What is the correct sugar blood level?

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2010-06-05 18:42:15 -0500
Started 2010-06-05 01:45:37 -0500

My mom was originally diagnosed with Type2 diabetes. Since then, she's moved from taking pills to taking insulin. Over the years, she's gotten older and hard to manage her sugar intake. She's very old school, so it's hard to implement new ideas. My question is what is the norm for sugar blood levels? If you wake up in the morning and your tested to be 58, do you take insulin still?

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Emma2412 2010-06-05 18:42:15 -0500 Report

Hi, Anonymous
I'm sorry your Mom counts herself smong us Type 2 diabetics. I also hope that you are taking good care not to become one of us yourself.
I don't know about your Mom, of course, but when I get to around 72, I begin to feel like I'm going to pass out. So, I would say that 58 as a fasting reading is very low.
I would get with her doctor, though, and find out what's good for her specifically. What's good for me or the next person might not be good for her, especially since she's on insulin.
Also, I would highly recommend that if you are your Mom's sole caregiver that you have a long discussion with her doctor as to what you should do in all kinds of situations.
Also, stop back here and let us know how she's doing.

kdroberts 2010-06-05 12:37:21 -0500 Report

It depends. 53 is too low for a fasting reading but depending on her treatment she may still need to take insulin. If she takes a long acting and a mealtime insulin then she would still need to take it with breakfast but probably dial the dose back a little. If she takes just a long acting then she would still need to take it but maybe less and/or later and/or after eating a small carb snack or a little more carb than normal. It's something that needs to be talked about with a doctor, especially if it is happening on a regular basis.

monkeymama 2010-06-05 11:18:24 -0500 Report

A normal fasting blood sugar should be 100 or less. Your moms fasting BG is too low. I would consult the dr about this. I am a insulin user but in a pump. I would have been told to disconnect for a certain amount of time. Yet, because each individual case is going to be different. It is always best to consult the treating doctor about this issue. They may have a different way of handling it. Bets of wishes to you and your mom.

Diane987 2010-06-05 09:28:06 -0500 Report

My mom is 77 yrs old and also has diabetes Type2. She was on pills and insulin to control her BS. Recently, we have all been trying to lose weight, (bikini season you know) and her fasting BS has been in the 50s just like your mom. However if she starts adjusting the timing of her meds or the dosage on her own she has been in the 200s on that same day she started out at 50 something. Older people tend to fluctuate easily from low to high so you have to be really careful and systematic about making changes to insulin dosage.

My general philosophy on correct blood sugar level is what is considered normal for a non-diabetic. The closer any diabetic can stay in that range the better off they will be. The range I like to keep myself and see all of my diabetic family members in is 70-130. The closer you stay to that range the less likely you are to suffer from the complications of this disease.

First thing you should be contacting her doctor and asking for advice. Make sure you have good data to give the doctor when you call them. When I say good data I mean fasting BS, 2 hours after breakfast BS if mom has not taken the insulin because fasting was too low. Keep track of everything and the circumstances behind every meter reading. Her doctor may want her to lower the dosage or have her take it before lunch, or switch her to some other meds. the key is to work with your doctor and provide them with information that can help them make the best decision for your mom's health.

Good luck and Bod Bless,


alanbossman 2010-06-05 08:03:23 -0500 Report

If your moms BS is that low she should not take insulin. Insulin lows BS munbers. I am a little lost is your a T2 or T1

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