If you have diabetes you are probably familiar with having to check your blood sugar regularly. Often patient’s with diabetes ask “why do I need to check my blood sugar?” Well, there are several important reasons for doing so.
- Checking your blood sugar daily helps you know what it’s running and can help your provider in making treatment decisions.
Often times I will have patient’s check their blood sugar through out the day to see where they are running high. This is especially true if their fasting blood sugar in the morning is normal but their HgbA1C (3 month blood sugar average) is high. This helps to tailor their medication regimen to effectively control the blood sugar.
2. Checking your blood sugar is especially important if you think it is too low! Sometimes people with diabetes will feel jittery, shaky, weak and very hungry which can be signs that the blood sugar is too low, its important to check the blood sugar at this time to see if it really is too low (below 70 mg/dl).
Often, when we are bringing your blood sugar down when its been very high, patient’s will feel like their sugar is low when actually it is okay. It’s important to check it and only treat blood sugars that are less than 70 mg/dl. So checking your blood sugar when you have diabetes is very important, it helps you know what your sugar is running and it provides important information to your healthcare provider that helps them make decisions about your care!