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Blood Glucose Monitoring

It is extremely important to keep track of your blood glucose information. Great organization of your diabetes can help control the risk of complications in the future, and keep you happy! Blood glucose meters come with a diary to write down your blood glucose values as well as your insulin doses. Computer programs can also download the information from your glucose meter. It is important to look at this information on a regular basis as you learn to adjust your insulin. Remember, the goal is to keep your glucose in the "target" range, and not to feel bad when your glucose is out of the target range. By keeping track of your information, you can make changes to meet your goals.

Use this daily record sheet (PDF) to make organization quick and easy! Courtesy of Understanding Diabetes by Dr. H. Peter Chase.

You should follow the directions included with your meter when you monitor your blood. Remember, a machine is only as accurate as its user. It is important that the meter is coded properly and the procedure is done correctly. Use the following chart for your target areas, being mindful of your age for the target level.

Blood sugar
levels in mg/dl

Level

Symptoms

A1C test results

400-800

Very High

Stomachache, difficulty breathing

 

200-400

High

Low energy

 

80-200

Goal, under 5 years

Fine!

< 8.5%

70-180

Goal, 5-11 years

Fine!

< 8.0%

70-150

Goal, 12 years and up

Fine!

<7.5%

70-120

Normal

Fine!

 

Below 70

Low

Sweating, Hunger, Shakiness

 

You should discuss with your healthcare provider what your individual target ranges are.

Transcribed from Understanding Diabetes by Dr. H. Peter Chase.

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