Have you ever noticed that numbers are important in health? Your date of birth is important. The age women started their menstrual cycle is important. The year you had surgery is important. How many days it takes you to recover from the flu is important. The age you first started smoking is important.
Your heart rate should be 60-72 beats per minute. Your blood pressure is two numbers such as 120/80 and the top number is usually 100 plus your age. (It's best to keep that number to no higher than 140.) The bottom number is 70 to 80; if it goes past 90, your health care provider is concerned about your blood pressure and he will look to put you on medication.
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Blood sugar levels are also important to know. The range is 70 to 110 mg/dl (3.9 to 6 mmol/l) or 80 to 120 mg/dl (4.4 to 6.7 mmol/l) depending on the clinical laboratory that does the testing. When blood sugar is measured, it is taken either after a meal or after a long overnight period of fasting. To determine whether or not someone has diabetes, doctors look at fasting blood sugar levels. When the level is between 100 to 125 mg/dl (5.5 to 6.9 mmol/l), health care providers say you are pre-diabetic. When the level is greater than 125 mg/dl (7 mmol/l) you have type 2 diabetes.
When a person with type 2 diabetes is monitoring his own fasting blood sugar, he should aim for 83 to 87 mg/dl (4.6 to 4.8 mmol/l). This is the ideal fasting blood sugar level. If the level is less than 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/l), the health care provider would say that the person had hypoglycemia or low blood sugar at that particular point in time.
There's one additional number that is important for diabetics: the Hemoglobin A1C value (HbA1c). This number tells the doctor how well you, the patient, has been regulating your blood sugar levels over the last two to three months. This means that anyone who is a diabetic really can't cheat on their diet and eat meals filled with carbohydrates, (such as pasta, pretzels, ice cream, and doughnuts all at the same meal) and expect that their health care provider won't figure out that they have been cheating! But actually you would be cheating yourself!
Normal Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) levels are less than 6.5%. Diabetics usually have levels 7% or higher; sometimes more than 11%!
Stay true to your goal to maintain good health and reverse your type 2 diabetes. Do it with proven methods. Join the ranks of those who have beaten this condition called type 2 diabetes.
Because we are all so different, the key to recovering your good health is to work out how your particular version of type 2 diabetes works. The first step to doing this is to learn how blood sugar is regulated in a non-diabetic and how normal blood sugar control breaks down. You are in control of your diabetes, learn all you can and then work out what will work best for you.
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Beverleigh Piepers is a registered nurse who would like to help you understand how to live easily and happily with your type 2 diabetes. http://drugfreetype2diabetes.com
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