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Recording Blood Glucose Results

Record your blood glucose levels each time you test. You should record the date and time of testing. Record your test results, your diet, the dosage of your medication and physical activity. You may find it easier to use a computer program to identify your blood glucose patterns. The manufacturer of the glucose meter has information about available apps for your glucose meter. Contact your healthcare provider if your blood glucose readings are out of range of your target goals. 

Reading Blood Glucose Results

Work with your healthcare provider to determine your optimal blood glucose levels based on your age, how long you have had diabetes if you have complications or other medical conditions, and your type of diabetes.

Recommended Blood Glucose Levels From The  American Diabetes Association (ADA):

Fasting Blood Glucose Levels

Normal blood glucose levels: Less than 100 mg/dl 

Prediabetes: 100 mg/dl to 125 mg/dl

ADA recommended levels for people with diabetes: 80–130 mg/dl  

Blood Glucose Levels 1 to 2 Hours After Meals

Normal 2-hour blood glucose levels: Less than 140 mg/dl 

ADA recommendation for people with diabetes: Less than 180 mg/dl 


Normal HbA1c: Less than 5.7%

Prediabetes: 5.7% to 6.4%

ADA recommendation for people with diabetes: 7.0% or less.

References And Resources:

Blood glucose self-monitoring in the management of adults with diabetes mellitus. In Up To Date

Checking your blood glucose: American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association

Diabetes Self-Management

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