1. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2021 »
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Guest, stay home, stay safe, save the NHS. Stay up to date with information about keeping yourself and people around you safe here and GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19). Think you have symptoms? NHS 111 service is available here.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

Blood Glucose level recommendations

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Donkeymad, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. Donkeymad

    Donkeymad Type 1 · Active Member

    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Sorry for what may be a silly question, but what levels are currently recommended for Blood Glucose levels?

    I have always understood that they should ideally be maintained between 4mml and 7mml. However, at my last Checkup I was told I had suffered 16 hypos, because my levels had fallen below 7mml, and I was told they should be maintained between 7mml and 12mml. I am not sure if there may have been a specific reason I was given this level, but none was offered, despite my querying it.. I know when my levels are getting low when they reach around 4mml.

    Does anybody have any advice, my Driving Licence was threatened. I feel ill when my levels reach 10mml, and I worry about side effects, having been type 1 for 48 years now.

    Thank you for reading and any replies.
     
  2. Emily95

    Emily95 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    90
    Likes Received:
    106
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Between 4 and 7 like you said is correct.
    Between 7 and 12 is absurd.
    Below 4 is a hypo like you've said
    You're right.
    Also it's '5 to drive' but you're completely correct.
     
    • Like Like x 2
    #2 Emily95, Apr 8, 2015 at 10:11 PM
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 8, 2015
  3. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
    Retired Moderator

    Messages:
    23,618
    Likes Received:
    19,618
    Trophy Points:
    278
    So its not because you've lost or have reduced hypo awareness symptoms?
     
  4. himtoo

    himtoo Type 1 · Well-Known Member
    Retired Moderator

    Messages:
    4,723
    Likes Received:
    5,436
    Trophy Points:
    198
    hi donkeymad
    you are having a worrying time right now.

    4-7 pre meal is recommended
    and 4-10 post meal

    the driving licence is a worry for all of us so don't get fobbed off in your enquiries.
     
  5. tim2000s

    tim2000s Type 1 · Expert
    Retired Moderator

    Messages:
    8,914
    Likes Received:
    11,783
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Different consultants take different views on Hypos. When you say you had suffered 16 Hypos, does that mean 16 below 4 or 16 requiring assistance?
     
  6. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

    Messages:
    13,223
    Likes Received:
    12,473
    Trophy Points:
    298
    Hypo's are classified as being under 4.0. Not 7.0.

    If I had a consultant telling me that under 7.0 was hypo I would be reporting the consultant to the GMC as being clueless and endangering life...
    You are correct that you need to maintain your levels at between 4 and 7.7 with minimal swings..

    Are you having large swings in levels? This may be why the consultant is suggesting you stay above 7.0. Ie if you were swinging say from 6.0 to 11.0 and then dropping to say 4.0 then that drop from 11.0 to 4.0 would be in hypo land uf your levels had been say 6.0 and 6.0.... I wonder if your consultant is suggesting you keep high because of swings in levels.... Which really the consultant should be tackling with you if this is happening.....
     
    • Like Like x 4
  7. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

    Messages:
    13,223
    Likes Received:
    12,473
    Trophy Points:
    298
    I think that if your licence has been threatened that you have had an incident possibly or some hypo awareness diminishing.. More than likely your consultant is wanting you to maintain higher levels to try and get hypo awareness back.

    Is this your nirmal consultant or a new person?
     
  8. iHs

    iHs · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,602
    Likes Received:
    2,320
    Trophy Points:
    158
    I think a good bg level to be before eating is 6mmol and then allow a rise up to 8.5mmol 2.5hrs later. This should ensure that bg lowers safely according to the 4hr acting time. This is what I try to do but hdy ho, the bodys need for insulin can change so you hzve to make the mistakes and learn afterwards.
     
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook