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What is normal for blood sugar?

My MIL has been in bad health for years and was shocked to find out she was diabetic after she had a stroke..... her blood sugar was 429. I don't know exactly what "normal" is, but I was under the impression that 429 is very high.


Asked by Namaste17 at 8:59 PM on Mar. 8, 2011 in Health

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  • anywhere from 80 to 110 is normal (fasting). Your blood sugar will rise after eating but it should go back down IF your body produces insulin like it should..

    Yes, 429 is really high and can cause DKA and put her in the hospital... Low blood sugars is just as bad, you can pass out and go into a coma. DM is nothing to mess around with..

    Answer by midnightmoma at 9:03 PM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • I think it is about 65-104 mg/dL

    Answer by mommy_jules at 9:02 PM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • the normal blood sugar is 70-110, some doctors even say 70-100. Hers is very high and puts her at risk for multiple complications.

    Answer by ElenaC419 at 9:02 PM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • Oh yeah that is very high.

    Answer by mommy_jules at 9:03 PM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • That is very, very high. Blood sugars can vary depending on when you take it. But a random sugar shouldn't be over 130.

    Answer by layh41407 at 9:05 PM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • See and we have no idea how long her blood sugar was up that high and she wasn't saying anything to anyone! The only thing I noticed though is that she kept losing her train of thought and occasionally reported feeling dizzy!

    Comment by Namaste17 (original poster) at 9:07 PM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • Wow, there are a lot of varying numbers here. The American Diabetes Association states that 'normal' levels fall between 70 and 130. It should safely peak after a meal to about 180 and then go back down to the 'normal' range. But it varies for person to person... I know that I start feeling weird when I hit 80 (I'm hypoglycemic) and we try to keep my son no lower than 85-90 or he turns into a little bear. :-)

    But- over 400 is worrisome! Deadly, in fact.

    Answer by HistoryMamaX3 at 9:10 PM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • Hopefully her doctor orders an A1C test. That should give an indication if this is a new trend in her blood sugar, or if it has been high for the past few months.

    Answer by layh41407 at 9:11 PM on Mar. 8, 2011