Group Forum: Not sure what info I would get from taking my blood sugars

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paddy888

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Posted: 05 Jan 2013, 11:56
I am type II diabetic. When first diagnosed I followed all the advice to take my blood sugars after meals and bedtime and mornings. My problem was it did not mean anything to me. I don't know what I am learning by doing this. I would know it was high by the way I felt and sure and shooting it was high. I can understand the A1C test as my doctor looks at that, but why do I need to take my blood sugars? Could someone explain what I should be looking for and how to interpret the readings. thanks.
Sweeteater

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Posted: 06 Jan 2013, 08:28
Blood sugar levels tell you how you're responding to treatment and events at that particular moment. People without diabetes have insulin release that keeps their body at fairly steady levels of around 83 mg/dl although their sugar will rise immediately following a meal with a lot of carbs as well. Difference is, they kick in to high gear and have it resolved within 2 hours. Normal is considered a fasting level under 100 and from 100 to 125 you are considered prediabetic.
Damage occurs to your blood vessels over 125 that can cause gangrene in your toes from poor circulation, hemorrhages in the blood vessels of your eyes leading to blindness and damage to the small blood vessels of your kidneys causing kidney failure among other things. They are starting to find that damage can occur even at the prediabetic levels now.
Everyone responds to food a little differently. I use my sugars to evaluate how I'm doing with diet and exercise. For instance, my sugars are consistently very high if I eat rice or wheat (even brown rice and whole wheat), but I can get away with small amounts of corn and a square of dark chocolate occasionally.
My sugars provide a kick in the pants and keep me eating those things that are good for me and avoiding those that spike my sugar. When I see anything over 100 I look to see what I can change in my behavior because I know I am causing damage to my body.
paddy888

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Posted: 06 Jan 2013, 12:59
Thank you. So should I be taking it every meal? Or just when I introduce new foods once I know my pattern. I am from Canada an my monitor reads blood level 13 or on good days 7. So I get confused when I read articles that read like your measurement. I guess I could google that info. I just felt like I was focusing on the blood monitoring all the time and this made me feel like I was a sick person. But I am sick and I have to take it seriously.
tundratot

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Posted: 06 Feb 2013, 12:39
Through blood monitoring I discovered that Grape Nuts are really high glycemic and that I needed to stop eating them. Same goes for bagels. It's also true that I have a higher blood sugar in the mornings, even without eating, than I have all the rest of the day.

Also finding that sometimes when I feel weak, it's not low blood sugar contrary to what I expected. My doctor told me that those weak feelings, which I had a few of in the first two or three months, probably were my body's reaction to lower than normal (for me) blood sugar. Scary, since my readings at the time were in the 120s.

I didn't know Canadian blood monitors were on a different scale. I'm confused about that since mg/dL is metric. What is the scale being used?
lasa

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Posted: 30 Mar 2013, 03:06
the canadian scale could be mmol per litre where 1 mmol per litre corresponds to 18 mg percent ; so a reading of 7 means 126 mg percent..