Reading Your Blood Sugar Monitor: Normal Range Results

Reading Your Blood Sugar Monitor: Normal Range Results

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Blood glucose, or blood sugar, monitoring is your most powerful tool for determining whether your blood glucose levels are within your target range. It is essential to keep blood sugar levels within this range as often as possible to help prevent short-term complications and serious long-term health problems. But what is considered a normal range on a blood sugar monitor for those living with diabetes? It depends. While blood glucose targets are individualized based on a range of factors, there are general guidelines in place.

Blood Sugar Levels (mg/dL) Typically Associated With…
80-120 Ideal pre-meal blood sugar level
<180 Ideal post-meal blood sugar level

What Is Considered a Normal Range on a Blood Sugar Monitor?

Everyone with diabetes will have a unique optimal blood sugar target range. Your healthcare provider will help you determine what your ideal target range should be based on factors such as:

  • Duration of diabetes
  • Age and life expectancy
  • Other existing health conditions you may have
  • Cardiovascular disease or diabetes complications
  • Hypoglycemia unawareness
  • Individual patient considerations

While your blood sugar monitor normal range should be determined with the guidance of your healthcare provider, the American Diabetes Association recommends the following targets for non-pregnant adults living with diabetes:

  • Before a meal: between 80-120 mg/dL
  • One to two hours after the beginning of a meal: less than 180 mg/dL

Your healthcare provider can also help you determine how often you should be checking your blood sugar levels

Importance of Maintaining a Normal Range on Your Blood Sugar Monitor

Keeping your blood sugar levels within your optimal healthy range is so important for your overall health and wellness. If blood sugar levels become too low, you can experience hypoglycemia which can lead to:

  • Blurred vision
  • Confused thinking
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Slurred speech
  • Drowsiness
  • Numbness

If your blood glucose levels remain low for too long, the brain is starved of glucose which can lead to seizures, coma, and in rare cases, death.

If your blood sugar levels become too high, you can experience hyperglycemia which can cause frequent urination, increased thirst, blurred vision, weakness, and fatigue. Without treatment, hyperglycemia can lead to ketoacidosis, a serious, life-threatening diabetes complication.

If your blood glucose levels remain high over time, it may put you at risk for serious, long-term health problems, such as vision loss, heart disease, and kidney disease.

Staying on Target: Understanding Causes of Blood Glucose Fluctuations

Keeping your blood sugar monitor readings in your normal range depends on knowing what affects your blood glucose levels. Many factors can cause your blood sugar levels to rise and fall, including diet, exercise, medications, stress, and alcohol.

Factors that can cause your blood sugar to rise include:

  • A meal or a snacks
  • Lack of physical activity 
  • Side effects from other medications
  • Illness and infections
  • fluctuations in hormone levels (e.g., during menstrual periods)
  • Stress
  • Too little diabetes medication

Factors that can cause your blood sugar to fall include:

  • Missing a meal or a snack
  • Extra physical activity
  • Consumption of alcohol, especially if ingested on an empty stomach
  • Side effects from other medications
  • Too much diabetes medication

How Regular Glucose Monitoring Can Help

Monitoring blood glucose levels and keeping track of changes is a critical aspect of diabetes management. Routine monitoring can help you and your healthcare provider:

  • Spot and address high and low blood sugar events
  • Assess the effects of diabetes medications on blood glucose levels
  • Analyze the efficacy of your treatment plan and make adjustments when necessary
  • Understand how various lifestyle factors affect glucose levels

In addition to getting an A1C test at least twice a year, the American Diabetes Association recommends using a blood glucose monitor (BGM) to help you make decisions about your day-to-day diabetes care and maintain healthy glucose levels. The recommended in-range time is at least 70% of the day, meaning you should be within your doctor-recommended target range at least 70% of the time.

Stay on Target with POGO Automatic® 

Once you’ve worked with your healthcare provider to determine what your blood sugar monitor normal range is, it’s important to find an easy monitoring solution. While glucose monitoring often feels like the most cumbersome aspect of diabetes management, it doesn’t have to be.

POGO Automatic addresses barriers to routine monitoring by offering a simple, fast, and accurate way to check your blood sugar in a single step. You simply load a 10-test cartridge into the monitor—there’s nothing else to carry with you. To check your blood sugar, you just turn the monitor on and place your finger on the test port. The POGO Automatic Monitoring System will automatically lance, collect blood, and give you accurate results quickly. 

POGO Automatic features Bluetooth connectivity and comes with the free Patterns® for POGO Automatic app. When your results are uploaded to the app, you can easily see trends and share data with your healthcare team through the Patterns sharing circle feature. Patterns also imports data from popular wellness apps, giving you more insight into the relationships between your blood sugar and a range of health and lifestyle factors. If you’re having a hard time keeping up with your monitoring routine, you can use Patterns to set reminders to test.

By working with your healthcare provider to determine your optimal target glucose range and utilizing tools and strategies that simplify your daily routine, you can take meaningful steps to stay within your target range.

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POGO Automatic is the only FDA-cleared blood glucose monitor that lances and collects blood automatically, in one simple step, with its 10-test cartridge technology, eliminating the need to carry separate lancets and test strips. Reach out today to learn more about how you can check your blood without interrupting your day.

 Jaclyn Owens, product director specializing in diabetes management tools

Jaclyn Owens

Jaclyn Owens is a product director specializing in diabetes management tools. She is committed to using technology to empower people with diabetes and help them take control of their health.


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