If you have diabetes, tracking your blood sugar is one of the most important things you can do to stay on top of your health. Ovia lets you keep track of your blood sugar levels right in the app.
Why track blood sugar?
Blood sugar tracking is important for anybody who is diagnosed with diabetes, whether type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes. Your healthcare provider should let you know how often to test your blood sugar. The frequency of testing usually depends on the type of diabetes you have, and how much insulin you use.
Tracking your blood sugar helps you understand how different foods, medications, illness, and activities affect your levels. This allows you and your provider to develop the management plan that’s best-suited for you.
What do the numbers mean?
Blood sugar levels are represented as milligrams of sugar per deciliter of blood (mg/dL). The normal ranges of blood sugar are as follows:
- Before meals: 80 – 130 mg/dL
- Within 2 hours after meals: Less than 180 mg/dL
Everybody is different, and the American Diabetes Association recommends that healthy people under 60 aim for lower levels than these. You should speak with your healthcare provider about the ideal blood sugar levels for you.
Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/in-depth/blood-sugar/art-20046628
American Diabetes Association: https://www.diabetes.org/healthy-living/medication-treatments/blood-glucose-testing-and-control/checking-your-blood-glucose