Why Your Glucometer Is Your Best Friend
Regular testing of the levels of sugar (glucose) in your blood is key
Regular testing of the levels of sugar (glucose) in your blood is the key to managing your diabetes and preventing associated complications. Your blood sugar monitor – called a glucometer – like the one above, is one of your most important tools, a friend to keep with you at home and at work to ensure your glucose levels remain safe at all times
By monitoring blood glucose levels, you:
Know when your blood sugar levels are crashing or spiking;
Monitor the effects of diabetes medication;
Monitor the effects of physical activity on blood sugar levels;
See whether stress and illness are affecting your blood glucose levels; and
Track your progress on how well you are managing your glucose levels;
What’s Your Ideal Blood Glucose Level?
Blood sugar test levels are affected by several factors. For example:
Whether you have diabetes and for how long;
The type and severity of diabetes;
Whether you are pregnant;
The presence of associated health complications; and
Your overall health and any other ailments you may have.
The Sri Lanka College of Endocrinology recommends the following target blood sugar levels:
Between 80 and 130 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) before meals; and
Less than 180 mg/dL two hours after meals.
As these target values can vary from individual to individual, your doctor will determine your own ideal blood glucose level.
How to test your Blood Sugar
A good glucometer will give you an accurate reading of your blood glucose levels. Make sure that your glucometer is reliable, and carefully read and follow the instructions that come with it. At Healthy Life Clinic, your Diabetes Nurse Educator will teach you how to use it correctly.
The glucometer will reflect the amount of glucose in a drop-sized sample of your blood drawn from your fingertip. The glucometer comes with a little needle to help you draw your blood! The drop of blood is placed on a disposable strip and inserted into the machine which will then give a reading of your blood sugar level.
When should you test your blood sugar?
Your doctor and nurse will let you know how often you should check your blood sugar levels. Don’t forget to ask how often you should do the test, which will usually depend on the type of diabetes you have and your treatment plan.
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