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Phyllis M
My doctor said my sugar level is 350 and I am close to being diabetic is this true?

350? You would be having a stroke.

My sugar level was 126 and my Doctor said i was diabetic.Yours is definitely too high.You must exercise and change your diet immediately.Eliminate all sugary drinks, cakes, sweets,anything white such as rice,bread,potatoes, pasta.I am surprised the Doctor did not put you on medication.

Nunaya Bidnit
A blood sugar of 350 is way too high. You need to eat things that are low on the glycemic index. No candy, no fruit juice.

tracey a
yes, that is a very high level.

Based on the information you've given, no one on this website can diagnose you with diabetes. Determining whether you have a normal blood sugar level is totally dependent on the context. Did you just eat something before he tested your blood glucose? If you ate something, how long did you wait before the test? Did you truly fast over night and then do an oral glucose test under the supervision of a doctor/clinic? Did a lab interpret the results or was a glucometer used? If a glucometer was used, was it properly calibrated? The answers to all of these questions make a difference in diagnosing whether or not you have diabetes or are a prediabetic.

Exercise actually improves your body's sensitivity to insulin. So start exercising and you may be able to avoid going on medications. Also, make dietary changes. Nearly everything has sugar (very few things are pure fat or pure protein) so get on the internet or go to the library and find out what the good carbs are versus bad carbs. It's not healthy (and virtually impossible) to cut out all carbs. But most of the carbs that Americans favor are very low in nutritional value and high in processed sugars.

Talk to your doctor so that you really understand what it going on. Or, go see an endocrinologist because he would know a lot more about diabetes.

My blood sugar was 300 and I was diagnosed with diabetes.

Mine was 89. Yours is off the chart. You need to see an endocrinologist. BTW was this a fasting blood sugar?

you won't trust your doctor, but you will trust random people on the internet?
and yes, that is WAY to high.

git a new docter now!

Get thee to an endocrinologist.
Never go back to that uneducated doctor.

You will need a series of tests and then education about diabetes . You will find that counting carbs is the gold standard. You can eat every food on this planet.We need carbs too.
Good luck, take a deep breath and welcome.

Are you sure doc said that your level was 350? If it was you are not close to being a diabetic,you are at a dangerous diabetic level already- and if you don't bring this down with meds and diet- you could be in danger of going into a diabetic coma. If your doc said you were close to being a diabetic at this level, find a new doc immediately- preferably an endocrinologist, who specializes in diabetes. My hubby was diagnosed as having diabetes and his blood sugar level was just above 200, when they took the blood test.

Timmy T
Yes . The normal bloodsugar is between 80-120.

Ummm... Close to it? Is he kidding? I don't mean to scare you , but according to every book on the subject that I've ever read, you're already there.

Any two readings even a point or two over 200, plus a symptom of diabetes is conclusive.

Please go back to your doctor and make sure that was the number he gave you. Either he's made a mistake or you have, or he has missed the diagnosis.

Normal fasting blood sugar is between 70 and 100 by modern standards.

Normal blood sugar following a meal is supposed to be under 140.

If your blood sugar is over 140 your body is being damaged - nerves, eyes, kidneys, etc.

Please see this website for some very useful information about diabetes


and this page in particular for what happens when your blood sugar goes over 140 mg/dl.


and this page...

Truly Normal Blood Sugars

Fasting Blood Sugar
A normal fasting blood sugar (also the blood sugar you'd see before a meal) is roughly 83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less. Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.

Post-Meal Blood Sugar (Postprandial)
A truly normal person eating the high carb typical American diet does not go over 120 mg/dl (6.6 mmol/L) one or two hours after a meal and many are under 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) two hours after eating.

A truly normal A1c is 4.6% or less. That is the level that corresponds to a blood sugar kept under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) at all times. Heart attack risk starts to rise in a straight line fashion as soon as A1c goes over 4.6% and for each 1% of rise it is 2.3 times MORE frequent. That means that at a 5.7% A1c you have two and a third times more risk of a heart attack than a person has with an A1c of 4.6%.


Please get a proper diagnosis and get started on treatment asap if your blood sugar truly was this high.

Good luck!

No, Phyllis. If your blood sugar level is 350 mg/dL you ARE diabetic.

Of course, your doctor may wish to do further blood tests on you to either confirm or refute that.

Whatever you do, dear lady, don't panic. It's not the end of the world. There are millions of us around ... and we're still here ... and we'll be on your side.

There are many good people on here who will go out of their way to offer you good advice. (There are also idiots who give totally false/misleading information.)

What I would advise is that anything you read here, or anywhere on the internet, should be checked out with your own doctor. Your own doctor is likely to know more about you, and any pre-existing condition(s) that you may have, and is therefore in a better position to offer you the most comprehensive information that you can get.

I wish you the very best of luck.

If you do fancy having someone to chat to about diabetes, there are many sites that can be found on the internet, and I'm willing to throw in my tuppence [2 cents] worth too. Just click on my avatar/photograph and send me an email.

Phyliss M !
If your fasting blood sugar level is 100 mg/dL to 125 mg/dL, you have impaired fasting glucose — commonly known as prediabetes. To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may repeat the fasting blood sugar test several days to a week later.
A fasting blood sugar level of 126 mg/dL or higher is consistent with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes when accompanied by classic signs and symptoms of diabetes — increased thirst or hunger, frequent urination, weight loss or blurred vision.
To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may repeat the fasting blood sugar test on another day. If your test results are 126 mg/dL or higher twice in a row after at least eight hours of fasting, you may have diabetes.
If your blood sugar level is higher than 200 mg/dL and you have signs or symptoms of diabetes, you may be diagnosed with diabetes without a second test for confirmation.
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Mr. Peachy®
Close??? If that reading is correct, you are well beyond the level required to be classified as a diabetic. If you ate prior to the test, 200, or more, would be diabetic. If you hadn't eaten anything, prior to the test, for more than 8 hours, anything over 140 would be diabetic.

Welcome to the club.

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