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In your diabetes care regimen, it is very important to keep track on your blood sugar and your readings.
It is because blood sugar monitoring can
- Help make healthy food choices every day on what to eat, how much exercise you have to do, and help you understand, over time, how well medications are working.
- Help you keep track of the blood sugar changes and better understand your eating habits, exercise, and stress affect the change in blood sugar levels.
- Help both you and the diabetes care expert to make an ideal plan.
When to Check Your Blood Sugar?
It’s up to your healthcare provider as to how and when they recommend checking your blood sugar.
The effect of diabetes varies from person to person and it changes with time. According to what medicines you have and as per the direction of your health care provider, the schedule for blood sugar testing varies.
If you take non-insulin injections, daily testing may not be necessary. If you use an insulin pump or take insulin injections, it is important to check blood sugar daily.
To know when and how often to check blood sugar, talk to your health care provider. They may recommend you check blood sugar –
- Before and after exercise
- Before and after meals
- Before bed
- Before driving a car
- If you feel there may be low blood sugar
- After getting treatment for low blood sugar
If you are taking insulin, you may be asked to keep track on blood sugar before you sleep in midnight (2 am to 3 am) or whenever you wake up, and before and after meals or large snacks and see how it affects your blood sugar. You may want to keep track on your healthy blood sugar even without taking insulin.