Glucose Monitors

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A Glucose monitor is the tool that helps you check your blood sugar levels. Checking your sugar levels is a critical factor in managing your diabetes. Glucose monitors allow you to check your sugars daily at your convenience. The information you get from the glucose monitor will show you how your eating habits and physical activity are working to help control your blood sugars and ultimately your diabetes.

Your doctor will guide you on how often to test using a blood glucose monitor. He or she will also explain the target range for your blood glucose sugar that you should be striving for.

Self-testing may sound a little overwhelming, however; most people get the hang of it pretty quickly. There are several makes and models of glucose monitors on the market. Most blood glucose monitors require a very small sample size. A lancet or lancing device is normally used to prick the finger and a small drop of blood is usually all that is necessary for the test.

Blood sugar and Hemoglobin A1C

In addition to self-testing with a blood glucose monitor, your doctor will usually perform a test called a hemoglobin A1C. This test provides a measure of your blood sugars over a longer period of time. On average, the hemoglobin A1C test will look at a 2-3 months average of your blood sugars. So think of self-testing with a glucose monitor as a snap shot to help you manage your diabetes on a daily basis, and a hemoglobin A1C test as a way for your doctor to manage your diabetes on a more long term basis. Both tests will be critical to managing your diabetes.

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