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Do I have diabetes? Curious about numbers. HELP

Today I was thinking about my health and was curious to see how my blood sugar levels are. So when I was at the store I brought a device with the test strips. I probably did over 20 different samples. I ate a lot of crackers and pretzels around 130-2pm. I started testing around 5 and finished around 530 just to get a string of numbers and to get the hang of it. I’ve never been diagnosed with diabetes or have symptoms but here are my values.

137
130
203
215
100
110
90
112
129
142
118
145
118
129
145
118
46
142

Those are some of the values I started recording. I know the numbers vary a lot. I’ve been trying to get the right amount on the test strip. Sometimes I would flood it, some times I would almost fill the entire little box up, fill it, and not fill the strip all the way.  Later on 3 hours after I ate my dinner I tested my sugar again.  I got a reading of 97,112,120, and before I went to bed it got a reading of 116.

The next morning I woke up and got a reading after not eating for 12 hours a score of 107.  Which is above the recommended fasting range of 80-100.  So I tested a few more times ten minutes later and scored 112,108,86,99,94, and 92.    A few hours later I ate a frozen dinner for breakfast and had my coffee and two hours after eating I tested again and got another series of numbers.  I got many numbers in the low 100s, some in the 110-120 range and two in the 130s.  I guess that’s in normal range.    

I also was looking at my blood test results from my doctor from the past years. Here’s what they had.

February 2016 fasting glucose 94 (they put it in as fasting but I know I wasn’t at the time)

October 2016 random glucose 79
January 2018 random glucose 86.

They were all in normal range but the thing I’m worried about were the higher values I got at home when I first did it and the 107 when I first got up.  Should I worry about being diabetic or am I putting too much thought into it.  I’m so worried about my health and I can’t help it because I have OCD so I keep on obsessing.  Sorry this is so long but I’m just worried about my health.  Am I fine or do I have something to worry about?
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231441 tn?1333896366
hello.   Here is what you should be looking for.

1. Fasting blood sugar is ideally less than 95.  However, if the number is just over 100 you do not need to be too concerned.
2. Post eating, the normal time to test would be 1  - 2 hours post eating.  YOu maximum post eating number should ideally be less than 120 - 140.

You did see a few numbers higher but that was after eating a lot of crackers and pretzels which are very high carb.  So that is not unexpected.  The best thing you can do for your health is to avoid eating sugary and processed foods and to stick mostly to meat, eggs, veges and unprocessed lower carb foods.  Keep you weight in normal range and exercise regularly, ideally daily.  Do not take sweetened drinks at all.


So yes, I think you are overthinking it.  You don't need to test multiple times a day.  Testing your fasting sugar a few times a week is an ok practice.  Testing now and then after a meal can also guide you to choose food that has least impact on blood sugar.  If you can keep your sugar in the 70 - 100 range all the time you are going to stay healthy and no risk of diabetes at all.

The best way to stay healthy is to prevent problems.  We do this with diet (unprocessed natural foods; not man-made processed foods).  eat in moderation.  be happy!
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