Is there an adjustment in BG levels based on weight?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2009-01-27 11:35:56 -0600
Started 2009-01-26 17:20:26 -0600

I had a question posed to me today that I didn't know anything about and wondered if any of you had heard anything on this?
"Is there a different acceptable high/low sugar level based on someone's weight?"

Meaning, if one person runs higher than the ADA range, could it be due to the weight they are and is it possible that the body deals with it as "normal" for that person?

21 replies

GabbyPA 2009-01-27 08:42:19 -0600 Report

thanks, I figured that was the case, but the questions was asked of me and I really didn't know for sure. Thanks to everyone who helped me out here.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-27 06:42:51 -0600 Report

My personal opinion is that weight doesn't matter. Its how you take control of your diabetes. If someone weighs 100 pounds and the next person weighs 400#s, I feel good management of blood sugar will be the same in each person…Debe

rsimon 2009-01-26 22:27:58 -0600 Report

I am a physician and there is no correlation that I am aware of between body weight and high/low limits. Being overweight just inhibits insulin uptake and stresses all organs. I am constantly amazed at the extent people abuse their bodies and still the system tries to compensate for the abuse. Statistics maintain that skinny people live longer and are usually healthier.
That's it for my soap box.

sparkysmom 2009-01-27 11:35:56 -0600 Report

I'm glad when a Dr joins in. I am overweight and working hard to lose excess pounds. I just wish people would stop telling me I would be all better without the weight. NOT true I have been unwell in one way or another since I was a skinny kid. My weight was never a bad problem til DRS(nothing personal) but me on steroids in my 20s. I shot up from 155 to 360 in a year and have been fighting it every since. I will be 55 in 2 days. And NO I don't sit around eating everything in sight. LOL

2009-01-26 22:13:27 -0600 Report

There is no variance based on a persons weight. All people regardless of their weight should aim for the same levels.
There is a thing called 'tight control' that aims for lower levels than what is published by the American Diabetes Assoc but that is not based on weight either.


shirleycc 2009-01-26 21:50:54 -0600 Report

While excess weight can be one of the
reasons we get diabetes, the acceptable
range is whatever your endocrinologist
tells you(Unless he's nuts, that is). The acceptable range runs, depending on the person, 40 points or so. You and your endo need to set goals for what your fasting sugar should be and how far
you should go up after eating, and what
constitutes a "low"


kdroberts 2009-01-26 20:21:28 -0600 Report

Short answer. No. Normal is normal, no adjustment for weight and the same is true for diabetic targets. Weight should have nothing to do with blood sugar goals.

Weight can play a role, sometimes a very large role, in what somebodies blood sugar is, however, the goals don't shift because of that.

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-26 20:25:31 -0600 Report

so, is it alright if you have an overweight problem, but your blood sugar is under control? i am just trying to understand all the information i am getting!

GabbyPA 2009-01-26 20:31:46 -0600 Report

Well, at the risk of sounding like a nagging doctor, ideal numbers in each catagory are optimal, but good BG control is a great start.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-26 21:30:43 -0600 Report

Being very technical here, but being overweight is really never "alright". We would all be healthier in every way by maintaining a healthy weight. Any little bit we lose is helpful. Your BS is definitely better controlled with each bit of weight you are able to lose.

SkipT 2009-01-26 19:36:18 -0600 Report

BG numbers are based on a percentage of glucose in your blood. Therefore, even if you are a larger person you would still have the same percentage. Size is not a factor in the number.

GabbyPA 2009-01-26 19:13:27 -0600 Report

I know we are so individual, and giving blanket numbers, answers, diets...etc, all need tweeking. I thought it an interesting question, and think that is why there is a "range".

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-26 18:58:01 -0600 Report

I believe the acceptable numbers are the same for everyone. I think doctors do sometime base what they tell their patient is "acceptable" may vary based on weight, other health factors and age. There are times when the normal "acceptable" numbers might not be realistic for that patient, so the doctor tries to get them to the acceptable level for that person.

Anonymous 2009-01-26 18:50:02 -0600 Report

I always thought it was based on your numbers because when I got geststional diabetes I was a whole lot thinner than I am now. And thin people can be diabetic. so I think it is only the blood sugar numbers. But I am going to research it and let you know.

2009-01-26 18:08:37 -0600 Report

I'm glad you ask this Gabby. I am curious myself. I was told 70 to 120 was safe but would like to know for sure. Thanks, Angie

2catty 2009-01-26 17:57:01 -0600 Report

I don't know for sure, but I don't think weight has anything to do with what a good b/g should be. Just like blood pressure. To be in a good range you should stay within or a little below the guideline.

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