Regularly monitoring blood glucose

Successful self-management means that you check your blood sugar regularly and that you take corrective action if your numbers are not where they should be.

My view is that checking my blood sugar is for me, not for my doctor – yes, he or she needs to see my daily numbers in order to help me see patterns that can be corrected, but my doctor is not with me every day as I make the choices that determine if my diabetes is under control or not. My doctor is not with me when I decide what, when and how much to eat. My doctor is not with me when I am trying to estimate the number of carbohydrates I am about to eat so I can adjust my short-acting insulin dose accordingly. My doctor is not with me when I decide to skip going for a walk.

When your doctor gives you the feedback from your most recent blood work, including your A1C, he or she already knows if there is a problem. But your daily numbers are the key to fixing the problem. Looking for patterns in your daily blood sugars determines what has to be done to correct the problem. In the end, it’s you who needs to take action if your numbers are not where they should be. You need to know what to do when your blood sugar is higher or lower than it should be – that’s what successful self-management is all about.

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