Monday, January 27, 2014

Still here, still waiting

No, I haven't taken the money and run off to a non-extradite Banana Republic. We're just waiting for the kits to arrive from the American Gut project. I do have the Bob's RM potato starch and a BG meter. Kids have even started coloring a few of the thank you post-cards. We're as ready as can be.

On the BG meter, I've been taking a few readings to try and get a feel for the meter and figure out what our baseline is. I think that the meter probably needs calibrated. Our 6:00AM pre-breakfast readings have consistently been in the upper 80's to mid 90's, plus a couple 100+. I'm not an expert on BG but that seems pretty high for a family goes pretty light on refined sugar. On the flip side, the two occasions where I've measured myself after a meal, the high reading was less than 130 and corresponded to about a 30 point delta. I think that is a fairly muted response, indicating good BG control.

If anyone knows, please feel free to comment. Thanks.


  1. Normal and diabetic blood sugar ranges

    For the majority of healthy individuals, normal blood sugar levels are as follows:

    Normal blood glucose level in humans is about 4 mM (4 mmol/L or 72 mg/dL)

    When operating normally the body restores blood sugar levels to a range of 4.4 to 6.1 mmol/L (82 to 110 mg/dL)

    Shortly after a meal the blood glucose level may rise temporarily up to 7.8 mmol/L (140 mg/dL)

    1. Thanks Phil. That seems to agree with my original supposition, that the meter is reading on the high side. That our BG isn't spiking way above 140 and returns to our typical baseline within a few hours points to the meter, rather than the whole family being pre-diabetic.

  2. I don't know if you are doing it like this, but the least painful spot to lance is the outer part of the little finger. It's fleshy but not as sensitive.

  3. Thanks. I'd been poking the ring and middle fingers, which would smart for a bit even the following day if it were bumped the wrong way. I'll give the pinkie a try next time, probably in a couple weeks as a mid-point assessment.