I am totally confused by this!

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   Posted 8/25/2008 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I just read a reply from a Woman on another message Board..she said:
"I recently read an article on Dr. Mercola's website that exlained why Glucose levels have nothing to do with whether or not you have Diabetes.Even if they are in the normal range it doesn't mean you don't have it.The only way to know for sure is by testing Insulin levels.
I thought using a Blood Glucose Meter lets a Person know whether or not they are/aren't Diabetic.I'm confused by what the Woman said!


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   Posted 8/25/2008 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
In a sense that's true.  If a doctor didn't know my history but just looked at my glucose meter readings, he might think I'm not diabetic.  My diet can keep a very tight control on my glucose.  Also, a person on meds should have control, and his/her meter would reflect that.  But these are not the complete pictures.  Anyone who's a diabetic (and I include so-called "borderline" or insulin resistant) would fail the glucose tolerance test.  I would fail it just as someone on meds would fail it.  That's the one test that will tell us how we metabolize carbs.  Another test can measure how much insulin we produce, too.  I haven't had that test but I know I produce some insulin or I wouldn't be able to control my diabetes at all.   

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   Posted 8/25/2008 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't had a GTT since '95.My results would be different now.Since I've lowered my Blood Sugar 75 points in 2 Weeks my Pancreas must be producing Insulin which means I can control myself?


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   Posted 8/25/2008 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
You have stated that you are hypoglycemic, not diabetic, so it's difficult for us to help you with your numbers. Perhaps it would be better for you to seek a hypoglycemic forum for answers.
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   Posted 8/25/2008 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   


The word is WAS Hypoglycemic.My BS was 226 August 12..second time I checked it this Morning it was 138..


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   Posted 8/25/2008 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   


Insulin resistance is all about how well your body uses insulin, not how well it produces it. Your pancreas can be churning out huge amounts of insulin, but if your insulin resistance is high, your insulin receptors don't bind with the hormone properly to unlock the cells and let the glucose in. So, it takes a LOT of insulin to do the same job that a tiny amount would be needed for in a non-diabetic individual.

This is what the other forum poster was referring to. As you develop type 2 diabetes, your pancreas makes greater amounts of insulin to cope with your insensitivity.  Your sugar levels will be normal-prediabetic for a time, but eventually the pancreas will be unable to make enough insulin to clear glucose from the blood properly and the individual becomes a full blown diabetic.

Exercise, losing weight, and some diabetic medicines help to reduce insulin resistance.  Eating low carb/moderate protein/high fat lowers insulin demand, so you still might have high amounts of circulating insulin, but your blood sugar levels will be more normal.


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