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Blood Sugar Too High? Blood Sugar Too Low?

If you have diabetes, your blood sugar doesn't call your cell phone and say, "My readings are too high right now." Instead, blood sugar rises slowly and gradually, causing complications that may damage your organs -- heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, feet, and even skin are at risk. Sometimes you wonder, "Is my blood sugar too high? Too low?" because "normal" levels are so important. "Diabetes is not a 'one-size-fits-all' condition, and neither are blood sugar readings. Different targets are established for different populations," says Amber Taylor, M.D., director of the Diabetes Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Targets may vary depending on a person's age, whether they have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and for how long, what medications they're taking, whether they have complications, and, if the patient is a female, whether she is pregnant. "Patients on insulin may need to test more frequently than someone on oral agents," says Taylor. "Those with type 1 diabetes always require insulin, but many with type 2 diabetes also need it." Target Blood Sugar Levels If you have diabetes, these are target "control" blood glucose levels, using a rating of milligrams to decilit Continue reading >>

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  1. bloch33

    Too high for a non diabetic?

    I am a Type 1 and the other day my sister who is 8 months pregnant asked me to test her blood sugar. She has always been very thin and eats EXTREMELY healthy. She has only gained 22 lbs. so far in her pregnancy. I tested her after we had just eaten dinner at a birthday party where she ate 1 peice of pizza and a piece of apple pie. I tested her about an hour later. I know i said she eats healthy, but hey it was a party. Her blood sugar was at 174. She has already had the glucose test they give to pregnant women at her doctor's office a couple months ago. Doesn't that seem a little high for a non diabetic even right after eating? Wasn't sure if I should post this in the gestational diabetes forum or not.

  2. Kassie

    I've heard that non-d post-meal blood sugars can spike up to 180. I wouldn't worry, especially since she passed her GTT.
    If she's worried, she might try a fasting blood sugar or just mention it to her doc.
    I've always thought that the blood sugars of non-d pregnant women would be a fascinating study! The body becomes naturally a little insulin resistant late in pregnancy (ie when the baby is doing some serious growing) - in GD women the body can't quite keep up with the extra insulin need. It's a fine balance, even for folks wito working pancreas'

  3. Mands

    I would advise your sister to request another gtt. A lot can change in a couple of months, and I don't think a non-D should reach 174, though I may be wrong. Best to go with caution considering the pregnancy, and advise her to see the Doc.

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