Understanding blood sugar ranges
A normal blood sugar level is less than 100 mg/dL. Patients with type 2 diabetes have a fasting blood sugar level of 126 mg/dL or more.
A normal blood sugar level after a meal is less than 140 mg/dL. Patients with type 2 diabetes have a blood sugar level of more than 140 mg/dL 2 hours after a meal.
Talk with your health care team about the blood sugar range that is right for you.
Help prevent high and low blood sugar levels:
- Stay as close to your schedule of eating, activity, and medicine as possible
- Check your blood sugar level as directed and share your tracking records with your health care team
- Set goals with your health care team for weight, activity, blood sugar level, and A1C level
- Wear something that lets others know that you have diabetes, such as a necklace or bracelet, in case of an emergency
- Always carry a carbohydrate (such as hard candy) with you so that you can treat a low blood sugar level at any time
Talk to your health care provider if you frequently experience high or low blood sugar levels. You may need to discuss changes in diet, activity, or diabetes medicine.