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A A A High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycemia) Whenever the glucose (sugar) level in one's blood rises high temporarily, this condition is known as hyperglycemia. The opposite condition, low blood sugar, is called hypoglycemia. Glucose comes from most foods, and the body uses other chemicals to create glucose in the liver and muscles. The blood carries glucose (blood sugar) to all the cells in the body. To carry glucose into the cells as an energy supply, cells need help from insulin. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas, an organ near the stomach. The pancreas releases insulin into the blood, based upon the blood sugar level. Insulin helps move glucose from digested food into cells. Sometimes, the body stops making insulin (as in type 1 diabetes), or the insulin does not work properly (as in type 2 diabetes). In diabetic patients, glucose does not enter the cells sufficiently, thus staying in the blood and creating high blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels can be measured in seconds by using a blood glucose meter, also known as a glucometer. A tiny drop of blood from the finger or forearm is placed on a test strip and inserted into the glucometer. The blood sugar (or glucose) level 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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