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Blood Sugar Levels For Adults With Diabetes

Each time you test your blood sugar, log it in a notebook or online tool or with an app. Note the date, time, results, and any recent activities: What medication and dosage you took What you ate How much and what kind of exercise you were doing That will help you and your doctor see how your treatment is working. Well-managed diabetes can delay or prevent complications that affect your eyes, kidneys, and nerves. Diabetes doubles your risk for heart disease and stroke, too. Fortunately, controlling your blood sugar will also make these problems less likely. Tight blood sugar control, however, means a greater chance of low blood sugar levels, so your doctor may suggest higher targets. Continue reading >>

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  1. [deleted]

    As far as I know ideal range is around 70 - 160 but I have been diagnosed recently and a little scared to keep my sugar too low. Turns out bread I was eating (doctor suggested a different kind of bread but turns out one I bought wasn't the right one) was making my sugar reach 300 and around that range I get sleepy. Around 160-220 I don't really feel sleepy or anything weird. When I got diagnosed I was around 570 but didn't feel anything weird besides being sleepy and having a blurry vision, he said it can be due to my age (I am 20). So is 160-220 healthy or should I lower it a little more?

  2. alan_s

    Patience. You're in a marathon, not a sprint.
    It will take time to reach a healthy range. You didn't develop this overnight so don't expect to take control immediately.
    Two links to for you to read; one is a repeat:
    Blood Glucose Targets
    Test, Review, Adjust
    PS The type of bread is far less important than the number of slices.

  3. kamishizuka

    For just diagnosed coming out of the 300-500s, I'd be perfectly happy with it. It took me a couple weeks after discharge to get below 200, and now I bounce anywhere from low 100s to just under 200. Ideal range I was given was 100-125 for the day, 100-150 overnight (Lantus reload and general inactivity will cause a small peak overnight). I would say aim as low as you can safely reach, which might be 150, might be 140, might be able to get all the way to 100 without crashing through to hypoglycemia. You'll want to do it within a couple months too, because the body will get used to running high all the time, until even a "healthy" 120 feels super shaky and low.
    Honeymoon means you still have a little insulin production on board, but not remotely enough to carry you through the day. On the one hand, it means your insulin will last longer, as you don't need to dose quite as much. On the other hand, that natural production can kick in quite randomly, and you can find yourself really low after a meal (because it contributed more than your dosage) or suddenly high because it decided it didn't want to produce today, and now your basal isn't enough to make up for it. Your endocrinologist (if you don't have one get one!) can order up a test to see just how much production you have left, but that will mostly be a small scale between zero and barely any, and doesn't really indicate how long honeymoon will last.
    Creeped your profile a little to catch your other threads (only ever see what bubbles up to my frontpage). You don't have to test constantly; the big data points you want to hit are before every meal, bedtime, and now and then your waking up fasting and two hours after meals (when bolus is hitting its peak). Organ damage doesn't start until you're way way out of range, like that 570 or worse, and even then it's when you're in those levels for a long period of time (like days). A single spike in the 200s isn't the end of the world, no matter how much it might feel like it. Check out Think Like A Pancreas to learn more than you thought you wanted to know about insulins and how everything's going to affect your numbers.
    It's scary starting out, but ultimately the variables you're controlling aren't that hard. Eat food, number goes up. Take insulin, number goes down. Exercise, number goes down with less insulin. Eat food with less carbs, number goes up less. To paraphrase a redditor when I was diagnosed last year, you've lived all your life on an automatic transmission for your metabolism. Now you get to learn to drive stick.

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