Checking your blood glucose is a very important step in managing your diabetes, especially during these difficult days given a lot of people would not have access to blood tests to check their HbA1c.
And remember HbA1c is only checked every 4-6 months and relying on that alone is insufficient to improve your Diabetes control as you would not have a sense of what your blood glucose is doing on a daily basis.
In terms of how often one has to check his or her blood glucose depends on your current diabetes management.
Type 1 or Insulin treated Type 2 Diabetes
If your diabetes is being treated with insulin, then it is essential that you check your Blood glucose every day and ideally, you should check your blood glucose at least 6 to 8 times a day.
The recommended times are first thing in the morning before you eat (fasting) and then before each meal and two hours after a meal.
Type 2 Diabetes managed with Tablets
However, if your diabetes is managed only with tablets then you do not necessarily have to check your blood glucose every day. However, it is still very important to check your data blood glucose at least few times a week as that would give you an idea of your diabetes control.Fasting blood glucose is an ideal way to keep track of your Diabetes.
How can My DiabetesConnect Help?
My Diabetes Connect app Is a great way to keep a track of your blood glucose. A lot of people struggle to understand what a specific blood glucose reading means to them and this is where the app comes into play.
Every time you enter blood glucose readings the app will automatically change the colour of that reading into green yellow or red to indicate if it is at target, above target, very low or very high. Remember Pre-meal and Post-meal targets are slightly different.
Check out the following video for a quick guide on how to use the Blood glucose tile in the App.
Hopefully, this will help you better understand your blood glucose readings and in the long term help you better manage your diabetes.
Dr Ryizan Nizar MD MRCP UK
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