Not sure what the number mean?

By ryxter Latest Reply 2013-12-31 00:50:05 -0600
Started 2013-12-30 00:23:14 -0600

So I just got a machine after being diagnosed and tested myself for the first time yesterday and my number was 124.

Had a good breakfast a holiday party to go to and was careful with what I ate and there was a difference of about 1 point the ought out the day.

Today woke up and it was at 126, had breakfast and my 1st metaformin for the day. Then tested 2 hours later and it was 112

Tested before I ate lunch 2.5 hours later after the last test, and was only 113, had lunch and afterwards had my 2nd metaformin pill.

Had to run errands and now only able to have dinner 5 hours later and got really hungry but now I have sharp stomach pains and tested before I start eating now and it's 110.

Can my numbers be that drastic from day to day? Also the metaformin has been giving meanie stomach upset issues so I don't know if it's hunger or the metaformin giving me pain?

Can the medication act that fast in lowering my blood sugar? Also what is a good number? It can vary for different people I was reading but is there a general baseline of what it should be? On the app I have the median is 125 with a low of 70 and high of 180 as the safe zone it loks like?

Sorry for all the questions I need to enroll in a diabetes class and find an educator as well

7 replies

ladidianne 2013-12-31 00:50:05 -0600 Report

my b.s. is similar to yours my first panel reading was165 the diabetes doctor wanted to put me on meds I said no because I do a lot if cardio I changed my diet and now my readings are 89-117

ryxter 2013-12-30 12:35:34 -0600 Report

thanks everyone, my number this morning before breakfast is at 122 i'll see how it is in a bit and make sure to talk to my new doctor about it when i see her on thursday

Glucerna 2013-12-30 17:57:46 -0600 Report

It's great that you're consistently testing your blood sugar numbers. Metformin decreases glucose production in the liver, decreases intestinal absorption of glucose, and improves insulin sensitivity by helping your body use glucose more effectively. It doens't lower your blood sugar right away, but works gradually over a period of time. It can take up to two weeks for Metformin to reach its full effect. When you meet with your doctor, ask about a referral to a diabetes educator and a diabetes class to give you even more knowledge. You're making an excellent start! ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-30 11:15:30 -0600 Report

Your doctor probably didn't tell you to not take the metformin on an empty stomach the first few weeks. Eat half your meal, take the metformin. The metformin is a new medication and your body has to adjust to it. Once my body got use to it and by taking it with food, my stomach problems cleared up.

Nick1962 2013-12-30 08:32:53 -0600 Report

Metformin has a reputation of causing kind of severe, but temporary stomach pains. That should go away after a few weeks I’ve been told.
As for your numbers, the “normal” range is 70-120, but even non-diabetics stray from that from time to time.
Yes, your numbers will vary from day to day, even hour to hour, and sometimes drastically depending on a lot of things like what you ate, when you ate it, stress, being ill, exercise and many more factors. A number like 180 isn’t terrible, as long as you come back into the “normal” range within a few hours. Trying not to get into those high (or low) numbers is where you come in and need to work with your diet, exercise and medications. Eventually, if you manage to find a diet/eating plan and exercise plan you can live with, you may be able to keep yourself in that 70-120 range all the time. With numbers like yours, it shouldn’t be too hard.
As denipink57 suggests too, seeing an endocrinologist and a diet/nutrition specialist is a big help too, but you can learn a lot from groups like this and a little research on your own.

denipink57 2013-12-30 04:13:34 -0600 Report

i saw an Endocrinologist when my bs was out of control. could you get a referral from your family doctor to see one. she is very good and got my bs under control for me. i am Canadian and our numbers are different so can't comment on yours but really you should see a doctor. i am a client at a diabetes clinic too and i can call them with questions about my bs numbers so you could do that too. do something. sounds like you need help. good luck :)

Next Discussion: The first time vs NOW »