Hi there, I don't know if you remember me, but I've been on the boards before. I used to frequent the Ulcerative colitis forum and pop in here every now and then with questions.
I bought myself a meter a couple of years ago after deciding that my BG was a little high. My Dr. laughed at me, but this something I wanted to do for myself.
The test I had done at the lab was 103 fasting and 119 (at 2 hours) after a 75g load of glucose. The Dr. told me that's perfectly normal.
I did some reading online and found that while in Canada up to 110 is considered normal, 103 is on the high side. That's when I bought the meter.
I've tested myself at all different times. Usually fasting, then 2 hours after meals. My after meal numbers are usually around 100 or just a little over. This is after eating whole wheat spaghetti, turkey burger on a whole wheat bun, rice with meals etc, even an A&W burger and onion rings. . The highest I've ever been, and it was only 1 time is 158 at 2 hours. . That was after eating a filet 'o fish and fries at McDonalds (lots of sugar in that c**p). The odd time it's been 130ish, but rarely.
I test for a week or so every few months to see what's going on...checking for changes. For months now my fasting has been steady at 84. Two hours after meals is usually 95-110.
I just started one of my testing phases again last week, and suddenly my fasting numbers are 90-100.
I'm wondering why the sudden little increase. Mind you I checked back in my records, and found that I did have 100 fasting in Feb 08 on occasion. Unfortunately I didn't keep records from Feb 08 until last week, but when I did test, I was always 84. I suppose there could have been times in there when I wasn't keeping records that there was an increase, but I guess I'll never know if small increases were a pattern for me.
Here's the part that really confuses me though. I always do my fasting test as soon as I get up. Today I decided to test it again 1.5 hours later (still in fasting state) and it had gone from 97 up to 106. This would explain why my fasting at the lab is always higher than my home fasting test. Why does it go up after you've been up and around for a while? My fasting numbers aren't as good as I thought they were if they're going up like that before eating anything in the morning.
I'm not freaking out or anything, but this does put me closer to being considered pre-diabetic. What do you all think? Would I be considered pre-diabetic with my postprandial numbers being as good as they are?
You read stuff my Dr. Bernstein or the "What they don't tell you about
diabetes" website and they say truly normal people never, ever go above 120 no matter what they eat, normal people are from 70-85 fasting and that your A1C should be 4.7 at the most.
How many more people would be considered Glucose intolerant if the medical community adopted those standards?
I guess I'm just really confused as to what normal really is. There's so much conflicting information out there. Some of it almost seems militant in it's tone. I was adopted, so I don't have any family history to go by. It can make you feel like you're flying blind when it comes to health issues at times.
If anyone can answer my question about
fasting numbers going up after you've been up for a while, that would be great. It seems fasting numbers aren't very accurate if they depend on when you take them.
48 year old female
Dx'd with proctosigmoiditis July/06
Salofalk enemas 4(g) at bedtime
Vit B complex/folic acid
fish oil (pharmaceutical grade)
Post Edited (frombc) : 6/23/2009 11:26:20 AM (GMT-6)