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Confused, but should I be concerned?

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by davidmaxwell, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. davidmaxwell

    davidmaxwell Other · Newbie

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    I recently had a routine fasting blood test, which showed fasting blood glucose of 5.3 mmol. This obviously isn't even a prediabetic reading and no one seemed at all concerned, but it seemed to me to be edging close to prediabetic levels, so I took a couple of additional steps that have yielded somewhat conflicting results:
    • I used an Accu-Chek Performa BG monitor to test my BG at various times. I measured a couple of FBGs first thing in the morning (one was 5.7, the other 6.1), and I've taken several postprandial measurements 2 hours after eating, all of which have fallen between 4.4 and 5.5 (even after large, carb-heavy meals).
    • I had an HBA1C test done, which returned a strikingly low 4.4%
    Something about this combination of results doesn't quite add up for me (i.e. the FBGs seem disproportionately high relative to everything else), so I'd be interested to get your views on whether you think I should (a) be at all concerned and take any further steps or (b) stop being ridiculous and forget about this altogether.

    Further context:
    • I am 32, have a BMI of 20 and no family history of diabetes, do moderate exercise 2-3 times per week and have a diet that is OK from a caloric perspective but full of sugary treats.
    • The only 'symptom' I have that would arouse any suspicion is feeling very tired after eating a large, carb-heavy dinner (more than I used to), although I recognise this might be a pretty normal response.
    Thanks in advance for your input!
    DM
     
  2. Juicyj

    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hello David - curious to understand why you think this is edging close to prediabetic levels ?

    Your results are absolutely fine, I would put the meter away and get on with enjoying life :)
     
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  3. slip

    slip Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Your slightly higher, but still perfectly normal, FBG results are probably as result of your liver doing a glucose dump to get you going in the morning, a perfectly normal bodily function.

    Agree with juicyj,
     
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    Pinkorchid Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Perfectly normal non diabetic levels not even near prediabetic
     
  5. Nicksu

    Nicksu Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'd say try to cut down on your sugary treats (just for the sake of a healthy diet), but otherwise you have nothing to worry about. Enjoy it and get on with life.
     
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    paulus1 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    yupstop worrying lose the sweets and enjoy life.
     
  7. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    I agree with all above. Put the meter away, stop worrying, enjoy your life. You have absolutely normal numbers.

    By the way, the fasting BG is notoriously unreliable and no longer used for diabetes diagnosis. Far too many factors are involved for it to be a reliable indicator of diabetes. Post prandial levels will tell you so much more, and yours are perfect.
     
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    Option b
     
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