Thank you for your kind reply. My fasting reading this AM was 93.
You mention that "I know diabetics who would love to see anything under 180 two hours after a meal!" Would that also apply to me since I am not taking any medication and could/might be considered a prediabetic? One book I am reading said my (normal) reading two hours after a meal should be less than 120; another book said it should be less than 140. Which would be the right number: 120; 140 or 180? As you can tell, I am new at this home testing, and quite confused.
Am I right in considering myself a prediabetic?
(FYI= On my physical back on 10/11/02 my Glucose was 127. I then began watching what I ate and began 2 mile walking. My physical on 2/28/04 had glucose at 114. And my annual on 10/22/05 had glucose at 111 and A1C at 5.2. I thought this was fairly good and considering I am 70 years old (155 lbs). But get a bit upset/confused when taking the at home BG testing (Ascencia Contour) and all the different readings. When I see a high reading, I tend to want to take another reading in an hour to see if it has gone down. As I said, 2 hours after the Chinese lunch (peppered steak with rice), my reading was 136, and 1/2 hour later it was 119. So I didn't know what was going on. Thanks again.)
Post Edited (Robert2) : 11/26/2005 9:16:35 AM (GMT-7)
I 'recentl'y joined this forum to get informative and helpful answers to my questions. And I must say that the answers I have received have been very informative and helpful. Including the one from Jeannine regarding this recent post. I then posted a reply question. However, I cannot understand the post that was made by 'wa5ekh
David Medosa in his Update newsletter discusses testing and "when to test". To summarize his article, the prevailing belief is that post prandial testing should be 2 hours after the first bite of your meal. However, research has shown that this should probably be 90 mins vs 2 hours.
Of course, many people routinely do a fasting blood test every morning. In addition, we have the opportunity to test before and after each meal, before and after exercise, and when going to bed. Which of these are the most important times to test? Targeting fasting plasma glucose is more beneficial when your A1C level is very high, like about 10, while targeting postprandial glucose is more effective when you have a lower A1C, say about 7.
The whole update on preprandial and postprandial testing can be found at: http://www.mendosa.com/diabetes_update_77.htm
Hope this helps with those of us who have tendencies to be "serial testers" (myself included)
Post Edited (Warren) : 11/28/2005 1:17:26 PM (GMT-7)
I am really embarrassed to add this note to my original post. I was visiting with several friends today and they suggested we go our for lunch. Where? To a Chinese restaurant they all 'loved.' I was a bit hesitant, but since I did not see them in a long time, I decided to go (at 3pm). I thought I would be smart and order something different that what I usually would order (peppered steak). And so, I order just shrimp lomein (kind of pasta). When I got home about 2 hours later I decided to check BS and it read 142. But I remember what Warren said in his answering posts, that Chinese food could do that to your BS. about fours later (7:30pm) I just thought I would have a light meal of All Bran (with fat-free milk) and an apple. Then at 9;30pm I thought I would check BS again to see what was going on and it had risen to 162. That really scared me. But then I wondered if the Chinese food could have still been in my system and adding the All Bran and apple, increased the BS. Does anyone have any comments on this?
#1- Could the Chinese meal at 2PM remain for that long a period of time in my system?
#2- Would the best thing to do is give up Chinese food altogther?
(I remember what was told to me (by Warren and Jeannie) about testing too often, but this time I really wanted to find out if this adjusted Chinese meal would have made any difference in the BS reading. My fasting this AM was 95. Guess you can tell by now I am a bit of a worrier.)
Thank for any suggestions.
Post Edited (diamond911) : 12/1/2005 11:02:46 PM (GMT-7)
I believe the shrimp LoMein would be considered a shrimp and noodle meal. I had a plateful. I asked the waiter what oil they used in their cooking and he said they use vegetable oil.
Warren in his post stated: "heres what really happened to that diabetic. 15 mins after Lunch = 245 30 mins after lunch=220 45 mins = 215 1hr = 210 1.5hrs = 200 2hrs=190 2.25 hrs=180 2.5hrs=160 2.75hrs=152 3hrs=145." I was wondering if I should do that because my reading after 15 mins (30 mins, etc.) could be over 200, etc. I just get so confused sometimes about what to do (with regard to taking the readings and their results). When I get an especially high reading (like the 162) I tend to want to take another test. I did that again last night 2 hours after the 162 (3 1/2 hrs after the All Brand and apple) and the reading was 110.
Sorry for such a confusing post.
Robert-chill out. You're way too obecessed with your blood sugars for a person with possibly only mild prediabetes. Its not necessary to do that many tests a day.
Whenever I change my medication, I will do more testing. For instance, after a new med change, I'll do a fasting before every meal, a two hour post prandial and a bedtime gluc. But I only do that until I am able to determine that the regimen is working. After a week or so, I go back to ramdom testing, maybe a couple of times a day and at different times. If a number comes up high, I'll test at the same time the next day to see If I have a pattern forming.
Its good to be concerned about your blood sugars, but it sounds like its becoming the main focus of your day. Remember, glucose meters have a range of results and a few points in either direction is not necessarily a true reading. You cant over analyze them. Its more of a screening tool for changes in patterns over a period of time. It sounds like your numbers are good, overall, and you don't need to worry at this point. .
With an A1C of 5.2, you are doing VERY WELL. Enjoy your good health.