Insulin is usually recommended as the initial therapy for diabetes if a person’s HbA1c level at diagnosis is greater than 10% or if someone’s fasting blood glucose level is consistently above 250 mg/dl.
What level of a1c requires insulin?
Your doctor also often uses this test to diagnose diabetes and establish a baseline A1C level. The test is repeated as you learn to control your blood sugar. People without diabetes usually have an A1C level of between 4.5 to 5.6 percent. A1C levels of 5.7 to 6.4 percent on two separate occasions signify prediabetes.
Do all Type 2 diabetics eventually need insulin?
People with type 2 diabetes do not always have to take insulin right away; that is more common in people with type 1 diabetes. With type 2 diabetes, though, dietary changes, increasing physical activity, and some oral medications are usually enough to bring your blood glucose to a normal level.
Should I take insulin if my blood sugar is normal?
A: In an entire day, we generally say your blood sugar should not go over 140 even after eating a large meal. Ideally it would not go over 120 two hours after eating. With diabetes, one’s physician may have a higher goal, depending on the health of the person, in order to avoid hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
What level of blood sugar is dangerous?
Blood sugar chart
|Time of check||Target blood sugar levels for people without diabetes|
|Before meals||less than 100 mg/dl|
|1–2 hours after the start of a meal||less than 140 mg/dl|
|Over a 3-month period, which an A1C test can measure||less than 5.7%|