What is normal after meal blood sugar level?

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mip
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   Posted 5/12/2009 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello -

By definition, I am not diabetic. Not on any medication. My fasting was 92 and A1C was 5.5 from my last testing.

Out of curiosity, and due to strong family history, I do a monthly testing at home, using ACCU Check.

My attention is on after dinner blood sugar level because my fasting numbers virtually don't change.

In the past two weeks, sometimes my number went up to 160, one to two hours after dinner. For example:

1 hr after dinner: 164
2 hrs after dinner: 155
3 hrs after dinner: 115
before bed: 85

next morning fasting: 82

I am concerned about the 2-hr after dinner number. I heard it should be under 140. I did have some grapes right after dinner.

any comments?

Thanks!

mip

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   Posted 5/12/2009 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
It simply means that you just have to slightly cut back carbs by like 15 carbs. Before bed, have a little snack like a piece of toast with peanut butter. Include protien. I feel sick when I'm above 130. Each diabetic is different. Perhaps try testing before you eat, 1 hour after you eat, before you go to bed and first thing in the morning. My bloodsugars are best between 96 and 120. I get a headache if I'm at 89 which is telling my body to eat.
 
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   Posted 5/12/2009 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   
When you say "some grapes" do you mean more than nine? (A serving is nine.) Grapes are absolutely HECK on my blood glucose numbers so I just don't eat them.... Also tongue I can never stop at nine so I have to avoid them. For me they raise my numbers and keep them up for a very long time, more so than oranges.
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LanieG
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   Posted 5/13/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
mip, as Jeannie says, grapes (and nearly all fruit) will raise your blood sugar even in a "normal" person, though not as much as in a diabetic.  In any case, your fasting and A1c are great.  You say you're concerned about the 2-hour postprandial (after eating).  What is a typical dinner for you?  What are you eating?  If those readings are after a meal with pasta and bread, then maybe that's why you're getting around 160.  It's like you're giving yourself a glucose tolerance test!  Potatoes, corn, pasta, rice and bread for dinner are all high in carbs and will cause the blood sugar to rise.  How much it rises depends on several factors:  amount of it you eat, amount of protein and fat in the meal, your personal metabolism of carbs.  Your 85 before bed is also perfect, so don't mess with that.  I would not eat a snack before bed as that will change your morning fasting number.  I don't know what answer you'll come back with about what you eat for a typical dinner, but if you change your dinner choices and eliminate or cut down on those carb-laden foods, you may see a difference in the post-prandial.  Let us know how that works out, ok? 

Lanie
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mip
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   Posted 5/13/2009 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   

I ate 4 large grapes right after dinner that day.

Last night I had 2 slices plain cheese pizza and a little bit linguine for dinner, it raised my blood sugar to the roof. I was up to 168 after 1 hours. Eventually it came down to 130 after 2.5 hours and 100 after 3 hours.

Anyway, I think I need to take less carb (pizza, pasta, or rice) and avoid sweet drink at all for dinner. I found that flour (pizza or pasta) raises my number more than rice.

Thank you and I will keep you posted on my food adventure.

mip

 

 

 


mip
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   Posted 5/13/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
A quick question for Lanie - How does your exercise impact your blood sugar? what types of exercise do you do?

I have been doing light to moderate workout but have not been able to do anything for the past 2 weeks. I am wondering if that maybe the reason for my high after meal numbers.

thanks

Mip

LanieG
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   Posted 5/13/2009 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Ah, well the pizza and linguine would do it!  It would appear, then, that you are having diffiulty metabolizing carbs but you're still in control otherwise because your fasting is great.  So, it's good you're aware of what's going on now and can avoid problems down the road. :-)

Lanie
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LanieG
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   Posted 5/13/2009 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry I missed this last question.  I guess we posted at the same time.  Exercise has a significant impact on blood sugar both in the short term and long term.  Exercise allows your body to use whatever glucose is circulating around in the blood stream for energy and when you exercise even more then you start using up your storage.  In the long run, that help people lose weight as well as help regulate blood sugar (which is why people on diabetes meds have to monitor their blood sugar so they don't go low.)  Cardio exercise of any sort will do this of course.  Strength training like lifting weights, using hydralic machines, doing push ups and those kinds of exercises that deal with muscles also use glucose but also these kinds of exercises build muscle and muscles themselves use up more energy just being muscles.  Men have more muscles in their bodies compared to women which may be why they also find it easier to lose weight.  Anyway, both kinds of exercise (cardio and strength training) help keep blood sugar in check.  Unless you're an athlete though and training for hours a day, you can't rely on exercise alone to control blood sugar, so that's why when this exercise is combined with a low-carb diet, some people can  control the blood sugar.  I've been doing this for about 3 years now.  Other benefits is weight loss and for me - reduction in my blood pressure and heart rate. 

Lanie
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