Do I Really Have Diabetes?
Carla, it's so easy to worry ourselves sick when we don't have the real information! I do not know how easy this is for you, but using your mother's glucose meter, (or buying your own, they're cheap it's the testing strips which are expensive) do your own tests. But please do ask your pharmacist to show you how to use the meter correctly, or you might get totally wrong readings. After waking, and before even brushing teeth, measure your blood glucose. It should be somewhere between 4 - 6 (JANGAR, correct me if I am wrong about the numbers!!) Then, test it again 1 hour after eating a meal, any meal. It should be sort of between 6 and 8. Of couse it can go slightly above 8 if you ate a lot of carbohydrates. Two hours after a meal your blood glucose should be down, between 5.5 and 6.6. Damage to the body, I've read, occurs when blood glucose stays above 7.7 for a couple of hours, I am not sure whether all that is correct. I have found that there are SOOO many grey areas in diabetes. The more I do reseach, the more confused I become!! Best is to visit a doctor and ask for an HbA1C test, which is a laboratory blood test, to see what your average blood glucose was over the last 8 + weeks Continue reading >>