Generally most healthy individuals have blood glucose levels between 4-7 mmol/litre. This is known as Normoglycaemia.
Most hyperinsulinism specialist centres consider hypoglycaemia as under 3.5mmol/l (63mg/dl). However this may vary depending on your own child’s circumstances so please follow the care plan given by your medical team.
Some non-specialist centres may tell you that 2.5 mmol/l is normal in children. However in children with hyperinsulinism ketones are not being produced therefore the alternative fuel for the brain is not available. Hyperinsulinism children also have a tendency to drop very quickly which is why most centres will advise you to treat any blood glucose levels below 3.5 mmol/l.
In the US and many other countries you may see blood glucose levels in mg/dl. You can multiply the value in mmol/l by 18 to get the value in mg/dl. However here is a basic conversion chart. We have highlighted the blood sugar levels:
- Green = normal levels
- Amber = may be giving concern - follow instructions from doctor
- Red = severe levels - urgent treatment required - follow instructions from doctor
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Please note that the higher numbers in this table are not appropriate reference for diabetic children or those who may be becoming diabetic after near-total pancreatectomy. Please contact your clinician if your child is regularly having blood glucose readings above 10mmol/l or you are concerned that they may be becoming diabetic.