BG Ranges - Do I really have Type 2?

By OldSugarFreak Latest Reply 2013-12-10 10:42:02 -0600
Started 2013-12-09 20:17:26 -0600

I have been wondering around in the discussion forum just reading some of the posts. I see where members have BG readings that are all over the map. Some state that they range from 3-400 during the course of a day and others dip down in the sub-70 range. I find in my case that if I dip below about 95 I start to get the hebe jebes and if I get below 80 I am done! I have to stop everything and get my count back up again. I am only testing once a day first thing in the morning unless I sense that I am out of balance. Testing mornings only I am generally in the 115-130 range with an occasional dip toward 100 or a bounce toward 150 with an occasional sweets induced 180. The bounces have invariably returned to my normal for my follow up BG readings. In the interest of full disclosure I was testing twice a day for the first 6 months after my diagnosis. The reality is that even those afternoon readings were in a similar range and only deviated when I failed to watch my food intake.

My question is - Do I really have T2? Are others seeing the same things that I do or am I an anomaly?

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Glucerna 2013-12-10 10:42:02 -0600 Report

Joyce, you truly are an inspiration in the way that you figured out how to manage diabetes and fit diabetes management into your life. OldSugarFreak this is a really good discussion to have with your doctor, since as Joyce says every person with diabetes is a bit different. Based on your overall health profile, you and your doctor can come up with blood sugar ranges that are the best for you. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-09 21:59:41 -0600 Report

Old it can vary in different people. Diabetes isn't the same for everyone. My doctor had me test in the morning before meals. My morning fasting was any where from 95-110. Some mornings it would be 120- 140 and that is when I learned about Liver Dumps. During the night, the liver dumps the sugar it doesn't need. To solve that problem I eat a protien just before bed. That would be a piece of chicken or a boiled egg. I don't feel whacky until my blood sugar drops below 80. Again that can vary per person. Ask your doctor how many carbs you can have per meal or for the entire day and work with that. A nutrtionist can help you with meal plans and snacks. Remember that because the label says sugar free it isn't always sugar free. You have to read the labels and items made with asparteme has sugar alcohol in it.

The best thing I did to find my base levels was to test before and after each meal for a month. I made a spread sheet and had a column for Breakfast-Snack-Lunch-Snack-Dinner-Snack with carbs for each of those. Under each one, I listed every thing for the meal. I also weighed everything. The next month I tested after each meal. I printed it out and took it with my log book to the doctor. He was shocked that I did that. Six months later I had lost 60 lbs and was in pretty good control. By the end of the year he gave me a free day. I use my free day for Sundays and Holidays to have my special treat.

Diabetes isn't one size fits all. I can eat some things others cannot. I managed to get in control even though I have a lot of food allergies. Sometimes you have to start over again to get back on track or to stay maintained.