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Fasting Glucose

What is the best time to check blood sugar? I normally try to check mine right before I eat breakfast (around 7:00) and it is relatively high (this week, it stayed in the 180 range). I am getting mixed information. I was told on many occasions that although it is high, there is no need to get alarmed. On the other hand, a doctor actually told me that I need to discuss with my primary physician about getting on insulin because my glucose levels should not be that high when I wake up. I have noticed though that when I check it after exercise, it is in a normal range. I have tried changing my eating habits and the time I consume my last meal, no matter what I do, it is still closer to the 200 range than the 100 range.

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Thanks for using the forum.

I would recommend recording your blood sugar levels fasting, and 1 hour after you eat and speaking about it with your doctor. The fasting level that you mention in your question is elevated. You want to speak with your doctor soon, so that you can get your sugars regulated either by diet and exercise or medications if that is what is recommended. It also might be helpful to keep a food journal until you see your doctor. It will give you and a doctor a record of what you have eaten and you can see how it affects your blood sugar.

I hope this helps.

Cathy
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180 is to high over time it give you damage.  there are (I think) 20 times to test.  rite when you get up and 1 hour after you eat.

The am is your fasting  and the 1 hour tells you if your meal had too many carbohydrates in it.

Carbs raise BG  ALL carbs  Whole wheat - raise BG, pasta - raise BG, rice - raise BG, potato - raise BG and most fruit.

many people sat to test at the 2 hour mark,  that test will tell you if your pancreas is functioning at all  and  I think its misleading.   as in MY 2 hour is at 140 so Im doing good.  But your BG could still be going very high as in 200 after eating (not good)
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This form need a way to edit

That should be 2 times to test (not 20)

Have you tried eating less carb to lower your after dinner reading? as in no (bread,gravy,potato, pasta, rice, fruit juice, dumplings....)
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Thank you both for your reply. This information will certainly get me on the track to where I need to be. I have tried other websites that offer food, exercise, and other trackers, but none offered me the guidance that I needed. I am so glad that I found this website!!
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I am trying to learn how to count carbs. I have a quick guide booklet that shows me the percentage of carbs I am allowed to have, and according to that guide and the reports (from my food diary) I am meeting the percentage of carbs. Any help counting carbs/cutting carbs will greatly help. I've even considered going on the Atkins Diet, but quickly realized that this is not a diet, but a complete lifestyle change and believe it or not, I think that I am afraid of the lifestyle change. I realize that by being afraid of the lifestyle change will hinder or even halt my progress. That is why I need the support of others to help me make the right choices.
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Yes diabetes requires a life change.
I dont eat a diet, I eat low carb, under 100 gr of carbs a day. spread out.
usually non at breakfast.  
a sandwich made with low carb bread (18 gr of carbs)  then dinner different all the time.
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