Ask the Diabetes Educator Archive

11/14/05

Q:
What is considered normal blood sugar level for a 48 yr old male ? I have just recently been feeling fatigued, light headed, as well as slightly confused sometimes. I checked my blood sugar level a hour after supper, and it was 121. I came back and checked it 2 hours later, having had nothing but water for the last 2 hours, and it had gone up to 175.

Naturally, this is scary, as most of what I read about diabetes is so disheartening. It seems like it affects everything.

A:
The first best thing for you to do is to get a fasting blood sugar test since you do convey symptoms of diabetes. If your fasting blood sugar is under 126 but over 100, we call this "pre diabetes". I would suggest you also be given an oral glucose tolerance test, to see how you respond over a 2 hour period after drinking a syrupy mixture in a fasting state.

Diabetes is manageable. If you do show a positive diagnosis, the sooner you accept the condition, the sooner you can get on top of things. A healthy lifestyle is the best manager. How to do this is what challenges most people, and this is where you will need some guidance. Left unchecked, your fears will play out. Being "proactive" with it, you can lead a high quality life.



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