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Using your blood glucose test results

Routine blood glucose testing is an essential practice in your daily self-care. It also helps you see how your body handles your blood sugar. When you look at the patterns in your numbers, you can see how different kinds of food, activity and stress affect your blood sugar. This can help you:

  • Provide helpful information to your healthcare team
  • Fine-tune your meals, medication or activities
  • Improve your 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 sugar 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 sugar.

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 sugar 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 numbers puts you in control of your diabetes care.

Structured testing and pattern management

Structured testing supports your routine or daily testing by having you check your blood sugar before and after the things you do. It can help you determine if you're in a safe range and problem-solve around how the things you do are connected to your blood sugar. You simply do it over a short period at specific times to help you see how those things may affect your blood sugar levels. Seeing is believing.

Structured testing tools are:

  • Designed to help you discover how to best use your numbers by showing you how your daily activities can have an effect on your blood sugar levels.
  • Used to help you problem-solve to see why you're having highs and lows, to identify blood sugar patterns and to help you and your healthcare team decide if any adjustments are needed in your insulin therapy or other areas of your diabetes management.

You can perform focused blood glucose testing by printing out the paper ACCU-CHEK 360° View tool or ACCU-CHEK Testing in Pairs tool to help you organize your numbers so that patterns pop out more easily. Then you can work with your healthcare team to make an adjustment in your self-care.

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