Are Normal Range Blood Sugar Levels the Same For Everyone?
Normal range blood sugar will vary throughout the day based on what you have eaten, how much physical activity you have gotten and how long it has been since you have eaten. On an empty stomach, blood sugar levels should be between 70 and 100mg/dL for a non-diabetic. However, you still not considered a diabetic until blood sugar levels following an overnight fasting are above 126mg/dL.
Let’s say that your blood sugar level on an empty stomach or after an overnight fast is around 115mg/dL. You may assume that you have diabetes – since it is above the high range or “normal” – but you do not. Rather you have what called pre-diabetes or IFG (impaired fasting glucose) and sometimes known as IGT (impaired glucose tolerance).
If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, you are actually a step ahead of many who already live with diabetes. Pre-diabetes means that your normal range blood sugar is higher than it should be but not yet high enough to be consider as a diabetic. This being said, you still have a chance to turn your blood sugar levels around.
Knowing that you have pre-diabetes gives you the chance to attempt to lessen your risk of diabetes or completely eliminate the risk. You will first want to discuss, with your physician a plan of action. Talk about diets, exercise plans and home blood sugar testers. All of this may seem like a bit too much considering that you are only in the “pre” stage but it will pay off in the end.
The goal here is to eliminate the foods that are causing higher than normal range blood sugars in your system. By starting on a diabetic diet right away and exercising on a regular basis, you are a step ahead of the rest. Monitor your blood sugar levels on a daily basis to determine what activities and foods are causing high and low blood sugar levels. Eliminate or lessen the activities and foods that heighten your blood sugar. Note the foods and activities that lower your blood sugar – you may need these in the future if your blood sugar levels elevate. Knowing this allows you to naturally lower your blood sugar and take control of your condition.
Normal range blood sugar levels will vary based on your age, what you eat, how long it has been since you have eaten and how much physical activity you are participating in. On the other hand, as a diabetic, you and your doctor best know your normal range blood sugar levels as everyone is different. This is one of the main reasons you should log your food intake, activities and sugar levels. You will quickly learn what your normal blood sugar range is and what you need to do to keep it there.
Source by Edwin Seow