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Helping Monitor Your Diabetes

Diabetic diets, diabetic recipes, exercise, medications, doctor’s appointments, spikes and plunges, snacks and sweets avoidance – all of these things are really important to people with diabetes, depending on which type and your specific case may bring. Though they are all important, the most important thing to a person with diabetes, the tool that helps adjust all those others as needed, is the glucose meter. A blood glucose meter can help a person with diabetes to monitor their blood sugar levels, improvements, downfalls, and accomplishments.

One great way to monitor your diabetes is at home, at school, at work, at yoga, on vacation, anywhere! Glucose meters are a way to monitor your diabetes on the go, anywhere and anytime, so you don’t have to spend as much time in a doctor’s office monitoring and mapping your diabetes like people had to before in-home glucose meters. The meter, needles, test strips, alcohol swabs, and band aids all fit neatly into a small pouch now and you can monitor your diabetes anywhere. This makes it handy to test yourself after you’ve had your evening walk, before you leave for lunch, etc.

Another great way to monitor your diabetes is through mapping. Mapping uses the glucose meter tool and diabetic diet plans, diabetic recipes, exercise, and even medications to help track patterns in your blood glucose level. There are several mapping tools available, and this is great for those who are just beginning their diabetic journey and need to find out what helps and what doesn’t. You simply test yourself at several strategic points throughout the day – after exercise, after trying a new diabetic recipe, when you first get up in the morning, before you go to bed, before and after you take your medicine, etc, and write down or “map” the changes in your blood sugar level at these times. This helps both you and your doctor get a better handle on monitoring your diabetes with the glucose meter.

Finally, monitoring your blood glucose levels doesn’t have to be as difficult as mapping if you are only borderline diabetic or have already gone through the mapping stage and know what increases or decreases your blood sugar levels. For these people, the glucose meter need only be used if you switch medicines and it makes you feel off, or if you feel odd in the way that you have come to recognize as a diabetic attack.

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