Confused about blood sugar levels 2 hours after a meal

By Softballmom1609 Latest Reply 2014-04-26 18:43:19 -0500
Started 2014-04-24 17:25:30 -0500

I have read conflicting information about what is an acceptable blood sugar reading 2 hours after eating a meal. I've read 150 and under is ok and have also read that under 180 is ok. Which is it does anyone know?

11 replies

Type1Lou 2014-04-26 17:55:14 -0500 Report

It varies based on how tightly you want to be in control. Here's what Gary Scheiner says in his book "Think Like a Pancreas" when he charts a one-hour post meal target. It should be 160 or less for very tight control; 180 or less for typical control; and 200 or less for looser control.

GabbyPA 2014-04-25 17:24:40 -0500 Report

The American Diabetes Association says 180. However, damage begins around 140, so keeping things below 140 is always optimal.

They use 140 because a non-diabetic person generally does not surpass 140, no matter how many jelly beans they eat. LOL My diabetes educator explained it to me this way. A non diabetic body can handle the cake, cookies and pasta, in any quantity and not rise to more than 140. Man, that made me want to cry, because when I eat 15g of any carb...I'm already there.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-25 11:26:15 -0500 Report

Hi Softball, the best person to answer that question is your Endo as James said. Each person is different. My endo told me 150 or lower and if it gets above that for more than 2 days to call him. It never gets that high. For me 150 is high. For me when it gets to 150, I get a headache. I keep it under 140. My range on a daily basis is 80-125. I don't worry unless I eat something and it goes over 150.

I also agree with Steve. As he said 180 2 hours after a meal seems really high. As he said that is diabetic industry standards and in my own opinion, industry standards are for every diabetic. Each person is different. Contact your Endo or MD for medical questions such as these. They are the only ones who can give you an answer that is suitable for you based on where you are with your diabetes. Good Luck

jayabee52 2014-04-24 18:58:48 -0500 Report

Howdy Softball
I like Steve's (haoleboy's) thinking on the subject.
However the person you should ask about this is your Endo (if you have one) or your MD who helps you manage your diabetes.

haoleboy 2014-04-24 18:37:21 -0500 Report

The diabetes industry says <180 2 hours after eating, but that seems really high.
"Acceptable" to me are levels that do not cause damage so … I subscribe to the <140 after an hour and <120 after 2 school of thought.
this is not medical advice, just my thoughts.


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