Mike’s Blood Sugar Readings Explained

Mike’s been testing his blood morning and night for the last nine weeks. He uses a ReliOn Prime meter and test strips. It was the least expensive machine he could find, yet it had good ratings. He also bought lancets by the same company. The meter cost about $16 and the lancets were $9.

Mike needed to know how his body was reacting to the foods he ate. Blood sugar spikes after eating, and should lower to normal rates in about 2 hours. He tested morning and evening, and sometimes he tested two hours after eating a meal.

Evening reading 2 hours after dinner.
Evening reading 2 hours after dinner.

What are Normal Blood Glucose Levels?

The amount of glucose (“sugar”, measured in mg/dL) in your blood changes throughout the day and night. Your levels will change depending upon when, what and how much you have eaten, and whether or not you have exercised.

Normal Blood Sugars

  • A normal fasting (no food for eight hours) blood sugar level is between 70 and 99 mg/dL
  • A normal blood sugar level two hours after eating is less than 140 mg/dL

Mike’s A1c test was 10.2. Diabetes is diagnosed if an A1c is equal to or greater than 6.5 percent. A1c is an easy blood test that gives a three month average of blood sugars.

The chart below shows Mike’s blood sugar was as high as 283 in late June. In just one month, by late July his tests were coming into the normal range between 84 and 110. He has had some issues with his morning test numbers spiking as high as 130. We think the Dawn Effect is holding his levels a bit higher. He has had some morning tests that were in the 80’s though, and we are hopeful that allowing his pancreas and liver to rest, will reverse his diabetes.

Mike is still on a very restricted 20 carbs per day diet. He has lost 20 pounds in 9 weeks and is de-fatting his lazy liver and pancreas. His A1c was 10.2 in early July. He will get another A1c test in early October and we hope he will average a low 5.

Note: An A1c is a common blood test that gauges how well you are managing your diabetes. It reflects your average blood sugar level over the last few months, by measuring the percentage of hemoglobin coated with sugar.

 

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