Welcome over to this side, Risan. I'll bet that you'll get as many different answers to your questions about
what a normal range is as the number of people you ask, including doctors. This is because over the last fifty years the medical profession has sometimes argued within its groups about
what "normal" is. Generally speaking, most doctors today look for fasting to be under 100. According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, a normal post-prandial blood sugar range would be a high of 140 at 1 hour, then 120 after 2 hours. If you check old pamphlets from the American Diabetes Association, they may give you higher ranges. I know someone who tells me that her doctor is "ok" with her blood sugar readings as long as they're under 200. To me, that's ridiculous. You might find the same thing when you ask others what 'normal' is if they're also monitoring their own blood sugar. I think the medical professionals all agree, though, that extended
blood sugar above 140 can damage internal organs such as the heart and kidneys. Sometimes a 'normal person' might have spikes above that if he/she's eaten a meal with lots of carbs because carbs will drive the blood sugar up. Your morning fasting numbers are wonderful, so it appears you still produce insulin for your body to use to metabolize the carbs but you're not metabolizing efficiently after meals which means you need to: lose weight if you need to, get some regular exercise if you're not getting it, cut down on carbs, monitor your blood sugar (which you're doing). The best thing you can do for yourself and your doctor is keep a daily log or journal with times, blood sugar readings, what you eat and whatever activity you do. This way, you will see clearly how your diet/lifestyle affects your blood sugar. The doctor will see if you can control your own blood sugar or if you cannot.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
6:30 a.m. 92
7:00 breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 pieces of toast with butter, coffee with sugar and cream
9:00 160 (uh oh! Must be the toast and sugar, so now you know to cut way back on that next time.)
And so on through the day also noting snacks and any activity, walking, etc.
Hope this helps. Stay with us and let us know what's going on, ok?
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds