Glucose (Blood Sugar) Monitoring

It is important to know your blood glucose levels over time. You don’t want those numbers to get too high. High levels of blood glucose can harm your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, feet and eyes. 

A1c Testing

The A1c test measures your average blood glucose level over the past three months (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) and is different from the blood glucose checks you do each day. The A1c goal for most people with diabetes is less than 7%, which is an estimated average glucose of 154 mg/dL. It may be different for you. Your care team will determine your A1c goal as well as your daily target goal.  The American Diabetes Association recommends at least two A1c tests per year (at a minimum), in addition to your daily blood glucose monitoring.

Blood Glucose (Blood Sugar) Meter Testing

Blood glucose monitoring is your best tool to check your diabetes control.  This check tells you your blood glucose level at any one time. Discuss with your care team about how often you should be checking your blood glucose. 

When to check

Test your levels at the same time each day so you can track your blood glucose patterns. If you are on multiple dose insulin or insulin pump therapy, generally recommended times to check include before meals and snacks, occasionally two hours after the first bite of a meal, at bedtime, prior to exercise, when you suspect low glucose, after treating a low and prior to critical tasks such as driving.

Hypoglycemia (low blood glucose)

Hypoglycemia means less than normal blood glucose (usually below 70 milligrams).  Symptoms include excessive hunger, shakiness, sweating, dizziness, feeling light headed, pale skin and/or feeling of confusion.  If left untreated, hypoglycemia can lead to unconsciousness.

Hyperglycemia (high blood glucose)

Hyperglycemia means above normal blood glucose.  Symptoms include excessive thirst and/or urination.

Keeping a Record of Your Results is Vital

Self-monitoring is an integral part of diabetes management, because it puts you in charge.  The MyCareTeam Online Diabetes Management System you to share meter data with your care team between appointments.  Uploading your meter data prior to your clinic appointment will make the appointment more effective and efficient.  Uploading during the appointment takes up valuable time that could be spent on you!


Download Here to monitor your blood sugars and share the results with your care team

When you bring this record to your clinic appointment, it provides your care with a good picture of your body's response to your diabetes care plan. 


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Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs)

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CGMs can be a lifesaving device for people with diabetes. The latest systems are even integrated with Smartphones.