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My husband has type 2 diabetes. Yesterday he went on a two mile hike. His night time blood sugar we're high and still elevated this morning. Why?

Stress. Sometimes when diabetic patients undergo stress (prolonged exercise for example) stress hormones (cortisol and adrenalin) can increase glucose. However it is still important for him to follow up with his doctor because it does not appear that the exercise he did was particularly stressful. In general patients with type 2 diabetes experience hypoglycemia (low sugar) in response to exercise. Read more...
Complicated disease. Diabetes is a complicated disease and often doesn't work the way we expect. You'd think that after exercise, the blood sugar would be good - but he could run a marathon and still have an elevated blood sugar after. It's a combo of how much Insulin he's producing and his muscles' sensitivity to insulin. Over weeks to months of exercise, he will see a change in his fasting sugars, so keep it up! Read more...

I really need to be educated on type 2 diabetes. My blood sugar is either too low or high. When should I take. My metformin. 166 two hr after eating.

Lose the weight. The first part of treating diabetes is to lose weight. i know how difficult that can be but I'm just saying. Your medicine, metformin, is taken two times a day with food. The most important test which is done by the doctor is called hemoglobin A 1 C and its value should be from 6.7-7.5% It can be lower with great control but its the most important. Read more...

I have type 2 diabetes how do I know if my blood sugar is too low? I'm only allowed to test once a day.

Don't trust symptoms. Symptoms are extremely unreliable. Most people cannot tell what their blood sugar is, although they all think they can. Only trust your glucose monitoring unless it's unavailable. You can test as often as your doctor authorizes. Talk with them. Don't let your insurance company control your health and disease! Read more...
Hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia can be a very troubling, even dangerous complication of treatment. But your risk may be very low. Some diabetes medications (eg. Glipizide, insulin) can cause hypo, while others (metformin, actos) usually don't. If you a1c is high, then you are probably not getting hypo. Hypo usually causes symptoms that you will recognize: sweats, palpitations, headache, confusion. Talk to your doc. Read more...

Please tell me, could my blood sugar level fall below 7 mmol/l by natural sugar control if I have type 2 diabetes?

It depends... It depends on the severity of illness. If your blood sugar is over 200, and hga1c is over 9, your likelihood of changing it to getting it down is very low with diet/exercise alone. Not impossible, just very unlikely. However, if you hga1c is running 7.3, and your fsbs is running about 130's, i would say it is possible. Follow the south beach or slow carb diet if your doctor agrees. Read more...
Yes. 126 mg% is the cutoff defining diabetes in the fasting state. Yes though blood sugar can be normal in the well controlled diabetic. Read more...
Yes. Not sure what you mean by natural sugar control. However once you have diabetes for 5 years you loose counterregulation of glucose control. Exercise can increase glucose absorption by muscles and increase risk of hypoglycemia. Read more...

I had type 2 diabetes and my blood sugar level was always above 8.0. Now its 6.2 due to exercises. Do I still need medication?

Maybe, however... Congratulations! it's great that your glycohemoglobin is now in the normal range with exercise, but it sounds like you are also on medication & your sugar may go up if you stop. A healthy diet is also important. Supplements like chromium, lipoic acid, cinnamon, gymnema sylvestre & aloe extract can also help. Don't stop meds without consulting your doc but diet, supps & exercise might be enough! Read more...
A1c or glucose? Are your numbers a1c values? Or glucose levels? Glucose of 8.0 mmol/l would be 144 mg/dl, and 6.2 mmol/l would be 112. Target blood glucose levels for many people with dm are 80-120. In either case, if you are in range with meds, it is likely you would run higher without meds. Talk to your doctor about your meds- some may be providing benefits beyond lower sugars, and should be continued. Read more...

How painful is it to die from high blood sugar if you have type 2 diabetes?

No. As a rule of thumb, people don't die from high sugar nowadays provided that care is right and given timely. It is low sugar that has incomparably more chances to lead to death, even for patient in the hospital. Read more...

Does type 2 diabetes mean you have high or low blood sugar?

High. Type 2 is associated with Insulin resistance where your body is have trouble removing glucose out of your blood stream. Sort of a like trying to get into a house that's locked. This eventually leads to elevated blood glucose. Read more...
High. High. The word diabetes mellitus means you have diabetes. The types depend on whether your were born without the ability to produce Insulin or use Insulin your do produce (type 1) or whether you developed the ability to produce enough insulin, or you developed a resistance to Insulin effects (and became intolerant to carbohydrates) some time later in life (type ii). Read more...