Diabetes, whats normal, whats not?

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   Posted 5/21/2007 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone...
Im new to the site, and forum.  I have diabetes that runs on both sides of my family.  For about the last couple of years I have noticed that I am needing to use the restroom a lot more, and at times get really shakey, and have been getting more and more fatigued as time goes by.  I decided since diabetes runs so strong in my family that I would take my grandfathers old meter and keep track of my blood sugar. 
I guess my question is this.  What is a normal reading before, and after meals?  I remember reading that anything under 120 is normal but is that before or after meals, or both? 
Also how long are you supposed to wait after you eat before testing?  Everyone I talk to tells me something diffrent!
My sugar level doesnt run near as high as a lot of you, but still is above 120 quite a bit of the time. 
Also how do they diagnose type 1 from type 2 diabetes?
Thanks in advance for anyones help!

Post Edited (wes029) : 5/21/2007 11:46:02 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/21/2007 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the Forum, Wes.  First of all, you were wise to start testing your blood sugar considering everything you wrote.  You'll find some doctors and some websites have slightly different parameters for readings but in general, a non-diabetic should have less than 100 fasting (before breakfast) and maybe between 100 and 120 two hours after meals.  People on diabetes medication may have different goals which their doctors suggest.  Blood sugar readings are affected by many factors including, the total amount of food eaten at a meal, the amount of carbohydrates eaten, the amount of exercise you do everyday, stress, sickness, some other medicine you might be taking, alcohol consumption, and so on.  It would be best for you to see your doctor and have tests run, so you know where you stand in all this.   And look back over the past posts as you've done and check to see what foods work for people to keep blood sugar down.  I'm sure others will be around shortly to give you more expert advice!  :-)

Take care,


"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise

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   Posted 5/22/2007 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
it helps to get a glycated hemoglobin test done, ask doc, it gives your average blood sugar level for the last 3 months

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   Posted 5/23/2007 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Wes, and welcome to the group :-)
Lanie hit it pretty much on the head...if you are concerned about some of those numbers you're seeing on the monitor, I'd get some preliminary tests done at the doc's/lab. Keep a record of those blood sugar tests you're doing with your monitor, what and how much you eat/drink, exercise, and record the times for each. This would be valuable info for your doc. Given your concerns and family history, I would suggest making the appointment just to address those concerns.

The best times to test are: first thing in the morning (fasting: at least 8 hours without food), before a meal and 2 hours after you START eating will give you an idea how your body metabolized that particular meal. The guidelines for what level you should be at before and after eating vary depending what you're diagnosed as having (or not having, as the case may be). I'll let the other Type2's ring in on that one :-)

Strictly speaking, a "normal" person's metabolism will always be between 4-7mmol/L/(72-126mg/DL), regardless of time of day or food consumed. Because Diabetes is a progressive disease, there are various stages at which you can be diagnosed. The rate of progression at any stage, largely depends on the individual. Diet and exercise (lifestyle) are critcal factors for both Type1 and 2.

As someone who was diagnosed as Type2 for 2 years before correctly being diagnosed as Type1, all I can say is that it became very obvious, very quickly that I was definitely a Type1. It's not common to be diagnosed at 37 y/o like I was. I was not over-weight either, so the increasing number of meds and their increasing doses, despite all efforts to control blood sugars, pretty much had the writing on the wall for me that I was LADA (latent adult diabetes onset). There are antibody tests (GAD65) and I think even a C-Peptide test can help establish Type. I just took the rough road :-)

Good luck and keep us posted.
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

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   Posted 5/31/2007 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Agreed ... CONGRATULATIONS for being proactive!!!
Cheers -


age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise

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   Posted 6/3/2007 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you read Dr. Richard K . Bernstein's book on The Diabetes Solution? He gives great tips on when to test and what blood sugar readings should be.
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