Why, when and how often to self-monitor: Meaningful blood glucose monitoring for type 2 diabetes
Why, when and how often to self-monitor your blood glucose levels
Knowing when, why and how often to check your blood glucose levels is really important for self-monitoring. By checking regularly at various times of the day, you can keep a record of your levels and build a picture of how your blood glucose levels vary with what you eat and do. Regular checks also allow you to see if your blood glucose levels get too high or drop too low.
Different people will need to check their blood glucose at different frequencies, some people may need to check more often than others and some people less. Your healthcare professional will help you to decide how often you need to check and when the best times for you to do so are. These times will likely be the same every day as this can help you to see patterns. To read more on this topic visit Diabetes UK to read the article on checking your blood sugar levels,
By keeping a record of your blood glucose levels along with what you eat and drink, as well as all of your activity and any medications, you can start to see how these different things impact your blood glucose levels. You can share this information with your healthcare professional, who can use it to discuss your diabetes with you, how you are managing and if there are any changes needed to your therapy. For example, they may make a change to the dosage you take, or may change your medication to something different that might work better for you. Your healthcare professional may also suggest some other factors that can impact blood glucose that you may find helpful to record, for example when you are unwell.
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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