A person living with diabetes must know the importance of monitoring diabetic blood sugar levels. The frequency of testing depends on the patient. Some diabetics require daily blood sugar monitoring while others may need to keep track of their blood sugar levels a few times each day.
Whether you are instructed by your doctor to monitor your blood sugar daily or on a more frequent basis, make sure that you are doing it correctly. Here are some tips on how to efficiently monitor your diabetic blood sugar levels:
Always be ready. The basic supplies needed for a blood sugar testing are a glucose monitor, lancing device, lancets, alcohol wipes and testing strips. Among these supplies, the testing strips are the most expensive and you’ll need to make sure that you always have available stocks with you at all times.
Understand how testing is done. You can find specific instructions on your glucose meter although it would be better to ask your doctor as well. The lancing device along with lancet is used to prick the skin to draw blood. Most patients use the lancet on the tip of their fingers. The next step would be to drop blood on the testing strip. Afterwards, you must to place the strip on the glucose meter to read the results.
Seek professional advice. Your doctor should advise you of the range of a normal blood sugar level. Based on this information, you can keep track of your own glucose level. Your doctor would surely advice you to write down your reading after each monitoring. This way, you and your physician can determine the pattern of your blood sugar levels.
Keep track of the results. You blood sugar levels would most likely change based upon your food intake and your physical activity. As you monitor your sugar levels, don’t forget to observe which particular activities or foods result to the increase or decrease of your blood sugar. Don’t forget to present your record of blood sugar readings to your doctor so he or she can take the appropriate action immediately.
Be consistent. Pay attention to the time that you were instructed to do your blood sugar testing. For instance, you may be required to take the test before a meal or at least 2 hours after a meal. See to it that you strictly adhere to your physician’s instructions in order to come up with accurate reading.
Lastly, listen or heed your test results. Even if there’s just a slight increase or decrease of your blood sugar levels from what is normal, you should not ignore or neglect what the results are telling you. It may take a lot of self-control and determination to avoid eating foods that you love to eat. But it sure is worth the effort.
Don’t hesitate to call your doctor if there was an increase or decrease in your blood sugar level to get professional advice on what to do about it. Don’t try to guess on what to do if you’re not sure about it. Remember, working closely with your physician along with regular blood sugar monitoring are both indispensable steps in managing diabetes.