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I think I may be experiencing some really low blood sugars in the morning. I just borrowed a test kit and will use it in the morning. What is the "norm" for blood sugar testing?

Some of my symptoms are sleeplessness, dry mouth even though I drink throughout the night, dizziness, nausea, using the bathroom all night long (5-6 times per night), etc....

Can someone help?

Thanks,

Wenmin

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it would be good for you to get an A1C test which is a better indicator than using the strips. Everyone is different and has a different average. It also changes with weight and over time.

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I think I may be experiencing some really low blood sugars in the morning. I just borrowed a test kit and will use it in the morning. What is the "norm" for blood sugar testing?

Some of my symptoms are sleeplessness, dry mouth even though I drink throughout the night, dizziness, nausea, using the bathroom all night long (5-6 times per night), etc....

Can someone help?

Thanks,

Wenmin

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That doesn't sound like low blood sugar to me. Some of it sounds like high blood sugar. Normal blood sugar is around 80. If it goes below 70 it is low. If it goes above 110 it is high. Note that every diabetic has their own range. I am supposed to keep my blood sugar between 90 and 130.

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I agree, this sounds like high blood sugar.

For basic info - how to use your test strips efficiently and effectively and how to keep your finger tips in good shape, see www.bloodsugar101.com There's also a book from the website, if you prefer. You need your own lancet for a borrowed kit.

For support from diabetics, there are several online forums, but consider checking out the Bernstein Diabetes Forum. Bernstein is low carb, so many there are very low in gluten and some are truly gluten free and have additional food intolerances. You can learn a lot there even if you do not go as low in the carb department.

Anytime blood sugar goes above 120, you are damaging your body. In the long run, this is the cause of "diabetic complications" such as retinopathy or neuropathy. You can develop these complications without ever becoming diabetic, however.

http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/14045678.php

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I realize I need a physicians opinion. I was just trying to gather data before seeing the Doctor. I have an appointment to get my blood levels checked (cholesterol, thyroid, blood pressure) in a couple of weeks. I was just trying to get some data to bring with me. Once I eat breakfast, I feel a little better and as the day goes on, I get better and better. Therefore, if I bring this information with me, he can see that I am running low or high and let me know what can be done about it.......

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I realize I need a physicians opinion. I was just trying to gather data before seeing the Doctor. I have an appointment to get my blood levels checked (cholesterol, thyroid, blood pressure) in a couple of weeks. I was just trying to get some data to bring with me. Once I eat breakfast, I feel a little better and as the day goes on, I get better and better. Therefore, if I bring this information with me, he can see that I am running low or high and let me know what can be done about it.......

wenmin

I think is would be a good idea to test if/when those symptoms interfere with your sleep. Everyone's different but I can go quite high and a bit low without meds or insulin and have slow onset T1. After 2 years managing my BG I just recently realized that I am going low in the early a.m. I feel so uncomfortable I can't sleep. If I power through and get up at the appointed time my BG is often back to normal because my body eventually adjusts up but if I keep a meter by the bed and force myself to wake and test when I feel that way, I find myself a bit low. You may be a bit high as some suggested. The only way to know is to test. An A1C is a good overall test for your general BG condition and would be good to get done but you should test those night/morning times to see what's up. That's the only way to know. A one time fasting blood sugar, which the docs often use to screen/dx is not always a good measure. Many people slip through the cracks with it. I have slow onset T1 and can still pass a fasting test without insulin. I was dx with an oral glucose tolerance test and later on antibody test(all per my request). The more data you can get the better.

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