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Old 08-27-2012, 15:49   #1
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I have read a lot of different answers. What do all of you folks feel is an appropriate bg range for one and two hours after eating?
Thanks! Do you begin to count the time after the first or last bite?

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I have been in constant ketosis for a long time so I do not worry so much about 1 and 2 hr readings any more. When I was still eating some carbs I would check my 1 hr after I ate the carbiest thing on my plate, be it dessert, or whatever.

Human body has evolved to be between 70-90mg/dl. Liver kicks in if you go below 70, pancreas kicks in if go above 90. With that in mind, everyone is different, has different lag times, different levels of signaling, so there is outliers in both directions.

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I have been in constant ketosis for a long time so I do not worry so much about 1 and 2 hr readings any more. When I was still eating some carbs I would check my 1 hr after I ate the carbiest thing on my plate, be it dessert, or whatever.

Human body has evolved to be between 70-90mg/dl. Liver kicks in if you go below 70, pancreas kicks in if go above 90. With that in mind, everyone is different, has different lag times, different levels of signaling, so there is outliers in both directions.
I have heard this term ketosis quite a bit and don't really understand it. The bg meter will sometimes say ketones warning when levels are 300 or higher.

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I have heard this term ketosis quite a bit and don't really understand it. The bg meter will sometimes say ketones warning when levels are 300 or higher.
Ketosis occurs when you are consuming less than 30-50g of carbs a day and consuming enough fat. Your body will convert over from utilizing glucose as a fuel and begin to burn lipids (fat) as a fuel. The by-products of the oxidation of lipids are carried to the liver where they are converted to ketones. Ketones are used by the body to fuel all cells that do not have a mitochondria at its nucleus. (can't make their own energy) Your body is then no longer as dependent on glucose.

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I've been in ketosis for quite a while, not slipping out for maybe the last 6 months or so, but my numbers still run higher than 90. My fastings are in the 80-95 range, and during the day I rarely see >110.

When I wasn't in ketosis, or would slip in and out of it (not good!), my numbers ran about 10 points higher. But - I was also on 2000 mg metformin vs 500 mg now.

My personal choice was to stay <120 at all times so to have a flatter curve, a goal I didn't always reach, but in time came to. What numbers we're comfortable with, and where we set our goals, are really personal choices based on our bodies, what we're able to achieve, how much medication we're willing to take, etc.

BG testing is after first bite.

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Well the consensus seem to be below 140 one hour after you start eating and below 120 two hours after. The fasting number should be below 100 if possible. At least one should try to be below 140 all the time with low carb diet if possible or with the addition of safe medications. You can read more here;

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Re: the high BG level and ketones.

Because the terms as so similar, people often confuse the issues.

Ketosis is the state of burning ketones as fuel. As described above.

Ketoacidosis is a dangerous condition that results from having high levels of glucose in your blood, coupled with low levels (or none) of insulin so that none (or little) of the glucose is being processed and continues to build up. Diabetes Ketoacidosis (DKA) is what sends diabetics to the hospital. That's why your meter will warn of high BG and the potential for DKA.

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I have a personal goal of keeping my BG under 120 at all times. I'd rather it be below 110 and manage this most of the time. I achieve this by eating very low carb - which results in my being in ketosis continuously. For now, diet alone is working for me.

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My diabetes educator gave me two ranges, the first was under 180 which I'm doing so then she said to shoot for the second one which is under 140.

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