Appropriate BS readings

By Marytea Latest Reply 2012-02-25 11:32:06 -0600
Started 2011-06-24 08:33:03 -0500

My new and first ever meter arrived yesterday. I read the brochure, some info from the ADA and other literature and am a bit confused. What are normal blood sugar level when getting up in the morning, throughout the day, and at bedtime?

4 replies

Harlen 2011-06-24 14:42:56 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
I like mine to run 85 to 120
Any thing over 145 will do harm to your bod
Best wishes

jayabee52 2011-06-24 09:56:01 -0500 Report

Howdy Mary.
Congratulations on the receipt of your new meter!

Sorry there is no single, simple answer to your question. I had been taught as a CNA that "normal" Blood Glucose Numbers ("BG#s") should be 80 to 120. Although some Drs and diabetes educators say that somewhere between 70 and 130 is an acceptable range.

Find out from your Diabetes care team what your suggested normal ranges are. That is the range you should seek to be in when you do your "fasting" BG upon arising in the morning. Throughout the day you would seek to be somewhere below 140, 2 hrs after you eat a meal ("post prandial"). One of my PCPs told me that my BG# should be about 140 before I sleep for the night, so there is enough of the glucose "fuel" on board to make it throughout the night without going low, and have my liver dump glucose into my bloodstream and raise my BG# too high.

If I was below 140 he suggested I eat a small snack, like a sheet of Graham crackers. before bed.

I pray you use your new meter to help you toward better health.


lacat87 2012-02-25 10:42:10 -0600 Report

Good idea James. I was told by my diaibetic team that my bgs after meals should not be more than 30 from the pre meal number. Does this make sense to you?

jayabee52 2012-02-25 11:32:06 -0600 Report

If you're talking about a post-prandial reading (taken 2 hrs after your first bite) that would be good, Laura. Your actual BG could be a little more than 30 points but not much higher.

If I would be writing that today I would have suggested pairing the Graham crackers with a protein like peanut butter, or a celery stick and PB.