Kind of confused

By Soozeeq Latest Reply 2008-06-11 16:10:17 -0500
Started 2008-06-04 18:58:41 -0500

My doc says that my BG levels were high but that I wasn't diabetic because my 3 month average was ok. So what does that mean? I know that I have had 2 of these tests in the last few months and the levels were high. I have to go back in 3 months to check them again. The doc says I need to eat better but didn't give me any guidelines. I am more confused and it has caused me to do some serious junk food binging. I do have several of the other symptoms that indicated diabetes. What is the deal? How do I eat better if I don't know what the glucose level is from time to time?

6 replies

Jlynn 2008-06-11 04:04:50 -0500 Report

HI( friend, Im no expert, just my opinion,,The average is what they can best gauge your levels at in a 3 month period..I dont like this because if you are like me that doesnt apply, my numbers bounce from 600 to 26 at times. So there goes that. Now if you are Type 2 or someplace in there you still need to get a meter and PROPERLY check yourself at the right times…your probrobly having other symptoms of diabetes more at the times when your levela are really high..thirsty hungry tired forgetful- and that ewwww taste in your
BE an advocate for yourself!!!!Dont let doctors put you in the "EveryONE" category…TAKE CARE OF YOU, You have to

Ginetteb 2008-06-11 04:41:01 -0500 Report

You know…I think we should all have a doctor who IS A DIABETIC. It would eliminate a lot of guessing on their part and they surely would know how you feel. Wouldn't that be nice!!!

Dancehawk 2008-06-05 05:28:08 -0500 Report

Hi hun
Here is what I have been doing,
First toss out all junk food, white processed food, and sugar.

Make your meals 3/4 veggies, fresh prefered frozen are good to but not in butter, use whole grain bread, whole grains when you can, brown rice, eat oatmeal.
read your food labels watch your sodium , trans fats, carbs, sugar and limit fat to 3 per day.

meat try to cut out red meat and do fish, chicken, and make that portion about the size of the palm of your hand, do low fat cottage cheese, 2% milk fruit try to get small fruit when buying makes it easier to portion.
I try to count my calories too I have 1200 to 1500 a day to play with.

so basically you test in the morning, see where your at take your meds eat a good breakast of example oatmeal, a small frut,I have tea hehe or a 4 oz of milk.
then about 2 hours a snack, veggies or fruit if you did nt have already, lunch maybe a salad or halve a sandwhich, 2 hours later a snack, gold fish are my friend you can have a handful of them )
then dinner 3/4 veggies protien, dairy, carbs.
then a snack,
Jello has a lot of sugar free jellos puddings and they are so yummy.
From what your saying you sound like your borderline and you might keep from going diabetic if you eat right and exercise.
Start out walking to build up stamina, then keep adding to it.
hugs hun hope this helps


tmana 2008-06-05 01:03:50 -0500 Report

To find out how to eat better:
Go to Toma's site, He has some good information on a healthy diet, whether or not one has diabetes.

To find out how you are doing with your blood sugars:
You can go to any pharmacy and purchase an inexpensive blood glucose meter and 50 test strips (the test strips are where the real cost lies). Test your blood glucose when you get up in the morning, before eating anything, to give you a baseline. Test two hours after you eat anything; if the number is over 130 (presuming you are in the US), test again in another hour.
Record ALL of these numbers in a log with the time you tested, and what (and how much) you had eaten the two or three hours before. You will find that different amounts of different foods will give you different ranges of numbers. "Eating better" for diabetes generally means eating foods that give you lower numbers. For a number of us, Toma's method (or something similar) works.

tmana 2008-06-05 00:43:38 -0500 Report

There are several different tests that measure your blood glucose levels and your body's reaction to the sugars in food.

The most obvious, because you can see the results in a matter of seconds, is a blood glucose test. It's done with a small finger prick and a machine that measures your blood glucose. (Most of us here have one or more of those machines at home, as we use them to track the state of our diabetes health throughout the day.) For suspicion of diabetes, one would ideally want to do this test after several hours' fasting.

The second is a fructosamine test, which describes your average blood glucose levels over the past 2-3 weeks. It is one of a battery of tests from one or more vials of blood your doctor may draw at his office. Depending on whether or not the lab is onsite, you may see the results right away, or it may take up to a week to get them back.

The third test, which is one that is frequently used to confirm a diabetes diagnosis, is known as the glycosylated hemoglobin test, HbA1c test, or just A1C. This measures how much sugar is attached to the hemoglobin in your red blood cells. Since sugar doesn't release from the hemoglobin once it gets there, the test measures an average over the life of a red blood cell, which is 90-120 days. The results of the test *are* heavily weighted towards the newest blood cells.

The fourth test that is sometimes used is an fasting glucose tolerance test. Your blood glucose will be measured after you have been fasting for some time in order to get a base number. Then you will be given something to drink with a lot of glucose in it. Then at specific intervals afterwards, your blood glucose levels will be tested again to see how long it takes to come back to normal — or if it comes back at all.

There are a few other tests that are used to confirm specific types of diabetes, but for many of us, a casual or fasting blood glucose reading and a high A1C reading are enough for our doctors to make the diagnosis.