Blood Glucose Monitoring: Your Tool For Diabetes Control
By Amy Campbell, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
If you have diabetes, you know that taking care of yourself is a lot of work in order to stay healthy and lower the risk of developing complications. For many people with diabetes, self-management means:
- Taking medication, such as insulin or another injectable medication or diabetes pills
- Following a healthy eating plan
- Counting carbohydrates
- Staying physically active
- Reaching and staying at a healthy weight
- Keeping track of your diabetes “numbers”
- Scheduling and keeping appointments with your healthcare team
With all that you need to do and keep track of, how can you really know how you’re doing? One way is making sure you get your A1C number checked 2-4 times a year. Your A1C number, which is measured with a simple blood test, is a key indicator of your diabetes control. This important number reflects your average blood glucose (sugar) values over the past three months. And for most people who have diabetes, the A1C target is less than 7 percent. But to know how your diabetes is doing on a day-to-day basis, you need a better tool, and that tool is blood glucose monitoring.
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