Testing 101

Blood sugar testing is a very important part of being a diabetic. Since people with Type 2 Diabetes do not have insulin that works properly, it is important to monitor the progress of the insulin in our bodies by seeing how much glucose is in the bloodstream. While these numbers are very important to our health, it is very important to keep a positive mindset. Don’t let high or low numbers affect your mood, just remember what is needed to get your numbers back to your target. Target numbers vary slightly from person to person. They are based on the age , duration of the diabetes, and individual goals. While these numbers vary slightly, it is important to keep in mind the healthy parameters of blood sugar levels. Before a meal, the blood sugar levels should be somewhere between 80-130 mg/dl. About 1-2 hours after a meal, your blood sugar should be under 180 mg/dl. Make sure you talk with your doctor about your own blood sugar target numbers. A great opportunity to do this is when you meet with them to find out your A1C. This is the measure of blood sugar identified by your doctor at least twice a year. It is important to monitor your blood sugar individually because your average blood sugar affects your A1C. Your doctor will tell you how often to check your blood sugar levels on a day to day basis. It is up to you how you log it, though. You can log blood sugar on blood glucose logs, in apps, or even within your monitor used to test your blood sugar.

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