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Community Q&A: Diabetic Patients’ Questions and Answers

Is it dangerous to experience a sharp spike in blood sugar levels between 150 and 180 mg/dL for 15 minutes after each meal, while maintaining normal blood sugar levels for the rest of the time?

Experiencing a temporary spike in blood sugar levels between 150 and 180 mg/dL for a short duration (15 minutes) following each meal is not typically considered dangerous in itself. It’s quite common for blood sugar levels to rise after eating, especially if the meal is rich in carbohydrates. However, what’s important is how your body manages these spikes and whether they return to normal levels afterward.

Consistently elevated blood sugar levels, or the inability to return to a normal range, can be a concern. Prolonged high blood sugar levels can contribute to various health issues, including diabetes and cardiovascular problems. If you find that your post-meal spikes are consistently high or you struggle to bring your blood sugar levels back within the normal range, it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional. They can help you develop a tailored plan to manage your blood sugar levels effectively through diet, exercise, medication, or other appropriate measures. Monitoring and addressing these fluctuations is crucial for long-term health and diabetes prevention.

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