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Q:

Is there such a thing as having a normal "average" blood sugar level? I seem to average between 110 and 130.

Amy Campbell

A:

We know that, for most people with diabetes, the target pre-meal blood glucose range is 70- 130 mg/dl. Two hours after a meal, the goal is less than 180 mg/dl. You may find that your blood glucose levels tend to stay within a particular range, and that’s perfectly normal, especially as your “average” is within target. If you take medicine to help manage your diabetes, it’s very likely that the dose you’re taking is working! Also, your food choices and eating habits, as well as level of physical activity play a role in keeping your blood glucose levels within target, too. Finally, if you have type 2 diabetes, your pancreas may be producing insulin in an amount that’s also helping to stabilize your blood glucose. All of these factors work together to help keep your glucose levels within a safe range. This may change over time, though, so checking your blood glucose with your meter and having your A1C checked at least twice a year can help you and your healthcare provider see how your diabetes is doing and decide if a change in your treatment plan is needed.

May 16, 2013 at 7:34 pm