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Measuring your Blood Sugar

Checking the amount of sugar in your blood can be important when you have diabetes to help you stay healthy. Measuring your blood sugar can help you understand how medicine, food, and exercise can change your blood sugar. It also lets you know if your blood sugar is too high or too low.

Ask your healthcare provider how often and what time of the day you should check your blood sugar.

You may need to check your blood sugar when:

Some people who take insulin for their diabetes may need to use a continuous glucose monitor. These monitors check your blood sugar every few minutes using a sensor placed under the skin.

Some monitors require you to prick your finger a few times a day to make sure the machine is working, while others do not require finger pricks.

Write down your results every time you check your blood sugar. You can use a log book that came with your glucose meter or a special notebook.

Quick Tip:

Some meters can store blood sugar results so that you do not have to write them down.

It is very important for you to keep your scheduled medical appointments.

Bring your glucose meter and a record of your results (stored on the glucose meter or written in a notebook/log book) to all your medical appointments.

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