I was just diagnosed and my glucose is 160; is that very high? I am so overwelmed about all this.
You ask if a blood glucose of 160 is high -- the answer is that it depends. A blood glucose before a meal of 160 would be considered high (the pre-meal goal for most people with diabetes is less than 130), but after a meal, 160 would not be considered high (the goal 2 hours after a meal is less than 180). It’s important not to worry about one high reading. Instead we want people to look for patterns of highs. Check your blood glucose the same time of day for several days in a row. Ask yourself, am I high every time I check at that time? Once you have looked at one time of day, then explore another time of day, such as two hours after supper. Write down the numbers in your log book: is there a pattern of highs or are you all you up and down? Can you determine why this might be? Don’t be afraid of the numbers, as they provide a lot of useful information. Try not to feel overwhelmed, though that can be hard when you are first diagnosed. The best way to overcome this feeling is to learn more about the disease and ways to control it. Call your local hospital and ask the education department if there are any diabetes education classes in your area. Or ask your primary care provider about programs near you. The more you know about the disease, the more empowered you will feel.