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Is My Blood Sugar Too High?

By    |   Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:15 AM

Question: My blood sugar rises very fast, and very high, after I eat — up to 240 after lunch. But my fasting blood sugar levels are normal (usually around 95). I am not overweight and eat what I think is a pretty healthy diet. Is this normal?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Fasting glucoses of under 100 are very normal. But blood sugar levels after a meal can rise much higher. With levels as high as yours, it would be wise for you to see your primary care physician for a check up on your glucose control.
Having a record of your glucose levels before a meal and at bedtime for several days will greatly help your doctor assess your condition. Your doctor will take a focused history and physical, and should check your urine for glucose or ketones.

Once checked for signs of a metabolism disorder (such as diabetes or thyroid problems), you can expect a blood test called a HbA1C (hemoglobin A1C), as well as an assessment of cholesterol levels, a CBC, and blood chemistry testing. These will help your doctor evaluate your average glucose control over the prior three to six weeks.
We used to do glucose tolerance testing, but this is rarely done now. You may have a delayed or diminished insulin response, diabetes, or perhaps the variation you have noticed relates to another disorder. In any case, it is time for you to visit your personal physician, and you would do well to have a dietitian help you follow a high-fiber diet, lower-calorie diet to decrease the peaking glucose levels you have measured. 

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But blood sugar levels typically rise after a meal, but extreme spikes in glucose can indicate diabetes or other problems.
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