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Old 02-06-2013, 09:50 AM   #1
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question about blood glucose?

had some bloodwork done yesterday due to a CT scan I was having, and the nurse called me todday to say my blood sugar was 139. Is that something to be concerned about? I had eaten a small mexican food meal about 2 hours earlier before the test.
The doctor wants me to come in for a A1C text-does that seem necessary with the 139 result? I am new to all of this as my blood sugar has always been below 80 until December, when my fasting number was unexpectedly 101.
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yes, you should have the A1c. it's really very hard to know with a reading of 139 what your blood sugar is like other times. that is HIGH for a non diabetic, but you may have eaten an unusually carby lunch. if you are eating low carb, a reading of 139 is almost certainly diabetic.

in any case, PLEASE don't try to avoid treating this if there is any suggestion of "prediabetes" or any other term that wiggles like that!

it's shown that the long term health of people is MUCH BETTER if they start Metformin the minute their blood sugars start to look high and NOT wait till they are officially diabetic. if I were you, I would suggest this to your doctor and talk about it. they often assume people will resist taking anything, and it's YOUR health that is at risk so speak up.

heart risk is linear rising from A1c or 4.8 up. Anything over 6 is a problem, even though many docs still say diabetics are ok under 7. Not really true.

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Yup, I'd get the A1C. 138 is a little high.
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Thanks, I am going to go in the morning to get it done.
My doctor is the kind of doctor that seems to assume that because I 'look' healthy, and am fairly young, if i ask about anything or am concerned about anything, that I am a hypochondriac. So i was surprised he wanted me to get A1c. wish me luck, i have no family history of diabetes, and I am the smallest one in my family. So never thought this is something I would have to worry about.
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I hope your test turns out good....that number may be a little high..but I was running like that a few years ago, ..I was working long hours...eating donuts.
and a lot of junk...so the dr put me on Metformin for a couple of months..I did change my eating habits a lot...and within a few months I was able to stop the Metformin.I know you're not eating a lot of junk, but maybe you can tweak your food in a way that will correct it, if need be..then again..maybe you won't have to..
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thanks jaymar-I feel like I have been eating better than usual, but i have to admit I haven't been eatinggreat. 90 minutes before the test I had had 2 corn tortillas and 6 tortilla chips at a mexican restaurant... along with refried beans and pork carnitas. So, I don't know if that had something to do with it. I will come back here and tell you guys my A1c results..and I guess I should start eating healthier..
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Hot-in-Texas, my understanding was that blood glucose tests were usually taken either fasting fasting (nothing except water) for at least 8 hours, or with a "challenge" test, in which one is given a set amount of glucose liquid and then BG is checked at various points (such as 1 hour later). I don't know how one would interpret a blood glucose test in which one ate a meal with carbs, fat, and protein together 90 minutes before the test. Anyway, I agree that you should do an HbA1C test, which will give a clearer picture of your average blood gluocose level, and I'm glad you are planning to do this.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:03 PM   #11
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Sher...I saw in another post that your test came out ok. Sooo happy about that for you. Will be thinking about you tomorrow...all positive!!!



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I agree that taking an essentially "random" glucose reading is of questionable value. Your lunch very well could have caused a normal glucose spike and the reading just happened to be taken before it was all under control. After all, your poor pancreas can only pump out so much insulin and insulin response is also a rate limited event.
You've heard this before but A1C is a much better measure. But BGs are cheap and easy to do, so its an ok screen.
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thank you Phyl
Yen I, I'm thinking that random number didn't mean anything either
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Sher ~ As you know, I've been learning about this blood glucose thing too, and what I have seen as a guideline is that one hour after a meal, you want your blood sugar to be under 140, and two hours after a meal, you want it to be under 120. What's weird for me is often I do great at the one hour mark and my blood sugar goes UP at the two hour mark. I would expect that for pasta or something but it seems to happen regularly? Anyway, I'm getting the A1C in a few months, so wishing us both luck!

Ravenrose, you wouldn't by any chance have a link to the early metformin study would you?
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Sher ~ As you know, I've been learning about this blood glucose thing too, and what I have seen as a guideline is that one hour after a meal, you want your blood sugar to be under 140, and two hours after a meal, you want it to be under 120. What's weird for me is often I do great at the one hour mark and my blood sugar goes UP at the two hour mark. I would expect that for pasta or something but it seems to happen regularly? Anyway, I'm getting the A1C in a few months, so wishing us both luck!

Ravenrose, you wouldn't by any chance have a link to the early metformin study would you?
I know, we are in the same boat Cali. Kinda stinks, but I know there are worse things. Keep us posted Cali. And good luck!
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Sher, I am eagerly awaiting the test results. My guess is that it was the high carb meal, but it is good to be sure.
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139 reading 90 away from a pretty carby meal is not so bad.
The A1C will tell more but don't worry yourself in advance.
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Thank you for concern Kissa
Jem you are right, I will just wait and then cross that bridge if I have to. .. In the meantime, I appreciate you all.
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My results are it...5.2
the nurse says that is not a reason for concern. I will trust her for now unless I hear something differently from my JUDDD BUDDS.
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5.2 is good! I hope mine is as good, but I'm not entirely happy with what my glucose monitor is telling me, so I'm continuing to experiment. My doctor wanted to do mine in 3 months (since I had just done the fasting glucose), so I'll have to wait until then. Hope it comes out as well as yours!
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I still don't understand why he wants to wait 3 months, but I'm not a doctor Wish you could get yours now.

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A1c reflects blood glucose levels over the last 120 days (give or take) so likely the doctor wants to wait 3 months to get a better picture of your overall control. I'm guessing you've made changes to medication or monitoring or diet or ... ??? and he wants to see how those affect your A1c long term. If you tested much sooner than 3-4 months, your levels could be affected by whatever was going on previous to whatever changes you've recently made, which would skew the results and not give you a clear picture of your actual blood glucose control.
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Sher, Just getting here tonight, well past midnight. I'm so happy your results were good! Bet you're sleeping good tonight!

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Phyl, yes, it was nice to get those results, thank u for checking in
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I have been a diabetic now for 13 years, though I only achieve intermittent control. My average BS on a good day is somewhere around 200 unless I am eating a cabbage and celery diet! It is usually in the 300's. I have only met one other diabetic that has the same results as me.

I did HCG for two weeks (two weeks of 500 calls EVERY DAY) and at the end of it my BS were still in the 300's. I use insulin, but am leery of the pill meds for diabetes. If you read the research, the longer a diabetic takes oral meds, the more prone to heart attacks they are. One of the #1 causes of death for diabetics is heart attacks, and often diabetics will NOT have the classic warning signs for a heart attack. The first sign is often death.

Having said that, you need to keep your blood sugars down if you become pre-diabetic. A safer way is -- cinnamon pills. 3 cinnamon pills will drop blood sugar 30 points. Don't start diabetic meds with dangerous side effects unless you have to. I wish I had known about cinnamon 13 years ago, I might not be on insulin now.
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