Archive for February 1st, 2016
Blood sugar levels are tested in your doctor’s office, but that is not enough. Blood sugar changes not only from day to day. It changes from hour to hour. Some people run high in the morning and others at night. Certain foods might cause a spike. A long walk may drop levels too low.
Glucose monitors are machines that measure blood sugar from finger sticks. Continuous glucose monitors are worn on the body. They records several readings a day without finger sticks.
Why test your blood sugar?
- Tell how well you’re reaching health goals
- Know how diet and exercise affect blood sugar levels
- Know how other factors, such as illness or stress, affect blood sugar levels
- See the effect of diabetes drugs on blood sugar levels
- Know when blood sugars are too high or low
To get a full picture of your diabetes, you need regular monitoring. Testing often will show problem areas and how your levels react to certain foods. A blood sugar reading might be an early warning sign in sudden illness.
Another method of monitoring blood glucose is Continuous Glucose Monitoring or CGM. A CGM automatically takes several blood sugar readings throughout the day, sends alerts for extreme readings and feeds those levels to the insulin pump. The goal would be blood sugar control that is consistently stable.
The CGM reads blood sugar levels every one to five minutes and shows whether a person’s blood sugar is rising or falling. Combining CGM with insulin pump therapy can provide a method to monitor and manage blood glucose levels. The information obtained can also help to fine-tune the pump settings.
The American Heart Association offers these tools to help you understand the importance of monitoring and staying as healthy as possible:
- Diabetes-Friendly Recipes. Recipes to satisfy cravings – sweet, savory or somewhere in between.
- My Diabetes Health Assessment. Having type 2 diabetes greatly increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Learn your 10-year risk and ways you can lower it.
- Diabetes Quiz. Take this short quiz to learn the facts about diabetes.
The diabetes educators at Diabetes Management & Supplies can help take the guess-work out of your monitoring needs. For more information on specific monitoring or insulin delivery needs, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929.