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What is a normal fasting glucose level? i am 50 years old with a strong family history of type ii diabeties, virtually everyone in my father's family on his father's side including my siblings. my last blood glocose reading was 110. at what point should i

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Dr. Joseph Jeu
Family Medicine 46 years experience
A : A normal bs is less than 110. I do believe you have a real right to be concerned about your risk of developing diabetes. Your family has an extensive history of diabetes and you are 20 pounds overweight which increases the chances of you developing diabetes mellitus. Please start eating a proper diet , avoiding lots of sweets and carbohydrates. Get regular exercise, even walking daily helps. Lose some weight. Keep vigilant, check your fasting bs periodically. You can make a difference, but you need to start now. Postpone it, and indeed diabetes may be in your future. Best wishes.
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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Normal vs. Healthy?: Normal: defined by med. Industry as av. +/- 2sd (central 96% of any issue). Go for excellence instead! healthy fasting ~70-80s, definitely ≤90 mg/dl. However: only a momentary value & least likely to reveal glucose control problems (because fasting). Better: hba1c ≤5.0% (av. Glucose 100 mg/dl); above this c/w ↑ed cvds event rates in next 5 yrs in human trials. Best: NMR particle test lp-ir score.
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Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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