You have all provided me with such great advice! I am not on meds - I'm doing my best to control my blood sugar with diet only, so I guess I'm not too far off. I just missed 6.5 on my last A1C and my doctor was pleased with where I am -- just want to make sure I keep it under control!
For normal folks, the blood sugar level rises rapidly after eating and peaks in about 30 minutes, then decreases gradually back to normal fasting levels (less than 100) within 2 hours. This is the reason for the testing at 2 hours after eating.
For folks with diabetes, the peak can be much higher than normal and the length of time for the bs level to decrease back to fasting levels can be much longer. Also if your fasting level is higher than normal -- your peak will tend to be higher and it will take longer to decrease.
What you are attempting to measure is how close to normal you are -- that is, how much under control your diabetes is. You are close, but still need to work on it.
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Now that I am watching my FOOD intake, very seriously, my blood sugars are way down 2 hours after a meal or food, usually under 110 or so. i was on meds but now nothing. I log everything and mostly my carbs are the good ones from fruits and whole grains. It's got to be a way of life and now after 78 days it's really is great. My morning FBS was 150-160 + but now.. in the 100-117 range.
It can be done, but I'm sure it won't work for everyone. Good luck with yours.
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You test before you eat a meal, then again 2hrs later to seehow the food you ate affects your blood sugar. Should be less than 140-180. Then by the time you eat again it should have gone down. This is what I learned in the classes I took. Hope this helps. I control my BS by diet so it might be different for people who are on insulin, or medication.
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it varies mine is back down in an hour but then i use insulin and that is how it works for me even my diet is fixed so that for the most part it doesn't really have a spike after eating or a very small one it's a hard row to hoe like that but it works for me
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All books that I have been reading say that wait 2 hrs. after eating. Then test it should have readings between 80mg and 180mg. Start by reading and look things up on the Internet that will give you some clues of how high or low are. But go by what your doctor and your diabetes health educator. Betty
How long does it take for your blood sugar to come back down after you eat a meal? I've been told to test at the 2 hour mark, and generally it's still around !40-170. If I test again in half an hour it may be under 100. What are your experiences?
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