Blood Sugar Levels Normal Range American Diabetes Association

Yes, you can lower your blood sugar levels naturally and we'll show you exactly how in this complete guide to lowering glucose levels. We have your easy to follow steps below.

Newly diagnosed type II diabetics is on the rise in our nation. It's no surprise that the numbers are increasing considering our "western lifestyle". By carefully reading the labels, understanding the importance of diet and taking good notes, type II diabetics can normalize their blood sugar levels.

As for type I diabetics who must take insulin on a daily basis to keep their blood sugar levels in chick, can benefit from this information by applying these strategies which can help you reduce the amount of insulin you must take.

How they measure your blood sugar levels to determine if you are pre-diabetic or if you are diabetic is by giving you glucose tolerance test.

Pre-diabetics have a fasting glucose range of 100-125 mg/dL. Anything above 125 is considered diabetic. For the glucose tolerance test you are given glucose and they will measure the rise in your blood sugar levels. Pre-diabetics will watch their blood sugar levels rise into the 140 and 199 range and anything above that is considered diabetic.

One other note of interest:

Lower Blood Sugar Levels Naturally

The following are easy steps to take if you are willing to change your daily habits. I hope your doctor has discussed these natural steps with you.

1. Your diabetic diet is the most important ingredient to lowering your blood sugars levels naturally. Foods that pass through your system quickly should be avoided and foods that take longer to digest are most beneficial to keeping your blood sugars in check. This all relates to the low-glycemic food group like: granola, oatmeal, beans, peas, and peanuts to name just a few. White bread and white rice should be limited but there is an option you will read about below.

Each individual case is different because we know some diabetics who must watch the
fruits they eat because it can spike their blood sugar levels upwards. Other cool options include High plant fiber, potassium found in banana's. We all should know that carbohydrates can adversely effect our blood levels, right?

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    This is from the American Diabetic Association?
    I'm more interested in how "Lisa", patient mentioned in article was not testing correctly as stated by her doctor, any thoughts on this?

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    How can your A1C test results help your control? Here are two examples.

    Bob D., 49 years old, has type 2 diabetes. For the past seven years, he and his doctor have worked to control his blood sugar levels with diet and diabetes pills. Recently, Bob's control has been getting worse. His doctor said that Bob might have to start insulin shots. But first, they agreed that Bob would try an exercise program to improve control.

    That was three months ago. Bob stuck to his exercise plan. Last week, when the doctor checked Bob's blood sugar, it was near the normal range. But the doctor knew a single blood test only showed Bob's control at that time. It didn't say much about Bob's overall blood sugar control.

    The doctor sent a sample of Bob's blood to the lab for an A1C test. The test results would tell how well Bob's blood sugar had been controlled, on average, for the past few months. The A1C test showed that Bob's control had improved. With the A1C results, Bob and the doctor had proof that the exercise program was working. The test results also helped Bob know that he could make a difference in his blood sugar control.

    The A1C test can also help someone with type 1 diabetes. Nine-year-old Lisa J. and her parents were proud that she could do her own insulin shots and urine tests. Her doctor advised her to begin a routine of two shots a day and to check her blood sugar as well.

    Lisa kept records of all her test results. Most were close to the ideal range. But at her next checkup, the doctor checked her blood and found her blood sugar level was high. The doctor sent a sample of Lisa's blood for an A1C test. The results showed that Lisa's blood glucose control had in fact been poor for the last few months.

    Lisa's doctor asked Lisa to do a blood sugar check. To the doctor's surprise, Lisa turned on the timer of her meter before pricking her finger and putting the blood drop on the test strip. The doctor explained to Lisa and her parents that the way Lisa was testing was probably causing the blood sugar test errors.

    With time and more accurate blood sugar results, Lisa and her parents got better at using her results to keep food, insulin, and exercise in balance. At later checkups, her blood sugar records and the A1C test results showed good news about her control.

    A1C tests can help:
    Here's an update from the original article:

    http://www.everydayhealth.com/publicsite/news/view.aspx?id=627833&xid=nl_EverydayHealthManagingDiabetes_20090609

    • ANSWER:
      Annie....I really liked the information you have provided here about the importance of the A1C test, but remember this, tests are fallible to a degree. They are "Instrumental" at best. The only other problem here is, you lead the reader to think that maybe you are comparing the two scenarios, which after thinking about it, I am hoping that is NOT the case.
      Think of the A1C as the reflection of "Work Done" as a diabetic. In other words see that the A1C shows the effort the patient has expended in terms of exercise, in the elimination of excess static sugars in the blood. Having said that, exercise for patients of Type I and Type II are equally beneficial.
      It is equally beneficial to understand that the insulan production of a type I is usually too little or non-existant, hence the reliance on Insulin replacement therapy. So then the question is, how much exercise in comparison to static blood sugar and insulin infusion. There in lies the problem with type I's, concerning hypoglycemia or insulin shock. It is truly a difficult prospect to encure and then alleviate or at best manage. Unfortuneately, this then requires a higher level of "Proper Testing Protocol" throughout the day, everyday. Not just in terms of the pain issue, but in the term of the mundane routine. Typically, stellar adherence to proper protocol in testing is not within the grasp of most 9 year olds, again, I say in "most" 9 year olds. This then, becomes the weak link. And "Balance is then crucial".

      I pray that the child Lisa does well, the future for her will depend on her adherance now. I am sure that you see the effects of Type I diabetes far outways those of the Type II, only in that of the differance of age.


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 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 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


Average Levels Of Blood Sugar

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Type 2 Diabetic and my average blood sugar level is 90 to 100, is that good or bad?
    I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in March of 06. I have been taking Actoplus Met (or is it Actomet Plus?) since then and my blood sugar levels are an average of 90 to 100, no higher than 115. Is that a good level to stay at or do I need to get down into the 80's and try and stay there. I can usually pull off maybe 2 or 3 days in a week where my morning blood sugar level is in the 80's but mostly it stays in the low 90's. I am just curious as to what is a good, better, & best blood sugar level?

    • ANSWER:
      You should understand that Type 2 is not a simple, one note, sort of problem. There are Type 2's who don't need medication, just some exercise, weight loss and care in eating (less junk food). some, like you need only a little intervention, others fail to respond to the usual first level drugs, the sulfonylureas, and will move on, most likely, to insulin.

      For all of them, the object of diabetes management is to keep blood glucose as close to normal as possible, for it's been shown very clearly in several large studies of both Type 1 and Type 2, that the closer patients get to 'normal levels" the fewer complications they have -- eye problems, kidney problems, wound healing and circulation, etc.

      Normal in most humans is between around 80 and perhaps 110 mg/dl, while fasting, and perhaps up to 140 or so for a couple of hours after a meal. The Hba1c reading, which is a kind of average of the last 90 days or so of your blood glucose levels, should correspond.

      So, if the readings you give are actually your usual fasting values, and if you don't go really high after a meal for a long time, you're just fine. When you check is important, for a single check in the morning isn't enough. Your blood glucose levels will change regularly, from minute to minute, depending on what and how much you ate, how much and when you get some exercise, and so on.

      It's dangerous for your blood glucose too low, and how low is too low varies a bit with the individual. Typeically below 60 or so, people begin to have hypoglycemic symptoms, which are not to be taken lightly. If they go too far down, they're dangerous.

  2. QUESTION:
    There is a provision to know the average blood sugar of 7 days and 14 days in gluco meter. what is the use?
    Is there any use to know that average blood sugar levels of 7 ad 14 days? Kindly give correct answers.

    • ANSWER:
      They show trends for you. The 14-day average is a pretty good approximation of the A1C test of long term blood sugar, and the 30-day average is even better, if they have that.

      It certainly depends on when you take the readings. You may be missing representative times. Still, my 30-day average is precisely in line with what my A1C count says. The key is to sample fairly randomly.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what a good average blood sugar level is?
    I passed out at work today and think it was because of my blood sugar! Diabetes runs in my family and I have a checker I just don't know what the average is!

    • ANSWER:
      The range of normal blood glucose is 80 to 120. The average normal non-diabetic person will have a BG of between 85 to 95 two hours after a meal. As a diabetic that's the number to shoot for. It's hard as hell to get numbers matching normal non-diabetics without conscienously making an effort. I have dropped my BG's from the high 400's to about 110 over the course of 18 months. I have a meal plan for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Of course, I stray but I try to keep it to a minimum, just the same. My averages are 100 for the morning, 110 - 119 for noon and dinner time is about 95-115. My A1c went from 14 down to 6.2 over that time. If I can do it, anyone can. It just takes effort.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the average blood sugar level for a 14 year-old boy who weighs 150 pounds?
    For a science project we must find the average blood for a 14 year-old boy with the weight of 150 pounds. If anyone know this please answer ASAP.

    • ANSWER:
      It will vary because of what you eat.

      Glucose levels swing somewhat from day to day and from individual to individual. Therefore, if high glucose levels are found, it is advised that measurement should be repeated on the following three days. Only then should hyperglycemia be noted as an enduring symptom and treatment started.

      Go to this website to read more and for the table: http://www.medbio.info/Horn/PDF%20files/sugar.pdf

  5. QUESTION:
    what does a hba1c of 9.2 translate into in average blood sugar levels?

    • ANSWER:
      To convert an A1c to the new average mean blood glucose, use this formula:
      eAG(mg/dl) = (28.7 X HbA1c) – 46.7

      So the old method has an A1c of 6% at an average blood glucose of 135mg/Dl, and using the new formula will give you 126mg/DL, and a 7% A1c now equals a eAG of 154mg/DL instead of 170mg/DL.

      So your average is 217 not 250. Not good at all. You are risking neuropathy , blindness ,kidney problems , heart disease. You need to up your meds. Start on a low glycemic index diet. Heres a website for a list of 2, 480 foods.
      http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm Start today. Also a exercise program. Nordic Walking is great . 30 minutes a day at least.
      Nordic walking is defined as fitness walking with specially designed poles. It evolved from an off-season ski-training activity known as ski walking, hill bounding or ski striding to become a way of exercising year-round. Ski walking and hill bounding with poles has been practiced for decades as dry land training for competitive Nordic skiers. Ski coaches saw the success of world class cross country skiers who used ski poles in the summer for ski walking and hill bounding and it became a staple of off-season Nordic ski training. Hikers with knee pain discovered they could walk more powerfully with a pair of trekking poles, often eliminate or reduce hip, knee foot pain, and backpackers found relief from painful backs when using poles.

      In 1997, a Finnish ski pole manufacturer Exel, introduced the trademarked Nordic Walker® poles, equipped with special Nordic walking straps, and "Nordic walking" became the accepted generic term for fitness walking with specially designed poles. The Nordic skiing savvy Northern Europeans quickly embraced this dry land hybrid of two of their favorite fitness activities -- Nordic skiing and walking, and in a little more than a decade after its introduction in Europe, an estimated 10 million people around the globe have taken up fitness walking with specially designed poles as a regular form of exercise[citation needed].

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

      Nordic Ski Walking produces up to a 46% increase in energy consumption compared to walking without poles.[1]
      I use plain old wooden sticks.Do it today , do it now. Please. Pretty please.>

      OMG I've done it again !!!

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the average blood sugar level at the start of a diabetic seizure?

    • ANSWER:
      It varies from person to person. I can't say what it is for you or your family member, but the link to the Mayo clinic below defines hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) below 70 for a 'normal' person. (whatever that means)

      One problem is that someone with very high blood sugar for a long time might have problems even at 120, if they've been at 300 for a long time, for an example. The better thing to do is adjust the control over a period of days until you have it controlled within a normal, then ideal range.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is an average blood sugar level for a 15 year old boy?
    Seriously, wat is it? Because mine was high for an adult... so yea!!! I really need to know. And what are some common signs of being a teenage diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      I am in a class right now to learn more about my diabetes. The normal blood sugar is between 80-120. 2 hours after eating is the best time to check it. If it is higher than 150 then I would have him checked. My symptoms were severe thirst, headaches, and containing fluid

  8. QUESTION:
    what is the average blood sugar level for a 14 year old that ways 48kgs and has no history of diabetes.?
    or where can i get that info from. what website please.

    • ANSWER:
      3 to 7 mmol/l

  9. QUESTION:
    what is the average LEVELS ( numbers) for BOTH Blood Sugar & Cholesterol?
    My husband and I went to a Health Fair today. It was very nice because all who go received a lot of valuable information and even free tests.

    I demanded that my husband and I to take the free BLOOD SUGAR TEST as well as the CHOLESTEROL TEST? .....I was scared for the results but faced my fears anyways.

    We had just ate maybe 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours prior but wanted to take a random test to check our levels.

    I was told I had great levels where as my husband was told he was borderline. I wanted to make sure of this by asking those here on Yahoo in the hopes of MANY REAL ANSWERS!

    I always like to double check on results because I never want to get my hopes up. Regardless my husband and I need to seriously lose weight and have been slowly and today, we found out where we are on our health (levels).

    Here is the INFO:

    My husband will be 40 years old in December and here are HIS numbers:

    RANDOM BLOOD SUGAR (GLUCOSE) : 128
    CHOLESTEROL: 254

    HERE ARE MINE........... ( AGE 27 IN ONE WEEK):

    RANDOM BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS (GLUCOSE): 83.....YES 83 ( I was shocked as hell)

    CHOLESTEROL: 161......this one I am not sure of....High or low???

    PLEASE ANSWER ONLY IF YOU HAVE KNOWLEDGE OR KNOW WHAT IS NORMAL AND WHAT IS HIGH .....PLEASE REFRAIN FROM RUDE REMARKS...

    *****EASY 10 POINTS****

    IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL INFO, PLEASE ADVISE !

    THANKS EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Per most guidelines today, cholesterols should be under 200; a bit depends on the other levels such as HDL, LDL levels; but total cholesterol around 200. Blood sugar should be under 100-110 (greater than 110 +/- is considered diabetic). BUT, in order to be more specific, they must be fasting levels, So you are fine ( ;) ) but your husband should be re-tested when he is fasting. Then decisions can be made. You stated you are trying to lose wt and wt loss could certainly bring your husband's down to better levels. Good luck

  10. QUESTION:
    Sudden increase in blood sugar levels?
    I'm type 1 diabetic and my overall average of blood sugar levels has risen from about 5-7 to 9-12, with no change to insulin. My insulin is brand new, hasn't been frozen or overheated, and my injection sites are fine. I'm not on any other medication and I haven't made any changes to my diet or anything. What could be up?

    • ANSWER:
      Your insulin needs change as you age. You may need to up your insulin to carb ratio. You need to keep a log of what you eat, how many carbs you eat and how much insulin you take. Look for patterns and test a few hours after you eat to be sure you covered your food properly. Every so often you have to re-evaluate your insulin regimen.

  11. QUESTION:
    Average diabetes type 2 blood sugar level (in mmol/l) after 2 hours of meal?
    For diabetes type 2 only please :)

    What is your average blood sugar level after 2 hours of meal?

    I have been diagnosed with diabetes type 2 and I now try to control it, however, my blood sugar level after 2 hours still looks pretty high (ranging from 8-15, average around 10), but it usually goes down back to around 5 after 5 hours.

    I know the blood sugar level is all depends on what you ate, activity, level of stress, hormone, etc etc, but I just want to know what is your average approximately?

    Thanks.
    By the way, I didn't take any medicine or insulin, 27 in age and would be interested to know people with similar circumstances (age around 20-30 without any medicine or insulin).

    • ANSWER:
      Most of us are about twice your age limit! and we aren't afraid of the meds either!!

      I work hard to keep mine back down to close to 8 after meals, around 2 hours.

      I also absolutely never go more than 4 hours without eating a small meal. Good control means never spiking more than 175 and never getting hungry. It is a little hard to do, but can be done - with or without meds and insulins.

      Eating very low carb food plan is best plan. I never eat potato, carrots, corn, peas, dried beans/lentils, pastas, breads, cereals, rices and have very little milk product.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can you be diabetic if you have alot of the symptoms but blood sugar levels are usually 102-104 average?

    First thing in the morning 101-107 before dinner 101-120.
    Frequent urination, thirsty, hungry, tired, eye, foot, urine infection.

    • ANSWER:
      That's great average! I think you could have highs and not be testing for them on an at home meter and when you do test there is a good number so the meter average would be still good. BUT I also think if you felt like people do when you blood sugar is 200 or 300 you would most definitely check! So I personally don't think you have it but if you are worried then you have the responsibility to get yourself checked out. Make an appointment and your fears to rest.

  13. QUESTION:
    Why does my blood sugar level rise while I am sleeping?
    I can have an average blood sugar level of somewhere in the 80's when I go to bed, only having a VERY light snack that night, and wake up the next morning and my blood sugar level will be around 100 to 110. I KNOW that the snack that I ate didn't raise my blood sugar almost 20 points and keep it there over the course of the night. Does ANYONE else have a problem with their morning numbers beeing high?

    • ANSWER:
      The Dawn Phenomenon - A Diabetics Nightmare?

      Have you ever heard of the Dawn Phenomenon before? No, it's not the name of the latest sci-fi movie at your local theater. If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes you may have never heard of the Dawn Phenomenon before. I can tell you firsthand that until my doctor told me about it I had no clue myself.

      So, what is the Dawn Phenomenon? First, let me ask you this; have you checked your blood glucose level in the evening?Have you then taken it again the next morning before eating, only to find it much higher than it was the night before? Totally frustrating isn't it? In short, you've entered into the Dawn Phenomenon.

      Diabetes can be quite aggravating at times. So many times I would have an evening blood sugar reading of 110mg/dL only to take it the next morning and find it to be 145mg/dL. Well, it must be due to you eating a late night bowl of ice cream along with 4-5 chocolate chip cookies! No, I wouldn't even eat anything after dinner and have the same set of numbers the following day.

      One of the amazing aspects about the Dawn Phenomenon is that everyone experiences it, diabetics as well as non-diabetics.
      The Dawn Phenomenon affects us during the late night/early morning hours while we are at sleep. Our bodies release certain types of hormones that are designed to help maintain and repair our body. This is a good thing. But, between the hours of 3:00-8:00 AM things begin to happen inside our body.

      In simple terms, what happens next is that our bodies respond to this release of hormones by releasing stored glucose. Because this is all happening in the late night/early morning hours, it causes your blood sugar level to increase. You will notice it by testing yourself in the early morning when you first get up. If you get a much higher reading, it's most likely the result of the Dawn Phenomenon (unless of course you ate that ice cream and cookies).

      Is there any way of preventing this from happening? Good question. Yes, there are a few things that can help reduce those AM readings. The first one is perhaps the most obvious one. Talk with your doctor or health care provider. They may need to make a change to your medication or diet, so always talk to them first.

      Keep track of your eating habits. If you are eating foods with too many carbohydrates in the evening, this could also cause a much higher morning reading. Perhaps eat a late evening snack of peanut butter and crackers, or a couple of slices of deli meat and cheese.

      Another thing you might want to do is get some exercise. Take an evening walk or bike ride. Just 30 minutes of brisk exercise in the evening can be enough to lower your blood glucose level. Not to mention how good the physical activity is for your body.

      You can try to fast after your evening meal. This will leave you with a much lower nighttime blood sugar level which will many times offset the effects of the Dawn Phenomenon. You can know by trying it and testing it for yourself.

  14. QUESTION:
    Question about blood sugar levels?
    I was recently diagnosed with type II diabetes. My fasting blood sugar was 315. My doctor wanted to put me on some medication, but the pills she prescribed would cost me over 0 per month, which I can not afford. She said the only other option for me would be insulin, which at 32 years old, I absolutely do not want to be dependent on for the rest of my life. I spoke with some members of my family and my husband's family that have diabetes, and they all agree that insulin is not a good option for me.

    I have heard that exercising, changing my diet to a low sugar / low carb diet, and losing weight can actually make my diabetes reverse itself. I would like to try losing weight and changing my diet to bring down my blood sugar levels. Eating very little carbs & drinking lots of water has brought down my average blood sugar to 215 when fasting - around 300 after a complete meal. Sometimes after meals, if I can not exercise because of long hours at my desk job, my blood sugar will raise to as high as 380 or so, but most times it is 300 or less. My concern is whether this can be harmful to my body to have blood sugars levels of 215-350 on an every day basis while I try to get my diabetes under control? And what kind of harm can this do to my body? I really want to try to beat this on my own if possible, but I am scared to have high blood sugar on a daily basis while I try to undo the damage I have already done to my body by being overweight & not taking care of myself properly. Thanks for any advice & info.

    • ANSWER:
      Blood sugar that high on a regular basis can be very damaging to your body. Levels over 140 mg/dL contribute to diabetic complications and you're essentially double that all day, every day. I credit you for wanting to lose weight and adhere to a strict diet, but unfortunately you can't get your blood sugar down to a healthy range on your own. Don't feel ashamed or defeated. Insulin and oral medications are not a failure. They're going to help us live a very long time hopefully.

      I don't know where you live, but in the United States, Metformin--the most commonly prescribed diabetic drug--costs per month at Target and Wal-Mart pharmacies. I suspect your doctor prescribed you something other than Metformin because she believes that Metformin won't be enough to get your blood sugar under control. Metformin, unlike a lot of other diabetic drugs, does not stimulate your pancreas to produce more insulin. Metformin reduces the amount of glucose your liver releases and makes you more sensitive to the insulin you make. Thus, if you are very insulin deficient, Metformin probably won't be enough. And with an FBG of 315 mg/dL, that might be what she thinks. I always think Metformin is worth a try, though, because of the low incidence of serious side effects and hypoglycemia.

      Also, I know diabetics who had fasting levels as high or higher than yours who controlled blood sugar only on Metformin. My random blood sugar (non-fasting) when I was diagnosed was in the mid-300s, but I'm only on Metformin. My fasting blood sugar now ranges from 70-95 every day. It's possible on a low-carbohydrate diet. I strongly suggest you make another appointment ASAP and demand Metformin. You have nothing to lose even if Metformin doesn't work. Plus, Metformin sometimes helps with weight loss.

      Finally, I encourage you to lose weight and try to go off medication or insulin one day. I do want to caution you about the word "reversal." I have lost nearly 100 pounds since my diagnosis and I am still very much diabetic. My doctor promised me cures if only I could get the fat off because I was so young (late 20s) and otherwise in good health. Now, don't get me wrong - blood sugar control has gotten easier and I have been able to reduce my medication. There's no cure in sight, though. By the time blood sugar gets up as high as yours and mine, the pancreas has already lost a lot of function. We could get down to a perfect weight and possibly still not have enough function to control blood sugar without meds. And even if we could, we'd probably need to stay on a low-carbohydrate diet for life, which I'd be more than happy to do if it meant going off medication. I want you to strive for a goal, but I don't want you to get your hopes up about a cure that's just not going to happen. I've never known a diabetic to become cured through weight loss. I have known MANY diabetics who have lost weight, gone off meds, and controlled blood sugar through diet and exercise. That's management, not reversal, but it's something that I would love to have one day. And probably you would, too. So, all the best, and I hope your doctor signs off on the Metformin.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is an average your blood sugar level should be durng pregnancy?
    I am a type one diabetic who just found out she was pregnant, and am working on getting the pump. However, for the time being I am having to test and inject myself accordingly. I've noticed that at different times of the day my blood sugar levels tend to get up in the 200's. I catch it farely quickly, since I'm checking my blood sugars every hour now. But, I am wondering if there are any Diabetic Mom's out there who carried to term, a normal healthy baby, even with some high blood readings along the way? And also, if anyone can tell me if there is a specific number of highness that is when it gets scary, i.e. 400-500,, etc... Thanks!! :)

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a type 2 diabetic but I'm currently on my 2nd pregnancy. My first pregnancy I was treated by Dr. Jovanovich at the Sansum Clinic, someone who is at the forefront of research on pregnant diabetics.

      The theory is that the way to ensure the best outcome is to closely imitate non-diabetic women's blood sugars during pregnancy. Now here's the bad news: non-diabetic women have naturally lowered blood sugars during pregnancy. So the standards for blood sugars for diabetics are lower during pregnancy than when we're not pregnant.

      I followed this religiously during my first pregnancy and my daughter was born with no complications, 7 1/2 pounds, completely average and normal.

      Her targets were: morning fasting 90 or below, 120 or below 1 hour after eating. She wanted you to have an A1C of 5.5 before conceiving.

      My current endocrinologist gives me a little more breathing room. His targets are: morning fasting 95 or below, 130 or below 1 hour after eating.

      Low blood sugars don't hurt the baby, but high blood sugars are linked with some specific complications and higher risk of miscarriage. The most vulnerable time is the first 8 weeks of pregnancy, so keep this in mind if you're just starting out.

      Lastly, there's a very helpful message board for diabetic moms:

      http://forums.delphiforums.com/diabeticmommy/start
      Lots of real people dealing with these issues. Good luck and congratulations!

  16. QUESTION:
    VERY HIGH blood sugar levels...new diabetic?
    My mom (age 50) just found out shes a type 1 diabetic. She lost A LOT of weight! Her blood levels averaged at 400. She started insulin 10mg today...when will her sugar levels go down?

    • ANSWER:
      Adults do get type 1.
      She should feel better right away.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is the normal blood sugar level for a 32 year old female?
    My sugar level has and average of 70. Is it normal?

    • ANSWER:
      IMO - a little low... The average for an adult is supposed to be 90-ish.

      See your doctor - you could be hypoglycemic or if you're already diagnosed diabetic, your medication doses need to be changed.

  18. QUESTION:
    How many calorieres in a pint of blood?
    An average pint, blood sugar levels at norm etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Why? Are you a vampire who's trying to watch their figure?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    5 questions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Im not on any medication.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Good luck!

  21. QUESTION:
    Im So Happy with my blood sugar levels!!! so far!?
    first i want to thank evryone who responded to my first post. last friday i was told i had diabetes, since then i changed my entire life upside down for the better, ive been to the gym every morning and doing 35 mins on a eliptical machine, i watch every...and i mean every thing i eat, no more soda, no more diet soda, no more gargage!! my blood sugar levels last week were at about 178-200.....this week my average has been 145-150...i take a one aday weight smart vitamin, and 1000mg of cinnamon. i hear it lowers blood sugar! I also lost about 6 pounds. my blood sugar at one point was about 125 for three nights in a row at about 5 pm....so i am very happy. i weigh 414....my goal is to see the 300's and then take 10 pounds at a time!!! i have a while to go to get my levels in the 105-15 range but i cant believe what a week can do to change blood sugar levels....i drink a massive amout of water a day, tht helps alot also.....so evryone out there just try your best....you will beat it!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Awesome Tony! Keep up the good work!

  22. QUESTION:
    How to decrease the Sugar in blood?
    My grandmother who is around 60 - 65 years, is having high sugar in blood, the average sugar level is 100, and her level is 550!!!
    Please help me, or I will lose my grandma..!
    She is having a large block in her heart, she had 2 blocks in heart before, we did antioplasty and antiogram and removed those blocks.
    Doctor said that there is a chance for an attack, she is basically dull, because her mom dead just before 2-3 weeks..
    i will make her eat anything to get rid of this sugar...

    Help Please........................!!!!!!!!!!
    I wanna know what all food she should eat, what she should'nt, what exercises she should do, what she should not do,,,

    Such dos and do nots

    • ANSWER:
      ask her to avoid all tea coffee with sugar ,potato ,food with oil butter,ghee etc ask her to drink bitter guard juice eat blackberrys seed powder please immediately consult a good: diabetes specilist he may suggest some medicine or insulin to bring sugar level down and also suggest a diet chart because this is a very high level only good doctor can help and go according to his advise

  23. QUESTION:
    Can weather affect my dog's blood sugar levels?
    I have a 9 year old diabetic dog. I have her on 8 units of NPH insulin twice daily. I typically test her twice a day at random times. Typically, her blood sugar has been failling in the 175-275 range. Yesterday, I preformed a blood sugar curve on her. The blood sugar readings were ranging, on average, 100 "points" above what she typically ranges. Today, it started to rain. I am wondering if the change in atmospheric pressure (causing the rain) could have affected her blood sugar. I plan on doing another blood curve in a few days when there is no rain. Also, I did not change her routine at all. She did not get any extra food or treats than normal. She exercised as normal. Any ideas?
    Also going to add this:
    My vet does not know much about diabetes. Cannot find a vet in the area that knows anything. So, our vet has basically given me the "reigns" to adjust her insulin based on what I feel is right. I know I have to adjust it soon. I just want to rule out possiblities on why her bg was higher than "normal" before I do any adjusting.
    Also, she was diagnosed July 19 of this year. We are currently in the process of regulation. We have changed her diet and adjusted her insulin for that about a month and a half ago. She is 30 pounds. Her starting dose was 4 units BID. We gradually increased it to 8 units BID.

    • ANSWER:
      As silly as it sounds, possibly. I'm a type 1 and the weather can affect my blood sugars. Sometimes I swear the phase of the moon does.

      Call your vet and talk with her too, just to bounce ideas.

  24. QUESTION:
    Diabetes "normal" blood sugar levels?
    I have done a lot of reading online about what normal results are for blood sugar levels and the majority of health sites seem to say 70 to 100.

    I test myself with a home kit about once a week because diabetes runs in my family. My lowest was 62 and my highest is never over 71. I seem to get the number 69 a lot. I test in the afternoons, at least two hours after I have eaten lunch, as suggested on different sites for the most accurate reading.

    Should I be considered that my blood sugar is constantly on the low side, even though I am only one point from what it considered normal on average?

    • ANSWER:
      It is low but fine if you feel good
      generally, you did not say if your tests are fasting tests or after breakfast by 2 hours because it is how diagnostic opinion should depend on
      however, here are the most normal readings:
      1) fasting for at least 8 hours= from 70 to 100 mg/dl
      2) hours after breakfast (after starting to eat and eating should not take more than 15 minutes) = less than 140 mg/dl
      3) any Random test not precisely dependent of eating = less than 200 mg/dl

      good luck

  25. QUESTION:
    How can a diabetic control sugar level while swimming?
    I'm 53 (MALE). Drugs taken:Glibenclamide (5 mg/day), Gemfibrozile (1200 mg / day), prozac (40 mg/day), trazadone HCl (50 mg/day). Average sugar level in blood: 120-140 at the time of waking up in the morning.
    wHEN i WALK FOR MORE THAN 15 MINUTES i START FEELING VERY COLD AND IRRITABLE.

    • ANSWER:
      When that happens, you are going hypoglycemic.

      I realize that conventional health care is necessary and appropriate. That having been said, there are many things WE can do to overcome type II diabetes, and improve life as a Type I diabetic. I've been researching alternative medicine, and the amount of help that's available to diabetics is amazing.

      Natural remedies are quite effective, and include:

      Cinnamon
      Bitter Melon
      Gymnema Sylvestre
      Nopal cactus
      American Ginseng
      Fenugreek
      Chromium picolinate

      Cinnamon regulates glucose, and has a polyphenol compound called MHCP that mimics insulin and activates cell receptor sites. A quarter teaspoon twice daily makes a difference. Fenugreek increases blood flow and inhibits the growth of infectious organisms. Everything on the list has a use in fighting diabetes. Learn how to use these herbs and don't fall victim to diabetes needlessly.You can find out about about them on line, or in a book I read cover to cover--

      "One Son's Quest for the Cause and Cure of Diabetes", ISBN 7890766313

      The author, a doctor, lost his mother to diabetes and spent the next 20 years finding a way to overcome it. My brother was dying of diabetes, and I was just starting to need insulin when we came across this definitive work which came out in February 2005. We both lead mostly normal lives now. It's a life saver, and the best money you'll ever spend on the subject if you decide to go that way.
      You might want to check Abe Books, Alibri's, or Amazon.com for a good used copy cheap. I bought mine new, and I think it was about . I don't get any money from anybody for telling you this--just want to help, and the techniques in this book is what made the difference for me and mine. Best of luck.

  26. QUESTION:
    Typical blood sugar levels for a 17 year old girl?
    For the past two weeks, I've been extremely exhausted and weak, as well as disoriented while driving. One morning I started shaking really bad like I'd be cold or nervous, when I was neither. I described this to one of my teachers and she said that's how her daughter was and she had low blood sugar. I then looked at the signs of it and have like every one lately.

    What I don't understand is why would I start feeling like this suddenly, when I haven't changed any of my lifestyle habits?

    Out of curiosity, my mother checked my blood sugar earlier and it was 103. I had ate 2 peppermint patties and a satsuma not too long before. What is the average range for a seventeen year old girl?

    I don't think it was low, however, because I wasn't feeling very "off" like I usually do, when she took it.

    • ANSWER:
      103 is prefectly fine. Not too high, not too low. 103 would not cause you to feel disoriented or shaky. Low blood sugar is under 70.

  27. QUESTION:
    What are considered high blood sugar levels for a 15 year old girl?
    The doctor told me that my average is 80 and my low is 60 but she didn't tell me what my high is. I just came back from a Christmas party and I feel really sick. I think I ate too much sugar. I tested my sugar and it's 105. Is this okay? I feel really sick to my stomach. Please help! I don't know what to do. I'm not diabetic but I'm close to it so I have one of those blood pricker things! What do I do?

    • ANSWER:
      105 is fine. It's common for even non diabetics to have higher reading of 130ish shortly after eating a high carb meal.
      Why do you think you are close to having diabetes?

  28. QUESTION:
    For dietician...Does anyone know how many carbs raise the blood sugar ? points in a diabetic?
    I am of average activity level and am diabetic. I like low-carb diets. I am just curious whether or not anyone truly has information as to how many carbs it takes to raise a diabetic's blood sugar level by, say, 20 points or such? In other words...If my blood sugar was 135, and I eat something with, say 6 carbs (1/2 cup green beans or such), how much would be blood sugar go up without meds? Does this make any sense to anyone? Does anyone have an answer for me? There must be some sort of medical formula. I am thinking along the lines of heat raised in the body to burn calories or something.

    • ANSWER:
      it is different in each person and it takes much testing to determine.

      For my insulin pump I take 1 unit of insulin for every 3.5 grams of carbs I eat.

      When I take 1 unit of insulin my blood sugar drops 25mg/dL.

      So, technically, my blood sugar goes up 25 points for every 3.5g of carbs I eat.

      In addition to being a type 1 diabetic, I also am very insulin resistant. Many type 1 diabetics would take much less insulin than I would.

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

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

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

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

  30. QUESTION:
    I'm 13 and my blood sugar is 59. What can I do to improve it?
    I am not diabetic. My doctor told me my blood sugar was very low, at 59, today after a blood test. I had had half or more of an Ensure before it, and that was all I'd eaten thus far, but that's what I usually have for breakfast. She said I should have more meals or snack more through out the day, but I have a very little appetite. What is the average blood sugar for my age, and what should I do to get there? Is there any risk of Diabetes with a low sugar level?
    First answerer, that's obvious. Please don't waste my time.
    Jesus, as much as I'd love that, I doubt that will help my general health xD

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor is correct--instead of eating 3 meals, you should eat 5 or more small meals a day. This does not mean you need to eat big meals, but snacks like almonds or an apple would work. You need to keep your blood sugar on an even level.
      Check out this site for thorough info about Hypoglycemia:
      http://www.gicare.com/pated/edtot19.htm

      Blood sugars on average range from the low 70's-99 in adolescents.

      Unfortunately, many people who experience Hypoglycemia will go on to get "impaired glucose tolerance" later in life. You may never get full-blown Diabetes.

      I had Hypoglycemia as a teenager---I was always tired. I ate lousy, would starve myself for days because I wasn't hungry.

      As an adult I was told I have "borderline diabetes". Both conditions have to do with your Pancreas and it's ability to convert foods.

      With both conditions, a change in diet is crucial for improving the way you feel.

  31. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar levels - please advise.?
    In November 2010, I realized that I had diabetes 2, and I can see that I might have been in that condition for over 2 years approximates from end of 2008, since I have experience weight loss since that time. My height is 6 feet and my weight at the start of 2008 was around 200, and now it is 170.

    Once I realized my situation, I visited my doctor. The A1C test showed a reading of 10.4 ( i.e. a reading of 252 mg/dl approx).

    In the last 6 months, I have put in a lot of work to change of diet, start excercising, increase my water intake. Currently my last one month readings ( around 30 readings) average is around 150. My morning reading fluctuate between 115 - 135.

    My diet currently includes the flow:

    1. 2 unripened bananas in the morning.
    2. Protein shake with 4 strawberries and soymilk in the morning.
    3. 2 eggs in the morning
    4. 2 Smart low carb Tortilla in the afternoon along with chicken.
    5. Almonds as snack in the evening.
    6. 2 smart low carb tortilla in the night along with a vegetable curry.

    My objective is to keep my blood sugars below 140 during day time, and around 110 early morning.

    Please advise.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with TheOrange Evil, and would add that most people are insulin resistant in the morning. So mornings are the worst time to eat any kind of carb. If I were you, I would lose the bananas, or at the very least, don't eat them in the morning when they will probably spike your blood sugar the most.

      Also, if going lower-carb doesn't help you with your blood sugars, it might be time to discuss further avenues of treatment with your doctor.

  32. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar going wacky, could someone help? Has this happened to anyone else? (please read details)?
    My blood sugar is giving me trouble. The dr's say I'm not diabetic but I have been checking sugar daily.
    When I eat even 1 bite of a cookie I get severe headache, I stay away from pop, sweets etc.
    After eating a meal feel like passing out, it get almost impossible to stay awake.
    Was told to test 2 hrs after eating, but always normal range then.
    Started checking 20 min after eating, and every 20 min up to I hr which is my peak (as far as I can tell) By 1hr 15min sugar drops. Sometimes this goes faster, but this is the average.
    My sugar levels have been...
    FASTING 12 hrs, after eating carbs the night before it's around low 60's. FASTING after eating meat the night before high 70's-80's.
    Tonight ate tuna cheese caserole, sugar 174 within 1/2 hr after eating, 140 in 45min, and 120 in 1hr.
    Night before burgers and hashbrowns, 25min 143, 1hr 185, 1&1/2 hrs 175.
    How could the sugar go so low and then jump that high?
    What could be wrong?
    Dr's say tests they do are ok. (help)

    • ANSWER:
      Blood sugars often fall after eating sugar - it will spike up then dramatically fall. It sounds like you have low sugars going on which is usually what happens to people before they become diabetic. After being low for several years people often become diabetic. Also it depends on what you eat - breads, potatoes, etc. that will get into the blood stream and stay longer. Often blood sugars today reflect what was eaten the day before. Keep a log of what was ate, when, how much and fsbs for a couple of weeks and you will probably see a pattern. To avoid low blood sugars at night you could make a half of pb sand. Hope this helps.

  33. QUESTION:
    Glucose levels and the hemoglobin A1C: Is this logical?
    Glucose levels and the hemoglobin A1C: Is this logical?
    Say you are a person who is diabetic and you consistently do not eat from 6am-6pm, but have breakfast before 6 am and dinner after 6 pm, would the skipping of meals " hide" your high blood sugar levels when you do eat. In other words, would skipping meals bring the average glucose level lower than the "true" average?

    • ANSWER:
      The hemogloblin A1C is the average of your blood glucose level over the last few months, no matter what time you eat. It is the "true" average.

  34. 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

  35. QUESTION:
    Those with diabetes can you take this interview?
    i have to interview diabetic for my senior project can you please take your time and answer them?

    1. what type do you have?
    2. what age were you diagnosed?
    3.what diet do you have to follow?
    4. how many times do you check you blood sugar?
    5. do you take medications or insulin? and how much?
    6.how has diabetes effect you in your activities?
    7. do you have any family hystery of this disease?
    8.what is your average blood sugar level?
    9.how long have you had this disease?
    10. how were you diagnosed?

    • ANSWER:
      1) I have type 1
      2) I was diagnosed a month after turning 13
      3) I do not follow a specific diet, i just count how many carbs i eat and take insulin to cover those carbs.
      4) I check my blood sugar level between 4 to 10 times a day, depending on how I am feeling.
      5) I take insulin (Humalog) via an insulin pump. I use between 30 and 60 units of insulin per day.
      6) Diabetes does not affect my activities a lot, but when my blood sugar gets too low or too high, I feel bad and that slows me down. When I am low, I feel absolutely horrible and have to stop whatever I am doing to get it back up. When I am high, I just need to sit down because I get really uncomfortable (have you ever had that feeling in your stomach that something bad is about to happen? i feel like that) and my mouth starts to taste really bad.
      7) No one in my family has any type of diabetes.
      8) My average level is about 200, my a1c is around 8.
      9) I have had diabetes for almost 4 years
      10) I was diagnosed because I had a physical (and coincidentally was feeling quite miserable that day) and after doing a urine sample and finding ketones, i was sent to the E.R.

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

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

      I believe I read the research in either:

      http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com

      or
      http://www.dlife.com

  37. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to stabilize the blood sugar level?
    My grandma is diabetic & she is above 65 years old. & Lately (especially this past week) she has been having problems. She's had high blood pressure lately & unstable blood sugar levels (extremely high to extremely low). Problem is we don't know what to do to get it back in line. She used to have it in control with an average of around 100-150 glucose level way back when. Now, it's either extremely high or extremely low. She eats well, no sugar (unless the glucose level goes low) & low carbs. She exercises & walks a lot (although she is getting weaker & her feet are starting to hurt). Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      grammar_cleopatra,
      People with diabetes can develop nerve problems at any time, but risk rises with age and longer duration of diabetes. The highest rates of neuropathy are among people who have had diabetes for at least 25 years. Diabetic neuropathies also appear to be more common in people who have problems controlling their blood glucose, also called blood sugar, as well as those with high levels of blood fat and blood pressure and those who are overweight. Diabetic neuropathy can be classified as peripheral, autonomic, proximal, or focal. Each affects different parts of the body in various ways. Peripheral neuropathy, the most common type of diabetic neuropathy and which fits the description that you give of your grandma’s symptoms, causes pain or loss of feeling in the toes, feet, legs, hands, and arms. Autonomic neuropathy causes changes in digestion, bowel and bladder function, sexual response, and perspiration. It can also affect the nerves that serve the heart and control blood pressure, as well as nerves in the lungs and eyes. Autonomic neuropathy can also cause hypoglycemia unawareness, a condition in which people no longer experience the warning symptoms of low blood glucose levels. Proximal neuropathy causes pain in the thighs, hips, or buttocks and leads to weakness in the legs. Focal neuropathy results in the sudden weakness of one nerve or a group of nerves, causing muscle weakness or pain. Any nerve in the body can be affected. I will add a link below which may be helpful to you in your quest for the answers to your question, it contains internal links. I wish you and your grandma well.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Here is the link that I mentioned above

      http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/DM/
      pubs/complications_control/index.htm

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  38. QUESTION:
    Type 2 Diabetes: Blood sugar level reducing from above 300 to 150 - 180 range?
    Over the last 2 years I have been losing weight, almost 25 pounds, my waist reduced by almost 2 inches, and during this period started feeling very tired during all day. Finally I visited my family primary care physician in Oct 2010. After lab test I realized that I had type 2 diabetes condition, with my blood sugar levels about 286 ( after lunch).

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

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

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

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

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

    3. questions:

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

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

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

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

    Thanks in advance.

    OTN
    Just want to add that my urine still smells sweet and is yellow in color. At what stage can I expect this to reduce. Note that when my blood sugar level is less than 150, the sweet smell in the urine goes down and the urine color is also light.
    My early morning fasting reading is the issue here. It is averaging around 150 to 160 over the last 2 weeks i.e. since I started taking low glycemic foods, excercise daily. Im quite sure it must have been much higher earlier. I want to tackle this area first, please suggest. What and when should I be eating the evening before to get my early morning readings to around 120 which is my first goal, before trying for 90.

    Im not on any medication.

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

    It is obvious that I should be tackling my early morning readings first.

    • ANSWER:
      You seem to be on the right track.. But you never mentioned if you are taking Metformin.
      Here's the Key:

      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels :

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

      My fasting is 96 and HBA1C is 5.2.
      There are no miracles, just attitude and dedication. If you have depression , treat it . Because when depressed you don't take care of yourself properly.

      Take care

      TIN

  39. QUESTION:
    How to decrease Sugar level...?
    My grandmother who is around 60 - 65 years, is having high sugar in blood, the average sugar level is 100, and her level is 550!!!
    Please help me, or I will lose my grandma..!
    She is having a large block in her heart, she had 2 blocks in heart before, we did antioplasty and antiogram and removed those blocks.
    Doctor said that there is a chance for an attack, she is basically dull, because her mom dead just before 2-3 weeks..
    i will make her eat anything to get rid of this sugar...

    Help Please........................!!!!!!!!!!
    I wanna know what all food she should eat, what she should'nt, what exercises she should do, what she should not do,,,

    Such dos and do nots

    • ANSWER:
      ask her to avoid all tea coffee with sugar ,potato ,food with oil butter,ghee etc ask her to drink bitter guard juice eat blackberrys seed powder please immediately consult a good: diabetes specilist he may suggest some medicine or insulin to bring sugar level down and also suggest a diet chart because this is a very high level only good doctor can help and go according to his advise

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

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

  42. QUESTION:
    What is a truly normal blood sugar number?
    I was having some symptoms of diabetes and tested my blood sugar with my dads meter (he has type 2) my fasting level was 97 and 2 hours after I ate it was 120. I tested again before my next meal 5 hours later and it was 140. I went to my doctor because my dad said that 140 was too high. Especially since I hadn't eaten in so long and when I did eat it was just a sandwich. My first doctor did a fasting glucose test and it was 99. She said I was fine and was making up not feeling well. So I went to another doctor. This one said that the FGT wasn't accurate for diagnosis so she did an A1C test. She didn't tell me what the number for that was, but that I wasn't diabetic. Then I was talking to my friend who's been a type 1 diabetic for 9 years and she said that the A1C showed your average over the last 3 months. I haven't been feeling sick over the last 3 months, and it had only been a couple weeks that I had been feeling bad when they did the test. She said it might not have been accurate enough. Is that true? I've been eating very carefully all year and exercising (my New Years resolution was to loose 40 pounds and I did it!) And since I noticed slightly higher blood sugar levels I've been really watching the carbs and I eat no more refined sugar. I'm still feeling bad though. Sometimes it's not too bad, but other times I'm just SO thirsty and I have to go to the bathroom all the time, and my legs and arms have been getting really cramped up lately. Then I was getting dizzy and getting headaches. I have like no energy at all most of the time. And I get hungry, and then when I eat I feel worse. I'm not overweight and I'm very active. But type 1 and 2 run on both sides of my family. Could I be in the process of getting one or the other? Can higher levels be a warning that type 1 is coming, or only type 2? Can I even get type 2 if I'm normal weight and eating right? There are only 2 doctors in my town and I went to them both already. Do I need to find another doctor or just wait until my current doctor feels like re-testing me. Or is there something I can do myself to know if I really even need to go back right away? I keep hearing that normal fasting is anything under 126 and anything under 200 after eating. But if so, why are the "normal ranges" 70-120? I'm just really confused! Can someone help me, please? :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hello my friend,

      You have a lot of questions and rightfully so. I am a type 2 diabetic and can relate to some of the symptoms you are talking about.

      There is a great book called Dr Bernstein's Diabetes Solution by Dr Richard K Bernstein.

      He is a type 1 diabetic and has been so since he was a child, he is now in his 70's.

      He covers a lot of the questions you have.

      By the way normal blood sugars are around 75 - 85 (that's where non diabetics usually are).

      I just checked Amazon for his book and they have it for only .79 (normally .99). This is for his latest book. You can also purchase his older books, they have valuable information in them as well.

      I hope this helps.

      Ollie G

  43. QUESTION:
    If im hypoglycemic can I eat more calories daily than the average person?
    Since Im hypoglycemic, meaning under normal levels of blood sugar, does that mean I need to eat more sugar than the normal person (because I know I have to eat more times daily than the average person) so does that mean I am allowed a higher daily caloric intake than 2,000 calories??

    • ANSWER:
      hi there.. please ignore our resident NUTCASE that talks about the acaiberry supplment..

      yes if u are hyperglycemic u need to eat more... u need to eat high protein foods, and complex carbs this will slowly release your blood sugar and keep your energy steady... with the proteins.. avoiding very sugary foods.. and too many simple carbs...

      u know what to do..

  44. QUESTION:
    Is there reason for concern or is everything just fine?
    My oldest son is 36 yrs old and, he keeps me in his house because, I do not make enough money to live on my own anymore.
    He is always complain about being sick just like me. So, I decided to test his BP, Blood sugar levels, and blood pressure for three days to see if he might of inherited my diabetes.
    His blood Pressure Average: 115/75 Pulse Rate: 70
    Blood Sugar Levels average over three morning: 165 mg/dl
    Urine test average: 10 -15 mg/dl ketones
    Weight:255 lbs
    Height: 5 feet 10 inches
    BMI ?
    Gets really thirsty at night and keep large mug of water at beside each night.
    80 -85 lbs over weight.
    The emergency room nurse tell me over the telephone that these readings are all normal and there is nothing to worry about. What do you all think of this situation?
    Blood readings at 4:00 AM in the mornings
    Urine test before bedtime and in early morning time.
    Blood glucose reading were took after 6 - 7 hrs of fasting over night

    • ANSWER:
      Blood pressure looks fine.
      If the blood sugar level is when he has not eaten for 12 hours (he can drink water) then that it a bit high or at the very least boarder line for diabetes. Not sure about ketones.
      If the doctor's say that he is not diabetic, then he is probably boarderline and should
      (1) try to loose some weight
      (2) eat healthy foods with less sugar and carbohydrates that break down more slowly (eg casava). There are lots of tasty foods that are low in sugar. He can probably consult with a dietitian.

      I am not a professional, nor a diabetic... but I know many people who are diabetic (including my grandmother and some of my aunts/uncles) so I have been exposed to some of the information.

  45. QUESTION:
    I'm not diabetic but I still have high blood sugar readings, why is this?
    Diabetes runs in the family. My mother, sister, gran, etc all have it. Randomly I did a blood check (the pinprick machine) one morning and I had 7.0 (very high before breakfast considering it should be between 4 and 6). So I had a slice of wholegrain toast and went from 9 to 3 without eating. Did another pinprick test and I got 11.2, I'm like "woah". So I go to the doctor's and they say "right, fasting blood glucose check". I waited a few days, did the fasting blood test and controlled my sugar levels throughout the week by eating very healthily, counting carbs and taking cinnamon tablets to help lower blood sugar. Although still very slightly high they weren't as bad - I was waking up with 4.5 and 2 hours after wholegrain I had 6.2. On Tuesday I received my results and I was absolutely fine - my average is 5.5 and the range was from 3.5 - 6. Thinking that I was back to normal I went to university and had lasagne and lots of coffee. I got back just now (3 hours after eating), washed my hands, did a pinprick test and I got 16.2... in a few words, what on earth is going on? Are my results wrong? :(

    • ANSWER:
      Every doctor seems to have different ideas of what is the "ideal" sugar levels.
      Some say 4 to 6 mmol others say 5 to 7 mmol, so do not stress too much on the reading of 7.

      The pinprick machine is not totally reliable, it could also give false readings.This is my first reaction to the reading of 16.2 - you could also be stressed, tired or some other reason, I would not worry too much about that. After all one swallow does not make a summer.

      Your "formal" tests at the doctors turned out to be OK, so do not worry about it anymore.
      If you are concerned have the test re-done every 6 months or so.

      In the mean time, continue as if you have diabetes i.e eat healthy and exercise regularly.
      Why? because
      1)everybody on this planet should eat healthy and exercise.
      2)if you are comfortable with this healthy lifestyle when/if you do become diabetic, then no big deal - been there done that. No real change needed.
      3) A healthy lifestyle would most probably prevent the onset of diabetes in the first place.

  46. QUESTION:
    Diabetics, what have you learned that helps you keep you blood sugar level?
    I know what I did is crazy but now I am starting over again & would like to know what others have done. I went off my meds in Dec. I have had all kinds of problems & it is complicated. I was on glimerperide ( something like that) & metformin. When I would go to the Dr. thinks looked good I was averaging about 117 last time I went. Which was great for me. I was still not on a perfect diet. I have had a hard time every year in Dec. which was the month my son passed away & other dates that just get me depressed. I am going for therapy about this. Ok, now I am getting back on metformin & just had dinner & felt I was low but tested in at about 408. I did not like that the aveage I had when I was taking better care of myself was based on numbers that went up & down. I hated having low blood sugar. So is it possible to get more balanced. What is your day like if you don't mind giving an example of an average day. I would appreciate any details you can share. Your schedule, supplements. drinking water, exercise, anything. Thank you so much!

    • ANSWER:
      All I have done to bring mine down from 1400 in March 09 to 107 today, was, stopped sugar, switched to whole grain bread, brown or wild rice, and did major portion control. I measured and weighed everything. I went by the diet my doc and nutritionist gave me. Soda's also went. I added fresh fruits for fiber. Also any processed foods went as well. As far as what I do during the day. I play on the computer mostly. I have COPD and I am in the end stage, so exercising is not really a choice I have. I do try to do some exercises, but it isn't many. I was having a problem with stress (my son has been deployed to Iraq) and I went and talked my the doc about it, and since stress can raise BG he gave me zanax to keep me calm. I also check my BG 4 times a day as instructed, and I am no longer taking any meds, no insulin, no glyburide, and no metformin. I maintain my BG by checking as instructed and adjusting my food for the day if necessary, but that has only been on two occassions, and both times, it was my fault, for eating a extra serving. I also went to a site called, fitday.com, and use that site to track all my food intake. That site allows me to know how many carbs I am at for the day, the number of calories, the fat, and all nutrition information. I couldn't of have done or stuck to my diet without using them. I also use a site called; dlife.com for recipes as all their recipes have the nutritional values given as well. Hope some of this helps you. Good luck.

      PS. I have also lost 17 pounds since March 23rd as of today, and that is just by diet alone. I still have to lose some more, but I will get to my goal.

  47. QUESTION:
    i know someone that is a 50+ yr old male & he is having diabetic symptoms- how can i help this at home?
    average blood sugar level is 5.6-ish
    the person i know is at 25.6 atm
    i just wanna know what i can do until he can get a new family doctor to help
    i need to know what diets he can do , he eats alot of bread so i know to cut that out and he is going to have to eat less sugar and all but he has been eating like crazy recently but has been losing weight .
    help please?
    **no links please**
    thaankss in advancce ♥
    thaank you so much
    thaankss guuys , you're advice acctually helped aloot , he's getting better slowly . very slowly . he's going to the doc soon .
    **atm = at the moment XD**

    • ANSWER:
      25.6 mmol/L is incredibly dangerous blood sugar. As you pointed out, it's about five times higher than normal blood sugar. The weight loss despite overeating is incredibly concerning because that's a classic diabetic symptom.

      Yes, he needs to cut out the bread and the sugar right now, as well as most carbohydrates. Any carbohydrates he eats should be in moderation and ideally from non-starchy vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

      With blood sugar that high, a walk around the block and low-carb diet are only going to do so much good. He should be taken to the hospital as soon as possible, especially in light of his weight loss, to be given emergency injections of insulin to bring his blood sugar down quickly. If he has insulin at home and knows how to administer it, then he might be able to do this himself.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is a blood sugar level of 2.2 bad?
    I received that from a blood test. I had had a meal an hour before I got the test done. I don't have diabetes or been diagnosed with anything like that.

    I am a 17yr old female. 170cm tall and 62kgs so average on BMI

    Thanks!
    I generally feel dizzy and shaky. She did describe it to me but didn't get much said because she wanted further testing first because she thought it was odd so I'm getting a GTT. When I describe to her how I felt, I explained it like being slightly drunk (like beingt tipsy, dizzy, hazy slurry speech sort of way)

    • ANSWER:
      I'm surprised that whatever health care provider did this test for you did not discuss this with you, as it is considered an "emergency" blood sugar level. The average person's sugar level rests between 4-7, depending on where the blood test catches you between meals, metabolism rate, etc. However, usually when a person's blood falls below 3 in a hospital setting they are provided with sugar tablets or some kind of carbohydrate to get that number back up.
      When people have a 2.2. for a blood sugar level they usually know it as they start to feel dizzy, shaky, disoriented and maybe even nauseous as their body struggles to perform it's natural functions with such a glucose deficit. If you didn't feel funny or have any symptoms when you got this blood sugar level then I would consider getting retested as it may have been wrong.

  49. QUESTION:
    Type 2 Diabetes, rapid weight loss, and D.A.F.N.E.?
    I was recently diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes in November, 2009.

    The problem I have is that there isn't much I can eat due to having high cholesterol too.
    I am losing about 5 pounds of weight a week.

    I will not eat vegetables so that is out.
    I am not on any medications whatsoever either. I can usually eat 10g to 15g of carbs without spiking too much.

    Anything more than that and I have to walk for 30 minutes for every 20g of carbs I eat. Since it's wintertime, I won't be able to walk if at all. I am not healthy enough to exercise indoors.

    What can I do to be able to eat so my rapid weight loss is slowed down? At the rate I am losing weight, I will be dead by this august.

    Remember, no carbs due to blood sugar problems, no fat or cholesterol due to high cholesterol & high triglycerides. And no veggies due to abuse issues when I was very young. I am now 49 years old. Chicken and fish will get really old really fast, no matter how you prepare it.

    I am very tired all the time too and my muscles scream in pain if I walk too much at one time or too many times a day.

    My doctor's office seems to be incompetent. They checked my lipid profile and did not check to see how much insulin I was actually making. They just assumed I was a Type 2 based on my GTT of 294. If not enough insulin, then I need that addressed. If plenty, then only insulin resistant.

    I want to use fast acting insulin for mealtime only - dose on eating. My last (and only) a1c was 6.8 .
    Diet and exercise just isn't going to work for me.
    My dietitian wants me to eat 75g of carbs 3 times a day plus 2 snacks. I refuse to do this as I do not want my blood sugars in the 300 range every day. I want to keep my eyes and toes and kidneys.

    Right now, my average blood sugars via testing are about 113 for the past month, and that's including the spikes.

    What can I eat to slow the rapid weight loss rate? Remember, NO VEGGIES, NO FAT, NO CHOLESTEROL, NO SUGAR, NO CARBS.

    Do I just knuckle under and eat anyway, hoping that I don't go blind to lose my toes? Or have a heart attack from too high a cholesterol level?

    If all it takes is an a1c level above 7.0 to get insulin, I can just eat a bunch of frosted cinnamon rolls every day.

    D.A.F.N.E. is Dose Ahead For Normal Eating. In essence, take a shot of insulin so you can eat and have a NORMAL life. I only want to eat one or two large meals a day, around 125-150g each. I am not looking to abuse insulin to have a sugary chocolate malt or anything. And maybe once a month eat a REAL meal, say about 250g of carbs like spaghetti and meatballs, or even pizza.

    I am ONLY diabetic when I eat. Not eating, and I have perfectly NORMAL blood sugar levels.

    What am I to eat? What am I to do? How do I convince my doctor to give me insulin and not pills? I want to save what's left of my beta cells for when I really need them, in my old age. Insulin will help this, but pills won't.

    I don't know how to get my doctor to accommodate my needs. Doctor shopping is too expensive.

    I am not living, I am existing. The treatment of diabetes is both to keep you alive AND restore some semblance of a normal life. I have neither. Eat, walk, eat, walk. Over and over every day.

    I am just in a quandary over this horrible disease.

    Any credible and practical suggestions?

    In 16 weeks I will weigh less than 80 pounds but should weigh at least 135-150.

    For me, Diabetes is a death sentence.

    • ANSWER:
      Get a new doctor.I hope you are seeing an endocrinologist as normal GPs really aren't that knowledgeable about diabetes.
      If you are at the stage of losing weight (called ketoacidosis) then you need treatment with insulin asap.
      If you are also insulin resistant you may have no choice but to go on pills - you said so yourself that diet and exercise just isn't working. Doesn't matter how much insulin you pump into your body if you are insulin resistant - it still cant use it. Although I think there is a type of insulin that is used for t2, called byetta or something. Ask your dr about that.

      Its very hard to cut carbs altogether from your diet; if you dont get enough, your body will convert protein into carbs. I really think you should seriously reconsider your stance on pills; at least till you can it undercontrol. Anyway, make an appt with a new endo right away!

  50. QUESTION:
    Hormones are released in the body in response to a Negative feedback. Why is it called Negative feedback ?
    The process is easy to understand but why negative and not positive ? What I mean is say your blood sugar level is above average, this will trigger realease of GHRH as if the body was saying YES, I need this hormone... as opposed to NO, I need this hormone ? Get my drift ?

    • ANSWER:
      Negative Feedback means that the lowering of one substance will cause the elevation of another; or the elevation of one substance will cause the lowering of another.

      It's like ACTH. Increased ACTH caused increased aldosterone, Now, if aldosterone increases, this will cause the levels of ACTH to decrease. This is called Negative Feedback. But if the increase in aldosterone cause the levels of ACTH to increase (which doesn't happen in life), then this is called Positive Feedback.

      Hope you got it.


Average Blood Sugar Level For Teenagers

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

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

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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can somebody revise or correct my sentences? and can you add a funny thing?
    Drinking Soda
    Soda is one of the most popular soft drinks here in the Unite States. Maybe it is the caffeine that makes soda taste so good, or maybe it is the sugar. Soda is now a household item, just like milk. There is a study showed that the United State is the most country that it’s people drinking soda. The average American drinks about 65 gallons of soda a year. The largest customers for soda are teenagers and children. According to the Centre for Science, teenagers in the United States now drinking soda twice as much as milk. Fifty-six percent of 8-year-olds down soft drinks daily. We have all to think about the harmful effects of this drink in our bodies. Soda causes many health problems that everyone can suffer from like fattiness, tooth decay, and caffeine dependence.
    Recently a study showed a strong link between drinking soda and childhood obesity, that is because of the big amount of sugar that a can of soda has which is about ten teaspoons of sugar. It is made sure that sugar can be cause to high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart diseases. Soda includes a high amount of calories too, almost 150 calories per 12 once can. In my opinion the main cause for why children like to drink soda is that soda is available in school.
    Second, tooth decay. Newly a study showed nearly 3200 Americans 9 to 29 years old who drink soda have tooth decay. Not just because of the high level of sugar in soda, but because of all element in soft drinks that cause tooth problems. The acids in soda pop are also notorious for etching tooth enamel in ways that can cause to cavities.
    Third, I will talk about caffeine dependence. Soda like coffee includes large amounts of caffeine. Even sofa drink industry agrees that caffeine causes the same effects in children as adults, therefore, people who drink soda because addicted on it because their need for the caffeine. Soda contains an average of 35 to 38 milligrams per 12 ounce can. Even diet sodas which are usually chosen by those who are trying to control calories and sugar often pack a lot more caffeine than regular soda.

    If you are still drinking soda this is something that is quite simple to stop. In my mind there is absolutely no justification and reason to drink soda. Both sugar and NutraSweet are deadly to your health and will gradually rob you of it. So stick to pure water.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a study showed that the United State is the most country that it’s people drinking soda --- I would replace with: ACCORDING TO A STUDY, THE U.S. IS THE WORLD'S TOP SODA CONSUMMING COUNTRY.

      The largest customers for soda are teenagers and children -- THE MAIN SODA CONSUMERS ARE TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN.

      ...teenagers in the United States now drinking soda twice as much as milk -- TEENAGERS IN THE U.S. DRINK TWICE AS MUCH SODA THAN THEY DO MILK NOWADAYS.

      Fifty-six percent of 8-year-olds down soft drinks daily -- DOWN? YOU DIDN'T MEAN "DRINK"?

      We have all to think about the harmful effects of this drink in our bodies -- WE ALL HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THE HARMFUL EFFECT THIS BEVERAGE HAS IN OUR BODIES.

      Soda causes many health problems that everyone can suffer from like fattiness, tooth decay, and caffeine dependence -- SODA CAUSES MANY HEALTH PROBLEMS THAT ANYONE CAN SUFFER FROM, SUCH AS OBESITY, TOOTH DECAY AND ADDICTION TO CAFFEINE.

      It is made sure that sugar can be cause to high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart diseases -- SUGAR CAN CERTAINLY TRIGGER PROBLEMS SUCH AS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE ......

      Soda includes a high amount of calories too -- SODA CONTAINS A HIGH AMOUNT......

      In my opinion the main cause for why children like to drink soda is that soda is available in school -- IN MY OPINION, THE MAIN REASON FOR CHILDREN TO DRINK SODA IS THAT IT IS EASILY AVAILABLE AT SCHOOL (and everywhere, for that matter!).

      Newly a study showed nearly 3200 Americans 9 to 29 years old who drink soda have tooth decay -- A RECENT STUDY SHOWED THAT NEARLY 3200 AMERICANS BETWEEN THE AGE OF 9 AND 29 WHO USE TO DRINK SODA HAVE TOOTH DECAY.

      The acids in soda pop are also notorious for etching tooth enamel in ways that can cause to cavities -- THE ACIDS IN SODA POP ARE ALSO KNOWN TO ERODE TOOTH ENAMEL, WHICH CAN EVENTUALLY LEAD TO CAVITY BREAK OUTS.

      Even sofa drink industry agrees that caffeine causes the same effects in children as adults, therefore, people who drink soda because addicted on it because their need for the caffeine -- EVEN THE SODA INDUSTRY AGREES THAT CAFFEINE HAS THE SAME EFFECTS BOTH IN CHILDREN AND ADULTS, THEREFORE, PEOPLE GET ADDICTED TO SODA BECAUSE OF THEIR NEED TO CONSUME CAFFEINE.

      Both sugar and NutraSweet are deadly to your health and will gradually rob you of it -- BOTH SUGAR........ TO YOUR HEALTH AND WILL GRADUALLY AFFECT IT.

      "Funny" thing you can add: Why would you like to drink a substance that can even be used to remove rust from a metal surface!!??? *note: this is what I read that can be done with Coke.

      I hope that helps, I'm not an expert either but I do tend to do good on style correcting ;) )


Average Blood Sugar Level For Men

This is the query my diabetic patients always ask. There are many ways to establish blood glucose level. Some tests give you correct diagnosis of diabetes or pre-diabetes, while others will tell you how well you are managing your diabetes.

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Fasting Blood Sugar Test:

Measures the blood sugar level after eight 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'll have diminished blood glucose level also known as Pre-Diabetes. If your blood glucose level is above 125mg/dl then your physician will diagnose as a patient of diabetes. If you have blood glucose level of 126mg/dl or higher in 2 consecutive tests, then you may have diabetes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    blood sugar level for a 200 pound man?
    i have been very sleepy lately for no reason at all i fell asleep yesterday at school and no one could get me up so i went to the hospital they drug tested me and that was negative...so i think it may be low blood sugar?so i wanted to know the average sugar level for a 200 pound 14 year old...also the lows and highs
    i have been very sleepy lately for no reason at all i fell asleep yesterday at school and no one could get me up so i went to the hospital they drug tested me and that was negative...so i think it may be low blood sugar?so i wanted to know the average sugar level for a 200 pound 14 year old...also the lows and highs,but mine was 54,after i drank mountain dew...so is that healthy??

    • ANSWER:
      Non-diabetic blood sugar levels are the same for infants to adults to the elderly, 10 pounds to 100 pounds to 500 pounds. In We measure blood sugar as the percentage of glucose per a certain amount of blood, so even if bigger people have more blood in their bodies, the percentage remains the same because the sample size is the same across individuals.

      Fasting - <99 mg/dL
      1-hour post-meal - <140 mg/dL, preferably under 120 mg/dL
      2-hour post-meal - <120 mg/dL, preferably under 100 mg/dL
      Between meals - <100 mg/dL

  2. QUESTION:
    Bad marriges unhealthy for women, but not men?
    http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/03/06/marriage.women.heart/

    "In the study, University of Utah researchers looked at 276 couples to see if depression was the real reason poor marriages have been found to be harmful to health. The couples were middle-aged or older Utah residents who were mostly married for a long time on average more than 27 years; they ranged in age from 32 to 76.

    The researchers found that bad relationships were bad for health-- for women at least. Women in troubled relationships were more likely than other women to be depressed. Plus, they were more likely to have metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors including elevated blood pressure, high triglycerides, low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, abdominal obesity, and elevated blood sugar-- all basically steps on the road to heart attack or diabetes.

    "For husbands, we didn't see, on its own, that negative marital stuff was related at all to metabolic syndrome. The only thing it was related to was their depressive symptoms," said Nancy Henry, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Utah. "For men, having a problematic marriage is still emotionally, but not physically, problematic healthwise.""

    • ANSWER:
      "The only thing it was related to was their (men's) depressive symptoms"
      Last time I checked, depression was a health problem. This study is fatally flawed except as a propaganda device.

  3. QUESTION:
    Did you know this about Metamucil,.....?
    is this surprising, and what other enlightening health tips do you have? I was delighted since I needed those helps and had been taking this more often.

    Drink This to Lower Your Cholesterol
    The fiber supplement Metamucil can help lower elevated cholesterol levels. In one study, men who took one packet mixed in water before each meal for eight weeks experienced drops in LDL cholesterol averaging 7 percent. Metamucil also helps to lower blood pressure, blood sugar, and the risk of heart disease, according to the National Fiber Council.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes any fiber will do this not just Metamucli.
      There are better ones to use did you know this?
      Natures Sunshine has a LoChoL that is just for lowering Cholesterol and it is the finest.
      They also have one that is for people who cannot take psyllum because sometimes it gels too fast in their throat- expands too much an they can choke.
      So Natures sunshine makes one that has three fibers that do not do that is so good.

      Just thought you needed to know this.


Alternative Blood Sugar Treatments

Diabetes is a common disease that develops, due to a hormone insulin imbalance produced by the pancreas. Insulin controls the glucose level in the blood, and how much glucose is absorbed by the cells; which in turn use glucose to produce energy. When insulin is not present in the body or the body is not utilizing it properly, glucose cannot enter the cells, and stays in the bloodstream producing hyperglycemia, or excess of sugar in the blood. There are some other important things to know about causes of diabetes are excess intake of oil and sugar, hereditary and genetics factors, increased cholesterol level, over weight, stress, sedentary lifestyle.

Read more on Home Remedies for Diabetes and Herbal Medicines for Diabetes and Yoga for Diabetes

Causes of diabetes -

Diabetes mellitus occurs when the pancreas does not create adequate or any of the hormone insulin, or when the insulin produced does not work proficiently. Thus, this causes the level of glucose in the blood to be higher than standard levels

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what are some alternative treatments for a diabetic cat?
    Already inject 8 total units of PZI Vet Insulin (4 units twice a day). Unable to get blood sugar levels below 150 on a regular basis (pek BS levels = 400). Cat weighs 17lbs. and is not very active.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a diabetic dog, so I know what you're going through. The answer "put it out of it's misery" was pretty thoughtless.

      We use type N insulin from a regular pharmacy. I suspect you could also use a "people" insulin.
      The dose should probably be carefully increased.
      As with people, there's no maximum dose for insulin.

      Also, your cat should be on prescription diabetic cat food. I favor Hill's Science Diet.

      Hopefully, as the blood sugar decreases, your cat's energy and activity level will increase.

      Good luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the alternative treatment for glucoma?
    Aside from medical science process; operation and others
    that will alter the God given eyes. Recently I went for an eye examination and the Opthalmologist ( Doctor ) diagnosis was my right eye is having glucoma after a computerized process of eye examination. Although I am waiting for my appointment with an eye specialist I need medical and alternative opinion
    on the preventive and curative aspect. I am 61 years old and my present work is required lefting 30 and over kilogram. My vision is okey except I am using reading glass with ( 275 )grade. I am also diabetic since 2000 but my blood sugar level is on a single digit since I am extra careful on my lifestyle. My blood presuure ranges from 145/80 and I take food supplements ( selenium, chromium, vitamin c, vitamin d, ala, vitamin e, glucosamine & chhondroitin and cod liver oil and my diabetic medication) My body weight is 79-80 kilograms and Iike to walk since my Doctor on my left knee with damaged cartilage. Thanks, Ramon Nagtuita.

    • ANSWER:
      click on the Glaucoma Studies here for lots of useful info concerning alternative supplements.

      http://www.i-care.net/eyeresearch.html#macular

  3. QUESTION:
    Two questions: hey I'm saving my points. Rheumatoid arthritis / fiber usage?
    A young friend of mine is, I'm fairly sure, suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. No, I'm not diagnosing her myself, he has an upcoming appointment with a rheumatologist. But, in case I'm right.... are there any complementary/alternative treatments she can use?

    As for me, I am a type 2 diabetic that is on metaformin. I also take a number of things like chinese herbs to help. My goal is to maintain my medication level or at least not have it increase or jump to insulin as time goes on. One of the things I'm taking is glucommanan which is supposed to keep the blood sugar from spiking after meals. I had been taking regular fiber already for cholesterol. Do I really need to take both fibers as the guy at the store SELLING me the stuff said or can I do without the regular fiber?

    Thank you in advance for your answers
    Seriously Vot? too "funny". Sorry you're going through that. It's one of my co-workers who is suffering a lot and I thought I'd ask. I hope YOU'RE doing well.

    • ANSWER:
      To answer the first question, it entirely depends on what the problem is. There are some nutrients like Glucosamine and Chondroitin that are raw materials the body uses to create new joint tissues, Hyaluronic Acid helps to lubricate the joints, Cherries help to metabolize Uric Acid (a common irritant of the joints), and there are many others that help in other ways. Any of those may help her or she may have some other issues that need other nutrients instead... without knowing the problem, we'd be guessing if we said what would fix it, but there are several nutrients that help different aspects of joint health.

      As far as your blood sugar is concerned, Glucomannan has a rather minimal impact on blood sugar and is most commonly used for cholesterol support and/or to fill you up during a meal (so you feel fuller sooner). I've heard some bad things about Metformin and other diabetic drugs... especially that they cause weight gain, which can make diabetes worse than the benefit it gives (as weight has a big impact on insulin usage in the body). I'm not sure if you have a doctor that knows about nutrition that you can consult about that, but they may have more information for you on that.
      As far as other natural options instead of the Glucomannan, some of the best natural items to help maintain a healthy balance of blood sugar would be Cinnamon, Gymnema Sylvestre, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Mulberry, Vanadium, and/or Chromium. Your best and safest bet would be to check with a doctor to see if any combination of these would be just right or too much, though... blood sugar is one of those sensitive things that too much support can be just as bad if not worse than not enough support. Good luck and I hope I helped!

  4. QUESTION:
    My cat has been diagnosised with ecoli in her bladder. Treatments? Cure? Hope? She's still young!?
    She is overweight and has type 2 diabetes. She is (now) on a diet as prescribed by the vet, and is on medications to lower her blood sugars. So far her infection has been resistant to Clavimox, and the vet is giving her a 25% chance of coming through ok. I've tried to find info online but there don't seem to be many sources, so if anyone has any ideas for getting her through this, I would really appreciate it. Come to think of it, so would she!

    She's about 5 years old, we think (she's a rescue kitty!) and this is the first time she's shown any type of poor health. She's still very affectionate and doesn't seem to be in any pain, but obviously I want her healthy and around for several more years!

    Any insite, suggestions, alternatives etc, would be very welcome.

    Thank you,
    Rachel

    • ANSWER:
      Being diagnosed with a urinary tract infection is not a death sentence. The test (which was a culture and sensitivity of the urine )to determine that your cat was resistant to Clavamox should have also told you what antibiotic would be effective against e-coli. Your veterinarian should have switched antibiotics. From my experience the antibiotic Baytril works well for e-coli infections. As far as the type II diabetes most cats do well with proper management of the blood sugar and continued medication. If anything else maybe you should get a second opinion.

  5. QUESTION:
    Are there other treatment options for PCOS besides glucophage?
    I have polycystic ovaries, but not the syndrome. All that's missing is ovulation - no acne, no body hair, no oily skin, no high blood sugar. I am overweight, but women who weigh more than me are getting pregnant all the time. I want an alternative. Glucophage makes me SICK, so I don't feel like getting jiggy, which is bad when you are trying to get pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      I was pretty much in your situation, at least symptom wise, but I wasn't even classified as overweight. The doctors I have here were really unhelpful, and never even mentioned glucophage. My ob/gyn took an ultrasound of my ovaries (what a trip!) and decided that I was advanced enough that he put me straight on an herbal supplement (used widely here in Europe, so I hear--I'm overseas with the military) and clomiphene. The herbs were supposed to regulate my period, the clomiphene was of course to make me ovulate. This worked for me, and luckily, I only have one bun cooking in there right now.
      From my research, I've gathered that MANY women can manage their weight, regulate their cycles and even conceive through diet management alone. Losing 10% of your current body can help regulate your cycles, help you ovulate and therefore help you conceive. Ask them to check to see if you have insulin resistance and consult a nutritionist. There are also PCOS diet books available that you might try, with our without the insulin test and/or a nutritionist.
      I went to Amazon.com and did a book search for PCOS and got a whole list of books, some of which I ordered and helped point out options and settle my nerves a little. I know how tough it is to go through and read about it and compare yourself to the list of symptoms and think, "how can this be me?" I hope you can find better help than I did. If you're not getting the answers you want from your doctor, find a different one. If you're not ready to take that leap yet, by all means get some books and start reading. By the time the ones I ordered came in, I was pregnant, so I haven't gone through them all yet, but there's good information in them. I wish you the best of luck.

  6. QUESTION:
    Opinions on seeing Ayurveda doctor?
    I'm 20 years old and am suffering from peripheral neuropathy. I finally went to an internal medicine doctor because my my numbness and sensitiviy were getting worse. He has ran many blood tests (auto immune, iron levels, vitamin levels, blood cell counts, blood sugar etc) to find what is causing it but nothing has turned up abnormal. Other than this I am completely healthy and would prefer to go to alternative medicine for treatment than waste more money and not finding answers.

    I wanted some opinions/experiences people have had seeing an Ayurveda doctor. It would be especially helpful if someone with peripherial neuropathy has been to one too! Thankyou! Or if you have any suggestions on where I should go from there, they are welcomed too.
    * I'm not really looking for religious answers about finding God.. this is about alternative medicine, not christianity.

    • ANSWER:
      Cap palsinuron (herbal medicine) is very use full medicine in peripheral neuropathy without any side effects.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is the object to keep your eye on the ball?
    Or do you keep your eye on the money? Regardless of poor people's health.
    How many more of nature's medicine are they going to ban?

    The folks in the UK and Europe may have thought they were the only ones struggling under new stringent laws and regulations clamping down on alternative medicine...

    Now, suddenly the good little bureaucrats at the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are powering up their hive-mind in order to "protect" us from safe, non-drug treatments too!

    Recently I told you about new FDA actions that will severely limit access to intravenous ascorbic acid (IAA), a proven cancer-fighter that has been shown to neutralize virtually any pathogenic organism.

    Apparently, the FDA has decided that IAA is an unapproved drug. And because it's obviously NOT a drug and can't be patented, they've basically found a way to make therapeutic doses of vitamin C illegal.

    When it comes to being small-minded and petty, these FDA drones are extremely effective.

    But IAA isn't the only item on their hit list. Now they're zeroing in on niacin. Which just HAPPENS to be a direct competitor of Big Pharma's cash cow: statin drugs.

    You can't say that

    Last month, FDA officials told Upsher Smith, a small Minnesota pharmaceutical company, that they couldn't reference niacin studies in their marketing of SLO-NIACIN — a supplement with sustained-release to reduce the warm, tingling effect that niacin sometimes causes.

    So it's basically just niacin.

    Upsher Smith has temporarily taken the SLO-NIACIN info off their website. But the FDA warning letter lists several studies that pose a problem. One study, published in the American Journal of Cardiology in 1992 is titled, "Marked benefit with sustained-release niacin therapy in patients with 'isolated' very low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and coronary artery disease."

    Now, just think about that. There's a study in a major medical journal that shows a "marked benefit" in artery disease patients who take sustained-release niacin.

    But the FDA doesn't want you to read about that on the Upsher Smith site. (Or maybe they don't want you to read about it at all...)

    But either way, does the suppression of this information serve artery disease patients?

    Other studies (which may or may not have been on the site) show that niacin also helps reduce triglycerides, and may help prevent dementia, arthritis, and anxiety.

    When Dr. Spreen sent me an article about this new FDA action, he noted that niacin is also listed in the Physicians' Desk Reference as a therapeutic agent to lower cholesterol. It's right there in the medical mainstream's public record — the source ALL doctors turn to when treating patients.

    But if you make and sell niacin, you can't mention this PROVEN benefit to your prospective customers?

    Something is really WRONG with this picture!

    Years ago, suffragette Crystal Eastman said, "Tyranny goes by the name of protection."

    I can't imagine how much stronger a statement she would make today if she saw the workings of the FDA...especially if she were faced with heart disease.

    This cannot be said too often: If your magnesium intake is low, you're in trouble. There's just no way you're going to prevent or successfully manage type 2 diabetes with a low magnesium level.

    Dr. Spreen has told me that dozens of times. And with good reason. Magnesium helps maintain normal insulin levels.

    In a new study from Brazil, researchers evaluated magnesium status in type 2 diabetics. They found that poor kidney function (common in diabetes) increases magnesium elimination in the urine. When too much elimination is combined with low magnesium intake, blood sugar runs high.

    Menstruation and high stress also reduce magnesium levels. And a heavy intake of starches, alcohol, diuretics and some prescription drugs (such as antibiotics) can increase urinary elimination of magnesium.

    Dr. Spreen recommends 500 mg of magnesium per day, with the added note that magnesium gluconate and chelated magnesium are the preferred supplement forms. And if you want to try to get the magnesium you need from your diet, some of the best sources are leafy green vegetables, avocados, nuts, and whole grains.

    To Your Good Health,

    Jenny Thompson
    HSI Director

    ________________________________________
    Sources:

    "FDA warns niacin marketers about drug claims" Shane Starling, NutraIngredients-USA, 1/26/11, nutraingredients- usa.com Warning Letter to Upsher Smith Laboratories, Inc., FDA, 1/19/11, fda.gov
    Give us back our wonder plant(s)
    http://youtu.be/tcA4ALg0v2I
    Question is; Does anybody care? What do they care about? $$$$$$$$?

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly I wish the government would quit trying to be my mother and stick to the task the Constitution gave them. Big Government was the focus of 1984 and don't look now but it is here.

  8. QUESTION:
    Do you think that Black Seed Oil can be used as a treatment for HIV/AIDS?
    I AM SORRY THAT THIS IS LONG, BUT PLEASE READ

    I am currently doing research about Black Seeds. It is also known as Black Coriander or Black Caraway seeds. It is know that Black Seeds can cure/treat many medical ailments.

    Well in my Biology class, we were learning about adaptation, and an example is the AIDS virus. When ever this one perosn took the medication, it seemed that somehow the virus would adapt to it. Well since I have heard of Black Seed, and I have done some research, I was wondering if it can treat HIV/AIDS. I know that it may not completley cure it, or that you need to take this for a while to see results, i was just wondering about the possibilities.

    Based on this info, what do you think? Any comments will be accepted. It would help me if you cite your information (if you can).

    -Black seed unquestionably has a positive and stabilizing effect on the human immune system which . Moreover, since diseases are the result of defective immune systems, it is fair to assume that the beneficial effects go beyond skin disorders and allergies. Since the immune system has a direct or indirect effect on all the systems of the body, when you are infected by any disease, the power of the immunity system affects the cure of this disease.

    -Black seed is a safe and effective herb that can be used by almost anyone. No irritations or side effects are caused when the right dose is correctly applied. Its benefits are obtained through consistent use,the effects are medium to long term. Diabetes is useful in the treatment of diabetes mellitus or diabetes caused by an allergy. However it is recommended that the treatment be supervises because Black seed does lower blood sugar levels. Black seed should not be taken by pregnant women if their wombs are sensitive

    -Mahfouz and El-Dakhakhny, prominent Egyptian researchers isolated the active principle nigellone from Black Seed's essential oil in 1959. There are over 100 different chemical components in the seed.

    Nigella and melatin are two ingredients in Black Seed that contribute greatly to its highly diversified powers. These substances work together to provide the digestive benefits that have been revered in Black Seed. They also promote cleansing and assist with overall eliminating action.

    Two of the most volatile oils found in Black seed are nigellone and thymoquinone which were fist discovered in the herb in 1985. Nigellone offers both anti-spasmodic and bronchodilating properties which contribute to Black Seed's potency against respiratory ailments. It also acts as an antihistamine which helps to reduce the negative symptoms of allergy sufferers. Thymoquinone contains excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is also a strong anti-oxidant and helps cleanse the body of toxins. Both nigellone and thymoquinone work in conjunction with one another to enhance Black Seed's action against respiratory ailments. It also provides a healthy alternative to the more commonly prescribed cortisone based therapies used by allergy sufferers.

    Black seed provides a rich supply of polyunsaturated fatty acids. These ingredients play a key role in daily health and wellness. They help to regulate the metabolism, carry toxins to the skin's surface for elimination, balance insulin levels, regulate cholesterol, improve body circulation, and promote healthy liver function. A deficiency in polyunsaturated fatty acids can lead to a wide number of health problems including nervous system disorders, uninhibited growths, and skin diseases.

    Black seed contains over 100 valuable nutrients. It is comprised of approximately 21% protein, 38% carbohydrates, and 35% plant fats and oils. The active ingredients of black seed are nigellone, thymoquinone, and fixed oils. Black seed also contains significant proportions of protein, carbohydrates and essential fatty acids. Other ingredients include linoleic acid, oleic acid, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin B2, niacin, and vitamin C.

    A 1994 study conducted in London by King's College revealed that Black Seed has properties that inhibit certain enzymes, which also inhibit the production of certain prostaglandins. This is more proof that the rich and complex combination of elements found in Black Seed work together for a total effect.

    Black Seed has over 1400 years history of use. Many ancient books and text suggest the following traditional uses for Black Seed. But please note, that these should not be understood as cures or treatments for any disease or illness.
    Now this is only some of the research that I have done. I have not actually done some testing or anything, I am just in High School. Right now, I am in the stage of gathering information.

    • ANSWER:
      What's the active ingredient?
      Can it be synthesized or purified on a large scale?
      What's the target?
      What's the mechanism of action?
      What's the effectiveness compared to current treatments?

      These are the questions that must be answered before it can be used to treat anything.

      There's a reason medicine doesn't just use things like this. Until you know what molecule is doing what you don't know about any possible cross-reactions, toxicity issues, and most importantly you can't quantify everything since the amount of active ingredient isn't controlled.

  9. QUESTION:
    My husband was demoted and transferred at work and I think he may have been discriminated against?
    My husband has Type 1 Diabetes. He is a Deputy Sheriff but works in the Judicial Center. He has worked for the county for 10 years. He was told several months ago not to check his blood sugar or give himself insulin in public. However they did not provide him with an alternative location.

    Then he had sinus surgery and contracted an infection and eventually ended up in the hospital. Due to his nasal issues and his Diabetes he had already missed a lot of work. While he was in the hospital no one from the Sheriff's Department visited him. He was off for six weeks for treatment and returned to work but only worked part time for an additional two weeks.

    After he returned to work the Captain immediately began complaining about how everyone was covering for him. There was also a Detective who apparently became the Captain's "tattletale" and would find something to tattle on my husband for frequently. It got to the point where one of the last times he was called down he walked into the Captain's office and said, "What have I done now?"

    He had had no serious offenses in 10 years of employment with the county. And only minor issues even in the past six months or so.

    Last week he was demoted and transferred to the jail for the following reasons:

    Was told he wasn't to eat at the desk. First of all he is diabetic and may have to eat if his blood sugar is too low. (They had never addressed this before nor did they provide him any alternative accomodations.) Second the item they said he was eating he purchased in the mornings on the way to work. He is usually just finishing it up as he comes in but has it eaten by the time the courthouse is actually opened.

    There was a problem at courthouse a couple of weeks ago with the alarm system. He radioed the control operator asking them to shut off the alarms to the courtrooms after he checked the area and deemed it safe. His request got all twisted around and when it was discussed in the meeting it was said that he said the judges complained. (What he said was he asked for them to turn them off BEFORE the judges complained.)
    He didn't have a license plate on the front of a car we had just purchased and hadn't even licensed yet. We still had the other vehicle and needed a plate on it until we sold it so we didn't get in trouble with the city.) This was the last thing they had gotten onto him for.

    Can you seriously tell me that the very last straw was not putting both license plates on a vehicle we had just purchased?

    I really believe this is all related to his medical issues and how they are tired of trying to find someone to fill in for him when needed. I think these other complaints are just to cover their butts. If they were really that concerned they could have just talked to him and come up with a better solution than demoting him and transferring him to the jail.

    Is this a case of discrimination based on his disability (Diabetes is considered a disability)? I believe so. I want to make a complaint to the EEOC. He's not sure.

    Please don't guess and don't quote the law. I've already read it. That's what the guy at EEOC tried to do. I wanted to know if we had a case before filing a complaint. I had already looked up the law. I really need answers from experts (lawyers, etc or someone who has been through this too.) If you can post a link to a case please do.

    • ANSWER:
      My suggestion is that you find an employment law attorney who represents employees (as opposed to one who represents employers). Most attorneys will not charge for an initial consultation, but ask about the attorney's policy when you call for an appointment just to be sure you won't end up with a bill. The attorney will be able to tell you if it looks like you have a case.

      You should do this soon. If he is represented by a union, he should contact them immediately. He may need to file a grievance to protect his rights. Even if he is not part of a union, the county may have some sort of civil service system. If so, the civil service system may have some procedure he needs to follow to file a complaint. There may also be a deadline for that.

  10. QUESTION:
    I am a Diabetic looking to know Where can I buy a GlucoWatch Biographer or GlucoWatch G2 Biographer?
    I have had Diabetes for 24 years & currently have to prick my fingers up to 8 times a day to test my blood glucose levels. I have been looking and looking for an alternative to this treatment & have seen 2 systems so far called GlucoWatch Biographer & GlucoWatch G2 Biographer but have NO idea how I would be able to purchase on. If anyone out here knows where I would be able to buy this product or a product similar to this then please let me know. For those not aware what this is like then it's a watch like monitor that is worn on the wrist & it keeps track of how sugar levels in the blood are doing.

    Please, please, please, please, please can somebody help me with this as it would make a huge difference to my life & that of my family.

    • ANSWER:
      I've just searched for this using Yahoo and this address came up - not had time to read the blurp but the email address was - insulin-pumpers.org.uk/glucowatch. Hope this is what you are looking for. Jan

  11. QUESTION:
    What is it with diabetes and all these alternatives to real tried tested documented and true medical advice? ?
    There is so much information in this forum about diets, and supplements, and chamomille tea, and all kinds of other homeopathic diabetes cures. Do people really believe in this hocus pocus medicine? Why not see an endocrinologist? Why not take the medication that you are prescribed and then monitor your blood sugar as directed? Diabetes has such awful complications - why mess around with potential complications?
    I'm just really surprised with the amount of bad and potentially harmful advice here. My son has type 1 diabetes, and I've been to A LOT of classes and support groups and have been involved with JDRF and ADA functions and never ever once have I heard a doctor or educator saying "drink chamomille tea" or anything along those lines as a form of treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      Because most people think they need to work against authority, instead of accepting the authority of a physician to help. In other words, most people will do ANYTHING other than what they are told.

      Another reason is our deep-seated belief in magic. We WANT things to happen "mysteriously", and so accept the "magic potion" cure. Therefore, when an answer seem to come from "the mysterious east", it MUST be good because those people know more about magic than anybody!

      Diabetes is one of the best understood disease around. That doesn't mean they know how to cure it, but its causes and effects are well understood. Blood sugar values is one of the best documented features of the human body, as out the effects of BOTH high blood sugar and low blood sugar.

      Those people that insist on following something other than what is the best that science has to offer at this time are ignorant, foolish, or both.


Acceptable Blood Sugar Levels

The initial diagnosis of diabetes may be overwhelming enough, and being presented with a list of supplies that is necessary may make the experience even more intimidating. One way to immediately solve the problem of where to purchase supplies is to find a supply company that carries or can get practically everything that is needed.

One such company is www.Diabetic-Mart.com. Our company specializes in diabetic supplies, and we do not limit ourselves to only a few products. We know that monitors and testing strips are not the only things needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle as a diabetic.

We do carry monitors and testing strips; however, we go further than that. We offer clothing, socks, and shoes—items which may be hard to find or, if available, may be at a much higher cost but much lower quality.

Because diabetics are at a higher risk of suffering from foot and leg problems, we also have in stock a number of supplies specifically designed for leg and foot care. These include creams, shoe inserts, and, as mentioned earlier, socks and shoes.

Wounds to the feet and legs can occur, however, and may require special care. We have wound care supplies, including bandages and dresses, tape, pads, and wipes, just to name a few. We offer total wound care packages, which contain everything needed for optimal wound care.

Diabetics may also sometimes need equipment to assist them in their daily activities. We supply canes, walkers, toilet seats, and other articles that can be used so that patients can remain as independent as possible.

Exercise is important in maintaining acceptable blood sugar levels. We can help with that, too. We have fitness and exercise devices available. One of our products is a pedometer, which is excellent for keeping up with those 10,000 steps recommended by health care professionals for good health.

Knowing that all these supplies and more are available at one convenient location is but one way that a diabetic patient can achieve the positive outlook so important to health care. It is a fact that stress can cause physical changes, including fluctuations in blood sugar levels. However, when ordering needed supplies is as simple as a click or a phone call, stress, at least in that area of one’s diabetic care, just isn’t going to be a problem.

Our prices are comparable to those of other suppliers. In addition, we offer free shipping for orders over 0. With our low prices, it will be easy to reach that amount, but it won’t be a case of overspending, because the items we offer are intended for diabetics, making it easy to do “one-stop” shopping.

Visit our website at www.Diabetic-Mart.com and see what we have available. If it isn’t listed, contact us, and we’ll see if we can order it. We want to make the diabetic lifestyle a positive one, and helping with the purchasing of necessary supplies and equipment is our way of doing so.

We look forward to offering our assistance in any way possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What's Acceptable Blood Sugar Levels in a Child?
    My 10 year old son's blood sugar level last week about 90mins after eating was 15.3 (275mmol). I thought this was a bit high so we've checked it a few times since.

    His fasting level before breakfast the other morning was 8.0 (144mmol) he hadn't eaten in around 13 hrs. Tonight 90mins after eating dinner he is showing 12.8 (230mmol)

    He doesn't seem to have excessive thirst and seems to pee normally but he can be tired and does complain of headaches and sore tummy's regularly.

    I've tried googling to get an idea if these readings are high (they're all higher than mine..I'm not diabetic but I'm 7mths pregnant and have been asked to check my levels for 10 days as I am fasting glucose intolerant) but can't find a definite answer. Most places seem to suggest this is too high for a child who is not diabetic.

    Any advice greatly received!

    • ANSWER:
      The diagnosis of diabetes is surprisingly straightforward. It doesn’t require many tests to rule out other possibilities. The following signs establish the diagnosis of diabetes:

      a urine test showing a lot of sugar and the presence of ketones
      symptoms such as extreme thirst and frequent urinating
      The following test confirms the diagnosis: a reliable laboratory blood sugar reading of more than 11.1 mmol/L (200 mg/dL) taken at any time of day. It doesn’t matter when the child last ate.

      It is not usually difficult to tell whether a child has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. By far most children and teens have type 1. Symptoms of type 1 diabetes usually start dramatically because the pancreas stops making insulin. Ketones are much more likely to be present in the urine in type 1 diabetes than in type 2. However, if there are no ketones it doesn’t mean that it isn’t type 1. Rather, it suggests that the child was diagnosed early, before ketones had the chance to form. Unfortunately, early diagnosis doesn’t mean that the child has a less severe case of diabetes, or that treatment will be easier.

      In rare cases, it can be difficult to determine whether the diagnosis is type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Other testing might include fasting insulin levels, genetic testing, or looking for immune markers of type 1 diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, there are certain antibodies in the body. They are created in response to the proteins on the pancreas cells that release insulin. If these markers are present, it suggests that the diabetes is more likely to be type 1. If no markers are present, it is more likely type 2 diabetes, but this is not a definite diagnosis.

      The recommended test for type 2 diabetes is called a fasting blood glucose test. This test checks blood glucose levels after your child hasn’t had anything to eat for at least eight hours. The doctor may also use a test called an oral glucose tolerance test.

      It would seem that your child is diabetic. Go to the website below and check it out.
      So many website have such Acceptable High Glucose levels, which are wrong. Any glucose level over 140 causes damage , whether adult or child.
      Good luck.

      Tin

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

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

  3. QUESTION:
    what are acceptable levels of blood sugar for type I diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      mid 90s to about 140. 80s is getting a little low, 30s is getting dangerous, you usually pass out in the 20s. you start worrying about ketones in the 300s. though it varys from person to person.

  4. QUESTION:
    My mom has type 2 Diabetes. What are the normal blood sugar ranges?
    What is acceptable (good) blood sugar levels for morning test prior to eating? 90 - 120?

    What is acceptable range during the course of the day?

    Any suggestions on recipes or meal plans that work well? I know their is no such hing as a diabetic diet but I know there are obviously things to avoid.

    • ANSWER:
      My doctor wants me 80 to 120 before meals and when I wake up in the morning.

  5. QUESTION:
    what is an acceptable sugar level in your blood regarding diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      I tested 81mg/dl, this morning... to me, that's acceptable. Actually, anything between 70 and 110 fasting is acceptable. Anything under 140 after a meal is acceptable. The higher you go beyond those figures, the more concern you should have. There's a very handy chart on this page:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glucose_tolerance_test

      If you're in Canada or the UK, just divide those numbers by 18 to get mmol/l.

  6. QUESTION:
    what diet changes reduce blood sugar level 360?
    What "diet modifications" can I adopt to reduce blood sugar level from 360 to an acceptable level?

    • ANSWER:
      When I was diagnosed, my blood sugar was almost as high as yours.

      I did the following:

      1) Took Metformin.
      2) Exercised - mainly walking and weight lifting - 4-5 days per week.
      3) Adopted a very low-carbohydrate diet. You don't have to be as strict as I was (I'm not even that strict anymore), but I cut out all wheat and grains, corn, potatoes, rice, sugar, and even fruit. I ate mostly meat, hard cheese, eggs, non-starchy vegetables, and occasionally nuts.

      I was able to cut my levels in half within 5 days and within a couple months I achieved completely normal levels.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the highest "acceptable" blood sugar peak?
    After you eat a meal, how high should your blood sugar go? Even if it returns to "normal" levels within 2 hours, what is the highest peak that is OK? Is anything OK as long as it returns to normal? My daughter is having peaks in the 225-250 range on a fairly regular basis (she is 4 and of normal weight), but her bg does usually come down within 2-3 hours.
    I should add that she does not have a diagnosis of diabetes and that all of these readings are with a home meter. She has seen an endocrinologist who is not concerned because there are no documented venous blood draws over 200.
    Fasting blood sugar is almost always normal. It is the postprandial blood sugars that are well over 200.

    • ANSWER:
      i believe that a fasting blood sugar test should be obtained, and there has to be several readings before she could actually be diagnosed as a "diabetic". just watch for signs and symptoms of hyperglycemia(high blood sugar) increased thirst, increased urination, increrased hunger, fatigue, dry mouth, blurred vision, change in mental status.

  8. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar levels - need clarification please?
    My mother and father are both diabetic and have been for years. Recently they resumed testing their sugar every couple hours, and I haven't tested mine in about a year, so I was curious about my blood sugar level. So before eating this morning at around 8am, I tested my sugar and the tester came up with a level of 44. It was strange to me and I called my dietitian. She told me to eat something and get back to her after I tested my sugar again 1-2 hours after eating. The monitor came up with a value of 90. I've not been able to get back to her since then, but I'm wondering - is this something I should be concerned about? Is this possibly a pre-diabetic condition or is a level like this relatively acceptable?
    1. I am 22 years old, have not been diagnosed with diabetes and both my parents are type 2 diabetics for at least the past 10 years.

    2. Recently, I have been sleeping at least two hours more than usual. I would wake up at night about twice but usually I would soon fall back asleep. However, sometimes I will not be able to sleep after waking up, Two nights ago, I went to bed at 10pm and woke up at 3am and even though very tired, I was unable to fall back asleep. Upon coming home last night I could barely keep my eyes open and was visibly nodding off on the way home. I woke up not sleepy, but exhausted this morning.

    3. I am not someone who enjoys sweet things. That being said, I've been having a pretty open appetite lately and it seems that when I eat, I gravitate towards breads and sweet foods.

    4. In addition, I have had astigmatism for many years, but lately I've found myself having to put my eyes right up to the computer or television to make out the words. There's been a noticeab
    Additional: I'm sorry but yahoo answers cuts off my details for some reason.

    To re-iterate point 4:

    4. In addition, I have had astigmatism for many years, but lately I've found myself having to put my eyes right up to the computer or television to make out the words. There's been a noticeable deterioration in my eyesight over the past couple weeks. I find difficulty driving lately, even with my glasses.

    Thank you to those who have answered so far, it's appreciated (except the spammer).
    Also friends, please note that diabetics don't only suffer from high blood sugar :/ Overproduction of insulin results in low blood sugar which can be a malfunction of the pancreas as well.

    • ANSWER:
      The reason your dietitian advised you to have something to eat and then get back to her is because your blood glucose level was low enough to be termed a hypoglycemic event. (That just indicates lower than 'normal' blood glucose level.)

      Unfortunately, with having both parents with type 2 diabetes DOES put you at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes yourself. Some people MAY experience the hypoglycemic events, just as you did, prior to developing hyperglycemia ... higher than 'normal' blood glucose levels. It's when the hyperglycemia becomes persistent that a diagnosis would be made ... assuming that doctors don't catch it at an earlier stage where some doctors call it pre-diabetes. (Not all agree with the use of that term, stating that you're either diabetic or you're not.)

  9. QUESTION:
    Best supplement (or possibly medication...) to bring blood sugar down to healthier levels again?
    Hiya :)

    Basically - I'll pop to the docs for a test of this again soon, and probably use a home tester too - but I have reason to believe my blood sugar is a bit too high. Not far too high, not type 2 diabetes kind of level but... just the higher end of the acceptable range. I was wondering what people might suggest for effectively but healthily keeping my blood sugar levels under control. So something that won't make them go to low or anything, but will effectively reduce them to healthy levels.

    I've seen many combo supplements on ebay and have heard about things like lipoic acid, but just wondered what you all thought.

    Don't worry I intend to test again, also I have done a lot of research and believe I have pretty good reason to suspect this is a considerable issue for me at the moment.

    Thanks very much,

    Mike :)

    • ANSWER:
      Low carb diet.

  10. QUESTION:
    Will a fiber rich diet bring blood sugar back down from 270?
    My best friend was just diagosed with Type 2 Diabetes (today) and spent the day in the ER (blood sugar was up at 585 and stabalized at 270). He knows he needs to have 145 or lower to be within acceptable limits. But after nearly 10 hours on an insulin IV his sugar level stayed at the 270 marker. He hasn't eaten all day ( got there aroun 4:00am).

    • ANSWER:
      When your friend is stablized , her's what must be done to keep glucose levels in control:
      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels :

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

      And 145 is not acceptable. Below 100 is acceptable for a diabetic.
      With the above he will get their. Don't forget to remember what I said about the Killer drugs.

      Take care

      TIN

  11. QUESTION:
    is blood sugar 137 ok for fasting 10 hours?
    i have been on prednisone for since 2003. the last time my blood sugar was 137 after fasting for 10 hours. is this an acceptable level?

    • ANSWER:
      No. As you know, prednisone increases blood sugars, and in your case it has done so to the point of almost certainly inducing full-blown diabetes. See your doctor or endocrinologist ASAP to discuss glucose management, either by treating the diabetes or reducing the prednisone if that is feasible.

      Edit: the diagnostic criteria (for repeated, uncontaminated tests) is above 126mg/dl fasting or above 200mg/dl random. 137 is above the diagnostic line and indicates diabetes if the test is uncontaminated and repeatable.

  12. QUESTION:
    Will a type 1 diabetic definately show on a fasting blood glucose test?
    Is it possible for an undiagnosed type 1 diabetic to have an acceptable sugar level in a blood test after fasting?
    And the same for an undiagnosed type 2 diabetic?

    please only answer if you know for sure as this is for a research project.

    • ANSWER:
      NO it is not possible to have a normal fasting blood sugar in type 1by its nature will always be raised
      type 1 classically polyuria,polydipsia and weight loss.
      Often will present with coma and ketosis

      A normal fasting blood sugar result is lower than 100 milligrams of glucose per deciliter of blood (mg/dL).

      fasting blood sugar level is 100 mg/dL to 125 mg/dL, you have impaired fasting glucose — prediabetic

      A fasting blood sugar level of 126 mg/dL or higher is consistent type 1 or type 2 diabetes

      If your blood sugar level is higher than 200 mg/dL and you have signs or symptoms of diabetes, diagnosis confirmed

      Type 2 will often be found incidentally-classically overweight middle age
      infections, bacterial or fungal common presentation-e.g. boils or vaginitis

  13. QUESTION:
    What is acceptable for diabetic glucose monitoring in hospital?
    If a diabetic is in hospital and being treated with an infection which is affecting his blood sugar levels would you accept blood sugar testing twice a day is adequate?

    • ANSWER:
      they say to check it 3 times a day when healthy, so for sure i would check it more often if sick....doesn't sound like enough times to me.

  14. QUESTION:
    Pick two of the following physiological characteristics and describe how they are regulated.?
    Human body systems work together to maintain homeostasis. Each system might have multiple feedback loops that keep body conditions within a narrow range. Pick two of the following physiological characteristics and describe how they are regulated. Explain how the different levels are sensed, how the elements are increased or decreased to maintain acceptable levels, and what would be the results of poor regulation of these two characteristics.

    Body temperature
    Blood-sugar levels
    Blood-oxygen levels
    Blood-water levels

    • ANSWER:
      Body temperature = is regulated by the hypothalamus in the brain. It serves as a thermostat, initiating physiological measures to lose or gain heat. Heat is conserved by constriction of the small arteries supplying blood to tiny capillaries near the surface of the skin. This reduces blood flow in the capillaries. To lose heat, small arteries dilate, increasing blood flow in the capillaries. Heat is lost from them. As sweat is produced the evaporation of the water from the sweat cools the skin.

      Blood sugar Level = is regulated by two pancreatic hormones, namely insulin and glucagon. insulin is released; it binds to receptors and, through signal transduction, results in an increase in glucose uptake by cells, effectively lowering blood glucose. When blood sugar decreases, glucagon is released, binds to cell receptors, and causes glucose to be released into circulation. Diabetes mellitus is a disorder that results from excessively high levels of blood glucose. Type II diabetics have normal to elevated levels of insulin. What, then, might be causing the elevated blood glucose levels. Blood sugar rises because The elevated glucose level is caused by the inability of the cells to "take in " the glucose and use it for energy. The glucose continues to circulate in the blood. It is more a problem with the receptivity of the cells that with hormone imbalances.

      blood water, i cant explain... but here are some info..

      Water is gained from:
      (1) Ingestion
      (2) Oxidation of organic nutrients.
      Water is lost from
      (1) Skin via sweat glands
      (2) Respiratory passageways
      (3) Gastrointestinal tract
      (4) Urinary tract. Water and salt balance is primarily a result of regulation through urinary loss.

      Water excreted = Water filtered - Water reabsorbed
      Water excretion is regulated mainly at the level of reabsorption by vasopressin.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is this normal blood sugar: 80's before breakfast; 90's before lunch?
    Hi, doctor is having me monitor my blood-sugar (possible hypoglycemia). It is consistently in the 80's before breakfast. Before lunch, consistently mid-90's. Are these acceptable levels?

    I'm seeing that doctor today and want to go in with an idea of whether or not my levels seem reasonable.

    • ANSWER:
      A NON diabetics normal range for blood sugars are 70 to 100 fasting and 70 to 120 2 hours after a meal. Sounds like yours are fine. Hypoglycemia is not always a consistant thing. It can bother you one day, but not the next. It is usually worse during warmer months when you are more active. I was hypoglycemic from age 11 til I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was almost 40. Many times being hypoglycemic can be a prelude to developing type 2 diabetes. Stay away from sugary foods and foods that contain bad carbs. Eat about 6 small meals a day instead of 3 larger ones. Always carry a snack that contains good carbs with you.

  16. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar level after meal?
    I'm not a diabetic. What should normal blood glucose be two hours after meal? Is 80 acceptable? I thought it should stay above 100.
    Meal was taco salad. (hamburger, lettuce, tomato, cheese)

    • ANSWER:
      That number makes perfect sense based on what you ate. You ate a virtually carb-free meal (except the taco shell). If you're concerned, have diabetes in your family, or want to learn more about blood sugar levels, continue to check and make a record of what you ate. Good luck, that number is good based on your meal.

  17. QUESTION:
    does anyone know if there could be a connection between coeliac disease and diabeties?
    i was diagnosed with coeliac disease as as child and stuck to a gluten free diet right up until my late teens where it was considered that i had 'grown' out of it. now at 36 i have developed diabetes which has come on extremely quickly. the gp is having great difficulty getting my blood sugar level down to an acceptable level.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes type 1 diabetes and coeliac disease are both autoimmune diseases. This effectively means your immune system which should fight bacteria and viruses etc has decided to attack you. In your case it's attacked the beta cells in the pancreas that make insulin, hence the diabetes, and the small bowel resulting in malabsorption and coeliac disease. With regards to your high blood sugars, if your GP is struggling to control your blood sugars, you may benefit from seeing a specialist. Often young people benefit from a 4 daily injection regime as opposed to a twice daily regime.

  18. QUESTION:
    Why would the physician give the patient cortisol? What problems would arise from this treatment?
    A physician notes that individuals with a tumor on the pancreas secrete unusually high levels of insulin. Unfortunately, insulin in high concentrations causes blood sugar levels to fall below the normal acceptable range. In attempt to correct the problem, the physician decides to inject the patient with cortisol. Why would the physician give the patient cortisol? What problems would arise from this treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      To the guy above me: Glucagon may be the opposite of insulin but it will not lower the insulin levels. It will only regulate the metabolism. The patient would be better off taking an insulin blocker to avoid a liver problem. Cortisol counter acts insulin by stimulating gluconeogenesis and inhibiting the use of glucose by decreasing the amount of transport proteins. Gluconeogenesis is the metabolism process that makes glucose. By having more glucose and the transporter protein for glucose being shut down, the body thinks it is in a "well fed" state (or has enough energy). The state then tells the liver "woa woa woa we're stuffed, no need for more energy" so they turn the glucose into glycogen which then lowers the insulin and raises the glucagon.
      This was a good move on the doctors pair because Cortisol is a hormone which means it moves really fast, so the effect of the treatment was fast. As for prolonged exposure to the cortisol here is a list i found:

      "Impaired cognitive performance
      Suppressed thyroid function
      Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia
      Decreased bone density
      Decrease in muscle tissue
      Higher blood pressure
      Lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body, slowed wound healing, and other health consequences
      Increased abdominal fat, which is associated with a greater amount of health problems than fat deposited in other areas of the body. Some of the health problems associated with increased stomach fat are heart attacks, strokes, the development of metabolic syndrome, higher levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL), which can lead to other health problems!""

      Do remember that this is only a long exposer to cortisol. For the process that the Doctor did, or a quick fix to the insulin, there would be relatively low symptoms other than slightly increased blood pressure
      Hope that helped

  19. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the answer to this? AUTOMATIC 10 POINTS!!!?
    Lisa tries to keep her blood sugar levels below 120. When Lisa tested her blood sugar after school yesterday it was 200. When her blood sugar is too high, she often tries to lower it with exercise. Usually 20 minutes of brisk walking will reduce her blood sugar by 40 points. How long will Lisa have to walk to bring her blood sugar down to an acceptable level? Make a bar graph to show lisa's blood sugar levels before she walks, after 20 minutes of walking and after 40 minutes of walking. What would her blood sugar level be if she walked for half an hour?

    • ANSWER:
      Well I can't make bar graphs, But the answer is 40 minutes. Look. 200-(20 minutes of walking) 40=160. Do that agaign again bleackh 160-40=120! its 40 because 20 minutes of walking = minus 40 sugar level. ERR you changed da question. Thats 40 mins of walking. half an hour = 30 blood sugar NOW GIVE ME TEN POINTS!

  20. QUESTION:
    Sugar level after drinking 3 large 60 ml pegs of whiskey?
    Hi, I am an occasional drinker and take around 2-3 pegs at one time. Recently, I had a get-together with friends and had around 3 pegs of whiskey. I thought of getting my sugar level checked because I was having some symptoms earlier also. I went for the Blood Sugar test after 36 hours of taking 3 pegs. the results were Blood Sugar (Fasting) - 124 and Blood Sugar (PP) - 184. Please let me know if this level is acceptable or it can be termed as Type 2 Diabetes.

    Please also let me know how can I confirm whether its diabetes or not????

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me!!!?
    One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it's a good source of?
    A)water
    B)boron
    C)vitamin C
    D)energy

    Which one of the following choices is the best way to control Type II diabetes?
    A)Inject insulin
    B)Avoiding all simple sugars
    C)Adopting a healthy diet & excercising
    D)Avoiding salt

    which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A)Apple wedges & carrot sticks
    B)small bowl of chili beans & rice
    C)Corn on the cob
    D)Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing

    which on of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A)use amino acid powders from a health food store
    B)eat more high-protein foods
    C)avoid vegetarian diets
    D)eat a healthy,balanced diet & follow a regular firness program

    High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A)type II diabetes
    B)heart disease
    C)thyroid disease
    D)osteoporosis

    saturated fats found in animal products,such as bacon & cheese,are also called?
    A)cholesterol
    B)triglycerides
    C)lipids
    D)amino acids

    an elevated HDL is considered a?
    A)risk factor for osteoporosis
    B)risk factor for artritis
    C)less harmful form of cholesterol found in the boady
    D)more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body

    How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    A)take a pill that helps to digest lactose
    B)eat green leafy vegetables,nuts,and enriched soy products
    C)eat lots of fresh shellfish
    D)eat lots of whole grains

    which of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamin?
    A)they can cause gastric upset,diarrhea,and kidney stones
    B)they provide no risk of vitamin toxicity
    C)they can be stored in the body
    D)they help build collage & aid in healing

    The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    A)blood sugar levels
    B)weight loss
    C)excercise performance
    D)blood pressure

    what are the heath benefits of zinc?
    A)reduced muscle fatigue
    B)proper wound healing
    C)control of blood pressure
    D)lung efficiency

    which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A) A vegotous exercise regimen
    B) A lack of sleep
    C) A diet that lacks protein
    D) A high-fat diet

    which one of the following choices is the best option for vegan snack?
    A)Vanailla soymilk,peanut butter,& pretzels
    B)Almond milk with butter cookies
    C)Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D)Tomato jucie & macaroni & cheese

    how should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A)80% carbohydrates,20% proteins
    B)60% carbohydrates,40% proteins
    C)60% carbohydrates,30% fats,10% proteins
    D)80% proteins,10%carbohydrates,10% fats

    A person who is lactose intolerants would have difficulty digesting which one of the following foods?
    A)grilled veggie burg on a sesame bun
    B)low-fat cheesecake with rasberries
    C)turkey hot dog with mustard
    D)three-bean salad

    which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    A)sliced bananas,walnuts,& orange sections
    B)baked potato chips & sparkling water
    C)green salad with ranch dressing
    D)unsalted pretzels & cheddar cheese

    To derive energy from food,you must eat foods that contain?
    A)vitamins & minerals
    B)carbohydrates,proteins,and fats
    C)water
    D)fiber

    which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person who is gluten intolerant?
    A)microwave popcorn & carrot sticks
    B)peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C)bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D)orange jucie & graham crackers

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of question to answer.

      Could do it, but that would deny you the chance to do some research.

      Also, would take me too long. Please do some research, and answer the questions yourself. You will be able to do it, and feel better in yourself for doing so, rather than copying answers, that could be wrong anyway.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me with my homework....?
    One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it's a good source of?
    A)water
    B)boron
    C)vitamin C
    D)energy

    Which one of the following choices is the best way to control Type II diabetes?
    A)Inject insulin
    B)Avoiding all simple sugars
    C)Adopting a healthy diet & excercising
    D)Avoiding salt

    which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A)Apple wedges & carrot sticks
    B)small bowl of chili beans & rice
    C)Corn on the cob
    D)Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing

    which on of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A)use amino acid powders from a health food store
    B)eat more high-protein foods
    C)avoid vegetarian diets
    D)eat a healthy,balanced diet & follow a regular firness program

    High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A)type II diabetes
    B)heart disease
    C)thyroid disease
    D)osteoporosis

    saturated fats found in animal products,such as bacon & cheese,are also called?
    A)cholesterol
    B)triglycerides
    C)lipids
    D)amino acids

    an elevated HDL is considered a?
    A)risk factor for osteoporosis
    B)risk factor for artritis
    C)less harmful form of cholesterol found in the boady
    D)more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body

    How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    A)take a pill that helps to digest lactose
    B)eat green leafy vegetables,nuts,and enriched soy products
    C)eat lots of fresh shellfish
    D)eat lots of whole grains

    which of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamin?
    A)they can cause gastric upset,diarrhea,and kidney stones
    B)they provide no risk of vitamin toxicity
    C)they can be stored in the body
    D)they help build collage & aid in healing

    The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    A)blood sugar levels
    B)weight loss
    C)excercise performance
    D)blood pressure

    what are the heath benefits of zinc?
    A)reduced muscle fatigue
    B)proper wound healing
    C)control of blood pressure
    D)lung efficiency

    which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A) A vegotous exercise regimen
    B) A lack of sleep
    C) A diet that lacks protein
    D) A high-fat diet

    which one of the following choices is the best option for vegan snack?
    A)Vanailla soymilk,peanut butter,& pretzels
    B)Almond milk with butter cookies
    C)Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D)Tomato jucie & macaroni & cheese

    how should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A)80% carbohydrates,20% proteins
    B)60% carbohydrates,40% proteins
    C)60% carbohydrates,30% fats,10% proteins
    D)80% proteins,10%carbohydrates,10% fats

    A person who is lactose intolerants would have difficulty digesting which one of the following foods?
    A)grilled veggie burg on a sesame bun
    B)low-fat cheesecake with rasberries
    C)turkey hot dog with mustard
    D)three-bean salad

    which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    A)sliced bananas,walnuts,& orange sections
    B)baked potato chips & sparkling water
    C)green salad with ranch dressing
    D)unsalted pretzels & cheddar cheese

    To derive energy from food,you must eat foods that contain?
    A)vitamins & minerals
    B)carbohydrates,proteins,and fats
    C)water
    D)fiber

    which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person who is gluten intolerant?
    A)microwave popcorn & carrot sticks
    B)peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C)bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D)orange jucie & graham crackers

    • ANSWER:
      haha help, more like do it for you!

  23. QUESTION:
    Fitness And Nutrition?
    1. One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it’s a good
    source of
    A. water. C. vitamin C.
    B. boron. D. energy.
    2. Which one of the following choices is the best way to control
    Type II diabetes?
    A. Injecting insulin
    B. Avoiding all simple sugars
    C. Adopting a healthy diet and exercising
    D. Avoiding salt
    3. Which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A. Apple wedges and carrot sticks
    B. Small bowl of chili beans and rice
    C. Corn on the cob
    D. Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing
    4. Which one of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A. Use amino acid powders from a health food store.
    B. Eat more high-protein foods.
    C. Avoid vegetarian diets.
    D. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and follow a regular fitness program.
    5. High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A. Type II diabetes C. Thyroid disease
    B. Heart disease D. Osteoporosis
    6. Saturated fats found in animal products, such as bacon and cheese, are also called
    A. cholesterol. C. lipids.
    B. triglycerides. D. amino acids.
    7. An elevated HDL is considered a
    A. risk factor for osteoporosis.
    B. risk factor for arthritis.
    C. less harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.
    D. more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.
    8. How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    A. Take a pill that helps to digest lactose.
    B. Eat green leafy vegetables, nuts, and enriched soy products.
    C. Eat lots of fresh shellfish.
    D. Eat lots of whole grains.
    9. Which one of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamins?
    A. They can cause gastric upset, diarrhea, and kidney stones.
    B. They provide no risk of vitamin toxicity.
    C. They can be stored in the body.
    D. They help build collagen and aid in healing.
    10. The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    A. blood sugar levels. C. exercise performance.
    B. weight loss.
    11. What are the health benefits of zinc?
    A. Reduced muscle fatigue C. Control of blood pressure
    B. Proper wound healing D. Lung efficiency
    12. Which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A. A vigorous exercise regimen C. A diet that lacks protein
    B. A lack of sleep D. A high-fat diet
    13. Which one of the following choices is the best option for a vegan snack?
    A. Vanilla soymilk, peanut butter, and pretzels
    B. Almond milk with butter cookies
    C. Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D. Tomato juice and macaroni and cheese
    14. How should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A. 80 percent carbohydrates, 20 percent proteins
    B. 60 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent proteins
    C. 60 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fats, 10 percent proteins
    D. 80 percent proteins, 10 percent carbohydrates, 10 percent fats
    15. A person who is lactose intolerant would have difficulty digesting which one of the
    following foods?
    A. Grilled veggie burger on a sesame bun C. Turkey hot dog with mustard
    B. Low-fat cheesecake with raspberries D. Three-bean salad
    16. Which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    A. Sliced bananas, walnuts, and orange sections
    B. Baked potato chips and sparkling water
    C. Green salad with ranch dressing
    D. Unsalted pretzels and cheddar cheese
    17. To derive energy from food, you must eat foods that contain
    A. vitamins and minerals. C. water.
    B. carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. D. fiber.
    18. Which one of the following choices is a simple sugar?
    A. Glucose C. Lactase
    B. Orange juice D. Chocolate
    19. Which one of the following snack combinations will best satisfy a person’s daily
    fluid requirements?
    A. Ice cream, sherbet, and fruit
    B. Bananas, whole-wheat bread, and water
    C. Fresh fruit, green salad, water
    D. Fruit juice, energy bars, cold cereal
    20 Which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person
    who is gluten intolerant?
    A. Microwave popcorn and carrot sticks
    B. Peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C. Bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D. Orange juice and graham crackers

    • ANSWER:
      1 d
      2.c
      3.b
      4.d
      5.b
      6.b
      7.d
      8.b
      9.c
      10.a
      11.b
      12.b
      13.d
      14.c
      15.b
      16.a
      17.a
      18.b
      19.c
      20.b

      alright... i hope i did well!

  24. QUESTION:
    Non-fasting Glucose Level?
    I am 28 weeks pregnant and my midwife uses a glucose meter instead of the glucola drink most OB's use to test my blood sugar. What are normal levels before eating, then 1 hour after eating?

    I have tested twice, once before and after breakfast:80 before 91 after and once before and after lunch 90 before 101 after.

    Are these numbers within the acceptable range?

    • ANSWER:
      Your fine the averagehealthy number is 86 but anywhere from 80-120 is perfectly normal

  25. QUESTION:
    Diabetics have you ever had this problem?
    Hubby is a diabetic. lately he has been having more trouble keeping his sugar at an acceptable level.We knew this was coming as the doctor told us that over time it gets harder.But what really concerns me is he is so wiped out lately. today at 5 pm he took his sugar for the first time today( note our household runs on a third shift schedule so this would actually be early to mid day for him) and it was 235 and he hadn't eaten or drank anything at all. He is due back to the doctor on the 25th of this month but I'm thinking he needs to go back earlier.My sister in law tonight said she was wondering it it was his adrenal system(? okay I admit I'm clueless on this). He's tired all the time, no energy,has to force himself to eat, and I might add he also has had a back surgery.He became diabetic after the surgery.What scares me the most is he says he feels like he is dying! wtf! I guess my question is if you are diabetic when did keeping your sugar under control become harder and does any of what is going on with the hubby sound familiar to you. his blood pressure ,triglycerides, and weight are all good also the last time we were at the doctor his A1C score was a 6.5. Any idea what is going on?

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes diabetes doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Take those mornings that your husband wakes up with blood glucose that’s higher than it was when he went to sleep. You’d think that not eating for those seven or eight hours would give him a lower blood glucose.

      The dawn phenomenon is a natural rise in blood glucose between the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., and it occurs because of hormonal changes in the body.

      Treatment for dawn phenomenon depends on how he treat his diabetes. If he take insulin, he may be able to adjust his dosing so that peak action occurs closer to the morning rise in his blood glucose. If he has type 2, diabetes pills provide options as well adding Metformin as it aids the liver.

      The Somogyi effect, named for researcher Michael Somogyi, PhD, who studied and first described it, is his body’s response to a low that he had while he was sleeping. The body responds to those hormones by raising blood glucose—sometimes too much.

      He would treat this the opposite way of how he would treat dawn phenomenon. He could have a snack before he goes to sleep or reduce his insulin infusion at night. If he takes NPH, he can switch to an insulin that won’t dip him down at 3:00 a.m. It’s a good idea to check his blood glucose if he wakes up sweating or with headaches, as those are signs of a low.

      Sometimes his insulin just runs out or wears off. Then it’s a matter of him and his doctor adjusting his insulin regimen accordingly. If it’s insulin waning, he could look at splitting your basal insulin or taking it at a different time of the day. If he takes NPH at supper, he could move it closer to bedtime.

      Before he and his doctor can adjust his diet or medications to handle high morning blood glucose he has to know what's the culprit. There's one simple way: Check his blood glucose at 3:00 a.m. for several nights in a row. You need to see where his blood glucose is at bedtime, at 3:00 a.m., and in the morning. If his blood glucose is fairly even between bedtime and 3:00 a.m., but then rises between 3:00 a.m. and morning, chances are he's experiencing dawn phenomenon.
      If his blood glucose is low at 3:00 a.m., he's most likely experiencing the Somogyi effect.
      If his blood glucose is higher at 3:00 a.m. than at bedtime and higher still in the morning, his insulin is probably waning or not working properly.

      His having diabetes, chances are he'll experience the occasional high morning blood glucose. That’s not something to fret about too much. But if it happens regularly, then it’s time to call your doctor. He should also suspect a problem when his morning blood glucose is the highest of the day, and when it is consistently high for the rest of the day after that. If it’s significant, it should be dealt with because those who have high blood glucose in the morning tend to have high blood glucose all day, so its important to seek his doctor's care and have him/her get your husband's blood sugars stabilized in order to prevent diabetic complications-- try to do this as soon as you can.

      Hope this helps.

  26. QUESTION:
    Diabetes type II - could this be?
    Good Morning

    I have just made a GP appointment to discuss some worrying symptoms which I have developed over the last 3 days. I just wanted to get some feedback from the community before I go to the doctors to help prepare me for what I might hear. Hope you can help.

    I am a 34 year old male of acceptable weight / BMI for height. I am fit and healthy at the moment although I have had a recent history of Pulmonary Embolism and DVT, the cause of which has never been diagnosed - my blood is fine and levels are within ranges. I've had no presentments of DVT symptoms in over 12 months.

    Now, over the last week I have been have blurred vision, specifically peripheral vision which I managed to fix by eating something on each occassion.

    2 days ago I notice some red marks appearing on my left shin. They are clustered in the centre of my shin, they are not really sore or itchy and they resemble what I would describe as a burn type wound. They are deep red in colour with a smooth surface, no scab. This morning I noticed some smaller red raised dots appearing on my right shin, about 3 or 4 again in the centre of my leg. There are no other marks or blemishes elsewhere on my body.

    I have lost a little weight over the last month but I attributed this to a nasty flu which I had for most of december. I also blamed the flu for my loss of appetite and disinterest in food in general. I have a general aversion to sweet foods but can occassional cravings for chocolate and sugary drinks, I even have developed a taste for sugar in my tea.

    I am not urinating any more than usual and I do not have an excessive thirst.

    Could these be early signs of type II?

    Thanks for your help

    • ANSWER:
      Your response does not sound like type 2 diabetes but it's really easy to confirm with a blood test from your doctor's office. Some types of diabetes, especially type 1, don't always show common traits between all individuals.

      I really think he/she is going to be looking for some other reason though first.

      If you just want some good background information that you can see before your appointment check at this site below. It can answer a lot of the questions you have so you will be better prepared for your appointment.