Staying on Track
As part of your game plan, you also need to monitor how both your plans and actions are working for you to attain your goal, to better manage your diabetes.
Checking your blood sugar and tracking your numbers is an important part of your diabetes care plan.
Why is it important to track your progress?
- helps you avoid low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
- helps you see the changes in your blood sugar and can help you better understand how physical activity, what you eat, and stress affect your blood sugar levels
- can help you understand how well your medicine is working
- can help you and your diabetes care team make your care plan
When you check your blood sugar
Your blood sugar goes up and down all day. It is affected by what, when, and how much you eat and even of how active you are.
You and your doctor will decide when and how often you should check your blood sugar.
Here are some common times when people check:
Tips for your blood sugar monitoring
Set a common and consitent routine
Test and record at the same time each day so you remember to do it. Keep it a habit.
It’s still better to have it documented, may it be in your blood glucose diary, notebook or even in a mobile app. You can also record your activity, your food intake and even your mood.
An accurate test result recording will enable you and your doctor to find the right solution to your problem.
Learn to recognize trends, such as high blood sugar after high carbohydrate meals or reduced levels after physical activity
A blood sugar reading on its own is not a sign of success or failure – it’s an opportunity to learn about the factors that impact your blood sugar control and how you can manage them better in the future.
Checking your blood sugar
A blood sugar meter (glucose meter) is a small device that tests and reports your blood sugar level at the time of the test. There are many kinds of meters that you can choose from
During this modern times, a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) is also available to test your blood sugar levels with lesser pricking.
Discuss with your doctor which monitoring device suits your need and lifestyle.
A glycosylated hemoglobin or commonly called as HbA1c is a blood test that tells what your average blood sugar level has been over the last three (3) months.
You and your doctor will also set an HbA1c goal that’s safe and right for you. Be mindful that your goal may change over time.
Your HbA1c test can help you manage your diabetes as it can:
- Confirm your daily blood sugar checks
- Help you know if your diabetes care plan is working
- Show how healthy choices can make a difference