Monitoring Your Blood Sugar

Recording Your Readings

Pick a way to record your readings. Your meter came with a log book, or you can use a journal, a spreadsheet, etc. It doesn't matter which you go with as long as you write down your readings. It will be a valuable resource for you to identify if your blood sugar is going up or remember how you reacted to a certain food. Your doctor will use it to evaluate how your blood sugar is responding to treatment.

Testing a Meal

There is no standard time to measure your blood sugar after a meal, you will need to consider what you ate and how you expect it to affect your blood sugar to decide at what times you should test.

The goal is to identify how high your blood sugar went and how long it took for it to come back to your pre-meal level. So don't stop testing until you see the reading come all the way back down.

Test Strips

Test strips for your meter are the most expensive part of testing. In the beginning you will go through a lot, maybe 4-10 a day. Once you have things under control, you can usually reduce how often you test if you aren't using the readings to adjust your insulin. Here are some ways to save money on test strips:


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