By Chris92 Latest Reply 2011-03-27 18:07:26 -0500
Started 2011-03-02 16:24:19 -0600

Hi, this is my first post on here so don't know if it will get any replys. I'm a newly diagnosed type 1 and have a fairly consistent control of my glucose levels however I seem to hear more and more about the different complications diabetes can bring. Especially from biology lessons at college.
So I was wondering if anyone could help me with this, how high is high for complications to occur? And is there a 'normal' length of time for sugars to be high enough to cause them? I do appreciate that it can be individual however when my levels get to about 9-10 I get worried about what could happen so would like some help on this please.
Any help is much appreciated.

13 replies

realsis77 2011-03-04 12:13:47 -0600 Report

Hi I was told 150 and above is the point where damage can occur. As a matter of fact I must inject my second insulin of the day beginning at 150. They say this is the point where damage can occur. So watch your numbers carefully and try to stay under. For me I needed insulin to control my numbers. Since I've been put on my insulin ( a 24 hour insulin in the morning and a second insulin with meals) I've really been able to keep my levels right where they should be! I feel so much better too! Insulin has been a God send for me and proved to be an excellant tool in keeping my numbers normal!

Tigereyze209 2011-03-03 10:09:46 -0600 Report

One of the biggest contributing factors to aggravating your condition is stress. It can take many forms, including, ironically, worrying about your condition. The simple truth is this.. there is no cure for diabetes. You will have it for the rest of your life, unless they find an outright cure, and nothing you can do will change that.
Okay, the good news: It is a very forgiving condition. (Diabetes is not a disease.. you can't "catch it" or cure it) You will have good days and bad days. Everything is done in moderation as you learn new habits and treatments to avoid your highs and lows. Best methods of treatment, diet, exercise, medication.
Your condition has been around a while, so they know lots about it.
I don't know if you are overweight, but most folks who have it, are. Don't go overboard, but weight loss is about the easiest and fastest way to bring positive change to your health.
Diet is important… contrary to myth, you do not need to avoid sugar.. in fact, it is crucial that you have a reasonable amount in your diet. You just need to really read your labels to avoid hidden sources. Truthfully, you need to watch your carbs more than your sugar intake. My diet calls for three meals with between 40-45 carbs per meal, and no more than 20 carbs in three small snacks in-between meals. You watch the carbs and your sugars will balance out.
Exercise, and I personally recommend moderate walking every day. How far you walk is not as important as how long. My goal is 40-45 minutes at a time, 4-5 times per week, minimum. Not that it matters, but for me, that works out to walking about 2 miles, give or take.
Your doctor should be testing you every 3-6 months. As long as your numbers stay at or around normal, or at least are headed to the normal levels, you will do fine.
Lastly, it is important that you take your meds at the proper doses on a regular schedule.
Thats it.. relax, pay attention, and you will be around and maintained for a long an healthy life.
I hope this helps you.

dietcherry 2011-03-27 18:05:19 -0500 Report

Tigereyze, what you said was very helpful to me, and Ive had D for 31 years! haha What a great, supportive, and gentle way you have with words!!! :)

Chris92 2011-03-03 03:22:29 -0600 Report

Thanks a lot guys!
Yes I am out of the US I'm from England. And I am 18. Got diabetes a few months before my birthday.
I was meaning that some of my daily readings reach 10 mmols. But my last a1c was at 7.2.
Thanks again for your replys this is a really good site!

kdroberts 2011-03-04 13:21:49 -0600 Report

Just for info, the US uses mg/dl for blood sugar, it's 18 times the mmol level so your 9-10 is 162-180 in US terms. The American Diabetes Association recommends blood sugar 2 hours after eating of 180, some people think that's too high, but you should take some comfort in the fact that you are meeting their goals.

For a newly diagnosed type 1 of your age, your numbers are about as good as you could expect right now, I'm assuming that those are general numbers and not just fasting numbers though. However, you should prepare yourself for a year or so of change where your blood sugar numbers will swing, you will go very high, you will go low, your A1c will change and you will be on an emotional rollercoaster.

The "advantage" of type 1 compared to type 2 in the area of complications is the rapid onset which means that while a type 2 could be living with high blood sugar for years, a type 1 is usually only living with it for days or weeks so it's unlikely that you have any damage right now. There is no answer about how long it will take, you just have to do what you need to do and keep your blood sugar in the range 3.9-7.8, this is an ideal goal and stepping outside it will happen a lot so don't beat yourself up about it, try not to go under though since bad things can happen immediately if you do. Also remember that diabetes health is about overall health, don't get so absorbed in blood sugars that you forget things like cardio, kidney, eye and teeth health. All are important.

Where in England are you?

MAYS 2011-03-03 00:46:42 -0600 Report

Welcome to the family!
That is a very interesting question, I know that above 180-200 glucose begins to be excreted by the kidneys in your urine, but damage wise it may depend on the individual.

Occaisional highs don't do as much damage as prolonged highs over an extended period of time, I am not sure what the glucose number for damage would be I would say 150 and above for an extended period of time should begin the damaging process within your body.

kdroberts 2011-03-02 17:56:20 -0600 Report

Are you outside the US? 9-10 A1c is bad but blood sugar in mmol/l is not super awesome but not massively bad and is actually pretty great for a newly diagnosed type 1. how old are you?

LabRat90 2011-03-02 17:37:34 -0600 Report

How high are your consistent blood sugar levels? An A1c of 9-10 is pretty high. Strive to get it down at least to 8 if not lower. Daily levels under 200 are pretty decent. Anything over 200 has the possibility of doing damage. Keep you levels over 200 for an extended time guarantees damage. "Damage" is an individual thing. My Dad had it centered on heart problems; also my Mom and one of my sisters. Another of my sisters has kidney problems. Another has PCOS problems. I don't have heart problems although they insist on checking that every 6 months because of family history. My problems are more nerve problems, such as spinal stenosis and pinched nerve in hip (not sure if diabetes complication or not as my A1c is 6.2) Anyway, the best medicine is prevention. you know it can happen so keep working on those numbers and keep on top of it.

Harlen 2011-03-02 16:43:10 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
from what I can gather anything over 145 is starting to do damage to your boddy
low's any thing under 65 can make your mined not work right.
Hope this ansers your question
best wishes

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