Monitoring blood glucose

Manage Your Diabetes

Monitoring blood glucose level

By monitoring your blood glucose levels (BGLs) you can see how your food and lifestyle choices affect your diabetes.

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Importantly, any changes in your BGL patterns can alert you and your health care team to a possible need for a change in how your diabetes is being managed.

Monitoring your blood glucose levels can help you to:

  • see immediately if your BGLs are too high (hyperglycaemia) or too low (hypoglycaemia) and help you to make crucial health decisions
  • develop confidence managing your diabetes
  • understand the relationship between your BGLs and your food, physical activity and life events such as stress and illness
  • see how healthy lifestyle choices and medication, if used, can make a difference
  • notice if your BGL goals are being met and prompt you to seek advice from your healthcare team about adjusting your medication, meal and snack planning or other lifestyle choices to prevent your risk of diabetes related complications

See these other sections:

What is blood glucose?

How do I monitor blood glucose? 

Maintaining healthy blood glucose

Using insulin

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