For Patients with diabetes testing blood glucose levels at home, or self-monitoring blood glucose is a valuable diabetes management tool. You can test your blood glucose levels as often as you need to or as recommended by your Doctor.
Why is it so important to test my blood?
Regular testing and recording of blood glucose levels can help patients monitor the effects of healthy lifestyle choices and inform the patient of responses to other choices and influences.
Importantly, changes in blood glucose pattern can alert the patient and the Doctor to the need for a change in how the patients diabetes is being managed.
Testing blood glucose levels will help to:
- Develop confidence in looking after diabetes.
- Better understand the relationship between blood glucose levels and the physical activity being done, the food eaten and other lifestyle influences such as travel, stress and illness.
- Knowing how lifestyle choices and diabetes medication, if used, are making a difference.
- Find out immediately if blood glucose levels are too high (hyperglycaemia) or too low (hypoglycaemia or ‘hypo’), helping the patient to make important decisions such as eating before exercise, treating a ‘hypo’ or seeking medical advice if sick.
- Know when to seek the advice of your diabetes health team about adjusting your insulin, diabetes tablets, meal or snack planning when blood glucose targets are not being met.
If you have diabetes please book an appointment with our Practice Nurse for a Diabetes Review.
Looking after diabetes and having regular checks will help to delay or even prevent the development of diabetes complications, the major ones being blindness, kidney failure, foot disease and heart disease.