Blood sugar of 165, what does this mean?

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   Posted 6/26/2007 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I posted the other day about my blood sugars. I decided to buy a testing kit. My sister has had problems with being shaky and feeling sick if she hasn't eaten, so I tested her. It said 165. She had eaten about an hour before. She is 23 and not overweight at all. Our mother thinks this reading was no big deal and that we are just looking for trouble. And our dad told her that diabetes is no big deal and that I need to stop scaring my sister about these things. I'm trying to get her to go in and get tested, but she is listening to our parents. What do you all think about this? Is there a concern or are our parents right about this? The symptoms she has had are fatigue and shaky and sick when she hasn't eaten. And her diet is poor.  I don't know if there are any other symptoms. Any thoughts about this? thanks everbody!

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   Posted 6/26/2007 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi dmjain6,

I was just recently diagnosed, so I am not even close to being an expert like others on the forum. I was, however, hyPOglycemic for years, which causes the shaky and sick feeling when sugars are too low. I had LOW sugars for years, and then at 55, it "flipped" to diabetes. I think the best advice would be to ask your doctor. Blood testing (at the doc) is the best way to tell. If her sugars are going too low, that can be bad too, so it's best to see a doctor and see what's going on with her. As far as the advice that diabetes is no big deal... well that is simply not true... period. When my symptoms started, it was a matter of a couple of weeks before my eyesight was affected. Now that I'm on meds and my blood sugar is somewhat under control, it is better, but the effects of diabetes can be VERY serious. I know she is young and not overweight, but she is symptomatic.... so I would say for her to get checked out.


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   Posted 6/26/2007 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi dm,

Contrary to Dad...diabetes IS a big deal. People die from the consequences of it every day. They loose their sight, they limbs and all quality of life.

But, if you take care of yourself you can lead a wonderful, healthy life. Please have your sister educate herself. Invite her here, get her to the library and get a book or 2 to read, Get her to a doctor. Burying your head in the sand is no answer to her blood sugar issues. She does need medical care.

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   Posted 6/27/2007 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
There is only one thing to do - ask your doctor for a glucose tolerance test. That is the only reliable route to an accurate diagnosis.
165 1 hour after eating is at the upper end of the scale for a nondiabetic, just as the symptoms you describe are typical of mild hypoglycemia. The peaks and troughs of an exaggerated blood sugar response are a fairly typical sign that something isn't quite right. If that's the case it's very important to act quickly to limit the chance that the condition could worsen.
There's little point in speculating about it though - get a test done!

Best of luck


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   Posted 6/27/2007 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there... hmmm, those numbers may be cause for concern but one thing's for sure, that concern can only be verified by a doctor. A glucose meter is only one piece of the diabetes assessment. Make the appointment with the doc and know for sure if/what your sister may be dealing with. Good luck!
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