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Doctor insights on: Prediabetes And Fingerstick Blood Sugar Levels

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Am I prediabetic if my fingerstick blood sugar is 167?

Am I prediabetic if my fingerstick blood sugar is 167?

Depends: It depends on whether the 167 is fasting or not. If it's not, 167 is normal. If it's fasting, anything over 126 is in the diabetes range. Please keep in mind we don't use fingerstick blood sugar to diagnose diabetes or prediabetes. To do that, you will need a blood draw as it is more accurate. ...Read more

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Blood Sugar (Definition)

The blood sugar concentration or blood glucose level is the amount of glucose (sugar) present in the blood of a human or animal. The body naturally tightly regulates blood glucose levels as a part of metabolic homeostasis. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body's cells, and blood lipids (in the form of fats and oils) are primarily ...Read more


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What should my blood glucose/ blood sugar be at?

What should my blood glucose/ blood sugar be at?

70-99mg/dl fasting: Normal blood sugars are between 70-100mg/dl when you are in a fasting state (at least 8hrs). Diabetes is present when the number hits 126mg/dl in the fasting state. When the sugars fall in between these ranges (100-125), this would be considered impaired fasting glucose or pre-diabetes (borderline diabetes). ...Read more

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Will 4 grams of sugar affect fasting blood glucose?

Do you have diabetes: If you have diabetes the more sugar you take the higher your blood sugar is likely to be.

If you don't have diabetes it is likely that 4 grams of sugar won't affect your diabetes.

Why are you taking 4 grams of sugar?
Are you really weighing it? ...Read more

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Should I test my blood sugar if I have prediabetes????

Should I test my blood sugar if I have prediabetes????

Annually: Patients with impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose don't usually need to check their blood sugar regularly. The mainstay of therapy is dietary and lifestyle modification. If you smoke, please try to cut down. You should have your fasting serum glucose and lipid profile assessed annually. ...Read more

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Can snacking be good for your blood sugar/prediabetes?

Can snacking be good for your blood sugar/prediabetes?

Depends on the snack: A healthy snack with protein and complex carbs is fine....Junk food and cookies/cakes/candy is not! ...Read more

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I just had my blood sugar checked- which level is prediabetes.?

I just had my blood sugar checked- which level is prediabetes.?

100-125 Fasting: Fasting blood sugar (FBS) 99 or lower is considerred normal. Fbs 100-125 is considered pre-diabetic. Fbs 126 or higher on two occasions indicates that diabetes is present. ...Read more

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At fasting blood glucose is 4.75 taken sugar after 2 hours then glucose is 4.74?

At fasting blood glucose is 4.75 taken sugar after 2 hours then glucose is 4.74?

Normal: Both levels are normal. Blood sugar levels can remain very stable no matter what you eat when you have a normal pancreas. ...Read more

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I smoke rarely, every few days I would have one. Would I be able to keep a good blood glucose/sugar level if I just have just one cigarette?

Your blood: Sugar depends upon thousands of things, most of which you cannot control. You can, however, control diet, exercise, risk factors, medication, monitoring, glucose control etc. Smoking is one of those thing you an also control. It's not up to me to tell you how much you can get away with before you have trouble, because it's impossible to state with certainty. Your choice. I can't give permission. ...Read more

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Is 124 blood glucose level considered prediabetes?

I would guess: That it definitely yes. Wise up before it is too late and get rid of all that sugar and sweeteners. ...Read more

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I have been told I have high blood sugar levels, but no need to change my diet? Am I prediabetic?

I have been told I have high blood sugar levels, but no need to change my diet? Am I prediabetic?

Yes: If you have high blood sugars, you are likely diabetic or prediabetic. It depends on how high your sugars are. In either event you need to be avoiding concentrated sweets (cakes, cookies, ice cream, candy, fruit juice, soda, etc.) at a minimum. If you are overweight, your sugars would likely improve with weight loss. This is best done by decreasing starches (bread, potatoes, rice, pasta) in the diet ...Read more

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My fasting blood sugar is 94, my fasting insulin is 9.25, my homa-ir is 1.2, I am scared, am I prediabetes?

Don't be scared: Your glucose is normal, the Insulin and homa measurements are meaningless. Don't be scared. There is a natural progression from normal to prediabetes to diabetes as you age and get more overweight, particularly if you have a positive family history. Start weight loss diet and exercise now to retard or prevent that progression. Being scared doesn't help prevent disease. ...Read more

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Blood glucose 95 fasting in March. However I drink 20oz bottles of regular soda 1x or 2x a day. How long before prediabetes on avg sets in?

Blood glucose 95 fasting in March. However I drink 20oz bottles of regular soda 1x or 2x a day. How long before prediabetes on avg sets in?

Prediabetes: Soda itself will not create a prediabetic or diabetic state. Insulin lack characterizes type 1 diabetes. Relative insulin resistance (and even high insulin output after a carb load) characterizes type 2 DM, and prediabetes. Excess body wt and slow metabolism are usual with prediabetes and most type 2 DM. Be trim, be active, eat complex carb, lean protein, modest fat. Have a soda alternative. ...Read more

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Is it true that 5 grams of table sugar will not raise your blood glucose level? (Assuming nothing else consumed with it--just the 5 g of sugar)

Is it true that 5 grams of table sugar will not raise your blood glucose level? (Assuming nothing else consumed with it--just the 5 g of sugar)

Sugar: 42 M: Is it true that 5 grams of table sugar will not raise your blood glucose level? (Assuming nothing else consumed with it--just the 5 g of sugar) ANS: This will depend on how large you are but not likely to increase BS. Easy to test in you. Let us know. ...Read more

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Prediabetes (Definition)

A condition where you are at high risk for developing diabetes. It is caused by an impaired ...Read more