Important Reasons To Know Your Blood Glucose Range
Medically Reviewed By: Tom Iarocci, MD
If you have diabetes, you know that part of your routine is getting blood drawn for the A1C test in order to determine how your sugar levels have behaved over the past two or three months. And while the A1C test is very important, it does not show you how your daily activities and food choices affect your blood glucose. It does not give you all of the data you need to succeed; it just tells you whether the last few months have been successful or not.
If your doctor has recommended that you do home testing for your diabetes, the results of those tests are what can really help you to see how your body is dealing with your dietary intake, and those results will also help spotlight the steps you need to take for success in order to achieve that great A1C result at the doctor’s office.
Your home blood checks tell you immediately how certain food choices affect your blood sugar levels. In turn, this will allow you to change things that cause your sugar to go beyond the normal or goal range your doctor has outlined for you. The meter results are also very important for your doctor, as these results give him or her the detailed information needed to assess the particulars about how the medications or lifestyle changes are working.
Understanding the Important Reasons to Know Blood Glucose Range:
Follow your health care professional’s advice about testing your sugar levels at different times during the day, which may include before and after eating, as well as first thing in the morning, before you eat or drink anything.
Home Testing Will Help You And Your Doctor Answer These Questions:
1. How well any medication you are taking works overnight in terms of keeping your sugar level steady.
2. How your choices in terms of food types and food portions influence your sugar levels, which you measure by testing before you eat, as well as one to two hours afterwards.
3. How well any medication you are prescribed works in terms of avoiding sugar spikes after you eat.
4. Whether your blood glucose levels are able to return to the normal range after you have had a meal.
5. Whether you may need to increase or lower the amount of carbohydrates you consume.
6. Whether you may need to have a snack before you engage in any kind of physical activity.
7. How a physical activity affects your blood glucose, which you work out by measuring before and after you do your work out.
8. Whether engaging in physical activity has any long-term effects on your blood glucose, which you measure by testing several hours after you engaged in it.
9. Whether stress or illnesses have an impact on your sugar levels, which is particularly important if you actually feel sick.
10. Whether any medication you have been prescribed is benefiting you.
The above are just some of the reasons why you may be asked to test your sugar levels, and why it is so important to know the ranges. What is normal for you can vary on an individual basis, and a lot of factors may come into play, including whether or not you are pregnant, and what goals you and your doctor have agreed upon.
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