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The only way to know how well your diabetes management plan is working is to check the amount of glucose that is in your blood throughout the day, every day.

Monitoring helps you know when your blood glucose levels are on target. It helps you make food and activity adjustments so that your body can perform at its best.

Your diabetes educator can help you learn:

  • How to use a blood sugar (glucose) meter.
  • When to check your blood sugar and what the numbers mean.
  • What to do when your numbers are out of your target range.
  • How to record your blood sugar results.

Checking your blood sugar is an important part of diabetes self-care, but monitoring your overall health includes a lot of other things too, especially when you have diabetes. You and your healthcare team will also need to monitor your:

  • Long-term blood sugar control - A1C, eAG
  • Cardiovascular health - blood pressure, weight, cholesterol levels
  • Kidney health - urine and blood testing
  • Eye health - dilated eye exams
  • Foot health - foot exams and sensory testing

Diabetes, Checking Blood Sugar

True or False?

There are good and bad glucose or blood sugar numbers and readings.


False. The readings just tell you if you need to make changes.


The only way you will know if your diabetes is being successfully managed is to track the amount of glucose in your body every day. Your diabetes educator can help you learn to use the glucose meter, the time of day to check your levels, the numbers in your target range and how to record them properly.