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With a non fasting glucose level of 162 mg/dl, am I diabetic?
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I would say so. I have diabetes too and my fasting top number is 130 and lowest number is 80. I have been slacking off because I also have cancer but my doctors have been saying yout A1c is a ‘little’ high. This morning I tested before eating and the number was 180. Time to cut back on sweets,esp. chocolate.🌚
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Correction: I did not notice that 160 was your NONfasting number . I don’t know. Ask for a more knowledgeable response!
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@gamesjr Hello and welcome to the Diabetes/Endocrine Group. My name is Carol and I have been a Type 2 Diabetic for almost three years. You ask a question that cannot be answered without more information. It would be nice if one number could determine if you are or are not a diabetic. A non-fasting glucose number of 162 could be because of what you ate, when you ate, you age, your activity, and a long list of other things. To determine whether you are a diabetic, you need to see your Primary Dr. or an endocrinologist to have tests run; that includes an fasting blood, a blood profile, and other checks on the make-up of your blood, body health including height and weight. Everything is checked to get your numbers and a range for them. Diabetes is different for everyone, and the doctor determines the range of what is within limits and whether you are pre diabetic or full blown diabetic or not a diabetic at all. Have you seen a doctor who told you that you are a diabetic? In order to know, you need to see a professional. Then, you can get an answer. I hope you will make an appointment and get a diagnosis.That way, you will know what you need to do and if, in fact, you are a diabetic. Stay in touch and let us know the outcome.
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Thanks Carol, I have obtained an appointment with my Primary Care doctor and will turn the question of my continuing border line glucose over to him.
It is a good idea to always work on a balanced diet and eat lots of vegetables regardless of what the doctor says or diagnoses. I thought I was doing well but it was not enough to keep diabetes at bay. Then there is the genetics issue. My body is starting to look like my mother's. I have good bones, however. I will always continue to work on the details and improve my health if possible.
Good for you @gamesjr Diabetes is a disease, and you need to get professional help to know what you need to do, if you have it. Those of us on the forum are not doctors; we post based on our experiences to help people who have similar situations. You may be lucky and find out you don't have diabetes. That would be wonderful. Please let us know what the diagnosis is.
@dorisena Eating healthy is definitely a plus, but all vegetables and foods in a balanced diet are not created equal. To control diabetes with diet there are a number of vegetables and fruits and even meats that are to be omitted. It also has to do with the way the food is prepared. Once again, I have to say that everyone is different, and all of the factors make the diet different for each diabetic. A dietician or doing research on the web can five information for which foods to eat. However, there is no umbrella that covers all foods for diabetes. Each person can consume some of the same foods, but not all. The Mayo Clinic food pyramid shows the basics and then the book explains portions and further explanation. It is a hard disease to manage at first, but planning and knowing are a must for each person.
Yes, Carol, I agree with you wholeheartedly. I recognize the foods that are not helpful for me because at the beginning, I tested a lot and soon learned which foods did what, according to how much exercise I did. Also, I like certain vegetables that other people never eat, and I find it interesting to try new veggies.
Actually, I have studied nutrition since high school, but the science and medical industry keep learning new strategies to try, which helps. What didn't help for me in the beginning was that my doctor didn't warn me of what could be coming based on my complaints before I was diagnosed. He checked my symptoms and said nothing, and I wish he would have mentioned the possibility of diabetes because he knew I had lived through the disease with my late husband and was somewhat knowledgeable about the matter. I didn't understand how the body could possibly go from low blood sugar to good health to prediabetes like I did. I still don't understand it after 12 years of changing my diet and trying to stay active despite a number of surgeries. What confuses me now is the creeping rise in fasting blood sugar and the only thing I know to do is eat less size portions. I am so tired and sleepy and have decided to only take one of the pills prescribed last fall for high blood pressure, on top of other meds for BP. I already have cut from three to two pills because I feel drugged. Oh, yes, the BP is low now but I can't live like this forever. My doctor says he is out of other options. When this cold spell lifts, I will be outside trying to walk more. DorisEna
@gamesjr not necessarily. You said it was a non fasting blood glucose. What you ate and when you ate it in relation to the time of the test makes a difference. A better measure would be a baseline fasting glucose or a Hemoglobin A1C.
@susu2 you mention a “top number is 130 and lowest number is 80”. That sounds like BP numbers. Are you talking about blood pressure? Then you mentioned a test before eating of 180. That is rather high.
I know 180 is too high. As a fasting number I hope for 80-130. This morning I got 120. Thanks.
@gamesjr I think you have received a number of responses that are very different; perhaps, some of these are from confusion of what the numbers are for. Since you have an appointment with your doctor, you will have more information after that time. Maybe we should wait to continue to give answers until we know what your doctor says. He is the only one who can tell you the range and what is or is not diabetes. We'll wait to hear from you and see if we can give you good suggestions when we know where you are with diabetes. Does that sound helpful to you? I hope so.
Thank you Carol for your very wise words.
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I have been reading more recently because my fasting blood sugar numbers tend to creep up in the morning and I am not sure if it is the food choices, the portions, or the timing of the tests. I have been getting up later in the morning and am wondering if the later morning hour for testing fasting blood sugar would tend to be higher because of the blood hitting a low point earlier and beginning to rise in the morning hours. I know that the numbers rise and fall in a pattern and stress or pain medicine can make it higher, but I have been having a relaxed morning and have not taken pain meds. I also realize that I need to get outside and walk more because although my house is huge, I am lacking in exercise activity and haven't sweat in a very long time. When I want to the lab for blood tests, the number was higher than I expected even though I had not eaten. Is that because I had dressed and driven to the lab and used some energy before testing? I am trying to decide how much more food to cut out of my diet to get my lower results. My AIC is 6.8 and was 6.4 a year ago so naturally I want to get it lower. I have lost five pounds without much exercise and hope to be able to do better when the weather is warmer.
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