blood sugar normal range

By tazzie110381 Latest Reply 2011-01-16 11:37:12 -0600
Started 2011-01-14 00:06:52 -0600

I'm still trying to understand all this stuff about being a diabetic and I got a blood sugar monitor like someone told me I should do. When I first started checking my blood sugar daily its been between 81-86 and no higher but yesterday morning I was shaking so bad that I checked it and it was 116 at 1am and then when I woke up at 5:30am I was still a little shaky so I tested again and it was 96. Then just a few minutes ago I checked it again because I'm still feeling shaky and its 112 so my question is what is the normal level for the blood sugar and what can I do when it gets higher then it should be? I know when it's low you need to intake sugar to bring it up but not sure what to do if its too high. Can someone please help me.

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Diabetic_angel88 2011-01-16 11:37:12 -0600 Report

i've been a diabetic for 22 years this year and i've been having troubles with keeping in the normal range for me but i found that if i take my insulin the way i'm supposed to it helps and works like a charm look me up if your still on i would like to chat with someone

Kirla 2011-01-14 20:39:42 -0600 Report

Your blood sugar should be between 70-90 before eating and when you wake up in the morning. After you eat it will go up. Most people will have a peak blood sugar reading around 1 hour after eating. 2-3 hours after eating it should be back close to where it was before you ate.

I read somewhere that blood sugar readings above 140 is where it starts to do harm to your body. Over 200 is not good. Under 200 is better. Staying below 140 is pretty good. I try and keep my peak blood sugar readings after eating under 140. Most of the time it’s between 110 and 130 1 hour after eating.

I like to test my blood sugar before and 1 hour after eating. I try and keep the difference to less than 50 points difference. If it spikes more than that I will look at what I ate and try to figure out why it went up so much. I have found that the following foods will spike my blood sugar more than what I like so I quit eating them. Some people can cut back on high carb starchy foods and get good results. That’s why testing the foods you eat should give you a good idea of what the foods did to your blood sugar.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, milk, fruits, fruit juices and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

I believe low carb vegetables like salad, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut helped in bringing my blood sugar down from 300 plus to normal numbers in about 6-8 weeks. Drinking 8 glasses of water per day also helped me control my blood sugar.

Good luck

gorrilla 2011-01-15 16:08:36 -0600 Report

As for harm to your body, do you know exactly how high blood sugar harms your body? A good friend of mine had it explained to him in this way by his endo.
Your body constanly creats red blood cells, in the bone marrow. These red blood cells carry oxygen to all the body, via the circulatory system. Whem the red cells are fresh made, they are very flexible, squishy if you will, in order to get into all the tiny cappillaries of the blood stream. When the blood sugar gets too high, the sugar attaches to the red cells outer surface, forming a "crust". This crust is hard and in-flexable. So the red cells cannot get into all the tiny cappillaries as they should. Thus, the areas dependent on the oxygen that should be delivered from the crusted cells, get insufficient oxygen. Do this long enough, and tissue damage occurs. Leave the tissue damage alone long enough, and let it accumulate enough, and it becomes permanent. Thus the organs that require this cappilary blood flow are most susceptable to the damage. Eyes, kidneys, toes, different people, different order of damage. But damage just the same. There are , of course, other symptoms, but in a layman's nutshell, this is diabetes in action, and how it damages us.
Fortunately, if treated and maintained properly, and if the damage isn't too long ignored, the red blood cells are replaced into an enviroment that is more conducive to their function, and the healing process can take place. I myself was starting to see vision loss from my diabetes, and only accidentally stumbled on to the disease when in the ER for a kidney stone. Proper diagnosis and treatment, and my vision cleared. After a couple of years, my blood sugar numbers were creeping up, and I started noticing some neurlogical problems in my feet. Got the numbers under control, and that's clearing up. The body heals, if we give it a chance and don't wait too long.

jayabee52 2011-01-14 01:53:07 -0600 Report

Howdy Tazzzie

The BG#s you report are all in the "normal" range, It rather depends on what your Dr told you your normal range shoule be. Some folks have an 80 to 120 range. Others may be told 70 to 130.

You say you've readings no higher than 112 or lower than 81. While I don't doubt your statement, perhaps you were higher and didn't know it. One often doesn't have any indication that your BG is high until it is extremely high.

My bride, when she was alive, would often have highs and not know it. She felt fine. But after having highs, we got her BG#s down toward "normal" and maybe even a bit high, she would have symptoms of going low, but wouldn't actually be low. I called it a "false low" and her endo didn't correct me (even though Jem disagreed). The endo's recommendation in her case, don't treat for lows. Keep monitoring her BG#s every half hour or so and only treat for lows when she actually was low. (in her case, below 80)

So it is very possible that your BG was high and you didn't know it, and then when you came down toward "normal" you had the symptoms of a low, while not being actually loe.

I pray you can get a hndle on this problem.

Blessings to you and yours.


tazzie110381 2011-01-14 19:48:17 -0600 Report

Thank you for writing. I'm still trying to understand all this blood sugar stuff. Hopefully i can under stand all this in time i guess

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