Two painful feet
By Two painful feet Latest Reply 2009-04-23 12:24:45 -0500
Started 2009-04-23 00:06:11 -0500

What number is starting to be to low blood sugars? What number is starting to be to high blood sugar?
Thank you

9 replies

DJ 2009-04-23 07:57:37 -0500 Report

My Doctor say's to never let my sugar go below 100,because at a recent conferance he attended for Diabetes, they found that allowing your levels to drop below 100 if you are 50 years old or older can be very damaging to your heart.So, I am guessing that the younger folks can go lower with out to much problem..My doctor also isn't overly concerned with A1C readings either ..mine were in the 14's when I was first diagnosed and are in the 7's now..but he say's it is simply another fancy test to get our money…He's very old school(been my GP for 40years this year.)He doesn't always see eye to eye with my Endo, especially with where she would like to see my BS levels,(around 70-100)..It is not fun going to one and then the other…like 2 different worlds!!
I was told by my Endo that 70-100 is what she calls Normal as a waking BS, then nothing above 180 after a meal..(Yeah,Right)…myself I see anything under 200 after a meal as me achieving my goal…and a waking BS of between 100-135 as Great..but that is just what works for me. I have found that all Endo's are different in what they consider correct for each person..and all diabetics are not created equal in this area especially..so, as stated above..it is all in what works for you, and is with-in healthy ranges.

2009-04-23 08:18:34 -0500 Report

I am 47, getting close to his magic age, if he told me to never go below 100 I would be looking for a new doctor. What does age have to do with it? That conference must have read the ACCORD study which was a total joke! It took non insulin, non controlled type 2's and without any diet or exercise counseling tried to reduce A1c's by extreme over medication and kept changing meds to achieve it. Is your doctor willing to get amputated toe for toe with his patients that he is killing?

Your endo at least has a clue, you should leave the diabetes to the expert.


DJ 2009-04-23 08:31:01 -0500 Report

Wow Neil, so sorry..I seem to have offended You somehow,..I was simply stateing what my Dr.(who by the way has been practicing medicine for longer than you have been on this earth..)told me and what seems to be working for me!!
In case you haven't noticed Age has a great deal to do with this condition and how people react to certain Meds and related heart,kidney,and liver problems..to say that age has no bearing on this condition or no effect..is simply put "Idiotic"!!
Seriously, the attack was un-called for..

2009-04-23 09:15:19 -0500 Report

You did not offend me, I was just stating my opinion. I was not attacking you. However I am not sure about your use of ""Idiotic"!!".
I do not care how long some one has been a doctor, if they are putting their patients lives at risk I am not going to keep quiet about it. Remember what they call the person who graduates last in their med school? Doctor. Is that who you want treating you? Why do you bother going to a specialist if your GP is trying to over rule and dispute her? As far as age, that should not be used as a criteria for how a person is treated, their general and individual health should be used regardless of age. If age was the deciding factor then the 81 year old who finished the Hawaii Iron Man competition should have been in a nursing home.

Again, I am sorry you felt attacked, that was not my intent.

DJ 2009-04-23 12:24:45 -0500 Report

Ok,Neil..I get it,you have your opinion..I have mine and what we are doing here isn't helping anyone!! I was attempting to give my experiance as pertains to the discussion..but I'm sure you are PERFECTLY right and I am the "Idiot" for trying to be helpful when you are obviously so much more knowlegeable on the subject then I am.
I will hence forth keep my thoughts to myself.

dyanne 2009-04-23 01:05:46 -0500 Report

I agree sometimes at 70 i feel ok and other times I'am in a sweat. So I sort of wait to see how I feel. I do test before I take a shot. I always thought its 2 hrs after a meal. I don't always test unless I think it maybe too high. I test quite often through the day. Good
luck Hugs dyanne

silver.lily 2009-04-23 00:23:12 -0500 Report

I also have been trying to figure this out.
- I hate when people post and don't actually help but int this case I am going to post so maybe other will send a reply. :)
- I have been told to always have sugars under 150 but others say under 120
- I have been told always keep above 80 but also heard above 60.
- some people say test at exactly 2 hours and others say 1 hour. I even heard to test right before a meal. …so are they eating every two hours and tetsing then or is that the way we are supposed to do it?
- I even called a Dr here in town to ask and I still haven't gotten a call back.
- I could definetly use some help here too. it would really help if there were some more consistant rules

CALpumper 2009-04-23 00:59:30 -0500 Report

The ADA and Medical standard for a low is 70 mg/dl, for a high it is 180 mg/dl.

The key is paying attention to what you "feel" as far as symptoms. There are "standard symptoms" to look for such as sweating, rapid heartbeat, disorientation.

Each person is different.
The best thing to do is consult with your Physician.

I am looking for more information…

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) (part of the National Institutes of Health):

hypoglycemia: low blood sugar —>

From the ADA:
hyperglycemia: high blood sugar —>

There seems to be some debate and lack of information on a high blood sugar:
The NIH says 170…

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