Posted by: SAIBAL SEN | 2020/08/07


Fasting sugar level concerns

My name is Saibal Sen, I'm 46-years-old. My sugar level is fasting 85 & PP IS 96 - should I take the medicine when I first check my sugar level? The fasting level was and the PP WAS 262. Then I consulted the doctor and he prescribed medicine for three months. After taking the medicine the sugar levels dropped. Now, after 6 months, the fasting sugar level is 85 and PP is 96, so my questions remains, should I use medication or not? 

Expert's Reply


Diabetes expert
- 2020/08/09


Good fasting readings should run between 72 to 126, and a reading done 2 hours after the first bite of food(breakfast, lunch and supper) should be less than 180, as this will mean an HbA1c(3 month glucose average test) of less than 7%. To have a normal HbA1c of 4-6% would mean having fasting readings between 72-108 and post meal readings less than 144. For elderly patients the targets would be a fasting level 72-126, and post-meal levels less than 216, with a major emphasis of avoiding low glucose levels. As glucose targets are individualized, you will need to ask your doctor what he wants you to try and achieve, but looking at your latest levels, it looks like you need to continue the medication 

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