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What is structured blood glucose monitoring?

22 August 2019

Structured monitoring supports your routine or daily checking by giving you deeper, more targeted data to work from. It can help you determine if you're in a safe range and problem-solve around how the things you do are connected to your blood sugar. 

You simply perform additional checks over a short period at specific times of day. 

Structured monitoring tools can help you: 

  • Discover how to best use your numbers 
  • See how certain activities can affect your blood sugar levels 
  • Problem-solve around highs and lows 
  • Identify blood sugar patterns 
  • Work with your healthcare team decide if any adjustments are needed in your insulin therapy or other areas of your diabetes management 

There are different ways to perform structured checking, depending on your goals. 

Pattern management 

If you find that your HbA1c result is rising in spite of your best efforts, or if you don't feel as well as you'd like, view the Accu-Chek® 360° View tool. This simple paper tool helps you track your blood sugar over 3 days, so you and your Healthcare Professional can quickly identify patterns that can guide adjustments to your treatment plan. As a result, you may be able to feel better and lower your Hba1c1. 

Before-and-after monitoring  

You may also decide to try the Accu-Chek Testing in Pairs tool. This easy-to-use, printable tool helps you see changes in your blood glucose with before-and-after testing. In just 7 days, you can see the effect a specific meal, exercise or other event has on your blood sugar. 

Structured blood glucose testing can help you organize your numbers so that patterns pop out more easily. Then you can work with your healthcare team to make any needed adjustments in your self-care. Find more information about checking blood glucose.  

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1. Polonsky WH, et al. Structured self-monitoring of blood glucose significantly reduces A1C levels in poorly controlled, noninsulin-treated type 2 diabetes: results from the Structured Testing Program study. Diabetes Care. 2011;34(2):262-267.