Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
January 26, 2004
Complications, Hyperglycemia and DKA
Question from Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA:
I would like to know what the acceptable sugar spike is after eating. For example, if I eat a high carb meal and my premeal blood sugar level was 100 mg/dl [5.6 mmol/L], if it spikes up to 275-300 mg/dl [15.3-16.7 mmol/L] and comes back down to 100-120 mg/dl [5.6-6.7 mmol/L] after 2 hours, is that ok?
In order to achieve an A1C of less than 6.5% to reduce your risk of serious complications, your before meal tests should be less than 120 mg/dl [6.7 mmol/L] and your two hour (after you start eating) post prandial should be less than 140 mg/dl [7.8 mmol/L]. Even though you return to normal several hours later, the frequent spikes add up and can lead to consequences.