Self-monitoring of your Diabetes
Diabetes is part of your everyday life. Appropriate self-monitoring can help you manage your daily blood glucose, and better adapt your lifestyle and treatment to suit your needs.1
The more often you check your blood glucose, the better you will understand it and the easier it will be for you to manage your diabetes. It doesn’t matter if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, or if you are taking insulin or not, self-monitoring can help you and your doctor manage your therapy.2
By managing your diabetes, you reduce the risk of developing complications. That means less eye, kidney and nerve damage, foot problems, and even stroke. Fewer complication means more time for you to enjoy your everyday life.
Adding structure to your self-monitoring
Self-monitoring allows you to track the levels of (high or low) blood glucose in your body, how particular foods affect you, and what happens after physical activity or taking medication.
You might find self-monitoring even more helpful if you do this in a structured way – by monitoring at the right times and in the right situations.
Structured self-monitoring can help you see a pattern that you and your doctor can use as part of your ongoing diabetes management.1
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and American College of Endocrinology (ACE) recommend:
By self-monitoring your blood glucose you can measure how your body handles different types of food, exercise, medication, stress and illness. Your blood glucose result may prompt you to eat a snack, take more insulin or go for a walk. Self-monitoring can also alert you to a blood glucose level that is too high or too low, which requires special treatment.
Controlling your blood glucose level is a very important part of managing diabetes. Regularly testing your blood glucose helps measure the effectiveness of your meal plan, physical activity and medications.
*The information in this page is only of a general nature and is not meant to be medical advice, and should not be substituted for professional medical advice or used to alter medical therapy. Please always consult your healthcare professional for medical advice
- Polonsky WH, et al. Diabetes Care 2011;34:262-7
- Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose in Non-Insulin Treated Type 2 Diabtes. International Diabetes Federation. Available at www.idf.org/guidelines/self-monitoring Last accessed March 2012