Diabetes in the family

By Montia Latest Reply 2012-08-30 20:46:33 -0500
Started 2012-08-30 15:30:23 -0500

Diabetes runs in my family. I recently have been having spells of shaking dizziness and blurred vision. My grandmother gave me a meter to keep track of my glucose levels before meals it is 75 after meals it is 145. Some charts say that the 145 makes me pre diabetic but otger charts say it is normal. Please help me out. I don't know if I should be concerned

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GabbyPA 2012-08-30 20:46:33 -0500 Report

The way my diabetes educator explained it was that anyone who exceeds 140 is in the realm of diabetic. Now, there are variances in meters, so that 145 may just be a variance.

What she explained to me was that a person who runs normal can eat a cake, a bag of jelly beans and a liter of soda and still be at 140 or less. A diabetic cannot do that. So what I might do is keep that meter handy and test after your meals and see what is happening.

If your numbers are below 100 fasting and less than 140 after eating, you may want to see what is causing those symptoms. Diabetes is not the only thing that can cause that. I would have it checked out as soon as you can.

Montia 2012-08-30 16:42:46 -0500 Report

I did yesterday my levels yesterday was 85 2 hours after I ate and she told me I should eat something soon. Different charts and different people are telling me different things. The doctor told me not to worry about the symptoms at all but others say different. Idk what to do. Thank you for your reply. Do u think I should fet an opinion from,a different doctor?

dietcherry 2012-08-30 16:53:02 -0500 Report

It depends too on what food you just ate. Food higher on the glycemic index will cause a higher spike; some foods will cause no spike at all. This depends on the individual too. Second opinions are valuable because as you say there is conflicting information out there.
There are things you can start doing now to prevent or slow down the development of diabetes. Basically live like you are already diabetic to keep from becoming one. This doesnt always work, but it does in some cases.

dietcherry 2012-08-30 16:39:08 -0500 Report

Hello! Your post-prandial blood sugar number is on the high side. Vision changes definitely come with abnormal blood sugar levels. Shaking and dizziness could be diabetes or a myriad of other things. Since it runs in your family, chances are likely that you are pre-diabetic. I suggest you get to the Dr and discuss your concerns ASAP.