Blood Glucose Level

Glucose is used by cells in the body as a fuel. The hormone insulin that is produced by the cells in the pancreas help in absorption of this glucose. High level of blood glucose in the blood is called diabetes.

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Do you agree that home glucose monitor value is always higher than actual lab report?

Query: Hi doctor, My doctor says that glucose reading given by home monitor is always 10 % higher than the actual glucose reading from the laboratory test result. So, if my reading in the home monitor is 90 mg/dl, then my actual glucose is 81 (90 minus 9, 10% of 90). Is he right? Do you agree with this?  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is not like home glucose monitor will be 10 % higher. It can be higher or the same or even lower than laboratory results. In fact, in my observations, I have noticed it to be slightly lower than the laboratory test result. What I recommend is calibrate your home glu...  Read Full »

Why is my blood glucose level different in home glucose monitor?

Query: Hi doctor, My father checked his fasting sugar in a blood glucose home monitor using blood taken from pricking the finger and then putting drops of that blood on a test strip. It came out 130 mg/dL. Then, he went to a laboratory and there he gave his blood sample. In laboratory test, the fasting su...  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, there shall be difference in reading of blood sugars checked through glucometerand that done in the laboratory. Because, laboratory check for serum blood glucose and home monitor check for blood glucose. There is a minor difference between blood and serum. ...  Read Full »

What are prediabetic, diabetic, and IGT?

Query: Hi doctor,My friend advised me to check my glucose on her glucometer. The results were as follows after eating a meal with the following nutrition specs: Carbohydrates 98 g, fiber 21 g, protein 28 g, fat: 27 g, saturated fat: 4.5 g, calories: 720. Blood sugar after 1 hour 113, after¬†2 hours 131 an...  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Why are you worried that you have diabetes?Do you have polyuria that is increased frequency or volume of urination or any positive family history or numbness of the feet?Whatever the cause might be with the values you have sent I can assure you that you are not even predi...  Read Full »

I am pregnant and is my fasting glucose is always high?

Query: Hello doctor,Why is my fasting glucose always high? My range is 110 to 115. Doctors tell that I should maintain below 95 as I m currently pregnant. My afternoon and dinner values are within the range. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Abdul Kader

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Traditionally soluble insulin is the agent of choice for uncontrolled DM (diabetes mellitus) or GDM (gestational diabetes mellitus) in pregnancy. Rapid acting analog insulin aspart is a safer choice along with diet and tolerable exercise. Diet and exercise are tried fi...  Read Full »

I have Hashimoto's disease. But why am I hypoglycemic when my insulin levels are normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroid disease approximately four months ago after my second pregnancy. I started taking Levothyroxine tablets. Due to weight gain, I took a GTT on Monday. My insulin was within the normal range. However, I was hypoglycemic during the first two hours. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There can be multiple reasons for hypoglycemia in your case. The first reason can be due to prolonged fasting. Maybe your body could not cope and developed hypoglycemia. Secondly, it can be due to increased body metabolism under the effect of thyroid medication. You...  Read Full »

Why is antifungal medicine not working for my skin problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from a skin condition for about four years in groin area as you can see in the attached pictures. There is a dark brown area with sharp borders on upper inner thighs where scrotum touches thighs. There is no itch, pain or burning sensation and it is not raised and also v...  Read Full »

Dr. Rashmi Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the pictures (attachments removed to protect patient identity). It does look like fungal infection with some post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. We need to address the infection first and then proceed to pigmentation. Please tell what antifungals...  Read Full »

My glucose is normal, but my insulin seems too high. Is this of concern?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently did a glucose tolerance test, where insulin levels were measured at 0 minutes, 60 minutes, and 120 minutes. The results are: 0 Minute: Glucose 4.74 mmol/l, Insulin 11.2 uIU/ml. 60 Minure: Glucose 8.71 mmol/l, Insulin 104.3 uIU/ml. 120 Minute: Glucose 5.07 mmol/l, Insulin 1...  Read Full »

Dr. Wain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to see the image of your reports and would also like to know, if have you undergone the HbA1c test. How long have you been diabetic, have you been on oral antidiabetics?   Read Full »

What are the side effects of Glycomet SR 500 mg?

Query: Hi doctor, I am in the initial stage of diabetes. I have been diagnosed before a year only. I walk 7 km a day and five days a week. Still, my present medication does not maintain my glucose levels. My average fasting blood sugar level is 140. I am currently on Glycomet 250 and I am wondering if I sh...  Read Full »

Dr. Suneetha B S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. From your blood glucose levels, it is clear that the medication you are taking is not sufficient to control your blood glucose. You have not mentioned if you are taking Glycomet 250 once or twice a day. If you are taking Glycomet 25...  Read Full »

After how many days should a diabetic patient check blood glucose level?

Query: Hello doctor, After how many days a diabetic patient needs to check their blood glucose level? Is the BMR is too low for a whole day diet plan like 1000? Such low calories are sufficient for any patient for the entire day, or do we need to improve something? Also, guide us by giving factors to be co...  Read Full »

Dr. Krutika Shrikant Ingle

Answer: Hello, Welcome to For a person with diabetes on medicines, with stable blood glucose levels, they need to do their BSL fasting and Pp once in six months and HbA1C test every three months. For people with diabetes on insulin, they need to follow the same, but additionally they need to ...  Read Full »

Why do I have blurred vision, jitteriness, and high blood sugar even under medication?

Query: Hi doctor,I am having symptoms like jitteriness and blurry vision. My blood sugar is 155 without eating. I have been trying to control it with diet alone. Currently, I am taking Prilosec, Losartan, Coreg, and Buspar. My concern is my sugar being high without eating. I ate about 20 minutes ago and ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello,Welcome to can understand your concern. I want to tell you that not only do low blood sugar levels cause jitteriness, but also increased blood sugar levels and fluctuations in blood pressure levels can also cause the same. I suggest getting an HbA1c level and consulting your phys...  Read Full »

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