Monitoring Your Blood Glucose
Your blood glucose level (commonly called your blood sugar level) measures the amount of glucose in your bloodstream. This level rises and falls depending on what and when you eat, how active you are and stress. Monitoring your blood glucose level is an important part of managing your diabetes.
Learn why monitoring your blood glucose is helpful in your diabetes management, and the parts of a blood glucose record.
Watch this clip to understand what continuous blood glucose monitoring is and its benefits, and a basic overview of how it works.
Watch to see a demonstration of proper blood glucose testing. Then review your method with your diabetes educator.
Learn the most common times for checking your blood glucose to help you better choose the right times for you.
Learn about the connection between your A1c blood test result and your risk for developing the long-term complications of diabetes.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you need to learn how to take your blood sugar readings using a home blood glucose meter. Watch this instructional program to learn how to test with accuracy and minimal discomfort. Includes information on target levels, how to treat a blood sugar low, logging, and more.
This test measures the amount of ketones in the blood or urine. Ketones are acids that build up to a toxic level when the body does not have enough insulin. The presence of ketones can show that a person who has diabetes is experiencing a condition called diabetic ketoacidosis. This is a serious complication of diabetes that can be life-threatening.