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ACCU-CHEK® 360° View tool

Discover how to lower your A1C1

This simple paper tool provides a quick snapshot of your blood sugar patterns. Use it when you want to see how food, exercise, medications, stress or illness can affect your blood sugar throughout the day or to pinpoint what to work on first. Take your completed tool to your healthcare provider to talk about the patterns you see. When used together with a healthcare professional, the ACCU-CHEK® 360° View tool has been proven to lower A1C.1


Use the tool to answer important questions, such as:

  • Why do your numbers vary from day to day or hour to hour?
  • Why did your A1C test result go up?
  • Why is your energy level low at the same time every day?

Adding structured testing to your routine or daily testing can give you a clearer picture of how your self-care program is working. It can help you determine if you're in a safe range and to problem-solve around how the things you do are connected to your blood sugar. Then you can take simple steps toward better managing your diabetes.


Get the tool

Print out the ACCU-CHEK 360° View tool now:

Work with your healthcare provider to use the tool with your child. Choose the appropriate tool, based on your child's age and recommended blood glucose ranges, or enter your child's personal ranges with your doctor:

1Polonsky WH, et al. Structured self-monitoring of blood glucose significantly reduces A1C levels in poorly controlled, noninsulin-treated type 2 diabetes: results from the Structured Testing Program study. Diabetes Care. 2011;34(2):262-267.

How to look for blood sugar patterns in 4 simple steps

Just record your blood sugar results, meal size and energy level before and 2 hours after breakfast, lunch and dinner, and before bed. Then follow these simple steps. If you need assistance, please talk to a member of your healthcare team.


Step 1: Which blood sugars are out of range? Follow the order below:

  1. Look for low blood sugars (below your target range)
  2. Look for high blood sugars before meals (above your target range)
  3. Look for high blood sugars after meals (above your target range)


Step 2: When and how often are your blood sugars out of range? Is there a pattern?

You may see a pattern if your blood sugar is low or high (below or above your target range) on 2 of the 3 days you checked.


Step 3: Why are your blood sugars out of range?

Possible causes could be challenges with meal planning or carb counting, lifestyle factors such as exercise or stress, medications, the need to adjust your insulin therapy, infusion site issues or others.


Step 4: What action can you take? Is there something you can change to bring your numbers into range?

With the help of your healthcare team, perhaps you could fine-tune your meal plan or portion sizes, activity, medications, your insulin-to-carb ratio, insulin sensitivity factor, insulin pump basal rates, infusion site management or other factors. Take your printed copy to your next appointment so you can discuss next steps with your healthcare professional.

If you need assistance with this, talk to your healthcare provider.

Using the tool with a healthcare professional's guidance may help you lower your A1C level.1


See how the ACCU-CHEK 360° tool works

Kelsey's Discovery Type 1
Find out how Kelsey pinpointed the one time of day her blood sugar was out of range.
Read about Kelsey's discovery

Hank's discovery type 2
See how Hank identified the reason for a jump in his A1C, then took steps to lower it.
Read about Hank's discovery

1Polonsky WH, et al. Structured self-monitoring of blood glucose significantly reduces A1C levels in poorly controlled, noninsulin-treated type 2 diabetes: results from the Structured Testing Program study. Diabetes Care. 2011;34(2):262-267.

Watch the ACCU-CHEK 360° View tool in action

Kelli's discovery type 1
See Kelli decide to count carbs more carefully before bolus doses.
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Nicole's discovery type 2
Watch Nicole figure out why her numbers have been creeping up.
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Michael's discovery type 2
See Michael realize his diabetes medication may need adjustment.
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Store and share blood
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The ACCU-CHEK Connect
system securely stores
data for access anywhere.

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Easily calculate
mealtime insulin

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precise dosing advice.

The long-term measure of blood sugar control. The A1C test measures how many A1C hemoglobin cells (a specific part of red blood cells) have sugar attached to them. Because these cells live for about four months, this gives a picture of how well blood sugar has been controlled for the past few months. The American Diabetes Association recommends an A1C result of 7% or less to help reduce the risk of long-term complications of diabetes.*


*American Diabetes Association. Standards of medical care in diabetes–2011 [position statement]. Diabetes Care. 2011;34(1):S11-S61. Available at: http://care.
diabetesjournals.org/content/34/Supplement_1/S11.full Accessed November 15, 2011.