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Old 11-02-2018, 00:30   #1
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Default Non Diabetic here, curious about numbers?

Today I was thinking about my health and was curious to see how my blood sugar levels are. So when I was at the store I brought a device with the test strips. I probably did over 20 different samples. I ate a lot of crackers and pretzels around 130-2pm. I started testing around 5 and finished around 530 just to get a string of numbers and to get the hang of it. I’ve never been diagnosed with diabetes or have symptoms but here are my values.

137
130
203
215
100
110
90
112
129
142
118
145
118
129
145
118
46
142

Those are some of the values I started recording. I know the numbers vary a lot. I’ve been trying to get the right amount on the test strip. Sometimes I would flood it, some times I would almost fill the entire little box up, fill it, and not fill the strip all the way. Based on me never using that before and my numbers, am I at a healthy blood sugar level given the time after eating? Thank you so much!

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Hi, and welcome to the forum!

Typically, blood glucose (BG) is tested within two hours of eating. If you ate at 1:30 and didn't test until 5, that was at least a more-than-three-hour gap. So, if you're inclined to do more testing, doing so one hour after your first bite and then again two hours after your first bite will give you data that better fits conventional measurements.

The samples you listed are kind of all over the map. As you've learned, some of the quality of the reading is determined by the size of the blood sample. I know from my experience that a sample that's enough to trigger my BG meter's "beep" but not enough to fill that little window is going to be a higher BG reading than I expect.

But other things affect the sample, too -- where you drew the blood from, physical effort before/during/after the sampling, what else you might have eaten with the carbs (not in this case, but in normal life), the non-homogeneous nature of blood itself (elements are not evenly distributed throughout), variation within the meter itself (legally, it can be off as much as 15% between readings, though most are much closer than that), whether the test site was contaminated with something (even as simple as rubbing alcohol),...

Long way of saying that the samples you list are not conclusive. One would not expect the variation between some of the samples (which, I'm guessing, are in chronological order). And the testing setting is unknown.

I would suggest that, if you really want to test this way, you check first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything, and then measure what you're eating (whatever constitutes 15 grams of carbohydrates), and then measure an hour and two hours after you take that first bite. There are better tests (A1c, for example, which measures three months of glucose utilization) but this will start giving you some standardized information. And then you can decide if you need to act further on it by speaking with your doctor.

Is there a reason you're wondering about your BG level?

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As Steve outlined for you, there is a methodical way of testing that gives you meaningful data.

If you test before you eat (baseline), 1 hour after first bite (highest blood glucose (BG) rise from the meal*), and possibly another hour later (to see if BG has come down) you'll be able to see how your body is processing carbohydrates. If you tally the grams of carbohydrates in the meal, you have even better data because you can see cause and effect. (It's carbohydrates/sugars that raise blood sugar - protein has only minimal effect and fats none at all.)

*This high BG at one hour occurs in diabetics. Non-diabetics don't get a very high spike and they produce enough insulin fast enough to cover it.

A good resource for understanding diabetes is www.bloodsugar101.com Well worth the time to read through it.

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46? That's pretty low. Did you feel OK? Also, wash hands before each test. Any food you touch--especially ones with sugar or starch will affect the readings.

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Thanks, VeeJay -- I did leave out the bit about testing before taking that first bite. I'd plead to not yet having had enough coffee, but it was late in the afternoon.

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