So, just what is a realistic blood sugar level?

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2013-03-02 16:31:20 -0600
Started 2013-03-02 13:16:34 -0600

Hello! I was diagnosed in December 2012. Since that time I have lost 25 pounds and my BG for the last three months has averaged 104. Last week my average was 97. I am taking Metformin (1000 mg per day) which still makes me sick as a dog. I also started on Victoza last month (.06mg) with the hope of weaning me off Metformin. My doc thinks I should ALWAYS be at 100 for BG so I freak when I get to 112 (like today). He does not want to take me off Metformin but because I feel lousy on it, I have a hard time making myself exercise. I am walking some, but it is usually all I can do to work all day and take care of my family at night. The ADA guidelines indicate normal BG levels at 70-130 Fasting, and lower than 180 after a meal. So, is it time for me to look for a new doc, or is he just protecting my best interests? By the way, when I was diagnosed my BS was 268 and the Blood glucose fasting test was discontinued when I reached 500! I think I have made good progress but feel my doc may not know what he is doing. I hate changing docs because he has been great otherwise. What do you all think?

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Nick1962 2013-03-02 14:16:37 -0600 Report

You give way too little information to accurately answer that question. Even with information like age, sex, weight, other illnesses/conditions, eating habits…..any answer would be a ball park. Yes, ADA range is 70-130, but mathematically, a good average doesn’t mean it’s a good number.
Example: (in mg/dl) 50+50+150+150 averages out to 100, but so does 99+99+101+101. Both will give you an A1c of 4.9-5.0, but the first example means your BG’s are roller-coastering, and taxing your systems, the second example (although exaggerated) shows you pretty well controlled and consistent. As James suggests, if it bugs you, find an endo for a second opinion. I’d be willing to bet the medication is being used to keep you from the roller coaster numbers until you find your way to do it naturally if you can.
Don’t freak out because you go over 112, it’s going to happen, but you’ve only been at this a few short months and you’ll need to find ways to minimize that. Your system hasn’t had enough time to adapt yet either, so give it some time before giving up on your otherwise good doc.

ppwillme 2013-03-02 15:13:28 -0600 Report

Thanks so much for the information. I have been scared into taking care of myself. My levels are much more like the second example (consistent) and I am going in next week for my 3 month A1c level. Your response is helpful and thanks!

Nick1962 2013-03-02 16:31:20 -0600 Report

Most of us did take our diagnosis as a wake up call, and for people like me it was a life changing one for the better. Congrats on the weight loss, and it sounds like in no time this will just be a little inconvenience for you.

jayabee52 2013-03-02 13:32:06 -0600 Report

Howdy annon

Have you thought about not changing your Doc, but giving Doc a new role? That role is "gatekeeper". It would seem to me that perhaps you should ask for referral to an endochrinoligist for your diabetes.


ppwillme 2013-03-02 15:18:10 -0600 Report

Thanks for the suggestion. I will think about an endocrinologist. I live in the "boonies" so will need to start looking. Again, thanks. It is nice to know there are people who are out there who care.