The traditional ranges are too high. Plus, who wants to feel “average” when you can feel OPTIMAL!
Conversion to mmoL for all my international friends: 99mg/dL = 5.5 mmoL. 70-85 mg/dL = 3.8-4.7 mmoL
Please note that if you are at these ranges and feeling weak, shaky, dizzy or lightheaded, you are experiencing signs of hypoglycemia. This still indicates some level of blood sugar dysregulation.
When I got my fasting blood glucose measured in 2013 it was 63 and I felt like I was gonna pass out. No doctor said anything to me about it!! With blood sugar it’s not “the lower the better.”
Your blood sugar may also go lower than this if you’re in ketosis and you will not feel signs of hypoglycemia. This is fine.
The best time to take your fasting glucose is upon rising. I highly recommend purchasing a glucometer. I love the one by Fora Care (link in bio). It also tests ketones, is highly accurate, and comes with an app.
High numbers only in the morning often...
These are the numbers I use in my practice. These are not the numbers you’ll see in your doctor’s office.
Doctors often test for this on a standard blood panel but don’t interpret it in a helpful way. For example, when my blood sugar was 60 and I was super dizzy and lightheaded, no one said anything to me about it.
Luckily, you can (and should) test your glucose at home. Fasting glucose can be taken in the morning upon rising with a blood glucose meter like the Keto Mojo or my favorite, the FORA6.
Sometimes CGMs can be off up to +/- 20mg/dL so I recommend still checking with a finger prick meter even if you use a CGM.
Some people have higher fasting glucose levels in the morning because of the Dawn Phenomenon. This might indicate you have more work to do on your blood sugar, and that your liver might need some love.
This is not the only criteria for diagnosis for diabetes or prediabetes and I’m certainly not diagnosing you over Instagram.
However, this is still a...