Monitoring of blood sugar levels: What’s your Ideal range?

Anju Bisht

, Health A2Z


Your diabetes management plan is a roadmap for you to live healthily even with diabetes. The management plan involves regular monitoring of blood sugar levels and taking corrective actions. Being updated on the blood sugar levels can also help you in reducing the risk of further complications.


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What is blood sugar levels?


You call it blood sugar levels or blood glucose levels, it doesn’t make any difference. Monitoring of blood sugar levels helps you in establishing the amount of glucose you have in your blood. Glucose is a sugar content that you get from the food and drink you consume. Although glucose levels fluctuate throughout the day, for the people with diabetes these changes are larger and happening often.



So far, monitoring is a concern we have already discussed-‘How and When to Test Your Blood Sugar?‘ in detail. In particular, you can use a flash glucose monitor or continuous glucose monitor (CGM). As for how to use either you can follow the instructions that come with it or refer to our previous content of how to test your blood sugar. And yes, there you have understood your ‘Ideal type’ range.



Know Your Ideal Range before Monitoring of blood sugar levels



Your healthcare provider has recommended you test your blood sugar levels regularly. You might think about ‘what is my ideal range?’ Your ideal range is particular to you which differs with type and age. Also, you’ll have a different reading at different times of the day. Which is in accordance with what you have eaten and how much you have worked out.


For your concern here we are to make you wise and guide you about your ideal range. The data of Diabetes Uk frames the ideal range for different categories.


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Ideal Range- Children with Type 1 diabetes


Monitoring of blood sugar levels before a meal and after waking up:


  • 4 to 7mmol/l

Monitoring after meals:

  • 5 to 9mmol/l


Ideal Range- Adults with Type 1 diabetes


Before meals and after waking up:

  • 5 to 7mmol/l

Preceding to meals  at other times of the day:

  • 4 to 7mmol/l


Ideal range- Type 2 when monitoring of blood sugar levels


Preceding to meals:

  • 4 to 7mmol/l

Succeding to meals after 2 hours

  • Less than 8.5mmol/l


Ideal range- Gestational diabetes


  • For Fasting, it should be below 5.3mmol/l.
  • After meals with the 1-hour gap, it should be below 7.8mmol/l.
  • In reference to the above, in case of any delay, checking after 2 hours you need to aim for below 6.4mmol/l.



Considering the above information ‘mmol/l’ represents millimoles per liter. Wherein, the mole is a unit used to measure chemicals. Monitoring of blood sugar levels will help you as well as your care provider in planning and managing diabetes treatment plan properly.  So, that you can live well even with diabetes.


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