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Managing Your Blood Glucose

AS A PATIENT WITH DIABETES, CHECKING YOUR BLOOD GLUCOSE REGULARLY IS VERY IMPORTANT.

Blood glucose (blood sugar) monitoring is the main tool you have to check your diabetes control. And proper management of your diabetes could lower your chance of serious health problems, such as kidney disease or vision loss. Patterns in your blood glucose results over several days at the same time can help you identify how food, activity and stress a­ffect you. When you finish the blood glucose test, write down your results for future reference. If the same thing keeps happening, it might be time to change your plan. Work with your doctor or diabetes educator to learn what your result means for you.1

Quick Tip1

Blood Glucose Target Ranges*

Before a meal 

2 hours after a meal

Recommendations

4.0 -7.0 mmol/L 5.0-10.0 mmol/L

Blood Glucose Target Ranges*

Recommendations

Before a meal

4.0 -7.0 mmol/L

2 hours after a meal

5.0-10.0 mmol/L

* Consult your healthcare professional to determine your target ranges.

 

1. Ali Imran S, Rabasa-Lhoret, R, Ross S. Canadian Diabetes Association 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada: targets for glycemic control. Can J Diabetes 2013;37(suppl 1): S31-34.

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