Monitoring your glucose level is very important when you are trying to cure your diabetes. You can try out the recipe of sugar free brownies with applesauce
What Is Glucose Monitoring?
Without diabetes, your body tracks glucose levels all day and night to ensure the right amount of insulin is released at the right time. To successfully manage diabetes, a monitoring system is needed to consistently check your glucose levels.
The most common glucose monitoring solutions are blood glucose meters and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems.
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How Does CGM Work?
CGM is a way to measure glucose levels in real-time throughout the day and night. A tiny electrode called a glucose sensor is inserted under the skin to measure glucose levels in tissue fluid. It is connected to a transmitter that sends the information via wireless radio frequency to a monitoring and display device. The device can detect and notify you if your glucose is reach a high or low limit. The latest Medtronic CGM systems can actually alert you before you reach your glucose limits.
Does CGM Replace Fingersticks?
It is recommended that you calibrate CGM systems with fingersticks 3–4 times per day for optimal glucose sensor accuracy. CGM does require at least 1 fingerstick blood glucose reading every 12 hours to calibrate the CGM sensor1.
Benefits of CGM
A blood glucose meter only provides a brief “snapshot” of your glucose level at a single moment in time. A CGM device, though, gives you a greater view of your glucose trends. CGM provides you with:
The direction your glucose levels are going
Early notification of oncoming lows and highs
Alerts for lows or highs while you are sleeping or anytime
Insights into how food, physical activity, medication, and illness impact your diabetes
CGM can provide valuable information at crucial points during the day, including before and during exercise, prior to driving, before test/exam-taking, and in the middle of the night. It is still required to check blood glucose levels with a fingerstick before therapy adjustment.
Article source: medtronicdiabetes.com/treatment-and-products/continuous-glucose-monitoring
Reading a Glucose Meter
Wash your hands. Before taking a glucose test you should always thoroughly wash your hands. Even the smallest amount of food or other substance on your hand can give you a false reading.
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Take the test. To do this, take a small sample of blood using the provided lancet. Drop the sample on the testing strip, and then place the testing strip into the reader.
Read the results when taking before a meal. The test results should be displayed in large numbers on the front of your meter. According to the American Diabetes Association, when taking the test before a meal, the blood glucose number should be between 70 to 130 mg/dl (5 to 7 mmol/l). If you get a reading that is higher or lower than this range, you will need to take appropriate action with either insulin or eating a meal.
Read the results when taking after a meal. Since food affects your blood sugar levels, taking a test after a meal will result in a higher number being displayed on the meter. According to the American Diabetes Association, when using a glucose meter after a meal, your blood glucose levels should be less than 180 mg/dl (10 mmol/l).
Dispose of the testing strip. Once you have read the glucose reading, record the number in your testing journal, and throw away the testing strip.