Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
December 17, 2007
Blood Tests and Insulin Injections, Other
Question from Arizona, USA:
My two-year-old daughter was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Now concerned about my other children, I am wondering what their blood sugars should be. Also, does it matter how long you must wait after a meal before checking to get an accurate reading?
All readings are accurate if they are done correctly from a technical standpoint. Interpretation is different. Pre-meal blood glucose should be between 60 mg/dl [3.3 mmol/L] to 99 mg/dl [5.5 mmol/L] and the same value should be the normal range in the middle of the night. One to two hours after eating, values could rise to 126 mg/dl [7.0 mmol/L]. Some would say up to 140 mg/dl [7.8 mmol/L] on a home meter is acceptable. By three to four hours after eating, blood sugar values should be back to the normal pre-meal values.