By Anamarcelarod Latest Reply 2011-06-10 23:03:14 -0500
Started 2011-06-01 09:34:42 -0500

Hi Everyone,

I am new to diabetes, and I am confused about the glucose level numbers. I have noticed that my glucose in the AM fastings is in the 150's is this correct? or is there a scale I have to follow the doc I saw at my last appt. didn't explain anything to me and it's a little overwhelming not knowing if I am controlling my glucose or not. I need HELP!!!!


14 replies

MoeGig 2011-06-06 21:24:46 -0500 Report

Graylin Bee below has the numbers right. A1C below 7 (I would emphasize not lower than 6…you end up with too many lows trying to hit that number). Blood Glucose between 80 and 180 is what I aim for (and this usually results in an A1C of mid 6's (6.7 last test). I would call that perfect control…however you accomplish it. For me, the best way to accomplish this is with a reltively low carb diet. The more carbs you eat, the more Humalog/Novalog you have to take to achieve those numbers. The more Humalog/Novalog/instant insulin you have to take, the higher the probability of guessing wrong and ending up super low…or as they say on Twitter IMHO. (I'd like to know the abbreviations Congressman Wiener originated…:>)

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-06-06 21:00:05 -0500 Report

I found this chart helpful






*ADA: "Post-prandial glucose measurements should be made 1–2 hours after the
beginning of the meal, generally peak levels in patients with diabetes."

ADA = American Diabetes Assn. Joslin = Joslin Diabetes Center AACE= American
Association Of Clinical Endocrinologists Non-diabetic= ranges compiled from goals
of all agencies.

Tigereyze209 2011-06-01 21:32:32 -0500 Report

It may be worth it to you to do a search on the topic terms, A1c numbers, How low is low, blood sugar readings, and so on.
We seems to have many discussing that topic of late, and there are lots of good information and article threads in those related discussions.
Welcome to DS, and hope you get the hang of keeping your blood sugars in balance.

edvel54 2011-06-01 19:46:45 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome to DC
According to the American diabetes Ass. your BS should fall between 70 to 130
if you don't find answers to your questions here, but I am sure you will check out the American Diabetes website. It has a lot of information that you will use.

WendyFR 2011-06-10 23:03:14 -0500 Report

Also, I think it depends on the person, because 70 is too low for me. Endo tells me 80 to 120 and 140 start causing complications.

realsis77 2011-06-01 10:42:37 -0500 Report

Hi. My doctor wants me to keep my numbers under or at 130. He wants me to inject my second insulin at 150 or above. I've heard damage can start to occur as low as 140 and above. So as my doctor told me its best to stay 130 or under. Remember damage from diabetes is a silent enemy and can be occuring without our knowledge so to combat that we keep our numbers at target range. I was having trouble at the beginning with my numbers until I got put on my insulin. Now my numbers are target range. I would discuss treatment options with your doctor if your numbers continue to stay high. There are many different treatment options avaiable. At first I tryed pills but they didn't work for me , my numbers continued to stay high so my doc put me on insulin. Then I didn't have any more trouble. I felt better and had more energy. Not everyone can control their diabetes with diet and pills. I couldn't. My doctor said its important NOT to stay high because that's when the damage occurs. Its important to have a good realationship with your doc because sometimes treatment plans need changing and doses needs increased or changed. Work closely with your doctor to achieve a optiminal treatment that works for you! If you continue to struggle with high numbers speak to your doctor about the treatment options that are avaiable. There are many different treatment plans but one goal. To keep your numbers under control. I wish you the best and hope I've helped in some small way. Good luck and God bless!

MrsJgKENT 2011-06-01 10:30:07 -0500 Report

journal journal journal!!!! Write down you #'s or make your Dr a chart so he can see what you arei n the morning …Make your Dr tell you what he wants you to shoot for… If your dr offers… counsling take it… …IF you and your Dr can get on the right page from the start the better you will feel… I hope this helps..

jeffrey9127 2011-06-01 10:03:29 -0500 Report

Hello. My Dr. has told me that my fasting blood sugar (morning) should be no higher than 140, and my blood sugar reading 2 hours after dinner should be no higher than 180. I am usually well below both of those numbers. You should ask your Dr. where he would like to see your BS numbers. I hope this helps. Good luck.

JoleneAL 2011-06-01 09:53:42 -0500 Report

Hello! I'm new around here and saw no replies so thought I'd jump in. As I learned (lots of googling and hanging out in various communities) good levels for a TII is between 70 and 120. Now - everyone works better within there somewhere. I would say your morning levels are a tad bit elevated, but nothing I would panic over. As long as you're not going up any further, you should be fine until you can wrangle what is best for you in line.

Also, next doctor's appointment - ask to be sent to a diabetes specialist/counselor.

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