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What is a Healthy Glucose Level and Why is it Important to Maintain?

Dr. Zeidan explains: What is a Healthy Glucose Level and Why is it Important to Maintain?  


Checking your glucose (blood sugar) is the main tool you have to make sure your diabetes is controlled. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends a range of healthy glucose levels for non-pregnant adults with diabetes.

Healthy glucose levels:

  • Before a meal – 70 to 130 mg/dl
  • After a meal – less than 180 mg/dl

These are recommended ranges. If you have diabetes, you will have your own individualized target range based on:

  • How long you’ve had diabetes
  • Age
  • Life expectancy
  • Other health conditions
  • Unawareness of drops in your blood sugar
  • Other individual conditions

When your glucose levels get too high or too low, they have dangerous – even life threatening – effects. That’s why you should carefully monitor and maintain blood glucose as close to normal levels as possible, according to the ADA.

Find out more about the right blood glucose levels for you and how to keep track of them. Talk with your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Isaac Corney, MD, Trotwood Physician Center; Ann DeClue, MD, Saadeddine Dughman, MD, Advanced Cardiovascular Institute; Gary Fishbein, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Roger Goodenough, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; J. Wes Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Timothy O Donnell, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; Miguel Parilo, MD, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Srikanth Sadhu, MD, Advanced Cardiovascular Institute; Trisha Zeidan, MD, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Miguel Parilo, MD, FACP, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Kristine Sun, MD; Premier Family Care of Mason;

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