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1st Glucose Check

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Kittylitter, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. Kittylitter

    Kittylitter Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    My first Plasma fasting glucose level (AL2193) was 5.3 mmol/L March 2015, and my 2nd test was a different test HbA1C was 41 mmol/mol, October 16, which I have just found out is just below pre-diabetes and I assume approx 5.9 in the old equivalent, so it has gone up a lot - not that anyone said anything was wrong, I was just handed sheets both times, thank goodness I bothered to check, so I am now a bit worried, and today bought a home glucose tester, my first result after 2 hours was 6.0, this was 2 hours after breakfast of 4 low fat cheese spread triangles, is this a bit high for such a small breakfast?
     
  2. novorapidboi26

    novorapidboi26 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    depends on your fasting level.....what was it?

    but a 6.0 is fine though....say your 5.5 on waking, a rise to 6.0 wouldn't mean much
     
  3. Hiitsme

    Hiitsme Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Kittylitter
    I will tag @daisy1 for her helpful info.
    Daisy's post will give you guidelines and your 6.0 is well within so that is fine. If you want to avoid diabetes it might be worth looking at your carbs and possibly reducing them. Well done for taking note early.
     
  4. Kittylitter

    Kittylitter Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure what my fasting level was as I ate then went out and bought my first testing machine.
     
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  5. Kittylitter

    Kittylitter Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Yes I have been cutting out carbs already, thank you.
     
  6. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    I think you are mixing up the measurement units.
    Your HbA1c of 41 equates to an average of 6.8mmol/l.
    You are right the old equivalent is 5.9, but this is 5.9% and not mmol/l. The 2 are quite different

    You can't compare your old fasting plasma glucose with your HbA1c because the fasting test was a snapshot of what you were at the time of the test. The HbA1c is an average of around 2 to 3 months previous to the test.

    Here is the converter http://www.diabetes.co.uk/hba1c-to-blood-sugar-level-converter.html
     
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  7. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    @Kittylitter

    Hello and welcome to the forum :) Here is the basic information we give to new members and I hope you will find it useful. Ask as many questions as you want and someone will be able to answer.


    BASIC INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBERS

    Diabetes is the general term to describe people who have blood that is sweeter than normal. A number of different types of diabetes exist.

    A diagnosis of diabetes tends to be a big shock for most of us. It’s far from the end of the world though and on this forum you'll find well over 220,000 people who are demonstrating this.

    On the forum we have found that with the number of new people being diagnosed with diabetes each day, sometimes the NHS is not being able to give all the advice it would perhaps like to deliver - particularly with regards to people with type 2 diabetes.

    The role of carbohydrate

    Carbohydrates are a factor in diabetes because they ultimately break down into sugar (glucose) within our blood. We then need enough insulin to either convert the blood sugar into energy for our body, or to store the blood sugar as body fat.

    If the amount of carbohydrate we take in is more than our body’s own (or injected) insulin can cope with, then our blood sugar will rise.

    The bad news

    Research indicates that raised blood sugar levels over a period of years can lead to organ damage, commonly referred to as diabetic complications.

    The good news

    People on the forum here have shown that there is plenty of opportunity to keep blood sugar levels from going too high. It’s a daily task but it’s within our reach and it’s well worth the effort.

    Controlling your carbs

    The info below is primarily aimed at people with type 2 diabetes, however, it may also be of benefit for other types of diabetes as well.

    There are two approaches to controlling your carbs:

    • Reduce your carbohydrate intake
    • Choose ‘better’ carbohydrates
    Reduce your carbohydrates

    A large number of people on this forum have chosen to reduce the amount of carbohydrates they eat as they have found this to be an effective way of improving (lowering) their blood sugar levels.

    The carbohydrates which tend to have the most pronounced effect on blood sugar levels tend to be starchy carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and similar root vegetables, flour based products (pastry, cakes, biscuits, battered food etc) and certain fruits.

    Choosing better carbohydrates

    The low glycaemic index diet is often favoured by healthcare professionals but some people with diabetes find that low GI does not help their blood sugar enough and may wish to cut out these foods altogether.

    Read more on carbohydrates and diabetes.

    Over 145,000 people have taken part in the Low Carb Program - a free 10 week structured education course that is helping people lose weight and reduce medication dependency by explaining the science behind carbs, insulin and GI.

    Eating what works for you

    Different people respond differently to different types of food. What works for one person may not work so well for another. The best way to see which foods are working for you is to test your blood sugar with a glucose meter.

    To be able to see what effect a particular type of food or meal has on your blood sugar is to do a test before the meal and then test after the meal. A test 2 hours after the meal gives a good idea of how your body has reacted to the meal.

    The blood sugar ranges recommended by NICE are as follows:

    Blood glucose ranges for type 2 diabetes
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 8.5 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (adults)
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 9 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (children)
    • Before meals: 4 to 8 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 10 mmol/l
    However, those that are able to, may wish to keep blood sugar levels below the NICE after meal targets.

    Access to blood glucose test strips

    The NICE guidelines suggest that people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should be offered:

    • structured education to every person and/or their carer at and around the time of diagnosis, with annual reinforcement and review
    • self-monitoring of plasma glucose to a person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes only as an integral part of his or her self-management education

    Therefore both structured education and self-monitoring of blood glucose should be offered to people with type 2 diabetes. Read more on getting access to blood glucose testing supplies.

    You may also be interested to read questions to ask at a diabetic clinic.

    Note: This post has been edited from Sue/Ken's post to include up to date information.
     
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  8. Kittylitter

    Kittylitter Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you so much, very helpfull, I get it now lol.
     
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  9. Kittylitter

    Kittylitter Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you, I have a lot of reading to do.
     
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