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Because you have
diabetes, you need to know when your blood sugar level
is outside the target range for your body. Fortunately, you can see what your
blood sugar level is anywhere and anytime by using a home blood sugar meter
(blood glucose meter). Using the meter, you can find out what your blood sugar
level is quickly.
Knowing your blood sugar level
helps you treat low or high blood sugar before it becomes an emergency. It also
helps you know how exercise and food affect your blood sugar and how much
short-acting insulin (if you take insulin) to take. Most importantly, it helps
you feel more in control as you manage life with diabetes.
keys to success in monitoring your blood sugar anywhere are:
Monitoring your blood sugar level at home takes the guesswork out of your daily diabetes care. You
will know what your blood sugar level is at the time of testing. Here is a
simple way to get started.
Before you start testing your blood
Some people who have diabetes test their
blood sugar rarely or not at all. Other people—such as pregnant women or people who use insulin—test it
often. The more often you test your blood sugar, the more you
will know about how well your treatment is keeping your blood sugar levels
within a target range.
Follow these steps when testing your blood
Recording your blood sugar
results is very important. You and your doctor will use your record to see how often
your blood sugar levels are in your target range. This information lets you and your
doctor know how your medicine, food, and activity are affecting your blood sugar. Be sure to
take your record with you on each visit to your doctor or diabetes
To record your results, you can:
The more often you test
your blood sugar, the more likely you are to have sore fingertips. These
suggestions can help prevent sore fingers:
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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