• 22 days ago

    Fasting Blood Sugar

    Just had my blood work done.My blood sugar fasting was 168 and my A1c was 6.5.My doctor said that was fine.For several years my fasting blood sugar has been 130 and above and my A1c is slowly getting higher.I test my fasting blood sugar several times a week it is 140 and above. One hour after breakfast it is usually 210 or higher.Should I be concerned about these numbers?

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  • 22 days ago

    RE: Fasting Blood Sugar

    Your question ("should I be concerned") is a very common one. In fact, it's one of the most frequently asked questions, here. But, this is the reason why all lifestyle diseases are so destructive and often leads to catastrophic events:

    You can't "feel" its "progression"!

    Here's what happened after I was successful in reversing my Type 2 Diabetes:
    1. 40 pound weight loss
    2. No cold or flu in over 5 years (and counting)
    3. No fatigue
    4. My eyes have improved in vision
    5. No high blood pressure, no high triglycerides
    6. No cavities, no tooth loss
    7. No dandruff, no body odor, no bad breath
    8. No knee or hip pain
    9. No more arguing, no sudden outbursts in temper
    10. No coughing, no chest congestion, no snoring at night, no hay fever
    11. No diabetes meds*

    If your numbers are what you say they are, I know, you suffer from some or all of the, above. The only reason I know I was a mess was because I kept detailed "diabetes logs & notes".

    ...and, the only reason you're not concerned, now?
    It's because you don't remember how you felt when you were "hot" and you don't keep "detailed" diabetes logs.

    Start writing, everyday. On a scale of 1 to 10, quantify severity of your "symptoms". Whether its tingling in the feet, U.T.I.s, joint pain, loose stools, PCOS, allergies, sweating...make observations and document. Your symptoms will tell you where you stand with your diabetes much faster than an A1C.

    * Your medication dose is the ultimate tell tale sign of where you stand with diabetes. It's either going up or down. If it's slowly going up, you're in trouble...No one need tell you if you should be concerned. The faster your meds are increasing, the more trouble you're in.
      • 21 days ago
        I am not on any medication for my blood sugar.I take medication for high cholesterol and high blood pressure.Can you please tell me the best way to get my morning fasting and after breakfast numbers down? I can't seem to get much help from my doctor.Thanks
      • 21 days ago
        annb54,
        I can't tell you, Ann. I don't have sufficient information about you to make any reasonable recommendations. Your doctor knows. But, your question is incredibly complex and his explanation would just confuse you , more, I'm afraid.

        It's like asking a watch maker, "How does a watch work?" He knows but, he'll likely say tell you, "For now, why don't we just to keep track of the time?"

        What I can share are the factors that had the greatest impact on me to lower my blood sugar numbers. I look at diabetes like having an injury. In any injury, you can't rush recovery. Plus, the weaker your body is, the slower the healing takes. What do I mean by "weaker"?
        1. Family history
        2. Age
        3. If female, any bouts of gestational diabetes
        4. Co-morbidities (especially, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, arthritis, IBS, Gout)
        5. Prescriptions
        6. Alcohol, smoking
        7. Social interaction (Are you alone? Do you have friends, attend church, etc?)

        Finally, Lifestyle...the most impactful factor of all!
        1. Rest and sleep
        2. Overweight (weight loss is crucial)?
        3. Stress management (Are you emotionally on tilt, regularly? Do you lack money? Are you abused?)
        4. Exercise, daily?
        5. Diet (What percentage of your diet is "real"food, ie. fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, whole grains, lean proteins?)

        The more real food you eat, the better. It's just that simple.

        It's taken me "years" to learn what buttons I need to push to calm Type 2 Diabetes. I also know, now, that each person is different. No two people share the exact same factors that determine their levels of resistance to insulin. Zero. Not even siblings!

        When you have a serious injury or are recovering from major surgery, you "rehab". You have to take very good care of your body, take things slow and easy, get plenty of rest, plus, make common sense decisions about exercise, diet, stress management, seeing friends and family.

        But, most of all, you need to be patient. It takes time to ingrain changes to a lifestyle. Everybody wants big changes, fast. The weaker your body is, in its current state, the more time it will take to see improvements in blood sugar numbers.

        How would you care for yourself if you were recovering from heart bypass surgery? I don't know you. I have no idea what "common sense lifestyle decision making" means to you. I know, there are a lot of people who think chips, cookies, soda and restaurant dining are perfectly OK and taking drugs and supplements are very "sensible". And, they believe that 10 or 20% extra weight is not a problem.

        For me, my biggest lesson learned about Type 2 Diabetes?
        It's about using "less" insulin, not more!
        So, what affects hormone (like insulin) levels in the human body?

        Food. Plus, every bloody thing else!

        Blood sugar levels are simply elevated or lowered in response to rapid changes in circulating insulin levels in your body. Diabetics who fixate on "manipulating" blood sugar levels, in the end, realize...focusing on blood sugar has little to do with helping "heal" an "injury".
      • 20 days ago
        If I am understanding your reply I should eat healthier and shed some weight.Can you please tell me the best eating plan to control my blood sugar? Weight Watchers? Low Carb? or maybe something else?
      • 20 days ago
        I'm 61 yo. I do not look it. Most people think I'm in my 40's, still...

        This process of "reconstructing" my body, restoring my health to peak "efficiency" has taken over a decade. This is in keeping with my original premiss: That diabetes is about uncontrolled internal inflammation due to poor lifestyle decisions, inefficiencies brought about by advancing hormonal changes and normal aging.

        In other words, as we get old, your body begins to suck...at everything!
        Especially, repairing damaged tissues though daily wear and tear. And, as that unrepaired damage accumulates, chronic, unrelenting inflammation begins to set in...the stage is now set for "auto-immune" conditions...diseases caused by your body's immune system attacking, itself, ie. the "good guys". (IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, chrohn's and colitis, diabetes, etc..)

        If I were to ask you, Hey, Ann, how would you go about the process of "rebuilding" your entire body? What would you do? What would you eat?
        How important does rest and recovery become? This is exactly what two aging athletes have adopted with incredible results: Tom Brady and Roger ("The Maestro") Federer...Their performance is not reflective of "normal" aging
        athletes.

        Why do you suppose that is?
        Do you think their consumed with "glucometers" and "food plans"?

        Be patient. Use common sense. You don't play in either the NFL or the ATP, so, time is on your side. Just shoot for "HOT". and, your body will automatically restore normal blood sugar regulation. Don't want to look or feel, "Hot"?...

        Then keep taking drugs and measuring "blood glucose".
      • 18 days ago
        Thanks for your replies.It is just confusing.Do you have any books or websites that might help me get started with getting healthy and controlling my blood sugar?
      • 10 days ago
        May I make some suggestions? I have been pre-diabetic for many years. Last July after vacation my A1c was over 7%. My doctor was going to put me on meds but I convinced her to let me try diet and exercise. Since then I have lost 20lbs and my blood work is coming back so normal that she took me off my cholesterol medicine. I still take blood pressure meds. My A1c is about the same as yours but my daily fasting has dropped. It ranges any where from 88 to 115. Your doctor may not be concerned because of the A1c but daily highs of over 140 is not good. Type 2 diabetics get into health risks when their sugar is continuously high. So, 30 minutes of brisk walking every day 5 to 6 days a week will help not only your sugar but your blood pressure and cholesterol. You can do that outside or there are numerous walk videos to do at home. Check out websites like WebMD, the Mayo Clinic and of course The American Diabetes Association. You must be proactive when it comes to your health. Some other suggestions I can make is measuring your food for portion control and writing the info in a notebook. People just do not realize how much that helps keep you on track. I count carbohydrates because that works for me. I use measuring cups and spoons to keep my portions correct. Get rid of the cookies, cakes, pies and white bread. Those types of foods will raise your sugar almost immediately. Have them only on special occasions. Another suggestion is to test your sugar 2 hours after you take your first bite of food. 1 hour is too soon. I also read a book that I purchased at Walmart which is really helpful. It is called "60 ways to lower your Blood Sugar" by Dennis Pollock. I did not purchase it right away because it sounded like one of those "get rich quick ideas" but I was totally wrong about it. It will give you ideas on how to cut your carbs, how to eat out and recipes for making snacks and food at home. You don't have to cut out your favorite foods just have less. At first you will get hungry between meals but eventually your body does adjust. If you have a snack try to make it healthy. Apple with string cheese, or a handful of nuts, etc. I do hope I was able to help out a little. Good Luck.
      • 9 days ago
        judy327,

        Thank you for your voice! Finally, another voice that has my back. Plus, you're so much kinder and gentler than me. Yippee kay-yay!

        If overweight, weight loss is crucial in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes.

        Everybody knows that...

        Weight loss is 80% food. &, of that 80%, 50% is sugar. And where does the sugar come from? Processed food. Sugar and salt inundates processed food. This is why losing weight is next to impossible in this country. Because, (1.) Salty and sweet is so addictive, and (2.) If you remove process foods from the diet, you have to either...
        A. Eat raw, whole foods
        B. Cook the majority of your meals
        C. Stop eating at restaurants (at least the most affordable ones)

        Ask a 20 or 30 something, "What are the chances of you quitting all "processed food"? Zippo. No chance.

        This generation and the one after that has no chance, imo. They will have Type 2 Diabetes up the ying yang. And, it's all because my generation, the Baby Boomers, decided it was OK to ignore their momma's golden rule...
        "Eat your fruits and vegetables (or you can't leave the table)".

        PS: Exercise is critical for good health but it has little to do with weight loss, imo.
        Exercise makes your thirsty and water is crucial for weight loss and Type 2 Diabetes!
        Exercise helps us sleep and sleep is crucial for weight loss and Type 2 Diabetes. Exercise helps us stay young by building muscles and balancing hormone levels...and, that my friends, is a huge key to maintaining our health.

        So, do I think "exercise" is critical for treating diabetes? Nahhhhhhhhhhhhh...not at all!
      • 9 days ago
        Exercise perhaps is not critical for diabetes but in general it helps a persons all around health. I have seen many skinny diabetics. I do agree that food is probably the most crucial when trying to control diabetes. I never worry about the calories I just concentrate on the carbs and portions. The calories drop on their own.
      • 9 days ago
        I focus on fiber, judy. There is so little known about the exact role of fiber in the diet. I just believe it is essential for proper gut maintenance and inflammatory control. Also, foods high in fiber are packed with water. I eat lots of fruit because I can eat it raw and it's incredibly fibrous. As I've expanded my knowledge on T2 Diabetes, I believe, much of what's discussed on boards like this is simply the result of information "manipulation". For example, you don't eat fruit because it has too much sugar.

        The primary differences between fruit and processed "carbs".
        Water...Fiber...Sugar Concentration

        Finally, I will share an excerpt about Dr. Elliot P. Joslin, the father of Modern Diabetes Medicine (1869-1962)...

        "...Three horses draw the diabetic chariot and their names are "diet, exercise and insulin". In fact, all of us in our life’s journey depend on the three, but seldom recognize the third although we often realize we are poor charioteers. Yet we fortunate ones have instinct to help us hold the reins, but the diabetic cannot trust his instincts as a guide, and in place of it must depend upon dieticians, nurses and doctors unless he understands his disease..."



        "...UNLESS HE UNDERSTANDS HIS DISEASE." Bingo!

        Life is so much different in 1869, 1962 and today. The only reason why people think I'm "mean" or "hateful"? It's because they think they know their disease. But, haven't spent the time to study themselves.

        If you want to catch a mafia boss, all you have to do is follow the money.
        If you want to take true control of your Type 2 Diabetes, all you have to do is follow your "symptoms". High blood sugar is a "symptom", so, OK...sure...follow it to learn which way your diabetes is "headed".

        But, people have been measuring "blood glucose levels" for over a hundred years, now.

        And, it's believed that 1 in 3 adults, today, are either prediabetic or diabetic.

        So, tell me. What has "manipulating" your blood glucose levels gotten "you"? Are the vast majority getting better? Or, worse?

        Finally, Judy, common sense told you that weight loss restores normal blood sugar regulation, time and time, again. Joslin saw this through his studies on intermittent fasting. Today, we see this through gastric bypass surgery. wth, do you think is happening and why does it work in T2 D?

        I'll tell you why! Joslin's third gd horse is why! INSULIN!
      • 9 days ago
        PS, judy. I also agree about eating less. I've never measured food quantities because much of my diet is raw. Wash it, eat it.

        No one in the history of human history has gotten fat or type 2 diabetes eating raw foods...wash it, eat it.

        When you experiment with eating less food and allow your body to tell you what's filling and satiating, you will discover something quite astonishing:
        Your whole life; you were consuming just insane amounts of food!

        Everybody talks about "blood sugar levels" but always fails to disclose just how much food they were eating. Like it has nothing to do with their condition! Eat less and you won't be, here, asking questions anymore. Period.
      • 9 days ago
        Personally I don't think your comments are mean or hateful, just honest and frank. People need a wake-up call. I did. For years doctors told me to "watch your sugar". They never did explain what exactly that meant. One less piece of cake, one less candy bar? It wasn't until my current doctor had me testing every day that I suddenly woke up. For the first 2 weeks I cut out sugar and tested but nothing changed. That's when I started on this continuous journey of finding out everything I could about the disease and what I could do to change my habits. I hear you when you say diabetics focus on "manipulating" blood sugar levels. I have read stories of people who will take extra insulin in order to pig out at a party. So maybe the numbers are great but all that extra insulin floating around in the bloodstream is not healthy. I think for Type 2 diabetics the ideal would be to do everything you can to avoid the meds or get off the meds if possible. It definitely requires a lifestyle change that most people are not ready to make.
  • 17 days ago

    RE: Fasting Blood Sugar

    Trending higher blood sugar readings would indicate you are becoming more insulin resistant. I would suggest cutting back on the foods you notices are giving you these spikes. Good luck!
  • 10 days ago

    RE: Fasting Blood Sugar

    The American Diabetic Association is a good website to help you plan meals and understand diabetes in general. Sometimes morning spikes before meals is a reflection of not having a carb and protein snack before bedtime. I do not feel I am an expert, but do refer you to the ADA website for much info. Good luck.