When it comes to normal blood glucose levels everybody is different. What may be normal for one person may not necessarily be normal for another. For example, those who are suffering from diabetes will have a slightly higher target when it comes to their blood sugar levels than if they are not suffering from the condition. On this page I want to give you a brief overview of what the ‘accepted’ normal blood glucose levels for a number of different situations. This information should hopefully be useful not only for those that are trying to determine whether they have diabetes but also for those that are suffering from the condition and wish for a reminder about what is right.
Normal Blood Sugar Levels will differ depending on when you measure them. You will have more glucose in your blood shortly after you have eaten as your body has yet to have processed it fully. These blood sugar levels should hopefully tail off the further you get away from the consumption of the meal.
Non-Diabetic Normal Blood Sugar Levels
Before a Meal: 4.0 to 5.9 mmol/L
After a Meal: Less than 7.8 mmol/L
Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Sufferers
Before a Meal: 4.0 to 7.0 mmol/L
After a meal: Less than 8.5 for those with Type 2 Diabetes and less than 9.0 for those with Type 1 Diabetes. It may not seem like much of a difference, but it is going to be a huge difference for your health.
Children with Type 1 Diabetes
It is incredibly rare for a child to suffer from Type 2 Diabetes. If your child is suffering from that condition though, your doctor will provide you with advice on what normal blood glucose levels are for them.
Before a Meal: 4.0 to 8.0 mmol/L
After a Meal: Under 10.0 mmol/L
Now, there are a number of different ways to check for normal blood glucose levels. Over the past few years a number of products have actually been introduced to the market which will allow you to check your blood sugar levels from the comfort of your own home. If you believe that you are suffering from diabetes then you may wish to check a couple of them out. However, you need to be aware that the only person who can truly diagnose you with the condition is the doctor and it will up to them to check your blood sugar levels using one of these two tests:
– The Impaired Fasting Glycemia Test: This test will involve fasting for around eight hours and then having your blood sugar level taken. The level will be measured against the normal blood sugar levels that I mentioned previously.
– The Impaired Glucose Tolerance Test: This is a slightly quicker test. With this you will take an amount of glucose and then it will be measured after two hours to see what your blood sugar level is.
Remember, it is important that you are aware of whether you are within the confines of normal blood glucose levels or not. If you are then you will be a lot healthier. If you believe that you may be suffering from diabetes then I do suggest that you carry out a bit of research online to check the various symptoms.