Target Numbers

By CoRinaB Latest Reply 2011-07-30 13:16:50 -0500
Started 2011-02-10 10:05:24 -0600

1) When I was diagnosed with Type 2, my doctor gave me a range that my readings "should" fall in. Here's my numbers:
Fasting/Before meals: 90-130
2hrs after meals: 140-180
Bedtime: 110-150
Is this random or does everyone have the same range? What's your range?

2) When I was showed how I'm supposed to prick my finger for testing, I had to was my hands. Do I really have to wash my hands or can I just use an alcohol wipe to clean my fingertip off? I mean, I'm always washing my hands off but I was just wondering. Do all of you wash your hands prior to testing?

21 replies

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-02-11 22:53:50 -0600 Report

When I was first diagnosed I was in the hospitol. During those five weeks they used the alcohol wipes. Since my escape I wash my hands unless I am somewhere I can't, like trapped in the car. Then I use an alcohol wipe. The alcohol makes it sting and burn more.

Harlen 2011-02-10 18:24:03 -0600 Report

I run 80 to 130
all the time unless I do something to make it not and I do from time to time lol or when I am sick
Best wishes

MewElla 2011-02-10 16:25:58 -0600 Report

So far my fasting #80-110
after meals #90-125
BeforeBedtime #80-100
A1C 6.1
When I feel I am dropping lower, I test and take care of. Think my range is doing o k? No, I never use the alcohol wipes…was told they could mess up my #'s and yes, to always washing my hands prior to testing.

PetiePal 2011-02-10 15:16:42 -0600 Report

So I'm 28 (about to be 29) diagnosed 7 months ago. I'm on Metformin (1000mg) and Glimepiride (2mg) twice a day. I was told I needed my A1C to be between 5-6.5. I just hit 6.1 beginning on January down from 10.1 last August.

I was also taught at the diabetic classes and from fellow diabetics on an IRC chat channel as well as my endocrinologist to be >160 2 hour after eating. My fasting glucose in the morning is usually 120-142. (It's almost ALWAYS in the 130s/140s though I've noticed)

oldbuttercup 2011-02-10 13:37:04 -0600 Report

I generally wake up at 6:00 with B/S around 120
I eat breakfast within a half hour of waking up.
I eat lunch around 12:00
Around 4:00 my B/S drops between 70 and 80.
Although this is still within normal range I feel the sudden drop, get dizzy and have to eat something.
My Doctor suggest eating every 2 to 3 hours.
I don't always test 2 hours after meals or at bedtime.
When I think my B/S is low I test and don't guess.
As always,
May God Bless You

CoRinaB 2011-02-10 15:23:00 -0600 Report

are you on any meds? I'm not on any and I'm trying to prevent being put onto any.

oldbuttercup 2011-02-10 16:06:20 -0600 Report

I used to be backin "08, but my doctor took me off of them because of lowB/S in '09.
The best way to stay off meds longer is to diet and excersise under the care of your doctor.
If you ever do have to take meds remember it is not because you failed. Sometimes our bodies break down over time. Good eating habbits and excercising help us suffer from less complications rapidly. One of the people posting here has had diabetes for over 40 years, and others here have had it a long time and are not experiencing severe complications.
Remeber diabetes is not a death sentence , but does require life adjustments.
May God Bless You and Your family

CoRinaB 2011-02-10 16:36:38 -0600 Report

Life adjustments indeed. I've made drastic changes in everything. I've altered my diet for the better and I've been exercising 6 days a week. So far, my numbers have been getting lower. I'm hoping I can keep this up and won't need any medications.

WendyFR 2011-02-19 03:36:59 -0600 Report

You can actually do it, I can's speak by experience because I'm a Type I, but my brother has Type II. He did the whole lifestyle change and watched his food intake and exercises everyday and he no longer takes any oral medication, but has too keep up with the whole diet and exercise.

realsis77 2011-02-10 11:03:05 -0600 Report

Yes always wash before testing because something on your hand can change your numbers. Your "target" numbers seem a bit high to me as my doc is having me inject insulin at 150 or above??? As the other answers state. Those numbers you have given are high??I wish you the best of luck and do some research into what the target numbers should be because you don't want to be running too high! Its tough to hit these target numbers but because I'm on insulin I do come close. Have a great day and God bless! :)

CoRinaB 2011-02-10 11:40:38 -0600 Report

Thanks realsis77. I'm not on any meds right now because I'm trying to see if I can control it on my own. I go back to the doctor in April and we'll see if I need meds or not. From reading kdroberts post, I decided to shoot for lower numbers. From today on, I'm gonna aim for 80-100 fasting, 100-130 after meals and 90-110 at bedtime.
Thanks again!!!
Take care and God bless!!

kdroberts 2011-02-10 10:41:32 -0600 Report

1. That range is a slightly edited version of various organizations recommendations. A large number of people believe that they are not tight enough (the ones you have are even less tight than the recommendations) and are contributing to the number of people who are defined as not in control. There are other guidelines that are slightly tighter but people still think they are not tight enough. The bottom line is that your goals should change over the months and years. Normal would be around 65-90 fasting, before bed and before meals and under 100-140 after meals depending on what was eaten. For a diabetic it depends on what your treatment is but ultimately aiming for those type of numbers is not a bad thing as long as you are not going low or taking an excessive amount of medication to do so. I personally aim for 70-90 fasting and before meals, 90-100 before bed and under 120 after meals. They are not easy goals to hit (and I don't hit them all most of the time) but if they were then they wouldn't be very good goals!

2. I generally don't wash my hands specifically before testing. The only time is when my hands are dirty and I need to test. I would also advise on not using alcohol swabs. They will dry your skin out fairly quickly and cause more problems than they help with. Plus the benefit you get from them is minute.

CaliKo 2011-02-10 11:58:16 -0600 Report

Is the 120 after meal goal for 1 or 2 hours after?

CaliKo 2011-02-10 12:14:25 -0600 Report

Thanks. I was teaching my husband how to test my blood glucose, and he insisted on practicing on himself. As this site says, non-diabetics are right around 100, and he always is, at least during the times 1-2 hours after eating when I'm trying to get him to test me. I think I'm adopting your standards for myself, to keep the complications away!

CoRinaB 2011-02-10 11:30:19 -0600 Report

Thanks for the reply. I'm not on any medications, I'm trying to take control of it on my own. My readings have improved a lot since I've started testing.
I'm gonna aim for 80-100 fasting, 100-130 after meals and 90-110 at bedtime.
I can do this!!!
Thanks again!!! Have a WONDERFUL day!!!

CaliKo 2011-02-10 10:37:50 -0600 Report

The chart I received in my CDE class is this:

People without diabetes:
Fasting and before meals: less than 100
1-2 hours after meals: less than 140
Bedtime: less than 120
A1C: Less than 6

Suggested ADA Goals:
Fasting and before meals: 90-130
1-2 hours after meals: less than 180
Bedtime: 110-150
A1C: less than 7

Suggested ACE Goals:
Fasting and before meals: less than 110
1-2 hours after meals: less than 140
Bedtime: —-
A1C: less than 6.5

I think your doctor was going with the ADA's guidelines. Many diabetics use the ACE (American Assoc. of Endocrinologists) for tighter control. I've read that it is believed that the threshold for diabetic damage begins at about 140.

I do wash my hands prior to testing. I do not use alcohol wipes. Having your hands clean and dry helps you get more accurate results. I'm not sure about the just using alcohol question.

Good Luck!

CoRinaB 2011-02-10 11:35:53 -0600 Report

Hi there! Thanks for replying and for the 411. Although I was given a "range" I think I'll set my own goals like kdroberts did.
I'm gonna aim for 80-100 fasting, 100-130 after meals and 90-110 at bedtime.

I guess I'll stick to washing my hands prior to testing. Just thought hey why not see if anyone uses alcohol wipes.