WHat is low sugar reading?

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/27/2007 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all
My blood sugars have been staying at 115 to the 120 in Am Fasting. Good?
2 hrs after lunch today I took it as the Dr wants me to keep a diary of my readings, and it was 84 is this to low? If it is what do I do?
What is going on now? My highest reading is usually b4 supper and the highest one has been 144
sleep apenia, restless legs, IBS, PLM, high blood sugar, chronic depression, anxiety,
Trazadone 1oomg, requip 3mg, Effexor xr 75mg,Dyazide, aprazolam when needed, cpap machine, lipitor, METFORMIN 1000mg daily

Lanie G
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   Posted 8/27/2007 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
First, as always, I think you should ask your doctor what readings he wants you to have because you're going to find lots of different numbers from different people and sources.  I found (online) there are even different goals for those who have diabetes and those who don't.  In any case, your morning fasting numbers of 115 and 120 are still too high in my opinion.  Most sources say it should be under 100.  BUT - an online source says for diabetics, it's ok between 90 and 130.  For the 2-hour reading after meals (called the "postprandial" reading), one source says 100 - 120 for normals but for diabetics it should be under 160.  Then, before bed, less than 120 for normals and between 110 and 150 for diabetics.  I think most people here on the Forum would think those numbers for the diabetics are still too high.  I hope others will jump in here and reply.  What does everyone else try for?
Mamo, there are several factors that can be affecting the readings.  You've just started the medication and you're probably still trying to figure out a different eating plan and lifestyle, so maybe your body hasn't settled into its new regime yet.  Try to follow the advice for eating we've all given you here and as you become more comfortable with that and get into a daily exercise schedule like walking for 30 minutes, for example, your readings may improve.  Also, don't forget that if you eat a really huge dinner or any other meal, you can have very high blood sugar readings 2 hours later just for that reason even if the food is perfectly fine.  I'm sure the doctor will want to see you again and talk over how you're doing.  When are you supposed to go back?   
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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 8/27/2007 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Mamo,

Not bad. Those numbers aren't too wide of the mark. They certainly won't cause you much harm. Ideally, you ought to have a number in the 90's as a target to aim for in the long term. 84 isn't too low either. Certainly if you are a non-diabetic, you might expect your blood sugars, an hour or so after eating, to be somewhere between 77 and 83, give or take. Fantastic thing the pancreas, when it works!

I'm a firm believer that we should aim for numbers as near normal non-diabetic as possible. It's a difficult balacing act, when you're type 1 like me, between normal blood sugars and unacceptable risk of hypoglycemia. Glucose tablets are a great asset if you want to ensure your blood sugars don't drop too low. The beauty of them is that they will raise your glucose levels by a small, predictable amount. The advantage of this is that a low blood sugar won't force you into eating stuff that will send you levels too high.

Anyhoo, you're in the right place for advice on how to achieve success.

All the best,


tangerine bear
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   Posted 8/27/2007 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   


Your numbers sound just about right to me. I was also worried when I started all this, and one time I had a reading in the high 70's and called the on call doctor. He said... "don't worry so much ... you're doing great!" I guess he was right.. my last A1c was 5.6... so just keep up the good work!


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   Posted 8/28/2007 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for the advise all,
Just starting out and trying to eat the right foods I know I am going to have different numbers. The Dr told me to call after a month and kind of give them a idea of what my numbers are reading.I have a appointment with a dietician Sept 10. Small town and she travels from hospital to hospital so I guess I have to wait. I have been taking some imodium for the side effect and it has stopped for awhile anyway. I feel better but I need to start walking the same distance everyday and I will. We are camping and I have been running, running to get things we forget as usual
But once our littlevacation is over I will start doing my walking as I should. I am walking just not walking quite enough I feel
Again Thanks so much for being here!! Your a great bunch of caring people and I don't know what I would do without you!!
sleep apenia, restless legs, IBS, PLM, high blood sugar, chronic depression, anxiety,
Trazadone 1oomg, requip 3mg, Effexor xr 75mg,Dyazide, aprazolam when needed, cpap machine, lipitor, METFORMIN 1000mg daily

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