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Do You Know What Your Blood Glucose Should Be?

Learn what healthy blood glucose ranges are and how and why you might want to start monitoring your blood sugar.

Your blood glucose—which is a measure of how much sugar is in your blood at any given time—fluctuates throughout the day, and sometimes from day to day. But how much should it fluctuate, when is it a cause for concern, and how can you monitor your blood glucose? Read on to find out.

Healthy blood glucose ranges:

What is your blood sugar actually supposed to be?

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), your fasting blood glucose should be less than 100mg/dl.[1] Anything over that will get you into metabolic hot water.

100-125 is considered pre-diabetic; 126 or higher is considered diabetic.

And since 100 is the cutoff for pre-diabetes, you really don’t want to be close to that mark. (We at Veri shoot for ≤90 mg/dl.)

But fasting blood sugar only tells you part of the picture.

‍An important metabolic health factor to consider is how much your blood sugar spikes after a meal

‍The ADA says that a blood sugar reading of less than 140 mg/dl two hours after a high-sugar beverage indicates good metabolic health, while anything over is either pre-diabetic or diabetic.

Our standard at Veri is to have a post-meal glucose of no more than 130 mg/dl, with <120 being the ideal range. Also, blood sugar shouldn’t spike more than 30 mg/dl from your pre-meal glucose reading—otherwise you’ll release too much insulin for your body to properly handle.

CGMs are the best way of measuring blood sugar

Scientific researchers are now claiming that continuous glucose monitoring is more sensitive at detecting blood sugar issues than any other way of measuring.[2] This CGM study even showed that 73% of healthy people had blood sugar ranges that indicated glucose intolerance.

*One thing to keep in mind is that CGMs have higher error margins than normal blood sugar testing. All diabetes concerns should be handled with by your doctor, and Veri is not designed to substitute for medical care.

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References

  1. https://www.diabetes.org/a1c/diagnosis
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29807103/

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