Every year you go to the doctor’s office for your annual physical examination. He listens to your heart, takes your blood pressure, talks to you about what is happening in your life and then they take several vials of blood to send off to the laboratory. This is nothing to worry about since you have been doing this for several years and everything has been normal.
A few days later you get a telephone call from the doctor’s office that he wants to talk to you about your blood sugar level. You are told that there is nothing to worry about but they make another appointment for you to come in for a consultation.
You start wondering about what is a normal blood sugar level and you begin doing research on the internet about it. You learn quickly that a person’s blood sugar level is vital to your overall health and that the level changes throughout the day and night and that the changes can also be linked to what you ate and when you ate. Now, you are thinking that this is not a problem and that maybe the doctor’s reports are not accurate. You have been eating properly and you feel fine, but you go in for the consultation anyway.
Your apprehension is increasing as the time for your consultation comes around and you have learned that the normal blood sugar level is between 70 and 150. You thought of this as a reasonable scale to reach and never thought that yours might be higher.
The doctor sits down with you to go over all of your reports and you learn that your fasting blood sugar level is about 140. Wow, now you are thinking that this great, you are within the normal range. Unfortunately your doctor is a bit more concerned that your level is higher than it should be with a fasting blood test.
He tells that while you are in the normal blood sugar range that it is on the verge of being too high. Then, he goes into great lengths to tell you that you could become diabetic in the future if your blood sugar rates are not monitored. You are provided with several brochures about being diabetic (even though you are not) and receive a nutritional counseling session with the nurse who then tells you about the importance of watching what you eat and exercising properly.
Taking proper care of your body by monitoring your intake and regularly exercising can help you avoid become one of the many people developing diabetes. You are in control and you have the ability to avoid this terrible disease. All you have to do is take care of yourself and make sure that you keep your blood sugar levels in the normal range.