The most commonly asked question for Type 2 diabetics is “What should my blood sugar be?”
Your blood sugar (also known as blood glucose) levels likely go up and down many times a day.
They may continuously rise if you have uncontrolled diabetes and haven’t yet changed your diet. This can and will harm your health over time1https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/risks-complications-uncontrolled-diabetes.
High Blood Sugar Damage
Untreated high blood sugar levels lead to:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- High Cholesterol
- Amputation of extremities
It is crucial to know your blood sugar level should be under if you want to manage your diabetes properly.
This number can give you essential information about how well your diabetes is controlled and whether your treatment plan needs to be adjusted.
Having regular blood sugar checks can help you avoid serious complications.
Blood Sugar Levels
The normal blood sugar level is between 70 and 130 milligrams per deciliter. After a minimum of 8 hours of not eating (fasting) are between 70-99 mg/dL.
Then, two hours after eating, they are below 140 mg/dL2https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/getting-tested.html.
During the day, glucose levels are often lowest just before meals, so the body needs to work hard to get blood sugar levels back up to a normal range.
Eating a small snack or drinking water before meals can help to keep blood sugar levels from dropping too low. This is of concern if you are on a medication like Metformin that lowers your blood sugar.
Blood sugar levels for most people without diabetes typically fall between 70 and 80 mg/dL before meals.
However, it is not uncommon for some people to have an average blood sugar level of 90 mg/dL, while others may have a normal level of 60 mg/dL.
But what should your blood sugar be if you have diabetes?
There is no definitive answer to this question.
While the American Diabetes Association (ADA) provides guidelines, it is ultimately up to your healthcare team to help you determine what blood sugar levels are best for you.
The ADA suggests that most people with diabetes aim for a fasting blood sugar level of less than 130 mg/dL.
However, some people may need to aim for a lower number. Work with your doctor or registered dietitian nutritionist to determine the right targets for you.
Unhealthy sugar levels are those that are higher than what is considered to be normal.
High/unhealthy blood sugar levels can be caused by many things, including eating too much sugar or carbohydrates, not getting enough exercise, and having certain medical conditions.
Unusually high glucose levels are most often indicative of prediabetes which leads to Type 2 diabetes.
If your blood sugar levels are too high on a regular basis, you may need to take insulin or other medication.
Always talk to a trusted healthcare professional when making big changes to ensure your success and have support.
- Ozermpic doesn’t have to make you nauseous! - May 2, 2023
- Have you ever wondered about the benefits of pedometers for Type 2 Diabetes patients? - April 19, 2023
- Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Loneliness - April 13, 2023