Blood glucose levels

By KarynCandy29 Latest Reply 2012-04-27 19:12:59 -0500
Started 2012-04-24 13:08:42 -0500

If my Blood glucose levels are good (within range) does this mean I'm eating right?
And does this mean my results for my A1c (HbA1c) will be good ?

Just wondering if I'm doing things well..


22 replies

margokittycat 2012-04-27 19:12:59 -0500 Report

KarynCandy 29, If your readings are good and within range then yes you are eating right and yes that is going to make your A1C reading better. Keep up the good work.

pixsidust 2012-04-26 18:28:34 -0500 Report

Of course your daily readings lay the foundation for your other readings
like your a1c. Really good work!

Irish1951 2012-04-24 19:23:17 -0500 Report

I use several sites to keep track for me. The app is on my iPhone and is called "dLife ". I enter each blood test. It gives me averages for 7, 14, 30, 90, or even a custom function that you can choose the number of days you want. With the average I plug in the numbers on an app " Pancreum A1c converter. This gives me an approximate A1c in both US and international numbers. If you don't have the iPhone I think both are also on the computer. These allow me to get a good idea of where I'm at with my numbers. Hope this helps.

KarynCandy29 2012-04-25 10:51:14 -0500 Report

wow did not know there was something like this..I will check it out on computer..I don't have an iphone…Thank you for tell me about this..

DeanaG 2012-04-24 22:15:53 -0500 Report

Thanks for the tip on the Pancreum A1C app.
I have been using the dLife app since Christmas and absolutely love it. ;-)

Young1s 2012-04-24 18:23:27 -0500 Report

86-108 (4.8-6) is very good for daily readings. Does this include post meal readings?

Only you can answer if you're eating right. If you're eating healthy foods and not overeating, then I would say yes you are. There are numerous discussions that hit on what would be the good food choices for us.

Just go with the thought you had in another discussion. Make note of everything you eat/drink during the day, and the times you do it. And be honest with yourself. I usually make a list of the food(s), the total carbs, protein, fiber and sugar. I've recently added a column for calories, as well. This will give you an idea of what your eating/drinking is doing to your system and will show you areas that need adjusting.

Another thing to keep in mind is that it's very possible to have low BG readings from not eating or eating too little. For instance, when I go on a water fast, my readings only go up 1-5 points between checks. Also, if I'm test out a new food, I will only eat that food to get a better understanding of how it's effecting my levels. Depending on the food and portion size, it may not be filling, which will only raise my levels but so much.

KarynCandy29 2012-04-25 11:10:16 -0500 Report

Hi Young,
Yes it does include post reading as well..I'm trying to find a book or sheet I can printout that is already set up for me to just write in what I eat, carbs,fiber…ect..
May I ask you youtalk about a water fast you do …do you mean all you drink is just water with no meals for a day? If so is this really safe to do..and why do you do this ? I think I may be over eating , as I was told not to eat after supper…but I just can't seem to stick to this…I was told I can have a snack mid morning and mid after noon..but most times I don't but in the evening I seem to want one really bad…

Young1s 2012-04-25 14:14:20 -0500 Report

Yes that's what I mean by a water fast. Nothing but water for the day. I do this on occasion to cleanse my physical body and/or to cleanse my spirit. I grew up with a church family that practiced this as a way to purify the body and soul and to find a closer connection with God. Although nowadays, they fast in a more food specific way: no sweeteners of any kind, no leavened foods containing yeast or baking soda/powder, no refined or processed foods, no fried foods, no solid fats, no beverages except water or 100% juice, no meats except poultry or fish and no dairy. While I don't physically go to church very often, my beliefs and faith in God is unwavering and so I still do a water fast. It is completely safe. I only do it for a day but I've known my mother to do this for about a week when I was growing up.

It's possible that the reason you're feeling so hungry late at night, is because you're not eating enough during the day. Before I was diagnosed, there were many a day that I barely ate anything during the day. But, without fail, as soon as the sun went down, I was raiding the fridge. You might want to try scheduling times to have a mid morning snack and another snack between lunch and dinner. It doesn't have to be a lot (some apple slices, peanut butter crackers, a small salad, etc…). This way, by the time dinner rolls around, you won't feel so ravenous. And it's okay to eat after dinner, so long as it's a very small snack (not a second helping of dinner). Some of us do this to keep from experiencing a liver dump and waking to high fasting BG's. Others do it to keep from going too low in the wee hours of the night.

KarynCandy29 2012-04-26 15:40:49 -0500 Report

Hi Young1s,
I did not know a person could go without food for a day with being diabetic,wow I learned something new today :0)
Your mother must be a strong person to have done that for a week!!!

It can be I'm not doing it right..I can't wait to see my GP next week..Thank you for helping me understand things better,I just don't know what I'd do without you and the others I tell you God blessed me the day I found all of you~

Young1s 2012-04-26 16:41:56 -0500 Report

Allow me to correct something here. I'm not making any claims towards it being safe for all diabetics, I just know it's never been a problem for me. I've been doing this for years. But like I said I ONLY do so occasionally. However, the risk of going too low or too high (if one doesn't take their meds) is a definitely something to consider for diabetics. Which is why, like with any change in diet, you should always consult your doctor first.

My intention in my original post was to give you examples of what might happen with your BG's if you don't eat or eat very little. Not eating, or eating very little, will give you low meter readings, but if done for the wrong reasons can be very unhealthy. So, I'm not suggesting that you personally try fasting, I was just explaining what a water fast is to me, in answer to your question. I hope this clears things up for you. I wouldn't want you to get the wrong idea.

BTW: I'm with you. This place has been a Godsend to me as well.

Laura500 2012-04-25 14:23:25 -0500 Report

i wonder how late you would have to eat a snack when you go to bed to try and get a lower reading in the morning? like, if you go to bed at 9 and rise at 6:30, is the snack you ate at 9pm enough to help that liver dump? trying to think of reasons why my morning number has jumped after doing well for a while.

Young1s 2012-04-25 16:37:11 -0500 Report

Glad I could help and I hope you're now one step closer to getting your fasting BG's back on track.

alanab 2012-04-24 16:51:34 -0500 Report

My M-I-L is diabetic, and in Canada…and her readings from her meter are different than ours here. Our daily BG readings vary, of course, but they like to see them in the 70-120 range on our (US) meters, whereas our A1c readings, usually done every three months at the doc's, they want to see (and this too is up for debate) a 7.0 to a 6.0 or less. So I'm not sure how to compare one to the other. I'll post a link I found here on conversions, and maybe it will help?

Fair warning; this is from a diabetes care website. Not endorsing anything; just trying to help out. :)

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