the Santa Clara Valley as their Outreach Chairman for about 3 years. I’ve had Type 1 Diabetes since 1974.

      What happened was you were given more sugar than any human would consume at one time. Your sugar spiked to 200mg/dl and your pancreas went crazy with insulin trying to control it. Then the glucose in your blood stream dropped like a rock and there was still insulin in your system which made you almost hypoglycemic (70mg/dl). I had a diabetes doctor that commented that he couldn’t figure out why they were still using that test.

  47. QUESTION:
    I may have gestational diabetes?
    My doctors office called today and said I need to go for a GTT as soon as possible because my blood sugar levels were elevated, and I’m very worried. My mom had GB in 97 when she was pregnant with my brother and she’s been attempting to reassure me but I’d like to know more of what to expect if I do have it.

    • ANSWER:
      Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched. Get the GTT first. More than likely you won’t have it, but if you do it can be associated with some problems. Large babies, etc. Talk to your OB/GYN.

  48. QUESTION:
    Why are my fever symptoms similar to that of an lsd trip?
    Whenever I have a fever, I have the worst experience in my life. I hallucinate, clench my jaw, and have an aching pain in every part of my body. I was looking up lsd effects on wiki, and was shocked to find that the description was similar of my fever symptoms:

    Physical reactions to LSD are highly variable and nonspecific. The following symptoms have been reported: uterine contractions, hypothermia, fever, elevated levels of blood sugar, goose bumps, increase in heart rate, jaw clenching, perspiration, pupil-dilation, saliva production, mucus production, sleeplessness, hyperreflexia, and tremors. Some users report a strong metallic taste for the duration of the effects. LSD users have reported numbness, weakness and nausea.[28]

    (uterine contractions and pupil dilation are not my fever symptoms).

    I talked to my mom about it and she said my dad used to be teh same when he had fevers. Is this normal or is there something wrong in my genes that make me experience crazy fevers?

    • ANSWER:
      You have swine flu

  49. QUESTION:
    Have you had success with controlling Feline Diabetes with Wellness canned food?
    I’ve been feeding Wellness dry and my cats have done really good with it thier health has improved except for one cat who is on prednisolone which can contribute to elevated blood sugar. He is not likely to do better off of the medicine. The vet suggested switching to Purina DM or Friskies Beef flavor because they are lower in carbs. I have read the Wellness canned has 3% carbs versus 10% in the other foods suggested. I am not thrilled about feeding my cat foods from companies involved in the previous pet food recall. I don’t believe they are going to take anymore care in making food than before. The cost is nearly the same but the difference is Wellness is organic human grade food. I have seen some things on the internet from various pet owners that they’ve put thier cats on this with success have any of you had any luck with this. The goal would be to change the blood sugar level with out starting the cat on insulin by feeding a high protein diet.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sophia…Wellness is an excellent dietary source for cats in general regardless of health. However, cats who have been diagnosed with feline diabetes require insulin to adjust for increased or decreased blood sugar. In cats with diabetes their pancreas no longer produces insulin so blood sugar will fluctuate too high or too low depending on their activity level, emotional level as well as how much and when they eat. The disease itself isn’t so clear cut as it differs from one cat to another so it is quite complicated to simplify this all within my answer to you.

      Here is a wonderfully well written website on feline diabetes that I hope you will find very helpful to learn how to manage the disease for your cat: http://felinediabetes.com/diabetes-info.htm

  50. QUESTION:
    Could my doc have caused my miscarriage?
    I have a question –

    I was in the hospital on Wed. for dehydration due to being so sick w/my pregnancy, (at that time I was 14 wks pg. This is my 6th pregnancy and my 1st miscarriage). My doc gave me bag after bag after bag of glucose water in my IV and later on blood was drawn for various reasons and a nurse came in and stopped my IV mid-bag and hung a dif. one. I asked about it and she said it had potassium in it and when I asked her why they weren’t finishing off the other bag first, she said it was b/c my blood sugar level was elevated. It was 338!!! And I am NOT a diabetic, nor have I ever had gestational diabetes w/my other 5 pregnancies!!! As soon as they stopped the glucose drip, my levels came soaring down immediately. About an hr later it was in the 160′s and an hr after that it was 109 and has been normal ever since. That evening the doc couldn’t find my baby’s heartbeat so she wheeled in an ultrasound machine. My baby had died!

    I was told by someone else that high blood sugar can cause a miscarriage, is it possible that my doc caused the miscarriage by not regulating how many bags of sugar water I got? Or did the baby just die on his own? (Yes, it was a boy…I got to see/hold him). The last time we heard the heartbeat was a week ago, haven’t tried to hear it again until this last Wed. when we found out it was gone…

    • ANSWER:
      High blood sugar over an extended period of time can cause problems during pregnancy. I really don’t think the glucose drip caused your miscarriage.

      *Twins due 7/16!* : They may not check blood glucose levels if they don’t feel a need to. Unless a person has a history of any form of diabetes, it wouldn’t normally be an issue.

      This is what is wrong in the medical world today. Everyone wants to blame someone/something when a baby dies.I’ve had 2 miscarriages so I understand wanting an answer when this happens. Sometimes we have to accept that things happen and there simply are no explanations.

      EDIT: People, STOP! One instance of elevated blood glucose will NOT KILL A BABY! I am a Type 1 diabetic and on insulin. I was carefully monitored and had stellar blood glucose levels and I miscarried anyway. I was concerned too about ANY time my glucose went up, but when it’s brought back into control, it’s fine. The problems come into play when a woman is out of control with her diabetes before and during her pregnancy, and many times SHE has problems more than the baby does. There are many other potential causes of this miscarriage. That one time blood sugar issue would least likely have caused this.

      STOP suggesting a law suit. That’s ridiculous.

      Edit again: I had an ultrasound and we heard the baby’s heart beat. The next day I had my initial prenatal visit and a pap was done. Two weeks later an ultrasound was done and the baby had died, approximately 2 weeks prior. Should I SUE the doctor who did my pap? I don’t think so.


Fasting Blood Sugar High

Metabolic syndrome, currently defined as a collection of symptoms rather than just one particular condition, is usually associated with later development of diabetes and heart disease. But cancer?

It’s looking like cancer is part of this mix, too.

Just what is metabolic syndrome? Can it really be that serious?

An Overview of Metabolic Syndrome

Today, what we call metabolic syndrome is also known as insulin resistance. It was originally called Syndrome X. And basically, there are five risk factors considered to be metabolic syndrome symptoms. They are:

  1. Abdominal obesity having an apple shape is known to be a greater risk for heart disease than excess fat in the hips or thighs. This translates to a waist measurement of 40″ or more in men and 35″ or more in women.
  2. High triglycerides a type of fat found in the blood
  3. Low HDL cholesterol this is the “good” cholesterol because it helps remove cholesterol from your arteries. Low HDL is linked to heart disease.
  4. High fasting blood sugar an early sign of diabetes
  5. High blood pressure known to cause heart damage and plaque buildup (1)

Many people consider these metabolic syndrome symptoms a normal part of growing older but it’s not quite that simple. A person with metabolic syndrome is twice as likely to develop heart disease and five times as likely to develop diabetes. (2)

Almost 50 million people in the United States 25% of the population have metabolic syndrome due to the rise of obesity. At the current rate, it will soon overtake smoking as the number one risk factor for heart disease. (3)

The Cancer Connection

Cancer is a result of damaged cells that multiply out of control and become tumors. A new study, just released in January 2010, highlights the similarity between the cellular pattern that leads to cancer and the cellular pattern seen in metabolic syndrome. The study implies that metabolic syndrome is NOT just a collection of symptoms it is an actual disease on its own. (4)

Individually, most of the metabolic syndrome symptoms have been linked in some way to cancer. Overweight and obesity account of 14% of cancer deaths in men and 20% in women. (5)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. QUESTION:
    high fasting blood sugar, normal rest of day?
    my fasting blood sugar is high first thing in the morning, between 100 and 130, but it is normal for the rest of the day including after meals, does this mean anything?i have NOT been diagnosed diabetic or prediabetic but i do have pcos which is why i’ve been checking it….
    mostly its between 100 and 110 in the morning but occasionlly is higher, i am overweight but not obese

    • ANSWER:
      Fasting blood sugar between 120-130 classifies a person a “prediabetic” and above 130 is generally considered diabetic.

      However, if you FEEL fine, and don’t have any symptoms of diabetes (increased urination, increased thirst, fatigue), I wouldn’t worry about it. If your blood sugar is consistently 120-130 or above when fasting, I would mention it to your doctor.

      I’m a 2nd year med student, so learning, but not there yet :)

  3. QUESTION:
    high fasting blood sugar and low iron at 8 weeks pregnancy. how bad is it? does it mean diabetes :(?
    i’ve heard iron deficiency is very common in pregnancy and doc told me to eat iron supplement fesol every day. i also had fasting blood sugar test done at 8 weeks n got a call from doctor office today. they told me i have a slightly high sugar and now they want to do another test on me with 5 day fasting. i donno what that means. does it mean i definitely have diabetes. my sister, dad and 4 aunts have diabetes so i’m already at high risk. i’m not over weight but i have a sweet tooth. i’m so scared now.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow…there is so much bad information on this question, it’s scary.

      There are 2 tests for Gestational Diabetes. A one hour fasting glucose test and a 3 hour test. In both cases, you drink a special drink that is very high in glucose (sugar) on an empty stomach and they test to see how your body handles the sugar.

      If they said you had slightly high sugar, you probably did the one hour test. To double check, they are bringing you in for the 3 hour test.

      Make sure you have totally fasted…no food or drink other than water for 8 hours before the test. Eating before the test will effect your sugar numbers after the test. After you drink the drink…go for a walk…move around, don’t just sit or lay down. Moving and exercise lowers blood sugar.

      If you do get diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, it is a real concern. One thing to remember is, you will not have diabetes when you have the baby. Giving birth cures Gestational Diabetes. Doctors do not know what causes it during pregnancy and there is no real way to fix it if it happens. You should eat a whole food diet, stay away from processed foods, foods with additives (diet cokes, fast food…) and eat high protein. (try to get 100grams a day).

      Gestational Diabetes can cause the baby to grow large and cause complications toward the end of pregnancy. Symptoms to look for are – Sudden extreme swelling of the feet, hands and face (not normal swelling…sudden and extreme), pain under the ribs on the left side of your body. If that happens, call the doc right away.

      The doc will work with you, rest and diet to help manage the diabetes to get you as far along in the pregnancy as possible. You CAN carry full term with hard work. However, if your sugar numbers continue to rise and go out of control along with getting the symptoms above, they will have to induce labor or send you for a c-section around 36-38 weeks.

      If is fairly common and can be managed. Read up on it and talk with your doctor.

      Good luck.

  4. 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!

  5. QUESTION:
    high fasting blood sugar and normal after meals blood sugar?
    I am a diabetic. My doctor and I caught it at the beginning of it. She told me I could get rid of them for now if I loose all of my weight. Well my blood sugars after each meal is normal. It is usually between 95 to 120 and it usually never goes above it. My doctor wants it below 140. But every so often it will go to 140 but not that often. Any ways I usually check my blood sugar before I go to bed and check it in the morning. Well my fasting blood sugar is ALWAYS high and I do not know why. I dont eat after 7 30- 8 00 pm at night. I will give you an example… last night before bed it was 108 and this morning it was 128. And I really do not understand why. I can control my blood sugar the whole day but not my fasting blood sugar. I even try walking every evening and changing what time I eat (we usually eat between 6-7 and that is my last meal of the night)…I have lost 20 pounds to try to contol my blood sugar (esp fasting)…What is your opinion…. What is going on?

    • ANSWER:
      You are suffering from what is known as Dawn Phenomenon. This is caused by your body’s natural clock, at at about 3 AM a signal is sent to the rest of the body that dawn is coming. The liver releases an extra boost of glucose so you have plenty of energy to get moving. This happens to everybody, those of us with DP, our livers release too much. Everybody is a little different on what helps so it takes some experimenting. Try a snack right before bed, a hand full of nuts, half of a ripe green apple like a Granny Smith, peanut butter on a cracker. Also if you take metformin, taking it at bedtime can help.
      Because of this you need to eat breakfast as soon as you get up as your glucose level will continue to rise until you eat.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is my fasting blood sugar high!!!?
    I got tested and these were my results–

    Fasting Blood Sugar-89.5 mg/dl
    Postprand Blood sugar(after 2-2.30 hrs)-104 mg/dl

    AM I OK??

    • ANSWER:
      Your fine. Both results were well within normal ranges.

  7. 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.

  8. QUESTION:
    IS my fasting blood sugar high??!!?
    I got tested and these were my results–

    Fasting Blood Sugar-89.5 mg/dl
    Postprand Blood sugar(after 2-2.30 hrs)-104 mg/dl

    AM I OK??

    • ANSWER:
      Totally normal. Over 120 is considered high. 90 is good.

  9. QUESTION:
    does a positive urine glucose always show a high fasting blood sugar result?

    • ANSWER:
      Not necessarily. Different people test positive or negative with urine tests depending on the individuals “spillage” level. This is the amount of blood glucose one may maintain before it “spills” into urine. An example is: A diabetic can have a high spillage level and not show positive with a urine test. Urine tests are very general tests! For definitive results, ask your doctor or a State Health department to perform either a finger prick test OR for conclusive results, an A1C blood test. The A1C blood test shows an average of your blood glucose level over a 3 month period and should be lower than 6.0%. If you think you may be diabetic, you owe it to yourself to have your blood tested to know for sure. It is always best to catch diabetes early because if you do test positive, you may well be able to control it with diet and exercise AND you do less harm to the other organs in your body!

  10. QUESTION:
    high fasting blood sugar but normal A1C?
    my blood sugar recently has been up and down, and my dr diagnosed me as early diabetic. my fasting blood sugars have been between 120 at the lowest and 146 at the highest, but my A1C was only 5.6, which he said was good. he said i was up and down because my pancreas is still somewhat working. during the day, it ranges from being almost normal to as high a few times as 220 & 240. is this consistant? we are trying to treat with diet and exercise but that doesnt seem to affect my sugar. will my next A1C be higher? how long until it gets higher? i just want to be prepared.

    • ANSWER:
      You are diabetic with those sugars; the good news is that the sugars haven’t been super high for a while. Your doctor at this point should be thinking about anticipating the pancreas to fail and try to preserve the function you do have in you pancreas so that your A1c stays normal. There are 2 medicines that are shown to preserve beta cell function (the cells that secrete insulin) – metformin, and byetta. Metformin is cheap and effective, and all type 2 diabetics should be on metformin (assuming of course they are willing to take a medicine – can’t force someone to do the right thing for their body). It is also shown to help slow the progression of diabetes. Byetta also does that, but it’s an injection, expensive, and currently not approved for monotherapy. Bottom line, you should be on metformin BEFORE your A1c goes up. Keep up the diet and exercise, eventually, it will benefit you, even if it’s only visible in the fact that you can prevent/delay heart disease.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    5 questions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Im not on any medication.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Good luck!

  12. 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.

  13. QUESTION:
    Is a fasting blood sugar of 102 high for a 5 year old?
    My son has been saying that he is thirsty lately and peeing allot. My mom is a type 1 diabetic. I know the level is up to 99. Should i be worried over just a few points over?

    • ANSWER:
      If the test was conduced by a lab or in a doctor’s office, then yes, that’s concerning. One fasting reading slightly over 100 mg/dL doesn’t necessarily mean your son is diabetic and he will need more testing, but technically your son’s fasting level was in pre-diabetic range, defined as 100-125 mg/dL. If this was a home reading, then it should be verified by a doctor, as it could be higher or lower.

      Also, while a few points over may not seem significant, we have to also realize that the standards for normal fasting blood sugar are already quite broad and generous. Most non-diabetics will fast much lower. By the time fasting blood sugar creeps up into the 90s and beyond on a regular basis, that could be a warning sign that diabetes is imminent or even present, depending on what after-meal blood sugar is doing. It’s further complicated by the fact that your son is a small child and, if diabetic at all, most certainly Type 1. An adult who’s at risk for Type 2 may still be able to make lifestyle changes and slow down the progression of the disease with borderline fasting blood sugar, but a Type 1, as I am sure you know from your mother’s experience, eventually won’t produce any insulin, and then blood sugar will climb rapidly to dangerous levels. That’s why it’s even more important to pursue this.

      There’s no reason to panic quite yet, but because of the symptoms, family history, and slightly elevated blood sugar, he should see a doctor as soon as possible.

  14. QUESTION:
    How can one reduce high 90s fasting blood sugar to mid 80s?
    skinny person,exercises every day

    • ANSWER:
      Your sugar is low enough.
      Leave it alone.

  15. QUESTION:
    Fasting blood sugar seems a bit high?
    Just got back from the doctor with a Fasting blood sugar of 7.4 mmol/L a bit high and have been suffering from unexplained nausea, could they be related?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to break this to you but 7.4 is not a bit high. Normal fasting blood sugar is 4-6. 7.4 is in diabetes territory. I’d be meeting my doctor to investigate this further if I were you.

  16. QUESTION:
    IS this a high fasting blood sugar??!!?
    I got tested and these were my results–

    Fasting Blood Sugar-89.5 mg/dl
    Postprand Blood sugar(after 2-2.30 hrs)-104 mg/dl

    AM I OK??

    • ANSWER:
      After I asked some friends your question, I can say that your blood sugar was with in thee normal range not a high blood sugar. Hope I was of some help .

  17. QUESTION:
    Is 91 fasting high blood sugar?
    Im been feeling kinda bad lately so i went to the doctor concerned that i had diabetes or something(cuz im a worrywart). I couldnt wait for the results so i went to my grandmas house to get checked since she has diabetes. I havent eaten for 12 or more hours and it showed up as 91. Is that bad?

    • ANSWER:
      Meters and labs have varying results. I wouldn’t worry tooo much. But a 3 month checkup wouldn’t hurt.

      Buff

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have randomly high blood sugar?
    I’m trying to find out if I have diabetes. I took my blood sugar yesterday after 1 hour that I ate and it said 230. Today I took my fasting blood sugar and it said 85. Then I took my blood sugar again after 2 hours that I ate. It read 107. It’s all normal. I don’t get it. It was high yesterday and today it got normal again. Is this sometimes a random thing? What should I do? All help will be appreciated. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I completely disagree with Mr. SmartyPants. If you have a healthy non-diabetic pancreas, your blood sugar will never be that high no matter how much sugar you eat. IF your blood sugar spikes that high for any reason, then you very likely have an impaired first phase insulin response. Your first phase insulin response reacts to rising blood glucose after meals by releasing insulin. In a person who doesn’t have diabetes, the pancreas keeps a very tight check on rising blood sugar so that it never goes too high. In a person who’s diabetic or at risk of becoming diabetic, the pancreas doesn’t respond as well and blood sugar can spike very high, if only for a brief period of time. I just want to underscore this point one last time: a non-diabetic should NEVER be over 200 mg/dL at ANY point in the day regardless of what was consumed. If you’re spiking that high, there’s something wrong. Also, you waited an hour, so even if it were true that the blood sugar of a non-diabetic could get that high (it wouldn’t!), your pancreas had an hour to bring it back down, so the argument fails again.

      That being said, the 230 mg/dL may not have been accurate. You have three readings, two of them normal and one of them diabetic. Did you wash your hands beforehand? Did you use a scented soap? Sometimes meters are just wrong, as well. Keep testing. If you never see another reading over 140 mg/dL, then you should probably conclude that the meter produced an inaccurate result. If you continue to see more borderline or high readings, it’s time to see a doctor.

  22. QUESTION:
    Fasting blood sugar higher than non-fasting?
    I’m pregnant right now and was told that my glucose tolerance tests were a little high. They told me to eat a diabetic diet (which is pretty much the same as what I was eating before) and check my blood sugars four times a day- one fasting in the morning and one hour after each meal.

    The weird thing is, not a single blood sugar has been high. But also, I usually eat a snack about 4-5 am because I’m so nauseous and it seems to help (and I’m up peeing anyway). They told me to try not to so they could get some fasting blood sugars. I’ve cut out the early morning snack as much as I could, but strangely when I eat the snack, my waking blood sugar is lower than when I’ve been fasting overnight.

    Has anyone heard of this? A fasting blood sugar that is higher than non-fasting?

    • ANSWER:
      That’s normal in people with diabetes. It’s called Dawn Phenomenon. Basically, your liver converts its glycogen stores to glucose in the early morning hours. When you eat at 4 AM or so, you are shutting off your liver’s impulse to do this, and so this helps drop your fasting levels. Many diabetics eat before bed, too, and that can help, as long as the snack isn’t too high in carbohydrates. Diabetics also eat quickly after waking up because sometimes blood sugar continues to rise all morning until food is consumed.

      Dawn Phenomenon is the bane of many a diabetic’s existence. If you can’t eat at 4 AM before a fasting at your doctor’s office, try to eat before bed, which should let you fast long enough for your doctor’s office to get an accurate fasting.

  23. QUESTION:
    what does it mean when fasting blood sugar levels are high but p.p. levels are fine?
    my fasting sugar was 140 but p.p. was 135. i’m not taking any medication yet

    • ANSWER:
      If your fasting blood sugar was taken first thing in the morning prior to eating anything one reason it could be higher is that your blood sugars were dropping during the night which would cause your liver to release stored glucose to help raise those numbers.

      As to your post prandial numbers you really needed to let us know how much time elapsed after eating the meal and how many carbs. were consumed in that meal. If it was an extended period of time (two or more hours) that could explain the lower number.

  24. QUESTION:
    Why is ONLY my AM fasting blood sugar level high?
    I have just been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The thing is the only number that is high is my AM fasting number.
    1 and 2 hrs after meals and fasting during the day my numbers are fine but every morning it’s between 105 and 130 and should be under 95 because I’m pregnant.

    What do you think?

    (I see my Dr. about it tomorrow I’m just looking for input before I meet with him, to help with asking the right questions)
    I don’t think that’s mean at all, pregnant women do that sometimes I know I did a couple times early on ;)
    but no, they are true fasting blood sugar levels. what’s odd is later on in the day if i go 4-5 hrs. with no food my levels are just fine, it’s just the AM (before eating first thing in the morning) test that’s reading out of range.

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same problem. Try waking a few times during the night to see what your blood sugar is doing. I found mine was going low in the middle of the night and then would start to rise. I found that if I had a carb and protein snack right before bed, and then woke up 8 hours later to test, I could catch it before it got high. I spent the last 8 weeks waking up at 5 am, testing my blood sugar, eating a snack and going back to bed for awhile. My doctor was fine with that, so long as it had been 8 hours since I last ate and that I ate something at that point to help control the rise.

  25. 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.

  26. QUESTION:
    Fasting blood sugar is higher than after eating?
    Ok so I do not have diabetes, but I noticed something. My fasting blood sugar after sleeping 8 hours is 92, but an hour after I eat through out the day it is 79. I realize both of these numbers are “normal”, but why is my fasting after 8 hours higher?
    to the chick who said “Why are you testing if you don’t have diabetes. That is exactly why people without diabetes shouldn’t be randomly testing themselves.” I like to experiment on myself. It was a question I wished to know the answer too…deal

    • ANSWER:
      This is the usual pattern for blood sugars: higher in the morning due to elevated hormonal and other factors during the early morning hours. During the day, activity tends to keep sugars under control if following a healthy, active lifestyle. Reevaluate you habits, with attention to your nighttime eating.

      Tin

  27. QUESTION:
    Is a blood sugar fasting of 95 high?
    I ate about 9 hrs ago and when I tested it was 95. I am 35 weeks pregnant and thought I had read somewhere that it was to be around 70 fasting. I have gestational diabetes

    • ANSWER:
      95 is actually good if you have GD. Normal is up to 105, that’s a fasting blood sugar. Looks like your on target. I don’t have diabetes and I have checked mine for fun right after eating and it was 101. Not that it was fun…..lol, you get my point.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is a blood sugar fasting of 95 high?
    I ate about 9 hrs ago and when I tested it was 95. I am 35 weeks pregnant and thought I had read somewhere that it was to be around 70 fasting. I have gestational diabetes

    • ANSWER:
      That is a perfect number. Normal is from 70 – about 100 or even 110 according to some sites. You’re at the high end of normal, but normal.

  29. QUESTION:
    Why is my blood sugar higher when fasting then it is after a meal?
    In the morning my blood sugar ranges from 85-100, but during the day when i have eaten, it’s between 70-80?
    I’m not diabetic, I just test my blood sugar twice every day to make sure everything is ok with my diet and lifestyle.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you on insulin? Your numbers may be more reflective of your medication regimen than your diet.

      Edit: OK, since you are non-diabetic…another good theory would be that it is a natural response to your diurnal peak in your cortisol in the early am. Totally normal.

  30. QUESTION:
    Explanation for FBS (fasting blood sugar) higher than RBG (random blood glucose)?
    My dad is a diabetic and his fasting blood glucose levels are always higher than his random blood glucose levels. He has had diabetes for about 4 months now. Is this something to be worried about? Should he see a doctor? Is this condition common?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver dump, dawn phenomenon and dawn effect are all common terms that describe the same condition. It is an abnormally high early-morning fasting increase in blood glucose. It usually occurs between 4:00 AM and 8:00 AM. It occurs in everyone’s body, but it has more impact on diabetics than normal bodies. It is more common in people with type I diabetes than in people with type II diabetes. Understanding the phenomenon can go a long way towards helping diabetics manage it.

      The liver is responsible for the increase in glucose levels in the bloodstream. The brain, vital organs, the creation of red blood cells, and muscle tissue are constantly consuming glucose to function (24 hours per day). When the glucose levels in the bloodstream drop, the brain sends a message, via hormones, to release more glucose.

      At the same time, these same hormones signal the pancreas to reduce the amount of insulin that is produced and released into the bloodstream. In a normal body, the balance of glucose and insulin levels will be regulated. However, diabetics have an impaired control over this balance. Type I diabetics and insulin-dependent type II diabetics do not produce, either enough or, any insulin. The insulin in their system is dependent upon periodic injections. When the hormone insulin is out of balance with the other hormones (cotisol, glucagon and epinephrine), the liver will release too much glucose.

      Also, as the result of normal hormonal changes. The body’s internal clock recognizes that it is morning, and the wake-up process begins. The hormones cause the increase in blood glucose levels. No one actually knows what the exact cause of the phenomenon is, but many believe that it is increases in the hormones cortisol, glucagon and epinephrine, that causes increases in insulin resistance.

      A liver dump is when glycogen stored in the liver is turned into glucose (glycogenolysis) and it is released into the blood stream. The result is that blood glucose goes up, in spite of no food having been consumed. It is a natural process, and it usually happens when it has been a long time since your last meal. This why a lot of people get liver dumps in the morning. You can reduce the chances of it happening by eating something before going to bed.

      Some protein just before going to bed.

      Take care
      Tin

  31. QUESTION:
    my blood test showed high blood sugar on a fasting test. does it mean i definitely have diabetes?
    doc has told me to get another test done with 3 days special diet and then 8 hr fasting glucose test. if they already know i have gestational diabetes, whats the second test for. does any one know? has anyone had the same thing and what should i do now?
    Troll: i’m not fat at all. i’m on a very normal BMI and eat healthy too :(

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    Can fasting Blood sugar be higher than postprandial blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is possible.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is 104 too high for a fasting blood sugar reading?

    • ANSWER:
      104 is not a really high reading, but the recommendations now for a non- diabetic are below 99 when fasting. I know it only seems like a slight difference, but I’ve diagnosed many diabetic patients by doing the 2 hour glucose tolerance test when there fasting sugar was between 100- 110. The only way to really be for sure is to have your Physician order a 2 hour hour glucose test. During that test you will drink a really sweet drink full of sugar and will then have your blood drawn 1 hour later to see how well your body handles the sugar. Good Luck

  34. 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.

  35. QUESTION:
    high blood sugar and pregnant?
    I’m 32 years old. 27 weeks pregnant. In Augus(at 20th week) t, urine test results with sugar. Next day, my fasting blood glucose was within range. I was suggested not to have sugar. In September 2010 (at 24th week), I tested my random blood sugar because i had dry throat. it came out 305 mg/dl. My gyne doctor referred me to the diabetes doctor. After one week in strict diabetic diet, my blood sugar was not under 300 range. Then after I’m under insulin shot (14 unit morning and 8 unit evening/ insulin type 30:70. Throughout that 1 week my sugar is high. fasting 165-190 mg/dl and pp 280-388 mg/dl. now my insulin dose is up with 4 units each time. my doctor has guided ne how to up my dose with my blood sugar results. After increasing the insulin dose i’m still in 285 range. I’m very panic and worried. My gyne told me not get pregnant again and just one baby this time. I know the risks because of the high blood sugar and i don’t know why it is not going under control. I’m in strict diet after all. Please suggest something.

    • ANSWER:
      avoid sugar, especially soda, fruit juice, cookies and high amounts of carbohydrates.
      eat, not too large, balanced meals at regular times.
      don’t eat before bed.

      http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=low+sugar+food&fr=ush-ans&ygmasrchbtn=Web+Search

      balance meds taken with food eaten.

  36. QUESTION:
    What is the diet one can follow 2lower his high blood pressure (80/145)& sugar(Fasting blood 9 &otherwise 19?

    I’m sorry … the pressure is 145/80.

    • ANSWER:
      Well there is no excuse not for eating a proper diet, that is the best way to fight off medical problems. I have lost over 45 lbs now and still going down and have normalized my blood pressure from 178/108 to 117/74 without dangerous drugs with huge side effects. You can reach me through my website or leave me an e-mail if interested.

  37. QUESTION:
    why is my blood sugar so high in the morn. after fasting 8 to 11 hours?
    I just started taking metformin 3 wks. ago I changed all my eating habits.no sugar or sweets.nothing after 9:00 pm I check my sugar around 6:00am its 209 to 265,thru the day its almost the same,still eating the right things.

    • ANSWER:
      WOW, You got to get something to work ! A lot of damage is being done to your body as we speak. Wish you would have stated how much Metformin you are taking. Also you have to start on a low glycemic index diet . And start to exercise. And yes this is for life. The diet is great. I can’t count carbs so I use mendosa’s glycemic index diet. In 1 week you will know what to eat and what not to eat and how much. Also I would try not to eat after 7PM. There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose level .

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

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

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

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

      Both GI and GL are listed here. The GI is of foods based on the glucose index–where glucose is set to equal 100. The other is the glycemic load, which is the glycemic index divided by 100 multiplied by its available carbohydrate content (i.e. carbohydrates minus fiber) in grams. (The “Serve size (g)” column is the serving size in grams for calculating the glycemic load; for simplicity of presentation I have left out an intermediate column that shows the available carbohydrates in the stated serving sizes.) Take, watermelon as an example of calculating glycemic load. Its glycemic index is pretty high, about 72. According to the calculations by the people at the University of Sydney’s Human Nutrition Unit, in a serving of 120 grams it has 6 grams of available carbohydrate per serving, so its glycemic load is pretty low, 72/100*6=4.32, rounded to 4.
      I use to be like you . Now 96 fasting , HBA1C is 5.2. I take 2000mg of metformin a day plus , Now 1 mg Glimepride. Will probably stop taking Glimepride in a week.
      Good luck

      Tin

  38. QUESTION:
    What are some symptoms of high blood sugar?
    Diabetes runs in my family, and even though I have been diagnosed with it yet, i still have problems with high or low blood sugar. Right now me and my friend just finished eating ALOT of food (we forgot to eat yesterday) and im feeling dizzy, weak, and my heart is pounding really fast. Is this high blood sugar, am I just overly tired or is it something else?
    Also, i have never had this particular thing happen before. Ive become shaky, weak and dizzy from NOT eating, but ive never had it happen after I know that I have eaten alot.

    • ANSWER:
      Dizzy and weak are symptoms of low blood sugar, not high. Is it possible you’re hypoglycemic? (for many, hypoglycemia may be a precursor for diabetes in many cases)

  39. 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.

  40. QUESTION:
    If you have a fasting blood sugar of 96, is that high, borderline, or OK?

    • ANSWER:
      Technically normal, but both the top of the normal range and the diabetes threshold have been going down.

      110 used to be the border between normal and impaired fasting glucose, now it is 100. Some doctors say 90.

      I’d make sure I exercised often and at a good intensity and for a long enough time (30 minutes, 3X a week at an intensity of moderate or better) and ate a nutrious diet and kept regular checkups and keep checking that number.

      Good advice in any event.

      In addition, the further one goes towards or into impaired glucose or diabetes, the worse, and diabetes is forever.

  41. QUESTION:
    Does METFORMIN HCL ER bring down high blood sugar fast ?
    Will it cure my symptoms of fatigue and blurred vision and not being able to focus.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      METFORMIN HCL ER reduces your blood sugar slowly. (ER = extended release) So it reduces it slowly. It most likely not help your vision problems.
      Is this med. prescribed to you by your Dr.? You should get in contact with your Dr. about your other symptoms. Diabetes can effects your vision. It disturbs the fine circulation, also in the eyes.
      Diet and exercise = (weight loss) the best help for Diabetes and many other health problems.
      Consult a Dr.
      Wish you the best, and lots of dicipline!

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

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

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

  43. QUESTION:
    What is the normal range for a non-fasting blood sugar in children 2, 4, and 6?
    Just out of curiosity I checked my kids blood sugar. It’s been about an hour since they last ate. My oldest was 146, my middle child was 144, my youngest was 127, and I am 107 mg/dL. Online I can only find fasting which says for non diabetic 70 – 120 fasting is the norm. Any nurses know if my children’s blood glucose is to high?

    • ANSWER:
      The normal blood glucose level for children is 70-110 mg/dL before breakfast, 70-120 mg/dL before lunch or dinner, below 140 mg/dL if measured one hour after meals and 120 mg/dL or less if measured two hours after a meal. In another data, 100-180 mg/dL glucose reading is healthy for children under 6 years, 90-180 mg/dL for age group 6 to 12 years and 90-130 mg/dL for teenagers.

      Your kids are fine and you know its a good idea, as you are doing, to check these levels once in a while, even if it is out of curiosity. Oh, and yours is fine too if this is after eating which it seems to be acc to your question. Healthy family.

      Hope this helps.

  44. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar low after fasting, high at night?
    When I wake up at 1:30 pm and take my blood sugar (having not eaten anything that day) I get 114.

    Two hours after lunch/breakfast (cream cheese, vegetables, whole wheat bread), my blood sugar was 135.

    Having eaten a handful of popcorn around 5, and nothing since then (it is now 8:31), my blood sugar is 135. I feel extremely thirsty, and a little dizzy. My mouth is watering.

    Could it be related to insufficient calories? I think I only had about 800 so far today. I tried to eat dinner, but I was so thirsty I had to drink a bunch of water and didn’t feel like food afterwards.

    I generally try to shoot for 2500.
    I know that I am diabetic.

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    Why would I get a high blood sugar reading after exercise?
    I’m asking this for both myself and my wife actually. We’re both Type 2, although mine is more controlled, with readings between 90-125 on average. We’ve both recently started individual exercise programs, and she’s frustrated with her blood sugar. I wasn’t with mine until this morning. I woke up, went to the gym right away, worked out for 90 minutes, had plenty of water, and my blood sugar read 126. (fasting).

    Can anyone point to any information on the web about this? By the way, my morning blood sugars have been pretty decent for the last week, hovering between 100-120, so, this higher reading was surprising, especially after a decent workout. I’m trying to get information that’s informative for my wife as well. So links specific to this topic would be great. Thanks!
    Edited to add: currently, our Type 2 diabetes is controlled by diet and exercise alone. As of today, neither one of us is on metformin (the medication we’ve been prescribed in the past).

    • ANSWER:
      Both LapisLauzli are Arkie mom are correct.

      Exercise usually helps lower your blood sugar. This is because insulin is more effective during exercise. Regular exercise increases the number of insulin receptors on your cells. The receptors are the places where insulin attaches to cells so sugar can pass into the cells. Having more receptors makes the body more sensitive to insulin. As a result, insulin works more efficiently. This is how you are controlling your Diabetes with exercise (and diet) alone.
      Sometimes blood sugars go up with exercise. Especially after strenous exercise. This may happen because you are excited and are releasing a hormone called adrenaline. This is a normal response in people with or without diabetes. The adrenaline causes sugar to be released from stores in the muscle and liver and raises the blood sugar for awhile. This usually happens in the first hour of exercise.

      Wait a little longer (20-30 mins) to test. You should should notice a significant difference. Since you are not on meds I will not caution you about going too low after exercise (it has happened to me).

  46. QUESTION:
    Non-fasting hyperglycemia, but normal fasting blood sugar?
    My doctor found that my blood sugar is very high, and slow to come down, after eating but completely normal when fasting. He just claims I should limit sugars and carbs, but I’m concern this could be a symptom of something else. I’m not overweight and all of my other numbers (cholesterol and what not) are perfect.

    • ANSWER:
      Did your doctor do a blood draw or a finger pricking? HbA1c is a percentage number noting how much glucose molecules are clinging to red blood cells over the past 90 days. This test does not have to be fasting.
      6.0 is 136 mg/dL average which IS diabetes!

      this may be managed by very strict food plan and lots more exercise. But it is much easier to actually be diagnosed as a diabetic (insurance pays for the glucometer and test strips) and then you can consider if you want to start the medication, usually Glucophage/Metformin or not.

      Atkins Carb Counting books are great! Cheap! Have individual food stuffs, many restaurant and fast food menus, and are just terrific for counting grams of carbohydrate.

      I work hard at keeping my grams of carb to under 100 per day! Doctors and ADA do not encourage this, but it works really well for me. Also I use South Beach phase 2 menus for suggestions for food plan.

  47. QUESTION:
    Why is my blood sugar so high?
    After eating and drinking it reached its peak at 10.1mmol/L.
    And Internet wont tell the answers.
    After eating fast sugar in my blood dropped to 4.3mmol/L.
    Could this be sign of diabetis?
    But diabetic people have high sugar blood hours after eating.

    • ANSWER:

  48. 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

  49. QUESTION:
    I’m 34 yrs old. My fasting Blood sugar was 94 and PP was 158…is that high? ?
    Let me know what is the Fasting and PP window for normal blood sugar.

    • ANSWER:
      For NON diabetics the normal range is 70 to 100 fasting and 70 to 120 2 hours after a meal. If you have diabetes the range is higher…110 to 140 fasting and 140 to 235 2 hours after a meal. I got these numbers from my doctor who is supposedly the best in the south east, he is an endocrinologist. He also told me that everyone is different and what may be high for one person, is normal for another. These numbers are just reference ranges, so your body could be higher or lower.

  50. QUESTION:
    if I ate an hour before a u and e blood test would it show I had high blood sugar?
    had a u&e test last week, ate a cereal bar and banana shortly before, test was at 8.30 am and thats all i had eaten since I woke up at 7. I have now been told I need a fasting glucose blood test and wondered if this could be because my U&E results showed high levels of sugar because I had eaten before the test?

    • ANSWER:
      it can affect the test, I was told that it could show high levels of sugar (fortunatly this was not the case for me) but you may need to repeat the blood test if it comes back high, Bananas & cereal bars do have high sugars, banana sugars is called fructose and cereal bars glucose


Fasting Blood Sugar Level 106

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In some cases, panic attacks may resemble hypoglycemia.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      I wish you the best.

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

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

  4. QUESTION:
    should i be worried about these blood sugar levels?
    my oldest daughter was told she was prediabetic last january. she is still complaining of lots of headaches, hungry all the time, and not feeling well. i checked her fasting blood sugar this morning and it was 121. my middle daughter has started to complain of headaches and not feeling well either lately so i checked her this morning and her fasting was 106. should i be worried? should i bring them in to have blood work done and check their a1c levels? thanks. please help.

    • ANSWER:
      For the first answerer: what is your source for giving this incorrect info to the asker?
      In any contemporary medical literature the values are now 70/80 to 110/120.
      For the asker :the glucose levels are not so bad but the symptoms are. Consult and endocrinologist, have various glucose levels measured and a glucose curve done and start medication, low carb diet and above all: exercise, exercise , exercise. (For a diabetic exercise does not mean a walk in the park, it means 40 minutes daily physical activity with the heart at 110 b/min. All the best.

  5. 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..

  6. QUESTION:
    Concerned about my blood sugar levels…?
    I began testing my blood with a home glucose tester. I’m afraid to poke myself with the device that pops the lancet up… I poke myself by hand. Anyway…My dad has diabetes. I am overweight – 5ft. 4in. 220 lbs.

    Upon waking after fasting for about 14 hours my blood glucose was 106.

    I ate oatmeal and an hour later it was 174.
    Two hours after the oatmeal it was 121.

    A random stick during the day, about 3 hours after lunch it was 98.

    No matter what I’m going to change my lifestyle. I plan to cut back on sugar and lose weight. I will get this tested ASAP by my doctor as well. I’m just looking for some in-the-mean time thoughts. Thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, I would like to inform you that your blood sugar is around the normal range, it is a tiny bit high but it is way below the limit of diabetes. My father has diabetes also and that had me worried because diabetes runs in genes.

      When my father was diagnosed with diabetes his blood sugar level is almost 300. He is a type 2.

      I am 5-8 195 pounds. My blood sugar is around 100 first thing in the morning. When I used weight 178, my blood sugar was around 90, so it makes sense that if you lose weight your blood sugar will drop if you lose weight.

      Here are some diet advises:
      1. lay off sugar.
      2. eat healthy carbohydrate such as whole wheat bread and brown rice. Lay off white bread and white rice.
      3. If you do crave sugar, eat fruits. Sugar in fruits are easier to break down so they wont raise your blood sugar too much.

      Also exercise plenty in the morning and at night. If you are hungry at night eat a fruit instead of snacking.

      If you need more advise or simply a word of encouragement, email me anytime, i’d be more than happy to hear from ya!

      God bless!

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

    how high is that???

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

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

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

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

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

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

  8. QUESTION:
    Do you have advice on blood sugar issues?
    I had my yearly physical last week. My physcian wanted to test my thyroid for the 3rd year in a row. It always comes back normal. My mother has severe hyperthyroid, so my dr. always worries. After reveiwing my file, she decided to skip the thyroid test. Since I had not had anything to eat or drink (other than water) she decided to test my blood sugar. It came back as 106. Since then she has had me monitor my glucose level. It typically stays around 120 or so, but has gotten as high as 151. It has dipped below 100 a couple of times, and I got the shakes & felt really sick. I fasted for over 24 hrs & tested, just to see where it was at. It dropped to 74. Besides feeling very hungery, I felt great. My dr. thinks my body is just out of wack because I never sleep and eat less than 1000 cal. a day. On top of that I have tons of food allergies, and I am on my feet and carrying heavy things at work everyday. I am very active, but can’t loose weight. Any advice????
    The reason I eat so little, is not to try and lose weight, it is becaus of my food allergies. I cannot eat anything with wheat in it, or glueton. No yeast, no dairy (with the exception of hard cheeses), no sugar cane (yes, that means I cannot even use Splenda.)

    The list of what I can eat is shorter than what I cannot. That includes beverages.
    Adina T., thanks for the tips. I have worked in conjuction with my physician for years with my diet and food allergies. She was the one who tested me for them. She does have me on replacement meals. They are called “Ultra Meals”. They are made for people with severe food allergies & are low on the glycemic index. My physician specializes in female hormones & food allergies. She thinks my whole body is out of sync from having insomnia for 31 years. Got the sleep walking issues and all. I greatly appreciate your advice. I have been useing a sumplement called Reslora to help me sleep. (Trust me when I say, we have tried EVERYTHING!) So far it has worked better than any prescription meds I have been given & better than melatonin. Keep the good ideas going out there. Thanks!
    My blood sugar has been all over the place. My phycisian has also had me taking my temp. w/ a basal themometer every morning. My temp has been low, which typically means hyperthyroid issues. My mom & and several of my aunts on my mom’s & dad’s side have hyperthyroid issues. I have been tested once a year for several years now. My thyroid was on the high side on normal, but within normal range.

    • ANSWER:
      Get thee to a dietitian! Seriously, with all of your food allergies, you could really use the help of a nutrition professional to give you ideas on meals and replacements for some of the foods you must eliminate. To find a dietitian near you, call your local hospital or visit www.eatright.org and click on “find a nutrition professional” on the top right hand side of the page…it’s kind of hidden, but you’ll find it!

  9. QUESTION:
    High blood sugar and underweight. why?
    Im 22 my fasting blood sugar is 107. I am underweight according to my BMI. Also there is no one in my family with diabetes. Any reasons you can think of?

    Also I had a test done in 07. my blood sugar was 107. then i just had one done this year and its 106. I ate anything i wanted for those three years and no change in the level. What can be the cause if food is not changing it and there is no weight problem and no family history of it?
    I have seen a doctor and he said to diet and exercise. I run every morning and do resistance training 3-4 times a week. I test my blood every now and then and my blood sugar varies from 85 to 108 in the morning before a meal.

    • ANSWER:
      I would like to apologize for the other respondents as you have asked a serious question and deserve a well-reasoned and thoughtful response. Although it is true that there is an association between obesity and type 2 diabetes many type 2 diabetics are of normal weight. In addition there is no association between weight and type 1 diabetes. Genetics are certainly an issue but they do not tell the whole story as genes may or may not be passed along and they may or may not be ‘expressed’. 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. Although the diagnosis should never be based upon a single reading you have multiple readings above the reference range suggested above. My interpretation is that you most likely have ‘early’ diabetes. A test called C-Peptide will distinguish type 1 from type 2. Insulin is produced by the beta cells of the pancreas and it is stored as proinsulin. When insulin is released the C and N terminals of proinsulin are cleaved off and insulin is released into the blood stream. A positive C-Peptide means that you are a type 2 diabetic and a negative C-Peptide means that you are a type 1 diabetic. Type 1 diabetics must take insulin although type 2 diabetics often start with life-style modification. This would mean a low glycemic index diet with little to no refined carbohydrates, weight loss if over-weight which is not your circumstance, and regular exercise. Being lean does not preclude either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. As diabetes is a progressive disorder even when well controlled prompt diagnosis and decisive intervention is essential. Thus I would strongly encourage you to discuss this matter with your physician. Besides the C-Peptide a glycated hemoglobin A1C should be done. The A1C provides the 90 day mean (average) glucose. After these test results are in then your physician will be able to provide you with further guidance. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I participate in this forum as a public service and I answer any and all health-related questions free of charge. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless.

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

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

  11. QUESTION:
    am i becoming diabetic? or just paranoid?
    Of course ill always seek advice from my doctor, but I wanted to ask some people on here who might know, so i can rest tonight.
    i have been having issues with my blood sugar lately (i have a home testing thing because i was diagnosed as “hypoglycemic” years ago. And while I have had a couple of low blood sugar episodes, I’m kind of confused on what is normal for a fasting blood glucose result. during the day after normal meals (i generally stay low carb..kind of always have) and my blood sugar RARELY even touches 150. My fasting blood sugar levels are a little higher than they used to be for me. It used to be that my fasting sugar was 77, and now its up to 106 ish. is this a sign im being more predisposed to diabetes? I hear that the highest for a fasting result should be 95, but I don’t know how accurate that source was.

    Anyway, my fasting is usually 100 now, one hour after a normal complex carb meal is less than 120 (around 98-106) and my sugar levels at the two hour mark are either the same or a little lower.
    I generally eat complex carbs, high protein, and about 5-6 small meals a day…so are my tests accurate, or do I need to buff up my carbs for three days and test AGAIN to find real glucose tolerance results?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, your idea of finding “real glucose tolerance results” from what you do at home is nonsensical … unless you’ve found a way of giving yourself a measured amount of glucose … normally 75 grams … and then drawing your own blood, to be tested in a pathology laboratory.

      To be frank with you, you need to see your doctor, explain your symptoms to him/her, and s/he will determine whether or not you warrant further testing. It is then that you’ll have a GTT (Glucose Tolerance Test) done.

      I’m afraid I don’t know where you get the idea that you should be testing your blood glucose levels at one hour after you eat. This would be a pointless exercise in the home setting as the glucose level would still be high. (Diabetics are told to test their blood glucose levels 2 hours post-prandial (after eating).)

      The fasting blood glucose levels for a non-diabetic would be in the range 70-99 mg/dL.

      In a non-diabetic, the post-prandial blood glucose level would not be expected to raise above 140 mg/dL. There are, however, times when this can occur, such as illness/infection, and times of extreme stress.

      Your fasting blood glucose level of 106 mg/dL indicates that you may now be pre-diabetic, but it MUST be a practising MD (Medical Doctor) to make an official diagnosis of this.

      I do hope that you’ll see your doctor to have yourself checked out.

      Be well.

  12. QUESTION:
    gestational diabeties or no?
    Of course ill always seek advice from my doctor, but I wanted to ask some people on here who might know, so i can rest tonight.
    i have been having issues with my blood sugar lately (i have a home testing thing because i was diagnosed as “hypoglycemic” years ago. And while I have had a couple of low blood sugar episodes, I’m kind of confused on what is normal for a fasting blood glucose result. during the day after normal meals (i generally stay low carb..kind of always have) and my blood sugar RARELY even touches 150. My fasting blood sugar levels are a little higher than they used to be for me. It used to be that my fasting sugar was 77, and now its up to 106 ish. is this a sign im being more predisposed to diabetes? I hear that the highest for a fasting result should be 95, but I don’t know how accurate that source was.

    Anyway, my fasting is usually 100 now, one hour after a normal complex carb meal is less than 120 (around 98-106) and my sugar levels at the two hour mark are either the same or a little lower.
    I generally eat complex carbs, high protein, and about 5-6 small meals a day…so are my tests accurate, or do I need to buff up my carbs for three days and test AGAIN to find real glucose tolerance results?

    • ANSWER:
      How far into your pregnancy are you? Gestational diabetes isn’t really diagnosed until the third trimester, but it won’t hurt to let your doctor know so they know what’s coming in your future because sugar management gets trickier as your pregnancy progresses. It’s those darn hormones messing you up! Supposedly you definitely are more at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes though if you get gestational diabetes, but at least you’re already in the habit of watching your carbs and sugars so you should be ok as you know what to look for and how to manage yourself.

      I have gestational diabetes right now, I didn’t have it with my previous pregnancies. I’m also not diabetic in my normal non-pregnant mode so this has been a whole new thing for me. My limits given to me by my obgyn are no more than 90 fasting and no more than 120 two hours after meals. I was barely breaking 100 for my fasting and they put me on Glyburide. So yeah, 106 fasting isn’t terrible, but it’s definitely high enough to cause concern. The diet they have me on is 2200 cal/day, with 3 meals and 3 snacks. I’m not to go longer than 3 hours without eating something to keep my sugars level. Except when I’m sleeping at night, of course.

      Your method seems fine to me, they will do a glucose tolerance test later on down the road but I never had to buff up carbs or anything. Just do what you normally do. That’s essentially how they’d want to test you anyway so the result is consistent with your habits. They’ll take a 1 hour glucose tolerance test first and if you pass that then you don’t have to worry. If you don’t, you take a 3 hour test and is a whole load of fun.

      So yeah, you’re definitely in the range of being gestational diabetic but if you’re still early in your pregnancy your doctor may go ahead and put you on medication or just ask you to continue monitoring yourself. Usually if you’re that high now it’s just going to get higher because the hormones mess with your insulin’s ability to do its job. Anyhow, good luck to you!

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

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

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

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

    My blood pressure today is 109/74 (optimal)

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

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

    HK.

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

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

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

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

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

  15. QUESTION:
    Blood Glucose Levels?
    I just bought a blood glucose meter. I’ve tested my fasting blood glucose every morning for 3 days so far. My numbers in the morning are 101, 100, and 102. I can’t eat a lot (especially not a lot of sweet or high glycemic index stuff) because I get dizzy or at least light-headed.One day I wanted to get an idea of what my blood sugar does throughout the day. I tested my blood sugar right before I ate and it was 106. It was probaby about 50g of carbs for lunch. Then only 5 minutes after I ate, it was 135. After an hour, it was 122. After 2 hours, it was 114 and after 3 hours, it was still 114. I read that under 120 is okay but if it was so close to 120 and along with my FBG, I’m pretty sure I’m pre-diabetic. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      Rain , your Post Prandial Numbers are very close to normal , but your fasting leaves a lot to be desired. You are probably Pre diabetic. Anyways I would act and treat myself as if diabetic.
      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

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

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

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

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

      Most normal people are under 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) two hours after eating.
      The problem starts when you are in the mid 90′s for fasting blood sugar.
      So a low carb diet is in order . I can’t count carbs , so I use mendosa’s Low Glycemic Index Diet .
      In one week you will Know what to eat and what not to eat and how much.A great way for the whole family to eat.

      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.
      .
      Next is the dreaded word : EXERCISE> Plain walking is fine but Nordic Walking ia Great . It uses 46% more energy without any noticeable extra effort. Google it . It even has Videos to show you how.
      Take care , start today . You will be happy you did later on in life.
      Tin

  16. QUESTION:
    I was told to do nothing for my prediabetes.?
    I was diagnosed with prediabetes — Fasting BS 106. The 2 hour GTT result was 154. My HbA1C is 5.6. The endocrinologist said I didn’t need to particularly do anything at this time regarding eating habits, and I’m not overweight by any means, and my lipid panel is within normal limits. He said to take a baby aspirin every day and see him in a year. Does this sound right? BTW, his clinic has received an excellence in diabetes award this past year and is considered one of the best in our state. I’m an extremely anxious person. Does this raise blood sugar levels?

    • ANSWER:
      Don’t really care how may awards the clinic has for anything. His advice doesn’t make any sense at all. Your HbA1C is fine (less than 6.0 is considered normal). However, a fasting BS of 106 is in the pre-diabetic range (91 – 125). In addition a 2 hour GTT of 154 is above the expected result of <140. Both of these results are indications that you need to pay attention to what you are doing to your body. You do not want to let this progress any further. Lots of bad complications (loss of extremities, eye sight, etc). Immediately start walking and exercising on a regular basis (daily). In addition, start counting carbs (and don't listen to whoever posted the garbage about 2 carbs per meal or whatever it was). I was pre-diabetic for two years and they never told me and now I am a full-fledged Type 2. It is not the sugars in the food you need to worry about, IT IS THE CARBS. I personally now aim to keep breakfast somewhere around 20 - 25, lunch and dinner 30 - 40, and any snacks to <15. The best thing you do as to diet is document everything that enters your mouth. I use a free calorie calculator (something like my_calorie_counter) that is web-based and most foods are already in it. It is an eye opener when you see what is in the foods that you ingest. Oh, never heard of the baby aspirin thing other than that is about lowering your risk for heart attacks. Nothing at all to do with your elevated blood sugar readings! Good luck and make the lifestyle changes now before it is too late and you earn that label - Diabetic.

  17. QUESTION:
    What are the consequences of the Dawn Syndrome (diabetes 2)? Is it preventable?
    For example, I went to bed with a Blood Sugar of 116. I woke up 7 hours later and my BS was 178. An hour later (still fasting, and no meds), it was back down to 126. I understand that if one’s BS gets too low during the night, the liver might act to bring it up. How low does it have to get for this to happen? (I was diagnosed 3 months ago with diabetes 2 and since I’ve been testing, the lowest BS level I’ve seen is 106.)
    I have Type 2 diabetes. I’m not on insulin. I take Metaformin 1000mg twice a day.

    Tested again last night. I snacked a bit so my blood sugar was up to 136 when I went to bed. I was only 126 this morning.

    This seems counterproductive to me. Our goal is to lower our blood sugar levels. But when mine is low at night, it’s soaring in the morning. If it’s on the high side at night, then it’s slightly lower in the morning. This is one confusing disease.

    • ANSWER:
      Dawn Phenomenon occurs because we are more insulin resistant in the early morning when growth hormones and cortisol are circulating.

      Snogyi’s effect occurs when blood sugar drops too low during the night and the liver counterreacts by producing glucose.

      The only way to know which one you have is to test during the night, or use a continuous glucose montior.

      If you’re not on insulin, it’s probably not Snogyi’s effect. If you are on insulin, try going down on your nighttime dose. If blood sugar goes down, than it was Snogyi’s. If blood sugar goes up, it’s probably Dawn Phenom and you need more insulin.

  18. QUESTION:
    need help understanding pre diabieties?
    hi ..i’m new ..anyways i had a glucose test done in lab and one hour after i drank the sugar stuff it read 140 2 hrs after 202 and 3rd hour after 213 and sugar showed up in my urinalysis at the 213 then started to go down any ways dr said i was borderline diabetic…my fasting sugar was at 75 at 12 hrs after anyfood on that day.anyways sometimes in the night i feel nauseated my sugar the first day of home testing read85 at 12 hr fast this morn i read it a 4 am and it was 103..my meals iv’e changed up and they vary between 106 to 124 1 hr after meals which is good … should i be concerned any with the 103 12 hr fasting or check my sugar in the night just to see if it spikes?also what should a random blood test level range in between?and what is the normal range after 1 to 2 hrs after eating and before eating…i seem to read online different veiws from web sites so…..i got tired of looking and decided to ask instead ……

    • ANSWER:
      Cut down on the sugar, especially soda, candy and cookies.

  19. 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.

  20. QUESTION:
    Could I have pre-diabetes?
    I recently went to the doctor and had some blood work done. After being instructed to fast for 8 hours (i fasted for 12 hours) my glucose level came back to be 106.

    According to AmericanDiabetesAssociation.org I have prediabetes, but my doctor said it was nothing. I also didn’t drink or eat anything with sugar in it before my fast started. I’m not overweight and I exercise everyday, but I do urinate frequently and some times get dizzy.

    Only serious answers from people who know something about diabetes PLEASE!

    • ANSWER:
      If your bg came down to 106 after 12 hours. Usually, if it will go down overnight, it can’t be high enough to cause ketones (which, in turn would cause frequent urination). You probably just have a weak bladder. Do you also get thirsty alot? If you are not overweight, I would not expect a potential of Type 2 diabetes, although in rare cases it can be genetic. If you are over 40, type 1 definitely is not the case. I would try checking your blood sugar right after eating (alot of sugar). If your bg is over 200, it probably means you have prediabetes.


Fasting Blood Sugar 108

Hypoglycemia or blood sugar is a disorder of blood sugar metabolism which may result in
diabetes in later life. It is a condition in which the pancreas produces too much insulin, causing
the blood sugar to drop.
Hypoglycemia sometimes occurs in healthy people some hours after a meal rich in
carbohydrates, especially following muscular exertion. It is frequently found in the first few days
of life, especially among premature infants.
Hypoglycemia is a serious disorder as the brain cannot function properly when the blood sugar
level is too low. Like all other organs of the body, the brain receive its fuel from the diet. But it
can use only the sugar produced by the body from carbohydrates. Unlike many of the body
tissues, it cannot store its fuel. Therefore, it must get a constant supply of sugar through the
bloodstream. Mental disturbances caused by subnormal blood sugar levels can seriously affect
a persons life.
Symptoms
A craving for sweets and starches in excessive amount between meals is the first sign of low
blood sugar level . When the blood sugar level falls much below normal, symptoms such as
nervousness, irritability, fatigue, depression, disturbed vision and headache appear. Other
symptoms are sweating, trembling, numbness, absent-mindedness, dizziness, palpitation of the
heart and some sexual disturbances. Most hypoglycemia patients feel hungry and eat frequently
to get over the feeling of weakness and emotional irritability. They feel tense if they have to go
without food for several hours.
Causes
Hypoglycemia is usually caused by an excessive intake of refined carbohydrates and sugar
foods. These substances cause the pancreas, the adrenal gland and the liver to lose their ability

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    My Morning fasting Blood Sugar is 108?
    My Morning fasting Blood Sugar is 108 (lab test) and random (2hrs after breakfast) is 98? should i be concerened? my fasting blood sugar normally below 100 expect in the morning score around 105.

    • ANSWER:
      If your fasting blood sugar in the morning is usually over 100, then that is concerning. Ask your doctor about an A1c, which is a three-month average of your blood sugar.

  2. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar level of 108 after being intoxicated the night before?
    I have a glucose monitor my mother left at my house. I was drinking vodka with diet soda last night and got pretty intoxicated. I stopped eating and drinking at midnight, and checked my blood sugar after about 12 hours of fasting. It was 108.
    This to me is high for a fasting blood sugar, would being intoxicated prior to fasting have raised it or am I diabetic?
    Well, later in the evening, my blood sugar has ranged from 91 to 102, this is postprandial. So I’m guessing the alcohol affected my results this morning, as there’s no reason why my fasting blood sugar would be higher than my non-fasting blood sugar. Unless my meter is broke…

    • ANSWER:
      After 12 hours you should be in the 80 range at least. Do another fasting without drinking and see the results.

      Take care

      Tin

  3. QUESTION:
    Missed Periods & slightly abnormal sgpt, cholesterol, blood sugar, white blood cells levels?
    I am 30 year old single Indian female. Due to my divorce 2 years ago I was very depressed and almost not doing any activity. Right now my weight is more than 85 kg, and I am obsessed. last year I was diagnosed with hypothyroid and my TSH level was 6.5, so doctor prescribed thyronorm 50 mcg which I am taking regularly. Now recently I underwent full body chcek-up and my thyroid level was normal, nothing worng with it, but to my surprise sgpt, wbc, FBS levels are elevated and lipid profile is also not normal. Following are my report, wbc (white blood cells) – 11300, fbs (fasting blood sugar) – 108.2, sgpt – 49 u/l and serum Triglyceride is 205.3 mg/dl and S HDL cholesterol is 30.4 mg/dl which all is not normal.

    Most important is I missed my 3 periods and haven’t experienced menstruation since last 3 months.

    My feet and legs are always swollen. I feel like there is ring on my ankle because my ankles are swollen as if there is a water retention.

    My heels are also paining every morning on waking up. After waking up I feel I have no energy and I feel so tired. I experience problem in breathing after climbing stairs and can’t sit on floor for long time maybe because of obesity. If I sit on floor for more than 5 minutes and if feet is pressed below my thighs then I feel as if some too many ants are running and biting in my feet because of lack of enough blood circulation in feet and hence I have to keep my feet straight to let blood circulation in feet so that ants running in the feet feeling disappear. If I sit on floor then I have difficulty in standing up without anyone’s support. My thighs, lower ab and calf are very fat.

    I also have skin problem like new moles are formed in body, fungus below breast, rough skin between the breast and weird rough lines are formed on neck and back of neck etc. I got the appointment of doctor after 7 days as he is v. busy but I talked to him on phone and he said this all must be due to obesity but I can only say after I meet you.

    I admit that my lifestyle is very bad and I am very lazy. I am not drinking or smoking but I am not overweight and not doing any exercise and eating lot of fried food and fast food. Also my body clock is disturbed and very irregular like I get up very late in morning or sometimes wake up whole night and sleep whole day, please tell me now what do I do to get my health better and how do I get my periods back. But now I am very worried as I am too young and also single. Pls Help me I will be grateful to you. I will go to doctor after 7 days but till that pls tell me some home remedies to lower sgpt and get back my periods. Help me please
    Sorry Lana and Nam, the web addresses given by you doesn’t work

    • ANSWER:
      If you missed your periods and feeling pain in your heel you may experience urinary problem and pain at your scapula. Acupressure will give you good relief for all your problems. If you want more information please contact classic_erode@yahoo.com

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. QUESTION:
    My fasting blood sugar was 6.2 aka 111, i get really thirsty all the time, and physically weak all day…..?
    my psychiatrist was the one who actually got me the test, because I was complaining about thirst.

    So when she saw the results she, wrote me a letter to give to my doctor to treat me for diabetes.

    My fasting blood sugar before that was 6.0 aka 108.

    This was after a 10 hour fast.

    I have a doctors appointment tomorrow. Do you think he’ll treat me for diabetes, or just say that it’s still not a 7, so it’s nothing?

    • ANSWER:
      you may be borderline, please take care of yourself! You don’t want this disease That is a high bs to have while fasting. Why didnt they do a 12 hr fast? Thats what they do for me all of the time. They may just change your diet tomorrow. Dont be scared and ask lots of questions. Knowledge is key to beat this diesease!! Good Luck

  8. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar 108, family history of diabetes.. What do you think.?
    Hi all. Sorry to come here with another “could I have diabetes” question. I’m sure you’re all tired of hearing them lol. I have scheduled a dr.’s appt just to make sure, but just wanted some opinions…

    I’m an 18 yr old girl, 5’5, 125 lbs. I don’t exercise too much, but I don’t eat much either. I just checked my blood sugar and now I’m very worried, it was 108. About a half an hour before I had eaten a few pieces of chocolate, so I am not sure if that would make it go up. Our family has a history of diabetes, but only on my fathers side. No issues on my mothers side. I do not have any symptoms of diabetes except being tired a lot, but that is because I stay up late a lot, lol. No thirstyness, and no frequent urination. Can someone explain to me what a “normal” blood sugar would be right after eating candy? Lol or would a normal persons body process it quickly and the sugar not go up? What is the normal fasting bloodsugar?(im going to take it again in the morning)
    Added to edit. I have no issues with cholesterol, 134 and then 133 last times it was checked. blood pressure normally low.
    editing; thankyou for all of the answers.. i’d love anything else you guys could share with me. is there a test other than the fasting one?

    also, i do not drink coke or pepsi. water only, with occasionally some juice or tea. and coffee(rarely)

    • ANSWER:
      108 is not diabetic. You are not overweight. You could use some exercise though. It is good for you. 200 is diabetic. Normal is not a fixed number. It might be as high as 150 even depending on how much candy you were to eat. The body has to race to produce sufficient insulin to compensate for sugar. Sugar is not good for the body at all. Even for healthy people. A little is ok but Coke and Pepsi are not good.

  9. QUESTION:
    high fasting blood sugar and normal after meals blood sugar?
    I am a diabetic. My doctor and I caught it at the beginning of it. She told me I could get rid of them for now if I loose all of my weight. Well my blood sugars after each meal is normal. It is usually between 95 to 120 and it usually never goes above it. My doctor wants it below 140. But every so often it will go to 140 but not that often. Any ways I usually check my blood sugar before I go to bed and check it in the morning. Well my fasting blood sugar is ALWAYS high and I do not know why. I dont eat after 7 30- 8 00 pm at night. I will give you an example… last night before bed it was 108 and this morning it was 128. And I really do not understand why. I can control my blood sugar the whole day but not my fasting blood sugar. I even try walking every evening and changing what time I eat (we usually eat between 6-7 and that is my last meal of the night)…I have lost 20 pounds to try to contol my blood sugar (esp fasting)…What is your opinion…. What is going on?

    • ANSWER:
      You are suffering from what is known as Dawn Phenomenon. This is caused by your body’s natural clock, at at about 3 AM a signal is sent to the rest of the body that dawn is coming. The liver releases an extra boost of glucose so you have plenty of energy to get moving. This happens to everybody, those of us with DP, our livers release too much. Everybody is a little different on what helps so it takes some experimenting. Try a snack right before bed, a hand full of nuts, half of a ripe green apple like a Granny Smith, peanut butter on a cracker. Also if you take metformin, taking it at bedtime can help.
      Because of this you need to eat breakfast as soon as you get up as your glucose level will continue to rise until you eat.

  10. 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.

  11. 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..

  12. 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.

  13. QUESTION:
    Are these blood sugar levels of concern?
    Hi………about 8 months ago i did a fasting blood glucose test wich was 5.6 mmol/l (100mg/dl)………last week i did another…..i did it in the morning only having drank a small low fat glass of milk 1 hour and a half before the test and a small low calorie, low sugar glass of apple juice a half hour before the test…….(little sugar)….and my glucose test was 6.0 mmol/l (108 mg/dl)….is this something to be concerned about?

    • ANSWER:
      No, that sounds about perfect.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can fasting cause your blood pressure to be low?
    I went to the doctor today to get some blood drawn to test my sugar. My blood pressure was 108/62. The doctor or nurse didn’t say anything about it, but it just seemed low to me.
    Usually my blood pressure is around 110-114/80
    This is the first time I have fasted to get blood sugar tested. I’m a 21 yo female

    • ANSWER:
      One of the many beneficial side effects of a water fast is lower blood pressure. Athletes can have very low resting blood pressure thanks to their excellent cardiovascular health.

      You have excellent blood pressure. Keep up your healthy eating.

      If you fast for three or more days, make sure that you are under the supervision of a medical professional.

  15. QUESTION:
    I had a blood sugar test and the results after a 10 hr. fast was 108. Is this a high number?

    • ANSWER:
      You never said what you eat before the 10 hours. If you eat a low carb meal then I would think it would be a little high, if you eat a high carb meal then it shows to me that your body is probably doing it’s job. ADA average is between 80 and 120.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. QUESTION:
    concerned about my health?
    i’m only 17 and im really concerned about my health right now. my blood pressure this year has been pretty high and beginning of summer it has been 172/108. my fasting blood sugar is 103, dont know if thats bad? i weigh 132and am 5’10″ so i’m not overweight or anything. i have been getting frequent small headaches and sometimes get very lightheaded out of nowhere. i have had three fainting spells this year from low blood sugar. my apical pulse is over 100, highest it’s ever been was 110. my pulse is almost always in the 90′s actually been over 100 before. i’m not stressed.. we just got out of school. i don’t know what this is. it’s really scaring me and mom won’t take me to the doctor cause she thinks its just stress. before i had very bad eating habits, but right now i’m going on a diet. i am eating very heathly and absolutely no junk food or sugar. i am eating frequent small meals throughout the day to maintain my blood sugar. i have no way of getting to the doctor. its worrying me
    i have asked my mom three times to take me to the doctor b/c of this and she wouldn’t then i just asked if she would take me for a regular check up cause i havent had one if over a year.. maybe even 2.. but she won’t. i don’t have a car or anything so i can’t drive myself. trust me i would go the doctor right now if i could get down there.

    • ANSWER:
      look to see if there are any free clinics around and ask a friend or friend’s mom to take you. If you look on webmd.com they have doctors that you can ask questions. I would do that and if all else fails make your mom listen.

  19. QUESTION:
    Sorry all i forgot to edit my question before submiting, i was asking the normal range blood sugar for a non?
    diabetic. I am not for sure i am getting prediabetes. Some please explain. I havent been feeling well espcially after eating, i get nausious, sweaty, headace sometimes. I decided to do a blood sugar check, as my husband is type 2, and it was 183, i checked it again and it was about the same. So i decided to moniter it and my normal fasting is any where from 93-108 and th normal being around 99. but after meals it can go up to 192 and i just dont feel right. i went to the Dr. she did an insulin resistance and test and it was suppose to come back normal . My question is could it come back normal and could i still have prediabetes. or should she did more testing. I currently am on crestor which now my total cholestrol is only 157, trig 59 my good cholestrol is 60 and my bad cholestrol is only 83 much better from before : ) I am also on vesicare for an over active bladder, i still urniate more than 15 times per day. i am about 12 lbs over weight and had 2 babies over 9lbs. i am concerned.

    • ANSWER:
      In my hospital the normal range for fasting blood sugar is 70-120, although I know that there is a push to narrow those limits. After meals, your blood sugar will elevate because you ingested sugar and or carbs that were broken down into sugar by your body. If your doctor performed a a lab test and the results were normal, I would not be so concerned. From what you report your fasting blood sugars to run, it does not sound like diabetes or prediabetes. There is another blood test called “Hemoglobin A1C,” that can test what you blood sugar runs over a several month period and what your average blood sugar is. I truly wouldn’t recommend requesting this test, because I believe it would be a waste of money. You have been seen by a physician, tests have been run and your fasting blood sugars are within range.
      I hope this helps.

  20. QUESTION:
    can fasting cause low blood pressure?
    My blood pressure this morning was 108/62. Now, the nurse or the doctor didn’t say anything about it, so it’s okay, right?

    I went to the doctor this morning to get my sugar tested so that’s why I had to fast.

    I’m a 21 year old female.

    • ANSWER:
      It can, especially when you are instructed not to eat or drink for 12-14 hours.

  21. QUESTION:
    Pre-Diabetic, fasting BG?
    I haven’t been diagnosed with pre-diabetes but I know I have it. I’ve been testing my fasting blood glucose for a week and every day, it’s been over 100. The highest was 108…all those at 8 hours. One time, I tested it at 8 hours and it was 104. Then 2 hours later, it had only gone down one point. So I guess it would take me about 12 hours of fasting for my blood sugar to go below 100. So how normal is that?

    • ANSWER:
      Sarah , you mention testing , but what just are you doing to treat this terrible disease?

      Pre diabetes , Diabetes , Glucose intolerant , Insulin resistant , they all spell pain and suffering. Treating this disease in the earliest possible moment is the best medicine you ccan take . Low carb diet and exercise . Yes , for life . Till you drop. Here’s what to do and this is your only choice . Many search for different routes , but there is only one for type 2 diabetes.

      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

      So lets start today and avoid the pain and suffering

      Tin

  22. QUESTION:
    Gestational Diabetes..when to test?
    Today is the first full day I will be checking my blood sugars. Since the clinic is not open to clarify, can anyone tell me whether or not the morning blood sugar is to be taken as soon as I wake up or before breakfast?

    I was told to eat breakfast at the same time each day which would be around 7/8 am. I woke up this morning around 5:30 am to get my husband up and ready for work. Do I test now or do I wait until I am ready to eat breakfast to get an accurate fasting blood sugar?

    I went ahead and tested when I woke up anyway and it was a bit high..108 when the fasting target should be 95 at the highest (I also ate a late dinner). I’m sure if I waited until 7am to test, my levels would be within the normal range which is why I am a bit confused as to whether or not I need to record the higher number?

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    How to reduce increased level of uric aci?
    Recently I had a routine analysis of my blood. The uric acid level is found to be 8mg/dl while the maximum should be 7 mg/dl. should I bother about this? what causes this?
    I had slightly elevated fasting blood sugar levels two years back which I have brought down to 108 now with avoiding sugar totally.
    I do have alcohol only once in a week that too maximum of 120ml in one session.
    I feel pain in both my knee joints. Is this because of excess uric acid of more weight.

    I am 176 cms (5feet and 11 inches) tall and weight 93 kilos.
    Please help what to avoid in case my uric acid is causing knee pain

    • ANSWER:
      Reduce your intake of sugared drinks. A higher intake of added sugars or sugar-sweetened drinks leads to higher blood levels of uric acid
      Vitamins C can also be helpful
      I hoped I helped :)

  24. QUESTION:
    AM I DIABETIC I AM SO SCARED!!!!??????!!!??!?
    I ate pizza at a restaurant and ate less then my friend did and my grandmother is diabetic and i asked her to prick our finger when we got back to her house she said ok and she did mine was 135 and my friends was 108 my g-mother said mine was kind of high. IM SCARED I looked up the symptoms and i eat all the time and i lost 5 pounds in 2 days and im thirsty all the time and my fasting blood sugar was 97 after 10 hours of not eating or more. I pee a lot and its a bright yellow color and stinks. I know TMI sorry! IT just seems to get worse. will someone help me. I made a doctors appointment and she told me i wasn’t a diabetic, but i think im becoming one.

    • ANSWER:
      If your doctor said that you weren’t diabetic, then you probably aren’t. However, you can always go for a 2nd opinion, which would really make you feel better. What else did you have with dinner that night? Any soda or dessert? Did you wash your hands before Grandma checked your sugar? Your fasting blood sugar looks good. Have Grandma check it again after another meal where you eat something similar to what you had the first time she tested it but make sure to wash your hands first. Residues left on your hands can result in false high readings.

      Good luck!

  25. QUESTION:
    could it be diabetes?
    Last night around 12am, I hate chocolate dipped cookies and a really heavy tea with half and half cream. When I woke up this morning, I woke up with headache and measured my fasting blood glucose and it measured 108. I was late to work so I decided to have a healthy quick instant oatmeal and very little sips of coffee, I measured my blood sugar after 30 min of breakfast and it was 167. Am I diabetic? I lately was under a great deal of stress and pressure and haven’t been taking care of myself, can stress also cause blood sugar to go up.

    please help, I already made an appointment with my physician for next week, im so worried.

    • ANSWER:
      The morning blood sugar reading should be under 100, but you should fast for at least eight hours.

      The reading after eating should be under 141 after two hours. Neither of your readings met the time requirement, so you just might have to wonder ’til you see the doctor.

      You should be concerned, but you don’t have to worry. Whether your tests turn out to be positive or negative, your action should be the same. You should find out about prudent eating and exercise routines that are effective in avoiding or controlling diabetes.

      To sorta kick start your learning, here’s a video on what sugar does to our body.

  26. QUESTION:
    i am concerned i have diabetes?
    first i excercise 2 hrs a day 5 days aweek. in good health to.i took my blood sugar 2 hrs after dinner it was 133. 12 hr fasting was 108.it usually is 98.do i now have diabetes?my dr wont test again for a few more months cause i had a blood test 2 months agao and it was 96.does this sound like diabetes?

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    Constant Urge to urine(sometimes only a bit), uneasiness, rare vision changes, dry lips and thirst.?
    Hi. Good Day to the community. I am hoping that i could some clarification with regards to some conditions that i have experienced lately.

    For a start, I am a 21 years old male with height 178 and weight around 65.5kg. I am now studying at a tertiary level and seldom have time to partake in rigorous exercise. I usually do some brisk walking on the way to and back from school as well as occasional jumping and running once or twice a week.

    The issue at hand is that i had several ambiguous conditions that i am unclear of and thus seeked the help of a doctor.

    My symptomps are as follows:

    1. The constant urge to urinate although sometimes there seems to be quite minimal amount of urine. Sometimes there is a substantial amount though if it is after i had a glass of water or two near and during dinner time.

    2. I just had a sudden focussing problem on my eyes. it seems as if there is a double vision of the words on the computer. I walked to the window too look out and after about 5minutes, the condition is gone. The sight is back to normal.

    3. I have a constant or near constant thirst with dry lips and a feeling as if the throat is dry. Thus, i constantly drink water in order to alleviate some of the feeling.

    These 3 are basically the conditions that i had experienced and i am wondering if they are any telltale signs.

    I am aware that it is always prudent to seek a doctor’s consultation and i did. A month ago, i went to a doctor and he had me go though a fasting blood test for both sugar and liver. The result came back as the sugar reflecting 79mg/dL (70-108) and no anomalies with regards to the liver or kidney as well.

    The doctor then concluded that it maybe because of pressure and ruled it off to stress. He then advised me to drink more water to relieve the dehydration and try to keep my mind off the issue. I attempted to do that but after a month has passed, the conditions have yet to disappear. I admit i am always worried about the issue.

    With this in mind, i went to a clinic nearby in hope for a second opinion. As i did not expect to be tested again, i did not fast and the doctor tested on the spot using a blood test ( the type they prick you finger) and it showed 108 i believe and he said it was fine. I had breakfast abt 1.5hour prior to that test.

    He also used a stick which he dipped into my urine and he said that there is nothing wrong. He also said that there is nothing to be worried about and that the dryness and the thirst may just be caused by constant presence in air-conditioned room and asked me to drink more water and prescribed me a lip balm to prevent it from drying.

    I went home, assured that after two doctors, everything should be in order. However, i continued to need to go to the toilet and the thirst continued. I went to Guardians to ask the in house pahrmacy and the person said that it may be a Urinary Tract Infection and gave me a redoxon like powder to be drinked. I drank that earlier today around 5 and just at around 8pm, i had the vision change.

    I am now very worried as to what i should do.

    I apologise for the moutfull of words that i am typing here but i do hope that with more details, it would be easier to shed some lights on the issue.

    My sincere Gratitude to anyone who could perhaps lend me and ear and give me some advice on the issue. I apologise if there are any parts of my text that offences anyone.

    Again, thank you for your help.
    I have realised that there are quite several gramatical mistakes in my text. Apologies there as i was very anxious. I hope you could pardon those mistakes.
    I am most grateful for the replies so far. Thank you for taking the time to reply. It really helps.

    With regards to my personal and family medical history, I have no ailments and my family is generally fine as well, with the exception that my mother had an operation last year for removal of something which i am afraid i am not made privy of in detail.

    • ANSWER:
      Well the good news seems to be that you definitively are not suffering from diabetes. it is obviously impossible to give a diagnosis based on the symptoms you mention without further analysis; I would recommend you consult an endocrinologist and have your pituitary, your thyroid and your adrenal glands checked. Also have an ophthalmologist check your retinas. All the best.

  28. QUESTION:
    Diabetes? or something else?
    symtoms

    Abnormal periods since i was a teen
    cysts
    heart palpatations
    cold achey limbs
    tingling sensations
    achey
    tired
    lethargic
    and i have to pee immediately if i eat anything with lots of sugar (cookies candy juices sodas high in sugar)
    blurry dry eyes (again only when i over eat junk or carbs or sugar)
    achey joints
    achy muscles
    ear aches
    yeast infections
    i get sick more often with throat colds
    i am vomiting more often then i never used to over things like eating to much sugar
    abnormal hair growth all over my body but my hair on my head doesn’t seem to grow as fast imagine that?!
    weak brittle nails (since i can remember)
    crazy mood swings.
    Easily irritable or angered

    HORRIBLE ass death breath. it’s the breath my diabetic grandmother used to have. i used to HATE it when she would breath in my face. and now i can smell and taste the same decaying stench in my breath.
    pale skin
    bruises easily
    itchy dry skin on my knuckles i’ve never experienced before this winter
    un satisfying thirst and by that i mean i’m EXTREMELY thirsty, however i can’t drink much like i want to soooo bad but it doesn’t quench or do it like it should.

    However when i starve myself all day i feel semi ok hungry and a little weak but ok if i over eat i get extremely fatigued to the point where i can do anything but lay in bed.

    i just want my life back. i used to be able to eat whatever as a child never got sick like this i don’t even remember having one ear infection as a child.
    before i got pregnant last year i weighed 108 now i’m 142 and I CANNOT loose more then 6lbs even when i fast. exercise or eat right.

    i have to eat meat to function now with every meal and way more meat then carbs or fruit i can take veggies with meat pretty well but i need meat to feel semi function

    i have been to the ER last april with a blood sugar of 179 and a week later i tested with a blood sugar of 62 fasting and 157 after i ate a meal

    i know that it’s just 1 or 2 digits from being considered diabetic but the all the docs and nurses i’ve talked to say i’m fine and normal

    my blood sugar levels appear to be normal when i eat loads of protien and drink water but i can’t live like this for much longer i feel like i’m not getting any better my body feels like it’s 46 instead of 26. 10 years from now i’m afraid i will not be able to recover what damage has been done to my heat kindeys and to other organs in my digestive track
    the first guy u
    paranoid?
    how dare you you say that
    your obviously a type 1 with uncontrollable blood sugar no matter what you eat
    and when i eat like shit i have to piss fuckin day but obviously i CAN’T eat like shit to function

    hence water and meat make me pee less

    think i’m making this shit up?

    have you ever hear of onset type two? it’s managable with diet and exercise POSSIBLY not allways

    as for the second respones you think i make myself piss after i eat a candy bar? abnormal cysts and periods are symptoms of diabetes
    your gonna sit there and say i’m doing this to myself?

    dear lord help me
    and an to the first guy yes i piss a lot to i would get up in the middle of night to piss i would pee 10-5 times daily
    however when i eat meat and water and just enough to get me through the day i am not peeing as much and i sleep through the night

    • ANSWER:
      Paranoid, Really guys? and the breath thing does happen, btw. it’s caused by keytones. Go to the doctor.

  29. QUESTION:
    Why do I pass out after eating carbs?
    It seems like every time I have mashed potatoes or something similar, I get hot, dizzy and sleepy. My heart speeds up rapidly, and I eventually just pass out where ever I’m sitting or laying. This has inconvenienced me a few times–once I was supposed to pick up my brother after school, but I had one of these strange episodes and slept for four hours. Even though I hadn’t been tired previously and had gotten enough sleep the night before.

    Further more, I often have acid reflux after an episode, I get a fever, and my heart will be beating so fast I feel like it’s going to burst out of my chest.

    I’ve had my blood sugar tested several times because my mom has type 2 diabetes, and every time my blood sugar has been normal. (It was 108 last time). So what could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like your either having a blood sugar low or an allergic reaction either way you should tell your doctor about this so they can do some tests and hopefully find out the cause

  30. QUESTION:
    i am 29 month pregrent?
    i am nearly 29 weeks pregnant and I went to my doctor last week and he was fearful that I may have Gestational diabetes. He is now having me test my blood sugar 4 times a day. Once after fasting when I wake up and two hours after every meal.
    I was wondering if someone with experience could look at these numbers and tell me if they think it sounds like I might have to be induced. Thanks!

    My first day numbers:
    112 after dinner

    2nd day
    91 fasting
    110 2hrs after breakfast
    133 2 hrs after lunch
    181 2 hrs after dinner

    3rd day
    92
    108
    79
    no dinner

    4th day
    105
    108
    121
    158

    5th day
    103
    121
    79
    173

    • ANSWER:
      Your readings after dinner seem high. After I eat mine runs between 90-110. You should be under 100 when fasting. That’s about all I know, sorry =(

  31. 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>

  32. QUESTION:
    Have lower back brusing pain around rightside down leg anyone that can help please?
    i want to appoligise in advance because this is alot of reading it is almost 2years of tests and doctors. i really hope someone can help. I am white female who just turned 38 years old. started having problems back in august of 2009. with some minor lower back going around to rightside i thought i had kidney stones because i had them before and almost same thing.my rightside would get these cramping like pains and they would come and go and it would bother my leg/thigh it bothered me if i sat indian style or did anything with stretching the right leg. i was having a problem finding a doctor so i went to my gyneo. doctor he cecked my ovaries with internal ultra sound came me exam had a regular cat scan to check for kidney stones and blood work to see if it was my appendicts. nothing so the only thing left he could think of was exploratory surgery a Laparoscopy he found that my appendicts was pushed slighly under my bowel he pushed it back out but didn’t think it was gonig to stay also found very,very small hernia i think inside my thigh area which i went to surgeon and he said could not do nothing about it because he couldn’t feel it. my gyneo thought there was still something else wrong with me so i had to find family doctor so i can get a referal to see gastrologist. had exam he wanted to give me a colonoscopy that was fun.nothing everything was fine had i think its called upper gi lower bowel that turned out nothing also had me fast after midnight and have blood work next day aong with ultra sound of abdomin. that showed i did have kidney stone but thaat is on my left side also my sugar was alittle high fasting for the blood test showed it was 113 kind of funny since i only way 98 pounds and still lossing which before i started having problems i was around 108 always been skinny no matter what i eat and i love my carbs.but when i started get older i noticed i was putting on weight none of the doctors don’t seem to be to concerned because no of them have said a word about my weight loss i am alittle worried i’ve been trying to eat espiecal at night before bed will see when i go back to doctors if it worked anyway i did research about my sugar test and found that was maybe have a chance to get diabetes or a warning i could get it said over 126 was diabetes i was in between. which i did have high sugar with all my pregnencys but it was never bad that i had to keep checking my sugar or anything.so it turned out he said nothing wrong that i need to see gastrologist. so i gave up for awhile couldn’t take it anymore wasen’t getting anywhere. and pain seem to be not as bad for awhile just here a there i noticed couldn’t walk around for awhile like at store or mall or stand long time.all those test i just meantioned were all from sept 2009 to around august 2010. then one night my husband just put his hand on a spot on my lower back i asked him to look because felt like bruise but nothing so every once in awhile i would touch it and it still felt like i had bruise. but not really bothering too much. i thought i mention it to my doctor when i went in january of this year so he ordered xray of lower back just before iwent back in march yea had to wait 6weeks for results i did something to my back that made it worse was cleaning up alittle and vaccuum all of a sudden got the worsepain in my side kept getting worse and worse i couldn’t take it almost went to ER. but i put ice on it and went to sleep because everytime i thought it started feeling better i take ice off and forget it couldn’t walk or anything i know i should have went to Er. but next day it wasen’t as bad then i had appointmeent with dr. so i told him and he said there was something there questionable narrowing of left L4-L5 AND L5-S1 FACET JOINTS. from xray 6weeks early so i thought for sure i made what every was wrong worse so he thought i should get MRI. got that week later. this time my appointment is on the 18th of april but i didn’t wait i called as soon as i could and i can’t believe it nothing she read results over phone to me it was very short i guess it just did it on the one part of my back even though i have all these other problems i knoww there something wrong they are missing something. of course the nurse i talk to said probably has to do with my musclars i really don’t think so. i have shooting pain down my leg pain in thigh aera and sometimes my hip hurts from all the pain and that bruising pain on my back has gotten worse i been felling it alot more now i don’t even have to touch it to fell the pain if i am seating at computer or whatever or bend down it hurts. i can’t wait to see what this dr. is gonig to say when i go back. if anyone can help please? i been ding so much of my own research but i am not getting anyway i found somethings it could be but all the test i have done say nothing something is not right. please i will listen to any advice or solutions i will do anyth

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Is this bad for my body at all?
    So I was just diagnosed in December 2007 with type 1

    For probably the past 3 weeks I’ve been experimenting with low carb. I only have bread carbs in the morning, two pieces of toast – cereal. Anyway, lunch/dinner I’ll have salads, meat, veggies, a granola bar IF i need it, yogurt, almonds.. lots of healthy food – my moms a health nut

    The point is, I’ve been trying to avoid bread carbs basically, just messing around, see what it does with my blood sugar. ‘

    So I’ve found that, I only need to take 4 units at night (levemir) and 1 unit in the morning of fast acting (novo rapid) for the carbs I have there.

    Is this bad that I’m taking so little insulin? I check my blood sugar always, and I’m always around the 5-6 mmol/L range (108 for US people.. I think, you multiply by 18?)

    Am I starving my body of insulin? Someone told me I was doing that?
    I’m going to book an appointment with my endo, to ask these questions, but I was curious to what you guys knew. Thanks
    I exercise a few times a week as well.. as much as university permits it. But I am healthy weight, 130 and 5’7.. so its not a diet issue I’m worried about.
    I thought I’d add.. I’m taking no insulin before my meals, except the breakfast one.. which I found strange

    The thing is, if I DO take insulin, even 2 units or 1 – I go low! LIke 3-4 range.. so it’s not very nice.

    • ANSWER:
      I like your plan of running your diet by your endo. It’s important to keep him inolved. When dieting, stay on top of your blood sugars, pay attention to your symptoms, and check ketones even if you feel fine. Your ketones will tell your quickly if you’re being too aggressive with your diet.

  34. QUESTION:
    I have many symptoms and I’d like to know if somehting might be wrong with my body. Please help me.?
    My symptoms include:
    Unexplained weight loss (3.2 lbs in one week, and I haven’t been doing anything to lose that much that fast)
    Extreme headaches
    Abdominal and stomach pain
    Feeling of weakness
    Tired and sleepy within 3-4 hours of waking up (I do get enough sleep, 8.5 hours)
    Thoughts I would never even think of thinking before
    So anyone have any idea what could be wrong? This has been going on for a few months now. I’m 15 and a half, 5’1.6″ and used to be 111 lbs last week but now 108…. And in the summer I was 126 lbs and by summer ended, I was 115 lbs. I’m pretty worried so please help me out here.

    Also I know I have LOW blood sugar, if that helps… I was diagnosed with that a few months ago because I get dizzy and my vision fades upon getting up (I know the cause of that already dont answer it please, answer just my original question) I am NOT underweight (I weigh more than my friends actually and my belly still goes over my pants)… NOT stressed or depressed, I eat NO candy/pop/chips/sugary foods, I do NOT want a diet pill trial (geesh), but the diabetes thing maybe… but I had a test a few years ago and it came back negative… I hate when people assume things please don’t… just use the information I give you and answer according to that..

    • ANSWER:
      My initial thought was you’re hypoglycemic, then i read what you said about your blood sugar.

      The unexplained weight loss, weakness, and fatigue could be related to your blood sugar level.

      Go see your doc though, because you have to have diagnostic tests done to determine the cause.


Fasting Blood Sugar Diabetes

When it comes to diabetes, vigilance can not only eliminate the need of insulin but can also help you control your diabetes. Most people with type II diabetes, often don’t attempt to control their condition. So by you following the proper diet, people with type II in diabetes, would have to prolong the need of insulin or will have to use more convenient medication to treat their condition.

The food we eat directly affect our health an all ways.This include the physical body and the mental well being. A balanced and healthy diet control the amount of blood sugar in the body thus alleviating diabetes symptoms. This prevents onset of other related diseases the most serious being cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Blood sugar is glucose derived from the carbohydrates we eat. Some of these carbohydrates are broken down into glucose faster than others. With the ones getting broken into glucose fast, there is corresponding fast injection of sugar(glucose) into the bloodstream. The bad carbohydrates or the type which gets broken down into glucose fast include white bread, polished rice and most of refined foods. Good carbohydrates which get broken down slowly include brown rice, brown bread and foods with high fibre content. We use glycaemic index to rate the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How should a diabetes fasting blood sugar test be done? Fasting for how long? Can I take medication?

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Tin

  3. QUESTION:
    In FBS (Fasting Blood Sugar/diabetes test) I should stop eating at what time tonight? My test is 9:00 am tom?
    For medical workers.

    • ANSWER:
      12 hours before is the optimum but my doctor said that NOT eating AND drinking anything after 12 midnight is just OK.

  4. QUESTION:
    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!

  5. QUESTION:
    I was having a lot of symptoms of diabetes, but my fasting blood sugar test was fine?
    I was then told I had high triglycerides. Are these related? should i get tested again?

    • ANSWER:
      Fasting blood glucose level IS NOT enough at all and IS NOT the test determine whether you are a diabetic or not…you should do other test to be sure that you have diabetes or not.

      recommended tests:

      - OGGT
      - HBA1C or A1C
      - blood glucose tests during the day,2 hours after meals
      -urine analysis to check glucose in urine.

      best wishes

  6. QUESTION:
    I got my diabetes tested fasting blood sugar was shown at 145 no sugar in the urine how to control sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      you should be able to control with diet for awhile anyway. You should go to a diabetic management class but I can give you a very basic.

      you need to eat every 3-4 hours
      you need to eat 30-45 if you are female. if you are male it should be 45-60 carbs per meal carbs can be found on the back of food items.
      If meals can not be 3-4 hours you need to get a snack of 15 carbs in between. this keeps your blood sugars more even.
      the thing i found that is hard to control is the amount of pasta and rice 1/2 cup is a serving so if you have 1 cup you have 30 carbs so you can not have fruit or breads you would have to use salads to fill up on. like spagehtti and garlic bread. Look at cereal closely some are only one third cup as a serving with milk you can go over very easy. Milk has carbs.

      look at lables closely Yougart that says low fat has just as many carbs as regular. (44) Lite has less than half. (21) regular soda has 45 carbs that is a full meal in a 12 oz can.

  7. QUESTION:
    After getting pre-diabetes blood sugar to normal is it safe to eat sugary and oily things again?
    After checking with fasting blood sugar and post-prandial tests, my post-prandial blood sugar was showing 143, so I went on a strict diet and exercise routine and within 2 weeks, my fasting blood sugar showed 89 and post-prandial blood sugar showed 116. So, is it safe now for me to start eating sugary and oily foods once again, or will blood sugar go up once again, and do I have to still continue with my strict dieting and exercise routine?

    • ANSWER:
      Did you have your blood sugar tested at a lab? If you only used a home glucose monitoring test kit, do not rely on these numbers. Home glucose meters can be up to 20% off, this is allowed by law.

      If those numbers are from a glucose tolerance test done by a lab, then you are going to have to watch what you eat for the rest of your life and I would encourage you to get your numbers down to 70 to 100 fasting, and post prandial under 125 consistently, if you can.

      The best way to do this is not to just cut carbs and fat, but to exercise daily for life. If you can lose about 10 to 15% of your body weight, you are a lot more likely to keep diabetes away for as long as possible. You may eventually still get it, but it could be a long way off, if you are persistent with diet and exercise.

      Try to vary your exercise routine every day, and work in some walking. Walking helps step up your metabolism, and keep your body burning fat for longer than aerobic exercises (like running or anything that makes you more breathless).

      Good luck with your efforts!

  8. QUESTION:
    I have gestational diabetes, and I need tips to lower fasting blood sugar.?
    I was diagnosed with GD about two weeks ago, and I have been really good at lowering my 2 hours post eating blood levels to under 120 – 2 hours after eating. But every morning my fasting levels are always at 130-140, and when you have GD they need to be below 95. Does anyone have any tips on what can lower that morning number.

    • ANSWER:
      Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes which affects pregnant women. It is believed that the hormones produced during pregnancy reduce a woman’s receptivity to insulin, leading to high blood sugar levels. Gestational diabetes affects about 4% of all pregnant women. It is estimated that about 135,000 cases of gestational diabetes arise in the United States each year.

      Hormones involved in development of placenta, which helps the baby to develop also blocks, the action of the mother’s insulin in her body. This problem is called insulin resistance. During pregnancy a mother may need up to three times more insulin for glucose to leave the blood and transform to energy. When body is not able to use insulin due to insulin resistance it develops into Gestational Diabetes. Glucose builds up in the blood to high level, it is called hyperglycemia.

      Gestational diabetes affects the mother in late pregnancy and the baby too. Insulin does not cross the placenta, as glucose and other nutrients do. Extra blood glucose passes through the placenta that gives the baby a high blood glucose level. It results the baby’s pancreas to make extra insulin to get rid of the blood glucose. Since the baby is getting more energy than it needs to develop and grow, the extra energy is stored as fat. It can lead to Macrosomia i.e. “Fat” baby. At birth this fat baby develops problem in breathing or may develop hypoglycemia due to over production of insulin.

      Why there is a need to take care of gestational diabetes
      Gestational diabetes can harm you and your baby, so you need to consider about it seriously and start caring at once. The main aim of gestational diabetes treatment is to keep blood glucose levels equal to those of normal pregnant women. It needs a planned meal and scheduled physical activity, even blood glucose testing and insulin injections if required. If gestational diabetes is taken care off properly, reduces the risk of a cesarean section birth that high weight babies may require.

      Check here for more http://www.helpondiabetes.com/GestationalDiabetes.php

  9. QUESTION:
    If you have type 2 diabetes, what would fasting blood sugar look like?
    I suspect I am getting type 2 diabetes (or have it), so I have been checking fasting blood sugar (when I get up in the morning.) However, it has been normal, except a bit on the low end of normal. I have never found my blood sugar to be too high.

    I don’t seem to have excessive urination, I do *occasionally* have unquenchable thirst and dry mouth though. I do have blurred vision often. I don’t have unusual weight loss, if anything I am retaining fluids. However, I do now have alcohol intolerance, and I don’t know what it causing it. One year ago alcohol was normal, now it causes all kinds of terrible symptoms if I have even 2 drinks.

    I don’t notice any exceptional sugar craving. I do not have a larger appetite for food, in fact I seem to have slightly less desire for food recently.

    But I suspect this because of vision problems, a lot of tingling/numbness in extremities, infrequent eye pain, and strange effects from sugary food/drinks (I get very edgy.)

    Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      My thought is that you should see a doctor. I am a type 2 and know what I went through. You need to know that you don’t have a tumor, gland problem etc. The symptoms you describe only slightly resemble type 2 – but only your doctor can say for sure.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get a Fasting Blood Sugar false positive result?
    Wondered if there were any professionals out there that could answer my question. No family history of diabetes, but a fasting blood sugar result came back with a 143 mg/dl

    I’m wondering if anyone has heard of a false positive result on these FBS results?

    Is there any literature out there you can guide me to, on false positive results?

    Many thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      False positive results may be seen with any medical test although they are uncommon. I have twice challenged the reference laboratory that I was using. I suspected errors in certain specific laboratory tests. In both occasions the laboratory found that indeed there were errors being made. Having said that it is never acceptable to base the diagnosis of diabetes upon a single reading. Every reading must be repeated for accuracy and reproducibility. Sometimes additional testing is done such as the glycated hemoglobin A1C. The A1C provides the 90 day mean (average) glucose as opposed to the isolated reading of a fasting glucose. An isolated reading may not provide sufficient information to judge the severity of the disease process. The physician must also ask and answer the question as to whether or not there is a reason other than diabetes causing the elevated gluocse reading if such a reading is confirmed. 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.

  11. QUESTION:
    I have gestational diabetes. Can anyone pls make me aware how much a normal fasting blood sugar must be.?
    I am using a glucometer and im getting varying results, which im not feeling are correct. Is it advisable to use glucometer for blood sugar monitoring or go to lab check during pregnancy.

    • ANSWER:
      For fasting :less than 105 mg/dl Thats for Gestational Diabetes.

      I would have printed it but page does not allow to copy.

  12. QUESTION:
    my child had a randon blood sugar of 362 , the next morning he had a fasting blood sugar of 212 be diabetes?

    • ANSWER:

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

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

  14. QUESTION:
    How can I reduce my Fasting blood sugar from 140-160mg/dl to 80/115mg/dl .I am 53 years old diabetes type 2.?
    I am on drug 3 metformin 500 mg per day and 1 Glybenglimide in the mornning . Should I increase my drug? What do you suggest ?At the time being I have no access to Doctors. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Do breathing exercises and control your carbohydrates intake. Also walk briskly for 40 minutes daily.

      Eat only raw food in the evening and in your dinner. Don’t eat anything 3 hours before sleeping.

  15. QUESTION:
    I have gestational diabetes and I am having a hard time lowering my fasting blood sugar levels help please?
    Does anyone know how to lower these levels. I would greatly appreciate it if anyone has a clue.

    • ANSWER:
      diet?
      grapefruit in the morning with oatmeal and dry seven grain bread.
      turkey chicken or salads the rest of the day. don’t eat too late- stop eating at least 3 hours before bed. no sugars or dairy or bread for a while. oh yeah and good exercises every day any form of exertion will do. drink tons of water.
      i dont have diabetes
      … but your doctor should be able to tell you ways to lower it.

  16. QUESTION:
    If a 22-year old with normal weight and normal fasting blood sugar were to get diabetes, how would it happen?
    My weight is normal (133 pounds.)

    My overnight fasting blood sugar was fine when I did a pinprick test five months ago (88.)

    I’ve been experiencing abnormal thirst for a long time (had to drink huge amounts of water,) and when I did that blood prick test, my blood sugar mysteriously plummeted to 59 after drinking a high-glucose sweet drink.

    A physical exam from 7 months ago also indicated that there was glucose present in my urine, which should NOT be the case.

    Also, I am probably a TOFI (thin on the outside but fat on the inside.)

    In addition, my eating habits have been bad for a long time, in terms of eating lots of white flour and processed sugar, although I am working on correcting that habit as we speak.

    That being said, aren’t 90% of all Type II diabetics obese? I may be internally fat, but I’m NOT obese – I’m thin by all standards, actually. And my overnight fasting blood sugar seems to be perfectly normal. It’s like I have some symptoms of diabetic-like trouble, but not all.

    • ANSWER:
      I know a 97-pound 26-year-old Type 2 diabetic. While lifestyle factors like obesity and diet are proximate causes, the reality is that most Type 2 diabetics are genetically predisposed. Some can avoid getting diabetes forever (or nearly forever) by staying at a healthy weight and eating a proper diet, while others can only delay the inevitable by doing so. Yet there are others who, no matter what they do, will get Type 2 diabetes young. Being thin is no guarantee of not getting Type 2 diabetes, just as being fat is no guarantee that you will. There are many, many fat people in this country, and yet not even most of them are Type 2.

      Fasting blood sugar can be misleading. Many pre-diabetics and early-staged Type 2 diabetics fast in the normal range and have very high after-meal spikes. Because they still have a good bit of insulin production left, their blood sugar can drop 50-100 points very easily, especially after high-carbohydrate meals that stimulate the pancreas. That’s what happened to you with the OGTT sweetened drink. You had reactive hypoglycemia.

      You could also be a Type 1 of some variety. I know a Type 1 who was showing all the classic signs of diabetes (thirst, blurry vision, glucose in urine), but had a normal fasting. Even her A1c (three-month average of your blood sugar) was fairly normal, maybe a little on the high end of normal. One doctor finally sent her home with a continuous glucose monitoring system that tracked her blood sugar throughout the day. Apparently, she was spiking into the 300s and 400s after meals and then dropping very rapidly into normal range. They tested her for antibodies and she came back Type 1. Her pancreatic function was in decline, but wasn’t fully gone. She still had enough to lower her blood sugar, but not enough insulin to prevent the spikes.

      There are a few things you can do. 1 – Buy a glucose meter. Test yourself at 45 minutes – 1 hour – 2 hours after a meal. A normal meal, too, with about 75 grams of carbohydrates. How high is your blood sugar going? How quickly do you return to normal? 2 – Ask your doctor to test your c-peptide and GAD for insulin production and Type 1 antibodies. If your insulin production is high without the presence of antibodies, then you are likely an insulin resistant Type 2. If you have antibodies with normal or diminished insulin production, then you are a Type 1. 3 – Get an A1c. If you’re fasting in the 80s, then your A1c is probably still under 6%, so this might not tell you much. 4 – Test your urine for ketones.

      Don’t focus on how much you weigh or how old you are. Diabetes is largely genetic for both types. If you have it, you have it. Being thin is no shelter when genes are at play.

  17. QUESTION:
    diabetes runs in my family and yesterday my fasting blood sugar was 196 what is the possability i could have?
    diabetes? Last i checked i was a nondiabetic

    • ANSWER:
      If your fasting blood sugar is 196, you are probably going to be diagnosed as diabetic. Barring some weird freak occurrence in your endocrine system, you are diabetic.

      You need to go see a doctor and get an A1C test to see how bad your blood sugar has been and start talking about treatment options. There is still a chance it is early and you can prevent some bad complications with the right treatment.

      Good luck.

  18. QUESTION:
    Is 104 fasting blood sugar and 120 two hours or more after a meal borderline diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      Not really. Those are perfectly normal numbers.

  19. QUESTION:
    I have type 2 diabetes and my fasting blood sugar levels are over 200?
    I am taking 17 units of Lantus at night plus 2500 mg of Glucophage during the day. I can control my sugars during the day with diet and medication, but something happens while I am sleeping. I am not eating alot at bedtime and what I do eat is low in sugars & carbs. Usually fruit/veggies & peanut butter.

    Right now, my Doctor & Diabetic Educator think it is all hormonal and not much I can do to control it. We have tried alot of different medication combos but so far nothing helps.

    Anyone else have this problem and what has helped?

    • ANSWER:
      You have something called “dawn phenomenon”. It is actually quite common. What actually happens is that your blood sugar drops during the night and your body tries to combat it by raising the blood sugar level. Talk to your doctor about increasing the Lantus and adding a light bedtime snack to carry you over. If the doctor doesn’t know about this factor, you may need to seek the advice of another diabetes professional.

  20. QUESTION:
    My blood sugar was 152 fasting does that mean I have diabetes?
    Im F 28 I weigh 180 and I had gestational diabetes in 2007. I’ve been having a lot of UTI’s lately and they said it’s a sign for it. the other day @ night I had a pz of chocolate cake and 1 1/2hrs after my sugar level was 180… what should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      You are correct that a fasting glucose of 152 mg/dL is not normal as it should be less than 100 mg/dL. A 2 hour postprandial (after eating) glucose should not exceed 140 mg/dL and again your reading of 180 mg/dL is well above this. No decision however should be based upon a single set of glucose readings. If the readings are accurate and reproducible, and if there is no other explanation for the hyperglycemia such as an infection – which it sounds as if you may have – then these readings would be indicative of diabetes. The proper approach is to schedule an appointment to see your physician. Since this is the weekend taking a fasting and 2 hour postprandial reading Saturday and Sunday would be a very good idea. You will be able to take these readings with you when you go to see your physician. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and happiness and in all things may God bless. JR

  21. QUESTION:
    high fasting blood sugar and low iron at 8 weeks pregnancy. how bad is it? does it mean diabetes :(?
    i’ve heard iron deficiency is very common in pregnancy and doc told me to eat iron supplement fesol every day. i also had fasting blood sugar test done at 8 weeks n got a call from doctor office today. they told me i have a slightly high sugar and now they want to do another test on me with 5 day fasting. i donno what that means. does it mean i definitely have diabetes. my sister, dad and 4 aunts have diabetes so i’m already at high risk. i’m not over weight but i have a sweet tooth. i’m so scared now.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow…there is so much bad information on this question, it’s scary.

      There are 2 tests for Gestational Diabetes. A one hour fasting glucose test and a 3 hour test. In both cases, you drink a special drink that is very high in glucose (sugar) on an empty stomach and they test to see how your body handles the sugar.

      If they said you had slightly high sugar, you probably did the one hour test. To double check, they are bringing you in for the 3 hour test.

      Make sure you have totally fasted…no food or drink other than water for 8 hours before the test. Eating before the test will effect your sugar numbers after the test. After you drink the drink…go for a walk…move around, don’t just sit or lay down. Moving and exercise lowers blood sugar.

      If you do get diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, it is a real concern. One thing to remember is, you will not have diabetes when you have the baby. Giving birth cures Gestational Diabetes. Doctors do not know what causes it during pregnancy and there is no real way to fix it if it happens. You should eat a whole food diet, stay away from processed foods, foods with additives (diet cokes, fast food…) and eat high protein. (try to get 100grams a day).

      Gestational Diabetes can cause the baby to grow large and cause complications toward the end of pregnancy. Symptoms to look for are – Sudden extreme swelling of the feet, hands and face (not normal swelling…sudden and extreme), pain under the ribs on the left side of your body. If that happens, call the doc right away.

      The doc will work with you, rest and diet to help manage the diabetes to get you as far along in the pregnancy as possible. You CAN carry full term with hard work. However, if your sugar numbers continue to rise and go out of control along with getting the symptoms above, they will have to induce labor or send you for a c-section around 36-38 weeks.

      If is fairly common and can be managed. Read up on it and talk with your doctor.

      Good luck.

  22. QUESTION:
    Help! Symptoms of diabetes but my blood sugar was normal?
    I have alot of symptoms of diabetes which last for maybe a half hour to an hour after I eat something heavy in carbs or sugar. Tired(which goes away if I exercise), tingling feet, dry mouth(that only lasts for about 10 minutes), frequent urination(not an overpowering urge but I would be able to go every half hour), Got my lab test done and my fasting blood sugar was only 75(normal is under 100), so what is going on?

    • ANSWER:
      You may get the test repeated 2 hours after lunch when the sugar level in the blood should not be more than 150 mg per 100ml.

  23. QUESTION:
    Okay, so I’m going for a random (non fast) blood sugar test for diabetes? Is this a way I could pass it?
    Like if I don’t eat anything or very little (almost nothing) the day before it and on the day it is, would I most probably pass the test?

    • ANSWER:
      What’s the point in getting the test if you’re going to try and fix it anyway?

      And no, your idea would not work. Doctors will be looking for natural fluctuations away from the normal blood sugar range. If you are too low (from not eating enough) or too high (from eating a lot of sugar), they will bring you back in for further investigation.

      They can then perform a fasting blood glucose or another blood test which can test for long term sugar in the blood. So basically, you can’t trick them into thinking you don’t have diabetes if you do.

      Trust me, it’s better to find out if you have it as, left untreated, diabetes can cause blindness, numbness in your limbs, poor circulation, an increased risk of heart disease and can lead to amputation of your limbs if you don’t treat it appropriately.

      So quit being a kid and suck it up!

  24. QUESTION:
    Can a blood test for diabetes miss it?
    I had a fasting blood test for diabetes and it read that I had only a fasting blood sugar level of 80.

    Could I still have diabetes and the blood sugar was only that low because I hadn’t ate in 24 hours?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe the level would be much higher than 100 if you were diabetic. In diabetes the body does not produce or utilize insulin properly, which helps you metabolize glucose. Your glucose level would be too high.

  25. QUESTION:
    My fasting blood sugar was 6.2 aka 111, i get really thirsty all the time, and physically weak all day…..?
    my psychiatrist was the one who actually got me the test, because I was complaining about thirst.

    So when she saw the results she, wrote me a letter to give to my doctor to treat me for diabetes.

    My fasting blood sugar before that was 6.0 aka 108.

    This was after a 10 hour fast.

    I have a doctors appointment tomorrow. Do you think he’ll treat me for diabetes, or just say that it’s still not a 7, so it’s nothing?

    • ANSWER:
      you may be borderline, please take care of yourself! You don’t want this disease That is a high bs to have while fasting. Why didnt they do a 12 hr fast? Thats what they do for me all of the time. They may just change your diet tomorrow. Dont be scared and ask lots of questions. Knowledge is key to beat this diesease!! Good Luck

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. QUESTION:
    39y/o male with a fasting blood sugar of 126, can this be indicative of diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      You’re at the cut-off value between normal and glucose-intolerant. Nowadays, a fasting blood sugar alone is not enough to diagnose diabetes. An HbA1c is also needed to see if your blood has been exposed to high blood sugar for the past 3 months. They usually also check your cholesterol level, know your family history, and what your waistline measures. For men, if it’s above 40 inches, you’re at increased risk of developing diabetes.

      The initial step that doctors take is to have you undergo an exercise regimen to see if that can help your muscles take up glucose more efficiently. He/she may or may not prescribe you with Metformin. They afterwards schedule you for an appointment 3-6 months later (depending on what your doctor wants) and orders another fasting blood sugar level and HbA1c to see if you responded to exercise alone.

  29. QUESTION:
    What can cause a fasting blood sugar of only 63, if nothing has been found to be wrong w/you medically?
    This is after 12 hours of fasting. I am 35 years old and slightly overweight (need to lose 20 pounds and working on it). There is no history of diabetes on either side of my family. I take Dilantin 100 mg twice daily; Synthroid 0.25 mg daily; and Nexium 40 mg daily. One thing, though: me and my dad’s side of the family love to eat candy such as Red Hots and Bit-O-Honey. I am on Weight Watchers, but I work such candy in every single day. Maybe my pancreas produces too much insulin in response to eating sweets? Every other medical problem has been ruled out. Also, recently, I had a random blood sugar done right after I ate pancakes with syrup and orange juice, and my blood sugar was only in the lower 90s.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t understand the concern unless your doctor is concerned. Usually there is no concern over a fasting blood sugar unless it is below 40 mg/dL…and you are quite a bit higher than 40 mg/dL. While most labs consider a normal fasting blood sugar to be 70 to 100 mg/dL, a low result often isn’t an issue unless it drops below 40 mg/DL.

      As to what can cause a low fasting blood sugar:
      hypothyroidism
      malnutrition
      diabetic medication
      liver disease
      kidney failure
      pituitary gland tumor
      Addison’s disease

  30. QUESTION:
    I had a fasting blood sugar today. It was 257 … does that mean I have diabetes?

    I fasted from 10 pm the night before and it was done at 12pm today.

    • ANSWER:
      You don’t need a doctor to diagnose you as a Dyed in the Wool 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.
      Here how to start to eat: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.

      Also exercise is a key part to control glucose levels. Walking is fine Nordic Walking is great. Google it.
      I would start on Metformin for my first med. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. Their killer drugs. Bone fractures, heart problems and they change Bone stemcells into fat cells. Not Good !!

      Good luck tin

  31. QUESTION:
    I have a fasting blood sugar of 150..does this mean I have diabetes? Have not seen doctor yet?

    • ANSWER:
      You may have Diabetes or you have Pre-diabetes for sure. See the info on http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-prevention/pre-diabetes.jsp

      But at this stage you can fully control your blood sugars by simply doing these steps.
      1) Divide your total daily food and eat in small portions (instead of eating 3 times a day, eat the same total daily food 5 times)
      2) Eat more fiberful foods and whole grains
      3) Eat lots of vegetables in every meal – they have almost no effect on blood sugar
      4) Divide and Eat fruits. Also, don’t drink fruits juices.
      5) Do simple exercise like walking at least twice a day and at least for 15 min.
      6) Sleep well
      7) Drink plenty of water

  32. QUESTION:
    Diabetes/Blood sugar question?
    I am 38 and I recently checked my fasting blood sugar level and it was 100. I asked a nurse about it and I was told that 100 is borderline and that I should watch it. I have gained about 40 lbs the last 3 years, and I was told that it could be because of my weight.

    Can anyone offer some advice? I am new to this and not sure what 100 blood sugar means. Aside from losing weight, should I change my diet and types of foods? Am I diabetic?

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      A fasting Blood Sugar of 100 is absolutely normal. The normal range for fasting blood sugar is below 110 mg %. If you have family history of Diabetes or symptoms like increased thirst or increased passing of urine, you can do a blood sugar check 2 hours after food. If it is below 126 mg % it is fine. If it is above that you will have to meet your doctor for further checking to make sure about your blood sugar. But if you are asymptomatic at present and no strong family history just ignore what the nurse told you.
      Go for exercise. Cut down on fatty food, sweets and colas. Try to maintain your weight according to your BMR,

  33. QUESTION:
    Why is my fasting blood sugar 95 in the morning if I don’t have diabetes?
    I am very thin and healthy, with very low blood pressure, and low cholesterol. I exercise regularly, and no one in my family is diabetic. Every year I get a full blood panel during my yearly physical. Every year my fasting blood sugar is 95. I am wondering why that is when I hear that a normal person’s fasting blood sugar is in the 70′s or 80′s. I asked my doctor and she told me that I am not diabetic but that it was higher than normal, but still within the range of normal. Does this mean I will eventually become diabetic?

    • 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.

      Take care
      Tin

  34. QUESTION:
    Fasting blood sugar is higher than after eating?
    Ok so I do not have diabetes, but I noticed something. My fasting blood sugar after sleeping 8 hours is 92, but an hour after I eat through out the day it is 79. I realize both of these numbers are “normal”, but why is my fasting after 8 hours higher?
    to the chick who said “Why are you testing if you don’t have diabetes. That is exactly why people without diabetes shouldn’t be randomly testing themselves.” I like to experiment on myself. It was a question I wished to know the answer too…deal

    • ANSWER:
      This is the usual pattern for blood sugars: higher in the morning due to elevated hormonal and other factors during the early morning hours. During the day, activity tends to keep sugars under control if following a healthy, active lifestyle. Reevaluate you habits, with attention to your nighttime eating.

      Tin

  35. QUESTION:
    I had a Fasting Blood Sugar FBS at the hospital.If it was okay,is there less chance of diabetes ?

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    Gestational Diabetes blood sugar levels?
    I just found out that I have GD and had a nurse visit me for the first time yesterday. She explained to me how to take my blood sugar readings and gave me an example of what to eat and I started testing last night. Well she said that I should also test in the morning before I eat and that my fasting blood sugar should be under 95. I tested this morning and it was 97. How bad is that? Do 2 points really make a difference?
    PLEASE keep in mind that Gestational Diabetes is not the same as Type I and Type II diabetes.

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    fasting blood sugar of 85 always tired and thirsty, moody, and poor eye sight…could this be diabetes?
    family history of diabetes
    the level of 85 was at 9am…at work i had some chips and a chocolate gob around 11…worked till 2 and when i got home my sugar was only 89…

    • ANSWER:
      No, not yet at least. I don’t think you can get much better than 85 for a fasting blood glucose reading. Low begins at 70.

      And the other guy who said 6.4 … he’s either from Canada or Europe. They use a different scale of measurement than we do in the US.

      I am offically pre-diabetic now, my fasting number is usually around 118. I found this out because my 2 yr old daughter is a type 1 diabetic, I use her meter to check mine. I take my husband’s all the time, and it’s always … almost always 85, no matter if he’s fasting or has just eaten. I think he’s about as far from diabetic as you can get. So my thought is that 85 is a fabulous number :o)

      –edit–

      Sorry I didn’t address the rest of your question. 85 is a perfect number for blood sugar. It doesn’t matter what your other symptoms are, if your blood sugar isn’t high, then you don’t have diabetes mellitus. There is diabetes insipidus … it makes you thirsty and pee a lot too, but it doesn’t have anything to do with blood sugar.

  38. QUESTION:
    why always my fasting blood sugar is between145 &150 in spite of being all the rest of the day about 125?
    I am 54 y/o.I am taking no treatment only on dieting & exercises & walking.I have no any diabetes complication like numbness ,vision acuity,renal.No any family history of DM.Always the random blood sugar 2 HOURS after meals not more than 200 by one touch method .I am 125 KG weight &1.82 METER.

    • ANSWER:
      You have diabetes and you should be under the care of a physician and most likely taking medications. A non-diabetic’s fasting glucose typically does not exceed 100 mg/dL and a non-diabetic’s 2 hour post-prandial (after meal) and bedtime glucose typically does not exceed 140 mg/dL. You are well outside of this reference range. The idea of treating diabetes is to try and prevent diabetic complications. Diabetes is a progressive disorder even when well controlled and you are not well controlled. Please see your physician this week and have this matter tended to. 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.

  39. QUESTION:
    my blood test showed high blood sugar on a fasting test. does it mean i definitely have diabetes?
    doc has told me to get another test done with 3 days special diet and then 8 hr fasting glucose test. if they already know i have gestational diabetes, whats the second test for. does any one know? has anyone had the same thing and what should i do now?
    Troll: i’m not fat at all. i’m on a very normal BMI and eat healthy too :(

    • ANSWER:

  40. 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.

  41. QUESTION:
    My fasting blood sugar is 133 mg/dl. Am I a diabetic or prediabetic?? I have a family history of diabetes.?

    • ANSWER:
      It is a tad bit on the high side, but what about other symptoms? frequent thirst and urination? blurred vison? unexplained weight loss? I’d definitely keep an eye on my blood glucose levels if I were you. ———————————————–

  42. QUESTION:
    FASTING BLOOD SUGAR 85 FOR LAST 5 YRS NOW ITS…………..?
    Every year I get full labs done. For the last 5 yrs my fasting blood sugar has been 85. I have a “VERY” bad back. CRPS/RSD and have gained about 40 lbs. My results this time were 101 as per fasting blood sugar. My Uncle has Diabetes. I had gestational diabetes.
    The term Post-diabetic ring a bell????
    I’m sorry, my test was a random. Better said about 2 or so hours after I ate.

    Again, apoligies

    • ANSWER:
      I believe the term you meant to use is pre-diabetic. (Post-diabetic would indicate after diabetes when there is, in fact, no such condition.)

      Whatever figures have already been given, the current levels indicated by ADA (American Diabetes Association) as the ‘normal’ fasting blood glucose levels for a non-diabetic are between 70 and 99 mg/dL.

      Your fasting blood glucose level does, in fact, just fall into the level indicated by some American doctors as indicative of pre-diabetes. (It is at the lower end of blood glucose readings that indicate pre-diabetes.) Having said that, however, the pain that you must be experiencing with your CRPS/RSD would cause bodily stress, which releases various hormones. This, in itself, can cause blood glucose levels to rise.

      I don’t know if it was ever explained to you when you were suffering with gestational diabetes, but this does add to the risks of you developing type 2 diabetes at some point in your life … as does having close family members.

      It would be worth keeping an eye on your blood glucose levels, and reminding your doctor of your gestational diabetes episode, and also that you have a close family member that also has diabetes, but I wouldn’t get hung up on it. As I say, your blood glucose level is only just inside the levels were pre-diabetes is even thought of, and there may be other reasons for your raised blood glucose level.

      The good news is, you’re aware of where your blood glucose level SHOULD be, and am more likely to recognise [recognize] if it does start getting higher.

      It’s always better to start any treatment that may be needed earlier, rather than later. With levels as high as the one you’ve indicated this would, undoubtedly, be to watch your diet … i.e. lower your carbohydrate intake … and take more exercise. (I do appreciate that this is probably not the easiest of things for you to undertake.)

      I wish you the very best of luck for a long, happy, healthy life.

  43. 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.

  44. QUESTION:
    Any medical students or people familiar with diabetes. My blood sugar?
    Without going into a whole schpeal about my life, I’ll just tell you I’ve had blood sugar issues. I have 3 diabetics in my family, and I’ve never been clinically diagnosed with any kind of diabetes. My sugar never got any higher than 130 mg/dl. Since about a year ago my health experienced a drastic shift, and I began having episodes of what doctors describe as “hypoglycemia”. I would experience vertigo, severe nausea, but most doctors figured it has something to do with vestibular issues or migraines.

    I suspect I might be having other issues.

    Although I’ve never pinpointed my sugar below 70 mg/dl, I have most of the symptoms of hypoglycemia. In short, I do experience internal shaking, I can’t walk straight, I can’t focus, and I get fatigued (these the most important symptoms). And for the first time in my life–my vision has become much worse–I now wear glasses ALL the time.

    Anywho, this morning I checked my blood sugar fasting and it was something like 82 mg/dl. I felt okay. Within a few moments of getting up I felt starved. I had eaten NOW about 1.5 hours ago and I just checked my blood sugar: it is 86 mg/dl. I’ve noticed this pattern before. My sugar never gets high at all, it’s always LOW!

    What do you all think?

    • ANSWER:
      Those numbers are perfectly normal. Normal blood sugar is around 80-130. I wouldn’t consider it low unless it gets below 70

  45. QUESTION:
    What is a normal range for Fasting Blood Sugar for a 1 yr old?
    My son just turned 1 and he’s 34 lbs. He was just tested for diabetes and thyroid because of his rapid weight gain. Both results are borderline. I’ve checked different sites and they all say something different. He will be rechecked in 2 weeks.
    He is still on formula. He only takes 4-5 bottles a day.
    Everyone on both sides of my family has diabetes, except for my sister, her children,myself and my children.

    • ANSWER:
      paul_surf is life Is absolutely right.

      I hope you haven’t been giving him foods high in carbs to quiet him down. Comforting a child with food pretty much guarantees results like that. Also, feeding them only what is recommended teaches them that there are limits in life, even from Mom.

  46. QUESTION:
    DO you think Bach Stress Rescue Remedy would effect a fasting blood sugar test?
    I drank some of it before my diabetes test. The test ended up to be negative. but i am scared that i have it but the alcohol content in Bach natural stress relief that i took right before might have lowered my blood sugar to normal.

    • ANSWER:
      Unless you drank a lot of that Snake Oil, it wouldn’t make a huge difference in your blood sugar level. But to be sure, discuss it with your doctor. Ask to take a A1c test because you don’t have to fast for that.

  47. 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.

  48. QUESTION:
    I have tested my fasting blood sugar at home for the last 3 days and my numbers?
    have been in the 80′s and one day was 91….
    DO THESE NUMBERS SOUND OK, OR NOT FOR NOT HAVING DIABETES?

    • ANSWER:
      Your blood sugar levels are just fine. Just curious, if you do not have Diabetes, why have you checked your levels the last 3 days?

      Jessica RN

  49. QUESTION:
    Testing for diabetes: Fasting Blood Glucose Test?
    Can I use a meter such as a FreeStyle Freedom Lite to perform a FBG/FBS test, or do I need to go to a lab?

    Originally, I thought they were different tests, yet they seem to be measuring the same thing.

    I do not know if I have diabetes or not – chances are I do not, yet I wanted to test to be sure.

    I performed a test on myself using the FreeStyle device after a 10 hour fast and my reading is 126.

    When I look online regarding FBS results – 126 is sure to be diabetes. Yet when I google “normal blood sugar” 126 is within the normal range.

    So I’m confused.
    I have a lab appt scheduled, yet I’m wondering why the lab if you can test at home with a device like the one I mentioned?

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    My blood sugar this morning was 93, later after I ran it was 113. I’m showing the classic symptoms of diabetes?
    When I was 8 I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia. Usually my blood sugar fasting would be in the 40′s or 50′s. I have granuloma annular, I use the bathroom frequently (at least twice during the night as well) and I drink around 20 glasses of water a day and still feel dehydrated. Should I be concerned about my rising blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      This is just a wild guess, but I know that if I’ve been out of control for a while, with elevated blood glucose levels, and I suddenly get back to “normal”, I can have all the symptoms of hypoglycemia. It seems reasonable that for someone who’s suffering from chronic hypoglycemia to have the classic symptoms of hyperglycemia if they suddenly ended up in the “normal” range. The body gets used to the conditions it finds itself in, and needs time to adapt to a new “normal”.

      And I do have to say that taking blood glucose levels more often then just when you’ve been fasting can be helpful in maintaining control. I test my blood 7 or 8 times a day on average.


Diabetes Sugar Levels Chart

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Target sugar level chart for child?
    I am trying to find a chart of target sugar levels for a child, as well as too high too low. We are testing my daughter for the next week and a half. My doctor is on vacation and while I am testing I would like to know the range we are shooting for. My mother in law has it and I know how dangerous it can be, does anyone know or have a link to an actual chart for kids. She is 7 and I can only find information on diabetes not the chart like my mother in law has. My doctor mentioned it is different for kids, and no one else at the clinic wants to address this, they all want it to be her doctor.
    We are testing her for diabetes but my doctor is on vacation and no one will give me info they said it needs to be from her, but the walk in tested her and said it was high and wanted us to monitor her at home until the dr. gets back but would not give me a specific range. This morning it was 119 and 2 hours after breakfast was only 68, I called and they said just keep a record but would not give me specifics, it is very frustrating. She had a bladder infection that is cleared but is still going too often, she also drinks a ton of water but always has, she has been tested before but this is the first time it showed high, they said it was 119 and that was too high for them, so I am kind of at a stand still until my doctor gets back. Thanks for answering and info helps.

    • ANSWER:
      Normal sugar levels for kids are the same as for adults. Fasting levels should be 70 – 100, and 1.5 to 2 hours after a meal should be under 140. Random tests, no matter how long ago you ate, or what was eaten, should be under 180. Your daughter’s levels may go up and down faster than an adults, especially if she is an active child, but it shouldn’t be a problem for her. Hope this helps!

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi El,

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

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

      Hope this helps.

      Love Mel.X

  3. QUESTION:
    blood sugar level question (kinda long)?
    hi, today my dad had a dr. appt to get meds for his diabetes. When they checked him in they said that his blood sugar level was off the chart like 600 and that he needed to get to the ER. He is there now, they gave him an insulin shot, have him on an IV because he is dehydrated.. Lately he’s been very thirsy, and peeing alot, also he just had cataract surgery (don’t know if it applies to anything) Anyway ahwile after the insulin shot they checked his blood sugar level and it is now 810.. My question is what can they do to help him? is he going to be ok? They are admitting him overnight and keeping close watch on him.
    Any info. please. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      First on foremost, IV fluids and alot of it like 3-4 liters.

      Next More IV Fluids.

      Then more IV Fluids.

      Your dad is really dehydrated and giving suncutaneous insulin will not work. Insulin will need to be given intravenously.

      Next start an insulin drip. Do hourly blood sugar test and titrate upwards if it is still high.

      Rule any underlying issues like heart attack, infection that may be increasing his sugars. Check blood work and make sure pottasium, magnesium, phospate are okay. Would do it every4-6 hours.

      Needs to be in ICU.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  6. QUESTION:
    Can anyone out there answer a question about Iron infusion and diabetes – side effects?
    The background: I have been fighting anemia for almost one year, normal level is 13 and I dropped to 4 . With meds and diet I finally brought it up to 10, but in Dec. iron level started to drop again even with the same meds and diet adjustment, under doctors guidance the whole time. We decided to do an iron infusion to get my blood iron up. Today was the first of two treatments, benadryl and a steroid were given prior to the infusion and I know that with steroids blood sugar will spike so have been monitoring ever two hours .Well I had a supper of one piece of toast,two scrambled eggs and spinach. Hot tea with lemon to drink. Before I ate, my sugar was 146 so I took one unit correction dose plus two for carb intake, two hours afterwards my sugar was 138. Two hours later I started to bloat way up, get very sick to my stomach and my blood pressure went to 178/97. When I tested my sugar it was at 532. In 18 years of diabetes i have only ever had two other instances of sugar levels over 500. I called the hospital to ask if this was a normal reaction and they were not allowed to answer questions over the phone. I live in a remote area where 911 does not respond and the soonest I can go to hospital in is two hours from now.
    My questions are: Are these common reactions for iron infusion with steroid for diabetics or am I over reacting to be so worried? Should I just keep testing sugar levels and taking correction dose every two hours? I have taken 12 units so far from my correction chart – should I keep taking more? I have never had the two things at once and was wondering if if anyone else has?

    Thank you for your time.
    I cook primarily with cast iron, and as organic as possible. My tea is usually caffeine-free, but those are wonderful suggestions!
    The reason for benadryl was to combat allergic reaction from the infusion, But you are right has susar suryp that I total forgot about in my concern about the steroid. That indeed is an interesting web site and I will ask my doctor about any new info he has learned of this. Unfortunately I am type 1 and use a different type of insulin but this is worth looking into, Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      i have diabetes and what i can tell you is any irritation can cause blood sugar levels to rise. being calm is the best thing to do no matter what. drink lots of water. i don’t know any thing about iron infusion being a factor in this because i don’t know much about that sigh sorry. call a doctor man. hospitals suck i know, but damn get on insulin and if your on it already take more, watch it for a while ( till becomes low) than enjoy your life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. QUESTION:
    Updated Charts/Books on Juvenile(Type 1) Diabetes?
    Does anyone know of any good websites or books on Type 1 Diabetes? A lot has changed in the past 10 years and I was looking for updated information. Also, trying to find charts or log books to keep up with food and blood sugar levels. Thanks for any help. It will be much appreciated,

    • ANSWER:
      These are some of the websites I use:

      http://www.dlife.com/

      http://diabetes.webmd.com/default.htm

      http://mendosa.com/index.html

      http://www.jdrf.org/

      http://www.diabetes.org/home.jsp

      http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/

      http://ndep.nih.gov/

      http://www.joslin.org/index.asp

  8. QUESTION:
    Could this turn into gestational diabetes?
    I asked this question yesterday but only got couple answers…
    I’m 23 weeks pregnant. At my last month’s check up my sugar level in urine was elevated. Now, it is off the chart. I’ve also been experiencing hypoglycemic symptoms for the past few weeks.
    I’m going for a glucose tolerance test (and other tests) next week, but I was wondering, what experience other women had with this. If you had a very high sugar level in your urine what was your glucose test result.
    Also, has anyone had protein found in their urine, and what did it turn out to be?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:

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

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

    Thanks in advance ladies.

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

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

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

    Thanks in advance ladies.

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

  11. QUESTION:
    Children with diabetes?
    My daughter is being tested for diabetes, I have looked up symptoms one they say is abdominal pain but it does not state where or what type. She often complains of her sides hurting but it is more by her ribs the bottom of the ribs on both sides. I am also having a hard time find a range chart, my doctor gave me a scale of 60-105 but at what point do you worry. Her sugar levels showed high from lab the walk in did. She had a bladder infection and her urine showed clear but she was still going very often. She has had bladder problems for a long time and drinks a ton of water, but she always has. She has been tested in the past and it was fine, this is the first time it has showed high. We could not get in to our regular doctor until the 30th in the mean time we are to check her levels 1st thing in the morning and 2 hours after breakfast. We have a kit from when they tested my oldest for hypoglocemia. Does anyone know where I can find the scale for kids and the sugar levels.
    Her bladder issues we see a Pediatric Urologist for. She does drink close to a gallon of water a day, but she has always been like this. She is 7.
    What I am asking is if anyone knows whre the abdominal pain is at your abdomen covers a lot of area. And also a chart with the levels for children, what is too high etc.
    What I am asking is if anyone knows whre the abdominal pain is at your abdomen covers a lot of area. And also a chart with the levels for children, what is too high etc.
    thank you red head that is about the same area my daughter complains of the pain, most of the time it is both sides but sometimes it is one or the other. Best wishes to you and your daughter.
    thanks sevenofus – I may not have worded it correctly in my searches, it says your dr will most likely pick the range, but I did find tips on how to poke etc.

    • ANSWER:
      My 8 year old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in June 2007. From her descriptions, the pain she experienced was usually in the upper tummy area, below the ribs but above the belly button. It sometimes varied in terms of whether it was on the right or left. Children have a much wider range in terms of what is considered a “normal” blood glucose reading. The target that we were given was between 80 and 180. You will undoubtedly find that sometimes, it will be lower as well as higher, esp. after a snack with carbs or sugar or a meal. Children are so much more active so their range is much wider than it is for adults, in terms of what is considered a healthy blood glucose reading.
      I knew that something was wrong b/c my normally very active daughter started needing one or two naps a day. She was very tired and sluggish at times and would wet the bed at night profusely, even overflowing her nighttime big kid pullup. Her eyes started to appear “weak” and she started losing weight. I know that this is all a lot to handle but you’re doing the right thing. Finding out all that you can will help ease your mind a great deal.

  12. QUESTION:
    What can I feed my diabetic cat?
    My 9yr. old male cat was recently diagnosed w/ feline diabetes. The vet said his sugar levels were off the chart. I’m wanting to try and get him on track with diet. My vet prescribed a special diabetic dry food, but all my research says I shouldn’t be giving dry food at all. I believe the research, and am planning on substituting 1 meal a day for wet food. Does anyone have any good recipes or store bought foods that they would recommend? And what about treats? I want to give him treats for being a good boy, esp. now that he is having to go through so many stressful changes and procedures.

    I appreciate any help with this issue. I’m very upset as you can imagine.

    • ANSWER:
      Be VERY careful with those foods the vets talk you into. Keep in mind that MANY vets are not properly informed on feline nutrition, even though they are indeed informed on medical care… Please read the information on this site, which will open up your eyes about feline food: http://www.catinfo.org/

      You are right about dry food. Your cat should probably be on a high quality wet cat food, such as wellness or Innova Evo. That link above will help teach you about the nutrition labels and show you what to look for in quality foods.

      I was told that my cat was “getting” diabetes and also had IBS at the same time. He’s been healthy since I put him on wet cat food months ago.

      Also, before you start on any medication, be sure to consult another vet. A second opinion is always good in a case like this.

  13. QUESTION:
    How should i take creatine with my diabetes (type 1)?
    I have a question about taking creatine. Im a 16 year old type 1 diabetic and i previously ordered a CellTech Hardcore creatine, which has about 75g of sugar, if im correct. I was just wondering if anyone can correct me on how to take this product so that it doesnt affect my diabetes. If i take insulin (humulin) before i consume the creatine, would it help maintain my blood sugar level so that it would not go off the chart? i also read that insulin helps the creatine to go in the muscles so is taking insulin a must before consuming creatine?

    Thanks in advance! =)

    • ANSWER:
      Personally i think at 16 you are to ypoung to be using this? What is it you hope to gain through its use? One of the safety issues of it is renal problems which as a diabetic you already have an increased risk of. If you are seriously considering using creatine I would ask you to talk to your doctor before you take it as I do not know whether or not it has any effect on your medication. It is also more effective when used with high GI carbohydrates which will spike your blood glucose levels and are best avoided.
      See article below

  14. QUESTION:
    Can’t keep 3 hour glucose test drink down. What to do?
    I barely failed the 1 hour glucose test at 20 weeks and took the 3 hour glucose tolerance test and passed it. It was a really bad experience for me, as I was so sick to my stomach the whole time and nearly threw up several times. My doctor wants me to take it again now at 28 weeks (I had a small amount of glucose in my urine after I drank juice before my appointment). I have tried twice and ended up throwing up the drink before the first hour ended. I have been testing and charting my blood sugar levels and they are fine, but my doctor insists I must do the test. How many times should I try when the drink obviously does not agree with me? Is there some reason I must have an official diagnosis of gestational diabetes, or is strict home-monitoring enough to make sure my baby and I are healthy? I have asked my doctor this, but of course she says the test is the only choice.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you drinking the same flavor or different ones? Because there are different flavors. I had to do a 3 hour test after I failed the 1 hour. I had different drinks both times. Did you drink it cold? That could help.

      I assume you have told her that you keep throwing the stuff up–what is her response to that? Have you really sat down and talked to her about it? Because if you have, she seems to be a bit insensitive to your plight.

      Gestational diabetes is a very serious illnes. You have to be on a very strict diet if you do indeed have it, becuase it can affect the baby. That’s why they are so adamant about it. The website below lists all kinds of things that can affect the baby.

      I was trying to find anythign on the internet that could be an alternative to the oral glucose tolerance test. I came up with this:

      Glycosylated haemoglobin test

      Check out this website: http://www.doctorndtv.com/topics/detailtopics.asp?id=72

      I don’t know if it is something you can do, but you can ask your doctor about it. You don’t have to drink anything. It’s worth a shot.

      Good luck to you!

  15. QUESTION:
    Is there anything I can do to help my dad? (He’s diabetic.)?
    My dad is diabetic, as I stated in the title. He’s REALLY stressing out lately. On top of the fact that the economy is absolutely horrible, he’s having trouble keeping his sugar levels down, I think. He’s REALLY worried about his job. He’s been working as a delivery driver for a company, for over 30 years now. He has no high school diploma, so I’m worried for him.

    He has a CDL liscense, I think that’s what its called, so he can legally drive the big trucks. Well, he has to get tested every month and if his sugar levels is off the chart, well… you can imagine, he’ll lose his job if he doesn’t get it under control. I’m not sure what medicines he is on, but nothing seems to be working much.

    Past couple of months have been horrible for him. He ended up in the hospital, his throat nearly swollen all the way shut. Ever since then, his diabetes hasn’t been under control very well.

    Before the trip to the hospital, he used to be a little lazy with keeping everything in check. Now he’s doing a lot better about things.

    My mom doesn’t help him at all. She doesn’t cook, she’s mentally unstable pretty much… what can I do to help him? Are there any fruits or anything at all I could fix for him that might keep his sugar levels in check before the 8th? Any advice would be great… I’m super worried.

    I’m really broke right now, but if anyone has any advice for me… or him, for that matter, that would be great.
    Thanks, Josh! That was extremely helpful. I’m not familiar with diabetes, so I’ll have to tell him that and see if it works. I hope it does. (Also hope he’s willing to run or jog a bit, he can be stubborn.)

    • ANSWER:
      It is great that you want to help your Dad. Diabetes is about controlling your sugars. The best way to do that is to eat a LOW carb diet and exercise. I noticed that you said your mom doesn’t cook. Does that mean that your dad is eating unhealthy meals? That could be half your problem. If you want to help your dad here are some suggestions that you might want to consider.
      Go through the kitchen and get rid of snacks and prepackaged foods. These are usually high in unhealthy carbs.
      Make sure that all drinks in the house are diet or sugar free, including tea and coffee. Replace table sugar with splenda or other artifical sweetner.
      Get a kitchen scale and start measuring portions. That is a biggie as portions on some foods are just 1/2 cup.
      Get him to replace any white foods, such as breads, rice or pasta with whole grain or brown.
      If he is frying foods, then stop that. Bake, broil, steam, or grill foods.
      If he is eating take out for lunches during work, then stop that and have him start taking his lunch instead.
      And yes, exercise is very important to sugar control. So he needs to be doing some kind of exercise, even if it is only walking.
      Fresh salads are great for him as long as he doesn’t overload it with dressings.
      If he doesn’t already read food labels, then get him in the habit of that. He is looking for foods that are low in carbs and have dietary fiber.
      Eat only lean meats cooked properly.
      I know this seems like a lot, but it really isn’t. It is more of getting into the habit then learning. Once you get used to doing all this, it becomes second nature. Also if he is on any diabetes medications, make sure he is taking them as prescriped. If he isn’t on any, then talk to his doctor. There are oral medications that help lower/control diabetes, and if his sugar is that high for a extended period of time, they may need to put him on insulin until he gets control of his diet. Also getting him to see a nutritionist might help. Best of luck to you.

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

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

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

  17. QUESTION:
    Anyone know……?
    I have gestational diabetes and my sugar level has been high,so my dr wants me to fax her in what its been. Does anyone know if there is any time of chart or anything online you can print so I can have these writen out on an actual chart other than just writing them on paper..? Any sites with the charts I can print out or anything?

    • ANSWER:
      The company that manufactured your meter normally has software. I would try their site. When I went to the specialist for my GD they always downloaded my results onto the computer.

      Good luck

  18. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog having severe nose bleeds??!!?
    Ok recently, our 11 year old (female) Australian blue-heeler fell while trying to run some cattle back into their fence. Well a big knot swelled up on her back left leg, and she started acting very sickly, and one day she wouldn’t even eat at all! Well of course we cared her to the vet, and come to find out her sugar levels were off the charts. Our veterinarian diagnosed her with diabetes, and kept her for about a week, for treatment and observation. Also, come to find out, our vet found a mark on her front right leg, where she had been bitten by a spider!! So, our vet treated her for everything and we were finally able to bring her home yesterday because her insulin (sugar) levels had dropped back down to 166…which is good! Now we have to giver her insulin shots twice a day, and can only feed her a specific type of diabetic dog food. Anyway, yesterday she acted the best I’ve seen in a long while, however she was still a little tired (wouldn’t you be) and everything was fine. Her leg is still a little sore from where she fell, but it’s getting better, and the swellings going down now.

    [Here's the confusing part!!!]

    When I got home from school today, I went to see my mom at her office at the warehouse (were farmers) and our dog, Lady, was up there with her. My mom told me that Lady’s nose had bleed three times since 11:00 am, and the first time it happened my dad cared her back to our vet. They told us that she either broke a blood vessel in her nose, which is why it’s bleeding, or she could have gotten into rat poison. The weird thing is though, my mom’s been with her ALL day and she hasn’t seen Lady do anything to have hurt her nose and break a blood vessel, and there’s definitely no where around here for her to have gotten into rat poison. So a second ago, Lady’s nose started bleeding again (4th time today!) and my mom called our vet, and she told us the same thing as before, and then said that it could also be that Lady has a blood clot somewhere, and it’s trying to bleed itself out, and thus the reason why only the right side of her nose is bleeding. Our vet also said that if her nose was bleeding because of a clot in her somewhere, there was nothing we could do about it!

    We’ve had this dog since I was about 7 years old, and she’s been like a second mother to me, my sister, and my brother. She’s very protective over all of us, and is one of the best dogs anyone could ever ask for. (Sorry I’m getting off topic!)

    I would just really like to know if anyone has ever heard of a dog’s nose bleeding like this? Is it a common thing among Australian Blue Heelers? Has this ever happened to anyone else’s dog? Any information that someone has, would be VERY much appreciated.

    I can’t imagine Lady not being here, she’s just as much a member of our family as I am, and I love her just the same! Anyone who reads this, PLEASE pray for our dog Lady, I’m just not ready for her to leave us yet!

    Thanks to anyone who took the time to read and answer this, I just hope Lady’s going to be ok!
    Callie♥

    • ANSWER:
      I agree that it could be a tumor in the nasal canal or sinuses or even a bad sinus infection. The vet should do a thorough exam and x-rays of her head. Also,do your neighbors put out rodent poison? If the dog came across a mouse or rat that had been poisoned and ate it,then she would have ingested the poison.If that’s the case,your vet should have tested her blood for it and she should be on vitamin K.

      I have old dogs,too,and I have lost many old dogs over the years.I know how you feel.I hope that Lady recovers.

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

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

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

  20. QUESTION:
    Mom’s INR level too high, off the chart (long question, sorry)?
    My mom is 52, she has DVT since about 2000 after having surgery. She has had several blood clots that she’s been hospitalized for, with the last one being less than 2 weeks ago. Her INR when she was in the ER was .09 and they want it between 2-3. (I thought she may have forgotten to take her cumadin) After 3 days in the hospital taking cumadin and Lovenox injections to “thin” her blood, her INR was 2.2 when she was discharged. She took her injections at home, and the cumadin as directed. Last Friday her INR was 2.5, Monday it had jumped to 7.6 so her Dr told her to stop taking the blood thinners. Wednsday she was checked again and it was so high that it was off the chart. She was told to continue to be cautious and not strain at all or cut herself. Thursday, INR was still off the chart. Today they told her it was 7.8, so it was getting better. She went to the ER tonight because she was not feeling right, extremely tired, and slurring her words. They told her that once again, her INR is off the chart! They sent her home after checking to make sure she had no bleeding on the brain and doing some other tests.
    I know that I have no training, I’m just me, and what do I know? But it’s really concerning me that her INR is still extremely high after not taking any blood thinners for 5 days now. More than anything, I think it bothers me that the Drs and nurses dont seem to be concerned at all. She sees her regular Dr again on Tuesday, but I’m just worried.
    My mom also has type 2 diabetes, is on pills and insulin injections and her diabetes is still not well controlled. I dont know if this may have anything to do with her INR, but on Wed she woke up feeling strange and thought it was her blood sugar dropping again. She said that she couldn’t feel her feet and couldn’t walk right, that she was on her toes because she felt like she was falling forward while walking. She checked her glucose and it was 57, it’s been much lower. She said that it didn’t feel anything like when her glucose is too low. She got a bowl of cereal and couldn’t eat it, it all ended up on the floor and on her face because she couldn’t get the spoon to her mouth. She finally got back to her bed and fell back to sleep until 1 in the afternoon, which she NEVER does because she always needs sleeping pills to go to sleep. I thought maybe she had a stroke, she has been very forgetful and confused ever since. But of course, the ER dr said she was fine, and that she was having drug induced mental confusion because she is on several antidepressants and mood stabilizers for Bipolar. Sorry, this was so long, I’m just running out of things to Google to try and figure out what could be wrong lol.
    Thank you. I do agree that she needs a new Dr, I dont think he is taking care of her at all and it really makes me mad. But, she really likes him and doesn’t want to get used to a new one. Also, there aren’t many taking new patients around here. Our local hospital is a joke, they see mostly drug addicts and people going in because they have a tummy ache. So they are used to just giving you Tylenol and sending you home. I think I may take her to the better hospital north of here tomorrow when my husband will be home to watch our kids.

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    My boyfriend is Type 1 diabetic, and his sugars are out of control?
    Its rare that he will even test his sugars. I looked at his gluccmoter last night, and his levels seem to be an average of 400+. This is not good, at all I know. What can I do to help him keep his levels “normal” He wont go to the Dr’s. to get his A1C levels checked. Im at a loss and scared for him. This past March, he was admitted into ICU because his sugars were off the chart, way above 1000. Yeah, 1000. It wouldn’t even register on the gluccmoter, and he was in there for 3 days. Since he had gotten out, he has yet to go to the Dr. I am also afraid that this is leading to other health problems for him.

    :[
    What should I do? I know riding him about this will make him not want to go it, but I am at the point to where I am about to beat him over the head so that he doesn’t end up in ICU, let alone the hospital again.

    Since I know he will eat anything, and anything that I cook, should I just go get an ADA cook book and have him on a strict diet? He wont go to a diabetes educator, or anything. I feel so bad for him, but yet, if he doesn’t shape up, hell die.

    • ANSWER:
      His blood sugars are high enough that dieting alone is not going to work. He is going to have to go to the doctor and get on medication because he is slowly killing himself. These high blood sugars are destroying his kidneys, heart, nerves, every organ in his body and he won’t live long.
      Go to www.diabetes.com, it is the website for the American Diabetes Association and see what information you can get from them. It won’t hurt for you to read up on diabetes and try to prepare diabetic friendly meals for him, but I have a feeling he is going to be very uncooperative about trying to control his diet. Does he not realize that these blood sugars put him at high risk for a stroke or heart attack.
      Unfortunately,you can’t make a person seek medical treatment, but you can certainly nag him if he doesn’t and I would. I’m not sure I wouldn’t tell him you weren’t going to stay around and watch him die.

  22. QUESTION:
    Diabetics: what would you do if your doctor…?
    I am a low-income Type 2 diabetic. I receive health care through a community clinic, so I am limited in my options.

    I have been seeing my new doctor since December last year. After getting my lab work back, he was relieved to see that my kidneys were fine. He asked how long I had been diabetic and then responded, “Oh, you haven’t been diabetic long enough to have kidney disease.” Like the simple fact that I am diabetic means that I’ll get diabetic complications. My A1c has been in the 5% range for YEARS.

    The last time I was there, he was so impressed with my A1c and blood sugar log that he told me that he thought I was misdiagnosed as diabetic. I was taken aback. When I was diagnosed, my A1c and random blood sugar were off the charts. There’s NO doubt that I am diabetic. I insisted that I am, told him why I thought so, and that I just work really hard to control my blood sugar, but he said, “I still think you may not be diabetic.”

    Right now I’m feeling like he’s a raging incompetent about diabetes. I know that beggars can’t be choosers and I should just be glad I have health care, but I’m sort of disgusted and wondering if I should request to switch doctors at the clinic or maybe go elsewhere. The only reason I’m reluctant is because I don’t want word of this getting back to him if I can’t switch and I don’t need any special treatment or an endo because I have good control. He’s “sufficient.” I was offended that he had so little faith in me, condemning me to kidney disease, and then I was another level of horrified when he said I wasn’t diabetic.

    What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, congrats on your exemplary glycemic control.

      I don’t have any statistics at hand but from talking to my GP, I get the impression that most diabetics do not have such good blood sugars.

      For instance, my GP told me I am the only diabetic patient with the clinic who has a 5% A1C.

      I think some doctors even believe that diabetics can never have normal blood sugars. Also in the past, diabetics invariably deteriorated because people knew a lot less about blood sugar management. But things have changed so much now, and as you yourself know, diabetics have so many tools to control their disease and not let it control them.

      We also know that the higher the A1C, the greater the risk of complications. Sadly, the risk never goes down to zero, no matter how good the A1C.

      Finally I’d like to suggest that if that doctor spends a lot of time working in low-income areas, it is likely he sees lots of poorly controlled diabetics who, for various reasons, end up eating a high carb diet. He probably sees them deteriorate quickly and thinks that everybody’s going to end up like that.

  23. QUESTION:
    Could this turn into gestational diabetes?
    I’m 23 weeks pregnant today. At my last month’s check up my sugar level in urine was elevated. Today, it was off the chart. I’ve also been experiencing hypoglycemic symptoms for the past few weeks. However, when I tested my blood sugar at home, it was 111.
    I’m going for a glucose tolerance test next week, but I was wondering, if there somebody who had high sugar level in urine and passed the test.

    • ANSWER:
      urine sugar level is an old school method of diagnosing diabetes.

      Even severely diabetic patients will read normal once in a while, so a SINGLE “finger stick” test is not a good diagnosis.

      the Glucose Tolerance Test is definitive. It does not test blood sugar levels, but instead tests how your body responds to a sudden “slug”: of sugar. this is a much more real-world situation.

      Also, you need to ASK you doctor to do an A1C test. This will provide him with valuable information about how severe your diabetes is (or is not….). The A1C test is a simple blood test.

      The American Diabetes Association recommend that ALL adults have the A1C test performed once a year. In this manner many “hidden” cases of diabetes are detected before the patient gets sick, and thus the disease can be controlled more easily through diet and exercise without the need for medications.

      IF you do have gestational diabetes, you chances of becoming a Type 2 Diabetic later in life are increased. YOU need to have the A1C test performed every year to insure that you stay fit and healthy.


Diabetes Cure Calgary

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What can you tell me about a natural diabetes “cure”…?
    mentioned by Kevin Trudeau in his updated edition of his “Natural Cures” book. He references an interview with a Dr. Yung Su Kim and a “combination of herbs researched at the University of Calgary, called by the Asian Diabetic Association” the final cure for diabetes.

    I’ve googled this as best I could but come up with a variety of different things. Has anyone found this product or even used it that can tell me more?

    Thanks in advance for your responses.

    • ANSWER:
      Global trotter is half right. Allow me to amplify on his/her answer.
      Diabetes mellitus type 2 (DMT2) is not curable but it is REVERSIBLE.
      The first step, if you are overweight, is weight loss. This in itself may be enough to reverse your BG numbers.
      Tofu and other soy products are harmful and should be avoided; the only safe soy is that which has been FERMENTED: tempeh, miso and natto.
      Quality protein is necessary for good health. Fish is terrific but high in mercury; choose small fish, low on the food chain, like sardines and herring, or choose a quality fish oil like Garden of Life or Carlson’s. Go for organic meats and poultry if at all possible (you may be able to find an affordable local source) since commercial meats are pumped full of undesirable hormones and antibiotics.
      Choose veggies that are not starchy and not calorie-dense. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, celery, tomatoes, spinach, chard, mushrooms – you get the idea. Stay away from potatoes, yams, etc.
      Avoid grains, yes, even whole grains. No refined flours, white rice, pasta. I’ve found oatmeal (5-minute, not instant) to be the only grain that does not spike my blood glucose. No sweeteners, or course. In fact, it should be obvious that sugar in any form is off the menu if you are serious about reversing DMT2. The only non-calorie sweetener that is perfectly safe is stevia.

      Whole eggs are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Include healthy fats as well to help you feel full: butter, lard, raw cream, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil. Avoid Omega-6 fats like margarine and vegetable oils; not only are they GMO, they upset our Omega-3 vs. Omega-6 balance that is instrumental in heart disease.

      Global trotter is right about exercise too. A half-hour of walking a day would be ideal, but any activity is helpful, even 10-minute bursts of this and that. The more activity, the faster those numbers come down.

      There are a whole series of supplements and herbs that are supposed to help lower BG or improve insulin receptivity. I’ve tried them all – cinnamon, bitter melon, GTF chromium, ALA, Gymnema Sylvestre etc. – none of them helped me at all. Diet and exercise are what’s working for me. Good luck and stay focused!


Diabetic Sugar Levels Chart

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Where can I goto to print a Diabetic Sugar Level Chart?
    My Auntie is 73 years old and just found out she is Diabetic, I am trying to find a Sugar Level Chart to print out for her so she will know when it is to High/Low…Can anyone PLEASE Help Me??

    • ANSWER:
      your doctor should have one…go ask him

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi El,

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

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

      Hope this helps.

      Love Mel.X

  3. QUESTION:
    Where can I find a diabetic sliding scale chart online?
    I lost my chart and need to know how much insulin to take when my sugar is high.
    For example 3 units when my sugar is 200 or over up to 5 units up to sugar level 210 etc. I can’t remember what I should do because Im fairly new at this insulin taking.

    • ANSWER:
      DO NOT use a chart you find online.

      Every person’s insulin sensitivity is different and if you use a chart that was made for a different person it could have disastrous results. Call your doctor and ask for your chart, or at least your correction ratio. If you know your correction ratio (ie 1 unit of insulin will bring your blood sugar down by X amount) you can re-create the chart yourself.

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

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

      How Diabetes and Pregnancy May Affect Baby

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

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

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

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

      Take care

      Buff

  5. QUESTION:
    Low blood sugar levels? Mine was 38 at about 2pm today.?
    I will occasionally have low blood sugar although I have not been diagnosed with hypoglycemia. Today I started feeling bad and everything started to go dark, my ears closed up like I was under water. I took my sugar (my mom is diabetic and gave me an extra checker) and it was 38. I have checked online and can’t find a chart of what levels should be. This was about 2pm today that it happened. I typically can drink something and it will go back up. I still feel weak from it though and that is not normally how I feel after it gets better. I have been on a no sugar/low carb diet for about 2 years now. My husband thinks I should go to the doctor, but I don’t want to have to go just for them to tell me that nothing is wrong and then i’m out 25 bucks. Just wondered what everyone else’s experience is with low blood sugar and if 38 is a low number for 2pm.

    • ANSWER:
      Here what you need to do :
      Hypoglycemia Symptoms
      Because epinephrine, one of the hormones that is activated by hypoglycemia, comes from the central nervous system, the majority of early symptoms of hypoglycemia are related to the nervous system.
      Common symptoms of hypoglycemia include the following:
      Trembling
      Clamminess
      Palpitations
      Anxiety
      Sweating
      Hunger

      Because the brain is deprived of glucose, a second set of symptoms follows:
      Difficulty in thinking
      Confusion
      Headache
      Seizures
      Coma
      Ultimately, death

      Eating every 4-6 hours is important to prevent hypoglycemia.
      Be adventurous and try something new to liven up your snacks between meals!
      Each of the following counts as one starch:

      One small apple, orange, peach, pear, nectarine, or tangerine
      Eight animal crackers
      Four medium fresh apricots or seven dried halves
      1/2 of a banana rolled with 2-tablespoons Grape Nuts cereal
      1 cup cubed cantaloupe
      Twelve Bing cherries
      Two chocolate mousse bars (Weight Watchers)
      1/2 cup chow mein noodles
      Two sugar-free fudgesicles
      Three gingersnaps
      36 Goldfish (adds 1 fat serving)
      Three graham crackers (2 1/2-inch square)
      1/2 low-fat granola bar
      15 grapes
      ½ cup fruit juice
      Five slices melba toast
      1 cup skim milk
      Three peanut butter sandwich crackers (adds 1 fat serving)
      Two small plums
      24 oyster crackers
      3 cups popcorn (popped by hot air, or low-fat microwave)
      1 slice of angel food cake
      1 sugar-free pudding snack cup
      Three dried pitted prunes
      15 fat-free potato or tortilla chips
      3/4 ounce pretzels
      2 tablespoons raisins
      Two rice cakes (4″ diameter)
      1 regular Jell-o snack cup
      Seven Ritz crackers (adds 1 fat serving)
      Six saltine crackers
      ½ cup canned fruit
      15 Teddy Grahams (adds 1 fat serving)
      Five reduced-fat Triscuits
      Six Vanilla Wafers (adds 1 fat serving)
      Six Waverly Wafers (adds 1 fat serving)
      12 Original Wheat Thins (adds 1 fat serving)
      13 Reduced-fat Wheat Thins (adds 1/2 fat serving)
      1 cup nonfat fruit-flavored yogurt (sweetened with sugar substitute)
      1/2 cup of sherbet or I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt or TCBY frozen yogurt

      By the way you are Hypoglycemic

      Tin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  7. QUESTION:
    How many times a day should I test my blood sugar?
    This question is for my grandma actually. She has been to the doctor and they said she is not diabetic yet. But they still gave her a testing machine. How many times a day should she test her blood sugar? Do you know where i can find a general chart that explains levels for her in an easy way? I think she should test herself and record it then take it to the doctor. But how long should she record her stats and how many times a day? and information would be helpful

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  8. QUESTION:
    Is there anything I can do to help my dad? (He’s diabetic.)?
    My dad is diabetic, as I stated in the title. He’s REALLY stressing out lately. On top of the fact that the economy is absolutely horrible, he’s having trouble keeping his sugar levels down, I think. He’s REALLY worried about his job. He’s been working as a delivery driver for a company, for over 30 years now. He has no high school diploma, so I’m worried for him.

    He has a CDL liscense, I think that’s what its called, so he can legally drive the big trucks. Well, he has to get tested every month and if his sugar levels is off the chart, well… you can imagine, he’ll lose his job if he doesn’t get it under control. I’m not sure what medicines he is on, but nothing seems to be working much.

    Past couple of months have been horrible for him. He ended up in the hospital, his throat nearly swollen all the way shut. Ever since then, his diabetes hasn’t been under control very well.

    Before the trip to the hospital, he used to be a little lazy with keeping everything in check. Now he’s doing a lot better about things.

    My mom doesn’t help him at all. She doesn’t cook, she’s mentally unstable pretty much… what can I do to help him? Are there any fruits or anything at all I could fix for him that might keep his sugar levels in check before the 8th? Any advice would be great… I’m super worried.

    I’m really broke right now, but if anyone has any advice for me… or him, for that matter, that would be great.
    Thanks, Josh! That was extremely helpful. I’m not familiar with diabetes, so I’ll have to tell him that and see if it works. I hope it does. (Also hope he’s willing to run or jog a bit, he can be stubborn.)

    • ANSWER:
      It is great that you want to help your Dad. Diabetes is about controlling your sugars. The best way to do that is to eat a LOW carb diet and exercise. I noticed that you said your mom doesn’t cook. Does that mean that your dad is eating unhealthy meals? That could be half your problem. If you want to help your dad here are some suggestions that you might want to consider.
      Go through the kitchen and get rid of snacks and prepackaged foods. These are usually high in unhealthy carbs.
      Make sure that all drinks in the house are diet or sugar free, including tea and coffee. Replace table sugar with splenda or other artifical sweetner.
      Get a kitchen scale and start measuring portions. That is a biggie as portions on some foods are just 1/2 cup.
      Get him to replace any white foods, such as breads, rice or pasta with whole grain or brown.
      If he is frying foods, then stop that. Bake, broil, steam, or grill foods.
      If he is eating take out for lunches during work, then stop that and have him start taking his lunch instead.
      And yes, exercise is very important to sugar control. So he needs to be doing some kind of exercise, even if it is only walking.
      Fresh salads are great for him as long as he doesn’t overload it with dressings.
      If he doesn’t already read food labels, then get him in the habit of that. He is looking for foods that are low in carbs and have dietary fiber.
      Eat only lean meats cooked properly.
      I know this seems like a lot, but it really isn’t. It is more of getting into the habit then learning. Once you get used to doing all this, it becomes second nature. Also if he is on any diabetes medications, make sure he is taking them as prescriped. If he isn’t on any, then talk to his doctor. There are oral medications that help lower/control diabetes, and if his sugar is that high for a extended period of time, they may need to put him on insulin until he gets control of his diet. Also getting him to see a nutritionist might help. Best of luck to you.

  9. QUESTION:
    What can I feed my diabetic cat?
    My 9yr. old male cat was recently diagnosed w/ feline diabetes. The vet said his sugar levels were off the chart. I’m wanting to try and get him on track with diet. My vet prescribed a special diabetic dry food, but all my research says I shouldn’t be giving dry food at all. I believe the research, and am planning on substituting 1 meal a day for wet food. Does anyone have any good recipes or store bought foods that they would recommend? And what about treats? I want to give him treats for being a good boy, esp. now that he is having to go through so many stressful changes and procedures.

    I appreciate any help with this issue. I’m very upset as you can imagine.

    • ANSWER:
      Be VERY careful with those foods the vets talk you into. Keep in mind that MANY vets are not properly informed on feline nutrition, even though they are indeed informed on medical care… Please read the information on this site, which will open up your eyes about feline food: http://www.catinfo.org/

      You are right about dry food. Your cat should probably be on a high quality wet cat food, such as wellness or Innova Evo. That link above will help teach you about the nutrition labels and show you what to look for in quality foods.

      I was told that my cat was “getting” diabetes and also had IBS at the same time. He’s been healthy since I put him on wet cat food months ago.

      Also, before you start on any medication, be sure to consult another vet. A second opinion is always good in a case like this.

  10. QUESTION:
    My boyfriend is Type 1 diabetic, and his sugars are out of control?
    Its rare that he will even test his sugars. I looked at his gluccmoter last night, and his levels seem to be an average of 400+. This is not good, at all I know. What can I do to help him keep his levels “normal” He wont go to the Dr’s. to get his A1C levels checked. Im at a loss and scared for him. This past March, he was admitted into ICU because his sugars were off the chart, way above 1000. Yeah, 1000. It wouldn’t even register on the gluccmoter, and he was in there for 3 days. Since he had gotten out, he has yet to go to the Dr. I am also afraid that this is leading to other health problems for him.

    :[
    What should I do? I know riding him about this will make him not want to go it, but I am at the point to where I am about to beat him over the head so that he doesn’t end up in ICU, let alone the hospital again.

    Since I know he will eat anything, and anything that I cook, should I just go get an ADA cook book and have him on a strict diet? He wont go to a diabetes educator, or anything. I feel so bad for him, but yet, if he doesn’t shape up, hell die.

    • ANSWER:
      His blood sugars are high enough that dieting alone is not going to work. He is going to have to go to the doctor and get on medication because he is slowly killing himself. These high blood sugars are destroying his kidneys, heart, nerves, every organ in his body and he won’t live long.
      Go to www.diabetes.com, it is the website for the American Diabetes Association and see what information you can get from them. It won’t hurt for you to read up on diabetes and try to prepare diabetic friendly meals for him, but I have a feeling he is going to be very uncooperative about trying to control his diet. Does he not realize that these blood sugars put him at high risk for a stroke or heart attack.
      Unfortunately,you can’t make a person seek medical treatment, but you can certainly nag him if he doesn’t and I would. I’m not sure I wouldn’t tell him you weren’t going to stay around and watch him die.

  11. QUESTION:
    I am a diabetic…question about diet?
    I usually test from 78-120 in my blood sugar level, but frequently get shaky and sweaty right before meals.
    im on a 2000 calorie, 75 carb per meal diet but i am frequently hungry in between meals
    im 200 pounds and am 5’9″ according to my bmi im overweight but i think that chart is !@$%@! because its mostly rippling muscle with a bit of belly fat(less than an inch really) I am a male
    Should my diet be raised in the future?
    I plan on getting the insilin pump, would this further my variety and freedom?
    I do not know if i am type 1 or type 2 yet either*
    well i entered the er with a blood sugar of >400 when i was diagnosed and an ac130 for around 9 so im pretty sure i am diabetic and since its in my family im guessing a type 1 bt wont know for sure for a couple months

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  12. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog having severe nose bleeds??!!?
    Ok recently, our 11 year old (female) Australian blue-heeler fell while trying to run some cattle back into their fence. Well a big knot swelled up on her back left leg, and she started acting very sickly, and one day she wouldn’t even eat at all! Well of course we cared her to the vet, and come to find out her sugar levels were off the charts. Our veterinarian diagnosed her with diabetes, and kept her for about a week, for treatment and observation. Also, come to find out, our vet found a mark on her front right leg, where she had been bitten by a spider!! So, our vet treated her for everything and we were finally able to bring her home yesterday because her insulin (sugar) levels had dropped back down to 166…which is good! Now we have to giver her insulin shots twice a day, and can only feed her a specific type of diabetic dog food. Anyway, yesterday she acted the best I’ve seen in a long while, however she was still a little tired (wouldn’t you be) and everything was fine. Her leg is still a little sore from where she fell, but it’s getting better, and the swellings going down now.

    [Here's the confusing part!!!]

    When I got home from school today, I went to see my mom at her office at the warehouse (were farmers) and our dog, Lady, was up there with her. My mom told me that Lady’s nose had bleed three times since 11:00 am, and the first time it happened my dad cared her back to our vet. They told us that she either broke a blood vessel in her nose, which is why it’s bleeding, or she could have gotten into rat poison. The weird thing is though, my mom’s been with her ALL day and she hasn’t seen Lady do anything to have hurt her nose and break a blood vessel, and there’s definitely no where around here for her to have gotten into rat poison. So a second ago, Lady’s nose started bleeding again (4th time today!) and my mom called our vet, and she told us the same thing as before, and then said that it could also be that Lady has a blood clot somewhere, and it’s trying to bleed itself out, and thus the reason why only the right side of her nose is bleeding. Our vet also said that if her nose was bleeding because of a clot in her somewhere, there was nothing we could do about it!

    We’ve had this dog since I was about 7 years old, and she’s been like a second mother to me, my sister, and my brother. She’s very protective over all of us, and is one of the best dogs anyone could ever ask for. (Sorry I’m getting off topic!)

    I would just really like to know if anyone has ever heard of a dog’s nose bleeding like this? Is it a common thing among Australian Blue Heelers? Has this ever happened to anyone else’s dog? Any information that someone has, would be VERY much appreciated.

    I can’t imagine Lady not being here, she’s just as much a member of our family as I am, and I love her just the same! Anyone who reads this, PLEASE pray for our dog Lady, I’m just not ready for her to leave us yet!

    Thanks to anyone who took the time to read and answer this, I just hope Lady’s going to be ok!
    Callie♥

    • ANSWER:
      I agree that it could be a tumor in the nasal canal or sinuses or even a bad sinus infection. The vet should do a thorough exam and x-rays of her head. Also,do your neighbors put out rodent poison? If the dog came across a mouse or rat that had been poisoned and ate it,then she would have ingested the poison.If that’s the case,your vet should have tested her blood for it and she should be on vitamin K.

      I have old dogs,too,and I have lost many old dogs over the years.I know how you feel.I hope that Lady recovers.

  13. QUESTION:
    Christians: Explain how your faith is “evidence”…-_-?
    My used-to-be-Christian friend had this thing called “faith”. And he that feeling of being “felt” by God like most of you seem to claim to have, too. Now, believe it or not, but only a minority of you “feel” God…

    My point is. My used-to-be-Christian friend became an Atheist due to the fact, that he finally realized, and his psychologist and general doctor agreed, that his feelings towards God became a placebo that just boosted his happiness level. It was actually a bad thing, because, even though he didn’t notice it was going on, somehow, he was going through depression at the same time (see analogy below).

    So, my question is… how do you know you don’t have what he had? Maybe the only difference was that he wasn’t as ignorant to what else it could’ve been.

    Analogy to above: The average, “correct” blood sugar to be at is 90. When a diabetic’s blood sugar gets too high (also low, but this is an example), then they have to take insulin to lower it. When that happens, the blood sugar will begin to drop, below 90 even, then they would have to take a slight amount of glucose to raise it a bit. If you looked at these like lines, they begin making a wave motion, from high above 90, to low below 90, to med above 90, to low below 90, and eventually, it balances out. Anyway, that’s my analogy to the “faith” and how it makes someone happy, then overly depressed, whether u notice it or not (believe it or not but it’s possible to pretend the depression isn’t there, then you won’t notice it, but you still go through symptoms).

    And, btw, I don’t want to offend any diabetics. I don’t know exactly what you go through to take care of your blood sugar, but I do know how the blood sugar chart works.
    Just to add: The 1st recommended category was R&S, the 2nd was Mythology and Folklore.
    @ No splash without Frog: That’s why there’re quotations around them.
    @Logan can’t think of a SN: I can’t tell if you realize this or not, but I’m an Atheist.
    @ The Brad: http://godisimaginary.com/i8.htm
    @Mohama Shat: You proved nothing… Belief isn’t evidence… evidence is evidence.
    @Seattle M’s: I don’t think you actually read my description. You answered with what I just explained is a fallacy. I recommend you read Rick Lev’s answer.
    @Word: I think I didn’t make my statement clear, and this goes to everyone. Read my analogy, and think of the “90″ line, as “happy”, Not average, but happy. Then think of what’s above it as more than happy, and below it as… not that happy. If you’re a normal person, who doesn’t use faith as a placebo, then you should be able to stay within the “happy zone” as long as possible, some things may bring you to become overly happy, but then the next day, the day isn’t as great, and you feel… well… not that happy. It’s normal. Or the other way around, you could feel sad one day, then something better happens, then you raise to become somewhat overly happy. Eventually, you’ll balance out again, and just become a happy person in general. It’s the same as what someone w/o diabetes goes through with their blood sugar, sometimes it’s slightly higher than what it’s supposed to be, then it droops downwards, then balances out. But, if it’s too drastic, like with what diabetics go thro

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I personally never feel God’s presence.. I’ve just seen his fingerprint in someone else’s life in things that were too much of a coincidence.. I don’t expect this to be enough to convert anyone, as other people’s claims have never been enough for me.. But seeing her life, and how things just always worked out for her as if someone was watching over her is why I personally believe.

      Either way, your logic makes no sense.. you’re basically saying we should never feel happiness because we’re going to feel depressed.. we should all be emotionless zombies.. great way to think. And I can’t believe a psychologist abuses his influence to push his own beliefs.

      You agree with him, so you don’t care.. but all he did was tell him to “Stop going to them for comfort.. stay here with me, and we’ll give you the right meds to fatten up our wallets. Let’s get you in that zombie mind state… stop feeling emotions and be level.”

      Psychiatry is another form of social control, taking away people’s individuality to be just like everyone else in the herd. And they make a killing pushing their drugs.. Some people are a real danger to society and/or themselves.. but most of that crap is bullshit

      I was labeled clinically depressed when I was younger and they got me on their pills, but I never took them because I didn’t want to depend on drugs to be happy. I just stopped going and dealt with it on my own.. and yes, I still get moments of depression, but I also have happier times too.. the same as anybody else.. I relied on myself to get better by always looking for positive, uplifting, empowering quotes, books, music, and movies, and those have helped a great deal..

      edit:
      OK, I misread you, sorry.. but either way, he’s unbalanced.. no matter what, he’s going to need something that tricks his mind into feeling better. If you take drugs to feel that happiness, it’s going to unbalance out just the same.. And if you do it on your own.. I’m still not a “happy” person today.. I just get by.. people are depressed because of a chemical imbalance.. their dopamine levels are lower than normal.. drugs can increase dopamine levels, but your brain has a set amount of dopamine, so regardless of what increases it, it’s going to be depleted just the same and take you down..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  16. QUESTION:
    How should i take creatine with my diabetes (type 1)?
    I have a question about taking creatine. Im a 16 year old type 1 diabetic and i previously ordered a CellTech Hardcore creatine, which has about 75g of sugar, if im correct. I was just wondering if anyone can correct me on how to take this product so that it doesnt affect my diabetes. If i take insulin (humulin) before i consume the creatine, would it help maintain my blood sugar level so that it would not go off the chart? i also read that insulin helps the creatine to go in the muscles so is taking insulin a must before consuming creatine?

    Thanks in advance! =)

    • ANSWER:
      Personally i think at 16 you are to ypoung to be using this? What is it you hope to gain through its use? One of the safety issues of it is renal problems which as a diabetic you already have an increased risk of. If you are seriously considering using creatine I would ask you to talk to your doctor before you take it as I do not know whether or not it has any effect on your medication. It is also more effective when used with high GI carbohydrates which will spike your blood glucose levels and are best avoided.
      See article below

  17. QUESTION:
    Diabetics: what would you do if your doctor…?
    I am a low-income Type 2 diabetic. I receive health care through a community clinic, so I am limited in my options.

    I have been seeing my new doctor since December last year. After getting my lab work back, he was relieved to see that my kidneys were fine. He asked how long I had been diabetic and then responded, “Oh, you haven’t been diabetic long enough to have kidney disease.” Like the simple fact that I am diabetic means that I’ll get diabetic complications. My A1c has been in the 5% range for YEARS.

    The last time I was there, he was so impressed with my A1c and blood sugar log that he told me that he thought I was misdiagnosed as diabetic. I was taken aback. When I was diagnosed, my A1c and random blood sugar were off the charts. There’s NO doubt that I am diabetic. I insisted that I am, told him why I thought so, and that I just work really hard to control my blood sugar, but he said, “I still think you may not be diabetic.”

    Right now I’m feeling like he’s a raging incompetent about diabetes. I know that beggars can’t be choosers and I should just be glad I have health care, but I’m sort of disgusted and wondering if I should request to switch doctors at the clinic or maybe go elsewhere. The only reason I’m reluctant is because I don’t want word of this getting back to him if I can’t switch and I don’t need any special treatment or an endo because I have good control. He’s “sufficient.” I was offended that he had so little faith in me, condemning me to kidney disease, and then I was another level of horrified when he said I wasn’t diabetic.

    What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, congrats on your exemplary glycemic control.

      I don’t have any statistics at hand but from talking to my GP, I get the impression that most diabetics do not have such good blood sugars.

      For instance, my GP told me I am the only diabetic patient with the clinic who has a 5% A1C.

      I think some doctors even believe that diabetics can never have normal blood sugars. Also in the past, diabetics invariably deteriorated because people knew a lot less about blood sugar management. But things have changed so much now, and as you yourself know, diabetics have so many tools to control their disease and not let it control them.

      We also know that the higher the A1C, the greater the risk of complications. Sadly, the risk never goes down to zero, no matter how good the A1C.

      Finally I’d like to suggest that if that doctor spends a lot of time working in low-income areas, it is likely he sees lots of poorly controlled diabetics who, for various reasons, end up eating a high carb diet. He probably sees them deteriorate quickly and thinks that everybody’s going to end up like that.

  18. QUESTION:
    Am I doomed?
    I know I’m a diabetic, but can do little to control it becoz of my profession. A couple of days ago a random blood sugar test showed a level of 440, the doc advised me to get my self checked up and a diet charted out at a biabetic clinic… but the difficulty is that without sweets I feel very uneasy with nausea and even headache, and I feel more normal after I’ve had a tofee or two…. I’ve told this to my doc but he rubbishes it…. but this is the fact… am I doomed? At present I’m not on any anti diabetic drugs, neither do I smoke or drink…

    • ANSWER:
      You have specfically asked … am i doomed…… the answer is yes …….you are doomed ……..if you do not change the style of your living and eating. T he reading 440 is too high , may be you are leading your self to the bundle of various life threatening diseases. Please listen to your doctor and do what he says , I do not know your age, your quota of taking sweets in your life is over. Please be serious , life is very beautiful, let it live that way, control your self before it is too late. Make your will power strong , your posting of this question in yahoo answer indicate that there is a will and you are worried and you want some bodies moral support from other than a doctor, Go ahead help your self and god will come and help you,
      God bless.

  19. QUESTION:
    Gearing up to TTC!!!???
    I am gearing up to begin TTC the end of September. I was just looking for tips and advice on natural ways of conceiving faster… Teas, exercises, herbs, positions, timing??? Has anyone had success with fertility/ovulation predictor kits???

    I have 1 son already he will be 4 soon. He was born Via emergency c-section… I am planning a VBAC. I have lost about 15 lbs…And begun working with a nutritionist to get my borderline glucose levels lower…(border line type 2 diabetic)…So I am not eating a lot of refined carbs or refined sugars! I have not had soda or caffeine (except naturally occurring caffeine) in over a month and a half! I am avoiding high fructose corn syrup, and Trans fat like the plague. And walking! My nutritionist is also a midwife…and has assured me that the reason I had my last cesarean should not be a problem for future births. I have also done extensive research into VBAC, as well as labor and birth as I am now studying to be a doula… (So please no comments about my choice of birth!) I have also been charting my BBT’s for a few months and plan to continue to do so through conception, though it has been difficult to pin point ovulation!

    Just looking for some tips, hints or advice!? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I have an ovulation calendar and that’s really all I needed. I used it with my first and got pregnant in less than 5 months, then I used it with my current pregnancy. We talked about it and decided to get pregnant, it took a month. I don’t think it was sheer luck, we followed what the calendar said and sure enough… it was very accurate. Other than that, I did nothing else. I could pass the calendar over to you if you’d like.. just let me know :o)


Dangerous Sugar Levels For Diabetics

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are considered dangerous blood sugar levels for diabetics?
    When is it considered too high and too low? And then when it is considered life-threatening? Do these levels change if you take certain medications or have certain diseases? Do they change depending on age or on weight, or both of these?

    Also, I know the basics of diabetics but if someone could provide more in-depth information explaining this stuff that would be great. (Don’t worry about it being too technical/advanced!)
    Specifically, Type 1 Diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      Levels over 140 mg/dL on a persistent basis can contribute to the onset of diabetic complications. Ideally, you would keep your blood sugar under this level throughout the day.

      Although blood sugar in the 60s isn’t dangerously low, any diabetic on insulin or a medication that can cause hypoglycemia needs to be concerned whenever seeing a number below 70 mg/dL. The reason is that the diabetic may be on a downward spiral to even lower blood sugar that IS dangerous.

      Healthy blood sugar does not depend on age or weight or disease, although doctors may be de-emphasize tight blood sugar control in certain people, such as children because of the focus on nutrition. In principle, the standards are the same for everyone, but physicians consider context when recommending how tight the control should be.

      Also of note is the A1c. The ADA recommends diabetics stay below 7%, but because of two (poorly executed) studies, doctors are now afraid of advocating for tighter control. Some are even saying that diabetics should stay below 8%. I happen to think that’s far too high for anyone of any age or condition to be at on a regular basis. I try to keep my A1c in the 5% range simply because that’s considered a non-diabetic A1c. My doctor thinks it’s radical, but I think I have the best chance of avoiding complications if my blood sugar is as normal as possible. There have also been studies showing a linear connection between a higher A1c and heart disease. The risk dropped the lower the A1c got.

      So, when thinking about what A1c you should aim for, take your doctor’s advice to heart, but also realize that they’re not as invested in your long-term health as much as they are preventing short-term hypoglycemia. Their fear is that you are inducing hypoglycemia to keep your blood sugar low or that you are starving yourself. If you are eating well and not really experiencing hypoglycemia, then you would probably be better off trying to get your A1c under 6% and as close to 5% as possible without compromising other areas of your health.

  2. QUESTION:
    Why is aspartame dangerous for diabetics? How does it affect one’s blood sugar level control?
    I’m doing a research paper on aspartame being a bad thing and I really need help. I know aspartame keeps blood sugar levels out of control, but HOW? I need an explanation badly. Thanks!

    and if u could include other reason why aspartame is not safe and explanations why, It’ll be of great help. =D

    • ANSWER:
      Aspartame is an artificial sweetener and is approximately 200 times sweeter than sucrose, or table sugar.Upon ingestion, aspartame breaks down into natural residual components, including aspartic acid, phenylalanine, methanol,and further breakdown products including formaldehyde and formic acid, accumulation of the latter being suspected as the major cause of injury in methanol poisoning. High levels of the naturally-occurring essential amino acid phenylalanine are a health hazard to those born with phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare inherited disease that prevents phenylalanine from being properly metabolized.because its breakdown products include phenylalanine, aspartame must be avoided by people with the genetic condition phenylketonuria (PKU).

      asprtme helps to contro blood sugar..
      it does not directly control blood sugar, but indirectly patient take lee amount of sugar, so diabetes is conrtolled.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is a high-protein diet dangerous for diabetics?
    On the one hand, one would think that a high-protein, low-carb diet would actually be the best diet for diabetics because meat, fish, and dairy products do not require (much) insulin and minimally impact resting blood sugar levels. On the other hand, one of the most common long-term complications from diabetes is kidney failure, and over time a protein-rich diet would place heavy demands on kidney functioning because of waste filtration of animal products. Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      I can give you a personal example of a very high protien (Adkins) diet where I actually had to stop taking my insulin because I was not eating enough carbs. I thought to myself that this is very odd, because I am a T1 and I have to take insulin to carry fuel to my cells for processing.

      I would suggest a low carb (and right carb) diet. Do not follow Adkins, but something like South Beach where it teaches you the correct carbs for your body.

      Good luck.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can any one get Diabetics, who does not have a family history of Diabetics?
    Is it possible to get affected by diabetics who is not having a history of the same in his family? I mean, wheather it is a disease purely controlled by genes or heridity or any one can got affected? I am 40 years of age and there is no diabetic history in my family. Recently when I checked the blood sugar using a glucco meter it showed more than 3 times the normal blood sugar level. Is it dangerous to not to go for medical assistance? or can it be cured by controlling food only?

    • ANSWER:
      Causes of diabetes is multifactoral. It involve interaction of our gene and our diet and lifestlye. People with family history of diabetes is more prone to get diabetes compared to those without family history especially if he/she do not control their diet, take sugar excessively and seldom exercise. But if they control their diet and avoid sugar, they might not get diabetes eventhough they have family history.

      To determine whether you have diabetes, you have to take blood during fasting, usually in the morning before breakfast. If you take blood half an hour after meal then your blood sugar will be high eventhough you dont have diabetes. The glucometer reading usually not so accurate as the result given by analyser in the hospital laboratory. If you are worried, please see a doctor and do a fasting blood glucose. Only then you can tell whether you have diabetes or not.

  5. QUESTION:
    Diabetic and eating anything i want!?
    hello everyone

    i have diabetes type1, for about 4 months now, and what i have heard from people around that diabetics should eat healthy food no sugar blablabla etc etc…

    that what i did first 2 months, then after some experiments on my self(after knowing how to calculate carbs and how much it raises sugar in my blood), what i do is i just take extra insulin and eat whatever i want without letting my blood sugar to raise high, i even sometimes eat cake donuts and whatever.

    i mean diabetes is all about not letting your blood sugar to raise to dangerous levels so what i think is what I’m doing safe.

    what do you think?
    Hello again,

    Thank you for your answers here is some of my replies.

    *to Stingray: you are right about what you said, but to be honest eating steamed vegetable and broiled chicken breast all your life isn’t a healthy choice too, you u’ll need to go sometimes with your friends and eat a burger with them, maybe a coffee with a donut:), im not saying all the time, but from time to time, you wont get frustrated, and make you happier.

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    *to Laurie Winston: sweets are actually LOADED with calories, that’s why people stop or take less when they want to lose some weight

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    *to Lyn Kiefer: thank you for your answer, you can’t compare thyroid medication to insulin intake, and you are comparing two different whole diseases that has nothing to do with each other, insulin is hormone central to regulating carbohyd
    *to Lyn Kiefer: thank you for your answer, you can’t compare thyroid medication to insulin intake, and you are comparing two different whole diseases that has nothing to do with each other, insulin is hormone central to regulating carbohydrate and fat metabolism in the body.

    its made by a healthy pancreas, Insulin causes cells in the liver, muscle, and fat tissue to take up glucose from the blood, storing it as glycogen in the liver and muscle.

    and more insulin intake that means you need to take more carbs or food, the only risk im getting here is gaining weight, and im pretty sure that i need more weight, plus i work out to get some bigger muscles, and a 2000 calories diet as my doctor described for me, i mean come on… i would be losing wight.

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    *to JJ2007: Yes im aware of the risks, but im doing it right and that whats matter, its like getting your self an insulin pump that do the exact same job.

    im controlling my disease, and i check my bl
    im controlling my disease, and i check my blood sugar always after all meals and before, and by the way we all know that more insulin intake that means you need to eat more so your blood sugar wont go too low.

    its not like im eating 5 meals of burgers when i go to lunch to get my self to “The Biggest Loser” TV show! as you said, and i work out 4 days a week, and btw i feel even more healthy than i have ever been when i started to do what im doing.

    i dont recommend people doing this at home because i really dont know if they can count it right so they might hurt them selfs if they take the wrong dosage and they might dont know what to do.
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    * to TheOrange Evil: yes i do get sometimes low blood sugar, but i know the symptoms and i know what to do, but low blood sugar does’nt hurt you like high blood sugar does in long way, its only temporary till you eat something to get it in healthy range.

    so im not worrying about that, im just trying not to get my blood sugar high, so sometime i do even take more dosage just to make sure.

    * to Addy N: thank you very much for your answer, i feel much better now ^_^

    best of luck.

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    * to Tabea: thank you, you just gave us some great information here.

    Best of luck :)

    • ANSWER:
      There is no reason why a Type 1 should not eat whatever they like, as long as they count their carbs correctly and bolus accordingly.

      The only issues are the following:

      - Insulin causes weight gain for some people. But if you don’t have an issue with weight gain, then this is not relevant to you.

      - The law of small numbers. The less carb you eat, the less insulin you will need, and the less the chance of highs and lows.

      It is all about moderation. If you count your carbs properly, and test a lot, and your A1C is ok, then please continue with what you are doing. Being diabetic doesn’t mean you should be condemned to boring steamed vegetables and grilled chicken breast. (Quite aside from the fact that dietary fat is not the issue at all!!) But it just means that you cannot just shove anything in your mouth without thinking first about its effect on your blood sugar. As long as that is properly managed, bon appetit!

  6. QUESTION:
    Would a bloodhound make a better service dog than a lab?
    I have Type 1 diabetes and am unable to feel when I get hypoglycemic (when my blood-sugar drops to a dangerous level).

    There is an organization called Dogs for Diabetics that train, most commonly labs, to smell when their owners’ blood-sugar drops and alerts them.

    I do a lot of intense outdoor activities as I’m working towards becoming a wildlife photographer, and not being able to feel when my sugars get low means I’m constantly having to check, and checking your blood-sugar in the middle of the forest or in a river just is a pain in the neck and not the easiest thing to do.

    The organization will either give you a trained dog or you can bring your own puppy and they will train both you and your dog together.

    I would like to adopt my own dog as I feel it would be more intune with me if we trained together, also the already trained dogs are VERY expensive and though my family has offered to pay I would still like to go through training myself.

    Here’s my question, I’m wondering if it has to do with the dogs sense of smell, wouldn’t a bloodhound be perfect for the job? Or are they too easily distracted? I feel if it was trained from a puppy, and with the amount of activity I do daily, it would do great.

    What are your opinions? Is a lab better? Or would a bloodhound do fine? I realize it depends mostly on the individual, but just as a generalization?

    Thanks!
    I’m also very fond of the American Pit Bull Terrier, but I’ve never heard of one as a service dog.

    • ANSWER:
      The biggest factor when choosing a service dog candidate is the temperament of the individual dog. Could a bloodhound be a service dog? I’m sure it’s possible. I’m sure there are individuals out there that make great service dogs. Would it be my first choice? No, because there are going to be less individuals within the breed that have all the necessary qualities.

      APBTs can make great service dogs. I have a friend who had one, and Cajun was an incredible SD. Under the new regs put out by the ADA in March, service dogs are exempt from BSL. But, local law enforcement doesn’t always know that, nor do they always care. Denver has rather publicly snubbed its nose at the law and said that they will not change their ban to allow bully SDs, and they don’t care what the feds say. Yes, they will loose in a federal court. But, I’m not willing to take that risk and potentially put my partner’s life in danger. My service dog is 1/2 rottie but looks nothing like it. He looks like a Newfoundland mix or a Bermese Mountain dog mix, or to people that really know breeds….like a Leonberger.

      When choosing the candidate, its really best to have a trainer who knows what to look for pick the dog out for you. You want, no, need, to take the heart factor out of the equation. It’s way too easy to fall in love with a sweet puppy that doesn’t have the right qualities to be a SD. I also wouldn’t narrow myself down to a specific breed. You could miss the perfect dog that way.

      Mariah…

      Yes, they have to be disabled. But, the ADA specifically says that the determination of disability is made without the use of other accommodations for the exception of determining blindness. So, if the diabetes is disabling without any other means of management, then it is disabling and she is eligible for a service dog.

      “Mitigating measures are steps that can be taken by an individual to reduce or eliminate the effect of a disability, like medication, devices or exercise. In a recent case, the US Supreme Court ruled that mitigating measures should be taken into account when determining whether or not an individual has a disability entitled to protection under the ADA. The high court’s ruling was at odds with EEOC rulings, which had held that mitigating measures should not be part of the consideration. As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision, many people who should have been protected under the ADA no longer had a condition which qualified as a disability under the Act.

      The ADAAA rejects the Supreme Court’s ruling and returns to the EEOC’s interpretation. Mitigating measures which help (or benefit) a person’s condition may no longer be considered when determining whether or not an individual has a qualifying disability. However, mitigating measures that create additional limitations for those with disabling conditions may be considered.

      There is one type of beneficial mitigating measure that may be considered: the use of ordinary eyeglasses or contact lenses.”

      http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/legal/defining-disability-ada-amendments.php

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      Mariah….

      The reason I didn’t address it is because she described asymptomatic hypoglycemia which is a condition that I can not imagine ever not being disabling. Hypoglycemia, if not treated fairly quickly, leads to hypoglycemic shock, which is most definitely disabling….actually deadly. Remember, the ADA-AA says that if a condition is episodic and the person is disabled during an episode, the person is disabled. A person in hypoglycemic shock is most definitely disabled. A person with hypoglycemia is going to go into hypoglycemic shock if it is not caught. A person with asymptomatic hypoglycemia is not going to know they are hypoglycemic without some sort of mitigating factor. That said, asked….I can’t tell you for sure as I don’t know you. I’m just going off your question. You do need to talk to your doctor. Also, since you are going through a program, you will have to have your doctor submit paperwork proving your disability.

      Now, Asker…please listen….Having a service dog is FAR from a magic bullet. Dogs are living creatures and they make mistakes. They miss alerts. You will miss an alert. They get sick and hurt. Having a service dog can also be a PIA at times. If you do meet the ADA definition of disabled, I’d join some sort of online service dog community and read, read, read. Get an idea of what it is like to be us. It is not for everyone.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use creatine supplements?
    Hey there,

    So I am not a big eater and I rarely consume proteins, that’s why going to the gym doesn’t do me well, at least not in the short term. I’m not a patient guy, and I’m looking for something that’s going to make a noticeable improvement rather quickly. I refrain from taking steroids and all that crap, though, because I know how dangerous they are. I’m not looking to become a hulk, but I want to shape and define my body with muscles, rather than fats. I’m 170cm and 73kgs, so I’m a bit overweight, at least according to the BMI calculator. I have some fats in parts like the belly and the bottom. Not much, but still, I’d like to lose all that and turn it into muscles, of course biceps, triceps, pecks, etc. included.

    The problem is that I am diabetic (type 1) and I would like to know what are side effects of creatine use, especially for a diabetic. I read that it requires you to consume a lot of water and causes a bit of dehydration. I know for a fact that diabetics already have to drink lots of water in order to maintain sugar level in the blood.

    Any advice is appreciated. I really am looking to shape and define my body with muscles, but NOT bulk up and look fat.

    • ANSWER:
      Unless your kidney function is impaired you should already be making the right amount of creatine and if you are not then it should be managed by a doctor.

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

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

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