If you have already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you probably already have a glucometer. Or, if you are interested in learning about controlling diabetes naturally, a glucometer can be a VERY helpful tool! If you don’t know what this is, don’t be scared off by the name – a glucometer is nothing more than those little devices that you see diabetics use every day to check the concentration of glucose (“sugar”) in the blood. They are easy to use – you simply use the glucometer to prick your finger, and then put a drop of blood on a little disposable test strip and let the meter read the results.
Fasting Blood Sugar Morning Tests
Now, my dad takes his initial reading FIRST THING IN THE MORNING – before he even has a cup of coffee. This is called “Fasting Blood Sugar” test – since the person has not eaten in at least 8 hours. In fact, this is a very typical “first thing” that a doctor will want to do before making any kind of diagnosis. It’s a very common test. A lot of people will work on determining a “baseline” reading of their glucose levels for a week or so by testing a few times each day.
For example, first thing in the morning, and then again before they eat lunch. After about an hour or so, they’ll take another reading – and then another every hour for about 2 or 3 more hours (before eating dinner).
Make sure – if you are going to do this – that you write down your results in a small notebook. Now, if you are already a diagnosed type 2 diabetic (or type 1 diabetic), you’ve most likely already gone through all this. For someone who may be unsure, or noticing some “pre-diabetic” signals or thinking that they have enough risk factors to begin working on getting a handle on this thing before it’s too late, they will probably take these readings for at least a week.
What are Normal Blood Sugar Levels?
So the question is: What is considered NORMAL blood sugar levels? Obviously, this is going to differ from person to person, but according to webmd and a couple of other sites that I looked at, it would appear that you would be hoping for a fasting blood glucose reading of less than about 110 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) – which is how some tests show their results – or 6.1 millimoles per liter, or mmol/L.
Here is an explanation of the “milligrams per deciliter” which I also found at webmd:
The milligrams are the “mg” and the deciliter is abbreviated as “dL” Now, a milligram is 1/1000 of a gram, and a gram is about 1/30 of an ounce. And, a “deciliter” is a measure of “fluid volume” and as you can probably tell from the prefix “deci” it means 1/10 of a liter. If you buy bottled water these days, you’ll often see both a metric and US measure – and you’ll see that a liter is slightly more than a quart. (Source: http://www.webmd.com/hw-popup/milligrams-per-deciliter-mgdl)
Here is the explanation of the “mmol/L” measure – or “Millimoles/Liter” that some reports show- also from webmd – You already know that the “liter” is just a tad more than a quart. But a “mole is an amount of a substance that contains a large number (6 followed by 23 zeros) of molecules or atoms.” Therefore, since “milli” is a thousand, a “millimole” equals “one-thousandth of a mole.” (Source: http://www.webmd.com/hw-popup/millimoles-per-liter-mmoll)
Probably more info than you’re looking for, huh? We’re just interested in the results. But, I thought I’d throw that “scientific” explanation stuff in there! 🙂
A Glucometer is an Important Tool!
Anyway, the whole point of this article is to let you know that a glucometer can be an important tool if you want to work on either avoiding developing type 2 diabetes or learning about controlling diabetes naturally. The more knowledge you have, the better! Again, your health care professional will be a very important partner – and certainly wants you to be well. They’d prefer you don’t get diabetes to begin with! 🙂
Here are a few very inexpensive glucometers for sale right at Amazon! Oh – I also added a link to a cool book you might be interested in by A.M Ross called “The Glucometer: A Self Empowering Tool to a Healthy and Lean Body” which was published earlier this year (2012)!