Target readings

By milkdudz68 Latest Reply 2012-01-28 16:12:43 -0600
Started 2012-01-28 15:51:40 -0600

I am new to diabetes and would love to know what ranges for blood sugar monitoring i should be aiming for! I am meeting with a diabetic educator but would love advice. And on average what do your readings have to be to make it into the 6 a1c range

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Kirla 2012-01-28 16:12:43 -0600 Report

Fasting and before eating your blood sugar should be between 70-90. 1 hour after eating it should be less than 180. 2 hours after eating it should be less than 140. If taking insulin some doctors don’t want you to go lower than 80-90 due to the risk of having lows. If not using insulin, readings in the 70’s and 80’s should be ok before eating. I try and keep mine between 70-120. Lately been having a hard time in the morning keeping it below 120. Lately its been peaking at 140-150 during the morning.

An A1C of 6 would be an average blood sugar reading of 126 or so. Its an average of all your before eating and peak values during the day. If you want to keep your A1C below 6 I would say you should try and keep your blood sugar between 70-140 most of the time. Mine has been at 6 or below for almost 3 years now. My first was 14.1 and 4 months later it was 5.9 and has pretty much stayed below that ever since. I kind of follow a low carb diet and it has work pretty well for me. I believe in eating lots of low carb vegetables and drinking lots of water and to test before and 1 hour after eating to see how the foods I eat affect my blood sugar. I have found that higher carb starchy foods spike my blood sugar a lot and pretty much avoid eating most foods above 5-6 net carbs per serving.