Testing & Monitoring

Health care providers monitor blood glucose control in several ways. Learn how blood glucose levels are measured and why it is so important.

Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose

Eight things every patient should know: Blood glucose is monitored at home using a small hand-held machine called a “glucometer.” Persons with type 1 diabetes usually need to measure their blood glucose levels at least four times a day. Persons with type 2 diabetes...

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Hemoglobin A1c

If there’s one number all patients with diabetes should know, it’s their hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c or A1c) level: a measure of their overall blood glucose control for the past 3 months. Blood glucose levels fluctuate from hour to hour, day to day; but the A1c level...

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Continuous Glucose Monitoring

If you have difficult to control diabetes on insulin therapy—or if you’ve had troublesome drops in blood glucose—your health care provider may have suggested a continuous glucose monitor. This monitor can reveal minute-to-minute fluctuations in blood glucose. Who...

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Glucometer Devices

There are many things to consider when choosing a glucometer. Here are some steps that can help you decide which glucometer is right for you. Step One: Know Your Needs If you’re newly diagnosed with diabetes—or if you have trouble keeping your blood glucose under...

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Poll of the Month

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