Principle 5: Monitor Your
Blood Sugar Level
Testing Your Own Blood Sugar
You may need to test your won blood sugar on a regular basis to help control the diabetes attacking you.
Talk with your health care provider about:
What type of test to use
How to do the test right away
How often to test
How often to report the test results
Getting supplies you need to do the tests. If you get Medicare, it can help pay for your diabetic supplies.
Hemoglobin A1c Testing
A hemoglobin A1c test is done by your doctor. It measures how well your blood sugar has been controlled over the last 2 to 3 months. This test is extremely important because it tells you how well you are doing. It provides a marker so you can see your progress.
To learn more about this and other blood sugar tests, you can call (in the USA) 800-438-5383. This is from the US government. Ask for the brochure called: "Know Your Blood Sugar Numbers: The ABCs of Testing for Blood Sugar Control."
Ask your doctor or nurse educator what your last hemoglobin A1c test result was and mark it on a chart along with the date of the test.
Ask your doctor or nurse educator what your target hemoglobin A1c test result should be. Mark that down as well. Compare the two.
Some people prefer to mark on a graph with colored pens or pencils.
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This information has been gleaned from research and from publications of the National Diabetes Education Program among others.
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