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Uh Oh.....Blood sugar way high....

Thursday, April 19, 2012

So, a few minutes ago I was talking with someone who works with me and I said something like "man, I was in a really bad mood before, I could have just spit nails" and she said that's what it sometimes feels like when her blood sugar is off because of her diabetes. She has Type 1 diabetes and has been dealing with it her whole life. So I mentioned that a few years ago mine tested high once but then the next time it was fine. She asked if I wanted her to test my blood sugar, that she does it all the time for people just so they can see. So I said sure!!

We went in her office and she tested me and the number showed 189!!!!! We both gasped. Oh my goodness. Now, I just ate lunch so maybe that had something to do with it, but wow, that number is really really high.

We're going to test me again in the morning after fasting over night to see what number I get. And I'm calling the doctor today for a physical appointment. And if nothing else can make me wake up to the fact that I have to drop this belly fat and get in shape, this sure can. Wow.

Addendum: Instead of waiting overnight we tested me at 3:30 before I left for work. My blood sugar was back in a normal range. So, not great it was so high, but since it was within two hours of lunch, we attribute the high level to that based on our research. I'm still going to get a physical but at least I feel better than I did about it after the first test. You should never try to diagnose yourself!!!
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    Heather, I just found out very recently through a blood test that I was pre-diabetic. This was after my fasting blood sugar levels had also been tested and were in the 80's. In addition to testing blood glucose and insulin levels (which were both normal) I had an Hemoglobin A1c test which measures how your sugar levels were over the past three months by looking at your hemoglobin. It is supposed to be be below 5.7, pre-diabetic is 5.8-6.4 and anything over that is diabetic. This test is more reliable because the daily fluctuations are not throwing off the results.
    I know that most people can turn this around by going low-carb, which I had already been when I was diagnosed. In my case I had to lower my carbs further from about 80-100 grams/day down to under 50 grams maxiumum. My next H A1c test will be at the end of November and hopefully I'll be back in the normal range.
    I was planning to buy a blood glucose meter and test at least a couple times weekly so this will be my reminder. They are not very expensive.
    A great resource on understanding insulin/metabolic syndrome is Peter Attia's blog at eatingacademy.com
    I have also joined the diabetes team on spark just to remind myself frequently what can happen if I don't keep an eye on this.
    Best wishes,
    P.S. Just realized this blog is from April, hope that your blood sugar issues have resolved. emoticon
    3199 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/22/2012 12:35:32 PM
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    Stress can have a lot to do with blood sugar also. It good to keep that in check though. Better to be sure. A lot of times a person doesnt have many symptoms of diabetes to alert them.
    3205 days ago
    As a type 1 diabetic, 189 is elevated, but nothing to go to the emergency room over! It is a really good idea to go to the doctor, but after eating everyone's blood sugar will be elevated. It could be a little more elevated due to what you have eaten. Different people's bodies react differently to various food. Never self-diagnose. Go to your doctor. I hope it all worked out for you!
    3257 days ago
    Wow Heather...That was scary. I hope since then you were able to get an accurate test and that it was OK.
    3345 days ago
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