Did a home blood glucose test :-(

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Did a home blood glucose test :-(

Postby rubee » Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:53 am

I have PCOS for about 7 years and I have never been tested for diabetes even though I hav asked numerous times!!
Anyhow, I did a home test and it came out 8.9 but this was only about 1 hour after eating .
Then I did a test after 10 hour fast and my level was 7.3..Do I have diabetes??
Im very worried now.. I have very little weight on me as is.. so the specialists usually tell me not to do that much excercise. I find it hard to keep on weight and usually eat healthy low GI and stuff..

Grrrrr I hate my body failing me all the time.
So upset no-one tested me for this before now!
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Postby babygem » Mon Apr 06, 2009 11:40 am

The 7.3 after 10 hours fasting does seem high Rubee.

I definitely think you should go back to your GP (or perhaps there might be a sympathetic practice nurse you could see?) and tell him/her about the tests you have done and how worried you are given your PCOS, and insist they do an official test. At my surgery they do it there and then using a test kit like the ones diabetics use to monitor their levels if necessary.

If all else fails you could go to a pharmacy to get tested and then if the pharmacist is concerend you could then take these results to your GP. I think Lloyds pharmacies offer free blood glucose tests if I remember rightly.

Don't be fobbed off by them again! If you do have diabetes it is important to get a diagnosis and proper meds, monitoring and so on.

Good luck and let us know how you get on!
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Postby Jay10 » Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:27 pm

Hi Rubee

7.3 after 10 hour fast is high, I went through the same thing with my GP and it took nearly a year for diagnosis, I am now type II diabetic but to get a diagnosis I had to have glucose tolerence test (GTT) you should ask your gp about one of thease.
Its vital to get this checked out quickly as un-monitored diabetes can lead to all sorts of complications.
You can pm me if you want.

Good luck
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Postby mandie82 » Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:55 am

7.9 can be high, but it depeneds what you ate before the 10 hour fast...

I have a kit too that my dad gave me as he has diabetes type 2, and when he first tested me it was in the morning, and I had not had anything to eat since the night before, but I also had a couple of cheecky vodka's and cokes, it was about 8 hours between that and the test, but it showed a level of 12.

What I tend to do is check it before I eat, and then check it about 1 - 2 hours after. Mine is usualy around 5, then after its around 8, which my dad said is ok, he did say that if I did it 2 hours after food and it was above 10 then I should worry.

But I would chek with your GP.. they will probably do a fasting test for you.. mine asked me to stop eating at 9pm and my test was at 10.. by which time I was ill for food..
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Postby LittleDot » Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:28 pm

Hi,
This information is from the diabetes uk website explaining the blood glucose levels that diabetics should aim to be:

Blood glucose self-monitoring and HbA1c targets for people with diabetes
Self-monitored blood glucose (mmol/l)* (16)
Fasting/pre-prandial: 3.5-5.5mmol/l before meals
Post prandial: less than 8mmol/l, two hours after meals.

Children with Type 1 diabetes (NICE 2004) (17)
Before meals: 4-8mmol/l
Two hours after meals: less than 10mmol/l

Adults with Type 1 diabetes (NICE 2004) (17)
Before meals: 4-7mmol/l
Two hours after meals: less than 9mmol/l


Type 2 diabetes (NICE 2008) (18 )
Before meals: 4-7mmol/l
Two hours after meals: less than 8.5mmol/l


http://www.diabetes.org.uk/en/About_us/ ... d_glucose/

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Postby rubee » Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:22 am

Very confused!!

got my results of fasting glucose from the hospital and it was 5.3..
Totally normal!!!

I had fasted for about 14 hours beforhand though would that make a difference?

I was just on my 2nd day of AF could that have influenced it? I'm so shocked that my blood sugar was normal after a week of home testing where the results were greater than 7.3!!!

Doctor says i'm fine...Finding it hard to believe!
thanks for all your help girlies!!
Rubee xxx
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Postby babygem » Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:55 am

That is good news Rubee!

Perhaps there is something wrong with your home testing kit?

Did you use the type with testing strips, like people with diabetes use? If so may be there is something wrong with the batch of strips you were using? I know they have expiry dates on them.

The one I've got has special solutions with it so you can check how accurate it is (probably all out of date now as I haven't used it for ages!).
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Postby LittleDot » Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:54 pm

Hi,

Home test kits have to be calibrated so the test strips and machine are in sync with one another, u can get the solutions from a chemist. Can give you a false reading if not in sync with one another. Some brands of machine are more sensitive than others.

My cycle affects my levels as a diabetic, I have to have more insulin to lower my raised levels, usual happens after I ovulate and up to the 1st day of my AF then my levels drop back down again so I reduce my insulin. So 2nd part of cycle (post ov) levels are higher than 1st part of cycle (during AF and pre ov).

Illness like a cold, also raises my levels while body is trying to fight infection.

Doc also told me if I have hypo (low), while sleeping without any symptoms, your body has a natural ability to stabilise your levels but tends to over compensate and you wake up higher than you should be (don't know how this works I didn't ask at the time)

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Postby sun_city_girl » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:16 pm

Wash your finger before the test especially if youve been eating and holding fruit, sweets, sugary stuff etc!
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