What is the normal number supposed to be when you are testing your sugar?

Topics: Testing, General

The goal in diabetes management it to get as close to normal (non-diabetic) a blood glucose level as you safely can. Ideally, this means levels between 70 and 130 mg/dl before meals, and less than 180 one to two hours after starting a meal.

Blood glucose targets are individualized based on:

  • duration of diabetes
  • age
  • other health conditions, such as previous heart attacks, high blood pressure, etc.
  • frequency of low blood sugar
  • individual patient considerations

The American Diabetes Association suggests the following targets for many nonpregnant adults with diabetes. More or less stringent glycemic goals may be appropriate for other individuals.

  • A1C < 7.0%
  • Pre-prandial plasma glucose (before a meal) 70–130 mg/dl (3.9–7.2 mmol/l)
  • Peak postprandial plasma glucose (1-2 hours after the beginning of a meal) < 180 mg/dl (< 10.0 mmol/l)

You should discuss what your personal goals should be with your doctor. Keeping a normal level all the time is not always possible and it's not needed to get results. Every bit you lower your blood glucose level helps to prevent complications.

Posted on January 25, 2012 by:

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