Glucose blood tests are the first line of defense in the fight against diabetes. Diabetes can only be controlled and complications avoided if blood glucose levels remain in an acceptable range. The way to try to ensure this is to check your levels several times per day. Monitoring your blood sugar frequently can put you fully in control of your diabetes. You can use the results to coordinate and control your food consumption, the amount of medication and the amount of exercise you need on a daily basis.
Managing diabetes has really become a lot easier due to the rapid technology advances that have taken place in the last few decades. Fortunately it is much more convenient to monitor your blood sugar these days. It’s interesting to think that there was a time when blood sugar analysis had to be performed remotely by a laboratory. Today, we get almost instant results with the use of the blood glucose meters available on the market. They are small, easy to use, and provide results in a few seconds. I can also recall the days of using a log book to record readings and events. Nowadays most meters have built-in memory that allows you to keep track of readings and to enter comments for later analysis. Most meters will also allow for data downloading of information so that you can analyze your blood sugar readings using various graphs and charts.
While you can get a sense of whether your blood sugar is high or low, you cannot determine what your blood sugar is based on how you feel. You have to test to get an accurate reading. Of course, as time goes on, you will be able to describe what feelings coincide with a given blood sugar level.
Glucose blood testing must become a way of life for the diabetic. Frequent testing, as much as 5-8 times per day must become the norm. As long as you have a steady supply of diabetes test strips, this can be worked into a daily routine without too much difficulty. Getting comfortable with testing your sugar can lead to greater comfort with your diabetes. It helps you to know exactly where you are and you can take comfort knowing what adjustment you can make in the event that your blood sugar is out of your target range.
My meter is a constant companion. It is the only additional piece of equipment that I need to carry around to manage my diabetes.