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Diabetes: Blood Sugar Levels

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Keeping your blood sugar in a target range reduces your risk of problems such as diabetic eye disease (retinopathy), kidney disease (nephropathy), and nerve disease (neuropathy).

Some people can work toward lower numbers, and some people may need higher goals.

For example, some children and adolescents with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, people who have severe complications from diabetes, people who may not live much longer, or people who have trouble recognizing the symptoms of low blood sugar may have a higher target range.

And some people, such as those who are newly diagnosed with diabetes or who don''Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator

Current as ofDecember 7, 2017

Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines Expert Committee (2013). Targets for glycemic control section of Canadian Diabetes Association 2013 clinical practice guidelines for the prevention and management of diabetes in Canada. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 37(Suppl 1): S31-S34. Also available online: http://guidelines.diabetes.ca.
Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines Expert Committee (2013). Diabetes and pregnancy section of Canadian Diabetes Association 2013 clinical practice guidelines for the prevention and management of diabetes in Canada. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 37(Suppl 1): S168-S183. Also available online: http://guidelines.diabetes.ca.
Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines Expert Committee (2013). Type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents section of Canadian Diabetes Association 2013 clinical practice guidelines for the prevention and management of diabetes in Canada. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 37(Suppl 1): S153-S162. Also available online: http://guidelines.diabetes.ca.
Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines Expert Committee (2013). Type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents section of Canadian Diabetes Association 2013 clinical practice guidelines for the prevention and management of diabetes in Canada. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 37(Suppl 1): S163-S167. Also available online: http://guidelines.diabetes.ca.

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