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Sugar level

SandyAnn

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Hi, I’m a newbie, and a bit confused I was told by a nurse my sugar level is 63 and to go back
Next week for another blood test, is this serious or just the norm. I really am a bit vague on diabètes
Any help here
 

Bruce Stephens

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Hi, I’m a newbie, and a bit confused I was told by a nurse my sugar level is 63 and to go back
Next week for another blood test, is this serious or just the norm. I really am a bit vague on diabetes
63 is probably HbA1c (an easily searchable thing). In the units usually used in the UK under 42 is normal, 48 and over is diabetic (so at 63 you're diabetic). However, as usual there's an error rate (and non-diabetes reasons why it might read high, like anaemia) so it's normal not to panic after just one test.

I imagine tests for some of those other reasons might be included in the tests the nurse would like to do in a week.
 

Toucan

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everydayupsanddowns

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Welcome to the forum @SandyAnn

Sounds like your surgery want to confirm things before making a diagnosis.

in general an elevated HbA1c suggests your metabolism has begun to struggle to efficiently metabolise carbohydrates - which include sugars and starches.

Between now and your next appointment it would be wise to cut out any obvious sweet and sugary things you are eating, and also to reduce your portions of all carbohydrates, including ‘healthy whole grains’ as your body may also be struggling to deal with them. So things like breakfast cereals, porridge, rice, pasta, potatoes, bread, crackers, pastry, grains, and many fruits.

Depending on whether you get a diabetes diagnosis you can then begin to work out which sources and amounts of carbohydrates are best for your BG levels, and which are best saved for special treats.

Let us know how you get on at your next appointment :)
 

Ditto

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Hello and welcome to the forum @SandyAnn :)
 
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