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Hello,

I'm a 50-year-old woman, overweight, sedentary and non-smoker. Good cholesterol levels very good, bad cholesterol high-normal. Blood pressure is great.

The doctor told me last week that my the result of my fasting glucose test was 5.7 (102.6 in US). She ordered an oral glucose tolerance test and A1c.

I've been asked to take the OGTT twice before in my life, when I was about 10, and again when I was about 40. Both times, the doctors told me that the results were fine.

My sister was also told her sugar levels were on the high side (but not diabetic levels) a couple of years ago. She lost a lot of weight, watched her carbs religiously, and is now deemed to be out of trouble. I am not aware of any other close relative with diabetes.

The doctor told me to cut out all refined carbs and that I should only eat vegetables for dinner, and to wach fruit intake. I am frankly terrified of eating anything right now. I admit to having had a wicked sweet tooth, and I was drinking a lot of regular soda.

Should I buy a blood sugar meter? What numbers should I be looking for? or watching out for?

I kinda hope that the OGTT comes back normal as it has twice before, but I'm sure age is not on my side. Also, I am heavier now than I was when I took the test previously.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I'm a 50-year-old woman, overweight, sedentary and non-smoker. Good cholesterol levels very good, bad cholesterol high-normal. Blood pressure is great.

How's your ability to walk? You should start setting times for regullar walks. Start out slowly and increase time and distance a little over time.

The doctor told me last week that my the result of my fasting glucose test was 5.7 (102.6 in US). She ordered an oral glucose tolerance test and A1c.

Your normal fasting glucose after 8 hours should be From 70 to 99 mg/dL (3.9 to 5.5 mmol/L). 102.6 is within the threshhold for pre-diabetes.

My sister was also told her sugar levels were on the high side (but not diabetic levels) a couple of years ago. She lost a lot of weight, watched her carbs religiously, and is now deemed to be out of trouble. I am not aware of any other close relative with diabetes.

These are the two things you need to do, lose weight and watch your carb intake.

The doctor told me to cut out all refined carbs and that I should only eat vegetables for dinner, and to wach fruit intake. I am frankly terrified of eating anything right now. I admit to having had a wicked sweet tooth, and I was drinking a lot of regular soda.

Same here but you don't have to eat just veggies alone, fish, chicken, turkey and small portions of lean meat or meat with as much fat removed as possible is still good.

Should I buy a blood sugar meter? What numbers should I be looking for? or watching out for?

Yes, buy a meter and watch for these numbers...

Fasting blood glucose:
70–99 milligrams per deciliter or less than 5.5 mmol/L

2 hours after eating (postprandial):
70–145 mg/dL (less than 7.9 mmol/L)

Random (casual):
70–125 mg/dL (less than 7.0 mmol/L)

Be sure if you get a meter to use it properly and keep recorded readings religiously. You should write a daily diary for yourself on what you eat, your exercise, how you feel, any changes in body condition especially in the feet.

I kinda hope that the OGTT comes back normal as it has twice before, but I'm sure age is not on my side. Also, I am heavier now than I was when I took the test previously.

Then this is the time to act, don't put off changing your life. You should begin to monitor your vitals (blood pressure) and alter your diet. The internet provides the best complete reference source on diabetes information but nothing replaces a qualified medical professional.
 

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Hello,

I'm a 50-year-old woman, overweight, sedentary and non-smoker. Good cholesterol levels very good, bad cholesterol high-normal. Blood pressure is great.

The doctor told me last week that my the result of my fasting glucose test was 5.7 (102.6 in US). She ordered an oral glucose tolerance test and A1c.

I've been asked to take the OGTT twice before in my life, when I was about 10, and again when I was about 40. Both times, the doctors told me that the results were fine.

My sister was also told her sugar levels were on the high side (but not diabetic levels) a couple of years ago. She lost a lot of weight, watched her carbs religiously, and is now deemed to be out of trouble. I am not aware of any other close relative with diabetes.

The doctor told me to cut out all refined carbs and that I should only eat vegetables for dinner, and to wach fruit intake. I am frankly terrified of eating anything right now. I admit to having had a wicked sweet tooth, and I was drinking a lot of regular soda.

Should I buy a blood sugar meter? What numbers should I be looking for? or watching out for?

I kinda hope that the OGTT comes back normal as it has twice before, but I'm sure age is not on my side. Also, I am heavier now than I was when I took the test previously.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Hi dear,

All the data mentioned by you suggests that you who knows you may
be a prediabetic one .You must subject yourself to constant monitoring of OGTT
and other parameters,ahn there is no harm to remain onthe safer side
 

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Then this is the time to act, don't put off changing your life. You should begin to monitor your vitals (blood pressure) and alter your diet. The internet provides the best complete reference source on diabetes information but nothing replaces a qualified medical professional.
Dan, thank you for all the information. I am trying to learn as much as I can.

Thanks for the metering numbers. I am going to the drugstore to pick up a meter this afternoon. I will be taking the OGTT and A1C early next week.
 
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