• 4 months ago

    Do I have diabetes? Curious about numbers

    Today I was thinking about my health and was curious to see how my blood sugar levels are. So when I was at the store I brought a device with the test strips. I probably did over 20 different samples. I ate a lot of crackers and pretzels around 130-2pm. I started testing around 5 and finished around 530 just to get a string of numbers and to get the hang of it. I’ve never been diagnosed with diabetes or have symptoms but here are my values.

    137
    130
    203
    215
    100
    110
    90
    112
    129
    142
    118
    145
    118
    129
    145
    118
    46
    142

    Those are some of the values I started recording. I know the numbers vary a lot. I’ve been trying to get the right amount on the test strip. Sometimes I would flood it, some times I would almost fill the entire little box up, fill it, and not fill the strip all the way. Later on 3 hours after I ate my dinner I tested my sugar again. I got a reading of 97,112,120, and before I went to bed it got a reading of 116.

    The next morning I woke up and got a reading after not eating for 12 hours a score of 107. Which is above the recommended fasting range of 80-100. So I tested a few more times ten minutes later and scored 112,108,86,99,94, and 92. A few hours later I ate a frozen dinner for breakfast and had my coffee and two hours after eating I tested again and got another series of numbers. I got many numbers in the low 100s, some in the 110-120 range and two in the 130s. I guess that’s in normal range.

    I also was looking at my blood test results from my doctor from the past years. Here’s what they had.

    February 2016 fasting glucose 94 (they put it in as fasting but I know I wasn’t at the time)

    October 2016 random glucose 79
    January 2018 random glucose 86.

    They were all in normal range but the thing I’m worried about were the higher values I got at home when I first did it and the 107 when I first got up. Should I worry about being diabetic or am I putting too much thought into it. I’m so worried about my health and I can’t help it because I have OCD so I keep on obsessing. Sorry this is so long but I’m just worried about my health. Am I fine or do I have something to worry about?

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  • 4 months ago

    RE: Do I have diabetes? Curious about numbers

    Kudos! &, Good job in performing your investigation. Everyone, imo, should learn how to test blood sugar, blood pressure (and make it mandatory for successful high school graduation).

    Why? Because these two vitals are the LAST TO CHANGE (before you really begin that downward slide to adult pampers). Why is this important to know?

    1. Because, by being aware of the importance of these two vitals and how to measure them, we could slash the entire medical bill of the US be 75% because everyone would know when it's time to go see a doctor!!! In other words, disasters would be averted, countless lives would be saved.

    2. But, more importantly, it would drill into everybody's dense skulls that Type 2 Diabetes ain't something you "get"...like "herpes" or "ringworm". It would show everyone that diabetes is a "highway" that everybody frick'n walks! It's a spectrum disease!...and, by the time you start to see your blood pressure or your blood sugar start to "elevate", you're about a 10, 20, 30 years late in doing something about it.



    Bottomline: I'm not gonna tell you if you have diabetes. If you had the sense, the gumption and the ingenuity to go out and buy a glucometer and test strips, all on your own, then, you already knew! You suspected. Your body was telling you years, before. You were noticing "signs" that weren't "normal"...
    ...aches...
    peeing...
    anxiety...
    loose stools...
    bad smells...
    insomnia...
    lost teeth...
    patchy, itchy skin...
    getting sick, missing work multiple times, each year...

    You rationalized that "that" was normal. You chalked it up to "old" age. But, deep down, you knew something was off...

    And, now, you know. Now, you're realizing. It ain't "normal".

    But, don't freak. Because, if high blood pressure & obesity are "highway" diseases, maybe, just maybe, .....diabetes is, too. And, that would mean, everybody is riding the same sinkin' ship!

    PS: I reversed my Type 2 Diabetes, 12 years ago. I'm 62. The last time I had a cold, flu or a sore throat was 5+ years ago. So, stop telling yourself it's "normal". cuz it aint.