Highest Blood Sugar Reading?

diabetesfree
By diabetesfree Latest Reply 2014-07-10 09:32:44 -0500
Started 2011-05-13 03:26:52 -0500

I am just curious as to how badly other people's blood sugar levels have gotten. I've had mine register at over 600 at times. In fact, my meter wouldn't even give me an exact reading. It just said "HI". Scary. So, what is the highest your blood glucose level has ever gotten, and did you require any medical attention?


271 replies

kma715
kma715 2014-07-02 21:23:32 +0530 Report

my brothers reading today 550. His new doc took him off of ALL meds to start over. Robb is feeling weak and little energy. Waiting to hear from his doc. I think he should inject insulin again?

funnygirl98
funnygirl98 2014-06-27 02:20:41 +0530 Report

The highest my bs has gotten for me is 187. I went to see my primary dr heordered blood work and found out my a1c was at 7 so he started me on metmorphin 500 mg 3 times a day and I lost a bunch of weight went off the meds and now i was diagnosed as a hyopglycemic so my numbers go high and low and back to normal but thats the only medical attention I had.

Chevy Vega
Chevy Vega 2014-06-19 20:04:33 +0530 Report

I neglected my diabetes. I went out of town. My meter broke shortly before, but I left anyway. I knew my blood sugar was high, but I didn't feel too badly. I walked to the first aid station at the park I was at. They told me I was going to the hospital. I was told several times at the hospital that I set a record. The level was about 980.

IamBubbely
IamBubbely 2014-06-12 09:02:19 +0530 Report

213 and that was the day I decided..THAT's IT..I will not let this disease control me..I will control it. I was so tired of being 'sick and tired'. I started exercising eating right..most importantly..I Changed My Mindset. The highest it's been since that day was 101…

Bangkokbuddy
Bangkokbuddy 2014-06-10 08:44:46 +0530 Report

my highest recorded BG was 552. I was diagnosed diabetic on june 2, 2014. 2 days prior to going to the doctor, I urinated every hour for almost 2 days. I didn't know what was going on. just got scared. a friend told me I might be diabetic and the rest is history. today, I'm on insulin. my last BG reading was 119.

mahjah
mahjah 2014-06-10 07:51:39 +0530 Report

Mine was 400 a few weeks ago. It scared me enough that I am back to no starch diet. It is slooowly coming down. I've been re reading my "Blood Sugar 101" book—it is my bible.

Softballmom1609
Softballmom1609 2014-05-14 22:21:54 +0530 Report

I believe my highest level ever was 250 and that was when I was first diagnosed. I usually run 140 and under after meals since losing over 20 pounds.

HillCo
HillCo 2014-05-09 01:52:55 -0500 Report

I had a reading of 1377 when taken to the ER. Never had anything remotely connected to having diabetes. They tested over 3 times to make sure, was in ICU for 3 days.

Chevy Vega
Chevy Vega 2014-06-19 09:36:32 -0500 Report

Hi, Hillco! I had a similar deal. Straight from vacation to ICU. I was told I set the all time record at the hospital I was in.

Pastor Naomi
Pastor Naomi 2014-04-20 00:40:15 +0530 Report

I have been very concerned about my A1c & the way I control my blood sugars because I watched how the various members of my family did or didn't care for their diabetes well. I do not want the complications family members were having back when we did not have everything we have to care for ourselves now. Granddad had nothing but a pill called diabenese. No meters. no test strips, just a diagnosis, a pill, and a do the best you can not to eat sweets, Will. My uncle had a massive stroke, and multitudinal other problems. My mom had access to meters, test strips (first urine ones & later blood ones), several pills, insulin in vials and surringes, (sp.), but died of a diabetic heart condition, and hid candy bars and pies in her freezer and drawers. Seeing prior generations of family members either being unable or unwilling to care for their diabetes appropriately has made me determined to be on top of my own situation. I try to keep my sugars under 150 as much as possible. When I had my last spine surgery, the nurses would not allow me to have my insulin pens in my room. I had been out of the recovery room for a number of hours and it was supper time. I tested at 156 before the meal, and asked for my novolog to be brought so I could take a shot before I ate. They did not bring it, so I didn't eat. Then they yelled at me for not eating, so I said well, you did not bring my insulin so I could take it. Their response was that I did not know what I was doing and I could not have insulin right after surgery because I did not know how my body would respond. They insisted that I eat, no insulin. I finally did after they reheated my meal. At 10pm, I took my blood sugar prior to settling for the night and it was 298. I was so angry! If they had let me give my insulin shot, I would have been something like 146, maybe. All of a sudden a nurse rushed in with my novolog and demanded that I give myself a shot. I said I can't. This is a fast acting insulin and can only be taken right before meals. If you are going to get me a full meal at 10pm, I will take the insulin. Otherwise, no insulin! Oh, they screamed and yelled, and what was I going to do to lower my sugar. I said absolutely nothing because you tied my hands when I was not allowed to have it before the meal. I said it will just have to come down on my own by drinking extra water and praying that I will be all right, but I am warning you that I am reporting this in the morning, and my doctor is going to hear about this. The next day I got my insulin before each meal and they were falling over backwards to make sure I had what I needed. It had gone back down to 132 be 7am. If you have been watching what happens to your blood sugars, you will know your own body, and usually can handle those kinds of situations. I hate it when the nurses are know-it-alls, and won't let you do what you need to do. After 26 operations, I knew how my body would respond after surgery. But I had to put up with the bunch of them till I went home. If you watch what your eat, get a bit of exercise, and take your tests, you can control your blood sugars ln your own using whatever meds they have prescribed for you. Oh, dear, I wrote another book.

SudsOnTop
SudsOnTop 2014-07-10 19:57:23 +0530 Report

You should have taken the Novolog. It is a fast acting insulin intended to be taken with meals, however it will also bring your blood sugar back in range after meals. If I were at 298 I would have taken about 12 units of Humalog and either stayed awake, or set an alarm for 1.5 to 2 hours later. For a reading that high during the day I would normally take about 18 units to bring me back in range quicker. Anyhow the point is you can take Novolog anytime you body needs insulin to utilize the sugar in your blood, you just don't want to go to sleep and then have hypoglycemia. I will stay awake for 4-4.5 hours after my last fast acting shot to make sure I am safe as that is the life of the insulin.

IamBubbely
IamBubbely 2014-06-12 09:07:32 +0530 Report

That's the key to it all. You MUST know your own body better than the doctor and any other professional. They read books..but we are all UNIQUE!

peewee0618
peewee0618 2014-04-03 06:06:27 +0530 Report

My suguar has gone up as high as the 400's. This is when my mom was in home hospice and I was taking care of her. The stress of taking care of her really got to me and when I finally went to the doctor, I was told that I was just days away from a stroke. That is when my doctor put me on Victoza because the medicine in the form of a needle works quicker than the pill and have been on Victoza since 2012 when my mom passed. Even now if it get high, I just drink plenty of water and that helps.

MicNeil
MicNeil 2014-04-01 23:39:51 +0530 Report

My highest reading was 585 when I overdosed on carbs one morning. Haven't had Cream O Wheat and biscuits since…even tho I love it. Number came down fairly quickly with hydration, exercise and extra Glucocil. The 2nd highest was when ER doc gave me Prenisone on a stomach that had no food in it for 26 hrs. All vitals went to hell in a hurry. It did not even start to come down that time until they gave me a shot of insulin. Lessons learned: Some Docs are dumb as posts, Don't let anyone give you Prednisone. There's always another/better solution IMO.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-04-02 00:07:30 +0530 Report

Mic, not necessarily always is a better solution is available.,.

My 2nd (now late) wife had Lupis and RA and when she would flare and her joints got hot and painful she could not take anything else because she was allergic to all of the "biologics" which were then available. (she had allergies no end) Either cortisone shots or prednisone pills would be needed to ease her pain. She also had Diabetes and the steroids spiked her BG levels into the 300s. We had to treat those numbers with two different fast acting insulins administered on sliding scales set up by her Endo. We had to work on it and after about a week, we'd get her down more toward normal.

Sometimes there is no alternative solution.

God's best to you
James

MicNeil
MicNeil 2014-04-02 12:36:05 +0530 Report

So sorry to hear of your late wife's pain and the stress on both of you. I'm so glad she had you and didn't have to face it alone. Am sure you would and did everything you possibly could to help her. Sounds like such a scarey tightrope you were walking.

I'd say alot of your wisdom, that is helping others on this site now, comes from those experiences. Thank you for that…and for walking the road with your wife for so long.

God's Best To You,
Mic

MicNeil
MicNeil 2014-04-02 13:31:08 +0530 Report

I can only speak from my own experience. The Prednisone should never have been given in my case and did only harm.

Mommmelissamoo
Mommmelissamoo 2014-03-28 08:29:39 +0530 Report

I was feeling draggy the month of January. Had hosted, cooked, cleaned and decorated for two parties of over 100 in December. I thought I was tired and had flu. Turns out my blood sugar was almost 900. A1C was 14.9 I was dizzy, but still driving and functioning. Obviously I was admitted to the hospital for a new diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes.

TopazDee
TopazDee 2014-03-08 12:51:50 -0600 Report

The highest I have known mine to be was approx. 510 (28 uk reading) when admitted to hospital with chest infection I was on steroids as I have COPD. at that time I had not been D diagnosed, my readings had the paramedics worried, I was more worried about having difficulty breathing.

MicNeil
MicNeil 2014-04-01 13:19:19 -0500 Report

I too was first diagnosed with DB in the ER for a lung infection. Also have COPD (Severe Sleep Apnea & Chronic Bronchitis) so wasn't my first rodeo for that. Did not believe Docs when they said I had Diabetes as they sent all my vitals into the stratosphere with a huge Prednisone shot on a totally empty stomach…supposedly to stop a heart attack they said I was having…which I wasn't and didn't…not because they didn't do their very best to give me one.

peewee0618
peewee0618 2014-03-07 19:16:53 -0600 Report

My sugar has been as high as 425. At that time, I was taking care of my mom who had dementia and congestive heart failure. She was confined to the bed and I had to feed her and do everything for her until a home health nurse came in and nurse finally started coming. It was the stress that caused my sugar to go up like that even with my taking my meds. That is when my doctor put me on victoza and it now all is right with the world.

TopazDee
TopazDee 2014-04-02 15:36:30 -0500 Report

I soooooooooo wish I could gather up all my friends on this site and teach them to meditate, It is the best way ever to de-stress you can leave things way behind rest catch up with yourself and come back feeling so good.
After practice you can even have minor medical procedures done just by going into deep meditation mode.
I was once told to make a guided meditation CD as I have the right sort of voice this has now really made me think seriously about it, will write down the words then look into how to get it on a CD.
Stay Safe xxxx

Laurene
Laurene 2014-03-06 17:42:01 -0600 Report

If you need to find out what is causing your numbers to be soooo high, I would suggest that you start writing down everything you eat and test 1-2 hours after you eat and that will help you to see where you need to cut back or eliminate on certain foods or cut the amount of high carb foods you eat. Nobody will peak at your notes but you will have to be honest with yourself. It is a great feeling to know that you can control your numbers. Also test and then walk for a minimum of 15 minutes - wait another 15 minutes test again and see your numbers go down. I ride a stationary bike because I cant walk too far without a walker. We don't have the answers for you but we can tell you what works for us. Take our help (info shared) and find what works for you! IMPORTANT have fun doing it. You will do well.

TopazDee
TopazDee 2014-04-02 15:41:24 -0500 Report

I did this Laurene it is a great suggestion, my fingers did get sore until my friends here told me 3 area's on my finger to get that little drop of blood, all is well now and only do it twice a day unless I eat something new.
Stay Safe xxx

msann
msann 2014-03-07 01:35:03 +0530 Report

HI WHEN I WAS DIAGNOISED IN 2000 MY HIGH WAS 300 YOU RIGHT IT IS SCARY HAVE YOU SEEN YOUR DOCTOR WISHING YOU WELL

Gaywag
Gaywag 2014-03-06 20:25:02 +0530 Report

My son in law has type 1 diabetes. He is on an insulin pump. He has been admitted to the hosp 2 times in the last 5 weeks when he became very sick, throwing up, etc. and his sugar was too high to be read by the meter. Yesterday he was admitted to the hospital and his sugar was over 1000. Within 2 hours it was up to 1440.

musume29
musume29 2014-02-27 23:21:53 -0600 Report

My sugar level today was 502…i just got tired all of sudden. I ate lunch and did not have time to take my insulin. When i got to work i felt off …tested and saw my level and freaked out. I took my insulin but still tired. My levels had shot up high but not to 500 and it went down to 54 one time. Its hard trying to stay on track with this diabetes.

SudsOnTop
SudsOnTop 2014-07-10 09:32:44 -0500 Report

How can you not have time to take insulin? It takes like 45 seconds if your taking your time about it.

dIDYMUS
dIDYMUS 2014-02-27 01:22:41 -0600 Report

I have been told that it is dangerous if over 200. I think my highest was 175 one time. But I would sure check with somebody who knows more than me. 600 seems pretty high, but then again check with someone who knows.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-02-28 03:05:07 -0600 Report

yes Didy, anything over 140 mg/dl is dangerous.

My late wife had several 600s when I was with her, we usually went to the ER to get her an insulin drip to bring her down, She had to take predinsone pills or cortisone shots due to her lupis and RA. Those were the only meds that would work for her so she had to take them whem she had a "flare". Then she'd have highs. Not always 600s but sometimes approaching 300s

I am not sure why she passed away (the guess was her heart gave out finally as she had CHF) but she had just that prior day had been a cortisone shot by her Rhumy.

God's best to you
James

nzingha
nzingha 2014-02-24 09:54:35 +0530 Report

I THINK 250 IS THE HIGHEST I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED…IT'S BEEN BEHAVING BADLY THESE DAYS AND I NEED TO REIGN IT IN…

maryhelen1129
maryhelen1129 2014-02-19 04:25:14 -0600 Report

Have kept my blood sugar under control through diet for many years. My problem was when it went high (200) within 30 min. it would be below 40, several times in low 20s. I always woke up with it high and it would get higher until I ate even if I waited the entire day to eat. Dr. checked in Dec. 2013 A1C and said it was good. Checked A1C in Jan.2014 and it was 8.5. He put me on 500mg.metformin and Im watching my diet even closer. My sugars just keep going up and have only been under 200 about 4 times in the last 4 weeks. Im really confused but am wondering if I need to go on insulin, not sure how the metformin works. I feel dizzy a lot and off balance.

GranmaJoyce
GranmaJoyce 2014-02-18 08:04:13 +0530 Report

My highest blood glucose level was 1200. Didn't even know! Whats so weird with my blood glucose levels the higher the more I am able to function the lower the sicker I get????

Leslie4283
Leslie4283 2014-02-28 01:21:01 +0530 Report

My boyfriend was just released from ICU on Tuesday (the 25th of Feb). He came in through the emergency room with a blood sugar level of 1220. He was previously undiagnosed. They pricked his finger and it just showed it was above 500, which they were still terribly concerned about. They had to send the blood to the lab to get a more accurate reading, and it came back as 1220. Many of the doctors and all of the nurses (including the diabetic educator) said they had never seen a level that high. It's a miracle that he's alive right now.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-02-20 02:33:17 +0530 Report

That is interesting. How'd you get that reading? Most glucometers don't read over 600.mg/dl If it encounters a reading above that it will simply greet you with a "Hi"

Grandmama16
Grandmama16 2014-02-18 03:28:04 +0530 Report

262 from what I can remember and I felt weird but never near as high as some of you have had. I take 1500 mgs of Metformin and count carbs, tho don't write them down. Meds are making me too sleepy. I think it's the Nuerontin for numbness and pain in hands…and itching in feet/ankles too. Mostly BG is 120's to 190's.

2katladi
2katladi 2014-02-15 00:01:19 +0530 Report

I've gotten up to 398 before. Once, many yrs ago, I took my Mom to Urgent Care in the morning, & they tested her glucose level (at my insistence). It was in the low 600 range. They didn't send her to the ER, but kept her in UC until about 8pm that night - until her reading came down to the low 400 range. They had her on insulin during those hrs. Other than that time, she never used insulin. She controlled her diabetes thru her diet.

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2014-02-14 10:15:00 +0530 Report

45 years… NEVER needed medical attention for a high.

Needed fluid, been HI many times, but, outside medical attention, necessary never. >: >

RobertL.Pendarvis
RobertL.Pendarvis 2014-01-21 17:23:10 -0600 Report

Meter just said Hi

diabetesfree
diabetesfree 2014-01-22 21:32:37 -0600 Report

That typically means that your blood sugar meter can no longer give an accurate reading because it has gone above 599. Anything 600+ and all you get is the word "HI" displayed on most consumer meters. Ones used at the hospital can still give an accurate reading though.

sherryleigh
sherryleigh 2014-01-22 04:49:52 +0530 Report

I was at a restaurant and it went 585 and by the time the ambulance got me to Er it was 897. I went from ER to Intensive Care for two days and when i finally came out of it in a regular room f o r two days. Couldn't go home till in 200's
Very bad stress from work. I can't get over that i actully was so close to dying and it happened so fast. I wanted to go to one hospital and they wouldn' take me my daughter told me they said i wouldn't make it there i would die before we got there.

diabetesfree
diabetesfree 2014-01-23 08:59:33 +0530 Report

What kind of physical symptoms did you have that made it necessary to keep you in the ICU so long? Typically, high blood glucose levels alone won't get you into the ICU unless you have some severe symptoms besides. The most common seems to be extreme dehydration. That can do a lot of damage to your organs if it is not dealt with very quickly.

sherryleigh
sherryleigh 2014-01-23 11:39:51 +0530 Report

I had hallucinations in the restaurant. I only remember being put in the ambulance then everything went black i wasn't awake when i was in the ER or ICU untill they .moved me to a regular room
They didn't. know what was causing this they thought i might have had a stroke but i didn't all other tests came back negative. I was severly dehydrated. I didn't come out of ICU until i was consious again and they didn't know if i would be or not. Thank God I did

diabetesfree
diabetesfree 2014-01-23 12:44:21 +0530 Report

Those are definitely some major symptoms. Severe dehydration can affect every organ in your body, including the brain. Having blood sugar levels that high can dehydrate you really fast and put your entire body into a tailspin. You were definitely lucky to get help when you did.

jamiew28
jamiew28 2013-12-29 22:47:27 -0600 Report

My highest was 599 because the machine wouldn't read any higher. I was at the doctors when this happened and they rushed and gave me a fast acting shot. They kept me there until it went down. This had happened about 3 years ago and my sugars are still not controlled. Tonight my sugar was 520 which is scaring me and I am thinking of going to the ER. But the last time I went they did nothing and sent me home. They only referred me to an Endocrinologist. Which still has not taking care of the problem.

diabetesfree
diabetesfree 2013-12-29 23:53:31 -0600 Report

I ran out of insulin recently and my own blood sugar readings have averaged well over 400 for about two weeks now. It has gone completely off the charts (600+) on at least 2-3 occasions since then. I won't be getting any more insulin for a few weeks due to a paperwork screw-up, so I can definitely sympathize with you.

sherryleigh
sherryleigh 2014-01-21 17:54:23 -0600 Report

My Endo DR has insulins from the drug reps and if i run out and can't get any she will give it to me. You should check

tryingtohelpmychild
tryingtohelpmychild 2013-11-09 23:52:41 -0600 Report

how often can you give fast acting insulin.

diabetesfree
diabetesfree 2013-12-29 23:59:15 -0600 Report

Depends on the type of insulin, but most short acting insulin brands are designed to start taking effect within around 20 minutes and start to wear off after approximately two hours. The biggest problems I have had with hypoglycemia was when I took fast-acting insulin and didn't give it enough time to do it's job before taking a second injection. Taking another dose of insulin within two hours of the first shot can really put you in a bad situation. At least that has been my personal experience. Obviously, it is best to read the product literature that comes with your particular brand of insulin and ask your physician for advice as well.

sushmitha
sushmitha 2013-11-09 16:33:12 +0530 Report

My dad's results just came out he has sugar level of 345. he hates medication and didn't take it for about a month , the doctor scolded him like a little school kid, now he is stressed out . I don't know what i can do for him !!!

Holly5778
Holly5778 2013-11-09 12:09:58 +0530 Report

My sister was admitted into the hospital earlier today. The hospital got a reading of 2016. 5 hours later, they were able to get it down to 1300. As of an hour ago, it is down to 399. DKA and coma. Hospital is considering a beta cell transplant because her diabetes has never been under control for the last 18 years, even with the insulin pump! Has anyone else had this done? Thanks

Diabetic connects
Diabetic connects 2013-10-27 15:46:08 -0500 Report

My husband bought a meter and just for giggles I tested my levels. The first test a few days ago showed a reading of 256. I have tested every day after that my readings range from 210 to 315. I weigh 130 pounds I am 5'6. I have not lost or gained weight in about 5 years. I don't understand this. Any advise?

jayabee52
jayabee52 2013-11-10 11:01:30 -0600 Report

I pray you have gotten tested for diabetes by now.

If not get under a Dr's care (preferably an Endochrinologist specializing in diabetes) ASAP! This is not something to fool with!

James

Damage
Damage 2013-09-04 08:37:22 -0500 Report

Almost 500, when I was at the ER over an absessed tooth, which had got into my bloodstream. When they got my bloodwork back they were more concerned over my sugar than the infection! I had no idea til that point that I was diabetic…

diabetesfree
diabetesfree 2013-09-04 12:53:06 -0500 Report

Wow. Tough way to find out that you are diabetic. I would think that if it had gotten that high that you must have had diabetes for quite awhile. Did you notice any symptoms before then?

denipink
denipink 2013-06-20 09:05:31 -0500 Report

I am in Canada so we measure differently. I reached 33 and off i went to Emerg. I stayed in the hospital over night — the time it took them to get my
BS back within the "zone." Since then, i reached the low 30's again and my Doc taught me how to get my BS reading down on my own so no need to visit the hospital this time around. Today, i am on humalog and lantus and having pretty darn good readings. Had to tweak my dosage a few times since what the Endocrinologist prescribed me but that is to be expected for a newbie.

sandyfrazzini
sandyfrazzini 2013-06-11 14:57:52 -0500 Report

I have been a Type 1 for 31 years and have been admitted to the hospital 5-6 times with DKA (during the early years) and during those times my BG readings were well over 1200. I have also passed out twice, once when I was about 13 years old while I was standing in the school lunch line. The second time I was sitting in the eye doctor's chair, I woke up with him trying to pour coke down my throat, he had called an ambulance (it was my B-day too). Have not been in the hospital in the last 15 years.
I have been pretty high the last few weeks, I have gotten to a point where I am tired of tracking blood sugars and carbs and sick of testing. I have just been taking a random dose of insulin (bad idea I know) and eating whatever I want. I am trying to get myself back on track again.

janado
janado 2013-06-11 14:47:54 -0500 Report

With all your numbers being so high, do you have any other signs? Like neuropathy? tingling? burning? in your hands or feet?

My level was 535 when I was diagnosed

diabetesfree
diabetesfree 2013-06-11 15:41:22 -0500 Report

I had signs of neuropathy in my feet fairly early on with my diabetes. Since I got my blood glucose levels under more control with insulin it seems to have gone away though.

tabby9146
tabby9146 2013-06-08 10:05:03 -0500 Report

I am not sure what my highest ever was, but I know it had to really get up there!! I just never felt many symptoms of a high that I know of. Over 4 yrs ago, when I Was diagnosed, from that very day, when I started checking, the highest I have seen (please don't hate me anyone) was 160-165 I think. I was so scared that I was scared into eating right and exercising, and I drank and still do drink mostly just water and I do low carb, but not real low strict carb all the time. I run too low in my opinion if I go really low carb. The lowest and this was without medication, because I was off metformin after only 3 months back then lost all the weight, so over year ago, I was in the store, I'd had a good breakfast about 2 hours or 1 1/2 hours earlier, was gtting ready to go eat a snack in the car on my way somewhere else, when my meter said around 65, I "feel" low at 70. so that is onw way I know my numbers have been higher than they should at times. anyway, I had to sit down and I had to get some juice, I had my glucose tabs with me and took 2 or 3 and in about 10 minutes I was fine and drove home. This scared me and I was so shocked that a person controlling so well by diet and exercise, with good numbers all the time, that this happened. I thought up until then, that my changes of goiing low were very slim as long as I ate right and ate often enough during the day. It wasn't like I went hours without eating

tam39
tam39 2013-06-08 01:04:41 -0500 Report

Hello, I am new here and I wanted to ask some questions about diabetes.I haven't been diagnosed, but my dad was diagnosed as pre diabetic and so was my son. I have been feeling really tired, fatigued, dizzy and really edgy lately, so I check my sugar with my daughters' fiance reader ( he has type 1 diabetes) and it read 500. That actually kinda freaked me out! From what I am reading on here, that is something I should worry about and get checked out, right? I don't' have insurance, so it could be months before I can get into the free clinic. Should I just go to the ER, if I can't get in sooner? I would love some input, thanks.

tabby9146
tabby9146 2013-06-08 09:57:56 -0500 Report

yes please go to the doctor that is too high. those symptoms you described that was me, especially light headed and dizzy spells and tired easier and I was diagnosed with type2,and that was catching it "early" and I still have those symptoms, so don't worry, you can get it under control and manage. I agree with others, it does not happen all that quickly, overnight numbers like that, I don't think..in diabetes class, a reading over 200, they told us to call t he doctor. Good luck.

tam39
tam39 2013-06-08 10:30:01 -0500 Report

Ty, I guess I need to figure out a way to get to the doctor soon because I know from what I been reading that diabetes isn't something to mess with. when i saw my sugar reading, needless to say it scared me a little. I know its manageable, I just hope that I didn't wait to long to see a doctor

tabby9146
tabby9146 2013-06-08 10:59:14 -0500 Report

I hope you can go soon!!some don't have symptoms to alert them that something is wrong, I thank God all the time that I had those spells,. cause I can sometimes put off going to the doctor. she ran heart tests first, but I had gone to her with a dizzy spell I had at work "years" before, when my daughter was a baby, and I'd gained weight that was hard to lose and I will always wonder if I was pre-D back then wish she would have done a glucose tolerance test back then, cause I had no more symptoms for years after that. the earlier you are diagnosed the better.

tam39
tam39 2013-06-08 11:21:18 -0500 Report

Oh, I will very soon no matter what it takes. I also gained some weight and I noticed it was harder for me to loose as well. I just chalked it up as me getting older. When I was pregnant with my daughter and son, I had gestational diabetes, but I magine it and all was fine after that.

blueeyes33
blueeyes33 2013-09-15 22:38:49 -0500 Report

I had pres G with my first child. Had to control with diet the day before thanksgiving! ! The nurse told me most likely I would be type 2 in ten years..she was right. Now I am type 1.

tabby9146
tabby9146 2013-06-08 10:05:43 -0500 Report

I never any other classic symptoms like thirst, or weight loss, or any of those which surprised me

Grandmama16
Grandmama16 2013-11-11 17:49:27 -0600 Report

I'm like you…never had the thirst and certainly no weight loss but do have neuropathy in both hands and feet but also fibromyalgia so the numb/tingling pain was not something I thought too much of. Years ago my hands and arms hurt so much that the only way I got relief was to hold them in front of my chest. That went away as many FM symptoms do. Dr says I'm type 2 but B/S is rarely over 200 while on Metformin,1500 mgs. I test am and pm. I don't know what it was before. A1c was 7.4 or 5 last time. I count carbs, watch my diet but don't exercise. I have fatigue, sleepiness,depression too. I had a nerve test done but no results on that yet. Am I really diabetic? Some of your B/S numbers are way higher than mine.

tam39
tam39 2013-06-08 10:31:16 -0500 Report

I have the thirst, but not the weight loss or the other symptoms either, well accept for the blurry vision, but I have bad eyes anyways.

diabetesfree
diabetesfree 2013-06-08 09:15:03 -0500 Report

I have had even higher readings without going to the emergency room. You definitely DO want to schedule a Doctor's appointment ASAP though. I am guessing that you have probably been diabetic for quite some time without even knowing it. Blood glucose readings like that don't just happen overnight. Regardless of how long it takes you to get to the Doctor, you should start making changes to your diet immediately. There is plenty of helpful advice on this site and elsewhere on what food are good for you and which to avoid if you are a diabetic. Hopefully, by the time you see a Doctor you won't still have readings that high. Take care.

tam39
tam39 2013-06-08 10:32:40 -0500 Report

I will definitely do that and start reading up on what I need to eat, etc. I also smoke, which I have heard isn't good for a diabetic, so I guess need to stop smoking as well.