Blood Glucose 130 mg/dL - good or bad?

A blood glucose test will measure the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood. The amount is usually measured in mg/dL (milligrams (mg) per decilitre (dL)).

Sometimes, blood sugar is measured in mmol/L (Millimoles Per Litre). Your blood glucose level in Millimoles is 7.2 mmol/L.

Blood Sugar Test

Blood Sugar 130 on the blood sugar test

130 mg/dL Blood Glucose - what does it mean?

For a Person With Diabetes

  • Normal range if you were tested up to 2 hours after eating

For a Person Without Diabetes

  • Normal range if you were tested up to 2 hours after eating
  • Could be Prediabetic if it was tested fasting

More Information

Maintaining normal blood sugar is ideal for diabetics. However, extrinsic factors such as stress or daily commitments such as work schedules may interfere with proper diabetes management. Normal blood sugar readings are measured between your fasting blood sugar level and the level approximately 2 hours after eating a carbohydrate meal. A reading of 70 - 100 mg/dL after not eating for up to 8 hours is considered normal.

Normal post-meal blood sugar is between 100-140 mg/dL after eating. A range of 90 to 150 mg/dL before bedtime is also normal for diabetics. Staying active, eating healthy, managing stress, taking diabetes medicine, and testing blood sugar once or twice a day helps keep glucose range normal.

Written by Marcel Gantert on January 30, 2019