You may have abnormal blood glucose levels. You may not have abnormal blood glucose levels. Should you still test your blood sugar though? Of course! If you struggle with blood sugar that is out of range, it is imperative that you check this often so that you can manage your symptoms more appropriately.
Also, when checking them throughout the day, be sure to write down the results you find so that you can start keeping track of your levels and begin to see your body’s sugar pattern. Even if you don’t have problems with high or low blood sugar levels, monitoring these on a somewhat regular basis can help raise a red flag if your body changes the way it metabolizes food.
Some usual times to test your blood sugar are before meals and at bedtime; however other times that may be beneficial are:
- If you feel sick
- If you deal with a lot of stress
- Before and after you exercise
- If you eat too much
- If you are taking medicine/s
- After eating out at a restaurant, especially if you have eaten foods you do not normally eat
You and your doctor should set a target goal for your blood sugar levels for different times during the day. If your blood sugar is higher than your goals for 3 days and you do not know why, call your doctor or nurse.
Before meals, your blood sugar should be in the range of:
- From 70 to 130 mg/dl for adults
After meals (1 to 2 hours after eating), your blood sugar should be:
- Less than 180 mg/dl for adults
No matter how mild or severe your abnormal glucose levels may be, it is very unlikely that a physician can tell you how to normalize your blood sugars throughout the day without knowing what your blood glucose values are around the clock. This is why it is so important to start tracking your levels every day and taking charge of your health.