blood sugar readings

By helen7898 Latest Reply 2011-06-04 14:50:51 -0500
Started 2011-05-25 01:59:53 -0500

What is a normal BS reading. My Dr. never told me what it should be, just what it shouldn't be. Is it different for a diabetic than a non diabetic? Mine does vary between 126 and 153 before eating and after about 146 to 183. Are these good or bad. Still new at this and I am not sure what is good or bad.

18 replies

cheetah1976 2011-06-04 14:50:51 -0500 Report

before meals 70-100
2 hrs after meal 100-140

helen7898 2011-05-26 18:27:14 -0500 Report

My BS was 123 last night 2 hrs after I ate and this morning was 98. First time ever that low. Now I kind of know I can't really much after dinner unless it is veggies.

sunshine247 2011-06-04 06:22:51 -0500 Report

That is wonderful Helen…The best snacks are veggies…green ones…try blanched or steamed green beans… they are great. salad, even meat and cheese is okay. just no carbs.

MrsCDogg 2011-05-26 08:00:01 -0500 Report

My last doc before the new one wanted my readings to be under 150. This new doc wants my A1c to be under 6. My morning readings are generally a bit low, in the upper 70's. This morning it was 92 fasting and just now 2 hours after breakfast it is 133.

Tigereyze209 2011-05-26 00:25:33 -0500 Report

Okay.. this is ONLY a general rule of thumb, but here goes: When you first wake up is called your fasting reading.. what you get first thing, and BEFORE you eat or drink anything, is considered the best measure of your body's sugar processing ability. In my case, a reading under 100 is excellent. Around 80 is perfect, under 70, you are too low on sugar. (Rule of thumb, under 70 at ANY time is bad, and you need to get something in your system fast, or you could crash and go into a coma. NOT a good thing.)
If the fasting reading is 120 or under, that is okay, usually, it means, you need to eat a little less before you go to bed. 150 or over, you have a problem, and may be worth consulting with your health care provider, if it stays consistent. An occasional spike is not harmful, usually, it just means you ate to much, or you might have simply forgot to take a dose of your meds. (sorry to say, I do that myself more often that I want to admit.)
Okay, keep in mind, no individual reading is as important as the overall trend of several reading taken at regular intervals over time. The exception to that is the case where you get too high or too low blood sugar readings.
Okay, meal times: fair warning, it is a waste of time and a strip to test yourself after you eat something because you are gong to spike. I forgot and tested myself and got a reading close to 300, and I felt just fine, and I was.
They say to wait about two hours after a meal before you test, and generaly, a reading between say 150 to 200 is normal and fine. A reading just before a meal around 120 to 150 is pretty typical as well.
I am sure others can give you more information and better examples, but I hope that is enough to give you a general idea of what to look out for.

Good luck, and stay healthy, we want to see you around here for a long time.

GabbyPA 2011-05-25 12:09:14 -0500 Report

The best thing is to sit down with your doctor and find out what his goals are for you. That way you are working together to get to that point. Those numbers may change as you are on new meds or try new exercises.

Every one is so different and if you can keep it below 100 fasting and not above 180 after a meal you are on your way. Once you can do that, it may get tweaked to get even tighter control. Not getting above 140 after a meal is ideal and staying in the 80's for fasting is great.

It looks like you are getting close and are on a good track to success. It is not going to change overnight and as you improve your food choices and get more exercise in, those numbers will improve.

Here are some articles on it:

rij061258 2011-05-26 01:03:31 -0500 Report

my dr never told me what she expected or what i should try to achieve. have no support from her at all. i had to ask her to give me the script for testing supplies. i am now looking for a new dr. once i find one that takes my insurance i hope when labs are run my numbers will be better. still trying to control by diet, know i should exercise but with other med probs it is hard to find something i can do without ending up in a pain, since she told me she couldn't give me anything for my joint pain. i still hope to stay of meds for this. already taking meds for bp and cholestrol and for allergies. i hate taking pills.

helen7898 2011-05-25 16:22:36 -0500 Report

Thanks for the good info. I needed to know if I was on the right track. on my next visit I will definitely talk about it with my Dr.

Harlen 2011-05-25 11:53:26 -0500 Report

I like to run 85 to 110 I feel best at these #'s
Anything over 145 will harm your bod so I real work to keep it lower the that .
Best wishes

kdroberts 2011-05-25 08:06:40 -0500 Report

A truly normal BS reading would be roughly 70's to about 85 fasting and before meals and post meal under 120 (mostly under 100 though) regardless of what's eaten. From there you need to work with your doctor to figure out what your goals are. Several professional groups have generic targets that they believe will help reduce complications.

The first document in this list (American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Medical Guidelines for Developing a Diabetes Mellitus Comprehensive Care Plan - © 2011) is what the American Academy of Clinical Endocrinologists have to say about diabetes and it's treatment. It's quite stuffy and very technical (quite interesting if you can read it all) but table 5 show what they believe normal, impaired and diabetes is and table 7 shows what they think the goals for blood sugar, cholesterol, A1c and blood pressure should be for diabetics. It's a PDF file so you need adobe acrobat or acrobat reader to view it.

PetiePal 2011-05-25 08:32:02 -0500 Report

Yep this is pretty on track. They used to have higher estimates but now they're much more reserved. Rule of thumb is you should be under 160 (no matter what you started at) 2 hours after eating.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-25 05:39:27 -0500 Report

Helen: James has given you some really good advice. I also would like to say, please talk with your Dr. and have him give you some guide lines.

jayabee52 2011-05-25 03:26:41 -0500 Report

Howdy Helen!
Opinions differ about what is considered a "normal" Blood Glucose reading ("BG"). some Drs (and persons with diabetes) ["PWDs"] say that 80 - 120 is a normal BG range (this is what I was taught in my certified Nurse aide training). Others start at 70 and go to 130. So you can take your pick.

Your "before eating" range you cited, was those your fasting BG#s (before you eat anything after you wake up)? After eating it would be good to strive to keep your BG#s 145 and below 2 hrs after eating ("post prandial"). Too many hours at 150 and above may lead to complications. Of course what does also cause damage to one's body is the roller-coaster ride between very high readings and very low ones. We want to keep our BG#s as even as possible.

Helen, you are doing OK. Other PWDs cannot seem to bring their fasting BG#s below 200. You may want to talk to your Dr about tweaking your diabetes control regimen, whether you are using diet and exercise, or rely on some kind of medication to control your Diabetes.

Blessings to you and yours. Helen!


helen7898 2011-05-25 16:29:06 -0500 Report

Thank you, James. I have gotten good advice from everyone. I am trying my best to control what I eat. It is tough working the hours I do.

Tigereyze209 2011-05-26 00:35:30 -0500 Report

This board, and others like it, have some pretty good and simple recipes for some very tasty and filling meals to help you get the feel for what is considered healthy foods for a good diet. Key word you will hear over time is, moderation. An occasional treat (say, once a week) will not hurt you in the least, and the reward to yourself for sticking to a good eating plan gives you a nice felling which can reinforce it, and surprisingly, the rush can give you some peppy brain chemistry that helps you feel pretty good.

Sunflower1 2011-05-25 17:56:40 -0500 Report

I understand that they like you to keep it under 140 after eating, but anything below 170 is acceptable.