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By natluvsnic Latest Reply 2014-08-22 23:05:48 -0500
Started 2014-08-19 13:14:17 -0500

My latest lab result was 64 or 6.4 one more point on either and I am definite diabetic. I don't know what to eat, how long after eating to check glucose, and last night it was 29? I thought it may have been because I had just showered because I had not eaten for 3hours and was getting ready for bed. Or I messed up somewhere so I double checked it and then it was 39. The first few days I've done it I got fine readings. But this may have also been because I ate cheerios all day. Yeah I know stupid. Just need help with this please.

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natluvsnic 2014-08-22 09:46:12 -0500 Report

Went to the Dr office yesterday to ask the nurse to check what my file said. I told them my situation and they sent an email to the Dr I should know, I hope, within 24-48 hours if I did it right. Oh and last night my glucose was 123.

natluvsnic 2014-08-19 22:13:09 -0500 Report

The Dr that saw me put me put me on the metformin to slow down the diabetes. I take 1a day at night. She told me to check my glucose twice a day 3 times a week so I'm doing it every other day. A few were between 80-100 and a few 100-129 only that one low one was a scary one. So I definitely need to change my diet and if I get another too low reading I'll definitely go to the Dr office again. Thank you both for the information.

Glucerna 2014-08-20 16:29:56 -0500 Report

I'm glad you're here asking questions and paying more attention to diabetes management. Ask your doctor for a referral to a diabetes education program so you can learn as much as possible about diabetes, and that will help you manage it more effectively. Take it one step at a time and you'll make progress. ~Lynn @Glucerna

natluvsnic 2014-08-21 00:57:47 -0500 Report

I still wish I knew more like do you check glucose before or after you eat at night? That's when my low count came those 2 times. Or is that something I need to ask my dr.? Because after I ate I had a better glucose count.

jayabee52 2014-08-21 01:16:23 -0500 Report

Howdy Nat

That is something you need to ask your Dr or Registered Dietician.

You test 2 hrs following your evening meal (postprandial). You also should test prior to going to bed for the night so to determine if you will need to eat a small evening snack of complex carbs and protein if the BG is below 130. Then you will not be as likely to go low in the night and have a liver dump.

Exactly how long after you ate did you have the lows?

natluvsnic 2014-08-22 19:08:01 -0500 Report

I don't remember what it was I ate those readings. But for last nights I had chicken patty, small fry and small drink from fast food for the 123 count.

Type1Lou 2014-08-19 16:08:31 -0500 Report

Usually, to see the effect that food has on your BG, you would test 2 hours after eating. Are you on any medications for diabetes? If not, 64 mg/dl is a lower than normal BG (Blood Glucose) and does not equate to a 6.4 Hba1c which is a average of your BG over 2 or 3 months To get a 2 hour post-prandial (after eating) comparison, you should also check to see what your BG was before you ate. A 6.4 HbA1c is at the top of my lab's range for "consistent with increased risk for diabetes". (I had a fasting blood sugar of 74 on 8/11 when my blood was drawn and my HbA1c from the same blood draw came back at 6.6. I have been a Type 1 diabetic for 38 years.) If you are considered "prediabetes", you may wish to begin counting your carbohydrates since carbohydrates are the primary factor in causing high blood sugars. I would advise you to determine what your current daily carbohydrate consumption is and to reduce that. Set a daily carbohydrate limit for yourself. An added benefit would be weight loss since a lower carb diet usually causes weight loss. The 29 or 39 mg/dl is dangerously low BG. What do you consider "fine readings"? Reading all of the food labels of products that you purchase for serving size and carbohydrate count per serving is eye-opening and you may find that helpful.

haoleboy 2014-08-19 14:51:33 -0500 Report

To be clear your last HbA1c test came back at 6.4? And the 29 and 39 are readings from your blood glucose meter in mg/dL?
I noticed that you posted almost a year ago that you doctor was concerned that your " numbers were too high". I am not a doctor but if I was in your position I'd make the leap of faith and accept that you're diabetic as it certainly couldn't hurt to change your diet and lifestyle.
As to those low BGL readings … if you tested correctly and your meter is accurate those are seriously dangerous numbers and you should see a doctor immediately. Also take a look here: http://bit.ly/HypoGlyc for some basic info on hypoglycemia.
Your doctor really needs to set you up with a registered dietitian / diabetes educator to help you figure out a 'diet' as well as a testing schedule and your blood glucose target numbers.
Many type 2's are controlling their diabetes with low carbohydrate diets, increased exercise, and an oral medication like Metformin.
This is not something you want to put off addressing as the longer your blood glucose levels are out of control the more likely you are to develop complications.


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