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madrehen

Confusing Fasting Blood Sugars

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madrehen

Hello,

At the recommendation of my brother who was recently diagnosed with type 2, I bought a glucose strip monitor and began to check my fasting blood sugars.  It has been 2 1/2 weeks and I have been watching my numbers climb - 97, 107, 112, 104, 105, 116, 118, 114, 116 and so on.  I started testing after meals - 1 and 2 hours and never get anything above 120.  I got my a1c checked at dr office on Sat  - it is 5.4.   I supposedly have polycystic ovary syndrome and I have been on thyroid meds for 22 years.  

 

So, I am trying to figure out what is going on with my fasting numbers if "I'm fine" according to dr.

 

Thanks for your help!

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Todd G.

Those numbers are very slightly high from perfect, but nothing to worry about. Your a1c is still good, but ideal is mid to upper 4's.

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samuraiguy

If you are over age 40 then your A1C is comparable to non-insulin resistant people of your age (NIH study = 5.3 +/- 0.3). Meters can be off by as much as 20% so go with the A1C rather than stressing over individual readings that are only a snap shot and can be influenced by test strip quality, cleanliness of the test site and size of blood sample, etc... Did the lab include a fasting blood glucose test with the A1C? If so, what was their result? It will probably be more accurate than your meter.

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