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Below are accepted ranges for blood sugar levels as outlined by the American Diabetes Association. Use it as a guide when you record your results. Monitoring your levels regularly both at home and with your health care provider are key steps to staying healthy.
This chart is also part of the Solution StarterTM Prediabetes Workbook. Designed to empower you on how to take control of your prediabetes, the Solution StarterTM Workbook goes into greater detail on how to put your knowledge into action.
(drawn at a lab)
This test measures your average blood sugar level for the past 3-4 months by assessing the percentage of glucose attached to your hemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying protein molecules in your red blood cells). This test is used for people with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, and it is usually performed 2-4 times per year as a guide to successfully monitor the disease.
|6.5% or higher on two separate tests||Indicates Diabetes|
|5.6% or lower||Considered Normal|
Fasting Blood Sugar Test
(drawn at a lab after fasting overnight)
|126 mg/dL or higher on two separate tests||Indicates Diabetes|
|100—125 mg/dL||Indicates Prediabetes|
|Less that 100 (70—80 is ideal)||Considered Normal|
Random Blood Sugar Test
(drawn at a lab without regard to when you last ate)
|200 mg/dL or higher||Indicates Diabetes|
Finger Stick Blood Sugar Tests
(drawn at home with a glucose monitor, as needed)
|80—130 mg/dL||Before a meal|
|140—180 mg/dL||1 hour after a meal|
|120—140 mg/dL||2 hours after a meal|
It’s important to know your glucose levels:
Test them and track them!
Insurance Documentation: To receive full reimbursement from insurance companies, doctors may be required to fully document the blood sugar levels of their patients with diabetes. Make sure you take the time to develop a strong relationship with your doctor and understand how these metrics are being used to measure your success.
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