blood glucose ranges

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Caitie posted on Thu, May 5 2011 6:01 PM

What are the blood glucose ranges for a 16 y/o girl? i have symptoms of being thirsty, frequent urination, fatigue and generally feeling bad.  I borrowed a monitor from a friend and I have been getting reading ranging from 38 in the morning to 126. Two hours after I eat, it has been between 131 to 185.

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A "normal" person should be less than 100 two hours after eating.  The 185 number may indicate a problem and you should see a diabetes specialist (preferably an Endocrinologist).  The 38 number is also disturbing.  That is way too low for anyone.  Most people don't realize that low numbers can be just as bad as high numbers, maybe worse for some people.  Your other symptoms are also indicators for diabetes.  Again, please see a doctor as soon as you can.  It sounds like you have some familiarity with diabetes.  Is someone in your immediate family a diabetic?

Bill

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Caitie replied on Thu, May 5 2011 11:22 PM

Nobody else is diabetic in my family. My track coach was the one who recommended the monitor when i told her my symptoms.

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Smart coach.  Have you talked to your parents?  Are you going to see a doctor?

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Caitie replied on Sun, May 8 2011 11:42 PM

My parents took me to the doctor. My A1C test came out 8.5

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"The following are normal blood glucose ranges for a person without diabetes:

Fasting: less than 100 mg/dl

2 hours after eating: less than 140

 It’s great that you are tuned into your body and recognize when something doesn’t feel right, and that you reached out to your track coach about the symptoms you’re feeling.

Increased thirst, increased urination, increased hunger, unexplained weight loss, and fatigue are all possible symptoms of diabetes.  However, there are also other things that could cause these symptoms to occur.

Home blood glucose meters are not accurate enough to make a diagnosis of diabetes. There are other tests your doctor can do to diagnose or rule out diabetes. Given your symptoms and the blood glucose readings you’ve checked, it is best that you see your Pediatrician or local doctor as soon as you can."

-Lisa Schmidt, BSN, RN, CDE

Pediatric Nurse Specialist

Joslin Diabetes Center

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An A1c of 8.5 is a firm indicator that you have diabetes.   This should be 5.4 or less for a non-diabetic.  Now you need to find out if you are a type 1 or a type 2. 

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“It’s great that you were able to be seen by your Doctor so quickly. An A1C of 8.5%, along with your symptoms does suggest diabetes (although this test should be repeated to confirm the result.) This means that your body likely is not metabolizing glucose like it should, causing high blood glucose levels. This happens either because of a lack of insulin (type 1 diabetes) or because your body is not using the insulin properly (type 2 diabetes.)

If you have not already, please work with your Doctor to find a local Endocrinologist. It is very important that treatment be started as soon as possible (if it hasn’t been already.) If you do not have access to an Endocrinology office that provides education/treatment to people newly diagnosed with diabetes in an outpatient setting, you may need to be admitted to the hospital.

Here are a few links to videos produced by the American Diabetes Association – briefly explaining what diabetes is:

http://professional.diabetes.org/UserFiles/Diabetes.wmv

http://professional.diabetes.org/UserFiles/Insulin_The%20Movie.wmv

http://professional.diabetes.org/UserFiles/Type%201%20Diabetes.wmv

http://professional.diabetes.org/UserFiles/Type%202%20Diabetes.wmv

 As you begin to learn more about diabetes, you may find the following websites helpful.

http://www.joslin.org/newly-diagnosed.html

http://www.jdrf.org/

http://www.childrenwithdiabetes.com/

http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/?utm_source=WWW&utm_medium=GlobalNavDB&utm_campaign=CON"

-Lisa Schmidt, BSN, RN, CDE

Pediatric Nurse Specialist

Joslin Diabetes Center

 

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