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Glucose in urine but not in blood?

Started this discussion. Last reply by meee Jul 13, 2013. 27 Replies

Hello, So long story short- I had my urine sample taken yesterday and they checked for glucose. It came back saying that it was over 2000. But my blood sugars when i check with my meter have been…Continue

No energy when sugars are normal

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gerri Mar 21, 2013. 1 Reply

Hey there, It seems to me that every time my sugars are in the normal range- I have no energy. I just could lay down and fall asleep. I'm not sure if this is because my body may be more accustomed to…Continue

Let's educate me about ALCOHOL

Started this discussion. Last reply by Josephine A Ni Dhomhnaill Sep 30, 2012. 46 Replies

Okay when I was diagnosed (when i was 16) Doctors always told me the horror stories of alcohol and diabetes- and how people pass out and go into comas etc. I always wondered if they were trying to…Continue

Traveling with the 'betes.

Started this discussion. Last reply by peggysue May 10, 2012. 16 Replies

So how does everyone deal with traveling with diabetes? I'm usually hesitant to go away places because i feel unsafe without my family or doctors around (Even knowing diabetes is a pretty global…Continue


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Samantha RIley and Tom are now friends
Oct 29, 2013
meee replied to Tom's discussion 'Glucose in urine but not in blood?'
"that is good news!"
Jul 13, 2013
Tom commented on Cat's blog post 'The new ust 400 omni pod'
"Ive had it a few weeks now- no issues thus far."
Jul 13, 2013
Tom replied to Tom's discussion 'Glucose in urine but not in blood?'
"Well we're obviously working to get that down. It's hard to keep low bg averages when you're young and active."
Jul 13, 2013
Sam F replied to Tom's discussion 'Glucose in urine but not in blood?'
"dont know the answer to your question, per se, but my first response was that the urine and blood levels 1) might have completely different scales of norms, and 2) might not be directly correlated if you're concerned, go bernstein, today is a…"
Jul 12, 2013
meee replied to Tom's discussion 'Glucose in urine but not in blood?'
"interesting.. it is very complicated for sure.. one thing I notice is everytime I drink water to help lower myself, eventually when the water comes out- I test and bg always lower, lol. the same goes for going high... usually..."
Jul 12, 2013
Holger Schmeken replied to Tom's discussion 'Glucose in urine but not in blood?'
"By drinking you add more liquid to your blood stream. As a result the amount of glucose per drop is lower. The opposite is also true: the more we are dehyrated the higher our blood glucose. It shows that measuring glucose in a liquid is not trivial.…"
Jul 11, 2013
Tom replied to Tom's discussion 'Glucose in urine but not in blood?'
"It was Johns Hopkins actually. I went and saw my endo- she said everyhting was fine."
Jul 11, 2013
meee replied to Tom's discussion 'Glucose in urine but not in blood?'
"That's interesting Minnie. I haven't tested my urine at all since I was hospitalized, maybe once for ketones. I only have ketone test strips. I do drink water every time I spike and it helps lower me so I guess there must be some glucose…"
Jul 3, 2013
meee replied to Tom's discussion 'Glucose in urine but not in blood?'
"yes, true, my finger stick was 279 when the urinalysis was done, I think the urine was 1000++, ketones 160+, protein 100++. And my a1c was 13%. Obviously mu body was desperately trying to dump glucose...I agree, I don't think when we have an…"
Jul 2, 2013
meee replied to Tom's discussion 'Glucose in urine but not in blood?'
"When I was in dka I had 1000+ glucose in my urine, I think, I don't think it was considered normal... not sure what yours means..."
Jul 2, 2013
Ruth replied to Tom's discussion 'Glucose in urine but not in blood?'
"Oh, heavens...where was this health screening done? I've had a couple of really bizarre experiences with companies that had company nurses do the health screening tests....usually done by nurses that either should have been retired years ago or…"
Jul 2, 2013
Alan replied to Tom's discussion 'Glucose in urine but not in blood?'
"Nel - even in 1981 I was using a crude lancet device and some blood test strips that allowed you to visually check your blood glucose by the change in colour. Something is fishy. A BG of 2000 mg/dL as we know it is clearly not possible."
Jul 2, 2013
Tom replied to Tom's discussion 'Glucose in urine but not in blood?'
"I'm on a antibiotic that can make people dehydrated. Perhaps it's related. Thanks."
Jul 2, 2013
Brian (bsc) replied to Tom's discussion 'Glucose in urine but not in blood?'
"A dipstick reading of 4+ would correspond to a blood sugar reading of 2000 mg/dl. Bur it is not a direct relationahip and can be affect by things like dehydration."
Jul 2, 2013
Tom replied to Tom's discussion 'Glucose in urine but not in blood?'
"I think everyones confused hah. Let me clarify- I went for a health screening at new job I may be taking. One of the things they did was take a urine sample and check it for glucose. It said my glucose was over 2000 mg/dl."
Jul 2, 2013

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At 1:36am on April 4, 2012, Larry D said…

Hi Tom,

After almost a month trial on Apidra we jointly decided with our endo to switch from Humalog. My daughter's CGM and Blood Stick information showed significant improvement over the trial. In addition to Apridra, we are trying to give her the meal bolus 15 to 30 minutes before the meal especially breakfast (breakfast is her biggest spike).

At 6:35pm on April 3, 2012, Scott E said…

Hi Tom, thanks for the friend invite. I did not stick with Apidra... I quickly went back to Novolog. My blood sugars will all over the place with Apidra. In fairness, I didn't give it time to "re-learn" all of my basal rates, carb factors, and so forth on Apidra, but I found myself -- more than once -- stuck with an empty reservoir.

Apidra is written to only be used in a pump for two, not three, days, and like you saw on that earlier post, it is extremely sensitive to heat. So, in order to avoid running into the third day (and wasting insulin), I'd fill my pump reservoir with 2-days supply, and after running 50% of the time with a "Low Reservoir" warning, I grew numb to it. Since I couldn't carry an unrefrigerated vial with me, I once found myself sitting in a parking lot topping-off a near-empty Apidra reservoir with Novolog. Obviously not advisable, but it's what I had to do to have enough insulin through the day.

Needless to say, there were too many hassles with it, so I went back to Novolog. My doctor didn't think I'd see much improvement from it anyway.

At 9:15am on January 16, 2012, FHS said…

Hi Tom, thanks for the invite1

At 1:30pm on December 30, 2011, MeganB said…
I have gone low, but I have a Dexcom and I can see if I am trending down and I will have a snack or a tab.

It depends how they are. Usually if it happens it is towards the end of the workout anyway, so I have them eat a glucose tab and finish with some passive stretching or easy arm exercises. Does that help? It is hard to say what I do because every situation is different. My type twos are not on insulin generally, so they don't get the lows.
At 1:18pm on December 30, 2011, MeganB said…
Yes, just have their meter and glucose tabs near by!
At 12:56pm on December 28, 2011, MeganB said…
I actually have a BS in athletic training and a NASM cert in pt. I have been training for 12 years and specialize in training people with health issues : ). It is pretty ironic that I have type 1, because I train a lot of people with type 2 and a few with type 1!
At 5:39pm on December 27, 2011, MeganB said…

Yes, I am : )

At 11:51am on November 14, 2011, Kate said…

Hi Tom, I saw your comment that the pod is not going well. Let me know if you have any questions. I'm no pro, but I'd be happy to help in any way I can. Also, I see that we are in the same neck of the woods and am guessing that our pod reps are the same. I've had great luck with Mary (the CDE/trainer in the area). I could get you her contact info if you want a "pro" to chat with. Hang in there!

At 8:18pm on August 16, 2011, Pamaloo said…
Hi there fellow Marylander! Yes, I met with the Omnipod trainer last Monday and have to meet with her again next Tuesday to officially start with insulin (I'm not really sure why I have to meet with her again, I think I could handle changing my initial rates on my own or this could be handled over a phone call but I digress...). Anyways, if you have any other questions about the pod feel free to ask!
At 1:42pm on June 6, 2011, evdoxia said…
acting is mostly a hobby for me! I intend to study architechture or design and follow my dad's profession as he is a designer :-) it is worth to mention that here in Greece students like me doesn't take exams to enter uni's, the procedure is much easier! :D



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