Know Your Numbers and NICE advice

Click here to convert British blood glucose results (mmol/L) into American (mg/dl)

Blood Glucose before meals should be:

between 4 - 7 mmol/L (UK guidance)
between 5 - 7.2 (USA guidance)

Blood Glucose two hours after eating should be:

<8.5 mmol/L (UK guidance)
<10 mmol/L (USA guidance)

HbA1c test results should be <6.5%

Blood Pressure should be 130/80 (or less)

Cholesterol should be between 3.5 - 4 mmol/L
LDL  (Bad)   Cholesterol should be  1.7mmol/L (or less)
HDL (Good) Cholesterol should be >1.2mmol/L (women)
                                                  >1.0mmol/L (men)

Diabetic Living Online - "Know Your Numbers" (click to download)

Diabetic Living Online - "Tips to naturally lower your blood sugars" (click to view)

Diabetic Living Online - "How to lower blood sugar" (click to download)

NICE advises:

avoid pursuing highly intensive maintenance to HbA1c levels at less than 6.5% (average glucose over 8 weeks), instead a result of 7% is satisfactory.

Rx recommended by NICE:

metformin (Glucophage) - increases sensitivity of insulin
AND if required:
amaryl (sulfonylureas) - stimulates production of insulin and can be a risk of hypo's
OR if required:
glitazones (Avandia, Actos, Arandamet) - reduces insulin resistance in fat tissue, liver and muscles (can be a risk of osteoporosis, heart problems, liver problems)