Normal Blood Sugar level

By Danthejunkman Latest Reply 2010-12-29 17:48:34 -0600
Started 2010-12-27 19:54:21 -0600

What is considered normal blood sugar level? I know that I've been managing to keep it way down from when I was first diagnosed, but my doctor has never stated a specific number I should try to maintain. He probably thinks that if I see the level low enough I'll pig out on sweets. That of course is probably true. Dan

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davbon 2010-12-29 15:05:26 -0600 Report

It is amazing that there are so many different answers. My Dr. tells me anything under 150 is good though the last time he said that really so long as it was under 200 it was good. My parents are also diabetics. They each go to a different Dr. Each has a different number goal to hit. They also test at different times. I still think it is nothing but a guess and depends on the last time your Dr. went to a training/seminar on diabetics. My cardiologist was excited to tell me about his last training experience and how "now they are finding that the numbers should not be as low as previously thought"! Then again, my cardiologist tells me that I'm not really diabetic and what I take in Metformin is "candy" as it is the lowest does possible. So why I am taking it! My A1C varies from 6.7 to 6.9 and has since I had my heart cath surgeries in early 2009. During the day, my numbers are fine (I only have to test weekly, but sometimes check at my parents times just to see). Testing once a week in the morning seems pointless.

GabbyPA 2010-12-29 17:48:34 -0600 Report

Well, a non-diabetic A1c is 4.8-5.6. So most anything above that will be suspect of being diabetic. There is nothing wrong with being able to get lower A1c's with diet and exercise and no meds. I suppose that the numbers are just a guide, but if you see anything over 140, damage is possibly occurring and should be taken seriously.

Your cardiologist is not an endocrinologist, so be careful with that. You would not go to your endo for cardio advice. Diabetes is complicated and getting lower numbers without going too low is always a great goal. Ultimately, try to keep above 60-70 and try to stay below 180-140. These are guides and just tools to help us take care of our selves. So use them that way.

Harlen 2010-12-28 11:41:06 -0600 Report

I like to keep mine from 80 to 95 and thats testing 2 hr after I eat and before
Best wishes

hvnlyangel 2010-12-28 00:10:05 -0600 Report

As kdroberts said that someone with diabetes the blood sugars differ than someone without diabetes. I was told that 60-150 is good and requires no insulin 151 and up require insulin by a sliding scale of R. Then take your NPH as told, but if it is 59 and below then drink some apple juice about 4 oz. Then wait 15 mins and check your blood sugar again if still low then drink another 4 oz. until you are up and above 60.

kdroberts 2010-12-27 20:21:28 -0600 Report

Well, normal is under 100 most of the time regardless of what you eat. The guides that organizations like the american diabetes association publish are guides for people with diabetes, not normal blood sugar levels.