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Normal Non Fasting Blood Sugar Levels
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
Is 5.8 a high fasting blood sugar level? And how come after I eat, an hour later it's 4.0 and I feel a little off/ shakey? Is this normal?
Slightly high: Hi. Yes, your fasting blood sugar is slightly high, but for diagnostics, you can't use finger stick glucose, you use serum glucose (drawn from a vein in your arm). Are you overweight/obese? If fasting serum glucose is 5.8 (or reproducibly above 5.5), you have prediabetes. You may be briskly secreting insulin in response to food intake, giving you your symptoms. Eat healthily and exercise regularly ...Read more
Fasting blood sugar level is 6.3. The 3 month average test is normal. Does this mean I am pre diabetic?
Fasting blood sugar level is 6.3. The 3 month average test is normal. Does this mean I am pre diabetic? And if so is pre diabetic reversable?
No: If interested have GTT done, get C- Peptide checked. ...Read more
What to do if i'm feeling very thirsty and I have checked my fasting blood sugar level which is 98 mg/dl , is it normal?
What to do if i'm feeling very thirsty and I have checked my fasting blood sugar level which is 98 mg/dl , is it normal ?
Sugar and thrist: You glucose level of 98 mg/dl is normal. Diabetes who have high glucose readings, which causes an osmotic diuresis, that makes them urinate a large amount of urine. That is what makes them thirsty. If you are not urinating excessively, you should not have an elevated glucose. Perhaps you need a greater intake of fluids. ...Read more
Lifestyle, oral meds: Lifestyle measures including aerobic exercises 2-3 hours/week, weight loss 5-7% of current body weight, and controlling carbs intake in diet (amount depends on your body) can have significant impact to lower blood sugar levels. If these meaures are inadequate, there are many types of pills that can help: metformin, tzds, secretagogues, dpp-4 inhibitors, bile acid resins, bromocripine, and others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
High fasting blood sugars is bad and usually associated with high hba1c levels.
But very low levels may be harmful (say less than 6). ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Fasting: Depends on what's being measured but nothing after midnight for 8 am lab draw is adequate. Make sure you drink plenty of water. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Nope! It's normal!: Nope! That's totally normal!Get a more detailed answer ›
Good beta cells?: If i understand the question, your fasting glucose is the same as the glucose 2 hr after eating, or after a glucose load? And both glucose levels are normal? During a glucose tolerance test, or a meal tolerance test, it is common for the glucose to stay fairly flat, i.e. Not go up much. It means your Insulin response is very robust. That is good. ...Read more
My fasting blood sugar level is 115 to 120 and my age is 49 years. How to control without medicines.
Lifestyle: Weight loss and exercise. 10 lbs of weight loss is more powerful than any medication. ...Read more