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.
June 29, 2006
Question from Sunnyside, Washington, USA:
I'd like your opinion on what a normal glucose level should be at one hour after a meal. I have read some different opinions: (1) testing before two hours is "invalid," or a waste of time and (2) testing at one hour after a meal lets you know how the food you ate affected you. But, I have not seen what the level should be to be considered "normal" or safe. I know they want you at or below 140 mg/dl [7.8 mmol/L] two hours after a meal. So, what should a normal reading be one hour after a meal? Is it acceptable to have a one hour blood sugar over 150 mg/dl [8.3 mmol/L], but a two hour blood sugar less than 140 mg/dl [7.8 mmol/L]?
Do you have diabetes? If not, I would recommend you have a glucose tolerance test to determine whether have type 2 diabetes. If you are already known to have type 2 diabetes, I would recommend you use the more standard two hour glucose value of less than 120 mg/dl [6.7 mmol/L] as the standard. In patients who are pregnant, one hour glucose levels less than 140 mg/dl [7.8 mmol/L] are a target that has been used instead of the two hour value.