by Celevida | 9 September 2021
Testing blood sugar is an essential part of your diabetes care plan. While staying in touch with your doctor is important for your treatment plan, you might need to test your blood sugar on your own as long as your doctor advises you to. Testing your own levels allows you to learn how to manage your blood sugar no matter the time of day or where you are. Learn how this test works and talk to your doctor about the benefits of self-monitoring.
Usually, a blood glucose meter is used to check blood sugar. This meter measures the amount of sugar in a sample of blood, by pricking your fingertip with a small needle called a lancet, that you place on a disposable test strip. Your doctor can help you to select the meter that is best for you.1,2
Each person is different and unique. The number of times that you check your blood sugar will depend on the type of diabetes that you have and the type of medicine you take to treat your diabetes. Your doctor might tell you when and how often you need to check your levels. The most common times to check and test your blood sugar levels are before meals and at bedtime.1,3
It may sound obvious, but it is essential to record your readings. Note them down in a diary, a notebook for tracking your results. Having this information can help you identify patterns and potential problems. 1,2
Bring your record of results with you to your doctor’s appointments. Work closely with doctor and decide what changes you need to make to manage your blood sugar numbers better. If your blood sugar is too high or too low, your doctor might want you to adjust your physical activity and follow a balanced diet plan to reduce sugar levels for managing diabetes well.
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