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OK, just got a reading of 105


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Old 12-06-2012, 23:54   #1
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Default OK, just got a reading of 105

I am a 47 y.o. male in generally good health & physical condition (walk 1-1/2 mile virtually every day.) My BMI is high because I am very muscular, and I would estimate my body fat at about 20%, as I am currenty about 10 lb over my really good fitness weight that I only seem to get to during the ski season (which of course I will be getting into soon.) I don't seem to have any symptoms of diabetes.

My blood sugar levels over the last few years have been:

98
99
100
101
90

and now I got a reading of 105. Should I interpret this as simply statistical noise?

When I get my new physician next year (I will be eligible for Obamacare Medicaid expansion next year), I think I will inform him of the 105 reading and that I should get the HbA1c test as well. What do you think?

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Ooooh, lots of questions.

Were you fasting when you got that reading?
What did you eat, and how long before you tested?
Are the strips expired?
How long ago did you open the strip container? (That is, the strips might still be good until 2013, but when did you open the container? A week ago? Six months ago?)

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Ooooh, lots of questions.

Were you fasting when you got that reading?
What did you eat, and how long before you tested?
Are the strips expired?
How long ago did you open the strip container? (That is, the strips might still be good until 2013, but when did you open the container? A week ago? Six months ago?)
Yes, it was standard 8 hour fast (actually more like 12.) I believe the last I ate was a steak sandwich and potato chips.

strips? This was a blood test.

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Yes, it was standard 8 hour fast (actually more like 12.) I believe the last I ate was a steak sandwich and potato chips.

strips? This was a blood test.
I think mar2a thought you took a BG reading with a home meter. This was a test where you had blood drawn at a lab??

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I think mar2a thought you took a BG reading with a home meter.
Exactly. I saw the word "reading" and thought of a meter reading, not a lab result.

So, it was a lab test, 8 hour fast. I recently read a post somewhere where someone suggested a full 12-hour fast. So, if your previous tests had a longer fast, that might explain why this one was a little higher.

I think it wouldn't hurt to ask for an A1c, just in general. If you don't want to wait, you can buy A1c tests that you do at home with a finger stick. I've used the Relion A1c (around $10) and when I do it the same day as the doctor's test, the results have been the same. I've heard other people say they use Bayer, but I don't have any personal experience with that.

The bread in the sandwich and the potato chips would have caused a huge spike for me and I probably would have been a little higher than normal the next day, even if it was high-fiber, whole-grain bread. Do you eat a lot of bread, pasta, rice, or cereal? You could try cutting down on that to see how that affects your numbers.

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Have you been to the Blood Sugar 101 site? A lot of people recommended it to me when I was first trying to find out about high normal numbers.

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I think I'd consider it as a warning, and cut my carbs out or down to low numbers as you keep an eye on your morning fastings. Eating to your meter should give you much better results. Cut the carbs sources, eat fewer cookies this season and nibble at suspicious things this season where it's very likely dangerous to eat things you aren't sure about.

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Oh, and if you don't have a meter, you might want to get one so that you can "eat to your meter."

Target, Walmart, Walgreens, and some other large big box stores sell house brands that have affordable strips (I've heard that Kroger in the south does). Do a search on meters in the forum to find out which ones seem to work better.

Once you know which foods cause a problem, you can cut back on them. Some people are okay with whole grains as opposed to white bread and just making that switch helps a lot. Because you're active and muscular, you might just need to make small adjustments.

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