Forget Fasting Blood Sugar, Look at Post-Prandial (after eating) Blood Sugar

HeartHawk
By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2011-09-28 00:04:59 -0500
Started 2011-09-20 23:12:13 -0500

This is a precautionary tale. My fasting blood sugar ahs always been perfect, around 83. mg/dL. Quote by dumb luck, I started monitoring my blood sugar after eating things like oatmeal and oranges (among other). WH]hen I mentioned my post-prandial readings (1 hour after eating) the cardiologist I work with suggested I have what is called an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT).

My GP scoffed at the idea after noting my perfect fasting blood sugars. But, I persisted and practically demanded the test. Guess what, it showed I was prediabetic!

The moral of the story is don;t go for years as I did thinking everything is allright. So what I did, take up the many offers for a free blood sugar monitor the next time you are able and test yourself one hour after eating. Better yet, if you have heart disease ask your doc about an OGTT test. If you get any resistance show your doc this article about heart disease risk and fasting versus post-prandial blood sugar.

http://www.heartconnect.com/news-articles/386...

Oh, and let us know how your doc responds! A refusal to even consider the test may mean it's time to find a new doc!

HH


6 replies

MWmelbourne
MWmelbourne 2011-09-24 23:11:49 -0500 Report

getting doc's to change to this isn't easy.. they really rely on the fasting test (I have an A1C sch next week) but you are right! Before it's not bad, but after eating - if I eat a slice of pizza my sugar goes through the roof.. I'm printing this article out to take to the doctor. Good article - thanks!

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-09-25 23:50:07 -0500 Report

MW,

Yeah, I had to twist my doc's arm too to get the OGTT. He kept telling me I was OK as long as my fasting blood sugar was good - NOT!!! I finally convinced him by getting one of those free blood glucose meters and testing my post-prandial blood sugar then showing him the results.

HH

MWmelbourne
MWmelbourne 2011-09-27 09:01:43 -0500 Report

have meters and testing before meals for years (dietary controlled diabetic) - I've started tracking 2 hrs after.. Doc says that the A1C will show what he needs to know, but I'm passing the article to my cardiac team too (same practice).

Thanks for the posting/article - good information. There is a lot of overlap between communities here dx-wise

Seeing my pulmonary doc this afternoon & sch cardiac cath. to check progress with Ventavis, Letariis and Revatio meds. If we can get pressure down enough they may try to close the ASD - which hopefully will cut down on the stroke & seizure activity. I tell folks I'm allergic to heart attacks and strokes ;-) Have a good day - Milli

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-09-28 00:04:59 -0500 Report

MW,

Allergic, lol! Me too! Good luck, let us know how everything goes. Experience is the best teacher for all of us. Please apply liberally!

HH

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