What should my blood sugar be??
You and your doctor will determine what your target blood sugar levels should be after some testing and properly answered questions about your diet, exercise, and any medications you are on.
For people without Diabetes, according to many doctors and experts, blood sugar levels should be:
Between 70 and 120 mg/ dL
For people with Type 2 Diabetes:
- Fasting (not eating for a suggested period of time): up to 130 mg/dL
- After most meals: less than 200 mg/dL
Why should I check my blood sugar?
Learning how to monitor your own blood sugar levels with a meter is a good thing to do. It helps you see how food, physical activity, and medicine affect your blood sugar levels. The readings can help you manage your Type 2 Diabetes day by day or even hour by hour. Make sure you keep a record of your results for your doctor to review.
How do I test my own blood sugar?
Consult with your doctor or pharmacist for proper technique when using the machine. Be sure you know how to test your blood sugar levels the correct way. There are many different meters out there, choose the one that makes most sense to you and recommended by either your doctor or pharmacist.
How often should I check my blood sugar levels?
Self blood sugar tests are usually done before meals, after meals, and/or at bedtime. Ask your doctor when and how often you need to check your blood sugar. Your doctor may recommend more or less than average readings.
If I test my own blood sugar levels, do I still need the A1C test?
Yes. An A1C is a 3 month average of your blood sugar levels. Therefore you cannot cheat on this test. The results of both the blood sugar tests that you do yourself and A1C tests help you and your doctor get a complete picture of your control of Type 2 Diabetes.
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