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Fri May 30 11:45:36 EDT 2014

Hi my HbA1C has been around 5.7. But spikes after meal have always been my problem. One hour after meal is 150-220. Should I be worried?
Asked By: joyi  

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Prediabetes since 2011. Have been exercising, watching diet. Aiming to reverse or delay onset of Type 2 diabetes.
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2014-05-31 10:16:20.0

Dear Joy1:

Kudos to you for the care and attention you are giving as you attempt to take the offensive to prevent DM2.

Generally, the blood sugar target for 1-hour after meals is less than 180, and two hours after a meal 140 or less. Your post-meal numbers don't sound excessive, but it would be a good idea to test your blood sugar at the two hour mark and see where they are falling.

You may want to try reducing the amount of carbohydrates you eat at each meal, increasing protein and being sure to eat plenty of non-starchy vegetables. You may also find it helpful to time your exercise more strategically. Exercising after, rather than before eating will often help prevent the rises in blood sugar you are desribing. And last but not least, many people begin taking a small amount of mediation to help control their blood sugar BEFORE they actually have blood sugar results high enough to diagnose them with diabetes.

Good luck, and keep up the good work.

Answered By: Anne Carroll
Accreditations: RN, CDE
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