Keeping a close eye on your own blood sugar level is an important part of diabetes care. Learn how to monitor it yourself, as well as when you should do it.
Keeping your blood sugar levels within the target range can help reduce your risk of diabetes-related complications.
Self-monitoring your blood sugar levels can help you better understand how food, physical activity and insulin dose affect the levels, and make the necessary changes to optimise your diabetes control.
Blood sugar level targets are individualised in order to prevent risk of hypoglycaemia (too low levels of blood sugar) or other adverse effects associated with blood sugar control that is too tight.
Your blood sugar range depends on: age, lifestyle and overall health. Remember to discuss with your healthcare team if you need to self-monitor your blood sugar, which tools you should use and how often to use it.
Blood sugar level can be easily monitored using a Blood Glucose Meter.
Wash your hands with soap and water and dry with tissue. Prick your finger and put a small drop of blood on the meter’s test strip.
Your blood sugar level will appear on the meter within seconds.
A blood glucose meter is usually the least expensive home testing option, but it only reveals your blood sugar level at the time of check.
It consists of a sensor and a reader, and depending on the type of sensor, it is placed either at the back of the upper arm, on the abdomen or the upper buttocks.
FGMs can be used up to 14 days. It allows you to view interstitial fluid glucose levels at the time of check and can tell you if your glucose levels are rising, falling or stable.
FGMs can also give you a report on the daily pattern of your glucose levels.
It consists of a sensor, a transmitter and a receiver. The sensor typically needs to be replaced every 3 to 7 days.
As it collects glucose readings every few minutes, the CGM is able to give you a more complete picture of your glucose profile compared to a blood glucometer.
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