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Close monitoring can help you hit your blood sugar targets. Driven by good control, you can avoid complications such as heart disease and eye problems. Use logs and charts to record your blood sugar readings. Over time, you will begin to see patterns. These patterns show your highs and lows. If you have problem times in the day, you will begin to understand how to avoid them.
Your doctor’s office will keep record of your A1C. Those tests will only show the three-month blood sugar average. Your A1C will tell you very little about how your blood sugar varies from day to day. This makes home-monitoring crucial to diabetes management.
Pattern management is a tool to help you make sense of your readings. Several days’ readings will show patterns. If those patterns are outside your targets and goals, you and your doctor can use the readings to make care plan changes.
The next examples show three methods of charting blood sugars.
- DMS Weekly Blood Glucose Monitoring Chart. This chart leaves space for a date and a choice of five testing times.
- ACCU-CHEK 360 View Tool. This chart is a comprehensive record of meal, medication and health information. Three days’ worth of blocks are filled out and then a visual pattern will be presented.
- ACCU-CHEK Testing in Pairs Tool. This simple paper tool helps you see changes in your blood sugar before and after a specific meal, exercise or other event. Use it for 7 days to see how one thing in your daily routine affects your blood sugar.