Prediabetes and blood glucose levels

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Hi,

I bought myself a home monitoring blood glucose tester as I was very worried I was prediabetic/type 2 diabetes. I am 58 and overweight and do little exercise.. My fasting blood glucose level taken this morning was 5.7 and I was wondering if anyone knew if this level is high and should  I test myself again after a meal. I have been looking on the internet and one page says above 5.5 is prediabetic another says 6.0. Can anyone help?

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    This is the danger of people who have no need for a BG meter, buying one.

    Self-diagnosis simply does not work.

    If you suspect that your symptoms might indicate that you are pre-diabetic or fully diabetic, then the place to go is to your doctor who will give you an HBA1c haemoglobin test which is far more accurate than guesswork.

    As it so happens an individual reading of 5.5 to 6.0 mmol is considered to be within the acceptable range.

    If you have any doubts please go to see your doctor.

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    I agree with Archemedes. I wonder why you thought you might be pre-diabetic and also why you bought a BG monitor. They are not cheap whereas a blood test from the doctor does nt cost anything (assuming you are from the UK) and is much more accurate. There are of course things you could do now to help yourself such as losing weight, eating a healthy diet, and taking more exercise. However, the most important thing is to see a doctor and get it properly checked out.
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    If you think you might be diabetic then you probably are and NOW is the time to do something about it quickly.  The latest info in the TV news is that going on a strict diet short term somehow makes the body reset itself.  I don't know about that but you must take diabetes seriously and sort out your lifestyle.  I found the best way to eat that suited me was to eat low GI foods. I also take supplements of chromium, cinnamon, magnesium and Vitamins B complex.  Good luck.
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    Early morning readings can be higher than might be expected.  Try to take a series of readings over several days.  Immediately before eating, and at about 2-2.5 hrs after eating.  Pre meal readings of between 4 and 5.7 are reasonably normal, post eating expect readings between 10.5 and 12.

    If your much adrift from these readings, then I would certainly seek further advice from your GP.

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    I did two 2 hour post meal reading in the afternoon and the reading was 4.5 and 4.4. I was n't aware early morning readings could be higher than expected.I thought it would be at it's lowest as I hadn't eaten for 10 hours. I suffer from anxiety and my anxiety is worst first thing in the morning so maybe adrenalin affects blood glucose levels.
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