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Checking Your Blood Glucose
Blood glucose monitoring is the main tool you have to check your diabetes control. This check tells you your blood glucose level at any one time.
Keeping a log of your results is vital. When you bring this record to your health care provider, you have a good picture of your body's response to your diabetes care plan.
 
Who Should Check?
Talk to your doctor about whether you should be checking your blood glucose. People that may benefit from checking blood glucose include those:
                taking insulin
                that are pregnant
                having a hard time controlling blood glucose levels
                having low blood glucose levels 
                having low blood glucose levels without the usual warning signs
                have ketones from high blood glucose levels
 
How Do I Check?
1.                After washing your hands, insert a test strip into your meter.
2.                Use your lancing device on the side of your fingertip to get a drop of blood.
3.                Touch and hold the edge of the test strip to the drop of blood, and wait for the result.
4.                Your blood glucose level will appear on the meter's display.
Note: All meters are slightly different, so always refer to your user's manual for specific instructions.
 
Other tips for checking:
                With some meters, you can also use your forearm, thigh or fleshy part of your hand.
                There are spring-loaded lancing devices that make sticking yourself less painful.
                If you use your fingertip, stick the side of your fingertip by your fingernail to avoid having sore spots on the frequently used part of your finger.
What Are the Target Ranges?
Blood glucose targets are individualized based on:
                duration of diabetes
                age/life expectancy
                comorbid conditions
                known CVD or advanced microvascular complications
                hypoglycemia unawareness
                individual patient considerations.
The American Diabetes Association suggests the following targets for most nonpregnant adults with diabetes. More or less stringent glycemic goals may be appropriate for each individual.
                A1C: 7%A1C may also be reported as eAG: 154 mg/dl
                Before a meal (preprandial plasma glucose): 70–130 mg/dl
                1-2 hours after beginning of the meal (Postprandial plasma glucose)*: Less than 180 mg/dl
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