Diabetes- What should your Blood Sugar be?
Understanding diabetes and normal blood sugar levels is vital to any person at risk for this condition. Current studies state that a normal, fasting blood sugar should fall within the range of 70-100 mg/dL and should register less than 180 mg/dL after eating. Any blood sugar level over 200 mg/dl is diagnosed as diabetes. FastMed walk-in clinics are available to help you understand what should your blood sugar be. We’re open 365 days of the year and take most major insurance plans. We have labs to conduct blood testing on site, so you get your results back quickly.
What does mg/dL mean?
The measurement mg/dL stands for milligrams per decilter. If you have 100 mg/dL, that means you have 100 milligrams of sugar in a deciliter of blood. A deciliter is 1/10th of a liter.
How are blood sugar levels tested?
Sugar is tested by taking a blood sample. Depending on your medical history, your FastMed practioner may suggest one of these three common tests: The Fasting Plasma Glucose, Oral Glucose Tolerance Test or the Random Plasma Glucose Test.
Are there different kinds of diabetes?
Yes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common; over 90% of diabetics are type 2. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, which occurs when the body destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.
Does diabetes affect pregnant women?
Yes. Gestational diabetes occurs in about 3% to 8% of pregnancies. Though gestational diabetes usually goes away after birth, these women have a 40% to 60% chance of developing type 2 diabetes in the next 5 to 10 years.
Can I prevent diabetes?
If you can’t prevent it, you can make living with diabetes more manageable. Talk to your medical practitioner at the FastMed location nearest you on how to help control your blood sugar.