good, bad BG levels

doc holliday
By doc holliday Latest Reply 2009-02-04 14:00:48 -0600
Started 2009-02-02 12:40:34 -0600

Looking for a little insite. I was dianosed back in Oct. at that time my A1c was 303. Since that time I have seen my Dr. and gone to diabetes classes and gotten the basic info. I test my BS level at least every morning, and sometimes before and after dinner. So far since I started testing my average levels is about 148. I know this is still high, but is that really high? I know I still have to get it down some, but should I be worried about those kinds of numbers? I guess I just don't know if these numbers are high enough for me to contact my Dr. or if I'm doing good. I don't know what kind of numbers other people have, to compair mine to.
Any input would be very much appreciated.

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doc holliday
doc holliday 2009-02-04 13:48:57 -0600 Report

Thanks again for everyones input.
I think I'll just keep trying to get my numbers down and keep them down as well as I can, and talk to my Dr. next month when I have my 3 month appt. So far I've only had 1 A1C test, so next month will tell me a lot, when I have my next test.
Good luck to everyone out there that's dealing with these problems.

GabbyPA 2009-02-03 09:28:32 -0600 Report

Damage begins aroud 140. So if your levels are consitantly above that, you want to lower them. You have made great progress though, to go from 303 to 148 is great. So don't loose heart.
I have been working on mine since last march, and though I only started meds in December, my numbers are higher than yours. Keep up the good work!!

It does get frustrating when we have to test several times a day. It is kind of like trying to loose weight and getting on the scale every few hours to see how much you have lost.
That is why your A1c is of great value. It tells you the bigger picture. Most docs want us below 7 on the A1c, some below 6.

So those are your goals. You won't be perfect every day, but as long as you are working on it, you will get there. Talking to your doctor is always a good option, so do that. Hopefully he/she is a good listener and helpful for you.

rbergman 2009-02-03 07:57:54 -0600 Report

We had a late dinner last night, around 7pm, Laura usually does her BG aroun 8pm because we try to eat no later than 6pm (living on and running a ranch doesn't always allow that) anyway, around 9pm her BG was 207, I figured she didn't clean her finger well so we picked a different finger, used the alcohol swab and retested…210. Her levels have been so great for the past 4-5 days and then this happens and I cannot figure out why. This morning her fasting was 121 which is good, yes, but usually her fastings are in the 90s, so whatever effected it last night was still making it higher this morning. She isn't one to sneak food or candy or such and I don't have any in the house anyway and I counted carbs and she had what she has always had since starting this diet, actually a little less. We go to the Ped. Endo. on Friday so I'm not going to panic at this point but it sure makes me wonder why such a drastic change. She was also harder to get out of bed this morning though she went to bed at her normal time and said she didn't sleep good and even had a nightmare which is unusual for her as well. Being diabetic is hard enough but dealing with my own and hers both is a real stresser to say the least.

Southern Granny
Southern Granny 2009-02-04 09:15:27 -0600 Report

When I attended the diabetes class. The nurse that was there said, that you could wash your hands in warm water and get a better reading. She said that sometimes the alcohol could change your readings. Hope this helps some.

rbergman 2009-02-02 21:17:53 -0600 Report

Ok, maybe I can help just a little here, an A1C is a 3 month test average of your BG, typically they say less than 7%, a good fasting is 70-130, a good 2hr after meal is less than 140, now these guidelines come from the American Diabetes Association, and there is also the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists which follows a slightly different scale…good fasting is less than 110, good 2 hr after meal is under 140, and A1C <6.5%, So, in short, it really depends on what scale YOUR doctor who monitors your diabetes follows.

I have only been a member of this group for a short while, but I have learned so much and have been able to provide information myself to others, read all the discussions you can, everyone here is so warm, caring and informative and many of us are going through exactly the same things at the same times so its an awesome support group as well.
Best of Luck to you and I hope this helps some.

C. S. E
C. S. E 2009-02-02 20:58:58 -0600 Report

Hi Doc!
Like yourself, I was diagnosed last year and have had difficulty finding the right
BS level. I take a Levemir shot at night before I eat and 2 Metformin tablets with breakfast and lunch. My sister helps me cut back on meat, breads, and starches. I increased fruits and veggies. I started taking vitamins, (E, B's, Q10, and C). Most of the time I'm zoned between 90-112! This means I will probably keep my eye sight, legs, skin, with little brain damage,etc.! I hope you find your way into a better BS zone. My nurse suggests a daily run to lower BS 10, 20, or more points. One of my Dr's suggests the person that encourages me to eat veggies instead of meat and starches wants me to live…Good Luck and ask your Doctor, Doc!!

bigjrm45 2009-02-02 21:30:45 -0600 Report

hi Doc,I amnew to this to I started 6 mo. ago blood sugar was 1089 with a 12.5 A1C after 3 mo. I got it down to 5.4 A1C and I could never find eny one to tell me where I should be .one time I drop down to 57 andI still took ashot of 5 units of novalog then went out and eat lunch,then strait to my doc. then thy told me to stay 100 to 120. I whis i would have found this site sooner cause I am learning from you all so thanks for all the imput from this site.

rbergman 2009-02-02 21:33:08 -0600 Report

I'm sorry please tell me that was a typo the 10089 BG reading????

bigjrm45 2009-02-02 21:35:08 -0600 Report

sorry i meant 1089was my blood sugar level I am type 2 ,i am sorry I do not know how to type I am trying but it is hard to teach a old dog a new trick

rbergman 2009-02-02 21:39:36 -0600 Report

Ok thanks, mine was over 800 when I was diagnosed with A1C over 11.0%, I remember how I felt and was trying to figure out how anyone would even be alive with a reading over 10,000 lol, we all goof here with our typo's no worries was just double checking lol

doc holliday
doc holliday 2009-02-04 14:00:48 -0600 Report

You were at 800 when you were first diagnosed? That's interesting. Like I said, I was at 303. All my doctor told me was that my numbers weren't good. I had no idea what to compair that to, in relation to what other people's BG levels are, when they're diagnosed. (by the way, I got rid of that doctor and found one that communicates much better)

momwith juvie
momwith juvie 2009-02-02 18:08:54 -0600 Report

Well i think you should talk to your doc.It can vary for everyone where there sugars should be and what type u are.My son is type 1 and his sugars need to be between 80 and 150.You also need to get your A1c tested,that will help you know if your overall blood sugars for 3 months have been good.My input is to call your doctor and ask.Ithink no questions is wrong to ask.I call my sons doc when ever i have a question and it has helped me out alot.Have a great day!!!

sparkysmom 2009-02-02 16:22:43 -0600 Report

Mine seem to stay between 120 and 195(I know high). But they have steadily been coming down since I started counting carbs and working with my diabetes educator. When I first was diagnosed in Jan last year they were always in the 210 plus range. It has taken time and I am still working at it.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-02-02 12:58:13 -0600 Report

Ideally, fasting glucose levels should be between 80-120, a goal we all strive for that helps prevent damage to our internal organs over the years (keeping our blood pressure at optimum levels also helps, too). It takes a lot of trial and error to get there with diet, meds, exercise, weight loss, will power, family support, humor, fun, and taking time out every so often to break the rules (and know WHY you did!).

kantzfe 2009-02-02 12:55:14 -0600 Report

Well Doc you are in the same boat I am. I have had type 2 diabetes since 2000 and I still have a hard time understand what all the numbers mean. My last doctor visit my AC1 was 6.5 and my BG was 145 now she keeps repeating that a fasting BG should be under 110 and the AC1 needs to be a little lower. Well I still haven't gotten a good grip on just how to do this. I think that if your BG runs high like over 160 all the time then I would check back with the doctor. I really don't know how much help I have been but I do wish you good luck.

doc holliday
doc holliday 2009-02-02 13:20:46 -0600 Report

Thanks for writting back. Like I said, I'm new to the game, so I still don't know what the numbers really mean, just what they're SUPPOSED to be. So far I've only had one A1C test, I'll have another one in March. So I guess I'll see then what my real average is.

firefightermom 2009-02-02 12:51:38 -0600 Report

hey, my daughter's blood sugar range is 80 - 150. So to me that sounds good. not sure how others will feel about it, are you on insulin? Type one or two? It is alot to learn but don't be discourged before long it will be 2nd nature. have a great day

doc holliday
doc holliday 2009-02-02 13:15:08 -0600 Report

Sorry, I guess I wasn't very clear. I'm Type 2, right now I'm just taking 2500 mg metformin per day. thanks for writting.

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