How To Monitor and Track Your Blood Sugar

How To Monitor and Track Your Blood Sugar

In the above video you saw how simple it was to monitor and track your blood sugar levels using the Freestyle Precision Neo Test Kit.  You probably now have questions about how often you should be testing your blood sugar and what readings you should be looking for and what they mean.

How Often Should I Test?

To answer that question depends on where you are on the diabetes spectrum.  Remember these are guidelines only and this is something you should discuss with your doctor.  This information is from everything I have personally read and learned so far on  my journey.

Prediabetic

If you are not currently taking diabetic medication:

Sunday- No testing required

Monday-Test before breakfast and two hours after breakfast (Before 70-100 mg/dl fasting or 70-120 mg/dl if not fasting, After meal 1-2 hours, < 140mg/dl)

Tuesday- No testing required

Wednesday- Test before lunch and two hours after lunch

Thursday- No testing required

Friday- Test before and two hours after dinner

Saturday- Test at bedtime

Type II Diabetic taking Diabetic Medication but not Insulin

Monday- Test before breakfast and 2 hours after breakfast (Before 70-140mg/dl, After <160mg/dl)

Tuesday- No testing required

Wednesday- Test before and after lunch

Thursday- No testing required

Friday- Test before and after dinner

Saturday- No testing required

Sunday- Test before bedtime

Type II Diabetic taking Insulin or Type I Diabetic

Sunday- Test upon waking, before lunch, before your afternoon snack, before dinner or at bedtime; and before exercising or driving (80-140 mg/dl fasting, 80-160 mg/dl,- premeal range,overall < 180 mg/dl)

Monday- Same as Sunday

Tuesday- Same as Sunday

Wednesday- Same but test after your meals as well

Thursday- Same as Sunday

Friday-  Same as Wednesday

Saturday- Same as Sunday

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Important Recordkeeping

Record your daily test results and consider keeping a food diary of what you are eating.  Also, keep track of your portion sizes, if possible, particularly of carbohydrates consumed.  If your numbers are high or out of range, you can cut back the portion or eliminate the offending food all together.  Remember though your level of physical activity, amount of sleep, stress level etc., not just your food intake effect on your blood sugar.

Education.. Action..Attitude

Learning more about diabetes — taking action to monitor and record your results when testing your blood sugar and not allowing the minor pain and inconvenience of testing to make you a victim of diabetes.

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