Blood Glucose Numbers

By winzree Latest Reply 2011-04-16 22:32:37 -0500
Started 2011-04-12 16:39:36 -0500

can you please tell me the exact numbers i should be aware of for having good blood glucose numbers before breakfast, i'm usually anywhere between 95-105, i had to get a blood workup last week, just heard today my fasting glucose was 117…i thought that was high, spoke to my primary care doctor and he said it was a little high…anything below 130 is ok. I've read that anthing over 125 (fasting) is diabetes so why is my doctor saying anything below 130 is ok, i'm confused, can you help me get the correct numbers, thank you, Barbara

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pixsidust 2011-04-16 22:32:37 -0500 Report

He may be saying anything below 130 is OK taking in consideration we are diabetic. I try to keep mine below 120

kitcarson 2011-04-13 11:41:44 -0500 Report

this is accurate fasting blood sugars 80-120 before meals 80-120 2 hours after meals 100-120 mine in morning are in the 90's i got this info from my diabetic coach at community south hospital in indy. good luck you want to see low numbers in morning before you put a drop of food in your mouth thats most important in morning because you have had nothing to eat or drink if yoy can keep them in 90's all day than your on right path.

winzree 2011-04-13 12:57:04 -0500 Report

thank you kitcarson for your information, appreciate it

tweetydele 2011-04-13 22:17:16 -0500 Report

my dr. told me my reading should b under a hundred b for breakfast and not let it go over 130 without taking meds. im on low carb diet to try to get off my meds. so he put me on 20 carbs a meal. sometimes its tough but im trying so far so good so good luck to u.

winzree 2011-04-14 08:17:20 -0500 Report

recently i've heard that the doctors want before breakfast numbers to be no more than 100 and no more than 140 after meals…i'm not on meds either so i have to be very careful with the carbs which i find very challengey

kitcarson 2011-04-14 12:35:49 -0500 Report

your right i no longer take meds and it is very hard my coach said 30 carbs for breakfest 30 for lunch 30 for dinner so hard but i keep my list near and i go on do you have a list or a book for diabetics it will tell you every thing you can eat down to the ounces and good carbs .

winzree 2011-04-14 12:59:21 -0500 Report

wow! its amazing how so my dieticians, nutrionists and doctors give you different numbers, first they told me 60carbs at each meal, then they lowered it to 45 and i have a hard time with that, so i'll check out other newsletters and books, thanks for the info

winzree 2011-04-13 10:15:46 -0500 Report

thank you kdroberts for your comments, i record both of my bglucose testings, before breakfast, and 2hrs. after dinner, i'm looking at my log book right now and since Sat. 4/9 all my morning readings are over 100 except one day, does that mean i should be on diabetic medication?

kdroberts 2011-04-13 10:51:56 -0500 Report

It depends on how high over 100 they are and what the rest of them are. Only a doctor can help you with that question.

kdroberts 2011-04-13 10:03:17 -0500 Report

There really is no exact number.

For people without diabetes, around 70-90 fasting, under 100 most of the time after eating with the occasional short spike to 120 or so is pretty standard, blood sugar can spike to 140 or so but it's not common and needs some work to do.

For people with diabetes the goals are often given as fasting and pre-meal under 130 and post meal under 180 or 160.

To diagnose diabetes you would need 2 fasting tests of 126+, reading of over 200 on the oral glucose tolerance test, possibly an A1c of 6.5+ or a random reading of 200+ in addition to diabetic symptoms. Pre-diabetes is fasting 110-125, 140-199 of the OGT or A1c of 6.0-6.4.

GabbyPA 2011-04-12 21:31:16 -0500 Report

Being pre-diabetic is like being a little bit pregnant. It starts out simple, but grows. The idea of "pre-diabetes" is to alert you to the fact that diabetes is coming and if you act now you can help prevent a lot of the complications and even put off the onset of high glucose numbers for a longer period of time. I am not overly fond of the word, but it is a place in time I suppose.

So as a pre-diabetic, you need to start living a life of a diabetic in exercise, diet and health checks. This will keep you healthier longer, at least it will help. There are never any guarantees.

My husband is not diabetic and his fasting sugar usually runs in the 70's. I have never seen him much over 100, but we don't test him after meals. No need to. But the idea that our numbers start to climb in our fasting mode means that sugar is hanging around and our body is no longer taking care of it as efficiently as it should be. The sooner you stop making it have to work so hard the better.

winzree 2011-04-13 08:06:20 -0500 Report

thank you gabby for the info…at present i'm not on any diabetic
medications…now my bglucose was 108 this morning, when i went to the hopsital to have a blood workup i was very surprised my blood glucose was 117…now
i'm wondering if i should be on medication, the doctor didn't say anything about it.

GabbyPA 2011-04-13 19:40:05 -0500 Report

With numbers like that, diet and exercise should be enough to keep you going for a long time. Cutting some carbs, learning to track your meals and finding alternative foods will help you a lot. Exercise will also help because it helps your muscles use up the glucose in your blood without the aid of insulin. That is why our numbers generally drop after an work out or exercise routine.

winzree 2011-04-14 08:26:07 -0500 Report

that's what i'm praying for just to do diet and exercise althought the exercise part i slack off… hate exercise, but i'm trying to walk more, have a bad back, so its hard to even walk sometimes

pkwillhoite 2011-04-12 18:41:48 -0500 Report

It seems to be that with every visit to the dr I get more confused. One day thing are good and the next time we need to work on that… WHAT IS IT?? My dr says anything under 120 is good…

sam1376 2011-04-12 18:07:23 -0500 Report

Because they still consider 130 pre-diabetic. Normal is 70-120

winzree 2011-04-12 18:30:01 -0500 Report

thank you sam1376…8 months ago when i was diagnosed with diabetes my bglucose ws 131, so what's the difference between pre-diabetic and diabetes

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-04-12 19:21:39 -0500 Report

Sometimes I think the major difference between pre-diabetes and diabetes is the doctor. But there are other factors that can play in, I suppose.

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-04-16 21:38:11 -0500 Report

Some doctor's seem to have differing opinions as to what is diabetes and what is pre-diabetes. So my doctor my say I'm pre-diabetic at the same numbers you were diagnosed as diabetic with. Differing opinions and education sometimes come into play with our doctors.