What Is a Normal Blood Sugar Level for a Nondiabetic?

Reviewed on 11/16/2021

In nondiabetics, normal blood sugar levels are 70 to 140 mg/dl (in general), 80 to 140 mg/dL (after meals/before bed), and 80 to 99 mg/dL (fasting/upon waking and before meals).
In nondiabetics, normal blood sugar levels are 70 to 140 mg/dl (in general), 80 to 140 mg/dL (after meals/before bed), and 80 to 99 mg/dL (fasting/upon waking and before meals).

Normal blood sugar (blood glucose) levels change throughout the day and night. Levels depend on when, what, and how much you eat, and whether you have exercised.

In nondiabetics, normal blood sugar levels are:

Fasting/upon waking and before meals 80 to 99 mg/dL
After meals/before bed 80 to 140 mg/dL
In general 70 to 140 mg/dl

What Is a Normal Blood Sugar Level for a Diabetic?

For adults who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and children who have type 1 diabetes, normal blood sugar levels are:

Fasting/upon waking and before meals 80 to 130 mg/dL
After meals/before bed 180 mg/dL

For pregnant women who have pre-existing diabetes, normal blood sugar levels are:

Fasting/upon waking and before meals 60 to 99 mg/dL
After meals/before bed 100 to 129 mg/dL

For pregnant women who have gestational diabetes, normal blood sugar levels are:

Fasting/upon waking and before meals less than 96 mg/dL
After meals/before bed less than 120 mg/dL

How Can I Manage Blood Sugar Levels?

Ways to help keep blood sugar levels in check include: 

  • A healthy diet 
    • Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits
    • Choose foods low in calories, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, and salt
    • Drink water instead of juice or soda
    • Limit alcohol
    • Choose fruit for dessert
  • Exercise regularly 
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Control food portions 
  • Eat at regular times, and don’t skip meals
  • Track food, drink, and exercise
  • Monitor blood sugar levels if you are diabetic to see what makes them change

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Reviewed on 11/16/2021
References
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https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/managing/manage-blood-sugar.html

https://www.thediabetescouncil.com/what-are-blood-sugar-target-ranges/