When having diabetes, it’s important to keep your blood glucose levels under control. This article will teach you the normal and abnormal ranges for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Those who use diabetic testing supplies on a regular basis probably know how to read their results, but for those who don’t or for those who just want to test their glucose level, here are the recommended ranges.
But first of all, you must know that these levels are not 100% accurate because they can be different for every patient. Before testing yourself, talk to your doctor for a better understanding of your condition and glucose level.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence released these numbers who cover the majority of the cases, but consider them only as a guideline, not as a rule.
Glucose Levels – Recommendations
A person who’s not suffering from diabetes should have the blood level between 4.0 mmol/L and 5.9 mmol/L, if the testing happens before meals, and it should be lower than 7.8mmol/L 90 minutes after eating.
For those who have diabetes, the glucose level should be as follows: from 4 to 7 mmol/L after eating (fort type 1 and type 2 diabetes), lower than 8.5 for type 2 diabetes (2 hours after eating), from 5 to 9mmol/L for type 1 diabetes (also 2 hours after eating).
When taking a glucose test, it’s best to read the results based on your doctor’s instructions. And if you’re doing it for the first time, it’s also a good idea to check with a doctor to make sure that the timing and other conditions in which the test was made were correct.