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Blood Sugar Testing: Why, When And How

Blood sugar testing is an important part of diabetes care. Find out when to test your blood sugar level, how to use a testing meter, and more. If you have diabetes, self-testing your blood sugar (blood glucose) can be an important tool in managing your treatment plan and preventing long-term complications of diabetes. You can test your blood sugar at home with a portable electronic device (glucose meter) that measures sugar level in a small drop of your blood. Why test your blood sugar Blood sugar testing — or self-monitoring blood glucose — provides useful information for diabetes management. It can help you: Judge how well you're reaching overall treatment goals Understand how diet and exercise affect blood sugar levels Understand how other factors, such as illness or stress, affect blood sugar levels Monitor the effect of diabetes medications on blood sugar levels Identify blood sugar levels that are high or low When to test your blood sugar Your doctor will advise you on how often you should check your blood sugar level. In general, the frequency of testing depends on the type of diabetes you have and your treatment plan. Type 1 diabetes. Your doctor may recommend blood sug Continue reading >>

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  1. lisamom2lucas

    When do you test your fasting blood sugar

    Do you test it immediately upon waking?
    An hour after?
    Last night I went to bed late, around 11:30PM and had a glass of hood chocolate milk (only 5 carbs and sooo good if you haven't tried it!) but I woke up this morning at 7AM so it hadn't even been 8 hours. So I just took my blood sugar around 8:45AM and it was 117 (low for me!)
    Is this OK or should I be taking it ASAP?

  2. Mands

    I test mine when I wake. My problem is, it carries on rising until I eat something, so it's important to be aware of that. I think a lot of people have the same problem.

  3. User2013

    Fasting blood sugar to my knowledge should be taken as soon as you awake in the morning.

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