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1/5/2015 2:15:44 PM - Weird al

You seem like a knowledgable guy so wanted to ask you this question

I have a glucose test (machine) that was given to me by my mother as she didn't need it, it's brand new

I have been taking my bloods for 10 days and something odd is happening

I take it in morning empt stomach
1 hour after eating 4.8 and 2 hours after eating 4.4

This is average over 10 tests

What do you make of this? Shouldn't my blood sugar be higher post meals?


It should be higher, but there are some possibilities.

In some cases, your body can produce too much insulin in response to X amount of carbs ingested. An example of this is if you're in the early stages of decreased insulin sensitivity (your tissues are becoming desensitized to insulin). Since your body isn't as sensitive to a normal amount of insulin, to prevent elevated blood sugar levels, your body responds by producing too much insulin when you eat.
The bad thing about this is it's a snowball effect because the extra insulin produced leads to more rapid insensitivity to insulin at the tissue.

This would help explain the elevated fasted blood sugar reading (in the morning). Since there isn't food in your system over night, there is no reason for the body to over produce insulin in response to food...but since the tissues are still desensitized to insulin, the blood sugar levels start to rise.

I'm not a doctor and this isn't a diagnosis, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

One way you can test your response to do the following:
Fast for 12 hours
Take your fasted blood sugar
Drink 75g of dextrose (glucose)
wait 2hours and test your blood sugar again
Test again at 6 hours post drink (not as important)

You can find all kind of data for readings online (I'm used to readings of mg/dL where something like 70 mg/dL is low and 140 mg/dL would be "high"....your readings are a different scale). They will tell you what a normal "fasted" blood glucose is in the scale your monitor reads as well as what kind of "spike" in blood sugar to expect following the ingestion of the glucose

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