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should i be worried
Hello Parkland, and welcome. Ask all you want, as much as you want.

The answer is 'you should be worried,' but blood sugar is dynamic. If you read 485, that does not mean that it still is 485.

As was said, you need to consult with your doctor, but first and foremost, relax, don't let stress make things worse. Stop eating what you are eating, and eliminate carbs and sugars, now. Look around here and on the web for foods you can eat, and only eat what is low carb until you can see your doctor. I could list all the bad things, but they are found everywhere on this forum and with a net search. Stop taking in carbs, and your blood sugar will come down.

Don't know your lifestyle or eating habits, or if you exercise or not :) but start walking if you aren't, and walk more if you do. Keep your intake to a minimum until you get diagnosed, and give the doctor a chance to help you out.

Its not fatal today or next week, so don't lose too much sleep over it. In fact, lousy sleep, can make BG levels rise, so don't get into a knot over it. Just stop eating the bad things. I don't mean forever, just until you get tested and diagnosed.

It will help your doctor a whole lot, if you can test your BG numbers every morning when you first get up, before you eat anything. These fasting numbers will tell a lot. In fact, tell us what you get if you do test. We just want to help if we can.

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of course you should be worried

Hello Parkland, and welcome. Ask all you want, as much as you want.

The answer is 'you should be worried,' but blood sugar is dynamic. If you read 485, that does not mean that it still is 485.

As was said, you need to consult with your doctor, but first and foremost, relax, don't let stress make things worse. Stop eating what you are eating, and eliminate carbs and sugars, now. Look around here and on the web for foods you can eat, and only eat what is low carb until you can see your doctor. I could list all the bad things, but they are found everywhere on this forum and with a net search. Stop taking in carbs, and your blood sugar will come down.

Don't know your lifestyle or eating habits, or if you exercise or not :) but start walking if you aren't, and walk more if you do. Keep your intake to a minimum until you get diagnosed, and give the doctor a chance to help you out.

Its not fatal today or next week, so don't lose too much sleep over it. In fact, lousy sleep, can make BG levels rise, so don't get into a knot over it. Just stop eating the bad things. I don't mean forever, just until you get tested and diagnosed.

It will help your doctor a whole lot, if you can test your BG numbers every morning when you first get up, before you eat anything. These fasting numbers will tell a lot. In fact, tell us what you get if you do test. We just want to help if we can.

John
You should start taking care of yourself and do it as fast as you can. Such blood sugar level means you are not doing it.:(

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Wake Up Call

Last week end I wasn't feeling very well, was tired and no energy and felt "yukky". I tested and I was 310. WOW What did I eat?, I am on Met [email protected] and felt I could eat normal and snack it I stayed active. A week later, I am testing more, have an appointment with the Dr and watching carbs and testing more often. The key for me was testing. Will I do better, yes, A1C is a good measurement, but for me it will be watching carbs, testing and keeping my ranges in line. It is going to take some time, but truly a wake up call.





You should start taking care of yourself and do it as fast as you can. Such blood sugar level means you are not doing it.:(

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I am testing more, have an appointment with the Dr and watching carbs and testing more often. The key for me was testing. Will I do better, yes, A1C is a good measurement, but for me it will be watching carbs, testing and keeping my ranges in line. It is going to take some time, but truly a wake up call.
Sounds like a good plan, kooshbal . . . keep us posted on your progress, okay?
 

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Will I do better, yes, A1C is a good measurement, but for me it will be watching carbs, testing and keeping my ranges in line. It is going to take some time, but truly a wake up call.
Odds are, you can't "feel" your high blood sugar, so don't depend on how you feel to give you and idea of where you are at.

A1c is -an- indicator, but your best weapon is your meter, and daily testing. The ideal goal is to never exceed 140, but what is misleading about the A1c is, you can eat food that sends you soaring into the big numbers way past 140, and if your system is still fairly functional, it will bring you back down fairly fast. That is a good thing, but all the time you spend above 140, is doing damage to you, so your A1c isn't telling anything about that.

You could conceivably hit 300 after a meal, and if you come back under 120-130 in an hour or two, (I can do that) and your fasting levels are 90-100, your A1c will not reveal those huge, damaging spikes.

Test, test, test, and test again :) Take notes, pay attention not only to what you eat and how it affects your BG, but WHEN you ate it. Some can't do carbs in the AM, others, have trouble at other times. Eat and then exercise, or exercise and then eat? Only your meter knows for sure which is right for you.

I have gotten to where I test, just so I can know what I can eat. Sometimes I am at 75, so I know I have lots of "headroom" and can eat a good meal. Other times, maybe I see a 115, and so I have to think salad, or low/no carb something else. Takes a long time to get a good rhythm going. You can do it :)

Hang in there, and you will get it under control.

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You need to control your BGL.
your tools

Pills and or insulin
exercise
Food


Food
All foods with carbohydrates (carbs) Raises BGL :(
especially bad carbs are
almost anything white. White bread, potato, rice, sugar and worst of all Honey (eating a potato is worse than eating sugar as far as BGL goes.) :eek:
Protein and fat, fiber
slows down the rise of BGL. :D
meds (pills and insulin)
lower BSL :D
exercise
lowers BSL :D



Read the labels on food packages
get to know the Glycemic index of foods.
http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm


Basically those are the tools you have, use them well and you will have a long Happy life.

O ya… To learn HOW THIS ALL AFFECTS YOU… Test, test, test… before you eat, test 1 hour after you eat , test 2 hours after you eat test before exercise test after exercise.
 

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Hello,
when u say goal should be not to exceed 140...is it fasting or random sugar u r reffering tooo???????
my fasting levels r fine but random go up to 370.....i use actrapid but planning to change it to apidra ....
any suggestion..what should i do???

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Ajnabee , you have replied to an old discussion, from August, 2010. I doubt that you will get a reply. Look at the date of the most recent post in a discussion before making a reply.
 

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The goal of not exceeding 140 is for random testing.

As for what to do: reduce your carbohydrate intake, exercise, and see your doctor for medication guidance.
 
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Many diabetics do their best to stay below 140 two hours after eating, and to be near their target level two hours later. I use even tighter control, and usually am below 120 at the two hour point, and below 100 at the 4 hour point. That takes a lot of practice and record keeping, etc., but is is usually possible the majority of the time. My target level is 90-100.
 
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Thanks Richard...it is so nice to learn from your experience..i am really thankful....this forum is really good in terms of educationg diebetics....i guess achieving this goal i.e random level upto 140 is only possible through insulin...my random levels were always high while taking pills until last 3 months when i switched to insulin...now it is better ...fasting levels r now fine but randoms still high.upto 350 now..i am taking NPH 25 units morning..20 units night and 18 units actrapid before 3 meals...altogether it is 99 units of insulin....plus i take 500 mg glucophage twice daily...i tried 30 mg pioglitazone for 2 weeks for insulin resistance but not much difference in sugar levels plus i use to feel a lot of pain in my muscles specially hands ..i couldnot even put my head on my arm while sleeping so i had to quit taking it.
in pakistan food is mostly rice and bread....there is no meal without these 2 things...i donot eat rice at all ..but i eat 2 chapattis(tortilla kind of bread) at lunch and dinner...also because i think my stomach should feel full and comfortable all day otherwise i would eat lots of junk food which i avoid completely....
so please guide me what to do ...
i am also buying an Apidra pen tomorrow and will use it to see if it works any better....
i pakistan there are so diebetes doctors ..they mostly all beat aroung the bush with foolish advices....lot of them donot even know about Basal and bolus insulin is..

Again thanks for your reply and help

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Ajnabee? If you're taking "random" readings, you're just wasting strips. Random testing gets you nothing but random numbers which give you no information whatsoever on what to do about it.

If you need to determine how to plan your menus, then test right before you eat. Test again one hour after your first bite, and then test one more time two hours after the first bite. This gives you a baseline, the one-hour reading gives you the spike, and the two-hour test tells you if you're dropping back down to the baseline as you should be. The significance of the 140 (7.7) number is that NONE of your readings should EVER be above that level. If they are, then your choice is to control your diabetes and stop eating chapattis, or keep using more and more insulin to cover the carbs, which can almost certainly result in weight gain.
 

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Ajnabee, since pioglitazone did not help your insulin resistance, you need to try something else. I have insulin resistance and have been taking a medication that has helped me. I had higher blood sugar until I used medication for it. I am presently using Metformin for that purpose. It can take three or more weeks for the Metformin to take complete effect. If you try it don't give up too soon, give it a chance.

I never eat rice, and the only bread I eat is very low carb. I don't know if you can buy low carb bread there, or not. Whole grain bread is the best choice.

Do you know how many carbohydrates are in the food that you eat? There is something we call "carb counting" and an insulin:carb ratio that helps with blood sugar control. I use one unit of fast acting insulin for every 7 carbs I eat. that is called a 1:7 ratio. Your ratio could be different though. Using carb counting would be a much better kind of control, instead of 18 units before each meal. I also use my ratio to determine my dosages for snacks, or eating something between meals.
 

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I am only on metformin and started out with an HbA1c over 10 with a fasting of 240. I would say my random readings were in the mid to upper 200's. Now 4 years later I rarely go above 110. I did it as Richard said, I control the carbs I eat. I don't starve myself . In fact I eat very well. I don't use any flour, wheat, rice, pasta or anything made from flour. That doesn't stop me from making flour free cookies, muffins and desserts. Today I made some snack crackers that taste better than Doritoes from Almond meal. By avoiding carby foods you can control your insulin resistance.
 
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Uh! Yes You Should Be Worried!

should i be worried
Did you say 485? My only thoughts are :boom:

I'm with the many others, get medical help ASAP :eek:

By the way, welcome, and I hope you stick around because this is the place to get encouragement, resources and answers to your questions, and loving support!

:welcome:

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Thanks Richard ....i am grateful for your guidance.... i will try these tips and let u know how it goes..
Thanks Again

Ajnabee
 
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