Using your blood glucose test results
Routine blood glucose testing is an essential practice in daily self-care. It also helps one to see how body handles blood glucose. When you look at the patterns in your numbers, you can see how different kinds of food, activity and stress affect the blood glucose. This can help:
- Provide helpful information to healthcare team.
- Fine-tune meals, medication or activities.
- Improve blood sugar and keep it within a healthy range.
- Feel better and have more energy.
- Reduce your risk of long-term complications.
Most people with blood glucose levels in target range actually feel better. You can check the notes in your logbook to see how you felt when you were in your target range, and when you were out of range. These blood glucose testing numbers are clues to connect how the things you do affect your blood glucose.
Do highs or lows affect how I feel?
It's not unusual for your blood glucose test results to be out of range now and then. But if you see a pattern of highs or lows outside your target range, you may want to ask yourself:
- Did I change my meal plan or eat any unusual food?
- Did I change my physical activity?
- Did I forget to take my medication, take it at the wrong time, take too little or too much?
- Am I taking a new medication?
- Am I stressed about something?
- Do I have an infection or an illness?
- Did I drink alcohol?
It's important to talk with your healthcare team when your blood glucose is:
- Extremely high or low
- High more than once in 24 hours
- Low more than once in 24 hours
- High or low at the same time on several consecutive days
Knowing your blood glucose numbers puts you in control of your diabetes care.