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A 36-year-old member asked:

is 6.5 fasting blood sugar bad?

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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A1c: The 6.5 is not a sugar level but reflects how well your blood sugar is being controlled. It is best known as a1c which reflects uptake of sugar on your red blood cells. 6.5 is an ok number but don't get higher.

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A 31-year-old male asked:

A fasting blood sugar of 130 mg/dl considered as diabetic? How to make it normal?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Lifestyle changes!: That level is consistent with diabetes. The diagnosis needs another fasting or an A1c level checked (another lab to check glucose over 3 months) to confirm it and help guide your treatment. The foundation for managing diabetes is diet and exercise. Especially watch portion control, and cut out empty calories such as sodas. Be active! get close followup as dm is serious and meds may be needed too.
Dr. David Wyatt
Dr. David Wyatt commented
Family Medicine 26 years experience
That is by definition Diabetes - IF confirmed with another fasting blood sugar. I would also advise the A1C test to see what your last few months average has been - and then checking this every 3 mos to follow progress - you DEFINITELY can get it down if you are overweight/obese and can lose weight - be more active, eat smaller/ lean protein containing meals, also avoid sodas- water is KING!!!
Jan 27, 2012
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
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Amen to water!!
Jan 27, 2012
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is normal fasting blood sugar?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Fasting sugar: Normal is < 100 mmol/dl.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How do I lower my fasting blood sugar level?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Wt loss & exercise: How much do you weigh? What is your fasting glucose? Losing weight, at least 10% of existing weight (unless you are underweight), and exercising vigorously at least 30 minutes a day, may reduce fasting blood sugar, or at a minimum keep it from going up. You must consult your doctor before you embark on wt loss and vigorous exercise.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for one to fake a high fasting blood sugar level?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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With fingersticks: If the hands and fingers aren't clean and dry, home blood sugar readings may be inaccurate. Sugar on the fingers could end up falsely elevating blood sugar. A concomitant venous sample in lab could demonstrate a discrepancy. Also, the meter may be inaccurate. Eating before a fasting blood sugar may raise the blood sugar in someone with diabetes because it would not be fasting anymore.
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A 23-year-old male asked:

Hi doctors my fasting blood sugar is 5.8mmol/l and after lunch is 6.3mmol/l is this good or bad ?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Impaired fasting: After lunch depends on how long following the meal. It should be 2-hrs. Your fasting blood sugar is mildly elevated suggesting pre-diabetes. Please see your doctor about completing the work up. This would include a hba1c, liver enzymes, kidney function, and lipids. Additionally your diet and exercise will need to change and an assessment of whether you could have sleep apnea is important.

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