|Description:||This photograph depicts a young diabetic girl who was in the process of carrying out a self-monitored blood glucose test. After having performed a finger stick, evidenced by the blood droplet seen upon her left thumb, she was about to test the blood glucose level by using a monitoring device she was holding in her right hand, bringing it into contact with the droplet.|
Monitoring of blood glucose levels is frequently performed to guide therapy for persons with diabetes. Blood glucose monitoring and insulin administration can be accomplished in two ways: self-monitoring of blood glucose and insulin administration, where the individual performs all steps of the testing and insulin administration themselves, and assisted monitoring of blood glucose and insulin administration, where another person assists with or performs testing and insulin administration for an individual.
It is very important to a diabetic’s day to day health to control his blood glucose, also known as blood sugar. Keeping ones glucose level close to normal helps prevent, or delay some diabetes problems, such as eye disease, kidney disease, and nerve damage. One thing that can help you control your glucose level is to keep track of it. You can do this by:
- Testing your own glucose a number of times each day (self-monitoring blood glucose). Many people with diabetes test their glucose 2 to 4 times a day.
- Getting an A1C test from your health care provider about every 3 months.