Why you need to know about blood sugar levels?
A sugar test lets you know about the glucose level in blood. It is important to know about the your sugar level range as it is an important step in managing diabetes risk in the future or related symptoms.
A lot of people are pre diabetic, which means they are slowly developing diabetes, but are unaware until it become a full blown problem. When you check your blood sugar, you understand what the numbers go up (high sugar level) and down (low blood sugar). This way you know what works for you or what changes you need to make.
Symptoms of low blood sugar
- Low blood sugar symptoms occur suddenly like
- Rapid heartbeat
- Mood changes
- Blurred vision
Symptoms of high blood glucose levels
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Blurred vision
- Weight loss
Types of checks for sugar levels: If you are a diabetic then managing blood sugar levels become critical. During diabetes your body is unable to get sugar from the blood to the cells for energy.
- Blood sugar checks: These can be done yourself and lets you know your current sugar level.
- The A1C: This is done in a lab and tells you your average blood sugar level over the past 2 to 3 months.
Ideal sugar level range in children
Well managed and controlled sugar levels help diabetic children grow and develop well and normally.
For ages 6-12 sugar levels should be:
- Fasting between 80-180
- Before meals between 90-180
- At bedtime between 100- 180
For ages 13-19 sugar levels should be:
- Fasting between 70-150
- Before meals between 90-130
- At bedtime between 90- 150
A growing child’s blood sugar cannot be in the normal range all the time. Factors like puberty, hormonal changes and physical activity can get sugar levels to fall or rise rapidly. Apart from sugar tests, you as a parent/ guardian need to be prepared for all this as well. Talk to your child’s medical advisor to understand better.
Track blood glucose levels with a glucometer
Ensuring normal glucose levels via a lab done blood glucose test can be difficult and expensive. A better way is to invest in a glucometer– self blood sugar monitoring device which allows you to check, manage and track sugar readings from time to time at the comfort of where you are. You could look up for glucometers online or talk to your pharmacist to let you know the best glucometer as per your needs.