Motivating yourself to monitor blood glucose: Meaningful Blood Glucose Monitoring For Type 2 Diabetes
Meaningful Blood Glucose Monitoring For Type 2 Diabetes: Motivating yourself to self-monitor
Keeping yourself motivated can often be quite tough. Having to monitor your blood glucose regularly can get on top of you sometimes, but it's important to remember that there is a purpose to what you are doing. Getting organised and making a plan may help you to become more motivated and keep on top of your monitoring, so check out our tips for getting organised below.
We know that checking while you are out and about can be a bit uncomfortable, but most meters can be quite small and discreet so don't really draw attention. This means that it's just a matter of finding somewhere quiet to carry out your check and make a note before going on your way.
Here are a few tips and suggestions to help reduce the burden of checking your blood glucose.
- Find times that work for you - you may not need to check your blood glucose every day, so it's worth asking your healthcare professional how often you should be checking and roughly when. Once you know how often and when to check, you can start including your monitoring in your schedule.
- Set an alarm - if you want to check your blood glucose at specific times, you can use the reminders on your mobile phone to help you with this
- Chat to your healthcare professional - if you aren't sure why you are monitoring your blood glucose or what to do with the data, they will be able to give you some guidance and more information about what to do with different readings.
If you are self-monitoring, there are a few things that you need to know which will help you monitor appropriately:
- How to check your blood glucose accurately. When to do it and why
- What to do with the information you get
- How to motivate yourself to do it
Watch the rest of the meaningful blood glucose monitoring short educational videos
Meaningful Monitoring for type 2 diabetes, Introduction
Why, when and how often to self-monitor
What to do with your blood glucose readings
Checking your own blood sugar levels
Before making any changes to your lifestyle or medication, please speak to your healthcare professional to check it is suitable for you.
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