How To Self-Monitor Blood Glucose Levels

Lori Berard, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, discusses how to self monitor blood glucose levels.

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Lori Berard, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, discusses how to self monitor blood glucose levels.
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Featuring Lori Berard, RN, CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator)
How To Self-Monitor Blood Glucose Levels
Duration: 1 minute, 29 seconds

The role of monitoring your own blood glucose – called self-monitoring of blood glucose – can be very important in terms of achieving the targets that have been set for you in terms of your diabetes.  

What’s really important, though, is that you know when you should be monitoring, why you should be monitoring, and what numbers you are trying to achieve.

Just sticking your fingers four times a day and writing down a number on a piece of paper doesn’t help you or anybody else. What we want to know is what you were doing, how much food you had to eat, whether or not you had an illness.

So writing down more information with less blood glucose numbers often is more helpful than a page of four tests every day for a month. So ask your healthcare professional what you’re trying to achieve and when you should be testing your blood sugars to be able to achieve that.  

An example is, is for some people, just testing once a day first thing in the morning is what they’re asked to do, and that’s helpful to understand how they’re starting their day. 

For other people, it’s important to understand what your blood sugars do after you’ve eaten, so we might ask you to test before a meal and two hours after so you can understand how the carbohydrate content in your food affects your blood sugar level.  

Certain medications may dictate that you’re monitoring more frequently; other medications may suggest that you monitor less frequently. But it’s individualized to what’s working for your diabetes care plan.

Presenter: Lori Berard, Nurse, Winnipeg, MB

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This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.