What is Recommended Blood Sugar Level to Control Diabetes?


The diabetes treatment is normally aimed to maintain blood sugar levels around a normal range. Well, what are the normal blood sugar levels and how to achieve them?

Normal Blood Sugar Levels

For Fasting

Normal range for a healthy person – 70 to 90 mg/dl (3.9 to 5.5 mmol/L)

Officially ADA recommended blood sugar levels for diabetes – 80 to 130 mg/dl (4.5 to 7.2 mmol/L)

After 2 Hours of Meals

Normal range for person without having diabetes – Below 140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/L)

Officially recommended by ADA for person with diabetes – Below 180 mg/dl  (10 mmol/L)

For HbA1c

Normal range for healthy person – Below 5.7%

Officially recommended by ADA for person with diabetes – Below 7%

How to Test Blood Glucose?

A convenient finger-stick blood test is the easiest way to learn your blood sugar at anytime and anywhere, with any glucose meter. You can get much accurate information, though it hurts a bit and it costs money for test strips. You can simply reduce the hassle and pain of needle sticks and get more details with CGM or Continuous Glucose Monitor. These monitors detect from the sensor inserted on the abdomen. It should be calibrated at least twice a day with traditional blood sugar monitor.

If you are taking quick-acting or rapid-acting insulin, you have to do blood testing too frequently. You need to take the right amount and not let it go too low. If you have Type 2 diabetes and if you are not taking insulin, it is up to you as how much you test. If you are looking for tight control, you need to test after eating various foods and do various activities and find out how it affects your glucose. You need to keep proper records of the results and record what you were doing and eating before test.

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