Blood Glucose Levels For Diabetics

What is the Cause of Diabetes?

In type 2 diabetes, high blood sugar levels occur when glucose is prevented, to a significant degree, from entering cells of the body, notably liver, muscle, and fat cells. This is caused by a “short circuit” in the insulin signaling pathway, a cascade of highly specific chemical reactions that allow insulin to fulfill its role as the facilitator of glucose transport through the cell walls. Insulin is produced by the pancreas in response to elevated blood glucose levels; once it enters the blood, it signals the body’s cells to take up the excess glucose until normal levels are restored.

When insulin molecules bind to the insulin receptors on cell walls, tiny molecular “gates” open up and allow glucose molecules to pass through. If this system is impaired, the gates don’t respond adequately to the insulin signal, thus preventing the glucose from entering the cell. This condition, which is a common consequence of obesity, is called insulin resistance, and it’s both a harbinger and a symptom of diabetes. With insulin resistance, glucose levels in the blood remain high, a very dangerous condition in the long run. The pancreas tries to compensate by making more insulin, but this works only for so long. Eventually, the pancreas becomes overburdened and starts making less insulin. That’s when things go from bad to worse.

One of the most exciting recent discoveries in health is cinnamon and its effects on blood sugar (glucose) levels. The positive effect of cinnamon on blood sugar were discovered by accident at the USDA testing center in Maryland where scientists were testing the effects of various foods on blood sugar (glucose) levels. They were surprised when good ol’ apple pie actually helped lower glucose levels.


Blood Glucose Levels Hypoglycemia

Diabetic Coma is a medical emergency state. The person who suffers from diabetes mellitus is comatose. It means the person is in unconscious state. It is describing one of the acute complications of diabetes.

  • severe diabetic hypoglycemia,
  • diabetic ketoacidosis advanced enough to result in unconsciousness from a combinations of severe hyperglycemia, dehydration, shock and exhaustion,
  • Hyperosmolar nonketotic coma relating to hyperglycemia and dehydration and causing unconsciousness.

Based on medical context, the term diabetic coma relates to the diagnostical dilemma posed while a physician is confronting with an unconscious patient. Noting can add about the unconsciousness except the patient has diabetes. Therefore, a state of unconsciousness leads a person to a risk prone condition of brain damage or death; it happens due to severe constant fluctuations in the sugar levels. This unconscious state is known as diabetic coma. There are many causes behind diabetic coma. It has symptoms and treatments also.

The early symptoms can lead to diabetic coma if these are not treated. These can be

  • increased thirst,
  • increased urination,
  • weakness,
  • drowsiness,
  • headache,
  • Restlessness,
  • Inability to speak and
  • Paralysis


Blood Glucose Levels Chart

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know if there is a chart anywhere on the internet comparing blood glucose levels and HgA1c levels?

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.metrika.com/3medical/hemoglobin-m.html

      That has what you’re looking for :)

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the physiological effects of high/low blood glucose levels, with their corresponding levels.?
    I am looking for a picture/chart/article that can give a list of blood glucose levels and the corresponding physiological effects. (i.e. 10 mg/dL – coma….. 40 mg/dL impaired judgment…. 125 mg/dL organ damage.) Anything that can put me in the right direction to find this information is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  3. QUESTION:
    How do blood glucose levels compare with UK and USA scales?
    Is there a handy conversion chart for the two systems? For example what would a reading of 8.3 in the UK show as with the American scale? Thanks.

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  4. QUESTION:
    I think I am pre-diabetic. Where do I find information on what are normal blood glucose levels?
    I bought a home blood glucose testing kit with a lancet device.
    My levels with fasting and after eating are ranging from about 5.8 to 6.9.

    I am unable to find any chart with information as to what is diabetes and what is pre-diabetic and what is hypoglycemia. I am confused!

    Any information you have is greatly appreciated!!
    I actually don’t need the blood levels such as 200ml’s.

    I need information about the blood levels from a home blood glucose monitoring kit.

    My range is from 5.8 to 6.9 before and after meals.

    There was no chart or information in the kit about what is norma to what is diabetes.

    Thanks!!! : ‘ ).

    • ANSWER:
      with the degree of inaccuracy of home testing meters, you should go see the doctor for blood work up.

      5.8 x 18 = 104
      american:
      65 to 100 is normal fasting for most
      101 to 125 is prediabetic
      126 and above is fully diabetic

      european:
      3.6 to 5.5 is normal fasting
      5.6 to 6.9 is prediabetic
      7 and up is fully diabetic

      Realize that there isn’t any standards for accuracy of meters!! They can be off more than 25% and still be said to be accurate!

      We use meters tested against the lab reports to see what our meter’s accuracy is. When the lab draws the blood, check with home meter you are going to be using. Then look at the lab results page to see how accurate your meter is. Make the correction calculations accordingly.

      I have one meter that is 25 american points high!! So if it reads 65, I need to have the ambulance in the drive way!

      Just be a good kid and make an appointment with the doctor for a blood work up and maybe also a Glucose Tolerance Test. This will tell you for sure if you are becoming diabetic!

      Change your lifestyle habits!! Walk or bike more! Eat fewer of the goodies of life including breads, cereals, pastas, rices, and some veggies! Eat more green leafy salad stuffs!
      In other words: Be kind to your bod and make it last longer!!

  5. QUESTION:
    Is 5.2 mmol/L a good blood glucose level?
    for a 21 year old male? Also is there some sort of chart that shows different levels?

    • ANSWER:
      Normal range in UK values is between 4.0mmol/L and 7.5mmol/L.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is this level high for my husbands blood glucose level?
    I am 7 months pregnant and am being monitored for gestational diabetes where i have to use a monitor to test my blood two hours after breakfast/lunch/dinner oh…and when i wake up in the morning.I fill in a chart to take to the doctor to asses my diet etc..
    Anyway the chart has e.g 5.5 for morning reading 7.0 for lunch And dinner doctor told me it would be best if i was below these readings.
    My husband decided to test today and he got a reading of 7.6 he now thinks he has diabetes .
    Is that a high reading? or are those numbers just for someone with gestational diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      If a fasting test , Yes it points to Diabetes.

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

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

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

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

      Tin

  7. QUESTION:
    My blood glucose level in the morning was too low….?
    Hi there, 21 year old male. took a lancet test with a colour chart, before eating a meal last night and 99% sure it was at 2.2mmol/l. I took it again this morning after waking up, and it came up in the 2.2. again. Iv suffered with the symptoms of diabetes now for few years, but the doc doesnt seem to think anything is wrong.

    My symptoms include:

    Constant Thirst most days,
    Blurred Vision,
    Irregular looking stools (never solid and very “orange-ish” in colour)
    Always feeling tired and feel like i have no energy,
    had 2 UTI’s in the space of 6 months.
    Regular Thrush

    Im lost as to what to do now as im fed up of feeling rubbish all the time.

    • ANSWER:
      Low blood sugar is definitely NOT a symptom of diabetes. It is counter-indicative. That is hypoglycemia. Eat a snack before bed. The doctor should be concerned about the recurring infections. You need more blood work.

  8. QUESTION:
    3 year old with Low protein levels and High Glucose levels?
    My son has these problems going on. He has been under 5% on growth chart for the past 2 years, blood work has been done and it showed low protein levels and high glucose levels. we are scheduled to do a glucose screening as well as see an endocrinologist, but I just wondered of anyone had experienced the same situation and could help give some advice. We are under the care of a pediatrician, but she hasnt really been able to explain much until all areas and test are completed, thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry that he is having to go through all of these tests.

      My son is now 5. He has always been small (around 5% in height and weight) and we had all of the tests and they turned out normal–his daddy and I are not big either. The doctor suggested that we give him boost or pedia-sure. My son is healthy just not big. I hope that they can find a way to help your son get all of his levels where they need to be and quick.
      Take care and good luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    blood sugar level/glucose?
    well a doctor said i should buy a diabeties meter as she thinks im fasting glucose or something like that,not sure if it makes sense as i couldnt understand her much.Whats the best times of testing myself? like before meals or after ?? does anyone have some advice and maybe even some sort of chart i could print out and write my results in as iv googled this but there all so confuseing!

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

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

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

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

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

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

      To learn more about diabetes >http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.php

      Good luck

      Tin

  10. QUESTION:
    Is it dangerous to administer Glucogen Intravenously?
    I’m a Type 1 Diabetic. Let’s say that my blood glucose level is 17mg/dL. Intravenous injection would work within 60 seconds according to the charts and may prevent a seizure. Will my Endocrinologist teach me how to administer Glucogen this way? The kit says that it is able to be administered this way. BTW I’m 14.

    • ANSWER:
      If your glucose is a 17 you are not going to be able to do anything much less hit a vein.

      Jenn

  11. QUESTION:
    Nurses/Students…Duties question for you?
    I am a Pre-Med student and am working towards a degree in Microbiology and Immunology. That said, I have to pay for everything myself, and the cost of living where I live is extraordinarily high. Scholarships and bursaries offer only a fraction of my total need.

    Right now, I am working at a care facility and essentially performing a very basic nursing job (L.P.N./L.V.N in the U.S.) . I give meds, apply nitro patches, chart, take vitals, monitor blood glucose levels in diabetic Residents, do rounds, check on oxygen machines, cathetors, etc. So far I am enjoying working with the clients and am finding the job a great hands on experience.

    Since I am not certified, I make well, crap. I need to make more and work less as my classses become more intense. I am planning to get my L.P.N. diploma (certificate in some places) so I can work doing this while completing my pre-med studies.

    What sorts of duties would I have in an *acute care* setting? I want to make sure I have options.
    I want to make sure it is worth taking the time to obtain an L.P.N. diploma. I can complete it in a little over a year and receive a partial bursary. With it, I can make – per hour while in school, but I want to know if I can work in an acute (hospital setting), which I prefer, and what my duties would be. I live in Canada. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Your duties would be about the same as you are doing now except you will be in an ICU which will be a more demanding job due to the degree of the patient’s illness.

  12. 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!

  13. QUESTION:
    I did a home diabetes test and…?
    I did a diabetes test at home but i’m confused with the results. It was an 8 hour fasting glucose test using blood to test glucose levels but on the chart it says 72-108mg/dl is normal but on every internet site i went to it said between 70-100 is normal and that above 100 is not normal. It also said that anything up from 144mg/dl was diabetes but on the internet sites they say above 126… is that right?

    Secondly my test was a darker colour than the 108mg/dl level on the chart but it wasn’t as dark as the 144mg/dl which they said to be diabetes. My level could be anywhere from 109-143 but i have no idea where, what should i do? I’m 13 years old and my mum and dad will never take me to the doctors, i also took two tests and both tests gave me this result, any advice? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are using test strips without a meter, they are total unreliable, and very difficault to read.

      Buy a cheap glucose meter, you can get a meter and test strips for less than dollars. They have digital displays and will give you a number.

      Less than 126 mg/dl is the criteria for a non-diabetic result on a fasting test.

      70-100 is the normal result a non-diabetic gets.

      So one a criteria for diagnosing diabetes and the other is the range of results for non-diabetics.

      Fasting blood glucose can be normal for pre-diabetics, and new diabetics.

      A more sensitive test is to test your blood sugar 2 hours after eating. Anything over 170 could mean diabetes.

  14. QUESTION:
    Stocking up on testing strips?
    What is the most cost effective way to stock up on blood glucose testing strips? It can be any kind of strips as long as they have the ability to read my blood sugar levels without being extremely inaccurate. Would ordering the older, visual strips(the ones where you compare the color on the strip to the color chart on the bottle) be my best bet because you can cut them in three and therefore
    triple how many strips you have? What are the cheapest kind of strips? Again, simply put, what is the most cost effective way to stock up blood glucose testing strips?
    Uh, no, the visual strips aren’t just for testing urine. Yes, there are visual strips for testing ketones but if you knew anything about the history of diabetic treatment you would know that there are visual testing strips for testing your blood sugar as well. Look it up on google. They were very popular in the 80′s and while not very many diabetics in North America use them anymore they still exist.

    And secondly, I am not interested in your opinion on the ethics or practicality of stocking up on medical supplies; I am only interested in an answer to my question.

    • ANSWER:
      The older, visual strips only measure sugar in the URINE. One’s blood sugar has to be quite high for sugar to spill into the urine. The urine strips were used because they were better than nothing.

      The money that you’d save from buying and using these strips would be considerably less than the cost of having to go on dialysis and other complications of diabetes.

      It’s not a particularly good idea to stock up on most medical supplies. In the case of urine testing strips, they expire, that is, they won’t work reliably after a period of time. In the case of actual glucose monitoring strips, you have to take into account the risk of having to get a new monitor which won’t accept the old strips.

  15. QUESTION:
    C-Section or No c-section?
    With my first son, born November 20, 2006, we ended up having to go with the c-section.
    A little history:
    With my first pregnancy, I had blood pressure issues (at one point I hit 190 over 156). I also had gallbladder problems start up to the point that I required surgery after birth. My son was born 8 days early after we decided to induce. However, I have issues with pain killers. 9 times out of 10…they do not work for me. The epidural did not work, they tried other things, but nothing worked. 26 hours of hard labor, and I was only 3 centimeters dilated so the doctor gave me the option of a c-section. I went for it. We went in, got things started, my husband was with me. They began to draw their line, and I giggled because it tickled. The anesthesiologist then decided to put me under, kicked my husband out of the room, and I was the last one in my family to hold my newborn son.

    With this one, another boy due September 18, 2010, I have had a whole different set of issues. No gallbladder problems, though that pain is sometimes there, especially if I do not take Tums before I eat. No blood pressure problems. As a matter of fact, my blood pressure has stayed pretty perfect. However, I have gained no weight, actually lost 23 pounds in my first trimester/beginning of the second and have gained nothing since. I have done all of the blood work. However, my glucose levels came up high, and I have been unable to complete the 3 hour glucose test for gestational diabetes due to a VERY sensitive stomach.

    Through out all of this, my first son was born perfectly healthy, and this one so far to seems to be perfectly healthy as well. When I was 16 weeks the doctor did an in office ultrasound and even found that my umbilical cord was one of the healthiest he had ever seen. So, my children are very healthy, even if I am not.

    Now, my husband and I have recently began to talk about c-sections. My doctor has me slated for a repeat c-section on his chart, and the idea makes me nervous because of my body’s non-reaction to the pain killers. (I have also heard way to many stories about doctors switching babies by accident and what not and am a bit paranoid.) I know that my husband will not be able to be in the room with me if they have to knock me out again. I was also hoping to try for a natural birth this time, however my husband is worried about whether or not I will be able to handle the pain. To be honest, I would agree with him as I am a bit nervous myself. But I still find myself iffy on things. I have looked up all of the advantages and disadvantages of both, and both make me very nervous. What would all of you suggest?

    • ANSWER:
      FYI – we kick out the husbands for GA for a variety of reasons. He is there to support you, and if you are asleep, you don’t need support. GA is also rather risky; things can go very bad, very quickly, and husbands do not need to be in the way, or witnessing that if it happens.

      Now, for your question. Some people have anatomy that makes regional anesthetics, particularly epidurals, not work well. That might be your case. A spinal is more likely to work, and that is what you’d get for an elective repeat C-section.

      If your glucose is high, you run the risk of having a large baby, and that makes a VBAC more risky, and more likely to end up in a C-section. Just something to consider. A planned elective C/S will be a much nicer experience than an urgent or emergent one.

      Your baby won’t be switched. They’re identified with two bands before they leave the OR. No other babies will be in the OR to be switched with yours.

  16. QUESTION:
    BMI and Glucose for tall athletic women?
    I had surgery for Veins in my legs and my glucose level testing came up as 115. Seems it was high… Taken again a month later it was 92 was much better. Today it is 90 not fasting. Is this OK I am 6 ft tall and a very strong athletic women?
    ALSO,
    Do doctors consider body types for women whom are taller/bigger bones in with BMI charting. All BMI’s I see say I am way over weight six feet at 190. Seems all charts measure women that are smaller body frames than a tall athletic women. I so sick of this.. I am fit and strong I don’t look over weight. I lost alot of weight one time and felt weak.. What is going on out there with all this body stuff. I am just a strong athletic lady with good Blood pressure and fitness. Any ides were to look? thanks folks

    • ANSWER:
      Stress and pain can drive up glucose levels and the 92 and 90 non fasting are ok numbers. Some doctors do look at body type, my doctor does not think the BMI chart is reasonable for anyone who is athletic. She is not into anorexic patients and she is tall and skinny but the BMI chart says she is overweight.

  17. QUESTION:
    Protein in the urine with a urinary tract infection?
    I went to my health clinic yesterday to get a urinary tract test done. I’m certain I have one (from the intense pain and blood in the urine), but my doctor wasn’t clear as she said “well, it looks like you have one”. Both there and on an at-home test I received a normal nitrite reading, but protein was off the charts. I looked on her paper and saw 2000+++ written down. She told me to come back today for bloodwork, to check for glucose levels in the blood- I guess since she did say it is characteristic of diabetes. What could be the cause of all the protein? And the urinary tract infection? I’ve never been more confused in my life.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, protein levels increase when you have a UTI (God, I know they hurt!) and mine are usually very high when I get them – basically, your infection spread from your UT to the kidney as well – so your kidney is no longer processing the protein the way it is intended to. No worries, some serious antibiotics and a couple more tests will show it’s cleared up most likely.

  18. QUESTION:
    Just now found out ive got daibetes, im 16 ..read details?
    kinda sucks, just now tested my blood and turns out my glucose level is at 506… and the average level is 90-120 or somthing…. can anyone give me a good eating chart involving fruits?

    • ANSWER:
      So, aside from the obvious that everyone else stated about your 506 and all that, here’s my take.

      I know exactly how you feel. I was diagnosed at 17, 2 days after my senior year of high school started. Here’s what I learned in terms of eating though.

      You can eat whatever you want. Period. The key is to know how it affects your blood sugar, and take the appropriate amount of insulin for the carbs. Here’s the caveat on that: just because you can eat what you want, doesn’t mean you should. That’s true for all people though.

      An extra that I learned the hard way: ALWAYS carry a form of glucose with you, AND insulin and syringes, just in case.

      Eventually this will be mostly second nature to you, but there are still times when I think “Man, this sucks!” Hang in there, and eventually someone will figure out how to cure us of this thing.

  19. 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.

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  20. QUESTION:
    Please help. nursing student. q about diabetes and skin integrity?
    when a person has diabetes are there any noticible signs in their skin integrity?
    normal healthy skin is charted as: pink warm and dry

    in diabetes i’m unclear about how the skin is affected on a cellular level. i read somewhere that healing is slower because of poor circulation. How is the circulation poor? i know about excess glucose levels and osmotic pressure in the blood, and i understand them but im really curius as to what effect type one diabetes has on blood CIRCULATION and how this affects the skin. Thank you so much in advance for taking the time to answer this.p

    • ANSWER:
      Good question. To address the poor circulation part of your question:
      Simply put hyperglycemia is elevated blood glucose levels as you already know. The excess glucose molecules in your blood can attach to varies types of proteins thus altering there shape and structure. The operation of proteins is based upon there shape so if it is altered in any way you are altering the purpose of that protein making it ineffective. Changes in these proteins results in the thickening of blood vessels making them less elastic. This eventually leads to atherosclerosis. This condition causes poor circulation because your blood vessels are now less efficient at pumping the blood to the varies body parts in need such as the skin. When you get a wound, the “healing” agents come directly from the blood. Therefore, atherosclerosis leads to poor circulation which leads to a delay in the time the “healing” agents get to the wound which ultimately slows the healing process. Diabetes is also capable of producing various skin lesions such as diabetic dermopathy, folliculitis, boils, carbuncles, etc. These are all caused by the poor circulation from atherosclerosis. These are of course mostly from poorly controlled diabetes. I hope this helps!

  21. QUESTION:
    Charting baby’s movements… 28 weeks?
    Hi Ladies. I hope everyone is doing well! I had my 28 week appointment yesterday and am so happy to report everything was great. My blood pressure was good, 122/60. Fundal height was 28cm, spot on. My glucose test came back with a blood sugar level of 104. And our little guy’s heart rate was 136. So far I’ve gained 14.2 lbs so they were very happy with my vitals.

    So now that I’m in the third trimester they’re asking me to chart the movements of our baby. I have do this around the same time each day and write down what time I start, count 10 movements and then note what time the last one occurred to show how long it took for 10 movements. Well, my little guy is VERY active. When I did this yesterday, it only took him 3 1/2 minutes to make 10 movements.

    I just wanted to know: how long does take for you to feel your baby make 10 movements (not including hiccups or other involuntary movements)?

    Also, they encouraged me to do this during a time when he’s most active. I think when I laid down for bed last night I could have counted 10 movements in a minute!
    Just thought I’d add that my mid wife did say that they’re only really concerned if there’s no movement in 6 hours or less than 10 movements in one day. I just wanted to know what the average was for other mothers to be. =D

    • ANSWER:
      I will be starting this next week. My doctor doesn’t make me write down the time though. I started to try this this week to see what it was like and I get 10 movemtents in less than 5 minutes. I counted for about 30 minutes once and got 60 movements.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is my A1C result too low?
    A few weeks ago I had a routine blood test and heard from my doctor that my glucose level was a little high (102) so he had me come back in for more testing to make sure that I was not developing diabetes.

    I took a non-fasting blood test and found out my glucose was 79 and my A1C was 3.5. The nurse told me that 3.5 is the lowest she’d ever seen and I can see from charts available on the internet that normal range starts at 4.5.

    I have to go back to the doctor next week, but in the meantime I’m kind of nervous. What can this mean?
    My first test was fasting. The second test was not (I’d had a glass of chocolate milk around 9am, test took place around 11:30am).

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    What kind of trouble am I in if my AST and ALT levels are way too high?
    As an obese 17 year old teen , I’ve recently taken a blood test and everything seemed to come back within a healthy range (cholesterol, glucose, sodium, etc.), but my AST and ALT numbers are off the charts.

    My reference range for the AST is 12-32 U/L but my current number is 89.

    The reference range for the ALT is 8-46 U/L but my number is 234 (yes, you read that number correctly)

    What kind of trouble am I in? I’ve recently been diagnosed with ADD and the medicine has acted as a sort of appetite suppresant (the medicine was not what caused the high ALT or AST numbers), so I’m hoping to be able to start a stable physical and mental journey.

    Oh and I forgot to mention that I have not been diagnosed with any health issues other than my ADHD.

    Thanks for the help people!

    • ANSWER:
      Elevation of the ALT (Alanine aminotransferase) enzyme is specific for a liver problem. The AST (Aspartate aminotransferase) increase is not liver specific. You may exhibit yellowish coloration in your palms or the white of the eye may appear yellow to some extent. Visit your doctor to diagnose and manage your condition.
      The reasons for an increase in the ALT levels could be:
      1. hepatocellular disease (a disease affecting the liver cells)
      2. Active cirrhosis (inflammation of the iner structures of the liver)
      3. Obstructive jaundice (When the bile duct that transfers substances from the liver to the intestines is closed)
      4. Hepatitis (Inflammed liver)
      5. Drugs such as (phenytoin,, valproate,, rifampicin, statins, glitazones)
      6. ALCOHOL

      Good Luck

  24. 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.

  25. 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..

  26. 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.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is this level high for my husbands blood glucose level?
    I am 7 months pregnant and am being monitored for gestational diabetes where i have to use a monitor to test my blood two hours after breakfast/lunch/dinner oh…and when i wake up in the morning.I fill in a chart to take to the doctor to asses my diet etc..
    Anyway the chart has e.g 5.5 for morning reading 7.0 for lunch And dinner doctor told me it would be best if i was below these readings.
    My husband decided to test today and he got a reading of 7.6 he now thinks he has diabetes .
    Is that a high reading? or are those numbers just for someone with gestational diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      That reading is over the normal 6, however it does depend on what your husband has had to eat. It’s not usually of too much concern until the levels exceed 8, however, as always, the best thing is to have a doctor do determining blood tests. The most important one if there is suspicion will be able to average the last three months of blood sugar level.

  28. QUESTION:
    What kind of trouble am I in if my AST and ALT levels are way too high?
    As an obese 17 year old teen , I’ve recently taken a blood test and everything seemed to come back within a healthy range (cholesterol, glucose, sodium, etc.), but my AST and ALT numbers are off the charts.

    My reference range for the AST is 12-32 U/L but my current number is 89.

    The reference range for the ALT is 8-46 U/L but my number is 234 (yes, you read that number correctly)

    What kind of trouble am I in? I’ve recently been diagnosed with ADD and the medicine has acted as a sort of appetite suppresant (the medicine was not what caused the high ALT or AST numbers), so I’m hoping to be able to start a stable physical and mental journey.
    Oh and I forgot to mention that I have not been diagnosed with any health issues other than my ADHD.

    Thanks for the help people!

    • ANSWER:
      sometimes meds can cause elevated liver enzymes… I would ask your doctor who gave you the ADD med. Sometimes alcohol intake will cause liver enzymes to go up – but you’re 17 so you’re not drinking alcohol yet, right?

      There are several other things that can cause liver enzymes to be up, but don’t get too worked up just yet. I would start by talking to your family doctor first. If you read and search too much, then you’re just likely to make yourself upset and worried.

      This website gives a whole list of things about the liver enzymes… read it for education – doesn’t mean that you have ANY of the conditions listed. Just talk to your doc first.

      http://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0315/p1105.html


Blood Glucose Levels Canada

It is accepted knowledge that exercise is beneficial, and a necessary part of type 2 diabetes management. Now a new study is showing that combining aerobic and weight training exercise without increasing exercise time will not only help with weight loss, but with lowering blood sugar levels as well.

Blood sugar levels are controlled by insulin, which takes glucose out of the blood and moves it to cells where it can be used as energy. In people with type 2 diabetes the body does not properly use insulin, or does not produce enough to start with. Without insulin doing its job properly, glucose builds up in bloodstream.
When left unmanaged, type 2 diabetes can lead to serious health issues, such as vision problems, heart and kidney disease, and stroke.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the comparison for blood glucose levels between Canada and the US.?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, blood sugar is measured in milligrams per deciliter. Normal blood sugar is between about 100 to about 130 for a person without diabetes. It always stays at this level. Again blood sugars in that area are the ideal for anyone with diabetes. This is what they strive to maintain. Below 80 or so is low blood sugar and can cause other symptoms such as blurry vision, tiredness, confusion and possible fainting. Hi blood sugar (over 200) is when the sugar begins to spill into the urine. Hope this answers the question.

  2. QUESTION:
    which is the best one to buy a blood glucose level monitor?
    Hi I am living in canada? I want to buy a blood glucose level monitor for my father. My father is living in india.one of my friend told if u buy the machine in canada it shows the unit like 1, 2.3…., but in india it shows like 100. 120…… and my friend told u can also buy it here the only thing is u have to multiply the unit in 20 (if it shows 6 means 6multiply 20=120) is it correct ?I searched in the internet it shows u have to multiply with 18. which one is correct? give me the solution please. and which is the best machine?

    • ANSWER:
      Whatever monitor you buy, you should be able to choose the correct setting. India uses the “mg/dL” just like the US does. I see Canada uses the “mmol/L” setting. You simply choose it when you are setting up the date and the time. So any good monitor will have that option. http://www.abbottdiabetescare.com.au/diabetes-faq-measure-units.php

      You want to be sure that you can either send your dad the test strips or that he can buy them.

      As far as the best monitor, check out this article on things to consider when purchasing a monitor.

      http://www.dlife.com/dLife/do/ShowContent/blood_sugar_management/testing/

      Good luck to your dad.

  3. QUESTION:
    Do we need a glucose meter?
    My dad was just newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He has been prescribed metformin. Do we need to buy a glucose monitor for him so he can monitor blood glucose levels?

    We live in Canada.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, he needs to know his sugar levels, and keep
      track of them, so he can learn how he feels, and
      what he needs to do to get him back where he
      needs to be.

      In Canada, they usually send you to diabetes school
      Why hasn’t he gone? This is a life and death
      disease, he needs all the info he can get

  4. QUESTION:
    Swollen bump on the neck?
    I have felt a little bump on the neck on the left side of my neck I don’t think that it’s cancer because I felt it in March and it is the exact same size as it was before, I have no weakness or any other symptoms pointing towards cancer, which I would most likely have given how the location runs near a crap-load of nerves, veins and other crap. It is located only slightly lower than my ear lobe and is around 2 centimeters from the cervical section of my spine to the left. I feel perfectly healthy; my blood pressure, heart rate all of that are normal except for this. I’m also 15 and rarely get sick suggesting a fully functional immune system lowering the likelihood of cancer. I was wondering if it was a possibly swollen lymph node causing me to have this. It doesn’t hurt or anything so I think that it’s ok and don’t think that i should worry about it. Other than asking a doctor (which i will so don’t bother telling me this, i live in canada it’s free!)
    I also have postural hypotension (i get dizzy if i quickly stand up after lying down for a prolonged period of time) but i don’t think its related i’m just very sensitive about my blood glucose levels and feel like crap if they get really lower and my functionality plummets.
    If neccessary here are my vital statistics.
    Weight: 136 lbs
    Height: 5’8 and 1/3 of an inch
    Gender: Male
    Age: 15
    Any explanations I feel ok and it hasn’t changed so i don’t think that I have anything to worry about but I’m curious.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah sounds like swollen nymph glands. It should heal itself, but if it starts to hurt or still is there after two months, go to the doctor.

  5. QUESTION:
    Diabetes and Insulin on Beer Question.?
    My dad who is 49 and had diabetes for the last 15-25 years drank alot today. He had 9 shots of jack daniel’s whiskey and 4 Budweiser. He usually takes 20 units of insulin every night. Do I give him insulin tonight? I just checked his blood glucose level and it’s 4.8mmol(canadian blood glucose machine). That is actually considered normal here in canada. So do I give him insulin… or no? Will his blood glucose decrease overnight? Cuz if his blood glucose level drops, he gets crazy and acts like a little kid and also gets violent sometimes. I don’t want his blood glucose level dropping so I am not planning on giving him the insulin, but will it get higher overnight or lower overnight? and should i feed him a cookie or something? Yes he had a good dinner and before that he drank. I just checked his glucose level and it’s at 4.8mmol 1 hour after dinner.

    Let me know what the best thing to do is? He’s currently sleeping.

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol LOWERS blood sugar as shown by his low sugar level.
      Never inject anyone with anything you don’t understand.
      If he cannot wake up to eat good solid carbs and water, call an ambulance.

  6. QUESTION:
    I am insulin resistance – a side effect of PCOS – anyone have any good recomendations for suitible diet?
    Definition
    Insulin resistance is not a disease as such but rather a state or condition in which a person’s body tissues have a lowered level of response to insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas that helps to regulate the level of glucose (sugar) in the body. As a result, the person’s body produces larger quantities of insulin to maintain normal levels of glucose in the blood. There is considerable individual variation in sensitivity to insulin within the general population, with the most insulin-sensitive persons being as much as six times as sensitive to the hormone as those identified as most resistant. Some doctors use an arbitrary number, defining insulin resistance as a need for 200 or more units of insulin per day to control blood sugar levels. Various researchers have estimated that 3-16 percent of the general population in the United States and Canada is insulin-resistant; another figure that is sometimes given is 70-80 million Americans.
    Insulin resistance can be thought of as a set of metabolic dysfunctions associated with or contributing to a range of serious health problems. These disorders include type 2 diabetes (formerly called adult-onset or non-insulin-dependent diabetes), the metabolic syndrome (formerly known as syndrome X), obesity, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Some doctors prefer the term “insulin resistance syndrome” to “metabolic syndrome.”
    Description
    To understand insulin resistance, it may be helpful for the reader to have a brief account of the way insulin works in the body. After a person eats a meal, digestive juices in the small intestine break down starch or complex sugars in the food into glucose, a simple sugar. The glucose then passes into the bloodstream. When the concentration of glucose in the blood reaches a certain point, the pancreas is stimulated to release insulin into the blood. As the insulin reaches cells in muscle and fatty (adipose) tissues, it attaches itself to molecules called insulin receptors on the surface of the cells. The activation of the insulin receptors sets in motion a series of complex biochemical signals within the cells that allow the cells to take in the glucose and convert it to energy. If the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin or the insulin receptors do not function properly, the cells cannot take in the glucose and the level of glucose in the blood remains high.
    The insulin may fail to bind to the insulin receptors for any of several reasons. Some persons inherit a gene mutation that leads to the production of a defective form of insulin that cannot bind normally to the insulin receptor. Others may have one of two types of abnormalities in the insulin receptors themselves. In type A, the insulin receptor is missing from the cell surface or does not function properly. In type B, the person’s immune system produces autoantibodies to the insulin receptor.
    In the early stages of insulin resistance, the pancreas steps up its production of insulin in order to control the increased levels of glucose in the blood. As a result, it is not unusual for patients to have high blood sugar levels and high blood insulin levels (a condition known as hyperinsulinemia) at the same time. If insulin resistance is not detected and treated, however, the islets of Langerhans (the insulin-secreting groups of cells) in the pancreas may eventually shut down and decrease in number.

    • ANSWER:
      The information offered by Crayon Girl is good. The foods that she’s telling you to avoid are high glycaemic index (GI) foods.

      Ideally you should be aiming to eat smaller meals, of low glycaemic index foods, but more frequently. So, instead of having 3 main meals in a day, you could try breaking this down to 6 smaller meals a day, with a few hours between them. This lessons the chances of you having a ‘sugar spike’ where your blood sugar level rises rapidly, causing your pancreas to release more insulin in an attempt to deal with it.

      Take a look at the following sites for more information on the Glycaemic Index [Glycemic Index, if you're American].

      The first site gives a list of the top 50 foods (though I don’t know who chose that 50) with their respective glycaemic index values.

      Edit:

      The lower the glycaemic index value, the less likely you are to produce more insulin in dealing with it.


Blood Glucose Level High

If your child has diabetes type 2 there is a new diet that has been reversing this in many people. Before we continue it is important to understand that the number of children who are now type 2 diabetic has increased by an amazing number. Sadly, this condition is becoming an epidemic in many of the young. If your child has diabetes type 2 it is important to realize that the condition must be reversed quickly.

The issue of time is critical due to the fact that diabetes is an illness that destroys the cells of the body. When a child leaves blood glucose level high the more damage that may not be able to be repaired later. This is why it is important to reverse this condition quickly. In children they will face a life long problem of eyesight, heart and weight gain if diabetes type 2 is not reversed. A typical sugar free diet does not reverse diabetes and never has. Only a natural specialized diet can work.

There is some good news, there is a diet that has been reversing diabetes in children has well as adults. It is now popular in many countries. See it here CLICK HERE my child has diabetes

It is important to reverse the cells damage before the child gets affected for life. The key is reversing the diabetes in the early stage before the body loses the fight and bigger health problems come in. The worst thing to do is wait; as this is where the child loses the fight.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Could it be my medication making my blood glucose level high?
    I am on Geodon, Suboxone, Synthroid, Topomax, Senekok, Collace, Vistirill, Lithium and i think thats it. It seems that my blood glucose level wont go below 100. Ive read that Geodon makes your blood pressure rise. Could it be possible that its the Geodon not allowing my blood sugar not to drop below 100?

    • ANSWER:
      Ziprasidone hydrochloride (Geodon) is a high-risk medication belonging to a family of drugs referred to as ‘atypical’. They all share the same list of potentially severe side effects including diabetes (elevated glucose), elevated LDL cholesterol, and prolongation of the QTc interval on the electrocardiogram (associated with serious heart rhythm disturbances). If the ziprasidone keeps your glucose above 100 mg/dL then you and your physician need to have a frank discussion. Should the ziprasidone be changed to a different atypical? Is the benefit of ziprasidone worth developing diabetes? My approach in these situations is to try a different atypical. We do not know why but just because one atypical causes diabetes another may not. If the ziprasidone is to be continued then the diagnosis of diabetes must be confirmed and treated. Simply recording repeatedly elevated glucose readings is medically unacceptable. 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

  2. QUESTION:
    When ants start to swarm your semen, is it a sign that your blood glucose level is high and you are diabetic.?
    When ants start to swarm your semen, is it a sign that your blood glucose level is high and you are diabetic.?

    • ANSWER:
      Eww…. how would…?
      o.o
      No, this doesn’t mean you have diabetes.

  3. QUESTION:
    what to do for high blood glucose level to low down?
    my fasting blood glucose is 8.3 mmol,i am taking antihypertensive drug for my high blood pressure. what to do for high blood glucose?

    • ANSWER:
      Exercise is the best thing with your presription.

  4. QUESTION:
    should i eat if my blood glucose level is high?
    i have type 1 diabetes. so i take insulin. i know i’m meant to snack between meals, but if i test and my blood glucose level is high, do i still eat my snack eg. fruit or yoghurt etc..

    • ANSWER:
      What that mean is that your blood sugar is poorly controlled! Don’t eat until it is under control!

  5. QUESTION:
    Is my blood glucose level high? I’m 15?
    Yesterday, I went to a friends house that makes maple syrup. I LOVE maple syrup, so I was literally drinking it! I was eating pineapple and apples at the same time. A friend of mine was there that was a type 1 diabetic. He tested my blood sugar level and it was 158, is that too high?
    My mom got worried and went a bought a glucose meter. so she made me check my blood sugar level this Morning and it was 137 is that high? Mind you I went to bed at 11:30 and I was eating this sugary cereal. And of course eating more maple syrup

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on when you were tested in relationship to when you last ate you could be a borderline type 2. Ask your doctor to run a fasting glucose tolerance test or and A1c.

  6. QUESTION:
    I know that a high blood glucose level damages blood vessels and nerves – but how exactly?

    I don’t have it.

    • ANSWER:
      The FIRST method is through Glycated Red Blood Cells. A red blood cell is GLYCATED when the sugar molecules in the blood get attached to the red blood cell. This is what is measured by the A1C test. A NORMAL reading is between 5 and 6 PERCENT. This means that about 5-6 percent of the red blood cell is covered with sugar.

      Now, these sugar molecule NEVER “break off” so, when a red blood cell is glycated, it STAYS that way, until the cell is killed by the liver in 90-120 days. The liver then stores the extra sugar for moments of sudden activity (the “fight or flight” syndrome) or for a “liver dump” situation, where the blood sugar gets too low.

      Now, all those sugar molecules act like little saw blades, slicing and dicing their way through your blood vessels. The Glycated Red Blood Cells act like tiny little buzz saws, slicing and dicing their way through your vessels!

      This is not so important in the big vessels, but it DOES leave “scars”, which can be a “trigger point” for the build up of cholesterol “plaque”. if these plaque buildups tear off, they can cause thrombosis, heart attacks, or strokes.

      The REAL damage done by glycation is done in the capillaries, the tiny blood vessels that run between arteries and veins. Most capillaries are only slightly bigger than one red blood cell, and red blood cells pass through them single file,. like coins in a tube.

      When this happens. the capillaries are ripped to shreds! They eventually get clogged with micro-clots and scar tissue. Since blood can no longer pass through these clogged capillaries, your blood pressure goes up.

      Capillaries are also where the exchange of nutrients, oxygen, and wastes take place. For example, in a “normal” person, the sugar in the blood passes through the capillary walls into the cells, with the help of insulin.

      But OXYGEN also passes from the lungs into the blood through the capillary walls, and Carbon Dioxide passes out of the blood into the lungs. With the capillaries plugged, this process is greatly reduced. This results in LESS oxygen being transferred during each breath cycle.

      In the kidneys, the toxins in the blood (like creatinine and BUN) pass from the blood into the kidneys for eventual excretion, and, of course, excess water passes from the blood into the kidneys. But when the capillaries are damaged this doesn’t happen. The patient thus has kidney damage, and if it is sever enough, kidney failure.

      Capillaries are EVERYWHERE! Sp diabetes damages the WHOLE body, especially the eyes and brain.

      With lowered capacity to carry oxygen, nutrients, and fuel, the body has a tough time healing itself. tiny cuts and bruises often turn into gangrene, requiring amputation.

      Nerve damage works slightly differently. The process of handling sugar in the blood generates a chemical called SORBITOL (NOT the same orbital used as an artificial sweetener!). This sorbitol tends to coat the sheath around each nerve, reducing its ability to pass the necessary chemicals, and eventually killing it. The “tingling” many diabetics feel in the hands and feet are the individual nerves dying. the numbness is the result of MANY nerves being already dead.

      Again. nerves are everywhere! So diabetic nerve damage ALSO affects your eyesight, thinking process, digestive abilities , and your ability to enjoy sex. In a man, nerve damage will result in Erectile Dysfunction (the inability to get or keep an erection) and eventually in complete impotence (the inability to achieve orgasm).

      The GOOD NEWS is that MOST of these symptoms will REDUCE IF the patient keeps his blood sugar at a normal level. The effects of diabetes can be greatly reduced, possibly eliminated, if the patient does EVERYTHING the doctor orders. [One notable exception is kidney disease. Kidneys disease is usually not reversible, and almost always progresses to kidney failure and eventual dialysis.]

  7. QUESTION:
    a person with high blood glucose level ,is that person a hyperactive person?
    and a low one is a tired person?

    • ANSWER:
      i just wanted to say that sometimes, people with high blood sugars do appear to be hyperactive. this used to be referred to as a ‘sugar high’. i have experienced it myself and seen it happen to kids at the diabetic camp i worked at. generally, high blood sugars cause lethargy. low blood sugars can cause weakness and confusion. no two people are alike, so you really can’t generalize.

      added note –

      as you can now see, there are so many ways high and low blood sugars can affect you. there’s no right or wrong answers here, just different experiences some of us have had.

      if these answers don’t satisfy you, we may need more information, like why you need to know etc. some behaviors mean different things when coupled with other symptoms.

  8. QUESTION:
    my boyfreind glucose blood level is high its 118 what kind of foods and fruits and vegtables should he eat?
    can you help us on what vitamins we should both take to bring our glucose level down my glucose level is 109

    • ANSWER:
      I myself have diabetes, and my doctor said that the normal blood sugar level is from around 80-120. So 118 is perfectly fine as long as its not up in the two hundreds, you shouldn’t have any issues.

  9. QUESTION:
    A nurse called me and said I had high blood glucose level.?
    I was out with my friends the night before my blood test(4-7 PM) and had 2 Amps and a Pepsi. I had no idea I had a blood test the next day though, I totally forgot.

    Would that have skewed my results? I got the blood test at 10 AM the next day.
    I am kind of worried.

    • ANSWER:
      If you didnt eat or drink for breakfast then your bs should have been normal at 10am even with lots of sugar the day before

  10. QUESTION:
    For a type 2 diet control diabetic, how long in minutes after a meal will blood glucose level be highest?
    I am a 64 yo Caucasian male. I understand ones glucose level will naturally increase after a meal. My question asks how long after a meal will glucose level spike to highest point. This may well vary in individuals, but what is considered the general, or accepted, time in minutes or hours when one would normally show highest blood glucose level via meter?
    Thank you for considering my question and thank you all for any answers!

    • ANSWER:
      The blood level would be at it’s highest point 20 to 45 minutes after the meal, depending on what you ate. Sorry the others misunderstood the question

  11. QUESTION:
    what are the potential dangers of reducing high Blood glucose Level too quickly?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends mostly on how much it’s reduced and how you do it. If you’re talking about bringing someone in the 400s down to the low 100s, you couldn’t do it quickly enough, in my estimation. Bringing it down into the 70s might bring about some low symptoms if they’re accustomed to being in the 120s or 130s. As mentioned above, a lot has to do with what levels their body has become accustomed to. If you’re talking about a type two in the 160s to 200s, just take them out for a vigorous one hour walk. It’s surprising how well that works to bring things back to normal.

  12. QUESTION:
    am sophia and i recently underwent armpit surgery during this i found my blood glucose level is very high and?
    am sophia and i recently underwent armpit surgery during this i found my blood glucose level is very high and my entire body has swollen to a very high extent so can you please tell me does it mean i have become permanent diabetic or is it a temporary diabetes.if it is a temporary how can it be cure

    • ANSWER:
      I would really talk to your Dr. about this. If another Dr. said your blood sugars were very high then you need to get it checked out.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do High blood glucose levels effect alcohol dispersion from the body?
    Does a high sugar level in the blood effect the ability of the body to disperse alcohol at the usual rate?

    • ANSWER:
      No , the reverse of that is true ,

      High blood alcohol level may prevent the liver from changing stored carbohydrate into glucose , and that may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) ,
      the explanation of that :
      alcohol is a toxin , and your liver gives the priority to break down it , so your liver becomes busy with alcohol metabolism , and it stops releasing glucose into blood stream until it finishes with alcohol ,

      Dr.debilitas

  14. QUESTION:
    high blood glucose level?
    Hi, so I took some blood tests earlier this month and the results came back yesterday. The Doctor said I had a high blood glucose level (6.80) and I had to retake the test again on tuesday to make sure.
    However, the glucose in my urine came back negative and today I took the glucose test where they prick the finger and it read 4.3. I was wondering if the first blood test might have made some mistake because it also said I had high allergies which is false.. I’m 17 by the way..

    • ANSWER:
      You have no diabetes. Even a reading of 6.8 is not considered a high blood glucose level, and a 4.3 is a very normal glucose level. Most probably, the first reading could even be a false one. Relax, don’t worry about it. You are no diabetic, and I bet if you have symptoms of diabetes, like frequent urination, excessive thirst, easily becoming tired or fatigued and general body malaise. Good luck to you.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can just a high blood- glucose level cause cramps in the absence of atheromas?

    • ANSWER:
      in what relation are you asking this question.?
      hyperglycemia and cramps may not have a direct link.
      but dehydration, and electrolyte imbalance due to hyperglycemia may cause cramps……..if you give the full picture then it will be better to answer.

  16. QUESTION:
    what happens if you have high blood glucose level at the time of conceiving…?
    i am 24 years old. yesterday i tested my blood suger. fasting was 114 and after lunch was 204. me and my hubby r trying to conceive. we tried this month also. my periods are suppose to come on 12 may to 14 may. if i would conceive this month then would it be ok for my baby or not .or if i wont conceive then sugar level is the reason for not conceiving. it was my first blood sugar test gyne told me to repeat the test after 1 week.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have developed diabetes, then it is very possible that leaving it uncontrolled may pose a problem to your fertility, so be sure it is checked again ASAP. Remember, though, that your sugar IS going to rise after you eat, so the 204 may have been fine!

      If you do get PG this cycle and you are found to have diabetes, as long as it is kept under control, then things should be fine. Generally, babies born to mothers with diabetes are larger than average (though not always!) and they may have a problem controlling their blood sugar after birth, leaving them at risk for hypoglycemia (when blood sugar levels drop too low), so they would monitor the baby for at least the first day of baby’s life.

      If you become PG and it turns out that your high sugar levels were just a fluke or were simply caused by eating (ie: you are found to NOT have diabetes) then there is likely nothing to worry about.

  17. QUESTION:
    my blood glucose level is high?
    the range is between 70-105mg/dL and I am 110. should I be concerned? I feel exhausted lately.. does that have anything to do with my glucose being high?

    Thank you in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      That is not HIGH, 70 is the break line into HYPOglycemia, LOW glucose, 80 is normal, 110 is barely up.

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

    Am i at risk?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Tin

  19. QUESTION:
    why is my husband’s blood glucose level highest just before he eats?
    My husband has been a diabetic for a while, and his levels are better- but something is happening we do not understand. 2 hours after he eats, his levels are lower then just before his next meal. Why is this, and have any suggestions? The highest level that he has had is 235.
    taylor- thanks for answering- but how can you distribute meds over the day, when you are supposed to take them at meals?

    • ANSWER:
      Because he is taking medicine . After a meal the medicine will still be working causing the blood sugar to go down . Later the effect will start to wear off , and either he is still absorboing the food (sometimes up to 6 hours) or his body starts making more glucose .
      You need to control the distribution of the drug effect over the whole day .
      Edit
      That’s not for me or you to answer . It’s the job of the treating physician to know about unusual spikes AND dips in blood sugar . Until your next appointment with the physician , dont worry if the blood sugar elevates only PART of the day because what is ultimately important is the daily AVERAGE of blood sugar . Of course better control is desired , but it ca wait until the physician is available.
      My advice to you in the meantime is to DOCUMENT your findings .
      Make sure the method used to measure the blood sugar is correct .
      Plot the readings over days and in relation to drug dose times and meal times .
      That will give the physician enough info to make a sound judgement .
      Good Luck

  20. QUESTION:
    Is my blood glucose level too high?
    After I ate breakfast ( I had, raisins, a banana, about 2 table spoons of almond butter and kale chips)
    and of course tons of water. My blood sugar level was 115. And that was about an hour and a half after the meal. Is that too high????

    I’m 15, I don’t think that really matters though…

    One more question, does drinking lots of water lower the blood sugar??

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    High blood glucose level?
    Went in for a physical and found my blood glucose to be 103 mg/dl. Just wanted to know if there are any people in the health profession that can tell me what this means. I exercise everyday and eat a very high fiber, low fat diet so this result was rather surprising. I just want to add that I took the test on Monday but had my bday party on Saturday. My wife got me a bday cake and since a vice of mine is being a cake addict I was eating it all day Saturday and Sunday except Sunday night when I stopped to get my 12 hour fast in before the test. Would this bring up my glucose? Any information would be much apprectiated. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You could be pre-diabetic. This means your glucose if fluctuating right around the border of eventually becoming a diabetic. Does it run in your family? Usually once you turn 40 (not sure of your age) many of the genetically pre-disposed conditions begin. I would suggest getting another one done in a week or so. It is highly unlikely that your result has anything to do with the cake. In a normal person, your glucose should be less than 100 if fasting despite eating the cake the day before. Maybe in the future you should eat less cake. I know I am a frosting addict and would have done the same thing as you!! Be sure to stay within your normal weight range, continue the good diet you are on and the exercise plan and get rechecked to be sure. They may even order a GTT (glucose tolerance test) on you. This is where they draw a fasting, then have you drink a high glucose drink called Glucola and then draw you at the half hour point, 1 hr, and 2 hr. This way they can see how your body is metabolising the glucose too,

  22. QUESTION:
    i was dtected with high blood glucose level 35 days ago post lunch was 357 and fasting was 218.?
    but with medication, diet and excercise it came down to normal to around 65 fasting and 84 post lunch in 10 days , my medicines are also consideably reduced, now i check every week and it comes normal, after sometime will i be able to live without medication with proper diet and excercise

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    Why are fasting blood glucose levels high in the morning?
    It seems as if they ought to be low after not eating all night.

    • ANSWER:
      This is called the Dawn Phenomenon, and pay attention to your body. When morning readings are higher than nightime, somethis is amiss somewhere.
      Are you taking insulin, if not skip to the next paragraph. If you are then it may be you are taking too little insulin, you are running out at night and then your BG rises. Even if you are on insulin you may be experiencing one of the things in the next paragraph, which affect insulin dependant, medicated, and diet controlled diabetics.
      High morning readings are important to pay attention to, and is usually caused by 1 of two things. You are either experiencing morning insulin resistance which is your body reacting to the morning hormones we all release – the things that perpare us for they day. Or you are experiencing a liver dump, which is a reaction to too low (hypoglocemic) BG levels at night, causing you liver to dump all of its glucose, which spikes your reading.
      LIVER DUMP can be fixed by a small snack at night (I have this) Do not eat sugary foods. Keep it healthy – a small amount of peanut butter, cheeze wheat toast, or my personal favorite – half a bar of Glucerna Snack Bar. Glucerna is made just for diabetics, unlike alot of other low-carb supplementals.
      Also wake up a couple of times a week to be sure you aren’t dropping too low – too low for you would be best defined by your Endocrinologist.
      MORNING INSULIN RESISTANCE – You need to discuss this with your doctor, and remember – if it is MIR then your carbohydrate choices for morning could cause high readings through midday or longer.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can high blood glucose levels in a diabetic lead to a reduction in pH?
    Is a reduction in pH a possible cause of inflammation of the vascular system? Can this lead to water retention?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes.

      Yes.

      Not likely.

  25. QUESTION:
    i was having armpit infection and i underwent surgery and latter i observed my blood glucose level is high .do
    does it mean am diabetic

    • ANSWER:
      Infections of any kind will raise glucose levels in anyone. Some of the medications to combat the infections will also raise glucose levels. Inactivity will also lead to higher glucose levels.

      This does not mean that you are now diabetic. Wait for the infected area to heal, have more blood analysis done, then if it is still high, the doctor will help with a plan of action. It might just be a matter of a new food plan and action (exercise) to control the problem.

      We really hate admitting new members to our little exclusive club, so we would much rather you not join at this time!!! Good luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    will drinking pop make my blood glucose levels temporarly high?
    i drank a 32oz(it was cheaper then 20oz) dr.pepper (not something i often do) and later that day i went to get a blood test and my glucose levels where high, they think there is a chance i have diabetes, but i never said anything about the pop, think it could be significant ?
    it was not diet

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on how high. If you don’t have diabetes a high sugar soda shouldn’t impact your blood sugar that much, so you shouldn’t have a REALLY high number even after the soda.

  27. QUESTION:
    Why a cat with AIDS will have high glucose level in blood?

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    if someone’s blood glucose level is higher fasting than before other meals, what may be causing this?
    if someone’s blood glucose level is higher fasting than before other meals, what may be causing this?

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/Articles/Diabetes-Definitions/dawn_phenomenon/

  29. QUESTION:
    when you were diagnosed with diabetes how high was your blood glucose level?
    i was 36.6

    • ANSWER:
      That is pretty high (659 to non-Europeans).
      Mine was 325 (18.0).

  30. QUESTION:
    What would cause someone to have all the symptoms of being diabetic, but not have high blood glucose levels?

    I don’t understand your answers. How could you be diabetic if your glucose levels are not high.

    • ANSWER:
      they my have a low glucose level. being a diabetic can go both ways high or low depending on food intake, Carbs, sugar intake and many other variables.

  31. QUESTION:
    is a low or high glycemic load better for you if your blood glucose levels are high?
    what is difference between high load and high level.

    • ANSWER:
      Low, low!

      A high glycemic load (intake of foods with high glycemic index like sugary or starchy things) will make your blood sugar higher, and you don’t want that.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is this level high for my husbands blood glucose level?
    I am 7 months pregnant and am being monitored for gestational diabetes where i have to use a monitor to test my blood two hours after breakfast/lunch/dinner oh…and when i wake up in the morning.I fill in a chart to take to the doctor to asses my diet etc..
    Anyway the chart has e.g 5.5 for morning reading 7.0 for lunch And dinner doctor told me it would be best if i was below these readings.
    My husband decided to test today and he got a reading of 7.6 he now thinks he has diabetes .
    Is that a high reading? or are those numbers just for someone with gestational diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      If a fasting test , Yes it points to Diabetes.

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

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

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

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

      Tin

  33. QUESTION:
    What would cause my daughter’s blood glucose levels to be high?
    My husband monitors his glucose and on a whim I tested my 8 yr old daughter’s when she had poked her finger and it bled. She tested at a 488. I tested it an hour later and she was a 142. Is it normal for kids to have such high levels? Is this something that is an immediate concern, or something to make an appointment and get on the Dr’s schedule for 2 weeks from now?

    • ANSWER:
      The first high reading may have been contaminated because her hand had sugar on it (dirty hands), or made artificially high because the blood had been exposed to air too long.

      Test her again 2 hours after eating a meal, with hands that have been washed and dried. If the reading is over 140, it’s time to visit her doctor.

  34. QUESTION:
    WHat are the differences in the blood glucose level of a person who eats a high GI food as opposed to a low GI?
    WHat are the differences in the blood glucose level of a person who eats a high GI food as opposed to a low GI

    • ANSWER:
      Foods with a high GI cause a rapid rise in blood glucose levels, which isn’t good for a diabetic. Foods with a low GI are broken down more slowly…

  35. QUESTION:
    Is a blood glucose level of 107 after 10 hours of fasting high??
    I had blood work done about a month ago and my blood glucose level was 107 and I hadnt eaten in 10 hours since I had to fast for the testing. Im overweight at the moment , currently 225 and only 5’3 but I also dont have any other family members who have diabetes so any insight would be great since Im not sure what to expect at my follow up next week.

    • ANSWER:
      it is in the normal range.

  36. QUESTION:
    My blood Glucose level is 77 …. Is that low or high blood sugar?
    and what changes should I make to improve it? I get very tired after meals. and even before

    • ANSWER:
      Normal.

  37. QUESTION:
    Blood Glucose Level, is 143 high?
    I gave blood on Saturday and I had eaten macaroni and cheese at 12:30 pm, I gave blood around 3:30 pm my Gluclose level was 143. Is that high? My urine also has been smelling weird for the last few months, like a meaty smell (at certain times). I’m 24 a year old female, 5’10 and 126 pounds. My grandfather has diabeties and when I did a DNA test my highest risk factor was type 2 diabeties
    The only reason I noticed my gluclose number was because the guy who did my gluclose test pointed it out to the lady who took my blood for donations and she said oh no thats ok. It made me think why would he go over and point it out?
    Thanks for responding, I haven’t changed my diet at all. It just smells meaty a few times a week at certain times of the day.

    • ANSWER:
      He pointed it out because the body can usually return itself to a glucose level below 140 after 2 hours of starting a meal in a person with normal insulin production. One test is not conclusive however, and if diabetes does in fact run in your family it would be wise to mention that to your physician when you see him next time . He may want to order some fasting blood work to see if there is anything going on. It would probably be good to have a urinalysis at that time just to be certain no kidney infection is brewing in there.

  38. QUESTION:
    how to quickly reduce glucose level in blood?
    If a diabetic patient has high glucose levels in blood how to reduce it quickly (without taking any drugs)?

    Exercise?
    Thanks for the answers. I think my question is not clear. I have high glucose level at this moment and I want to reduce it ASAP with out taking any drugs.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes , exercise will bring it down , Right NOW !

      TIN

  39. QUESTION:
    what hormone causes excessive diuresis without high blood glucose levels?

    • ANSWER:
      lack of antidiuretic hormone, or lack of aldosterone

  40. QUESTION:
    What are the physiological effects of high/low blood glucose levels, with their corresponding levels.?
    I am looking for a picture/chart/article that can give a list of blood glucose levels and the corresponding physiological effects. (i.e. 10 mg/dL – coma….. 40 mg/dL impaired judgment…. 125 mg/dL organ damage.) Anything that can put me in the right direction to find this information is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    How would eating a meal very high in carbs affect blood glucose and insulin levels after time…?
    How would eating a meal very high in carbs affect blood glucose and insulin levels after time has been allowed for digestion and absorption to occur
    a.both glucose and insulin levels would be higher
    b.glucose levels would be unchanged while insulin levels would be higher
    c.both glucose and insulin levels would be lower
    d.glucose levels would be higher while insulin levels would be unchanged

    • ANSWER:
      a.both glucose and insulin levels would be higher.

  42. QUESTION:
    Blood glucose level higher on fast than after meal!!!?
    Hi,
    I have been monitoring my Blood glucose level with a home digital monitor for quite some time now. It used to be in absolutely normal range at all times but quiet recently i am receiving some unusual (at least for me its unusual) readings. Last three day readings stands as such. All fasting readings are of at least 10 hour overnight fast.

    Reading day 1:
    Fast: 144 mg/dl
    2 hour after meal: 116 mg/dl

    Reading day 2:
    Fast: 159 mg/dl
    2 hour after meal: 116 md/dl

    Reading day 3:
    Fast: 146 md/dl
    2 Hour after meal: 117 mg/dl

    I am confused. Isn’t the level suppose to rise with food intake???
    My family has a diabetes history, that’s why i monitor mine. I’m 21 years old and 140lbs, 5’6″, Male.

    • ANSWER:
      Your fasting levels are firmly in diabetic range if accurate, defined as 126 mg/dL or above.

      The reason your fasting levels may be higher than your after-meal numbers is Dawn Phenomenon. Dawn Phenomenon is when your liver, in preparation for the waking hours or after a long fast, converts its stores of glycogen to glucose to feed your cells and give you energy. Dawn Phenomenon occurs in non-diabetics and diabetics alike, but non-diabetics are able to produce enough accessible insulin to keep their blood sugar tightly regulated, whereas diabetics cannot.

      When you eat or when enough time passes, your liver stops converting its glycogen to glucose, and blood sugar can drop. Also, when your food converts to glucose in your blood, your pancreas reacts and gets called to action. Diabetics often have an impaired insulin response, but in someone who’s borderline or early staged, the pancreas can flood the body with insulin after a meal, although the reaction may be delayed. Plus, you don’t know what your one-hour reading was. It’s possible your spike was MUCH higher than your fasting levels, also in diabetic range, and that your pancreas kicked into gear by two hours.

      So, in short, you absolutely have to see a doctor to either confirm or refute these readings you’re seeing at home. I wish you all the best.

  43. QUESTION:
    blood glucose level?
    hi i was reading my biology revision guide about blood glucose levels and i noticed that there are examples of blood low glucose level and high glucose level. if the blood glucose level is high then insulin is added and when the level of glucose is low then insulin is not added. but wha happens if the blood glucose level is normal?! thanks for your time

    • ANSWER:
      OK…as a healthcare provider…let me try to help you. I’m not sure you understand the concept. Normal blood sugar levels are our goal. In normal people (without blood sugar issues) the body handles this effectively. No need for any interventions….we don’t monitor or care. In diabetics we have to monitor….our goal is what would be normal for anybody: normal values of blood sugar. The body is unable to handle high blood sugar levels and the medication we give to control the high levels can sometimes cause the levels to go too low. So diabetics watch blood sugar levels and anything else in thier life which effects blood sugar levels (medication, food, exercise, illness). It’s a daily balancing act. Does this help you at all? If not . e-mail me.

  44. QUESTION:
    Good blood glucose but high hemoglobin A?
    On a fasting blood glucose test, is it possible to have healthy blood glucose levels but a high hemoglobin a1c count?

    • ANSWER:
      Sure. The HgbA1C measures your blood glucose over the long-term, while the fasting test is just that moment in time. The A1C just lets you know how you’re doing overall, if it’s high-your sugars are probably high most of the time, or fluctuating alot.

  45. QUESTION:
    My blood sugar Glucose level is 77 – Is that low or high blood sugar?
    and what changes should I make to improve it? I get very tired after meals. and even before.

    • ANSWER:
      That’s a nice healthy reading. Just make sure you’re eating whole foods like fresh veggies, fresh fruits, whole grains, beans, fish, nonfat dairy products and maybe a few nuts and seeds each day, and your blood sugar will remain stable and healthy. Not to worry.

  46. QUESTION:
    how do high blood glucose levels result in the presence of glucose in the urine?

    • ANSWER:
      normally any glucose in your urine is reabsorbed by your kidneys.
      If your blood sugar is too high there is too much for your kidneys to reabsorb.The excess then will be passed in your urine-glycosuria

  47. QUESTION:
    I’m 18 and I have 131 mg/dL blood glucose level. Is this too high?
    I am 133 pounds and 5’6. I haven’t eaten anything yet today, except I ate a chocolate donut right before getting it checked. Could that have affected by level?

    • ANSWER:
      A single reading means very little, unless the reading was 200 mg/dL or higher, in which case, congratulations, you’re officially a diabetic. Taking many readings throughout the day or even over a few days will give you a much better picture. For the most part, not right after you’ve eaten, you should have a reading no higher than 110 mg/dL If you are consistently getting readings higher than 110 mg/dL whether or not you’ve just eaten, you should be warned that you could be in the pre-diabetic stage, and you’ll need to take steps to avoid becoming one.

      Buy yourself a cheap home testing kit, which you can get at any drug store, for less cost than it takes to get a single blood test by a lab, if you include the cost of seeing a doctor to prescribe that.

      By the way, magazine and tv ads for glucose meters always show a figure like “94″ or “104″, etc. That’s because they want to show ideal numbers. The ads never show something like, “131″, because that’s really not a number healthy people should see, unless they just ate.

  48. QUESTION:
    does a diabetic have a higher blood glucose level then a non diabetic after eating?

    • ANSWER:
      Normally, your blood glucose levels increase slightly after you eat. This increase causes your pancreas to release insulin so that your blood glucose levels do not get too high. Blood glucose levels that remain high over time can damage your eyes, kidneys, nerves, and blood vessels.

      Several different types of blood glucose tests are used.

      * Fasting blood sugar (FBS) measures blood glucose after you have not eaten for at least 8 hours. It often is the first test done to check for diabetes.
      * 2-hour postprandial blood sugar measures blood glucose exactly 2 hours after you eat a meal.
      * Random blood sugar (RBS) measures blood glucose regardless of when you last ate. Several random measurements may be taken throughout the day. Random testing is useful because glucose levels in healthy people do not vary widely throughout the day. Blood glucose levels that vary widely may indicate a problem. This test is also called a casual blood glucose test.

      Visit my free website for more on diabetes tests

      http://www.reddiabetes.com

  49. QUESTION:
    Why plasma glucose level s slightly higher than blood glucose level though plasma is a constituent of blood?

    • ANSWER:
      Modern applications of glucose assays practically diverge in the diagnosis vs monitoring of treatment(s) of diabetes. Thus, diagnosis is best made in a certified laboratory with the measurement of glucose in plasma after a fast of at least 8 h . The benefits of relating closely monitored glucose concentrations to treatment decisions have become feasible and practical with the availability of small devices capable of measuring with precision and accuracy glucose from low to high concentrations in very small quantities of blood or extracellular fluid. The fact that most devices sample whole blood presents a dilemma when expressing values in plasma vs whole blood.

  50. QUESTION:
    Starches raise your blood glucose level higher and faster then other foods…does this mean that….?
    if one were to eat a diet for years that consisted primarily of starches they would develop diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      You are mixed up and confused like most used to be. Sugars (simple carbs) and starches (complex carbs) are both carbs. There are good carbs and bad carbs. See site below.


Blood Glucose Levels After Eating

African Mango only recently became popular in America when on September 13, 2010; Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. (Dr. Oz) hailed it as a safe, natural, and effective weight-loss treatment on his nationally syndicated daytime television show. This miracle fruit is a rare mango fruit harvested in the rainforests of Cameroon, Africa. In western and central Africa, it is more commonly known as the bush mango or the wild mango tree which is highly prized for its dika nuts and yellow edible fruits for more than 2 centuries. Currently, the African Mango tree is now being recognized for its seed extracts due to its nutritional value and medical benefits which help improve a person’s overall health condition. Irvingia contains a high volume of fiber and is high in healthy fats just like most seeds and nuts.

Studies have shown that one can lose weight fast with African Mango but when combined with Cissus, the results are even better. Abdominal fat is also reduced. African Mango and Cissus also help lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides and promote an increase in HDL or good cholesterol.


Blood Glucose Levels

The body closely regulates blood glucose (also know as blood sugar) to maintain an adequate supply of glucose for cells. If blood glucose levels drop too low. A person becomes shaky and weak. If blood glucose levels rise too high, a person becomes sluggish and confused and may have difficulty breathing. Two hormones produced by the pancreas tightly control blood glucose levels. When blood glucose levels rise after a meal, the pancreas releases the hormone insulin into blood. Insulin acts like a key, “unlocking” the cells of receptors on the surface of cells, increasing their attraction for glucose and increasing glucose uptake by cells. Insulin also stimulates liver and muscle cells to store glucose as glycogen. As glucose enters cells to deliver energy or be stored as glycogen, blood glucose levels return to normal.

When an individual has not eaten in while and blood glucose levels begin to fall, the pancreas releases another hormone call glucagons. Glucagon stimulates the body to break down stored glycogen, releasing glucose from protein. Another hormone, epinephrine (also called adrenaline), exerts effects similar to glucagons to ensure that all body cells have adequate energy for emergencies. Released by the adrenal glands in response to sudden stress or danger, epinephrine is call the “fight-or-flight” hormone.

Different foods very in their effect on blood glucose regulation. Foods rich in simple carbohydrates or starch but low in fat or fiber tend to be digested and absorbed rapid absorption cause a corresponding large and rapid rise in blood glucose levels. The body reacts to this rise by pumping out extra insulin, which rapid lowers blood glucose levels. Other food, especially foods rich in dietary fiber, resistant starch, or fat, cause a lesser blood glucose response with smaller swings in blood glucose levels.

The glycemic index measures the effect of a blood glucose levels. Foods with a h9igh glycemic index cause a faster and higher rise in blood glucose than foods with a low glycemic index. Although some experts disagree on the usefulness of the glycemic index for humans, diets that emphasize foods with a low glycemic index many offer important health benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How is it possible to have ketones with normal blood glucose levels?
    I thought for diabetics to maintain good blood sugar levels, they take the right amount of insulin and exercise and stick with a good diet plan.

    However, I thought ketones are an indication of not enough insulin. So how is it possible to have normal blood glucose levels and still have ketones?

    I think someone once told me that even if you have good blood sugars, you can have ketones because you aren’t drinking enough water, but I’m not sure if that’s accurate. Is there any other reason?

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    What are some effective ways of lowering my Blood Glucose Levels?
    I am an insulin dependent diabetic and lately my blood glucose levels have been a little high. I have seen both my doctor and diabetic educator regarding this and both have said to give myself more insulin, other than that neither were very helpful. I don’t really want to go over the top with giving myself more insulin and am worried that I may give myself too much. I have eating and exercising well and am wondering what else I can do to lower my blood glucose levels. Any suggestions???

    • ANSWER:
      Exercise is always a big help for me. I noticed that my blood sugar is always much better for 12 to 24 hours after I exercise. I think it has something to do with the exercise helping your cells use insulin for efficiently/effectively. Although it’s tough to start up a regular routine, it really does help a lot.

  3. QUESTION:
    Why must our blood glucose levels be controlled?
    Why must our blood glucose levels be controlled?
    What hormone is involved in controlling our blood glucose levels?
    Where is the hormone made?
    Where does this hormone have its affect?
    Diabetics can not controlle their blood sugar level properly. How is this treated?

    • ANSWER:
      > Why must our blood glucose levels be controlled?
      Having blood glucose level too low means things like feelings of weariness. Way too low means coma and death.
      Having blood glucose level too high can bring things like nerve damage (including blindness!), decreased healing of wounds, increased susceptibility to injury infections.

      > What hormone is involved in controlling our blood glucose levels?
      Insulin is the primary one, but also glucagon.

      > Where is the hormone made?
      The “islet of Langerhans” cells of the Pancreas

      > Where does this hormone have its affect?
      The cells of the body. It permits them to move glucose from the bloodstream into the cell interiors.

      > Diabetics can not controlle their blood sugar level properly. How is this treated?
      There are two main forms of diabetes.
      Type 1 diabetes is treated with injections of insulin.

      Type 2 diabetes is treated with:
      Exercise
      Diet
      Weight loss
      Certain prescription drugs (metformin, and a few others)
      If those things don’t help enough, then also injections of insulin

  4. QUESTION:
    how does body respond to low blood glucose levels after exercising?
    So I know that strenuous exercise causes blood glucose levels to decrease. However, how does the body respond to this stress that there is not enough glucose in the blood?

    • ANSWER:
      I get shakey. like I’m really nervous, and I’m still breathing fast like I’ve been running. May or may not feel like I’m loosing my balance.

  5. QUESTION:
    In what ways do carbohydrates affect blood glucose levels? What role does the type of carbohydrate have? What?
    In what ways do carbohydrates affect blood glucose levels? What role does the type of carbohydrate have? What role does the glycemic index or glycemic loading have, if any? Any help is greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Carbs increase blood glucose. Different carbs raise your blood glucose levels at different rates. Complex carbs raise them more slowly (they are low on the glycemic index), simple carbs raise them faster (they are high on the glycemic index). Your welcome for doing your homework

  6. QUESTION:
    How would an increase of insulin in the body change blood glucose levels?
    Not in terms of diabetes, but like just when the hormone is secreted into your system what exactly happens to your blood glucose levels? And when you increase it?

    • ANSWER:
      This is an example of homeostasis, a regulation of blood glucose concentration.

      The glucose level in the blood may rise after a meal. It may fall during vigorous physical exercise or starvation. How can the body keep the blood glucose level constant?

      Some time after a meal rich in sugar or starch, glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream in the small intestine. This brings about:

      - an increase in the blood glucose concentration. This is the stimulus.
      - the pancreas (receptor) is stimulated

      The pancreas secretes more insluin into the bloodstream. Insulin is transported to the liver where it causes the liver to convert the excess glucose to glycogen (corrective mechanism). Glycogen is stored in the liver.

      The glucose in the blood decreases to the normal level (negative feedback) before it leaves the liver and enters the general blood circtulation.

      hope these are of some help to you:)) enjoy learning more about biology:)))

  7. QUESTION:
    How does the amount of water you drink affect blood glucose levels?
    Everything I read online seems to indicate that dehydration *increases* blood glucose levels, but the instruction manual for my monitor and strips (OneTouch Ultra2) says that “You may get false *low* glucose results if you are severely dehydrated”.

    • ANSWER:
      The kidneys help to counteract very high blood glucose levels by forcing glucose to be excreted in the urine hours after the fact, and that means more expelling of water than is optimum. So, high blood sugar causes dehydration, not the other way round. Don’t worry about the slight, non-linear effect on the blood glucose readings. You are not going to become so severely hyperglycemic that you dehydrate and that makes your blood sugar look normal falsely. Just tust me on that.

      High blood sugar means too high. Take insulin. And if you are so severely dehydrated, that is a problem by itself and it may or may not be connected to the high sugar. Drink water.

  8. QUESTION:
    When are Blood glucose levels harmful to unborn babies?
    I am pregnant about 7 weeks they say, and I just started insulin and I was wondering when Blood glucose levels are harmful to my baby. I haven’t had them over 200 lately i have been trying really hard to control them but i am really stressed about my baby.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a type one insulin dependant diabetic and have been for the last 25 years. I am currently 21 weeks pregnant and take 4 insulin injections per day. My sugar levels have been perfect and are always around 104. A non diabetic person usually sits at about 95.

      200 is really quite a high level but not so bad that it will make you sick. It will, however, be supplying your baby with excess glucose and cause him/her to grow bigger than normal.

      This is what you need to do. First, if you are not seeing an endochronologist, make an appointment to see one. Second, test your sugar 7 times per day and record them in your monitoring book (before and after breakfast, lunch and dinner and before you go to bed. Do it 1/2 an hour before each meal and 2 hours after). Also record the amount of insulin that you are having each day. This may seem like a lot of testing but trust me, when you see the endo, they will be able to adjust your insluin and get your sugar stable much more quickly than if you dont. Third, make sure you walk for half and hour each day at the same time to get exercise. Fourth, eat carbs in moderation as they will quickly convert to energy and raise your blood sugar. Fifth, eat healthy food and look on the nutritional labels for hidden sugar such as sucrose and fructose. And last but not least, drastically limit your sugar intake and if you do have the occasional piece of chocolate or biscuit, record it in your monitoring book so that endo can see why your sugar is a little higher on certain days.

      Good luck!!

  9. QUESTION:
    How can an increase in certain hormones change blood glucose levels?
    How does an increase in thyroxin, insulin, and adrenaline change blood glucose levels?

    • ANSWER:
      well, the thing isn’t easy to describe or to understand, but i’ll try.

      thyroxine is a hormone produced by thyroid gland, which has the purpose to increase the quantity of metabolites used by the cell, transforming them into heat and not into energy (That’s why people with hypothiroidism have a very slow metabolism). obviously, it acts also as a stimulator on cells to retrieve glucose from blood.

      adrenaline is one of the hormones (it also has a neuroormonal activity) that activates the pathway which leads to the increase of cAMP levels in the cell (just like glucagon). This signifies that cells start to use all the metabolites accumulated, e.g. muscolar cell demolish glicogen to glucose, adipose cells demolish triglycerides to fatty acids and glicerol..this turns into a rapid increase of glucose level in the blood, because the body prepares to face an intense stress (that’s when we release adrenaline in the blood)

      Insulin has the opposite function of glucagon (it is its “antagonist”): it stimulates the cell to accumulate as much glucose from the blood as possible. This is made by inducing the glucose carriers of the GLUT family (especially GLUT1 and 4) to reach the membrane and operate the uptake. For this reason diabete affected people, who usually do not synthesize the right quantity of insulin in their beta-cells of Langerhans pancreatic islets, face high levels of glucose in blood (hyperglycaemia).

      Obviously, every hormone has several functions on different tissues, and i did not go through all of them, because i just wanted to write about the effect of this substances on glycaemia.
      I hope it will be enough.
      Sorry for my spelling mistakes, but i’m italian and i don’t really know how to spell certain words.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is there a diffrence in blood glucose levels from country to country?
    I seem to have been rated down 4 times in an question that I answered yesterday in relation to diabetes where the blood glucose level was in the high 200′s. Maybe the levels are different for different countries. Is this the case? In Australia a normal blood suger is 4.5, not in the high 80′ to 90′s. Am I right or are other people making me out to be making up my information? The next answer to mine seems to on the same track as me.

    • ANSWER:
      Forget the ratings. They’re meaningless. Just point people to the BGL converter here: http://www.brist.plus.com/convert.htm

      In the U.S. we use milligrams per deciliter. In the U.K. and Canada, they use millimoles per liter. They differ only by a factor of 18. Elsewhere, I have no idea.

      U.S. norm fasting: 70 to 110 mg/dl
      U.K. norm fasting: 3.9 to 6.1 mmol/l

      Read this:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glucose_tolerance_test

      Ignore those who are ignorant. I get that all the time.

  11. QUESTION:
    Why are blood glucose levels important in body functioning and energy levels and learning?
    Why are blood glucose levels important in body functioning and energy levels and learning?

    • ANSWER:
      The Importance of Blood Glucose
      By Jennifer Money, eHow Contributor

      Glucose is better known to many as sugar. Maintaining a normal level of blood glucose is important for brain function as well as providing the body with energy and keeping metabolism up. Glucose comes from carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, cereal and fruit. During digestion carbohydrates are broken down in the stomach into glucose.

      Monitoring Blood Sugar
      1. Blood sugar can be tested with a blood sugar monitor or you can have your blood sugar tested by a doctor. Blood sugar ideally should be tested after waking up but before eating and also one or two hours after eating. According to ABC News Health, normal glucose levels are typically less than 100 mg/dL in the morning, when you wake up, or before eating. Normal glucose levels one or two hours after eating are typically less than 140.
      Hypoglycemia
      2. Hypoglycemia means having a low blood sugar level. Having a low blood sugar level can lead to passing out or seizures. Symptoms of having hypoglycemia are feeling shaky, irritable, clumsy, confused, dizzy, weak, having a headache, blurred vision, rapid heart beat and hunger. According to the Mayo Clinic, hypoglycemia is defined as blood sugar below 70 mg/dL and occurs when there is too much insulin and not enough glucose in the blood. There is a higher risk for hypoglycemia for diabetics who take insulin, or when skipping meals, doing physical activity with no food intake and alcohol consumption.
      Hyperglycemia
      3. Hyperglycemia means high blood sugar. According to the Mayo Clinic, blood sugar rises when individuals eat too much food or the wrong foods, don’t get enough exercise, when they are under physical stress, when they are under emotional stress, when diabetic medicine isn’t taken, or when insulin is taken incorrectly. Symptoms of hyperglycemia are frequent urination, thirst, blurred vision and fatigue.
      Diabetes
      4. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes previously was known as juvenile onset diabetes. Though type 1 diabetes can occur at any age it is more commonly found before age 20. According to ABC News Health, “individuals with type 1 diabetes are usually thin, and the cause of type 1 diabetes is that the pancreas, the organ that secretes insulin, is destroyed by autoantibodies, that’s why people with type 1 diabetes always need insulin. Type 1 diabetes occurs in about 10 to 15 percent of all the diabetics in the country.”

      Type 2 diabetes is more common. Type 2 diabetes was previously known as adult onset diabetes because it is found more often in those above the age of 35. According to ABC News Health, “type 2 diabetes is primarily a complicated medical condition called insulin resistance. In fact, in the early stages of type 2 diabetes, there’s plenty of insulin around, it just doesn’t work well.”
      Raising and Lowering Glucose Levels
      5. Things that raise glucose levels are eating carbohydrates, not getting exercise, having a high stress level, being sick, menstruation (this can raise or lower depending on the individual) and exercising without eating enough carbohydrates to fuel the body. According to Estrella Mountain Community College, “if you are on a low-fat diet, remember you still have to pay attention to how many carbohydrates (sugars) you are eating, or your blood glucose level may rise. Also, some low fat and no fat foods contain modified forms of carbohydrate used as emulsifiers or bulking agents that can push up your blood sugar.”

      Things that lower glucose levels are skipping meals, exercise, alcohol consumption and, in some women, menstruation. Insulin is another factor in reducing glucose levels. Insulin is released into the blood so cells can metabolize glucose.

      Blood sugar can be maintained by making good lifestyle choices such as eating vegetables and fruit and a healthy level of carbohydrates, eating consistent balanced meals and not skipping meals, reducing stressful activities and getting physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day.

      Hope this helps

  12. QUESTION:
    Can lack of sleep effect blood glucose levels?
    I’ve been getting less than 4 hours of sleep the last 5 days since I’m in the middle of relocating into another apartment in L.A., and you can imagine the kind of stress that is, and somehow I find it hard to go without food or “Carbs” for more than 3 hours and I get dizzy and shaky a lot faster. Can lack of sleep effect blood glucose levels?

    • ANSWER:
      It absolutely can.

  13. QUESTION:
    how likely is it that i have insulin resistance, if my random blood glucose levels are normal?
    i have to wait a few weeks for an ovarian scan to rule out PCOS as the cause of my irregular, infrequent menstrual cycle, & i heard insulin resistance can cause this. i have had many blood tests done before, one a few weeks back, and my glucose levels are always normal. is it likely i could have insulin resistance despite this? i am BMI of 20.5.

    • ANSWER:
      1337 is a bit off. You CAN have insulin resistance and still have normal glucose levels, but you cannot know without a doctor giving you a blood test.

      Ask for an Insulin Levels or a C-Peptide test — this will tell you how much insulin you have in your blood. If your glucose is normal and you have an elevated Insulin or C-Peptide level, then you likely have some insulin resistance.

      As to how likely? I’m not sure, I hope someone else can help you. I would guess that it would be hard to tell without more information, but going on your BMI, I’d say that it’s not too likely.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can you help me explain how the hormones glucagon and insulin work together to control blood glucose levels?
    The hormone glucagon is released when glucose levels fall below normal. Explain how the hormones glucagon and insulin work together to control blood glucose levels.

    (needs answer asap)

    • ANSWER:
      Glucose is the type of sugar in your blood that is the main source of energy for the body. If the glucose is too low the body, especially the brain cannot function and the person becomes sluggish, confused and faints. If the glucose is too high the person will have long term problems of diabetes like high risk of heart attacks, poor wound healing, kidney disease, etc. Insulin is a hormone released into the blood which lowers blood sugar by stimulating the muscle cells and fat cells to take in glucose from the blood to use as energy. Glucagon is a hormone which raises blood sugar by stimulating the liver to release stores of glucose into the blood. They work together to keep blood glucose from getting too high or too low.

  15. QUESTION:
    Do you take cinnamon to lower blood glucose levels?
    Cinnamon is supposed to help regulate blood glucose levels. Does anyone have success with it?

    • ANSWER:
      I take cinnamon but I truly don’t know if it really helps because I do so much more to control my glucose levels. My fasting is 96 and my hba1c is 5.5. It’s too hard to determine what is working and what is not.
      I take 2000 mg of metformin a day and 3 mg. of Amaryl.
      Plus I exercise 1 1/2 hours a day . Nordic Walking Google it.
      And also I follow a low glycemic index diet ;http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

      So who knows. But I will tell you that it sure can’t hurt to try.
      Also try the lemon or lime juice and also use vinegar on your salads.
      Use ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cinnamon per day. Add it to your coffee, oatmeal, smoothie, or wherever you find it palatable.
      If you already suffer from diabetes, be sure to stay on a regular schedule with your cinnamon usage so that your blood sugar levels don’t yo-yo.Use the same amount at the same time every day so that you can get a sense of how cinnamon affects your own personal blood sugar readings.
      Use the powdered spice or a cinnamon stick. Cinnamon pills are also available, and can be found easily via an online search. MHCP is water soluble and is not found in cinnamon oil.

      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 .

      Good luck
      Tin

  16. QUESTION:
    What medications can affect blood glucose levels?
    Can multi vitamins, B-Complex or Champix (used to quit smoking) affect blood glucose levels?

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Is there a way that I can monitor my blood insulin levels (NOT blood glucose levels) at home?
    I’m interested in monitoring my serum insulin levels since there is not always a direct correlation between blood glucose (which can be measured easily) and insulin. Are there any home monitors that I can do this with?

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy cinnamon capsules in Sydney or online in Australia? Helps to lower blood glucose levels?
    I read that cinnamon can lower blood glucose levels (bgl). My husband suffers from type 2 diabetes. Research on the web shows that cinnamon taken daily can reduce bgl’s significantly. Can anyone recommend this?

    • ANSWER:
      I know a lot of US vitamin companies do ship to Australia, not sure what shipping cost would be though. I know some diabetics who use the blood sugar product at vitabase.com, but I don’t know about their cinnamon product or whether it works.

  19. QUESTION:
    What is normal blood glucose levels for a toddler?
    Hello,
    can someone tell me what normal blood glucose levels are for a child who is nearly 3 years old?
    Levels for a healthy child.

    blood glucose levels in morning?
    blood glucose levels after meals?
    blodd glucose levels at bedtime?

    In mmol please, eg 6 mmol, 12 etc

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      normal ranges throughout the day should be between 4-10 mmol/l xx

  20. QUESTION:
    does boost really help control blood glucose levels?
    I have been a type 1 diabetic for three years now and I haven’t yet been able to get my blood glucose levels under control. I was just wondering if boost really does help to control.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are having trouble with getting your levels under control after 3 years, you need to voice your concerns to your doctor. It could be a problem with your medication or how you are figuring out your carbs and such. It could also be that you need to change some more of what you are eating around.

      However, boost probably wouldnt hurt, but I would definitely talk to my doctor first.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is checking my blood glucose levels worth it just to know?
    I don’t have diabetes but I have a home tester and was considering just for curiosity sake buying some strips and checking my glucose levels periodically and possibly seeing how certain meals/diets that vary on the glycemic index effect my blood sugar levels.

    I’m 24 and about 10lbs overweight (yes I exercise daily and don’t eat junk food).
    i know i don’t have diabetes. I’m on a seperate medication that increases my likely hood for insulin resistance.

    I run 5mi a day

    • ANSWER:
      If it will entertain you, go ahead. But I suspect that you won’t understand the natural fluctuation of blood glucose levels, and you’ll probably get yourself worried about whether your levels are OK. Or, you’ll use the tests to somehow justify eating things that you shouldn’t. This is common with public health screenings. Whatever you are testing for, you get people who have been told they have that problem, and they keep getting re-tested instead of doing something about it, hoping to find somone who will tell them that they don’t have that problem.

      If you suspect that you do have diabetes, ask your doctor to test your A1c.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can a diabetic have Normal blood glucose levels after eating?
    can a diabetic have normal blood glucose levels 2-3 hrs after eating? like a (92)?

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    Why does blood glucose levels fall after eating a meal?
    Why does blood glucose level fall after eating a meal? Is it due to the dietary glucose stimulating the release of insulin?

    • ANSWER:
      yup..due to homeostasis the increase in blood glucose concentration causes the secretion of the hormone insulin from the islets of langerhans in the pancreas..the latter is released in the blood..the blood transports it to the liver where the excess glucose is converted into glycogen 4 storage..

  24. QUESTION:
    If my blood glucose levels are normal does that mean I’m not diabetic?
    I went to the doc today and told her how I have a sweet metallic taste in my mouth and I thought it might be diabetes. She pulled up my records and said that my recent blood test showed that my blood glucose levels were normal so I can’t have diabetes. I don’t really trust my doctor… So is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you expiriencing any of the symptoms that go along with diabetes? How long ago was your last blood test? There maybe a possiblity of diabetes if the test was a long time ago. But likely you dont have diabetes if your doctor did tests recently. If you don’t trust your doctor I would HIGHLY suggest you get a new one. You are paying them good money…although I highly doubt your doc is lying to you…if your not happy go to a different doctor.

  25. QUESTION:
    Why do blood glucose levels fluctuate within minutes from a prior check?
    Went to doc for physical this week and fasting blood glucose was 119; scheduled for recheck next week with additional follow-up if still high. This morning, having not eaten in 10 hours, I checked using my husband’s glucometer, and level was at 130. Checked the machine to ensure it was calibrated appropriately and checked again. Upon recheck, within minutes, it then read 117. (OK, still too high for fasting, but…..)
    Why does it fluctuate like that?

    • ANSWER:
      Just answering questions for 2 points.

  26. QUESTION:
    Is there anything other than insulin that can cause your blood glucose levels to be erratic?
    My blood glucose levels can bounce from very low to very high and back down within a very short period of time. The doctor has checked my insulin levels and they are stable, so I am wondering if there is any other substances in our bodies that can have an adverse affect on glucose levels other than insulin. The doc has not diagnosed me as being diabetic at this time.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are not diabetic, and you don’t faint in the streets from too low blood glucose, then your problem — whatever it is — would not seem to be immediately life threatening. And the erratic changes are not likely due to insulin. Here’s why.

      =======
      background

      Metabolic control in the human body is fairly simple in principle. Just involved and interconnected, and only partially understood even now.

      You absorb glucose from food in the intestines (after breaking down complex carbohydrates so it’s possible to absorb them) and it goes into the blood. From there it can be absorbed by body cells and insulin is required for about 2/3 of them to do the absorption. Only two types of cells storage significant amounts of glucose internally (liver cells and muscle cells). As the glucose is used as fuel within cells, they either convert internal stores back to glucose, or absorb more from the blood. Glucose absorption is controlled in the 2/3 of the total by insulin, which is required for those cells to absorb glucose. When the beta cells (which are the only source of insulin) see high blood glucose, they release insulin. In non-diabetics, this causes those 2/3 of cells to absorb glucose, the blood level to drop, and the release of insulin to cease.

      When glucose levels are low, and so insulin levels are as well, liver cells (but not muscle cells) to release stored insulin into the blood. The result is that blood glucose is kept at a more or less constant level, save just after meals when it rises somewhat.

      Note that insulin, and exercise, are the only control for reducing glucose levels. There are several situations in which glucose levels are raised by opposing hormones. All of the stress hormones (adrenalin, for instance) cause the liver to output stored glucose and so to raise blood glucose levels. Another hormone, glucagon, also causes the liver to output stored glucose to the blood, and it’s sometimes carried by those whose glucose levels are characteristically too low. Infections also usually cause glucose levels to rise.

      So,

      food and any of several signals to the liver cause blood glucose to rise.

      insulin and exercise cause blood glucose to go down; glucose is strongly conserved and is never lost in normal circumstances.

      Blood glucose levels vary somewhat in the normal usual course of things. The fluctuations you note in your case, if abnormal, are most likely due to one of these controls.

  27. QUESTION:
    What are the physiological effects of high/low blood glucose levels, with their corresponding levels.?
    I am looking for a picture/chart/article that can give a list of blood glucose levels and the corresponding physiological effects. (i.e. 10 mg/dL – coma….. 40 mg/dL impaired judgment…. 125 mg/dL organ damage.) Anything that can put me in the right direction to find this information is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    What’s it mean if I have all the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia but my blood glucose levels are normal?
    I have to constantly snack otherwise I start getting faint, diaphoretic, pale, nauseated, etc. I check my blood glucose levels and they are consistently normal, usually around 82-100.

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    what are the normal blood glucose levels for a person with diabetes mellitus type 1 & 2?
    normal blood glucose levels for an average perso n is approximately 90mg/100ml. can anyone tell me the BGL for a person with diabetes mellitus?

    • ANSWER:
      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.

      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.

      That it , there the same.

  30. QUESTION:
    responsible for regulating blood glucose levels. What illness results if this system no longer functions prop?
    responsible for regulating blood glucose levels. What illness results if this system no longer functions properly?

    • ANSWER:
      Normally, the body gets the energy it needs from carbohydrates. However, stored fat is broken down and ketones are made if the diet does not contain enough carbohydrates to supply the body with sugar (glucose) for energy, or if the body cannot use blood sugar (glucose) properly, as in diabetes.

      Diabetes results.

      Hope this helps.

  31. QUESTION:
    WIll fasting blood glucose levels change in the final hours of the fast?
    I’ve fasted for 10 hours. If I wait another two hours will I get a lower blood glucose reading? Fasts are recommended for 8, 10, and 12 hours. Which one is the best amount of fasting time?

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the normal fluctuation for blood glucose levels?
    I checked my glucose levels, which came to be 97. About an hour later, I checked again, and it was 68. I ate my lunch, and checked once more, getting 83, but again, hardly an hour later it had dropped back down to 69. My question is: Is the fluctuation of 20 or so values dangerous or significant? What is a healthy fluctuation bracket?

    • ANSWER:
      This begs several additional questions:
      Is the glucometer properly calibrated? Are the test strips fresh (not expired) and did you correctly place the drop of blood on it by not milking your finger too much?
      Also, you don’t mention what you ate for lunch.
      A normal blood glucose level in a healthy adult is somewhere between 70-120 mg/dL.
      If you are diabetic, then your ranges of good control would be somewhere between 70-180 mg/dL if on insulin therapy or antihyperglycemic medication.
      I would be very suspicious about your technique or your insulin dosing if your blood sugar levels dropped an hour after eating (they should continue to rise for at least another hour depending on the meal, and peak somewhere between 3-4 hours after eating, again, depending on the meal).
      You don’t mention whether your a diabetic or not, but I would assume this is the case since you are checking your blood sugar levels.
      You need only check your levels an hour or 30 min prior to eating, first thing in the morning and at bed time. You should be eating high protein meals, so the glucose levels rise slowly. If your levels are truly this low after a meal (and you need to keep a daily diary of your levels to check this) then I would suggest that your insulin dosage is too high, or you have the wrong combination of long and short acting insullins for your diet and lifestyle.
      If this persists (again, keep a diary) then you need to see your endocrinologist to get an adjustment. Or eat smaller more frequent meals to space out your blood sugar levels.

  33. QUESTION:
    How does the body ensure that blood glucose levels are correct for cells?
    Actual Gcse Q: Explain how the body ensures that there is enough glucose available to its cells when there is a shortage in the blood.

    • ANSWER:
      When blood glucose levels rise above the ‘normal’ level, the beta cells (islets of Langerhans) of the pancreas produce a hormone called insulin.

      This enables the transference of glucose from the bloodstream to enter the body’s cells where it is used for the creation of energy, or to be stored for later use as glycogen.

      As this happens, blood glucose levels fall. This results in a signal being sent to the alpha cells (islets of Langerhans) which go on to produce another hormone called glucagon. Glucagon stimulates the liver to release some of it’s store of glycogen … the way it stores glucose … back into the bloodstream.

      This, in a non-diabetic, is a tightly controlled sub-system that happens automatically.

  34. QUESTION:
    What would cause my daughter’s blood glucose levels to be high?
    My husband monitors his glucose and on a whim I tested my 8 yr old daughter’s when she had poked her finger and it bled. She tested at a 488. I tested it an hour later and she was a 142. Is it normal for kids to have such high levels? Is this something that is an immediate concern, or something to make an appointment and get on the Dr’s schedule for 2 weeks from now?

    • ANSWER:
      The first high reading may have been contaminated because her hand had sugar on it (dirty hands), or made artificially high because the blood had been exposed to air too long.

      Test her again 2 hours after eating a meal, with hands that have been washed and dried. If the reading is over 140, it’s time to visit her doctor.

  35. QUESTION:
    Does calcium help with controlling Blood glucose levels?
    Is this true? I’m not sure and just want to check. if so how?

    I heard that calcium is related to blood gulcose levels with homeostasis? but what about in your diet? IF i have more calcium in my diet, would this help keep blood glucose levels under control? what about for a diabetic?

    thanks for explaining!

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve heard that it does too, though I don’t know why it’s supposed to help.

      Your best bet is probably to just make sure you get enough calcium in your diet. Even if it doesn’t help your blood sugar, it will definitely prevent kidney stones and osteoporosis. Make sure you spread the calcium out throughout the day because your body can only absorb so much at one sitting. I don’t drink milk often so I have 3 Viactiv chews every day; morning, afternoon and evening. Not only do they give me the calcium I need but also vitamin D.

      Not that the supplements are a good substitute for a healthy diet. But it will ensure that you get the amount you need each day.

  36. QUESTION:
    why is it important to control the blood glucose levels?
    its in connection with the importance of homeostasis in the body.why it is important for the blood glucose to lie in a particular range.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeostasis is the state in which all bodily functions work at their optimum level. A normal fasting blood sugar should b in the range of 80-110 mg/100 ml. If the blood sugar far exceeds this level, it is possible that the kidneys will become overloaded and dump excess sugar into the urine. The maintenance of sugar in normal ranges is a function of insulin as well, and also the avoidance of the consumption of too much simple sugar. It certainly is wonderful that the body controls these things automatically.

  37. QUESTION:
    when and how often does a person test blood glucose levels?
    my mother in law has been diagnosed with stage 2 diabetes. she is on medication in pill form. my question is how often and when should she be testing her glucose levels and why does she say she cannot eat when the number reaches a certain level?

    • ANSWER:
      I test when I get up in the mornings, before each meal, and 2 hours after each meal, and before bedtime. Most doctors want their patients that have just been diagnosed with diabetes to test often. This tells you how your meals are affecting your blood sugars and how your medications are affecting the blood sugar. Then he will know if your meds may need adjusted and if you need to watch your diet more closely. Make sure she knows that it may take several months for her medications to bring her blood sugars down to continued normal readings, and during this time it is very common for the doctor to adjust the dosage, or even try different medications. If she is having high readings, it can mean that she ate too many carbs with her last meal. A 30 minute walk or some kind of exercise can help bring her readings down. Exercise is a very important part of controlling blood sugars. She can eat pretty much anything, as long as her meals do not contain more than 45 grams of carbs each meal. She can also have 2 daily in between meal snacks that are around 15 grams of carbs each. She needs to learn to count carbs, (easy) and make an appointment with a dietitian or a nutritionist to help her with her meal plans. She will learn a lot from her. She should also sign up for a few diabetes educational classes. Learning all she can about her disease will make control much easier. If she has a high reading, no she does not want to eat more until she gets the level down because more food makes the reading higher. This an area that educational classes and nutritionist will really help.

  38. QUESTION:
    What would make blood glucose levels peak at 157 if I haven’t eaten in hours?
    I have gestational diabetes.

    This is the highest reading I have had, and I am supposed to be keeping it under 140 which has been completely manageable up to this point.

    I haven’t had anything to eat since about 3:30 this afternoon- I had a small cup of yogurt which was 22 grams of carbs.

    What would make my blood glucose level peak without any food or drink to raise it and should 17 points concern me?

    I am supposed to stay under 140

    • ANSWER:
      You probably need a little more meds.

      Tin
      What’s the cause ;Gestational Diabetes.

  39. QUESTION:
    this question is about blood glucose levels and hormones ?
    the question is:
    Name two hormones other that insulin that affect the blood glucose levels in mammals?

    • ANSWER:
      1. cortisone which is secreted by the adrenal cortex
      2. epinephrine secreted by adrenal medulla
      there are more but cannot remember where they come from

  40. QUESTION:
    will drinking pop make my blood glucose levels temporarly high?
    i drank a 32oz(it was cheaper then 20oz) dr.pepper (not something i often do) and later that day i went to get a blood test and my glucose levels where high, they think there is a chance i have diabetes, but i never said anything about the pop, think it could be significant ?
    it was not diet

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on how high. If you don’t have diabetes a high sugar soda shouldn’t impact your blood sugar that much, so you shouldn’t have a REALLY high number even after the soda.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are normal blood glucose levels?
    What are normal glucose levels for a non diabetic teenage girl?
    How often should I test my levels?
    The doctors think that I may have diabetes.
    I live in Australia so please answer in mmol please.

    • ANSWER:
      Visit my blog site and print off the Blood Glucose Level chart. The chart relates the HbA1C and daily finger prick tests. The chart covers the full range of results and converts USA and Canadian measurements. Study the chart and discuss it with your doctor so the expected range for you condition can be explained to you.

      You should test at least daily. I test twice a day, morning and evening. This allows me to adjust my diet during the day to control my glucose level.

      Best Wishes.

  42. QUESTION:
    How do High blood glucose levels effect alcohol dispersion from the body?
    Does a high sugar level in the blood effect the ability of the body to disperse alcohol at the usual rate?

    • ANSWER:
      No , the reverse of that is true ,

      High blood alcohol level may prevent the liver from changing stored carbohydrate into glucose , and that may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) ,
      the explanation of that :
      alcohol is a toxin , and your liver gives the priority to break down it , so your liver becomes busy with alcohol metabolism , and it stops releasing glucose into blood stream until it finishes with alcohol ,

      Dr.debilitas

  43. QUESTION:
    Do all insulin pumps check blood glucose levels?
    I (hopefully) will be getting an insulin pump on Monday (yay!) and was wondering if all models automatically check blood sugar levels every 5 minutes or whatever, or if that’s not standard. Might I still have to stick my finger to check my levels every day?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, dear lady, pumps by themselves don’t test your blood glucose levels. That only happens if you have them attached to a CGMS (Continuous Glucose Monitoring System), and they are very expensive. (It’s another attachment that needs to be inserted subcutaneously, and needs to be changed every few days. I’m not sure how expensive they work out at in the United States, but when I was using them, over here in the UK, they cost approximately £50 each. At today’s exchange rate, that’s got to be in excess of each.)

      Do you want some more bad news? I’m afraid, whilst the pump is new to you, you’re going to have to test your blood glucose levels more frequently. This is because pumps only use fast-acting insulins, and there’s a greater danger of you having hypoglycaemic [hypoglycemic] attacks. It would also be safer for you to purposely wake yourself up during the night to test, at least until you’re sure that your blood glucose isn’t dropping unexpectedly.

      I know it sounds like I’m painting a black picture of pump use, but really I’m not. In fact, if anyone were to try taking my pump away from me I’d fight them to the death … and I’ve been using one for approximately 12 years now.

      I’m sure that once you’re used to your new pump you’ll find it such a wonderfully liberating thing to have.

      I wish you well, dear lady.

  44. QUESTION:
    Give 2 causes why blood glucose levels still fall in an untreated diabetic?
    In an untreated diabetic person (i.e. lacking insulin) the blood glucose concentration after a meal reaches an abnormally high level. Eventually it slowly falls, however. Knowing that insulin is required for glucose uptake into liver, adipose, and muscle tissues, give two causes why blood glucose levels still fall in an untreated diabetic.

    If I say, “a considerable amount of glucose gets collected in the urine (a condition known as glycosuria)”, is it good as one of the reasons? If not, please tell me the answers, if you know, to the question. Thanks a lot.
    xonicjonas: I guess I should have posted my question in the biology category. It’s a question about my laboratory experiment, so I can’t use the answer you gave me.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh thought you did =)

      “sugar in the blood”, “honey in the urine” is what happens

      “Diabetes, known as diabetes mellitus, is a disorder caused by the body’s inability to break down certain substances, notably sugar. If the body is unable to transform or metabolize food into energy due to a lack of a protein hormone produced in the pancreas, the result is a high concentration of sugar in the blood and urine. ”

      ‘Banting and Best’ they found it in dogs and recreated diabetes. 1922 ?

      It’s a short story…about two boys and their dogs LOL

      http://inventors.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.mt

  45. QUESTION:
    I want to monitor my blood glucose levels. What is the best way to do this from home?
    Can anyone recommend a good device?

    I am not diabetic or anything serious like that, but without going into a big loooong story, I just really think I could benefit from a reliable, affordable, and ideally not too painful or inconvenient way of monitoring my blood sugar.

    Thanks guys,

    Mike :)
    Sorry, just realised I am using sugar and glucose interchangeably here, which may or may not be ok!

    I just meant to say “blood sugar” :)

    • ANSWER:
      FreeStyle makes really great machines that require only a small blood sample. There are many different types of meters but if you aren’t diabetic you could probably find a meter that doesn’t have a lot of “bells and whistles” and it would be pretty affordable.

  46. QUESTION:
    How to measure blood sugar “blood glucose levels”?
    I find there is both kind of messurment using for blood glucose counting, eg, 4-8 mg and 100-140, how does it works?
    and howmany mm count 140?

    Thanks Jessica, it was very useful site to my question

    • ANSWER:
      You really should talk to your doctor about this because it’s vital that you know the theory of diabetes mellitus.

      Here is a site that converts mg to mmol, but please talk to your doctor.

  47. QUESTION:
    Can dehydration elevate blood glucose levels?
    I had nothing to eat or drink with the exception of one Diet Coke 36 hours prior to my blood work. It was nearly 100 degrees both days and I know I was dehydrated. I’ve read that elevated glucose can cause dehydration but can dehydration cause the increased glucose reading?
    I’m not diabetic and have never had the A1GC test. My fasting glucose came back abnormal so I am just curious if dehydration can elevate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely.

      What do you think is the easiest way to treat DKA?? That’s right…IV rehydration.

      Not only can dehydration elevate your sugar, it can send it to dangerously high levels…leading to DKA, coma and death.

      Does that answer your question?

      EMT

  48. QUESTION:
    Can prenatal vitamins throw off blood glucose levels?
    I’m 28 weeks and was yesterday diagnosed with gestational diabetes. so I have to monitoe my carbs intake and check my glucuse levels 6-7 times a day.

    I take my prenatal vitamins with my dinner, since they make me nauseaous if I take them without food. Will they effect the glucose levels. I have to test before meals and 1hr. after meals.

    • ANSWER:
      I had gestational diabetes with my first pregnancy and it looks like I’m going to have it agian with this pregnancy (haven’t done the glucose test yet, I’m only 25 wks right now, but I have been checking sugar levels at home and they look like they may be getting higher again). It really wasn’t that big of a deal for me. My first pregnancy I kept to my ‘low carb low sugar’ diet and insulin at the end and my daughter was born (early, 37 weeks) perfectly healthy. I took my prenatal vitamin all throughout the first pregnancy and my doctor didn’t advise me not to take them this time (he knew GD would probably occur again). I think the benefits of the vitamins far outweight the sugar content (if any) in them. Just try to follow your diet and exercise as much as possible. Good luck and congrats on the little one.

  49. QUESTION:
    What level does a full sugar coke drink spike your blood glucose levels to?
    I had a coke and had my blood sugar tested whilst drinking it. I had a level of 23.5 which is quite high isnt it? My gran who did the test though said not to worry as i was drinking coke at the time. Is she right?

    • ANSWER:
      U mmm 23.5 is 2.5 higher than when the test reader screams GO TO THE HOSPITAL. This is not a normal reading, it is nowhere near a normal reading. 6.0 is the ceiling of normal. There is the possibility that it was bumped up a little if your fingers had some coke on them however little, happens to me if I have not washed the soap off well enough, but the chances of that are slim. You need to be tested.

  50. QUESTION:
    Any experience with cats and raised blood glucose levels?
    My 14 1/2 year old neutered male cat had to go to the vets to get his teeth scaled. It’s quite a long journey but doesn’t usually bother him, so I was surprised he was shouting all the way – though realised why when he pooed himself (he’d obviously not had time for his usual morning outing before we had to leave). When I collected him, they said his blood glucose levels (which they check along with other things before giving anaesthetic) were very high, and although this can happen with stress, they said the level was even higher than they would expect with that. They suggested it could be diabetes and wanted me to let them have a urine sample from him. To do this I would have to shut him in a small room overnight which would stress him thoroughly (we live in a rural area where he’s used to hunting – and likes to sleep on top of me when he’s in overnight!). Is there a real risk? I am almost certain the problem was entirely stress-related. What would you advise?
    He isn’t drinking more, hasn’t lost weight, looks great. I know I could check the urine myself, but the issue is that to get a urine sample I would have to enclose him which would automatically stress him and raise the blood glucose levels! So it doesn’t seem worth doing unless there are really good reasons to suppose it could be diabetes. Are there other symptoms to look for? And if he does have it and remains symptom-free, what are the dangers of leaving it untreated?
    Please, can I emphasise, HE IS NOT DRINKING MORE; HE DOES NOT SEEM ILL IN ANY WAY!!!

    • ANSWER:
      it is still possible he has diabetes here is some info which might help

      Diabetes mellitus strikes 1 in 400 cats and a similar number of dogs. Symptoms in dogs and cats are similar to those in humans. Generally, most dogs and about half of cats experience type-1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes, rather than the type-2 that’s now becoming common in obese humans. The condition is definitely treatable, and need not shorten the animal’s life span or life quality. In cats, prompt effective treatment can even lead to diabetic remission, in which the cat no longer needs injected insulin. Untreated, the condition leads to blindness in dogs, increasingly weak legs in cats, and eventually malnutrition, ketoacidosis and/or dehydration, and death.

      Symptoms
      Cats and dogs will generally show a gradual onset of the disease over a few weeks, and it may escape notice for a while. The condition is unusual in animals less than 7 years old. The first obvious symptoms are a sudden weight loss or gain, accompanied by excessive drinking and urination. Appetite is suddenly either ravenous (up to 3 times normal) or absent. In dogs, the next symptom is vision problems and cataracts, while in cats the back legs will become weak and the gait may become stilted or wobbly. A quick test at this point can be done using keto/glucose strips (the same as used on the Atkins diet) with your pet. If the keto/glucose strips show glucose in the urine, diabetes is indicated. If a strip shows ketones in the urine, the pet should be brought to an emergency clinic right away.

      Watch for noticeable thinning of the skin and apparent fragility — these are also serious and indicate that the pet is consuming all its body fat. Dehydration is also common by this point, and death can follow quickly.

      Treatment
      Diabetes can be treated but is life-threatening if left alone. Early diagnosis and treatment by a qualified veterinarian can help, not only in preventing nerve damage, but in some cases, in cats, can even lead to remission.[1][2]

      Diet
      Diet is a critical component of treatment, and is in many cases effective on its own. For example, a recent mini-study[3] showed that many diabetic cats stopped needing insulin after changing to a low-carbohydrate diet. The rationale is that a low-carb diet reduces the amount of insulin needed and keeps the variation in blood sugar low and easier to predict. Also, fats and proteins are, in dogs and perhaps cats, turned into blood glucose much more slowly and evenly than carbohydrates, reducing blood-sugar highs right after mealtimes.

      Latest veterinary good practise is to recommend a low-carb diet for cats, and a high-fiber, moderate-carb diet for dogs. In dogs another alternative is to feed a normal healthy diet but give mealtime insulin bolus supplements.

      It’s now becoming clear that lower carbohydrate diets will significantly lower insulin requirements for diabetic cats. Carbohydrate levels are highest in dry cat foods (even the expensive prescription types) so cats are best off usually with a low-carb healthy canned diet. Some prescription canned foods made for diabetic cats are effective, but some ordinary ones work just as well. Between 3 and 9% calories from carbohydrates seems to be optimal. These lists of common commercial cat foods and their carbohydrate energy content are kept up-to date.

      Pills
      Oral medications like Glipizide that stimulate the pancreas promoting insulin release, (or in some cases, reduce glucose production) work in some small proportion of cats (Most dogs are Type I diabetics so oral hypoglycemic drugs are usually not prescribed for them), but these drugs may be completely ineffective if the pancreas is not working. Worse, these drugs have been shown in some studies[4] to damage the pancreas further, reducing the chances of remission for cats. They have also been shown to cause liver damage. Many are reluctant to switch from pills to insulin injections, but the fear is unjustified; the difference in cost and convenience is minor, (many cats are easier to inject than to pill!) and injections are more effective in almost all cases.

      Insulin injections
      Humans with Type-1 diabetes are often treated with a “basal plus bolus” method, where a long-acting insulin is injected once or twice daily to provide a “basal” insulin level, then shorter-acting insulin is used just before mealtimes. For cats and dogs a “basal” method is usually employed instead — a single slow-acting dose, twice daily, attempts to keep the blood sugar within a recommended range for the entire day. In this case it’s important for the pet to avoid large meals, since they can seriously affect the blood sugar. (Meals may also be timed to coincide with peak insulin activity.) Once-daily doses are not recommended for most cats, since insulin usually metabolizes faster in cats than in dogs or humans; an insulin brand that lasts 24 hours in people may only be good for about 12 in a cat.

      Cats and dogs may be treated with animal insulins (pork-based seems to work best in dogs, beef-based in cats), or with human synthetic insulins. The best choice of insulin brand and type varies between pets and may require some experimentation. One of the popular human synthetic insulins, Humulin N /Novolin N/ NPH, is reasonable for dogs, but is usually a poor choice for cats, since cats’ metabolisms run about twice as fast. The Lente and Ultralente versions were therefore very popular for feline use until summer 2005, when Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk both discontinued them.

      Until the early 1990′s, the most recommended type for pets was beef/pork-derived PZI, but that type was phased out over the 1990′s and is now difficult to find in many countries. There are sources in the US and UK, and many vets are now starting to recommend them again for pets.

      Caninsulin [5], known in the USA as Vetsulin [6], made by Intervet [7] (owned by Akzo Nobel), is a brand of pork-based insulin, which is designed for cats and dogs, and is available both through veterinarians and pharmacies with a veterinarian’s prescription, depending on the country [8]. Although not approved, Caninsulin can also used for the treatment of diabetes mellitus in pet rabbits [9] and guinea pigs.

      Two new ultra-slow time-release synthetic human insulins are just becoming available in 2004 and 2005 for improving basal stability, generically known as Insulin Detemir (“Levemir”)[10] and Insulin Glargine (“Lantus”). A mini-study at the University of Brisbane, Australia[11] has had remarkable results with Insulin Glargine in cats. No studies have yet been performed on pets with Detemir/Levemir, but early anecdotal evidence[12] shows that it is also very effective on cats.


Best Sugars For Diabetics

How can we prevent diabetes and the best ways to prevent diabetes :

This website gives you the best review source of preventing diabetes at free of cost. Preventing diabetes at the early stage can be possible due to its less causing effects in the early stages.

Diabetes is nothing but a metabolic disease .Due to this disorder, the metabolic chemical reactions are not carried properly in the body, which means, the energy conversion in the body doesnt occur properly. Diabetes disease in the body doesnt produce insulin hormone which is essential hormone in the body to covert glucose (sugar), carbohydrates, lipids, proteins into energy .The insulin hormone is used to maintain the blood sugar level in the body at required range but to diabetes disorder the blood sugar level will not be in this particular range (70 mg/dl -110 mg/dl).

Diabetes mellitus is divided into two main types:

Type 1 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes

Type1 and Type 2 diabetes causes severe impact on individual life. Due to these disorders, the break down of protein and fat into energy were carried out and the glucose breakdown is not carried due to non-production of insulin hormone. Due to only conversion fat and proteins into energy, symptoms like ployuria, polyphegia, and polydipsia and massive weight loss will be caused. In Type 1, Type2 diabetes, they are two types of blood levels. They are hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. If the blood sugar level is less than 70mg/dl, then it is called as hypoglycemia and if the blood glucose more than 110mg/dl, then it is called as hyperglycemia.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what is the best natural sugar substitute for diabetics?
    what is the best natural sugar substitute for diabetics?

    • ANSWER:
      I use Splenda.It tastes similar to sugar,to me anyway.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the best substitute for sugar ? I mean, what is best for diabetics ?

    • ANSWER:
      ^ I found the best was Splenda, I buy the granular that measures like sugar for home and the packets for travel.

      There are good and bad reports on all artificial sweeteners, from what I’ve read Splenda is also the safest. You can get a lot of products made with Splenda.

      I am giving you a link to their site, they also have recipes. Be careful what you buy they make Splenda that is mixed with sugar also. I hope this helps.

  3. QUESTION:
    What foods are best for high blood sugar diabetics?
    My husband is taking Metformin, glubride, & insulin shots. But for some reason his sugar stays in the 200 level most of the time. I am starting to get very worried about him. Sometimes I wonder if he don’t sneak snacks behind my back.. He is over weight but not real bad.. Please tell me some good foods he can eat that won’t run his sugar up.. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Apply this general rule-the ones grown above the surface of earth-like vegetables etc (with the exception of coconut) are good and those grown below the earth like roots, certain nuts etc are harmful.Let any food with more fibre and protein than fat/corbohydrate be the thumb rule.
      It is not the intake of quantum of food that counts but the way in which the accrued calories are spent in more important.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the best foods for diabetics to eat?
    My mother age 50 was newly diagnosised with diabetes and I wanted to hear from other diabetics or those who live with a diabetic about misconceptions and the best foods to eat to maintain a heathy blood sugar. Does anyone know if splenda products are good substitues? Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Low Glycemic Index foods are in order. They raise your blood sugars slowly. Here is a list of 2,480food that are rated. It’s a simple and easy way to diet. But it also must be your bible for eating for the rest of your life. 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.

      The Glycemic load is the most important. Here are a couple of tidbits I thought I would throw in.

      Use ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cinnamon per day. Add it to your coffee, oatmeal, smoothie, or wherever you find it palatable.
      If you already suffer from diabetes, be sure to stay on a regular schedule with your cinnamon usage so that your blood sugar levels don’t yo-yo.Use the same amount at the same time every day so that you can get a sense of how cinnamon affects your own personal blood sugar readings.
      Use the powdered spice or a cinnamon stick. Cinnamon pills are also available, and can be found easily via an online search. MHCP is water soluble and is not found in cinnamon oil.

      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 .

      Keep blood sugars in normal range and avoid these complications. Blindness, Neuropathy, Kidney failure and Heart complications.
      Good Luck to your Mom. Take care! Tin.

  5. QUESTION:
    what is best food for diabetics to keep stable blood sugar?

    Candy. dam you are so funny!

    • ANSWER:
      You ask for the best food. OK here goes, in my opinion good old american chili is one of the best foods for diabetics. Especially if you drain off the fat from the hamburger.All ingredients are low on the Glycemic index.

      So keep in mind protein, veggies and a limited amount of carbs.

  6. QUESTION:
    In looking for a good, red wine to drink for health reasons, what is the best for diabetics?
    We are wanting to start drinking red wine as talked about on Oprah, but we have a family member who is diabetic so we want to choose wisely. Right now, we are drinking a cabernet sauvignon that is semi dry, and a bit tart. We would like a little less dry, less tart wine but want to watch the sugar. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Wine, period, is relatively high in sugar, especially those with fruit tones and one’s that aren’t dry. So, please take this into account if it’s going to be drunk by a diabetic.

      Instead of starting with blends like Burgundy (Beaujolais is a Burgundy) or Bordeaux, both of which can be pricey and complex, I recommend that you try single varietals until you understand what you like and don’t like. I also recommend starting with the French grapes, because all wine making areas started with cuttings from France or Italy, again to build a reference for the others. I’d suggest starting with a “jug wine” maker specifically Red Bicyclette or Fat Bastard. These are French bottlings that a French family would buy for daily meals, so they are reliable and affordable ( to /bottle, or less depending on state taxes).

      So, look for Red Bicyclette or Fat Bastard in:

      Merlot – a light red, with berry flavours (light enough for baked fish)

      Pinot Noir – another light red like merlot but with a more fruit than berry influence.

      Cabernet sauvignon – a robust red, best with roasted and grilled meat, tastes nutty

      Syrah/Shiraz (same thing) – another robust red, can be smoky in flavour.

      Merlot is the base wine in many blends. If you don’t like merlot, you might also avoid Bordeaux and/or Burgundies. There is also a Cabernet Franc, which is grown primarily in the Loire Valley, but it’s not as popular or common as the others I’ve listed.

      Outside of the French, try Chilean Malbec or the two major Italian blends (Italians don’t make single varietals) Chianti (light) or Valpolicella (robust).

      Californian wines tend to be sweeter than French because the grapes get enough extra sunlight to raise the sugar level. Excellent wines also come from Australia, Canada and South Africa.

      BTW, there is no such thing as a California (or anywhere else) Bordeaux, Burgundy (Beaujolais), Chianti or Valpolicella (the names of the blends are controled by French or Italian winemakers). The varietals are the names of the grapes themselves, so they can’t be “owned” by anyone.

  7. QUESTION:
    Which carbohydrates are best for diabetics?
    My aunt has type 2 diabetes. I noticed that even though she has cut out all kinds of sweets, white breads, and potatos from her diet (which is good) she is always eating wheat bread, crackers, and sweet potatos. Are these really better choices? I thought all carbs turned to sugar.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, these are good choices. As long as she doesn’t eat too much of them, they are fine. Complex carbs like whole grain breads, whole grain crackers, veggies, and even sweet potatoes are fine.

      If she needs to lose weight, the second phase of the South Beach Diet could be helpful. The South Beach Quick and Easy Cookbook, might be helpful for her, if she is interested in trying some new recipes, but it sounds like she knows what she’s doing.

      And by the way, there is nothing wrong with eating potatoes in small quantities. You just have to cut back your other carbs for that meal. I find that sweet potatoes make my blood sugar soar, while normal white potatoes are fine. I found a low carb potato that is even better, because it has less carbs then regular white spuds, but is still filling.

      Each individual has to find the diet that works for them. If her blood sugar is staying within healthy ranges before and after meals, then don’t worry about her.

      If you want to know what healthy ranges are, check out this link:

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

      and this page, http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/14045621.php

  8. QUESTION:
    On cakes, is it best for ones made for diabetics to use a sugar substitute or a lower carb count?
    Also, if you use a sugar substitute, does the frosting have the same consistency as ones with sugar? Im not diabetic but alot of people at my wedding will be and I want them to be able to eat cake to which is why I’m wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      A sugar substitute will lower the carb count anyways, as sugars and carbs are almost interchangeable. In fact, the total amount of carbs minus the fibre for any nutritional info is the total sugar count.

      Splenda is a great substitute, as it is made from sugar, but is also the most expensive. Not all other sweeteners have Aspertame, and Aspertame has never been officially linked to brain cancer as mentioned above. It used to be the widespread belief that ALL sugar substitutes cause brain cancer, but it is a myth.

      I have been Diabetic for 20 years, and using all sorts of different sweeteners my whole life.

      There are a ton of good recipes online for frosting made from sweeteners, as it DOES change the consistency, you’ll just have to look and look for one you like.

      Cheers and all the best

  9. QUESTION:
    what are the best foods for diabetics who are quitting smoking?
    My mother in law is a diabetic who smokes, but wants to quit without many of the side affects. She wants to know what are good snacks or meals to aid in the process of keeping her mind off of cigarettes but will also keep her blood sugar under control?

    • ANSWER:
      HARD CANDYS

      GUM

      GUMMIEBEARS

      COFFEE

      THROGH OUT ASHTRAYS

      CUT SOME CELLERY ,CARROTS,SQUASH UP INTO “STICKS”

      AND MAKE A DIP SHE LIKES–SPINACH IS MY FAVORIT AVALIBLE AT YOUR GROCERY STORE IN FREEZER

      CALLED T.G.I.F’S SPINACH DIP

      AND BUY FLOUR SUGAR AND CHOCOLATE MY GRANDMOTHER KEEPS HERSELF BUSY BAKING GOODIES AND MAILS THEM OUT TO FRIENDS AND RELITIVES

      OR GET HER A COMPUTER TO PASS THE TIME

      OR SHE WILL HAVE NO TIME–IF SHE DONT QUIT SOON

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the best kind of sugar-free candy?
    for diabetics, your favorite sugar-free candy and where to buy it. thanks!!:)
    okay then let me rephrase that. which is your favorite Diabetic Friendly candy or snack? these are for my cousin and i don’t know much about diabetes, sorry.

    • ANSWER:
      As others have explained, sugar-free candy typically contains a lot of carbohydrates in the form of sugar alcohols, often maltitol, which will raise blood sugar, sometimes substantially.

      When I want candy, I buy Lindt 85%. It’s not sugar free, but it’s lower in carbs than almost any sugar-free chocolate on the market. It’s sold at Wal-Mart, Target, Safeway, Walgreens, and lots of other stores. My local Walgreens is selling them right now for 2/.

  11. QUESTION:
    HELP!! I need your BEST Sugar-Free Cheesecake recipes!?
    I am a “baker” and LOVE cheesecake…So, I volunteered to bake cheesecakes for my Grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary party. Well, I found something I haven’t mastered as a baker, lol- the SUGAR-FREE Cheesecake.

    My grandfather is diabetic and I really want to make one cheesecake that is sugar-free so he can enjoy the sweets too!

    The problem: Pretty much every recipe I can find for one uses SPLENDA. I have heard that Splenda is HORRIBLE to bake with because it turns bitter when baked in the oven- I have also experienced this when I tasted a cookie that had been baked with Splenda- ICK!

    I have also found some recipes that are NO-BAKE which use gelatin, etc which sound ok; But we are planning to cut the cheesecakes into mini-bite sized portions for a dessert bar and I’m afraid that the no bake versions won’t “hold up” once cut into bite-sized portions…

    Any thoughts or advice from diabetics out there or those who bake for them?? Also, If you have an awesome recipe PLEASE feel free to share it!!

    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Hon, no bake cheesecake is amazing, and it does hold up. I bake as well and I love making the no bake cheesecake because its fast, simple, and delicious! Trust me, it will hold up!

      Ingredients-
      1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
      1/2 cup butter
      1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      1 (.6 ounce) package sugar free lemon flavored gelatin
      1 cup boiling water
      1 (8 ounce) package reduced fat cream cheese
      2 teaspoons vanilla extract
      1 cup frozen light whipped topping, thawed

      Directions-
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, butter and cinnamon. Mix well and press into the bottom of a 9 inch square pan. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
      Dissolve lemon gelatin in boiling water. Let cool until thickened, but not set. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Blend in lemon gelatin. Fold in whipped topping.
      Pour filling into crust. Sprinkle top with graham cracker crumbs. Refrigerate over night.

  12. QUESTION:
    Are carrots bad for diabetics, and what veg are good?
    Ive read that carrots are bad for diabetics due to the natural sugar they contain.(same apparently goes for parsnips and peas)

    Is this true?

    Also, what veg are the best for diabetics, I love Broccoli and cabbage, but would like a change very now and again!

    • ANSWER:
      Carrots as most things are ok for diabetics to eat as long as the portions are not too large. I avoid starchy vegetables like potatoes and peas If I do have them I am very careful of the quantity. You should be able to enjoy lots of different vegetables with no problem. Hope this Helps.

  13. QUESTION:
    The best bars for diabetics ? let me know what you diabetics choose ?
    So these three are supposed to be the best according to the Pennsylvania State University experts. With Diabetes the lower the GI rating the better the appetite suppression.
    #1 Hershey’s Smart Zone GI rating of 10.9
    #2 Zone Perfect doub. Choc. has GI rating of 43.7
    #3 SlimFast Optima rich choc. brownie bar. 63.8

    Sugar water (for comparison) GI rating is 100.
    What do you diabetics think about this. Good study sounds accurate?

    What about Atkins Advantage Caramel Cookie Dough Bar High protein, with 8 g fiber, 1 sugar, 180 cal.but 17 total g. carbs however it says while tested for GI index its 2 carbs shown.

    So whats your choice diabetic and why?

    Surfer Girl

    • ANSWER:
      None of the above. You can’t beat a healthy diet consisting of natural foods like raw vegetables, chicken breast, fish, whole grains, some fruits, etc. Atkins is particularly bad for diabetics. Heck, one of the reasons diabetes is beyond epidemic proportions is because of all the processed foods and poor nutrition.

  14. QUESTION:
    Heart problems in diabetics?
    My friend’s father is only 50, he’s been a diabetic for a long time and has taken really good care of himself. Has perfect cholesterol, blood pressure, and keeps his blood sugar best as possible. He had a heart attack in late July, he thought he just threw his back out and went a week without being treated for a massive heart attack. The Dr’s told him it was because of his sleep apnia (where you stop breathing during sleep) he had had the problem for so long that he had worn down his heart. Now only a bottom part of the heart is working, they have given him a year to live. They tell him that it’s unlikely he’ll even make the heart transplant list because he’s diabetic. But since he’s in such good health besides his heart is there anything that anyone knows about that could help him? Have you experienced this with loved ones that are diabetic? He’s just so YOUNG! They can’t even do bypass surgery or put in a defibilator/pacemaker.

    • ANSWER:
      not sure exactly what the question is, no he probably wont’ make a transplant list because of his diabetes. The combination of sleep apnea and the severe atherosclerosis seen in diabetics are extremely high risk factors for diabetics. In fact, more than half of all diabetics die ultimatley from cardiovascular diseases.

      Defbrillators or pacemakers wont help this problem, and i’m not clear as to the reason they would avoid bypass. Perhaps his atherosclerotic disease is so severe there are either no good vessels to use or it wouldn’t do any good anyway.

      This is one of the reasons diabetes is such an overwhelmingly difficult disease. Especially for someone so young. I’m sorry for your friend’s plight, perhaps he should look into some kind of palliative care plan.

  15. QUESTION:
    Best fruits for diabetics?
    I heard a lot of stuff that fruit can affect sugar levels etc, so I am just wondering what kind of fruits do diabetics consume that wouldn’t affect sugar levels
    i am newly diagnosed and its getting very hard for me to get to grips with this all
    please help thank you

    • ANSWER:
      It is important for diabetics to have their 5 a day. Fruit juices are best avoided since they are high sugar. Apples, berries and bananas are relatively low GI, melon and grapes are high.

  16. QUESTION:
    Best weight loss plan for diabetics?
    I’m looking for a weight loss program that doesn’t require paid membership, purchase of special products, and helps you track your progress. It needs to be for diabetics, that won’t make your blood-sugar skyrocket or hit rock bottom. It would be helpful if it had a menu and excercise plan.

    • ANSWER:
      My friend’s doctor recommended The South Beach Diet to her (She has been diabetic for over 25 years), but for some reason she didn’t stick with it. Check with your doctor first.

  17. QUESTION:
    what is the best juice to drink in the am for diabetics.?
    I’ve been drinking 6-8 oz of oj but have been told it has too much sugar. I have a large bowl of very high fiber cereal with my juice in the morn. ( I mix shreeded wheat, oatmeal, wheat germ, multi grain cereal and dried fruit

    • ANSWER:
      You need to count carbs.How many should you have in the morning ? What did your endocrinologist and your dietitian have to say ?
      Your cereal mix sounds great but it also sounds like it has a huge amount of carbs.

      Instead of juice, why not try the whole fruit it self ? You already have fruit in your cereal- I think two fruits at breakfast may be too much.

      For alternative breakfasts try scrambled eggs with green peppers, onions or whatever veggies you like.
      Add some toast or a very small amount of cereal and drink water.
      Also
      Yogurt with fruit and a biscuit .
      Or
      Toast with melted cheese , a piece of fruit and water[ coffee or tea ]
      Or
      Cottage cheese with berries and an egg or two ?

      Gotta count those carbs.

  18. QUESTION:
    What do you think about the NAKED drink for type-II diabetics? (worth 10-points for the best answer)?
    Hi! 10-Points for the best answer! :-)

    I have seen drinks in the produce aisles of some grocery stores called, “Naked” drinks. They are supposedly all fruit and vegetable with no sugar or preservatives. (their site: http://www.nakedjuice.com/main.php)

    Do you have any opinions or advice about these drinks from a diabetic point of view?

    • ANSWER:
      Too many carbs and too little fiber. It would cause my Blood Glucose to shoot up very quickly. Eating actual fruit and vegetables is better, as they are digested slower.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are the best natural foods that helps lower blood sugar?
    Can some one guide me or list-up maximum name of natural foods available in Indian subcontinent that helps lower blood sugar for type two diabetics!…

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Fruits like lemon, papaya, watermelon, melons, peaches, apples, guavas, apricots, corn kernels and kiwi are naturally low in sugar. It is best to avoid fruit juices which have added sugar and fruits like bananas, grapes, mangoes, dates and plums which have a very high sugar content.

      Thanks,
      Noopur

  20. QUESTION:
    Best recipe for sugar free/diabetic cheesecake?
    I tried making this cheesecake twice:

    http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/desserts/r/lcarbcheesecake.htm

    One with a generic liquid artificial sweetner and the second time with Sweet N Low. Both times the taste was horrible, and I think it’s because of the sugar substitutes. I heard today that Splenda is usually good for baking.

    This is like the 5th cheesecake I’ve attemped to make, and was wondering if any experienced bakers out there, would using Splenda instead make the taste not so horrible? I know it’s not sugar free, but I read that it was ok for diabetics, so…

    • ANSWER:
      here’s a recipe for you, crumb crust, cream cheese 2 packages, lemon juice about 1/4 cup, condensed milk about 1/2 can and 1/2 cup splenda, beat till real creamy and fluffy let sit for about 2 hours and enjoy, hope this helps!

  21. QUESTION:
    Attn: Diabetics—-what’s your best recipe that’s heathful? Need ideas.?
    My fiance was diagonsed yesterday with Type II. We talked with the doctor yesterday and he gave us general knowledge of what to and what not to eat. We are also going to a dietician class but not till 2 weeks. In the meantime can someone give me good recipe to cook. Preferably whole meals. For instance, if you bake chicken, please tell me how to do it, what kind you like best and also what sides do you eat with it and how much of each. We gotta grocery shop tonight and get everything sugar free…we have so much fattening and sugary food in our pantry. I am also going to eat like he has to to avoid me getting it one day. Also how do you know how long you have had diabetes? Thanks in advance for all the answers. Oh and also, I have a diet book & found websites for meals but I want to know your personal ideas and favorties. Thanks again.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      You are on the right track about the diabetes that your fiancé has just been diagnosed because you went to the doctor and tried to learn as much as you could. And now you are thinking about meal planning. This is a good way of approaching his condition because diabetes can be beaten even through diet and of course exercise as well.

      First I must congratulate you for joining him in his new way of eating because that way of eating is the healthy way to eat. In two weeks, you said you will meet with the dietitian. This is excellent because the dietitian will give you pointers as to the meals you plan to prepare. It is good to remember that in planning the meals to include the food he likes to eat and to be flexible about it. Consider his activities and make sure the meals will lead him to lose weight if he needs to and that it will also lead to keeping the blood glucose level within normal targets.

      I have a website that will give you a list of healthy foods for him and for you. I will give you the name of the site below. I know there are some recipes there. You can follow the recipes you have except use cooking methods that will be less fattening like boiling, steaming, broiling and use ingredients that are low in fat. But meantime, I will address your question about the chicken. That is good that you are thinking of baking it because that way of preparing chicken is better than frying it.. As for the sides, a small plate of salad will be perfect plus some steamed vegetables.

      It is not easy to know how long has had diabetes because sometimes the symptoms do not show for as long as ten years. What is important is that you are dealing with it now. Here is a page in my website. There are other pages there that deal with diabetes diet.

      Diabetes Food

      If that does not work, copy and paste the following onto your browser:

      http://www.free-symptoms-of-diabetes-alert.com

  22. 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.

  23. QUESTION:
    high HbA1c, uncontrolled high blood sugars and ketones for ages…help!?
    i’ve been a type 1 diabetic for about 10 1/2 years now, but ever since last february when i contracted e-coli in my kidneys and was hospitalised for 6 days it has been becoming more and more uncontrolled, until now i have a HbA1c of 14.1 (!!) and recently went into hospital with a blood sugar of 45 (for you americans, use this site http://www.medindia.net/patients/Calculators/bloodsugar-conversion.asp but believe me, it’s a lot.normal range in the UK system is 4-8). i’m using the basal bolus system and am taking novorapid and levemir. tests at the hospital all seem to be fine but i;m getting regular ‘HI’ sugar readings and am seriously worried about risks of more serious complications in future. anyone got any tips/ideas about what might be happening as my ridiculous doctors seem to have no clue, and, as we all know, diabetics know best! any similar experiences would be really interesting to hear as well.
    thanks in advance guys.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds to me as though you need to increase your background insulin (Levemir).
      Initially increase each dose by 1 or 2 units and test frequently for the next week.
      Are you taking it once or twice a day ? Its supposed to last 24 hours but in most people it wears off after about 18 so you should split the dose and take it at 12 hour intervals if you are not already doing this.

      A good way to check if you need to do this is to eat two consecutive meals with NO CARBS in – so you don’t need to dose for them. If your background insulin is at the right dosage your sugar levels should remain pretty much constant (within 1 or 2 on your meter) over this period. Test before each meal and 2 hours after while you try this. I would reccommend that you do this on a day when you can be at home for the time involved, rather than out or at work, would be easier.
      Also, if you are gettin HI reading frequently, you may not be taking enough insulin for the food you are eating ?
      Are you doing carb counting ? If so, are you allowing enough carbs per portion in you calculations?
      If you are, then you need to adjust your with-food dose upwards – again, initially only increase this by a small amount for each meal, and test regularly.

      Do not do the changes to both types of insulin at the same time – do the Levemir first. Otherwise you will not be able to judge which one needed changing.

      I had the same problem a while back and it took several weeks of fiddling with insulin to food ratios and changing the background dose, but it did improve after a while.

  24. QUESTION:
    I want to know if those vita snacks also pertain to diabetics?
    Also do they use regular sugar or some sort of substitute?
    Some viewers stated that it would be best for you to bake it
    yourself, Does the batter mix also come from the same company or different brand. See I am a chocoholic but lately
    I’ve been diagnosed with diabetes I want to lose weight as well
    but I think these products would be a big help every once in a while.Thank god I have not abused the chocolate habit like I used to.But every once in a while I want to have more than one
    snack at least that would be healthy. The turkey bacon is great
    When I was a little girl my grandfather used to eat the liquid eggs never knew why until I got sick like he did. Now I am 27 yrs old and I have two little ones which I love dearly. But anyway I tried the egg beaters that they sell in the supermarket and they taste just like regular eggs to me. I eat
    that every morning with turkey bacon and a yogurt or orange
    slices or multigrain toast. Some healthy foods have good taste.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are referring to the Vita Snacks from Krema Nut Company, it’s like any other snack mix – you’d have to read the label to see what kind of carbs, fat, fiber, etc. it had. Nuts tend to be high in fat but have nutritional benefit, so if you can work them into your diabetic diet that’s fine. Each nut has its own calories & carbs though – and this is a mix of a LOT of them, so I doubt you could eat much of them at a time. Also raisins are listed – other fruits will fill you up better with a lower carb return, and some raisins have added sugar. So yeah, depending on what the label for this product says, you might be better off to make your own, especially if you dry roast the nuts with some (diabetic diet “free” category) herbs to give it more flavor. But perhaps this is not the snack you are referring to as you refer to batter…which isn’t part of this snack…so read the label! (:

      Sounds like you’re eating a great diabetic breakfast – are you balancing that with the rest of your meals and snacks too? Are you talking to your doc about your diet? If you want more ideas for diabetic healthy snacks, try out the American Diabetes Assoc. website, Google/Yahoo diabetic snacks (be careful you get a reputable site), search Yahoo Diabetes Best Answers, or talk to a dietician/nutritionist.

      Good luck! (:

  25. QUESTION:
    What is best possible natural treatment for Diabetes ?
    Numbers of diabetics is increasing day by day. Food habits, stress and modern activities may be responsible for it. Not to eat sugar is a common version.

    • ANSWER:
      The best cure naturally for diabetes are the intake of K SALTS from homeopathy, may heal a diabetic totally in the long run.

  26. QUESTION:
    Is honey and oatmeal good for diabetics?
    I”m trying to regulate my blood sugar and am wanting to know if oatmeal and honey is good for this.
    Also what other kinds of foods are helpful in trying to regulate blood sugar?
    My triglyceride levels were at 106 and I’m 40 years old so I think I should start doing something to reverse it to a healthier level before I become a diabetic.
    What’s the best way I can do this?
    Why did someone give Mark and Tin a thumbs down?
    I wish people would try to be a little nicer on here.

    • ANSWER:
      Oatmeal is good! Honey isn’t, since it has sugars in it.

      If it takes sweet or sugarly, it’s most likely bad for your blood sugar. Avoid hard candies and juicy fruits, like apples.

  27. QUESTION:
    Best Chocolate milk shake recipe?
    I just had supper with my family and i want to make a chocolate milkshake for everybody. I need one that is safe for diabetics too. I have a bit of splenda brown sugar.
    I just had supper with my family and i want to make a chocolate milkshake for everybody. I need one that is safe for diabetics too. I have a bit of splenda brown sugar. I can’t use frozen yogurt because there is none in my town.

    • ANSWER:
      Title: Diabetic Strawberry/Banana Milk shake Gy
      Categories: Beverages, Low-cal, Diabetic
      Yield: 2 Servings

      1 c Frozen whole strawberries
      1 Ripe banana
      1 c Milk (skim and low fat work
      Fine)
      4 pk Sugar substitute (or more to
      Taste)
      1/2 ts Vanilla

      Place all ingredients in a blender and run the blender on the highest
      setting. The shake will take longer in the blender than most people
      will expect because of the frozen strawberries. However, the frozen
      berries along with the banana provide the smooth thickness of this
      drink. Remember, this recipe is not a scientific formula. The
      quantities of each ingredient are very flexible, experiment until you
      find your favorite.
      MMMMM
      ————————————————————————————————
      Title: Chocolate Yogurt Ice
      Categories: Desserts, Diabetic, Low fat
      Yield: 4 servings
      : 3 c crushed ice
      : 8 oz plain nonfat yogurt
      : 2 oz baking chocolate, melted
      : 3 tb granulated sugar
      replacement
      : 4 tb nondairy whipped topping

      Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender. Whip until
      thoroughly blended but not melted. Pour into 4 tall glasses. Place in
      freezer until mixture is slightly frozen. Stir, top with 1 tbsp. (15
      ml.) nondairy whipped topping and serve.
      Exchange; 1 serving:4/5 full-fat milk Calories; 1 serving:134
      MMMMM
      ————————————————————————————————–
      Title: Chocolate-Banana Shake
      Categories: Diabetic, Beverages
      Yield: 3 sweet ones

      2 Skim milk; 1 ts Unsweetened cocoa;
      1 md Banana; sliced

      Combine all ingredients in container of electric blender or food
      processor; process until frothy. Pour into individual glasses
      immediately. Food Exchanges per serving: 1 SKIM MILK EXCHANGE; CHO:
      2mg; CAL: 95; CAR: 17gm; PRO: 6gm; FAT: TR; SOD: 85mg;

      MMMMM

  28. QUESTION:
    Does soda water form gas in stomach?
    I have the habit of having two or three drinks jof whisky on weekends with soda water. However, afterwards I feel a bloating sensation in my stomach. Is it due to the soda? If I have the same with water only I do not face any problems. please help.

    Also I am a prediabetic with fasting blood sugar levels of around 120mg/dl. Which alcoholic drink is best for diabetics? Is beer okay? Beware I am also prone to gas.

    • ANSWER:
      no it doesnt, if an individual have already a stomach problem then it can cause problems.

  29. QUESTION:
    Diabetes question for fellow diabetics?
    I have diabetes and me and my son have a diarrhea illness. Now because I suffer from diabetes I am at risk as my suger levels could go low . . . . and I can’t eat to sustain sugar levels. What is the best thing to do whilst I have this illness?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      .the answer to drink orange juice is okay – but too much fruit juice is not likely to help stop the diarrhoea – you should avoid fruit and dairy products whilst you have diarrhoea.

      It would therefore be better to dilute the fruit juice in order to keep up your fluid levels and provide you with some natural sugar.

      For further help – ask your surgery (speak to a nurse) or talk to the chemist/pharmacist for suggestions.

  30. QUESTION:
    is ephedrine ok for type 2 diabetics to use?
    I am doing a research paper and need to know if using herbal supplements accompanied by a balanced diet is a good road to go. or if the atkins diet is better. Or if a high fiber low sugar low saturated fat diet is best.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no better way to bring the body to the state of optimal health than with a low carb way of eating. Low carb doesn’t cause high blood pressure, high blood sugar or high cholesterol, it cures it. It is actually dangerous to take meds that lower these levels and do low carb at the same time because the levels will become dangerously low. Carbohydrates trigger insulin. High insulin levels unbalance other hormones. Anything less that 9 grams of carbs per hour controls insulin and is considered low carb (up to 144 grams per day).

      U.S. government guidelines were changed 35 years ago to suggest we lower our fat intake & increase our carb intake. American society followed these recommendations & lowered their fat intake by 11% & increased their carb consumption. In this same time frame obesity, diabetes, heart disease are all at epidemic levels. Through their direct effects on insulin & blood sugar, refined carbohydrates are the dietary cause of coronary heart disease & diabetes.

      A low carbohydrate diet is a high fat diet. The protein should only be a little higher than adequate. Although it is completely possible to live on a fat/protein only diet for long term (as proven by research done in a hospital setting) it becomes boring fairly quickly. Luckily many vegetables & some fruits, nuts & seeds are low in carbs & greatly expand the diet. Most long term low carbers eat as many, if not more non starchy vegetables than vegetarians.

      Glucose is the bodies preferred fuel (if you want to get technical, it actually burns alcohol most efficiently, but that doesn’t make it any healthier for the body than carbs), the body can convert 100% of carbs, 58% of protein & 10% of dietary fat into glucose. The body can also be fueled by fat (dietary fat & fat cells) but only in the absence of carbs. Your brain actually prefers* to be fueled by ketones (part of the fat burning process), it does require glucose also, but glucose can be easily converted from excess protein if needed or dietary fat.

      Plaque build up in the arteries is more attributable to carb consumption than dietary fats, which seems to be the conclusion of the following study. Carb consumption raises triglycerides & VLDL (bad cholesterol). Fats raise the HDL (good cholesterol). High triglyceride levels & low HDL levels are an indicator of plaque & glycation – the precursors to a heart attack & heart disease.

      http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/2009/1…

      study from the Oxford group examining the postprandial (after-eating) effects of a low-fat vs. low-carbohydrate diet. (Roberts R et al, 2008)

      Postprandial lipoproteins, you’d think, would be plentiful after ingesting a large quantity of fat, since fat must be absorbed via chylomicrons into the bloodstream. But it’s carbohydrates that figure most prominently in determining the pattern and magnitude of postprandial triglycerides and lipoproteins. Much of this effect develops by way of de novo lipogenesis, the generation of new lipoproteins like VLDL after carbohydrate ingestion.

      Gary Taubes who wrote “Good Calories, Bad Calories” spent 7 years going through all the studies over the last century & dividing up the real science from the faulty science & concluded that low carb was the best way to control insulin levels which balances out other hormones & allows the body to function properly.

      His main points are:

      1. Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, is not a cause of obesity, heart disease or any other chronic disease.

      2. The problem is refined carbs in diet, their effect on insulin secretion & the hormonal regulation of homeostasis.

      3. Sugars – sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup specifically – are particularly harmful, the combination of fructose & glucose simultaneously elevates insulin levels & overload liver with carbs.

      4. Through their direct effects on insulin & blood sugar, refined carbs, starches, sugars are the dietary cause of coronary heart disease & diabetes. They are likely dietary causes of cancer, Alzheimer’s & other diseases.

      5. Obesity is a disorder of excess fat accumulation, not overeating.

      6. Consuming excess calories does not cause us to grow fatter.

      7. Fattening & obesity are caused by an imbalance in the hormonal regulation of adipose tissue & fat metabolism. Fat synthesis & storage exceed the mobilization of fat from adipose tissue & its subsequent oxidation.

      8. Insulin is the primary regulator of fat storage. When insulin levels fall, we release fat from fat tissue.

      9. By stimulating insulin secretion, carbs make us fat.

      10. By driving fat accumulation, carbs also increase hunger & decrease the amount of energy we expend in metabolism & physical activity.

  31. QUESTION:
    Birthday Cake Choices for a Diabetic. Which one has less sugar or carbs?
    I am thinking of getting them a store bought plain cheese cake.

    or

    Making the Reduced Sugar Pillsbury Cake Mix and Reduced Sugar Frosting for them.

    Someone told me that Cheesecake (plain) was the best choice for diabetics.

    • ANSWER:
      Make your cake with Splenda. It’s just as sweet as sugar without the guilt or pain. I use generic Sucralose. About 2 bucks cheaper than Splenda. I’m a type 2 diabetic. Reduced sugar is still too much sugar. Diabetics can’t have any sugar or corn syrup or honey and can have only a half a fruit at a time.

  32. QUESTION:
    This question is for Type 2 Diabetics?
    What is the best time of the day to take a reading of your blood sugars with your home meter? And how often should you take it?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to take your readings per your doctors instructions. The normal times most of us take readings are as follows:
      Morning, before eating/drinking – this is our fasting sugar
      Before each meal- lunch and dinner
      And some of us have to take before going to bed.

      It all depends on how often your doctor wants you to test. That is what you need to go by.

  33. QUESTION:
    Are there any Type I diabetics who have children who would share their experience w/ me?
    As far as bloodsugar management, if you had to have a C-section, how the baby affected your control? We are ready to have kids, but I’ve been a Type I diabetic for almost 20 years (I’m 26 now) and frankly, I’m terrified something will go wrong.

    My blood sugar has not always been in the best control and I take medicine to prevent high blood pressure so my kidneys are not damaged.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been a type 1 diabetic for 24 years now and i have 2 teenage kids, both healthy and happy. i had c-sections with both of them.My blood sugar levels were terrible when I got pregnant but with 3 hourly monitoring and weekly scans after 32 weeks to make sure the baby wasn;t getting to big, I had a healthy boy. I got alot of support from my diabetic specialist and obstetrician. I had to have an amnio at 18 weeks but no problems. Your sugar levels go up a bit after the birth for a few days but settle down again as your body recovers feel free to ask me anything there really is nothing to be scared of!!!

  34. QUESTION:
    which rice variety has the lowest sugar content?
    which rice is best recommended for diabetics. and what is the recommendation of basmati rice , 1121 rice and which is better – raw or parboiled?

    • ANSWER:
      all rice has the same starch amount but brown has more fiber, which slows the sugar rush to our body. washing your rice two or three times and pouring the water out however does reduce the starch before you cook it.

  35. QUESTION:
    “Sweet Jesus!” Because sugar is “bad,” is “Unsweetened Jesus” a better alternate expression for diabetics?
    Or is it best to stick to natural sweeteners, like “Honey Jesus”?

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think there is an alternative to the suger based Jesus. Remember, the bible is the “word of god” so nothing can be changed, no matter how bad it is for you.

      Plus that real sugar gives you that extra rush to get out there and proselytize, and it runs out just in time to get to bed early.

  36. QUESTION:
    Bread Choices For Diabetics (Type 2)?
    Can anyone please tell me which breads are the lowest in sugar and carbs? Are there any diabetics here who have discovered the best brands of breads for us to eat? Any help is most appreciated. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      About the best bread a diabetic can eat is whole grain rye. It is about 40% better for a diabetic than brown rice on the glycemic chart.No bread is best. But if you do , splatter a lot of butter on it . It will help slow down the glucose spike.

      Take care

      TIN

  37. QUESTION:
    Ive had type 1 Diabetes for 15 years. My sugars and weight have been stable all this time.?
    My HBA1c around 7 and weight around 12 stone, despite a slightly pathetic diet, snacking a lot between meals and skipping breakfast. Recently however, iIve put on around 1 stone and my belly is getting too big for my liking. What is the best weight loss plan for type 1 diabetics? as soon as i cut out sugary sweets and cakes etc my sugars plummet and i give up after 2 days because i feel ill, despite cutting my insulin too……..what can I do to loose the belly and weight?

    • ANSWER:
      honestly I would recommend speaking with a nutritionist. There are so many factors to a diet depending on what the goal is and its tricky incorporating diabetes. A nutritionist could give you the most helpful advice while working continuously with you on it.

      If you cut back your insulin enough you should not continue to have constant hypo’s. The sweets and cake has to go. Try experimenting with your dosage (both long and short acting) and find what works for you. The insulin pump is awesome and made to custom adjust your daily regime. If you want to loose weight you will have to add exercise to your routine, which also lowers sugar levels so finding the right balance with diet, exercise and your insulin is important.

      Try more beans, potatoes, pasta or rice in your diet, they last longer in your system. But of course be moderate cause you are watching your calories.

  38. QUESTION:
    Why do diabetics urinate so much with a high, normal or low blood sugar.?
    No matter what my blood sugar is, I urinate every 15-30 mins. 24/7. I can’t understand why because I try my best to be in tight control with it. Still I’ve asked my doctor and got no where. No answer or explanations on high sugars which I’ve been a type 1 diabetic for over 25 yrs. great weight, eat well. Just can’t understand it, its very anoying to urinate so much.

    • ANSWER:
      In most type 1 diabetics, the relationship between insulin, exercise and food intake produces predictable results. Following your diet, exercises and taking your insulin as directed, your blood sugars will be within a certain range. If glycemic control is lost, these basic factors are used to regain control.

      For the brittle diabetic using tight control, your diabetes can be stabilized for awhile and suddenly, without notice or provocation, your blood sugar can rise to 500 or more, or drop below 80. Most brittle diabetics describe their experience as being a yo-yo.

      These wild swings in blood sugar level are devastating to the body and quality of life. Most diabetic complications result from uncontrolled blood sugar levels one of them being excessive urination.

      It is not just uncontrolled diabetes due to factors such as noncompliance; the Dawn Phenomenon, where blood glucose rises overnight, producing high fasting blood sugars; or the Somogyi effect, which is basically a hyperglycemic rebound after a hypoglycemic episode.

      The cause of brittle diabetes is unknown, but there is some hope that there may be a link to hormonal factors such as thyroid and/or adrenal insufficiency. A change in medication, an insulin pump can help but there may be an underlying condition. Stress and depression have been shown to affect glycemic control. Checking with a good endocrinologist and letting him/her know your symptoms, taking into consideration how long you’ve been a diabetic, testing for hormonal factors, the emotional toll this takes on you without finding an answer can be quite perplexing, this specialist should be able to test and hopefully, find a definitive diagnosis.

      Hope this helps.

  39. QUESTION:
    Confused ? ! I am not sure where to turn about diets?
    What diet is the best no salt and no sugar diet? (Adkins, South Beach, NutraSystem for Diabetics, etc…)

    I need a diet that has very little or no salt or sugar ingredients in it that are man made; except, what nature added (not sure if that made sense?) . . .

    Can someone direct me to a good internet site, etc. . .?

    Much appreciated and thanks…

    • ANSWER:
      i don’t have a particular diet to recommend to you, but i strongly suggest you not take on any diet that tells you to avoid real nutrition. you need protein, vitamins, minerals, iron, fiber, stuff in a variety of vegetables since they each offer different items needed, variety of fruit for same reason, variety of meats and breads. you can avoid meat that’s high in fat, but you need a little fat, especially if you live far to the north. a small amount of fat will help you hang onto what you eat, stabilize the digestion (fruits can process very quickly). breads are good…lots of variety there too. cereals are fortified with nutrition, but you have to be picky to avoid the ones high in sugar & “kid magnets”. plain corn flakes are good, but i can eat a big serving & be hungry a few minutes later. you still need portion control. having fruit with cereal is a way to avoid being really hungry right away. factory-processed foods are typically high in salt and/or potassium (soups, canned meats, etc). if it’s low in salt, chances are it’s higher in potassium. it’s not always a fair trade. my husband is restricted from both salt and potassium. in his case, it’s often better to balance the 2 and eat the “standard” form. tv dinners are very high in salt. lunch meat can be, also. next time you grocery shop, plan on spending time getting used to the food labels. at some point, you’ll know what the numbers really mean. for a start, a small serving of anything that includes 750 sodium is way too high. you just don’t need that much at one time. often, things high in salt will make you more thirsty. be careful what you choose to drink. sodas will hit you harder than you’d think. it doesn’t take many of them to be higher in calories than you might intend which can lead to weight gain. it doesn’t always take care of thirst either. ever drink 2 or 3 sodas at a time? wonder why? watch your juice selections too. if you want natural, read the labels. the bottles that say “natural flavoring” or “10% real juice” aren’t what you’re looking for. orange juice made with real oranges is good. V8 is good. apple juice made from real apples is good. you have a lot of homework ahead of you. agreeing with another person who answered you… you still need to watch your exercise, rest, everything. health is the whole package, not just food. good luck.

  40. QUESTION:
    What is the very best diet/weight loss book you have ever read?
    The book that really helped you the most to change your eating habits, live a healthier life, and lose weight permanently?

    I am considering trying the GI (glycemic index) diet. It seems pretty healthy, and was originally developed to help diabetics regulate their blood sugar levels. I am not diabetic, but have turned into one of those “apple” shaped women who are at risk for the disease.

    I have been a yo-yo dieter for years. The most successful diet, for me, was the Atkin’s Diet. In thirteen months, I lost about 75 pounds, wearing the same size clothes I did in high school. The best thing about Atkin’s was that, after only a few days, all the cravings I had lived with so long completely disappeared! That was a huge deal for me. I fell off the wagon while on a week-long cruise, gaining an incredible 10 pounds in less than a week, and it was downhill from there… Later, I had to have a liver biopsy, and I think the “spot” may have been from all that fat.

    Katherine

    • ANSWER:
      I think is the G.I. Diet because I think eating by the Glycemic Index is just HEALTHY way to eat and its a program you can live on forever. Your never hungry and you can eat a lot of food. I also think that WEIGHT WATCHER’S is also good. The problem with most “DIETS” is that there is no way to maintain your weight loss. Everyone is real good about telling you how to LOSE the weight but not bothering to tell you How to keep the weight OFF.
      The fact is that 98% of ALL weight loss over 25 lbs comes back plus more. These people fail because they didn’t change their eating patterns…..they just dieted. Unless you find a way to eat for Life….you will not keep the wight off. Only 2% keep it off for life. I lost almost 200 lbs(by myself) and have kept it off for 25 years, but keeping thr weight off is so much harder than the initial weight loss…its very easy to slide back into bad eating. I love the GI program & Weight Watchers because you won’t suffer, feel deprived and you can keep your weight off.

  41. QUESTION:
    DELICIOUS COOKING FOR DIABETICS? Help me?
    My dad was diagnosed with diabetis just months ago. And this Christmas I am giving him the best present in his life. I want to collect recipes for diabetics, that are delicious and inovative. I am a great cook, but to tell you the truth, have not thought about food low in sugar, fat etc. Does anyone know, what would be the best recipe book out there or web site where I could get resources for great diabetics food? I want to start trying out the new way of preparing food as we speak, so if you have a good portion of knowledge or you are diabetic yourself, please help me out. Our whole family will thank you saving my dad.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there are a number of cook books on the market for diabetic cooking… you should be able to get one at any good bookstore or off the internet… if all else fails… go to your local community college and talk to the head of the nursing program… they may have an old textbook they will give you.

  42. QUESTION:
    Weightlifting Trainers need help with supplements for Diabetics?
    Awhile back I decided I wanted to get into the best shape of my life and really build muscle and endurance. I started getting some musclemags, Flex, etc. And I tried to make some sense of some of the supplements. I had a handycap in what I chose in that some of the supplements were high is simple sugars and I am diabetic. I thought I found what I wanted, and it actually gave extra energy and increased my repetitions, but I noticed that I also got a buzz and almost blacked out (taking recommended dosage) Went back to the magazines, to see if their are diabetic friendly supplements (energy & weight loss, ephedrine type supplement) and I could find anything, I talked to my Doctor and he said, you don’t need supplements. Considering that I have been at this for over a year and not getting the kind of gains I am looking for, I come to you asking what do you know about this? My work outs are intense, usually over 1.5 hours, low reps, and suicides, I often work out to exhaustion.
    Ask: Great advise! Right now I use Creatine Monohydrate (doesn’t absorb as well unfortunately). My workout plan alternates muscles to allow for resting and I don’t workout Sat or Sun. My diet is sensible, but my main focus is to build inches on my arms, and legs. The suicides and negatives are to mix up my regular lifting routine, but if you have other suggestions I am interested.
    Joseph: thanks but regardless of what you and the majority of the people think, diabetes and being fat are not synonymous. Cleaning out poop is not going to build muscle, but thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetes is nothing to mess around with. You should know positively that a supplement is consistent with your goals.

      You may want to look into sugar alcohols which have less effect on your blood sugar.

      You should try creatine CE2 my MRI, it has no effect on your blood sugar and works very well.

      You are working out for too long. You don’t need to train that long to make gains. If your intensity was high, there’s no possible way you would work out for 1.5 hours. Your body needs rest to make gains, plain and simple.

      Also if you continue on the same rep range, low, high or whatever for too long, your body will get used to it and you will plateau which is not make any gains. You should follow a peroidization plan.

      Get your diet on track and work out for no longer than 45 min a day and you will be back making gains.

  43. QUESTION:
    Snacks good for diabetics!?
    When I’m studying I like snacking, I know this probably isn’t the best of habits but whatever. What are some good snacks for type 1 diabetics that won’t cause a huge increase in blood sugar and isn’t unhealthy

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      My diabetes doctor had reccommended cheese sticks to me a little bit ago, so there’s a start. I would say look for lower carbs if you’re going to be snacking on A LOT of something for a while…If it’s just a quick snack and you haven’t eaten in a while you could probably get away with something 15 carbs or less, like one of those individually wrapped Rice Krispie treats.
      I wish I could give more advice but honestly I’m kind of bad about snacking with my diabetes so I’d ask your doctor or a nutritionist that specializes in diabetes care.

  44. QUESTION:
    how to maintain my blood sugar?
    what is the best food for diabetics

    • ANSWER:

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  46. QUESTION:
    Affordable medicine for diabetics?
    Im 24, and a type 1 diabetic. I have to take insulin, other wise I will die. Its as simple as that. I will never get rid of my diabetes so any body who suggest that i “loose weight and it will end the disease” just don’t even reply. I recently lost my job with a bank and my health insurance. I applied and recieved cobra, however it is costing me a ton of money a month. I’m on an insulin pump, because that is what works best for me and is the only method of keeping my blood sugar under control. (my diabetes is super severe and i have been in icu 3 times this year because of it.) In addition to the pump, I still have to supply my own insulin and testing supplies. I don’t qualify for medicare or private insurance. I’m currently working a temp job (that’s just to make some $$ while I’m still looking for a real job) that pays very little. I really cant afford to pay the price for cobra in addition to all my other expenses that i have to pay (car insurance, food, gas to work, and ect. cost of living exps). How do I go about finding out how to get a little bit of help? I’m not sure what i’m asking really, i just need some advice….Anything you got will help….

    Thanks in advance,
    Stephanie*

    • ANSWER:
      You will have to drop the Cobra. I know that you are sick , but you can’t afford it. You will have to rely on the county for your health care. It a shame but AMERICA IS BROKEN> Has been for a long time. Americans have to get real and face the fact that we keep saying we are the best country in the world, We are not.I hate socialism, but American Doctors and hospitals have priced you and me out of the market. Compare a private hospital to a not for profit one. The prices are almost the same.Shame on you doctors that keep saying how hard you work. What do you think we as average citizens do, Just sit on our bum’s. We work one whole day some times two, just to see you. Wish I could help you more. I really feel compassion for you.

  47. QUESTION:
    Food choices for vegetarian diabetics?
    Okay so I’m insulin resistant (pre-diabetic) and i’ve cut sugar out, but its hard to cut out carbs…which is still sugar lol. but for some reason thats harder for me than sugar sugar. But i’ve decided im going to just quit cold turkey..its for the best…

    So i was going to go on a Low-Carb, High-Protein diet, however the only meat i eat is chicken..i used to be a Lacto-Ovo vegetarian but my parents forced me to eat chicken at least so i am now a Pollo Vegetarian. (Yes its an actual type of vegetarian. I didnt make this up. And its not fakee. I guarantee.) I dont like tofu, so dont bother suggesting any of that. But what are good foods and snacks to eat?

    I dont want to starve myself trying to stick to the Low-Carb, High-Protein diet.
    Any suggestions?

    ps. ive been searching around on the internet and only found complicaed cusines…im only 16. i want foods i can make within 5-15 minutes.

    Thankyous:]

    • ANSWER:
      You don’t have to cut out carbs – you need to cut out simple carbs and stick to complex carbs. Simple carbs quickly break down into glucose, so you get a blood sugar spike. Complex carbs break down slowly so there is a gradual release of sugar without the spike. Complex carbs do not contribute to insulin resistance.

  48. QUESTION:
    Dessert Recipes for Diabetics?
    I don’t know if this is possible, but I am hoping it is. This Christmas I wanted to make a dessert for my boyfriend’s family, preferably something that can be served or eaten individually such as cookies, fudge, etc. My boyfriend’s step-father is diabetic and I wanted to make sure that he would be able to partake in the gift as well. I was wondering if you have any good dessert recipes that are diabetic friendly (no sugar), but that taste good as well and if you wouldn’t mind sharing them. Whatever I end up making will be the best answer! Thank you so much!!!

    • ANSWER:
      :) Try this website: http://www.thatsmyhome.com/sugar-free-recipes/sugarfree-desserts.htm

  49. QUESTION:
    To All my fellow Diabetics:I’m eating Crow.?
    My brother was diagnosed with Diabetes about 20 years a go and is kept under control by Insulin.As the years went on he finely convents my mom to get tested.She was diagnosed with it as well and is using Metformin to control it.I also was diagnosed with it just after my mom was.She went to the classes.I did not.She said she could teach me what she knows.She did not like to stk her self and said she could not get any blood out and when she, did the meter would not work.I found some pain is involved to get the blood out.But meter would not work for me.most of the time I got error.The store I bout it from first said it was working fine.I got it to fail for them.They said Ok you do need a knew one but they could not just hand me a new one without a new perception even though I had the receipt.When I ask my doctor for a new perception, told me they could use the one they had on file.When I went back to the store they denied I ever gave them a perception and my doctor would have to call them to verify that I needed the meter with the test strips.I expected my doctor to ask me for a new perception for the test strips,when he did I told him I need one for a meter as well.He said he would take care of it with my other new perceptions.I got that same song and dance every time I saw him and never did get a perception for the strips A gen he asked me for my blood readings and I told him I needed a new meter and strips and to get them he needed to write me up a perception.I got fed up with him after he could not tell me why I was being charged 700 dalliers I never received.I changed Doctors and got my perceptions renewed.Still no perception for a meter or strips.Same song and Dance.I lost my job and insurance.I spent a better part of a year not seeing a doctor and having pharmacist call to renew my perceptions,tell the doctor would not refill them no more.I got a new Clinic doctor,I showed him my bad meter and was given a new one with strips on the spot.Later his nurse gave me one that used cheaper strips.But now I am on Insulin and finding out that Cheese Crackers and carbohydrates are not solution to a lowe blood sugar attack.It will help if you have the time to what.My mom was the one how told me you should eat a carbohydrate when you have thees attacks.Unless you have some glucose tablets on hand and in a pinch a hard candy or bar.You can tell without a meter if you are high or low just by the way you feel.Now that I know better and I was wrong my answers.You can all tell me you told me so.And now I have to eat crow.A big one with Sheep Herder’s Pot of Coffey. Now how do I tell my mother who thinks she is alwas rite she is wrong.My brother has tried for years to no avail.I have ben thinking of making a list of questions pertaining to her miss information to ask the instructor and drag her with me to hear the correct answers.For my self Vegetables are the best to snack on scents the carbohydrates are lower and my body can handle them better.Meats and cheeses are ok but they are high in cholesterol’s and I already have a high count there.I wish Vegetables wore not so expensive.I do won’t to hear from you,I do wan’t you to say I TOLD YOU SO.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes we told you so, over and over again. Now, willy, take the class. Never mind what your mother tells you-get the information first hand.

  50. QUESTION:
    My fiance has diabetes. What’s the best diet for him?
    My fiance has type 1 diabetes since he was 12. He didn’t always eat THAT well in his younger years. He is 28 now, in good health otherwise, but I still worry about his past choices. I want him around for a LONG time, so I’ve been buckling down on what we eat. I know whole grains, fruits and vegatables are good for anyone, especially diabetics, but is there any “special diet” that he should be doing?
    Should I completely change how I cook? I normally eat and cook pretty healthy, but we love italian. Should he completely stay away from pasta? He loves bread too. If he checks his blood sugar levels and takes the appropriate amount of insulin, can he eat that stuff? i have done a lot of reading, but i guess i’m still confused.
    Just wanted to thank everyone who took time to answer this for me. we eat very healthy already, and he is not over weight, i just worry when he has an occassional candy bar or piece of cake. thanks so much everyone.

    • ANSWER:
      All people with diabetes are advised to eat a healthy, balanced diet. This is a way of eating that is recommended for everyone.

      Visit my free website for more information on diabetes

      http://www.reddiabetes.com

      However, people with Type 1 diabetes need to do more than just eat ‘healthily’. The quantity, type and timing of your food choices are just as important as making sure that you have had your daily quota of fruit and vegetables.

      Here, we focus on the effects of food on blood glucose levels and the relationships between insulin, diet and blood glucose levels in the management of Type 1 diabetes.

      Carbohydrates, blood glucose and insulin
      Carbohydrate foods have the greatest effect on blood glucose levels and it is the starchy foods – bread, cereals, potatoes, pasta, rice etc. – that you will need to pay most attention to you.

      Carbohydrate foods are mostly broken down into glucose by digestive enzymes. The glucose is then absorbed from the intestine into the bloodstream (usually 1 – 2 hours after eating) and this causes the blood glucose level to rise. Insulin is needed so that the body’s cells can take this glucose from the bloodstream and either use it for energy or store it for later. People who do not have diabetes will produce just the right amount of insulin to cope with the rise in blood glucose that occurs after a meal. Insulin on demand allows the person without diabetes to keep blood glucose levels within the normal range, even after a meal rich in carbohydrates.

      Getting the balance right
      If you have Type 1 diabetes then your body no longer produces insulin; you have to inject it yourself. In order to keep the blood glucose level close to normal after eating, you need to inject just the right amount of insulin to deal with the food that you eat. It is also important that the injection is timed right, so that the insulin is arriving in the bloodstream at the same time that the glucose from the digested food is being absorbed from the gut.

      If there is too little insulin (for the amount of glucose coming from the digested food) then the blood glucose level will rise too high (hyperglycaemia). If there is too much insulin (or not enough glucose coming from the digested food) then the blood glucose level will fall too low (hypoglycaemia).

      So, your food intake needs to be closely matched by your insulin injections. This is why you will need to consider not only what you eat, but how much you eat, and when.

      Different food types
      The overall effect of a meal on the blood glucose level will depend on the different types of foods making up the meal.

      Glycaemic Index
      Different types of carbohydrate foods are digested at different rates and therefore have different effects in terms of raising the blood glucose level after a meal. Some foods are quite rapidly digested to glucose (e.g. cornflakes), whilst others take longer for the glucose to hit the bloodstream (e.g. All-BranTM). The effect of different carbohydrate foods on blood glucose levels has been quantified by the Glycaemic Index (GI). Foods with a low GI cause less of a spike in post-meal blood glucose than those with a high GI.

      Sugar
      It is still widely believed amongst the general population that people with diabetes should avoid eating sugar because it causes a rapid increase in blood glucose levels. This is not true! Table sugar, which we sprinkle on our cornflakes, actually causes less of a spike in blood glucose than the cornflakes themselves. Sucrose*, surprisingly, has a lower GI than cornflakes.

      As part of healthy eating, we are all advised to cut down on sugar – this is because it has little nutritional value, it does little to satisfy the appetite and it’s a source of ‘empty calories’.

      Table sugar is not the same as glucose. Table sugar is called sucrose and is a disaccharide – it contains two sugar molecules: one fructose and one glucose. Table sugar needs to be broken down by digestive enzymes before the fructose and glucose can be absorbed. Glucose is absorbed quickly because it does not need to be broken down (digested) first.

      Protein and Fat
      Carbohydrate foods have the greatest effects on blood glucose levels because they are mostly digested to glucose, which is absorbed from the intestine straight into the bloodstream. However, proteins and fats in the diet affect blood glucose levels too.

      Excess protein in the diet that is not needed by the body is converted to glucose by the liver. This means that consuming large amounts of protein can result in an increase in blood glucose levels several hours after eating.

      The most significant effect of fat is probably to slow down the rise in blood glucose after a meal. Fat delays the rate at which the stomach empties – this has the knock-on effect of slowing down the absorption of glucose from digested carbohydrate foods. You might think that this is a good thing, but remember that a high-fat diet is not necessarily a healthy diet.

      Putting the theory into practise
      Remember, your aim is to keep blood glucose levels close to normal. Eating causes the blood glucose level to rise; the aim of your insulin injections is to minimise ‘post-meal spikes’ in blood glucose without causing hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose).

      In order to understand the relationship between the food that you eat, your blood glucose levels and the insulin that you inject you will need to learn about the different types of insulin that make up your insulin regimen. You should know when the insulins act and which parts of your insulin regimen aim to cover which meals.

      Should my meals be tailored to my prescribed insulin regimen?
      In years gone by, people with Type 1 diabetes were advised to stick to quite a rigid meal schedule, which was determined by their insulin injections. Some insulin regimens still call for this to a certain extent. However, these days it is generally recognised that it is better to derive an insulin regimen that suits the individual person’s lifestyle.

      So, in most cases insulin should be tailored to your food intake and not the other way round. This assumes that you are eating a healthy and nutritious diet that fulfils your needs.

      To start with then, you will need to find the right insulin doses for an ‘average’ day in your life. In practical terms, you will need to eat a normal healthy diet, trying to eat roughly the same at the same time each day. Using blood glucose monitoring to guide you, the timing and/or dose of your insulin injections can be adjusted. Your healthcare team will help direct you in this. Your aim is to establish a routine, which gives reasonable control of your blood glucose levels, and fits in with your lifestyle. Then you can work from this baseline, fine-tuning your control and perhaps also introducing more flexibility.

      Snacks
      An important role of diet in managing Type 1 diabetes is preventing low blood glucose levels (hypoglycaemia).

      Some insulin regimens require you to have snacks in between meals in order to prevent hypoglycaemia. Snacks are not always necessary though, so check with your doctor and/or dietitian to see if you need to snack between meals.

      A bedtime snack is, however, essential for all people with Type 1 diabetes. This ensures that blood glucose levels don’t fall too low during the night.

      Snacks are also very important before exercising, especially if the activity does not form part of your regular daily routine. This is to prevent exercise-induced hypoglycaemia.

      Accommodating change
      In practise, most people have a regular insulin regimen, which is tailored to their ‘average’ day. The insulin dose and timing of the injections relates to how much is usually eaten and when. In theory, you will know that your insulin dose is just right for your ‘normal’ eating pattern. Any changes you might make to your usual day may need to be catered for by an appropriate tweaking of the insulin dose. Your diabetes team will be able to give you personal advice on how to make adjustments to cope with changes to your normal schedule.

      As a general rule, more food (especially carbohydrates) needs more insulin, otherwise the blood glucose level will rise too high. Less food (especially carbohydrates) needs less insulin, otherwise the blood glucose level will fall too low. It is important to get the adjustment just right – or you may find that you have overcompensated for the change and given too much or too little insulin.

      Use blood glucose monitoring to find out whether your adjustments are working; make a note in your diary of the changes you made and learn from experience. The most informative times to test are before eating and then 1 – 2 hours after your meal.

      Delayed or missed meals are probably the most common cause of hypoglycaemia. Take steps to avoid low blood glucose levels if you know that you are not going to be able to eat your usual meal. Have an extra snack to keep you going and keep an eye on your blood glucose level.

      Fine tuning your diet
      Use your blood glucose test results and your knowledge of the effects of food on YOUR blood glucose levels to fine tune your diet for better control.

      Here is a summary of some of the main points for your consideration:

      Eat a healthy and nutritious diet
      Aim to eat relatively consistent amounts from day to day
      Use food labels
      Use the Glycaemic Index
      Consider the potential effects of fat and protein in your diet
      Use blood glucose monitoring to assess the effects of different food types on your post-meal (2 hr) blood glucose levels (e.g. compare wholewheat varieties of bread, rice and pasta with their white counterparts)
      Know when your insulins act and consider the time that you eat with respect to the time that you inject your insulin
      Use a calorie counter, or similar book, to assess the carbohydrate, fat and protein content of foods


Best Sugar For Diabetics

Some people prefer these ways :

1. Consume a healthy diet. Surgeon-Captain T. L. Cleave’s “The Saccharine Disease” reveals that the addition of refined sugar results in diabetes and atherosclerosis. Cultures that avoid a high-sugar, high-fat diet, have much lower rates of diabetes than cultures that eat the typical Western diet.

Limiting processed sugar and simple carbohydrates can help balance blood sugar. A sensible diet for balancing blood sugar is 1/4 protein, 1/4 complex carbohydrates and 1/2 non-starch vegetables. Fats which contain essential fatty acids are healthier than transfats, but should still be consumed in a small amount.

2. Avoid most American white foods: white sugar, white flour, white bread and white rice. Instead, reach for leafy greens, squash, tomatoes, radishes, cabbage, broccoli, zucchini and other colorful, non-starch vegetables. The brighter and much more colorful the food, the higher the mineral and vitamin content and the better it’s for you personally.

3. Exercise regularly. Exercise can lower blood glucose. MayoClinic.com recommends that you simply look at your blood sugar levels before, during and after exercise; tracking glucose levels can help prevent blood sugar fluctuations while you find out how your body responds to exercise.

Physical activity lowers your blood sugar levels and increases your sensitivity to insulin (what this means is you do not need just as much insulin while you would without exercise).

4. Consume gymnema sylvestre. The this Indian herb means “sugar destroyer.” Consuming this herb in its raw form or as a supplement assists in easing sugar cravings and the absorption of sugar. In a recent article Intelegen Inc. indicated that gymnema reduces blood sugar as it raises levels of insulin. Studies have shown that gymnema energizes the growth of beta cells in the pancreas, literally rebuilding the pancreas from the inside out.

5. Supplement with chromium picolinate. This supplement helps with digestion and boosts the efficiency of insulin by moving blood sugar to the cells where it may burned. Based on Healthier Talk, most Americans are deficient in chromium.

6. Season your food with cinnamon. According to an article on Healthier Talk, investigators at the Maryland-based Human Nutrition Research Center discovered that consuming cinnamon improves glucose levels by increasing glucose metabolism.

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Blood Glucose Level Chart

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know if there is a chart anywhere on the internet comparing blood glucose levels and HgA1c levels?

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.metrika.com/3medical/hemoglobin-m.html

      That has what you’re looking for :)

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the physiological effects of high/low blood glucose levels, with their corresponding levels.?
    I am looking for a picture/chart/article that can give a list of blood glucose levels and the corresponding physiological effects. (i.e. 10 mg/dL – coma….. 40 mg/dL impaired judgment…. 125 mg/dL organ damage.) Anything that can put me in the right direction to find this information is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    Is 5.2 mmol/L a good blood glucose level?
    for a 21 year old male? Also is there some sort of chart that shows different levels?

    • ANSWER:
      Normal range in UK values is between 4.0mmol/L and 7.5mmol/L.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is this level high for my husbands blood glucose level?
    I am 7 months pregnant and am being monitored for gestational diabetes where i have to use a monitor to test my blood two hours after breakfast/lunch/dinner oh…and when i wake up in the morning.I fill in a chart to take to the doctor to asses my diet etc..
    Anyway the chart has e.g 5.5 for morning reading 7.0 for lunch And dinner doctor told me it would be best if i was below these readings.
    My husband decided to test today and he got a reading of 7.6 he now thinks he has diabetes .
    Is that a high reading? or are those numbers just for someone with gestational diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      If a fasting test , Yes it points to Diabetes.

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

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

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

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

      Tin

  5. QUESTION:
    How do blood glucose levels compare with UK and USA scales?
    Is there a handy conversion chart for the two systems? For example what would a reading of 8.3 in the UK show as with the American scale? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    My blood glucose level in the morning was too low….?
    Hi there, 21 year old male. took a lancet test with a colour chart, before eating a meal last night and 99% sure it was at 2.2mmol/l. I took it again this morning after waking up, and it came up in the 2.2. again. Iv suffered with the symptoms of diabetes now for few years, but the doc doesnt seem to think anything is wrong.

    My symptoms include:

    Constant Thirst most days,
    Blurred Vision,
    Irregular looking stools (never solid and very “orange-ish” in colour)
    Always feeling tired and feel like i have no energy,
    had 2 UTI’s in the space of 6 months.
    Regular Thrush

    Im lost as to what to do now as im fed up of feeling rubbish all the time.

    • ANSWER:
      Low blood sugar is definitely NOT a symptom of diabetes. It is counter-indicative. That is hypoglycemia. Eat a snack before bed. The doctor should be concerned about the recurring infections. You need more blood work.

  7. QUESTION:
    blood sugar level/glucose?
    well a doctor said i should buy a diabeties meter as she thinks im fasting glucose or something like that,not sure if it makes sense as i couldnt understand her much.Whats the best times of testing myself? like before meals or after ?? does anyone have some advice and maybe even some sort of chart i could print out and write my results in as iv googled this but there all so confuseing!

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

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

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

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

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

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

      To learn more about diabetes >http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.php

      Good luck

      Tin

  8. QUESTION:
    I think I am pre-diabetic. Where do I find information on what are normal blood glucose levels?
    I bought a home blood glucose testing kit with a lancet device.
    My levels with fasting and after eating are ranging from about 5.8 to 6.9.

    I am unable to find any chart with information as to what is diabetes and what is pre-diabetic and what is hypoglycemia. I am confused!

    Any information you have is greatly appreciated!!
    I actually don’t need the blood levels such as 200ml’s.

    I need information about the blood levels from a home blood glucose monitoring kit.

    My range is from 5.8 to 6.9 before and after meals.

    There was no chart or information in the kit about what is norma to what is diabetes.

    Thanks!!! : ‘ ).

    • ANSWER:
      with the degree of inaccuracy of home testing meters, you should go see the doctor for blood work up.

      5.8 x 18 = 104
      american:
      65 to 100 is normal fasting for most
      101 to 125 is prediabetic
      126 and above is fully diabetic

      european:
      3.6 to 5.5 is normal fasting
      5.6 to 6.9 is prediabetic
      7 and up is fully diabetic

      Realize that there isn’t any standards for accuracy of meters!! They can be off more than 25% and still be said to be accurate!

      We use meters tested against the lab reports to see what our meter’s accuracy is. When the lab draws the blood, check with home meter you are going to be using. Then look at the lab results page to see how accurate your meter is. Make the correction calculations accordingly.

      I have one meter that is 25 american points high!! So if it reads 65, I need to have the ambulance in the drive way!

      Just be a good kid and make an appointment with the doctor for a blood work up and maybe also a Glucose Tolerance Test. This will tell you for sure if you are becoming diabetic!

      Change your lifestyle habits!! Walk or bike more! Eat fewer of the goodies of life including breads, cereals, pastas, rices, and some veggies! Eat more green leafy salad stuffs!
      In other words: Be kind to your bod and make it last longer!!

  9. QUESTION:
    Is it dangerous to administer Glucogen Intravenously?
    I’m a Type 1 Diabetic. Let’s say that my blood glucose level is 17mg/dL. Intravenous injection would work within 60 seconds according to the charts and may prevent a seizure. Will my Endocrinologist teach me how to administer Glucogen this way? The kit says that it is able to be administered this way. BTW I’m 14.

    • ANSWER:
      If your glucose is a 17 you are not going to be able to do anything much less hit a vein.

      Jenn

  10. QUESTION:
    Nurses/Students…Duties question for you?
    I am a Pre-Med student and am working towards a degree in Microbiology and Immunology. That said, I have to pay for everything myself, and the cost of living where I live is extraordinarily high. Scholarships and bursaries offer only a fraction of my total need.

    Right now, I am working at a care facility and essentially performing a very basic nursing job (L.P.N./L.V.N in the U.S.) . I give meds, apply nitro patches, chart, take vitals, monitor blood glucose levels in diabetic Residents, do rounds, check on oxygen machines, cathetors, etc. So far I am enjoying working with the clients and am finding the job a great hands on experience.

    Since I am not certified, I make well, crap. I need to make more and work less as my classses become more intense. I am planning to get my L.P.N. diploma (certificate in some places) so I can work doing this while completing my pre-med studies.

    What sorts of duties would I have in an *acute care* setting? I want to make sure I have options.
    I want to make sure it is worth taking the time to obtain an L.P.N. diploma. I can complete it in a little over a year and receive a partial bursary. With it, I can make – per hour while in school, but I want to know if I can work in an acute (hospital setting), which I prefer, and what my duties would be. I live in Canada. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Your duties would be about the same as you are doing now except you will be in an ICU which will be a more demanding job due to the degree of the patient’s illness.

  11. QUESTION:
    3 year old with Low protein levels and High Glucose levels?
    My son has these problems going on. He has been under 5% on growth chart for the past 2 years, blood work has been done and it showed low protein levels and high glucose levels. we are scheduled to do a glucose screening as well as see an endocrinologist, but I just wondered of anyone had experienced the same situation and could help give some advice. We are under the care of a pediatrician, but she hasnt really been able to explain much until all areas and test are completed, thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry that he is having to go through all of these tests.

      My son is now 5. He has always been small (around 5% in height and weight) and we had all of the tests and they turned out normal–his daddy and I are not big either. The doctor suggested that we give him boost or pedia-sure. My son is healthy just not big. I hope that they can find a way to help your son get all of his levels where they need to be and quick.
      Take care and good luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    I did a home diabetes test and…?
    I did a diabetes test at home but i’m confused with the results. It was an 8 hour fasting glucose test using blood to test glucose levels but on the chart it says 72-108mg/dl is normal but on every internet site i went to it said between 70-100 is normal and that above 100 is not normal. It also said that anything up from 144mg/dl was diabetes but on the internet sites they say above 126… is that right?

    Secondly my test was a darker colour than the 108mg/dl level on the chart but it wasn’t as dark as the 144mg/dl which they said to be diabetes. My level could be anywhere from 109-143 but i have no idea where, what should i do? I’m 13 years old and my mum and dad will never take me to the doctors, i also took two tests and both tests gave me this result, any advice? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are using test strips without a meter, they are total unreliable, and very difficault to read.

      Buy a cheap glucose meter, you can get a meter and test strips for less than dollars. They have digital displays and will give you a number.

      Less than 126 mg/dl is the criteria for a non-diabetic result on a fasting test.

      70-100 is the normal result a non-diabetic gets.

      So one a criteria for diagnosing diabetes and the other is the range of results for non-diabetics.

      Fasting blood glucose can be normal for pre-diabetics, and new diabetics.

      A more sensitive test is to test your blood sugar 2 hours after eating. Anything over 170 could mean diabetes.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

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  15. QUESTION:
    BMI and Glucose for tall athletic women?
    I had surgery for Veins in my legs and my glucose level testing came up as 115. Seems it was high… Taken again a month later it was 92 was much better. Today it is 90 not fasting. Is this OK I am 6 ft tall and a very strong athletic women?
    ALSO,
    Do doctors consider body types for women whom are taller/bigger bones in with BMI charting. All BMI’s I see say I am way over weight six feet at 190. Seems all charts measure women that are smaller body frames than a tall athletic women. I so sick of this.. I am fit and strong I don’t look over weight. I lost alot of weight one time and felt weak.. What is going on out there with all this body stuff. I am just a strong athletic lady with good Blood pressure and fitness. Any ides were to look? thanks folks

    • ANSWER:
      Stress and pain can drive up glucose levels and the 92 and 90 non fasting are ok numbers. Some doctors do look at body type, my doctor does not think the BMI chart is reasonable for anyone who is athletic. She is not into anorexic patients and she is tall and skinny but the BMI chart says she is overweight.

  16. QUESTION:
    Just now found out ive got daibetes, im 16 ..read details?
    kinda sucks, just now tested my blood and turns out my glucose level is at 506… and the average level is 90-120 or somthing…. can anyone give me a good eating chart involving fruits?

    • ANSWER:
      So, aside from the obvious that everyone else stated about your 506 and all that, here’s my take.

      I know exactly how you feel. I was diagnosed at 17, 2 days after my senior year of high school started. Here’s what I learned in terms of eating though.

      You can eat whatever you want. Period. The key is to know how it affects your blood sugar, and take the appropriate amount of insulin for the carbs. Here’s the caveat on that: just because you can eat what you want, doesn’t mean you should. That’s true for all people though.

      An extra that I learned the hard way: ALWAYS carry a form of glucose with you, AND insulin and syringes, just in case.

      Eventually this will be mostly second nature to you, but there are still times when I think “Man, this sucks!” Hang in there, and eventually someone will figure out how to cure us of this thing.

  17. QUESTION:
    Stocking up on testing strips?
    What is the most cost effective way to stock up on blood glucose testing strips? It can be any kind of strips as long as they have the ability to read my blood sugar levels without being extremely inaccurate. Would ordering the older, visual strips(the ones where you compare the color on the strip to the color chart on the bottle) be my best bet because you can cut them in three and therefore
    triple how many strips you have? What are the cheapest kind of strips? Again, simply put, what is the most cost effective way to stock up blood glucose testing strips?
    Uh, no, the visual strips aren’t just for testing urine. Yes, there are visual strips for testing ketones but if you knew anything about the history of diabetic treatment you would know that there are visual testing strips for testing your blood sugar as well. Look it up on google. They were very popular in the 80′s and while not very many diabetics in North America use them anymore they still exist.

    And secondly, I am not interested in your opinion on the ethics or practicality of stocking up on medical supplies; I am only interested in an answer to my question.

    • ANSWER:
      The older, visual strips only measure sugar in the URINE. One’s blood sugar has to be quite high for sugar to spill into the urine. The urine strips were used because they were better than nothing.

      The money that you’d save from buying and using these strips would be considerably less than the cost of having to go on dialysis and other complications of diabetes.

      It’s not a particularly good idea to stock up on most medical supplies. In the case of urine testing strips, they expire, that is, they won’t work reliably after a period of time. In the case of actual glucose monitoring strips, you have to take into account the risk of having to get a new monitor which won’t accept the old strips.

  18. QUESTION:
    C-Section or No c-section?
    With my first son, born November 20, 2006, we ended up having to go with the c-section.
    A little history:
    With my first pregnancy, I had blood pressure issues (at one point I hit 190 over 156). I also had gallbladder problems start up to the point that I required surgery after birth. My son was born 8 days early after we decided to induce. However, I have issues with pain killers. 9 times out of 10…they do not work for me. The epidural did not work, they tried other things, but nothing worked. 26 hours of hard labor, and I was only 3 centimeters dilated so the doctor gave me the option of a c-section. I went for it. We went in, got things started, my husband was with me. They began to draw their line, and I giggled because it tickled. The anesthesiologist then decided to put me under, kicked my husband out of the room, and I was the last one in my family to hold my newborn son.

    With this one, another boy due September 18, 2010, I have had a whole different set of issues. No gallbladder problems, though that pain is sometimes there, especially if I do not take Tums before I eat. No blood pressure problems. As a matter of fact, my blood pressure has stayed pretty perfect. However, I have gained no weight, actually lost 23 pounds in my first trimester/beginning of the second and have gained nothing since. I have done all of the blood work. However, my glucose levels came up high, and I have been unable to complete the 3 hour glucose test for gestational diabetes due to a VERY sensitive stomach.

    Through out all of this, my first son was born perfectly healthy, and this one so far to seems to be perfectly healthy as well. When I was 16 weeks the doctor did an in office ultrasound and even found that my umbilical cord was one of the healthiest he had ever seen. So, my children are very healthy, even if I am not.

    Now, my husband and I have recently began to talk about c-sections. My doctor has me slated for a repeat c-section on his chart, and the idea makes me nervous because of my body’s non-reaction to the pain killers. (I have also heard way to many stories about doctors switching babies by accident and what not and am a bit paranoid.) I know that my husband will not be able to be in the room with me if they have to knock me out again. I was also hoping to try for a natural birth this time, however my husband is worried about whether or not I will be able to handle the pain. To be honest, I would agree with him as I am a bit nervous myself. But I still find myself iffy on things. I have looked up all of the advantages and disadvantages of both, and both make me very nervous. What would all of you suggest?

    • ANSWER:
      FYI – we kick out the husbands for GA for a variety of reasons. He is there to support you, and if you are asleep, you don’t need support. GA is also rather risky; things can go very bad, very quickly, and husbands do not need to be in the way, or witnessing that if it happens.

      Now, for your question. Some people have anatomy that makes regional anesthetics, particularly epidurals, not work well. That might be your case. A spinal is more likely to work, and that is what you’d get for an elective repeat C-section.

      If your glucose is high, you run the risk of having a large baby, and that makes a VBAC more risky, and more likely to end up in a C-section. Just something to consider. A planned elective C/S will be a much nicer experience than an urgent or emergent one.

      Your baby won’t be switched. They’re identified with two bands before they leave the OR. No other babies will be in the OR to be switched with yours.

  19. QUESTION:
    Charting baby’s movements… 28 weeks?
    Hi Ladies. I hope everyone is doing well! I had my 28 week appointment yesterday and am so happy to report everything was great. My blood pressure was good, 122/60. Fundal height was 28cm, spot on. My glucose test came back with a blood sugar level of 104. And our little guy’s heart rate was 136. So far I’ve gained 14.2 lbs so they were very happy with my vitals.

    So now that I’m in the third trimester they’re asking me to chart the movements of our baby. I have do this around the same time each day and write down what time I start, count 10 movements and then note what time the last one occurred to show how long it took for 10 movements. Well, my little guy is VERY active. When I did this yesterday, it only took him 3 1/2 minutes to make 10 movements.

    I just wanted to know: how long does take for you to feel your baby make 10 movements (not including hiccups or other involuntary movements)?

    Also, they encouraged me to do this during a time when he’s most active. I think when I laid down for bed last night I could have counted 10 movements in a minute!
    Just thought I’d add that my mid wife did say that they’re only really concerned if there’s no movement in 6 hours or less than 10 movements in one day. I just wanted to know what the average was for other mothers to be. =D

    • ANSWER:
      I will be starting this next week. My doctor doesn’t make me write down the time though. I started to try this this week to see what it was like and I get 10 movemtents in less than 5 minutes. I counted for about 30 minutes once and got 60 movements.

  20. QUESTION:
    Protein in the urine with a urinary tract infection?
    I went to my health clinic yesterday to get a urinary tract test done. I’m certain I have one (from the intense pain and blood in the urine), but my doctor wasn’t clear as she said “well, it looks like you have one”. Both there and on an at-home test I received a normal nitrite reading, but protein was off the charts. I looked on her paper and saw 2000+++ written down. She told me to come back today for bloodwork, to check for glucose levels in the blood- I guess since she did say it is characteristic of diabetes. What could be the cause of all the protein? And the urinary tract infection? I’ve never been more confused in my life.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, protein levels increase when you have a UTI (God, I know they hurt!) and mine are usually very high when I get them – basically, your infection spread from your UT to the kidney as well – so your kidney is no longer processing the protein the way it is intended to. No worries, some serious antibiotics and a couple more tests will show it’s cleared up most likely.

  21. QUESTION:
    Please help. nursing student. q about diabetes and skin integrity?
    when a person has diabetes are there any noticible signs in their skin integrity?
    normal healthy skin is charted as: pink warm and dry

    in diabetes i’m unclear about how the skin is affected on a cellular level. i read somewhere that healing is slower because of poor circulation. How is the circulation poor? i know about excess glucose levels and osmotic pressure in the blood, and i understand them but im really curius as to what effect type one diabetes has on blood CIRCULATION and how this affects the skin. Thank you so much in advance for taking the time to answer this.p

    • ANSWER:
      Good question. To address the poor circulation part of your question:
      Simply put hyperglycemia is elevated blood glucose levels as you already know. The excess glucose molecules in your blood can attach to varies types of proteins thus altering there shape and structure. The operation of proteins is based upon there shape so if it is altered in any way you are altering the purpose of that protein making it ineffective. Changes in these proteins results in the thickening of blood vessels making them less elastic. This eventually leads to atherosclerosis. This condition causes poor circulation because your blood vessels are now less efficient at pumping the blood to the varies body parts in need such as the skin. When you get a wound, the “healing” agents come directly from the blood. Therefore, atherosclerosis leads to poor circulation which leads to a delay in the time the “healing” agents get to the wound which ultimately slows the healing process. Diabetes is also capable of producing various skin lesions such as diabetic dermopathy, folliculitis, boils, carbuncles, etc. These are all caused by the poor circulation from atherosclerosis. These are of course mostly from poorly controlled diabetes. I hope this helps!

  22. QUESTION:
    Is my A1C result too low?
    A few weeks ago I had a routine blood test and heard from my doctor that my glucose level was a little high (102) so he had me come back in for more testing to make sure that I was not developing diabetes.

    I took a non-fasting blood test and found out my glucose was 79 and my A1C was 3.5. The nurse told me that 3.5 is the lowest she’d ever seen and I can see from charts available on the internet that normal range starts at 4.5.

    I have to go back to the doctor next week, but in the meantime I’m kind of nervous. What can this mean?
    My first test was fasting. The second test was not (I’d had a glass of chocolate milk around 9am, test took place around 11:30am).

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  23. 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.

  24. 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..

  25. 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.

  26. QUESTION:
    What kind of trouble am I in if my AST and ALT levels are way too high?
    As an obese 17 year old teen , I’ve recently taken a blood test and everything seemed to come back within a healthy range (cholesterol, glucose, sodium, etc.), but my AST and ALT numbers are off the charts.

    My reference range for the AST is 12-32 U/L but my current number is 89.

    The reference range for the ALT is 8-46 U/L but my number is 234 (yes, you read that number correctly)

    What kind of trouble am I in? I’ve recently been diagnosed with ADD and the medicine has acted as a sort of appetite suppresant (the medicine was not what caused the high ALT or AST numbers), so I’m hoping to be able to start a stable physical and mental journey.

    Oh and I forgot to mention that I have not been diagnosed with any health issues other than my ADHD.

    Thanks for the help people!

    • ANSWER:
      Elevation of the ALT (Alanine aminotransferase) enzyme is specific for a liver problem. The AST (Aspartate aminotransferase) increase is not liver specific. You may exhibit yellowish coloration in your palms or the white of the eye may appear yellow to some extent. Visit your doctor to diagnose and manage your condition.
      The reasons for an increase in the ALT levels could be:
      1. hepatocellular disease (a disease affecting the liver cells)
      2. Active cirrhosis (inflammation of the iner structures of the liver)
      3. Obstructive jaundice (When the bile duct that transfers substances from the liver to the intestines is closed)
      4. Hepatitis (Inflammed liver)
      5. Drugs such as (phenytoin,, valproate,, rifampicin, statins, glitazones)
      6. ALCOHOL

      Good Luck

  27. QUESTION:
    Is this level high for my husbands blood glucose level?
    I am 7 months pregnant and am being monitored for gestational diabetes where i have to use a monitor to test my blood two hours after breakfast/lunch/dinner oh…and when i wake up in the morning.I fill in a chart to take to the doctor to asses my diet etc..
    Anyway the chart has e.g 5.5 for morning reading 7.0 for lunch And dinner doctor told me it would be best if i was below these readings.
    My husband decided to test today and he got a reading of 7.6 he now thinks he has diabetes .
    Is that a high reading? or are those numbers just for someone with gestational diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      That reading is over the normal 6, however it does depend on what your husband has had to eat. It’s not usually of too much concern until the levels exceed 8, however, as always, the best thing is to have a doctor do determining blood tests. The most important one if there is suspicion will be able to average the last three months of blood sugar level.

  28. QUESTION:
    What kind of trouble am I in if my AST and ALT levels are way too high?
    As an obese 17 year old teen , I’ve recently taken a blood test and everything seemed to come back within a healthy range (cholesterol, glucose, sodium, etc.), but my AST and ALT numbers are off the charts.

    My reference range for the AST is 12-32 U/L but my current number is 89.

    The reference range for the ALT is 8-46 U/L but my number is 234 (yes, you read that number correctly)

    What kind of trouble am I in? I’ve recently been diagnosed with ADD and the medicine has acted as a sort of appetite suppresant (the medicine was not what caused the high ALT or AST numbers), so I’m hoping to be able to start a stable physical and mental journey.
    Oh and I forgot to mention that I have not been diagnosed with any health issues other than my ADHD.

    Thanks for the help people!

    • ANSWER:
      sometimes meds can cause elevated liver enzymes… I would ask your doctor who gave you the ADD med. Sometimes alcohol intake will cause liver enzymes to go up – but you’re 17 so you’re not drinking alcohol yet, right?

      There are several other things that can cause liver enzymes to be up, but don’t get too worked up just yet. I would start by talking to your family doctor first. If you read and search too much, then you’re just likely to make yourself upset and worried.

      This website gives a whole list of things about the liver enzymes… read it for education – doesn’t mean that you have ANY of the conditions listed. Just talk to your doc first.

      http://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0315/p1105.html