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My doctor said that she has seen people with blood sugar of 800 who can walk and talk normal. I have never even heard of such a number that high... i mean high 200s are in the diabetic range. She is not an endocronologist, so maybe she got something mixed up.

Or maybe different countries have different diabetes scale? Cuz in Russia, for example, there is no "pre diabetes" category like in the States.. so i dont know.
 

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blood glucose is measured by mg/dl here in the States, and by mmol/l everywhere else. 800 would have to be mg/dl, and the patient would be very near DKA, I would think. Your doc may want to search her memory a little deeper . . .
 

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blood glucose is measured by mg/dl here in the States, and by mmol/l everywhere else. 800 would have to be mg/dl, and the patient would be very near DKA, I would think. Your doc may want to search her memory a little deeper . . .
yes, i was talking about 800mg/dl. that just sounds tremendously high to me. but thank you for clearing that up. :rolleyes:
 

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Your body adjusts to high levels, and gets used to being there as you go higher and higher. Although some people would be dropping like flies at 500 mg/dl, it is certainly not unheard of to have people still conscious at 800 mg/dl, even having seemingly minimal problems at that level, especially if their body has adjusted to such scary high levels... I spent 5 and a half years doing pre-hospital care (paramedical work) and we had one 'regular' that we'd pick up that didn't take care of herself and had such extreme swings in glucose that we'd often find her in the 35-40mmol/L range, which works out to 630-720 mg/dl. I also picked her up off her kitchen floor once (she went down while trying to make something to eat, too late...) with a 1.7 reading, which is 31 mg/dl ... How's that for extremes?

I used to have fasting readings near 270 ... I can't imagine how high I was actually getting some days before my diagnosis, knowing what I was eating... I would suspect I was often in the 400 range ... it took a few weeks for my body to adjust to more-normal readings, I'd feel sick/faint when I got as low as 160 mg/dl ... now I don't feel anything until I'm under 70 gm/dl, which has only happened to me twice.
 

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Your body adjusts to high levels, and gets used to being there as you go higher and higher. Although some people would be dropping like flies at 500 mg/dl, it is certainly not unheard of to have people still conscious at 800 mg/dl, even having seemingly minimal problems at that level, especially if their body has adjusted to such scary high levels... I spent 5 and a half years doing pre-hospital care (paramedical work) and we had one 'regular' that we'd pick up that didn't take care of herself and had such extreme swings in glucose that we'd often find her in the 35-40mmol/L range, which works out to 630-720 mg/dl. I also picked her up off her kitchen floor once (she went down while trying to make something to eat, too late...) with a 1.7 reading, which is 31 mg/dl ... How's that for extremes?


I agree my body was to an average of 400 for over a year and i held a job and semifunctioned. I knew a friend who had it over 900 once and it hospitalized him for a week. It's like some people can function on 5 or 6 drinks a day, it doesn't even give them a buzz. Is it wise, heck no, i know it destroys your body, it made mine prone to infections, but for a while, i used to panic if my bs got below 300, now i'm working on getting used to the hundreds.The human body can tolerate alot of abuse before it gives up the ghost, i'm proof of that. Is it right, no but some of us have to b pretty beat up until we are wlling to change. mikey
 

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My bsl was 600 when i was in the emergency room..so I guess sit is different for everyone??? I have heard really high ones ...:hippie:
 

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At diagnosis, my blood sugars were 375 and likely had been that high for awhile. I was certain the blood tests were wrong and continued to do what I had always done, work long hours, eat poorly and drink lots of soda. 6 months later, my sugars were down to 325 and doc started me on Metformin and later Janumet. Now I'm running consistently between 86-95 fasting, once and awhile I'll get a small bump up. Post-Meal are also running very good, again in the same range mentioned earlier. I absolutely think your body adjusts/adapts and you just really can't tell the difference.
 

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I had a routine, random glucose test as part of my regular check-up. The result came in late that night ... 513.

They called me right up and urged me to come in right away, past my bedtime or no. I tried to get an appointment the following week, instead, 'cause I felt "perfectly fine." Fine, in this case, meaning awful, as usual. But doesn't everybody feel that way?

It seems I'd averaged somewhere around 350 for some time.

I was extremely fortunate. But still, I feel I would have been even more fortunate if, long before, somebody (even me!) had taken my symptoms, combined with my Pure-D family history, seriously.
 

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I don't know of any meters that will read that but high but 800 is not out of the queation and I have heard of them being over 1000 at the time of diagnoses.
 

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I don't know of any meters that will read that but high but 800 is not out of the queation and I have heard of them being over 1000 at the time of diagnoses.
that just sounds unreal to me :eek:
 

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I don't think the home meters go that high, they will just say High on meter. But I wonder if the hospital has different testing equipment. I have heard people say their bgs were 1000+ when they were in DKA. When I was dx'd I was 240 fasting and probably close to 500 most of the day. I functioned fined because my body was use to those high levels.
 
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well I never thought that blood glucose levels went over 30 (540) until I spoke to a pediatric nurse who told me that it's not uncommon for children to be rushed to hospital for BGLs of 54 (972). I had to ask her to repeat to make sure I heard right. She said they have special tests to figure out BGLs that high. I was stunned that children could have BGLs that high! So now I wouldn't be surprised if adults could be that high or even higher. I would think whether adult or child, you'd need to be hospitalised though. I know I had a friend that went to hospital and was sitting on 25 (450), but they just monitored a few hours and didn't admit and sent my friend home.
 
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