Staying In Control
Part of managing diabetes is staying on top of your blood glucose levels (the amount of glucose in your blood). There are medications that may be prescribed to you by your physician but there are also diabetes supplies such as a blood glucose meter that will help you track glucose levels. Having this information puts you in control.
A blood glucose meter is a device, which measures the levels of glucose in your blood at any given time.
By placing a small amount of your blood on the test strip the digital meter will, within seconds, display the level of blood glucose. This is the easiest and safest way for you to measure your glucose levels at home and it requires very little time.
Keeping track of your levels allows you and your physician to manage your diabetes. It also allows you to see the effects of what you eat and how your daily routine affects these levels.
If you do get a reading that it too high or too low, it means that you need to make some changes. Either you ate too much or didn’t exercise enough or perhaps you are in a stressful situation and need to perform a relaxation technique. This is why frequent monitoring allows you to make informed decisions during the day and keeps you feeling great and healthy. After a while you will know what drives the numbers, what trends are affecting the numbers and how to keep them in the healthy range.