What Should My Target Blood Glucose (Sugar) Level Be If I Have Diabetes?


I have diabetes. What should my target blood glucose (sugar) level be?

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  1. Keeping your blood sugar in target will lower your risk of developing complications of diabetes.

    Target levels will depend on the person and their situation.

    Your health-care team will help you determine your own targets for blood sugar levels.

    If you have diabetes, you should try to keep your blood sugar as close to target range as possible.

    This will help to delay or prevent complications of diabetes.

    Maintaining healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle, and taking medication, if necessary, will help you keep your blood sugar levels within their target range.

    Target ranges for blood sugar can vary. It depends on a person’s age, medical condition and other risk factors.

    Targets for pregnant women, older adults and children 12 years of age and under are different. Ask your health-care provider what your levels should be.

    Recommended blood sugar targets for most people with diabetes*

    (Your target may not be the same as the examples in this blood sugar levels info below. Yours should be specific to you.)

    1. Target for most people with diabetes should be A1C** 7.0% or less
    2. Fasting blood glucose (sugar)/ blood sugar before meals (mmol/L) should be 4.0 to 7.0
    3. Blood sugar two hours after eating (mmol/L) should be 5.0 to 10.0 (5.0 – 8.0 if A1C** targets not being met).

    * This information is based on the Diabetes Canada 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada and is a guide.
    ** A1C is a measurement of your average blood sugar control for the last two to three months and approximately 50 per cent of the value comes from the last 30 days.

    Talk to your health-care provider about YOUR blood sugar target ranges
    You should have your A1C measured every three months, when your blood sugar targets are not being met or when you are making changes to your diabetes management.

    A1C, before meal and after meal blood sugar levels are all important measurements of your diabetes control.

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