I am a Type 1 diabetics of 42 years, know a bit about blood sugar ranges for myself as a diabetic for fasting and after 2 hour meal readings, but am CLUELESS as to what the ranges should be for nondiabetics (I did know last month when I was doing a stint at Walmart with a nurse, educating people on diabetes, and we were testing their BG’s - but my sponge brain doesn’t remember the readings, and I didn’t take the info card the nurse was handing out to those that had elevated BG’s when we tested them) . The reason why I’m writing to you all here is because I tested my Mum and Dad’s BG’s today (all in preparation for the GDA Community’s New Year Non-Diabetic Test’olution 2010 from January 1-5, 2010), about 2 hours after we’d had our lunch. It was nothing too crazy, just turkey, scalloped potatoes, green beans, and then abit of dessert/coffee. I test 8.5 mmol/l (153 mg/dl) - but again, I’m on insulin, so this is not bad for what I ate (I did eat abit more of the sweets, but heck, it’s the holidays, and I had to guess at the carb count for when I gave my insulin).
So, my Dad who is 79 years old read 13.4 mmol/l (241 mg/dl ) - my Mum who is 75 years old read 17.1 mmol/l (308 mg/dl). I just about had a panic attack when I saw my Dad’s, and then when it came to my Mum’s, I did my best to stay calm. I didn’t want to scare my Mum, as she has always had good health all her life.
Note - my Dad doesn’t eat sweets - and he’s on a low carb diet (he’s lost 10 lbs in the past 3 months - he wasn’t overweight to begin with - but he had a doctors appointment where they warned him about diabetes - and my Dad then went onto what my Mum calls a “cave man” diet). My Mum eats pretty normal, is normal weight.
Anyway, as you can see, I’m worried. I told both of them they should talk to their GP’s about the readings I took. My Dad doesn’t seem to think too much of his reading, while my Mum on the other hands is. Because she was involved in my upraising as a diabetic, she has more of knowledge then my Dad does on blood sugar readings, etc.
Anyway, in the meantime I’m going to see if I can find anything, I’ve only come across at the ADA website the chart for BG ranges for adults with diabetes so far.
Thanks if anyone can help!