Home Monitoring--Blood Sugar

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Checking your blood sugar at home, sometimes called self blood glucose monitoring, is an important step in diabetes management. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about it in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Monitoring your blood sugar at home helps you and your doctor make good choices about treating your diabetes. Controlling it can help lower the risk of problems with your heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves.

There are many easy-to-use blood sugar meters available. You can buy them at most drug stores and medical supply stores. When choosing a meter, you should think about features you want, like test time, sample size and memory, and whether the meter can test somewhere other than your fingertips. Be sure you read the directions on how to use the meter before using it.

How often to check your blood sugar depends on several things, such as the type of medicines you are taking and how well your diabetes is controlled. Your doctor will tell you how often to check your blood sugar.

Your doctor will tell you what your goals should be. Ask your doctor what to do if your blood sugar is above or below your goal.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.