Testing Your Blood Sugar
Why you should test your blood sugar levels and how to
Testing your blood sugar or blood glucose level is an important part of managing diabetes and preventing associated complications. A blood sugar monitor like the one above can be used to test your blood sugar at home. It uses a tiny needle to draw a drop of blood to test from a finger.
Why Test for Blood Glucose?
Monitoring blood glucose levels can help with the following:
· Check whether blood sugar levels are low or high
· Monitor effects of diabetes medication
· Track your progress in managing your blood sugar levels
· Monitor effects of physical activity on blood sugar levels
· Monitor whether stress and illness affect your blood sugar levels
Your Ideal Blood Glucose Level
Blood sugar test levels are based on several factors outlined below. Consult your doctor on the ideal blood sugar level you should try to maintain.
· If you have diabetes and for how long
· Type and severity of diabetes
· If associated health complications are present
· Overall health and implications of any other illnesses
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) generally recommends the following target blood sugar levels:
· Between 80 and 130 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) before meals
· Less than 180 mg/dL two hours after meals
The ADA has noted that these target values vary from individual to individual, so it always best to consult your doctor on your ideal blood glucose level.
How To Test Your Blood Sugar
Blood sugar testing is done using a blood sugar meter like the one seen above. It is recommended that you read the instructions that come with your blood sugar meter or ask your doctor about how to use it correctly.
The blood sugar meter will measure the amount of sugar in a drop-sized sample of your blood, taken from your fingertip. The blood sugar meter usually comes with a little needle to help you do this! The drop of blood is placed on a disposable strip and the machine will display your blood sugar level.
When To Test Your Blood Sugar
Your doctor will let you know how often to check your blood sugar levels. The frequency of testing usually depends on the type of diabetes you have and your treatment plan.
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