I am a 39 and healthy (in general) woman. I don’t have diabetes. Because of family history, I sometimes test my blood sugar at home just to check.
Yesterday and this morning, I checked my blood sugar. The following are the results:
I know 94 is within normal range. But it is much higher than 82 and I would like to get it down to 80s. I know my fasting can go down to 80s if I wait for 12 hours.
How long should I fast before I take the morning fasting test? 8 hours or 12 hours?
And also, my after-meal numbers vary widely. I have readings from 95 to 130. Do I need to worry?
I am doing everything now to keep diabetes at bay because of strong family history. Thanks for any advice!
Hi mip, welcome to the Forum. Your numbers are fine. If they stay that way, don't worry. The readings will vary after you eat depending on what you eat and how much you eat. If you eat a lot of carbohydrates, your numbers will rise, so if you cut them down and eat more protein, the numbers will probably be lower. Hours for morning fasts depend on the person; most people would test around 8 hours after sleeping. My lab says nothing after 9:00pm when I go in for testing at 8:30am, yet they'll tell me to fast for "8 hours", so you can see the inconsistency there with time. With a family history of diabetes, you are very wise to monitor this. You can probably avoid full-fledged diabetes by watching the carbs, keeping your weight normal (lose weight if you need to) and engaging in regular exercise. You're doing ok.
I would highly recommned you see a diabetes educator or a nutritionist that specializes in diabetes to help you stableize these numbers while they are not bad at all your numbers are going up after meals, so your body is having a hard time with carbs, you might try to cut out some carbs but knowing what you are dealing with makes it much easier to maintain normal blood sugar levels and avoid diabetes complications
Post Edited (LanieG) : 3/25/2008 11:21:14 AM (GMT-6)
I dont think I need to hear what any organization says or any endo or diabetes instructor, I know that as soon as my number start going up I get tired, over 110 and I am yawning.... I have no idea how some people walk around with blood sugar levels of 200-300 how do they function? I feel extremlly blessed to have a low tolerance level for high blood sugar numbers so I have an extra incentive to stay low.