Blood Sugar Levels

The normal blood sugar levels for a non-diabetic individual should be between 72 and 99 mg/dL when fasting and up to 140 mg/dL a couple of hours after a meal. And for a diabetic individual, fasting should be 70 to 110 mg/dL, and up to 200 mg/dL after a meal.

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Does alcohol smell from a diabetic a sign of ketosis?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband is a type-2 diabetic. He takes Metformin, Januvia, and Zoloft. He smokes marijuana and cigarettes. He has been on the strongest nicotine patch for the past week, but still smoking occasionally. Twice in the past week, he smelled strongly of beer or alcohol and I thought he h...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query and from what you have mentioned, it appears that your husband has diabetes and he is trying to quit smoking. I would like to answer each one of your questions one by one: Yes, withdrawal from cigarettes can cause the person to be highly irrit...  Read Full »

How long can I take HRT, and will it cause any trouble when taken for a long time?

Query: Hello doctor, I have just received my blood results of thyroid and hormone blood test, and I require your help, please. I am 54 years old woman, who is 5.6 feet tall and weigh 183 lbs. I have suffered from ill health for many years and cannot remember the last time I felt well. I had a complete hyst...  Read Full »

Dr. Deep Dutta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am sorry you have had to go through a lot. I really appreciate your writing all your problems in such a detailed way, which makes me easy to understand all your symptoms fully. Most importantly it is high time you stop your hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT shou...  Read Full »

My eight-year-old son feels thirsty constantly. Is he diabetic?

Query: Hi doctor, I am worried about my son who is 8 years old and weighs approximately 66 lbs. Over the last couple of days, he is constantly thirsty, it is very hot outside. Sometimes, he is also tired, although generally, he is very active. I tested his fasting blood sugar approximately 10 hours after a...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query, and from the blood sugar levels of your son, it does not look like he has diabetes.I agree that he is 66 lbs and 8 years old, but children of developed countries usually are overweight, which is because of under activity. Please allow him to li...  Read Full »

Why did my husband have five episodes of hypoglycemia today?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband has type 1 diabetes. He has had no Insulin today but has had five hypos today, and his sugar levels are dropping again. He had his regular food all day, drank juice and cans of coke. He has not done anything different to any other day and also has not been stressed either. He ...  Read Full »

Dr. Swaraj Waddankeri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 1. How long has he had diabetes? 2. When you say hypo, what were his sugars? 3. What is the dose of insulin that he is taking?   Read Full »

Why does my brother's daughter urinate frequently?

Query: Hi doctor, My brother's younger daughter is 6 years old. Her weight is 52.9 pounds and height is 4 feet. She always rushes to the bathroom to urinate. In a day, she rushes 20 to 25 times to urinate. We have done her urine RE, and it shows everything as normal. She becomes thirsty to drink water. She...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concerns. Increased frequency of urination in a 6 year old child can be due to UTI (Urinary Tract Infection), renal stones or diabetes mellitus. Since, in this case, increased thirst is also present there is a probability of diabetes mellitus. Althou...  Read Full »

My random blood sugar level is high. Do I have diabetes?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 37 years old. My random blood sugar level is 227 today, but I had a sweet tea 15 to 20 minutes before getting the test. Should I test it again? Can I still control my diabetes, or does it have no treatment?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello,Welcome to went through your post. You have not mentioned whether you are on any treatment for your diabetes. However, I would suggest a few things.Diabetes is a treatable disease, and people lead a normal life despite being diabetic, but they still need treatment. If you are not...  Read Full »

While pricking my finger to test my blood sugar I pierced the lancet needle too deep resulting in blackish discoloration for hours. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, This might sound like a silly question, but something unusual has happened with my finger. I was testing my blood sugar using a lancet (I am not diabetic but have been feeling hypoglycemic or lightheaded when hungry; therefore, I tested my glucose). My sugar readings were normal. However,...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You may have gone deeper with a lancet. It usually happens when someone does it on themselves and is very new to doing so. This is because they need to become more familiar with the pressure needed to get the blood for testing. Good to know t...  Read Full »

What does it mean to have a sudden onset of slurred speech?

Query: Hi doctor, My 70 year old father has developed slurred speech from two days. He has diabetes, benign prostate hypertrophy, and history of vascular dementia. He does not have weakness, paralysis, or numbness. He does not have hypertension or any cardiac disease. He refused to do a CT scan in the ER....  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In a patient, having risk factors, like diabetes mellitus and acute onset slurring of speech, it raises the possibility of developing an acute stroke. Though there may be other causes too. I would suggest undergoing the following tests: MRI of the brain or N...  Read Full »

I have a high blood sugar level which is 240 mg/dL. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My weight is 62 kilograms and my height is 5 feet 6 inches. My blood sugar is high (240 mg/dL). Please help me. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Robert Hugh Shapiro

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There are multiple suggestions that I can make as a doctor. I would test your blood sugars four times daily, before every meal and at bedtime. The issue with high blood sugar is not short-term but long-term effects, such as eye, kidney, and nerve disease. I am assuming...  Read Full »

I am a 67-year-old male and having diabetes. What can be the suitable remedy for my erratic blood sugar levels?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 67-year-old male and having diabetes for the last 15 years. Currently taking Ryzodec (14, 16 units morning and evening respectively), Galvus Met, PPG 0.3 (1 BD). Generally, I do not take any sweet eatables. Still, my blood sugar is erratic. Hb1Ac is 8.2. Please suggest a suitable r...  Read Full »

Dr. Shazli Naseer

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. Please provide me with the following information to make proper suggestions for adjustments: 1. Is your diabetes type 1 or type 2? Share the blood sugar log for at least five to seven days. I do ask my patient...  Read Full »

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