Update today -new blood test in- now 95mg/dl - Should it still be lower

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   Posted 1/28/2008 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
My blood tests are in and after 9.5 hours of fasting my glucose level is 95mg/dl. Should this still be lower may be 85. The 168mg/dl must have been a sugar spike taken 1 hour after eating a large piece of marble cake and large coffee with sugar. The doctor says that I dont have diabetes.
How does not drinking enough water or being in emotional distressed (trying to find decent job while unemployed) effect sugar level.

Post Edited (captnemo) : 1/28/2008 7:15:51 PM (GMT-7)

Lanie G
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   Posted 1/28/2008 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
It's good that your fasting number was under 100.  Most doctors would say 100 to 125 would be "pre-diabetes" and 126 and higher would be diabetes.  Those numbers vary somewhat and you'll hear different opinions as to exactly what really those fasting numbers mean.   To me, though, it means you're edging upwards and should be testing every year.  Yes, you had a sugar spike but that spike is not what a person with a normally functioning metabolism would have after what you ate.  I think it means you need to be cautious about diet.  I think you should stop overdosing on the cakes, candy, etc.  If you do need to lose weight, I think you should try to get down to a normal range for your height and structure.  If you were to continue on the high carbohydrate road, you could easily become obese and test out as diabetic.  Some people say that stress can elevate blood sugar, too.  Taking all this into account, it seems to me that you can take control of your health (at least this part of it) by changing your diet and getting into an exercise regimen.   Start lifting weights and build up muscle!  You are the one in control of what goes into your mouth and now you know how you should eat.  The rest is up to you!  Stick with us for encouragement.  Be happy you had a reprieve. 
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   Posted 1/29/2008 3:03 AM (GMT -7)   
95 mg/dl (5.2 mmol/l) won't set the alarm bells off with your physician. It doesn't step over the lines that Lanie has described. So you're not diabetic , in other words. Not by the (arbitrary) lines of definition.
You just know there's a but coming, don't you?
But........ a healthy non-diabetics fasting blood sugar is typically nearer 70-80mg/dl (3.9-4.4 mmol/l). That might not sound like too big a difference, but let me give you an example of what it means to me.
I'm a type 1 diabetic and inject insulin 4 times every day. If my blood sugar is in the right range first thing in the morning, I know that 3 units of insulin will be enough to handle my bacon and eggs for breakfast and keep my blood sugar steady for 4 or 5 hours. If I read 95 mg/dl or 5.2 mmol/l then I would need to use 4 units to achieve this, with the increased risk that the extra insulin may push my blood sugar too low. That extra 1 unit is what is called a correction dose i.e. an additional amount designed to normalise the blood sugar in addition to the amount required to handle the food.
These are small numbers, but we're actually talking about a 33% increase in circulating insulin as a consequence of that slightly higher than normal fasting blood sugar. This is the first step on the road to hyperinsulinemia, the condition where too much insulin eventually leads to weight gain and insulin resistance. Type 2 diabetes in other words.
I'm fairly sure that, if you try eating less carbohydrate and substitute more protein and fat, you'll see your fasting blood sugar level fall back into the 'normal' range.
Then you're definitely not diabetic.

All the best,

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