type 2 diabetes. The first step is knowing what's normal. So what is the normal variance in blood sugar during the day?
Here is a summary of the variance using the numbers above:
|Fasting - Low Reading||Post-Prandial (2 hours) - High Reading||VARIANCE|
|Non-diabetic||72 mg/dL (4 mmol/L)||144 mg/dL (8 mmol/L)||
72 - 144 mg/dL (4 - 8 mmol/L)
A fluctuation of 72 mg/dL (4 mmol/L) over the course of the day
|Diabetic||72 mg/dL (4 mmol/L)||180 mg/dL (10 mmol/L)||
72 - 180 mg/dL (4 - 10 mmol/L)
A fluctuation of 108 mg/dL (6 mmol/L) over the course of the day
The example above does not reflect your individual situation; diabetics should regularly monitor their blood sugar to ensure they stay within the target range set for them by their doctors. A comprehensive diabetes treatment plan can help you keep your glucose levels well-controlled. Some people will be able to control their diabetes without medication, while others may be prescribed medication or insulin to help with glucose control.