Monitoring

 

Daily self-monitoring of blood glucose provides people with diabetes the information they need to assess how food, physical activity and medications affect their blood glucose levels. Monitoring, however, doesn’t stop there. People with diabetes also need to regularly check their blood pressure, urine ketones and weight.

Diabetes education classes instruct patients about equipment choice and selection, timing and frequency of testing, target values, and interpretation and use of results.
Ask yourself:

When monitoring my blood glucose levels, I often:

A.  Follow an exact schedule and keep a thorough record of my daily levels. I use these numbers to make decisions about my diabetes care.

B.  Test my levels as directed to share with my doctor and diabetes educator.

C.  Test my levels if I am not feeling well but don't otherwise monitor my blood glucose.

D.  Only get my blood glucose levels tested when I see my doctor because I don't own a blood glucose meter.

If you answered A or B, you are practicing healthy monitoring habits. If you answered C or D, you should revisit monitoring recommendations with your care team adn plan on incorporating these habits into your life.