Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Guess my fasting blood sugar

Here’s a clue: The three readings taken quickly with three different meters pictured below are all from the same drop of blood this morning. A normal fasting glucose is 80 to 99, an impaired fasting glucose is 100 to 125, and anything over 125 is diabetic.

Are the meters really that are bad? Do some people have little clumps of glucose even in one drop of blood that causes fluctuating readings? I understand that blood sugar can rise and fall as fast as blood pressure, but not in a drop that is already out of the body, I think… Yes, technique matters, but this is all the same drop, so same technique (wash hands with warm water, dry hands, prick finger, blot first drop away with clean dry paper towel, then test).

Variability in test strips is very possible. Some may have been exposed to extreme temperatures  during shipping, etc.

My point is that almost a full year of testing and modifying my lifestyle in many different ways while seeking a normal glucose in the morning has me no closer to my goal, as far as I can tell with the current technology. It’s maddening.

What of they have in these meters, a random number generator? Seems like it at times.

Today’s test, low carb, organic home made food all day, pull-ups before lunch, 30 min aerobics in evening, then in bed early.

The idea is that those with high fasting glucose may produce too much glucagon and not enough insulin, perhaps due to fatty deposits in the liver and pancreas. Exercise helps. Milk thistle extract helps. Sleep helps.

Will my sugar regulation by tomorrow morning be any better? If it is, how will I even know? Bah.

Update: Next day’s readings, 2 meters, 1 finger stick, 4 tests in the same minute from the same drop of blood:

109, 89, 126, 110

This mearns I have a simultaneously normal, pre-diabetic and diabetic fastimg blood glucose.

Are these devices worthless? Am I an alien?

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This entry was posted on December 1, 2015 by in Biology, Health.
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