Home glucose testing is not just a have to do monitor of your glucose.
Home glucose testing is a valuable tool , guiding you and your health care provider along a path to to preserving your good health.
Type 2 diabetes on oral medications
You may have a testing routine that can vary from 0 to 8 or 9 times daily . Many people with type 2 diabetes on oral medications may test once or twice daily and fail to use the information wisely.
I have some suggestions to help you become more involved in your diabetes management decisions.
Specific Target Goals
Have specific target goals for your test results.
Discuss the ADA goals with your physician to make sure they are the best fit for your specific situation
American Diabetes Associations guide lines 2012
Pre prandial glucose 70 to 130 mg/dl ( 3.9 - 7. 2 mm/l )
post prandial glucose < 180 mg/dl ( < 10 mm/l )
Goals should be individualized base on;
- duration of diabetes
- age/ life expectancy
- comorbid conditions
- known cardiovascular disease or advanced microvascular disease
- hypoglycemic awareness
- individual patient considerations
Which test to test
chose your test wisely
# 1 2 to 3 am glucose
#2 fasting glucose
#3 before lunch
#4 before dinner
#6 1 or 2 hours after meals
Your doctor and insurance carrier recommended testing at least once or twice daily?
* From the list above , rate the test as to value in managing your diabetes.
first ____ second____ third____ fourth____ fifth ____ Sixth____
* What would you do if your choice of test is above or below your recommended target goal ?
* How would you record and discuss the collected data with your physician ?
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Have fun ,Be Smart and use your home testing results to help preserve your good health
David Calder, MD