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Managing Your Blood Glucose Ups and Downs

by Stacy Griffin, PharmD, RPh, and Diane Ballard, RN, BSN, CDE

When should I check my blood glucose after a meal to see if what I ate contained the amount of carbohydrate I thought?
If you want to evaluate how certain foods or amounts of food affect your blood glucose level, check it approximately two hours after you begin eating. You will get the most information if you also check before the meal, then compare the two readings.

Being proactive
It’s not uncommon for people with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes to need some adjustments to their diabetes care regimen as their bodies, health, and life situations change over the years. Performing regular blood glucose monitoring and having your A1C level measured every three to six months can alert you and your health-care provider to when changes are needed.

Diabetes will be with you for a lifetime, but by being proactive in your care, optimal diabetes control can be yours for a lifetime, too.

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Also in this article:
Continuous Glucose Monitoring
Blood Glucose Targets
Twice-A-Day Monitoring Schedule
Average Blood Glucose



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