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[Science of Diabetes] One of the most common questions asked by people with diabetes is: “What are normal blood sugar levels?” Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer to this question, because it depends on how you define normal. It’s like deciding when someone is rich or poor, tall or short, thin or fat, or young or old. Most people would agree that a very skinny person was thin and a very fat person was fat. But how about the sizes in between? When does underweight become normal and when does normal become overweight? It’s all a matter of definitions and cutoff points set by one group or another. The definitions of normal, prediabetes, and diabetes are usually made by august committees of diabetes experts, and they change from time to time. For example, not too long ago, it was decided that you’re diabetic if your fasting BG level is 126 mg/dL [to convert to mMol/L, divide by 18] or higher, instead of the previous cutoff of 140. There are some guidelines about ...
My efforts to manage my blood sugar and be a good parent collided last night. Here's what happened:
First of all, some background information. Yesterday Sienna received her six month immunizations. The check-up went well; she's growing perfectly and developing normally. Getting shots always puts her in a little bit of a funk. So, by around 7:00 p.m. she was getting fussy and tired. I'd just enjoyed a delicious bran muffin after going for a walk with my mom and Sienna.
I knew my blood sugar was on the high side, so I tested in anticipation of dinner. My blood sugar was 233 mg/dl. Oops! I bolused 2 ½ units of insulin as we were planning a low carb dinner of homemade cheeseburgers. Dennis and I attempted to feed Sienna some milk and then some oatmeal, both of which she mostly refused. She was getting more tired and fussy by the minute.
"Okay," I announced. "Let's just get her in bed and then make our dinner."
The memory of the recent bolus hit me, ...
Last week I got to stay home from work for three days and play with my sweet little daughter! It was a wonderful break from my busy workweek routine. However, one good thing about my regular routine is that I eat a regimented diet that keeps my blood sugars level. On the weekends I go with a plan of "management indulgence" where I eat more carbohydrates, but I'm prepared to cover it with extra insulin. For some reason, being home during the week threw my eating, and therefore my blood sugars, all out of whack!
It started on Tuesday when Sienna and I visited my office. My coworkers wanted to see her and then we headed out shopping for new clothes for our growing girl! I needed a place to feed Sienna lunch and figured I get myself something to eat too. We stopped at a semi-fast food place that serves semi-healthy Asian food. I wisely skipped the white rice, however the chow mein that came with my chicken entrée was covered in a very syrupy sauce. Plus, the breaded...
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