When you were first diagnosed with diabetes, chances are your health care provider recommended you test your blood glucose at home. You may even bring your logbook in for your routine follow-up visits, but does it seem useless? Many patients with diabetes have told me of their frustration with testing, and end up stopping it all together. Have you ever felt that way? It helps if you understand there is a method to the madness.
When you monitor your blood glucose at home you can pick up on subtle changes. If these changes are left unnoticed they can sometimes turn into major complications or medical emergencies. Without monitoring you really have no idea what is going on with your blood glucose. Patients often tell me “I can feel when my blood glucose is high”. Maybe you can; for a while. The longer you have diabetes the less sensitive your body becomes to the subtle changes in your blood glucose level. I like to ask patients, “Would you get in your car, tie a blindfold around your eyes, and put it in drive?” They look at me like I’m crazy, just like you’re probably looking right now; but that is what you are doing if you are not monitoring your blood glucose! The result is you are bound to get in an accident. So let’s make the numbers make sense.