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Every Body Should Know: What Are The Different Ranges Of Blood Sugar Levels?

By Henry Henderson

Managing blood sugar levels proves difficult for many individuals. Those with the greatest challenge have diabetes and need to monitor constantly. Poking their fingers, they place a small drop of blood onto a stick which reads glucose in the blood, a clever invention. Other times to get checked include during pregnancy or when screening, especially if certain conditions come to light or diabetes exists in your family. Many people want to know: what are the different ranges of blood sugar levels?

Diabetes patients pay closest attention of course. Those with type one diabetes cannot make insulin. Patients with the type 2 variety find their insulin insufficient to manage glucose levels. Glucose forms the main source of energy in your body, so is not an enemy to good health. Carbohydrates not used as energy turn up as glucose, eventually storing as fat, but we all need energy.

For those with diabetes in the family, checking blood glucose regularly helps to catch the disease before it manifests into something ugly. Scientists seem to agree that even a small rise in blood sugar can lead to loss of sight, stroke, heart attack or even diabetes itself. Normal ranges in blood sugar begin at seventy or eighty mg/dL. This stands for milligrams per deciliter, so very small amounts are measured in the blood. The highs vary depending on time of day.

Each morning test should produce the lowest blood sugar results, with a range from seventy or eighty to anything from ninety-nine to one hundred and twenty. Before regular meals, measurements should be similar. Two hours after a meal, experts differ again: from seventy to 140 or even one 160. By bedtime the numbers should have dropped to between one 100 and one 140.

Diabetics see slight differences. The pattern remains the same, the acceptable highs just climb higher. Depending on the expert, you might see one hundred and sixty or one hundred and eighty cited as the maximum in a diabetic individual two hours after eating.

A very low count below seventy mg/dL signals a different problem. Hypoglycemia indicates than not enough glucose is in the blood stream. Reasons for this drop can include, strangely, consuming too much sugar. Often a meal or snack rich in simple carbohydrates such as a chocolate bar or chips will be converted to energy too quickly and either used or useless, leaving nothing to keep a body digesting and getting something from the calories. A resulting crash might cause someone to look pale, shaky, and to feel dizzy. Otherwise healthy people with good eating habits can be affected if new conditions arise.

Medicines can sometimes interfere with the ability to absorb blood sugar also. Someone who has endured stomach surgery may find himself vulnerable to hypoglycemia owing to the truncated route from stomach the small intestine. Your body needs enough time to absorb carbohydrates before they are passed through the body or stored as fat.

Understand national differences in measurement symbols for your best chance at monitoring blood sugar levels, especially if you plan to move somewhere which uses different guides. Although mg/dL remains popular in America and other countries, testing the molar concentration (mmol/L) is preferred in many other nations. Transferring data from one method to the other can also account for some differences in testing parameters.

When you want to monitor your blood sugar levels, a blood sugar chart is a convenient way to record them. A blood sugar levels chart notes the changing numbers so you can learn what is typical for you.

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