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Know Your Blood Sugar Numbers: Use Them To Manage Your Diabetes

Checking your blood sugar, also called blood glucose, is an important part of diabetes care. This tip sheet tells you: why it helps you to know your blood sugar numbers how to check your blood sugar levels what are target blood sugar levels what to do if your levels are too low or too high how to pay for these tests Why do I need to know my blood sugar numbers? Your blood sugar numbers show how well your diabetes is managed. And managing your diabetes means that you have less chance of having serious health problems, such as kidney disease and vision loss. As you check your blood sugar, you can see what makes your numbers go up and down. For example, you may see that when you are stressed or eat certain foods, your numbers go up. And, you may see that when you take your medicine and are active, your numbers go down. This information lets you know what is working for you and what needs to change. How is blood sugar measured? There are two ways to measure blood sugar. Blood sugar checks that you do yourself. These tell you what your blood sugar level is at the time you test. The A1C (A-one-C) is a test done in a lab or at your provider’s office. This test tells you your average blo Continue reading >>

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  1. lorimac

    when is a blood sugar level too high

    I have just recently been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (as in five days ago) at age 23. The past two nights I have checked my sugars and the screen has read HI. What exactly does this mean? I once had a level of 512 so does this mean it is higher than that reading? Should i contact my doctor if I get a reading that says HI? sorry so many questions, but i'm still pretty confused about all of this. I am meeting with a diabetes educator tomorrow so hopefully it will make more sense then. Thanks
    Lori

  2. Lois

    If your meter has given you readings "HI" for some time, then you need to call your doctor and let them know. He may have you go to the ER. With these high readings are you experiencing the same symptoms you had when they diagnosed you? The average for glucose levels is 70-110, but your doctor should have told you what a good goal was for you. Give your doctor a call tonight and let them know. It is not good to keep your numbers that high.

  3. Amy

    hi Lorimac, I know how you feel, my blood sugar read HI last night too, I was at work then I took more insulin got it down to 360, took more insulin got it way down to 73> I used to live in Huntsville, AL. thats where I was diagnosed back in 2003

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