You're sweet enough already, so there's no need to tax your blood with extra sugars. A good way to keep tabs on your glucose levels is by using a printable blood sugar chart. It can help you manage your health.
A printable blood sugar chart can come in handy for a couple of reasons. You can use it to make sure your blood sugar isn’t too high, but it’s equally important to ensure your blood glucose level isn’t too low.
If blood sugar levels drop too low, a potentially fatal condition called hypoglycemia develops. Symptoms may include lethargy, impaired mental functioning, irritability, shaking, weakness in arm and leg muscles, sweating and loss of consciousness. Brain damage is even possible.
If levels remain too high, appetite is suppressed over the short term. Long-term hyperglycemia causes many of the long-term health problems associated with diabetes, including eye, kidney, heart disease and nerve damage.
Before developing Type 2 diabetes, most people have prediabetes; their blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Prediabetes is really common — more than 84 million U.S. adults have it, though 90% of them don’t know they do.
Our bodies are complex machines that require maintenance and care if we expect them to work well enough to allow us to enjoy life to the fullest.
Risk Factor For Diabetes
There are several risk factors that can make you prone to developing diabetes including
- Being overweight
- Being 45 or older
- You have a family history of Type 2 diabetes
- You’re physically active less than three times per week
If you can relate to any of the risk factors above, you should probably have your blood sugar checked, if you haven’t already.
Printable Blood Sugar Charts
High levels of fasting blood sugar can mean you have diabetes or are insulin-resistant. Here’s a simple chart you can print and use to keep tabs on your blood sugar levels.
An ideal fasting level is less than 100 mg/dL. If your fasting level falls between 110 and 125 mg/dL, you’re considered prediabetic. People with diabetes have a fasting glucose level 125 mg/dL and above or a post-meal level that’s more than 200 mg/dL.
Printable Hemoglobin A1c (HgA1c) Chart
The hemoglobin A1c (HgA1c) is used to diagnose diabetes. It reflects your average blood sugar levels over the last two to three months.
- Ideal level: 5.6 or lower
- Prediabetes: 5.7-6.4
- Diabetes: 6.5 or higher
- Goal for diabetic patients: Less than 6.5-7
You can print and reference the chart below, quickly and easily as a reminder of your goals.
Decrease Your Risk With Diet and Exercise
The best thing you can do to decrease your risk is to stick to a predominantly plant-based diet and exercise. The DASH Diet or the Mediterranean Diet are good examples of balanced diets with plenty of fiber, vitamins and minerals. The American Diabetes Association also has nutrition recommendations.
The other thing you can do is to be more active. The new physical activity guidelines state that all you need is 22 minutes of movement each day to gain health benefits. They also state that all movement matters.
If you’re looking to track your blood sugar numbers a little more closely, use our printable blood sugar charts. Or check out our guide, “Know Your Numbers: Blood Sugar.” Inside you’ll find more tips to easily manage your blood sugar and get you on the road to a healthier you.