Acceptable BLood Sugar numbers for T1

By alwaystryin Latest Reply 2009-07-17 19:05:04 -0500
Started 2009-04-16 12:02:32 -0500

Can anyone point me to studies and/or Links as to general info on what 'normal' target levels should be for those with Type 1. I know we are sometimes told everyone is different in this regards, but there must be Numbers that are backed by something or someone?

17 replies

Anngelia 2009-04-26 12:29:05 -0500 Report

I had a discussion with my endo last week when I went in. I explained that my blood sugar doesnt get back to a normal range until about 3 hours after a meal. I dont eat high carb meals so that wouldnt be any kind of an explanation. Right now I am testing at 2 and 3 hours after a meal and recording what the readings are. If 3 seems to be consistently back in the acceptable range I will start waiting until 3 hours after the meal to do a bg test.

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2009-07-02 12:47:58 -0500 Report

When I got my insulin pump they talked about reaction time to the insulin and how for different people, insulin stays with you longer than others. For example, when I was on Lantus insulin (which is supposed to last 24 hours) I had to split my dose because the insulin was only effective for 20-22 hours. Everyone is different, so I think its natural that some would need 3 hours to come down, some 2.

Mindy1968 2009-07-09 23:15:34 -0500 Report

Does anyone know why your sugars would be high and then come down really fast there are time that my sugars run 180 and then i start with a cold sweat and my sugars drop to 70 or 80 does anyone have this problem. my t1 test are always around 7 or 8

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-07-09 23:54:43 -0500 Report

To really answer your question, we need a little more information. Are you using insulin? Or on oral meds? or just controlling it with diet and exercise?

There can be lots of different reasons for drops in blood sugar. Let us know a little more.

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2009-07-13 22:55:08 -0500 Report

I've had that happen as well — usually it'll be that I took much more insulin than I needed and had no carbs on board to bring it down slow… Sometimes I have no idea why it happens, but it definitely is a strange feeling to have your blood sugar change quickly.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-04-17 12:15:09 -0500 Report

Here's the official statement from the ADA.

Before meals: 70 – 130
After meals: Less than 180

Our endo recommends less than 160 2-hours after meals.

Brenda Kruse
Brenda Kruse 2009-04-17 14:43:17 -0500 Report

My endo recommends less than 140 2 hrs. after eating. That isn't real easy to achieve, but I'm getting closer all the time. Of course, I've been at it 48 years, so maybe my numbers need to be tighter than others???

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-04-25 20:48:21 -0500 Report

My endo like me at 140-160 range 2 hours after eating. I try to stay in that range but have went up higher at times…Debe

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2009-07-02 12:44:35 -0500 Report

I think part of it may be age — a teenager is not going to have as easy a time at stabilizing their numbers as others.

rbergman 2009-04-16 12:51:26 -0500 Report

Not sure if this is what you are looking for but give this site a try :

alwaystryin 2009-04-16 13:28:45 -0500 Report

Yes thanks. I just wanted to see what some of those types of figures and numbers should be for reference points. The software I use allows me to change those numbers for before/after meals etc. And I wanted to get a tiny bit more aggressive with my dear wife on what her 'good' numbers should be. But I also did not just want to change them without basis, or knowing!

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