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is FBS 80 the standard health measure?

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Pavan71, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. Pavan71

    Pavan71 Type 2 · Member

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    Want to ask this question in subject because once my FBS falls below 120, I am not comfortable, feel a bit week, get confused thinking and feel wavering. I am not taking any medication and on Keto diet for the past 45 days with FBS averaging to 121. So, want to know can I continue on 120 FBS. I read some where that the "Normal 80+" may not be the same for each person, but at the same time I dont want to take that excuse and ignore my numbers. So based on your experiences and expertise, please comment
     
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    catapillar Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    A blood sugar level of 120mg/dL is equivalent to 6.6mmol/l. Fasting blood sugar of over 6.1mmol/l raises concerns about a likely diabetes diagnosis. In other words, it's too high. If you are feeling weak and confused when waking at 120 that suggests you have been running at much higher levels for a long time and your body, wrongly, thinks these numbers are too low and gives you hypo symptoms at normal/high numbers. You're having a false hypo.
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    FBS levels are notoriously unpredictable because of several factors such as a poor night's sleep, the dawn phenomenon, time of taking the test and so forth. Better indicators of how well you are doing on a keto diet are before meals and bedtimes, when levels should be 100 or less, and no more than 108.
     
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    ringi Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Have you measured your blood pressure when you wake up feeling unwell?
     
  5. Pavan71

    Pavan71 Type 2 · Member

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    no, haven't. do you see a strong reason for me to do so?
     
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    ringi Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Often blood pressure drops with a low carb diet and it may be low blood pressure, not low BG that is affecting you.
     
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    Pavan71 Type 2 · Member

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    oh might be. Taking more salt to maintain it, but haven't checked. Can we believe pressure check from smart phone apps?
     
  8. kokhongw

    kokhongw I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    If you follow TypeOneGrit or Dr Berstein, then you will find that 83mg/dl is the magical normal level that they strive for, from 3 year old to 83 year old.

    https://www.facebook.com/Type1Grit/...7309865366/781502328675194/?type=3&permPage=1

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    The reason we often feel uncomfortable at this normal level is that our brain has likely become insulin resistant and need higher level of glucose and some ketones to function normally. Due to our T2D high circulating insulin levels, ketones production takes a while to ramp up. So there is an energy/fuel gap.

    A stepped reduction of glucose levels will help us adjust better to the new normal. Or you might find taking some virgin coconut oil to be helpful as well...
     
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    #8 kokhongw, Apr 3, 2018 at 2:31 AM
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2018
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