Glucose and other nutrients are assimilated by our body through the digestion process. Our blood brings the glucose to our cells, and there it is converted into energy. This is the reason why it is important to have a certain amount of glucose in our blood: to have energy for your body. This energy should be available throughout the day. That is why the main goal of diabetes management is to maintain an appropriate blood glucose level. The right level is defined on your condition. That said, a normal blood glucose level falls within the range of 80-120 mg/dL. Two hours after eating the limit is 140 mg/dl. Not all people with diabetes can reach “normal” levels, or they may be situational. Your appropriate level should be discussed with your doctor.
Problems may arise with too high or too low levels of blood glucose. In the first case, when the level is too high, you can have an episode of hyperglycemia. In the latter case, when the blood glucose level is too low, you can develop hypoglycemia. It is important to understand the causes and the symptoms of high or low blood glucose levels. It is also important to know what to do in these cases.
Most of all you may want to be able to keep your blood sugar at an appropriate level. This is possible when you reach the correct balance between eating, exercising, and, if needed, taking medicine. Other factor may affect blood sugar levels, such as emotions and illness, that’s why it is essential to monitor your blood sugar level to help you control your diabetes.