Acceptable bloodsugar levels between 1 and 2 hours after a meal

By jigsaw Latest Reply 2009-11-08 08:16:59 -0600
Started 2009-10-11 18:27:27 -0500

I have talked to a few doctors, and read quite a few books and articles on acceptable BS levels after a meal. Most of them seem to contradict each other. This simply makes it difficult to formulate a realistic and safe guideline. I am curious to know your personal opinions, or what your doctors, nutritionists, or diabetic counselors recommend.

6 replies

jigsaw 2009-10-13 04:52:37 -0500 Report

Thankyou all for your helpful replys!! A conglomerate of answers helps to put it in a better prospective.

Sarguillo 2009-10-12 13:43:53 -0500 Report

an hour to two hours after your meal is when your blood sugars are at their highest.
My doctor recomends 80 to 130 at normal times and at fasting and below 180 at 2 hours after a meal. If the meds were taken at the right time, they will start to work at about 1-2 hours after a meal (for pills that is, not fast acting insulin) and are then ready to lower that higher blood sugar levels.
Good luck.

Turtle 2009-10-11 20:34:29 -0500 Report

I have been told by my dr and the diabetic educator I went to that 125 is the target. Different people may vary for different reasons…you should ask your dr or diabetic educator. I agree the literarure can be confusing.


SkipT 2009-10-11 20:08:08 -0500 Report

The recommended 2 hour number is below 140. I personally never go over 125 on the eating system that I use.

Sheri S
Sheri S 2009-10-11 19:57:05 -0500 Report

If I remember correctly the target is to say within 40 pts of the before meal BS at the 2 hour test…I've been told the 2 hour test is the most important to watch to see if the insulin/bolus is working correctly. If you test your BS at any other time (1hr…2 1/2 hr…3hr etc) it is not as accurate a guide as to how the insulin effected the carbs. I'm a T1 w an insulin pump…not sure if this varies but that is what the RN @ my educators office mentioned.

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-11-08 08:16:59 -0600 Report

Hi Sheri. I too am type I and on the pump, and I never know what my numbers are going to be. The doctors, and educators, and literature that I read seem to tell you different things. So, I am totally confused! I don't know what the correct readings should be. I know the lower they are the better, but good luck on that one, huh!