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Old 02-01-2018, 02:53   #1
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Hi Everyone,

I am a thin, fit 50 year old female with no family history of Diabetes anywhere. My last two FBG were 105 so I bought a meter. I have had some readings before today as high as 160 but most around 140 and all were below 120 2 hours after any meal.

Today I decided to eat a fairly high carb lunch and test. I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and 4 large strawberries. My glucose was 161 30 minutes after eating and 200 an hour after. It was still 200 90 minutes after eating and 160 2 hours after. It was then 89 4 hours after which is what it was before I ate.

One thing I didn't do was wash my hands or use alcohol when I did all of those measurements. Could that have made the reading high?

Also, I have a fear this could be an early sign of pancreas cancer since it seems odd I may have Diabetes. Can someone get it with virtually no family history or risk factors. My BP, triglycerides and cholesterol are all very good.

I am going to my general doc and GI doc tomorrow given todays results but should probably eat carbs again and wash my hands I guess. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I will deal with Diabetes but wonder if it is isn't something more sinister like Pancreas cancer.

Thanks again for any help or input.

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Hi Everyone,

I am a thin, fit 50 year old female with no family history of Diabetes anywhere. My last two FBG were 105 so I bought a meter. I have had some readings before today as high as 160 but most around 140 and all were below 120 2 hours after any meal.

Today I decided to eat a fairly high carb lunch and test. I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and 4 large strawberries. My glucose was 161 30 minutes after eating and 200 an hour after. It was still 200 90 minutes after eating and 160 2 hours after. It was then 89 4 hours after which is what it was before I ate.

One thing I didn't do was wash my hands or use alcohol when I did all of those measurements. Could that have made the reading high?

Also, I have a fear this could be an early sign of pancreas cancer since it seems odd I may have Diabetes. Can someone get it with virtually no family history or risk factors. My BP, triglycerides and cholesterol are all very good.

I am going to my general doc and GI doc tomorrow given todays results but should probably eat carbs again and wash my hands I guess. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I will deal with Diabetes but wonder if it is isn't something more sinister like Pancreas cancer.

Thanks again for any help or input.

Welcome boymama

Let me try to provide you with some answers
  • you dont have to be overweight to have diabetes
  • you dont have to have a family history to have diabetes
  • not washing could affect the numbers but probably not that extreme
  • to me at first glance it looks like diabetes or prediabetes and not anything else


stress can cause the numbers to be high so are you under and major stress?

I would try to relax until your numbers come back from the doctor.

Please let us know and keep us informed and if you have prediabetes or diabetes, come back and read up on some links we have here to assist you.

Good luck!

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Hi boymama, welcome to the forum.

Washing your hands before testing is a good practice. Whats on them before washing could affect the readings. And of course whats on them after washing could also affect the readings. We had one member bring up the point that using scented soap raised his readings. He verified by not washing or washing with water only, testing, washing with soap, retesting. The results were repetitive.

I usually give my hands a good rinsing under hot/warm water, rubbing them together just like I had soap on them, then dry them with a clean paper towel, because I don't know what the dish towel might have wiped up.

I don't think using alcohol is a necessity, it actually dries out and toughens up the skin.

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no reason to think pancreas cancer as that is extreme

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Hi, boymama! Welcome to the forum!

Many things can throw off a meter reading. Washing hands is a good practice, but it's just one factor of many that can affect a reading. Other factors include the size of the blood sample, the test strip itself, stress,... And blood is not uniform in its makeup -- you may have lucked into a half-microliter of blood that had a somewhat higher or lower amount of glucose in it.

I will echo the advice of others here who think it's too early to worry about pancreatic cancer. Millions of people who are diagnosed diabetic never get pancreatic cancer. Those same millions of people also manage their diabetes successfully, sometimes with just diet and exercise, sometimes with medication. Right now you don't have enough information to cause you to worry.

Let your doctor know your concerns. They can run tests which will give you a broader picture of your health. Once you have the results and a diagnosis, come on back, read about our knowledge and experiences, and ask questions you may have. Please let us know how it works out!

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I have had a lot of major stress in my life for the past 2 years and perhaps that has made all of this worse. My mom was murdered the day after superbowl Sunday in 2016 while visiting a friend in Arizona. She was 75 and her friend 70. My dad had dies 2 years earlier and she went to console her friend who had recently lost her husband. Three thugs invaded her friend's home in a retirement community and shot both of them. One is in prison and two are still awaiting trial. I guess you could say I have been under extreme stress. Can that really make numbers that high? I didn't feel like I was having a particularly stressful day today until I saw those numbers.

Thanks everyone for your time and expertise. I will keep you posted and do my best to relax....I will also re-test tomorrow after I eat breakfast.

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My thoughts and prayers are with you. Im sorry you have been through so much.

With regards to stress and diabetes


Stress: American Diabetes Association®

In people with diabetes, stress can alter blood glucose levels in two ways:

People under stress may not take good care of themselves. They may drink more alcohol or exercise less. They may forget, or not have time, to check their glucose levels or plan good meals.
Stress hormones may also alter blood glucose levels directly.

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Hi boymama, welcome to the forum. I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom (and your Dad).

I hope you continue to post. Everyone here is very supportive, and I've learned a lot from everyone.

Good luck on your doc's appointment and on all your testing.

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Thanks, I will keep you all posted. NP wants me to see my endocrine and GI. I will let you all know how it goes. Thanks again

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Do you all have an opinion on the best glucose meters...most accurate?

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