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Am I considered a pre-diabetic?

I tested my blood glucose today after a 7 hour fast and my reading was 155, then not a minute later it was 161, about 3-4 minutes later i was curious and tested it again, it was 168. Could stress have made it go up that many points within five minutes? Also am I prediabetic and what do i do to bring my numbers back down to normal?
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Are you also 35yrs old? If your fasting glucose is higher than 125 you are actually diabetic.  If you get a blood glucose tolerance test your glucose level should be below 200 one - two hours after the test...
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No I am only 25, no history of diabetes in family and am overweight, not morbidly, but at an unhealthy weight.
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Don't quote me, but as a Diabetic I believe that with those levels you are indeed Diabetic.  You do not say why you have a meter to check blood levels in the first place.  You should check with your Doctor to be sure about what is going on.because quite frankly you do not need a family history of Diabetes to suffer the condition.

I always say that one should have a list of questions ready for the Doc whenever you make contact.  You should make contact immediately to find out just what is going on.

Please come back and let the Forum know what happens.

Good luck - Anita
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If you are using home testing device, I guess you are using different fingers everytime you took a blood sample. I was told once that taking a blood sample from the tip of the finger is not so accureate. You may want to have a professionally-managed blood test.

But if your fasting glucose is above 150, that is quite high.

My suggestion is to take the same test with the same constant variables provided. On the first day notice your last meal time at night and take a test in the next morning. Test you FPG and note it.
Second day, eat the same meal at the same time at night. Take another test the next morning at the same hour. Write down your FPG.
Do this several time, to make sure if you have constantly high FPG or it is just an occasional spike. And if you're using that home device, use the same finger.
141598 tn?1355675363
First, 7 hours is not long enough for a fasting test as it usually is 8-10 hours. One hour can make a difference. Second, does your home meter require calibration to test strips? Do the test strips have an expiration date? Can you see a doctor and get tested properly? Ask for an A1c which will average your past 2-3 months glucose levels. The results are presented in percentile [%] which when converted to eAG [estimated Average Glucose] tells you what your daily glucose was. This will tell you your status - normal, prediabetes, or diabetic.

Lastly, keep in mind the FDA only requires mfg of home glucose test meters to be within ±20% of accuracy.
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