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MONITORING AT HOME

 

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How to manage your test results?

  • How do I keep track of my results?
  • The best way to record test results is to keep a diabetes diary with handy worksheets, or use a blood glucose meter that stores the results in its memory.
  • What is good control?
  • Ask your doctor to write down your glycemic goals.
  • The American Diabetes Association suggests the following targets for most nonpregnant adults with diabetes. More or less stringent glycemic goals may be appropriate for each individual. Always test according to the glycemic goals recommended by your doctor.
  • A1C: 7%
  • A1C may also be reported as eAG: 154 mg/dl
  • Before a meal (pre-prandial plasma glucose): 70–130 mg/dl
  • 1-2 hours after beginning of the meal (Postprandial plasma glucose): Less than 180 mg/dl
  • Importance of accurate results
  • Before deciding if your meter is accurate, it's important to understand how accuracy is defined. An international standard ISO 15197 requires a blood glucose meter's test result to fall within +/- 15 mg/dl of the lab test for glucose values under 75 mg/dl and +/- 20% of the lab reference results for levels above 75mg/dl.

Having a dependable blood glucose meter system means you get accurate results and having accurate results mean that you and your doctor can plan well your therapy. This will keep your blood glucose out of the Diabetes Danger Zone.

SMBG Puts YOU in Charge!

It is of the most crucial ways to keep your diabetes in control.

  • Partner with your doctor using SMBG to adjust your lifestyle
  • When you have several daily self-monitoring test results to look at, patterns emerge that allow you and your doctor to appropriately adjust your insulin dosage, other medications you might be taking, exercise routine, and meal plan. Self-monitoring test results can also tell you if you should make changes to your diet and the amount of exercise or activity you get. Ask your doctor about making changes to your lifestyle. Remember, involving your doctor along every step of the way towards successful diabetes management is essential.
  • Achieving long-term control
  • During your regular visits with your doctor, he may have you get an HbA1C test. The HbA1C test measures the proportion of red blood cells that have sugar attached to them. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommends targeting an A1C goal of ≤6.5% for patients in general. When your blood glucose is too high, the sugar attaches itself irreversibly to your red blood cells. Because red blood cells live for 2 to 3 months, this test shows the average blood glucose levels over the lifetime of the red blood cells.

*When blood glucose levels are too high or too low, you are in the Diabetes Danger Zone. Your doctor will identify the glucose levels that define your Diabetes Safe Zone to help you stay healthy.