Monitoring blood glucose
Monitoring Blood glucose
Diabetes management is all about trying to maintain a balance between the food you eat, how active you are and the medication you take for your condition.
Testing and recording your blood glucose levels (BGLs) is often an important part of this, and this is something you will be encouraged to do yourself.
By monitoring your BGLs you can see how your food and lifestyle choices affect your diabetes. Monitoring your BGLs can also give you an indication of how your body responds to other life events, such as stress.
Importantly, any changes in your BGL patterns can alert you and your health care team to a possible need for a change in how your diabetes is being managed.
Testing your blood glucose levels will help you to:
- develop confidence managing your diabetes
- understand the relationship between your BGLs and your food, lifestyle choices and life events
- see how healthy lifestyle choices and medication, if used, can make a difference
- see immediately if your BGLs are too high (hyperglycaemia) or too low (hypoglycaemia) and help you to make crucial health decisions
- notice if your BGL goals are consistently not being met and prompt you to seek advice from your healthcare team about adjusting your medication, meal and snack planning or other lifestyle choices.